Fiscally nuts. Socially insane.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The first number is probably spot on. The second is just wrong. 64% surveyed admitted to cheating on a test. 99% have. That's a promise. I wrote an editorial about this a few weeks ago for the Minuteman. It was published, but it didn't make it onto the website, so I'll copy and paste it here:
School Scope: Cheating, Who Me? No…
Fairfield students, it seems, tend to consider cheating an acceptable means to an important collegiate end. That is, until they are asked if they ever have used such tactics. At this point, the response usually comes after a brief pause, and the student says, “Me? No, no way.”
Students interviewed for this article all spoke on the condition of anonymity, and even then refused to admit ever participating. But someone is doing it, because all students report that a “large majority of [high school] students” cheat to improve their GPAs. One student, a senior at Warde, said, “Almost everyone cheats, or will cheat, at some point in high school; kids recognize that to keep the playing field even, they need to do what other kids are doing.” But, alas, when the student was asked if he had ever cheated, he responded with, “No, I don’t do that.”
A recent New York Times editorial by Ms. Maura J. Casey reports that a study found 90% of high school students employ tactics generally considered cheating. How the study’s supervisor, Dr. Donald McCabe, managed to coax students out of their shell is beyond me, but the results are not surprising. A junior at Fairfield Prep said, “If I hear that a kid I know cheated on a test or something, it doesn’t at all change how I feel about him,” and he added, “I guess I’m kind of immune to it by now.”
The idea of apathy raised by this student seems to be a universal notion. An upperclassman at Ludlowe lamented about how her views on cheating changed over their high school career; “Freshman year, I would never even consider cheating as an option, but now, I can see why people do it; it is sort of just another way to get ahead.” But, again, the student refused to actually claim personal participation.
If no students see any conflict with cheating, why do they refuse to say they are involved? Students cite it as a high school phenomenon sweeping the nation that just happens to have excluded them. The answer is simple; students innately know it is wrong; they just do it anyway. They have developed a sense of apathy towards that side of morality because they see their future as far more important. The collegiate competition is more competitive than it ever has been, and students are willing to do what is necessary to compensate and be successful. “Why give up an opportunity now,” the thought is, “and miss out on a better one later?” It isn’t hurting anyone, and the kindergarten mantra that “it hurts no one but yourself” is something students find themselves remarkably capable of living with. But students know that what happens in the classroom now stays in the classroom, and that people on the outside, “wouldn’t understand,” so they protect their reputation.
So Fairfield is a town of cheaters. But then again, America is a nation of cheaters, according to Dr. McCabe’s study. Everyone cheats to get ahead. Everyone, that is, except for me.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Then again, maybe not.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
His six-part breakup? As follows...
- Pacific coast, due to the growing Chinese population (LA's Chinatown and Tom Cruise have clearly always objected to New England's stranglehold over them, and desire a sovereign nation).
- The South, due to Hispanics (I told you we needed to close off the border! Did you listen? No...).
- Texas, due to movements for independence (obviously remembering the Alamo).
- Atlantic Coast, due to a "distinct and separate mentality" (I'm offended! That's New York. Don't blame us for their differences. In fact, we now shun New York from our country. Go be a part of Canada, New York, we don't want you).
- Five poor central states, due to Native Americans (right, because all poor people will join up with Iroquoy remnants and attack the U.S. military with teepees and trailers. THIS IS SPARTA!)
- Northern States, due to strong Canadian influence (False, obviously. No one likes Canada).
All this talk of a breakup leads clearly to questions about the future of the NFL. Who, exactly, will be their target market? Or maybe, instead of a massive civil war, land division disputes shall be decided by football games. Let's get this done soon, because my area of the country is setting up a pretty kickass military. (Let's go, Giants!) Also, if this ever goes down, we (the Atlantic Coast) are becoming a dictatorship, and I call being dictator.
