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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Face With The Name

This snapshot was taken at the recent blog conference in Martinsville. For those of you who think of me as a raving lunatic, look closely at the photo and you now know it to be true. I'm third from the left, making the move on Kat from Cathouse Chat. The good-looking really old guy on the right is the most hard-hitting conservative blogger in the commonwealth, Emeril ... er, Alton Foley.

Thanks, Badrose, for the photo.

Let's Make The Problem Worse

I was driving west in heavy traffic out of Philadelphia Sunday toward Harrisburg. As I approached a split - the bypass going right and the Pennsylvania Turnpike going to the left - I was struck by the fact that 98% of the traffic went to the right. Why? Well, the obvious answer is that most travelers didn't want to go to west. But I got to thinking, I've never been on the turnpike, even during rush hour, and found there to be a lot of traffic. On Sunday, it was virtually abandoned. Why?

Because it's an expensive toll road ($5.50 Philly to Harrisburg, 90 minutes).

I could make the same point about the Ohio Turnpike and, to a lesser extent, the New Jersey Turnpike. In Richmond, I have always navigated the city without going near the toll roads there, even though they would allow for more timely arrival to my destination. It's not that I can't afford to pay the tolls; it's mostly because they are annoying.

All that being the case, this idea needs to be killed NOW:
U.S. 460, I-64 tolls proposed by firm
By Bill Geroux, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

One proposal to fund a new U.S. 460 in southeastern Virginia envisions charging tolls on the new road and Interstate 64 east of Richmond. (
There is a similar proposal to make at least one lane of I-81 a toll road. To alleviate congestion. Nobody has really explained how charging exorbitant sums to travel the state's expressways alleviates congestion but the obvious implication - at least in the case of I-81 - is to force some of the truck traffic onto secondary roads that can't support additional volume, like Hwy. 11. How bright is that?

If the purpose is to provide for another revenue stream, say so. If this is somehow a plan to allow for the free flow of commerce, then say so. And leave the state, never to return, get out of our lives, you're a disgrace.

Perhaps I'm being too harsh. Or perhaps these people are out of their freaking minds ...

Of All The Problems We Need To Be Dealing With

The Ku Klux Klan is holding its international convention down in Dungannon (off Hwy. 58 on your way to Big Stone Gap for those of you who want to stop by and throw stuff at them) this weekend. As many as 24 klansmen are expected to attend. Which has to include the klan auxiliary since there aren't 24 klansmen left on the planet.

Anyway, the news:
Klan rally set in Southwest Va.
Scott resident will host lawn gathering, drawing out-of-staters
By Rex Bowman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Dungannon -- It's that time of year again here in Dungannon: the weekend that a local member of the Ku Klux Klan hosts a rally that draws dozens of Klansmen from different states. It's also the weekend that many local residents do their best to turn a blind eye to the robed out-of-towners and the cross-burning. (

Festivities are to include a cross burning, trash talk about nigras, a retrospective on the good old days when most of the membership in attendance had teeth, and a collection drive to bail out the entire child molester wing of the organization.

For the love of God, take it somewhere else.

A Winning Strategy

As much as I want to continue beating that bruised and battered macaca horse, I think it wise for Senator Allen to move on and start pounding away at issues that will actually get him reelected and that matter a great deal to the voters of the commonwealth. Like this:
Allen allies urge a focus on taxes
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

RICHMOND -- Virginia conservatives say an unrelenting focus on taxes will give U.S. Sen. George Allen a win over Democratic challenger James H. Webb Jr. in next month's election.

During a debate Monday night, Mr. Allen, a Republican, hammered Mr. Webb on taxes and yesterday kept up the attack.

Conservatives irritated with national Republicans on fiscal issues say Mr. Allen finally has landed on a winning strategy in the final weeks of the race, one of the hottest in the nation with the major candidates nearly tied in the polls.

The charge that Mr. Webb opposes making President Bush's tax cuts permanent echoes the theme of an Allen attack ad that features images of Mrs. Clinton and Democratic Sens. John Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, all of whom support Mr. Webb. (link)
This quote from Mr. Webb should be all that any taxpayer in Virginia needs to know about the elusive and mysterious Democratic challenger:
We have huge deficits, we kid ourselves if we don't say that we need more revenues.
"... we need more revenues." The Democratic mantra.

Elect Webb and kiss your life savings goodbye.

This Door Was Wide Open

The GOP can be too smart by half sometimes. The political gurus who scheme and plot in (formerly) smoke-filled back rooms to win elections, those who have taken conservative voters for granted and who have reached out to "moderate" and liberal voters by expanding every federal program under the sun and by pushing the national debt through the ceiling and by avoiding the issues most important to us - abortion, the 2nd Amendment, fixing Social Security, fixing Medicare, illegal immigration - now find themselves to the left of some Democratic candidates.

Brilliant, fellas, just brilliant:
Democrats veer to the right in fight for House
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

In North Carolina, former Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler is running for a House seat, declaring himself a pro-life member of the pro-gun National Rifle Association, and accusing his opponent, Rep. Charles H. Taylor, of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens.

What's wrong with this picture? Mr. Taylor is a conservative Republican, and Mr. Shuler is the Democratic challenger trying to outflank him on the right -- a not uncommon move this election year, even before the Mark Foley scandal increased the midterm vulnerability of House Republicans.

It's happening across the South and Midwest, as Democratic congressional candidates from Illinois to Georgia are casting aside liberal loyalties to compete in conservative districts where they hope to gain the 15 seats needed for Democrats to take control of the House. (link)
If the Republican Party allows this to happen, we'll once again see that Democratic coalition of northeast liberals and southern conservatives dominate in Washington, as they did for decades after Vietnam.

Too smart by half ...

Once The Band Stops Playing

I watched Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News the other night. For about five seconds. Until I realized what station I was on. Then I turned to Fox News. To get news.

Apparently, I ain't alone:
Couric's evening news ratings continue downward spiral
David Bauder, Associated Press

The fifth week was the toughest for Katie Couric, whose viewership on the "CBS Evening News" has dropped each week since her debut the day after Labor Day.

Her broadcast averaged 7.04 million viewers last week, third to NBC's "Nightly News" (8.56 million) and ABC's "World News" (7.97 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. (
CBS decided it could climb out of the cellar with a pretty face and a lot of fluff. That hasn't worked. Maybe they should ask Katie to try delivering the "news" topless next or in clown costume ...


President Bush has in recent days been accused of allowing the North Koreans to build a nuclear weapon. But he at least doesn't pretend to have made headway in that regard as does his fanciful predecessor. Bill Clinton, and more particularly Madeleine Albright, want you to believe they had the nukes under control. John McCain knows that to be a lie, and bitchslaps Hillary while making the point:
McCain criticizes Clinton on N. Korea
By Sarah Karush, The Associated Press

Southfield, Mich. (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday accused former President Clinton, the husband of his potential 2008 White House rival, of failing to act in the 1990s to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons.

"I would remind Senator (Hillary) Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration's policies that the framework agreement her husband's administration negotiated was a failure," McCain said ...

"The Koreans received millions and millions in energy assistance. They've diverted millions of dollars of food assistance to their military," he said. (
Speaking truth to power ...

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