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Sunday, June 11, 2006

A Last Resting Place

Tens of thousands of young Americans went off to war in 1861 to 1865 and disappeared. Never to be heard from again. Buried - if they were fortunate - in unmarked graves in far off lands.

Every now and then, though, some of them turn up. Literally:
Union Soldiers Return to Mass. for Burial
By Ken Maguire, Associated Press Writer

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) -- A fife and drum band led a hearse carrying the remains of six Union soldiers to the Massachusetts National Cemetery, where they were buried Saturday 145 years after they died in the Civil War.


The soldiers, killed in a skirmish days before the first battle of Manassas - a Confederate victory in July 1861 that surprised President Lincoln - were discovered in unmarked graves in the early 1990s when relic hunters came across bones on a site slated for the construction of a fast-food restaurant in Centreville, Va.

War records and other clues, including uniform types, revealed them as members of the 1st Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The remains later were turned over to the Smithsonian Institution, where they stayed for about a decade. (
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Six mothers waited at home for word of the fate of their sons. Words that never came.

Finally, their questions are answered and their sons have come home - 145 years later.

Why The Immigration Bill Is A Non-Starter

If you want to know why few people support John McCain and Ted Kennedy when it comes to "immigration reform" legislation, read this Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial.

Raise Taxes → Tax Revenue Declines

Alleghany County is losing population. Which means it is losing some of its tax base. What does the county administration do to offset the loss of tax revenue?

Raise taxes.

From Alleghanyhighlands.com:

Alleghany Considering Tax Increase

LOW MOOR — There was little public outcry Tuesday night over a proposal to raise Alleghany County real estate taxes by 3 cents.

The county’s proposed $83,397,295 budget went before the public during a hearing at the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Increasing the county’s real estate tax rate from 69 cents per $100 of assessed value to 72 cents is being proposed to help balance the budget. The new budget will go into effect July 1. (link)
Raising taxes is the simple solution to the county's problem. And it's always the first response administrators turn to.

But what if taxes are too high now? What if the tax burden is the reason for the decline in population in Alleghany County? Won't raising taxes just exacerbate the problem? What if raising taxes forces more people - and businesses - to move out? Won't another tax increase be necessary in short order?

No matter. The county is going to meet its revenue target - come hell or high water.

Until there is no tax base remaining.

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And Alleghany County isn't alone.

The Final Word On The Democratic Primary

This is how it plays out on Tuesday:
Pair Prod Voter Turnout In What May Be a Tossup
By Robert Barnes and Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writers

The campaign has drawn an election-year creature so exotic that the media flock to see him and national political leaders cast aside tradition to embrace him: a Republican war hero who has chosen to run as an antiwar Democrat in a conservative state.

But in the end, the tiny sliver of Virginia Democrats who are likely to go to the polls Tuesday to select a nominee for the U.S. Senate may turn to a much more common species: an insider who has labored for his party for years and spent nearly $1 million of his own money to construct a traditional, textbook campaign. (
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Somehow it was decided long ago by the cheerleading blog squad of the Democratic party that James Webb had a better chance of beating George Allen in the general election - so he became their standard-bearer. But the sentence above - "a Republican war hero who has chosen to run as an antiwar Democrat in a conservative state," makes that idea a non-starter. He's no more a Democrat than I am. And Virginia is still a conservative state.

I like to think of the sycophancy that has followed the Webb campaign as being similar to that which surrounded Wesley Clark in 2004. Clark was an antiwar warrior who also proved to be very articulate, if woefully shallow on most issues (the difference is that Clark is also a nut).

So expect Democrats to go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for ... drumroll ... a Democrat.

It's that simple.

Say What You Really Mean

This whole "domestic wiretapping " non-scandal is bizarre. The Bush administration, advising a select group of Senate and House members all along the way, has been listening in to conversations between terrorists in foreign lands and people in this country. And they've been assembling a database chock full of phone numbers called.

But frightened people on the left refuse to accept the fact that anyone outside the cabal in the White House that is behind this dastardly scheme is being kept apprised of it. The frightened include those at the New York Times:
Blind Man's Bluff

For more than six months, a few senators have been fumbling around in the dark, trying to write laws covering a domestic wiretapping operation that remains a mystery to most of them. Their ideas are far from radical; some just want to bring the White House back under the rule of law by making the spying retroactively legal. It's time for the Senate to stop rolling over and start focusing on uncovering the extent of the spying and enforcing the law. (
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What the Times wants is for the Times to be included in the briefings. That way they can apprise the terrorists on its front page of the status of our investigations.

Keep it secret, Mr. President. Keep it as it is. These people don't have our best interests at heart. They will do harm.