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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tim Kaine Supports 2nd Amendment?

Nice try, Tim. But you can't run from your record.

This bit of news regarding a Kaine supporter trying to set up a booth at a gun show (!) recently comes to us from VABiker.net.

Believe it or not, Tim Kaine's campaign had a table at a gun show last weekend.

No, I'm not kidding.

Here are the facts:

While Attorney General Jerry Kilgore has been a staunch supporter of our right to keep and bear arms, receiving an "A" rating from the NRA in 2001, Lt. Governor Tim Kaine has been just as strong in his attempts to restrict our rights. As the Mayor of Richmond, he even tried to use taxpayer money to pay for city buses to transport gun control advocates to the Million Mom March in 2000. However, learning from Al Gore's defeat in the 2000 presidential election, Kaine changed his tune when he ran for Lt. Governor in 2001 - saying that he "supports the Second Amendment and the right to hunt and
fish." He even said recently that the Million Mom March "was not his thing." (Tim Kaine speaking on WLNI Radio in Lynchburg, May 3, 2005). The NRA however knew Kaine's real record and gave him an "F" rating in that election while Sarah Brady and the gun-ban lobby endorsed Kaine.

FACT -- "Kaine is perceived even within his own party as well to the left on such hot button issues as gun control." ("Kaine kicks up campaign" Richmond Times Dispatch, November 4, 2004)

FACT -- "Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, the presumptive Democratic nomimee, is a talented public servant, but on a couple of litmus tests -- gun control and the death penalty, for instance -- he comes up red when Virginia turns out blue."(The Virginian-Pilot, 5/18/03)

FACT -- In 2001, the NRA rated Democrat Tim Kaine a "F" candidate (2001 NRA Political Preference Chart) , while the gun ban lobby known as the Brady Campaign said "Tim Kaine is the clear choice. As Mayor of Richmond, Kaine was a strong supporter of strengthening Virginia gun laws."(11/1/01 Brady E-Action Alert)

FACT -- Tim Kaine and the Richmond City Council ordered a legal opinion on the possibility of suing gun manufacturers. (The Richmond Times Dispatch, 3/14/99) (link)

I predict ol' Tim will soon be seen on channel 5 out in a field shooting a goose. It worked for John Kerry, right?

The EU & Our Courts

What do the European Union and our courts have in common? In addition to their both being run by a class of elitists that is far removed from its individual constituencies, the members of that enlightened group of moralists know it and don't care.

It became clear that there is a huge disconnect between the average citizen in Europe and the EU bureaucracy last week when both the Dutch and the French rejected - in overwhelming numbers - the proposed EU Constitution, a document everyone agrees was so complicated and convoluted, that it was incomprehensible. The EU establishment, upon being sent a clear message by the people, shrugged its shoulders and pressed on.

In the case of the judiciary here in the USA, the Supreme Court presses on as well, its rulings understood only by others within the enlightened legal establishment.

Take yesterday's medical marijuana ruling. The Supreme Court upheld a federal law criminalizing the use by the citizenry of marijuana even if it is prescribed by a physician and is legal under state law. That in itself is only strange. What's bizarre about their arcane ruling is that somehow the solons on the Court supported federal intrusion in state and local matters on the basis that it is covered by the Commerce Clause in the Constitution. As in interstate commerce.

How does a patient, having been prescribed marijuana to ease his or her pain by a medical physician, and who purchases that marijuana at the local drug store, engage in interstate commerce? He doesn't. But it doesn't matter. Why?

Because the Court says so.
"Our case law firmly establishes Congress' power to regulate purely local activities that are part of an economic 'class of activities' that have a substantial effect on interstate commerce," Justice John Paul Stevens said in the majority decision. "We have never required Congress to legislate with scientific exactitude.

"When Congress decides that the 'total incidence' of a practice poses a threat to a national market, it may regulate the entire class."
"We have never required scientific exactitude." You gotta love that. Translated for the great unwashed out there in the USA it means, "We will continue to make it up as we go."

The elitists in Brussels will continue to forge a unified Europe, regardless of what the people there have to say about it. The same can be said of our judiciary. They have a life of their own, unfettered by any constitution, or by the will of the people for that matter.

They know best, you must understand. So, as that famous American said, shut up and sing.

I Knew I Liked This Guy

The leadership of the Episcopal church - what's left of it - could learn something from Pope Benedict. How to send a clear, concise, unequivocal message to the flock.
Pope Blasts 'Gay Marriage' as Perilous To Family Unit

ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI, in his first clear pronouncement on homosexual "marriages" since his election, yesterday condemned same-sex unions as fake and "expressions of anarchic freedom" that threatened the future of the family.

