The fees, which range from $750 to $3,000, were passed by the General Assembly in the spring as part of a package aimed at funding scores of transportation projects. Backers have also said the fees would improve highway safety by cracking down on the state's worst drivers -- those guilty of severe traffic offenses including drunken driving, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
But if some of the state's leading lawmakers -- as well as several backbenchers -- qualify, just who are the so-called abusive drivers?
"Just because you get one [ticket for going] 20 miles over, you may not be an abusive driver," Kilgore said. "We probably need to look at that."
Yeah, you might want to look at that.
The truth is that this ill conceived, elitist, back handed, method of avoiding voting for or supporting additional taxes while abusing drivers in the Commonwealth needs to be rescinded and never, ever re-visited.
Warner to Retire
US Senator John Warner (R-VA) announced that he will retire and not seek re-election. Thanks be to God. John Warner wasn't always the up-front elitist RINO he's been the past 15 years or so. I remember when he first ran for the Senate here in VA. Thankful he wasn't a doofus like Scott (does anyone remember Senator Scott?) and seemingly possessed of greater intelligence and experience and pro-American sentiments than his then Democrat challenger, we voted him in and in he has stayed. Oh, he has back tracked on many if not most of the values his constituents hold dear but they've still managed to vote him another term every six years. And the Dem/S, well, hell, they couldn't find anyone who excited the electorate to run against him.
Ok, so now the VA Republicans have the mission of finding a pro-gun, pro-American, anti-tax, anti-big government candidate. Think they can do it? Or, will we be treated to another the like of Jim Webb? Jeez.
When I first saw this video on YouTube the only think I could think of was that that girl has inappropriately displayed her cleavage! Jeez, isn't that a congressional committee in front of which she's testifying? So I looked up her name (Ana Slavin) and found that your popular culture deprived correspondent (me) had missed her publicity blitz. Dollars for Darfur would seem to be a good worthwhile organization in support of Darfur but... Why two teenagers, high school students, have to testify to Congress about Darfur, where people are being murderously persecuted by Muslims, is beyond my understanding. I would think that Congress could find information on Darfur from multiple official and/or first-person sources. Even if the money is actually helping in Darfur I think these kids are naive to think that they are making any fundamental changes in the region.
However, what this really emphasises for me is the hypocrisy of certain politicos who deride our attempt to avoid such a bloodbath in Iraq while demanding immediate intervention in Darfur. What, pray tell, is the difference between killing Muslims in Darfur and killing jihadists in Iraq? Why, it is clear, the jihadists in Darfur are the Dem/S enemies not George W. Bush's enemies. Pure politics is why. Perhaps they could show an actual understanding and desire for controlling the jihadists by increasing the size of the armed forces and supporting the POTUS in the anti-terror war in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan and Darfur.
Ok, so enough ranting. Here's a little political theater to hold you over your Labor Day Weekend.
Here's some pro-Save Darfur propaganda.
Now, I don't want to be too cynical but let's face it, if they looked white we'd be rushing to help. We couldn't get Congress to force a stop to the Rwandan tragedy either.
Topics I Haven't Addressed...
It has been brought to my attention that there are several popular blog topics I haven't addressed. I'd like to bring to your attention why I haven't addressed them (other than that they don't interest me).
1. Princess Diana - 10 years ago, when the Princess was killed, I was on a special trip to celebrate the 80th birthday of my Aunt Virginia. My Aunt Virginia is a wonderful woman. She never graduated college but did get a Fulbright Scholarship. She's a published author. She liked steak tartar and hunted. She is the other family genealogist. She has a wonderful son and grandchildren. Frankly, I'd rather celebrate my Auntie's 90th birthday than worry about a philandering former wife of a philandering English prince. After all our ancestors (mine and my Auntie's) left England a long time ago to get away from that folderol.
2. Larry Craig - Ok, so he was pro-gun (usually), but he was inappropriately, publicly not gay. Get over it and resign already.
3. John Edwards - Yeah, that one, the Dem/S running for president and losing to Obama and Clinton. The one who tried using his wife to say nasty things about Clinton and when that failed shows why by saying we peons should give up our SUVs (code word for cars bigger than kid's tricycle) to save the planet from global warming. Well, this well coifed mental midget isn't going to win the nomination for his party and I don't give a hoot about what he thinks.
