You Never Know

Often, if not always, bad things happen for what are ultimately good reasons, though we can’t see it at the time.

Case in point, a hockey official who was cross-checked in the face by a player that he’d kicked out of the game. After the official was taken to the hospital to be patched up, doctors discovered a brain tumor.

The attack may have saved his life, but I’m sure the official was thinking anything but on his way to the hospital.

Just something to remember whenever we’re feeling sorry for ourselves in the ambulance of life. The reason is often right around the corner.

David Geffen Catches On Without Catching On

David Geffen once raised $18 million for Bill Clinton, but now he’s supporting Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination. Why? One of the main reasons Geffen is miffed at the dynamic duo of lies, deceit and half-staff zippers is because Bill Clinton didn’t pardon Leonard Peltier. Peltier was convicted in 1975 of killing two FBI agents and has become a cause celebre of the Hollywood establishment.

If we were to substitute the words “FBI agents” in the previous sentence with “actors,” my guess is that Peltier would have zero support in Hollywood, but hypothetical detail is neither here nor there for the purpose of this discussion.

Geffen has responded to his switch in support by saying, “Everybody in politics lies, but they (the Clintons) do it with such ease it’s troubling.”

Is Geffen just figuring out that the Clintons are liars? Hardly. Geffen’s abandoning of the Clinton ship reminds me of Dick Morris.

Morris, the ex-Clinton adviser, current political columnist and man who was a big fan of the oral hooker version of “this little piggy went to market” while on the phone with the president mumbling something about Bosnia, helped make the Clintons what they are today. Now Morris uses the Clinton platform he helped erect (pardon the expression) in the 90’s to give himself a resume sought after by the mainstream media, where he writes about what liars the Clintons are. Gee Dr. FrankenMorris, thanks for helping build that monster.

There are those, like Morris, who literally profited from their relationship with the Clintons even though they knew they were liars, and who turned on them once the money and power well ran dry. Then there are people like David Geffen, who may actually be well intentioned in their beliefs, no matter how misguided, but who were naive enough to think that career liars might be telling the truth in one or two instances.

What’s troubling about Geffen, and many other current and former Clinton fans for that matter, is that they were more than willing to support people they knew were lying bags of donkey exhaust as long as they were sharing a liberal agenda. But once the Clintons strayed from that fine line, they were jettisoned from camp-Geffen in short order.

You would hope that somebody wouldn’t like lying politicians because they’re lying politicians — but unfortunately a lot of people will support a lying politician as long as said politician is in their pockets, and vice-versa. For some people, lying is “noble” if it’s for a self-proclaimed higher purpose — this is why the Clintons have so many avid supporters, and yet so few real friends.

Here’s more on Geffen’s problem with Clinton’s pardoning the likes of Marc Rich instead of Leonard Peltier (the “follow the money” meter will explode when you try to detect the reason, David):

Geffen, who is supporting Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, also said: “Marc Rich getting pardoned? … Yet another time when the Clintons were unwilling to stand for the things that they genuinely believe in.”

Hey Mr. Geffen, maybe the Clintons were “unwilling to stand for the things they genuinely believe in” because they never genuinely believed in them — ya think?

"Find The Illegal Immigrant": The Controversial Game

A group of New York University Republicans are getting some campus beer bongs in a twist with the “Find the illegal immigrant” game, which is scheduled to be played today. From the sound of it, the game is kind of like a panty raid, but with people.

As soon as news of the game was made public, many started protesting, partially due to anger at the non-PC game, and perhaps somewhat because nobody wants to have to find another cafeteria dishwasher.

Here’s part of the story:

The game, appropriately (or inappropriately, depending on how you look at it) called “Find The Illegal Immigrant,” asks participants to search the campus for the “illegal immigrant,” and if you do, you’ll win a prize. Sponsored by the NYU College Republicans, it’s scheduled to be played tomorrow.

“It’s racist, and embarrassing for NYU,” law student Marcus Amelkin says.

No illegal immigrants are actually involved in the game, organizer Richard Rossi says. Rather, the game is meant to inspire dialogue and it’s in that spirit that the university is tolerating it.

Many students, however, are miffed at the school’s liberal attitude toward the game.

“I think it’s offensive,” Eugenia Kuri, a senior at NYU who is an international student from Mexico. “The way they are trying to make their point, a lot of people die trying to cross the border every day. I don’t think it should be made a joke of.”

Why is this happening? Maybe because there’s a feeling that somebody’s got to do something. We’re putting our actual border patrol in prison so I guess it’s up to college kids playing a game.

It also calls attention to what is a major problem in the United States, which is looking the other way at an illegal activity. To those who are offended by this game, let’s substitute the illegal activity of “illegal immigrant” with “car thief.” Yes, let’s pretend that perty little Becky Jo Nussbaum, a junior year Humanities major and All-American cheerleader, had her Honda Prius stolen.

Students immediately put together a game to “find the person who stole Becky’s car.” Everybody would be on board. But when it comes to the illegal activity of skipping across the border, nobody, not even high government officials, seem to care. And the chances are that the person who stole Becky’s car isn’t possibly connected with a terrorist organization either, but who gets the protection?

This is why “games” like this are popping up, and it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous because a group of students who are essentially making a joke because our government is so ineffective in addressing the problem with illegals are the “bad guys” here.

That said, the first game should have been, “Find the politician who won’t secure the border.” The illegals in this country are merely a byproduct of the real problem.

“Find The Illegal Immigrant”: The Controversial Game

A group of New York University Republicans are getting some campus beer bongs in a twist with the “Find the illegal immigrant” game, which is scheduled to be played today. From the sound of it, the game is kind of like a panty raid, but with people.

