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Friday, October 22, 2010

WORD AROUND THE NET

"The thing is, it’s never really your party — especially when it’s 'in charge.'"
-Glenn Reynolds

Cracked has another great piece up recently about things people think are in the Bible but aren't. Like the holy grail and the devil as a horned red guy with a tail and goatee. Its a good primer for people not familiar with the Bible.

Don Surber passes on a story of a debate moderator who was horrified and felt violated because the crowd insisted on saying the US pledge of allegiance over her objections.
The woman from the LWV was upset. She said that the audience had disrespected her. She said she was “forced” to say the Pledge and that it had “obviously been planned”. As if we all decided in line to say the Pledge of Allegiance anyway if refused. I hadn’t even thought that the Pledge might not be said. This was a political candidate’s forum and the three candidates on stage were hoping to be elected to represent us in the Federal Government. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance at a political event in America should be a no-brainer.
Most cities will clean up streets as part of the cost paid for by taxes and fees, but Portland has a new money-making scheme. They want to charge every house in the city $15-60 annually for cleaning up leaves. Even if you have no trees or leaves in front of your place. This is being presented as a fee for the trouble of keeping streets clear, but its obviously just a way to make more money since residents rejected a property tax increase and the city can't stop spending money on every leftist scheme they find.

Patty Murray is one of the worst leftists in the US Congress, an idiot who never saw a leftist idea she had the slightest problem with and she's a corrupt pork earmark queen. She's in a really tough race in Washington State against Republican Dino Rossi (the guy who had the governor job stolen from him by voter fraud in 2004). To help get her word out, she's got illegal aliens canvassing - and they aren't shy about mentioning they're here illegally either. Why? Because Seattle is a "sanctuary" city, where illegals may live without fear of ICE and the police cannot by law ask about or investigate immigration status. Somehow I figure this can hurt her at least as much as it helps.

A recent issue of Seattle Weekly depicted Patty Murray wearing an outfit made entirely of pork (as a symbol of her absurd overspending and pork funding). While the Weekly usually is advertised on Seattle's Ferries, they refused to put that ad up. Why? Well, they claim it is because they thought it was demeaning to women, but even in uber-PC, feminist swarm Seattle area there were no complaints about the magazine cover. These days you have to wonder if a fear of upsetting Muslims didn't motivate it as well.

Wind farms filled with miles of whirring wind turbines are often touted as the salvation of the earth and an alternative to fossil fuels. Although these systems take up a huge amount of space, don't produce much energy and are quite variable in the amount they do provide, "greens" want there to be more of them around. Environmentalists think they are horrible bird munching monstrosities and want them to be banned, however, and then there's the opportunistic physicians. Scott Learn at the Oregonian recently reported on health concerns of wind turbines:
The growing number of wind farms has led to more complaints about their health effects, said Sujata Joshi, an epidemiologist in the environmental public health office. Health concerns raised to date focus on noise and vibration generated by the huge turbines.
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Wind farm critics cite work done by New York physician Nina Pierpoint who coined the term "wind turbine syndrome" to describe effects -- such as headaches, dizziness and memory loss -- of living near the machines. Industry representatives say they haven't seen solid research linking wind turbines and negative health effects.
Every thing anyone does can always find an "expert" psychologist or doctor who'll claim its horribly bad for us all.

President Obama has mentioned the Declaration of Independence three times in speeches, and each time he's quoted the document, leaving out a conspicuous word: "creator." All he mentions is that people "are endowed" with certain rights, which begs the question: who does he thinks endows people with these rights? The most likely candidate is "the US government" based on his other statements and actions. A more cynical person might say he thinks its him.

Sitting Alaska Senator Murkowski lost her primary bid, and is running instead as a write-in candidate. She's convinced the people want her in power and that its some sinister conspiracy to get her out of the US Senate. Some have alleged cocaine use by the woman (and her actions and appearance seem to support this), and she recently said that "Republican senators are secretly hoping I win." Well, I wouldn't be surprised to find that more than a few moderate squishy "RINO" Senators are. Of course as Jim Hoft quotes in Gateway Pundit, she actually thinks the the GOP as a whole just loves her and wants her to win and would back her if only they weren't sticking by the system and pretending to support Joe Miller who won the election. She makes no mention - or seems to care the slightest - about the actual voters.

Leftist Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike stood in as a reporter at the Obama rally for the Bellingham Herald. Some would consider that a conflict of interest and an unlikely source for objective, balanced reporting, but since all he reported on was meaningless fluff it just shows how shallow and mindless the man apparently is.

