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Friday, August 17, 2007

They Reign Supreme All Right

I've never quite understood why some white guys feel the need to be "supremacists." Somehow, it seems, their skin color deems it so. I guess. More preplexing is the notion that, having arrived at that conclusion, they then move as far away from people of every color, including their white brethren, as possible. Who they think they are going to reign supreme over exactly is a complete mystery.

Take this guy ... please:

Neo-Nazi ex-leader sentenced
By Tom Searls, The Charleston (WV) Gazette

The former leader of a West Virginia-based neo-Nazi group will spend seven years in federal prison for civil rights violations he committed in Utah.

Shaun A. Walker, 39, who lists his home address as Hillsboro, W.Va., and two others were convicted by a Salt Lake City jury in April of conspiracy to interfere with civil rights and interference with a federally protected activity.

Walker was chairman of the National Alliance when he was arrested in June 2006 near the group’s Mill Point compound in Pocahontas County. (link)

Mill Point is rumored to be deep in the mountains north of Covington, west of Staunton, though nobody's sure. It is that isolated from civilization.

But it's apparently where white supremacists think they are in charge. All five of them.

A question: Why aren't they referred to as white hermits? I wonder ...

Drug Dealers? Not In Dickenson County.

This ought to get the attention of those who intend to make a living pushing dope on kids over in Dickenson County:
A Dickenson County, Va., jury recommends a sentence of 135 years and $600,000 for a man they convicted of selling six pills
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier

A Dickenson County jury recommended a sentence of 135 years and a $600,000 fine on Thursday evening for a man they convicted of selling six prescription pills.

"This is the stiffest sentence I’ve heard of anywhere around," said Dickenson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Short. "I think the people of Southwest Virginia are sick and tired of drug addiction, and they’re looking for solutions."

The jury deliberated about an hour before convicting Jody Bill Powers, 49, of selling the prescription pills on three separate occasions within 1,000 feet of a school.

The 2005 sales were two OxyContin tablets on April 4, two more on April 5, and two Morphine tablets April 6, Short said. (link)
I'm thinking the judge is going to knock down the jury's sentencing recommendation. It does seem a tad too harsh.

But Mr. Powers might want to accept the sentence and spend his remaining days behind bars. It has to be a healthier choice than meeting some of these jurors on the street some day.

6 pills. 135 years ...

Karl Rove, The Salieri Of His Time

This, oft repeated in recent days, is just silly:
Rove's record speaks for itself
Roanoke Times editorial

Karl Rove on Monday announced he will resign from the Bush administration effective at the end of the month. President Bush's friend and adviser hopefully will enjoy a long retirement.

Rove's skills shone most brightly ... when it came to sidelining liberal and moderate voices. He mastered the politics of division and fear to great end. (link)
Yeah, Rove was the great divider all right. He is, after all, the evil machinator who drove Joe Lieberman from the Republican Party.

I Thought We Were Broke

The plan is to heap enough ridicule on the 2007 transportation compromise - those abusive traffic fees! - such that the Virginia legislature will reconvene and scrap the deal. And find a different way of funding road repairs. Pick your tax stream.

That being understood, when this same bunch pleads poverty and demands an increase in your sales taxes or property taxes or gas taxes or income taxes, watch and see if they also support the creation of a new intiative requiring millions in new spending.

The initiative:
Expand pre-K, Kaine urges
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Gov. Tim Kaine on Thursday called for an expansion of prekindergarten education that would allow more families to qualify for taxpayer-supported programs and establish a new ratings system that could help improve the quality of public and private programs throughout the state.

Kaine's "Start Strong" proposal would serve an additional 17,000 at-risk 4-year-olds by 2012 and rely on an existing network of public and private providers to accommodate the increased enrollment.

Kaine's plan would increase total enrollment in the Virginia Preschool Initiative from 12,500 to 29,500 by 2012 and would cost $125 million when fully implemented in 2012. (link)
Leaving aside the fact that the government gets failing marks on its ability to educate our kids - twelve years in school and half of them can't multiply, a third can't read - and the fact that Kaine has somehow decided that if government tutoring only began nine months earlier - in preschool - their test scores would improve dramatically, somehow, there's the issue of funding.

Where's the money going to come from?

Three guesses. And the first two don't count.

If I were a betting man, I'd be counting on the liberals in Richmond, Republican and Democrat, to be pushing for a transportation funding fix and for this misbegotten preschool bamboozle at the same time.

Watch your wallets. Uncle Timmy wants a moment of your time ...

I Thought He'd Already Made That Pledge

Didn't the Democrats ride to power in 2006 by declaring their intent to "clean up Washington?" If so, who exactly is Brack Obama planning on cleaning up when he becomes president?

Obama Pledges to Clean Up Washington
By Ron Fournier and Mike Glover, Associated Press Writers

Des Moines, Iowa (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama, who accepts special interest money and played poker with lobbyist pals as an Illinois lawmaker, acknowledged Thursday that he swims in "the same muddy water" that corrupts Washington, but he pledged to reform the system if elected president.

"I have a bunch of friends who were state lobbyists. The fact of the matter is ... I played poker with them, so I don't think that lobbyists are evil," said the first-term Illinois senator. "I just think they've got an agenda and you got to be clear about that, and not pretend that they don't." (link)
In other words, Obama plans on changing his ways once he gets elected. And he's going to clean up the mess that his Democrat pals now oversee.

I'll bet his poker buddies are cowering in fear.

On This We Agree

I've never been comfortable with the Bush administration's position with regard to American citizens being held indefinitely as "enemy combatants," denying them due process. Unlike the status of foreigners being held at Guantanamo, none of whom have the right to U.S. courts, habeas corpus, or any other aspect of American jurisprudence, citizens are a different story.

Thus, the New York Times and I are in agreement:

The Padilla Conviction

It is hard to disagree with the jury’s guilty verdict against Jose Padilla, the accused, but never formally charged, dirty bomber. But it would be a mistake to see it as a vindication for the Bush administration’s serial abuse of the American legal system in the name of fighting terrorism.

On the way to this verdict, the government repeatedly trampled on the Constitution, and its prosecution of Mr. Padilla was so cynical and inept that the crime he was convicted of — conspiracy to commit terrorism overseas — bears no relation to the ambitious plot to wreak mass destruction inside the United States, which the Justice Department first loudly proclaimed. Even with the guilty verdict, this conviction remains a shining example of how not to prosecute terrorism cases. (link)

Well, as is to be expected of these clowns, the editorialists got completely carried away.

But the basic premise is sound. Jose Padilla, an American citizen, deserved his day in court.

He finally got it.

Let's hope we're back on the civil liberties track.

Just Another Day ...

We want to grow government why?
Pentagon Paid $998,798 to Ship Two 19-Cent Washers
By Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com

Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to an Army base in Texas, U.S. officials said.

The company also billed and was paid $455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq, and $293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pentagon records show.

The owners of C&D Distributors in Lexington, South Carolina -- twin sisters -- exploited a flaw in an automated Defense Department purchasing system ... (link)
Meanwhile, government-maintained bridges are collapsing ...