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Friday, July 28, 2006

I Guess You Have To Be Partially Comatose

The people at the Charleston (WV) Gazette confuse the beejeebers out of me sometimes:

Civilians caught in the middle lose their moderation
Gerald Beller


By now, even partially comatose promoters of current American foreign policy should realize that terrorism finds fertile ground in destruction and humiliation visited upon civilian populations suffering through war and occupation. (
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Which explains why terrorism has found fertile ground in such places as Spain, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Canada. It's the military occupation.

Count me among the not-even-partially-comatose promoters of current American foreign policy.

You decide where this fella's cognitive abilities are.

A Leader Of Tomorrow

This guy has a future in politics:
Man writes stolen check to himself
News Channel 11 Staff Reports

A man accused of ripping off his employer for more than $4,000.00 is expected to appear in court this morning.


Johnson City police say Kristopher Honeycutt, 22, is charged with forgery, theft, and attempting to obtain narcotics by fraud. (
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Remember Kristopher on tax day. Though he may seem less than bright, he's learned from the best.

Oh Yeah. It's a Cacophony.

What do you know? There is a clamoring for a minimum wage increase. In front of the urinals in the restrooms at the New York Times building anyway:

The latest example of mind-numbing idiocy:
Chicago’s Message
New York Times Editorial

The anti-Wal-Mart movement collided with the growing national debate about minimum wages in Chicago this week. The city council passed an ordinance requiring big retailers to pay higher wages and benefits than other businesses must. Legal challenges are bound to follow, but the council’s action should be taken as another sign that while Washington ignores the problem of living wages for workers, the rest of the country is growing very concerned. (
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Let it be said first that Chicago city council members are good at two things - paying themselves lavishly and thinking they can force private employers to pay their underlings likewise.

Secondly, Wal-Mart and other big box retailers have already served notice to these geniuses that if the harassment continues, they will all relocate across the street from Chicago city limits and take their millions in tax revenue with them.

Third, the rest of the country doesn't give a damn about the minimum wage.

Fourth, if you're the head of your household and you're sound of mind and body and you are working for minimum wage, you're a loser and you should be ashamed of yourself. Get your dead ass out there and find a real job.

Last, I wouldn't overlook that little thingy about "[l]egal challenges are bound to follow," because the actions of the Chicago city council are about as unconstitutional as you'll ever get.

We're Saved!

As most Americans know, the preponderance of minimum wage earners in this country are young and live in households where someone else is the primary provider. They are also mostly part-timers. In addition, less than 5% of workers in the USA are affected by the minimum wage (the average full-time wage for Wal-Mart employees in this country is $10.11).

So to raise the minimum wage from its current $5.15 is a complete waste of time. But we all know what Congress does best:
Republicans Near a Vote to Increase U.S. Wage
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, July 27 — Under intense pressure from their moderate wing, House Republican leaders moved on Thursday toward allowing a vote Friday on an increase in the minimum wage before sending anxious lawmakers home for a month of campaigning in the battle for control of Congress.

House Republicans were still assembling a proposal Thursday night. But the momentum had clearly shifted in favor of considering an increase of at least $2 in the $5.15 an hour minimum wage, despite strong resistance from conservative Republicans and the party’s allies in the business community.
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There's a reason why I generally vote Republican. But it's moments like this that I just can't remember why.

On the bright side, I suppose this relentless drive to do something meaningless keeps these guys from trying to save us from global warming ...

Mountains and Molehills

I'm rather surprised the New York Times didn't do a better job of juicing up this front page non-story this morning:
Drug Makers Pay for Lunch as They Pitch
By Stephanie Saul, The New York Times


Free lunches ... occur regularly at doctors’ offices nationwide, where delivery people arrive with lunch for the whole office, ordered and paid for by drug makers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year. (
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But even the Times couldn't avoid this naked truth:
Doing business over lunch is a common practice in many fields, but drug makers have honed it to perfection ...
I wish I had a dime for every lunch or dinner I've bought for a customer over the years. Hundreds to be sure. Not one of which involved a doctor.

Will I burn in hell? Perhaps. But it won't be because of this.

Such silliness.

What a Shock

There are three things that the Arab world can be counted on to do when Islamist terrorists are under attack. Here's one (that strangely must come as a complete shock to the New York Times):
Tide of Arab Opinion Turns to Support for Hezbollah
By Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times


DAMASCUS, Syria, July 27 — At the onset of the Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight.

Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization, transforming the Shiite group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, into a folk hero and forcing a change in official statements. (
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Beyond showing solidarity with this snake, Arabs can be counted on to: (a) talk like they're all badasses and (b) not lift a finger to help this supposed folk hero.