As soon as news of the game was made public, many started protesting, partially due to anger at the non-PC game, and perhaps somewhat because nobody wants to have to find another cafeteria dishwasher.

Here’s part of the story:

The game, appropriately (or inappropriately, depending on how you look at it) called “Find The Illegal Immigrant,” asks participants to search the campus for the “illegal immigrant,” and if you do, you’ll win a prize. Sponsored by the NYU College Republicans, it’s scheduled to be played tomorrow.

“It’s racist, and embarrassing for NYU,” law student Marcus Amelkin says.

No illegal immigrants are actually involved in the game, organizer Richard Rossi says. Rather, the game is meant to inspire dialogue and it’s in that spirit that the university is tolerating it.

Many students, however, are miffed at the school’s liberal attitude toward the game.

“I think it’s offensive,” Eugenia Kuri, a senior at NYU who is an international student from Mexico. “The way they are trying to make their point, a lot of people die trying to cross the border every day. I don’t think it should be made a joke of.”

Why is this happening? Maybe because there’s a feeling that somebody’s got to do something. We’re putting our actual border patrol in prison so I guess it’s up to college kids playing a game.

It also calls attention to what is a major problem in the United States, which is looking the other way at an illegal activity. To those who are offended by this game, let’s substitute the illegal activity of “illegal immigrant” with “car thief.” Yes, let’s pretend that perty little Becky Jo Nussbaum, a junior year Humanities major and All-American cheerleader, had her Honda Prius stolen.

Students immediately put together a game to “find the person who stole Becky’s car.” Everybody would be on board. But when it comes to the illegal activity of skipping across the border, nobody, not even high government officials, seem to care. And the chances are that the person who stole Becky’s car isn’t possibly connected with a terrorist organization either, but who gets the protection?

This is why “games” like this are popping up, and it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous because a group of students who are essentially making a joke because our government is so ineffective in addressing the problem with illegals are the “bad guys” here.

That said, the first game should have been, “Find the politician who won’t secure the border.” The illegals in this country are merely a byproduct of the real problem.

Recommendation for a Reader

A comment concerning my column a couple of weeks ago called “Save the planet, win a prize”:

i don’t understand how some people can not or will not face the fact that we human’s are killing our planet! this is not a joke to me! we can not put these gases and junk in our air and expect it to not do some kind of damage! get real! i do have a real idea on how to remove some of these gase’s but don’t know how to contact branson? thanks

Yes indeed, there is only one solution to this crisis (besides banning fossil fuel burning capital letters):

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Hillary's Being Truthful For A Change

I never thought I’d say this, but I believe Hillary:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday denied that her campaign traded money for an endorsement from one of South Carolina’s most influential black politicians.

I don’t doubt it. Since when do Democrats have to pay cash to secure the bulk of the vote from any minority group? This would be like giving cash to your dog to drag his butt across the carpet — it was going to happen anyway so it would be a colossal waste of money, even for a Democrat.

Hillary’s Being Truthful For A Change

I never thought I’d say this, but I believe Hillary:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday denied that her campaign traded money for an endorsement from one of South Carolina’s most influential black politicians.

I don’t doubt it. Since when do Democrats have to pay cash to secure the bulk of the vote from any minority group? This would be like giving cash to your dog to drag his butt across the carpet — it was going to happen anyway so it would be a colossal waste of money, even for a Democrat.

Dr. StrangeGore, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Global Warming

Word is that the University of Minnesota may give an honorary doctorate degree in climatology to Al Gore. The school will present Gore with a degree for his work on global warming after they give Mike Nifong his honorary doctorate in criminal justice.

Gore’s starting to get honorary doctorates for theories that are guesses at best (outright money grabs at worst), and he’s making money on films which allows him to travel by private jet and eloquently maintain his three large homes. Al’s even gone into the concert promoting biz, and is up for an Academy Award. Life is good.

I wonder if the degree ceremony for Gore’s work on global warming will end up being cancelled due to an ice and snowstorm, like this global warming conference was.

As for Gore’s doctorate, I wrote the following in a column for The American Spectator last April, and it pretty much sums up why I’m baffled at the fawning over Gore and his cloudy crystal ball:

Gore-style meteorology, specifically climatology as it concerns global warming, seems to be one of those rare sciences for which the percentage of accuracy of predictions rises as the distance from the date in question increases.

To buy into this scientific convenience takes the same blind confidence required to believe an archer who tells you he can put an arrow through a soda can at 500 yards — the same person who you’ve noticed can’t hit a bale of hay from 10 feet away.

Ask the night sweat-suffering Gore what the world will look like in 100 years if the United States doesn’t sign on to the Kyoto Protocol, and you’ll be drawn a gloomy, and very specific, picture of our final days. Then ask him what the overnight low will be in Chattanooga two weeks from Thursday, and you’ll get an unresponsive stare. At some point during the conversation, Gore will excuse himself and go burn thousands of gallons of jet fuel to fly to an emergency summit meeting on ozone depletion.

As a side note, I find it fascinating that the climate somehow seems to know who the president is. When Al was veep for eight years, we didn’t hear a whisper about any of this. Then Bush gets in, and the ice caps start melting like a banana split in a sauna and hurricanes ravage the land. If Hillary wins, we’re all saved again.

Even the damned weather is partisan these days.

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“I’d like to thank all my Hollywood friends who are here tonight to show solidarity in combatting global warming. Those of you who got in your three-mile-per-gallon limos and headed for the red carpet, many of you after arriving in your private jets, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without you, none of this would have been possible.”