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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

This Is Going To Be Fun

Look who has entered the rough and tumble world of the weblog:


Who is it? The folks you right-wing animals love to hate. The men and women of the Roanoke Times editorial page.

Click here to begin the fracas. Just keep it clean, fellas.

Logo courtesy of The Roanoke Times

Teacher Of The Year!

Doin' us proud:
Wythe teacher tops in Virginia
She wins statewide honor for tough-love approach to students
By Rex Bowman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer


A Wythe County high school math teacher known for persuading students to take college-level pre-calculus has been named Virginia's 2007 Teacher of the Year.

Susan W. Evans, who has taught at Rural Retreat High School for seven years, won the honor Friday, making her the commonwealth's nominee for the national Teacher of the Year award. The award is given by the Council of Chief State School Officers, Scholastic Inc. and the ING Foundation.

Evans took home a crystal apple and $7,500 in prize money. (
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Dazzling good looks and she understands that math stuff. We are blessed.

People Don't Kill People; Guns ...

Has it come to this?
Police seek guns in death of woman
By Reed Williams, The Roanoke Times


I'm not in law enforcement and I don't claim to be an expert in social science, but is it wrong of me to think that we'd all be safer if the police focused on THE MURDERER?

Oh My. Not Again.

The GOP is heading toward a disastrous election day. Again.
Rising Radical Center
By E. J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post


Hancock, Mich. -- President Bush's six-year effort to create an enduring Republican majority based on a right-leaning coalition is on the verge of collapse. (
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Oh, woe. I haven't seen the party of Reagan so close - so absolutely close - to total ruin, to utter defeat, to a complete debacle, to being swamped in a Democratic tidal tsunami since ... well, let's see ... just before the last election.

Is This a Bad Thing?

A woman sidles up to the urinal next to yours (stick with me), unstraps her dangly eight inch rubber doohickey, and targets the porcelain waste receptacle before her. She takes careful aim ...

You'd probably pay admission just to watch, right? Bets anyone?

Well, you'll have your chance:

'BATH ROOM' BREAK
By Clemente Lisi, The New York Post


October 24, 2006 -- Transgender people yesterday won the right to use any bathroom they choose at [New York City's] MTA rail stations after a woman who sued for that privilege reached an agreement with the transit agency. (
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First, who gives the New York Post the right to label this woman a woman. She may have days where she wants to be a man. And the law has decreed that she is whatever she decides she is on any given day.

Second, there's the image conjured by the facts in the case revealed:

The landmark pact - which lets people use the restroom for whichever gender they consider themselves - settles a complaint filed by a 70-year-old woman with the city Human Rights Commission who was arrested three times after using the women's room at Grand Central Terminal.
Skipping the obvious question having to do with this woman being arrested for trying to use a women's restroom (even the police must be confused), there's that "consideration" factor. If I choose to go to New York, have a few shots and beers, decide to "consider" myself a woman for the night, and camp out in the women's restroom at the Ritz-Carlton to see what I can see, am I now protected by the law?

I know where I'm going on vacation ...

And To Make Things Even More Confusing ...

Why can't we learn to respect each other for who we ...

If people are in a loving relationship, who are we ...

If nobody is being hurt, why can't gays ...

Who are you to legislate your morality on ...

Fine questions all, I suppose. The answers to which come easily from those who ask them. But then those clear answers become more muddled:

Report: Canada should stop polygamy
UPI


A Canadian report says that the country's laissez-faire attitude towards a polygamist community violates its obligation ...

The practice of polygamy is illegal. But men in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints have been allowed to have multiple wives without prosecution, Canwest News Service said. (
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Nobody's being hurt. Loving relationships.

Now I have a question: Is polygamy a "bad" thing? If so, why?

If you answered in the negative and you're accepting of polygamous relationships, are there any limits you'd accept? Pedophilia?

And if you answered in the affirmative, and your reason had anything even remotely to do with morality, then think it through and you too will vote YES on Virginia's gay marriage ban amendment.

