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Monday, January 19, 2009

Uh, Dude ...

This comes to us this morning in a letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times:
"What would you do if Mexico were shooting rockets at the U.S.?" This is the kind of bumper-sticker rhetoric that passes for serious argument to justify Israel's attack on Gaza. Sad, when the counter-argument is so obvious and relevant: What would you do if all your borders and air space were totally controlled by a foreign power, preventing commercial activity and causing anemia and malnutrition?
Someone needs to pass along to this guy a few key points:

1) Israel turned Gaza over to the Gazans (against my many admonitions) in 2005. Gazans became a free people at that time. They even held their own first-ever free elections to prove it.

2) The Israeli Defense Forces were completely out of Gaza by September, 2005, leaving the "country" to be run by a (duly elected) terrorist organization - Hamas.

3) While it's true that the Israelis have set up roadblocks along the Israel/Gaza border (my guess is, the Israelis got a little fed up with the bus bombings and civilian slaughter. Go figure), there are no roadblocks along the Gaza/Egypt border. There's plenty of opportunity for commerce to flow through Rafa:

Uh, well, actually that's not true. A wall has indeed been erected to prevent Gazans from entering and leaving, beyond those that have been constructed by the Israelis, constructed for the same reason - to control the flow of arms into a terrorist-run "nation" - by the Egyptians:
So why does Egypt continue to restrict access to Gaza?

The burden of Gaza — Cairo believes that if it left the Egypt-Gaza border wide open Israel would wash its hands of responsibility for ensuring the Gazans receive enough to keep them alive—food, water, medical supplies, electricity and other essentials. Egyptian diplomats say that Israel would seal the border with Gaza on its side, diverting all trade and traffic through Egypt.

The burden would be a drain on Egyptian resources and the authorities might find it hard to prevent an influx of Gaza Palestinians seeking work and housing.
4) There is obviously Jews something else that Jews is prompting your Jews indignation. Jews I wonder what it could be.

Tourism on the Decline

Rick Boucher needs to apologize to the people of the 9th Congressional District. For nearly thirty years he's been sinking our hard-earned tax dollars into what a few of us have known to be a losing proposition.


The verdict on his silly scheme is in. In fact, it's been coming in in waves for these last several years:

There are few tourists coming to see our rocks and bushes.

In fact, fewer than there once were.

Even the Crown Jewel of the area's tourism industry - the Blue Ridge Parkway - continues its precipitate decline:
Parkway visitation declined last year
The Associated Press

Roanoke -- One million fewer people traveled the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway last year.

National Park Service statistics show total visitation in 2008 was 18.25 million, down from 19.29 million in 2007.

Scott Bell, the National Park Service official who tallies parkway visits, declined to speculate on the reason for the 5.4 percent decrease. However, the decline coincides with a big increase in gasoline prices. [link]

Now there are those who are shouting: "Gas prices! Gas prices last year prevented a lot of people from driving down here to see our boulders and abandoned factories!"

True enough.

In fact, though, the decline is an ongoing matter. This we learned in 2004:

Parkway Visits Dip Nearly 20 Percent
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004

Roanoke - The number of visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia dropped dramatically, nearly 20 percent, last year [2003], the largest decrease in recent memory.

It's bad news because parkway tourists pump hundreds of millions of dollars into surrounding counties.

Last year, parkway officials recorded about 6.6 million visits in Virginia, down from 2002's 8.1 million, a decrease of 19 percent.

Counting only recreation visits and not commuters, overall visitation dropped 14.8 percent, from 21.5 million in 2002 to 18.3 million last year. In Virginia, recreational visits dropped about 20 percent, from 7.6 million to 6.1 million.

Parkway officials were at a loss to explain the decline in visitors but speculated that tourists stayed away from the scenic drive in 2003 because of abnormally wet weather. (
link no longer works; go here)
Millions of dollars have been spent on attracting tourists to Southwest Virginia and we are now seeing fewer tourists than before the effort was launched.

You owe us an apology, Rick. And we want our money back.

