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Yes, my friends, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

Sometimes, bad is just bad. Shooting up a church, for instance. Anyone arguing there is a political angle on this which should be taken seriously is missing the forest for the trees.

Politicizing evil, in the grand scheme of things, diminishes it. Nobody even mildly respectable from the left or right would even stoop to argue the righteousness of murder – in a church no less.

David Waters makes the case well in the Post:

Obviously, there was a lot more going on inside the Knoxville shooter’s head, heart and soul than hatred of liberals. Police said his ex-wife once was a member of that church, that he was having trouble finding a job, and that his food stamps had been cut.

Angry, hateful and deranged people kill Amish school girls and Virginia college students and shoppers at a Nebraska mall. They kill Christians, Jews and Muslims, atheists and humanists, conservative and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, unitarians and trinitarians.

But there’s a whole lotta ugly out there, coming at us from a never-ending parade of stupid. It doesn’t need any encouragement.

“Encouragement” in my view consists in redefining deviancy as politics, which even the intelligent among us are prone to do. Blaming this blog for a shooting in Tennessee, for instance. It just goes to show how twisted people’s perceptions can get.

As I watch Andrew Zimmern explore donkey restaurants in Beijing (and these are not restaurants for donkeys), I am feeling more fearless by the minute. So this story from IHT was very welcome:

1. Killer hot dogs…
2. Your car’s planet-destroying A/C….
3. Forbidden fruits from afar….
4. Carcinogenic cellphones….
5. Evil plastic bags….
6. Toxic plastic bottles….
7. Deadly sharks….
8. The Arctic’s missing ice….
9. The universe’s missing mass….
10. Unmarked wormholes….

Personally, the missing mass of the universe is the one that had been keeping me up at night. If there is a chink in the armor of it all, a blot in the tableau if you will, a weak leg on the stool of life, there would be much to worry and feel guilty about. Say if some portion of a distant galaxy had begun to crumble, if some matter had gotten swallowed up: Well, we’d certainly know we could blame George W. Bush and, only to a slightly lesser extent, this blog. It’s good to have that one off the conscience.

[Guest post by Nan of American Daughter]

While our entire nation feels the blight of illegal immigration, the severest impact occurs in the states along our border with Mexico. So the San Diego Minutemen organized with a mission “to demand maximum border security and immigration enforcement both locally and at the national level.”

San Diego Minutemen Adopt-A-Highway signAs one of their activities, they “adopted” Interstate 5, near the Border Patrol’s San Clemente checkpoint. Under the Adopt-A-Highway Program, businesses and other organizations can provide financial support for trash collection and beautification along a segment of main highway, in return for one “recognition” sign along that stretch of road. This picture shows Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, standing under their sign.

As geography would have it, their sign was in an ideal position to be seen by illegal aliens sneaking into the United States from the southern border along the Interstate 5 corridor. So the militant advocacy groups supporting illegal immigration pressured the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to remove the sign, citing “safety concerns.” Cowed by the powerful Latino Caucus, CALTRANS caved and removed the sign to a sparsely travelled stretch of California 52 — that is, from a busy Interstate to a remote state road.

The San Diego Minutemen sued in federal court, on the basis that their free speech rights had been violated. As their attorney, they selected Howard Kaloogian, a former California state legislator and an accomplished activist who had led the successful effort to recall former California governor Gray Davis. Last month, a federal judge ruled in their favor, and directed CALTRANS to restore the sign to its former position.

Yesterday, the sign was put back up in the original location. In a prepared statement, Jeff Schwilk said:

Twenty-eight days after a Federal Judge ruled that Caltrans did “irreparable harm” to the Constitutional rights of the San Diego Minutemen by unlawfully revoking our legal adopt-a-highway permit, thereby squelching our free speech, Caltrans finally put our sign back up….

Congratulations to these folk are in order, and to all the citizens in battles large and small across the country, who expend their own time and resources to preserve the rights that our founding fathers fought for. Our federal government should be fighting these battles for us, but since it has “dropped the ball” on matters of illegal immigration, it falls to ordinary citizens to preserve our country.

The LCA group I reported on last week tonight sent notice they have begun growing from a forum to a blog, and it is a pretty impressive one at that.

What a concept: get a bunch of members of the Loudoun community to talk about what is happening in their neighborhoods, and end up with bucketloads of interesting commentary. They seem to be going in a number of different directions, but that is probably a good thing – bottom up rather than top down, and no telling where it will finally land.


My supervisor speaks out:

Our town is outraged that they don’t get with the program.

What a great one-line summary of the problem in eastern Loudoun County.

Well, color me chastened.

I wrote John Edwards off as an inconsequential, er, priss, last year, but I am having second thoughts.

I mean, really: Mistress? Love child? All we need is a recreational firearms faux pas or golf clubbing incident and I think every red blooded American will have to admit John Edwards as one of our own.

I guess the pirates had it right after all about ol’ John Edwards.