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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Al Gore Gets No Respect

From James Taranto's "Best of the Web Today":
The news that trees cause "global warming" seems to have inspired Al Gore to try to kill more of them. Reuters reports that "Gore's second book about global warming will be published in April with the title 'An Inconvenient Truth,' his publisher Rodale Books said on Tuesday."

Rodale, eh? That's a pretty impressive imprint. Its
Web site lists some of its other books:
  • "The South Beach Diet"
  • "The South Beach Diet Cookbook"
  • "My Prison Without Bars" by Pete Rose
  • "The Abs Diet"
  • "Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss"
  • "Taking On Heart Disease" by Larry King

Good to see Rodale is diversifying its offerings by branching out into less serious fare. (link)

Al Gore gets no respect. Deservedly.

Will Anyone Miss It?

NBC has decided to cancel "The Book of Daniel," with its "edgy story line featuring [an Episcopal] priest hooked on painkillers, a drug-dealing daughter, a bisexual sister-in-law, a sexually promiscuous adopted son, another son who is a homosexual and an adulterous bishop."
NBC closes book on edgy 'Daniel'
By Julia Duin, The Washington Times

NBC has canceled its much-criticized drama, "The Book of Daniel," about an Episcopal priest and his dysfunctional family, becaue of low ratings.

The show, which started at 9 million viewers Jan. 6, dropped to 6.9 million on Jan. 13, then to 5.8 million in its last broadcast Friday, network officials said. (link)
I'm sure all the drug-addicted, promiscuous, sexually deviant Episcopalian pushers around the country will miss the show.

For the love of God. And the geniuses at NBC wonder why they can't compete with the Golf channel.

Seal The Border

What is up with the Mexican government? First we read about heavily armed Mexican military units crossing our border and escorting drug gangs into the USA and now this:
White House slams Mexico for aid maps
By Nicholas Kralev and Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

The Bush administration yesterday accused the Mexican government of facilitating illegal entry into the United States after Mexican officials said they would distribute maps of dangerous border areas and posters with safety instructions and other tips.

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the maps, which would provide details of the terrain, cell-phone coverage and water stations set up by the U.S. charity Humane Borders, would help to save lives. (link)
The Mexican government is becoming ever more belligerent and the flow of illegals continues unabated.

Close off the border. And send the Mexican diplomatic delegation in Washington packing. This is outrageous.

The People Have Spoken

It appears that the Palestinian people have decided to go with the terrorist group, Hamas, for its leadership:
Anticipating Hamas Victory, Palestinian Premier Resigns
By The Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and his Cabinet ministers submitted their resignations Thursday as the Islamic militant group Hamas appeared to have captured a large majority of seats in the Palestinian elections -- a shocking upset sure to throw Mideast peacemaking into turmoil. (link)
The fact that the Palestinians participated in a reasonably free and relatively fair election bears witness to the fact that these people are finally being dragged into the 20th century (which means they have a long way to go) but their choosing to elect a gang of thugs who still plot the destruction of Israel means the Palestinian people can expect more of the same isolation, lack of economic opportunity, and abject poverty. Too bad.

Democracy is still a wonderful thing. They'll eventually come around. The 21st century awaits.

What's With This Weather?

I drove down the West Virginia Turnpike last night (yes, I had to go to BB&T and get a wad of cash to accommodate the confiscatory tolls along the way) and encountered rather heavy snowfall as I approached southern Virginia.

Someone (excluding you global warming nuts) please explain to me how it is I've found myself - on at least three occasions this Fall and Winter - leaving what used to be thought of as the great frozen north but is now the balmy north, and driving south into a heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures?

I can move back to lake-effect Michigan and get this kind of treatment. Jeeeesshh.

They Get My Vote

Below The Beltway brings us some interesting news regarding BB&T (which, because it has a large vault in each of its branches, warehouses a good bit of my money). The bank has decided not to provide loans on transactions that involve eminent domain. Good for them. Here's the news from the A.P.
BB&T ends loans for eminent domain
By Paul Nowell, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE — Regional bank BB&T will make no loans to developers who plan to build commercial projects on land taken from private citizens by the government through the power of eminent domain.

"The idea that a citizen's property can be taken by the government solely for private use is extremely misguided; in fact it's just plain wrong," John Allison, chairman and chief executive of the Winston-Salem-based bank, said Wednesday. (link)
Hooray for BB&T. And a good P.R. move it is.

To read Doug's excellent take on the development, go here.