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Sunday, December 30, 2007

An Honor Bestowed

Southwest Virginia's most powerful voice for change, From On High, is ranked this week as being Virginia's Most Influential Political Blog:

BlogNetNews, December 30, 2007

It's a Matter Of Perspective

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph this morning sings the praises of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia for its phenomenal economic growth in 2007 (in "Year brought economic growth"). It even cites a number of examples where that growth has occurred.

I've listed those examples and, in parentheses, categorized the various projects in two classes - Private Sector, or business-related, and Government (either government funded or government projects straight out):

● The local King Coal Highway corridor in Bluefield (Government)

● McDowell County’s new 175-acre Copper Ridge Landfill (Government)

● The Indian Ridge segment of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Trail (Government)

● Funds for the start of construction on the new federal prison project at the Indian Ridge Industrial Park in Welch (Government)

● New school construction with the near completion of the new Southside K-8 School (Government)

● The multi-purpose equestrian park project in Mercer County (Government)

● The Bluestone Regional Business and Technology Park (Government)

● The new Pocahontas State Correctional Center (Government)

● The region’s new high-speed fiber-optic "backbone" (Government)

The economic development that the Bluefield Daily Telegraph failed to mention?

● The new Pizza Inn in Bland County (Private Sector)

What does all this say about "economic growth" in the area?

How Sweet.

How adorable.

How compassionate.

A race monger makes the cover of today's Richmond Times-Dispatch:
'We are Virginia Tech'

Why you know her: She rallied Virginia Tech with her poetry at a convocation to memorialize the 32 students killed April 16.

What’s new: [Nikki] Giovanni received the prestigious 2007 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library. The award pays tribute to a writer who helps the public appreciate the written word. (
"The award pays tribute to a writer who helps the public appreciate the written word."

Let's pay tribute.

The written words of award-winning Nikki Giovanni:

The True Import Of Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro (For Peppe, Who Will Ultimately Judge Our Efforts)

Can you kill
Can you kill

Can a nigger kill
Can a nigger kill a honkie
Can a nigger kill the Man
Can you kill nigger
Huh? nigger can you
Do you know how to draw blood
Can you poison
Can you stab-a-Jew
Can you kill huh? nigger
Can you kill
Can you run a protestant down with your
'68 El Dorado
(that's all they're good for anyway)
Can you kill
Can you piss on a blond head
Can you cut it off
Can you kill
A nigger can die
We ain't got to prove we can die
We got to prove we can kill
They sent us to kill
Japan and Africa
We policed europe
Can you killCan you kill a white man
Can you kill the nigger
in you
Can you make your nigger mind
Can you kill your nigger mind
And free your black hands to
Can you kill
Can a nigger kill
Can you shoot straight and
Fire for good measure
Can you splatter their brains in the street
Can you kill them
Can you lure them to bed to kill them
We kill in Viet Nam
for them
We kill for UN & NATO & SEATO &

And everywhere for all alphabet but
Can we learn to kill WHITE for BLACK
Learn to kill niggers
Learn to be Black men


"A writer who helps the public appreciate the written word."

Verb: appreciate ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt
1. Recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
2. Be fully aware of; realize fully
- "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"
3. Hold dear
4. Gain in value
-"The yen appreciated again!"
5. Increase the value of
- "The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark"

I think I'll go with number 2.

Obviously We Need More Gun Control*

Baltimore, state fire deaths highest in years

* We'll call this Virginia Tech logic.

Bush Triumphant

Well, it looks like we won't have to pay for the health care coverage of impoverished 45-year-old upper-middle class children after all.


Bush signs SCHIP extension

Crawford, Texas (AP) — President Bush yesterday signed legislation that extends a popular children's health insurance program after twice vetoing attempts to expand it.

Politically, the move was a victory for Mr. Bush, although Democrats say it will come back to hurt Republicans at the polls.

The extension of the State Children's Health Insurance Program is expected to provide states with enough money to cover those enrolled through March 2009. Mr. Bush and some Republican lawmakers say the program will still serve those who it should: children from families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. (link)

Since the Democrats (and more than a few morons in the GOP) were wanting to pay for this bit of idiocy by having cigarette smokers kick in higher taxes, again, we can also breathe a sigh of relief that we won't have to go out and recruit an estimated 22 million new smokers to foot the huge bill.

A good win all the way around.

Dreams Hollywood Is Made Of

Where's the Hollywood producer who will step up and bring to the big screen the story that is unfolding about a President of the United States, pressured from all sides, accused of the most heinous of acts, abandoned by most of the cowards in his own party, ridiculed by a savagely partisan press corps, mocked by televison talking heads and academia, beseiged by an opposition party shouting for his impeachment and worse, seemingly on the verge of losing another war for his country, rising from the depths of defeat - and despair - and winning against all odds?

Act IV, Scene III of the movie yet to be made:

Terror network all but dead, Iraq says
By Bradley Brooks, The Washington Times

Baghdad (AP) — Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman said yesterday that 75 percent of al Qaeda in Iraq's terrorist network were destroyed this year, but the top American commander in the country said the terror group remained his chief concern.

Maj. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf said the disruption of the terrorist network was a result of improvements in the Iraqi security forces, which he said had made strides in weeding out commanders and officers with ties to militias or who were involved in criminal activities.

He also credited the rise of anti-al Qaeda in Iraq groups, mostly made up of Sunni fighters the Shi'ite-dominated government has cautiously begun to embrace. (link)

In lieu of a Hollywood movie being made chronicling this breathtaking achievement, a sweeping victory over a mighty Islamist terrorist foe, a sincere apology from all those who fought to make us lose this war will suffice.

John Edwards Is a Lowlife

So what do you as a candidate for the country's highest office do when you're confronted by a constituent who wants to know why you voted in favor of a war you say you're vehemently opposed to?

If you're a bottom-feeding trial lawyer, you bring up your wife's fight with cancer:

Edwards Talks About His War Vote
By Julie Bosman, The New York Times

“Even at the time, with all that information, I had great reservations about George Bush.” ... “I didn’t trust him. I thought he had an agenda. And in the end, I decided to defer to him because he was the president. It was a mistake.”

And Mr. Edwards offered some other details about when he began to reconsider his vote: after the election in 2004, he said, when his wife, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with cancer.

While Mrs. Edwards was undergoing chemotherapy and sedated, Mr. Edwards would wait, he said. “I spent a lot of time, just sitting there by myself,” he said “I came to the decision, over a period of months, that I was dead wrong and I had to say so.” (link)

"Why did you vote for the war?"

"Well, you see, my wife has cancer and ..."

How miserable a human being this guy is.

2001 News Reaches The New York Times

Local Pakistani Militants Boost Qaeda Threat