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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Another One Bites The Dust

The Roanoke Times announces the news that another area company is laying off employees.
Mack Trucks to lay off 190 workers in Dublin
For the second time in a month, a major Dublin manufacturing firm announces layoffs.
By Angela Manese-Lee, The Roanoke Times

Mack Trucks Inc. will reduce production at its Dublin assembly plant, shedding 190 employees in the process.

The decision comes as a result of a shift in Mack's production mix to focus less on the highway products made in the New River Valley and more on the vocational vehicles produced in Macungie, Pa. (
Mack Truck joins Ethan Allen and Celanese and Johnson & Johnson and Lear and Dan River and Tultex and Spring Ford Industries and Buster Brown and Natalie Knitting Mills and American of Martinsville and Virginia Glove and Virginia House Furniture and Lea Industries and ArvinMeritor and Alcoa Wheels and VF Knitwear and Burlington Industries and Hooker Furniture and Stanley Furniture and Thomasville and Bassett Furniture Industries and Pulaski Furniture in abandoning profit-prohibitive Southwest and Southside Virginia.

The local Chambers of Commerce would do well to link their homepages to U-Haul's website and provide some meaningful assistance to the laid-off employees who will be packing up their belongings and heading north. That's more than they'll get from our local, state, and congressional political leadership.

Darn. She Spoiled The Fun

Hillary Clinton is no fun. Here I was settling into the notion that Cindy Sheehan (of moonbat fame) was going to wallow in a ditch outside Senator Clinton's office demanding to be fawned over, when I read in the Village Voice that Hillary had granted an interview and had, in fact, taken the time necessary to fawn over her. Shucks.

What Hillary Told Cindy
Sheehan and company get face time with senators Clinton, Reid, Lieberman.
McCain’s next.
by Sarah Ferguson

Cindy Sheehan and the other members of the Bring Them Home Now tour hit the halls of Congress on Thursday, knocking on the doors of more than a dozen legislators to demand their position on the war—including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

On Thursday, Sheehan sat down with Clinton and Reid, two of the highest-profile Democrats, to pose the same question she has posed to President Bush: “What noble cause are our loved ones fighting and dying for?"

Neither Clinton or Reid, who both voted for the war, were willing to reverse tracks and push for a U.S. withdrawal now. Nevertheless, Sheehan reported feeling “fabulous coming out of the meeting.” (link)

Of course, Sheehan felt fabulous about her earlier meeting with President Bush too. It was only later that (her drugs wore off and) she changed her story, announced that she hated him and America in general, and decided she deserved another interview with the President to ... do God knows what.

So Hillary, ever the shrewd politician, has defused a potentially embarrassing situation.


This Shouldn't Have Been Necessary

It has become clear to most objective observers who have been following the New Orleans debacle that local and state officials are inept beyond imagination. And were quick to whine about the lack of help they received from others to get their jobs done. There is no longer any doubt that the front-line authorities - the police and the state emergency management team headed by Governor Blanco - failed miserably to protect the citizenry and to rescue those in grave danger.

What New Orleans authorities proved more than capable of, though, besides giving a good interview to CNN, and looting Wal-Mart stores, was to interact with those they came upon in the city's streets who decided to fight to protect their homes and businesses from the lawlessness that pervaded the Big Easy for days by confiscating their weapons.

The police were powerless to stop looters, rapists and murderers but were quite adept at seizing firearms from law-abiding Americans who chose to do what the police chose not to do - bring order to a crestfallen and anarchic metropolis.

It should not have been necessary but a federal judge has ordered the New Orleans police department to obey the law of the land - at least for now.

Police ordered not to seize guns
By Joyce Howard Price, The Washington Times

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District in Louisiana yesterday sided with gun rights groups and issued a restraining order to stop authorities from confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The federal court's ruling came just one day after the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation jointly filed a motion to halt the seizures of firearms from private citizens who are not breaking the law.

After yesterday's court ruling, the NRA's chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said: "This is an important victory. But the battle is not over. The NRA will remedy emergency statutes in all 50 states, if needed, to ensure that this injustice does not happen again." (
I received a catalogue from the NRA yesterday (just in time for Christmas, ahem) that features, among many, many other items for sale, a shirt with the following slogan emblazened on it:

The Second Amendment
America's Original Homeland Security

When you go to the polls this November - and every November - you would do us all well to remember the chaos in the streets of New Orleans, the unwillingness of the police there to stop it as well as their eagerness to prevent citizens from doing it for them, and what Americans had to resort to in order to protect their loved ones.

Vote. And keep your powder dry.