Point, Counterpoint

The Washington Post on "national service":
Today, the nation honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a man whose tireless quest for equality and justice helped to make possible tomorrow's historic inauguration of the first African American as president of the United States. Today's holiday is meant to be a day of national service, a day when a grateful nation emulates Dr. King's sacrifice and service to others so that they may know a better life.

Dr. King once said, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." We encourage you to visit www.mlkday.gov today to find a project that could use your greatness. [link]

Strive. Achieve. Prosper. Employ people. Create opportunity. Bring about circumstances that impart to others the prospect of achieving that same prosperity.

Leave the Peace Corps to losers and mindless idiots.

On This Inaugural Eve

For those looking to me for some profound words for the ages on the eve of an historic day, here you go:

Those Americans who believe with all their hearts that the United States government can solve our problems are understandably jubilant.

You can quote me.

Why We Cherish The 2nd Amendment

The Constitution's guarantee that we have the right to keep and bear arms gained prominence in the years after the Civil War. In a most unusual place. The black South. Why?
The Freedmen's Bureau Act of 1866 promised that "personal liberty, personal security, and the acquisition, enjoyment, and disposition of estate, real and personal, including the constitutional right to bear arms, shall be secured to and enjoyed by all the citizens." This was no theoretical concern. As senators noted during the debate on the bill, many Southern states sought to reimpose legal bans on gun ownership by blacks -- leaving them at the mercy of Klansmen and other white terrorists. [source]
Southern blacks armed themselves out of fear of being murdered by marauding bands of hostile whites who were left unchecked by sympathetic state and local governments. A fear that was well-founded:

The Colfax Massacre or Colfax Riot (as the events are termed on the official state historic marker) occurred on April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana, the seat of Grant Parish.

In the wake of a contested election for Governor and local offices, whites armed with rifles and a small cannon overpowered freedmen and state militia (also black) trying to control the parish courthouse. Most of the freedmen were killed after they surrendered, and nearly 50 were killed later that night after having been held as prisoners for several hours. Estimates of the dead varied. A military report to Congress in 1875, identified the deaths of three white men and 105 black men by name, and also noted that 15-20 bodies of unidentified black men were recovered from the Red River. A state historical marker from 1950 noted fatalities as three whites and 150 blacks. [source]

This is the most notorious of many, many such instances that occurred in the last decades of the 19th century.

It was in this era that the anti-gun movement began. A movement with the desired goal of disarming - and making completely defenseless -black America. And it was led - openly - by the Klan.

Why do I bring this up?

If I were Jewish, and I lived in the USA, I'd be arming myself to the teeth.

"Get back to the oven."

Yeah, I'd have a lot of guns. Locked and loaded.

If I were Jewish, I would make a vow:

Never again.

And I'd be demanding that those 2nd Amendment protections not be screwed with by an anti-2nd Amendment United States government. Now. Ever.

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A related thought: "Germany OK's Hamas Flags at Rallies... Rips Down Israeli Flags

What Media Bias?

From Salon.com:
This week's inauguration story came ready with two interesting news angles: the huge cost (in contrast with the dire situation in Iraq) and the unprecedented security. And in both cases, the political press corps, as has been its habit under the Bush administration, showed little interest in prying. In the days and weeks leading up to the event, the press has largely treated inauguration criticism as partisan and silly, making sure to give Bush backers lots of time and room to defend the unmatched pomp and circumstance.
Oh, I should mention, that was about George W. Bush's second inaugural in 2005.

And what does Salon have to say in 2009, what with Obama's inauguration costing four times what the 2005 Bush inaugural cost?
For the first time in my adult life, to paraphrase Michelle Obama, I am crazy in love with my country, and it was fun to attend this schmaltzy sort of wedding to celebrate the change that's gonna come.
For the love of God.

Allah Be Praised

From The Sun:
Anti-terror bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror — the BLACK DEATH.

At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.

Boys Will Be Boys

I can't believe this guy pulled this stunt. Even I know better.

I hope he survived the beating he got.