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Thursday, September 13, 2007

They're Not Listening

It was just a few short weeks ago that politicians in Washington were falling all over themselves to get in front of the news cameras and express their outrage over that bridge collapse in Minnesota. The infrastructure has been neglected. Iraq. Bush. Always Bush.

Here we are, a month and a half later:

$8B in pork clogs U.S. infrastructure plans
By Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Six weeks after a fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse prompted criticism of federal spending priorities, the Senate approved a transportation and housing bill Wednesday containing at least $2 billion for pet projects that include a North Dakota peace garden, a Montana baseball stadium and a Las Vegas history museum.

That's not the half of it.

Total spending on transportation "earmarks" next year is likely to be about $8 billion, when legislative projects from a previously approved, five-year highway bill are factored in. A newly released report by the Department of Transportation's inspector general identified 8,056 earmarks totaling $8.5 billion in the fiscal year that ended in October, or 13.5% of the Transportation Department's $63 billion spending plan. (link)

Bridges are collapsing. Roads are crumbling. People are dying.

And they go about ... business as usual.

They'll continue to do so as long as you let them.

The Gov Has It Half Right

Having sifted through it carefully, I can report: One half of Governor Tim Kaine's energy proposal that was released yesterday is admirable. The other half is European pie-in-the-sky.

To his credit:
Kaine puts forth long-range energy plan
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Gov. Tim Kaine on Wednesday unveiled a statewide energy plan that sets long-range goals for conservation, consumer education, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and expansion of resources such as alternative fuels and nuclear power. (link)
Okay, skip that part. It's nothing but political/media boilerplate.
Though it emphasizes conservation, the plan also calls for the state to pursue economic development opportunities in "areas of strength" such as biofuels, nuclear technology and offshore energy production.

Biofuels will never amount to much, regardless what these guys want you to believe, but nuclear energy development (let's not forget all that uranium we have over in Pittsylvania County) and off-shore oil exploration are going to be increasingly important to the maintenance of the commonwealth's growth and vitality.

The governor goes on to babble something about "a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025, bringing emissions back to 2000 levels, and to reduce the rate of growth in energy consumption by 40 percent by 2017." That of course is totally unrealistic and will never happen in this lifetime. But Al Gore and all the wacky Kyotoans around the planet eat that kind of silliness up so it wasn't completely wasted.

Anyway, this isn't half bad (okay, it was exactly half bad, still ...).

You go, Tim.

Cho Was Nuts, Man

A professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech and a specialist on the Crusades thinks Cho Seung-Hui, the sociopath who slaughtered 32 innocent students and faculty on the Virginia Tech campus in April was some kind of "soldier of Christ," or thought he was. With "roots in the Christian tradition."

The non-learned, less educated world knows that to not be the case.

Cho was simply out of his freaking mind.

As this professor may be ...

A Major Endorsement

Former Senator - and still wildly popular guy here in Southwest Virginia - George Allen came down this way to endorse a candidate for delegate:

Allen backs 9th District delegate candidate
The Roanoke Times

Westlake -- Charles Poindexter, Republican candidate for the 9th District House of Delegates seat, added another state party leader to his list of endorsements.

Former U.S. Sen. George Allen endorsed Poindexter during a fundraiser Wednesday in front of 75 supporters near Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County.

"He has the experience you want in a candidate," said Allen during the event. "He's a person to give voice to your values and your views. He looks at what is important for the future."

Throwing a football back and forth to Poindexter, Allen said supporters would have to encourage their "quarterback."

"I've caught this ball twice, and hopefully I will catch it in November," Poindexter said. (link)

"... hopefully I will catch ..." Okay. It's painfully clear that the guy will need a speechwriter.

But from everything I've been reading, Mr. Poindexter is the right guy for the job. A good solid conservative.

And anyone George Allen is willing to toss a football to has to be an all-right fella.

Is There Something In The Water In Wythe County Schools?

Why can't teachers there keep from molesting children?

First there was this: "Teacher pleads guilty to inappropiate relationships with two of her students."

Now there's this:
Former Wythe teacher charged in sex case
By Shawna Morrison, The Roanoke Times

A former Wythe County teacher charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a female student could face more charges, according to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office.

Jason Andrew Hounshell, 31, of Wytheville was charged Tuesday and resigned from his job at Fort Chiswell High School on Tuesday night, said Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan.

Hounshell is being investigated by both the Wythe County and Pulaski County sheriff's offices.

He has been charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Wythe County and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child while being in a custodial position in Pulaski County. (link)
You're teachers for God's sake. Keep it in your pants and leave the kids alone.

Well, We Have a Liberal In The Race

The big question now is: Are the Republicans going to do the same?

The news:
Mark Warner intends to run for seat in Senate
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner will announce today that he is running for the U.S. Senate, a move that Democrats think improves their chances of extending their one-seat majority in the chamber next year.

Mr. Warner, 52, is expected to make the announcement this morning through an e-mail to his supporters and an online video. (link)
I hope he comes across better in that video than he does in this one where he looks like he's been drugged. And who dresses the guy? Some dropout from Ernie's Couture College & Bait Shop??

