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What is this crush elite liberals have on China?

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has written so many laudatory columns about China that one wag has even suggested he defect.

And yesterday we learned that cranky and irascible Ted Turner, creator of CNN, winner of the America’s Cup in an earlier life, and father of five children, thinks people need to be told how many, or how few, children to have, just as they do in China:

Mr. Turner – a long-time advocate of population control – said the environmental stress on the Earth requires radical solutions, suggesting countries should follow China’s lead in instituting a one-child policy to reduce global population over time. He added that fertility rights could be sold so that poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce.

Michelle Malkin notes the elitism dripping from his statement, and notes the hypocrisy, as well:

Don’t you love how Turner just assumes that it’s on “the poor” to stop having kids? Who has a bigger carbon footprint — poor kids living in small dwellings and walking everywhere, or the children of billionaires who borrow dad’s private jet to go to the prom?

Isn’t there a more polite way for Ted to essentially say “the rich should inherit the earth and the poor should just f-in die off” than this? I’ll give him points though for trying to add a hearty dose of free market capitalism to his push for totalitarian ecocide. Ted will do anything to avoid allowing anybody on this horribly overpopulated planet to live on his two million acres of land!

What is it with liberals and China? Has China supplanted Castro’s Cuba as the workers’ paradise. That would indeed by strange since China has embraced capitalism to an extent that their economy is one of the world’s strongest. Friedman seems to like the Hidden Empire because it doesn’t have that messy democracy thing to muck things up. Turner likes the one-child-per-couple limit that has led to female babies being killed upon birth.

Ted, stick to making buffalo burgers. It’s the only thing you do well.

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Dumb hooligan prank or part of a War on Christmas?

Vandals have struck at Nativity scenes and stolen the baby Jesus from creches in recent years. Most news accounts imply that these are pranks with no anti-religious context. However, as billboards go up around the country, financed by atheists and calling Christmas a bunch of superstitious hooey, one has to wonder.

And then there’s this:

Vandals have destroyed one of the most celebrated Christian pilgrimage sites in Britain and chopped down a tree said to have sprouted from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea 2,000 years ago.

The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury, Somerset, is visited by thousands every year to pay homage and leave tokens of worship. Those visiting today were moved to tears on finding the tree cut to a stump.

The sacred tree is unique in that it blossoms twice a year – at Christmas and Easter – and sprigs taken from the thorn are sent to The Queen each year for the festive table.

Call me crazy, but it looks like some folks simply have a problem with Christmas, or maybe just Christ.

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Kansas cultists to make asses of themselves at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral

Per WRAL (yes, the utterly despicable Phelpsians again).

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Energy independence right around the corner?

It is, if we allow it:

Toronto’s Globe & Mail quotes a UN report that includes this observation: “Within a decade or so, North America will almost certainly emerge as the world’s biggest supplier – and exporter – of reasonably cheap energy.”

And, no, it’s not from windmills or solar panels or government-subsidized ethanol:

As The New York Times reported last month, it’s because the U.S. is incredibly rich with natural gas and oil shale deposits that can be reached affordably using hydraulic fracturing, the injection of liquids into rock formations thousands of feet below the drinking water table.

The injections force the gas or oil into recoverable areas, thus opening up millions of new barrels of oil and trillions of feet of natural gas for production here in America.

The question is, will a spineless Congress legislate hurdles that make these sources inaccessible, or will it wake up and understand that rather than dump millions into subsidies for off-in-the-future energy, a mother lode lies for the taking, and taxpayer subsidies are not needed to reach it?

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The Market Speaks Again

Despite the rhetoric that Americans are dying for smaller cars with greater gas mileage, they aren’t flying off the lots as some would like.

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NC Democrats to Put Full-Time Tracker on Renee Ellmers

North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Andrew Whalen tells politico.com that the party is already targeting Congresswoman-Elect Renee Ellmers for the 2012 election and that the party will track her every move. The Republican Ellmers defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge for the 2nd District seat in Congress. (emphasis is mine)

Democrats also plan to draw a bead on North Carolina Rep.-elect Renee Ellmers, a registered nurse and political newcomer who edged out veteran Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge by fewer than 2,000 votes in a race that even national GOP strategists believed was beyond its reach. The Republican drew attention during the campaign after releasing a controversial TV ad hammering the proposed Islamic mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan.

North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Andrew Whalen said he planned to place a full-time tracker on Ellmers, who currently resides in a district that Obama won with 52 percent and where roughly one in three residents are African-American.

“The stuff she has done, the comments she has made during the campaign — she is going to be at the top of the list in 2012,” said Whalen.

Ellmers campaign manager Al Lytton said he was confident the central North Carolina district would become more GOP-friendly after redistricting but argued that the conservative Ellmers already “fits the district well.”

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Expect a Lot of This Kind of Ranting

This guest column in the Chapel Hill News is an example of the ranting and class warfare that will likely ensue as the budget takes shape next year. It is written by a gentlemen identified as a writer living in Efland. The headline: State employees in shark-filled waters.

The state’s fiscal hole is nearing $4 billion, but do state employees think they will somehow be exempt from necessary efforts to streamline and, no doubt, end the astronomical spending spree state legislators have engaged in? A reminder — General Fund appropriations per person, adjusted for inflation, increased 79 percent from 1980 to 2010.

For those who want to engage in serious discussion of policies that will dig North Carolina out of the fiscal ditch, I suggest they start with this report. It will not be easy, and there will be real pain. But it must be done.

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