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Monday, August 04, 2008

These People Have Lost Their Minds

Aren't we plagued with enough hiking trails and bike paths here in Southwest Virginia? Haven't they proven to be - collectively - a complete waste of taxpayer money? Didn't we learn over the last two decades that northern tourists are not going to drive down here (past tens of thousands of trees) to see our trees?

Is this the only solution area politicans have for a failing economy?
On the trail to progress
Riders of ATVs, bikes, horses would benefit from proposed Va. system

By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tazewell, Va. — A proposed multi-purpose trail system for Southwest Virginia is starting to gain momentum.The first meeting of the new Southwest Regional Recreation Authority was recently held in Wise County. The authority was created by the Virginia General Assembly to determine the feasibility and to oversee the development of a proposed trail system extending through Southwest Virginia that could incorporate off-road vehicles, biking and an equestrian component.Delegate Dan Bowling, D-Tazewell, said interest in the proposed trail system is growing.

The trail is envisioned to extend through several of the Heart of Appalachia counties, including Tazewell, Buchanan, Russell, Scott, Lee, Wise and Dickenson counties. (link)
No reason was given for the proposed addition of this network of trails to our existing complex of trails.

No reason whatsoever.

This Is Hard-Hitting

"My congressman called my son a cold-blooded murderer."

John Murtha is called to account by the father of a Haditha marine, wrongly accused of having killed Iraqi civilians "in cold blood.":

"Mr. Murtha, when will your hypocrisy end?"

Click on the triangle to activate.

You Can't Imagine ...

... how much pleasure I get out of seeing this worm squirm:
Bill Clinton Has Regrets on Campaign for Wife
Insists, 'I Am Not a Racist,' Despite Anger Over His S.C. Comments
By Kate Snow and Michael S. James, ABC News

In his first broadcast interview since his wife dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, former President Bill Clinton said he still has regrets, and insisted he's "not a racist," despite controversies surrounding his comments about Sen. Barack Obama's win in the South Carolina Democratic primary.

At times, he appeared to grow testy as he discussed his wife's failed bid for the nomination, and was asked if he deserves at least some of the blame for his wife's losses.

When asked, "Do you personally have any regrets about what you did, campaigning for your wife?" Clinton, at first, answered, "Yes, but not the ones you think. And it would be counterproductive for me to talk about."

But then he added, "There are things that I wish I'd urged her to do. Things I wish I'd said. Things I wish I hadn't said.

"But I am not a racist," he continued. "I've never made a racist comment and I never attacked him [Obama] personally." (link)
In fact, the history books will reflect the fact that Bill Clinton single-handedly wrecked his wife's campaign. But this blockhead will never accept it. To him, there's still a chance that he'll once again be president, loved and adored by throngs of worshipful American supplicants who will, en masse, call for his (permanent) reinstatement.


Be gone, racist.

Man, that felt good.

Obama Believes In Man-Made Global Warming ...

... and he's doing his part to make it a reality:
O-Force One
By Allison O'Keefe, CBS News

Barack Obama’s new campaign plane is nothing short of grand. Well, for the candidate that is.

Obama’s section of the plane rivals that of any first class. Recently the front cabin of the Boeing 757 was retrofitted to install four individual chairs that resemble La-Z-Boys. They are free-standing and made of plush leather with pockets on the sides. There is also a booth which seats four for a meeting or a meal.

His chair has his name and campaign logo embroidered on the back top -- “Obama ‘08” on one line and “President” underneath. To one side is a small table stacked with newspapers ready for the candidate’s arrival. The table of the booth is always covered in snacks and cheese and is where Obama spends most of his time during flights meeting with staff and sitting for the occasional interview.

There are five sections on the 757, the first of which is Obama’s section, which can seat up to eight people at a time, although rarely are all eight seats taken. Depending on the destination or length of trip, Sen. Obama is joined by body man Reggie Love and a few senior staff members or perhaps a key Senate colleague. Recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., hitched a ride from Washington, D.C., to her home state for a full day of campaign events.

The next two sections are outfitted with expansive business class seats for senior and junior level staff including Obama’s media team, which ... (link)
So you know, a Boeing 757 burns 1,100 gallons of fuel an hour. About what you'd use in two years.

You might remember that next time The Messiah drones on and on about the harm that we are inflicting upon the planet.

Pipe It Here. Pipe It Now.

Sustenance for an energy-starved country:
TransCanada Gets Alaska Nod for Pipeline, Subsidy
By Tony Hopfinger and Ian McKinnon, Bloomberg

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- TransCanada Corp., Canada's largest pipeline company, won state approval and a $500 million subsidy to proceed with plans to build an estimated $27 billion pipeline that will carry natural gas from Alaska's Arctic region to U.S. markets.

The line would ship 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day over 1,700 miles (2,735 kilometers) through Canada to U.S. markets. TransCanada has estimated the project would cost at least $26.6 billion and possibly billions of dollars more, depending on energy and steel costs. (link)
So you know, there are somewhere around 211 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas reserves waiting to be tapped here in the United States alone. Including sizeable deposits here in Southwest Virginia.

That should keep the kids snug and warm in their beds for a few winters.

He Made a Difference

I had Alexander Solzhenitsyn's landmark book about Soviet totalitarian rule in the 30's, 40's, and 50's - Gulag Archipeligo - out not long ago and quoted from it in an email to a friend. A more profound work of non-fiction there's never been written.

So it's with a bit of sadness that I read this news this morning:

Russian novelist, former dissident, Solzhenitsyn dead
By Jill Dougherty, CNN

(CNN) -- Russian novelist and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn, whose works detailed the horrors of Stalin's Soviet labor camps, has died at 89, Russian news agencies reported Monday.

His son, Stepan Solzhenitsyn, told The Associated Press his father died of heart failure late Sunday at his home near Moscow, Russia.

Awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 for "The First Circle," Alexander Solzhenitsyn was considered a moral voice for Russia. His works centered on issues of good and evil, materialism and salvation.

His three-volume "Gulag Archipelago" unveiled the horrors of the Soviet labor camps, where he himself was imprisoned for eight years. (link)

In remembrance:
If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
- Gulag Archipeligo
He did good.

Why Do I Doubt This?

Perhaps it's the two centuries of internecine warfare, I don't know ...

Iraqis no longer ask, 'Are you Sunni or Shiite?'

Maybe I'm just too cynical.