Monthly Archives: January 2009

Weather Not Climate: Part 2

Weather in Carolina is chill chill chilly:

Temperatures could dip into the single digits overnight Friday, as bitter cold settles over the state for part of the weekend.

“The cold has finally arrived. And it’s going to stay cold. It’s going to stay below freezing,” WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Overnight’s temperature plunge could cause the coldest temperature on record since Jan. 29, 2000 – when there was a 20-inch snowfall.

This kinda is in line with the consistent cooling we have seen since, ummm, around 2000.

Congrats Kay Hagan

Kay Hagan had her first speech on the Senate floor this week.  I am sure that it was a proud moment for her and for her family.  Well done and good luck.

In part:

“When someone is discriminated against in the workplace or anywhere else, surely they feel the impact of that discrimination far longer than 180 days,” she said.

They may, in fact, feel the impact for the rest of their life.  But at some point, ya gotta bring your case or—or not.

Tax Fraud

I have been trying to wrap my head around the whole Geithner issue.  This sums it up perfectly.

The media wasn’t so friendly to other famous figures who made the same “innocent mistake”…

Like our friend Joe the Plumber.  The all out media character assassination just couldn’t help swooning over tax liens…

H/T MYC

Moral Exemption

Seven states have sued the Federal Government because of an expansion of a rule that allows medical professionals to not perform or assist in an abortion.

Now, my position on abortion is a bit complicated, but can be summed up in this way:

I am pro-choice.

With that said, I absolutely love the irony in the above lawsuit.  On the one hand, we have a group of people that acknowledge that the issue of abortion is an intesely personal and and equally difficult.  But they firmly feel that the issue should be one of choice, choice for the mother.  And then, when that choice is extended to the person actually doing the procedure, they are all of a sudden against choice.

I love the left!

Update on Transportation

Update to an earlier post.

This is exactly what I am talking about when it comes to this whole transportation thing:

Here Durham is guilty:

DATA was supposed to open its $17.6 million Durham Station Transportation Center in February. But now, the new center, located at the old Heart of Durham Hotel site on Chapel Hill Street, will not be open until the middle of March, according Ieshia Robertson, a city spokeswoman.

And to clarify any b lame:

Robertson said the actual facility will be completed on time, but N.C. Department of Transportation is requiring the city to do some work on the surrounding streets.

Look, I know that we want mass transit to succeed.  But it won’t.  Not here, not now.

Too Rich for Words

So, this morning we had a group of Acorn activists gather at the court house.  Their purpose?  To lobby on behalf of people who are facing foreclosure.  Their desire?  Well, according to this article, they are hoping to raise awareness of Barack Obama’s call for a 90 day moratorium on foreclosure.

This is awesome.

ACORN lobbing to delay home foreclosure proceedings on the very folks that they lobbied to get the loans in the first place.  Only in America.

Michael Delossantos, N.C. ACORN’s legislative director, said this morning that their effort across the country today was to “help save the American Dream of home ownership.”

It was ACORN’s involvement that helped contribute to the situation that we are in today.  Exactly why should anyone pay attention to this organization?

Weekly Radio Address

Listening to the Chairman speak is much easier on the ears than Dubya has been; mercy me!  However, it is also a dangerous dangerous venture to go it alone.  You may be put under the spell as dear old Homer’s Champion can attest.  Or, you may simply be tricked by the crafty left.  Either way, it will always be helpful to have a travel guide.  A sorta speech GPS if you will.  So go ahead, sit back and enjoy the first installment of the Chairman’s weekly Radio Address.
Remarks of President-Elect The Chairman Barack Obama
Radio Address
Saturday, January 10, 2008
Washington, DC

We start this new year in the midst of an economic crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime.

We have finally gotten away from the “worst economic crisis since the Great Depression”!  However, to be fair to the Chairman, even our own, Dubya, help stoke that fire.  Gotta hand it to that Chairman, always good to jump on a political gift.

