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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Tim Kaine Stuck On Stupid


It has been brought to my attention by the author of the Roanoke Times article - the incomparable Mason Adams - that I erred in interpreting his work.  Here he's setting the record straight: "As the writer of that linked story, Jerry, I just want to clarify that the $9 million was for 14 different projects around Virginia. The two generators at the wastewater treatment plant used $500K of stimulus money and cost $3 million total. I wanted to clear that up, and I apologize if the story was confusing on that point.

My boo boo.  Sorry to Mr. Adams and to all of you.

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How many of you remember something called "Renew Virginia"?


Well, don't feel like the lone ranger, because that initiative, launched with great fanfare by then-governor Tim Kaine sank upon launch, never to be seen again.  For those not familiar with it, "Renew Virginia" was a lot of hooey about alternative energy and those mythical "green jobs" Democrats like to talk about but have never delivered (unless they get creative and call garbage collection a green job).

So now he's running for Senate.  And he's still beating that dead horse.  See "Kaine tours alternative energy site in Roanoke."  Kaine was there because that site - with $9 million of federal stimulus and some additional bond issues - is able to provide for itself 40% of its own energy needs.  Swell.

Meanwhile here in the remaining 99.999999% of the country - none of which will get manna from Obama heaven - real energy issues confront us.  While Kaine dabbles in pipe dreams and photo ops, this energy-starved country is fighting his kind - think Democrats - to be able to unleash new technologies - technologies that aren't kid's games - that will solve America's energy needs and provide affordable power for centuries.

We are on the verge of becoming energy independent if the Tim Kaines and Barack Obamas of the world would get out of the way.

As Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-9) puts it:

"While Tim Kaine touts his newfound election year position on energy, Virginians know his record for delaying offshore energy development, supporting cap-and-trade and championing EPA regulations speaks louder than words. Tim Kaine stands as an 'unabashed' supporter of President Obama as he blocks good-paying jobs with the Keystone Pipeline and wages a regulatory assault on coal that will destroy thousands of Virginia jobs."

Play with alternative energy on your time, Tim.  Us adults have serious issues to deal with.

"Renew Virginia."  How about we renew the Senate delegation in Washington and put some real problem-solvers in place there.

James Webb Stuck On Stupid

When is this guy leaving us again? Soon?

Webb co-sponsors bill to raise federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80

Says Webb:

"Lower income workers continue to get squeezed by stagnant wages and rising cost of living. In the age of globalization and outsourcing, the average American worker is seeing a different life and a troubling future. While corporate profits are ... [blah blah blah]"

A couple of points:

1) If raising the minimum wage is such a great idea, why to just $9.80?  Why not 30 bucks an hour and really solve their problems?

2) Speaking of their problems - it ain't that they're not making enough on the job.  It's that they have no job to make minimum wage at, genius.  See "Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 currently have jobs, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. That's the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. And it's a sharp drop from the 62 percent who had jobs in 2007 ... "

It's worth noting, not that James Webb is smart enough to pick up on it, that that sharp drop in youth employment (think minimum wage earners) occurred the same year as did the last increase in the minimum wage.

So Webb votes to increase the hourly wage of America's youth and America's youth ends up with no wage. Way to go, Sherlock.

Said Webb at the time:

"Raising the minimum wage is one of the centerpieces of my economic fairness agenda."

Why don't you be really "fair" to those you put out of work, Jim, and take them out back and shoot them?

Blacksburg Moves To Keep Mexicans Out?

How else to explain its decision to "strengthen" its zoning ordinance(s) relating to "over-occupancy" of town residences?  What might have brought this about if it weren't for the prospect that Blacksburg might be overrun by illegals?

At a planning commission meeting held last month, which you can follow here, two ordinances were introduced and accepted, with little comment.  Why were ordinances 1649 and 1651 needed exactly?

Who knows.

But you folks in Blacksburg might be looking for a knock on the door any day now and have some local zoning enforcer nose through your closets (with a warrant, I'm sure ...), searching for bodies.

Over-occupancy.  The stuff busybodies - and xenophobes - have sleepless nights over.

