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Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Step Forward?

Actually I'm highly dubious of this ever being pulled off, once the anti-Imus, anti-confederate flag, anti-Virginia history crowd gets a hold of it, but it still would be a good thing for the city of Lexington and for the region:
Lexington to vote on plan for museum
The council will decide on whether to proceed courting the Museum of the Confederacy.
By Jay Conley, The Roanoke Times


The fate of what has become a controversial proposal to lure the Museum of the Confederacy to Lexington from its cramped quarters in Richmond will be determined tonight by the Lexington City Council.

The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to submit the relocation proposal to the museum by Sunday's deadline. (link)
Good.

But then there's this rain cloud forming on the horizon:

"Certain people that have talked to the county and the city feel very strongly that this will be a very divisive issue."

Which means it ain't gonna happen. Not in this day and age.

This museum of Virginia history, because it is so "divisive" in this age of intolerance, will be lucky to survive where it is in downtown Richmond.

Food For Thought

George Will has coined a phrase, patterned after Dwight Eisenhower's "military industrial complex," that seems appropriate for the age in which we live. He calls it the "media-entertainment-environmental complex." He is, of course, referring to the global warming movement that has swept up much of the world's seemingly intelligent population, making them utterly oblivious to certain "inconvenient truths" about the theory they espouse.

Will writes (Washington Post, "Fuzzy Climate Math," April 12, 2007):
In a campaign without peacetime precedent, the media-entertainment-environmental complex is warning about global warming. Never, other than during the two world wars, has there been such a concerted effort by opinion-forming institutions to indoctrinate Americans, 83 percent of whom now call global warming a "serious problem." Indoctrination is supposed to be a predicate for action commensurate with professions of seriousness.

Do they ... disagree with Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist"? He says: Compliance with Kyoto would reduce global warming by an amount too small to measure. But the cost of compliance just to the United States would be higher than the cost of providing the entire world with clean drinking water and sanitation, which would prevent 2 million deaths (from diseases such as infant diarrhea) a year and prevent half a billion people from becoming seriously ill each year. [emphasis in the
original]
We demand that our power plants here in the USA be non-coal burning, while China puts on-line two new coal-fired power plants each week.

We demand that the incandescent lightbulb be banned in order to save the planet, even knowing that the alternative being touted, the compact flourescent bulb, is currently being manufactured only in ... China, where those coal-fired power plants are spewing CO2 into the atmosphere at unprecedented rates, in order to meet that demand we've created.

We are willing to pay an astronomical price in order to make imporvements to air quality that, because they will be so insignificant, won't be measureable, and we will let 2 million children in Africa die because of it.

All because we allow ourselves to be driven into a state of fear by the "media-entertainment-environmental complex."

Use your brain, people. That's why God gave you one.

Like The Keystone Kops

First they refuse to meet with the President of the United States. Then, after being advised that it appears awfully seamy that they would willingly sit down with, and cozy up to America's enemies but not be in the same room with their own elected leader, they abruptly change their minds.

The Democrats make my head hurt:
Democrats will meet Bush on war funds
By Joseph Curl and S.A. Miller, The Washington Times


Democratic leaders last night accepted President Bush's offer to discuss the war-funding standoff, capitulating to the White House request after a day of alternately snubbing the invite and proposing meetings on their own turf.

"We will be at the White House on Wednesday to talk with the president," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a joint statement released last night. (link)
No we won't. Well, yes we will. No we didn't. Well, yes we did.

It's time to reflect on that which YOU did back in November. YOU put these irresolute morons in charge of our country.

I've come to expect idiocy from that bunch. But you ... you worry me sometimes.

The Do-Nothing Congress. Act IV.

The President has vetoed the measure once.
The President has promised to veto the measure again.
Congress wastes its time on it anyway:

Stem Cell Bill Easily Clears Senate But Lacks Votes to Override a Veto
By Rick Weiss, Washington Post Staff Writer


For the second time in nine months, the Senate yesterday passed a bill that would loosen President Bush's restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research -- but once again fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a promised veto.

Nineteen Republicans joined 44 Democrats and independents to pass, 63 to 34, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would allow federally funded studies of stem cells isolated from embryos slated for disposal at fertility clinics. (link)
A veto is guaranteed.
A complete waste of our valuable time.
These guys are hopeless.

Quote Of The Day

From James Taranto:

"It used to be said that politics ends at the water's edge--that is, that both parties stood in solidarity against foreign foes. Many of today's Democrats have precisely inverted the meaning of that adage. They stand against Republicans, even if that means standing in solidarity with America's enemies."

