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Thursday, August 03, 2006

On Deviant Sexual Relationships

For all you who believe (on the left and the right) that we should keep our morality out of the gay marriage debate, make an argument in opposition to Phillip Distasio's demand that his sexual deviance be condoned without resorting to doing the very same thing:

Ohio Man Claims Right To Have Sex With Boys
Admitted Pedophile Says Children Can Consent
NBC10.com


CLEVELAND -- It was probably not a defense the court had heard before.

A suburban Cleveland man accused of sexually assaulting nine disabled boys told a judge Wednesday that his apartment was a religious sanctuary where smoking marijuana and having sex with children are sacred rituals protected by civil rights laws.

The admitted pedophile offered a surprising defense Wednesday to 74 charges of rape, drugs and pandering obscenity to minors.

Appearing in an Ohio court for a pretrial hearing, Phillip Distasio, 34, of Rocky River, Ohio, said he was a pedophile.

He told the judge, "I'm a pedophile. I've been a pedophile for 20 years. The only reason I'm charged with rape is that no one believes a child can consent to sex. (
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Our morality calls for society to sanction the union of a man and a woman. Your morality - or amorality - allows for the union of two men, but I'll bet not for the union of a pedophile and "disabled" boys.

Do you truly want morality removed from the discussion? If so, you support this creep's argument.

Or you may demand that we stay out of his personal business all together ....

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Update 08/04/06 6:50am: After sifting through email for the last one and a half hours, I still don't have anyone who rose to the challenge. Not counting those respondents who accused me of gay-bashing and of wrongly accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles (I didn't) and those who thought they could influence my argument by calling me foul names, I had emails from people who tried to draw a distinction by citing the fact that this incident involved non-consenting children.

My challenge was to make the argument that this guy did wrong without "injecting your morality" into the discussion. To condemn this asshole because his "victims" are non-consenting and are children (not to mention disabled) is to actually make two arguments based in morality. To proscribe sex with children and to forbid sex with non-consenting partners gets you real close to where my morality is based.

Quote Of The Day

Those big thinkers who want mausoleums, trips to Mars and other grandiose federal projects to promote "national greatness" might first pay attention to how this 18-year, $14.7 billion civil works project turned into one of the most scandal-prone wastes of tax dollars in American history. Just a few years ago, the Big Dig was heralded as one of America's greatest engineering marvels--a public works project on par with the Panama Canals and the Alaska Pipelines of earlier eras. Apparently, $14.7 billion just doesn't buy what it used to.

"What we have here is a systemic failure of accountability as to how the money got spent," [Governor Mitt Romney] fumed. "We have hundreds of people manning the turnpike tolls who make $60,000 to $80,000 a year." Some electricians with overtime were earning $300,000. According to the state auditor, $23 million was spent on ramps spanning the Charles River, which had to be demolished because they did not meet community approval and led to nowhere.

"Tunnel to Nowhere," Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2006 (link)

An Endangered Species Worth Extincting

You may recall, if you've been paying close attention each day, the commentary I provided last week with regard to my visit to Atlantic City, New Jersey. I will have (nightmares and ...) a lifetime of memories of the rotting mussels on the beach in front of the Hilton (actually in front of the boardwalk in front of the Hilton) that made breathing difficult and the desire to be anywhere else overwhelming.

I had heard that the Hilton was powerless to call in a clean-up crew to remove the stench because the EPA was concerned that other mussels that were still alive off-shore might get swept up in any wholesale removal of the worthless little creatures. Can't be having that. Thus the putrefaction.

Well, lo and behold, it isn't only Atlantic City that is struggling mightily with a mussel problem - and with government do-gooders. So is Tazewell County, Virginia:
Mussel habitat concerns put hold on some VDOT roadside maintenance
Jim Talbert, Richlands News-Press/Clinch Valley News

TAZEWELL – Protecting an endangered species could limit some state road maintance in Tazewell County.

Brenda Waters of the Virginia Department of Transportation said restrictions on what flows into Indian Creek prompted the department to severely restrict its work in cleaning out ditches in parts of the county. Waters said the regulations were put into effect by U.S. Fish and Wildlife after Indian Creek was declared a critical habitat for mussels. (
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At least county residents don't have to concern themselves with stink. They just have to contend with the looming threat of their homes being flooded and their worldly possessions being swept away because the Virginia Department of Transportation won't allow area creeks to be cleared of debris.

