The Roanoke Slant
This file is a very brief diary of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant.
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Friday, July 31, 2009
Moon Still Shines on the Moonshine Still
Roanoke Times, 7/30/09, Pg 10: Man gets 4 years for moonshine. Woman convicted of helping gets a year and a day in prison.http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/177290
Defense attorney Gil Davis apparently was unhappy with the verdict and the sentencing and said: “this is a culture that is probably not going to be knocked out by one case.”
That’s probably an understatement based on moonshines legal conflicts that go back to the Whiskey Rebellion and George Washington’s army of over 10,000 troops attacking the farmers of Western Pennsylvania who rebelled in 1794 against a Federal tax on whiskey.
There are numerous documentaries about the moonshine history of Franklin County and great pictures of stills at Ippy's Restaurant in Rocky Mount.http://www.virginiaplaces.org/alcohol/moonshine.html
-Click for Flash-Music: The Moon Still Shines on the Moonshine Still
Whose Health Plan is it Anyway?
Roanoke Times, 7/30/09, Pg 1 & 3: Health care reform still alive. Bristol grills Obama.
“Obama took on skeptics of his plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system”.
And what plan would that be? Obama has not submitted to Congress plans for anything! Instead he has called upon Pelosi and Reid to scrape together their proposals for a European-style Socialist government run system! He can’t explain the plan because there is no plan! There are at least four proposals none of which he drafted and none are close to a bill that anyone can honestly vote for.
Apparently a Kroger employee naively asked Obama if his children would be enrolled in whatever the new socialized medical plan turns out to be. Obama answered yes! Get real!
He’ll enroll his kids in the new public medical plan just like he has enrolled his kids in the public school system! Why does he keep insulting our intelligence? At some point is that not defined as arrogance?
Roanoke Times, 7/31/09, Pg 1 & Full Page 3: GOP tries to slow talks
on health care proposals. Heading one inch high! Apparently the Roanoke Times editors wanted to ensure that even the seeing-challenged get the message about those bad GOP guys!
How can the GOP guys slow up anything? Did the Democrats not win the House and Senate in Nov 2006? Have Reid and Pelosi not been in-charge of the US finances and law-making for the last two and a-half years?
Clearly there are many Democrats who now realize that if left unchecked the team of Obama, Pelosi & Reid are going to run the country into the swamp of debt and socialism and the resulting public reaction will be overwhelming voter remorse and retaliation.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/07/economic-reality.html
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Domestic Terrorism Label Politically Correct Again
Roanoke Times, 7/28/09, Pg 8: Seven NC men charged with plotting ‘jihad’.
“These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home” US Attorney George Holding said.
-Wow! Just how politically incorrect is that!
Hey Holding: tell all this to Obama, Homeland security chief Napolitano, the Democrats in Congress, and the liberal left-wing media (especially the Roanoke Times) who have spent the last eight years demonizing Bush and Cheney for focusing on the domestic radical Muslim terrorist threat and trying hard to neutralize them.
You don't think the Patriot Act had anything to do with all these bad guys being caught do you?
Napolitano hasn’t mentioned the words terrorist or war on terror since becoming Obama’s Home Land Security chief – however - now, after several active and dangerous radical Muslim terrorists cells have been “busted” this year she sounds like VP Cheney!
Perhaps VP Chaney wasn’t paranoid after all!
Perhaps domestic radical Muslim terrorist cells like the ones that did the first World Trade Center bombing, the seven guys who planned to blowup the Sears Tower, the guys who planned to blowup the NY City train tunnels and the guys who planned to machine-gun and bomb our soldiers at Ft. Dix really exist and represent a clear and present danger to Americans.
Preparing For Oil War in The Artic
The Norwegian Barents Observer reports that on 8/1/09 The Norwegian Operational Command Headquarters will open in Reitan, outside Bodo in extreme northern Norway.
This makes Norway the first country to move its military command leadership to the Artic.
The Norwegian Government has given the approval for the Goliat Oil Project in the Barents Sea. The field is estimated to have 173 million barrels of oil and is expected to reach a peak production of about 100,000 barrels of oil plus natural gas per day. Eni plans to start production in 2013, and keep the field running for at least 15 years.It will be the second offshore development in the icy waters of the Barents Sea that Norway shares with its neighbor Russia.
The Norwegians are also major players in Cuba’s oil exploration within 70 miles of the Florida Keys coast.
