Saturday, April 08, 2006

School principal Myla Shepherd, hit alongside the head with a 2 x 4, decides Colorado is part of the USA after all
Colorado school drops ban on flags

DENVER -- Students at Shaw Heights Middle School wore Old Glory on their T-shirts without fear of reprisal yesterday after their principal bowed to community pressure to drop the school's flag ban.

Myla Shepherd canceled the ban late Thursday night after an outcry from parents, students and state leaders, including Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who said the school rule violated state law...

Ms. Shepherd said she changed the dress code March 31 after nationwide immigration rallies led to "some unrest and increased tensions among students." Some students taunted each other with U.S. and Mexican flags, while several dozen students wore camouflage one day in support of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Another Colorado school, Skyline High School in Longmont, enacted a ban on flag displays after some students threw U.S. and Mexican flags in each other's faces. Skyline also lifted the prohibition yesterday.

The about-face came shortly after Mr. Suthers sent letters to the schools Thursday along with copies of the state statute, which states that the right to display the U.S. flag "shall not be infringed with respect to the display: (a) On an individual's person; (b) Anywhere on an individual's personal or real property."...

As astonishingly stupid and clueless as Shepherd is as a school administrator, she is not atypical (see here, here, and here).

US educator and writer Laurence J. Peter wrote a book called The Peter Principle. When once asked to state the underlying message of his book he said, “Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.”

And while Peter’s book was written as an analysis of the corporate America that existed over two decades ago (before globalization dictated the new corporate mantra: be nimble or die), it describes precisely today’s status quo in our union-controlled public education system.

Israelis return fire, killing two terrorists fleeing in car

That’s my headline for the following AP story as compared to theirs, which was: Another Israeli Strike Kills 2 Militants.

Which headline do you think best encapsulates the information found in the first two paragraphs of the story?
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli missiles slammed into a car in Gaza City on Saturday, killing two members of a Palestinian rocket squad in the second deadly airstrike since the Islamic militant group Hamas assumed power last week.

The militants had just fired a rocket toward Israel and returned to their car when they were hit, the Israeli military said. The pair was from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party. A third member of the rocket squad was wounded seriously.

On Friday, a missile strike on a militant training camp in southern Gaza killed five Hamas-linked militants and a 7-year-old boy. Fourteen people were wounded, and six remained hospitalized Saturday.

Abbas, meanwhile, said Hamas has started to realize after just a week in power that it cannot govern without the world's recognition, but it is still grappling with the international community's demands that it moderate its positions... [Ed. – Those ‘positions’ being the annihilation of Israel and driving its Jewish inhabitants into the Mediterranean Sea]
The AP has apparently lost all sense of shame as well as any respect for the intelligence of their readership.

NY Times: We’re morons and we think our readers are too
In Court Filings, Cheney Aide Says Bush Approved Leak

WASHINGTON, April 6 — President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheney in July 2003 to permit Mr. Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., to leak key portions of a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to Mr. Libby's grand jury testimony.

The testimony, cited in a court filing by the government late Wednesday, provides the first indication that Mr. Bush, who has long assailed leaks of classified information as a national security threat, played a direct role in the disclosure of the intelligence report on Iraq at a moment that the White House was trying to defend itself against charges that it had inflated the case against Saddam Hussein...
Just one problem with this reporting: The President of the United States of America has the authority to summarily declassify any classified information. Once information is declassified, it is legal and proper for the government to provide the now public information to the press, on or off the record.

Let me make this as clear as possible for the gotcha simpletons at the New York Times; an authorized disclosure of information is not a leak. A leak is that unbroken flow of spittle emanating from the corner of your reporters’ mouths.


Friday, April 07, 2006

'Girrrl, did you see her head?'

Headlining today’s home page comes:
Why a Hairstyle Made Headlines
This piece by Washington Post staff writer Robin Givhan intimates that the Congresswoman was accosted by the Capital Policeman because the officer was too racially insensitive to notice that McKinney was having a bad hair day.
When Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) summoned the media to Howard University last week to tell her side of the story in an altercation with a Capitol Police officer, she assumed the traditional news conference position behind a podium and a bank of microphones.

