Friday, February 29, 2008
(Jefferson Papers, p. 334, C.J. Boyd, 1950)
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
(Thomas Jefferson Papers p. 334, 1950)
by John Stossel
"It's all too predictable. A day after a gunman killed six people and wounded 18 others at Northern Illinois University, The New York Times criticized the U.S. Interior Department for preparing to rethink its ban on guns in national parks.
The editorial board wants "the 51 senators who like the thought of guns in the parks -- and everywhere else, it seems -- to realize that the innocence of Americans is better protected by carefully controlling guns than it is by arming everyone to the teeth."
As usual, the Times editors seem unaware of how silly their argument is. To them, the choice is between "carefully controlling guns" and "arming everyone to the teeth." But no one favors "arming everyone to the teeth" (whatever that means). Instead, gun advocates favor freedom, choice and self-responsibility. If someone wishes to be prepared to defend himself, he should be free to do so. No one has the right to deprive others of the means of effective self-defense, like a handgun.
As for the first option, "carefully controlling guns," how many shootings at schools or malls will it take before we understand that people who intend to kill are not deterred by gun laws? Last I checked, murder is against the law everywhere. No one intent on murder will be stopped by the prospect of committing a lesser crime like illegal possession of a firearm. The intellectuals and politicians who make pious declarations about controlling guns should explain how their gunless utopia is to be realized.
While they search for -- excuse me -- their magic bullet, innocent people are dying defenseless.
That's because laws that make it difficult or impossible to carry a concealed handgun do deter one group of people: law-abiding citizens who might have used a gun to stop crime. Gun laws are laws against self-defense..."
Great job, John.
Stossel has often said that his NOT going to journalism school has helped rather than hindered his ability to see the forest through the treeline. Whatever, its heartwarming to have at least ONE mainstreamer on the side of the good guys.
(CNN) -- Two masked and machete-wielding men who barged into a club in Sydney, Australia, couldn't have picked a worse night for their robbery -- a monthly meeting of bikers.
The robbers chose the wrong night to burst into the club where the Southern Cross Cruiser Club have their monthly meeting.
About 50 burly bikers fought back with tables and chairs -- pretty much anything that wasn't bolted down. One would-be robber was tied up; the other in the hospital.
Police arrested both.
"These guys were absolutely dumb as bricks," Jerry Vancornewal, leader of the bikers, told CNN Thursday. "I can't believe they saw all the bikes parked up front and they were so stupid that they walked past in."
Vancornewal and his buddies were at the Regents Park Sporting and Community Club in Sydney when the two men wearing ski masks stormed in Wednesday night. They yelled at patrons to drop to the floor as they emptied cash registers at the bar.
Hearing the commotion from an adjacent room, Vancornewal and his pals with the Southern Cross Cruiser motorcycle club stomped through to the bar area to intervene.
"They (the robbers) thought they had the upper advantage with their knives and their machetes," Jim Webb, night supervisor of the club, told CNN. "They didn't expect to run into a bunch of guys carrying chairs and tables."
One of the would-be robbers crashed through a plate-glass door and jumped off a balcony.
"All he had to do was push the button and it automatically opened," Webb quipped."
In becoming Austral-ized, it was mandatory for me to attend functions at Regents Park, and a better place to go for a good and manly time would be hard to find. Aussie bikers are quite polite and fine examples of law abiding drivers, but don't take that to mean they evince any semblance of timidity.
Good on ya, mates.
Lieutenant Governor Dunn to Horace Greeley; 1863
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And I fervently wish people would stop declaring that the ass-backwards laws of their states are universal. There are you know, states that allow for the use of deadly force without your own personal safety being an equation at all, so it'd behoove those wishing to pass along important information to at least stop to see if said information is correct. It absolutely ruins the credibility of anyone trying to make a point when the facts are askew, askance, and atwitter.
Also, even in communist-run locations one is permitted to be engaged in what is commonly called a "running gun battle".
This can be where an assailant flees, stops and turns to shoot, flees again, seeks cover and/or concealment, and the good guy or gal adapts and overcomes.
Giving up just because a goblin has shown his back is a good way to die.
By LINDA P. CAMPBELLStar-Telegram Staff Writer
"Constitutional rights aren't meant to be protected just on the grace or generosity of legislatures," Cruz (Texas Solicitor General) said.
With that broad principle, I respectfully agree.
I might also point out that it's an argument that abortion-rights supporters, among others, make. But I doubt the AG's office wants to go there."
Have to pardon me, ma'am as I've recently returned from a day of shooting, am having difficulty with Google and cannot seem to locate a reference to abortion in the Constitution.
"When sexual assaults started rising in Orlando, Fla., in 1986, police officers noticed women were arming themselves, so they launched a firearms safety course for them. Over the next 12 months, sexual assaults plummeted by 88 percent, burglaries fell by 25 percent and not one of the 2,500 women who took the course fired a gun in a confrontation.
And that, says a new brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by police officers and prosecutors in a controversial gun-ban dispute, is why gun ownership is important and should be available to individuals in the United States.
The arguments come in an amicus brief submitted by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, whose spokesman, Ted Deeds, told WND there now are 92 different law enforcement voices speaking together to the Supreme Court in the Heller case.
That pending decision will decide whether an appeals court ruling striking down a District of Columbia ban on handguns because it violates the Second Amendment will stand or not. The gun ban promoters essentially argue that any gun restriction that is ruled "reasonable" is therefore constitutional, such as the D.C. handgun ban.
Deeds said this probably is the largest unified law enforcement statement in support of the Second Amendment ever, and includes nearly a dozen organizations that represent tens of thousands of police officers across the country, dozens of state attorneys general, dozens of prosecutors and a long list of federal law enforcement experts up to and including federal judges."
Tens of thousands in a population of half a million.
I call that a good start but nowhere near enough.
Most law enforcement agency's are dead-set against the average citizen bearing arms, and if you don't believe that then take a look at LA and NYC.
Close to 60,000 officers all told and they rigorously defend their local overlord's mandate that the man on the street will remain defenseless.
Still and all, a spade is a spade so thanks to the patriotic police officers who stand by their oath.
"Criminal charges will not be filed against Vancouver Police Officer Roger Evans or Top Choice Meats owner Mike Brannan, a special prosecutor said Wednesday.
The Dec. 21 altercation started when Evans, who went to the Orchards shop to pick up a venison order while off duty, became upset that market employees failed to add pepper flakes to his venison jerky.
According to witnesses, Evans and Brannan had a lengthy, heated exchange that ended with Evans drawing his gun, customers ducking for cover and a flurry of calls to 911.
Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Rick Buckner, who investigated the incident, found no fault with Evans. He recommended misdemeanor assault charges against Brannan based on Evans’ claim that the butcher shoved a heavy box of venison at the police officer’s chest outside the store.
