Well, we all just got back from the awesome beach in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. I got burnt to sh** because I used a spray sunblock instead of a lotion, and it didn't apply evenly. So now I have this wacky looking burn-tan pattern on my shoulders and back. Nice. At any rate, the place we stayed was awesome (an all-inclusive resort) and if I've never said it here before, the Costa Rican people are simply awesome. The friendliest folks on the planet.
And what happens while we're here? Honduran President Zelaya gets ousted in a coup ... and Costa Rica takes the dude in! (This is what happens when libs are in power, eh? Oscar Arias is prez of CR once again; his first term was back in 1986-1990.) And what's this -- Obama agrees with Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro that Zelaya should be allowed back -- even though he blatantly defied the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court more than once?? SEE??
Another update as time permits.
Tomorrow, I'm heading back there for the first time in four years. As a matter of fact, Colossus of Rhodey started up during that time. My daughter will be celebrating her quinceañera, which is akin to a Bat Mitzvah but for Hispanic culture. It means "fifteen years." The whole trip will be a time of family and friends ... and a lot of Imperial.
Thus, blogging will be quite light. I'll have a 'net connection at the in-laws to check in occasionally, and I'm sure I'll post a few a reports about anything exciting that may happen (like an earthquake or me getting infected with a Botfly larvae).
(Thanks to my buddy Greg for sending this via e-mail!)
... overall, I actually agree with how Obama has been handling the situation in Iran.
First, here's the latest in the slobbering media's love affair with The Messiah. CBS's Harry Smith basically chides Mitt Romney for making what he feels is a bad comparison:
HARRY SMITH: We've heard much stronger language from President Obama yesterday. Beyond language, though, is there anything, really anything, this administration can do beyond just condemning the behavior of the regime?
MITT ROMNEY: Well I'm glad the president finally did rise to the occasion here. It was not exactly a Ronald Reagan, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" moment.
SMITH: Very different circumstances that have been trotted out by Republicans for the last five or six days now. That was a crumbling regime on its last legs. Let's talk about this in realistic terms.
So, it's not a matter of opinion that there's no similarities between Reagan and Obama with Smith; for him, Romney isn't even dealing with "reality!"
Back to Obama's handling of the Iran situation: Honestly -- you harsh critics out there ... what would you have him do? He's denounced the violence of the government crackdown against the protestors and said he hopes that a legitimate outcome of the vote is the ultimate result. Here's a better comparison for Romney that I don't think he'd want to consider: Tiananmen Square, 1989. What precisely did Bush #1 do to produce an outcome that was to our liking?
Certainly, the very least Obama can do is along the lines of rescinding those July 4 invitations and making future talks contingent upon the [further] actions of the Iranian government. But for me, the more we become UNinvolved in the affairs of other countries, the better.
Via MSNBC: $60,000 in debt, and nothing to show for it.
Mary Uhazi has more than $60,000 in credit card debt and, by her own account, “nothing to show for it.”
“You have some clothes, you have some dinner, you have a handbag, you have whatever, but it’s not $11,000 worth or it’s not $60,000 worth,” Uhazi said.
Uhazi is drowning in a sea of debt. And, like millions of other Americans, it is a debt load that she built up slowly over more than two decades of easy credit that made it all too simple to spend. Now she worries she won’t be able to pay it off because of the recession, which has led to a reduction in her salary and an increase in her credit card bills.
OK? Ms. Uhazi didn't suffer any major medical bills or something similar. On the contrary, she actually received a $20K inheritance at one point, $15K of which she used to pay down her debt. But said debt shortly creeped right back up!
So, again -- tell me why MSNBC features this woman's [sob] story on the main page of their website??
Back in March I posted about the scary book One Second After by William Forstchen. It details what would happen if the U.S. suffered an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack from a nuclear weapon detonated high in the atmosphere above the country. Glenn Reynolds now has up a video of Forstchen discussing his novel.
... our leaders ... play golf:
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Just imagine if this was GW Bush and Dick Cheney on this golf cart -- given not only the Iran situation, but the economy, North Korea and the continuing struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(h/t to Media Blog.)
Remember -- he's awesome just because he is:
During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that once a bill was passed by Congress, the White House would post it online for five days before he signed it.
“When there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it, so that you know what your government’s doing,” Mr. Obama said as a candidate, telling voters he would make government more transparent and accountable.
When he took office in January, his team added that in posting nonemergency bills, it would “allow the public to review and comment” before Mr. Obama signed them.
Five months into his administration, Mr. Obama has signed two dozen bills, but he has almost never waited five days. On the recent credit card legislation, which included a controversial measure to allow guns in national parks, he waited just two. (Link.)
Oh, but the White House now says it's gonna start posting bills even sooner than The Messiah's original pledge to give folks even more time to check 'em out.
Among others, that is:
At a news conference Monday, Hassan Qashqavi, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, called the turnout a “brilliant gem which is shining on the peak of dignity of the Iranian nation.”
He accused unidentified western powers and news organizations, which are operating under extremely tight official restrictions, of spreading unacceptable “anarchy and vandalism.” But, he said, the outcome of the vote would not be changed. “We will not allow western media to turn this gem into a worthless stone,” he said.
Mr. Qashqavi drew comparisons with American election results.
“No one encouraged the American people to stage a riot” because they disagreed with the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004, he said. (Source.)
