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Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Hope They Remembered This Guy

An article that appears in this morning's Bristol Herald Courier, written by Joe Tennis, prompts a question (see "Just Where Is Southwest Virginia?"). In it we learn of a new "Walk of Fame" over in Big Stone Gap. Joe writes:
With the impending opening of the new Southwest Virginia Walk of Fame in Big Stone Gap on Saturday, I’m left wondering: Where exactly is Southwest Virginia?

First, some background. This tile walk on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Museum honors a who’s who of the region’s famous writers – Lee Smith, Napoleon Hill, Adriana Trigiani, Junius Griffin, Don Whitehead and John Fox Jr.

On the list, are athletes like
... (link)
Whoa! Hang on there, Joe. Let's go back to that "famous writers" list. I sure hope the good folks at the Southwest Virginia Museum remembered to include Southwest Virginia's most famous writer. One who hobnobbed with the likes of William Faulkner and Carl Sandburg.

Sherwood Anderson of Troutdale? Hello?

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Okay, okay, he wasn't born in Southwest Virginia. But he lived the last years of his life here and is buried in Marion. That makes him one of us. My opinion.

Get a Job

Yesterday they were protesting job creation in Wise County. Today they're rallying in opposition to jobs that have been created in Guatemala. What do these kids have against work?
Students rally behind sweatshop-free clothing
By Anna L. Mallory, Roanoke Times

Blacksburg -- A group of students who say Virginia Tech hasn't done enough to thwart unfair conditions for textile workers wants the university to re-examine its apparel licensing program.

On Wednesday morning, members of the Global Student Alliance, a student club formed this year, hoisted a clothesline on the Drillfield filled with orange-and-maroon Tech merchandise in a protest of sorts to raise awareness about the changes they want to see.

"The university has an opportunity, and we would argue an obligation, to make sure their apparel is made under fair labor conditions," said Meredith Katz, president of the alliance. (link)
Odd. Not once did I read of any protests on the Virginia Tech campus when these same textiles jobs were being abandoned here in Southwest Virginia as they - the jobs, not the nitwits - fled to the jungles of faraway foreign lands. Only now do the children at Tech have a problem with the industry.

Nitwits. All.

Get Your Act Together, Fool

This is so encouraging:
Michelle Obama discusses economy
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a Richmond-area audience Wednesday that her husband will push for pay equity for women and take other steps to ease economic pressures on working families if he wins the Nov. 4 election.

"It's their stories that really are shaping my experience on this campaign trail and really expanding how Barack is looking at these issues," Michelle Obama said to an audience of about 170 people. (link)
Swell. Barack Obama is looking at issues. Perhaps he'll let us know when his inquiry is completed and he then has a clue as to what he's talking about.

On that pay equity silliness, Michelle's husband would do well to "look at" equity problems in his own office. Then he might get back to changing the rest of the planet.

If Only They Were Serious

How about this? The New York City newspaper that has never seen a federal expenditure that it didn't approve of has now come out in opposition to earmarks! Er, one earmark anyway.

In Alaska.

Go figure.

Whose Side Are They On Anyway?

On the passage of that Democratic bill in Congress yesterday that frees up oil drilling off the coasts, here's how Investor's Business Daily sums it up:

"House Democrats have passed an 'oil drilling bill' that bans drilling where most of the oil is."

You'd think these guys want America to fail.

Obama Produces Another Ad Full Of Distortions

Don't take my word for it. So says ABC News's Jake Tapper:
From the Fact Check Desk: Obama's New Spanish Language TV Ad Es ErrĂ³neo

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has launched a new Spanish-language TV ad that seeks to paint Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as anti-immigrant, even tying the Republican to his longtime conservative talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

There are some real factual problems with this ad, which is titled “Dos Caras,” or two faces.

First of all, tying Sen. McCain – especially on the issue of immigration reform – to Limbaugh is unfair.

Limbaugh opposed McCain on that issue. Vociferously. And in a larger sense, it’s unfair to link McCain to Limbaugh on a host of issues since Limbaugh, as any even occasional listener of his knows, doesn’t particularly care for McCain.

Second, the quotes of Limbaugh’s are out of context.

I’m not going to defend how he said it, but to act as if this was just a moment of Limbaugh slurring Mexicans is not accurate. Though again, certainly if people were offended I could understand why.

The second quote is totally unfair. In 2006, Limbaugh was mocking Mexican law ... (link)
Obama has set a new standard for gutter politics with this bit of sewer swill.

Experience Matters

As does inexperience.

Much will be made by Obama and his pals in the mainstream press about the worsening crisis in the financial sector, all working feverishly to link McCain to Bush to the problem and its causes. But how accurate will any of that be?

Ed Morrissey has the answer:
McCain’s attempt to fix Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2005

With the financial sector in turmoil today, the media and the politicians have started throwing around blame with the same recklessness as lenders threw around credit to create the problem. Politically, the pertinent question is this: Which candidate foresaw the credit crisis and tried to do something about it? As it turns out, John McCain did — and partnered with three other Senate Republicans to reform the government’s involvement in lending three years ago, after an attempt by the Bush administration died in Congress two years earlier.

