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Saturday, August 27, 2005

I Wonder If This'll Make the Times-Dispatch

While the Richmond Times-Dispatch longs for the days when the streets were filled with anti-war protesters - see next post - and publishes silly articles about tiny numbers of degenerate anti-war protesters who show up on some street corner prepared to violently demonstrate their heartfelt beliefs in peace, normal people will all be flocking - by the hundreds - to the new Wal-Mart in Norton (a few mountains southwest of Bland, if you're wondering) to take advantage of the grand opening specials on bras, beer, and bug spray.

My guess is the folks at the Times-Dispatch will somehow miss this news.

Coalfield.com provides us with the opening day festivities:
Norton's new Wal-Mart Supercenter opened Wednesday morning following ceremonies that began at 7 a.m. as the sun began to rise over the mountain. Pastor Garrett Lee delivered the invocation, members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4301 presented the colors, and the John I. Burton High School Band performed the national anthem. A special tribute was made to Wal-Mart founder Sam M. Walton. (link)
Celebrate the antics of that beanbrain, Cindy Sheehan down in Crawford, Texas if you will. We reserve our tributes for those who've actually improved our lot in life. And nobody has had a greater effect on the lives of people struggling to keep afloat here in Southwest Virginia than has Sam Walton.

Not only did old Sam make it possible for people down this way to obtain the amenities everyone else in the USA takes for granted, we get them at a super-low discount price. And, if that wasn't reason enough to call out the marching band, there's this:
The store will employ about 450, which includes 200 jobs created by the relocation. More than 1,700 people applied for jobs at the new store, according to [Store Manager Marlene] McGee.

"We were thrilled with the large pool of applicants we had for our jobs," said McGee. "It makes me proud to work for this company where there truly are unlimited opportunities."
Well, the jobs made available by Wal-Mart's relocation to a new Supercenter site don't compare to all the manufacturing jobs lost in this area*, but they'll stave off the need for a few local residents to pack their bags and move north.

So, everybody, let's sing the Wal-Mart jingle!

"Wal-Mart is your savings store, where your dollar buys you more."

Or was that Kmart?

No matter. Let's party! We got us a Wal-Mart Superstore!

By the way, our Congressman Rick Boucher was nowhere to be seen on Grand Opening Day. With all his talk about the need for job growth in his district, "the fighting ninth (?)," Wal-Mart's creation of 200 new jobs - the largest by one company in several years - didn't rate his interest. He'd rather devote millions in (our) tax dollars to the creation of new jobs - one at a time.

* For a related article regarding declining student enrollment this year in Wise County schools, click here.

Photo courtesy of coalfield.com
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How Pathetic

I read this headline in the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning and almost leaped out of my chair:

War protest draws larger crowd (link)
What? Cindy Sheehan's efforts to rouse the rabble are working?

Then I read this:

[Brent Hancock and Larry Syverson] were among the three dozen or so who stood at 10th and Main streets in front of the federal courthouse yesterday to protest the war in Iraq.
Three dozen. Why, that almost constitutes a social movement.

Three dozen. Hell, there are more people up at the Bland Citgo station eating ham and eggs* as I write this than turned out for this "newsworthy" anti-war rally.

Three dozen. There were more people (mostly men I would estimate) who were lined up at the urinals in the rest-stop at mile marker 323 along I-81 in northern Virginia last night.

Three dozen. More people used the Richmond Times-Dispatch for toilet paper yesterday than showed up for this pathetic rally that was reported - reeking with breathless emotion - by the "news" paper.

Three dozen. There were more anti-war protesters reporting to their family physicians yesterday with cases of head lice, open sores, and the clap than turned up at this rally.

But none of that made the news.

How pathetic.

* If you must know, there isn't a restaurant in all of Bland County. We, therefore, make do. And the food ain't bad. You get used to the smell of gasoline.

The Wobblies Resurgent

Most of you have never heard of the Wobblies. You really have to be a history geek to know that that was the moniker assigned long ago to members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Wobblies. The organization flourished for a brief period before World War I as it attempted, unsuccessfully, to organize unskilled labor around the country with its ultimate goal being the unification of all the world's workers. Thus the name. The IWW came; it went.

I've felt for a long time that the Wobblies were just ahead of their time; that the idea was workable but the world's workers weren't ready for organization.

Well, we may be approaching that point in time. Though unions have continued to slide in terms of membership - and clout - here in this country, a movement is afoot to grow the movement worldwide.
Workers Of the World Uniting
By Harold Meyerson, The Washington Post

... the meeting this week in Chicago of roughly 1,500 labor leaders from around the world had a rather novel agenda. They convened on Monday under a banner that read "Imagine a Global Union." When they adjourned on Thursday, they had begun to build one.

The world's first global proto-union, surprisingly enough, comprises workers in the property services industry -- that is, janitors and security guards.

... far-flung unions envision a day when unions from every continent can sit across the table from a global employer and negotiate a common code of conduct and worker rights. (link)
We've witnessed an ever-accelerating exodus of jobs to low-wage countries in the far-east and South America. That migration will - in a few short years - begin to slow as unions begin to bargain for their members worldwide and a greater balance is struck.

It'll be too late for hundreds of thousands of skilled workers in this country but for their sons and daughters, it will be the dawn of a new day.

Quote Of The Day

"Bean-counting government bureaucrats are free to take race, ethnicity and gender into account when doling out public funds to non-white-male contractors.

But God help law enforcement officers, air marshals and border agents who try to use those same factors to combat terrorism and protect American lives."
Michelle Malkin, "Racial profiling for dollars," New York Post

There's Good News Out There?

I'm trying to remember that slogan the New York Times uses ...

Is it "All the news the unfit print"?

I can't remember.

Anyway, if you read only the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the like, or you watch the news on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, etc. you'd think we were losing the war and that there's nothing positive happening in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Well, lo and behold, I found out there is great good being accomplished by our brave soldiers every day (here). It's straight from Central Command. I wonder why I haven't seen any of this heartwarming and uplifting news in the Roanoke Times?

I've created a permanent link to this site off to the left for your convenience and for my daily use. I will be punching it up each day to get the latest news regarding our military efforts overseas. You might wish to do the same.

It's kind of bizarre when you think about it that America has hundreds of newspapers, dozens of network and cable TV news outlets, thousands upon thousands of overpaid and under-talented journalists, and I have to get my news about the progress of the war from a website.

But I will.