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Thursday, February 07, 2008

You Learn Something Every Day

I am a student of words. And when I come upon one being used that's unfamiliar, I quickly go to my dictionary to find its meaning.

As luck would have it, while reading the news this morning, I was confronted with a brand new one. One I don't think I'd ever seen in print before.

The really odd thing is, I came across it twice - today.

First in a George Will column:
Forewarned, Democrats now are forearmed -- not that they will necessarily make sensible use of the gift. Tuesday's voting armed Democratic voters with the name of the candidate that their nominee will face in the fall. Will their purblind party now nominate the most polarizing person in contemporary politics, ... (my emphasis)
Then in a Wall Street Journal headline:

So you don't have to rush to your dictionary:

Adjective: purblind pûr'blīnd'
1. Having greatly reduced vision
2. Lacking in insight or discernment

Now we all know.

America The Psychoneurotic

Breaking news out of Campbell County: School officials have lost their freaking minds:
Campbell County Schools on "modified shut down"
Danville Register and Bee

Campbell County Schools located in the Brookville District are on what Superintendent George Nolley called “modified shut down” after a man with a pistol was spotted walking along Timberlake Road, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance.

“All four Brookville schools are in modified shut down, which means kids aren’t going outside but they are still going to their classes,” Nolley said. (link)
I'm surprised the national guard wasn't called out.

A Plan Worth Considering

The editorial staff of The Tartan, Radford University's student newspaper, offers up a plan to help stimulate the economy when President Bush's tax rebate checks start hitting the mailboxes and students have cash in hand:

Spend it.

All those years of intense study pay off.

Kick San Francisco Out Of The Union

I know the issue relating to a state's ability to secede from the Union was settled a few years back, but is there a rule that says we can't encourage a particular municipality to get the hell out of our lives?

California Voters Reject Proposal for Peace on the Rock
By Jesse McKinley, The New York Times

San Francisco — Alcatraz escaped.

In a victory for fans of one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, San Francisco voters soundly rejected a ballot proposal on Tuesday to acquire Alcatraz Island and convert it into “a global peace center,” though advocates of the plan say their dream is not dead.

The vision for the peace center, which is depicted on a Web site, globalpeacefoundation.org, is of a lush green island, in the path of a sunbeam and complete with a geodesic dome and a pyramid.

Among the bill’s opponents was the San Francisco Republican Party — such a thing does exist — which called the proposition ridiculous and cited its potential burden on local taxpayers. (link)

Before you think, after reading this, that all of America's crazy people now live in San Francisco, I should remind you that this "peace center" that was rejected (by those residents who still exhibit brief moments of sanity) is in fact alive and well. And just up the road.

May God have mercy. They're alive and well and living among us.

For The Record

Let it be duly noted, the Democratic Party is, hands down, the party of racial and ethnic prejudice:
Democrats' Votes Display a Racial Divide
By Amy Goldstein, Washington Post Staff Writer

[Tuesday's] primary voting laid bare a profound racial and ethnic divide among Democratic voters, with African Americans overwhelmingly preferring Sen. Barack Obama and Latinos largely favoring Sen. Hillary Clinton. (link)
And the party bosses would have it no other way ...

Oh Those Awful Corporations

You know the ones. The ones that the Democrats love to hate.

Consider this though: Without just one of them, Exxon Mobil, half of America would have to start paying taxes.

This, from Mark J. Perry, should give one pause:
Over the last three years, Exxon Mobil has paid an average of $27 billion annually in taxes. That's $27,000,000,000 per year, a number so large it's hard to comprehend. Here's one way to put Exxon's taxes into perspective.

According to IRS data for 2004, the most recent year available:

Total number of tax returns: 130 million

Number of Tax Returns for the Bottom 50%: 65 million

Adjusted Gross Income for the Bottom 50%: $922 billion

Total Income Tax Paid by the Bottom 50%: $27.4 billion

Conclusion: In other words, just one corporation (Exxon Mobil) pays as much in taxes ($27 billion) annually as the entire bottom 50% of individual taxpayers, which is 65,000,000 people! Further, the tax rate for the bottom 50% is only 3% of adjusted gross income ($27.4 billion / $922 billion), and the tax rate for Exxon was 41% in 2006 ($67.4 billion in taxable income, $27.9 billion in taxes). (link)
And Exxon Mobil is still despised.

Executives there would do their shareholders a big favor by moving offshore. Would they be missed?

Oooo. Do That Again.

Female guards can now frisk male inmates

Weather Occurs. Kerry Blames ...

... okay, you know the drill:
Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming
By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute

Politicians using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a tried-and-true strategy. Paint the idea green and a natural catastrophe became political fodder for former Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.).

Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. So, of course, Kerry used the platform to advance global warming alarmism.

“[I] don’t want to sort of leap into the larger meaning of, you know, inappropriately, but on the other hand, the weather service has told us we are going to have more and more intense storms,” Kerry said. (
Well, I don't, you know, want to try to make too much sense of that, you know, tortured sentence, or whatever, but it seems to go along with this, you know, moron's understanding of what the rest of us learned in the third grade as being, you know, the weather.

Tax 'em Anyway

I had to chuckle when I read this. It isn't news from our immediate area but it says something about the government(s) we allow to be:

Bluff City, Tenn., is considering a hotel tax but it has no hotels
By Mac McLean, Bristol Herald Courier Reporter

Bluff City, Tenn. – City officials’ plans to impose a hotel tax have upset the owner of a business they annexed six weeks ago, and the plan could take on an unusual twist before any revenue is collected.

While Bluff City does not have any hotels, City Recorder Judy Dulaney said the proposed tax would apply to visitors at the Lakeview RV Park, which the board voted to annex on Dec. 20.

"I understand they need the income," [owner Worley Fain] said, adding it takes three to five years to get an RV park truly established. "But they have to do it in a balanced way." (link)
Well, Worley, truth is they don't.

RV's are, in Bluff City, TN, hereafter and forevermore, mobile hotel rooms. Tax 'em, boys. Make 'em bleed.

Hat tip to a friend.