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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Need A Surrogate

I won't be able to make the event. I'll be traveling. But someone might attend and ask the following question:

Sir, now that we are winning the war that you have opposed the President on at every turn, even calling for ignominious retreat in the face of an enemy that has vowed to slaughter American women and children by the tens of thousands in the streets of every city in this country, demanding that our brave soldiers in the field turn tail and run like cowards, playing budget games with the funding of much-needed weaponry and ammunition at the most critical time of this struggle, are you prepared to apologize to the American people for your actions?

The opportunity presents itself. The Roanoke Times announces:
Sen. Webb to visit Pulaski

What: U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's office will hold one in a series of meetings around the state that are billed as "Webb sites."

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pulaski Public Library, 60 West Third St.

On the agenda: The sessions are designed to give constituents a chance to ask questions and discuss issues.
I'm rather surprised he's willing to show his face around here.

Assessing The Field

I guess this* is about where I'm at right now with regard to the top tier of Republican candidates running for president:
If the leading candidates in the GOP presidential race are to be litmus-tested as conservatives, all would cause conservatives sleepless nights. If the Reagan coalition was of economic and social conservatives combined with national security hawks, each group has something to be disturbed about with this batch of front-runners. Rudy Giuliani famously has his issues with social issues, John McCain his prickly insistence on First Amendment censorship and an addiction to sounding like Al Gore on global warming and Hillary Clinton on immigration. Mike Huckabee amazingly sounds like Ted Kennedy in his attack on supporters of economic growth as greedy, while Fred Thompson was not only assisting the pro-choice movement as a lawyer, but has an apparent bent for trial lawyers.
Is there a rock-solid conservative in this bunch? Scrape away the bluster, and it's hard to imagine a Ronald Reagan ready to take the mantle rising above the pack.

And time draws nigh ...

* Jeffrey Lord, "That Does Not Compute," The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2007

The Times Knows How It's Done

I wrote the following not even a week ago:

For you ghouls who have been looking for the perfect tragedy to exploit in order to push your gun control agenda, I think you have your big chance. The Virginia Tech massacre, though horrific, never quite fit the mold and didn't relate well to the demands being made by those who are hell bent on disarming the innocent among us (the 120,000,000 Americans who own guns and don't commit crimes).

Virginia Tech may not get it done for you, but this just might. Have at it ...
I was at the time referring to the murders that had taken place at that Omaha mall the day before. The incident was crying out for exploitation, for the gun-ban crowd to wave that bloody shirt once again and to call for one more law - the tipping point, no doubt, since the first 10,000 laws haven't made any measurable difference - to limit the right of free people to protect themselves against the depredations of others.

When I wrote that, I was thinking of the Roanoke Times taking advantage of the moment. That other Times, though, has beaten the local boys to the punch. Here, fellas, is how you milk a tragedy:

Weapons of War at the Mall and Church
New York Times editorial

Barely touched on in the coverage of the two latest gun rampages is how the disturbed shooters could so easily obtain assault rifles — weapons designed for waging war. In separate random massacres, eight people were slain at an Omaha shopping mall last Wednesday and four were more shot dead Sunday at two Colorado churches. The Omaha killer took his stepfather’s rapid-fire rifle from a closet to pick off Christmas shoppers. In Colorado, the gunman, leaving behind an Internet screed referenced to the 1999 Columbine massacre, was equipped with two assault rifles, three handguns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

How could this happen? That’s the great American cliché attached to these ever-mounting tragedies. We all know the answer. Guns are ubiquitous in this country, and the gun lobby is so powerful that ... (link)

The Times goes on to demand a ban on assault weapons again, though an "assault weapon," depending on the Times's nebulous definition, wasn't used in either murder spree cited, reminiscent of the Roanoke Times recent call for a "gunshow loophole" closure after the Virginia Tech massacre, even though gun shows played no part in that circumstance.

Two peas in a pod.

Anyway, this is how it's done. Not a bad job of exploitation, of victimization, if you ask me. The Roanoke kids could take a lesson from their elders up in the big city. Instead of dreaming up discriminatory corporate policies that will only hurt themselves and hasten their demise.

Bring On My Nobel!!!

If it worked for Crazy Al ...

Now, where are those outdoor Christmas lights?

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Well, He Certainly Looks The Part

If the election were to be based on looks alone ...
... consider me undecided.

Huckabee Running For Christian Nuncio?

Why should this matter in a presidential election?

Huckabee Questions Mormons' Belief
By Libby Quaid, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks in an upcoming article, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"

The article, to be published in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, says Huckabee asked the question after saying he believes Mormonism is a religion but doesn't know much about it. His rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is a member of the Mormon church, which is known officially as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (link)
Let's chalk this up to Huckabee's tendency to give flip answers to reporters' questions. If that's not the case, the man's in over his head more than I thought.

The Results Are In

Well, the unofficial results anyway.

Looks like the Democratic tide continues to sweep through the commonwealth as ...

... oh, wait. The Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District special election was crushed yesterday. No matter.

The Democratic tide continues to sweep through ...

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Ohio is feeling the Democrat love too, it appears.

Click on image to enlarge.
Source: Virginia.gov

Works Too

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