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Saturday, September 08, 2007

How To Get Insane Mass Murderers Off The Streets

We make progress toward a psycho-free society.

Or not.

First there was the Virginia Tech massacre report that was released just the other day that called for "banning guns 'on campus grounds and in buildings unless mandated by law' and performing background checks for purchases at gun shows," even though "Virginia Tech, like most universities in Virginia, already has a policy prohibiting guns on campus, and Cho Seung-hui (the mass murderer) didn't purchase either weapon at a gun show." (source)

Now there's this:

Buena Vista's mascot drops pistols
Parry McCluer High School won't tolerate guns, including Sam's, the principal said.
By Jay Conley, The Roanoke Times


A longtime high school mascot in Buena Vista won't be packing any heat this fall. Parry McCluer High School, whose sports teams are known as the "Fighting Blues," has for years used a takeoff on the Warner Bros. cartoon character Yosemite Sam as the school's mascot.

But while the Buena Vista school's version of ol' Sam will continue to wear his pirate garb (unlike the cowboy get-up of Bugs Bunny's perennial foil), broad-brimmed hat and menacing sneer, gone are the flintlock pistols Sam had waived in the air as a sign of his fighting spirit.

Parry McCluer Principal Haywood Hand said the decision to create a new logo this year, sans firearms, was a simple one, really.

"If we have zero tolerance of guns in schools, we don't want to have them in our logo," he said in a statement released Friday. "It is hypocritical to promote a mascot with a gun in each hand." (link)
Zero tolerance. Makes sense. Can't be having a gun-totin' two-foot tall cartoon character mascot if the school doesn't allow guns on campus.

That is, of course, if you're willing to believe that a a gun-totin' two-foot tall Disney cartoon character is going to have an influence on your child's sense of right and wrong.

Meanwhile, thousands of Cho Seung-huis are wandering the streets of America ...

For the love of God.

You Have Yours. We Have Ours.

The uppity crowd over in Richmond has its Dooley Noted Society's Wine & Beer Tasting at Maymont festivities, where people of means and influence gather to, as they put it: "Enjoy live music by NRG Krysys as you sample a wide variety of local wine and beer." With that little pinky stuck up in the air while they're doing their sipping, no doubt.

We here in Southwest Virginia do our celebrating our way:

Tire disposal days set
By Nate Hubbard, Wytheville Enterprise Staff

Wythe County will hold tire collection days on Sept. 8, 15 and 22 to give residents a chance to clear out their stacks of rubber.

The first collection will take place in the Fort Chiswell High School parking lot, followed by drop-offs at Rural Retreat High School and at the Wythe-Bland Solid Waste Transfer Station on Kents Lane. (
link)
I've been holding on to my "stack of rubber" for just this occasion.

I always look forward to this annual event when we all come out to see people we haven't seen in so long. And we have so much to talk about - Goodyear's new releases, reminiscing about the good ol' bias-ply days, wide white walls or black, nylon or glass-belted, tread patterns ...

Tire Disposal Days. Be there or be square.

On That Second Amendment

From someone who can frame the argument much more clearly and succintly than I:
To maintain that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right, one has to assume that the Founders, in writing a Bill of Rights meant to safeguard individuals from government power, used "the people" in the Second Amendment to mean government power -- state militias -- and exclude individuals, yet they meant "the people" to mean individuals in the First, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments -- as well as the Tenth, which specifically distinguishes between "the states" and "the people."

True also, the awkward wording of the Second Amendment has confused a great many: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Some read the opening clause as restricting the scope of the rest of the sentence. But consider a similar sentence: "Because a well-fed army is necessary, the right of the people to grow and eat crops shall not be infringed." It would be silly to read that sentence as meaning only the army can grow and eat crops, or that all crops must be turned over to the army for
consumption.
A. Barton Hinkle, "If Liberals Aren't Embarrassed, They Should Be," The Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 7, 2007

A Tried & True Legal Defense

"Whitey put that bribe money in my freezer."
Jefferson Wants Bribery Case Moved to D.C.
By Allan Lengel, Washington Post Staff Writer


Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), indicted on federal bribery charges, said yesterday in court papers that he did nothing illegal and accused prosecutors of bringing the case against him in Virginia because there would be fewer black jurors. (link)
O.J. must be his legal advisor.

On Senator Larry Craig's Bathroom Exploits

From Paul Greenberg:
The whole story is as pathetic as it is murky. It says something sad about a senator and man who is unwilling to fight for his now professed innocence; about a society in which cops have to be assigned to duty in men's rooms as decoys; about the kind of politicians and commentators who have used the senator's troubles to tar his political party or maybe his political ideas in general; and about the general tendency even in this post-Freudian society to base a whole range of two-bit psychoanalysis on the most meager foundation of fact.
"Sociopolitical Waterloo?" The Washington Times, September 8, 2007

Maybe He IS Running For Emperor

I made that flippant declaration the other day when the gracious and lovely* John Edwards announced his plan for upgrading the USA's imploding health care system. He wants to force all Americans to make regular annual visits to their doctor. At the point of a gun, one must presume.

Well, he's done it again.

