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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Obama Who?

Todd Jackson, Roanoke Times, reports:

"The U.S. economy has 'obviously turned the corner' and is improving, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said this morning in Blacksburg as he kicked off a media tour to praise the Obama administration’s assustance to rural areas.

"Staffers emphasized that Vilsack was campaigning as a former governor of Iowa rather than in his current federal role."

This clown was campaigning in Blacksburg, Virginia as a former governor of ... Iowa?


No. Not really.

But if I was a member of Obama's cabinet, and I was ordered to visit (kicking and screaming) a part of the country that harbors more animosity toward my boss than was directed toward our 16th President at the height of the Civil War, I'd identify myself as something other than what I am too.

Obama who?

On This Day ...

149 years ago, Virginia's wayward western counties successfully seceded from the state that was forbidden to secede from the United States and was officially declared a state by the government that doesn't allow secession.

Don't try to make sense of it.  Your head will explode.

Regardless, here's to the great state of West Virginia.

Now will you please come back home?

Romney Does a Good Impromptu

He may not go down in history as "the best orator ever," but he's not waiting for a teleprompter to disgorge words of wisdom either.

This is actually pretty good:

Take it to 'em, big guy.

The Party Continues

Now it's moved to fun-in-the-sun Rio de Janeiro:

U.N. Global Environmental Program Gets a Boost at ‘Rio+20’ Conference

Global recession?  Euro collapse?  War?  Pestilence?  Starvation?

Hey. let's talk about organic celery.  And pass me a margarita.  When are the hookers getting here?

How Quickly Things Change

It wasn't that long ago - Bill Clinton was President - that the people of Connecticut were free of the dreaded and debilitating income tax.

Then along came a lying, two-faced, back-stabbing Republican and that blessing vanished.

Two short decades ago.

How quickly times have changed:

New York, Connecticut Top State Income Tax Per Capita

In a democracy, we get what we deserve.  The people of Connecticut deserve this.

Republicans Offer An Alternative ...

... to windmills, waste-to-energy, and wishful thinking:
Two Cheers for House Energy Bill
By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation

Often when policymakers introduce legislation in Washington, the title of the bill doesn’t always correspond with what the bill actually does. This is not one of those times. U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) recently introduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which would greatly improve access to America’s resources, bringing jobs and much needed economic activity along with it.

The legislation combines seven different bills that would open areas to oil and gas exploration, streamline the permitting process for all energy sources, provide lease certainty, and provide transparency and accountability on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. While some of the language focuses too much on federal planning of energy policy and delays implementation of regulations rather than preventing them, the legislation would increase energy supply and drive economic growth.

An important component of this legislation is that it streamlines the permitting of all energy projects. Receiving a permit for any energy project, not just fossil fuels, takes entirely too long. Duplicative and unnecessary regulations slow the process. Furthermore, environmental activists delay new energy projects by filing endless administrative appeals and lawsuits. McCarthy’s bill would create a manageable time frame for permitting for all energy sources, including renewable energy projects.

Government restrictions and regulations are significantly impeding the market’s effectiveness in responding to changes in energy prices and making it difficult for suppliers of all types of energy to produce energy and create jobs. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act would provide America with much needed energy supply and a much needed economic stimulus. [link]
"The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act would provide America with much needed energy supply and a much needed economic stimulus." Therefore expect Obama and company to be opposed to it.

That's Just Silly

How many of you haven't had "a brush with" health issues at some point in your life?

Cold?  Sore throat?  Runny nose?  Worse?

Then you've gained the right to speak out on the issue of Obamacare.

Or so suggests this genius who writes for the Washington Post.

Some Democrat has faced a health issue in her past.  So she's "very well positioned to go on offense on health care."

That fact, genius, puts her in a select group of 100% of America.

'You wonder why the U.S. had its credit-rating downgraded?'

Our government is out of control.

"In the 1990s Bill Clinton boasted that welfare reform took Americans off the dole. The Obama Administration boasts about how many it has added."

My God.

Take Heart!

We'll always have our 99%'ers.

