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Thursday, March 30, 2006

All Life On Earth Will End

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria. *

Why do I resurrect these memorable lines from a classic movie? Because they reflect the mass hysteria that I'm witnessing these days with regard to the House Republicans refusing to raise taxes again because the state of Virginia is currently awash in a cash surplus - of Biblical proportions.

Check out this Roanoke Times editorial if you think I'm exaggerating:

Games of chicken rarely end well
House Republican leaders race toward a transportation catastrophe to prove their ideological rigor.


Like characters in a '50s bad-teen movie, Virginia lawmakers this week hopped in their cars, hit the gas and started racing toward the cliff's edge. Their budget impasse has become a game of chicken with a July 1 deadline.

Sen. John Warner and U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, both Republicans, warned that Virginia would lose millions of dollars in federal transportation assistance if state lawmakers did not put up matching funds.

Business leaders warned that companies would not choose the Old Dominion if transportation remains a chronic problem.

Only legislators with political courage and a spirit of compromise can prevent Virginia from splattering on the rocks. (link)
The ship of state is splattering on the rocks.

For the love of God.

So what prompts this dire warning of impending doom?
House Republicans want to pay for transportation using one-time revenue and dollars raided from education and other programs.
The heartless bastards. Don't they understand that their idea of using the exploding budget surplus to pay for extending those HOV lanes up in the DC suburbs will destroy every living organism on this planet? Don't they understand what unspeakable evil they have brought upon us?

Ahem.

Let's get real for just a moment. Is there a soul alive (who isn't confined to a cubicle in the bowels of the Roanoke Times) who believes that we'll not be spending gobs of money on our roads in the future? And that the burgeoning state treasury can't accommodate any and all transportation needs - if our legislators will quit spending money like drunken sailors on leave in Manila?

Does anyone buy this silliness?

What has gotten into these people? Have they been drinking the water out of Callahan Creek?

My guess is no. There is only one possible explanation for their irrational behavior:

Dr. Peter Venkman: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon... what've you got left?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.

* From the movie, "Ghost Busters"

Paula, Now You Understand

I'm occasionally accused of not listening when ... someone ... gives me my daily instructions. And it frustrates the beejeebers out of her ... er them.

Well, there's an explanation:

When men and women speak, the human brain processes the sounds of those voices differently, Britain's Mirror and Agence France Presse report of a new study from the U.K.'s University of Sheffield. While most of us actually hear female voices more clearly, men's brains hear women's voices first as music. But it's not music. It's someone giving them a honey-do list. So the brain goes into overdrive trying to analyze what is being said.

Bottom line: Men have to work harder deciphering what women are saying because they use the auditory part of the brain that processes music, not human voices. Men's brains are not designed to listen to women's voices. (link)

See, honey? I'm working harder to grasp your every command. A professor says so.

Truly Miraculous

The latest news on Randal McCloy can only be described as astounding:

Sago survivor recalls 'fragments' from ordeal
By The Associated Press


MORGANTOWN — Randal McCloy Jr.’s memories of the 41 hours he lay trapped inside the Sago Mine are “not really much,” just fragmented images he’d mainly rather forget.

And when he thinks of the 12 friends and co-workers who slowly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning after the Jan. 2 explosion, he pictures them elsewhere.

“I try to leave out all the gory details and stuff like that because I don’t like to look at them in that light and that way,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “I just like to picture them saved and in heaven, stuff like that."

Doctors say McCloy, 26, of Simpson, was perhaps minutes from death when he was pulled from the coal mine Jan. 4 with kidney, lung, liver and heart damage. He was in a coma for weeks, suffering from severe brain injuries.

But today, after just three months of intensive rehabilitation and medical care, he is expected to return home. (link)

Read the whole thing. A full recovery may very well be in store. By the grace of God.

On The Road

I come to you from College Park, Maryland this morning. I'm on the University of Maryland campus. A more beautiful conglomeration of buildings you'll never see - except perhaps at UVA - or Washington & Lee - or Emory & Henry. But with those possible exceptions, UM is a fine looking facility - in a lousy urban setting.

Another Story You Won't See On NBC News.

If you enjoyed yesterday's story in the Wall Street Journal about American heroism in Iraq, you'll like this one as well.

Americans warriors answering the call.

You can check out the story's authenticity here.

The U.N. Demands ...

The United Nations issued a demand that Iran desist in its efforts to destroy the planet. Again.

Security Council Pressures Tehran
Iran Is Urged to Halt Uranium Enrichment
By Colum Lynch, Washington Post Staff Writer

UNITED NATIONS, March 29 -- The Security Council called on Iran Wednesday to suspend its uranium enrichment program within 30 days ...

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a nonbinding statement ... (
link)
A nonbinding statement. That'll scare 'em.

The world is doomed.