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Monday, August 27, 2007

I Agree, To a Point ...

I agree with Michael Paul, except when it comes to white boys with no ass:
Baggy-pants plan hits below belt
By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist

A proposed amendment to Atlanta's indecency laws would make illegal baggy pants that show boxer shorts or thongs, according to an Associated Press story.

"Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it's the in thing," Councilman C.T. Martin said in the story. "I don't want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future."

In addition to barring women from showing a thong-underwear strap, it would prohibit them from wearing sports bras in public or showing a bra strap.

An ACLU official quoted in the story said the proposal constitutes racial profiling because it targets black youth culture.

I don't know about that. I see kids of various races and ethnicities sagging their pants and flashing their thongs.

... for me, this proposal is not the way to go. It's way too American Taliban for my comfort. (link)
I agree. There should not be a law.

Except in the instance(s) involving snot-nosed, pimple-faced white kids who are trying to be something they're not (and who are doomed to walk the earth trying to figure out just where they fit in in life). They should be imprisoned. And their parents spanked.

'nuff said.

Oh Those Darn Statistics

The Roanoke Times ("Virginia Arms The Region") finds what the geniuses there consider to be a damning statistic and proceeds to tie it to our esteemed attorney general. If only they understood something about the numbers they massage:

The commonwealth, a federal study finds, has become a top supplier of firearms to many nearby states. Yet Attorney General Bob McDonnell is so in tune with the NRA he does not see the problem.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last week released data about gun traces it ran in 2006 at the bequest of local law enforcement. Half of the more than 10,000 guns police found interesting in Virginia, Maryland and Washington originated here.

I'm going to skip over that clause that reads, "..."guns police found interesting." God knows what that means.

But looking at the statistic itself ... 50% (half) of the 10,000 guns found in Maryland, DC, and Virginia originated in Virginia? Off with McDonnell's head!

But wait.

Let's look at that number and give it some perspective ...

Based on 2006 census bureau estimates, what is the population of each?

Virginia ....... 7,642,884
Maryland ... 5,615,727
D.C. ............. 581,530

Put in terms the kids over at the Times can understand:

Virginia represents 55% of the population within the dataset, but only 50% of the guns considered by the FBI to be "of interest" originated here.

Seems to me there should be a big Thank You to - and a big kiss for - Attorney General Bob McDonnell emanating from the hollowed halls of the Roanoke Times for his having held the illegal use of legitimately purchased firearms down.

I'll not be holding my breath, of course ...

What Difference Does It Make?

In someone's universe, this (from the Charleston Gazette) makes sense:

Federal cuts may put more W.Va. families on welfare

The government reduces welfare payments, throwing families onto welfare.

... uh.

As If Walls An Education Provided

The Washington Post is all atwitter this morning over the fact that the Washington D.C. public school system has made some building repairs:

D.C. School Repairs

The district's public schools open their doors today after an unprecedented summer of repairs. Improvements have been made in the condition of many buildings, and city officials should be applauded. It's difficult, though, to forget the incompetence and neglect that led to the disgraceful state of the schools -- or to overlook the hard reality that much more work still needs to be done.

About $80 million has been spent on repairing 71 of the system's 141 schools as well as on refurbishing some athletic fields. The vigor of the effort led by ... (link)
Earth to Washington Post: It makes no difference. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE.

From a source that hasn't swallowed the kool aid:

Problems Plague D.C. Schools Opening

Washington -- With just over two weeks before the new school year begins, District officials say only half of the city schools have all the textbooks they need.

New School Chancellor Michelle Rhee said officials are working overtime to get the books where they belong, but 56 percent still don't have what they need. And some won't have them opening day.

Last week, Rhee and Mayor Adrian Fenty toured a cluttered schools warehouse, promising to clear the back log of undelivered orders.

But Rhee said the job won't be finished by the first day of school. (link)

So the school kids will have no books, they'll grow up ignorant and illiterate, and they'll drop out when they reach the age of sixteen. But they will be at peace, knowing that they had a nice roof over their heads the many years they were warehoused by the D.C. public schools.

May God have mercy.

We've Lost Our Collective Minds

What's wrong with the reasoning here?
Insuring Poor Children
Washington Post editorial

President Bush and congressional Democrats are battling over how high up the income scale states should be allowed to go in offering health insurance to poor children under the decade-old program known as SCHIP. Now, the administration has moved to short-circuit the legislative debate and, in effect, impose by administrative fiat a limit of 250 percent of the federal poverty level, about $43,000 for a family of three. (link)
Well, nothing's wrong with that, you say. SCHIP was meant to be made available to the poor, and families with incomes above the poverty line - especially those with earnings 250% above the line - should not be on the public dole. They're middle class, for goodness sake!

