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Saturday, December 08, 2007

This Ain't Good

I hope the Big Truck industry turns around soon:
Volvo lays off 650 at Dublin plant
By Angela Manese-Lee, The Roanoke Times

Roughly a year after Volvo Trucks North America announced plans to lay off more than 1,000 people from its Dublin plant, officials are looking to trim employment again.

This time, by up to 650 people.

The layoffs, which Volvo spokesman Jim McNamara said will hit at the end of January, cap a year of up and down employment at the plant, when hundreds of workers were laid off, then recalled and now are likely to be laid off again. (link)
This is not the Christmas present these folks wanted.

Here's hoping Volvo finds its footing again soon. Southwest Virginia is depending on it.

We Refuse To Be Europe

In a case where a magazine blogger* over in France called for retribution after a woman was raped and murdered on a train, only to find out that his weblog was being shut down because he violated the law, as "it is taboo in Europe to say that if the state fails to protect the citizens, the citizens should do so themselves," a clearly defined difference between them and us emerges.

The perpetrator, it's worth noting, was found, upon investigation, to be a serial rapist.

Here's the galling part of this story, beyond the fact that a beautiful young woman was brutally murdered on a public train as she tried to make her way home:

There is no Second Amendment in Europe. Even European politicians from the so-called "right," like [French President Nicholas] Sarkozy, are horrified at the suggestion that citizens should be allowed to protect themselves against criminals. Last year, Mr. Sarkozy told French radio: "Security is the responsibility of the state. I am against the private ownership of firearms. If you are assaulted by an armed burglar, he will use his weapon more effectively than you anyway, so you are risking your life."
The problem with that kind of thinking is this: The opposite is just as true. The lack of security is the responsibility of the state as well. But the state doesn't suffer the consequences.

As has been proven in recent weeks, with cities across France being inundated with riots and mayhem, lawlessness is the responsibility of the state but the state is powerless to do anything about it. And though there is responsibility, there is no real accountability. People die. Investigations are launched. Statistics are tabulated. Life - for most - goes on.

Thus, the citizenry is fair game. Fish in a barrel. Ducks in a row. Young women on public transit.

Will the state be there when you need protection? Maybe. Maybe not.

In France, you may be in luck; you may not.

In the USA, where we value human life a whole lot more, we refuse such thinking. We will do everything necessary to protect our ourselves, our loved ones, and our wordly possessions. The authorities here are simply asked to help.

You can't accept that? I know where your opinions are welcome.

Just stay indoors. And cower.

* Don't ask me. I'm not really sure what that means either. A magazine blogger is different somehow from a magazine columnist.

** Photo courtesy of The Brussels Journal

We Refuse To Be Canadians

From Mark Steyn, a Canadian:
Up north, the Canadian Islamic Congress announced the other day that at least two of Canada’s “Human Rights Commissions” – one federal, one provincial – had agreed to hear their complaints that their “human rights” had been breached by this “flagrantly Islamophobic” excerpt from my book, as published in the country’s bestselling news magazine, Maclean’s. Several readers and various Canadian media outlets have
enquired what my defense to the charges is. Here’s my answer:


I can defend myself if I have to. But I shouldn’t have to.

These "human rights" censors started with small fry - obscure websites, "homophobes" who made the mistake of writing letters to local newspapers or quoting the more robust chunks of Leviticus - and, because they got away with it, it now seems entirely reasonable for a Canadian pseudo-court to sit in judgment on the content of a mainstream magazine and put a big old "libel chill" over critical areas of public debate. The "progressive" left has grown accustomed to the regulation of speech, thinking it just a useful way of sticking it to Christian fundamentalists, right-wing columnists, and other despised groups. They don’t know they’re riding a tiger that in the end will devour them, too.
To think, there are millions in this country who would be overjoyed if we adopted similar rules of censorship. And similar intimidation tactics.

Diligence, my friends. Perseverence. Determination. We refuse to ever be like them.

