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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Do We Want a Coward For Our Next Governor?

This (from the Bristol News) is not a good start for a guy who wants those of us in Southwest Virginia to vote for him next November when we go to the polls to choose a governor.

Kaine speaks to Wise supporters via phone

WISE – Winter weather kept Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine from attending the first leg of his five-city gubernatorial campaign launch here Wednesday, but he managed to speak to supporters by telephone.

Poor visibility at the Lonesome Pine Regional Airport created dangerous landing conditions for Democrat Kaine. He and his father-in-law, Linwood Holton, a former Republican governor, addressed the crowd, but reception was poor. The group, gathered at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, heard some of Kaine’s message, including a promise to return to Wise County Sunday evening. (link)
On the very day that Mr. Kaine (who from this point forward will be known in these parts as Wienie Boy) chose not to bother with a little bad weather, I was making a journey from Bland to Washington DC. Funny thing, I hardly noticed it and certainly wasn't intimidated by a little wet snow.

Come to think of it though, I guess we should be mighty appreciative of his having provided us with that phone call. I can only imagine the empathy that must have come through to the six people gathered in Wise to hear his impassioned speech regarding the fact that Southwest Virginia has, for far too long, been ignored and that he certainly isn't going to take us for granted and will climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest sea ...

Oh, never mind.

Whatever It Takes

It is unfortunate, but understandable, that it would come to this (from Reuters):

Fighting Crime the 11th Century Way
By Peter Apps

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tighter gun ownership laws are pushing South Africans to buy crossbows, spears, swords, knives and pepper sprays to protect themselves from violent crime.

"We've had to build an entirely new shop because the demand from people is so great," Justin Willmers, owner of Durban Guns and Ammo, told Reuters. "It can be anything from a Zulu fighting spear, battle axes, swords, crossbows."

New gun controls came into force last year under South Africa's Firearms Control Act, but some weapons shop owners say high crime rates are pushing law abiding citizens to look for alternative means of defending themselves. (link)

You have to wonder whose side the government is on. Zulu spears, for God's sake.

The Ongoing Terri Schiavo Tragedy

I am forced to think each day about the anguish that must permeate the lives of the parents of Terri Schiavo. As I hope all of you know by now, Terri has experienced catastrophic brain damage, a condition requiring round-the-clock care. Her ex-husband convinced a judge in Florida to rule that she be starved to death - literally - ordering that her feeding tube be removed forthwith. This despite the pleas of her parents and a number of reports of physicians that she is, to a limited degree, capable of rehabilitation.

There are many people around the country that have decided that, because she is unable to live her life in a manner that suits them, her parents and concerned countrymen should butt out. They can't even leave her a last bit of dignity. I've heard her described by these vile lowlifes as being a vegetable; brain dead.

Now, finally, it appears the government is going to get involved.
NewsMax.com Wires

Thursday, March 17, 2005 WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives has stepped in with legislation to delay removal of the feeding tube from a brain-damaged Florida woman whose husband has been given permission by a state court to let her die. The House acted late Wednesday evening after a Florida appeals court refused, earlier in the day, to block the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

Her husband has battled her parents over his efforts to allow her to die, which he contends she would prefer rather than live in a vegetative state.

The House bill, passed on a voice vote, would move such a case to federal court. Federal judges have twice turned down efforts by the parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, to move the case out of Florida courts, citing a lack of jurisdiction. (link)
I've been asked of late if I would want to live the rest of my life in her condition. The answer, of course, is that I would not. Neither would Terri. But she's beyond that point. The question now should be: Under the circumstances, would I want to live?

I don't answer for her. But neither should her ex-husband. As for me, yes. I choose life.

Castro Isn't Reeeeeeally Rich ...

I made mention the other day of the fact that Fidel Castro, El Lider Supremo, Man of the People, COMMUNIST, was in fact filthy rich. We find out today though that he doesn't actually have an accumulated wealth estimated to be $550 million; he's just holding it for the Cuban proletariat. You see.

Castro: My Riches Belong to the People

Most people would be flattered if Forbes magazine estimated their personal fortune at $550 million – but Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is not, apparently, one of them.

Cuba's embassy in Mexico issued a stinging rebuke on Wednesday of the Forbes article without mentioning the magazine by name, calling it "a repugnant example of a campaign of lies" by "an American magazine of decaying credibility."

"It is a clumsy slander and a repugnant example of a campaign of lies perpetrated in the United States with the sole aim of justifying the criminal blockade of Cuba," the embassy said in a press statement.

"... income from Cuban state-owned companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong."

While the embassy did not dispute Forbes' claim that Castro "travels exclusively in a convoy of black Mercedes-Benzes," it said Cuba was the only country in Latin America to fight inequality. (link)

So the riches being lavished on the old degenerate are actually being rendered on behalf of the impoverished masses.

I'll just bet that makes their ration of one pound of chicken per month taste so much better.

Child Aborted Because of Cleft Palate

Does one need a reason to abort a child? Not really. So why are the British getting their undies in a bunch over the abortion of a fetus in its third trimester? Sure the tissue mass had a cleft lip and cleft palate but so what?

It is legal. Therefore acceptable. Isn't it?

The story from London's Guardian:
Cleft lip abortion done 'in good faith'
By James Meikle, health correspondent

Doctors and health officials will consider whether more guidance on abortions is needed following the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute two doctors who authorised a late abortion on a foetus with a cleft lip and palate.

Jim England, the chief crown prosecutor for West Mercia, said the doctors believed, in good faith, that there was a substantial risk the child would be seriously handicapped. "In these circumstances, I decided that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that there should be no charges against either of the doctors," he said. (link)
"... substantial risk the child would be seriously handicapped." Because of a cleft lip.

Please. If you're going to abort a child, stick to the legal argument. Or retreat to the usual "health of the mother" canard.

Otherwise you make yourself look like a callous uncaring butcher.