What Are Campaign Contributions For?

I don't see the big deal here:
BOOZE, GUNS, CIGARS ALL PART OF SPANO STRATEGY
By Kenneth Lovett, The New York Post


October 24, 2006 -- Albany - Veteran Westchester [New York] Sen. Nicholas Spano spent thousands of dollars in campaign money on jewelry, booze, cigars and a membership at a gun club, The Post has learned.

A review of the Republican's campaign financial-disclosure reports since 1999 turned up the controversial spending. (
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Controversial? There weren't even hookers involved, probably. What's controversial about spending money on booze, cigars and shootin' fun? At least he didn't spend campaign contributions on sissy beer or Oprah DVD's or those books that the Clintons never wrote.

Give the guy a break.

Visions Of The Nanny State

Whenever I ponder what life in these United States would be like if the Democrats ever take over, New York City comes to mind, where Republicans went extinct long ago. The city where the amount you as a landlord can charge for your rental property is decided for you. Where the tax on a cigarette is higher than the cost of the cigarette. And where metal baseball bats may be banned:
MAYOR PITCHES METAL BATS, COUNCIL CRIES FOUL
By Frankie Edozian, The New York Post


October 24, 2006 -- The Bloomberg administration came out swinging yesterday against a City Council proposal to ban metal bats during high-school baseball games. (
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The reason?
Debbie Patch, a Montana native whose son died from an injury from a ball struck by a metal bat, implored lawmakers to not let a Big Apple kid die before they take action.
Far be it from me to suggest that it was the baseball that struck Patch's son and not the bat, but I'd never be able to convince her or them anyway. This is the same bunch that also believes guns, somehow, kill people.

In any case, expect to read that New York's City Council has banned those metal bats. And are darn proud of it.

And then they came for the baseballs ...

It's Getting Tiresome

The New York Times editorial staff has come up with its fifth annual "How To Lose The War On Terror" strategy:

Trying to Contain the Iraq Disaster
Editorial

No matter what President Bush says, the question is not whether America can win in Iraq. The only question is whether the United States can extricate ... (
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I'll summarize the strategy: All hope is lost. Our prestige is lost. The lives of innocents are lost. The WMD were lost. Support for the war is lost. George Bush is lost. America has lost. Cut and Run.

My my my.

It's worth noting that this was their same message exactly five years ago. A trip down memory lane - New York Times,
October 31, 2001:

"Like an unwelcome specter from an unhappy past, the ominous word "quagmire" has begun to haunt conversations among government officials and students of foreign policy, both here and abroad."

"Despite the insistence of President Bush and members of his cabinet that all is well ..."

"But signs of progress are sparse."

"So influential voices have begun to call for something more ..."

Of course the subject that New York Times columnist R.W. Apple was writing about at the time was of our first battle in the war on terror, that in Afghanistan. All hope was lost back then too.

So this is nothing new. Just the latest from the spineless surrender-first crowd.

Come On In. The Water's Warm.

This is a welcome trend:
Seats in Danger, Democrats Proclaim Their Conservatism
By Kate Zernike, The New York Times


Macon, Ga., Oct. 19 — Listening to Congressional candidates in middle Georgia, it is easy for someone to think that he is in a different year and, possibly, a different country.

Democrats defend themselves against accusations that they are rubber stamps for their party’s leadership. Democrats are defending the war in Iraq. And Democrats — yes, Democrats — strive to align themselves with the president.

For all the talk of this being a Democratic year — experts and party leaders use words like tide or even tsunami — there are a small number of exceptions, places where Republicans believe they can take back seats from the Democrats.

And these contests are producing some of the fiercest fights — not to mention the most contrarian campaign strategies — of the midterm elections, as Democrats try to boast of their conservative credentials ... (
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The big question, of course, has always been: Can a Democrat be trusted to support that which he professes at election time? Sadly, (Virginia Governor Tim Kaine comes to mind) the answer is too often ... no.