UPDATE: Roger Simon finds it ridiculous as well.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s home run record holder, won dismissal of five of 14 counts in an indictment accusing him of lying about taking steroids.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Glenn Reynolds: Since I mentioned it last night there’s been some talk of having some sort of rightroots conference to organize things post-election. (Call it a counter-Kos if you want, but not exactly). What do you think? I’m polling, and I’m also going to open comments for a while. If you’ve got a better idea, share it!
While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. Obama also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.I find it interesting that Obama is so strongly opposed to discrimination based on sexual orientation, but somehow supports only the gay man or woman's right to a civil union. As a conversation at my school a few days ago (to which I was only a witness) went:
Teacher: "So you support Obama's opposition to gay marriage... why?"
Student: "Well, a civil union gives all the same rights of marriage, just under a different name."
Teacher: "So, it's like, 'separate but equal.'"
Student: "Yeah, I guess."
Teacher: "So how does Barack Obama not support government-enforced segregation?"
My jaw dropped.
UPDATE: After making some adjustments to HTML settings, my extraordinarily scientific test of going through and commenting in every manner possible proves that comments are back up and running. Comment away, oh commenting commentators.
Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.
The bomb itself, though, still seems a bit farfetched. They have yet to actually make it into a warhead or create a bomb shell able to house it. As of now, I guess Iran could just roll it over to Israel, but if I was Iran, I would give Israeli "national" security a little credit where it's due, despite the fact that they are not, in fact, part of any nation.... Israel is simply a... uh... a cluster of people lead by a president that happens to be part of the UN - ya, that's it! A cluster of people - disgusting, pig-paranoid people. Hmm... people may be to respectful a term, though. Let's just call them Jews. Oh, wait. They call themselves Jews, you say? Hmm... we'll work on that. Until then, though, it's a nati- strike that - a cluster of subhuman humanoids.
An interesting ethics article about golfer J.P. Hayes:
Now, the easy move here would be to either do nothing or blame the caddy. Hayes rose above both those temptations, putting all the blame on himself and asserting that everybody else on the PGA in his shoes would have done the exact same thing. We'll never know, but let's hope so.
Also, Hayes already has more than $7 million in career earnings, so it's not like he'd consigned himself to another year working the counter at the Quik Stop. But still, knowing you're taking yourself out of the running for a year of career stability and wealth takes some serious situational ethics.
Impressive, I think.
Wall Street hit levels not seen since 2003 on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging below the 8,000 mark amid a dour economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and worries over the fate of Detroit's three automakers.
It gets me all teary-eyed-like.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
UPDATE: A commenter on the PJM article named David Thomson (linked above, second), states:
It clearly shows that he believes the MSM will provide him enough cover until Election Day to easily capture the White House. He could be right! The impact of postmodernism on the general public may make it impossible to save this nation. Historical illiteracy and the inability to think and follow a logical argument seemingly have become the norm.
It's a large leap, but it's possibly true.
"There's no way a real Steelers or Chargers fan could have possibly cared about this particular ruling one bit — the Steelers had won the game either way. And trust me, the people who had the visceral responses to the ruling were not the ones wearing Steelers black and gold or Chargers blue and yellow. To put it simply — all these guys had 'other' interests in the game."
So now, Bashar is no longer “Bishop,” and he has begun an American life, with the many ups and downs we all have to face. His next fight is to find a job in our troubled economy and overcome a high-voltage dose of culture shock. He will come to understand that our culture is just as complicated as the one he left behind — but without the violence, threats, and scars of war.
Many people have welcomed him to America. I think Bashar can be of particular value to America at this time, simply by getting on the radio stations and talking to reporters and telling his story — the story of Iraq — and showing people how it really is over here. (I write this from Iraq.) Perhaps he can explain why many of us think that it was all worth it. I asked Bashar if I could publish his e-mail address, and he agreed.
