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Monday, June 06, 2005

We Grow 'Em Big Around Here

The upside to living next to a national forest is that we are able to rub elbows with all sorts of wildlife.

The downside is that we don't get to choose the species that comes a'calling.

That, by the way, is not a golf ball next to the snake. It's a basketball.

Interestingly, this was the third snake five feet or longer Paula came upon today. This one, about six feet in overall length, seemed to be on the same path as another - about the same size - that slithered through the same part of our horse paddock about five minutes before.

I thought we were going to witness snake sex for a moment (Is that sick? Probably.) but the snake pictured, for some reason, abruptly stopped at the edge of the paddock and coiled. I have no idea why.

There are certain questions I choose to keep unanswered.

By the way, folks around here tell me this is a baby. My doors are locked as I write this.Posted by Hello

What Are The Chances?

I hope this police officer read these punks their Miranda rights before he beat the living hell out of them.
Police Officer Pulls Over His Stolen Car

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- An off-duty police officer on a Sunday drive saw something awfully familiar - his recently stolen Volkswagen Jetta.

North Charleston patrolman Ethan Bernardi whipped his cruiser around and pulled over the stolen vehicle. He called other deputies, who arrested three suspects, police said. (link)
Just kidding ... about the Miranda rights.

Have We Gone Full Circle?

The Roanoke Times this morning lauds the return of a local community to the days when we warehoused our poorest citizens in what was called the Poor House. I'm still trying to decide if theirs is an attempt to move us into the future or to retreat to the past.
Giles County does right by its homeless

Other communities should follow its example and offer or expand emergency shelters.

Thank you, Giles County. The opening last week of the Giles County Shelter for the homeless was a compassionate, responsible act that too few suburban and rural communities perform.

For years, the best the county could do for families and individuals who fell on the hardest of times was a few nights in a motel or the use of an old trailer. Now it has a three-bedroom house in Pearisburg, built by Giles High School students and paid for with public and private donations. The project was years in the making. The need, however, was consistent. Amid Giles County's scenic beauty and relative isolation, two to three families a month require emergency shelter because of evictions or substandard living conditions. (link)

I agree that this is a good idea. I wonder, though, how the folks at the Times will react when that which they praise is called what it is.

The more things change ...

The photo above is of the Wythe County Poor Farm, which operated from 1858 to 1957. Go here to learn more about it.

Click on image to enlarge.
Photo courtesy of The Mountain LaurelPosted by Hello

Heads Up, Appalachia

I've come to the conclusion that this area of the country - Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky, West Virginia - is intended by those on the left to become another ANWR. I came to this conclusion after reading sundry attacks on commerce - no matter what form it takes or how it may benefit the local population - here in Appalachia. The latest in a long line of many came from the far-left newspaper, the Roanoke Times, in which the editorial page staff denounced the potential construction of an RV park on the New River in Wythe County, Virginia. An RV park for Christ's sake. (see "Can't have none o' that developin' 'round here")

ANWR (or Alaska National Wildlife Refuge), as you may know, is the desolate, God-forsaken area in Alaska's frozen tundra that has the good - or bad - fortune of containing, potentially, billions of barrels of crude oil. And the leftist environmentalists will die before they'll let anyone get to it. Sound familiar?

This article, entitled, "What We Would Lose In Alaska" by Jonathan Waterman, comes from the Washington Post editorial page this morning.

ANWR is our wildest refuge, but it's not the only one with potentially exploitable natural resources. If we destroy its integrity, by placing oil derricks in its fragile heart -- the coastal plain -- we will create a precedent for opening up all wildlife refuges.

Advocates of drilling say that opening up ANWR would make America less dependent on oil imports and thus more secure. At best this idea is illogical; at worst, it's disingenuous. According to information most of us have heard, there could be 5.6 billion to 16 billion barrels (235 billion to 672 billion gallons) of premium "light, sweet crude" underlying the coastal plain of the refuge. Our nation consumes 7 billion barrels of oil per year, and even if the refuge provided the hoped-for 1 million barrels per day, the resulting 0.5 percent annual increase in domestic supply would not significantly lessen our dependence on foreign oil. At best, according to various energy experts, the refuge would yield less than a year's supply of oil for the United States. (link)
Disregard the fact that his calculation is disputed by his own figures. The available amount of oil isn't important to this bunch. They want to preserve the area for their once-a-year getaway vacations. The local population be damned.

The supposedly small "footprint" of drill rigs will, like that at Prudhoe Bay, be linked by roads, pipelines, machinery and aircraft that will steal the silence, dredge gravel out of the rivers, monopolize the view and dominate several million acres of wildlife habitat. To claim that nothing will be damaged is the same as saying there's nothing there to begin with. America's last wild corner will be conquered by an industrial oilfield.

To know what's at stake in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is to demand its protection.

Same song, different idyllically pristine wildlife treasure that demands the attention of ...

It is our misfortune that many of these wild-eyed looneys are ensconced on America's college campuses and, therefore, are guaranteed lots of time to visit ANWR one month and Appalachia the next.

And by damn they want it to be depopulated when they return! There are to be no roads. No unsightly hovels with poorly clad children playing in the front yard. No commerce. And don't even think about building an RV park. We all know the kind of people that hang out in RV parks.

They want us out of here. Now.

Kaine Hires a Loser

Virginia Democratic candidate for Governor Tim Kaine has decided he needs help in his ongoing battle against negative attack ads. So he has sought out the assistance of former Senator Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) to provide his response and to shore up his flagging support.

What? Michael Dukakis wasn't available? Walter Mondale? Arianna Huffington? Janet Reno? Here's the report from the Washington Times.
Kaine Recruits Daschle To Counter Attack Ad

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Timothy M. Kaine has enlisted the help of former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Mr. Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat who was defeated in November after 18 years in the Senate, is appealing to supporters in a message on Mr. Kaine's Web site, where he criticizes a television advertisement that he says attacks Mr. Kaine.

The ad is paid for by the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which has endorsed former state Attorney Jerry W. Kilgore, a Republican, for governor. The ad, titled "Another One," calls Mr. Kaine a "liberal" and criticizes the Democrat's plan to offer homeowners tax relief.

Mr. Daschle compared the ad -- produced by the same group that produced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads against Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election -- to the attacks on Sen. Max Cleland in 2002. Mr. Cleland, Georgia Democrat, was also defeated. (link)
This sounds like shrewd campaign strategy to me. Bring in a loser to bring up the names of two other losers.

What was he thinking?