Wednesday, August 31, 2005


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Politics as Usual?

Tom McClintock is still lying about proposition 74 - politics as usual. Here is the exact quote from his recent e-mail on the initiatives:

"Proposition 74: Teacher Tenure. Do parents have a right to expect a higher level of competence before a teacher is granted life-time tenure? YES. This modest measure simply increases the teacher probation period from two years to five years."

Hey, Tom, try reading the entire initiative since it radically changes the due process that teachers currently have in the firing process as well as retroactively repealing tenure for those who had it granted to them this summer. It also prevents those who are just one year away from getting it next July 1. At a time when experienced teachers are being lured out of state by better paying positions (like in Clark county, Nevada), fools like McClintock are making teaching jobs in the Golden State appear quite tarnished and undesirable.

The good news is that it is not politics as usual with the Club for Growth. Its hard hitting ad on the repeal of the death tax has already caused one senator to switch to the side of the good and is pushing the oddball McCain in the same direction. Check it out at the Club's website.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Values III

Same theme - different thread...

The seminaries of the United States will get their official Vatican visit soon. None too soon if you ask me. Hoepfully, this will prompt the removal of the lefties and allow good men not to be turned away for being too orthodox as has been happening over the last 25 years or so.

Given my prediction of a couple of months ago that the new Pope would allow the Tridentine and Latin Masses of the Novus Ordo to be freely practiced in the next year or so, it should come as no shock that the Pope has agreed to meet with the leaders of the schismatic SSPX by months end.

If the two sides can reach an agreement, perhaps they can celebrate by replacing the atrocious tabernacle in the cathedral of Los Angeles.

Of course, if the silliness of the lefties gets to you, just go here.

Monday, August 22, 2005


Values, Part II

Probably the key difference between the values of Provo and the values of Detroit is that the vast majority of people is that the former understand that they were created by God, that they are His children, and that they owe God fidelity and allegiance and should follow the command to love one another as I (Jesus) have loved you.

On the surface, it is easy to claim that the liberal big government welfare state is following this command as well. But as any student of such governments knows, the government granted entitlement system is long way from inalienable God given rights that government should protect (life, liberty and property or the pursuit of happiness). The shrill anti-Christian statements comeing from the left its spokesman (like Howard Dean), suggest that the ultimate source of morality is the individual in a nihilistic way and not God who has granted us free will to choose to follow Him or not.

The values of the folks in Provo are more in line with the traditional liberal ideas of the Founding Fathers. The values of the establishment and its supporters in Detroit have a bizzare mix of radical individualism and socialism that only makes sense in light of the writings of Antonio Gramsci.

I'm not Mormon, but I'll stick with the general values of Provo, thank you.

Monday, August 15, 2005



While listening to Dennis Prager last week, I was struck by an interesting point. A recent survey shows that Detroit is the most liberal city in America while Provo, UT is the most conservative. The question asked was, "if Detroit adopted the values of Provo and if Provo adopted the values of Detroit, would Detroit be a better place to live in five years while at the same time would Provo have become worse?"

If you think that values matter, as many of the people who voted for Bush last November do, then you will answer the question in the affirmative. If you dont think values matter, if you think that it is all about money, then you would answer in the negative.

But that led me to thinking (yikes!): How much does money impact values? And, does the source of the money impact values.

More later.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


No Clue Administrative Association

The geniuses at the NCAA have once again shown that they should all be consulted on how to win the war on terror, in a sensitive Kerry-style fashion, by deciding that:

"Colleges and universities may adopt any mascot that they wish, as that is an institutional matter," said Walter Harrison, chair of the Executive Committee and president at the University of Hartford. "But as a national association, we believe that mascots, nicknames or images deemed hostile or abusive in terms of race, ethnicity or national origin should not be visible at the championship events that we control.

Eighteen colleges and universities continue to use Native American imagery or references and are subject to the new policy:

Alcorn State University (Braves)
Central Michigan University (Chippewas)
Catawba College (Indians)
Florida State University (Seminoles)
Midwestern State University (Indians)
University of Utah (Utes)
Indiana University-Pennsylvania (Indians)
Carthage College (Redmen)
Bradley University (Braves)
Arkansas State University (Indians)
Chowan College (Braves)
University of Illinois-Champaign (Illini)
University of Louisiana-Monroe (Indians)
McMurry University (Indians)
Mississippi College (Choctaws)
Newberry College (Indians)
University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux)
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Savages)

I guess Southeastern Oklahoma State has offended Michael Savage the well known radio talk show host. Yes, linking your school to a right-winger is indeed offensive.

