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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bizarre Quote Of The Day

On that study everyone is so afraid might be conducted having to do with uranium, a study so frightening in its implications that its mere mention sends the weak-of-mind among us into apoplexy, a study offering the potential, one would imagine from the histrionics surrounding it, to pollute minds as surely as that maleficent uranium pollutes bloodstreams, here's House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith of Salem:

"I do think we ought to study it. I just don't think something that can affect the climate and quality of life for 2,000 years has to be done immediately."

Yeah, let's study it. Some other day. When does hell freeze over again?

"Wisdom over speed," Roanoke Times editorial, March 6, 2008

And They'll Get Away With It

Here in Virginia, citizens and politicians in wondrously affluent northern Virginia are demanding that the most poverty-stricken regions of the commonwealth help them build new, gleaming, multi-lane expressways so that they can get to and from their suburban digs more quickly.

And they'll have their way.

Sales taxes or gas taxes or both will be raised.

Billy Bob, who feels himself fortunate to have found that menial part-time job at the call center in Russell County - working for minimum wage - nearly - no hope for advancement - enduring in "quiet desperation" - struggling against the odds to feed his family - looking to the day with gnawing, aching expectation when he, like his friends and neighbors before him, will be forced to pack up his worldly possessions and move north to find meaningful employment, is, thus, going to help finance highway projects in the wealthiest neighborhoods on the planet.

"We're all in this together," I think I heard our governor say.

Correspondingly, affluent folks in upscale New York City confines feel like they're being put upon as well. They find themselves paying a tax that Billy Bob doesn't. It's called the Alternative Minimum Tax. The rich want that "inequity" to be brought to an end too.

And so it shall be:

House Democrats Want Tax Hike to Offset AMT Loss

Another tax hike.

You didn't need that new pair of socks for the boy anyway, Billy Bob. There is the greater good to think of. After all, your close friends on the upper-west side of Manhattan - - the ones who wouldn't be caught dead in the same room with you - want you to understand: "We're all in this together."

Quote of the Day

From George Will:

"Marxism mesmerized millions by promising to solve mankind's economic problem -- abundance without the alienation caused by work, the French word for which is travail."

"In Cuba, Ignorance In Amber," The Washington Post, March 6, 2008

You Must Be Joking

I burst out laughing when I read this sentence in a New York Times editorial this morning:
If the standards are strictly followed, Florida may finally be on the way toward improving the quality of its science curriculum and the subpar performance of its students in national assessments.
Has Florida adopted a new method of teaching science? Will the homework load be increased? Will testing and grading standards be raised? Will "hard science" be studied and all that fly-by-night trendy stuff - global warming, eco-science - be sent to the dumper?

No.

Florida's science curriculum may include a few sentences on evolution. Performance of students in national assessments is - thus - sure to improve.

These people crack me up.

Sharia Finds Its Place In America ...

... and, as one might expect, it's showing up on campus.

Check out this exchange that took place when a Harvard spokesman is asked about privileges - clearly discriminatory in nature - being granted Muslims that non-Muslims were prevented by law from expecting two decades ago:
An exercise in discrimination at Harvard
By Michael Graham, Boston Herald

What can a 19-year-old guy in jogging shorts do at Harvard that a rich Saudi sheik who sponsors terrorism can’t?

Get banned from the building.

Six times a week, Harvard kicks all the guys out of the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center at the request of the Harvard Islamic Society. This is to accommodate those female Muslim students whose faith won’t let them work out in front of men.

In the old days, Harvard would have laughed if some Catholic or evangelical mother urged “girls-only” campus workouts in the name of modesty. Today, Harvard happily implements Sharia swim times in the name of Mohammed.

At Harvard, that’s called progress.

When I asked Harvard spokesman Bob Mitchell about this new Sharia-friendly policy, he denied that they were banning anyone. “No, no,” he told me, “we’re permitting women to work out in an environment that accommodates their religion.”

By banning all men from the facility, right?

“It’s not ‘banning,’ ” he insisted. “We’re allowing, we’re accommodating people.” (link)
They're not banning certain groups. They're accommodating certain groups. And de-accommodating others. Based upon their religious beliefs.

At Harvard.

For the love of ... Allah.

And While We're On The Subject ...

A college student (and campus employee) has been reprimanded by university officials in Indianapolis. His crime? Reading a book in the presence of others. He has been ordered to cease and desist.

Ah, academe ...

Affirmative action at IUPUI
By David Hoppe, NUVO

Keith John Sampson never thought he could get in trouble for reading a book, especially not on a college campus. But that’s what happened. Sampson is a man in his early 50s. He does janitorial work for the campus facility services at IUPUI, where he’s been gradually accumulating credits for a degree in communications studies.

... At the time, Sampson was reading a book he had checked out from the public library. Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan, published in 2004 ...

The book is about how for two days in May 1924, a group of Notre Dame students got into a street fight with members of the Ku Klux Klan.

... [A] coworker who was sitting across the table from Sampson in the break room commented that she found the Klan offensive. Sampson says he tried to tell her about the book, but she wasn’t interested in talking about it.

A few weeks passed. Then Sampson got a message ordering him to report to Marguerite Watkins at the IUPUI Affirmative Action Office.* He was told a coworker had filed a racial harassment complaint against him for reading Notre Dame vs. the Klan in the break room. (link)
Read the whole thing. The saga only gets more outlandish.

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* The article makes mention of the fact that IUPUI's Affirmative Action Office has at least two officials. One wonders why. Patronage? A campus rife with racial strife? A university with too much money on its hands? Placation?

** IUPUI was, when I lived nearby, called "ooeypooey." That's probably some affirmative action infraction now too.