Thursday, October 09, 2008
"The economic uncertainties and financial challenges confronting the nation make a celebration of the [Blue Ridge Parkway] all the more timely."
Doesn't this make more sense?
"The economic uncertainties and financial challenges confronting the nation make a celebration of the parkway all the more ... silly."
Guns-rights activist charged againMoore made $10,000 after the police "stopped" him. Now the police have "stopped" him again. The price tag this time? Not a bad gig, I'd say.
The Associated Press
Norfolk, Va. (AP) -- Hours after guns-rights activists addressed the Norfolk City Council and demanded that police leave them alone for legally carrying a gun openly, one of them was charged again for displaying a weapon in a public place.
The city paid Danladi Moore $10,000 in July to avoid litigation after he was stopped by police for suspected weapons charges. After leaving city hall Tuesday night, he was charged again with trespassing.
The 24-year-old Hampton resident said police asked him to leave Waterside because he was openly carrying a gun and that he refused because the law allows him to do so.
Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos confirmed that a summons was issued but declined further comment. (link)
These people no longer even attempt to hide their bias. Where is this going to end?
That first debate brought the usual legions of commentators -- among them CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour. John McCain, she pointed out, had stumbled over Ahmadinejad's name, and as he was supposed to be the expert on foreign policy, it made her giggle.
"That's not fair -- people make mistakes all the time," Anderson Cooper shot back. But Ms. Amanpour, whose capacity for sustained levels of bombast is one of the wonders of the world, was having none of it.
She would go on to raise the theme so central to the Obama campaign, and held, as revealed truth, by the politically progressive everywhere -- that the U.S., fallen low in the eyes of the world, is now in dire need of moral salvation. Everywhere she went in America, Ms. Amanpour declared, she found "desperate Americans" -- desperate, that is, about the low esteem in which the country was held, desperate to have a president who would lift America up.Mr. Obama could not have said it better himself. [my emphasis]
I fear for my country.
Well, there is a quibble to be recognized. This whole debate - like that about "global warming" - is becoming increasingly irrelevant as new research and data pour in.
So what's the latest? Scientists have determined that one need not destroy human embryos at all in order to obtain viable stem cells:
Stem Cells From Testicles an Option to Embryos
By Seth Borenstein, The Washinton Post
Washington -- Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field.
The new type of stem cells could be useful for growing personalized replacement tissues, according to a study in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.
The testicular cells avoid the ethical dilemma of embryonic stem cells, which are harvested in a process that destroys the embryos. (link)
So, will President Obama, as a sop to his most loyal constituency, the abortionists,* still devote funds (with a trillion dollar deficit looming) to embryonic stem cell research, despite the fact that it is proving to be unnecessary? Is the Pope German?
* Okay, maybe it's the black community. No, maybe it's the trial lawyers. Union leaders?
** I want to know who thought up the idea to test testicles for stem cell viability.
The Coming Counterrevolution To Hush The Alternative MediaThese slime buckets could never win in a stand-up fight in the arena of ideas. Thus the "Fairness Doctrine," which was created for the sole purpose of silencing conservative voices. A debate-of-one is so much more winnable.
By Brian C. Anderson, Investor's Business Daily
Conservative-friendly media better get ready. Should Barack Obama win the presidency and the Democrats control Congress, as now seems likely, they will launch a full-scale war to drive critics — especially on political talk radio — right out of legitimate public debate.
A Democrat-controlled Washington will use sweeping new rules to shush conservative political speech. For starters, expect a real push to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.
Make no mistake: a new Fairness Doctrine would vaporize political talk radio, the one major medium dominated by the right. If a station ran a successful conservative program like, say, Mark Levin's, it would also have to run a left-leaning alternative, even if — as with Air America and all other liberal efforts in the medium to date — it can't find any listeners or sponsors.
Obama, like congressional Democrats, also wants to regulate the Internet, the only other medium in which the right does well, via its influential bloggers. (link)
Let's see if Congressman Rick Boucher, who is so concerned about protecting "the media," is as concerned about a different medium - that of talk radio. *
A prediction: Boucher will be at the forefront of those pushing for Rush to be driven from the airwaves.
And the American people will remain silent. By the way, when's "American Idol" coming back?
* And right-wing blog commentary for that matter.
Palin's Kind of PatriotismAny bets on whether this joker considers that other candidate - the one who has been on the national scene for all of two years and has accomplished nothing in his entire life - to be a "novice?"
By Tom Friedman, The New York Times
Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel. But given the huge attention she is getting, you can’t just ignore what she has to say.
How in the world can conservative commentators write with a straight face that this woman should be vice president of the United States? Do these people understand what serious trouble our country is in right now?
Whether or not I agree with John McCain, he is of presidential timber. But putting the country in the position where a total novice like Sarah Palin could be asked to steer us through possibly the most serious economic crisis of our lives is flat out reckless. (link)
Perhaps Friedman should think through his comments before he starts writing this stuff.
Ever watch a Hollywood movie that has some badass running through the forest in a gunfight with the protagonist - a badass himself - and every time the hero fires his shotgun, the sound emitted - as dubbed back at the studio - is that of a high-power rifle? They - the actors, the directors, the editors - don't know the first thing about guns. Nor do they really want to. Guns make noise. What's the difference?
Same for the media, sadly to say. Ace of Spades makes note of a criticism that popped up on the Los Angeles Times blog about that Newsweek cover showing Sarah Palin with an over-under shotgun (broken open, by the way; for safety), and that asks: "How did Newsweek get Sarah Palin to pose with a rifle?"
The ensuing dialogue is funny. You should read it.
Is there any wonder these people are frightened by firearms? They've never been near one.
Why then, are there black congressmen who believe that she means something other than what she's clearly stating?
And that other something?
Obama is black.
Stop the presses.
This - more of that endless stream of mindless stupidity - is laughable:
Black Congressmen Declare Racism In Palin’s Rhetoric
By Jason Horowitz, The New York Observer
As the McCain campaign ratchets up the intensity of its attacks on Barack Obama, some black elected officials are calling the tactics desperate, unseemly and racist.
“They are trying to throw out these codes,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York.
“He’s ‘not one of us?’” Mr. Meeks said, referring to a comment Sarah Palin made at a campaign rally on Oct. 6 in Florida. “That’s racial. That’s fear. They know they can’t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.”
“Racism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and it’s unfortunate,” said Representative Ed Towns, also from New York. (link)
At the risk of being branded a racist - again - I must say: These people are idiots.