Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The stupid will inherit the Earth. Let 'em have the damn place

From News of the Weird
Underachieving former St. Thomas Law School (Miami, Fla.) student Thomas Bentey filed a federal class action lawsuit against the school in August, alleging that it knew when it accepted him that he couldn't muster the necessary 2.5 grade-point average to stay in school (and thus defrauded him, and dozens of his classmates of similar talent). [Asheville Citizen-Times, 9-13-06] [National Law Journal, 9-1-06]

Too stupid for school? Too lazy to get a job? Don't work to better yourself, just sue the bastards!

Time to move off this planet. It's no longer a fit place to live!
Darwin has met The Peter Principle and we are all doomed

Kerry besmirches our troops AGAIN!!

Well, well. Apparently we know what Kerry thinks of American soldiers. According to him, they're too stupid to do anything else. From the AP:

...The war of words, tough even for this hard-fought campaign season, came after Kerry told a group of California students on Monday, "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

Yo John, it was in the days of 'Nam that if you did bad in school you got drafted, today's armed forces are VOLUNTEERS! These boys and girls are patriots! You sir, are a liar, a coward, and a loser! And the press who call him " highly decorated" need to check their facts. Hopefully, in later years, they won't lie about their Purple Hearts unlike you and that other loudmouth blow hard, John Murtha.

Yup, that's right, the man that was so pissed at Jean Schmidt's comments about "cowards who cut and run," exaggerated his record too, according to Don Bailey, Harry Fox and others here, here, and here.

I love all this bluster and the chance to point out the press bias in this country. The key point I wish for all to see is that neither will release their service records, which would end all these questions immediately.

Gee boys, why not???

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Junk science redux:Why is this news? How is it research?

Weight Gain Means Lower Gas MileageWednesday, October 25, 2006 The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Want to spend less at the pump? Lose some weight. That's the implication of a new study that says Americans are burning nearly 1 billion more gallons of gasoline each year than they did in 1960 because of their expanding waistlines. Simply put, more weight in the car means lower gas mileage.
"The bottom line is that our hunger for food and our hunger for oil are not independent. There is a relationship between the two," said University of Illinois researcher Sheldon Jacobson, a study co-author.
Man, Is this idiot brilliant or what? Sheldon Jacobson, remember that name kids. One day, he'll be up there with Einstein, Hawkins and the rest of the greats.
The lost mileage is pretty small for any single driver. Jacobson said the typical driver — someone who records less than 12,000 miles annually — would use roughly 18 fewer gallons of gas over the course of a year by losing 100 pounds. At $2.20 per gallon, that would be a savings of almost $40.
The average man weighs 191 pounds, the average woman weighs 164. Do the math.
Outside experts said that even if the calculations aren't exact, the study makes sense.
It makes sense? How, by recommending malnourishment?
The same effect has been seen in airplanes. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that heavy fliers have contributed to higher fuel costs for airlines.
Great. My tax dollars at work, funding more idiots.
Jacobson, an industrial engineer, conducted the research with Laura McLay, a doctoral student in his Champaign-Urbana lab who now works at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Why is she in Virginia? Did she realize he was an idiot too?
The amount of extra fuel consumption blamed on weight gain since 1960 — 938 million gallons — would fill almost 2 million cars with gas for an entire year. However, that is only 0.7 percent of the total amount of fuel consumed by U.S. passenger vehicles each year, Jacobson said.
Wonderful. All this "research" to realize a .07 per cent increase? If we all lose 100 pounds? Is this what passes for scholarly research in America today? No wonder we're getting our ass handed to us. It's a wonder someone hasn't taken over this country already.

Junk Science with a hand in your pocket

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 7:17 a.m. PT Oct 24, 2006

BEIJING - Humans are stripping nature at an unprecedented rate and will need two planets' worth of natural resources every year by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a report published Tuesday by the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Footprint Network.
"For more than 20 years we have exceeded the Earth's ability to support a consumptive lifestyle that is unsustainable and we cannot afford to continue down this path," WWF Director-General James Leape said in releasing the 2006 Living Planet Report in Beijing.
"If everyone around the world lived as those in America, we would need five planets to support us," Leape added.

