Tuesday, April 24, 2007

EXTREMELY, High Hopes

Potentially Habitable Planet Found

And its only 120 trillion miles away.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/24 at 09:15 PM
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Twisted Logic

Senator Michael (Mike) S. Bennett (R-Fla) is twistedly proposing a new ballot box be added to Florida ballots, as if Floridians aren’t confused enough about voting.  Recall the chads debacle?

Bennett’s twisted logic:

Maybe a congressional race was so nasty that a large number of voters simply didn’t want to check the box next to either candidate.

That’s what state Sen. Mike Bennett said he believes happened in the now-infamous District 13 congressional race.

Hoping to prevent a repeat, he persuaded the Senate Ethics and Elections committee to approve a bill, SB-494, on Monday that would require ballots to have the additional option of “I choose not to vote.”

Excuse me, Mr. Bennett, but if an individual chooses not to vote, which I would sincerely hope would occur, they simply do not vote.  They do not stroll into a polling place and mark a ballot box which states “I choose not to vote,” because that is still a vote.

‘I Choose Not To Vote’ May Soon Be Ballot Option

Posted by John Venlet on 04/24 at 11:08 AM
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Arm Yourself, Protect Yourself

The recent Virginia Tech tragedy has, of course, once again brought the subject of gun control to the forefront of public consciousness.

Though I seriously doubt this consciousness will long remain in the forefront of individuals’ thoughts, what with American Idol being whittled down to only six contestants, and Sheryl Crow proposing that people use only one square of toilet paper, and the vast field of presidential wannabes promising bread and circuses, in exchange for a handout today, in an election that is still eighteen months in the future.

But it is NOT gun control that will provide the margin of safety that may prevent the Cho’s of the world from wantonly murdering individuals, but gun availability for private individuals.

Writing in the Washington Times, Pierre Lemieux comments on just this subject.

What is obvious, to those of us who look beyond the headlines, is that mass killings were rare when guns were easily available, but have increased as guns have become more controlled.

Additionally, Lemieux notes the following important truth.

The truth, as the tragedy in Blacksburg reminds us, is that it is impossible to be totally protected by the police against criminal maniacs, except by turning society into a prison.

And then Lemieux ends his piece with this comment.

So long as we tolerate a nanny-state culture of dependency, in which people are treated as children, disarmed and prohibited from protecting themselves, senseless mass killings will continue, and perhaps increase.

Turning the other cheek does not mean allowing yourself to be slaughtered like a lamb.

Lemieux’s piece is titled Trail of Travail.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/24 at 08:08 AM
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Monday, April 23, 2007

“Can’t Spare A Square”

The ridiculousness of life imitating inane art is soaring to new heights, today, with Sheryl Crow’s global warming blatherations resembling an old Seinfeld episode titled The Stall.  You know the one, wherein Elaine needs to, ahem, dab the dribbles from between her legs while in a public restroom, but the person in the next stall “can’t spare a square.”

Crow, whose musical talents I have a tendency to enjoy, is “proposing,” on her current “Stop Global Warming College Tour,” the following in regards to toilet paper usage:

I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favorites is in the area of forest conservation which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.

Judas priest, Sheryl, stick to making music, you’ll probably save alot more paper squares.

As reported in a Washington Post article titled Saving the Earth: The Biodiesel Bus Blog

Posted by John Venlet on 04/23 at 08:42 AM
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Leave’em Alone (Virginia Tech Students)

You’ve seen the news coverage from Blacksburg, complete with prominent network anchors reporting from the scene.

And now, the student government at Virginia Tech is asking for all of that to end. It’s calling on hundreds of reporters to leave campus by Monday morning, when students are supposed to return to classes.

Move along and let them be.

Student Government Asks Reporters to Leave by Monday

Posted by John Venlet on 04/22 at 09:39 PM
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

God Bless Miss America 1944 and 2007

Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle’s tires and stop an intruder.

Venus Ramey, who is currently 82 years old, is the hands down talent winner, in my mind, for the following show of resolve.

Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment.

Ramey said the man told her he would leave. “I said, ‘Oh, no you won’t,’ and I shot their tires so they couldn’t leave,” Ramey said.

She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

“I didn’t even think twice. I just went and did it,” she said. “If they’d even dared come close to me, they’d be 6 feet under by now.”

Venus Ramey, Miss America 1944 and 2007.

Armed Miss America 1944 stops intruder

Posted by John Venlet on 04/21 at 07:52 AM
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Crystal Gail Mangum is a Liar

John Podhoretz writing in the New York Post:

HER name is Crystal Gail Mangum.

She is the woman who falsely accused three Duke University students of rape. Yesterday, the attorney general of North Carolina came forward and flatly declared the three young men “innocent of these charges.”

That means their accuser is a liar.

Podhoretz’s piece is titled LET THE LIAR BE NAMED & SHAMED

Yep, it does, and yes she is.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/12 at 07:15 PM
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Monday, April 09, 2007

A Few Words for Global Warming Alarmists

Al Gore and his army of global warming alarmists would have us believe that the end is near, at least according to their divinatory interpretations of weather around the globe.

It’s been snowing, lightly, here in Michigan the past 4 days.

Be that as it may, here’s a few words from a piece penned by Richard S. Lindzen, published by Newsweek, regarding these dire global warming prognostications.

The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth’s climate history, it’s apparent that there’s no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.

Lindzen’s piece is titled Why So Gloomy?

Posted by John Venlet on 04/09 at 07:10 AM
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