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Monday, September 08, 2008

Beating Their Heads Against The Wall

God bless the folks at the Galax Gazette. They recognize the fact that the efforts of Carroll County planners to lure tourists to the area, efforts they claim have been ongoing for five years or so (if we include Congressman Boucher's work, it would actually be more like two decades) have met with dismal failure. They just can't accept the fact that those elderly couples with all their disposable income who are heading down I-77 toward Dollywood, Universal Studios, and Disney World, haven't been convinced to stop in their fair county and tour their abandoned textile factories.

To sum it up, "Truth to tell, Carroll County's been in an economic development holding pattern for about the last decade."

The answer? With the tourism efforts having failed miserably, what should Carroll County do to turn things around?

Keep on tryin'.

Yeah, that'll work.

For a working definition of the word stupidity, go here.

Yeah, Whatever

Southwest Virginia greets this news with one big yawn:

Full house expected for Obama’s Southwest Va. visit

I'm sure the full house of UMW members, and NEA members, and AFSCME members, and SEIU members will be enthralled by his presence and his empty offer to find a solution - one that eludes him at present - to the area's growing problems.

As for the rest of Southwest Virginia - the 95% that won't be represented by anyone in attendance - we just hope he makes his 17-minute speech in Lebanon tomorrow and doesn't ad lib too much. We'd hate to think he'd get caught in traffic on his way to his next 17-minute speech.

Feel our pain and move on. That's all we ask.

Grasping At Straws

To illustrate how desperate Obama's supporters in the media are, here's a ditty from this morning's Charleston Gazette:
For most of her life, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has belonged to Pentecostal churches where members speak in "the unknown tongue"* and think Doomsday is imminent. If elected, she could be elevated to president and have her finger on the nuclear button. Ponder this possibility soberly.
In fact, Sarah Palin was first baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. For the last six years she's attended a nondenominational evangelical church in Wasilla, Alaska.

But she did attend a Pentecostal Church for a period. Therefore she's to be feared. Ridiculed? Condemned?

I think the youngsters who suck up oxygen over at the Gazette would do themselves a favor if they attended services more regularly.

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* Some have suggested that the editorialists at the Charleston Gazette frequently speak in an "unknown tongue" as well.

Where Common Sense SHOULD Prevail

Is human activity causing the planet to heat up? If so, does this account of the Arctic ice melting like it hasn't in the last half century ("if not longer") meet the smell test?
Arctic Ice Hints at Warming, Specialists Say
By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times

Leading ice specialists in Europe and the United States for the first time have agreed that a ring of navigable waters has opened all around the fringes of the cap of sea ice drifting on the warming Arctic Ocean.

By many expert accounts, this is the first time the Northwest Passage over North America and the Northern Sea Route over Europe and Asia have been open simultaneously in at least half a century, if not longer.

Global warming from the continuing buildup of human-generated greenhouse gases is almost certainly contributing to the ice retreats, many Arctic specialists now agree, although they hold a variety of views on how much of the recent big ice retreats is due to human activity. (link)
Uh, pardon me. But if this phenomenon occurred half a century ago, how can it now be attributed to "the continuing buildup of human-generated greenhouse gases"? Doesn't it instead suggest that the rise in surface temperatures is cyclical, as many scientists have been trying to make clear?

Do these people do themselves any favors by keeping those blinders on so tight?

When You Print The Currency ...

... you can do this sort of thing. But is it healthy in the long run?

Few Stand to Gain on This Bailout, and Many Lose

Your government now owns Freddie Mac and Fannie May. You may wish it didn't.

And if your government can seize giant mortgage lending institutions, can a takeover of GM, Ford, and Chrysler be far behind?

But What If He HAS The Votes?

It's expected that the Democratic Party is going to end up with a sizable majority in both the House and Senate in November. That being a given, what should be derived from this Obama comment about our right to gun ownership?
Obama: ‘I’m Not Going to Take Your Guns Away’
By Christopher Cooper, The Wall Street Journal

The Obama campaign talks a lot about new ideas and expanding the political map, but in the swing state of Pennsylvania, which the campaign has focused on almost exclusively since the Democratic convention, old-school issues still rise to the fore.

The latest example came Friday during a small political event at SCHOTT North America Inc., a glass factory in Duryea, Pa., where even a hand-picked crowd threw Barack Obama a curve ball.

A woman in the crowd told Obama she had “heard a rumor” that he might be planning some sort of gun ban upon being elected president. Obama trotted out his standard policy stance, that he had a deep respect for the “traditions of gun ownership” but favored measures in big cities to keep guns out of the hands of “gang bangers and drug dealers’’ in big cities “who already have them and are shooting people.”

“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. (link) [my emphasis]
But he'll soon have the votes. And he's as much as admitted that he wants to take our guns away.

Where does that leave us?

On Obama & His 'Muslim' Faith

I didn't get worked up over Barack Obama's slip of the tongue yesterday when he referred to his "Muslim faith" in an on-air interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. Though others, I'm sure, will. It's the kind of goof that we've all made - though few of us were being viewed by a couple of million people at the time. And few of us are desperately trying to convince the American electorate that he is not a Muslim (when, in fact, it's only a tiny fringe that believes such a thing in the first place).

Here's the exchange, for those of you who haven't read about it by now, outlined by Christina Bellonti of the Washington Times:

Mr. Obama noted that when Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin "was forced" to talk about her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, he issued a forceful statement to reporters that the line of inquiry was "off limits." But he said the McCain campaign tried to tie him to "liberal blogs that support Obama" and are "attacking Governor Palin."

"Let's not play games," he said. "What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you're absolutely right that that has not come."

Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted with, "Christian faith."

"My Christian faith," Mr. Obama said quickly. "Well, what I'm saying is that he hasn't suggested that I'm a Muslim. And I think that his campaign's upper echelons have not, either. What I think is fair to say is that, coming out of the Republican camp, there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I'm not who I say I am when it comes to my faith -- something which I find deeply offensive, and that has been going on for a pretty long time."(link)

He'll regret the error, of course. But what struck me as far more interesting was the degree to which Obama has become defensive about the attacks being leveled against him. He may declare to an adoring crowd that he "won't be bullied," but he's acting like he's being bullied. And doesn't like it. And he's going to pout because of it. Until those bad boys - and girls - stop.

Read the entire article. It's one big whine about how he's being unfairly treated by a whole host of unnamed persons.

I shudder to think how this guy would have handled himself in a North Vietnamese prison camp.

Or how he's going to handle himself against the Axis of Evil.

What a baby.

Comes The Rampage

If you thought the mainstream media had been treating Sarah Palin with cruelty beyond the pale up till now, you are in store for a shock. The latest poll numbers are going to send the members thereof into an absolute rage. And the "news" stories are to become only more outlandish, more biased, and more pathetic.

The numbers:
Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama
By Susan Page, USA Today

Washington — The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an "enthusiasm gap" that has dogged the GOP all year. McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters ...

In the new poll, taken Friday through Sunday, McCain leads Obama by 54%-44% among those seen as most likely to vote. The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/— 3 points for both samples. (link)
Is it too late to drag Hillary out of exile?

Are the media going to accept this without a fight?