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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Call It The Trejbal Law ...

... to be named after Roanoke Times editorial staff member Christian Trejbal who stirred up this hornet's nest:
Proposal would close concealed-weapons data
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia State Police would no longer publicly release its database of people allowed to carry concealed handguns under a recommendation that cleared a legislative commission yesterday.

The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council recommended that the proposal go forward in the upcoming General Assembly. The legislature convenes Jan. 9.

The proposal came in response to the March publication on The Roanoke Times' Web site of a list of Virginians licensed to carry concealed weapons. The list contained the names and street addresses of about 135,000 citizens. (link)
Master Trejbal was the talk of the pro-gun internet circuit for a good while after he decided to pull the stunt that involved his paper's linking to the concealed carry permit holder database (in fairness, it was - and is to this day - public information). He also received his own less than flattering write-up (and accompanying frameable caricature that his mother would love to possess) in the NRA magazine, "America's First Freedom," though I never found it to be reproduced on line. And it's my understanding that he was even subjected to death threats as a result of his actions, which is unfortunate.

I have no idea how he's reacting to being the center of attention in all this. My guess, though, is that he probably wishes he could put that hornet back in the bottle.

King Solomon Had It Right

This does, on some level, make sense:
Divorce Found to Harm The Environment With Higher Energy, Water Use
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Staff Writer

Divorce is not just a family matter. It exacts a serious toll on the environment by boosting the energy and water consumption of those who used to live together, according to a study by two Michigan State University researchers.

The analysis found that cohabiting couples and families around the globe use resources more efficiently than households that have split up. (link)
If a married couple deciding to divorce does damage to the environment (two separate households using up resources as opposed to one), it seems clear that we men should follow the example of Solomon and each take in 700 wives (and 300 concubines).

Let me be the first to say, I'm willing to step up and do my part to save the environment.

A Frightening Thought

They must be waking up in the middle of the night in cold sweats. Hillary is going to be their standardbearer:
Vulnerable Democrats See Fates Tied to Clinton
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Manhattan, Kan. — Nancy Boyda, a Democrat who ran for Congress in this district last year, owed her upset victory partly to the popularity of the Democratic woman at the top of the ticket: Kathleen Sebelius, who won the governor’s seat. Now, with a tough re-election race at hand in 2008, Ms. Boyda faces the prospect that her electoral fate could be tied to another woman: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. (link)
With 50% of voting-age Americans saying they'll never vote for Hillary, Democrats like Ms. Boyda have good reason to be scared to death. The math is not on their side.

Hillary In Slash & Burn Mode

It didn't take much to draw the bitch real Hillary back out:

This Clinton attack on Obama could boomerang
by Frank James, writing in the Chicago Tribune's "The Swamp"

The Clinton campaign issued a press release Sunday that included this:

In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]

In kindergarten, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want to Become President.’ "Iis Darmawan, 63, Senator Obama's kindergarten teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,' the teacher said." [AP, 1/25/07 ]

Yes, you can believe your eyes. The Clinton people are citing a kindergarten essay by Obama as evidence against him in a presidential campaign. (link)


Hmm. You Learn Something Every Day.

I still blame stupid people for having done a stupid thing. It's just that, after reading this article, I've now decided that stupid people live in all strata of our society. Even the affluent got caught up in this monumental fiasco. Get this:

Subprime Debacle Traps Even Very Credit-Worthy
By Rick Brooks and Ruth Simon, The Wall Street Journal

One common assumption about the subprime mortgage crisis is that it revolves around borrowers with sketchy credit who couldn't have bought a home without paying punitively high interest rates. But it turns out that plenty of people with seemingly good credit are also caught in the subprime trap.

An analysis for The Wall Street Journal of more than $2.5 trillion in subprime loans made since 2000 shows that as the number of subprime loans mushroomed, an increasing proportion of them went to people with credit scores high enough to often qualify for conventional loans with far better terms.

In 2005, the peak year of the subprime boom, the study says that borrowers with such credit scores got more than half -- 55% -- of all subprime mortgages ... (
Why would people get caught up in this? Greed probably had something to do with it. Gullibility too. Wanting more than one can afford. As the article points out:

The surprisingly high number of subprime loans among more credit-worthy borrowers shows how far such mortgages have spread into the economy -- including middle-class and wealthy communities where they once were scarce. They also affirm that thousands of borrowers took out loans -- perhaps foolishly -- with little or no documentation, or no down payment, or without the income to qualify for a conventional loan of the size they wanted.
Key words, in my estimation, being: Of The Size They Wanted.

Wanting that mansion without the legitimate means to obtain it.

There's plenty of blame to be heaped upon those institutions with shaky lending practices. But some of that blame has to be handed to those in the other half of each and every transaction that went/is going south. The buyer.

America The Beautiful

You decide why. All I know is this: Life in this USA is great. And improving every day.

Look at this analysis:

The sky isn't falling
By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe Columnist

On crime, drugs, welfare, and an array of other social problems, they bring tidings of comfort and joy.

Start with crime. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, both violent crime and property crime are at their lowest levels since 1973.

Teenage drug use has fallen by 23 percent since the 1990s, and by more than 50 percent for certain specific drugs, such as LSD and ecstasy.

Welfare? The US caseload has dropped a remarkable 60 percent since 1994 - as much as 90 percent in some states. Not only that, write Wehner and Levin, "but in the wake of the 1996 welfare-reform bill, overall poverty, child poverty, black child poverty, and child hunger have all decreased, while employment figures for single mothers have risen."

... the good news doesn't end there. There is less abortion. A lower divorce rate. Higher educational scores. The high-school dropout rate, now less than 10 percent, is at a 30-year low. Teens are drinking less, smoking less, and having less sex. (link)

Jacoby's column goes on to mention a few problem areas, but overall ... WE ROCK!

So don't listen to those who are trying to convince you that life in America is going to hell in a handbasket.

Y'all get a gold star for the day.