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Friday, June 08, 2007

I Guess It Depends On Where You Live

I spent three hours last night repairing the damage to my gravel driveway that was done by a torrential downpour we received Tuesday evening.

It's at moments like these I wish I hadn't walked away from that sweet package deal on an ass-kickin' Massey Ferguson 1500 series tractor with frontloader that was calling my name down at Southwestern Equipment in Rural Retreat.

Anyway, while I try to recover from the storm damage (I live on the side of a mountain, so when we get a heavy rain, God washes my driveway to the bottom of the property and I push it back up; we have a thing ongoing in that regard) (and I'm not paying $10,000 to pave the thing), Southwest Virginia apparently suffers from a drought:

No relief in sight for farms suffering from drought
By Kacie Dingus, Kingsport Times-News

Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia farmers are more likely to see their children attempting a rain dance this season than to hear them singing, "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day," thanks to persistent drought conditions continuing to plague both regions.

Scott County's extension agent, Scott Jerrell, met with the Board of Supervisors Wednesday to request that the county be declared a disaster area due to the current drought conditions, which he'd said was a possibility ... (link)

In all seriousness, except for a few afternoon showers and the recent deluge the likes of which Moses would marvel at, it has been awfully dry around here.

And I need hay ...

Another Day. Another Bear-in-the-KFC Story

This one over in Bluefield:
Unwelcome restaurant patron returned to wild
By Bill Archer, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bluefield — A juvenile black bear found the dumpster behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Cumberland Road to be paw-lickin’ good on Wednesday, but on the following morning, he was headed for the hills in a state Division of Natural Resources portable bear trap.

“I came out here to take the trash out at about 10:30 a.m., (Wednesday morning),” Fred Perry of Bluefield, a cook at the KFC said. “I heard something knocking around some of the bricks behind the dumpster. To tell you the truth, I thought it was probably a raccoon until I looked in there and saw it was a bear. (link)
Look on the bright side. At least it wasn't one of those smelly hippies that walk the nearby Appalachian Trail; the ones that are routinely dragged from area dumpsters and turned out into the wild.

The downside: Both bears and smelly hippies are allowed to reproduce.

Let Me Rephrase That

From NewsChannel8.net:

Unless Economy Dives, Kaine Sees No Drastic Budget Cuts

In fact:

Unless Hell Freezes Over, No Budget Cuts Will Ever Occur


You can't damage that which was destroyed long ago:
Kennedy alliance costly to GOP senators
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

An immigration alliance with Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts is damaging Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham among conservative Republicans.

The damage to the two Republican senators caused by their support for Mr. Kennedy's immigration bill -- which was blocked by a Senate filibuster last night -- is especially clear in Mr. Graham's home state, scene of an early presidential primary next year.

... it was reported that Mr. Graham and Mr. McCain had first checked with Mr. Kennedy before deciding to vote with the Massachusetts Democrat on an amendment to the Senate bill.

"John McCain has always prided himself as a man who marches to the beat of a different drummer," [Tom] Tancredo told The Times yesterday. "How depressing to learn that the drummer is Ted Kennedy." (link)
These two should have known that there is not an American alive today more distrusted by conservatives than Ted Kennedy.

Of course, there is the distinct possibility that McCain and his toady know it and don't care.

Too bad. For them.

Why Pick On Veterans?

House Democrats want to add 3-cent cigarette tax for veterans

Wasn't There a Politically Correct Term For This?

Seems rather callous:
Midget Murder
By John Doyle, Erika Martinez and Todd Venezia, the New York Post

June 8, 2007 -- The short, troubled life of a drug-dealing Harlem midget came to a violent end yesterday when he was gunned down while guzzling beer and shooting dice outside a housing project.

Cops found a huge .380-caliber pistol in the waistband of little person Joshua Agard, 18, along with ... (link)
A drug-dealing Harlem midget. Now that's cold.

Can't we call him a drug-dealing Harlem little person?

Or a drug-dealing Harlem liliputian?

Or a drug-dealing Harlem munchkin?

Dwarf? Personlet? Shorty? Something?

Oops. Sorry. Wrong Groin.

Cops Raid Wrong Place, Kick Man in Groin

What Are You Trying To Do? Distract Them?

Governor declares June 6th Distracted Driving Awareness Day

CNN In Trouble Again

Fox News routinely takes a beating from those who think of themselves as being "journalists." They come across like they feel the need to wash their hands after merely uttering the words: F-o-x N-e-w-s.

