Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Moving right along

Thanks to Tiger for pointing me at today's source of extreme amusement: Moveonplease.org, a parody of MoveOn.org. The parody site is owned by the National Lampoon.

Their promise makes me snicker:

These latest GOP life-affirming gambits are all about getting the voting public to re-elect those behind this slimy optimism in ‘06. It’s an old Republican trick. You give people hope and supply opportunities to those who have spent their entire life looking to others to take care of them and you end up with an entire new voting bloc in your corner. As true as if they had a bulls-eye on their backs, this is a war against the poor and hopeless. You refuse to let people be victimized, and bam, they're not victims anymore. It’s so fascist.

"A party of inclusion" part one

Though I love the West Wing, I differ from them politically due to the American Democratic party being nowhere near as warm and fuzzy in person as they are on TV/in Hollywood.

So with no further ado, the theme of the next two posts:

Bartlet: Charlie, I want to hire a women whose voice I think would fit in nicely around here. She's a conservative Republican. Do you think I should do it?

Charlie: Absolutely, Mr. President. 'Cause I'm told that theirs is a party of inclusion.


The truth is, I am increasingly uncomfortable with the way the Democrat party treats Jews, and I'm not the only one. From American Thinker:

What are we to make of Thursday's mock Judiciary Committee hearing designed to impeach President Bush, conducted by Michigan Congressman John Conyers? The meeting was attended by about 30 Democratic members of Congress... As reported in the Washington Post but (surprise, surprise!) not in the New York Times,

The session took an awkward turn when witness Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst, declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration "neocons" so "the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world." He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.


As the author of the article writes, Democrats are not overwhelmingly anti-Israel or anti-Semitic. Most of them don't hate us. Many of them are Jews (almost 75% of Jewish votes cast in 2004 were for Kerry as opposed to Bush) and people like Joe Lieberman have done well in the party.

But it would sicken me to belong to a party which welcomed anti-Semitic statements with open arms. In the United States Congress on Thursday, members of the second major party entertained the idea that Jews in the state of Israel are vying for world domination.

So have they recently started selling "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" on the hill, too?

Friday, June 03, 2005

Whiners of the Month for May

About three times a day, someone on the anarchist left suggests that Lorna Marsden is trying to shut her up.

Now, it is pretty clear that if Lorna Marsden was trying to shut this anonymous individual up, (let's call her "protester X"), protester X would probably be shut up already.

York has free speech coming out of its ears. It has a thriving student press, a thriving labour union press, and student groups devoted exclusively to advancing their right to scream in someone else's face. It would seem from web chatter, student papers, and a casual glance that we have far more free speech than anyone else in this country.

Yet, nonetheless, YUFA, the rabid faculty association representing a few extremists and a lot of normal professors, has gone whining to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to ask for an investigation into academic freedom at York, report both CAUT and Excalibur.

"Freedom of speech is very fragile. The way it is dealt with in one university affects how other universities deal with it," says James Turk, executive director of the CAUT.
Turk says that the investigation will be far-ranging, examining general governance practices and policies such as the temporary use of space, which bans gatherings in certain areas and requires 30 day notice to book other university spaces. The report will even take a look at York's controversial land deal for the Tribute housing community.


Is this an investigation or a witch hunt?

For whining above and beyond the call of duty, I call upon YUFA and CAUT to share the whiner-of-the-month badge of shame for May.

Forgive me if my free speech offends you.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Calling all math majors and betting fiends...

Frank J. from IMAO is going to be, on Saturday, an age that is double a prime number. This will not happen again (to him) for eight years.

With my extremely high level math skills, I deduced that he will be either 6, 14, 26, 38, 74 or 106 on Saturday and have introduced a prime number point spread in which people with too much time on their hands bet with cool points to see how old Frank J is.

Odds:
38 - 3:2
26 - 3:1
14 - 5:1
74 - 11:1
106 - 13:1
6 - 17:1

Since we all have infinite cool points inside ourselves, this is fun and risk-free. Post bets in the comments and/or email to lifeafteryork[at]gmail[dot]com. I will tally them up after an unspecified amount of time. Maybe.

I bet 100 cool points Frank J. is 38. Oh, anyone can bet except Frank J (because he knows), Dan Freeman-Maloy (because he sucks) and Satan (self-explanatory).

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Does anyone have ideas for York whiner of the month for May?