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Sunday, December 17, 2006

We Can Never Live It Down

One of the downsides to weblogging is in the fact that we create a written record. That exists forever. For all the world, including our children and grandchildren, to see. And if we're young and immature and we blog, we will live to regret, when we grow up, some of our glaringly puerile posts.

Which brings to mind Ben Tribbett. He laughs now but when he matures ...

This Can't Be True

I thought Mark Warner solved this problem in 2004 when he confiscated hard-earned money from of the savings I had held back for my grandchildrens' college education:
'We're not satisfied'
The graduation rate for Roanoke schools is 57 percent, fifth worst in the state, putting pressure on administrators to meet federal and state standards.
By David Harrison, The Roanoke Times

With a strict federal deadline creeping up and tough new graduation requirements imposed by Virginia education officials, city school leaders are under the gun to improve the city's stubbornly low graduation rate.

The 2005-06 school year's graduation rate was 57 percent, the fifth worst in the state, after Cumberland County, Petersburg, Richmond and Bristol. For 2004-05, the rate stood at 58 percent and at 63 percent the year before that. (link)
I have an idea. Last time around, we raised taxes to solve this problem. Having failed miserably, what say this time we see if lowering taxes does the trick.

It can't do any worse.

While We Celebrate The Joys of Gay Parenting ...

How wonderful it is that Mary Cheney, lesbian, along with her "partner," is able to enjoy the life of a heterosexual and to be able to give birth without all the bothersome baggage. That baggage being a man in her life of course. It is wonderful, right? New York Times columnists certainly think so:

But what does the "bundle of joy" have to say about all this? Nobody asks. Or cares. Homosexuality - the free expression thereof - is what's important.

But the end-product - or byproduct - of such egocentricity has a voice. Today it can be found in the Washington Post:
My Father Was an Anonymous Sperm Donor
By Katrina Clark

When she was 32, my mother -- single, and worried that she might never marry and have a family -- allowed a doctor wearing rubber gloves to inject a syringe of sperm from an unknown man into her uterus so that she could have a baby. I am the result: a donor-conceived child.

And for a while, I was pretty angry about it.

I was angry at the idea that where donor conception is concerned, everyone focuses on the "parents" -- the adults who can make choices about their own lives. The recipient gets sympathy for wanting to have a child. The donor gets a guarantee of anonymity and absolution from any responsibility for the offspring of his "donation." As long as these adults are happy, then donor conception is a success, right?

Not so. The children born of these transactions are people, too.

I realized that I am, in a sense, a freak. I really, truly would never have a dad. I finally understood what it meant to be donor-conceived, and I hated it. (link)
Read her story in its entirety and you'll find that Katrina's mother was not in fact a lesbian. But her narrative applies still to all those children born to gay couples as well. Her anguish and feelings of insecurity - and anger - are consistent with others who have been born of similar circumstances.

Studies have consistently shown over the years that children need a father and a mother in a loving relationship in order for them to thrive and prosper. But we no longer care about studies. Or about the lives we create and ruin. There's a political statement to be made. That statement being a living, breathing, caring - hurting - human being. But enough of that.

Mary Cheney is soon to have her ... bundle of joy.

And We're To Turn The World Over To Them?

There's an impressive number of Americans who would be accepting of our turning our leadership role in the world over the the U.N., and sooner rather than later. They have no idea what they'd be inviting, but here's a glimpse:
U.N. peacekeepers accused of rape
By Reed Lindsay, The Washington Times

LEOGANE, Haiti -- Reports that peacekeepers raped teenage girls have surfaced in Haiti, where a United Nations mission so far had avoided the sexual abuse scandals that have sullied the international organization's reputation in other parts of the world.

... the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti has investigated 34 other cases of reported sexual abuse and exploitation ... (link)
Beside the fact that these clowns, sent in to countries in turmoil around the world to keep the peace, never lift a finger to do so (remember Rwanda? Liberia? Ivory Coast? Lebanon? Baghdad?), they have a shameful history of raping and murdering those in their charge and of pillaging their villages.

Organized crime. The U.N.

He Must Have Read The Weblog

Just two short weeks ago, I wrote the following:

In A Different Era

If the Democratic Party weren't controlled by the looney left, [Evan Bayh] would be a serious contender in 2008 ...

Senator Bayh ... 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.
Bayh agrees:

Indiana Senator Leaves 2008 Presidential Field
By Adam Nagourney, The New York Times

Washington, Dec. 16 — Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana, who just two weeks ago took the first steps toward a White House bid in 2008, announced Saturday that he was quitting the race. He said he had concluded that his hopes of winning were too remote to make it worth continuing.

Mr. Bayh’s withdrawal, which stunned many Democrats, came less than a week after he saw his visit to New Hampshire overshadowed by the crush of attention surrounding a trip there the same day by Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. (link)

This speaks volumes. Bayh, one of the few level-headed and capable Democrats in American politics today, gives way to Barack Obama, who is a complete mystery to 95% of America - and who has been dealing with national issues all of two years.

Bayh got the message. And got out. A sign of the times ...

In His Place ...

... comes an empty suit:
Edwards Set to Launch '08 Bid; Bayh Out
By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Evan Bayh on Saturday ended his White House bid while 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards finalized plans to get in ...

Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, has decided he can and is planning to announce his campaign in New Orleans between Christmas and New Year's, two Democrats said.

Edwards ... already is well known from the 2004 campaign and his profile has risen this year as he and his wife, Elizabeth, went on nationwide tours to promote their books. (link)
Actually he will best be remembered for having vowed, should he be elected in 2004, to make wheelchair-bound quadriplegic Chris Reeve rise and walk. Edwards lost and Reeve died, so we'll never experience that laying-on-of-hands miracle.

In any case, like that pimple on your butt cheek that is annoyingly irritating and just won't go away, John Edwards is back.

Of course it will take a miracle ...

We're Not Alone

The demand for tax rates to be eased is being heard - in France of all places:
Veteran French Rocker Escapes Taxes
By The Associated Press

Paris (AP) -- Johnny Hallyday is the closest thing France has to Elvis, so the veteran rocker's announcement that he is moving across the border to Switzerland to escape high taxes has come as a bombshell.

In the highly politicized atmosphere of pre-election France, the singer's decision is taking on political dimensions, too. Score one for presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy: If the conservative who is promising lower taxes wins next spring's elections, Hallyday says he may move back.

''Like many French, I'm sick of paying what is imposed on us in the way of taxes,'' the grizzled icon, known simply as ''Johnny'' to his fans, said this week.

At 63, Hallyday is thinking about the hereafter, too. He said he wants to protect his three children from inheritance tax. ''I agree to paying taxes. But inheritance and all that, I don't agree with.'' (link)
So France has adopted the most onerous tax known to man as well - the death tax. And Hallyday is willing to move to another country in order to avoid the government confiscating that which he intends to set aside for his children.

Good for him. Bad for the French.