August 28, 2007

Senator Craig’s Non-Conservative Bathroom Adventures

He says he’s not gay. I couldn’t care less. The police report is highly uneventful and hardly worth the media fanfare covering the minor charges of “interference with privacy” and “disorderly conduct,” but he pleaded guilty anyway, and now regrets admitting guilt. With good reason too, as the available evidence would probably not have held up in court had Craig fought the charges.

But is he a hypocrite, as many have suggested, for being a conservative Republican while living a liberal social life? Hardly. Gays don’t have to support the legislation pushed by the homosexual lobby. You can be gay and oppose same-sex marriage at the same time. Blacks don’t have to support affirmative action. Women don’t have to support abortion. Christians don’t have to support prayer in schools.

Let’s not be so quick to accuse everyone of being a self-hater because they live a life that supposedly doesn’t fit their voting record. Let’s especially not use this incident to encourage Senator Craig to shed his conservative ideology and come out as the next gay-rights crusader.


August 24, 2007

John Couey Sentenced to Die

Filed under: Capital Punishment,Democrats,Politics,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:40 pm

Whenever a high profile killer is sentenced to death I like to see how the folks at Democratic Underground handle it. While I don’t support capital punishment I will hardly feel sorry for the man who kidnapped, raped and killed a nine-year-old girl. Many Democrats feel the same way, but a great number are preparing for John Couey’s vigil. Call our system barbaric if you want to, but it gave him at least 24 chances; one for every burglary arrest on his record.

If any part of our criminal justice system needs an immediate overhaul it’s not the death penalty, it’s the lax treatment we afford to repeat offenders.

August 20, 2007

Picking Pink

Filed under: Feminism,Interesting News — acepundit @ 6:58 pm

So I like blue not because my father beat out of me any preference for a less patriarchal color and got to me before Mattel did? I don’t think the pink-rejecting feminists will get a kick out of this:

LONDON (Reuters) – Boys like blue, girls like pink and there isn’t much anybody can do about it, researchers said on Monday in one of the first studies to show scientifically that there are gender-based color preferences.

Researchers said these differences may have a basis in evolution in which females developed a preference for reddish colors associated with riper fruit and healthier faces.

Recent studies have suggested there is a universal preference for “blue,” and there has not been much previous evidence to support the idea of sex differences when picking colors, said Anya Hurlbert, a neuroscientist at Newcastle University who led the study.

In the study, the researchers asked a group of men and women to look at about 1,000 pairs of colored rectangles on a computer screen in a dark room and pick the ones they liked best as quickly as possible.

Afterwards, Hurlbert and colleagues plotted the results along the color spectrum and found that while men prefer blue, women gravitate towards the pinker end of the blue spectrum.

For men, thinking about colors was less important because as hunters they just needed to spot something dark and shoot it, Hurlbert said.

August 14, 2007

Windows XP Installation Music

Filed under: Random Facts Info or Housekeeping — acepundit @ 7:56 pm

Runs at 5:20 but loops twice making it a 16-minute track. I’ve listened to the whole thing and you can too if you’re still running XP.

Click Start.

Select Run.

Type: C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\images\title.wma

Your default music player will start playing it automatically, or you can alternatively seek it out from your directory. It’s a mellow tune and reminds me of starting up a brand new PC for the first time. Good times. Good times.

Security Guard Wanted: If You Can Read This Sign You’re Overqualified

Filed under: Interesting News — acepundit @ 7:32 pm

Was a line from tonight’s Simpsons episode. And now a quote from a professor at my alma matter:

HOUSTON – In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor. Now William Lewis says his baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.

“I’ve got to wonder what kind of moron would Tase an adult holding a baby,” said George Kirkham, a former police officer and criminologist at Florida State University. “It doesn’t take rocket science to realize the baby is going to fall.”

From the story it appears the security guard in question is a Houston police officer who was moonlighting off-duty at the facility which means he has some kind of formal training that goes beyond the requirements to be a security guard. What was going through his head at the time will hopefully be explained in further detail if he cares to justify his actions.

August 12, 2007

Let ‘Em Have Their Book

Filed under: Feminism,Politics — acepundit @ 2:11 pm

Kim Gandy of the National Organization for Women resents the success of a book that teaches boys to be boys:

One of this year’s best-selling books, The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, attempts to re-engage boys (and their dads) in the art of tying knots and building tree houses. While it may be a noble endeavor to inspire an interest in nature and hands-on adventure in today’s kids, why should this message be geared specifically toward boys? Proponents of single-sex education must love this book, with its message that boys and girls are “quite different.”

Because boys and girls are “quite different.” Because girls prefer dolls and makeup to skinned knees and tree climbing. Because delusional feminists refuse to acknowledge the basic but obvious gender differences that explain why a majority of young girls would be wholly uninterested in a book about tying knots.

Feminists dream of a completely gender-neutral society where boys are equally encouraged to play with Barbies and easy bake ovens. In anticipation of the day when boys will be born with uteruses, they are trying to stop the supposed gender-role stereotypes that “The Dangerous Book for Boys” perpetuates.

