Monthly Archives: August 2006

Monday’s Column: Bill Cosby’s Battle Against Poverty and it’s Pimps

For regular readers here, today’s column has been covered a bit here on the blog, but I reworked the topic a bit and turned it into the weekly offering over at WorldNetDaily.

Comedian Bill Cosby has been speaking in recent years in mostly minority communities about personal responsibility, the importance of education, and more. This has caused a bit of controversy among some circles. Why?

Give a read to “Cos & Effect” for more.

Holy Jihad Brigades Prove They're Also "Fair and Balanced," Release Fox News Reporters

Good news: Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig have been released from captivity after being held by a group calling itself the “Holy Jihad Brigades.”

The “Holy Jihad Brigades” is a previously unknown group, but just the latest in a long line of terror organizations whose names sound like they were pulled straight from a “Superfriends” cartoon. Someday, one of these groups will unwittingly call themselves “The Legion of Doom” and the world can finally laugh in unison.

More on the reporter and cameraman’s release from the Sydney Morning Herald:

They hugged colleagues inside the hotel lobby before running up the stairs to a higher floor, Fox News footage showed.

“Our heroes are home,” Fox anchorman Shepard Smith said in a live broadcast from New York.

In order to get released, the two appeared on camera to declare that they had converted to Islam:

In a videotape released earlier, Centanni and Wiig were shown separately sitting cross-legged, reading statements announcing that they had converted to Islam. At times in the video they were wearing long Muslim robes.

“I changed my name to Khaled. I have embraced Islam and say the word Allah,” Centanni said.

This probably means that the pair won’t be able to get a plane ticket home and are now on a terror watch list somewhere, but still, this is good news.

One last thing, let’s lay off any criticism of these guys for converting to Islam to appease their captors. We all know that if we were in a similar situation, if we knew it made our captors less likely to want to detach our heads, we’d not only convert to Islam, but we’d offer to Scotch-Gard their prayer rugs for them, call America “the great Satan,” hurl insults at the Osmonds, babysit their terrorist friends’ kids and take their belt-bombs to the dry cleaners for them (medium starch) if it meant getting released unharmed.

Welcome back, guys.

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Holy Jihad Brigades Prove They’re Also “Fair and Balanced,” Release Fox News Reporters

Good news: Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig have been released from captivity after being held by a group calling itself the “Holy Jihad Brigades.”

The “Holy Jihad Brigades” is a previously unknown group, but just the latest in a long line of terror organizations whose names sound like they were pulled straight from a “Superfriends” cartoon. Someday, one of these groups will unwittingly call themselves “The Legion of Doom” and the world can finally laugh in unison.

More on the reporter and cameraman’s release from the Sydney Morning Herald:

They hugged colleagues inside the hotel lobby before running up the stairs to a higher floor, Fox News footage showed.

“Our heroes are home,” Fox anchorman Shepard Smith said in a live broadcast from New York.

In order to get released, the two appeared on camera to declare that they had converted to Islam:

In a videotape released earlier, Centanni and Wiig were shown separately sitting cross-legged, reading statements announcing that they had converted to Islam. At times in the video they were wearing long Muslim robes.

“I changed my name to Khaled. I have embraced Islam and say the word Allah,” Centanni said.

This probably means that the pair won’t be able to get a plane ticket home and are now on a terror watch list somewhere, but still, this is good news.

One last thing, let’s lay off any criticism of these guys for converting to Islam to appease their captors. We all know that if we were in a similar situation, if we knew it made our captors less likely to want to detach our heads, we’d not only convert to Islam, but we’d offer to Scotch-Gard their prayer rugs for them, call America “the great Satan,” hurl insults at the Osmonds, babysit their terrorist friends’ kids and take their belt-bombs to the dry cleaners for them (medium starch) if it meant getting released unharmed.

Welcome back, guys.

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NASCAR On The Radio?

