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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Was George Allen Macaca'd?

It appears there may be a different take on the Allen/Stalker kerfuffle from that which has been widely reported. See the alternative interpretation here.

Besides the apparent confusion as to what really happened (was it a Webb campaign swiftboating?), there is this to ponder:
Also, if an individual takes on the task of dogging a political campaign with a video camera for the opposition, being held up to scorn doesn't sound like such a bad thing to me. Perhaps the Webb campaign is taking a page from NBC's Dateline. The show felt the need to send Muslims to NASCAR races in attempts to draw camera worthy responses from the mostly white crowd.
This whole affair smells of macaca.

Scandal Explodes In Allen Campaign

This is hilarious:

Webb campaign says Allen used slur
At a speech near the Kentucky border, Sen. George Allen used a derogatory-sounding term to refer to an ethnic Webb volunteer.

The Roanoke Times

Democrat James Webb's Senate campaign accused Sen. George Allen of making demeaning comments Friday to a 20-year-old Webb volunteer of Indian descent.

S.R. Sidarth, a senior at the University of Virginia, had been trailing Allen with a video camera to document his travels and speeches for the Webb campaign. During a campaign speech Friday in Breaks, near the Kentucky border, Allen singled out Sidarth and called him a word that sounded like "Macaca." (
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Macaca! Sumbitch! How dare he!

What's a macaca?

That seems to be the controversy. The Webb team, looking for an issue that doesn't include the word surrender, isn't sure what a macaca is but (knowing it is probably something really really bad) has demanded that Allen explain himself:
Kristian Denny Todd, a Webb spokeswoman, said the campaign wants to know what Allen meant by Macaca.

"We would like Senator Allen to tell us exactly what he means by the comment," Todd said.

So we are witness to this pathetic spectacle: Webb supporters are shocked - shocked! - that George Allen would call a Webb supporter a name that may be construed as a slur ... even though it could just as easily be an affectionate sobriquet. They don't know.

As to the actual meaning of the word, it must be some kind of Indian racial thing.

"I think he was doing it because he could and I was the person of color there and it was useful for him in inciting his audience," said Sidarth. "I was annoyed he would use my race in a political context."
I looked up the word Macaca in my handy English-Hindi dictionary. It reads:

Noun: Macaca mac kah' kah

1. One who goes around with chip on shoulder and foot in mouth.

Synonym: Moron
Derivation: Macaroon
No need for further explanation. Now it all makes perfect sense.

So That's What I've Been Munching On

This is kinda cool:
USDA drops vaccine-laced food to curb rabies in Southwest VA
Bristol Herald-Courier


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking to the skies in order to combat the spread of rabies in southwest Virginia.

The USDA is dropping vaccine-laced fishmeal pellets from the sky in hopes that raccoons will eat them up. The 1-to-2-inch pellets contain an oral rabies vaccine.

About 300 thousand of them are being dropped in the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise.

It is part of a larger project in which 4.5 million pellets will be dropped in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Maryland. The cost of the project is about 5.8 million dollars. (
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In case you were wondering, they taste like chicken.

Heads In The Sand

With regard to Ned Lamont's victory in Connecticut's Democratic primary and the ongoing threat of global terrorism:

Cognitive dissonance
By Michael Barone, The Washington Times


Joseph Lieberman is criticized for saying, "I'm worried that too many people, both in politics and out, don't appreciate the seriousness of the threat to American security and the evil of the enemy that faces us -- more evil, or as evil, as Nazism and probably more dangerous than the Soviet communists we fought during the long Cold War. We cannot deceive ourselves that we live in safety today and the war is over, and it's why we have to stay strong and vigilant."

Last Tuesday, anti-Iraq war candidate Ned Lamont beat Sen. Joseph Lieberman in Connecticut's Democratic primary. On Thursday, British authorities arrested more than 20 British Muslims who were plotting to blow up American airliners over the Atlantic Ocean.

[Lieberman's] view didn't prevail on Tuesday. But it sure made sense on Thursday. (
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This of course will fall on deaf ears. Today, after all, is Tuesday once again.

This Could Be Us

Politicians these days take it upon themselves to advise pharmaceutical companies how to research and develop drugs; they assist the auto industry with emissions standards, air conditioning refrigerant specs, and fuel economy requisites; they even mandate the amount of money Wal-Mart is to invest in health care benefits for its employees.

And Americans are just fine with it all.

The problem though is that politicians generally don't qualify as our best and brightest. Some would argue that most of them couldn't balance a check book much less run the country or be capable of making complex decisions involving issues they cannot comprehend. But that's life in these United States. They rule. And you let them.

To make the point, though, that these guys can be injurious to our health and well-being if we give them too much authority, there's this story of a government do-gooder run amok:
Mugabe admits farm policy failed
By Peta Thornycroft, London Daily Telegraph


HARARE, Zimbabwe -- President Robert Mugabe admitted yesterday that Zimbabweans were "begging" for food because of his mass seizure of white-owned farms.

After years of official assertions that his land policies would improve production and guarantee self-sufficiency, he conceded that many of those awarded white-owned farms were doing nothing with their gains.

Food once ranked among Zimbabwe's main exports. The main reason for the switch from self-sufficiency to dependency is the transfer of commercial farms to those with no training, capital, expertise or equipment for farming.

Mr. Mugabe's regime has evicted all but a few hundred of the 4,000 white farmers who, until the start of the land seizures six years ago, were the backbone of the economy. (
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Ain't that sweet. It takes a big man to admit he made a bit of a mistake in judgement that resulted in the starvation of millions of citizens.

But that can't happen here. Right? We're smarter than that.

Right.

You're the people who are willing to believe politicians' warnings about the unproven - and unprovable - "science" relating to global warming and you're willing to grant them the power to turn the planet - starting with the USA - into one big third-world village based on flawed computer models and demented rantings. You're the people who happily put your children on a bus each morning that is going to take them to failing government schools that will, in a matter of twelve years, manage to teach only 50% of your kids how to read. In twelve years.

Maybe you should stop and think what damage your granting these fiends too much power can bring upon us all. And you will want to do it before another politician apologizes for wrecking the economy and admitting a slight miscalculation that threw millions into poverty and despair.

These Guys Are Really Sharp

Democrats have decided that national security is an issue they should take up. Five years after 9/11.
Democrats See Security as Key Issue for Fall
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 — After being outmaneuvered in the politics of national security in the last two elections, Democrats say they are determined not to cede the issue this year and are working to cast President Bush as having diminished the nation’s safety. (
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Of course these geniuses can't leave well enough alone. The Democrats are going to blame the USA for the terror plot recently uncovered in Britain:
Seeking to counter White House efforts to turn the reported terrorist plot in Britain to Republican advantage, Democrats are using the arrests of the suspects to try to show Americans how the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic radicalism and distracted Mr. Bush and the Republican Congress from shoring up security at home.
The Blame America First gang. They'll just never learn.