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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I Can Live With It

Setting aside the political machinations behind the effort, I think the decision by the Virginia Department of Transportation to cut back services along the interstates in Southwest Virginia is acceptable.

Others disagree:
Troubling cuts — Southwest Virginia comes up short
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The widespread budget cuts recommended last week by Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner David Ekern are particularly troubling for far Southwest Virginia.

It would appear the commissioner has failed to take into consideration the unique geography and challenges of this region in his final decision.

Ekern, who delivered his final recommendations to members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, is calling for a closure of two local rest areas along the Interstate 81 corridor in Wythe and Smyth counties, the elimination of safety service patrols in Southwest Virginia, and even a significantly scaled-back mowing schedule along local interstate corridors. [link]
It's probably not a coincidence that the area of the state that provides the most united - and most vociferous - opposition to tax increases to feed the VDOT maw is the same area that is getting hit hardest by the proposed service cuts.

Call it payback.

Or a tantrum.

But, except - to a minor degree - for the safety patrols being eliminated, a service that provided valuable assistance but is overly costly, I don't have a problem with these cuts. I'll just learn to pee when I stop at McDonald's for my diet coke. And, as much as I'll mourn the loss of jobs for all those Mexicans who mow the interstate medians and off-ramps, I'll learn to deal with tall grass. It's kinda nice, environmentally speaking, anyway.

So here's to VDOT. Make them cuts.

If you think it's going to change our attitudes toward the waste you engender, think again.

In fact, now that we know it's possible, WE DEMAND MORE CUTS.

Stupefaction of the Day

This sentence in a Roanoke Times editorial this morning (about how neat an idea it is that Congress may pass global warming "climate change" legislation even though all evidence points to the fact that the globe climate is not warming changing) is so tortured I feel sorry for it:

"Virginia's 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher gets much of the credit for working out these and other compromises that weaken the bill from an environmental standpoint."

If this environment bill is a good thing, why is Boucher getting credit for weakening it? These guys are big on the environment, right? Why would they praise him for actions they oppose?

I think we all know why. Boucher turned his back on his constituents and sided with the environmental crazies in Washington ( and at the Times) on a piece of legislation that is sure to bring widespread devastation to Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties. Economic destruction the likes of which the area has never experienced before. And this (pathetic) effort is an attempt to paint the traitor in some kind of positive light ("yeah, he supports the legislation that we favor but he weakened it and that's a good thing and he's to be commended, everybody") to try to drum up support for his sorry ass. Call it providing cover for their favorite little toady.

The bottom line - and never forget it: No politician in the history of Southwest Virginia has done more harm to our way of life - at least since the days of John B. Floyd - than this guy has in recent days:
May his name be forever logged in the annals of infamy.

Now This Might Be Interesting

I watch ABC on TV so rarely I couldn't tell you what channel it's on. If it's not Fox News, it's a movie, with a brief stop now and then at the Weather Channel.

But this may alter my viewing habits:
Making a Mockery of Being Green
By Jamin Brophy-Warren, New York Times

Director Mike Judge’s new animated television series “The Goode Family” is a send-up of a clan of environmentalists who live by the words “What would Al Gore do?” Gerald and Helen Goode want nothing more than to minimize their carbon footprint. They feed their dog, Che, only veggies (much to the pet’s dismay) and Mr. Goode dutifully separates sheets of toilet paper when his wife accidentally buys two-ply. And, of course, the family drives a hybrid.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., “The Goode Family” will have its premiere on ABC and become the first animated series on the network’s prime-time lineup since 1995 when “The Critic” starring Jon Lovitz ended its second season. [link]
Since I mock environmentalists all the time, this should be right up my alley. Now, if it's creative ...

9 pm tonight. Be there. Or be sq ... a tree hugger.

In The Blink of an Eye

Say what you will about Mike Tyson. No parent should ever have to endure this:
Iron Mike Grieves As Girl Dies
By Lorena Mongelli and Nick Martin, New York Post

Phoenix -- Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter, who had been on life support since getting her neck tangled in an electrical cord Monday, has died.

The shattered former boxing champ and the child's devastated mother, Sol Xochitl, spent yesterday huddled in grief in Phoenix, where the mom lived with the child, Exodus, and a 7-year-old son.

"There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Exodus," Tyson said in a statement. "We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal." [link]
A tragic, senseless accident. A child is lost forever.

Think only kind thoughts of Mike Tyson this day.

It Takes a Smarter Man Than Me ...

... to figure this one out:
Court upholds Prop. 8 but lets marriages stand
By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco -- California voters legally outlawed same-sex marriage when they approved Proposition 8 in November, but the constitutional amendment did not dissolve the unions of 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who wed before the measure took effect, the state Supreme Court ruled today.

The 6-1 decision upholding Prop. 8 was issued by the same court that declared a year ago that a state law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman violated the right to choose one's spouse and discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation. [link]
It's discriminatory but acceptable in the eyes of the (state) law. Uh, okay.

Some gay marriages will stand. But gay marriage is banned. What?

Why do I feel like Solomon's commandment that the child be sliced in two with a sword was carried out by the California Supreme Court?

I will probably rejoice, as soon as I'm certain that this is rejoicable.

If That's What You Want

As you are all aware, I've made it clear that I am prepared to accept any nominee that Obama chooses for the Supreme Court. He won, and all that. But this gal, who looks like she's good for a cheap thrill, is pushing it. Who is she?

Obama's nominee for the high court. One Sonia Sotomayor.

Here's what prompted his decision, and in this order:

Liberal √

Female √√

Puerto Rican √√√

Feminist √

Obligatory "Compelling Life Story" √

Racist oops.

Strong résumé √

At least she'll be fun to blog in coming years.

Here's the deal, folks. Obama wants her. You wanted Obama. She's what you get in the package deal. So learn to live with it.

I will.

I keep telling myself: At least Bush 41's worst mistake is on his way out.

Photo courtesy of Drudge.

That Was Then. This Is Now.

Alberto Gonzales is Hispanic. And he was crucified in the liberal press until he finally resigned from office.

Miguel Estrada, an accomplished Hispanic, was savagely hounded out of his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals by liberal Democrats.

Hispanic hipsanish.

So, when I read bullshit like this in the liberal New York Times, the Wheaties in my stomach begin to churn:
In restaurants, homes and offices across the country, Hispanics responded to Judge Sotomayor’s selection with a puff of pride, some gratitude and considerable discussion. In interviews in Miami, Los Angeles and New York, many said this kind of recognition from Washington — Democratic or Republican — was long overdue given the growing size of the Hispanic voting bloc. [my emphasis]
I think I'll puke.

Non-Quote of the Day

I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a black man who hasn’t lived that life."

-- (paraphrasing) Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Separated At Birth?

Just wonderin' ...