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Saturday, July 28, 2007

We're Number 1! When We Don't Want To Be

According to data recently released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Giles County has the distinction of leading all others in the state of Virginia last year in the relative frequency of child abuse and neglect.

A distinction I'll bet folks there would rather do without.

Included in the top ten counties/municipalities in the child abuse hall of shame were Wythe (2), Bland (3), Pulaski (5), the city of Roanoke (6), the town of Galax (7), and Campbell (8).

Here's how they compare to each other, with Giles to the left at 19.3 cases per 1,000 population, and compared to Fairfax County, to the far right in yellow, at 0.8:

Say what you will about the causes for this, the effects are still the same. Our children are being neglected and abused in intolerable proportions.

Click on image to enlarge.

When They Have No Other Answers

When you as a politician feel obligated to "create jobs," what do you do? How do you go about it? Well, if you were state Senator Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell), you might work toward the acquisition of funds for the construction of an industrial park.

But what if that industrial park, once built, heaven forbid, sits idle?

Why, you build another one ...

... and another one ...

... and another one ...
Bland gets grant for park
By Wayne Quesenberry, Wytheville Enterprise Staff

A grant to develop a 22-acre industrial park has been awarded to the Bland County Board of Supervisors and the Economic Development Authority. The $200,000 is from the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization for site development at Commerce Park. The property is located just off Exit 58 of Interstate 77.

Sen. Phillip Puckett, a member of the tobacco commission, stated, “We are always pleased to work and partner with the County of Bland in bringing economic development and new jobs to the county. The tobacco commission is very glad to help finance the development of the Bland County Commerce Park and looks forward to working with the Economic Development Authority in the future to bring new jobs into the county.” (link)
Funny thing is, Bland County already has an industrial park. In fact, we have more than one. We have four, all told.

Funnier still, we already have one in Bastian.

We'll call that one Bastian I and the new one Bastian II.

And, if you can handle a bit more humor, the existing one there off I-77 exit 58, last time I looked, had one tenant.


So now we are going to have five industrial parks in tiny, remote Bland County. Paid for by the gu'mint (uh, that would be you all) ...

We may not have full employment here but, by God, with Phil Puckett's help, we're prepared for that eventuality to occur any day now.

Bring on those jobs!

Leave It To The Politicians

Only Governor Kaine could think something like this up:
Reimbursing drivers for fees a possibility
Associated Press

Richmond -- Amid ebbing legislative support for the state's new abusive-driver fees, Gov. Tim Kaine said Friday that reimbursing those who have paid them is an option the General Assembly can consider in 2008.

"We have a chance to fix it," the Democratic governor told reporters.

"Look, we might have the ability to do reimbursements," he said. "I'm not going to commit to that, but if there's a decision made by the legislature, that's one option they could consider." (sic) (link)
Government bureaucrats will collect the fees, and government bureaucrats will reimburse the fees. Any wonder Richmond is awash in government bureaucrats?


Notice to those who are "outraged," over the traffic fee issue: We are not going to revisit the transportation budget argument. We are not going to raise taxes. So stop the subterfuge.

You are not going to raise our taxes.

A Fight They're Certain To Lose

Virginia's Mexican contingent is rallying around the illegals among us.
Latinos Unite to Turn Fear Into Activism
Pr. William Policy on Illegal Immigrants Prompts Call for Boycott, Other Actions
By Pamela Constable, Washington Post Staff Writer

Latinos in Prince William County, angered and panicked by a county resolution to crack down on illegal immigrants, are swiftly banding together against what they see as an assault on their community. They vowed this week to block the resolution through a boycott, a petition drive and possibly a labor strike or lawsuit.

At packed public meetings in three towns this week, organizers signed up volunteers, circulated petitions, set up a hotline for reports of discrimination and announced a campaign of phone calls and e-mails to county officials. They also said they would organize caravans to visit Loudoun County and other communities where Latinos feel targeted. (link)
It's no accident that these "activists" are claiming that "the Latino community" is being targeted for harrassment and intimidation. It plays better in the press than would a push to have the thousands of lawbreakers in our midst be given full citizenship rights, accompanied by a myriad of handouts that those who don't have to foot the bill demand that the rest of us pay.

Hopefully "the Latino community" will do us a favor and bring those who break our laws and thumb their noses at us - every day they are here - out into the open so that they can be deported, once and for all.

You want a fight? Bring it, Pancho.

On Hillary & Her Boobs

First, let it be recorded for all posterity that this originated at the liberal Washington Post, not with that vast right-wing conspiracy, in which I play an integral part.

