Thursday, April 17, 2008
The Supreme Court has now so ruled.
Will we see the Times remain consistent and argue for the practice of executing murderers to commence once again, now that the matter has been settled?
Uh, not yet.
ABC News ought to know better than this. It is reporting that Barack Obama has received an endoresement from a "gun group":
Obama Endorsed by Gun Group on Anniversary of V-Tech KillingsSo who is this Ray Schoenke and what is the American Hunters and Shooters Association?
“Sen. Obama will be a strong voice an unabashed voice for America's hunters and shooters and it is with great pleasure that we endorse his candidacy,” President of the [American Hunters and Shooters Association] Ray Schoenke said, citing Obama’s commitment to the traditions of gun ownership.
Schoenke said they had reached out to the Obama campaign several weeks ago to offer their support – but the announcement wasn’t made public until today. Schoenke added that the timing amid the controversy was important.
“We believe recent attacks on Sen. Obama’s stand on the 2nd amendment and his commitment to the hunting and shooting heritages are unfair.” (link)
Confederate Yankee has the rest of the story:
... [D]on't expect Ray Schoenke to know much about gun rights, even if the Daily Kos diarist is the President of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA).My my my. The things these snakes try to get away with.
Schoenke, a failed Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, has donated thousands to Handgun Control, Inc, a virulent anti-gun organization that was the forerunner of Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. He has donated tens of thousands more to anti-gun Democratic politicians including Ted Kennedy.
AHSA executive director Robert Ricker has testified as a paid witness against the gun industry and consults for several anti-gun groups, and John Rosenthal, President of the AHSA Foundation, is a former member of Sarah Brady's Handgun Control, Inc, and is leader of Stop Handgun Violence, a Massachusetts anti-gun group that has contributed to that state's intolerant anti-gun guns.
Just as Obama's record of claiming he is in favor of the Second Amendment even as he pushes for gun ban is dishonest, so is this endorsement from a trojan horse gun control organization masquerading as a group that respects American's rights to life and liberty.
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More on this Schoenke character and his "gun group" here.
The Democrats and Gun ControlGreat analogy.
Imagine an election race of Pat Robertson versus James Dobson, each of them appearing at organic grocery stores and Starbucks throughout Massachusetts, with each candidate insisting that he alone deserves the vote of gay-marriage advocates. An equally silly spectacle is taking place these days in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, as Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama compete for the pro-gun vote.
My reaction is best articulated by Iain Murray with the Competitive Enterprise Institute ("Bush & Global Warming: Still A Mistake"):
The President ... stepped back from calling for a ruinous cap and trade scheme, but his speech still lays out a blueprint for slow motion economic decline. It legitimizes global warming alarmism and undermines opposition in Congress to disastrous energy-rationing policies, such as the Lieberman-Warner bill."Global warming alarmism is on the verge of collapse" and our president starts propping it back up. What is he thinking?
President Bush's global warming proposals could have been worse. Bereft of the cap and trade call, however, it became a stunningly pointless speech that was unnecessary. While the President said that the global warming debate was intensifying, the fact is that global warming alarmism is on the verge of collapse all around the world thanks to the stark lessons of reality. If anything, by delivering this speech the President has only helped to intensify the alarmist agenda. (jf: ellipsis mine)
Congressman John Murtha, a Democrat from Allentown, Pennsylvania, should be in prison right now playing drop-the-soap with the locals. Imprisoned for the crime of political corruption, not, fortunately for him, for having committed a hate crime. Although this certainly qualifies:
Substitute the word black for old and reread the quote (adjusting the syntax as necessary). Ugly, yes?
Murtha says McCain too old to be president
By Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press
Washington (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday that Republican Sen. John McCain is too old to be president. Murtha is 75, four years older than McCain. He says they are nearly the same age, and the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age.
"I've served with seven presidents," Murtha told a union audience. "When they come in, they all make mistakes. They all get older."
"This one guy running is about as old as me," he said, drawing laughter and applause. "Let me tell you something, it's no old man's job." (link)
The room full of Democrats and media types (we can assume) laughed. Probably uproariously.
"Hate crimes occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain social group, usually defined by race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation."
Murtha is lucky we don't take him - or this particular kind of hatred - seriously.
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* I oppose the whole notion of "hate crimes." Or thought crimes, as they prove to be. I do, however, wish that the laws on the books would be equally applied and fairly enforced.