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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This Whole Endorsement Thing Makes My Head Hurt

Stop the presses. Cooter has endorsed Eric Ferguson for delegate over in the 9th District. The Democrat is now a shoo-in.
Democrat, Republican endorsed
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

An area sheriff candidate and a House of Delegates candidate picked up endorsements over the weekend.

Eric Ferguson, a Democrat running for the 9th District House of Delegates seat, received an endorsement from former U.S. Rep. Ben "Cooter" Jones, who starred in the popular 1980s television series "Dukes of Hazzard."

Jones, who played Cooter Davenport in the "Dukes of Hazzard" and was elected to the House of Representatives from Georgia in the 1990s, endorsed Ferguson during a fundraiser.

"For too long we've had 'Boss Hogg'-style politics, and we need Eric to put a stop to it," Jones said. "Whether it's health care, transportation, education or taxes, Eric is right there fighting for the working men and women of Virginia."

Ferguson is running against Republican candidate Charles Poindexter and independent candidate Jerry Boothe, in the race to replace Del. Allen Dudley, R-Rocky Mount. (link)
"Eric is right there fighting for the working ..." Get the impression that ol' Cooter doesn't know the first thing about this attorney he's endorsing (who "fights" in the following areas of law: "Personal Injury; Wills; Probate; Trusts and Estates; Insurance; Real Estate; General Practice")?

Cooter endorses Eric. Give it the weight and treat it with the dignity it deserves.

Bland County Will Take Those Jobs

The folks over in Salem apparently are satisfied with their way of life and have enough good-paying jobs. They don't need any more , thank you.

Works for me. Maybe Conmat Properties should consider building its cement plant over here in Bland County where those 12 to 15 jobs will be greatly appreciated. And thank you. I'm tired of seeing sweet potatoes piled up on the lawn over at the Bland Ministry Center , where volunteers are working to feed the hungry (and provide clothing, free haircuts, and free dental care to the poor).

The news from Salem:
Salem puts proposed concrete facility on hold
The city council heard objections from many who attended Monday's meeting.
By Marquita Brown, The Roanoke Times


A request for a special permit to build a concrete mixing plant in Salem has been temporarily halted.

Salem City Council voted Monday night to postpone making a decision on Conmat Properties' request for a special-exception permit to build and operate the "concrete batch plant" off Kesler Mill Road. The council will readdress the issue at its Oct. 8 meeting.

More than 30 people attended an hour-long public hearing on the proposed plant. Those who spoke said they were concerned about damage to area roads, as well as noise and dust that could be created by the plant.

Eddie Harris, an executive vice president of plant builder ConRock, further explained the company's plans at the meeting. He said the $2.2 million plant would bring 12 to 15 jobs to Salem. He also said the company uses technology to reduce dust and particle emissions and adheres to environmental requirements. (link)
I hereby side with the residents of Salem who have no interest in their neighbors prospering. Bring that plant over here, fellas. I want to see my neighbors prosper.

A Shining Moment In Academic History

I so love to ridicule our institutions of higher learning and those who run them. Perhaps that's why I find Columbia University President Lee Bollinger's speech yesterday directed at that worm who heads up the terrorist state of Iran absolutely astounding. The man made me proud to be an American.

See his speech here.




If this moment in our history was what "freedom of speech" was all about, I'd say the USA had a good day. And we learned something from the experience. Nowhere on the planet other than here in our great country would this scathing speech have been delivered.

President Bollinger, a man I've criticized in the past for allowing radical leftist students to drive conservative speakers off campus with impunity, did us proud. Thanks, Lee.

Excerpts:

"Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator."

"Frankly and in all candor, Mr. President, I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions. But your avoiding them will have meaning for us."

"Today I feel all the weight of the modern civilized world yearning to express the revulsion at what you stand for."

Wonderful.

On The NY Times Violation Of Election Law

I'll admit that it's fun to watch the geniuses at the New York Times squirm now that they've apparently run afoul of the very campaign law - McCain-Feingold - that they so ardently helped create. I'm referring, of course, to "General Betray Us-gate."

But, on my more serious side, I tend to agree with the Wall Street Journal's take on the matter (in "Other People's Politics"):

House Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Tom Davis (R., Va.) wants hearings on whether the MoveOn discount represented a contribution in violation of campaign finance laws, and whether those laws are actually enforceable. Mr. Davis is indulging in some partisan opportunism here, and we wish instead that he was explaining that the problem is not that these organizations slipped through some campaign finance net. The problem is the net.