Is life for young girls so miserable that they must be included in every activity once considered a boy’s hobby? I don’t foresee too many men complaining when “The Dangerous Book for Girls” is released in the near future.

August 10, 2007

Filed Under Dense Campaign Comments

Filed under: Elections,Interesting News,Politics — acepundit @ 7:00 pm

I didn’t hear it when he said it, so I don’t know the context, but politicians have to be keenly aware that everything they say on the campaign trail can and will be broken down into perfectly honed sound byte weapons.

On Thursday in Cincinnati Rudy Giuliani apparently opined that he was at ground zero “as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”

Ouch. Yeah, that was probably not the wisest comment to make, even if he didn’t mean to say that he’s more of a hero than the police officers, firefighters, and crewmembers who labored tirelessly at ground zero.

“I think I could have said it better,” he told radio host Mike Gallagher in the biggest understatement of the day.

Yep, I’d say you could have, but like all the candidates you’ll continually say stupid things as long as you’re running. It’s what presidential candidates do when they’re not keeping their mouths busy by kissing babies.

Silence is the New Jesus

Filed under: Politics,Religion,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:09 pm

At least one Texas couple believes the state has gone too far by requiring students to observe a moment of silence before the commencement of classes. Governor Rick Perry and a school district have been sued over the alleged child abuse:

David Wallace Croft and his wife, Shannon, of Carrollton, Texas, have three children at Rosemeade Elementary and argue that the moment of silence is unconstitutional and amounts to state-sanctioned school prayer.

The couple has a history of complaints against religious-affiliated words and images in schools, having previously complained about Boy Scout rallies held during school, fliers sent home about Good News Bible Club meetings and the inclusion of “Silent Night” and a Hanukkah song in holiday concerts, according to report.

Krista Moody, a spokeswoman for Perry, said the moment of silence law that the Crofts filed a suit against on March 1, 2006, was passed in 2003 and calls for students to observe a moment of silence after reciting pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags each day.

Not much to say on this one. I guess if you tried…really hard, you could somehow almost see how standing in a moment of silence is tantamount to forcing prayer into a young impressionable mind. Leave that crap to the Boy Scouts.

August 9, 2007

Tweaking Evolution Theory

Filed under: Interesting News,Politics,Religion — acepundit @ 10:46 am

It’s a significant discovery, especially since the so-called people of science who look down on the religious as retarded flat-earthers are so damn sure about the origins of life:

WASHINGTON – Surprising research based on two African fossils suggests our family tree is more like a wayward bush with stubby branches, challenging what had been common thinking on how early humans evolved.

The discovery by Meave Leakey, a member of a famous family of paleontologists, shows that two species of early human ancestors lived at the same time in Kenya. That pokes holes in the chief theory of man’s early evolution — that one of those species evolved from the other.

And it further discredits that iconic illustration of human evolution that begins with a knuckle-dragging ape and ends with a briefcase-carrying man.

It was once believed for the longest time that Homo sapiens evolved from Neanderthals. Now it’s apparently the case that we’re completely unrelated. Some scientists and researchers are downplaying this minor revision:

Susan Anton, a New York University anthropologist and co-author of the Leakey work, said she expects anti-evolution proponents to seize on the new research, but said it would be a mistake to try to use the new work to show flaws in evolution theory.

“This is not questioning the idea at all of evolution; it is refining some of the specific points,” Anton said. “This is a great example of what science does and religion doesn’t do. It’s a continous (sic) self-testing process.”

So the defense here is that it’s okay for science to keep disproving itself because whenever one theory is discredited a new one takes its place! If finding out that we in fact don’t come from Neanderthals isn’t a “flaw in evolution theory” then neither was discovering the link between cigarettes and cancer a flaw in the earliest research of tobacco that saw so no health risks.

And of course Susan Anton had to exploit religion in her defense of this “new evolution” despite the fact that religion has nothing to do with this debate. Even if it’s absolutely the case that man evolved from an earlier species you can’t rule out the possibility that it was started by a higher being. But don’t tell Susan Anton. She’s too busy being smarter and more enlightened than the rest of us.

August 7, 2007

Firefighters Forced to Attend Gay Pride Parade

Filed under: Interesting News,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:56 pm

Trying to clean up its image the FDNY halted the production of its annual firefighters calendar once a racy “Guys Gone Wild” video of a nude fireman featured in their calendar surfaced on the internet.

Apparently the ethical standards are a little different on the west coast where four firefighters were ordered to participate in Gay Pride Parade and be subjected to sexual harassment. One of the firefighters said he endured more stress during the parade than in his years of “finding bodies in burning buildings” and “traffic accidents with kids.”

The firefighters plan to sue the city and have recently filed a complaint that contains some pretty explicit language describing what they endured and the treatment they received from ogling homosexuals and parade attendees.

It will be interesting to see what kind of response comes out of this, whether it be an acknowledgement of the lewdness at Gay Pride parades, or a condemnation against the firefighters and their supporters for being bigots in need of tolerance training.

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