"Enmity Begins At Home," Best of the Web Today, April 12, 2007

Hang The Monster

As is true to our form, we are now at the point of burning this poor bastard at the stake:
NBC News Drops Imus Show Over Racial Remark
By Bill Carter and Louise Story, The New York Times

NBC News dropped Don Imus yesterday, canceling his talk show on its MSNBC cable news channel a week after he made a racially disparaging remark about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

The move came after several days of widening calls for Mr. Imus to lose his show both on MSNBC, which simulcasts the “Imus in the Morning” show, and CBS Radio, which originates the show.

CBS Radio, which is the main employer of Mr. Imus, said in a statement last night that it would stick by the two-week suspension of the show that it and NBC News announced earlier; the suspension begins Monday. (
link)
I use the analogy above of the witches of Salem, Massachusetts being burned at the stake in 1692 for a reason. For those of you who find it incomprehensible that Americans could have been driven to commit such heinous acts, look around. In 2007:

Al Sharpton, who has called for both CBS and NBC to fire Imus for his racist mean-spirited attempt at humor:


"[W]e have been halfway successful so far. This has never been about Don Imus. I have no idea whether he is a good man or not. This is about the use of public airwaves for bigoted, racist speech."

Barack Obama, who had no problem with Imus's antics and meanness when he appeared on the shock jock's show - to boost his image - in the past:

"He didn’t just cross the line. He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America.”

Hillary Clinton, who Imus once called a "buck-toothed witch": "Don Imus’ comments about [the Rutgers team members] were nothing more than small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism. They showed a disregard for basic decency and were disrespectful and degrading to African-Americans and women everywhere.”

And, as these things are supposed to play out, the rabble gather around the pyre to cheer for the blood of the condemned:

"At an afternoon rally on the Rutgers campus, students chanted anti-Imus slogans and waved protest signs."

Kill! Kill! Burn!

1692. 2007. Nothing has changed.

Over something called a nappy-headed ho.

For the love of God.

On The Duke Rape Case

I searched the archives to see how I had reacted at the time to the announcement 13 months ago that three students had been charged with assorted crimes, including rape, inflicted (allegedly) upon a young stripper that had been paid to dance for Duke University's lacrosse team.

It appears that I made no comment back when the story broke, but I can admit to you that I felt at the time, like most of America (though most of America will now deny it), that these guys were guilty as sin. And I probably took more pleasure in their pain than I should have, because of their social status.

Today's news therefore gives one pause, and cause for reflection:
Duke Prosecutor Throws Out Case Against Players
By Duff Wilson and David Barstow, The New York Times


Raleigh, N.C., April 11 — North Carolina’s attorney general declared three former Duke University lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper innocent of all charges on Wednesday, ending a prosecution that provoked bitter debate over race, class and the tactics of the Durham County district attorney.

The attorney general, Roy A. Cooper, said the players — Reade W. Seligmann, David F. Evans, and Collin Finnerty — had been wrongly accused by an “unchecked” and “overreaching” district attorney who had ignored contradictory evidence and instead relied on the stripper’s “faulty and unreliable” accusations.

“We believe that these cases were the result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations,” Mr. Cooper said at a news conference.

“We have no credible evidence that an attack occurred ..." (link)
A shameful circumstance. To be shared by so many of us.

A Quote To Remember

"While there are big weaknesses in Mr. Nifong's case, there is also a body of evidence to support his decision to take the matter to a jury. The full files, reviewed by The New York Times, contain evidence stronger than that highlighted by the defense."

The New York Times, August 25, 2007

I'd Be More Worried That We Have NOBODY On The Trails

Far be it from me to pick a fight with Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. I actually enjoy reading it. But a poll they are conducting on-line seems a bit weird:

Is there ethnic diversity on the trails?
□ YES
□ NO
.
In response, I'm doing one as well:
.
Have we run out of ideas?
□ YES
□ NO

Out Of Algeria!

Those in this country who are demanding that we get our troops out of countries where they might have to confront terrorists will now be demanding that we get out of Algeria, I suspect:
Algerian Blasts by Qaeda Unit Kill at Least 23
By Craig S. Smith, The New York Times


Paris, April 11 — Two bombings in Algeria, one aimed at the main government building in the country’s capital, killed at least 23 people on Wednesday in a sharp escalation of the violence linked to Al Qaeda that has spread across North Africa.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, North Africa’s most active terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attacks. It was the deadliest attack in the capital in more than a decade, and followed warnings by officials in Europe and the United States that Algeria was becoming a center for terrorism that could threaten Europe and North America. (link)
To those who want us to flee from those regions of the planet where Al Qaeda is inflicting its mayhem on the civilized world, I ask: Where do we run? Where do we hide?