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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Alito Treatment Borders on Torture

Ted Kennedy wouldn't allow terrorists being held at Guantanamo to be treated the way he and the other bullies on the Senate Judiciary Committee are treating Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito:

Maybe now Americans will under stand [(sic) what a ruthless, partisan bunch of bullies walks the halls of Congress — pretending to statesman status.

If they don't, they should talk to Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito's wife, Martha-Ann Bomgardner.

After relentless attacks on her husband's character and decisions he made in his personal life decades ago, Alito's wife left the confirmation hearings yesterday in tears.
Who can blame her?

Much of the hearings have had nothing at all to do with Alito's judicial qualifications — and everything to do with Democrats looking for ways to smear him.

And to make themselves look "tough." (
These people know no shame.

Photo courtesy of Matt Drudge.

More On The Decline Of Tourism In SW VA

The Roanoke Times made mention yesterday of a study that reveals the fact that the Blue Ridge Parkway, the jewel in the area's tourism crown, the foundation upon which the advocates for the tourism industry have built their case, has lost massive numbers of visitors in recent years (see related post and sourcing here).

I thought I should provide more detail in this regard if only because every politician and snake-oil salesman in Southwest Virginia is touting tourism as the be-all-end-all of our economic salvation.

Here are some statisctics and related analysis provided by Virtual Blue Ridge:

Parkway Visits Dip Nearly 20 Percent

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004

ROANOKE - The number of visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia dropped dramatically, nearly 20 percent, last year [2003], the largest decrease in recent memory.

It's bad news because parkway tourists pump hundreds of millions of dollars into surrounding counties.

Last year, parkway officials recorded about 6.6 million visits in Virginia, down from 2002's 8.1 million, a decrease of 19 percent.

Counting only recreation visits and not commuters, overall visitation dropped 14.8 percent, from 21.5 million in 2002 to 18.3 million last year. In Virginia, recreational visits dropped about 20 percent, from 7.6 million to 6.1 million.

Parkway officials were at a loss to explain the decline in visitors but speculated that tourists stayed away from the scenic drive in 2003 because of abnormally wet weather. (
The Roanoke Times article indicates that traffic volume on the Parkway has continued to decline and in 2005 total visits were down by 5 million from 2002 levels. The information I provide above is rather dated. When I find the data the Times used for that report, I'll pass it along.

I have posted this information so that you get a clear picture where we are headed with all this talk about replacing the thousands of lost manufacturing jobs in the area with "tourism" jobs. It isn't happening. It's not going to happen. Regardless what Congressman-for-life Rick Boucher wants us to believe.

Hank Williams Jr. Brings It Home

Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. paid a visit yesterday to one of his biggest fans, even though that fan may not remember the occasion:
Hank Williams Visits W.Va. Mine Survivor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Hank Williams Jr. visited the lone survivor of the West Virginia coal mine disaster Wednesday and recalled his own long recovery after tumbling off a mountain in the 1970s.

Williams visited privately with Randal McCloy Jr. and his family at Ruby Memorial Hospital. McCloy, who remained in a partial coma, spent more than 41 hours trapped inside the Sago Mine exposed to toxic gases. Twelve other miners died.

McCloy's wife, Anna, told reporters last week that her husband liked Williams' music. (
We cooked a pig in the ground, we got some beer on ice,
And all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight.

Ol' Hank sure knows how to throw a party.

Global Warming Killing Frogs

I have a bridge in Arizona I want to sell you:
Frog Killer Is Linked to Global Warming
ANDREW C. REVKIN, The New York Times

Scientists studying a fast-dwindling genus of colorful harlequin frogs on misty mountainsides in Central and South America are reporting today that global warming is combining with a spreading fungus to kill off many species.

The researchers implicate global warming, as opposed to local variations in temperature or other conditions. Their conclusion is based on their finding that patterns of fungus outbreaks and extinctions in widely dispersed patches of habitat were synchronized in a way that could not be explained by chance. (link)
There was a day, not that long ago, when "scientists" would have been laughed out of the scientific community for concluding that global warming causes frog extinction because they can't find anything else that might have caused it. But not today. They get headlines in The New York Times.

By the way, this same argument can be used to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs. Geniuses.