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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Virginia Hollowing Out The Castle Doctrine?

The nomenclature here gets almost esoteric so I'm inclined to call my lawyer and have him parse/explain it for/to me.  And with my law education being limited to business law, I'll simply pass this on to you without comment (comment risking my looking more like a fool than I do on the average day).  It's worth knowing:
VA Legislature Prepared to Undermine “Castle Doctrine”
Gun Owners of America

Modified legislation weakens current law --

Tomorrow [note: this was published yesterday], a conference committee in the Virginia legislature will be voting on “castle doctrine” language that would make things much, much worse for Old Dominion residents.

The conference language, as currently drafted, needs to be resoundingly defeated.

The problem is this:

Virginia, like 48 other states, has inherited (ultimately from England) a body of court-made law, called “common law.” This “common law” is the “law of the land” in Virginia unless it is overturned by statute.

Virginia common law provides that you can protect yourself in your home or elsewhere against the reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury.

Thus, if a person lawfully enters your house, but pulls a gun and starts shooting at people, under common law, you can use deadly force.

If a person is standing in your bedroom holding a gun in the middle of the night, under common law, you can use deadly force, even though that person has taken no “overt act.”

Unfortunately, the conference committee language being voted on by the Virginia legislature tomorrow would require both “unlawful entry” and an “overt act.”

Fine, we said. Just add language which would provide that the statutory language does nothing to overturn the protections of “common law,” but rather is in addition to your right to defend yourself at common law.

However, this is NOT the route the conference committee has chosen to go.

So the bottom line:

The conference language would REPEAL your common law right to defend yourself and your family against someone who legally entered your house, but turned violent.

The conference language would REPEAL your common law right to defend yourself and your family against someone who was illegally in your house in the middle of the night with a gun, but had committed no OVERT ACT.

ACTION: Contact your Virginia state Senator and Delegate immediately. Urge them to oppose the conference report on the castle doctrine unless there is a provision which grandfathers our “common law” protections. Even better, urge them to support a REAL Castle Doctrine Bill -- such as what was written for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by defense expert Daniel Hawes over the summer. [link]
Sometimes the best of intentions go awry.

The Virginia legislature?

If it were controlled by Democrats, I could see sinister forces in exertion here. But that ain't the case. So I'll chalk it up to a lack of insight into the law as it evolved over the centuries.


You betcha.

So go to it. Please.

Virginia Democrats Are Not To Be Trusted

Another day, another Democrat wanting to have it both ways.

The Republican Party of Virginia has dug up a letter from a now-state senator - one Barbara Favola (D-Commie Central, Arlington County) - written in 2004 that decried the potential calamities that would befall the Commonwealth and all its various local government entities if the state legislature didn't pass a budget.  The same Barbara Favola - Democrat - who now supports the blockage of all efforts to pass a budget in the General Assembly and, presumably, supports fiscal and budgetary calamity.

You can't make these people up.

Democrat Sen. Favola in 2004: 'GA Must Adopt a Budget'

If people like her weren't so destructive to our way of life, they should be given their own reality TV show.  They're that entertaining. In her case, we'd call it "Snooki on the James."

Dennis, We'll Miss You

If only for your entertainment value.

This is just not right.  We'll no longer have the clown prince of the Democratic Party to ridicule anymore?  Can it be?

It be:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich suffers primary defeat in Ohio
By Paul Kane, Washington Post

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.

With most attention focused on the state’s GOP presidential primary battle, and no Democratic primary for president, Kucinich was left in a low-turnout race in a newly drawn district against his once-close ally, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).

With about 90 percent of the vote in, Kaptur led 60 to 36 percent. [link]
It should be mentioned that this Kaptur person provides certain entertainment value of her own. See "Forget Socialism, Communism is now Being Embraced."

But we're going to miss little Dennis. (And his really hot wife.)

Who will be there, step up, and call for a cabinet-level Department of Peace now?

Dennis, we're going to miss ya, man.

America To Limbaugh Advertisers:

Make that former advertisers:

Your first allegiance is to your shareholders, not to the leftist media.

A Business 101 lesson that the CEO of Carbonite must have skipped:
Investors flee Carbonite after Limbaugh announcement
By Jeff Poor, The Daily Caller

On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his company’s website declaring that Carbonite had decided to “withdraw” advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because it will “ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse”:

"Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse."

