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Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's Called WEATHER

Recondite. Complex. Abstruse. Esoteric. Sententious. Profound. It must have come from the Charleston Gazette editorial team:

Earth's climate is going to be different.

And local TV weatherpersons are thankful for it.

Just Asking

Can any self-respecting environmentalist write for a newspaper, knowing that trees must die by the forestload in order to further his career?

Is this champion of the ecology missing the rainforest for the trees?
Column: We must work toward reducing our environmental impact
Jon Phelan, regular columnist, Collegiate Times [jf: Virginia Tech's
student newspaper]


I think it is fitting that my last piece of the year is on something that means quite a bit to me.

I think it is appropriate to talk about the environment and what we need to do to improve the current situation on campus as well as nationwide.

It may be important to realize that as citizens, we each consume, individually, more than any other person in any other country. Our ecological footprint is ... [blah blah blah] (link)
Important enough to give up a career in journalism, Jon?

Please.

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* There should, by law, be a disclaimer inserted on each page of every print newspaper published in America:

"75 trees were cut down in order to manufacture this newspaper that you will read once and toss in the landfill."

"Something that means quite a bit to me" indeed. Put your money where your ... carbon footprint ... is, pal.

Now That's Creative

And it promotes a worthy cause:

Tour de Floyd becoming more popular with cyclists, near and far

Tour de Floyd. Ya gotta like that.

Shades Of Mark Warner

Governor Kaine: "I know you're hurting. Now, let's get on with more important matters."
Kaine campaigns for transportation plan in Marion
By Stephanie Porter-Nichols, Richlands News Press


“I acknowledge that this is a tough time to talk about more money for anything,” Kaine said. “Families are stretched, businesses are stretched, governments are stretched. But ..." (link)
By now you know the but.

Mark Warner made the same acknowledgement not long ago - he felt our pain too, just before abandoning us for a run for president - and followed it up with the same but. "... but I need to raise your taxes in order to ..."

The people of Virginia have a message for both Kaine and Warner: But out.

Yeah, Let Government Handle It

Good Lord. Has it come to this?

The Washington Post demands action:

Childhood obesity is an epidemic that needs consistent and focused leadership

Parents? Who needs parents when we have experienced professionals at the Department of Social Services?

Just How Badly Does He Want To Be Gov?

This should give some insight into just how committed this guy is to serving Virginia. Obviously his thoughts continue to be elsewhere:
Virginian Eyed As Obama Veep
By Robert Novak, writing in the New York Post

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a strong favorite to be elected to the Senate this year, has told as sociates that he is being considered as Barack Obama's vice-presidential running mate. He didn't indicate whether he would be receptive to such an offer.

Removing Warner from the campaign for the seat now Held by retiring Republican Sen. John Warner (no relation) would turn a sure Democratic takeover to a question mark. (link)
Personally I think Warner and Obama are made for each other.

Run, Mark, run.

Into The Pantheon Of American Heroes

A rural Pennsylvania teenager dons the uniform, takes up arms in defense of his country, and sacrifices his life to save others. A true American hero:
Soldier killed in Iraq to get Medal of Honor
The Associated Press

Washington - The White House announced Friday that a Pennsylvania soldier who jumped on top of a grenade in Iraq and saved the lives of his comrades will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor.

The nation's highest military honor will be given to 19-year-old Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis of Knox, Pa., on June 2.

McGinnis "distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism," said White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto.

McGinnis was perched in the gunner's hatch of a Humvee when a grenade sailed past him and into the truck where four other soldiers sat. He shouted a warning to the others, then jumped on the grenade. The grenade, which was lodged near the vehicle's radio, blew up and killed him.

Lt. Col. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman, said McGinnis easily could have jumped out of the truck and saved himself. (link)
On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor the life of Ross McGinnis. May the angels watch over him.

It's Showdown Time

A huge majority of the citizenry vs. four powerful California supreme court judges. Let's see who wins:

A Poll Finds Californians Still Oppose Gay Marriage
By Jesse McKinley, The New York Times

San Drancisco — More than half of Californians support a proposed ballot measure that would overturn a recent ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, a poll has found.

Fifty-four percent of registered voters would back the measure, according to the survey by The Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV. Thirty-five percent oppose the proposed measure, which is expected to be on the November ballot.

The measure, sponsored by a coalition of groups that favor traditional marriage, would define marriage as “between a man and a woman,” and effectively overturn a May 15 decision by the California Supreme Court that voided two state laws that forbade recognition of same-sex marriages. The poll, published on Friday, found 52 percent disagreed with that decision while 41 percent agreed. (link)

If you accept the fact that people tend to say one thing in an opinion poll and vote differently in the booth when it comes to the issue of homosexuality, the result in November will be a crushing defeat for the liberals who think they can change America through the courts.

The people will win this one going away. Again.

Let's see if those liberal judges have the audacity to declare the California constitution to be unconstitutional.

It Can't Be Any More Clear

Robert Levy, writing in the Boston Globe, on the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights and the District of Columbia v. Heller case:

This case requires, at a minimum, two findings from the Supreme Court: First, the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep and bear arms - not a right limited to people engaged in state militia service. Second, the district's ban on all functional firearms violates that individual right and is, therefore, unconstitutional.

An outpouring of modern scholarship - much of it coming from liberal constitutional scholars, like Laurence Tribe at Harvard University and Akhil Amar at Yale University - supports the view that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. After all, the Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights, the part of the Constitution explicitly designed to secure individual rights. And the text of the amendment refers to the "right of the people" - the same people mentioned in the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments. It is inconceivable that the framers - seeking to provide Americans with a means to resist tyrannical government - would fashion a right that can be exercised only in the context of a militia that is under government control. (
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That last point is the one that I find to be most aggravating. That the framers of the Constitution would feel obligated to put into the Bill of Rights - "the part of the Constitution explicitly designed to secure individual rights" - a provision that guarantees the military (as it was constituted back in the day) the right to have weapons is preposterous on its face.

But what do I know. I don't have the scholarly background of a Warren Burger.

Then again, maybe that's the problem.

Those Crazy Newspaper Types

Mickey Kaus pokes fun at the kids who bring us Bloomberg News. And ridicules them at the same time. The mainstream press is trying mightily to keep hope alive that the economy is in the toilet. Otherwise, Obama doesn't have a prayer:

A Bloomberg lede:

"Fewer Americans than forecast applied for unemployment benefits last week, indicating companies are reluctant to fire more workers even as the economy slows."

Hmmm. Next consumers will be unexpectedly reluctant to cut back on purchases even as the economy slows. And manufacturers will be unexpectedly reluctant to cut production even as the economy slows. ... Slowly, the realization may dawn that the economy is not slowing anymore! ... But reporters will be not-unexpectedly reluctant to stop reporting that it is. ... (link)

Can these people be that dumb?