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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Be Careful When You Call Someone Asinine

Asinine
Adjective: asinine ˈasəˌnīn
1. Showing a lack of intelligence or thought
2. Of or like an ass

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Here's your chuckle for this morning.

From "the Roanoke Times editorial board":
Natural gas is not a renewable energy source

Del. Will Morefield of Tazwell [jf: Tazwell?] says he has prefiled legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session to count natural gas — primarily coalbed methane — as a renewable energy source. Companies that burn the gas to generate energy then could benefit under the state’s renewable energy programs.

We’re writing an editorial for later in the week in which we will point out what an asinine idea this is. Coming from Moregield [jf: Moregield?], though, it is hardly surprising.   [link]
Asinine is as asinine does.

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

You've heard that old adage: You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

The same applies to our youth and education.

We can set all the textbooks and laptop computers on the planet in front of our kids but if they prefer to grow up ignorant, but skilled at playing Halo Reach, who's to blame?

That's why you'll never hear me complaining about the quality of teachers in this country.  Or about the relative effectiveness of public education.

In the end, it comes down to one unshakable principle: Schools only provide the learning tools; they don't teach; it's up to ... our future leaders ... to use those tools and educate themselves.  If it were up to me, I'd scrap the system entirely, hand every young American a library card, point him and her in the general direction of the local book repository, and tell them to have at it; we'll get back with you in twelve years.

Many will choose not to rise to the occasion. To not take advantage of the wonderful opportunity.  Oh, well.

That's why the Roanoke Times this morning has it half right:
Too dumb to serve?
editorial

Nearly one-quarter of the nation's high school graduates who took the Army's entrance exam failed. Virginians fared even worse than their fellow countrymen.

The U.S. Army's report, released last week, is an indictment of the public education system. Instead of casting blame yet again on the soldiers on the front line -- in this instance, the teachers manning classrooms -- policymakers need to take a good, hard look at how effective they've been in command. [link]
"An indictment of the public education system."  Not in my mind.

Yes, it's fair to criticize "the system" for graduating illiterate, ignorant students who are woefully unprepared to enter the world, but let's put the real blame where it should lie.  Students who show up in class over a period of twelve years and who leave the system illiterate and stupid can blame only themselves.  And, until someone figures out a way to inject books into the veins of these unmotivated, disinterested dead-enders - future hamburger flippers at McDonald's all - it will forever be that way.

You wonder how the Chinese are kicking your ass?

Add this to the long list.

And look no further than that kid of yours with the Wii controller in his hand, the glazed look on his face, and the immense void where his brain should be.

A Bit Of History

For those of you who don't get around much, here's something you might find interesting.  President Woodrow Wilson (the first from the Old South to be elected after the Civil War) was born this day 154 years ago.

More interesting:  His wife, Edith - the "secret president of the United States" - was born right here in Southwest Virginia, over in Wytheville.

It's a fascinating period in our nation's history, one that gets little attention these days.

The Age In Which We Live

Slipping the surly bonds of ... marriage:


She was screwing her ex-husband. Her now-husband faces prison time.

Beam me up, Scotty.

Don't Ya Just Love Liberals?

Here you thought the Democrats were crushed in the last election.  And that they are in retreat on all fronts.  And that their standard-bearer has poll numbers that are so low they rival Nancy Pelosi's and Josef Mengele's.

What little you know.

From the Washington Post's strongest liberal - and weakest link - Eugene Robinson:


May God have mercy.

Headline of the Day

Kill ObamaCare Before It Does More Harm

Put a bullet in its brain pan and you, Mr. Legislator, will have the unflinching support of the American people.

When you get polling numbers this skewed, you know you're on safe ground.

From Rasmussen:
Health Care Law
Support for Health Care Repeal At 60%

For the second time this month, 60% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the national health care law, while the number who expect health care costs to increase is at its highest level since August.

Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since the bill became law in late March. Last week, support for repeal was at 55%.

But last week also marked the first time a majority of voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed. [link]
I think there's a reasonable chance that the Senate, once the House passes repeal (a given), will go along with the outright voiding of the entire ObamaCare monstrosity now that the members thereof have wet their pants over the November election results.  But the question is, will Obama veto repeal legislation?

There's a win/win here for the GOP.  Stop the nationalization and ruination of our once great health care system, start over, and the people will rally behind the effort; let Obama veto repeal and, as deterioration of the health care system accelerates and costs mushroom, he'll be tarred and feathered for that which he's done to our country.

In either case, press forward.  The American people are behind you.

To Those Who Are Absolutely Certain ...

You don't know as much as you think you know:

Researchers: Ancient human remains found in Israel
By Daniel Estrin, Associated Press

Jerusalem (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Monday they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man, and if so, it could upset theories of the origin of humans.

A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old.

"It's very exciting to come to this conclusion," said archaeologist Avi Gopher, whose team examined the teeth with X-rays and CT scans and dated them according to the layers of earth where they were found.

He stressed that further research is needed to solidify the claim. If it does, he says, "this changes the whole picture of evolution."

The accepted scientific theory is that Homo sapiens originated in Africa and migrated out of the continent. Gopher said if the remains are definitively linked to modern human's ancestors, it could mean that modern man in fact originated in what is now Israel. [link]
Does this disprove the theory of evolution?  Hardly.

But it does prove once again that it's best to be skeptical  of anyone who comes to you absolutely, positively certain of something so shrouded in the mysteries of the unknown.

We Live Worlds Apart

Exaggerated perhaps only slightly:
To My Democratic Friends and Family:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011 but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Republican Friends and Family:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Received via email

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To put a face to this liberal mindset, here's the Clown Prince of Progressivism, Michael Moore:

"Hey Everyone,


"I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas (or a Merry Everything) and hope you are all well today."

A merry everything?  Why pick on those who don't find themselves to be, or don't want to be, or are incapable of  being merry?  What do you have against the suicidal, the morbid, and the depressed, Michael?

And Speaking Of Those With Blind Faith ...

See "The Abiding Faith Of Warm-ongers."

No amount of contradictory information with regard to "climate change" is going to shake their institutionalized belief system.