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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

You Made Your Bed. Now Lie In It.

So the downtown area will continue to decline.

And Wal-Mart will locate its Superstore just outside the town limits.

And Blacksburg won't get one dime of tax revenue from the project.

Way to go, fellas:
Blacksburg Town Council passes ordinance
By Tonia Moxley, The Roanoke Times

Blacksburg — It’s unanimous. Developers who want to build retail buildings larger than 80,000 square feet in Blacksburg must submit their plans to Town Council for an extra layer of review.

But such ordinances don’t necessarily block Wal-Marts or other big-boxes from moving into a community. In October, Roanoke County supervisors approved such a permit for a Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for the Clearbrook area. (link)
Not to mention the fact that this ordinance is illegal as hell. "Equal protection" and all that.

But beyond that, what have the council members and advocacy groups really accomplished? They've certainly assured the acceleration of the problem with downtown business vacancies, which will bring about a decline in local tax revenue, which will bring about cutbacks in public services, which will lead to more decline, which will lead to more vacancies ...

So celebrate. You got your way. Consumers, when that Wal-Mart is built a mile down the street, just outside town, will have to drive an extra minute to get their groceries. Break out the bubbly.

Sometimes the smartest people can be just plain stupid.

So Much For That Crisis

Remember, not long ago, how the commonwealth of Virginia was in a transportation budget crisis of monumental concern? That VDOT was having to make draconian cutbacks in order to fill our millions of potholes? That we had to raise a myriad of taxes in order to improve the state's crumbling highway system?

It was all a lie. Obviously:
VDOT to earn eco-credits with habitat project
By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times

Along a busy, two-lane stretch of U.S. 220 in Botetourt County that needs widening for safety, the Virginia Department of Transportation is poised to spend millions without improving a single inch of the road.

The highway department is plowing ground on a grand scale to form a habitat for plants, insects and wildlife, complete with a meandering stream.

It represents a $3.2 million outlay to be used not on U.S. 220, but in a low-lying cornfield beside it that the state bought for $425,000. (link)
Our department of transportation bought a cornfield. For half a million dollars. On which VDOT is going to spend $3,200,000. A corn field. In a remote corner of the state.

Don't speak to me ever again about a transportation budget crisis. A transportation leadership crisis maybe. But there is obviously no budget problem.

A Chicken In Every Pot And a Car In Every Garage ...

To think, millions of Americans will think this possible:

Obama Calls for Wider and Less Costly Health Care Coverage

To those who buy into such lunacy, I have a bridge in Alaska I'll sell you ...

Gingrich Deserves This

As much as it pains me to reprint this garbage, Newt Gingrich has brought this kind of criticism on himself. From the enlightened doorknobs over at the Charleston (WV) Gazette:

Running for the GOP nomination for president (*1), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has launched a crusade against “secularism,” the lack of religion (*2) . In his commencement address at evangelist Jerry Falwell’s fundamentalist Liberty University, Gingrich warned that “radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive. ... This anti-religious bias must end.” But Gingrich is an unlikely champion of piety, since he was having an extramarital affair while he led the impeachment (*3) of President Clinton for [having had] (*4) an extramarital affair. Gingrich also served divorce papers on his wife as she lay [in a bed in a room] (*5) in a cancer ward. How can he pose as a hero for religion? [how does one pose as a hero?] (*6) (link)
Everything Gingrich said is absolutely correct. And we thank him for saying it.

Problem is, he talks the talk but, by cheating on his wife all those many years ago, he didn't walk the walk. For that he deserves to be bitchslapped by the illiterate lowlifes over at the Gazette. How humiliating. For all of us.

*1 Newt isn't a candidate for president.
*2 Secularism is not "the lack of religion." Secularism is a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations.
*3 Can this sentence be any more butchered? Try, for the sake of clarity, and accuracy: "But Gingrich is an unlikely champion of piety virtue, since he was having an extramarital affair at the very time that he was leading the effort to impeach then President Clinton for an extramarital affair having lied to a grand jury.
*4 English 101
*5 For the sake of accuracy, Gingrich's wife was probably reclining in a bed, not sprawled across the ward floor, as is implied.
*6 Gibberish. Gibberish.

