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Monday, August 24, 2009

My Kinda Tourist Attraction

So what was all the talk about here in Southwest Virginia over the weekend?

A local tourist attraction.

What?

That's right. An attraction that drew an estimated 160,000 visitors and millions in revenue to the area. In a few short days.

In just a few days?

Yup.

What was that tourist attraction? Was it some hiking trail that penniless college students wander between dope-smoking breaks? Was it one of those bike paths that our congressman has sunk millions of tax dollars into but go virtually unused? That horseback riding trail down in Scott County?

Uh, no, no, and no.

It was Bristol Motor Speedway.

Three more like this REAL TOURIST ATTRACTION and we'd all be in high cotton.

Packin' Heat

Old and defenseless? Only if you choose to be. The alternative?
Sheriff: NC senator shoots intruder at his home
The Associated Press

Tabor City, N.C. -- A sheriff says North Carolina's longest serving state lawmaker has shot one of two intruders who kicked in the front door of his home.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten tells The Star-News of Wilmington that 74-year-old state Sen. R.C. Soles shot the man who was taken to a hospital. [link]
Here's the best part:

R.C. Soles is a Democrat and is a big supporter of gun control.

And a typical Democrat he is. He wants to "control" your right to self defense but maintains his own.

For the love of God.

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* I wonder why the Associated Press report didn't mention Mr. Soles' position on the private ownership of firearms?

Take Note, Roanoke

Those of you who think it would be a swell idea to have passenger trains running from sparsely populated Southwest Virginia to the state capital or beyond should pay attention:

It is about as hair-brained an idea as could be dreamt up by those who think money comes from under the pillow after a visit by the tooth fairy.

The cold, hard truth:
A Rail Boondoggle, Moving at High Speed
By Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post

The Obama administration's enthusiasm for high-speed rail is a dispiriting example of government's inability to learn from past mistakes. Since 1971, the federal government has poured almost $35 billion in subsidies into Amtrak with few public benefits. At most, we've gotten negligible reductions -- invisible and statistically insignificant -- in congestion, oil use or greenhouse gases. What's mainly being provided is subsidized transportation for a small sliver of the population. In a country where 140 million people go to work every day, Amtrak has 78,000 daily passengers. A typical trip is subsidized by about $50.

Given this, you'd think even the dullest politician wouldn't expand rail subsidies, especially considering the almost $11 trillion in projected federal budget deficits between now and 2019. But no, the administration has made high-speed rail a top priority. It's already proposed spending $13 billion ($8 billion in the "stimulus" package and $1 billion annually for five years) as a down payment on high-speed rail in 10 "corridors," including Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and Houston to New Orleans.

The White House promises fabulous benefits. High-speed rail "will loosen the congestion suffocating our highways and skyways," says Vice President Biden. A high-speed rail system would eliminate carbon dioxide emissions "equal to removing 1 million cars from our roads," adds the president. Relieve congestion. Fight global warming. Reduce oil imports. The vision is seductive. The audience is willing. Many Americans love trains and regard other countries' systems (say, Spain's rapid trains between Madrid and Barcelona, running at about 150 mph) as evidence of U.S. technological inferiority.

There's only one catch: The vision is a mirage. The costs of high-speed rail would be huge, and the public benefits meager. [link]
"Public benefits meager." And that's in relation to a passenger rail system between two major metropolitan areas, not between little Roanoke and not-quite-as-little Richmond.

Get real, people. Whereas before Obama came to Washington, money grew on trees, we're now broke. There is no more jack. And there'll be no more foolish adventures that serve no good purpose.

You want a public passenger system that will accommodate travel from Roanoke to Richmond? One that will serve the needs of all those seeking to make that journey? Call 345-7711. Ask for Yellow Cab.

Schedule Of Upcoming Events

Monday- August 24, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Bob McDonnell for Governor
Meet and Greet
Wytheville Community College
Snyder Auditorium in Grayson Hall.
Wytheville, VA

Tuesday- August 25, 4:30 p.m.
Bill Bolling for Lt. Governor
Meet and Greet
Pearisburg Fire Department Hall
720 Mountain Lake Ave, Pearisburg, VA

Tuesday- August 25, 6:30 p.m.
Bill Bolling for Lt. Governor
Wythe County GOP monthly meeting
Wythe County Courthouse
Sheriff's Conference Room
245 S 4th St, Wytheville, VA

Unbelievable

Remember about a week ago Barney Frank's town hall meeting up in Massachusetts in which he treated his constituents in attendance with condescension, derision, contempt, and hostility? Those same constituents who pay the slob's paycheck? The meeting in which Frank seemed gleeful - in a smarmy sort of way - in belittling those who were invited to ask him questions? Where Louis XVI could have learned a few lessons in dealing with lesser human beings, the Great Unwashed?

