Sunday, August 13, 2006
If anyone intends to buy rounds for those in attendance, I'll be at the Hampton looking for you.
Those of you who haven't committed to the conference yet, it's shaping up to be a great chance to meet and talk about all those who aren't there ...
Allen talks Bland progress, international concerns during visitAmen to that.
By Bill Archer, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
[George] Allen, 54, and six staff members traveled through southwestern Virginia Saturday with stops in Bluefield, Va., Bland and Galax for the “Poor Man’s Dinner” at the Fiddlers’ Convention. During his stop at the Bland Library, he received an update from Jonathan Sweet, county administrator.
Allen said it is vital for the U.S. to complete its mission in Iraq and learn from what happened after the U.S. pulled troops from Beruit in 1983 after the U.S. Marine Corps barracks bombing and later the situation in Mogadishu in 1993. He said the nation has to complete its mission in Iraq to maintain a strong foreign policy. (link)
This visit was particularly well-received by the folks here in the county. As everyone here knows, Allen didn't need to worry about losing support in Bland County. After all, his West Coast opponent made history by receiving a total of one (1) vote in the county's 1st precinct in the Democratic primary a few months ago and nothing substantive has changed since then.
Jim Webb is hoping to double in November the number of votes he got here in the primary but, according to knowledgeable experts, based on the campaign he's conducted thus far he will be lucky to even reach the level previously achieved.
GOP’s Raese activates ‘millionaire’s provision’MoveOn.org is a "liberal-leaning group." Only in the Gazette.
By Tom Searls, Charleston (WV) Gazette Staff writer
U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, already far ahead in fundraising in his re-election race, will be able to collect triple what he previously could from donors, after opponent John Raese tripped the Federal Election Commission’s “millionaire’s provision” last week.
“We suppose this allows Byrd to go back and milk his MoveOn.org supporters,” Abernathy said.
The liberal-leaning group focused on helping Byrd raise campaign funds in 2005 after Republicans targeted him for his fierce opposition to the Iraq war. In one two-day period in April 2005, more than 19,000 supporters of MoveOn.org contributed more than $800,000 to Byrd. (link)
This is an interesting twist considering the news that is resurfacing about George Soros, the daddy deeppockets of MoveOn.org, having ties to World War II era nazis and to the confiscation of homes and property belonging to Hungarian Jews who were concentration camp-bound in the 40's.
What we have here is an organization funded in large part by a man who willingly assisted those who sent millions of Jews to the gas chamber joining hands with those in West Virginia who were made famous by their common practice of lynching innocent black men at about the same time.
A match made in hell if there ever was one.
Allen spoke to an enthusiastic group there and (apparently) didn't offer up the standard blather office seekers are told by their handlers to spew when they make their obligatory visits to Virginia's infernal region.
In fact, Allen hit a home run with this:
The "Saudi Arabia of the world in coal." I'm not sure that means there's going to be a Rolls Royce in every garage but if advancements in coal technology result in a few more garages in Southwest Virginia, I'd be pleased.
Republicans join Allen on Norton visit
Kathy Still, Bristol Herald-Courier Staff Writer
NORTON – America must halt its dependency on foreign energy, and the region’s rich coal reserves can help break the habit, Sen. George Allen, R-Va., said on a visit Friday.
"We are the Saudi Arabia of the world in coal," he said during one of the final legs of his 11th Listening Tour.
"This region of Virginia is part of the solution, he said. (link)
And no mention of another bike trail ... I like this guy.
1) Tens of thousands of people living in Northern Virginia work for the government.
Federal Pay: Myth and RealitiesBy comparison, per capita income* in Lee County in 1999 (the last census was taken in 2000) was $13,625 with accompanying benefits being grossly substandard. Quite a difference. Yes?
By Chris Edwards, The Washington Post
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released data this month showing that the average compensation for the 1.8 million federal civilian workers in 2005 was $106,579 -- exactly twice the average compensation paid in the U.S. private sector: $53,289. If you consider wages without benefits, the average federal civilian worker earned $71,114, 62 percent more than the average private-sector worker, who made $43,917.
... the federal civilian workforce has become an elite island of secure and highly paid workers, separated from the ocean of private-sector American workers who must compete in today's dynamic economy. (link)
What say we get our worthless congressman to pull some strings and have the Pentagon moved to Jonesville?
* I know. Per capita income is different from average wage. It's the nearest figure I had available to me.
Buena Vista mayor calls MeadWestvaco lawsuit 'frivolous'So how many jobs would MeadWestvaco have created in Buena Vista? How much tax revenue would the company have generated for the city? To what degree would they have contributed to the well-being of BV's social services network and its transportation infrastructure?
By Jay Conley, The Roanoke Times
In a David versus Goliath-like legal battle, [MeadWestvaco,] the Fortune 500 company's $7 million lawsuit alleges city officials agreed to give the company industrial property, then backed out of the deal after the company had spent time and money on plans for the site. The lawsuit asks that Buena Vista pay MeadWestvaco for those costs plus future costs to develop a suitable site somewhere else.
[Buena Vista mayor Todd] Jones said it is true city officials welcomed MeadWestvaco in April 2005. But they had a change of heart when residents complained about the truck traffic and exhaust fumes the 600,000-square-foot facility -- about the size of four Super Wal-Marts -- would bring to the 6,500-population town. (link)
It doesn't matter. The people there prefer that their $16,377 per capita income remain just where it is ...
For One Minority, a Bias That's Just So Not RightYeah! Now I'm mad!
By Bill O'Brian, Washington Post Staff Writer
Try opening a can of tuna with a manual can opener using your left hand -- your arms will be crossed, and you're likely to cut yourself on the lid. Try using a grapefruit knife with your left hand -- the blade's contour and serration will be backward until you adjust. Hold a measuring cup with your left hand -- the non-metric fractional amounts will be facing unhelpfully away from you.
Think: circular saws, drill presses, chain saws, surgical instruments, firearms and holsters. All designed primarily for righties. (link)
Think in particular about us lefties who use those semi-auto rifles that automatically eject shell casings after the weapon is fired, sometimes hot shell casings that ricochet off your forearm!
We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!
This is kinda cool. I'm now a repressed minority. I am lefty; hear me ... whine.