You, then, will never work at the Washington Post:

"But for SCHIP the administration's income cap is too strict, given variations in the cost of living and the price of health insurance."

The threshhold limiting federal assistance to middle-class Americans is too harsh.

Thank God the same people who believe in such idiocy are printing the money ...

Quote Of The Day

From a Washington Times editorial:
... Mr. Warner has once again stated his disagreement with President Bush over the war — this time calling for a withdrawal of 5,000 of the 160,000 troops from Iraq by Dec. 25 in an effort to prod the Iraqi government to take steps toward political reconciliation. While we share Mr. Warner's frustration with the Iraqi government and admire his long record of service to this country, his proposal is nonsensical. It sends precisely the wrong message to the jihadists and their backers in Tehran, Damascus and elsewhere in the Middle East: that we lack the stomach to continue a serious counterinsurgency campaign and that they are wearing down the American people and weakening our resolve. It makes no sense to try to send a "message" to the Maliki government by shooting ourselves in the foot.

"Still Invested In Failure," August 27, 2007

A Return To Yesteryear

Looks like the Clintons haven't changed a bit. They's them, and they's us, the subhumans:

Clinton Camp Turns Fan Into Obama Man
By Angela Montefinise, The New York Post

August 27, 2007 -- A former "die-hard" backer of Hillary Rodham Clinton says he switched his allegiance to Barack Obama after spending three weeks volunteering for the former first lady's Iowa office, and witnessing abusive higher-ups and crying campaigners.

James Henson, 26, who works in Oklahoma politics, said he's now supporting Obama because of the "pretty bad treatment" he received from the Clinton camp's Des Moines office.

"I've always been torn between Hillary and Obama, but Obama was always my second choice," he said. "My experience changed that. It completely turned me off to Hillary's campaign."

He felt unwelcome from Day 1. "It was like I was a nuisance or something."

Henson said volunteers were in tears, "probably from the abuse they were taking" from higher-ups. (link)

Her volunteers won't be the last to shed tears over Hillary's candidacy. I suspect the entire nation - some day - will be wailing in despair.

Appalachia, As They See Us In Manhattan

I read the editorial header in this morning's New York Times and thought for a brief moment that the highbrows there were finally going to lend their support to those Americans in the coalfields who suffer in abject poverty and to those who had to flee the area, by the tens of thousands, who were unable to find gainful employment:

Ravaging Appalachia

But no.

They're concerned about our rocks and dirt.

Breaking News!

Unknown to Va. Tech, Cho Had a Disorder

Warner To Join The Democratic Opposition

I think that headline was first written in about 1979. And Virginia Republicans have sat on their hands and accepted it. For nearly three decades.

His treachery continues unabated:
Warner May Back Dems' Bill on Withdrawal
By Hope Yen, The Associated Press

Washington (AP) - GOP Sen. John Warner, who wants U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq by Christmas, said Sunday he may support Democratic legislation ordering withdrawals if President Bush refuses to set a return timetable soon.

"I'm going to have to evaluate it," Warner said. "I don't say that as a threat, but I say that is an option we all have to consider."

Warner, a former ... (link)
Over the years, when he had to choose between being a good media lapdog and being a solid, loyal Republican, Warner has always barked in submission. Always.

That retirement announcement can't come soon enough. The man is a disgrace.

There May Be Hope For These Reprobates Yet

The fact that this makes world news says a lot about the state of modern "journalism."
BBC news chiefs attack plans for climate change campaign
By Richard Wray and Leigh Holmwood, The Guardian

Two of the BBC's most senior news and current affairs executives attacked the corporation's plans yesterday for a Comic Relief-style day of programming on environmental issues, saying it was not the broadcaster's job to preach to viewers.

The event, understood to have been 18 months in development, would see stars such as Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Ross take part in a "consciousness raising" event, provisionally titled Planet Relief, early next year.

But, speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday, Newsnight's editor, Peter Barron, and the BBC's head of television news, Peter Horrocks, attacked the plan, which also seems to contradict the corporation's guidelines. Asked whether the BBC should campaign on issues such as climate change, Mr Horrocks said: "I absolutely don't think we should do that because it's not impartial. It's not our job to lead people and proselytise about it." Mr Barron said: "It is
absolutely not the BBC's job to save the planet. I think there are a lot of people who think that, but it must be stopped." (
When Barron and Horrocks get the BBC straightened out, I hope they come over here and begin work on cleaning house at ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN.

The Bathtub Test

What sets us apart from the lesser creatures is our ability to reason. Let's judge yours ...

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

"Well," said the director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No, said the Director, "a normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

And you were thinking???