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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Just Another Day On Big Walker Mountain

I knew deer season had started the other day. All the gunfire around home sounded like the streets of Baghdad. But I live - so far - to tell the tale. Others haven't been quite so lucky:
Muzzleloader season off to a rocky start
Mary Beth Jackson, Staff, The Wytheville Enterprise

Three serious accidents - including one fatality - marked the start of muzzleloader season this weekend. (
Man vs. deer. So far, they've pretty much fought to a draw, it appears.

This Guy Owns SWVCC

When you drive onto the Southwest Virginia Community College campus over in Richlands, you'll come upon a building named after its president, Dr. Charles King. It's current president. If I'm not mistaken, the only president the college has ever had. That's how closely associated the man is to the school. And he'll be missed:
SwVCC's King honored at country club reception
Jim Talbert, Richlands News-Press/Clinch Valley News

Tazewell County business and community leaders got the chance to show their appreciation to Charles King Thursday.The Tazewell County Council honored the retiring president of Southwest Virginia Community College with a reception at the Tazewell County Country Club. (
Though rather diminutive in stature, don't let his height fool you. Dr. King ran a tight ship. And his work was both admired and greatly appreciated by the community and by the SWVCC staff.

Good luck to Dr. King in his future endeavors.

You Deserve This II

You wanted Democrats to take charge. You'll now deal with Democrats being in charge:

Rubin's Tax Gambit
Wall Street Journal editorial

That was fast. A mere two days after Democrats capture Congress claiming they wouldn't raise taxes, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin tells them they should do so anyway.

"You cannot solve the nation's fiscal problems without increased revenues," declared Mr. Rubin, the Democratic Party's leading economic spokesman, in a speech last Thursday. (link)

Raising tax revenue to these guys is the only answer to "the nation's fiscal problems." Make no mistake. You voted to have your taxes raised.

So celebrate.

A Soon-To-Be Flawed Study

In the "If you believe this, I've got a bridge in Arizona to sell you" category:
Breast Cancer Risk Linked To Red Meat, Study Finds
By Rob Stein, Washington Post Staff Writer

Younger women who regularly eat red meat appear to face an increased risk for a common form of breast cancer, according to a large, well-known Harvard study of women's health.

The study of more than 90,000 women found that the more red meat the women consumed in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the greater their risk for developing breast cancer fueled by hormones in the next 12 years. Those who consumed the most red meat had nearly twice the risk of those who ate red meat infrequently. (
How many times have we seen the release of a "study" like this only to see another come out a few years later knocking it down? Dozens probably.

So let me write the headline for November 14, 2011:

Exhaustive Study Finds No Link Between Red Meat, Breast Cancer
You read it here first.

A Well-Deserved Tribute

I'm big on memorials and monuments (though some efforts can be disappointingly hollow). And I can think of no one more deserving of a commemoration to stand for all time in our nation's capital than this towering figure of the 20th century:
Memorial for 'a great man' started
By Arlo Wagner, The Washington Times

President Bush joined icons of the civil rights movement in paying tribute yesterday to Martin Luther King at the groundbreaking for his memorial on the Mall. (
Martin Luther King, Jr. arguably had more influence on the attitudes and fundamental values of the average American than did any other human being in the last century. This is, and should be, a great tribute to a true American hero.

This Is Rather Bizarre

This headline in the Washington Times caught my eye this morning:

Female voters played key role in midterms
I thought: Hmm. Let's see if the statistics show a dramatic shift of female voters to the Democratic Party in last week's election.

But there are no stats. None. Only some quotes from feminists (although the article wasn't a total waste of our time; I found out there are still some feminists out there) saying how essential they were (all 27 of them) to the Democratic victory.

Is it unreasonable to expect a few facts to back up a headline? Without supporting numbers, the following are equally true:

One-legged voters played key role in midterms
and ...

Blind tranvestite voters played key role in midterms
and ...

Blonde floozies played key role in midterms
and ...

Short syphilitic overweight left-handed pimple-faced scab-encrusted cross-dressing sartorially-challenged voters played key role in midterms

and ...

GOP Reform? Guess Again.

So how does the Republican Party respond to its stunning loss in the recent election? By giving us more of the same:
Florida's Martinez tapped for RNC chief
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, co-author of a bill to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, has been picked by White House strategist Karl Rove to be general chairman of the Republican National Committee, RNC officials confirmed yesterday. (

If I was a betting man, I'd say Martinez was picked purely because of the color of his skin. The GOP fared poorly amongst Hispanics last Tuesday so ... we need to promote an Hispanic!

The problem with this warped thinking is that it didn't work in the Maryland senate race and it didn't work in the Pennsylvania governor's race and it didn't work in the Ohio governor's race. But it'll make a difference to the voters when they see that the GOP has a minority cheerleader?

For the love of God.

Kill The Elderly

Why do liberal churches even exist?
Outrage as Church backs calls for severely disabled babies to be killed at birth
By Neil Sears, London Daily Mail

The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die.

... the Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, who is the vice chair of the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council, has ... argued that the high financial cost of keeping desperately ill babies alive should be a factor in life or death decisions.

The shock[ing] new policy from the church has caused outrage among the disabled. (
All you old people out there who are now or will soon be a costly burden on our economy should be very very afraid.

This "church" holds that a human being's worth should be determined based upon his or her cost to society.

I wonder what Jesus has to say about that?

Ethics Rules Only Apply To The GOP

The Democrats rode to victory last week in part by pinning the label of "the party of corruption" on the Republicans. Of course they had plenty of help from their buddies in the mainstream press, and the GOP, in fact, earned it.

Now that the Dems have won, though, ethics and corruption no longer seem to be important issues. Take the case of John Murtha, who came ever so close to going to the slammer in the famous ABSCAM scandal:
Backing This Hopeful for No. 2 Job Is Risky for Incoming House Speaker
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Washington, Nov. 13 — The intensifying fight for the No. 2 Democratic leadership job in the House is evolving into an early test of the power of the incoming House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, after her decision to throw her public support behind Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania.

But Mr. Murtha is also coming under the spotlight on another subject that dominated the campaign: Congressional ethics. He has had family members who lobbied on issues under his control, and he was caught up in the Abscam corruption scandal more than 25 years ago, though he was never charged.

She and her allies have also taken the view that Mr. Murtha’s scrapes regarding ethics should not be an impediment to his election. And some of his backers say the Abscam scandal of 1980 is ancient
history. (
Got that? The corrupt past of the potential number 2 man in the Democratic House leadership is "ancient history." As is every promise these thieves made to the American people just days ago.

Angry? Don't say you weren't warned.

Do As We Say, Not ...

And while we're on the subject of Republican corruption, there's this bit of news:
Junket For Democrat Corruption Crunchers
By Geoff Earle, The New York Post

November 14, 2006 -- Washington - Just two days after retaking the House and promising to end the "culture of corruption," Rep. Charles Rangel and a dozen other congressmen rubbed elbows with business leaders in sunny Panama.

They attended a conference in Panama City's luxurious $190-per-night Caesar Park hotel - which has a sauna, pool and 24-hour casino "all set in a lush tropical setting more like a resort than a business hotel," according to its Web site. (link)