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Thursday, June 21, 2007

There's Heat & Then There's Memphis

I thought I saw Elvis yesterday. Or it may have been a recurring mirage.

It was 95 degrees, blazing sun, suffocating humidity, and ... Memphis.

Doctors say I have a reasonable chance of full recovery.

Leave It To The Experts

I'm on record as supporting coal-to-liquid technology. There is some question as to how much energy will be required in order to draw energy from its creation (if it takes more energy to create it than it creates, we got us a problem), but I'm hoping scientists and technicians can figure all that out.

On this subject, the Richmond Times-Dispatch weighs in this morning with an admonition:

While it's true that many of the things considered miracles of free enterprise (the Internet, to cite one obvious example) got their start with government help, it's also true that government shouldn't try to steer entire economic sectors. (The federal government created ARPANET, but not Google or YouTube.) If coal-to-liquid technology really is the answer to America's oil woes, then it will succeed quite well without federal help. If it isn't, then federal subsidies will just drain resources from more promising innovations. Either way, Washington should butt out. (link)
Why should Washington butt out? Look no further than Senator James Webb's goofy - and distracting - and outrageously costly - proposal, a sop to his new environmentalist pals, calling for billions to be devoted to research and development of carbon sequestration, a bewilderingly asinine solution (that involves pumping carbon dioxide emissions into the ground) to a non-problem (carbon dioxide is in fact wonderfully plant- and tree-friendly).

Leave this to the experts. Private enterprise. The entrepreneurs. Capitalism.

Only then will Southwest Virginia will benefit - beyond our wildest dreams.

An Idea Worth Acting On

To those of you who see an isolated hiking trail being cut through a remote forest in Southwest Virginia being some kind of tourist mecca, let me show you what a real tourist attraction looks like.

This will bring 'em in by the hundreds of thousands:

Museum considers move to Lexington
Supporters of moving the Museum of the Confederacy to the city say tourists' spending could generate $1 million in tax revenue per year.
By Jay Conley, The Roanoke Times

Lexington appears to be one step closer to attracting the world's largest Civil War collection.

Officials with the Museum of the Confederacy and Lexington-area tourism industry have confirmed that the city is on a shortened list of localities that museum officials are considering for a relocation site.

The museum announced in October that it wants to move from its cramped quarters in downtown Richmond in order to build a larger facility and avoid further expansion of the neighboring Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. (link)

I guarantee you, 90% of the visitors to downtown Richmond wouldn't know the Museum of the Confederacy is located there. Over the years it has been sandwiched in by towering hospital complexes, government buildings, and business offices.

Lexington, final resting place of Confederate icons Lee and Jackson, home of the famed VMI corps of cadets who won fame on the field of New Market, site of renowned Washington & Lee University, gravesite of Traveller (if you don't know, you ain't a Civil War buff), home to Stonewall's Little Sorrel (stuffed for the tourists who lean toward the macabre), etc. etc.

Not to mention easy access off of I-81.

Lexington beckons.

Bring on the tourists.

Breaking News

Top Iraqi Officials Growing Restless

Uh ...... No thanks.

This sounds really appealing awful:
New meaning to a cold one
By Adam Terese, The Washington Times

This is one popsicle the kids aren't going to like.

It's also one they can't have. Last week, Alexandria, Va.'s Rustico Restaurant and Bar started selling "beer-sicles." They come in flavors like Fudgesicle, made with a dark beer called Bell's Kalamazoo Stout; Raspbeer-y, made with St. Louis Framboise; and Plum, made with a Chapeau Mirabelle.

"It tastes like beer on a stick," said Frank Morales, executive chef with Rustico. He worked on the popsicle with the restaurant's beer director, Greg Engert.

Other flavors — like Banana ... (link)
I like to suck down my beer, but ...

Well, They're Wrong

I agree with two and three but I just can't relate to number one:

'Kane' Whacksm 'Godfather'

June 21, 2007 -- Los Angeles - "Citizen Kane" beat back an assault from "The Godfather" yesterday to retain its title as the greatest American film.

Film critics, historians and experts voted "Kane" as the top U.S. film for the second time in a decade, in a poll conducted by the American Film Institute.

"The Godfather," which ranked third in the original poll of 100 great films a decade ago, moved up a notch to second place, while "Casablanca" slipped to No. 3.

Also in the top 10 were "Raging Bull," at No. 4, up 20 places from a decade ago. "Singin' in the Rain" was in fifth place, "Gone with the Wind" was sixth, followed by "Lawrence of Arabia, "Schindler's List," "Vertigo" and "The Wizard of Oz." (link)

What about "Close Encounters?" "Star Wars." "The Exorcist." "Jaws." "Godfather II." "Raising Arizona." "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." "Saving Private Ryan." "High Noon." !!!!!

Leave it to the experts ...


It appears that John McCain's troubles aren't limited geographically to the conservative South. He's on a downhill tumble into oblivion everywhere:
McCain Fades In Iowa
By Andy Soltis and New York Post Wire Services

June 21, 2007 -- Sen. John McCain has fallen to single-digit numbers among Republicans while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has edged into the lead of Democrats in a new poll of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus voters.

