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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

You Make My Hair Fall Out

I was intrigued by the first sentence in a Galax Gazette editorial (truth be known, I was intrigued that the Galax Gazette had an opinion for a change):
Uphold the law

Perhaps proponents of a spoken prayer at Carroll County Intermediate School Nov. 10 should mediate on their stance. (
link)
Actually intrigued isn't the right word. I was puzzled. They should "mediate on their stance?" How does one do that?

Then it came to me. I think the author meant to type the word meditate.

Then I read the rest of the editorial regarding prayer in school and the mythical (but temporarily law-of-the-land) separation of church and state, and quickly realized how wrong the whole damn editorial is.

Or maybe it's just me. Let me mediate on the matter for a while ...

To Hell In a Handbasket

See? The Democrats haven't even taken charge yet, and the country is slipping into the throes of Depression:
Weekly Jobless Claims Climb by 12,000
By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Considerably more newly laid-off workers signed up for unemployment benefits last week, although the figures suggest the job market remains stable even as a housing slump afflicts the economy.

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that new applications filed for the work week ending Nov. 18, rose by a seasonally adjusted 12,000 to 321,000. The increase was bigger than many economists were expecting. (link)
It's all the Democrats' fault!

I learned this technique from all those lefty bloggers out there (some of whom were paid handsomely for their efforts) during the runup to the recent election. It's kinda fun, to be honest with you.

The Black Plague! They did it! Katrina! Global Warming!

Quote Of The Day

You can't make this stuff up:
"McCain Says U.S. Troops Dying for 'Failed Policy' in Iraq"--headline, Bloomberg, Nov. 19

"McCain Says More Troops Needed in Iraq"--headline,
Associated Press, Nov. 19

James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, November 21, 2006 (link)
That about says it all.

Remove His Kidneys

If found guilty, this guy deserves the pain of amputation without anesthetic:

Ex-official accused of defrauding charity
Kidney Foundation office had hired man before discovering previous embezzling conviction
By Mark Bowes, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer


The former accounting director for the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias was charged yesterday with embezzling about $175,000 from the charity over six years.

Robert B. Graves Jr., 54, was arrested at his Patterson Avenue home about 7 a.m. He was served with 12 felony embezzlement indictments returned Nov. 9 by a Richmond-area multijurisdictional grand jury. (link)
Did you catch that part about a background check revealing that he had once before been convicted of ... embezzlement?

Am I the only one wondering why the routine check wasn't done before the $175,000 was (allegedly) ripped off? Before the felon was hired?

Way to go HR department.

The Religion From Planet Tatooine

Ever wonder where all those 60's hippies went?

Yeah, I know. A lot of them became peace-and-love UU's. But not all. There's another left-wing fringe church that has been taken over by the burnt-out, drugged-up, hallucinogen-ravaged crowd:
Not Much Thanksgiving for Episcopalians
By Mark Tooley, The American Spectator

New Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori recently told the New York Times that her fellow Episcopalians are proudly not procreating so as to spare the environment.

The Presiding Bishop was asked how many Episcopalians there are in the U.S. "About 2.2 million," Schiori responded. "It used to be larger percentagewise, but Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations. Roman Catholics and Mormons both have theological reasons for producing lots of children."

"Aren't Episcopalians interested in replenishing their ranks by having children," the New York Times asked.

"No," Schori replied. "It's probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion."

True to Schori's boast, the Episcopalians have done magnificently in reducing their numbers and, purportedly, sparing the earth the ravages of an enlarged Episcopalian presence. Forty years ago, the Episcopal Church was over 50 percent larger than today, even while the U.S. population was 40 percent smaller. (link)
I attribute this kind of warped thinking to all that LSD these people ingested in the days of bell-bottoms, free love, and communicable diseases.

On Racism

I'm always amused these days when I read another tirade from someone who tries mightily to tar the USA with that broad brush of inherent racism (and Michael Richards' drug-induced idiocy has unleashed the opportunity).

Fact is, we have reached a significant point in our history that allows, for every news article I read about some minority who had to stand in line too long at a Crackerbarrel restaurant, another story about minorites - often recent immigrants who bring with them not only cash issues but language issues too - who are doing fabulously well.

Here's another of those stories, this one from here at home in macacaland:
Out of India, En Masse and on the Way Up
Population Influx Vastly Outpaces Other Groups
By Cecilia Kang, Washington Post Staff Writer


The once-small Indian immigrant population, which for decades expanded at a slow but steady rate, has ballooned over the past decade. Immigrants from India are settling here faster than any group except Salvadorans.

Many Indians were among the recent wave of high-tech professionals who entered on temporary permits for skilled workers. When their spouses, children and siblings followed, their numbers soared, especially in Fairfax and Montgomery counties.

About eight in 10 have college degrees, a higher proportion than for whites and other Asians. About seven in 10 are in professional and managerial jobs. And there are more than 8,300 Indian-owned businesses in the region. (link)
I know. I know. They aren't black. But if all us white guys are a bunch of klansmen who are itching to discriminate against individuals solely on the basis of their skin hue, how is it that certain "peoples of color" are doing extraordinarily well? Are we only partially racist? Do we turn our hatreds on and off? Does our racism come out only when black people are involved?

Or is some other factor in play?

Marriage On The Decline?

When you have gay people "marrying" in Massachusetts and polygamists demanding equal treatment under the law (What's next - pedophiles crying out that they be heard?), should you be at all shocked that marriage is on the decline and out-of-wedlock births are up? In any case, it is and they are:
Teen births down; unwed moms up
By Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times


The U.S. teen birthrate fell again in 2005 to a new historical low, however, almost all of these births were to unwed mothers, which helped push the percent of unwed births to a record high. (link)
More important to the future of our country than democracy and a strong military is the nuclear family, comprised, as experts have always found to be true, of a father and a mother in a committed relationship.

If we fail at that, we fail utterly.

Robert Altman Is Dead

One of the most revered directors in Hollywood has died:
Robert Altman, Director With Daring, Dies at 81
By Rick Lyman, The New York Times


Robert Altman, one of the most adventurous and influential American directors of the late 20th century, a filmmaker whose iconoclastic career spanned more than five decades but whose stamp was felt most forcefully in one, the 1970s, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 81. His death, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, was caused by complications of cancer ... (link)
Altman will be remembered for having created such hits as "Mash" and "Gosford Park." I'll remember him for having promised to move to France if George W. Bush were to be elected president in 2000.

Odd the legacy we create for ourselves sometimes.