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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Deafening Silence

Now this is something to be really proud of:

Women Sign 'We Had Abortions' Petition
By David Crary, AP National Writer


At a pivotal time in the abortion debate, Ms. magazine is releasing its fall issue next week with a cover story titled "We Had Abortions," accompanied by the names of thousands of women nationwide who signed a petition making that declaration. (
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Oddly there's no mention of a response from the thousands of people most affected by the actions of these women. Only silence.

A Demographic Timebomb

This isn't totally unexpected but it's still startling:

Million whites leave South Africa - study
By: Peet van Aardt, Fin24.com


Johannesburg - One million white South Africans - almost a fifth - have left the country in the past ten years.

This figure was released last week in a report from the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

Frans Cronjé, who compiled the report, said it was especially crime and affirmative action which had driven a fifth of South Africa's white population out of the country.

The SAIRR's population pyramid of white South Africans show a definite loss of young people and children under the age of ten.

The figures for 2005 put the number of white South Africans in the country at 4.3 million, 841 000 fewer than the 5.2 million of 1995.

Cronjé predicts that the white population would continue to shrink, and, he said, the situation would have a far-reaching impact on the economy.

"The white population is getting older, which means the white taxpayers are only going to contribute to the economy for the next twenty years. There would have to be a huge influx of skilled workers to fill this gap. This, unfortunately, is not the case." (
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None of this matters of course. South Africa may be heading toward a monumental catastrophe but we'll still be celebrating. Apartheid is no more.

A Village In Mourning

Work brings me to Lancaster, PA this evening. As I write this, I'm situated about ten miles as the crow flies from Nickel Mines, the small Amish town that fell victim yesterday to that monster who tied up and shot ten little girls, the youngest being six, killing five of them.

The entire local news was devoted to the crime and its aftermath. The Amish are a very inward people and shun, apparently, attention from the outside world. I feel for them in a number of ways.

My guess is the town is plagued with tourists today. But I'll not be one of them. They need to heal without people gawking at them.

For me, it's on to Philadelphia in the morning.

... those poor kids ...

Quote Of The Day

[I]n today's politically correct culture, it's easy to understand how senior Republicans might well have decided they had no grounds to doubt Mr. Foley merely because he was gay and a little too friendly in emails. Some of those liberals now shouting the loudest for Mr. Hastert's head are the same voices who tell us that the larger society must be tolerant of private lifestyle choices, and certainly must never leap to conclusions about gay men and young boys. Are these Democratic critics of Mr. Hastert saying that they now have more sympathy for the Boy Scouts' decision to ban gay scoutmasters? Where's Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on that one?

Wall Street Journal Editorial, "Paging Mr. Hastert," October 3, 2006 (link)

Now There's An Idea!

It's about time:
Allen aims to refocus campaign on record, issues
Jim Webb, had he a record he could be proud of and an understanding of the issues most critical to his state and country, might join George Allen in this effort.

But he doesn't and he doesn't so he won't.

Make An Example Of Him

I was consumed with rage when I got the details of this story yesterday:
Gunman slays 4 Amish schoolgirls
By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press


Nickel Mines, Pa. -- A milk-truck driver carrying three guns and a grudge stormed a one-room Amish schoolhouse yesterday, sent the boys and adults outside, barricaded the doors with two-by-fours, and then opened fire on a dozen girls, killing four of them before committing suicide.

Most had been shot, execution-style, after being lined up along the chalkboard, their feet bound with wire and plastic ties, authorities said. The names and ages of the dead were not released. (
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Most people are asking the question: What was going through his mind?

I ask the question: What are we going to do to prevent the next sick bastard from doing the same thing?

This scumbag's body should have been dragged from that school and hanged from the nearest tree, and left there to rot. A message to all future mass murderers.

It didn't play out that way of course. He was treated with deference.

And we'll be treated to more of the same tragic news soon.

Gay Bashing

Just when I thought it was acceptable in cultured circles to be homosexual, I find out that it's really not. The elitists over at the New York Times are revolted by Mark Foley's suggestive emails to young male Congressional pages:
The Foley Matter
Editorial

That House leaders knew Representative Mark Foley had been sending inappropriate e-mail to Capitol pages and did little about it is terrible. (
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Really? What's so terrible about it? For that matter, if nobody was being harmed, what was inappropriate about the emails? Is there a bit of prudishness coming through here?

I'm getting more satisfaction out of this story than I should. You see, it's these very people who attempt on a regular basis to try and separate out homosexuality from other deviant behaviors by arguing that nobody is being harmed in a gay relationship, it therefore gets an exemption.

Or not.

Maybe these holier-than-thous who decry Jerry Falwell's scriptural lectures on morality are of like mind after all.

Either that or they're just utterly confused.

Do As We Say, Not As ...

While I'm on the subject of the holier-than-thou editorial staff at the New York Times, there is also this editorial in the morning paper:
The Chair Out From Under Them
Editorial

If Wal-Mart wants to avoid increasingly onerous legislation, regulation and scrutiny, company executives are going to have to learn that human beings are not machines that can be turned on and off, that parents can’t always reshuffle their lives on short notice. (
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Funny, I don't remember reading a similar editorial when this news hit the street not long ago:
New York Times Cuts 500 Jobs, 4 Percent Of Work Force

(AP) The New York Times Co. and two Philadelphia newspapers announced major job cuts Tuesday as the industry grapples with severe financial problems including weak advertising and circulation declines. The Times said it would cut about 500 jobs, while the Philadelphia papers will eliminate a total of 100 jobs. The cuts at the Times represent about 4 percent of the company’s work force and will be made across the company, including about 45 jobs in the Times newsroom and 35 at The Boston Globe. (
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The folks at the Times are going to have to learn that human beings are not machines that can be turned on and off, that parents can’t always reshuffle their lives on short notice.

Then again, it seems they have a lot to learn ...

Let's Run It Again

Yesterday we were witness to the New York Times running a story on its front page about what the news might be in the future. Today we get a dose of what the news was several years ago. Old news:
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda
By Philip Shenon and Kark Mazzetti, The New York Times


Jidda, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 2 — A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said Monday.

The account by the spokesman, Sean McCormack, came hours after Ms. Rice, the secretary of state, told reporters aboard her airplane that she did not recall the specific meeting on July 10, noting that she had met repeatedly with Mr. Tenet that summer about terrorist threats. Ms. Rice, the national security adviser at the time, said it was “incomprehensible” to suggest she had ignored dire terrorist threats two months before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mr. McCormack also said records showed that the Sept. 11 commission had been informed about the meeting, a fact that former intelligence officials and members of the commission confirmed on Monday. (
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So what's newsworthy about this? Nothing really. But it allowed the Times to print the headline. Again.