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Thursday, March 18, 2010

What Potholes?

Don't drive down I-77 (I say down because the southbound lanes are much worse than those northbound) in Bland County unless you're wearing your safety helmet.  The road condition is that bad, now that the winter weather and accompanying salt have done their things to the asphalt.  It's borderline hazardous (in fact I saw a number of vehicles, including a semi, pulled to the shoulder in January because of blown tires).

So what is VDOT doing about it?
Bidding for Virginian Railway passenger rail station work on horizon
By Kevin Kittredge, Roanoke Times

Efforts to stabilize the fire-damaged Virginian Railway passenger station have been on hold since the bidding process ran afoul of red tape last fall. But restoration committee chairman James Cosby said they hope to rebid the project in the coming months with a broader scope.

Cosby said they will put out a call for bids on environmental work on the project at the same time. The historic station contains asbestos and lead-based paint.

The new timetable calls for the project to be put out for bid in May, with bids opened in June. "That's an optimistic schedule," Cosby said. "We have some momentum with this project now and we want to keep the momentum."

The Virginian Railway operated in Virginia and West Virginia in the first half of the 20th century. Its Roanoke passenger station was built in 1909. Fire gutted it in 2001, and it has been deteriorating ever since. Norfolk Southern Corp. donated the building to the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 2003.

The society has been awarded more than $500,000 in federal funds to renovate the building. Last fall, it sent out a call for bids to put a temporary roof on the station, but the Virginia Department of Transportation, which has oversight responsibility for the funds, said the bidding process was flawed. The society disagreed but elected to rebid the project rather than risk losing the funds. [link]
VDOT isn't entirely to blame for this misdirection of priorities.  That $500,000 is a federal grant.  So the United States government is to blame as well.  The one that will blow $1.6 trillion it doesn't have in 2010.

Priorities being the key word.

Someone has his head stuck up his ass being the associative phrase.

Meanwhile, I'm preparing for a journey up I-77 this morning.  God help me.

They've Earned Our Hatred

When our elected representatives in Washington resort to "deeming" legislation as important as ObamaCare to have been approved into law without a vote, is it any wonder that ...


More so than ever before. And that's saying something.

Yet they stay on their ruinous course ...

Nice Knowin' Ya, Tom

5th District Representative Tom Perriello - Democrat - has decided that one term in Congress is enough.  As is now his familiar shtick, he anguishes for a period over the seriousness of the issue and ... votes with Obama down the line.

The latest:  Perriello has decided to support ObamaCare.  Such the shock.

Enjoy the Washington Post write-up, Tom.  You'll have plenty of time on your hands, come January, to tell your liberal friends about it.

Push Back

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Dear Barack:

Since you were obviously busy shoving cocaine up your nose in law school when they were teaching the course on federalism, let Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli explain it to you:
Va. set to challenge federal health-care reform legislation
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer

Richmond -- Virginia will file a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Democratic health-care reform bill if Congress approves the measure, a spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II said Wednesday.

Cuccinelli (R), a social and fiscal conservative who has expressed deep skepticism about the growth of the federal government, has said since his fall election campaign that he was studying the legal issues involved in such a suit. His spokesman said Wednesday that Cuccinelli has decided he will challenge the measure.

Last week, Virginia became the first state to pass a bill declaring it illegal for the government to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a key component of the bills under consideration on Capitol Hill. [link
We are not beholden to the United States government.

We are not beholden to the United States government.

Lest We Forget

The reason we got involved in this mess we will forever call ObamaCare was because Junior said he could reduce our costs.

So why is his plan to reduce costs going to cost us more than a trillion dollars?

'So Uncaring & Unfeeling'

This narrative, from Jeffrey Folk, seems to capture the relationship - or non-relationship - between our president and his people:
As Rick told me how he had lost everything and how desperate he was, his lip quivered and I saw an expression of raw fear spreading across his face. This decent, gentle man had fallen so quickly and so far, and meanwhile, our unfeeling President struts about Washington, cheerleading for every sort of job-killing measures and spouting the same pointless rhetoric about green jobs. I doubt if this President has ever really seen men like Rick, really seen them as anything other than raw material for organizing, and later for votes, and I doubt that he would feel much compassion if he did. Such people are objects to be used by him for his own goals.

Obama is so removed from what is taking place in America that the continuing job losses, mounting each month to new highs, do not appear to faze him. Never has America had a president so uncaring and unfeeling in the face of the suffering of millions. The only time our President shows any emotion, in fact, is when it doesn't get his own way. This cruel, callous, selfish man looks out on America and fails to see the legions of invisible men and women sleeping in their cars and subsisting on a few hours of odd jobs a week. All that he sees, I believe, is the illusory dreamwork of his "historic" legislation.
I don't know about cruel.  But Obama is certainly callous and selfish.  And I might have added aloof.
Certainly not the kind of leader we need in times like these.

Life's a Beach

A radical leftist laments the fact that there are people in this country who disagree with his anti-American views.

See "Carter laments 'unprecedented' partisan divide."

Not really.  He only laments the fact that there are Americans who disagree with him.  Let's be real.

Just a Heartbeat Away ...

Bevis is at it again:
Biden mistakenly blesses Irish leader's mother
AP

Washington — Vice President Joe Biden asked for God's blessing for the late mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen during a White House celebration of St. Patrick's Day — except the elderly lady is very much alive.

"God rest her soul," Biden said Wednesday night as he introduced Cowen and President Barack Obama. He quickly caught himself and noted that it's Cowen's father who is no longer living. Of the prime minister's mother, Biden said, "God bless her soul."

Biden then cited the Irish proverb that "a silent mouth is sweet to hear" and yielded the podium to the president. [link]
I occasionally shudder when I think about this idiot becoming commander-in-chief should something happen to Obama, God forbid. But then I reflect on the fact that things can't get any worse and the senile old goof is at least entertaining so maybe it'll be okay after all.

History will retell it in the Fox "I Can't Find The West Wing " evening sitcom.

Commandant Lassard as leading man.  He even looks the part.


It may bring the end times, but at least we'll go down laughing.

This Is Leadership?

Obama: "We need courage."

But since we have none ...

I Told You So

Under Obama's health care plan taxes are going up dramatically and ...

... FACT CHECK: Premiums would rise under Obama plan as well.

We're allowing this why?