4/30/09

New power plant is online

The Lamar Repowering Project is online.

We went to the ARPA annual meeting and the new plant dedication ceremony today.

Here are a few photos. Leece will have more info in tomorrow's and following editions of the T-D. There are more photos of the new plant here.

Here is the La Junta crew, posing in front of the cooling towers of the new plant. Most of the Electric Department's line crew; several utilities board members; city manager Rick Klein, ARPA president and La Junta councilman Bob Friedenberger; Councilman Billie Johnson, assistant city manager Bill Jackson all attended the ceremony.


La Junta's Electrical Department superintendent, Lloyd Smith.


Utilities board member A.W. Hill



Arkansas River Power Authority president and La Junta city councilman Bob Friedenberger served as master of ceremonies for the annual meeting and commissioning ceremony.

4/29/09

The "Poser" Presidency

Michelle Malkin is on a roll over here:

100 Days of the Poser Presidency

An excerpt:

Obama appointed Leon Panetta, a chief of intelligence with no intelligence experience. He gave us Hillary Clinton, a secretary of state who cackled about the Somali pirate hijacking and laughed off serious questions about the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. He installed Rosa Brooks, a radical George Soros-trained ideologue as a top Pentagon adviser. He came close to embracing Charles Freeman as top U.S. intelligence analyst — a jihadi-sympathizing conspiracist who blamed America for 9/11.

And he appointed Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary who can’t get her facts straight about the 9/11 terrorists, pooh-poohed our immigration laws, disseminated a hit job on conservatives and veterans as rightwing extremist threats, and redefined acts of terrorism as “man-caused disasters.

That's not even getting into tax evaders and lobbyists in cabinet and other high-ranking posts; another Eunuch of the Treasury who can't figure out what happened to all the money; a collection of clueless Congressional Clowns urinating away hundreds of billions of dollars with no idea of what they're voting for ... what a target rich environment.

The Obama Presidency: The Administration of Unintended Consequences.

"Ex-specter-ate"

Rich Galen has a pretty good commentary about Arlen Specter and the state of the Republican party here:

An American Cyber-column

Adoration and adulation

So.

Today they are unveiling Michael D'Antuono's painting "The Truth", which depicts Obama in a kindasorta 'crucified' position, wearing a crown of thorns, while either unveiling or perhaps closing a veil upon, the presidential seal. How you perceive it depends on your ideological bent.

Here is an interesting observation from the artist:

" 'The Truth' is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation's current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue."

You know what? He's right on da munny with that.

Add to this mix previous comments by a US Senator on the senate floor and a number of comments from Obamanians, all comparing Obama to Jesus Christ to varying degrees.

What I find bothersome about this is not so much the implication that Obama is in fact the "Obamessiah", but that Obama has done nothing to dissuade his followers from doing these things.

Obama professes to be a "Christian". I know of no "Christian", either rabid fundamentalist or perhaps just a weekender or even just one who makes it to church on Christmas and Easter, who would be 'comfortable' with being compared to Christ, especially in such literal fashion. The far liberal left sees this as a silly superstition - but they miss the point that even if that is all it is, it is one that is very powerful. The far reactionary right sees this as indications that Obama is really the Antichrist - which is even loonier than the left's view, but it is still a very powerful emotion. Why would a politician alienate so many people?

Even if Obama is a "Christian" for vote-getting purposes only, does he not realize that this on-going comparison offends a lot of "Christians", self-styled or real or merely aspiring? It deeply offends people. He can't make them stop; it is after all a free country and this certainly falls under the concept of protected speech. But why would he not come out with a simple request, "Please don't do this; it offends a lot of people for no good reason." If you substitute 'voters' for 'people' you can see why this would be a useful political expedient if not a genuine concern over behavior that is tantamount in the minds of many to blasphemy.

Or is such adoration so important to Obama that he is willing to risk alienating so many voters? Does he feel that his hold is so solid that he doesn't have to be concerned with what these people think?

Why is he so willing to avoid offending Islamic believers, yet so indifferent to Christians? I don't buy into the Internet hype that the man is a closet Muslim, yet the question remains.

Why?

The man in the mask

So there is little evidence that masks work in preventing the spread of flu, according to an article on FoxNews this morning.

Can we trust that article?

Who knows.

Is this thing a real 'pandemic', worth getting rattled over?

Who knows. The MainStream Media is working overtime to make it one. Despite a plea from our Beloved Government for people to stop referring to it as 'swine flu', CNN and FoxNews and every talking head you can find while flipping through the channels continue to refer to it as 'swine flu'... even though it demonstrably is something other than that.

There's no doubt that it is a serious disease. I've had your average run-of-the-mill flu and will pass on repeating the experience. It's down home nasty stuff. People do in fact die from it.

But what's the mortality rate? Really, we aren't talking about 'Captain Trips' or 'Andromeda strain' or some super-Ebola here. Is this Oink flu really all that different from 'regular' flu? So far it does not seem to be.

First the MSM got the panic kicked into high gear with all their hype. Then the government got into it with that "state of public emergency" hype. Then they backed down on that. Kind of. Then we had that Peoples Workers Union or whatever it is screaming about how we needed Sebelius (you use her last name only, kind of like a Roman emperor) to save us. Me, I would rather have had Sanjay Gupta, who is a real doctor and who actually knows something about these things, but that ain't gonna happen.

And we have Sistah Jane going on before Congress, testifying about yet another subject where her ignorance is just off the scale.

We proceed apace in our Brave New World.

Oh ... don't let all this distract you from the 100th Day celebrations. They're unveiling "The Truth" today up in Union Square.

It passeth all understanding.

4/28/09

Origin of Oink flu traced ...

The government will save us!

Oink flu progresseth.

But we will be OK. Sebelius has been appointed. Sebelius has been sworn in. We will be saved!

Of course, Sebelius ain't nuthin' but the former governor of Kansas (how's that, Toto?)and is absolutely clueless about this sort of thing.

Meanwhile, we have no surgeon general nor do we have anyone other than temps running the CDC. Whose fault is that? George Bush's?

But ... Sebelius has been sworn in. Not only that, but Janet Napolitano is making the Oink flu a Homeland Security 'issue'. Given the great job Janet's done so far, I feel great about all this. The government will save us!

Meanwhile, Obama is 'furious' over the New York photo op. I dunno why. The goofball he put in charge had this to say:

Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, quickly apologized for Monday's incident after the planes prompted workers and residents to evacuate buildings in New York and New Jersey.

"Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," Caldera said. "While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it's clear that the mission created confusion and disruption."


Ya think? That "Federal authorities took proper steps ..." thing is about as self-serving a bit of snivelry as you'll find in any administration. Why?

Because those simpletons, having told the local authorities they were going to do it, then told them they couldn't tell anyone.

New York Police Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said the department had been alerted about the flight "with directives to local authorities not to disclose information about it."

Who's running this lashup? Larry? Moe? Or is it Curly?

Oink flu

It seems that the current regime doesn't want us referring to swine flu as swine flu. It seems that our friends in the world community of nations are banning US pork imports.

That's not good for economic stimulus. It also has nothing to do with flu, for that matter.

Then we have the Israeli deputy minister for health, one Yakov Litzman, declaring that the name 'swine' flu is offensive to Muslims and Jews. Talk about having your head up your politically correct backside.

He wants to call it "Mexican" flu. That's a dog that don't hunt, especially down Mexico way.

So let's call it "Oink" flu. It's actually an interesting combination of swine, human, and avian flu DNA, but we'll stick with "Oink" flu for now.

