Good News For Pat Toomey

I Spent two years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the late 1960’s and took a liking to the state. I liked the Pennsylvania Dutch influence in that part of the country and being from Wyoming the stark contrast to what I was used to was good for me. Since then I’ve married a woman with roots in Pittsburgh and Carlisle so I’ve stayed in touch with Pennsylvania. It’s laws are friendly to law-abiding gun owners just about like Wyoming and that pleases my libertarian conservative instincts that Americans are citizens and not subjects.

So I’m pleased that solid conservative and small government Pat Toomey appears to be on track to capture arch liberal and big government Arlen Specter’s senate seat next year, at least if the current trend holds up. The Politico says:

There’s good news all around for Republican Pat Toomey in a new poll released Thursday from Rasmussen, which shows him leading both of his potential Democratic rivals.

The telephone survey of 1,200 likely Pennsylvania voters finds Toomey leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter 46 percent to 42 percent in a prospective general election Senate matchup next year.

But Toomey doesn’t lead only Specter, who is still facing a primary challenge — now from 7th District Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak. In a matchup against Sestak, Toomey’s lead expands to 6 percentage points, for a win of 44 percent to 38 percent in the hypothetical contest.

Next year, just like 2002 when Toomey challenged Spector in the primary when Specter was still a Republican Rino, Toomey will have the President of the United States actively trying to defeat him. But this time the President won’t be from his own party. Toomey lost to Specter in a squeaker in 2002, 50-49. I think he’ll make it this time.

Private Spaceflight, Suborbital Tourism, By 2020?

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From Popular Mechanics:

Virgin Galactic’s Unveil Is Tip of the Iceberg for Private Spaceflight

In the Mojave desert on Monday, strong winds and cold weather swept through Virgin Galactic’s unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, an event that brought together the eager, capable and readying private space industry. Attendees heard grand talk of a new day of spaceflight arriving…

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Reid Wants Republicans to Stop Debate of Their Amendments So He Can Attend a Fundraiser

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Full story at Hot Air

Hot Air says Republicans won’t give up their debate time. I hope they’re right about that. Anything that pushes the Senate Bill farther into the future is good because the longer it goes on the less likely anything gets passed. But Republicans must force Reid to send the Senate home for the weekend so that they give back none of their time. Otherwise, Reid could attend his fundraiser without losing any legislative days, as I understand it.

Reid is amazing. If anybody thinks he would defer to Republicans if the roles were reversed, well they’d be nuts.

Reid desperately needs to go to the fund raiser not only because he is in serious trouble in Nevada but also to schmooze Mary Landrieu who will also be there and whose vote he needs on cloture to release the Senate Bill to a vote. You’d think he would have that sown up since Landrieu got $300 Million of pork for Louisiana special interests in exchange for her vote to open debate on the Bill. But she’s got principles. That was then and this is now.

Party of No? Yes!

Democrats love to put Republicans on the defensive by accusing them of being “The Party of No.” It’s usually easy to put Republicans on the defensive, just accuse them of any outrageous thing and pretty soon they start doing and saying things that give you an image in your mind of some whimpering fool with his tail between his legs whining “I am not a bad person.” At that point you don’t care, you’d like to stone the idiot to death.

But some Republicans have decided not to take the bait and instead to proudly proclaim to be the “Party of No!”

John Hinderaker counsels them to take it a little further and to announce to the world that they are “The Party of No More Stupid Wasteful Government Programs That Take Away Our Freedom.”

I’d love to see it, and I believe it would work. Democrats are bullies and Republicans need to stand up for themselves if they want the kind of respect that wins on election day.

Congress Passes College Football Playoff Bill? What the…?

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Story at Yahoo News.

The legislation, which still faces steep odds, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game as a national championship unless it results from a playoff. The measure passed by voice vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee, with one audible “no,” from Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

“With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on,” Barrow said before the vote, although he stressed he didn’t like the current Bowl Championship Series, either.