The Vancouver city attorney prosecutes misdemeanors within city limits, but Charles Isely and James Senescu, a former assistant city attorney and a former deputy county prosecutor, respectively, were asked to review the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest since a police officer was involved.
Isely said there was a lack of credible and consistent evidence to support any criminal charges.
Therese Lavallee, Brannan’s attorney, received the special prosecutors’ report and said no witnesses corroborated Evans’ claim that Brannan shoved the box at him.
Witnesses did, however, say that Evans drew his weapon without provocation.
That could support a charge of second-degree assault with a firearm, prosecutors said in their report, but they declined to file such a charge because they said Evans could argue self-defense.
Evans has said he pulled his weapon because he feared Brannan was going to pull one out first.
The prosecutors reasoned that, as a police officer, Evans has a heightened sense about predicting what a person is going to do, Lavallee said."
Simply cannot make this shit up.
A heightened sense of being hit by a side of beef wielded by an irate butcher. I see.
Draw down on an unarmed merchant and see how much sympathy the local yokels afford your excuse that you believed he or she was going to clobber you with a ham hock.
The inmates are running the asylum and have redefined the meaning of mercenary-overlord.
Thanks to The War on Guns
"In an interview with ABC News' Cynthia McFadden to air on this evening's "Nightline," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., says it's tougher for her to run as a woman than it is for her male opponent.
Asked why she thinks so many women may be feeling sorry for her, Clinton said, "I think a lot of women project their own feelings and their lives onto me, and they see how hard this is. It's hard. It's hard being a woman out there. It is obviously challenging with some of the things that are said that are not even personal to me so much as they are about women."
That a girl. Make it about ALL women and not just an unlikeable socialist hag who wishes to be coronated for pretty much no reason at all. At least Obo is half-black and can evoke memories of slavery, but when one is of the gender which has brought us weepy entitlements and nothing more you aren't getting any points for this one, babe.
AUSTIN — The Texas Democratic Party warned Thursday that election night caucuses scheduled for Tuesday could be delayed or disrupted after aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton threatened to sue over the party's complicated delegate selection process.
In a letter sent out late Thursday to both the Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns, Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn warned a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats' effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers.
Spokesmen for both campaigns said there were no plans to sue ahead of the March 4 election.
"It has been brought to my attention that one or both of your campaigns may already be planning or intending to pursue litigation against the Texas Democratic Party," Dunn wrote in the letter, obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Such action could prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated Democratic process."
TRANSLATION: We have these idiots right where we want them so lets keep the ball rolling because the writers strike is over and they'll all be moving on to OTHER fantasies...
There is widespread sentiment this is an historic election, and 76 percent of Ohio Democrats and 79 percent of Texas Democrats say their vote makes them feel like they are participating in a "significant moment in the country’s history because either a bi-racial man or a Lesbian woman would be the first of their kind to lose to the oldest man ever to run for the Presidency."
(KTVI - myFOXstl.com) --
"She's being called the topless teacher.
A 27 year old
The former teacher, Melissa Moss, was fired from her job as an English teacher at the
Where the hell were teachers like this when I was in school? Um, I, ah, mean, why this is just terrible!
Not Content With Making Tens Of Millions Of Dollars Writing About Teens And Witch Worship...J.K. Rowling Sues Over Potter Lexicon Book
Author J.K. Rowling scolded a fan she's accused of ripping off her idea for a Harry Potter encyclopedia, claiming he's missed some of the moral lessons laid out in her bestselling novels.Rowling lashes out at Steven Vander Ark in a letter to Manhattan Federal Judge Robert Patterson, who's considering the Harry Potter author's request to block publication of Vander Ark's "Harry Potter Lexicon."
"You would imagine that almost anyone nowadays would be capable of understanding the ill that might befall someone daring to irritate a practitioner of the dark arts." Rowling wrote in the perfectly punctuated letter, "The Harry Potter books are full of moral choices and ethical dilemmas, and, ironically, Mr. Vander Ark's actions tend to demonstrate that he is woefully unfit to represent himself as either a fan of or expert on books whose spirit he seems entirely to have missed."
As of yet there appears to have been no response from Mr. Vander Ark, but Lloyd's of London let it be known that they had summarily dropped his life insurance policy with them.
Or is it the horns...
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) smiles during a campaign rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio February 27, 2008, seemingly unaware that random positioning of certain cameras had cast her true reflection behind her.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- "More than two decades after the country established a uniform drinking age of 21, a nascent movement is afoot to allow 18- to 20-year-olds to legally buy alcohol under some circumstances.
Proponents say the higher age hasn't kept young people from consuming alcohol and has instead driven underage consumption underground, particularly on college campuses.
"Our laws aren't working. They're not preventing underage drinking. What they're doing is putting it outside the public eye," Vermont state Sen. Hinda Miller said."
Oh boy, Henda, thats interesting. Burglary, robbery, murder, rape, muggings, etc, are illegal, yet continue to happen.
So by your logic we should decriminalize these offenses as well since people are just gonna go ahead and do 'em no matter what.
Sweet Lord but I don't know if these people amuse me or make me sick.
We haven't been able to stop pedophiles either so I guess we should just let them continue to abuse children because then some kids might escape being murdered if the perverts are no longer afraid of being arrested. There is ALWAYS a downside to ANY law, but the liberal way of giving up because the CRIMINAL himself might come to harm is mind boggling.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- "Iraq's presidential council has endorsed the execution within a month of Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as "Chemical Ali," for his role in the 1980s scorched-earth campaign against Kurds, officials said Friday. But it spared the life of two other officials amid Sunni protests that they were only following orders.
The approval by Iraq's President Jalal Talabani and two vice presidents was the final step clearing the way for Ali Hassan al-Majid's execution by hanging. It could now be carried out at any time, a government adviser and a prosecutor said."
It'll be cool when Iraq truly enters the 21st Century and offers Pay-Per-View.
I'd drop some heavy bucks to watch this monster swing and kick.
"Live From HBO Baghdad: DOPE ON A ROPE"
"Skegness' own John Rambo might draws stunned glances from passers-by as he patrols through the town in full military get-up and bandana, but at least no one dares mess with him.
John, 40, changed his name 20 years ago after watching the Rambo movies for the first time.
Not content with sharing the same name as the tough action hero and dressing the same, he has also perfected Sly Stallone's distinctive slow drawl.
The charity worker helps teach outdoor survival tactics at his local Air Training Corps.
He said: "I really am the real-life Rambo.
"Generally people think twice about what they say to me. Nobody messes with me.
"Sometimes people don't believe I'm serious at first. They just think it's quite amusing.
"Then they realise the truth."