So while Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are busy taxing and throttling our development of our domestic oil and gas facilities Norway, who is currently the third largest exporter of oil, is busy developing and expanding their massive facilities for the 21st century.
In addition to the Barents Sea development, Norway has claimed the vast oil reserves under the Northwest Passage of the Artic based on the explorations of Roald Amundsen.
Isn’t Norway a hoot! They gave Al Gore the Nobel Prize for convincing the world that burning oil is destroying the world. Isn’t that a gigantic piece of hypocrisy and bait-and-switch that most of the world has swallowed.
Reminds one of the medals they (the same folks) bestowed on Jimmy Carter for establishing peace between Israel and the Arabs.
New Additional News:
We Could Use A Little Global Warming!
Roanoke Times, 7/26/09, Pg 11: Cool summer deters tourists, hurts harvest. Rain is cutting revenues at summer spots, and cool temps are keeping crops from ripening.
CO2 is high and temperatures are low! How does that work out for you, Mr Gore?
Over 30,000 engineers and scientists have known all along that CO2 is not the primary driver of global temperature and that modest warming is better than the 35 years of significant cooling during the first half of my life (1940 to 1975).http://www.petitionproject.org/
The most visual adverse cold temperature consequence I observed during that time was the devastating freeze-out of the citrus businesses in the northern third of Florida. Millions of acres of stark lifeless citrus trees looked as if they had been sprayed with Agent Orange.
Unfortunately the major media will not publish the NASA graphs on global temperature. Although there is considerable factual data that indicates the temperature history for the past 50 years is overstated due to urban sprawl surrounding the temperature recording stations; the data still shows that:
* There is only one degree warming in the last 100 years. http://www.roanokeslant.org/GlobalWarmingThoughts/100yr-temp-co2.jpg
* There is no net temperature change in the past 10 years. http://www.roanokeslant.org/GlobalWarmingThoughts/10yr-temp-co2.jpg
* This in spite of increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
It’s very clear that our current 250 years of natural warming that started at the end of the little ice age (1750) is not man-made.http://www.roanokeslant.org/GlobalWarmingThoughts/GlacierHistory250Years/index.htm
Monday, July 27, 2009
Virginia Below National Average Cost of Electricity
Roanoke Times, 7/27/09, Pg 1 & 12: Coal use keeps costs high for Appalachian
Who writes these headlines? How can anyone print this misinformation in a“news”-paper?
Virginia electricity is 10% lower than the national average and that includes many states that have vast hydro plants and the mid-west that uses massive strip-mine coal resources. Click-on the link to observe that Virginia has approximately one-half the cost of Connecticut and is way below most “blue-states”.
So, let’s rail against current increases in energy costs, but let’s get behind and support the largest energy tax package the world has ever seen! What do these people think is going to happen based on the Obama, Pelosi, Reid energy policy of reducing and taxing current energy supply systems and replacing them with very expensive and unreliable and intermittent systems based on the sun-shining and the wind-blowing
And it’s not just electricity costs that are going to explode with the Obama, Pelosi, Reid energy policies, Click-on the link for a view of a number of big cost-of-living increases that will result from their misguided policy.
We have an energy crisis! It is not carbon or CO2 or global warming!
It is our dependence on external suppliers for our energy systems.
Clearly reducing our current systems and replacing them with high-cost limited capability and intermittent systems is NOT the answer!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thank You President Reagan For Our Missile-Defense Systems
Three big articles in the Roanoke Times hawking the US defense systems from WMD-Missile attacks from North Korea and Iran!
Roanoke Times, 6/19/09, Pg 6: US dispatches missile interceptors to Hawaii to protect against North Korean missiles.
Roanoke Times, 6/20/09, Pg 3: Hawaii missile system is safeguard from North Korea’s Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile system with WMD’s.
Roanoke Times, 7/12/09, Pg 5: Pentagon confident in defense system; A new radar system can guide interceptors toward long-range missiles threatening the US, Hawaii and Alaska and California, from North Korea missiles with WMD’s.
-What an amazing metamorphosis some of the left-wingers have made on SDI! Proves that to make a liberal into a conservative just point a WMD missile at him and his family!
However Obama is committed to stop and scrap our anti-missile defense systems.
See his in-person video position made to his radical-left supporters on youtube:
Reflecting back to after Ronald Reagan's SDI "Star Wars" Speech March 23, 1983, the left-wing politicians and media went postal accusing Reagan of being everything from a war monger to being mentally defective.http://www.atomicarchive.com/Docs/Missile/Starwars.shtml
Now these same naive appeasers are flaunting and hiding behind a defense system they tried desperately to kill.
