Sunday, March 23, 2008

Richmond Times-Dispatch To Roanoke Times:


From "Weak Case" in this morning's TD:
It's puzzling that some critics of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq persist in claiming the president used lies to justify deposing Saddam Hussein's murderous regime. President Bush -- as well as many Democrats in Congress and virtually every intelligence agency around the world -- believed Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. That he did not revealed incompetence in the intelligence community, not dishonesty at the White House.

Many critics also insist Bush told the American public that Iraq was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He did not.

Why so many people keep repeating these baseless charges against the president is mystifying ...
So many people keep repeating baseless charges ...

The following appeared on the Roanoke Times editorial page March 11, 2008:Get the impression that the editorial team at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reads the editorial page of the Roanoke Times?

Tourism Craze Run Its Course?

It began with local officials over in Christiansburg starting to demand answers, wanting an explanation for what a concerned steward of the taxpayers' hard-earned money might consider to be a serious problem:

"Since the tourism initiative started, few concrete accomplishments are visible."

Then I mentioned yesterday that Sullivan County (Bristol, Kingsport, Blountville) had fired its tourism director after county leadership had run its cost-benefit analysis and determined the expenditure couldn't be justified. It seems there just wasn't going to be any bang for the buck (actually 52,000 bucks).

This is news.

Whereas we have, in recent years, in fact for many years now, been subjected to all kinds of happy talk - and preposterous claims - coming from area politicians - and their useful idiots in the media - about the "soon-to-be-burgeoning" tourism industry (requiring only a few more hundred thousand in investment dollars we don't have) here in Southwest Virginia, there had to be a day when there would "come a reckoning." That day may be upon us.

Something else is newsworthy in this regard. It shows up this morning in the way of a side note in a Jeff Schapiro column about pork lacing the recently-passed state budget:

"There's squat for private cultural and tourist attractions, which two years ago shared almost $40 million."

Squat. Rather startling when you consider all the legitimate tourist attractions (private included) around the state.

Has this craze run its course? Will our political leaders finally be forced to come up with legitimate responses to our worsening economic situation? Seems so.

And not a day too soon.

More Evidence To Contradict ...

... the claims of the global warming alarmists:
Climate facts to warm to
By Christopher Pearson, The Australian

Catastrophic predictions of global warming usually conjure with the notion of a tipping point, a point of no return.Last Monday - on ABC Radio National, of all places - there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Anyone in public life who takes a position on the greenhouse gas hypothesis will ignore it at their peril.

Duffy asked Marohasy: "Is the Earth still warming?"

She replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you'd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years." (link) (my emphasis)
And we are going to wreck the global economy over this?

Guess They Got Tired Of Waiting ...

... for the day they've been hoping and praying would arrive.

So they announce, in ghoulish anticipation -

US Deaths in Iraq Approach 4,000

Soon enough, slimeballs. Soon enough.

The Bottom Line

In the end, to me anyway, the Heller Second Amendment case before the Supreme Court isn't about hunting. Or target shooting. Or even self-defense. It all comes down to this, as expressed by the Wall Street Journal:
We hope the Supreme Court agrees with Judge Silberman [Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals] that the Second Amendment does protect the right to own pistols, rifles and other guns of the kind the American Founders believed were needed to protect liberty.
This from John Adams, a man who knew something about tyranny:

"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

Another quote:

"We the people of the United States maintain the right to oppose our government by every means necessary and vow to use those every means should it ever become necessary."

Author - Jerry Fuhrman - March 23, 2008

It's what liberty is all about.

A Matter Of Character

Jeff Jacoby, writing in the Boston Globe, on Barack Obama and his "mentor":

The problem for Obama is that [Jeremiah] Wright, the spiritual leader he has so long embraced, is a devotee not of [The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King] ... but of the poisonous hatemonger Louis Farrakhan, whom the church's magazine honored with a lifetime achievement award. The problem for Obama, who campaigns on a message of racial reconciliation, is that the "mentor" whose church he joined and has generously supported is a disciple not of King but of James Cone, founder of a "black liberation" theology that teaches its adherents to "accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy."
Obama can believe whatever he wants to believe.

He can maintain friendships with the most despicable of human beings if that's his wish.

But he comes to us, hat in hand, wanting our vote as well. Our sanction.

That will not happen. Now or ever.

Well, It Was a Nice Try

Barack Obama in his March 18 speech:

"But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now."

On second thought ... maybe we'll ignore it after all:
Obama Works to Shift Campaign Back to Domestic Issues
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

Charlotte, N.C. — Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday tried to steer his campaign from a focus on race that had threatened to envelop his candidacy and back to the economy, war and a host of other concerns.

One day after delivering a major address about the racial divide, Mr. Obama barely mentioned the topic on his first campaign visit to North Carolina. (link)
Obama should have condemned Jeremiah Wright's racist rantings, announced his dissociation from his church, and apologized for his transgressions.

Instead he danced.

Now he wants it all to just go away.

Ain't gonna happen. Unfortunately, it ain't gonna happen.

This Is The Guy Who's To Unite The Nation?

Somehow it doesn't seem to be working out that way. According to the most recent Rasmussen poll, a majority of Americans now view Barack Obama unfavorably.

The latest stats as of yesterday:

Hillary still leads in the unfavorable category - go figure - and rarely dips below 50% in this poll. But this is the worst Obama has ever scored.

So much for his speech to heal the festering wounds, and all that ...