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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wild, Wild Wytheville

I'm still trying to figure out what this was all about:
Man in wheelchair surrenders after Va. standoff
By Mitch Weiss, Associated Press

Wytheville, Va. (AP) - A disabled man in a wheelchair who authorities say held three people for more than eight hours inside a small-town Virginia post office surrendered to police after freeing the hostages unharmed.

Warren "Gator" Taylor of Sullivan County, Tenn., was being questioned and authorities did not have a motive, state police Sgt. Michael Conroy said.

The standoff began at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after Taylor, who has an artificial leg, pushed the wheelchair into the one-story post office in the mountain town of Wytheville in western Virginia, state police said. Shots were fired soon after Taylor entered the building, but no one was injured and at least two of the hostages were able to call family or friends.

About 8 1/2 hours later, authorities ordered the suspect to come out. The three hostages walked out first and Taylor followed, this time sitting in the wheelchair. Dozens of SWAT members surrounding the building armed with automatic weapons did not have to fire a shot. [link]
Paula is of the belief, since this "Gator" character has an extensive criminal record, that this was an effort on his part to be sent back to prison where he can get three square meals a day.  And he's in luck; committing a terrorist act against a federal property will get him just that.

What a weird story.

But everyone's safe.  Thank God.

It Just Goes On & On

What could be wrong with U.N. dignitaries getting together in Stockholm to discuss the plight of the world's poor?

Poor, shmoor.  They have their lifestyles to consider.

Ah, the land of make-believe.

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"Will 2010 be the year of bankrupt governments? The trouble with socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people’s money."

Truer words were never writ.

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A side note:   I watched a rerun of the movie "Dave" the other night.  It's a charming story about a kind-hearted nobody (played by Kevin Kline) who finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of being president of the United States.  In the most poignant moment in the flick, "the president" says to a gathered press corps:

"If you've ever seen the look on somebody's face the day they finally get a job, I've had some experience with this, they look like they could fly. And its not about the paycheck, it's about respect, it's about looking in the mirror and knowing that you've done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel this way, and then another person, and then another person, soon all these other problems may not seem so impossible. You don't really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try."

Dave, you see, is a liberal.  And that's what liberals do.  They think it's their job to buy jobs for those who have none.  And it dawns on President Dave that he now has the power to "stand up and decide to try."

The problem with Dave's thinking - as well as that of every other liberal knucklehead - is that it isn't his money he's prepared to give away.  Dave feels good about himself because he thinks he's helping people when, in fact, he's helping no one.  He's taking advantage of "other people's money."  He's demanding that others help.  He's prepared to rob from people, regardless of their individual financial situations, just to feel good about himself.  It doesn't get any more cynical.

That's liberalism.

Yeah, it's just a movie.  But you can just bet every bleeding heart do-gooder in America came up out of his seat at the theater when that scene played out.

But, as Glenn Reynolds points out, that money - "other people's money" - eventually runs out.  Then what?

But It Did Get Him Elected

Quote of the Year

I always enjoy the Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting. If for no other reason(s) than the fact that the mainstream media members who are quoted give me fresh impetus to stay far, far away from them, and also because they send out a clear signal that if they are a fair representation of the left in this country, I am on the right side of history.

You can find the many awards that the Media Research Center handed out for 2009 here.

My personal favorite (well, "most favorite"; there were so many delicious favorites): In the category of "Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews" an obviously horny Katie Couric to her Love Daddy:

"“You’re so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, ‘Damn, this is hard. Damn, I’m not going to get the things done I want to get done, and it’s just too politicized to really get accomplished the big things I want to accomplish’?

I can picture the enraptured cheerleader fondling Obama's bicep while asking that painfully embarrassing question.

Was it as orgasmic for Couric as it was for conservative Americans?  One can only imagine.