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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

We Gain Ground

Another local newspaper comes out in opposition to the Democrats' efforts in Richmond to close that mythical "gun show loophole." In addition to a hard-hitting editorial that came out recently in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in which gun control advocates were accused of making false allegations and using misleading statistics, the Kingsport Times News has this:
Virginia lawmakers should reject gun show legislation

A Virginia Senate committee has passed along for full Senate vote a bill requiring “private dealers” at gun shows to perform background checks on buyers. Advocates contend the bill closes a loophole in state law, but this bill will do nothing to make Virginians safer from gun crime.

It also happens to be blatantly unconstitutional.

A licensed firearms dealer has to conduct exactly the same background check at a gun show as in his primary business location. Private sales at gun shows are protected under the Second Amendment, which explicitly permits the sale or trade of weapons in a face-to-face transaction. And that’s as it should be.

The ability of individuals to privately sell that extra 12-gauge they inherited from Grandpa to a fellow hunter is perfectly harmless. And through the years literally millions of guns have been bought and traded in this fashion.
Unlike the elitists who write for the Washington Post, none of whom, I'd bet, have ever attended a gun show (how else to explain how misguided they are on the subject?), these people at the Times News actually know what they're talking about.

And with that knowledge they are better able to grasp that which takes place at these shows. As they point out, licensed dealers follow the law and obtain background checks on purchasers. But Joe Six-Pack, who takes his Dad's beat-up .22 down to the show and sells it out of his trunk, is hardly a "dealer." But it's ol' Joe that the liberals in the legislature are targeting.

And, last I looked, unless martial law has been declared while I was pouring my morning Wheaties, Joe's actions are still protected by that little thingie we refer to as the Constitution.

Here's to the Kingsport Times News for getting it right.

Hat tip to Carl Kilo.

Another Day, Another Manufacturer Goes Under

Thank God America's financial sector is doing so well, because its manufacturing sector continues to crumble. And Southwest Virginia, so dependent on manufacturing for its existence, suffers the most:
TMD Friction's Dublin plant to close amid bankruptcy
By Jeff Sturgeon, Roanoke Times

TMD Friction Group said it will close its factory near Dublin by May 31, eliminating the jobs of all of the plant's 140 employees.

The action is "due to the massive decline in sales in the automotive industry worldwide," a TMD news release said. [link]
Speaking for me and for so many others outside of Congressman Boucher's circle of influence - where the thousands of jobs he's created for us is still touted - Martha Samples, chairwoman of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board:

"They're another in a long list of companies that have closed their doors in Southwest Virginia. It's just so troubling and so sad to see this happening time after time."

I wish she weren't so right.

Had Enough?

A Bristol Herald Courier reader has a few things to say about our congressman-for-life:
Boucher Has Been Spoofed For Trips

Reflections on some key events which affected all of us during Rep. Rick Boucher’s previous congressional term:

Mr. Boucher voted for immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, indicating that the surge could not work and was doomed to fail. He voted for the Wall Street bailout while commercial banks and securities and investment firms contributed $89,350 to his re-election campaign. He voted for the auto bailout while the auto industry and auto union contributed $219,297 to his campaign. Our electricity bills skyrocketed again. Electric utilities contributed $219,297 to his campaign. Lobbyists and special interests gave more than $1.3 million in an election where he ran unopposed.

While many folks struggled financially to make ends meet and cut back on vacations, Mr. Boucher and his wife were treated to trips to Japan, Germany and Norway. All excursions – airfare, lodging, dining – were paid for by special interest groups. Mr. Boucher made the Congressional Quarterly’s 2007-08 Top 10 List of Congressmen who received the most in free money for travel. U.S. News and World Report and columnist Robert Novak spoofed Mr. Boucher’s (and guests’) free trip to Oslo, Norway. [link]
To be fair, another contributor to the Herald Courier is very supportive of our congressman.

Must be all those jobs he's created for us over the last two decades.

Sad News

Maybe this hurts a bit more than most of the business closings in Southwest Virginia because I know quite a few of the people who will be thrown out of work. A big hole has formed in Christiansburg's economy:
Reed Lumber Co. to close after 60 years
By Lerone Graham, Roanoke Times

Christiansburg -- After more than 60 years in business, Reed Lumber Co. will close its doors in the coming months.

Owner Connie Reed Stoner on Monday cited extreme economic conditions in the building industry and the challenge of keeping up with big-box stores as reasons the company will go out of business.

At one point, Stoner said Reed Lumber had 70 employees. That number dwarfs the 14 employees that remained Monday. Stoner had to lay off half his work force Friday, which he said is the worst part about the situation. [link]
The economy. The housing construction crisis. Lowe's and Home Depot. Crappy location.

All of the above.

Reed Lumber is no more.

Too bad. Too bad.

Fascinating Stuff

For those of you who dream of finding buried treasure:
Discovery of British Shipwreck Solves Centuries-Old Mystery
By Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post Foreign Service

London, Feb. 2 -- American salvagers announced Monday the discovery of the wreckage of the HMS Victory, one of the most important ships in British naval history, at least 60 miles from where historians have long believed it sank.

Generations of researchers have puzzled over the loss of the Victory, which sank in 1744 carrying a crew of more than 1,000, more than 100 brass cannons, and four tons of gold it was transporting from Portugal.

Most historians have said the wreckage of the ship had to lie close to the Channel Islands, near the French coast, where Adm. John Balchin was believed to have fatally steered it onto rocky shoals.

