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Monday, June 18, 2007

Virgil Touches a Nerve

Back several months ago there were those here in Virginia - mostly on the left - and the far left - and, across this great land the kook left - who were salivating over the abrupt and certain demise of 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode (R-Rocky Mount) for his having gotten involved in the illegal immigration debate (tangentially by attacking an American Muslim who wanted to use the Q'uran for a swearing-in ceremony).

I said on these pages at the time that they might want to reconsider; that it was actually a shrewd move on Virgil's part, that there is a huge constituency here in the commonwealth and across the country who find his call to arms appealing.

To wit:

Virgil Goode's office gets flooded with calls regarding immigration issues

Congressman Virgil Goode says his office has been flooded with calls from Virginians concerned about illegal immigration.

He's pleased the Senate defeated its amnesty bill. A three-tiered wall the length of the Mexican border, he believes, would do the trick.

The Congressman fears failing to do so will result in portions of some Southwestern states trying to secede from the nation.
Okay. He gets a bit carried away.

But the underlying fear is out there. We have 12 million lawbreakers living in our midst who hold no allegiance to the USA, and Congress is doing everything it can to encourage another 12 to 25 million to gain easy access. It is a scary proposition indeed.

But to the point, while some said in December that Virgil Goode had destroyed any chance he had of being reelected, others of us just smiled. We knew that he knew what he was doing. Being out in front on the illegal immigration issue in fact guarantees his reelection.

Thinking ahead, since Jim Webb is proving to be an ever-greater embarrassment to the state, how about we ask Virgil to consider ...

My Kind Of Promotion

The Dublin Volunteer Fire Department is holding a raffle so as to raise funds necessary to equip its firefighters. Here's the cool part:

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle to benefit Fire Department
By NRVNews

Drawing July 7, 2007 for a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic Motorcycle and trailer. You need not be present to win. Proceeds for Dublin Volunteer Fire Dept improvements. $20 per ticket - 2500 sold For information & ticket locations: Jeff Saunders 540-674-6890 or jsaunders@dublinfd.com, or visit www.dublinfd.com
I know all you guys out there have dreamt of owning your own hog. This is your chance. And for a mere $20, you have a 1-in-2500 chance of being the coolest dude on your block. And think of all those large-breasted biker chicks whose heads you'll be turning.

Not to mention the good cause ...

There'll Come a Day

Environmentalists, as expected, are expressing their contempt for evolving coal-to-liquid technology. Carbon dioxide emissions, the cost, the risky technology behind the endeavor, blah blah blah.

Or, as the Washington Post puts it:

Coal-to-Liquid Boondoggle
A risky solution to America's energy woes


Coal-to-Liquid fuel is being touted in the Senate energy debate as a key to overcoming America's dependence on foreign fuel. But unanswered questions and environmental concerns raise the prospect that the price for this brand of energy independence may be too high.

To turn coal into liquid fuel it must be fired up to 1,000 degrees and mixed with water. Then the gas that's created is transformed into fuel that can be used in cars and jets. Unfortunately, creating CTL, as it is known, is a very intensive process requiring coal, water and cash. To wean the United States off of just 1 million barrels of the 21 million barrels of crude oil consumed daily, an estimated 120 million tons of coal would need to be mined each year. The process requires vast amounts of water, particularly a concern in the parched West. And the price of a plant is estimated at $4 billion.

The most troubling aspect of CTL is that producing it will roughly double climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions*. That's because liquefying coal releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (link)

The guys who wrote this have - for a short time yet - the luxury of downplaying the two key aspects of this issue - (1) that coal-to-liquid technology reduces our dependence on Arab madmen for our energy and (2) the planet will someday run out of oil.

After all, the Post editorialists write from within their comfortably air conditioned offices, having commuted to their D.C. enclave from their elegant and exclusive digs outside the city, with nice lunchtime meals provided in the cafeteria downstairs ...

What they don't yet grasp is the fact that their way of life is dependent on oil, and oil is in finite supply, therefore their cushy way of life is coming to an end.

Coal reserves, though finite as well, are in abundance. Perhaps a thousand years worth.

So avoid the bigger issue all you want, for as long as you dare.

There'll soon be a reckoning.

* We'll deal with this hoax - carbon dioxide being a climate-changing greenhouse gas emission - another day.

We Won't Be Seeing Her Around Here

My guess is, Hillary has already written off the South. When she can't even get support in the Democratic primary there, you know her campaign is going nowhere.

And nowhere is where it is:
New S.C. Poll Puts Obama In Front
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent

June 18, 2007 -- Washington - Sen. Barack Obama is sitting pretty in Dixie - trouncing fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in a new South Carolina poll.

Obama (Ill.) held a 9-point lead over Sen. Clinton in the survey, beating her 34 percent to 25 percent.

John Edwards, who was born in the state and represented North Carolina in the Senate, got only 12 percent.

Black voters, who make up a third of the electorate, were a big part of Obama's support, picking him over Clinton 41 to 18 percent. (link)
Hillary is toast in the South, and she knows it. Her strongest showing right now is in The Rust Belt. A metaphor if there ever was one ...

And Then There's McCain

Hillary is struggling to stay just ahead of None-of-the-Above in the presidential nominating races in the South, as revealed in the latest poll out of South Carolina (above), because she is perceived as being both an intrusive, big government socialist and a first-class bitch. Oh, and then there's the company she keeps in her bedroom ...

Perfectly understandable.

What is as understandable to many of us who have followed John McCain's sorry Senate career and his sundry attacks on our America as we have come to know it and to love it is this (from "Fred Thompson Leading in New Mason Dixon Poll in South Carolina," The Washington Times):
South Carolina appears poised to shake up the 2008 presidential race, with Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Fred Thompson the frontrunners in a new state survey by Mason-Dixon.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, appeared to have lost many of his supporters to Thompson, and was far back in the GOP field.

Thompson, a television actor and former Tennessee senator, topped Giuliani by 25 percent to 21 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was next at 11 percent, followed by McCain at 7 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 5 percent.
McCain is in single digits. If he works any harder at it, he'll be in the minus column.

It is instructive that this poll - in South Carolina - has both Clinton and McCain far behind in their respective races. Both are hell-bent on altering our way of life in a major - and negative - way. While folks up north don't seem to care, we here in the South like our country just the way it is, thank you.

The difference between the two is the fact that while Hillary is still in planning mode (think HillaryCare redux, her vow to redistribute wealth, etc.), McCain has already inflicted serious damage (McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy Amnesty, on and on).

Crash and burn. It couldn't happen to a more deserving couple.