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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Heller Decision

The Supreme Court today decided on a 5-4 basis that the Second Amendment confirms an individual right to keep and bear arms.

What this means is that 4 out of 9 Supreme Court Justices either cannot read simple English sentences, or that 4 out of 9 Justices would rather follow their own prejudices than the Constitution.

The fact that these 4 Justices are the most liberal is not a coincidence.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kanye West is a Poser

Yep, you heard me right. He's nothing but a loudmouth who acts like he has a social agenda, but in reality, it's all about him.

How do I know this?

Remember a few years back during the benefit for New Orleans after Katrina, Kanye went off script to deliver an impassioned plea to the people of America. "They're killing us," he said, shortly before his famous "George Bush doesn't like black people." He was in a state of moral outrage as he railed against the injustices of the federal response to Katrina.

But as angry, offended, and outraged as he was then, he says nothing can compare or ever will compare with how offended he was at being booed by a Bonnarroo crowd, angered because his show started almost 2 hours late.

On his website, West wrote. "This is the most offended I've ever been ... this is the maddest I ever will be."

So let me get this straight: Kanye is more offended by being booed than by police shooting at looters in New Orleans? What a guy!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More Stupidity.

Yesterday, I pointed out Stacy Campfield's ridiculous post about refusing to issue birth certificates for US citizens based on the actions of their parents. Today, in the spirit of bipartisan snark, I am obliged to point out the ridiculous response coming from my old friend R. Neal at KnoxViews. Here is Randy's headline: (If link doesn't work, go to Randy is funny sometimes about allowing links from my site to his.)

Slavery was a Better Immigration System?

Now, I've read Stacy's post in detail, and there's absolutely nothing in Stacy's post that can even be remotely construed as approval of slavery. Only a warped and twisted reading of the post in question could result in such an interpretation. Randy isn't stupid, and I'm relatively certain he's neither warped or twisted, so what gives? Is he that worked up about Campfield? Or was he just providing a little red meat for the monkeys in his echo chamber?

Hey, I never thought I'd be in the position of defending Campfield, but if you're going to ridicule a guy for the stupid things he says, and Campfield has said some fairly stupid things, you shouldn't need to make stuff up to do it.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

When is it OK to Refuse to Give a Birth Certificate to a US Citizen?

According to Stacy Campfield, if you don't like their parents, the State does not have to issue a birth certificate. Mr.Campfield posts about his amendment that would prevent the state from issuing a birth certificate to a child born in the US to two illegal alien parents.

His "logic" goes like this:

(1) If both parents are here illegally, then they are not under our jurisdiction, and therefore, their baby is not automatically a citizen.
(2) Citizenship is a Federal matter, and birth certificates are issued by the State. Even if the child is a US citizen, the State has no obligation to issue a birth certificate.


OK, let's apply a little bit of real world logic here, not the stuff that passes for it in the mirror maze of Mr. Campfield's mind. If a man is in this country illegally, he is subject to arrest and deportation. He is given a hearing to determine his status and that all applicable laws regarding his case are met. He has legal avenues to pursue to apply for asylum. If he is incarcerated during the process, he has civil rights that must be observed. If he commits a crime while in the US, he can be charged, tried, convicted and sentenced, regardless of his immigration status.

Now I'm not a lawyer, but the above seems to suggest that our illegal alien is certainly under local, state, and federal jurisdiction.

So much for point number one.

As for point number two, if Mr. Campfield had finished reading the 14th Amendment, he would have gotten to the part about "...No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." That's pretty simple to read, and it says that if a person is a citizen, then the state cannot pass any law that would abridge their rights and privileges, and withholding a birth certificate would certainly do that very thing.

I understand that we need to get control of immigration, but we need to do it intelligently, not with stupid amendments that will never stand up to a constitutional challenge. I don't care for the "anchor baby" loophole either but I don't see any way to close it without causing worse problems down the road.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Humility?  You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

Obama's speech:
...we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.