Who disagreed with it, aside from the usual moobattish loons? Hell, I would concede that the 2000 election would be a better statement, but it'd still fall short upon any reasonable examination.
Face it -- any comparison between voting in a religious oligarchy and the US representative system is just so much sophistry. Period.
You know it's bad when your own news magazine criticizes you:
As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged "presidential communications." The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig's office, is the latest in a series of cases in which Obama officials have opted against public disclosure. Since Obama pledged on his first day in office to usher in a "new era" of openness, "nothing has changed," says David Sobel, a lawyer who litigates FOIA cases. "For a president who said he was going to bring unprecedented transparency to government, you would certainly expect more than the recycling of old Bush secrecy policies."
You REALLY expected someone from CHICAGO to follow through with such promises?? Really??
What the public should consider whenever they hear educationists go on about "high standards":
The pressure to pass students - even those who rarely go to class or can't read - is pervasive in the Philadelphia School District, teachers around the city say.
The push comes in memos, in meetings, and in talks about failure rates that are too high, the teachers say. It comes through mountains of paperwork and justification for failing any student. It comes in ways subtle and overt, according to more than a dozen teachers from nine of the city's 62 high schools.
"We have to give fake grades," said a teacher at Mastbaum High in Kensington. "The pressure is very real." (Source.)
The article goes on to quote teachers who note administrative directives that there "are too many failures," and that "the statistics (quantity of failures) are unacceptable."
It's the 'ol "water takes the path of least resistance" adage. What's the most expedient thing to do in this case? Just pass 'em along. Despite what the heck the kid has done. I don't envy teachers in such cases; even the best teachers cannot make a kid pay attention and learn, yet they'll always end up taking the heat.
I wonder what it'd be like if physicians were assessed like teachers -- if patients refused to follow the doc's orders/recommendations so their condition worsened, or at the least didn't improve. We'd end up reprimanding or firing the doctors!
UPDATE: In the same edition of the Inquirer, we read this editorial. God bless these teachers!
Unintentionally hilarious piece of the NY Times today as reported by Instapundit:
25% of male South Africans admit to having raped. Twenty-five percent!!
The world's biggest sporting event will be there in 2010. Thank goodness it's not the Women's World Cup, eh?
On MSNBC.com's main page at 6:50pm EDT:
Yep -- Iraq suicide bomb, NY Times reporter escapes Taliban and ... OBAMA AND DAUGHTERS SNACK ON FROZEN CUSTARD!!!
Unbelievable. Well, not really considering the source.
Bruce Fleming, an English professor at the Naval Academy, sheds light on Annapolis's two-track admission system.
... ain't good enough for the country.
A New York Times reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban and held for the past seven months in the mountainous region near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border escaped, along with a Afghan reporter, by climbing over a wall and finding a nearby Pakistani army base, the newspaper said in a report posted on its Web site.
The reporter, David Rohde, 41, was taken captive Nov. 10 with local reporter Tahir Ludin and their driver, while he was in the early stages of researching a book on Afghanistan. News organizations, including The Washington Post, did not report on the abduction at the request of the Times, which feared that publication of the news could endanger the lives of the men.
Hmm, y'think? Remember this?
(h/t: The Corner.)
Remember how the Left [rightly] despised the 'ol "America -- love it or leave it" slogan? Unfortunately, Rehoboth's Andrew L. Herrick reminds us that such sloganeering doesn't apply to the Left:
I have a very short response to the letter writer from Lewes if she is embarrassed by Vice President Joe Biden and his coverage from the media.
My response: Move back to Maryland, plain and simple.
As one commenter wrote, when you're the Veep, you're an embarrassment to folks no matter where they live!
Check out this comment from Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, regarding the recent apology for slavery by the US Senate:
"The Republican Party needed to do it. It would have shed that racist scab on the party."
Unbelievable. Swain just might wanna check out the origins of the GOP. And more currently, didn't this resolution pass unanimously?
From the Jerusalem Post:
An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement could be reached "within the year," but only if all sides agree to peaceful negotiations, Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair said in an interview to be broadcast Friday.
James Taranto offers up some other "could's" along similar lines:
The Iranian election dispute can be resolved peacefully, but only if Ayatollah Ali Khameini is sincere in his devotion to democratic principles.
The budget deficit can be reduced, but only if Congress refrains from wasteful spending.
The Nationals can still win the pennant, but only if they win at least 3 out of 4 of their remaining games and the rest of the teams in their division collapse.
(Hmm, the way the Phils have played of late, they'd better worry about the Nats!)
This time, it seems the genocide in Darfur is over:
Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration's comments yesterday that Darfur is experiencing only the "remnants of genocide," thus implying the troubled region's worst violence is in the past, have exposed a deep disagreement on the matter within the Obama administration.
Just two days earlier US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice described the situation as "genocide" and at a press conference in Germany earlier this month President Obama used the phrase "ongoing genocide."
After Gration's comments yesterday, Rice was furious, according to US officials.
Jim Geraghty says, "Usually when you hear the phrase, 'the remnants of genocide' it's a sign that the killers have run out of victims."
First place in the Council category was Wolf Howling with Iran 6/16 – The Fire Still Burning.
First place in the non-Council category was Michelle Malkin with Obama’s AmeriCrooks and cronies scandal.
Full results are here.
