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Monday, March 23, 2009

A Movement Grows

Memo to Debbie Meade of the Roanoke Times: How about sending some people over to the Wiley Drive Greenway on the 15th to cover this story?
Roanoke Tea Party Update
By Roanoke RnR

We are confirmed as a go for April 15th - 5:00pm - 7:00pm for the Roanoke Tea Party.

Join us on Wiley Drive Greenway, next to the Roanoke River near the footbridge to the old stadium site and across from the River's Edge Sports Complex.

There should be plenty of on-street parking, and anyone coming from downtown could take advantage of the free trolley. Please be aware that we are permitted to carry signs, but they cannot be on sticks. Don't ask me why 'cause I don't know.

We have set up a Roanoke Tea Party Facebook page, so stop by and visit.

Contact information: LvsCrittersTwo@aol.com

Please join us in getting the word out...You can make a difference! [link]
This one I can vouch for (see another tea party protest plan in the works below). Though we've never met, I've communicated on-and-off in recent years with Roanoke RnR. She's one of us. A by-God American who wants only the best for her country. And she's a take-no-prisoners kinda woman. My kinda woman. If she's committed to this, then so am I.

A second memo to the Roanoke Times's publisher, Debbie Meade: I'd bet the reason protest signs aren't allowed to be on sticks at this gathering has to do with police fears that the protesters will want to beat the shit out of your reporters with them, should said reporters show up. But these aren't left-wing nuts. These are law-abiding, red-blooded Americans. So your reporters are safe. And your reporters don't seem to be the blinded-by-liberal-bias types.

So send 'em. And drop on by yourself. You might learn something.

Graphic courtesy of Roanoke Tax Day Tea Party.


Our tax dollars have to be wasted on something, right? Why not blow them on more silly tourism initiatives here in Southwest Virginia?

See "Association strives to build on tourism strengths" in the Smyth County News.

Tourism strengths. Give me a moment to clean up the Wheaties on my keyboard.

But hey. There's grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission involved. So let's spend it.

Either that or start thinking out of the box.

How 'bout this? We actually start bringing some of those tourists we keep reading about here to Southwest Virginia by going over to McDowell County, WV. and paying a bunch of derelicts to come to Marion and dress up like "tourists" and hang out at the Waffle House? If we were to get - say - 25 "tourists" to show up, that would be 24 more than currently come down this way, and the cost - say, $20,00 a head - would be a a heck of a lot cheaper than what we're paying now.

Just a thought.

Or we can build a couple dozen more trails and bike paths. Take your pick.

There's Just One Tiny Little Problem

The Kingsport Times-News says we're being premature in believing the newspaper business to be imploding:
Don't write obituary for newspaper industry just yet

“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” So wrote the humorist Mark Twain after learning that a newspaper reporter had been dispatched to confirm his demise in 1897.

These days, a spate of similarly premature obituaries are predicting the impending doom of the nation’s newspapers. According to various pundits, newspapers are lumbering dinosaurs that simply can’t adapt to a rapidly evolving media landscape.

It’s true that the number of U.S. newspapers has been on the decline for more than a century. In 1880, there were 7,000 newspapers in America; today, 1,400. But as Albert Einstein, no neophyte with numbers, once observed, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

The Times-News is a prime example. We print more than 40,000 copies of the newspaper daily, but tens of thousands of other readers connect to us through our online sites. From Feb. 15 to March 17 of this year, for instance, 175,000 different people viewed our sites, including www.timesnews.net. That included unique visitors from every single state and 162 foreign countries. [link]
All that's well and good. Four times as many "customers" partook of the paper's daily offerings via the internet than by hard copy.

But here's the problem: That hard copy (or print) version of the paper is generally stuffed with ads from area retailers. And it's the retailer that is truly the newspaper's customer. Not the schmuck who laid down 50¢ for his daily read. The internet version? It's woefully lacking in ads (whether paid for or freebies) and, to add insult to injury, the schmuck can save his 50¢ and get the on-line version for free.

(I'd also argue - without any supporting documentation - that on-line readers find advertisements to be nothing more than an annoyance; why else has the "pop-up blocker" industry thrived?)

