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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pulaski Needs Obama

If I'm reading this Roanoke Times editorial correctly, all the people of Pulaski need to get their recently burned train depot rebuilt is hope and fortitude. And, as the recent presidential election proved, hope and fortitude make all things ...


a sure thing

a done deal

... seem to gullible people to be possible.
Pulaski must rebuild its history after fire

Sometimes it seems like Pulaski cannot catch a break. Tragedy struck again Monday when the town's landmark railway station burned down. Now, the community must rally and rebuild, as it has done before.

The devastating loss is not the building. The town can and should rebuild it.

Pulaski residents have shown in the past that they can persevere through adversity. We have no doubt they will again. (link)
What one very important word is missing from this sappy editorial?


Pulaski is broke. And it'll take the better part of a million dollars to rebuild the train station. Where's it going to come from? Should the town fathers levy a tax on Wal-Mart? Oops. Wal-Mart moved its store out of Pulaski and into Dublin a couple of years ago. How about that huge Southern States complex downtown? Uhhhh. No. It closed down. How about charging a toll on that sparkly new New River Trail extension that's packing in the tourists? A quarter a person, say? That oughta bring in a good 75¢ a day. At that rate, construction can begin in just 1,333,333 days.

But what if those "persevering" citizens of Pulaski want the train station to be rebuilt before their great-great-great-great grandchildren die? What to do?

No, we need Obama down here. Pronto. One speech from Mr. Hope&Change and all will be okay. He promised. Right? We believed him, right?


Then again, maybe all we need is some good old-fashioned capitalism. And lots of it.

I'm Confused

Memo to Washington Post editorialists:

Isn't the practice that's being advocated by your pals over at the New York Times the kind of thing that you criticized former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales incessantly for doing? Are you now going to come out with an editorial denouncing the Times' advocacy of wholesale firings of government employees for their political views?

I wait with bated breath:
Eight Years Is More Than Enough
New York Times editorial

As the sun sets on the Bush administration, the survival rite known as burrowing is under way. Burrowing is when favored political appointees are transformed into civil servants and granted instant tenure on the federal payroll.

Barack Obama the candidate smartly appealed to demoralized federal workers, writing campaign letters promising to reverse many of the Bush administration’s worst practices.

It’s encouraging that the president-elect recognizes that to make the changes he’s promising — and deliver a government that will protect and help its citizens — he will need energized, rather than alienated, federal workers. His aides will have to circumvent or dump any Bush burrowers intent on sabotaging that effort. [link] [my emphasis]
I have to laugh. Remember when the Times had its collective undies in a bunch over the "mistreatment" of federal employee James Hansen? He's the environmental scientist who claimed that the Bush administration was trying to silence him for his (completely unsubstantiated) views on global warming. The Times was outraged - then - that a civil servant could be treated in such a coarse manner. Now the geniuses there are pushing Obama to do far worse. They want Bush's appointees fired.


But back to you Post dudes: Have anything to say about this? Or do you have a different outlook of late too?

You Gotta Love Zimbabwe

The people there have better taste than we do:
Carter Group Barred From Zimbabwe
By Celia W. Dugger, The New York Times

Johannesburg — Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 84-year-old president, clinging to power after 28 years in office, barred another famous 84-year-old, former President Jimmy Carter, from entering the country Saturday. The globe-trotting, Nobel Prize-winning Mr. Carter said it was a novel experience for him. He had never before been denied a visa. (link)
Can it be that easy? Can we simply deny Carter a visa and get him out of our hair? Hey, I know: The Swedes, having given him that Nobel, might take him in. They seem to be soul mates these days with whacked-out, washed-up American politicians. Let them deal with the likes of Mr. Anti-America.

So long, Jimmy. It was nice ... well, on second thought ...

Another One Meets His Maker

And I hear that God knows how to deal with murderous goons like him:
Airstrike Kills Qaeda-Linked Militant in Pakistan
By Ismail Khan and Jane Perlez, The New York Times

Peshawar, Pakistan — A British militant who was a liaison to Al Qaeda and was a main suspect in the plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners in 2006 was killed Saturday in a missile strike by an American aircraft in northern Pakistan, senior Pakistani and American officials said.

The militant, Rashid Rauf, was among the five people killed in the attack by a remotely piloted aircraft in North Waziristan, close to the Afghan border, the officials said. (link)

Goodbye 'Change'

The ever-discerning Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's debut:
So that was it?

So a mere two weeks after victory, 'hope and change' and 'a break from the past' reified into parceling out posts to dozens of Clintonite retreads, plenty of the old requisite Ivy-League law degrees, ample influence from establishment ex-lobbyists, de rigueur Sidwell Friends for the kids, and apparent sudden existential angst and uncertainty over FISA, getting out pronto from Iraq, closing down the Constitution-shredding Gitmo, and overturning the McCarthyite Patriot Act—and all to acclaim and relief from aristocratic Beltway pundits of both parties? So that was all the election was about? Just new faces on the same old, same old? And at least on national and homeland security it is perhaps not the shadow of Bill Clinton, but of George W. Bush, that now begins to loom large?
Does this mean that Obama didn't mean anything he said during the campaign? I'm shocked.

Well, at least we got a black guy.

'Sorry. I was Just Trying To Get Elected.'

One by one, everything Obama promised is being flushed down the commode. The latest (in "Obama Vows Swift Action on Vast Economic Stimulus Plan"):
In light of the [economic] downturn, Mr. Obama is ... said to be reconsidering a key campaign pledge: his proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. According to several people familiar with the discussions, he might instead let those tax cuts expire as scheduled in 2011, effectively delaying any tax increase while he gives his stimulus plan a chance to work.
He might. Then again, he might not. He really doesn't know what he's going to do.

Executing is so much harder than simply lying to the American people each day, isn't it, Barry?

The Lightbulb Comes On

Maybe all this bilge about global warming is bogus?

NBC, actually for reasons unclear, has terminated the employment of everyone at The Weather Channel who was, in any way, connected with that insufferable segment that appeared daily having to do with hlobal catastrophe brought on by ... you:
NBC Fires Weather Channel Environmental Unit
By Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post

NBC Universal made the first of potentially several rounds of staffing cuts at The Weather Channel (TWC) on Wednesday, axing the entire staff of the "Forecast Earth" environmental program during the middle of NBC's "Green Week," as well as several on-camera meteorologists.

Forecast Earth was hosted by former CNN anchor Natalie Allen, with contributions from climate expert Heidi Cullen. It was the sole program on TWC that focused on global climate change, which raises the question of whether the station will still report on the subject. (link)
NBC released a statement that said nothing, intentionally. But it's fair to assume that the company wants the cable channel to get back to its core business of giving us the news and not scaring the beegeebers out of us with fantastic stories of soon-to-be global devastation that only Al Gore could love.

A good move on NBC's part, as far as I'm concerned.