On those rarest of occasions when everybody in the house is asleep and I’m not, there’s nothing enjoy more than watching someting on the TV with the volume down, in this case the Tampa Bay/Jacksonville NFL preseason game, and then putting my headphones on and dialing up my favorite music station.

It’s relaxing, it’s borderline spiritual, and it’s… not happening tonight.

My “go to” music station carries NASCAR races. It’s nothing new. They’ve done if for years. It’s just that I don’t get it.

I follow the sport quite a bit, but auto racing on the radio is like sex… on the radio. Yeah, that turns some people on, hence the fact that it’s broadcast, but there’s really something missing. Maybe it’s because the audio reminds me too much of that nightmarish time I changed a tire on the shoulder of the freeway during rush hour.

Bill Cosby's Uphill Battle Against Downhill Politics

What’s the worst political label you can have these days? Commie-lib? Evil conservative? Nah, I’m starting to think that label is “non-partisan,” especially if it encroaches on an area that happens to be a hunting ground for the fiercely partisan, is about the worst thing you can be called.

History may record it as a bit disturbing but, appropriately, somewhat funny, that it took a comedian to wake people up to the importance of parenting and responsibility.

While our politicians – most of whom simply adore placating the poor with empty rhetoric so they can squeeze votes from them like an orange juicer – sit idly by, a comedian and successful sitcom star, is taking more action that will actually have a positive impact on peoples’ lives than all the politicians put together. Yes, the guy who created Fat Albert is light years ahead of most Democrats and Republicans in providing a message that will actually help the poor not be poor. If it works, Democrats and Republicans will then fight for credit.

Bill Cosby continues his ongoing barnstorming tour where he travels to schools in mostly minority areas and spreads a message of responsible fatherhood, preventing teen pregnancy, and the importance of education. This, not surprisingly, is often controversial.

Here’s what makes Cosby’s message pack a whollup: He seems to have no political agenda.

Here’s what makes Cosby’s message so “controversial”: He seems to have no political agenda.

It’s this non-partisan approach that brings on the criticism of Cosby. When we hear that Cosby’s words are “controversial,” much of this criticism is coming from people with a political agenda. In other words, these are folks who have a vested financial interest and/or power base concerns that are derived from the poor. They don’t call ’em “The Projects” for nothing.

Cosby’s speeches are often peppered with common sense that was at one time in this country a no-brainer, but that needs to be said. Take this bit from the Baltimore Sun:

Although Cosby was serious most of the time, he got a big round of laughter after taking a question about the black middle class. Asked whether middle-class blacks do enough to help the poor, he said:“If a man graduates from college and makes $90,000 and marries a woman that makes $120,000, then why should they have to live in a one bedroom apartment in the projects?”

Cosby’s economic concept is brilliant in its simplicity, and is basic common sense: We should first do our part to help the poor by not being poor ourselves.

This is accomplished by heeding the remainder of his message, which is get educated, raise your own children, and stop listening to counterproductive garbage that degrades everybody within listening distance.

A simple Google search for “Bill Cosby wrong” produces a slew of articles, columns and commentary titled with some variation of “Is Bill Cosby right?”

The very fact that so many deem it necessary to ask that question supplies it’s own answer in the affirmative.

Cosby’s message is often maligned (here’s one), but the fact is that it needs to be expanded further than just minority communities. Lack of education, teen pregnancy, hideous pop culture messages, and the importance of the role of parents isn’t exclusive to any particular racial or ethnic group.

Maybe if Cosby peppered his speeches with anti-Bush rhetoric his message would catch on with more of his critics, but Cosby doesn’t appear to care about that. That would be so easy to do, which is why Cosby doesn’t do it. You can’t preach that the “easy way out” isn’t always the best way to go when you’re taking that road yourself.

Maybe if Cosby’s speeches were filled with calls for more Federal spending in urban areas his message would catch on more with his critics. Where there’s money, there’s somebody handing out money. And where there’s somebody handing out money, there’s someone with full control over the lives of others. Bill Cosby has stated that he’s opposed to pimping, so that’s out.

