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Saturday, April 01, 2006

It's Global Warming

I remember reading not long ago that we can expect a worsening problem with violent storms as the earth's temperatures rise - the direct result of man-induced global warming. Well we had just the opposite problem in March:
March driest on Va. record
Drought feared
By Peter Bacque, Media General News Service

March will go down in the record books as one truly dry month for Virginia.

“We have just experienced the driest March in the entire statewide record of 112 years,” said Patrick J. Michaels, the state climatologist in Charlottesville. (link)
To what do we attribute this unusual dryness? Let me be the first to assign blame ...

It's global warming.

Only If Virginia Drivers Are Idiots

Senate Democrats, hell-bent on raising taxes here in Virginia, have decided they'd better try to delude the electorate:
Senate Adds Tax on Big Oil to Transportation Package
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer


RICHMOND, March 29 -- The Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to slap a fee on big oil companies that sell gasoline in the commonwealth, modifying a $1 billion-a-year transportation package in a way that could score political points with drivers angered by rising corporate profits.


The 6-cent-a-gallon fee would be imposed on the 17 corporations that operate gas storage tanks in the state, and it would take the place of a previous Senate proposal to impose a tax on gas at the wholesale level. (link)
Oh. Okay then. As long as Big Oil is paying the tax increase, we're good.

What morons. A tax on gasoline at the wholesale level didn't fly because the voters know full well who ends up paying for it, so the senate Democrats and their tax-happy Republican colleagues have decided to tax gasoline at the corporate level instead.

Like we won't be paying for the increase still.

How did these geniuses gain positions of authority? It's truly frightening.

Searching For The Past

This could prove to be interesting:
Archaeological survey set at former slave-sale site
By Gary Robertson, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

A sorrowful chapter in Richmond's past will be reopened Monday when an archaeological survey begins at the former site of Lumpkin's Jail in Shockoe Bottom. It was there that thousands of black men, women and children were sold into
slavery.

Researchers say the former site of Lumpkin's Jail is now part of a parking lot bordered by Main Street Station's Train Shed, East Main and East Broad streets and Interstate 95.

The goal of the archaeological survey is to determine if there are any remains of Lumpkin's Jail below ground. The jail building was demolished in the 1870s, and further disturbances to the site have occurred since then. (link)
I've seen just one postbellum photograph of Lumpkin's Jail. It would be exciting news if these archaeologists were able to find artifacts from the infamous slave prison.

Hey, This Ain't The Wild West!

We had us a shootout here in Bland County yesterday. Bullets were apparently flying everywhere.

If I'm going to have to start dodging hot lead, I might as well move back to Detroit. The breaking news:
Suspect accused of shooting at officer arrested
By Jeffrey Simmons, Bland County News Staff


After a night in Rocky Gap filled with tracking dogs, patrol cars and a heat-seeking helicopter, West Virginia authorities Friday nabbed a teenager accused of fleeing from police and shooting at a Bluefield Police Department corporal. No one was injured.

According to Sgt. C.S. Myers, officers arrested 18-year-old Dustin Jay Tilley at 8:20 a.m. on Friday.

Officers from West Virginia and Virginia had been looking for Myers since around 10:56 p.m. Thursday. According to Virginia State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy, that’s when the suspect fired numerous times at Bluefield Police Department Cpl. S.S. Whitt, who had been pursuing Tilley’s vehicle from West Virginia into Bland County. (link)
So I'm sitting here with my shoulder holster and encased .357 strapped on, a twelve gauge in my lap, and my trusty 30-06 laying across the keyboard.

If I can borrow a slogan, I've got some advice for you folks over there in Mercer County:

What happens in West Virginia stays in West Virginia.

This Hurts

The not-unexpected news out of Detroit:

Delphi's Deep Cuts Heighten Detroit's Crisis
By Jeffrey McCracken and Terry Kosdrosky, The Wall Street Journal

Delphi Corp. filed a radical reorganization plan that includes closing or selling most of its North American plants and slashing as many as 30,000 union and salaried jobs.

Delphi also threw a big wrench into the restructuring plans of its largest customer, General Motors Corp., filing a motion to void more than $5 billion in contracts to supply auto parts to its former parent, saying: "We cannot continue to sell products at a loss." As expected, Delphi also filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York to void its labor contracts and retiree benefits for its 34,000 union workers and 12,000 union retirees. (link)

30,000 jobs.

Delphi is faced with a situation where it has to either slash its costs of doing business - including its payroll expenditures - or close its doors forever.

And how does the auto workers union react?
In a statement, the UAW warned that if the court voids its contracts, "it appears that it will be impossible to avoid a long strike."
A strike will only accelerate the company's demise.

This is getting ugly.

... They'd Rather Be Unemployed

To illustrate the point made above with regard to the UAW being willing to vote its membership into oblivion, I offer this news from the Charleston (WV) Gazette:

UAW refuses to yield
Stamping plant may face closure over contracts
By Jennifer Ginsberg, Staff writer

An overwhelming majority of union members at the Union Partners stamping plant in South Charleston voted not to open their contract on Friday.

Officials with United Auto Workers Local 3399 believe their decision could mean the 84-year-old plant will close. (
link)
I guess high-paying union jobs grow on trees over in Charleston. How else to explain this madness.

Making Progress

When an article appears in the rabidly liberal and (therefore) pro-abortion New York Times that outlines the risks involved in taking the abortion pill RU-486 and the worries that have arisen in the medical community about its possible effects, you know the abortion industry is in big trouble:

Some Doctors Voice Worry Over Abortion Pills' Safety
By Gardiner Harris, The New York Times


Abortion rights advocates once hoped that RU-486 would prove at least as safe as surgical abortions and largely end the abortion wars by making access widely available and very private.

But in the wake of reports in March that two more women had died after taking abortion pills, some doctors say they are increasingly uneasy about prescribing them.

"None of these women should be dying; it's shocking," said Dr. Peter Bours, an abortion provider in Portland, Ore., who is rethinking whether to offer pill-based, or medical, abortions. (link)

I'm not in favor of suing doctors for having prescribed a product that was represented as being safe but abortionists are not doctors and RU-486 has been controversial since it was released.

I hope the women who have been harmed and the relatives of those killed sue every abortionist in America and puts them out of business before they kill again.

Of course they'll all be open for business this morning. The killing begins.