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Monday, April 04, 2005

I Owe You An Apology

It seems I misjudged you. Based on the reports in the mainstream press (big mistake, I know), most Americans supported Terri Schiavo's "right to die" by a huge margin. When asked questions that actually related to her predicament though, a much different result obtains.
Zogby: Americans Wanted Terri to Live

By a significant plurality, Americans did not agree with the decision by state and federal courts last week that Terri Schiavo should be starved to death, a new Zogby poll has found. According to a report on the survey by Life News, Zogby pollsters asked: If a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, should "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube?"

Forty-three percent of those surveyed said yes, with just 30 percent saying the feeding tube should be removed.

Zogby then asked: "If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water?"

A staggering 79 percent said the patient should not be denied food and water. Just 9 percent said yes. (link)
My faith in America is restored.

Of course, none of you marched on the hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida where Terri was starved to death, demanding her release ...

But I can forgive you for that. I didn't lift a finger to prevent her murder either.

All Al, All the Time

Are you ready for a new and exciting, action-packed, cutting-edge television network?

It's here.

Gore TV Network to Launch in August, Google Tie-In
By Jeremy Pelofsky, Reuters


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President
Al Gore on Monday unveiled his new television network, "Current," which aims to attract younger viewers with short videos and a tie-in with the popular Google Inc. search engine.

The network plans to debut on Aug. 1 and be available to 19 million subscription television viewers, Gore said at a news conference at the cable industry's annual convention. Gore led an investment group that last May bought the network from Vivendi Universal for an undisclosed sum.


The channel will show professionally produced segments as well as viewer-produced videos mostly short in length, running from a few seconds to up to 15 minutes.

"We are about empowering this generation of young people in their 20s, the 18-34 population, to engage in a dialogue of democracy and to tell their stories about what's going in their lives in the dominant media of our time," he said.

Viewers will also be able to vote for their favorite videos and get tutorials via the Internet on how to produce their own segments, according to network officials. (link)
Gosh. A network featuring a Google search engine, a "dialogue of democracy" and "viewer-produced videos." That's sounds about as enticing as the commode in the men's room at Ernie's Sunoco around midnight.

I can't wait.

I'll Never Eat Foie Gras Again

It's been a long time since I had a hankerin' for paté de foie gras. But in elite circles in the big city, people apparently can't get enough of it.

Unless you work at the New York Times, where "Meat is Murder" bumper stickers adorn all the Cervelo ten-speed bicycles in the employee parking lot. The folks there are all atwitter over the fact that ducks and geese are fattened up before they are prepared for your meal.

The things they worry about.

Charlie Trotter, the TV celebrity and author from Chicago, ... has renounced foie gras, on ethical grounds.

He says he stopped serving it about three years ago, after becoming unnerved at the sight of farm ducks being tube-fed into obesity. He kept quiet about it, but the conspicuous absence of foie gras from his menus led to rumors in the restaurant world, and he was outed last Tuesday in The Chicago Tribune.

Don't be frightened, foodies, but this may be a trend - another example of how far the animal-rights cause has come in from the fringe. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year banned the production or sale of foie gras in California. A similar bill has been introduced in New York, the country's only other foie gras producer. (
link)
Well. I guess I should be outraged. Or something. Maybe I too should renounce foie gras; an easy (and pointless) gesture since it has never appeared on a Kentucky Fried Chicken menu that I know of. And I've never tried it, although I'm tempted to now.

But let's get real.

Animals are (this may come as a shock) fattened routinely before they are sent off to market, in part because it puts more money in the farmer's pocket. Tonnage is profit. I know the local cattle herds are soon to be on train cars heading toward stockyards in Omaha when I see the big grain bins brought into the farm fields and filled with crushed meal. The purpose? To fatten the cows up for auction. They live off of pasture grass (and baled hay in winter) until that point in time. Then they are fed like hell.

But don't tell the folks at the Times. They'll be after my paté de Quarter Pounder with Cheese next.

Mark Steyn At His Best

I hope you have time to read Mark Steyn's column in the Washington Times this morning. It's here. It's funny. And it is excellent.

The Times Wants You To Believe ...

The New York Times is at it again. Today, in an editorial entitled, "Guns For Terrorists," they hope you swallow the latest line from the gun-ban nazis that terrorists are marching into gun stores and stocking up on high-power weaponry.
Guns for Terrorists

If a background check shows that you are an undocumented immigrant, federal law bars you from buying a gun. If the same check shows that you have ties to Al Qaeda, you are free to buy an AK-47. That is the absurd state of the nation's gun laws, and a recent government report revealed that terrorist suspects are taking advantage of it. There are a few promising signs, however, that the federal government is considering injecting some sanity into policies on terror suspects and guns.


The Government Accountability Office examined F.B.I. and state background checks for gun sales during a five-month period last year. It found 44 checks in which the prospective buyer turned up on a government terrorist watch list. A few of these prospective buyers were denied guns for other disqualifying factors, like a felony conviction or illegal immigration status. But 35 of the 44 people on the watch lists were able to buy guns. (link)
I've addressed this before but obviously the anti-terror warriors over at the Times weren't listening. Or choose not to, which is more likely.

Studies have found that the Brady background checks have produced thousands of instances where individuals across the country have been temporarily denied the opportunity to purchase a firearm over the counter simply because - in the vast majority of instances - they were mistaken for someone else.

The same thing is going on here. But you couldn't tell it by reading the Times or by listening to those in liberal circles who live in unrelenting fear of ... little hunks of machined metal. Or from certain elected representatives of the people.
In the meantime, Senator (Frank, D-NJ) Lautenberg is pushing for important reforms. He has asked the Justice Department to consider making presence on a terrorist watch list a disqualifying factor for gun purchases.
And these guys are the champions of your civil rights. Kinda gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that they are willing to throw you overboard at any moment, doesn't it? Due process? Tough luck. Never been convicted of a crime? Sorry. A name similar to yours was on a watch list? So go away.

And they wonder why America laughs at them these days.