Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Here's something interesting. Apparently, Rodney King's famous "Why can't we all just get along?" quote was cut short by the rapacious media, hungry for a soundbite. The full quote goes something like this:

"Why can't we all just get along? Can't a guy just get shitfaced on Colt '45, drive recklessly at high rates of speed, and plow his ride into a house without getting harassed by the cops?

Rodney King, modern day poet, to be sure.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Where's the apology, Janeane?

Found this gem in MRC's CyberAlert, quoting Bill O'Reilly's recent interview with Janeane Garofalo. Something tells me Comrade Garofalo won't be offering up any apologies, or recanting any of the nasty things she's spewed over the past couple of months.

O’Reilly: If you are wrong, all right, and if the United States -- and they will, this is going to happen -- goes in, liberates Iraq, people in the street, American flags, hugging our soldiers, all right, we find all kinds of bad, bad stuff, all right, in Iraq, you gonna apologize to George W. Bush?

Garofalo: I would be so willing to say I’m sorry, I hope to God that I can be made a buffoon of, that people will say you were wrong, you were a fatalist, and I will go to the White House on my knees on cut glass and say, hey, you were right, I shouldn’t have doubted you. But I think to think that is preposterous.


In other celebrity war news, Shannon Doherty offered this on Carson Daly's NBC late night gabfest: "I'm a Republican...I'm a big supporter of President Bush." Way the go, Shannon. Maybe I can forgive you for all those years on the WB's wretched show, Charmed.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

For those of you who think media coverage of the war is largely unbiased, here's a sober reality check from the Media Research Center.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

So, that little Iraq mess took all of 3 weeks to run its course. Where's all the fearsome resistance the Anti-War groups said coalition troops would face? Where's all the dead Americans, writhing in the sand, consumed with poison gas and nerve agents? Where's the populist rebellion against the evil imperialist invaders? Where's the fresh, mushrooming groundswell of anger from the "Arab Street"?

Thursday, April 03, 2003

3 great articles out today on the Affirmation Action issue. Here, here, and here. It's about time we address what this policy has really become: unconstitutional race discrimination.

I found the exchange between Clarence Thomas and the attorney defending University of Michigan's Affirmation Active admissions policy (mentioned in the Washington Post article) particularly amusing. Like Justice Thomas, I have also wondered whether a policy of race selection for the purpose of "diversity" should also apply to traditional black colleges. Apparently not. As the attorney noted, those schools "do have diverse student bodies". Based on the standards by which majority white colleges are held by some students and administrators, I truly doubt the black colleges would come close to achieving the "Diversity Seal of Approval".

Ultimately, the diversity angle, which is the Affirmative Action excuse de jour, all comes down to numbers. Exactly what are the ideal racial proportions to ensure a diverse campus? Is it 60% white, 20% black, 5% latino, 5% native, 10% miscellaneous? Does it mean minority white? Is that a minority of 50% minus 1, or some other number that represents a real minority, like 25%?

Should campuses reflect societal racial figures, as recorded in the 2000 census? In that case, Asians would get screwed, big time. They attend college in numbers disproportionately higher than their actual population would suggest. Does Wang Lee have to drop out under that scenario, or is he allowed to keep his diploma? Will his children be able to attend college, or will Wang have to spearhead a gigantic Asian breeding campaign to outpace blacks and hispanics before the next census, lest baby Lee be denied admission to Yale?

And on, and on...