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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

This Bud's For You

For those about to go into open-heart surgery:

I'm sure this will never happen to you ...

We Need The Jobs

The Roanoke Times comes out (again) foursquare in favor of that intermodal railyard up in Elliston:
Elliston is right for intermodal yard

It is time for Montgomery County -- Elliston in particular -- to stop being so selfish. An intermodal yard would change things there, but not calamitously. Rather, it would benefit the region and the commonwealth.

Norfolk Southern Corp., which wants to build the yard as part of its Heartland Corridor project, and state transportation officials have looked for other places to put it. They studied nine other sites and found each lacking.

Yes, the intermodal site would create more noise, smoke, dust and truck traffic. It would be incongruous with the surrounding fields and hills. But if not Elliston, probably nowhere, and Virginia would forsake all of the benefits.

When local governments gather at the governor's urging, there is only one question to discuss: Will Montgomery County suck it up and take one for the team? The local impacts are small compared to the widespread gains. (link)
Faint praise at best. Still, these guys are right on this important issue.

Here's to the intermodal.

Just Wondering

Why is it that we never seem to find this sort of thing posted on Rick Boucher's self-congratulatory website?

70 people to lose jobs as MTI Groendyk closes Buchanan rubber plant


My Heart Bleeds

Stephen Green on Michelle Obama's favorite whine:
Speaking Truth to Obama

Here’s more of the America for which Michelle Obama feels no pride:

“[I]n this ever-shifting, moving bar, Barack Obama will always be the underdog. No matter how much money he raises, no matter how many wins he pulls together, no matter how many delegates he accumulates; he is still the underdog. It’s the way it works.”

Honey, your husband is damn near a lock for the nomination for President of a very major political party. Get over yourself already.
Vodkapundit, April 7, 2008

To Those Who Cling To Universal Health Care

Look to the thriving - and comparatively healthy - state of Massachusetts:
RomneyCare under strain
Washington Times editorial

As the New York Times reported this weekend, merely scheduling a physical can mean more than a year's wait in some parts of Western Massachusetts. The primary-care physician shortage identified by the Massachusetts Medical Society last year continues.

It may well be possible to mitigate these circumstances with the right "supply" incentives. State lawmakers are currently proposing medical-school loan-forgiveness plans to draw primary-care physicians where they are needed, among other measures. But it's worth noting that RomneyCare has done exceedingly little to correct American health care's excess costs compared to other advanced economies. Its cost has surged above initial estimates and shows few signs of abating. Overall medical costs continue to skyrocket in ways that threaten competitiveness, social services, pensions and more. If relatively wealthy and medically advanced Massachusetts faces significant difficulties, how much worse will it be in less favorably positioned states? (link)
Bottom line: Our current health care delivery system is the worst on Earth except for all others.*

* My apology to Winston Churchill.

We Are Winning The Hearts And Minds ...

... of those who matter most.

While it may be true that some American soldiers currently posted to Iraq may be voting Democrat in November (the shock!), the implication being that they want the war to end, a different implication then derives from this news:
3rd ID completes re-up goal in unprecedented time
Task Force Marne, From Camp Victory, Iraq

The 3rd Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Stewart, Ga., completed its fiscal year 2008 retention goal in less than six months, which most view as a phenomenal act.

This is unprecedented according to the division’s retention sergeant major. “I’ve been in this career field for 16 years, and I’ve never known of a division to meet its goal in such a short time,” said Sgt. Maj. Kelvin Raibon, the 3rd Infantry Division Retention sergeant major.

This is the division’s third deployment to Iraq since 2003, but its high operational tempo did not stop 4,000 Soldiers from re-enlisting. Even more troops will follow their lead, and by the end of March one battalion with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Benning, Ga., will have met its retention goal twice. (link)
What to make of that? Why, all hope is lost, of course!

On Obama, Wright, & Sharpton

I have occasionally referred to them as modern-day slave traders - those who make their considerable wealth these days by screaming RACIST! at every guilt-ridden white person in the country.

Christopher Hitchens prefers to call them "second-rate shakedown artists." That works too:

Four decades after the murder in Memphis of a friend of the working man—a hero who was always being denounced by the FBI for his choice of secular and socialist friends and colleagues—the national civil rights pulpit is largely occupied by second-rate shakedown artists who hope to franchise "race talk" into a fat living for themselves. Far from preaching truth and brotherhood, they trade in cheap slander and paranoia and in venomous dislike of other minorities.

So amnesiac have we become, indeed, that we fall into paroxysms of adulation for a ward-heeling Chicago politician who does not complete, let alone "transcend," the work of Dr. King; who hasn't even caught up to where we were four decades ago; and who, by his chosen associations, negates and profanes the legacy that was left to all of us. (link)

For those who haven't paid close attention to Barack Obama's biography, the reference to that "ward-heeling Chicago politician who ... negates and profanes the legacy that was left to all of us" is Mr. Hope and Audacity himself.

Someday these hucksters - and their enablers - will be put in their place. Some day soon, I hope.

You Folks In West Virginia Should Be Very Proud

One of your United States Senators has embarrassed himself again. But this time it's not that former Grand Klingon of the KKK that you have such an affinity for. No, this time I'm talking about the other Democrat that you keep electing, over and over again. The filthy rich one.

The one who goes out of his way to insult the very Americans - brave men and women all - who risk their own lives to protect his fat ass:

From Ed Morrissey:
Wow. Just wow:

In the Charleston Gazette Sunday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said that Sen. John McCain “has a temper” and, according to the story, “believes McCain has become insensitive to many human issues.

“McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”

If this sounds familiar to you, it should; it’s basically what the North Vietnamese said about McCain while they tortured him in the POW camps. It indicts everyone in the Air Force and the Navy whose job it is to fire laser-guided missiles now in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. (link)
And you all will reelect this fool next time 'round again. I don't know who deserves more condemnation here.