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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

OK. They're Fiscal Conservatives ...

... with an annoying nanny state mentality when it comes to social issues:

Griffith bill aimed at curbing smoking
The legislation prohibits smoking at restaurants unless signs are posted at all public entrances.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times


Richmond -- The majority leader in the House of Delegates is joining a growing legislative effort to curb smoking in Virginia restaurants, but is stopping short of forcing businesses to ban the unhealthy practice.

Del. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, filed legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit restaurants from allowing smoking unless they post signs at all public entrances indicating that smoking is permitted. Griffith's legislation would make smoke-free dining the default policy for the state's restaurants.

Griffith's bill is less restrictive than legislation sponsored by Sen. Brandon Bell, R-Roanoke County, who wants to ban smoking in most indoor public places. The Senate passed Bell's bill last year, but a House subcommittee defeated it on a unanimous vote. (link)


Two Republicans tripping over each other to see which one can more effectively butt into our personal lives.

Swell.

We Need Machete Control!

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the most rabid anti-gun politician in America, has launched a campaign to harass gun stores around the country with frivolous lawsuits. This comes after he added layers of ordinances to an already dizzying array of local laws directed at law-abiding citizens who wish to protect themselves and their families.

His efforts appear to be paying off:
Man Loses Leg In Machete Attack
By Jamie Schram, The New York Post

January 10, 2007 -- A homeless man who threatened a tenant in a Brooklyn apartment building where he was smoking crack had his leg amputated after the resident attacked him with a machete, cops said yesterday.

Anthony Graham, 38, was in the hallway of the Sterling Place building in Crown Heights and swung a metal rod at Henry Ghanney, 26, who ran into his apartment and got a machete, police said. Ghanney allegedly attacked Graham, brutally hacking at his leg. (link)
Someone wake Mike up. We need machete control. Then paring knife control. Then bungie cord control. Duct tape control ... Spiderman Death Ray ...

Full Panic Mode

Taking the lead from yesterday's Roanoke Times, the New York Times comes out this morning with a squeal of alarm over the news that the harvesting embryonic stem cells is completely unnecessary:

Moving Ahead on Stem Cells
editorial


House Democrats are poised to push through a bill this week that would loosen President Bush’s restrictions on federal support of embryonic stem cell research. The bill will be opposed by legislators beholden to religious conservatives. Many are likely to cite a new study suggesting that broadly useful stem cells can be derived from amniotic fluid without destroying embryos to get them.

The new study, while certainly intriguing, in no way lessens the need to widen the array of embryonic stem cells available for research and ultimately therapy. The Democrats’ proposal is extremely modest ... (link)


In fact, the study in every way lessens the need - no, in fact it eliminates the need for babies to be slaughtered for research purposes.

How awful it must be to find out that their god does not exist. Thus, the cries of anguish.

Coming To A Hospital Near You

Hillary wants to do for the USA what universal health care has done for Canadians. I'm not sure we have cemeteries big enough:
Poor Hospital Practices Blamed for 2003 SARS Epidemic in Toronto
By Christopher Mason, The New York Times


Toronto, Jan. 9 — A provincial commission investigating the SARS outbreak in 2003 reported Tuesday that poor hospital infection-control procedures led to the epidemic in the Toronto area that killed 44 people.

“Systemic problems ran through every hospital and every government agency,” Doug Hunt, chief counsel for the commission, said at a news conference at which the findings were released.

The outbreak surfaced in February 2003 ... (link)
Behind the minimum wage (non)issue, expect health care to be high on the Democrats' agenda.

Canadian style universal health care.

You have time to save yourself and your loved ones. Run now.

On The Way To The Coronation ...

It wasn't supposed to work like this:
Tax Cut Measure Could Be a Stumbling Block for Increase in Minimum
Wage
By Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times

As part of their 100-hour legislative blitz, House Democrats are expected to vote today to increase the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $7.25 an hour, in a move that economists say will raise pay for 13 million workers.

The bill’s chances are less certain in the Senate, largely because of friction over a Republican push to include tax breaks for small business in the bill. Senate Republicans have hinted that, without such tax cuts, they will filibuster the measure, a move that the bill’s supporters would need 60 votes to overcome. (
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This is too good. The Democrats have elevated the meaningless minimum wage issue to the top of their list of legislative initiatives and now find themselves being asked for a quid pro quo - a very meaningful set of tax breaks.

Let's see how bad they want it.

It Begins

The Democrats have taken charge. America pays for it:
Bush Drops Plans to Renominate 3 Judges
By Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times

Washington, Jan. 9 — In an apparent effort to lower the temperature in the fierce battle over federal judges — and in a concession to political reality — President Bush said Tuesday that he was dropping plans to nominate three of his choices for the federal appeals courts who have been vigorously opposed by Senate Democrats.

The White House announced that the three candidates, all conservatives, had themselves asked for their names to be withdrawn. But the announcement was widely taken to mean ... (link)
Proud former conservative Jim Webb stumbles his way in. Quality conservative judges are thrown out.

It's downhill from here.

You Expected Leadership From These People?

For those of you who thought the Democrats could take charge and lead us into the future, you forgot one thing. For them, it's always symbolism over substance:
Democrats Plan Symbolic Votes Against Bush’s Iraq Troop Plan
By Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 — Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war. (link)
Our troops in the field are under fire, taking casualties, fighting a ruthless foe. And the Democrats "support" them by staging a meaningless symbolic vote that provides them absolutely no support. In fact, they're given a hard slap in the face.

I've written many times that the Democrats wanted us to lose this war.

More evidence ...