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Monday, June 06, 2011

Hello, Terry Kilgore

Santa Claus comes early and leaves a gift:
Sen. William Wampler says he won’t seek re-election
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- For state Sen. William Wampler, R-Bristol, 24 years in the General Assembly is enough.

Wampler, one of Southwest Virginia's most influential legislators, announced Friday that he won't seek a seventh term in the Senate this fall.

"It was an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Southwest Virginia and trying to make Virginia a better place," Wampler said. "But in a citizen legislature, there's nothing wrong with saying you're going back home."

Wampler, 51, is the Senate's senior Republican, the ranking GOP member on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee and a forceful voice for the region he represents.

"I hate to lose the voice of rural Virginia," said Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott County, a close friend and legislative ally of Wampler's. "He's the voice of rural Virginia on the Senate Finance Committee."

Wampler said he is in good health and has no interest in seeking another elected office or government post. After 24 years of shuttling between Bristol and Richmond, he said, "I'm just looking forward to coming back home and being a private citizen. [link

You can bet Kilgore is shedding tears over Wampler's departure.

Tears of joy.

I can see the Kilgore for Senate signs being printed right now.

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He may have a fight on his hands though.

Turning the World Upside Down

In the news recently, the German government made it known that it was going to shut down its nuclear reactors - permanently - out of fear that a tsunami might come along, like it did in Japan, and do damage to one of them, upsetting the local bewohnern.

That seems to be the logic anyway.

How they're going to get juice out of those little wall plug-in doohickies when their power generators are shut down hasn't been thought through yet.  But it'll come up some day, soon after those power plants turn into ruins, you can bet.

It's also the Germans, if memory serves, who have for years led the charge to have genetically modified foods - the sort of stuff we Americans have been enjoying for decades (the International Food Irradiation Project was created in 1970) - banned, resulting in there being nearly no irradiated food items to be found in any European market place.

And they are pleased for it.

With all this effort they have created the perfect environment within which their children can thrive, yes?

No:
Focus shifts to sprouts in E.coli outbreak
By Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

Berlin (AP) -- Consumers were awaiting the release of official test results Monday that will most likely confirm that vegetable sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany caused the terrifying E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200.

Even if sprouts from the farm in the greater Uelzen region, between Hamburg and Hannover, are confirmed as the only source of the bacterial epidemic, more cases of the illness are likely for at least another week, authorities said. That's because the contaminated sprouts may have already been delivered to restaurants and grocery stores across the country and could infect consumers.

Health officials warned against eating any sprouts and kept up a general warning for tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces. [link]
Oh, I forgot to mention, as the article above intimates, the Germans are big on organic foods too.

Well, all except for the 22 who ate them and are now dead.

But life goes on.  (Except ...)

Nuclear stuff may someday hurt someone somehow.

And irradiated food might someday cause someone to grow a third eyeball.  Or something.

In the meantime, the Germans eat food from the organic farm that hasn't been properly washed (an art form that was perfected three centuries ago but is now forgotten because the really smart environmentalists there worry more about what gamma rays and exotherms might do to their daily routine than about poop being on their srouts) and seem happy to do so.

To think, this bunch almost took over the world.

Lost In Space

The three TV networks that your grandma once loved to watch apparently all wanted to sign Katie Couric to do whatever it is that they think she's capable of doing, but hasn't seemed to be able to accomplish to date.

Viewership continues to decline at all three.

She complements the business model, I guess.

I've Got The Arm. You Bring The Needle.

Can you tell this genius's belief system is shaken?
The dangers of bone-headed beliefs
By Richard Glover, Sydney Morning Herald

Surely it's time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies.

Not necessarily on the forehead; I'm a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ''Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?''

On second thoughts [sic], maybe the tattooing along the arm is a bit Nazi-creepy. So how about they are forced to buy property on low-lying islands, the sort of property that will become worthless with a few more centimetres of ocean rise, so they are bankrupted by their own bloody-mindedness? [link]
To bolster his argument Mr. Glover quotes a Hollywood actress.   The only person cited in his cute little screed.  Speaks volumes.

As to his call for me to be "forcibly tattooed" because of my beliefs, drop on down, tough guy.  I'll provide the arm if you think you can do the dirty work.