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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Democrats Express Their Disappointment

The beanbrain wing of the Democratic party expressed its hurt feelings today after the release of the news that the number 1 terrorist in Iraq was snuffed:
Some Democrats dismiss air strike
By Amy Fagan, The Washington Times

Some Democrats, breaking ranks from their leadership, today said the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war.

"This is just to cover Bush's [rear] so he doesn't have to answer" for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. "Iraq is still a mess -- get out."

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, said Zarqawi was a small part of "a growing anti-American insurgency" and that it's time to get out. (
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Their reactions to this wonderful news speaks volumes about the mindset on the looney left. Good news for America is bad news for them. Pathetic.

Let's Kick It Up a Notch

I was struck by how this report (by Jeremy Borden) in the Roanoke Times begins:
Greenways get support

A meeting today will discuss funding for the network of trails that would crisscross the Roanoke Valley. (
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Crisscross is right.

In reality, a network of trails that "crisscross" all of Southwest Virginia is already in place. These proposed trails for the Roanoke area will just add to the jumble.

The wording used gave me a thought. If we end up with enough hiking trails and bike paths throughout the region, could we promote them to all those northern tourists (who have been totally unimpressed as yet) as being one big maze? I know! A maze that suddenly and mysteriously appeared when Martians landed one night!

"Come walk the Martian Mystery Maze! Bring cash! See the Martian banjo picker along the route! Visit the site where the guy who's rumored to have worked with the Martians to make it happen got married! Visit the strange and wonderful Martian horseback riding trail that was mystically carved out of a previously pristine forest! Touch the orphic Martian rocks! Sip from the foul-smelling Martian Creek! Partake of the Martian baskets woven from Martian switchgrass!"

"And we have a Martian dancing girl! She walks. She talks. She crawls on her belly like a reptile!"

"Special One-Time Promotion: Anyone able to walk the entire 85,000 miles of Martian Maze will be entitled to a free Faygo over at the Bland Citgo!"

I'll get this tourism thing off the ground. Finally.

While We Fiddle With Trails To Nowhere ...

Buried in the article about the Roanoke Valley Greenways project is a price tag. It is estimated that the complex of hiking trails and bike paths proposed for the area will eventually cost a staggering $20 million.

That $20 million will, in part, come from taxes paid by Hooker Furniture.

Well, I guess it won't:
Hooker Furniture to close Roanoke plant
The 275 workers, all of whom will lose their jobs, learned the bad news Wednesday.
By Duncan Adams and Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times


Hooker Furniture Corp. will close its Roanoke factory by the end of August, eliminating the jobs of all 275 workers. (
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While politicians fart around with trails going nowhere, the devastation being wreaked upon our manufacturing base here in Southwest Virginia is leaving a tragic trail of tears.

At what point will these guys wake up and end this nightmare?

Boucher Makes National Headlines

9th Congressional District Representative Rick Boucher has had a completely undistinguished career in Washington. Staying under the radar and throwing a few bucks here and there at worthless local projects has kept him in a good gig all these years.

The only time I can remember him making national news was when John Tierney brought up his name for ridicule a year ago in the New York Times for Rick's having procured three quarters of a million dollars in a federal transportation bill for a horseback riding trail in the Jefferson National Forest.

Well, ol' Rick has made the bigtime again. I was able to avoid - with a mighty effort, I must say - sniping at our Congressman when the news hit that he had finally gotten hitched. When I read that he got married atop the Virginia Creeper Trail, I broke into a sweat, wanting desperately to heap scorn on the happenstance - but held back. The guy was getting married for God's sake.

Regardless, the occurrence has not gone unnoticed. James Taranto, in yesterday's "Best of the Web Today" has this:
A Walk in the Pork

Ed Frank of Americans for Prosperity notes this
Associated Press dispatch:

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher and his longtime girlfriend tied the knot on a bicycle trail. . . . Boucher said he and Amy Hauslohner both enjoy biking, so they decided to get married on a former railroad bridge overlooking Damascus on the Virginia Creeper Trail.

"It's one of our favorite settings," Boucher said Monday from Washington.

How much does the Virginia Democrat like the trail? So much that he spent our tax money on it, as his
campaign Web site boasts:

At Rick's urging, the federal government has provided $750,000 to perform repair and upgrade work on the trestles of the Virginia Creeper Trail between the Towns of Abingdon and Damascus. One of Southwest Virginia's most popular tourism assets, the Virginia Creeper Trail is enjoyed by more than 200,000 visitors [*] annually.

Too bad the members of Alaska's congressional delegation are all already married, or they could hold their weddings on the "bridge to nowhere." (
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How embarrassing.

* For those of you reading this who are you not familiar with the area or with the trail, most of those 200,000 "visitors" are actually local citizens walking the trail knowing it to be a shortcut to the nearby unemployment office.

She's On To Something

Peggy Noonan, writing for the Wall Street Journal, has gotten to the essence of the attitude of most conservatives with regard to the Senate immigration bill:
[Americans] think modern politicians hide in complexity. They think politicians evade responsibility with it. We can't do the right thing, it's too complicated! Americans don't trust "comprehensive plans," because they don't trust the comprehensive planners.

This, I think, is the essential problem with Congress's immigration proposals. All the phased-in-partial-assimilation-glide-paths-to-guest-worker-status stuff seems like a big 500-page con. It's all too complicated to be understood by anyone who's not a tenured political science professor with a second degree in accounting.

What people will trust, and understand, is this: We will close the border tomorrow, and then figure it out from there. (
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Close the border tomorrow. A proper start.

It's Our Fault. Always.

The blame-America-first crowd is at it again:
Efforts by C.I.A. Fail in Somalia, Officials Charge
By Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, June 7 — A covert effort by the Central Intelligence Agency to finance Somali warlords has drawn sharp criticism from American government officials who say the campaign has thwarted counterterrorism efforts inside Somalia and empowered the same Islamic groups it was intended to marginalize. (
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Unfortunately, part of that blame-America-first crowd is inside the CIA and is talking to the New York Times.

al Zarqawi Is Toast

This is going to be a good day:
Leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq Has Been Killed
By John F. Burns, The New York Times


BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 8 - Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in an American airstrike on an isolated safe house north of Baghdad at 6.15 p.m. local time on Wednesday, top U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Thursday. (
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One down, many more - in many countries - to go.