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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Virginia Foxx and the Tempest in the Teapot


Every time we mention Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, commenters to this blog start rattling tea-pots. For the umpteenth time, here is the story of the teapot museum.Carolina Journal

A family named Kamms had a traveling exhibit of their collection of teapots at museums around the country, enjoying "spectacular attendance." They wanted to find a place to permanently house it. Cities like Atlanta, Chicago and others asked for it. However, hearing of the financial devastation that outsourcing had visited upon Allegheny County, in an act of compassion, they offered to donate the 6000 items worth more than $5 million.

An economic impact study determined that the project would attract 61,000 visitors annually and $7.5 million in new tourism spending. Tourists are always looking for unique attractions and Sparta is only a few miles from the Parkway and driving distance from two major interstates.

People like to mock the idea of a teapot museum because of the way it sounds. However, if you live in North Carolina, you may remember another idea that sounded strange. In 1981, a collector started selling hard to find silverware in a little building near Greensboro. As ridiculous as that sounded at the time, today Replacements has 415,000 square foot facilities (the size of seven football fields!) housing an incredible inventory of 13 million pieces in more than 300,000 patterns, some over 100 years old! Even the Greensboro Interstate bypass now goes directly to their door.

Who is to say, that something on a smaller scale could not have happened in Allegheny County if only the people of Sparta could have caught the vision. Today, Sparta still has little industry and the people hurt. Scripture says “Where there is no vision, the people perish."

25 comments:

guy faulkes said...

Do you think BB and Liberalproverbs18:2 might have liked the Teapot Museum better if it had been paid for as part of the Obama's stimulus program. It looks like it may have been to effective to have been part of the stimulus fiasco.

Blogger said...

Right, and because the stimulus money turned out to be a slush fund for Democrats, because Allegheny county is conservative, they would not qualify. And, even if it were Democrat, Sparta would have needed to ask for 10 times that amount to get Democrats' attention.

Anonymous said...

And ZERO Federal dollars were ever spent on the Teapot Museum. People like to harp about this project but no federal money was ever spent and will ever be spent because they museum was unable to hit certain benchmarks.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Guy & Blogger, it appears as though some of that slushy Democratic stimulus money has indirectly benefited the Tea Pot Museum. Read more here: http://www.recoveryinthehighcountry.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=259&Itemid=38

-The Other Nonny

guy faulkes said...

Thank you for this link. Well, BB and Liberalproverbs18:2, as this endeavor was supported by the stimulus bill, what is your opinion now. It is funny that one of the few things the stimulus bill did to get any money into the hands of working people is tied to something the liberals hate so much.

For the record, I did not approve of the government being involved in this, but the project seems to have worked to some degree. If it was done without earmarks from the federal government, I withdraw my objections.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome for the link, guy. And thank YOU for biting on it.

So now.....are teabaggers OPPOSED to politicians who grab pork for things like the teapot museum, or do they SUPPORT them?

No.....wait a minute.....let me guess. This is sort of like the whole terrorism thing, right?

If a white, fundamentalist christian walks into a church and brutally executes a physician, he's either a hero or a woefully tortured soul. But if the shooter's name is Mohammed, he's automatically a godless terrorist.

And while conservative politicians are held up as fighters of the good fight and supporters of local industry when they bring home pork, the mere presence of a (D) after a pol's name makes them socialist slushfunders should they vote in favor of identical projects.

No hypocricy there, guy. Thanks for the chuckles.

-The Other Nonny

guy faulkes said...

Anonymous (Shyster), You need remedial reading lessens. This is the last part of my post. You are either deliberately being obtuse or you are a typical liberal that only reads or hears what he wants to read or hear.

"For the record, I did not approve of the government being involved in this, but the project seems to have worked to some degree. If it was done WITHOUT EARMARKS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, I withdraw my objections."

This makes your last post nonsense.

Sarkazein said...

A'mous wrote:"If a white, fundamentalist christian walks into a church and brutally executes a physician, he's either a hero or a woefully tortured soul. But if the shooter's name is Mohammed, he's automatically a godless terrorist."

What did you take to get your mind to develop that thought? Has anyone here posted anything close to your quote above concerning a non-Muslim murderer?
Show me a comment made here and I won't call you a drug addicted loon or worse... another Liberal POV.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the party of the elephant seems to have such difficulty remembering sometimes. But, hey, I'll play along, guy.

The highly conservative Carolina Journal Online, in an article posted April 6, 2006, clearly stated that $500,000 in federal appropriations allotted to the museum and pushed for by both Foxx and Senator Burr was "part of more than $226 million in pork barrel spending just for North Carolina..."

So if specific conservative politicians have a proven record of pooling their efforts to actively fight to fund the museum (and similar projects) with federal pork money, should teabaggers not work to oust them from office, or should they just look the other way and pray that others don't recognize their group's gross insincerity and hypocricy?

Honest Debate said...

