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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Trying To Relive The Heady Macaca Days

So I leave Virginia for a few days and while I'm gone a controversy erupts in the Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb over tax hikes. Er ... the war in Iraq. Er ...Medicare. Er ... saving Social Security. Er ...

In fact, it apparently has to do with Allen having received a citation for fishing without a license some 32 years ago. A fishing license. In 1974.

Now bloggers are out there trying to determine what the atmospheric temperature might have been on the day the infraction occurred.

For the love of God.

Keep Your Hiking Trails

The editorialists at the Richmond Times-Dispatch understand how economic prosperity evolves:

Last week officials announced that a subsidiary of IKEA -- a worldwide home-furnishings company, indeed the world's largest furniture retailer -- will build a manufacturing plant near Danville. Projections suggest the factory eventually could employ 740 workers. Jobs beget jobs. Those 700-plus wage-earners will bolster employment in other sectors.

Contractors and suppliers will serve the plant, whose workers will spend money at local restaurants and in local stores. As dollars circulate through the economy, they spread their benefits to individuals and families who may be far from the source. Wealth trickles down, up, all around. (link)

While we champion the creation of a bike path in some remote corner of Southwest Virginia, the benefits from which we are going to harvest someday, someday, IKEA brings a torrential infusion of wealth to Danville with one manufacturing facility.

Call me a dreamer ...

A Memorial Of a Different Kind

In this morning's news:
Air Force Memorial dedicated
By Gary Emerling, The Washington Times

The only branch of the U.S. military that had been lacking a memorial in the D.C. area now has one to call its own.

President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other dignitaries yesterday presided over the dedication of the U.S. Air Force Memorial -- a towering set of stainless-steel spires that pierce the skyline from a perch overlooking the Pentagon. (
There are different memorials, of a sort, scattered across hillsides here in Virginia; slowly disappearing monuments to the bravery and dedication of the tens of thousands of heroic young men who joined the Army Air Corps and who never returned home from a war long ago. From a report by Jeffrey Werner Clemens:

It has been seven years since I first learned of the wreck of a B-25 on Sharp Top Mountain. A shattered skeleton of this medium bomber rests upon the shoulder of the mountain.

The first sign of the wreck will be the radial engines ...

For photos of the fading crash site, click here.

This particular memorial is just off a hiking trail at Peaks of Otter over in Bedford County. A sad memorial ...

A Name In The News

Gerry Studds, the congressman who received words of encouragement and a standing ovation from fellow Democrats (and a glowing obituary in the Times this morning) after having admitted to sexually assaulting a young congressional page many years ago has died:

Gerry Studds Dies at 69; First Openly Gay Congressman
By Damien Cave, The New York Times

Gerry E. Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress and a demanding advocate for New England fishermen and for gay rights, died early Saturday at Boston University Medical Center ...

The cause was a vascular illness that led Mr. Studds to collapse while walking his dog on Oct. 3 in Boston. (

Studds: Hero. Warrior. Champion. Child molester. Dead at 69.