Thursday, April 26, 2007
"The challenge before us ... is whether we respond to al-Qaeda's barbarism by running away, as it hopes we do -- abandoning the future of Iraq, the Middle East and ultimately our own security to the very people responsible for last week's atrocities -- or whether we stand and fight.
To me, there is only one choice that protects America's security -- and that is to stand, and fight, and win."
"One Choice in Iraq," Washington Post, April 26, 2007
Guns and More GunsDude, if the NRA has been able to "silence every legislature in this country" and prevent the enactment of gun control laws, how do you explain the fact that we now have, according to the leading expert on the subject, 20,000 gun laws on the books at the federal, state and local levels?*
New York Times editorial
By now, the logic is almost automatic. A shooter takes innocent lives, and someone says that if the victims had been armed, this wouldn’t have happened. The only solution to a gun in the wrong hands, it seems, is a gun in the hands of everyone.
That’s the state of the debate over gun control today. The National Rifle Association and the gun lobby have silenced every legislature in this country. Instead of stricter laws, tighter controls and better background checks, the gun lobby proposes more guns. And what the gun lobby proposes, lawmakers deliver. (link)
20,000 laws and Cho Seung-Hui was still able to slaughter 32 innocent Americans at Virginia Tech last Monday. What, we're to believe that, had we only had that 20,001st law in place, he would have been prevented from committing that heinous act?
Please. We find you no longer amusing.
* I had earlier reported there to be only 10,000 gun laws on the books. I was off by half.
Our elected representatives have apparently tired of the everyday task of legislating and have taken on the role of private
Flexing Muscles, Democrats Issue 3 Subpoenas
By Neil A. Lewis and Eric Lipton, The New York Times
Washington, April 25 — In a vivid display of their new power, Democrats across Capitol Hill on Wednesday approved a flurry of subpoenas to fuel a series of investigations of the Bush administration.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued three subpoenas in quick order. One was to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to answer questions about the administration’s prewar claims about Iraq’s weapons programs and two were to the Republican National Committee and its chairman to be questioned about whether the party’s e-mail system was used by Bush officials to conceal some of their actions. (link)
Since the Democrats have decided to not do anything constructive ever again, do we still have to pay them
Well, it's a lesson that the folks at Nissan apparently now need to be taught:
Sales grow 7%. Profits decline 54%. I don't think that's how it's supposed to work.
Nissan's 1Q Profit Plunges 54 Percent
By The Associated Press
Tokyo (AP) -- Nissan's profit plunged 54 percent in the January-March quarter, contributing to its first drop in annual profit in seven years -- the first such setback under the leadership of Carlos Ghosn, who salvaged the Japanese automaker from collapse.
Group net profit at Nissan Motor Co. for the quarter through March 31 totaled 70.6 billion yen ($595 million), down from 152.4 billion yen, as job reduction costs and higher taxes offset improved sales. Quarterly sales rose 7 percent to 2.8 trillion yen ($23.6 billion). (link)
Hey, Nissan, put me in charge. I can get you guys record sales, if selling your cars doesn't require that we turn a profit ...
Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani came out swinging Tuesday, accusing the Democrats of being cowards and predicting that, should one of them be elected commander in chief, that he - or she - would "wave the white flag" of surrender.
And, in reaction to being bitchslapped, like whining children, how those cowards do howl:
Giuliani Broadens His Message on TerrorismThe Democrats don't want to be perceived as being weak. I'll pause for your chuckle to pass.
By Marc Santora, The New York Times
Manchester, N.H., April 25 — In his two months on the campaign trail, the central animating theme of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign has been that his performance as New York mayor on Sept. 11, 2001, makes him the best candidate to keep the United States safe from terrorists.
But when Mr. Giuliani broadened that message here on Tuesday night, saying that Democrats “do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us” and that if they were elected the United States would suffer “more losses,” the response from his Democratic rivals was swift and pointed.
In his speech before Republicans here on Tuesday night, Mr. Giulani called the fight against terrorism “the defining conflict of our time.” If a Democrat were elected president, he said, they would “wave the white flag” in Iraq, cut back on surveillance of terrorists, restrict the ability of law enforcement officials to gather intelligence and limit interrogation techniques, curtailing their effectiveness.
The Democrats’ rapid response reflected a desire among their candidates not to let themselves be painted as weak, as many party loyalists believe occurred in 2004. (link)
I got news for these Conan wanna-bes. Their wimpish squeals of indignation, along with their incessant and ignobly timid implorings that we cut and run from the global terrorist threat, make them look like wienies, the likes of which Rudy Giuliani couldn't begin to effect.
I am Democrat; hear me roar.
Had the Supreme Court not acted rashly, the various states would have sorted the issue out on their own.
Finally, after so many tumultuous years, and so many deaths, we are beginning to move in that direction once again:
The people of New York apparently want to maintain their abortion-on-demand arrangement. Let them.
Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights
By Danny Hakim, The New York Times
Albany, April 25 — [New York] Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday that he planned to introduce legislation to overhaul the state’s pioneering but antiquated abortion law, shoring up abortion rights in New York.
The proposal follows the United States Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, at a time when several other states are moving to tighten restrictions on abortion.
New York took an early role in legalizing abortion, and the governor’s plan ... (link)
But the rest of us shouldn't be forced, by judicial decree - this is still America, after all - to live the way New Yorkers live.
A concept the Supreme Court, three decades ago, failed to grasp.
War Bill Passes House, Requiring an Iraq PulloutThe commander of our army in the field tells our representatives what he needs to win the war. They refuse him. Never in the history of this country has this happened. The Democrats are an ongoing disgrace.
By Carl Hulse and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Washington, April 25 — The House on Wednesday narrowly approved a $124 billion war spending bill that would require American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq by Oct. 1, setting the stage for the first veto fight between President Bush and majority Democrats.
Only hours after Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander in Iraq, told lawmakers he needed more time to gauge the effectiveness of a troop buildup there, the House voted 218 to 208 to pass a measure that sought the removal of most combat forces by next spring. Mr. Bush has said unequivocally and repeatedly that he will veto it. (link)
Toeing the line, and bringing up the rear, ever the good toady, is our Congressman, Rick Boucher.