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July 25, 2006

Madman Boogabooga — brought to you by taxpayers of North Carolina

Posted by Jon Sanders at 4:59 PM

Yes, foam-mouthed lunatics worldwide still thank you, the citizens of North Carolina, for your continued, coerced support of the "independent" (but for leeching off you, eh?) "news" site, chapelhill.indymedia.org.

Where else can citizens be forced to pay for the latest news on
• the Zionist plot behind the Columbine school massacre,
• the Masonic/Howard Hughes III (not Wolf Boy) plot to implant brain-control chips in people,
• the electronic scalar tectonic warfare that will bring America to its knees,
• the recent directives by "Chairman Avakian" (not a Star Wars character) of the "Revolutionary Communist Party, USA,"
• the leadership of the "brown race" by Osama "my buddy" bin Laden,
• the necessity to kill even your brother, father, sister and mother if they support Bush, and
• the need to kill American Christians in general (along with the president, of course)?

Highlights from this week's publicly supported "news" reports follow, including two logorrheic diatribes by the "kill the bushite" guy:


"Electromagnetic and Electronic Stalking Victim Report ... 'This mental toture has been going on 24/7 all this time . Through my speakers, television, any type of electrical actually and the damn tortures have to be tracking me electronically or else I would not have to suffer this every single place I am, Traveling, sleeping. ...'"
"...America: Death to the bushites, death to Our enemies. Or, more innocent people will fall dead as murder victims because of Your apparent confusion on this freedom from bushite enemy tyranny, they murder US issue. These bushite zionists are LYING to your American child through our magic tvs, while the zionist company, Aegis is OFFICIALLY getting the MARINES killed FOR SURE, in your Name, for a fast bushite buck. Now, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT??! Jesus would suggest talk radio, or perhaps is it as true American, you can't be bothered to try Yourself either. ..."
"... The massacres and aggressions of the state of Israel against the towns Palestinian, Lebanese and Arabs in general, constitute one of the crimes against the most horrible humanity in the XX century and also of the XXI century. And next to the Zionist government, all the North American administrations from Truman until George W. Bush, they have been responsible for that crime. ..."
"... The Cuban chapter of the net of nets ... urges to impede that the Zionist, favored authorities and encouraged by the White House, whole populations exterminate, destroy cities and continue violating in a flagrant way the most elementary human rights. ..."
"... The United States and Israel. Right now, it's the most dangerous alliance in the world. ..."
"... Support Justice, support Humanity, support the trial and execution of FOXNews propagandists for stating Iran is continuing with it's nuclear bomb program, the Holocaust never happened, or stating a great number of other diliberate LIES, as REAL TREASON punishable by LAW never absent Here. ... Please, I beg, hunt down pro-bush war criming rapists and torturers in America's name to the ends of this earth to save Yourselves from the dying hells of tyranny ... To, for God, gloriously, with love, kill these un-arrested murderous continuing ungodly bushite nazis, is to war the TRUE enemies of Humanity to save the lives of our precious loved ones. Please help US, please help God, and bag a demon LIAR bushite to defeat the 911 "escaping" terrorists, the enemies of America, the enemies of Johnny, the enemies of Life. ... DIE BUSHITE DIE ..."
"... military torture experiments using humans in Jacksonville ... I wanted to give my email address because someone out there beside me in Jacksonville has to be a military experiment using this electromagnetic weaponry development ..."
"... Each day more and more respected professionals are going public with their questions about the official 9/11 fable. The 9/11 cover-up dam is breaking under the weight of these truthseekers' efforts and the perpetrators of 9/11 are watching them in horror while wondering who will be the next to speak up. ..."
" White Nationalist, White Pride World Wide. First off, to all those blacks who look up to Ali (which, almost all of you do) and still have the stupidity to touch a white person in any way-- Muhammad Ali- "It is against God's law to integrate. It's only nature, not hatred, to keep people among their own kind. A man has to be a fool to want to live in any other culture but his own." ... Keep the Race pure!"

Note: "Madman Boogabooga" phrase courtesy of Peggy Noonan.

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Wishing well

Posted by Paul Chesser at 3:54 PM

David Bauder, The Associated Press's media reporter, says Fox News' public relations is a contact sport. He's right and they're funny.

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Even better than Condi

Posted by Paul Chesser at 2:53 PM

In an interview with a clearly liberal reporter from Der Spiegel, Israel's foreign minister Tzipi Livni provides a clear, no-nonsense defense for her country's military actions in Lebanon:

SPIEGEL: What is the goal of the military action?

Tzipi Livni: It's not only about the goal of the military action but about the demands of the international community that we explicitly share. They are: there must be a government and an army in Lebanon. There can no longer be militias and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah. Hezbollah must be completely disarmed. They should no longer have the ability to be armed by Syria and Iran. In southern Lebanon there can be no more Hezbollah bases. The Lebanese army must be stationed there in its place. The global community a while ago demanded that the Lebanese government fulfill its responsibilities. It hasn't yet done so.

