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Monday, December 31, 2007

Man Of The Year

General David Petraeus
Photo courtesy of Charles Dharapak, AP

A Nominee For Your Consideration

You may recall a few weeks ago the news about state Senator William Wampler (R-Bristol) having an interest in that open seat on the State Corporation Commission. That news was released just before the news came out that Wampler was, in fact, not interested in pursuing the vacancy.

Well, here's today's bigger news: A popular - and very well-qualified - local Democrat has been recommended for the position. Former Delegate Barnie Day, from Meadows of Dan, will have his name put in nomination when the legislature takes up the issue in coming months.

What many people who read the papers remember about Barnie is that he lost his job in the General Assembly, not by the vote of the people, but by redistricting. After the 2000 census, as these things always play out, a new district was created by the Republican majority that threw three incumbent Democrats and their districts into one - Tom Jackson of Hillsville, Barnie Day of Patrick County, and Ward Armstrong of Henry County - to vie against one another in the then-upcoming contest. Mr. Day chose not to compete against Armstrong and withdrew.

An honorable man.

For those in Richmond who will be making the decision regarding the open seat on the SCC, here's some information to consider about Barnie Day and his qualifications:

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Day has an MBA from Duke. That in itself qualifies him for the position and offers a fresh perspective since most SCC members traditionally have been lawyers.

Beyond that, he sits - or has sat - on the following boards and commissions:

Board of directors of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the board of directors of Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, a National Math and Science Initiative, board of Directors of the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, and the board of directors of the Martinsville-Henry County chapter of the American Red Cross. Not counting a number of local boards and commissions.

Barnie is at present Vice President - Administration, River Community Bank, and, in past lives, held positions with the following: President, Vesta Supply, 1992-2001; Vice President for Operations, Aerial Machine and Tool Corporation, 1988-1992; County Administrator, Patrick County 1984-1988; Director, Tri-Area Health Clinic, 1980-1984.

They don't come more qualified for the position.

And here's the part that is most refreshing - the perspective he brings to this critical position. A quote from Barnie Day on the SCC, his potential role on the commission, and how the people of Virginia benefit from his unique worldview:
Generally, in the abstract, I believe that an unfettered marketplace is the best arbiter of private transactions between willing individuals. Over the past hundred years or so we, as a society, have collectively decided that our interests are best served by giving some businesses and institutions special status in the marketplace, and, in return, we have empowered the SCC to watch on our behalf these businesses and institutions, largely through the restraint of regulations. I do not have a law degree and do not look at things through a lawyer's set of filters, but rather a consumer's perspective, tempered with appreciation for the vital role stock holders and employees play in our overall well-being. The General Assembly membership may deem that an all-lawyer commission remains the best composition of this agency. I have no qualm if they do. It is a prerogative entrusted to them by our constitution.
To those legislators who will be making the decision, consider his words carefully, then look at the man and his résumé. You'll not find a more qualified - or more honorable - or more trusted by the people - candidate for the seat on the State Corporation Commission than Barnie Day.

Yeah. But.

This should make Southside taxpayers happy:
Virginia's Goode lowest on congressional office expenditures
By Denice Thibodeau, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Rocky Mount, is not one of Congress’s big spenders - in fact, he generally spends the least of any member of Congress on overall office expenses, and nothing at all on mass mail pieces.

“Federal budget spending is too much overall and Congress members should set an example by not spending too much,” Goode said Friday. (link)
We can all applaud that sentiment, right?

"Congress members should set an example by not spending too much." Somehow I'll bet the earmark spending sponsored by Virgil Goode in the 2008 omnibus bill he just voted for and President Bush signed into law doesn't count as "too much."

You decide. Here are your tax dollars at work. A list of pork in the bill with Virgil Goode's name attached:

● Hydrilla Eradication around Lake Gaston, VA - $333,900

● Hydrilla Eradication, Tri-County (Smith Mountain) - $37,100

● Predation Wildlife services in Virginia - $150,000

● High Value Horticultural Crops, VA - $539,000

● Aquaculture, VA - $149,000

● Fish and Shellfish Technologies,VA - $354,000

● Sustainable Engineered Materials from Renewable Sources, VA - $520,000

● Airport Improvement Program, Danville Regional Airport Improvements, VA. - $500,000

● Surface Transportation Priorities Streetscape Project- Town of Scottsville, VA - $400,000

● Bassett Historical Center in Hendry for expansion of a facility - $100,000

● Halifax County Historical Society for installation of the Crossing of the Dan exhibit project - $225,000

● Mecklenburg County Community Service for construction of a community center - $200,000

● Town of Boydton, VA for development of the Walking Tour of Boydton - $100,000

● Town of South Hill, VA for renovations to the historic Colonial Theatre - $300.000

● Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Charlottesville, VA to address nursing assistant shortages in - $97,000

● Bedford Ride, Bedford, VA for a program to assist seniors - $68,000

● Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for a business development initiative - $250,000

● University of Virginia Center for Polttics, Charlottesville, VA for the Youth Leadership Initiative - $419,000

● Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center - $28,200

● New College Institute to support economic development and small business development - $100,000

● The City of lynchburg for sewer infrastructure improvements - $300,000

● Bedford County, VA Sheriffs Office - Operation Blue Ridge Thunder - $188,000

● Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, VA for the Heavy Equipment Training Program - $292,000

● Predisaster Mitigation Cumberland County Public Schools, VA - $400,000

● County Community Service for construction of a community center in Mecklenburg County, VA - $200,000

● National Park Service Save America's Treasures, Henry County Courthouse - $100,000

● National Park Service Operations Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, Repairs - $50,000

● Booker T. Washington National Monument, Repairs - $100,000

● For Energy efficient design 01A) - $200,000 [?]

