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Browsing Posts published in August, 2009

Lockerbie bomber ‘set free for oil’

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

Times Online

According to The Politico, former Vice President Al Gore believe that it is our moral duty to pass health care reform:

Gore… was loose-limbed and noticeably thinner than in recent years — and he seemed to elicit the night’s most emotional moment.

If at the time of our elections for national office every couple years you, like me, survey the landscape and say “how in the hell did we end up with this gaggle of losers to choose from?” – I encourage you to send a donation to Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign for Virginia Attorney General before the end of the business day tomorrow, Monday August 31.

Do it. Just send a donation of whatever you think you can afford, be it $25 or $250.

Money he receives by tomorrow will show up on the Sept. 15 campaign finance report, which is a powerful pump primer for inspiring people to send him even more money in the two-month run up to the November election. Potential donors will be influenced by his fundraising total reflected in the Sept. 15 report, so let’s do everything to ensure EVERYONE knows Ken is on a roll.

The only way we get good national candidates is by first promoting good local and state candidates. As you well know, this happens far, far too infrequently.

But this is beginning to look like a good potential year for conservative candidates – the true face of liberalism has sent a shudder down the collective spine of the American people, and the only thing that will threaten Ken’s ascendacy to the next stepping-stone will be if he is hugely outspent by his Democrat challenger who is likely to garner piles of cash from out-of-state liberal interest groups.

Years from now when your grandchild is on your knee asking “What did you do when a true conservative like Ken Cuccinelli was climbing the ladder to higher office?” I don’t want you to have to answer “I was shoveling shit in Louisiana.”

Help make a difference. Send Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign some money. This is a singular opportunity.

At his town hall meeting last Tuesday, Rep. Moran opened with a slide show presentation attempting to dispel twelve “myths” about the health care reform bill H.B.3200.  The “myths” and “facts” are reprinted in the Falls Church News-Press.  (Although Rep. Moran’s commentary is not yet posted there, his many others are, so I expect this one will be posted very shortly.)

The town hall meeting was not a debate — it was a show-and-tell followed by a question-and-answer.  This article covers Rep. Moran’s show-and-tell. continue reading…

Sen. Kennedy’s will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery today.  A soldier killed in action, or a WWII vet who has finally gone to his reward, must wait over two months.  So someone was scheduled to be buried today, and was bumped for Kennedy.  Who was it?  Will the Kennedy’s be reimbursing the family who traveled here this week to see their loved one buried?  Somehow, I doubt it.

Forget cursing or mud slinging. It doesn’t do anyone any good.

What can do some good is working to undo much of what was done. I would suspect there are plenty of laws that need to be removed from the books … instead of wasting time on beating a dead horse, work to get the course of the country back on track.

National health-care is just about dead, but it needs to be put to sleep.

No Child Gets Ahead needs to be repealed.

Real immigration reform (closing the boarders) needs to be passed.

Those three ought to be enough to get people moving. It would help to push a national prohibition on restriction of firearms as well. There are a number of things that might be possible to push. Don’t waste breath on what changes nothing. Get motivated. Start working to push appropriate legislation through.

Limit the power of the central government to what the constitution says.

To mark the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy I was going to rekey some portions of the chapter on Chappaquiddick from Donkey Cons, because reading it a couple years ago had a strong effect on me, not having known the details – and I assume many others are ignorant as well. However … not in this lifetime. I am just too busy lately.

But almost as effective is DK co-author Stacy McCain’s recent post, so go check it out here .

UPDATE: Via Ace is this important read.

UPDATE II: And to get a measure of the man: “One of his favorite topics of humor was Chappaquiddick.”