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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The People Respond

The boys over at The Roanoke Times want you to be thankful that taxes are so high (see "Where did your federal tax dollars go in 2006?") . Why? Because more federal tax dollars flow into the commonwealth of Virginia than flow from it - us - into Washington coffers. My favorite line:

"Would the commonwealth's economy be humming as well as it is without all that federal funding?"

An interesting challenge. For another day.

In response to the Times's notion that we should all genuflect and thank Go ... the government for the breadcrumbs we're thrown, a commenter - Josh - quotes from the column and offers this insight:

"The next time you hear a Virginian complaining about federal taxes, remind him that his state receives more back than it pays. Would the commonwealth's economy be humming as well as it is without all that federal funding?"

You mean we're awash in all this federal money and the Democrat leadership STILL can't make ends meet without wanting a tax hike?

Can you say "incompetence?"
Good point. One these guys will never consider.

Why Bother

Rick Boucher is going to provide the funds (probably from the next Transportation Bill intended to secure funds for road and bridge repair) so just skip all this silliness about "studies" and "input" and build the damn thing. What harm could another tourism center (our 25th and counting) do?

We enter the realm of farce:

Tourism professionals want input on Rocky Knob project
By Wanda Combs, The Floyd Press

Blue Ridge Heritage, Inc, the legally functioning arm of the Rocky Knob Advisory Group, has contracted with a team of tourism professionals from Virginia Tech and Clemson Universities to assess and define the traveling public’s interest in a mountain heritage-based destination and education center. This study is a major step forward in helping Blue Ridge Heritage choose a viable and sustainable project from among the early concepts identified by the Rocky Knob Advisory Committee.

Rick Boucher, Virginia’s 9th District US Congressman, called together the Rocky Knob Advisory Committee in 2004 and made federal funds available to finance the planning and early development of a tourist destination center in the vicinity of Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway to aid economic development in both Floyd and Patrick Counties. (
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And what would a tourism plan be without wishes and dreams?

In addition, the results of the study will be a major economic development asset for Floyd and Patrick Counties. The data from the study can be used by economic development professionals to attract private developers of tourist-related businesses to the area. These businesses may include hotels, restaurants, and other visitor support services.
Yes. They may include all of that. They may include a Trump Tower too. A Taj Mahal. A Great Wall of China Floyd. A Wendy's franchise.


They may. They may not. But no matter. We have no other solutions to our problems so let's have another worthless tourism project. It's federal dollars and, as the Roanoke Times will attest, we benefit greatly from such wasteful spending.

So shut up and build it.

93% of Republicans Don't

34% of Democrats Want Clinton to Drop Out

Duh

In a sane, rational world, this would have been a no-brainer. And wouldn't have required the involvement of the Supreme Court.

But this isn't a sane country we live in. Instead it's run by Democrats - in actuality.

Thus we have to defend the obvious:
Supreme Court says states can demand photo ID for voting
By Mark Sherman, Associated Press Writer

Washington - States can require voters to produce photo identification, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, upholding a Republican-inspired law that Democrats say will keep some poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots.

The ruling means the ID requirement will be in effect for next week's presidential primary in Indiana, where a significant number of new voters are expected to turn out for the Democratic contest between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. (
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There are those who contend that such a law puts an undue burden on potential voters. Particularly the elderly and the infirm. This despite the fact the those who brought suit against the state of Indiana (the Indiana Democratic Party, couldn't you guess) were unable to produce even one person who would be so harmed.

So the Hoosiers are going to require that you prove that you are who you say you are.

The earth trembles.

Obama's Pastor Blames 'The Black Church'

To listen to Jeremiah Wright, anti-American, anti-white, anti-Jew hatred is just part of the black church experience in this the year 2008. But then this is the same scumbag who tells us the government invented AIDs in order to destroy the black race.

What a miserable human being this ... mentor and spiritual advisor to Barack Obama is:

Wright says criticism is attack on black church
By Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press

Washington (AP) - In a defiant appearance before the Washington media, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that criticism surrounding his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church and he rejected those who have labeled him unpatriotic.

Wright spoke at the National Press Club before reporters and a supportive audience of black church leaders beginning a two-day symposium. He said the black church tradition is not bombastic or controversial, but different and misunderstood by the "dominant culture" in the United States.

Wright says black church traditions are unknown to many Americans, as they have been throughout the country's history. He said he hopes the controversy "just might mean that the reality of the African-American church will no longer be invisible."

"It is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright—it's an attack on the black church," he said to applause. (link)

Unfortunately, Wright's wishes for a divided America have, to an extent, come true. Barack Obama's campaign - launched with proclamations of "hope" and "audacity" - has degenerated into a divisive discussion about bitter race relations in this country - both real and imagined. We're back to 1968.

Still, for those of us who refuse to play his game, those who refuse to return to yesteryear, we'll have no part of it.

It's not about the black church, old man. It's about you. As it's always been.

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The New York Times tries mightily to separate the bigot from the man who is forever tied to him at the hip with "Not Speaking for Obama, Pastor Speaks for Himself, at Length."

As Goes Race Relations, So Went Sexual Harrassment Law

Food for thought from "Transterrestrial Musings":
Younger people might not be aware, but there was a time, back in the early nineties, when feminist principles like opposition to sexual harassment in the workplace (including consensual sexual relations between people of widely disparate power relations) were viewed with widespread societal approval, and even made subject to civil law suits. It was considered intolerable by many to have any physical contact in the work place whatsoever. Beyond that, women who accused men of sexual impropriety were to be protected and provided with credibility, not derided and slandered in an attempt to reduce their credibility. Whether one agrees with it or not, this was the cultural norm, and became established law.

Then came Bill and Hillary Clinton, ostensible supporters of all of this. Until...until...it became inconvenient for them.
"What The Clintons Did For Feminism, Could Obama do for race relations? "April 28, 2008

Alas, The 'Hope' Is Gone

Quote of the day from Karl Rove:
Four months ago, you took the political world by storm in Iowa. The media were agog. They called your words "gorgeous," your victory "a message to the world." You "made history" and Americans could "look at ourselves with pride" in "a moment to marvel."

Times change.
"Dear Senator Obama ... , " Newsweek, April 28, 2008

George Will Weighs In

In this morning's Washington Post:
When North Carolina Republicans recently ran an ad featuring Wright in full cry, McCain mounted his high horse, from which he rarely dismounts, and demanded that the ad be withdrawn. The North Carolinians properly refused. Wright is relevant.

He is a demagogue with whom Obama has had a voluntary 20-year relationship. It has involved, if not moral approval, certainly no serious disapproval. Wright also is an ongoing fountain of anti-American and, properly understood, anti-black rubbish. His speech yesterday demonstrated that he wants to be a central figure in this presidential campaign. He should be.
"A Pastor At Center Stage," April 29, 2008

Just What Is Obama Willing To Fight For?

This from Joe Katzman:
Obama wants me to believe that a candidate who: (1) was utterly supine and silent for 20 years in his own church as racial hate was propagated by the pastor; (2) who refuses to condemn a prominent supporter and fundraiser for whom bombing American sites is still seen as a good thing, and (3) who has said not a single word on the campaign trail as his party heavyweights removed post-Abramoff earmark reforms... is a candidate who will stand up to Washington interests and change the way business is done. While helping get America past its racial issues, and healing its political divides. That a candidate talking up charter schools as part of the solution, who has received positive ratings from teachers unions for blocking them, is to be taken at face value.

Winds of Change, "Straining Belief: The Obama Campaign & Michelle's UCLA Speech," April 29, 2008