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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mrs Clinton's Experience

Great pic from Zombie's archive

Another great letter from our friend over at POMIL.

14 January 2008

Mrs Clinton is right. When considering her qualifications for the presidency, we need to take into account her eight years of experience as a resident of the White House. Noteworthy among activities she witnessed were:

  • Replacement of the White House travel office with her friends' commercial enterprise personnel.
  • Keeping hundreds of raw FBI files in the White House.
  • Sequestering Rose law firm billing records in the White House.
  • Conducting secret meetings in the White House involving some 500 health care conferees.
  • Enduring scandalous behavior in the Oval Office.
  • Political fund-raising.
  • Transfer of advanced missile and nuclear weapons technology to Red China.

Seventeen years ago, the American electorate had evidence suggesting the Clintons were ethically challenged. Yet they put the Clintons in the White House anyway. Twice. And Mr Clinton was impeached. What would the electorate expect the Clintons to do for encores in the White House? In time of war.

Francis Baker
POMIL Research Analyst

I never counted political experience as a positive attribute. It would be best if all the people holding elective office were neophytes when it comes to buying votes, meddling in our affairs and picking our pockets.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Democrats Worry Court May Uphold Voter ID Rules

Much angst in the New York Times over the impending ruling by the Supreme Court on the issue of voter picture ID. The majority not only favors letting stand the lower court ruling in favor of the law but may do so in a way that would stifle further attempts by the Democrats to challenge the laws of other states. The majority is saying there should be some individual demonstrating that they have been harmed by the law preventing them from casting a legal vote. Such common sense is lost on Souter and Ginsburg.

Justice David H. Souter countered, "That would be a virtue, but one of the vices would be that it would be after the election, and the entire matter would be academic for another two years."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raised a similar objection. "The reason they are bringing a facial challenge is because the horse is going to be out of the barn," she said. "They will have the election, and just what they are afraid of could happen — that the result will be skewed in favor of the opposite party."

Souter seems to think the law will keep legitimate voters from voting. Ginsburg on the other hand know precisely what the issue is. She sees the law as an effort to curb the voting of the Democrat Party's main constituency. For ages the liberals have counted on the "I" voters who are the illegal, incarcerated and the interred.

The judge in the lower court seemed to see that clearly also.

Judge Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed with the Democratic plaintiffs that the law would fall more heavily on Democrats than on Republicans. But that did not make the statute unconstitutional, he said.

The lawyer for the plaintiffs makes one of the lamest arguments possible. Simply because no one has been prosecuted the problem does not exist. By that logic, since Prince William County, Virginia does not prosecute white collar crime that those laws should be declared unconstitutional also.

The sad part of all this is we have come to a point where the most common sense laws are challenged as unconstitutional simply because a political party needs criminal activity to gain support and there are lawyers willing to go to bat for them and judges are willing to hear the case.


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Sunday, January 06, 2008

More help from Washington DC

Today we live under the curse Plato warned of.

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."

Congress has passed an energy bill that will ban the incandescent light bulb by 2014. They great sages of Washington who brought us toilets that almost flush, compact cars that almost survive a collision and protected wetlands that are almost wet now want to make us use light bulbs that almost light a room. They have decided that those squiggly CFL bulbs that give off a weak unnatural light are just the thing for our homes.

I shouldn't complain. They do save on energy just like the toilets we have to flush twice save water. It will decrease our dependence on foreign oil just like the ethanol that is produced from corn, and has caused the cost of all foods to increase.

No mention of the problems of disposing of these silly looking things that contain mercury. They are not toxic until you break five of them according to Dr. David Ray, from the University of Nottingham.

"Mercury accumulates in the body – especially the brain," Dr. David Ray, from the University of Nottingham, told the BBC. "The biggest danger is repeated exposure – a one off exposure is not as potentially dangerous compared to working in a light bulb factory.

"If you smash one bulb then that is not too much of a hazard. However, if you broke five bulbs in a small unventilated room then you might be in short term danger."

"I don't think it makes them dangerous to the domestic user. They just have to take some reasonable precautions if they happen to break one."

Lightbulbs containing mercury should be disposed of separately from the rest of the household waste, in the same way as batteries containing mercury, and should not be incinerated, he added.

Great, so how many bins do we have to separate our trash into now? Didn't they ban lead paint because it accumulated in the brain? That is not the best part. Just like with asbestos, when people start to get sick the lawyers will pile on and the politicians will get all indignant. Laws and lawsuits will cost us all dearly.

Maybe the next thing will be a health care system that almost gives us health care.

Just think of the money we will save.


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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Armed Customer Thwarts Robbery

One less nit wit running loose today thanks to Charlie Merrell. Mr. Merrell was in the checkout line of the Bucks IGA Supermarket in south side Indianapolis after picking up some last minute items New Year's Eve when 19 year old Dwain Smith pulled a gun demanding money from the clerk. Wasting little time, Mr.. Merrell pulled his own weapon and pointed it at the hapless Mr.. Smith. Mr.. Smith laid down his .380 pistol, took off his mask and lied face down on the floor until Officer Friendly came and took him away.

There are those who think we should let the authorities handle these situations. The problem with that is the Dwain Smith's of this world count on the authorities being elsewhere when they pull their stunts. Armed citizens are and always have been the first line of defense against crime.


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