BTW, if you're not regularly reading Wolf Howling, you're missing out on some A-1 blogging!
I've noticed a gaffe in my favorite TV show of all-time for many years now -- something only a true Marvel Comics fan could catch. Check out these two images of "Radar" O'Reilly asleep in his cot:
See what that red arrow is pointing at? Look closely. Yep, that's an issue of Avengers #60 from 1969. Here's the full cover:
So tell me: How can Radar be reading a comic from at least sixteen years in the future?? (The Korean War lasted from 1950-1953.)
(h/t: The Corner.)
Heard earlier when I watching the US Open golf tournament:
"There's a lotta grass on these fairways!" -- commentator (and two-time US Open champ) Curtis Strange.
... are back up after [another] brief hiccup.
Another horror story courtesy of uber edu-blogger Joanne Jacobs.
Obama's approval on how he's handling auto industry: 41 percent approve, 46 percent disapprove.
Which comes closer to your view: Government should do more to solve national problems, or Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals? Government should do more: 34 percent; government is doing too much: 56 percent.
PETA is miffed that Barack Obama killed a fly:
PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.
"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."
"Swatting a fly on TV indicates he's not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we're happy to say that we wish he hadn't."
And I'm happy to say that you're a freakin' lunatic, Bruce.
We already knew this, especially if you've ever been through an airport security check; now comes word from the UK that in order to appear "non-discriminatory," police are conducting anti-terror searches on folks that obviously aren't suspects in any way -- just to "balance the books" (h/t to The Corner):
Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws, said he knew of cases where suspects were stopped by officers even though there was no evidence against them.
He warned that police were wasting money by carrying out "self-evidently unmerited searches" which were an invasion of civil liberties and "almost certainly unlawful".
Lord Carlile, a Liberal Democrat peer and QC, condemned the wrongful use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in his annual report on anti-terror laws.
He said police were carrying out the searches on people they had no basis for suspecting so they could avoid accusations of prejudice.
As the terror threat against Britain is largely from Islamist extremists, the figures show disproportionately more Muslims and therefore more Asians being searched than whites.
But the peer said police should stop trying to balance the figures, and it may be that an "ethnic imbalance" is a "proportional consequence" of policing.
Courtesy Rich Lowry:
On the Sack of Rome: "Any time a major urban area is plundered so quickly, it is concerning to us. We are sure the Gauls and Chieftain Brennus understand Roman worries about the utter devastation of their city."
On the Blitz: "Any time a city is bombed for 57 straight nights, we take notice. That is something that interests us. We hope all national air forces involved in this dismaying conflict behave responsibly."
On the creation of the Berlin Wall: "Any time a barrier divides people we get worried, and perhaps even chagrined. We hope all Germans can work this out amicably, and agree on construction standards and building materials going forward. We, as Americans, stand ready to observe closely."
On the boat-people exodus from Vietnam: "Any time people resort to watercraft in such numbers that is certainly notable. I'm sure the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam will work with its duly constituted maritime authorities to resolve this matter in a manner satisfactory to all parties.”
Delaware is the latest state to jump on the tax hike bandwagon with a plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to bridge a looming budget gap. These so-called “sin taxes” seem to be the first place politicians go for some quick cash anytime they can’t pay the bills.
Take Action and urge your lawmakers to oppose tax hikes and pursue real long-term growth policies.
A recent proposal would raise alcohol taxes by two cents per 12-ounce can of beer, three cents per 5-ounce serving of wine, and 15 cents per bottle of liquor. The state cigarette tax would see a $.45/pack hike.
Delaware doesn’t need to go down the path of higher taxes that nickel-and-dime citizens. State legislators need only look up I-95 to New Jersey to see the effect cigarette tax hikes have on the budget. A Heartland Institute study shows that for two years running, the tax hikes have led to reduced revenues, not the millions the state was banking on.
New Jersey was left with a still gaping budget hole and businesses were hurt as smokers turned to the Internet, Indian Reservations, and the black market for lower priced cigarettes. This is a common scenario when legislators go after a minority of citizens for the funding woes of a state.
The picture is the same when you look at alcohol taxes. Raising those taxes hurts businesses as well. Already, the hospitality industry is bleeding jobs during this economic downturn. The last thing they need is higher taxes!
Governor Markell is hoping these proposals bring in over $20 million, a drop in the bucket when Delaware is facing an $800 million gap for 2010. But looking at other states who have tried the same tax and spend schemes, that money won’t be there and taxpayers will be again left holding the bag – only now with a much bigger price tag.
Take Action and tell your legislators to avoid these tax gimmicks altogether. Delaware has a great history of tax competition and economic liberty that has allowed that state to thrive. Keeping spending in check is a far better way to maintain long-term growth than going down the tax-hike road where other states have become stuck.
Back in 2004 the New York Times offered up this lovely nugget a mere three days after Venezuelan quasi-dictator Hugo Chávez was re-elected. Now, two Politico writers are doing the same about Iran's recent election:
Without any evidence, many U.S. politicians and “Iran experts” have dismissed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection Friday, with 62.6 percent of the vote, as fraud.
The shock of the “Iran experts” over Friday’s results is entirely self-generated, based on their preferred assumptions and wishful thinking.
