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Monday, January 23, 2012

What Was Tim Kaine Thinking?

This calls into question the man's judgment, as well as his ability to discern right from wrong.

Read it.  And be troubled:
Soering Decision Disqualifies Kaine for U.S. Senate
By Michael J. Brown, Sheriff, Bedford County, writing in the Lynchburg News & Advance

It was every parent’s nightmare — one with a horribly tragic ending.

In Bedford County, Derek and Nancy Haysom raised their beautiful and talented daughter, Elizabeth. And after earning top honors in high school, Elizabeth went on to enter the prestigious Echols Scholar program at the University of Virginia.

During her first year at UVa in 1984, Elizabeth met Jens Soering, a young man from Germany who was attending UVa while his father served as a German diplomat in Detroit. Despite being described by other students as unbalanced and hot-tempered, Soering and Elizabeth began a relationship that soon had Elizabeth’s parents very worried.

But then the parent’s nightmare became a family and community tragedy.

“Freaked out” by the Haysoms’ objections to his relationship with their daughter, Soering went to their house on April 3, 1985 — and butchered them. According to police reports, he used a seven-inch knife to stab Mr. Haysom 37 times and Mrs. Haysom six times. His attack was so brutal that he nearly decapitated the couple.

When Soering’s alibi unraveled, he and Elizabeth fled the United States, where he would have stayed — unpunished for his horrific crime — were it not for the cooperative efforts of Virginia and English law-enforcement officials.

After an arrest in London for check fraud, Soering was soon identified as the fugitive in the gruesome Haysom murders. Virginia officials flew to England to question him and, satisfied that he was their man, sought to have Soering returned to Virginia to stand trial for his crimes.

Soering tried everything he could to evade justice. He told a Scotland Yard official that he feared a trial in Virginia would lead to the electric chair because, as he admitted, “You know I killed two people.” He mobilized European officials to oppose his extradition to Virginia because he might face the death penalty here, forcing the U.S., as a condition of winning his return, to agree that Soering would not be put to death for his crimes.

Despite all the evidence and Elizabeth Haysom’s guilty plea as an accessory to the murder of her parents, Soering still had the audacity to stand in front of a Bedford County judge and claim he wasn’t guilty.

Fortunately, the jury saw through Soering’s lies and took less than four hours to find him guilty and recommend that he be sentenced to two life terms in prison.

Not yet done, Soering spent the next 15 years taking advantage of every step in Virginia’s judicial system and wasting countless taxpayer dollars. He appealed his conviction to the Virginia Supreme Court. He then appealed to a federal judge. He brought his case to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. And he petitioned the Campbell County Circuit Judge. All of these delay tactics were denied, after which he sought and was denied parole time and time again.

But the tragedy of this story sadly doesn’t end there.

On his last full day as Virginia governor, Tim Kaine quietly asked the U.S. Department of Justice to allow Soering to return to his native Germany — where he might serve as few as two years in prison.

That’s right. Despite being convicted of savagely murdering the Haysoms, and after wasting time and money with numerous delay tactics, Soering was about to get his wish and avoid the punishment he’d been given for his heinous crime.

Instead of sitting on death row or living out his remaining years in a cell from which there is no escape, Soering would be able to sit in Germany, free and clear.

All because of one man — Tim Kaine.

Fortunately, Gov. Bob McDonnell took swift action to keep this travesty of justice from occurring. Just three days after succeeding Kaine, McDonnell rescinded Kaine’s request and told the Department of Justice Soering would be staying where he was — in prison.

Why would Kaine let a convicted double-murderer avoid serving two life sentences for the murders he committed? That’s what a lot of Virginia residents and lawmakers have been asking.

According to Kaine, he did it because he didn’t expect to run for office again. As he told The Associated Press, “I frankly thought that I wouldn’t see my name on a ballot again.”

Think about that for a moment.

Kaine’s reply reveals two very important things: First, it reveals that Kaine knew the people of Virginia would oppose Soering’s release. And, second, it reveals that he didn’t care all that much because he didn’t plan on ever asking Virginians for their vote again.

But now he is. And he’s hoping we’ll forget what he did.

As a retired federal agent and a current Virginia law-enforcement officer, I can’t forget what Kaine tried to do. Like my fellow men and women in law enforcement, I took an oath to protect the citizens of Virginia from harm — including the evil that Soering brought into the Haysoms’ home that night in 1985.

I take that oath more seriously, it seems, than Kaine did.

