Thursday, September 14, 2006
The median household income of Wal-Mart shoppers is under $40,000. Wal-Mart, the most prodigious job-creator in the history of the private sector in this galaxy, has almost as many employees (1.3 million) as the U.S. military has uniformed personnel. A McKinsey company study concluded that Wal-Mart accounted for 13 percent of the nation's productivity gains in the second half of the 1990s, which probably made Wal-Mart about as important as the Federal Reserve in holding down inflation. By lowering consumer prices, Wal-Mart costs about 50 retail jobs among competitors for every 100 jobs Wal-Mart creates. Wal-Mart and its effects save shoppers more than $200 billion a year, dwarfing such government programs as food stamps ($28.6 billion) and the earned-income tax credit ($34.6 billion).
Liberals think their campaign against Wal-Mart is a way of introducing the subject of class into America's political argument, and they are more correct than they understand. Their campaign is liberalism as condescension. It is a philosophic repugnance toward markets because consumer sovereignty results in the masses making messes. Liberals, aghast, see the choices Americans make with their dollars and their ballots, and announce - yes, announce - that Americans are sorely in need of more supervision by . . . liberals.
George Will, "Democrats Vs. Wal-Mart," The Washington Post, September 14, 2006 (link)
I will leave his combat experience to Webb, but I have decades of leadership experience and can attest to the fact that there is no difference between the sexes when it comes to motivating, training, disciplining, monitoring, leading subordinates. I even went through a period when I thought women were actually superior to men in that regard (my attitude was clouded by instances on the part of a few who let "booze and broads" interfere with their duties). But I've eased off on that theory in recent years.
Women veterans decry 1979 Webb article
The Naval Academy graduates said Webb's views on women in the military fostered hostile attitudes toward them.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times
Richmond - Five female graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy said Wednesday that Democratic Senate candidate James Webb legitimized a hostile climate at the institution by writing a 1979 magazine article arguing that women were unfit for combat.
In a press conference arranged by the campaign of Republican incumbent George Allen, the five women and one male Navy graduate chastised Webb for writing an article for The Washingtonian magazine titled "Women Can't Fight." The article was published just three years after women were first admitted to the Naval Academy, Webb's alma mater.
[In the article Webb] wrote that he had never met a woman "whom I would trust to provide those men with combat leadership." (link)
In any case, it would do us well to know a whole lot more about who this James Webb is before we elect him to high office here in the commonwealth.
DEADLY COLLEGE RAMPAGENo word on how the other 9,999 students were to protect themselves once this one deranged Canadian began his shooting rampage. Some would argue that they did what they were supposed to do - run, hide, and wait for the police to show up.
New York Post Wire Services
September 14, 2006 -- Montreal - A gunman in a black trench coat and a Mohawk haircut opened fire yesterday in the cafeteria of a Montreal college, killing a woman and wounding 19 others - eight critically - before police shot him dead.
Scores of panicked students at Dawson College fled into the surrounding streets after the shooting broke out in the school of about 10,000. Some had bloodstained clothes. (link)
Perfect strategy. 20 victims.
The authorities in Montreal are compiling a long list of charges that could be filed against the assailant, though he be dead. And cries for the passage of more laws will, no doubt, be heard.
Cries being the operative word.
WEARY VOTERS LIKE PREZ MIKEReally, David? Which part of anti-smoker, anti-gun, anti-growth, anti-private property, anti-middle class do those voters like best?
By David Seifman, New York Post City Hall Bureau Chief
September 14, 2006 -- Voters across the nation are prepared to embrace an independent presidential candidate in 2008 - and Mayor Bloomberg is perfectly positioned for a White House run, according to a New York Post/Fox News Channel poll.
The survey of 800 registered voters conducted by Luntz Maslansky Strategic Research of Alexandria, Va., found that 81 percent of Americans would consider voting for a qualified White House contender who isn't a Republican or Democrat.
And the more voters know about Bloomberg, the more they like him, the poll found. (link)
It's the party of Michael Moore that embraces such un-American attitudes. Bloomberg, if he has a chance of any kind, should jump ship and declare himself to be a Democrat sooner rather than later.
At least then he'll have a remote shot at nomination.
But there's no way - write this down - that Michael Bloomberg is ever going to be president.
Ann Richards, Former Texas Governor, Dies at 73Richards will be remembered, unfortunately, for this mean-spirited quip directed at George H.W. Bush uttered at the Democratic National Convention in 1988:
By Rick Lyman, The New York Times
Ann W. Richards, the silver-haired Texas activist who galvanized the 1988 Democratic National Convention with her tart keynote speech and was the state’s 45th governor until upset in 1994 by an underestimated challenger named George W. Bush, died Wednesday at her home in Austin. She was 73. (link)
“Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”The party's reputation for snide, base, ungenerous - sometimes hateful - leadership was born.
Ann Richards will be missed by many ...
She's meaner than a rattlesnake when provoked.
Yesterday someone just had to provoke. She received a phone call that, because caller ID showed that it had the same area code as my cell number (571, Maryland), she answered, thinking it might be me.
It turned out to be from one of those out-of-state political polling groups. The conversation went like this:
"Is this ------- --------?"She was obviously in a good mood yesterday. She didn't reach through the phone and pinch his head off ...
"Are you registered for the election in November?"
"Are you going to vote in the November election?"
"How are you registered, Republican or Democratic?"
"What is your age?"
"That is my business and no one else's."
"How do you intend to vote in this election?"
"Sir, that is the reason we have a secret ballot."