Wednesday, August 20, 2008
An Open Letter to Hillary ClintonI'm trying to remember the last time that the winning side in a presidential primary held such animosity toward the loser(s). I come up blank.
By Shanna Flowers, "In the Flow," Roanoke Times
Hillary, L-I-G -- Let it go.
In case you didn't get the memo, you lost. Your continued campaign to upstage Barack Obama, specifically with your jockeying at the Democratic convention validates my early thoughts about your presidential campaign:
This never was about the country, and the women with whom you claimed solidarity or the working-class people you stoked with racial undertones to get their votes. This is about you and Bill and your political legacy and sense of entitlement.I gave you props for your belated concession speech. But you can't let well enough alone. You, Bill and possibly even Chelsea will monopolize podium time two of the four nights of the campaign. Outside, ... (link)
Like that proverbial train wreck, this is interesting to watch.
Intermodal facility may foster new development
By Jeff Sturgeon, Roanoke Times
The placement of an intermodal hub in Elliston has big potential to improve Southwest Virginia as a business location, state leaders and business people said Tuesday.
It will be at least 2010 before the new facilities for shifting freight containers between trucks and trains are ready, but already officials are confidently predicting a sizable boost in jobs and output for the region.
The project positions the region to "get its footing in the global economy," Pierce Homer, Virginia's secretary of transportation, said in announcing that public funding will be available for the Norfolk Southern Corp. project. (link)
A good idea worth supporting. We need the jobs.
Inverted optics: DNCC wraps Obama in upside-down flagIs it even possible?
By Ed Morrissey
Maybe the DNCC has kept track of the polling this summer and figures the Democratic nominee is officially in distress. That’s the only explanation for a silly gaffe by the convention committee for the graphics on their credentials for those allowed to see Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field. The holographic image uses an American flag motif with the blue field at the bottom, with Obama’s head emerging from it in one of the two alternating images,
Yes — a flag blowing upside-down. (link)
These guys are dangerous.
Photo courtesy of Hot Air.
Heading into the candidates’ appearances on Saturday night at Saddleback Church, the conventional wisdom in politics was Barack Obama should have a clear upper hand in any joint appearance with John McCain — one the young, eloquent, cool, charismatic dude who can charm birds from the trees, the other the meandering, sometimes bumbling, old fellow who can barely distinguish Sunnis from Shiias.
Well, kiss that myth goodbye.
McCain came roaring out of the gate from the first question and was a commanding figure throughout the night as he spoke directly and often movingly about his past and the country’s future. By contrast, Obama was often searching for words and while far more thoughtful, was also less emotionally connective with his audience.
"Is The Tide Turning?," AC360.com, August 19, 2008
Petite, leggy women with big busts are the most sexually attractive, study revealsI shudder to think what the research cost.
London Daily Mail
Females such as Scarlett Johansson, Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe with short slender bodies, large busts and slim limbs have the ideal body shape, according to research.
Dr William Brown, of Brunel University, which carried out the study, said: 'We found that shorter, slimmer females with long slender limbs and larger breasts are more attractive.' (link)