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Friday, March 28, 2008

Well, That's What He Meant To Say

This is odd. A headline in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from a few days ago:

Kaine: Region on road to prosperity

Perhaps Governor Kaine suddenly realized that the region he was in was Southwest Virginia.

Or that the Southwest Virginia region has left the road to prosperity and is instead on the road to ruin.

Because nowhere in the article does he talk about prosperity, or anything remotely close to it.

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We do find out, however, that Bland County, by God, has a regional organizer for the Sierra Club. One Dave Muhly. More on him here. More on his efforts to stop surface mining in the area here.

A revealing insight:

"We quote figures about how much more money and jobs there would be if we stopping logging (sic) and depended instead on recreation and tourism."


Leave It To American Ingenuity

In business school we pick up on a concept called "kaizen," Japanese for "change for the better" or "improvement." "To take apart and put back together in a better way."

Here in Southwest Virginia the construct is adopted and kaizen is applied to the research, development, and production process of one of our fastest growing manufactures and we have ...

Meth Mixed With Strawberry Flavoring Appears In Galax, Va.
By Nate Hubbard, Media General News Service

The Virginia State Police seized a form of crystal methamphetamine mixed with strawberry flavoring last month in the Galax, Va., area, and local parents are being urged to be on the lookout for such a substance.

Sgt. Michael Conroy, a State Police spokesman, emphasized there are no signs that dealers are marketing the pink-colored meth directly to children. He added, though, the candy-like appearance has authorities concerned that children may mistake it for a harmless treat. (
Have mercy.

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* To be accurate, police speculate, according to the article, that the meth is being flavored in Mexico; not in Southwest Virginia.

Because They Are Accepting Bribes

Our politicians in Richmond leave themselves open to that charge (though it is notr meant to be an indictment of any particular legislator) when they involve themselves in the seamy practice of earmarking. As noted by this morning's Roanoke Times:
Nonprofit agencies can't live on pork

Virginia's delegates and senators in the General Assembly regularly serve up the bacon. This year, the budget looks a little leaner, though those in key budget-writing positions still managed to bring home some pork.

Not all pork is bad, of course. It's the method of distribution that rankles, not the money itself.

Considering how tight the state budget was this year, why did some programs get funding while others did not? (
Yes. Why some and not others? A question that conjures all kinds of less than desirable possibilities.

To those we elect to public office: Get out of this unethical, foul, and repulsive practice. Or get used to the accusations of corruption.

When There Is No Oversight ...

... we end up with the worst kind of government waste this country has ever seen.

Again, earmarks.

Again, Boucher:
Virginia Pork for Crabs and Sheep
By Neil H. Simon, Media General News Service

Washington-The 2009 federal budget will include funding for some strange animals if one Virginia lawmaker has his way.

Rep. Rick Boucher, a Democrat from southwest Virginia, has requested $744,325 to study the horseshoe crab and $250,000 for hair sheep - a unique bread (sic) of short-haired sheep that does not require shearing.

Both requests would go to Virginia Tech, which already has efforts to establish a "hair sheep research center" to study the genetics of the sheep and improve the animal's resistance to parasites, and get more people to buy the lamb's meat. (link)
Horseshoe crabs. Hair sheep.

Horseshoe crabs. Hair sheep.

A hair sheep research center no less. To study organic sheep meat no less.


Somebody please make it stop.

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"I believe in transparency," said Boucher, who requested $48.8 million for 39 projects, including $4 million to research improvements for military gear to reduce head, neck and chest injuries and $3 million for mine-safety equipment."

What does it say that neither the Defense Department nor the Interior Department requested these funds?

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Virginia's own Extreme Mortman asks if Hillary is about to violate the law.

Vince Foster was unavailable for comment.