... one poll conducted before Friday’s election by a Western organization that was transparent about its methodology — a telephone poll carried out by the Washington-based Terror-Free Tomorrow from May 11 to 20 — found Ahmadinejad running 20 points ahead of Mousavi. This poll was conducted before the televised debates in which, as noted above, Ahmadinejad was perceived to have done well while Mousavi did poorly.
To which Newsbusters' PJ Gladnick retorts:
Yeah, an Iranian gets a phone call asking him who he supports. He knows, living in an authoritarian state, that if he gives the wrong answer he could suffer severe consquences so to be on the safe side, he gives the "right" answer which means Ahmadinejad.
Amazing how Politico authors Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett couldn't conceive of that (among other things), eh?
Check it out -- a variant cover of Fantastic Four #21 in glorious black & white discovered in a dusty long box (click on image for larger version):
Via Mike Potemra at The Corner:
Four years from now, Mitt Romney will be president of the United States.
My reasoning is as follows. Point One: The Obama team, while still basking in honeymoon-level approval ratings today, has pointed itself in a direction that will result in disappointed hopes for the American people. They have drastically overpromised, and their policies—even if they are not outright disastrous—will end up inciting more passionate discontent than passionate support. Point Two: The Republicans always nominate for president the candidate who’s next in line, even if that person is deeply unpopular (e.g., the GOP base’s hatred for John McCain did not prevent him from being nominated; he was the guy who lost to Bush in 2000, ergo…). In 2008, the runner-up was Romney. Add to that frontrunner status the fact that Romney has credibility on economics and budgeting, and he’s the prohibitive favorite. Add Point One to Point Two, and the result is a Romney presidency.
A preemptive rejoinder, lest anyone dismiss this prediction as Romney propaganda: I supported McCain over Romney in 2008, and am nowhere near deciding whom to support in 2012.
At this point, I find it hard to argue with.
The Hube-daughter ended her freshman year in HS ranked 3rd in her class. Yeah, so I'm bragging. Make somethin' of it? ;-)
This time the term is "Inclusive Excellence":
"Inclusive excellence" is based on the idea that different social and cultural groups have their own standards for excellence that cannot be shared or in most cases even translated across group boundaries. The excellence pursued by white Americans is one thing; that pursued by African Americans is another. The excellence pursued by women is one thing; that pursued by men is another. Under the doctrine of "inclusive excellence," a university makes clear that it recognizes and values the distinctive excellences of each and every campus group. (Source.)
Can there be anything more destructive? A "sliding scale" for excellence? Do educrats have any conception of how detrimental this will be for their students in the real world? Hell, instead of "disparate impact" maybe the black firefighters in the Ricci case can argue that their "standard of excellence" is different from that of whites, Hispanics and Asians, and thus who is anyone to judge how well they did?
And just contemplate: No universal measures whatsoever for anyone. Imagine how that would translate into real life. How can any employer deny anyone a job? After all, one potential employee's "standard of excellence" may not be what another's is. Imagine the lawsuits if such a doctrine became accepted. I think Ashley Thorne says it best:
In practice it means having separate (and lower) expectations for some groups than others. A simple translation of "inclusive excellence" is that it is affirmative action for ideas. Ideas that are too weak, too flawed, too unsupported to withstand critical inspection get a sharply discounted admission ticket under the reign of "inclusive excellence." The doctrine clearly owes something to several decades of post-modernism and various other attempts to diminish respect for reason and rational inquiry.
... unless, of course -- again -- one dissents from [faux] progressive orthodoxy. The latest example is MSDNC's Ed Schultz going off on conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt:
They worship money. They don't value human life the way they claim they do. That's a hoodwink.
So I guess Hugh Hewitt has never taken out a loan in his life. He's never had to depend on anybody else. He's probably the worst neighbor in the neighborhood. That's just a guess, I don't know that.
But I'd bring him over for a cocktail party. Sure, then I'd urinate on him, 'cause that's all he's worth.
Anybody who talks like that about the American worker is not an American, is anti-American and wants to see this country fail. (Source.)
Remember when, oh, I don't know -- when anti-Iraq War protestors [rightly] complained about various conservatives' similar labels?
We've come full circle.
It's Chrysler lawyer Thomas Lauria -- because he's fighting for his clients against the government.
Check out this video.
First place in the Council category was Mere Rhetoric with The WH’s Eight-Step Plan For Detonating The US-Israel Relationship.
First place in the non-Council category was Ralph Peters with What Obama Taught Me- Wonderful Arabs, American Slavers, Wicked Jews.
Full results are here.
Delaware Tea Party Becomes Voice in Health Care Reform
Delaware once again planning Tea Parties in all three Counties.
April 15th marks the day when over 2000 Delawareans added their voices to over 1 million voices in every state in this Country. The cry then was to stop the reckless spending. These voices will once again unite in Delaware stating, not only spot the reckless spending, but present a health care reform plan that will actually solve the health care problems facing our Country. The Delaware voice’s will not be alone. Tea Parties are scheduled all over our Country once again over the July 4th week demanding the same thing.
The citizens that gather under the name of the Tea Party have always said we support wise spending. We know we have problems in our Country. We just do not think the current Congress is offering any real solutions. We also feel our Constitution is being tossed to the wind, our freedoms are being infringed upon, and the dept resulting from all of this will cripple our Country.
The pattern continues with the proposed health care legislation. It offers many features that we all might be enticed to support, but it also sets up the system to control its citizens, ration health care, and will not provide what we all dream of: a health care system that will actually work for our citizens.
