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Monday, July 02, 2007

I Get So Confused

Let me say up front, this is of absolutely no importance. But can a "Miss Virginia" be from North Carolina? Seems so:

N.C. native crowned Miss Virginia
Hannah Kiefer, a Hollins University student, will try to be Miss America
The Associated Press

Roanoke -- A Hollins University student and native of North Carolina has been named Miss Virginia 2007.

[Hannah] Kiefer, a High Point, N.C., native, is a double major in communications and psychology. She will tour Virginia for the next year making paid appearances and promoting her platform: creating healthy choices for teens.
I know. You're telling your monitor about now that this is perfectly acceptable. She attends Hollins University (near Roanoke).

Well, if she's a Virginian then, what's up with this?

"Hannah Kiefer, who had been second runner-up in the 2006 Miss North Carolina pageant ..."

So is she or isn't she?

I also noticed that if Ms. Kiefer is a High Pointer, she's also from Southwest Virginia:

Miss Mountain Empire Scholarship Pageant

On February 24, 2007 at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA - from our amazing seventeen contestants, Hannah Martine Kiefer emerged to become Miss Mountain Empire 2007!
And that ain't all. She's got some Shenandoah running through her veins too.

My thought, about now, was: How does this gal have time to be a student?

Then I came upon this:

Miss Virginia will do just fine.

Photo courtesy of missmountainempire.org.

Santy Claus Comes To Town

When it's not his money he's giving away ...
Boucher Announces Drought Aid for Southwest Virginia Farmers
Farmers and Livestock Producers to Receive Federal Assistance

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Representative Rick Boucher announced on June 15, 2007 that farmers and livestock producers in Southwest Virginia will be eligible to receive crop and feed assistance as a result of an emergency spending bill recently signed into law by President Bush. The Agriculture Assistance Act provides approximately $3 billion to farmers harmed by natural disasters and drought conditions which occurred across the country during 2005 and 2006. Accordingly, Southwest Virginia livestock producers and farmers who have experienced crop and feed loss as the result of drought conditions during this time period may now be eligible for the federal assistance.

Counties in Southwest Virginia which have been declared Primary or Contiguous Disaster Counties include: Alleghany, Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe Counties. (link)
Don't look it up. That's every county in Southwest Virginia.

I'll ask again: Where do I go to be compensated for losses incurred when my Pimco Foreign Bond Fund (unhedged) Administrative investment took a dumper last month?

Farmers invest. I invest. They have Santa taking care of them. I am on my own. Where I prefer to be, in truth.

I Understand Their Confusion

Only if you don't have a grasp on the original intent of the founding fathers will you be confused by two Supreme court rulings from last week.

Confused, like the fellas at the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Batting .500

Last week the Supreme Court struck a blow for freedom and a blow for censorship. By narrow margins, it invalidated a restriction on political speech but diminished the expressive right of students in public schools.

In the first case, the court struck down a provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law that sharply restricted the airing of issue ads financed by corporations, unions, and interest groups during an election.

In the second case, the court said a school principal had the authority to punish a student who unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" across the street from school property.

The court's ruling gives too much support to silencing students whose opinions make school officials uncomfortable ...
Actually, this all makes perfect sense if you keep this in mind: Those who wrote the 1st Amendment to the Bill of Rights ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or ...") had in mind, when they proscribed the abridgement of our freedom of speech, political speech.

It is a trendy phenomenon that only came about in recent decades that it took on a life involving "the freedom of apparel," and "the freedom of flag burning," and - almost - "the freedom of bong hits 4 Jesus."

The freedom of speech, as James Madison intended it:
[T]he right of electing the members of the government constitutes more particularly the essence of a free and responsible government. The value and efficacy of this right depends on the knowledge of the comparative merits and demerits of the candidates for public trust, and on the equal freedom, consequently, of examining and discussing these merits and demerits of the candidates respectively. (source)
Nothing there limiting the authority of a school principal disciplining spoiled delinquents in her charge.

