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Friday, March 17, 2006

It's Tourist Season. Lock & Load.

Galax Looks To Tourism...

I turned to the Galax Gazette this morning to get local reaction to the announcement that another grievous layoff is occurring there - this time at National Textiles. I found some additional detail regarding the hammer blows that have crushed the tiny community just this year:
National Textiles to lay off 332
By Brian Funk, Staff Reporter

National Textiles will shut down the textile operation at its Galax plant in May, costing 332 workers their jobs.


National Textiles' announcement brings the total layoffs in Galax to more than 800 this year. Two furniture plants have already shut down, resulting in more than 500 layoffs. (link)

I then looked further and came upon this:
Big shoes to fill

Galax's new tourism director will need to hit the ground running to keep up with the city's ever-growing slate of events.

[There's] a lot of work for Galax's tourism office, which currently has no director.
(link)
Galax, Virginia, population 6,837, has a tourism office. And 800 fewer (not counting all the previous layoffs) manufacturing jobs.

They've bought into Boucher's insanity.

For the love of God.

Another Furniture Plant Lays Off Workers

From The Roanoke Times:
Rowe Furniture lays off 37 Elliston workers
By
Duncan Adams

The Rowe Furniture plant in Elliston shut down a production line and cut loose 37 hourly workers Thursday.

Rowe Furniture manufactures upholstered furniture and has employed about 1,580 people companywide.

Profitability has been elusive of late for The Rowe Cos., which lost $5.3 million in fiscal 2005. (link)
Rome burns ...

Deceitful Euphemisms

The Roanoke Times uses an all-too familiar locution this morning in an editorial regarding Plan B, the "morning after" abortion pill:

Decide on Plan B, and let the FDA move on

President Bush nominated the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration to the permanent post this week, but the nomination will go nowhere fast. Conflict between abortion opponents and women's health advocates over emergency contraception ... (link)
"Emergency contraception."

Wouldn't it be more appropriate - and accurate - to refer to a pill that is used solely to end a pregnancy, one that was devised for ease of user execution, the use of which simply precludes the need to get a physician involved, rather than "emergency contraception" - casual infanticide?

Just wondering.

Censorship Hollywood Style

George Clooney rants these days about fascist Republicans wanting the USA to return to the good old days of women being forced to ride in the back of the bus and homosexuals being forced to have back-alley abortions. Reading his idiocy makes for no small amount of amusement. What he might be more concerned about, if he weren't such a goof, are his neighbors there on the looney left coast:

From Page Six:
CRUISE CONTROL SCARES 'PARK'

March 17, 2006 -- Hollywood bully Tom Cruise got Comedy Central to cancel Wednesday night's cablecast of a controversial "South Park" episode about Scientology by warning that he'd refuse to promote "Mission Impossible 3," insiders say.

Since Paramount is banking on "MI3" to rake in blockbuster profits this summer, and Paramount is owned by Viacom, which also owns Comedy Central, the tactic worked.

The "South Park" episode, "Trapped in the Closet," pokes fun at Scientology and shows Cruise, John Travolta and R. Kelly (who is not a Scientologist, but has a song called "Trapped in the Closet") literally in a closet. (link)
So, while George Clooney bravely takes on Joseph McCarthy and Strom Thurmond, neither one of whom has much of an opportunity to fight back, one of his Hollywood buds suppresses the release of a television show. A cartoon no less.

It was once called the Magic Kingdom. The Land of Enchantment. Hollywood. Today, it can better be described as the Garden of Babble-on...

Of a Mind

Charles Krauthammer makes a point in this morning's Washington Post that I've made on a few occasions with regard to gay marriage:
In an essay 10 years ago, I pointed out that it is utterly logical for polygamy rights to follow gay rights. After all, if traditional marriage is defined as the union of (1) two people of (2) opposite gender, and if, as advocates of gay marriage insist, the gender requirement is nothing but prejudice, exclusion and an arbitrary denial of one's autonomous choices in love, then the first requirement -- the number restriction (two and only two) -- is a similarly arbitrary, discriminatory and indefensible denial of individual choice. (link)
I've carried the point a step further of course. If homosexuals - and their apologists - argue that our morality shouldn't be thrust upon two loving individuals, regardless of their perverse natures, then any argument against pedophilia or bestiality or ... you name it, is void as well.

You support gay marriage but oppose child molestation? Why? Make the argument without foisting your morality on someone. As soon as you use the word "wrong," you lose.

That having now been made clear, it is time then to decide which side of that fence you are going to be on - the side where there is no right or wrong whatsoever or the side that believes in discriminating between - and shouting out - right from wrong.

There is no gray area.

Almost Time To Buy ...

As if they didn't have enough of a hill to climb:
GM Widens 2005 Loss by $2 Billion,Delays Filing
Accounting Issue and Costs For Delphi and Restructuring Force Earnings Restatement
By Lee Hawkins Jr. and Neal E. Boudette, The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Corp. said it is increasing by $2 billion the loss it reported for 2005 and intends to restate earnings from 2000 through the first quarter of 2005 as a result of recently discovered accounting errors. (
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Monday will be a good day to load up on GM stock. It won't dip any lower than where it's closing today.

Quote of the Day

... here's your challenge, lefty bloggers: If you don't like the tree-chopping, Falwell-loving, cowboy president--if you want his presidency fatally wounded for the next three years--then start praising him. One good Paul Krugman column taking off from that USA Today story on the surge in entitlements recipients under Bush, one Daily Kos lead on how Clinton flopped on national health care but Bush twisted every arm in the GOP to get a multi-trillion-dollar prescription drug benefit for the elderly, one cover story in the Nation on how Bush has acknowledged federal responsibility for everything from floods in New Orleans to troubled teenagers, and maybe, just maybe, National Review and the Powerline blog and Fox News would come to their senses. Bush is a Rockefeller Republican in cowboy boots, and it's time conservatives stopped looking at the boots instead of the policies.

James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today," March 16, 2006 (link)