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News & Views, 2/15/05


“OK .. here's the deal. It's January 15th; the MLK Holiday. They're having a civil rights march in Columbus. A woman writes a letter complaining about the conduct of a Columbus police officer during the march. Did the officer insult anyone? Did he yell racial epithets? Did he abuse or shove someone? Nope, none of the above.

“So, just what did the officer do? Well, he ate a banana. That's it. The police department sent around a snack van to give the officers who were working the march something to eat. This particular officer chose a banana. . . . So the complaining woman sees the officer eating a banana...and she's ‘deeply offended.’

“'re on the edge of your seats now, aren't you. You know there's more to the story, and you want me to fill it in, right? Sorry...that's pretty much the story; except, that is, for the woman's reasoning. Here you go. Since it was a civil rights march, and since most of the participants were black, the woman felt that the officer eating a banana was actually trying to humiliate the black marchers by somehow relating black people to apes, since apes are reported to enjoy bananas.

“I'm not joking, folks. Believe it or not, this woman has such a huge racial chip on her shoulder that she actually thinks that if a white person eats a banana in the presence of a black person that white bigot is somehow sending the message that he considers black folks to be apes. Now wouldn't this woman just be a delight as a next door neighbor? Wouldn't you absolutely love to have to work closely with her? Every day you would have to pack your lunch oh so carefully. No bananas. Oh, and I'd be really careful about having any watermelon in that fruit cup.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 2/14/05


“We are definitely going to do religious outreach. We’re definitely going to reach out to the evangelical community.”

- Newly-elected Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean


“If the history of the Republican revolution were being written today, a single overarching question would have to be answered: Whatever happened to the promise of smaller government?"

- New York Times columnist Sheryl Gay Stolberg


“Although President Bush and Congress have passed some important tax cuts in recent years, they have let federal spending and the resulting budget deficits explode in size. ... This big-spending policy was remarkably irresponsible -- because the resulting deficits will create political pressure to let the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire, which would wipe out Bush's primary fiscal achievements."

- Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute


“A major reason government has grown to where President Bush has submitted a record $2.57 trillion budget to Congress is that too many Americans have ceded personal responsibility to the state. Most children expect to leave home and lead independent lives. Most parents expect them to do so. But government is the omniscient (not to mention omnipotent and omnipresent) parent that never kicks out the ‘children’ no matter how old they are. Too many ‘kids’ think it perfectly normal to have a permanent ‘allowance’ and take no responsibility for their own lives or retirement.”

- Columnist Cal Thomas


“Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), in light of new reports that the Medicare prescription drug benefit could cost considerably more than anticipated, announced that he would reintroduce legislation to cap the cost of the benefit at the initial $400 billion-over-ten-years estimate.”

- Republican Study Committee Update, 2/14/05


“Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) is seeking original co-sponsors on his Common Sense Spending Act, which would, among other things, limit the growth in all discretionary spending to the inflation rate, reduce by one percentage point the growth in mandatory spending, and strengthen the definition of what constitutes emergency spending.”

- Republican Study Committee Update, 2/14/05


“The U.S. has already committed $350 million to the tsunami relief efforts underway in Southeast Asia and President Bush wants Congress to approve another $600 million, but a humanitarian aid expert Friday nevertheless asserted that ‘when it comes to relative generosity, [America has] a long way to go.’ The remarks by Dr. Susan Rice, a senior fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., were similar to those made by United Nations Undersecretary for Human Services Jan Egeland, who shortly after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami declared that America's early response to the crisis was ‘stingy.’”

- CNS News, 2/14/05


“Class-action lawsuits have been in need of reform ever since the lawyers figured out how to game the system: By ‘shopping’ their cases around state courts in search of a sympathetic judge and jury, the lawyers would draw whatever business was in their cross-hairs into a zero-sum game, since the targeted business would usually just settle out of court rather than face bankruptcy. Over the last 10-year period, this little scheme averaged billions of dollars per year in payouts, much of it going straight into the lawyers' bank accounts. And all the while the lawyers had the gall to uphold the facade of helping out the ‘little guy,’ a la Erin Brockovich.”

- Washington Times editorial, 2/14/05


“Contagious diseases are entering the United States because of immigrants, illegal aliens, refugees and travelers, and World Health Organization officials say the worst could be yet to come.”

- Washington Times, 2/13/05


“The latest from the wonderful world of unions? Menstrual leave. That's right, time off for your period. The Manufacturing Workers Union is asking for menstrual leave -- 12 extra days off a year with pay -- for menstrual pain. The union says that women shouldn't be disadvantaged against men that don't have periods.

“OK, so this is happening in Australia. How long before this nifty idea gets here? Oh, and don't forget. Once women get their menstrual leave in the U.S. it will still be illegal to discriminate against them in hiring. You'll just have to hire them knowing that you'll have to pay them for 12 extra days a year that they're not working.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 2/11/05


“The bottom line is that mandatory national ID cards aren't going to help us catch many bad guys. ... Instead of providing such a meaningful solution, national ID cards will become, at a minimum, an unnecessary nuisance for most citizens. Worse yet, in extreme cases, it could produce massive breaches of individual privacy."

- Adam Thierer of the Cato Institute


“The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national ID bill last week that masqueraded as ‘immigration reform.’ The bill does nothing to address immigration policy, however, nor does it propose deporting a single illegal alien already in our country. It does nothing to address the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico, which is the fundamental problem. In reality, the bill is a Trojan horse. It pretends to offer desperately needed border control in order to con a credulous Congress into sacrificing more of our constitutionally protected liberty.

“Supporters claim the national ID scheme is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this voluntary, and the proponents of the national ID know that every state will have no choice but to comply. Federal legislation that nationalizes standards for drivers’ licenses and birth certificates creates a national ID system pure and simple.

“...A national ID card will have the same effect as gun control laws: criminals will ignore it, while law abiding people lose freedom. A national ID card offers us nothing more than a false sense of security, while moving us ever closer to a police state. The national ID proposal should die a well-deserved death in the Senate, and it should be denounced as authoritarian and anti-American.”


“According to the government lawyers, anyone still skeptical about claims that secondhand smoke kills is perpetrating a fraud. I guess that makes me a racketeering accessory.”

- Reason magazine columnist Jacob Sullum


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Blogger Dave said...

<< Since it was a civil rights march, and since most of the participants were black, the woman felt that the officer eating a banana was actually trying to humiliate the black marchers ... >>

Even if this had any validity -- there's that old saying about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery:

''Another famous phrase puts the case precisely: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." If asked, nine readers out of ten would recite the line as I've transcribed it. But they would be wrong. The actual quotation, according to Bartlett -- who got it right -- comes from a book of aphorisms called Lacon, by Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832). The line he wrote and none of us remember is "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery." Colton himself makes no mention of form.

''Yet by the alchemy of a collective consciousness, "form" enters in nevertheless. The sentence seems to need it, and not merely for the sake of the extra added syllable. Always implicit in the idea of copying, "form" here becomes explicit. So this is an example of Webster's fifth definition of "free" or inexact imitation, in which "the repetition has some modification." And although its author has been long forgotten, the line he didn't write is widely quoted now.''

February 14, 2005 at 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Chuck, for the banana story; It is healthy to have a good laugh, especially with all the anger provoking news out there. Like the hungry police officer (what is easier to eat with one hand while riding a bike, etc.?)Like him, it would have never occurred to me that it would be "offensive". The contrived ignorance out there boggles my mind. What the H--l kind of country have we created here???

February 15, 2005 at 4:04 AM  
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