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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shocker

Here I thought the editorial board members of the Bristol Herald Courier were a bunch of lunatics. Well, maybe they are, but ...
McCain For President

Sen. John McCain has earned the reputation as an architect of bipartisan compromises and a disciplined budget hawk. At no other time in our nation’s history have we needed a leader with those skills more than now.

Sen. Barack Obama, while a gifted orator and a truly inspirational figure, has a skimpier record of bipartisan work and is proposing new taxes and additional government spending at a time when restraint and frugality are imperative.

For these reasons, the Bristol Herald Courier’s editorial board endorses McCain, the Republican candidate for president. (link)
The most important two words in the editorial as far as Obama is concerned, as far as I'm concerned, are "skimpier" and "record." These guys are being generous. In fact, Obama has no record whatsoever. He's no more qualified to be president than Paris Hilton is (perhaps less so; she makes much better commercials).

That's why I found the Washington Post's Obama endorsement on Friday to be laughable on its face ("The nominating process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates"). When "qualified" and "Obama" are used in the same sentence, you know these guys aren't serious.

So here's to the Bristol Herald Courier for bringing common sense to the process. Let's hope it becomes contagious.

It's Easier Than Giving Them a Job

Ya gotta love college students. They have such dreams. Ideals. Aspirations for a better planet.

If only they had brains ...
Students Seek To Raise Awareness Of Homeless In Cardboard Shantytown
By Amy Hunter, Reporter, Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol, Va. – Cumberland Square Park was transformed into a shantytown of cardboard homes Saturday as dozens of college students prepared to spend the night as many homeless do: outside.

“I think apathy is pretty rampant and that is because of ignorance,” said Pua Coffman, a King College junior who helped to organize the event. “That’s why we’re really excited to do this off campus, so the community can see and raise awareness about the problem.”

Coffman and about 40 fellow students, members of the college’s youth ministry group, were charged with the task of organizing a community event. They wanted to address the issue of poverty and homelessness, so they organized a night in which they would sleep outdoors in cardboard boxes. (link)
Heaven forbid, these students take the time to deal with the root causes of homelessness - poor education, lack of motivation, drug/alcohol abuse, mental illness, the dismantling of America's institutions that dealt with these wayward souls.

No, they build cardboard communities. And high-five one another for making a difference. Just before they rush back to the dorm so as not to miss the latest Dancing With The Stars episode.

My response to these students? Give up the stupid stunts. Study hard. Succeed. Make a future for yourself. Then provide a future to those in need.

Say What?

The Roanoke Times makes the argument this morning that the government should lift its "ban"* on embryonic stem cell research. If only the editorialists there could find a good reason. This is about as murky - and straining - as it gets:

"Considering the life-saving research that could result from these stem cells, the moral argument is less than clear."

Parsing that gem, these guys are admitting that (a) there is no research that has been done to date that can be considered "life-saving," and (b) future life-saving research is a definite maybe ("could result"). A good argument for the funding of alchemy research as well. Or occult research. Or anything else, for that matter. Phrenology anyone?

Yes, they're right. Embryonic stem cell research may some day result in the saving of lives. And pigs may some day fly. But at this point there is no evidence that either will occur anytime this millenium.

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* In fact, there is no ban. But there are considerable restrictions. George Bush, for the record, freed up research. It was the Clinton administration that maintained the complete ban.

Do Newspaper People Ever Read Newspapers?

Shanna Flowers of the Roanoke Times is the latest (in a long line of many) to put her foot in her mouth with regard to that now-refuted story about the shout of "Kill Him" at a recent Sarah Palin rally. She writes, apparently having just emerged from her weeks-long coma:

"I agree wholeheartedly ... in regard to the ugliness spewed at Republican campaign rallies, with shouts of 'Kill him' directed at Barack Obama, and racial slurs directed at a member of the media."

It didn't happen, Shanna. And my guess is those allegations of racial slurs being directed at members of the media are probably bogus as well, having been falsely raised by members of that same media - as well.

Members of the media awash in political bias should recognize simple bias when they see it. When it comes to those conservatives who show up at McCain rallies, what you're witnessing is not racial. It's simple disgust. Disgust directed at those who walk the earth with blinders on.

Shanna. Blinders. Off. Please.

Like I Said

George Will this morning makes the point about the Episcopal Church (USA) that I've been making for the last few years. That is: The church of "inclusion" is becoming evermore exclusive. And evermore diminutive. He writes:
The Episcopal Church once was America's upper crust at prayer. Today it is "progressive" politics cloaked -- very thinly -- in piety. Episcopalians' discontents tell a cautionary tale for political as well as religious associations. As the church's doctrines have become more elastic, the church has contracted. It celebrates an "inclusiveness" that includes fewer and fewer members.

The shrinking Episcopal Church (2.4 million members, down from 3.5 million at its peak in 1965) is a small sliver of the worldwide Anglican communion (at least 77 million and expanding rapidly). Its travails are ... yet another lingering echo of the 1960s.
The 60's.

