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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Y'all Should Be Proud

We have in our midst one of the "top 100 colleges" in America right here in Southwest Virginia, according to Forbes magazine.

And, no, it isn't Virginia Tech.
Emory & Henry Ranked Among Top Colleges
By Debra McCown, Reporter, Bristol Herald Courier

Emory, Va. – In a new college ranking by Forbes magazine, Emory & Henry College is ranked among the top 100 schools in the nation.

E&H came in No. 98 overall – considerably higher than its third-tier ranking among Liberal Arts Colleges in this year’s U.S. News and World Report ranking.

College spokesman Dirk Moore said it’s because the Forbes ranking looks at colleges from a different perspective.

“It really is focused on student satisfaction … and quality of teaching,” Moore said. “What they’re really trying to focus on is what happens in the classroom.”(link)

How many of you have ever even been to Emory? If you haven't, you should wander on down there. The Emory & Henry campus rivals, in terms of architecture, that of Washington & Lee/VMI - in my estimation - and now we find out that what goes on within those beautiful brick walls is equally rewarding.

Great stuff. Here's to Emory & Henry.

* Here's where you can find the Forbes rankings.

A Good Line

From the Roanoke Times editorial team, oddly enough:

Virginia's candidates for Congress have a decision to make over the next couple of weeks: They can choose to provide voters with a comprehensive, fair and complete record of where they stand on the important issues of the day, or they can stick exclusively to the use of 30-second ads to sell themselves like so much toilet paper.

If the primary is any indication, most of them will stick to the toilet paper option.

Toilet paper. That's a good one.

* I agree with the editorialists, by the way. The more we know about our candidates, beyond the tiresome rhetoric that inevitably lingers on the words "hope" and "change," the better off we all are.

Lost In Space

Barack Obama is coming to Martinsville on Wednesday.

Neither he nor his "invited" audience that will be in attendance at the "town hall meeting" know why.

Headline Of The Day

Seeing Tougher Race, Allies Ask Obama to Make ‘Hope’ Specific

Doomsday Approacheth ... Again

I mentioned on Wednesday that "global warming" hysteria is on the wane and that sensational doomsday notions like it always come and go. Acid rain, ozone holes, rain forest depletion ... on and on ... are causing us grievous harm, and then they're not.

After having stated that fact, I wrote this:

"I wonder what the next doomsday scenario to grip this enlightened planet will be."

Perhaps I need wonder no longer:
The oxygen crisis
By Peter Tatchell, The Guardian

The rise in carbon dioxide emissions is big news. It is prompting action to reverse global warming. But little or no attention is being paid to the long-term fall in oxygen concentrations and its knock-on effects.

Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth's atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health. Indeed, it could ultimately threaten the survival of human life on earth, according to Roddy Newman, who is drafting a new book, The Oxygen Crisis.

I am not a scientist, but ... (link)

We're all going to die from global warming oxygen depletion.

For the love of God.

Chris, You've Been Among 'em Too Long

I always admired Chris Collinsworth for his prowess as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals back in the 80's. That admiration, however, can evaporate in one minute now that he's a commentator for NBC Sports. Check out this exchange between him and Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant over the latter's overt show of patriotism at the China Olympic Games (Gateway Pundit provides the transcript with emphases his):
Collinsworth: Tell the story when you first got your USA uniform.

Kobe: Well I had goosebumps and I actually just looked at it for awhile. I just held it there and I laid it across my bed and I just stared at it for a few minutes; just because as a kid growing up this is the ultimate, ultimate in basketball.

Collinsworth: Where does the patriotism come from inside of you? Historically, what is it?

Kobe: Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s... we believe is the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say "You know what? Our country is the best!"

Collinsworth: Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by(?)

Kobe: No, it’s a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.
Patriotism - love of country - is a thing of the past, according to Collinsworth. He and NBC deserve each other.

Quote of the Day

A non-answer from Barack Obama to an important question:

Asked at what point a baby gets “human rights,” Obama, who strongly supports abortion rights, said: “… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.”

He went on to reiterate his view that it was important to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.

That last quip would have come out of the Bill Clinton playbook. It too has always been a non-answer to the abortion question.

But then, that's the intention.