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Thursday, January 18, 2007

While We Carve Out Trails To Nowhere ...

... with the desperate and forlorn hope of someday luring a handful of tourists to the area ...

... more area residents are going to be packing their bags and making the migration north to find work:
Furniture firm to close its last plant in March
Hooker Furniture's move is another 280-job setback for Martinsville.
By Ray Reed, Christina Rogers and Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

Martinsville -- Hooker Furniture gave up its last holdout against imports Wednesday, announcing its one remaining wood furniture plant will close in March.

Hooker will become fully focused on marketing the imported furniture that wiped out demand for the products its factories once made.

The plant's 280 employees will receive severance packages but no offers of employment with Hooker's other operations. Those employees represent 27 percent of the company's total work force, Hooker officials said. (link)
At least those employees who are being permanently furloughed will be comforted by the fact that a portion of their former employer's corporate tax dollars are going to be buying a remote mountain over in Washington County that will "prime our economic engine."

I can only shake my head in sadness and disbelief.

They Were Meant For Each Other

What do you do when your once-proud and once-prestigious newspaper's image is in the tank and your journalistic integrity is being challenged? You join forces with another medium icon that champions fake news stories, of course.
Area Readers Get the Joke
By Frank Ahrens, Washington Post Staff Writer

The Onion, the Gen-X satiric newspaper, is coming to Washington and will partner with The Washington Post, which will print the paper and sell local ads.

The Onion, which also maintains a Web site, will be distributed free in news boxes and by hawkers in Washington beginning ...

Founded by University of Wisconsin students in 1988, The Onion was launched in Madison and expanded online, gaining a following for its edgy parodies of the news.

For example, The Onion's home page ( http://www.theonion.com) yesterday displayed the following headline and story: "Area Family's Trip to New Hampshire Sparks Rumors of Presidential Bid." (link)
The Washington Post and The Onion. A match made in heaven.

Democrats Make My Hair Hurt

I'm sitting here in my hotel room just outside Quantico with my TV tuned to C-Span. I'm watching Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) conduct a news conference (probably taped yesterday) in which he's calling for an "international" "peace-keeping" force to be sent into war-torn Somalia.

This is the same Russ Feingold who opposed sending troops into Iraq in 2003 and has opposed our presence there ever since.

Into Somalia? Out of Iraq? Those in Iraq to be pulled out and sent in to Somalia?


Russ Feingold, another Democrat - one of many - who considers himself to be a foreign policy mastermind.

Master or otherwise, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Your Clock Is Broken

What do you do when you want to convince the world that we are on the verge of nuclear annihilation? Total atomic holocaust?

You come up with The Doomsday Clock.

What do you do when your clock has been resting at or near five minutes to doomsday for 51 years and yet the planet is doing just fine and we are all still here - and prospering?

You do a sleight-of-hand and bring in the old tried-and-true: Global warming.
'Doomsday' Clicks Closer

January 18, 2007 -- Washington - The scientists who mind the Doomsday Clock yesterday moved it two minutes closer to midnight - symbolizing the annihilation of civilization - this time adding the perils of global warming to acute nuclear threats.

The clock stands at 11:55, the first adjustment since 2002. (link)
How pathetic.

It Worked Once, But ...

Didn't Ted Kennedy use this line more than a few years ago?

How original. I wonder who handed the New York Times the headline ...

If the author wanted a more accurate header describing Osama Obama and his sudden lurch onto the national stage, he might have stolen the line used by another candidate for high office:

What Next? Adopt-a-Terrorist?

It worsens. President Bush has caved in to the Democrats on what has proven, until now, to be a very effective anti-terrorism program:
Court to Oversee U.S. Wiretapping in Terror Cases
By Eric Lichtblau and David Johnston, The New York Times

Washington, Jan. 17 — The Bush administration, in a surprise reversal, said on Wednesday that it had agreed to give a secret court jurisdiction over the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program and would end its practice of eavesdropping without warrants on Americans suspected of ties to terrorists.

The Justice Department said it had worked out an “innovative” arrangement with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that provided the “necessary speed and agility” to provide court approval to monitor international communications of people inside the United States without jeopardizing national security. (link)
We'll never know the details of the plan but it can be stated with a high degree of confidence that, with regard to "speed and agility," both were sacrificed, at least to a degree, with this compromise. Seeking prior court approval for what were previously roaming surveillance efforts that targeted specific overseas telephone numbers necessarily makes them more cumbersome and less instantaneous.

We are less safe today.

A No-Brainer

The courts wasted no time in slapping down the Democrats' hate-filled anti-Wal-Mart law in Maryland, as many of us predicted they would:
Court Rules for Wal-Mart in Maryland Suit
By Michael Barbaro, The New York Times

A federal appeals court ruled today that Maryland violated federal law when it required Wal-Mart Stores to increase spending on employee health insurance, in a decision that appears likely to end a bitter yearlong legal battle that pitted state legislators, organized labor and health care advocates against the nation’s largest retailer.

The 2-to-1 ruling by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is a major setback — if not a fatal blow — for a nascent campaign, called “fair share,” that sought to move millions of America’s working poor off of state-sponsored insurance programs, like Medicaid, and on to employer-based plans. (link)
Democrats are generally known to be grossly IQ-challenged but they outdid themselves on this one. Out of hatred toward the business community, they decided in Maryland that they could punish corporations by legislative fiat and, even worse, they singled out Wal-Mart to do it.

What these geniuses will never understand is that their efforts to help the "working poor" by legislating higher wages or more lucrative benefits always bring about higher prices for those same working poor. Always.

But the court did the Democrats a favor. Now they can tell their constituents - particularly their union bosses - that they tried. And failed.