I face this challenge with profound humility.

All he needs to add to his act is water into wine and walking on water to achieve deity status. The Dems will probably even let him skip that whole messy crucifixion thing.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The First Fight of the Presidential Campaign

The sun had barely set on the Democratic Primary Race, and already, Sen. Obama and McCain were battling. The issue...

Who gets Hillary as their VP.

McCain needs her to cement his image as a spineless RINO bridge building maverick, and Obama needs her as a life insurance policy.

The two Presidential candidates lost no time in beginning to suck up to Sen. Clinton, who lapped up the attention like Scarlett O'Hara at the Twelve Oaks barbecue. Sen. McCain, speaking in New Orleans yesterday, said
Senator Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage. The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received. As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach. I am proud to call her my friend.

Obama was quick to plant his own smooches at the belle of the ball's feet.
I want to publicly acknowledge Hillary Clinton for the outstanding race that she has run," he said. "She is a true friend of Israel. She is a great Senator from New York. She is an extraordinary leader of the Democratic Party, and she has made history alongside me over the last 16 months. So I am very proud to have competed against her.

As for Sen. Clinton, she just batted her eyelashes, let out a "fiddle dee dee" followed by a genteel giggle, and asked for another plate of barbecue.

On a more serious note, I don't understand why folks are assuming McCain will choose a running mate who will bolster his conservative credentials. After all, conventional wisdom says that in a Presidential election, you run to your base during the primary, then to the center for the general election. McCain ran so far to the middle during the primary season, the only people out there further to the left are Democrats like Lieberman, Obama, and, you guessed it, Hillary Clinton.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

What is Up With WBIR?

I was watching the 11:00 news and couldn't believe what I was seeing. On a night when Barack Obama claimed victory in the race for the nomination, they teased that story and went into their top story of the night, a UTPD bicycle officer doing a face plant that was caught on You Tube.

This is the lead story?

Ok,sure, a local news station usually leads with a local story, but the next story to air was about the retrial ordered for Gussie Vann, currently on death row for raping and murdering his 8 year old daughter. (Note the link goes to The Knoxville News Sentinel; a search of the WBIR website for Gussie Vann came back empty.)

A kiddie cop acting the fool is a bigger story than Obama claiming the nomination, and a murdering rapist getting a new trial?


Ah, but where else could you get to see college students pontificating about how people shouldn't goof off at work, especially when they are getting paid by "my daddy's tax dollars."

Truly a sad night for local news, but don't worry, the national boys have some issues as well. Check out this screen grab from my yahoo news page.


Yes, the headline is all about Obama, but the picture and the story are all about Hillary.

Sour grapes anyone?

Speaking of sour grapes, not that I'm flogging a dead horse or anything, but I'm not convinced that Hillary plans on retiring quietly to the Howard Dean Home for Failed Presidential Ambitions just yet. I am curious about how all the Hillary supporters will react if she does concede. To put it politely, some of them have really been hard on Obama. Will they eat their words, swallow their dislike and vote for him anyway,or will they walk away in disgust?

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Hillary’s Big Win

No, not Puerto Rico.

Her win came from the loving hands of the DNC, who agreed to seat all of the delegates from Michigan and Florida, but only giving them a half of a vote each.

This was a complete victory for Clinton, who has now assured that Obama cannot win the delegates needed to clinch the nomination out right.

Here's how it works. With all of the delegates seated, Obama is back to needing 2200+ delegates to clinch, ie a majority of the delegates seated. But, because the Michigan and Florida delegates only get half a vote, there won't be enough to put him over the top. Without the Michigan and Florida delegates, he was within striking distance of the 2000+ he needed, but now, once the implications of seating the delegates sinks in, he'll be further away from a majority.

It really is a masterstroke of strategery. In a move that seems to favor Obama, the DNC actually just guaranteed more chaos at the convention.

Chaos that will end with a Clinton victory.

Or do you think Hillary won't take advantage of a mathematical loophole to win the nomination?

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