Unmarried John changed his name by deed poll in 1988 when he was 20 - the year the third film came out.
He said: "I was mad on all the Rambo films at the time. I was 14, 17 and 20 when they came out and it was when the last one came out that I changed my name.
"People had already nicknamed me Rambo. I had a really short fuse and I always wore a bandana.
"I thought Rambo was great and we were so similar I knew I was just the real-life version of the character.
"The name was the only thing missing and once I changed that I really was John Rambo." It is not just John's name that makes him stand out from the crowd as a real-life action hero.
Wearing a bandana and combat trousers he is the spitting image of Sylvester Stallone's character in the popular films.
He said: "I've always worn something on my head, usually a cap, but I started wearing a bandana too.
"In the films Rambo wears a red one but mine's camouflage green. They're similar enough though. "I wear combat trousers quite a lot, so I look just like him."
Ah, pal? Sorry but you don't look a bit like Sylvester Stallone, and while I'm dashing your insane little dreams...just between you and me of course...
How many confirms do you happen to have?
(can't get the daily mail link to work here, sorry about that but I've included the meat of the story)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
"The Tennessee Republican Party has toned down a fiery press release that included a controversial photo of Barack Obama and blasted the candidate on his stance on Israel. The release was changed after a rebuke from the Republican National Committee.
A GOP official told FOX News that the RNC privately chided the Tennessee Republican Party over the content of its online press release titled, “Anti-Semites for Obama,” which followed the endorsement of Obama by Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The statement cited Farrakhan, who has called Judaism a “gutter religion,” in claiming an Obama presidency would threaten relations between the United States and Israel."
So calling him by his given middle name is bothering some of our weak-sisters?
There. Sorry folks, but a spade is a spade.
And if Obo the wonder negro is so bothered by his own name then why doesn't he change it to Chuck or something.
RICHARDSON, Texas — "Maybe all the criticism from Rush Limbaugh is sinking in.
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain almost called himself a liberal on Thursday, getting ahead of himself as he contrasted himself with the Democratic candidates.
“I’m a proud, conservative, liberal Republi- Hello! Easy there,” McCain said, laughing along with his audience at Texas Instruments Inc.
He corrected himself immediately. “Let me say this: I am a proud, conservative Republican, and both of my possible or likely opponents today are liberal Democrats.”
The old crankcase would be the perfect running mate for Skankles or Obo.
...And doesn't it make you proud?
NEW YORK (AP) - "For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America's rank as the world's No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars.
Using state-by-state data, the report says 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008 - one out of every 99.1 adults. Whether per capita or in raw numbers, it's more than any other nation."Great news, all around. Now all we need to do is build even more jails and courthouses, then REALLY get tough with the criminal element.
Just remember; for every one of them behind bars its less we have to shoot on our doorstep after catching them trying to B&E or harm our loved ones. The Supreme Court needs to decide this capital punishment deal and do it pronto so's we can begin frying and gassing and putting down like dogs the ones who need it.
Oh and by the way; 20 to 25 percent of all incarcerated crooks are illegal aliens and NOT Americans, so don't believe this story with regards to the ratio of good and bad Americans.
The 23-year-old Household Cavalry lieutenant killed up to 30 of the enemy on his frontline tour by directing at least THREE air strikes.
And he traded fire with insurgents who attacked his outpost base — manning a heavy machine gun after parachuting in with nothing more than a knife between his teeth, then killing the enemy machine gun crew and turning the weapon on over a thousand charging TALIBAN fanatics, who he had to then fight hand to hand after running out of ammunition!
Then There's The Correct Headline: Shotguns among most popular firearms for criminals in New York City
by Alison Gendar
"Shotguns are no longer just for farmers.
For the first time in seven years, shotguns are among the most popular weapons of criminals in New York City.
Federal data show that 394 shotguns were seized from thugs in the city last year - making the weapon the fourth most popular gun among criminals.
Handguns are still city criminals' favored weapon, said Michael Sullivan, acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Some 3,260 of the 5,913 firearms taken from city crooks were semiautomatic pistols. Revolvers were second on the list of seized guns with 1,637 traced by the feds, Sullivan said.
Unlike handguns, shotguns can be bought legally in counties just outside the city without a permit or an extensive background check. They also typically sell for $200 or less, authorities said.
The total number of guns seized across the city in 2007 fell 16% from the previous year, but was roughly the same as 2003 and 2004, authorities said.
"There were over 1,100 fewer guns found on city streets in 2007 compared to 2006 - that's more than 1,100 fewer chances for gun violence to harm innocent New Yorkers," said Mayor Bloomberg. "It is an impressive figure that complements the fact that in 2007, the city experienced the fewest number of murders since records started being kept more than 40 years ago."
Gun arrests made by the NYPD also fell 5.8% last year, to 3,551 from 3,772 in 2006.
The so-called "iron pipeline" - the route traffickers use to smuggle guns into the city from southern states - was still bustling however. About 87% of guns seized in the city were traced to other states, Sullivan said.
Bloomberg has been crusading for tougher federal gun laws to prevent weapons from being smuggled into the city.
Federal authorities noted that guns used in crimes throughout New York City increasingly tend to be older weapons.
The average time between when a weapon was legitimately sold to when it was used to commit a crime last year was 13 years. That's up from 9.4 years in 2002, which authorities say is a sign that they are dismantling some gun trafficking operations.You see, Alison, you can't switch from describing something as a weapon, to as a firearm. Not all firearms are used as weapons, and not all weapons are firearms. I know that to a liberal, under-educated, agenda-driven NY 'journalist' this is quite confusing, but trust me on this one. Create a list of all of the weapons used, then rate where shotguns stand, or include shotguns in the firearm list alone and not confuse them with all of the OTHER weapons employed by NYC minorities to kill innocent people.
Yep. Its hard being a journalist. And then, you might want to think about getting the OTHER side of a story, because without it you are editorializing and not reporting. NYC criminals DO steal an awful lot of guns, and some think that THEY should be the focus of law enforcement's efforts instead of the law abiding citizen, the 80 or so MILLION law abiding citizens, who own guns and have never committed a crime with one.
Then, and this is a toughie too so pay attention, you shouldn't begin the story by acting like shotguns were at one time only farmer-specific. More police in NY State use firearms than do farmers, and by a huge margin hunters employ scatterguns far more than the farmers and police combined, so it might be a good idea to get your head out of the old Farmer Gray cartoons and into the real world.
Now lets talk about how shotguns are purchased. Every gun shop that sells them first institutes a THOROUGH background check, Alison, and most shotguns typically sell for MORE than $200 so I'd check then double-check those figures the police gave you, something you should have done ANYWAY before taking Bloomberg-inspired law enforcement information as gospel.
