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Monday, January 28, 2008

Uh, Not Exactly

Breaking news out of Danville!
Danville ranks fourth in loss of population
Danville Register and Bee

The City of Danville ranks fourth in Virginia localities that lost population since 2000, according to a report released recently by the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia. (
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The release date of that recently released report? Over a year ago.

The concept of time, it appears, is not an absolute.

Nice Try. No Cigar.

Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County) says he proved to his colleagues that he's not going to be pushed around by bullies

This occurred on a day when those "bullies" - the Republican leadership in the House - did just that.

I'm sure he means ... next time.

Somebody Got Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

Gosh. A Washington Post editorial that uses phrases like "immigrant-bashing," and "closed-minded and foul-tempered," and " long regarded as among the more intolerant," and "xenophobia," and "overzealousness," and "absurd," and "blame-shifting," and "perversely penalize," and "grossly unfair," and "immigrant-bashers," and "a rich and ugly history," and "a venomous new chapter," and "lawmakers of Mr. Cuccinelli's ilk." All because we find it appropriate that the person taking our order for a Big Mac and fries at the drive-up window be able to habla Englais.

Does somebody have his undies in a bunch or what?

Maybe Marylanders Aren't As Stupid ...

From a Washington Times news article:

[Maryland] Gov. Martin O'Malley's top staffers pitched the governor's $1.4 billion tax plan passed during the recent special General Assembly session as a political effort akin to the one former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner passed in 2004, which elevated him to national political prominence.

Mr. Warner was hailed in national Democratic circles for doing the near-impossible: increasing taxes and improving his approval rating.

But after Maryland's special session closed in November, Mr. O'Malley's public-approval rating dropped — not the outcome called for in the Warner playbook.

"O'Malley finding Warner's path rough." January 28, 2008

The Sytem Has Nurtured This Kind Of Outrage

A man who lives in Washington D.C. files suit because restaurants in other cities deprive him of his right to patronize their establishments, should he ever want to visit, because their owners allow people to smoke. And the courts (along with legislatures around the country) support this sort of vindictive malice to occur.

The story:
Virginia smoking suit cites ADA
By Jen Haberkorn, The Washington Times


The bars and restaurants of Virginia are a smoker's last haven in the Washington area, following bans in Maryland and the District. But four Virginia restaurants may be added to the smoke-free list if a local court agrees with a D.C. man.

James Bogden, 51, says four Northern Virginia restaurants are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by allowing smoking. Mr. Bogden has suffered a heart attack and has coronary artery disease. He says he can't safely patronize the restaurants because secondhand smoke can increase his risk of another heart attack.

He claims the disease limits his "major life activities." (link)
Though the case is preposterous on its face (How many other restaurants are there around Washington? If smoking is banned, aren't smokers then being treated as he feels he's being treated?), this joker will probably win. It's the age in which we live.

No compromise. No middle ground. Non-smokers set the rules. Don't like it? Change the way you live your life.

It's sad, in a way. There was a time, not long ago, when we weren't like this toward one another.

The Big Question

But will she bring with her that slug of a husband who's destroying her chances of being president?

Clinton Brings Campaign To Florida

If she's smart, she'd leave his butt in South Carolina.

But then, if she were indeed smart, she would have left his sorry butt long ago.

Tying Himself In Knots

John McCain is now trying to have it both ways on the illegal immigration debate. But darned if I can figure out what those ways are. Tell me if this makes any sense to you:
McCain sees attrition as way to ease illegal entries
By Stephen Dinan, the Washington Times


Sen. John McCain now is embracing a version of the attrition strategy to fight illegal immigration, saying his version of a guest-worker plan would actually force many illegal aliens to leave the country over the next couple of years.

"I would propose, once the borders are secure and the borders stay government-certified, then I would have [a] tamper-proof biometric-document system so that the only people that can work are those who have that. And that would cause many more to leave this country," Mr. McCain told "Al Punto," Univision's Sunday political talk-show program, in an interview broadcast yesterday. (link)
Illegals living here can get a "tamper-proof biometric-document." Except the ones that can't. They'll leave.

Uh. Yeah. Whatever.

Where There's Smoke ...

Regarding yesterday's news that Advance Auto Parts (a Fortune 500 company) may be considering a move of its headquarters from Roanoke to Minneapolis, Ms. Elenaeous thinks there is a very good possibility that might just happen. And a big reason for it seems to center around the difference in airports, Minneapolis having a real one, of course.

I'll say this: I live about the same distance (in terms of driving time) from Roanoke, Charleston, Greensboro, and Tri-Cities (and just a half hour further away from Charlotte). As often as I fly, I've used the Roanoke airport once. Once. (To the tune of $1700; a round-trip flight from Roanoke to Chicago to Cedar Rapids to Charleston to Roanoke). Admittedly, that was four years ago, and prices change, but is Roanoke a good deal for air travellers? You decide.

The fact that Minneapolis is a hub for Northwest Airlines is a big deal as well. No business traveller wants to spend a sizeable portion of his working day sitting in a terminal, waiting for a connecting flight to somewhere. Direct non-stop, baby. All the way. A hub affords that opportunity.

Knowing that, will Advance move its headquarters? I seriously doubt it. In terms of the big picture, there's nothing to gain. And lots to lose. If nothing else, I'm sure these guys are looking at tax implications. Assuming there'd be an incorporation change involved (AAP could incorporate in Delaware and dodge the issue), Minnesota has a much higher corporate tax rate than does Virginia (the extremely high federal rate being equal). 9.8% compared to 6.0%. That's nothing to sneeze at.

More important to these executives, individual income tax rates favor Virginia. The top rate in Minnesota is 7.85%. In Virginia, it's 5.75%. This alone should sway these guys. That 2.1% difference is going to save these gentlemen a wad of cash each year, enough to send their kids to Aruba on spring break.

Yes, the fact that several of the new corporate heads now live there is distracting. And sillier things have happened. But my guess is they are looking forward to a move south.

Still, it's interesting speculation.

Just When I Started To Like The Guy

Ted Kennedy embraces Obama

This Is News?

McCain attracts the GOP establishment

The news media as well.