Archive for June, 2010

Some days the comic title’s quite apt.

June 14, 2010

I missed this the other day, but it’s still quite timely.

I don’t understand where Wiley Post was coming from here. I could be wrong, but I am thinking that Constitutionalists and tea partiers by and large aren’t advocating a “return to the original Constitution,” but rather being more faithful to the principles inherent to the one we have now. I guess I shouldn’t have expected any better from him, but I still find it to be appallingly disingenuous.

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David Codrea asks a good question…

June 13, 2010

here:

Why are ‘researchers’ using Ozzy Osbourne’s ramblings to push for more ‘gun control’?

If you read the column, you will see Codrea mentions an op-ed in the Washington Post from Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig. What’s the significance of those names? I don’t know if you remember my mention of them a few months back, but here it is:

…I am well aware of the John Lott controversy, but the thing is, his findings have been replicated by several other studies — some of which were undertaken by people who set out to prove him wrong. If I remember correctly, Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck was one of those who set out to prove Lott wrong — instead, Kleck came out with a study that at least one of his fellow criminologists lauded as methodologically sound. And then we have the case of Duke professor Phillip Cook and Georgetown professor Jens Ludwig, who with a Clinton Justice Department grant undertook a study of their own as they along with the Clinton DoJ thought the Kleck DGU figure was too high…well, guess what? Their study produced about the same results as did Kleck’s study, and in fact Cook and Ludwig conceded their methodology might have been too conservative and that Kleck’s figure of 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year could very well be almost doubled, to 4.7 million defensive gun uses per year. Again, this was from researchers who got TAXPAYER MONEY to prove Kleck wrong….

So, to recap: Cook and Ludwig, the guys who basically said John Lott and Gary Kleck were lowballing annual defensive gun uses, took to the pages of the Washington Post peddling the same old tired, discredited arguments for gun control that they and their ilk have been peddling for the last 40-plus years. Now who are the bitter clingers, again?

And I will go on record as saying that I think Ozzy Osbourne is full of shit, even though I still love Black Sabbath.

Overheard in conversation…

June 12, 2010

…just now, as I was singing along with Charlie Robison’s “Loving County”:

Sabra: “There you go again with the woman-killing songs!” (I have a particular affinity for those, it seems — “Walls of Huntsville,” “Wanna Rock & Roll,” etc.)

Me: “But his lover isn’t the one who dies!”

Sabra: “But that’s not the point!”

Hey, I tried…

They may not understand it, but a lot of their readers do.

June 12, 2010

…or, Way to gratuitously slam those who carry, guys…

In explaining his recent lethal encounter with a coyote, Perry has acknowledged he has a fear of snakes. That’s perfectly understandable, even if his practice of jogging with a laser-sighted sidearm isn’t.

Yeah, I can’t understand it either. I mean, like I said when this was in the news, it’s not like anything bad ever happens out on the hiking trail, right? And if you read the entire editorial, you will see that entire paragraph was really quite out of place, Anything to bash the governor, right?

How about teaching them to do things right?

June 11, 2010

But then, putting crying kids on the stand always seems to serve people like Silvia Rodriguez well:

Silvia Rodriguez, a 23-year-old graduate of Arizona State University who has been living in the state with an expired visa since she was two years old, said she has lived under a blanket of fear her entire life of being deported.

“I’ve never been called to or referred to as American. The only time I felt proud was when President Obama won his presidency, and for him to not step up and fulfill his promises really, really breaks a lot of promises,” Rodriguez said.

I just really don’t know what to say to this. I hate that Silvia Rodriguez has “lived under a blanket of fear her entire life,” but I don’t understand why situations like hers warrant letting all the people off who have illegally entered the United States. One wonders what her never being called or referred to as American has to do with any of this. As for the “crying kid” remark, well…

Catherine Figueroa, a 10-year-old girl whose parents were arrested and detained for three months, said through tears that she lives in fear of law enforcement agents, and called on President Obama to help repeal the law passed in her state.

“I want to tell President Obama to stop putting parents in jail,” Figueroa said through tears. “All they want is a better life for their kids.”

 If we’re going to let crying kids influence our decisions on which laws to enforce, we might as well just call it quits now.

