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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Confirmation: It's The Hated Wal-Mart

Someone took me to task recently in the comments section of a post I'd written on the town of Blacksburg's attempt to keep its downtown area on track to becoming a third-world neighborhood, saying that nobody - including the developer who was negotiating to have "a big box store" locate there - had ever divulged the fact that Wal-Mart was the intended lessee. Like the 186,000 square foot retail store might be an Ernie's Bait & Fine Wine store.

Well, consider it divulged:
Case for Blacksburg Wal-Mart gets stronger
Town officials found "Wal-Mart" written on a site plan document.
By Tonia Moxley, The Roanoke Times


It has been sitting on the Blacksburg town government's Web site all along: Apparent confirmation that Fairmount Properties of Ohio plans to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter along South Main Street.

There, in the corner of a site plan document, reads: "Wal-Mart summary."

For months, opponents have suspected that a 186,000-square-foot retail store shown on site plans submitted to the town in March is a Wal-Mart. (link)
Funny thing is, if it had turned out to be an IKEA store, which is also a big box retailer, it probably would not have met much resistance. That's a Swedish company and the hip, happenin', enlightened, and smarter-than-the-rest-of-us college community in Blacksburg doesn't have a problem with Scandinavians. It's only the USA these pampered geniuses who live out their lives on the public dole there at Virginia Tech consider suspect. Wal-Mart being at the top of their list of hated American institutions.

Anyway, we now know it's a Wal-Mart. Is that a howl of anguish I hear?

Those Mental Giants At The Roanoke Times

Let me see if I have this right. A driver leaves a handgun on the dashboard of a bus full of school kids when he leaves and goes in to pee. And we should be focused on that all-too-frequently occurring circumstance rather than on those extremely rare occasions when a gun is needed for personal protection.

Makes perfect sense to me:
Mistakes happen
Roanoke Times editorial

As far as we know, Cpl. David Mays, a school resource officer at Staunton River Middle School, is a decent, upstanding guy.

When gun advocates describe model gun owners, they describe Mays. He's trained, knows how to handle his weapon safely and has law enforcement ties.

Yet he's still human, prone to make mistakes just like the rest of us.

So it was Wednesday when Mays was driving a group of sixth-graders back to Bedford. The bus stopped at a rest area near Charlottesville. Mays got out to use the bathroom. He allegedly left his gun sitting out in the open on a bus full of kids. A chaperone and a student took pictures of the unsecured weapon.

The incident provides a lesson for the debate over whether schools should allow Virginians with concealed handgun permits to bring their weapons onto campus. [it does?]

Gun advocates believe arming everyone everywhere is the best way to protect people when bullets start flying [we do?]. Gun opponents fret that if a dangerous situation arises, the last thing it needs is someone else whipping out a pistol and opening fire.

Those are both vastly unlikely scenarios that only serve extreme rhetoric.

Virginians should concern themselves with common human slip-ups, not exceedingly rare situations. (link)
What idiocy.

Let's do the math:

Number of people buried, in the last year alone, who had, prior to being slaughtered like sheep, been prevented from carrying a gun for self-protection on a college campus, and who were defenseless when a madman went on a rampage?

32

Number of people - in the history of the human race - who have been killed, intentionally or accidentally, when a schoolbus driver left a handgun on the dashboard of his vehicle when he went in to relieve himself?

0

Get real, fellas. You bring dishonor to your profession.

It's a Job He Might Be Able To Handle

From James Taranto:
Bill Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for first lady, spoke Wednesday to Harvard graduates, the Harvard Crimson reports ...
Though it's doubtful that he's ever done a first lady before, he should fill the role quite nicely.

Let's Not Get Carried Away

Here's an amusing graphic in this morning's New York Post:


Please. Yes, she will be in close proximity to illegal Mexicans being warehoused at the L.A. County jail. And yes, she'll have to use a spoon to ladle her gruel that some smelly vagrant had used in the past. And yes, she may find herself in the same cafeteria with the great unwashed of America.

But hard time? Paris Hilton will never know hard time.

'No Time To Rest On Our Laurels'

So where do we go from here, now that the amnesty bill has been shot down in flames?

From the Washington Times:
Where, now, on immigration?
editorial

... this is no time for critics of the open-borders approach to celebrate or to rest on their laurels, because our current immigration policy is a mess. We have between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens in the United States, and we have barely started building a border fence. "Workplace enforcement" of laws barring illegal aliens from holding jobs in the United States is a joke -- virtually nonexistent except when the administration decides it is time for a good photo op to show that it is "getting tough" on wayward employers.

The demise of the Senate bill offers an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and come up with a serious immigration bill that first focuses on securing the border -- not with triggers but with bricks and mortar -- and workplace enforcement. (link)
The American people will keep hammering this same message - over and over again - into the numbskulls in Washington until it finally registers:

Secure our borders!

We Must Be Right

We can take heart in knowing that we fight for what's right. How do we know we're right? Because the New York Times editorial page, which is always on the side of wrong, thunders its outrage at us, spewing venom (again) this morning over the failure of the Senate to pass that amnesty for illegals bill:
A Failure of Leadership
editorial

The immigration compromise collapsed on the floor of the Senate Thursday night. Many of its hard-line foes are celebrating, but their glee is vindictive and hollow. They have blocked one avenue to an immigration overhaul while offering nothing better, thwarting bipartisanship to satisfy their reflexive loathing for amnesty, which they define as anything that helps illegal immigrants get right with the law. (link)
These people are dense.

