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Friday, September 25, 2009

Big Doin's In Wythe

Want to meet the best that the Republican Party has to offer?

Mark this on your calendar:
MEET & GREET THE 2009 CANDIDATES EVENT!

WYTHE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY FALL BBQ

FREE ADMISSION

Date: October 11, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: 7951 W. Lee Highway 2.1 miles west of Rural Retreat crossroads

Guest Speaker- The Honorable George Allen

Invited Guest:
Bob McDonnell, Candidate for Governor
Bill Bolling, Candidate for Lt. Governor
Ken Cuccenelli, Candidate for Attorney General
Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark, 6th District
Delegate Bill Carrico, 5th District
It's on a Sunday, so most of you should be able to attend. I may be conducting business that day but I'm going to try and be there.

Should be a hoot.

And free barbecue? Oh yeah.

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Update: OOPS. It's on a Sunday, not Saturday. Correction made.

Information received from Anne B. Crockett Stark.

Here's To Their Success

They're going to need more than our good wishes, I'm afraid:
Stanley is banking on U.S. plants
Martinsville Bulletin editorial

Stanley Furniture Co. believes its employees in Stanleytown and Robbinsville, N.C., can produce youth furniture that will set the standard for the industry. We think its faith is well-founded.

The company announced Monday it would produce all its Young America products in this country as of Nov. 16. Previously, about one-third of the lines were made off-shore or purchased from other U.S. vendors. That same ratio still holds true for the company’s other lines of bedroom, dining room, home entertainment and home office furniture.

To meet its goal of becoming “the most trusted name in infant and youth furniture,” Stanley decided that it had to regain control of the entire production process. It will do that in Stanleytown and Robbinsville.

The change means the creation of 99 jobs here. [link]
The gurus there have obviously run the numbers and decided that they can do what few manufacturers - especially in their business - have been able to do - make stuff in the USA at a profit.

Let's hope they make a bundle from their efforts.

I Guess That's Your Answer

I letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times pleads for a "moderate" response to those who call Obama a racist socialist:
Let's remember who we are

The neocons have gone beyond the pale and the media want to know where the "backlash" is to the "backlash." For the most part, reasonable people do not distort the truth and they also repudiate baseless name-calling, but some of us are being pushed beyond that.

School districts have reported that parents called in -- using the exact same language (organized, would you say?) -- to protest the president's address to schoolchildren. President Obama has been labeled a socialist and anti-white racist. So where is the liberal, middle-of-the-road response? [link]
And in response to her plea?

As of this morning: "No comment yet."

Which suggests that there's no such thing as a middle-of-the-road liberal.

Or, as many of us suspect, middle-of-the-road is a euphemism for clueless and indifferent. What do they care if Obama is a socialist and a racist? They have Oprah. So leave them alone.

Fear As Foreign Policy?

I'm reminded of yesterday's Quote of the Day:

"Why don’t Obama and Hillary like our allies?"

It may go beyond dislike. It may go to fear.

Fear of our adversaries.

How else to explain this?
A Cold Shoulder To Liberty
By Michael Gerson, Washington Post

Two Octobers ago, the Dalai Lama received the Congressional Gold Medal, one of America's highest civilian honors, in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked of a "special relationship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the United States." President George W. Bush urged Chinese leaders "to welcome the Dalai Lama to China. They will find this good man to be a man of peace and reconciliation."

This October, on a scheduled visit to the United States, the Dalai Lama will not be welcomed at the White House.

Which raises the question: What is left of foreign policy liberalism when a belief in liberty is removed? [link]
A bigger question: What does Obama think he's going to gain from the Chinese by banning the Dalai Lama?

And this one: What must the Chinese think of an American president who cowers before them?

American Comintern

Why does the Congress of the United States remind me of the Congress of the Communist International? Could it be because the members therein are not expected to be active participants in the formulation of policy but are instead required to simply rubberstamp the directives that come down from on high?

This (from "No, you can't read the legislation") is astounding:
Democrats don't want lawmakers to know what's in health care legislation before Congress votes on it.

