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Monday, November 19, 2007

Who's The Racist?

Did Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist (and race warrior extraordinaire) detect some nefarious plot involved when Pete Rose, Jr., a white boy, was indicted in November 2005 and pled guilty to distributing GBL, a sports performance enhancer?

No.

When the following figures in the performance-enhancing drug scandal commonly referred to as the BALCO scandal were found guilty (or plead to charges), did Williams see their prosecution as an attack on black America? (it's worth noting that none of the malefactors are black):
Victor Conte: The founder of BALCO served four months after pleading to one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and a second count of laundering a portion of a check.

Patrick Arnold: Chemist who created designer steroids that were at the heart of the BALCO scandal served three months in federal prison.

Troy Ellerman: Lawyer, who at one point represented Victor Conte in the BALCO scandal, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for leaking secret grand jury testimony to San Francisco Chronicle reporters.

Remi Korchemny: Track coach ensnarled in the BALCO scandal received probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.

Trevor Graham: Rival track coach and whistle-blower in the BALCO scandal has been indicted for lying to federal agents. His trial had been scheduled to begin Nov. 26, but earlier this week a judge granted a request by two of his defense lawyers to be removed from his case. That development is expected to delay the start of his trial.

Tammy Thomas: Former elite cyclist pleaded not guilty to lying to a federal grand jury investigating the BALCO scandal.

Greg Anderson: Former trainer to baseball star Barry Bonds, Anderson served a four-month sentence for his role in the BALCO scandal. Anderson had been jailed since August for contempt of court for failure to cooperate in the federal government's perjury case against Bonds. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered his release from prison. (
source)
No complaint form Michael Paul that I can find.

But hey. Now that Barry Bonds has been indicted in the same scandal, what do you suppose Michael Paul Williams finds to be a possible underlying plot?

That's right:
How is it feds bagged only Bonds?
By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist

You can be convinced that Barry Bonds used steroids and still detect the whiff of a fix at his indictment last week on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Something is at work here other than the evenhanded application of the law. Bonds is being singled out. Given the number of performance-enhancing cheats -- in baseball, football, track and field, boxing, cycling and other sports -- why is Bonds the only one facing hard time? (link)
If your vision - your worldview - passes through a race filter that blocks all rays of light that don't fall within a narrow wavelength spectrum, it's easier to understand how this guy can come up with the foolishness that he does.

Without that, he's completely beyond normal human comprehension.

A More Plausible Response

A Virginia Tech student offers up a proposal in today's Roanoke Times that administrators there and in Richmond might want to consider, as a response to the massacre that occurred in April:
Maybe if we put up signs that say something to the effect of: "If you are planning on shooting and killing your classmates and professors and then yourself, we're sorry but that is not allowed here."
Don't laugh. That's exactly what Virginia Tech declares when it calls itself a "a gun-free zone."

Gun-free, naïveté-abundant, and sociopath-heavy. A disaster that was waiting to happen.

The Proper Role Of Government

This is why we put up with our politicians enriching themselves at our expense, as opposed to invoking the revolution and burning Washington to the ground:
U.S. Approves $1.3 Billion for 2nd Avenue Subway
By William Neuman, The New York Times


The long-dreamed-of Second Avenue subway [to run from Harlem to the financial district of New York City] will take another important step toward becoming a real thing of concrete and steel today, as the federal government plans to announce that it has formally approved $1.3 billion in financing for the project’s first phase.

Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said in an interview that the money would be paid out over the next seven years as construction progresses on the subway’s first leg, which will have stops on Second Avenue at 92nd, 86th and 72nd Streets and at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue. (link)
Of course the final price tag to American taxpayers will probably be $13 billion, perhaps $130 billion, instead of $1.3 billion. But, as long as nobody dies, it's money well-spent.

The Do Nothing Congress, Part LXVIII

I think this pretty much explains why the Democrats have been able to accomplish absolutely nothing since they took charge a year ago. From today's New York Times:

Democrats in Congress failed once again Friday to shift President Bush’s war strategy in Iraq, but insisted that they would not let up. Their explanation for their latest foiled effort seemed to boil down to a simple question: “What else are we supposed to do?”


