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Thursday, October 04, 2007

There HAS To Be More To This Story

Does the punishment fit this crime? Is there something we're missing here?

A press release from the U.S. Attorney's office:


United States Attorney John L. Brownlee announced today that LOUIS GALLOWAY, 68, Pennington Gap, Virginia, owner of J & L Bit Grinding Services, a mining equipment sales and service business, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Abingdon to one count of structuring currency transactions. According to court documents and statements made during the guilty plea hearing, between July 27 and November 8, 2006, GALLOWAY made 25 deposits of $5,000 each into accounts at a Pennington Gap bank after being informed of the federal law requiring the reporting of currency transactions in excess of $10,000 and with the intent to evade such reporting requirements. According to information provided during the guilty plea hearing, these funds were the lawful proceeds of GALLOWAY’s business and were used lawfully to purchase certificates of deposit.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, GALLOWAY agreed to forfeit the $125,000 involved in the crime. He also faces a statutory maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, together with a period of supervised release, when he is sentenced January 14, 2008.

The case was investigated by the Bristol office of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Rick Mountcastle was the prosecutor. (link)

Unless there's more to the story, this seems awfully harsh. This Lee County businessman would have gotten off with a lighter (potential) sentence had he only been dealing drugs to kids.

$375,000 and five years. For doing what many of us would like to do - keep the IRS out of our shorts.


Why I'm Not a Politician ...

... I'd have to pretend to want to be just like Mark Warner:
Senate hopefuls try to appeal to moderates
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

It's been no secret that Democrat Michael Breiner is running as a moderate in an effort to win the right-leaning 22nd Senate District.

But on Wednesday, his opponent, Republican Ralph Smith, seemed also to aim for the center in a candidate's forum where he compared himself to former Virginia governors Mark Warner and Douglas Wilder -- both centrist Democrats.

In his opening statement before the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, Smith said that although he has been painted as an extreme "no government guy," he actually supports many of the recommendations issued in a report on government efficiency that was commissioned by Warner and carried out by Wilder.

"They'll paint me as some radical right-wing guy -- I expect that. But what I'm telling you today is what I'm about is the same thing a former governor in the office [Warner] proposed and a former governor before him [Wilder] chaired the bipartisan commission on how we can run Virginia in a more efficient way than we have in the past," Smith said. *

In a response, Breiner said he'd been compared to Warner as well.

"Actually going door to door, they [voters] have looked at me and said, 'Wow, you're a lot like Mark Warner.' I said, 'Well, I wish I could be like him, and I would certainly try to follow in his footsteps,' " Breiner said. (link)
So it'll be up to the voters of the 22nd Senate District to decide which candidate most resembles Mark Warner.

May the best man lose.

* I assume that "efficient way" he's referring to relates to the largest tax increase ever passed in Virginia history.

She Wants To Be Leader Of The Free World?

Food for thought:

Hillary wants you to believe that she has the gonads necessary to send men and women into battle. To bring tinpot dictators to submission. To lead the free world.

How is it she has time to sign a libelous Senate document that attacks a private American citizen but is noticeably absent when it comes time to vote to fund our troops?

Gonads. Hillary. Spare me.

Bush Vetoes HillaryCare 2.1

I couldn't be more proud of our President. He has sent a clear and unequivocal message to Congress. Not that they're capable of understanding it:

Bush Vetoes Child Health Bill Privately
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Carl Hulse, The New York Times

West Hempfield Township, Pa., Oct. 3 — President Bush on Wednesday made good on his promise to veto a bill that would have expanded government health insurance for children, but then said he was open to compromising with Congress by spending more money on the program than his budget has proposed.

“I do want Republicans and Democrats to come together to support a bill that focuses on the poor children,” Mr. Bush told a group of business people at a town-hall-style meeting here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Mr. Bush argues that the expansion is too costly and would push people who could afford private insurance onto the government rolls, steering the program away from its initial aim of helping poor children. He said that states like New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Illinois and New Mexico spend more money on adults than children, and he reiterated his contention, which the authors of the bill dispute, that the measure could benefit some families earning up to $83,000 a year.