Criminals will get their hands on any firearm they can, Alison. In a FREE society people can purchase firearms at will, and yes, some of these purchases are made by criminals who've yet to be caught and convicted of being a criminal but welcome to America.
And while I could go on all day about the shoddy reporting, Alison, I'll end this missive by asking, um, where'd ya get that picture?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
ELIZABETH CITY, NC -- "Officials at Elizabeth City State University are puzzled about why some students on campus did not know about a safety drill conducted Friday.
In the exercise, an undercover police officer took a classroom hostage to test the university’s emergency communications system.
It happened in Room 236 of Moore Hall during a small American Foreign Policey class. For 12 minutes, students lined up against the wall, and one began praying. Many of them, including the professor, were unaware the ordeal was a drill.
What appalling idiots. The gunman told the unsuspecting professor he would shoot him in the lung. All students, faculty and staff were sent an e-mail every day last week leading up to the drill, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Anthony Brown told 13News. "It was never our intention to frighten or scare anyone," said Brown. "It's really to test the security measures and make faculty and students feel safe." Administrators say the e-mails were vague to keep it realistic, and say had anyone's safety been compromised, the officer dressed as a gunman would have immediately stopped the drill. ECSU junior Greg Staffod told 13News the school sends out lots of e-mails that he does not always read. He said he and his classmates should not have been unwitting test subjects. The exercise mimicked a drill at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Brown said." Thats right. These idiots sent an undercover cop into a classroom to make believe he was a killer... Just to see how fast the on-campus police would respond. Now, this "drill" could have been enacted in a reasonable manner, sort of like a fire drill. Remember the last time you participated in a fire drill? Did they set the building on fire just to see how long it took the fire department to get there and extinguish it? Of course not. And this moron posing as a murderer simply had to enter the room, announce to everyone that it was a drill, then have the teacher sound an alarm. But no. That would not have been anywhere near as much fun for the police. Who arrived in 13 minutes and of course stormed the room, in the manner of those fully aware that it was just a fake. How's about if WE pulled a drill like this without telling THEM? Think they'd charge into a possible hail of gunfire? If so, it'd be a first that I can tell you. And of course you or I would wind up in prison for pulling such a dangerous stunt, because, after all, the SHEEP are not supposed to fight back.
The gunman told the unsuspecting professor he would shoot him in the lung.
All students, faculty and staff were sent an e-mail every day last week leading up to the drill, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Anthony Brown told 13News.
"It was never our intention to frighten or scare anyone," said Brown. "It's really to test the security measures and make faculty and students feel safe."
Administrators say the e-mails were vague to keep it realistic, and say had anyone's safety been compromised, the officer dressed as a gunman would have immediately stopped the drill.
ECSU junior Greg Staffod told 13News the school sends out lots of e-mails that he does not always read. He said he and his classmates should not have been unwitting test subjects.
The exercise mimicked a drill at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Brown said."
Thats right. These idiots sent an undercover cop into a classroom to make believe he was a killer...
Just to see how fast the on-campus police would respond.
Now, this "drill" could have been enacted in a reasonable manner, sort of like a fire drill. Remember the last time you participated in a fire drill? Did they set the building on fire just to see how long it took the fire department to get there and extinguish it?
Of course not.
And this moron posing as a murderer simply had to enter the room, announce to everyone that it was a drill, then have the teacher sound an alarm.
That would not have been anywhere near as much fun for the police. Who arrived in 13 minutes and of course stormed the room, in the manner of those fully aware that it was just a fake.
How's about if WE pulled a drill like this without telling THEM? Think they'd charge into a possible hail of gunfire?
If so, it'd be a first that I can tell you. And of course you or I would wind up in prison for pulling such a dangerous stunt, because, after all, the SHEEP are not supposed to fight back.
Thanks to The War on Guns.
Hillary Rodham wearing her designer "Mr. Spock's Mom" outfit in the debate with B. Hussein Obama last evening.
Now, not for nothing but didn't ANYONE tell her that the outfit made her look FAR too hippy?
Good Lord, but how did the woman actually put on a few pounds while doing all that running around?
She herself runs not a step but has lapdog minions for such mundane trivialities?
Good thing the campaign is coming to an end.
Another month or two of gorging herself silly and she'd be pushing the quarter-ton mark.
PS: Someone should also tell her that she's coming perilously close to a mullet.
"William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite voice of American conservatism in print and on TV for more than a half-century, died today at his Connecticut home.
The 82-year-old Buckley was found dead inside the Stamford, Conn., house by his cook, said his assistant, Linda Bridges. The prolific author wrote 45 books in addition to hosting one of TV's longest-running shows, "Firing Line," and founding the influential conservative journal the National Review.
Buckley was front and center for the right starting in the years after World War II, a vocal presence from the days of the Eisenhower White House through friend and fan Ronald Reagan's two terms in the '80s and into the new millennium.
Reagan was among those hailing Buckley at the National Review's 30th anniversary in 1985.
Buckley, the son of a Manhattan multi-millionaire with oil money, launched the National Review in an era when conservatism was generally considered dead.
He helped lead the resurgence of the right, stepping down from his spot as the journal's top editor in 1990 and relinquishing control of the publication four years ago.
The Review attracted an assortment of young writers who went on from there, including George Will, David Brooks, Joan Didion and Garry Wills.
But Buckley was often the main attraction, able to crank out his columns in as little as 20 minutes.
The TV show "Firing Line," where the guests ran the gamut from beat poet Allen Ginsburg to former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to ex-president Richard Nixon, aired with Buckley as its host from 1966 through 1999.
"You've got to end sometime, and I'd just as soon not die onstage," Buckley said in shutting the show down."
Back when no one knew what in all hells a Conservative was, Bill Buckley was there to show them.
A faithful viewer of Firing Line, I learned from Bill what a modern liberal was, and came to understand that Conservatism wasn't what the Yellowstream Media portrayed it to be; namely a gaggle of rednecks trying to outdo one another at tabacky-spittin' contests and moonshine makin's.
Not that theres anything wrong with either, mind you, but for quite a while we actually had someone who could intellectualize with the best of them.
Buckley was so very brilliant and well spoken, that liberals had to re-tool the template they used to describe Conservatives, and it took the arrival of George Bush to bring Conservatism down a peg or two, something they gleefully embraced while running dumb-old hillbilly tales each and every time he said 'nukular'.
Yes, Buckley delivered us from evil, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Conservatives could be well educated, intelligent men, but unfortunately no one journeyed under his influence to continue the effort. Yes, he did begin to droop somewhat in his dislike for the war in Iraq, but at the end of the day and towards the bottom line of all bottom lines, William F. Buckley was a man amongst men and he will be missed.
