The West Virginia Optimist

I hope the White House shredders are cross-cut.
January 22, 2008, 12:03 pm
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WaPo reports that the White House has no comprehensive email archive; system used by Clinton was done away with.

It astounds me that they are allowed to get away with this. Utterly mind-boggling.

Controversy surrounding the Bush administration’s policies intensified on Thursday, when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released details of a briefing by White House special counsel Emmet T. Flood, in which he disclosed that a 2005 White House study had identified 473 separate days in which no electronic messages were stored for one or more component offices.

In the presidential offices, for example, not a single e-mail was archived on Dec. 17, 20 or 21 in 2003 — the week after the capture of Saddam Hussein. According to the study summary that the committee released, e-mails were not archived for Vice President Cheney‘s office on four days in early October 2003, coinciding with the start of a Justice Department probe into the leak of a CIA officer’s identity, which later led to criminal charges against Cheney’s chief of staff.

what. the. hell.


car shows are fun!
January 21, 2008, 1:44 am
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check this thing out! The new Volvo C30.

The West Virginia International Auto Show in Charleston was quite the event. A ton of bland American cars and a few dashing imports. I had seen pictures of the Volvo c30 in print and online, but in person, it’s wild.  It brings to mind my first memories of seeing the new Mini Cooper. It’s almost as if Volvo combind their SUV line with a compact VW Golf. The effect is quite nice.

josh ritter.
January 19, 2008, 11:38 pm
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quite easily, my number one album of 2007.

i still slap myself for not going to the Mountain Stage show with Josh Ritter and Loudon Wainwright. ah well.

i spent the better part of the morning running around South Charleston with Big American Joe. Main Tin for lunch and art browsing for desert. I found a 6’x4′ advert for the Dick Tracy comic series. In a week, it’s mine. A little bit of work followed with a visit to the Charleston Library and the mall, which was quite abnormally packed. spoke to quite possibly the best AT&T rep I’ve ever met who tells me that Charleston is to receive 3G services from AT&T by end of March. WCDMA and HSUPA here we come! Estoy entusiasmado!

ahhh childhood memories
January 19, 2008, 6:23 am
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reposted from icanhashotdog

Ah, memories of being eight years old and nearly being mauled by a 120 pound Rott-Pit mix.

Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Mountain Stage
January 19, 2008, 5:07 am
Filed under: events, music


Carolina Chocolate Drops
February 3 – 7 pm
Mountain Stage
Charleston, WV

Of all dates for this show to take place, it happens to be the one night of my Grandmother’s 80th birthday party in Maryland. ah well, i’ll catch em next time.

dusted hills
January 19, 2008, 1:19 am
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One thing i’ve always found mesmerizing about Charleston is winter. While it is rare that we get a large amount of snow, it’s rather nice when the hills are lightly dusted with snow. The hills, although not the Rockies, do create, at least for me, a cocoon-like feeilng.

There are a few things that come to mind when thinking why it’s easy for me to feel optimistic about this city.  Easy access to employment, medical services and hopefully soon, a grocery store (the Capitol Market is great, but a little bit outside of my budget as my only grocer). Low cost of living with fairly adjusted income levels. Competent city government (all for the user fee, anti-discrimination policies recently enacted, and city beautification projects).  No sense of entitlement among the people residents. To clarify, the people I’ve met are low-key with no pretensions. Very much unlike larger cities. There is a real sense of ‘locality’. News, both wanted and unwanted, travels very quickly here. After 18 months, in Charleston, I’m finally getting my bearings all lined up and ready to roll. (ugh, that was cheesy)

I’m all like, yea, I’m fine.
January 18, 2008, 8:38 pm
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first post. yes, its a blogger account. i’m all web 2.0 like that. wait, isnt blogger web 1.9? at least it’s not LiveJournal!

for those that don’t know me.. mid-twenties. been in Charleston, WV for a little over a year (from Richmond, VA). enjoy it very much. it seems that a lot of people around here hold a negative view of Charleston’s future, but I am very optimistic about the direction that Charleston heading.