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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sometimes We Can Get a Little Silly

Tthis is kinda humorous. In an editorial dated October 7, the Galax Gazette ("Ban Worth Discussing") comes down on the side of "discussing" a weapons ban at the Carroll County courthouse.

Why?

Like that mythical Sword of Damocles, tragic events that unfolded in 1912 are hanging precariously over our heads and have warped our collective psyche forever.

Say what?

What:
Ban worth discussing

It's a sign of the times that officials in pastoral Carroll County wonder if those in the governmental center will be safer with a weapons ban in place.The airwaves have been filled with reports of disgruntled workers and angry students acting out violently against coworkers or classmates for grievances real or imagined.


And people who live in Carroll already have it deeply ingrained in their psyche that a courtroom may not be a safe place to be, given the infamous courthouse shootout of 1912.
A shootout in 1912? A reason to ban weapons in 2007? Does the news travel that slowly to the editorial boardroom of the Galax Gazette?

You folks in Carroll County having sleepless nights over that incident that happened ... what, 95 years ago?

A simple question: If you've gone that long without a similar incident, doesn't that argue that current laws are working and for keeping them in place?

Their Idea Of Moderation

Dan Radmacher, fanatically liberal editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times, pens a column this morning entitled "What About The Middle." In it he deplores (so he lets on anyway) the fact that Congress has become polarized, left and right.

Radmacher opines that politicians should rise above partisanship and act in the best interest of the nation by finding common ground "in the middle."

He cites only one example of this coming together in mutual understanding, comity, and comradery - Republican Senator John Warner giving in to Jim Webb and kowtowing to the Democrats on a military contracts bill.

Dan Radmacher's definition of moderation.

Jonah Goldberg On 'Media Matters for America'

Want to know all about the group that is behind the Rush Limbaugh smear?

Read "Bum Rush - How The Dems Plan To Take Down Their Real Opponents: Rush and O'Reilly," by Jonah Goldberg in this morning's New York Post.

A small portion:

Nearly every day, I get e-mail spam from this alleged “media watchdog" group. It's slightly less formal than the usual son of a Nigerian oil minister with erectile dysfunction and a great stock tip giving me a head's-up about a problem with my eBay account. This spam comes from some earnest p.r. flack letting me know that I might be interested in the latest Very Serious Finding by Media Matters for America. When you actually check out the item, it's usually very stupid or silly or, sometimes, slanderous.

You don't hear about most of this stuff because journalists on the receiving end of Media Matter's junk mail have this rare skill, highly prized in the profession: They can read. And so, most of what Media Matters does is ignored except by the echo chamber of the left-wing blogs and sympathetic pundits.
We come to find out that it was none other than Hillary Clinton who helped create this slander machine. And for a good reason. Media Matters for America provides fuel for her rabidly unhunged left-wing fire. To wit:

The press didn't care much about the Limbaugh “phony soldiers" story in which Limbaugh was referring to one anti-war activist who pretended to be a military veteran. Journalists for the most part saw it for what it was: a phony story.

But the Democrats have been interested in demonizing and defanging right-wing critics for years. It's a doctrine of preemption the Democrats can finally endorse. And so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't care that Limbaugh - a wildly generous supporter of the military - never criticized American soldiers. What they care about is taking Limbaugh down a peg or two and throwing a bone to their increasingly demoralized anti-war base.
Joe McCarthy, king of demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, was an amateur compared to these guys.

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* Speaking of sympathetic pundits ... The timing couldn't be better. E.J. Dionne, a Washington Post columnist so blinded by his hatred of conservatives, particularly George W. Bush, and thus presents so like a broken record, calls this morning for Rush Limbaugh to apologize for making that remark about "phony soldiers" and ... references Media Matters' take on the story as his source for truth.

It don't get better than this.

I Think I Like This Guy

If only he didn't try to look like a penniless street bum.

Kid Rock:
Rock Takes a Shot At Penn
By Richard Johnson, Page Six

October 7, 2007 -- We'd love to see a debate on the war in Iraq between Kid Rock and Sean Penn. Rock didn't name Penn in his interview with Penthouse magazine, but he seemed to be aiming at the actor when he said, "These kids [U.S. soldiers] are very young and a lot of them think people who oppose the war are against them. You have to be very careful with what you talk about - especially when you are some Hollywood [bleep]er. Just because you made a great movie doesn't make you are an expert on foreign policy." (link)
This of course, brings up actor - an appellation that qualifies him to be diplomat to the world - Brad Pitt's comment the other day that another actor who's full of himself - George Clooney - should run for president. It's the military and CIA experience one can only assume. Not to mention the fact that he's an open-heart surgeon in his spare time.

'If America can spontaneously produce young men like Mark ...'

"When thou has truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent,
But little time will then remain for murmur or lament.” -- Hannah Moore

One of those blessings - Lieutenant Mark Jennings Daily of Irvine, California.

Christopher Hitchens writes in this month's Vanity Fair of a young man - a UCLA honors graduate - who set aside career aspirations to fight for his country after having read Hitchens' columns about "the moral case for war" and having decided that it was his duty to help make this world a better place.

Hitchens anguishes over his role in the young man's demise. At the same time he celebrates a wonderful - if short - life, alongside Daily's parents at Mark's memorial service.

A quote:

I became a trifle choked up after that, but everybody else also managed to speak, often reading poems of their own composition, and as the day ebbed in a blaze of glory over the ocean, I thought, Well, here we are to perform the last honors for a warrior and hero, and there are no hysterical ululations, no shrieks for revenge, no insults hurled at the enemy, no firing into the air or bogus hysterics. Instead, an honest, brave, modest family is doing its private best. I hope no fanatical fool could ever mistake this for weakness. It is, instead, a very particular kind of strength. If America can spontaneously produce young men like Mark, and occasions like this one, it has a real homeland security instead of a bureaucratic one. To borrow some words of George Orwell's when he first saw revolutionary Barcelona, "I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for."
Read the whole thing. Have tissues nearby.

One Of The Democratic Party's Shining Stars

Barack Obama last Wednesday: ""I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest."

Obama Supports The Troops ...

... but only if they're the kind who want to have perverse sex in the foxhole:
Obama: Lift 'don't ask, don't tell'
Jason Clayworth, Des Moines Register Staff Writer


Charles City, Ia. – The U.S. military should scrap its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that punishes service members who disclose they are gay or lesbian, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said here today.Obama made the comments in response to an audience question.

“Anybody who is willing to serve our country and die on a battlefield for us and our patriots, that’s the criteria for whether or not they should be able to serve in our military,” Obama said. “England doesn’t have this policy. Israel doesn’t have this policy. It’s an outdated policy.” (link)
This, so far, is the only position relating to the military that Obama has signed on to. Except for Cut & Run of course.

You know where he stands. If the Democrats are foolish enough to nominate him, you'll have your chance to show him what you think of his ideas - November 4, 2008.