Friday, March 11, 2005

Today's Miscellany

Defending Rendition: Michael Scheuer, who wrote the book Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror, wrote a column on rendition, the practice of sending detainees to other countries. This has been a pet target of the leftie loonies, especially as another means of attacking President Bush and the Administration. However, as is so often the case, they're wrong on just about all counts. Scheuer is a CIA veteran who was personally involved in renditions approved by President Bush and President Clinton and their officials. As Scheuer explains it, renditions are an important part of the war on terrorism. His column is worth reading.

The Nutty Professor: The Rocky Mountain News reported today that Profession Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado has been accused of plagiarism some years back. The charge was made in a report by a university in Nova Scotia. You remember him, right? He's the fake Indian, fake artist, dangleberry professor who compared the victims of 9/11 with Nazis. There's something I've been thinking about and that's been remarked on elsewhere. Some liberals have fallen all over themselves defending the nutty professor, and at the same time some have been demanding the resignation of Harvard President Lawrence Summers, who made a couple of fairly mild comments about the abilities of women. What is it with liberals?

Crappy Idea: According to an AP article, a Florida legislator has introduced a bill to impose a two-cent per roll tax on toilet paper. The revenue would be used for wastewater treatment and to upgrade sewer systems. No one thinks this is likely to pass because it's apparently a, well, crappy idea. I'm not going to make any jokes about it. It's too easy. I'll leave you with Governor Jeb Bush's reaction:

He said that if toilet paper is taxed, people might use less of it. "That's not necessarily a good thing."


Blogger Lumo said...

50 articles supporting Summers as well as the information about the no-confidence vote next Tuesday may be found at

Lubos Motl's reference frame

11:01 PM, March 11, 2005  
Blogger Esther said...

Not Jeb's finest comment, lol..

So I was watching the events in Atlanta unfold on my TV, where the rape suspect, in court about to be tried, grabbed a gun and killed a judge, court reporter, deputy, carjacked a car and made a getaway and I wanted to come here and add him to my list of people I'd be okay with getting the death penalty.

12:13 AM, March 12, 2005  
Blogger Junebugg said...

It seems that no matter what you say, you offend someone these days. Your right, the crap paper is too easy to joke about, but oh so hard to resist.

1:32 AM, March 12, 2005  
Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

"The power to tax is the power to destroy" she said solemnly.

Thanks for the article on "rendition". The whole issue puzzles me endlessly.

10:47 AM, March 12, 2005  
Blogger Lord Smert said...

I know it will be difficult for you to understand what Churchill said in his speech because of how far to the right you are (and sometimes being that far right can cloud your judgment). The point of what he said was when we kill people all over the world it is inevitable that we, ourselves, are going to get killed. But you're quick to pickup "Nazi's" and everything else and COMPLETLY take it out of context.

10:49 AM, March 12, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

Jeb's comment is a classic. A true free market response. I do think it is a relatively weak idea to tax toilet papter. On the other hand, it is better than an income tax.

Lumo has been following the Harvard situation rather closely.

11:08 AM, March 12, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Lord Smert, your remark about "how far to the right" I am has had me chuckling for quite a while. You might try reading more of what I've written.

By the way, "smert" is a transliteration of the Russian word "смерть". Do you know what it means? An adult using a name like "Lord Smert" is, in itself, chucklable.

In any case, thanks for visiting and commenting!

10:28 PM, March 12, 2005  

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