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Monday, October 24, 2011

Really?

The Roanoke Times is at it again.  It's in high dudgeon mode.  Indignation flows.

Why?

Because our loser of a United States senator, James Webb, recently proposed that a special federal commission be assembled to study the criminal justice system and his fellow legislators chose to ignore him and keep to matters of importance.

But no.  The Times sees far more nefarious motives. Partisanship:
Bipartisan study falls victim to partisan buffoonery
editorial

Was it delusion or deliberate spite that caused the defeat last week of Sen. Jim Webb's study of the nation's criminal justice system?

No other plausible explanations present themselves for the rejection of a bipartisan commission the Virginia Democrat hoped would generate recommendations for reducing the cost to taxpayers for antiquated prisons that are inhumane and ineffective in improving public safety.

Webb's legislation fell three votes shy of the 60 needed for passage in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. [link]
"No other plausible explanations present themselves"?  Heck, I can think of three.

1) Instituting major reforms that benefit convicted criminals (which is what this is all about - our awful prison system) is about as high on the list of America's priorities as is the federal government's correcting the word dumb so that it can be more easily spelled by dum people.  Our prisons aren't fair to the murderers, rapists, thieves, and pedophiles warehoused therein?   Yeah, let's find a place on our list of 18,422 problems that America is facing today for that really important crisis.

2) Webb isn't interested in merely reforming the federal prison system.  He wants to reform every system down to juvenile justice, which, according to my Constitution, is none of his business if he's acting in the role of United States senator.

3) It is said that it was a commission that designed this:


Need I say more?

"Delusion"?  "Spite"?  How about the government determined that it had better things to do.

Can you say ECONOMIC DEPRESSION?

I Wonder

Virginia Tech officials opened their arms last night to the celebration of Hinduism on its campus.

Commendable.

To what extent, I wonder, would those same officials be willing to go to honor the life and works of Jesus Christ.

But ... but ... but ...

Actually, I don't wonder.

The Best Reality TV Money Can Buy

It's called "Occupy Wall Street."

Remember when the "Survivor" TV series went to Palau and its contestants had to compete with one another for prizes amid pestilence and filth and disease and slime and stink and bugs and rodents and privation?

Shoot, it doesn't hold a candle in entertainment value to this:
Health expert condemns park rats
New York Post

Close this pigpen!

Filth-ridden Zuccotti Park is a breeding ground for bacterial infection loaded with potential health-code violations that pose a major risk to the public, an expert who inspected the area warned.

“It’s like Walmart for rats,’’ Wayne Yon, an expert on city health regulations, said yesterday.

“There’s a lack of sanitation, a lack of controls for hot and cold water,” Yon said. He saw at least 15 violations of the city’s health code -- the type that would easily shut down a food establishment.

He noted the lack of lavatory facilities, as neighbors repeatedly complain about protesters defecating in the area and the stench of urine.

Yon also pointed to unsanitary conditions in wash bins for cleaning food utensils.

“It looks extraordinarily dirty, and [the bin] should be changed once it starts to get dirty,” said Yon, who works for EHA Consulting Group Inc. Then he pointed to a pigeon in a tree right above where the protesters were washing dishes.

“There’s no overhead coverings. Pigeons are basically vermin,” Yon said.

He said there’s inadequate hand washing, the No. 1 culprit for food-borne illnesses in restaurants. [link]
The contestants aren't required to wash their hands?  At least those living in the jungles of Palua had to maintain certain standards of civilization.

I wonder if they'll televise the plague that is soon to hit Zucotti Park.  In living color.

I'm really getting into this.

I watched a small part of ABC's "Pan Am" not long ago.  All I can say is, thank God for "Occupy Wall Street."

I Learn Something About Myself

My level of support for a particular presidential candidate runs in direct proportion to the amount of vitriol and hate that is spewed in that candidate's direction by the liberal, open-minded, compassionate Left in this country.

I must be doing something right ...

The Driving Force Behind 'Occupy Wall Street'

The real world.