But the wreckage was found much farther out in the English Channel, said Greg Stemm, chief executive of Odyssey Marine Exploration, the Florida-based firm that announced the discovery at a London news conference. [link]
At first I thought this was a story about Admiral Nelson's famous flagship - HMS Victory - which would be a story right out of Twilight Zone since HMS Victory still rides the waves today (sorta). Instead, it's a story about a predecessor to the more famous HMS Victory.

Still, it's a most fascinating tale.

They Still Can't Attract An Audience

Ever wonder why liberals are so hell-bent on bringing back the Fairness Doctrine and silencing as many conservative voices on talk radio as possible?

Here are two reasons: (1) It's the only medium they don't control and (2) Try as they might, they can't get people to listen to their blather.

This speaks volumes. They couldn't even attract an audience in what is becoming the most liberal city in America - Washington D.C.:
Flubbing Their Media Moment
By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Staff Writer

President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not.

The area's only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week.

The move by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who purchased the station, WWRC, and others in Washington last summer, leaves the city without a liberal radio outlet. Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election.

But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at Snyder's conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett. Tantum said he will move Schultz to WTNT to give him another shot. [link]
On that last point, I've listened to Ed Schultz when traveling around eastern Pennsylvania (couldn't tell you which station or from where his show was emanating though). He bores me to tears. I think the only reason he has a following at all is because there is a constituency out there looking for a liberal radio mouthpiece. Any mouthpiece. And he is that.

Unfortunately, there just aren't enough liberal fanatics to sustain a radio station. Thus WWRC's "ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured." Which may be an Arbitron first.

And, incredibly, this occurred, of all places, in the magic kingdom of Washington D.C., where all good liberals go to find their destined livelihood - which generally consists of leaching off of the rest of us, and telling us what rotten sob's we are for allowing slavery to exist in the 18th century, Indian massacres in the 19th century, sweatshops in the 20th, global warming in the 21st ...

Anyway, another liberal talk radio station goes under.

Oh, woe.

Amen To That

Investor's Business Daily:

"A member of Britain's government says couples should be limited to two children to save the Earth from global warming. It's discouraging that such muddle-headed people are in positions of power."

"The Population Bum, February 2, 2009

Quote of the Day IV

James Taranto:

"Democrats love taxes. Paying them, not so much."

Quote of the Day III

Newt Gingrich:

"The continuity between the Bush bailout and the Obama bailout will be mildly amazing. This is not the change you can believe in. This is more of the same."

Who can argue with that?

Quote of the Day II

Words for the ages:

"Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter."

Who said it?

Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507, confessed tax cheat extraordinaire.

Quote of the Day

Regarding those "human rights" groups that were so stridently opposed to President Bush's use of "rendition," but seem - suddenly - to be okay with the Obama administration's use of the tactic intended to force confessions out of terrorists, Mark Steyn has this:

"Re that Human Rights Watch flip-flop—"Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place" for rendition—the circumstances seem to be limited to when there's a Democrat in the White House."

Seems so, doesn't it?

Where's Obama?

Dozens have died. Hundreds of thousands are still without power. Food and water, in many areas, are in short supply. Kentucky is a disaster. And President Obama is ...

... livin' large.
Ice Storms Strike the Heartland: Where’s Obama?
By Stephen Gill, Pajamas Media

Last week a massive ice storm struck the heartland of America, leaving at least 42 dead and millions without power or water. Days later there are still over a million people in Kentucky who have no power, no water, and no communications. They could have to survive this way for weeks! The conditions are dire and getting worse, with some storm survivors carrying pails of water from creeks. Thousands more are living in shelters with no timetable for returning home. FEMA is nowhere to be found.

Amid this catastrophe, where is President Barack Obama? While millions are struggling ... with the dangerous and deadly icy conditions President Obama had the thermostat in the Oval Office cranked up like a “hothouse” growing orchids. On Thursday — while millions in Tennessee and Kentucky did not have access to shelter or food — Obama hosted a cocktail party at the White House and served up fancy martinis and an appetizer menu that featured mouthwatering wagyu steak costing $100 a pound.

Saturday night — as the governor of Kentucky called up the entire National Guard in his state to deal with the ongoing crisis — President Obama slipped into his black tie attire to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner, where lavish cocktails and fine dining were the order of the evening. And on Sunday — when millions in Kentucky and Tennessee still lacked the basic necessities of power and water — the Obama family threw an extravagant Super Bowl party! [link]
Where's Obama? If the NBC Super Bowl pregame show was any indication, he's trying to pry Matt Lauer's lips off his butt. Embarrassing doesn't begin to describe it.

As to our new president, all I can say is, if this is "Hope & Change" in action, I'm not impressed.

Let's Talk About That 'Change'

Obama's idea of change sure looks a lot like Washington at its worst:
PROMISES, PROMISES: No lobbyists at WH, except ...
By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer

Washington – Barack Obama promised a "clean break from business as usual" in Washington. It hasn't quite worked out that way.

From the start, he made exceptions to his no-lobbyist rule. And now, embarrassing details about Cabinet-nominee Tom Daschle's tax problems and big paychecks from special interest groups are raising new questions about the reach and sweep of the new president's promised reforms.

Maybe he shouldn't have promised so much ... [link]
Or maybe you should have listened to me when I told you not to listen to him.

"Hope and change." What a crock.

- - -

Even the New York Times - on its front page - is singin' BB King these days. "The thrill is gone":

"During almost two years on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to slay the demons of Washington, bar lobbyists from his administration and usher in what he would later call in his Inaugural Address a 'new era of responsibility.' What he did not talk much about were the asterisks."

The thrill is gone
It's gone away from me
The thrill is gone baby
The thrill is gone away from me
Although, i'll still live on
But so lonely i'll be