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Saturday, June 21, 2008

History In Our Own Backyard

Now you see it, now you don't.
Yeah, it's a crumbling old building with weeds and vermin having overtaken it long ago. But the stories it could tell ...
This is fascinating - and at the same time, sad - news out of Bristol:
Col. Sanders Once Cooked At Lee Motel

The Robert E. Lee Motel still stands on Lee Highway between Bristol and Abingdon. Col. Harlan Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, once operated a restaurant on the second floor of the motel. Pages
of the menu from the restaurant, left, show the location of the restaurant as “A-Top” Robert E. Lee Motel and a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner sold for $2. (
How cool is that? This dump once had one of the wealthiest men in America (well, he became rich later anyway) frying up Extra Crispy in its now dilapidated restaurant.
Well, I think it's cool anyway.
If you want to take a photo, by the way, you'd better hurry on down to Bristol. This hovel is not long for this world. It soon fades into the history books ...

Where's Boucher?

Half a million dollars in federal funds for a hiking bridge?

Department of Transportation funds no less?

Have we lost our minds?

That would be a big yes:
Trail extension hits snag
Federal funds are not available this year for a bridge to take the Huckleberry Trail over Virginia 114.
By Lerone Graham, Roanoke Times

Despite hitting a bump in the road when requested federal funding fell through, supporters of a plan to extend the Huckleberry Trail farther into Christiansburg say they will press forward.

Christiansburg Town Councilman Brad Stipes learned June 13 that the Virginia Department of Transportation passed on the town's application for federal Transportation Enhancement Program grants.

The town had asked for about $450,000 to fund the construction of a bridge over Virginia 114, connecting the trail from the New River Valley Mall with the rear of Wal-Mart. The plan is to extend the trail to the Christiansburg Recreation Center.

"This is a disappointment, but it will not keep the project from moving forward," Stipes said. (link)
About that you may have no doubt. This guy will have his walking bridge to the Wal-Mart. And you're going to pay for it, by God. A simple phone call to Congressman Boucher's office and ...

Meanwhile the New River Valley ranks near the bottom in gross domestic product output compared to the rest of the USA.

Our focus: A walking bridge.

For the love of God.

How Do They Know?

They have boundless FAITH that what evolution scientists have told them is infallible.

In a different world - a more skeptical world - this from the New York Times would be laughed at. It reads like it was written in some dank, forbidding cloister by a monk who allows for no alternative worldview to his own:
Louisiana’s Latest Assault on Darwin

It comes as no surprise that the Louisiana State Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill that seeks to undercut the teaching of evolution in the public schools.

The new bill doesn’t mention either creationism or its close cousin, intelligent design. It explicitly disavows any intent to promote a religious doctrine. It doesn’t try to ban Darwin from the classroom or order schools to do anything. It simply requires the state board of education, if asked by local school districts, to help create an environment that promotes “critical thinking” and “objective discussion” about not only evolution and the origins of life but also about global warming and human cloning, two other bĂȘtes noires of the right. Teachers would be required to teach the standard textbook but could use supplementary materials to critique it.

That may seem harmless. But it would have the pernicious effect of implying that evolution is only weakly supported and that there are valid competing scientific theories when there are not. In school districts foolish enough to head down this path, the students will likely emerge with a shakier understanding of science. (link)
It's pernicious (i.e., exceedingly harmful) to suggest that we may not know everything we think we know? I'd say it's pernicious to maintain otherwise.

Besides, this theory of theirs has had plenty of holes shot through it over the years.

For forty years evolutionists touted something called Piltdown Man as "the missing link" in the chain that took us from ape to human. Faith in its authenticity was unshakeable. Until it was proven to be a hoax.

Despite this, faith in evolution remained unwavering, though faith in one of its underpinnings vanished overnight. A faith that continues to be based on the flimsiest of evidence. Paul Rinson:

"The fossil remains of early humans are exceptionally rare. Scientists trying to reconstruct the evolutionary history of our species often have to draw long, dotted lines between a few key fossils."

But not the folks at the New York Times. Their faith is unwavering. There is no dotted line. It's an arrow, pointed and straight.

Their kind had faith too in the authenticity of Nebraska Man. Until they didn't.

Then there was Lucy, Australopithecus Aferensis. Then there wasn't.

And those "links" these people don't talk much about these days. Like Ota Benga.

Does any of this debunk the theory of evolution? No. But it should at least prompt one to question.

The Times: "But it would have the pernicious effect of implying that evolution is only weakly supported and that there are valid competing scientific theories when there are not."

THERE ARE NOT. There is only one true theory. There are and never will be others. That's what you call steadfast in faith.

This Guy's a Uniter?

As far as I'm concerned, Barack Obama is setting race relations back thirty years. With asinine - and hate inspired - pronouncements like this:

Obama says Republicans will use race to stoke fear

Yeah. It won't be the fact that he's a doofus. It's that he's (half) black.

For the love of God.

The Democrats Were Going To Make Things Better

They haven't.

We know it.

Gallup confirms it:
Confidence in Congress: Lowest Ever for Any U.S. Institution
by Jeffrey M. Jones

Pronceton, NJ -- Gallup's annual update on confidence in institutions finds just 12% of Americans expressing confidence in Congress, the lowest of the 16 institutions tested this year, and the worst rating Gallup has measured for any institution in the 35-year history of this question. (link)
That's stunning. You'd think there'd be at least 13% of the American populace that receive Congressional earmarks and are, therefore, confident in the membership of that once august body. But no. Just 12% of this country's citizens have faith in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate. A number that is, as hard as it is to believe, still in rapid decline.

12 on the way to 0.