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Sunday, December 24, 2006

For The Life Of Me ...

So Waldo censored a fellow blogger's input to VA Political Blogs because of content the former deemed inappropriate. He has that right. And he probably did the right thing (although where does he now stop?).

Waldo, though, being your typical liberal, goes into contemplation mode. Should I shut down the aggregator? Let someone else take it over? Will feelings be hurt? Am I being insensitive? Am I doing the right thing? What to do? What to do?

Kinda funny.

But now there seems to be a movement afoot to save Waldo from ... well, I'm not sure what we're rallying around him for but he's getting lot's of support.


The typical call to action:
Support Waldo and Virginia Political Blogs
The Richmond Democrat

Richmond, Virginia -- December 23, 2006

Greg Bouchillon suggested to me that maybe Waldo Jaquith needs a little support in his courageous stand against intellectual terrorism. Waldo has always been a pioneer in Virginia's blogosphere and I'm happy to tell anyone who asks that without Waldo there would be no blogosphere as we know it in Virginia.

I'm proud to link to
Waldo Jaquith, and I hope you will too.




I'll be honest. I haven't a clue as to why it is Waldo needs support all of a sudden or any idea what that silly crap is about his "courageous stand against intellectual terrorism." Intellectual terrorism?

But, by God, to show my support for whatever it is we are all rallying to defend, I too proudly proclaim:

I link to Waldo.

Weyerhaueser, Friend To The Earth

Quick quiz:

Which of the following organizations has planted the most trees over the years?

A) Greenpeace
B) Earth First
C) The Audubon Society
D) The Natural Resources Council
E) Environmental Defense Fund
F) The Nature Conservancy
G) The Sierra Club
H) The World Wildlife Fund
I) Friends Of The Earth
J) Earth Island Institute
K) Weyerhaeuser

The answer is (K). In fact, Weyerhaeuser has planted more trees than all the "green" groups combined.

Keep that in mind as you read this:
Two Timber Firms Pretending To Be 'Green,' Groups Allege
Environmentalists Want Companies' Lucrative Certification Revoked
By Blaine Harden, Washington Post Staff Writer


Seattle -- Two of the nation's largest timber companies, Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber, have polished their public images for years by participating in a program that certifies that their logging is environmentally friendly.

But in separate challenges this month from the far corners of the United States, environmental groups in Washington state and in Maine are accusing Weyerhaeuser Co. and Plum Creek Timber Co. of using the forest industry's green-labeling program as a cover while they log in ways that harm endangered spotted owls in Washington and violate forestry laws in Maine. (link)
As shown above, Weyerhaueser has a pretty solid claim to being very friendly to the environment.

But how about all those "environmental groups?" What have they done to save our planet besides cut down whole forests and convert the wood to nice glossy full-color tri-fold fundraising pamphlets that I get in the mail each day asking for donations so as to perpetuate their existence and destroy more forests for more pamphlets?

I'll tell you what they've done: Zilch.

I Don't Believe This Guy

I'm reminded of that saying:

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

John Kerry, who seems incapable, has written an editorial in this morning's Washington Post in which he takes pride in being a flip-flopper:

When Resolve Turns Reckless
By John F. Kerry


There's something much worse than being accused of "flip-flopping": refusing to flip when it's obvious that your course of action is a flop.

I say this to President Bush as someone who learned the hard way how embracing the world's complexity can be twisted into a crude political shorthand. Barbed words can make for great politics. But with U.S. troops ... (link)
Knowing what you know about this fool, can you think of anything worse than Kerry championing his knack for being indecisive? Is he that obtuse?

You want crude political shorthand, Lurch?

You lost. Go away.

So Much For That Transportation Crisis

If our governor is willing to waste our hard-earned tax dollars on projects like these, we have no crisis:

Kaine earmarks cash for slavery museum
The Washington Times


Fredericksburg, Va. (AP) -- A budget amendment proposed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine includes $250,000 for the U.S. Slavery Museum.

Mr. Kaine's proposed spending amendment is consistent with funding proposed for 37 other state museums and cultural attractions. The sums ranged from $100,000 to $500,000. In all, Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, budgeted $7.5 million for such programs. (link)

$7.5 million. Part of which came from my grandchildren's Christmas gift fund.

For cultural attractions.

And he wants to raise our taxes again ...

More Wasted Effort

We need to abolish the education department. It serves no purpose. Our public schools, such as they are, are administered entirely on the state and local level. Beyond that, our children are as ignorant when they leave high school as when they entered elementary school.

Our schools have failed us.

Despite all this, the federal education department will continue to grow, especially now that the Democrats are in charge:
Democrats eye overhaul of education programs
By Amy Fagan, The Washington Times


Education policy is in for some changes under the new Democrat-controlled Congress.

