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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

But They Don't Want To Be In Kansas

The first rule in editorial writing: Don't make your readers scratch their heads in befuddlement.

Like this piece in today's Roanoke Times does:
For the first time ever, all Roanoke city schools earned accreditation, and graduation rates aren’t shameful.

But, if just for today, go ahead, Roanoke boosters, click your heels and enjoy the moment.
I took a moment all right.  To wonder why Roanoke boosters - if they were boosters - would want to go back to Kansas with Dorothy, per Glinda, the Good Witch of the North's instruction.

Click their heels?

But that can't be right.  So I googled it.  Turns out the Times wants people to adopt a move developed by Irish step dancers.  To show their glee.  Just before they're rushed to the hospital with a slipped disc.

Seems an odd way to celebrate.

But what do I know.  I'm still trying to perfect my battement dégagé.

Them Tea Partiers Sure Look Like Terrorists To Me

This goes out to Democratic congresswomen who dress like Homey the Clown and think we are America's Enemy Number 1:

Yeah, we're terrorists all right. First we demanded that the government spend only money that it had.  Soon we'll be expecting that money to be spent wisely.

Such ruthless bastards we are.

Run for your lives.  The Tea Party is on the loose.  Death and destruction will surely follow in its wake.

And Speaking of Clowns

Good grief.

Remember when they said Sarah Palin was too stupid to be vice president?  Those same they think the world of this buffoon.

Says a lot about they.

Photo capture from Hot Air.

There are Earthquakes and Then There Are Earthquakes

I told Paula, when I got home last night, that people out in California must be looking at the antics going on up in the Washington area with a certain amount of amusement.  Earthquake?  Folks out there wouldn't consider what happened yesterday as even rising to the level of burp.  I actually heard someone on the radio (I was 150 miles west of the epicenter when the tremor hit and didn't notice anything, alas.) tell an alarmed populace: Be prepared for aftershocks. (!)

Heck, by California standards there were few foreshocks.

To play up my amusement, I offer this:

A shocking photo of DC Earthquake Devastation.

To the people of Washington D.C. I carry this message: It's safe.  You can come out of your hiding places now.

Sorry, Pal

It was all about slavery.

Too Funny

In a shameful sort of way.

How about a flaming liberal college professor who donates routinely to Democrats and leftist causes and then turns around and does a "study" that finds Tea Partiers to "fear change and harbor negative attitudes toward immigrants."

One who got paid handsomely to do it.

Can't imagine?  Meet Andrew Perrin, PhD.

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* The "study" also found that Tea Partiers "valued deference to authority and libertarianism."  If deference means "a courteous regard for," so what?  Is that better or worse than leftist college professors who harbor attitudes of subservience to authority.  We respect it.  But out of that respect comes a healthy understanding of its inherent evils.  As well as its weaknesses.

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Then there's this: "The poll also found that 51 percent of people who were very concerned about 'changes taking place in American society these days' were tea party supporters."  So what?  That doesn't mean Tea Partiers "fear change."  In fact we demand change.  Just not the kind of change - call it decay - that America is experiencing.

Can anyone be a college professor these days?  Are there no standards of intelligence?

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And, for the thousandth time, we don't hate immigrants.  (I, for one, have no problem increasing the quotas for legal immigration when the employment situation reflects a need for more low-end workers to enter the workforce here.)

But we do have a problem with foreigners coming here, disrespecting our laws, and making demands of us.  They can take that right back where they came from.

Only To a Leftist

I'm not even believing this first sentence of a (totally detached) Richard Cohen piece in the Washington Post:

"Whatever global warming might or might not have done to polar bears, it has put Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy at risk."

And he ain't jokin'.

Is that to be considered wishful thinking?  Or a cry of desperation - on two counts?  Global warming as a working theory is dead.  And Rick Perry's candidacy is vibrant.

Cohen, generally considered to be the least bright of all the mainstream columnists out there (in a very large field of close-seconds), dreams the impossible dream.

By the way, the rest of the column is just as foolish.  Read the whole thing.