On July 2nd, the Delaware Tea Party calls to everyone to join us in front of our U.S. Congressmen’s Offices to demand health care reform that actually puts the patient first over everyone else. We will be meeting to call for legislation that will keep the medical decisions between the Doctor and the Patient. We will call for legislation that does not give an advantage to the government, the insurance companies, or the pharmaceutical companies. We will call for health care to no longer be a big business. We will call for health care choices to be placed in the hands of the patients, guided by their physicians, and tools provided to make this happened. We will call for legislation that will not cause our children to pay for our mistakes.
Now is the time to speak. Please come add your voice to ours. Please find a July 2nd Tea Parties near you and come show support. The Tea Party locations are:
The Circle in Georgetown from noon until 2 pm.
In front of the Federal Building, 300 South New Street, in Dover from noon until 3 pm.
Two locations in Wilmington, The sidewalk between 201 and 301 North Walnut Street, and sidewalk in front of 1105 N. Market St., from noon until 3 pm.
Had this forwarded to me via e-mail:
This Day in Delaware History:
1846: The Philadelphia newspaper Keystone blamed the repeated rains in Wilmington and along the East Coast on the telegraph wires that had been strung up recently.
1876: At the height of the strawberry season around Middletown, shipments on the Delaware Railroad amounted to 60 car loads a day and sold around town for 8 cents a quart.
1963: The Army dock at Fort Miles, Lewes was totally destroyed by fire.
1991: President George H. W. Bush visited Seaford to speak before the James H. Groves Adult High School commencement.
Wonder if some great-whatever of Al Gore ran that paper ...?
“Let me say like Hillary, I misspoke. Let me just say: Zionists. I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists."
Uh huh. Sounds like someone the DE blogosphere all knows and, uh, yeah, knows.
Salon.com's Joan Walsh on pundits' views regarding abortion doctor George Tiller (before his murder):
It‘s demonizing a private citizen for doing a lawful job? Why are people doing that? Why is that acceptable?
Imagine if there was a World Wide Web back in the 1840s: "Why are people 'demonizing' these Southern slave-owners for doing what is clearly legal? Why are people doing that? Why is this acceptable?"
Yeah, it'd be pretty comical watching so-called "progressives" blasting/blaming the speech of abolitionists for violence against slave-owners, wouldn't it?
... why Steve Newton is the best blogger in the First State today.
Igor: We have liver or fish.
Hawkeye: I didn't hear you say that, because it isn't possible. It's inhuman to serve the same food day after day! The Geneva Convention prohibits the killing of our taste buds!
Hawkeye: I simply cannot eat the same food every day! Fish, liver, day after day! I've eaten a river of liver and an ocean of fish! I've eaten so much fish, I'm ready to grow gills! I've eaten so much liver, I can only make love if I'm smothered in bacon and onions! Are we gonna stand for this?! Are we gonna let them do this to us?! NO! I say, NO!! WE'RE NOT GONNA EAT THIS DRECK ANYMORE!! WE WANT SOMETHING ELSE!!!
DRAFTEES OF THE WORLD ARISE!!! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR COOKIES!!!
(Courtesy of the greatest episode of the greatest show ever.)
The Provocateur - ACORN’s Past Due Taxes
Bookworm Room - Seasick Warriors
The Glittering Eye - The Perversity of the Publishing System
The Razor - A Conservative Case for Animal Rights
Right Truth - British National Party (BNP) - Are they racist? Anti-semitic?
Soccer Dad - The cairo context
Joshuapundit - Live In Cairo - The Lap Dance Of The Seven Veils
Mere Rhetoric - The WH’s Eight-Step Plan For Detonating The US-Israel Relationship
The Colossus of Rhodey - A tale of badly misplaced priorities
Wolf Howling - Obama’s Cairo Address: What We Needed, What We Got
Also check out the non-Council nominations here.
And he's sounding all like Mahmoud Ahmajinedad:
Asked if he had spoken to the President, Wright said: "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office.
"They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."
Wright also said Obama should have sent a U.S. delegation to the World Conference on Racism held recently in Geneva, Switzerland, but that the president did not do so for fear of offending Jews and Israel.
"Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing of the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel," Wright said. (Source.)
Just remember though -- Barack had no idea that the good reverend harbored any such views. 20 years as a member of his church and he NEVER heard 'ol Jeremiah say anything like this.
(h/t to Newsbusters.)
Check out this graphic regarding the Virginia governor's race.
N.C. State fires Mary Easley is the headline at the local WRAL.com website.
The North Carolina State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to terminate the contract of former first lady Mary Easley.
Easley has resisted calls in recent weeks to step down from her $170,000-a-year job at N.C. State, despite a growing controversy that claimed the jobs of three top university officials.
Last year, she received an 88 percent pay increase when she signed a five-year contract. N.C. State officials defended the move, saying she had taken on additional duties, such as directing pre-law services at the university and serving as a liaison to area law firms and law schools at other universities as she developed a dual degree program.
Provost Larry Nielsen and McQueen Campbell, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, resigned last month amid questions over their roles in Mary Easley's hiring. Chancellor James Oblinger submitted his resignation Monday after officials questioned the lucrative payout he negotiated with Nielsen as he transitioned into a faculty position.