Obama’s job approval numbers are dropping like a stone but neither he nor any other president will ever have lower approval by the American people than Congress, and stuff like this is much of the reason why. These guys and gals seem unable to find meaning in their lives unless they are sticking their noses into every aspect of our lives and trying to regulate even those activities we enjoy mainly for the purpose of having a brief escape from them and their foul deeds.

William Buckley’s definition of a liberal is someone who wants to reach into your shower and adjust the water temperature. The liberals in Congress did that a long time ago with their regulation of shower heads and toilets. Of all the unprincipled actions of the Bush Administration none were more irritating to a free citizenry than when he signed legislation mandating what type of lightbulb we may buy.

I cannot express my disgust with Congress and politicians in general as eloquently, or as passionately, as Professor Donald Boudreaux of George Mason University:

Is there no aspect of our lives that Congress will not nose into?

Words fail me when trying to describe the disgust I feel for the obnoxious, officious, opportunistic, unprincipled, lying (Do they really mean their oaths to uphold the U.S. Constitution?), arrogant, imperious, and duplicitous creeps who are in Congress.

They are utterly and without question worthy only of ridicule and disrespect.

This is Sooooo Cool…

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From The Politico:

Al Gore:

“The deniers are persisting in an era of unreality. The entire North Polar ice cap is disappearing before our eyes,” Gore said. “What do they think is happening?”

“It’s a principle in physics,” Gore said of climate change. “It’s like gravity, it exists.”

Sarah Palin:

“Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it,”

And,

“However, he’s wrong in calling me a ‘denier.’ As I noted in my op-ed above and in my original Facebook post on Climategate, I have never denied the existence of climate change. I just don’t think we can primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes.”

Then the coup de grace:

“Vice President Gore, the Climategate scandal exists,” she added. “You might even say that it’s sort of like gravity: you simply can’t deny it.”

Stossel Premier Tonight On Fox Business

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Stossel says his first show might be about Atlas Shrugged or the Carbonhagen summit, he’s not sure. Showtime is 8:00 PM Eastern, 6:00 Mountain. Reruns on Friday night, I believe. Fox Business is digital so you can’t get it with basic or expanded basic cable. But you can add the digital channels in about 2 seconds with a simple phone call to your cable company.

On Comcast Fox Business is usually somewhere near channel 130. That’s what it is in the burbs around Denver. When I checked the Fox website told me that Fox Business is not even on in Denver, however. You should check your cable lineup to be sure. If it’s true and it’s not available in Denver I guess there are too many liberals in Denver and they might all show up at the psychological trauma center at once if something as radical as Fox Business were allowed to be shown.

On Bresnan in Wyoming Fox Business is on channel 129. Even in Teton County, believe it or not.

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I don’t get paid for promoting things I like on this page. Dammit.

UPDATE: I watched it and was disappointed. It was a debate on global warming and the environment but the starting point was an acceptance of all the liberal premises, climate change is due to human activity, fossil fuels are running out, fossil fuels are destroying the planet, yada yada yada. If you start off by accepting the liberal premise on every issue you’ve lost the debate before it starts. It was sickening. I guess I won’t become a fan of this show. Which is par for the course, there is not a single cable news show that I can stand to watch. So nothing will change.

Teacher With a Gun Stops Knife Attack, Saves Life

A teacher with a gun at the Kaplan Career Institute in Swatara Township near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania saw a student being attacked with a knife as he left the school around 10:30 P.M. on Monday night. He drew his gun and ordered the attacker to drop the knife, attacker fled, victim was treated and released from the hospital. Although stabbed six times, his wounds were treatable and are not life threatening. Police say the teacher likely saved the student’s life. Story in The Patriot News.

But hey, we all know that if teachers had guns schools would become killing zones, right? Oh, I forgot. For the most part teachers do not have guns and schools are killing zones now.

How different would the history of Columbine be if teacher Dave Sanders had been armed? Or if Liviu Librescu at Virginia Tech had been? Perhaps both of those men would be alive today, and perhaps a few of the students who died in those killing fields would also be alive. We’ll never know for sure in those cases, but we do know that the student who was attacked last Monday night and stabbed six times by a maniac is alive as a direct result of a teacher having a gun.