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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I Have A Suggestion

Rather than send my idea to either Virginia Tech Provost, Mark McNamee mmcnamee@vt.edu or Wayne Scales, chairman of Tech's Task Force on Race, wscales@vt.edu, I thought I'd just offer it up here - how 'bout you erect a sign at each entrance to the campus that reads:

... and be done with it.

Tech report tries to mend race relations
By Greg Esposito, The Roanoke Times

The preliminary report for Virginia Tech's Task Force on Race and the Institution assesses several issues the school faces along with ...

The group was created in response to student protests in April after ...

The protests revealed that students had concerns about campus climate and hiring practices beyond ...

More accountability for improvement, better communication within the university and more resources to address the problem through ...

"Virginia Tech's diversity infrastructure is in a nascent state ..." (link)
All this over skin color. For the love of Christ.

The Democrat Party Is Up In Arms

As the terrorists rampage through the streets of Najaf and suicide bombers wreak havoc in Eilat, here in NeverNeverLand the Democrat Party has more important issues with which to deal:
Bush Says Missing '-ic' Was an Oversight
By Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post Staff Writer

President Bush says the missing "-ic" in the State of the Union address was nothing more than an oversight.

Near the beginning of the speech last week, Bush congratulated "the Democrat majority" for its electoral victory, using a long-standing Republican formulation seen by many Democrats as a calculated insult. Some liberal bloggers and party strategists saw the president's omission of the last two letters of the party's proper name, Democratic, as a sign of insincerity in preaching bipartisanship. (link)
Gee. I didn't know they got so worked up over being called Democrats rather than Democratics. I've certainly learned my lesson.

I can't help but wonder though, what they must think when I refer to them as imbecilic, morally destitute, ethically challenged cowards? Er ... cowardics ...

What Transportation Crisis?

If you thought the Democratics were acting a bit silly over the correct pronunciation of their collective cognomen, you'll find this to be downright mind numbing:
Slavery apology language altered
'Contrition' replaces 'atone'; potential for reparations is issue
By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

The slavery-apology resolution was changed by its sponsor yesterday to try to satisfy critics who thought the original version could lead to reparations.

"The spirit of the resolution is the same," said Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, the chief sponsor in the Senate. He described the wording change as "a clarification."

The original language called for the General Assembly to "atone for the involuntary servitude of Africans and call for reconciliation among all Virginians."

The amended resolution calls for the legislature to "hereby acknowledge with contrition the involuntary servitude and call for ..." (link)
A simple We Are Sorry won't do.

Lord, God.

What Ye Have Wrought

This is why I come down so hard on homosexuality - and other related psychoses:

Teen youngest sex-change patient
By Bojan Pancevski, London Sunday Telegraph

VIENNA, Austria -- A boy of 14 is believed to have become the world's youngest sex-change patient after convincing doctors that he wanted to live the rest of his life as a female.

The boy -- originally called Tim, but now known as Kim -- has started to receive hormone treatment in preparation for the operation that will eventually complete the sex change.

Tim was diagnosed as a transsexual two years ago [at age 12!], when doctors and psychiatrists concluded that his claims to be "in the wrong body" were so deeply felt that he required treatment. (link)
A confused child is convinced that he is in fact a girl trapped in a boy's body. Experts don't try to talk him out of it. His parents don't tell him to shut up and that he'll grow out of his confused state, a state that all adolescents go through. They willfully mutilate him permanently out of a misguided and contemptible sense of caring.

This kid, at age 12, wouldn't be trusted to know right from wrong, to have the necessary maturity of thought to drink alcohol responsibly or smoke cigarettes. His judment would be questioned such that he wouldn't be allowed to even touch a firearm or enter a theater showing graphic-themed films. He is generally consided to be too young for any of that.

But because his sexuality is involved, society listens to his plea for help, nutures his delusional irrealities about himself, and offers to slice off his not-yet manhood for him.

A child.

Sick. It's just totally depraved.

Talk Is Cheap

Who's the big fat idiot now?
Franken to leave Air America after network sale
By Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times

Air America Radio was rescued from bankruptcy yesterday, but still faces the impending loss of Al Franken, its most popular talker.

The liberal network will be sold to Stephen Green, a Manhattan real estate investment mogul with heavy Democratic ties, including ...

Mr. Green is intent on bringing solvency to Air America, which has been troubled by flagging ratings, cash deficits and management turmoil since it was founded almost three years ago as a foil to popular conservative talk radio.

The network was often called "Err America" by critics.

The network's weekly audience has been stuck at just under 2 million since the beginning -- about one-tenth the number of listeners who tune in each week to conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.

Niche or not, the on-air lineup will suffer when Mr. Franken leaves. He told his listeners he would depart Feb. 14 but ... (link)
A fitting epitaph: "Today is both an ending and a beginning -- an end to the right-wing dominance of talk radio, a beginning of a battle for truth, a battle for justice, a battle indeed for America." - Al Franken, on his first broadcast when the network signed on on March 31, 2004.

The battle has ended. A winner has been declared. Al Franken is "hurl'd headlong ... to bottomless perdition, there to dwell."

It's a good day.

Another Wonderful Post Headline

This (from the New York Post) will start your day out with a smile:

The story:
January 30, 2007 -- The creepy country estate that Adolf Hitler's chief of propaganda used as his love shack is going on the market to help Berlin cut costs.