The DailyKos argues that it qualifies for the "commentary" exception under McCain-Feingold, while the Times would presumably qualify under the newspaper exception. Anyone who reads either one quickly figures out that they are both stalwart supporters of the Democratic Party and liberal causes. This is their right, but it's hard to see why their political speech deserves any more special legal protection than that of Big Labor or the NRA. As for the Times's ad discount, we also don't see why it shouldn't be as protected as the paper's inevitable endorsement next year of Hillary Clinton for President. Won't that be an "in-kind" political contribution worth at least a few thousand dollars?

The FEC deserves a pat on the back for backing away from media content oversight. But the real solution here is for the Supreme Court to rediscover its First Amendment principles and strike down campaign finance restrictions. As long as McCain-Feingold is on the books, regulators will be running around damming up leaks wherever they imagine they've found them. Sooner or later they'll come after the press, as maybe the Times and other left-wingers are beginning to figure out.
The nitwits at the Times would do well to take the advice of those who are trying to save them from themselves. Newspapers have a temporary exemption from the depredations brought on by McCain-Feingold. A tenuous, temporary exemption.

It's only a matter of time before the New York Times starts to experience the pain resulting from that which it wrought. As much as I'll enjoy that day ...

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A quote from James Taranto: "[T]he laws restricting campaign speech have been championed by the editorialists, and arguably even the reporters, of the New York Times. It would be poetic justice (reminiscent of the Valerie Plame kerfuffle) if the Times got in legal trouble as a result of the success of its own crusade against free speech. But it would be more satisfying if it acknowledged forthrightly that this crusade was a mistake."

On Columbia U & Free Speech

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Yesterday Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Columbia University. The president of Iran addressed students at one of American's elite institutions. The school's president introduced him in terms described as blistering.

The academy generally brags about its commitment to the free and thorough exploration of ideas, even when proposed by dubious individuals such Ahmadinejad. Columbia's many admirers must be proud of the school's integrity and passion.

Is this the proper moment to note that Columbia does not allow ROTC?
"Columbia and Iran," September 25, 2007

'No Results'

I was mildly amused by something appearing on a Washington Post search page dealing with our very own Fightin' 9th congressman, Rick Boucher:

Rick Boucher Blogs
on the Web
No Results.

Rick Boucher Video
on the Web
No Results.

Rick Boucher Audio
on the Web
No Results.

No results.

Quote Of The Day

From Club For Growth president Pat Toomey:

"With each passing day, the collectivist nightmare that is a Hillary Clinton presidency is crystallizing with frightening clarity."

"Health Care Nightmare," The Washington Times, September 24, 2007

'We Don't Want These $100,000 Jobs'

A memo to CEO Rick Wagoner:

If those UAW members don't want the fabulous jobs - jobs that are in serious jeopardy due to foreign competition - we'll take 'em here in Bland County, Virginia.

The latest idiocy involving a nearly extinct species - the American auto worker:
UAW Says Strike Is About Job Security
By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

Detroit (AP) -- In the end, the first nationwide strike against General Motors Corp. in 37 years came because the United Auto Workers want something that GM will find difficult to promise: Job security.

[U]nion members walked out because they want GM to promise that future cars and trucks such as the replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt small car or the still-on-the-drawing board Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car will be built at U.S. plants, preserving union jobs.

The strike puts GM, which is restructuring so it can better compete with Asian automakers, in a bind as some of its new products begin to catch on with consumers. But it also means workers are taking a big risk -- giving up pay and slowing down GM in an uncertain economy. (link)
The workers inflict damage on a company - their employer - that is struggling mightily to stay afloat. Demanding job security.

The Chinese must be smiling. And the illegal Mexicans among us ...

Meet The Candidates

A public service announcement:

Rocky Mount Rotary Candidate Forums

Rocky Mount Rotary, in partnership with the Franklin News-Post and Franklin County Cable 12 will host two forums for candidates running for public office in Franklin County. Forums will be held at the new Franklin Center, located behind the Franklin Library on Claiborne Street. These forums will be re-aired regularly on Cable 12 up to the general election. The dates and times for the forums are listed below:

Dr. Harry Wilson from Roanoke College has agreed to serve as moderator of these forums. The questions posed to the candidates at the meetings were submitted by members of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club.

“This election is significant for Franklin County voters because there will be new faces representing our community in very important positions. We are pleased that so many candidates agreed to participate in these substantive forums. We are also pleased that one of Virginia’s foremost political analysts, Dr. Harry Wilson, volunteered to moderate. Most importantly, these forums provide candidates with the opportunity to address voters on how they will govern should they be elected to public office.” Greg James, President, Rocky Mount Rotary.

The forums are free and open to the general public.

Click on the schedule to enlarge it.