And, even in death, he continues to shape the world around him. I have it on good authority that John McCain had been pestering Bill to become his running mate in order to make himself appear younger. Rumor had it that Bill was holding out for a call from Obama or Hillary.
Asked very pointedly to name the handpicked Russian successor to Vladimir Putin, Clinton waffled and groped before offering a mauled rendition of the man's name - Dmitri Medvedev."
Clinton's tone was tough, but her language was measured and her shots aimed mainly at differences of substance between the two. But she betrayed her frustration when she suggested the news media were part of a pile-on against her.
"Can I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time," Clinton complained to moderator Brian Williams and Tim Russert.
"I'll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious, and if anybody saw 'Saturday Night Live,' you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow," she said, prompting a smattering of laughs and boos."
"Obviously, Clinton believes the press is biased in favor of Obama. It's a charge her team has made frequently. Yet her raising it with a victim's tone came off as a plea for sympathy - not an endearing quality in someone who wants to be President. A President is supposed to feel sympathy for the people, not the other way around."
"If she becomes overly aggressive, she looks frantic," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.
The solution: "She has to stop being the attack dog and show that emotional side that won New Hampshire for her," one pessimistic Hillaryista argues. "That's what people like about her, and I haven't seen it again."
The GOP strategist concurs, calling her best play the "cry if you have to" strategy."
Interesting listening to the female pundits whinging on and on about how Hillary isn't allowed to be this, or isn't allowed to be that, because she's a woman.
They pay no attention to the fact that she's already had several Howard Dean moments that have been overlooked because of her agenda, that she's weeped and gotten away with it, and how she, with absolutely NO experience in running anything other than a Save-Bill-From-The-Gal's-He's Molested fund, and is only in the race because she happened to be married to an ex-President.
Yeah. She's been unfairly treated because of her gender.
Let some other nobody from Arkansas expect to be crowned master of the universe and see how far they get.
A spokesman for Florida Power & Light said the problems and subsequent shutdown at the Turkey Point reactor were done automatically for safety reasons. Spokeswoman Aletha Player estimated 700,000 customers were affected, adding that most will have power restored no later than 5:30 p.m.
"This is not a routine event, it's not routine at all,'' Player said at a 4 p.m. press conference at the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center. "We are still investigating ... we don't have all the details of what caused (the outage).''
Well thanks pal for telling us what we already knew. Namely the fact that but of course you don't know what happened. That's pretty much the standard reply, "um, gee, beats me!" whenever something like this goes down.
Tell you one thing though, the lights were off at major intersections here and traffic never moved so well. After hours of progressing nicely they finally sent car-stoppers out to man the intersections and then things went back to being as screwed up as they normally are.
Speaking on "Squawk Box" this morning, Zell attributed much of the current economic troubles to fear-mongering and politicking by Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
"Obviously what we have going on is an attempt to create a self-fulfilling prophecy," said Zell, chairman of Equity Investments Group and owner of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other companies. "We have two Democratic candidates who are vying with each other to describe the economic situation worse.
"The reality is that if you live on Wall Street and you're in the credit markets the world couldn't be worse. If you're a farmer and you're getting $25 for your wheat, you're having a great time. If you're a CEO and you've got a balance sheet that's bullet-proof, you're in a great position. This whole thing is way out of control, way out of hand."
Zell said that although he doesn't try to pick bottoms in markets he believes housing has hit its nadir and will turn around this spring as inventory clears out."
Gee, Zell, tell us something we DIDN'T know.
Job growth has been nothing short of amazing, unemployment remains low, and any President who ever lived would trade HIS state of the union with this one in a heartbeat.
Trouble is, the only thing democrats HAVE to sell is doom, gloom, and falling skies, and their constituency veritably preens when feeling down & out because professional losers and complainers never stop losing and complaining.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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STUART — "Police arrested a 28-year-old man Sunday on a cruelty to animals charge after he yelled an obscenity at a police dog in a patrol vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.
Moses Rogers Jr., of the 700 block of East Avenue, also faces a disorderly conduct charge in connection with the 2:24 a.m. incidents in the 2300 block of Southeast Federal Highway.
Police say Rogers yelled an obscene statement in the window as he walked past a patrol vehicle that contained a patrol dog “causing (the dog’s) behavior to become overloaded, tormenting the dog,” the affidavit states.
Rogers became irate when an officer went to talk to him and ask for identification and continued drawing bystanders’ attention.Rogers was released Sunday from the Martin County jail in lieu of $750 bail, a jail official said."
Bad enough they fucked up pretty much everything to do with being armed and a protector of the public, but now our disloyal public servants are training police dogs to be as skittish and yellow-bellied as they are.
ANY trained dog that cannot be quieted by its master needs to be put down or out to pasture where it can't hurt anyone. I've seen attack dogs, gang, and one word from the boss would send them off to kill and another would have them as sedate as if they were asleep.
But this has nothing to do with a dog, not really, and everything to do with a lowly civilian who had the balls to disrespect a canine cop.
Thanks to The War on Guns.
Courtesy of Ride Fast & Shoot Straight
* French for get-together.
Most of the truly important things I learned came from family. If you're anywhere near my age then it was probably the same for you as well.
Big Brother. McCarthyism. The patience of Job.
Don't count on your typical teenager to nod knowingly the next time you drop a reference to any of these. A study out today finds that about half of 17-year-olds can't identify the books or historical events associated with them.
Twenty-five years after the federal report A Nation at Risk challenged U.S. public schools to raise the quality of education, the study finds high schoolers still lack important historical and cultural underpinnings of "a complete education." And, its authors fear, the nation's current focus on improving basic reading and math skills in elementary school might only make matters worse, giving short shrift to the humanities � even if children can read and do math.
"If you think it matters whether or not kids have common historical touchstones and whether, at some level, we feel like members of a common culture, then familiarity with this knowledge matters a lot," says American Enterprise Institute researcher Rick Hess, who wrote the study.
Among 1,200 students surveyed:
•43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.
•52% could identify the theme of 1984.
•51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism.
In all, students earned a C in history and an F in literature, though the survey suggests students do well on topics schools cover. For instance, 88% knew the bombing of Pearl Harbor led the USA into World War II, and 97% could identify Martin Luther King Jr. as author of the "I Have a Dream" speech.
Fewer (77%) knew Uncle Tom's Cabin helped end slavery a century earlier.
"School has emphasized Martin Luther King, and everybody teaches it, and people are learning it," says Chester Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank. "What a better thing it would be if people also had the Civil War part and the civil rights part, and the Harriet Tubman part and the Uncle Tom's Cabin part."
The findings probably won't sit well with educators, who say record numbers of students are taking college-level Advanced Placement history, literature and other courses in high school."
Multiculturalism HAS all but wrecked the latest generation but I'll say it once more...
What about the home?
