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Saturday, October 18, 2008

And He's Running Unopposed

What is the definition of the term rat hole?

The New River Valley Commerce Park.

This regarding that industrial park that opened in 2002 - at great taxpayer expense - and still sits vacant - is laughable. As is the feckless politician that pushed - and still pushes - the concept:
Funding could help Commerce Park land tenants
By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times

Pulaski County -- The federal government will pay $3 million toward equipping the New River Valley Commerce Park with sewer and water services suitable to attract large employers.

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher said Thursday the money -- half of the amount needed for the project -- will come from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.

"I have great confidence in this park," Boucher said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. "I am confident it will lead to success."

Officials say the announcement moves the park closer to the day when a large company announces a new facility and creates scores of new jobs on a swath of land adjacent to the New River Valley Airport near Dublin. Boucher said the space is large enough for an employer of 1,000 people.

A joint project of 11 local governments in Southwest Virginia, the commerce park spans 973 acres, has cost $6.4 million so far and has been open for tenants since 2002. No tenants have come. (link) [my emphasis]
Why don't you try live music and exotic dancers, Rick? If you think about it, that strip club over in Princeton has more tenants than your weed-collecting industrial complex has.

As for the rest of you, expect more of the same from Mr. Cheerleader. He's running unopposed in the election next month and is expected to receive enough votes to bring him - and us - another two years of this.

Sure They're Serious

Let's put these jokers to the test:
Sustainability Week focuses on green living
The Roanoke Times

Nearly a week full of activities are planned as Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and Sustainable Blacksburg present Sustainability Week.

Between Monday and Saturday, more than 20 activities, events and tours -- focused on building and sustaining a greener community -- have been scheduled.

"The university's commitment to building a sustainable campus is real. We have made many noteworthy steps in the right direction. We want to continue the momentum and feed the enthusiasm of the students, faculty and staff. Sustainability Week gives us that opportunity," said Denny Cochrane, Virginia Tech's sustainability coordinator. (link)
Give me a moment to wipe the derisive smirk off my face.

So Virginia Tech is focused on being part of a greener community. A more sustainable, less energy/resources wasteful community.

Sure it is.

And the fact that they've torn down the Hokies' stadium, where millions of BTU's are expended and thousands of pounds of garbage are accumulated every fall Saturday proves it.

Gimme a break.

This Seems Odd

Did anyone find it interesting that the man who drew hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic leftists to his anti-America speech in Berlin would only draw 8,500 dupes voters to the Roanoke Civic Center yesterday?

Sarah Palin gets more turnout than that on her worst days. And if you add all those spectators who aren't New York Times investigative reporters, well ...

Save Some Ink, Fellas

Now I don't want to tell the good people over at the Roanoke Times how to do their jobs (I'll go back to doing that tomorrow), but if I were the publisher of that fine rag (I'd first give up my close connection to Roanoke's most infamous abortion slaughterhouse, get down on my knees and ask God for forgiveness and ...) I'd have cut this headline down a tad. And make it more accurate in the process:

Man dies after jumping from bridge

Doesn't this make more sense?

Man Kills Self

Just wonderin'.

Blind Hatred

Tell people on the left that drug research and development will be the first things to go by the wayside should HillaryCare become ObamaCare and they'll cheer. Big Pharma bad. Universal health care good. That's why this will fall on deaf - and dumb -ears:
How Obama Would Stifle Drug Innovation
By Scott Gottlieb, the Wall Street Journal

Pfizer recently said it's exiting the development of drugs for common conditions like heart disease. This is part of a shift underway in the pharmaceutical industry to give up on routine medical problems in favor of discovering "specialty" drugs for rare diseases and unmet medical needs like cancer.

The shift is driven in part by the industry's critics in Washington, who have long maligned drug companies for targeting too many routine medical problems with drugs that were "merely" tweaks on existing medicines. Now these same detractors, led by House Democrats, are proposing controls on access to and eventually pricing of the specialty drugs as well. Under a Barack Obama presidency, this is one way they'll pay for the candidate's plan to create a Medicare-like program for the under-65 crowd. These new controls -- based on a view of medical care as a commodity to be purchased at the lowest price, with little allowance for innovation -- could push drug development over a tipping point. (link)
Think of the remarkable innovations that have taken place in the arena of medicines - particularly those "specialty drugs" - over the last quarter century. Then think of them coming to a grinding halt. That's the necessary effect that Obama and his ilk will have should they gain complete control over your health.