SPIEGEL: The complicated political situation in Lebanon makes the Lebanese government extremely weak. How can they be held fully responsible for Hezbollah's violent acts under these conditions?

Livni: Whether weak or strong, a government carries the responsibility for whatever happens within its country. We are currently considering the question of whether we must strengthen the Lebanese government from the outside so that it would be able to fulfill its responsibilities.

More kick-a-- comments therein.

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"So my daughter dances naked with skulls and a severed hand in a jar. At least she's not poor."

Posted by Jon Sanders at 2:25 PM

Get a load of the stripper's mother's comments in this story:

An exotic dancer who decorated her home with skulls and a severed hand has been arrested and charged with improper disposition of human remains, authorities said.

Police responding to a report Friday of a suicidal person at the home of 31-year-old Linda Kay discovered a large, crudely severed human hand in a mason jar of formaldehyde on the dresser of Kay's basement bedroom, according to the police report. ... While human skulls may be purchased online, the origin of the hand is more troubling. The police report states it was severed roughly, not surgically, with bone fragments in the jar.

Kay's mother told the newspaper that her daughter had always been fascinated with the macabre. As a girl she found and collected animal skulls and snake skeletons. Patricia Ann Kay said her daughter purchased the human skulls from a mail order catalog.

"She has a flair for the dramatic," her mother told the newspaper for Tuesday's editions. "I have never tried to stop my children from doing whatever they want. As long as they are happy, aren't hurting anyone, and it's keeping them out of the poor house."

This is the mentality behind people who volunteer to debase themselves on "reality" TV shows and in various other capacities. People used to prefer to keep their dignity, even if it meant being poor. Then again, parents used to try to instill such a preference into their children — after all, a commitment to personal dignity and integrity is a trait that tends to breed success in the long run.

I can imagine a mother encouraging a poor adult daughter, Stick it out, don't forget yourself, and consider the alternative — hey kiddo, at least you're not stripping in some death-obsessed nightclub and going through life surrounded by skulls, severed body parts, and suicidal friends. I can't imagine it the other way around. But that appears to be the end result of such "anything but poor" parenting.

On a related note: Mike Adams wrote recently about a female student who was considering becoming a stripper, since "some topless dancers make more money than professors." Mike made the adult argument that some things are more important than money, including self-esteem (the touchy-feely word for dignity).

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Re: Are Conservatives Stupid?

Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 1:42 PM

I think WUNC oversimplified Stimson's argument for their own purposes. Stimson's work on issue preferences (that I've seen) is extensive, thorough and insightful.

Although I haven't listened to the broadcast, I'm betting the interviews refer to Stimson's work that shows many people to label themselves as "conservatives" despite the fact that they favor (to some extent) redistributive economic policies. Socially, they are conservative. On foreign policy, they're hawks.

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Re: Playoffs

Posted by Shannon Blosser at 1:34 PM

Let me say first, I think athletics serve a good role in developing character in children, especially middle and high school students.

That being said, something about a Homeless World Cup and tryouts for the national team make me scratch my head. Shouldn't the purpose of homeless shelters be in providing the homeless a place to stay as well as giving them information on jobs, other resources than can help them get out of their situation.

Maybe I am missing something here.

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Re: Playoffs?

Posted by Paul Chesser at 1:01 PM

Gee, next thing you know, homeless women will want to be treated fairly.

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Re: Tax cuts

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 11:59 AM

George,

As we discovered in the Locker Room last week, even Michael Kinsley has seen the light.

His first words upon emerging from brain surgery: "Well, of course, when you cut taxes, government revenues go up. Why couldn't I see that before?" 

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Playoffs? Playoffs?

Posted by Shannon Blosser at 11:44 AM

A group of NCAA leaders are claiming that there is a new for more postseason opportunities for female athletes, claiming that the number of women who participate in postseason contests are not proportional to the number of women enrolled and trails the opportunity for men.

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, this group claims that 1,000 more male athletes - not including football - participated in the postseason than female athletes. Most of this new marketing scheme for more women's sports seems aimed at the NCAA's purchase of the National Invitational Tournament - of course you never heard this group complain before about the tournament that has been around since the 1940s.

But, I take from ESPN's Colin Cowherd who often talks about how the media can hype something but ultimately fans decide on their own what to watch. The same principle applies here. The NCAA and others can push for more sports for women - or men - but its ultimately the athletes that will determine what sports they want to play. Then when it comes to television contracts - another sticking point for the group - fans will determine what they watch and if they are not watching say the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament, it's going to be harder for advertisers to want to get behind a program and thus harder for the network to air the sport.

We don't need Title IX to tell us this. This is common sense. I'm not saying there is no need for women sports - look back on my sports writing career most of what I covered was women's sports or other non-revenue sports - but I don't think we need government or a group within the NCAA to force upon the masses sports fans may not want.

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Warren Buffett's attitude

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 11:37 AM

Buffett's secrets of success:

Last week at the New York press conference, “An Italian journalist asked whether Buffett had considered leaving his money to the U.S. government, which is already organized to address societal ills," reported Thomas S. Mulligan and Maggie Farley of the Chicago Tribune.

