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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Quote Of The Day

It is unfair to condemn Clinton with 20/20 hindsight, but history is unfair. Like James Buchanan and the Civil War or Herbert Hoover and the Depression, Clinton will take the blame for inaction while a crisis mounted. True, George W. Bush didn't do much better during his first eight months in office, but he had the remainder of his terms to make up for it. As someone who is obsessed with his own legacy, Clinton knows all this deep down, which is why he snapped in that interview. In a way you have to feel sorry for the guy.

James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, September 27, 2006

Treasure!

I've always known there to be treasures hidden in the library. Every library. This is evidence:

Frost poem found at U.Va.
Grad student discovers handwritten work hidden in uncataloged papers
By Carlos Santos, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer


CHARLOTTESVILLE -- A U.Va. graduate student, poking through a box of uncataloged material at the school's library, has found an unpublished poem by Robert Frost.

The poem, "War Thoughts at Home," was handwritten by Frost in a copy of "North of Boston," his second collection of poetry. The poem is signed by Frost and dated January 1918.

Robert Stilling, an English graduate student at the University of Virginia, recently unearthed the 35-line poem. It is a tribute to Edward Thomas, an Englishman who was killed in France in 1917 during World War I. Thomas, a good friend of the poet, was carrying a volume of Frost's poetry when he died at the front.

The poem tells of a woman who looks out the window of an old house to see blue jays in a rage, fighting their own war:

She thinks of a winter camp

Where soldiers for France are made.

She draws down the window shade

And it glows with an early lamp.

Now, the rediscovered work will be published in the fall issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, which will be available next week. (link)

Exciting stuff.

Those Crazy Statistics

When you have everyone employable employed, you have zero unemployment. When you have zero employable, you have zero unemployment.

Martinsville and Henry County are on their way to to zero unemployment.

That's good. And bad.

Changes in jobs numbers are minor but meaningful
Ray Reed, The Roanoke Times

There were some notable changes in Western Virginia, including Martinsville's drop from 12.2 percent a year ago to 7.7 percent this August.

Martinsville's improved figures can be attributed to two factors, Mezger said.

Some new companies have brought jobs into the area.

Also, the labor force for Martinsville and Henry County is down 900 people since August of last year, to 30,384. That means people either found jobs outside the area, or they may have moved ... (
link)

If these 900 workers each had a wife/husband and two children, the area's population declined by 3,600 people in just one year.

Improved figures? Only to those not out looking for a U-Haul right now.