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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A New Business Comes To SW Virginia

To all you firemen and emergency medical professionals out there: Looking for the high quality equipment and accessories that your department doesn't furnish?

To those of you who are in purchasing for your local fire department: Looking for a broad assortment and great prices on firefighting equipment?

To those of you who will be looking for that ideal Christmas gift for that firefighter son, daughter, wife, or father: Wondering where you can find it?

Brand names like Rescue Tech, LaCrosse, Thorogood, Streamlight, MSA, and Gerber.

Books, statuettes, posters, paintings, knives, T-shirts, flashlights, stethoscopes ...

Look no further. First Due: Fire/EMS Gear has opened up in Salem (just off I-81, mile marker 141). As the owner (and full-time Roanoke firefighter) Jarrod Fuhrman will tell you, First Due is:
Southwest Virginia's newest dealer of products tailored to the specific needs of public safety personnel. If you are in the market for a new helmet, boots, gloves, goggles, fire service books, EMS supplies, collectibles, apparel, etc., then come by, call us, or shop right here. We are here to help you stay SAFE, EDUCATED AND PREPARED.
For more information on the store and for ordering helmets, boots, turnout gear, etc. on line, click here.

Disclaimer: I am a devoted fan of the owner (and related by DNA)

Say That Again?

But let me remove all doubt in anyone's mind that there is no acceptance of any protection of a political future over the protection of children in the Congress of the United States.

House Democratic Leader and winner of the Professor Irwin Corey Distinguished Orator Award Nancy Pelosi (link)

Hat tip to James Taranto

It Must Be True

We all know this (from The Roanoke Times) to be unassailably true:

Secondhand smoke kills, and tobacco executives know that's true.
In truth, we know no such thing. You can look this up: Evidence of secondhand smoking dangers derives solely from statistical extrapolations. Not from any scientific or epidemiological discoveries.

Oh, evidence often derives from primal prejudices as well. And broadly based guesswork.

But we all - including those tobacco executives we love to hate - know it to be true just the same.

Taking All The Fun Out Of It

Did you know that Roanoke had banned opposite-sex massages? You're probably asking the same question I and Kevin Stanley are asking: What good are they then?
Massages must be same-sex
By Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

A man and a woman were convicted Monday of engaging in an illegal massage in a Roanoke motel room, but it wasn't just the sexual nature of the $140 massage that got them in trouble.

It was also because they were a man and a woman.

Darlene A. Rangel and Kevin V. Stanley were each fined $50 after being convicted of violating a rarely used city ordinance that forbids paid massages between members of the opposite sex -- but not between two people of the same sex. (link)
I suppose we can look at it this way:
  • "Massage" performed by large-breasted, scantilly-clad Swedish chick: $140
  • Fine for violating city anti-opposite sex massage ordinance: $50
  • Total cost of "rub-down": $190
  • Smile on face and song in heart: Priceless

What? No Topless Photo? II

Just yesterday I made mention of the kind of support Democratic Party news outlets find themselves needing to provide occasionally in order to shore up failing candidacies of their left-wing allies. Yesterday's support involved a laudatory puff piece in the New York Times on Connecticut senate candidate Ned Lamont's wife. Today it's the Washington Post and Ohio candidate Sherrod Brown's bigger-than-life spouse:
The Columnist Who Shut Up to Speak Out
Connie Schultz Gave Up Her Platform to Jump on Her Husband's Bandwagon
By Peter Slevin, Washington Post Staff Writer

CLEVELAND At a lively Democratic gathering in a nearby suburb, Senate candidate Sherrod Brown is talking up his wife to the party faithful. He says, as he always does in this part of Ohio, that the crowd probably already knows Connie Schultz as a prizewinning newspaper columnist.

As the seven-term congressman praises her "terrific sacrifice" in giving up the column in the Plain Dealer during the campaign, a spirited voice calls out ... (
The rest is mind-numbingly dull. But, from all accounts, so is Schultz's husband.

So once again we are treated to this spectacle. Weak Democratic candidates married to successful, brilliant, powerful, driven, focused, articulate, impassioned, sex & charisma-oozing wives.

Makes you wonder why they're married to such losers ...

One Man's Rapist Is Another Man's Virtuoso

I get a chuckle out of all the hand-wringing over Mark Foley's text message "assault" on a Congressional page. You see, I know sexual assault when I see it. And Foley doesn't hold a candle to certain members of the Democratic Party:

The Page-Stalker That Dems Lionized
By Eric Fettmann, The New York Post

October 17, 2006 -- The death over the weekend of former Rep. Gerry Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress, is a stark reminder of how much all those howls of Democratic outrage over the Mark Foley scandal ring so hollow.

The Massachusetts Democrat is being hailed by national political leaders, including Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, as a "role model" who "gave a lot of people courage" by coming out of the closet.

Yet Studds openly declared his homosexuality only after an investigation revealed he'd had a sexual relationship with a male teenage congressional page and propositioned two others. (link)

You wonder how it is I can chuckle over Mark Foley's predicament? Because had he sexually molested the page he sent those vile messages to, a crime punishable in most states by imprisonment for 20 years to life, he'd be a hero, presumably, to the Democrats.

It don't get better than this.

Going Up The River

While members of Congress are caught up in a non-scandal about Mark Foley and text messaging, news continues to roll out about a crook in their midst. It's starting to look like Foley is a planned diversion:
Reid to reimburse campaign for donations
John Solomon, The Associated Press

Washington - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives in an upscale condominium. Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.

Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid's office said Monday his lawyers had approved them but he nonetheless was personally reimbursing his campaign for the $3,300 he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence. (
What you'll want to pay closest attention to in that story is the phrase, "Federal election law bars ..."

This comes on the heels of another potentially illegal mess Reid has been found to be up to his ears in:
Reid also announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal, highlighted in an AP story last week, that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004 for property he hadn't personally owned in three years.
He made a million bucks on property he didn't own. That kinda cries out for some FBI answers.

Sounds like the makings of a movie sequel: When Harry Met Bubba In The Federal Pen...