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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

On The Road

It is a rare day that I declare a Chinese restaurant to be substandard but tonight I have to pass on a negative assessment regarding a place in Bethlehem, PA. It was really bad. You may want to avoid Pennsylvania until further notice. This is so disappointing. I mean, how do you screw up Chinese?

Anyway, I find myself here in the cradle of civilization (Get it? Bethlehem? Oh, never mind) this evening, with meetings scheduled in Easton tomorrow and more meetings on tap for Friday in Thomasville (near York).

Ah, the life of a gypsy. Who wishes he hadn't ordered the sweet and sour chicken.

These People Have No Shame

The eyebrows went up when I read this headline on the Roanoke Times editorial page:
Tearing down the wall

A potential revelation about 9/11 terrorists should remind Americans to remain wary of intelligence and law enforcement abuses.
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Then my jaw dropped when I read this:
The lesson to take from 9/11 is not that America can no longer afford such rights as due process and prohibitions against unreasonable searches. Instead, the details of the communication breakdowns that may have allowed the attacks to happen must be thoroughly investigated so that very specific remedies can be fashioned to ensure such failures are never allowed to happen again.
I have no doubt in my mind that this is the lesson that the editorialists at the Roanoke Times have taken away from 9/11; they have proven themselves capable.

While the rest of America learned that (1) there is a strain of Islam that preaches hatred toward infidels, and (2) there are millions of Muslims who would like to see us all dead - every man, woman, and child among us, and (3) there are groups like al Qaida who are actually plotting to slaughter us all, and (4) if we don't kill them first, they'll succeed, the people at the Times learned that we need to improve our communications. And be mindful of due process.

Janet Reno. Bill Clinton. Democrats. The Roanoke Times editorial staff. To think, we allowed them to be in charge once. Before 9/11. Before the world came crashing down.

Old Jube Would Be Proud

The Civil War seems sometimes to have never come to an end. Just ask the Kelleys of Franklin County, Virginia. They were kind enough to donate General Jubal Early's family home site to the Jubal Anderson Early Preservation Trust in 1995, but found themselves denied a permit on Tuesday to maintain their automobile junkyard on their property - because it is "within sight" of Old Jube's home.

How did that saying go? "Every good turn deserves ..."

Here's the report in the Roanoke Times:
Neighbors defend general from junked cars
By
Mason Adams

The Franklin County Planning Commission voted to deny a permit for a junkyard near Jubal Early's homeplace.

ROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Planning Commission recommended Tuesday to deny a permit for an automobile graveyard within sight of Civil War General Jubal Early's homeplace near Windy Gap.

The permit request came from the Kelley family, who donated the homesite to the Jubal Anderson Early Preservation Trust in 1995, intending it to become a tourist destination. The Kelley family had been keeping junked automobiles for spare parts on their land since the 1980s, said attorney John Boitnott. When Franklin County was zoned in 1986, their property, located on Old Hollow Lane near Virginia 116, was designated agricultural. The junked automobiles went largely ignored until March, when neighbors filed a complaint with the county. The Kelleys applied for the special use permit to continue to keep their cars to use for spare parts, Boitnott said. (
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I'll bet the Kelleys are just pleased as punch that they participated in the development of the Early homestead. As a direct result of their largesse, they're going to have to pay to have their remaining property cleaned up. Burning the house down would have only cost them the price of a match.

C'est la vie.

A Thought To Ponder

The NCAA and its limousine liberal leadership recently decided that any college or university that continued to use an "offensive" (meaning "any") Indian reference in its mascot name would be barred from post-season tournament activity. Here is the story.

The transparently pandering decision by the NCAA Executive Committee brings this response from Andrew Cline, writing for The American Spectator:
...banned is the nickname of the University of Illinois -- the Illini. "Illini" was the name of the tribal confederation that once ruled the land now called Illinois. It is the root word for the state name and the name of its people, Illinoians. It is hard to see hostility in a name the white people use to describe themselves, but the NCAA sees it.

University of Illinois basketball jerseys say "Illinois," not "Illini." In its eternal wisdom, the executive committee will allow jerseys printed with "Illinois," but not ones printed with "Illini." What will committee members do when they learn that "Illinois" is French for "Illini"?

Allowing jerseys to bear the French name for the Illini tribal confederation, but not the name the confederation gave itself, is the logical end point of multicultural sensitivity. One wonders whether the University of Illinois student newspaper -- The Illini -- will be allowed to cover future NCAA tournaments.

Indiana University, whose athletic teams are called "Hoosiers," escaped the NCAA's nickname ban. But Indiana's jerseys don't say "Hoosiers." They say "Indiana," which means "Land of Indians."

By the way, the NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis -- "City of the Land of Indians." How embarrassing.

The NCAA has banned the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname. "Sioux" is the name for a confederation of smaller tribes, including the Dakota. If UND removes the "hostile and abusive" "Sioux" name from its jerseys and replaces it with "North Dakota," it will still have a tribal name on its jerseys. Obviously, the NCAA executives have not thought their plan through. (link)
As the Good Book says:

For they sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind

Cry For The Motor City

Detroit is slowly crumbling into dust and decay. This isn't news. Anybody familiar with the storied city's history knows all about its problems with decades-long white flight, government ineptitude and corruption, and crushing poverty. There is, for those of you not familiar with Detroit's plight, a webpage available where you can "tour the fabulous ruins of Detroit" (here) in photographs. There you'll see stark, startling, anguishing pictures of a once-robust, now dying city, including photos of Henry Ford's original Model T assembly plant, now mostly abandoned.

I bring this up to highlight today's news coming out of the Motor City, as reported in the Detroit News:

Ailing Detroit spends $1 million on deer

Building Belle Isle animal pen comes after city plans police, fire layoffs, shuts aquarium.
By Norman Sinclair / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- As the city bleeds red ink and prepares to lay off police and fire personnel, contractors are gearing up to build a $1 million display pen for 20 European fallow deer and native Michigan animals at Belle Isle's new nature zoo.

Zoo Director Ron Kagan said officials there had no say in awarding the building contract, which went to a company with no experience doing work for the zoo. That company subcontracted the first phase of the job to a company run by Bobby Ferguson, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's longtime friend who also is involved in two other controversial city contracts. (link)

Just turn off the lights. And cry for the Motor City.