Andy Kessler makes sense of the ... movement:
Maybe this is all really about disappointment. I spoke to a young woman who had clearly bathed more recently than most. I asked her why she was at OccupySF. She told me she'd done all the right things. Studied hard. Graduated college. (She was an art major.) And now she can't get a job. It didn't matter. It's all messed up. She was lied to.

Of course she was. She's a member of the Trophy Generation. Win or lose, you get a trophy. We embraced mediocrity to an entire generation of kids during good times who are now finding themselves mediocre in bad times. There still is that American dream: Go to college, get a job, buy a Prius. But like it or not, studying art or humanities or gender studies won't get you there. Marissa Mayer at Google complains she can't find enough computer-science majors. Civil engineers are getting hired sight unseen.

Educating the whole child was bad advice. So was follow your passion.
An art major is upset because she can't find a job.

Which probably isn't the whole story.  This gal could find work, but it would be the kind of work that's beneath an art major.  The kind of work her kind leave to illegal Mexicans.

No.  Won't be doin' that.

So she and her fellow shit-for-brains "occupiers" sit in a park or on a street corner and wait for someone to come along and keep handing them that which they had been handed their entire lives to that point.  And they whine non-stop about the unfairness of it all.

I gotta tell you, if these are tomorrow's leaders, I worry for our country.

A Reasonable Defense

This actually occurred a few weeks ago, and I meant to comment on it then, but it's still worth a few bytes.

Did you see the video of the young McDonald's worker who took a metal rod to two customers in New York City?  If not, here it is.

The reaction of the general public to the beating was one of outrage.  As, to a degree, it should have been.  Women don't deserve to be beaten when they go to Mickey D's for a burger and fries.

The fact that the young cashier had a felony record didn't help him.

Nor did the fact that he was black.

But I gotta tell ya, I felt more than a little bit of sympathy for the poor guy.

The two "victims"?

Both were drunk when they came in.
They got into a heated argument with the cashier.
One of them slapped him across the face.
One leaped across the counter and chased him while the other raced around the counter to assist.  Their intent unknown.

The cashier came out from the back room carrying a rod and commenced to swinging.

And I smiled.

No, they didn't deserve the savage assault that ensued.

But a lesson that all of America needs to learn: Just because someone is wearing a McDonald's uniform, that fact doesn't give you the right to abuse him or her.  Physically or verbally.

Too many people think it does.

If I had been a cop on the scene, I would certainly have arrested the two belligerents - along with the cashier. The escalation was their fault and they leveled the first blow.

So you know, the cashier is now pleading self defense.

Overreaction?  Yes.  But can anyone argue that it was anything else besides him trying to keep these two women from inflicting additional harm?

I don't think so.

As That Saying Goes ...

... when they're putting money in your jukebox, you dance to their tune.

As it is with the USA's massive debt obligation to China, so the Europeans are beginning to worry about the strings attached to the financing of their profligate ways:
In Europe, new fears of German might
By Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post

Berlin — For decades, Germany’s role in Europe has been to supply the cash, not the leadership. With fresh memories of war, the continent was cautious about German domination — and so were the Germans themselves.

But the economic crisis has shaken Europe’s postwar model, and Germany increasingly calls the shots. As countries struggle to pay their debts, only Chancellor Angela Merkel has enough money to haul them out of trouble. And the price Merkel is demanding — more control over how they run their economies — is setting off alarm bells in capitals across the continent.

“Everybody is calling for leadership,” said [Germany's] deputy foreign minister, Werner Hoyer, “but no one wants to be led.” [link]
Europe. Like fleas in a barnyard.

It's doomed.

As it ought to be.

No, Obama Is Not a Muslim

But he does his part in promoting the religion of death and subjugation wherever he can.

Drudge nails it this morning:


Democrats are touting Obama's Libya incursion as a foreign policy success.

Really.

Now They Come To Realize

It's messages like this that grate on me.  A corporate executive - probably a really smart one - decides, months after his vote has been cast, that maybe Obama wasn't a good choice for president three freaking years ago.

See "About the growing regulatory state, even Google's Eric Schmidt—a big supporter of the Obama administration—now feels the need to tell it like it is." in today's Wall Street Journal.

For the love of God.