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Monday, April 28, 2008

He Has Nothing Better To Do

Congressman Rick Boucher has a regular column in NRV Today. Why, you ask? Well, it's hard to say. Rarely does he provide any insight that we couldn't get from the back page of any respectable newspaper. Usually, all we get is the "Hi, we're all having fun here in Washington D.C., wish you were here!" kinda stuff.

His most recent offering is particularly ... perceptive. It's about allergies and how to deal with them. From our one and only Congressional representative.

What in God's name is this?

Capitol Commentary
Written by Congressman Rick Boucher

Thursday was the first day of spring. As the weather becomes warmer, the days become longer and the beauty of spring becomes more evident, the seasonal allergies that plague millions of Americans are poised to strike.

The most common condition attributed to the high pollen counts found during early spring is known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. The condition is characterized by ...

One way to lessen the severity of seasonal allergies is to ... (link)
Rick Boucher - tackling the crucial issues of the day.

What war in Iraq? What recession? What budget deficit?

Seasonal allergic rhinitis. That's the most critical issue.

For the love of God.

I Take Back What I Said

I was encouraged recently when I read that Sullivan County, Tennessee (Bristol, Kingsport, Blountville, etc.) officials had decided to eliminate the position of tourism director for lack of funds. The move made perfect sense since tourism directors in this area have little to nothing to show for their efforts besides getting fast food restaurants and motel chains to build along our interstate highways - like they wouldn't have had we not had tourism directors directing.

Well, hold that expression of encouragement:
Sullivan County leaders call for tourism director post to be filled by July 1
By J.H. Osborne, Kingsport Times News

Blountville — Last month, Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey dismissed the county’s tourism director and said he had eliminated that position.

Some county commissioners are now calling for the opening to be filled.

In a “justification” for filling the position, [Sullivan County Commissioner Dennis] Houser wrote “Sullivan County is in need of a professional staff member who can develop and be responsible for promoting and marketing all the historical sites, special events, recreational areas and untapped natural resources to attract visitors” and “Sullivan County is in crucial need of the immediate hiring of a full time tourism director to continue programs and coordinate operations that would improve the quality of life in Sullivan County and secure federal/state monies for restoration of historical sites and trails, recreation, economic development and educational opportunities.” (link)
A tourism director is crucial to the improvement of the quality of life in the area.

My. My. My.

The Man Is Nuts

Here I thought Reverend Jeremiah Wright was a bigot. Turns out he may simply be crazy.

This is rather revealing about one of the most divisive men in America:
Former Pastor of Obama Says He Isn’t Divisive
By Nick Bunkley, The New York Times

Detroit — The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor, whose sermons have been criticized as inflammatory, anti-American and racially polarizing, described himself on Sunday as “descriptive,” not “divisive.”

Speaking to nearly 10,000 people at a fund-raising event for the Detroit branch of the N.A.A.C.P., his largest audience since the controversy over his comments broke, Mr. Wright did not offer an apology. Instead, he faulted news organizations for putting his comments in a political context. (link)
Yeah. His comments about the government inventing AIDS wasn't political. News organizations made them political. And somehow got the words to come out of his mouth.

Is it possible that he's that delusional?