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Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Day So Many Have Worked Toward

My president, now and always. If only he'd lived to see this day ...

"From my cold, dead hands ..."

My NRA Speaks

On today's historic Supreme Court ruling (they actually got one right):

Supreme Court Declares That the Second Amendment
Guarantees an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fairfax, VA - Leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA) praised the Supreme Court's historic ruling overturning Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns and on self-defense in the home, in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. "This is a great moment in American history. It vindicates individual Americans all over this country who have always known that this is their freedom worth protecting," declared NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. "Our founding fathers wrote and intended the Second Amendment to be an individual right. The Supreme Court has now acknowledged it. The Second Amendment as an individual right now becomes a real permanent part of American Constitutional law."

Last year, the District of Columbia appealed a Court of Appeals ruling affirming that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that the District's bans on handguns, carrying firearms within the home and possession of functional firearms for self-defense violate that fundamental right.

"Anti-gun politicians can no longer deny that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right," said NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. "All law-abiding Americans have a fundamental, God-given right to defend themselves in their homes. Washington, D.C. must now respect that right."

A sweeping victory for all who hold freedom dear.

Boucher: 'Pay No Attention To That Pile Of Cash'

To show the world that not all the nefarious lowlifes in the Democratic Party reside in the Senate, our own Representative Rick Boucher seems to be on the receiving end of some hard-to-explain largesse as well:
Boucher Collected Thousands From Telecom PAC, Switched Phone Vote
By Neil H. Simon, Media General News Service

Washington – Southwest Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher received $25,000 from telephone companies that he voted last week to legally protect under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Boucher, D-9th, was one of 94 House Democrats who reversed course last week in support of the telephone companies.

He was the fourth-highest telecom recipient among the 94 Democrats. The top was South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, who has received $29,500 from the AT&T, Verizon and Sprint political action committees since 2005, according to an analysis by the campaign finance watchdog group, MAPLight.org.

Clyburn and Boucher were among House members who voted in March to block legal protection for the phone companies that helped the government eavesdrop on customers under a warrantless wiretapping program that gained speed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Then, on June 20, Clyburn, Boucher and 92 other House Democrats switched positions and voted for a compromise surveillance bill that included effective immunity for the companies. (link)
Boucher's explanation for his sudden reversal is about as pathetic as one could imagine (but will be sufficient for the nitwits who keep voting him back into office):

"The money 'does nothing,' Boucher said. Indeed, he said his position hasn’t changed, despite his vote.

'I remain opposed to providing immunity to the telephone companies that cooperated with the administration in the warrantless surveillance activities,' he said."

In other words: "I oppose that which I voted in favor of. That pile of cash had nothing to do with it."

Sure, Rick.

I'm Shocked

The boys over at the Roanoke Times cough up an editorial this morning that reeks of ... common sense. Did the entire editorial team get replaced while we weren't looking?

Here 'tis:

A house not worth preserving
editorial

If the house at 806 Marshall Ave. S.W. was worth saving, it would have been saved. Some urban pioneer, as the neighbors call them, would have swooped in, picked up the dilapidated house for a song and pumped a reasonable sum into restoring it to its four-square finery.

That hasn't happened. Not once in its 20 years of vacancy. Instead, rot has eaten away at the abandoned structure. There isn't a thing left to preserve, including the foundation. The neglect is so profound that the house needs to be rebuilt from scratch.

Time won't heal this old house. Only upward of $300,000 will, a sum that exceeds the value threefold. This house's sustaining value to the neighborhood will be found in its absence. (link)
What, no "We need to raise taxes and rebuild this once-grand manse in order to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood"?

This seems way too ... mature a stance for these guys. Are they finally growing up?

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

Wise County is one step closer to having a modicum of economic prosperity handed to it:
Dominion's Coal-Fired Electric Plant to Advance
By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post Staff Writer

A Virginia regulatory board yesterday approved key permits for a new coal-fired electric plant in the state's southwest corner, handing Dominion Virginia Power a victory in a fight that encapsulates the nation's debate over coal power.

After a two-day hearing in Wise, Va., the Air Pollution Control Board voted unanimously to grant air-pollution permits to Dominion's proposed 585-megawatt plant near St. Paul, Va. The approval by the five-member board cleared the last major bureaucratic hurdle for the plant. The proposal for the plant was approved this year by Virginia utility regulators. (link)
I'm thinkin' Dominion Virginia Power should immediately begin work on another plant. Even bigger. And not far away. Folks up in Alexandria want their electricity but not the nastiness that goes along with its generation? No problem. We can handle it.

