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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Birds Of a Feather

Fidel Castro tips Clinton-Obama as winning team

Someone's Making Us Look Bad

Well, I've got my fifteen. Who among you isn't holding up his end here?

U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people

10% of you are unarmed and defenseless? And you call yourselves Americans?

It Worked Here In Virginia

A suggestion: Try a hollow and insincere slavery apology.

Healing Katrina's Racial Wounds

Look, tens of billions in tax dollars haven't made a dent, so why not try it?

From Under What Rock Did This Guy Crawl?

Once in a great while a "journalist" will come forward and speak what the rest are thinking but are too afraid to put into words. An example that comes to mind is a Nightline broadcast of many years ago on which then-ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson argued that the news media had no obligation to the public to be accurate in that which they report. Now that's honesty.

Likewise, Steve Outing, columnist for Editor & Publisher, has a revealing moment of veracity as well. You ain't gonna believe this:

Climate Change: Get Over Objectivity, Newspapers
By Steve Outing

I've ... been thinking about the newspaper industry and global warming. And frankly, I don't think newspapers are doing enough. Indeed, newspapers' fabled commitment to "objectivity" has been a detriment to efforts to combat global warming.

The industry still has a lot of power to influence people. How about if newspapers abandon their old way of doing things when it comes to the issue of global warming, and turn their influence to good? It just might be that through this issue alone, newspapers revive themselves to some extent. Editors are shirking their responsibility to improve our world, in my view, so let's change that. (link)
And I'll bet he still wants us to respect him and his profession.

One's lunch begins to rearrange itself within the digestive tract with the words "... newspapers' fabled commitment to 'objectivity' ..." For fabled it is.

But give this dude points for honesty. News be damned. We want activism! We want a rant! We want ...

I wonder how he's going to feel when he finds out there are people out in the real world who actually have a point of view that conflicts with his.

Another One Bites The Dust

Laura Ingraham. Rush Limbaugh. Hannity. Glenn Beck.

With that powerhouse lined up against them, these poor schmucks didn't have a chance:
With Low Ratings, Post Radio Venture To End Next Month
By Paul Farhi, Washington Post Staff Writer


Washington Post Radio, which brought the newspaper's journalists to the local airwaves, will go off the air next month after failing to attract enough listeners and losing money during its 17-month existence.

Post Radio, which is broadcast regionwide on 107.7 FM and 1500 AM, , was not able to draw even 1 percent of listeners during its first year. Although ratings have improved somewhat in recent months ... (link)
Every now and then I'd find myself flipping through channels while stuck in D.C. traffic and I'd eventually turn to WaPo Radio. I found it to be marginally entertaining, in an esoteric sort of way (an outsider peering into the inner sanctum kinda thing).

But marginally entertaining doesn't bring in listeners when you have the likes of Michael Savage down the radio dial screaming epithets at everyone from President Bush to ... well, everyone else.

It's too bad these guys couldn't make a go of it. They had their place in the arena of ideas. Just no listeners, alas.

* Special note: I missed this story in this morning's paper. I had to learn the news while reading Tim Blair, an Australian blogger. Such are the times in which we live ...

Apartheid

As only the enlightened progressives in San Francisco can pull it off.

An Education Success Story

While we bemoan the poor showing recently of so many Southwest Virginia schools in terms of accreditation and No Child Left Behind standards, Carroll County, according to the Galax Gazette, seems to be doing everything - well, nearly everything - right.

Keep up the great work, fellas. Our kids are our future.

How To Observe Labor Day

Labor Day became a national holiday in 1882 as a sop to organized labor. To honor their contribution toward making this country the mighty nation that it is, America's union members take the day and sit on their asses and drink beer. Ain't gonna be doin' no labor on the day that's set aside to honor America's laborers.

I was reminded of the impending holiday with this announcement that most Montgomery County offices and facilities will be shut down on Monday.

