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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Whatever Works

I thought Virginia Tech had this market cornered:

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Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.

I Like Jay Conley ...

... a reporter for the Roanoke Times.

He provides us with a news item today (see "Localities show unity in promoting Alleghany Highlands tourism") that begins with this:
The timing from an economic standpoint couldn't have been worse, but a regional plan unveiled Friday to promote tourism in the Alleghany Highlands may be the first real sign that the struggling localities there are interested in working together for a change.

At Dabney S. Lancaster Community College,* U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, unveiled the Highlands' new tourism campaign: "Virginia's Western Highlands ... Your Next Adventure is Just Around the Bend."

Actually Master Conley is referring to the budget crunch in Washington and Richmond when he writes of the "bad timing." But he could just as readily have written about tourism initiatives like this one occurring in the wrong millenium and on the wrong continent (Wrong celestial body? Wrong ethereal plane? Wrong universe?)

Eco-tourism, the attempt at luring impoverished college students to come here with their tents, sleeping bags, and freeze-dried goodies, to walk any of our many, many hiking trails, and, if all goes according to plan, spend what money they have on a candy bar and an Evian water at the local Citgo before they head back north. It's a boneheaded idea that Boucher has promoted for thirty years here in Southwest Virginia that has produced - in terms of economic development - to date - squat.

A special thanks goes out to Jay Conley, for making my day.

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* Why have I never heard of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College?

The Implosion Continues

The Episcopal Church (USA) is on a steady slide toward oblivion. Before long it'll be nothing more than a gay men's club:
Episcopal parishes in Emporia, Purdy quit over gay issue
The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk -- Two small parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia have quit the denomination over gay ordination and joined a group of dissident churches based in Northern Virginia.

The breakaway Anglican District of Virginia announced Friday that Christ Church in Emporia and Grace Church in Purdy had become members. The district now has 23 parishes.

Nationally, the Episcopal Church has seen an internal split over denominational leaders' endorsement in 2003 of the ordination of a noncelibate gay man as a bishop. (link)

When the divide grows too great between the leadership and the parishioners, this happens. If only the leftist do-gooders at the top of the once-proud, once-strong Episcopal Church didn't have their heads buried up their asses ...

Perhaps there Is a Silver Lining ...

... to the financial crisis:

Indigent care fund on hold from Kaine

Can his silly pre-K education babysitting program be far behind?

Don't Make Me Laugh

The Washington Post's ombudswoman, Deborah Howell, addresses this morning the many complaints she's received regarding the bias that may or may not exist on the news pages of her paper (does anyone need her to address the obvious?) and concludes with this:
Editors have what they consider good reasons for their decisions and say that coverage can be judged only over time. But those explanations don't cut it with readers, and editors must be more vigilant to avoid undercutting the paper's credibility.
The paper's credibility. Ms. Howell has a future in comedy after her paper folds.

We've Gone Mad

Wasn't it some Virginia congressman who suggested that the terrorists being held in Guantanamo be sent to our fair state for safekeeping? Wasn't he laughed out of the state? Well, it looks like some fruitcake of a federal judge has taken up his suggestion.

For the love of God:
Anger over Guantanamo Bay ruling

The White House has reacted angrily after a judge ordered that 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay should be released into the United States.

District Judge Ricardo Urbina said the US could not hold the 17 as they were no longer considered enemy combatants.

The White House said the ruling could set a precedent that would allow "sworn enemies" to seek US entry.

The government says the 17 also pose a security risk if released into the US.

The 17 Uighurs had been living in a camp in Afghanistan during the US-led military campaign that began in October 2001. (link)

That last sentence is a distortion, so you know. These terrorists weren't just "living in a camp" that the Cub Scouts might frequent. They were captured at an Al Qaeda training camp in Tora Bora. They were training to kill American men, women, and children.

And an American judge now wants them released onto the streets of Fairfax.

Another terrorist, in another era, said, in referring to the West: "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

No. It turns out not to be the capitalists. It's the American judicial system.


It Must Be Saturday

The New York Times is caught in a glaring error. Again.

As is pointed out here, the Washington Times article to which NY Times reporter Michael Grynbaum refers involves a phone conversation between Barack Obama and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. But Grynbaum attempts to refute the report by citing Obama staffers who told him others who were at the meeting deny the story. Only problem is, they are all referring to a meeting. This was a phone conversation that took place at a different place and time, clearly.

Grynbaum didn't even read the article. Chances are, he took a phone call from an Obama operative and simply repeated the denial without checking it out.

I think there's a verb (okay, it's actually a gerund) that is used in such situations: Whoring.

Guess There's Nothing There Then

Just as with its "reporting" on the relationship between Barack Obama and domestic terrorist William Ayres, the New York Times looked into the facts - exhaustively, one would imagine - behind the relationship between Barack Obama and ACORN, and found ... well, you know the story. It becomes a chance for the Obama campaign to deny any relationship at all:

"The Obama campaign described the accusations as a spurious effort to tie Mr. Obama to potentially fraudulent voter registrations."

No sense in even looking further. The Obama campaign denies any wrongdoing.

And the Times reporter, Stephanie Strom, despite all the evidence available if she knows how to get on the internet or read the AP wire, goes no further.

Whoring. Whoring.

While Liberals fret Over Voting Machines ...

... the real problem with voter fraud continues to worsen:
1 Voter, 72 Registrations
Acorn Paid Me In Cash & Cigs
By Jeanne MacIntosh, New York Post Correspondent

Cleveland - A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The Post yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.

"Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they'll give me a dollar to sign up," said Freddie Johnson, 19, who filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. (link)
This is beyond travesty.