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Thursday, August 14, 2008

We Have Our Drug Of Choice, Go Away

Floyd County, known for its ... eccentric residents, is not going to have a brewery (beer!) within its confines. No way. Might cut into the marijuana business:
Opposition voiced over Floyd Co. brewery
By Mike Gangloff, Roanoke Times

The hullabaloo over whether to license Floyd County's first microbrewery apparently comes down to a question of "quietude."

That was the outcome of 312 hours of wrangling Wednesday at a packed hearing on a license application for Shooting Creek Farm Brewery. It will be at least a month until a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officer issues a decision on letting the brewery produce up to 10,000 gallons of beer per year.

Held in a small room filled to nearly overflowing by the 40 or so people who attended, Wednesday's session explored what effect a new business might have on rural Thomas Farm Road. The several-mile stretch of gravel and dirt runs through pastures and wooded slopes near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Speakers put the number of occupied residences along it at between eight and 15. A recent state study found an average of 15 vehicles use it each day.

This was important, speakers said, because Virginia law bars granting an alcohol license in cases where it would "substantially interfere with the usual quietude and tranquility" of a place.

Neighbors who opposed the brewery plan stressed the "interfere" portion of the law, arguing that traffic and noise would inevitably rise. (link)

"Traffic and noise would inevitably rise." Unlike Floydfest, where quietude, free traffic flow, and gentle breezes highlighted by fragrant whisps of Michoacan are the order of the day.

These people have been smoking way too much dope.

Typical Democrat

Tom Perriello, 5th District Congressional challenger to Republican Virgil Goode, hasn't a clue how he's going to pull this off, but hey, he's a Democrat. So he'll not be asked how in hell he's going to expand health care coverage to all Americans and, at the same time, reduce their health care costs.

It's the compassion that counts, you see.

From yesterday's political debate that took place over in Charlottesville, reported by Janelle Rucker, Roanoke Times:

Goode, the Republican incumbent from Rocky Mount seeking his seventh term, said the health care system in America can be improved, but that it's "not the worst." One change he proposes is to offer refundable tax credits to make coverage more affordable.

Perriello, the Democratic challenger from Albemarle County, responded to Goode's assessment, saying "Shouldn't the United States have the best health care?"

Perriello, a security consultant and founder of faith-based organizations, said there is no perfect plan, but the U.S. needs one that's lower in cost and expands coverage.

"Health care is a travesty in this country," he said.

First (with apologies to Winston Churchill), the American health care system is indeed "a travesty" if you refuse to take into account every other health care delivery system on the planet and every health care delivery system ever devised to this point in human existence, and the fact that Americans are living longer, healthier lives than at any point in American history.

But why quibble.

The point: This joker - and all the other mindless politicians out there just like him - will never - ever - bring us both "lower cost" and "expanded coverage." He can do one. The British have done a reasonable job of reducing end-user costs by dramatically restricting coverage. As have the Canadians.

But he'll not do both.

I'd recommend that the good citizens of Virginia's 5th District not buy into this snake oil salesman's bullshit.

Bringing Reality Back Into The Discussion

The incomparable James Taranto:

Mrs. Clinton's Role Model

This is rich. From London's Daily Telegraph:

"Hillary Clinton's flawed strategy for winning the White House was rooted in her chief strategist's admiration for Margaret Thatcher as the 'best role model' for her, according to a leaked campaign memorandum.

'We are more Thatcher than anyone else--top of the university, a high achiever throughout life, a lawyer who could absorb and analyse problems,' Mark Penn wrote to the former First Lady in a 'launch strategy' document in December 2006."

Because, as everyone knows, Thatcher first came to prominence through her marriage to Ted Heath.

Good point, worth remembering.

