Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Mercer University Bears are Your CollegeInsider.com Tournament Champions!

Mercer University, where I am employed, has just won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) Championship, beating Utah State 70 – 67 in their stadium.

As a Mercer employee I get two free tickets to all home games, and I saw almost every home game with my son who is basketball obsessed. One nice thing about small college basketball is that you feel like you know these guys. Of course they don’t know me except maybe as that fat guy who is always making a fool of himself in the stands, but that doesn’t stop me from calling them all by their first name like we’re best buds.

For those who are not familiar with the CIT, as I wasn’t until this year, it is a post season tournament designed for mid-majors who don’t make the NCAA tournament or the NIT. While it may not seem like a big deal to most people, it is for Mercer which doesn’t really have a history of being a basketball powerhouse. The Mercer community has really embraced this team and this tournament run.

Mercer’s final record of 27 -11 shattered the previous record for wins in a season by a Mercer team. This tournament was only their third post-season tournament in school history and their first round win was their first ever post-season tournament win. This is also the first ever post season tournament championship for an Atlantic Sun team.

Mercer, which was picked to finish in the middle of the A-Sun pack pre-season, finished second in the conference to the surprise of all, beaten out by pesky Belmont to the surprise of no one. Mercer had high hopes of meeting Belmont again in the A-Sun tournament and earning a NCAA tourney bid but were upset in the semi-final game. Everyone was excited about the CIT invite however as it meant more basketball.

Mercer played the first two tournament games at home including one against a tough Georgia State team. We won the next three on the road including beating a very tough Old Dominion team and tonight Utah State in their very loud house.

And the best news, the team starts four sophomores, so they are going to do some damage for the next two years. With pesky Belmont leaving the conference, Mercer might just put the scare in a high seed in next year’s NCAA tourney.

* BTW, a total junk shot by Utah State that happened to go in and kept them in the game at the end just made #5 on ESPN’s top 10 plays of the day.

Update: Here is the local Macon paper story on the game.

 

JetBlue Pilot Situation Was Almost Certainly Medical and/or Psychiatric

Sometimes it’s difficult being a physician because you become aware of situations and know intuitively it’s in your ballpark, but others don’t think that way first and assume malevolence or whatever. (I saw the pilot situation frequently described as a “meltdown.”)

When I first heard about the JetBlue pilot who “went crazy” on a flight I knew it was almost certainly going to be discovered to be a medical and/or psychiatric (not that the tw0 are totally unrelated) issue, before I heard any of the details.

They don’t just let anybody, medically or mentally, become an airline Captain. Many (probably most?) are ex-military pilots. All have many hours in a cockpit before they become Captains. All undergo FAA mandated routine medical assessments and random drug and alcohol testing. The idea that a Captain would just emotionally lose it on the plane in midair is just too hard to believe. It is not beyond the realm of possiblity I don’t guess, but a medical explanation seems much more likely.

Now the JetBlue CEO has essentially confirmed my initial suspicions.

The captain, Clayton Osbon, became incoherent and the co-pilot locked him out of the cockpit. Osbon began shouting about threats from al-Qaida, Iran, Iraq and bombs aboard flight, and was subdued by several passengers, including an off-duty police officer. He was strapped down and later transported to a local medical facility.

Barger said Obson was “under the custody of the FBI.”

“I’ve known the captain personally for a long period of time,” Barger said. “There [was] no indication of this at all in the past. Consummate professional.”

On Tuesday, JetBlue’s stated that Osbon had a “medical situation,” but the CEO admitted it was more than that.

“What happened at altitude and the call into the FAA is that we had a medical situation and that’s how we responded,” Barger said. “Clearly, especially in today’s [real-time] media, we know that it also became a security situation. I think as we know less than 24 hours later, it started medical butclearly more than that.”

The key indication here is “became incoherent.” This is clearly most likely not a guy who is going through a divorce or whatever and is having an emotional outburst. This is describing a man who is not in his right mind.

Had this happened on the street the cops would have been called and the guy would have been taken to the local ER as should happen and hopefully he would get a thorough work up and eval and no one would think anything of it. But since it happened to a Captain in midair and he happened to be babbling about terrorism, then it’s a national story.

