Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Did Manchin shoot Democrats in the foot?


In a tight race for the Senate against Republican John Raese in 2010, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin came up with a TV ad that turned the race around.

The ad showed Manchin shooting EPA regulations.

In the Year of the Tea Party, Manchin breezed to a 24-point win.

In the next cycle, every Democrat got his -- or her -- gun and began shooting at things. Even President Obama fired his gun. In so doing, they killed the Republican advantage in Second Amendment rights.

But then Manchin did something to undercut this message.

After the election, a crazed gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, including 20 first-graders.

Manchin totally misread public reaction by co-sponsoring another round of gun regulations. From the Hill:
But Congress failed to approve any of several gun control bills introduced in response to the massacre, with the biggest defeat coming with the collapse last spring of a bipartisan Senate measure that would have required background checks for all commercial gun sales.

The amendment, offered in April by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), seen as gun control advocates’ best chance for a victory in the current political landscape, fell six votes short of approval.
Actually, the law already requires federally licensed dealers to do background checks -- and has since 1968 (46 years ago).

In embracing gun regulation -- even regulations already on the books -- Manchin undercut his pro-Second Amendment rep.

Now when gun-owning voters in West Virginia see Democrat Natalie Tennant firing a gun, they say, sure. Remember, this is a woman who first bopped on the scene as the first female rifle-toting WVU mascot.

Gun owners in Kentucky also are skeptical of Democrat Alison Grimes when she shoots her weapon. Indeed, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell uses it in his ad to show she is doing the same thing Barack Obama did two years ago.

When government protects the environment


RT -- Russia Today -- showed the Aral Sea’s before and after pictures, as taken from space by NASA. It’s not pretty.

Once the Aral Sea was the world’s fourth largest lake behind the Caspian Sea, Lake Superior and Lake Victoria; the Aral covered 26,300 square miles, making it larger than Lake Huron or Lake Michigan.

But in the 1960s, the Soviet government decided to divert for irrigation purposes the rivers that feed the lake. In 50 years, the lake lost 90 percent of its area.

“Around 60 million people live around the Aral Sea basin, most of them citizens of low-income Central Asian states. To restore the lake to its former size, flows would have to be increased fourfold, requiring $16 billion – a project the concerned sides can neither afford nor agree on,” RT reported.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visited the Aral area in 2010.

“On the pier, I wasn’t seeing anything, I could see only a graveyard of ships,” he said. “It is clearly one of the worst disasters, environmental disasters of the world. I was so shocked,”

Of course, the purpose of his visit was not to apologize for government over-reach -- but a call for more government over-reach concerning the environment.

“I urge all the leaders ... to sit down together and try to find the solutions,” he said, promising United Nations support.

No thanks.

Hasn’t the government done enough damage already?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I can save the government $31.5 million


Granted it is only 8-one millionths of the federal budget, but still $31.5 million saved is $31.5 million earned.

Breitbart reported, “The Department of Agriculture, the agency that administers the food stamp program, has announced that it will spend $31.5 million on a new program that will promote a healthy diet for recipients of the assistance.“

That’s nice.

The most obese people by income bracket are the poorest. Liberals argue that this is because they cannot “afford” to eat healthy.

Baloney. A pound of potatoes costs less than 6 1/2 ounces of potato chips. Gardening is a cheap way of growing healthy foods.

While I am encouraged by the Breitbart report, I have an alternative.

But first, let us review. The federal government approach is top down.

“Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Hill on Monday.. “Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families’ health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country, and increases local food sales for family farmers.”

But there is a better way of doing this -- stop allowing food stamps to buy junk food.

But Vilsack and his agriculture bureaucracy are staunchly opposed.

“In 2011, the USDA denied a proposal by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ban SNAP [food stamps] purchases of sugary drinks in New York City,” Everyday Health reported two years ago.

This occurred even as Michelle Obama was pushing her Healthy, Hunger-Free Children menu on school cafeterias across the country -- a diet that has led to healthy, hunger-free landfills as children toss the unappetizing food in the nearest bin.

Instead of saving money, Vilsack the Obama administration refuses to ban snack foods.

Th3e government has the authority to do so.