Meanwhile, fingers continue to point in all directions as Democratic operatives blame the Republicans ... say ... it just came to me ... we could call it "Pachyderm" flu ... because as previously noted, the Repubs resisted including pandemic funds in the stimulus bill. They are chewing the guts of Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine who actually voted for Porculus Americanus. They are also ignoring Chuck "Let 'em eat pork" Schumer, D-NY who said, back in the first week of February:

“All those little porky things that the House put in, the money for the [National] Mall or the sexually transmitted diseases or the flu pandemic, they’re all out,” Schumer said.

So we continue to come to grips with the vital issues of the day.

Specter jumps ship

Arlen Specter is jumping ship, abandoning the Republicans to become a Democrat.

His statement is here.

Well.

Actually, he makes some good points. For a self-serving weasel. But then they are all self-serving weasels, so what difference does it make?

I'm not a Republican, nor will I be. I'm not a Democrat, nor will I be. I have never registered for either party, though in past years, a long time in the past, I tended to vote more for Democrats than Republicans. That was before they became the shrill collection of moonbats that they are now. Nowadays they don't even make sense, even less sense than the Republicans, and that's saying something. A pox on both parties.

Neither party represents my interests, and certainly neither party represents the best interests of the nation. They are all a collection of self-serving, often nearly hysterical hypocrites. They are a collection of pandering political whores. The ignorance, laziness, and pathetically inept behavior we saw from them over Porculus Americanus, and the subsequent knee-jerking panic over the AIG bonuses merely emphasizes that they are a collection of clowns. The Clowns of Congress. How anyone can have any respect for them is beyond me. They are a joke. In many ways, they are an insult to the nation's founders.

Some will say that they have lost respect for Specter, switching parties like that, as though it were some kind of disloyalty. His switching doesn't bother me. I had no respect for the man anyway, and switching parties is just another self-serving expedient to get himself re-elected. He certainly saw the writing on the wall.

Now ... let's get back to our regularly scheduled buffoonery on Capitol Hill and in the Orchid Office.

Specter jumps ship

Conscience-shocking, air-polluting SUV

Earth Day

It was Earth Day.

Millions of people got up and got out to Save the Earth.

One of those millions was no less a personage than Our Dear Leader, the President of the United States.

He made his Earth Day speech, designed to inspire us all. Maybe it did. I don't know. I didn't hear it. So I guess it didnt inspire me.

Obama did, however, use 9,000 gallons of fuel to gad about the country, celebrating Earth Day and green living. That's even worse than Al Gore. As our commentator this morning points out, in one day, Obama used half again as much fuel as used by one of those conscience-shocking, air-polluting SUV's in ten years.

Did the president’s Earth Day speech really do so much to fight climate change that it was worth those 9,000 gallons? I guess President Obama’s policy advisors must have calculated that a speech in front of wind turbines in Iowa would be far more effective than an address from the White House in which the president explained that he was refraining from travel to help fight climate change. After all, due to that one trip, fourteen people must now stop driving their SUVs for an entire year just to undo the pollution recently released into our atmosphere by our president…


Barack H. Obama. Hypocrite-in-Chief, resident of the Orchid Office.

4/27/09

Chicken farming

A woman walks into an accountant's office and tells him that she needs to file her taxes.

The accountant says, Before we begin, I'll need to ask you a few questions."

He gets her name, address, social security number, etc.

And then asks "What's your occupation?"

"I'm a lady of the night," she says.

The accountant is somewhat taken aback and says, " Let's try to rephrase that."

The woman says, "OK, I'm a high-end call girl".

"No, that still won't work. Try again."

They both think for a minute; then the woman says, "I'm an elite chicken farmer."

The accountant asks, "What does chicken farming have to do with being a prostitute?"

"Well, I raised a thousand little peckers last year."

"Chicken Farmer it is."

Republicans and the flu

Talk about left-wing moonbattery. Jeez.

It seems that the New Flu is the fault of the Republicans. Why? Because they didn't vote for the stimulus bill, which contained $900 million for "Pandemic Preparation", or ... as we here at Blogger Central call it ... "Preparation P".

The Republicans were against the inclusion of this money in a so-called 'stimulus bill' not because they were against spending money on "Preparation P", but because it didn't belong in a so-called 'stimulus bill'. Like a lot of other money, for a lot of other projects, which have nothing to do with stimulating the economy, but everything to do with fleshing out porker projects.

The "Preparation P" money should have been allocated ... appropriated ... though the established bill-passage process. That was the Republican point. But nope, you can't get that through the heads of a lot of the liberal lefties. Case in point:

GOP Know-Nothings fought pandemic preparedness

Buddy, that guy is stretching it to the breaking point. There are a great many things were that "Know-Nothings" tag would fit the GOP perfectly, but this isn't one of them.

Meanwhile, the lefties are shrieking that Sebelius can save us, if the Republicans will but stop holding up her appointment as Secretary of HHS. Never mind that the hold up is over her tax problems. This is another one of those deals where We Must Act Boldly and Quickly, and be damned to the unthought about consequences.

Never mind that Obama has not only failed utterly to get a secretary for HHS, but he has also failed utterly to appoint anyone to any of the top 19 positions after the secretary.

Why is that, do you suppose? He doesn't have a health team in place:

As flu hits, holes in Obama health team

The Obama administration declared a “public health emergency” Sunday to confront the swine flu — but is heading into its first medical outbreak without a secretary of Health and Human Services or appointees in any of the department’s 19 key posts.

President Barack Obama has not yet chosen a surgeon general or the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His choice to run the Food and Drug Administration awaits confirmation.


Why?

Why are we messing about with witch hunts over waterboarding a collection of murdering Islamic thugs, while we have no health team in place?

Kent State redux

Dozens of Kent State students arrested

Wow. Kent State.

I remember the last dust up at Kent State. They were holding a protest over the incursion into Cambodia that had begun a few days earlier.

The war had been winding down, and the Cambodian incursion by ARVN - the Army of South Viet Nam on April 29, 1970, had gotten the wind up a bit but the real hoo-hah started after the US Army went in on May 1, 1970. Many people saw it as an escalation of the war. I did not. After the Cambodian incursion, enemy action in the Delta quieted down to an almost non-existent level.

At that time I was down in Can Tho province, and we had been running the secret bombing of Cambodia prior to the incursion. If you are interested in such things, you can find a bit of background on it here:

OL-26, Binh Thuy

and with some better external links here:

OL-25, Ubon RTAB

and of course there is a wealth of info about the Kent State shootings to be found simply by Googling.

The thing is, Kent State was not one of those campuses known for a lot of radical or anti-war (not necessarily the same thing) activities. Kent State was a pretty laid-back university, and protests tended to be well-mannered and ... civilized. The one in May, 1970, got way out of hand.

Wikipedia, though often not considered a reliable reference source (with good reason), has a pretty good overview of the 1970 riot:

Kent State shootings 1970

and here is John Filo's Pulitzer prize-winning photo of the aftermath of the shootings:




Whether you agree with the 1970 protesters or not, or their methods, they were at least standing up for a cause of some consequence.

The Kent State of today seems to be just another collection of rowdy drunks with nothing better to do than party till they puke, then start destroying property.

What a shame.

Not really an emergency

Nope.

It apparently really isn't all that much of an emergency.

The Obamessiah says we should be in a heightened state of alert, or alertness, over The New Flu. We should not be alarmed. The public state of emergency is not really an 'emergency' emergency.

I am not sure what this means.