What a Mess

At some point in time the lightbulb is going to come and the leaders of America's two major political parties are going to wise up to the fact that the manner in which candidates are chosen has gotten to be a complete joke. From Senator Emmett Hanger's reelection here in Virginia to Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" to the following (from Real Clear Politics) regarding the ongoing Democrat nominating process, it's clear that the system is broken. At minimum:

A key issue in determining the nominee is who is seen to have won more votes.

First, there are many reasonable ways to count the popular vote. None is obviously superior to the rest. Of course, it does not matter which we think is most appropriate. What matters is what the superdelegates think, as they will be the "tie-breakers" in the nomination battle.

They could approach it in many ways. They could take the basic vote count and choose to exclude or include Michigan, Florida, or caucus estimates. Assuming they want to include the Michigan results and the caucus estimates (for IA, ME, NV, and WA, whose state parties do not supply actual vote totals), they could account for them in different ways. With Michigan, they could (a) give Obama the "unaffiliated" vote, (b) not give Obama the "unaffiliated" vote, or (c) reallocate the vote based upon whom voters claimed in the exit poll they would support if all candidates had been on the ballot. If they include caucus estimates, they could (i) count the non-binding Washington primary instead of the caucus, or (ii) count the Washington caucus instead of the primary.

This implies ...
Eyes crossed yet? Determining who has won more votes? Take the basic count and choose to exclude? Reallocate the vote? Count the caucus but not the primary?


This was once so simple. Now it's incomprehensible. And, worst of all, nobody is going to be satisfied when the saga concludes and a nominee is elected chosen.

There must be a better way ...

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Good grief: "It looks like there was data entry error. You ended up being coded as BOTH a Hillary Clinton and a Barack Obama delegate."

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Then there's the change-the-rules-in-the-middle-of-the-game madness. Just three days ago: "The Democratic Party on Monday approved Puerto Rico's proposal to scrap its caucus and hold a presidential primary on June 1."

More On Congressman Boucher's Immigration Bill

The one that he has co-sponsored but, by not signing the discharge petition, is effectively blocking ...

Michael Goldfarb with The Weekly Standard:

McCain Blocks Immigration Enforcement?

Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC) is claiming that John McCain has been pressing Republicans not to sign onto the discharge petition for his legislation to enhance immigration enforcement. In considering the likelihood that this is true, let's look at the reality of the situation:

A discharge petition needs 218 signatures to bring a bill to the floor. The petition was filed just 4 legislative days ago -- on March 11, with March 14 being the last day to add signatures before Easter recess. In those 4 days, Republicans got 172 signatures (out of 198 Republicans in the House). In the same time, the Democrats got 9 signatures for the petition (out of 49 cosponsors of the legislation). We know there's heavy pressure from senior liberal Democrats not to sign the petition.

So the petition has been signed by 90 percent of all Republicans in the House, and by less than 20 percent of all its Democratic sponsors. Shuler seems to be more concerned with CYA and blame spreading than with getting the bill to the floor.

That's Shuler's excuse. What is Boucher's? Nancy's bullying me?

History Repeats Itself

Hillary's jaw-dropping 2008 lie about dodging bullets and her plane taking evasive action as it took her into the war zone of Tuzla, Bosnia in 1996 reminded me of another whopper she told - and got away with - back in 1994 (this from the Washington Post):

It's a story she seldom tells, not even in her autobiography. But Clinton, who opposed the Vietnam War, says she once tried to join the Marines shortly after the conflict ended. She recounted the failed enlistment one time when she was first lady, in a speech to female veterans in June 1994. She said she went to an Arkansas military recruitment office shortly before she married Bill Clinton in fall 1975. Once the Marine recruiter saw the bespectacled law professor, she told the group, he rejected her by saying, "You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman."
Hillary, at the time anti-war, the same year she was marrying a man who loathed the military, wanted us to believe that she attempted to join the Marine Corps.

I was stupefied then. I'm stupefied now.

Barack & The Friends He Keeps

From Gateway Pundit:

"Being an anti-American racist minister has its perks."

I'm in the wrong business.