Saturday, March 01, 2008

Quote of the Day

From Bart Hinkle:
Why in the world is the Commonwealth of Virginia giving taxpayer money to the National Rifle Association?

Even passionate defenders of the right to keep and bear arms -- including yours truly -- might be shocked to learn that Virginia has been shoveling money into the pocket of the gun lobby for years. Law-abiding citizens have a right to own firearms. But that doesn't mean the state should be underwriting a political advocacy group.

Whoops! Hold on a second. Got my notes mixed up. It turns out Virginia hasn't been giving money to the NRA for years. It's been giving money to the abortion-rights group Planned Parenthood for years. And now Republican lawmakers want to bring the practice to a halt.

Every group in existence, from the Catholic Church and the Girl Scouts to Hezbollah and the Hell's Angels, claims to be doing some good, somehow. If good works alone justify state funding, then all of them -- and the NRA, too -- deserve state funding. But they don't -- and neither does Planned Parenthood.
"Why Should This Advocacy Group Get State Taxpayer Funding?" The Richmond Times-dispatch, February 29, 2008

The Tax Man Cometh

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where this is going. Our governor now has the "crisis" he's been waiting for.

Forget that vacation. If Kaine gets his way, your taxes are about to go up. A lot:

Kaine tackles transport tax plan
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Gov. Tim Kaine will likely call lawmakers into a special session to replace $325 million for Northern Virginia transportation projects lost when the state Supreme Court yesterday struck down a regional taxing authority passed last year by the General Assembly.

"Waiting until next year is not in his plans," said Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey, adding that the governor was "willing to call a special session to deal with the issue" and was talking to Senate and House leaders about the next steps in the process. (link)
Translated that means the governor and his Democrat henchmen in the senate are plotting the makeup of the package of tax increases they'll be introducing.

Recession? Inflation? Food prices? Gasoline prices? Housing implosion?


The Democrats' unremitting thirst for tax revenue must be sated.

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The Washington Post, with a bit too much glee, proposes an increase in gas taxes AND sales taxes. Just for starters.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Times

Drive The Point Home

This is the latest Hillary commercial but it's so powerful and so poignant that McCain should take it and adopt it as his own:

... something's happening in the world ...

... a crisis ...

... do you want Junior in the White House directing America's response?

The video:


Click twice on the triangle to activate.

Headline Of The Day

Mukasey to Pelosi: I’ve Got Your Contempt Right Here

Guess This Means We're Really Smart

Or at least better informed where "global warming" is concerned.

John Tierney writes:
If only the masses could understand the science of global warming, they’d be alarmed, right? Wrong, according to the surprising results of a survey of Americans published in the journal Risk Analysis by researchers at Texas A&M University.

After asking a national sample of more than 1,000 Americans how much they knew about global warming and how they felt about it, the researchers report that respondents who are better-informed about global warming “both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming.”
"Global Warming Paradox? " New York Times, February 29, 2008

Junior Needs To Get His Story Straight

A conundrum brought up by Cam Edwards:
I noticed something as I was reading two stories about Barack Obama and the 2nd Amendment.

From Reason’s Jacob Sullum:

"Responding to criticism that Obama has since changed his position on gun control, his campaign declares that 'Obama has been consistent.'”

From USA Today:

"Obama also said he no longer supported broad licensing and registering of firearms, as he did when he was in the Illinois Senate."

So which is it? Has the Senator been consistent in his position on gun control? Or has he in fact changed his mind?
"A Consistent Inconsistency? " On Tap, February 28, 2008

Junior Needs To Get His Story Straight II


Here's Ed Morrissey, who's now with "Hot Air":

After reporting on Barack Obama’s dance with the Canadians on NAFTA yesterday, Canadian broadcaster CTV got accused of perpetrating a smear against the Democratic front-runner. They insisted that Obama meant every word he said about overturning the free-trade treaty, and that no one had contacted the Canadian diplomatic corps to reassure them that it was mere demagoguery. CTV responded today by naming names — and suddenly the Obama campaign has grown quiet:

"The Obama campaign told CTV late Thursday night that no message was passed to the Canadian government that suggests that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated.

"However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama’s senior economic adviser — Austan Goolsbee — and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago."

Who is Austin Goolsbee? According to this press release from last September, Goolsbee serves as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Obama campaign.

I can see the disclaimer: "Any comments expressed by Austan Goolsbee are to be considered his own and are not to be construed as being mine or those of my campaign. Yes, he's my Senior Economic Advisor but he is not authorized to speak on my behalf - until further notice."

Good God. This guy thinks he can be president.

Despite Their Best Efforts ...

... the mainstream media are failing to stop patriotic Americans from joining the military.

Figures released for December in "Army Echoes," a newsletter geared toward retired Army veterans, show (in .doc or .pdf format) that recruiting in the active duty Army reached 105% of goal, the Reserves 107%, and the National Guard a whopping 120%.

This can't be good news to those who manufacture the news.

USA rocks.