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Friday, September 14, 2007

I Had To Read That Twice

We ARE talking about Bland County, where the Citgo station in Bland the capital city town village also happens to provide the area's best dining (that's not a joke; you just have to get past the gas fumes). So the wording in this story made me do a double-take:

Paintball vandals strike
By Nate Hubbard, Bland County Messenger

Two Rocky Gap businesses received unwanted paint jobs last weekend. Jo’s Pre-Owned Autos and Affordable Dentures Inc. on U.S. 52 had their cars and building, respectively, hit by a paintball attack sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. (link)
Yes, it's a perfectly good sentence.

But "Jo’s Pre-Owned Autos and Affordable Dentures?"

Here in Bland, it's a possibility.

Sex Crime On An ATV? I Don't Even Want To Know.

Alleged incident on ATV explored during sex crimes trial

Is Warner Senile?

This is beyond pitiful.

The Roanoke Times comes out this morning in opposition to a Bush nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. I'm trying to get over the shock.

The reason is unimportant. It's Bush. It's the Times.

But what caught my eye was the role that our elder United States Senator played - is playing - in the process. Get a load of this, from "Dividing, Not Uniting":
Sens. John Warner and James Webb worked together to select five mutually acceptable Virginia nominees for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

It was a commendable collaboration across the partisan aisle. Then Bush completely ignored their bipartisan advice when he nominated E. Duncan Getchell Jr., a lawyer who not only wasn't on the list, but who was considered and specifically excluded.

Republican Warner was ... circumspect in his reaction, but he made it clear that he was committed to the five recommendations made with Webb.

As Warner said when the Richmond Times-Dispatch asked why he had approved a different list last year in consultation with then-Sen. George Allen, a list that included Getchell:

"The change is due simply to the fact that as a consequence of the November election, Democrats are now the majority party both in the full Senate and on the Senate Judiciary Committee. They now have a far stronger voice in the selection and confirmation process of judicial nominees."
I had this sneaking suspicion of late - what with Warner's peculiar aboutface with regard to the war - that he was being led around by the nose.

The fact that he determined E. Duncan Getchell to be highly qualified, until James Webb instructed him to think otherwise sure reinforces that notion.

Is it time for his meds?

A Message To Non-Senile Republicans

From my favorite columnist:
Republicans would do well to absorb the military-success lesson, and quickly, because big challenges remain. The John Warners and Chuck Hagels of the world aren't yet ready to relinquish their self-proclaimed roles as "brave" GOP war dissenters; expect them to team up with Democrats on creative legislative language that might yet tie the military's hands. An even bigger challenge for Republicans will be to find the courage to follow President Bush's lead and make clear to the American public that true success in Iraq may involve a troop presence for many years.

That sort of public acceptance will be crucial if Republicans hope to weather Iraq next year. Yet that acceptance will only come if Americans continue to see success. That means giving the generals all the freedom they need to keep doing their job. Good policy, good politics.
Kimberly Strassel, "Political Surge," The Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2007

But What Would That Do To Payday Borrowing?

Stop cycle of payday lending

You're Being Warned

Mark Warner made his official announcement yesterday. He wants to solve our problems.

We all now know what that means. Get out your wallets:
Warner announces Senate run
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate yesterday , vowing to be an independent voice that will fight to end the "partisan bickering" on Capitol Hill.

"I've decided the way I can contribute most to getting our country back on the right track is to serve in the United States Senate," Mr. Warner said in a video on his campaign Web site. "I will try to bring the same practical, problem-solving approach we used in Virginia to Washington, because our problems in America are not Democrat versus Republican, liberal versus conservative or left versus right. No, this is about the future, not the past." (
He talks glowingly about the past and then tells us to pay no attention to it, to focus instead on the future. Am I the only one who finds that to be a bit ... odd?

In fact, I'd try to avoid his past too if I were him. Warner is, after all, the man who, after promising to not raise taxes (see video below), brought about
the largest tax increase in Virginia history.

When are we going to tire of these guys who come before us with the promise that they are going to solve our problems with our money?

This Is Sad

Sad that local Virginia municipalities have to do the work that our governor and the federal government are obligated to - but refuse to do. Sad or not, seemingly insurmountable or not, local officials gather their meager resources to face a common foe:
Coalition formed to address illegals
By Natasha Altamirano, The Washington Times

Virginia localities are forming a coalition to collectively address problems associated with illegal aliens.

Culpeper County officials, who are leading the initiative, sent out more than 450 invitations to the governments of every county, city and town in the state. So far, the county has received responses from 19 localities that want to participate, Culpeper County Administrator Frank Bossio said yesterday. (link)
As for the man who would be our next United States Senator, don't expect any help from him. While the rest of us see the illegal alien problem as a thumb in our eyes and the existence of tens of thousands of them in our midst being a black hole sucking up our precious tax dollars, Mark Warner sees illegal aliens as potential voters. Or something.