“In contrast to what SNAP users can buy, the USDA-administered Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) fund requires participants to purchase nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, only. (WIC spends $6.7 billion annually),” Everyday Health reported.

WIC changes happened under Reagan.

Democrats opposed them.

They said it was unfair to the poor.

Sigh. Ironically, SNAP is an acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Whoopi to Rosie: "I'm really sick of your s***!"

I'm quoting liberals. Do I really need a language warning?

Anyway, ABC has this TV show called "The View" because it had to do something to keep Barbara Walters occupied with something other than sticking pins in her voodoo doll of Diane Sawyer. But since they are both gone, ABC is stuck with this show. Whoopi Goldberg is moderating the show with comments by Rosie O'Donnell and two other people -- a token conservative and a Hispanic.This is rainbow America with Whoopi representing blacks and Jews, and Rosie representing us nutballs.

This would be boring except Whoopi and Rosie hate each other. Of course, I cannot think of anyone offhand who likes Rosie, who once bille herself as the Queen of Nice. Remember? Not that Whoopi seems especially cuddly.

Anyway, Whoopi and Rosie had a row on Monday, and the London Daily Mail was all over it.

Rosie thought Whoopi cut to commercial too quick. Rosie doesn't wear an earpiece that would let producers talk to her during the show.

Rosie was like: you "hurt my feelings," and I'm "very upset by it," and I "didn't appreciate" it.

And Whoopi was all: "This isn't the time for this, Rosie."

And Rosie kept going back to it: "Well I just don't appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don't want to have to go through this."

And Whoopi said: "I said this was not the time Rosie."

But Rosie wouldn't let it go, so Whoopi laid it on her: "F*** it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don't want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I'm really sick of your s***!"

The London newspaper reported you could hear a pin drop after that.

What were they arguing over? Who gets to moderate the discussion? Whether fire melts steel? Who let the toilet seat up?

Who knows? Who cares? It's more proof that daytime television is set up so you never want to take a day off work -- but you better record it anyway although this did not make the air.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hillary Stassen

People on Twitter are freaking over that Frank Luntz tweet.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Russian capitalism surpassing U.S. socialism

Increasingly, reality wishes away the notion that we won the Cold War; more likely, we swapped economic philosophies. The latest piece of evidence is in the Arctic. While Americans are "saving" the polar bear -- a species that is overpopulated* -- the Russians are saving the Russians. Like Arab nations, Russians are exploiting their resources. We are putting outs off-limits.

More Nanny State garbage


Literally.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Democrats shun Mayor Nanny's support


Randy Newman once sang that it is lonely at the top. That's another thing he got wrong. President Obama is not the only person Democrats are shunning this year. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is about as welcome as Ebola in most Senate races.

What they said when Alberto Gonzales left


Boo hoo hoo. Those Republicans are being mean to Eric Holder

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Democrat blames victim for rape


Democrat Kathleen Kane, shown above, in 2012 became the first Democrat and first woman elected as attorney general in Pennsylvania. Democrats and women (and Republicans) had held the job before it became an elected office in 1980

Holder retires


The man behind Bill Clinton's fast-and-furious sale of a pardon to Marc Rich for one million dollars is about to end his life of crime and retire as U.S. attorney general.

Gorelicking terrorism


The headline at Breitbart brought back memories -- all of them bad: "OBAMA FORBIDS FBI TO USE RELIGION IN IDENTIFYING TERROR THREATS, AS ISIS RECRUITS OPENLY IN U.S. MOSQUES."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The end of Obama?

Jimmy Fallon: “More bad news for the president: Chicago is reversing its plan to name a high school after President Obama because it received multiple complaints from people in the community. I guess parents were afraid their kids would spend eight years at the school and still get nothing done.”

Cold as a winter's night on Pluto.

Gazette: Free speech for me, not thee

As an editorial writer for the Charleston Daily Mail I am greatly amused by the editorials in the Charleston Gazette. There is an over-the-top quality to them. For a newspaper that views itself as progressive, the Gazette sure clings hard and fast to 19th century views. When I was in J-school, we learned that the purpose of an editorial is to inform, persuade or entertain. The Gazette has that third one down pat.

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