A lesser man, a more insecure person, might have ridiculed the question—and a lot of the reporters in the room did laugh at their Italian colleague, presumably for being so clueless. But Buffett took the question seriously and told the reporter he thought the Gates Foundation could deliver better services more effectively than the feds.

His support for the estate tax merely comes from his lack of faith in the rest of America to know better than the feds.

(Hat tip: PR. Differently

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Tax cuts

Posted by George Leef at 11:22 AM

Denounced incessantly as a "give-away" to the rich, tax cuts have their defenders. Among them is Pete duPont, who writes here that tax cuts do, in fact, produce widespread benefits.

The point I wish duPont had made, though, is exactly why tax cuts "work." Reducing taxes leaves more resources in the hands of individuals, who then spend or invest according the their needs, desires, and estimations regarding the economy. For the most part, that spending and investment is intelligent and productive. On the other hand, if the government takes more resources into its maw, the results are spending that's often foolish and never any productive investment. The reason why tax cuts are good is that individual decision-making is more sensible than is political decision-making.

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Money

Posted by George Leef at 11:02 AM

In view of the controversy over the penny, here is a fine essay on money (specifically coinage) that explains a lot that modern Americans do not understand. Readers will see an ad for Murray Rothbard's splendid short book What Has Government Done to Our Money? Rothbard is always sharp and provocative and never more so than on the subject of money.

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Are Conservatives Stupid?

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 10:52 AM

James Stimson, a poli sci professor at Chapel Hill, joins the list of lefties who complain that policy is on the side of the left despite the rising tide of conservatives. He blames the press for setting the agenda in favor of the president. He claims that people support conservative symbols but progressive policies. He compares the average person to residents of Lake Wobegon who think they're conservative but want more government spending.

More than the linguists like Lakoff, Stimson's argument reminds me of Paul Krugman's "idealized median voter." In their view, the people are just riff raff who don't care about politics.


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Extortion Anyone?

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 10:45 AM

A developer who requested a rezoning in Durham in order to build 1200 new homes has "offered" to pay a $500 impact fee per home. Surprise, the county commissioners have approved his rezoning request.  I thought extortion was illegal.

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Duty Free Schools

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 10:30 AM

HB 1151 mandates that public schools much provide teachers a daily, duty-free lunch period and a daily, duty-free period for instructional planning. There is nothing objectionable about the idea behind law, but it has negative practical consequences. First, it will make school level planning much more difficult. In particular, high schools, by virtue of their schedule (year-round, block, traditional) and course offerings (electives, co-op), require as much flexibility as possible. More importantly, this bill may also require school districts to hire more personnel, especially teacher's aids, in order to provide the maximum number of teachers with the mandated lunch and planning periods. Both are tall orders with the start of school a month away.

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A very, very important book

Posted by George Leef at 09:29 AM

The conventional wisdom on higher education goes like this: We have entered a new, "knowledge-based" economy that requires the nation to put more students than ever through college in order that we will have the necessary level of skill in our workforce. Sometimes it is even suggested that states or countries can lift themselves up into higher levels of prosperity just by "investing" more in higher education.

A challenge to the conventional wisdom -- indeed, I believe, a thorough refutation -- is found in Alison Wolf's book Does Education Matter? I have recently written a review.

In short, Wolf finds that a large and increasing public "investment" in higher education is neither necessary nor sufficient for economic growth in the "information age," and that the best thing for government to do would be to make sure that young students learn the academic basics well.

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Like A Good Neighbor

Posted by George Leef at 08:32 AM

Following the State Supreme Court's decision against Durham's impact fee, at least one developer has decided to chip in $500 per building permit issued to help assuage bad feelings amongst residents and commissioners.

This has commissioners smiling.

"This is the way we'd like to see things happen," Commissioner Becky Heron said Monday. "I hope that sets an example for some of these other folks out there."

Example? Oh, you mean how a developer who is poised to take on a huge project, decides to make a nominal donation to the county for the rights to monopolize building in the area? And until other developers smile and pass the dollar under the table, this developer will continue to profit from their "good neighbor policy," which, of course, ultimately is a donation from the potential homeowner who must absorb the cost herself.

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Immigration update

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 08:25 AM

Fred Barnes offers this take on the latest potential compromise in the congressional debate over illegal immigration.

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Charles Murray on NCLB

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 07:40 AM

Check out Charles Murray's article on No Child Left Behind, which details the folly of using pass percentages, rather than mean scores, to determine changes in achievement gaps.

Warning: Murray's story about the English teacher who quit because of standardized testing is lame, and his mention of the Harvard Civil Rights Project report is distracting. Ignore these paragraphs and concentrate on the test scores.

Indeed, Murray is at his best when explaining how changes in the gap (normally distributed) are contingent on the score required to be "proficient." He also alludes to the fact that, when using pass percentages, an increase in scores over all groups will shrink group-to-group differences.

The point, according to Murray, is that, "All the children cannot be above average." Of course, this flies right in the face of No Child Left Behind.

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