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Friday, August 27, 2010

Boucher Brings Campaign To The Mountains ...

... of Colorado?

This came in yesterday. Not sure what to make of it:

A query sent to the Rick Boucher for Congress campaign has yet to be answered.

If it was him, is he that disinterested in the race that he'd be partying with the "beautiful people" in ski country while we're here struggling to survive a depression?

I think we deserve an answer.

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If true, that would explain this:

Campaign notebook: Griffith lashes at Boucher over canceled forum

Virginia Del. Morgan Griffith criticized incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher on Thursday for declining to participate in a forum on agricultural issues that has now been canceled.

The forum, scheduled for Monday and sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, was canceled after organizers failed to secure a commitment from Boucher to appear.

"If I had his voting record, I wouldn't want to go out in public and defend it either," Griffith said. "The bottom line is I'm disappointed. It's clearly not a Republican plant group. It's a Washington County and Farm Bureau group." [link]
Tick tock tick tock tick ...

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Biting The Hand That Feeds Them

There are liberals and then there is that vast wasteland we call America.  Trouble is, those same liberals don't make a connection between the wasteland and their paychecks:

"Also - ABC, does it ever occur to you that you were going after your own potential viewers here? Please, never wonder why your evening news ratings are dying when you pull stunts like this on the public."

Ron Futrell, "ABC, You Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do — Now," Big Journalism, August 26, 2010

Spelling Isn't His Strong Suit

A Match Made In Heaven

The Obama administration and the U.N.  Bosom buddies:

Human Rights Kowtow
Wall Street Journal editorial

President Obama and his State Department have been widely criticized for downplaying human rights in their efforts to engage abusive regimes in Iran, China, Russia, Burma and even Sudan. But there's at least one country whose human rights record merits the Administration's minute scrutiny: the United States.

In a 29-page report submitted last Friday to the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Administration offered a summary of the status of human rights in the U.S.

After some prefatory nods to the uniqueness of the American system, the report devolves into a celebration of liberal governance and Mr. Obama's policies in repairing the basic injustice of American life. Thus the 1993 "Motor Voter" law "[helped] increase historically low registration rates of minorities and persons with disabilities," says the report (neglecting to mention the law's contribution to voter fraud).

The world is told that the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—"makes great strides toward the goal that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care." This summer's financial legislation gets a round of applause for addressing "the issue of predatory lending, and particularly discriminatory lending." Even Mr. Obama's intentions—to close Gitmo, or end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"—come in for high praise.

Naturally, the report would not be complete without the usual beating of the guilty liberal breast. "We are not satisfied with a situation where the unemployment rate for African Americans is 15.8%, for Hispanics 12.4%, and for whites 8.8%," it says. Well, neither is anyone, but why are these statistics in a human rights report other than to suggest that the disparities are due to flaws in the American system itself? [link]
It is reported that the Iranians and the North Koreans were troubled by our lack of progress on the human rights front. 

I'm sure Obama will try harder to please them.

A Step In The Right Direction

The publication that took the word "news" out of "newspaper" is struggling to survive.  And it's doing a makeover.  Let's see if it makes for more informative reading:
USA Today shaking up staff in 'radical' overhaul
Associated Press

San Francisco (AP) -- USA Today, the nation's second largest newspaper, is making the most dramatic overhaul of its staff in its 28-year history as it de-emphasizes its print edition and ramps up its effort to reach more readers and advertisers on mobile devices.

The makeover outlined Thursday will result in about 130 layoffs this fall, USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke told The Associated Press. That translates into a 9 percent reduction in USA Today's work force of 1,500 employees. Hunke didn't specify which departments would be hardest hit.

The management shake-up affects both the newspaper's business operations and newsroom. [link]
I've mentioned several times over the years that I don't read USA Today when the rag is free and hanging on my hotel room door for my convenience.  It's that awful.

Maybe this change will bring some substance to it.

I have my doubts ...

Quote of the Day

From Peggy Noonan:
Liberals and the left are indignant about this, and angry. For a week all you heard from cable anchors was "PEOPLE think OBAMA is a MUSLIM. It's in the POLLS. How do you EXPLAIN it?" Every time I heard it, I'd think: Maybe it's because you keep screaming it.
"We Just Don't Understand," Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2010

Booze Will Do That To You

If you've ever been around drunks, like I have ... a few times ... you know they are pretty much capable of saying and doing anything.  While, at the same time, capable of doing nothing.  I've seen guys pee all over themselves because they had forgotten how the zipper works.  Forgotten where they lived.  Couldn't remember where they'd left their car (though I'm still not admitting to it).

And then there are the badasses.  I had a friend who stood about 6'1" and weighed no more than 120.  Skinniest guy you'd ever meet.  Yet when he got into a bar, which was often, and had slammed down a few drinks, he'd want to fight.  He didn't particularly care who he fought with, including tavern staff, he just wanted to beat on someone. (and, more often than not, got the crap kicked out of himself.)

My point?  Alcohol does bad things to people's thought processes.  That's why, kids, you should never drink.

That having been said, I look on this story with a certain amount of amusement.  Not because slicing up a cab driver is something to find funny, but because the media (and New York City police) are trying to make so much more of the incident than is there:
ABC Confounded Stabber Not Right-Winger, Still Exploits 'Knife Attack That's Cut Deep Into National Debate Over Faith and Fear'
By Brent Baker, NewsBusters

ABC News sure wanted to paint Michael Enright, the 21-year-old charged with stabbing Muslim cab driver Ahmed Sharif in Manhattan, as a bigoted hate crime perpetrator who is the inevitable result of Islamophobic opposition to the mosque near Ground Zero. And the network didn't let the facts get in the way of their agenda – though they were confounded by how he “has a baffling profile” since “he volunteers with a church group that promotes peace and understanding” which “actually support[s] putting that Islamic center down here near Ground Zero.” Sighed Diane Sawyer: “Really confounding, the story of that suspect.”

Sawyer, who made the incident her top story (CBS ran a short item, Katrina-obsessed NBC skipped it and most other news), led the Thursday World News by imparting great meaning: “This might have been a small story in another time, but it's touched on a deeper wave of concern because of all the tension over that mosque and cultural center planned near Ground Zero. At the center of the story, a Muslim cab driver, stabbed two days ago.” [link]

Baffling?  Yes.  But one needs to look no further than the word "scotch" to place the story in some perspective.  This kid was blasted out of his mind.  He couldn't control his right-wing anger toward minorities?  Hell, he probably couldn't control his bowels.

Much more will be made of this very troubling incident.  And the charge of "hate crime" leveled by the NYPD is surely to make for some interesting evening news.  Guaranteed to provide entertainment for months to come.

Me?  I say lock Michael Enright up for being stupid.  But don't try to find some cosmic meaning in his drunken rampage.  Drunks do stupid stuff.

Baffling?  This sums it up:  "Lefty beats up cabbie; left blames the right."