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Friday, September 21, 2007

Fleeing Our History

They go through these contortions just to be able to drop what is to them an embarrassing name and hide our past:

Museum of Confederacy to split
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.

"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." (link)


The museum, if kept intact, would have been a huge tourist draw if it had been relocated to any one of a number of Civil War battlefield sites. But doing that would have kept the collection together. And therefore the name.

The Museum of the Confederacy.

Thus the collection is being broken up and sent off to park sites hither and yon. Where any resulting increase in tourism traffic will - in fact - be negligible (historians will find it wherever it is).

But the goal of those who are pushing Waite Rawls's buttons will be achieved.

That damn Museum of the Confederacy will be no more.

For shame.

When Dreams Get Beyond Capabilities

No, I'm not referring to Hillary's "universal health care" proposal. There'll be plenty of opportunities to butcher that as we go forward.

No, this has to do with another dream, one that will - if only for a time - remain unrealized.

From a Roanoke Times editorial:
USA Today this week reports that cities all over the country are putting more comprehensive, city-wide Wi-Fi projects on hold or abandoning them altogether because they are too costly and too prone to complications.
Anyone who has ever stayed in a large hotel will be able to relate to how beyond-difficult it must be to wire a finite yet expansive amount of space like a city such that a wireless signal can be accessed readily from anywhere within the confines. Routers, servers, repeaters, boosters. More repeaters. More boosters. And still you get dead zones.

We'll be there some day. But not today.

Do We Need This?

Look, we are going to get beyond this idiocy someday. Obviously not today. But some day.

If the doings related to "The Jena 6" weren't deflating enough, we must this morning endure fools like this:
Roanoke neo-Nazi condemns Jena Six
William A. White posted the youths' addresses on a Web site that calls for lynching the group.
By Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

As thousands of people rallied in Jena, La., for six black youths charged with assaulting a white classmate, the FBI was monitoring a neo-Nazi activist in Roanoke who posted their names and addresses on a Web site that proclaimed: "Lynch the Jena 6."

William A. White also listed some of the defendants' telephone numbers, urging his readers to "Get in touch, and let them know justice is coming."

The leader of a Roanoke-based white supremacy group, White has a penchant for inserting inflammatory rhetoric into racially charged incidents that attract national attention, as the Jena Six case has done this week. (link)
All because we have different shades of skin color. Skin color.

For the love of God.

Rudy Gets a Hi-Powered Endorsement

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh:
Rudy for president
By Louis Freeh, writing in the Washington Times

As a former prosecutor, federal judge and, most recently, director of the FBI, I've spent my professional life devoted to protecting two things — the American public and the Constitution of the United States. Doing both in concert can be a tenuous balance, but it is a balance that is critical for our next president to understand — and understand deeply. With a lifetime of experience in justice and security, Rudy Giuliani does. (
Read the whole thing. Some of it is off base but Freeh comes to the debate with a whole lot of credentials.

That's Kind Of Him

President of Iran Says He’ll Avoid Ground Zero

A Profile In Courage

What was the name of that fella's book? Something about audacity? (Fearless daring; Aggressive boldness).

Turns out the word must have a different meaning from the normal usage. To Barack Obama it is apparently synonymous with the word cowardice:
Senate Condemns "General Betray Us" Ad
By Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - The Senate voted Thursday to condemn an advertisement by the liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org that accused the top military commander in Iraq of betrayal.

The 72-25 vote condemned the full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times last week as Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, testified on Capitol Hill. The ad was headlined: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the books for the White House."

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois ... did not vote, although he voted minutes earlier for an alternative resolution by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. (link)
I guess maybe he thought that if he ran and hid, the American people wouldn't notice that he wasn't taking a stand for or against this traitorous organization.

A man who would be president. Spare me.