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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

This Is Your Editorial Staff On Drugs

If this makes any sense whatsoever, I need some of the drugs these guys have consumed great quantities of:
Macaca Treatment
Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial


An aide to Virginia's Jim Webb recently tried to enter a U.S. Senate building with a loaded pistol. Authorities charged him with the illegal possession of an unregistered firearm.

Webb called the aide's action an "oversight." We agree. Wits called the poor fellow half-cocked. Yesterday's scuttlebut said the gun belonged to Webb. The senator denied giving the weapon to his aide, and attributed the situation to a mixup involving cars.

The incident complemented Webb's born-fighting persona. Yesterday had moments resembling a macaca frenzy.

Cynics might consider the whole thing a ploy to shore up the Democratic senator's sagging standing in Virginia's rural regions. (link)
Born fighting persona? Macaca frenzy? The beaners in the boonies will be able to relate to Webb's stupidity?

Is there an intern running the Times-Dispatch editorial page today?

Let It Go

I still get upset when I think about Boleslaus I, the first King of Poland, invading my ancestral homeland of Pommern and enslaving my ancestors. Enslaving those that his armies didn't slaughter that is.

In 995.

995 A.D.

Kinda bizarre, you say.

Yes:
Richmond, Liverpool Teens Talk Slavery
Spotlight cast on reconciliation
By Lindsay Kastner, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

In Richmond, Thomas Jefferson High School students said yesterday that the effects of slavery linger.

In Liverpool, England, 3,600 miles away, students said reconciliation is making headway, in part because local leaders listen to young people.

About two dozen students from Thomas Jefferson and a smaller group from Liverpool's Broadgreen High School chatted about slavery and its ramifications for about an hour yesterday morning.

On Friday, a slavery reconciliation statue will be unveiled in Richmond. (
link)
Stop it. Except for making for another tiresome Oprah episode, this serves no purpose. We won. Slavery was abolished. Civilization advanced. Your time is too precious to be wasting it on such silliness. We need you to be concentrating on the next century, not sniveling over one long past.

Move on.

Or join me in wallowing in my ancestors' unfortunate fate. In freaking 995 A.D.

On The Road To Ruin

This bit of (non)news has to strike some in the Democratic Party the same way I looked upon the inevitability of the Bob Dole For President freight train in 1996.

With a sense of overwhelming dread:
No Way, Hillary
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post


March 28, 2007 -- Washington - A poll released yesterday shows that half of all voters will not back Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Despite her front-runner status in the Democratic primary field, a full 50 percent of those questioned say they won't vote for Clinton if she's the party's presidential nominee, a new Harris Interactive Poll found.

The Clinton bashers include a surprising 21 percent of fellow Democrats and 48 percent of crucial independents - swing voters expected to determine President Bush's successor. (link)
Now I'll admit I'm not a mathematician but it seems to me that if that 50% opposed holds steady to election day, 2008, Hillary doesn't have much room for error. And this poll doesn't involve those, in addition to the 50% who despise the woman, who might actually favor a particular Republican opponent.

Sad thing is, there's nothing the Democrats can do to stop her.

Having been there, I feel your pain, fellas.

In Other Words

From the New York Times editorial, "In Defense of Day Laborers":

"One can oppose illegal immigration and still approve of hiring sites, places where laborers can find shade, toilets and a safe place to negotiate jobs with contractors and homeowners."
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Translation: One can oppose illegal immigration in theory but should ignore it in practice.

Good grief.

Yeah. That'll Teach 'Em.


What is the punishment for criminal aggravated battery? In the sane world, 3 to 15. Hard time. At Columbia University, it's a note to be sent home to Mom:

Columbia Disciplines 8 for Disrupting Speakers
By Karen W. Arenson, The New York Times


Columbia University has warned or censured eight students who were involved in disrupting speakers from the Minuteman Project last October in a melee that cut short the program, a university spokesman said yesterday.

In the televised fracas, protesters stormed a stage at the university and were attacked by others, shutting down speeches by the group, which opposes illegal immigration and has mounted civilian border patrols.

The warnings and censures will be noted on the students’ transcripts for varying lengths of time, said Robert Hornsby, a Columbia spokesman. None will remain on the records after graduation.

“All of these punishments have a gravity to them and they should not be taken lightly,” Mr. Hornsby said. (link)

Mr. Hornsby, again, is the university spokesman, whose words are to be taken lightly.

How disgraceful.

Photo courtesy of Key Nguyen.

Our Prayers Go With Him

Snow's cancer returns, spreads

Earth To Webb. Day 2.

