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Friday, December 10, 2010

How Cool Is This

A walk in the past:
Custer's 'Last Flag' sold for $2.2 million
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Billings, Mont. (AP) — The only U.S. flag not captured or lost during George Armstrong Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn in southeastern Montana sold at auction Friday for $2.2 million.

The buyer was identified by the auction house Sotheby's in New York as an American private collector. Frayed, torn, and with possible bloodstains, the flag had been valued before its sale at up to $5 million.

Since 1895, the 7th U.S. Cavalry flag — known as a "guidon" for its swallow-tailed shape — had been the property of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which paid just $54 for it.

Custer and more than 200 troopers were massacred by Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors in the infamous 1876 battle. Of the five guidons carried by Custer's battalion only one was immediately recovered, from beneath the body of a fallen trooper. [link]
The stuff of legends.

George Allen Comes Out Swinging

I'd love to see the rematch.

It appears from the level of intensity he's exhibiting toward the sorry record of our senior senator, I think George Allen is looking forward to getting back in the ring with James Webb too.

See what you think.  I received this via email:
“For the second time in barely a week, Senator Webb has canceled out Senator Warner’s vote on an issue of great importance to Virginians and our Commonwealth’s economy.

“This week, Virginia had no say in the Senate when Senator Webb sided with Washington liberals, like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, cancelling out Senator Warner’s vote by supporting the forced unionization of public safety workers. Just last week, Virginia had no impact on runaway spending when Senator Webb again broke with Virginians and negated Senator Warner’s vote on banning costly earmarks. These votes denied our Commonwealth a voice in the Senate on two key jobs and spending issues and are hopelessly out of touch with the views of the vast majority of Virginians.

“Virginia has long placed the safety of citizens ahead of the interests of Big Labor by preventing the forced unionization of public safety workers. This unionization intrusion is a direct attack on our law and the abilities of local governments to adequately protect their citizens according to their needs and fiscal resources. Senator Webb’s vote would open the door to the stifling and costly inevitability of increasing the local bargaining authority of union bosses.

“As a former governor, I am keenly aware of the value of Virginia's Right-to-Work law in attracting and keeping jobs in the Commonwealth. Senator Webb either does not understand our Right-to-Work law or willfully ignores its value in deference to his big labor benefactors.

“No one expects both of our Senators to agree all the time, but when one persists on negating the other, the will of a vast majority of Virginians is ignored, and the Commonwealth is bumped from a leadership role and onto the sidelines.”
I still think chances are good that Webb will retire after one term. His only interest in running first time around was to oppose George W. Bush's war. And that war is over. So now Webb is adrift. And probably bored.

If he decides to run again in 2012 though, I can see Allen cleaning his clock in this ever-more conservative state.

The vote that he cites above will come back to haunt the very liberal Webb.

Griffith Secures Important Committee Assignment

If Southwest Virginia's coal interests are to be protected, the 9th District will need someone at the center of the legislative battleground where the Democrats will continue to try to bankrupt the industry.  At that center?  Morgan Griffith.

He's gained a seat on the important House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Let the battle commence.

What Are They Thinking?

There are more than a few people here in Virginia scratching their heads over the Democratic Party's choice for new leadership.  It's as if the drubbing that the liberals took in the last election was completely lost on those calling the shots.  Too liberal maybe?  Naaaaah.

Jennifer Rubin writing in the Washington Post:
Virginia Democrats go left?

Virginia Democrats, in keeping with the national trend, did poorly in the midterm elections. They lost three house seats and narrowly hung on to VA-11 by less than 1,000 votes. (In 2008, Democrat Gerry Connolly beat the same opponent by a margin of 54 percent to 43 percent.) This comes on the heels of the Democrats' disastrous gubernatorial race in 2009, which Creigh Deeds lost by 17 points.

So what did Virginia Democrats do last weekend? They selected as their state party chairman Brian Moran, the ultra-liberal former member of the House of Delegates who placed third (with less than 24 percent of the vote) in the 2009 gubernatorial primary. Moran never caught on beyond liberal strongholds in Arlington and Alexandria.

Activists on both sides of the aisle lambasted the choice. A Republican advisor to a statewide office holder cracked with obvious sarcasm, "It is a remarkable choice, because really, when you think reaching out to independents and swing voters in a center-right state, you absolutely think Brian Moran." But Democrats were equally glum.

Needless to say, this is not an auspicious beginning for Democrats hoping to mount a comeback in 2012. [link]
As goes Arlington, so goes Virginia?

Bring it, baby.

They Have Only Obama To Thank

A Silly Question

A question that's being asked a lot these days:

Think about it. What Democrat would go up against a black president who is still wildly popular amongst the most loyal constituency the Democratic Party has?  A constituency with a perpetual chip on its shoulder and an ever growing list of grievances that go unrequited.  And a memory that lasts for centuries.

If Al Sharpton has a problem with Rush Limbaugh, just watch what he'll do with any white boy who challenges his main man.

It ain't gonna happen.

How Pleased The Liberals Must Be

You were warned:
Children’s Hospitals Lose Some Drug Discounts
By Robert Pear, New York Times

Washington — In an unintended consequence of the new health care law, drug companies have begun notifying children’s hospitals around the country that they no longer qualify for large discounts on drugs used to treat rare medical conditions.

As a result, prices are going up for these specialized “orphan drugs,” some of which are also used to treat more common conditions.

[T]his year Congress, in revising the drug discount program as part of the new health care law, blocked these hospitals from continuing to receive price cuts on orphan drugs intended for treatment of diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.

Joshua D. Greenberg, vice president of Children’s Hospital Boston, said that loss of the discounts “jeopardizes our ability to care for some of the sickest children with the most complex health care needs.”

A House Democrat who worked on the health care law said the situation had resulted from “an honest mistake in drafting,” and he added, “No one intended to take away any of the drug discounts that children’s hospitals already had.” [link]

For the love of God.