4. Elvira Arellano - This two time illegal immigrant and deportee, this forger of identity documents, well, this person just doesn't go away. I guess she'll be playing Joan Baez' version of "Deportee" and rallying more illegals to parade their Mexican flags on USofA Streets if she gets her way and finagles her way back into the country as an "Ambassador of Peace". Give me a break. No doubt once she gets here, and this is unfortunately a likely thing, we'll have to put up with her insufferable opportunistic moronic pastor as well. Blecch.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30, 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(AP) U.N. weapons inspectors discovered a potentially hazardous chemical warfare agent that was taken from an Iraqi chemical weapons facility 11 years ago and mistakenly stored in their offices in the heart of midtown Manhattan all that time, officials said Thursday.
The material, identified in inventory files as phosgene _ a chemical substance used in World War I weapons _ was discovered Aug. 24. It was only identified on Wednesday because it was marked simply with an inventory number, and officials had to check the many records in their vast archives, said Ewen Buchanan, a spokesman for the U.N. inspection agency.
A team of hazardous materials experts from the FBI and the New York City police went to the office on Manhattan's east side, about a block north of U.N. headquarters, on Thursday with two steel containers to remove the materials and take them to a military facility outside New York for disposal, officials said.
While the disposal team was in UNMOVIC's sixth-floor office, its small staff was evacuated along with other tenants from that floor, Buchanan said.
I'm trying to imagine how this was stored. At room temps Phosgene is a gas and lethal. Gives one confidence in the UN apparatchniks doesn't it?
A man in his late 20s and a woman in her late 30s sustained fatal wounds, making the incident the second double-homicide in the area in the last two weeks. A husband and wife were killed 15 doors away two weeks ago, but police have found no connections between the two attacks.
However, the pair of double-slayings follows a trend of home invasions in eastern New Orleans typically involving groups of gunmen using similar tactics.
Doesn't that get your attention? I mean, this is in a city where the Mayor and TWO Chiefs of Police have strongly supported and resisted ending firearms confiscation. In other words, the government of the City of New Orleans is illegaly confiscating firearms, disarming citizens. Should we be surprised that criminals are emboldened and willing to seek out violent confrontation in pursuit of their criminal activities? In my mind, the Mayor Nagin and his last two Chiefs of Police are culpable in these murders.
And then there are other murders (aside from those 15 doors from the above incident), which makes me think that New Orleans is NOT a place to vacation. Heck, you don't want to live there! Oh, the filthy streets, the threat of loss of all your property to a hurricane, high taxes and corrupt government isn't the end of your troubles as a resident of New Orleans. Now, home invasion is a growth industry and it is abetted by the Mayor.
ATLANTA — Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was briefly a suspect in the 1996 Olympics bombing here and later cleared of wrongdoing, was found dead Wednesday in his home, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a county coroner. Jewell, 44, was found dead around 10:30 a.m. by his wife, Dana, who had been unable to reach him by phone, said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley. "He died of natural causes," Worley said. "He had been at home sick for several months."
First thing I think we should thank God for men such as Richard Jewell. He likely saved lives at the Olympics when radical anti-abortion terrorist Eric Rudolph placed a bomb in Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
There are a couple of cautionary lessons to be learned from his life. First, if you're an up and coming journalist be a journalist and verify both your sources and consider your information before going to print. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited unnamed law enforcement sources as saying Jewell was a "focus" of the bombing investigation. This is a textbook example of piss poor journalism and I doubt that the resulting public ostracism Jewell experienced helped his life expectancy.
The second caution is about diabetes. Type II diabetes is a debilitating disease that can advance quickly and maim and kill. If you suspect you've got diabetes get to the doctor and get tested. Please, if you've got it, treat it.
I'm tired of Katrina. I'm tired of private citizens wanting the government to bail them out for choosing to live in a bowl AND elect liars and cheats to oversee public servants who were supposed to be protecting them. I'm tired of hearing that Katrina was a Cat 5 when it was actually a Cat 1-2 at New Orleans. I'm tired of hearing that New Orleans residents have been abandoned when folks from Florida to Texas suffered worse from hurricanes that year.
