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Friday, August 31, 2007

Exciting News Out Of Wytheville!

Southwest Virginia's favorite place to shop brings relief to thousands of worried homemakers:
Wal-Mart doesn’t cut fabrics
By Wayne Quesenberry, Wytheville Enterprise Staff

Local quilters, crafters and seamstresses can stitch in peace. Their cries of distress about the potential closing of Wal-Mart’s fabric and craft department were heard. “Wal-Mart continues to carry cut fabric in most of our stores,” stated Marisa Bluestone, media relations manger for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Ark. “Decisions about the fabric department were made in keeping with our emphasis on being a store of the community.”

Word in January that the company was considering closing some of the departments in the spring had local customers in a bind. (link)
Many a mommy will rest easier tonight.

Ask a Stupid Question ...

Danville has a new director of economic development. One Jeremy Stratton.

Having now settled into his new job, Jeremy sat down for an interview with the Register & Bee the other day and was confronted with this challenging question:

"You have been here for about two weeks now - what do you think of Danville so far?"

His reply (in part):

"It’s a great place."

Quote Of The Day

From this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Today's Staggering Stat: If the federal government had simply divvied up the $127 billion it has spent so far on rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hit two years ago, each of the city's residents would have had $425,000 cash in hand with which to buy a house and start life over somewhere else.
"In Brief," August 31, 2007

Kiss Me. My Lips Are Burning.

A line legitimately used over in Pittsylvania County, where local residents are rumored to glow in the dark:
Mining of uranium in Va. proposed
By Greg Edwards, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

The renewed prospect of uranium mining in Virginia's Piedmont has been raised by a state energy plan being developed by the Kaine administration under a General Assembly mandate.

Marline Corp. began searching for uranium deposits in the East in the late 1970s and in 1982 said it discovered 30 million pounds of uranium oxide in Pittsylvania County, potentially worth $1 billion or more. The company obtained leases on 40,000 uranium-rich acres in the county and 16,000 acres in Fauquier, Madison, Culpeper and Orange counties. (link)
30 million pounds of uranium oxide in Pittsylvania County. I think I now know why the tobacco grown over there tasted so good. It had this latent aftertaste. Like I'd just smoked a welding torch.

I wonder if they could bottle that ...

Time To Toss 'em Some Crumbs

Looks like Governor Kaine had such fun decreeing our "profound regret" for slavery several months ago (I was holding out hope for "sincerely profound" ...) that he's taking time out from pressing matters of state ... to revisit the subject. This time, by God, with official pardons in hand.

You go, Tim:

Kaine issues pardon in slave revolt
By Jeff Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is informally pardoning Gabriel Prosser, hanged for leading a failed slave revolt in Virginia more than 200 years ago this week.

In restoring Prosser's "good name," Kaine said the slave, put to death in 1800 with 34 other African-Americans, was motivated by "his devotion to the ideals of the American revolution -- it was worth risking death to secure liberty."

Gabriel's cause -- the end of slavery and the furtherance of equality of all people -- has prevailed in the light of history," Kaine said in a recent letter to Linda Thomas, president of the Virginia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Thomas sought the pardon. (link)

Meaningless apologies. Even more meaningless pardons. The Virginia chapter of the NAACP asks for so little.

And Governor Kaine is there to oblige.

But What If They Were History Majors?

Post-graduate students look to future

The People Be Damned

This is why we passed a constitutional amendment here in the commonwealth of Virginia. To block judges from overruling the democratic process and imposing their twisted liberal beliefs:
Judge: Same-Sex Couples Can Wed in Iowa
By David Pitt, The Associated Press

Des Moines, Iowa -- A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.

Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson's ruling. (link)
Tradition. The law. Common sense. Out the door.

A judge - a county judge - overrules the legislative process and hundreds of years of precedent.

If We The People let him that is.

Want to know why we now have this codified in our state constitution? We can't trust the Judge Robert Hansons of the world.

It Comes Down To This

A 300-page report was released the other day regarding the April massacre of 32 students and faculty on the Virginia Tech campus. It was, as I remember it being described, long on recommendations and short on accusations.


