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Friday, March 16, 2007

I Wonder ...

A drunken slob beats his wife savagely every time he ties one on. Which is often. One day he awakens from his stupor to find her packing her bags and heading for the door. Startled, he asks:

Why are you doing this to me?

Meet the drunken slob:
Byrd looks into Halliburton move
By Paul J. Nyden, Charleston (WV) Gazette Staff writer

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., is asking why Halliburton, one of the federal government’s largest private contractors, wants to relocate its headquarters to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Halliburton, once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, is currently based in Houston. In Dubai, no company or individual has to pay any income taxes.

On Wednesday, Byrd wrote a letter to President George W. Bush noting, “Halliburton and its subsidiaries have been responsible for a large portion of the military and infrastructure support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Byrd expressed concern that ... (link)
When he sobers up, perhaps Robert Byrd will understand why Halliburton executives are wanting to get as far away from him and his Democratic ilk as possible.

IF he ever sobers up ...

Congress Is No Longer Your Friend, George

I'm still struggling, after several years, with the fact that the Wall Street Journal bumped upstairs (i.e., promoted) the best columnist on the planet, Dorothy Rabinowitz, and took her (for the most part) away from an adoring reading public.

But Kimberley Strassel, hardly to be considered just a replacement, is making up ground on her own.

Today's offering:
The Art of Opposition
Will the White House now stop underestimating the Democratic Congress?
By Kimberley A. Strassel, The Wall Street Journal

If President Bush is looking for an early Christmas present for his top Justice appointees, he could do worse than Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's edition might even be unabridged.

Call the administration's handling of the eight fired U.S. attorneys what you will (and many adjectives come to mind), at bottom this is a story of a White House and Justice Department that have yet to understand how rocked is their world. Their GOP brethren are no longer running Congress, and the Democrats who took over want blood. The administration made its first, costly, mistake by underestimating the opposition. (link)
Read the whole thing.

Then get a hold of George W. Bush and have him read the whole thing.

Like I Said

I've mentioned on a few occasions that Bart Hinkle is my favorite columnist here in the commonwealth. Mostly, I think, because he uses common sense in advocating for the defense and nurture of the commonweal.

And because, every now and then, he agrees with me.

On the recent 2nd Amendment court ruling:
What Does Phrase 'the People' Mean?
A. Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist

Gun-control advocates long have contended the Second Amendment exists to support state militias, not private gun ownership. To accept that idea is to believe that while "the people" in the Preamble and in the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments refers to individuals, "the people" in the Second Amendment refers only to states -- and that a Bill of Rights intended to protect the citizens against government power detours briefly and wildly into support for . . . government power. As one the appellate court's senior judges, Laurence Silberman, wrote: "Every other provision of the Bill of Rights, excepting the Tenth [Amendment], which speaks explicitly about the allocation of government power, protects rights enjoyed by citizens in their individual capacity. The Second Amendment would be an inexplicable abberation (sic) if it were not read to protect individual rights as well." (link)
An aberration in its rendering and application for far too long, the 2nd Amendment is soon to be brought back into the family (when the Supreme Court settles the matter, finally) of rights guaranteed us - the people - by the founding fathers.

Here's What That Apology Got You

There are those out there who have been somewhat off-put by my having derided, on frequent occasions, the exercise our esteemed politicians here in the commonwealth went through not long ago to express their deep-seated regret over the fact that people a century ago owned slaves. I did it in part because it wasn't deep-seated at all. It was feigned sorrow. Phony regret (phony "profound regret" even).

But I also piled high the ridicule for another reason. Many of you thought, sincerely I'll bet, that your effort would somehow make some kind of difference. A rapprochement.

Well, fellas, here's what it got you:

A power in one man's reconciliation
Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist

In 70 seconds, Silver Persinger did what the Virginia General Assembly failed to do in six weeks voice a full-throated apology for slavery. (sic)

Persinger's apology was a break from the massive resistance to forthright slavery apologies. This year's General Assembly spent weeks of lawyerly parsing before expressing "profound regret" for Virginia's role in slavery. (link)
Key words being failed to do.

In other words, your (our) apology meant squat.

What? You actually thought it was going to bring about some kind of racial healing?

As it turns out, that profound regret of yours was too "parsed," not unanimous, and it came about far too slowly.

You'll have to try harder next time, pal.

And, make no mistake, there will be a next time. And a next time. And a ...

Advice Worth Ignoring

The Washington Post this morning encourages President Bush to cooperate with the senate committee that is going to be investigating attorney-gate. Out of a sense of love-of-country, no doubt:
'The Real Problem'
How to get the full story on the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys
Washington Post editorial

President Bush says he's "not happy" about the way the firing of eight U.S. attorneys was "mishandled." He says the dismissals were "entirely appropriate," but "the fact that both Republicans and Democrats feel like that there was not straightforward communication troubles me." If so, he should ensure that lawmakers get the full story. That means allowing White House staff members to be interviewed if the Senate deems necessary. (
If the President takes this advice, and the scene plays out as it has in the past, the President will have his head handed to him. Again.

A different leader, one I think most Republicans are yearning to find right now, would tell the Post to stick it up its collective ass, and go about the business of winning the war.

But not this President.

Joint committee hearings. Nationally televised. Dan Rather in breathless tones, narrating for PBS. Billy Graham providing absolution. John Kerry and Arlen Specter appearing on The View.

Bill Clinton doing color commentary on the societal depravity of it all.

More solid American citizens' reputations destroyed.

The vultures will have their carrion.

Because nobody has the guts to fight.

It All Becomes Clear

So it IS all about politics after all:
Funds sought after firings
By Jon Ward, The Washington Times

Democrats smell blood -- and campaign cash -- in the uproar over the Justice Department's firing of eight federal prosecutors last year.

"This could be George Bush's Watergate," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean wrote in an e-mail soliciting campaign funds yesterday.

Senate Democrats said their investigation into the firings is intended to preserve independence for federal prosecutors and keep them from being used as political foot soldiers for the executive branch.

However, Republican senators, while unhappy with the Justice Department and the White House's bungled response to inquiries, charged Democrats with using the issue for political and financial gain. (link)
You mean there are still Republican senators? I thought they had all disappeared.

Al Qaeda Loses Vote In Senate

Osama bin Ladin was dealt a temporary setback in the United States Senate yesterday:
Senate rejects Iraq withdrawal
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

Senate Democrats yesterday failed to get enough votes for a bill to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by next March, the first test of new Democratic leaders who will spend the next weeks challenging President Bush's war strategy.

Senators rejected on a near party-line 50-48 vote the proposal by Majority Leader Harry Reid that called for troops to start leaving Iraq in four months. (link)
Those driven to slaughter our children and grandchildren cannot be pleased. But, take heart. The Democrats know there will be plenty of other chances to make things right.

I Can't. He's Gone Back To The Governor's Mansion.

Take a Rat to Dinner

They're All Down At The Union Hall

A Huge Hole in Airport Security

NY Times Releases Phony Editorial

Phony Fraud Charges

Breaking News!

America holds its breath as 49 other studies are soon to be released.

So I Wasn't Flying On That Winged Horse Last Night?

F.D.A. Warns of Sleeping Pills’ Strange Effects

Homosexuality Discovered To Be Genetic ...

... Baptist decrees.

Staking Out a Bold Editorial Position

Editorial: Textbook is an appropriate teaching tool

No. She's Always Been a Lunatic.

Is Hillary cracking up?