Archive for September, 2005

A very corrupt politician…

September 30, 2005

It’s no surprise that Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, democrat, is trouble again. She’s being sued by the state Attorney General on campaign finance charges. As Jay Tea points out:

Senator Dianne Wilkerson has a spotty record with regard to money. She once served six months under house arrest for failing to file her state and federal income taxes. She’s been sued over unpaid loans and bills. She’s been fined for prior violations.

This time, though, the state looked at her campaign’s books and are kinda curious about $80,000 her campaign’s spent over the last two years. It looks like she’s been spending contributions on such things as pizza, groceries, “consultant fees” to her sons, and about $18,000 in unspecified “reimbursements” paid directly to her personal bank accounts.

The Boston Herald summarizes her career nicely:

She has been subjected to a series of highly publicized financial problems: failure to pay federal and state taxes and her student loans; stiffing vendors, including her own attorneys, out of tens of thousands in fees; and violating a federal judge’s order of house arrest in 1998. She has been re-elected to the state Senate six times.

Welcome to Massachusetts.

Pictures tell so much…

September 29, 2005

…or very little, depending on how they are edited and presented.
The nice person over at Zombietime shows how a photo can be used to not tell the whole story.

HT to Laura.

Those protesters are not "anti-war"

September 28, 2005

As Christopher Hitchens points out:

To be against war and militarism, in the tradition of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, is one thing. But to have a record of consistent support for war and militarism, from the Red Army in Eastern Europe to the Serbian ethnic cleansers and the Taliban, is quite another. It is really a disgrace that the liberal press refers to such enemies of liberalism as “antiwar” when in reality they are straight-out pro-war, but on the other side.

HT to Instapundit.

Serenity blogger reviews

September 28, 2005

Mr. Reynolds has a round up.

I have the Firefly DVD set and will be watching Serenity this weekend on the big screen.

We were just discussing this example of the MSM…

September 28, 2005

Update: The LA Times reports on the sloppy reporting.

The Pot stills calls the kettle black…

September 27, 2005

Via Blackfive comes this observation:

…CARL MUHAMMED takes his turn at the podium, lecturing us about the deep-seated racism in American society. “You may think that you’re open-minded, but you still haven’t confronted the racism you hold in your hearts.” This from a man who just minutes earlier had been waving a Palestinian flag at a mob of angry Jews…

Color me not surprised…

September 26, 2005

Al-Jazeera Reporter Convicted of Collaborating with Terrorists.

Details here, here and here.

HT to Ace.

Seek the truth and get attacked…

September 26, 2005

Tim Russert got slammed for trying to set the record straight according to today’s Washington Times Inside Politics column:

A New Orleans area politician who a few weeks ago went on national television to tearfully blame the federal government for the death of an elderly woman in a nursing home grudgingly conceded yesterday that his story was untrue.
Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, in a return appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” appeared surprised when host Tim Russert asked him to set the record straight. Mr. Broussard, in his earlier appearance, had accused the federal government of near-criminal negligence in the death of the 92-year-old mother of the parish’s emergency services director.
Mr. Broussard’s account of how the woman had drowned four days after the hurricane while awaiting rescue from the federal government has been refuted by the woman’s son, Thomas Rodrigue, who said his last contact with her was on a Monday — the day of the hurricane — and not the following Thursday or Friday, as Mr. Broussard had suggested.
She apparently died that Monday, Aug. 29, with more than 30 others in the nursing home, at a time when responsibility for an evacuation or subsequent rescue clearly belonged to state and local officials.
Mr. Broussard said yesterday that he had been misinformed, but then lashed out at those who had questioned his story. “What kind of sick mind, what kind of black-hearted people want to nitpick a man’s mother’s death?” he said.

Now Mr. Russert deserves some grief, but not for this. Yesterday, he devoted a full half hour of his one hour program to a “round table” of three New York Times columnists, who spent the entire time explaining their personal theories on why every ill in the world can be traced to President Bush. Imagine the massive whining from the left if Fox News Sunday devoted a full half hour to columnists from the Washinton Times and/or the Wall Street Journal Opinion Pages?

A good summary of our immigration policy…

September 26, 2005

A loosing Proposition

September 25, 2005

Cinnomon Stillwell explains in detail why gun bans are a bad idea.
Here are some highlights:

If there’s anything Americans have learned from the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it’s that there are times when the government is simply unable to protect its citizens. The looting of nonessential items, robberies, carjackings, murders and rapes that overtook New Orleans as chaos gripped the city demonstrated what can happen when the government loses control.

Countless stories were told about unarmed citizens who were defenseless against the criminals who preyed upon them. Only those who were armed were able to fend off the encroaching violence. In such cases, self-defense is all that’s left, which is perhaps why gun sales rose exponentially in Louisiana right after the disaster. The fact that police and military units in New Orleans later began confiscating those weapons does not bode well for the city’s remaining residents.

If the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has its way, law-abiding residents could find themselves at the mercy of criminals in the event of a similar disaster. Given that the Bay Area is ground zero for earthquakes, it’s not a very good idea to take away residents’ capacity to fend for themselves. But Proposition H, a measure on the November ballot that seeks to ban handguns in San Francisco, would do just that….
While taking handguns away from citizens, Prop. H provides an exemption for “any City, state or federal employee carrying out the functions of his or her government employment,” such as police officers and members of the military or the National Guard. In other words, it creates a police state. For such an anti-authoritarian city, this seems a strange goal indeed.

The Committee to Oppose Handgun Ban, which describes itself as “a grassroots liberal political action committee” and whose chairman Davy Jones is a “a LGBT community leader, union member, advocate for civil rights,” hardly sounds like a bunch of right-wingers.

Apparently, respect for Second Amendment rights cuts across all ideological boundaries. Except for those of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, that is.

HT to the Heartless Libertarian