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Sunday, November 25, 2007

An Odd Way To Go About It

A Lee County company is trying to find a new owner. So it has laid off all its employees. What's missing in this story?
Powell Mountain Coal shuts down mine
By Walter Littrell, Kingsport Times-News

Jonesville — Owners of Powell Mountain Coal Co. have notified its approximately 140 employees that the mine is closing as part of the company’s plan to sell the mine.

The parent company is providing affected employees with 60 days of salary and benefits. Employees were given notice of the pending closure on Nov. 15.

As part of this divestiture plan, Progress Energy [the parent company] has determined that it was not economical to continue production at Powell Mountain ... (link)
Things must be pretty bad for the management of the mine to lay off most of its employees while, at the same time, look for a buyer. What is a prospective buyer to think?

In any case, let's hope, for the sake of those 140 employees (and their families), who have been notified of their termination just before Christmas, the mine finds new ownership pronto.

My State Of Perplexity

Mark Steyn is grappling with the same issues, as they relate to the various presidential contenders, as I am (in "Mark Steyn: GOP looks like the party of diverse ideas," The OC Register):
Only five weeks left to the earliest Primary Day in New Hampshire history, and still, whenever I'm being interviewed on radio or TV, I've no ready answer to the question: Which candidate are you supporting?

If I could just sneak out in the middle of the night and saw off Rudy Giuliani's strong right arm and John McCain's ramrod back and Mitt Romney's fabulous hair and stitch them all together in Baron von Frankenstein's laboratory with the help of some neck bolts, we'd have the perfect Republican nominee. As it is, the present field poses difficulties for almost every faction of the GOP base.

if you're a pro-gun anti-abortion tough-on-crime victory-in-Iraq small-government Republican the 2008 selection is a tough call.
I'm not a Republican but the rest fits. Pro-gun. Anti-abortion. Tough on crime. Victory in Iraq. Small government (with taxes assessed accordingly).

And a tough call.

On any given day, I could easily pull the ALL OF THE ABOVE lever. The Republican candidates all come that close. But the next, depending on the news coverage and the candidate pronouncements, it would more likely be the NONE OF THE ABOVE lever. It's maddening.

There's still plenty of time, thank God. And someone will emerge; will break out of the pack. And there is that looming urge that floats on the fringes of my thoughts - ANY LEVER BUT HILLARY's.

But today I honestly haven't a candidate (since Michelle Malkin isn't running). Perhaps tomorrow ...

What They're Trying To Say

The Washington Post this morning has the right idea. They are just unable to express it properly. The boys there must have been educated in D.C. public schools. With that noted, the headline (and subheading) of an editorial relating to farm subsidies says (or intends to say) it all:
Farm Follies
Is limiting federal subsidies to farmers with incomes over $750,000 unreasonable?
I think what they mean to ask is: Is limiting federal subsidies to farmers with incomes under $750,000 unreasonable?

In any case, the editorial is spot on. We are making the rich richer through government payouts of farm supports. It's time to end the practice.

On That Nixon Comparison

Was it just this past Friday that I wrote:
The comparison is startling. And you'll hear it made more often as we get closer to election time, and to her coronation. Hillary is so paranoid, so distrustful of others, probably distrustful of herself, that she comes across just as did Richard Nixon all those years ago.

Secretive. Suspicious. Humorless. Wary. Vengeful. Dark.
Someone else picks up on that theme. On Hillary, "the most disliked politician in the country":
Nixon 1968, Clinton 2008
By John Ellis, Real Clear Politics

All good strategies have an antecedent. The antecedent strategy for the Clinton campaign of 2008 is the Nixon strategy of 1968. Then, the problem was: how do you make the country's most disliked politician electable? Frank Shakespeare and Fred McWhorter started by trying to make Nixon warmer, friendlier, your next door neighbor. A young turk named Roger Ailes came in, took a look and said (and I am paraphrasing here): "forget it. No one will ever warm to the guy. He's un-likeable. We've got to change the narrative. This is about a man in the arena; this is about grit and determination and hard work and brains and perseverance." Ailes went on to create televised "Man in the Arena" town hall meetings, at which Nixon answered voter questions, by himself, being himself. Voters didn't need to like Nixon to elect him. He only needed to earn their respect.

