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Sunday, November 05, 2006

The First Of Many

A "liberal blogger" has been handcuffed and hauled away. One can only guess which one of many who have comported themselves so poorly this election season it could be. Turns out it's that "law student" supporter of James Webb:

Blogger handcuffed at George Allen rally
By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press Writer

WEYERS CAVE, Va. - A liberal blogger who was manhandled by supporters of Sen. George Allen this week was handcuffed by authorities and escorted from another rally Saturday after an Allen backer claimed the man pushed him to the ground.

Mike Stark told The Associated Press that sheriff's deputies detained and released him. He was not charged.

"I'll own this town," Stark, a first-year University of Virginia law student, was overheard telling sheriff's deputies as he was led away from the rally at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. (
I've come to believe these lefty bloggers are a bunch of beanbrains. Stories like this prove me right.

A Zero Sum Game

A point to be made about the wildly popular argument that we need to divert precious funds so that we can cool the planet - the poor will suffer:

The real climate catastrophe
By Paul Driessen, The Washington Times

Our planet is again warming slightly, and the weather keeps taking unexpected turns. Many scientists say this is hardly unprecedented, cause for alarm, or proof that humans are now the dominant factor in climate change.

Four times, mile-thick ice sheets smothered Europe and North America. A thousand years ago, Vikings raised crops and cattle in Greenland. Four centuries later, the Norsemen were frozen out by the Little Ice Age, and priests performed exorcisms on glaciers advancing toward Swiss villages. The globe warmed in 1850-1940, cooled for the next 35 years, then warmed slightly again.

Detroit experienced six snowstorms in April 1868, frosts in August 1869, a 98-degree heat wave in June 1874, and ice-free lakes in January 1877. Wisconsin's record high of 114 degrees in July 1936 was followed five years later by a record July low of 46. In 1980, five years after Newsweek's "new little ice age" cover story, Washington, D.C. endured 67 days above 90 degrees.

The Southern Hemisphere has not warmed in the past 25 years. Interior Greenland and Antarctica are gaining ice mass, not losing it. Gulf Stream circulation has not slowed. And the U.S. is yet to be hit by a major hurricane in 2006.

Simply put, nothing suggests that predominantly human influences have suddenly supplanted the natural forces that clearly caused climate and weather cycles in past centuries. Yet, many still demand immediate action to prevent future climate change.

Few appreciate how costly such actions would be, especially for the world's poorest citizens. (
I can tell you when I came to view environmentalism as being a grave menace. I was watching CNN's Crossfire a number of years ago and a then-senator from Colorado was arguing that we had to do something about ozone depletion, in spite of the fact that there was no credible evidence that the ozone was depleting. The senator, in all seriousness, replied, "We can't wait. By then it will be too late."

We can't wait for proof that a problem exists. We have to act to prevent it. That, my friends, is dangerous. And half-crazy.

Which brings us to those millions of people, many of them learned professionals, who advocate that we divert funds from feeding and clothing the poor to prevent a problem that doesn't exist and may never exist and if it exists, may not be a bad thing.

That's why I say, once again, all scientists must die.

A Message To All Tyrants

The Democrats are going to be really upset when they hear about this:
Saddam Hussein Is Sentenced to Death
By The Associated Press

Baghdad, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to death by hanging for war crimes in the 1982 killings of 148 people in the town of Dujail, as the former leader, trembling, shouted "God is great!"

As he, his half brother and another senior official in his regime were convicted and sentenced to hang, Saddam yelled out ... (
Actually it no longer matters what he yelled out. Saddam Hussein's carcass is soon to be tossed onto that trash heap of history. This is a day to rejoice.

Hurricane Appalachia

The following article originally appeared in the Roanoke Times on Thursday, September 28, 2006

The way of Appalachia
By Jerry Fuhrman

Hurricane Katrina ripped into the Gulf shore a little more than a year ago, bringing devastation, widespread hardship and at least a thousand deaths to the area. Since that day, President Bush has made a total of 13 trips to the Gulf to check on the progress of the recovery effort. From his latest visit, a particular quote stands out: "We have a duty to help the local people recover."

And help we did. According to the Wall Street Journal, the federal government has now allocated $122.5 billion for reconstruction. New Orleans in particular, for too long awash in contaminated flood water, is now awash in cash.

Meanwhile here in Southwest Virginia, particularly in the Appalachian coal counties along the Kentucky and West Virginia borders, where there are also large swaths of devastation and widespread hardship, we await with eager anticipation the president's next visit and heartfelt words of encouragement. And maybe our own $122.5 billion.

Shoot, we'd be tickled to experience his first visit. Even a telegram. A message in a bottle. Nobody's holding his breath, though. It's Appalachia after all, where devastation and widespread hardship are accepted as being, well, the way Appalachia is.

I wonder what the town of Pocahontas, over in Tazewell County, could do with a billion or two. They might be able to tear down and haul away the rubble that was once whole blocks of beautiful homes. Or Raven, where King Coal abdicated his throne a long time ago and moved to Wyoming. The folks there might be able to get decent roads and a new sewer system. Those residents of Lee County who draw their drinking water from a pipe protruding from a mountain seam might be able to get 19th century technology installed. The opportunities abound.

At the Bland Ministry Center, in another Appalachian community that struggles as well in the aftermath of the same hurricane, where one of the area's largest crowds to ever assemble routinely gathered in an abandoned car lot and shoveled sweet potatoes from a huge pile that had been dumped there for poor people to toss into sacks and boxes and take home to their hungry children, what could the ministry do with some of that $122.5 billion? Or $122 for that matter.

I've wondered on occasion what might happen if the Baptists there painted the word "SUPERDOME" across the front of the abandoned textile factory next door and positioned poor folks on its rooftop, shouting and waving to passing air traffic, holding signs that read, "HELP!" There are even some black families up the way that could be enlisted for the endeavor. We could make it a racial thing. And watch the billions pour in.

In lieu of federal largesse, the needs of the Bland Ministry Center not withstanding, we could use, more than anything else, a whole lot more employers. Jobs. And with them, a future for our children. Hope.

Which makes the news coming out of the hurricane recovery effort going on down in Mississippi and Louisiana all the more frustrating. Our government is providing fabulous tax incentives to companies that make a commitment to invest in the hurricane-stricken area and is sheltering businesses there from an array of government regulations. Millions and millions in tax breaks. Moratoria on taxes. Tax credits. Tax exempt bonds. On and on.

What might Rowe Furniture and Webb Furniture and Pulaski Furniture and Hooker Furniture and Stanley Furniture and Thomasville Furniture and Vaughan Furniture and Bassett Furniture Industries have done with similar tax breaks, had they been offered, before all these Southwest Virginia employers closed facilities forever and fired employees? Think of the countless number of businesses and innumerable jobs that would come to the area if conditions were created such that profits could be maximized and growth opportunities were assured. Why, we might be able to compete with Guatemala and New Guinea for the first time in years.

People who flock to the ministry center for free hair cuts, free food, free clothing, and free dental work could actually start paying their way. They could begin contributing to the community. And they could offer their children hope.

As that politician said, "We have a duty to help the local people recover."

As the Baptists say, "Amen to that."