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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Trails, More Bluster

At some point some local politician is going to held accountable for the money being spent on hiking trails and bike paths. Until then, we just keep building them and the politicians keep telling us how sweet the benefits from them will be.

Some day:
Spearhead Trails group: We want ideas
By Ida Holyfield, Post Editor

Appalachia — When it comes to the need for advancing a regional trails development project, the folks packing town hall last Wednesday night were of one accord:

The sooner, the better.

The more localities involved, the better.

Spearhead Trails, a multi-use project modeled in part after West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, would extend roughly from Pocahontas, near Bluefield, to Cumberland Gap, encompassing seven coalfield counties and the city of Norton.

Now in its second year, the trail development project is currently focused on completing a feasibility study which officials can take to the Virginia General Assembly to justify funding requests. The goal is to have trails open and bringing visitors to the region by 2012. [link]
We currently have dozens of trails in Southwest Virginia. Has anyone bothered to ask why they haven't brought prosperity to the region?

No.

We just keep building them. Lots of them.

And we keep getting these promises of future prosperity.

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Dreams really do come true? WHEN?

New Terminology

Climate porn.

I like it.

Sanity Prevails

Preservationists: "A Wal-Mart only a mile away from a Civil War battlefield? The horror!"

Orange County Supervisors: "What, are you on crack? It's a mile away!"
Officials OK Walmart near Va. battlefield
By Steve Azkotak, Associated Press Writer

Orange, Va. (AP) -- Local officials early Tuesday approved a Walmart Supercenter near one of the nation's most important Civil War battlefields, a proposal that had stirred opposition by preservationists and hundreds of historians.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to grant the special permit to the world's biggest retailer after a majority of more than 100 speakers said they favored bringing the Walmart to Locust Grove, within a cannonball's shot from the Wilderness Battlefield.

Historians and Civil War buffs are fearful the Walmart store will draw traffic and more commerce to an area within the historic boundaries of the Wilderness, where generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle 145 years ago and where 145,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought and more than 29,000 were killed or injured. One-fourth of the Wilderness is protected.

But they could not sway supervisors, who said they didn't see the threat. [link]
And they're right. There is no threat to the sanctity of the Wilderness (and Spotsylvania) battlefield(s) by having a Wal-Mart building constructed across the county. No more threat than there exists now anyway in that bustling part of the commonwealth.

This won't end the "battle," of course. Preservationists will continue to insist that Virginia revert to its 1861 (oddly, not 1865 when many of its towns and cities lay in ruins and its farm fields were fallow) image ( whether accurate or imagined). And consumers will continue to clamor for quality food and clothing at everyday low prices.

So let that fight proceed. In a reasonable fashion.

My fear is that we'll all eventually be asked to wear homespun and tote a Springfield Armory muzzleloader. And de darkies amung us 'ul be 'quied ta talk like dis.

Reasonable, fellas. Be reasonable.

A Shot Across The Bow

Obama: "If you like your doctor you'll be able to keep your doctor."

A growing number of doctors: "Not this doctor. If ObamaCare passes, don't even knock on my door."
Doctors ready to 'just say no'
By Dr. Alfred Bonati, writing in the Washington Times

[A]nationwide, nonpartisan poll of physicians this month found that a full 70 percent oppose the health care reform proposals under consideration by Congress. Sixty-six percent feel that a government-run health insurance plan would restrict doctors' ability to give the best advice and offer the best care possible to their patients. Perhaps most importantly, 60 percent said they would not accept new patients covered by a government insurance plan.

Nearly all the doctors polled have worked with Medicare. Most have likely been denied Medicare reimbursement, or given minimal reimbursement, for a course of treatment that they prescribed that best fits the needs of a patient and that patient's family. They know that government coverage does not allow for flexibility, creativity, or, sometimes, even compassion.

I share the view of the 60 percent in the August poll -- those doctors who are planning to "just say no" if government-run health coverage is implemented. Many of us already do not accept patients who are on Medicare or Medicaid because of restrictions those programs put on our decisions as doctors. It pains us to turn away a patient in need, but the narrow rules of government reimbursement programs stymie our ability to follow our oath, so we simply opt out and work with patients who are also in need but have more flexible, private coverage.

If a government option gains the popularity that is expected -- after all, who would not choose the most affordable option available, and how could any option compete with one that is subsidized by taxpayers -- millions of Americans will face severely limited options in choosing a doctor. As physicians reject working with a system that does not honor our oath, patients will be left opening their own checkbooks, or going into credit card debt, to get the treatment they need and deserve.

President Obama has said over and over that if you like your doctor you'll be able to keep your doctor. This is patently false. If a physician opts not to sign on to a government-run option, and the government-run plan is what you're stuck with, you will lose your doctor. It's as simple and as terrible as that. [link]
There are bad days ahead, I'm afraid.

How Did He Get Out Of The Asylum?

Retired Virginia Senator John Warner can be seen in this video babbling on recently about how the Blackhawk Down incident in Somalia in 1993 relates to global warming! Or something.

Someone check his meds.

He Has a Point, But ...

I usually agree with Glenn Reynolds on such matters, but not today. Here's his take on the news that the Obama administration is going to launch an investigation into the practices that were adopted (or, from what we've learned thus far, that were talked about being adopted; big difference) by the CIA to deal with terrorists in their charge:

"WITCH-HUNTING THE CIA: You know, I should feel bad about this, but given the CIA’s extensive efforts to undercut Bush, well, I hope they’re enjoying the new administration."

Unfortunately it won't be those high-level Democratic Party loyalists in the CIA who will be harmed by this probe. It'll be those who were given the task of actually protecting this country from harm. Mid-level career agents. Good people all. People now being dragged into show trials because political opponents disagree on how to deal with terrorists.

This is not a good thing, no matter how much we want to see the Valerie Plame types in the CIA get theirs.

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A statement released by Senator Mitch McConnell:

“We must remain mindful that we still are very much a nation at war with terrorists who spend every hour of their day planning how to hurt America and Americans. That’s why reports that the Department of Justice has directed a special prosecutor to investigate the men and women tasked with keeping America safe is such a poor and misguided decision.

“Several years ago, career professionals at the Department decided the facts did not support prosecuting America’s intelligence professionals based on the practices at issue today. Now, the administration risks chilling our defense and intelligence community’s ability to protect us from future terrorist attacks by reopening this matter. If these reports are true, the American people will be rightly outraged by the administration’s actions in this critical area.”

Source: The Weekly Standard

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The Wall Street Journal:

'It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department." –Attorney General Eric Holder, April 2009

"Justice Department Names Prosecutor to Reopen CIA Abuse Cases" –Wall Street Journal, yesterday

By threatening to prosecute CIA officials, the Obama Administration is taking ownership of future troubles in a way that will only do itself harm. Like the Church and Pike probes of the 1970s, Americans will once again see that the Democratic Party cares as much or more about settling scores against fellow Americans as it does about fighting the war on terror. Mr. Holder yesterday acknowledged that his decision to reopen the old CIA wounds would be "controversial." He will soon learn how much.
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I Have Just One Question

I read in the news that Democratic Senator Harry Reid is far behind in the polls as it relates to his reelection bid and I can only wonder, knowing what kind of a lightweight that he is:

How on Earth did this twit get elected to public office in the first place?!