Fayleen Frampton is eleven years old, and she was a cheerleader for her Nebraska Junior High School team. She was tossed off the team for refusing to do one of the team's more than 40 cheer routines. Meghan Baker and Joshua Rhett Milller report for Fox News:
"She had mentioned to the coach earlier in the year that she didn't like it," Sabrina Frampton said.

"Being the older girl on the squad this year, she felt a little more uncomfortable shaking her booty than the other girls."

Frampton said her daughter's fourth year on the Blue Jays team of girls -- ages five to 12 -- was cut unnecessarily short due to her concerns about one of the cheers that included the phrase: "Jump, shake your booty, jump, jump, shake your booty."

Frampton continued, "When she spoke up, the coach said that was not her decision to make."

The volunteer coach, Toni Harris, later told the girl on Oct. 11 that she was no longer welcome on the team for its remaining two games, Frampton said.

Look if you can't have pre-teens performing sexually suggestive moves, how can you have a football game?
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has never been particularly sympathetic toward that nation's Christian minority, but a recent report accuses him of specifically inciting persecution against them. A World Tribune story reports:
A leading Middle East analyst asserted that the Mubarak regime has facilitated what he termed "severe persecution" by Muslims of Egypt's Christian minority. Raymond Ibrahim, who lectures at the National Defense Intelligence College, said Egypt has transformed into the spearhead of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has intimidated the nation's estimated eight million Coptic Christians.

"Indeed, recent events indicate that the Mubarak regime is intentionally inciting Egypt's Muslims against the Copts," Ibrahim said.

Part of the problem is that Coptic Christians were actually starting to grow in numbers, and that simply could not be permitted by the Muslim government and majority. Guess what: Christianity thrives in persecution, guys.

Meanwhile, in Bhutan, a man traveled around the country showing movies for pay, as happens in a lot of third world nations. He'd show Christian movies sometimes, and when people complained he'd change to Nepali films instead. Now, according to Tashi Dema at Kuensel Online, he's been arrested:
Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced last week a 40-year old man to three years in prison for attempting to promote civil unrest.

Prem Singh Gurung from Tarithang was arrested on May 21, after villagers in Gonggaon and Simkharkha of Jigmecholing gewog complained that he was screening movies on Christianity in the two villages.
Showing movies that happen to involve Christian ideas = promoting unrest. At least, that's the convenient fiction the government used to silence him. The world is not worthy.

One of the tricks palestinians are trying to use to halt settlements being built on Israeli land is to seed them with fake graves. Elad Benari reports at Arutz Sheva:
The cemetery had been in a state of severe disrepair for more than a century, despite being under the supervision of the Waqf. Recently, however, trucks, tractors and other heavy machines were spotted in action as they dumped building materials which workers then shaped into Muslim-style tombstones with no one buried beneath them. Dozens of these faux-graves were being created on the eastern end of the park. A visit to the cemetery by an Arutz7 reporter found approximately 100 such tombstones.

Following Arutz7’s report, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Lands Authority began removing the tombs. It was speculated that the false graves were part of a plan to have the Muslim Waqf submit a demand for the additional land to be placed under Muslim ownership.
They also tried the same trick in Jerusalem near the Eastern City Old Wall. Its probably worked in the past, so why not try again? Technically the Koran tells people not to lie, but then the Hadith later tells them its okay to lie to non Muslims in the cause of holy war.

Remember Chandra Levy? When it was revealed that Senator Gary Condit was having an affair with one of his attractive female staffers named Chandra Levy, she disappeared. Many people - including myself - couldn't shake the suspicion that she'd been offed by the Senator's staff or himself to keep the affair under wraps, but that's not what happened.

She was killed by an illegal Salvadorian immigrant named Ingmar Guandique, and dumped on the side of the road. You don't hear much about that or the heinous violence and crimes committed by illegals in the US very much, something Robin of Berkeley writes about at length at RightNetwork.

Last week I noted that the entire state of Illinois accidentally failed to mail out absentee ballots to soldiers by the federally mandated legal deadline. One thing they did manage to get delivered on time, and by hand, is ballots to people who are in jail. As Capitol Confidential notes at Big Government:
The Chicago Board of Elections hand delivers ballots to the jail. They don’t even wait for the inmates to apply – they bring the applications with the ballots! Over 2,600 inmates have cast ballots so far – strikingly similar to the 2,600 soldiers who will likely not receive a ballot for the Nov 2 election.
Don't expect the Obama administration to do anything about this though.

