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Friday, May 04, 2007

I Guess It's Worth Pointing Out

To counter the morons who try so desperately hard to make the case that racism is rampant in American society, to the point that they torture us with (absolutely meaningless) studies detailing the percentage of white NBA players called for fouls compared to that of black NBA players (historians a hundred years from now will be scratching their heads ...), I think it's time to bring this up:

Where Americans had the chance to actually let their opinions be known and recorded (or, as Ryan Seacrest says, "America has voted ..."), after 135,000,000 ballots have been cast, three of the four remaining contestants on American Idol are African-American.

This country is so awash in racial animosities ...

Nothing More Needs Be Said

From a header to a Roanoke Times editorial this morning:

A no-guns policy did not stop a crazed gunman, but its aim is to prevent more everyday horrors.

Rephrased such that it makes more sense:

A no-guns policy failed to prevent ..., but its aim is to prevent ...

Yes.

Blacksburg Pulls a Chicago

Less than a year ago, the city council in Chicago thought it had Wal-Mart over a barrel. It decreed that any store larger than 90,000 square feet with annual sales exceeding $1 billion, which excluded every retailer on Earth except Wal-Mart, Target, and perhaps IKEA, must pay their workers a starting wage of $10 an hour. Gotcha!

So Wal-Mart began building stores across the street from Chicago, where they are sure to thrive and where those goofy Chicago city aldermen can't touch them. So much for gotcha.

Taking that lesson taught by the folks up in Chicago to heart, Blacksburg (Virginia) town council is poised to do much the same thing. Say what?

What:
Ad error delays big-box vote, stirs debate
By Tonia Moxley, The Roanoke Times

Blacksburg -- One day can make a big difference, especially in local government.

Town officials announced this week that they missed a small but crucial deadline, triggering a state law and delaying consideration of an ordinance that would restrict development of Wal-Mart and other large retail stores in Blacksburg.

The ordinance would limit retail buildings to 80,000 square feet. Larger buildings could be built, but would require another governmental step: approval of a special-use permit.

Economic development advocates fret that, no matter when the vote comes, an approved ordinance could derail attempts to spur the town's flagging retail economy. (link)
Make note of the fact that this effort to keep Wal-Mart out of town* comes at a point in time when Blacksburg's retail economy is "flagging."

But beyond that, does anyone there actually believe that Blacksburg is such a retail mecca that Wal-Mart, with a track record of drawing customers from many miles around, pines to be allowed to build within the town limits? Has anyone there ever heard of Mount Tabor? Or Elliston (which would make more sense)?

Do you all think you will reverse the economic slide of the downtown area by forcing Wal-Mart to build a mile and a half down the road?

Please. Take a breath. Lighten up. Change can be your friend, guys. Embrace it. And enjoy the windfall tax revenue. Or let Reesedale have it. It's up to you.

* The average Wal-Mart being built today is between 110,000 and 120,000 square feet.

Well, At Least They Did Something

Next time a Democrat tells you the Republicans spend too much time fixating on social issues, you might mention this:


My attitude? We can always use another gay hate-crime law. 200 certainly aren't enough. I think we should go for a gay extreme-hate-crime law next. And after that ...

The Nightmare That Is Cuba Can't End Soon Enough

While foolish leftist New York public school teachers are making field trips to Havana to show their kids the wonders and great good that are brought about by communism, poor slobs who actually have to endure the never-ending horror are trying desperately to escape that hell on Earth:
Army Officer Killed in Cuba Highjack Bid
By Will Weissert, Associated Press Writer


Havana (AP) -- A pair of heavily armed Cuban soldiers seized a city bus, killed an army officer and triggered a gun battle in a foiled bid to hijack a charter flight bound for the United States.

The young army deserters were arrested before dawn Thursday on the tarmac of a terminal that handles special charter flights between Havana and Miami, as well as New York and other American cities. (link)
As they do with every other problem that has arisen in Cuba over the last half century, including the crushing - and ever-growing - poverty rate, "[t]he government blamed anti-Cuba U.S. policy for the incident."

