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Monday, December 15, 2008

Why Not Move To Vermont?

Seven Reasons Why The Charleston Gazette Hates West Virginia:

"Why was West Virginia, with two-to-one Democratic registration, a Republican "red state" in the 2008 presidential election for a third consecutive time? Seven factors seem apparent ..."

Guns, God, Geriatrics, and Half-wits.

Must be tough to actually go outside and have to rub elbows with them, isn't it, fellas?

Where's The Love?

All the talk in Washington is about bailing out manufacturers. Suppose this one will be discussed?
Gildan closing will leave 180 jobless
By Christopher Brooke, The Galax Gazette

Hillsville — A Virginia Employment Commission official is confirming the closure next year of a sock-knitting plant in Hillsville.

Gildan has given employees notice about the coming shut down, said Bill Webb of the Virginia Employment Commission Thursday morning.

Media reports have indicated that the number of employees to be laid off in Hillsville will come to 180. [link]
It's regrettable that those 180 soon-to-be former employees of Gildan couldn't have scraped together $3,000,000 for pro-Obama TV commercials, like the UAW did just a few months ago. Maybe they too would be getting some notice in Washington. Or at least in their congressman's office.

But no.

The best they can hope for is Boucher's active interest in their getting unemployment checks promptly. For that, he can be counted on. And he's getting quite adept at it. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

In any case, another Southwest Virginia manufacturer is closing its doors forever. And nobody in Washington gives a damn. It must be Monday.

Be Careful What You Wish For

I read with interest a letter to the editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph this morning that addresses nationalized health care (see "Health care: Is it a right, or a privilege?"). Though generally even-handed, it leans - I think - in favor of our adopting the Canadian form of health care delivery (higher taxes on those who earn, health care for all).

What caught my attention was the fact that the letter was written by a doctor (can we assume he's an MD and not a PHD doctor?). If that's the case, I might recommend a bolder, harsher stance. Yea, even vehement opposition. Why?

The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care

Canadian Doctors Go To USA For Better Incomes & Better Training

The first reforms we'll adopt will be to drastically limit physician income and education, dude.

I Agree

On both counts:
Evolution doesn't deserve censure
Roanoke Times editorial

Kevin Bezy, principal of Franklin County's Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, is correct that he has final say over what appears in a student news magazine. It's just a shame that he chose to use that authority to silence what he believed to be an original expression of a student's opinion.

Brandon Creasy, a junior at the school, submitted an opinion column about evolution for the magazine. It asserted that evolution is a real phenomenon and that natural selection is a well-confirmed theory.

A column's telos -- its purpose or goal -- is to express the views of the writer, not the principal's or the community's. [link]
I agree. The principal let his own attitudes and inclinations win out over his responsibility to be fair. And, as important, he had every right to do what he did - censor the kid's column.

As for the Roanoke Times, I hope the editorialists there are as "open-minded" next time some narrow-minded school administrator wishes to ban the most widely read book in the history of humankind from the school library.

Idiots On Parade

I couldn't believe it until I read it. Then I still didn't believe it. An argument in favor of global warming legislation, and now, before it's too late:
Obama left with little time to curb global warming
By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.

"The time for delay is over; the time for denial is over," he said on Tuesday after meeting with former Vice President Al Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming. "We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now that this is a matter of urgency and national security and it has to be dealt with in a serious way."

Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming. [link]
I don't even need to comment. That may be the stupidest thing I've read this year.

Idiots On Parade II

Megan McArdle, writing in The Atlantic, on the reason the auto bailout failed. Or not:
Just desserts

I'm hearing the truly bizarre argument that the UAW didn't scuttle the negotiations; it was the Republicans' unreasonable insistence that they cut their wages to levels comparable to that of their competition. After all, the UAW was perfectly willing to negotiate their compensation package--in 2011, when their current contract expires.

And I think that's perfectly reasonable. We'll just wait until 2011 to give them the money, then.

If you know why that's stupid, then you know why the other argument is stupid, too. GM is losing money now. It needs to cut its labor costs (and its other costs) now, not in 2011. [link]
Stupid is the word of the day.

Idiots On Parade III

Trendy? Yes. Silly? Without doubt.

Virginia fights climate change* with trees

I can speak with a reasonable degree of authority on this subject, having just consulted weather.com:

The "climate" will "change" regardless.

* I think columnist Christian Trejbal is talking about global warming here. Why "climate change" has become the fad is beyond me.

Way Over The Top

Saturday Night Live in recent months has gained quite a following among the elite in this country, especially after having beaten up on vice presidential contender Sarah Palin to great effect.

But the jabs and the mockery can sometimes go too far. When comedy becomes derision, especially of the physically handicapped, well, it's not funny anymore. To say the least.

To normal Americans, it never was. But to Democrats, where once the skits were uproariously comical, before their ox started getting gored, laughter now turns to rage:
Paterson In a Blind Rage Over 'SNL' Skit
By David K. Li, The New York Post

Gov. Paterson didn't see the humor in a "Saturday Night Live" bit that mocked his blindness.

During the "Weekend Update" segment of NBC's irreverent comedy show, actor Fred Armisen played Paterson, imitating his wandering eye, gravelly voice and blunt, self-effacing demeanor.

But Paterson and advocates for the visually impaired didn't appreciate stock blind jokes that had Armisen pretending to be disoriented and wandering aimlessly.

"I can take a joke," Paterson told reporters.

But he called the SNL spoof a "third-grade depiction of people and the way they look" that could lead others to believe that "disability goes hand-in-hand with an inability to run a government or business." [link]
Not being a Democrat, I have no idea what that last comment means. But Paterson's main point is well taken. Making fun of the blind is beyond the pale.

Not that the SNL goons will stop making fun of people. It's their schtick. I expect, though, that they'llgo back toridiculing Republicans in short order. That's acceptable - and encouraged - in elite circles.

Photo courtesy of the New York Post

The Troops Still Love Him

While Democrats made the case that George W. Bush did our military men and women grievous harm over the last eight years (yet at the same time not going near one themselves for fear of getting soiled), the troops still idolize the man:

The message carried forth:

"Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Another Unbiased Reporter

This guy has a future with MSNBC:
In final visit to Iraq, Bush dodges a shoe
By Steven Lee Myers and Alissa J. Rubin, International Herald Tribune

Baghdad: President George W. Bush flew to Iraq on Sunday, his fourth and final trip to highlight the recently completed security agreement between the United States and the country that has occupied the bulk of his presidency and will to a large extent define his legacy.

But his appearance at a news conference here was interrupted by an Iraqi journalist who shouted in Arabic — "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog" — and threw one of his shoes at the president, who ducked and narrowly avoided being struck.

As chaos ensued, he threw his other shoe, shouting, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq." The second shoe also narrowly missed Bush as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki stuck out a hand in front of the president's face to help shield him. [link]
This is really nothing new. American "journalists" have been throwing things at Bush for years. Lies. Distortions. Accusations. Conspiracy theories. Cynicism. Contempt. Hatred. Venom. Condescension. Rejection ...

This Is Cute

The Centrum Silver people have released a new commercial for their popular multivitamin for the elderly. It's eye-catching:

Good stuff.

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