Diversity is promoted as if it is some kind of absolute, universal good by the left, so much so that quality and reason are abandoned in the name of having lots of different looking people. Because diversity of ideas is utterly rejected and not tolerated. However, as Mark J Perry points out, this actually is often racist and causes harm to young people... if they don't fit the leftist plan:
Consistent with other studies, though in much greater detail, Espenshade and Radford show the substantial admissions boost, particularly at the private colleges in their study, which Hispanic students get over whites, and the enormous advantage over whites given to blacks. They also show how Asians must do substantially better than whites in order to reap the same probabilities of acceptance to these same highly competitive private colleges. On an "other things equal basis," where adjustments are made for a variety of background factors, being Hispanic conferred an admissions boost over being white equivalent to 130 SAT points (out of 1600), while being black rather than white conferred a 310 SAT point advantage. Asians, however, suffered an admissions penalty compared to whites equivalent to 140 SAT points.
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To have the same chances of gaining admission as a black student with an SAT score of 1100, an Hispanic student otherwise equally matched in background characteristics would have to have a 1230, a white student a 1410, and an Asian student a 1550.
Basically, no matter how worthy a student you are, if you're white or Asian, you aren't wanted. Or, to put it another way, if you're not white or Asian, well they just don't expect much out of you and lower the standards. But that's not racist racist, you see.

You've probably read it by now, but if you haven't go look at Ken Langone's open letter to President Obama. Langone is one of the men who created Home Depot (the one men like), and he lays out very clearly the reason businesses distrust, dislike, and fear the Obama administration, and why leftist schemes are so very bad for the economy.

Rich Lowry at National Review Online has an interesting bit of information up about Texas and the economy. Here's the main point:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 214,000 net new jobs were created in the United States from August 2009 to August 2010. Texas created 119,000 jobs during the same period. If every state in the country had performed as well, we’d have created about 1.5 million jobs nationally during the past year, and maybe “stimulus” wouldn’t be such a dirty word.
Without Texas' conservative economic model driving the state, we'd be in much, much worse shape. Meanwhile California's leftist economic model is a huge drain on the entire nation. Leftists care and talk about the poor; conservatives do things that help everyone, including the poor.

Last week I noted that the Veterans of Foreign War PAC backed several candidates for congress this year as they usually do, but for some reason they all happened to be hard left Democrats, some of which were running against actual veterans. Real vets were not amused, and now the VFW has taken action, according to a memo quoted by Mr Wolf at Blackfive:
It is now evident to most of the VFW leadership, both National and especially the
departments, that the VFW has been subjected to extreme negative publicity throughout
the nation, and the recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’ s
reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission.

I cannot let this erosion of public support for our great organization continue. The
apparent lack of the committee to address these concerns will lead to a proposal by me,
as Commander-in-Chief, to amend the by-laws at the 112th National Convention for
the purpose of dissolving the PAC.
The real killer: they were losing a lot of money and support, and that's how you nail this kind of group, in the pocket book.

One of the more persistent myths the left throws around is that conservatives want abstinence only sex education, leaving out all forms of birth control. The truth is, conservatives want abstinence to be encouraged and preferred in teaching, not exclusive. And as it turns out, its working well, according to Values Voter News:
Since Texas began promoting abstinence-based education, teen pregnancies are down 24%, teen abortions have dropped by 41%, and teen births are down 22%.
Of course, that may be due to cultural shifts, poor reporting, or other sources, but certainly its not hurting matters any.

Sadly, having a leftist anti-war radical as commander in chief has wide-ranging effects on the military. President Clinton stacked the pentagon with more idiots than normal, slashed the military, and killed programs. President Obama is apparently ordering his generals to avoid any tactics that might, you know, win the war on terror when he's not telling our enemies when we'll be leaving, win or lose. Sara Carter at the Washington Examiner reports on how the troops feel about this tactic:
"I don't think the military leaders, president or anybody really cares about what we're going through," said Spc. Matthew "Silver" Fuhrken, 25, from Watertown, N.Y. "I'm sick of people trying to cover up what's really going on over here. They won't let us do our job. I don't care if they try to kick me out for what I'm saying -- war is war and this is no war. I don't know what this is."

To the soldiers and Marines risking their lives in Afghanistan, restrictions on their ability to aggressively attack the Taliban have led to another enormous frustration stalking morale: the fear that the Karzai government, with the prodding of the administration of President Obama, will negotiate a peace with the Taliban that wastes all the sacrifices by the U.S. here. Those fears intensified when news reached the enlisted ranks that the Karzai government, with the backing of senior Obama officials, was entering a new round of negotiations with the Taliban.

"If we walk away, cut a deal with the Taliban, desert the people who needed us most, then this war was pointless," said Pvt. Jeffrey Ward, with 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, who is stationed at Forward Operating Base Bullard in southern Afghanistan.
These guys are fighting for their lives against enemies of liberty and civilization worldwide, and the Democrats seem to want to cut them off at the knees in the name of scoring points and what they think is peace.

And that's the Word Around the Net, October 22, 2010

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