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Friday, September 08, 2006

When They're Not So Cute & Cuddly

I can remember explaining to Paula a number of years ago that the reason I had to go out and buy some more artillery was because there were a lot of varmints lurking out here in the wild that are known to carry off little children and eat them. We needed to be able to protect ourselves.

She never believed me.

This news might give her pause:
Coyote carries off family pet
by Scott Leamon, WSLS NewsChannel 10

"It's just horrifying," [Kendra] Chaffin said from her Floyd County home near the Blue Ridge Parkway on Tuesday. "Lady is our baby. She would never hurt anything."

Lady is Chaffin's three-year-old Miniature Pincher, carried off Saturday evening by a coyote.

Chaffin's husband Danny saw it, and heard Lady's cries for help.

"Danny said he heard them barking," Kendra Chaffin said, referring to Lady playing with the family's two other dogs, Kit and Suzi Q.

A short time later is when Danny Chaffin heard Lady's bark turn into a scream.

He saw the dog inside the coyote's mouth and gave chase.

"We looked for her forever," Kendra Chaffin said. "I mean we looked for her until it was practically dark." (
Where's Paula? I need another varmint rifle.

It Would Certainly Break One's Concentration

Don't you hate it when this happens?
Man's Gun Fires in Wal-Mart Bathroom

HUDSON, N.H. (AP) -- A Nashua man faces a felony reckless conduct charge after his gun discharged in a Wal-Mart bathroom, striking the ceiling and scaring an employee in the next stall.

Charles Masterson, 36, said he pointed his gun toward the ceiling because he had been taught that was the safest thing to do when it wasn't being used. (
How would you like to have been that employee in the next stall? Sitting there, focusing on the business at hand, trying mightily to get nature to take its course, and ... BOOM!

My guess is the bullet wasn't the only thing they were scraping off the ceiling ...

Chafee Continues To Embarrass

What is up with this goofball?
GOP Senators' Bid to Confirm Bolton Is Called Off
By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post Staff Writer

Republican efforts to formally confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations hit an unexpected snag yesterday when a Republican senator in a tough reelection bid said he could not support the diplomat until the Bush administration answers his questions on Middle East policy.

The protest by Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R.I.) is only the latest development in the long-running battle to get Bolton confirmed to the post he now holds on a temporary basis. Last year, Chafee supported Bolton's confirmation, but the opposition of Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) prompted President Bush to name him to the U.N. post as a recess appointment. (

You folks up in Rhode Island are to blame for this beanbrain wandering the streets of DC. and punishment is in order. Lincoln Chafee is soon to be banished to the confines of your state - such as it is. You will have to live with him.

He Has a Point

Steve Dunleavy, writing for the New York Post, points out a glaring bit of hypocrisy coming from the Big Apple's mayor:
Mayor Bloomberg is too smart a man to miss the irony he brought on his shoulders this week.

Let's go back to Dec. 30, 2002, when Bloomberg said of the bar-smoking ban, "We will save literally tens of thousands of lives."

So smoking became the first legal product sold in New York that was partly banned in the city, based on Bloomberg's medical expertise, or access to pristine statistics about the effects of secondhand smoke in bars.

But there has been a complete scientific study - from Mount Sinai research that shows that at least 70 percent of the thousands who labored at Ground Zero as first responders reported, and proved, that they had awful trouble breathing or worse.

Some are dead.

Bloomberg thinks these highly respected doctors are so crazy that they're barbecuing with the leprechauns.

"I don't believe that you can say specifically a particular problem came from this particular effect. There is no way to tell for sure and you've got to be very careful . . . If I say, 'I've got something because of this,' that's not just the way it works," said Dr. Bloomberg.

So now I have it perfectly clear: You ban smoking in bars with no statistics on secondhand smoke, but you are telling Mount Sinai, one of the best facilities in the world, they don't know their ear from their elbow when it comes to poison attacking the lungs like a spear.
I think the problem here is that Dunleavy gives Bloomberg and liberals like him too much credit. Consistency has never been their strong suit. Nor has intelligence for that matter ...