And that’s why I am proud to strongly support George Allen to serve as Virginia’s next U.S. senator. Unlike Kaine, George Allen recognizes that protecting Virginia families is a core responsibility of anyone who wishes to represent them in office. It is something that must inform every decision they make — not just if they’re planning to run for elected office.

That’s why Allen led the successful push to abolish parole in Virginia when he was governor. It’s why he has made fighting and punishing crime a top priority. And it’s why he has the support of over a hundred law-enforcement officials throughout the commonwealth.

When Kaine tried to let Soering, a vicious criminal, return to Germany to serve two years — not two life sentences — he showed us that he does not take our justice system seriously and he’s the wrong man to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate.

Let’s keep that in mind this November. [link]
"According to Kaine, he did it because he didn’t expect to run for office again."  That's about as cynical as anything I've ever read.

I've never felt comfortable with this slime ball.  The outrageous Soering affair only reinforces my attitude toward the man.

In November, let's send Tim Kaine back to the rock from under which he came.

Those Bleeding Hearts At The Roanoke Times

Let me get this straight.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is on record in support of raising gas taxes.  Which will have a crushing impact on the poor.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is on record in support of SCHIP, which raised the cigarette tax through the roof.  A tax which fell overwhelmingly on the poor.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is on record in support of legislation that would put payday lenders out of business.  A business that lends cash mostly to the poor.

And the Roanoke Times editorial board this morning wants us to believe it cares about the poor?

Be consistent, children, or get out of the business.

Memo To Bob Goodlatte (7)

You don't need to reinvent the wheel.  And you sure don't need to hand Janet Napolitano the ability to stifle the free flow of ideas on the internet.

So go to Plan B.  And focus on the problem:

"Copyright violators should be punished, but not by turning over the Web to Washington."

Bob, what with the Solyndra and ObamaCare waiver scandals, do you honestly think the president wouldn't have taken your legislation and started picking winners and losers - friends and enemies, donors and non-donors - on the internet?  "Fair use"?  Goodbye.  A weblogger like me - an outspoken critic of our socialist-in-chief - would be shut down in a heartbeat.

It's called the law of unintended consequences that would take your handiwork and turn it into a cudgel.

Dude, your SOPA legislation was completely over the top.  So start over.  And, more than anything else ...

... KISS.

You Can Believe Obama or ...

... you can accept the truth:
The truly dismal state of the union
By Joseph Curl, Washington Times

[W]ith the president delivering his State of the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, let’s pause here to take as hard look at the real state of America, by the numbers, using only cold, hard facts.

The unemployment rate when Mr. Obama was elected was 6.8 percent; today it is 8.5 percent — at least that’s the official number. In reality, the Financial Times writes, “if the same number of people were seeking work today as in 2007, the jobless rate would be 11 percent.”

In addition, there are now fewer payroll jobs in America than there were in 2000 — 12 years ago — and now, 40 percent of those jobs are considered “low paying,” up 10 percent from when President Reagan took office. The number of self-employed has dropped 2 million to 14.5 million in just six years.

Regular gasoline per gallon cost $1.68 in January 2009. Today, it’s $3.39 — that’s a 102 percent increase in just three years. (By the way, if you’re keeping score at home, gas was $1.40 a gallon when George W. Bush took office in 2001, $1.68 when he left office — a 20 percent increase.)

Electricity bills have also skyrocketed, with households now paying a record $1,420 annually on average, up some $300.

Some 48 percent of all Americans — 146.4 million — are considered by the Census Bureau either as “low-income” or living in poverty, up 4 million from when Mr. Obama took office; 57 percent of all children in America now live in such homes.

Since December 2008, a month before Mr. Obama took office, food-stamp use has increased 46 percent. Total spending has more than doubled in just four years to a record high of $75 billion. In 2011, more than 46 million people — about one in seven Americans — got food stamps. That’s 14 million more than when Mr. Obama took office.

Median household income has dropped nearly 7 percent in the last six years, taking inflation into account. What’s more, nearly 20 percent of males age 25 to 34 now live with their parents.

Low- and middle-income Americans 65 and older now hold more than $10,000 in credit card debt, up 26 percent since 2005. The average age of the American car is 10 years; in 1990, it was 6.5 years old (by the way, in 1985, Americans bought 11 million cars; in 2009, less than half that, 5.4 million).