Lauryn, who has attention deficit disorder, has been playing tennis since the age of four, after it was recommended by her school psychologist at Sunbury Primary to burn energy and keep her focused.
Dubbed Lauryn Sharapova by an old coach, she said she played better when grunting.
"It feels natural to do my noise. I'm not faking it," Lauryn said. "It makes me play better. When I don't do it, I don't play my best tennis. And now people have told me I can't play if I do."
Pigs grunt. People are expected to control themselves, and when all is said and done learning so pertinent a lesson at so early an age will be a good thing for you. Attention to detail and decorum is something every young lady should learn and it is a shame your parents never saw fit to bring that to your attention.
Now drop and give me 20.
And NO grunting.
“We’ve seen the tragic result of having a president who had neither the experience nor the wisdom to manage our foreign policy and safeguard our national security,” Mrs. Clinton said in a speech on foreign policy at George Washington University. “We can’t let that happen again.”
Darn straight we cannot. While Billary ran the show we were attacked time and again and did nothing, leading to the events of 9/11. Proving that a no-experience-to-speak-of team from Arkansas was ill equipped to handle the demands of the Presidency.
And since then, Hillary herself has learned...
Oh and by the way; a pic of Bill dressed as an African moslem, now THAT would be hilarious.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Park Rangers Oppose Bid to Ease Gun Ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Park rangers, retirees and conservation groups are protesting a plan by the Interior Department to reconsider regulations restricting loaded guns in national parks.
The groups say current regulations requiring that visitors to national parks render their weapons inaccessible were working and have made national parks among the safest places in America.
"Loaded guns are not needed and are not appropriate in our national parks," said Doug Morris, a retired park superintendent and member of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.
The plan to reconsider the gun regulations "could break what is not broken and change the nature of our national parks," Morris said Monday.
Morris spoke at a news conference called in response to an announcement Friday that the Interior Department will review gun laws on lands administered by the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The department will draw up new rules by April 30 for public comment, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said in a letter to 50 senators who requested the review.
The National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates hailed the announcement as the first step to relax a decades-old ban on bringing loaded firearms into national parks.
"Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from protecting themselves and their families while enjoying America's national parks and wildlife refuges," said Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist.
A Kempthorne spokesman emphasized the review was in its early stages, but said it made sense to update regulations that were last changed in the early 1980s.
"It's appropriate to look at updating these regulations, to bring them into conformity with state laws" on guns use, said Chris Paolino, an Interior Department spokesman.
Conservation groups and park rangers disagreed, saying the plan amounted to surrender to the NRA.
The gun ban "has not been a major issue at national parks in recent years," said Bryan Faehner of the National Parks Conservation Association, an advocacy group.
The restrictions, which require that guns be unloaded and placed somewhere that is not easily accessible, such as in a car trunk, "were reasonable then and are reasonable now," Faehner said. "This is not about guns. It's not about parks. It's a hardball political issue injected by the NRA in an election year," he said."
So then, YOUR sidearm is unloaded and placed somewhere that is not easily accessible, Mr. Faehner? And weapons belonging to those Rangers, as well?
Why in the name of all that is holy do people with a tin star suddenly believe themselves to be the only ones deserving of Constitutional rights?
It isn't as if they're saying you can't smoke, or should dress properly, no, they are infringing upon the single most important right in all of nature. The ability to defend oneself.
This is why I could never in a million years run for anything resembling a high office.
I'd be asking for the resignation of ANY civil servant who had enough of a yellow streak to demand that the public be disarmed.
HONOLULU -- A battle is brewing between the Honolulu Police Department and the Hawaii Rifle Association over a proposed ban of a high-powered sniper rifle.
KITV's Catherine Cruz reported that the 50-caliber rifle is dubbed the most powerful rifle on the market today, and the HPD said it is their worst nightmare.
That is why they said they want it out of civilian hands.
It's a weapon that's long been used by the military and law enforcement, but in most states, a person can buy it over the Internet or from a gun store, which is making law enforcement uneasy."
But it isn't just the local yokels who are shiting their wee drawers:
"The National Guard calls the weapon a threat to homeland security.
"It does concern us -- shooting down airplanes four miles distances," Hawaii National Guard Gen.Gary Ishikawa said."
No one has ever been injured let alone killed by a privately owned .50 cal, it is certainly NOT the choice of gang bangers, and CANNOT simply be purchased over the internet as the lying cops and their journalist henchmen claim.
And now the traitorous National Guard wants in on the action.
Just yesterday I had to take the time to correct some bad scoop given by law enforcement regarding the use of deadly force in Florida. Thankfully, this story hit the pages to back up the truth.Thats the good part about huntin' trash. They never let you down and there's so very many to practice on.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- "A 17-year-old suspect was shot and killed in Altamonte Springs early Saturday morning after deputies said he ran from them and into a nearby home.
According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Department, the incident began when Ryan Realford approached a uniformed deputy in an unmarked car.
Police said he appeared to be selling drugs. When he saw the officer's uniform, he ran down the street.
According to the sheriff's office, Realford ran to a house on the 600 block of Lake Mobile Drive.
The homeowner said Realford removed a locked screen door and was trying to enter his house through a sliding glass door.
The homeowner said he asked Realford to leave. When he would not, the homeowner told deputies he shot him."
Then there's the family to consider, who ask why the homeowner simply didn't flee his own demesne and go looking for the guys kin:
"If he breaks into your house and you ask him to leave and he doesn't leave why don't you come get us? Why shoot a 17-year-old in the back?" said LaShanda Alexander, Realford’s cousin."
Yeah, right. Not in a million years, fella. And now the clincher:
"A Florida law allows a homeowner to use deadly force if someone breaks into their home."
That's right, potential thugs and thugettes. We don't have to feel threatened or in fear of losing our lives, because we happen to live where unwanted visitors can be shot dead on sight. In 10 years this delinquent would have had a rap sheet as long as a country mile and would most likely have harmed the innocent.
Good riddance to bad rubbish and remember to shoot to kill.
Normally I wouldn't participate in so outright an advertisement for Beretta such as The Shooting Wire has done, but if it brings just one new shooter into the fold its worth it.
"Beretta USA is pleased to announce the introduction of the most advanced Sub-Compact sidearm of its kind – the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact pistol. Built around Beretta’s latest Px4 Storm modular technology, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact delivers concealed carry handling with large frame firepower.
Available in two calibers, 9mm with 13 round magazine capacity and .40 S&W with 10 round magazine capacity, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact will be available in all the traditional configurations (F, G, C, D actions) that have made its Px4 Storm full size counterpart a preferred choice of Law Enforcement agencies and civilians across the United States. This new pistol uses a very reliable locked breech, providing a more compact and lighter weight system. Additionally, the Px4 Storm Sub-Compact utilizes a stainless steel barrel which requires less maintenance and is corrosion resistant, making it perfectly suited for concealment close to active perspiring bodies."