Survey: Asia's millionaires outnumber North America's

We've done it to ourselves.  Where once many of us looked to the day when all Americans would be millionaires, now those seeking success flee to Asia, where they are welcomed with open arms.

Sadly, many in this country will cheer this news.


I Can't Imagine Why

See Efrafa.

See Talk of drones patrolling U.S. skies spawns anxiety

Purpose? To get an accurate count of the number of rapes, murders, assaults, robberies, and thefts that occur down below.

Hey, it's the age of Obama. What's a few million bucks when you consider the fact that the government will have quality bookkeeping records?

See V for Vendetta.

From The Gun Control Capital of America

While the police in Chicago are focused on "getting guns off the street" by paying 80-year-old white grannies a hundred bucks for the ancient .22 caliber pistols their dead husbands left them (see next post), thugs - and lawlessness - run free in the streets of their city.  And though you won't find it reported as such by the mainstream press, it's not just  random crime that terrorizes the citizenry there.  It's the worst possible:

"City officials and the media might be the only two places left where people still deny Chicago is under assault from more than 50 episodes of black mobs attacking, beating, robbing and vandalizing over the last three years in and around downtown."

Meanwhile, officials there are working diligently to disarm the victims ...

We Make Progress

Reality sets in:
The futility of gun turn-ins
By Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

If you've got some clothes you don't need anymore, you can give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If you have an old car, you can call various organizations to take it away. And if you're in Chicago and have a gun that's burning a hole in your pocket, you can get rid of it June 23, no questions asked.

The city government has a great fondness for gun turn-in events. It's done six of them in the past six years, collecting more than 23,000 weapons. This one will be held at 23 churches, and anyone handing over a firearm will get a $100 gift card. The guns will then be destroyed.

The motive behind these efforts is not hard to understand in a place that had 433 murders last year and has seen a spike this year. Dozens of shootings take place in Chicago every week.

Two years ago, explaining the effort, then-Mayor Richard M. Daleysaid, "We have just too many guns in our society. When someone has access to a gun, they use it." The gun buyback is a way "we can reduce the number of guns on our streets," says Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

But don't put too much stock in those pronouncements. The number of privately owned guns in America keeps rising, and at last count it totaled 270 million, or about one for every adult. But nationally, the homicide rate has fallen by half over the past two decades.

Contrary to Daley, most people who own guns never use them for anything but legal purposes (hunting, target shooting, self-defense). Contrary to Emanuel, the weapons this sort of venture yields are probably not the ones carried in the streets or the ones used in crimes. The reduction also represents a minuscule share of the firearms in the city, which may number over a million.

Think about it: Who is most likely to turn in a firearm for a $100 reward? Someone with 1) a cheap gun and 2) no criminal propensity — say, Aunt Millie disposing of a rusty revolver her late husband left in the nightstand.

Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck noted in a 1996 book that when St. Louis did a gun buyback, those participating "were commonly middle-aged and 80 percent white, while those involved in gun violence in that city were mostly young and black."

Criminals will have trouble finding any appeal in this offer. In the first place, their weapons may have cost far more than $100, as handguns and long guns of good quality usually do.

In the second place, thugs practice a trade in which a weapon is essential for doing business. A pistol used in the course of armed robberies will pay for itself many times over. A $100 gift card won't.

The experience elsewhere offers little hope that the program will make a noticeable difference. After a successful 1974 buyback in Baltimore, the firearm homicide rate jumped by 50 percent. A study of a Seattle effort found it "failed to reduce significantly the frequency of firearms injuries, deaths or crimes."

This is the pattern wherever turn-ins take place. [link]
Where have you heard all this before?

Oh. Yeah. From everyone in the United States of America outside liberal enclaves scattered around the country.

Reality is setting in even there.

We make progress.

Stuck on Stupid

By the way, the city of Chicago is having another gun buyback extravaganza this weekend.  Not using that old, rusted boat anchor of a .22 anymore?  Hand it over to the local ... crime fighters ... and make a buck off of it.

And do your part to make the streets of Chicago safe.