The American people have made it perfectly clear - over and over again - that we are in no mood to accept, and will not accept anything coming out of Congress with regard to the 12 million illegals in our midst before the problem with our porous borders is fixed.

And calling us names and accusing us of "loathing" won't change a thing. Nor will it prevent us from demanding accountability from our elected representatives in Washington.

That having been said, I encourage the New York Times to hold to its position. We Americans set our national compass by it. When the Times is pointing south, we maintain a heading due north. And all is well.

Think It But Don't Ever Say It

A sign should be posted at the entrance to every federal building across the land:

Views, ideas, and opinions are to be freely expressed herein.
As long as they conform to ours.

A NASA administrator wasn't told. He's paying the price.

Fom the New York Times:

NASA Leader Regrets Global Warming Comments
By John Schwartz


NASA administrator Michael D. Griffin said Friday that he regretted having sparked a furor last week when, in an interview with National Public Radio, he said he was not sure climate change “is a problem we must wrestle with.”

“To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth’s climate today is the optimal climate,” he said during the NPR interview, stumbling into the rancorous debate over climate change. (link)
That's called groveling.

The lesson(s) to be learned here: (1) Sing the praises of Al Gore, or (2) keep your mouth shut, or (3) face the wrath of those who countenance no alternative opinions.

George Orwell, though saddened, looks down with a sense of understanding.

How Do We Take This?

The American people have expressed their lack of confidence of late in the new Congress we elected in November. In fact, the approval rating for our chosen representatives has hit an all-time low.

Now this same bunch - well, the Democratic leadership portion of it anyway - is poised to express their lack of confidence in President Bush's attorney general. What does it mean?

No-Confidence Resolution on Gonzales Is Scheduled
By Eric Lipton, The New York Times


Washington, June 8 — Senate Democrats said Friday that they intended to bring a no-confidence resolution against Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to a vote on Monday, a symbolic maneuver that could be their final effort to force his ouster.

Democrats privately acknowledged that the nonbinding measure appeared to have little chance of passage, largely because they are unlikely to marshal the 60 supporters they need to limit debate and bring the resolution itself to a vote. (link)


So those who have lost all credibility with the American people are expressing their dissatisfaction with a Bush appointee. Can one extrapolate from that the fact that Gonzales is therefore doing a great job?

A distinct possibility.

Gilmore Credits You Guys

Former Governor - and current presidential candidate - Jim Gilmore, in a press release sent via email, attributes our success in blocking the amnesty bill to the American people. And rightly so:
Washington – Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, today saluted the grassroots pressure applied to Senators that resulted in the Thursday derailing of a proposed immigration bill which would have given de facto amnesty to more than 12 million illegal immigrants.

“The American people, who have a very strong sense of right and wrong, knew from day one this bill was not what its sponsors said it was -- and that it was the wrong solution for the immigration challenges facing our nation,” Gilmore said.

“And, finally as a result of a strong grassroots effort, enough Senators have seen the light to bring about the failure of the bill. Now it is important to keep the pressure on so this flawed legislation is not resurrected,” Gilmore said.
It will be resurrected, make no mistake about that. And we'll stop it again. We rule now.

Thanks, Jim. Keep up the great work.

We Were The Conduit

Conservative grassroots activist Richard Vigurie thinks (in a press release received via email) that webloggers are to be thanked for stopping the Senate - and the mainstream media - from getting that travesty of an immigration bill through.

I accept:

Manassas, Virginia -- Richard A. Viguerie, co-author of America’s Right Turn--How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power (Bonus Books, 2004), celebrated the defeat of the cloture motion in the Senate on the Amnesty Bill and attributed it to conservative New and Alternative Media and grassroots efforts to overcome the pressure from the White House and the Left.

Viguerie said conservatives using blogs, e-mail messages, websites, radio talk shows, cable TV, and direct mail were able to bypass the Left’s near monopoly of old media.

“Ordinary citizens were able to have their voices clearly heard in Washington, D.C., something that wouldn’t have happened a few decades ago,” he said.

Okay, he goes beyond just weblogs for attribution. But we all know it's the blog world that funnels - and amplifies - public opinion these days.

Thanks, Dick. I too think we did our part mighty well.

Kennedy Begging. I Like That.

The only known murderer to occupy a seat in the United States Senate was found to be pleading yesterday. If only it had been for his life, just before the noose tightened ...
Kennedy Plea Was Last Gasp for Immigration Bill
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


Desperate to salvage a measure in which he and others had invested months, Senator Edward M. Kennedy headed to the secluded Capitol suite of Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, to make one last personal plea.

Mr. Kennedy, an immigration advocate since his first days in the Senate nearly 45 years ago, hoped to persuade Mr. Reid to delay a procedural vote that could kill the measure. As the two met shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday in the well-appointed office that overlooks the Mall, Mr. Reid told Mr. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, that Republicans would just endlessly stall the bill and that it was time to move on. Mr. Reid had already granted enough extensions. (link)
I wouldn't shed any tears over Kennedy's failure. He'll be back. He's like a virus - just when you think you've gotten rid of him ...