This is not just a happy ending, but a happy beginning. Please welcome this new family to America and pass this story to your local papers and radio stations. Ask them to talk with a real Iraqi who just got here. People need to know what happened in Iraq.
That is why this Republican voted to throw Chris Shays out on his ear. I will not reward someone for pretending to be something they are not, and actively working against my constitutional rights.Shays found himself as the last standing Republican in New England exclusively because of his "purple" philosophy, yet hardcore Republicans like the one quoted above seem to think voting out moderate Republicans to be replaced by left wingers like Mr. Himes makes a strong statement against R.I.N.O.s. In reality, it simply decreases an already shrinking minority of Republicans in the house, a number which Republicans - both moderates and hardcore conservatives alike - cannot afford to see decrease any further.
As a Republican in extraordinarily left-leaning Connecticut, what, exactly, is Congressman Shays supposed to do to please you, the hardcore right minority? Vote strongly in your favor on every bill and lose his seat after a brief two year stint? Or play the role of a moderate-conservative and come to terms with the fact that, while he cannot vote Republican on every ticket, he must act in a bipartisan manner to actually get things done and accomplish the actual progress? It is Shays' bipartisan nature that garners my respect and support, and your inability to see that he can do nothing less than what he does astounds me. You must understand that the loss of a Republican incumbant hurts you far more than it hurts Shays, who very much supports people on both sides of the aisle. Your willingness to make a statement hurts your cause. You are now a voiceless minority, and it's really no one's fault but your own.
So, goodbye to the little influence the hardcore right had in this region, and thank you for taking the slightly greater influence the moderate right had away from us. God knows Shays represented both sides of the aisle; only Himes knows how liberal he will be.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Add that to the list.
But even peaceful demonstrations can be disruptive to a community, and it’s been disheartening to witness the lengths to which the management of the LAPD has acquiesced to the disorder engendered by these protests."
Sunday, November 16, 2008
As Reuters reports, Iraqi cabinet members approved a pact allowing U.S. troops to remain in Iraq until 2011.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama has interviewed primary election rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Richardson for secretary of state, according to Democratic officials who revealed his secret meetings with both as he weighed the decision on folding former foes into his new administration.
If I was Obama, who I (happily) am not, I would jump all over Richardson before touching Clinton. Something about having a former First Lady and the most vicious opponent I faced in my race to this seat would create a dynamic I wouldn't exactly love. But that's just me. Maybe it's a liberal thing...
The obvious sexist joke here: Clinton is right for the job. She's a woman; women are supposed to be secretaries.
Note to the offended: I'm kidding, I'm kidding... women should never be allowed out of the kitchen.
Okay, again, it's a joke.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The other thing wrong with the woman’s quote — and the contention of some bloggers — is the equivalence of community service to slavery. One of these things is not like the other.
There are thousands upon thousands of high school and college students, as well as adults, doing some form of community service right now. Service to your community is an altruistic thing; it is a way of perhaps giving back to a community that has given to you. It is a way to reach out to a community, to help others who may not be as fortunate as you, to teach young adults about sharing, caring, and helping others, to do something out of the goodness of your heart that will benefit your community.
The same could have been said for slavery itself. There were thousands upon thousands of people picking cotton across this great nation. It is a way of giving back to those who give you, quite literally, food, shelter, and a means of life. That doesn't make it not slavery. It just rationalizes actions in direct contradiction to the Constitution.
It is not work done out of the goodness of one's heart, is work done out of fear of legal punishment. That is slavery.
The Manhattan Project had a relatively simple goal, blowing things up. We knew this goal was possible, because the sun was already doing it. At that, it consumed approximately 100% of the top physical science and engineering talent in the United States.
Well, yes, but we already could blow things up - it was on an entirely different scale. Saying it took the top physical science and engineering talent in the United States to figure out how to blow things up is a big ole kick in the nads to every redneck in the country. (To any offended redneck, I mean that in the nicest way. And you also obviously know you're a redneck if that offended you).
