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Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Happy Ending?

You may remember the story from a few months ago about the janitor at an Indianapolis university who was punished by the administrators there for reading an anti-klan book ("Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan") on campus while on his break and at lunch time. His crime? "Racial harrassment."

For those not familiar with this shameful saga, go here.

There is now a follow-up to that story. The affirmative action nazis who operate with near-impunity on America's campuses seem to have lost this bout. The "punished" janitor has the final word:

My 'Racial Harassment' Nightmare
By Keith John Sampson, writing in the New York Post

In November, I was found guilty of "racial harassment" for reading a public-library book on a university campus.

The book was Todd Tucker's "Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan"; I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library.

read the historic encounter and imagined myself with these brave Irish Catholics, as they street-fought the Klan. (I'm part-Irish, and was raised Catholic.)

But that didn't stop the Affirmative Action Office of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from branding me as a detestable Klansman.

They didn't want to hear the truth. The office ruled that my "repeatedly reading the book . . . constitutes racial harassment in that you demonstrated disdain and insensitivity to your co-workers."

[The] $106,000-a-year affirmative-action officer who declared me guilty of "racial harassment" never spoke to me or examined the book. My own union - the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - sent an obtuse shop steward to stifle my freedom to read. He told me, "You could be fired," that reading the book was "like bringing pornography to work."

After months of stonewalling, the university withdrew the charge, thanks to pressure from the press, the American Civil Liberties Union and a group called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. (link)

It's mind-boggling that the charge was leveled in the first place. But college campuses are not of this world, as we've all come to learn in recent years. So this overpaid policewoman - truly a fascist in the classic sense of the word - probably feels justified to this day in her actions. In her twisted mind: Klan Bad → → → → Reading Klan Book Bad.

I once again think it appropriate that we shut down the public higher education system in this country and start from scratch.

A Fair Question

Why would Al Gore go out of his way to make himself look like an abject fool? Investor's Business Daily may have one answer:
Al Gore And Climate Ka-Ching

There's a "trend toward more Category 5 storms," Gore claimed [in an interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" broadcast recently], and this trend "appears to be linked to global warming and specifically to the impact of global warming on higher ocean temperatures in the top couple of hundred feet in the ocean, which drives convection energy and moisture into these storms and makes them more powerful."

Except, as we recently noted, the trend in the world's oceans — as shown by measurements taken by a fleet of 3,000 high-tech ocean buoys first deployed in 2003 — is toward cooling.

So why the hype? Well, global warming is a growth industry designed to keep Earth and some bank accounts green.

Gore himself joined the venture capital group, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers just last September. On May 1, the firm announced a $500 million investment in maturing green technology firms called the Green Growth Fund.

The group announced another $700 million to be invested over the next three years in green-tech startup firms. But if the green technology business, uh, cools down, there will be no return on that investment. There would be no need for such investments if global warming wasn't a threat. So Gore just launched, among other things, a $300 million on an ad campaign to convince us it is so.

We have a prediction all our own — that disastrous global warming will not occur. Then the greenies will take credit for preventing it and ask us if we're glad we spent trillions in fighting it. Al Gore will be laughing all the way to the bank. (link)
Can Al Gore be faulted for promoting his own business interests. Not really.

But a Nobel peace prize? Adulation? Lingering demands that he run for president?

Can you say Snake Oil Salesman?

I'm Probably Closer To The Truth ...

... than some would like to admit.

Yesterday I drew a comparison - fairly - between pedophilia and homosexuality with respect to both involving aberrant sexual perversion. One commenter later in the day expressed sympathy for me for my holding such a view. I was touched.

But others of his ilk - liberals - have no problem jumping the line when it comes to sexual mores. Because to them there is no line. This news out of San Francisco is revealing:

Bernie Ward admits to child porn in plea deal
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco -- Bernie Ward, the most prominent liberal voice on Bay Area talk radio for more than two decades, admitted Thursday to distribution of child pornography by e-mail in a plea deal that will send him to federal prison for at least five years.

Ward, 57, a former Roman Catholic priest, was a fixture on KGO-AM 810 for three hours every weeknight, known in recent years for his fervent denunciations of President Bush and the war in Iraq during his news talk show. He also hosted "God Talk," a Sunday morning program on religion, and was a prolific fundraiser for the station's charity drives.

