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Sunday, November 11, 2007

For Our Honored Veterans Of World War II

(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

This poem was originally reproduced in a weblog entry, "A Tribute To My Father," on Veteran's Day, 2005.

Tail Wagging The Dog

The workforce here in Southwest Virginia is in desperate need of quality employers who are willing to provide above-minimum-wage pay for a day's work. Inbound and outbound call centers are fine, at least better than unemployment, but primo jobs are few and far between.

That's why this editorial in the Bristol Herald-Courier seems to be beside the point:
Work force needs affordable housing

Finding an affordable apartment to rent or a modestly priced home to purchase poses a real dilemma for far too many workers in our region.

There simply aren’t enough quality homes and apartments available at a reasonable price. A creative solution – one that involves the private sector and the government – is urgently needed. (link)
The column goes on to talk about our ever-proliferating double-wide communities and the haunting - and pervasive - problem of substandard housing.

But the problem with housing is the result of another problem we have yet to address - the business climate here in Southwest Virginia. There is no better cure for the lack of quality housing than the creation and accumulation of wealth. Wealth that is, at present, accumulating in China.

Want to have all our tens of thousands of derelict homes bulldozed some day? Allow for the creation of a robust economy. The luxury condos will come.

Deviants Approved, Deviants Denied

Psychologists, in a different political climate in a different era, might have fun dissecting the mindset that allows for two editorials to be written on the same day, appearing in the same newspaper, one of which supports those with aberrant sexual tendencies, the other castigating the licentious nature of those who act upon sexual proclivities outside the norm.

In the Roanoke Times today:

America inches toward equality

and ...

Take care not to lose known sex offenders

They'll tell you one deviant is acceptable, the other not. Today anyway.

So many arguments could be made. So much ridicule could be heaped.

I Think They've Found The Magic

Virginia Tech 40, Florida State 21.

Republicans See a Possible Red Virginia

Democrats see a possible blue Virginia

Not sure what's gained in this sort of thing.

BB Gun Today, Mass Murder Tomorrow

There are an estimated 180 million guns in circulation in the United States today, wreaking so much havoc and destruction that ... well, comparatively, they're actually being used in a tiny number of violent acts of lawlessness each day ... but the potential ... and ... well, it's the fault of children's BB guns anyway.

Or so a Washington Post article, "Little-Bang Theory of Violence: It All Begins With a Toy Gun" would like to infer.

Is it too much to suggest that this is a bit of a stretch? Some mass murderer had possession of a BB gun when he was a kid, therefore the ownership of BB guns leads to the creation of mass murderers?

The fact that every young boy in the USA grew up with one is lost on these geniuses. Is there a mass murderer lurking in all of us today? Are those 180 million guns in our possession soon to be spewing death and destruction? Is America in great peril?

Has the rate of violent crime in this country plummeted in recent years?

Stop. You guys are cracking me up.

Young People Don't Like John Edwards Either

See what happens when John Edwards is invited on stage by John Mellencamp at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Those po' fo'ks don't have much use for this filthy rich Champion Of The Downtrodden either.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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On Hillary's Wimpering After The Debate

Don Surber:

"If you cannot handle Obama, how you gonna handle Osama?"

Hillary wants a presidency with training wheels," November 10, 2007

But They'll Do Well In Europe

Robert James Bidinotto on the plight of anti-war movies recently released ... and ignored by the movie-going public:
No, ye card-carrying members of the Hollywood left: All your "explanations" are dead wrong. You just don't want to come to grips with the fact that you hate America but your audience doesn't.

And they aren't willing to pay you to insult them.
"Anti-war movies tank at the box office," November 10, 2007