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Thursday, February 28, 2008

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"The SCC has to ... look for a solution in the real world."

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The State Corporation Commission is conducting a series of hearings about a power line Dominion proposes to string from western Pennsylvania to a substation in Loudoun. Dominion says the line would play a crucial role in avoiding future blackouts by meeting some of the voracious demand for juice in Northern Virginia. Opponents, including some very rich people with a lot of picturesque farmland, say the line simply isn't necessary.

The opponents might come across as more credible if some of them were not reflexively opposed to seemingly everything, from the Disney theme park once proposed for Prince William to even a mere study of uranium mining in Pittsylvania. (Not to mention a power plant in Wise, or expansion of the North Anna nuclear reactor, or anything else anyone might consider.)
"Power Reactors," editorial, February 28, 2008

Will You People Grow Up?

Like we don't have enough problems here in Appalachia:
Foster-care cases on rise in Southwest Va.
Drug abuse by parents blamed for jump in caseloads

By Rex Bowman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Abingdon -- Widespread abuse of painkillers and methamphetamine across far Southwest Virginia has led to a dramatic surge in the number of children in foster care, according to social workers struggling to cope with the boom.

With mothers and fathers being led off to serve jail or prison terms for drug use, children increasingly are being sent to foster parents. That taxes social-services departments unable to afford new caseworkers, forcing them to spend time recruiting more foster families and leading them to send some children to homes out of the county. (link)
It's probably a good thing that these fools are removed from society. Getting themselves involved with meth and "oxycotton" proves them to be incapable of interacting with normal human beings. Where's Devil's Island when we need it?

Unfortunately, these people copulate - and propogate - while they're frying their brains. And little children become part of this sordid tale. Here in Southwest Virginia by the thousands.

In which case, Devil's Island is too good for them.

For the love of God, folks ...

Here's Your Problem

I'll tell you up front that I've never been inside the Virginia Museum of Transportation up in Roanoke. Been in the parking lot but never inside. To me, the parking lot was as compelling.

But to each his own. I hear it's full of locomotives and cabooses and whatnot and, if that's your thing, have at it.

Unfortunately, most people won't. Because to them it's not.

The Roanoke Times this morning offers up a lament:
The little train museum that hasn't
editorial

A graveyard for forgotten railcars -- that could be the fate of The Virginia Museum of Transportation, if its board fails to capture the imagination, enthusiasm and cash from more than parents of tiny tots and old railroaders.

A $50,000 report by Museum Management Consultants Inc. of San Francisco confirmed what laymen suspected: Without strong management, a plan to guide it, the support of the community and an infusion of funds, the museum is a train wreck waiting to happen.

Is it worth the effort? Certainly. Roanoke has a rich railroad story to tell; without the railroads, Big Lick would not have grown into the city we are today. (link)
Certainly? Uncertainly perhaps.

Look, fellas, here's what you're up against:

What does the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History have that the Roanoke museum doesn't? The General.

What does the National Railway Museum have that the Roanoke museum doesn't have? Queen Victoria's railroad carriage.

What does the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn have that the Roanoke Museum doesn't? The Allegheny.

What does the Gold Coast Railroad Museum have that the Roanoke museum doesn't? President Roosevelt's personal rail car.

What does the Roanoke museum have? Stuff. Oh, and "a rich railroad story to tell."

In this the age of video games and MTV, with museums struggling for attention everywhere, you'll need more than that to get the kids to visit.

Going After The Worst Of The Worst

Representatives from Americans for Prosperity went after Congressman Jack Murtha last night at a "fancy fundraising dinner with earmark-seeking defense lobbyists at the Ritz Carlton" in Pentagon City. They passed out this flyer to all who showed up to celebrate the corrupt tactics used by the Pennsylvania Democrat to funnel tax dollars to his favorite defense contractors who, in turn, funnel wads of cash into his reelection campaigns:

Why the American people have to resort to passing out flyers to stop this pernicious practice is beyond me. The man should be thrown in prison.

But more power to those - like Americans for Prosperity - who are trying to bring the earmark scourge under control.

Flyer courtesy of Americans for Prosperity.
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And The Devil Wants Ice Water

Unless he can wave his magic wand and reduce long-term interest rates - globally - this is just wishful thinking:

Kaine wants to stem rate of foreclosures

His plan? To give mortgage-holders more time to make payment arrangements.