On Wednesday, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee killed a Republican amendment to Chairman Max Baucus' health care proposal that would require a three-day waiting period between when the bill is completed and a committee vote could be held. This short waiting period would allow panel members time to examine the actual legislative language and full cost of the Baucus bill before voting on it. [link]
It's one thing for the Democrats to vote to keep from Republican (and American) eyes the details of the plan that will nationalize (ultimately) our health care delivery system. But they voted to keep the details from themselves as well.

How stupid are these people?

Give Us Back Our Lightbulb!

I can't believe I had to write that header. In the United States of America, 2009. Land of the free. Cradle of democracy. Beacon of liberty.

Yada. Yada. Yada.

The government has taken away our lightbulb.

We humbly beseech those in power to let us have it back. Because the one we've been stuck with is extremely expensive and gives off a very dull light.

In other words, it sucks.

But, since the United States government has deemed it necessary to remove from the marketplace the incandescent bulb, because it causes global warming upsets environmentalists, what alternative do we have?

None.

We're all to go blind and broke by government decree.

Or ... could it be ... hope?
Build a Better Bulb for a $10 Million Prize
By Eric A. Taub and Leora Broydo Vestel, New York Times

Philips, the Dutch electronics giant, ... announced on Thursday that it had submitted the first entry for the L Prize, an Energy Department contest that will award up to $10 million to the first person or group to create a new energy-sipping version of the most popular type of light bulb used in America.

As the first entrant, Philips will win the prize if its claims hold up. Testing of the Philips lamp will take close to a year to complete as the department independently evaluates the company’s claims.

“Philips is confident that the product submitted meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L Prize,” Rudy Provoost, chief of Philips Lighting, said in a statement.

Philips has delivered 2,000 prototypes of its bulb to the Energy Department for testing. The company says the bulbs meet all the criteria of the contest, which specifies a bulb that reproduces the same amount and color of light made by a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but uses only 10 watts of power. The bulb must also last for more than 25,000 hours — about 25 times longer than a standard light bulb. [link]
Here's to Philps Lighting. Let's hope the company has come up with a light bulb that actually emits light and doesn't require a second mortgage.

A step in the right direction.

A candle in the growing darkness.

I wonder what the environmentalists will have to say ...

What Are You Going To Do About It?

I remember George W. Bush vowing to never allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.

But the whole time he was in office Iran kept its nuclear development project humming.

And now Mr. Bush is retired. With nothing having been done to back up his commitment.

One of many disappointments.

So Obama is in charge now. And we are subjected to more of the same:
U.S. to Accuse Iran of Having Secret Nuclear Fuel Facility
By David E. Sanger, New York Times

Pittsburgh — President Obama and the leaders of Britain and France will accuse Iran Friday of building a secret underground plant to manufacture nuclear fuel, saying it has hidden the covert operation from international weapons inspectors for years, according to senior administration officials.

The revelation, which the three leaders will make before the opening of the Group of 20 economic summit here, appears bound to add urgency to the diplomatic confrontation with Iran over its suspected ambitions to build a nuclear weapons capability. [link]
Remarkable.

Until you read further and find out that Iran has already acknowledged that it has this plant under construction.

So this effort to "accuse" Ahmadinejad of doing what he's already admitted to be doing seems sort of ... what?

Feckless? Wimpish? Silly? Pointless?

How about doing something about it before millions of human beings are murdered by this madman?

The president of the United States: "Iran will not have nuclear weapons." Yet Iran is on the verge of having an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

The Chinese had a term for this. Turns out, it was probably accurate.

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"Until we see scenes like this, I don’t want to hear yammering about the violence inherent in the Tea Party movement."

The media somehow take in stride the actual violence that takes place in efforts on the part of anarchists and Marxists to bring America to its knees (in this case at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh). Odd how it's the 70-year-old retiree - armed with a hearing aid and a walker - shouting at a Democratic politician at a town hall meeting that gets their undies in a bunch.

Well, maybe not so odd.