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Banal Post of The Weekend

I subscribe to the “local” RSS feed from The Washington Examiner’s website and usually the posts are pretty tame compared to posts on national and world-wide news, but they are still sort of interesting at least. For example, here are some random headlines I’ve selected from the feed as of 8:30 this evening:

Md.’s highest court: Take-home vehicle arrangement for state police illegal

Hunt is on for money to build Dulles Rail

Fairfax officers offer free child-seat inspections

Missing tape of Va. Tech shooter found in MontCo

But the top, indeed, the “Featured Column” post is the following:

Sleepovers leave parents at wit’s end, kids hollow-eyed

I hadn’t meant to eavesdrop, honestly, but the conversation at the next table was so comically familiar that I couldn’t help tipping back in my chair so as to hear it better. It was an extended two-person lament about one of the great banes of modern domestic life. It suffused me with fellow feeling.

“… And the next day she’s a wreck!”

“Oh, the whole weekend is done.”

“Ruined.”

What causes such ruin and wreckage? Sleepovers. For reasons that are not altogether clear, children seem to have an inexhaustible desire to spend the night at their friends’ houses, or to have their friends spend the night at theirs — though sleep is usually the last thing anyone gets.

It sounds like The Onion, doesn’t it? Please, Washington Examiner, I know this is the “local” section but this does not count as news unless you’re a newly arrived alien life-form.


Big Government Democrats Stick it To Tax-Payers… Again

I voted on YouCut to eliminate federal pay-raises. This would submit Big Government employees to the same, harsh reality that we Americans face. But, when Rep. Bachmann offered the issue to the House, Democrats rejected the proposal.

From the YouCut email:

Rep. Michele Bachmann offered this week’s winning cut on the House Floor; an amendment to eliminate a pay raise for federal government employees – including right here in the Capitol – saving the taxpayers over $30 billion.

The Democrats gaveled it down from the Speaker’s chair, shutting down debate. The reason the Democrat Majority gave? It would prevent federal workers on Capitol Hill from getting a pay raise, so it could not be considered. That is literally the reason they gave. It is astounding, and an affront to every small businessperson and struggling family across this country.

Vote every week at YouCut


Milton Friedman on Socialized Medicine

Here’s a 9min clip of Dr. Milton Friedman talking about Big-Government-run medical care. The speech was given in the late 1970s, but it is still pertinent today.


Credit Where It’s Due

Have you seen the Wiki page for ‘Muhammad‘ lately?

I just checked and found the following before the standard info:

Recently small Islamic groups made empty threats towards South Park’s Creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, over their recent episode “200” and “201” which involved the prophet Muhammad making an appearance on the show. Although he is never once seen (cause he’s in the back of a U-haul or being covered by a black censor bar) the episode was pulled by Comedy Central, along with “The Super Best Friends” episode which suggested Muhammad and all religious figures were friends. The Muslim people need to learn to take a joke instead of having a tantrum like infants when someone laughs at them. Free speech is something people should be fighting for.

Since this will probably be erased soon, I grabbed a screen shot.

I have to give this wiki page credit. Usually the information provided by registered users is overly P.C. with a leftist bias.


Misleading Headline Shows AP Bias

Imagine what I thought when I saw this headline and photo on the Yahoo! homepage:

Wrong video of health protest spurs N-word feud

I thought that the AP was playing catch-up with real news outlets like BigGovernment.com and FOXNews. But, no. The AP article tries to argue that the ‘N-word feud’ was ‘spurred’ by a video.

What does the video show? Not much. Indeed, new interviews show that a much-viewed YouTube recording cited as evidence by conservatives was actually shot well after the time in question

Breitbart posted two columns on his Web site saying the claims were fabricated. Both led with a 48-second YouTube video showing Lewis, Carson, other Congressional Black Caucus members and staffers leaving the Capitol. Some of the group were videotaping the booing crowd.

Breitbart asked why the epithet was not captured by the black lawmakers’ cameras, and why nobody reacted as if they had heard the slur. He also questioned whether the epithets could have been shouted by liberals planted in the crowd.

But the 48-second video was shot as the group was leaving the Capitol — at least one hour after Lewis, D-Ga., and Carson walked to the Capitol, which is when they said the slurs were used.

Questioned about using a video on his Web site from the wrong moment, Breitbart stood by his claim that the lawmakers were lying.

“I’m not saying the video was conclusive proof,” he said.

Of course the video is not conclusive proof. This is America and, according to our laws, Americans are innocent until proven guilty. In this case, no one can even prove an inappropriate act (i.e., yelling the n-word) took place. That’s because it did not happen (trust me, I was there). It follows that NO video would be the ‘right’ video, for the AP, since they have a pro-Obama Leftist bias.


Mahdi Bray, Hypocrite.

Mahdi Bray says that Muslim leaders need to launch a counter-attack on recruiters for radical Islam who use the internet to express their extreme views. You know, like sympathizing with Islamic terrorists like al-Qaeda, HAMAS, and Hezbollah. Oh, here’s a video of Mahdi Bray expressing support for some of those same terrorist groups.

He’s the guy raising his arm in the spot-light


How to spot a Spambot: A Response to ‘stillhere4u’

stillhere4u says:

According to http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/enabling-lies-the-palin-factor/, Palin’s lie about not quitting her job also involves misappropriating hunting language that really doesn’t apply. I agree. I wonder how many people will call her on it?

Not only does stillhere4u link its name to a ‘blog‘ which features nothing but the following post:

On Palin, please go to:  http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/enabling-lies-the-palin-factor/On Zen, please go to: http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/empty-your-cup/

but, if you’ll notice, the comment to cites the same link regarding Palin.

It’s clear that what we have here is shameless self-promotion via spam-comment. Now, in response to the claim made in the “deligentia” post, namely the following:

In her recent book-selling public appearances on television, Sarah Palin has insisted that she did not quit the Alaskan governorship; rather, she was “reloading.”   Her father apparently said this to her so she wouldn’t think of herself as a quitter.   Unfortunately for Mrs. Palin, words are not as elastic as she might like.  Plain and simply, to resign a job is to quit.   To misappropriate language from another domain–in this case, that of hunting–does not nullify the definition of “to quit.”  Let’s have a look at the definition.  According to dictionary.com, to quit is “to give up or resign; let go; relinquish,” as in “She quit her job.”   The dictionary really uses that sentence!  There is nothing about reloading one’s shotgun.

I have some remarks:

  1. Palin does not “insist that she did not quit the Alaskan governorship.” (see video below)
  2. Neither Palin nor her father equated the act of resignation in itself to the act of reloading.
  3. The context in which Palin’s father made his comment justifies the use of the phrase “reloading”

All of this is clear from the interview which the deligentia post conveniently fails to link or cite at length. Well, here it is:


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