The critical response to Cosby is often some variation of “Get with it Bill, not all black men beat their wives, abandon their kids, drop out of school and listen to vulgar hip-hop music!”

Of course not, but this is like telling Mother Teresa, “Hey Ma-T, not everybody in the world is starving, you know!”

Bill Cosby, in Mother Teresa-esque fashion, recognizes that there is starvation in America. This time though, the hunger is moral and intellectual in nature.

The old saying, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day — teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life” comes to mind. Cosby’s trouble is that he’s trying to teach people to fish, and the politicians and activists who sell fish are more than a little concerned about their business going under.

Well done, Mr. Cosby. It’s all uphill from here.

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Bill Cosby’s Uphill Battle Against Downhill Politics

What’s the worst political label you can have these days? Commie-lib? Evil conservative? Nah, I’m starting to think that label is “non-partisan,” especially if it encroaches on an area that happens to be a hunting ground for the fiercely partisan, is about the worst thing you can be called.

History may record it as a bit disturbing but, appropriately, somewhat funny, that it took a comedian to wake people up to the importance of parenting and responsibility.

While our politicians – most of whom simply adore placating the poor with empty rhetoric so they can squeeze votes from them like an orange juicer – sit idly by, a comedian and successful sitcom star, is taking more action that will actually have a positive impact on peoples’ lives than all the politicians put together. Yes, the guy who created Fat Albert is light years ahead of most Democrats and Republicans in providing a message that will actually help the poor not be poor. If it works, Democrats and Republicans will then fight for credit.

Bill Cosby continues his ongoing barnstorming tour where he travels to schools in mostly minority areas and spreads a message of responsible fatherhood, preventing teen pregnancy, and the importance of education. This, not surprisingly, is often controversial.

Here’s what makes Cosby’s message pack a whollup: He seems to have no political agenda.

Here’s what makes Cosby’s message so “controversial”: He seems to have no political agenda.

It’s this non-partisan approach that brings on the criticism of Cosby. When we hear that Cosby’s words are “controversial,” much of this criticism is coming from people with a political agenda. In other words, these are folks who have a vested financial interest and/or power base concerns that are derived from the poor. They don’t call ’em “The Projects” for nothing.

Cosby’s speeches are often peppered with common sense that was at one time in this country a no-brainer, but that needs to be said. Take this bit from the Baltimore Sun:

Although Cosby was serious most of the time, he got a big round of laughter after taking a question about the black middle class. Asked whether middle-class blacks do enough to help the poor, he said:“If a man graduates from college and makes $90,000 and marries a woman that makes $120,000, then why should they have to live in a one bedroom apartment in the projects?”

Cosby’s economic concept is brilliant in its simplicity, and is basic common sense: We should first do our part to help the poor by not being poor ourselves.

This is accomplished by heeding the remainder of his message, which is get educated, raise your own children, and stop listening to counterproductive garbage that degrades everybody within listening distance.

A simple Google search for “Bill Cosby wrong” produces a slew of articles, columns and commentary titled with some variation of “Is Bill Cosby right?”

The very fact that so many deem it necessary to ask that question supplies it’s own answer in the affirmative.

Cosby’s message is often maligned (here’s one), but the fact is that it needs to be expanded further than just minority communities. Lack of education, teen pregnancy, hideous pop culture messages, and the importance of the role of parents isn’t exclusive to any particular racial or ethnic group.

Maybe if Cosby peppered his speeches with anti-Bush rhetoric his message would catch on with more of his critics, but Cosby doesn’t appear to care about that. That would be so easy to do, which is why Cosby doesn’t do it. You can’t preach that the “easy way out” isn’t always the best way to go when you’re taking that road yourself.

Maybe if Cosby’s speeches were filled with calls for more Federal spending in urban areas his message would catch on more with his critics. Where there’s money, there’s somebody handing out money. And where there’s somebody handing out money, there’s someone with full control over the lives of others. Bill Cosby has stated that he’s opposed to pimping, so that’s out.

