Saturday, February 28, 2009
I vividly remember, as a small child in Logansport, Indiana, riding in my paternal grandparents' car, and hearing his resonant voice delivering the news. even before I paid much attention to what the news was.
He will be missed.
H/T to Drudge.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Well, that seems to be what's happening in Kansas.
Somebody please explain to me how this doesn't justify taking up arms against tyrannical government.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Despite President Barack Obama's vow to open government more than ever, the Justice Department is defending Bush administration decisions to keep secret many documents about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected terrorists.I suspect that President Barry got quite a splash of cold water in his face when he went from carping Democrat nominee to "President-elect" and, as a result, will adopt and pursue many of the same anti-terrorism policies of his predecessor.
And I'm delighted that even the sanctimonious boobs elevated to positions of responsibility by the mediocrity who is President Barry have recognized the effectiveness and importance of the strategies pursued by the former President.
But "change we can believe in"? Change in which I would believe would be if President Barry issued an apology to former President Bush for his sanctimonious and ill-informed attacks.
Of course, the nice thing about having a cult of personality is not having to tolerate demands for such honorable behavior.
Now, there's a YouTube that captures that pathos of the Obamorons, a parody of this video:
Wish I'd thought of it, and had the talent to pull it off. Alas, I must simply settle for linking to it.
H/T to Doug Mataconis.
With the policies that he's endorsing, of course, it's more appropriately categorized as the "Road to Serfdom" tour.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Now, I thought it a mistake for Gregg to agree to serve in this capacity. From what I know of Gregg, he is a fairly Conservative Senator, and service in a manifestly far-Left Administration would create inevitable conflicts.
But of course, some on the far Left is in high dudgeon over Gregg's decision. They dismiss it as mere "political games." I wonder what they were saying about those partisan, obstructionist Democrats who opposed the President's policies in 2001? Well, I don't really wonder.
So this is apparently the treatment of fundamental policy differences in this childishly-conceived "post-partisan" era: dismiss them as "obstructionist" (damn those obstructionist parties in the 1934 Reichstag!); belittle them; and declare anyone in disagreement with the new Administration somehow "unAmerican."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
If elected, Judge Alston --- the Circuit's President Judge --- would be the second Prince William jurist elevated to Court in recent years. Virginia Supreme Court Justice LeRoy F. Millette, Jr., was elevated to the Virginia Court of Appeals before being tapped for the Virginia Supreme Court.
Judge Alston grew up in Dale City, and is highly regarded for his abilities on the softball field.
Delegate Jackson Miller, Republican from Manassas, has apparently been championing Judge Alston's appointment.
UPDATE: Demonstrating uncharacteristic wisdom, the legislature has, in fact, selected Judge Alston for elevation.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
House Democrats in a General Laws subcommittee voted Wednesday to promote perversion by supporting Del. Adam Ebbin’s HB2385, which would require public employers to provide special protections to sexual deviants. A majority of the House Democratic Caucus co-patroned the bill.
H/T to Blue Commonwealth. 'Cept our friends over at Blue Commonwealth are a little slow on the uptake, and reported as "last night" something happening four days before.
Friday, February 06, 2009
It will come as no surprise to learn that this woman spent some quality time as a guest in one of California's state mental hospitals.
You know how to play, boys and girls. Just substitute your favorite target for paternalism ... er, protection from eeeeevil!, and replace whatever it is the far Left is up to with your solution.
Today's contestant: The Green Miles!
Here's the phrase of the day:
"All Virginia workers deserve protection from the health effects of secondhand smoke, not just ones who work in bars and restaurants."Here's how you plan: just replace the bold-faced words with parallels, like this:
All [American citizens] deserve protection from the [evils of the nanny state], not just those who [live in "Red" states].Or:
All [babies] deserve protection from [abortion], not just those who[se mothers are pro-life].Go ahead, you can play, too!
Thursday, February 05, 2009
According to Congressional Quarterly:
The normal procedure is for the director of the Census Bureau to report to the Secretary of Commerce.
The director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official.
The decision came after black and Hispanic leaders raised questions about Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg ’s commitment to funding the census.
Here's what one Lefty group was reported as saying about the appointment:
"Secretary of Commerce-designate Judd Gregg ’s record raises serious questions about his willingness to ensure that the 2010 census produces the most accurate possible count of the nation’s population,” the National Association of Latino Elected Officials said in a release on Tuesday, the day Gregg was named to the post. “Policymakers and planners at all levels of government rely on these data to make important decisions about their services, such as the number of teachers that will be needed in their classrooms, the best places to build new roads, or the best way to provide job training.”Of course, the notion that "Policymakers and planners at all levels of government rely on these data to make important decisions about their services, such as the number of teachers that will be needed in their classrooms, the best places to build new roads, or the best way to provide job training," is the false premise upon which this group proceeds.
The census has only one purpose: apportionment for purposes of congressional representation. Any other function served is, in fact, extra-, and therefore un-, constitutional.
No wonder the far Lefties want the Census out of the hands of a Republican. Now, to be sure, it isn't like the modern GOP will treat it as the limiting charter of government that it is. However, there's at least a fair to middlin' chance that someone who calls himself a Republican has at least read the document.
So much for that.
Virginia's Republican House Speaker Bill Howell announces that he's reached a "compromise" regarding a restaurant smoking ban. According to his press release:
The legislation would prohibit smoking in restaurants throughout Virginia, allowing several exceptions. The exceptions include restaurants with a designated smoking room that is physically separated and independently ventilated from non-smoking dining areas, any permanent outdoor patio area of a restaurant, any portion of a restaurant that is used exclusively for private functions, any private club as well as street-side “hotdog” stands and other mobile points of food service.Tell me: how does telling businessmen how to best serve their customers constitute a "compromise"? For this we elected Republicans?
If only Republicans and Democrats were as interested in regulating the conduct of people who leech off of the rest of us as they are in regulating tax producers, the law-abiding, and users of legal products.
Perhaps our estimable Speaker will miss his testicles. Of course, that presumes that he ever had any, a fact not in evidence.
Monday, February 02, 2009
President Barry has the first Cabinet whose tax-dodging members are in need of presidential pardons before they take office.
It's really too bad that she isn't with us.
My guess is that she'd have been up for a post in Barry's cabinet.