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Monday, December 27, 2004

You Get What You Vote For

Have you ever driven around the city of Atlanta on a weekday morning? If you answered in the affirmative, you are probably telling a bit of a fib. Because it can't be done. You might TRY to drive around Atlanta but you will not get anywhere. Traffic there is terrible.

Did you ever wonder why the local government in Atlanta hasn't fixed the traffic problem? It's because their priorities are elsewhere. They are, after all, Democrats.

Atlanta Mayor Fines Golf Club for Refusing to Obey Domestic Partners Law

ATLANTA (AP) - The mayor is threatening a country club with up to $90,000 in fines for refusing to extend spousal benefits to the partners of gay members.

Mayor Shirley Franklin said last week in a letter to the Druid Hills Golf Club that the club violated Atlanta's human rights ordinance, which requires businesses to treat domestic partners registered with the city as married couples.

Franklin said she is ordering the city solicitor to fine the club $500 a day for up to six months - a total of $90,000 - unless the rule is changed. The solicitor will decide when the fines will begin. (link)

It's a whole lot easier, you see, to go beat up a bunch of old men at the country club for having the audacity to attempt to operate their private club the way they have operated since the beginning of time. Fixing the congestion problem is a whole different ballgame. That would require some thought. And the ability to work through complex problems. And the intelligence and fortitude to prioritize, to delegate, and to oversee. But we are talking about a bunch of Democrats. So they focus on homosexual partnerships.

You always get what you vote for, folks. Always.

Holiday Retail Sales Strong

The Christmas holiday retail sales season has been strong after all. Despite repeated warnings from "experts" that buyer traffic was slowing in the month of December, shoppers were in fact flocking to their favorite stores to buy their Christmas gifts.

Despite worries that holiday sales had lost steam after a roaring first-day start, consumers came through after all: Holiday spending was a healthy 8.1% ahead of last year, according to one early projection of national retail spending. Spending by higher-income consumers drove the gains. Sales at apparel and home-furnishings stores were especially strong, while sales of books, music and videos inched up.

The projection, compiled by SpendingPulse, a retail sales service from MasterCard Advisors, a consulting unit of MasterCard International, is rosier than holiday expectations inside the retail industry. The National Retail Federation is looking for a 4.5% gain for the season. (link)

No word yet on whether my boycott of Target Stores (retaliation for their unconscionable decision to ban the Salvation Army bellringers from in front of their stores) had its desired effect. As soon as they report their December sales, I'll pass that report on. I'm sure they suffered for their selfish, arrogant, myopic decision.

Flying Becomes An Adventure

I just finished Michael Crichton's "Airframe," a (marvelous) story about a midair commercial flight disaster and subsequent investigation/scandal. The details regarding the ordeal that the passengers aboard Flight 545 endured (captured on two home movie cameras in the main cabin - as luck would have it) when the widebody plane began to violently climb and then plunge, resulting in several gruesome deaths, would give anyone who has been on a white- knuckle flight in bad weather the cold sweats.

And if reading this novel wouldn't keep you from ever flying again, there's this:

Airline woes beset holiday travelers


The holiday travel weekend for thousands of airline passengers across the country meant long delays, canceled flights without explanation and lost baggage as two airlines worked to fix computer problems and staffing shortages.

US Airways yesterday blamed a labor shortage and bad weather for hundreds of canceled flights and lost baggage, while Comair said its computer scheduling system crashed and forced cancellation of its 1,100 flights Saturday. (link)

US Airways can blame a labor shortage and bad weather for their problems if they want. I'm beginning to wonder what keeps those big metal monsters in the air at all.

A Wonderful Human Being Leaves Us

Sad news:

NFL defensive great Reggie White dies

CORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) -- Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers and one of the NFL's greatest players, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43.

The cause of death was not immediately known, however White had a respiratory ailment for several years that affected his sleep, according to Keith Johnson, a pastor serving as family spokesman. An autopsy was scheduled. (link)

Reggie gave up a fantastic career in the NFL to become a preacher. We listened to him talk about his love of God and of his flock and we came away marvelling at his spirit and his huge heart. A heart that gave out much too soon. He will be missed.
Photo courtesy of the Detroit News Posted by Hello

Does The NY Times Use Interns?

I decided today that the New York Times must occasionally permit interns to submit editorials for publication. This being the holiday season, perhaps the publisher decided that there couldn't be much damage done if one of these attempts at writing was inserted on its op/ed page today. That seems to be the case anyway.

I was drawn to an editorial entitled "A Day Of Devastation" by this odd pronouncement:
Searching for meaning in Sunday's earthquake in Southeast Asia, we find only the earth's overpowering, amoral mechanics. (link)
Never mind the silly "earth's overpowering, amoral mechanics," who among us has been searching for meaning in a tsunami having struck the coastline in southwest Asia, killing as many as 13,000 people? Have you been searching for some kind of meaning? Do you think there is a message here? Perhaps that people shouldn't get too close to the ocean? That there is some godlike creature under the sea - Neptune! - that wreaks havoc on humanity as a message that we need to take better care of our oceans? It wouldn't surprise me. After all a prerequisite for being allowed to write for the Times seems to be an overwhelming fear of ... everything. So it would make sense that they would come upon a naturally occurring event - a tidal wave - and trample the bodies of the dead looking for a message in a bottle.

Or, more likely, it was just some intern who has read a bit too much F. Scott Fitzgerald and thinks "a search for meaning in the earth's overpowering, amoral mechanics" makes for grandiloquently rarified declamatory prose. Either that or he thinks it will get him laid.

Either way, the whole editorial is rambling, sophomoric, and lacks cohesion. I give that intern a D+ (for effort).