You've contracted skin cancer? Take an aspirin. Shut up. And listen to The Master's latest speech on world harmony.

May God have mercy on us all.

Do These Guys Read The Papers?

Or is it simply a matter of the Washington Post being up to its old tricks?

Someone needs to tell this doofus that the storyline on which he bases his demand that McCain and Palin stop inciting crowds to violence is a complete fabrication, dreamt up by one of his media buddies:
A Rage No One Should Be Stoking
By Colbert I. King

"Kill him": the battle cry of a lynch mob and words yelled out by a man at a Sarah Palin rally in Clearwater, Fla., this month, according to my Post colleague Dana Milbank.

Some observers claim that the proposed killing was directed not toward Barack Obama but at Bill Ayers ...

Whether the call for assassination was aimed at Obama or Ayers is immaterial. It represents a dangerous new low in American politics. (link)
Wait a minute. I thought Senator George Allen calling some Democrat a racial slur - MACACA! - was that "new low in American politics."

Oh, wait. That story was bogus too. The word doesn't exist. Though I suppose now it could be seen as being synonymous with the antics of the mainstream media. To be mamacad is to be slimed for the purposes of getting Democrats elected.

"Kill him" falls into that category. It never happened. But why should that little fact stop these slimeballs from getting their guy in office?

Is it any wonder that the press is viewed less favorably than jock itch?

Here We Go Again

Like the Whitewater scandal before it, the mainstream press should get to the bottom of this story (resisting demands for more information the whole way) about a year after their favored candidate takes office:
Complaint hits Rezko land deal
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

A former Illinois bank official, now claiming whistleblower status, says bank officials replaced a loan reappraisal that he prepared for a Chicago property that was purchased by the wife of now-convicted felon Tony Rezko, part of which was later sold to next-door neighbor Barack Obama.

In a complaint filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Kenneth J. Connor said that his reappraisal of Rita Rezko's property was replaced with a higher one and that he was fired when he questioned the document.

Critics of Mr. Obama's dealings with Rezko charge that the senator may have gotten a deal on his property purchase, noting that Mrs. Rezko paid the full asking price for her property on an adjacent lot. Both of which were sold by a single seller. Mr. Obama bought his house for $1.65 million - $300,000 below the asking price. (link)
This may be hard to follow, so I'll try to put it in a nutshell. The Obamas wanted to buy a piece of property but didn't have the necessary capital. So they and the Rezkos bought two connected parcels (WHY?), with the Obamas paying less than appraised value and the Rezkos paying more (that's what this news item is all about). The Rezkos then "sold" a strip of their property to the Obamas, making the deal(s) doable, passing all the established lending requirements.

Why a seedy character like Tony Rezko would want to do that is the $64 question. I can't wait to hear the answer ...

... which is scheduled to be delivered by the Obama media sometime in 2010.

Telling It Like It Is

Investor's Business Daily addresses the foolishness that is "global warming":
Cold Reality
editorial

Funny how economic concerns pull the mind away from foolishness such as global warming. But weather goes on, and in many places it doesn't happen the way fear mongers predict.

Start with Alaska, a place in the news of late. The state's glaciers, after two centuries of shrinkage (a trend that began before the advent of the internal combustion engine and smokestack economy), actually grew during the winter of 2007-08.

Meanwhile, the International Arctic Research Center reports 29% more Arctic sea ice this year than last.

Farther south, mid-month temperatures in Oregon hit record lows ...

Much farther south, Durban, South Africa, had its coldest September night in history a month ago ...

These last four developments, taken together or separately, don't disprove the global warming theory. But unlike climate projection models, which are often wrong but endlessly thrown in our faces as examples of hard science, they are real world events wholly contrary to the story the alarmists have been spreading.

Global warm mongers are rapidly losing credibility. Mainstream journalists will still believe them because climate change fits the narrative they've so carefully nurtured. But eventually the error will have to admitted. It won't happen publicly, though, because by the time they come to their senses, the issue will have been long forgotten by the public. (link)

"Global warm mongers." I like that. I may have to borrow that line.

But to the the point, while Congress and the other really smart politicians around the planet debate the size and shape of regulations relating to cap-and-trade (and other socialist means of harnessing what remains of the capitalist world), and while my congressman (and Senator Webb) dream up silly ideas about how to bury CO2 in the ground so as not to worsen a problem that doesn't exist, real science - actual statistical data - continues to flow in that supports the proposition that the Earth is cooling, not warming.

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