On a serious note, McArdle's article of displeasure with the idea of any heavily funded, top secret "Go Green Manhattan Project" misses the boat a bit. She makes point after point as to why, exactly, energy independence is impossible. But the question really is not whether achieving energy independence is possible, but whether it is affordable with public monies at this point. The answer is, quite simply, no.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
...the FBI told ABC News that it is investigating hundreds of reports of phony heroes who have lied about their military experience...
Are we talking about people who exaggerate stories over a malt beverage at a cocktail party? If so, we're going to have to bring 'em all in... Yes, that means you too, General Petraeus - what's that you say? You really did save an entire nation from civil war? Yep, I'm sure ya did *nudges fellow guard and giggles*, and we'll get you out as soon as we can verify that, but for now, why donchya follow Private Ryan on in there... that SOB claims Tom Hanks saved his life.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"Flu Trends" uses search terms that people put into the web giant to figure out where influenza is heating up, and will notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in real time!It's an interesting idea, and I know they certify user data will be kept confidential (highlighted in bold above), but anything internet reporting gets me a bit queasy. Sure, this doesn't itself break privacy restrictions, but maybe a next step, specifying age ranges for the affected, will bend such laws. It's scary.
GOOGLE, continuing to work closely with government, claims it would keep individual user data confidential: "GOOGLE FLU TRENDS can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur each week."
Engineers will capture keywords and phrases related to the flu, including thermometer, flu symptoms, muscle aches, chest congestion and others.
The calls pretty much follow this general path:
Me: Congressman Shays' office, this is Will.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.
Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn't require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
[Head of transition team John] Podesta pointed out that there is a lot the president can do without waiting for Congress, and voters can expect to see Obama do so to try and restore "a sense that the country is working on behalf of the common good."
China's official Xinhua news agency said the world's fourth-largest economy approved a 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) government spending package between now and 2010, focused largely on infrastructure projects.
It's not nearly enough if they're looking for any real effect, which I assume they are. The cities are terrible, infrastructure and transportation is falling apart, it's a mess. They need a lot more than $586 billion.
In 22 states, including Arkansas, it is illegal to call yourself an interior designer without going through an arduous and expensive certification process. In Nevada, it's illegal to do interior design without a license. That's right, advising someone about drapes could land you in the hoosegow.
Yes, I did steal this post from Instapundit, why do you ask?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.The honesty is good, but we could have used this before the election.
There's been talk that 10-year-old Malia Obama has put in a bid for a goldendoodle, a cute, fluffy crossbreed between a golden retriever and poodle. At his news conference yesterday, Obama dropped a couple of other hints. An Obama dog has to be hypoallergenic, he said, since Malia has allergies. Ever the populist, he said the family was leaning toward a shelter dog, and "a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me."
Friday, November 7, 2008
Being of the age that this program would most directly effect, I figure I'll put my two cents in. I go to a Jesuit school that requires its students to participate in community service. Going into this education curriculum, I knew this would be part of the experience. My service projects, forced in part by my school, have expanded me as a person, introduced new thoughts and ideas into my life, and most likely helped tone down my conservatism. I have gone on mission trips to Ecuador, served the urban poor in nearby Bridgeport, and worked at homeless shelters. It has been, I would say, a wonderful experience. But it is not the role of the federal government to force this upon its people. I know people who are resentful of the service requirement, and for them, a governmental obligation is not fair and simply unconstitutional.
I would say that forcing kids to act like do-gooders will be just as fake as instilling self-esteem and result in resentment and irritation later in life.
The nation's unemployment rate bolted to a 14-year high of 6.5 percent in October as another 240,000 jobs were cut, far worse than economists expected and stark proof the economy is deteriorating at an alarmingly rapid pace.
