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Friday, April 04, 2008

Bud Phillips Steps Into The Fray

It's times like these that allow us to know who's for us and who's agin' us.

With a powerful array of outsiders - including some who should know better - lined up in opposition to that much-needed power plant that's going to be built over in St. Paul, it's heartwarming to see local politicians - especially Democrats - who are willing to step up and defy the political establishment.

One of those, we find out today, who is willing to come forward and speak for his people is Clarence "Bud" Phillips (D-Sandy Ridge):

Del. Bud Phillips Admonishes Air Board For Delaying Coal Plant Permit
By Kathy Still, Bristol Herald-Courier Staff Writer

St. Paul, Va. – Delegate Bud Phillips smacked a state regulatory board Thursday night for delaying action on a permit application to build a controversial $1.8 billion coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Va.

His comments had the 75 or so people at Thursday’s public hearing – nearly all in favor of the plant because those opposed were boycotting the meeting – listening carefully as he blasted the citizen-based Virginia Air Pollution Control Board.

The air board must play by the established rules and grant Dominion’s permit, he said.

"What I’m calling on the air board to do is exactly that," Phillips said. "The law is the law. The air board can’t take the law in their own hands." (link)

Here's to Bud Phillips. You will all want to remember this come election day. He deserves credit - even if he is a damn Democrat.

Still, it's going to require a lot more of his colleagues to line up behind him and make their voices heard. Otherwise, this project could still go off the rails. There are evil forces at work attempting to stop us from having 1,358 additional jobs, $439 million in revenue, and critically-needed electricity generation here in Southwest Virginia.

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Update: Carl over in Wise County has a lot more details about the meeting, details that include other attendees. It's good to see Southwest Virginians rally 'round a cause and not be told what folks in Richmond or Washington think our cause ought to be based on their upcoming vacation plans. Thanks, Carl.

Taking Sides

NATO Endorses Europe Missile Shield

Democrats and Iran opposed however.

You Knew This Was Coming

John McCain is going to be dragged into the Democratic Party's race feud, whether he likes it or not.

Here's James Taranto:
Dog-Whistling Dixie

With Barack Obama's "postracial" appeal having proved illusory but Democrats likely to nominate him for president anyway, the party faces a difficult problem: how to persuade Americans to vote for the spiritual protégé of a man who espouses crackpot anti-American and antiwhite views.

One response, born less of strategy than of reflex, is to claim that opposition to Obama is racist. A pair of recent posts by prominent Angry Left bloggers show just how intense is the desire to impute racism to the other side, and how far they are willing to depart from logic to do so.

[jf: Read about the two posts; they're eye-openers]

But you can see where all this is going. If Obama is the Democratic nominee, the liberal message will be that a vote for McCain is a vote for racism.

If McCain wins, liberal mythmakers will insist it is because America is a racist country ... Whether for political reasons or out of their own moral vanity, those who claim they want "racial reconciliation" are all too eager to practice divisive, if stupid, politics. (link)
That "dream" that "... little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" seems to be getting so much further away of late.

We have the "post-racialist" Barack Obama and his minions to thank for that.

To Those Of You Who Love Your Vodka

How much do you love your country?

Laura Martinez brings our attention to an ad appearing in the print version of a Mexico City magazine entitled Quién:

Do these people really want to pick a fight with us? Keep it up ...

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Update: A source I'm more comfortable with has the story as well.

Advertisement (purportedly) courtesy of Absolut.

Why Are Mainstream Churches Losing Members?

It may be because so many of them are anything but mainstream.

You are familiar with Obama's anti-American pastor. Let me introduce Hillary's:

Hillary’s Pastor, in Interview, Sympathizes With Jeremiah Wright
By Russell Berman, Staff Reporter, New York Sun

Washington — One of the Democratic presidential candidates has a pastor who opposed both Iraq wars, supports same-sex marriage, opposes the death penalty, and has been a passionate critic of American foreign policy. The clergyman isn’t the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Senator Obama’s spiritual leader who has become a household name and a campaign issue for his fiery rhetoric, but the Reverend Edward Matthews, a little-known Arkansas preacher who is the closest Senator Clinton has to a pastor of her own.

While Mrs. Clinton says she would have quit Rev. Wright’s church, Rev. Matthews expressed sympathy for Rev. Wright in a 35-minute phone interview with The New York Sun.

“We preachers get irresponsible,” Rev. Matthews, the former pastor of First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, said yesterday with a laugh. His take on Rev. Wright’s now-infamous exclamation, “God Damn America,” is that many pastors, himself included, say things “that if we had to say it over again we probably wouldn’t say it in the same way.” (link)

"God damn America." A laughing matter.

By the way, membership in the United Methodist Church is in precipitate decline, reaching its lowest level since 1930. Go figure.

I'm Enjoying This

Upheaval on the left like I've never seen. Charges of racism ... plagiarism ... abandonment ... lying ... betrayal ... flying back and forth. And we haven't even gotten to the general election yet. This internecine warfare taking place within the Democratic Party is more entertaining than a mud wrestling contest (almost).

The latest: Some loudmouth with Air America talk radio, one Randi Rhodes, whom I've listened to a few times in my travels (a ditzy left-wing firebrand if there ever was one), has been suspended for calling former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro a whore and current presidential challenger Hillary Clinton a f***king whore (reasons unclear, but it's Randi Rhodes after all ...) in a speech to a crowd in San Francisco:
Air America Host Suspended for Clinton Remarks
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times

Randi Rhodes, an afternoon host for the progressive Air America radio network, was suspended Thursday after repeatedly insulting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at an event last month.

Ms. Rhodes used vulgar language that likened Mrs. Clinton to a prostitute at an event sponsored by KKGN, the Air America affiliate in the San Francisco area, on March 22. A video of Ms. Rhodes’ remarks was published to the video-sharing Web site YouTube on Tuesday, prompting condemnations by some bloggers. (link)
I hereby condemn Miss Rhodes too. And encourage her to bring us more of the same.

Youtube is such a wonderful thing. It exposes fools like Rhodes to the light of day. To the civilized world. It brings them out of their hate-filled liberal enclaves (in her case, an event being held in the People's Republic of San Francisco where her words were met with enthusiastic approval by a like-minded audience) and puts their twisted views out there for all to see.

You go, girl.

The World We've Created For Ourselves

We are in desperate need of firefighters out west. At the same time, we're firing and demoting firefighting supervisors. Why? They don't speak Spanish.

Say what?

Welcome to the mixed up state of Oregon:

I fear for my country.

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