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Friday, June 09, 2006

A Frivolous Distraction

With all the problems confronting the area, we are told there is a growing demand in Roanoke - nay, all of Southwest Virginia - for ...

... trails.

From a Roanoke Times editorial:
Where the rubber meets the trail
Residential and business taxpayers want greenways. Localities should dedicate the funds. (
The Times would have you believe there is a "clamoring" for more hiking and biking trails:

The taxpayers are speaking. They want longer trails, more trails and trails that connect. And they want them yesterday.
How do the fellas at the Times know this? Because the gal whose paycheck depends on us having lots and lots of trails says so:
Here's what people tell Liz Belcher, Greenway coordinator for the Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Commission, about the valley's greenways: "They want longer. They want more ... ."
You folks over in Roanoke: Are you hearing a clamoring? A cacophany? A hue and cry?

I hear a cry all right. It's a cry for an economic turnaround. For more employers. For an end to the Hooker Furniture stories. For worthwhile jobs. For a future.

Not for more worthless - but costly - paths in the woods.

Quote Of The Day

... this is from the New York Times:
The American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, . . . described Mr. Zarqawi's death as "a great success for Iraq" in its war with terrorists, and congratulated General Casey, "whose forces carried out this very vital mission." In a personal nod to General Casey, he noted that the American commander "has been here now for more than 700 days"--an oblique way, perhaps, of saying that Mr. Zarqawi's death marked a rare upturn in the war for the force of 135,000 American troops General Casey leads, who have lost more than 2,400 soldiers dead and more than 17,000 wounded, with no end to the war in sight.
Why just quote someone when you can explain that the quote is an "oblique way" of expressing the reporter's opinion?

James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today," June 8, 2006 (link)

Like I Said

Charles Krauthammer (who resides in my Pantheon of Pundits) thinks like I do when it comes to the whole gay marriage thing:
A Ban We Don't (Yet) Need
By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post

On Wednesday the Senate fell 18 votes short of the two-thirds majority that would have been required to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The mainstream media joined Sen. Edward Kennedy in calling the entire debate a distraction from the nation's business and a wedge with which to divide Americans.

Since the main business of Congress is to devise ever more ingenious ways (earmarked and non-earmarked) to waste taxpayers' money, any distraction from the main business is welcome. As for dividing Americans, who came up with the idea of radically altering the most ancient of all social institutions in the first place? Until the past few years, every civilization known to man has defined marriage as between people of opposite sex. To charge with "divisiveness" those who would do nothing more than resist a radical overturning of that norm is a sign of either gross partisanship or serious dimwittedness. (

A radical overturning of that norm. Homosexual marriage.

I don't think so.

A Fight To The Death

The Democratic party is willing to fight to the death to maintain the death tax:
Democrats halt move to kill off 'death tax'
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

Senate Democrats yesterday filibustered yet another attempt to eliminate the so-called "death tax," which Republicans say unfairly taxes already-taxed money and is crippling family farms and small businesses.

"We charge people income tax when they earn income. With what is left, they make investments, and then as those investments pay dividends or pay income, we tax that. Then we say, 'When you die, we want half of that asset,' " Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican, said yesterday.

"It is wrong. It is wrong for individuals, it is wrong for family farmers, it is wrong for landowners, and it is wrong for America."

Republicans fell three votes shy yesterday of the 60 needed to break the filibuster. (
This is another lesson for those of you who have the mistaken idea that the money you earned is yours. It belongs to them ... forever.

It's Not Nice To Fool With Country Music

It appears that, even with the help of the mainstream press, the reaction from mainstream America to the Dixie Chicks tour is a big non. As in non-reaction:
Update: Chicks Tour Struggling In Several Markets
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine

Out-of-the-gate ticket sales for the Dixie Chicks' upcoming Accidents & Accusations tour are far below expectations and several dates will likely be cancelled or postoned.

Initial ticket counts for the 20-plus arena shows that went on sale last weekend were averaging 5,000-6,000 per show in major markets and less in secondaries, according to sources contacted by Billboard. Venue capacities on the tour generally top 15,000. (
The "statement" the Chicks intend to make on the tour regarding President Bush and the war will fall on deaf ears, it seems.

So sad. They were once great entertainers.