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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Quote of the Day

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"The General Assembly has now passed the halfway point of this year's session, and the public has escaped largely unscathed."

"Downhill Slope," February 17, 2008

While We Piddle With 'Gun Show Loopholes'

Déjà vu:

Disturbing details of gunman emerge

There once was a time when human beings knew how to deal with psychoses. We are these days more progressive. Thus ...

Right Position, Screwy Reason

A Roanoke Times columnist comes out in opposition to President Bush's misguided tax rebate scheme this morning - not so much because they will have zero effect on the teetering economy yet will have a major impact on the growing national debt but ...

... because they discriminate against gay dudes.

You can't make this stuff up.

An Interesting Idea

Though I'll still never vote for McCain, this from Shanna Flowers, has a great deal of appeal:

A McCain-Rice ticket -- any takers?

Amid all the talk about heroes, Condi is my hero.

Gun Control Advocates At End Of The Road

It says something about the current status of the gun control debate when rabid anti-gunner Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) declares - in a blatant attempt to capitalize on this week's NIU murders - that he is going to propose legislation to combat ... blah ... blah ... blah ... but doesn't have a clue, after thousands of gun laws have already been put on the books in this country and madmen are still killing people with impunity, as to what legislation to propose.

I think they are finally at the end of the road:

It's Back To School On Gun Safety
New York Post Wire Services

February 17, 2008 -- In the wake of the latest mass slaying on a school campus, Sen. Charles Schumer yesterday said he would push for legislation to come up with national school-safety guidelines.

He was to announce his backing for the creation of a joint Department of Education and Justice Department task force to create the guidelines.

The legislation would set aside resources for schools across the country to help them beef up security, improve campus emergency communication, and implement training programs for students and teachers so they can spot violent students before they strike. (link)

... A joint task force.

... Throw more money at America's colleges and universities.

How original.

But at least he's not advocating further restrictions on our fundamental freedoms (or insulting our intelligence with talk about unrelated matters). At least not yet.

We make progress.

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I got a chuckle out of that line about implementing training programs for students and teachers so they can spot violent students before they strike. Was there anyone on the Virginia Tech campus who DIDN"T know that Seung-hui Cho was psychotic? What did that knowledge accomplish?

On Obama & Gun Control

He's against it except in instances where he's entirely for it. I'll bet this makes sense to him and to those who swoon in his presence:
Obama Supports Individual Gun Rights
By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

Milwaukee (AP) — Barack Obama said Friday that the country must do "whatever it takes" to eradicate gun violence following a campus shooting in his home state, but he believes in an individual's right to bear arms.

The senator, a former constitutional law instructor, said some scholars argue the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees gun ownerships only to militias, but he believes it grants individual gun rights.

"I think there is an individual right to bear arms, but it's subject to commonsense regulation" like background checks, he said during a news conference. (link)
Being an extreme liberal, of course, Obama considers a complete ban on handguns - the one type of defensive weapon that might have prevented the Virginia Tech and NIU massacres - to be "commonsense regulation":
At his news conference, he voiced support for the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, which is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court next month.

"The notion that somehow local jurisdictions can't initiate gun safety laws to deal with gang bangers and random shootings on the street isn't born out by our Constitution," Obama said.
This from a "former constitutional law instructor." Now we know why he quit his day job.

Spoken Like Someone Who Has a Steady Income

I' ll bet you folks over in Fieldale who worked at Pillowtex not that long ago will appreciate this joker's humor:
Americans never had it so good
By Don Surber, writing in the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Every night, Lou Dobbs gets on CNN and drones on and on about how the middle class in America is shrinking. It is disappearing along with our jobs at the textile mill.

Woe is us.

Having actually worked at a textile mill, I say the people in Bangladesh are welcome to make my shirts.

I'll sit here in my smoke-free, air-conditioned-in-the-summer office where I don't have to worry about brown lung. (link)
Callous. Even by my standards.