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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Now He's Made The Miners Mad

Not the UMW leadership. They don't count. I'm talking - well, actually Carl over at Spark It Up!!! is talking - about the rank-and-file. The boys who deliver all the votes in the coalfields. They haven't taken kindly to vice president wannabe Joe Biden's declaration that he's now a coal miner.

Ol' Joe might want to be careful making such outlandish claims around these fellas. They aren't the kind of wienies that turn out for an Obama/Biden love fest. These are real men.

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So how have Obama's and Biden's three visits to Southwest Virginia affected the poll numbers? Well, that ongoing poll being conducted by Clintwood Connection now shows - with 354 votes having been cast - that nothing has changed. It's still McCain 69%, Obama 31%.

That's probably a plus for them considering the fact that it was at that Lebanon event two weeks ago that Obama got himself in six kinds of trouble over the "Palin-is-a-pig" remark, and now at the Castlewood rally Biden makes an ass of himself - again.

Maybe they should stick to dazzling the dimwits at those big-city extravaganzas and skip this part of the country. Surely they have better things to do.

Oh, Okay, We Believe You

Let's start with the fact that when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, there aren't two greater enemies than Barack Obama and Joe Biden, each having repeatedly received a score of "F" by the NRA. And, so you know, you have to work pretty hard to score an "F."

So what did Mr. Biden have to say when he came down to Castlewood to hobnob with us God & gun clingers? You're not going to believe this:
Sen. Barack Obama better not mess with his running mate Joe Biden's guns...or else.

In an out-of-nowhere attempt to re-assure a southwestern Virginia labor crowd about gun owners' rights, Biden -- who regularly scores "F" ratings from the National Rifle Association -- warned Obama that if "he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem."

"I guarantee you Barack Obama ain't taking my shotguns, so don't buy that malarkey," Biden said Saturday at the United Mine Workers of America's annual fish fry in Castlewood, Virginia. "Don't buy that malarkey. They're going to start peddling that to you." (link)

Well, Joe - can I call you Joe, now that you're one of us, having used the word "ain't" in a sentence? - so you know, we've been "peddling" that line about Obama confiscating our guns for a long time already. In fact, ever since the day we found out that he supports a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns and a complete ban on "assault weapons, which, in your twisted world, probably includes my grandfather's single-shot .45 caliber percussion squirrel rifle.

No, we're not to believe that nasty old NRA, right Joe? And we're to completely ignore what's been said (and voted on) in the past, right, Joe?

Now you wouldn't be lying to us, would you, ol' buddy?

Say What?

Did Joe Biden invent the internet? That claim may soon be made. Before that though, comes this whopper that comes to us from this morning's Bristol Herald Courier:
“I hope you won’t hold it against me, but I am a hard-coal miner, anthracite coal, Scranton, Pa. It’s nice to be back in coal country. … It’s a different accent [in Southwest Virginia] … but it’s the same deal."
Gimme that again? Biden is a what? A hard-coal what?

Look, Joe Biden can fairly be called a lot of things. Including a plagiarist of some renown. But a coal miner he ain't. And never was.

Well, he meant some of his ancestors were coal miners, you say. Nope. But nice try.

Why do these guys feel the need to represent themselves as being something they're not? Do they recognize the fact that they are so far removed from the daily lives of ordinary Americans that they have to make crap like this up about themselves?

What gives, Joe?

You Can Put Lipstick On a Pig ...

No, this has nothing to do with that presidential candidate who finds himself to have his foot regularly stuck in his mouth these days. It has to do with the food court in the Roanoke City Market Building. (I've eaten there; great place for a quick lunch; unless you like good pizza). It seems the management there has run into a minor little problem. With the city's (or state's) health inspector:
Rodents close city food court
By Mike Gangloff and Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

The food court in the Roanoke City Market Building is closed because of rodents.

[O]n Saturday evening, Virginia health department spokesman Robert Parker confirmed that licenses for all 10 food court vendors were pulled after an inspection Friday found "a rodent control problem." (link)
This is the kind of news you really don't ever want to read. Especially if you had lunch at the food court on Friday. You thought that was fresh-ground pepper in your arugula?

What caught my eye about the article was the accompanying photo:

A "Food Court closed for fall cleaning" sign (just below the "No pets allowed" sign). Fall cleaning? Well ... I guess.

Now that's what "putting lipstick on a pig" is really all about.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Klein-Davis, The Roanoke Times

They Must Be Democrats

How can the leadership of the Episcopal Church USA be so detached from the flock? Do those leaders even care that their church is disintegrating?*

They certainly seem to be living in a dream world. This comes to us from "Bishop Deposed as Episcopal Divorce Proceeds":
Episcopal bishops deposed one of their own Thursday evening on charges of "abandonment of the communion of this church." The 88-35 vote to remove Bishop Robert Duncan from office came two weeks before his Diocese of Pittsburgh is scheduled to vote on seceding from the Episcopal Church.

[Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts] Schori and other Episcopal leaders argue that "traditionalists" are leaving and that the Church is as open, inclusive and orthodox as ever.
Inclusive? How inclusive is this bunch if they just voted to exclude one of their bishops? (And along with him, the entire diocese of Pittsburgh, effectively).

How is it that the congregants of the Episcopal Church allowed these muddleheaded people Democrats to seize control of their church?

* Perfect choice of words - Disintegrating. Synonyms - decaying, decomposing.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

The Washington Post this morning (in "There's an Energy Crisis") acknowledges the fact that oil prices have gone down in recent weeks. And the editorialists there are not happy about it.

Oil prices are plummeting, and the government ought to do something about it.

You thought that the dramatic decline in the price of oil was one of the few good pieces of economic news lately?

[S]purred by rising prices, Americans were beginning to change the way they use energy, and a downward trend, particularly if it continues, could abort that essential modification just as it was gaining momentum.

[T]his year Americans did begin moving from large cars and trucks to smaller ones, and from driving to walking or taking trains and buses. Alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, began to seem more competitive and so to attract more private investment.

There is one way to maintain that progress ... and that's for the government to set a floor on the price of oil with a variable tax. (link)
Just weeks ago, folks here in Southwest Virginia were cutting back on meals in order to be able to purchase enough fuel to get them back and forth to work ... and the Washington Post wants it that way again.

I have a better idea. How about we tax the living hell out of newspapers to pay for those alternative fuels you guys who are so removed from the real world find to be such growth opportunities?

Math Can Be So Difficult

I don't know about New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's contention that our political process is lost, but I did pause when I looked at his simple addition. Tell me if this (from "The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama") makes sense to you:
Here’s a sad monument to the sleaziness of this presidential campaign: Almost one-third of voters “know” that Barack Obama is a Muslim or believe that he could be.

In short, the political campaign to transform Mr. Obama into a Muslim is succeeding. The real loser as that happens isn’t just Mr. Obama, but our entire political process.

A Pew Research Center survey released a few days ago found that only half of Americans correctly know that Mr. Obama is a Christian. Meanwhile, 13 percent of registered voters say that he is a Muslim, compared with 12 percent in June and 10 percent in March. [my emphasis]

Voter apathy - the kind of thing that easily leads to responses like this - isn't new (some people can actually go through life without thinking about elections every day). It's been around forever and will be around forever.

But to the point: Since when is 13% "almost one-third"?