Perhaps they should talk to Obama about their change of heart and some hope and change they can depend on when the rockets are:“ON THE WAY - OVER”!http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2008/06/obama-commander-of-unilateral.html
Click for a substantial and interesting history:
Friday, July 24, 2009
George Bush Healthcare Medicare Part-D
Roanoke Times, 7/23/09, Pg 6: Wire service: MEDICARE Report: Plan makes drugs affordable for seniors.
A glowing summary of the benefits of Medicare Part-D drug plan published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Major out-of-pocket costs dropped and there was major increases in enrollment and coverage.
All this and no mention of George Bush by the wire service or Roanoke Times as to who originated, spearheaded and made this program happen in spite of Democrat and liberal press naysayers and obstructionists.
Of course the liberal press is not going to mention Bush’s health accomplishment, especially while Obama, Pelosi and Reid are trying desperately to ram a socialized and nationalized system through Congress in defiance of public opposition.
Click on following links to reflect on the left-wing efforts opposing Part-D:
Roanoke Times – Zero Creditability
Roanoke Times, 7/12/09, Pg 8: GOP’s AG candidate Cuccinelli wants special session to address US Supreme Court ruling on requiring forensic technicians to testify in court.
Gov. Kaine’s assistant Gordon Hickey and Democrat AG candidate Mike Henry referred to Cuccinelli’s request as “a PR stunt that would cost taxpayers money”.
7/19/09, Pg Horiz 3, A rush to legislate: A four column commentary with photogenic picture of editor Luanne Traud (Roanoke’s answer to Maureen Dowd) who waxed eloquent about how obtuse and negligible and futuristic this problem is and how Cuccinelli didn’t convince her that this was a real problem worthy of Gov. Kaine’s attention.
7/23/09, Pg 1 and 18, Forensics ruling prompts scramble – Gov. Kaine has called a special session of the General Assembly in response to a US Supreme Court decision.
Sixteen paragraphs of explanation of why this is a major problem that needs prompt attention by the government of Virginia.
At this point in the process and print, Cuccinelli’s name doesn’t surface until paragraph 14 of the 16 and then the quote deals with some technical details of the proposed legal fix.
Is this total absence of valid recognition of Mr. Cuccinelli’s involvement in this process: slant, journalistic amnesia or just plain crude political bias?
Questions that some folks are asking:
Is Ms.Traud on the Democrat party payroll or is she just an energetic volunteer?
Just how deeply buried into the Democrat media machine are the editors of the Roanoke Times?
When they claim they’re just reporting the news, one is left with the additional question: are they insulting their reader’s intelligence on purpose or is it just turning out that way?
There are over 1,000 items in this blog that would cause one to answer “it’s on purpose”!
Another Nasty Obama Friend
Roanoke Times, 7/24/09, Pg 3: Officer tells his side in scholar’s arrest.
Full page extract from Washington Post with on-scene photo of Prof. Gates.
For those who thought that Obama’s longtime nasty spiritual advisor Rev Wright was an anomaly, out of the box pops Harvard Professor Henry Gates. He’s an old Obama friend and black studies expert on W.E.B. Dubois, who many consider the virtual-originator of what became, many years later, the Black Panther Party.
Gates was arrested July 16 by Sgt. James Crowley, a Cambridge Police Officer, who was first to respond to the home the renowned black scholar rents from Harvard, after a woman reported seeing two black men trying to force open the front door. Gates said he had to shove the door open because it was jammed.
Gates was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he yelled at the white officer, accused him of racial bias, disrespected the officer’s mother and refused to calm down after Crowley demanded Gates show him identification to prove he lived in the home. The home had been broken into during the previous month and this incident was clearly a "forced entry".
-Without any detailed information about the incident, Obama publicly declared that the police involved “acted stupidly”.
There has been a national backlash by police officers and organizations around the country blasting Obama for “acting stupidly” and running his mouth when he should have been gathering the facts! Apparently he didn’t have his teleprompter with him.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534687,00.html
The question now is: where is Eric Holder, the new black US Attorney General (AG). Remember him? Soon after becoming Obama’s AG he labeled white Americans as cowards because we don’t openly and actively address and discuss race issues and racial situations in a manner he desires.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/02/nation-of-white-cowards.html
Well Eric, here’s your chance. As the chief law enforcement officer of the country what say you? Who acted stupidly? And how has Obama used this incident to improve the racial dialogue and environment in America?
