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June 20, 2005

People Euthanizing Tons of Animals

Posted by Hal Young at 5:37 PM

Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been arrested and charged with sixty-two counts of animal cruelty, eight counts of improper disposal of the bodies, and trespassing to boot, after law enforcement officials in Ahoskie, N.C., watched them unloading dead animals from their PETA-registered van into the dumpster at the local Piggly Wiggly.  One report said over a hundred dead animals have been recovered from commercial trash bins in Ahoskie the past month.

Remarks from the president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, focused on this dumpster issue --

It is not PETA policy to place animals in a dumpster and if that happened we are appalled. For that reason, we have suspended Ms. Hinkle from her duties while we conduct our own investigation and hear from the authorities in N.C.

-- and not whether her employees were misrepresenting their intentions at the animal shelters and veterinarians in North Carolina and Virginia:

The cats and dogs were taken Wednesday from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties, police said. Animals had been collected every Wednesday for four weeks, and carcasses had been found dumped in Ahoskie every Wednesday for about a month, Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said.

Two veterinarians said they were told that PETA would try to find homes for animals taken from their practices ...

Among the dead animals, though, authorities found a female cat and her two “very adoptable” kittens taken from Ahoskie Animal Hospital, veterinarian Patrick Proctor said.

“These were just kittens we were trying to find homes for,” Proctor said. “PETA said they would do that, but these cats never made it out of the county.”

So much for ethics, I guess - toward animals or people, either.

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Facts Don't Matter as Long As We Feel Good About Ourselves

Posted by Donna Martinez at 4:10 PM

The debate over minimum wage law continues to provide incredible comments from people who, unfortunately, are in a position to influence the outcome. Check out this gem from Rep. Alma Adams (D-Guilford), which appears in this Durham Herald-Sun story.

The sponsor of the minimum wage bill said opponents use economics and statistics as an excuse not to help the less fortunate. "It's very easy to dismiss it and say, 'Those are the economics and they're going to put people out of work,'" said Rep. Alma Adams, D-Guilford. "We shouldn't be so hard-edged. ... We shouldn't lose compassion for people."

So, hey, let's all hold hands and sing while we try to implement policy that will hurt the very people we're purporting to help.

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Posted by George Leef at 2:16 PM

Great column by Diane Ravitch in The Wall Street Journal on one of the latest leftist educational fads, namely "ethnomathematics." Read it here and either laugh or cry.

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UNC prof upset at student's scholarship, which obliges him to work in national security

Posted by Jon Sanders at 1:15 PM

The professor is Charles Kurzman, associate director for the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (I'm sure that's just a coincidence), who frets:

To what extent are we helping students go out and do all sorts of dirty deeds that we would be embarrassed to have a hand in?

What a telling assumption, "dirty deeds." Here a student has won a scholarship worth up to $20 grand to study "Tajik and Russian languages in the Asian nation of Tajikistan" and it's cause for alarm, not celebration. What about diversity, multiculturalism, studying other cultures, cross-cultural understanding, and all those other euphemisms for leftist politics? Oh, but the student "must agree to use his knowledge to help with some aspect of national security after he graduates." Kurzman worries about the "cloak-and-dagger stuff" of having a student in the classroom who might be headed for a future in intelligence-gathering. (Apparently it's all the rage in Chapel Hill to imagine someone's spying on you in the classroom.)

Meanwhile, UNC has a minor and a program devoted to fostering primarily leftist political activism for academic credit, let alone pay, and no one on campus raises a complaint (even when several of the "partner" organizations are government groups). Furthermore, plenty of scholarships and grants have obligations on the recipient to work in certain areas upon graduation — see Teaching Fellows, for one. They're not unusual; what is unusual is Kurzman's criticism, the basis for which seems quite evident and more in line with academic leftists' objections to military recruiters on campus.

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Ask a stupid question

Posted by John Hood at 08:52 AM

And you get a variety of answers, some more stupid than others:

How many grocery stores is too many?

That will be the question for some Charlotte City Council members tonight as they consider whether to approve a proposed Harris Teeter shopping center in southeast Charlotte.

Neighbors who oppose the project say they already have plenty of groceries nearby, including two other Harris Teeters within five miles. City planners also recommend denial, saying the center "would only steal demand from other centers."

But Harris Teeter officials say their analysis shows more than enough demand for the store.

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