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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Be Thankful

This story reminds me of something I saw yesterday:

Dublin plant hopes it will get Army's order for 152 Mack trucks

I saw a young woman yesterday wearing a T-shirt that had the UAW Local (something), Dublin, VA "Solidarity" slogan on it, one probably produced back during that wasteful - and wasted - and prolonged - and potentially lethal - strike that took place a year ago up at the Volvo plant.

My thought, as I watched her walk past, was: How odd. When Volvo came to Dublin, those area residents who were lucky enough to get hired felt like they'd died and gone to heaven. Then, after they'd been there a while and the paychecks had been flowing, and the bills and credit cards were gotten caught up, they began to grumble. Over working conditions. Over the short cigarette breaks. The parking lot is in the wrong location. Why do I have to walk across the plant to get to the water cooler? What do you mean I can't play my radio really loud at my work station? I have to what? I don't need any more training.

And the UAW membership struck. Over what? Can anyone remember?

The plant - the one that brought the most lucrative jobs to Southwest Virginia of any employer around - is now a shell of its former self with employment there cut in half from what it once was. And workers - and their spouses - and the local community now worry about it staying open.

And we hope that an Army contract will keep the lines running. If only for a few months more. If only we can get past Christmas.

Could the Volvo plant have been saved? Might Volvo have not decided to move a good bit of its production to Pennsylvania had the workforce here not been so obstinate over petty issues last year?

We'll never know.

A once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity ...

Obama Has Friends In High Places

In the caves in the high mountains of North Waziristan:
On Al-Qaeda Web Sites, Joy Over U.S. Crisis, Support for McCain
By Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Staff Writers

Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.

And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.

"Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the "failing march of his predecessor," President Bush. (link)
Al Qaeda is sounding a whole lot like Obama these days.

Ayres. Rezco. Jeremiah Wright. Farrakhan. Osama bin Ladin.

I guess relationships do tell us a lot about a man.

Say What?

Here's more proof that all newspaper editorial page columnists are morons:
Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black
By Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

The "socialist" label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, used the term liberally to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality.

McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican (sic) and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.

Shame on McCain and Palin. (link)
J. Edgar Hoover. I know that's where I got my definition of the word "socialist." You?

I know most people think it actually became famous when the word appeared in Marx's Manifesto of The Communist Party. But hey, who reads Marx anyway when we have ... what's his name again? And when was he around?

Socialist. Another code word for black. One of many, many. An ever-growing many.

For the love of God.

Working The Template

Odd, I don't remember the New York Times going through lamentations over the plight of the poor when gasoline was $4 a gallon and people were having to cut back on their Wheaties consumption so as to be able to drive to work. That was a reasonable predicament, one might suppose, in order to "save the planet" (if not the poor people on it).

But Bush's economy and those evil pharmaceutical companies are a whole different matter. Thus:

Some Cut Back on Prescription Drugs in Sour Economy

Predictable. So predictable.

I Guess Age Isn't An Issue After All

At least Lawrence Kudlow of CNBC doesn't think so:
Obama’s Treasury-Ready Men

There’s a huge multi-thousand word article in this morning's Wall Street Journal on Paul Volcker, the former Fed chairman who conquered inflation during the Reagan years and has become a key financial advisor to Sen. Obama. Articles like this fan the flames of speculation that Volcker could be Obama’s secretary of the Treasury, despite his 81-year-old senior-citizen status. But Volcker is a vigorous 81 and I think he could handle the job. (link)
Obama could do worse. Volcker, in his day, alongside Ronald Reagan, cleaned up the Jimmy Carter mess. Perhaps he could tackle the out-of-control federal deficit issue and get the country back on sound fiscal footing.

Old Feminists Never Die

I couldn't believe it when I read the commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday (see "Obama Is the Way Forward for Women") that brought up the subject of the Equal Rights Amendment, a pet project of the bra burning militant feminists of the 70's. A crusade that captivated the mainstream media and the Democratic Party, even back then.

For those of you not aware of it, the ERA, as it was known, after having passed both houses of Congress, went down in flames when the individual states were asked to ratify it. Instead most rejected it. Or ignored it. It died 30 years ago.

But not for some. Some still cling to their faded dreams of feminist dominance over a cowed and subservient America. With the hammer of the United States government to do their bidding.

So who is it that wrote this gem? This quest for that which is never to be? One Catherine A. McKinnon.

And who is Catherine A. McKinnon?

The Wall Street Journal simply provides this:

"Ms. MacKinnon is professor of law at the University of Michigan."

Oh, but she's so much more to those who remember her weird feminist mythos from that bygone era. Her most famous quote?

"The law of equality and the law of free speech are on a collision course in this country." (source)

Catherine MacKinnon is to the porn industry what Carrie Nation was to liquor. Intolerant to the point of being threatening to the freedoms we all hold dear (no, I'm not a supporter of the porn world but I do support the right of those individuals - like all others - to provide consenting adults with material they are willing to pay for freely, just as I support the right of intolerant old biddies to make their views known).

So be aware of the author's background when you read her column. And I do encourage you to read it. It's a real hoot.

A flash from the past ...