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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

He's Going From House To House?

For a guy who is down 15 points in the election campaign and is unknown to the entire populace of the commonwealth - outside of some blogs that nobody reads - I think I'd be doing something besides a few one-on-ones with supporters in their living rooms. But Jim Webb must have a different strategy:
Senate candidate brings campaign to local Democrats
Jim Webb says he's got to "get out and see more people" in his effort to beat Sen. George Allen.
By Todd Jackson, The Roanoke Times

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb brought his "kitchen table tour" to Roanoke's Malvern Road on Monday in an attempt to get his campaign cooking.

Webb, sitting in an easy chair in Democrat Warren Campbell's living room, acknowledged that he's got name recognition issues -- particularly in Western Virginia -- a day after a Mason-Dixon poll revealed that 33 percent of 625 survey respondents statewide don't know who he is. The same poll showed that incumbent Republican Sen. George Allen's name recognition is 97 percent. (
Now I'm not saying that if Jim Webb knocked on my door and wanted to sit down and talk to Paula and me for a spell that he wouldn't get our votes. And there's no telling - if he can do that 5,623,419 times in the next 120 days, he might pull off an upset.

But I don't know ...

The People Are Smarter Than You Think

I predicted last summer that VDOT would repave I-77 on the Bland County side of Big Walker Mountain Tunnel again this summer - even though it didn't need it. Why? Because VDOT repaves I-77 in Bland County every summer even though it never needs it.

Well, they haven't. Yet.

But they did, just last week, repave I-77 on the Wythe County side of Big Walker Mountain Tunnel - even though it didn't need it.

That's why this poll is perfectly understandable:
State poll: Fix road issues, but no taxes
The survey underscores the difficulty that Gov. Tim Kaine and like-minded lawmakers face in crafting a long-range transportation plan.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- Most Virginians want the General Assembly to do something about the state's transportation problems, but oppose tax and fee increases advocated by Gov. Tim Kaine and a bipartisan majority in the Senate, according to a new statewide poll. (
As long as VDOT has money to waste on costly repaving jobs that were totally unnecessary, VDOT has enough money.

This isn't hard to comprehend.

And as far as I-77 here in Bland getting repaved? The summer ain't over ...

Ben Asks. I Venture A Guess.

Ben over at Not Larry Sabato asks a great question:
Does anyone have a theory on why homosexual marriage is polling six points better than Jim Webb? (link)
Not being the political analyst, I have no pithy explanation. I can only guess that there's a handful of deviants out there whose votes are influenced by this.

Actually It's Perfectly Logical

Jimmy Carter, inarguably the worst President in my lifetime, always seems to find the wrong side of an argument. Today's offering:

Stop the Band-Aid Treatment
We Need Policies for a Real, Lasting Middle East Peace
By Jimmy Carter, Writing in The Washington Post

It is inarguable that Israel has a right to defend itself against attacks on its citizens, but it is inhumane and counterproductive to punish civilian populations in the illogical hope that somehow they will blame Hamas and Hezbollah for provoking the devastating response. (
Ever stuck your hand in a hornet's nest? Ever been caught doing it a second time?

Israel is the hornet's nest.

There is nothing illogical about Israel sending an unequivocal message to the Lebanese: When we stop this relentless destruction of your land, it will be up to you to decide if we ever return. Let a terrorist organization thrive in your midst and we will be back and you will endure all this again.

What's going on in southern Lebanon is inhumane, to be sure. Still it's the logical - heart-rending but logical - alternative to terrorism. Jimmy Carter in his day wished for bad people to no longer be bad. That was our foreign policy.

Thank God he was driven from office in disgrace.

They Wanted War ...

"War is all hell." William Tecumseh Sherman

Public 'won't bend' to uproar over Qana
By Joshua Mitnick, The Washington Times

TEL AVIV -- The Israeli public, which has been united in support of the government's military actions in Lebanon, stood firm yesterday despite the international uproar over the deaths on Sunday of more than 30 children and several adults in the town of Qana.

"We won't bend," read the headline on a front-page column by the leading political commentator for the Ma'ariv newspaper.

"It's time you understood, the Jewish state will no longer be trampled upon," wrote Ben Caspit. "We won't allow anyone to exploit population centers to bomb our citizens. You can condemn us, you can boycott us, you are invited not to visit us, and if necessary, we will stop visiting you." (
"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out." William Tecumseh Sherman

This Is So Wrong

Somebody needs to do something:
Hermitage looted; lax security cited
By Henry Meyer, The Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Russia's famed State Hermitage Museum yesterday reported the theft of more than 220 works, including jewelry and enameled objects, worth around $5 million, an incident that highlighted the poor security at Russian cultural institutions.

The Hermitage -- housed in the ornate Winter Palace of the Russian czars in St. Petersburg, overlooking the Neva River -- said museum employees were likely involved in the thefts. (
A priceless bit of history has disappeared ...

Who To Trust?

Let's see. I could listen to the generals fighting the war in Iraq. Or I could follow the tactical advice of a bunch of lightweight politicians in Washington. I don't know ...
Democratic Leaders Ask Bush to Redeploy Troops in Iraq
By Adam Nagourney, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, July 31 — Leading Congressional Democrats, after months of division over Iraq, have called on President Bush to begin a phased redeployment of troops by the end of this year, a unified statement signaling they have concluded that the war could hurt Republicans in the midterm elections.

The letter called on American forces in Iraq to make a transition to a “more limited mission” dealing with counterterrorism and training and logistical support of Iraq security forces. (
Redeployment. Lest we forget, it was the leading military tactician in the Democratic party who recently called for the troops in Iraq to redeployed to a remote island in the Pacific.

I think I'll listen to the military ...

Time To Meet Your Maker

The sorrow and desolation that is Cuba may be soon coming to an end:

Castro Relinquishes Power Due to Surgery
By The Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro, who took control of Cuba in 1959, rebuffed repeated U.S. attempts to oust him and survived communism's demise almost everywhere else, temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night because of surgery.

Castro, less than two weeks away from his 80th birthday, did not appear on the live television broadcast in which his secretary read a letter from the Cuban leader. It was the first time in 47 years of absolute rule that Castro has given up power. (link)

A special place in hell awaits. This one not of his own making.