“That doesn’t sound poor to me,” the president said. (link)
He might have added that this welfare program for the rich would be shouldered by those least able to pay for it.

Thanks, Mr. President.

* The Roanoke Times thinks the poor should be forced to pay for the health care coverage of the rich. I think they're serious.

DailyKos Fudging Its Numbers?

How can a weblog's average visit length be 2 seconds? I guess we should ask the kids over at DailyKos. According to Patrick Ruffini, the most widely read blog in America may be ... well, less than widely read.

Key words being "may be."

Question of the Day

From Heather Cook:

"Why do politicians who pay lip service to Canada’s socialized health care system travel to the United States for medical treatment?"

"Healthcare of the Canadian Rich and Famous," October 3, 2007

So They ARE Anti-American

You might find this interesting. Those anti-war demonstrations that are regularly over-hyped in the mainstream press are coordinated by men who have links to the commies.

Who'd have guessed.

Read through this Reuters dispatch about a weekend demonstration in D.C. ("U.S. protests shrink while antiwar sentiment grows") and you'll find the following background information:
Saturday's protest, sponsored by the Troops Out Now Coalition, came two weeks after an antiwar event sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, which drew roughly 10,000 people. ANSWER also sponsored a rally in March.

Both groups' leaders were associated with the Workers World Party, which advocates a shift toward a Soviet-style planned economy. But a 2004 dispute prompted some members to form the splinter Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Members of the splinter group stayed active in the ANSWER Coalition, and the remaining members of the Workers World Party formed the Troops Out Now Coalition, Troops Out Now spokesman Dustin Langley said. (link)
File this in the memory banks. Next time you hear Katie Couric speak glowingly about an anti-war rally in Washington or read one of the useful idiots in the Roanoke Times expounding on the righteousness of a handful of aging hippies taking to the streets to "stick it to the man" and end Bush's War, remember what their real - and dangerous - motivation is:

The total destruction of the United States of America

Jimmy Carter Gets Dissed

Jimmy. You're a failed president. Not Conan the Destroyer.

Get a load of this response Jimmy Carter had to finding himself barred from a village in Darfur:

Jimmy Carter Confronts Sudan Officials
By Alfred de Montesquiou, AP

Kabkabiya, Sudan (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter confronted Sudanese security services on a visit to Darfur Wednesday, shouting "You don't have the power to stop me!" at some who blocked him from meeting refugees of the conflict.

"You can't go," the local chief of the feared Sudanese secret police, who only gave his first name as Omar, ordered Carter. "It's not on the program!"

"We're going to anyway!" an angry Carter retorted as a small crowd began to gather around. "You don't have the power to stop me."

However, U.N. officials told Carter's entourage the powerful Sudanese state police could bar his way.

"I'll tell President Bashir about this," Carter said, referring to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. (link)

"I'm going to tell on you, you bad boys." Funny.

The Sudanese are guilty of having committed horrible crimes in Darfur. Bad taste, though, isn't one of them.

They're Trying To 'IMUS' Rush Limbaugh

I listened - briefly - to a (syndicated) talk show on the radio last night on my way to Charlotte. Some woman with a British accent was interviewing former General Wesley Clark. They were discussing this:

Wesley Clark: Nix Limbaugh From Armed Forces Radio

In a blog to the Huffington Post, former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark called for Congress to immediately take steps to remove conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio.

Last week, Rush Limbaugh labeled any American soldier who supports an end to the war in Iraq as "phony," noted Clark.

"It's time to put real pressure on Rush Limbaugh. His show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, and this time we are going to go straight to the lifeblood of Rush's show -- Congress. Congress has the power to remove Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio, and it won't be as easy for elected officials to ignore our call." (link)
It was obvious that Wesley had never listened to the Limbaugh show and knew nothing about the circumstances surrounding Limbaugh's comments relating to "phony soldiers," who are in fact often found to be phony. *

But he wants Rush banned anyway.

The host was no better informed. But she wanted Limbaugh punished for stating his views as well.

Typical of the "reality based" left.

* Rush had talked about this joker, along with other phony soldiers, on previous shows. Not that Wesley would have known. Or cared.