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Friday, October 05, 2007

Jim Webb, Liberal Stalwart

I still can't get over the fact that this guy, in a matter of a few years, has reversed course 180° and is now championing every liberal cause out there.

The latest? There are too many black men committing crimes and it's the prison system's fault.

Christ Almighty:

Webb panel looks at toll of incarceration
By Peter Hardin, Richmond Times-Dispatch Washington Correspondent

Washington -- Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., is asking Congress to examine high incarceration rates in the United States, and he got a boost from a former California Republican leader yesterday.

Webb, a freshman better known for his outspoken stands on defense issues, labeled the racial makeup of America's prisons "alarming," questioned the impact on crime of the high incarceration rate, and hit "enormous" spending to maintain the prison system.

"Are there ways," he asked, "to spend less money, enhance public safety, and make a fairer prison system?" (link)

What on earth is a fair prison system, Jim? And what hallucinogen have you been inhaling?

And what's this mind-exploding nonsense about "the impact on crime of the high incarceration rate?"

You want to know the impact of all those prisons we've been building? Try to rap your arms around these two headlines:

Reports of violent crime in US at 30-year low, DOJ statistics show

and ..


Come to grips with the causal relationship.

Or whine about the plight of America's poor rapists and murderers.

You have nothing better to do, it appears.

Kaine: 'Tax The Poor To Pay For Middle-Class Care'

Governor Kaine has come out in favor of the federal legislation that calls for a massive tax increase on the nation's poor - the class of citizens that makes up the preponderance of cigarette smokers in this country - and calls on legislators to join him in his mean-spirited jihad against those here in Southwest Virginia who can least afford to pay for middle-class health care:

Kaine urges Va. congressmen to fight back against Bush veto
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Gov. Tim Kaine on Thursday called on Virginia's congressional delegation to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would extend and expand a federal-state health insurance program for children in low-income families.*

Kaine and senior Democratic state legislators warned that a political stalemate over funding for the program could jeopardize services that Virginia provides under a program called Federal Access to Medical Insurance Security. The program serves about 83,000 children and 850 pregnant women who don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford health insurance.

"We take very seriously the threat that this program will go away," Kaine said in a telephone conference call with reporters. (link)

1) About the threat that "this program will go away," life-sustaining oxygen will go away before federal aid to the poor disappears. Tim.

2) President Bush continues to advocate that this plan be continued. In fact, he proposed a $5 billion increase in funding to keep it afloat. Tim.

3) The dispute isn't over the funding of low-income children. It's over the fact that a revised SCHIP would allow for the federal funding - welfare - of upper-middle class Americans. Michael.

4) Never mentioned is the fact that there is a massive cigarette tax increase attached to this legislation. I know Tim doesn't ever rub elbows with the great unwashed down this way, but it is unconscionable for the governor and the Democrats in Congress to saddle impoverished Southwest Virginians with an additional tax burden so as to be able to provide health care coverage to his wine-sipping friends - those who can afford it themselves. People with earnings as high as $83,000.

Politicians like Tim Kaine want to socialize the health care system. They'll stop at nothing to do it. This skirmish over SCHIP is an indication of just that.

It's up to us to fight them at every turn. Our system - the best in the history of mankind - is at stake. We let these jokers seize control of it and we're doomed.

The poor be damned. The Roanoke Times thinks the plan to tax the living hell out of America's underclass is a swell idea also.

* Nothing in this change in the legislation has to do with low-income children. Nothing.

'You Scratch My Back, I'll ...'

The press loves Democrats. And vice versa:
Pelosi vows 'media shield' law
By Sean Lengell, The Washington Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a gathering of newspaper editors yesterday that her chamber will vote on a bill to shield reporters from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court by the end of year, despite opposition from the Bush administration.

"Freedom of the press is fundamental to our democracy," said the California Democrat during a speech at the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington.

"I have long supported a federal media shield law, without which freedom of the press is threatened." (link)
This story relates to the legislation that our very own Congressman Boucher has been instructed to craft and shepherd through the process. Legislation that grants protections to reporters that average Americans will never have.

But the Democrats have to repay the mainstream media somehow. This is an excellent way to do it.

One Of Rush Limbaugh's 'Phony Soldiers'

A former Roanoke resident has gotten busted for allegedly lying about his heroism in battle:
Former soldier accused of lies
The ex-serviceman was indicted on fraud counts over claims he fought and was wounded.
By Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

A former Army serviceman was charged Thursday with concocting a fictitious military career -- claiming tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during which he was wounded and saw fellow soldiers killed -- to obtain $18,000 in veteran benefits.

Randall A. Moneymaker was indicted by a federal grand jury in Roanoke on seven counts of fraud.

Not only did Moneymaker lie about his military service, federal prosecutors say, but he also claimed to have received medals and decorations that were never awarded to him.

"In light of the sacrifices our servicemen and women are making overseas, it's important to prosecute those individuals who claim to have done things that they haven't," Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig "Jake" Jacobsen said. (link)
This whole "phony soldier" issue is reported to be bigger than anyone had previously thought.

We can thank Rush Limbaugh for bringing it to the forefront. Those who served heroically deserve our support. Those who claim they did, but didn't, deserve our condemnation.

I'd Call That Unpatriotic ...