Our Freedom of Speech is alive and strong.

All They Had To Do Was Ask Me

I've been ill from it too many times:

Boaters learn ills of alcohol

Don't drink and boat! From an expert on the subject.

We Prefer They Overdose

I've never understood why leftists love the notion that providing hard-core drug users with clean needles, instead of locking them up until they dry out, is doing them some kind of wonderful favor.

But such is the case with the ever-willing-to-help-them die-an-early-death-but-with-a-smile-on-their-contorted-faces crowd at the Washington Post:
Needle-Exchange Victory
The District is a step closer to getting a tool it needs to fight HIV/AIDS.

Of the 36 congressional riders that cluttered the appropriations bill for the District of Columbia, the ban on the use of local funds for needle-exchange programs was the most harmful. With intravenous drug use accounting for about one-third of new AIDS cases each year, the District has had to watch from the sidelines as the scourge with no cure claimed more and more lives. That congressionally enforced inaction might be coming to a merciful end with the House's vote last week to repeal the

Since 1998, the District has been forbidden to use its own money to fund needle exchanges. Thank Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) for this. He is among that group of politicians who firmly believe that giving addicts clean needles encourages drug use or is ineffective. (link)
Swell. Drug addicts won't die from AIDS. They'll die from a heroin overdose. Let's celebrate.

Only in liberal lalaland ...

Is This a Strange Headline Or What?

Only in America, 2007:

Herndon eyes ban on illegals at labor center

Translated: Herndon considers making illegal activity by illegals illegal.

For the love of God.

What, Taxes Aren't High Enough?

The man who gave Virginians the largest tax increase in commonwealth history is perhaps arisen from the grave. Where's the olive stake?

Mark Warner weighs another bid for office
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner has been reticent about his political future since leaving office a year and a half ago, but now sounds poised for a return to public life.

"I think I've got a voice that I would like to get back engaged in public service, and whether that is the direction of the U.S. Senate or whether that is the direction of the governorship, I have yet to make a determination," Mr. Warner, a Democrat, told The Washington Times last week. (link)
Warner, who obviously has difficulty these days expressing a coherent sentence ("I think I've got a voice that I would like to get back engaged in public service ..."), is beloved by much of Virginia to this day. At least within the circle of those who felt they weren't paying enough in taxes and didn't mind being lied to by a candidate who ran for office saying one thing in this regard and doing the opposite.

Anyway, Warner is talking about getting back into politics.

I've got the perfect campaign slogan. From that popular Capitol One commercial on TV:

What's in your wallet?

A Lesson Lost On East L.A.

English Is The Golden Tongue for S. Koreans

A Metaphor

Anchor Gets Stuck on Bush's Boat

Washington Still Doesn't Get It

Robert Novak is a Washington columnist. In the worst sense of that phrase. He writes about the Washington D.C. crowd for the Washington D.C. crowd.

It's been so long since he interacted with real Americans, having sequestered himself in the NeverNeverLand world of the nation's capital decades ago, that he no longer has a clue as to who we are or what we think.

That's why he's struggling mightily to understand what just happened when the American people rose up and slapped his good friends in the Senate across the face over amnesty.

He's decided that 85% of us (the percentage that continues to plead for law and order in this country) are xenophobes (those who fear or hate foreigners):
Long Knives Out After Border Bill
By Robert Novak, The New York Post

It is difficult to exaggerate the pessimism about the immediate political future voiced by Republicans in Congress when not on the record. With an unpopular president waging an unpopular war, they see electoral catastrophe in 2008. In such an atmosphere, these lachrymose lawmakers for several months have faced an increasingly hysterical onslaught from constituents demanding the death of the "amnesty" for immigrants that they hear vilified daily on talk radio.

