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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Only If You Sprout Wings ...

... or penetrate the time/space continuum.

Otherwise, there ain't no way you're going to get from Gate City (Scott County) to Bluefield (Tazewell County) in 16 minutes. Regardless what this sign along U.S. 23 near Duffield, showcased in this morning's Kinsport Times News, wants you to believe.

Mapquest puts the distance between the two at 93.03 miles.

VDOT, as we all know, is in cost-cutting mode. But time and distance-cutting as well?

Photo courtesy of the Kingsport Times News.

Food For Thought

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
According to Del. Brian Moran, chairman of the General Assembly's Democratic Caucus, "It's been said the test of a society is how we take care of our citizens at the dawn and twilight of their lives." Maybe it has -- people say lots of things. But even if you accept that as true, it doesn't explain why Moran would cite the test as an argument for more taxpayer-provided health care. Since when did society become synonymous with state government?
"In Brief," October 2, 2007

Federal Courts Agree With Me

If you are a daily reader of this weblog, you know that I have always had profound difficulty with the way Virginia's political parties choose their nominees. Democrats (and commies, nazis, homosexuals, flat-earthers, Kos-Kids, Cho Seung-huis, Martians ...) can vote in the GOP primary and Republicans can help choose the Democratic nominee for public office (though I've never heard of one stooping so low as to vote in a Democratic primary). We call it an "open primary" process.

I have a better term for it. Insanity.

But it works for liberal Republicans like Emmett Hanger up in Augusta so we keep the procedure in place as is.

Perhaps, though, not for long:

Portion of Va. law ruled unconstitutional
Federal appeals court: Open primary violates right of association

By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld yesterday a lower court's ruling that a portion of Virginia's open-primary law is unconstitutional.

The ruling could change the way political parties in Virginia nominate candidates. It also could lead to party registration.

In the opinion, the two-judge panel of the court said an open primary is unconstitutional because it violates a party's right of association. But it did not strike down the state law, because the law also allows other methods of nominating, such as a convention or a caucus. (link)

Obviously, not being an attorney, I have never argued this from a legal standpoint. I just saw that "right of association" as being a matter of common sense. It's good to know that, occasionally, the law and common sense cross paths.

In any case, the courts are now inviting us to get back to choosing political nominees the way God intended. Republicans should choose the Republican candidate. And the Democrats, if they behave themselves, should be allowed to choose the Democratic candidate.

And let the Emmett Hangers of the commonwealth deal with the reckoning that is most assuredly then forthcoming.

Gov Kaine Does The Right Thing

I believe in giving credit where it's due.

The state of Virginia is experiencing an unexpected tax revenue shortfall, partly because of poor budget guesswork and partly due to the turbulence in the housing markets.

Most Democrats would respond by raising taxes to compensate (or, as in then-Governor Mark Warner's case, they'd phony-up some crisis, whine about impending economic ruin, and demand that taxes be raised).

But Governor Tim Kaine has responded in a more straightforward, mature, and (remembering Warner's subterfuge) guileless way. He's temporarily cutting back on expenditures:

Kaine cuts jobs to curb shortfall
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Richmond — Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said yesterday that he will terminate employees and eliminate jobs and wants to use a mix of cutbacks and savings to help reduce a budget shortfall projected to reach $641 million by next summer.

The cuts include eliminating internships, firing 74 state employees and ending 386 jobs through attrition.

Mr. Kaine hopes to use unspent money from last year"s budget, $1.5 million in projected revenue from extended hours at state liquor stores, and higher fees, including a 5 percent increase for use of state parks. (link)

Governor Kaine has done the right thing. And he's a Democrat. Who would have thought?

I wonder how Mark Warner would have handled the situation ...

Russia Has a Flat Tax

Oh, and the Russian economy is booming.

Line Up The Special Prosecutors!

There is a strong likelihood that Hillary and her husband will be returning to the White House. And we may be returning to the heady days of Survivor: The Clintons.

This from The Nation ("For Hillary, There's No Such Thing as Dirty Money") is worth pondering. For it is sure to be investigated:
Both of the Clintons seem to have gone money-crazy. Bill is out loose on the world taking enormous amounts of money from anyone who pays him to appear anywhere and bragging about it. With a pension of $186,000 a year plus innumerable other perks, another ex-President might rein in the itchy palm urge, but Bill is not known as a self-control artist. Whether he is also acting as a bag man for his wife is something for future grand juries to investigate.
Future grand juries. The meaning of "is." DNA on a blue dress. "I did not have sex with ..." Scandal. Sleaze. Corruption.

Déjà vu all over again.

Is Kenneth Starr available? We might as well get him prepped.

The Spawn of Jimmy Carter

The North Koreans and the Iranians must be chuckling at Barack Obama's gross naiveté. Expect campaign cash to come flowing in now.

Obama to Urge Elimination of World’s Nuclear Weapons
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

Washington, Oct. 1 — Senator Barack Obama will propose on Tuesday setting a goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons in the world, saying the United States should greatly reduce its stockpiles to lower the threat of nuclear terrorism, aides say.