Meanwhile, I remain alert. I have the sniffles. I am not sure if this is due to allergies or some nefarious viral skulduggery. I am wondering if I should seek medical assistance. After all, over the last three weeks I have suffered bronchitis and strep throat. As an Old Fart, am I at risk? Is my immuno-system deficient? Shall I wear a surgical mask? Shall I avoid shaking hands with people? Should I become an obsessive hand-washer? Should I carry a spray can of Lysol with me, and spray all door knobs, keyboards, etc etc etc before touching them? Should I spray the air when someone comes into the office? Should I carry Clorox wipes with me?

I am not sure. We are in a 'state of public emergency' but not really.

If I spray you with Lysol, please do not take offense. If I refuse to shake hands with you, please do not take offense. If I hold up a sheet of paper between us as we talk, please do not take offense. I am complying with Our President's instructions to remain alert. I am taking 'precautionary measures'.

Is it true that Janet Napolitano, who still thinks - along with John McCain - that the 9/11 terrorists snuck in ... sneaked in ... through Canada ... is it true that she really thinks the New Flu virus snuck in ... sneaked in ... across the Canadian border in a truckload of Canadian bacon that was really imported from China, and was bound for Walmarts all across the US?

We are following our Dear Leader's advice and are remaining calm.

When may we expect to receive our free Federally-funded surgical masks?

Flu and other doings

The MSM is going nuts over the so-called 'swine flu' outbreak, over which a state of public emergency has been declared here in the US.

Emergency? Well ... maybe that's the thing to do. I dunno. The very fact that we are in a declared state of 'emergency' gives me visions of Stephen King's "The Stand", one of his best novels. I have visions of "Outbreak". "Andromeda Strain". A bunch of other doomsday stories of that ilk.

It seems that this strain of flu - which apparently has DNA tidbits from swine, avian, and human flu viruses - is running about a 6% mortality rate down in Mexico. So far it has a 0% mortality rate here in the US. Hopefully it will stay that way.

Meanwhile, we have the continuing saga of "Mr. Transparency in Government" Obama's appointee to the number 2 spot at HUD, Ron Sim.

Ron Sim is hardly a paragon of governmental transparency. This guy was so secretive it took a significant lawsuit to get him to release records about the 2004 gubernatorial elections up in Washington State. It was a hotly contested election so some transparency in the records and vote counts and related issues was kind of important. This upstart blogger, Stephan Sharkansky, tried to get those records through the various open records laws, and was blocked at every turn by Sims. So Stephansky sued King County, Washington.

King County just settled with Sharkansky for $225,000.

A comment from Sharkansky:

The documents that they eventually provided to me revealed that county election officials unlawfully counted hundreds of ineligible ballots in the 2004 election: a multiple of Christine Gregoire’s 133-vote “margin of victory” over Dino Rossi in the contested gubernatorial race. Documentation of these illegal votes was withheld from discovery in the election contest trial and not released to me until months after the trial. Consequently, the trial was conducted in ignorance of these potentially outcome-changing illegal votes.

Anyone want to make any bets that this Congress is going to have any problems with confirming Sims? All the man needs to make him an absolute down home shoo-in is some delinquent tax 'issues'.

4/26/09

Commentary on "PerezHilton"

Chris Muir has a good commentary on PerezHilton, the trash-talking gay blade who had a hissy fit over Miss California's politically incorrect response to his/her question about gay marriage:

Day by Day

Ain't it innerestin' how these Hollywooders can scream about tolerance, rights, equality ... but exhibit none of that toward anyone who dares disagee with their shallow thought processes?

We're all supposed to accept their load of self-centered crap, and if we don't, we must be homophobic, intolerant, narrow-minded, unenlightened hicks from the sticks.

Yup. We're supposed to sweat the opinions of PerezHilton, the fluttery, trash-mouthed, bigoted queen who gets all a-twitter over the idea of doing Paris Hilton's makeup.

What a clown. What a sad, pathetic, confused clown.

Glory! Glory! Glory! The first hundred days passeth all understanding!

Really. Remember when Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen actually gave a speech on the floor of the United States Senate, saying that "Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus"?

Remember when Democratic operative Donna Brazile (yep, the Brazile who scarfed the Obama Blanket at the inauguration: "We have a black president! It's free!") made this comment on CNN:

The Bible says to whom much is given much is required and it comes out of that tradition. So it was insulting to see both, you know, the governor as well as Mayor Giuliani criticize people. There’s some on the Internet now that Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor. And perhaps they should understand the role of a community organizer, do help people in distress.


Here is Michael D'Antuono's "The Truth", which is to be unveiled on The One Hundredth Day of the Obamessiah's reign:



The painting is going to be exhibited Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the South Plaza of Union Square Park at 14th Street in New York City.

Yep. That's a crown of thorns on His head.Don't see any nail scars, however.

D'Antuono is not some fleamarket velvet Elvis hack; he is an artist of note:

About Michael D'Antuono

Michael D'Antuono studied in New York and Paris earning a B.F.A. from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. He was an art director for the advertising agency DMB&B creating award winning national campaigns including one that ran for 20 years and a freelance illustrator working for major ad agencies and national publications before deciding to bring his skills to the world of fine art. His work has been shown in New York, Las Vegas, Aspen and California.

Website: http://www.dantuonoarts.com/

4/25/09

Rapids vs. Fireballs

From today (Saturday) at the Middle School, Rapids vs. Fireballs. Rapids are in blue. While this age group still shows some tendencies toward 'herd ball', most of the kids are starting to get into the game and are developing some good soccer skills.







Guns make colleges and universities safeer

Day, Liebowitz and Pirrong: Guns make colleges safer

04:56 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mass public shootings are a horrific feature of modern life. Many of the bloodiest examples of this scourge have occurred on college campuses. As professors, we are particularly sensitive to this danger.

Despite this – no, because of this – we support a bill currently pending in the Texas Legislature that would permit the concealed carrying of firearms on college and university campuses in the state by holders of concealed-handgun permits.
Any public policy involving matters of life and death should be decided only after weighing carefully the competing risks. Examining the relevant facts and data indicates that permitting Texas permit holders to carry weapons on college campuses would improve safety because:

•The best available empirical evidence shows that concealed-carry laws reduce the incidence of mass public shootings.

•Mass public shootings occur almost exclusively in places – like universities – where concealed carry is proscribed.

•There are numerous examples of firearms owners acting to disarm would-be mass murderers, thereby saving lives.

•Concealed-handgun-permit holders are overwhelmingly law-abiding individuals.

If gun bans truly reduced the risk of mass public shootings, then gun-free zones would be refuges from such havoc. Sadly, the exact opposite is true. All multiple-victim public shootings in the United States with more than three fatalities have occurred where concealed handguns are prohibited. Moreover, the worst primary and secondary school shootings have occurred in Europe, despite its draconian gun laws.

Furthermore, peer-reviewed research demonstrates that the passage of a concealed-carry law reduces incidents of mass public shootings. Tellingly, those episodes that have occurred in states allowing concealed carry overwhelmingly happened in places like schools and malls, where concealed carry was prohibited.

These facts should not be surprising. Gun-free zones are magnets for killers bent on maximizing their body count. They know that they face far less risk of quickly being stopped there. There are numerous cases in which private firearm owners have disarmed or disabled those attempting to murder indiscriminately in public places.

In such circumstances, police officers and other "first responders" are anything but. The true first responders are often armed citizens who are in the line of fire. The possibility that a legally armed citizen could distract or disable an assailant could be the difference between life and death for potential victims.