Cracking down on the student-loan industry, cutting loan interest rates, boosting the amount of government money for education and rewriting portions of President Bush's No Child Left Behind law governing elementary education are among the goals of Democrats next year. (link)
If I weren't paying for this abortion we refer to wistfully as the "education" department, I'd laugh.

If I had a house painter that did as poor a job of slapping paint on my walls as the education department has done in educating our children, I'd fire him in a heartbeat. I sure as hell wouldn't give him a raise.

Not so the Democrats.

Our children who are now working toward undergraduate degrees have to take remedial English and math courses in order to catch up to the foreign exchange students. We have to hire workers from India to administer our I.T. departments because Americans can't figure out all that C++ stuff. We have to put pictures of hamburgers on cash registers at McDonald's, for God's sake, so that our public high school-educated burger flippers can figure out which button to push. After twelve years of public "education."

The Democrats see all this and think we're doing such a swell job, they are going to expand the program.

For the love of God.

There's a Simple Explanation

Newspaper reporters (and Democrats) have such a problem understanding the "wage disparity" that exists between men and women in this country:

Gender Pay Gap, Once Narrowing, Is Stuck in Place
By David Leonhardt, The New York Times


Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, women of all economic levels — poor, middle class and rich — were steadily gaining ground on their male counterparts in the work force. By the mid-’90s, women earned more than 75 cents for every dollar in hourly pay that men did, up from 65 cents just 15 years earlier.

Largely without notice, however, one big group of women has stopped making progress: those with a four-year college degree. The gap between their pay and the pay of male college graduates has actually widened slightly since the mid-’90s.

For women without a college education, the pay gap with men has narrowed only slightly over the same span.

These trends suggest that all the recent high-profile achievements — the first female secretary of state, the first female lead anchor of a nightly newscast, the first female president of Princeton, and, next month, the first female speaker of the House — do not reflect what is happening to most women, researchers say. (link)


I understand why Democrats make a big deal out of this. Like the minimum wage issue, it's completely insignificant but it gets their gullible masses worked up. "Researchers," on the other hand, should have figured this out by now. To them I make this demand:

I WANT NAMES! If there's a company out there discriminating against female employees, I want them called out!

So why do we rarely read of an actual lawsuit relating to this supposed gender gap?

Because it doesn't, in the real world, in the practical application of corporate wage and benefit guidelines, exist.

A truism: Men enter adulthood and go to work. They continue to work, either for themselves or for an employer, their entire lives (or until they retire). They realize, more often than not, a steady advancement in their income as they gain knowledge and experience.

Many women, on the other hand, enter the workforce, earn the same paycheck that men of equal background and education earn, but drop out to bring children into this world, relying on a man to provide for the family. They may start a job and leave many times over their child-rearing years.

With that coming and going comes a disruption in paycheck growth.

Thus we have women in the workforce who have the same educational background and are of a similar age as men in similar positions earning less than their male counterparts. Because they have less experience and less seniority.

This isn't rocket science ... except to the "researchers" who (conveniently?) keep missing this point.

Can you name a corporation out there that is paying its female employees with a comparable education, equal seniority, and equal experience less than its male employees?

If so, fill in the blank __________________. I want names!

Email Can Be Our Best Friend Or ...

This is funny because it is grounded in truth. If you receive the same email "forwards" I do each day, you can relate:

***

Another year will shortly be a memory. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards" over the past 12 months. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy.

● Extra thanks for the ones that I have to open 15 times to get to the message.

● Special thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat crap in the glue on envelopes 'cause I now have to go get a wet towel every time I need to seal an envelope.

● Also, I scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

● I no longer drink Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper, since the people who make these products are atheists who won't put "Under God" on their cans.

● I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

● I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

● I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

● I no longer go to shopping malls because someone might drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

● I no longer receive packages from, nor send packages by UPS, or FedEx, since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

● I no longer answer the phone, because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

● I no longer eat KFC, because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

● I no longer have any sneakers -- but that will change once I receive my free replacement pair from Nike.

● I no longer have to buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus, since I now have their recipe.

● I no longer worry about my soul, because at last count I have 363,214 angels looking out for me.

● Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

● I no longer have any savings, because I gave it to a sick girl who is about to die in the hospital (for the 1,387,258th time)

● I no longer have any money at all -- but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.

Yes, I want to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will now return the favor!

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 7 minutes, a large pigeon with a wicked case of diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM (EDT) this afternoon. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of mine's next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician.

One Of Life's Lessons

This actually came to me in email form but it reminded me of something I once taught in management training classes. From "Five Lessons About The Way We Treat People" *:

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson.

I also learned her name was Dorothy.
Do you want to get everyone to pitch in and help get the job done, right down to the people who clean the restrooms and manage the supply room? Get to know them. They too are pulling on the oars that propel your boat.

* author unknown