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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It Begins

The Subprime mortgage lending crisis is too far removed from our daily lives for it to have much of an impact. Who even knows what a hedge fund is anyway? Or cares?

Well, a rapidly growing number of Virginians is learning - the hard way - what it means to them and how it is going to affect their lives in a very real, dramatic way:
Foreclosures increase dramatically in Virginia
They rose 303 percent in July, compared with the same month in 2006

By Carol Hazard, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

The number of foreclosures in Virginia rose by 303 percent in July from the same month a year earlier, according to a report that was released yesterday by RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosed properties.

Virginia recorded 1,959 foreclosure filings during July, which represented one in every 1,621 households, as more people failed to make mortgage payments.

Virginia ranked No. 21 among the states. (link)
1,959 foreclosures just last month. With many more to follow ...

Yes, But ...

This lobbyist for the grain industry, writing in this morning's Roanoke Times, is right about ethanol being wonderful for the environment ...

... as long as you ignore the acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, acrolein, and carbon monoxide. And the atrazine. Oh, and then there's a little problem with ozone. And mass deforestation, strained land and water resources.

Let's not even get into the price of tacos in Guadalajara.

Other than that, it's a swell idea.

Virgil Goode Has a Shrewd Strategy

It's called playing both ends against the middle. Or three ends against the midd ... oh, never mind. The news:

Goode donates to three presidential candidates
By Bernard Baker, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

Danville - U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode Jr. still has not endorsed any Republican presidential contender, but he has opened his wallet to three candidates. (link)
Slick. He's keeping his options open, waiting for a clear favorite to emerge.

Or not ...

Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul have received $1,000 each from either Goode or his campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission. The Republican support of each of the three candidates is in the single digits in presidential polls.
Duncan who? Tom who? And didn't Pope Ron Paul die last year?


Do We Imprison Him?

Or just send him to bed without his supper?
9-year-old charged with felony for Johnson City bomb threat
The Associated Press

Police have charged a 9-year-old child with making a bomb threat to a Johnson City car dealership.

Police said the child called Johnson City Honda. Authorities searched the business, but didn't find any explosives.

The child's name was not released, but authorities said he was from Washington County.

The child was charged with felony false report and released to the child's mother. (link)
What, the dealership wouldn't throw in a set of floor mats?

A nine-year-old with a rap sheet. Good God.

Where Are Our Priorities?

While the state of Virginia gives money away - tens of millions - to private land trusts, local governments, and state agencies so that land in Southwest Virginia can be acquired for the purpose of ... well, there is no purpose - they're simply going to be "protected" - our children and grandchildren are being sent home from school early each day so that they don't succumb to heat prostration. Or worse.

What's up with this, Governor Kaine?
Some schools to close early
The Roanoke Times

Students in seven schools that are not air-conditioned in Montgomery County will be dismissed early Thursday and Friday because of forecasted high temperatures. The seven schools will close at 1 p.m. both days.

The schools are Auburn High School, Shawsville Middle School and the following elementary schools: Belview, Christiansburg, Gilbert Linkous, Margaret Beeks and Price's Fork. (
Why don't we work on this problem, Tim, and postpone that silly pre-kindergarden notion of yours for a while?

And why don't we quit buying land that we have no earthly use for?

Do children have to die in order for you to get your priorities straight?

Then I Vote For Appomattox Court House

My first choice, Bland County, appears to have been rejected.

As has my second choice for the Museum of the Confederacy:
Lexington comes up short in race to relocate museum
Proposals to the Museum of the Confederacy appear to have revealed several other tourism possibilities.
Jay Conley, The Roanoke Times

Despite months of trying to lure the world's largest collection of Civil War artifacts to town, Lexington is not at the top of a list of localities being considered for the Museum of the Confederacy's relocation.

"They are on the short list but not at the top of the short list," said Waite Rawls, the museum's executive director.

Since January, Lexington and Rockbridge County officials have worked to broker a deal to renovate the old Rockbridge County Courthouse in historic downtown Lexington as a new home for the museum.

