"No politician is going to take away my Constitutional rights."
Monday, September 22, 2008
McCain Ahead Again in Virginia, 50% to 48%They came. They did their dog & pony. We remain unimpressed.
John McCain has regained his modest lead in Virginia, where he now bests Barack Obama 50% to 48% in the latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.A week ago, the race was tied at 48% apiece. (link)
I'm half-inclined to invite them back.
London knife crime protest as another victim diesNeed we even try to guess what the next series of laws will concern?
By Kevin Dowling, Times of London
Thousands of Londoners alarmed by the city's rising toll of knife crime marched through the capital today, hours after a man in his 20s was stabbed to death outside a sports club in the city.
The People’s March was the brainchild of two south London women sickened by the rising tide of deaths they read in the news. (link)
I need to start doing calisthenics if I'm going to be forced to slide - fall? - slither? - behind the wheel of one of these sardine cans.
A local story:
Gas-sipping “Fortwo” Turns HeadsShe's waited more than a decade for that thing? She could have gone down to the Wal-Mart in Bristol and picked one up - in tricycle form - in just minutes.
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier
Abingdon, Va. – Dorte Lowman thinks her car is special; she spent more than a decade waiting for it to come across the ocean.
“We were hoping it would be eventually imported into the states, and finally it arrived,” Lowman said of her smart fortwo, a tiny, gas-sipping two-seater that just became available in the United States in January.
Parked next to a Dodge pickup truck outside Super Dollar, the car only takes up half the parking space and is about the length and height of the truck’s bed.
Lowman said her brother, who lives in Germany, has had one for 10 years, and because it gets more than 40 miles a gallon, it’s worth its weight in gold in a country where gas costs $8 per gallon. (link)
Okay. They say this little "vehicle" is the way of the future. And I'm going to try to get used to it. But when winter comes, and I'm wearing a heavy coat, I have my doubts that ...
Two books revisit tragic episodes in Mormon history.
Oh, well. There are still all kinds of trashy stories about those weird babbling-in-tongues Pentecostals to write, I suppose.
'First Dude' Todd Palin Illustrates Alaska's Blend of Private and PublicA story about the "first dude."
By Alec MacGillis and Karl Vick, Washington Post Staff Writers
Anchorage -- Todd Palin grew up as the archetypal Alaskan -- salmon fisherman, champion snowmobiler, North Slope oil worker. But ... (link)
Keep digging, fellas. There's scandal there somewhere. Keep turnin' them rocks ...
Kaine pitches Obama in W.Va.
By Tom Breen, Associated Press
It's a sign of how strange this election year is when a Virginia politician is sent to get West Virginia Democrats fired up for their party's presidential nominee.
Virginia has not given its electoral votes to a Democrat since 1964, while West Virginia voted for Democrats Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter (twice) and Michael S. Dukakis, among others.
Yet this year, Virginia, once rock-solid Republican, is teetering between Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, and Republican Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, while West Virginia is seen as a sure thing for the Republicans. (link)
Let me get this straight. Hell will freeze over before West Virginia goes for Obama (yes, they must all be racists) but Virginia is very winnable, and the Democratic Party sends the increasingly unpopular Kaine out of state to campaign?
Maybe they're smarter than I thought.
Back in Iraq, Jarred by the Calm
By Dexter Filkins, writing in the New York Times
Baghdad — At first, I didn’t recognize the place.
Two years ago, when I last stayed in Baghdad, Karada Mariam was like the whole of the city: shuttered, shattered, broken and dead.
Abu Nawas Park — I didn’t recognize that, either. By the time I had left the country in August 2006, the two-mile stretch of riverside park was a grim, spooky, deserted place, a symbol for the dying city that Baghdad had become.
These days, the same park is filled with people: families with children, women in jeans, women walking alone. Even the nighttime, when Iraqis used to cower inside their homes, no longer scares them. I can hear their laughter wafting from the park. At sundown the other day, I had to weave my way through perhaps 2,000 people. It was an astonishing, beautiful scene — impossible, incomprehensible, only months ago.
When I left Baghdad two years ago, the nation’s social fabric seemed too shredded to ever come together again. The very worst had lost its power to shock. To return now is to be jarred in the oddest way possible: by the normal, by the pleasant, even by hope. The questions are jarring, too. Is it really different now? Is this something like peace or victory? And, if so, for whom: the Americans or the Iraqis? (link)
Here's to the men and women of the United States military who made this possible. And to President Bush for staying the course when most everyone else pled that he cut and run.
Truly a marvelous ending to the story.