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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Dream With Me ...

It's not the bird flu pandemic, but with a little imagination ...
Mumps: A Threat to Campus?
James Brooks, Editor in Chief , Collegiate Times
I think there is greater danger posed to life on the Virginia Tech campus by racist grafitti scrawled on walls - and the government's overreaction to it.

Still, it's fun to take a moment now and then and scream at the top of our lungs: "Mumps! We're all going to die!"

Jobs Come To Franklin County

Good news for those looking for work over in Rocky Mount. MW Manufacturers is going to be hiring:
Franklin County business expands, creating 175 jobs
MW Manufacturers in Rocky Mount will take over the former Lane Furniture building.
Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

ROCKY MOUNT -- Franklin County's largest employer will invest $23 million to add 175 jobs and expand into a former furniture plant, whose closing five years ago hit Rocky Mount hard.

MW Manufacturers, which makes doors and windows, is expanding its facility into the former Lane Furniture building across North Main Street from MW's current plant. (
In a storm of bad plant-closing news coming out of Southwest Virginia, this announcement is a ray of sunshine.

Everyone should go out and buy an MW window today.

Webb's Cheerleaders Ain't Gonna Like This

The hand-wringing, milksop, oft-puerile lefty bloggers here in Virginia who have been shrieking their support for Democratic Senate candidate James Webb because he opposes our involvement in Iraq are going to be disappointed by this news:
Webb questions Senate proposals
The Democrat who will challenge incumbent George Allen says initiatives by Senate Democrats this week were ill-timed and not the best solutions for problems in Iraq.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- Democratic Senate candidate James Webb said Friday that he opposes setting a deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, but understands the "frustration" that prompted some Democratic senators to support such a proposal earlier this week.

"This is not a way to bring an end to our engagement in Iraq," Webb told reporters in Richmond after a private political strategy session with Gov. Tim Kaine.

Webb, who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. George Allen, has been a relentless critic of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. But he also has questioned the wisdom of setting a timetable for troop withdrawals. (
My first thought when I read this was, "So where DOES this guy stand on Iraq?"

Turns out the George Allen campaign is wondering the same thing:
Allen campaign manager Dick Wadhams accused Webb of "trying to have it both ways" on the war by criticizing the government's current strategy and offering no clear alternative of his own.

"He is absolutely incapable of telling us what he thinks we can do from here forward," Wadhams said. "He still doesn't have the foggiest idea."
My guess is, Webb does have an idea (foggy though it may be) as to how we should proceed in Iraq. He thinks we should build up the Iraqi forces and let them take charge of their own future.

Which is what President Bush is in the process of doing.

So where does this leave Webb's whiny anti-war supporters? I hear they want a do-over. Harris Miller is looking really good about now.

Win Some, Lose Some

What Rocky Mount gains, Brookneal loses:
Dan River to close Brookneal plant
By Jonnelle Davis, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

DANVILLE, Va. - Dan River Inc. officials announced Friday that the company would end operations at its Brookneal plant.

About 280 workers will be affected by the closing.

The sewing and finishing plant located in Campbell County, northeast of Danville, produces sheets and pillowcases. (
The Danville area has been slammed with this kind of news right and left in recent years. It just keeps coming.

The Right To Property - Ground Zero

Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
John Adams

What a quaint thought. If only it were so.

The right to ownership of private property is under assault in 2006 like at no other time in American history. Just ask one of those Americans who has been ordered by the highest court in the land to surrender her home to a rich developer:
A castle or a hassle?
By Susette Kelo, writing in The Washington Times

One year ago yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled my home could be taken by the government and handed over to another private party for their private use. The only requirements are that the city must have some plan in place that says another owner could create more jobs and pay more taxes than I do. There went my property rights, and yours too.

Mark Twain once wrote: "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live." My illusion has been, and will continue to be, that my home is mine. [my emphasis] Had the City of New London needed our homes for a school or a fire station, we would have understood it was truly a "public use" and we would have complied. But there is no public use here. Building a hotel or upscale condominiums so someone else can live there is not a public use or even a public purpose. The sad truth is there are no specific plans for the land where our homes stand. (

Susette Kelo now considers her right to own her home to be an illusion. We've allowed it to get to this point.

There are thousands of stories just like Susette Kelo's playing out in courts around the country. Private property being confiscated from the less well-off and handed over to rich developers.

There are absolutes in this land of ours. One of them is that we have a right to our property. And that the only time government - our government - can seize our property is if its for public use.

What's happening to Susette Kelo - and 10,000 other property owners around the USA - is shameful.

'... From Our Cold Dead Hands'

The U.N. is a waste of our time and money. No secret to that. As long as that's all it is, we'll tolerate its existence.

Go down this road, though, and we'll have to end the fun and games:
U.N. gun meeting draws NRA attention
United Press International

The United Nations reportedly is getting swamped with letters protesting a forum the world body plans to hold next week on illicit small arms.

The Washington Times says U.N. officials have already received more than 100,000 letters, many of them generated by a National Rifle Association campaign. The weeklong forum is scheduled to run June 26 to July 7.

Sri Lankan Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, who is scheduled to preside over the conference, said ... the meeting will not discuss the legal possession, manufacture or transfer of weapons. (

The U.N. is on record as favoring the confiscation of small arms around the world. So Prasad is to be believed?

Not in this life. Keep 'em locked and loaded, boys. We have always been - and remain - freedom's first line of defense.

Lowering My Standards ... For a Moment

If you have young ones, please divert their attention for a moment. They don't need to be reading this:


June 24, 2006 -- PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A former handyman has won more than $400,000 in a lawsuit over a penile implant that gave him a 10-year erection.

Charles "Chick" Lennon, 68, received the steel and plastic implant in 1996, about two years before Viagra went on the market.

He said he could no longer hug people, ride a bike, swim or wear bathing trunks because of the pain and embarrassment.

He has become a recluse and is uncomfortable being around his grandchildren, his lawyer said. (link)

I know it isn't funny. But it is.

This is another reminder why I didn't take up the law in my formative years. If I had been the "toolmaker's" lawyer, I would have countersued for $400,000. There is, after all, an upside to Chick's problem.

That was bad, was it?