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Thursday, August 24, 2006

On Gay Marriage

My weekly Roanoke Times column is up. It is entitled "Shredding The Social Contract."

Access it here. It has to do with the Virginia marriage amendment to the constitution that's on the ballot this November. Except for one sentence having been butchered, the article provides some good background information - if I do say so myself.

Allen Grovels

I could never be a politician. Not if I have to prostrate myself, tears flowing, hat in hand, in front of (a) news cameras, (b) an opponent's operative who, in following me around with a video camera, was looking all along with eager anticipation for just this moment, and (c) the voters who look for leaders and not spineless wienie boys to represent them in the United States Senate. I would have sought out this Sidarth character (he's the victim who was abused by being called a monkey or a sh*thead or a n*gger, depending on how imaginative you are), looked him in the eye and the news cameras in the lens and told all "concerned" to kiss my ass.

But George Allen is the politician:
Allen Calls Webb Aide, Apologizes For Remark
By Michael D. Shear and Tim Craig, Washington Post Staff

Virginia Sen. George Allen apologized directly to S.R. Sidarth yesterday, telling the 20-year-old Democratic campaign staffer that he was sorry for offending him with remarks that have generated nationwide criticism for being racially insensitive.

Allen's telephone call to Sidarth was the first direct contact between the two since Allen (R) was caught by Sidarth's video camera calling him a "macaca" (sic) and welcoming the Fairfax native to "America and the real world of Virginia." (

For the sake of accuracy, something that has been completely lacking in the Washington Post's reporting of this intentionally overhyped incident, Allen didn't call Sidarth "a 'macaca.'" He referred to him as "Macaca or whatever his name is."

In any case, Allen, being a Republican, can expect this "gaffe" to be etched on his tombstone. And he's doing the etching with his wretchedly submissive - and pitiable - pandering.

GOP Making Inroads In Kwaisi's Backyard?

Is Michael Steele, Republican candidate for the senate in Maryland, gaining support among black Democrats? Seems so:
Steele gaining blacks' support
By Jon Ward, The Washington Times

The Maryland Democratic Party's traditional support among blacks appears to be slipping, now that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons -- who has helped register thousands of Democratic voters -- has endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele for the U.S. Senate.

"Russell Simmons is one of the leading progressive voices in America," said Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.

"This is a major endorsement for Lieutenant Governor Steele that will help him attract young people, as well as black voters," Ms. Brazile said. "Once again, this should serve as a wake-up call to Democrats not to take their most loyal constituents and voters for granted." (link)
Steele, conservative and proud of it, is sending shivers down (voids where once were) Democratic spines. This is welcome news.

When Idealogy Supercedes Objectivity

Amnesty International released a scathing report yesterday targeting Israel's "indisciminate attacks on Lebanon."
Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of War Crimes
By John Kifner, The New York Times

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 23 — Amnesty International accused Israel on Wednesday of war crimes in its monthlong battle with Hezbollah, saying its bombing campaign amounted to indiscriminate attacks on Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure and population.

“During more than four weeks of ground and aerial bombardment by the Israeli armed forces, the country’s infrastructure suffered destruction on a catastrophic scale,” the report said, contending this was “an integral part of the military strategy.” (
Not surprisingly, the report (if the Times article is to be trusted) didn't mention Hezballah's indiscriminate launching of rockets (4,000 of them by some estimates) into Israeli cities with the specific intent of killing as many innocent men, women, and children as possible. But then those are mostly Jews and they don't count for anything.

This is so shameful. Amnesty International has a growing - and well deserved - reputation for having taken sides with the Islamist terrorists in their ongoing war with civilization. This "report" provides additional evidence that that is the sorry case.