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Archive for June, 2008

McQuay International wins “Freedom Tower” contract

Posted by Stephen on June 30, 2008

WTC Complex set for 2012McQuay International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., with a plant in Verona, Virginia, has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $15 million to supply air conditioning equipment for the new Freedom Tower building (1 World Trade Center) in New York City. 

Currently under construction on the site of the World Trade Center that was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the 105 -story Freedom Tower will be 1,776 feet (541 meters) tall.  Scheduled for completion in 2012, the Freedom Tower is the tallest of the buildings that will form the new World Trade Center complex.

Bringing Shades of Green…

The air conditioning system will consist of custom-designed air-conditioning units to meet the specified requirements of the project, including HFC-410A refrigerant with no ozone depletion potential or phase-out date, and low operating sound levels. 

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Posted in D. Waynesboro, F. Business and Economy, I. Society, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Doubling the budget under Warner and Kaine not enough for Dems

Posted by Stephen on June 26, 2008

Democrats in the Virginia State Senate, led by Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), are bankrupt of ideas, lack vision, and couldn’t spell leadership if you spotted them the first nine letters. Sadly, their collective political education does afford them enough depth of vocabulary to say “tax and spend.”

First they double the size of the state budget and now they want to raise taxes on you at a time when Virginians are fighting national economic woes including escalating gas and food prices.

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Posted in C. State Politics, D. Waynesboro, F. Business and Economy, Op-Eds | 1 Comment »

The Danger of Economic Nationalism

Posted by Stephen on June 24, 2008

by James A. Dorn

Added to cato.org on June 24, 2008 This article appeared in the Beijing Review on June 24, 2008.

In his closing remarks at the Third Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing in December 2007, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stated that both China and the United States “recognize the need to fight economic nationalism in our two nations.” Yet, it is much easier for Congress to politicize U.S.-China trade than to be patient and engage in the SED initiated by Secretary Paulson. It is also much easier to use China as a scapegoat than to make the hard political decisions at home necessary to reduce the U.S. budget deficit-not by increasing taxes but by cutting spending.

Implementing tax and regulatory reforms that increase the incentive to save would also be positive steps toward improving the U.S. saving rate and narrowing the U.S. global current account deficit.

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A Winning Team being assembled in Virginia…

Posted by Stephen on June 23, 2008

Attorney General Bob McDonnell continues to formulate teams and plans that illustrate his strength as a solution based leader dedicated to confronting the challenges citizens face in Virginia.

Make no mistake about it this is not some sort of tag line leading to another “Dream Team” comparison from the past. This is bold leadership grounded in philosophies and ideologies that McDonnell has been cultivating for years.

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Child Abuse: The act of a coward; a blemish on society

Posted by Stephen on June 20, 2008

Child abuse is the cowardice act perpetuated by the demonic need to control and manipulate the innocent and defenseless. The perpetrator forfeits the right to objectivity and should be subject to the most aggressive penalties allowed by law. Their worth to society, now diminished to a level somewhere between vile and the defecation of snails, should be measured by how many pieces of trash they can retrieve from the sides of roads while wearing chains and bright colored clothing under the watchful eye of a shotgun toting member of the penitentiary in which they should reside.

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Payday Lenders’ petitions riddled with deceptive statements; Consumers Advocates urge OH Attorney General to withhold certification

Posted by Stephen on June 18, 2008

The payday loan industry is using false and misleading statements in its efforts to overturn a new law designed to protect consumers from abusive lending, said Bill Faith, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO).

The deceptive statements appear in the summary contained on petitions the industry is circulating to seek a referendum on a new law that cracks down on payday lenders. To qualify for the November ballot, the group needs 241,365 valid signatures from registered voters across the state.

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Obama….NO JFK

Posted by Stephen on June 13, 2008

It’s easy to get caught up in the speech and passion of Barack Obama when he stands at the podium. Make no mistake about it though, he is no John F. Kennedy.

I’ve often said that had I been a young man in the early 60’s I would have probably been a JFK supporter. He was an incredible speaker. He supported civil rights, though he was slow to act, he supported a strong military to combat communism if necessary but also was opened to dialog and in his inaugural speech he stated that the United States of America would “bear ANY burden” and pay ANY price, to assure the triumph of freedom anywhere on earth,” and he took a revolutionary step for his party by cutting taxes.

Senator Obama, on the other hand…

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Augusta Co. Republican Chairman, Kurt Michael, resigns

Posted by Stephen on June 4, 2008

Dear Republican Friends,

I am grateful that the State Central Committee confirmed my election as Augusta County Republican Chairman. As I stated publicly on April 18, I will be stepping down as Augusta GOP Chairman.

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Former U.S. Attorney John Brownlee running for Attorney General

Posted by Stephen on June 3, 2008

Former United States Attorney John Brownlee, a conservative Republican and former Army Ranger, announced his candidacy for Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“I am running for Attorney General because every Virginian deserves to live in a safe, secure and prosperous community,” said John Brownlee. “As Attorney General, I will work hard to ensure that all Virginians live in neighborhoods that are free from violent crime, drug dealers, child predators, criminal illegal aliens, and those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens”

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Posted in C. State Politics, D. Waynesboro, E. Payday Lending, F. Business and Economy, G. Education, I. Society | Leave a Comment »

Michael survives; now what?

Posted by Stephen on June 2, 2008

Kurt Michael, the embittered Republican Chairman for Augusta County, survived a second appeal launched by Larry Roller who proclaimed himself Augusta County Chairman after a vote at Augusta County’s mass meeting seemed to have handed him a victory.

This, however, is politics and not everything is as it seems…

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