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Monday, August 13, 2007

This Guy Cracks Me Up

Wal-Mart is evil and bad for America.

So says Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal. The same dude who believes Southwest Virginia to be full of "haters." Tsk. Tsk.

From yesterday's column:

Blacksburg's big-box juggernaut
By Christian Trejbal, The Roanoke Times

Blacksburg, it's time you accept something. A Wal-Mart Supercenter is about to crash onto the south end of town. It's coming, and no one can do much about it.

I know. It's not fair. The developers duped the town or overestimated the tenants they could attract. A big-box store -- almost certainly a Supercenter -- won't fit with Blacksburg's character.

I hear you. I don't want it either.

... I'm sick to my stomach about Wal-Mart because it's an evil company and bad for America. (link)
Gosh. Wal-Mart makes him sick to his stomach? One can only imagine what he thinks of the evil corporation from which he draws a paycheck.

I'm hoping Mr. Trejbal's next column goes into some detail. Wal-Mart is evil? Wal-Mart is bad?

In lieu of any explanation beyond traffic congestion problems - cogent or otherwise - for such inflammation, I can only assume that he gets worked up over the thought that Wal-Mart somehow destroys America's "character" (see above regarding Blacksburg's).

Mr. Trejbal probably clings to that quaint notion that those little mom-and-pop stores that he enjoys buying his bree and iced coffee at - the ones that provide minimum wage and no benefits to their employees - are what America is really all about. Perhaps.

But then he's gainfully employed. And probably earning more than are those proles who wait on him when he goes into town to bask in the "character." To him, they should be locked into their economic circumstances - forever - so that he can immerse himself in the ambience flowing from the aging storefronts and their olde world charm. The dust-covered fresh-food bins. The week-old lettuce. The atmosphere emanating from the public restrooms.

Until they close up shop and he has to go next door to live out his fantasy.

To continue his quest, Don Quixote Christian Trejbal has called for a boycott* of the new Blacksburg Wal-Mart that may or may not be coming to town.

I'll bet old Sam is quaking in his grave.

* From the editorial: "Don't patronize the big-box and other unwanted retail outlets. If their revenue is low, others will think twice before opening."

This Guy Cracks Me Up II

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist is always good for a chuckle. Let's see what he's babbling about this morning:
Like it or not, speech is free here
By Michael Paul Williams, Times-Dispatch Columnist

I am about to write a column that includes criticism of the president.
Uh oh. President Bush is in for it if Michae ...


I guess I misunderstood that sentence. The column Michael Paul was about to write that includes criticism of the president must follow the one that actually appears in this morning's paper. In today's piece, he ...

... criticizes AT&T for omitting lyrics from a Pearl Jam recording that were critical of the president (an action AT&T had every constitutional right to take but for which it has apologized) and ...

... criticizes the Richmond police for having detained a protester - and her daughter.

The president? Well, it's all his fault anyway:
I realize there are countries where reporters are tortured, imprisoned or killed for criticizing the president. Or where censorship of such criticism is rampant.

But that's not the way it's supposed to work in America.

But if we're not careful . . .
It's not anything he's done. It's what he's soon to do. If we let him.

For the love of God.

It Must Be Monday

The Roanoke Times calls for a tax increase.

Where Environmentalism Ultimately Takes Us

I quickly came to realize long ago that the powerful politicians and pundits who were pushing the environmentalist agenda back in the 80's and 90's were dangerous to our way of life when I listened to then-Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, on CNN's "Crossfire" show, make the startling claim that, even though there was no evidence to support the notion that we were all going to die because of holes in the earth's ozone layer, we couldn't wait for evidence. We had to act now!

No evidence ...... we must act anyway.

That, friends, is monumentally irresponsible. And, as I said, dangerous.

Welcome to the environmentalist movement.

Which brings us to a Washington Post editorial that appears this morning:
Carbon Challenge
To do something real about climate change*, a price on emissions is a must.

[House Energy Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.)] has been talking up the need to slap a price on carbon since the beginning of the year.

Whatever his motives, Mr. Dingell has positioned the climate-change conversation on Capitol Hill where it needs to be. A price per ton of carbon emitted must be imposed in the United States if America is to help slow the advance of global warming. (link)
Keep in mind the fact that there is no unanimity among scientists that humans are causing the planet to heat up. More significantly, some are even backing away from their earlier positions and are now skeptical of the belief that we are the cause. Or the solution. Not to mention the growing number of theories that have nothing to do with human activity.

