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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Civil War Historians Win Their Fight

Though I'm not sure exactly what their victory entails.

You know that site over near Spotsylvania that had all the Civil War buffs up in arms?  The one on which Wal-Mart had planned to build a "super center"?  The one that you could see from the old Wilderness battlefield site way off in the distance?  Well, you couldn't actually see it.  There are too many other retailers in between, obstructing view.

What was it they were trying to "preserve" anyway?

As it turns out, Wal-Mart won't be building there.  It doesn't need the hassle.

Folks there will probably go three blocks up and two blocks over and everyone will be happy.  And Wal-Mart will still make a pile of cash.

As for that site that the preservationists want so desperately to preserve?

It's in there somewhere ...

Moran's a Moron

It's not the first time I wrote that.  And it won't be the last.  As long as his fellow morons up in northern Virginia continue to give this dick a job:
Some still fighting the late unpleasantness. Like Jim Moran
By Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner

Whenever I find myself tempted to say nothing would surprise me in politics, I am reminded of Rep. Jim Moran, the unusally mean-spirited New Yorker who somehow managed to become Alexandria's congressman. The guy has a real talent for verbal mendacity, particularly toward conservatives, which he exercises regularly.

Moran's latest outburts is typical. Speaking last night following President Obama's State of the Onion address, Moran was interviewed on an Arab network. Listen carefully and you will hear these words:

“It [the Republican successes in the 2010 elections] happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery.

"In this case, I believe, a lot of people in the United States don’t want to be governed by an African-Amerian, particularly one who is liberal, who wants to spend money and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society….”

Yes, he really said it. How do such morally superior beings as Moran manage to remain among the unenlightened, racist rabble that is "a lot of people in the United States." [link]
It's been said many times but it's worth repeating: The "lot of people" to whom Moran refers - to the tune of 70% - supported Obama's presidency in the early months of 2009.  Then they all became racists?

In Moran's Wolkenkuckucksheim, it is so.

You folks in Arlington wanted this twit. By God, you're going to have to live with him.

You Were Warned

When I read lines like this:

.. and this:

As of today, a total of 733 [ObamaCare] waivers have been granted for 2011 ...

I wonder why Obama doesn't offer to grant everyone a waiver and start all over again.

This has gone from mistake to embarrassment.

Quote of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal:
When in his State of the Union speech Mr. Obama said, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment," citing the emergence of global competition from the likes of China and India, he was right.

Minutes later he proposed to cover the country with high-speed rail and companies making solar shingles.

High-speed rail and solar shingles? If that's the president's idea of meeting our Sputnik moment, then Houston, we have a problem.
"A Presidency to Nowhere," January 27, 2011

Had Cooler Heads Prevailed

Few people today are aware of it but when Virginia politicians met in Richmond on April 4, 1861 the delegates to the "secession convention" there convened actually voted against secession.

That's right. Virginia voted not to secede and to remain loyal to the Union.

If only subsequent events hadn't changed all that and drawn the Commonwealth into a protracted conflict that later saw its countryside devastated, forty of its western counties secede from the state, and countless thousands of its sons dead and dying on dozens of battlefields across the North and South.

If only ...

The New York Times presciently wrote on April 17, 1861:
Everybody here sees that now war has commenced, the question which the Virginia Convention has to decide is simply whether Virginia will declare war against the United States or stand by the Government; whether she will invite the battle upon her soil, to her utter ruin, or aid in bringing the fratricidal strife to a speedy termination by sustaining the Government and Union.
One of those subsequent events?  Abraham Lincoln announcing the call-up of 75,000 troops to put down the rebellion that began in Charleston Harbor on April 12 of the same year.

On April 17 the Virginia Secession Convention drew up an ordinance of secession and on May 23 its citizens, by a vote of 132,201 to 37,451, ratified it.

And the war was on.

If only ...

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You might wonder why I write about this.  It's in today's news, sorta:

"Three West Virginia counties seek vote to secede, join Virginia."

It's not over.

Nothing's Changed

Obama still plans on shutting down the coalfields.

This comes from Congressman Griffith's office:
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today in response to the Obama Administration’s new coal mining regulatory ban that would eliminate thousands of coal-related jobs:

“Amazingly, just one day after President Obama’s call for job creation and economic growth, new federal regulations are threatening the very future of the coal industry in America. Even the President’s own experts agree. These new regulations would eliminate 7,000 coal mining jobs and dramatically cut production. Regulations of this magnitude will devastate many Southwest Virginian families and communities who depend on coal for their livelihoods.

“With unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of good paying jobs on the line, we cannot afford more roadblocks from the White House. Slashing coal production reduces our ability to tap into valuable domestic resources and realize future energy goals. Reducing coal production will ultimately increase the cost of electricity. More regulations will only harm the economy. It’s time for the Obama Administration to stop creating uncertainty with their mixed messages. Their message is one day they want jobs, the next day they don’t.”

According to the Associated Press, the job and production losses are outlined in a document produced by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. [received via email]
That report, entitled "New rules would cut thousands of coal jobs," was indeed released one day after Obama went to great lengths in his State of the Union speech to talk about how his one big priority is to create jobs.

He was lying before. He lies still.

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From the AP account:
"U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said that if thousands of mining jobs could be lost, "then I will do everything in my power to block this wrong-headed proposal.

"'Let me be crystal clear: I will fight any proposal from our federal government that poses a threat to our country's energy supply, West Virginia's coal industry, our jobs and our way of life,''" he said."
Not a word from Webb or Warner.