A day closer to success ...

Remember Who Your Friends Are

It's worth your while to keep in mind - for election day purposes - who it is that believes the poor folks in Lee County and Buchanan County and Tazewell County should pay even more for their gasoline in order to fix the highways up in breathtakingly affluent Fairfax County.

It's none other than our own state senator - Phil Puckett.

I'm sure he's thinking: "What's another six cents a gallon? All my friends here in Richmond can afford that."

If only he'd occasionally wander back over this way ...

Quote of the Day

From Bjorn Lomborg:

"Consider that today, solar panels are one-tenth as efficient as the cheapest fossil fuels. Only the very wealthy can afford them. Many 'green' approaches do little more than make rich people feel they are helping the planet. We can't avoid climate change by forcing a few more inefficient solar panels onto rooftops."

"A Better Way Than Cap and Trade," The Washington Post, June 26, 2008

A Ray Of Hope

Yeah, it comes from the most conservative state in the Union. But this news still bolsters the argument that if Republicans scheme to walk "the middle of the road," they risk getting run over. Just ask Chris Cannon:
6-Term Congressman Loses Republican Primary in Utah
By the Associated Press

Salt Lake City (AP) — Representative Chris Cannon, one of the most conservative members of Congress, has lost his bid for a seventh term, defeated in a Republican primary that focused on whether he was conservative enough for Utah’s Third District.

Mr. Cannon was beaten Tuesday by a first-time candidate, Jason Chaffetz, a former Brigham Young University football player who served as chief of staff to the state’s popular Republican governor, Jon Huntsman Jr.

Mr. Cannon, 57, had hoped that his name recognition, a large amount of campaign cash and a pool of more moderate voters would propel him again to the Republican nomination. An endorsement from President Bush, who remains popular here, had also been expected to help, as it did in 2006.

The American Conservative Union had said that Mr. Cannon was nearly perfect on its issues in 2007, scoring 96 percent. But Mr. Chaffetz repeatedly attacked him as insufficiently conservative, especially on immigration. (link)
"Insufficiently conservative." A slogan used as a winning strategy by the newcomer. Odd how that works every time it's tried.

I Don't Understand These People

I wonder, if it involved the children or grandchildren of the fossils who sit on the Supreme Court if they'd better understand the balance between punishment and crime. As it stands, the Ivory Tower is so far removed from the lives of the American citizenry that we scratch our heads in disbelief. And shame. And rage:
Court bans death penalty for child rape
By Mark Sherman, Associated Press Writer

Washington - The Supreme Court declared Wednesday that executions are too severe a punishment for raping children, despite the "years of long anguish" for victims, in a ruling that restricts the death penalty to murder and crimes against the state.

The court's 5-4 decision struck down a Louisiana law that allows capital punishment for people convicted of raping children under 12. It spares the only people in the U.S. under sentence of death for that crime — two Louisiana men convicted of raping girls 5 and 8. (link)
Child rape!

In a different time in American history - a more sane time - we'd vote on this. Or vote on representation and ask that those who take up our cause in our nation's capital address our grievances there. It was the way a republic worked.

But no more.

Now five wrinkled old dolts on the Supreme Court make our laws and we are expected to obey.

Just how long are we going to put up with this?

Angering Our Allies?

Obama is up to the task:
Pander to voters at peril, U.S. told
Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post


Big-city U. S. mayors and presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who joined the parade this week of ill-informed, U. S. anti-oil sands policies, should be careful what they wish for.

While the aim is undoubtedly to pander to the electorate in an election year charged with oil and climate-change debate, what they are stoking is an increasingly angry Canadian energy industry that is seriously looking at non-U. S. markets for its oil.

Yesterday, Mr. Obama vowed to break America's addiction to "dirty, dwindling and dangerously expensive" oil if elected U. S. president -- and he said one of his first targets may well be imports from Canada's oil sands.

Greg Stringham, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said oil-sands companies are studying the alternatives because they want to keep their options open in case U. S. policies reduce their access to the U. S. market.

It's not the first time the Canadian sector has pondered offshore oil routes. It's time to take them seriously. (link)
This is Barack Obama's solution to the energy crisis. Cut off the ever-dwindling supplies.

And anger our closest ally to the north in doing so.

Madness. Absolute madness.