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Monday, July 23, 2007

'Lies, Damn Lies, and Racial Statistics'

This is an outrage. Fully 93% of those we warehouse in the nation's prisons are male. It's not fair. Somebody needs to do something about it.

What? You mean 93% of the crimes committed in this country are perpetrated by men?

Oh.

But still, 93%! Can't we as a society do something about it?

Yes. Make men stop committing crimes.

And along those lines ...
Locking away minorities
Roanoke Times editorial

Virginia lawmakers pretend racial disparity doesn't exist in the justice system. Results of an analysis recently released by The Sentencing Project are not at all surprising: Nationally, blacks are incarcerated at a rate nearly six times that of whites, and Hispanics at nearly double the rate.

In Virginia, blacks fare even worse.

But just because the study reflects what common knowledge and other reports have already said doesn't mean that it should be dismissed.

"Racial disparities in incarceration reflect a failure of social and economic interventions to address crime effectively and also indicate racial bias in the justice system," said the project's director, Marc Mauer. (link)
Nonsense. Racial disparities in incarceration reflect racial disparities in crime commission. Nothing more.

And as for that "failure of social and economic interventions to address crime effectively," how does that square with the fact that crime is on a dramatic decline? Doesn't this mean that our "social and economic interventions to address crime" are in fact proving to be very effective?

Sometimes we have a tendency to write shit simply because we've been writing it, without thinking, for decades. What made sense (and felt good) in the 60's may no longer apply, fellas. Truth be known, it probably didn't even apply back then.

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To prove that not all the shallow thinkers reside in downtown Roanoke, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has pretty much the same editorial this morning. A dizzying number of statistics are provided to prove that a disproportionate number of innocent black people are being imprisoned in this country. Explanation: It's your fault.

Whoever wrote the editorial should read his last sentence again: "Maybe racial stereotypes aren't the only ones that should be retired." If only that had been the first sentence ...

A Lesson Not Learned

It's too bad Hillary and Bill don't sleep in the same bed. If they did, maybe he could roll over and teach her what he may - or may not - have learned as president:
For the record, here's the way Osama bin Laden characterized Mrs. Clinton's husband's ignominious withdrawal from Somalia in an October 2001 interview with CNN: "America exited dragging its tails in failure, defeat, and ruin, caring for nothing. America left faster than anyone expected." Now, Mrs. Clinton is apparently hoping to stage a repeat performance in Iraq. *
No matter. She desires retreat. The Iraqi people - like the Somali people in her husband's day - be damned.

* "The Genocide-ocrats? " The Washington Times, July 23, 2007

Been There. Done That.

We've tried this in Southwest and Southside Virginia, where workers by the tens of thousands in the textiles and furniture manufacturing sector have been thrown out of work. And it did no good. It's just another welfare program. And temporary at that:


Aid May Grow for Laid-Off Workers
Service Jobs Lost To Global Trade Are Focus of Bills
By Lori Montgomery, Washington Post Staff Writer

As part of their campaign to soothe an anxious middle class, congressional Democrats are preparing legislation that would significantly expand federal aid to the most obvious victims of the global economy: workers whose jobs move offshore or are lost to foreign imports.

Under a Senate bill to be introduced today, computer programmers, call-center staffers and other service-sector workers who make up the vast majority of the nation's workforce would for the first time be eligible for a generous package of income, health and retraining benefits currently reserved for manufacturing workers who lose their jobs to international trade.
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Down this way, unemployed factory workers took the money, got the retraining, and then moved.

Perhaps that won't be necessary up north. I hear Wal-Mart is moving into urban areas. A job for you beckons.

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Special note to Congress: You can solve the problem. Solve the problem*.

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* From the Wall Street Journal: "The U.S. now has the unflattering distinction of having the developed world's highest corporate tax rate of 39.3% (35% federal plus a state average of 4.3%), according to the Tax Foundation."

But The Democrats Were Supposed To Stop This

Is anyone surprised that the corrupt practices of our elected representatives in Washington have become even more despicable since the Democrats took charge?

The latest:
Dems Keep Pork Family Friendly
By Robert Novak, The New York Post

July 23, 2007 -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went home following his staged all-night session last week, he saved from embarrassment one member of his Democratic caucus: Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska. Reform Republican Sen. Tom Coburn had ready a Defense authorization bill amendment to remove Nelson's earmark funding a Nebraska company whose officials include Nelson's son. Such an effort became impossible when Reid pulled down the bill.

