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August 3, 2004

Re: Manny Ortez

Posted by Paul Chesser at 4:25 PM

Jon has it right when he says that Kerry is perpetrating a fraud upon those "common people" he wishes to connect with through sports. A blogger called "Son of Nixon" really nailed this (warning, profanity) recently:

Isn't this a minor transgression, some would ask? After all, the guy merely misspoke (although he never completely corrected himself).

I believe that "Manny Ortez"-gate speaks to a larger issue. Constantly, the networks and left-wing lamestream press have been trotting out polls concerning which candidates are "more in touch" with the Average American.

Meanwhile, Kerry is attempting his best to come across as Joe Six-Pack -- when slumming it for this (expletive) is anything cheaper than a $275 bottle of French Sauvignon Blanc.

Which brings us back to the baseball issue. The guy knows (expletive) about baseball, particularly the Red Sox. This is an almost unforgivable sin in a town (make that an entire region) that is obsessed with the fates and fortunes of this team. Men and Women, Young and Old, Black and White...everyone (even if they don't care) knows about the Sox and could probably speak intelligently about them for a few minutes.

Could John Kerry? I honestly, really don't believe that he could.

Notice his contrived attempts to seem like a regular guy by insisting on throwing that (expletive) football around on airport tarmacs? He also regularly plays catch with a baseball...ostensibly while killing time.

On [July 21], Kerry actually delayed the take-off of a flight in order to play a little catch. Bush gets hammered in the press anytime something remotely appears "planned" (landing on the aircraft carrier, serving the troops in Iraq, etc.).


Meanwhile, the Boston Herald turned up this nugget:

It turns out there is a very real Manny Ortiz, and he's one of Kerry's biggest donors - serving as a co-chairman of the campaign. This Ortiz has helped Kerry collect between $50,000 and $100,000 this campaign.

Guess it's money over baseball for Man of the People Kerry.




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Was Manny Ortez a Buckeye?

Posted by Jon Sanders at 2:26 PM

Noted sports fan and man of the people John Kerry had an uncomfortable few moments in Michigan, The American Spectator reports:

On Sunday and into Monday, Kerry hit Michigan, where he attempted to use the same Ohio jokes. Clearly, the sports humor has to be taken out of his hands before he really embarrasses himself.

"I just came here from Bowling Green," Kerry told the crowd to subdued applause. "I was smart enough not to pick a choice between the Falcons and the, well, you know, all those other teams out there. I just go for Buckeye football, that's where I'm coming from."

At that point, before all the boos began raining down upon him, Kerry seemed to realize his error. In an attempt to silent the angry crowd of University of Michigan supporters, Kerry said, "But that was while I was in Ohio. I know I'm in the state of Michigan and you got a great big M and a powerhouse of a team."


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Stupid orientation tricks

Posted by Jon Sanders at 1:58 PM

The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscriber site) has a blistering op-ed today from Ohio State librarian Travis McDade on the utter uselessness of "the privilege walk," a favorite exercise at university orientation sessions.

Here is how McDade describes the "privilege walk," which he sums up at "well-intentioned nonsense":

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The privilege walk usually takes place on a basketball court. Students line up at midcourt and, depending on their responses to statements read by a facilitator, move toward or away from the baseline in front of them. The game ends when the first person reaches the baseline.

The statements, designed to separate whites from persons of color and males from females, fall into two equally pernicious categories. First are the blatantly racist statements. Their central assumption is that all persons of color had a uniformly grim upbringing in poor neighborhoods with broken families and ill-equipped schools. For instance: "If you were raised in an area where there was prostitution or drug activity, take one step back," or "If you had to rely on public transportation growing up, take a step back."

Second are vague statements that students can interpret in different ways. For instance: "If you were ever denied employment because of your race, ethnicity, or gender, take one step back" -- as if you could always be sure why you didn't get a job -- or "If your parents were professionals, take one step forward." ... Students of color are quickly conditioned by the overtly racist statements to interpret the vague ones in ways that reflect badly on them. ... By the time in the privilege walk that many of the vague questions are asked, the students have gotten the point and don't bother to ask. They understand that when in doubt, persons of color are to step back and whites are to move forward. ...

Meanwhile, without a hint of irony, the white male students have begun trying to win. Taking cues from each other, they make larger and larger strides toward the finish line at each opportunity. ... While the white males are urging each other toward the finish line, the African-Americans -- particularly the females, the group supposed to do the worst in the exercise -- form another clique, sequestered off in one segment of the court, usually chatting about something unrelated to the walk. ...

In the end, the privilege walk builds barriers that might not have otherwise existed. Persons of color rapidly develop an us-against-them mentality and refuse to move forward or backward except in lockstep. African-Americans who didn't grow up in dire circumstances feel that responding to the statements correctly would be both a betrayal of their group and a public admission that they are not "authentic."
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Sowell on the tort litigation tax

Posted by George Leef at 10:09 AM

The Democrats to make it sound as if the trial lawyers of America are the most altruistic, wonderful, public-spirited bunch ever, courageously standing up for "the little guy" by forcing big, bad corporate America to make its numerous victims whole.

Thomas Sowell isn't quite buying it. Here is a splendid column in which he lets it be known that a lot of lawsuits, including those Senator Edwards used to specialize in, have nothing to do with justice and are all about enriching the lawyers who dream them up.

Right now one of those trial lawyers is probably trying to figure out if it would be possible to sue Sowell for ... how about "intentional infliction of emotional distress?"

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Galluping in the wrong direction

Posted by John Hood at 08:58 AM

We’ve posted a link over at Carolina Journal Online about the Gallup poll taken last week that shows Bush-Cheney leading Kerry-Edwards by four points after the Democratic convention. It’s legitimate news, people are talking about it, and by all means folks should check it out.

However, I’d recommend caution in interpreting the Gallup finding as suggesting the perverse result that Bush-Cheney actually got a “bounce” from the Democratic convention. Surely Dems have to be disappointed that the weeklong informercial gained them little ground in the various polls, but they won’t believe the Gallup finding of a four-point Republican lead. Neither do I. Gallup has a history of wildly gyrating numbers on presidential races, showing much more volatility that other polls. I presume it has something to do with its sampling and weighting procedures. If the Gallup numbers wander back towards a Kerry lead in the coming days or weeks, that won’t necessarily mean anything, either, though I’m sure lots of folks will invent elaborate news-cycle explanations for it.

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If it’s Tuesday, it’s headline-hunting time

Posted by John Hood at 08:26 AM

Here’s a sample of today’s bountiful catch of engaging headlines, this one from the McDowell News in Marion:

“Speaking nerd lands man a book deal”

Meanwhile, over at the Shelby Star we find this precarious situation:

“Superior Court log at full tilt”

Funny, I thought they had replaced that old log courthouse in Cleveland County by now. Still, look out below . . .

And finally, this story from today’s Salisbury Post deserves more extensive quotation:

Hat's entertainment

Just how do you describe the sound of a kazoo?

The ladies clad in purple and red at the "hoot" at Lowerstone United Church of Christ's recreation complex Sunday night had some interesting answers.

"A duck," says one.

"A sick bee," another says.

"A dying cow," one offers.

Whatever, members of two eastern Rowan County Red Hat Society clubs played their hearts out on tunes like "Love Me Tender"and "God Bless America" under the church's shelter.

The concert was the first ever and "may be the last,"said Wanda Kluttz, queen mother of the group.

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