Friday, April 25, 2008
Well, no. On closer perusal, we find that the editorialists simply want another tax increase to fund road and bridge repairs.
Boucher and his antics are't mentioned.
Probably for a good reason.
It's difficult to communicate anything when the staff has its collective head buried up the man's ass. On a regular basis.
Officials look at women's life spansSimple or not, this needs to be looked into. And fixed.
Christiansburg -- Are women in Pulaski County and Radford just fatter than other women?
Lazier? Do they smoke like chimneys? Have more stress than the average American female?
Leaders of the New River Health District were still puzzling Thursday over a national study published Tuesday by researchers who found that women's life expectancy dropped from 1983 to 1999 in nearly 1,000 counties across America. The scientists from Harvard University, the University of California and the University of Washington noted that Pulaski County and Radford, which were combined for the study, showed one of the most dramatic decreases with women there believed to have shaved five years off their lives, presumably because of an increase in chronic diseases related to smoking, obesity and high blood pressure.
Dr. Jody Hershey, district health director for Radford, Montgomery, Floyd, Giles and Pulaski counties, said the issue isn't new. But whether Pulaski County and Radford are worse than other areas of Southwest Virginia is something Hershey and his colleagues aren't buying yet.
By pointing to preventable diseases as a cause for decreased life expectancy, the study released Tuesday pretty much confirmed what doctors have been saying for years. People should eat right, quit smoking and exercise.
But Hershey knows it's not as simple as that. (link)
Read this story carefully and tell me that you are less perplexed by the whole thing than I am:
Woman loses fight over Old Southwest windowI understand that cities have historic district guidelines that restrict home remodeling and upgrade in order to preserve the "historical integrity" of the area. But this woman has been fined for replacing a window that was in violation of the Old Southwest historic district's rules with a door that is in violation of the Old Southwest historic district's rules. And she had the audacity to put a door where a door once stood.
By Mike Allen, Roanoke Times
A Roanoke woman who lives in Old Southwest ran afoul of the city's Architectural Review Board when she replaced a front window with French doors to help her mother, who uses a wheelchair, to have easy access to the porch.
Thursday, Paula Anselmo lost her fight in Roanoke Circuit Court, as Judge William Broadhurst found her guilty of violating a zoning ordinance and fined her $200.
Though the judge suspended the fine, Anselmo's risk doesn't end there. Assistant Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Braxton said that so long as the French doors remain in place, she can be charged again until she puts back the window that she had removed.
Anselmo's attorney, Neal Johnson, noted that the vinyl window Anselmo removed was in itself out of compliance with historic district zoning guidelines, and that the construction work revealed there had once been a door there in the first place. "That makes it all sort of silly," he said. (link)
This is one of many reasons I live among the cows. I'm not sure my blood pressure could deal with the ... bureaucrat rage.
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I think if I were running the city of Roanoke, I'd be more concerned about public safety. Read Rhett Fleitz on Roanoke's "Proposed Budget Cuts" here.
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The Times's editorial team is concerned about public safety as well. Or a lack thereof. But the concern doesn't rest on cuts in firefighter ranks. Or on the declining life expectancy in Pulaski County. They fret over a potential threat to public safety resulting from that mythical gun show loophole. The one that hasn't produced one documented incident relating to public safety in the history of the commonwealth.
Talk about majoring in the minors ...
City misfiresHow this mindless bureaucrat plans to "crack down" on that which has been absolutely prohibited in the city for a decade - the mythical "assault weapon" - is beyond the understanding of any normal human being. Perhaps he's going to take a cue from the movie Animal House and ask the legislature to pass Double Secret Prohibition.
on gun violence
By Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune
When a rash of gun murders takes place, it makes sense for the police to do one of two things: renew tactics that have been effective in the past at curbing homicides, or embrace ideas that have not been tried before. But those options don't appeal to Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis. What he proposes instead is a crackdown on assault weapons.
I'm tempted to say this is the moral equivalent of a placebo—a sugar pill that is irrelevant to the malady at hand. But that would be unfair. Placebos, after all, sometimes have a positive effect. Assault weapons bans, not so much.
If there are too many guns in Chicago, it's not because of any statutory oversight. The city has long outlawed the sale and possession of handguns. It also forbids assault weapons. If prohibition were the answer, no one would be asking the question. (link)
Oh, and this point needs to be driven home - for the 10,000th time:
"There are just too many weapons here," he declared at a Sunday news conference. "Why in the world do we allow citizens to own assault rifles?"One.
Actually, in Chicago, "we" don't allow citizens to own assault rifles.
