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Thursday, August 28, 2008

This Comes As No Surprise

Volvo says layoffs permanent

Which makes this unsurprising as well:

Manufacturing job losses gave the NRV the state's second-highest unemployment rate in July.

Not good. Not good.

The Obama We Need To Know

When I hear or read the words re-education camp, a term that harkens back to the days of Stalinism/Marxism, I start paying attention. That word crops up today in an Investor's Business Daily article about the relationship between Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, and his closer-than-he's-yet-admitted confidant, Bill Ayres:

When Obama's association with William Ayers was raised at a Democratic debate this year, Obama replied: "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood. . . . He's not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis."

Tuesday's release of papers from a Chicago school reform project known as the Annenberg Challenge shows once again Barack Obama has a problem with the truth.

The long-sought records that were kept under wraps at the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), show that Obama and Ayers attended board meetings, retreats and at least one news conference as the education project got under way. The records also show the two continued to attend meetings together during the 1995-2001 operation of the program.

Clearly the relationship between Ayers and Obama is much deeper and longer than Obama admits. They in fact were partners in various entities and regularly exchanged ideas, including on how to turn Chicago schools into re-education camps to create a generation of social revolutionaries. (link) [my emphasis]

This dude wants to raise my taxes in order to fund his Great Society VXLIII programs, that's one thing, but if he intends to turn our schools into thought control re-education centers, he and I have a problem. A big problem.

Barack Obama is a complete mystery to most Americans. As time goes by, however, the fog dissipates. And an ugly, ugly human being emerges.

I've Never Understood Vegetarians

If they swore off meat and left it at that, I'd have no problem with them. I'd feel kinda sorry for them - gaunt look, lack of energy, skeletal framework, facial skin disorders, stunted growth - but I'd leave them alone.

But vegetarians, for some reason, can't leave it alone. They can't simply forswear the eating of red meat. They feel compelled to force the rest of the planet to give up meat as well. So we part ways.

The latest from this weird bunch:
New attack ad on TV, but this one targets hot dogs
By Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press

Chicago -- A new TV commercial shows kids eating hot dogs in a school cafeteria and one little boy's haunting lament: "I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer."

It's a startling revelation in an ad that vilifies one of America's most beloved, if maligned, foods, while stoking fears about a dreaded disease.

But the boy doesn't have cancer. Neither do two other kids in the ad who claim to be afflicted.

The commercial's pro-vegetarian sponsors say it's a dramatization that highlights ... (link)
What prompts a person to want to be a "pro-vegetarian sponsor" anyway? It would be like me becoming an "anti-cottage cheese sponsor." What? Have they nothing better to do? Does a lack of complete protein and iron in their diet bring about some kind of chemical imbalance that prompts an uncontrollable need to get involved in my diet? Is my love of the American hot dog harming them in some way?

What's up with these people?

Quote of the Day

From Tony Blankley:

Even as the first polls registered the barest flicker of any public response to Mr. Biden's selection nationally - he seems to generate a more tepid response from the public than Al Gore in 1992 or John Edwards in 2004 - liberal media types were calling the selection a master stroke, the best possible choice.

Nothing against old Joe, but if Mr. Obama had selected a ham sandwich as his running mate, our old friends the mainstream moron media would be just as gushing and enthusiastic ("by picking a ham sandwich, Mr. Obama, in a master stroke, has sent a dog whistle message that he is not a Muslim - as Muslims abhor ham. The ham sandwich will also do very well in the agricultural Midwest - which is a great hog farming region - thus bringing into play another 47 electoral votes. Also the ham sandwich will help unite the party because everyone likes a ham sandwich - except the religious Jews, and they are part of the 23 percent of Jews who already vote Republican. The ham sandwich compares very favorably with the other short list VP choices. Unlike Mr. Biden, the ham sandwich doesn't talk much and never makes a gaffe - it just goes about its business being tasty and nutritious. Unlike Sen. Evan Bayh, a ham sandwich is not bland - particularly when you put a little Dijon mustard on it. And unlike Gov. Tim Kaine, the ham sandwich is no novice. It has been around for thousands of years.")

Obama/Ham for President! Can't you just taste victory?

"Moronic Media," The Washington Times, August 27, 2008

Who Would Have Guessed

The area of the country with the most at-risk population - when it comes to HIV infection - is experiencing the highest growth rate of HIV cases. Who'da guessed?
H.I.V. Is Spreading in New York City at Three Times the National Rate, a Study Finds
By Sewell Chan, The New York Times

The virus that causes AIDS is spreading in New York City at three times the national rate — an incidence of 72 new infections for every 100,000 people, compared with 23 per 100,000 nationally — according to a study released on Wednesday by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The findings, based on a new formula developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimated that 4,762 New Yorkers contracted H.I.V. in 2006, the most precise estimate the city had ever offered.

Blacks, and men who have sex with other men, are the groups at greatest risk of contracting H.I.V., the study found. (link)
Actually, that last point is unfair to blacks. Yes, they find themselves in the category of "groups at greatest risk," but only because a disproportionate percentage of blacks in New York share needles, increasing the risk of HIV infection.

Anyway, the Big Apple has a lot of homosexuals "men who have sex with other men" and heroin users. The Big Apple also has a big problem with HIV. Go figure.

Visions Of Nazi Brownshirts

I have to tell you, I find this to be quite shocking:
ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors
By Brian Ross, ABC News

Denver--Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit. (link)
I'd suggest that this sort of thing is not permissible in the United States of America, 2008 but I know that the police officers who were involved already know that their actions weren't permitted under the law. But they went ahead and did it anyway.

Every one of them - including the higher-up who ordered the arrest - should be clapped in irons, the bastards.

What's With These People

Not only are Democratic bigwigs now having newsmen arrested in Denver (see above), former Democratic candidates for president are allegedly having them thrown out of hotels for having the audacity to ask for a photo. What's with these people?
Mell says no more Heinz ketchup after getting booted from hotel
By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune

Denver---Chicago Ald. Richard Mell (33d) is vowing never to use Heinz ketchup again after an incident in which he and a group of Chicagoans were asked to leave a prominent Denver hotel after helping a first-time delegate get her picture taken with Sen. John Kerry.

Mell, along with a group that included Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th) and newbie Democratic convention delegate Linda Murphy, a professor at Wright College, visited the cigar bar at the famed Brown Palace Hotel when the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and Massachusetts senator walked in.

"Kerry goes into the restaurant and sits down," Mell recalled. "Margie says to (Murphy), 'Would you like a picture taken with John Kerry? We can do that.' She's all excited and she says, ‘Sure, I'd like to have that.' "

Laurino and Murphy went into the restaurant, asked Kerry for a photo and, Mell said, quickly left to return to the cigar bar. After about 15 minutes, Mell said, hotel security arrived.

"They came up to the women and said, ‘We want you to leave the hotel,’" Mell said. "I called the guy over and said, ‘What did you say?’ He said, ‘The women have to leave the hotel for disturbing the guests.’"

Mell said the group paid their tab and got up. "Then they escorted us out of the hotel and followed us down the block," Mell said.

He blames Kerry for having the group kicked out and said it was an example of why the Massachusetts senator failed in his presidential bid. (link)
This, by the way, is the same hotel where ABC News reporter Asa Eslocker was arrested for having the audacity to film Democratic senators with their lobbyist buddies. Remind me to not ever stay at the Brown Palace Hotel in the future.