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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I Hope You Didn't Pay Big Bucks For This

Yes, it was worth doing.

And, yes, we can't have enough statues commemorating the life of the most influential and deservedly revered American of my lifetime.

But I gotta tell you ...

When the local Roanoke news channels announced last evening
the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue yesterday to great fanfare, an acquaintance saw it and said, "He looks like a zombie."

Indeed, and no offense intended, but someone's made the man look like a zombie walking down the street, scaring the little children.

It's not like it couldn't have been done properly or anything.

Photo courtesy of roanoke.com

Then There's The Other Bit Of News

Amid all the hoopla about Barack Obama's big wins yesterday in the Democratic primaries in Wisconsin and Hawaii, there's this less-reported news. John McCain ran essentially unopposed in the Washington state primary Tuesday and didn't even get a majority of the vote. What's up with that?

Here are the incomplete and unoffial results as reported by the New York Times:

A cynical person might say ANYONE BUT ... won.

Chart courtesy of the New York Times

Log This In The 'Second-Hand Smoke' Category

Lights at Night Are Linked to Breast Cancer

This Is Rich

Remember a number of years ago Hillary trying to convince us that she had, as a young woman, attempted - and failed - to sign up in the Marine Corps? The same Hillary who was at the same time a Wellesley College anti-warrior?

Well, the whoppers just keep on coming:
Clinton's Hunting History
Posted by Fernando Suarez, CBSNews.com

Wausau, WIS. -- At a campaign stop this afternoon, Hillary Clinton’s focus was on the economy and health care but some in the crowd had other things on their minds. Clinton was asked to discuss gun control which prompted Clinton to talk about her days holding a rifle in the cold, shallow waters in backwoods Arkansas.

“I’ve hunted. My father taught me how to hunt. I went duck hunting in Arkansas. I remember standing in that cold water, so cold, at first light. I was with a bunch of my friends, all men. The sun’s up, the ducks are flying and they are playing a trick on me. They said, ‘we’re not going to shoot, you shoot.’ They wanted to embarrass me. The pressure was on. So I shot, and I shot a banded duck and they were surprised as I was,” Clinton said drawing laughter from the crowd. (link)
It would be interesting to find out if Hillary knows the difference between a rifle and a shotgun (obviously this reporter doesn't).

In any case, does anyone believe this story? Hillary the Huntress?

Spare me.

On An Entirely Unrelated Matter

Forgive me. I have to quote that New York Times pudden-head columnist Maureen Dowd to make a point about something that is on my mind. In her opinion piece this morning, she writes:
... Hillary was doing her best to come across as a “Laverne & Shirley” factory girl as she headed away from not-a-chance Wisconsin and on to gotta-have Ohio.

She was drinking red wine and talking up the virtues of imported Blue Moon beer with a slice of citrus on her plane and putting up an ad in Ohio about how she works the night shift, too, just like the waitresses, hairdressers, hospital workers and other blue-collar constituents that she’s hoping to attract.
Two quick points:

1) Recently in an Inner Harbor Baltimore restaurant (the name of which will forever be forgotten), I tried Blue Moon beer for the first time. It tasted like cat pee (or what I would expect ...).

2) Upon recovering from an uncontrollable and interminably long-lasting gagging reflex, I was told (by the northerners in attendance) that I had to drink Blue Moon with an orange slice bobbing up and down in the glass (as Ms. Dowd mentions above). Made no sense to me but I tried it. A sip. I thought the waiter was going to have to clean the crab cakes off the ceiling.

A third quick point:

3) My new rule: If it don't begin with the letters B...U...D..., it don't cross my lips.

Expect a Knock On The Door

If Obama wins, that is.

From the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999 (with a hat tip to The Volokh Conspiracy for bringing it to our attention):
Sweeping federal gun control legislation proposed by Sen. Barack Obama (D-13th) would increase the penalties on gun runners who are flooding Chicago's streets with illegal weapons.

Obama outlined his anti-gun plan that includes increased penalties for the interstate transportation of firearms. The maximum penalty now for bringing a gun across the border is 10 years in prison. Obama is proposing to make it a felony for a gun owner whose firearm was stolen from his residence which causes harm to another person if that weapon was not securely stored in that home.

He's proposing restricting gun purchases to one weapon a month and banning the sale of firearms at gun shows except for "antique" weapons. Obama is also proposing increasing the licensing fee to obtain a federal firearms license.

