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Friday, June 17, 2005

Somebody Pinch Me

I'll bet there is a plausible explanation for this (from the Richmond Times-Dispatch):
PETA employees charged with cruelty
Associated Press

AHOSKIE, N.C. - Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been charged with animal cruelty after dumping dead dogs and cats in a shopping center garbage bin, police said Thursday.

Investigators staked out the bin after discovering that dead animals had been dumped there every Wednesday for the past four weeks, Ahoskie police said in a prepared statement.

Police found 18 dead animals in the trash bin and 13 more in a van registered to PETA. The animals were from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties, police said. The two were picking up animals to be brought back to PETA headquarters for euthanization, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Thursday. (link)
Let's analyze this development, shall we?

Two PETAns who are purported to champion the ethical treatment of animals slaughter a bunch of dogs and cats (including innocent, cute, and cuddly little kittens) and they throw their tiny carcasses in a garbage dumpster.

I don't know but I doubt that this treatment is ethical. Bizarre perhaps. Sick, for sure.

Dick Durbin Must Resign

Here's John Podhoretz's take on Democratic Senator Dick Durbin's slandering of the American military in this morning's New York Post:
Over The Line

On Wednesday, the second highest-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate compared American soldiers engaged in the punishing and difficult task of interrogating known terrorists to Nazis.

There was general outrage when Amnesty International made the disgusting comparison of Gitmo to Stalin's gulag. A million of the approximately 26 million incarcerated in the Gulag actually died from it — which makes analogizing it to a prison facility holding, at most, 750 people an act of intellectual barbarity.

But being merely intellectually barbarous was evidently small beer for Dick Durbin, whose comfort in using genocides as cheap rhetorical devices earns him the rare position of being intellectually genocidal.

No, Stalin wasn't enough for our Dickie. He had to add on the Nazis (concentration camp death toll: 7 million) and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (total death toll: 2 million). Their victims were innocents. Those incarcerated at Gitmo, it must be said again and again and again, were taken on the battlefield in Afghanistan or in proximity to it.

Dick Durbin has slandered the American military. He has slandered his country. He has defiled truth and he has spat on reason. He has given aid and comfort to all those who seek to use America's tough stance in the War on Terror as a recruiting tool for anti-Americanism.

He is the Senate's Democratic whip: a leader of his party by any stretch of the imagination. If he remains a leader of his party, his party deserves to be judged by his words — by his anti-military, anti-American words. (link)


Leave It To The Roanoke Times

As everyone on the planet knows by now, the government of the state of Florida, through its court system, issued a decree demanding the dehydration death of a brain-damaged Terri Schiavo. A hospice in Pinellas Park carried out that order and executed her, in the most gruesome manner known to mankind. The only crime she ever committed was in marrying a scumbag who, when he got the chance, relentlessly pushed the courts into making that decision. She was killed; they high-fived each other.

Now that her autopsy has been released, and many of us were able to find a small bit of solace in the fact that Terri was, in fact, in a permanent vegetative state after all and therefore felt no pain as she was being murdered, the people who were cheering on every federal court ruling that supported the Florida decree are demanding an apology. To those who had her snuffed.

This is part of an editorial in the Roanoke Times this morning.
... resolution of the Schiavo case demands some level of accountability before it is actually time to move on.

One place to start would involve an apology to Michael Schiavo, Terri Schiavo's aggrieved husband, who faced hurtful innuendo and lies about his motives and treatment of his wife - all now refuted by abundant official records and the autopsy.

Michael Schiavo went through a personal nightmare few could imagine. He cared for his wife through years of limbo after an unexplained collapse left her brain-damaged. Finally, he decided that there was no hope for recovery and that she would not have wanted to be kept living, indefinitely, in such a condition. (
The autopsy supported the contention that Terri Schiavo was never going to recover, no matter how much her loving parents tried to rehabilitate her. The "abundant official records" outline a husband's attempt, after he received a huge monetary award, through the court system, that was intended to compensate him for the cost of her rehabilitation, did everything he could to avoid that cost by having her life ended. She was killed. He can now take that money and get laid.

And the contention that "she would not have wanted to be kept living" is still in dispute to this day.

Neither the court system nor Michael Schiavo are vindicated in any way by the autopsy. Both performed shamefully in this matter and deserve our scorn. An innocent, disabled woman was executed by the state in the most barbarous manner possible. She received the kind of treatment we would never inflict on stray dogs - or Guantanamo terrorists (see below).

And the Roanoke Times wants an apology. When pigs fly.

Another Perspective

If Terri Schiavo had been dehydrated to death at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Dick Durbin would be reading her autopsy report from the Senate floor. It would be an occasion for great moral anguish. How did the U.S. sink so low as to adopt such Nazi-like callousness toward disabled prisoners of war? one could imagine him saying. Instead, Democrats -- even as they spent part of the week crassly celebrating, with news of Schiavo's autopsy report in hand, the human rights abuse of euthanasia against the disabled -- are in a moral lather over the paucity of air conditioning terrorists receive at Guantanamo Bay.

1 + 1 = ? (Degree of Error + or - 3)

In order for humor to be effective, it has to have an element of truth in it.

This* is humorous.

Teaching Math In 1950
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1960
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1970
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

Teaching Math In 1980
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math In 1990
By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the forest birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down the trees. (There are no wrong answers.)

Teaching Math In 2005
El hachero vende un camion carga por $100. La cuesta de production es.............

* Original source unknown

Run For Your Life!

I wrote in recent days about children coming upon rattlesnakes out in the yard (I could also mention the snake that was slithering toward me in the rafters above my head in the shed on Sunday as I was trying to start my tractor and back it out ... quickly) and rabid cats and raccoons wandering the backroads of nearby counties.

Now it seems we even have to worry about aggressive squirrels. This comes from the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Fox squirrel attacks boy, father in Perry


That's the word Kenzie Ison used to describe the behavior of a male fox squirrel that attacked and bit his 10-year-old son, Kaleb -- and later attacked and bit him -- and reportedly either jumped on or bit several other people in the Owens Branch area of Perry County over the past three weeks.

"My son said he was going up the road on his bike and saw the squirrel sitting in the tree, and stopped and said, 'Hello, little squirrelly,' " Ison said. "At which time it jumped off the tree and took after him. He tried to ride away from it, and it got up on his bicycle a couple of times, then got up on his leg -- and he had short pants on -- and it sliced his
leg above his right ankle, across the back side." (

Go to the house. Lock the doors. Pull the shades. It's no longer safe to go outside.