She stood there wearing a coral-colored jacket and dangling earrings and raising the serious issue of racial injustice. But it was impossible not to stare at her hair. As your plainspoken mother might say, it appeared to be standing all over her head.

McKinney, perspiring lightly, talked about having been stopped, touched and disrespected by the officer. The congresswoman, who is African American, suggested that the police officer, who is white, had engaged in racial profiling. He has alleged that she struck him with her cellphone…[Ed. – the italics above are mine]

Everyone has a bad hair day, whether it is straight hair that goes limp, curls that turn frizzy or kinky hair that becomes unruly. So it would be reasonable to think that McKinney's hairdo should not have elicited anything more than a shrug or a knowing and sympathetic whisper among black women, "Girrrl, did you see her head?"

Instead, talk turned ugly on blogs about her news-conference hair. It became the impetus for all sorts of racially driven insults about her locks and their natural texture. A black woman's hair is an easy, timeworn source of racist mockery. It has become an exhausting cliche of self-loathing whether it is kinky, hot-combed, braided, locked or chemically relaxed. (Indeed, plenty of black folks see all kinds of dire race-traitor undertones in Condoleezza Rice's smooth, controlled cap of hair.) A black woman's hair is a bottomless source of inspiration for essays, books and documentaries.

This tripe goes on for 1,000 words and one wonders whether Ms. Givhan’s hair may be growing into, rather than out of, her head.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

‘High and haughty’ McKinney played the race card, federal prosecutors lay down a full house
McKinney apologizes for scuffle with officer
Grand jury to hear testimony on incident, sources say

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Cynthia McKinney apologized on the House floor Thursday for a confrontation with a Capitol Police officer last week.

"There should not have been any physical contact in this incident," McKinney said.

"I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all, and I regret its escalation and I apologize," she said surrounded by colleagues on the House floor.

She said she would vote for a resolution expressing support for the efforts of Capitol Police.

McKinney's apology came as a District of Columbia grand jury began hearing testimony Thursday related to the confrontation, sources said.

A decision on whether the Georgia congresswoman will be charged could come as early as next week, federal law enforcement sources said…

Student re-instated, dimwitted principal goes into hiding

As per a reader’s suggestion in a comment to previous post, this a follow up.
Warren won't expel teen who ceded knife
Eighth-grader's case drew national notice, cost his family about $2,500 in legal fees

In the face of nationwide outrage, Warren Township school officials on Tuesday canceled disciplinary action against an eighth-grade student who had promptly turned in a pocketknife he found in his coat.

The story of Elliot Voge, who was suspended after turning the knife over to school officials, spread quickly this week in print, online and on TV. The 14-year-old was interviewed Monday on the Fox Television news show "Hannity and Colmes."

E-mails and other messages streamed into School Board members and Warren Township administrators.

"There's no support, I'll tell you that," said Warren Township School Board Vice President Frank Hancock. "You can't justify anything about this. It's just common sense. The kid did what I hope my children will do."…

The district does not have a zero-tolerance policy regarding knives, but Principal Jimmy Meadows saw the situation as serious enough to warrant punishment. Meadows, who could not be reached for comment [Ed. – Apparently Meadow didn’t take his cell phone with him when he crawled under his desk], suspended Elliot and recommended the district begin proceedings to expel him.

Warren Township Schools Superintendent Peggy Hinckley acted on the recommendation by appointing an examiner to review the case and schedule a hearing.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Hinckley said that when the facts became clear at next week's hearing, the expulsion recommendation would have been rejected. Given that, she canceled the hearing...

And the fate of Jimmy Meadows? As the Warren Township School Board Vice President said, "You can't justify anything about this. It's just common sense.”

"Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed."
Don Wood

Kerry reports for cut-and-run duty

The New York Times, naturally, gives John Kerry a megaphone and a soapbox and he renders Two Deadlines and an Exit
WE are now in the third war in Iraq in as many years. The first was against Saddam Hussein and his supposed weapons of mass destruction. The second was against terrorists whom, the administration said, it was better to fight over there than here. Now we find our troops in the middle of an escalating civil war...