But the Washington Post, in an editorial this morning, sums up the tragic saga in relatively few words:
The Failure at Virginia Tech
An information breakdown in an information society

" [A]s the report made clear, by the time Cho started firing, there was probably nothing that could have prevented him from inflicting great harm. The larger failure had already taken place -- a failure on the part of Cho's parents, professors, university administrators and local officials to identify the danger posed by a student who provided plenty of clues that he was a time bomb.

The fault here lies both in laws that limit the ability of educational institutions to share pertinent information regarding mental health and the misunderstanding of those laws by university officials." (link)
But it goes well beyond that. Cho isn't unique and his freedom of action, despite fears having been expressed about his mental state, isn't some rare phenomenon. America's inner cities are plagued with homeless men and women - by the tens of thousands - who are mentally disturbed and living in sordid squalor. Some disturbed in the extreme. Yet these people - many seriously psychotic - wander the streets each day undisturbed. Just as was the case at Virginia Tech, we are powerless to stop them from inflicting harm - on themselves and on others. Institutionalization went by the wayside in the 70's - along with common sense.

"Sharing pertinent information" is important. But what we do with that information is critical.

And my guess is, we - starting with the editorialists at the Washington Post - have no intention of acting on that information flow.

So we wait ...

Somehow I Don't Think So

If Bill playing hide-the-cigar with one of his under-age female employees didn't embarrass the woman, I doubt that this will:

Fugitive fundraiser embarrasses Hillary

Yeah, sure ...

Mountains From Molehills

I saw this headline and reacted with: "What on earth is this all about?"

'White power' chanted during immigration discussion at school

Turns out, one young boy in a high school in Colorado, engaged in a class discussion about immigration and the Spanish language, started chanting.


It make national news.

The planet trembled.

They Make a Good Point

As much as it pains me, I have to agree with this New York Times assessment of senatorpervertgate:
Disowning Senator Craig

The Republican Party is in quite a rush to keelhaul Senator Larry Craig for his run-in with the vice squad in an airport men’s room. Disclosure of the senator’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct set off a frenzy to demand an investigation by the Senate’s somnolent Ethics Committee and to strip Mr. Craig of his committee seniority. Some of the senator’s peers simply demanded that he resign.

No similar leadership chorus for judgment has been heard about any number of other scandalous revelations on the party’s plate.

The rush to cast him out betrays the party’s intolerance, which is on display for the public in all of its ugliness. But it also betrays their political uneasiness as the next election approaches. (
That broadbrush intolerance accusation is a stretch but the fact that there is a good bit of political uneasiness on display can't be denied. But that's how Republicans in Washington function on a daily basis. Hint of scandal? Head to the hills.

You have to give the Democrats credit. When it was found that another pervert, Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts, had a homosexual prostitution ring operating in his home, the party shrugged, and went back to raising taxes. Bill Clinton accused of rape? What's for lunch?

The Republicans, on the other hand, can be counted on to run like scared rabbits.

Larry Craig played footsy with a vice cop in a public restroom?


There Were No WMD!

Chemical From Iraq Discovered at U.N.
By Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times

No unconventional weapons were found in Iraq after the United States-led invasion in 2003. But a potentially deadly chemical agent produced by Saddam Hussein’s regime has turned up, improbably, in an office at the United Nations in New York, and it had the F.B.I. and the city police scrambling yesterday.

Federal, city and United Nations officials said the small quantity of the chemical, phosgene, was contained and appeared to pose no immediate danger. But unanswered questions about its risks and about how material from Iraq’s notorious chemical warfare center wound up in New York swirled all the way up to the State Department, the Senate and the White House yesterday.

The chemical believed to be phosgene, an old-generation nerve-gas component used extensively in the later stages of World War I and in Iraqi attacks that killed thousands of Kurds in the late 1980s, was discovered in a steel box last Friday by personnel cleaning out files and old boxes in a weapons inspection agency that is to be closed soon, said Ewen Buchanan, a spokesman for the agency.

A check of records indicated that the chemical was phosgene that had been taken by United Nations inspectors in 1996 from Iraq’s chemical weapons facility at Al Muthanna, near Samarra. (link)
Saddam didn't have any WMD! Except ...