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Monday, March 07, 2011

I Have a Better Idea

Why won't this guy just saddle up and ride off into the sunset?
Democrats preparing tribute for Boucher
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Southwest Virginia Democrats are organizing a dinner to honor former U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher.

The event will take place next Saturday, March 12, at the Wytheville Community Center, according to a release from the party’s 9th Congressional District Committee. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and former Gov. Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, are expected to attend.

Boucher, who lives in Abingdon, served in Congress for 28 years before losing last November’s election to Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem. [link]
I have a better idea.  How about Boucher and his ilk have their little lovefest out on one of the many hiking trails and bike paths here in Southwest Virginia that he forced us to pay for and that nobody uses?

At least the damn things would - in a very small way - finally get some use.

Heartbreaking

This is so wrong:
For first time in decades, Arlington National Cemetery must bury multiple 'unknowns'
By Christian Davenport, Washington Post Staff Writer

When the remains of a Vietnam War soldier buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified in 1998 using DNA, Pentagon officials proudly said that the days of interring service members as "Unknown" could well be over.

But now, for the first time in decades, the cemetery has multiple "unknowns" to bury - and it has itself to blame.

Criminal investigators looking into how eight sets of cremated remains ended up crowding a single grave have concluded that three of them are unidentifiable - not because of the brutality of combat, but because of actions at the cemetery.

The discovery of the mass grave in October came on the heels of a report by the Army Inspector General last summer that revealed widespread problems at the nation's premier military burial ground: unmarked and mismarked graves, millions of dollars wasted in botched contracts to computerize its paper records, and at least four urns found in a pile of excess dirt. [link]
Is this a matter of incompetence?  Indifference?   Inefficiencies?

Whatever it is, it should never have happened.

Why did we allow the United States government to oversee the most precious slice of real estate in America?

I feel so bad for the loved ones of those who served and ended up being treated like refuse.

Shades of Jimmy Carter

Dither

Verb: dither ˈdɪðə
1. Act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
2. Make a fuss; be agitated

Noun: dither
ˈdɪðə
1. An excited state of agitation
2. The formal name of the Carter Doctrine, circa 1979.

Let's take a step forward into yesteryear, shall we?



For the record, "Libya" will be over in a few days. Long before O'Hamlet decides what to do there.

Leader of the Free World
Colloquialism: leader of the free world

1. What Obama ain't.

Obama Has No Clue

He helps bring about a dramatic rise in oil prices (yes, it began long before Libya's troubles began).

See "Obama bans eastern Gulf drilling for 7 years."

See "Obama orders halt to deep-water drilling in Gulf of Mexico."

See "Bush-era energy drilling leases in Utah canceled."

See "Obama Admin. Suspends Virginia Offshore Oil Lease Planning."

See "Obama Ban Keeps Alaska Oil Off Limits For Shell."

And now that the price of oil has predictably climbed beyond tolerable levels?

"Obama Weighs Tapping Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Counter Oil Price Spike."

For the love of God.

So, is he a dolt?  Or is he a conniving Washington politician trying to have it both ways?

Me?  I go with "all of the above."

Hoping Against Hope

 I almost feel sorry for the people who run the New York Times (as well as every other print newspaper concern on the planet).  The business model is no longer working.  And it's never going to work.  Killing trees in order to place ink on paper so as to be able to land its commodity in a paper box and, thus, bring news to America's news-hungry citizenry each morning is going by the wayside.   Remember the milkman?


Joining him in the history books - any day now - will be the rag press.


Why do I feel almost sorry for the Times?

Because they are flailing, trying to implement a new business model that the gurus there have already tried - and abandoned.  Pay-per-view.

Poor schmucks:
NY Times CEO: pay plan in ‘final testing phase’
By Michael Calderone, Yahoo News

In January of 2010, the New York Times announced plans to put up a metered pay wall, with early expectations that its strategy would take effect about a year later. However, the Times still hasn't revealed all the details.

Last May, executive editor Bill Keller said the Times would start charging for online content in January 2011. When that didn't happen, a Times spokesman told The Cutline only that paper would start charging in "early in 2011." Two weeks later, Times Co. chief executive Janet Robinson told investors that the Times "intend[s] to release our pay model soon."

How soon?

It's still unclear, but the Times appears to be getting closer. Robinson said Wednesday that "the pay model for NYTimes.com is in the final testing phase, and we expect it will launch shortly." [link]
Not mentioned is the fact that the Times has been there and done that.  See "The New York Times announced today (May 16, 2005) a new online offering called TimesSelect, which for a modest fee will provide exclusive access to Op-Ed and news columnists on NYTimes.com, easy and in-depth access to The Times's online archives, early access to select articles on the site, as well as other exciting features."

See also "New York Times to end paid Internet service."

The New York Times is soon to launch its paid internet service.  Again.

What was that definition of insanity?  And is it different from the definition of the word desperation?

Think of it as the end of ... times.

So sad.

So inevitable.

This Should Sell Some Tunes

How did Detroit's third-most famous rocker get so lucky?

Kid Rock's use of Confederate flag sparks NAACP boycott

Say it ain't so.

* (1) Ted Nugent. (2) Bob Seger.

There Is Something Rotten In The State of Obamacare

I truly don't get it.  If Obama's takeover of our once-first class health care system was such a swell deal - as liberals in this country would have you believe - why is Obama doing this?


Answer: Because he knows his legislation will harm American business, as it is in the process of harming our health care delivery system.

My God, we've reached a point in our existence where companies must approach the federal government and ask for it to do them no harm. 

And we wonder why businesses are fleeing to friendlier environs overseas.

Madness.  Sheer madness.