Thursday, August 07, 2008
In a CNN interview, [Virginia Governor Tim] Kaine vouched for the Iraq withdrawal policy of [Barack the Magnificent] Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.No. We needed a plausible strategy for securing victory, Tim. Your new best friend in Iraq has also said that.
"We need to have a plausible strategy for withdrawing from Iraq, and I think that is something that (Iraqi) Prime Minister (Nouri) al-Maliki has said," Kaine told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "Situation Room." (source)
We needed one and we got one.
You and Johnny One Note need to bring yourselves up to speed.
How do I know?
They're paving I-77 again.
It's been two years so I suppose VDOT is making some progress. But the annual repaving (now semi-annual ...) of the stretch of highway between Big Walker Mountain Tunnel and East River Mountain Tunnel here in Bland County commenced once again just days ago. Even though it wasn't needed.
But then it's never needed. The asphalt pavement is in pristine condition. As it always is. But we get it repaved anyway.
It's possible that this stretch of interstate highway is the most often refurbished stretch in the entire state of Virginia.
And probably for a very good reason.
One that has absolutely nothing to do with deterioration or road conditions.
Meanwhile, up in Alexandria, where highways are crumbling and bridges teeter on the brink ...
Crisis? What crisis?
Mayors Want Federal Focus on CitiesYeah, blame it on "economic conditions." It beats having to admit that rampant urban crime continues to be the direct result of failed, misguided, liberal mayoral policies implimented in recent decades that put less emphasis on punishing criminals and more on browbeating and intimidating the citizenry.
By Holly Watt, Washington Post Staff Writer
Philadelphia, Aug. 6 -- Dozens of mayors and police chiefs Wednesday called on the federal government to focus on fighting crime in cities, saying that the efforts that had driven down urban crime had dissipated since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that they were seeing a consequent rise in crime levels.
The demand came as the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) met here to discuss a crime-fighting blueprint to present to the next president.
The group also published a survey of 124 cities that asserted that deteriorating economic conditions have contributed to a rise in crime in 42 percent of them. (link)
What exactly are these people wanting? The 101st Airborne patrolling their streets?
How about you start doing what the people elected you to do?
I Am, Therefore I Pollute
By Stanley Fish, writing in the New York Times
Last week, I confessed to being a bad traveler. This week, I confess to something much worse. I resist and resent the demands made on me by environmental imperatives. I don’t want to save the planet. I just want to inhabit it as comfortably as possible for as long as I have.
Things reached something of a crisis point a few days ago when my wife asked me to read a communique from Greenpeace. (She thought, she told me, that if I read it rather than hearing about it from her, my unhappiness would be directed at the organization.) It said that Kimberly-Clark, the maker of the paper towels, facial tissue and toilet paper we buy, does not use recycled fiber and instead “gets its virgin wood fiber clear-cut from . . . the North American Boreal . . . one of the world’s most important forests.” And that meant, she told me, that we would have to give those items up and go in search of green alternatives. But we had already done that once before when it turned out that the manufacturer of the paper products we used to buy — Procter and Gamble — engaged in research on animals. That’s when we found Kimberly-Clark. So it seems that the pure were not so pure after all, and who’s to say that the next corporation won’t have an ecological skeleton in its closet, too? (link)
There are always leaves out there in nature that you and your wife can use to wipe your butts with, Stanley. I'd recommend your finding some of those big Sycamore ones. Preferably some that don't have bug infestations, but are of the "natural" world otherwise.
Hospitals 'infested with vermin'And we want our health care delivery system patterned after the British why?
The cleanliness of most NHS hospitals in England is threatened by frequent invasions of rats, fleas, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches, a report claims.
Figures released by the Conservatives show that 70% of NHS Trusts brought in pest controllers at least 50 times between January 2006 and March 2008.
Vermin were found in wards, clinics and even operating theatres. A patients' group said the situation was revolting.
While most infestations involved non-clinical areas, some trusts reported problems nearer to patients.
One had wasps in a neo-natal unit, and flying ants on the main wards, while another reported rats in their maternity unit, and wasps in operating theatres.
A children's A&E was infested with flies, and main wards were also home to mice, silverfish, biting insects and beetles.
Other common problems included bedbugs, fleas and cockroaches.
But health chiefs played down fears the infestations could lead to disease. (link)
John Edwards under growing pressure to confront tabloid reports of love child
By Mark Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers
Raleigh, N.C. — Former Sen. John Edwards has a deadline to save his spot on the national stage.
With two weeks to go before their national convention, a number of Democrats are saying that Edwards needs to publicly address National Enquirer stories that have alleged he had an affair with a campaign worker and fathered her baby.
The Enquirer released photos Wednesday purportedly showing Edwards and the baby.
If Edwards fails to clear up the story in short order, he risks party officials deciding not to have him speak or, if they do, creating a distraction from a week focused on Barack Obama accepting the nomination. (link)
Time to fess up, Johnny Boy.
Quick - two trivia questions:
1) What was the name of that troupe?
2) What famous American actor played one of its members (and was totally miscast for the role)?
1) That's right. The Lord Chamberlain's Men.
2) Ben Affleck.
Did you know the troupe existed in real life? Did you know that the theater in which they first performed was discovered recently by archaeologists?
How cool is this?
Experts find theatre where Shakespeare plays first staged
The remains of a London theatre where William Shakespeare's early plays including "Romeo And Juliet" were first performed have been discovered by archaeologists, a museum said Wednesday.
Shakespeare appeared at The Theatre in Shoreditch, east London, as an actor with a troupe called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, which also performed his efforts as a playwright there.
"Richard III", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Merchant Of Venice" are among the other plays which are likely to have premiered at the theatre, according to the Museum of London, whose team made the discovery.
"It's a theatre that's been known about for a long time but no remains have ever been found," museum spokesman Tim Morley told AFP. (link)
Out of the past ...
Bush league, fellas. At best.