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Saturday, February 16, 2008

I Sure Hope This Kid's Guilty

I've occasionally written that, when it comes to people being arrested, charged with a crime, and having the case information - along with a prejudicial mug shot - released to the press, I'm actually to the left of the ACLU. Until a conviction is obtained, we have no right to know.

I read somewhere that a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. In a court of law that more often than not holds true. But in the more important court of public opinion, look at this page from the Bristol Herald-Courier (regarding an Emory & Henry student who was arrested for possession of child porn) and tell me that that is the case. Note: I was considerate enough to block out the kid's face; the paper wasn't:

As I stated above, I sure hope this boy is guilty. Because if he wasn't, he is now.

Our Senators Looking Out For Us

An increase in one of the most regressive taxes on the planet - second only to the cigarette tax - was passed in the Virginia Senate yesterday:

Senate passes measure to increase state gas tax
By Dena Potter, The Washington Times


Richmond — The gas tax would increase by a penny each of the next five years under legislation passed out of the Senate yesterday that is expected to meet resistance in the House of Delegates.

The Senate voted 25-15 in favor of Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw's bill, which is expected to produce $52 million a year for every penny increase to maintain the state's 58,000 miles of roadways. (link)
Included among those senators who felt it necessary to hurt the poorest of citizens trying to eke out a living here in Southwest Virginia were Phil Puckett (D-NoVa), John Edwards (D-Go-Along-Git-Along) and Roscoe Reynolds (D-Some-Distant-Planet).

May each of these three be remembered every time you fill up at the pump.

* Let it be noted: That detestable Republican-In-Name-Only worm, Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta), joined his Democrat pals in passing the bill as well.

** The Roanoke Times's rationale: Increase the tax; the hayseeds won't notice.

Food For Thought

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Barack Obama, whom National Journal ranks the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate, doesn't hold with American-flag lapel pins. He says they're a substitute for real patriotism.

On the other hand, he apparently doesn't mind the fact that workers in an Obama campaign office in Houston hung a big Cuban flag with Che Guevara's mug emblazoned on it. Obama's team says merely that the flag is "inappropriate."

It's a lot more than that.
"Obama and Che," February 16, 2008

He Gives Them Our Tax Money

They return it in the form of lavish campaign contributions and ... haute cuisine. Welcome to Democratic Congressman Jack Murtha's world, as illumined by Robert Novak:
The annual payback dinner by defense contractors who benefit from earmarks by Democratic Rep. John Murtha, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, will be held Feb. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Virginia.

Murtha, a close adviser of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is one of the leading earmarkers in Congress. The earmark recipients will be paying the $1,500 a person admission to "An Evening with Jack and Joyce Murtha." Although the dinner is timed to coincide with the anniversary of Murtha's first special election to Congress in 1974, invitations for it were mailed just before the annual deadline for earmark applications.
That last sentence is telling. He might as well have put a gun to their heads.

To think: It's your money he's corrupting.

How To Stop Psychotic Students

At Northern Illinois, students were instructed to dial 911 and wait for the shooting to stop.

They did.

In Tennessee they're permitting faculty to arm themselves.

And they will.

On Campus Shootings & Gun Show Loopholes

From a press release out of Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich's office:
"Taking an aggressive stand against gun violence, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, joined by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, today signed legislation that closes the gun show loophole that allowed gun buyers to avoid comprehensive background checks. Senate Bill 1333, sponsored by Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Rep. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago), requires gun sellers at firearm shows to request background checks for potential gun purchasers. The new law takes effect immediately." (link)
The date: July 29, 2005.

Not that it makes any difference to those who would pass a gun show loophole law here in Virginia, even though Seung-hu Cho ...

Hey! Stay Out Of Our Affairs!

Here's my reaction to the latest campaign news: Vladimir needs to butt out.

Putin vs. Clinton
Ben Smith, The Politico

When Hillary Clinton said, way back in New Hampshire, that Vladimir Putin "doesn't have a soul," I figured that would be the sort of thing the Russian wouldn't be pleased about. But when I called the foreign ministry the next day for comment, it was Orthodox Christmas, and I let it slide.

He was asked about the remark at his press conference yesterday, however, and indeed wasn't pleased.

"The former KGB lieutenant colonel appeared to lash out at U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton — a leading Democratic candidate for president — when one reporter quoted her as saying that former KGB officers have no soul:

'At a minimum, a head of state should have a head,' Putin said." (link)

Listen up, Comrade. Hillary is still an American. Which means you can mind your own commie business and leave her - and us - alone. Keep it up and we'll whip your ass in another cold war. Again.

If anyone is going to mock the Democrats' leading lady, it will be a red-blooded American!

Got that, pinko slimeball?

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P.S. This was Hillary's reaction when Bubba's swimming trunks came off:

Words Have Meaning

Or should anyway.

Ouch.

It Doesn't Take Much ...

... to humor a little toddler:

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Very cute.

Double-click on the image to enlarge.