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Monday, October 31, 2005

Virginia Blog Carnival Is Up

This week's edition of the Virginia Blog Carnival is up. And it's a doozy. Check it out over at River City Rapids. And be sure to leave kind words for ol' Snoop. He worked hard at getting the Carnival out on time for us.

Two Bloggers Of a Mind

Kilo over at Spark It Up! , who should be dead about now as a result of his horrific rollover accident, came out swinging (I think his health is returning) when he read that our most popular - and most deceitful - governor in history has contributed monetarily to the revitalization of Southwest Virginia by donating taxpayer dollars to an "artisan center."

NOOOO!!! Not this same old crap. Rick Boucher should of came along too and announced that a call center will placed beside the new arts center. Geeesh... We in SWVA got tossed a bone. It will be a failure and most people know this. While they are building the arts center, people here in SWVA do not have drinking water. 2005 and still no running water. This tourism crap helps my area very little. 3.1 million to help people get water, or fix schools would be better. Heck, give us broadband!

As usual, we got tossed a bone, and we here in SWVA will bend over and take it........ (link)
The drinking water comment has to do with the fact that much of Southwest Virginia has no potable water or water treatment facilities. In fact, a serious problem exists - one that Warner and Boucher choose to ignore - with drinking water in parts of Southwest being unfit to drink. But news conferences relating to drinking water - and high infant mortality rates - don't make headlines. Silly notions about "the arts" in Appalachia do.

The article to which Kilo is referring can be found here. It includes the usual airheaded comments about that which will be ... someday, just you wait and see.

Gov. Mark Warner wants to get people off Interstate 81 and into the hills of Southwest Virginia to see and buy the region’s arts and crafts.

That’s why on Thursday he awarded the town a $3.1 million grant to build the Southwest Virginia Artisan Center.

"While the facility is sitting here in Abingdon and Washington County, it isn’t just for (the two localities) but for all of Southwest Virginia," the governor said. "This will be a gateway to the great Southwest and a jumping-off point" for tourism.
I'll be posting my endorsement in the governor's race in a few days. In the meantime, I'll give you an idea of what my thoughts are when I read fatuousness like this. Our governor wants us all to learn how to weave Indian rugs and wear native costume while doing it. Our Congressman thinks the construction of a music center - and learning to play the banjo - will create jobs. My representative to the House of Delegates is on the tourism bandwagon by proposing to rename a road.

What do these politicians have in common? Besides the moronic notion that northerners on their way to West Palm Beach are going to drive into Washington County, Virginia to buy a potted plant from the local yokel? They are all Democrats.

Democrats have been in charge of Southwest Virginia since the dawn of creation and there are folks in parts of Scott County, Virginia in 2005 who can't drink their water because there are turds floating in it, and our politicians - Democrats all - think our road to salvation is in baking cookies, singing Ol' Black Joe while strummin' the five-string, and painting pastoral scenes on crossbuck sawblades for the cultured classes. This strategy hasn't succeeded in all the years it's been tried. The area is replete with abandoned arts and crafts shops. Storefronts as vacant as is the mindset that propels such notions.

We need employers, fellas. Not Manhattanites who stop by to rub elbows with the unwashed as they're letting their leashed terriers pee on the property. Mack Truck and Ethan Allen announce massive layoffs of respectably well-paid workers and our governor responds with happy horse pucky about tourism. A "gateway." A "jumping-off point."

It's a jumping-off point all right. For the hundreds of former citizens of Southwest Virginia who have given up on ever finding gainful employment here and who don't want their children having to drink contaminated water and who refuse to dress up like a Cherokee Indian or Robert E Lee in order to feed the kids and who don't have to turn to lowlife politicians, with hat in hand, hoping for a handout; who pack their bags, drive through the governor's "gateway," and head north. Forever.

Thanks, Kilo.

Poor Hillary

The folks at the New York Times are setting a standard that the darling of their political party - Hillary Clinton - cannot meet. They now demand that candidates for public office be experienced. On this morning's editorial page:
Michael Brown, Redux

Responding to questions from three Democratic senators - Barbara Boxer, Paul Sarbanes and Barack Obama - at her confirmation hearing last week, Ellen Sauerbrey, the former Maryland state legislator nominated by President Bush to head a key State Department humanitarian bureau, could come up with no convincing reason for why her lack of any relevant experience coordinating emergency aid shouldn't disqualify her from the job. And yet the Senate once again seems to be on the eve of confirming another clearly unqualified Bush appointee.

Mr. Bush's selection of Ms. Sauerbrey conjures up memories of Michael Brown, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Senate Republicans should think hard about the mismatch between Ms. Sauerbrey's credentials and the life-and-death responsibilities of this job. (link)

That life-and-death bit should come back to bite these people - even though they don't really mean what they say. Because they don't mean what they say.

Hillary Rodham, or whatever she's calling herself these days, has no management experience (beyond overseeing her husband's sexual affairs), no military experience (except for the violent confrontations with her deadbeat husband and save for her sordid tale about having attempted way-back-when to enlist in the marine corps at a time when she was virulently anti-war), and no leadership experience (her lofty post at the Rose Law Firm doesn't count; she was window dressing there because of her connection to Sugar Daddy). And she's going to try to convince the American people that she's capable of being Commander-in-Chief of the largest army on earth and supreme leader of the world politic. Truth be known, she couldn't even manage to keep little Willy where it belonged.

But you won't read about this kind of stuff when the Times gets around to analyzing Hillary's credentials. You'll read only about what great good she can do for us. With a little more of our money. And lots and lots of help.

You folks at the New York Times need to think this through. Do you really want your political leadership - whether appointed or elected - to actually have experience in their individual fields of endeavor? It would be a great precedent to establish but would, at the same time, sweep away the majority of the hangers-on in the party you so adore. Starting with Mrs. Clinton.

You Should Check This Out

I came across a new weblog this morning - new to me anyway, even though it has been around a while. It's entitled, "Ms. Elenaeous in Roanoke" and can be found here.

What struck me as I read through the author's musings (and restaurant critique) was that there are so many gifted bloggers out there who are capable of fashioning absolutely wondrous stories about their daily lives and thoughts - and then you have the cretins at the Roanoke Times who get paid to write, and (a number of them) can't put a constructive meaningful sentence together. It's odd.

Anyway, check out Ms. Elenaeous' weblog. It's a good read and goes well with your morning coffee.