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Monday, February 18, 2008

You Want My Opinion?

This "news item" is pathetic:
Lee County teacher charged with assaulting student
Kingsport Times News

Jonesville — A teacher at Rose Hill Elementary School has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery for allegedly striking a student.

Bridget Wallen, 35, was arraigned Tuesday in Lee County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and a hearing on the matters has been scheduled for March 11 at 10:30 a.m., also in juvenile court.

Lee County School Superintendent Fred Marion said Wallen has been placed on administrative leave until the issue is resolved. (
The article is followed by this (with a link provided for comments):

What are your thoughts on this news?

My thoughts?

How about you give us more detail? This teacher is going to court for having done what? Assault and battery - did Ms. Wallen spank a kid for acting up in class or did she beat him half to death with a baseball bat for wetting his pants?

How about you do your job and provide the reading public with the rest of the story so that they don't have to draw wild inferences from your half-assed report?

You want my thoughts? Those are my thoughts.

And The People Love Them For It!

The Richmond Times-Dispatch on the current budget mess that was ... curiously ... "fixed" ... a few years back:

"Tim Kaine, speaking at a 2005 campaign rally about the Warner-Kaine administration's fiscal policy: 'We inherited a budget mess, and we fixed it.'"

"Enough Said," February 17, 2008

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Why can't these guys think outside the box?

A photo with accompanying caption in this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch:

An Amtrak conductor loads a stepping stool onto a train after a stop to pick up two passengers in Ashland.

Two passengers.

Ever thought of sending a Yellow Cab instead of an eighty-million dollar train?

Photo Courtesy of Lindy Keast Rodman and the Times-Dispatch

Quote Of The Day

From Mark Steyn:
These days, Obama worshippers file two kinds of columns. The first school is well-represented by Ezra Klein, the elderly bobby-soxer of The American Prospect:

"Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair."

Er, OK, if you say so.
"Obama the Muzak Messiah of the pseudo-revolution," The Orange County Register, February 16, 2008

This Is Troubling

Great Britain is forced to take ownership of its largest mortgage lender:
National Rock
The Wall Street Journal

Creditor, guarantor, owner: The British taxpayer's relationship with Northern Rock evolved yet again when the government announced yesterday that it would nationalize the stricken mortgage lender. The move is the least bad of Whitehall's dwindling set of options. As such, it is an indictment of Gordon Brown's handling of this debacle from the very beginning.

By now, there was little else his government could have done. The emergency public loans designed to keep Northern Rock afloat until a private-sector solution could be found total at least £25 billion ($49.04 billion), yet no credible offers for the bank emerged.

Interest among private-sector bidders has waned since the loans were first revealed in September. That's in part because of market conditions more generally and in part because the loans, and the government's insistence that they be repaid post-haste, became an anchor that no private lifeboat could bear. (link)
$49.04 billion in government loans offered and no private sector institution would touch it.

This is not good.

Missing The Real Issue

What do David Tarloff, Seung-hui Cho, and Steven Kazmierczak have in common?

1) All committed horrific murders.

2) All were nuts.

3) All were allowed to walk the streets, despite their mental problems being well known and documented, until they finally slaughtered enough human beings to garner the appropriate attention of the authorities.

The one thing they do not have in common?

The weapons chosen for their butchery.

But guess where all the debate in this country will remain focused:


Can't You Methodists Control Your Leadership?

While the average layperson simply wants to be pointed toward the pathway to Heaven, the United Methodist Church's leaders obsess over issues less ethereal. Political issues of the day best sorted out by legislators occupy their attention instead of the well-being of the flock.

Perhaps they should be town councilors. But no:
Methodists to Weigh Divestment as Tool to Shift Israel
By Rachel Pomerance, Religion News Service, the Washington Post

The United Methodist Church is poised to become the next U.S. church to consider divestment from a company or companies operating in Israel, a strategy that has embroiled the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other denominations in controversy.

At the church's quadrennial General Conference in April in Fort Worth, the Methodists, with more than 8 million U.S. members, will debate whether to pull church holdings in Caterpillar, which provides the Israel Defense Forces with bulldozers.

The proposal from the Methodists' General Board of Church and Society comes as the church's women's division offers a 224-page study guide on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that Jewish groups have slammed as "inflammatory, inaccurate and polemical." (link)
It's probably worth mentioning that, while the leadership of the United Methodist Church focuses on Palestinian issues, the members of the church focus on finding a house of worship where their concerns are better addressed. Church membership and weekly attendance continue to plummet.

Any wonder?

Toledo Mayor In More Trouble

If abruptly kicking the Marines out of town as they were preparing for a training exercise that had been previously approved by city officials wasn't enough to get Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner in hot water, his latest stunt surely is:
Toledo mayor's profanity aired on live radio in Detroit
By Ignazio Messina, Toledo Blade Staff Writer

The day before Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's spokesman was suspended for three weeks for allegedly using vulgar language with an off-air radio producer, the mayor himself used a profanity during a live interview broadcast.

Mr. Finkbeiner uttered the "f-word" followed by "ruckus" to describe the "few days" after his order last week to cancel a Marine Corps weekend-long urban warfare exercise in downtown Toledo and in some abandoned buildings. (link)
It's actually the Clintonesque explanation for this lapse in judgement that caught my eye. Apparently Finkbeiner's use of a vulgarity was an innocent effort to ... well, let him tell it:
"I merged two words into one. Ruckus is what I was after … It wasn't intentional.


"The intention of the word was 'ruckus.' I started to say 'fuss' and changed to 'ruckus' and the words were merged into one."
OK. Well, that clears everything up.

This guy is destined to do well in the Democratic Party.

Cooler Heads Prevail

There has been much written of late about the firing of the College of William & Mary's president, Gene Nichol, and about the fact that there is widespread outrage and disappointment being expressed by W&M students and faculty as a result.

They should consider this, from the college's student newspaper:
A painful, proper decision

Painful as it is, the Board of Visitors was right not to renew College President Gene Nichol’s contract.

Months of discussion, independent research and outside input have proved one thing: Nichol’s executive failures and a pattern of mismanagement clearly indicate that he is no longer qualified for the job. Now comes the time for reconciliation — for moving on.

Just four months ago, we were calling for Nichol’s renewal.

But our opinion on Nichol evolved as we studied his presidency, with recent editorials expressing deep skepticism. His relationships with donors soured and serious ethical questions arose concerning whether he knowingly misrepresented fundraising figures. Controversy made Nichol himself the issue, and this has impeded his ability to lead effectively.

His decision to remove the Wren cross without prior consultation represented the most high-profile action in what became a pattern of unilateral policy-making. (link)
So it is written ...