If I were teaching a Business 101 class, I'd suggest - respectfully - that that is a business model sure to bring ... ultimate and unequivocal disaster.

But then if I were teaching History 101, I'd be instructing my eager young skulls full of mush that that scenario has already played out.

Perhaps, for the sake of all those in the print journalism world who are soon to find their world to have finally come crashing down, I should be teaching Vocational Education 101.

Too bad too. I love my newspapers and will miss them terribly.

The Best Laid Plans

Some of you may remember this little ditty from the Vietnam days:

How times have changed:

In Virginia Tech news a few days ago:
Students to protest Iraq War on Drillfield
by Ryan Petchenick, Collegiate Times news staff writer

Today, the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, many Virginia Tech organizations will come together to gather on the Drillfield for what the organizers predict will be the largest campus anti-war protest at Tech since the month before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"There should be a minimum of 50 to 100 people," said Burke Thomas. Thomas, one of the organizers of the protest - and a regular opinion page columnist in the Collegiate Times - has been working behind the scenes to help coordinate the protest since November when the protest first began its early stages of planning.

The goal of the protest is to gather enough student signatures to call on the Student Government Association to either vote "for" or "against" the War in Iraq. [link]
I know. You're thinking "Don't these idiots know the war has ended and we won?" But you need to understand: These are college students at southwest Virginia's premier school of "higher learning," so the news hasn't reached campus yet.

That said, you wouldn't be alone either. In thinking them to be idiots, that is. Apparently the rest of the planet heard about the protest and gave a big yawn. Either that or all of Virginia Tech's student body was recovering from a collective hangover after its team beat Morgan State in the NIT tournament the night before.

Because nobody apparently showed up to protest "the war" the next day on Tech's Drillfield.

The follow-up story on that gathering that was to bring "many Virginia Tech organizations together"?

There isn't one.

A follow-up story, that is.

Anywhere to be found on the internet.

Which tells me that nobody showed up.

God is good.

Protest Coming To a Town Near You

If you get all your news from the mainstream press, you're probably not aware of all the "tea parties" being held around the country in protest of the Obama government's willful destruction of the nation we hold dear; destruction coming in the form of massive spending beyond our means, saddling our children and grandchildren with debt the likes of which the world has never seen before.

For those of you who'd like to bone up on the movement that is intended to get our president's attention (as well as that of our various profligate congresspersons around the country), go here to get a taste of what the many rallies around the country are all about.

And along those lines, I'll pass along some information I received via email yesterday:
Folks, I know that we have all heard about the tea parties popping up all over the country and one has been scheduled for the Abingdon, Virginia area.

If anyone is interested in attending here is the info:

April 15th, 2009
5:00 until ... ???
Original muster site of the Kings Mountain Men
Off of Colonial Road, just behind Dairy Queen on Rte. 11.
Abingdon, VA.

Directions: Southbound I-81, take exit 14. Turn right at the end of the off ramp onto Old Jonesboro Road. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Lee Highway and proceed eastward through one traffic light and turn right onto Colonial Road. The muster ground is approximately one quarter of a mile on the right.

Northbound I-81, take exit 14. This will put you on Old Jonesboro Road and follow the directions given above.

From Rts. 19/Alt58 turn right on to West Main Street (Rts. 19/11) in the direction of the community college then turn left on to Colonial Road.
I don't know the person who's putting this protest together and I haven't received any particulars (yet) beyond what you see here.

But it could be a hoot.

And I haven't protested anything since my college days.

But I'm in the mood to raise some hell over the way our country is being led.

So maybe we'll all get together down in Abingdon on the 15th?

If I get some more information about this, I'll pass it along.

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Special note: Someone might want to invite Boucher.

Surprise. Surprise.

Obama, just a few months ago, during the campaign:
Above all, I will send a clear message: we will not repeat the mistake of the past, when we turned our back on Afghanistan following Soviet withdrawal. As 9/11 showed us, the security of Afghanistan and America is shared. And today, that security is most threatened by the al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan.

I will not hesitate to use military force to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to America.