However, it hasn’t done much to contribute to his company’s stock price. Since the market opened on Monday through its close today, Carbonite stock (NASDAQ:CARB) has plummeted nearly 12 percent, outpacing the drop of the NASDAQ index in that same time period by nine-and-a-half points. It was also one of the biggest decliners on the NASDAQ on Tuesday. [link]
So David Friend makes a point. Feels good about himself. And tosses millions in market capitalization down the toilet.

Way to go, slick.

I'm sure Carbonite's board of directors will be sympathetic to your suck-up to the liberal press that cost the company millions.

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Here's how the market reacted to Friend's announcement (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal) (the "T" in the line graph representing "Tuesday"):


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*I'm reminded of the time a number of years ago when Kmart's CEO decided to spend millions taking the company "green." A few years before the company declared bankruptcy.

He got favorable press too.

Before he was tossed out on his can.

And got unfavorable press as a result.

The first order of business, guys, is business. If you're doing stupid shit like this because your liberal wife is refusing sex, find yourself a Korean hooker and don't screw with the stock valuation. (Pun intended.)

A Question Obama Will Never Answer

It comes from none other than Sarah Palin:

"Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters. For the sake of everyone's daughter, why doesn't his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?" 

She's referring to Bill Maher, who has used far more foul language in characterizing women than Rush Limbaugh ever has but sits in Barack Obama's good graces.

Go figure.

Dem Triumphalism May Be Shortlived

So our Democrat president runs for reelection in a Democrat state primary and gets a bare majority of the vote?  In a closed primary ("a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote") no less?


The Washington Post this morning provides analysis:
“This shows real dissatisfaction,” said Ben Odom, a political strategist and a former vice-chairman of [Oklahoma's] Democratic Party. “You had a pro-life activist and three people who didn’t mount a campaign get 44 percent of the vote. ... An incumbent president ought to be polling at least 80 percent, particularly against this kind of opposition.”
In other words, ANYONE-BUT-OBAMA took 2/5th of the state's Democrat-only primary vote.

Predictions of Republican Party demise are rife out there in liberal-land.

Keep thinkin' that, fellas. Keep thinkin' it.

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Via Drudge: "Obama loses Dem primary in 15 Oklahoma counties."

Remember, this was a Democratic primary that was only open to registered Democrats.  And the Numero Uno Democrat in the land loses.

Tomorrow's headline from Obama's handlers: It was all Bush's fault.

How Long Is An Eternity?

We'll be finding out.

If we wait for this to happen anyway:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Calls Senator Inhofe a 'Prostitute' and a 'Call Girl' - Will Media Be Outraged?

Never happen.

Besides, we all know that Rush calling that looney leftist who wants the rest of us to pay for her consequences-free orgasms a prostitute was an attack on all daughters in America while Inhofe deserves to be called that and more because he ... well ... fill in the blank.  The reason is less important than the charge.  Inhofe is a conservative Republican.  End of story.  (End of logic.)

These people crack me up.

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To give Rush's transgression some perspective, I offer up this:

Liberal Radio Host Glad Breitbart's Dead, Would Pour Weed Killer on His Grave 

No. Nothing wrong with that.

But (be conservative and ...) use the "P" word and leave this planet forever.


Shame On Me

I know I should have a better reason for supporting Newt Gingrich for president.  His positions on Israel, Iran, and Afghanistan maybe.  His economic recovery plan.  Jobs.  His pledge to reduce the deficit to the point where we once again have a balanced budget.  His vow to actually change the way Washington does business.

But this goes a long way toward giving him my full-fledged endorsement:

He scares the crap out of liberals.

See Chris Matthews: Gingrich Did 'Evil Things' in Congress, 'Looks Like the Devil'.

Somehow ol' Newt gets these people to say the most idiotic things.

For that alone he's to be given serious consideration.

Newt's the devil!  Too funny.

Separation of Church & State?

Without waiver, the government of the United States stays out of the religion-nurturing business.

Unless that religion has as its god Allah.

Then the checks - millions of them - flow.

From WSB-TV Channel 2 News, Atlanta: Obama Is Using Our Tax Dollars To Refurbish Mosques:

And I'll bet our president can explain this to your satisfaction.

Make it stop.  Please.  Make it stop.