Let me jump in here. My conservative friends may not agree but I say earmarks in and of themselves aren't bad. Politicians should look out for their constituents. They should, to a certain degree, "bring home the bacon". That money is going somewhere either way. The problems are payoffs, kickbacks, waste and biggest of all corruption.

guy faulkes said...

What makes you think I looked the other way? I call them as I see them. Recently I have been critical of the Blowing Rock land trade bill that Foxx sponsored and was passed by the House.

People ont his site debate issues and ideas. We are not party hacks such as you.

I know this is hard for you to understand as you apparently worship at the alter of the man child Messiah. We even give this fool credit when he does something right such as order the elimination of three pirates and calling Kayne West a jackass. The sad thing is that pretty much sums up Obama's accomplishments. Many of us have been critical of Republicans when they have abandoned their conservative base.

Honest Debate said...

The Other Nonny (if that's your real name),

I'll give you this: it requires much more thought to shred your arguments than other libs who shall remain nameless. That, of course, is not saying much. I believe you add to this blog because you are a thinker. Why must you be such a jerk? Drop the "teabagger" thing, it's rude. The tea party movement represents smaller government, more freedom and less spending. Those are valid positions, why try and denigrate those that hold them? No one says don't spend. Everyone has priorities they feel strongly about. Prudence, transparency and honesty are the issues when it comes to spending.

Sarkazein said...

I guess A'mous is still searching for a comment made here confirming his hallucination. Either that or he heard an ambulance go by and he's chasing it to the hospital.

Sarkazein said...

A'mous wrote-"... shooter's name is Mohammed, he's automatically a godless terrorist."


Who said they were godless? Most know they worship the Moon god.

guy faulkes said...

All sarcasm aside, why does Anonymous assume the name Mohammad indicates a person is a Muslim? Even if this is true, has he never heard of Allah? Does Anonymous claim that Allah is not a legitimate name for the Supreme Being (Allah in Arabic translates to The One God)? If this is the case does Anonymous make a point exactly opposite of the one he was attempting to achieve?

Johnny Rico said...

Liberal Socialist Sheep POV,

You say you know nothing about V. Foxx and her efforts (along with the corrupt Blowing Rock Mayor JB Lawerence and town council) to engage in a secret land trade with the Park Service?

That's strange as I posted this several times on Watauga Watch. I only heard silence from those folks over there which I find really funny as they are always looking for an opportunity to hammer Foxx. Then when you hand it to them (you) on a silver platter, they fold like a deck of cards.

So yes, you know about it, but as a hypocrite you will do nothing about it except act like nothing ever happened.

Can you say Hypocrite? LOL

Your ole pal again

Johnny Rico

Barby

Liberal POV said...

Johnny

I don't know where the land is, I don't know who used the land before and I don't know the details of the trade.

Johnny are you a resident of Blowing Rock?

What was your claim to this land?

How are you harmed?

Johnny Rico said...

Liberal Socialist Sheep POV:

You have been notified of Foxx and her efforts to spend taxpayer money to protect the scenic view of Blowing Rock towncouncil members time and again. Research it yourself or take some memory pills. Why do you insist on making things so hard for yourself? I am sitting here tonight giving the crooked Virginia Foxx a hammer session, and you, a dyed in the wool Foxx hater, are making things difficult. Your parents must have had a hell of a time with you. Too bad they spared the rod or else their child wouldn't be so spoiled.

LOL!!!!

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

Becky

PS The land trade affects all taxpayers, not only Blowing Rock citizens.

Liberal POV said...

Johnny

Johnny are you a resident of Blowing Rock?

What was your claim to this land?

How are you harmed?

Liberal POV said...

Johnny

Johnny are you a resident of Blowing Rock?

What was your claim to this land?

How are you harmed?

guy faulkes said...

Liberalproverbs18:2. What difference does it make if Rico is a resident of Blowing Rock. She could be a resident of Nome,Alaska and still have an interest in hunting on this land. All the claim to the land that is needed is that you are a hunter that was defrauded from being able to hunt on property that was bought by a nature conservancy with donations from hunters given with the understanding that hunting would always be allowed on the property. This is also how Rico is harmed.

As usual, you question the obvious. Focus. Focus.

Johnny Rico said...

Thanks Guy. I didn't want to spoon feed the idiot, so it is good you stepped in and lined it out for the sheep.

Well, POV, what do you have to say now?

Waiting............

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

Liberal POV said...

Johnny

"Thanks Guy. I didn't want to spoon feed the idiot, "

You sound like such a charming person, I hope your mother can see your great qualities.

I didn't care before and I don't care now.

guy faulkes said...

Rico, at least Liberalproverbs18:2 has admitted his opposition to Foxx is only due to his left wing religious beliefs. He does not care if she was transparent in her dealings or not if it is not a left wing issue, but one that crosses party and ideological lines.

Johnny Rico said...

Liberal Sheeple POV,

Is this all you can come back with? It was explained to you in detail, and this is ALL you have. Your moral underpinnings are severly suspect by your overt ommission of productive information. It must really suck to be you (except when you recieve government money deriving from my taxes). LOL!!!!

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

Sarah