Thursday Wrap-Up

1 04 2010

Most of these news items were from yesterday or the day before.  You certainly can’t trust today’s news!

(1)  In passing of an article where President Obama defends the recently-enacted, HCR, the President states that:

he would not select a church while living in the White House. “What we have decided for now is not to join a single church, and the reason is because Michelle and I have realized we are very disruptive to services,” he said.

Or rather, he knows how the last church he selected worked out for him.

I certainly hope and he and the First Lady find the right mosque to serve their spiritual needs.

Oooh, I didn’t just say that, did I?  Have I gone too far, or have I not gone far enough?

(2)  Jamie Escalante, whose life and work was the subject of the movie Stand and Deliver, passed away two days ago at the age of 79.

A lot of people are heaping praise on him.  But before we get too carried away, let us not forget that he was able to cherry-pick students into his advanced math classes.  He didn’t labor under the delusion that every Hispanic peasant child had the ability to learn calculus.  In that, he was what education should be, and that is devoting the most resources to the best and most capable students.

(3)  A Bethlehem, Penn. hospital will soon start screening potential new hires for nicotine, and reject the smokers.  One of the supposed reasons they don’t want to hire smokers is because they have to keep health care costs under control.

Hello?  You’re a HOSPITAL.  All the doctors work for you.  You own all the medical technology that is used in treating people who are suffering from side effects of smoking cigarettes.  Really, what is the extra marginal expense for you to treat your smoker employees for things like lung cancer?

(4)  All the years of trying to explain to people why Wal-Mart has been deleterious for the working middle classes?  Falls on deaf ears.  JibJab makes a video called Big Box Mart?  People get it.

Steve Sailer just might have the same thing for explaining the subprime mortgage folly.

(5)  A group of five dozen or so Muslim Federal prisoners are suing the Yankee government over their not having enough visitation rights to their family and friends.  Remember, they’re probably in prison for some sort of terrorist conspiracies or actual terrorist actions, (save those like the Liberty City Seven who were victims of entrapment), so there’s probably a good reason for minimizing their time communicating with the outside world — You never know what secret hand signal they’re going to make in order to instruct a sleeper cell in Chicago that it’s time to commit more acts of terrorism.  Hell, if this lawsuit is successful, we might as well convert their prison cells to TV studios for Al-Jazeera.

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