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Thursday, November 15, 2007

An Epitaph

I once read, long ago, The Naked And The Dead. I remember nothing about it.

Norman Mailer is remembered. Or not.

Well, They're Half Right

I'll trust our public schools to teach sex education when they figure out how to teach our kids to read.

The folks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch disagree. They choose to overlook the gross failures of our schools and instead advocate that we do more of the same (but without outside help). The editorial, "Just Say No":
Gov. Tim Kaine is cutting off state funding for several groups that promote sexual abstinence. Good.

The effectiveness of abstinence-only programs is open to serious doubts. That's an important point, but also beside the point. The real question is why the state is giving money to groups that teach abstinence, condom use, and other forms of birth control. Outside of the schools, teaching about the birds and the bees is not government's job. (link)
Started off well. But what's with that last sentence?

The other shoe drops:
The public schools should teach the virtue of abstinence as part of standard sex education classes. [my emphasis]
Why? Why do schools need to get involved in such matters at all? Because public school teachers have proven themselves to be experts in such things? Because they have been uniquely successful at reducing the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in this country? (NOT EVEN) Because a mindset exists that public schools are surrogate parents? Because school teachers can somehow do that which parents fail to do?

It needs to be proven to me that public schools in this country - and in this state - can do anything right. Sex education? How about Burger King menu reading?

Dems: 'Lose, Darn It!'

Now that the war is clearly being won, the Democrats are stepping up their efforts to have it lost:
House OK's $50 Billion 'Pullout' Bill

November 15, 2007 -- Washington - House Democrats last night pushed through a $50 billion Iraq-war bill that would require President Bush to start bringing troops home in coming weeks with a goal of ending combat by December 2008.

The legislation, passed 218-203, was largely a symbolic jab at Bush, who already has begun reducing forces but opposes a congressionally mandated timetable on the war. (link)
The bill now moves on to the Senate, where Johnny-One-Note, our own James Webb, another Democrat who's heavily invested in our defeat, is expected to support - again - headlong retreat.

Long after we've won and the troops have come home to our loving arms, these worms will be screaming for our demise.

Sorry, Charlie.

Is This What You Really Want?

For those of you who consider government-run health care to be a neat idea, and government-controlled zoning for cigarette smokers to be a swell thing to do (that nasty smell, after all ...), and government-administered condom distribution to 11-year old school kids to be oh so critical, this glimpse into your future, courtesy of the British, is my gift for today:
'Get tough' call on public health
Government ministers should shrug off media accusations that they are running a nanny state and introduce tougher public health measures, experts say.
BBC News

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the time had come to consider a whole host of interventions in the UK after the introduction of a smoking ban.

Its proposes raising alcohol prices, restricting pub opening hours and better food labelling to fight obesity.

The government said it was taking steps to protect public health.

[T]hey urged the government not to be afraid to act where there was evidence people were being put at risk by environmental factors. (link)
A particularly frightening quote from one of the council members:

"The government has a duty to look after the health of everyone and sometimes that means guiding or restricting our choices."

I thought Ronald Reagan had defeated those who held to this kind of totalitarian bent. Obviously our work is not yet done.

These guys are dangerous. And they're about to knock on your door.

Disband Congress

We need to start over. These guys are out of control:
One Lawmaker’s Waste Is Another’s Namesake
By Robert Pear, The New York Times

Washington, Nov. 12 — Buried deep in the largest domestic spending bill of the year is money for a library and museum honoring first ladies. The $130,000 was requested by the local congressman, Representative Ralph Regula, Republican of Ohio. The library was founded by his wife, Mary A. Regula. The director of the library is his daughter, Martha A. Regula.

Other “namesake projects” in the bill include the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York, named for the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; the Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi, named for the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee; and the Thomas Daschle Center for Public Service at South Dakota State University, honoring the former Senate Democratic leader.

The bill also includes “Harkin grants” to build schools and promote healthy lifestyles in Iowa, where Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is running for re-election. (link)
Not mentioned but something that one would think is important to this story: YOU'RE PAYING FOR ALL THIS.