But at least we'll have happy mussels.

Dems Change Their Minds Again

Now I know where John Kerry gets it. Every Democrat in America seems to be afflicted with an uncontrollable urge to change his mind and reverse course on a frequent basis:
Democrats revise strategy on Iraq
By Donald Lambro, The Washington Times


Democratic strategists yesterday said a revised proposal to begin withdrawing some U.S. troops from Iraq by year's end is a more appealing campaign position than an immediate pullout that draws little voter support. (
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Another Democratic "strategy" for Iraq.

No word from the more serious strategists at the Pentagon on whether this latest "plan" is worthwhile - or even doable.

The Outrage Is Sure To Come

I've been hard-pressed to understand the furor over a drunk-out-of-his-mind Hollywood type uttering anti-semitic slurs when the police pulled him over the other night for DUI. Could it have something to do with a need on the part of liberals to retaliate against Mel Gibson for his having the audacity to create a movie about Christ? He's from Hollywood, for goodness sake. That in itself makes people like him do stupid things.

In any case ...

I wonder how much outrage we'll hear from the same liberals who were left aghast by Gibson's attack on Jews when they read this:
Palestinian cartoon racially insults Rice
By Nicholas Kralev, The Washington Times


Attacks on the Bush administration's Middle East policies in the Arab press have culminated in personal insults and racial slurs aimed at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with one cartoon depicting her pregnant with an armed monkey.

"Rice speaks about the birth of a new Middle East," the cartoon's caption reads, referring to the secretary's recent remarks about the "birth pangs" of the region.

The image, as well as words such as "raven" and "black spinster" to describe Miss Rice, appeared in Palestinian newspapers controlled by President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. (
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I'll venture a guess and say we'll not be hearing from the many champions of the picked-upon on this one. Rice is a Republican appointee and therefore she deserves the hatred, the racial slurs, and the threats on her life that are directed her way.

It'll all make sense someday ...

A Marine Sends Murtha a Message

Congressman Jack Murtha, it is said, was a marine in Vietnam (which goes a long way toward explaining how it is we lost). The slogan, "Once a marine, always a marine" seems, though, in his case not to apply. He turned on them long ago.

There are a number of marines today questioning the man's loyalty - to the corps and to the USA - in part because Murtha seemed to feel the need recently to race to the TV cameras and accuse a handful from their ranks of having committed "cold-blooded" murder without having in his possession any evidence whatsoever.

Now one of those he accused is fighting back:
Accused Marine suing Murtha

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Marine staff sergeant linked to the killings of civilians in Haditha, Iraq, is suing anti-war Congressman John Murtha for libel, his attorneys announced Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich accuses the Pennsylvania Democrat of spreading "false and malicious lies" about him and other Marines on media outlets, accusing them of intentionally killing 24 civilians and then covering the matter up, according to court documents. (
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My guess is this suit is going nowhere. But if it makes Murtha sweat a bit (and perhaps help shed some of that tonnage) or better yet, gets his traitorous ass defeated in the upcoming congressional election, it would be well worth it.

Being Played For Fools

I somehow don't feel it right to criticize unions to a great degree these days. Piling on and all that. After all, nothing is going right for them.

But I will say this: One of the reasons the union movement in America has collapsed is because of the friends that union bosses chose to keep long ago.

I'm speaking in part of the Democratic party.

A glaring example could be found in Connecticut yesterday. A union-supported anti-Wal-Mart rally was held in Bridgeport at which the two Democratic candidates for senate, Joe Liberman and Ned Lamont, showed up and addressed the eager throng. Saying bad things about Wal-Mart is the thing to do if you're an aspiring Democrat and the purpose of this gathering was to "shame Wal-Mart into enhancing employee health and pay benefits."

Funny thing is, one of the owners of Wal-Mart was at the rally. In fact he was the main attraction:
According to publicly available financial disclosure reports, Ned Lamont reported ownership of Wal-Mart stock in at least three separate investment accounts, valued between $2,002 and $31,000. Lamont also earned dividends on his Wal-Mart stock. (link)
As an owner of the company (albeit it one of millions), Lamont has the power to influence change from within. Instead he joins the bitch session from without - and keeps his relationship quiet. How typical.