And they wonder why

From the Sports Guy’s mailbag:

Q: I was watching the final of “The Contender” when my wife made the observation, “Jesse Brinkley is way too hot to be married to that chubby girl.” Without even thinking I blurted out, “Well, she probably didn’t look like that when they got married.” Somehow my wife took that comment to mean that I think she is getting fat. Are all women irrational or is it just my wife?

Here’s a suggestion. If you want people to talk to you, don’t go out of your way to take offense at every word they utter.

Seriously, some people – usually, but not always women – make me wonder if they think they’re scoring bonus miles every time they manage to take umbrage at a perceived slight. Then again, considering how little I know about purchase-related reward plans, maybe they are.

The Sports Guy’s response:

SG: Nope. It’s not just your wife. During Monday night’s “Miss Universe” telecast, I had the following exchange with the Sports Gal:

Me: Wow, between Miss Venezuela and Miss Peru, I think we need to take our next vacation in South America.

Her: Very funny.

(Ten-second pause where you can hear their wheels turning as they slowly became angry.)

Her: “You know, you’re enjoying this show WAY too much. I wish they had these shows with guys.”

Me: “Yeah, but there’s one difference.”

Her: “What’s that?”

Me: “I wouldn’t watch a Mr. Universe show with you. In fact, I would rather kill myself.”

(Five-second pause as they’re totally flustered by a flawless, logical statement, followed by the obligatory obscenity.)

The Rabbi misses by a mile

From WND:

Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every two minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and one-in-two rape victims are under age 18. In a national survey, 27.7 percent of college women reported a sexual experience since the age of 14 that met the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. To what can we ascribe such a shocking increase in violence against women?

That’s easy. A broad redefinition of the rape crime to include ex post facto regrets and a failure to provide written assent, combined with a reduced sense of responsibility on the part of young American women.

Only a completely clueless space cadet would say: “I think I should be able to get drunk and pass out at a fraternity and have nothing happen.” I’m sure Israeli parents think their kids should be able to board public transportation without worrying about it blowing up too. Some people are good and will not harm you no matter what provocation you offer them. Some people are bad and will prey upon you the first chance they get. Accept the concept and behave accordingly, depending on the situation.

The Rabbi also happens to leave out the minor fact that a sizeable percentage of criminal rape reports are false and are confirmed by the supposed victim to be have been manufactured by her.

Spin and cycles

From Drudge:

The Pentagon on Wednesday postponed by more than a week the release of military recruiting figures for May, as the Army and Marine Corps struggle to attract new troops amid the Iraq war.

The military services had routinely provided most recruiting statistics for a given month on the first business day of the next month. Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the May numbers for the active-duty and reserve components of the all-volunteer military will be released on June 10.

“Military recruiting is instrumental to our readiness and merits the earliest release of data. But at the same time, this information must be reasonably scrutinized and explained to the public, which deserves the fullest insight into military performance in this important area,” Krenke said.

Translation: our numbers blow, so we need some time in order to spin this into something that combines positivity with credibility. What is worrisome is that the damage that is now being done to the recruiting effort will probably last longer than most people can imagine, and threatens to create a vicious circle where falling enlistments cause more stop-losses, which causes enlisting to look less and less desirable.

Such a vicious circle is likely how a draft would come about.

Now, it’s true that no general ever has enough troops. The McClellan syndrome is a legitimate concern. But when the military message that there are not enough troops to do the job is repeatedly overridden by the civilians in charge, the chances that the Law of Unintended Consequences will find an application rise dramatically.