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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pulaski County Makes National News

But not in a good way:

Life Expectancy Drops for Some U.S. Women
By David Brown, Washington Post Staff Writer

For the first time since the Spanish influenza of 1918, life expectancy is falling for a significant number of American women.

In nearly 1,000 counties that together are home to about 12 percent of the nation's women, life expectancy is now shorter than it was in the early 1980s, according to a study published today.

The downward trend is evident in places in the Deep South, Appalachia, the lower Midwest and in one county in Maine. It is not limited to one race or ethnicity but it is more common in rural and low-income areas. The most dramatic change occurred in two areas in southwestern Virginia (Radford City and Pulaski County), where women's life expectancy has decreased by more than five years since 1983. (link) (my emphasis)

Startling information. Pulaski County, Virginia had the most dramatic decline in female life expectancy in the entire USA.

The study cited, "The Reversal of Fortunes: Trends in County Mortality and Cross-County Mortality Disparities in the United States," can be accessed here.

Why Pulaski? "This is a story about smoking, blood pressure and obesity," said Majid Ezzati, of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, a co-author of the paper.

Again, why Pulaski?

But Biofuel Users Feel Good About Themselves

Food Prices Bite Haiti

Runaway Crop Prices

Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World

The World's Growing Food-Price Crisis

Of Course He's Generous. He's a Liberal.

Which means he's generous with other people's money:
Despite a Slim Deduction for Charity, Paterson Calls Himself Generous
By Danny Hakim, The New York Times


Albany — In his first remarks after reports surfaced that he and his wife had given just $150 to charity last year, Gov. David A. Paterson described himself on Monday as a generous person, but said he did not want to reveal more about his charitable giving because he was worried that it would bring intrusive news media attention to those he helps. (link)
$150. Less than he spent on cocaine. Less than he spent on illicit sex.

Considerably less than he's required others to donate to his favorite causes through increased taxes.

The perfect definition of the word liberal.

If You Rub It, Will It Grow?

Mark Steyn seems as perplexed by this news story as many of us are:
I don't pretend to understand the dynamics of the Democratic primary but it's not without its moments - "Chelsea Clinton Hits The Gay Bars In Philadelphia":

"I grabbed her ass," shouted one woman, prompting surprised looks and laughter from Chelsea and campaign staff escorting her.

"I've been trying to find you all night and I found you and you're gorgeous," Dustin Thorn, 31, of Philadelphia told her.

"I think Chelsea looks better in person and she's got the body and ass of life," said Christoper Murray after wrapping his arms around her and giving her a big hug.

"The ass of life"? If you rub it, does it grant you three wishes?
"Ass you can believe in," The Corner, April 21, 2008

There Are Two Sides In a Conversation

First this from the Roanoke Times:
"If the agreement calls for a two-state solution and the recognition of Israel and Palestine, Hamas will, in effect, recognize Israel, if the people agree on the plan."

-- Former President Jimmy Carter, in a speech after meeting with the Palestinian group.
Then this from CNN:
Hamas: No plan to recognize Israel

After talks with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Hamas' exiled leader Khalid Meshaal said Monday the militant group has no plans to recognize Israel.

We agree on the [Palestinian] state with the borders of June 4, 1967, Jerusalem as its capital, fully sovereign without settlements, the right of return, but without the recognition of Israel," Meshaal said at a news conference in Damascus, Syria.
What Carter's intentions were in meeting with the radical terrorist organization - besides confusing the living hell out of everyone - is anyone's guess.

Hillary Doesn't Want To Go There

After the most recent debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and after the relationship between Obama and William Ayers, that now-infamous former Weather Underground terrorist, was discussed, the Clinton campaign went after Mr. Audacity-of-Hope for being less than candid on the matter. But she might want to step lighty through that potential minefield. There are questions she might be expected to answer on that subject as well.

Beginning with her husband's pardon of those eleven terrorists who belonged to FALN, the radical group that organized 120 bombings in the United States in the 70's and early 80's.

And, if that weren't enough to answer for, there's this from David Corn:

Last Thursday, following the mis-moderated Clinton-Obama debate of the previous evening, the Hillary Clinton campaign decided to follow up by blasting Barack Obama on two issues that had been tossed at him the previous evening: his past support of a handgun ban and his connection to William Ayers ...