Nor are the benefits of permitting concealed carry on campus limited to its effect on the likelihood of mass carnage. Numerous peer-reviewed academic studies document that concealed-carry laws reduce rates of violent crime. Therefore, extending the right to carry will also help reduce the rates of crimes against individuals that occur all too frequently in gun-free zones, such as college campuses.

On risks that concealed-carry licensees pose to their fellow citizens, the record is abundantly clear. Based on recent data, Texas permit holders commit misdemeanors and felonies at a rate of about one-seventh that of the rest of the population. For violent crimes, the rates are even lower.

Opponents of permitting concealed carry on campus raise concerns about guns in dormitories. These are misplaced. The bill would allow universities to prohibit weapon storage in dorms.

When concealed-carry laws were first proposed, opponents prophesied a plague of indiscriminate gunplay. It didn't happen. Similar apocalyptic fears are being raised now. The facts, though, demonstrate that concealed carry will reduce mass shootings.
As college professors, we want to reduce the odds of a Virginia Tech massacre happening on a Texas college campus. That's why we encourage the Texas Legislature to allow concealed carry on the state's college campuses.

Theodore Day is a professor of finance and Stan Liebowitz is the Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics, both at the University of Texas at Dallas; Craig Pirrong is a professor of finance at the University of Houston. The three may be reached through stan@liebowitz.biz.

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!

That is the sad truth. Despite the best efforts of the police, too often they end up being social garbagemen, cleaning up the mess after the fact.

Create your own gun free zone: It's time to stop the madness!

4/24/09

"Torture memos aren't criminal"

Here's another thing to consider about the Democrats' witch hunt, their zeal to prosecute the attorneys who wrote the opinions that opened the way for 'enhanced' interrogation.

Can you prosecute a lawyer for giving an opinion?

Ruben Navarrette, Jr. asks that very question and mulls it over a bit in his CNN commentary this morning:

Torture memos aren't criminal

Huh. How about that. What a concept.

Navarrette is quite critical, and rightfully so, of Obama's waffling on the deal. He is also critical of Obama's buck-passing, sluffing it all off on Eric Holder, in a Pontius Pilate-like hand-washing. In other words, Obama threw Holder under the bus, because whatever Holder does, those who disagree will be hollering for his head.

That's a real confidence builder in presidential leadership.

Another good point: Dubya and his AG, Alberto Gonzales, were accused of politicizing the Justice Department. What has Obama done but the same thing? He has dumped a political problem right in Holder's lap and left him twisting in the wind.

Most interesting to me is that Navarrette says he has changed his views on 'torture'. For years he has been against it. Now, he says he sees it differently:

But now, acknowledging that the Bush administration did something right in preventing more attacks, I've come around to the view that we can't afford to take any option away from interrogators as they try to prevent an attack that could cost thousands of lives.

Too many Americans keep forgetting that the threat we face is real, and unrelenting. In fact, the Bush administration claimed that just a few months after 9/11, it thwarted a planned attack on Los Angeles where al Qaeda intended to use shoe bombers to hijack an airplane and fly it into the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in the city. If enhanced interrogation played a role in foiling that plot, wouldn't it have been worth the cost?

After all the bobbing and weaving this week, I'm not really sure what President Obama believes about torture or what to do with those who authorize it. And, at this point, I don't care.

All I care about is that Obama choose a position and sticks to it, and that, as commander-in-chief, he fully grasps the enormous responsibilities that came with the office.

Perhaps some of this will rub off on our beloved Speaker of the House, who seems more detached from reality every day.

Time to start freaking out ...

That's a link within William Jacobson's post over on Legal Insurrection:

'What if' may be here soon

It's about the Taliban in Pakistan. As you know, the Taliban have been closing in on Islamabad, as well as the nuke storage areas in Attock and Rawalpindi.

The basic post is an interesting read, as are the links within the post.

4/23/09

A fine evening indeed

We did a short ride down Road CC, to the west, out to Road 22 and back. This is a five miler, and entails a gentle rise to the intersection of CC and 22. There was a good breeze, noticeable but not overwhelming.

The fields are looking and smelling good. The greens are vibrant and bright. Water is gurgling in the ditches, and the trees are finally coming out of hiding after the freeze and the snow from a couple of weeks ago.

After the ride, we did burgers on the grill, rounding out a fine evening indeed.

"... not quite that cut and dried ..."

That's what Obama is saying now about prosecuting the Bushies over allegations of 'torture'.

Of course it isn't, especially now that we are finding that Congressional leadership - including Nancy Pelosi - were periodically briefed on all this, and that Pelosi raised no objections.

It just wouldn't do to end up prosecuting the Speaker of the House as an accomplice, would it?

Obama resists

Here's a good one:

Lawmakers in the loop

Republicans, hoping to turn the tables on Democrats who are open to prosecuting Bush-era lawyers for justifying "enhanced" interrogation techniques, are seeking to reveal the names of those lawmakers who were briefed on the tactics as much as seven years ago.

FOX News has learned there were more than 30 meetings and briefings with members of Congress on the subject since 2002.

The first such briefing dealt with the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the Al Qaeda operations chief who ran the training camps in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11 hijackers were trained. Sources said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the speaker of the House, attended the meeting with then-Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. (who later became CIA director), and she did not raise any objections.


But Pelosi, apparently oblivious to her complicit culpability, insists on a "Truth Commission" to investigate the Bushies. "She isn't backing down ..." one source says.

Let's go for it. Let's have the witch hunt. Let's get all the evidence on the table. All Obama has to do is release the memos called for by Dick Cheney.

Then they can impeach Pelosi for criminal conspiracy and complicity.

A pirate souvenir

Malarkey

We were sipping convenience store cappies at the outside table at the Holy Land Quickee's.

"Say, that Betsey Malarkey sure has missed the boat, ain't she?" opined DinkyDau Billy, who was dunking his Grandma's 'choklit fudge' cookies in his cappie.

"How so?" asked Tookie, who was riffling through the latest copy of Colorado Municipalities. She was checking out the technology articles.

"Well, she seems to think the whole PCMS expansion thing was a brainchild of Keith Eastin's, and now that he's retiring, the whole thing is going away."

"Oh. Yeah, I saw that. If she really thinks that, then she's even more clueless than I imagined," Toot Sweet replied.

"Where does it come from, then?" asked Leece.

"A lot of it comes out of DCSOPS, and a lot comes out of TRADOC," Billy told them, "and those are the military people, the generals, the ones who decide how the Army is going to fight and what it's going to need to fight. They make the determination of what they need."

"Huh?" Tookie was baffled by the acronyms.

"Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training and Doctrine Command," he explained, " Bob Cone, a full general, commands TRADOC (updated 11.03.2011). He's a four-star, West Pointer, very well-educated, with a good political background, and command experience in Iraq. 'DCSOPS' is an obsolete term, I think. Look for 'G-3/5/7', which is a combined staff function in The New Army. It's 'Operations, Plans, and Training."

"Huh?"

"Yeah. Actually, it's a bit of a chore to dig up anything specific about G-3/5/7, compared to all the other HQ Army staff functions. They maintain an extranet called "US Army G-3/5/7: Center of the Universe" but it isn't open to the public. It even shows up with an untrusted security certificate. That oughta spook people away.  Lieutenant General Jack Sterling is DCG/CS for that outfit."

"What about civilian oversight of the army?" Leece asked.

