A Skunk By Any Other Name

Did you hear? The National Association of Scholars is asking the US Department of Education to strip the American Bar Association of its law school accrediting role. George Leef has this whole big thing about it up over at the Pope Center website. The beef is over diversity, which is a sticky wicket I'll avoid for now. I'll just add to the discussion something that George conveniently left out: the National Association of Scholars is a right-wing organization.

I know, the big puffy name "National Association of Scholars" sounds very reputable, and there are some very bright folks on their board of advisors, but they are nearly all far to the right of anything like the mainstream. It's a special-interest group.

Alleged Thief a "Helms Family" Favorite Son

Claude Allen, the former domestic policy advisor for President Bush and former staffer for Jesse Helms, was arrested recently on charges of theft. He allegedly purchased items ranging from $2.50 to $525 and after placing them in his car, returned to the store with his receipt and picked another off the shelf to return and receive a refund.

Republicans would have a field day if any other man stole items in this way. No excuse would be good enough because being poor, hungry or having been raised in a crime-ridden public housing neighborhood simply isn't an excuse. Having an addiction, illness or being homeless or cold, isn't a good enough excuse either.

More on the flip side

The cost of war

Nothing conceptual here. Just another disastrous economic fact to report. Dear Leader's war on terror is now costing $9.8 billion per month. That's right. Nearly $10 billion a month.

Best current predictions for the total cost? One fucking trillion dollars.

Scott Wallsten, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, put the direct cost to the United States at $212 billion as of last September and estimates a "global cost" of $500 billion to date with another $500 billion possible, with most of the total borne by the United States.

Groaners

Sorry. Someone had to do it.

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The Stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!"

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."

More SMF: It's Carrboro!

[Brian emailed this in:]

It's Carrboro!
Lyrics: Brian Risk, Billy McCormick
Music: Brian Risk

It's Carrboro was born when local singer-songwriter Billy Sugarfix (Evil Wiener) complained to me that he hated venturing outside of the town of Carrboro. The song debuted March 11th on WCOM and since then has been requested to be played at some Carrboro events.

National News Roundup 3/18

From The Washington Post: Carolina Wins! ....and so do NC State, Boston College and Dook. Mary Landrieu(D-La) and the Republicans vote to destroy Alaska so that New Orleans will get a few bucks. Rep. John Boehner not very different from DeLay afterall. Secret Service agents impersonate reporters from Fox News and receive verbal reprimand.

From The New York Times: Graft in New Orleans? Nah...say it ain't so! Congress maxes out the new debt ceiling. Judges (Thank you, thank you, thank you) vote for clean air and healthy lungs by overturning a clean-air regulation of Bush administration that would have eased restrictions on pollution producing industries.

There's a bit more on the flip side..

Deborah Potter Hearts Screwy Hoolie

{Cross posted from Scrutiny Hooligans

John Armor, Republican candidate for Congress against Charles Taylor in North Carolina's 11th district, sent an open letter to the media in response to a Taylor camp "whisper campaign". The letter lambasts Taylor's press secretary, Deborah Potter, for misrepresenting him in an email she sent to Armor friend, Don Yelton.

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