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Archive for August 26th, 2007

His / Hers and ….

Posted by Ryan on August 26, 2007

You can’t make this stuff up!  The University of Vermont has installed “gender neutral restrooms” in the new student center at about $2500 a pop.  These include a toilet, a sink, a shower and a lockable door.  Well, one problem solved only creates a new one sometimes.  Some trans-gendered students (by the way, could somebody give me a working definition for that term?) have felt awkward about using existing public facilities, but others feel awkward about having to use the new ones, which would single them out and raise questions about how their gender would be read by others.  Hmm… OK. So, UVM put them up, demonstrating yet another example of a way that college life does not resemble real life.

Some students and moral advocates have a problem with this special treatment.  Civil rights in America has always been about the struggle for equal rights.  The problems lately have been more about enforcing special rights.  What if older women felt uncomfortable in the shower rooms because the younger women are prettier?  Should they get their own facilities, too?  Vice versa for men.  What if band geeks (I’m talking real deep-down tried and true hardcore band geeks) feel awkward sharing facilities with the jocks?  Should they be made to feel uncomfortable or discriminated against?  When does this stop?  We have discrimination laws on the books and recourse for those who’ve been victims of abuse.  Placating like this does nothing but aggrivate the issue beyond its original bounds.

University of Toronto pic.

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Drooling Too Soon

Posted by Ryan on August 26, 2007

At the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference this weekend, prominent Republicans seemed to be foaming at the mouth in delight at the prospect of a She Who Must Not Be Named general election campaign.  Some Republicans had an “anybody but her” attitude, others weren’t too clear on who they wanted competing against her, and some worried about turnout next year. 

One thing is absolutely clear to me:  she will be their nominee if things keep on this course.  O’Bama’s wife knocked SWMNBN this week, Edwards knocked her too– then both campaigns subsequently distanced themselves from the comments as being directed towards her.  I know Edwards and O’Bama can only hope to run for Vice President at this point, but do they have to make it so obvious while simultaneously showing us how spineless they really are?  With nearly 100% name recognition and her viable opponents not even attacking her, she will win the Democrat nomination. 

I think we could beat her in the general election depending on our nominee.  SWMNBN’s supporters say that the Republicans drooled over her getting into the New York Senate race in 2000, and look what happened.  Yes, she won, after her main competitor, then New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left the race due to cancer!  He could have even beaten her… pre-9/11 at that!  Alas, Rick Lazio was an inexperienced stand-in, plus, lest we forget, she ran in New York, not nationwide. 

There are many skeletons in her closet and America is not apt elect a “Victim-in-Chief” candidate during the War on Terror when she tries to play the “poor me, those evil Republicans, boo hoo” card in the general.  That guff may have worked in the ’90s, but not today.  But, like I qualified earlier, it depends on having a nominee to get out the vote– we can count on some, but not enough, negative turnout to swamp the polls to prevent that cow from becoming our 44th President.  Let us choose wisely. 

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Brzezinski Loves Barry

Posted by Ryan on August 26, 2007

Friday, Democratic Presidential candidate Barry O’Bama got a “boost” from a premiere Democratic foreign policy “expert”, Jimmah Carter’s own, Zbigniew Brzezinski

Brzezinski believes that O’Bama has the historical sense to repair the damages that the Bushies have done to America’s reputation in the world.  He actually liked what O’Bama had to say about unconditionally talking to and possibly making deals with our sworn enemies.  He did knock She Who Must Not be Named, essentially saying that being First Lady doesn’t prepare you to be President.  However, it seems Brzezinski forgot about the “two-for-one” co-presidency theme of the 1992 Presidential campaign, when it was obvious that we were electing SWMNBN and her husband Bill.

The fact that Brzezinski is considered a “paragon of foreign policy eminence” in the article shows how wacky things have gotten in the minds of Washington Post reporters and editorial staff.  In case you forgot, Brzezinski was National Security Advisor to Jimmah during those dark times of the Carter years.  So, the much lauded Democrat’s “paragon of foreign policy eminence” was advising Jimmah during the Iran Hostage Crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the collapse of SALT II, the 1980 US Olympic Boycott, the OPEC squeeze that produced gas-lines here at home, the Cambodian genocide, the communist infiltration of Central America, just to name a few wonderful foreign policy horrors under his tenure.  Jimmah was the primary character in that foreign policy freak show back then, but the man whose job was to advise him on national security issues had to have some impact… all while Brzezinski’s reputation was being “hawkish.”  So he likes Barry.  Good for Mr. O’Bama, at least someone does.  

AP photo.

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