This Could Get Entertaining

The upcoming Democratic convention may make for better TV than Survivor Newark. Not only may we be treated to a visit there by John Edwards and his grossly enabling wife (who is still scheduled to give a speech one evening), but we may have the opportunity to see the mayor of Detroit strutting his stuff in Denver as well. Prison garb and leg shackles prominently displayed?
Detroit Mayor Hopes Judge Will Let Him Further Shame Democrats*
By Mary Ann Akers And Paul Kane, Washington Post

Detroit's embattled mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, is holding out the possibility that he'll actually be able to go to Denver this month. In other words, the "hip-hop mayor" could get a new nickname: the Most Unwanted Man at the convention. (Besides maybe John Edwards.)

Even though he's currently wearing an electronic tether that prevents him from traveling outside the Detroit area, Kilpatrick hopes a judge will grant him permission to fulfill his superdelegate duty of nominating Barack Obama president at his party's convention, which is just a week and a half away. (link)

The Democratic Party is big on "felons' rights." Will the members thereof deny this soon-to-be malefactor his right to participate in their convention? I can't wait to find out.

* I checked twice. This is a "news" piece and not an editorial, even though it gives that appearance.

Who Elected Him?

When the "separation of powers" becomes skewed - with one of the three branches of government exercising authority over the other two - you get court-appointed administrators doing what members of the executive branch who were approved by the legislative branch should be doing. Case in point:
Judge asked to seize $8B from Calif. treasury
By Don Thompson, The Associated Press

Sacramento, Calif. -- A federal court overseer asked a judge Wednesday to seize $8 billion from California's cash-strapped treasury to improve medical care at the state's overcrowded prisons.

Court-appointed receiver Clark Kelso said he needs the money over the next five years to build new medical units for 10,000 sick or mentally ill inmates.

Kelso also asked U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson to hold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's controller in contempt of court if they don't allocate the money soon.

Federal courts have declared the health care system in California's 33 state prisons so poor that it violates inmates' constitutional rights. Kelso was named by the court to oversee the reform effort. (link)

"Federal courts have declared the health care system in California's 33 state prisons [to be] poor." Obviously, the legislators who were elected by the people of California to oversee the prison program think otherwise. But legislators no longer matter.

A relative handful of unelected judges - and their appointed henchmen - now rule.

Is that what out republican form of government was intended to be about?

The governor of California should (respectfully) tell this judge to mind his own business.

A Hero Makes His Way Home

63 years after he turned the nose of his P-51 Mustang toward the enemy:
Missing pilot to be brought home
By Jennifer Harper, Washington Times

His life ended in the skies over eastern Germany six decades ago.

Second Lt. Howard C. Enoch Jr. was 19, a Kentucky patriot with a cheerful grin - a fighter pilot who had been in the U.S. Army Air Corps less than a year. He took off in his P-51D Mustang from a British air base one early spring, never to return. German planes had found the lone pilot; his aircraft went down on March 19, 1945.

The wreckage was scattered over a countryside that was to fall under control of the communists who welcomed few outsiders behind the Iron Curtain, even on heartfelt missions.

But the American military is not wont to leave their boys behind.

Howard Enoch is coming home 63 years later. (link)
Rest in peace, sir.

Little Do They Know

I was drawn to this headline in this morning's New York Times:

Charismatic Governor Rises to the Short List

Believe it or not, the reference is to our own Governor Kaine.

Charismatic? Kaine? Likable maybe. But charismatic?

Please. You can stretch this effort to the point of it becoming mockery.

Breaking News!

For a period long after most of us are dead:

Census report sees minorities becoming majority by 2042

Uh, okay.

Say Goodbye To Global Warming

I'm sure they'll come up with a great excuse for this latest evidence that the planet is cooling:
Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930
By Tom Skilling, Chicago Tribune

August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year. Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century's opening decade. There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer at Midway Airport over the period from 2000 to 2008. That's by far the fewest 90-degree temperatures in the opening nine years of any decade on record here since 1930.

This summer's highest reading to date has been just 91 degrees. That's unusual. Since 1928, only one year—2000—has failed to record a higher warm-season temperature by Aug. 13. (link)
Okay, we're not talking about global temperatures. We're only getting a snapshot of Chicago.

Still ...