And Democratic contenders for the office of President, though talking tough about how they are going to pursue Osama Bin Ladin to the ends of the Earth and hurt him bad, all run from appearances on Fox News like scared rabbits. They might get asked harsh questions, it would seem.

Meanwhile over in the lofty tower of babble known as CNN News, where "ethics" matter and "unbiased non-partisanship" reigns, proud "journalists" ply their trade. CNN, where Democrats fall all over each other to appear and be asked the really tough questions by the likes of Larry King and Paula Zahn.

CNN, where accusations of bribery again surface:
CNN's Bad New$
By Leonard Greene, The New York Post

June 8, 2007 -- The steamy e-mails that landed a CNN reporter in the news and out of a job detailed more than his adulterous affair - they revealed that the Africa correspondent apparently admitted paying militiamen to help him stage a story, according to several sources.

For months, Jeff Koinange had been dogged by allegations that in February, he paid off gunmen to put on a show for a story about Nigerian resistance.

"Of course I had to pay certain people to get the story," Koinange says, according to the e-mail.

"But everything was done in agreement with CNN and in accordance with their usual standards. But you do not get such a story without bribing . . . You have to have financial resources. But at the end, it was worth it. CNN has its story and I have my 'fame.' " (link)
For what it's worth (an estimated 16¢ at this point), CNN has issued a denial:

"CNN did not pay for or stage any part of the report," anchor John Roberts said. "CNN does not pay for interviews."

I think John Roberts is one of those "journalists."

Money Talks. Paris Walks.

God help me. I'm starting to feel sorry for her:
Paris Hilton Is Ordered Back to Court
By The Associated Press

Los Angeles (AP) -- Rarely has it been the simple life for Paris Hilton these days.

The hotel heiress was headed for a courtroom showdown Friday that could put her back behind bars, as prosecutors sought to hold sheriff's officials in contempt for releasing her early from jail.

Hilton was ordered to report to court at 9 a.m. and will be brought in a sheriff's vehicle from her Hollywood Hills home, said Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini.

The frenzy began early Thursday ... (link)
My guess is, little Paris is learning a valuable lesson in all this. And if I never hear her name again, that will be a good thing.

Can The World Be Doing Too Well?

I read the other day that lending institutions around the globe are raising interest rates because of fears of inflation, inflation brought about by economies on every continent advancing more rapidly than goods and services can keep up with them.

There may be something to their fears:
Rise in China’s Pork Prices Signals End to Cheap Output
By Keith Bradsher, The New York Times

Steep increases for pork loins and bacon are the most tangible sign that after a decade in which prices have fluctuated but not moved significantly upward, inflation is creeping back into China. In response to this pressure at home, Chinese companies are starting to raise prices for exports, removing what has been a brake on inflation in the West.

With the global economy expanding at a robust pace, and prices rising in fast-developing countries like India and Mexico, central bankers and investors are becoming concerned.

Interest rates are inching up in the United States and Europe as lenders demand that borrowers pay more to offset the erosion of buying power over time. (link)
A similar story appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

This is not good. When China sneezes, the planet gets a cold.

We Rock!

America rises up on occasion. Not often enough, but on occasion. And when we do, we make things happen.

Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and their hangers-on thought they could push through a bill in the Senate that was about as damaging to our way of life as one could be, but they were stopped in their tracks.

By we the people.

Immigrant Bill, Short 15 Votes, Stalls in Senate
By Carl Hulse and Robert Pear, The New York Times

Washington, June 7 —The sweeping immigration overhaul endorsed by President Bush crumbled in the Senate on Thursday night, leaving the future of one of the administration’s chief domestic priorities in serious doubt.

After a day of tension and fruitless maneuvering, senators rejected a Democratic call to move toward a final vote on the compromise legislation after Republicans complained that they had not been given enough opportunity to reshape the sprawling bill.

Supporters of cutting off debate got only 45 of the 60 votes they needed; 50 senators opposed the cutoff.

“We are finished with this for the time being,” said Senator Harry Reid, Democrat ... (link)

Now it's time to proceed with this in the manner we laid out originally -

- Secure the borders
- Then deal with those millions of illegals who are here.
- Then talk to us about a guest worker program.

And, in the spirit of unity, don't let it be said that we conservatives aren't willing to compromise on this issue. The number of combat divisions we post to our southern border is negotiable.