More hope and change we can believe in? More reasons for voter remorse!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Economic Reality
Where’s The Exit Strategy And Checkpoints?
7/21/09, Pg 1, 3: Deadly month, July deadliest month for US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Pg 3: Sec. Defense Gates increasing Army by 22,000 for Afghanistan operations.
7/8/09, Pg 6, Taliban forces escape massive US offensive in Afghanistan. Violence at highest levels since 2001 even after Obama ordered an additional 175,000 troops sent there. NATO nations threaten to draw down their forces because they are suffering casualties.
For eight years all we heard from the Democrats and their media associates was “there must be an exit strategy for Iraq and Congress must approve the checkpoints to get there”!
-So, where’s The Exit Strategy and Checkpoints for Afghanistan? Our troops now don’t even disturb the poppy fields because it “upsets the farmers”! This is hope and change we can believe in?
Now Obama and his CIA chief Panetta have stopped the CIA from implementing direct covert action to selectively kill Osama Bin laden and his top commanders with minimal damage to civilians. Don’t we have a $25 Million reward, dead or alive, for Bin laden? What are Obama and Panetta thinking? Are we now going to stop going after them with Predator Missiles too?
The Terrorists Are Still Waging War
The Terrorists are still waging war – somebody tell Obama!
Obama actions and response: “I talked to them nicely, I apologized for our response to 911, I told them we were NOT a Judean-Christian nation, I kissed Allah’s feet on Al Jazeera and told them I’m one of them and I have not used the term ‘War on Terror’.” I also had my CIA chief stop the implementation of plans to kill Osama Bin laden and his leadership team and I’m going to close GITMO and free those slaves. What more can I do? I’ve done all I can to stop the war! Is this not the hope and change I promised?
7/18/09, Pg 4, Bombers kill 9 and injured 50 at Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in Manila, persons connected to al-Qaida believed responsible.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,533566,00.html?test=latestnews
Roanoke Times, 7/19/09, Pg 16: Clinton calls for support of anti-terrorism campaign in India.Hillary – when you get back to DC – tell Obama what you told the Indians!
9/17/09, Pg 3: CIA spent years trying to assemble teams capable of killing the top al-Qaida leaders. Teams would augment those teams that direct Predator missile strikes against al-Qaida and Taliban leaders in Pakistan.http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/14/cia-plan-envisioned-hit-teams-killing-al-qaeda-leaders/
7/14/09, Pg 5, Program targeted al-Qaida leaders. “Official said Pres. Bush authorized killing al-Qaida leaders shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and that Congress was made aware of that.”
Leon Panetta, current CIA director, and former political hack for Bill Clinton, divulged the operation to the entire House and Senate Intelligence Committees in violation of national security policy that only the top four members of each committee were authorized to receive such security information.Panetta told the committee “there was no indication that there was anything illegal or inappropriate about the effort itself”.
7/19/09, Pg Horiz 2, Editorial: If the VP (Cheney) ignored the law he must be held accountable.
Yes indeed – let’s publicize and then dismantle our entire anti-terrorism methods, processes, procedures and objectives and then abuse and harass those who worked diligently to protect Americans from yet another attack on the homeland! After all, Obama has declared we’re not at war anymore!http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/05/audacity-of-moral-reprimanding.html
In God Some Still Trust
Roanoke Times, 7/4/09, Pg 13, Editorial: Printing of Thomas Jefferson’s “Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America”
A well deserved and timely publishing of this most important document in our history, however, amazingly the Roanoke Times editor included the last paragraph:“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.
Clearly the editorial page editor and the Roanoke Times editorial team included this paragraph in an error of commission!
They-all clearly have sided with every anti-God and anti-Jesus action by atheists, the ACLU, and most recently Obama in his “Ish Bin Ein Muslim” speech in which he declared to the world that “America is NOT a Judean-Christian nation.”
This of course is in harmony with Obama’s Pennsylvania speech mocking those poor country folks clinging to their guns and bibles and with his “God Damn America” spiritual advisor.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Yet Another Stuck-on-Stupid Study
Roanoke Times, 7/20/09, Pg 1: Study links pollution to lower IQ scores. Researchers attached air-monitoring devices to women in the last few months of pregnancy.
This study makes one wonder not about the IQ of the women and children studied but of the researchers involved and all those who chose to write about this study and even chose to put it on the front page of a news paper (other than the Inquirer).
