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Monday, February 15, 2010

Roanoke Times Agrees With Me

Maybe I'd better be questioning my position ...

A free press survives at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's Commission on Student Affairs last week drew a line in the snow on the Drillfield. It told the Collegiate Times, the school's student-run newspaper, to stop allowing anonymous comments on its Web site or lose funding, advertising and office space.

Fortunately, cooler heads in the administration overruled the CSA. No one would have won if the school had followed through on the threat.

The CSA was on shaky constitutional ground. It would have been one thing to cut funding based on budgetary considerations, but as soon as the commission -- and its disturbingly named "Subcommission on Ethical Media" -- started basing decisions on content, it treaded on First Amendment protections.

Administrators, if not the students on the CSA, understood that Tech is a government institution. It may not silence certain views simply because some people find them offensive. The First Amendment exists especially to protect the expression of ideas that offend and challenge sensibilities.

The courts have long recognized the right to anonymous speech because it allows people to share controversial views without fear of retribution. The seminal example, of course, was the Federalist Papers. [link]
It's important to emphasize the key point.  As I mentioned the other day, despite Tech statements to the contrary, it was the content of some of the comments left on the Collegiate Times website that prompted the effort to ban the CT.  And that's about as anti-American as any move could be.

So here's to the Roanoke Times for backing me up, and to Virginia Tech for coming to its senses.

America is a better place today.

So Which Is It?

My head starts to hurt when I try to figure liberals out.  Liberals like Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne.  Less than a week ago (February 12) he accuses us of being racists for having been mean to Barack Obama.  Today not.  Today we find out that the criticism that we're leveling at Mr. Magestic we also aimed at Bill Clinton.  See "What Bill Clinton could teach President Obama."

Tell you what, E.J., when you have a coherent thought come back to us.

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* Of course Bill Clinton was "the first black president," so we may still be accused of being racists.

** I particularly enjoyed this line in Dionne's whine:

"But Clinton remains one of the most talented politicians in our history, and it's not simply because he ..."  

It's worth remembering that this "talented" politician, through his own diligent efforts, with help from no one else, lost the House and the Senate to the Republicans in 1994, and got himself impeached in 1998.  He also managed to get himself disbarred in a plea deal that kept his ass out of prison.  Talented.  Right.

Ah, The Good Old Days

The New York Times editorial team wants Obama to investigate the Bush administration for alleged abuses that took place at Guantanamo a long time ago.  See "Seven Paragraphs."

And why not?  It beats governing, no?

As Opposed To What?

Non-News of the Day:

As opposed to the Ayatollah dictatorship it has now.

It might actually be an improvement.

* I know.  I know.  Iran holds regular elections.  Regular sham elections.

Quote of the Day

Andrew Bolt on "global warming" hysteria:
So the recent rate of warming isn’t unprecedented when likened to recent warming periods that are not blamed on man. There has been no statistically significant warming for 15 years, and even cooling since January 2002.

The world may, even in Jones’ view, still be cooler now than it was 1000 years ago.

And these facts, agreed to now by one of the scientists most responsible for the man-made warming theory, is behind the greatest mass panic in modern history.

Feel you’ve been had?
"Not unusual, not the hottest, not still warming," Herald Sun, February 15, 2010

The Kiss Of Death

Suppose we'll be seeing this sort of thing come election season?

Obama and Boucher in Better Days

Those days appear to be long gone:
Some Democrats keep distance from Obama
By Nicholas , Los Angeles Times

As President Obama's approval ratings sag and the mood of voters sours, some Democratic congressional candidates are distancing themselves from the White House, with the back-channel blessing of party officials.

The candidates are positioning themselves as independent voices no less frustrated with the Obama administration than people back home.

Far from discouraging an independent stance, the White House political operation and the Democratic congressional leadership are tacitly putting out word that the strategy may be a useful one, according to party campaign operatives.

Moving in lock step with the White House poses risks for certain Democrats. Some 49 House Democrats serve in districts that Republican John McCain won in the 2008 presidential election.  [link][my emphasis]
It's worth noting that Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA9) serves in one of those 49 districts.  In fact he will be seeking reelection in the most heavily Republican district in the commonwealth.  A look at the last presidential contest in the 9th says it all.  These are the election returns from Boucher's home base:

It's fair to say, though the general rejection of Obama's schtick didn't carry over to a Boucher loss in 2008, the electorate has a whole different attitude today.  What was an attitude of rejection then can better be characterized as hostility now.

Expect none of the photos like the above to be taken any time soon.  Boucher may be wrong on most all the issues but he ain't stupid.  Obama, until further notice, is the kiss of death.

Photo courtesy of AP.
Chart courtesy of the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Let's Talk About 'Green' Energy

See "Wind Energy's Ghosts."  If you were thinking that wind energy might become viable some day your mind might be changed.  Abandoned turbines.  Huge maintenance costs.  Dead birds.  Government boondoggles.

I'd like to see the industry figure all this out and start producing some small measure of energy for this energy-starved world, but sheesh!