"What about it? That doesn't mean the civilians are going to actually run the field army. They control the military through certain ways and means, and the service secretaries and secretary of defense are civilians ... check this thought. Right now, the Democrats are on a major witch hunt. They want to hang a bunch of Bushies. It has nothing to do with 'American moral values'; it is purely political. Do you really think if any Democrats were involved in those CIA memos we'd be seeing this nonsense? So Obama, waffling like the virgin politician he really is, has opened the door to prosecuting people. What's that going to accomplish? The CIA is going to close up like a clam; our intel is going to dry up; we'll get slammed with another 9/11...and you'll see Congresscritters pointing fingers everywhere. Then the Army is going to say they need that Pinon Canyon land last week, and you'll have an eminent domain taking that will make the last one look like a walk in the park. Southeast Colorado don't mean squat to those politicians."

"True. Look at the conduit funding. Look at all John Salazar's little porkfests, none of which are in southeast Colorado."

"It's all a bunch of political posturing and pandering on the part of the Colorado Congressional delegation. They make a lot of noise and the ranchers are happy. But Eastin was a civilian, not military, political appointee. He had a job assignment that he worked. But he was not the driving force behind it, not at all."

"Hmmmm..." Tookie was thoughtful.

"And here's another one: the Army is not accustomed to losing. They see this as a battle. Strategies and tactics. They came in at first with a measure of overconfidence, I think. That's gone. That doesn't mean they are whipped. It just means they come back with a different attack. That's what they do, and they are very, very good at it. If they really want that land, they will have it, sooner or later. If Obama screws the pooch over those memos and intelligence, and we have every indication that this is exactly what he is doing, then it is likely to be sooner rather than later."

We all sat there, sipping our cappies. Thoughtfully.

Napolitano strikes again

Now she has managed to aggravate the Canadians:

Canadian terrorists

Really. That woman should try reading some of her own department's memos.

No, wait. Maybe that's her problem. She is reading them.

I sleep ever so much more soundly at night, knowing that Janet is on the job.

Meanwhile, over on Day by Day ...

Chris Muir has posted a great 'toon. It speaks to the truth on so many levels, from how the Federal government sees we Hicks from the Sticks, to how our own governor, Bill Ritter, sees southeast Colorado:

Day by Day

We really don't need the conduit. They should take the $60 million and then some, and use it for, like, stuff, you know, that they really need up in, like, you know, Boulder and those places.

And we really need to get rid of TABOR. Did you know that because of TABOR, we aren't in as deep a hole as, like, you know, Ohio and New York? And that means we here in Colorado won't be getting near as much of all that free Federal munny.

That's not right. We need to spend much, much, much more, so we qualify for more free munny.

The Feds can always borrow more from the Chinese and the Indians, maybe even the Somalians, and give it to us. Well, not 'us'. Give it to the general assembly, who know far better than we do what to do with our munny.

But if it's borrowed from the Chinaman, is it really 'our' munny? Ah well. The grandkids can work that one out.

Obama waffled - and looks weak

Yep.

That's the title of a commentary by Ed Rollins, over on CNN of all places.

Here it is:

Obama waffled on torture -- and looks weak

It's worth a read. I would say that Obama and all of his little witch hunters really should give a good read and ponder it awhile.

4/22/09

Youth soccer in the Smile Hi City

Here are some shots from the La Junta Rapids/Swink Lions soccer game this afternoon:



"Enhanced" interrogation

Michael Ramirez' latest political cartoon:

2,974 reasons for supporting 'enhanced' interrogation

We have a long way to go before we lose our collective "moral compass". OTOH, I would say that the likes of PerezHilton, the Queen of the Night or whatever she calls himself, spewing hate speech and hurling obscene insults at beauty pageant contestants who actually have enough enough brains to answer other than "Whirled Peas", push us a fair way down that track.

Hang 'em high!

That's what some of our friends in the Democratic Party want to do with as many former Bushians as they can get up on the gallows. They are still going on about 'torture'. Tax evasion is OK, but 'torture' of terrorist thugs is not.

Well.

At the end of March, former Veep Dick Cheney told news sources that he thought Obama was making some bad choices fighting the Overseas Contingency effort. Remember, we no longer have a War on Terror.

So Obama released the CIA memos. Was this supposed to be a "Yo mama!" reaction from the Obama regime to Cheney's comments? Or was it just coincidence? Who really knows ...

Obama is also on the record as saying that he doesn't want to prosecute former Bushians. This, according to Rahm "The Fish" Emanuel, is because Our President is "forward looking".

But after Cheney started beating his gums, Obama flip-flopped on that, and is now saying he's amenable to prosecution, but that it's up to Eric Holder, that paragon of ethical legal behavior.

The CIA doesn't want the memos released:

"High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used" [Admiral Dennis Blair] wrote, "and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa'ida organization that was attacking this country.

Blair is the Director of National Intelligence.

But Cheney, faced with a bunch of Democrats on a witch hunt, is calling for the release of a bunch of memos, really juicy ones. Cheney wants the American people to see the info that was obtained by waterboarding these thugs, and decide for themselves if it was worth it.

CIA definitely does not want those memos released.

Cheney just raised and called. Does Obama have the stones to see it through?

Southeast Colorado: On a par with bull semen

Well, once again we see how the Biggies up in Denver hold southeast Colorado in contempt.

Southeast Colorado is of little consequence in the overall scheme of things.

"Wild Bill" Ritter is looking to siphon off that $60 million that was to be used for the Conduit, to help shore up the state's budget shortfall.

In other words, the $60 million from the Colorado Water Conservation Board's perpetual fund may not be quite so 'perpetual', as Ritter and his henchmen in the general assembly think of how it can be used to fund their metro area pork fests. (correction: the raid on CWCB encompasses only $35 million, some of which 'may' be returned over time.)

That puts us on a par with bull semen.

Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, said he'd like to start by getting rid of a capital gains tax credit for Colorado assets. If the state started by eliminating the exemption just for people earning more than $250,000, it could take in an estimated $25 million more a year in taxes, he said.

Romer proposed keeping sales tax exemptions only on food purchased with food stamps, prescription drugs and manufacturing materials, and throwing out all the rest, including breaks on things like gold bullion, bull semen, farm equipment and newspapers. He said special interest groups would then be forced to come to lawmakers and justify why the breaks make sense for the state.


Of course, the Democrats want to kill sales tax exemptions on all food other than that purchased with food stamps, too.

What's next? A 'surcharge' on each flush of the toilet?

What's in your water glass this morning?

Oh...speaking of porkfests...our beloved Brother John sure hasn't been funneling any pork into southeastern Colorado, probably because we're such beef lovers. It couldn't have anything to do with Otero County being a red county, now could it:

John Salazar's 'earmarks'

More fiscal tomfoolery

Meanwhile, the top ten recipients of bailout money continue to spend piles on lobbying. $9.5 million is the figure quoted. That's not much in contrast to billions and billions ... but what's in your wallet this morning?

Top bailed out firms have money for lobbying

Meanwhile, our beloved Eunuch of the Treasury, Timmy Geithner, has reportedly finished handing over $30 billion more to AIG, while Chris Dodd's favorite mortgage company, Countrywide, the outfit that cut him the special deal, has also gotten its fingers deeper into the bailout pie.

Nailing Obama to the wall

All of our new found 'friends' in Latin America are so busy nailing The American President to the wall they hardly seem to have time to ask for handouts.

Fidel Castro: Obama 'misinterpreted' Raul's comments

Here's a bit more on the cute, pudgy, loveable little socialist that so kindly gave The American President the Book of Revelation(s) on Latin America:

Chavez' human rights transgressions

And now the spin is that Chavez 'embarrassed' the president by schmoozing with the book. Word is that Obama gave him a 'stern talking to' afterward. Right. Like the UN's 'stern' resolution that has so brought the pirates quaking to their knees.