Want to rebuild in New Orleans. Fix the levees (really fix them), build all the new houses on stilts or design the new houses so that the bottom story is a giveaway to the flood or don't allow new houses AND build only on the most elevated land. Make the rest of New Orleans green space. Throw out the crooks and petty despots that are in New Orleans government now.
Finland and The Winter War
I don't have any Finnish ancestors that I know of. Nobody currently living in my family is Finnish. Yet, I can't help but have an abiding respect for the Finns. They successfully resisted Soviet domination for years. The sound goes screwy on the second video so you might want to turn down the sound...
Culture of Corruption - Bob Allen
Is this some sort of secret politician "handshake"? Just recently a Florida State Representative, Bob Allen of Merritt Island who represents Brevard County was arrested for solicitation in Titusville, FL.
State Representative Arrested In Park On Solicitation Charges POSTED: 6:07 pm EDT July 11, 2007 UPDATED: 12:17 am EDT July 12, 2007
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- State Representative Bob Allen was arrested Wednesday for allegedly soliciting an undercover officer. The representative for Brevard County was arrested at a Titusville park.
According to police, Allen was arrested at 3:30pm at Veteran's Park along Broad Street in Titusville. Officers with the Titusville Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit noticed a car, Allen's leased Toyota Avalon, going back and forth near the park.
Three undercover officers, police said, watched him go into the bathroom three times. One of the undercover officers then went into the bathroom and into a stall. Allen allegedly started talking to the officer through the door of the stall.
Police said Allen offered the officer $20 for oral sex. When the undercover officer and Allen left the bathroom, officers arrested Allen. According to police, they did not know at the time that he was a state legislator.
Would they have arrested him if they did know he was a state legislator?
What is up with all these "incidents"? Why do these folks think they can get away with this immoral and illegal behavior? Why do they commit these illegal acts? Why do politicians think they are above the law? From Barney Frank allowing a male prostitution ring to be operated from his home by his boyfriend to Bill Clinton getting a Lewinsky in the White House, this goes on and on. Oh for a moral politician.
The Wall Street Journal smells something fishy emanating from a "tiny lime-green bungalow" in a working class suburb of San Francisco that's home to one of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Clinton.
After poring over the candidate's campaign filings, the paper reports that all six members of the Paw family who list the house as their home have contributed a total of $45,000 to the Democratic senator since 2005 and a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2000.
Considering that the head of the household is a mailman and his wife is a homemaker, the Journal notes "it isn't obvious how the Paw family is able afford such political largess."
The paper then notes with suspicion that the Paw family's substantial political donations "closely track" donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman who is one of the top contributors to Clinton's campaign.
California authorities have sought businessman Norman Hsu for 15 years. Since 2004, he has carved out a place of honor raising cash for such candidates as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
WASHINGTON -- For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.
"He is a fugitive," Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. "Do you know where he is?"
On Tuesday, E. Lawrence Barcella Jr. -- a Washington lawyer who represents the Democratic fundraiser -- confirmed that Hsu was the same man who was involved in the California case. Barcella said his client did not remember pleading to a criminal charge and facing the prospect of jail time. Hsu remembers the episode as part of a settlement with creditors when he also went through bankruptcy, Barcella said.
So what is it about the Clintons (and Dem/S) and Asian contributors and shady contributions. Charlie Tre, the Buddhist monks/nuns, and so forth. Oh, yeah, they have done this deal of a deep pockets donor using others as a front for his/her donations before this incident. Of course there are those who are offended by this conclusion. But unlike those conservatives like myself who would be happy that Larry Craig resigned, these folks on the left put "their" control (I'm afraid I had to wipe my eyes after that. The left's candidates are only in it for themselves.) of the government ahead of morality and ethics. I don't suppose we should be surprised as their candidates do that, too.
GENEVA — There are nine guns for every 10 people in the United States, with about 270 million firearms in circulation, according to a report released today.
