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Friday, September 28, 2007

This The Best Ya Got?

It must be hard to make a good case for America being the land of bigotry and hate these days.

If only Bull Connor hadn't died ...

Not that certain Roanoke Times columnists don't make the attempt, if ever so feckless.

We start with the obligatory:

From imperialism to a nation of law
By Luanne Traud

[editor's note: Actually we start out with some boring blah blah blah]

... minority parties, two groups in particular, have horrifying stories to tell.

For Native Americans, the arrival of the Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant spelled the beginning of their end.

For blacks -- referred to in the Constitution as peculiar forms of property -- the story is equally as brutal. (link)

So we are to be ashamed of the hardships brought on minorities by our ancestors of a few hundred years ago. Okay. Certainly not groundbreaking stuff there, still accurate just the same.

But in order to bring the argument forward to a century some of us might actually have some familiarity with, one in which we might share culpability - to slavery, genocide, etc. - what we are accused of gets almost laughable by comparison:

We don't condone violent acts upon individuals, but we haven't as yet backed away from discrimination.

We amend state constitutions to provide that "marriage is between a man and a woman" to explicitly* tell gays and lesbians we don't approve of their kind.

We demand action be taken against "illegals" moving into our communities by requiring identification be shown by anyone who doesn't look quite like most of us.

We proffer that our founders practiced Christianity; most of us are Christians; therefore, we do indeed have a national religion.

We allow a school in Louisiana to remain trapped in the pre-civil rights era so that black children must ask permission to sit under a whites-only tree.
This is beyond silly. But qualifies as pathetic.

We go from the enslavement of blacks, with all the brutality and inhumanity that went along with it, to the notion of a - horror of horrors - national religion.** The genocide of a race of "indigenous" peoples (we'll save that argument for another day) to the shame of declaring that marriage is to remain what it has always been.

And that unspeakable and dastardly requirement that Mexicans enter the country legally - I feel just like the commandant at Auschwitz must have felt when he went before the tribunal at Nuremberg. The cruelty. The heartlessness.

About now, I feel like I've been lynching my field hands for having picked cotton too slowly.

If that ain't bad enough, there's that whites-only tree. Somewhere.

Somebody give me a rope. I may hang myself. I feel that guilty.


It must be tough to try to fit the mold of save-America-from-itself crusader in an age when we are pretty darn good to our fellow citizens.

* Actually we implicitly told tell gays and lesbians we don't approve of their deviant behavior. We explicitly affirmed the traditional state postion that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

** We'll fight that battle another day.

Crisis? What Crisis?

The Democrats here in the commonwealth haven't given up on the idea that taxes must be raised in order to solve that transportation crisis that our Democratic governor told us was solved during the last legislative session. They intend to pursue the issue further (until we are completely sucked dry).

I would ask you to remember, next time you hear one of these jokers talk about that or the impending fiscal crisis, this:

Kaine pushes schools program
In a visit to Patrick Henry High, the governor said a prekindergarden plan is key to his agenda.
By David Harrison, The Roanoke Times

Gov. Tim Kaine visited Roanoke's Patrick Henry High School on Thursday to pitch his early childhood education plan to a receptive audience: the city's PTA parents.

Kaine has made pre-kindergarten education a centerpiece of his agenda and promised the roughly 200 parents, teachers and school administrators that he would work to expand it again during next year's General Assembly session.

Kaine has said his "Start Strong" initiative would cost $125 million and enroll an additional 17,000 at-risk 4-year-olds by the time it is fully rolled out in 2012. (link)

Setting aside my urge to remind our governor that he is utterly incapable of creating conditions that allow for the teaching of our children to read and count - with thirteen years of effort - and that there is no indication that his idea of thrusting 4-year olds into that same environment won't produce the same result, where does he intend to find the funds for this little venture? Transportation? Education? New taxes?

We're in the middle of a full-blown crisis, Tim! Remember?

Or so we're being told ...

Anyone else get the impression we're being played for fools here?

Judge 'Em By Their Standard-bearers

I don't even need to ridicule this idiocy:
Convicted Lynne An 'Ethics' Expert
By Jehhifer Fermino, The New York Post

September 28, 2007 -- Lynne Stewart - the disbarred lawyer convicted of helping her terrorist client smuggle messages to his murderous followers - has been tapped to lecture law students on legal ethics at Hofstra University.

In 2005, Stewart was found guilty of providing material support to terrorists by helping her jailed client, blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, communicate with his cohorts.

Abdel-Rahman was a key figure behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

She was sentenced to 28 months in jail and is appealing her conviction. (link)
A terror handmaiden. An authority on ethical behavior.

For the love of God.

This Explains a Lot

Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, is a strange bird. Purported to be an economist, he's been wrong on predicting future economic trends since ... well, since he first appeared on the national scene. Which makes one wonder what the definition of economist is?