At a 30-minute hearing in federal court in San Francisco, Ward admitted he was guilty of a single charge of distributing child pornography, saying it involved "exchanging an image of a minor engaged in sexually explicit activity" in December 2004. The plea agreement he signed, quoted in court, contained an admission that he had sent between 15 and 150 pornographic images via e-mail. (link)
Did Ward do anything wrong? To some, the answer would be no. No one was harmed. What's the big deal?

Well, it is a big deal. It will remain a big deal. Perverse behavior is - and always will be - considered by a moral society to be depraved. Our young people will be taught right from wrong regardless whether some in our midst have no moral compass.

Quote of the Day

From Mr. I'm-Not-Ready-For-This:
"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
I can only assume that Obama plans on annexing northern Mexico and making Hawaii and Alaska one state instead of two. Otherwise his words would lead one to believe that the Harvard Law graduate is a blooming idiot.

The jury is still out.

Bill Clinton Dooms Another Candidate

I don't think Hillary needed a whole lot of help to bring about her defeat to Barack Obama but, as Ann Coulter, in "One Down, Two To Go," makes clear, there is a good argument to be made that her relationship with her husband was an albatross as well:

By contrast, in addition to not being able to get half the country to vote for him in two tries, [Bill] Clinton's connection to any other presidential candidate spells utter doom. Both his vice president and his wife have been defeated in elections they should have won, but lost because of their unfortunate association with him. The country has spoken. It wants to be rid of the Clintons.

Clinton's vice president, Al Gore, lost an election that should have been his in a walk. In fact, he was the first incumbent president or vice president in 100 years to lose an election in peacetime with a good economy. Mind you, that was before we even knew that Gore was a deranged conspiracy theorist who believes the Earth is in serious peril from cow flatulence.

What was the mystery factor to explain such a historic loss?

Poor Gore did everything he could to distance himself from Clinton, publicly criticizing Clinton's sexual exploits with an intern, refusing to allow Clinton to campaign with him and taking as his vice president Joe Lieberman -- the first Democratic senator to scathingly denounce Clinton's antics with Lewinsky from the Senate floor.

But voters couldn't forget Gore's boss, the purple-faced lecher. (link)
Even yesterday, that purple-faced lecher was doing his best to put the final nail in the coffin with respect to Hillary's campaign. See "Bill Clinton Argues With Voter (CBS News)."

For certain America won't miss Hillary's annoying cackle. It's just as certain that we'll not be shedding any tears that Bubba will now be leaving us forever as well.

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On a separate note, I talked to someone yesterday who attended the Bill Clinton rally over in Princeton, WV the night before. I asked her if he arrived late, knowing that he has a notorious reputation for never being on time, a part of his lazy nature. She replied that he showed up about an hour after his scheduled speech was to begin. Naturally.

Her reaction to the event? The venue was boiling hot and uncomfortable and Clinton looked like he was on the verge of another heart attack. That he looked terrible physically. But that the campaign rah rah was well done and loads of fun.

I guess, if that's your thing ...

A Sea Change?

Where once we read accounts of black vs. white racial turmoil resulting in violence - who can forget the strife that lingered for the longest time in South Boston in the 70's? - we now read of a different kind of racism raising its ugly head. As white people have fled the big cities of America (except for center-city enclaves of fabulously wealthy - and insulated - upper-classers), the spoils have been left to those who remain.

Thus we read today:
4 Arrested, School On Lockdown After 600 Fight

(South Los Angeles) Four people were arrested and a school went on lockdown after a fight between black and Hispanic students raged, according to authorities.

Police were sent to Locke High School shortly after 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The fight allegedly involved some 600 students. Some minor injuries were also report.

The extent of those injuries was not known but a fire department official said no one was transported to the hospital. (link)
The more things change, the more they remain the same.

I Love Horses, But ...

... this is a little too weird:

I shouldn't give Paula any ideas ...

Click on the triangle to activate.

Here's To President Bush!

I received my economic stimulus tax rebate check from the federal government the other day (direct-deposited for those of you still waiting). Thanks, George W. I paid off Paula's ATV with it. Sweet.

I'm still trying to figure out, though, why you took my money from me in the first place, only to return it to me in the form of rebate, but I'm sure you had your reasons.

Oh, I forgot to address this weblog post:

Dear Santa ...