Now we must set another deadline to extricate our troops and get Iraq up on its own two feet.

Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military. If Iraqis aren't willing to build a unity government in the five months since the election, they're probably not willing to build one at all. The civil war will only get worse, and we will have no choice anyway but to leave.

If Iraq's leaders succeed in putting together a government, then we must agree on another deadline: a schedule for withdrawing American combat forces by year's end…

To increase the pressure on Iraq's leaders, we must redeploy American forces to garrisoned status. Troops should be used for security backup, training and emergency response; we should leave routine patrols to Iraqi forces. Special operations against Al Qaeda and other foreign terrorists in Iraq should be initiated only on hard intelligence leads….

“I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.”
E. M. Forster, as a small child

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Democrat Reid: Illegal aliens that have committed felonies are our kind of people
Criminal alien exception blocked

Senate Democrats refused to allow consideration of an amendment yesterday that would bar illegal aliens convicted of felonies from obtaining U.S. citizenship.

Democrats said the amendment would "gut" the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate and refused to allow a vote on it.

"It hurts the bill," said Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "It hurts the very foundation and what I believe is the spirit" of the legislation.

Republican Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas restated the purpose of their amendment and appeared incredulous that anyone would object to it.

"I do not have to explain in any more detail than what I have as why I don't want to move forward," Mr. Reid said. "I don't agree with the amendment. I don't think it's going to benefit this legislation that is pending before the Senate and I'm going to do what I can to prevent a vote on it."

Later, Mr. Reid added, "We're not going to allow amendments like Kyl-Cornyn to take out what we believe is the goodness of this bill."...

MA uses smoke and mirrors to provide ‘universal’ health care coverage
The NY Times tells us that Massachusetts Sets Health Plan for Nearly All

BOSTON, April 4 — Massachusetts is poised to become the first state to provide nearly universal health care coverage with a bill passed overwhelmingly by the legislature Tuesday that Gov. Mitt Romney says he will sign…

Mr. Romney pushed the idea of the "individual mandate," requiring people who can afford insurance to buy it. The bill makes it possible for employers to enable many of those people to use pretax dollars, saving them 25 percent or more. Individuals who fail to get health insurance by July 2007 will first lose their personal exemption on their state taxes. In subsequent years, they would have to pay a penalty that could be as high as half of what an affordable health care premium would cost…[Ed. – A tax by any other name is still a tax]
Think about that. The state is mandating that you buy health insurance if you can afford it and it is the state that determines what you can afford (I’m sure a state representative will be sitting right there at the kitchen table as each household creates their family budget). If you can’t afford insurance then the state picks up bill for the insurance. In other words they'll tax someone else - guess who that will be.
All told, the plan is expected to cover 515,000 uninsured people within three years, about 95 percent of the state's uninsured population, legislators said, leaving less than 1 percent of the population unprotected…

The program, which was approved 154 to 2 in the House and 37 to 0 in the Senate, will cost $1.2 billion over three years, but only $125 million of that will be new state money. The rest will come from federal money and existing state money. After three years, lawmakers say, no new state money will be required. A new agency will administer the system [Ed – No announcement of the operating cost for the new agency, maybe that’s the additional $125 million].
So, essentially, one half million poor people – the ones that, historically, are chronically sick and the least healthy in a population – will have their health care needs met at a cost of $400 million per year or $780 per person. Yeah, that's if the doctor is Vinnie Boombah working out of the Suffolk County Perpetual Staph Infections Clinic. Come on!

Republican Mitt Romney is thinking about running for president in 2008 and this health care bill is "95 percent of what [he] proposed." By 2008 this ‘universal’ health care coverage will have been in place for two years, there will be a record of its ‘success’. And Romney can forget about getting the Republican nomination.