Obama wants only those over 21 who've passed a basic course to be able to buy or own a firearm. [ed: you can defend my skinny ass in the military but don't think you as a civilian are going to own a firearm until I tell you you can.]

He's proposing that all federally licensed gun dealers sell firearms in a storefront and not from their homes while banning their business from being within five miles of a school or a park. He's also banning the sale of 'junk" handguns like the popular Saturday Night Specials.

Obama is requiring that all people working at a gun dealer undergo a criminal background check. He's also asking that gun manufacturers be required to develop safety measures that permit only the original owner of the firearm to operate the weapon purchased.

Obama is also seeking to increase the federal taxes by 500 percent on the sale of firearm, ammunition [sic] -- weapons he says are most commonly used in firearm deaths. (emphasis presumably in the original)
From my cold, dead hands, pal. From my cold, dead hands.

Quote of the Day

Mark Steyn on Mark Steyn (and me):
I'm something of a phobiaphobe. I don't subscribe to the concepts of "homophobia" and "Islamophobia." They're a lame rhetorical sleight to end the argument by denying it's an argument at all: you don't have a political disagreement with me over gay marriage or sharia, you have a mental illness. But don't worry, we can give you counselling and medication and your "phobia" will eventually go away.
"So what would it take to alarm you?" Macleans, February 14, 2008

It Ain't Over Yet

But Cuba's liberation from tyranny is a whole lot closer this morning:

Miami Quiet Following Castro Resignation
By Adrian Sainz, Associated Press Writer

Miami (AP) - There was little dancing in the streets, no widespread celebration. In Little Havana, the heart of the Cuban exile community, the long- awaited news that Cuban President Fidel Castro resigned brought only muted glee—and a feeling that little would change for the communist island many had fled.

As news of the resignation spread, motorists honked vigorously at police patrol cars and television reporters. Isolated shouts of "Free Cuba!" echoed in the streets, and small groups gathered to chat in local eateries. But the community's reaction to the news, long expected to spark vibrant celebration, was filled with caution. (link)

Viva Cuba libre! Liberation Day will soon dawn!

It Must Be Wednesday

MSNBC is apologizing again. And Chris Matthews is involved. Again.

NBC reprimands employee for using picture of bin Laden behind Obama story
By David Bauder, The Associated Press

New York - NBC News said Tuesday it has reprimanded the employee responsible for mistakenly flashing a picture of Osama bin Laden on MSNBC as Chris Matthews talked about Barack Obama.

"This mistake was inexcusable," MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said.

It happened during the opening of "Hardball" Monday evening. Matthews was previewing a story on the controversy over Obama's use of another politician's words, and a picture of bin Laden briefly flashed on the screen beside him with the headline "Words About Words."

The Obama campaign immediately called NBC to complain, and Matthews apologized on the air a few minutes later. link)
Chris Matthews should post a disclaimer in the opening credits to his show, apologizing for everything that he ever said or did and is about to say or do.

This is getting ridiculous.

Screen shot courtesy of NBC News

Not That They Will Listen

The mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq gives it to the Berkeley city council over the fact that "for years we've heard from you that they're not welcome, they don't belong in Iraq. Now you're telling our troops that they don't belong in America? That's appalling."

The scum in attendance didn't deserve her attention. And her appearance made no difference. These people closed their minds to the opinions of others long ago.
Still, it's good to see someone other than Cindy Sheehan and her Code Pinko friends speak out about those brave men and women who are out there serving their country honorably every day.
Here's to Debbie and Marc Allen Lee. Without people like them, both willing to make sacrifices - including the ultimate sacrifice - for their country, America would be ... Berkeley.
God help us all should that day ever come.
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Coming To A Health Care System Dear To You

When Hillary does for our delivery system what the British have done for theirs (a system she intends to emulate), you too have this to look forward to:
A&E patients left in ambulances for up to Five hours 'so trusts can meet government targets'
By By Daniel Martin, London Daily Mail

Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets.

Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge.

The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls.

Doctors warned last night that the practice of "patient-stacking" was putting patients' health at risk.

Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that last year 43,576 patients waited longer than one hour before being let into emergency units. (link)
Government-managed health care. That's what you have been clamoring for, right?

You'll rue the day ...

Hat tip to Betsy.