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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Back To The Drawing Board

Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time:
Va. Commuter Rail Losing Passengers
VRE Tardiness, Repairs Lead Some to Return to Clogged Roads
By Nick Miroff, Washington Post Staff Writer

At a time when authorities are urging increased use of public transportation to reduce congestion, an unexpected loss of Virginia Railway Express riders -- many weary of delays and breakdowns -- is a major setback.

After adding at least 200,000 passenger trips a year since fiscal 2001, the Northern Virginia rail line recorded 120,000 fewer trips from July 2005 to June compared with the previous year, dropping its total to 3.64 million. (
I have a solution to this problem. You want to alleviate congestion up in the DC area? Bring all those employers to Southwest Virginia. Commuters won't have any difficulty getting back and forth to work down here.

Or sit and watch your hair grow out on I-66 each morning. It's up to you.

When Did It Become Obvious?

Just as the media are (ever so slowly) coming to the conclusion that many of us derived the day the story broke, that the nut who was arrested in Thailand after having claimed that he murdered Jon Benet Ramsey ten years ago was lying through his teeth, other "experts" are now coming to the painful (but predicted by a few of us) conclusion that global warming has nothing to do with hurricanes:
Scientists Disagree On Link Between Storms, Warming
Same Data, Different Conclusions
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Staff Writer

A year after Hurricane Katrina and other major storms battered the U.S. coast, the question of whether hurricanes are becoming more destructive because of global warming has become perhaps the most hotly contested question in the scientific debate over climate change.

Academics have published a flurry of papers either supporting or debunking the idea that warmer temperatures linked to human activity are fueling more intense storms. The issue remains unresolved, but it has acquired a political potency that has made both sides heavily invested in the outcome. (
Some "scientists" now make a lucrative income from scaring the crap out of an easily frightened populace. There was no better opportunity for them to enrich themselves than right after last year's hurricane season. It was in Katrina's aftermath that the theory of a linkage between the rise in earth's temperature and hurricanes was born.

Unfortunately for the snake oil salesmen, reality had to set in at some point. We are at that point. We are in the midst of hurricane season 2006 and - to date - we've had no hurricanes. None.

Why? My guess is they'll blame the lack of hurricanes this year on ... global warming.

And the media will buy into it ...

And the populace will be frightened ...

I Like That Phrase

Read this Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial entitled "Climate Porn." It relates to the shameful scare tactics used by the scientific community when it deals with global warming.

Good Luck, Big Guy

After his supporters make the scurrilous charge that Southwest Virginians are easily incited by a politician's use of racial slurs in speeches to us (we all knew, you see, being that we have a lot of knowledge about Tunisian culture, that calling a person a macaca was a North African racial insult and we were, therefore, propelled to lynch somebody - or some such), James Webb has now done the math and determined that he needs our votes:
For Webb, road to Senate lies in Southwest Va.
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Democratic lawmakers say their U.S. Senate candidate, James H. Webb Jr., must follow the party's script of making inroads in Southwest Virginia to defeat incumbent Sen. George Allen, a Republican, in the November election.

"If I'm a betting man, I'd bet on George Allen to carry the Southwest," said state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, Tazewell Democrat. "But we will do anything we can to make this close." (link)

You're a day or two late there, Phil. Your buddy and his handlers have for the last week portrayed us as a bunch of hate-mongers and lowlifes. And you and he "will [now] do anything we can to make this close." Swell.

If that's true, start with an apology to the people of Southwest Virginia.

Then work up a campaign platform that goes beyond surrendering the war on terror and concocting outlandish "scandals" that besmirch the reputations of your constituents.

And because you'll be seeking re-election before too long, Phil, you'd do well to distance yourself from this bunch or you're going to face the same consequences as Jim Webb is certain to confront come election day.

Your Tax Dollars At Work

In addition to throwing money at a myriad of unworthy causes here in this country, Congress, it turns out, is enriching America's enemies as well:
U.S. charity for Chavez
By Kelly Hearn, The Washington Times

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of the hemisphere's harshest critics of the United States, is receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from Washington, thanks to an obscure 20-year-old oil pricing formula.

The formula is part of a supply contract between Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Citgo Petroleum Corp., which forces Citgo to buy PDVSA's crude for at least $5 a barrel over market prices.

The net effect is to reduce Citgo's taxable earnings in the United States and to boost Venezuela's share of oil profits by as much as $1 million a day. (
For the love of God ...

Update To Yesterday's Andrew Young Post

I have received a great deal of correspondence since yesterday regarding the Virginia blogosphere, macaca, and the Andrew Young diatribe. I'm still trying to address some of the responses I got - at least those that included fewer than 3 "f" words - but it seems there is an update in order.

Excluding the "spirited" email reactions, I think the remainder can be put into two categories - those weblogs that I didn't know existed and, therefore, failed to cite, and those that were working up an Andrew Young post but hadn't gotten them launched prior to my survey.

Oh, and there were those that advised that the Andrew Young saga, not being a Virginia story, didn't fit the perameters. Fair enough.

Those that deserve special mention (because of my original unfamiliarity and in order to set the record straight) are:

Change Servant - see "On Andrew Young,"

TOKATAKIYA - see "Here's My Outrage."

Thanks to both bloggers for setting me straight. And for the great weblogs!