The guy needs brian imagining, labs, a physical exam, etc. This feels organic. (Meaning in doctor speak having an underlying medical cause as opposed to being primarily psychiatric.) Did he have a medication reaction? Was he having a seizure? Did he have a stroke? Did his blood sugar drop? (Presumably he isn’t a known diabetic.) Does he have a tumor? Did he have a metabolic abnormality of some sort? Etc. There has to be an explanation for becoming incoherent. If all that checks out it is possible he has a primary psychiatric diagnosis, but it would be rare to develop a severe psychiatric disorder later in life after a life of presumed good mental health.

He is now “under the custody of the FBI.” While there is probably no way around this, it is unfortunate. I hope the FBI and whoever makes these decisions has the good sense to see this for what it almost certainly is and won’t be pressured to throw the book at the guy due to the high profile of the case. Given some of my interactions with the legal system (professional not personal) I’m not optimistic.

Who are the REAL hate mongers?

Drinks all around at the Atlantic! Ta-Nahisi’s paying!

The media’s political narrative has triumphed over the facts in the Trayvon Martin case, which transformed a Latino into a white supremacist. This tee-shirt will incite even more racial animosity than Al Sharpton ever could.


Now if a skinhead had shot Zimmerman, how do you think the media would’ve portrayed that? “White attacks another white”?

C’mon!

When social science is defintely not social science

Charles Murray deserves a lot of credit for writing about white America in serious manner compared to compared to the crap usually put out by the academia or even the media on the subject. But however true his new book  Coming Apart is about the current class divide in white American his solution for it is utterly unbecoming of a social scientist which Murray claims to be.

Perhaps the best critiques of the book from trolling the internet are offered by Rod Dreher, Yual Levine and yes, even David Frum.  There are three key points I wish to chime in with: 1). Murray says he’s he’s a libertarian but yet he admonishes the upper-middle class whites for not being “judgemental” enough about their lower class brethren. Aren’t libertarians the most non-judgemental people on earth?; 2). For a social scientist, why doesn’t Murray understand, as we do here at CHT, that like-minded persons on average, whether in race, religion, creed, background, are going to coalesce in like-minded communities? 3). Because he works for AEI, Murray’s judgement is often clouded by his apparent dislike of not just the upper-middle class or lower well-to-do-class, but the liberal i.e NPR listener, members of said class. Is that really enough people to base a whole race’s problems at?

Even though Murray himself is member of the very classes he criticizes, as this article shows he tries to keep things real by eating out at a casino in West Virginia from time to time.  According to the book, if taken literally, Murray believes enlightenment will come when the white “overclass” spends a day at a casino watching the white old ladies spending their Social Security checks with the one-armed bandit.  Why does this remind me of the 1960s when young SDS activists moved into poverty stricken and working class neighborhoods or going even back further when the Russian Narodniks started their “To the People” movement in the 1870s to try and find out what peasants were thinking? Because it’s the same sort Utopian mindset. So the young professionals are going to tell the Korean War vets at the VFW Hall how to be better citizens? If I were them I think I would pass and leave well enough alone. Or better yet order them a copy of Grand Torino to watch and learn from.

Murray would been better off just presenting the data in his book instead of offering solutions a social scientist like himself would have found distasteful if some Lefty professor made the suggestion every white person in the U.S. had to take in a person of color in their homes.  Imagine what he would have written about that.

Articles for your consideration

From J.J. Jackson: “You’ll Never Get the Right Answers from Asking the Wrong Questions” at Liberty Reborn

From SARTRE: “Industrial Wind” at BATR

From Chuck Baldwin” The Brotherhood of the Free” at Chuck Baldwin.com

From Jim Antle:  “Weak Tea” at TAC

From Doug Casey “The Illusion of Recovery” at Lew Rockwell.com

From Gene Marx: “This is Who we Are” at Antiwar.com

From Dr. Srdja Tifkovic:  “Just Another French Youth…” at Chronicles

 

 

Reuters: Iran Nukes not Imminent

According to Reuters, Iran is nowhere near having a nuclear weapon contrary to the hysterical alarmism and catastrophizing of the interventionist Iran hawks.

