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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tourism Brings Windfall To The Area

Or not:
Budget woes hit Tazewell
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tazewell, Va. — Funding requests in Tazewell County have exceeded available revenue by more than $3 million, according to County Administrator Jim Spencer.

As a result of the budget shortfall, the county won’t be able to consider additional funding requests at this time, Bill Rasnick, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said following a public hearing on the county’s proposed 2008-2009 operating budget. The supervisors are expected to adopt the budget, which includes level funding for the school system, by the month’s end. (link)
Oh, if only we had more employers. And fewer economic experts.

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What happened to this rosy report that was released just last month?

"Tourism is a growing industry for Tazewell County, having already generated more than $38,890,075 in revenue last year, Margie Douglass, the county’s Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, said."

$38,890,075 in county revenue. A $3,000,000 local government budget shortfall. Your numbers don't add up, babe. But then, my guess is, you knew that all along.

You Too Can Be President

Above all else, the Barack Obama candidacy for president provides America's youth with much-needed inspiration. They should look at his historic Democratic primary success and understand that, because they are as qualified to be commander-in-chief and the leader of the free world as he is, that they can achieve great things as well.

Obama Supporter On Southwest Virginia

This comes to us from the Roanoke Times:
Media Matters for America reports that "MSNBC Live" anchor Andrea Mitchell had this to say Thursday about Obama's visit to Bristol:

"Interesting images today. Barack Obama, Mark Warner in southwest Virginia. This is real redneck, sort of, bordering on Appalachia country. This is not the Northern Virginia, you know, sort of high-tech corridor. And these are voters that he would not logically be, you know, gravitating to. This is the beginning of a pivot." (link)
Is she doing her guy any favors with this slap in the face? It was offensive enough for Obama (and Warner) to encroach upon our territory for a few hours, but then to have one of their sycophantic cheerleaders - one who otherwise wouldn't be caught dead here - talk as if we're borderline neanderthals is, to me, an affront.

May she - and they - go where they're appreciated. And stay out of Southwest Virginia.

Ouch

Well, the man who said he was going to bring "change" to the White House, once he learns a few things about that which he's babbling about, may not be the change agent after all. This can't sit well with those who see Barack Obama righting wrongs, making the lame walk, and the blind see:
Mr. Obama's Middle East
Washington Post editorial

In the heat of the Democratic primary campaign, some on the left were inspired to believe that Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) offered a far-reaching transformation of U.S. foreign policy, "the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades," as one particularly breathless article in the American Prospect put it. Yet, when Mr. Obama opened his general election campaign this week with a major speech on Middle East policy, the substantive strategy he outlined was, in many respects, not very much different from that of the Bush administration -- or that of Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). That's not a bad thing; rather, it's a demonstration that there is a strong bipartisan consensus about America's vital interests in the Middle East and that the sensible options for defending them are relatively limited. (link)
The boys over at the Post are cutting Obama some slack, of course. And probably not just because he's (half) black. Curiously, they make the assumption that his pronouncements actually link to what the man believes with regard to the Middle East. An iffy prospect these days, as we've pointed out.

But, tellingly, it's heartwarming to know that Obama is coming around to George W. Bush's way of thinking on foreign policy matters.

Can support for the Iraq War be far behind?

Oh Yeah. That'll Make All The Difference.

These guys don't know the first thing about Appalachians. Yet Because of that, they come up with silly suggestions like this:

First, this from SurveyUSA:
In Kentucky, VP Clinton Would Move Her Supporters To Obama: SurveyUSA interviewed 400 Hillary Clinton supporters from across Kentucky and asked them whether they would support Barack Obama or John McCain in certain situations, following word of Clinton's suspension of her campaign for the presidency. 21% of Clinton supporters today say they will support Obama; 20% say they will support McCain. Another 21% say they will support a different candidate or no candidate at all; 37% say it's impossible to say until they know who both vice presidential candidates would be. Should Obama choose Clinton as his running mate, 57% of Clinton supporters say they will back Obama; 13% would back McCain. If Obama chooses John Edwards, 28% would back Obama; 13% McCain. Should Obama choose a woman other than Hillary Clinton as his running mate, McCain picks up more support from current Clinton backers -- 28% go with McCain, and 21% with Obama. (link)
From that, the weak-of-mind draw the conclusion that Hillary teaming up with Obama will win over the electorate here in the area:

Want To Solve Obama's "Appalachia" Problem? Put Clinton On The Ticket
By Big Tent Democrat, TalkLeft


You have all heard a lot about Obama's Appalachia Problem? That's the Obama supporter theory anyway. Well, if you want to solve it, apparently the way to solve it is to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

SUSA's general preference polling indicated that 36% of Kentucky voters prefer Clinton (37% go for McCain, 22% for Obama). Doing the math, putting Clinton on the ticket makes Kentucky Obama/Clinton 43, McCain 42. Obama could win Kentucky if he picks Clinton. KENTUCKY! The heart of Appalachia. These numbers are hard to ignore. (link)
Hard to ignore perhaps. Easy to laugh at for sure.

(1) Kentuckians (if you check your map, you'll find that it extends to the Mississippi River) will be more than a little puzzled to find out that their state is now in "the heart of Appalachia" when, in fact, only a small portion of it has ever been.

(2) Skip the weird "math." Common sense tells you that Mr. Sunshine - trounced in the Democratic primary in the Bluegrass State - will not improve his chances there by teaming up with the most despised woman in America. Now or ever.

(3) Exclamation marks do not a cogent argument make!

Quit smoking whatever you're smoking, man.

A Movie Review

The critics loved it. Paula and I watched it last night and were barely able to sit through it.

There Will Be Blood.

Much too long. A plot line that wanders. Nothing redeeming about any of the characters. No point to the flick. An ending that makes you wonder if the film broke. A waste of our money.

Sometimes the experts make mistakes. This is one of those instances.

Two thumbs down.

These People Are Getting Dangerous

Left unchecked, the world's socialists will confiscate all the wealth the planet has accumulated over the millenia. Thus far they remain unchecked:

$45 trillion needed to combat warming
By Joseph Coleman, Associated Press Writer

Tokyo - The world needs to invest $45 trillion in energy in coming decades, build some 1,400 nuclear power plants and vastly expand wind power in order to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to an energy study released Friday.

The report by the Paris-based International Energy Agency envisions a "energy revolution" that would greatly reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels while maintaining steady economic growth.

A U.N.-network of scientists concluded last year that emissions have to be cut by at least half by 2050 to avoid an increase in world temperatures of between 3.6 and 4.2 degrees above pre-18th century levels. (link)


If this plan is implemented, we'd be at pre-18th century levels in more ways than one.

These people must be stopped.

Meanwhile, Here In a More Sane World ...

... well, marginally sane - it is the United States Senate after all - it seems our august Washington leadership is not prepared to drag humanity back into the stone age quite yet:

Dems yank global warming bill
By Martin Kady II, Politico

Apparently three days of debate was enough for what many senators called "the most important issue facing the planet."

With little chance of winning passage of a sweeping 500-page global warming bill, the Senate Democratic leadership is planning to yank the legislation after failing to achieve the 60-vote threshold needed to move the bill to the next stage. After a 48-36 vote on the climate change bill, the Senate is likely to move on to a separate energy debate next week.

The legislation collapsed for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the poor timing of debating a bill predicted to increase energy costs while much of the country is focused on $4-a-gallon gas. On top of that, a number of industrial-state Democrats such as Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio were uncomfortable with the strong emissions caps that would have created a new regime of regulations for coal, auto and other manufacturing industries. Republicans, for the most part, held firm against a bill they said would cost billions in regulations while pushing the cost of gas higher. Seven Republicans, mostly moderates, voted for the procedural motion on the legislation while four Democrats voted against it. (link)


The good news is, the legislation's co-sponsor - our own John Warner - will be retired and knitting booties in his rocking chair by the time this nefarious bit of legislation raises its ugly head again next term.

The bad news is, the Senate is full of goofy old men.