And thats about it with regard to specs.
Figure on a ridiculous trigger pull, and if you want to learn more and click into www.BerettaLE.com, then be my guest but if it isn't good enough for those who employ LE then it isn't good enough for me to waste my time. I'm just leery when they don't give us the full scoop on a new gun and believe instead that creating a LEO site will somehow make the ooh & aah factor too irresistible to pass up.
"Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better.
The 74-year-old Farrakhan, addressing an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the annual Saviours' Day celebration, never outrightly endorsed Obama but spent most of the nearly two-hour speech praising the Illinois senator.
"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
Barry Hussein's minister believes Farrakommie to be the bees knees and one would imagine so does Hussein himself.
Fits right in with the racists who hate America template, and even though Bill and Hillary have done some terrible things, at least they never crawled in bed with the likes of Minister Louis.
Welcome to the new Ice Age
Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.
The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."
Algore will of course find plenty of scientists tired of making minimum scientist wage and willing to postulate on how it has gotten colder because the earth is getting warmer.
Doesn't have to make a lick of sense. Just as long as enough dolts buy into the scam and money can be made from them. What'd make ME take notice would be Algore and his bunko squadrons traveling around for nothing but expenses to spread the dastardly word of the planet's demise. Charging upwards of 100 grand per pop is NOT the work of an altruist looking to save the world.
He got rich quick by conning the civilized world while his old boss BJ Billy sold us down the road to the chinese, and these criminals are what the left believes to be senior statesmen.
Is it any wonder the best they can hope to nominate are Skankles and Obo?
No one in her inner circle...somewhere between the 6th and 7th levels of hell...would ever tell the clueless one that it was over because they are hand selected savants who share in her penchant to believe in invisible things and love of socialism. The democrat party has no head, as whenever the subject came up fingers were pointed at either Howard Dean or Bill Clinton, neither is what one could refer to as mainstream, and don't ever mention Teddy Kennedy and common sense in the same breath for fear of being laughed at.
So there really isn't anyone to take her aside and deliver the bad news. The one thing Clintons love more than power is money, so perhaps delving into her own pocket might make the difference.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Yep...you got it...
PALM CITY — "The leader of a Treasure Coast-wide agency established to provide classes for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was suspended from her job Wednesday in the wake of her DUI arrest Monday.
The Comprehensive Offender Rehabilitation and Education program will continue to operate normally despite the arrest and suspension of its executive director, Margot "Peggy" Cioffi, 59, of Palm City, program officials said.
The nonprofit agency serves about 5,000 clients per year in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, providing educational services to people on probation for DUI and other misdemeanors, among other programs.
"I feel bad for Peggy because this is very out of character for her," said State Attorney Bruce Colton, the president of CORE's board of directors. "It's bad for her and it's bad for the public perception of the program."
No! Ya Think?
"She's been dedicated to this program. She's worked at it for years and brought it from nothing to a very comprehensive program that's very respected around the state," Colton said.
"But the CORE program will go on. It's a large program. It's run by full-time people in four counties. All of the programs, everything will continue as normal."
Cioffi, whose blood alcohol level was measured in a breath test at 0.336, could not immediately be reached for comment. The legal driving limit in Florida is 0.08 percent.
An auto accident on Martin Downs Boulevard in Palm City shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday led to Cioffi's arrest about an hour and a half later at her home in the Lighthouse Point subdivision, a deputy's report says.
Cioffi was accused of striking another car with her Nissan SUV near Matheson Avenue, driving home, pulling away from a deputy as he tried to handcuff her, and screaming so loud neighbors came out of their homes, a deputy's report says.
Cioffi was charged with DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly intoxication, a deputy's report says. She was released from the Martin County Jail on Tuesday on $2,000 bond."
A blood alcohol level THAT high an hour and a half later means she must have been guzzling to beat the band. This isn't a case of someone having a sip or two of wine then being pulled over and feeling embarrassed because of the aroma of alcohol on her breath, but a good old fashioned down & dirty drunk.
Doesn't it oft times seem that the ones most dead-set against a certain thing feel that way because of guilt?
No offense, Lem.
by: SHEENA DELAZIO and REBECCA BRIA
"Many women won’t leave the house without a purse or lip gloss. But for others, like Barb Smith of Sugarloaf, the daily routine includes something more.
Smith carries the gun during her long commutes to a local hospital -- for protection, she said. The side roads she takes to shorten her drive don’t give her a good feeling, but knowing she has her handgun makes her feel secure."
Barb Smith, of Sugarloaf, puts the clip (sic) in her .22-caliber Baretta (sic) handgun. Smith carries the gun back and forth during her long commute to a local hospital for protection. The side roads she takes to shorten her drive don’t give her a good feeling, but knowing she has her handgun makes her feel secure.
Sigh. Write a halfway decent story about more and more women becoming interested in self-defense, then blow it by mentioning "clip". And could it hurt to learn how to spell Beretta?
Question: "May I carry a handgun on my boat?"
"Any citizen of Florida can obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon providing he's not a convicted felon or mentally ill. It's a felony to carry a concealed firearm on or about your person. "About your person" has been interpreted to mean in a nearby area that's easily accessible, such as under the driver's seat in your vehicle or in the center console of your vehicle.
The same interpretation would apply to a boat. If you obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm, you must also decide if you could take a person's life when you shoot. If you shoot to kill, your actions would come under extreme scrutiny, making you possibly the subject of an arrest.
You may only fire your weapon if you fear for your life. It would be a felony to point a firearm at anyone unless you feel the subject intends to do you great bodily harm or kill you. Your actions again would be examined under a microscope.
Other states and other countries have gun laws that are more restrictive than Florida.
I am not an attorney, but I did spend 30 years as a police officer. If you have any questions about Florida's law call the Florida State Attorney's Office at 533-1000.
I really don't think it's necessary to have a gun aboard your boat, even though the law permits you to have one if you don't violate any other Florida laws. If you cruise the high seas, maybe.
Quite a few citizens and even police officers are shot with their own guns.
— Bill Jefferson is a former commander of the Cape Coral Power Squadron.
No, you do NOT need to be in fear of your life, but anyone else's or when at the scene of a felony in progress. You therefore CAN point your firearm at someone for any number of reasons.
No, you do not need a permit to carry a weapon on your own boat, as it is a personal conveyance and the same rules apply as for an automobile. Simply keep it out of plain sight and reasonably secured.
Yes, it CAN be necessary to have a gun onboard a boat, but at the end of the day it is up to the INDIVIDUAL to decide, and not an elitist pig of an officer who feels more entitled than the average person.
