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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Roscoe Reynolds on ... Well, It's Hard To Say

Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville) is destined to go far. Following in the footsteps of such Democratic Party luminaries as John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and Maxine Waters, Roscoe, in the clip below, demonstrates his ability to connect with the American people, demonstrating that rare power to provide a clear, concise answer to a very complex question.

Oh, wait. That was from his press release.

In fact, if you have the intestinal fortitude to endure the episode aired on TV40's "Talk of the Town," you'll find that Roscoe actually delivers what may be the most convoluted answer to a question not asked one will ever hear.

A caller to the show wants to know, straightforwardly: Why did you support in-state college tuition status for illegal immigrants?

For his answer - answers - click twice on the image below:

Some answer. To about 35 different questions. None of which have to do with Roscoe's having supported college tuition breaks for illegal immigrants.

If he were truthful, he would have told the caller that he was following the orders of his party bosses. It's that simple.

Might Roscoe have a different reason? If so, it looks like it's going to be kept between him and those illegal immigrants.

One Of The Great Mysteries Of Life

One has to wonder: On which mountaintop did this young man learn to play golf?

Bland resident qualifies for PGA tourney in Greensboro
By Tom Bone, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bluefield, Va. — Bland County’s Chris Dillow will swing along with the big names in golf this week. The Bland resident saved his best golf for last in Monday’s qualifying round for the Wyndham Championship, which begins tournament play Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

In its first four years, the Greensboro tournament had three soon-to-be-legendary champions — Sam Snead (’38), Ben Hogan (’40) and Byron Nelson (’41). (link)

Bland County's own Chris Dillow. Walking in the footsteps of American legends.

Still, one wonders. How many golf balls has he lost trying to hit from the par twenty-seven first tee on Brushy Mountain to the first green on the peak of Big Walker Mountain?

Charleston Gazette Denounces Affirmative Action!

Of course the ultra-liberal editorialists there are too simple-minded to realize it.

They just don't like the idea of white boys being given a break:
Colleges snub women


Female students are flooding America’s colleges and universities so much that some schools now rig their admissions to favor males in an attempt to balance student populations, U.S. News & World Report says.

The colleges reject many female applicants while accepting young men with the same grade levels and credentials, the magazine found when it analyzed admission records from 1,400 schools.

Singling out young women for rejection — forcing them to search longer and harder for college opportunities — isn’t fair. Academia should address this gender gap and find a cure that is fair to both sexes. (link)
Any bets on whether these guys support minority set-aside programs?


* For the record, I agree with them on this.

So That's Why Our Economy Imploded?

Who'da thunk it? All Southwest Virginia needed to keep from becoming a third-world region was fiber-optic cable.

Well, get out of our way! We're about to be bustin' out with economic development, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

So says our very own Congressman Rick Boucher:
A giant step for the region — Boucher’s fiber-optic grid a vital addition
Bluefield Daily Telegraph editorial

The two Virginias are now wired. And the world is at our fingertips. The much-anticipated fiber-optic grid officially went online last week, opening up the opportunity for technology initiatives across Tazewell County and parts of Mercer County.

The new network has the potential to bring tremendous economic opportunities throughout the two Virginias.

“I can tell you from my personal experience that this fiber-optic grid is going to make a significant difference in our economic development efforts,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who was on hand for the official “lighting” ceremony Thursday in Bluefield, Va. “The technology companies (who previously toured Bluefield) loved what they found here. The quality of life here was second to none. In short, we had everything they wanted except for one thing. Now we can say we have the fiber-optic grid fully functional here in Bluefield, and that is going to make a significant difference.”

We strongly believe Boucher is correct in his assessment of the opportunities the broadband backbone will bring to the region. (link)
Wow. Take a pill, you guys.

Look, broadband (specifically DSL) is a good thing. But it isn't going to have that much influence on a corporate head's decision to set up shop in a particular region. Regardless what our cheerleader-in-chief says.

