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Monday, May 19, 2008

Republicans Warn Obama ...

Remove your wife from the campaign trail and quit pissing and moaning.

Obama Warns GOP "Lay Off My Wife"

Your wife has taken on the role of politician, squirt. You and she should be prepared for the rough-and-tumble.

Or continue to whine. It's up to you.

We Need More Gun Control

Well, actually they have plenty of gun control in ├╝berliberal Boulder, Colorado. Now some beanbrain there will demand taser control:

Colorado men exchange Taser shots over parked van
The Associated Press

Boulder, Colo. - It wasn't exactly pistols at 30 paces, but police say a security company supervisor and a restaurateur shot each other with Tasers in a "bonehead" confrontation over parking.

Officers said neither man needed medical attention after the Saturday confrontation, but Harvey Epstein, co-owner of Mamacitas restaurant, was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and using a stun gun.

A police report said Epstein and Casey M. Dane, a supervisor for Colorado Security Services Inc., were arguing over a metal boot that one of Dane's guards had clamped on a wheel of a van parked behind Mamacitas.

Both men drew Tasers.

"They shot each other," Police Sgt. Pat Wyton told the Camera newspaper. "It was just kind of a bonehead deal." (link)

It's actually kind of humorous when you think about it.

Go After Those Tourists If You Will

Like it or not, the big money here in Southwest Virginia is still in manufacturing. An undeniable truth:

In these times of economic uncertainty, what's at stake in the Roanoke and New River valleys? $15.8 billion
By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times

Among Southwest Virginia communities, Lynchburg leads Blacksburg which, in turn, slightly leads Roanoke.

Manufacturers contributed nearly one in three dollars of economic value in the New River Valley metro in 2005, versus about one in six in the Roanoke Valley. Government -- including Virginia Tech and Radford University -- contributed 23 percent of the New River Valley GDP, versus 11 percent in the Roanoke Valley.

The reason for Lynchburg's higher relative strength is a story like that of Blacksburg. Lynchburg has sizable manufacturing sector and colleges and universities, with Liberty University being the fastest growing, said William Mezger, a senior economist with the Virginia Employment Commission. (link)

Government is certainly - and unfortunately - a growth industry too. As you know, we have the prison industry now locked up (pun intended). And as Virginia Tech goes ...

But our future - as was our past - will depend on manufacturing. Run from the concept if you will. Get swept up in fleeting notions about alternative industries if you feel the need. But making big things out of little things - and making tiny things out of bigger things - is our way to salvation.

It's time we got off the tourism kick and took a stroll back into the real world.

Can We Talk About Country Music?

I watched a brief portion of the Academy of Country Music Awards last night. And then picked up a book and went into another room. It was that put-offish.

The extravaganza (strike one) was being held - not in Nashville where it belongs but - in Las Vegas (strike two). Having drifted away from the genre in recent years, I was shocked to see how it has devolved into what I can only describe as acid country. Heavy metal country? Strike Three.

I think of artists like Gene Autry and Patti Page and Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow and B.J. Thomas and Johnny Cash and Reba McEntire (who hosted the show!) and Hank Williams and Charlie Pride and Waylon Jennings and George Jones and Jimmie Rodgers and Merle Haggard and Flatt & Scruggs and Marty Robbins and Roy Acuff and Pee Wee King and Bill Anderson and Chet Atkins and Bill Monroe and Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee and Webb Pierce and Tennessee Ernie Ford ...

Last night I watched Megadeth and AC-DC and Black Sabbath and Judas Priest and Twisted Sister and Van Halen. Only they were going by other names I didn't recognize. And never intend to recognize. It just ain't what it used to be.

I've moved on.

A Looming Environmental Nightmare ...

... brought on by the environmentalists, no less.

And no, we're not talking about ethanol-induced starvation in impoverished countries:
Recycling lags behind compact fluorescent push
The Associated Press

Mechanicsburg, Pa. (AP) — It's a message being drummed into the heads of homeowners everywhere: Swap out those incandescent lights with longer-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs and cut your electric use.

Governments, utilities, environmentalists and, of course, retailers everywhere are spreading the word.

Few, however, are volunteering to collect the mercury-laced bulbs for recycling — despite what public officials and others say is a potential health hazard if the hundreds of millions of them being sold are tossed in the trash and end up in landfills and incinerators.

Sales of the bulbs have skyrocketed this decade — doubling last year to about 380 million after registering just 17,000 in 2000, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (link)
Here's the frightening part (it comes with no small amount of irony):
Compact fluorescent bulbs each contain roughly 5 milligrams of mercury, which health professionals say is tiny in relation to the amount in a glass thermometer. Using that estimate, almost 2 tons of mercury were in the 380 million sold last year. By comparison, about 50 tons of mercury are spewed into the air each year by the nation's coal-fired power plants. (my emphasis)
Looks like we can expect a whole slew of new environmental laws intended to offset the previous environmental laws ...

Fly-Over Country Can Be So Confusing

Not only does Barack Obama not know how many states there are in the USA, he doesn't know his U.S. geography.

This is funny.

Obama: Learn To Live With Less

Never in the course of human events have people decided to provide their children with less food and shelter than did their parents and grandparents. Fewer medicines. Less heat in the home. More hardship. The very idea of the American Dream is to pass down to one's children a better world than we entered.

Never at least until Jimmy Carter came along.

And now Barack Obama.

A quote from a speech he made in Oregon yesterday:
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said. "That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.
Speaking only for myself, I don't give a damn what the Europeans think of my childrens' food consumption or the fact that we intend to stay warm in the winter.

Where on earth did Barack Obama get such a notion, you might ask?

I'd suggest from his grandmother who lives in a mud hut with her chickens in Kenya.

Barack Obama intends to do for you what he has done for his grandmother. She never turns her heat up to 72 degrees. She has no heat.

That's leadership?

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P.S. I've never been able to understand why really rich guys feel the need to lecture the rest of us on how WE need to live with less. I'll believe they're serious on the day one of them signs over his entire worldly wealth to set the example.