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Saturday, October 17, 2009

What a Momentous Occasion

I liken it to the Stonewall Uprising.

A bunch of hippies from some fringe group called the "Plowshare Peace Center" staged a protest in Roanoke yesterday over the fact that the local public radio station won't air a fringe left-wing radio show called "Democracy Now!"  Which is funny in itself in that the last thing the radical left wants is democracy.  They want results, regardless of means.  But that's off-point.

What's even funnier is the fact that someone at the Roanoke Times felt the protest rose to the level of being newsworthy.  The protest, as it turns out, could have been staged in a Cheech & Chong Doobiemobile:
Group protests decision by public radio station
By Katelyn Polantz

Sixteen months after launching a campaign to bring news radio show "Democracy Now!" to Southwest Virginia, a Roanoke nonprofit group won't put down the cause.

Nine members of Plowshare Peace Center marched in protest Friday night to Roanoke's WVTF-FM, a public radio station that broadcasts news and music. They carried signs and passed fliers to visitors attending ... [link]
Nine protesters.  Stop the presses.

What do you want to bet there was a little Joan Baez playing in the background.  With chants of "We shall overcome" wafting through the mid-day air.  The obligatory clenched fist salute to one another.  The droning peace songs punctuated by frequent breaks so that the protesters could go and change their Depends.

A protest.  Hell, I've attended bigger protests in the Wal-Mart refund line.  Where was the Roanoke Times for that?

Anyway, I have a question.  If these throw-backs to a bygone era want "Democracy Now!" to be aired locally on the radio, why don't they pool their resources and make it happen, rather than pester the good folks at WVTF?

Or would that cut into the monthly Social Security allowance?

Henry County Hit Yet Again

Another hammer blow:
Bassett to close fiberboard plant
By Jordan Fifer, Roanoke Times

Bassett Furniture Industries announced Thursday that it will close its fiberboard manufacturing facility in Henry County by the end of the year.

The plant began production in 1970, according to a news release from Bassett. The closing will affect about 45 employees.

"Unfortunately, the local demand for medium density fiberboard has been depressed and no longer supports our long-term strategy," said Robert Spilman, president and CEO of the company. [link]
The nightmare never ends.

Food For Thought

On the intolerance of those who work in the mainstream media:

"These intimidation tactics are working and spreading, and they are a cancer on our society."

Rush Limbaugh, "The Race Card, Football and Me," Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2009

Typical Limbaugh Critic

And a typical shit-for-brains sports writer for a major newspaper at the same time.

Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon (in "Limbaugh's Message Made Him Rich -- And Cost Him"):
I don't listen to his show because his comments about people of color anger and offend me, and I'm not easily offended. I'm not going to try and give specific examples of things he has said over the years; I screwed up already doing that, repeating a quote attributed to Limbaugh (about slavery) that he has told me he simply did not say and does not reflect his feelings. I take him at his word.


But Limbaugh has long history of the same insults and race baiting, to the point of declaring he hoped the president of the United States, a black man, fails. I never understood why someone with Limbaugh's gift for communication was so nasty and, in my opinion, gave cover to bigots everywhere under the guise of conservatism. Clearly, I'm not alone. [my emphasis]
Classic stupidity.  And bigotry (i.e., a bigot being a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own).

This genius admits that he doesn't listen to Rush's show, admits that he'd been mistaken about, and wrong in citing, quotes that others had erroneously attributed to America's number one talk show host, and yet he still spews "his comments about people of color anger and offend me."

Comments that Rush never made maybe?

Comments like Rush's (real) hope that President Obama fails?  A comment that had nothing to do with race and everything to do with clashing political ideologies?  One that was completely distorted by those who disagree with him?

Commenting on something I've purposely chosen to never gain knowledge of would be like me writing a critique of Tampax tampons.  A bad idea maybe?

The Washington Post, I think, would do well to have its premier sports writer stick to who's playing Sunday and leave more challenging commentary to others.  Or else allow its employees to further embarrass what is otherwise a reasonably good paper.

There's Another Point To Be Made

Yeah, everyone's aghast over the news that some justice of the peace down in Louisiana refused to marry a white woman and a black man.  But I'll ask the question (again): What business is it of the government that two people want to marry at all?

Dogs get licensed.  Human beings shouldn't have to.

Do Rush Wrong?

The NFL deserves this.

On The Latest Iteration of ObamaCare

Much has been made of the fact that it won't cost us anything.  But the cost, as it turns out, has been shoved into a separate piece of legislation.

Can they do that?

'The Emperor Has No Clothes'

Why is it that the British press seems to be light years ahead of the media here in the U.S. when it comes to declaring global warming theory to be what it is?

The latest member in good standing to come forward - The Spectator:
Sinking fast
By Melanie Phillips

Marc Morano observes that the great iceberg of anthropogenic global warming theory is now fast disintegrating into the Sea of Reality. AGW zealots are indeed now facing a nightmarish conundrum. What to do to save their reputations and glittering careers as Chief Scientists, Presidents of the Royal Society, Government Ministers for Climate Change, Failed US Presidential Candidates Turned Nobel Prize-Winners, Journalistic Would-Be Stringers-Up of AGW-Deniers, green NGO empire-builders and professors whose entire livelihoods and academic status have accrued from more than two decades of peddling the biggest anti-science scam of all time but which is now threatening to expose them all to ridicule on an epic scale as global temperatures cool?

The answer is that they pretend that this is not happening.
 "The biggest anti-science scam of all time."

We're taking names, by the way.  Those who perpetrated this hoax, and fed on it, will not go unpunished.

Quote of the Day

Charles Krauthammer on what passes for American foreign policy these days:
The Russian leadership, hardly believing its luck, needs no interpreter to understand that when the Obama team clownishly rushes in bearing gifts and "reset" buttons, there is nothing ulterior, diabolical, clever or even serious behind it. It is amateurishness, wrapped in naivete, inside credulity. In short, the very stuff of Nobels.
"Debacle in Moscow," Washington Post, October 16, 2009