Worldwide, civilians now have access to 650 million small arms — from handguns to semiautomatic rifles — an arsenal that far outstrips what is held by police and militaries, according to the annual Small Arms Survey. It estimates that civilians account for about three-fourths of the 875 million such weapons in circulation.
"Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we previously believed," the director of the Geneva-based group, Keith Krause, told reporters.
but the story's ending,
Krause said wealthy countries with lower crime rates, such as those in the 27-nation European Union, are dealing with an increased flow of small arms across borders where controls have been loosened.
Recent shootings in Britain — where ownership is severely restricted and the gun crime rate is low — highlight the need for greater police cooperation in Europe, he said.
The author completely ignores the citizen's right to self-defense. Oh, wait, only the USofA acknowledges a right to self-defense... silly me.
Royal Australian Air Force F-111 sinks North Korean drug ship. After being caught trying to smuggle drugs into Australia the Pong Su was sunk by two 2000-pound (900 kg) laser-guided bombs dropped from an RAAF F-111 aircraft. The deliberate destruction of the freighter was said to deliver a strong message to international drug smuggling rings that the Australian Federal Government would take all measures necessary to stop illegal drug importation.
Do you think that did the trick? I'm thinking North Korea is now working on using an old diesel sub to do their exporting work now.
"Here's video footage of the Japanese Coast Guard tracking and engaging a north korean spy trawler. The events occur over several hours of daylight and night. It looks like the NK spy trawler refused to be boarded after warning shots with a minigun, it was set afire, stayed afloat, rammed, then the NK's shot at the JCG with automatic rifle fire and RPG(s). Then the Japanese crews really opened up on them and the spy trawler was set afire again and exploded. The last few seconds show the damage to the JCG vessel(s). Please add details if you can read Japanese and if you can find an English transcript about the fight."
Ok, so it is an OLD video. Maybe done to death in another time. I don't care. No trawler carts around RPGs... This interests me because all Chinese and Korean stories interest me. I also think it demonstrates that the North Korean government (i.e. Kim Jong Il) is a bubble off in the international relations deparment. It is as if they want to antagonize the Japanese.
Culture of Corruption - Bob Filner and Larry Craig
This CoC update is twofer. It seems that there was a spate of I-can-do-what-I-want-at-an-airport-'cause-I'm-important syndrome on capitol hill.
First reported was Representative Bob Filner of California who went into a tizzy when his bag took the long slow trip from the plane (as do all bags at Dulles) and it just wasn't fast enough for this very important person. Because he's so important he thought it just fine to committ an assault and battery on the airline employee who tried to assist him and to violate the security area of the airport. Of course he denies it, security cameras and all.
The news story:
Filner disputes assault and battery charges United employee claims congressman pushed him at baggage claim area Associate Press Updated: 8:24 a.m. ET Aug 21, 2007
WASHINGTON - Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., has been summoned to court on assault and battery charges after an incident at Dulles Airport on Sunday night where he allegedly pushed a United Airlines bag claim employee.
Filner allegedly attempted to enter an employees-only area, pushed aside an employee's arm and wouldn't leave when asked, according to a statement from Courtney Prebich, assistant media relations manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Filner disputed the account in a brief statement issued by his office
and his statement:
"Congressman Bob Filner is on his way to Iraq, visiting our troops, and will have a full statement when he returns. Suffice it to say now, that the story that has appeared in the press is factually incorrect - and the charges are ridiculous," the statement said without elaborating.
Then we have Senator Larry Craig of Idaho who was apparently causing a disturbance in an airport latrine. Of course he denies it but he pled guilty. Ummmmm, you pled guilty Larry. But then, NOW you know it was not the best course of action for an innocent man. THAT decision calls into question your judgement, that is either way you are a loser.
The news story:
Men's room arrest reopens questions about Sen. Larry Craig Idaho senator pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after incident at Minnesota airport that echoes previous allegation of homosexual conduct. By Dan Popkey - email@example.com Edition Date: 08/28/07
Sen. Larry Craig, who in May told the Idaho Statesman he had never engaged in homosexual acts, was arrested less than a month later by an undercover police officer who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him in an airport men's room.