Cause and effect relationships dealing with people and particularly their IQ levels would certainly require a great deal more than “attaching air-monitoring devices to women in the last few months of pregnancy”.
This tripe is similar to the study reporting that the sons of women who smoke are much more likely to be future prison inmates than those who don’t smoke.
Women who smoke during child-bearing and those who live in areas with “bad- air” clearly form a selective group in which there are many potential causal parameters from both nature and nurture. Some simple issues include: what are the mother’s and father’s IQs and family history and how many drugs have they taken and when and what kind?
To publish this tripe as news is irresponsible and unprofessional and those involved should be ashamed and apologize to those studied and to the public for insulting their intelligence!
Political Ads Replace News
Roanoke Times, 7/20/09, Pg 1 & 14: Deeds to detail his plan
A wonderful heartwarming FREE-political ad by the Roanoke Times for their Democrat candidate for Va Governor highlighting Deeds wonderful positions and attributes and vigorously villainizing his Republican Opponent Bob McDonnell.
Forty-three square-inches with photogenic picture of Deeds on page 1 with an ongoing 60 square-inches on page 14. What’s the going price for this type of a political ad and does the election law require the Roanoke Times to declare that amount as a campaign contribution?
It’s unfortunate that the editorial board of the Roanoke Times doesn’t understand that fair and balanced news reporting is a key part of our democratic political system. Apparently it takes more than a degree in journalism to make a real journalist. Clearly these folks need not apply for the Tim Russert fairness award!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Perriello, Boucher & Pelosi Vote for Cap&TAX
Apparently Perriello, Boucher and their friends at the Roanoke Times feel that energy is too cheap!
Roanoke Times, 7/6/09, Pg 7: GOP ads target Boucher and Perriello for supporting the Gore, Obama, Pelosi, Reid Cap&Trade bill.
RT, 7/7/09, Pg 8: The Roanoke Times and their business partner WDBJ (chan 7) refused to run the anti-Cap&Trade Bill without editing, albeit that two other local TV stations ran the ad.
Isn’t it comforting that the Roanoke Times is editing paid advertising that criticizes a major piece of incredibly bad legislation and their friend Perriello who voted for it. Most people had no idea that the editorial board of the RT is an integral part of Perriello’s media team.
A very interesting part of the Cap & TAX story is its intersection with the ongoing AEP rate increase hearings. These increases are based on the increased energy costs to AEP beyond those calculated into the current rate structure.
Roanoke Times, 7/16/09, Pg 12: Editorial: Area lawmakers can do more than rail against rising electric rates.
So, let’s rail against current increases in energy costs, but let’s get behind and support the largest energy tax package the world has ever seen! What do these people think is going to happen based on the Obama, Pelosi, Reid energy policy of reducing and taxing current energy supply systems and replacing them with very expensive and unreliable and intermittent systems based on the sun-shining and the wind-blowing.
The most disturbing part of all this is that Obama, Pelosi, Reid are promoting these changes based on a totally false Gore-hypothesis that man-made CO2 is causing catastrophic climate changes.
Perhaps Perriello is starting to get the message that the wheels are coming off that wagon because his latest mass mailing indicates he voted for the Cap&TAX Bill because it supports homeland security.
Really? How can it do that when it does not generate one BTU of energy, one Kilowatt of electricity, one barrel of oil or one ton of coal!
It does not reduce our dependency on foreign energy supply which is precisely what is required to help our security!
What it does do is to apply a major tax to energy production and CO2 generating processes like fertilizers and lime (key to food prices) and cement (key to construction prices).
Join the majority of educated people of the world who reject the Gore-Hypothesis and are questioning making major bad policy based on faulty hypothesis.
Be Informed: Spend Some Time Perusing Energy Data and Facts:http://www.roanokeslant.org/GlobalWarmingThoughts/
Click for a current view of “What Fools We Mortals Be”:http://www.roanokeslant.org:80/ObamaThermostat.jpg
Michael Jackson the new Anna Nicole Smith
After hundreds of hours of media coverage, thousands of articles and millions of words all exalting the king-of-pop the beat continues to go on without end and all in the name of “news”.
Perhaps the reality is that for the first half of his life Michael was a talented performer and for the second half of his life Michael was a colossal disappointment to those who believe being reasonable, prudent and responsible are important human attributes.
When the final words are written about Michael it may be that you can’t get someone into heaven by writing a good obituary or by delivering a moving eulogy.