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Monday, December 17, 2007

Democracy Can Be a Dangerous Thing

Now I understand why the Founding Fathers felt it necessary to spell out, in detail, certain of our rights that were to be beyond alteration, dissolution, or nullification. They recognized that the world is full of idiots who'll try one or a combination of the three.

Speaking of the Danville Register & Bee:

How much regulation?

A small percentage of the guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows, and Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho didn’t even buy the two guns he used at a gun show.

The gun show loophole is this: A person can buy a firearm at a gun show from a private collector without going through a background check.

While the gun show loophole doesn’t put that many firearms in the hands of criminals, it is one way they can get a gun - and it should be closed. (link)

Few guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows.
The Virginia Tech shooter didn't obtain his weapons at a gun show.
Therefore we need to close the gun show loophole.

Christ almighty.

There are countless ways a criminal can get his hands on a gun (the preferred method, of course, is to steal it; perhaps we should have a law ...). Newspaper Want Ads, internet auction sites (see yesterday's post on related stupidity), swapping for drugs down at the tavern, borrowing from the little woman, ...

And these jokers single out gun shows. And cite the Virginia Tech massacre in support of their argument. Even though the psychopath who shot those kids on April 16 bought his guns legitimately (one at a gun shop; the other over the internet). Neither at a gun show.

Personally, I find IQ-challenged "journalists" with a keyboard and a forest of trees at their disposal to be far more dangerous than the annual American Legion Gun & Knife Show.

Getting Carried Away

When you think of all the Civil War battles that took place in the state of Tennessee, which come to mind first?

Shiloh? Stones River? Missionary Ridge? Chattanooga? Ft. Pillow? Franklin? Nashville? Ft. Donelson? Ft. Henry?

How about The Battle Of Blountville?

Say what?

Sometimes we can get a little carried away. As did a reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier this morning ("Tennessee takes steps to recapture Civil War history"):
Blountville, Tenn. – The last time Confederate and Union flags flew simultaneously over this Sullivan County town, the courthouse burned to the ground.

Tennessee is second only to Virginia in the number of battles fought on its soil. According to the Preservation Association, more than 3,000 documented engagements occurred in Tennessee between Union and Confederate forces.

One of the most significant, albeit brief, battles happened in Blountville.

The four-hour skirmish ended when rebel forces retreated towards reinforcements stationed outside of the city. The battle left 42 soldiers dead and the courthouse in flames.
Hmm. One of the most significant battles in Tennessee Civil War history. 42 killed.

At Shiloh, combined Union and Confederate casualties totaled 23,741.
At Murfreesboro (or Stones River): 21,442
Chattanooga: 12,291
Franklin: 7,578
Nashville: 7,523

Blountville: 42

Ranks up there in the top 6, I guess.*

* Not counting the others cited above.
** (source)

A Weak Analogy

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a theory. According to the analysts there, Virginia politicians who run for office and lose come back later to win ("Politicians sometimes must lose before they can win"). Using the analogy provided, however, a better case can be made that Creigh Deeds, who recently announced his candidacy for governor, is going to lose again.

The story:

Lose, Then Win

Politicians sometimes must lose before they can win. Let's cite two recent examples:

● After outspending the incumbent by about 2-to-1, Mark Warner came within 5 points of defeating John Warner in 1996. His strong showing established him as a statewide presence. He won election as governor in 2001, and anticipates winning next year's election to the U.S. Senate.

● A solid, albeit losing, run for the 1997 GOP nomination for attorney general made Jerry Kilgore the front-runner for the office four years later. After winning the 2001 election for attorney general in 2001, Kilgore ran as the GOP's gubernatorial nominee in 2005, when he lost to Tim Kaine.

State Sen. Creigh Deeds hopes precedent holds. Two years ago the Democrat from Bath County lost the attorney general's race to Republican Bob McDonnell in the closest finish in Virginia history. Little known outside his rural constituency, Deeds earned statewide visibility. Soon after the 2005 election, commentators began speculating he would run for either governor or attorney general in 2009. (link)

Let's look at this bit of wisdom:

● Jerry Kilgore lost in his first attempt to be attorney general. He later ran for governor. And lost.

● Mark Warner ran against John Warner for senate. And lost. He came back later* and was planning a run for president. Although he didn't lose, he dropped out of the race, having captured no support. He knew he was on his way to losing.

The better argument? Based on the above, Creigh Deeds too is a loser. Again.

* There was a short stint as governor in between

When He Speaks, One Should Listen

Everyone detests the little slimeball, but when the most successful political strategist in recent decades speaks, it would do candidates well to take notes. On Hillary and her efforts toward winning the White House, a blunt assessment:

"The conclusion is obvious: neither Hillary nor her staff know how to campaign."

Dick Morris, "Why are the Wheels Coming Off the Clinton Bandwagon? " FoxNews.com

Liberty vs. The Environmentalists

It was inevitable that we come down to this:

Carbon rationing predicted to deliver collapse in travel demand

Transport policy-makers should start preparing now for a dramatic reduction in motorised travel that will be brought about by carbon rationing, one of the country's leading environmental thinkers told LTT this week.

"Just start reading the runes because what's going to happen is the demand for road, rail and air travel is going to start falling away just as soon as we have rationing," says Mayer Hillman in an interview with the magazine.

Hillman, senior fellow emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute, says carbon rationing is the only way to ensure that the world avoids the worst effects of climate change. And he says that the problems caused by burning fossil fuels are so serious that governments might have to implement rationing against the will of the people.

"When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it," he says. "This has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not." (link)

If you choose to live in a cave, eat leaves and twigs in order to stave off starvation, and have a life expectancy of 35, you can join this crowd. Me? I'll have no part of it.

"This has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not"? I'll fight you to the last breath I draw.

And While We're On The Subject ...

The possibility runs high that the planet's environmentalists don't really believe the bullshit they're throwing out there themselves:

From Mark Steyn:
[C]onsider how deeply invested the "mainstream" is in a total fiction. At the recent climate jamboree in Bali, the Rev. Al Gore told the assembled faithful: "My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here." Really? The American Thinker's Web site ran the numbers. In the seven years between the signing of Kyoto in 1997 and 2004, here's what happened:

• Emissions worldwide increased 18.0 percent;

• Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1 percent;

• Emissions from nonsigners increased 10.0 percent; and

• Emissions from the United States increased 6.6 percent.

It's hard not to conclude a form of mental illness has gripped the world's elites.
"Children? Not if you love the planet," The OC Register, December 14, 2007

Calling John Edwards

Take this story, substitute the name of the person who's at its center with that of any of the Democratic candidates for president, and it still works:
Vuitton-clad Venezuela minister spouts socialism

Caracas (Reuters) - A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss for words when a journalist interrupted his speech and asked if it was not contradictory to criticize capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a tie made by Parisian luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton.

"I don't, uh ... I ... of course," stammered Carreno on Tuesday before regaining his composure. "It's not contradictory because I would like Venezuela to produce all this so I could buy stuff produced here instead of 95 percent of what we consume being imported." (
This guy needs to take a lesson from our Democrats. Had they been asked, the reply would not have been "I don't, uh ... I ... of course." It would have been "It's Bush's fault."

Here's the Democrat wannabe on tape, by the way (it helps if you know Spanish, but the facial expression is priceless):

He Must Read The American Press

This from al Qaeda's number 2 guy (or number 1, if you believe Osama bin Ladin met his 72 virgins a while back):

Al-Zawahri Video: US Failing in Iraq

I hear the folks at The New York Times are really upset. Their copyrighted material has been plagiarized. "U.S. failing? That's our deal!"