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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Its Purpose?

Get the impression that economic development "specialists" have run out of ideas?

Area looks beyond music to furniture heritage
by Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer

The Henry County-Martinsville area, bypassed by The Crooked Road musical heritage trail, is looking to build on its furniture heritage instead.

Plans will be unveiled this week for a new furniture heritage initiative, according to Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC).

The initiative will build on this area’s furniture heritage, he said, declining to give details of the plans. (link)
A furniture initiative.

I guess it is supposed to attract tourists from up north. I guess it will include a tour of Martinsville's abandoned furniture factories. I guess these guys need to think this through.

As the Planet's Energy Emergency Worsens ...

... the wacked-out left fights to deepen the problem:

From a Southern Environmental Law Center press release:

Legal challenges filed against Wise County power plant
Proceedings begin in Virginia Supreme Court and Richmond Circuit Court

Richmond - The Southern Environmental Law Center today submitted three separate court filings challenging the state's actions in granting Dominion Power permission to build a $1.8 billion coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Virginia. The lawsuits culminate more than a year of administrative procedures, during which tens of thousands of Virginians opposed the project due to air pollution, health impacts, and concerns over mountaintop removal mining and global warming.

"We are bringing these challenges now because this coal plant, as permitted, would fail to meet core Clean Air Act requirements," said SELC Senior Attorney Cale Jaffe, who filed the court papers on behalf of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club. "At nearly two billion dollars and without any means to capture its carbon dioxide pollution, this plant represents a remarkably bad deal for Virginia." (link)
Had everyone on the planet not been shocked into consciousness with the recent explosion in energy prices, the effort (which was expected of this crowd) to block construction of the Wise plant was destined to fail. Now that the populace has been awakened to the looming disaster, little patience can be expected from a growingly surly and demanding crowd.

Expect this annoyance to be crushed. And quickly.

The Party's Over

USA: Record $482 Billion '09 Deficit Forecast

New York: Paterson and Bloomberg Warn of Huge Deficits

Virginia: Va. leaders prepare for budget problems

That beer was good going down. But now that it's coming back up ...

Will Tim Kaine Do The Right Thing ...

... and resign his office if he becomes a full-time candidate for vice president?
Kaine in 'Serious' Talks With Obama
By Michael D. Shear and Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Staff Writers

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close associates that he has had "very serious" conversations with Sen. Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background, according to several sources close to Kaine.

Although rumors have circulated about former military leaders and other nontraditional contenders, including Republicans, Obama's pool of prospects is heavy on longtime senators with foreign policy experience. Kaine and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are the only state leaders believed to be under serious consideration, sources close to Obama said. (link)
Will Virginians accept an absentee governor who feels his place is everywhere but the commonwealth?

Kaine needs to either be governor or vice presidential candidate. In-between ain't gonna get it.

Make 'em Squeal

Those who truly support the Bill of Rights stay on offense:
Heller, others challenge semi-automatic ban
By David C. Lipscomb, The Washington Times

Three D.C. residents backed by one of the country's most influential pro-gun organizations Monday filed a challenge to the District's ban on semi-automatic handguns. The plaintiffs said city officials are flouting a recent Supreme Court decision that struck down the city's 32-year-old gun ban.

Lead attorney Stephen P. Halbrook and the National Rifle Association, which is financing the case, say the District's definition of a machine gun is too vague and unfairly prohibits residents from using the guns for home defense.

"D.C. has stuck to its position that semi-automatic guns are machine guns," Mr. Halbrook said. "It's a crazy definition of machine gun." (link)
Crazy indeed. But then these are liberals ...

Selective Outrage

The New York Times responded to Bill Clinton's firing of every U.S. attorney in the country with outra ...

Oh, wait. No. The editorialists there were okay with it. Those were Republican- appointed U.S. attorneys. They therefore deserved to be canned.

Today? The New York Times responds to the news that politics plays a role in the federal hiring (and firing) process with outrage:
There Was Smoke — and Fire

It was hardly news that President Bush’s Justice Department has been illegally politicized, but it was important that the Justice Department finally owned up to that sorry state of affairs. An internal investigation released on Monday found that the department’s top staff routinely took politics and ideology into account in filling nonpolitical positions — and lied about it.

If [Attorney General Michael Mukasey] hopes to leave office with any sort of reputation for integrity, he needs to get serious about punishing this sort of wrongdoing.
Integrity. Odd sort of word to appear on the pages of the Times.

Cracks Appear

I'm reminded of the scene in "The Wizard of Oz" in which Toto pulls the curtain back, revealing an old man pulling levers and shouting into the microphone, saying "Pay no heed to that man behind the curtain ..."*

As the curtain is pulled away - ever so slowly - global warming theory is revealed. And the underlying premises begin to crumble. But pay the facts no heed ...

Climate Experts Tussle Over Details. Public Gets Whiplash.
By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times

When science is testing new ideas, the result is often a two-papers-forward-one-paper-back intellectual tussle among competing research teams.

When the work touches on issues that worry the public, affect the economy or polarize politics, the news media and advocates of all stripes dive in. Under nonstop scrutiny, conflicting findings can make news coverage veer from one extreme to another, resulting in a kind of journalistic whiplash for the public.

This has been true for decades in health coverage. But lately the phenomenon has been glaringly apparent on the global warming beat. (link)

The reporter goes on to make the point - again and again - that the debate is at the margins. That consensus still exists when it comes to the basic premise regarding man-made global warming.

Expect that "theory" to crumble soon as well.

* Or something to that effect.

If You're A Student Of The Planet ...

... and enjoy statistics (as I do), you'll find this fascinating.

Did you know that the 25% of the population in China with the highest IQ's is greater than the total population of North America?

Think about the implications.

A Prediction

From columnist Victor Davis Hanson:

"In 5 years, Europeans will prefer George Bush to a 'We are right behind you' Obama."

"Why Do Europeans Love Obama?," Pajamas Media, July 28, 2008

Now It All Makes Sense

When I first heard that Barack Obama had decided to cancel a visit to a hospital in Germany where wounded American soldiers were convalescing, I thought: Well, he's opened himself up to a good bit of criticism from McCain's supporters, but such things do happen when one has a busy schedule and lots of people to see.

I then read of the Obama campaign's explanation - a different explanation - for the cancellation:

"For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."

It was at that point that the bullshit detector lit up.

Then I heard that he found time that day to work out in a local gym.

Say what?

Now I've gotten the real story. And it makes me mad.

From MSNBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube:
A U.S. military official tells NBC News they were making preparations for Sen. Barack Obama to visit wounded troops at the Landstuhl Medical Center at Ramstein, Germany on Friday, but "for some reason the visit was called off."

One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama's representatives were told, "he could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers." In addition,"Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama's visit."

The official said "We didn't know why" the request to visit the wounded troops was withdrawn. "He (Obama) was more than welcome. We were all ready for him."
Go back to the Obama campaign's explanation for the cancellation of the visit. The candidate supposedly didn't want to make a political photo op out of the visit, "out of respect for these servicemen and women." The truth is just the opposite.

Because the military wouldn't allow Obama to turn the visit to the hospital into a media event, his people cancelled the visit.

How despicable. How utterly despicable.