To make this story reality, it's going to take Americans coming together and changing the fundamental direction of this country. It's going to take the service of a new generation of young people. It's going to take facing tragedy head-on and turning it into the next generation's triumph. That is a challenge that I welcome. Because when we do make that change, we'll do more than win a war -- we'll live up to that calling to make America, and the world, safer, freer, and more hopeful than we found it.

Obama Says a Way Out of Afghanistan Is Needed

For the love of God.

All The Gun Laws In The World ...

News out of the city with more gun laws than any other on the planet - Mayor Bloomberg's New York:
ABC Radio Reporter Found Dead in Brooklyn
By Eric Konigsberg and Colin Moynihan, New York Times

George Weber, a reporter whose voice had been a steady presence on ABC radio for more than a dozen years, was found dead in his brownstone apartment in Brooklyn on Sunday, the police said.

The death has been ruled a homicide. The police said they found Mr. Weber’s body about 9 a.m. on Sunday. He had been stabbed, but no weapon was found, the police said. [link]
Bloomberg has announced that an investigation is under way to find out if the weapon used was part of a "straw purchase" in Virginia.

And he's going to seek more gun laws to prevent such senseless crimes from ever happening in the future.

Cruel But Necessary

The New York Times this morning has an unsympathetic report on the "right-leaning" Swedish government's decision to not prop up an essentially bankrupt Saab Automobile. See "Sweden Says No to Saving Saab." Unsympathetic to the government, that is. "The plight of the displaced workers," and all that.

I need to take some time one day and find out what the Times's response was when America's last buggy whip manufacturer closed its doors a hundred years ago. I'd probably read that Theodore Roosevelt should have stepped in with federal cash to prop up the struggling industry and to not have ignored the needs of those employees, despite the fact that they no longer had anything to do when they reported to work.

And we'd have a fine assortment of buggy whips available to us today at a government-run supermarket just down the street.

Look, it hurts to watch a company like Saab go under. But throwing cash at a faltering enterprise doesn't make it worthwhile. It just makes it and its employees a welfare case.

If you disagree, do a little mental exercise: If a buggy whip manufacturer is able to produce 350,000 of its finest wares a year, and taking sales into account, how many would be on hand today at that store down the street that began receiving federal assistance in 1909?

Answer: All of them.

But we'd have a whole lot of happy taxpayer-funded buggy whip employees churning them out day after day after ...

Now, Now

This just ain't right:

Kinda clever though.

Courtesy of Hugh McBride.

Th'ow Down Time

The latest on the Obama gun confiscation front:
Obama's Gun Ban List Is Out
Alan Korwin - Author, "Gun Laws Of America"

Here it is, folks, and it is bad news.

Slipping below the radar (or under the short-term memory cap), the Democrats have already leaked a gun-ban list, even under the Bush administration when they knew full well it had no chance of passage (HR 1022, 110th Congress).. It serves as a framework for the new list the Brady's plan to introduce shortly.

Rifles (or copies or duplicates):

M1 Carbine,
Sturm Ruger Mini-14,
Bushmaster XM15,
Armalite M15,
Thompson 1927,
Thompson M1;
NHM 90,
NHM 91,
SA 85,
SA 93,
Olympic Arms PCR;
Calico Liberty ,
Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU,
Fabrique National FN/FAL,
Thompson 1927 Commando,
Kel-Tec Sub Rifle;
SKS with detachable magazine,
SLG 95,
SLR 95 or 96,
Steyr AU,
Galil and Uzi Sporter,
Galil Sporter, or Galil Sniper Rifle ( Galatz ).

Pistols (or copies or duplicates):
Calico M-110,
MAC-11, or MPA3,
Olympic Arms OA,
TEC-22 Scorpion, or AB-10,

Shotguns (or copies or duplicates):
Armscor 30 BG,
SPAS 12 or LAW 12,
Striker 12,
I can tell you, I own one of the firearms on this list. But I'll not divulge exactly what it is. Obama wants to come and get it? He'll get no help from me. Nor will he find it. Nor will I surrender it willingly.

The 2nd Amendment is the only thing now standing between our God-given freedom and Obama's effort to enslave us all.

I ask all of you to join me in working to protect our right to keep and bear arms - America's first freedom - against such efforts.