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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Employees Laid Off. Boucher Gives 'Em Hugs.

Count on our congressman to be there to ease the pain of layoff.
Laid-off Celanese workers qualify for federal programs

Federal assistance has been secured for employees at the Celanese Acetate plant in Giles County who will be losing jobs this year, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, said Friday.

The company, located near Narrows, is getting out of the acetate filament business that provides 28 percent of the county's revenue [my emphasis].

Between 275 and 325 employees at the Giles plant are being laid off as the production is phased out.

Boucher said these workers will be eligible for federal Trade Readjustment Assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor to help with job retraining and health care premium payments. (link)
You have to give Boucher credit. He has the whole layoff thing nailed down. If only he could focus his efforts as fervidly on creating favorable conditions for employers in Southwest Virginia. Then he might not have to spend so much time offering hugs and welfare checks to area citizens who find themselves forced to pack their bags and move north.

Terror At Our Border

We are no longer in control of our borders. In Nogales, drug smugglers have sent a message to the Border Patrol: "We own this territory. Do not trespass."

Two Border Patrol agents wounded
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were in stable condition yesterday at a Tucson, Ariz., hospital after being shot Thursday by suspected drug smugglers near Nogales. The smugglers fled back to Mexico after the shooting.

Border Patrol officials at the agency's Washington headquarters said yesterday the agents, who had been tracking a group of suspected smugglers, were ambushed by an unknown number of assailants in a canyon near state Highway 82 close to the U.S.-Mexico border. Both were shot in the leg. (link)
President Bush doesn't see a problem with our porous border security situation and the illegality that's occurring there - hourly. It's a ticking timebomb.

When a terrorist crosses the Mexican border and blows up a police station in Tucson, then everyone, including the President, will take notice.

But by then, it will be too late.

We must secure our borders.

Going To The Michael Moore Film Festival?

If you've been wondering what to do on your vacation this summer, why not plan to attend the Michael Moore Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan? It should be a real hoot. And you may have the chance to touch his vestments.
Michael Moore announces films for Traverse City festival
By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press Writer


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Excited movie buffs queued up Friday to buy tickets for the inaugural Traverse City Film Festival - and to meet its founder, the Oscar-winning director Michael Moore.

Moore, a Flint native who now lives in northern Michigan, announced the lineup for the July 27-31 festival. (link)
I'll bet there are idiots around the country who will travel all the way to northern Michigan just to get a glimpse of Mr. Blimpy. I don't think I'll be one of them.

Justice O'Connor To Retire

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced yesterday that she intends to retire.

America is in panic mode.

A sampling of the political reaction from the Associated Press:
"This is a state of emergency," said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. "Every member of the Senate will have to choose sides - either they will side with the bullies in the Republican leadership or they will take the side of our fundamental freedoms."

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, countered that the court needs to move away from activists who legislate from the bench. "There could not be a more significant opportunity for President Bush to impact the direction of the high court," he said. (link)
Both conservatives and liberals are horrified by O'Connor's resignation. And they both probably have good reason. O'Connor did as much if not more than any other justice on the court to confuse the American people and put the judicial system in turmoil. I defy anyone to explain her position on abortion. Or on religious symbols being displayed in public places..

As far as I'm concerned, she will not be missed.

So who should the President replace O'Connor with? If he could find another Scalia or Thomas, both of whom are consistent, write with absolute clarity, use sound reasoning, have a firm grasp on the meaning of the Constitution, and understand their role in interpreting it, America would be better off for it.