Thursday, December 17, 2009

Why Is This News?

I can think of a few reasons why a story about a Boy Scout returning a found purse containing nearly $2000 is news, and none of them speaks well of society or of the beliefs which inform the so-called "main stream" media.

Suffice it to say that Boy Scouts do this every day, and it's hardly news when a Scout is trustworthy, or helpful, or kind.

It's entirely sad that this is news at all.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

This May Be The Point ...

at which reasonable men take up arms.

Yesterday, the imperial Federal government --- specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency --- declared that CO2 is a pollutant that it is entitled to regulate.

But every human being and animal emits CO2, when it exhales. The question then becomes, what aspect of our lives does the Imperial Federal Government lack the power to regulate? Your right own a pet (which emits CO2)? Your right to exercise and breath harder? Your right to engage in a little heavy breathing with your wife or girlfriend? Your right to sire or give birth to another little carbon-producer?

We now live in a totalitarian state.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

School Board Member Julie Lucas Resigns

Just got a note from the News & Messenger (former known as The Pot. News) that long-time Prince William County School Board member Julie Lucas has resigned her post, effective 31 December.

That is a pity. Notwithstanding my opposition to her ambitions two years ago, she was an apparently good and effective School Board member.

Of course, I wish her the best as she leaves PWC to care for an ailing father.

UPDATE: Sadly, some in her "brain trust" --- I almost called them "sycophantic," but that would presume that their support for her was motivated by her qualifications rather than their irrational hatred of her opponent --- are still deluding themselves and trying to con the rest of us.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Schizoid Chris Matthews

Sometimes, Chris Matthews can be utterly brilliant. I vividly remember, from either 2000 or 2004, an interview he did with Ralph Nader. In it, he utterly nailed Nader for his radicalism, asking him if he would try to repeal the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, long on the wish list of union bosses. Nader enthusiastically endorsed the proposition, to the cheers of the audience.

Matthews was aghast. He then explained that such an action would mean that employees could be forced to be formal union members, and that state Right to Work laws would become ineffective.

Suddenly, the cheers turned to boos.

Other times, and more lately, he reminds me of a line from the movie Taps, where the actor playing the father of Timothy Hutton's character confronts his son, and informs him that the retired general who leads the school is "living proof that horse's asses outnumber horses."

This little vignette --- in which Matthews calls the United States Military Academy at West Point "the enemy camp" --- demonstrates that Matthews likewise constitutes such evidence:

On the other hand, for the likes of Matthews and President Barry, perhaps "the enemy camp" is an apt description for any location inhabited with a high percentage of those charged with defending the Constitution of the United States.