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Saturday, January 19, 2008


Anyone reading the newspaper headlines shouldn't be suprised by the news. But it's the magnitude of the damage that takes the breath away:
Federal Reserve: Virginia textile output drops
Danville Register and Bee

Data released by the U.S. Federal Reserve showed the U.S. Textile Mill output fell by 12.1 percent in 2007 with Virginia being one of the hardest hit states.

The data reported that Virginia had a loss of 13,194 textile and apparel manufacturing job losses, a decline of 51 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The drop in output was the largest since 1972 when the U.S. government first began publishing output data on the topic.

Since its peak in December 1997, U.S. Textile Mill output has plunged 44.85 percent. (link)
13,194 Virginians, most all of them from Southwest and Southside, lost their textiles jobs last year. Here I thought the furniture manufacturing sector had the biggest problems.

Sure hope those hiking trails that we've invested in so heavily start producing a job or two soon.

Wait a Minute

I was taken aback when I read a blurb in this morning's New York Times that columnist Bob Herbert had written. Taken aback because he and I never agree on anything and here was something with which I agreed. What's up with this?

The blurb:

"Good jobs at good wages — lots of them, growing like flowers in a fertile field — is the absolutely essential basis for a thriving American economy."

Well, it's certainly one essential basis.

But this is socialist whackjob Bob Herbert. What's he up to ...

So I read the article.

He wants those "good jobs at good wages" to come at government expense.

It becomes clear again.

I Hate It When This Happens

It always ruins an otherwise pleasant flight:

British Airways Jet Engines Failed Two Miles Out

They'll blame pilot error ...

The People Win One

On that House bill that would have required that you go through a background check before you could buy a used .22 rifle at a gun show, the people of Virginia have spoken, and your legislators have listened:
Gun Show Measure Falters in Va. House
By Anita Kumar, Washington Post Staff Writer

Richmond, Jan. 18 -- A Virginia House committee on Friday defeated an effort to close a major loophole in the state's gun laws, angering families of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who had pushed hard for the law.

The House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee voted along party lines to kill a requirement that all sellers conduct background checks on firearms buyers at gun shows, a move that makes passing a bill on the checks this year nearly impossible. (
To be remembered come election day: Every Democrat on that committee voted in favor of advancing this punitive legislation.

The article, of course, devotes a great deal of time to the parents and friends of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre (folks at the Post thought they could use them like dupes to get legislation passed, knowing full well that there was no connection between the circumstances surrounding Seung-hui Cho's purchases of firearms - he passed two background checks; neither firearm was purchased at a gun show - and those gun shows they continue to use as a straw man).

Thanks to the members of the committee for beating back this effort to disarm us - again. Those of us who hold our freedoms dear are in your debt.

A list of committee members follows. Special thanks go to our delegates here in Southwest Virginia who are looking out for our interests. They being Bill Carrico, Grayson County; Morgan Griffith, Roanoke; Dave Nutter, Montgomery County; Charles Poindexter, Franklin County; and Terry Kilgore, Lee County.

It's unclear at this writing why Dan Bowling betrayed us.

Delegate Beverly Sherwood (Chairwoman) (R-Winchester)
Phone: (804) 698-1029
Email: DelBSherwood@house.state.va.us

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William)
Phone: (804) 698-1031
Email: DelSLingamfelter@house.state.va.us

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)
Phone: (804) 698-1015
Email: DelTGilbert@House.state.va.us

Delegate James Shuler (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1012
Email: DelJShuler@house.state.va.us

Delegate Dan Bowling (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1003
Email: DelDBowling@house.state.va.us

Delegate Morgan Griffith (R-Roanoke)
Phone: (804) 698-1008
Email: DelMGriffith@house.state.va.us

Delegate David Nutter (R-Montgomery County)
Phone: (804) 698-1007
Email: DelDNutter@house.state.va.us

Delegate Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County)
Phone: (804) 698-1009
Email: DelCPoindexter@house.state.va.us

Delegate Lynwood Lewis (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1000
Email: DelLLewis@house.state.va.us

Delegate Brian Moran (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1046
Email: DelBMoran@house.state.va.us

Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-Lee County)
Phone: (804) 698-1001
Email: DelTKilgore@house.state.va.us

Delegate Clifford (Clay) Athey (R-Fauquier County)
Phone: (804) 698-1018
Email: DelCAthey@house.state.va.us

Delegate Donald Merricks (R-Pittsylvania County)
Phone: (804) 698-1016
Email: DelDMerricks@house.state.va.us

Delegate Paula Miller (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1087
Email: DelPMiller@house.state.va.us

Delegate Thomas (Tommy) Wright Jr. (R-Victoria)
Phone: (804) 698-1061
Email: DelTWright@house.state.va.us

Delegate William Janis (R-Goochland)
Phone: (804) 698-1056
Email: DelBJanis@house.state.va.us

Delegate James Scott (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1053
Email: DelJScott@house.state.va.us

Delegate David Poisson (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1032
Email: DelDPoisson@house.state.va.us

Delegate Charles (Bill) Carrico (R-Grayson County)
Phone: (804) 698-1005
Email: DelCCarrico@house.state.va.us

Delegate Benjamin Cline (R-Amherst)
Phone: (804) 698-1024
Email: DelBCline@house.state.va.us

Delegate William Barlow (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1064
Email: DelWBarlow@house.state.va.us

Delegate Roslyn Tyler (Democrat)
Phone: (804) 698-1075
Email: DelRTyler@house.state.va.us

You're The Enemy

For those of you who didn't believe me when I wrote that the "gun show loophole" that the rabidly anti-gun Democrats in Richmond were going to "close" involved far more than just the gun vendors that go there to sell their wares, see this press release from the NRA:

Virginia Senate to Consider Restrictions on Virginia Gun Shows!
Please Contact the Virginia State Senate Courts of Justice Committee Today!

On Monday, January 21 at 9:00am the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee will hear Senate Bill 109. Sponsored by Senator Henry Marsh III (D-16), SB109 would require state and federal background checks to be conducted on all firearms transactions at Virginia gun shows.

Federal and state law already requires federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct a background check on all prospective purchases. This legislation is simply a first step toward requiring government approval before individuals may sell their private property, even between family and friends.

Here's the specific language from the bill as introduced:
Summary as introduced:

Transfer of firearms; criminal records check; penalties. Adds a definition of "firearms show vendor" and requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before the vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. Under current law, only licensed dealers must obtain such a check. The bill also adds a definition of "promoter" and requires that the promoter of a gun show provide vendors with access to licensed dealers who will conduct the criminal background check.
Thought you'd sell one of your guns at an upcoming trade show to make a little cash? Big Brother is going to want to talk to you about it first.

My Kinda Music

For your viewing pleasure: The great Fats Waller. Recorded in what year?

Hint: It was the year the 1939 World's Fair opened in New York.