A really cool government plan, when you think about it. I'd rather spend my money on beer anyway. The mortgage can wait.

Here's to you, Tim.

The World Is a Better Place

Who better than John O'Sullivan to remark on the passing of legendary conservative movement leader William F. Buckley:
When news of Bill's death reached me, I was in Prague. It was suitable and perhaps comforting place to hear such sad news since Prague is one of the great European cities Bill helped to liberate from communism. Eighteen years ago he and I were here on a National Review Institute political tour of Eastern Europe. This was only a year after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the "velvet revolutions." Because of Bill's leadership in the anti-Communist and conservative movements, everyone wanted to meet him. New ministers, heads of new political parties, and editors of old national newspapers (with new editorial lines) told him of how they had read smuggled copies of NR during the years that the Communist regime condemned them to work as stokers and quarry-men.

He took it all very humbly and even a little quizzically. It was as if he didn't quite believe that he had blown a trumpet and, lo, the walls of Communism had tumbled down ...
"A Great Man -- and a Fun One," National Review's "The Corner," February 27, 2008

Photo courtesy of AP.

We're Doomed

We might as well rename this country Nuevo México and get it over with:
U.S. unable to judge 'fence'
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times


The Department of Homeland Security spent $20 million on a "virtual fence" to better secure 28 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona but has no way to measure its effectiveness and never consulted with the field agents who will use the system before it was installed, two House subcommittees learned yesterday.

The virtual fence, known as "Project 28," uses high-tech sensors, cameras and other technology along a 28-mile stretch of the border near Sasabe, Ariz. It has been highly touted by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. (link)
Yet to be explained is how the virtual fence keeps actual illegals from crossing the border.

This is beyond parody.

We Demand The Right To Protect Our Families

John Stossel on gun control and "gun-free zones":
[L]aws that make it difficult or impossible to carry a concealed handgun do deter one group of people: law-abiding citizens who might have used a gun to stop crime. Gun laws are laws against self-defense.

Criminals have the initiative. They choose the time, place and manner of their crimes, and they tend to make choices that maximize their own, not their victims', success. So criminals don't attack people they know are armed, and anyone thinking of committing mass murder is likely to be attracted to a gun-free zone, such as schools and malls.

Government may promise to protect us from criminals, but it cannot deliver on that promise. This was neatly summed up in book title a few years ago: "Dial 911 and Die." If you are the target of a crime, only one other person besides the criminal is sure to be on the scene: you. There is no good substitute for self-responsibility.

How, then, does it make sense to create mandatory gun-free zones, which in reality are free-crime zones?

"Guns Save Lives," Real Clear Politics, February 27, 2008

The Democrats Bring Change To Washington

Well, maybe next century:

Delay in House Vote on New Ethics Panel

These people are pathetic.

What Is He Thinking?

This man wants to be our commander-in-chief:

From ABC News - "McCain Hits Obama Again":
During [Tuesday] night's debate, Obama responded to a hypothetical question by moderator Tim Russert about whether he would go back into Iraq after withdrawing a sizable number of troops to quell insurrection or civil war.

As part of his answer, Obama responded, "As commander in chief, I will always reserve the right to make sure that we are looking out for American interests. And if al Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad."
Al Qaeda has a presence in Iraq today. Despite that well-known fact, Obama is still calling for an American withdrawal. But if he were to find, at some later point in time, that al Qaeda had a presence in Iraq, he as president would do something about it.

For ... the ... love ... of ... God.

Mud

If the New York Times keeps this up, the lowlifes there are going to force me to be a McCain supporter:

McCain's birthplace prompts queries about whether that rules him out

Please.

Like a Deer In The Headlights

Tim Russert: "Senator Obama, one of the things in a campaign is that you have to react to unexpected developments. On Sunday the headline in your hometown paper, Chicago Tribune, 'Louis Farrakhan backs Obama for President at Nation of Islam convention in Chicago.' Do you accept the support of Louis Farrakhan?

"Uh, I uh, I, I, I've been very clear, uh, he's uh, I ..."

For a man who is renowned for his eloquence and his ability to articulate a point, this guy couldn't seem to get a coherent sentence out.

From his lips to your ears:


Barack Obama is not ready for prime time.

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