(Reuters) – The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.

Those conclusions, drawn from extensive interviews with current and former U.S. and European officials with access to intelligence on Iran, contrast starkly with the heated debate surrounding a possible Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities.

“They’re keeping the soup warm but they are not cooking it,” a U.S. administration official said.

Reuters has learned that in late 2006 or early 2007, U.S. intelligence intercepted telephone and email communications in which Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading figure in Iran’s nuclear program, and other scientists complained that the weaponization program had been stopped.

That led to a bombshell conclusion in a controversial 2007 National Intelligence Estimate: American spy agencies had “high confidence” that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003.

Current and former U.S. officials say they are confident that Iran has no secret uranium-enrichment site outside the purview of U.N. nuclear inspections.

Read more…

It is not sufficient for Iran hawks to just hand wave this away, which is their habit. They have to counter this conclusion with credible contrary  intel.

Quote of the day

“The Trayvon Martin case involves the shooting of a young black man by a young white man, and the failure of the white-run Southern police department to take any action against the killer. The more evidence comes out, the less defensible and more bigoted the police department’s attitude seems.” James Fallows

What a remarkable snapshot into the mind of the modern liberal. A Latino shoots a black, and liberals see Southern racial sin and white bigotry.

The idea that this could be yet another incident in the long-simmering grudge match between Latinos and Blacks is just inconceivable to liberals.

If you want to see more of what’s inside Mr. Fallows’ head – should you have the stomach for it – you can read the whole thing.

Obama’s Afghanistan Massacre Deniers

Anyone who denies the Holocaust is shunned as an enabler of the mass murder of Jews in Nazi Germany. So why do liberals ignore the deaths of millions today? Their denial directly enables the ONGOING deaths of people caught up in DC’s endless wars, which Obama is prosecuting just as enthusiastically as Dick Cheney at his worst.

Continued at Rebellion.

Announcing the 2012 League of the South National Convention

From an e-mail from Dr. Michael Hill:

Announcing The 2012 LS National Conference

It is my pleasure to announce that the 2012 League of the South national conference will be held in the new Alabama LS culture center and headquarters in Wallsboro (Elmore County), Alabama, on 20-21 July (Friday-Saturday). The LS building is located on US Hwy. 231 north of Montgomery, the first Capital of the Confederacy. The new venue was opened to the public on Saturday, 21 January, with speeches, music, food, and good Southern fellowship. We look forward to showing off our newest League real estate to you all this coming summer. Please mark the dates on your calendar and plan to join us for a fun, informative, and inspiring weekend on our own beautiful property.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Bringing Communities Back To Life.” The program will feature several practical workshops that cover the cultural, social, economic, and political revitalization of our Southern communities. Confirmed speakers thus far are Michael Peroutka, noted attorney and former Constitution Party Presidential candidate; Franklin Sanders, author, editor of The Moneychanger and The Free Magnolia, and LS Board member; Mike Tuggle, blogmaster of The Rebellion Blog and LS Board member; and Michael Hill, LS President. As usual, we will have some surprises.

More information about the program, speakers, entertainment, lodging, etc. will be forthcoming.

The conference fees, which include a locally catered BBQ dinner (as opposed to “lunch”) at noon on Saturday, are as follows:

  • Individual $60
  • Couple (Husband & Wife) $95
  • Family (including all children) $100 plus $10 per meal Note: Meal fees will be collected at sign-in desk when you arrive at Conference.

You may pay your conference fee either by filling out the form provided below and sending it along with a check to the League office or you may pay online by PayPal.

We look forward to seeing you in The Heart of Dixie in July!

For more information, call the League at (800) 888-3163 or contact us via email.

Here is the announcement online.

Absurd Iran Fear Mongering

The subject line to the email I received was “Iran Makes New Threat.” I opened up the e-mail to find a link to this story,”Iran Warns It Will Attack Anyone Who Attacks It.”

You have got to be kidding me. Iran saying they will respond if attacked is a “new threat?” Well of course they will attack back if they are attacked. Does anyone expect otherwise?