McCain, once the GOP presidential front-runner, is now tied with Sen. Sam Brownback for fifth place, getting just 6 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to lead among Iowa Republicans with 25 percent, followed by former Sen. Fred Thompson at 17 percent and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at 15 percent.

The Mason-Dixon poll was conducted Wednesday through Saturday. (link)
Tied for fifth with who?

You read it here first: Look for a Bloomberg/McCain independent ticket in 2008.

Ever Evolving Campaign Strategies

This Hillary Clinton campaign video showing her and Bill in a Sopranos spoof, which I'm sure you've all seen by now, is actually quite creative. It follows close on the heels of that wildly popular Barack Obama video in which a way-too-hot young chick is writhing and swooning and ... uh, feeling her passions flowing (did I mention the fact that she wears her panties well?) the whole time singing "
I got a crush on Obama."

Couple this phenomenon with the bizarre reality of a man leading the polls in the Republican Party race for the presidency who isn't even running, and this is shaping up to be one weird election go-round. (Can you picture the Obama o'babe doing the same video targeting Fred Thompson, who, if elected, would become the ugliest president since Abraham Lincoln?)

I look back with a degree of nostalgia on a day not long ago when a politician stood at a podium and gave a speech to an engaged audience.

What am I saying? Where's Obama The Sequel?

* Click twice perhaps. Requires healthy modem speed.

I Can Sympathize

This reminds me of the occasion not long ago when I stepped over walked past a couple of "tourists" - well, they were actually Appalachian Trail hikers - on my way into the post office in Bland:
Fetid Flight Really Stunk
By Dan Mangan, The New York Post

June 21, 2007 -- More than 150 passengers aboard a Continental Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Newark suffered the smell of human sewage for seven hours as toilets overflowed and spewed their sickening contents into the plane's aisles.

"I've never felt so offended in all of my life," said Collin Brock, a Washington state resident aboard last week's fetid flight, in an interview with Seattle's KING5 News. "I felt like I had been physically abused and neglected." (link)
Can you imagine ...

We're Doomed

This required a warning. God help us:
Trashed maps spur TSA damage control
By Audrey Hudson, The Washington Times

Homeland Security officials are being warned not to toss secret documents that could compromise transportation security into the ordinary trash after hundreds of such papers marked "sensitive" reportedly were found in a city trash container near the Orlando International Airport in Florida.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) used its most recent newsletter to tell employees not to throw away outdated materials stamped as "Sensitive Security Information" (SSI). (link)
This is pathetic. We may as well surrender.

The Dems Gain Control; Taxes Go Up

The latest, but not the last:
Congress Weighs End to Tax Break for Hedge Funds
By Jenny Anderson and Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times

Leaders of the tax-writing committees in Congress are considering a new proposal to end a little-known tax break that has allowed wealthy financiers who run private equity firms and hedge funds to cut their total income tax bills by billions of dollars, aides to lawmakers say. (link)
Oh. This tax increase affects only the rich. That's different. The rest of us don't ever plan on being rich, nor will we allow our children to ever be rich, so ... make 'em bleed!

I wonder how many Republicans will support this?

I Have One Little Question

Mike Bloomberg is either on a lark or he seriously thinks he can get elected to the highest office in the land (or the argument could be made that he's lost his mind, I suppose). It sure looks like he's preparing for a run at it:

For 2 Years, Bloomberg Aides Prepared for Bid
By Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times

Washington, June 20 — The announcement by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent was made after nearly two years in which his aides had laid the groundwork for a potential independent run for president.

They collected technical data on the requirements to put Mr. Bloomberg on the ballot in 50 states either as a third party or an independent candidate. Mr. Bloomberg went to Washington for a round of meetings with opinion leaders and traveled the country giving political speeches, including two this week in California.

And Mr. Bloomberg told associates that he ...
Here's a question that I hope one of Bloomberg's aides asked of the man: Who is our constituency, boss?

Unlike Ross Perot, who recognized a seething rage building in a certain segment of the populace that wanted the federal government brought under control back in 1992, thus bringing about his third-party run, who is Bloomberg targeting?

It certainly isn't the right. In the course of his political career (his resume begins and ends at mayor), the man has managed to disparage just about every conservative block out there. He's gone after gun owners, private property rights supporters, Christians ("creationalists" to use his word), taxpayers (a 16% property tax increase!), those who oppose "gay rights," those who see the global warming movement to be a sham, union opponents, not to mention the fact that he was a life-long Democrat until he cynically jumped to the GOP, temporarily, in order to gain a nomination for the mayoral run.

Then there are his nonpartison bridge burnings, most notably involving smokers and those who eat (remember his trans-fats ban?).

On the left, Bloomberg is, to his credit, a die-hard liberal, but the landscape is littered with liberal Democrat candidates. Does he think they're going to share? With his recent stabs at environmental initiatives, he might gain some tree-hugger support, but those kids are rabidly anti-capitalist - and Bloomberg projects the classic persona of a rich capitalist.

So, we're left with my first proposition.

The man is simply on a lark and doesn't have a prayer (sorry, Mike) of winning.

Hope he has fun.