Well, the New York Times thinks his approach to interacting with voters should be emulated by more of the Washington aristocracy. They think he did just swell:
Who Wants to Yell Next?
editorial

The cacophony at town hall meetings on health care has startled too many members of Congress into passivity and pandering. But not Representative Barney Frank, who did not shrink last week from a woman loudly demanding to know why he supported President Obama’s “Nazi policy.”

The Massachusetts Democrat responded with a question of his own: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” None of the I-respect-your-opinion razzmatazz being mouthed by more timorous politicians.

Mr. Frank could have been more civil. It is time for everyone to remember that town hall sessions were invented for rational discussions of differences, not as an outlet for self-therapy caperings à la “The Gong Show.” But it was certainly refreshing to hear him try to jolly or shame his audience into a serious debate, asking, “Which one of you wants to yell next?”

If only similar backbone were shown by ... [link]
"Refreshing."

Make no mistake, Frank knows he'll face no real opposition come election time. So he can treat the citizens of his district like they were pond scum with impunity. But do the geniuses at the Times honestly think his disdainfulness toward those who fund his lavish lifestyle wins any supporters to the Democrats' cause?

Sure, partisan leftists loved it. But do they honestly think Frank's antics won them any converts? (Wasn't that the purpose of his town hall?) Do they for a moment wonder why it is that independents in this country have quickly and unceremoniously dumped Obama and the Democrats in recent months in favor of None Of The Above?

It's the attitude of the ruling class as exemplified by Barney Frank.

Health care? Push it through before the rubes have a chance to read the legislation and whine. A crushing new cigarette tax? The poor shouldn't be smoking anyway. To hell with them. A climate tax? That'll force 'em to sell their Chevy Tahoes and drive electric cars like me and my friends. A fat tax? Why do they insist on eating so much in the first place?*

Yeah, Barney Frank's scolding of the voters in his district really was a sight to behold. And his leftist friends loved it. What they don't realize is that until they declare marshal law and decide to rule by politburo, they'll never amass public support and they'll never be able to govern.

Which is fine by me. I'm now a big Barney Frank booster too. Keep it up, man. Trash those voters. Sarah Palin and her party need all the help they can get.

* I wonder where Barney Frank stands on a fat tax?

We Need a Distraction!

Obama's poll numbers are in the crapper. His crown jewel legislation is going nowhere. He's now getting criticism from all sides. What to do?

Change the subject!

Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases

That's it! A good old-fashioned Bush administration investigation.

Hey, don't shake your head in sadness. Badmouthing his predecessor got the man elected. Why not hang a few of Bush's henchmen from the yardarm to make people forget those polls?

You'd Better Listen Up

These global warming types are dangerous:
The Branch Carbonian Cult
By Jim Guirard, American Thinker

The Global Warming Movement (AGW) has taken on the worrisome attributes of a pseudo-religious cult, which operates far more on the basis of an apocalyptic "belief" system than on objective climate science.

Since this worldwide Movement and its strident policies of Less Energy at Higher Prices (in order to achieve reductions in everyone's "carbon footprint") are at the heart of America's enormous energy shortfall, it poses a national security threat of major proportions.

Here, therefore, in far more detail than any routine allegation of "cultism" conveys, are no fewer than ten of this AGW ideology's very specific characteristics, many of whose roots and lock-step influences can be found in Walter Martin's and Ravi Zacharias' definitive, award-winning 2003 book, "Kingdom of the Cults:"

1. Leadership by a self-glorifying, manipulative New Age Prophet -- in this case, former Vice-President Al Gore, though he is rapidly being supplanted by President Barack Obama.

2. Assertion of an apocalyptic threat to all mankind.

3. An absolutist definition of both the threat and the proposed solution(s).

4. Promise of a salvation from this pending apocalypse.

5. Devotion to an inspired text which (arguendo) embodies all the answers -- in this case, Prophet Gore's pseudo-scientific book "Earth in the Balance" and his more recent "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary.

6. A specific list of "truths" (see the Ten Commandments listed below) which must be embraced and proselytized by all Cult members..

7. An absolute intolerance of any deviation from any of these truths by any Cult member.

8. A strident intolerance of any outside criticism of the Cult's definition of the problem or of its proposed solutions.

9. A "Heaven-on-Earth" vision of the results of the mission's success and/or a "Hell-on-Earth" result if the cultic mission should fail.

10. An inordinate fear (and an outright rejection of the possibility) of being proven wrong in either the apocalyptic vision or the proposed salvation. [link]
There's more. Lots more. Good stuff.

Into The Toilet

Is it possible that this poll has turned so quickly?
From Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. The previous low of -12 was reached on July 30 (see trends).

Prior to today, the number who Strongly Approved of the President’s performance had never fallen below 29%. Some of the decline has come from within the President’s own party. Just 49% of Democrats offer such a positive assessment of the President at this time.

At the other end of the spectrum, today’s total for Strongly Disapprove matches the highest level yet recorded. The 41% mark was reached just once before and that came one week ago today. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans now Strongly Disapprove along with 49% of those not affiliated with either major party.

My my my.