Mary is the wife of former gov. Mike Easley. Oh, that's right -- he's a Democrat. Which you wouldn't know from this article, natch!
Really? The Year Without a Summer.
... had said something similar about one of the Obama daughters. Or any other Democrat's young daughter.
Just one more reason I gave up watching David Letterman years ago: Dave's "classy" joke about 14-year old Willow Palin.
"This is the equivalent of Martin Luther King being assassinated ... This is the equivalent of Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Lusitania and any other major historic event where we've tolerated the intolerable for too long."
Besides this remark being beyond asinine, I'm curious: How did we "tolerate" Pearl Harbor (and the Lusitania, for that matter) for "too long?" How did that work, exactly?
Rosenberg over at Discriminations (whom I consider to be my "blogfather" -- the one blogger that really influenced me to begin blogging myself) totally annihilates the "disparate impact" theory of discrimination, which is at the heart of the Ricci lawsuit. Disparate impact, like too many diversity/discrimination/multicultural theories, ultimately implodes in the logic department when one begins to examine it. In Ricci, the disparate impact was using a promotion test for its firefighters which no black applicants passed. Fearful of a lawsuit (by black applicants, using disparate impact claims), the town of New Haven, CT, ditched the exam completely. This led to a different suit -- that of white firefighters (and one Hispanic) -- the one to come before the SCOTUS shortly.
What if the complaint of Ricci et al. were treated as a disparate impact claim? And why shouldn’t it be? If using a test that disproportionately disadvantages a racial or ethnic group risks a disparate impact suit, why shouldn’t not using a test that disproportionately disadvantages a racial or ethnic group risk an identical suit? Just as honoring the test’s results would lead to the promotion of no blacks, just as surely not honoring the test’s results would lead to the failure to promote only whites (and one Hispanic) who would otherwise have been promoted. I would pay a not inconsiderable fee to read the briefs and listen to New Haven’s arguments in such a lawsuit, to hear it reply, as it must, that not honoring its test’s results was a “business necessity.”
In the real world, a concern for disparate impact ... has a disparate impact. If you think I exaggerate, give me a list of cases where defendants have been held liable for policies or practices that had a disparate impact on Asians, whites, or other non-preferred minority groups.
... the city’s argument that its decision was not discriminatory because no one was promoted has a foul smell to it. It reeks of the old segregationist argument that closing a municipal swimming pool to avoid integration and banning interracial marriages are not discriminatory because the pool closing and the interracial marriage ban apply equally to all races (as I argued here).
Disparate impact is akin to the "proportionate representation" argument -- that jobs, education, etc. should "mirror" the community ... that the percentage of whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, et. al. in whatever realm should approximate the percentage of those groups in the general population. Of course, when one considers one of, if not the, biggest "fly in the ointment" to this theory -- professional sports -- well, then, uh, nevermind!
There's also the "diversity" theory that posits academic (and other) benefits arise from a diverse student body (and workforce, etc.) This whole premise was the basis for the [in]famous Grutter SCOTUS case. But the whole "diversity has academic benefits" hypothesis remains just that, and in fact that National Association of Scholars showed that this theory actually has little merit. But even if it did hold water -- what then would be the rationale for maintaining HBCs -- Historically Black Colleges? Separate ethnic dorms, freshmen orientations ... and graduations? Etc.?
It's little wonder that the only place such nonsense is given any sort of consideration is within the walls of academia. And the insular world of leftist law.
Michael Smith of Wilmington writes:
With the shortage of teachers in the area, Teach for America will offer a helping hand to Delaware.
Our kids deserve every chance to excel in high school and beyond. They shouldn’t be caught up in politics or power struggles.
Some may claim that Teach for America will hurt our schools or displace teachers looking for jobs.
But intelligent, creative, ambitious young teachers will only help strengthen our school system here in Delaware, especially in districts struggling to find qualified teachers.
One question: What shortage of teachers? Where does this shortage exist in Delaware -- especially in this economy?
Voters now trust the GOP more on the economy, not to mention on six out of ten issues facing the country. So says Rasmussen.
And gee -- I wonder why that might be?
Politico has the digs.
I can just imagine what'll happen in 2012 if Obama is in bad poll land.
Confirmed: Obama has a food taster.
All hail Emperor Barakus Husseinus Obamatus.
Gotta love the title, too: Harvard Will Announce Endowed Chair in Gay Studies.
Some total idiot had sued over the fact that Cap'n Crunch's Crunchberries aren't really berries. Thankfully, she lost.
To repeat a cliché, "Only in America ..."
UPDATE: Thanks to sharp-eyed Steve Newton who noticed I had originally titled this "June 6, 1945." I have no idea how that got by me other than to say that I did have a bit too much Courvoisier last night ...
First place in the Council category was Mere Rhetoric with Abbas: Olmert Offered Us The West Bank And The Right Of Return, But It Wasn’t Good Enough.
First place in the non-Council category was Commentary Magazine–Michael J. Totten with The Mother of All Myths.
Full results are here.
Not only for this ... "family," but for the News Journal and the Wave, which covered this story first.
A complete dolt of a "student" threatened bodily harm to a teacher, and so the school district refused to allow the kid to attend the school's graduation:
Robert Storms Jr. will receive his high school diploma in the mail after he threatened to punch a teacher and was ultimately placed on social probation.
