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Monday, November 07, 2011

A Bravo Goes Out To The Roanoke Times

For setting aside its unseemly animosity regularly directed at Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli the editorial page of the Times is to be commended.

If only for restating the obvious.

We the People own the University of Virginia.  We the People, therefore, have a right to know what's going on there.

Or, as the Roanoke Times puts it (in "No public college is immune to FOIA"):
The University of Virginia and the American Tradition Institute were back in court last week for more epic haggling over the release of climate scientist Michael Mann's email under Virginia's Freedom of Information Act.

As the lawyers rack up billable hours and the university remains under the microscope, other institutions of higher education should take notice, lest the same happen to them.

Whatever happens, there is a lesson in all this for other schools. This was not the first time a group with an agenda came looking for public university documents.

So long as public university research informs public debates, people will ask to see documents related to that research.

It therefore behooves universities to engage in internal discussions now about how they will respond when their time comes.

If a school has adopted formal policies consistent with the law in advance, they might avoid some of the problems that UVa faces.

There are lessons in this brouhaha, and it would be a shame if educators did not learn them.
Bottom line: We pay their paychecks. So, by God, they'll not keep secrets from us.

Want to preserve "academic freedom" and keep the public in the dark?

Do it on your dime.

You Can't Do Nothing

An individual who is important to your organization is accused of child molestation.  What do you as a supervisor do?

Having been presented with such an opportunity - though on a far lesser scale - I can tell you, the answer to that question doesn't come as easily as one might think.

But, having that experience, I can safely say what you don't do is what Pennsylvania State University officials did when they were allegedly informed of alleged transgressions.

Which was allegedly nothing.

Now the story has hit the fan.

As it should have long ago.

Is The Globe Warming?

Unlike most all the "scientists" out there,  I can confidently say I don't know.

But, in truth, they don't know either.

They just think they know.  And want you to think they know.

In reality, nobody has a clue.

Two headlines from recent days make the point:

Fastest sea-level rise in 2,100 years linked to climate change

Sea Level Falling 2.5 mm/year Since The End Of 2007

As the saying goes, both calculations could be wrong, but both can't be right.

So we're going to set government policy based on wild guessing?

Why not voodoo?

Why not tea leaves?

An Energy Technology We Can All Support

Fracking.

Learn it.  Live it.  Love it.

Natural gas.  It's cheap.  And abundant.

And it's green.

Yeah, baby.

Without a Doubt

I don't think there can be any other explanation for the Obama administration's "Fast and Furious" release of guns to Mexican drug thugs than to create the appearance of a crisis and to precipitate the launch of a new gun control jihad in this country.

Glenn Reynolds agrees:
I think it’s possible, and maybe even likely, that this operation was intended to provide PR support for the Administration’s gun-control program by putting traceable U.S. guns at Mexican crime scenes so that Holder could point to them as a reason for more gun control in the United States. (Other explanations — such as that this was a sort of Iran/Contra deal involving the U.S. Government deliberately arming one side in the Mexican drug wars, are even worse). Heads should roll, starting with Holder’s, but not ending there.
The hope-n-change gang that couldn't shoot straight.  We should fire them all.

Michael Moore made demagoguery look so easy. How could Obama and Holder have so screwed the effort up?

The World Has Turned Upside Down

Even the commies in Red China see Europe - the one-world globulation that Obama and his ilk love so much - as being too socialist.   Suppose the Europeans will take that admonition as a hint?

From "Goldman: euro could split apart":
The chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management has said that the need for a German-led fiscal integration in the eurozone would make it increasingly unattractive for all the countries who joined to stay in the single currency.

Also last night, the chairman of the supervisory board of China Investment Corporation, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, put further distance between China and the eurozone bail-out, saying that Europe’s bloated welfare state meant that people did not work hard enough.

“I think if you look at the troubles which happened in European countries, this is purely because of the accumulated troubles of their worn out welfare societies,” Jin Liqun said in an interview with Al Jazeera television. “I think the labour laws are outdated – the labour laws induce sloth, indolence rather than hard working. The incentive system is totally out of whack.”

Eurozone leaders had been hoping that China would use some of its trade surplus to back the bail-out fund.
I think the Europeans should listen to these former communists when they talk about welfare societies, sloth, and indolence.  They know of that which they speak.

Unfortunately, I'm guessing, their warnings will fall on deaf ears.  Those enamored of the "Europe" concept are calling for even more centralization and government(s) spending.  As the Chinese are trying to tell them, from more of the same expect more of the same.

Commies warning against a developing welfare state.  What would Karl Marx say to that?

* To modify that old adage: "From each according to his ability, to each according to how loudly he sits in a park in New York City and whines about those with ability - and inclination - not providing enough sustenance to those consumed by sloth and indolence."

Like I Said

Forget 'em.  They don't vote:

Sunday Reflection: Occupy Wall Street gets the ink, Tea Party gets the voters

They, instead, sit around scratching their butts, playing video games.

