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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

For This We Need Experts?

Governor Kaine sent a taskforce of economic experts to Danville Monday to offer advice on how to stem the tide of area business closings, reverse the steady exodus of Southside workers to parts north, and to revitalize the local economy. Their strategy?
Work force experts offer suggestions
By Mac McLean, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

DANVILLE, Va. - State officials met with area business and community leaders during a special economic development and work force-training forum held Monday morning at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

The panelists listed a series of suggestions to improve the region’s economy, ranging from creating a special tourism committee to boost the amount of people [sic] visiting Southside to making all work force-training functions the responsibility of the state’s community college system. [my emphasis] (
Set up a committee; turn area community colleges into vocational schools.

I'll bet we pay these guys dearly for these nuggets of wisdom.

To the untrained non-degreed unemployed non-experts in attendance, who probably showed up to find out how existing employers could compete more readily in the global arena, and how manufacturers should go about building efficiencies into their production processes in order to bring about cost reductions and to allow for growth, expansion, and hiring of new employees, and how Southside might lure more employers away from Fairfax and down to Danville by offering tax incentives and moratoria on growth-stifling government regulations, the advice offered - form a committee!? - had to have seemed ... pointless.

Perhaps the folks in Danville should form a committee to hammer out new guidelines on inviting state "experts" to town - ever again.

Mystery Solved?

We may have an answer to this intriguing question:
Cave excursion yields human bone fragments
Daniel Taylor, Bristol Herald-Courier Staff Writer

ABINGDON – Authorities spent Monday scouring a cave for human remains after spelunkers discovered pieces of a skeleton the night before.

Bone fragments that included pieces of a leg bone, vertebrae and the top of a skull were discovered around 7:30 p.m. Sunday by a Bristol man and his friends as they explored a small cave just off Golden View Drive between Bristol and Abingdon.

The bones appeared to be "very old" and were not likely tied to any recent missing person case in the region, said Washington County Sheriff’s Capt. Jack Davidson. (
Finally, the mystery may be solved.

Some Advice For Burger King

This should come as no surprise:
Burger King Reports Loss
By Matt Sedensky, The Associated Press

MIAMI - Shares of Burger King Holdings plunged Tuesday to their lowest level since the company's initial public offering in May after the world's No. 2 hamburger chain posted a fiscal fourth-quarter loss in its first earnings report since going public.

The loss for the quarter ended June 30 totaled $9 million, or 7 cents a share. That compares with a profit of $2 million, or 2 cents a share, during the same period last year. (
Here's some advice from a consumer, one who actually appreciates a good burger on frequent occasions:

Strangle that burger king who appears in those godawful TV commercials. I can't drive by a Burger King outlet today without thinking about him and the multi-million dollar ad campaign that has been built around him. Rather than drive up to the window, I just want to run and hide.

Kill him. Burn him. Toss him in the french frier. Put a clown suit on him and give him to McDonald's. Whatever you do, end the madness.

Only then will America return for that whopper with cheese.

A Party In Total Disarray

Republicans have the most disorganized and floundering political party in the nation today. Except for the other one:
Democrats Scrambling To Organize Voter Turnout
By Jim VandeHei, Washington Post Staff Writer

Top Democrats are increasingly concerned that they lack an effective plan to turn out voters this fall, creating tension among party leaders and prompting House Democrats to launch a fundraising effort aimed exclusively at mobilizing Democratic partisans.

At a meeting last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) criticized Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean for not spending enough party resources on get-out-the-vote efforts in the most competitive House and Senate races, according to congressional aides who were briefed on the exchange.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) -- who no longer speaks to Dean because of their strategic differences -- is planning to ask lawmakers and donors to help fund a new turnout program run by House Democrats. (
All this, coupled with the fact that the Democratic party is settling on such hot button issues as the minimum wage and stem cells (yawn) to propel them to victory in November, bodes ill for the future.

Kinda entertaining though.

Who'd a'Thunk It?

Forty years ago, there were (essentially) four automobile manufacturers in this country. One had a broad assortment of General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and American Motors brands to choose from. Oh, and there was the VW bug. Japanese cars were then hard to come by.

How times have changed:
Toyota clips Ford as No. 2
Brett Clanton and Christine Tierney, The Detroit News

While Detroit's automakers had expected a big drop in sales from last year's levels, they seemed at a loss to explain the double-digit declines that each experienced last month. (
To think, the worst is yet to come ...

Money To Burn

Bill Clinton, continuing to play to type even after he left the White House in disgrace in 2001, has decided to waste his time - and money - on meaningless gestures:
Clinton Foundation to Work to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
By Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 — The Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has focused on combating AIDS, poverty and childhood obesity, will turn its attention to greenhouse gases, former President Bill Clinton said here Tuesday. (
During his presidency, a time when terrorists were striking western targets around the world - and in New York City, Clinton focused the nation's attention on such pressing matters as midnight basketball and gun trigger locks. Now he's chasing windmills.

Such a waste.