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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Sad End

I have two reactions to the following story. (1) How did they survive this long? (2) I wish they had found the necessary magic to keep their doors open.

If you've never been inside the Agnew Seed store in downtown Roanoke, you've never taken this unique opportunity to step back in time. Which is why it is no more.


The sad tale:
Farewell to growers: downtown Roanoke shop closes
By Jenny Kincaid Boone, Roanoke Times

A landmark downtown Roanoke seed shop opened its doors to shoppers for the final time Tuesday.

Pat Agnew has closed Agnew Seed, a family-owned business on Market Street.

Agnew Seed opened in 1897, and its Web site claims that it is the oldest seed store in Virginia. It was started by relatives of Frank Agnew, Kent Agnew's father, according to the Agnew Seed Web site. Frank Agnew took over the store with W.S. Connelly in 1946. [link]
To clarify, Agnew Seed is an old feed & seed store that catered to growers and farmers (successfully) back when the Roanoke area had a lot of growers and farmers. That's certainly the case no more.

Last time I was there, it was evident that the store management was trying its best to reach out to those urban gardeners in town, but it was a woefully weak attempt. And a miniscule customer base to be depending upon. It was a business model that was doomed to failure.

Still, to walk into Agnew Seed is (was) to step into a retail shop of a hundred years ago. It was a memorable experience. Sadly, memories are now all that remain.

Too bad.

But such is life.

Chapter 11 Awaits

Only when the UAW is tossed from the process will the Big Three automakers be able to work their way to profitability. But until then:

UAW Vows to Fight Salary Concessions

Is anyone surprised by this?

The Bottom Line

On the state of California's attempt to crush the will of the California citizenry, Investor's Business Daily:
California's attorney general claims Proposition 8's amending of the state constitution is unconstitutional. He says it attempts to "extinguish" a "fundamental" right that has existed for all of seven months.
To show just how detached the government of California is from the people, the Supreme Court there is likely to find that constitutional amendment unconstitutional.

"Live from Sacramento, it's Saturday Night!"

We're All Going To Die From Global Warming!

The top ten indicators, as provided by the loony left:
No Matter What Happens, Someone Will Blame Global Warming
Fox News

Global warming was blamed for everything from beasts gone wild to anorexic whales to the complete breakdown of human society this year -- showing that no matter what it is and where it happens, scientists, explorers, politicians and those who track the Loch Ness Monster are comfortable scapegoating the weather.

FOXNews.com takes a look back at 10 things that global warming allegedly caused — or will no doubt soon be responsible for — as reported in the news around the world in 2008.

1. Cannibalism
2. The Death of the Loch Ness Monster
3. Beer Gets More Expensive
4. Pythons Take Over America
5. Kidney Stones
6. Skinny Whales
7. Shark Attacks
8. Black Hawk Down
9. Frozen Penguin Babies
10. Killer Stingray Invasion
You can find the details of each here.

Frighteningly, this is not a spoof. "Global warming" was actually cited as being the cause of all these current or soon-to-be (and one past) afflictions on humankind. And "scientists" play a prominent role in the spreading of the insanity.

The latest of course, but not making the top 10, has to do with that AP science (fiction) writer who postulates that recent global cooling trends are attributable to global warming as well.

Madness. Sheer madness.

What Makes The Difference?

You've all read by now about the verdict in that Ft. Dix terrorism trial. If not, you can read here about those 5 foreign-born Muslims who were found guilty of conspiracy. On a related note, some are asking a very legitimate question. Why is "white and wealthy" Bill Ayres a free man despite his efforts to pull off the identical terrorist attack?

Jonah Goldberg:
What other conclusion can you draw? The white and wealthy Bill Ayers never spent a day in jail despite being an accomplice in an attempted terrorist attack on Fort Dix. Why should these poor immigrants be singled out for simply trying to do a job Americans will no longer do?
Funny. And yet ...

Ponder This

Haven't we had enough of the Kennedys by now? Apparently not if we live in the northeast and have the intellect of herded sheep. Michael Weiss makes the point:
Thomas Paine didn't have Google, where terms like "American Royalty" and "Camelot" spring right up whenever the query is the name of one of the most mediocre and over-indulged families to ever sully these fine shores. How is it that, in an age where a mixed-race man from a broken home, the product of international upbringing and no inherited fortune, can be elected president, we are still talking about the [f'ing] Kennedys?
To me, it's the sense of - and willing acceptance of - entitlement that is galling. And, quite honestly, a bit shocking. I hold Caroline Kennedy in high regard because of the fond memories her relationship - cut short - with her father many years ago engenders. That does not mean, however, that I'll be a gleeful passenger aboard a Boeing 757 flight to Phoenix that she's piloting any time soon. (think about it ...)

What's with these people?

A Clear Winner

The contest wasn't even close:
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Wins“Quote of the Year”
Media Research Center

Alexandria, VA. --- The Media Research Center today announced its Best Notable Quotables of 2008: The 21st Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “won” the dubious honor of Quote of the Year for gushing over a Barack Obama speech back in February: “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often….And that is an objective assessment.” [link]
Second place had to be this, from "comedian" Bill Maher:
"If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you ‘Pope.’ It’s like, if you can’t pay your mortgage, you’re a deadbeat. But if you can’t pay a million mortgages, you’re Bear Stearns and we bail you out. And that is who the Catholic Church is: the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia."
(I don't understand it either, but it's fair to say, this guy has major issues.)