Bill O'Reilly screws the pooch

Last evening Billy O'Reilly didn't do such a great job interviewing a couple of young fellows about "torture" of terrorist suspects.

One of them was former Army captain Dave Rittgers, now a legal analyst for the Cato Institute. Rittgers served as an infantry officer, and was also in Special Forces. He wasn't one of the chairborne commandos who so often serve as 'experts' for the talking heads.

Rittgers makes a number of good points about using 'torture' as a 'fishing expedition'. I have to agree with Rittgers on this one. I'd tell you anything I thought you wanted to hear if you were shoving my snoot in the toilet.

Peter Zeihan, VP for Stratfor.com, agreed with Rittgers, though he offered the idea that 'torture' or 'intensive interrogation' - whatever you want to call it - is more productive when you know that the 'interviewee' actually knows something specific about a specific threat. I agree with that, too.

O'Reilly, not getting what he wanted to hear, actually told the two that he was losing patience with them.

Sorry, Bill. You screwed the pooch on this one, pal.

Here's a video link to DailyKos, the leftwing rag that is generally over the top in Kool-Aid sales.

Rittgers takes on O'Reilly

4/21/09

Illegal immigration isn't really illegal

That's the gospel according to Saint Janet:

And yes, when we find illegal workers, yes, appropriate action, some of which is criminal, most of that is civil, because crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil. But anyway, going after those as well.


That's from her session with Larry King on CNN.

Well.

Janet Napolitano, our Secretary of Homeland Defense, is apparently unaware of US Code Title 8 Section 1325, which makes illegal border crossing a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for the second and subsequent offenses. Last time I looked, "misdemeanors" and "felonies" were crimes.

Apparently that is no longer the case in the Obama regime. That's understandable. If Geithner and the rest of the tax evaders who are running the country are not really tax evaders under the Obama definition, then obviously illegal immigrants are not illegals if that's how the Obamanians decide to read the law. But then, if they don't bother to read outrageous spending bills, why should they bother reading the law?

The Billions-dollar handshake

The Obama PR firms - CNN, MSNBC, etc etc etc ad nauseam - would have us believe that the problems between the US and Venezuela are all based on George Bush's ... well, meanness. And stupidity, of course. Bush was both mean and stupid, you see.

It has nothing to do with this, which is from Liz Peek's most recent commentary:

Since being elected president in 1998, Chavez has

- steadily whittled away at freedom of the press

- has initiated price and foreign exchange controls

- has been cited by Amnesty International as sponsoring torture

- has eliminated term limits, established Soviet-style “Bolivarian Circles” to spy on citizens

- crushed political opponents


Or perhaps this:

The World Democracy Audit, relying on findings from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others, ranks Venezuela 134 out of 179 countries in its propensity towards corruption — right up there with Bangladesh and above Sierra Leone and Liberia. In its democratic practices, Venezuela ranks 128 out of 179. The Heritage Foundation puts Venezuela 174th in its ranking of economic freedom; Iran is 168th.

Probably none of that. Remember, Hillary Clinton has done another one of those famous flip-flops on human rights violations re China; why should Venezuela be any different? We have a chance for a cheap, strutting, megalomaniacal thug to pose with the American President, and tell us that he likes us now. Human rights are nothing compared to that.

Then there is the rampant inflation and deficit that The Bandit of Caracas is running up. Here's a great quote from Peek's article:

Short of a miraculous recovery in oil prices, Chavez is facing a crisis. Without surpluses quieting his opponents and funding his popularity campaign, he may not survive. His out? Befriend the new president of the United States, who is so desperate to distinguish himself from his predecessor that he will doubtless jump at the chance to buy Chavez’ friendship. What will be the price of that handshake? $16 billion?

There ya go. Thank you sir may I have another?

Las venas abiertas de América Latina

Eduardo Galeano wrote that book, the one which Hugo Chavez presented to Barack Obama, back in 1971.

Our leftie colleagues are drooling over it as though it were a fount of Obamanian Kool-Aid, a locker full of Hopium, a new Book of Revelation.

It is a Marxist bit of left-wing propaganda, holding the United States and to a somewhat lesser extent, Europeans, responsible for five hundred years of 'exploitation' of Latin America.

It is remarkably self-serving, and I can see why the likes of Chavez, Ortega, and the rest of the Marxist/socialist bandits that run those sad little countries think so much of it. Galeano ignores the miseries and woes, the plundering, the imprisonments, the oppression, brought upon the people of those sad little countries by their own countrymen, by their own governments. As one reviewer put it, in a review published before April 20, "... Galeano lists a lot of correct facts, but draws many wrong conclusions, ignoring the crimes and collusion of his own governments and leaders in the oppression of the Latin American peoples." That is a review with which I can certainly agree.

The fact is, when it was first published, it didn't sell well. It didn't get great reviews, either. Yet rather remarkably, if you go to Amazon.com, you will find a multitude of reviews, most of them dated ... ta da! 04.20.2009. And of course, it is now a best seller. It has been Discovered!

It was required reading way back then, in many polysci classes, especially those having to do with governments in ... Latin America. I became familiar with it sometime around 1977 or so. I was not impressed with Galeano then, and nothing has changed since to affect that observation. The man is an apologist for the communist and socialist regimes of the region.

Of course, I am a "right-wing extremist", according to our Secretary of Homeland Security, an Enemy of the State, so you would expect that of me. Perhaps I shall be sent to a re-education camp, where I will be given a copy of Galeano's book to memorize.

4/20/09

Mayoral proclamation

Beverly Babb has been working with a group of young people on the Trash to Treasure project. At tonight's meeting, the mayor signed the proclamation for the event:



and here, Babb receives a bouquet of roses from the Mayor. Babb is an active and enthusiastic community supporter who is involved in a number of projects, and the sentiment expressed by the presentation of the roses is well-deserved:



Tomorrow's Tribune-Democrat will have more details.

"Beauty" pageants

Defenders of the meat-market revues such as Miss USA, Miss America and the various state pageants are quick to point out that they are really talent contests, wherein the contestants must demonstrate poise, wit, charm, intelligence, individualism, and so on ... all in addition to being ... well, dare we say it ... real babes.

This weekend's Miss USA contest puts the lie to that nonsense.

Miss California actually had the audacity to answer a question with what she really thought, rather than what would make the judges and organizers happy. It may well have cost her the crown.

When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

Holy batpoop, Robin! Hilton about flipped his/her wig over that answer.

But then we have this:

Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.

"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."


What self-serving drivel. It doesn't even make sense.

What they wanted was a politically-correct answer, and they didn't get it. Now they are running around having hissy fits over it.

Prejean was asked a question by a Perez Hilton, a character who describes himself as "The Queen of all media". Prejean answered the question politely and honestly.

This is what "The Queen" had to say about that:

Hilton, the self proclaimed "Queen of all media" who has campaigned for gay equal rights, called the answer “the worst answer in pageant history”.

On a video blog on his website Hilton said, “She lost not because she doesn’t believe in gay marriage, she lost because she’s a dumb bitch!


Hilton's real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.

Terra.com named him Hispanic of the Year last year, in connection with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Terra.com is obviously not an organization that is worthy of credence, especially considering their current lovefest with the likes of Hugo Chavez and his henchmen.

These so-called 'beauty pageants' fall into that category as well, if the best they can come up with for judges is a confused twinkie whose best response is "she's a dumb bitch".

