Saturday, September 22

Stupid Statement of the Day

"We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they do not throw the worker out of his job."

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Monday, September 10

Defend the Good Samaritan

I formally ask Hillary Clinton to apologize for her statement equating the Good Samaritan and Jesus Christ with criminal activity.

Clinton criticized the immigration bill proposed in the last Congress, dominated by Republicans. That legislation would have penalized those who help illegal immigrants. "I said it would have criminalized the good Samaritan. It would have criminalized Jesus Christ," she said.

First, it is already against the law to "help" immigrants by hiring them. This seems to be the part of the law that Hillary is referring to. So to begin with, according to Hillary the good Samaritan and Jesus are already breaking the law and we are only going to punish them more. Second, I don't think that the good Samaritan or Jesus would want us to tempt and abet people to break the law. Indeed, because of the strong link of employment to illegal immigration it is very hard not to implicate the employer as an accomplice to the crime. It is just wrong to say that Jesus and the Good Samaritan would help illegal immigrants in this way. Would they give them a cup of cold water? Would they assist them to come in legally? Would they offer work to those who were in need, and immigrants from another country? Absolutely. And I hope I would too. But not if Ceasar says it is against the law.

On a side note:

Why is it ok for Hillary to say in essence: "Jesus hates this bill, and I therefore oppose it" and evangelicals cannot say "Jesus hates abortion, and therefore I oppose it" without the left screaming "Separation of church and state!" and "imposing your religious beliefs on the rest of us!"?

Whitewashed tombs come to mind.

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Military Success? Take a Poll.

So in news reports after the so called "Big Week" of WW II bombing of Germany the American people want to find out how successful it was. Of course they take a poll of Americans. Right.

But that is just what they do today to try and find out the success of the war in Iraq.
An AP-Ipsos survey found that only 36 percent of those questioned believe the troop increase has helped stabilize Iraq. That was up only marginally from 32 percent in February, as the buildup was beginning.

Looking at what General Petraeus has to say about the matter might have been more insightful. Just like it would have been better to try asking one of the generals during WWII. And Petraeus even according to the AP report listed gains such as disrupting Shia militia, capturing leaders, and even troop reductions. I think every American can welcome that, and trust his timing more than a poll of the American people.

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Tuesday, September 4

So this WASN't my Camping trip


After typing "luxury" into a Google search along with "camping" and
"Montana," the couple settled on The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre
getaway in the heart of Big Sky country. It's a place for affluent
travelers who want to enjoy the outdoors but can't fathom using a
smelly outhouse, a place where paying someone to light the campfire is
a badge of honor, not the mark of a Boy Scout flunky.
The Bondicks, who live in a sprawling home on the edge of a state park
outside Boston and hire a personal chef at home, shelled out $595 a
night -- plus an additional $110 per person per day for food.

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