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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Line 'em Up

Well, the Roanoke Times editorialists argued (rightly) that the state of Virginia halt executions until the Supreme Court rule on whether lethal injection is "cruel and unusual."

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.

Lenin Had This Guy In Mind ...

... when he referred to "useful idiots."

Obama Endorsed By Gun Group?

Well, yes, if you consider the many gun ban groups around the country to be "gun groups."

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 Killings

“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)
So who is this Ray Schoenke and what is the American Hunters and Shooters Association?

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).

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.
My my my. The things these snakes try to get away with.

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More on this Schoenke character and his "gun group" here.

On The Dem Candidates & Their Love Of Guns

David Kopel, writing in the Wall Street Journal, gives the new - and perplexing - 2nd Amendment attitudes being expressed by Hillary and Obama some perspective:
The Democrats and Gun Control

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.
Great analogy.

Bush Drinks The Kool Aid

The reaction to President Bush's call to action on the global warming front was mixed. At best. But then the Democrats and the media and the environmentalists had their responses to his speech set in concrete before they even heard it (a metaphor that; it kinda reminds me of their attitutes toward actual global warming non-evidence).

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.

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)
"Global warming alarmism is on the verge of collapse" and our president starts propping it back up. What is he thinking?

Thanks For The Mem ... Memories?

This goes out to those of you old dudes who put your shoes on the wrong feet this morning:

Very funny.

Click twice on the triangle to activate.

Naturally, It's a Democrat ...

The one form of discrimination hate speech we're still allowed to voice.

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:

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)

Substitute the word black for old and reread the quote (adjusting the syntax as necessary). Ugly, yes?

The room full of Democrats and media types (we can assume) laughed. Probably uproariously.

A definition:

"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.

Enough Already

Drudge has posted a poll, seeking your feedback:

I'm posting one as well:
I know. Tough decision.

Quote of the Day

From a weblog comment:

"If John Warner were a horse, we'd be pasting paper together with him."

Kinda cruel. But I understand the sentiment.