A question brought to Washington by our very own junior senator last year. Jimmy-One-Note opposes our war efforts. Beyond that?

“What else are we supposed to do?”

Where Are Their Priorities?

An article that appears in this morning's New York Times having to do with ''City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America'' (Detroit takes top honors) is fascinating in itself. What I found most interesting though were reactions that came from those city officials who are supposed to be preventing criminals from plundering and pillaging and marauding and destroying and murdering ...

They're upset that the report was released.

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Oh, and then there's Philadelphia's answer to its exploding crime problem.

A Thanks Giving

Mark Steyn, a Canadian, looks fondly at our wonderful country that God has truly blessed, and compares it ... favorably ... to Europe:
I don't believe the U.S. Constitution includes a right to abortion or gay marriage or a zillion other things the Left claims to detect emanating from the penumbra, but I find it sweetly touching that in America even political radicalism has to be framed as an appeal to constitutional tradition from the powdered-wig era.

In Europe, by contrast, one reason why there's no politically significant pro-life movement is because, in a world where constitutions have the life expectancy of an Oldsmobile, great questions are just seen as part of the general tide, the way things are going, no sense trying to fight it. And, by the time you realize you have to, the tide's usually up to your neck.

So Americans should be thankful they have one of the last functioning nation-states. Europeans, because they've been so inept at exercising it, no longer believe in national sovereignty, whereas it would never occur to Americans not to.
"World should give thanks for America," The OC Register, November 17, 2007

You Wanted 'em. You Got 'em.

To think, my state senator (the Democrat who ran unopposed, ahem) is going to be voting with his majority in Richmond. The Washington Post yesterday gives us a snapshot of the leadership of that majority, those who will now be in control of our 2nd Amendment rights here in the commonwealth:
Urban Democrats, mostly from Northern Virginia, will now control most committees and the Senate Democratic Caucus. Democrat Richard L. Saslaw of Annandale, the likely new Senate majority leader, supports changing the law governing gun shows and also supports allowing colleges to ban guns on campus, even among permit holders. He sees no reason for more gun rights to come out of the Senate.

"What more do they need?" he asked. "They got everything. What more could you do? Require every home to come with a surface-to-air missile?"
It's jokers like this who will now be calling the shots. May God have mercy on us.

While Virginia Fiddles With Gun Show Clampdowns ...

... in an effort that will further inconvenience - and annoy - those citizens who are law-abiding and who simply wish to protect themselves and their loved ones from the depredations of sociopaths who pay no attention to laws of any kind and who wreak havoc - and exact unspeakable carnage - on "gun-free" college campuses with impunity, Babes With Bullets have their own ideas as to how to deal with madmen who intend to do them grievous harm.

To give you a hint as to their methodologies, Smith & Wesson is a corporate sponsor. It don't get better than this.

The Sisters of the I Refuse To Be A Victim Or Wait For The Campus Police To Show Up To Save Me Society are my kinda women.

Leave It To The Gov't

While the entire planet is rapidly moving to a point in which English will be the universal language, mostly because of the internet, and because of global commercial interaction, the U.S. government is doing its very best to stifle that trend.

In the news today, my favorite charity, The Salvation Army, is under assault. You'll never guess why:
Mi Casa, Sue Casa
Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people
who can't speak English.
By John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army.


Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked.

But that's exactly what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying to do. In March the EEOC sued the Salvation Army because its thrift store in Framingham, Mass., required its employees to speak English on the job. The requirement was clearly posted and employees were given a year to learn the language. The EEOC claimed the store had fired two Hispanic employees for continuing to speak Spanish on the job. It said that the firings violated the law because the English-only policy
was not "relevant" to job performance or safety. (
link)
In the business world, the Chinese, the Koreans, the Indonesians all learn to speak English. It's the only way business can be conducted. The world in which I operate, a smaller one to be sure, is the same. To allow an employee to function within that environment - but not expect him or her to be able to communicate with most everyone in the business universe - is lunacy.

Lunacy, thy acronym is EEOC.