I was a bit tough on Senator James Webb yesterday when I called him a megalomaniac. Now that I've had a chance to read the entire story about his loaded gun being given to an aide who then tried to take it through government security and ended up in the slammer, I realize I was off the mark.

He's not a maniac. He's a dumbass.

The latest:
Senator Calls Gun Incident Inadvertent
By Michael Luo, The New York Times


Washington, March 27 — Senator Jim Webb, facing a barrage of questions about the arrest of an aide who tried to take a loaded handgun into a Senate office building, said on Tuesday that the move was “inadvertent.”

At a news conference, Mr. Webb, Democrat of Virginia, denied reports that he had given the weapon to his aide, but he otherwise deflected questions from a crush of reporters seeking answers about the specifics of the case and instead used the opportunity to declare his right to bear arms and “defend myself and my
family.”


The aide, Phillip Thompson, 45, was arrested Monday morning when he put a bag with a 9-millimeter handgun and two clips of ammunition into the X-ray machine at the entrance to the Russell Senate Office Building, where Mr. Webb’s office is located. (link) [my emphasis]
Is that feeble or what? "I have the 2nd Amendment right to have a momentary attack of stupid."

This is painful to read. And there's no Washington Post and editorials about macaca to help him this time.

A right to bear arms. Time for a rewrite, Mr. Novelist.

The Church Of Inclusion Continues To Drive 'Em Out

The Episcopal Church made the decision to be more "inclusive" a few years ago. The radically liberal church leadership wanted to invite homosexuals into the fold with loving arms.

They've been forcing congregants out ever since.

The latest in the march toward Inclusion:
Episcopalians in Colorado Plan to Leave Denomination
By Neela Banerjee, The New York Times


One of the largest Episcopal parishes in Colorado has decided to leave the Episcopal Church, prompting the diocesan bishop to dissolve the leadership of the congregation and heightening tensions between theological traditionalists and liberals in the denomination.

The parish, Grace Church and St. Stephen’s Parish in Colorado Springs, is a largely conservative congregation that disagrees with the Episcopal Church’s decision to consecrate gay bishops and sanction same-sex unions.

The parish decided to leave the denomination over the weekend, in large part because of a decision made last week by the denomination’s House of Bishops, said Alan Crippen, a parishioner and spokesman for the congregation. Answering an ultimatum from archbishops of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Episcopal bishops rejected a demand to create a parallel leadership structure for the minority of Episcopalians, like the members of Grace Church and St. Stephen’s, who oppose the church’s stand on homosexuality. (link)
The church hierarchy viciously retaliated by lashing out at the congregation's leadership and dissolving it.

A hate crime, if you ask me.

The Democrat Betrayal Plays Out

The Democrats in the House of Representatives, in an act of betrayal unlike any in American history, gave a boost to al Qaeda a week ago by demanding that we withdraw from the battlefield by a date certain. Yesterday the Senate followed suit.

The outrageous news:
Senate Backs a Pullout Date in Iraq War Bill
By Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse, The New York Times


Washington, March 27 — The Senate went on record for the first time on Tuesday in favor of a withdrawal date from Iraq, with Democrats marshaling the votes they needed to deliver a forceful rebuke to President Bush’s war policy.

By a vote of 50 to 48, with a few crucial votes shifting in favor of the Democratic position, the Senate rejected a Republican effort to strip from the military spending bill any mention of a withdrawal date. The legislation will now move forward with a nonbinding goal of beginning a gradual withdrawal of American troops from Iraq within 120 days of the measure’s enactment, with a pullout by March 31, 2008.

“When it comes to the war in Iraq, the American people have spoken, the House and Senate have spoken,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. “Now, we hope the president is listening.” (link)
Durbin, you may recall, once compared American soldiers to Nazis. He speaks here for the Democrats.

How fitting.

A Story

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning, they were eating breakfast in a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests.

The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, "I hope he doesn't come over here." But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.

"Oklahoma," they answered.

"Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"

"I teach at a seminary," he replied.

"Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well,I've got a really good story for you."

And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

The professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great, just what I need--another preacher story!"

The man started, "See that mountain over there?" (pointing out a restaurant window). "Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question. "Hey boy, who's your daddy?"

Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question. "Who's your daddy?"

He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so much.

When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, "Who's your daddy?"

But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast, he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, "Son, who's your daddy?"

The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, "Who's your daddy?"

The new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to the scared little boy. "Wait a minute!" he said. "I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God."

With that, he patted the boy on his shoulder and said. "Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it."

With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, "Who's your Daddy?" he'd just tell them, I'm a child of God."

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?" The professor responded that it really was a great story!

As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably would never have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, "Do you know that man who just left that was sitting at our table?"

The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!"

* Authour unknown