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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Let's Play a Game

Name the part of the country where this photo was taken:

A parking lot off of 4th Avenue over in Big Stone Gap?

Some holler in McDowell County?

Bastian? Honaker?

Sometimes negative stereotypes get in the way of the truth.

The photo (of a police officer walking up to confront a man who decided he didn't need to call Mayflower Movers) was taken in upscale Noblesville, Indiana, in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis.

Shame on all of you who jumped to the conclusion that this was just another hilljack who had had a few too many corn squeezin's for breakfast and who had decided that, rather than let someone steal his entire worldly wealth from his double-wide while he was at work down at the Dollar General, he'd take his kitchen appliances with him as a safeguard.

This guy probably works in the lab at Eli Lilly ...

Just Asking

I was stuck for the 140th time in a long backup in the northbound lane of I-77 at the Big Walker Tunnel entrance to Bland County this afternoon. Construction has the tunnel down to one lane. Again. Ongoing construction that began in 2006.

The upside was that this traffic jam only stretched a couple of miles. Others in the past, according to the legend-in-progress, have been of Biblical proportion. Perhaps even worse (Moses only had to traverse the Sinai). So I guess I should thank my lucky stars ...

Here's the deal: A long wait, and a gas gauge rapidly advancing to "Get Out And Walk," gives a person a chance to think.

So I have a question. This tunnel (as well as the East River Mountain Tunnel that takes you out of Bland County on the same I-77) is well-lit day and night. That being the case, why can't construction workers do their thing at night when there is no traffic, instead of during the day when an amount of fuel equal to America's entire Strategic Petroleum Reserve is consumed while hundreds (over time, thousands) of vehicles creep along at 2 miles an hour?! Is this a concept that is too hard for VDOT to get its arms around?

Funny thing is, work ceases in the early evening, the barrels are removed, and traffic flows. Every day. Monday through Friday.

What's up with that?

But This Wasn't Supposed To Be

Would you all agree with me that Floyd County is the jewel in Southwest Virginia's tourism crown? The Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill, wineries, the Floyd Country Store, Floydfest, pickers/grinners, hippies, pot makers, pot smokers ... the list goes on and on.

Well, if Floyd County is bringing in all the tourists, and the mucho dinero that politicians have been telling us travels with them, what in God's name is up with this?

Sheriff: proposed budget cuts could cause lay-offs
Wanda Combs, The Floyd Press

Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman delivered more bad budget news to the board of supervisors Tuesday, saying proposed cuts in his department allocations could force him to lay off three part-time deputies.

The sheriff’s predictions comes on the heels of earlier warnings that rising gas prices combined with budget constraints might force him to reduce patrols or even park his patrol cars.

“We’re facing budget problems,” Zeman said in his monthly report to the board at their regular monthly meeting in the county administration building Tuesday. “We need to find some extra money or I will lose three valuable part-time deputies.” (link)

Looks like Floyd County needs to call Congressman Boucher. Not to drum up more tourist traffic; that has brought the county diddlysquat over the years (see above). No, they need to get him to fork over some more of that Omnibus Bill money that he's famous for doling out in return for being undeservedly reelected year after year.

But to the point, here's hoping Floyd County finds its way. Obviously the Parkway ain't it.

Quote of the Day

From a Wall Street Journal editorial:
Just when the news was filling with stories about a Republican Party gasping for air, along comes the California Supreme Court's 4-3 decision yesterday legislating gay marriage. The GOP certainly hasn't done anything to deserve such luck.

California's Supreme Court is not the law of the land, but its 4-3 ruling, titled "In re Marriage Cases" for six consolidated appeals, explicitly told both the state's voters and its elected legislature to get lost.

As with California's Supreme Court, many of the berobed judiciary take it as their solemn duty to do the people's thinking for them on the modern world's most difficult and divisive social issues. So it was with Roe v. Wade, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared 50 state legislatures irrelevant. The aftermath has been more than 30 years of the abortion wars.
"Gay Marriage Returns," May 15, 2008

What Are These Guys Smoking?

I can't wait for this Roanoke Times editorial to be rolled out:
For Monday, we are writing about the gay marriage decision in California. We'll urge Virginians to take a deep breath before trying to turn it into a November campaign issue. This decision does not affect the commonwealth, where voters shamefully ensconced bigotry in the state constitution. The decision is, however, an important step in slow movement toward marriage equality in America. Indeed, California found interracial marriage unconstitutional 20 years before the U.S. Supreme Court. (link)
Riiiggghhhttt. The usurpation of the right - the power - of the people of California to make lawful decisions for themselves through state-sanctioned referenda by four liberal judges because those four liberal judges considered their opinions more important than the law won't be an issue in the upcoming campaign. Take a deep breath indeed.

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I've been trying to get across to these dudes at the Times for years now a point that seems beyond their ability to comprehend. It has to do with ramifications that go beyond ... "but gay people are really nice ..."