During that type of punishment, a student's classes are continued on a homebound basis, but he or she is not allowed on school property or at school events.
Sure makes sense and seems quite fair, right? Oh, but that is just TOO MUCH for poor Robbie and his family, who suddenly have discovered a "purpose" in life ('cuz for mom and dad it sure ain't parenting, that's for sure):
"It makes me angry to see my parents so upset about this," the senior said, donning his cap and gown on the edge of school property Monday night. "I went through 12 years of school here and they're not gonna let me walk?"
Storms' parents, Edith and Robert Sr., along with a group of friends and extended family members gathered outside the complex prior to the ceremony to protest.
Awwwww, it makes poor Wobbie angry!! I bet he's sooooo angry that he wants to bop another teacher!
The [unintentionally] hilarious part of this sordid tale comes later in the article. We get to see what type of ... "family" Robbie is a part of:
His (Robbie's) aunt, Lillian Mitchell, said her son, Anthony, graduated from SCHS last year despite being caught with drugs on school property.
"He was found getting high in school and all they did was make him get drug rehab," she said. "And even though he failed all them drug tests, they still let him walk. All Robert did was threaten someone verbally."
"I'm puzzled ... just real puzzled," Edith Storms said. "There's these other kids with more serious charges, like my nephew, and they let them walk. It's not right."
I'm puzzled too, Mrs. Storms. I'm puzzled at how so ridiculously misplaced your freakin' priorities are. I mean, check it:
"I don't care if I have to sell my house, I'm going after the school by any means needed," Robert Sr. said. "I spent all day today driving between here and Dover, talking to the boards of education, and got no answers. I want some answers."
Amazing. How 'bout selling your house to take some much needed parenting classes? How 'bout selling your house to get your kid (and nephew) some much needed counseling? How 'bout selling your house to purchase some much needed COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY???
Oh, and doesn't it seem like these folks are graduates of the Delaware Liberal School of Grammar?
UPDATE: Uber edu-blogger Joanne Jacobs has picked up the story, offering up her always-dry sarcasm (which I love!).
In Barack Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday, he said regarding "tolerance" that "We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition."
Two things: One, those areas of Spain were under Muslim influence because the Moors (Muslims) conquered them. Two, the Spanish Inquisition began after the Moors were expelled from Spain in 1492, specifically the year 1478.
Y'think if 'ol G.W. Bush had uttered that blunder the MSM would be "examining it for accuracy?"
Count on it.
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY COUNTRY
by Jane Fonda & Cindy Sheehan
Illustrated by Michael Moore with Introduction by Michelle Obama
MY CHRISTIAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS &
HOW I HELPED AFTER KATRINA
by Rev. Jesse Jackson & Rev. Al Sharpton
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BILL
by Hillary Clinton
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HILLARY
by Bill Clinton
MY LITTLE BOOK OF PERSONAL HYGIENE
by Osama Bin Laden
THINGS I CANNOT AFFORD
by Bill Gates
THINGS I WOULD NOT DO FOR MONEY
by Dennis Rodman
THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
by Al Gore & John Kerry
AMELIA EARHART'S GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC
A COLLECTION of MOTIVATIONAL SPEECHES
by Dr. J. Kevorkian
ALL THE MEN I HAVE LOVED BEFORE
by Ellen de Generes & Rosie O'Donnell
GUIDE TO DATING ETIQUETTE
by Mike Tyson
THE AMISH PHONE DIRECTORY
MY PLAN TO FIND THE REAL KILLERS
by O.J. Simpson
HOW TO DRINK & DRIVE OVER BRIDGES
by Ted Kennedy
MY BOOK OF MORALS
by Bill Clinton
with introduction by The Rev. Jesse Jackson
MY COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF MILITARY STRATEGY
by Nancy Pelosi
I'm sure the talk show host can defend himself just fine; however, the following shows just how low MSNBC will go to trash Republicans and conservatives any chance they get. On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, the host used a long-known ersatz quote supposedly uttered by Rush Limbaugh to, well, y'know, get some cheap digs in:
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
RUSH LIMBAUGH, CONSERVATIVE RADIO TALK SHOW HOST (discussing Newt Gingrich's views on Judge Sotomayor): I didn‘t know why he retracted it and I still don't. I'm not retracting it. Nobody's refuted it. She would bring a form of racism and bigotry to the court.
(END AUDIO CLIP)
MADDOW: When you get called racist by the guy who says the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. should get the Medal of Honor, consider yourself honored. Also, nauseated.
For what's behind this "quote," we have to turn to the blogs as usual. Smash Mouth Politics has the definitive lowdown on this supposed Limbaugh utterance. First, its only source appears to be from Wikipedia, which, as everyone should know by now (especially hosts of major cable news shows!), is far from a verified, trustworthy bastion of information. Second, the quote has been excised and added back several times.
The earliest mention of the alleged quote was on September 9th, 2005 by zedlappy who wrote this about what Rush allegedly said: “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray. We miss you, James. Godspeed." [4/23/98] ”zedlappy” cited to a Wikipedia article as his source. For those newbys, Wikipedia is a cite that anybody can make shit up and it gets quoted as authority by idiots. Hereafter, every time I reference the Wikipedia article I am talking about this one. Unfortunately, it apparently has been edited many times since 2005, so we can’t know exactly what it said then. But now it attributes the quote to Rush Limbaugh, but lists it as “DISPUTED” because the article currently lists the source of the quote to a book “101 Persons who are really SCREWING up America“ by (2006) by Jack Huberman. Hereinafter I’ll call the book “101 Persons.” But note, the book came out in 2006 so it could not possibly be the source of the original Wikipedia article! ALSO NOTE: The Huberman book does not list a source!