These callers recently swamped phone lines to GOP congressional offices with threats that they never would vote again for anybody supporting "amnesty." While that intimidated previous supporters of the immigration bill, its opponents reacted to the xenophobia of their backers as a ray of light in the bleak political landscape. (link)
Remind me to feel sorry for those pessimistic Republicans in Washington who found out the American people have opinions and are willing to voice them. And won't be led by the nose.

As for Mr. Novak, a gifted writer, he was once considered a voice for conservative America. It is such a pity that he somewhere along the way lost touch with us to the point that now he so grossly misunderstands and thus misrepresents those he once stood for so well.

Xenophobia, Bob? You haven't a clue.

... And Chertoff Pouts

This is almost pathetic:

Chertoff rebukes Congress over bill
By Eric Pfeiffer, The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday scolded senators for failing to pass an immigration bill with new border and interior enforcement tools, refused to commit to spending the $4.4 billion in border security President Bush said is needed, and said the onus is now on Congress to pass something.

When pressed by host Chris Wallace about the $4.4 billion that Mr. Bush vowed during the immigration-bill debate to spend on border security, Mr. Chertoff said that money was to have come from fines paid under the bill's legalization program and thus said funding border security is now Congress' problem.

Mr. Chertoff said he will have a tough time enforcing existing laws without some of the tools the Senate bill would have given him, including stiffer employer sanctions, but said the administration has been enforcing the laws and will continue to do so.

The United States government is "having a tough time" is incapable of enforcing our borders. It seems we need to find someone capable. Chertoff obviously isn't.

This Should Come As No Surprise

As I've been saying for a number of years now, those of you who are whining about Iraq are missing the fact that the war on terror goes well beyond Saddam Hussein's former torture kingdom. The entire Middle East, as well as a good bit of Southeast Asia - and now Glasgow, Scotland - is caught up in fanatical, radical, to-the-death Islam.

A lesson to be learned:

U.S. General Calls Hezbollah Iran’s ‘Proxy’ in Iraq
By The Associated Press

Baghdad (AP) -- Iran is using the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah as a ''proxy'' to arm Shiite militants in Iraq and Tehran's elite Quds force helped militants carry out a January attack in Karbala in which five Americans were killed, a U.S. general said Monday.

A senior Lebanese Hezbollah operative, Ali Mussa Dakdouk, was captured March 20 in southern Iraq, U.S. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner said. Dakdouk served for 24 years in Hezbollah and was ''working in Iraq as a surrogate for the Iranian Quds Force,'' Bergner said.

The general also said that Dakdouk was a liaison between the Iranians and a breakaway Shiite group led by Qais al-Kazaali ... (link)

Lebanon, Iran, Iraq.

And there are those who will still chant the familiar mantra: "We need to retreat from Iraq."

It was never - and is not - about Iraq.

When Will This Stop?

This kind of story, written at least 85 times now, has gotten really old:
Largely Alone, Pioneers Reclaim New Orleans
By Adam Nossiter, The New York Times

New Orleans, July 1 — The sound of hammers and saws. New green grass. A few freshly painted facades. Birdsong piping from a young tree.

Gentilly, home to about 47,000 people before the storm and a thin fraction of that now, is not dead. Haltingly, in disconnected pockets, this eight-square-mile quadrant north of the historic districts that line the Mississippi River is limping back to life, thanks to the struggles of its most determined former residents.

But they have had to do so largely on their own, because help from government at any level has been minimal, in their accounts. (link)
1) Only people in New Orleans would wait two years for the government to come in and swing a hammer for them.

2) Only leftists like those at the New York Times would expect residents who have experienced hardship to obtain relief from some government bureaucracy, and be shocked when it doesn't materialize.

3) That $23 billion we shelled out to pay someone to swing that hammer for these people has gone somewhere. Rather than sit around and wait, and bitch, maybe they should go find out where it went (besides Congressman Jefferson's freezer).

4) If you find it, we want it back. You live below sea level with only an earthern dike holding back the deluge. We'll not go through this again.