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SoVaNow.com / March 05, 2009
Thought of the day #1: If someone around here really wanted to stimulate the economy, they’d have built a new unemployment office by now.
Thought of the day #2: I used to despise the insurance firm AIG for its stupid TV commercials. You may recall the ads — some annoying kid would pester the father about his investments and whether they were properly diversified, balanced between load and no-load, etc. Insufferable brat. But hey, not liking a company for such a reason is admittedly rather silly. So it’s heartening in a way to know that I now have 30 billion more reasons to hate AIG — and that’s the damage toll from just this week.
(On the website Calculated Risk there’s a commenter who posts under the alias of The Notorious AIG. It’s a reference to the late rap artist. Too funny.)
Thought of the day #3: The economy will start to recover when people no longer worry about what message the stock market is trying to send about the economy.
Thought of the day #4: The Tri-County Community Action Agency has accomplished many great deeds over the years in Halifax County and surrounding communities, but it rarely gets the attention it deserves because the its contributions have been so … bloody consistent. So then the director of the agency ups and announces his retirement, and people suddenly take notice. Sigh. Congratulations to Bill Coleman for a job — and a veritable lifetime of service — well done.
Thought of the day #5: Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be “coarse preppies.” That was the tag that the incomparable Jeff Shapiro, political correspondent for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, put on Del. Clarke Hogan in his column Sunday. Hogan’s recent antics in Richmond, aside from putting him the running for a guest spot on “South Park,” evidently have caught Shapiro’s attention. In Sunday’s column, Shapiro relayed how Hogan lost his cool after “his hometown newspaper” (guess which one) reported on an episode of Hogan’s potty mouth getting the best of him in a dust-up with Manassas Del. Robert Marshall, a fellow Republican. While I could be wrong, somehow I can’t see it being a good thing politically for our local representative’s name to surface in the statewide newspaper next to the words “X-rated rant.”
But my, how these Republicans can entertain….
Thought of the day #6: I don’t know how long I can keep this up …
Thought of the day #7: Is Virgil Goode under the impression that he’s still a member of Congress? Goode toured the Fifth District last week (stopping off in Mecklenburg, among other places) to announce funding for earmarked projects following passage of a federal appropriations bill. It was a half-hilarious, half-pathetic show of presumption on Goode’s part, inasmuch as he no longer has much to do with what goes on in Washington. Turns out the job belongs to that Perriello fellow. Taking note of Goode’s magical wistfully tour, The Washington Post offered this helpful headline: “Memo to Former Rep. Goode: Election’s Over, You Lost.”
Thought of the day #8: Our condolences to Rep. Perriello on the death of his father, Vito Perriello, 68, a Charlottesville-area pediatrician who passed away Sunday after suffering a stroke last week. The Times-Dispatch ran a fine story Tuesday on Dr. Perriello and his many contributions to the community, including its athletic programs to which he devoted many volunteer hours. “Scott Stadium couldn’t hold all the people he’s supported and helped,” said NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, an Albemarle resident who knew Dr. Perriello through their work together at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. “”He was dedicated in everything he did, to his practice, his community and his family. He’s one of those guys they just don’t make anymore. He’s a special man who will be sorely missed.” Indeed.
Thought of the day #9: Funny how some people criticize the Obama Administration for the stimulus package and then want to take credit for spending the money all in the same breath.
Thought of the day #10: Ten thoughts in a single day is what people in the pundit business call a heavy workload.





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