Anyway, we now have the man most remembered for foisting the largest tax increase in history upon the people of Virginia (one that turned out to not be needed at all) running against an as yet unnamed Republican challenger.

Will the GOP follow the lead of the Democrats and nominate a liberal candidate as well, ensuring certain defeat? One who, like Warner, has a history of being a friend - a co-conspirator - to our ever-mushrooming government(s)?

Let's hope they don't make that mistake again.

They can do better ...
... they can do better ...
... they can do better ...

MoveOn.org Has a Middle?

Democrats Push Toward Middle On Iraq Policy

Hillary: 'You're A Liar, General'

Instead of denouncing that vile ad that was taken out in the New York Times the other day that accused General David Petraeus of being a traitor to his country - the one he's been wounded three times in defense of - Senator Hillary Clinton - the one who thinks she can be commander-in-chief - called this American hero a liar. To her credit, she at least did it to his face:

Senator Clinton's Slur
New York Post editorial

September 13, 2007 -- Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday found herself positioned firmly to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding that disgusting New York Times/MoveOn "General Betray Us" attack on Gen. David Petraeus' integrity.

That's not an enviable position for a woman who's trying to convince the American people that she's fit to be president of the United States.

... Clinton not only couldn't bring herself to criticize it, she also attacked Petraeus' honesty: "The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief," she huffed to the general Tuesday.

And she slammed him (and Ambassador Ryan Crocker) as "de facto spokesmen for a failed policy," pointedly refusing to criticize the ad - which called him an outright liar who'd "betray" his nation.

... Hillary's slur was an effective way to provide aid and comfort to MoveOn. "There is no greater slander to a soldier than an accusation of betrayal to his nation," said Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War hero and Republican presidential contender in his own right. "I do not understand why those seeking to be commander-in-chief have yet to forcefully denounce, in their own words, this McCarthyite attack on our commander." (link)
"No greater slander." You Democrats must be really proud of your soon-to-be nominee.


Oh, she calls the President of the United States a liar as well. This from a Clinton ...

The Enemy Within

First there was this: Now this:

These cowards know no shame.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

CNN Just Can't Get Traction

Traction in the form of viewers that is:
CNN turns '360' into hourlong
By Michael Learmonth, Variety

Anderson Cooper is about to do a 180.

CNN is permanently shifting to taped programming for the second hour of "Anderson Cooper 360," scaling back an ambitious programming block created in 2005 to showcase the studio and field-reporting talents of Cooper, who it viewed as an emerging star.

CNN's cable news competitors air taped programming at 11 p.m. ET, a cheaper proposition, and the second hour of "360" runs second in the ratings to a rerun of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel.

Cooper averaged 747,000 viewers in his second hour in August, less than O'Reilly's 965,000 and a steep drop from the 1.1 million he averaged during the first hour, according to Nielsen. (link)
How humiliating. CNN's "rising star" can't beat an O'Reilly rerun. A rerun shown on half the available TV sets around the country at that.

What is it about CNN's reputation that might be contributing to this lack of viewership, I wonder. I wonder ...

Take The Fight To 'Em

I'd rather have had his wife nominated to the position of Attorney General to replace the outgoing Alberto Gonzales. But she was killed on 9/11 by the terrorists. That being the case, Ted will do just fine.

If for no other reason than the fact that the Democrats despise the guy:
Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee

Washington (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed on Wednesday to block former Solicitor General Theodore Olson from becoming attorney general if President George W. Bush nominates him to replace Alberto Gonzales.

Congressional and administration officials have described Olson as a leading contender for the job as the nation's chief U.S. law enforcement officer, but Reid declared: "Ted Olson will not be confirmed" by the Senate.

"He's a partisan, and the last thing we need as an attorney general is a partisan," Reid told Reuters in a brief hallway interview on Capitol Hill. (link)
Olson is highly qualified - perhaps the most qualified person in the country, having been Solicitor General - for the position. He's articulate and comes to the arena with a set of conservative values. He's also hated by the Democrats - for a myriad of reasons, including his conservative values.

You fellas wanted Gonzales out? When this is over, you may be wishing that he'd stayed.

Here's to Ted Olson.

Annie B In Her Own Words

I promised a commenter the other day that I'd feature this video once again of our delegate here in (part of) Southwest Virginia - Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville).

No baubles. No bluster. No bullshit.

My kinda politician.

* Her campaign, I'm sure, will now want to distance itself from - and quickly denounce - this blog for my having used that slogan. It was just too good to pass up. Sorry, Annie B.

If You Can't Stand The Heat ...

Franklin County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Stanley was little more than a bug on the Virginia political windshield a few short weeks ago. How he's managed to bring his name - and reputation - into the spotlight of late though.

Here's the latest from Alton. It ain't pretty.

A note to Joe: You need to remember your place in the process, man. It's your job to fashion the story and to get it out there in front of the media. You're not to be the story.

Don't Ever Do That Again

There ought to be a law. White boys should be forbidden to even attempt to dance.

Especially in a Best Buy store.

I may have nightmares ...

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