And I'd be willing to bet if Americans stopped contributing to your sorry asses, you'd need five planets to equal the support you get now. "Stripping nature?" We thought that's what you wanted, for us to switch to renewable resources. Based on your own numbers, we should have actually run out of resources 5 years ago. The rain forest is alive and well, but we face some species extinction due to a lack of control of insects and vermin. The US IMPORTED 80 percent of its bee population last year. Why? Because of the explosion of a mite that kills bees. Why? No pesticide that controls the mite can be used in the US due to feel-good legislative action. If you truly think mankind is the source of all the world's problems, why don't you sacrifice yourselves to reduce the excess population? What's that? Oh, you need the other dumb SOB to sacrifice himself so you can continue preaching the word. I never thought of it like that before.....

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Disabled? It's not all about you. Sorry

Those wacky California judges are at it again...
Like any evolving technology, accessing the Internet has hardly been a smooth ride for the blind. Some sites can be difficult to navigate, particularly if they contain relatively few text links and rely more on graphics and other visual elements that screen-reading software such as Jaws can't interpret.
That's why the NFB, an organization that represents blind people, is suing Target Corp., saying that
its Web site is inaccessible to blind Internet users.
Last month a federal judge in California allowed the NFB's case to proceed, rejecting Target's argument that its Web site wasn't subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act, a 1990 law that requires retailers and other public places to make accommodations for people with disabilities. Target argued that the law only covered physical spaces.

ENOUGH! Look, I'm sorry about your diability. (except for stupidity, those people need to leave the planet) I know it makes things difficult, but here's an idea-ADAPT! People with disabilities did it for centuries and we admired them for their courage and perserverance. No one owes anybody anything. Just try before suing. That's what disabled people did before lawyers , legislative judges and political correctness. Everybody is a victim anymore, or in some protected class. If everyone else has to deal with it, you should too. Anything else is the mark of indolenent self-absorbtion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

He served with pride. Welcome home airman. RIP

Occaisionally, the Times gets it right, no politics, no rhetoric.

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq -- His commanders gave Airman 1st Class LeeBernard E. Chavis the proud emblem of their squadron -- a blue-and-yellow flag known as a guidon -- because they knew he would rather die than lose it.
The 21-year-old District native carried it from the unit's home base in the hills of Georgia to the sands of Kuwait and onto the streets of Baghdad, where, on Saturday, he was killed by a sniper as he tried to keep civilians away from a suspected roadside bomb.
"The colors have dropped," said Maj. Thomas Miner, commander of the 824th Security Forces Squadron, as he waited to escort Chavis's body onto a C-130 Hercules late Sunday. His lip quivered and his eyes turned glassy. "But we've got to pick them back up."
More than 200 personnel from the squadron and other units stood in near-total blackness on a tarmac and saluted the man who became the unit's first combat fatality in Iraq. The guidon was solemnly carried forward, for the first time by someone else. Then a white, unmarked truck pulled up and the door swung open.
"Reach for remains!" a voice barked.
The sight of the coffin, draped in a large American flag and carried toward the plane by six pallbearers, slowly distorted the faces of 18 members of Chavis's sub-unit, known as a flight, who stood in two neat rows facing the makeshift charnel.
This type of ceremony, known as a patriot detail, is rarely observed by anyone outside the military -- not by the president, not by members of Congress, not by the children or spouse of the fallen service member. The squadron commander allowed a Washington Post reporter embedded with an affiliated unit to witness, but not photograph, the ceremony for Chavis.
With distant gunfire punctuating the night as the ceremony approached, Chavis's friends voiced questions about the war and this latest death."It makes you question almost everything" observed Luker, 27. Still, he said, "we're not here to ask the questions and get them answered. We're here to complete the mission. We'll worry about that stuff when we get home."
Eventually, the mourners left the plane. Then the crew closed the plane's door. It was nearly pitch-black on the tarmac again. But by the winking, distant lights of the capital, it was possible to make out the unit's guidon, fluttering gently in the night sky.