With Shades Of Seung-Hui Cho

You know, if those we count on in this country to provide safety and security to the populace spent as much time talking to psychiatrists among us - psychiatrists who openly vocalize their concerns about the mental instability of their patients - as they do trying to disarm those of us who are doing no harm, this country would be a better, less tragedy-filled place.

What do Seung-hui Cho and James Holmes have in common?

Both are/were nuts.

And trained professionals knew it in both cases.

And yet both were able to walk the streets.

And slaughter the innocent.

See "The psychiatrist treating the accused Colorado movie theater gunman was so concerned about his behavior that she mentioned it to her colleagues, saying he could potentially be a danger to others."

See "On December 13, 2005, Cho was found 'mentally ill and in need of hospitalization' by New River Valley Community Services Board."

While politicians and law enforcement fret over little metal object that go bang ...

... madmen walk the streets.

Obama Here In Virginia Today ...

... to push his new campaign theme.

Think about it.  In four short years, he's gone from YES, WE CAN to NO, YOU DIDN'T.

Me?  I think we're seeing the real Barack Obama emerge.  Finally.

Consider this.  Remember those videos that came out in 2008 that depicted hate-consumed Jeremiah Wright spewing venom towards this country, a seething, vengeful, hostile animus encapsulated in his infamous cry, "God Damn America!"?  You watch Barack Obama make his speech in Roanoke and tell me his sitting in Jeremiah Wright's pew for twenty years didn't rub off.  It was his voice expressing Wright's attitude toward this country and toward everything that made us great.

The only thing that Barack Obama left out was God Damn America!

There's resentment there.  Animosity.  Maliciousness.  Hatred.  Wright.

The real Barack Obama emerges.

And he's not pretty.

A Shot Reverberating In The Coalfields

War on coal?  What war on coal?

Turns out? Not only is it real but it's turned into a war on the American consumer as well:
Mine Succumbs To Obama's War On Coal
Investor's Business Daily editorial

A stop not scheduled during the president's third visit to the battleground state in four weeks was a coal-mining operation near Brilliant, Ohio, run by Ohio American Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. The operation employed 239 workers at its peak but will be closing as the result of President Obama's environmental policies.

Regulatory actions by President Obama and his appointees and followers were cited as the entire reason in the press release that announced the closing. "Mr. Obama has already destroyed 83,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity generation in America," said Michael T.W. Carey, vice president of government affairs for Murray Energy. "Electric prices in the recent PJM Interconnection monthly auction were bid up 800% for 2015-16 because of this," he added.

PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states, including Ohio, recently held its 2015 capacity auction. This gave the first real indication of just how drastic the effects of Obama's war on coal will be. The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity was $136 per megawatt.

That's eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In Pennsylvania, the new market price is $167 per megawatt — 10 times higher. In northern Ohio, which is suffering from more forced coal-plant retirements than the rest of the region, the 2015 price is an astounding $357 per megawatt.

This is one campaign promise President Obama has kept. In 2008, candidate Obama promised a system under which "if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted." [link] [emphasis mine]
My God.

While it's true that energy suppliers are, in some cases, switching to the cheaper alternative - natural gas - that switch does not explain the skyrocketing increase in the cost of energy we're about to experience.  Of course Obama, who hasn't a clue as to what he's talking about, will blame greed.  But the real reason?

The Environmental Protection Agency.

The price of energy will be at least ten times higher than it was.  Obama's war on coal extends well beyond simply driving miners into the unemployment line.  It will soon mean the elderly won't be able to afford to heat their homes in the winter.  And the rest of us will have to choose between bread on the table and lights at night.

It's worth remembering why Obama is doing this.  It's to solve a problem that doesn't even exist.

My only wish is that he suffer along with the rest of us.

Astounding News That The Media Will Ignore

Take a look at this photo (from former Governor Mike Huckabee's Facebook page):

A gathering of sycophants in Roanoke to hear Barack Obama stick his foot in his mouth again?  He could only wish he could draw a mob like that.


It's a photo of a crowd of red-blooded Americans gathered outside a Chick-fil-A, waiting their turn to get inside and do their part to  champion FREE SPEECH.  A photo that could have been taken outside every Chick-fil-A restaurant in the country yesterday.

Did I say crowd?  Let me be more precise: It was a THRONG.  The Multitudes.  We the People.

