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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Fallout Continues To Rain Down

I wonder if Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal wishes he had never stirred up the hornet's nest by publishing the names and addresses of all those Virginia concealed weapons permit holders a month ago, or if he's enjoying the notoriety. For notoriety he continues to receive.

The latest from the Galax Gazette:
Sayers takes shot at gun permit listing
By Brian Funk, Galax Gazette Staff Reporter

A Carroll County woman isn't concealing her ire after her name and address - and those of 135,000 Virginians - showed up in a listing of concealed weapons permit holders published by The Roanoke Times.

Teresa Sayers, who works with local violent crime victims in the Twin Counties, feels that gun owners were treated unfairly when their names appeared in a list published March 11 as part of an opinion column by editorial writer Christian Trejbal about open records that ran in the newspaper's New River Valley Current section.

“As a crime victim, it got me concerned,” Sayers told The Gazette on Monday, just after a news crew from CNN left her home.

The CNN crew filmed a piece on Sayers for a story about the controversy surrounding the newspapers' concealed weapons permit listing. The story is set to air Friday at 8 p.m. on the Paula Zahn show.

Sayers said CNN producers plan to include her story in the show. “They photographed my permit and all my guns,” Sayers said.

Sayers also showed the crew photos of wounds she received in March 2003 when, she said, her ex-husband stabbed her eight times. (link)
Ex-husband. Stab wounds. CNN. A victim's ire.

Trejbal makes the big-time. How fortunate he must feel right now.

We Are At War, You Morons!

Would someone see if they can get through to the Democrats and tell them that we have American men and women in harm's way who need their help?
Iraq war funding in limbo on Hill
By S.A. Miller, The Washington Times

House and Senate negotiators won't meet to hammer out a final emergency war-funding bill until Congress' spring break ends April 16 -- a day after Pentagon officials say money starts running out for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid balked at the deadline yesterday and cited a congressional report that showed war funds will not expire until July.

"This study confirms that the president is once again attempting to mislead the public and create an artificial atmosphere of anxiety," said Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat." (link)
Yeah. Why all the anxiety? We only have U.S. soldiers dying in battle. So lighten up.

Besides, Reid needs his spring break to go home and water the lawn.

A Step Backward

I have to be honest. I would be an enthusiastic supporter of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney if it weren't for his bizarre swerve from straight-arrow conservatism into ultra-liberalism with what is now being referred to as RomneyCare, or universal (mandatory) health care for all citizens of the Bay State (read his explanation for it here).

It isn't like he wasn't warned (read my admonition from April 2006 here).

Now it appears the chickens are coming home to roost. Too bad for him:
Mitt's Biggest Flop
By David Hogberg, The American Spectator

Mitt Romney's most-heralded achievement as governor of Massachusetts was his overhaul of the Bay State's health care system. However, ... "RomneyCare" began running into problems pretty quickly. After much initial self-promotion, Romney now is slowly backing away from his health care plan, hinting that the Democrats now in charge should be blamed if it flops.

In 2006, then-governor Romney promoted his plan with enthusiasm and aplomb. He also did his best to mollify conservatives he sought to court for his presidential campaign who were concerned that his plan was little more than big government in disguise.

But the problems RomneyCare now faces can be traced back to the legislation that Romney signed back in 2006.

One problem stems from the fact that whenever a government mandates that people must buy health insurance, it has to decide what constitutes "health insurance."

Of course, when government bureaucrats are given this type of power, they seldom let individuals decide such matters for themselves. Earlier this month, the Connector published regulations dictating what would constitute minimum coverage. Among other things, all plans sold under the Connector must have prescription drug coverage, no limitations on benefits per year or per sickness, and cannot have annual deductibles higher than $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a family. The Connector marvels that "No other state in the nation has set such a high standard," and that the regulations are "a landmark in raising the floor for coverage." However, the Connector concedes that this will require about 250,000 Bay State residents who are already insured to buy even more coverage because the health insurance they currently have doesn't meet the Connector's minimum standards. (link)
And the inevitable result: "In April 2006, Romney claimed that his plan would 'need no new taxes.' By November, as he was leaving office, it was clear that the plan would cost $150 million more in 2007 than Romney had initially claimed."

Mitt. What possessed you, man?

It Ain't Gonna Happen

I sometimes wonder what goes through their minds. Occasionally I wonder if they even have minds.

They seem to be incapable of equating terrorism in Iraq with acts perpetrated in Indonesia. They don't see a relationship between the deeds conducted by fanatical Muslims in Madrid to those carried out in New York City. They ignore the fact, or are incapable of understanding the fact, that the vile hatred being spewed by imams in mosques around the world results in anti-western riots being fomented in the streets of Lahore.

Those on the left just don't understand that their defiant opposition to military action against the terrorists in the streets of Baghdad has negative, depressing, heartrending consequences elsewhere.

Case in point:

Talking Darfur to Death
New York Times editorial

The world has been discussing the genocide in Darfur for more than three years. But some 200,000 deaths later, it has yet to take effective action to force the Sudanese government to stop sponsoring the mass murder, rape, torture and forcible evictions being carried out on its orders in the region.

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council at last expressed its deep concern over human rights violations in Darfur. That modest advance was made possible by the welcome willingness of several African countries to set aside their usual reluctance to talk about their continent’s human rights problems.

But in practical terms, it was only a baby step. Despite an earlier finding by ... (link)
They just don't get it.

Earth to American leftists. We refuse to end the slaughter going on in Sudan because you have forced us to. On alternate days, you wail about our heavy-handed intervention in Iraq. Your efforts in that regard have paid off, in the process sealing the fate of the poor people of Darfur, thousands more of whom are yet to die.

We are not going to lift a finger to help them. Your actions have brought about that consequence. You should be happy.

Congratulations. You should be celebrating Darfur.

Another Consequence

In addition to the West's refusal to get involved with internal affairs in Darfur, what with the relentless criticism it has received for having stopped Saddam Hussein's ongoing transgressions in Iraq and for attempting to stand up to the growing terrorism menace globally, we also now find ourselves reacting to Islamist provocation in a most feckless and peculiar way:

Dithering Dialogue
By Rich Lowry, The New York Post

March 31, 2007 -- Iran wants to quit the international community - but the international community won't let it. No act of warfare against the civilized world, no defiance of the United Nations, no violation of international norms, no brazen lie is ever enough to mark Iran as unworthy of outreach, dialogue and the art of sweet persuasion.

When the Iranians seized 15 British sailors in a blatant hostage-taking, the commander of the British ship purred that it might be a "simple misunderstanding." If so, Iran is cursed with terrible luck. Another such misunderstanding lasted 444 days back in 1979-81. In the latest incident, the accident-prone Iranians have had the misfortune of showing the captured British sailors on television and of telling provable lies about where they seized them.

When the Iranians seized 15 British sailors in a blatant hostage-taking, the commander of the British ship purred that it might be a "simple misunderstanding." (link)

It's no wonder they now laugh at us. And rathet up the level of aggression.

On a Lighter Note

Paddy was in New York. He was patiently waiting, and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, "Okay pedestrians." Then he'd allow the traffic to pass. He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk. After the cop had shouted "Pedestrians" for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, "Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?"