CULTURE WATCH, Volume 19
by Nancy Morgan
Progress continues apace in Iraq. The flow of investment dollars into Iraq from European, Asian and Western companies indicates that we, and the Iraqi people, have finally turned the corner. Iraqis are getting the hang of law and order and seem to like it.
Marines in Afghanistan have chased most of the Taliban from the world's largest poppy-growing region. That's the furthest south the Marines have been in years. Meanwhile, IED deaths in Iraq are down 89%.
The mainstream media continues to ignore the much improved situation in Iraq, focusing instead on trying to lay the blame for the flooding in the midwest and the fires in California on:
Bad news for the eco-warriors. As gas prices continue their upward spiral, everyday Americans are starting to wise up. A whopping 67% now believe that we should drill for oil off the coasts of Florida and California.
Not to be deterred by reality, radical environmental group Greenpeace has called for all coal-fired power stations to be shut down by 2030. And leading eco-alarmist scientist, James Hanson, is demanding we put oil chiefs on trial for spreading doubts about global warming. I kid you not.
In the year since Father Earth, (Algore) took steps to make his Tennessee mansion more energy-efficient, his energy use has surged 10%.
Congress continues to obstruct any and all measures that might actually bring down the price at the pump, focusing instead on, well, other stuff, as outlined in this week's article Our Public Servants. The good news is that ordinary Americans have finally wised up to them, as evidenced by a new Gallup Poll showing only 12% of Americans now have confidence in Congress. This is the lowest rating in 35 years. Just so.
Finally, a little attention is being paid to the rule of law. Illegal immigration prosecutions hit an all-time high this March, with arrests up 50% from April and a whopping 73% from 2007.
The IRS is finally stepping up its probe into race-hustler Al Sharpton's finances, sending a flurry of subpoenas to his most generous corporate donors. This could mean corporations won't have to spend all their time and money proving they're not racist and will be free to concentrate on profits.
PS. No matter what the left says, 'profit' is not a dirty word.
English as our official language is gaining momentum as proponents keep going to the ballot box with measures that discourage bilingual ballots, notices and documents. Time to hablas english.
Muslim countries have won a battle to prevent Islam from being criticised during debates by the (misnamed) UN Human Rights Council. And speaking of "human rights", police in Britain have spent 100,000 pounds trying to find a chemical and biological attack suit to fit over a Sikh officer's turban and beard. Alas, no luck so far.
In good news for Democrats, a new state rule in Florida allows 115,000 felons to be given back their civil rights, including the right to vote and hold office. Lovely.
Another disaster diverted as a bank-robber claiming to have a bomb was stopped by a customer armed with a--gasp--gun. Media silence ensued.
Gay men and straight women share some characteristics in the area of the brain responsible for emotion, mood and anxiety, researchers say. A new study points out that scientists who falsify, fabricate or plagiarise data are becoming more numerous.
Good news for juveniles who are languishing in New York juvenile detention centers, trying to decide which gender they want to be. A new policy allows these confused, sensitive youths to wear whatever uniform they chose, be called by whatever name they like and even to avail themselves of special housing if they feel other prisoners discriminate against them as they prance around in miniskirts and make-up.
Gloucester, Mass. is reaping the results of all those edgy progressive attitudes they've been spouting. Apparently, several 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds decided they wanted to get pregnant. 17 of them did. A 24 year-old homeless man was one of the sperm donors. The town fathers are shocked--shocked!
Heinz has launched a homosexual-themed TV campaign that features two men sharing a kiss. Question: What do two men swapping spit have to do with selling mayonaise?
A Japanese firm has introduced a robotic girlfriend for all the lonely men out there. The robot, unlike feminists, kisses on command. Speaking of lonely men, a Singapore man was sentenced to 14 years in jail and 18 strokes of the cane for sniffing women's armpits.
Picture this. A 5'9" black-headed python was found in a toilet bowl on the tenth floor of an Austrian apartment complex. It's believed the snake had been residing in the plumbing for some time.
A Virginia man demonstrated its possible to regularly dine at fast food restaurants without signing your own death certificate. He lost 86 pounds on the McDonalds diet. Snack on that, while its still legal.
In what I hope will become a sign of the times, a Romanian village knowingly voted in a dead man as their mayor in last weeks' municipal election. Apparently they preferred him to his living opponent. Cool jeans.
Till next Monday, keep smiling.
by Nancy Morgan
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and a news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina, where she writes "Culture Watch" weekly.
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