Besides, I got tired long ago of hearing Boucher tell us that prosperity was just around the corner - beginning many, many years ago.

The proof is in the statistics, Rick. Come back when you've got something substantive to report.

Cutting Through The Fog Of Deceit

When I read the headline, "U.S. Slipping in Life Expectancy Rankings" on Sunday, I knew that much would be made of our declining way of life, and all that. I also knew why the study cited was going to be misunderstood, and misrepresented. It has to do with our incomparable efforts, most of them gloriously successful, to keep premature babies alive. But only some battles American doctors win; some they lose.

The editorial staff at the Richmond Times-Dispatch has picked up on this as well:

Great Expectations

According to a new report, the U.S. is falling behind in international comparisons of life expectancy. Although the U.S. once ranked 11th, it now stands at No. 42. Quick! Nationalize the health care system, before more people die!

That's the response you're supposed to have, of course. But a peek behind the curtain shows the issue isn't quite so simplistic. For one thing, the Census Bureau now tracks life expectancy in many more countries than it did a couple of decades ago. What's more, the U.S. takes great pains -- and spends great sums -- to save the lives of premature babies and children born with severe birth defects. It also counts those children in mortality statistics when they die. Other nations that don't have sophisticated neonatal intensive care units often don't. So their rates of child mortality look better, though they are sometimes worse. And because the U.S. includes children just a few days old in its life-expectancy statistics, average life expectancy looks worse here than in some other places. (link)

When it comes to preserving the lives of the most vulnerable among us - except for those not quite yet born - we are the best on earth.

We're Number 1!

Now you know the truth.

Talking Counterpoint

From this morning's Roanoke Times:

Editorial: Conserving the land

Gov. Tim Kaine's ambitious program to place 400,000 acres under conservation easement during his four-year term should protect some of the commonwealth's vistas from encroaching development. But at the rate land is consumed for subdivisions and shopping centers, that acreage may not be nearly enough.

An aggressive program to protect large tracts that support wildlife and watersheds is necessary to protect for future generations the quality of life we presently cherish. (link)

The quality of life we presently cherish. That "we" includes an estimated 30,000 Southwest Virginians who have fled the area looking for a quality of life not made available to them here because "we" are concentrating our efforts on preserving trees and boulders rather than jobs.


In fact, folks around here have less ethereal things to worry about.

Call Us When You Know What You're Doing

This is pathetic:
The hottest year: 1934?
Washington Times editorial

It was never supposed to be a trick question. Which year is the hottest on record? Depending where one looks, there are three different answers: 2006, 1998 or 1934. Until last week, the answer was supposed to be 2006, but it might have been 1998. Now, citing corrections of faulty data, NASA says it was actually 1934. The National Climactic Data Center disagrees; it still says 1998.

The differences are a matter of tenths of a degree Celsius, which might seem to diminish the significance of the corrections. Except that unusually warm years in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s are themselves only a few tenths of a degree Celsius away from the purportedly dangerous hot temperatures of the present. Only one thing is certain: The political debate over global warming has rushed far ahead of the science. (link)
"The political debate over global warming has rushed far ahead of the science." Rephrased, that reads, "We can't support with science the judgements we as scientists are making."

We are going to destroy the global economy on that basis? I don't think so.

I Can Vouch For That

I spent part of last weekend repairing a bird feeder that had been mutilated - in my back yard - by a black bear that had been looking for a meal. Whereas the bear population had been keeping to itself on the eastern slope of Big Walker Mountain up till now, a neighbor had told me that sightings were starting to occur in the spring on our side of the mountain - on the western slope. My crushed feeder was a clear sign that the fuzzy bundles of love had indeed arrived.

I was reminded of that incident when I read this headline in this morning's Washington Times:

Bear Sightings on The Rise

I'm here to report from Bland County that ...

