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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Abdul Meets His 72 Virgins In Heaven

Not exactly what he expected.

Don't Make Us Come Over There

We lost out on so much fun and excitement when our wayward western counties decided to go their own way - in 1862. From a news dispatch appearing in the Charleston (WV) Gazette this morning:
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 ...

We Don't Want No Stinking Jobs

We'd better hope Virginia Tech continues its fabulous growth. Otherwise, with the attitude portrayed by the local Montgomery County citizenry toward economic development, they're going to be in a world of hurt when Tech moves lock, stock, and barrel to Bland County, where all development - and the jobs that come with it - are welcome with open arms* **:

Montgomery Co. board passes 3rd resolution against rail site
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)
I 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.

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.

Quote Of The Day

From Michael Barone:
"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 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.
"The Road to Damascus," the Washington Times, April 10, 2007

A Message Being Sent

I wonder if the executives at CBS pause and reflect when they read the news that the Democratic contenders for the presidency in 2008 would rather avoid the challenging environment created by Fox News and would instead prefer to frolic in the warm, friendly, inviting, non-hostile surroundings established by themselves and their pals in the old media.

For such is the case:

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)

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?

The Do-Nothing Congress. Act II.

They are getting absolutely nothing done. But they do know how to grab headlines:

Senators Press for More Files on Removing Prosecutors
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)
Meanwhile, 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.

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.

Here's What It Gets You

Nancy Pelosi, like all muddleheaded Democrats, thinks she can negotiate with terrorists. On her recent visit to Syria, she gave this reason for her having gone before the one man most responsible for supplying weapons to the jihadists who are killing American men and women in the streets of Baghdad, with hat in hand and earnest entreaty in her voice:

"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 Aide
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)
Yes, 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.

This Could Have Been Us

Had the Clintons not been stopped in their tracks, had they not been put in their place early on in their attempt to remake the United States military into a social services organization, the saga playing out in the once-renowned Royal Navy could be us. The latest in this sorry tale:
Britain Now Says Captives Can’t Sell Their Stories
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)
Stripped to her panties. Crying himself to sleep. That oughta sell a few magazines.

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.

Imus In Full Grovel Mode

I have to say, after all the years of listening to this guy on the radio cutting other people to shreds with ridicule and condescension, there is something particularly assuasive about radio shock jock Don Imus playing the supplicant:
Radio Host Is Suspended Over Racial Remarks
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)
Al Sharpton, a man who knows something about being a racist and a rabblerouser, sits in judgement. The world has gone mad.

Still, Imus had this coming for a long time. May he learn from the experience.