Thursday, September 29, 2005


You Can't Make This Stuff Up, Dept.

It's not fair. It's just not. A few recent news bites:

--> Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, of Oklahoma, in his role as Chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, has called sci-fi novelist Michael Crichton to give expert testimony before the committee, on the subject of global warming. Crichton's latest novel, State of Fear, is heavily preoccupied with denying global warming.

--> Louisiana State Senator Craig Romero (Republican, of course) visited Washington earlier this month to raise money for Katrina disaster relief. But while drumming up support for his own run for Congress, he handed out press packets to special interest groups saying that if only Katrina victims would never move back home, the district will become Republican.

--> Radio talk-show host, former Reagan administration Secretary of Education, and best-selling author of The Book of Virtue Bill Bennett declared on his radio show that if "you wanted to reduce crime...if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." Bennett conceded that aborting all African-American babies "would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do," then added again, "but the crime rate would go down."

--> Rep. Stacey Campfield, a white Republican from Tennessee, tried to join the Congressional Black Caucus, and was turned down. His response was to compare the Caucus--unfavorably--to the KKK. "My understanding is that the KKK doesn't even ban members by race," said Rep. Campfield, adding that the KKK "has less racist bylaws" than the black lawmakers' group. Caucus chairman Rep. Johnny Shaw, a black Democrat, called Campfield a "strange guy" who was simply interested in stirring up trouble.

It's not fair, I tell ya. How is a guy supposed to lampoon this stuff? The truth is more offensive and ridiculous than any parody. Oh well.

The Quotidian Meander

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