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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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In an email to James Taranto regarding Al Gore's idiotic pronouncements, reader Richard Bennett makes this point in response to a previous post:

You missed the real pearl at the end of Al Gore's diatribe:

But there's something even more precious to be gained if we do the right thing. The climate crisis offers us the chance to experience what few generations in history have had the privilege of experiencing: a generational mission; a compelling moral purpose; a shared cause; and the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict of politics and to embrace a genuine moral and spiritual challenge.

Mr. Gore clearly lays out his driving force and what he offers to the world: "a compelling moral purpose; a shared cause; and . . . a genuine moral and spiritual challenge." The entire man-caused climate change racket is a new secular religion that is used to help a drifting generation feel better about itself. Feeling guilty about their prosperity, confused by a world that seems to resent them, and perplexingly empty after having jettisoned the religion of their parents, the Climatists search for something to make them feel better.

But here is the irony: nearly 500 years after Copernicus took man out of the center of the universe and placed the sun firmly at the center of our little planetary system, the new secular religionists are trying to put man back at the center as the cause of everything. In order to feel good about themselves, they need to feel that man is causing all negative change and only Enlightened Man (Homo goriens) can make it right. Only by listening to, and following, our modern Moses in form of Al Gore can we reach the Promised Land. Welcome to the new Middle Ages, all you have to do is believe!

It is a truly stupefying feat of reactionary ignorance and vanity.

"Reactionary ignorance and vanity." Words more appropriate have never been writ.

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Will You Guys Stop It?

I so much want to support the Republican cause. If I knew what it was. If there even is one any more.

Too often, instead of headlines announcing a new GOP initiative to reduce the size and scope of government, or to lessen the egregious middle class tax burden, or to fix Social Security, or to do away with OSHA, NEA, EPA, USAID, DHS, and the rest of the Washington alphabet soup, or to balance the out-of-control budget, we are treated to crap like this:
Senator's Number on 'Madam' Phone List
By Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Staff Writer


Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam," making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case.

The statement containing Vitter's apology said his telephone number was included on phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates dating from before he ran for the Senate in 2004.

"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely ... [blah, blah, blah]
Some will argue that this ain't so bad, that Vitter was at least not accused of hitting on Congressional page boys. For that we should be thankful. I guess.

But we'd rather be thankful for something a bit more worthwhile.

Fellas.

Knock it off. Now! Or vacate the nation's capital and let the psychos in the Democratic Party have their way. At least they freely and openly admit to their perversions and make no pretense about actually getting anything done

Christ Almighty ....

Is That Like a Chick Magnet?

Tourism director Sergei Troubetzkoy left Staunton to become Bedford's tourist magnet

A Man Of Letters

Showcasing columnist Paul Greenberg:
Once upon a time in a faraway land known as the 1950s, political opinion on all three television networks ran the gamut from left to center-left.

ABC, NBC and CBS were the holy trinity of news in an age when The Tube was the dominant medium. Any other viewpoint was considered less than respectable, or just ignored. You could choose any of Big Three's three evening news broadcasts to give you the same general slant on things.

Walter Cronkite on CBS was called the most trusted man in America, and doubtless he was, for though he had imitators, he had no real competition.
"The Unfairness Doctrine," The Washington Times, July 10, 2007

All Is Well

The NAACP took a page out of the Virginia legislative playbook yesterday.

Just as our august body of Richmond lawmakers pounded a nail in the coffin of race-based animus by apologizing in February for our role (?) in the institution of slavery, expressing that which was in the thoughts and on the lips of every citizen of the commonwealth at the time, that we had "profound regret" for an institution that none of us had anything to do with, that targeted people we didn't know, that was perpetrated and sustained by Americans that most of us aren't related to and none of us ever met nor will ever meet, so America's leading civil rights group for liberal, well-to-do black people has grabbed its own hammer and has driven a few righteous nails:
Death knell for 'n-word'
By Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times


The "n-word" is dead according to the NAACP, which staged a mock funeral for the racial slur during its annual convention in Detroit yesterday, complete with a horse-drawn caisson, black roses and a plywood casket.

"Today, we're not just burying the n-word, we're taking it out of our spirit," Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told hundreds of enthusiastic mourners, who slowly marched in the quarter-mile-long procession downtown. (link)
A burden has been lifted. A soothing, quiet calm sweeps the land. Our collective spirit has been retrieved from the depths and has been sanctified. White and black, once foes, become friends. All is well.

