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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Make Of This What You Will

The Roanoke Times features a handy search engine in its on-line edition today that ranks all the MSA's (Metropolitian Statistical Areas; to be thought of, somewhat, as being a city and its suburbs & exurbs) around the USA by Gross Domestic Product output. Second-to-last (ranked 362nd, beating only Lafayette, LA) is the Harrisonburg, Virginia MSA, with negative growth between 2001 and 2005 of 5.35%.

What's up with that?

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Looking at Virginia MSA's and how they compare to each other, we find the following:

In terms of those with the poorest performance, behind Harrisonburg we have three Southwest Virginia cities - Bristol (ranking 331st overall), Roanoke (295th) and Blacksburg (288th).

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And Governor Kaine wants to make things even worse by dumping a massive tax increase on us?

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As you might imagine, the best performing MSA's in Virginia are up north. They are:

• The Washington D.C. suburbs

• Winchester

• Charlottesville

• Hampton Roads

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A chart showing the Virginia results of the study performed by the U.S. Department of Commerce:

(You'll want to click on the image to enlarge it)

Interesting stuff.

Chart and statistics courtesy of the Roanoke Times

Candidates Pledge To Do Nothing

Libertarians set to nominate party's presidential candidate

A Man ...

... and an era we'd just as soon forget. To think, there are thousands of Americans who look up to degenerates like this:
The rumours about my love child may be true, says Gore Vidal
By Joy Lo Dico and Andrew Johnson, The Independent

The author and screenwriter Gore Vidal, one of the last giants of an American literary scene that included Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Joseph Heller, has admitted that he may once have fathered a love child, but refused to be part of her upbringing because he had paid for the mother to have an abortion.

Vidal, renowned for his waspish put-downs and his unabashed elitism, is more famous for his homosexual liaisons. He had a brief relationship with Jack Kerouac and lived with a male partner for 53 years. (link)
This stain on American literary history will soon be rotting in hell. Though not soon enough.

While Our Planet Cools ...

... Jupiter is warming?

Ed Morrissey on NASA's stunning announcement that human activity is causing global warming on distant planets as well as Earth - or not:
"For about 300 years Jupiter’s banded atmosphere has shown a remarkable feature to telescopic viewers, a large swirling storm system known as The Great Red Spot. In 2006, another red storm system appeared, actually seen to form as smaller whitish oval-shaped storms merged and then developed the curious reddish hue. Now, Jupiter has a third red spot ... Jupiter’s recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator."

Well, gee …. what could be causing that global warming? Has Exxon-Mobil used its 8.3% profit margin to start refining oil on the solar system’s largest planet? Perhaps Jupiterians have bought too many SUVs over the last few years. Jupiter may also have an epidemic of bovine flatulence causing these storms.

Or, just maybe, the sun has affected Jupiter in a similar fashion as it has Mars and Pluto, and that the negligible warming Earth has experienced comes from the same
Naaaahhhh. Couldn't be. We all know it's those God-forsaken incandescent lightbulbs.

Throwing Obama Under The Bus

Barack Obama has declared the war to be a dismal failure and, according to his website, he "will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq."

We learn this morning that another Democrat - in that rare moment of candor - says his side doesn't really mean it. They are just using such rhetoric - End the War! - to get elected:

Kanjorski says Dems were insincere about ending war
By Aaron Blake, The Hill

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) is seen in a video that has surfaced on the Web saying that Democrats “sort of stretched the facts” in the 2006 elections about their ability to end the Iraq war.

In a video , posted to YouTube on Thursday, Kanjorski reflects on the Democrats’ approach to the war in 2006 and said they pushed the rhetoric “as far as we can to the end of the fleet — didn’t say it, but we implied it — that if we won the congressional elections, we could stop the war.

“Now, anybody who’s a good student of government would know it wasn't true,” he said. “But you know, the temptation to want to win back the Congress — we sort of stretched the facts.” (link)
And the telling of that untruth worked in 2006. The Democrats took control of Congress.

It may work again in 2008. Obama may win the White House. A win based on a lie. How proud he will be.

This bunch is gaining a reputation, no?

Obama's Positions Are 'Evolving'

He goes from hawk to appeaser. Why? Has the Iraq experience warped his psyche to that degree?

In "An Open Letter to Senator Obama on Iran," we learn:
On September 24, 2004, while a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois, you suggested that “surgical missile strikes” on Iran may become necessary. “Launching some missile strikes into Iran is not the optimal position for us to be in” given the ongoing war in Iraq, you told the Chicago Tribune. You continued: “On the other hand, having a radical Muslim theocracy in possession of nuclear weapons is worse”.

Your change in approach is now stunning for many Iranians. It is not that we want our country to be bombed, but the point is, why did you so suddenly and without explanation go from that extreme to the extreme of “unconditional dialogue”?
Yes. Why?

The answer - probably - is that the man is rudderless in a turbulent sea. On any given day, his positions change to suit the conditions of that day. And shift depending on who is in his audience.

That's why he can declare his intentions to sit down and dialogue with the leaders of a nation that arms and supports the global terrorist movement one day (Iran) - in fact, the worst of the worst - and maintain that [w]e must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction” (Hamas) the next.

Makes no sense? Now you understand.