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Friday, February 18, 2011

I Scratch My Head

I read Roanoke Times editorials like this one and wonder what kind of mindset produces such drivel:

Car title loans have become the favored way to prey on Virginians in recent years, and they are particularly pernicious. When customers become locked into their debt cycle, they risk not only fiscal solvency but also their vehicle. For many, loss of a car means loss of the ability to get to work.
By reading that, you'd think CashPoint operated like the United States government, wouldn't you? Earnings of innocent, vulnerable, and unsuspecting citizens being seized against their will?

Since when is it pernicious for two parties to enter into a contract with each other? A very clear and well-defined contract at that?

When it involves poor people, one would guess from the Times editorial.

Who's author must think all poor people are stupid as dirt.

Are they on the side of the impoverished here or not?

One can only wonder ...

Local Authorities Ain't Alone

If it weren't for the fact that he's a Democrat - which, in reality, is explanation enough - this story would make no sense whatsoever.

But Roscoe is a Democrat.  Thus:
Panel kills bill
By Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer

Local authorities are perplexed that the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice on Monday killed a measure that would have allowed the occupant of a home to use deadly force against an intruder without fear of civil liability.

State Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, however, said he has opposed the bill because it “attempts to address situations that do not exist.”

“I believe in the intent of the proposal,” Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said of the measure that would have allowed a person to defend his or her home with physical force — including deadly force — without possible civil repercussions, such as a lawsuit.

That would have been contingent on the intruder unlawfully entering the dwelling, committing an overt act toward the occupant or another person in the dwelling, and the occupant reasonably believing that danger of bodily injury was imminent, according to House Bill 1573.

Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said he supported the proposal “100 percent” and that a home is “sacred.”

Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers also supported the measure.

The bill won sweeping support in the House, but the Senate committee voted to pass it by indefinitely, essentially killing it.

Reynolds, D-Ridgeway, who is on the justice committee, was among those who voted against passage of the bill. [link]
Law enforcement supported the legislation, to a man.  As did most everyone in Reynolds' district.  But he opposed it.

His explanation?  In a word: Laughable.

Here's why Roscoe Reynolds voted NO on a bill protecting law-abiding citizens from threat of lawsuit in a home invasion incident:

He was told to.

By his Democratic leadership (which hails from liberal lands up north).

It's that simple.

Think of Roscoe Reynolds as being a bootlicking toady and it all makes sense.

Quote of the Day

From John Hinderaker:
A common theme of the union demonstrators in Madison today was that Governor Walker is a "dictator." This showed up on sign after sign. It sheds light, I think, on how public union members in particular, and liberals in general, think. What is going on here is that the voters of Wisconsin have elected a Republican Governor and--overwhelmingly--a Republican legislature, precisely so that they can get the state's budget under control.

What the Democrats don't like isn't dictatorship, it is democracy. That is why the Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate fled the state en masse--they prevented a quorum, so that a vote they were going to lose couldn't take place. Once again, it is democracy they are trying to frustrate, not dictatorship.
"One More Thing About Wisconsin," Powerline, February 17, 2011

Tell Obama To Butt Out

Doesn't he have enough problems?  Shouldn't he be concentrating on the job the people of this country gave him rather than be sticking his nose in business that isn't his?   

Maybe you could start fixing that which you've broken?

Profiles In Courage

Can you even imagine the Republicans who faced a large Democratic majority in both houses of Congress last session boarding a bus and hightailing it to the hinterlands so as to avoid having to stand and lose a vote?

No need to imagine.  It didn't happen.  They stood.  They voted.  They took their drubbing.  Like men.

And today's Democrats?

You'll enjoy this:

Key sentence:

"These morons were actually phoning the media from their formerly undisclosed location to insist that they 'were left with no choice' but to skip town, as staying would have meant … losing on a fair-and-square vote."

It's worth noting that it was this same Democratic Party - to a man - that wanted to surrender Iraq to the terrorists as soon as the going got tough.

Profiles in courage? Hardly.

Against Such Great Odds

Here's something you didn't know.

In the last months of the Civil War, after tens of thousands of Americans had died in the effort to free the slaves, two years after Abraham Lincoln had declared ...

... "that on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom," ...

... at a time when the Confederacy had but a few months to live, in a period when hundreds of thousands of slaves had already been freed by force of arms and tens of thousands were in uniform fighting for the national government , the people of the United States were asked - through their duly elected representatives in their various statehouses - to vote on emancipation.

And how did that vote go?

Not quite as you might expect.

In Illinois - Illinois! - the vote on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in its House of Representatives was 48 in favor and 28 opposed.

37% of the legislators in America's northern heartland voted against freeing the slaves.  In 1865.  Four years into the war to free the slaves.

To top it off, this was Lincoln's home state!

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As a footnote, the Great Emancipator was murdered two months later.

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Text of the 13th Amendment:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.