Check Out the Ciceronian Society Conference

Our friend Jerry Salyer will be speaking at it on the subject “Returning to the Path of Wisdom: Plato, Tolkien, and Techne.” The schedule describes him as Jerry Salyer “Public Intellectual, Front Porch Republic.”

Public Intellectual! Well lah-di-dah!

All kidding aside, the conference looks interesting. It also includes Dr. Donald Livingston speaking on the subject of  “American Republicanism and the Question of Size.”

Christians vs. The Homosexual PC Thought Police

Rod Dreher discusses the same issue we discussed in two posts on the proper Christian response to the PC thought police.

He was prompted by this Ben Stevens post at First Things.

Stevens gets one thing right. The reason we are having this debate is because of the excesses of modernity. Modern pluralism has undermined “taken-for-grantedness” (not Stevens’ term.) But instead of questioning modern pluralism, he essentially accuses the homosexual apologists of being insufficiently modern.

This concedes the modern liberal premise before the debate even starts. No wonder Christians are losing. But Christians aren’t responsible for being good little modernist liberals. They are responsible for being good Christians. They should respond to accusations of bigotry by unapologetically proclaiming the Truth of the Word of God in love. If the homosexual apologist don’t like it then that is between them and God.

Immigration and Empire

Have you noticed that as DC assumes more power, and as the country becomes more diverse, individual security and liberty have faded?

That’s not just a correlation, that’s cause and effect.

Voluntary, representative government cannot exist without shared cultural bonds. Conversely, the more atomized the population, the more need for a powerful government to keep order. Our handlers in DC know that well. That’s why they’re SO excited about Third-World immigration. The more immigrants they import, the more demand they create for even more government intervention at home and abroad. It’s a vicious but VERY lucrative cycle for the military-industrial-congressional complex: greater levels of immigration create more clients for the welfare state, and more cannon fodder for the warfare state.

One of the provisions of the DREAM ACT allows illegal immigrants to win citizenship by serving in the military. (Who better to “defend the Constitution” than someone who has openly scoffed at our laws?) That’s why “conservative” Newt Gingrich supports the DREAM ACT.

But that’s not all. Opening the doors to Third-World colonization creates countless little lobbying groups for military action all over the world. Yesterday in Charlotte, Syrian immigrants demanded US intervention in their home country:

More than 100 protesters spent Sunday chanting slogans and holding Syrian flags in uptown Charlotte as they railed against the Syrian government, which has been accused of killing its own people, and international peacekeeping organizations the protesters say aren’t taking a stand.

Women wore white hijabs, and dozens of people held signs that read “Free Syria” or “Long Live Freedom.” At one point, two 15-passenger vans pulled up outside of the Bank of America building, and more chanting protesters streamed out.

Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, and all the other politically connected “defense” industries need war. Problem is, as Iraq and Afghanistan sink into anarchy, there are no plausible “threats” to justify more military action.

Since self-defense isn’t an issue, we have to be persuaded it’s time to spread more democracy. And here’s John McCain leading the charge. Yes, a vast majority of Americans oppose getting involved in yet another war of choice, but since when does OUR voice count?

You don’t want war with Syria? What are you, anti-immigrant?

And the music goes ’round and ’round …

Where is the outrage against Obama’s tactics in war on terror?

I suppose pigs are flying loop-the-loops on this St. Patrick’s Day. They have to be. For Leonard Pitts, a hard-left columnist who’s never seen a federal power grab he didn’t like, now agrees Obama’s claimed power to execute Americans without a trial is wrong and should be opposed:

[I]t is inconceivable that the White House would claim the right to kill without at least presenting its evidence before a federal judge in a secret hearing. To eschew even that safeguard — there is precedent, in urgent cases, for a ruling to be handed down in hours or even minutes — is to set Obama up as potential judge, jury and executioner of every accused terrorist.

So where is the outrage? Had Bush claimed the right to kill American citizens without judicial oversight, the resulting cries of protest would have been audible on the moon.

Of course, Pitts is right – there would have been massive protests had Bush claimed such power. But, just as only Nixon could go to China, only Obama could nullify the Bill of Rights.

