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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

$600,000. And For What?

Until conditions change, until businesses in Southwest Virginia can compete on their own without government subsidies, those businesses will continue to struggle. The state can throw all the money at businessmen they have - and those businessmen are more than willing to accept it - but conditions relating to the business climate haven't changed. Thus:
Amerlink only created 1 job in past 39 months
By Christopher Brooke, Galax Gazette

Hillsville — An Amerlink official appeared before the Carroll supervisors Monday to ask for a deadline extension for its facility in the county's industrial park.

The supervisors considered the single job created so far — the log home manufacturer estimated new employment at 200 when it moved to Carroll — and unanimously voted not to grant the request.

The Governor's Opportunity Fund and the Virginia Tobacco Commission each contributed $300,000 to spur on the location of a saw mill in Carroll County, according to a performance agreement dated May 18, 2005. In exchange, Amerlink was to invest $3 million of its own funds "in improvements, machinery and equipment and... create 200 jobs at said facility, all over a 39-month time period measured from the date the funds from the Governor's Opportunity Funds are received." (link)

You need to read the article. The dialogue that ensued between Amerlink's John Barth and Carroll County's supervisors is quite the chuckle.

If only it weren't so exasperating ...

Try Lighting It With a Match

Barack Obama to the union crowd in Lebanon yesterday:

"We put a man on the moon, so we can figure out how to burn coal.”

I wonder if he's contemplating the invention of the wheel as well.

How Can This Be?

You're telling me that Democrat activist Ralph Stanley is endorsing a Democrat? Is it possible?

Obama gets blessing of bluegrass legend Stanley

I love his music. He can keep his friends.

Obama Comes To SW Virginia

Two things should be taken away when you try to analyze Barack Obama's brief speech delivered in Lebanon yesterday.

1) He made history with the line "You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig," putting the seal of doom on his campaign.

2) He again came to Southwest Virginia to talk about economic hardship but didn't offer one solution as to how Appalachia's worsening problems are going to be fixed. Not one.

For a report on his visit, turn to the Roanoke Times.

The Bristol Herald Courier.

Kingsport Times-News.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

The Dickenson Star (for reasons known only to them, the Star and the Coalfield Progress require a paid subscription for access).

I've Been Saying That For Years

And I'm in good company. Clarence Thomas and me; we be mates:
Thomas says Constitution forbids racial preference

Washington (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday that African-Americans are better served by colorblind programs than affirmative action.

Thomas, addressing leaders of historically black colleges, said affirmative action "has become this mantra and there almost has become this secular religiosity about it. I think it almost trumps thinking."

A longtime opponent of race-based preferences in hiring and school admissions, Thomas said, "Just from a constitutional standpoint, I think we're going to run into problems if we say the Constitution says we can consider race sometimes."(link)

Somewhere long ago I was taught that "equal protection" meant equal protection. I had begun, of late though, to think that perhaps my education was flawed. Thanks, Clarence, for affirming my understanding of the Constitution - and its amendments.

It actually means what it says ...

So Now Fabrications Are Bad?

Remember those 100 "news" articles and editorials that the Washington Post ran back in 2006 in order to get George Allen defeated in his reelection effort here in Virginia? Never did it cross anyone's mind there that the scandal that rocked the state was based entirely on a fabrication? On "outright lies"? That the macaca slur was an invention of their own making?

No, I'm sure it never entered into their discussions.

Well, look who's outraged now over campaign fabrications:
As Campaign Heats Up, Untruths Can Become Facts Before They're Undone
By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post Staff Writer

As the presidential campaign moves into a final, heated stretch, untrue accusations and rumors have started to swirl at a pace so quick that they become regarded as fact before they can be disproved.

Palin and John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, have been more aggressive in recent days in repeating what their opponents say are outright lies. Almost every day, for instance, McCain says rival Barack Obama would raise ... (link)
And that couples with this:
Does the Truth Matter Anymore?
By E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post

This is not false naivete: I am genuinely surprised that John McCain and his campaign keep throwing out false charges and making false claims without any qualms. They keep talking about ... (link)
So the kids at the Post want us to believe they're now opposed to "outright lies" and "false charges." Don't make me laugh.

Could Anyone Have Predicted This?

I wish I could say I told you so, but this is eye-popping even to me:
Indies Swing To McCain In New Poll
By Carl Campanile, The New York Post

Independent voters have rushed to presidential nominee John McCain after seeing Sarah Palin named to his ticket and watching the duo speak at last week's GOP convention, a poll released yesterday found.

McCain opened up a significant 15-point lead over Barack Obama - 52 percent to 37 percent - among registered independents, according to the Gallup Poll.

Last month, the two were tied at 42 percent among independents. (link)

Obama can't let this stand. And yet, if he goes after Palin as he needs to do, he'll run the risk of alienating even more independent voters. How on earth did he get himself in this mess?

It's Gettin' Ugly

Wasn't this the guy who said he'd never let his campaign descend to this level? At least Obama was right about one thing. He's bringing to us a "new kind of politics." I don't think anyone's experienced raw sexism to this degree in a campaign - ever:
McCain camp angry over Obama's 'lipstick' comment
By Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press

Lebanon, Va. (AP) - What's the difference between the presidential campaign before and after the national political conventions? Lipstick.

The colorful cosmetic has become a political buzzword, thanks to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's joke in her acceptance speech that lipstick is the only thing that separates a hockey mom like her from a pit bull.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told an audience Tuesday that GOP presidential nominee John McCain says he'll change Washington, but he's just like President Bush.

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin's joke. "It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years."

McCain's campaign immediately organized a telephone conference call in response and called on Obama to apologize for calling Palin a pig. (link)
President Obama. Doesn't sound so presidential any more, does it?

The genius should have seen this coming. The front page of this morning's New York Post:

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* Note: Obama's people are trying to excuse the slip-up on the part of their Harvard-educated, really-smart boss, saying he was referring to John McCain, not Sarah Palin. But did this joker-who-would-be-president actually think it would be taken that way? The union crowd in attendance sure didn't.

About That Front Page 'Scandal' ...

... that appeared in yesterday's Washington Post, the one I mentioned here, someone has actually taken the time to read the (rather feckless) attempt at smearing Sarah Palin and concludes from it:

New Palin scandal: She billed the state for stuff she was allowed to bill

You'd think, with this frightening headline in the Post, there'd be some fire to go along with the smoke:

Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home

You'd be wrong. It was all perfectly legal and aboveboard.

Oh, if only the boys at the Post could resurrect the good old macaca magic.