Something called "the n-word" has been laid to rest.

Whew. End Of World Postponed Six Months.

Slowdown Seen in Iran's Nuclear Program

Sorry. You Have To Be Mexican.

Persecuted Gays Seek Refuge in U.S.

Global Warming To End Thursday

Expect to sweat for 2 more days

Okay, We'll Give Him That One

Castro hits America's 'lack of ethics'

They Let The Wrong Man Walk?

Wrong Man Is Freed After 22 Years In Cell

Surgeon General Nominee Labeled 'Abnormal'

Abnormal
Adjective: abnormal ab'normul
1. Not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm
2. Departing from the normal

Synonyms: aberrant, anomalous, atypical, deviant, exceptional, freakish, irregualr, kinky, perverted, subnormal.

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"A coalition of leading pro-homosexual activist groups has now admitted in a legal brief that only "2.8 percent of the male, and 1.4 percent of the female, population identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual." (source: Family Research Council)

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From this morning's New York Times:
A Nominee’s Abnormal Views
editorial

The Senate Health Committee will have to dig beneath the surface on Thursday to consider the nomination of Dr. James Holsinger to be surgeon general. Dr. Holsinger has high-level experience as a health administrator, but there are disturbing indications that he is prejudiced against homosexuals.

The Senate should not confirm a surgeon general who considers practicing homosexuals abnormal and diseased. (link)
That "diseased" assertion is but extravagant exaggeration, as is the Times' wont.

But as for that other charge, what would those of you who studied statistics call a 2% deviation from the norm?

The New York Times stands the word abnormal on its head. Go figure.

Let Them Whine

Let them have their meaningless and never-ending hearings. In the end, they'll amount to nothing.

And the president knows it.

Bush Won’t Deliver Aides in Prosecutor Case
By David Johnston and Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times


Washington, July 9 — President Bush invoked a broad interpretation of executive privilege on Monday in his confrontation with Congress over the dismissal of federal prosecutors, refusing to comply with subpoenas for documents and blocking testimony from former White House aides.

Mr. Bush’s counsel, Fred F. Fielding, in a combative letter to the Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, said the White House and the two legislative panels had reached an impasse. The letter, which also said the White House would refuse to turn over materials explaining Mr. Bush’s legal claims, appeared to place the executive and legislative branches on a collision course.

Mr. Fielding wrote that Mr. Bush would not turn over any records related to the dismissals and that he had instructed Sara M. Taylor, the former White House political director, and Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, to refuse to testify in hearings this week. (link)


Expect to hear a whole lot of howling. And gnashing of teeth. Expect too to hear a good bit of breathless-toned reporting about stonewalling and defiance and cover-up and Nixon reincarnated coming from the dinosaur media.

And expect the American people - except for the rabid Bush haters among us - to give the non-story a big yawn. As they have been.

In the end, there's nothing there. No matter how hard the Democrats - all of whom are on your payroll - try to find something.

Legislative branch? Ah, a fond memory.

Where Criminals Get a Pass

Two cops were shot in New York City yesterday:
Car Stop Leaves 2 Officers Wounded, One Gravely
By Al Baker, The New York Times


Few actions police officers take are as routine — or as potentially deadly — as stopping a car. The hands of those in the stopped vehicle are hidden, and they can come out shooting, surprising an officer who only sought to check a minor infraction.

Two police officers in Brooklyn noted a black BMW sport utility vehicle early yesterday. They checked the license plate on a computer, saw that it belonged on another car, and pulled the vehicle over. The officers — Russel Timoshenko, 23, and Herman Yan, 26 — did everything right, the police said, but the men in the car shot through its open windows, without warning, firing wildly.

Officer Timoshenko was hit in the mouth and throat — a nearby security camera captured him falling backward, gravely wounded. He was in critical condition on life support last night, officials said.

Officer Yan moved to help his fallen partner, managing to squeeze off at least 10 shots, but was hit in the left forearm and in the chest ... (link)
So how did Mayor Michael Bloomberg react to the shootings? Did he call for a city-wide manhunt? Did he tell those living in fear that he was going to direct all the city's resources toward tracking the perpetrators down and bringing them to justice? Did he promise revenge?

No. He didn't blame the assassins at all:
“The terrible events of this morning are proof once again of that fundamental truth we have learned, again and again: Guns, when they fall in the hands of the wrong people, have tragic consequences ..."
It's all the guns' fault.

For the love of God.