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Friday, September 22, 2006

Someone Call The Gov: We Need Tractor Control

I can't begin to tell you the number of ways my tractor has been put to good use over the years. From fencepost pulling to horse herding; barn building to sightseeing.

But I never thought of using it as a weapon. Hmm ...
Tractor is alleged attack weapon
Farmworker charged with malicious wounding in Wythe County case
By Rex Bowman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer


WYTHEVILLE -- A Wytheville farmworker stands accused of losing his temper and attacking a woman with a tractor.

"I was standing there, like, 'This can't be happening!'" Wythe County resident Samuel Wade Hagee testified in a Wytheville courtroom yesterday as he recounted witnessing the alleged tractor attack. "You could hear him cursin', hollerin' and screamin'."

Jeffrey C. Turpin, 41, is charged with the Aug. 26 malicious wounding of Robyn Babos, who hobbled into the Wythe General District Court on crutches, her broken left leg in a splint.

Turpin, who lives on the Crockett Farm, has been convicted over the years of public swearing and cursing and abusing others. Authorities allege a hot-headed Turpin chased Babos, 45, across the farm with the John Deere tractor after aborted negotiations for a $500 truck.

With Babos still in the truck, Turpin used the hydraulic-powered bucket on the front of the tractor to lift the front of the truck up about 3 feet and then drop it, Hagee testified. Babos jumped out of the truck, and Turpin used the tractor to push it up the hill. It rolled back down, through a fence and into a bog.

A furious Turpin then chased Babos and Hagee up the hill, revving the tractor's engine and threatening to bury them if they didn't leave, Hagee testified. When Babos fell down, Turpin dropped the 350-pound iron bucket to the ground and rolled the bucket over her, breaking her leg, Hagee said.

Turpin, who did not testify yesterday, denies the charge. (
link)
First, an apology for making light of this incident. This poor woman was injured!

Second, what kind of negotiation could there have been if the truck was worth $500? Heck, you can't buy a truck part for $500 these days. Was this jewel worth killing someone over?

Third, none of this made sense until I read this:
"Mr. Turpin accused us of drinking his beer and smoking his cigarettes."
Well. Shoot. Now it all becomes clear. Come on my property and drink my beer and smoke my cigarettes (or cigars in my case) and I'll be chasing you around the field with the old Ferguson TEA20 as well. Consider this fair warning.

A Sign Of The Times

Britain as a whole is ... well-supplied with mosques. There were a few in the 19th and early 20th centuries. By the 1980s there were about 150 and by 1996 there were 613. Now there are well over a thousand, many of them converted Anglican churches. [my emphasis]

Hal G.P. Golebatch, "Imam Livingstone, I Presume?" The American Spectator, September 22, 2006 (link)

Your Tax Dollars At Work

The government is reporting this morning that a computer has turned up missing. No, make that two computers. No ...
1,100 Laptops Missing From Commerce Dept.
By Alan Sipress, Washington Post Staff Writer


More than 1,100 laptop computers have vanished from the Department of Commerce since 2001, including nearly 250 from the Census Bureau containing such personal information as names, incomes and Social Security numbers, federal officials said yesterday. (
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There are 17 departments in the federal government. Commerce is one of the smaller ones ...

Quote Of The Day

In today's world, religious sensitivity is a one-way street. The rules of the road are enforced by Islamic mobs and abjectly followed by Western media, politicians and religious leaders.

Charles Krauthammer, "Tolerance: A Two-Way Street," The Washington Post, September 22, 2006 (link)

Talk, Talk, Talk

Bill Clinton hasn't changed. When he was president for eight long years, he maneuvered every major issue before him in such a way as to never confront any of them (and then have the audacity years later to ask why he didn't have a catastrophe like 9/11 to deal with when he was in office so as to show us how tough a guy he is).

He turned tail and ran from Osama bin Ladin in Somalia in 1993 and - typically - conducted the only military campaigns in those years - Kosovo and Iraq - from 30,000 feet.

So how does Wild Willy think the Iran nuclear crisis should be handled? We need to talk to the madmen of Tehran:

BUBBA: KEEP THE NUKE NUTS TALKING
AP

September 22, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - Former President Clinton said yesterday the United States should try talking to Iran about its nuclear ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions.