The museum announced in October that it wants to move from its cramped quarters in downtown Richmond in order to build a larger facility and avoid further expansion of the neighboring Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. (link)
I still think Lexington would provide the ideal mecca for all those millions of Civil War tourists who flock to Virginia each year to "tramp the hollowed fields." That is, after all, where they'll be going to pay their respects to Marse Robert and Ol' Sonewall, don't forget.

Somehow I see the museum ending up in Fairfax. I don't know ...

I Blame His Hair Stylist

Things aren't looking good for the lovely and talented* presidential hopeful from North Carolina.

Well, if a sampling taken among a group of young people in a diner somewhere in Iowa is any indication:
Younger Crowd Losing Appetite For Edwards
By Anne E. Kornblut, The Washington Post

By no means a scientific survey of the Democratic field in the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest, a casual sampling of the mainly younger clientele [sitting in a diner] that morning reflected a trend that is apparent in the polls: Edwards, who came in a strong second in 2004 and has held a lead in Iowa for a long time since, is no longer the runaway favorite. (link)
Maybe if he lowered the back and had his sideburns tapered; the locks atop swept obliquely along the hair line. Or an updo with curls and locks softly flowing ...

* A term shamelessly stolen from James Taranto.

But It Still Rates Highly In Al Qaeda Circles

Congress approval hits all-time low

And So Too Will Global Warming Hysteria

Fears of bird flu pandemic subside

You Don't Help Your Argument By Being Stupid

Non Sequitur
Noun: non sequitur nɔn ˈsɛkwɪtər
1. Latin for "It does not follow," coming from the deponent verb sequor
2. (logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises


Check out this painfully sophomoric attempt, appearing in this morning's New York Times ("Virginia's Gun Market"), to link the mayhem brought about by a severely sociopathic Cho Seung Hui on the Virginia Tech campus in April - an incident involving a pair of firearms purchased legally - to what it terms "the Iron Pipeline," the movement of firearms (also purchased legally, ahem) in Virginia to the streets of a violence-prone New York City, where police focus their attention more on "iron" than on those habitual criminals who seek out that iron to commit robberies, murders, and assaults:
The “Iron Pipeline” of Interstate 95 remains alive and deadly, as a new federal study grimly confirms. Saddest of all is the evidence that some of the most far-reaching shady gun marts continue to operate in the state of Virginia, where the suicidal Virginia Tech student shot 32 people to death only four months ago.
Was the Roanoke gun shop where Cho Seung Hui bought his weapons one of those "shady gun marts?" Not by any reasonable person's standards.

Did Cho's story in any way involve that which this moron at the Times outlines in his editorial? No.

But it probably felt good writing it.

These guys are pathetic.

It Went Up. It Came Down. Nobody Died.

A successful space shuttle mission.

As NASA now defines them anyway ...

It's Taken You This Long?

The fact that it's been six long years since 9/11 and only now the CIA is able to make a reasoned assessment of its failures in preventing the most horrific attack ever made on American soil is, in itself, telling. And frightening.

But the information is slowly - ever so slowly - coming out:
C.I.A. Lays Out Errors It Made Before Sept. 11
By Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times

Washington, Aug. 21 — A report released Tuesday by the Central Intelligence Agency includes new details of the agency’s missteps before the Sept. 11 attacks, outlining what the report says were failures to grasp the role being played by the terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and to assess fully the threats streaming into the C.I.A. in the summer of 2001.

The 19-page report, prepared by the agency’s inspector general, also says 50 to 60 C.I.A. officers knew of intelligence reports in 2000 that two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, may have been in the United States. But none of those officers thought to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the potential domestic threat, the report says, evidence of what it calls a systemic failure.
Let's hope the leadership at the CIA has learned a lesson from this. Hopefully a list of reasons why they failed us can be produced in less than six years the next time thousands of Americans are slaughtered.

For the love of God.

My Kinda Woman

Barack O-Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time has in recent weeks proven himself to be totally unprepared for the office he seeks.

But his wife may have a future in politics.

Check out this local Chicago CBS affiliate footage of Michelle Obama going after Hillary.

"If you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House."

The fact that she's a total babe doesn't hurt her chances for becoming my choice for vice presidential candidate either.