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Saturday, August 18, 2007

China Takes Another 152 Jobs

The textile industry in Southwest Virginia continues to crumble. The latest in a long line of losses:

Workers get final paychecks from New River Industries
By Angela Manese-Lee, The Roanoke Times

Fairlawn -- A large number of former New River Industries Inc. employees headed back to the Fairlawn textile plant Friday to receive what will likely be their last paychecks from the longtime New River Valley employer.

While company executives did not return repeated calls for confirmation this week, Perry Cole, manager of the Radford office of the Virginia Employment Commission said he received notice Monday that 152 plant employees would be laid off the following day because the plant was closing.

According to a letter sent to the VEC from New River Industries CEO Barry Morrow, the company "ceased manufacturing operations" Aug. 10, although "certain administrative operations are continuing."

Cole said most of the people affected by layoffs held manufacturing jobs -- 121 were wage workers and 31 were salaried employees. (link)

The plant, once owned by Burlington Industries, is located just north of Radford in Pulaski County, an area already reeling from high unemployment and the downsizing of the once-massive Volvo operation in nearby Dublin.

Pulaski County, as of June, has the second-highest unemployment rate of all counties in the commonwealth. This announcement will do nothing to improve that ranking.

John 'Simon Legree' Edwards

I'll bet by now he wishes he'd stuck to trial lawyering.

I'm thinking, too, that his presidential opponents are glad he didn't.

Here's the latest in a long string of embarrassments for the man who was going to end poverty as we knew it:

Edwards Hedge Fund $oaks 'Cane Victims
By Andy Soltis, New York Post Wire Services

August 18, 2007 -- Embarrassed presidential hopeful John Edwards promised yesterday to take millions of dollars of his own fortune out of a hedge fund tied to subprime lenders who foreclosed on victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The populist candidate - who has denounced such lenders - invested $16 million of his $30 million in assets in Fortress Investment Group. The Wall Street Journal reported that 34 New Orleans homeowners struggling to overcome Katrina's aftermath faced foreclosure suits from subprime-lending units of Fortress.

Yesterday, the red-faced Democratic candidate vowed to remove from his portfolio any Fortress funds that have a stake in those lender units. (link)

The ties that bind:

I think John Edwards needs to call in Bill Clinton's damage-control team.

Image courtesy of Getty Images.
Graphic courtesy of the New York Post.

A Warning To The GOP

Now that you've blown your majority in Congress, you want to be relegated to second-rung status for decades to come?

Let Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) continue to pull shady stunts like this, and you will have achieved your goal:

A Congressman’s $10 Million Gift for Road Is Rebuffed
By David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times

Washington, Aug. 17 — It is not often that a local government tries to turn down $10 million in federal construction money.

But then it is not every day that an Alaska congressman surprises a Florida community with the gift of a highway interchange that just happens to abut the property of a major political fund-raiser.

The money for the interchange was the work of Representative Don Young, the Alaska Republican who was chairman of the transportation committee before the last election.

Officials of Lee County considered the project a low priority, environmental groups opposed it and the Republican congressman from the district never asked for it.

Adding to the intrigue, a researcher ... said Mr. Young had added the earmark for the interchange to a transportation bill after both chambers of Congress had approved it, at a time Congressional aides were cleaning up the bill for President Bush’s signature. (link)
We have come to expect this kind of thing from Democrats. But for a Republican to be involved in such underhanded dealings is a disgrace.

The Republican Party needs to censure Don Young for his actions (this is one of many).

Or the Republican Party can - and will - see its base erode even further.

Lest we forget, authorities in Minneapolis are still trying to find the bodies of four victims of that bridge collapse. The one Don Young and his compadres are responsible for maintaining.

She's Asking To Be Arrested. Oblige Her.

In some circles, the United Methodist Church apparently being one, illegal immigration has become an entitlement. A cause célèbre. Some kind of civil right.

Take for instance the case of one Elvira Arellano:

Immigration Activist Leaves Sanctuary
By The Associated Press

Chicago (AP) -- For the first time in a year, an illegal immigrant who took refuge in a church to avoid deportation has left the sanctuary to attend an immigration rights rally in Los Angeles.

Elvira Arellano left the church for the first time since seeking sanctuary there Aug. 15, 2006, and was traveling to California by car Friday, said Emma Lozano, head of immigration rights group Centro Sin Fronteras.

Arellano is accompanied by people close to her, Lozano said, including the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church where she and her son have lived for more than a year. (link)

Some background:
Arellano came illegally to the United States to Washington state in 1997. She was deported to Mexico shortly after, but returned and moved to Illinois in 2000, taking a job cleaning planes at O'Hare International Airport.

She was arrested in 2002 at O'Hare and later convicted of working under a false Social Security number. She was to surrender to authorities last August, but asked instead to take refuge at her church to avoid deportation and separation from her son, who is a U.S. citizen.
We don't allow legal immigrants to defy the law like this woman has. Deportation is too good for her. Lock her ass up. Throw away the key.

A Moral Crisis Looming?

As you know, I have vowed to never vote for Senator John McCain. For any office.

But what if I was asked to vote for Rudy Giuliani and, in so doing, gave a nod to McCain as well?

Here, in an ABC News on-line headline, is the potentially anguishing circumstance:

Giuliani-McCain: That's the Ticket?

Clinton/Obama vs. Giuliani/McCain. The nightmare scenario.

Oh Ye Of Presidential Aspirations

These words will go down in history alongside those of America's other great orator, William Jennings Bryan:
"We know these people. We know their game plan. They're going to attack us personally. They attacked Elizabeth personally, because she stood up to that she-devil Ann Coulter. … I should not have name-called. But the truth is -- forget the names -- people like Ann Coulter, they engage in hateful language."
John Edwards, August 17, 2007

Annie B To Get VEA Endorsement

As a sure sign that Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has a strong chance of retaining her 6th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates (county of Bland, and parts of Giles, Pulaski, Tazewell, and Wythe Counties), her campaign has announced that she is being endorsed by the powerful teachers union here in the state (the Virginia Education Association).

They know a winner when they see one.

As soon as the formal endorsement is released, I'll put it up.