We Should Have Seen This Coming

Just as I am holding back these days before endorsing a particular presidential candidate until I get to know each of them - as well as their positions on the critical issues of the day - a whole lot better (yes, I've written off McCain and Giuliani), I was doing the same back in 2000, looking for a solid conservative to replace the slimeball who was then using the White House as his personal House of Debauchery, but not wanting to commit to a particular candidate too prematurely.

Like most everyone else, I thought George W. Bush was an attractive prospect at the time. Great résumé. Good on taxes. Good on business and growth. Good on abortion. Great on America's place in the world.

But right in the middle of the campaign, a gray cloud appeared. Bush went out of his way to attack us - conservatives - for being too callous; that we came across sometimes as being bigoted knuckle-draggers.

George Bush liked to think of himself, you may remember, as being more of a "compassionate conservative," whatever that was. Nobody was sure, but to me it sounded too much like something a Democrat would say.

So I voted for Alan Keyes.

My concerns about Bush's "conservatism" at the time are proving to be well-founded. Today's sad news:
Bush Takes On Conservatives Over Immigration
By Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times

Glynco, Ga., May 29 — President Bush took on parts of his conservative base on Tuesday by accusing opponents of his proposed immigration measure of fear-mongering to defeat its passage in Congress.

“If you want to scare the American people, what you say is the bill’s an amnesty bill,” Mr. Bush said at a training center for customs protection agents and other federal agents here in southeastern Georgia. “That’s empty political rhetoric trying to frighten our citizens.”

It was some of Mr. Bush’s toughest language as he started an intensified effort to build support for the compromise bill in the Senate. (link)
For six years we've been begging this guy to fight back against the savage attacks that have been leveled -relentlessly - at him by the Democrats. But he's consistently shunned the down-and-dirty. That "compassionate" thing, one can only guess.

Until now.

He finally has fire in the belly. He's on the attack. And we conservatives are his targets.

Well, to coin a phrase, bring it on, big boy. We are finally coming to understand where your sympathies lie. You join John McCain and Ted Kennedy in their ever-recurring assault on America's traditional values. We welcome the debate. Let's have at it.

As Sun Tzu famously said, many centuries ago: "If you know both yourself and your enemy, you will come out of one hundred battles with one hundred victories."

When it comes to the illegal immigration amnesty debate, we now know who our enemy is. To coin another phrase: "Goodbye, George. We hardly knew ye."

We've Lost Our Minds

While we race pell-mell to give amnesty to the 12 million foreigners - mostly Mexicans - in our midst whose first act upon entering the USA was to mock our way of life by breaking the law, and to make room for the next 12 million that are lining up at the border, we get, in return, derision:
Booing Miss USA
By Michelle Malkin, writing in the New York Post

May 30, 2007 -- The United States government is on the verge of approving a mass amnesty to millions of illegal aliens - a plan pushed aggressively by meddling Mexican officials who reap billions of dollars in remittances (illegal aliens' earnings sent back to Mexico) without having to lift a finger to clean up their own country.

And the thanks we get? Internationally televised public humiliation.

On Monday night, the beautiful young woman who represented America in the Miss Universe pageant was booed and mocked as she competed on stage in Mexico City.

Rachel Smith, 22, did her best to respond with grace and dignity ... (link)
Even more galling, there'll be no response to this disgrace and humiliation from our White House. Bush instead thinks he has a bigger problem with American conservatives.

How long are we going to put up with this?

How To Win Customers

Treat 'em like dirt:

Overbooking, Bumped Fliers and No Plan B
By Jeff Bailey, The New York Times

Phoenix — The summer travel season is under way, and so many planes are expected to be full that, if you are bumped, you could end up waiting days for a seat on another flight to the same destination.

The number of fliers bumped against their will is expected to reach a high for the decade this year.

Those environmentally friendly bicycles are looking really good about now.

In any other industry, Fuhrman's first rule of corporate governance would apply: That company, no matter the business channel, that truly makes the customer its first priority will not only lead that industry, it will be that industry.

One industry excepted.