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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Fred Thompson, Phone Home

Your supporters seem confused ...

Too funny.

Well, This Sucks

I guess these people, when told by King Solomon that they would have to take the baby they were feuding over and divide it in half, would say: "Uhhhh, okay."
Museum of Confederacy to split
It will divide artifacts among 3 sites; two are Chancellorsville, Appomattox

By Janet Caggiano, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

The Museum of the Confederacy has found a new home for the world's largest collection of Civil War artifacts.

Make that homes.

Three Virginia localities will serve as a museum "system," replacing the single museum that has stood at 12th and East Clay streets since 1976. Officials yesterday announced two of those sites -- the Appomattox Court House National Park and the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center near Fredericksburg.

The location of the third site is likely to be announced by the end of the month. Other national battlefield sites in the state include Petersburg and Manassas. (link)
Rather than create an ass-kickin' tourist attraction somewhere around the commonwealth, Museum officials decide to dilute the significance of the largest collection of Confederate memorabilia on the planet by dispersing it around to other already existing - and thriving - tourist attractions.

"If our mission is to use our artifacts to educate the public about the Civil War and the Confederacy, man are we going to accomplish that so much better because we are going to have more on view and more visitors," said Waite Rawls, the museum's president and CEO. "We are taking the artifacts back to where they were made famous."
Man, are you wrong. If that were the case, why don't you position a portion of the collection at each urinal in every men's room at all the rest areas along Virginia's interstate highways? "More on view and more visitors?" Mission accomplished.

Besides, the existing Chancellorsville, Appomattox Court House, and Petersburg parks already have fabulous tourism traffic. Adding more historical memorabilia to the collections found at each of those sites isn't going to boost visitations one bit.

This is such a missed opportunity. A new site, a stand-alone site, in an area of the state that has Civil War historical sgnificance and beckons for tourist dollars, was called for (Strasburg. Malvern Hill. Bermuda Hundred. Ball's Bluff. Cedar Creek. Piedmont. Cloyd's Mountain. Five Forks. Sayler's Creek. High Bridge. North Anna. Winchester. Front Royal. Seven Pines. Salem Church. New Market, on and on ...).

But no.

We are going to add to existing collections.

What are these people thinking?

Blue Ridge Parkway Tourism Continues Its Slide

With so much riding on Congressman Rick Boucher's multi-million dollar plan to boost tourism - and in turn the economy - in Southwest Virginia, news relating to our rate of success in this endeavor thus far continues to disappoint.

Buried in an Associated Press article about Jamestown tourism being far below expectations, what with the millions of dollars and so much preparation that went into the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the settlement, was this about the jewel in Southwest Virginia's tourism crown:
The Blue Ridge Parkway also has experienced an attendance slump. Visitation dropped by 270,000 in Virginia between January and July compared with 2006, park statistics show.
A drop of a quarter million in one year.

In fact, the number of visitors to the Parkway has been declining precipitately for a number of years now. With no end in sight.

Is it fair to draw a correlation between Parkway tourism and the Southwest Virginia tourism industry in general? In lieu of any other sound data, it's actually the best we can do.

So where does this leave The Plan? Probably where it's always been - plowing full speed ahead, direction unknown. Destination uncertain, at best.

Some day there'll come a reckoning. Someone's going to do a head count and check the cash register till (someone besides the cheerleaders at the Virginia Tourism Corp.). And we as a region are going to decide if we're going to continue sinking precious tax dollars in this pipe dream or demand that our elected leaders try something different; something that might actually work.

After two decades of this, it's time we demanded results.

They Know The End Is Near

The Washington Post this morning throws in the towel on the 2nd Amendment debate. And none too soon.

After paying lip service to the tired argument that the Supreme Court should ignore the actual wording of the second most important provision in the Bill of Rights and instead continue to uphold the untenable notion foisted upon a stubborn and defiant populace by innumerable lesser courts that have ruled in the past that the words "the people" in the context of the 2nd Amendment alone means "the militia," the Post then pleads for an accommodation:
The District Appeals
The city defends its gun law -- and opens the door to a definitive reading of the Second Amendment.

