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Thursday, October 11, 2007

This Gets Confusing

There is a growing trend in the newspaper business that most people haven't noticed but has me growingly perplexed. It has to do with columnists who have gotten in the business of writing blog commentary on the side. In the same newspaper.

A question: What's the difference between a columnist (a journalist who writes editorials) and a person who writes a blog that is printed in the same newspaper?

Case in point. A screen print from today's Roanoke Times below. Notice anything interesting about columnist Shanna Flowers' "columns" and blogger Shanna Flowers' "blog posts?"

What's the point?

I'll bet there's some explanation ...

Cut-and-paste courtesy of the Roanoke Times

Another Employer Slashes Jobs

Thank God we have our rapidly expanding canoe rental businesses here in Southwest Virginia. Otherwise we'd never be able to offset the loss of such good paying jobs as these:
250 layoffs on horizon at Stanley Furniture
The job losses, which will affect hourly and salaried workers, are spurred by the lagging industry.
By Duncan Adams, The Roanoke Times

In coming months, Stanley Furniture will cut 250 jobs, hourly and salaried -- layoffs the company's top executive said result from being "in the midst of probably the sharpest downturn in our industry in probably a generation."

The manufacturer, largely of home furniture, said Wednesday it will consolidate operations in Henry County by turning one plant into an expanded warehouse and moving its production to a factory in Stanleytown, company headquarters.

After the layoffs, which will occur over the next two to four months, Stanley Furniture will employ about 1,050 people in Henry County and remain its largest employer. (link)
The company's top executive has it wrong. The industry is doing just fine. It's just relocated to China.

As will the 250 jobs that Stanley Furniture is shedding.

In a related story, up in Giles County folks are upset. Fly ash is going to be used as fill along the New River ...

For the love of God.

The Pot Calls The Kettle ...

This is rich. Jimmy Carter, the overseer of the most disastrous presidency, hands down, of the 20th century, calls Dick Cheney ... a disaster:
Jimmy Carter calls Cheney a "disaster" for U.S.

Washington (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday denounced Vice President Dick Cheney as a "disaster" for the country and a "militant" who has had an excessive influence in setting foreign policy.

"You know he's been a disaster for our country," Carter said. "I think he's been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he's prevailed." (link)
Jimmy should know. After all, he's been in on all of President Bush's and Vice President Cheney's private conversations.

This is beyond ridiculous. The man who screwed up the economy to such an extent that economists had to write a new Advanced Econ chapter on how to achieve stagnant GDP growth and inflation at the same time (they even draped a new term for it around his neck - "stagflation"); the man whose idea of punishing the Soviet Union for invading Afghanistan in 1979 was to keep American athletes from participating in the 1980 Olympics (that hurt 'em); the man who bumbled while our embassy personnel in Tehran were held hostage by terrorists for over a year; the man who single-handedly brought about a fuel shortage, soaring prices, long lines at the pump, and hundreds of gas station closings; the man who told us our best years were behind us (it was from his "Malaise Speech" that young Bill Clinton stole the line "I feel your pain ...") this worthless excuse for a government employee calls Dick Cheney a disaster.


It's Playing Out As She Anticipated

The "noose on the door" "outrage" continues:
Noose on Door at Columbia Prompts Campus Protest
By Elissa Gootman and Al Baker, The New York Times

A day after a noose was found hanging on a black professor’s office door at Columbia University’s Teachers College, protesting students chanted “no diversity, no university” and confronted university officials at two emotional meetings. The police said that their hate crimes unit had mounted a full investigation, including testing the rope for DNA.

The professor, Madonna G. Constantine, whose specialty is race, racial identity and multiculturalism, stood before protesters at midday and thanked her supporters.

“I am upset that the Teachers College community has been exposed to such an unbelievably vile incident,” she said, “and I would like us to stay strong in the face of such a blatant act of racism.” (link)
She's upset ...

Oh No! Not The Turks Too!

It appears that Turkey is on the verge of pulling out of the war in Iraq ...
House Panel Raises Furor on Armenian Genocide
By Steven Lee Myers and Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Washington, Oct. 10 — A House committee voted on Wednesday to condemn the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey in World War I as an act of genocide, rebuffing an intense campaign by the White House and warnings from Turkey’s government that the vote would gravely strain its relations with the United States.

The vote by the House Foreign Relations Committee was nonbinding and so largely symbolic, but its consequences could reach far beyond bilateral relations and spill into the war in Iraq.

Turkish officials and lawmakers warned that if the resolution was approved by the full House, they would reconsider supporting the American war effort, which includes permission to ship essential supplies through Turkey and northern Iraq. (link)
Well, I'm intimidated. How 'bout you?

Is this the same Turkey that refused to participate in the war when we went after Saddam? That refused to allow, at the last minute, our 4th Infantry Division to cross its borders to launch an invasion of Iraq from the north?

Personally, I think Turkey has a lot of apologizing to do. Starting with the Armenian genocide in the last century, the in-progress Kurdish genocide of this century, and an apology owed to every soldier of the 4th Division that was forced to sit on a ship for a month because they - the Turks - our ally - refused to cooperate.

Gravely strain relations ... Give me a break.