As stated in the comments to the above, someone named "Josh" wrote the following:
Yeah, why not a threesome? a fivesome? Why not roommates? Why not the whole apartment building? Why not a person and the nice old lady across the street? Why not me and my cat? Who is anyone to demean or diminish whichever relationship I choose, and deny my right to marry (and receive the tax benefits) anybody or anything I choose?
The boys at the Times will simply answer: This is only about homosexuals. Not cats or dogs or sheep or little old ladies or gang rape. But are they so sure? Should four conservative judges decide?

On Obama's Youth & Inexperience

Investor's Business Daily:
At least McCain knows how many stars are on the flag he fought for. In April, when Barack Obama addressed the Associated Press' annual meeting, he seemed a tad confused:

"I've now campaigned in 47 states, actively. And I think South Dakota is the last state that I have not had a campaign event in. Now, that doesn't mean that I expect that I will win all 50 — or 48 states and Alaska and Hawaii — all 50 states."

Then on May 9, Obama told an Oregon audience that "I've been in 57 states, (with) I think one left to go."

We know campaigning is arduous and that slips of the tongue go with the territory. But, hey, the man is 46 and bowls and plays basketball, right? Imagine if these comments had come from McCain. The press ... would accuse him of having a "senior moment."
"Time Magazine's Senior Moment," May 15, 2008

Barack Obama On Gay Marriage

"Uhhhhhhhhh ......"

Make sense of this statement issued by the Obama campaign after the California Supreme Court ruling was made public:
"Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as President. He respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage." *
Civil unions? That wasn't even an issue.

States should make their own decisions? Swell. But no thoughts on what should happen to liberal judges who defy the will of the people in those states?

No thoughts on gay marriage?

Hello? Mr. Audacity?


How Many Must Starve ...

... just so a point at some dinner party can be made?

Investor's Business Daily paints a frightening doomsday scenario should the Warner-Lieberman global warming legislation pass:
Cap-And-Trade Folly

Climate Change: Legislation pending in the Senate might warm environmentalists' hearts, but not because of potential cuts in carbon emissions. Their interest is in the heavy economic costs the plans would inflict.

The Environmental Protection Agency reckons it [Warner-Lieberman] could cost as much as $3 trillion a year in lost GDP. In an economy of roughly $14 trillion, that's a significant loss.

Much of the pain would be caused by increases in gasoline and electricity prices. The Science Applications International Corporation calculates that Lieberman-Warner by 2030 would boost gasoline prices from 60% to 144% while electricity prices would be up 77% to 129%.

Hit hardest by higher energy prices: The poor. The National Center for Policy Analysis points out that energy costs consume 15% of the poorest households' income while the average household spends 3% on energy. Who is going to feel the pinch more?

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that even a 15% reduction in carbon emissions by 2010 — a third of the cut required by Lieberman-Warner — through a cap-and-trade scheme would trim the disposable income of the poor by an additional 3.3%. The hit for the richest Americans: 1.7%.

All this economic wreckage done in the name of reducing environmentally benign greenhouse gases by men who should know better — and likely do. But they have politics to think about, as well as invitations to Georgetown cocktail parties ... (link)
This is shameful beyond words. To prevent what a growing number of scientists see as being a nonexistent problem - man-made global warming - our legislators in Washington are prepared to make the poor of this nation even poorer.

Not only is it foolhardy; it's dangerous. They must be stopped.

Can This Be?

Did a former member of the Bill Clinton administration lie about John McCain's stance on dealing with Hamas in a Washington Post op-ed?

Sure seems so.

I'm shocked. Just shocked.

How Pathetic

The whole Jeremiah Wright fiasco shouldn't be blamed on Jeremiah Wright, the man who not only made those hate-filled statements about America and Jews and white people, but the same man who taped those sermons and sold them to the public. No, it should be blamed on ...

... Fox News?
Obama blames Fox News, e-mail for likely loss in Kentucky
By Ryan Alessi, Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington, Ky. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, facing a likely defeat in next Tuesday's primary election, won't travel to Kentucky before the voting, but said he hopes to have much more time to win over Kentucky voters before the November general election.

He also blamed Fox News for disseminating "rumors" about him and said that that and e-mails filled with misinformation that have been "systematically" dispersed have hurt him in Kentucky.

He acknowledged that he’s trying to “reverse a lot of misconceptions” about his background. He is a Christian, although some e-mail chains have said he is a Muslim.

“Part of it is because there have been these e-mails that have been sent out very systematically, presumably by various political opponents, although I don’t know who,” he said. “And there are a lot of voters who get their news from Fox News. Fox has been pumping up rumors about my religious beliefs or my patriotism or what have you since the beginning of the campaign.” (link)
Yeah, that's the deal. The fact that the man was sitting in the pews for twenty years (but paid no attention to the noise and din coming from the pulpit - for twenty years) shouldn't be a consideration. It's that right-wing news organization.

This guy is beneath contempt.

Is a Degree Worth So Little These Days?

Can it be possible that the prostitute/stripper who accused - falsely - five members of the Duke lascrosse team of rape has received a college degree?

Seems so: Summa cum loony

Makes one wonder ...