Ignoring him, which I think most Virginians are prepared to do, here's to Culpeper and the other Virginia officials who want to solve this growing problem. I wish them luck.

More On Ted Olson And 'Consensus'

From the Wall Street Journal:

Borking Mr. Olson
President Reid gives AG orders to the White House.

Not content with having run Attorney General Alberto Gonzales out of town, the Democratic posse on Capitol Hill is already gunning for his replacement--even before he's nominated. More preposterous still, they're disguising this pre-emptive borking as a plea for a "consensus" choice.

"Ted Olson will not be confirmed," declares Senate Majority Leader Reid. "He's a partisan, and the last thing we need as an Attorney General is a partisan." That standard could certainly stand some fleshing out. As "partisans" go, Mr. Olson doesn't come close to Bobby Kennedy, the brother of JFK; or Griffin Bell, close friend of Jimmy Carter (and a fine AG); or for that matter Janet Reno's Justice Department, which was run for years not by Ms. Reno but behind the scenes by close friend of Hillary Clinton and hyper-partisan Jamie Gorelick.

Is Mr. Reid saying that a Republican President can't nominate any Republican as Attorney General? Or does he mean that President Bush can only nominate a certain kind of Republican--namely one who agrees with the Senate Democratic agenda, or short of that one who can be easily rolled? (link)

I think the answer is simple. Harry Reid will only accept a nominee fully supported by MoveOn.org and Osama bin Ladin. Short of that, expect all-out warfare.

A healthy endeavor indeed. Let it begin.

A Road Report

I am here to proclaim: I have found a highway in worse condition than the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77) between Flat Top and Beckley. It's I-85 between Dinwiddie and Petersburg.

A warning. Driving is hazardous. Travel at your own risk.

The Story Behind The Story

The New York Times has an interesting editorial featured this morning. It decries the denial by the University of California, Irvine of a law school dean's position to one Professor Erwin Chemerinsky.

Curious thing is, the Times only mentions in its denunciation of the school's decision the fact that Chemerinsky was told he wouldn't be welcome there - after being told that he would - because of his "political views." Nowhere are his views outlined. One can't tell whether the man is conservative, liberal, or a nut.

The case made:
A Bad Beginning in Irvine

A law school would be mighty fortunate to have Erwin Chemerinsky, a distinguished Duke Law School professor, as its dean. The University of California, Irvine, realized this when it asked him to head up its new law school. This week, however, it rescinded the offer, evidently because of his political views. It’s a disgraceful decision. The University of California system should admit its mistake and, with apologies, extend the offer again.

Mr. Chemerinsky, a constitutional scholar and much-admired teacher, is one of the shining lights of legal academia. He has also taken his profession’s public service obligations seriously, working tirelessly for civil liberties.

His record made him an ideal choice to run the law school that U.C.-Irvine plans to open in 2009. (blah blah blah)
So who is this Erwin Chemerinsky? Why would the Times come rushing to his aid?

Need you even ask ...

From The Huffington Post:
Time to Fight the Religious Right
By Erwin Chemerinsky

Today marks the launch of the Campaign to Defend the Constitution (www.DefConAmerica.org), and what a time for such a campaign. I have no doubt that when historians look back at the late 20th and early 21st century, they will say that the most important development was the rise of fundamentalism. Fundamentalists, whether Christian, Islamic, or Jewish, share remarkably similar views on many issues -- and remarkably similar intolerance. I believe that the greatest threat to liberty in the United States is posed by the religious right, largely comprised of Christian fundamentalists. Across a broad spectrum of issues they want to move the law in a radically more conservative direction, ultimately threatening our freedom.

The religious right is the enemy of freedom. (link)
Erwin Chemerinsky. The New York Times. Now it makes perfect sense.

UAW Picks GM For Potential Strike

These guys are hopelessly lost in time:
U.A.W. Said to Pick G.M. for Contract Negotiations
By Micheline Maynard and Mary M. Chapman, The New York Times

Detroit, Sept. 13 — The United Automobile Workers union has chosen General Motors as its lead company in negotiations on contracts that are set to expire at midnight on Friday, people with knowledge of the union’s decision said on Thursday.

The U.A.W. traditionally negotiates with all three companies, then selects a company where it focuses its efforts. That company is the one that would be the target of a strike, although such an action is considered unlikely in these talks. (link)
There's a reasonable likelihood that these union boys and girls won't even have jobs five years from now - the way things are going - and they're still playing the game like it's 1972.

"Just get me to retirement. Just get me to retirement. Just get me ..."

A Chance To Redeem Ourselves

Virginia believed him when he said: "I will not raise taxes."

Virginia voted for him.

He raised taxes.

And comes to us again ...

There are liars.

And there are damn liars.

You played us for fools.

Your plan worked. We were certainly fooled.

Payback is going to be such the bitch.