Also keep in mind the unforgotten job losses that result from every lost incumbant seat. Shays has himself added about 20 people to unemployment in this country. Those guys (and girls) haven't been factored in yet.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So the choice isn't between getting a Republican crook and getting a Democratic noncrook. It's between getting a Republican crook for a very short time followed by a Republican noncrook and getting a Democratic noncrook. Anyone who generally thinks the Republican Party is better than the Democratic Party (e.g., who wanted Republican control in the Senate, or a Republican minority capable of mounting filibusters, or just as many Republican votes as possible) could thus quite reasonably vote for Sen. Stevens, even if he thought Stevens was a crook who doesn't deserve to be in the Senate. The same is true of anyone who supports government that's as split as possible, given his anticipation of a Democratic victory in many places.
The Governor's sex scandal was front page news around the world, as he announced his shame and resignation with his wife, Silda, standing by his side. She remains married to Spitzer and they have been seen walking hand-in-hand in their Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood.
(Hat tip to Volokh)
Himes, 42 years old, was born in Lima, Peru and came to America as a 10-year-old boy. He said he was a real beneficiary of the American dream - that with a good education and a commitment to hard work one can succeed.
A graduate of Harvard University, Himes worked as an investment banker for 12 years at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the telecommunication area. He now works for the non-profit Enterprise Community Partners, a housing agency working to alleviate urban poverty.
This guy follows everything Barack Obama does. Another example here; claiming that he is a textbook example of the American dream because he was born in Peru, sort of like Obama. Unfortunately for him, Barack Obama is the first black President, was raised in Indonesia, and actually did remarkable things. Jim Himes is a white guy who happened to be born in Peru. He went to Harvard and is an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. Congrats, buddy, you're just like the President.
(Hat Tip to Glenn Reynolds).
"We found that, overall, women who had a history of migraines had a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who did not have a history of such headaches." Dr. Christopher Li, Head of Study
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Probably one of the funnier videos post-election. Also, quite unfortunately, one of the more stomach churning ones as well. I like to keep my giggles and near puking moments separate but maybe once a month, I'm up for a video like this.
Also, in his own comments on the video, John Hinderaker over at Powerline makes what I would consider to be the most farfetched assumption of 2008: These are among the many disreputable associations that Obama will try to leave behind as he prepares to assume the Presidency.
If you think you’re doing a better job than your parents at child rearing, think again. A new study shows children are less likely to be injured when they are in the care of grandparents.
The study is important because grandparents are a growing source of child care for working and single parents. Some health researchers speculated that grandparents may be out of touch with modern safety practices, and as a result, they worried that children being cared for by grandparents might be at higher risk for injury.
But the opposite appears to be true. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed caregiving and injury data from the National Evaluation of the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program. The program includes information about 5,500 newborns in 15 United States cities during 1996 and 1997, with follow-up over the next three years.
See, because Obama is like the parent, because he is younger, and people think McCain is too old, but really, he's the better pick... and the children are... the citizens... no? Oh, come on! It's a damn good metaphor!
Thanks to Instapundit for the link.
I think this is what Ms. Johnson was talking about:
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."²
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
- 10:36: Oh, and one final point. We have elected President a black man named Barack Hussein Obama. Can we officially claim racism dead, now? More on this tomorrow, but that statement stands on its own, I believe. Now, I really am going to bed.
- 10:30: That was an awful night. I'm going to bed.
- 10:22: It doesn't annoy me that Obama won. Well, it does, but what annoys me astronomically more is the ignorance of his voters. That, I promise, is the last time I ever link to a Howard Stern video.
- 10:13: Shays lost. He conceded defeat about 30 minutes ago.
- 10:05: PJM and Instapundit both just called the election for Obama. That shouldn't be a big deal; I did like three hours ago.
- 10:00: Iowa goes to Obama, McCain wins Utah. Oh, and Texas, obviously.
- 9:57: Nevada, Iowa, Utah and Montana are closing at 10. Nevada will be interesting to see.
- 9:54: Things are still going poorly for Chris Shays.
- 9:43: John McCain got West Virginia - no surprises there.
