Only crazy people don’t love stix

Funny, I would have thought that the feminists would be the first ones to fire up the re-education camps:

Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has entered a residential treatment facility in an effort to quell the controversy surrounding his anti-gay remarks — and save his job, Life & Style has learned exclusively. According to an insider, Isaiah, who issued an apology for his statements on Jan. 18, agreed to undergo a psychological assessment after talks with ABC executives….

“ABC has told him he must enter a program to examine why he would say such hateful words,” the insider says.

Anyhow, it seems that it won’t be long before it will be a hate crime to deny access to any part of your body that happens to be of particular interest to a member of the sexually preferred class.

Let this be a lesson to all of us….

Never be rude to a faggot,
A flamer, or homo, or queer.
Never be rude to a battiboy,
No matter what you hear.

I, for one, welcome our new Reptilesbian overlordess.

Apparently terrorists are puppies

You don’t have to be brain-dead to be a Republican Senator, but it helps:

Republican leaders generally expressed support for Bush’s Iraq strategy. “If we fail in Iraq, or withdraw our troops prematurely, the terrorists will follow us home. Success is our only option,” said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio.

This is one of the most moronic things I’ve ever heard come out of Washington DC, which is impressive. There is nothing – NOTHING – about the Iraqi invasion or occupation that keeps terrorists out of the United States. In fact, the administration is not doing the only three things that could keep terrorists out, namely, refusing entry to Muslims at the various points of entry, protecting the northern and southern borders and deporting all illegal aliens and foreign nationals from hostile nations.

To put it bluntly, if you still support the ongoing occupation of Iraq, you’re clearly too stupid to learn from the mistakes of others and are doomed to a life of learning by personal experience.

It doesn’t matter how many times the Three Monkeys mindlessly chant “success is the only option”, that isn’t going to make the occupation any less of a failure or convince a single individual that they really should be more enthusiastic about playing referee to an intra-Islamic conflict. In the back-stabbing tradition of his father, George Bush has not only destroyed the Republican majority, he is on the verge of destroying its chances at majority status for a generation.

You’d think his increasingly reluctant supporters at the National Review would be bright enough to pick up on this, but instead, most of them are cheering on potential candidates who will lead the GOP right into another 40-year wilderness.

And people say there isn’t any justice to be found in this world.

The scent of spin

Always take a closer look at those who bend standard definitions:

Social critics like Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, the author of “Why There Are No Good Men Left” (2003), and Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the author of “Creating a Life” (2002), worry that this trend is especially problematic for young achievement-oriented women. The conventional wisdom holds that if women excel in higher education and spend their 20s investing in their careers, men will be intimidated by their accomplishments, women will find it hard to meet a suitable mate, and marriage and childbirth will be unattainable.

“Nowadays, the rule of thumb seems to be that the more successful a woman, the less likely it is she will find a husband or bear a child,” writes Ms. Hewlett, arguing that high-achieving women who were still single at age 30 have a less than 10% chance of ever marrying.

In fact, the opposite is true. Marriage rates are increasing among college-educated men and women, even if the marriage age is older: According to the 2006 Current Population Survey data, among 35- to 39-year-old women, 88% with advanced degrees have married, compared with 81% of women without college degrees. And once married, these smart, successful women are no less likely to have children.

I haven’t been able to find the data yet, but one thing that I’ve noticed in all of these much-cited statements about educated women and marriage is that they always conflate “college-educated” with “advanced degrees”. But a college education – a bachelor’s degree – is never described as an “advanced degree”. That’s a masters or a doctoral degree, and it’s the women who hold those that are the high flyers of whom I, and others, have written so critically.

By way of demonstration, note that the U.S. Census Bureau specifically differentiates between bachelor’s degrees and advanced degrees: “New information from the U.S. Census Bureau reinforces the value of a college education: workers 18 and over with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915. Workers with an advanced degree make an average of $74,602, and those without a high school diploma average $18,734.”

Now, it’s possible that the author of the Opinion Journal piece is playing it straight, but I’m suspicious. Why not break the marriage statistics down into the four groups as was done for the income group? Wouldn’t that be more informative? The most likely explanation is that she didn’t because it would show that the most-educated group features lower marriage rate than at least one of the less educated groups, thereby disproving her thesis.

Why not isolate AIDS?

Isn’t it supposed to be the worstest, most deadliest disease ever in the history of Mankind? Perhaps TB is simply too dangerous to be fully unleashed on the planet.

South Africa may forcibly isolate patients being treated for a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis to prevent new infections from spreading on the AIDS-hit continent, health officials said.

“Holding the patient against their will is not ideal but may have to be considered in the interest of the public,” Ronnie Green-Thompson, a special advisor to the Health Department, said in a statement.

A new study out this week urged South Africa to consider mandatory isolation to control extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), which has killed at least 74 people in the country since 2005.

The ironic thing is that those inclined to support a forced quarantine of AIDS patients would probably be accused of “homophobia”. Because, everyone who really, really hates gays wants to prevent them from contracting a deadly disease.

Now, perhaps it’s just not a big deal anymore because people can live with AIDS thanks to the pharmaceutical companies. But in that case, why are we supposed to pay any more attention to it than we do to diabetes or high blood pressure?