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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I Expect This Will Hold True

There's an interesting poll ongoing over at Clintwood Connection, which is a local forum for Dickenson County residents (essentially). It 's interesting - if unscientific - because Clintwood is in the heart of coal country, that part of Virginia that Barack Obama thinks holds a boatload of disgruntled voters who are easy pickin's for his campaign. (That's why he ended up in Lebanon, Russell County today).

A simple poll, with a straightforward question:

This of course reflects the attitudes of those participating prior to Obama's visit. Things could have changed after today. But it's worth noting that over two thirds of those who registered their opinion - in a sampling of 170 votes since Saturday, not too shabby - favor McCain-Palin. That's even more skewed toward the Republican ticket than is the national polling of late.

That should give pause to those outsiders who are consumed in angst because they drove through here and saw a small handful of Obama bumper stickers and decided that all hope for Southwest Virginia was lost.

It'll be a cold day in Hades before anyone around here buys into that snake oil salesman's pitch.

Poll courtesy of The Clintwood Connection, Network54.com, and Pollverize.

And Speaking Of Dickenson Countians

You fellas tried this?

Little boys and their cliff-climbing toys.

Diddle Diddle

I don't have a huge problem with the Roanoke Times call this morning for windmill development off the Atlantic coast of Virginia. Every source of energy should be pursued as our energy-starved planet continues to develop.

But let's not get all orgasmic about it.

"Alternative energy" - windmills, solar, biomass, etc. - will, by expert analysis, provide only three percent of our energy in 2030. 3%. In the year 2030. And that's if scientists can - after 40 years of trying - make these alternatives viable. 97% of our energy will still come from fossil fuels, like it or not.

So, until 2030 comes when we can rely on that ... 3% to kick in, what do we need to do?


Not a Good Beginning

I was intending to write something contemptuous of Virginia Tech's newest effort to educate the masses. It certainly deserves it, having created the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships - purpose to remain nebulous, results to be obtained immeasurable. A waste of money and effort if there ever was one.

But my attention was directed to the first quote to ever be recorded having come from the Center's new director, Tech professor James Dubinsky.

First, a bit of background, provided by the Roanoke Times:

"Dubinsky is the founding director of Tech's professional writing program in the English department."

It's my recommendation that Mr. Dubinsky stick to professional writing and not open his mouth. Professional speaking sure ain't his forté. To quote the new director who "said it's important for the university to have a 'reciprocal' relationship with the surrounding community to address local needs":

"We have to open up our eyes and really listen."

We have to what? Gimme that again?

Well, It Ain't Macaca

But it's the best that the Washington Post can do on such short notice. Headline, bold type, above the fold, front page:

Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home

Did the earth just stop spinning on its axis?

Where's a good smear when you need one?

Quote of the Day

From Investor's Business Daily:

"'My tax cuts will create jobs. His tax increases will eliminate them.' So said John McCain last week in accepting the Republican presidential nomination, and — get this — Barack Obama agrees with him."

"Supply-Side Slip," September 8, 2008

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5:10 am: Talk about weird, I just watched a rerun of Bill O'Reilly's interview with Obama that was taped during the Republican convention last week. In that discussion, Obama defends his plan to tax "the rich." Now, one week later, he's changed his mind and may hold off on taxing "the rich."

One week.

This guy is going to bring change all right. Once a week, every week. He's bouncing off the walls ...

An Awakening

Okay, I feel a bit embarrassed telling you this. I now know how those who look upon Obama as being someone bigger than life feel. Not about Obama, of course. He's still a wiener in my eyes. But I understand the adoration. And I now have a little more respect for those who make fools of themselves in his presence.

Why? Because I enjoy beyond words things like the attached YouTube clip showing a montage of Sarah Palin photos, with a background singer belting out a bluesy rendition of Hall & Oates' Sara Smile. She has made that kind of impression.

You can see it here. Just don't leave any negative comments after viewing. I don't want to have to kick your ass.


The Poll Numbers. Obama Should Thank Himself.

This is history-making:
Huge: 20-point shift towards McCain among white women since last month in new ABC poll

He’s still down one overall among registereds and up two among likelies, but Gallup pegged white independents last week as the only demographic group where there’s still a major gender gap and thus room for movement. And now, maybe, here it is. ABC doesn’t break down white women by political affiliation, but the 20-point swing is split almost evenly between Obama losing points (nine) and McCain gaining (11). Can’t be only conservative white women who are responsible for that.

To what or whom do we owe this happy reversal, I wonder. (link)
To whom do we owe this happy reversal? I'd look to Obama first. He had the opportunity to pick the one woman who could secure a large chunk of the female vote to be his running mate, but instead he chose a wrinkled old white male. If people want "change," that sure wasn't it.

And then there's Sarah ...

Guys Can Be Sensitive Too

Three Rednecks were working up on a cellphone tower.

As they start their descent, Cooter slips, falls off the tower, and is killed instantly.

As the ambulance takes the body away, Ronnie says, "Well, damn, someone should go and tell his wife."

Donnie says, "OK, I'm pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I'll do it."

Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Budweiser.

Ronnie says, "Where did you get that beer, Donnie?"

"Cooter's wife gave it to me," Ronnie replies.

"That's unbelievable. You told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you a case of beer?"

"Well, not exactly," Donnie says. "When she answered the door, I said to her, "you must be Cooter's widow."

She said, "You must be mistaken. I'm not a widow."

Then I said, "I'll bet you a case of Budweiser you are."

Rednecks Are Good At This Sensitive sh*t.

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