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Monday, June 04, 2007

'Well, I'll Swan'

That's an expression the old folks used to use. The same old folks whose homes didn't have closets or indoor plumbing. No electricity.

What they may have lacked in amenities, though, they made up for in craftsmanship.

News from Wytheville:
Wythe blanket chest is sold for $99,000
Antique bought at Tenn. auction by unnamed Virginian

By Wayne Quesenberry, Media General News Service

A rare, handmade Wythe County blanket chest recently sold for $99,000 at an antiques auction in Tennessee.

The piece was made in 1880 in the Black Lick community by Henry Huddle, a German craftsman.

"This was one of the finest examples of furniture that has surfaced from Wythe County," said John Case of Case Antiques in Knoxville, Tenn., who conducted the recent sale of Southern furniture, pottery and folk art.

"It still had the original finish. It was in extraordinary condition."

The blanket chest featured three painted panels, with dahlia flower and urn designs, plus two decorated circles on the top.

"It was originally built to hold blankets and quilts," Case said. "It was made at a time when houses didn't have closets." (link)
Well, I'll swan.

This reminds me of the upright wooden ice chest that I left behind when we were organizing the estate of one of Paula's deceased great aunts a number of years ago. An ice chest was a forerunner to the modern-day refrigerator, used with blocks of ice in the days before electricity was invented. I left it sitting where it had been for many years, for the new owners of her home to deal with.

I wonder what that might be worth today. As it was, we took an old pie safe that the old gal had continued to use until the day she died, that I then advertised and sold for a considerable sum.

The lesson to be learned? That old cabinet may look like junk, but get it appraised before you toss it on the trash heap. It may be a treasure. $90,000 worth of treasure.

Remembering Those Who Betrayed Us

And speaking of Brandon Bell (R-Roanoke):

Bell, Smith spar for GOP nod
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

As Virginia Senate contenders Brandon Bell and Ralph Smith head into the homestretch of their primary battle for the Republican nomination in the 22nd District, the war of words is getting hotter.

Bell said that his Republican constituents seemed concerned largely with gun issues, illegal immigration and moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

Smith has focused his campaign largely on taxes. He's accused incumbent Bell of being a "RINO" (Republican in Name Only) who portrays himself as a fiscal conservative in election years but who votes for tax increases the rest of the time.

"The guy is so deceiving," Smith said. "Every piece of material he sends out tags him as a conservative fighting for your taxes. The guy did no such thing."

While it's true that Bell did vote for a 2006 transportation bill that, had it passed, would have raised the sales tax on wholesale gasoline, the question of whether he supported Gov. Mark Warner's 2004 overhaul of the tax code is a little trickier.

Smith said Bell supported that tax increase. Bell said he opposed it but "when the vote happened, I was in Detroit, Mich., on a business trip." (link)
Accidentally not being there when the vote occurred doesn't get you off the hook, pal. Either you're in the trenches fighting for the cause or you side with those who enjoy spending the taxpayers' money. "Away on business" don't get it.

And you embarrassed yourself and shamed us with your vote on that transportation travesty.

The term RINO was invented for guys like Brandon Bell. It's time, before we face our next "crisis" in Richmond, for a fresh face. Someone who will look out for the interests of the people. and not for the interests of Richmond.

Environmentalists Are Morons

We are told that fossil fuels are the biggest scourge of the environment.
Except for all other sources of energy.
Do these guys even have a clue ...
Ill wind blows for energy source

Associated Press - Birds and bats have a powerful advocate in the new Congress, and he is making the wind-energy industry nervous.

Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is pushing legislation that would more strictly regulate wind energy to protect birds, bats and other types of wildlife that are killed when they fly into the giant turbines.

Wind-energy advocates say the bill could cripple the burgeoning industry and have branded the measure as "anti-wind."

A release from the American Wind Energy Association last month said Mr. Rahall's plan could "essentially outlaw" the generation of electricity from new wind power plants in the United States. (link)
Rahall represents the district just west of Bland in southern West Virginia, the heart of eastern underground coal mining. So he might be forgiven for pulling a stunt like this. Politics and all that.

But he's also a Democrat. And Democrats are supposed to be good environmentalists. Attacking wind energy subverts the effort to replace fossil fuel energy use. Doesn't it?

But then he's also a Democrat. Which means he doesn't necessarily have to make sense.

Get Out Of The U.N.!

One expects to hear such pleas from an outspoken flamethrower like me. But from a nationally renowned columnist ...

