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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Hard Times In Local Community

If it weren't bad enough that the economies of Bluefield, Virginia and Bluefield, West Virginia (just up the road from where I live) have taken a terrible hit as the coal industry in the area has slowly eroded over the years, their other major employers have struggled for survival as well.

How bad is it?

This bad: From The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce's website, we get this promotional publicity blurb:
Diversity of the area's economy is seen in such companies as Flower's Bakery, Bluefield Beverage and Bluefield Gear & Machine/Industrial Plating Manufacturing. Retail and services, banking and the communications industries are proof of a financially successful Bluefield economy.
What's bad about that?  Sadly, two of the three manufacturers listed as being "proof of a financially successful Bluefield economy" are - or will soon be - shuttered forever.

Bluefield Beverage.

Flowers Baking Company.

Mercer County - on the West Virginia side of the line - as of the 2010 census, has a population smaller than it did before World War II.  And, with the closures of these two manufacturers (along with the recently announced closing of its only Kroger store), it will probably, by the next census in 2020, be smaller than it was in the 1930's.

Meanwhile, the president is focused on contraceptives.

And the news media are in a frenzy over abortion.

And a lot of people in the Bluefields are looking for work.

Where no work is to be found.

Where will it all end?  Where will it end?

So Far They Suck

With great fanfare and much hope the Republican majority in both houses of the state legislature began its work a few short weeks ago.  And now?  What do they have to show for it?  What do they have to put before those of us who got them there?


"The people who voted for Republicans thinking something would happen will be quite disappointed," said Del. Bob Marshall ..."

There are those in the Commonwealth who wear the Republican tag on their chests. Proudly, when the time is right.  And, in opportune moments, they even call themselves conservatives.

But when the rubber meets the road, they're no different from all the damn Democrats in Richmond.

So what good are they?

And what's up with Sen. Harry Blevins abstention in that critical hour?

When Scientists Become Crusaders ...

... they cross the line.

In fact, they cross a lot of lines.

See "This is blatant scientific fraud." And gain a better understanding of the mindset that drives the now-discredited global warming movement.  And a better understanding as to why its leaders felt the need to manipulate data.

The fictional Elmer Gantry, in his day, let on like he was a crusader for Christ.  He, like Dr. James Hansen, had a huge following of true-believers.  Until he was exposed for being the fraud that he was.

In the case of Hansen, because he's inflicted so much damage, the demise of his credibility - if not his lucrative gig - couldn't have come soon enough.

'Journalists' Bring Shame To Their Profession

(Actually I paused when I used the word "profession" in the title.  Because, in the case of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy, most national "journalists," in reality, were seen, to their shame, professing their loyalty to the abortion industry rather than furthering the profession that brings them their riches.)

Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times (see "The Media's Abortion Blinders") outlines the problem:
Conservative complaints about media bias are sometimes overdrawn. But on the abortion issue, the press's prejudices are often absolute, its biases blatant and its blinders impenetrable. In many newsrooms and television studios across the country, Planned Parenthood is regarded as the equivalent of, well, the Komen foundation: an apolitical, high-minded and humanitarian institution whose work no rational person — and certainly no self-respecting woman — could possibly question or oppose.

But of course millions of Americans — including, yes, millions of American women — do oppose Planned Parenthood. They oppose the 300,000-plus abortions it performs every year (making it the largest abortion provider in the country), and they oppose its tireless opposition to even modest limits on abortion.

Even if some forms of partiality are inevitable, journalists betray their calling when they simply ignore self-evident truths about a story.

Three truths, in particular, should be obvious to everyone reporting on the Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy. First, that the fight against breast cancer is unifying and completely uncontroversial, while the provision of abortion may be the most polarizing issue in the United States today. Second, that it's no more "political" to disassociate oneself from the nation’s largest abortion provider than it is to associate with it in the first place. Third, that for every American who greeted Komen's shift with "anger and outrage" (as Andrea Mitchell put it), there was probably an American who was relieved and gratified.

Indeed, that sense of relief was quantifiable: the day after the controversy broke, Komen reported that its daily donations had risen dramatically.

But of course, you wouldn't know that from most of the media coverage. After all, the people making those donations don't exist.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell, "journalist," mentioned above, in particular, from the days of the Clarence Thomas hearings two decades ago, has worn her radical feminism on her sleeve on air for all the world to witness.  And abhor.  Yet she remains.  In her circle of friends her advocacy is no doubt appreciated and admired.  But in the real world she's seen as being just another boneheaded radical feminist who brings shame to her profession.

People like Andrea Mitchell, along with all the other "journalists" who make no bones about which side of the Planned Parenthood controversy they are on, look down upon us bloggers as being a bunch of partisan, no-account boobs.  But from up here, looking down on the shit their kind call journalism, the air is mighty refined by comparison.

Obama Declares War on Christianity

Peggy Noonan: "The Catholic Church was told this week that its institutions can't be Catholic anymore."

Who told them?

Barack Obama.

The president signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that says under ObamaCare Catholic Institutions—including its charities, hospitals and schools—will be required by law, for the first time ever, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face ruinous fines in the millions of dollars. Or they can always go out of business.

I invite you to imagine the moment we are living in without the church's charities, hospitals and schools. And if you know anything about those organizations, you know it is a fantasy that they can afford millions in fines.

There was no reason to make this ruling—none. Except ideology.

The conscience clause, which keeps the church itself from having to bow to such decisions, has always been assumed to cover the church's institutions.

Now the church is fighting back. Priests in an estimated 70% of parishes last Sunday came forward to read strongly worded protests from the church's bishops. The ruling asks the church to abandon Catholic principles and beliefs; it is an abridgement of the First Amendment; it is not acceptable. They say they will not bow to it. They should never bow to it, not only because they are Catholic and cannot be told to take actions that deny their faith, but because they are citizens of the United States.

If they stay strong and fight, they will win. This is in fact a potentially unifying moment for American Catholics, long split left, right and center. Catholic conservatives will immediately and fully oppose the administration's decision. But Catholic liberals, who feel embarrassed and undercut, have also come out in opposition.

The church is split on many things. But do Catholics in the pews want the government telling their church to contravene its beliefs? A president affronting the leadership of the church, and blithely threatening its great institutions? No, they don't want that. They will unite against that.

The smallest part of this story is political. There are 77.7 million Catholics in the United States. In 2008 they made up 27% of the electorate, about 35 million people. Mr. Obama carried the Catholic vote, 54% to 45%. They helped him win.

They won't this year. And guess where a lot of Catholics live? In the battleground states.

There was no reason to pick this fight. It reflects political incompetence on a scale so great as to make Mitt Romney's gaffes a little bitty thing.

There was nothing for the president to gain, except, perhaps, the pleasure of making a great church bow to him.

Enjoy it while you can. You have awakened a sleeping giant.
The president vowed - early on - to transform this country. He's making good on that pledge by attacking it at its foundation. When the church is forced to bend to the will of the central government - when people of faith are prohibited from exercising their once-sacred freedom of worship - and freedom of conscience - Obama's effort to make us all subservient to him and his kind will be complete.

He's declared war on people of faith.

To arms!

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I call your attention to The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.  Sign the declaration.  Join the fight.  Engage the enemy.  America is in peril.

Image Is In The Eye Of The Beholder


Planned Parenthood gets image boost on Komen win 

What, they're not slaughtering babies anymore?

Same abortion mill.  Same image, dude.

Someone at Politico is guilty of wishful thinking, I do believe.