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Saturday, July 15, 2006

The World I Live In

Double-wides are big business around here. That's why we negotiate special highway deals just for them with D.O.T.

You think I'm kidding:
Officials Reach Temporary Interstate Tunnel Deal
By Paul Darst, WVNS 59

Under the plan, manufactured homes will be allowed passage through the Big Walker Mountain and East River Mountain tunnels [in Bland County along I-77] on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. until dark and Friday afternoons through Labor Day. (
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If I were king, I'd worry less about the time of day a double-wide can go through the tunnels and concentrate more on the time of year. When the winter winds kick in in mid-December, you haven't lived until you find yourself one day tailing a semi hauling a manufactured home in 60 mph gusts of wind northbound toward the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.

Talk about a joyride ...

Here Are Your Choices

I groan when I read things like this:
Let Justice Roll raising state minimum wages, pushing federal hike
National Council of Churches

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2006 -- North Carolina and Pennsylvania are the latest states in a growing movement to raise the minimum wage for working Americans. Today, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed into law the bill raising the state minimum wage. Pennsylvania's governor did the same just last Sunday.

The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, a fast-growing partnership of more than 70 faith and community groups including the National Council of Churches USA, Interfaith Worker Justice and American Friends Service Committee, said the latest minimum wage victories are two more examples that Americans from all backgrounds want a just minimum wage. (
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I have a comment about and some fatherly advice for those "Americans from all backgrounds" who are wanting that "just minimum wage":

If you're an adult working full-time at minimum wage and you're waiting for the National Council of Churches to get your pay increased from $5.15 an hour to $6.15 an hour (the average Wal-Mart employee makes well over $9.00), you're a loser. Get off your dead ass and find one of the 99% of the full-time jobs in the market place - many of which go unfulfilled because of a lack of applicants - that pay more.

Or whine to the NCC about how cruel a place America is in which to live and work. It's up to you.

Setting The Record Straight

We all know that Al Gore gets a little ... unhinged on a regular basis these days. A Times-Dispatch editorial tries to bring him back into our plane of consciousness:
In a mid-summer Democratic Party fund-raising letter the former vice president fumed, "In all my years in public life, I have never seen leaders that act with contempt for the truth as I have witnessed in George Bush's administration."

Is he kidding? The guy who chose Gore to serve as his second banana, Bill Clinton, repeatedly beat, twisted, and mangled the truth until it sat unrecognizable by friend or foe. Only a person of Clinton's artful skill could parse the word "is."

Contrary to his claim, Gore and Tipper were not the inspiration for the novel, Love Story. Nor did Gore invent the Internet. He shouldn't be allowed to reinvent reality, either. (
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"Reinventing Reality." I think that actually is more fitting a name for Gore's whimsical (we're-all-going-to-die-from ...) global warming movie than "An Insincere Truth" or whatever he calls it.

A Church Without Direction

The Episcopal Church USA is wandering aimlessly. Pitifully. Its leadership is now made up of homosexual alcoholics, Presiding Bishops who speak glowingly of "Mother Jesus," and now this:
Episcopal bishop twice divorced to set precedent
By Richard Ostling, The Associated Press

People were so riveted on the homosexual issue at the Episcopal Church's June convention that other actions involving biblical teachings received little attention.

The most dramatic was approval of Barry Beisner as bishop of the Sacramento-based Diocese of Northern California. A minority of six on the committee handling nominations commended Mr. Beisner's ministry, but objected because he is twice divorced and in a third marriage.

Thus, his consecration Sept. 30 will be precedent-setting. One delegate noted that in some dioceses, Mr. Beisner would be ineligible to be a priest, much less a bishop. (
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Precedent-setting. There seems to be a whole lot of that in the Episcopal Church these days.

Included among the precedents is the church's breathtaking drop in membership.

How proud the leadership must be.

Why Waste Your Time?

From all accounts, George W. Bush is a nice guy. Some say too nice. Knowing that, Laura should try harder to keep him from doing foolhardy things like this:
Bush, in a Shift, May Speak at N.A.A.C.P. Convention
By Adam Nagourney, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, July 14 — After not appearing before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for five years, President Bush has tentatively agreed to speak to the group on Wednesday in what aides said was the latest White House effort to improve relations with African-American leaders. (
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The NAACP is arguably the most racist organization in the USA today. Perhaps second most racist if you take into account the twelve remaining members of the KKK.

Why the President would waste his time with this bunch and lower the stature of his office is beyond me.

Putting Things Right

Societies throughout history have always had a way of maintaining order. Particularly when it comes to deviant behavior. In the case of homosexuals, whereas they were banished at one time and are stoned in some regions of the world today, here we just ask that they do to each other that which they do behind closed doors. Tolerated; not accepted. That is, once again, codified:
In Nebraska and Tennessee, More Setbacks to Gay Rights
By Pam Belluck and Gretchen Ruethling, The New York Times


Opponents of same-sex marriage won victories yesterday in Nebraska and Tennessee, with courts in both states siding with efforts to amend state constitutions to prohibit such unions.

In Nebraska, a federal appeals court, the highest-level federal court to take up the issue, reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage that had been approved by voters in 2000. A federal district judge had
overturned the ban last year, saying it was discriminatory and punitive. (
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Of course the law is discriminatory. Such is the nature of law. But punitive? By historical standards, it's a pat on the head.

One of Life's Lessons

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.

Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.

"If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'"

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"