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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Roanoke Times Wrong Again

Delicately put, what's this We shit?

The Roanoke Times editorial page, ever trying to explain what it is that the most gifted speaker in American history really meant to say but didn't, is at it again.  See "We the people built that."

The part that bunches my undies?

"Americans' taxes, pulled together, provide goods and services that individuals could never afford on their own. Together, we've built interstates and airports, grade schools and universities; we've funded research into diseases and cared for the elderly; we've preserved the most beautiful vistas in the world in our park system; we've watched over the environment and the safety of food and drugs; we've trained and armed a potent military force; we've created contractual laws and unfettered commerce so businesses could thrive."
In truth?  Especially as time has gone on, "we" have done none of that.  Successful individuals have.  Today nearly half of America contributes exactly nothing to any of it.  And, this being the "progressive" society that liberals like those at the Times helped create, the more successful you've been, the more you've contributed.

A fact: the most highly successful people in this country built all those roads and bridges, etc. (a question: would we even have roads or bridges if we hadn't had wildly successful capitalists back when who needed them so that they could transport their wares to marketplace?)  (another question: how much did that "99%" "Occupy Wall Street" vermin contribute to building anything beyond a serious case of lice infestation?).

Besides, that's not what Obama said.  And the slimeballs at the Times know it.  Here's how they try to put lipstick on Obama's pig:
The problem is that that "that" that that passage contains could mean:

>> Its nearest antecedent, "business." Republicans say the president believes government built businesses.

Or the truth:

>> The infrastructure supporting business. The sentence is part of Obama's larger point, "We succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
Translation: Skip the rules of grammar and syntax, all of which Mr. Harvard Law violated. Here's what God-in-Armani-and Ray-Bans really meant.

What, words have meaning except when they come out of the mouth of the most masterful wordsmith in history?

"You didn't build that" means what it means, fellas.

And no propagandizing from the likes of the Roanoke Times is going to change that.

The larger point:  Half of WE aren't helping build anything in this country these days.  They're sponging off the rest of us.

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And if that ain't bad enough, they're complaining that WE aren't doing enough to support them.  A whine that is most often chorused by the Roanoke Times editorial staff.

As America finds itself with fewer and fewer people who actually build things, America will sink lower and lower, quicker and quicker, into third-world status.

They did build that.  And now they're gone to Singapore.

* I will give the author credit.  This is the first time I think I've ever seen the word "that" used five times in succession in a sentence.  "The problem is that that 'that' that that passage contains ..." I kinda like it.

** Chart courtesy of the National Taxpayers Union.

'Romney Virginia Victory' Comes To Southwest Virginia

Be there or ... be square accept Obama for another godawful four years.

From the Republican Party of Virginia:

Romney Mobile HQ Bus Begins "We Did Build It" Tour Of Southwest Virginia

The Romney Campaign Mobile HQ bus will begin a three day "We Did Build It" tour of Southwest Virginia on Sunday, July 29th in Abingdon. The bus serves as a mobile campaign headquarters bringing phone banking, voter registration and campaign operations to every corner of the Commonwealth, and has previously visited Charlottesville, Fairfax, Warrenton, Front Royal, Woodstock, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lynchburg, Danville, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Glen Allen, and Clifton.

The following is the bus schedule for Sunday and is open to the public. Details about Monday and Tuesday's stops will be released at a future date.


What: "We Built This" Rally; Mobile Phone Bank; Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drive

Who: Delegate Israel O'Quinn

WhenSunday, July 29, 2012 from 2:00 - 7:00 PM ET


Virginia Highlands Festival
Virginia Highlands Community College
100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, VA
Your country is depending on you.

The Fascists Among Us

When I was young there was a song out with a lyric that went like this:

And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"
So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"

It was intolerant shop owners back then.

It's intolerant gay rights supporters now:
The Tolerance Enforcers
By Mark Steyn, National Review

[Boston] mayor Tom Menino announced that Chick-fil-A would not be opening in his burg anytime soon. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult,” said His Honor. If you’ve just wandered in in the middle of the column, this guy Menino isn’t the mayor of Soviet Novosibirsk or Kampong Cham under the Khmer Rouge, but of Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, he shares the commissars’ view that in order to operate even a modest and politically inconsequential business it is necessary to demonstrate that one is in full ideological compliance with party orthodoxy. “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail,” Mayor Menino thundered in his letter to Mr. Cathy, “and no place for your company alongside it.” No, sir. On Boston’s Freedom Trail, you’re free to march in ideological lockstep with the city authorities — or else. Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Massachusetts was a beacon of liberty: the shot heard round the world, and all that. Now it fires Bureau of Compliance permit-rejection letters round the world.