On the macro side, America’s annual budget has jumped to $3.8 trillion — and yet the United States brings in only about $2.1 trillion in revenue. The U.S. trade deficit for 2011 was $558 billion. America’s total public debt stands at $15.23 trillion; in January 2009, the debt was $10.62 trillion. Mr. Obama is on pace to borrow $6.2 trillion in just one term — more debt than was amassed by all presidents from Washington through Bill Clinton combined. The debt is rising by $4.2 billion every day — $175 million per hour, nearly $3 million per minute.

So, America, that is the State of Your Union. But remember, Mr. Obama had not one thing to do with it. So don’t blame him when you go to the polls. Blame everyone else, especially yourself. [link]
The box score:

I read this and wonder why the Democratic Party is even running Obama for reelection.

Do they hate this country that much?

All Show & No Go

I ask again, now that the South Carolina primary is in the history book:

Why is Mitt Romney running for president?

To this late date, the answer escapes me.

As, apparently, it is escaping his handlers.

Fellas, it has to be about more than this*:
Romney stages perfect events. For example, on the eve of the primary, Romney's rally in North Charleston was perfect from a production point of view: stage just right, big flags, big Romney signs, smooth introductions from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, all topped off by a showy entrance by Romney, who arrived in his big campaign bus that drove right into the room.

It was perfect in every sense but engaging with the voters.
It has to be about more than pageant and process. Romney must have a reason for running for the highest office in the land.

Darned if I know what it is though.

* From "Why Gingrich won -- Why Romney lost."

Washington Examiner To NY Times:

Get a life:

From the "Dim Bulb" segment of the Examiner:
Dim Bulb: The New York Times editorial board

Who: The New York Times editorial board

What: Claimed Newt Gingrich used "racial resentment" and "hatred of the media" to win the South Carolina GOP primary.

Why it's dim: Just because South Carolinians voted contrary to the Times' wishes, it doesn't make them racists or haters.

Cure: Somebody should explain to the editorial board that it's not 1865 anymore. Or 1964.
Retching the "racism!" charge quit being a cogent argument many years ago. Perhaps the editorial staff of the Times could get out of the 50's and enter this century?

Maybe Newt's The One

Why do I suggest that?

Think about this sentence, from the Wall Street Journal editorial, "The Gingrich Challenge this morning:

"Mr. Gingrich's biggest problem is that more voters say they dislike than like him."

Not a good formula for getting elected, to be sure.

But is it possible that a man we don't like is just the man we need to make the choices that are going to enrage one bloc or another - or maybe all of them - as we bring this country back from the brink?

For the last many years Washington has been trying to please every human being in this country. Those without money and means are handed money and means. Those whose only relationship with the federal government is through the annual submission of their 1040 tax form have enjoyed a tax cut since GW Bush was president. Those who believe in a strong defense have been blessed with a strong defense - that we can't afford to maintain. Those who want a "green" government are getting just that - and are showered with cash to prove it. The unemployed are now assured welfare checks each month into perpetuity. Social Security/Medicare recipients now have more disposable income than any other demographic group in America because the government is providing them both income and medical insurance. The poor. The rich. Everyone in between.

A relationship that is unsustainable.

The government is flat broke and dysfunctional.

And everyone in government knows it.

And nobody in government has the balls to do anything about it.

They just sit by and await the crash. With prepared denunciations of the opposition in hand and ready to go.

Perhaps it's time we elected someone who we don't like going in?

Maybe it's that guy who will put an end to the madness, knowing that you're going to dislike him more after he's inflicted the necessary - inevitable - pain than you dislike him already.

(The alternative is Greece, folks.)

You find Newt to be dislikable? Maybe he's just the dude you need to set you straight.  Like the bartender late at night who tells you you've had enough, to pack it in and go home, you don't like him or his demand, but you thank him the next morning for saving your ass from certain doom.

Quote of the Day

From Maureen Dowd:

"Despite what his rivals say, the president and the first lady do believe in American exceptionalism — their own, and they feel overassaulted and underappreciated.

"We disappointed them."

"Showtime at the Apollo," New York Times, January 22, 2012

Newt Doesn't Back Down

Here's a clip from yesterday's "Meet the Press" in which ultra-liberal host David Gregory pushes the now-tired narrative that Republicans aren't nice, asks Newt Gingrich - in so many words - if he even has it in him to be nice, and Newt replies with an assault on Gregory's buddies in the media. This is how you win arguments and influence people:

He doesn't back down or cower before the elite media. I like that about Newt.

* I heard it said the other day that Newt Gingrich may be the best debater in our lifetime. That may very well be the case. I can't think of another politician who holds a candle to him.