Too hip for its own good…

June 11, 2010

…or, call this another example of Kid Rock not living up to his potential:

The CMT Music Awards usually skew lighthearted and with the rowdy Kid Rock hosting, things quickly got interesting.
The good times started immediately when he was joined on stage by surprise guest Hank Williams Jr., who rarely attends awards shows, Trace Adkins, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Martina McBride and Kellie Pickler for a medley of “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba” and “Good Ol’ Boys.”

“Cowboy”? “Bawitdaba”? Better if Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, Zac Brown and maybe Randy Houser and Kellie Pickler had stayed up there and done a medley of their favorite George Jones or Merle Haggard songs. Kid Rock’s talent and respect for the old country shows him to be better than this. Why pander to an audience that doesn’t like real country music? Oh, yeah, I forgot: This is Nashville and fan-voted awards we’re talking about here.

I can see where this blog could go.

June 11, 2010

One of the first blogs I ever read was a Houston-based blog called — what else?– blogHOUSTON. Blogger Laurence Simon called the site “an excellent rolling rebuttal to the Houston Chronicle’s horrid op-ed pages and news coverage.” I could almost see this site going that way as I keep buying the dead-tree edition of the San Antonio Express-News. Why is that, you say? (In addition to my ongoing critiques of Scott Stroud, Jan Jarboe Russell, et al.) Well, with all that that went on in San Antonio and South Texas yesterday — the flooding in Comal County, Mir Imran’s establishment of three new companies bringing a good bit of high-paying jobs to San Antonio, Rick Perry’s urging Bill White to drop out of the governor’s race because of a potential conflict of interest — what does the Express-News copy desk decide to make the day’s top story? Across the strip. at the very top of the page? This:

Huskers set to shuck the Big 12

I could understand that if this were the Lincoln Journal Star or the Omaha World-Herald, but San Antonio? The only connection to the Big 12 that San Antonio has is the fact that the football championship game has been played here now and then — three times since the conference’s inception, most recently in 2007. Yet it was the biggest news of the day in the city’s major daily paper. Good grief. I don’t know if the Express News’ circulation numbers have declined as precipitously as many papers’ numbers have, but if that’s the best layout they can do on such a big news day, it wouldn’t surprise me.

All they did was put a gang of terrorists in charge!

June 9, 2010

Believe it or not, that is one of the main thrusts of this letter:

(Charles) Krauthammer never mentioned the suffering of the inhabitants of the even smaller Gaza Strip (population, 1.5 million; area, 254 square miles) when their only crime is that they elected a government of Hamas.

Yep. All they did was elect a gang of terrorists whose stated goal is the destruction of Israel and driving the Jews into the sea. Why on earth would the Israelis want to marginalize such people?
/sarcasm

Speaking of job creation…

June 9, 2010

…they’re also making it harder on the federal level now. These entrepreneurs not only follow the proper channels to come to this country, but they also work to create jobs when they get here — and now the damn feds want to make it that much harder for them to do that? One would almost think the government was on the side of the people who willingly break the law.

And the anti-gambling insanity continues…

June 9, 2010

…only now, people’s jobs are apparently in danger, because casino gambling is baaaad, hmmkay?

A plan to rescue the struggling Texas horse racing industry could end up killing live racing at Retama Park.

Under the plan, Retama and Sam Houston Race Park would give up live thoroughbred racing for one year in 2011 by transferring their dates and purse funds to the state’s largest Class I track, Lone Star Park, in order to establish a single, 65-day schedule next year at the Grand Prairie facility.
Texas racing officials say the plan would increase daily purses to about $280,000 at Lone Star, boosting efforts to make it more competitive with tracks in Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma that offer gaming options — such as slot machines — not available under Texas law.

This is something to keep in mind when Rick Perry and the Republicans in the Texas Legislature talk about Texas being a great place for job creation. Apparently not all legal industries are welcome here. I don’t think allowing casino gambling is going to be any kind of panacea to what ails the Texas job market, but the last thing we need to be doing is creating an environment in which we lose jobs to bordering states because a vocal minority of Texans doesn’t want it. I know there are more factors at play here, including the influence from those border states who want those Texas dollars to keep coming to them instead of staying here, but the opposition of Rick Perry and the Republicans in the Texas Legislature doesn’t help matters.