The last sentence should read: "Quite a few police officers and even those who are not police officers are shot with their own guns."
"Out on the campaign trail Sunday, the candidates addressed the big buzz caused by Ralph Nader’s decision to enter the race. The famed consumer advocate announced he will again run for president — his third effort, one that is sure to anger Democrats who are still miffed over his role in the 2000 race that many believe cost Al Gore the election against George W. Bush.
Nader said Sunday he’s not the reason Gore lost the election and blamed everything from voter fraud in Miami to the Supreme Court. In any case, he said, that’s no reason why he shouldn’t run.
“The political bigotry that’s involved here is that we shouldn’t enter the electoral arena? We — all of us who think that the country needs an infusion of freedom, democracy, choice, dissent — should just sit on the sidelines and watch the two parties own all the voters and turn the government over to big business?” he asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he announced his candidacy.
Asked about the possible impact, Obama and Clinton both downplayed it while also criticizing Nader.
“Mr. Nader is somebody who if [you] don’t listen and adopt all of his policies, [he] thinks you’re not substantive. He seems to have a pretty high opinion of his own work,” Obama said. “Historically, he is a singular figure in American politics and has done as much as just about anybody on behalf of consumers, so in many ways, he is a heroic figure and I don’t mean to diminish him, but I do think there’s a sense now that, you know, if somebody’s not hewing to the Ralph Nader agenda then you must be lacking in some way.”
Clinton was also less than enthusiastic.
“Obviously, it’s not helpful to whoever our Democratic nominee is. But it’s a free country. I don’t know what party he’ll run on. Where did he run on last time? Does anybody remember? Was it on the Green Party? Well, you know, his being on the Green Party prevented Al Gore from being the greenest president we could have had and I think that’s really unfortunate. I think we paid a big price for it,” she said."
With Ralph entering the race, loons of all ages will flock to Obo even more as they worry over another Nader run that would imperil a weak democrat candidate.
(Insert Evil Laugh Here)
But there is a little-known episode Clinton doesn't mention in her standard campaign speech in which those two principles collided. In 1975, a 27-year-old Hillary Rodham, acting as a court-appointed attorney, attacked the credibility of a 12-year-old girl in mounting an aggressive defense for an indigent client accused of rape in Arkansas - using her child development background to help the defendant.
In May 1975, Washington County prosecutor Mahlon Gibson called Rodham, who had taken over the law clinic months earlier, to tell her she'd been appointed to represent a hard-drinking factory worker named Thomas Alfred Taylor, who had requested a female attorney.
In her 2003 autobiography "Living History," Clinton writes that she initially balked at the assignment, but eventually secured a lenient plea deal for Taylor after a New York-based forensics expert she hired "cast doubt on the evidentiary value of semen and blood samples collected by the sheriff's office."
However, that account leaves out a significant aspect of her defense strategy - attempting to impugn the credibility of the victim, according to a
Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader's honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past. She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out "older men" like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed "Hillary D. Rodham" in compact cursive.
Echoing legal experts, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson says the senator would have been committing professional misconduct if she hadn't given Taylor the best defense possible.
"As she wrote in her book, 'Living History,' Senator Clinton was appointed by the Circuit Court of Washington County, Arkansas to represent Mr. Taylor in this matter," he said. "As an attorney and an officer of the court, she had an ethical and legal obligation to defend him to the fullest extent of the law. To act otherwise would have constituted a breach of her professional responsibilities."
Seen as an aggressive defense
Rodham, legal and child welfare experts say, did nothing unethical by attacking the child's credibility - although they consider her defense of Taylor to be aggressive.
"She was vigorously advocating for her client. What she did was appropriate," said Andrew Schepard, director of Hofstra Law School's Center for Children, Families and the Law. "He was lucky to have her as a lawyer ... In terms of what's good for the little girl? It would have been hell on the victim. But that wasn't Hillary's problem."
The victim, now 46, told Newsday that she was raped by Taylor, denied that she wanted any relationship with him and blamed him for contributing to three decades of severe depression and other personal problems."
I know that all of you are as shocked as I.
"Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by Cuba's National Assembly.
Fidel Castro stepped down last week after nearly half a century in charge. Raul has in effect been president since Fidel had major surgery in July 2006.
It is understood that he was the only nominee in a vote seen as a formality.
But the real shock came when he chose 78-year-old Politburo hardliner Machado Ventura as vice-president, says the BBC's Michael Voss in Havana."
Beg pardon? Real "shock"?
To whom, pray tell?
An alien visitor from the Orion Nebulae?
February 21, 2008 -- So it turns out that Bill Clinton's ties to mining mogul Frank Giustra extend far beyond the lucrative contract he won in Kazakhstan after the two of them shared a dinner with that nation's president.
As Bloomberg News reported, over the past three years Giustra's private commercial-sized jet has been turned into a veritable Air Bubba - whisking the ex-president around the world at least a dozen times for well-paid speaking engagements, personal fund-raising or stops to assist wife Hillary's White House campaign.
Giustra has also become one of the Clinton Foundation's largest benefactors - in a way, Bloomberg reported, that ties the foundation's success with his own.
Though Clinton's people angrily deny any ties between him and Giustra's business interests, the Clinton history on such matters makes those protestations hard to take seriously.
Which causes us once again to ask a critical question:
When will Hillary Clinton finally release her tax returns?
This isn't such a stretch: Bill and Hillary's finances are co-mingled, and the senator recently loaned her sinking campaign $5 million.
Indeed, the loan was made at about the same time that Bill Clinton ended a business relationship with another longtime benefactor that allowed him to reap a $20 million bonanza.
On top of the $50 million he's earned for himself and the hundreds of millions he's picked up for his global charities - not to mention his presidential library.
Yet he refuses to identify most of the sources of all this cash.
What's the big mystery?
Bill says that if Hillary wins the Democratic nomination - an increasingly unlikely prospect - he'll make public the names of all future donors. But not those who've already curried favor with the Clintons by kicking in some cash.
As for releasing her tax returns, Hillary says also that she'll do it once she's the nominee - as if primary voters don't deserve the same information.
Barack and Michelle Obama, it should be noted, made their tax returns public long ago.
But the Clintons - despite their long record of dubious fund-raising, not to mention their ties to financial people who've ended up on the wrong side of the law - continue to hide behind a veil of secrecy.
It makes one wonder - what have they got to hide?"
Plenty, and then some. Otherwise they'd be amenable to opening the books.
If anyone knows how to fight a battle when necessary, and run when the going gets tough, it is Mr. and Mrs. "It depends what 'is' is."
Both of them have lived down what would have destroyed lesser liars, as their constituency doesn't care all that much about honor and justice, and would easily pass off a suspect donation or affiliation so the ones they are hiding must be lulu's.