The last nail in the CBS Evening News’ coffin
A CBS Deal With Katie Couric May Be Near

CBS's long courtship of Katie Couric has moved close to a conclusion. A deal to recruit her away from NBC's "Today" show and into the nightly anchor chair at CBS News may be completed as early as this week, people close to the negotiations said yesterday…

Here’s my humble prediction of viewer response to Couric being at the helm of the CBS Evening News:

A few weeks of curiosity until an awareness of her depth and abilities sinks in.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Meet Jimmy Meadows, brainless pillar of the education establishment
Boy turns in knife but may still be expelled

A Far-Eastside couple say they are stunned that a Warren Township Schools principal suspended their son and recommended his expulsion for possession of a pocketknife even though he turned the knife in to the office as soon as he arrived at school…

Elliot, 14, said he was walking to the school entrance in the brisk weather March 3 and had placed his hands in his coat pocket when he felt the Swiss army pocketknife in the pocket.

"I went straight to the office right inside (the front door)," he said.

He said he handed the knife to Teri Donahue, the school's treasurer, and told her he had brought it to school by mistake.

As a result of Elliot's actions, the school's principal, Jimmy Meadows, suspended Elliot for the maximum 10 school days as allowed by law and recommended Elliot be expelled. A confidential expulsion hearing is scheduled for April 10...

Read the whole story and see if you can stop yourself from shaking your head slowly, side to side.

And what’s the saddest part of this story? That the parents in this school district are not demanding the resignation of a spineless, amoral dimwit who holds such sway over their children’s education and character development.

We can’t live on $126,000 a year
Delta Pilots Vote to Authorize Strike

ATLANTA (AP) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots, angered by management's effort to throw out their contract and impose deep pay cuts, voted by a wide margin to authorize a strike, union leaders said Tuesday.

The 94.7 percent vote in favor of authorizing a strike gives union leaders the authority to set a strike date. They didn't set a date immediately and gave no indication when they might act…

The nation's third largest carrier, which is operating under bankruptcy protection, has said a strike would put it out of business.

Any strike would likely prompt a court challenge by the company, which would almost certainly seek a restraining order. [Chairman of the union's executive committee, Lee] Moak said in an interview the union will "do what is legal."…

The company says the average earnings of pilots last year who worked the full year was more than $157,000. The union says line pilots made on average $151,000 last year. Both the union figure and company figure exclude management pilots, though the union figure also excludes instructor pilots and certain other pilots. [Ed. - If you split the difference, a Delta pilot makes, on average, $154,000. An 18% wage reduction would make the average salary $126,000. Of course, if the Delta folds, the average pilot salary will be $0.00]

Take a look at our future
Police, Jobs Law Protesters Clash in Paris

PARIS - Demonstrators opposed to a new jobs law swarmed parts of downtown Paris on Tuesday, throwing stones, tearing down street signs and ripping up park benches. Riot police, firing tear gas canisters and making several charges, carried away protesters in handcuffs…
Examine the photos accompany the article. If you believe the people in the photographs are students, then you probably believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as well.

France has 6 million unassimilated Muslim immigrants living at poverty levels in lawless state-financed enclaves. Sound familiar?

The United States has 12 million illegal aliens who don’t pay taxes but drain taxpayer funded social service and education coffers. Now, believing they have reached critical mass, they are organizing, marching, waving Mexican flags, defiling the American flag, and carrying banners like this one:

Look closely at that sign, it wasn’t ginned up in someone’s kitchen, it was mass produced and handed out to the ‘undocumented immigrants’.

And here’s a surprise, the LA Times, among other MSM papers, is trying to hide what’s really happening during these ‘marches’.

This has nothing to do will civil rights and everything to do with abdicating our sovereignty. That we don’t call what’s happening an alien invasion is a testament to our having become blissfully ignorant and indolent about maintaining our freedoms and way of life.

Communist front organization picks May Day for boycott
Boycott set to support illegals

Immigration rights organizers today will call for a nationwide boycott of work, school and shopping on May 1 to protest congressional efforts to clamp down on illegal aliens as part of pending immigration-reform legislation...

The Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) coalition, which organized the Los Angeles march to win "full rights for undocumented workers," is confident its new "national action" will prove successful...

