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Friday, December 22, 2006

Let's Put In A New Rule

Did you watch that exciting Packers - Vikings game last night?
Favre, Packers Win in Ugly Fashion
Green Bay 9, Minnesota 7
By Chris Jenkins, The Associated Press

Green Bay, Wis. -- It might have been Brett Favre's final fling at Lambeau Field, and it wasn't pretty.

But after nearly throwing the game away, Favre helped the Green Bay Packers pull out yet another come-from-behind victory. (link)
If you think the score, 9 to 7, is an indication of how poorly the two teams played, you have no idea. This was so bad, the NFL should have declared it a loss for both sides.

It was awful. Just awful.

Quote Of The Day

From Charles Krauthammer, "No Dancing in the End Zone," The Washington Post, December 22, 2006
My beef with American arrogance is not that we act like a traditional great power, occasionally knocking off foreign bad guys who richly deserve it. My problem is that we don't know where to stop -- the trivial victories we insist on having in arenas that are quite superfluous. Like that women's hockey game in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Did the U.S. team really have to beat China 12-1? Can't we get the coaches -- there's gotta be some provision in the Patriot Act authorizing the CIA to engineer this -- to throw a game or two, or at least make it close? We're trying to contain China. Why, then, gratuitously crush them in something Americans don't even care about? Why not throw them a bone?

I say we keep the big ones for ourselves -- laser-guided munitions, Google, Warren Buffett -- and let the rest of the world have ice hockey, ballroom dancing and every Nobel Peace Prize. And throw in the Ryder Cup. I always root for the Europeans in that one. They lost entire empires, for God's sake; let them have golf supremacy for one
Works for me.

We Still Have A Peace Corps?

Peace Corps workers retreat
By Martin Arostegui, The Washington Times

Santa Cruz, Bolivia -- An attack by a pro-government mob on a bus carrying an American Peace Corps worker has prompted the U.S. agency to temporarily withdraw from a violent neighborhood near the capital.

"The Peace Corps has pulled out its contingent of ... (link)
I mentioned this long ago but that story reminded me ...

I can remember the circumstance that prompted me to be a from-that-moment-on life-long conservative. I was watching a news account on television many years ago of a Peace Corps contingent (white, well-dressed, properly groomed, smiling, virginal, preppy, naive) that was putting in place the bricks around a well they had dug for a village somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gathered around the Corp-persons were a group of smiling natives - grass skirts and all. They were smiling; the corpboy and corpgirl were smiling; everyone was smiling ...

... watching the two lily white American kids - who probably hailed from Fairfax, sired of rich Democrat parents - dig the well for the natives while the natives stood around and watched. Smiling.

This may sound cruel but my thought was, and my shout at the TV was: Why don't you hand those natives a shovel and a brick and teach them how to dig their own well?!

But no. The help was the point. The paternalism. The patting of little native heads and the hugs that were received in return. The Peace Corps.

I decided then and there that these people were nuts (albeit nice nuts) and I would have no part in encouraging such fruitless feel-good nonsense (unless and until I could get them to come dig me a well for free).

So I became a conservative. I hire people. I train people. I pay people for work they perform. I provide opportunity for others to hire, train, and pay people ... who, in turn, hire, train, ...

We prosper for it.

As for those natives who were overjoyed by the Peace Corps volunteers having come in and dug their well ...

... word has it they've been waiting all these years for those same white, well-dressed, properly groomed, smiling, virginal, preppy, and oh so naive American kids to return and dig them a latrine.

They wait ... and they wait ... and wait ... and ...

'Win Over' Is A Relative Term

On a sliding scale, this may be true:
Star power of Giuliani may win over conservatives
By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

Social conservatives -- contrary to conventional wisdom -- will seriously consider supporting the Republican presidential aspirations of Rudolph W. Giuliani even though he's a pro-choice, anti-gun New Yorker, political analysts and operatives say.

Republicans in the early primary states in the South and the West may disagree with Mr. Giuliani's stance on abortion and gun control, but they admire his response to the September 11 attacks and, more importantly, they think he can win in November. (link)
The words "Hold Your Nose" come to mind.

I for one will never vote for Giuliani in a primary. His being anti-gun and pro-abortion nix that from ever happening. And I'm no more comfortable about him holding the line on taxes (lowering taxes?) than I've been for the last six years with George Bush being in charge (did I read the other day that George is now in favor of raising the minimum wage?).

But propped up next to the gang of looney and freakish Democrats who are in contention, Giuliani starts looking downright conservative. Not to mention sane.

Still, if he chooses to wear his social liberalism on his shoulder come 2008, I can easily see myself sitting out the election. Ask Bob Dole; I've done it before.

On That 'Muslim' Congressman

An incoming member of the House of Representatives wants to use the Koran for his swearing-in ceremony and the fur is flying because of it:

Anti-Koran Ragers Rip Rep.
New York Post Wire Services

December 22, 2006 -- Plans by the first Muslim elected to Congress to use the Koran in swearing-in ceremonies have unleashed criticism from people who think he should use a Bible.

The flap involving Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) deals more with symbol than substance, since House members are sworn in as a group with no Bibles or other texts. Ellison will be sworn in with a Koran at an unofficial ceremony.

Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) came under fire this week for writing a letter saying that without immigration-law change, "there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran." (link)

I have no real interest in the Goode story. Those who are trying to make an issue of it by using a flurry of exclamation marks (!!!!) on their weblog posts, bloggers who are in the tank for the Democrats at all times and under all circumstances, would never vote for the man anyway. And Congressman Goode having taken a position against what many perceive to be the rising tide of Islamism in the world is actually good politics, and will gain him some popularity in his Southside district in the end. That's all fine. *

What's being missed in this conflagration though, and what interests me, is the "Muslim" Congressman's story. Who is Keith Ellison, the man all these bloggers have decided to defend but know nothing about (except the fact that he has a D for Democrat behind his name)?

Ellison gained national attention, and I had made mention of him here on this weblog, during the run-up to the election last month. The guy has an interesting past; one that rivals those of all the other miscreants and malcontents that populate the party of Clinton these days.

You see, Ellison isn't really a Muslim. Not one that would be recognized in Mecca anyway. Not one that would keep his head from being separated from his shoulders by al Qaeda should he have his sorry ass caught while walking the streets of Baghdad.

He's one of those home-grown American Muslims - of the Nation of Islam. Not familiar with them? Does the name Louis Farrakhan ring a bell?

From The Weekly Standard (October 9, 2006):

Louis Farrakhan's First Congressman
By Scott W. Johnson

Ellison was born Catholic in Detroit. He states that he converted to Islam as an undergraduate at Wayne State University. As a third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989-90, he wrote two columns for the Minnesota Daily under the name "Keith Hakim." In the first, Ellison refers to "Minister Louis Farrakhan," defends Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, and speaks in the voice of a Nation of Islam advocate. In the second, "Hakim" demands reparations for slavery and throws in a demand for an optional separate homeland for American blacks.

In February 1990, Ellison participated in sponsoring Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to speak at the law school on the subject "Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?" Jewish law students met personally with Ellison and appealed to him not to sponsor the speech at the law school; he rejected their appeal, and, as anticipated, Ture gave a notoriously anti-Semitic speech.

Even in 1995, Ellison's work on behalf of the Nation of Islam extended well beyond his promotion of the Million Man March. That year, he dutifully spouted the Farrakhan line when Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was indicted for conspiring to murder Farrakhan. Ellison organized a march on the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis demanding that Shabazz be released and alleging that the FBI itself had conspired to kill Farrakhan. In a November 6, 1995, column for the Minneapolis periodical Insight News, Ellison wrote under the name "Keith X Ellison." He condemned a Star Tribune editorial cartoon that was critical of Farrakhan as a role model for blacks because of his anti-Semitism. Ellison argued to the contrary.

Ellison's record also includes a multitude of embarrassments of the traditional kind. He fell afoul of the IRS after failing to pay $25,000 in income taxes; he ignored fines that he had incurred for parking tickets and moving violations so numerous that his driver's license was suspended more times than he can remember; he was fined for willful violation of Minnesota's campaign finance reporting law. It amounts to a striking pattern of lawbreaking since he undertook the practice of law in 1990. (link) [my emphasis]
A real sweetie, huh?

This is the Democrat, one of a growing number of purveyors of snarling hatred toward Jews in their ranks, another young punk who should at this moment be in prison, a Farrakhan disciple who's about as close to Allah as I am, that the left-wing blogosphere is out there defending.


Well, defend away, fellas.

Dumb bastards. They should, but never do, learn to pick their fights.

* Virgil might do us a favor and carefully think through his associating the immigration issue with that of the proper use of the Koran.

This Could Be Us

There is a large and growing segment of the population of the commonwealth of Virginia - all living in the DC suburbs - who think we should do for our great state - by legislative fiat - what the inhabitants of the more cultured and more progressive northern states have done for themselves.

Higher taxes + more regulations on commerce + more restrictions on personal freedoms = Nirvana.

Tellingly, those same northerners now realize they've made a huge mistake and don't like the world they've created for themselves. They're getting the hell out in droves:
New York Population Goes South
By Andy Soltis, The New
York Post

December 22, 2006 -- New York was one of four states to lose population this year - and may soon be overtaken by fast-growing Florida, U.S. Census Bureau figures show.

The Empire State's 19.3 million people trail only California's 36.5 million and Texas' 23.5 million. But Florida added 321,697 in the year ending July 1 and has 18.1 million, data released yesterday show.

New York lost 9,538 people. If the trend continues, it will fall to fourth place by the end of the decade. (link)
So you know, New York has the highest combined personal tax rates in the nation. Florida has no personal income tax whatsoever. New York has the most restictive smoking and firearms laws in the nation. Florida ranks among the least restrictive. New York has one of the most inhibitory sets of environmental regulations in the country; Florida is way down the list.

On and on.

And the people of New York are now escaping the world they created for themselves.

So we want to let Tim Kaine and his ilk do to us what New Yorkers did to themselves?

Florida is fine but I choose to stay here, thank you.

Why Democrats Are Never To Be Trusted

Paul Krugman, New York Times resident economics columnist, has complained bitterly in recent years about the federal deficit that the Republican majority in Congress was running up and about the catastrophic damage it was going to cause. Now that his buds, the Democrats, have taken charge, Krugman does a 180.

You gotta love these guys:
Democrats and the Deficit
By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

Given a choice between cutting the deficit and spending more on good things like health care reform, Democrats in Congress should choose the spending. (link requires paid subscription)
We'll not be able to learn what this guy's justification for the about-face is since he is able to hide his column behind the Times' pay-for-view website. But any reason won't be sufficient to wipe away the obvious.

Krugman is a political animal, with a few degrees to give his opinions some semblance of legitimacy. Unfortunately for him, his degrees don't hide the fact that he's a complete hypocrite.