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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Maybe If They Were Gay ...

Fairfax County, which is known for breeding the most liberal citizens in the commonwealth, has inexplicably turned downright victorian when it comes to normal human interaction in its public schools.

What's this all about?
Fairfax school bans all touching
By The Associated Press

Vienna -- A rule against physical contact at a Fairfax County middle school is so strict that students can be sent to the principal's office for hugging, holding hands or high-fiving.

Some Washington-area schools ban fighting or inappropriate touching, but Kilmer Middle School in Vienna bans all touching.

Hugging was Hal Beaulieu's crime when he sat next to his girlfriend at lunch a few months ago and put his arm around her shoulder.

He was given a warning but told that repeat missteps could lead to detention.

"I think hugging is a good thing," said Hal, a seventh-grader. (link)
Fairfax Countians are expected to reach out to illegal immigrants with open arms. And they have a big group hug for sexual deviants who find safe harbor there. And we're routinely subjected to all that peace-and-love have-you-hugged-a-terrorist-today? crap that gets flung willy-nilly hither and yon.

But let some poor snot-nosed sixteen-year old nitwit grab hold of his girlfriend's hand after their Heather Has Two Mommies class and there's hell to pay.

Makes perfect sense to me.

A Unique Perspective

Bear reports sighting of humans from his perch in a tree


Count me in!

The River Company Restaurant and Brewery plans to open this fall
By Melinda Williams, Staff Writer, The Southwest Times

Fairlawn — After two years of planning and work, The River Company Restaurant and Brewery is expected to come to life this fall.

Mark Hall of Hall & Sons Developers, Inc., said the mission behind the combination restaurant, brewery, bar and banquet facility is to provide the New River Valley with an atmospheric environment where they can get a “nice meal with a heck of a view."

“We’re not looking to exclude anyone,” Hall said. (link)

Anyone? Sounds like they're even going to allow guys like me to partake.

I don't know. I'm not sure I want to patronize a beer hall that would allow my kind in.

Now We're Getting Somewhere

Having run into a brick wall - sometimes referred to as the American electorate - with regard to that amnesty-for-illegal-aliens bill, the United States Senate is poised to take a step back and do it the right way. A way far more palatable. A way that provides for the foundation upon which to build real solutions to a very complex problem.

The news:

Democrats mull dividing House immigration bill
By Brian DeBose and Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

House Democrats say they may break the immigration issue up into a series of smaller bills that would put off the tougher parts and allow others to pass, such as border security, and high-tech and agriculture worker programs that have clear support.

That could buy Democrats more time to work out the tougher aspects of immigration, such as what to do about the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens now here ... (link)

Take all the time you need, fellas. The problem is so bad and of such magnitude that it ain't gonna get any worse over the next several months.

I knew we were making progress - and had gotten our message across - when the Wall Street Journal (print version, sorry), which had been overly patronizing on this issue (which I usually appreciate; just not when it is directed at me) offered up a conciliatory editorial the other day, saying essentially that we need to enforce the borders (duh) and find a solution to the guest worker program, ignoring the subject, for now, of all those millions of lawbreakers in our midst.

Though we might disagree on the details of that program, there is room for compromise. If someone will just start enforcing something. Anything.

Anyway. We move forward. Perhaps something good will come out of this yet.

How Quickly They Fall

If John McCain tries any harder to be president, he'll even lose the McCain family vote.

The latest:

McCain May Get Arizo-No: Pol
By Carl Campanile, The New York Post

June 19, 2007 -- Sen. John McCain is in the doghouse on his home turf over immigration reform and is no longer a lock to carry Arizona in the Republican presidential primary, the state's GOP leader said yesterday.

"It's a fight to the end. I don't think it's a given that McCain will win [Arizona]," state GOP chairman Randy Pullen told The Post during a New York visit.

Asked whether he could see Rudy Giuliani or another challenger pulling an upset, Pullen said, "It could happen." (link)

It couldn't happen to a more deserving politician.

Hillary Scarily

I don't know about you but I feel like I need an armor-plated jock strap whenever I watch our next president give a speech. Guess I'm not alone:

Hilly Gives Folks 'Willies'
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post

June 19, 2007 -- Washington - Hillary Clinton checks in as the "creepiest" candidate in the hunt for the White House, a new Forbes magazine online character poll has found.

A full 15 percent of Americans say Clinton gives them the creeps - including 20 percent of men, compared to 10 percent of females.

No other active candidate comes close to Clinton, who's taken hits from pundits for getting shrill on the speaking stump, making people's hairs stand on end. (link)

Let me be the first to make this comparison. I see Hillary's persona, at least the one that she displays to the public, as being much like that of former President Richard Nixon. Spite. Disdainfulness. Aloofness. Her remote manner. Her inability to connect with human beings.

Remember Nixon's infamous "enemies list?" Want to bet money that Hillary doesn't have a working draft of one of her own?

I look forward to seeing this woman elected to the highest office in the land like I want to once again look at my digested dinner from last night. But if she is elected, it will be fun to watch her crash and burn.

As long as she doesn't take western civilization down with her.

With Bush, These Days Anything Is Possible

Barak Takes Over As Defense Minister

Don't bother to click on the link. It's not about Barack Obama.

May God Watch Over Them

Tragic news out of South Carolina:
S.C. Warehouse Fire Kills 9 Firefighters
By Bruce Smith, The Associated Press

Charleston, S.C. -- Fire swept through a furniture warehouse, collapsing the building's roof and claiming the lives of nine firefighters in a disaster the mayor described Tuesday as "difficult to fathom or quantify."

"Nine brave, heroic, courageous firefighters of the city of Charleston have perished fighting fire in a most courageous and fearless manner, carrying out their duties," Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley said at a morning news conference. "To all of their loved ones, our heart goes out to them." (link)
They ask for so little. They give so much.

Quote Of The Day

To: President Bush
From: The American people

Despite Bush’s Promises, Georgians Remain Skeptical About Immigration Bill
By Robert Pear, The New York Times

Marietta, Ga., June 18 — If President Bush thought he could win support for a comprehensive immigration bill by promising to secure the border and step up law enforcement, he would be dismayed by the reaction here.

“It’s all window dressing,” said Mark A. Johnson, a real estate lawyer in this fast-growing suburb of Atlanta. “We don’t believe the government has the will to enforce any of these promises. Everybody can see the folly of it, everybody but the politicians.” (link)
Here's what Mark is trying to convey to the airheads in Washington:

2+ 2 ≠ 3

2) We have a law that calls for border enforcement.
2) The law is being ignored by our government.

3) We need a new law.

Uh uh.

4) Enforce the laws that are in place! Prove to us that you are serious! Quit treating us like morons! Or go home!

And We Thought We Had Problems

This was going to be a weblog post about Hillary breaking up with that sorry sack of husband she's married to after she goes down to defeat in the upcoming presidential election, and after her ambition for world conquest is extinguished.

But there is something else buried in a New York Times story having to do with the breakup of France's Socialist Party first couple that I find more interesting.

First, the slap at Hillary and Bill:
French Socialists’ First Couple Disclose a Parting of Ways
By Elaine Sciolino, The New York Times

Paris, June 18 — A day after President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative party captured a smaller majority in Parliament than expected, France’s Socialist Party was struggling to adjust to the awkward reality that its first couple — Ségolène Royal and François Hollande — had split up.

The disclosure, made just hours after the polls closed Sunday night, threatens to complicate efforts by the Socialist Party to close ranks and serve as a counterweight to the powerful and well-disciplined machine of Mr. Sarkozy’s new government.
Theirs was obviously a marriage union of convenience. They look, from the photographs I've seen of the two together, like they couldn't stand one another.

Sound familiar?

Okay. That's out of the way.

Now for the more interesting story buried within the story:

The better-than-expected showing by the Socialists and their leftist allies was attributed in part to a clumsy initiative unveiled by the Sarkozy government last week to increase the consumer sales tax known at the value-added tax.

Mr. Sarkozy has said he believes that France creates fewer jobs than other European countries because of the very high “social charges” that employers must pay to finance health care, unemployment benefits and pensions for their workers. An increase in the VAT — now 19.6 percent — would be aimed at shifting part of the cost away from employers and onto consumers.

But taxes on consumers are highly unpopular ...

For those of you not familiar with the VAT, go to the library; study up. It is the most egregious form of taxation known to man, short of confiscation at the point of a gun.

The French find themselves in a predicament. Corporate growth is non-existent in part because taxation on business is stifling. So this "conservative" Sarkozy wins a nationwide election promising to reinvigorate the economy. How does he do it? By trying to shift some of the crushing corporate tax burden onto an already overburdened populace.

And this guy is the conservative.

It's no secret that France is on its way to third-world status. Now you know why.

How On Earth Is This Guy a Justice?

Within die-hard Republican ranks the name Warren Rudman, obscure though it may be these days to most Americans, still comes up in conversation occasionally. Usually voiced with a growl. Propelled by a sense of disgust.

Rudman, for those of you not familiar with the name, was a United States senator from the great state of New Hampshire a while back. Though he occupied a seat in the senate for a dozen years, he left little to be remembered by. Except for one thing. Remember that feeling you got when you came home to find your dog had left a turd on your living room rug while your family was away? Warren Rudman left us David Souter.

It was Rudman, "conservative" Republican, you see, who prodded then-President Bush into putting forth the name David Souter, the "conservative" David Souter, to fill a vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court.

And America has suffered for his grievous mistake ever since.

Get a load of this:
Passengers Granted Same Right as Drivers
By Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times

Washington, June 18 — The Supreme Court on Monday extended to automobile passengers the same right that drivers have: the right to challenge the validity of a decision by the police to stop the car.

The unanimous ruling was based on the justices’ “intuitive conclusion,” in the words of the opinion’s author, Justice David H. Souter, that passengers in a car stopped by the police do not feel free to get out and walk away.

Consequently, Justice Souter said, a police stop results in a “seizure” of the passengers no less than of the driver.
Noun: intuition `intoo'ishun
1. Instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
2. An impression that something might be the case


Christ almighty.

Our laws are now interpreted based upon the constitutional principle henceforth known as "intuition." An impression that something might be the case.

And the people doing the intuiting? Candidates for the geriatric ward.

Arm yourself. Stockpile provisions. Convert your assets to gold. We are doomed as a civilization.