● John H Kerr Dam and Reservoir (Replacement), VA & NC - $13,000,000

● Halifax Regional Health System, South Boston, VA for an electronic health records initiative - $390,000

● John H Kerr Dam and Reservoir, VA & NC [again] $281,000


All told,* Virgil Goode's earmarks in this one appropriations bill come to $20,101,200.

But he wants you to know that he saved the taxpayers money on those mass mailings of propaganda that we all routinely throw in the garbage upon receipt. A book of stamps here; a book of stamps there ...

"Congress members should set an example by not spending too much."

Gosh, thanks, Virg.

* If I overlooked a few of Congressman Goode's earmarks, have his office email me the corrections.

With Bated Breath ...

... America looks to the Iowa caucuses on Thursday.

I'm so anxious, I can't control myself.

Say It Ain't So!

This can't be right. The Roanoke Times editorial page comes out against new taxes? Is it possible? It's not possible. These guys are big on tax increases. So what gives?

editorial: Delay new taxes and fees in NOVA

Oh. Wait. No. They just want the manner in which local taxes are raised in northern Virginia to be declared unconstitutional so that we can all pay new taxes to fund road construction in northern Virginia.

Now I understand.

Leave It To The Washington Post

2007 Deadliest for US Troops in Iraq

Words That Will Come Back To Haunt Them

Write down the date. December 31, 2007. The New York Times editorial page expresses the following (in "Looking At America"):

Out of panic and ideology, President Bush squandered America’s position of moral and political leadership, swept aside international institutions and treaties, sullied America’s global image, and trampled ...

We can only hope that this time, unlike 2004, American voters will have the wisdom to grant the awesome powers of the presidency to someone who has the integrity, principle and decency to use them honorably. Then when we look in the mirror as a nation, we will see, once again, the reflection of the United States of America. (my emphasis)

Sometime before November 4, 2008, the same New York Times will endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

So much for integrity, principle, decency, and honor.

Quote Of The Year

From MSNBC "Hardball" personality Chris Matthews:
When I watched [former President Bill Clinton] at Mrs. King's funeral, I just have never seen anything like it . . . There are times when he sounds like Jesus in the temple. I mean, amazing ability to transcend ethnicity - race, we call it, it's really ethnicity - in this country and, and speak to us all in this amazingly primordial way.
And he was sober serious.

England a Muslim Country?

I don't know the circumstances behind this, but whatever is going on, it has columnist Peter Hitchens's undies in a bunch:

So much for our 'way of life' - you know, the one our leaders told us they went to war to save
The Mail

The deeply English, deeply Christian city of Oxford, one of the homes of free thought, is now being asked to accept the Islamic call to prayer wafting from mosque loudspeakers over its spires and domes.

If that is not a threat to our "way of life", then I don't know what is. Allowing the regular electronic proclamation of Allah's supremacy in a British city is not tolerance, but a surrender of the sky to a wholly different culture.

So much for the Great War on Terror, which has neither saved our way of life nor defeated Islamist extremism. What did you expect from the very same people who surrendered to the IRA, a genuine threat that really did exist (and still does) and which we could have beaten? (link)

It is generally accepted these days that Great Britain ain't so great any longer and is now a shell of its former self. Soulless. Feckless. Wimpish. Adrift.

Peter Hitchens certainly reinforces the notion.

On My Wish List

I always wanted to own an AR-15. But I never came up with a good reason why.

Now I have a good reason:


'The Dangerous Years Ahead'

Fred Thompson on our future as a nation:

The stakes are that high.

Double-click on the triangle to activate.

Anti-War Lawyer Defaces Marine's Car

This story about a soon-to-be deploying Marine getting his car keyed by a lawyer in Chicago, apparently because the lawyer has a bug up his butt about the United States military, is eye-opening.

It would make for an even better story if it concluded with the Marine wiping the street with the lawyers's sorry carcass.

But it doesn't. He's only filed a criminal complaint.

A Public Service Announcement

Make that a critical public service announcement:

Representative Jack Murtha (D-al Qaeda) has an opponent in the upcoming election in Pennsylvania. A worthy opponent. Your support in driving Murtha - an evil man - from Congress would be appreciated. Especially those of you in the 12th Congrssional District of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about his opponent, William Russell - and for the opportunity to make the USA a better place in the process - go to: www.williamrussellforcongress.com.

As to why he's running against Murtha? A quote from Mr. Russell, a former Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserve, on his website:
[L]ast March I had the opportunity to meet with some of our Wounded Warriors during their visit to the Pentagon. I have always been impressed by the spirit and good cheer of so many of these wounded heroes but also understand the sullen responses from some. Seeing these Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen with missing and shattered limbs, two with missing eyes and wounded faces, I found myself wiping away the tears as I walked back to my office. I was both sadden and angered that the sacrifices these brave service men and women, like the others I have served with in combat, make for this country and the thought of how they are betrayed by the actions of politicians such as John Murtha.
Betrayal. John Murtha. 'nuff said.

Oh, My

What do you get when you cross a Clinton with a Rodham?

Nice teeth.