“The Universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we can imagine.”

Albert Einstein

Author’s Note:  Bb, though when I have a cold, sometimes as low as F.  Actually, as I’ve explored this new, scruffy little blog, I’ve tried a variety of articles, including Quick Points, which have evolved into a sort of Instapundit format, but with substantially more commentary.  As more and more of my time is taken by my students during the school year (they are, after all, my first obligation and I’m glad of it), QPs—after a bit of a sabbatical–return this week.  I hope you enjoy them.

POINT:  Sandra Fluke (no, I won’t submit to the temptation to pun her name.  Besides, you’ve probably already beat me to it.).  Is it just me, or at one time, would any young woman be embarrassed to publically demand that others buy her birth control medications and devices?  And is it just me, or was there a time in America when any political party wouldn’t give the slightest consideration to putting such a person on its convention stage to whine that forcing others to buy her birth control is somehow a civil right and that failure to extort others for her sexual needs is somehow a harbinger of doom for women and the decline of American society?

It’s not just me?  Whew!

With America on a high-speed rail track to bankruptcy, with militant Islam gaining strength all over the world and Iran on the verge of going nuclear, with unemployment at record highs for record periods and with gas prices double their 2008 levels, With Obamacare set to bankrupt the nation all by its lonesome, etc., etc., the Democrats feature Sandra Fluke, a 30 year old law student to establish a new civil right to force others to pay for her birth control.  Is there any more compelling evidence that the Democrats are no longer to be taken seriously or trusted with running the nation?  Good grief, the next thing you know, they’ll be banning large sodas…what’s that?  They’re already doing that in New York City?  Oh.

By all means, if you’re not familiar with Mark Steyn, take the opportunity to read his most recent article about the exhibitionistic and ill-conceived (yes, that was a pun—couldn’t resist) Ms. Fluke.  You’ll be glad you did.

POINT:  The Dopes Are On The Case!  According to Fox News, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s juvenile campaign against Lance Armstrong continues apace.  I recently wrote about that case, and observed that the effort against Armstrong seems far more like spite and envy than a concern for justice and the purity of sport.

Now Armstrong has been banned from running–not bicycling, running—in any event sanctioned by USA Track & Field, so Armstrong can’t run in the Chicago Marathon to raise money for cancer research.

Spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Friday that Armstrong will not be allowed to participate in the Oct. 7 race. Foundation President Doug Ulman said it was ‘frustrating and unfortunate’ that Armstrong couldn’t run, affecting the cancer charity’s fundraising efforts.

That’ll keep those decadent Tour de France cyclists from doping!  Good job U.S. Dope Agency—ooops!  Did I get that wrong, or right?

POINT:  If you’d like a few minutes of “awwwwww,” stop by Zoo Borns and see all the cute furry animals.  The video of a Cheetah cub and puppy playing at the Cincinnati Zoo is almost too cute for words.

POINT:  Well, yeah, eh… According to the good folks at Hot Air, The Canadians—you know that quaint, cold country to the north where they speak English, but not really?—have pulled the plug on Iran because, well, gosh darn it, those wacky Iranians are just really dangerous and, you know, crazy too, eh!

Does Canada know something about Iran and Israel the rest of us don’t? More than a couple of Hot Air readers posed that question after Canada announced that they would cut all diplomatic ties with the Iranians and pull their embassy out of Tehran. In fact, all of their diplomatic personnel had already left by the time the announcement was made, and Canada ordered any remaining Iranian diplomats to leave Canada as well. However, the Harper government insisted that this was not prompted by any inside information on Israeli or Iranian intentions, but on the continuing intransigence on the mullahcracy’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and unnamed but multiple violations of Vienna Convention rules on treatment of diplomats.

Well, they did seize our embassy, hold our people hostage for more than a year, and start the contemporary world-wide Jihad, and made Jimmy Carter look even weaker and more silly than anyone thought possible, but other than that, I’m sure they’re just wonderful people.  The Canadians are not exactly known to be diplomatic reactionaries.  If even they are recognizing the inherent dangers of the Iranians, why is Mr. Obama constantly suggesting that the Iranians are just misunderstood and certain that all we have to do is just talk to them some more?  They don’t really mean it when they say—daily—that they’re going to wipe Israel off the map and we’re next.

Oh well, at least GM is alive. Just ask Joe Biden.  He has a biker chick on his lap, and her boyfriend doesn’t look very happy about it.  That Joe! C’mon!  That guy really isn’t the Vice President, is he?  Not Really!  Who’d be dumb enough to do that?!

By the way, is anyone else struck by the fact that a genuine photograph exists of the Vice President of the United States with a biker chick on his lap?  We live in strange times.

POINT:  GREAT MOMENTS IN DEMOCRAT RHETORIC, #2981.  So, Christians want Jews to die, do they?  Aren’t the Israelis our allies, and aren’t they—you know—Jews and stuff?  According to Mark Alan Siegel, the Chairman of the Palm Beach Democrat Party:

I’m Jewish, I’m not a fan of any other religion than Judaism…’

The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord.

Mr. Siegel made these charmingly uninformed comments at the Democrat National Convention shortly after mention of God and of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel were reinserted into the party platform.  According to The Blaze, Mr. Siegel has apologized and taken a leave of absence.  Good idea Mr. Siegel.  Keep an eye out for those dangerous Christians!

Could the Democrats become any more unhinged?  Do these people really believe this stuff?  

POINT:  BARACK OBAMA: AMERICA’S GREATEST GUN SALESMAN!  It remains the only significant economic success of his presidency.  Since his ascension to the throne—oops, the presidency—gun and ammunition sales have exploded (heh-heh), and sales forecasts are going ballistic (stop me before I pun again)!

The good folks over at Hot Air have an informative article that’s worth your time.  I also recently posted an article on that topic—it’s a bit more in-depth—at Gun Values Board where I regularly post.  But as a public service, I’m including the gun control language from the current the Democrat platform, including a helpful translation into actual English:

Firearms. We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements—like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole—so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.

TRANSLATION:  Considering that the background check system has been in effect for a very long time and is adequately doing its job, and the “assault weapons ban” accomplished nothing at all in a decade, and closing the so-called “gun show loophole” would essentially prevent all private sales of firearms, even within members of a family, one might be forgiven for thinking that the “conversation” the Democrats want to have would go something like this: “Give us all the guns, you red-necked, flyover country gun and God clingers!”  That’s pretty honest and open, isn’t it?  Thought so.

And so another edition of Quick Points draws to a happy close.  More to come.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!