As for me, I plan on laboring on Labor Day. It somehow seems more fitting. If we were going to have a day when we sit around doing nothing, we should call it "Sit on our Fat Asses and Do Nothing Day." "Message approved by the AFL-CIO."

The More Things Change, The More ...

Hillary is at it again:


Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address
By Brody Mullins, The Wall Street Journal

Daly City, Calif. -- One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.

Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.

It isn't obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess. Records show they own a gift shop and live in a 1,280-square-foot house that they recently refinanced for $270,000. William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative.

The Paws' political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. (link)
I thought we were done with this kind of sleazy nefariousness. It seems, like jock itch, the Clintons just won't go away.

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Update 7:04pm: Drudge has posted a photo of the home out of which that $49,000-a-year mailman has donated $200,000 to Democrats.

No. I don't see anything to be suspicious of ...

Enough Already

Shanna Flowers' column in the Roanoke Times ("Vick case unworthy of all the public hype") reminded me of the Bengals vs. Falcons game I watched a brief portion of last night. It was as much about Michael Vick as about football. Being pre-season, I was prepared for boring. But not annoying.

Please. Give it a rest.

Here's Shanna:
... the venom dog lovers and animal advocates have unleashed in this case is over the top. Never mind that dogfighting goes on all the time in this country. These folks found their poster child.

At every turn in the case or at each of Vick's dropped endorsements, the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or whoever has fired off an e-mail news release to my box. I received one while writing this column. (link)
Of course, it didn't take Shanna long to remember why she was brought from Detroit to work at the Times. She goes off babbling something about the war in Iraq and about our racist America.

Still, she had a point. If only for a brief moment.

Michael Vick deserves punishment. But not crucifixion. Get a grip, people.

Same Old Song

I'm looking toward a day when some government official paints a brighter past ...

New Roanoke City superintendent paints brighter future

Whatever.

Remembering The Source

Jamie S. Gorelick has some words of advice ("A New Agenda For Justice") in this morning's Washington Post for President Bush as he begins his search for a replacement to fill the soon-to-be vacant attorney general slot in his administration. She offers some choice nuggets of wisdom such as:

● Restore credibility and comity ...

● Restore order ...

and ...

● Bring the professionals back ...

But then I remembered. Jamie Gorelick worked for the most incompetent boob in the history of the Justice Department.

Is this one of those "don't do as we did" offerings?

Now That's Leadership

Governor Kaine: We're all for it. We encourage all Virginia localities to participate. We choose, however, not to get involved.

That, folks, is how wars are won. Crises are overcome. Victories are achieved.

NOT.
Kaine opposes expanding troopers' role on aliens
By Natasha Altamirano, The Washington Times


Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine does not want to create a statewide partnership with federal immigration officials that would allow state agencies to identify illegal aliens and begin deportation procedures, despite calls from the state's attorney general and anti-illegal-immigration groups.

"The governor does not object to localities choosing to enter into localized agreements with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]," said Kevin Hall, Mr. Kaine's spokesman. "He has concerns, however, about asking state troopers to assume primary enforcement of federal immigration responsibilities." (link)
So you understand, Governor Tim considers it to be acceptable for a Bland County sheriff's deputy to take on the responsibility of apprehending illegal Mexicans and turning them over to the feds; it's just not something he wants a more qualified state police force to get involved in. They have more important things to do, like write traffic tickets at mile marker 42 on the southbound side of I-77 every day.

Is he for real?

On Riding Trails & Peoples' Lives

While the federal government spends precious dollars on home improvements and bike trails, funds that should have gone to bridge repairs, bridges around the country become ever more dangerous:
Bridge Woe In Memphis
AP

August 28, 2007 -- Memphis - Officials shut down a major Mississippi River bridge yesterday after one of its piers settled nearly four inches during the night in a construction zone.

The pier that settled is between two other piers, so the was still supported.

The bridge links Memphis, Tenn., to West Memphis, Ark. Traffic was diverted to the nearby I-55 bridge. (link)
Meanwhile, Congresspersons are focused on more important things, like the Alberto Gonzales saga and on tooting horns in public restrooms ....