If you've never served, you'll never know. Rest in Peace Airman Chavis. Among your brother and sisters in arms, your sacrifice will be remembered. God grant us peace.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Nikki G? You go girl! (and keep going)

Poet Nikki Giovanni touched off a firestorm Saturday with a profanity-spiked diatribe against Ken Blackwell during the re-dedication of Fountain Square.
She’s not happy about the uproar and criticism she’s drawn for her remarks, in which she called Blackwell “a son of a bitch” and “a political whore.”
But she’s not apologizing, either.

So she's not happy about the uproar?? Typical liberal elitest. They want to say whatever they want because, by god, they have freedom of speech, but if anyone disagrees or take them to task for their unreasoned remarks, they get indignant. (Are you listening, Dixie Chicks/Sinead O'Conner?) Get a clue. Freedom of speech works both ways. If you say something I don't like, I have the right, nay, the obligation to point out your ignorance to you and anyone else who'll listen. There is no freedom from consequences for your actions. Freedom of speech doesn't come with freedom from responsibility. Deal with it.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nikki Giovanni: Cincy's poet of discriminate

The fountain is back!
Unfortunately, some people took the opportunity not to celebrate but to discriminate and advance their political agenda, namely, poet (term used advisedly) Nilli Giovanni. Read her poetic rant
here. In fairness, I liked it, right up to where she started the politics My letter to the editor of the Enquirer is as follows:

We too, are Cincinnati
We wore Northern blue.
We fought and died. to free those in chains
not because of politics
but because it was right.

Our people came from Europe's climes
seeking a new life, a fresh start,
not for just us but also for justice.
We recognize these Seven Hills,
for we built the neighborhoods across them.
Stonemasons, carpenters, craftsmen
skills we learned indentured.

We opened our hearts to those fleeing Northward
for the same life we had built for ourselves
We made our own way, took care of our own
We are Izzy's, Stengers and Kahns
We are the brewers that even Carrie Nation couldn't defeat

We weren't perfect, but we learned
Changes came slowly here, Twain knew us for that
But through it all we remained us.
Polite, respectful
We never used a celebration or a time of mourning
as a pulpit for our politics, to besmirch others names
Are you listening, Nikki, you scabrous scribbling slattern?

Things were different then, and they're different now
We still wear the blue
We still fight and die but
We no longer keep the peace, we persecute the "victims"
We were revered, we're now reviled
We don't keep the peace but pick up the pieces
We don't capitalize, we capitulate
We don't celebrate, we differentiate
Our city must be for all of us or
it will no longer be fit for any of us
and only Northern Kentucky will remain

Saturday, October 14, 2006

"Stupid is as stupid does" Dumb, Forrest, dumb

SACRAMENTO – Upset by the war in Iraq, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with President Bush last spring on her MySpace.com page. She posted a picture of the president, scrawled “Kill Bush” across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She replaced the page last spring after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.
Too late.
Federal authorities had found the page and placed her on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class. The 14-year-old freshman at Sacramento's McClatchy High School was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. The incident has upset her parents Her mother, Kirstie Wilson, said two agents showed up at the family's home Wednesday afternoon, questioned her and promised to return once her daughter was home from school. Julia Wilson said the agents threatened her by saying she could be sent to juvenile hall for making the threat.
“They yelled at me a lot,” she said. “They were unnecessarily mean.”

Oh. And inciting someone to kill the President is what? BTW, don't you have to be 18 to be on Myspace? And why didn't her mother know what was posted there? Consequences for your actions? How rude!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sex, Religion and the Constitution

In the Texas case the Supreme Court refused to review, an employee of an adult bookstore in El Paso was arrested in 2003 for selling a sex toy to undercover police officers. He was charged under the Texas law that bans the sale of an "obscene device" designed primarily "for the stimulation of human genital organs."
His attorney said the law was unconstitutional because it violated the right to sexual privacy without government interference. The court, which last year rejected a challenge to a similar Alabama law, denied the appeal without any comment.