Liberal Hypocrisy II

This from the New York Post editorial page this morning:
Critics & Hypocrites

How to tote up all the hypocrisy spewing from Camp Clinton - including from the former president himself - over ABC's upcoming mini-series, "The Path to 9/11"?

Calling the docudrama, which is based on the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission's report as well as other sources, "fiction," the Clintonites want it re-edited to tone down its criticism of the former president - or, better still, yanked entirely.

To show the film as it now stands, Bill Clinton's office said in a statement yesterday, would be "despicable."

What - no liberal cries of "censorship"? Nothing about the sacred constitutional guarantee of free speech? No warnings about the "chilling effect" caused by ideological zealots intent on pursuing their partisan agenda?

Oh, well. Hypocrisy, it's been said, is the lubricant of political discourse. (

“Hypocrisy: a lie in action - the legacy of indecency.” Author unknown

Or, As James Taranto Puts It ...

... one wishes the Clinton people had been as aggressive in defending the nation from bin Laden as they now are in defending their own reputations. (link)


If this is true, ABC might as well give up any pretense of independence and objectivity:
Passions Flare as Broadcast of 9/11 Mini-Series Nears
By Patrick Healy and Jesse McKinley, The New York Times

Under growing pressure from Democrats and aides to former President Bill Clinton, ABC is re-evaluating and in some cases re-editing crucial scenes in its new mini-series “The Path to 9/11” to soften its portrait of the Clinton administration’s pursuit of Osama bin Laden, according to people involved in the project. (
link) [my emphasis]
When Fahrenheit 9/11, a really scurrilous docudrama about the Bush administration and its reaction to the terror attacks on that day, was released, conservatives reacted by pointing out the movie's fallacies and heaping ridicule on its director. Nobody demanded it be altered for the sake of accuracy. Nobody called for it to be pulled from the marketplace. Everyone knew it wasn't intended to be an historically account of 9/11.

What ABC is doing, if the Times information is accurate, is contemptible.

Apologies Begin To Flow

After all the wild speculation. After the many calls for investigations from Democrats and newspaper editorialists. After reckless and unsubstantiated charges have been made against our president and most of his inner circle. After millions have been spent by a special counsel to investigate the matter. After an individual's life has been forever ruined.

Richard Armitage comes forth with a confession:
Source in C.I.A. Leak Case Voices Remorse
By David Johnston, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 — Expressing regret for his actions and apologies to his administration colleagues, Richard L. Armitage, the former deputy secretary of state, confirmed Thursday that he was the primary source who first told a columnist about the intelligence officer at the center of the C.I.A. leak case.

“It was a terrible error on my part,” Mr. Armitage said in an interview, discussing his conversations with reporters. He added: “There wasn’t a day when I didn’t feel like I had let down the president, the secretary of state, my colleagues, my family and the Wilsons. I value my ability to keep state secrets. This was bad, and I really felt badly about this.”

Mr. Armitage also confirmed what had long been speculated — that he was the anonymous government official who talked to Bob Woodward, the Washington Post editor and reporter, about the Central Intelligence Agency officer, Valerie Wilson, in June 2003. (

You're a day late. A dollar short. Dick.

When Is Webb Going To Cut This Guy Loose?

It's one thing for senate candidate James Webb to hire a rabble-rousing blogger to appeal to the rank prejudices of his supporters; it's another to allow that same rabble-rouser to spew racial hatred.

The most recent spew, as cited by Jon Henke:
So, there is an Ethnic Rally in Alexandria this Saturday being put on by various Republican minority groups. So what are the Webb staffers at Raising Kaine promoting in response to that minority group rally? "Monkey Fest".
Shocked? If you're a regular reader of Raising Kaine, you shouldn't be. This sort of thing is common currency on Webb's official blogsite.

Alton asks the most pertinent question:

All this leads one to wonder just where James Webb stands on these issues.

Step forward James Webb. Do you approve and stand behind the statements your employee Lowell Feld is making on your behalf?

Time indeed for James Webb to take a stand.

An Apology Is In Order

Several months ago I cited the story of an individual over in Chesapeake who had been accused of inapproriate touching as an example in an unrelated post. That individual, Robert Hoeft, was acquitted Tuesday of the charge.

My apologies.