GOP and College
Blogged by a Tennessee-born,
and Tennessee-educated Republican.
As seen in The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Actual Quote From Class Today
If anyone is unaware, this week is the national "Empty Holster Protest" from Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. This is a protest advocating concealed carry laws on campuses which currently outlaw them, leaving students defenseless in the case of an armed attacker. The campus hierarchy assume that the campus police will be sufficient to eliminate the threat, but on campus here at TTU there are 15 officers for over 9,000 students, and although the campus can call upon city and possibly county law enforcement, incidents at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and other "Gun Free Zones" have shown how "effective" that police presence is.
Aside from the empty holsters, students have been carrying signs which can get the point across. Here is an example of some.
"This is a GUN-FREE ZONE! If you are planning on shooting a bunch of innocent people and then yourself, we're sorry, but that is not allowed here."
"This is a VIOLENCE-FREE ZONE! You cannot be raped, molested, murdered, assaulted, beaten, mugged, shot, strangled, or stabbed on this campus, because IT IS AGAINST THE RULES"
There are others, but nothing comes close to the next quote that was said in a class today.
One of the professors here at Tech is strongly against concealed carry on campus, and one of the students was/is wearing an empty holster.
I'm not sure if it was in relation to the holster, but the teacher asked the person next to him "Do you feel safe sitting next to him?"
Without thinking the other student responded, "I'd feel safer if he was armed."
Friday, April 18, 2008
See Ya Steve
Steve McNair announced that he is retiring from football after 13 seasons in the NFL, with 11 of them playing for the Titans.
The dedication of this man to the sport is amazing, and seemingly no injury was too great to keep him off the field. He played through broken fingers, and other times when he spent the entire week injured, but sucked it up for 60 minutes on the gridiron.
After 13 years though, he says his mind is ready to play, but his body just can't keep up anymore.
Enjoy retirement, Steve. You've earned it.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Smack A Clinton Time
The AP does a great job of demonstrating the phrase "Smack a Clinton" with this piece. Bloggers had been all over it for a full 24 hours, but the AP finally admitted it yesterday. I love seeing the media turn on them.
Just to make things clear, here's the debunking from the AP story;
Bill Clinton has many of the facts wrong.
His wife didn't make the sniper fire claim "one time late at night when she was exhausted." She actually told the story several times, including during prepared remarks on foreign policy delivered the morning of March 17.
It's also not true that she "immediately apologized for it." Clinton has never apologized for the comments and only acknowledged that she "misspoke" a week after the March 17 speech when video of her peaceful tarmac reception emerged.
It's also not true that she was the "first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat zone" - a claim that Hillary Clinton has also made when talking about the trip. Pat Nixon traveled to Saigon during the Vietnam war and Barbara Bush went to Saudi Arabia two months before the launching of Desert Storm.
The trip also was not in 1995, but 1996.
Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer responded to the former president's remarks Friday by saying, "Senator Clinton appreciates her husband standing up for her, but this was her mistake and she takes responsibility for it."
She's also told her husband to quit talking about it.
"Hillary called me and said 'You don't remember this. You weren't there, let me handle it.' I said, 'Yes ma'am,'" Bill Clinton, who was in Indiana campaigning for his wife Friday, told reporters.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Hillary's (Lack Of) Understanding of Economics
Here's a transcript of Hillary's OWN words on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Emphasis mine);
I was in Indianapolis the other day and I was shaking hands after I spoke. And there was this young boy about eleven years old and he's trying to tell me something—you know the crowd was yelling—so I leaned over and he said, "You know, my mom makes minimum wage and even though it went up, her hours were cut. So we're not making any more money. Can you help her?" You know, when somebody says something like that to you, it really does kind of energize me. I think, yeah, I can, I'm going to really try to help you, because this is wrong. And everywhere I go I hear stories like that about veterans who don't get health care, about people, who are, you know, losing their jobs, and I think we can do so much better. So for me it's just get up every day and fight on because this country's worth fighting for.
Note the line in bold. Economics 101, if production costs increase (either by material cost increases or labor increases) then you cut expenses to maintain a profit. In this case, the woman's wages were the increase. If the story is true, then this situation is easily predicted. The most amusing thing about this story is that Hillary herself was a HUGE supporter of the very reason this woman had a reduction in hours. The site Votehillary.org has a transcript of a speech she gave to the President about raising minimum wage. If there's any doubt of her support of a rate increase, here's the opening statement of it;
Mr. President, I find it almost hard to believe that we are here on the floor of the United States Senate arguing over the necessity for an increase in the minimum wage. I am strongly supportive of Senator Kennedy’s amendment, proud to cosponsor it, and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote in favor of it and to oppose the second-degree amendment. Now, this amendment does not go as far as I or Senator Kennedy and others would have preferred. It raises the minimum wage to $6.25 an hour, far short of the $7.25 an hour that Senator Kennedy and I and 48 other Senators proposed in March, but we could never get a vote on that. Now, this amendment, however, should have even greater support than the 50 cosponsors we had last March. It should pass unanimously out of this body. Fifty senators just last March supported an increase to $7.25 and now we have cut the increase with a hope that we can get, number one, the vote we are hoping to get on this appropriations bill; and, number two, an overwhelmingly bipartisan passage.Not only did Hillary attempt to use this story to gain pity among voters, but she doesn't even seem to realize that she was the cause of it. This woman truly has no understanding of basic Economics.
H/T: RFTR's Gmail message.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
One More Reason Against Gun Control
James William Spiers III is alive today because he is the proud holder of a hand-gun permit. While delivering a pizza to some apartments in Des Moines, Iowa, Spiers was confronted by an armed robber who held a gun to his head, demanding money.
After a struggle, Spiers either managed to wrestle the gun away from the robber, or used his own and fired off shots at the robber as he ran away, wounding him 3 times.
After the incident, Spiers was sent home by his manager, and the HR department's response was;
that they don't allow employees (more importantly delivery personnel) to carry guns "because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”
Yes, it's safer to carry around a bag filled with cash at night unarmed.