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Saturday, September 06, 2008

I Scratch My Head

A sentence from this morning's Charleston Gazette:

"Charleston, W.Va. - A Charleston man whose remains were identified Thursday in Kentucky was linked to the 2003 sniper-style killings in the Kanawha Valley by a public access television show last year."

Yup. you read it right. A public access television show killed, "sniper-style," two or more Kanawha Valley residents in 2003.

You read it right, but did they write it right? Perhaps.

Hear, Hear

Call it what it is. Censorship. And here's to the person who had the good taste to exercise it.

From the Roanoke Times:

Talia Logan might not know art, but she knows what she likes.

No, that's not right. Logan knows art. She's the director of Roanoke College's Olin Gallery.

So did she ban a piece from an exhibit at the gallery because she didn't like it or because, as she claims, it clashed with the rest of the show?

The sculpture depicted a wedding dress made of feminine sanitary products.

The artist, Mary Tartaro of Blacksburg, calls the decision censorship and says Logan just didn't want a piece that might offend college students and locals. She cleared out her entire show.

Roanoke College is a private institution allowed to choose the art it displays. The curator is responsible for ensuring displays are cohesive and will interest visitors. That's not censorship, that's her job. (link)
I know that the word censorship has a very negative connotation, but why run from it? Talia Logan censored* this moron's "work of art." And more power to her.

If it had been me, I'd have burned the damn thing with a torch. And called the act performance art.

We can play that game too.

* To forbid the public distribution of.

Like a Broken Record

The New York Times this morning warns that we may lose the war.

In Afghanistan.

For the love of God.
Caught in the Cross-Fire [sic]
editorial

Civilians in Afghanistan are paying a deadly price in the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. America is fast losing the battle for hearts and minds, and unless the Pentagon comes up with a better strategy, the United States and its allies may well lose the war. (link)
This is actually a reprise of a theme that the Times developed way back in 2001. Is Afghanistan still a quagmire? Or is it once again a quagmire? Only the Times knows for sure.

It's a Crazy World

While researchers work 'round the clock to come up with all kinds of reasons for us to shun tobacco smoke, other researchers (the same researchers?) find all kinds of neat medicinal reasons to inhale marijuana smoke.

Gotta love those scientists ...

Marijuana Ingredient May Fight Bacteria

Perhaps these folks will soon discover that marijuana cures lung cancer. Then we can all light up our Marlboros and our doobies at the same time.

This Ain't Good

Not unexpected. But still not good:

U.S. Jobless Rate Rises Past 6%, Highest Since ’03

Mortgage meltdown. Housing crisis. Oil price inflation. Commodity price inflation. Consumer confidence, or lack thereof. Global economic slowdown. Now this.

Bush will be blamed, of course. Just as Clinton received high marks for the great economy and full employment in the late 90's, ol' George will take a beating over this downturn. This despite the fact that neither Clinton nor Bush have much control over any of it. Still, that's the way it works.

Regardless who's to blame, this is going to get much worse despite everyone's best efforts.

What a Worm

I listened to this joker on The Laura Ingraham Show yesterday (AM 810 on your radio dial, 6 am to 9, out of Dublin) make the perfectly 1950's argument that Sarah Palin shouldn't be running for vice president because she has family problems. She should be a stay-at-home mom:
Obama Campaign National Finance Committee Member Criticizes Palin's Parenting
By Jake Tapper, ABC News

On the Laura Ingraham Radio show, Friday, attorney Howard Gutman -- an original member of the national finance committee for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. -- very directly criticized the parenting of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Gutman said the issue wasn't one of gender, but one of parenting -– regardless of the gender of the parent.

"This has nothing to do with gender, whether Todd Palin was the nominee or Sarah Palin was the nominee," Gutman said.

"I'm saying the proper criticism is not that it's a woman or man – it doesn't matter whether it's Todd or Sarah," Gutman said. "Think of how many politicians have said it's not the right time in my family's life for me to run."

Gutman cited approvingly Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., in 2004 and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner in 2008, both of whom said they weren't going to pursue the presidency because it wasn't the right time for their families.

"They put their family above their career," Gutman said. "Your responsibility is to put your family first." (link)

Here I was trying to paint my house yesterday and I made the mistake of turning on the radio, and becoming absolutely livid over this slimeball's comments. It's not about Palin being female? He'd want men to make the same decision should they be faced with "family issues"?

I wanted to call in to the show and ask Mr. Gutman - the Obama spokesman - if he had called upon then-President Clinton to resign in 1998 - for the good of his family - when Bill was caught cheating on his wife, putting the family in crisis. Any bets? Mr. Gutman? At least Sally Quinn had enough character to admit that she had gone way over the top and took the time yesterday to apologize for her sexist comments about Palin.

Of course this is a gender issue. Of course all our enlightened liberals - including this guy - are sexists. Sexists beyond belief, as a matter of fact. I haven't heard talk like this in decades. And coming from Democrats, it's astounding.

What does that make of them? Fill in the blank: _________________ .

How Pathetic Is This?

Obama defends his résumé! And yes, by God, he has one!

Pitifully thin, but it is there ...
Obama Suddenly Riled
by Carolyn Lockhead, The San Francisco Chronicle

Sen. Barack Obama ditched his normal languid cool today, punching back at Gov. Sarah Palin as he spoke with reporters in York, Pa, hotly defending his work as a community organizer.

Obama's hackles were clearly raised by Palin's dismissal of his community organizing --a response to his earlier dismissal of her record as a small-town mayor. "Why would that kind of work be ridiculed?" Obama said. "Who are they fighting for?" The idea that community organizing is not relevant to the presidency, he said, just shows why Republicans "are out of touch and don't get it." (link)
I'd love to see this genius try to make the argument that being a local community organizer is in any way relevant to the presidency.

But when that's all you have to argue ...

Slowly But Surely ...

... they come around to addressing reality. The data coming in just can't support global warming as being a proven fact. Nor can the claim that humans are causing it be substantiated. And as to those who blindly adhere to the notion, well, there's only one term for them:
Wilson row over green 'alarmists'
BBC

The [British] Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has angered green campaigners by describing their view on climate change as a "hysterical psuedo-religion".

Mr Wilson said he refused to "blindly accept" the need to make significant changes to the economy to stop climate change.

"The tactic used by the "green gang" is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact," he said.

The minister said he accepted climate change can occur, but does not believe the cause has been identified.

"Reasoned debate must replace the scaremongering of the green climate alarmists."(link)

Reasoned debate? Boy, is this guy dreaming. The environmental nuts out there - and half the world's political class - start from the premise that we are all going to die fiery deaths. Only from that point are they willing to debate. Otherwise you're a right-wing nut.

Talk about speaking truth to power, though ...

Thanks, MSNBC

If the mainstream press and the feminists keep up their relentless assault on Sarah Palin, it's likely that she'll soon be chosen queen by acclamation:
Palin Power: Fresh Face Now More Popular Than Obama, McCain
Rasmussen Reports

A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters.

The new data also shows significant increases in the number who say McCain made the right choice and the number who say Palin is ready to be President.

Perhaps most stunning is the fact that Palin’s favorable ratings are now a point higher than either man at the top of the Presidential tickets this year. As of Friday morning, Obama and McCain are each viewed favorably by 57% of voters. (link)
Has this ever happened before? Not in my memory.