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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roanoke Times In Full Panic Mode

Shameful is the only word that describes this editorial that appears this morning:

"The force of two Romneys."

To quote:
A President Mitt Romney might strip FEMA's funding.

When it comes to protecting the public's safety, politics should find no shelter. This is when government's role is best fulfilled, directing public resources, contracting with private concerns and coordinating nonprofits' response efforts. Widespread disasters require coordination beyond state boundaries.

Yet if Romney had his way, McDonnell and Virginia would be on their own. When asked if states should stop relying on federal disaster aid, Romney said:

"Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut — we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we're doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we're doing that we don't have to do? And those things we've got to stop doing, because we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we're taking in." [emphasis mine]
Deceitful or incompetent?

I go with both.

The quote attributed to Romney is verbatim.  The accompanying question - "if states should stop relying on federal disaster aid" - was not the question that provided for Romney's response.  It's a bald-faced lie.

The question - from debate moderator John King on June 30, 2011:

"FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we're learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?”

See anything there that comes remotely close to should states stop relying on federal disaster aid?

We all know liberals are desperate these days.  What with their savior going down in flames.

Lies and deceit are the natural outpouring.

Shameful, fellas.  You drag the bottom on normal days.  But you've plowed new depths with this one.

Come Tuesday, It's Our Turn To Make War

Up until now:

"Obama's War On Coal."

Factual.  Comprehensive.  Devastating.


A Message To His Constituents

From Congressman Morgan Griffith:
Over the past few weeks, you've undoubtedly seen the political ads and heard the speeches. This campaign is "the most important in modern history" say the pundits. On the national level, this race "is too close to call" say the prognosticators.

But, what does this election mean for Southwest Virginia? What does it mean for your family? To be honest, those are the questions you're probably asking right now.

I have crisscrossed Southwest Virginia as summer has turned to fall. I have talked with people concerned about their jobs, their electricity bills, gas prices and the kind of future their children will live to see.

I hear the concerns on a daily basis. I understand how important good paying jobs are. I know that you're concerned about the electricity bill and how much it will cost to fill up the tank. I know that our seniors are worried about Medicare.

And if you re-elect me as your Congressman, I will work to address these concerns.

I will protect and preserve Medicare. For those 55 and older, there will be no changes to Medicare. For the next generation, there will be changes that strengthen Medicare, lower medical costs and preserve it for the long term.

I am going to work to protect your jobs and to attract new ones. I am going to work to keep taxes low, reduce the unnecessary regulation and create an environment where business can thrive.

I am going to continue to implement my 4-D plan to keep energy costs down. We need to Drill, Dig, Discover and De-regulate. Drill means use our oil and natural gas. Dig means use our coal resources. Discover means use our universities to find new ways to use traditional fuel sources and to make alternative and renewable fuels more affordable. De-regulate means unleash our energy potential and get Washington out of the way.

I will also vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a common-sense solution that will keep doctors and patients in charge of health care, not bureaucrats. We can find ways to keep the best parts of the law - like black lung benefits for coal miners, coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing students to stay on their parent's plans. But I am confident we can do that without raising taxes on middle class families and businesses 19 times.

Most importantly, I want you to know that I will never stop working for Southwest Virginia. I grew up here. I went to school here. I am raising my family here. This is my home. That's why I want to go back to Washington - so I can keep working to protect my home and yours.

Finally, I want to encourage everyone to vote, no matter what your political persuasion. Every citizen has a duty to participate in the political process. Hundreds of thousands of heroes have died protecting our freedoms - including the freedom to vote. We should all honor them by making sure we cast a ballot on Tuesday.
Tuesday. Be there.

Received via press release.

The Best Reason To Believe

Chris Matthews: Global Warming Deniers Are "Pigs"

Be thee not a pig.

Believe in the unbelievable.

Out Of Touch. Out Of His Mind.

And he claims Virginia as his home.

My God:
Virginia Congressman: Veterans “Unqualified to Serve” in Congress
Because Deployments Prevent Veterans from Serving Local Communities

Fairfax, VA – Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.

Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes him unqualified to hold federal office.

In an October 22nd Washington Post interview, Connolly “dismisses Perkins as unqualified” for Congress, despite Colonel Perkins’ many leadership assignments that included command of a Special Forces Battalion of over six-hundred men, and numerous combat deployments.

While speaking to a local Chamber of Commerce a few weeks earlier, Connolly asked the audience, "Where has my opponent been” while Connolly served in local government for 16 years.

Days later at a neighborhood civic association, Congressman Connolly subsequently pressed his line of attack dismissing Colonel Perkins' extensive military experience saying, "I expect a [Congressional] candidate to have demonstrated some sweat-equity" on local issues, ignoring the 24 years Colonel Perkins served as an Army Green Beret.

“I am disappointed that Congressman Connolly believes that military men and women are ‘unqualified to serve in Congress’ of the country they gave their lives to protect and defend,” said Colonel Chris Perkins. “Connolly’s statements are outrageous and demonstrate an out-of-touch career politician that thinks that only those who climb the ladder of local politics can graduate to higher office.”

“By Congressman Connolly’s standard, many of our forefathers, including George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, would have been ‘unqualified’ to hold office,” continued Colonel Perkins. “His statements are offensive to every service member, career first responder and their families who have sacrificed so much for the country we love.”