Joseph Goebbels first took over the once-placid Tyrolean-style property - located 25 miles northeast of the German capital - in 1936 and used it to entertain Teutonic starlets before and during World War II.

It's also where the evil Hitler henchman reportedly wrote his notorious speech advocating total war in 1942.

The rundown buildings - now used as a barracks for visiting crowd-control troops during May Day protests - cost the city more than $330,000 a year to maintain.
Interesting news. Great headline.

Our Future Commander-in-Chief?

Hillary Clinton has now made it clear that she doesn't want to have to deal with terrorists when she enters the White House in January '09. She just doesn't. She sent that message to George W. Bush while she was out campaigning in Iowa last weekend. Terrorism is his deal. It wasn't her husband's and it won't be hers.

So, when Bush leaves office, he's to take the terrorists with him. That's all there is to it.

Bush had a response (probably more than one but this one is printable):

Hillary Under Attack
By Geoff Earle, The New York Post

January 30, 2007 -- Washington - The White House blasted Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday, accusing her of launching "partisan attacks" that hurt the morale of U.S. troops in Iraq.

White House press secretary Tony Snow jumped on Clinton's statements in Iowa over the weekend that it would be the "height of irresponsibility" for Bush to pass on the Iraq war to his successor.

Clinton had also called for Bush to "extricate our country" from Iraq by the time he leaves office, and said, "I really resent" that he wants to pass the war on.

"Like it or not, the terrorists are simply not going to lay down their hatred on Jan. 20, 2009 - just as they did not lay down their hatreds when George W. Bush took the oath of office, and they had already been in the stages of planning for Sept. 11," Snow said.

Snow said that when Bush talks about handing things over to the next president, "he's not merely talking about Iraq, he's talking about a larger war on terror." (link)

"Make it go away! Make it go away!" Not a good message coming from our soon-to-be commander-in-chief.

To Prove The Point

Whether it be global warming, the war on terror, or chickens that may bring on a planetary pandemic, the left in this country can be counted on to run like frightened children when someone says, "We're all going to die!"

Case in point:

California: Judge Blocks Berkeley Project
By The Associated Press

Citing environmental and seismic concerns, a judge has blocked construction of a $125 million sports center at the University of California, Berkeley, that would mean felling an oak grove.

The plan to renovate Memorial Stadium and build a new training center and parking garage has been challenged by neighbors and city officials as environmentally flawed and seismically treacherous because the site straddles the Hayward Fault. Plans to cut down about three dozen oaks to make way for the center prompted the most visible protest.

Judge Barbara J. Miller of Alameda County Superior Court said opponents’ arguments were strong enough to justify a preliminary injunction until a trial could be held. (link)
Seismic concerns. A tree.

Good grief.

We're All Going To Die! Part CLMXVIII

While we're talking about frightened children who can be easily convinced that the world is coming to an end, let's not forget the secondhand smoke jeremiad that has swept up most of the western world:

The Bogus 'Science' of Secondhand Smoke
Gio Batta Gori, Special to washingtonpost.com

Smoking cigarettes is a clear health risk, as most everyone knows. But lately, people have begun to worry about the health risks of secondhand smoke. Some policymakers and activists are even claiming that the government should crack down on secondhand smoke exposure, given what "the science" indicates about such exposure.

Such claims are certainly alarming. But do the studies ... support [the] claims?

Estimating the risk of those diseases posed by secondhand smoke requires knowing the sum of momentary secondhand smoke doses that nonsmokers have internalized over their lifetimes. Such lifetime summations of instant doses are obviously impossible ...

In an effort to circumvent this capital obstacle, all secondhand smoke studies have estimated risk using a misleading marker of "lifetime exposure." Yet, instant exposures also vary uncontrollably over time ...

In reality, it is impossible to summarize accurately from momentary and vague recalls, and with an absurd expectation of precision, the total exposure to secondhand smoke over more than a half-century of a person's lifetime. No measure of cumulative lifetime secondhand smoke exposure was ever possible, so the epidemiologic studies estimated risk ... (link)

In other words, it's a wild ass guess. A statistical inference used to reach a predetermined conclusion, totally unsupported - and unsupportable - by any facts.

And our politcians are basing public policy on such underhanded and/or clumsy methodology.

Stop it.

A Lasting Legacy

U.S. Navy welcomes the USS Bill CLINTON
Sunday July 2nd '06, Vancouver, BC

The US Navy welcomed the latest member of its fleet today.

Pictured above:

The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver, BC.

The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton "for his foresight in military budget cuts"and his conduct while president. The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which, although they cannot be launched or captured on the 100 foot flight deck, but form a very menacing presence.

As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board. The 20 person crew is completely diversified, including members of all races, creeds, genders, and sexual orientations. This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs.

An onboard Type One, DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may sound hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.

The ship's purpose is not defined so much as a unit of national defense, but instead in times of conflict the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada.

The ship may be positioned near the Democratic National Party Headquarters for photo-ops and can be used extensively for social experimentation and whatever other worthless jobs, the ex-commander-in-chief and his wife can think of.

It is largely rumored that the ship will also be the set for the upcoming season of MTV's "The Real World."

The ship was renamed and commissioned USS William J Clinton when someone realized the USS Blowfish was already taken.

Author unknown.