Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Making The Point

We have no transportation crisis. This according to Governor Kaine. Not if he considers the following to be of more importance:
Slipping a little bacon back into the Virginia budget
Roanoke Times editorial (blog)

Gov. Tim Kaine announced his amendments to legislation today. As usual, they included a bunch of budget amendments. Lawmakers did a fairly good job of keeping pet projects out. Apparently the governor couldn't resist sticking a couple back in. $5 million for Civil War sites? $200,000 for the Daniel Boone Visitors Center? That's a few million dollars that could go to transportation or something else useful. (link)
Remember this next time the man starts boo-hooing over the plight of the northern Virginia commuter.

Governor Kaine To Lend Money To The Poor ...

... at least he should now that the detached-from-the-people elitist has decided to make it more difficult for the poor to obtain a loan from traditional sources:

Kaine tightens payday lending

Who exactly wins, gov?

Why Obama's Words Are So Offensive

As George Will explains it:
[Barack] Obama may be the fulfillment of modern liberalism. Explaining why many working-class voters are "bitter," he said they "cling" to guns, religion and "antipathy to people who aren't like them" because of "frustrations." His implication was that their primitivism, superstition and bigotry are balm for resentments they feel because of America's grinding injustice.

By so speaking, Obama does fulfill liberalism's transformation since Franklin Roosevelt. What had been under FDR a celebration of America and the values of its working people has become a doctrine of condescension toward those people and the supposedly coarse and vulgar country that pleases them. (link)
"Candidate on a High Horse," The Washington Post, April 15, 2008

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A classic example of this "modern liberalism" can be found in the payday lending legislation signed by Virginia Governor Kaine yesterday (and cited above). Can there be anything more condescending than a government making it more difficult for the poor to obtain a loan from a lender ... "for his own good"?

And We're Going To Do What With It?

The problem. The solution?
Health system unready for boomer onslaught
By Amy Fagan, The Washington Times

Millions of baby boomers are approaching a point in their lives when they will need geriatric care, but the U.S. health care system is "woefully unprepared," won't have enough workers to meet the impending crush and may actually discourage the best care, according to a new report.

The first of America's 78 million baby boomers begin to turn 65 years old in less than three years, and by 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older ... (link)
And we're about to turn our health care delivery system over to the government.

I fear for my country.

UC Berkeley Dean Supports 1st Amendment!

I know that the startling headline shouldn't be startling at all. Not in a real world. But academia became forever detached from reality back in the LSD -induced 60's and has never regained lucidity. So to have a college administrator - at Berkeley no less - come out in defense of one of the school's most esteemed professors who is under attack by the left is, to me, incredible.

This from Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law:
While serving in the Department of Justice, Professor John Yoo [the professor being attacked] wrote memoranda that officials used as the legal basis for policies concerning detention and interrogation techniques in our efforts to combat terrorism. Both the subject and his reasoning are controversial, leading the New York Times (editorial, April 4), the National Lawyers’ Guild, and hundreds of individuals from around the world to criticize or at least question Professor Yoo’s continuing employment at UC Berkeley School of Law. As dean, but speaking only for myself, I offer the following explanation, although with no expectation that it will be completely satisfying to anyone.

Professor Yoo began teaching at Berkeley Law in 1993, received tenure in 1999, and then took a leave of absence to work in the Bush Administration. He returned in 2004, and remains a very successful teacher and prolific (though often controversial) scholar. Because this is a public university, he enjoys not only security of employment and academic freedom, but also First Amendment and Due Process rights.

It seems we do need regular reminders: These protections, while not absolute, are nearly so because they are essential to the excellence of American universities and the progress of ideas. Indeed, in Berkeley’s classrooms and courtyards our community argues about the legal and moral issues with the intensity and discipline these crucial issues deserve. Those who prefer to avoid these arguments—be they left or right or lazy—will not find Berkeley or any other truly great law school a wholly congenial place to study. For that we make no apology. (link)
Wonderful. There may be hope for academe yet.

Why We Fight The Good Fight

In Ieaq and Afghanistan and Indonesia and Spain and England and New York City and ...

... in Somalia:
4 Teachers Are Killed in Raid by Islamists on Somali School
By Jeffrey Getleman and Mohammed Ibrahim, The New York Times

Nairobi, Kenya — Daud Hassan Ali had an unusual dream for his native Somalia. He was a nomad’s son who lived in Britain for years, but he recently returned to his troubled homeland to teach English. Early Monday, he paid for it with his life.

Witnesses said that Mr. Daud and three foreign teachers, a Briton and two Kenyans, were killed by Islamist insurgents during a midnight raid on one of the few English-language schools in south-central Somalia. (link)
What kind of animal ...

This Must Be Such A Wonderful Place To Live

Zimbabwe Court Refuses to Release Vote Results

Lest We Think They've Been Vanquished

The New York Times reminds us that the fight to take away our freedoms conrinues unabated:
At State Level, More Attempts to Limit Guns
By Jennifer Steinhauer

State lawmakers across the country are ramping up efforts to pass new restrictions on guns, following nearly a decade in which state legislative efforts have been dominated by gun advocates. (link)
The article focuses on criminals and the mentally ill but we all know the real target.