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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

William Byrd High School Parents Can Relate

Ever wonder how the parents of those kids who attend William Byrd High School up in Roanoke - the youngsters who have developed muscle twitching - sending parents into full-blown panic mode - got to where they are psychologically?

Humorist Dave Barry supplies the answer:
On Thanksgiving, be grateful - and very, very afraid

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, and there is no tradition more meaningful than the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture warning about fatal food-dwelling bacteria.

Recently, I'm pleased to report, the department has outdone itself: it has officially advised Americans not to stuff their turkeys. Alert readers sent in an Associated Press item in which the manager of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Hot Line is quoted as saying: "Improperly cooked stuffing can cause serious illness or even death."

But the looming specter of a painful death should in no way dampen the festivity of your Thanksgiving dinner. Just make sure the food is prepared in accordance with federal guidelines ... (link)
It's no wonder we've become a nation of neurotics.

"My daughter just sneezed. Aaaaagggghhhh!!!!"

What? This Can't Be Right.

This goes against everything the mainstream press and its pals in the Democratic Party have been telling us:

From the Wall Street Journal this morning:

Movin' On Up

If you've been listening to Mike Huckabee or John Edwards on the Presidential trail, you may have heard that the U.S. is becoming a nation of rising inequality and shrinking opportunity. We'd refer those campaigns to a new study of income mobility by the Treasury Department that exposes those claims as so much populist hokum.

The study, to be released today, is a careful, detailed piece of research by professional economists that avoids political judgments. But what it does do is show beyond doubt that the U.S. remains a dynamic society marked by rapid and mostly upward income mobility. Much as they always have, Americans on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder continue to climb into the middle and sometimes upper classes in remarkably short periods of time. (link)

Read the whole thing. It'll open your eyes. What a great country this is.

Chart courtesy of the Treasury Dept. and the Wall Street Journal

This Ain't Good

Just when you thought it was safe to start your car:
U.S. Forecaster Sees Further Jump In Gasoline Prices
By John J. Fialka, The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Department of Energy's top forecaster expects gasoline prices to climb an additional 20 cents a gallon by December and said prices could go still higher if OPEC doesn't increase production.

Yesterday, the national average retail price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.10, according to the AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association. Guy Caruso, who heads the department's Energy Information Administration, said the price of gasoline will continue to rise even if crude oil prices don't because the past jump in crude prices hasn't been fully passed on to gasoline consumers by oil refiners. (
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What do they think this is? Milk?

As Only Bart Hinkle Can Do It

A plan for solving our health care ... er, food shortage problems.

He makes perfect sense, unfortunately.

Then Make Sense

If former state police Superintendent W. Gerald Massengill wants to influence the gun control debate here in Virginia, he'd do well to provide us with an argument that is grounded in reality. For this certainly isn't going to move the needle:
Tighter gun-show checks backed
Massengill: Exemption on checks by unlicensed dealers should be ended
By Bill Mickelway, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Former state police Superintendent W. Gerald Massengill said yesterday that he is willing to personally support restrictions on sales of firearms at gun shows.

Stepping into a volatile political issue that he said will take on a new urgency and tenor in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, Massengill described himself as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights but as a man who has witnessed an intolerable rise in gun violence and gun presence.

"We can't allow the proliferation of guns to continue," he said, speaking before The Virginia Center for Public Safety, a nonprofit group that is part of a coalition of gun-control advocates. (link)
First, a lesser point: Can a man be "a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights" and argue that the rise in "the presence of guns" in our society is intolerable? Not with a straight face and a sound mind.

But to the larger point, this former political appointee knows full well that gun shows had nothing - NOTHING - to do with the Virginia Tech massacre. But he thinks he can make the connection anyway? Is he completely without legitimate ideas? Does he think no one is going to call him on this bit of bait-and-switch? Guilt by association?

Nice try, Gerald.

It's fair to say that this "strong supporter of Second Amendment rights" proves himself herewith to be just another advocate (dupe?) for the gun-ban crowd. And not a very effective one at that.

Why don't you come back to us, Gerald, when you have a cogent argument to make.

Putting History Right

I know you guys at the Roanoke Times have a need to blame everything on President Bush but I think you've overreached on this one:

Editorial: Pull up the plants

Presidential campaign staffers sunk to low in their efforts to control information on the campaign trail. One of Hillary Clinton's staff members handed a college student a softball question to ask the senator at an Iowa town hall meeting.

What does Clinton's staff fear? That she might commit a verbal misstep and reveal her human foibles?

Controlled access, manufactured questions, staged events: Clinton appears to be emulating President Bush. After seven years of tolerating a president who lives in a bubble, the nation deserves something better from all its presidential candidates. (link)


Somehow, Hillary is caught in an embarrassing situation and George W. Bush's name gets sucked into the story.

Perhaps we should inject a bit of history into this saga.

● I can only assume that crack about manufactured questions as they relate to our current President goes back to an incident in 2005 involving a pro-Bush "reporter" who worked his way into a series of White House press conferences and asked softball questions of the Commander-in-Chief. The questions he asked weren't manufactured. They just weren't the venom-laced questions the White House press corps has come to be expected to ask.

● It's fair to say that the practice of "staging" White House events has been going on for decades now. It certainly didn't start with George W. Bush. In fact, it is generally accepted that former President Reagan perfected the art.

Bill Clinton worked at it too, though less effectively. Anyone remember the rocks that were placed on the beach at Normandy for him to shape into a cross with as he strolled along ... in deep thought ... with furrowed brow ... teeth gripping lower lip? Remember the little American flag that had been pulled out of the ground at the cemetery nearby, the one that Clinton was supposed to find and set back in its rightful place next to the grave of a fallen soldier? Staged events. Poorly staged events.

● And what's that silliness about President Bush living in a bubble? Does anyone obtain more advice - and subject himself to more criticism - than the current resident of the White House? Have the geniuses at the Roanoke Times missed all of Bush's press conferences - the ones that are attended by the most vicious, vane, hate-filled, arrogant, and spiteful human beings on the planet? Do they really want to argue that the press is giving President Bush a pass?

Please.

Hillary did wrong. Criticize her for it. Leave George Bush - and your own hatred for the man - out of this.