We learned yesterday that in the past month alone, we lost more than half a million jobs – a total of nearly 2.6 million in the year 2008.  Another 3.4 million Americans who want and need full-time work have had to settle for part-time jobs.  And families across America are feeling the pinch as they watch debts mount, bills pile up and savings disappear.

These numbers are a stark reminder that we simply cannot continue on our current path.  If nothing is done, economists from across the spectrum tell us that this recession could linger for years

Official word is that this recession began Dec 07.  You could already say that this has lasted for years.  And you probably will again.

and the unemployment rate could reach double digits –

Actually, they say this even if everything is done.  As a matter of fact, economists from across the spectrum are saying that doing anything could actually increase the length of the recession, not shorten it.

and they warn that our nation could lose the competitive edge that has served as a foundation for our strength and standing in the world.

That is just plain Siren Song Mr. Chairman.  No one has ever said that.

It’s not too late to change course – but only if we take immediate and dramatic action.  Our first job is to put people back to work and get our economy working again.  This is an extraordinary challenge, which is why I’ve taken the extraordinary step of working – even before I take office

Whatever happened to One President at a Time?  Oh yeah, forgot, even with Dubya at the helm, we still have room for a Chairman.

– with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will call for major investments to revive our economy, create jobs, and lay a solid foundation for future growth.

I’m hooked.  Explain this plan to me.

I asked my nominee for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Dr. Christina Romer, and the Vice President-Elect’s Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Jared Bernstein, to conduct a rigorous analysis of this plan and come up with projections of how many jobs it will create – and what kind of jobs they will be.  Today, I am releasing a report of their findings so that the American people can see exactly what this plan will mean for their families, their communities, and our economy.

See the plan here.

The report confirms that our plan will likely save or create three to four million jobs.

Pssst…come over here sparky.  The report was written by you.  This doesn’t confirm anything.

90 percent of these jobs will be created in the private sector – the remaining 10 percent are mainly public sector jobs we save, like the teachers, police officers, firefighters and others who provide vital services in our communities.

This might be a bit misleading.  I think that all of the jobs you are talking about are coming from government contracts?

The jobs we create will be in businesses large and small across a wide range of industries.  And they’ll be the kind of jobs that don’t just put people to work in the short term, but position our economy to lead the world in the long-term.

We’ll create nearly half a million jobs by investing in clean energy – by committing to double the production of alternative energy in the next three years, and by modernizing more than 75% of federal buildings and improving the energy efficiency of two million American homes. These made-in-America jobs building solar panels and wind turbines, developing fuel-efficient cars and new energy technologies pay well, and they can’t be outsourced.

Umm, why not?  Why can’t I open a factory in Mexico to build wind turbines?  Or solar panels?  Or anything like that?  Sheesh.

We’ll create hundreds of thousands of jobs by improving health care – transitioning to a nationwide system of computerized medical records that won’t just save money, but save lives by preventing deadly medical errors.

Don’t get me wrong; I am ALL for computerized medical records.  But I don’t see how YOU are going to get ‘er done or, how that is going to create all these jobs?

And we’ll create hundreds of thousands more jobs in education, equipping tens of thousands of schools with 21st century classrooms, labs and computers to help our kids compete with any worker in the world for any job.

We’ll put nearly 400,000 people to work by repairing our infrastructure – our crumbling roads, bridges and schools.  And we’ll build the new infrastructure we need to succeed in this new century, investing in science and technology, and laying down miles of new broadband lines so that businesses across our nation can compete with their counterparts around the world.

Yeah yeah, this sounds like the government paying to have stuff done.  This doesn’t create jobs; at least not now.  Projects like these take years to get approved and contracted out.

Finally, we won’t just create jobs, we’ll also provide help for those who’ve lost theirs, and for states and families who’ve been hardest-hit by this recession.  That means bi-partisan extensions of unemployment insurance and health care coverage; a $1,000 tax cut for 95 percent of working families; and assistance to help states avoid harmful budget cuts in essential services like police, fire, education and health care.