Anyway, Krugman clears away some of the fog this morning. I now understand how it is he is so wrong so often. He hasn't a clue as to what he's talking about.

To wit:
Hired Gun Fetish

Sometimes it seems that the only way to make sense of the Bush administration is to imagine that it’s a vast experiment concocted by mad political scientists who want to see what happens if a nation systematically ignores everything we’ve learned over the past few centuries about how to make a modern government work. (link)
He goes on to explain his inability to "make sense" of the Bush administration by citing the government's use of mercenaries (private soldiers hired by foreign governments) in Iraq:
As far as I can tell, America has never fought a war in which mercenaries made up a large part of the armed force. But in Iraq, they ...
Now it all becomes clear. Paul Krugman is simply an ignoramus.

Ever heard of Bay of Pigs?

The mujahedeen?

The contras?

These involved fighting forces made up of civilians financed by the United States government. Mercenaries.

Krugman ...

A Mystery Solved

Well, this only leaves Jimmy Hoffa:
Remains May Be Children of Last Czar
By The Associated Press

Moscow (AP) -- There is a ''high degree of probability'' that bones found recently near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg are those of a daughter and son of the last czar, an official said Friday, citing preliminary forensic work.

If confirmed, the latest find would fill in a missing chapter in the story of the doomed Romanov family, whose reign was ended by the violent 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which ushered in more than 70 years of communist rule.

The bones were found by archaeologists in a burned field near Yekaterinburg, a city in the Ural Mountains where Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their five children were held prisoner by the Bolsheviks and then shot in 1918. The discovery was announced in August. (link)
After all these years ... closure.

Islam Will Rule The World

"Smoking is banned here, sir. Put out that cigarette. Oh, you're a Muslim? That's okay then."

Hookah lounges exempt from bylaw
Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun

Vancouver's hookah-parlour [a
definition] owners are celebrating after winning an exemption Thursday from a proposed new bylaw that will ban smoking on most sidewalks in commercial districts, in bus shelters and even in taxis passing through Vancouver.

In giving the bylaw unanimous approval-in-principle, Vancouver city council members bowed to arguments that hookah lounges provide an important cultural space for the city's Muslims and granted them a temporary exemption.

The bylaw, which provides for fines of $100 to $2,000, won't come into effect until the legal department has drafted Thursday's amendments. No firm date for its implementation has been set.

... Vancouver's planned new bylaw will prohibit smoking in any taxi travelling through Vancouver, even if the driver and all the passengers don't have a problem with it and even if the taxi is licensed in another municipality.

It will also prohibit smoking within six metres of any entryway, window or air intake for a public building, which will effectively ban smoking on most sidewalks in commercial areas, since sidewalks are only three metres wide and doors are often less than six metres apart.

And it will prohibit smoking on restaurant patios and at bus shelters. (
Oh, and if you've still not been convinced that the Canadians have lost their minds, consider this:
"The one foggy point in the new bylaw was whether it will apply to crack cocaine and crystal-meth smoking."
We're doomed as a species.

Hat tip to Mark Steyn.

The Great Divide

The average American is so far removed from the positions being taken by the leading Democratic candidates for President, it's astounding. Take, as an example, the debate that took place the other night ...
Forget Clintonomics--This Is Mondalenomics
By James Pethokoukis, U.S. News & World Report

If you've a hankering for higher government spending and higher taxes—and I know plenty of people who do—you most likely got a bellyful at last night's Democratic debate in Hanover, N.H. Here are a few takeaways:

1) Democrats do realize that America exists in a hypercompetitive global economy, right? Mentions of "compete" or "competitiveness," zero; "China," one; "India," zero; "Asia," zero; "innovation," zero; "productivity," zero; "technology," two.

2) Thank goodness for global warming. Without it, Dems would seem to be hard pressed to come up with a strategy to grow the economy faster. This from Dennis Kucinich: "I'm talking about a new WPA, a Works Green Administration, creating technologies for a green America—we have to believe in economic growth. We should raise the ceiling." (Here's why climate change and massive government spending may not be an economic plus.) A skeptic might say that global warming provides a handy excuse for more government spending. (link)
Read the whole thing.

It's baffling how these people can be taken seriously.

Well, This Certianly Changes My Mind

I may want to reconsider my firm opposition to Hillary's candidacy. Democratic anti-war Senator George McGovern is coming out in her support.

(editor's note: I thought he was dead.)

McGovern Set to Endorse Clinton
McGovern Says He 'Never Forgot' Clinton's Work on His 1972 White House Bid

By Jake Tapper, ABCNews.com

ABC News has learned that former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, is planning to endorse the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 6.

The Clinton campaign declined to comment. (link)
The question becomes: If this loser offers his endorsement, is she required to accept it?

They're Getting Way Too Smart