posted in last weekends news. After 180 years E.A. Clore Sons is shutting down it's furniture business and that's the end of that. The grandfather of E.A Clore, Moses Clore, began making furniture in Madison County, VA in 1830 when James Madison was old (but still alive) and the United States was young. The Clores make beautiful furniture that lasts forever but it ain't IKEA or Pottery Barn so it's expensive. Too expensive for people to buy anymore - especially with all that inexpensive furniture that's made somewhere else and imported to American shores. Globalism sinks another US manufacturing plant and a small town community looses an institution. I'm glad I was able to see it in operation - the factory and the showroom filled with hand crafted chairs, tables and desks. It was a company that cared about it's workforce and the town where it was based - A true Virginian company that survived wars, depression, fires and God knows what else, but couldn't survive Obama's 8 years of non-growth. Oh well, at least E.A. Clore didn't sell out to some Luxembourg holding company like Krispy Kreme did. That's a Virginia vs. North Carolina thing.
A few weeks ago Duke lost Coach K’s last game at Camron Indoor Stadium to the schools hated rival, North Carolina University, in an epic grudge match. It was an “ unacceptable ” finale for the maniacal ferret-faced competitor who created the 40 year dynastic Duke hoops program with 1,000+ wins and fists full of ACC and NCAA championships but for Tar Heels everywhere it was a day of retribution. Michael William Krzyzewski, is a red-blooded All-American college basketball coach of Polish and Ukrainian descent who grew up in Chicago’s famous Ukrainian Village which is (or at least was) culturally very reminiscent of the Rus borderlands. That is to say that young S h-shef-ski grew up as far away (psychology) from Dixie as is possible while still living within the borders of the USA. That makes him the perfect choice to represent Duke University and the Yankee overachievers who emigrate to Durham for 4 years of education and networking before moving back to non-Southern civilization. T