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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Our Priorities

News comes to us this morning that we may have our own problems here in Southwest Virginia with bridges that are hazardous and on the verge of collapse:
Deteriorating Carrico bridge closed
The Galax Gazette

State highway officials ordered the closing of the Carrico Bridge over Virginia 94 in Grayson County Friday afternoon after finding increased deterioration on a floor beam of the bridge that was built in 1927.

The bridge will be closed to traffic for several weeks until repairs can be made.

The decision was made after a routine inspection of the bridge. (link)
Just so you know, the bridge at issue that is in danger of collapse is just east of another bridge - once used for trains and now used by the occasional hiker - over on the Virginia Creeper Trail. The pedestrian bridge that cost the taxpayers almost a million dollars to convert. The one that's now in pristine condition. The one Rick Boucher got married on.

You folks in Grayson County might want to run over there and admire its beauty. Be careful getting there though. Rumor has it, your bridges are unsafe.

It Must Be Saturday

Northern Virginia Congressman (and member-in-good-standing in the growing anti-semitic wing of the Democratic Party) Jim Moran (D-Alexandria) is in trouble with Jewish Americans. Again:
Moran Upsets Jewish Groups Again
U.S. House Democrat Said Pro-Israel Lobby Promoted War
By Amy Gardner, Washington Post Staff Writer

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) has again come under fire from local Jewish organizations for remarking in a magazine interview that the "extraordinarily powerful" pro-Israel lobby played a strong role promoting the war in Iraq.

In an interview with Tikkun, a California-based Jewish magazine, Moran said the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is "the most powerful lobby and has pushed this war from the beginning. (link)
As is common practice for this doofus, Moran offered no support for his contention. He just spouted off. And MovedOn.

Supporting Conservation ...

... in spite of the "conservationists."

Good news out of Highland County:
High court OKs Highland Co. wind farm plans
The project still needs SCC approval before construction can begin in Highland County.
By Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

The Virginia Supreme Court upheld a decision Friday by Highland County to allow a controversial wind farm on a mountain ridge.

Supporters say the $60 million project could provide power to about 15,000 homes, generate tax revenue for the county and pose no adverse effects on the environment.

Adjoining landowners and other opponents said the giant windmills would kill birds and bats, hamper tourism and ruin the scenic views of a county known as "Virginia's Switzerland." (link)
The Supreme Court had to weigh the needs of 15,000 families against those of the twelve tourists that the area sees annually.

The Court made the right decision. After much anguish and soul-searching, no doubt.

Rudy Goes After Hillary & Her Ilk

This is the much-talked about ad that Rudy Giuliani placed in the New York Times yesterday to counter the reprehensible advertisement that MoveOn.org had run days before and Hillary Clinton refused to denounce: It's so refreshing to see someone fighting these anti-American slimeballs.

Ad courtesy of JoinRudy2008.com

Click on image to enlarge.

'Willing Suspension of Disbelief'

Where have you heard that odd phrase that Hillary used the other day?

Probably from renowned poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

"That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith."

I knew you'd been wondering ...

* From his autobiography, Biographia Literaria.

The Original SUV

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The New York Times has a fascinating story this morning about the automaker - one that no longer exists - that came out with the first SUV. In 1953.

Truth be known, and not mentioned in the article, the same manufacturer also came out with the second:

The International Scout II

International Harvester brought innovation to an industry at a time when creativity was sorely lacking.

Of course, IH is no longer around ...

Artist rendering courtesy of the New York Times.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A Chapter In The President's Legacy Is Writ

He's been right on the war. He's been wrong on government spending. George W. Bush prepares to go into the history books.

Alan Greenspan has written the second chapter for that book:
Fed’s Ex-Chief Attacks Bush on Fiscal Role
By Edmund L. Andrews and David E. Sanger, The New York Times

Washington, Sept. 14 — Alan Greenspan, who was chairman of the Federal Reserve for nearly two decades, in a long-awaited memoir, is harshly critical of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the Republican-controlled Congress, as abandoning their party’s principles on spending and deficits.

In the 500-page book, “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World,” Mr. Greenspan describes the Bush administration as so captive to its own political operation that it paid little attention to fiscal discipline ...