It's mind-boggling to me. Gays and their supporters whine and cry and carry on about how people ridicule them, poke fun at them, stereotype them; they throw fits over every slight, real or imagined ... yet it is perfectly OK for them to refer to a kid who was polite and truthful as a 'dumb bitch'.

No doubt our Blogger Central characterization of PerezHilton as a 'confused twinkie' will be seen as gay-bashing of some kind.

So be it.

"Political fellatio"

That's how No Quarter describes Obama's sorry sucking up to Hugo Chavez and the other Latin American poster boy for human rights violations, Daniel Ortega, and that's pretty much on da munny:

Obama proves stupid is as stupid does

Consider this:

"To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements," President Obama said to the Summit of the Americas this evening. "I'm very grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was 3 months old."


I have to agree with Charles Krauthammer, who opines that this is just another example of Obama's narcissistic personality. It's all about Obama. It isn't about his country. As Krauthammer points out, it has been the policy of this country since Eisenhower and Kennedy to contain the Castros' repressive, murdering communist regime. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard put it this way regarding Cuba: "Look, this is a Leninist state, and what the Cubans want is to open relations with the United States and get some economic benefits from that without changing anything, without changing that kind of state. And remember who the political prisoners are. These aren't people, these are not bomb throwers. These are not terrorists. They are people like librarians and writers."

Obama should have defended his country, not obsessed with gratitude that he had not been 'blamed'. Blamed, we add, by "... a strutting, clownish thug who runs an insignificant country ..." Actually, Krauthammer used that to describe Chavez, but it fits pretty much all of them.

Obama is more worried about what these thugs think of him. Any American president worth a fart in a high wind would have defended his country, rather than sit there and listen to Ortega's 53 minutes of self-serving drivel, and then try to defend such snivelry with such a banality as "... we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements ...".

What Obama has done is provide a means of validation for these thugs. By engaging these political bandits, by sitting there and taking their verbal abuse, he has not done a thing for these United States. All he has done is make himself look like a grinning buffoon, to be played by cheap gangsters.

On top of that, the book Obama was given by Chavez, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent is a pathetic bit of Marxist propaganda that blames the United States and Europe for all of Latin and South America's woes for the last five hundred years. Author Galeano has nothing to say about the criminal, corrupt native governments that have raped, pillaged, and bled the populations of these countries. No, none of that matters. It's all America's fault.

What a shameful performance by an American president.

Oh, what BS!

Bull ... semen.

Yep.

The Federal gummint ain't the only bunch that has lost its collective mind. Our beloved state legislators are doing a pretty good imitation of a Happy Meal short a few fries, too. In fact, that same line is used in "Andrew Ripemoff"'s latest article.

Some excerpts, just to get things going:

"Let’s balance the budget by cutting back expenses," said every Republican not living in Loveland or named Al. "We can start with convicts. They don’t need elaborate recreational and educational programs."

"No!" Said Democrats, who refused to cut prison entertainment budgets out of loyalty to their most faithful constituents.

I love that last line. Reminds me of Public Defenders and their 'investigators'.

As you know, the state's Democrats were kicking around the idea of raiding Pinnocol's reserves. That dog doesn't seem to be hunting well these days. More on that from the article:

So Boulder Representative Jack Pommer and Senator Weissmann and others played the class envy card, trying to rustle up AIG pitchfork-type anger at Pinnacol during a House Appropriations Committee Hearing. Instead of focusing on their own budget woes, the Dems went on attack. Pommer demanded more legislative oversight of Pinnacol, while Weissmann seemed shocked to discover that executives in successful companies sometimes make over $100,000 a year.

And reasonable people everywhere looked on with amusement. Because here was the CEO of a successful multi-million dollar law-abiding company, (a company that manages over 58,000 customers and has saved millions in reserves), being lectured on finances by a Louisville bartender, while having their managerial style criticized by a Boulder politician who can’t even manage to file his own campaign reports on time. (And here is another one about Pommer's fiscal 'issues': Pommer accepts questionable contributions

Ain't that a hoot? We have our own version of Barney Frank and/or Chris Dodd and/or most of the Obamessiah's cabinet members.

But then Bill Ritter nixed the idea of toasting Pinnocol, but as we know, that left the budget shortfall still ...falling. Short. Oh, where to find $300,000,000?

Here ya go:

Yet the problem of the $300 million shortfall remained.

"We have to reduce expenses," said Republicans.

And the Democrats looked confused.

"It means you spend less money," said the GOP. Yet the Dems still didn’t get it.

So they handed the budget situation over to one of their, ahem, brightest minds, Chris Romer, who determined that, among other things, the state should tap the unlimited potential revenue found in the taxation of bull semen. (And no, I'm not making that up.)

And you can read the rest of the story right here:

B.S.

What is your economic stimulus stimulating?

Well, how about $275 million for 350 cameras for speed enforcement?

Yep. You and I are funding 350 cameras so Phoenix, AZ can write up more tickets for more revenue. It might even have something to do with public safety, but I'll betcha the revenue generation is the first consideration.

The weekly trips Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has been making to Washington D.C have finally paid off, but not for drivers in the Valley of the Sun.

Gordon, who is in the nation's capital this week, received word late Tuesday that the federal government had allocated $275 million in stimulus money for the purchase of 350 speed cameras to be put up in the Phoenix area. The funds are a major victory for the mayor who has built what he called the Phoenix Stimulus Strike Team.

The group's effort to bring national dollars to Arizona has been well known, but the mayor's plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on speed cameras was not.

Phoenix Councilman Claude Mattox told KTAR that adding more speed cameras has been in the works for months but the stimulus money will help to expedite it and dramatically increase the number of cameras.

"This is going to put people to work by installing those cameras," Mattox said. "We're talking about putting this on local streets and major arterials addressing the speeding problem that's happening within the city of Phoenix."

The plan would put speed enforcement cameras on residential streets for the first time in Arizona history.

Mattox, the chairman of the city's subcommittee on public safety, said there is no estimate on how much money the speed cameras will generate or where the dollars will be used.

"This is an investment for Arizona's future," Mattox told KTAR. "Everything is on the table including using money to fund the Phoenix Fourth Of July fireworks show."

The camera plan drew sharp criticism from Arizona Congressman John Shadegg.

"In my years in Washington I have seen things I thought were pretty stupid." Shadegg told KTAR. "I got to tell you, I think this is the stupidest I've ever seen. I just think it's a waste of taxpayer's money."

The $275 million for speed cameras is on top of the federal stimulus money the mayor has already landed for road projects and light rail construction.

Phoenix city officials said construction on the cameras will begin immediately. Crews working on expanding valley freeways will be temporarily diverted to wire and install the new cameras. The first ones will go on line next week.

Anyone who wants more information about the plan is encouraged to call the photo radar stimulus information hotline at (602) 200-2788.

4/18/09

Sucking up to Chavez



There you have it. A warm, friendly, grip-and-grin with one of the hemisphere's worst tramplers of human rights.

Hugo Chavez, megalomaniac extraordinary. Destroyer of the freedom of the press. Jailer of political opponents. Nationalizer of private industry.

Chavez in the sack with Hezbollah.

He is in the sack with the FARC narco-terrorists.

If that were not enough, Obama is going to be 'out of town' when the Israeli prime minister visits Sodom-on-the-Potomac.

So we are rolling over for Danny Ortega, sucking up to Hugo Chavez, bowing and scraping before the Saudi king, glossing over the human rights violations of the Chinese - and apparently the rest of these thugs - and then pretending we ain't home when Benjie Netanyahu comes a'callin'. And then, of course, we have the Simpletons of the Congress in the Black Caucus wetting their pants over the murderers and thugs that comprise the top level of the Cuban government.