In this speech, McCain managed to predict the entire collapse that has forced the government to eat Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with Bear Stearns and AIG. He hammers the falsification of financial records to benefit executives, including Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson, both of whom have worked as advisers to Barack Obama this year. McCain also noted the power of their lobbying efforts to forestall oversight over their business practices. He finishes with the warning that proved all too prescient over the past few days and weeks. (link)
And where was Obama while McCain was trying to fix Fannie May and Freddie Mac?

Raking in the dough ... from Fannie May and Freddie Mac. And appointing former top Fannie May executives to be his top economic advisors.

Obama talks about changing Washington. He might start by moving himself out of the way of real reform.

If I Were Hillary, I'd Be Afraid Too

This, provided by James Taranto, is almost amusing:
Who's Afraid of Sarah Palin?

Hillary Clinton, that's who. Fox News reports:

"[Mrs.] Clinton has pulled out of an appearance at a New York rally next week to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because she doesn't want to be seen alongside Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a 'partisan' event, her aides say.

"Several American Jewish groups plan a major rally outside the United Nations on Monday. Clinton had initially accepted an invitation to join, but her aides objected when they learned Palin will also be part of the rally . . .

"'[Palin's] attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event,' Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said Wednesday. 'Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending.'"

It's rather Orwellian to describe an event as "partisan" because it was designed to include members of both parties. (link)
Interesting. Hmm. Where was it I saw Hillary's name linked to that of George Orwell? Where was it? Where. I'm racking my brain trying to remember ...

We've Come To This

The incomparable Barnie Day has come up with a solution to the commonwealth's many - and worsening by the day - problems:
The Answer To Our Prayers

TO: House and Senate Leadership, Governor Tim Kaine

FROM: A humble servant

RE: Miracle Commission / Mustard Seed Task Force

Gentlemen, as we slouch with heavy dread toward another appointment with that destiny that is surely ours—the 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly—it has been laid on my heart to suggest to you a move that could lighten, even dissipate, the heavy burden of problems that vex us. Virginia’s always been in the lead on most things—no reason we can’t be first with this: appoint a Miracle Commission.

I know you’re thinking, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

I don’t know why you didn’t—you’ve appointed them for everything else under the sun—but fret not, that’s what humble servants are for.

What could it hurt?

Why shouldn’t transportation be a faith-based initiative? Nothing else seems to work.

Jesus said, “Take up thy bed and walk.” At the rate you’re going, that’s going to be our only option if something doesn’t change.

If multitudes can be fed with a few loaves and fishes, surely we might pass out a few chunks of asphalt and see what happens.

Lay down your burdens—appoint a Miracle Commission.

Faltering state economy? No sweat. Can’t agree on judges (or anything else, it seems)? Piece of cake. The uninsured? Easy. Chronic school funding shortages? Not a problem. Our vast mental health needs? Peach pie.

You could dump all of these aggravations into the Miracle Commission, and have room to spare!

And Governor, bless your heart, don’t think for a minute that I’m forgetting you. Nossir. I know you were bummed out by the way that VP gig panned out—we all were. But there is still time to come up with a legacy.

This is where the Mustard Seed Task Force comes in. It’ll be an executive committee, sort of a parallel tracking thing that will allow you to guide and mentor the Miracle Commission by “laying on hands”—if you know what I mean.

And there is a corollary benefit to this one: The Mustard Seed Task Force will give your senior advisors something to do. I know they must get in the way on slow days. Hey, look at it from their perspective. Make-work gets tiresome. It’s hard to look busy day in and day out. You can only read the “Help Wanteds” so many times without gagging.

Lame-ducking ain’t fun—for nobody. But it could be—with the Miracle Commission and the Mustard Seed Task Force. You could go out in a blaze of glory!

I hear the budget is coming up a little short. Miracle and Mustard Seed could help on that.

Once they solve transportation and all that other stuff, they could regulate and license faith healers.

I looked around. They’re making big dough on everything from “distance” healing, using 1-900 phone numbers, to evened-up leg lengths, to folks made to see through glass eyes, to gout, corns, heart attacks, unsightly birthmarks, smelly feet, various and sundry “fevers,” and “demons on the heart.”

(Brings to mind an old-timer in Carroll County who told me once about his brother, who drank so much that “roaches on the liver” finally killed him. But that’s another story.)

Some of these jokers have pretty good businesses on the side selling relics. The Miracle Commission could decide whether we ought to tax stuff like that.

I didn’t know you could buy the actual nails that held Jesus to the cross on eBay. Did you? (I don’t know what they’ll bring. I didn’t bid.)

Gentlemen, I believe in miracles. I think most of us do. It’s high time we unshackled this power and turned it loose on state government.

Appoint a Miracle Commission. And don’t forget the Mustard Seed Task Force.

Is it just me or is there a certain amount of cynicism running through this masterful piece?

Thanks, Barnie.