The D.C. Circuit's conclusion that the Second Amendment recognizes an individual right to bear arms is at odds with nine of the federal appeals courts to have formally weighed in on the question; it also contradicts the holding of the D.C. Court of Appeals, the highest "local" court in the District. The justices should step in to resolve this so-called circuit split and articulate a uniform, nationwide interpretation of the amendment.

Even if the amendment is read to bestow an individual right to bear arms, we believe that the law and public policy prerogatives allow for reasonable regulation. After all, virtually every other right guaranteed by the Constitution, including free speech, is subject to some limitation. And countless law enforcement officers and public officials have testified about the importance of gun control laws in limiting violent crime. (
Can you imagine these editorialists asking for some kind of accommodation when it comes to any other part of the Bill of Rights? Dare we speculate how they would react if someone suggested that "reasonable regulation" of the press be implemented?

But the 2nd Amendment is different, they will say. And they'd believe it to be true.

Different because the liberals who write for the Post have no personal interest in or understanding of hunting, weaponry, self-defense, or - and most important - how the weakening of one amendment to this nation's most sacred document, weakens them all.

How short-sighted these people are.

The Supreme Court would do well to stop them before they do harm to themselves. A simple ruling will suffice:

The Right Of The People To Keep And Bear Arms Is Inviolate
Let's be done with this and move on.

He Must Be Gay

Craig Reconsiders Resignation

CBS News - Always On The Cutting Edge

Stop the presses!

Couric: 'Real Progress' In Iraq

What, did she just get her copy of last month's U.S. News & World Report?

More Breaking News!

Murtha shows an appetite for pork

When You're Invested In Defeat ...

... you have to stick to the line that the war is lost, even though, by all accounts (even Katie Couric's; it must be true), it is now being won.

The Democrats are so pathetic:

Democrats Aim to Reframe Iraq Debate
By David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times

Washington, Sept. 4 — As Congress reopened for business on Tuesday, the Democratic leadership promised to force a change in President Bush’s war strategy, and lawmakers maneuvered to frame the debate over Iraq ahead of reports next week by Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker.

“Many of my Republican friends have long held September as the month for the policy change in Iraq,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, said in his opening speech on the Senate floor. “It’s September.”

“The calendar hasn’t changed,” he said. “It’s time to make a decision. We can’t continue the way we are.”

“It is hard to draw any assessment except that there is a failing grade for a policy that is still not working,” said Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, who ... (link)
Get the impression these guys will accept nothing less than total and utter defeat?


The New York Times is getting worried.

Quote Of The Day

From John Podhoretz:

Teddy Kennedy will bloviate, Carl Levin will castigate, Harry Reid will susurrate* and Chris Matthews will hyperventilate.

Yes, despite the profound importance of the war in Iraq to America's future, it's just another September in Washington.
"D.C. & Iraq: Bush's Way ...," The New York Post, September 5, 2007

* Susurrate: "Issue soft noises." Had to look that one up.

John Warner Can't Leave Soon Enough

Until he departs for that long-awaited - and eagerly so by many of us here in Virginia - retirement home, John Warner will continue to embarrass us. Rich Lowry, writing in this morning's New York Post, has the old man pretty-well pegged:
...Vs. GOP Compromisers
By Rich Lowry

September 5, 2007 -- There's an easy way for a GOP senator to burst from semi-obscurity to the front pages: offer a compromise plan on Iraq.

Sens. John Warner (Virginia), Dick Lugar (Indiana) and Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) have all done it. Warner even double-dipped. He had dissented from President Bush's Iraq policy in July by sponsoring a compromise plan with Lugar, and then garnered headlines in August for a much-hyped break with Bush that was only a continuation of his previous break. How many times can a senator break with the president until he just stays broken?

No contribution to the Iraq debate is as analytically pathetic as that of these halfway Republicans.

In August, Warner called for pulling out 5,000 troops by Christmas, on the theory that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will be likelier to perform if we make a gesture toward leaving. As if Maliki were fated to be ineffective with 160,000 U.S. troops in country, but might bridge the country's sectarian divides if we went down to 155,000.

Warner maintains that the withdrawal also would say to bordering nations, "Why don't you try to help the United States of America resolve this problem?" We're supposed to believe Syria and Iran will foment chaos in Iraq when we have 160,000 troops, but when we're at 155,000, they will suddenly favor a stable democracy allied to America? (link)
Our senior senator. A national laughingstock.