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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

We Got Us a New Trail!


I took the time this morning to plot on this map all the tourism trails around Southwest Virginia that clueless bureaucrats and delusional politicians (with lots of taxpayer dollars to waste) have created in recent years. This map does not include all the bike paths that have been constructed to accommodate those thirty or so northern Virginia mountain bikers who come down here semi-annually to smoke dope, defecate in the woods, and spend valuable tourism dollars at the Bland Citgo station on Snickers bars and Faygo.

I performed this tedious exercise because ... we have a new trail this morning to add to the maze!
Roanoke visitors bureau unveils Civil War trail project
Jenny Kincaid Boone, Writing in the Roanoke Times

There's one travel corridor that runs through the Roanoke Valley, and it's a newly developed Civil War trail.

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with neighboring localities such as Bedford, Staunton, Lexington and Lynchburg, have created a Civil War trail called Hunter's Raid in the last year. (
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For those of you trying to count the squiggly lines, there are, by my count, 84 trails criss-crossing the landscape. This map does not include the yet-to-be-built Trail to Prosperity or the highly sought-after Trail For Feckless Politicians To Exit The State Forever.

Quote Of The Day

Great Minds Think Alike

"Murtha Assesses U.S. Army as 'Broken' "--headline,
Washington Times, Dec. 2, 2005

"Al-Zawahri Says U.S. 'Broken' in Iraq"--headline,
Associated Press, April 29, 2006

James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today," May 2, 1950 (link)

Update 05/02/06 7:59pm: I received an email from James Taranto this afternoon that simply read - "May 2, 1950?" My apologies. I remember being distracted the moment I wrote that, thinking, "I wonder if my humble weblog will ever rise in popularity and renown to such a point that I'll be able to communicate with the great James Taranto."

I have arrived ...

It should of course have read May 1, 2006.

Somebody Got Paid For This

Breaking news: People think prices rise over time.

The details:
Poll: Virginians downbeat on gasoline prices
85 percent of those surveyed say cost will go up over next six months
Richmond Times-Dispatch (
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What this poll shows is that 85% of the people surveyed have more intelligence than the nitwit who paid to have this meaningless poll taken.

You Were Warned

The Massachusetts legislature recently passed - and Republican Governor Mitt Romney signed into law - "free" healthcare for all its citizens. I said at the time that Mitt had gone stark raving mad for having bought into this "chicken in every pot" pipedream.

I was right. From today's Wall Street Journal:
Mitt's Non-Miracle

Well, that didn't take long. Only two weeks ago Massachusetts passed an experiment in compulsory, subsidized health insurance, and already it's turning into an employer mandate and a vehicle for increasing the role of government.

Last week the Democrat-controlled Massachusetts legislature began moving in just that direction, overriding all of the line-item vetoes that Republican Governor Mitt Romney had cast in an effort to give the state's new insurance law a market-oriented veneer. Various Medicaid expansions were restored, as, more importantly, was a $295-per-employee annual penalty on employers who don't provide health insurance.

That $295 may not sound like much, but it's sure to grow over time. And in any case the real employer penalty in the bill is a draconian provision that puts employers on the hook for the major medical bills of employees they don't insure. This might as well be considered an employer mandate, since it means just one case of cancer for an uncovered employee would be enough to wipe out a small business. (
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Let this be a lesson. When you hear a politician using the word "free," get your checkbook out.

The Clock Is Ticking

We had a chance to fix Social Security without inflicting pain on our offspring. That chance is now history:
Social Security Financial Health Declining
By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Social Security and Medicare trustees say the financial condition of the government's two biggest benefit programs deteriorated slightly over the past year. (
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Democrats in Congress were gleeful when they killed the President's Social Security overhaul proposal. They'll gloat for only a short time before baby boomer demographics ruin their party.

"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind."

Keep It Up And You'll Ruin A Good Thing

I firmly believe we need to find an accommodation for the 11 million immigrants who are illegal and wandering our streets. I do. I also believe that, if they keep this kind of thing up, every one of the sunsabitchas will be on a (very large) boat to Sonora.
Immigrants Take to U.S. Streets in Show of Strength
By Randal C. Archibald, The New York Times


LOS ANGELES, May 1 — Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters skipped work, school and shopping on Monday and marched in dozens of cities from coast to coast.

Originally billed as a nationwide economic boycott under the banner "Day Without an Immigrant," the day evolved into a sweeping round of protests intended to influence the debate in Congress over granting legal status to all or most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. (
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The lawless are ordering us to accede to their demands.

I know immigrants to this country have a much greater appreciation for the gifts our ancestors passed down to us than do most Americans who take them for granted. For this reason, if for no other, I think we should welcome them - in an orderly, lawful manner - into this greatest nation on earth.

But my magnanimity has its limits ...

Knowing When Not To Poke Fun

There is a joke here but ...
Zimbabwe's Prices Rise 900%, Turning Staples Into Luxuries
By Michael Wines, The New York Times


At a supermarket near the center of Harare, toilet paper costs $417 per sheet. (
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These people are in a world of hurt (of their government's making) so I'll resist a great punchline.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

This is mild compared to what's ahead for us:
Spending Pushes Up Inflation
By Vikas Bajaj, The New York Times


Robust spending on homes, cars and other consumer goods kept the economy moving at a brisk pace and sent a critical measure of inflation higher in March, the Commerce Department reported yesterday, renewing concerns that the Federal Reserve will have to raise interest rates further.

Prices paid for consumer items excluding food and energy — a gauge closely watched by policy makers — rose at an annual pace of 2 percent in March, up from 1.8 percent in February, as personal spending, income and home construction all increased. Economists had expected prices to rise 1.9 percent. Including food and energy, prices rose 2.9 percent, the same pace as the month before. (
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If spending has caused an increase in inflation in recent weeks, wait until that $75 barrel of oil works its way through the world's economies and through all layers of production.

You too might be looking at a $417 sheet of toilet paper (see above) before long.