Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quick Hits: Volume XXII

-As heart wrenching as it was to hear about the mass shooting in Tucson, AZ in January, it's been exponentially saddening to watch video footage of the tsunami in Japan. As of this moment, an estimated 10,000 are dead, even more without a home, food or water. And to top it all off, there's the issue of nuclear reactors possibly melting down.

Certainly, the leftists couldn't blame this horrific tragedy on conservatives, much as they did the Tucson incident.

C'mon, not even certain lefties could sink that low......could they????

Well......not directly. But God help us if the USA were hit with a similar disaster, especially if the eeeeevil Republicans are in charge.

Congressional Republicans’ 2011 budget would slash funding for government agencies directly responsible for issuing tsunami warnings and severely reduce the government’s capacity to track and respond to these disasters, the president of the union that represents employees of the National Weather Service told ThinkProgress today in the wake of the tragic tsunami in the Pacific. The House Republican budget, which was rejected by the Senate this week, would have cut funding to NOAA — the agency directly responsible for tsunami monitoring and warning — restricting the government’s ability to respond.

Call it a "preemptive strike" launched by the leftist demagoguery machine.

-The shocking events in Japan certainly put a little perspective on the fact it won't be tragic if there's no NFL football in 2011. This past Friday, NFL owners locked out players, prohibiting them from engaging in any football activities until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached. Predictably, the NFLPA has opted to decertify and looks to get an injunction in an April 6 hearing.

One of the more common sentiments expressed by sports commentators and NFL fans alike is how this could permanently damage the game if the lockout extends into the regular season, maybe even jeopardizing the postseason and (**gulp**) Super Bowl.

But to imply this would cause fans to leave the game entirely is a complete fallacy. This most recent Super Bowl was the most watched TV program ever, usurping the final episode of the TV series M*A*S*H. While fans would be angry if their favorite sport is in the midst of a work stoppage, the overall NFL aura is too great. The millisecond this labor spat is resolved, all will be forgiven.

-I often wonder aloud when the DFL will make the distinction between "income" and "wealth" when discussing "tax cuts for the rich." Then I ponder if they really know the difference.

As of Monday, Governor Mark Dayton has yet to catch on.


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