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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Quote Of The Day

From a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial ("A North Moment"):

This year [senate candidate James] Webb, the Democratic challenger to George Allen, cites his ties to Reagan. A new commercial all but identifies Webb as Reagan's heir. The ad rates as a double blunder.

  • Democrats uncertain of Webb's partisan bona fides will not be reassured by the Reagan-Webb connection. Analysts believe a candidate first must mobilize his base. Webb's public devotion to Reagan seems unlikely to stir Democratic passions.
  • Reagan twice won Virginia with ease. He remains hugely popular here. If kind words about the Gipper might annoy hard-core Democrats, then they also might reassure the state's moderate mainstream. The Webb stratagem could have worked -- if Nancy Reagan had not denounced the ad. Other Reagan confidants joined the former first lady in calling on Webb to pull it. The exchange will make it much easier for pro-Reagan independents, pro-Reagan Democrats, and Republicans dismayed by their party's national performance to resist any temptation to rally to Webb. The Reagan team prefers Allen.

Webb has managed to irritate loyal Democrats and loyal Reaganauts. That's quite a feat for one blunder. That Ollie North would understand Webb's predicament only intensifies the pain of a self-inflicted wound.

Key word being blunder.

Only In Virginia

A commonwealth court has decided to allow commonwealth-run liquor stores to sell wine made in the commonwealth. Rod Serling would be all over this one:
Court lets ABC sell Virginia wines
An appeals court overturned a ruling last year that said the state's ABC stores gave in-state wineries an advantage.
By Christina Rogers, The Roanoke Times

Virginia farm wineries will once again be allowed to stock the shelves of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control stores.

On Monday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled it constitutional for ABC stores to sell Virginia wines exclusively, overturning a decision made by a lower court last year that deemed the practice unconstitutional because it gave in-state wineries a competitive advantage. (

I feel the urge to thank the judges for allowing us this opportunity ...

But then I read this:
The 2-1 ruling also restricted the amount of booze consumers could bring into the state for personal consumption to one gallon.
That's right. I am prohibited from buying a case of Thunderbird 15 minutes up the road in Bluefield, West Virginia and bringing it home. God knows what the penalty for such an infraction is but I'll bet it ranks up there with sentences meted out for terrorist activities.

Virginia. USA. 2006.

Where Are Your Priorities?

Just when you think it can't get any worse ...

When I (often) cite the discouraging statistics coming out of the Milken Institute that predict further economic decline for the Roanoke metropolitan area (it's ranked 179th out of the 200 largest cities in America in terms of future economic growth potential), I think - naively - that the powers-that-be will wake up and create conditions that will turn things around and actually provide opportunity for their constituents. But no. Instead the people of Roanoke are subjected to nonsense like this:

Council members urge Roanoke to join global group
"We're taking our environmental commitment to the next level," Gwen Mason said.
By John Cramer, The Roanoke Times

Roanoke should join a global organization seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level, two Roanoke City Council members announced Tuesday.

At a news conference, Mayor Nelson Harris and Councilwoman Gwen Mason said they will ask council Monday to pass a resolution making Roanoke a member of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and its "Cities for Climate Protection Campaign."

The ICLEI group, which supports the Kyoto Protocol, would provide Roanoke with technical assistance, software, training and other tools to measure the city's emissions, set targets for reducing emissions, adopt an action plan and monitor the results. (link)

... at a cost of $1,750 a year.

Just what the city of Roanoke needs to be concentrating on. Those 274 terminated workers over at Hooker Furniture and the 198 permanently separated employees at The Spectacle Lens Group and the 169 fired employees at Valley Rich Dairy will be comforted in knowing their city council is fighting to get mean atmospheric temperatures reduced by 0.5ยบ Celsius over the next 50 years.

That'll make those empty cupboards and cries of their hungry children more bearable.

For the love of God.

GOP Loses In Rhode Island

Well, the members of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee must be very proud this morning. They managed to get a man who routinely votes against the Republican majority elected in the GOP primary in Rhode Island.

Speaking volumes, the rabidly liberal Associated Press sees it as a victory for the "moderate middle."

Moderate GOP Candidate Wins in R.I.
By The Associated Press

In the latest test of the country's politics of polarization, the middle ground held on.

Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee said his victory Tuesday against a conservative challenger sent a message across the nation that moderate Republicans remained ''alive and kicking'' after beating back a challenger that ran to his political right. (

Most Democrats aren't as liberal (or as IQ challenged) as Chafee is. But the AP deems him to be a moderate. That tells you a lot about their point of reference.

Anyway, the geniuses who run the GOP have their candidate. God help them.

Whistling Past The Graveyard

And while I'm picking on Republicans this morning, I'm reminded of another issue that is going to bite them in the ass if they don't get on the right side of this scandalous issue:
GOP calls 'elite' out of touch on immigration
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

House Republicans, returning from a month of field hearings on illegal immigration, yesterday warned of a gaping disconnect between American voters and many "elite" lawmakers.

"I have never seen such a disconnect between the American people and the elite," said Rep. Peter T. King, the New York Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee and held two hearings last month.

Mr. King said securing the border this year is a cornerstone to national security and the war on terrorism. He called for more Border Patrol agents, more detention facilities for captured illegals and more unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the border. (
What does it say when a prominent Republican voices his consternation and confusion with regard to the state of his political party in an election year?

We're Making Progress

It is a positive sign that progress is being made with regard to race relations in this country when the New York Times has to go half way around the world in order to be able to write a story about people they love to hate:
In Russian City, a Rampage of Ethnic Violence
By Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times

Kondopoga, Russia, Sept. 9 — Ethnic animosity runs so close to the surface of Russian society that almost anything can cause it to boil over. Here in this quiet mill town on the shore of Lake Onego 600 miles north of Moscow it was a bar fight outside a club called Seagull.

Two ethnic Russians had died by the time the brawl ended, but the violence had only just begun. Their deaths — at the hands of men from Azerbaijan and Chechnya — provoked angry protests and on the night of Sept. 2, a rampage through the town, followed by sporadic acts of vandalism that have continued since. (
So the Times found some racists in Kondopoga. Beats finding them in Crown Heights.