An Experiment In Scotch

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Month: April 2006 (page 1 of 2)

More Changes in the Bush Administration

You can read about them here.

Blame the Victim

It never takes long after a Palestinian terrorist blows himself (or herself) up in a crowded restaurant or night club or bus before the loonies start blaming Israel for the act. This author talks about how the wall will hermetically seal the Palestinians to their fate, forgetting that”s what they asked for, a state of their own, forgetting that all the talk of wiping Israel of the face of the earth is what brings all this on.

He claims the terrorist was an innocent, suffering greatly under Israeli rule, left open only one option, that of terrorism. This is all so much disgusting mental gymnastics, finding a way to excuse the decades of Palestinian terrorism in an attempt to foist all responsibility onto Israel. This is no different than people who blame rape victims for what they were wearing.

Nothing ever excuses blowing yourself up with a bomb made of nails, screws and ball bearings soaked in rat poison, designed to inflict the most damage possible, physical and mental.

The wall is there to do one thing: protect the truly innocent. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool.

Tom Cruise, the next Michael Jackson

I report, you decide.

Duke Arrests

Two arrests made in the Duke Lacrosse scandal. This has become a huge story, one that maybe is getting more attention than it should. With no confirming DNA evidence, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. It’s interesting to note (for a cynic) that the DA is up for reelection this year. Wonder how that played in his calculations of whether to bring charges or not. It would also be interesting to see how many cases of rape are tried when the DNA evidence is inconclusive or non-existent. Don’t we let people out of prison when that happens?

Ugh

The loony left often complains that the loony right calls them unpatriotic but it”s hard to be sympathetic to their complaints when they do everything possible to support it. That article is so filled with rubbish and simpleton talk that it”s hard to know where to start in. It”s rare to find so perfect an example of a stereotype but that woman is the perfect example of a leftist loony toon.

Gee, you come home from your “European idyll” to live in a small town where 80 of the 319 adults are military veterans and you”re shocked (shocked!) that the town might be slightly conservative? Then when your kid comes home with a flier about a Bible class, you panic and call the ACLU? This has to be a parody right? Holy shit, if I had come home with a flier about Satanism when I was 6, I”m pretty sure my parents wouldn”t have panicked and called Jerry Falwell. WTF? At what point did you become so terrified of your own ability to parent that you had to decide to call the ACLU when you find out that a conservative school in a conservative town might be interested in having a time release Bible class? And you”re surprised the principal doesn”t like you any more? Could you be anymore clueless?

Then this little bit comes along:

    Politically, Narrowsburg is red dot in a blue state. It is not named for any small-town frame of mind. . .

God, the condescension is disgusting, implying that a small-town frame of mind is narrow while her European idyll, the war in Iraq is wrong, Bush is Hitler frame of mind is wide open. Unbelievable. Alanis Morissette had a better grasp of irony than this woman and that”s saying something. The rest of the article is just so much drivel. She tells her son our president started a war with Iraq depriving all those innocent Iraqis of their livelihood, ignoring all the difficult stuff like UN resolutions, people being thrown into wood chippers, Saddam gassing his own people. She”s ashamed of something she calls “the patriot-ization of her son” and is clearly thrilled it only lasts a summer. Then she wraps it up with this:

    How soon childish national pride is shed, I sometimes think now, and not a little wistfully. Only once it was gone did I realize that, after our initial discomfort, my husband and I had begun to see our son”s patriotism as a badge of innocence. His faith was a reminder to us that the reason we are devastated by the war in Iraq and the Bush presidency is that we too love America. We too want to believe in its potential for good and brotherhood.

Patriotism as a badge of innocence, worn by those who just don”t know any better. Forgive me if I find it hard to believe she loves America. After putting up 2000 words or so in an attempt to belittle small town America, military service, Bush, Iraq, and the Pledge of Allegiance, I”m just not buying it.

If this wasn”t Salon, I”d be sure this was just a really super parody. The ACLU, the self-satisfaction, the smugness. Instead, I just feel sorry for that child. He”s got a tough road in front of him if he”s ever going to see the world in anything but black and white. People like his mother sneer at religion but she kneels at the altar of one herself. He”ll have a difficult time ever convincing her that thinking for oneself and finding out that issues are almost always more complex than they first appear are attributes of a truly fine mind. Orthodoxy is always the hardest belief to fight.

Pro Golfer Wins Tourney, Speaks to Jesus

Aaron Baddeley won his first PGA tournament at The Verizon Heritage this weekend, standing over a 6 foot winning par putt on 18 and saying “This is for you Jesus” before knocking it in. Calls to Jesus’ agent were not returned and an anonymous source said Jesus was entirely too busy helping the poor and downtrodden to be paying attention to a hotshot, Christian millionaire giving him props for winning a silly golf tournament.

TABC Suspends Arrests Inside Bars

The only surprising thing about this is that it took so long. Arresting people inside bars who “appear” to be drunk (no objective tests were ever given) is insulting and silly. In one case, a man was arrested at a hotel bar, the very hotel he was staying in. Clearly, the goal of this operation was not to keep people from driving drunk but just an exercise in governmental power, wrongly decided and poorly implemented.

Good riddance.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

ATF rids University of Ninja Threat Yup. Thank god the ATF is out there, otherwise those crazy ninjas would definitely get us.

Signs of the Apocalypse

  1. 911 operator tells boy to stop “playing on the phone” when he calls to report his dying mother. Mother eventually dies. Operator will probably keep her job because she’s in the union. Sick.
  2. 82 year old woman gets ticket for crossing street too slowly.

Another DNA Exoneration?

No DNA match in the Duke lacrosse fiasco. Assuming the prosecutor follows through on his attempt to file charges sans DNA evidence, this isn’t over yet but all signs are pointing to the lacrosse team being exonerated. This has been a messy situation, one in which it seems guilt was assumed all along. This was poorly managed by Duke and the administration. 46 athletes have had their lives terribly disrupted and their reputations sullied.

I have no doubt that had this been the Duke basketball team or the Miami football team, this level of hysteria would never have been reached. It’s sad that the administration didn’t have the foresight and the courage to at least make a half-hearted stand for these student athletes.

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