There it is, THERE it is.  At the end of your speech you finally get to it.  Your “tax cut”.  Lemme ‘splain somethin’ to ya.  You are now part of the Federal Government.  That is, you are able to influence Federal Tax policy.  State stuff, not you.  Federal stuff, THATS you.  So, when you shovel me this line of BS about a tax cut to folks that don’t pay [federal] taxes, you are tryin to trick me.  Payroll Tax?  Not Federal.  FICA?  Not a tax; thats insurance.  The only tax you impact is the Federal Income Tax.  And you are not reducing it.

Now, given the magnitude of the challenges we face, none of this will come easy.  Recovery won’t happen overnight, and it’s likely that things will get worse before they get better.

Right, right…..no crisis left unexploited.

But we have come through moments like this before.  We are the nation that has faced down war, depression and fear itself – each time, refusing to yield; each time, refusing to accept a lesser fate.  That is the spirit that has always sustained us – that belief that our destiny is not written for us, but by us; that our success is not a matter of chance, but of our own courage and determination.  Our resources may be finite, but our will is infinite.  And I am confident that if we come together and summon that great American spirit once again, we will meet the challenges of our time and write the next great chapter in our American story.

Nice finish.

Immigration

Immigration.  Illegal immigration.  These are words that cause our politicians to pause.  They should.  It is my opinion that immigration is one of the few issues that has caused many many people to shy away from the current iteration of the Republican Party.  I don’t know why we, as conservatives, are taking such a hard line on this one.  Especially when I think that we are wrong.  And more especially because I think a lot of people feel that same way I do.

This past Tuesday, the N&O published an article on Chatham’s unwillingness to have it’s officers participate in the ICE program.

…a federal program that would allow local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Chatham officials are concerned about such participation and expressed themselves very well:

Enforcement of ICE agreements can lead to violations of civil rights and liberties, distrust of law enforcement, the separation of family members and racial profiling,

As a conservative, I think that we are wrong on illegal immigration in general and ICE in specific.   We have people all over the globe trying to come to the United States.  These folks bring with them a love of freedom and will also bring a love of their new country.  These people are the kinds of people we want.  These are the folks that have taken a good hard look at there position and have found that they may be able to do better for themselves and their families by sacrificing.  By giving up the life they currently have for one in the United States.  Almost always these are the types of people that bring with them a work ethic that is strong.  They bring a willingness to participate and interact.  In short, these people are DO’ERS!  They are not get along’ers.

Because we have a situation where both parties feel they will gain, we should make the process to become a citizen easier.  This business of 9+ years to become a citizen is incredibly inefficient and needless.  The only thing that you need to know about the process is that it is the government that is in charge of it.  Any good conservative will tell you that a program run by Uncle Sam is one that is inefficient.  So, this creates a situation where people are in the country illegally.  Except for their legal status, they are critical and productive members of society.  They are winning and we are winning.

For the specifics of ICE, well, immigration and the illegal entry of people into our country is a Federal matter.  This should be handled by Federal Agents; not local police forces.  To think that the feds can just push down the responsibility to the local and often times struggling police force is not fair, and not how the whole system of jurisdiction works.  Further, Chatham has it right.  A community has to trust it’s police team.  It has to trust it’s officers, their supervisors and the chief himself.  The whole system has to be trusted.  And it can’t be for exactly the reasons Chatham pointed out.

We have to get this one right.  We can not afford to take every opposite positions that the Democrats through at us.  When they are wrong, oppose them and run on that platform.  But when they are right, then take their idea, make it better, do it better and run on THAT platform. How does that ol’ jingle go?

Anything you can do I can do better; I can do everything better than you!

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Awesome

While not fair; the Chairman is certainly not the World Healer we they say he is.

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