And its bark is worse than its bite. As of March 31, there had been 87 homicides in the city. When I asked the Chicago Police Department how many of the murders are known to have involved assault rifles, the answer came back: One.
And when Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis finds that one assault weapon that remains at large in his city, you can bet he'll throw the book at the owner.
Meanwhile, the elderly cower behind locked doors, the wanton slaughter of innocent civilians continues unabated, and the gangs own the streets.
For the love of God.
Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's 'Scripture' QuoteThose are scholars of the Christian Bible, of course. Pelosi, what with her propensity to side with the Islamists on issues of international import - always - may be quoting from her personal Osama bin Ladin autographed copy of the Q'uran for all they know.
By Pete Winn, CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is fond of quoting a particular passage of Scripture. The quote, however, does not appear in the Bible and is "fictional," according to biblical scholars.
In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, "The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, 'To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.' On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children's children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature."
" ... [S]cholars agree that nothing remotely resembling it can be found in any version of the Scriptures - Old Testament or New Testament. (link)
As preposterous as the scenario seems, there is good reason to believe that such things could really happen.
Case in point, this bozo, a Republican candidate for Congress in Indiana, who either slept through all his history classes or who, like Obama, has jaw-dropping judgment problems and may be lying through his teeth:
Worst Campaign Idea Ever?Sound familiar? He didn't know that Nazis were - and are - wretched people who sought (and probably still seek) the destruction of whole races of human beings? Is that even possible? When he attended this
Hoosier congressional candidate speaks at birthday party for Hitler, in Chicago
By Jason Miller, The News-Dispatch
Crown Point, Ind. - If fans of Hitler held a party, and a candidate for federal office attended, would anybody notice?
U.S. Congressional candidate Tony Zirkle is facing criticism from one of his primary opponents, and a host of people on the Internet, for speaking at an event over the weekend that celebrated Adolf Hitler's birthday.
Zirkle confirmed to The News-Dispatch on Monday he spoke Sunday in Chicago at a meeting of the Nationalist Socialist Workers Party, whose symbol is a swastika.
When asked if he was a Nazi or sympathized with Nazis or white supremacists, Zirkle replied he didn't know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it. (link)
Beanbrain: I didn't know Hitler was a bad dude.
For the love of God.
Image courtesy of the Michigan City News-Dispatch.
Am I the only person who thinks that a great injustice has been committed with the voting having eliminated the most talented contestant from American Idol?
Could it be that the liberals among us have been right all along? That the American people are too stupid to be allowed to make decisions for themselves?
Majority of Americans Satisfied With Their Healthcare PlansAs a majority of Americans also realize, as the government tinkers more and more with the system, the more it becomes unwieldy, ineffective, and expensive.
by Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup.com
Princeton, NJ -- Despite ever-increasing healthcare costs and widespread dissatisfaction with the U.S. healthcare system, a majority of Americans remain satisfied with what they pay for their own healthcare, the quality of the healthcare they receive, and their healthcare coverage.
Gallup's annual Healthcare survey, conducted Nov. 11-14, finds 57% of Americans saying they are satisfied with the total cost they pay for their healthcare, while 39% are dissatisfied. These percentages have been quite stable in recent years, after a slight dip in reported satisfaction between 2001 (64%) and 2002 (58%).
Americans may express a desire for changing the U.S. healthcare system but a perhaps surprisingly large number are content with the health insurance and health coverage they currently have. (link)
Americans may have real problems with their health care delivery system, but they are smart enough to realize that any alternative to the present set of circumstances will only make matters worse.
But it goes well beyond that, as a reporter for the Times of London suggests:
The Iraqi army did what the British military couldn't. Now that's progress.
What a difference a month makes . . .
Richard Beeston, Foreign Editor
When Nouri al-Maliki launched his surprise attack against the main Shia militia in Basra, the operation appeared to be a disastrous miscalculation pitting inexperienced Iraqi soldiers against well-armed and battle-hardened street-fighters of the Mahdi Army.
Scores of soldiers defected from their ranks. Iraqi armoured vehicles were ambushed and destroyed by jubilant militiamen. An American general and several hundred US paratroopers had to race down to Iraq’s southern capital to rescue the operation with British forces offering air cover and logistical help.
One month on and Iraq’s leader can justifiably claim to have scored a stunning victory, probably the first of its kind by the post-Saddam Iraqi army. The most notorious areas of Basra are now under government control, the Mahdi Army of Moqtadr al-Sadr has been roundly defeated and the long suffering people of Basra are celebrating freedoms they did not enjoy during the four years of British military rule in the city. (link)