Here's a great observation by Bill Jacobson over on Legal Insurrection:

If Obama agreed with the attacks by Ortega, Chavez and others, then Obama should have had the guts to say so, and dealt with the domestic consequences. That would have been brave. If Obama didn't agree, then he should have had the guts to stand up for his country then and there, in front of the tyrants. That would have been even braver.

The one option no longer available to President Obama is to hide behind his narcissistic view of his own personal responsibility. That is cowardly. The presidency is bigger than the person, and only a big person realizes and accepts that fact.


And of course, Obama defends all this:

Obama defends reaching out to political enemies

Political enemies? How about "Enemies of the human race"?

Boycotting Durban II

US boycotts racism conference

Looks like we aren't going to be at Durban this time around.

That's a good deal.

Durban I was nothing more than a US- and Israel-bashfest, by every tinpot dictator that could embezzle the price of an airline ticket out of his national coffers.

This one promises to be more of the same.

What is surprising is that Obama is going - as of the moment, anyway - to boycott it. Considering the wheelbarrow load of bovine excrement he tolerated at the Caribbean summit, that really is surprising.

OTOH, the Black Caucus - the outfit that is notoriously short on brains, moral values, and common sense - is "deeply dismayed".

The Black Caucus is the collection of characters that sent people to Cuba and who made complete asses of themselves. See The simpletons of Congress for where we're coming from with that.

Durban watch

Will Durban II be a replay of racist Durban I?



Yah, you betcha.

Goin' for da munny

Congress is getting set to go after local and state sales tax from online retailers.

Here is the article:

Report: Congress Set to End Tax-Free Online Shopping

Note that New York state collects sales tax on everything from onliners, taxing even the shipping and handling. That's not surprising, considering that the current governor is the character who was going to try for a 'fat tax', 18% above and beyond the sales tax, on most non-diet soft drinks.

Will they get it through? Who knows. Previous efforts have gotten nowhere. But as governments at all levels look for new ways to suck more blood out of the taxpayer, this one might get through this time.

In truth, it probably isn't all that bad a deal, especially for places like The Smile Hi City, which is largely dependent on sales tax revenues rather than property and other taxes. Online shopping has caused sales tax revenues to decrease, though it is unclear by how much. The objection here is that once again we have the Federal government sticking its nose into what is pretty much a local affair. And of course, once they get themselves rolling with local sales tax 'issues', what's next? I can envision some jobs creation here; a local Office of the Federal Sales Tax Collection Coordinator. We could employ a dozen people to monitor online sales tax collection compliance, and even hire three or four uniformed Federal police to keep terrorists from invading the office.

"I'm ashamed ... of participating..."

That from the socialist thug dictator, Daniel Ortega, so-called 'president' of Nicaragua, regarding his presence at the current summit in Port-au-Spain.

"This summit and I simply refuse to call it summit of the Americas. Yes, we are gathered here, we have a large majority of presidents, heads of state of Latin America and the Caribbean," Ortega said, lamenting the lack of Cuban participation in the summit due to it exclusion since 1962 from the Organization of American States. "They're absent from this meeting. One is Cuba, whose crime has been that of fighting for independence, fighting for sovereignty of the peoples. I don't feel comfortable attending this summit. I cannot feel comfortable by being here. I feel ashamed of the fact that I'm participating at this summit with the absence of Cuba."

Well, then, just go home, Danny.

Obama sat through the 50 minutes of Ortegian drivel, then delivered what might be considered a mild rebuke during his own speech:

In his 17-minute address to the summit, Obama departed from his prepared remarks to mildly rebuke Ortega.

"To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements. I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. Too often, an opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been undermined by stale debates. We've all heard these arguments before."

Well, that's better than bowing and scraping before the Saudi king.

Here is an article on the incident:

Obama endures Ortega diatribe

And of course, our beloved secretary of state was her usual self.

4/17/09

Right wing extremists

Here are some of thoughts presented by the right wing extremists recently put on the hit list by the United States Government. They were also ridiculed by CNN, MSNBC, and more than one CongressClown:













Proud to be a union member

This is true. It really is:

Proud to be a union member……?
Social Services Accounting Clerk Wants Pay for Lunch Missed During Binghamton Massacre

Tuesday , April 14, 2009

A social services accounting clerk wants compensation for missing his lunch break on April 3 during a horrific upstate New York immigration center massacre that left 13 dead plus the gunman.

James Kauchis, a government employee of the Broome County Department of Social Services, confirmed that he filed a formal complaint last week seeking the pay, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

But he wouldn't discuss it with the newspaper.

"That's a matter between me, the administration and the union," Kauchis said.

The disgruntled accounting clerk was in his office in a nearby building when 41-year-old Jiverly Wong walked into the American Civic Association in Binghamton and opened fire with two handguns, killing 13 people and wounding four others before committing suicide.

The Department of Social Services was on lockdown for four hours to protect the 370 workers in the building, Michael Klein, director of the county's personnel department, told the paper.

Klein confirmed that Kauchis made the complaint seeking lunch-break pay.

Government officials expressed embarrassment and disappointment over the filing.

"A lot of people lost a lot more that day than just one hour," said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala, adding that "99.9 percent of county employees stepped up to the plate."

Klein reportedly denied Kauchis' complaint because there was no violation of the union contract or of state labor laws.

During the four hours that social services employees were confined to their building, pizza and beverages were brought in by department bosses, commissioner Arthur Johnson told the newspaper.

Union member wants pay for missed lunch period

Michael Ramirez on "... a pile of sand ..."

This one fits very well with the "Georgetown's Cowardice" post:

"We should not build this economy on a pile of sand

Pravda

Obama appointee suggests radical newspaper bailout

During the Cold War, Pravda was the notorious mouthpiece, the state newspaper, of the Soviet Union's government and Communist Party. The state controlled Pravda - which means 'Truth' - as well as every other news media outlet in the Soviet Union.

As most of us know, the print media, particularly the newspapers, are having a rough time of it. Many large dailies have closed down. Look at Rocky Mountain News as but one example.

So there has been talk of Federal bailouts for newspapers. Most people don't think much of that, especially after it has become apparent that by taking the Federal funding, the government gets to dictate who is going to run the company, and how much everyone in the company is going to be paid. That's what happened at General Motors. It's one big reason why so many banks are refusing bailout money, and in some cases, giving it back to the government.

Now we have an Obmanian suggesting that the newspapers be bailed out. Moreover, she suggests that news media be licensed by the Federal government.

That is from Rosa Brooks, an 'influential Los Angeles columnist'. You would think someone who professes to be a journalist would know better, but apparently Brooks is one of those who would love to gag Limbaugh, Coulter (both of whom are arguably whackjobs, but hey, they do provide entertainment) as well as anyone else who thinks the Obamanians are not all that and a bag of chips. Like us here at Blogger Central.

"The day that the government gets involved in the news media you see the end of the democratic process, because an independent news media is absolutely essential to the success of a democracy," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

Bozell said licensing journalists would violate American traditions and was a form of "intellectual prostitution."

"Since when did our Founding Fathers envision that ... you could exercise your right to freedom of speech provided you had a license from the federal government? This is the kind of stuff you have revolutions about," he told FOXNews.com.


Yep. That's a fact.

What's next? The La Junta Pravda-Democrat? I expect some people would really love that.

Where does Obama find these characters?