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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Decide For Yourself

As it turns out, Steven (Steve) Barber, who has gotten himself in all kinds of trouble down at UVa-Wise - a story I linked to yesterday - has created a weblog of his own to try and refute some of the allegations being tossed about.

If he tries hard enough, he could do well with that wonderful instrument to answer a lot of the lingering questions - and, more important, allay the serious doubts and concerns - that his actions, as well as those of the university, and of local officials, have created.

Facts, man. Lots of facts.

For details on the saga, go to STEVE BARBER TRUTH SQUAD.

I'm still inclined to believe that the college overreacted. Let's find out.

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Steve: You should seize on my suggestion offered yesterday and contact the ACLU of Virginia. They could have a field day with this.

The Logical Next Step

Before you read any further, go to yesterday's post on gun control and the suggestion tossed out by the editorialists at the Charleston Gazette that our government(s) set up x-ray scanners in public places to hunt down those American citizens who might be walking down the street with concealed weapons ("Maybe the solution will entail development of scanners enabling police to see hidden weapons among street crowds. Perhaps that would weed out the unlicensed guns that laws cannot stop.")

Random searches of every American citizen.* These wannabe-fascists think that's a swell idea.

Now that you have a better understanding of the mindset ...

... you can just imagine how well this (from the disturbingly - and increasingly - repressive police state of Great Britain) is going to be received:
Put young children on DNA list, urge police
By Mark Townsend and Anushka Asthana, The Observer

Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain's most senior police forensics expert.

Gary Pugh, director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard and the new DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said a debate was needed on how far Britain should go in identifying potential offenders, given that some experts believe it is possible to identify future offending traits in children as young as five.

Pugh admitted that the deeply controversial suggestion raised issues of ... (link)
The article goes on to discuss less important issues like individual rights and parental responsibilities - none of which are as critical to societal stability as identifying, long before they grow up, those citizens who will be enemies of the state in later years.

Hell, why even test 'em. If we can identify potential criminals - at age five - let's just lock 'em up - at age five.

There is a certain logic to it.

* Fourth Amendment? We don't need no steenking Fourth Amendment.

Earth To WaPo

This is unacceptable:
The Wright Question
Washington Post editorial

The almost-daily demands for denunciations and repudiations of comments made by supporters of Mr. Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) have become wearying. We long for a return to a vigorous debate about kitchen-table issues facing the nation. (link)
The newspaper that printed 100 articles and editorials on the subject of macaca ...

... wants to elevate the discussion - now - and move on, to not dwell on extraneous matters like this:

"God damn America -- that's in the Bible -- for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."

I don't think so.

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* Earth to WaPo: There is no greater purpose for the presidential nominating process to exist than for the American people to be able to ascertain - over time - the kind of character that the various candidates possess. Character matters. Above all else, character matters.

A Shocking Revelation!

Conservatives remain scarce in the news media landscape.

Long After The War Is Won ...

... we'll be listening to Hillary and her ilk whine about all hope in the war being lost.

Clinton seeks to end war 'we cannot win'

Abraham Lincoln she ain't.

Jimmy Carter would be proud though ...

O The Irony

You can't make this stuff up.

From this morning's New York Times:

"In a speech lasting about half an hour, [Governor David A.] Paterson offered fond wisecracks and soothing oratory to an audience that clearly ached to move beyond what has been an unusually sordid ordeal even for Albany ..."

From this morning's New York Post:

"March 18, 2008 -- Albany - Gov. [David A.] Paterson carried on an extramarital affair for several years, The Post has learned - a thunderous bombshell dropped the day he was sworn in to succeed sex-scandal-scarred predecessor Eliot Spitzer."

Must be something in the water ...

An Obama Epitaph?

From Jennifer Rubin:
This is not an extraneous point of policy or something beyond the ability of average people to assess. Millions of voters go to church and synagogue and don’t hear this sort of venomous talk, and would leave if they did. Everyone can ask themselves: If he went to Wright’s church for 20 years, how likely is it that he heard this stuff, and what does his continued attendance say about him? It simply isn’t possible to wish it all away and hope voters don’t notice.
"Beyond Spin," Commentary magazine, March 16, 2008