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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Yeah, That's Ever So Important To Us Too

Our new senator paid us a visit yesterday. To learn all about the issues that are important to us here in Southwest Virginia. Issues that all revolve around four things; jobs, jobs, jobs, and the development of an ecological cycle with carbon dioxide emissions. Well, one out of the four anyway. And about that fourth one ...

... huh?

Beats me. You figure out what the hell he's talking about:

Webb gets crash course on coal
Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier

In his first visit to Southwest Virginia since his election in November, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb took a crash course in coal.

Webb began Monday by attending a breakfast with members of the Eastern Coal Council, who gave Webb an overview of the coal and gas industry in Virginia and technology in the works.

“When I proceed to legislative decisions, I like to start with understanding the concepts,” Webb said. [now there's an idea, but why should he be different from his Democratic colleagues?]

“If we can develop an ecological cycle with carbon dioxide emissions, we have something we can expand without harming the environment, and that’s really where we need to be.” (link)
"Really where we need to be."

Some of us here in Southwest Virginia might have a different idea as to where we need to be, Jimbo. Many of us have this quirky need to be employed, for starters. And we need to think we'll be employed this time tomorrow. And some of us who had to move to Dallas to find work need to be back here with our families.

But then we're not focused on the big picture, like you are.

You continue to think about such things as ecological cycles with carbon dioxide emissions (beats thinking about porn) and we'll think about feeding the kids.

When are you going back north?

I Know It's Unethical But I Need The Money

Creigh Deeds (D-Rose Law Firm) has a future in the Virginia Democratic Party, to be sure. And not just because he came ever so close to being our Attorney General not long ago.

He could even set his sights higher if he wanted to. The DNC has his name written all over it. He could provide ethics counseling to Hillary Clinton as she makes her way toward her coronation, should he wish.

Or maybe he got his ethics lessons from her and the Slickster; hard to say, what with this bit of developing scandal:
Invitation to Mischief
Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial

The Virginia State Bar has proposed changing a rule that prohibits state lawmakers from working in law firms that lobby the General Assembly. Weakening this ethics rules is not in the best interest of citizens of the commonwealth.

State Sen. Creigh Deeds sparked a debate over the rule when he joined a law firm with a lobbying practice. He says he needs the steady stream of income that employment at a law firm can provide if he wants to continue his quest for statewide office.

For the better part of a century Virginia has run one of the nation's cleanest state governments by going above and beyond minimal efforts merely to look pristine. Rules such as this one don't just guard against the appearance of impropriety, they help to prevent it outright.

Brian Moran [D-Fairfax], ...begged for a higher standard: "It would damage all of us in the legislature to have that potential stink." (link)

Stink. Good choice of words.

Yes, Creigh Deeds has a bright future in the Democratic Party. For this rising star, the only way is up.

What's This 'They,' Kimosabe?

Senator Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell) is proving himself to be a forever-backbencher in the state legislature. Picked for the conference committee that is currently trying to hammer out a deal with regard to the ongoing transportation funding battle that revolves around whether or not our taxes here in Southwest Virginia are going to be raised so the wealthy folks up in Fairfax can get to work in D.C. without having to endure their chocolate mocha lattes going cold, because their highways are too congested, because none of the genteel natives living there would be caught dead taking the bus, because buses are notorious for having real human beings riding them, dirty ones at that, Puckett showed us his level of leadership capabilities with these words of unfathomed wisdom:

"What are they going to do about that general fund money? Until they do, there's no deal." (link)

Noun: deal deel
1. An agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
2. bargain

Pronoun: they dhey
1. Everyone in the room other than Phil Puckett

Phil, "they" is you, pal. Are you going to be a participant in the "deal" or are you going to wait for others to do it for you?

We're Still Battling Over The Apology?

A simple yet intellectually penetrating We're sorry as all git-out just ain't gonna do. So the controversy over whether we are going to be contrite or perhaps regretful - profoundly regretful! - still goes on in Richmond:

Committee flip-flops on slavery-apology bills
By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

The game plan designed to reach a compromise on the slavery-apology resolution almost got derailed in the Senate Rules Committee yesterday.

The Senate was expected to adopt a tougher resolution expressing the state's contrition for slavery, while the House of Delegates was expected to adopt a milder version expressing profound regret for slavery. The measure then was expected to go to a conference committee to settle differences between the two bodies.

But the Rules Committee adopted the milder version instead, which would have prevented a conference committee.

Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta, said he preferred the language in the House version, and the committee agreed. (link)

Good Lord.

I think there are apologies in order, all right. From all these jokers who are wasting their time and the considerable amount of money we pay them to get honest-to-God problems solved.

For The Record

When the transportation budget deal goes down in flames in Richmond - again - let it be noted for the record who it is that is out front advocating its demise:
In Va., a Last-Ditch Effort At Finding Roads Accord
By Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writer

Richmond, Feb. 19 -- A small group of Virginia lawmakers began a final round of negotiations Monday on a transportation deal that could fix the state's roads without taking money from other core services such as health care, public safety and education.

That could prove to be a difficult task as the six delegates and five senators work to appease colleagues in the House and Senate.

... several senators who oppose the use of $250 million in general funds for transportation said that they are willing to go home empty-handed if that's what it takes to protect the state's other core services.

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said he does not expect a single Democrat in the Senate to vote to transfer that amount of money to transportation, even if Kaine presses them to do it.

Sen. R. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) said that the $250 million transfer is "a deal breaker." (link)
If using the state's massive surplus to pay for necessary road repairs (as opposed to using it for nothing) is a bargain breaker, then let the bargain be broken.

But, before the Roanoke Times and the Washington Post resort to calling our brave House Republicans names again, and they will, make note of the party affiliation of the two that killed the deal, before it was even struck.

Well, Looks Like We Can't Go There Either

If Jihad Johnny Murtha and his frightened band of Democrats planned on "redeploying" our troops to North Africa, it appears they are going to have to rethink their "plan." There are terrorists there too:

North Africa Feared as Staging Ground for Terror
By Craig S. Smith, The New York Times

Tunis — The plan, hatched for months in the arid mountains of North Africa, was to attack the American and British Embassies here. It ended in a series of gun battles in January that killed a dozen militants and left two Tunisian security officers dead.

But the most disturbing aspect of the violence in this normally placid, tourist-friendly nation is that it came from across the border in Algeria, where an Islamic terrorist organization has vowed to unite radical Islamic groups across North Africa.

Counterterrorism officials on three continents say the trouble in Tunisia is the latest evidence that a brutal Algerian group with a long history of violence is acting on its promise: to organize extremists across North Africa and join the remnants of Al Qaeda into a new international force for jihad. (link)
Okinawa is looking better all the time.


Scratch India too.