The pope, who was elected in April, also condemned divorce, artificial birth control, trial marriages and free-style unions, saying all of those practices were dangerous for the family.

"Today's various forms of dissolution of marriage, free unions, trial marriages as well as the pseudo-matrimonies between people of the same sex, are instead expressions of anarchic freedom which falsely tries to pass itself off as the true liberation of man," he said. (link)
Not bad for a rookie.

This sure reads better than does the message sent out by the Episcopal church USA. Theirs is one of "well, if it feels good and it seems right in your heart, without it offending anyone, and if it is in balance with your conscience, and your attitude is in harmony with the cosmos, and no harm is brought on others and, well, if it is your reality, then you go, girl. Or guy. Or whatever you conceive yourself to be."

Please Help Me Understand This

In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or "lying in wait" for the victim. (link)
You may remember the name Mark Hacking. He's the scumbag who put a rifle to his young wife's head and blew her brains out as she slept in their bed back in July of last year. She apparently had argued with him that day. For that "crime," she was executed.

He gets six years.
Hacking gets 6 years to life for murder
By PAUL FOY, Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Saying he is "tormented every waking minute by what I did," Mark Hacking was sentenced Monday to six years to life in prison for shooting his wife to death as she slept a year ago.

Judge Denise Lindberg listened to nearly two hours of emotional testimony before handing down the only sentence she could under Utah law. She said only the parole board could determine how long Hacking will ultimately stay in prison, but that she will recommend that he be held "a very long time."

In April, Hacking pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with a brief admission: "I intentionally shot Lori Hacking in the head with a .22 rifle on July 19, 2004."

Under Utah's system of indeterminate criminal sentences, first-degree murder brings a mandatory five years to life, but Hacking's minimum will be increased to six years because he used a firearm. (link)

Lesson to be learned? You all know where to go if you intend to murder someone.

Tell Us Something We Didn't Know

According to a new book coming out, former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York), now deceased, hated Hillary Clinton. So does the entire western world, so why should he have been any different. Here's a review, of sorts, of "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Be come (sic) President," by Edward Klein.
By Ian Bishop, New York Post

WASHINGTON — The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his wife despised a "duplicitous" and ruthless Hillary Rodham Clinton, who they believed would do anything to advance herself, according to a bombshell new book.

"The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Be come President," by Edward Klein, is excerpted in Vanity Fair and slated to roll off the presses later this month.

Sen. Moynihan's wife, Liz, griped to a friend that a "duplicitous" Clinton "would say or do anything that would forward her ambitions," according to the excerpt.

"She can look you straight in the eye and lie . . . 'Lying' isn't a sufficient word; it's a distortion of the truth to fit her case."

Klein writes that Liz Moynihan, who managed her husband's campaigns, said of Clinton, "She believes that God approves of her and that, therefore, she can't do anything wrong. I suppose it's a Midwestern Methodist view, the equivalent of Nixon and Quakerism." (link)

I notice that her husband seems to be getting along a whole lot better with Hillary ... now that they never come near one another.

Send Him To Rikers

We all know that Hollywood stars rule the world. The problem they sometimes create for themselves is that they know it too. And they let that knowledge convince them that they are not only better than the rest of us, they are above the law. That is a good explanation for this:
By Murray Weiss, Leonard Greene, and Marsha Kranes, New York Post

Hot-headed Hollywood hell-raiser Russell Crowe spent yesterday morning sleeping on a blanket on the floor of a police holding cell after hurling a telephone at the concierge at a trendy SoHo hotel, cops said.

Crowe's latest flare-up — which could send him to prison for up to eight years — occurred at 4:20 a.m. in the lobby of the Mercer, where one worker said he'd been acting like "the worst SOB" since checking into his $3,000-a-night suite.

Just back from a weekend trip to Manchester, England, Crowe had spent several hours at a popular SoHo watering hole before returning to the hotel and trying to phone his wife, actress Danielle Spencer, back home in Australia.

He tried repeatedly to make the call but was told there were no overseas lines available, the sources said.

Frustrated, the star — whose latest role is that of a soft-tempered boxer in "Cinderella Man" — unplugged the phone and carried it down to the hotel lobby, where he flung it at the concierge, according to the sources.

It hit the concierge, aspiring musician Nestor Estrada, 28, under his eye, they said.

The enraged New Zealander also hurled a plate at Estrada, but it missed him, they said. (link)
There were no overseas lines available so Crowe attacks a hotel employee.

(1) He should do hard time

(2) He should be thrown out of the USA. And barred from ever returning.