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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Good Idea ... To A Point

I went in to a McDonald's restaurant about a month ago to get a Diet Coke. I took my laptop with me because I had heard that I could pick up wireless internet access inside and I had need of sending a spreadsheet to HQ.

I was right. McDonald's was offering wireless access along with its Big Macs. Great signal too.

The only problem was that, as best I could tell, I was going to be charged an arm and a leg to use it.

So I took my Diet Coke and my laptop back to the Trailblazer, drove around behind the building, and, while still sitting in my car (and sipping my thirst-quenching beverage) picked up the wireless signal coming from the motel that happened to be in the same parking lot. For free.

I was reminded of the occasion by this:

Christiansburg Chick-fil-a Announces WiFi Access
NRV Business.com

Chick-fil-A, located on 2200 North Franklin Street in Christiansburg, recently announced that they have entered into an agreement with Citizens Mobile Broadband to provide a WiFi hotspot in the restaurant. (link)

This too appears to be a for-fee service.

Broadband wireless internet access is a relatively new industry. And the opportunities are immense. But if I were an investor, I'd be kind of careful before I invested in a for-fee wi fi company.

Free beats exquisite accommodations and genteel ambiance of a McDonald's Happyland every time.

Well, We'd Better Be Deciding

Southwest Virginia is hurtling headlong toward having every train track bed in the area turned into a hiking trail (in order to lure a tourist down this way ...) (read the latest here) and, at the same time, politicians are starting a push for more trains and more rails. Can we talk?

Political group endorses more rail
Independent candidates say trains may reduce traffic in Virginia and U.S. dependency on oil.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- A group of independent candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives argued Monday that a greater public commitment to high-speed rail can ease Virginia's traffic woes and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. (
So while we're converting all our tracks to trails, politicians are campaigning for more tracks.

Kinda makes your head hurt, doesn't it.

An Apt Turn of Phrase

James Taranto has come up with the perfect play on words to describe the looney left:
Political observers sometimes wonder why Jewish voters remain so staunchly Democratic even though the Republicans are now the more staunchly pro-Israel of the two parties. Maybe Jews know that their votes are the only thing that keeps the Democrats from going completely over to Kos Cuckoo Land. (link)
Marcos Moulitsas, for those of you not familiar with the name, has the most widely read weblog in the universe (see Daily Kos here). He's also the titular head of the looney left in this country, which means he therefore reigns supreme over the Democratic party.

Cloud Cuckoo Land is derived from a German word, wolkenkuckucksheim, and can be likened to the American "never never land" or "fool's paradise."

Kos Cuckoo Land. "A fool's paradise." Works for me.

Meat Is Back!

For a few years I was worried that beef was going to be banned and American men would turn into whimpering effeminate vegetarians, finding ourselves relegated to consuming our daily ration of leaves and twigs and wondering where our manhood had gone. But I worry no longer:
Virginia beefs up number of cattle
There are now more than three-quarters of a million beef cattle raised in the state --a record.
By Christina Rogers, The Roanoke Times

Virginians need not wonder "Where's the beef?"

According to the latest industry reports, the number of beef cattle being raised in the state has hit an all-time high of more than three-quarters of a million. (
Makes me hungry for steak and eggs for breakfast ...

Oh Yeah. This Is Much More Important

Remember a few weeks ago all those powerful Democrats who were complaining that Republicans were distracting us from, and delaying the important work demanded by the American people by pushing a vote on a flag burning amendment and on a gay marriage ban? The nerve of those Republicans.

So what are those vital issues the American people are clamoring for Congress to address? Well, one, it turns out, is the dead issue of the minimum wage and the other involves medical research that, to date, hasn't cured one person or prevented one disease:
Senate Approves a Stem-Cell Bill; Veto Is Expected
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, July 18 — Following two days of often personal debate, the Senate defied a veto threat by President Bush on Tuesday and approved legislation that would expand federal support of medical research using embryonic stem cells. (
If the stem cell bill isn't a waste of time because it may ultimately result in zilch, it's a frivolous use of the American peoples' time because the President has promised to veto it. So the bill is guaranteed to go nowhere.

Expect them to bring up Abu Ghraib next ...

Struggling To Find The Downside

When you run out of legitimate criticisms, you find yourself forced to write crap like this:
Immigration Enforcement Benefits Prison Firms
By Meredith Kolodner, The New York Times

As the Bush administration gets tougher on illegal immigration and increases its spending on enforcement, some of the biggest beneficiaries may be the companies that have been building and running private prisons around the country. (
Here's today's lesson: When you're losing the argument, attack capitalism and/or Dick Cheney. Expect it to be reported tomorrow that Cheney (Cheney!) is behind the movement to enforce our laws on illegal immigration.

These people crack me up.