As Bridges Collapse Around Us ...

If only they were as eager to save American lives:

Democrats insist probes will continue

I'll save you the time of clicking through. It's about Bush.

No word yet on a Congressional probe of federal bridge repair spending. Apparently there's not enough time in the busy schedule ...

Return To The Days Of Speakeasies?

We as a nation went through this once before. We had even gone so far as to pass a Constitutional amendment. But all our ancestors' arrogant feelings of moral superiority, and actions that flowed from them, brought about was to drive the consumption of booze underground.

That was 1919.

In 2007:

Hill Eyes National Cig Curb
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent


August 28, 2007 -- Washington - Hillary Clinton lavished praise on New York City's tough anti-smoking laws yesterday - and said she supports smoking bans in public places across the country.

Asked at an Iowa forum on cancer whether banning smoking in public places would be good for America, Clinton replied, "Well, personally, I think so. And that's what a lot of local communities and states are starting to do."

... she boasted ..." (link)
Students of history look back on the days of prohibition with a sense of astonishment. How did Americans allow themselves to be sucked into (a failed attempt at) controlling - in a very invasive way - the personal lives and activities of the citizenry? *

In thirty years they'll be looking upon this period in the same way. The actions of unscrupulous politicians - eager to mollify - like Hillary Clinton will be a case study - another case study - in government intrusion into the personal lives of a free citizenry.

A free citizenry that, once again, allowed prohibition to become the law of the land.

If only for a time ...

* I'll answer that. Liquor was bad for us. And a sin.

Makes Perfect Sense To Me

Congress is hell-bent on giving middle-class Americans free health care for their children. Why not cover their monthly mortgage obligations as well?
In Washington, Aid to Homeowners Debated
By Edmund L. Andrews, The New York Times


Washington, Aug. 24 — Faced with a possible tidal wave of home foreclosures beginning this fall, Democrats and Republicans are battling over a philosophical question with huge practical implications: should the government ride to the rescue?

Both the Bush administration and Democratic leaders in Congress agree that legions of homeowners could be overwhelmed in the next 18 months, as low teaser rates expire on more than two million adjustable-rate mortgages, causing monthly payments increase sharply.

Democrats, though opposed to a broad bailout, are proposing an array of measures to help lower-income people renegotiate their loans and stay in their homes. (link)
Those "lower-income" homeowners are, in fact, middle-class Americans. Middle-class Americans who made some poor choices. Who gambled on rising home prices and stable interest rates, and lost.

But they're also voters.

So print some more money, fellas! We got us a constituency to bribe!

Next!

The Democrats and their media buddies were crowing yesterday. They put another notch on the gun handle.

Delay, Rumsfeld, and now Gonzales.

It's on to the next target.

Who will it be? Who will it be?

Quote Of The Day

From Rich Lowry:
Alberto Gonzales's tenure as attorney general, and now his departure, represent a triumph for what departing White House adviser Karl Rove calls "the mob" - the howling mass of Democratic members of Congress, bloggers and media commentators who despise all things Bush.

The Gonzales case is sad all around: for what happened to the reputation of a decent man over-matched by his responsibilities; for the distraction at a crucial department of government; and for the blood-lust that masquerades as political opposition in Washington. But it's never very edifying when the mob wins.
"Gonzo Goes - 'Mob' Wins," The New York Post, August 28, 2007

I Don't Even Want To Know

It gets to the point where you can't have a moment of quiet solitude without some pervert bothering you, wanting some kind of twisted sexual gratification. In a public restroom, no less.

I'm not sure what "lewd" means in this case, nor do I want to.

For the love of God ....

A side note: I wonder how many homosexual-rights advocates will come to this conservative Republican's defense.

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This is funny. Drudge has the following headline up: "BROKEBACK BATHROOM: SENATOR BUSTED IN AIRPORT SEX STING... "