Day By Day

Monday, April 24, 2006

Where's the free speech on campus?

Michelle Malkin reports on more political-correctness censorship at Penn State:

For Penn State student Josh Stulman, years of hard work ended in disappointment yesterday when the university cancelled his upcoming art exhibit for violation of Penn State's policies on nondiscrimination, harassment and hate.

Three days before his 10-piece exhibit — Portraits of Terror — was scheduled to open at the Patterson Building, Stulman (senior-painting and anthropology) received an e-mail message from the School of Visual Arts that said his exhibit on images of terrorism "did not promote cultural diversity" or "opportunities for democratic dialogue" and the display would be cancelled.


You apparently can't express an opinion about terrorism if it doesn't bow to the gods of diversity and tolerance. But I'm not surprised. I'm glad that I managed to escape academia years ago - with my values and intelligence intact. Read the whole article and see that Penn State's academic integrity has hit bottom.

Keystone Jihadists

Captain Ed at Captain's Quarters thinks that al-Qaeda has a strange way of conducting an offensive against the West. I have to agree - unless this is some really obscure "deep game within a deep game within a deep game" type of strategy. And I can't come to believe that.

Read it all HERE.

PS: By the way, Captain Ed was named the "Blogger of the Year" by The Week magazine. And he well deserved the honor.

All the Jihad, All the time

Joe over at Joe's Dartblog has an interesting observation about the al-Jazeera television network. He says that there's only one place in America that has 24/7 continuous access to the network, and that's in the hills of New Hampshire. More specifically, at Dartmouth. You can read more from his post.

Personally, I'd have suspected Harvard or the offices of the DNC.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sonny Perdue for President??

Michelle Malkin posts on a story from Reuters regarding the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act. The law denies many state services to people who are not in the USA legally. It puts in new restrictions on companies doing business with the state, and requires law enforcement to inform immigration officials if illegals are charged with a crime.

This is a great change - with luck, it will be the start of many other states using their own powers to make illegal entry into the USA less attractive. Captain's Quarters also reports on Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's vow to veto legislation that would allow children of illegals to receive in-state tuition at all Minnesota public universities and colleges.

Too bad that both Georgia and Minnesota aren't along our southern border.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

What rights??

Jay Tea, over at Wizbang, has a superb post - We hold these rights not to be self-evident. I've always been dismayed over the continual expansion of "rights", both by the courts and legislatures, and in the popular culture. The right to birth control somehow was found in the Constitution in Griswold, as was the right to an abortion in Roe. I don't want to argue whether or not adults should be able to do either of those -- what I do object to is the way those "rights" were constructed out of a Constitution that is mute on those subjects.

Anyhow, Jay talks about five "rights" that he disagrees with. I say that he is spot on with all five. I especially agree with his first - the right not to be offended. I'm so glad that got skewered.

Read the whole article and see if you agree that all five deserve a quick and final death (as unlikely as that might be to actually occur).

Homeland Security and Katrina

The Inspector General of DHS has issued a report on the federal response to hurricane Katrina which blows away most of Democratic party's attacks on the administrations response. Yes, there was, and is, room for improvement, but the whole "Bush was incompetent" attack falls apart under analysis.

Get the whole scoop in this article over at Big Lizards.

The Ninth Circus strikes again

From the good folks over at The Strata-Sphere:

Los Angeles’ policy of arresting homeless people for sitting, lying or sleeping on public sidewalks as “an unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter” violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, a federal appeals court ruled today.
Now, I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on this blog....but I don't understand how arresting homeless people can be a cruel and unusual punishment. Making them move to Barstow or Bakersfield might be considered cruel. Then again, I heard Carlos Mencia do a routine in which he said that Mexico is so bad, that the illegals are happy to be in Barstow. So, maybe it wouldn't be considered cruel.

Either way, this is one ruling that I want to see reheard en banc. I think they just got too lefty-loonies for this case.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Great line that I'm stealing

I read a great little line, and unfortunately lost the link. So, I'll paraphrase it and say that I wish I could give credit for this wonderful analysis.

If illegal immigrants were flooding north and headed to New York City, and if they were taking the jobs of New York Times reporters, columnists and editors, you'd see a vastly different slant to the reporting in the MSM. If they were also taking jobs at the networks, CNN, Time and Newsweek, there would be a 50 foot high wall along the southern border before you could blink your eye.

Quote of the day

Actually, more like the quote of the month.

From H.L. Mencken:

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

I first read that line in college and transcribed it to a 3x5 note card. It went into a box where I kept great words of wisdom. Every day, I put a new quote card up on my dorm room door, there for the world to see. Maybe that was an early form of blogging.

Hat tip to the Ace of Spades HQ.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The new Chevy Tahoe ad?

As part of GM promotions with "The Apprentice", there is a contest for online commercials for the Chevy Tahoe. Many of the submissions are anti-SUV, but there is the occasional gem.

Here's one of the most politically incorrect commercials I've ever seen. I couldn't help replaying it over and over again. Too bad GM won't ever use it.

(Disclosure: I drive an older Chevy Tahoe and love it. I'm so glad those dinosaurs died to provide me with those hydrocarbons.)

The Counter-Protest

Over at ScrappleFace, they proudly state: "News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher."

Anyhow, they have a great post on a completely unreported counter-protest on the immigration issue. Too bad the MSM doesn't want to focus on those folks.

MIA?

No, I wasn't missing in action, just very tied up with other projects and activities. I'm recharged and fired - so sit back and think.