This is to say, in the end: We don't know what's causing global warming.

But, to people like those who write for the Washington Post, it doesn't matter. We must act now!

So what if it serves no purpose other than to cause the global economy to implode and millions to die of starvation? We're saving the planet!

May God have mercy on us.

* The environmentalists have adopted the term "climate change" to replace that of "global warming." The reason is unclear. My guess is it's a bit of subterfuge; it certainly isn't descriptive.

Neither Could Hold A Candle To Most Republicans

I wonder if Hillary's strategists realize the gangplank she walks when she goes after Barack Obama's "lack of experience." After all, other than her one term in the senate, her "experience" consists of little more than baking cookies in the White House for the foreign-policy strategists who gathered there with her husband.

Others in the Democratic Party are eying the same tactical error on her part and are pouncing on it:

Clinton-Obama clash raises experience issue
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

The foreign-policy spat between Democratic presidential rivals Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama has put their differences on display, but it has also opened a window for the second-tier 2008 White House hopefuls.

Experienced candidates trailing the two front-runners were able to take their gloves off in the past two weeks, targeting Mr. Obama as inexperienced and touting themselves as better equipped to lead the country.

"If we're going to regain our national security and restore our position in the world, it will take strong, proven leadership," said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut. "I have been involved in every major foreign-policy debate ... (link)

Dodd makes an excellent point. While he was involving himself in national and international politics over the last few decades, Obama was a second-rate Chicago politician and Hillary was a crooked small-time lawyer working in a Little Rock law firm.

Experience? What there is of it, their kind of experience we don't need.

It Required Documentation?

Somehow this discovery seems to convince a reporter (and more than a few politicians) that East German border guards were ordered to "shoot-to-kill" any East Berliner who tried to escape to freedom in the 60's and 70's:

East German Shoot-to-Kill Order Is Found
By Judy Dempsey, The New York Times

Berlin, Aug. 12 — Seventeen years after German reunification, archivists have found the first written proof that East German border guards had been ordered to shoot to kill anyone trying to escape to West Germany, including women and children.

The seven-page order, dated Oct. 1, 1973, was discovered last week in the regional archive office in the eastern German city of Magdeburg. Though unsigned, it shows that the Ministry for State Security, known as the Stasi, had told guards that they must “stop or liquidate” anyone trying to cross the border.

The revelations, which stunned politicians here across the political spectrum, were ...
Stunned? Over the years, photos like this from The Wall should have been revelation enough.

The caption that accompanied the photo reads: "Peter Fechter Dying."

For more on the young man, cut down by border guards at the age of eighteen, click here.

A photo taken shortly before he was shot to the right ......

Photos are worth a thousand documents.

And a thousand photos, representing the number of Berliners who were killed by communist assassins as they attempted to escape to the west ... priceless.

Shuttle Mission Fraught With Danger

Inspection Finds Debris Penetrated Shuttle’s Tiles

Like I said.

Oh, Really?

Tell it to my mutual fund accounts:
Small Investors Seen as Safer in Stock Slide
By Eric Dash and Vikas Bajaj, The New York Times

The wild swings in the stock market over the last few weeks have reawakened memories of the technology crash of 2000 in which many small investors lost their savings. But this time around, market experts say, ordinary investors seem less vulnerable than the professionals who have taken a beating.

The excesses in the financial markets are now generally believed to reside in complex mortgage securities and other esoteric investments, not in the traditional stock and bond markets where average Americans put their money. (link)
So I haven't lost thousands in the last two weeks? That's good to know.

Or not ...

Here's A Quarter. Call Someone Who Cares.

Rove Leaving White House

Then Let's Spend Our Money On Something Worthwhile

It Takes Deep Pockets to Fight Global Warming

Tommy Thompson Was In Race?

Tommy Thompson Bows Out of Race

Roscoe Reynolds Meets His Constituents

It must be awful having to come back to Southwest Virginia every other year and be forced to talk to voters.

Check out Senator Roscoe Reynolds's (D-Martinsville) body language and the tone he uses in answering a question from a call-in college student in this clip from TV40's "Talk of the Town.".

And keep in mind, he's asked why he voted to triple the Grantors Tax on home sales:

I'd call that dismissive, wouldn't you?

* To watch the video, double-click on the triangle in the center.