Well maybe the court won't comment but I will. WHERE THE HELL ARE SEX TOYS MENTIONED AS A RIGHT IN THE CONSTITUTION? Oh Damn, sorry...it's right here...Amendment sixty-nine. Congress shall make no law infringing the right of the people to twiddle their winkies with whatever doohickies they so choose.

The justices also rejected an appeal brought by Jonas and Tiffany Eklund, who contended that the Byron Union School District, east of San Francisco, violated constitutional guarantees separating church and state when it required students in a world history class to read pages from the opening chapter of the Koran and study Islam's Five Pillars of Faith in a unit on Muslim culture.
"Parents entrust public schools with educating their children, not indoctrinating them in religion," the Eklunds' attorneys stated in a brief asking the Supreme Court to take the case. "The public school here had children become Muslims for three weeks."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the activities were not overt religious exercises and therefore did not raise constitutional concerns.

Wanna bet if they'd had them read the Bible and study the 10 Commandments, the appeal would have have been heard? It's OK as long as it isn't Christian.

Monday, October 02, 2006

It's my bloggy and I'll whine if i wanna

I wrote this during the summer in reply to an editorial opinion espoused by an india immigrant bemoaning his treatment in this country. The Cincinnati Enquirer declined to print it. I reprint it here for no other reason than it's my blog. na,na,na.nah, na, na.

I am going to go ahead and say right up front that I am jingoistic, biased, insensitive and mean-spirited. So, now that names have been called, and liberals who would call them have moved on to the editorial cartoons, please allow me my voice.

To the India immigrant who wrote the editorial on immigration in the US, I applaud the fact you entered our country legally and are abiding by our laws while you are here. We like that.

1. I am sorry you don’t like rules we impose on non-citizens, like disclosing your whereabouts or paying taxes on money earned here. I’m sorry about other non-citizen hardships too, like not owning guns or voting in elections until you become a citizen. These rules exist so you have time to acclimate to our ways, insure you want to be an American and our officials think you deserve it. However, once you become a citizen, you may hold any government office, except president. You can vote, own firearms and even work to change our laws. Our government is set up so that any law can be changed if we want.

2. I don’t know why Ohio puts a red line on non-citizen license, but rest assured it’s for a legitimate reason and not persecution. If it was like the Jews under the Nazis, you’d wear it where it could be seen at all times and you’d have a whole host of other concerns. So please don’t use that analogy, its wrong. You know that.

3. Based on your statements, as a non-citizen your family is living very well in this country. You’re allowed to name your price for your services, live freely in our society, raise your child in our schools, covered by emergency workers and other services, which are funded by taxes you apparently don’t want to pay on money you earned here. You have the freedom to say what you want, to fight or refuse to fight for the country that has offered you its bounty. Be grateful. Most of us are, even though we take it for granted too.

4. Just by being born on our soil, your daughter instantly became one of us. Not many countries allow this. You and your wife didn’t have to be citizens here for that to occur. I am glad for her. Our flag is hers now and in a few years, it can be yours too. Or you can exercise another freedom we have that many other countries don’t; the freedom to leave. Personally, I don’t think you’ll find better. Anywhere.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Praise the Lord and Pass the ammunition!

MIAMI - A fugitive gunman accused of killing a Florida sheriff’s deputy was shot 68 times by SWAT team officers who found him hiding in the woods, according to autopsy results. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Williams 39, was “executed” after Angilo Freeland 27, was pulled over in a routine traffic stop on Thursday. Deputy Williams, was shot eight times—one bullet fired at close range behind the deputy’s right ear and another in his right temple. Another deputy was wounded and a police dog killed. Police fired 110 shots at Freeland, the target of a massive manhunt in central Florida following the shooting death of the deputy.
“That’s all the bullets we had, or we would have shot him more,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Sometimes words fail me. Amen, Sheriff. Amen