The West Virginia Optimist

darn dog.
January 29, 2008, 9:27 pm
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This little spawn of Satan is shedding everywhere. Need to sweep about daily to keep up with it. Maybe I should take him to a barber…

Well this stinks. I was very much looking forward to that nasty Holiday Inn being gutted and renovated into something nicer. As much of a fixture it is in Charleston and as ‘neat’ as it is, it doesn’t really fit with the rest of the architecture around it. It would fit better in a nautical town somewhere in Florida. At least thats my opinion.

This guy has to be the stupidest criminal I’ve ever had the pleasure about which to read. Darwin Award award anyone?

Apparently, Jesus reads WSAZ and posts comments to their ‘Breaking News’ about last weeks “weather condition”.

Posted by: jesus read revelations… “and the seventh seal will release upon them a mysterious blue mist of unimaginable death. woe are they that face this day.”

oh, it gets better…. including masters of the English language

Posted by: Luann My dogs a barking. Something is wrong big. She don’t never bark.

it also seems the Ron Paul Spammers have taken this opportunity spew their nonsense.

Posted by: Rev. Keith Sunday Yet again another sign from the Almighty. Non beleivers will experience a burning of their eyes in this haze, while those of us that are his true flock see through the fog of deception that our goverment clouding our judgement with. Vote for Ron Paul in 2008. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Jesus.

oh the humanity.


January 26, 2008, 8:38 am
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In reference to the lung-eating chemical spill , I snapped this pic of the Empty Glass while heading to Bluegrass Kitchen for a meal of delicious free range chicken smothered in mayo. I can’t tell if this posted was printed today or if it was for a show the past Thursday. I beg for the latter. I have to admit, it was freaked out at first because I didn’t know how to react, but I’m breathing this morning, so I guess I’m ok.

Festivall 2008
January 23, 2008, 10:31 pm
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Yea, it’s early, but let’s talk Festivall! This should prove to be exciting year for the growing yearly event in Charleston. I have to say that the past two years of Regatta have been flat out disappointing and Festivall seems to be where it’s at (i got two turntables and a microphone. Personally, I’d rather see local art and music complimented with outsider talent. On the schedule this year is American Public Radio’s What D’Ya Know at the Municipal Auditorium, which has me salivating. This year, since we live downtown, I plan to be running around the city all weekend. Bring it Larry Groce!

Gov’nah would sign law to stop funding for elective abortions for poor women.
January 23, 2008, 5:10 pm
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Abortion is a very divisive issue. We all know that. Both sides equally passionate about the topic. In the interest of full disclosure, I am very much pro-choice. It’s the conclusion I’ve arrived to, but I understand that others might not feel the same way…and thats ok.

There have been numerous discussions regarding this topic and the public accessibility to the procedure down to who foots the bill for those who can not afford it. Which leads to this.

There is one line from the MetroNews article that really set me off.

“The Governor says taxpayers who are opposed to abortions should not have to pay for them. “I’ve always believed it should be optional, not mandatory,” he said on Wednesday’s MetroNews Talkline.”

I’m sorry, what? There are plenty of tax-funded programs that state government implement that are not universally agreed upon. What about the folks who WANT to pay for those programs? hrm.

January 23, 2008, 12:55 pm
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A Better West Virginia, an excellent WV resource, poses an interesting question.

I vote for Forward-Thinking. Moving here from Virginia, I was ready for a change. I had visited Charleston over the course of three years and had fallen in love. The people I met, Capitol St, the cocoon-like hills surrounding the city; these are ideas/places I wanted to be a part of; i felt it had so much potential. Richmond had left a bad taste in my mouth and this mountain retreat seemed like a welcome change. So after 18 months of living here, I still love it. Sure, we have shortcomings, but things are changing and it’s very excited to think about Charleston in ten years.

It saddens me that so many residents of this state have such a poor outlook. Given the history of the state, I can understand why some might become negative, distrustful, unwilling to take risks, etc. However, I feel that Jason Keeling said it best here:

Indeed, much of our history is blemished with injustice, but unless we take it upon ourselves to improve conditions and stop blaming everyone else, we’ll always be perceived as “hicks.”

January 22, 2008, 5:30 pm
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Cell coverage to improve on Turnpike with tower construction
Who knows which carriers will be able to use these towers. Given the recent CellularOne buyout by AT&T and their big push to fill in gaps between the networks, I’m guessing AT&T coverage will improve in that area. Then again, I’m not sure how these publically funded towers work and how access to that space is licensed.
5 1/2 percent raise too small to lift teachers from 48th, WVEA says
I agree. If you want current West Virginia teachers to stay here and attract new ones, you have to offer some sort of incentive. Last year, teachers received an $813/year pay increase up to a whopping $25,832. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean income for all occupations in this state is $31,440. (this might be skewed given the amount of high income earners in the state). I understand that this state isn’t wealthy, but teachers are making almost $6000 less than the state mean. I place education high on the totem pole and if there is any place that inflated income is allowable, it’s in education. Cut corners elsewhere, not in education.

Spring Hill makes CNN.
January 22, 2008, 12:45 pm
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I wish I could say that Spring Hill made it onto CNN for positive reasons but no, we get potty-mouthed gas thieves. Classy, real classy.