For the love of God. Let's not just fire them. Let's imprison them.

Democrat Lunacy

Remember SCHIP? That State Children's Health Insurance Program that was originally launched to provide assistance to the children of the poorest among us but, in recent months, is being expanded to include, if the Democrtas have their way, children of the middle class and upper-middle class? Coverage for people who could easily afford to pay their own way? The scheme that President Bush keeps vetoing and the Democrats keep passing?

Well, it seems they've outdone themselves. SCHIP is now in shambles. Why? Certain Democrats are demanding that this children's health insurance program cover parents as well.

You can't make this stuff up:
8 Democrats Pose Hurdle for Children’s Health Bill
By Robert Pear, The New York Times

Washington, Nov. 14 — Congressional efforts to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program have run into a new roadblock. Eight Democratic senators say they cannot support any compromise that limits their states’ ability to cover parents along with children.

Democratic leaders had been considering such a compromise. But in their effort to mollify Republicans, the Democrats have begun to alienate some members of their own party on this and other issues.

The eight senators told Democratic leaders this week that they could not support any bill if their states lost money for the coverage of parents. (link)
So now the Democrats are proposing that the poorest citizens in America pay for a children's health care program for the poor that also needs to cover the children of affluent parents and the affluent parents as well.

You all wanted these jokers to be in power. Congratulations.

It Comes Down To This

Does the Bill Of Rights protect the interests of We The People?

From the Los Angeles Times:

Unholster the 2nd Amendment
By Robert A. Levy

Later this month, the Supreme Court will decide whether to review the circuit court's blockbuster opinion in Parker vs. District of Columbia, the first federal appellate opinion to overturn a gun control law on the ground that the 2nd Amendment protects the rights of individuals. If the high court takes the case, oral arguments likely will be held this spring, with a decision expected before June 30.

Significantly, the 2nd Amendment refers explicitly to "the right of the people," not the rights of states or the militia. And the Bill of Rights is the section of our Constitution that deals exclusively with individual liberties.

That is why there has been an outpouring of legal scholarship -- some from prominent liberals -- that recognizes the 2nd Amendment as securing the right of each individual to keep and bear arms.

Considering the text, purpose, structure and history of our Constitution, and the clear weight of legal scholarship, it's time for the Supreme Court to revitalize the 2nd Amendment, which has lain dormant for nearly seven decades. (link)

Yes. It's time to end this debate. We the people maintain a right to keep and bear arms and will not kowtow to an increasingly intrusive bureaucracy that wants us disarmed and subservient. We will not disarm. We will not submit.

Rosie Gets The Heave Ho

This goes out to those of you who wish for Rosie O'Donnell to just go away:

I feel better.

Click on the triangle to launch the video.

Quote Of The Day

On Hillary's steadfast position relating to driver's licenses for illegal aliens:
First she sounded sympathetic to the idea during a televised debate, and within moments had refused to endorse it. Afterwards, she changed her mind and endorsed it. Now today, after Governor Eliot Spitzer shelved a plan to issue New York drivers licenses to illegal aliens, Hillary Clinton shifted her position yet again to oppose the idea entirely ...
Ed Morrisey, "It's Wednesday, So We Must Have A New Position," Captain's Quarters, November 14, 2007

While We Guard Those 737's ...

... terrorists attack us along the U.S. border:
Border violence rising against authorities
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

Alien and drug smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico border have spawned a rise in violence against federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, who say they are outmanned and outgunned.

"They've got weapons, high-tech radios, computers, cell phones, Global Positioning Systems, spotters and can react faster than we are able to," said Shawn P. Moran, a 10-year U.S. Border Patrol veteran who serves as vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 in San Diego.

Assaults against Border Patrol agents have more than doubled over the past two years, many by Mexico-based alien and drug gangs more inclined than ever to use violence as a means of ensuring success in the smuggling of people and contraband.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledges ... (link)
"Homeland security." While they train their attention on commercial airliners that may some day head toward big-city skyscrapers, our borders are under assault and are not even under our control.

Something's seriously wrong with our priorities.