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Saturday, December 02, 2006

What Do You Want For Christmas, Dad?

Why, A Shia Pet, of course!

A Veteran Bitchslaps Webb

James Taranto provides us with an email message he received from a Vietnam vet regarding Senator-elect James Webb's churlish behavior at the recent White House reception, for which he has gained himself infamy - before even being sworn into office:
I am a Vietnam vet. I served with the 101st Airborne Division in 1965-66, and am very familiar with the sound of shots fired in anger. In today's world, one must apparently have such credentials to criticize members of Webb's party who have served in the military.

I respect Webb's service to this country, both in and out of the military. I write because I am very disappointed in him. His behavior towards the commander-in-chief at a recent White House reception for freshmen congressmen was not appropriate, and he has enough military background to know better.

President Bush may not be to his liking, but respect for the office of the president and a minimal understanding of the burdens of that office are not too much to expect from someone of Mr. Webb's background. That is most especially true when the C-I-C takes the time to make a friendly and personal inquiry about his son.

If he couldn't abide the presence of the President, what the hell was he doing going to the White House? Was that his idea of showing the world how to be a jerk? If so, he succeeded. I wouldn't expect anyone to visit my house, at my invitation to act so rudely.

I hope he can elevate his standards of behavior as he performs his duties as a senator.
Poor guy. He's hoping Webb elevates his standards. He doesn't know what we know. Our new senator got elected by tossing all his standards out the window, campaigning with Bill Clinton and other Democrats he once had nothing but contempt for, and abandoning every principle he once held dear.

Nice thought though.

You Be The Judge

If you were the editor of the Roanoke Times, would you print this story?
Incident at paper mill sends 2 to hospital
Amanda Codispoti

An incident at MeadWestvaco in Covington sent two employees to Alleghany Regional Hospital late Friday afternoon, a company spokeswoman said.

Alison von Puschendorf said she would not disclose the nature of the incident because an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause.

She did not know how seriously the workers were injured and would not release their names Friday night.

The incident was not related to United Steelworkers Local 8-675's contract negotiations with the company, von Puschendorf said. (link)
Your reporter comes to you and says she has breaking news about an "incident" at MeadWestvaco.

"What kind of incident," you ask.

"I don't know but two workers were hurt," she replies.

"How badly were they hurt?"

"I don't know."

"What were their names?"

"I don't know."

"What caused the 'incident?'"

"I don't know."

At this point would you, as editor, say, "all-righty-then, let's print it," or would you look at the reporter and say, "This is it? Get your ass out there and get the details to the freaking story!"

Just asking.

In A Different Era

If the Democratic Party weren't controlled by the looney left, this guy would be a serious contender in 2008:
Bayh Moves Toward Presidential Bid
By David Espo, The Associated Press

Washington -- Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a Democrat with a record of political success in a Republican-leaning state, intends to take the first official step toward a 2008 presidential campaign early next week, officials said Friday.

Bayh's plans include creation of a presidential exploratory committee, as well as appearances Monday in Iowa and next weekend in New Hampshire, two early states on the campaign calendar. (link)
Senator Bayh (whose father was once my United States senator in another era) is one of the few sober and intelligent members of the Democratic Party. Which means he doesn't have a prayer of getting the nomination. Too bad for him. Too bad for them.

The Way Of The Future

We are in the computer age. The age of communication. I wrote a weblog entry once that was picked up hours later and was linked to by an on-line version of a newspaper in Mumbai. We now speak to one another, particularly in the business community, across the globe each day. And we do it in English. That's why a Herndon Town Council member's idea is a good one (even if the motivation for it may be suspect):

Language Restriction Proposed In Herndon

Official Advocates English-Only Rule
By Bill Turque, Washington Post Staff Writer

A Herndon Town Council member said yesterday that the town should print official documents in English only, as a way to encourage Hispanic immigrants to learn the language.

"The language of the Commonwealth is English," said William B. Tirrell Sr., one of four new council members and a new mayor elected in May who have raised concerns about the impact of illegal immigration on the town. "All of our efforts should be toward encouraging people to learn English. This is an English-speaking country." (link)

Intend to succeed in this world? Learn English. Find such efforts to force immigrants to learn English too restrictive? Too harsh? Move to increasingly irrelevant France.

There Is a Correlation

When the institution of marriage is supported by an ever-declining values system, the institution itself goes into decline:
'Disastrous' illegitimacy trends
Washington Times editorial

In 2005, America continued to make progress in reducing the teen birth rate. Unfortunately, however, the nation suffered yet another major setback in its effort to address the ever-burgeoning problem of out-of-wedlock (i.e., illegitimate) childbearing. Specifically, out-of-wedlock births exceeded 1.5 million last year for the first time ever, representing 36.8 percent of all births in the United States. (link)
A movement has been undertaken in various parts of our society to demand recognition of gay marriages and polygamous marriages. In those same neighborhoods, citizens who actually felt that marriage had intrinsic value but see it reduced to nothing more than a brief coupling among friends in this "progressive" era we endure walk away, and organize their values around other moral absolutes.

Marriage is rapidly becoming ... oh, whatever.

This Is Kinda Cool

I'm not sure, in the end, what we do with the knowledge gained, but it's still rather fascinating:

Anthropologists fingerprint Leonardo
By Marta Falconi, The Associated Press

ROME -- Anthropologists said they have pieced together Leonardo da Vinci's left index fingerprint -- a discovery that could help provide information on such matters as the food the artist ate and whether his mother was of Arabic origin.

The reconstruction of the fingerprint was the result of three years of research and could help attribute disputed paintings or manuscripts, said Luigi Capasso, an anthropologist and director of the Anthropology Research Institute at Chieti University in central Italy. (link)

About that Arab origin thing: We all know that math was invented by the Arabs. Now we're to believe that the greatest artist and inventor in the history of mankind was an Arab as well?

The mind reels.

You're Dreaming

George Pataki as 2008 Republican candidate for president? Spare me:
Cheney Aide Joins Pataki

December 2, 2006 -- Albany - Gov. Pataki, eyeing a 2008 presidential run, has named a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney to head fund-raising operations for the political action committee used by the New York Republican to boost his national profile. (link)
This guy has single-handedly wrecked the Republican Party in New York and he thinks he will be welcomed with open arms by the national body politic. Did they legalize marijuana up in the Empire State when I wasn't looking? Or is he on something else.

Of course, I'm not the best political prognosticator. I thought Bill Clinton would go to prison for raping that young woman and Ted Kennedy would go to prison for drowning that young woman and Hillary would go to prison for bilking all those ...

It All Becomes Clear

I took time out of my life yesterday to shovel a pile of ridicule on a "story" that appeared in the New York Times about radiation poisoning and cigarettes. It can be found here in "More Tobacco Idiocy." Essentially what I wrote was that the author of that rant was without doubt delusional for believing that the polonium found in cigarettes was a problem for the hundreds of millions of people who have smoked cigarettes, not one of whom has ever died from radiation poisoning.

I also found it amazing that anyone would believe such silliness. Of course I forgot the kids over at Raising Kaine:
Litvinenko's Death by Polonium 210-- It's In Cigarettes Too
by: PM

In today's New York Times, an op-ed appeared which may cast a new light on anti-smoking laws. In his article "Puffing on Polonium" science historian Robert N. Proctor raises alarms about ... (link)
My first thought was: What kind of idiot gets sucked up by this kind of foolishness? But then, this is the crowd that has bought into the notion that our churl-elect, James Webb, is a towering statesman carving a path to greatness by ...

It all became clear.