That’s how the central government works. Republicans provide “conservative” cover for big-government programs conservatives would object to, and Democrats provide “liberal” cover for programs liberals would oppose if a Republican sponsored them.

Richard Nixon implemented Affirmative Action. Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to illegal aliens. And George W. Bush pushed through No Child Left Behind, which nationalized the state-controlled schools.

Both parties assure us they must control us for our own good. Obama’s just doing what Democrats do best, and that is to expand DC’s power over us in the name of “social justice” and “democracy.”

Who Is the Most Obnoxious Neocon? I Vote Robert Kagan

Who do our readers think is the most obnoxious neocon? Kristol the Elder? Kristol the Younger? Pod the Elder? Pod the Lesser? Krauthammer? Someone in the National Review axis? Kagan? Levin? Another? (Suggest me some other names, and I’ll actually make a poll to post.)

And by obnoxious I don’t necessarily mean personally. I mean which one is the most absurdly out there and over the top with their neoconservatism. My vote goes to Robert Kagan, with Levin as a close second.

Kagan is a proud and open advocate of American Imperialism. He reminds me of an Englishman defending the British Empire talking about the white man’s burden. We simply must rule the world for the good of all. Kagan is a cartoon character who lives in a cartoon world. How does this clown have a post in a “mainstream” think thank? He shouldn’t be at the Brookings Institution. He should be at the Marvel Institution. See what I mean:

Here is a post about Mr. Kagan at AmConMag.

It makes reference to this recent paean to American Imperialism.

And to his recent book obnoxiously titled, appropriately, The World America Made. (I’m not making that up.)

You have to hand it to Kagan for his honesty though. Most neocons try to pretty up their naked imperialism, but not Kagan. He flaunts it out there for the world to see.

 

ObamaCare to cost almost double original estimate

Oopsies! Looks like we’ve been fooled again – this time, by the new boss:

President Obama’s national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.

Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO’s standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama’s pledge that the legislation would cost “around $900 billion over 10 years.”

We’ve seen how Obama has been continuing the Bush regime’s policies of perpetual war and undermining the Bill of Rights. So it appears Obama is also continuing W’s policy of lying to the American people about the cost of war and socialized medicine.

Look for a Southern Poverty Law Center exposé about the Congressional Budget Office being staffed by kluxers. (They’re everywhere, you know.)

Articles for your consideration

“Obama’s Zero Percent Doctrine”  by Tom Egelstadt at TAC

“College Education Economics”  by SARTRE at BATR

“The One Percent Fraud Rate Sounds Good”  by J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn

“The Swindlers – How Four Vain Philosophies Endanger American Liberty”  by Robert Leonardo

“What Ron Paul’s Detractors Reveal”  by Chuck Baldwin

“Who Are the Terrorists”  by Justin Raimondo at Lew Rockwell.com

“The Rent is too Damn High” – Housing Restrictions in the U.S. by Matt Yeglesias The Washington Monthly

Cheer up! Roy Moore close to being Alabama Supreme Court Justice once again

Losing in politics is like being slugged in the gut. It’s not like losing in sports because team can console themselves with the fact there’s always next year (unless you’re a Cubs fan). It’s not that certain there’s going to be a next time and when you lose it’s a majority of the people saying that don’t want you.

I agree with much of Red said about state of our current politics but instead of adding to the dreariness I’d like to cheer ourselves up with some happy news. Judge Roy Moore is this close to make his comeback complete has scored 50 percent in the primary for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice. Even if he is forced into a runoff he finished well ahead of other two primary opponents.  For someone written off as politically dead, he sure knows how to play the part Lazarus I will say.

Now, we mustn’t overinterpret this. Moore ran twice for governor and lost badly both times. Alabama voters have decided that while they may not want Moore to be their chief executive, they have no problem having him be chief justice.

Now, if you’re in politics long enough you’re going to take your fair share of losses. But if you are persistent enough and hold fast to what you believe in, but make changes where you need to, then you can be ultimately successful or at least what you work for can be successful. Times change and people as hard as it may be to believe but they do. But you can’t take advantage of it unless you get into that arena like it or not.

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