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Monday, February 13, 2012

For The Love Of God

May I respectfully suggest to parents of college-aged children who are looking for a good education for their kids think about sending them to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where they'll be taught how to succeed in life as opposed to Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where they'll be taught the fine art of living in poverty?

Good grief.  This is beyond belief:
Hollins students are hungry to learn about poverty at dining event
By Amy Matzke-Fawcett, Roanoke Times

A group of students and community members at Hollins University shared an eye-opening meal, designed to raise awareness of world hunger.

About 15 people attended the Oxfam America Hunger banquet Sunday evening, a gathering called a "theatrical metaphor" focusing on awareness of world hunger and its causes. The event, being put on for the second time, was presented through Oxfam America, the U.S. branch of the international aid group and charity.

Attendees drew cards from a basket assigning them a persona in one of three groups -- low, middle or high income -- and were given a meal that corresponded with the income level.

"Not everyone leaves with a full stomach, which mirrors the state of hunger and global inequality," said Rachel Conn, event coordinator and a graduate assistant in Housing and Residence Life, which sponsored the event.

There are 1.2 billion people living in poverty in the world, and 842 million of those people are suffering from chronic hunger, according to statistics presented at the banquet. [link]
For those of you mush-for-brains students who attended this waste of time, let it be understood that no silly banquet like the one you attended is going to feed a poor person anywhere. Ever.  But employing those in need - and giving them a paycheck for services rendered - will.

Instead of wasting your time - and pissing me off - by indulging such idiocy, why not vow to become a business leader in your community?

Jobs and the vast array of opportunities that flow from them are what solve the poverty problem in this world, not some misguided, swellheaded event sponsored by overpaid and out of touch workers for a United Nations funded bureaucracy.

"Hollins students are hungry to learn about poverty." Good God. Go down that path and you'll surely learn - firsthand - what impoverishment is all about.

It's Irrefutable


They can't do this!

The U.S. Education Department is probing complaints that Harvard University and Princeton University discriminate against Asian-Americans in undergraduate admissions.

Oh.  Asians.  Not "people of color."

That's okay then.

The DOE should stick to doing what it does best.  Giving out paychecks to an army of employees who collect meaningless data.  And leave Harvard and Princeton to their "colorblind" admissions strategies.

Obama Is Stuck On Stupid

Brace yourself.  The president is coming to the Commonwealth this morning.  To announce a new initiative.  One that is going to cost billions.  Billions that he doesn't have.  To be wasted on another job training program to be instituted at America's community colleges.  At the very point in time when 14 million fully trained Americans can't find work.

See "Obama's budget meant as challenge."

And weep for your country.

What a Fun Place To Visit

You may have read about the tiny island nation called the Maldives a while back when its government held its first underwater cabinet meeting to attract international attention to the dangers of global warming. That's right:
President Mohamed Nasheed, dressed in full scuba gear, conducted the 30-minute meeting at a depth of 20 feet off the coast just north of the capital Male.

Most of the island nation, a tourist paradise featuring coral reefs and white sand beaches, lies less just over three feet above sea level and scientists have warned it could be uninhabitable in less than 100 years.

It's true that the "tourist paradise" may become uninhabitable. But not because of rising sea levels that will result from that warming globe that quit warming last century. But because of Islamist radicalism:
Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism
By Amal Jayasinghe, AFP

At the Maldives' National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination.

On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artefacts from the nation's pre-Islamic era.

"They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past," a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety.

The authorities have banned photography of the damage, conscious that vandalism of this kind which echoes the 2001 destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan by the Taliban is damaging for the nation's image.

Visitors' contact with the local population is deliberately kept at bay, however, with most foreigners simply transferring from the main international airport directly to their five-star resorts on outlying islands.

Few have any idea they are visiting a country of 330,000 Muslims with no religious freedom, where women can be flogged for extramarital sex and consuming alcohol is illegal for locals.

Islam is the official religion of the Maldives and open practice of any other religion is forbidden and liable to prosecution. [link]
What a fun place to spend a vacation.

Now you have a choice to make. To party in the Maldives, where the little woman will be required to wear a burqa in public, or a cruise aboard the luxury liner Costa Concordia, as soon as they get it raised from the bottom of the ocean and get its captain through rehab.

Tough choice ...

They Learn Quickly

They may profess hatred for us, but they still like our cash:

Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel

Expect Obama to ... bow ... to the Muslims' threat and fork over millions in ransom rather than do what's right and tell those radical Islamists to pound salt.

Here I Thought I was Simply Being Entertained

(Well, sometimes.  At other times I was bring tortured.)

Who knew, when we went to the movies to see one of the "Star Wars" flicks long ago, that our way of contextualizing the theme of the film was with the timing being before or during the sinister "Age of Bush" that most influenced it?

Gosh.  And I thought I was just there for the spectacle.  And Princess Laia.

Guess not.
Why the 'Star Wars' Prequels Are Better Than the Original Trilogy
By Timothy Sexton, Yahoo!

It verges on cinematic treason to suggest that the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy is in any way superior to the original trilogy. However, history has proved that treasonous behavior is just as often necessary to stimulate progressive revolution as it is to endow malevolent forces with unrestricted authority necessary to obstruct basic human rights.

That the "Star Wars" trilogy embraced by American moviegoers is the one that presents a far less complex universe is not incidental to the rabid rebuke of the prequel. "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi" reflect the Cold War milieu in which they were created, offering up a comforting us-vs.-them story told in bold strokes lacking nuance, complexity, or intellectual ambiguity. That isn't to say that times have changed much; with the exception of "The Phantom Menace," the second and third installments of the prequel were released to an America that had embraced absolute views even more so than the original trilogy.

The difference is that the original trilogy appealed directly to the simplistic moral perspective of an America above reproach and always on the side of right in global geopolitics, whereas the much more subversive prequel trilogy stands in defiant counterpoint to the much more dangerously simplistic moral absolutism of the Age of Bush. [link
Now I only have a Masters degree, so I may not be qualified to pass judgement on that steaming pile of psychobabble, but ...

... bullshit.

We Americans paid the big bucks to go and see George Lucas's work because we wanted to be entertained. Sometimes we were and sometimes we weren't.

"The second and third installments of the prequel were released to an America that had embraced absolute views even more so than the original trilogy."

"Absolute views" that came about with Bush and disappeared with the landslide election of Barack Obama?

Please.  That's the silliest thing I've ever read.


If you saw the movie "War Horse," you can easily understand how this could have happened:
WWI bodies frozen in time
By Cynthia R. Fagen, New York Post

Archeologists in France have discovered the skeletal remains of 21 German soldiers still in position at the moment of their death and entombed in a perfectly preserved World War I underground bunker.

The foot soldiers were buried alive in mud near the Alsatian city of Mulhouse when the walls caved after the French shelled them on March 18, 1918. Some were found sitting upright on a bench. Another was lying in his bunk. [link]
It would be frightening to hear how many soldiers - Allied and Axis - disappeared, never to be heard from again, in the years 1914 to 1918, on the French/Belgian front. Twenty-one turn up here. Thousands more will be dug up as time goes by.

Bizarre.  Sad.

When You Lie Down With Dogs ...

... you shouldn't complain when ObamaCare comes back to bite you on the ass.

George Will yesterday:

"The Catholic bishops, it serves them right. They’re the ones who were really hot for ObamaCare, with a few exceptions. But they were all in favor and this is what it looks like when the government decides it’s going to make your health care choices for you."

The church once preached that money is the root of all evil.  It has taken ObamaCare for it (at least the Catholic portion of it) to understand that which it preaches.