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Saturday, August 25, 2007

SW Virginia Flushing Money Down The Toilet

When are we going to learn?

The government cannot create private sector jobs.

I was reminded this morning of a weblog post that Brian Patton (brianpatton.org) had put up a couple of years ago regarding a Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) grant to a Dickenson County company, Mountain Forest Products, to the tune of $175,000 (though, according to VCEDA's annual report, the amount was 250,000).

According to VCEDA 48 new jobs were being created as a result.

Neat.

But VCEDA did nothing, nor is it chartered to do anything, about the business climate here in Southwest Virginia. It could only throw money at companies, as it does so well, ask that it be converted into jobs, somehow, and claim wondrous results.

The business climate has not changed.

Thus, what the government gave, the economy is taking away:
A Clintwood, Va., lumber business announces 25 employees will be laid off
By Khristopher J. Brooks, Bristol Herald Courier


Clintwood, Va. – About 25 sawmill workers in Dickenson County have been laid off after officials with Mountain Forest Products decided to leave the lumber business and pursue another industry.

Established in 1998, Mountain Forest makes hardwood chips that eventually are turned into paper. For years, the Clintwood company cut down trees throughout the region and shaped them into logs at a giant sawmill.

Charlotte Mullins, Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority director, said the company’s decision is disappointing.

"It’s really kind of sad because they had a lot of investment in that mill," Mullins said. "It was a state-of-the-art mill." (link)
A lumber company, in the heart of America's forestland, can't make a go of it. Even with considerable government assistance.

We should ask that Mountain Forest Products give that taxpayer money back. Then we should return it to Southwest Virginia's other struggling corporations in the form of a tax break.

In fact, we must.

Or expect to read about a whole lot more Mountain Forest Products stories in the future.

The business climate has not changed.

Pulaski Town Council Meets ...

... those elusive tourists were discussed:

Opening up more options to draw people into downtown Pulaski was a recurring theme at the town council’s work session last night.

One option that was discussed was the extension of the New River Trail further into downtown Pulaski.

... no good reason given.

But That's Who They Are

The Clintons view life through a political prism. All aspects thereof. That's why Hillary can say what she did about another terrorist attack on the United States being a terrible thing ... because it will make it more difficult for her to win the election, and mean it.

That doesn't keep others in her party from trying to get her to understand the flaw in her psyche, even though their chances of getting through to her are nil.

First, the revealing comment:

Hillary: "There are circumstances beyond our control, and I think I am better able to handle things I have no control over. It's a horrible prospect to ask yourself 'What if? What if?' But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world."

Yesterday:
John Edwards: "If we're talking about America being attacked, the last thing we should do is be engaged in political calculation. What I believe is that it is the responsibility of a presidential candidate, a serious presidential candidate, and the president of the United States, when you're talking about something as serious as the potential for America to be attacked, to focus on what's good for America, not politics, and what needs to be done to keep this country safe, which is what I would do as president."

Bill Richardson: "We shouldn't be thinking about terrorism in terms of its domestic political consequences, we should be protecting the country from terrorists."

Chris Dodd: "Frankly, I find it tasteless to discuss political implications when talking about a potential terrorist attack on the United States."
Tasteless to be sure. But much, much worse.

Do we want to go back to the America of Bill Clinton's day, when the country revolved around him? When every decision, foreign and domestic, was given a political calculation beforehand? Remember Kosovo and the dithering? Remember Somalia? A time in which we as a nation were reduced to debating the meaning of the word "is?"

I'll have no part of it. The people of New York seem to appreciate this pair of scumbags. The people of New York can keep them. We don't have to. We won't.

Where's Warner Getting His Advice?

Obviously not from the military. Our generals actually plan on winning the war.

A day after our senior senator, John Warner, called for President Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq - to send some kind of message to Osama bin Ladin the Iraqi government - those who fight the war in spite of people like John Warner, speak out.


From this morning's Washington Times:

Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch reacted yesterday to Virginia Republican Sen. John W. Warner's call for a small pullout of some troops from Iraq by calling the idea a "giant step backward." (link)
Warner can listen to Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch or he can take his advice from Hillary and her pack of whining cowards.

I have no doubt which one he'll turn to.

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As proof that Warner is on the wrong side of this issue, the Roanoke Times this morning is singing his praises.

Though the leftists there have been desiring defeat for quite a bit longer, in fact since the war began, Warner has joined them only in recent months. Since public opinion polls went south. Go figure.

Heir To The Russian Empire Found

Aleksei will now, perhaps, rest in peace.

It Will Be If Your Opponent Wins

"The Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent."

Doesn't Warner Have Something Else To Do?

Republican Surrender Monkey Issues Ultimatum

Surrender Is Not An Option

From one who has sacrificed more than her fair share:



She touches our hearts.

She strengthens our resolve.

'Senator Reynolds Needs To Go On The Record ...'

This was released to the press yesterday:


Live By “Macaca,” Die By “NAMBLA”
Top Virginia Democratic Strategist Linked To Pedophile Web Site

Richmond, Virginia. (August 25, 2007) – The Old Dominion Blog Alliance (“ODBA”), an organization of approximately 25 conservative Virginia bloggers founded on December 9, 2005, discovered on August 21 that someone registered the domain name of “olddominionblogalliance.com” on August 16 via GoDaddy.com’s Domains by Proxy service in order to conceal their identity. The domain was then set to forward to the web site for the North American Man-Boy Love Association ("NAMBLA"), an organization that promotes illegal activity between adults and children, including pedophilia.

Following this disclosure, the parties behind it were subsequently discovered to be Joe Stanley of Yellow Dog Strategy, a Democratic consultant who manufactured last year’s “macaca” gaffe by U.S. Sen. George Allen into an
ex post facto racial slur and produced the controversial anti-Harris Miller mailing, and Ben Tribbett who runs the Northern Virginian blog “Not Larry Sabato.”

Evidence in hand and a confession by Mr. Stanley show that he was the one who purchased the domain name and then set it to forward to the NAMBLA web site. Mr. Tribbett, who is close to Mr. Stanley, proceeded to peddle the story to another blog and then feigned outrage at this action apparently in order to further raise the story’s visibility while maintaining deniability over it. Mr. Stanley undertook this action just two days after members of the ODBA began a concerted effort against state Sen.
Roscoe Reynolds (D-20th Dist.), a candidate for whom Mr. Stanley has done work and who is locked in a tight reelection battle with Republican Jeff Evans. Sen. Reynolds advertises on “Not Larry Sabato.”

“Child sexual abuse is not a joke and certainly not a political tactic to be used in order to silence your political enemies,” said Kathryn Wilton of the blog CatHouse Chat, a member of the ODBA, the wife of a Navy veteran and mother. “Pedophilia is a morally repugnant behavior and how Mr. Stanley or Mr. Tribbett could think this is humorous or fair game politically is beyond my comprehension.”

“Senator Reynolds needs to go on the record whether or not he agrees with these abhorrent tactics used on his behalf,” added Greg Letiecq of Black Velvet Bruce Li, one of the most widely read blogs in Virginia. “Joe Stanley did this to benefit him. Reynolds must either expressly condone or renounce these tactics used for his gain.”

Members of the ODBA are currently considering whether to bring any civil legal claims stemming from this defamatory act perpetrated upon them. Should a case be brought and damages awarded, any proceeds will be donated to organizations that fight child abuse.
A man is known by the friends he keeps. Roscoe.