In a speech at DePaul University in Chicago, Mr. Obama will add his voice to a plan endorsed earlier this year by a bipartisan group of former government officials from the cold war era who say the United States must begin building a global consensus to reverse a reliance on nuclear weapons that have become “increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective.” (link)
It's anybody's guess what this genius means when he says our nuclear weaponry is becoming "less effective." But that's not the point.

There's a war on, you fool!

This graduate of the Jimmy Carter School of Feckless Foreign Policy needs to grow up. And get serious. We have dangerous enemies out there who are plotting to kill Americans wherever they can find them.

To babble about disarmament at a moment in our history when we are at war is the height of irresponsibility.

Barack Osama Obama needs to be sent back to never never land where he came from. Grown men and women have a war to be fought and won.

Rush Limbaugh Under Assault

It's amazing to watch the McCarthy era reappear before my very eyes. Amazing and frightening.

The Democrats in Congress are at it again.

I posted the Rush Limbaugh video the other day that had to do with his conversation - on air, recorded live - about a "phony soldier," the comment that has Harry Reid and his ilk, including that embarrassment from Virginia, James Webb, denouncing Rush and calling for retribution.

Over something the man never said.

Something that Harry Reid and Webb know - or should know - he never said.

But they went after him (a private American citizen) anyway.

Here's the latest despicable and cowardly move on the part of those who were sent to Washington to legislate:

Democrats go after Limbaugh
By Klaus Marre, The Hill

Democrats on Monday called on the chief executive of Clear Channel Communications to denounce remarks by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, whom they say made a “hateful” and “unpatriotic” attack on U.S. troops opposed to the war in Iraq.

At issue is a remark from Limbaugh that characterized such troops as “phony soldiers.” Democrats have seized on the issue, allowing them to hit back at Republicans who similarly latched onto a MoveOn.org ad that referred to Gen. David Petraeus as “General Betray Us.” (
Even Klaus the reporter distorted the facts. Rush didn't condemn soldiers for being phony; he condemned one soldier for being a phony who, it had been discovered, had lied about his service in the past. The guy was a phony.

But you can see what's going on here. The Democratic Party's sugar daddy, MoveOn.org, has been under assault for its reprehensible "General Betray Us" ad and they're trying to change the subject by slandering Rush Limbaugh.

The difference is in the veracity of the two stories. MoveOn.org has never backed away from its ad. It stands behind it. It's been the Democrats who have run from it. Rush, on the other hand, whose character was attacked by none other than James Webb on the senate floor a few days ago, posted on his website the incident in question for all the world to see. You can see it here, again:

It's clear who Rush was referring to when he used the term "phony soldiers."

Has Harry Reid bothered to watch the video? Has Mr. Webb sought the truth? Or do they simply prefer to remain ignorant and let their mouths run on empty?

Why do I even ask?

This is a disgrace.

More than that, it's dangerous. I fear for my country.

These People Know No Shame

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) attacked Rush Limbaugh yesterday. Something about "phony soldiers."

Maybe he felt compelled to come to the defense of his fellow phonies.

This via Instapundit (via Michelle Malkin) on Tom Harkin the warrior:

Candidate Harkin Stretches the Truth
By James M. Perry, The Wall Street Journal (Thursday, August 19, 2004)

In 1979, Mr. Harkin, then a congressman, participated in a round-table discussion arranged by the Congressional Vietnam Veterans' Caucus. "I spent five years as a Navy pilot, starting in November of 1962," Mr. Harkin said at that meeting, in words that were later quoted in a book, Changing of the Guard, by Washington Post political writer David Broder. "One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. I did no bombing."

That clearly is not an accurate picture of his Navy service. Though Mr. Harkin stresses he is proud of his Navy record--"I put my ass on the line day after day"--he concedes now he never flew combat air patrols in Vietnam. He was stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Atsugi, Japan. Damaged aircraft were flown into Atsugi for repairs or sometimes flown out of Atsugi to the Philippines for more substantial work. Mr. Harkin says he and three other Navy pilots flew these ferry flights. And, when the planes had been repaired, he and his fellow pilots took them up on test flights. "I had always wanted to be a test pilot," he says. "It was damned demanding work." (link)
Phony soldiers. Tom Harkin knows of that which he speaks.

Glenn Reynolds asks: "Really, you can't make this stuff up. Er, unless you're Tom Harkin. I noted back in 2004, the last time Harkin made this an issue, that the press was giving him a pass. Will it do so again? And why are the Democrats letting Harkin, of all people, get out front on this issue?"

So's We Can Relate

The Ten Commandments as we teach 'em 'round here:

(1) Just one God
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(3) No tellin' tales or gossipin'
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'
(5) Put nothin' before God
(6) No foolin' around with another fella's gal
(7) No killin'
(8) Watch yer mouth
(9) Don't take what ain't yers
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff

Know'in 'em's one thing. Obeyin' 'em's another.

* Posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro , TN