How many times have I written that the Episcopal Church today (along with the UU's) house the last vestiges of 60's hippiedom? Where peace and love have replaced Jesus and scripture.

George Will makes the same point. More eloquently, perhaps.

Is That The Role Of The Federal Gov't?

I caught just a blurb of one of Barack Obama's 145 TV commercials last night, one having to do with education. I wasn't paying a lot of attention, knowing he was spewing the expected nonsense about how we need better schools ... blah ... blah ... blah. I was paying scant attention because I hear this kind of crap from every politician battling in every race every year - local, state, and national.

What did catch my attention was this promise that Mr. Everything made in the commercial: He's going to seek funds to recruit more teachers.

What?

Is that the role of the federal government? To provide teacher applicants to local school systems? Can you say "Midnight Basketball"? "100,000 new cops on the streets"? Are we going back to dealing in minutia (as the world - outside the Clintons' universe - struggled with the rising tide of Islamist terrorism)?

Why is it I'm getting this bad feeling of déjà vu washing over me all of a sudden?

Really?

Seems like this fella (an "economics writer") has his story backwards:

Fallout from financial crisis hammers housing

I think all the experts now agree, the headline - and the story - are in fact ...

Fallout from the housing crisis hammers financial sector

What's that about not seeing past one's nose?

No Better Example

I've often written about the strange mindset that drives otherwise normal people to hate a particular segment of the human race. That segment? The rich. Let me offer up Exhibit A this morning (the latest of many):
After W., Le Deluge
By Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

The best of times because W.’s long Reign of Error is about to end.

The worst of times because, well, you know why.

In this season of darkness, as Charles Dickens described an earlier mob scene, I’m feeling as vengeful and bloodthirsty as Madame Defarge sharpening her knitting needles at the guillotine.

I even felt a little thrill go up my leg, as Chris Matthews would put it, when I heard that the Lehman Brothers C.E.O., Richard Fuld, got punched in the company gym after it was announced that the firm was going under.

I can’t wait to see the tumbrels rumble up and down Wall Street picking up the heedless and greedy financial aristocracy that plundered and sundered free-market capitalism. (link)
Maureen Dowd celebrates ("a thrill") the physical assault of the financially ruined and personally disgraced former head of an investment company. My God.

Her reference to the French Revolution is apt. And telling. I can easily see Maureen Dowd - that haggard, emaciated, toothless, ragged old woman, hair irrupting uncontrolled in all directions, standing on the street corner, venom in her eyes, sneering, seething bloodlust in her voice, spittle streaming down her chin - screaming, "Off with their heads!" as that tumbrel full of France's aristocracy rolled past on the way to the guillotine, their "crime" being the fact that they owned what that old hag didn't.

It's not hard to imagine it at all.

What's less imaginable is the fact that her friends - those who hate the rich as much as she does - are soon to be in complete control of our government.

"I can’t wait to see the tumbrels rumble up and down Wall Street picking up the heedless and ..."

May God have mercy.

Cindy McCain Pummels The NY Times

In response to the New York Times sending out one of its goons to dig up dirt on Cindy McCain (through Facebook), McCain's lawyer has fired off a letter to Bill Keller with the Times. Greta Van Susteren has the story. See "You have not tried to find Barack Obama’s drug dealer." An excerpt:
Dear Mr. Keller:

I represent Cindy McCain. I write to appeal to your sense of fairness, balance and decency in deciding whether to publish another story about her. I do this well knowing your obvious bias for Barack Obama and your obvious bias hostility to John McCain. I ask you to put your biases and agendas aside.

I understand that Cindy is in the public eye, but you have already profiled her extensively (Jennifer Steinhauer reported), written about her financial situation (including an editorial on her tax returns) and about her role at Hensley and Company.

I am advised that you assigned two of your top investigative reporters who have spent an extensive amount of time in Arizona and around the country investigating Cindy’s life including her charity, her addiction and her marriage to Senator McCain. None of these subjects are news.

While she may be in the public eye, she is not public property nor the property of the press to abuse and defame.

It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama. You have not tried to find Barack Obama’s drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, Dreams of My Father. Nor have you interviewed his poor relatives in Kenya and determined why Barack Obama has not rescued them. Thus, there is a terrific lack of balance here.

I suggest to you that none of these subjects on either side are worthy of the energy and resources of The New York Times. They are cruel hit pieces designed to injure people that only the worst rag would investigate and publish. I know you and your colleagues are always preaching about raising the level of civil discourse in our political campaigns. I think taking some your own medicine is in order here.
It'll be a cold day in hell when the lowlifes at the New York Times actually start practicing that which they preach. Besides, Obama must be elected. Rules regarding propriety and fair-mindedness? "We don need no steenking rules."

When You Have Idiots Running The Gov't ...

... you're living in Hawaii:
Hawaii ending universal child health care
By Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer

Honolulu (AP) - Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.

Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I don't believe that was the intent of the program."(link)
What did these geniuses expect? Offer something that is otherwise very costly for free and you're going to get a deluge of people willing to partake. The leftists who now run the government in Hawaii, had they had the brains God gave a goose, would have known that.

Why do we put up with such incompetence?