Perhaps the University of Illinois can change its name easily from "Illini" to the "Illin'" or "Chillin'" and come up with a new rap song for its fight song. Oops... rap is associated with minority groups and to call something a "fight" song is hostile on its face, so scrap that. Perhaps it can become the "Electioneers" in tribute to the state of Illinois' fine democratic tradition.

I can certainly understand the objection to the Carthage College Redmen. What good redman would want to be associated with a college that takes its name from a city that lost (that would be the Carthaginians). I know that when my fine Irish skin burns and turns red, I am embarassed enough. I certainly don't want to be associated with historical losers.

Missisippi College would have an easy change if the NCAA wasn't so uppity about tobacco. It could just change their name to the Chaws. Perhaps if they have a stick of bubble gum as their mascot it will still work.

And whoever thought that the name "Indian" was acceptable should be ashamed. Afterall, all those Americans who have lost their jobs to Indians due to outsourcing to India must cringe every time they open a sports page. Maybe all of the schools who have that mascot can change their names to the "Cabdrivers" or "7-11's."

The University of North Dakota could cash in on a name change if it chooses to go corporate. How about the "North Dakota Sue Honey Bees?" Toast, anyone?

Unfortunately, the NCAA has failed to address several other schools with insensitive monikers.

Sorry Notre Dame. I'm Irish, and given your recent poor performance on the field you neither deserve nor have earned the right to use "Irish" in your name. Additionally you are a FRENCH school, so stop running away from your roots (oops, sorry, running away is in your roots)... and that whole "fighting" bit is just so hostile. Can't we all just get along?

As a Roman Catholic, I have to let my own alma mater know that the name "trojan" can be seen as a direct slap at my beliefs against artificial contraception, and, therfore the school must change its name. Perhaps we can henceforth be known as "The Rhythm."

UNLV will have to change its mascot to, I guess just "The Runs" since the "Rebel" moniker could be deemed offensive by African-Americans. Perhaps UNLV can work in a sponsorship with Pepto-Bismol. Pink uniforms aren't so bad.

I am sure that the Sierra Club and other like-minded environmentalists will object to the poor way in which Stanford uses its tree mascot. I suggest that Stanford simply be known as the John Leland Stanford Junior Mints.

PETA will likely demand that the Texas Longhorns, the Georgia Bulldogs, the Florida Gators, etc. refrain from using animal mascots as it dehumanizes them (and all this time I thought PETA stood for "People Eating Tasty Animals." Boy, was I wrong!).

The University of Tennessee Volunteers are insulting all good volunteers by wearing a hideous shade of orange and singing Rocky Top that includes these offensive lyrics:

Aint' no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top
Ain't no telephone bills
Once I had a girl on Rocky Top
Half bear, other half cat
Wild as a mink,
but sweet as soda pop...

That's why all the folks on Rocky Top
Get their corn from a jar...

I've had years of cramped-up city life
Trapped like a duck in a pen
All I know is it's a pity life
Can't be simple again"

Surely the NCAA will not allow UT fans to sing this song at NCAA championship events as it is so offensive on many levels: Urbanites who suffer from having to live in a smoggy environment are attacked; there is some weird bestiality going on that will offend PETA (girl/human who was half bear, half cat, with mink like qualities); and, members of Alcoholics Anonymous will certainly rail against the corn from a jar reference.

I am sure that the NCAA will want Holy Cross to lose the Crusaders name since it might upset Osama bin Laden.

Finally, the University of Syracuse will have to lose the name Orangemen as it demeans all (especially sun-sensitive Irish types) who can only get a spray on tan.

If I have missed any inappropriate names, please report them directly to:

Bob Williams
Managing Director of Public and Media Relations

Thank heavens the NCAA is on the job!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Why is it...?

Imagine two different news stories, one about a series of suicide terrorists and one about someone who either blows up an abortion clinic or kills an abortion doctor. Since these are or have been real events, conjuring up the reports in your mind should be an easy task.

Now, tell me if I'm wrong...

Story number one (terrorists), would probably generate great angst on the left whose representatives would probably (and have) argue that we need to understand the terrorists and help them in some way.

Story number two (abortion clinic explosion) would generate great anst on the left whose representatives would probably (and have) decry the attempt to take away a woman's "right to chose" while at the same time attacking the ideology of the "crazy Christian right."

Why won't the liberals attack the ideology of the crazies in story number one?

Liberal Answer: Christianity is the problem in both stories (i.e. the crusades and anti-abortion thought).

Correct Answer: Both sides have killers who have intrepreted their personal religious doctrines so that they have the "right" to kill. In reality, both sides of the lunatic fringe of Islam and Christinanity are wrong if they are led to kill in such a way.


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