The arrest at a Minnesota airport prompted Craig to plead guilty to disorderly conduct earlier this month. His June 11 encounter with the officer was similar to an incident in a men's room in a Washington, D.C., rail station described by a Washington-area man to the Idaho Statesman. In that case, the man said he and Craig had sexual contact.
Sen. Craig's statement:
"At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.
"I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously."
The thing here is that both these fellows think that they are above the law and clearly are open to deception (lying) to their constituents in order to keep their positions. That's corruption.
Eleanor Holmes Norton Lectures her Constituents
Credit to Xavier for finding this gem that shows that the antis just don't get it. And they worry about George W. Bush! Amazing. Anyway, have a look see and pass it on.
Meanwhile the POTUS has come out swinging with a speech to the VFW that drew clear parallels between a withdrawal from Iraq and our withdrawal from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The Dem/S hit back by quoting the fifth columnists of the Vietnam era. In other words, their only response is to repeat the lying propaganda from their past allies in their effort to again deceive their constituents.
I think it would be pretty foolish to expect reasoned voting choices much less support for the war theater in Iraq. After all, nobody wants Americans killed, right?
I have friends who are in Iraq right now and I don't want them hurt or killed. So, when I say we need to stay it is because I think it is so important that we should risk our lives to give the Iraqis a chance at what we have while at the same time preserving the stand-off distance we have with the jihadists. The Dem/S don't think so but it is also important to prevent the inevitable ethnic/sectarian slaughter that all agree will follow a too-quick withdrawal. I have heard that one of the Dem/S even said that it didn't matter. Imagine, that the lives of women and children, anywhere, don't matter.
The Dem/S have at one time or another taken every side of this and related issues. They have been for and against going after the terrorists, for and against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, for and against more troops, for and against fewer troops, for and against "The Surge", for and against regime change/democratization of Iraq, for and remember Muslim women's rights, and so forth and so on... The only constant has been that if the POTUS was for it they were against it. Thus it is impossible to know with any certainty what they would really do once they could control the government (as opposed to actually representing their constituents).
Well, I say that the Dem/S don't care about Iraqis but if the Dem/S have their way, or what they say there way is (today), then they must not even care about their own families. After all, it is their families who live inside the target areas here in the US, not my family.
Executive Order on Hunting
Not exactly 2nd Amendment rights but it will definitely rattle the cages of the left-wing kooks aka Dem/S that will determine the next Democrat candidate. What will? Why Executive Order: Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation. Read it, it is quite interesting. What good will it do, in actual improvement of current circumstances? Call me cynical, but not a darn thing. In two years it may not matter at all.
Remove Joaquin Jackson from NRA Board - UPDATE
This maroon believes in the 2nd Amendment and in limiting ammo capacity to 5 rounds for "civilians" (of which he is one). "Ranger" Joaquin Jackson simply doesn't understand the 2nd Amendment and apparently doesn't understand guns. First the 2nd is NOT about hunting guns but about military type arms used to enforce republicanism on the elected leaders who get too full of themselves. And guns? This maroon forgets that even most REVOLVERS that exist have a capacity of 6 rounds. Does he intend these to be banned? So you say this isn't so, then see his interview with KLRU. Now get this, this maroon is a current board member of the NRA! No wonder the NRA is so ineffective! How many other board members have misled us to believe that they have our best interests at heart when they are simply pursuing their own personal agendas? This twit should resign.
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So, today this statement by Mr. Jackson is brought to my attention.
STATEMENT OF JOAQUIN JACKSON
Recently, some misunderstandings have arisen about a news interview in which I participated a few years ago. After recently watching a tape of that interview, I understand the sincere concerns of many people, including dear friends of mine. And I am pleased and eager to clear up any confusion about my long held belief in the sanctity of the Second Amendment.
In the interview, when asked about my views of “assault weapons,” I was talking about true assault weapons – fully automatic firearms. I was not speaking, in any way, about semiautomatic rifles. While the media may not understand this critical distinction, I take it very seriously. But, as a result, I understand how some people may mistakenly take my comments to mean that I support a ban on civilian ownership of semiautomatic firearms. Nothing could be further from the truth. And, unfortunately, the interview was cut short before I could fully explain my thoughts and beliefs.