Of course Barack Obama, in courting the anti-America vote, doesn't really care what normal Americans call it. He thinks ... well, God knows what he's thinking:

Obama: Why I Stopped wearing Flag Pin
By Charles Hurt, New York Post Wire Services

October 5, 2007 -- Washington - Barack Obama said he's not wearing an American flag lapel pin anymore.

"I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest," he said in a television interview with a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, station Wednesday.

"Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism." (link)

He removed the flag lapel pin in order to do what? It's anybody's guess. Even he probably doesn't know. Or, if he knows, he doesn't seem to be able to articulate it.

Go away, man. You've had your fifteen minutes.

The Most Tortured Segue Of The Day

From Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams:

"It's easy for us to feel disgust at people who would engage in a shootout that would place children in harm's way. But metaphorically, that scenario has been playing itself out in City Hall."

My. My. My.

Where Has This Guy Been?

With regard to that pesky 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, for how many years have I been making the argument that the Bill of Rights, where it refers to the right "of the people" (1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 10th Amendments), means just that? One can't argue that the clause "the right of the people peaceably to assemble" refers to the people but "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" doesn't.

Well, one of America's most brilliant and learned legal scholars has come to the same conclusion. And no, he hasn't been in a coma his entire adult life:

A liberal's lament: The NRA might be right after all
By Jonathan Turley, writing in USA TODAY

This term, the Supreme Court may finally take up the Voldemort Amendment, the part of the Bill of Rights that shall not be named by liberals. For more than 200 years, progressives and polite people have avoided acknowledging that following the rights of free speech, free exercise of religion and free assembly, there is "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

Principle is a terrible thing, because it demands not what is convenient but what is right. It is hard to read the Second Amendment and not honestly conclude that the Framers intended gun ownership to be an individual right.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is stated in the same way as the right to free speech or free press. The statement of a purpose was intended to reaffirm the power of the states and the people against the central government. At the time, many feared the federal government and its national army. Gun ownership was viewed as a deterrent against abuse by the government, which would be less likely to mess with a well-armed populace. (link)

All I can say is ... duh.

I guess you had to avoid being a legal scholar at George Washington University to come to the proper understanding of the Constitution.

At least Jonathan Turley has come around ...

Al Gore On Saddam & Terrorism

Democrats make my head hurt.

So Iraq WAS integral to global terrorism. At least Al Gore says so.

"I personally went to the Senate floor to demand action."

* Special note: It's not known if this video was shot before or after the guy went stark raving mad.

** Special note II: The video is quite lengthy. And it's Al Gore in his worst drone. You'll need your NoDoz and caffeine fix before you launch the tape.

The News. Sorta.

A chuckle to get you going this morning: Here's today's news. The way you won't see it reported on NBC ...


What Are You There For?

When I saw this chart posted to an article in the Wall Street Journal the other day, I just shook my head. The Republicans have certainly brought this on themselves.

A poll was taken of registered voters, which included the question: "Which party would do a better job at reducing the federal deficit?" The results:

I of course have serious doubts that anyone actually believes the Democrats are going to do anything positive about the national debt, what with all the new spending proposals that have been introduced this year.

But I think too, with Republicans like Ted Stevens and Don Young making the nightly news on too many occasions, the image of the GOP as being the party of fiscal responsibility has been shot to hell (I read just yesterday that a handful of Republicans in Michigan caved and helped the Democrats there pass a broad array of tax increases in a state that is in desperate need of tax reductions. Then there was the Virginia debacle of 2005.)

Beyond all that, there are the embarrassments:

Craig Vows to Stay Despite Court Loss
By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office on Thursday despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a men's room sex sting.

"I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively," Craig said in a written statement certain to disappoint fellow Republicans who have long urged him to step down.

Craig had earlier announced he would resign his seat by Sept. 30, but had wavered when he went to court in hopes of withdrawing his plea. (link)

I can see Mitt Romney shaking his head in wonder.

I shake my head in shame and dismay.

Chart courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. See related article here.

Who Is Bruce Springsteen?

Whoever he is, apparently he thinks he's being mistreated.

It's Still Our Country

Though some would give it away:

"You want this flag? Come and get it."

* Double-click on the image to activate.

Another Nut Job

Elizabeth Edwards proves that she can be as idiotic and as detached from reality as the best of her fellow Democrats. From The Politico:

Elizabeth questions Limbaugh's draft deferment

An Air America producer just sent over some transcript from an interview their Richard Greene (not our Richard Greene) conducted with Elizabeth Edwards, in which she questioned Rush Limbaugh's Vietnam exemption:

"My classmates went to Vietnam, he did not. He was 4F. He had a medical disability, the same medical disability that probably should have stopped him from spending a lifetime in a radio announcer’s chair; but it is true, isn’t it? If he has an inoperable position that allows him not to serve, presumably it should not allow him to sit for long periods of time the way he does. I think this is a serious enough offense for the people who fund him, who buy ads and allow him to be on the air, need to be asked if this is what they really stand for, do they think it is all right for someone who has never served to denigrate the men and women who have simply because they are expressing an opinion. Frankly, I thought that is what we are fighting for."

I particularly enjoyed the comments that appear with the post. Read them. Some are profound; others a hoot.

As for Edwards, does she really want to bring up the subject of military service ... or lack thereof?