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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We Aren't Going Far Enough

The Roanoke Times the other day, having run out of fresh, new ideas, decided to start rehashing old editorial complaints, starting with the detached-from-reality call for a closing of that "gun show loophole"* that, as the rest of the free world knows, was never open (see "Firing another round at the gun-show* gap").

In the course of searching desperately for a reason to restrict the sale of guns by private individuals to private individuals at these shows, the Times had the gall to include this bit of deceit:
After last year's mass murder at Virginia Tech, the commonwealth should act. Opponents correctly point out that Seung-Hui Cho bought his guns despite submitting to background checks. But the error there was at the data-gathering stage, an error the state has corrected.

Were Cho, or anyone with his mental health history, to try to make his purchases today, the instant background check would stop him, but not at a gun show*. Would he find another way to arm himself even if the gun-show* loophole were closed? Perhaps.

"Perhaps," fellas, gives license to ban everything known to man. You need to come up with something better than that.

But there is a cause onto which you might latch. And it has to do with weapons being used maliciously on the Virginia Tech campus. I expect to see this Cho Seung-hui-related editorial any day now:
Student banned from Tech ordered to do community service
By Shawna Morrison, The Roanoke Times

The charge brought against a man who was banned from Virginia Tech after an altercation with his roommate could be dropped if he performs community service and stays out of trouble.

Michael William Tilrico, 20, was charged with attempted malicious wounding, a felony, after police said he brandished a knife at his roommate April 1. The roommate, Philip McElmurray, was not hurt. [link] [my emphasis]
Knife control. The Cho Seung-hui incident demands it. Might there be mayhem unleashed on the Virginia Tech campus without it?


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* Memo to Roanoke Times: If you're going to keep using the annoying non-word "gun-show," you need to start using words like "beauty-pageant." And "car-alarm." And "Christmas-tree."

Obama Names Education Secretary

Here's the brief caption that accompanies the illustration that the Washington Post provides this morning (see "Obama Picks Chicago's Schools Chief For Cabinet") of our soon-to-be fearless leader's pick to run the nation's education bureaucracy:

"Arne Duncan is a friend and basketball partner of the president-elect's."

America looks to the new administration to fix our failing schools. What they'll get instead is a reasonably good power forward with a credible ability to take the ball to the basket.

And that'll be fine too.

You're Saying Azerbaijan Isn't a Body Wash?

A World of Issues Waiting, Obama and His Foreign Policy Squad Brush Up

Think About It

Doesn't this make Caroline Kennedy more qualified to be president than our soon-to-be president?

Résumé Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office

If you include his year-and-a-half campaign, Obama is long on politics, short on "public office," and lacking in any kind of experience.

Kennedy for president!

Cute Headline Of The Day

Matt Drudge on the divorce settlement between Guy Ritchie and Madonna:

RICHIER: Madonna settles divorce for up to $92M...


Rush Limbaugh To Colin Powell

With love:
So General Powell, let me explain something. The fact is Republicans did not listen to me. They listened to you. They have not been listening to me for years. The Republican Party nominated your ideal candidate. They nominated your guy, a moderate, who's willing to buy into an endless array of liberal causes, from global warming ...

As long as you are a Republican, but you buy into an endless array of liberal causes, global warming to amnesty for illegals, and somebody who has the same fetish for compromising principles that you do, then they are going to love you. Then you turn around and you stab this person in the back by endorsing the most liberal Democrat candidate ever nominated days before the election, General Powell? You want to lecture me about how the Republican Party needs to stop listening to me when they are not? They are listening to you. I also have to question something here. How can he say he's a Republican? He gets the perfect Republican nominee, exactly the kind of candidate he wants, it's McCain, and then he sabotages McCain a few weeks before the election by endorsing Obama. How can you even claim to be a Republican, General Powell? When have you ever stuck your neck out for Republicans and conservatives? Never. [link]
Like he said.

* Note: If the syntax and grammar aren't perfect, it's because Rush was verbalizing his opinions - above - live on his radio show. This is a verbatim transcription.

We're All Going To Die From Global Warming!

Well, in fact, we're not.

You may have read here the other day my take on that AP writer's hysterical call for action to combat the warming problem, as he and Crazy Al see it, with the planet heating up at a rapid rate and the world soon being beyond repair.

The University of Oklahoma's David Deming has responded to this bit of idiocy in an email to Noel Sheppard:
How can this guy call himself a "science reporter?"

He is perhaps the worst propagandist in all the media, and that's stating something.

In his latest screed, he screams: "global warming is accelerating"

How then does he explain the fact that the mean global temperature (as measured by satellite) is the same as it was in 1980?

How can global warming be "accelerating" when the last two years have seen dramatic cooling? Is this guy totally removed from all reality?????

He completely ignores any evidence contrary to his personal beliefs, and twists everything to meet his preconceived notions.

How can anyone so ignorant be a reporter for AP? Seriously?
Don't get the guy all confused with logic, professor (or with scientific data either). He has his mindset established and nobody is going to shake him of his worldview.

It is puzzling, though, where they get these guys. Awfully puzzling.

More On That AP Global Warming Rant

From Investor's Business Daily:

The temperature at Denver International Airport dropped to 18 below zero on Sunday, breaking the previous record of 14 below set in 1901. White Sulphur Springs, Mont., reported 29 below to the National Weather Service, breaking the record of 17 below set in 1922. Meanwhile, ice storms ravage the Northeast and the upper Midwest.

This is not a local phenomenon. Hong Kong had the second-longest cold spell since 1885. Cold in northern Vietnam destroyed 40% of the rice crop and killed 33,000 head of livestock. The British Parliament debated climate change as London experienced the first October snow since 1934.

Presumably this has all been reported by the Associated Press. But according to a weekend AP report, this is all an illusion and "2008 is on a pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line." Rather than being "evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming." Oh.

The report, which includes no comments from any skeptic, says global warming "is a ticking time-bomb that President-elect Obama can't avoid." It warns "warming is accelerating. Time is running out, and Obama knows it." Especially if he relies on AP wire reports.

Problem is, nature didn't get the memo. Geophysicist David Deming found that for the first time since the 18th century, in the days before SUVs, Alaskan glaciers grew this year instead of retreating. Fairbanks had its fourth coldest October in 104 years of records.

U.S. Geological Survey glaciologist Bruce Molnia reported: "On the Juneau Icefield, there was still 20 feet of new snow on the surface of the Taku Glacier in late July." It was the worst summer he'd seen in two decades.

As the Anchorage Daily News reports, "Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Ice Field witnessed the kind if snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too."

The consequence of melting glaciers and sea ice is supposed to be rising sea levels. The poster children for this phenomenon are low-lying coral islands such as the Maldives and Tuvalu. Again, the facts are ignored in the quest for headlines.

The satellite record shows the sea level has actually fallen four inches around Tuvalu since 1993, when the $100 million international TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite project record began.

Of course, this is just data. The fact that it is incontrovertible shouldn't take away from the political intent of the AP analyst. It's his mission to save the planet, and motive is all that counts.

So raise them taxes and layer on those regulations. We are going to cool this rapidly cooling planet, scientific research be damned.

Let The Messiah Talk To Him

He'll calm him and overcome his hatreds ...

Bush shoe attacker 'detested America'

... but will Obama do it before the Islamist hatemonger kicks his skinny ass around the room? That's the question.