In fact, I am a proud owner of such rifles, as are millions of law-abiding Americans. And many Americans also enjoy owning fully automatic firearms, after being cleared by a background check and meeting the rigorous regulations to own such firearms. And these millions of lawful gun owners have every right – and a Second Amendment right – to own them.
As a hunter, I take great pride in my marksmanship. Every hunter should practice to be skilled to take prey with a single shot, if possible. That represents ethical, humane, skilled hunting. In the interview several years ago, I spoke about this aspect of hunting and my belief that no hunter should take the field and rely upon high capacity magazines to take their prey.
But that comment should never be mistaken as support for the outright banning of any ammunition magazines. In fact, such bans have been pursued over the years by state legislatures and the United States Congress and these magazine bans have always proven to abject failures.
Let me be very clear. As a retired Texas Ranger, during 36 years of law enforcement service, I was sworn to uphold the United States Constitution. As a longtime hunter and shooter, an NRA Board Member, and as an American – I believe the Second Amendment is a sacred right of all law-abiding Americans and, as I stated in the interview in question, I believe it is the Second Amendment that ensures all of our other rights handed down by our Founding Fathers.
I have actively opposed gun bans and ammunition and magazine bans in the past, and I will continue to actively oppose such anti-gun schemes in the future.
I appreciate my friends who have brought this misunderstanding to light, for it has provided me an opportunity to alleviate any doubts about my strong support for the NRA and our Second Amendment freedom.
Mansfield, LA Outlaws "Sagging" Pants
You know the ones, worn by gangsta wanna-bees the pants "waist-band" is down around the bottom of the buttocks and the boxers are exposed (hopefully that's all). Frankly, I think it is like a hobble for crooks. I mean, how can you run anywhere dressed like that? Fighting, it has got to be difficult to hold up your trousers with one hand while throwing a punch. This seems like a win-win for the cops. The bad guys dress funny to look cool and handicap themselves at the same time. Beats having "bullet-proof" vests as a fashion statement... Anyway, here's the story.
Sagging pants now illegal in Mansfield MANSFIELD, La. -- Effective Sept. 15, anyone in this northwest Louisiana town caught wearing sagging pants that expose his or her underwear will be subject to a fine up to $150 plus court costs, or face up to 15 days in jail.
Mansfield aldermen Monday voted unanimously and without discussion to enact the law. Mayor Curtis McCoy said he proposed it because he was concerned about the number of individuals who wear pants that expose their underwear. The citizens of Mansfield, he said, should not have to put up with it.
City attorney Richard Z. Johnson Jr. said he researched state statutes and borrowed from a similar law adopted in the south Louisiana town of Delcambre as a guideline in creating Mansfield's ordinance. Several municipalities and parish governments in Louisiana have enacted similar laws in recent months.
Truth is, there is a reason that so many feel that this needs to be done. Sadly, it is not what we intended for our country. Made me think though. How does the TSA handle Sikh travelers? Does it make them take off the turban?
Support Lieutenant Governor Bill BollingWhile NRA turncoat Joaquin Jackson is promoting an inane 5 round capacity limit for "civilian" guns, Commonwealth of Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is supporting the idea of allowing concealed carry (by those licensed and thus vetted CHP holders) on Virginia's college campuses.
"Well I don't know the answer to whether or not if someone had had a weapon with them on campus if it would have made a difference. I don't know that anyone in Norris Hall on the day of this shooting had a concealed carry permit, but you know what we're looking at is do the prohibitions make sense?"
LtGov Bolling has been a staunch supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and I think he's done as much as can be done in his position to support those laws we've worked to have passed in support of 2nd Amendment rights. Please, let him know of your support for his position.
You can contact the Lieutenant Governor at:
The Honorable William T. "Bill" Bolling Lieutenant Governor Commonwealth of Virginia
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219 PO Box 1195, Richmond, VA 23218
Mirroring the Opposition
This excerpt from Sarah Thompson, M.D.'s "Raging Against Self Defense" papercomes to me from VCDL leadership and I thought it worth passing on. It is also an excellent technique for listening in a conversation.