At stake is the fate of Coburn's "Reid Amendment" previously passed by the Senate - so-called because it would bar earmarks benefiting a senator's family members such as Reid's four lobbyist sons and son-in-law. Nelson's current $7.5 million earmark for software helps 21st Century Systems Inc. (21 CSI), which employs the senator's son, Patrick Nelson, as its marketing director. (link)
If this bunch pulled these stunts in the private sector, they'd be in prison. In Congress, it's just another day.

So much money. And they write the laws.

But The Democrats ... II

When they're not showering mountains of taxpayer dollars on close relatives, the Democrats in Congress are bathing their own egos in it:
Rangel ♥ Rangel
Dem Builds Monument To Self With Public Cash

By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent

July 23, 2007 -- Washington - Rep. Charles Rangel is lining up millions in taxpayer funds and soliciting massive donations from companies with interests before Congress in a controversial bid to finance a center in Harlem named after himself.

Rangel, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has quietly secured close to $25 million from a slew of private companies and foundations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College. (link)
You wanted 'em. You got 'em.

But The Democrats ... III

Isn't this what Duke Cunningham went to prison for?

Gift to Moran called 'excessive'
Watchdog group criticizes $5,000 trip congressman and wife got from developer

By Peter Hardin, Richmond Times-Dispatch Washington Correspondent

Washington -- A Virginia congressman's acceptance of a $5,000 Jamaica vacation from a developer friend is coming under question by a public watchdog group that called the gift "excessive."

Rep. James P. Moran Jr., D-8th*, and his wife received the round-trip gift last year. The value includes lodging, food and local travel, according to public documents. (link)
Actually, upon further review, it looks like this is acceptable graft. Moran received permission from his Democratic leadership in advance to take the bribe.

That makes all the difference ...

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* For those of you not familiar with the name, Jim Moran is an anti-semitic congressman who likes to beat up eight-year-old kids and is wildly popular amongst his liberal constituency in Fairfax County, Virginia.

And What They Aren't Stealing From Us ...

... they flush down the toilet:
Deceased Farmers Got USDA Payments
Study Faults Lack Of Case Reviews
By Sarah Cohen, Washington Post Staff Writer


The U.S. Department of Agriculture distributed $1.1 billion over seven years to the estates or companies of deceased farmers and routinely failed to conduct reviews required to ensure that the payments were properly made, according to a government report.

In a selection of 181 cases from 1999 to 2005, the Government Accountability Office found that officials approved payments without any review 40 percent of the time.

The report cited a 1,900-acre soybean and corn farm in Illinois that collected $400,000 on behalf of an owner who lived in Florida before his death in 1995. The company did not notify the government of the death but certified each year that the dead shareholder, who owned 40 percent of the company, was "actively engaged" in managing the farm. (link)
The Democrats who now run things are pleading poverty. They've introduced a host of new taxes and called for increases in a broad range of existing taxes.

I want to say "Over my dead body!" but obviously that won't stop them.

They gotta do something if they're going to keep paying dead farmers.

A Slow News Day

Oprah Winfrey, a talk show host, supports Barack Obama. Her choice conflicts with that of poet Maya Angelou who favors Hillary Clinton. Apparently that's not supposed to be. For it makes this morning's New York Times:
When It Comes to Politics, Friendship Has Its Limits
By Juston Jones, The New York Times


Anyone who has ever watched “The Oprah Winfrey Show” or read O, the Oprah Magazine, knows that there are few people Oprah Winfrey reveres as much as Maya Angelou, the writer, activist and longtime professor. Ms. Winfrey often quotes bits of wisdom from Ms. Angelou on her show. Furthermore, the talk-show host has chosen one of Ms. Angelou’s memoirs (“The Heart of a Woman”) as a selection for her book club, named Ms. Angelou one of the 25 honorees at her Legends Ball earlier this year and has even given Ms. Angelou a weekly radio show on the “Oprah & Friends” channel on XM Satellite Radio.

Despite such admiration, when it comes to politics, clearly friends can agree to disagree. Both have made high-profile endorsements of Democratic candidates, but not to the same one: Ms. Winfrey supports Senator Barack Obama of Illinois; Ms. Angelou backs Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. (link)
Stop the presses ...