Tell Us What You Really Think

New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser on radio shock jock Don Imus's monetary settlement ($20 mil) with CBS:

"Don Imus is a toxic buffoon who has no business showing his craggy face, or airing his gutter voice, in polite company." (link)

I get a sense of physical attraction here. Some kind of chemistry ...

One Of The Greatest Shortstops Ever, Dead at 89

Traded To The Angels

Why Johnny Can't Read

He's being taught, instead, what men who can't keep their perversions in check do to one another in the dark of night:
Lessons on Homosexuality Move Into the Classroom
By Diana Jean Schemo, The New York Times

After five years, one legal defeat and a challenge on the way, Montgomery County, Md., is at the frontier of sex education in the United States. This fall, barring last-minute court action, the county will offer lessons on homosexuality in its 8th- and 10th-grade health education courses. (link)
Lessons on homosexuality.

Lessons on homosexuality.

Yeah. That's The REAL Problem.

Newark, New Jersey is a cesspool by anyone's standards. It's biggest problem?

It now has, officially, a white police chief:
White Police Chief Could Upset a Balance in Newark
By Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times

Newark, Aug. 14 — It was the kind of feel-good news conference that elected officials relish: Mayor Cory A. Booker told a room full of rapt reporters about the creation of new law enforcement posts, plans for dozens of surveillance cameras in the most crime-soaked neighborhoods and millions of dollars in private largess to help pay for what officials say will be the most high-tech gunshot detection system in the country.

But buried among the heady announcements on Tuesday was a personnel change that has the potential to create untold aggravation for City Hall. The mayor removed the word “acting” from the title of his police chief, Anthony Campos, a Portuguese-American who, along with Police Director Garry F. McCarthy, leads the city’s 1,300-member police force.

In a city like Newark, where the majority of the population is black and race issues bubble just below the surface, the decision to place two white men at the helm of the city’s Police Department could threaten the good will and unity that Mr. Booker has been enjoying of late. (link)
Good will and unity. People cowering in fear behind their chained and padlocked doors don't have the luxury of thinking such happy thoughts. They dwell on the more mundane. Staying alive for another night.

A white police chief. O, the humanity.

Expect nothing to change in Newark, New Jersey.

Can Bland Be Far Behind?

Montgomery County eliminates vehicle decal

Always Ahead of the Curve

VDOT announces bridge inspections

And That's a Good Thing ...

Kaine's land preservation falling short of his goals

Obama Going The Way Of Howard Dean

One can gain a valuable understanding of our political system by watching the presidential primary play out. In the case of a candidate, not well known but with a lot of sizzle - and fawning praise in the mainstream press (remember President Howard Dean and the bootlicking write-ups about how he was carving out new territory with his use of the internet?) - all it takes is for the electorate to get to know him for the bloom to fall off the rose, so to speak. That's what the primaries are all about.

Take, for example, the 2008 presidential candidate that was annointed - prematurely it now appears - by Oprah Winfrey. His prospects, with every utterance accidentally slipping out from between his otherwise tightly pursed lips, ebb.

The latest? We're air-raiding villages and killing civilians in Afghanistan.

Barack, stop. Please. You embarrass yourself. And Oprah.

Obama's comments on Afghanistan draw sharp rebuke from Romney campaign
Bill Sammon, The Examiner

Washington - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came under fire Tuesday for saying that U.S. troops in Afghanistan are "just air-raiding villages and killing civilians." The junior senator from Illinois made the comment Monday at a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire.

"We've got to get the job done there," he said of Afghanistan. "And that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there."

The comment drew a rebuke Tuesday from the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"That is a very troubling remark on so many levels," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. "Most importantly, it's emblematic of Senator Obama's lack of experience for the job of commander-in-chief. But it's also an entirely inaccurate condemnation of the efforts of the men and women of the United States military who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan." (link)
Couple this with Obama's call for an invasion of Pakistan, of all places. Troubling? Perhaps. Revealing? To be sure. The guy's not ready for primetime. Send him packin'.