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Thursday, January 05, 2006

While The New Governor Celebrates His Victory ...

More bad news here in Southwest Virginia:
Furniture maker plans to close factory in Galax
Duncan Adams, The Roanoke Times

They fought China and scored some points but it wasn't enough to save 200 jobs in Galax.

On Tuesday, Vaughan Furniture Co. announced plans to close one of its two furniture factories in Galax. Consolidation of work into the B.C. Vaughan plant there will result in the loss of about 200 jobs within approximately 60 days, the company announced. (link)
200 more jobs gone. Forever.

Sure hope that tourism economy kicks in soon.

Speaking of Idiots on the Left

Here's a portion of an exchange between David Letterman and Bill O'Reilly on the former's "Late Show" the other night as reported by The New York Post:

Letterman: "I have a feeling that 60 percent of what you say is crap ..."

O'Reilly: "Listen, I respect your opinion — you should respect mine ... Our analysis is based on the best evidence we can get."

Letterman: "Let's talk about your friends in the Bush administration."

O'Reilly: "They're not my friends in the Bush administration. They're not kicking the door down to be on my show. You'd have an easier time getting President Bush on here than I would getting him on ['The O'Reilly Factor']."

O'Reilly: We believe that the United States, particularly the military, are doing a noble thing. The soldiers and Marines are noble. They're not terrorists. When people call them that, like Cindy Sheehan called the insurgents 'freedom fighters,' we don't like that."

Letterman: "Have you lost family members in armed conflict?"

O'Reilly: "No, I have not."

Letterman: "Then you can hardly speak for her, can you?"

O'Reilly: "I'm not speaking for her."

Letterman also took aim at Fox News' famous slogan: "Real journalism, fair and balanced."

"But this 'fair and balanced' — I don't think that you represent an objective viewpoint," Letterman said calmly.

"You have to give me an example if you're going to make those claims," O'Reilly retorted.

To which Letterman replied coolly, "I don't watch your show, so that would be impossible." [my emphasis] (link)

The expert on all things O'Reilly doesn't watch O'Reilly's show.

More evidence of mindlessness on the left ...

We Can't Afford To Lose Him

This is one of the good guys. We need him manning the walls:
By URI DAN in Jerusalem and TOM TOPOUSIS in N.Y, The New York Post.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was fighting for his life today after undergoing emergency surgery at a Jerusalem hospital for a massive stroke.

"It looks very bad," said a senior political source. "I don't know if he will recover."

Doctors said Sharon underwent surgery for nearly nine hours and was transferred this morning to an intensive care unit.

Three hours before the surgery ended, doctors came out of the operating room and described Sharon's condition "serious." (link)
Sharon must recover. His presence is vital if the Arab-Israeli conflict is to be resolved.

We're rooting for you, Ariel.

The Sago Mine Disaster: It's Bush's Fault

As one might have predicted, the looney left, as represented so well by the New York Times, is now blaming President Bush for the disastrous cave-in at the Sago mine that killed twelve miners:
The Sago Mine Disaster

Political figures from both parties have long defended and profited from ties to the coal industry. Whether or not that was a factor in the Sago mine's history, the Bush administration's cramming of important posts in the Department of the Interior with biased operatives from the coal, oil and gas industry is not reassuring about general safety in the mines.

The Sago mine disaster is far more than a story of cruel miscommunication. The dozen dead miners deserve to be memorialized with fresh scrutiny of the state of mine safety regulation and a resurrection of political leadership willing to look beyond Big Coal to the interests of those who risk their lives in the mines. (link)
Politics killed those miners. If Bush hadn't "crammed" the Department of the Interior with coal industries executives, the roof of that mine wouldn't have crumbled and those men wouldn't have died.

For the love of God.

A Clearer View

On the same subject, here's the Wall Street Journal's take:
Of Mines and Men

It seems the entire nation is sharing in the grief of the families and friends of the 12 coal miners who died after this week's West Virginia Sago mining explosion. The anguish is all the greater given the cruel false reports -- or what is now being called a "miscommunication" -- early Wednesday morning that the miners had survived. Americans are angry as well at reports that the Sago Mine had been cited some 200 times for safety violations last year. President Bush is right to call for an investigation.

We have come to believe that these kinds of accidents, with men trapped in a claustrophobic tomb full of poisonous gas, shouldn't occur in 21st-century America -- and happily they seldom do. These dozen deaths have commanded so much attention in part because mining accidents have become so rare. As recently as the 1950s, the coal mining industry lost 12 miners on average every week. Thanks to huge and steady investments in mine safety and technology, coal mining fatalities now average only about 30 a year -- down from 1,000 a year in the first half of the 20th century. Injuries have been cut to 4,000 a year from 60,000.

The miners of America heroically helped build our 20th-century industrial economy. As one mournful West Virginia miner noted yesterday: "There should be a monument to miners. They helped us win World War II, crawling underground, keeping the steel mills going." We should indeed mourn this week's tragedy, but celebrate as well that our new economy makes life better for U.S. workers and makes these tragedies a rarity. (link)
The small-minded prigs at the New York Times ask that the Sago miners be memorialized. Let these words be that memorial.