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Monday, January 03, 2011

Let's Sell It To Holiday Inn

Good grief:
New Va prison remains without prisoners
Associated Press

Independence, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's newest prison in Grayson County has no prisoners, the result of a state budget crunch and a downturn in the number of inmates statewide.

The Roanoke Times reports the 1,024-bed complex was completed four months ago at a cost of $105 million.

In the past two years, the number of inmates statewide has dropped by 2.8 percent, while the state Department of Corrections has trimmed its $1 billion budget and eliminated nearly 2,500 prison beds.

Corrections regional director John Garman says the new prison could remain empty for two years or longer. Meanwhile, taxpayers will shell out $715,000 this year to keep it running. [link]
$105 million.  Thank God it's only money.

It's only ... taxpayers' ... savings ... that ... would ... have ... gone ... toward ... the ... children's ... college ... education ...

A Smart Move

There have been a lot of loony proposals put forth with regard to the traffic burden afflicting I-81.  Not the least of which was the seriously-considered toll option.

But sanity has won out:
Project manager discusses widening southbound I-81
By Jeff Sturgeon, Roanoke Times

The state has hired CH2M Hill to design and build a widening project along five miles of southbound Interstate 81 on Christiansburg Mountain.

The project will affect motorists who commute between the Roanoke and New River valleys, truck drivers hauling freight, leisure travelers and others who must cross the mountain.

But it will result in a much wider, safer road when the work is done in a couple of years. [link]
Excellent.  The stretch of highway between mile marker 120 and 128 is treacherous, with far too many accidents taking place.  Most involving semi trucks.

Widening the roadbed is the proper solution, and really the only one that would have made a significant difference (I'm reminded of the proposal to reroute truck traffic onto twisty, hilly U.S. 11; an idea that would have made a problem a disaster).

Here's to the smart people who prevailed.

I'm Surprised

Not that the village of Tremblois-lès-Carignan in France would remove the name of one of the world's most famous traitors from a street sign ...

... but that it hadn't done it long before now.

The story about the Rue Pétain.

If you're not familiar with the name Philippe Pétain, you should be.  His kind of betrayer walks in all circles.

Read.  Learn.  Be vigilant.

Question of the Day

What Begins In Europe ...

... must not be allowed to end here.

We intend to keep our light bulbs.

Unfortunately for the British, it's too late:
Eco-bulb cost to treble: Makers cash in as the ban on old-style bulbs kicks in
By David Derbyshire, Daily Mail of London

The price of energy-saving light bulbs will treble as the final supplies of traditional bulbs dry up, industry experts have warned.

The Government has ordered energy companies to scrap the subsidies that have kept the price of eco-bulbs artificially low for the last few years.

At the same time, manufacturers are increasing wholesale prices to take advantage of the European ban on ‘energy guzzling’ old-style bulbs.

Retailers also claim bulbs that currently cost only 33p are expected to sell for more than £1 within three months. Some will cost £3 or more.

The move comes as Britain is gearing up to phase out the last incandescent light bulbs in an effort to meet climate change targets.

The EU has already banned shops from buying stocks of 100watt bulbs and stopped them stocking up on any type of frosted incandescent bulbs.

From September it will prevent retailers buying in 60watt bulbs. By 2012 all incandescent bulbs will be banned – forcing shoppers to buy low-energy alternatives for almost all the light fittings in their homes. [link]
They're costly.  They're prone to malfunction.  They're unhealthy for the environment.  They provide poor quality light.

And the government requires them.

For the love of God.

The Counteroffensive Begins

Obama will veto the effort.  Let him.  The people will have been heard loud and clear.

Then the real work of dismantling the ObamaCare death star begins:
House GOP plans two-pronged assault on health law
By Kendra Marr, Politico

The new Republican-controlled House plans to schedule a vote to repeal the sweeping health care overhaul before President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address late this month, incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Sunday.

“We have 242 Republicans,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” He added, “There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us. You will remember when that vote passed in the House last March, it only passed by seven votes.”

Upton, whose committee will play a key role in the GOP's effort to roll back the law, said that he believes the House may be near the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.

“If we pass this bill with a sizeable vote, and I think that we will, it will put enormous pressure on the Senate to do perhaps the same thing,” he said. “But then, after that, we're going to go after this bill piece by piece.”

“The more the people learn about Obamacare, the less they like it,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on CBS's "Face the Nation." [link]
We know what the House is going to do.  And we know what Obama will do in response.  What we don't know is what the Senate is going to do with ObamaCare repeal.

But understand this: We will be taking names.  Starting with Webb and Warner.