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Monday, November 12, 2007

Grasping At Straws

I don't know who's more foolish - the people who shelled out the money for this or those who truly believe that someone - that elusive tourist - is going to want to take a vacation down ... a Coal Heritage Trail. I guess when you get desperate though ...
New signs leading tourists along Coal Heritage Trail
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tazewell, Va. — Signs directing tourists toward a new scenic byway that meanders through the coalfield communities of Southwest Virginia are now being installed.

Virginia’s Coal Heritage Trail was designated earlier this year by the General Assembly as an official Virginia Byway. It begins near Bramwell in West Virginia where the existing Coal Heritage Trail extends and meanders another 300 miles through the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. Local officials are now working to achieve a national designation for the Coal Heritage Trail. (link)
And if that national designation doesn't lure the first tourist to the area, we'll seek U.N. recognition.

For the love of God. A coal heritage trail.

Fool Us Three Times and ...

At first I thought the reasoning here (a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial, "View From Afar," appearing this morning) was flawed. But on further contemplation, there is probably a good bit of truth in it:
The Democrats winning the past two gubernatorial elections made no-tax pledges (which they subsequently abandoned). Their Republican challengers issued firmer pledges. Virginia's last Republican governor -- Jim Gilmore -- made cutting the car tax the centerpiece of his 1997 campaign and of his administration. There was no doubt in the electorate's mind which ticket in 2001 and 2005 was more likely to raise taxes. Democrats Warner and Kaine won both elections.
Both Warner and Kaine pledged to us to not raise our taxes. Yet, according to the Times-Dispatch, we ignored what both pledged and accepted the fact that they were going to jack up our taxes anyway. Perhaps.

If true, this says a lot about both Kaine and Warner. It also says a lot about us.

One of these jokers has returned, hat in hand, and will be making all kinds of pledges once again. Based on his past, is anything that Mark Warner is about to promise worth anything? Are we going to see right past his pledges and vote for him based on some other criteria? What other criteria? Fiscal responsibility? James Webb's anti-war chant? Macaca?

You all are better than this. I believe that. I believe ...

On That Panic Sweeping Thru Byrd High School

I couldn't agree with these guys more:

Editorial: Fear, too, harms students

Let's get this out of the way: Roanoke County school officials blew it in the manner they initially handled telling parents and students about a mysterious ailment that has affected fewer than 10 of William Byrd's 1,200 students. And the health department has done an equally poor job of presenting information or in putting the "disease" or the "cases" into context.

Because of that, misinformation, rumors, supposition and seeds of fear have blossomed into mass hysteria among 200 or so Byrd families that kept their students home from school.

Unfortunately, not all parents are reasonable.

Some caught the dreaded, devastating disease of mass hysteria. They have worked themselves up into a frenzy of fright, ignoring the harm they are causing their children.

Get a grip, people. There is not one shred of evidence so far to indicate William Byrd High School is making people sick. In fact, with each additional environmental test turning up negative, the evidence points elsewhere. (

The "ailment," by the way, that has afflicted a small handful of students at the school involves leukemia avian flu malaria small pox AIDS the plague cholera typhus polio tuberculosis facial twitching. Nothing more.

Y'all scare me sometimes.

If It's Bad, It's Bush

Follow this storyline, if you can:
Edwards Says His Message Is Clear
By Amy Lorentzen, The Associated Press

Des Moines, Iowa -- Democrat John Edwards said Sunday that voters expect the presidential candidates "to stand in front of them and answer their hard questions," not planted ones.

Edwards' reference was to a recent admission by rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign that an aide gave a question to a Grinnell College student, who was then called on to ask it a recent event in Iowa.

"What George Bush does is plant questions and exclude people from events and I don't think that's what Democrats want to see," he told reporters after a Veterans Day speech. (link)
1) Hillary Clinton is caught setting up fake questions to be asked by the audience at her encounters with the great unwashed.

2) John Edwards considers it to be a low-down and dirty tactic.

3) He attacks George Bush for it.

More evidence that the guy just isn't all that bright.

I'm Not Sure What This Says About Us

We make the news:
Putting The VA. In Vanity

November 12, 2007 -- Richmond, Va. - The song might go: URSOVAIN Virginia.

A state-by-state survey of the popularity of vanity license plates has found that car and truck owners in Virginia are the vainest of them all.

Out of the 9.3 million personalized plates on the roads of America, about one in 10 is in Virginia, according to rankings by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

That's 16 percent of the plates issued by Virginia. (link)
Before you ask, I'm in the majority on this one. ITS04ME.

(It's not - nought - for me, get it?)

The Season Begins

Why I swore years ago to never go out on opening day of gun season:

Hunter found shot to death in Bath County

One moment you're the hunter; the next the hunted.

No, thanks.

If It's a Tax, You Know Who's Behind It

Liberal Leads The Drive for Slots in Md.

It Must Be Monday

Democrat Barack Obama has rolled out another tax increase proposal.