Some Kinda Hole…

Another case of political correctness run amok and “cultural sensitivity” (or whatever it’s called) that’s just beyond stupid.

I’m sure Neil deGrasse Tyson could explain to this poor, benighted fool that the term “Black Hole” comes from the fact that the gravitational field of such areas of space is so powerful that even electromagnetic radiation (e.g. visible light) is unable to escape their pull, thereby rendering the hole’s interior invisible or, rather, black like the appearance of space itself. Calling it a “white hole” as this twit suggests, would therefore be ridiculous.

As well, somehow “It sounds like Central Collections has become a singularity” just doesn’t seem to work.

McCain Advisor: “A Nation of Whiners”

I’m sure this will endear McCain to those pivotal lunch-bucket, blue-collar, swing voters in the Midwest.

Phil Gramm, the top economic adviser to McCain, had the following to say in a new interview with the Moonie Times:

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. “We may have a recession; we haven’t had one yet.”

“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.

“I strongly disagree,” McCain said today when asked at a town hall meeting about Gramm’s comments. Throwing Gramm under the Straight Talk Express, McCain added the former senator would play no role in his administration, other than being exiled to a former Soviet republic.

“I think Sen. Gramm would be in serious consideration for ambassador to Belarus, although I’m not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that.”

Hoo boy, that McCain… what a card.

p.s. Where have I heard that “nation of whiners” refrain before? Oh yes, here.

Update: Predictable fodder for fun by Obama.

What’s in a Word?

Well, quite a lot it seems when your entire argument about there being a pervasive “liberal bias” in the mainstream media turns on the use of a single word in one article.

Yes, the Trusty one is at it again. Having previously tried his hand at asserting that things clearly in evidence didn’t exist, he’s now taking the opposite tack of claiming that things not present really do exist!

According to Trusty, the use of the word “summoning” by the Reuters News Agency in the widely reported story of George Bush’s un-statesmanlike “Yo, Harper!” remark is proof positive of a nefarious “liberal bias” in the MSM.

In addition to being clueless about media relations, Trusty also doesn’t seem to understand headlinese, or the difficulties of creating short, punchy, dramatic headlines when he dumbly complains like this:

First and foremost, what the hell is with the misleading “Bush beckons, PM obeys?” [sic] A reader then clicks the story to have the headline “Bush summons Canadian leader with a “Yo Harper!” before being subject to a whole article of non-news.

Actually, we don’t even know where the screen shot and the “foremost” headline that seems to have irked the Trusty one so much comes from. Some website obviously, but unfortunately, we’re not told which one. It doesn’t appear to even be a proper news outlet. The only reason it’s worth mentioning is that it would then be possible to see what headlines normally look like on that site in order to have some point of comparison. But, I guess we’ll never know.

So let’s move onto the actual story and headline. As mentioned, though widely reported, it’s the Reuters version of the story that seems be the allegedly biased offender here because it used the word “summoning” as opposed to “calling for” (the AP version). This begs us to ask the question again: can Trusty actually read? He seems not to understand the definition of the word “summon” is, amongst others, “to call for.” In other words, the two things are exactly the same, although one could certainly draw a certain pejorative inference from “summoning” if one chose to.

Still, that’s a pretty slender reed on which the rest of Trusty’s rather incoherent diatribe hangs from. And sure enough, it’s just a lot of puerile silliness about the supposed “America-hating” of the mainstream Canadian press, which is made even more ridiculous by the fact that Reuters is based in London, England. But we’ve wasted enough time on this absurd man and his deeply uninformed opinions. Time to move on.