This inconsistency is very telling. The forces of “tolerance” and “diversity” are ever more intolerant of anything less than total ideological homogeneity.*

Americans talk more about liberty than citizens of other Western nations, but, underneath the rhetorical swagger, liberty bleeds. When Mayor Menino and Alderman Moreno openly threaten to deny business licenses because of ideological apostasy, they’re declaring their unfitness for public office. It’s not about marriage, it’s not about gays, it’s about a basic understanding that a free society requires a decent respect for a wide range of opinion without penalty by the state. In Menino’s Boston, the Freedom Trail is heavy on the Trail, way too light on the Freedom. [link]
In the day, you had to tuck your hair up under your hat if you wanted to go in and apply for work, so as to avoid the potential intolerance of the potential employer. Today one has to profess some degree of love of gay people in order to open a fast-food restaurant in the most "tolerant" city in America.

Nothing's changed.

Except it's not about hair anymore. It's an intolerance for ... intolerance.

* I have to wonder if Steyn smiled when he typed that word.


Could this be an indicator of the reason for Newsweek's imminent demise?

Here’s a simple test: when you reach the supermarket checkout stand, which publication do you pull off the rack in search of breaking stories—the National Enquirer or Newsweek?

Breaking stories?  Newsweek?  Right.

No.  The only people who buy Newsweek are those who want Rosie O'Donnell's pithy analysis of current global macroeconomic circumstances and events.  Which amounts to about twelve subscribers, as it turns out.

The rest of us?

We turn to the National Enquirer to witness the ongoing Rosie O'Donnell train wreck.  That's entertainment.  And a gem that's well worth the price.

So Newsweek is shutting down its print edition.

Tree ... forest ... nobody around ... silence ...

Bloomberg's Priorities

What does a mayor do when he's responsible for keeping the peace in one of the most crime-ridden cities on the planet?

The nanny state is going after moms. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. 

It's easier to take baby formula away from mommies than to take guns away from felons.

So ...

For the love of God.

NRA's Message To The U.N.:

Leave us the hell alone:

"It looks like the UN won’t get a chance to dictate terms of the Second Amendment any time soon."

It's a good day to be an American.

Rack 'em if you got 'em.

He Has a Point

A brutal one.  The Idaho Statesman reports:
Political billboard in Caldwell [Idaho] equates Obama and Colorado shooting suspect

An electronic board on Franklin Road in Caldwell juxtaposes photos of James Holmes, accused of killing 12 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last week, with President Obama. About Holmes, it says: “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out.” About Obama: “Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.”

What’s the point? Obama broke his promise to bring the troops home and many young Americans have died, said Maurice Clements, who is helping keep alive the provocative libertarian tradition of the late Ralph Smeed, whose billboard (now electronic) is a Caldwell landmark. “We’re all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but we’re not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan,” Clements said of public sentiment.

What connects Holmes and Obama? Clements said he’s just comparing the way society reacts. “We’re not saying that Obama is a lunatic,” he said.

Edgy or poor taste? [link]
Actually, both.

It's simply worth noting that Obama has sent thousands of Americans off to die - and to kill even more - and not only "earned" the Nobel Peace Prize but still gains favor with the now-silent anti-war crowd.

Meanwhile the anti-gun crowd - which, four years ago, was also the anti-war crowd - is silent on the deaths that are occurring in Afghanistan but wailing about Aurora, Colorado.

Fickle bunch, no?

That's what the billboard critic was communicating. If a bit too bluntly ...

The German People Are Right

Considering the fact that they are carrying the rest of Europe as it desperately tries to hold the E.U. - and the euro - together, this should come as no surprise:

Germans say they're 'better off without euro': poll

Keeping Spain and Portugal and Greece and Italy ... and ... afloat will have that effect.

Here's to the German people for knowing what's best for them.

Now if only their political leadership understood that which the people know.