On That 'Gun-Free' Mall Shooting In Omaha

Glenn Reynolds:
... I'm pretty sure that nobody in the Omaha mall was thinking, "Good thing the crazy guy is the only one here with a gun."
Sad. True.

The Hidden Meaning?

I guess he's capable of being divided into two equal parts?

From a letter to the editor of the Danville Register & Bee (fourth item down):

Why is this a problem?

To the editor:
Religious intolerance of homosexuals is rife, no matter how it is masked, as in a minister’s recent letter to the editor. Having sung in a local church choir for years and my “closet” coming-out accepted by the entire congregation, I wonder if he would welcome me into his fold knowing that I am bisectional.
I don't know if the congregation would be accepting but I'm sure Ripley's Believe It Or Not would be.

As for me, I think we should show tolerance toward all bisectionals.

Hat tip to James Taranto.

What's Up With This?

I generally give students a lot of latitude. Their brains, after all, have not yet matured to the point where they can be trusted to act like human beings on a full-time basis. But this, it seems to me, crosses the line and deserves your attention:

Students Dress as VT Victims, Cause Outrage
Lindsey Henley, WSLS News Channel 10


Two Penn State students, dressed as Virginia Tech shooting victims, at a Halloween party have enraged people from the Virginia Tech community, as well as the entire country.

10 On Your Side has seen all of the controversial pictures. They are of two Penn State students and are extremely graphic. Both are wearing Virginia Tech t-shirts and elaborate make-up. Both have bullet holes in their bodies.


Our decision not to show you the pictures is a result of our desire to be sensitive to a community that is still grieving. We also want to show respect to the shooting victims, their families, and their friends. Showing these pictures would serve no purpose. (link)
Well, I've never been accused of being sensitive. And I think the photos ARE THE STORY. So here they are (pulled from Drudge):



Sick.


Bad taste.

Uncreative.

Halloween?

Penn State?

Hello?

Besides the attempt on the part of the dork on the right to pick up fat chicks, what's the point?

You'd expect foolishness like this to come from boneheads who think that pretending to be Virginia Tech shooting victims in a political protest is going to influence someone's opinion, but Halloween?

Students. Mush for brains.

NBC Takes Sides In The War

Well, actually one could easily make the argument that NBC took sides the day after 9/11 fell down around us. The network has really been against us ever since.

But this - the latest in a long line of outrages - goes beyond anything the gutter trash there have done previously:


NBC Rejects Ad From Conservative Group
By Jim Kuhnhenn, myway.com

Washington (AP) - NBC has rejected a TV ad by Freedom's Watch, a conservative group that supports administration policy in Iraq, that asks viewers to remember and thank U.S. troops during the holiday season.

NBC said it declined to air the ad because it refers to the group's Web site, which the network said was too political, not because of the ad's message.

"Anybody in the world who would look at this ad would come away with nothing other than we should be thankful for their service," Freedom's Watch president Brad Blakeman said.

"We have a policy that prohibits acceptance of advertising that deals with issues of public controversy," Wurtzel said. "This particular ad, in and of itself, is fine. It thanks the troops for their action overseas. We asked them to eliminate a URL address where a person is asked to contact elected officials and told not to cut and run on the war on
terror." (
link)
Translation: The ad is okay. NBC just won't accept the political point of view of those who produced it.

How reprehensible.

But it's their network.
What's left of it.

They don't have to run the ad.
We don't have to tune into their channels.

Ever.
I, for one, made that decision long ago.

By the way, here's the Freedom's Watch ad. It's actually quite good. The video is a Thank You! to the troops and a call to Americans, asking that they - we - remember those who are off fighting for our country in hostile lands, under harsh conditions, during this holiday season. Nothing more.

The ad that NBC refuses to air:



Shame on NBC.


Update: December 9 (6:10am): NBC has reversed its ruling.

We Can All Relate

It's called CHRISTMAS, you morons!



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Video courtesy of Focus on the Family Action.