My guess is that someone edited a phony Limbaugh quote into Limbaugh’s entry and then Wikiquote removed it when they realized that it was a phony. No media source links. No transcript links.
My emphasis. There's much, much more at Smash Mouth, the conclusion which is that absolutely no one has any definitive source on this supposed statement from Limbaugh.
I mean, really -- Rush supposedly made this highly offensive statement in 1998, yet it took seven years for someone to make a note of it on the web? Are you serious??
(Cross-posted at Newsbusters.)
Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has been met with right-wing Republican reverse psychological games by those doltishly calling her a racist.
But this pejorative phenomenon has to be manifested by the dominant ruling class in any given society (white in this case).
Judge Sotomayor is a member of a Puerto Rican minority that has no power to inflict suffering on any other group. Minorities can be prejudiced, hateful and biased, but, by definition, they don't have the power to be racist. A more appropriate criticism of her is that she is prejudiced, but accusing her of being racist is just a weak head game by the real racists.
Don't have the power to be racist -- by definition? Let's see:
rac-ism /ˈreɪsɪzəm/ [rey-siz-uhm] –noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Look at the other entries, too. Feelings of hue superiority having "to be manifested" by the "dominant ruling class" are not necessary in order to be racist. Such a "definition" was concocted by radical edu-babblists to assuage themselves of their "inner guilt," and to absolve the "oppressed class" of responsibility for any racist beliefs they may harbor. I mean, how easy it must be: "I can't be racist -- I'm black!" Or, "I'm Hispanic, therefore I can't be a racist!"
Even so, Sotomayor, as a judge, sure has a LOT of power over MANY people. As a Supreme Court Justice, she'll be among the nine most powerful people in the entire country.
And I'm sure the Philadelphia Public School District was just delighted that Mr. Casanova was selected as one of six "community reviewers" for the district's K-8 social studies curriculum back in 2004!
Harry Reid on Judge Sotomayor:
"I understand that during her career, she's written hundreds and hundreds of opinions. I haven't read a single one of them, and if I'm fortunate before we end this, I won't have to read one of them.”
Just more of the essence of modern liberalism: It's SO good, nothing else matters!
My buddy Greg sent this via e-mail:
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him,
"Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."
She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."
"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "Everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."
The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama Democrat."
"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "You don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."
Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters opines.
Alan Colmes calls George Tiller an "American Hero."
Talk about defining deviancy down! YEESH.
Looks like the killer was a Muslim who "likely carried 'political and religious motives.'" (Source.)
But, unlike how the MSM had few qualms about portraying the pro-life movement in the most negative light possible after George Tiller's killing, here's betting that this same MSM will now go out of its way to declare this gent "a lone actor" with "no known connection" to any radical Muslim fundie group.
The thing is, the MSM, in the latter hypothetical, is right in one regard: You can't label an entire group based on the actions of a few of its nuttiest members. Too bad when the group isn't PC the MSM forgets that. And moonbats always forget it.
Surprising? Not in the Age of Obama!!
GayPatriot calculates The Messiah's carbon footprint during his recent NYC-Broadway junket.
Should Judges Set Immigration Policy?
Panel Looks at Erosion of Political Control
WASHINGTON (June 2009) – On June 8, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders to start discussions on an immigration bill. If such legislation were ever to pass, a central element would be an amnesty for current illegal aliens in exchange for enhanced enforcement.
But what if those new enforcement measures were overturned by the courts? We would then see essentially a repeat of the bait-and-switch that followed the 1986 immigration law. This is possible because of the erosion of the “Plenary Power Doctrine,” which holds that the political branches – the legislative and the executive – have sole power to regulate all aspects of immigration as a basic attribute of sovereignty. In the words of Justice Felix Frankfurter, immigration matters are “wholly outside the concern and competence of the Judiciary.”
The plenary power doctrine has been affirmed by the courts countless times since the 19th century. Nonetheless, there is a movement underway among law professors and other activists to restrict political-branch control over immigration in favor of a judge-administered system based on the implicit idea that foreigners have a “right” to immigrate.
To explore this issue, the Center for Immigration Studies will host a panel discussion on Monday, June 8, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 14th & F Streets, NW. Copies of a recent Backgrounder, “Plenary Power: Should Judges Control U.S. Immigration Policy?” will be available. The report examines the long history of the doctrine, the challenges to it launched by supporters of unrestricted immigration, and some possible responses.
Jon Feere: Author of the report and Legal Policy Analyst for the Center.
Peter Nunez: Former United States Attorney, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, and current lecturer at the University of San Diego.
Jan Ting: Former Assistant Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and current Professor of Law at the Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.
The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bryan Griffith at (202) 466-8185 or email@example.com.
... and if I was of the same twisted mental attitude as these idiots, I'd be calling for government surveillance of anyone suspected of being anti-military, and be calling any left-winger with even a hint of pacifism a "hate-monger," a "dirt-bag" and all other sorts of crap.
Story on the shooting here.