Walk away from the United Nations
By Nat Hentoff, The Washington Times

In one of its series of editorials, "Your U.N. at Work," the May 19-20 Wall Street Journal said: "It's a shame the U.S. didn't respond to the outcome of these two 'leadership' elections (including Zimbabwe heading the Development Commission) and walk away from both of these useless U.N. outfits." It makes much more sense for us to walk away from the United Nations itself, period. There are other organizations that with more help from us and other concerned nations can feed the hungry and provide medical aid for those in need around the world. But Eleanor Roosevelt's dream of the United Nations serving as an international beacon of human rights has become a nightmare of millions of people's betrayed hopes. (link)
" ... a nightmare of millions of people's betrayed hopes."

The U.N. no longer has a mission, other than to prop up third world thugs and to enrich the U.N. bureaucracy and its leadership. Oh and, lest we forget, to attack the USA at every turn.

And we fund the damn thing.

It's long past time to get out and leave the garbage heap to the rats that thrive there.

The Upside

This is an interesting twist. As everyone now knows, the GOP has abandoned its base. But that doesn't mean the base has abandoned its party. Because there's the party, and then there's the Party:
Opposition to illegals bill aiding grass-roots GOP
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

President Bush's immigration bill is hurting fundraising by the Republican National Committee, but fierce grass-roots opposition to the legislation is helping several state Republican parties.

Tina Benkiser, chairwoman of the Republican Party in the president's home state of Texas, says raising money has been successful "in large part to our principled stance against illegal immigration." Since the beginning of 2006, when substantial immigration debate began, she says, "the Republican Party of Texas has experienced an exponential increase in direct-mail donations from supporters statewide." (link)
This is a fascinating development. While national Republicans go out of their way to offend Republicans with their ill-considered sellout of conservative principles (law and order, remember that concept?) (read about Ken Mehlman and Jeb Bush trying to make you out to be idiots here), local GOP organizations now thrive because of them. Despite them. In opposition to them.

Peggy Noonan, it seems clear, was right.
Now conservatives and Republicans are going to have to win back their party. They are going to have to break from those who have already broken from them. This will require courage, serious thinking and an ability to do what psychologists used to call letting go. This will be painful, but it's time. It's more than time.
Based on the reports now coming in, that time has come.

I Wouldn't Get Too Excited

I will turn to the Weather Channel probably every day to check the local weather radar. It seems that I read somewhere that it is one of the most popular cable channels in America. For that reason. People want to know what the weather is going to be today.

What they don't necessarily want is a lecture. But a lecture we are sometimes expected to endure.

Thank God for the remote:

Everybody Talks About the Weather; All of a Sudden, It’s Controversial
By Maria Aspan, The New York Times

The daily weather forecast is rarely controversial, but the broader topic of climate change has generated no end of debate.

As the network has seen its primary subject turn into a hot-button issue, it has had to grapple with how it wants to address it — and has decided not to tread gingerly.

“We have a point of view, and we think it’s really important to articulate why it’s happening. Secondarily, it’s good business,” said Ms. Wilson, the network president. “Many consumers want to know, ‘What should I do?’ ”

The lightning rod for controversy, so to speak, is Heidi Cullen, the network’s resident climate expert.

Dr. Cullen, a tiny woman who speaks with conviction, said she believed that people were “finally seeing climate connected to weather,” but that a lot of information still needs to be disseminated. “If you turn on the local forecast, you wouldn’t necessarily know that global warming exists,” she said.
Not only do we get a lecture when all we want is the weather forecast, but we are portrayed as idiots to boot.

We "finally see climate connected to weather" and we didn't know that global warming exists prior to her invading a previously tolerable broadcast because enlightened people like Dr. Cullen hadn't run it down our throats when we turned to the local news to get ... news, weather, and sports. In Cullen's eyes, we have to turn to the Weather Channel in order to get a dose of left-wing fright.

Who's the idiot here?

The Courts Didn't Order Him To Be Starved To Death?

Man wakes from 19-year coma

A Marked Man

Last time I saw that glare, Vince Foster was found with a vent hole in his brainpan. You might want to watch your back there, Pretty Boy.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Times.

And That's a Bad Thing?

The New York Times seems to think so:

Romney’s Political Fortunes Tied to Riches He Gained in Business

In my mind, that's a whole lot more honorable and praiseworthy than having your political fortunes tied to your husband's political fortunes. But that's only me.

Actually Enemy No. 2 Behind Osama bin Ladin

Bloomberg Cast as Enemy No. 1 of Gun Rights Advocates