Wouldn’t be ironic, after having won the Cold War, for the United States to succumb to communism because an ignorant electorate wants to save money on their landscaping and roof repairs. As I said in an earlier post :
If ever there was an opportunity to instigate widespread civil unrest (if not anarchy) within our borders, rallying burgeoning ghettoes of illegal aliens may be it.

Powerline and Captains Quarters have also taken note of the organizers of the upcoming ‘boycott’.

If you follow the links in the Powerline posts you’ll hit a ‘Not Found’ regarding the Workers World Party's because the WWP website changed the name of the page, the referenced page can now be found here.

Monday, April 03, 2006

MD General Assembly Democrats: We’re above the law
Maryland bid to halt utility plan called illegal

Regulatory lawyers say the Maryland General Assembly's plan to halt a multibillion-dollar utility merger is illegal, even if the lawmakers' goal of slowing the increase in electric bills is to help consumers.

"It smacks of 'ex post facto' regulation," said Richard A. Booth, a University of Maryland School of Law professor who specializes in merger law and other regulatory issues.

The Latin term describes laws that are applied retroactively and penalize action that was legal when originally taken, in this case adding restrictions to a business transaction initiated under existing rules.

The legislature also might be breaking the law by usurping authority of the Maryland Public Service Commission, an independent agency that regulates utilities, said William A. Mogel, chairman of the utility practice at Saul Ewing's D.C. law offices.
"It is probably a violation of law," he said. "The legislature is not supposed to interfere in the agency."

However, the Maryland Attorney General's Office has issued opinions vouching for the legality of the legislature's actions…. [Ed. - J. Joseph Curran, Jr.’s opinions bolster the lawless power grab by General Assembly Democrats, there’s a surprise]

Basic Stinker
Audiences warm to 'Ice Age,' resist 'Instinct'

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- "Ice Age: The Meltdown" heated up the box office with a mammoth $70.5 million weekend, while audiences gave the cold shoulder to Sharon Stone, whose "Basic Instinct 2" debuted with a paltry $3.2 million…

Sony opened "Basic Instinct 2" in just 1,453 theaters, a fairly small release for such a high-profile title. "Ice Age: The Meltdown" debuted in 3,964 theaters.

Critics savaged "Basic Instinct 2," many finding its tale of erotic intrigue both laughable and dull. Sony held out hopes the movie would find an audience on DVD.

"I think it's a very sexy film, and Sharon Stone looks great and really worked the film," said Rory Bruer, Sony's head of distribution. "It's a movie that probably will have a very strong life in the home-video world."...[Ed. - If this is what Sony is saying publicly - I would imagine Stone is no longer on their A-list of actors.]
When asked if she hopes DVD sales will take up the slack, Stone said, “We can choose to have this alternative kind of growth that is a collective nuance of understanding.”

It’s rumored that Sony is considering adding some additional sex scenes for the DVD version. When Stone was asked for suggestions for the additional scenes she said, "I think Hillary Clinton is fantastic. Hillary still has sexual power.”

Yeah, yeah, those two quotes are way out of contex. But they make as much sense here as they did in context.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Inside 10 minutes

Went to see Inside Man last night. It wasn’t worth the $9.50 (it wasn’t worth half that). To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington but not Spike Lee. Washington’s acting was okay, Lee’s directing not so much. Jodie Foster did little more than show up at the paymaster’s window.

This was supposed to be a slick conundrum-within-an-enigma bank robbery tale. It wasn’t. Instead, the movie was transparent and predictable almost from the beginning. Spike Lee using semaphores in a corner picture-within-picture box was all that the movie lacked in telegraphing the ending.

Accordingly, for those readers that plan on seeing this movie, I have a recommendation that may make the experience more enjoyable. See it with at least one other person, the more the better. Each in your group must bring a small pad of paper and a pencil. Each person puts $10 into a kitty that one in the group will win. When a person thinks they have divined the movie’s ending s/he writes it and the time down on their pad. They then tear off the page, fold it, and hand it to whomever is holding the kitty.

Obviously, the winner is the individual who comes closest to describing the actual ending the soonest.

My bet is that the winner in any group that plays this game will have a time that is inside 10 minutes from the start of the film.