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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Could You Be a Little More Specific?

So how many tourists are shelling out wads of cash here in Southwest Virginia? We now have a definitive answer from an unknown - but apparently reliable - source:

" ... more and more ..."
Many Are Traveling The Crooked Road
WCYB Newscenter 5

It turns out more and more people are discovering southwest Virginia due in large part to the Ralph Stanley Museum, which is seeing more interest these days than ever before. The museum is a tribute to Stanley and his career. Those here say The Crooked Road and the state's initiative for tourism in southwest Virginia have attracted visitors from all walks of life. (
There you have it. More. Perhaps many more. Perhaps not.

You Mean We Didn't All Switch To Switchgrass?

While forward-thinking candidates for Congress prepare for the ultimate demise of Virginia's tobacco industry, the tobacco industry is saying, "Goodbye. We're going to make it without you, Al."
Tobacco crop numbers up
Acreage forecast to grow 29 percent; planting likely to increase by 5,000 acres
By John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Virginia farmers are growing more tobacco this year than in 2005, when the mainstay crop hit a record low in production.

The state's tobacco acreage is forecast to grow about 29 percent this year, according to an estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (
Despite the best efforts of America's most powerful and influential busybodies, including the United States government, expect there to be a healthy - if greatly reduced - market for tobacco for many years to come.

I Get So Confused

Both may be, and one must be, wrong.
Abraham Lincoln, "Meditation on the Divine Will," September 1862

Bush Rejects Solo Talks With North Korea
Washington Post headline, July 8, 2006 (link)

U.S. Offers Bilateral Talks With N. Korea
Associated Press, July 8, 2006 (link)

Global Warming Is a Joke

I'm not the only one who finds humor in the scaremongering:
Weather Willies
New York Post editorial

July 8, 2006 -- Everybody knows that global warming causes cancer, kills puppies and drives madmen to attack subway riders with power saws.

It snarls rush-hour traffic and breaks up happy homes. In fact, it's even more dangerous than (gasp!) second-hand smoke.

Al Gore says so. Check it out.

Global warming is a dark cloud (probably filled with acid rain) hovering over our heads, ready to blot out humanity at any moment. And just when you think it can't possibly get any worse, scientists discover another alarming "fact."

That's right, chalk up another nightly news staple to accumulating greenhouse gases: wildfires. (
That 1° increase in temperature we've experienced is causing wildfires. How do these guys dream this stuff up?

An Apology Is In Order

I have a confession to make to you folks up in New Jersey. I was so looking forward to a protracted shutdown of your state as Democrats fought to determine just how much your taxes were going to be raised (as it turns out, your Democratic governor won and your taxes are going through the roof):
N.J. Governor Ends Weeklong Gov't Shutdown
By Tom Hester Jr., Associated Press Writer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine issued an executive order early Saturday ending a weeklong state government shutdown.

The governor acted minutes after lawmakers approved a $30.9 billion state budget that increases the state sales tax, ending a stalemate that also forced the closing of Atlantic City's casinos. (
I apologize for reveling in your suffering. But I have to tell you, if you elect another Democrat (after he lied to you and told you he wasn't going to raise your taxes, just to get elected), and he shuts down your state again, I'll be here in front of my TV, popcorn and Bud Lite in hand(s), watching the saga play out ... again.

Why That Bottle Of Prescription Pills Costs $975

Next time you go to the pharmacy and have to take out a loan in order to be able to purchase that bottle of blood pressure medicine or backpain medicine or headache pills, understand why:
Johnson & Johnson Told to Pay Damages in Pain-Patch Death
By Bloomberg News

Jurors in a state court in Houston decided yesterday that Johnson & Johnson, the consumer health care company, must pay $772,500 to the family of a Texas woman who died after a patch intended to release pain-killing drugs leaked. (
Without getting into the merits of the case, stop for a moment and think of all the lawsuits that are working their way through the court system and of all those plaintiffs who are receiving $772,500 from Johnson & Johnson and Merck and Pfizer and Lilly and Roche and GlaxoSmithKline and ... every day.

And you wonder how medicines can be so expensive these days?

Democrats Think Black People Are Stupid

Former Georgia governor Roy Barnes thinks the color of your skin is a determining factor in your ability to go down to the nearby state agency and pick up your free ID card so as to be able to vote. And a racist judge agrees. I'm not making this up:

Judge Blocks Requirement in Georgia for Voter ID
By Brenda Goodman, The New York Times

ATLANTA, July 7 — For the second time, a judge has blocked a Republican-sponsored effort to require Georgia voters to present government-issued photo identification cards before they can cast a ballot.

The judge, Melvin K. Westmoreland of Fulton County Superior Court, said the requirement violated the State Constitution by placing an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote.

Although the legislature passed the requirement, Judge Westmoreland said, such a change would
require citizens to approve an amendment to the State Constitution, which now says only that voters must be 18 years old, mentally competent and state residents.

The judge's temporary restraining order was in response to a legal challenge against the requirement filed by former Gov. Roy E. Barnes, a Democrat. Mr. Barnes argued that the requirement would make it harder for minorities, the elderly and the poor to vote. (

I wonder if the elderly, the poor, and all those minorities in Georgia, after being told they're morons and can't get an ID card on their own, consider Roy Barnes and this judge to be on their side ...