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Saturday, November 24, 2007

If Only I Knew

One of my posts has been cited by a blogger. Somewhere. With comments of some kind.

But your guess is as good as mine ...

See link here.

He Will Be Missed. Or Not.

It appears that John Howard's reign in Australia is coming to an end:
Labor wins, Howard gov't goes down to defeat in Australian election
The Associated Press

Australia's opposition center-left Labor Party swept to victory in Saturday's general election, ousting the 11-year conservative Liberal- led government of John Howard in a landslide.

Howard conceded defeat just after 10:30 p.m., telephoning Labor leader Kevin Rudd to congratulate him on an "emphatic" victory. (
link)
According to the report, Howard lost because he supported - and his opponent opposed - the Iraq War, and he opposed - while his opponent supported - harsh measures being adopted that will combat global warming.

Howard is best known here in this country for the former. He was cheered by those who are committed to ending the global scourge of Islamist terrorism with this bitchslap of Barack Obama:



Others feel that Howard was just around too long and a fresh face was called for.


In any case, as much as I'll miss his stalwart support for the war, I'll not miss him for this (from 1996) -- government seizure of firearms:
Australia Fights the Gun-Control War
By Denis Warner, International Herald Tribune


Melbourne: Four months ago when a gunman shot and killed 35 men, women and children in a wild, apparently premeditated and entirely unprovoked rampage at Port Arthur, a tourist center on the island of Tasmania, John Howard, Australia's prime minister, decided that it was time to introduce national gun laws and ban all automatic and semiautomatic weapons.

The government will compensate those required to turn in their guns, with the value to be decided by gun dealers or independent experts.

How many guns will be declared illegal is uncertain, but a guess by the head of the Sporting Shooters' Association — who has been leading the attack on the federal government — that the number of firearm owners may be reduced by 200,000 may be fairly accurate. (link)
It was Howard's successful use of the Port Arthur rampage to bring about sweeping gun control/confiscation in his country that is the model for gun banners here (see yesterday's post regarding the Roanoke Times and former Virginia state police superintendent Gerald Massengill and there shameful attempt at exploiting the Virginia Tech massacre in like manner).

John Howard's legacy. The good. The bad.

What It Comes Down To

So what DOES this actually mean?

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.

To the rabidly anti-gun Charleston (WV) Gazette (and to the equally fanatical New York Times), you might be surprised by the answer. To them, it doesn't matter. At all. To them, the D.C. handgun ban case that was decided by a lower court but overturned by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on 2nd Amendment grounds, the case that is viewed by most as being historically momentous because of its constitutional implications as it now proceeds to the Supreme Court, perhaps codifying the left's inexorable push to limit our rights as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, isn't a constitutional question at all. It's purely political.

That doesn't get any clearer than this:

Answer next year?
Charleston Gazette editorial:

Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took a historic step. It agreed to rule for the first time whether the Constitution’s Second Amendment — the right-to-bear-arms guarantee — allows individuals to carry concealed pistols, or whether it authorizes guns only for “a well-regulated militia” as its language implies.

Ask yourself: Why does America have vastly more gun murders than those nations? Are Americans inherently more violent and cruel? Of course not. The obvious explanation is that other enlightened countries keep pistols out of the wrong hands. *

That’s the issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court: Is America capable of reducing its horrible murder rate? Or will about 12,000 Americans continue being shot to death annually? Sometime in 2008, a long-awaited answer is expected. (link)


Is that really the issue? To those on the left, the answer - sadly - is yes. They have no burning interest in the meaning of that which was written by the Founding Fathers. They are only interested in outcome. They want the law to mean what they say it means.

If given their way, if the Constitution and its Bill of Rights become meaningless, then we are no better than those who live in the most dissolute banana republic.

That's not my USA. That's not the country I grew to love and respect.

* "Why does America have vastly more gun murders than those nations? The obvious explanation is that other enlightened countries keep pistols out of the wrong hands." Which goes a long way toward explaining Switzerland's extremely low crime rate and high incidence of gun ownership as well as Russia's complete ban on handguns and rampant crime (including handgun crime) problem.

A Good Line

From James Taranto:

"CBS Strike Could Put Debate in Disarray"--headline, The Politico, Nov. 21

Can't Mrs. Clinton's People Write the Questions?

Best of the Web Today, November 23, 2007

Sixty Years & Counting

It just wouldn't seem like we're in the 20th century if we didn't have Mideast peace talks:
Saudis to Join Mideast Talks; Syria Wavers
By Mona El-Naggar and Isabel Kershner, The New York Times


Cairo, Nov. 23 — Saudi Arabia joined 14 other Arab nations on Friday in an agreement to attend the American-sponsored Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Md., next week, while Syria — the last key holdout — was inching closer toward agreeing to participate.

If Syria’s primary demand is met, that the conference also address the dispute over the Golan Heights, Syrian land that Israel has occupied since 1967, the conference could be the first chance in years to begin a dialogue aimed at a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.

But it will get off to a chilly start ... (link)
I thought Jimmy Carter had won a Nobel Peace Prize for having solved all the problems in that part of the world. In 1977. Thirty years ago. Guess not.

My Kinda Woman

She can hunt with me anytime.