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Sunday, September 07, 2008

So Which Is It?

Debra McCown, a reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier, doesn't mince words:
Carbo Power Plant Failed To Deliver Economic Boost

Carbo, Va. – The coal-fired power plant under construction outside St. Paul, Va., was not the first to promise jobs, economic development and prosperity for Southwest Virginia. The same promises were made here 50 years ago when the Clinch River Plant was built.

“The coming of the plant into Southwest Virginia will stimulate other plants to locate in the area and to utilize the vast natural resources. It will mark the beginning of a new era,” said American Electric Power President Philip Sporn at the plant’s groundbreaking on May 16, 1956.

“New industries will increase the population of not only Russell County but the entire area. Salaries to the employees and taxes by these companies will definitely change this section into one of prosperity – the greatest it has ever known.”

In half a century, the jobs have not materialized, and there is a sharp difference in opinion on whether the company has kept its promises. (link)
The reporter goes on to write the obligatory stuff about dust and noise, bankrupted spirits, shattered dreams, and broken hearts. For potential Pulitzer purposes, one supposes. Whatever.

But did Carbo "fail to deliver" that promised economic boost? McCown, to her credit, offers this quote in response to that very question:

In the county seat of Lebanon, however, elected officials say taxes from the plant have paid to educate the county’s children and provide other needed services, as well as jobs and economic development.

Many of those who live in between have mixed feelings – they’re glad for the jobs at the plant, in the mines and on the railroad, but they also wonder about the effect the power plant – one of the state’s top polluters – is having on their families’ health.

Looking past the blather about pollution and area residents' worries - who could blame them what with the relentless assault against coal and its effects on everything from global warming to rheumatoid arthritis - what do we have here?

We have a story about a power plant that failed to bring jobs and tax revenue to Russell County but brought jobs and considerable tax revenue to Russell County.

Please. Decide which it is, woman, and get back to us.

* Oh, and it'll bring Barack Obama to town on Tuesday. With Oprah sure to be following close on. To feel our pain. Again.

For the love of God.

Roanoke Times Endorses McCain!

That's the only way one can interpret this paragraph from an editorial in this morning's paper:
"But a presidential election is not about delighting conservatives -- or liberals. It is about determining who has the best judgment and experience to lead this nation in what will undoubtedly be very trying times."
Experience? McCain 1, Obama 0. Without doubt.

Judgement? Please.

It'll Make No Difference

Barack Obama is coming to Southwest Virginia on Tuesday:
Obama plans stop in S.W. Virginia coal country
By Duncan Adams and Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will take a trip Tuesday to Southwest Virginia's coal country, a region where some say he must do well if he has a chance to carry the state.

On Tuesday afternoon, Obama will hold a town hall meeting at Lebanon High School in Russell County, about 20 miles north of Abingdon.

Why he's coming is unclear.

To him and to us.

Here's what he was reported to have said to the people of Martinsville last time he was here:

"While Obama said he couldn't promise jobs will come back to Martinsville if he's elected, he did say he'd work to find a solution and keep the issue, and the residents, on his mind."

"He'd work to find a solution." Translation: Obama has no solution. He hasn't the first clue as to how to create jobs or bring economic vitality to Southwest Virginia. But he feels our pain. If only for 47 minutes, before he leaves again for parts unknown.

He's coming back again. With answers?

Please.

Someone needs to gently and respectfully suggest to Barack Obama that we'd appreciate it if he return only when he's gained enough experience to actually have a plan. That empty "I feel your pain" horse shit wears thin after a while.

How Low Will They Go?

The biggest lie being told these days comes from the mainstream press. Heard this one before?

"Yes, we'd be asking the same questions of any male candidate for vice president that we are asking of Sarah Palin."

Really.

From McCain strategist Steve Schmidt, relayed by Diana West, Washington Times:

"The campaign has been inundated by hundreds and hundreds of calls from some of the most respected reporters and news organizations," Mr. Schmidt said. "Many reporters have called the campaign and have apologized for asking the questions and said, `Our editors are making us do this, and I am ashamed.'" What Schmidt went on to relate explains why. The questions have come in, wave after wave, asking, as Kurtz wrote, "whether (Sarah) Palin is really the mother of a 4-month-old baby, whether her amniotic fluid has been tested, and whether she would submit to a DNA test to establish the child's parentage."

More questions: Is Sarah Palin the grandmother of Trig Palin, the 4-month-old born with Downs syndrome, and is her 17-year-old daughter Bristol the mother? Will Trig Palin's birth certificate be made available to the media? Exactly when, last April, did Mrs. Palin go into labor, and did her contractions increase or decrease as she traveled home from Texas to an Alaskan hospital to give birth? And about eldest son, Track Palin, who serves in the Army and is about to deploy to Iraq: Is he a drug addict? But just think: It was only last week that Barack Obama not typing up his acceptance speech on a computer but instead, as one big league paper put it, "crafting it by hand on a yellow legal pad" passed as news.

Yeah, those would be questions asked of any male candidate for vice president. "Has your amniotic fluid been tested?"

"The most respected reporters and news organizations." Do such exist?

Why His 'Experience' Deserves More Attention

Michelle Malkin explains that Barack Obama's use of his experience as a community organizer as being a qualification for president surely deserves derision. But it calls for more scrutiny as well. Just who was it that this man was organizing?

I laughed again when VP nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cracked: "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

Team Obama was not amused. (Neither were the snarky left-wingers on cable TV who are now allergic to sarcasm.) They don't get why we snicker when Obama dons his Community Organizer cape.

Let me clarify something. Nobody is mocking community organizers in church basements and community centers across the country working to improve their neighbors' lives. What deserves ridicule is the notion that Obama's brief stint as a South Side rabble-rouser for tax-subsidized, partisan nonprofits qualifies as executive experience you can believe in.

What deserves derision is "community organizing" that relies on a community of homeless people and ex-cons to organize for the purpose of registering dead people to vote, shaking down corporations and using the race card as a bludgeon.

Obama's community organizing days involved training grievance-mongers from the far-left ACORN... (link)
If you have read anything about ACORN, you know how sinister and outside-the-law the organization's leadership operates, with "ties to voter fraud, union busting, poor labor practices, and federal grant violations," as this report reveals. A number of its officers and employees in recent years have pled guilty to a host of charges in court. For a detailed look at ACORN's run-ins with the law - in states from sea to shining sea - go here.

These are the people that Obama was "organizing." Miscreants and malcontents, to say the least.

And the man gets his undies in a bunch when light is shone upon this part of his past. He should. He most certainly should.

Well, Now We Know

So where did all those American flags go that the Democrats who attended Barack Obama's Invesco Field rally were forced to wave? Did the largely anti-American crowd proudly take them home as mementos? hardly. After the rally was over, those thousands of flags - Old Glory - went into trash bags and were to be tossed into the landfill.

The story:
McCain Camp ‘Rescues’ Flags From Obama Rally"
By Fox News.com

Democrats are not caring for their Stars and Stripes. At least that’s the message out of John McCain’s campaign.

McCain supporters, claiming they rescued 12,000 miniature American flags from the site of Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech last Thursday, redistributed the orphan flags to audience members ahead of a McCain rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

McCain supporters said the flags were discovered by a vendor at Denver’s Invesco Field after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. The vendor supposedly found trash bags full of flags in and near garbage bins, and turned them over to the McCain campaign. (link)

They know no shame.

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More on the story here, along with this photo of the "trashed" flags and accompanying Hefty trash bags:

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