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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Burn Them At The Stake!

Can a witch trial be far behind?
Was denial based on facts or fear?
Galax Gazette editorial

Those who visit our area often speak of the warm and inviting atmosphere, the acceptance they feel and the friendly people they meet.

So, where was that hospitality at last week’s public hearing for a special use permit sought by The Oracle Institute to create a “spiritual community” and learning center in Grayson?

Citizens have every right to oppose a rezoning issue based on the facts — in this instance, an access road that may not have been wide enough for emergency vehicles or a question about developing agricultural land. But to turn out in droves —175 people packing the county courtroom and 29 voicing mostly opposing positions — and to condemn the permit-seekers as a “cult” with allegedly dangerous ideas that could threaten the community is preposterous. Quite frankly, it makes us look bad. It perpetuates the — one hopes, mostly erroneous — stereotype of the intolerant rural citizen.

Speakers mostly ignored the factual issues and launched into religious diatribes against the New Age “eco-spiritual” group, which founder Laura George says doesn’t want to start a new church and subscribes to no religion in particular.

What was on display at the hearing was fear, pure and simple. [link]
Okay.  There is some likelihood that the founder of this "spiritual community" is a new-age nut.  See "Beliefs Are Not So Different."  But the world - and particularly Grayson County - is chock full of nuts.  Why single out this gal for vilification?

We here in Southwest Virginia take pride in the motto, "Live and let live."  Not "Live but forbid everyone else to."

We also live by this creed: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

Good Christians are afraid of no one.  Ask yourself: What would Jesus do?

The Latest on AG Cuccinelli's Investigation

As expected, a judge has granted UVa's request for a temporary halt to Ken Cuccinelli's request for fraud-related document:
Judge grants U.Va. stay on Cuccinelli subpoena
The Daily Progress

Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl V. Higgins has temporarily stayed a subpoena that demands the University of Virginia produce reams of documents related to the research activities of a former climate change researcher.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a civil investigative demand - which carries the legal force of a subpoena - in search of documents relating to Michael Mann, a prominent climate change scientist who worked at UVa from 1999 to 2005.

Cuccinelli, a climate change skeptic, has said he is seeking evidence of possible violations of Virginia’s anti-fraud law in connection with five grants totaling $466,000 that Mann obtained while at UVa.

UVa has challenged Cuccinelli’s CID in court, arguing that it is unprecedented, overly broad, oversteps the attorney general’s authority, and violates the basic tenet of academic freedom.

Higgins’ order allows UVa to hold off on Cuccinelli’s demand until the dispute is resolved in court. [link]
More to follow.

I Have One Question

Why is the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries devoting time and energy to the possible reintroduction of elk to Southwest Virginia when the elk are doing it without any help? 

Seems the elk in Dickenson, Buchanan, Wise, and Lee Counties have their own "plan":
Draft elk plan heads to southwest Va.
Associated Press

Lebanon, Va. (AP) -- The first of five public meetings on an elk management plan for southwest Virginia is scheduled to be held in Lebanon.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will outline the draft plan Thursday night.

Virginia is attempting to manage 50 to 100 elk that have wandered across the state line from Kentucky, where about 10,000 of the big animals now roam. The state has developed several potential plans, ranging from a status-quo [sic] approach to bringing in more elk to several southwest Virginia counties.

The other public meetings are scheduled in Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan and Lee counties. [link]
Not sure what that whole "manage" thing is all about.  It would appear that the creatures are "managing" quite well on their own.

I guess, in order for them to be considered residents of the Commonwealth, we have to make their presence official.  Or something.

I Have One Question

Is this why Tipper kicked Crazy Al's fat ass out?

I Have One Question

Would Muslims have been arrested for disorderly conduct as they passed out literature to passersby outside a Christian meeting?

I Have One Question

Gloria Steinem is still alive?

In Lieu of 100,000 Border Agents ...

... the Obama government is sending an unmanned drone to the Mexican border to end the lawlessness.

Right. That'll make a difference.

Why You Had To Give Up The Children's College Fund

The federal government needed your money more than you did:

For the love of God.

Why We Need To Leave Afghanistan Now

To put it in as few words as possible, Obama has announced that we will be abandoning the Afghan people to their fate soon anyway.

George Will:
The McChrystal debacle comes as America's longest war is entering a surreal stage: The military is charged with a staggeringly complex task, the completion of which -- if completion can even be envisioned -- must involve many years. But when given the task, the military was told to begin bringing it to a close in a matter of 18 months. 
And that 18-month timetable was passed down six months go.  In one year we're starting a pull-out.

So we're losing American lives on a daily basis so that we can ... what?


Are the lives of America's best and brightest worth so little?

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Cartoon courtesy of Michael Ramirez and Investor's Business Daily

In The Wake Of The McChrystal Firing ...

... the question arises:

Since the now-disgraced McChrystal voted for Obama, shouldn't the question be:

Shouldn't the military be Republican?

Who is the Gov't There To Protect?

Certainly not the people of Louisiana:
Federal Gov't Halts Sand Berm Dredging
Nungesser Pleads With President To Allow Work To Continue
WDSU, New Orleans

New Orleans -- The federal government has shut down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done. The department says one area where sand is being dredged is a sensitive section of the Chandeleur Islands, and the state failed to meet an extended deadline to install pipe that would draw sand from a less-endangered area.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.

Nungesser's letter includes an emotional plea to the president.

"Please don't let them shut this dredge down," he wrote. "This requires your immediate attention!" [link]
Nungesser: "Who is giving these orders?  Who is in charge?  Do they not forget that the president said we were at war?  Where is the disconnect between the president of the United States and these federal officials?"

WDSU anchor: "Nungesser said he put repeated calls into BP, Admiral Thad Allen, and the White House, but no one called him back."

You may recall this admonition from Obama to Billy Nungesser just weeks ago:

"Well you know, if you can't get it done through the chain of command ... you pick up the phone and call the White House. And, if you can't get me on the phone, then you can go blast me." 

This from the guy who won't come to the phone.

Blast away, Billy.  And good luck.  You're on your own, pal.

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This should come as no surprise:

I Know The Feeling

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Quote of the Day

From Investor's Business Daily:
You know you're way out of bounds, economically speaking, when the spendthrift European Union rejects your advice to spend more. But that's exactly what happened to the White House.

In advance of the G-20 meetings in Canada, President Obama politely asked the EU to boost its spending, the classic Keynesian response to an economic slowdown, despite the region's out-of-control deficits and debt. The EU's response: A not-so-polite, "Are you nuts?"

"Even Europe Sees What U.S. Doesn't," June 23, 2010

A Policy of Indifference