Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Isn't It About Time for Rahall to Go?

For a guy from an energy-producing state, 3rd District good ol' boy Nick Joe Rahall doesn't seem to much support domestic energy production. He sponsored the Clean Energy Act of 2007 which, among other things, would hurt domestic energy production and increase reliance on foreign oil.

Rahall has been in Congress for thirty-nine years, making him one of the longest 'serving' politicians in the history of the Mountain State. No doubt Mr. Rahall has accomplished some things in his tenure, but his current stance on energy and its importance to our economy would make one wonder which side he's on, the hard-working men and women of his own state, or the the hard-working environmentalists that would like to see our coal mines and oil rigs replaced with windmills and solar panels.

As mentioned, the Clean Air Act of 2007, along with his back-and-forth on cap-and-trade legislation, rather than fighting tooth and claw against it, even in the face of undeniable questioning of the effects of human processes on global temperature fluctuations, tends to put Rahall somewhere near the top of the anti-energy crowd. Surely this is not a good thing for the economy in the state he so proudly 'serves'.

But what other choices do we have? Well, there's ex-Democrat Elliot “Spike” Maynard. Mayard is by far the most experienced challenger Rahall could possibly face with time both as a Circuit Court Judge and Supreme Court Justice. Maynard is plain-spoken, well-liked, and has a reputation for honesty and fairness.

Sure Maynard is now a Republican in a state that doesn't take kindly to elephants in Congress, but possibly, with the national trend heading away from Democrats, coupled with Rahall's obvious stance against the people of his own state, he may just be the man  to beat in 2010. With West Virginia still ranking near the bottom in every important economic category after all these years, what do we have to lose?

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Great Pile-On

You just  know the end is near when even the Friends of Obama Club is piling on.

It is so not a good sign for Comrade Obama and his posse when even the Commy News Network (CNN for the moderates) is getting into the act of smacking this administration around like an Ali sparring partner.

 Even Lee Stranahan at the Huffington Post is getting in on the act. Stranahan has long been a vocal Obama supporter but recently published a video documenting our President's obvious reversals on his health care promises.

And you really know your in trouble when that bastion of comedic bomb-throwing, John Stewart, gets in on the pummeling. Stewart recently took the President to task on the Daily Show.

After campaigning on transparency in government, even being so specific as to promise that the health care debates would be broadcast live on C-Span, President Obama has done lied again.

After campaigning on closing GITMO, after promising to federally "stimulate" the economy, change the tone, reverse the tides and plug the ozone hole, Obama is finally beginning to alienate the very people that supported him.

The latest Rasmussen poll finds Obama with a -14 rating, far and away the fastest first-year free fall of any president in memory. His amateurish over-promising, coupled with his childish blaming of the Bush Administration are largely to blame for this.

No Mr. President, you most certainly do not get a 'do over'.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Intolerance of Brit Hume

Much is being said about the intolerance of Brit Hume. This past Sunday, the Fox News analyst gave Tiger Woods a little advice. Nothing too radical, just "Hey Tiger, you really screwed up and I believe the Christian faith may offer you a little peace of mind, and a chance at redemption!"

Now everybody from the Huffington Post to Jon Stewart is all over Hume.

Sorry, but I don't see it.

Its not like Hume was slamming his fist on the table like some backwoods Alabama snake-charmer. He wasn't licking his chops at the thought of another conversion notch in his belt.

The left likes to ramble on about the Crusades and the Inquisition, conveniently forgetting  that the Christian faith was widely responsible for the abolition of slavery in America and that many of our greatest scientific minds were people of faith.

To give equal time, the right likes to paint America as a "Christian Nation", when most of the founding fathers were actually Deists. Which is just to say they believed in a Creator but not necessarily the God of the Holy Bible.

And then there's state-sponsored atheism of the Soviet variety, which was directly responsible for Joseph Stalin's murderous rampage through the Russian population, killing approximately 20,000,000 people.

Brit Hume's only crime was actually professing a belief in something greater than himself that did not include Mother Nature. He just gave Tiger a little advice. Something he can probably use right now.