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Saturday, September 16, 2006

It's About Time

Graveyards across Africa are filled with the bodies of little children killed by the scourge of malaria. Literally millions of little children. Killed by mosquito bites, and, truth be told, by do-gooder American environmentalists. Those deaths were very preventable, had authorities been allowed to use the very effective method of eradication called DDT.

Now, after years of feckless and wasteful attempts at attacking the disease through innoculation and the application of indoor mosquito netting (!), officials are getting serious:
W.H.O. Supports Wider Use of DDT vs. Malaria
By Celia W. Dugger, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 — The World Health Organization on Friday forcefully endorsed wider use of the insecticide DDT across Africa to exterminate and repel the mosquitoes that cause malaria. The disease kills more than a million people a year, 800,000 of them young children in Africa.

Dr. Arata Kochi, who leads the group’s global malaria program, unequivocally declared at a news conference on Friday that DDT was the most effective insecticide against malaria and that it posed no health risk when sprayed in small amounts on the inner walls of people’s homes. Expanding its use is essential to reviving the flagging international campaign to control the disease, he said. (
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Of course the W.H.O. is meeting resistance. A group called Beyond Pesticides, headquartered far far away in malaria-free Washington DC, released a statement "saying a dependence on pesticides like DDT 'causes greater long-tem problems than those that are being addressed in the short-term.'”

Those long-term problems are of no great interest to the parents of the 800,000 little kids who will die in the short-term this year from malaria. When burying their young, it's hard to be thinking long term. They, and I, leave that muddled thinking up to those who live in NeverNeverLand on the Potomac, those who can afford such frivolity.

Muslims Are A Really Strange Bunch

Look, I know Muslims are people too. But they sure can come across as being blooming idiots sometimes. Take, for example, the latest incident of Islamic outrage - the Pope's recitation of a quote from the 14th century. For having done that, all hell has broken loose:
Some Muslim Leaders Want Pope to Apologize
By Ian Fisher, The New York Times


ROME, Sept. 15 — Pope Benedict XVI drew rising anger on Friday over comments he made Tuesday about Islam, as Muslim leaders around the world accused him of dividing religions and demanded an apology.

In Britain, Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Indonesia, Muslim leaders registered their protest. The Parliament in Pakistan passed a resolution against the pope’s statements, and the government later summoned the Vatican envoy to express official displeasure. In Lebanon, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the most senior Shiite cleric, demanded “a personal apology — not through his envoys.”

And emotion spilled over in Turkey, which Benedict is scheduled to visit in November, as a top official in the Islamic-rooted ruling party said that the pope was “going down in history in the same category as leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini.” (
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Morons. If Howard Dean ever wanted to make a sure-fire case that democracy will never succeed in the Arab world because the people inhabiting the Middle East are borderline stupid, now's the time to make it.

An apology. Why don't you get your own house ... er, mud huts in order and quit worrying about what someone said 700 years ago about yo mama.

Jesus.

I Have a Better Idea

I received the following email message from Democratic Senator (and rumored presidential candidate) Evan Bayh's political action committee (why me I don't know):
Dear Fellow Blogger [we're fellows]-

This week Senator Evan Bayh made a major announcement in which he called upon President Bush to expand funding for AmeriCorps as well as increase participation from 70,000 to 250,000 young people contributing invaluable public service works to communities around our country each year.

Ryan Alexander
All America PAC
ryan@allamericapac.com
AIM: AAPACryan
You may remember AmeriCorps. It came out of the only piece of legislation, other than that landscape-altering gun trigger lock statute, that Bill Clinton ever got passed in Congress - in eight years. It also happens to be the most bizarre government-funded make-work program in history; one in which "volunteers" are paid a healthy wage to go out into the community and ... well, it doesn't matter what they do. They're just paid.

So Evan Bayh, wanting to be president and figuring this crap worked for Slick Willy, has proposed that we expand this welfare program for affluent college kids to a quarter of a million corp-persons.

I have a better idea. Wal-Mart wants them. And could use the help. Let Wal-Mart pay them. That way these same college kids can go out into the community and actually accomplish something.

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And those back here at home who wait ...

We thank you.