Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Illegal dumpsites still litter VirginiaI often listen to people complaining about the prospect of an unsightly cell tower or a monstrous windmill being constructed on some hillside near their homes and I wonder if they're blind to all the garbage strewn around the area.
Angie Arms, Richlands News-Press
RICHLANDS - With millions spent on advertising to keep litter in Virginia in check and two public garbage collection centers open in Tazewell County, not everyone’s getting the message that littering is illegal.
Shane Barton OSM/VISTA worker with the Upper Tennessee River Round Table, keeps busy these days inventorying illegal dumpsites along with the types of garbage they contain and how difficult is will be to clean up those dumps. (link)
Even along the abandoned stretch of Raleigh Grayson Turnpike that runs by my property, I find myself occasionally gathering up discarded beer cans, potato chip bags, and cigarette packs.
The thought crosses my mind that if the people who complain were as passionate about garbage as they are about technological "eyesores," maybe there'd be no garbage littering the countryside.
Just a thought.
MR. ROVE [on videotape]: Congressman Murtha said, “Let’s redeploy them immediately to another country in the Middle East. Let’s get out of Iraq and go to another country.” My question is, what country would take us? What country would say after the United States cut and run from Iraq, what country in the Middle East would say, “Yeah. Paint a big target on our back and then you’ll cut and run on us.” What country would say that? What country would accept our troops?The Democrats' redeployment strategy. We're going to plant the entire United States Army on the island of Okinawa out in the Pacific Ocean halfway around the world. Where they'll be able to more effectively fight terrorism.
MR. RUSSERT: What’s your response?
REP. MURTHA: There’s many countries understand the importance of stability in the Middle East. This is an international problem. We, we use 20 million barrels of oil a day. China’s the second largest user. All these countries understand you need stability for the energy supply that’s available in the Middle East. So there’s many, many countries.
MR. RUSSERT: Who?
REP. MURTHA: Kuwait’s one that will take us. Qatar, we already have bases in Qatar. So Bahrain. All those countries are willing to take the United States. Now, Saudi Arabia won’t because they wanted us out of there in the first place. So—and we don’t have to be right there. We can go to Okinawa. We, we don’t have—we can redeploy there almost instantly. So that’s not—that’s, that’s a fallacy. That, that’s just a statement to rial up people to support a failed policy wrapped in illusion.
MR. RUSSERT: But it’d be tough to have a timely response from Okinawa.
REP. MURTHA: Well, it—you know, they—when I say Okinawa, I, I’m saying troops in Okinawa. When I say a timely response, you know, our fighters can fly from Okinawa very quickly. And—and—when they don’t know we’re coming. There’s no question about it. And, and where those airplanes won’t—came from I can’t tell you, but ... (link)
It is rumored that Jack Murtha will be appointed Secretary of Defense if the Democrats regain the White House in 2008.
I fear for my country.
Eminent domain surges after rulingYour government is seizing private property and is handing it over to private developers. In the United States of America. In 2006.
By Joyce Howard, The Washington Times
The Supreme Court's decision last year to allow cities and states to seize property for private development "opened the floodgates" to eminent domain actions nationwide, a report says.
In the year since the Kelo decision, nearly 6,000 properties nationwide have been threatened or taken under that precedent, more than half the number that had been seized over a previous five-year period, said a report released yesterday by the Institute for Justice.
"There has been a huge rise in the number of threats to use eminent domain since Kelo. Cities are wielding eminent domain as a club," said Dana Berliner, a senior counsel with the Institute for Justice and the author of the 100-page report. (link)
Read the horrific details and then complain about the intense and profound fear that results from the air conditioning being turned up too high in terrorists' prison cells.
I kept looking for the usual "If Bush had been more attentive ...," but not even a mention. Hmm.
The New Orleans Muddle
It has been almost 10 months since Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, and there is still no redevelopment plan for New Orleans. Congress has passed the emergency relief bill, and President Bush has signed it into law. Billions of dollars are headed the city's way. Leaders in New Orleans and in the state capital of Baton Rouge will have only one chance to get it right. There are no more excuses for local officials, no more pointing toward Washington. It is time for southeastern Louisiana to rebuild itself.
If there is one individual who needs to step up more than any other, it is Mayor Nagin. (link)
House Plan May Delay Immigration OverhaulSerious roadblock or no, killing bad legislation (pushed by Ted Kennedy and John McCain; that should tell you something) is always a great idea.
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times
WASHINGTON, June 20 — In a decision that puts an overhaul of immigration laws in serious doubt, House Republican leaders said Tuesday that they would hold summer hearings around the nation on the politically volatile subject before trying to compromise with the Senate on a chief domestic priority of President Bush.
The unusual decision to set a new round of hearings on legislation already passed by the House and the Senate places a serious roadblock in the way of Mr. Bush's drive for major changes in immigration policy. (link)
You go, guys.