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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

And There's a Problem With That?

The editorial staff of the Roanoke Times thinks it important that you know about Virginia's law that allows a person to obtain a concealed-carry gun permit by - in part - sitting through an on-line gun safety course.

See "Shoot! (Or not.)"

The editorial doesn't take an editorial position (yeah, that's more than a tad odd, it being an editorial page), but one presumes that those who fashioned this news item are at least somewhat shocked by the fact that one needn't go through some kind of on-site course in which gun safety is taught.

But be not shocked.  Crime statistics reveal - overwhelmingly - that those who are committing crimes in this land are not those who are sitting through computer courses and obtaining concealed-carry permits.  Virginia's law is working just fine.

When I see an editorial - or a non-editorial - that addresses hoodlums - none of whom obtain a concealed-carry permit - and the havoc they wreak upon our civilian populace, the editorial page of the Roanoke Times will gain my attention.

Cowardice

What does it say about a county school board that votes unanimously to deny the creation of Virginia's first rural charter school, and those who voted to kill it refuse to say why?

Some things are better left unsaid, it seems.

Meanwhile, the kids impacted, all of whom deserved better from this bunch, will muddle along, wondering what might have been.

In His Own Words

Obama: I give myself an “incomplete” on the economy


Swell.

This Somehow Seems Fitting

Where a president doesn't care about the national debt, his closest employees don't care about their personal debt:

36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes

Oh, let's cut them some slack.  They're there doing great good.  Ignore their ignoring the obligations the rest of us are held to.

Debbie Does Deceit

Darn those tape recorders!

DNC chair denies GOP-Israel quote

Tape recorder provides DNC chair GOP-Israel quote.

DNC chair attacks veracity of tape recorder.

For sheer entertainment value, the Democratic convention doesn't get better than this.

The Light Flickers

Ben Stein:

"Mr. Obama's insight -- shaped by a lifetime of experience -- that white voters would vote for him out of shame over the past and maybe even out of a wish to be cool and hip, was historic. But the result for Americans has been a disaster: a national debt approaching the point of no return and a far deeper cynicism than before. The change that has happened, as my brilliant pal John Coyne puts it, is that '....now there is no hope.' They are all scoundrels and the more they say they aren't, the darker the tunnel and the light grows fainter."

Come November, if Obama is reelected, that dim, flickering light will go out.

Then it's every man for himself.

My God.

A Question For The Democrats

If everyone is better off than they were four years ago - as that loon for a vice president tells us they are - why do the food stamp rolls continue to grow?

See "Food Stamp Nation."

And ask yourself: Is the United States of America better off than it was four years ago?

But It Seemed So Right ...

I hope no one is surprised by this:

"Earlier today, our colleagues at MRCTV decided to hand out parody t-shirts bearing the message "Journalists for Obama" to passers-by at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. As you can see in the video below, they were very well received!"


One wonders how many "journalists" working for CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS were in that crowd fighting for a shirt.

How embarrassing.

Speaking Of Mental Illnesses ...

.... someone needs to check out this federal court judge's disorder:

"A federal court judge on Tuesday ordered Massachusetts officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transsexual prison inmate, after determining that it was the only adequate treatment for the inmate's mental illness."

Inmates.  Asylum.  The court.  Good grief.

This Is Not What We Were Promised

"First lady Michelle Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that the change her husband Barack Obama championed in his White House campaign four years ago has proven difficult but urged voters to give him four more years to fix the struggling U.S. economy."

Yeah, Obama Knew Of Our Struggles

I'm still often surprised when the media buy into bullshit like this:

"Michelle Obama DNC speech: Obama’s life makes him understand."

Born and raised overseas.  Not setting foot on the American mainland until he went to college.  Thence handed degree after degree from prestigious universities without earning them.  And then becoming a politician.  Oh, and being handed the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yeah, Obama's life struggle has been our life struggle.

Gimme a break.

A New York Senate Seat Awaits

Neither credentials nor experience matter there.  Just ask Hillary Clinton.

So there is the perfect fit here:

What if Michelle Obama ran for office?

Qualifications?

As a famous man once said: She don' need no steenking qualifications.

It's New York.  Where the least qualified have a lock on public office.  As long as they have the right husband.

Are We Heading Back Into Recession?

We've been teetering on the brink for months now.  And key indicators suggest the distinct possibility that this country is now heading in reverse:
World stocks down as US manufacturing disappoints
By Pamela Sampson, Associated Press

Bangkok (AP) — Weaker-than-expected U.S. manufacturing figures, just days after China announced its own production slowdown, sent world stock markets down Wednesday.

A measure of U.S. manufacturing activity ticked down from 49.8 in July to 49.6 in August, according to the Institute for Supply Management, a private trade group. It was the third straight month of a reading below 50, which indicates a contraction. [link] [emphasis mine]
Suppose anyone in that crowd gathered in Charlotte even cares?

As We Sink Beneath The Waves

Obama's pals are having great fun down in Charlotte:
Survey finds US competitive ranking down again
By Pan Pylas, Associated Press

London (AP) — The United States' ability to compete on the global stage has fallen for the fourth year running as confidence in the country's politicians continues to decline, an annual survey from the World Economic Forum found Wednesday.

Even though the world's largest economy saw its overall competitiveness rise on the back of its status as a global innovation powerhouse, the Forum says the U.S.'s ranking has dropped two places to seventh this year. The Netherlands and Germany have moved ahead of the U.S. on the top 10 leaderboard.

The report found that some aspects of the U.S.'s political environment continue to raise concern among business leaders, "particularly the low public trust in politicians and a perceived lack of government efficiency."

The Forum — which also hosts an annual gathering of global business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos every January — ranks a country's competitiveness according to factors such as the state of its infrastructure and its ability to foster innovation. [link]
When Obama goes to the podium tomorrow night and tells you how peachy things are now that Bush is gone, and when he tells you how things in this country are getting better, understand just how much of a lie that is. We are becoming less and less competitive. And our unemployment lines attest to that fact.

As CNN, interested in more pressing matters, interviews that gal who feels she's been wronged because Americans won't pay for her contraceptives ...

Obama's pals are having great fun down in Charlotte. And we're so glad for them.

A Suggestion For The Israelis:

Don't do it.  Not yet.  No one here has your back.

Wait until January.

Then bring down the sledgehammer.