Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Maybe the town of Nitro could reap extra revenue by selling tickets to city council meetings, the wildest show in the Valley. Tifney Terry of the West Virginia Wants to Know group got to keep her job as Nitro treasurer last week, after posting a surety bond, but a lawsuit seeks to remove her. Council member Bill Clark sued another West Virginia Wants to Know leader, Wanda Carney, alleging that she propositioned him — but she countersued him for slander. Clark was accused of posing as a police officer, and council member Bill Racer was charged with drunken driving. Then Clark accused council member Tim Harrison of sending nude photos of himself to Nitro women while pretending to be Clark. (link)Propositionings, pretend police, and porn.
And all our public meetings ever consist of are tiresome discussions revolving around education and roads and sewers and zoning and ...
Montgomery Co. board passes 3rd resolution against rail siteI get really annoyed when I hear people talk about the "rural character" of this area. We send Peace Corps representatives into the jungles of Zimbabwe, medicines and food in hand, to combat what we like to call "rural character," a colloquialism that, in common parlance, is known as poverty, especially by those who are big on promoting tourism, believing that it allows for the the rich folk up north to come down here and marvel at, take pictures of, and throw peanuts at the rural characters.
By Paul Dellinger, The Roanoke Times
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors ... [passed] a third resolution saying it is against Norfolk Southern Corp. putting its intermodal terminal at Elliston.
The board has already passed resolutions against the Elliston site, on Sept. 24 and Oct. 23. This one is directed at Gov. Tim Kaine, Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Commonwealth Transportation Board, asking that they deny public funds to the development of the Elliston site.
Residents of Elliston had pinned their hopes on the ordinance at least delaying NS' taking property in the Elliston area, where they say the rail facility would ruin the rural character of the area, increase truck traffic and cause other problems. (link)
It's time these people started thinking about all their neighbors who have moved to D.C. to find work and less about the weeds, rubble, and abandoned dreams, all of which litter the landscape, that they find to be so endearing.
* Note To Virginia Tech administrators: Call me.
** Note to Wal-Mart execs: They don't want it. We do. Call me.
"We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared after her visit to Syria and her meeting with its hereditary dictator Bashar Assad last week. "We expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting peace between Israel and Syria.""The Road to Damascus," the Washington Times, April 10, 2007
The woman second in line for the presidency (after Vice President Dick Cheney) seemed to believe she was on a Henry Kissinger-like shuttle diplomacy mission from Jerusalem to Damascus.
But Henry Kissinger she ain't.
For such is the case:
On a separate note, if Hillary and Obama and Edwards are afraid of Lauren Green, how are they going to be able to deal with the likes of this guy?
Dems Snub Fox Debate
April 10, 2007 -- Washington - Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will not participate in a Democratic debate co-hosted by Fox News this fall, campaign aides said yesterday.
Their decision follows ex-North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' plans to skip the Sept. 23 event co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute and Fox. (link)
Senators Press for More Files on Removing ProsecutorsMeanwhile, we have 12 million illegal immigrants wandering our streets, our kids can't read, our troops are running out of ammunition, and our health care delivery system is crumbling.
By David Johnston, The New York Times
Washington, April 9 — Four senators said Monday that they suspected that the Justice Department had failed to turn over all relevant documents related to the dismissals of eight United States attorneys.
The department has released more than 3,000 pages of e-mail messages and other files. But, the senators wrote in a letter to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, “We are concerned that additional documents relevant to the committee’s investigations are missing or have been withheld.”
The letter expressed skepticism about whether lawmakers had all the ... (link)
And these geniuses, all duly elected, all breathtakingly well-compensated by their bosses (that would be you and me), are sifting through old emails ...
Oh, and the media elite are just fine with all this.
"We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace."
In the Islamist world, this is where that road to peace always takes us:
Italian Leader Faces New Attack on Prisoner Swap After Reported Death of Journalist’s AideYes, roundly condemned by the United States. But Pelosi and her ilk, here and in Europe, would do it again in a heartbeat. After all, their ultimate goal is "peace." Even if it only lasts for a moment. Even if it ultimately results in the deaths of far greater numbers of innocent human beings. Even if it brings about the end of western civilization.
By Peter Kiefer, The New York Times
Rome, April 9 — The government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi came under fierce attack on Monday after the Taliban said it had killed an Afghan hostage who was a colleague of the Italian journalist freed last month in a prisoner swap.
That journalist, Daniele Mastrogiacomo of La Repubblica, was freed on March 19 in exchange for five Taliban fighters released by the Afghan government. Italy had lobbied Afghanistan to make a deal. At the time, the Italian government spokesman said, “We think that the life of a person is very precious.”
But on Sunday, the Taliban said it killed Mr. Mastrogiacomo’s translator, Ajmal Naqshbandi, after failing to arrange another prisoner swap. Taliban fighters had already killed the men’s driver.
The swap that led to Mr. Mastrogiacomo’s release was roundly condemned by the United States, Britain and other allies, which argued that deals with terrorists only make civilians more vulnerable. (link)
Britain Now Says Captives Can’t Sell Their StoriesStripped to her panties. Crying himself to sleep. That oughta sell a few magazines.
By Alan Cowell, The New York Times
London, April 9 — After howls of protest from former military commanders, opposition politicians and relatives of service members who had been killed, Britain’s defense secretary, Des Browne, on Monday abruptly reversed a decision to allow some of the sailors and marines captured by Iran to sell their stories to the media.
The ban came too late to prevent 2 of the 15 captives, released last week after 14 days, from recounting their experiences in return for payment.
One of them, Leading Seaman Faye Turney, 25, the only woman in the group, said she had been stripped to her underwear, thrown into a tiny cell and had been given the impression that she was being measured for her coffin. She was also asked whether she wanted to see her 3-year-old daughter again.
Another sailor, Arthur Batchelor, 20, the youngest in the group, said he cried himself to sleep after ... (link)
Expect this story, with a full spread of risqué photos, to appear in Playboy next.
Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson must be rolling over in his grave.
Radio Host Is Suspended Over Racial RemarksAl Sharpton, a man who knows something about being a racist and a rabblerouser, sits in judgement. The world has gone mad.
By Bill Carter, The New York Times
The radio talk show host Don Imus was suspended for two weeks yesterday after the outcry over his racially disparaging remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
Mr. Imus tried to stave off calls for his resignation by appearing yesterday on a syndicated radio program that has the Rev. Al Sharpton as its host and making a more complete apology for what he said were “repugnant, repulsive, and horrible” comments.
He said he was also trying to reach out to the team, its coach and players’ parents to issue an apology.
Mr. Imus said he wanted to try to “see if they’ll forgive me and if there is something that can be established here that I can do to begin to build something positive out of this — and then who knows?”
But his job still appeared to be in jeopardy, with Mr. Sharpton and other black leaders calling for Mr. Imus to be fired, threatening ... (link)
Still, Imus had this coming for a long time. May he learn from the experience.