Outside of total depletion of land values with uranium mining, I've never met a rich miner, no matter the substance he or she was mining. So the question I would ask here is, "hugely profitable" to whom? As I mentioned previously, uranium prices are subject to fluctuation and have no historic bearing to help determine the actual price of yellowcake on the market. To state that yellowcake is a "potent source of local and state tax revenue" is making a promise based upon a theory.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
- Chatham-Blairs District Supervisor Hank Davis wants state and federal authorities to investigate lead levels near the Coles Hill site. Ever since VUI conducted exploratory drilling in the county, several residential wells have been found to have high levels of lead contamination. VUI says they have nothing to do with it, but Hank Davis wants to respond to residents' concerns. Davis will introduce the motion at tonight's Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors meeting in Chatham.
- Virginia Tech geochemistry professor Robert Bodnar got a $60,000 federal grant to study the uranium deposit in Chatham. I'm encouraged by the fact that it's federal money and not funded by any dubious sources, which should lend some credibility to whatever he finds. One thing about the article troubled me though:
Much of his research throughout his career has centered on how mineral and ore deposits form so similar deposits can be found, he said.Given the political firestorm that has been the Coles Hill fight, I think the last thing we need is to find even more big uranium deposits.
- A geologist at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville has come out in favor of mining at Coles Hill. Dr. James Beard cited the potential economic benefits for Southside and said the danger posed by the mine is minimal. I'm curious to know if Dr. Beard is the anonymous geologist who responded to several previous Roundups. If that's the case, he's a very intelligent, thoughtful commenter and even though I disagree with him, he's a great addition to this blog.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
"We will not be the party of the middle class if the nominee of this party is beholden to Donald Trump or Wall Street interests or to tainted defense contractors that got millions in earmarks from his brother in Congress," Deeds said during his closing statement. "We will have lost our way if we allow the Wall Street establishment or a corrupt political establishment to control our agenda for the next four years." (Emphasis mine)
A Bedford County man who was part of the D-Day invasion and a member of the group known as the "Bedford Boys" has died.
Ray Nance was the last member of the group. According to obituaries in local newspapers, he died Sunday at age 94.
Nance landed on the beaches of Normandy as an Army Lieutenant almost 65 years ago.
He was a member of the group know as the "Bedford Boys" and was featured in a popular book by Alex Kershaw. Nineteen servicemen from Bedford County were killed in the allied invasion of Normandy.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
He added: "If you are not willing to accept and faithfully discharge those responsibilities, you shouldn't enter the state of matrimony, and it doesn't make a damn bit of difference if you're straight or gay. It is a responsibility like no other, which can and should make marriage an association between two human beings more fulfilling than any other."
Schmidt told CNN that the GOP must become more open if it wants to reverse a shrinking coalition, especially among younger, more accepting voters.
"People are turned off in large measure by what they see as intolerance coming out of the party," he said.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
- Captain Richard Phillips. What more can really be said here? A hat tip also goes out to his crew, who stood up to pirates with AK's and retook their boat.
- The Navy Seals who popped the three pirates just as they were about to shoot Captain Phillips. I saw a documentary about Seals school one time...those guys are absolutely ridiculous. I'd never want to make one of them mad, but if push ever comes to shove, I'll be very glad those dudes are on our side. Talk about real-life Jack Bauers.
- The guy in Botetourt County who stopped a crazed intruder trying to potentially harm his family. The family was sitting in the living room Friday night, when a would-be intruder started banging on the door and screaming, trying to get into the house. When the bad guy broke through the sliding-glass door and charged, the homeowner fired his weapon. He did what he had to do to protect himself and his family, and I would've done the same thing. The shooting is being called a justifiable homicide.
- President Barack Obama. While Republican talking heads were predicting that the situation would end badly and end up embarrassing the administration, President Obama was busy proving that Dems can fight too--we just pick the right ones. I thought the president handled this situation exactly as he should have. Moreover, I think this should serve as a model for how the USA should conduct foreign policy in the future--avoid the use of force until it can no longer be avoided. That is, until American lives are at risk. When, and only when, there is absolutely no alternative to using force, have a plan, do it right the first time and resolve the situation before it becomes a quagmire.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Former finance secretary Jody Wagner picked up the endorsement of the highest ranking Democrat in the House of Delegates, Ward L. Armstrong, in her bid for lieutenant governor.
Armstrong, the House minority leader, cited Wagner's experience as a member of Timothy M. Kaine and Mark R. Warner's administrations.
"Having seen firsthand the work she did in the Warner and Kaine administrations to help fix the state's fiscal problems...I know she has the right experience to balance our budget and maintain Virginia as the best managed state and best state for business,'' Armstrong said. "As an elected official, and more importantly as a Virginian, I trust Jody Wagner to keep Virginia moving forward."
Three other Democrats are running: Jon Bowerbank, a businessman from Russell County, Pat Edmonson, a member of the Virginia Beach School Board and Michael Signer, an attorney who worked for former governor Mark R. Warner.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Roanoke Times editorializes on Mike Huckabee's thoughtless jokes (here and here) at Republican rallies for gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell:He jokingly urged Republicans to let the air out of Democrats' tires and do whatever it takes to keep them from turning up at the voting booth in November. He called it "the Lord's work."
It was a bad joke, not funny, especially when allegations of voter suppression still dog elections. The Republicans who heard him laughed along, compounding the slap at the most fundamental right of our democracy. Maybe he could make some equally tasteless Polish joke next.
Worse than his lame attempt at humor was Huckabee's attempt to reinforce the urban-rural divide in Virginia. He would have Republicans play Northern Virginia against the rest of the state. That sort of divisive politics might work well on the national stage, but it has no place in this year's gubernatorial race. The next governor must represent all Virginians, not just the ones Huckabee thinks live in the right place.
The editorial board, for the second day in a row, scolds McDonnell for not dumping Huckabee, then and there, and re-focusing on the issues. And they offered similar rebuke to Terry McAullife and Creigh Deeds, who "could not resist attacking," for "overreacting" and, therefore, giving the jokes "wider play than they warranted." As such:While I won't and can't defend Huckabee's poor taste in jokes, I too thought the outcry against the jokes was a little over the top. They clearly were jokes, just very bad ones, and I seriously doubt that Huckabee genuinely endorses voter suppression tactics. I, however, am not sure that McAuliffe and Deeds deserved this condemnation, as they were rightfully doing their jobs in calling out divisive rhetoric, no matter the harmless and humorous intent. And, funny how in rebuking McAuliffe and Deeds for giving Huckabee's jokes wider play, this editorial highlights his jokes for at least another day.The campaigns owe Virginians an apology for derailing what had been shaping up into a substantive governor's race.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Members of the Republican Party of Virginia’s central committee have voted to remove state party chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick. The unofficial tally was 57-18 with one abstention.
The first two hours of the meeting were marked by presentations from Frederick’s opponents and by two lawyers hired to defend the 33-year-old House of Delegates member from Prince William County. Frederick did not speak on his own behalf.
Earlier in the morning before the meeting began, about 50 Frederick supporters gathered outside the hotel, held signs and chanted “elected, not selected,“ a reference to the state party convention that elected him to the post last year....Frederick has vowed that if he loses his job today, he will fight his ouster by running again for the job when the full party convenes for its state convention at the end of May.