The critical response to Cosby is often some variation of “Get with it Bill, not all black men beat their wives, abandon their kids, drop out of school and listen to vulgar hip-hop music!”

Of course not, but this is like telling Mother Teresa, “Hey Ma-T, not everybody in the world is starving, you know!”

Bill Cosby, in Mother Teresa-esque fashion, recognizes that there is starvation in America. This time though, the hunger is moral and intellectual in nature.

The old saying, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day — teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life” comes to mind. Cosby’s trouble is that he’s trying to teach people to fish, and the politicians and activists who sell fish are more than a little concerned about their business going under.

Well done, Mr. Cosby. It’s all uphill from here.

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The Pluto Scam

**Warning: this blog post contains no “Uranus” or Mickey Mouse’s dog jokes whatsoever, and some sharp, pointy sarcasm – proceed with caution

It is with a heavy heart brought upon by a jaded mood of late that leads me to make one dire speculation, and I’ll just dispense with any setup and go ahead and say it: The International Astronomical Union is in bed financially with the publishers of school textbooks.

There. Whew! Like Pamela Anderson after the replacement of a faulty implant, it sure does feel good to get that off my chest.

By now you’ve probably heard that the scientists at the International Astronomical Union have encroached on unfamiliar territory. No, they didn’t kiss a girl, but rather they got together and decided that something we’ve been taught for 76 years is, in fact, wrong.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

Pluto, a planet since 1930, got the boot because it didn’t meet the new rules, which say a planet not only must orbit the sun and be large enough to assume a nearly round shape, but must ”clear the neighborhood around its orbit.” That disqualifies Pluto, whose oblong orbit overlaps Neptune’s, downsizing the solar system.

When you think about it, if Pluto falls off the planet list under the new rules, then Michael Moore will have to be added.

Pluto will now be known by almost everybody but me as a “dwarf planet.” Political Correctness obviously hasn’t infiltrated the field of astrophysics, or they’d know that this should be referred to as a “little planet.” What’s next, a “midget sun”? Some sensitivity training is in order for the slide-rulers.

It’s the “new rules” that got me. How often will astronomers be allowed to change the rules? Giving astrophysicists autonomy over the heavens can only spell disaster, not to mention culminate in ensuring that when we colonize space, nobody gets laid.

Why not just assign the new definition to all subsequent discoveries and leave Pluto alone? This is known by the practical and/or people watching somebody being wheeled into the chapel to marry Anna Nicole Smith as getting “grandfathered in.” Why? Because there’s a fortune to be made in “new edition” textbooks.

When I was in my late teens and early 20’s and going to college, each semester would bring with it a “new edition” of every textbook, the prices of which were apparently set by OPEC. I’d flip through the “old” version and the “new” version, and there would be one or two altered paragraphs out of 600 pages.

Seriously, people bitch about gas prices, and the textbook people stay under the radar? Rise up, parents! Forget about Billy’s beer bong that you found under his bunk bed in the dorm, the space people have obviously gotten together with the publishing people to pull off the scam of the century!

“Technically Doug, the ‘century’ is only five years old, since the new millen…”

“Shut up, Melvin!”

I’m still recognizing Pluto as a regular planet, and boycotting any “new” textbook. They can have my planet Pluto when they pry it from my cold dead telescope.

Nice try, fellas, but we’re on to you.

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Air Marshals Dress Code Changed, That Sound You Hear Is Hundreds Of Brown Ties Hitting The Trash Can

When the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel designated the Federal Air Marshal Service as “company of the month” for the number of rooms they reserved, the Air Marshals knew there may be a problem with their increasingly futile quest to remain undercover.

Not only that, but Air Marshals were subjected to a dress code that risked making them stand out in a crowd to say the least. Now we’re told that’s been taken care of:

Federal Air Marshal Service chief Dana Brown, who has been in the job for five months, said he was changing the rules, starting Sept. 1, after listening to air marshals’ concerns.