“Mr. Connolly asked where I was when he was building schools and laying sidewalks locally,” said Colonel Perkins. “I’ll tell you where I’ve been. I was in Iraq hunting down SCUD missiles that were targeting Israel. I was chasing down mass-murdering terrorists in Bosnia, Kosovo and Africa. And, I was at Arlington National Cemetery seventeen times paying last respect to the brave men and women that I had the privilege and honor to serve with.”

“Our country’s Veterans and career first responders don’t just have sweat equity in their community, they have blood equity in America,” concluded Colonel Perkins.
You folks in northern Virginia, do the right thing.

Send this Connolly worm packing next Tuesday.

Received from "Chris Perkins for Congress.

West Virginia, Where His Name Is Dirtier Than Coal

Well, Obama has met one of his many promises.  He has brought people together.  Fostered consensus.  Achieved unanimity.

The state of West Virginia - Democrats and Republicans alike - is united.

In its opposition to Barack Obama's reelection.
West Virginia Dems unload on Obama EPA over new coal layoffs
By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

West Virginia Democrats are “outraged” with President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, which has now cost the jobs of nearly 150 coal miners in the state.

Energy giant Consol announced Tuesday that it will idle its surface mining operations in Mingo County after failing to secure necessary Clean Water Act permits from the EPA.

The Miller Creek surface mine facility has been in operation for decades, and the company had planned to construct the new “King Coal Highway” as part of a reclamation project after mining is complete. Coal mine employees, Consol said, would eventually have been assigned to the highway project, once the coal supplies had been exhausted.

Democrats in the state, already angry with the administration’s “war on coal,” unloaded on the EPA on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.

Mr. Manchin has been one of the loudest critics of Mr. Obama’s environmental policy. He skipped this year’s Democratic convention, and, in one of his campaign commercials, literally shot a hole through the controversial cap-and-trade bill.

“This project is a win-win and the EPA is trying to make it a loser,” he continued. Mingo County officials have estimated that the mine and King Coal Highway projects could over the next 15 years created as many as 2,500 new jobs and supported the development of about 2,000 acres of land.

Consol President Nicholas J. DeIuliis said in a statement Tuesday that the company has been working to secure the necessary environmental permits since 2007, with no success.

“Once again, the EPA has stepped in the way of a great project here in West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said Tuesday in a joint statement with fellow Democrats Mr. Manchin, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall. “The EPA cannot seem to understand the big picture and the true scope of its authority.”

The quartet of state Democrats pledged to fight the EPA and try to get the Miller Creek mines back up and running and the highway project moving forward.

“I will continue to work with our senators and our governor as we present a united front in an effort to knock some common sense into EPA,” Mr. Rahall said.

Consol’s layoffs come on the heels of similar moves across Appalachia, and growing anger in that region toward the “war on coal,” a term appearing on lawn signs, billboards, bumper stickers and T-shirts throughout the region. [link]
Obama may have won the battle. But he's ultimately going to lose his war on coal.

Take it to the bank.


Where the answer to every problem is more gun control.

Or, as the case may be, more ammunition control.

See "Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime."

Also see "2 Investigators: Chicago Schools Flunk Food Inspections."

I wonder if that same official moron will propose a food tax to control food violations.

They Deserved Better

Reality Bites

"The private sector is doing fine."
-- Barack Obama --

I have to believe that even he doesn't buy it:
U.S. Drops Out of Top 10 in Latest Legatum Prosperity Index
By James M. Roberts, Heritage

In an unprecedented fall, the U.S. dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index that was published today.

The index benchmarks countries in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety and security, and social capital.

Legatum’s latest findings are further proof that the American Dream is in jeopardy. After clinging to 10th place in the 2011 index, America has dropped to 12th position in the worldwide prosperity rankings—with weakening performance across five of the index’s eight categories. Significantly, the U.S. fell eight places in the measure for entrepreneurship and opportunity.

The Legatum findings confirm earlier analysis in the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. It has reported steadily declining scores for economic freedom in the United States for the past four years. [link]
Steadily declining. The past four years.

And there are those who want four more years of the last four years.

May God have mercy.

Headline Of The Day

Obama on Benghazi the hurricane: “We leave nobody behind”

So Full Of Hate

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Slams Mitt Romney for Collecting Storm Supplies [for those in need].


Climate Happens

Yet to some, it's as if it's a new phenomenon.

This, folks, is silly:

"Monday's mammoth storm that caused severe flooding, damage and fatalities to the eastern U.S. will raise pressure on Congress and the next president to address the impacts of climate change as the price tag for extreme weather disasters escalates."

It's from Reuters.  Where - using this moron's logic (a reporter named Valerie Volcovici) - any change in our way of life, from anal warts to swine flu to the black plague, could be blamed on global warming.

Thank God her day is done.

Otherwise her mindset could have proven to be very expensive.  And a complete waste of our time and tax dollars.

Crawling Out Of The Woodwork

Meghan McCain to GOP after Sandy: Do you still doubt climate change?

Earth to Meghan whomever-you-are:

When did the GOP ever deny that weather changes?

Then Agree With Us!

And all will be well ...

PBS newsman sees danger in fragmented nation

It won't be fragmented when everyone in America once again believes in limited government, the majesty of capitalism, and the power of We the People.

And when PBS newsmen are relegated to the unemployment line.