During that conference call, I asked Wolfson whether Senator Clinton supported the pardon Bill Clinton issued in 2001 to two Weather Underground radicals: Linda Evans, who was sentenced to prison for participating in a series of bombings in the 1980s, and Susan Rosenberg, who was charged with being part of a bank robbery that left a guard and two police officers dead.

Whether or not the Ayers matter was a non-issue, if Hillary Clinton's aides were going to bash Obama for having once had a connection to a former radical who had never been arrested, it seemed fair to wonder if she had opposed her husband's pardons of two radicals who had served time for their crimes.

Wolfson did not answer the question.

The question requires no answer. We all know ...

A Thought To Consider

While we're on this subject, do you suppose the mainstream media that is so disinterested in Barack Obama's relationship with William Ayres would be as dismissive of a news report that John McCain had a longstanding relationship with a former Nazi stormtrooper, if such were to ever occur?

The Sun Rapidly Sets ...

... on the British Empire:
St. George's Day Parade Scrapped ... In Case It Upsets Muslims
By Steve Hughes, The Daily Star

A march to celebrate St. George’s Day has been axed – because the authorities fear it could spark race riots.

About 1,500 children were due to take part in a parade to commemorate the patron saint of England on Wednesday.

But council bosses in Bradford, West Yorks, have ditched the event over concerns it could upset the Asian community, many of them Muslim. (link)
Expect the Church Of England to dissolve for the same reason soon.

Speaking From Experience

Never leave this to amateurs:
Man shoots self in alleged road-rage confrontation in Ariz.
The Associated Press

Tempe, Ariz. - Police say a man accidentally shot himself in the stomach after waving his gun in anger at a fellow motorist in Tempe, Ariz.

Tempe police spokesman Brandon Banks says David Lopez is expected to survive and could face charges including disorderly conduct, reckless display of a firearm and felony flight from police. (link)
I don't carry a gun when I'm traveling, in part because I'm afraid I'd occasionally want to use it.

But on myself?

What, Your Stock Got Overvalued?

This will certainly get it back in line:
Disney launching unit to make environmental films
By Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

Burbank, Calif. (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. says it will launch a new film production unit called Disneynature to produce documentary films about the environment.

CEO Robert Iger said Monday the unit marks a return to the Disney tradition of making nature films.

The first of seven planned films will be "Earth," set for release on April 22, 2009, which is Earth Day.

The movie focuses on a yearlong journey of three mothers -- a polar bear, elephant and humpback whale with their offspring. (link)
I can only imagine how insufferably bad - and sparsely attended - these eco-movies will be.
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Al Gore does Bambi. May God have mercy.
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NYSE chart courtesy of Yahoo Finance.

Hello. God Calling. With a Message.

Suppose these people got the hint?
No heaven on Earth Day
By Brooks Merritt, Edmunton Sun

So much for global warming. Earth Day festivities went ahead despite the blast of frigid weather yesterday.

Vendors and presenters from various eco-friendly groups ... crammed into a lone tent in Hawrelak Park after a blizzard forced them to abandon their original locations.

Organizers crammed over 40 groups in a space that would normally be occupied by half that number. Presenters' booths were initially planned to have been spread out between at least five tents, with far larger displays.

"We're normally here with a lineup of cyclists for our free bike repair service. No bikers came today. Big surprise," said Chris Field of Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

A handful of visitors still took the time to inquire ... (link)
Can you picture that handful of ragged, lice-encrusted hippies gathered around the meager campfire, shivering, blue, trying to keep from freezing, as they spit out their global warming admonitions to a like-minded - and likewise half-frozen - press?

Too funny.

That's Too Bad

Former White House press secretary Tony Snow could have picked any network he wanted to work for. But instead of choosing one that would provide maximum visibility or the most prestige, he chose ...

... the Clinton News Network? Why?
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow joins CNN
CNN

Washington (CNN) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow will join CNN as a conservative commentator beginning Monday.

CNN president Jon Klein announced that Snow, a long-time political observer with a longstanding news background, will contribute to CNN as the network continues to broadcast winning political coverage. (link)
Remember Paula Zahn? Neither do we. She thought she would further her career by signing on with CNN too. Last I heard, she was watching soaps and cramming Doritos each afternoon, with nothing else to do.

Bad move, Tony.