And bitch.

* Here's to next Tuesday!

'Occupy Wall Street,' Best Reality Show On TV

I wonder why Simon Cowell hasn't created a one-hour segment for Fox showcasing this.  It has all the necessary elements for it to be a smashing ratings success.
“Things have changed drastically. It seems to be deteriorating,” the man told Carl. “A lot of drug use, alcohol use, people getting into fights… It’s deteriorating pretty quick.”

There’s a growing concern among police that people getting out of prison are coming here for the free food and shelter.

"We have anarchists who are part of the group. We have homeless individuals who are part of the group ..."
My kinda TV!

Who needs "Jersey Shore" when we have this train wreck?

There Is a God

Head and Body Lice Outbreak Announced at #Occupy Portland Squatters Camp

Gov't Doing What Gov't Does

What does a property owner who has been living in the same abode for 53 years do when the United States government knocks on her door and tells her her home must be demolished because it is in violation of some federal regulation?

Same structure. Same location. Same property. No improvements.  But in violation of code.

What to do?

Get the hell out, that's what:
Mo. residents upset by order to move lake homes
By Chris Blank, Associated Press

Camdenton, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly every year, Patsy Riley has gotten unsolicited offers for her house on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks with its spectacular views of tree-lined bluffs and its ample shoreline, but she never wanted to leave. Now, she and hundreds of her neighbors wonder what will become of their homes after a federal agency declared that many structures built close to the lake may have to go.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, citing restrictions on private developments around dams, says thousands of residences, decks, patios and boathouses appear to encroach on land belonging to the hydroelectric project in violation of federal regulations.

The announcement has triggered panic in the area's lakefront communities and led to a growing battle among regulators, a utility company, land attorneys and the state's congressional delegation. Officials say they are searching for a way to settle the issue without mass evictions. [link]
To be clear, these aren't squatters who built houses on federal land.  They own their properties free and clear.  It's just that they shouldn't have been allowed to build in the manner they did (?) way back when.

So now their homes are worthless.  And they have to move.

And no one in the United States government could give them a reasonable explanation as to why.

Except to cite "regulations."

I'm reminded of that Of the People, By the People, For the People thingie.  Nice sentiment.

On Politicians & How The Press Treats Them

We know* that one particular Democrat exposed himself to a female employee and propositioned her.  The date was May 8, 1991.  The accuser was Paula Jones.  The politician was President Bill Clinton.  The charges were graphic and specific.

The press chose to ignore the story when it broke.

We've also heard the story regarding Republican Herman Cain's alleged ... what? ... directed toward ... whom? ... when? ... where? ... that has been aired by that same press in fifty different news segments.

The bias here is not even arguable.

Nor is the fact that it will continue.  It's what these snakes do.

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It looks like the effort on the part of the press to destroy Herman Cain may have - in the end - helped his candidacy.  I'm lovin' this!
American Way: A funny thing happened on the way to the Herman Cain lynching
By Toby Harnden, Telegraph of London

By any normal rules of politics, Cain should be toast. So what’s going on?

Simply put, the media and Cain’s detractors have over-played their hand. By Friday night, Politico, which broke the original story, had published 94 articles on the allegations in under six days. Every other major publication had followed suit. Every time he stepped out of a room, Cain was mobbed by reporters.

Yet despite the maelstrom, Cain’s accusers remain anonymous and the details of the allegations oddly vague. With many conservatives believing that sexual harassment lawsuits are an industry and that frivolous cases are often settled to avoid more expensive litigation, there was a growing sense that Cain was being treated unfairly.

Cain’s very amateurishness became almost endearing. Rather than mouthing slick talking points, Cain got angry with the journalists (a profession loathed by most Republican activists) and claimed that he was the victim of a “high-tech lynching”.

With the case against him thin and the accusation so incendiary, Cain’s predicament is prompting more sympathy than opprobrium.

Those who leaked the details of the 1990s sexual harassment cases might have thought that they’d destroy Herman Cain and leave his campaign dangling from a tree. But, as befits this strange and unpredictable election campaign, a funny thing happened on the way to the lynching. [link] [emphasis mine]
Now those who leaked the story in order to damage Mr. Cain - including the geniuses at Politico - find themselves in a quandary out of which they're unable to extricate themselves.  Their effort to keep the information vague has backfired.  Because there is no there there.  But - I'm guessing - if they release the details of the allegations that were filed against Cain, they - and his accusers - will be laughed out of the room.

So they're stuck.

And they may have just put Herman Cain over the top.

Slick move, smart guys.

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To call this the most egregious example of media bias in the history of the Republic ignores another even more egregious example - Tea Party terrorism vs. Occupy Wall Street's Gathering of Angels.

These people make me sick.

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* We know Paula Jones was harassed because Bill Clinton - without admitting guilt - paid the woman and her attorneys $850,000 after her case had been dismissed by the court in which it had been filed.