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Sunday, July 09, 2006

A Daunting Task

Robert Barbour is on a mission:
Franklin County Civil War soldier gets proper burial

A confederate soldier who died nearly a century ago was given a proper burial today in Franklin County.

Robert Clay Bernard died in 1919 after serving in the Civil War. Bernard was never given the military honors he deserved, until today.

"All these soldiers, a lot of them died during the war time and a lot of them did not [receive] the military funerals that they should have had. You have to understand that this part of the country was in such bad shape that if it wasn't local defense, usually it was just the families that buried them so they didn't have the military honors that they should have had," said Robert Barbour of the Fincastle Rifle Camp Commander. (

Robert is right. And there's no better example of that than the Confederate veterans buried here.

A related story about the paupers' unmarked (in many cases) graves can be found here.

There are so many post-war stories like theirs scattered around the south. So many ...

You Want The Good News Or The Bad News?

Half a foot of rainfall in Southside Virginia this week was a blessing and a curse at the same time:
Minor Flooding Expected Along Dan
But Farmers See Rainfall As Blessing
The Gazette Virginian

This week’s heavy rains have resulted in Halifax County being under a flood warning through this morning, according to Peter Corrigan, service hydrologist for the National Weather Service.

But Halifax County Extension Agent Traci Talley said the rain couldn’t have come at a better time for the county’s crops.

“It’s just helped everything that has been planted,” she added. “I, and our farmers, couldn’t be happier that the rain came at this time in the season.”

Halifax County received between five and six inches of rainfall in the 24-hour period that ended at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (

It's all a matter of perspective ...

Is That Health, Education, or Welfare?

Bill Wyatt over at the Martinsville Daily posted an interesting article yesterday about the relationship that he says exists between Martinsville’s Harvest Foundation, whose stated mission is: "The Harvest Foundation researches and responsibly invests in programs and initiatives to address local challenges in health, education, and welfare," and The Southern Environmental Law Center.

For those of you who are interested in knowing how the money flows, this is rather fascinating stuff.


Update July 10, 2006 5:00am: It was brought to my attention that the link to the Daily article wasn't working. It should be okay now. The management apologizes for the inconvenience. We blame the copy editor.

It Won't Make Any Difference

Much like those here in the USA in 2000, leftists in Mexico are demanding a vote recount after the conservative candidate for President, Felipe Calderón, won the election there by a very narrow margin:
Leftist Predicts Unrest Without Complete Recount of Mexican Election
By James C. McKinley Jr. and Ginger Thompson, The New York Times

MEXICO CITY, July 8 — While the announced winner of last Sunday's presidential election, Felipe Calderón, kept a low profile on Saturday, his leftist rival led a rally of at least 150,000 people, charged the polling had been marred by fraud and suggested there would be civil unrest without a vote-by-vote recount.

"If there is not democracy, there will be instability," said the rival, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, at a news conference just hours before he addressed his angry and defiant supporters in Mexico City's central plaza. (

Of course, if there was a lesson learned in the saga that played out in Florida in 2000, it was that the leftists won't be satisfied even with the recount. Al Gore's followers didn't accept the recount of the recount. They demanded a recount of the recount of the recount - and got it from the Florida Supreme Court. It was only then that the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and said, "You are all crazy. Crazy ends here."

And still you hear the MoveOn.org crowd say the 2000 election was a fraud (and Robert Kennedy Jr., not to be left out, adds the 2004 election to the conspiracy mix).

Expect the same to happen in Mexico as the fight over the election plays out. There's a whole lot of craziness south of the border too.

So Tax Cuts Work?

The New York Times editorial staff and its looney columnist Paul Krugman (who it was once thought was an economist) continue to rail against President Bush's tax cuts. Besides the fact that the cuts "favored the rich" (the top 5% of the USA provide 50% of all tax revenue), the liberals at the Times felt the cuts would reduce tax revenue. Tax cut = tax revenue cut.

Well, how disappointed and/or confused they all must be this morning to read the front page of their own paper:
Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit
By Edmund L. Andrews, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.

On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year's levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.

Tax revenues are climbing twice as fast as the administration predicted in February, so fast that the budget deficit could actually decline this year. (
George Bush (you may remember him; he's the idiot in the White House) had predicted this all along, saying the cuts would stimulate economic growth and would bring in more revenue because of it. Tax cut = tax revenue increase. George was savaged by the Times for being so stupid.

Well, I guess we find out ...