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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Can The D.C. City Council Be Jailed For Contempt?

This is from the historic Heller 2nd Amendment Supreme Court decision passed down a few weeks ago:

1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
In response, the rabidly liberal Washington D.C. city council, in open defiance of that holding, passes another egregious restriction on ownership and use of firearms in the city. I say arrest and imprison them all:
Council passes emergency bill to allow guns
David C. Lipscomb, The Washington Times

The D.C. Council on Tuesday night approved emergency legislation that will repeal the District's 32-year-old ban on handguns while setting stiff regulations for registering and storing guns inside homes.

The bill passed unanimously in the 13-member council with minimal discussion, though several council members acknowledged that more work should be done on the legislation, which as an emergency bill will only be in effect for 90 days.

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, at large Democrat, added one amendment to the bill to add a fee for ballistics testing of handguns before they are registered.

... [T]he new legislation contains a controversial provision requiring gun owners to leave weapons unloaded and either disassembled or locked (such as with a trigger lock or in a gun case) unless the owner faces a "reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm." (link)
The city council is clearly mocking the Supreme Court. How does one use a handgun in self-defense when an intruder breaks down the door to his home if he's required by law to keep his weapon unloaded and disassembled?

Expect the NRA and local residents to sue the city. Again.

These bastards will never learn.

Why Congress Needs To Disband

In an election year, everyone in Washington is a liberal Democrat:
Congress overrides Bush's Medicare veto
By Donna Smith and Richard Cowan, Reuters

Washington (Reuters) - In what likely is the last big showdown between President George W. Bush and congressional Democrats over the popular Medicare health care program, the U.S. Congress on Tuesday voted to override his veto of a bill to keep doctors' payments from being slashed.

By enacting the measure over Bush's objections, Congress rescinded an 11 percent reduction in government payments to doctors treating elderly Medicare patients.

Just hours after Bush vetoed the legislation, the Senate voted 70-26 to overturn him, following the House of Representatives, which voted 383-41 to override. The bill now becomes law.

Twenty-one Republicans in the Senate and 153 in the House broke ranks with Bush and joined majority Democrats to overturn the veto in this election-year vote. (link)
Area Congressmen voting against this costly measure and in favor of the American taxpayer included ... nobody.

In the Senate? Well, by God John Warner didn't vote in favor. He was absent. That may be the best news we could have hoped for.

A Nation Of Cowards

It's sad to see the once-great British Empire shrink to this:

Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims'
By Steve Doughty, London Daily Mail

Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Dr Rowan Williams also criticised Christianity's history for its violence, its use of harsh punishments and its betrayal of its peaceful principles.

His comments came in a highly conciliatory letter to Islamic leaders calling for an alliance between the two faiths for 'the common good'. (link)

What this blockhead will never grasp is that half the Muslim world considers creating conditions such that Christian heads are mounted on pikes to be for the common good as well.

Can this guy be this detached?

Say It Ain't So!

The most trusted newsman in America (at least to fair-minded and intellectually balanced people) is removing himself from the day-to-day at Fox News. A void is created that'll not be filled:
Brit Hume to Step Down as Fox News Anchor
By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Staff Writer

Brit Hume, a top anchor and executive with Fox News since the channel was launched 12 years ago, plans to step down at year's end. But he won't disappear entirely.

Sources familiar with the situation say that Hume, 65, will give up his job as Washington managing editor and anchor of "Special Report." They say he is near a deal to continue with Fox in a senior statesman role, not unlike that of Tom Brokaw at NBC, for roughly 100 days a year.

In his new role, Hume would be a senior political analyst ... (link)
It is a black day indeed.

Headline of the Day

Obama delivers big Iraq speech brimming with crap you’ve heard before

Oh So Wrong Again

Who was it said that even if we were to start drilling for oil now, we wouldn't realize a savings at the pump for ten years? Why, I think it was every member of the Democratic Party here in the USA.

Well, check this out. We haven't begun to even seek out new sources of supply and ... the price of oil is plummeting:

Bush Says Drill, Drill, Drill — and Oil Drops $9!
By Larry Kudlow, National Review On Line

In a dramatic move yesterday President Bush removed the executive-branch moratorium on offshore drilling. Today, at a news conference, Bush repeated his new position, and slammed the Democratic Congress for not removing the congressional moratorium on the Outer Continental Shelf and elsewhere. Crude-oil futures for August delivery plunged $9.26, or 6.3 percent, almost immediately as Bush was speaking, bringing the barrel price down to $136.

Now isn’t this interesting?

Democrats keep saying that it will take 10 years or longer to produce oil from the offshore areas. And they say that oil prices won’t decline for at least that long. And they, along with Obama and McCain, bash so-called oil speculators. And today we had a real-world example as to why they are wrong. All of them. Reid, Pelosi, Obama, McCain — all of them. (link)

Wow. And just think where the price will be when we get more refineries up and running and get supplies in line with demand again. One thing's for sure: It'll happen about ten years before any Democrat realizes it, that's a given.

This Was Bound To Happen

You can't have oil prices skyrocket like they have and not experience the end-result at the grocery store, the gas pump, and nearly everywhere else (clothing, manufactured goods, airfares, all will be affected). The level of prosperity sustained on this planet depends on petroleum to that degree.

Downturn gains steam as inflation roars ahead
By Martin Crutsinger and Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writers

Washington (AP) -- The U.S. economic downturn gained steam Tuesday, with a report of the highest inflation since the early 1980s, more bad news for banks and automakers and a suggestion by the Federal Reserve chief that worse days are ahead.

President Bush sought to bolster confidence by declaring that the financial system was "basically sound," but he conceded: "It's been a difficult time for many American families."

The Labor Department said wholesale inflation, driven by skyrocketing gas and food costs, rose by 9.2 percent for the 12 months ending in June -- the fastest pace since the summer of 1981, during another energy crunch. (link)
There'll be plenty of blame heaped on George Bush for this but, in fact, it's a global problem. Inflation is raising its ugly head on every continent. Because of what T. Boone Pickens has called an energy emergency. An apt term.

And the emergency is about to worsen. Strap yourselves in.