"If you think you might have trouble with somebody, and God forbid if you think it could lead to a military confrontation, then there needs to be the maximum amount of contact beforehand," Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show. (link)

But what do you do, Bill, when you try talking to people who have no intention of talking back and who intend to bring nuclear annihilation to the entire western world?
The United States and its allies have offered Iran a package of incentives in return for its agreement to stop uranium enrichment. But Iran has given no definitive response and missed an Aug. 31 U.N. Security Council deadline to halt uranium enrichment ...
Understand, after the Khobar Towers bombing, Bill talked to the Saudis.

After the USS Cole bombing, he talked to the Yemenis.

After the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, Clinton didn't know who to talk to so he tossed a few hollow words to the relatives of the victims and went back to playing hide-the-cigar with Monica.

After the World Trade Center bombing, Clinton, well, talked to the media ("Clinton was interrupted by applause twice -- when he mentioned U.S. resolve to punish terrorists responsible for the downing of Pan Am 103 and the World Trade Center bombing, and when he called for the creation of a U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights." All in the same breath.)

And after 9/11, the former Commander in Chief of the most powerful armed force in history talked to all of America about how hard he tried to stop the terrorists when he was in office and about how close he came to killing Osama bin Ladin. Which had to provide quite the chuckle to the latter.

Talk, as we learned during the Clinton years is cheap. But it ultimately comes at grievous expense. A lesson that he'll never understand.

Mission Accomplished

The shuttle went up 13 days ago. It came down yesterday. What happened in those 12 days in between nobody knows or cares. NASA's mission is now to simply get the damn thing to go up and come down without incident. It did.

High-fives all around.

Who's Side Are They On?

As Americans across this great land recoil in disgust and outrage over the antics of Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez while he was here in this country as our guest, stunts that included calling our President the devil and chastising us for our "consumerism" and wastefulness, a Democrat - naturally - has come to his defense:
Harkin defends Venezuelan President's U-N speech against Bush
by Darwin Danielson, Iowa Radio

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, today defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's United Nations speech in which Chavez called President George Bush the devil. Harkin said the comments were "incendiary", then went on to say, "Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies." Harkin continued what has been frequent criticism of the president's foreign policy.

Harkin says Bush came to office saying he wanted a new humility in foreign policy in reaching out to other countries, but Harkin says Bush's actual policy has been heavy handed. Harkin says the anger against Bush is generated from the Iraq war, which Harkin says was "unnecessary." (
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Hugo Chavez is an avowed enemy of the United States. He makes that absolutely clear. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin defends him. What does that make Harkin?

More Democrat Deceit Exposed

As suspicions mount and more questions are asked of James Webb regarding his employment of bigoted, intolerant bloggers who are tasked with the responsibility of sliming his opponent in the most deceitful and reprehensible way, we learn that his tactic is actually a trend within the Democratic Party.

I made mention last week of a blogger in Maryland who had been working for the Democratic candidate for senate there, Ben Cardin, "who posted racially charged comments against his opponent on the Internet," an employee who was subsequently fired.

Now comes similar news from Minnesota:
Klobuchar headquarters on damage control

ST. PAUL (AP) - Everything seemed to be breaking Amy Klobuchar's way.


Easy nomination as the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate. Numerous polls showing her with a comfortable lead over Republican Mark Kennedy. A campaign largely free of the gaffes and intrigue that have plagued many of her fellow DFLers in recent years.

Then a liberal blogger uncovered an unreleased ad for Kennedy and sent it to one of Klobuchar's top aides. The ensuing flap opened a wound for Klobuchar, giving Republicans a new opening to raise questions about her suitability as a potential U.S. senator.

"This is an extraordinarily sad day for all Minnesotans who value fair play in public life," GOP Chairman Ron Carey said Thursday at a press conference. He demanded that Klobuchar more fully explain the chain of events that led to the firing of her campaign's communications director, Tara McGuinness. (link)
So we have summary terminations of campaign staff bloggers in Minnesota and Maryland, firings relating to actions that were, in all reality, far less egregious than are those to have allegedly been perpetrated by blogger Raising Kaine for senate candidate James Webb here in Virginia.

And yet Webb is silent on the matter, even turning back direct questions relating to the ethically bankrupt approach his campaign has taken to smearing his opponent.

Will he soon cut his losses and cut these creeps loose?

Hat tip to Wizbang Politics