The only way this fruitcake is going to be able to pull off his latest pronouncement is just that; he'll have to be elected emperor. Of Planet Earth:

Edwards proposes international counterterrorism agency
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times


Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who has dismissed the global war on terror as a "bumper sticker" slogan, said yesterday he would create an international organization to combat terrorism.

Mr. Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee, blamed President Bush for the rise of terrorism, invoking the September 11, 2001, attacks in a speech at New York's Pace University. (link)
Terror is Bush's fault. The war against it is nothing more than a bumper sticker slogan. Edwards wants to lead a global, coordinated effort to combat it. And that country that harbors more terrorists than any other - on his Planet Earth - Iraq - he wants us to retreat from.

?

This guy has a future. On Comedy Central.

* This appellation - or something similar to it - was shamelessly stolen from James Taranto

I Guess You Need a Juris Doctor Degree ...

In somebody's world, on some other planet, perhaps in a different solar system, in a different dimensional plane, this makes sense. But not to me:

Rudy Twist On 'Illegals'
New York Post Wire Services


September 8, 2007 -- Washington - Rudy Giuliani says illegal immigration is not a crime. "I know that's very hard for people to understand - but it's not a federal crime," he said yesterday.

"I know this. In fact, when you throw an immigrant out of the country, it's not a criminal proceeding. It's a civil proceeding."

Illegal immigration shouldn't be a crime, either, Giuliani said.

"The government wouldn't be able to prosecute it. We couldn't prosecute 12 million people." He added: "My solution is close the border to illegal immigration." (link)

But if it's not illegal, then it's not illegal immigration. And if it's not illegal immigration, why would we want to close the border?

Rudy, you're scaring me, man.

Are These People Serious?

I wonder if the editorialists at the New York Times have any idea how ridiculous their argument - that the Bush administration is heartless for denying welfare to families earning as much as $82,000 a year - reads.

It sure seems like they're clueless:

Denying Children’s Health Care
editorial

The Bush administration reached a deplorable, preordained verdict yesterday when it denied New York State permission to expand a valuable health insurance program to help cover middle-class children. The administration, which makes no effort to disguise its disdain for government insurance programs, imposed new, excessively stringent
requirements last month that not only guaranteed New York’s denial but will make it nearly impossible for any state to expand coverage.


New York wanted to raise its income threshold for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or S-chip, from the current $51,000 for a family of four to more than $82,000. There is room to debate whether that level — four times the poverty level — is too high, but ... (link)


But nothing.

These people are supporting a proposal that would provide government assistance to upper-class New Yorkers.

Are there no qualifications for a person to be a newspaper editorial writer? Is common sense not a prerequisite?

Uh Oh. This Ain't Good.

Many experts have been fearful that the subprime loan mess would eventually have an effect on new home construction, which would, in turn, affect construction sector job creation, which would ultimately affect overall employment and unemployment numbers.

Is this the beginning of a downturn in the economy?

Unexpected Loss of Jobs Raises Risk of Recession
By David Leonhardt and Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times


The job market took a serious and unexpected turn for the worse last month, raising the risk of a recession and putting added pressure on the Federal Reserve to move more aggressively to keep the ailing housing industry from infecting the rest of the economy.

The Labor Department reported yesterday that 4,000 jobs were lost from July to August, and the deepest cuts were in industries that are connected to the housing market, like construction and manufacturing. It was the first employment decline since 2003, when the job market was still struggling to emerge from the slump after the 2001 recession. (link)
The "R" word raises its ugly head.

Is a recession just around the corner?

Chart courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the New York Times
Click on chart to enlarge.

It Is That Important

I've linked - off to the left - to a new website created by the law firm - Gura & Possessky - that is fighting the city of Washington DC in federal court over the many gun ban ordinances that exist there.
Their case, Parker v. District of Columbia, is hopefully going to next come before the United States Supreme Court. Keep your eyes on this one.

Al Gore Is a Hypocrite XVLMVIII

I know you all have seen this news already but it's just too good to pass up:

'Green' GORE Goes Gulfstream:
Video Catches Eco-Warrior On Luxury Private Jet

As former Vice President Al Gore waits to hear if he has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless effort on climate change, a new video will air this weekend capturing Gore on a fuel-guzzling private jet!

FOXNEWS host Sean Hannity is set to unleash the damning video this Sunday night, network sources reveal. (link)

This may require that the snake oil salesman buy a whole mess of carbon offsets from that carbon offsets company he owns.

It's The Dawn Of a Good Day

We have too many nuts in the United States Senate as it is:
Hagel is calling it quits
By Jake Thompson, Omaha World-Herald

Washington - Chuck Hagel will announce Monday that he is retiring from the U.S. Senate and will not run for president next year, people close to the Nebraska Republican said Friday.

Hagel plans to announce that "he will not run for re-election and that he does not intend to be a candidate for any office in 2008," said one person, who asked not to be named.

Hagel has scheduled a press conference for ... (link)
It can be said of Chuch Hagel that he was ... well, it's hard to say exactly what he was. Or what he stood for. Or whose side he was on. Or if he was as scattered as he came across. Or ...