- 9:40: As far as CT state politics go, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney won his reelection bid.
- 9:32: Haha: "Welcome your new overlords."
- 9:31: A diamond in a pile of poop: McCain just grabbed Louisiana.
- 9:25: If Jim Himes ends up beating Shays in the 4th District, you can expect about 50% of my future posts to be investigating his campaign, as well as his future office.
- 9:23: Fox called Ohio for Obama. That could be the election right there.
- 9:14: Ha. This is what our local news reports. This is what really happened.
- 9:08: Things aren't looking good for Shays in CT. With 28% recorded, he's down 65%-35%.
- 9:05: The popular vote is currently at 50% to 49% in Obama's favor. Wow, really close.
- 9:01: NY, RI, MN, NM, WI go Obama. WY, ND, and MI for McCain
- 8:57: A whole bunch of 'em close in two minutes. More then.
- 8:50: Absentee ballots in Ohio are breaking heavily for Barack Obama (70%). It doesn't worry me too much.
- 8:40: Georgia goes to McCain. To paraphrase Brit Hume: "Republicans can take comfort in the fact that Obama didn't... win... or pull off a huge upset in Georgia. Shit, I need a nap." - It was something like that.
- 8:31: Arkansas went to McCain, obviously. Kerry won his Senate seat back in MA as well. No major news there.
- 8:22: Jeanne Shaheen wins against John Sununu 57% to 40% in NH
- 8:10: Fox News called Kay Hagan as victorious over Elizabeth Dole.
- 8:04: Most outlets gave PA to Obama, although FOX is being stubborn. That's a big story. McCain needs Virginia now.
- 8:03: Biden just got his senate seat back.
- 8:00: Polls just closed pretty much everywhere in the east. MA, DC, IL, NH, MA, NJ and my home state of CT were just declared for Obama - no surprises there. Oklahoma went to McCain, also no surprises.
- 7:55: ABC reports a status quo black turnout.
- 7:47: South Carolina was just called for McCain, and Virginia appears to be strongly in his favor right now. That is with only 6% in, but it's a start.
- 7:45: I've noticed that I am the only blogger who liveblogs the right direction - newer entries to the top. It makes extraordinary sense.
- 7:35: Fox calls West Virginia for McCain Oh, and much thanks to Glenn Reynolds for his second link of the day.
- 7:33: NBC also reports that, in Indiana, moderates are breaking in favor of Obama 63% to 36%.
- 7:21: This 8-3 lead by McCain could be the last time McCain holds the lead. Hey - I'm not a pessimist, just sayin'!
- 7:03: Setting up shop now, sorry for the three minute tardiness. NBC has already awarded Vermont to Obama and Kentucky to McCain.
Really, though, has anyone actually explained how Obama plans on cutting taxes for 95% of the population (despite the fact that only 60% even pay income taxes), exponentially increase spending for education and Medicare, and conduct a phased-withdrawal, resulting in the reoccupation of Iraq by the United States shortly thereafter? I am almost positive that's impossible, especially if we factor in our national debt.
UPDATE: Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link! Welcome, new readers!
And Glenn Reynolds has an interesting message:
We've had eight years of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Before that, we had eight years of Clinton Derangement Syndrome. And though people forget it now, President Reagan inspired a lot of anger and hatred, too. Can I ask that, regardless of who wins, we tone things down a bit?
Monday, November 3, 2008
Despite the fact that the NYT titled the article, Palin Cleared of Ethics Charges, the way they placed it on their main page, and the way they sent out an email notification to all those on their mailing list (that is, at least me), made the title sound much more like, Just as a Reminder to Those Voting Tomorrow, Sarah Palin is an Unethical Psycho. But maybe that's just me..."A report has cleared Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of ethics violations in the firing of her public safety commissioner.Released Monday, the report says there is no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with the firing. The report was prepared by Timothy Petumenos, an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board."