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Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Christmas Spirit

I made my first of many donations this season to the Salvation Army bell-ringers the other day. I'm not telling you this because I need your approbation, but I'm hoping you'll go out of your way to do the same. My favorite charitable organization needs all the help it can get this time of year.

Make that one of two favorites:
Scouting for food
News Channel 11 Staff Reports

Tri-Cities boyscouts collected thousands of cans of food for the hungry this weekend. Thanks to the generosity of many communities in the area, thousands of people won't go hungry this winter.

Scouts were up early this morning collecting food bags they had left at homes last Saturday.

The annual "Scouting for Food" campaign is one good deed that these scouts truly believe in.

Around 200,000 cans of food were collected in the Tri-Cities last year. (link)
On that Christmas list you're preparing, along with the $300 Playstation 3 for Johnny and that new $2,000 high-definition flat-screen Sony television for Bud, add a teddy bear for the Salvation Army to donate to a child in need. Or better yet, write a check. It's what Christmas is all about.

Santa Comes To Appalachia

I sat next to a gentleman from Hampton Roads on a flight into Norfolk last week who was raised in Bland County but had moved away many years before. When he found out I live in Bland and I found out he was originally from here, we talked the entire trip about local families and landmarks. Interestingly, in the course of our discussion, he asked about this annual event:
Santa Train comes through Tri-Cities region
News Channel 11 Staff Reports

Santa made an early visit through the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia today.

The Santa Train rolled down the tracks through Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee delivering gifts to thousands of families.

The train has been making this trip for 64 years.

Many families we spoke with had been coming to the train for more than 50 years and were now bringing their children and grandchildren. (

Fond memories held dear by generations of Southwest Virginians, of a train bearing Santa and his gifts of joy at Christmas. Tis the season.

Quote Of The Day

John Edwards is mulling another presidential run two years hence. [Edwards] styles himself an economic populist, which means that he's a zillionaire trial lawyer who is centering his campaign on attacking Wal-Mart, where millions of ordinary Americans shop. Stuff like this makes almost explicable the Democrats' decision to nominate that goofball with the Purple Heart bandages the last time around.

James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, November 17, 2006 (link)

Hide, Fool!

Here we are in the middle of muzzleloader season. I went outside a moment ago and confronted a nice-sized buck nibbling grass no more than 25 feet from my back porch. Paula and I stood there talking about him, and shouting at him, and he didn't leave. He'd raise his head, grass in mouth, jaws going in that circular motion of theirs, and then go back to eating. We finally walked back inside.

Now, unless he knew it was Sunday and that he was therefore off limits for 24 hours, he probably didn't want to make his presence so well-known. You'd think he'd instead be hiding high up on the mountain for the next month and a half. But no. He's right here in my backyard, right next to my neighbor's leased hunting ground that just yesterday was chock full of meat eaters and trophy collecters looking for just such a prize.

The words dead meat come to mind. A pity.

You Were Warned

This news will no doubt come as a shock to many of you; especially those who ate up all the horseshit these guys were shoveling:
Democrats Split on How Far to Go With Ethics Law
By David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times

Washington, Nov. 18 — After railing for months against Congressional corruption under Republican rule, Democrats on Capitol Hill are divided on how far their proposed ethics overhaul should go.

Sweeping change ... may be a tough sell within the party.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who will oversee any proposal as the incoming chairwoman of the Rules Committee, for example, said she was opposed to an independent Congressional ethics watchdog.

Other Democratic lawmakers argued that the real ethical problem was the Republicans ... (
You voted for 'em. You live with 'em.

On Raising Kaine & Its Pursuit Of Credibility

The kids with keyboards over at the rabidly liberal Raising Kaine bolster my argument made yesterday that Senator John Warner should retire - sooner rather than later. Someone there named Kindler (another paid Democratic staffer?) provides our senior senator with a big wet kiss of support. That in itself should be all the evidence anyone needs.

Beyond that, I have a message for young Kindler. Call me crazy if you wish - I've been called worse on your pages - but don't ever call me a Republican. You're as wrong about that as you are about Warner not having his head stuck somewhere.