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Monday, March 30, 2009

There Are Some Weird People Out There

What's up with this?
Man Said to Idolize Va. Tech Shooter Faces Trial
By Allison Klein, Washington Post Staff Writer

As the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre approaches, federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal case against a Nevada man who police say idolized shooter Seung Hui Cho, owned the same type of guns Cho used and sent threatening e-mails to two Tech students who had run-ins with Cho before the rampage.

In the e-mails, Johnmarlo Balasta Napa, 27, included a picture of Cho holding paper dolls with photos of the faces of the two students and the people he killed, according to court records. Napa is accused of sending the e-mails from the address seunghuichorevenge@yahoo.com hours before the first anniversary of the April 16, 2007, shooting.

When Napa was arrested last year, police found 13 guns and three bulletproof vests in his house in Henderson, Nev., police said.

Bart McEntire, who worked on the case as a supervisory special agent in Roanoke for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he thinks Napa posed a legitimate danger to public safety.

"The patterns of behavior are very much similar to persons who have committed violent school shootings in the past," McEntire said. "It is apparent they research each other's actions, document how they carry out those actions and start developing plans based on those past actions." [link]

I'm not at all comfortable with the authorities arresting people based on the "patterns of their behavior," but the alternative is ... Virginia Tech.

I hope they do some serious evaluation of this joker. He's an imbecile at least. And a very dangerous man at worst.

With Blinders On

I can't get over the reaction of the mainstream media to Dick Cheney's mild criticism of the Obama administration. It's as if the best vice president this country has ever had stumbled into some kind of taboo that calls for ex-executive branch officials to never speak unkindly of those currently in power.

Today's glaring example:
Hail to the Chief — in Public, That Is
By Richard Reeves, New York Times

President Obama must have been a bit surprised when, on his 54th day in office, the former vice president, Richard Cheney, decided to go on television and brand him a danger to the Republic. “ “He is,” said Cheney, “making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”

That is not the way the game is usually played. Even former President George W. Bush understood that. Speaking two days after Cheney to an audience of 2,000 people in Calgary, Canada, he was, predictably, asked about Cheney’s remarks and said of his successor:

“He deserves my silence. I love my country a lot more than I love politics. I think it is essential that he be helped in office.”

That’s better — or at least validates the norm of history. [link]
Is that right? The norm is to remain silent?

Has this nitwit never heard the names Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter before?

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.

Judge a Man By The Friends He Keeps

Virginia Senator James Webb is feted as a hero this morning by the New York Times editorial page.

Another really good reason (besides the fact that he's been totally inconsequential thus far) to drive him into exile if he chooses to run for reelection.

A Mystery Solved

Fascinating. Civil War lore continues to be cultivated all these years later.

I had read the account of Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment and his death at Gettysburg many years ago. What made the account fascinating was the manner in which his death was confirmed. It came through the identification weeks later of a photograph he was clutching in his hand when he died of three small children. By his wife back home in New York. After the Philadelphia Inquirer had run a story entitled, "Whose Father Was He?"

It was noteworthy to me because, unlike the tens of thousands of Civil War casualties that fell off the face of the Earth and went "missing in action" forever, never to be identified,* Amos Humiston's last moments were chronicled.

And now a new book has been written about his life and death. From the New York Times this morning: "Whose Father Was He? (Part One)," by Errol Morris.

For me a must-read.

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* As one example, of the 15,000 graves in the Fredericksburg Civil War cemetery, more than 80% are marked "unknown."

I Wondered When We'd Get Around To This

Although I didn't think of the Sarah Palin connection, I recognized the potential hypocrisy that just drips from the story about Joe Biden's daughter. If it's okay to make Sarah Palin's children an issue, is it okay to go after Biden's little girl and her alleged drug use?

Those on the left, of course, won't think so.

But wait a minute ...
Holding Joe Biden’s Family to the Barney Frank Standard
By GayPatriot

During last fall’s presidential campaign, Barney Frank likely served as an inspiration to some bloggers eager to score points with the far left when he became one of “the first Democrats to publicly say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s family background, including the pregnancy of her unwed teenage daughter, should be fair game for campaign discussion.“

If the daughter of a candidate for Vice President is “fair game” for campaign discussion, it follows that the daughter of the sitting Vice President should be “fair game” for political discussion.

Apparently the mainstream media doesn’t think so.

Starting yesterday, Drudge has been linking a number of articles reporting that a “‘friend’ of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.“ Yet, except for a few New York area papers (Newsday, NY Post, NY Daily News), the “old media” have not picked up on this story.

In an ideal world, this wouldn’t, indeed, likely shouldn’t be news. But, it seems that whenever the child of a Republican politician is caught up in a scandal, the MSM, following the lead of Democrats like Frank, calls their private lives “fair game.” Recall how quickly they were in May and June of 2001 to jump on the story of Jenna Bush’s underage drinking escapade.

The story made the cover of People magazine. And this was drinking not drugs.

Maybe it’s time for Barney to start bullying them, holding them to the standard he set for Biden’s rival for the Vice-Presidency last fall. [link]
I avoided the Drudge story about Biden's daughter and her alleged cocaine use. It's just too "iffy," and she's of no interest to me.

But when I was reminded of the meanness directed at Sarah Palin's family, it takes on a whole different light.

Should we crawl down in the gutter with the likes of Barney Frank? You decide.

Feel Used Yet?

He suckered you into buying those awful curlicue light bulbs, and for what? So that he could afford to shine spotlights on the trees that accentuate his palatial grounds at night. That's what:
Al Gore Leaves The Light On For Ya
By Kleinheider, Nashville Post

Even during Earth Hour. President of the Tennessee Center For Policy Research Drew Johnson takes a Saturday drive by Al Gore’s during the time most environmentalists went dark:

"I pulled up to Al’s house, located in the posh Belle Meade section of Nashville, at 8:48pm – right in the middle of Earth Hour. I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on.

"The kicker, though, were [sic] the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore’s mansion.

"I [kid] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn’t be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees." [link]
And yet people continue to listen to the fat blowhard. Unbelievable.

Self-Preservation

A spokesman for Remington Arms, one of America's leading manufacturers of sporting ammunition:
We underestimated the impact of a Democratic president; we didn't fully understand the 'fear factor' that would result among our best customers. Even if everything leveled off tomorrow, it would take 60 to 90 days for our production to normalize. We have no inventory, the trade has no inventory and the stores have no inventory. What's worse, the supply of reloading components has really dried up. There's a shortage of primers and bullets, so the reloaders are temporarily out of luck, too.
A sporting goods store owner in Birmingham, Alabama:
I've seen some strange things in the past 29 years in business but I never thought I'd see the day when I would make one order in one day for more ammo than I sold during all of the previous year. I'm doing that, knowing I won't get it, and also knowing that if I did, I could sell it all and be ordering more three days later. [link]
From Google Trends, which provides insight into what people are searching for on the internet each day, take a look at the number of times the word "ammo" was searched:

Note the trend line beginning around the fourth quarter of 2008, when Obama began locking up the Democratic nomination.

We knew what we were getting into.

Chart courtesy of ESPN.