Mr. Bush, he writes, was never willing to contain spending or veto bills that drove the country into deeper and deeper deficits, as Congress abandoned rules that required that the cost of tax cuts be offset by savings elsewhere. “The Republicans in Congress lost their way,” writes Mr. Greenspan, a self-described “libertarian Republican.”

“They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither." (link)
The sad part of it is, the Republicans in Washington, by and large, still haven't gotten the message. Nor has the President. The election results from 2006 seem not to have sunk in. They go about their business as if nothing changed.

Too bad for them. Too bad for President Bush. Too bad for us.

The Clintons & The Friends They Keep

Sandy Berger should be in prison. For life. Instead, he's advising the Hillary campaign.

A metaphor if there ever was one.

Democrats Resort To Playing Games

It's almost too painful to watch. The Democrats, driven nearly to irrelevancy, are trying to come up with a plan - any plan - that has an influence - real or imagined - on the way the war on terror is being conducted.

The latest feeble effort - sponsored by our own junior senator - is almost adolescent:

Democrats Push a Tactic to Shift Iraq Plan
By David M. Herszenhorn and David S. Cloud, The New York Times

Washington, Sept. 14 — Now that President Bush and Gen. David H. Petraeus have charted their course for the Iraq war, Democrats in the Senate say one of their proposals aimed at shifting the president’s strategy is finally close to winning enough Republican support for a real chance at being approved. It would require that troops spend as much time at home as on their most recent tours overseas before being redeployed.

The proposal, by Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, has strong support from top Democrats, who say that the practical effect would be to add time between deployments and force General Petraeus to withdraw troops on a substantially swifter timeline than the one he laid out before Congress this week, and that it would protect troops from serving protracted and debilitating deployments. (link)
How this effort to undermine the military's combat readiness would affect strategy is beyond a normal person's ability to comprehend. But it does give politicians like Webb something to do besides pout. Especially since they've decided not to legislate.

Should our soldiers be given more rest between deployments? There are experts who monitor the situation and make that determination. Those experts include neither James Webb nor me. I trust those experts. They, after all, unlike Webb, plan on winning this war.


The Roanoke Times agrees with me. Sorta.

More On The Chemerinsky Saga

I touched on this controversy the other day (reference). It has to do with an extreme liberal law professor being offered the dean position at the new UC, Irvine Law School, and then finding it dis-offered.

Instapundit had this to say:
Yes, it’s a terrible move for U.C. Irvine. And Leo’s right about the rest, too. I would certainly hope that left-leaning academics would support someone on the right who was treated similarly.
Bill Quick reacts:
Yeah, except you and I and most everybody else knows damned well they wouldn’t, and so calls for the right to do what the left would never, ever dream of doing - that is, support the intellectual freedom of a conservative - end up ringing hollow. After a few decades of turning the other cheek and showing how high-minded you are, and getting kicked in the teeth for it, you begin to wonder why you bother. And even though, theoretically, you know you should because by your own standards it’s the right thing to do, doing the right thing tends to lose its attractiveness.

Thus does leftist hypocrisy degrade everything it touches.

I personally wouldn’t lift a finger to help Chemerinsky. The meta project of leftist intellectualism is to grab total control of academia, and in service to that cause they’ve trampled every intellectual standard of freedom they claim they support. They can go to hell, and take Chemerinsky with them. I count his firing as a victory for intellectual freedom in the larger sense, just as I would count Stalin being unfairly fired for sexual harassment the same way.
"Thus does leftist hypocrisy degrade everything it touches." I may want to remember that line.

Apologize To The Troops You Defamed!

Rudy goes right to the heart of the 2008 election debate.

You're either with us in this fight or you're against us.

Hillary has made her choice. We'll be making ours.

November 4, 2008.

We Are The ODBA

A few characters here in the commonwealth have in recent weeks tried - unsuccessfully - to besmirch the good name and reputation of the Old Dominion Blog Alliance, an organization in which I proudly claim membership. See the roll of ODBA bloggers off to the left.

To put faces to the team, Badrose has collected photos and put together a collage of the group (a part thereof anyway).

We are the ODBA. We're proud of it and of our relationship with each other.

That's me in the lower right.

Thanks, Badrose.

Make No Mistake

Extreme Mortman: "Virginia bloggers: celebrate your influence!"