Like Nixon, Senator Clinton is widely disliked. Like Nixon, she cannot be made warm, even by a modern-day Roger Ailes. Like Nixon, she is a politician whose resentments are always close to the surface. And like Nixon, she is a politician about whom her peers have real doubts. (link)
Like Nixon ...

'A Suicide Cult'

Mark Steyn on the eco-nut who had herself sterilized in order to save the planet ... from the likes of her:

Double-click on the little triangle to activate.

We Expect No Less

One shakes one's head in wonder and dismay:

Disabled veterans jeered at swimming pool
By Thomas Harding, Lucy Cockcroft and Brendan Carlin, London Telegraph

Injured soldiers who lost their limbs fighting for their country have been driven from a swimming pool training session by jeering members of the public.

The men, injured during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, were taking part in a rehabilitation session at a leisure centre, when two women demanded they be removed from the pool. They claimed that the soldiers "hadn't paid" and might scare the children.

The unpleasant scenes broke out at Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey when the wounded veterans, who are at Headley Court Military Hospital, had to use the 25-metre public pool because the hydro-pool at the defence rehabilitation centre is not big enough for swimming.

The servicemen were about to begin their weekly swimming therapy in closed-off lanes when they were verbally abused by the swimmers.

One woman in her 30s was said to be infuriated by the lane closures saying the soldiers did not deserve to be there when she had paid. (link)

I'm reminded of a quote I picked up many years ago:

"Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves."

The British. The poor fools.

Tying Themselves In Knots

Well, it looks like the Democrats are now going to be FOR the war again. From the John Kerry School of Political Bounce Off The Walls:
As Democrats See Security Gains in Iraq, Tone Shifts
By Patrick Healy, The New York Times

As violence declines in Baghdad, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are undertaking a new and challenging balancing act on Iraq: acknowledging that success, trying to shift the focus to the lack of political progress there, and highlighting more domestic concerns like health care and the economy.

Advisers to Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama say that the candidates have watched security conditions improve after the troop escalation in Iraq and concluded that it would be folly not to acknowledge those gains. At the same time, they are arguing that American casualties are still too high, that a quick withdrawal is the only way to end the war and that the so-called surge in additional troops has not paid off in political progress in Iraq. (link)
It's just a matter of time. Hillary will soon be touting her prior votes in favor of the war. The one she opposed after she supported it but now supports after opposing it ...

For the love of God.

So They Shift Their Whine ...

... to Afghanistan:
U.S. Notes Limited Progress in Afghan War
By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Staff Writer

A White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan has concluded that wide-ranging strategic goals that the Bush administration set for 2007 have not been met, even as U.S. and NATO forces have scored significant combat successes against resurgent Taliban fighters, according to U.S. officials.

The evaluation this month by the National Security Council followed an in-depth review in late 2006 that laid out a series of projected improvements for this year ... (
There must be some template for a news article floating around on some journalism intranet site that has the following beginning ...

U.S. Notes (pick one) No Failed Little Limited Progress in (pick one) Iraq Afghan AIDS Poverty Lice Bigotry Illiteracy War

... and the rest flows from there.

Like a broken record.

You Must Be Very Proud

It's no big secret that the Episcopal Church (USA) has steadily fallen away to the left in this country. Way left. As in extremely liberal. Perhaps this has occurred because its Anglican leadership in England wants it so. This Anglican leadership:

US is ‘worst’ imperialist: archbishop
By Abul Taher, The Times of London

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.

Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the worst of all worlds”.

In a wide-ranging interview with a British Muslim magazine, the Anglican leader linked criticism of the United States to one of his most pessimistic declarations about the state of western civilisation. (
I'm sure the readers of that British Muslim magazine ate his words up.

The archbishop has a few other hateful things to say about us, if you care to read the whole thing.

As for you Episcopalians, it's fair to say you need to decide whether you're with him or against him; with us or against us. Many of your brethren have already made that decision, with their feet. Many more are preparing to do so.

O Those Environmental Wackos

James Taranto on that goofy woman (one Toni Vernelli) who had herself sterilized (and her only child aborted) so that she could save the environment and make the planet a better place:

"Laugh if you like, but one day Toni's grandchildren will thank her for leaving the world a better place for them."

"Barren But Green," Best of the Web Today, November 23, 2007