Right.

This will all be over soon, when Fidel Castro finally wends his way into the depths of hell for all eternity.

Not soon enough, though, for the poor people of Cuba, who have had to endure horrendous hardships over the years, hardships brought about by boneheads trying, and failing, for decades to bring to life that which was never meant to be - the socialist ideal.

This Is Not Good

It seems like there ought to be a different approach to the issue, but apparently all those laptops that Bill Clinton flooded our public schools with back in the 90's just aren't doing what they were supposed to. An interesting reversal of fortunes:
Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops
By Winnie Hu, The New York Times


Liverpool, N.Y. — The students at Liverpool High have used their school-issued laptops to exchange answers on tests, download pornography and hack into local businesses. When the school tightened its network security, a 10th grader not only found a way around it but also posted step-by-step instructions on the Web for others to follow (which they did).

So the Liverpool Central School District, just outside Syracuse, has decided to phase out laptops starting this fall, joining a handful of other schools around the country that adopted one-to-one computing programs and are now abandoning them as educationally empty — and worse.

Many of these districts had sought to prepare their students for a technology-driven world and close the so-called digital divide between students who had computers at home and those who did not.

“After seven years, there was literally no evidence it had any impact on student achievement — none,” said Mark Lawson, the school board president here in Liverpool ... (link)
Without knowing more about how the computers were used and just how much instruction and discipline went into their application and employment, it's difficult to criticize the school system for this decision. But one would hope that the answer to the problems schools face isn't to simply do away with the computers all together. They are, after all, now a vital part of our everyday lives.

Such the shame ...

On Last Night's Debate

For those of you who decided to watch CSI instead of the Republican presidential debate last night, Alton Foley over at I'm Not Emeril, who was live-blogging the event, has a fascinating rundown on that which took place. His comments about the format and about moderator Chris Matthews are especially juicy.

Check it out.

Thanks, Alton. I should reciprocate by giving you the blow-by-blow on Grissom's hunt for the killer who ...

This Builds Trust?

They voted to send troops into harm's way. Thousands of our best and brightest have died as a direct result. Now they're going to ask for a do-over:
Clinton Proposes Vote to Reverse Authorizing War
By Carl Hulse and Patrick Healy, The New York Times


Washington, May 3 — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed Thursday that Congress repeal the authority it gave President Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq, injecting presidential politics into the Congressional debate over financing the war.

Mrs. Clinton’s proposal brings her full circle on Iraq — she supported the war measure five years ago — and it sharpens her own political positioning at a time when Democrats are vying to confront the White House.

“It is time to reverse the failed policies of President Bush and to end this war as soon as possible,” Mrs. Clinton said ... (link)
So what do we learn about Mrs. Clinton from this?

First, that she proves here to be a coward whose guarantees of loyalty and steadfast fortitude are not to be counted on.

Secondly, that when we are riding high, we can expect her support; when the going gets tough, she'll be running for the hills; and when we finally win this war, she'll be there again to share in the accolades and take the credit for having led us to victory.

I find this to be breathtakingly vile.

Quote Of The Day

The wife always knows best:

'Rev.' McG Catches Holy Hell From Wife
By Jeane MacIntosh, The New York Post


May 4, 2007 -- Rev. wannabe Jim McGreevey's estranged wife isn't moved by his new higher calling.

"It's the most absurd thing I've ever heard," Dina Matos McGreevey spat at news that the former love gov had been accepted to study at Chelsea's General Theological Seminary. (link)


Absurd indeed. For the Episcopal Church though, appointing degenerates, who cheat on their wives and abandon their children*, to positions of importance seems to be the norm.

The blind leading the blind?

* It isn't known whether McGreevey is also a drunk. But that would fit the Episcopal priest stereotype.