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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

More Of The Same

Unemployment is down in Danville. Again. So say the experts:
City's unemployment rate drops
By Bernard Baker, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

The jobless rate in the Danville metropolitan area, which includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, dropped from 8 percent in June to 7.6 percent in July. The unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in July 2005. (
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This is a good thing, right?

Well, if only it weren't for that pesky denominator in the unemployment equation:

The [Virginia Employment Commission’s] report, however, also showed that the labor force continued to shrink in the Danville metropolitan area.

The work force number was 50,480 in July. That was down from 51,890 in June and 51,960 in July 2005.

Danville: Still on a glide path to 0% unemployment.

Rumsfeld Gets It Right

Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld said yesterday in a speech before the American Legion what many of us have been saying for years:
Rumsfeld Says War Critics Haven’t Learned Lessons of History
By David S. Cloud, The New York Times


SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 29 — Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday that critics of the war in Iraq and the campaign against terror groups “seem not to have learned history’s lessons,” and he alluded to those in the 1930’s who advocated appeasing Nazi Germany.

Comparing terrorist groups to a “new type of fascism,” Mr. Rumsfeld said, “With the growing lethality and the increasing availability of weapons, can we truly afford to believe that somehow, some way, vicious extremists can be appeased?” (link)
Appeasement is one way of looking at it. Sticking our heads in the sand and wanting it all to just go away is another. Until, that is, another attack occurs. Then, for a brief time, they'll all get serious about stopping terrorism. For a brief time. Then they'll go back to wringing their hands and whining about world opinion and such.

Kind of pitiful really.

I've Been Drummed Out Of The Blogosphere

I forgot to mention an amusing exchange I had with Ben Tribbett of Not Larry Sabato Friday night over in Martinsville. We had all assembled for dinner at Chatmoss Country Club (where we were treated to a delightful speech by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling) and afterwards a number of us ended up at a Congressman Virgil Goode Meet-and-Greet over at the Hampton Inn.

By midnight there were some 16 people in the room and Ben and I ended up sitting on a couch with Megan, Republitarian's wife. Now Ben looked like he'd had a good bit to drink by this time (or maybe he looks like that all the time - I'd only just met him face-to-face) so it may have been the booze talking. But Ben proceeded to inform me that the site you're visiting - From On High - is not a blog...

... it's a website....

... because I don't allow comments to be posted to the blo...website.

He was quite adamant that I cannot be a blogger if I don't allow people (meaning Ben) to leave comments.

I had two responses. (1) "I don't allow comments because anything anyone had to say would reduce the quality of this site. You want to comment? Send me an email." (2) "I'll just have to live with the fact that this doesn't rise to the level of a weblog. I ain't changing it. Now or ever."

He was disappointed. Or drunk. Probably both.

I will say this: Ben holds a lot of boneheaded left-wing attitudes when it comes to politics but with that annoying exception, he comes across as being a great guy. He reminds me of me way back when - kind of confused, wrong on politics, unaware of the ways of the world, liberal. I too was very liberal. He's a good conversationalist and defends his views well. I enjoyed the encounter and now consider him a friend.

But I ain't changin' the weblo ... website, Ben. Not now. Never.

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Update 11:36am, 08/30/06: Rumor has it that Ben doesn't drink. If that's the case, it would appear that only the other guy involved in the conversation must have consumed too much of Kentucky's finest bourbon whiskey.