Facebook was on fire yesterday with reports of the turnout across the land to support the head of Chick-fil-A, who is under fire for expressing his Christian views.

The mainstream press?

Willful ignorance.

But Fox News was there:
Mike Huckabee on ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’: Massive Turnout Proves People Are Tired of Hypocrisy, Bigotry Toward Christians

After crowds of people gathered at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country, Fmr. Governor Mike Huckabee – a strong supporter of the movement – reacted to the turnouts on today’s Your World. He said that the response of the American public proves that people are ‘tired’ of hypocrisy toward Christians.

“We’ve had over 21 million views on my Facebook page, but this is something not just for Chick-fil-A but for America, and for people who believe the First Amendment applies to everyone, including Christians,” he said.

“I think a lot of people felt that if you’re a Muslim and you take a position against same-sex marriage, Rahm Emanuel will put his arm around you in a public ceremony like he did to Louis Farrakhan the very day he was condemning Dan Cathy, and it’s that hypocrisy and inconsistency and intolerance and bigotry toward Christians that I think people are just tired of.” [link]
My daughter visited a Chick-fil-A in Jacksonville, North Carolina yesterday to show her support for our freedom of speech. She said she had to wait in a large crowd of orderly and enthusiastic customers for an hour to be served and that every time someone got their chicken sandwich and waffle-fries, a cheer went up.  A cheer for that which we hold to be precious.

America, I love you.

Meanwhile, in hate-driven city halls in Chicago and Boston and Los Angeles ...

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And how do those who wish to stifle dissent react?

Chick-fil-A in Martinsburg re-opens after bomb threat

If the "open-minded" among us can't shut those awful Christians up, they'll kill them.

Ah, yes.  They reek of tolerance.

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From the comments yesterday:

"I think Chik-Fil-E [sic] is stupid on a purely business level for doing this."

As it turns out:

Chick-Fil-A Breaks World Sales Record

Yeah, it was a really stupid business move.

Let The Rich Fend For Themselves

I'm all for the wealthiest among us "paying their fair share."  Which, as things stand today, means they are overtaxed by comparison to the rest of American society - especially the half of the taxpaying population that pays nothing into the system - and deserve a tax reduction.

(Besides, I want us all to be rich some day and the more hurdles we throw up the less likely that happenstance will occur.)

That having been said, I ask: Do We The People really need to be providing insurance designed to protect the rich against future losses of income?  Really?
The Farm Bill’s secret handout to big corporate farms
By Romina Boccia, The Washington Times

American taxpayers should be outraged by a key detail in the farm bill being debated in Congress. Lawmakers are setting the course of the nation’s agriculture policy for the next five years, and they’re keeping the recipients of one of the biggest farm handouts a secret.

At issue: Crop insurance premium subsidies. They cost taxpayers $7.4 billion in 2011 alone. They cover, on average, 62 cents on every dollar of eligible insurance purchased. Farmers may insure up to 85 percent of their crops against damage. This lavish subsidy encourages farmers to over-insure and take excessive risks at taxpayers’ expense.

In fact, when disaster strikes and crop prices rise as a result, those farmers whose policies are linked to the price of their crops at harvest time profit even more from higher insurance payments than if they had sold their crops in markets absent a disaster.

Some of America’s largest agricultural corporations benefit the most from this handout. Premium subsidies are not subject to means tests or payment limits. Coupled with the trend toward fewer but larger farms, this has resulted in the bulk of subsidies going toward some of America’s most profitable farm businesses.

The Environmental Working Group found that the top fifth of farm recipients collected almost 80 percent of all crop insurance premium subsidies. Among these, 26 farm businesses received more than $1 million each in 2011. [link]
Gimme that again?

"The top fifth of farm recipients collected almost 80 percent of all crop insurance premium subsidies. Among these, 26 farm businesses received more than $1 million each in 2011."

Why was risk taken away from the wealthy and put on our shoulders? Why did we have to cover losses incurred by wealthy corporations, losses that we can't afford to cover?

And why do so many Republicans sign onto this travesty year after year?

I have to be honest, I hear the words "farm bill" and I shudder. It's Washington at its worst. And it needs to stop.

Let the rich risk their wealth, not mine.

A Question:

It's been nearly four freaking years.  At what point do we start calling them Obama's tax cuts?