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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Does This Get Her Off The Hook?

Does this mean that Badrose is not going to kick Andrea Mitchell's "bony ass" at the Bristol Mall after all?

Mitchell Apologizes For "Redneck" Comment
Media Bistro

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell apologized today for calling southwest Virginia, "real redneck" country. Toward the end of her 1pmET hour, she said, "I owe an apology to the good people of Bristol, Virginia for something stupid that I said."

The editor of the Bristol Herald Courier (in Bristol, Virginia), J. Todd Foster, wrote a column published yesterday in response to the comment.

"I'm a redneck. But then again, so is every one of you reading this column. Or so says Andrea Mitchell of NBC News," writes Foster.

Mitchell made the comment last Thursday as she referred to "interesting images," of Sen. Barack Obama appearing with Sen. Mark Warner in southwest Virginia. "This is real redneck, sort of...um, bordering on Appalachia country," she said. "This is not the northern Virginia, sort of, high tech corridor. These are not voters he would logically be gravitating to." Click here for the YouTube clip. (link)

Okay, now that the outrage has subsided, how many of us here in Southwest Virginia get bent out of shape when someone calls one of us a redneck? Anyone? Shoot, Duke, I've got the weaponry, the pickup truck, the Blue Ribbon beer, and the By God American flag hanging from my deck rail.

Redneck? Born and bred, baby.

Still, we don't need some wine-sippin', French pastry nibblin' northeast liberal prune making a temporary stopover in the area - with her favorite elitist Democrat candidate in tow - and going out of her way to call us names. We accept it from ourselves. We won't accept it from them. Now or ever.

You and Obama go where you're wanted, Ms. Mitchell. That ain't here. Apology hereby rejected.

Earth To Democrats

To the nitwits in Congress who think Exxon Mobil and BP control world oil prices, see below. The chart speaks for itself: Click on image to enlarge
Source: Credit Suisse First Boston
Hat tip to Powerline.

I Wonder If ...

... newspaper columnists ever stop and ask themselves if that which they just wrote makes any freaking sense.

This fella couldn't have:

Pulaski's trail to the future
By Christian Trejbal, The Roanoke Times

Many communities, especially in Southwest Virginia, are declining. Businesses close, taking jobs with them. Those that remain offer low wages. Young people depart for greener pastures.

When a town falls on hard times, a couple of things might happen. The town might fade away, drying up and leaving behind a ghost town or some close approximation to one. Alternatively, a town might build a new path forward, doing the little things that together add up to something bigger.

The people of Pulaski aren't about to give up. This weekend, they celebrate the opening of a trail extension to the New River Trail State Park. It's one more step toward a brighter future. (link)

They haven't given up on quality jobs and economic prosperity for their tortured community. They put in ... a ... hiking ... trail?

For the love of God.

If We're Not Careful ...

... we'll end up like Canada, with its "affordable health care for all":
Dying nanny told to leave country
By Nicholas Keung Immigration/Diversity Reporter, The Toronto Star

Juana Tejada wants to stay – and die – in Canada.

A live-in caregiver from the Philippines, the terminally ill cancer patient will be forced to leave when her work permit expires in two months, even though her period of service here as a nanny was supposed to be the gateway to permanent residency.

Tejada has twice been denied a chance to stay, however, because her illness puts a burden on the health-care system.

The 38-year-old came to Canada in 2003 under the federal live-in caregiver program, which grants permanent resident status to domestic workers after they complete their three-year assignments and obtain the necessary medical and criminal-record clearances.

"While I am sympathetic to your situation, I am not satisfied that these circumstances justify granting an exemption," a case processing officer in Alberta wrote in the latest decision. "In the opinion of a medical officer, this health condition might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health and social services." (link)
Ah, yes. With a little effort, we too can become Canada.