Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Miscalculated that, huh?

According to the Washington Post, Clarence Thomas' wife called Anita Hill, who had accused Justice Thomas of sexual harrassment at his confirmation hearings in 1991. The Post says Virginia Thomas has rekindled the controversy.

"Good morning Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas," said the message left earlier this month, according to a transcript provided by ABC News. "I just want to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometimes and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband."

Hill, a Brandeis professor, told reporters that she held onto the message for nearly a week as she weighed whether it was legitimate. Eventually, she turned it over to campus police with a request that it be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI's Boston field office declined comment.

So here are the facts. Mrs. Thomas leaves a voicemail. Professor Hill turned the voicemail over to campus police for the FBI then called ABC news. The Post declares that Mrs. Thomas has rekindled the controversy.


Just to be clear. Professor Hill has rekindled the controversy. She could have kept the matter private. Her actions tell us a little more about her character. Does she have a book coming out soon? (The article does mention that Lillian McEwen, lawyer who said she dated Clarence Thomas from 1979 through the mid-1980 is working on a memoir. Why is that in the article and what is her relationship to Hill?)

Also notice the smear of Mrs Thomas.
The message Virginia Thomas left for Hill again revealed the emotional toll that the Hill hearings took on Virginia Thomas. In the past, she has made unsolicited phone calls to voice support for people whose reputations have been shaken by what she sees as false accusations.
She's unstable I tell you!

Pardon me, your bias is showing.

UPDATE: Asked to elaborate on that voicemail, [Virginia Thomas] called it “a private matter,” but said: It was probably a mistake on my part.”

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Race Card

A friend linked an article about how a local Republican Party chair in South Florida has accused Democrats of racism because they are supporting Governor Crist (independent, a white guy) over Meek (Democrat, a black guy) in the US Senate race against Rubio (Republican, a Hispanic guy). Democrats are crying foul and saying they support Crist because he can win.

Bogus claims of racism look just as stoopid coming from Republicans as they do from Democrats. Assuming the Democrats nominated a candidate who represented the ideals of their party, wouldn't it be better to point out the absolute lack of principle or conviction on the part of Democrats supporting an independent because they "simply believe the governor can beat (the) GOP candidate." No, instead the chairman has devolved into slurs and name calling. This is petty and demeaning and betrays the higher principle we should expect from leaders. It is amateurish.

The race card is like the joker. It's still in the deck, but serious players don't have any use for it.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Increased Threat of Terror Attack (Just Before Elections)

The Federal government issued a terrorist threat alert today
"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. ....Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services.

...the warning was based on credible reports suggesting al Qaeda was plotting an attack, including intelligence gleaned from recent arrests

...Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., attended (the) briefing but came away unimpressed with the new intelligence, which she described as mostly a rehashing of previous threat information.

"This is nothing new," Boxer said. "We have been aware for some time that al Qaeda wanted to disrupt our country before the election... I would say with rare exceptions, it was fairly generalized (information.)"

The first paragraph is from a report today, the rest of the clips come from a 2004 article reporting on complaints the administration was raising terrorism fears just before the election.

The complaint was that the administration in power would want to remind people about the threat so that they would elect the candidate who would be "tough on terrorism" and keep us safe. There were dozens of articles making this charge (which, according to Tom Ridge's book marketing, may have been true), but today we don't see this administration being criticized for issuing terror alerts just before an election.

So I guess I'll make the charge, "The Obama administration is issuing terror alerts just before the November election because they want you to vote for the candidates who are serious about national security."

There. I said it.


Oh, and if you intend to be traveling in Europe a in few weeks... don't forget to send in your absentee ballot.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

How the Left Really Views Diversity

The left, the AGW crowd, enviro-fascists, commies...

In Russian the word "наш" (nash) literally means "ours." But they use it to mean "one of us." The opposite, "не наш," (ne nash) or "not one of us" has much much more meaning than it does in English. To say, 'He is not one of us' (он не наш) not only indicates an "other," it implies a degree of animosity not present in English, closer to the concept of "friend or foe."

This mindset was perfected by the Stalinists, shared by the fascists, and has been broadly adopted by the modern left and the AGW crowd in particular. It seems so normal to them, that when they embarked on their latest campaign to bring people along, they explicitly and graphically showed how they view "others."

When confornted with someone different, they ask the question, "What shall we do with him?" The answer is a shrug of the shoulders and the reply, 'He is not one of us.' Oн не наш.  That is all the thugs and murderers need to know.  'He is not one of us.' Oн не наш.

They are not really about peace, Gaia, or save the seals. It's about conformity and control. Get with the program.

No pressure.