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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Let's Hope It Was Made In China

I'd hate to think the designer at Wilson Sporting Goods wasn't a product of American public schools: Or maybe the Canadians have their own native spelling for the word TORONTO.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Constitutional Law 101

Delivered by none other than James Taranto:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a friend in Joe Biden, the Delaware senator who fancies himself a candidate for president made clear at a campaign appearance in Portsmouth, N.H., reports the Portsmouth Herald:

Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without first gaining congressional approval.

"The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach," said Biden, whose words were followed by a raucous applause from the local audience.
Biden said he is in the process of meeting with constitutional law experts to prepare a legal memorandum saying as much and intends to send it to the president.

Presumably one of those legal experts will inform him that as a senator, he has no authority to "move to impeach" anyone. That power rests solely with the House.
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Hyperbole Of The Day

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist, may actually believe that which he writes. A discouraging thought.

Get this:
"Racial segregation has been replaced by economic apartheid ..."

What's he referring to? The fact that Richmond, Virginia school buildings are older than Chesterfield, Virginia school buildings. He offers the unwritten assumption that the first group are of one race and the latter another (which will come as a complete shock to the 32.23% of Chesterfield County's population that is black).

That reasoning would then support the notion that this institution, with its 350-year-old buildings, is on par with P.W. Botha's South Africa in its worst days. Harvard.

It's not about the facility, Mike. The four walls. It's all about what the students therein are striving to accomplish.

Economic apartheid. For the love of God.

Oh, Never Mind

I must have completely misunderstood the Virginia Republican Party's intentions with regard to that "loyalty oath" that made its way into the news the other day. I thought it had to do with the manner in which voters were going to be screened in order to vote in upcoming party primaries. In fact, it may have had far greater implications.

The latest:
Republicans toss loyalty oath
By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Virginia Republicans voted yesterday to rescind their demand that voters in the February presidential primary sign an oath of loyalty to the party's presidential nominee.

The party's State Central Committee, meeting in Arlington at the party's annual winter retreat, voted overwhelmingly to rescind the request to the State Board of Elections regarding the Feb. 12 primary.

State GOP Executive Director Charlie Judd said because Democrats are holding their primary in Virginia the same day that reduces the possibility that Democrats or independents could meddle in the GOP selection process. (link)
Judd's probably wrong, especially if Hillary has things sewn up by then on the Democratic side and the Republican contenders are in a tight race for the nomination.

Call this what it is. An attempt at saving face.

We now move on.

We Pause To Catch Our Breath

My son being a Roanoke firefighter, this news that flashed across the screen yesterday evening gave us reason to stop what we were doing:

Firefighter stricken while battling blaze
By Amanda Codispoti, The Roanoke Times

A firefighter was recovering at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Friday night after he went into cardiac arrest while battling a house fire in Southwest Roanoke, a department spokeswoman said.

The firefighter, Scott Hetherington, 39, was in stable condition Friday night, said spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury.

Firefighters pulled Hetherington out of a house in the 1100 block of Ferdinand Avenue, said Roanoke Fire-EMS Chief David Hoback.

"He was in pretty rough shape," Hoback said. (link)

It didn't appear from the local TV news that the structure had collapsed or that there was a major fire involved, though there were reports of massive amounts of smoke roiling from the building. I called my son, Jarrod, and was told that a page had gone out saying Hetherington had been given CPR and was ambulanced to the hospital. He knew little more.

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Lt. Rhett Fleitz has more detail.

Let Freedom Ring

It appears, from this USA Today poll*, that We The People have a pretty clear understanding of the meaning of our Bill of Rights: To Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, Kennedy, and Souter, and anyone else who has difficulty understanding words and their meaning: What part of THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE don't you understand?

Poll courtesy of USA Today.

* I know. I know. It's unscientific.

Maybe So. But We'll Not Forget.

As many predicted, now that the war is rapidly being won, the Democrats want to change the subject. The subject, of course, being their craven attempts at forcing America to retreat in the face of the enemy and for our troops to experience a crushing defeat on the battlefield.

They'll be pushing more headlines like this one, but we'll not let them get away with it:

Democrats: Voters shifting focus from Iraq
By Martin Kady II and Jim VandeHei, politico.com

Congressional Democrats are reporting a striking change in districts across the country: Voters are shifting their attention away from the Iraq war.

Democrats are planning to shift their attention to the economy when they return next week. Democrats are considering holding an "economic summit," and the first order of business in the House will be an energy bill, aimed at elevating discussion of environmental issues. (link)

I think it's fair to now say that the Democrats' constituents shifted their attention away from the war on terror a few days after 9/11. Well, we have a message for them. The war goes on. Despite their worst efforts. Despite their attempts to now change the subject.

We remain focused. We will win this war.

And we'll not forget.

False Alarm

I saw this headline this morning and thought that she'd finally caught Willy's sorry ass in bed with another bimbo and put a bullet through him (her steadfast belief in gun control not withstanding):


But no. It's a story about some nut (no, not John Edwards) seeing space invaders all around him or something and wanting Hillary to ... join them.

'The Worst Of All Worlds' II

Is the archbishop of Canterbury watching this?
Mob bay for teacher's death
By Nick Parker and Thomas Whitaker, The Sun

Terrified teddy bear row teacher Gillian Gibbons was being held in a secret jail last night — after a 10,000-strong armed mob took to Sudan’s streets screaming: “Kill her, kill her.”

The Liverpool mum of two — convicted of insulting Islam by calling the bear Mohammed — was sneaked out of the capital Khartoum hours after being jailed for 15 days.

Fanatics demanding her execution by firing squad streamed out of mosques after prayers — grabbing machetes, knives and clubs. (link)
The archbishop of Canterbury, in case you've not been paying attention, has accused the USA of bringing about "the worst of all worlds." Perhaps he should take his teddy bear named Mohammed to Khartoum and get a taste of what the rest of that world is like.