That having been stipulated, this must be said: Are these people joking?

Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory
By Robin Givhan, Washington Post Staff Writer

There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance. No scrunch-faced scrutiny was necessary. There wasn't an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable.

It was startling ...
It may have been startling, or it may have been an illusion. Bad drugs.

Can we be real? The woman has no breasts. In fact, I have more cleavage than does Mrs. Clinton (Is Bill a breast man? Is that why he cheated so often? Was he out trolling for that which he couldn't find at home?).

If it weren't for her wonderbra and some architectural legerdemain, Hillary Clinton would have negative boobs.

Not meaning to criticize, of course. It's just going to take time for me to get used to the idea that our commander-in-chief has bosoms. Or should have bosoms. Or has neoprene facsimiles of bosoms.

Besides, it's not about physical appearance or what a president looks li ...

Okay, maybe it is.

Hillary, you're going to need more than a wonderbra.

Don't Say You Weren't Warned

Few people watched the YouTube Democratic debate the other night. Perhaps we should have.

Terence P. Jeffrey, writing in this morning's Washington Times, outlines the reasons why:

During the debate, various candidates suggested increasing government by mandating universal health-care coverage, health-care coverage for illegal aliens, a massive increase in the minimum wage, a minimum salary for school teachers, more spending on public schools generally, cars that get 50 miles per gallon and even reparations for slavery.

They also suggested increasing government revenue by imposing a carbon tax on the U.S. economy, increasing taxes on oil companies, increasing the amount of personal income subject to the Social Security tax, increasing the tax rates on the top 1 percent of earners and increasing taxes for virtually everyone by terminating the Bush tax cuts. (link)
You'd better hide your wallets ...

They Live In Their Own World

Impervious to reason or to criticism of impropriety or to constituent dispositions, the House of Representatives voted to enrich America's wealthiest farmers yesterday. To the tune of a quarter of a trillion dollars ($286,000,000,000). This on top of the quarter trillion that was shelled out to the same farmers over the last five years.

The deplorable news:

House Passes Farm Bill, Expanding Food Stamps
By David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times

Washington, July 27 — House Democrats voted on Friday to approve a farm bill that would continue generous farmers’ subsidies at a time of record crop prices, ignoring a veto threat and yowls of protest by Republicans over a tax provision that they said spoiled bipartisan support for the bill.

The bill passed, 231 to 191, with 19 Republicans joining 212 Democrats in favor, after a morning of rancorous debate and some hooting and howling that focused not on agriculture policy but on the tax provision inserted to pay for a $4 billion increase in food stamps.

The relatively swift passage of the bill, which is projected to cost about $286 billion over five years, was a victory for Speaker Nancy Pelosi ... (link)
Voting in favor of the bill was our own Rick Boucher.

I think it might be nice if you all dropped him a note after you return from your next trip to the grocery. That price increase on bread and milk? You can thank Rick, and the wealthy farmers he's there in Washington to please.

Come next April, when you're struggling to meet your tax obligation to the federal government, well, you might thank Rick Boucher for that as well.

But why wait. You can send him an email message right now. Click here.

I'm Awaiting My Marching Orders

Democratic candidate for the insane asylum president John Edwards thinks there's some kind of vast right-wing conspiracy that has targeted him for ... something. Apparently it has to do with all the criticism about his perfectly styled hair ... or something. And with our wanting the man silenced.

Or worse ...

The Politico brings us a portion of a tirade the man launched into out in Iowa on Thursday:

This stuff's not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I'm out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That's what this is about. "Let's distract from people who don't have health care coverage. Let's distract from people who can't feed their children.... Let's talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that
America won't pay attention."

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don't stand up to these people, if we don't fight em, if we don't beat them, they're going to continue to control this country. Thye're going to control the media. They're going to control what's being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody.

The loonies at MoveOn.org will eat this stuff up. They're big on surreal conspiracy theories. The sillier the better.

For those of us who reside in a more grounded world, however, where we can draw distinctions without having to await orders from some higher power within our tentacled, multi-layered right-wing organization, his rant comes across as being ... well, goofy.

Mr. Wonderful feels he needs $400 haircuts. For that he deserves derision.
He wants to socialize our health care system. For that he deserves contempt.
He wants to redistribute the nation's wealth (that's why he's waiting to redistribute his) the likes of which this country has never seen before. For that he deserves condemnation.

In reality, John Edwards should hope and pray that we only concentrate on his hair.

Silence John Edwards? I want to give this fossilized holdover from the 60's a soapbox.