In a memo to the air marshals, Brown said the dress code was changed to “allow you to blend in and not direct attention to yourself, as well as be sufficiently functional to enable you to conduct your law enforcement responsibilities.”

And now, without further adieu, here are the new and improved undercover air marshal uniforms:

 

To Keillor A Mockingbird

In Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Atticus tells his children, “shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Miss Maudie explains this to the kids: “You’re father’s right. Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.”

So, to quickly segue to the point, in the war against terrorism, which side is closest to the mockingbird, and which side is best represented by the blue jay?

Garrison Keillor’s op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star, entitled “Once again, politicians fail those who died on 9/11,” makes it clear: America, especially certain Americans, are blue jays.

I’m singling out the Keillor piece for example purposes only. Everybody knows that Garrison Keillor is a “feelings should rule the world” liberal to the nth degree and that the drinking water in Lake Wobegon is obviously contaminated with a quirky offshoot strain of the Stockholm Syndrome virus, but at first when I read his column, I was surprised. I was in agreement… at first:

It was painful to hear the woman in anguish on the 83rd floor of the World Trade Center, crying, “I’m going to die, aren’t I? I’m going to die.”

Melissa Doi was 32, beautiful, with laughing eyes and black hair. She was lying on the floor of her office at IQ Financial, overwhelmed by smoke and heat, calling for help. And then there was Kevin Cosgrove on the 105th floor, moments before it collapsed, gasping for breath, saying, “We’re young men, we’re not ready to die.” And then he screamed “Oh my God” as the building started to collapse. It’s in their voices, what they went through.

Those were two of the 1,613 calls to 911 released by New York City last week, on almost all of which the caller’s voice was beeped out. The city argued that to hear persons in anguish in their last minutes constitutes invasion of privacy. The truth is that the callers had no interest in privacy, they were desperate to be heard, and censoring them now is a last insult by a bureaucracy that failed to protect them in the first place.

So far so good. Yes, we need to be reminded of that horrific day on a regular basis, a fact that the mainstream media, run in great part by Keillor’s liberal pals, refuse to do under the guise of not wanting to “sensationalize” 9/11. However, they seem to have little trouble talking about the JonBenet Ramsey murder 24/7 these days or showing deaths in Lebanon said to have been caused by Israel.

Then it all falls apart. Keillor goes on to castigate President Bush, lovingly referred to as “The Current Occupant,” along with Rudolph Guiliani.

Keillor says Guiliani was at fault for New York’s lack of preparedness, and also that the Mayor fled uptown during the attack instead of toward the disaster. Bush stood upon the pile of WTC rubble in a show of patriotic tableau, according to Keillor.

Let’s get this straight: If politicians flee, they’re cowards, and if they stand and attempt to rally the nation in the wake of an attack, they’re playing politics with peoples’ lives?

Keillor’s not abnormal as far as liberals go. He thinks we need to be reminded of that day, but not by Republicans. If a Republican politician attempts to rally the country in the wake of an attack, they’re engaging in dangerous nationalism. It’s all the fault of politicians for not addressing the problem, but when they do, they’re fear-mongering or usurping our civil rights. I’m no particular fan of politicians in general, but even I wouldn’t attempt to create such an ironclad Catch-22 for our leaders.

Through all Keillor’s finger-pointing, there is no mention of the delinquencies of the Clinton administration as it concerns thwarting terrorism in the 90’s, very little castigation of the people who want us all dead in the first place, and no praise for those who are giving the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free — the latter are simply addressed as additional senseless casualties.

The mainstream liberal view of 9/11 is that America did something to invite all this horror, like campers who kept their food in their sleeping bags while in bear country. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

If “To Kill a Mockingbird” were authored by Garrison Keillor & Friends, Atticus would have told his children, “shoot all the mockingbirds you like, for their singing causes the blue jays to ravage the garden.”

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