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Friday, October 13, 2006

Warner Backs Out

Former Governor Mark Warner decided not to run for pr.....

Actually I don't care.

Good News, Perhaps

I mean no disrespect but was this guy destined to be an editorial page editor or what?

His name is Andrew Rosenthal and he happens to be the most powerful editorialist on the planet, as of yesterday (no offense to Dan Radmacher of the Roanoke Times). The reasons for his ascension are at this writing still shrouded in mystery (as is his reason for allowing a publicity photo to be shot of him in a shirt that looks like he just beat up a vagrant to get his hands on):

Times Announces Change in Editorial Page Editor
By Katherine Q. Seelye, The New York Times

Gail Collins, the first woman to run the editorial page of The New York Times, is stepping down Jan. 1 and will be succeeded by Andrew Rosenthal, the deputy editor of the page. Ms. Collins, 60, is taking a leave of absence from the paper to write a book and is to return in July as a columnist on the Times Op-Ed page.

Mr. Rosenthal, 50, joined The Times in 1987 and was named deputy editorial page editor in 2003. He has served as an assistant managing editor, foreign editor and acting national editor, as well as a reporter and editor in the Washington bureau. (link)

We'll know that Mr. Rosenthal has a future in management if he quickly moves to eliminate the least gifted and most overrated writer on the planet - Maureen Dowd.

In any case, here's hoping the editorial page of the New York Times under Andrew Rosenthal soon becomes routinely readable and understandable.

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Pushing The Envelope

I risked death last night. At a local brew pub near my hotel. I ordered fresh spinach with my blackened chicken fetuccini. I think I'll survive though I feel dizzy and nauseous this morning. But that may be the booze ...

Here's the latest on the E. coli outbreak:
Source of Deadly E. Coli Is Found
By Libby Sander, The New York Times

Chicago, Oct. 12 — Cattle manure collected from a California ranch under investigation by federal and state authorities contains the same strain of E. coli that killed three people and sickened nearly 200 in a recent outbreak linked to tainted spinach, federal and state food safety officials said Thursday.

“We know where the E. coli comes from,” said Dr. Kevin Reilly of the California Department of Health Services. (
Gee, thanks. But I think we all know where it comes from. Poop.

What we want you guys to do is prevent it from getting into our food.

This Is Big

While we high-five one another around here when our many hiking trails and bike paths produce an employee somewhere, a manufacturer has announced its intention to build a facility in Danville and ...

... 740 Virginians and their families will have a future:

IKEA subsidiary headed for Danville
By Jamie C. Ruff, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Danville - Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced today that a furniture manufacturing subsidiary of the Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA will build a plant in the Danville area and employ 740.

The announcement is being cheered in Danville, whose economy has been wracked by an exodus of manufacturing jobs in recent years - most notably the sale and shutdown of Dan River Mills.

The IKEA subsidiary is Swedwood North America, and Kaine said the factory will be built in Cane Creek Centre, an industrial park in Pittsylvania County being developed by the county and city of Danville. (

The acquisition came at a price, of course:
  • $3 million grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund.
  • A $1 million grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program.
  • Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds totaling $2.4 million.
  • Eligibility for unspecified benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program.
  • Up to $1.35 million in rail and economic access grants from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Training assistance through the state's Workforce Services Jobs Investment Program.

We live in an age when corporate taxes are high in part so that politicians can take the revenue and dole it out ... to corporations. I wish we could simply provide for an enticing investment environment (not a revolutionary concept; they have perfected it in Estonia and Latvia for God's sake) so that our governor wouldn't have to work so hard buying businesses for the commonwealth.

But I am not going to rain on the parade. This is great news for a tortured region. May IKEA actually fulfill its promises.

Hat tip to Tugboat Phil