The Mirror Technique
One approach that can be helpful is simply to feed back what the anti-gun person is telling you, in a neutral, inquisitive way. So, when replying to my anonymous e-mail correspondent, I might respond, "So you fear if your neighbors had guns, they would use them to murder you. What makes you think that?" When you simply repeat what the person has said, and ask questions, you are not directly challenging his defenses. You are holding up a mirror to let him see his own views. If he has very strong defenses, he can continue to insist that his neighbors want to murder him. However, if his defenses are less rigid, he may start to question his position.
Another example might be, "Why do you think that your children's schoolteachers would shoot them?" You might follow this up with something like, "Why do you entrust your precious children to someone you believe would murder them?" Again, you are merely asking questions, and not directly attacking the person or his defenses.
Of course the anti-gun person might continue to insist that the teachers really would harm children, but prohibiting them from owning guns would prevent it. So you might ask how using a gun to murder innocent children is different from stabbing children with scissors, assaulting them with baseball bats, or poisoning the milk and cookies.
It's important to ask "open-ended" questions that require a response other than "yes" or "no". Such questions require the anti-gun person actually to think about what he is saying. This will help him to re-examine his beliefs. It may also encourage him to ask you questions about firearms use and ownership.
Arin Sime for State SenateArin Sime's candidacy as a Libertarian candidate for State Senate in the 24th district seems to have picked up some since Emmett Hanger managed to win the primary. I have to note that the Republican chairs, having promised to support Hanger if he won the primary, are making good on this. Spank the Donkey is alluding to some non-conservative stand that Sime might have on the subject of same sex marriage. What exactly should we expect from a Libertarian candidate?
What I like about Arin Sime is that he is pro-gun, pro-property rights (anti-eminent domain abuse), pro-reduced taxes. What he has against him is that he will be a member of neither major party in control at Richmond and less likely to affect some things.
The thing is that Emmett Hanger did/does have that ability and used it to support unnecessary higher taxes and failed to push for repeal of the idiotic CHP restaurant ban. Frankly, I feel betrayed by Emmett Hanger.
Abuser Fees "Struck Down"
We can only hope. Please read Judge rules Va. driving fees unconstitutional Times Dispatch Thursday, Aug 02, 2007. This particular fellow has been caught driving sans license 6 times. I'd say that was intentional and if it is because he is an otherwise unsafe/drunk/drugged/incompetent driver and a trheat to the public he should be behind bars, $1000 or so ain't going to make a difference with this character. Now jail would remove him as a threat, if he is one, but we don't want actual solutions, do we?
I have to admit that I find it interesting that when you get right down to it, the only thing that Virginia Dem/S and Republicans can agree on is to get more money from the citizens by hook or by crook. Just what will it take to make these abusive penalties for traffic violations go away?
GunsAmerica and Auction Arms Move to Exploit eBay's "Safety" Decision
You might remember that ebay decided to, on the basis of safety, remove most if not all gun parts and ammo components from their allowed list (aka ban these items). Never mind that they are legal, never mind that eBay allows the selling of auto parts to those untrained as mechanics, or pornography (belying the company's underlying anti-gun owner prejudices). So both GunsAmerica and Auction Arms have begun a marketing blitz to exploit the disaffected sellers leaving eBay. So far this has been limited to e-mails to those already registered. However, they have some good selling points. GunsAmerica is going back to their Gold Seller program which will allow members free listings of gun parts and such and Auction Arms will permit the transfer of the User ID (and feedback?) from eBay. I'll be doing my selling elsewhere than eBay now but might maintain an account for the purpose of staying informed about this on-line auction giant. After all, I've been there since they started! Good loyalty to the customer, huh?
I suggested in my previous post that sellers immediately migrate to one of the big three gun sites, Gunbroker, Auction Arms or Guns America and I hold to that. I do believe they want your business and will work for it. I know that in the past I've had very good experiences both with the site management of all three sites and with sellers there.
Are the Dem/S Conducting Vote Fraud in Congress?This was on Drudge this morning. Initial efforts to copy the embed values didn't work so I included the link. Drudge links to The Crypt's Blog which links to the BreitBart video. So, did the Dem/S, so eager/desperate to support illegal immigration, commit vote fraud in the House of Representatives?
For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility.