Monster Gets Deserved Death Sentence

Lemaricus Davidson, the kidnapper/torturer/raper/murderer of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January 2007 gets the death sentence.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated about four hours before returning its decision this afternoon to a packed courtroom.

“The punishment is death,” the jury foreman said.

The victims’ families gasped at the verdict, but Davidson showed no reaction. Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner admonished those in the courtroom to control any outburst.

“The murder was especially heinous, atrocious and cruel,” the foreman said, reading from the verdict form.

Kudos to Michelle Malkin, who has covered from the beginning what the Downstream Media has ignored.

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Enjoy!

House of Crooks and Other Halloweenie Mischief

Tomorrow’s harmonic convergence of Some Football Game, a college visit for Wee Highlander and Halloween have my head hurting already. And it’s supposed to rain, AGAIN. Our latest batch of mud hasn’t dried yet.

Hahahah – too good to check. Why not check them all?

Steve’s representative (Paul Ryan, WI) actually brought a copy of the non-public Health Care Bill to his townhall! Now how did he manage to get that through airport security?

Honduras caves; Obama’s henchman to return.

Beware union and democratic thugs some trick or treaters. Aren’t you a little old for candy, there, sport?

Where’s Andrea Shea King? Vaporized by evil forces? (h/t Texas Fred) She is still here. How long before that is shut down as well?

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggity beasties, And things that go bump in the night – Good Lord Deliver Us.

Happy Halloween!

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Edelweiss

Mark Steyn gives us the lovely backstory to the song “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. The song has always touched me so, but the story behind its creation makes it even more meaningful.

It was the last song Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote together. It was added to the show to give the Baron von Trapp his only solo and balance a somewhat Mary Martin-heavy production. The stage production is darker than the film, but the song resonates in both as a anthem to love of family and country.

Read the whole thing… and remember how much you love America.

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white,
clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.
Blossom of snow
may you bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

[Aside: The Sound of Music has a special place in my heart. The hubster played the Baron von Trapp in his high school production, many, many years ago.]

Linkz ’round the Blogburztietubez

College application time, so how about a little fun with bad grammar, comma splices and dangling participles? I’ll do my best, considering my sinus infection is boomeranging on me.

Father’s desire to honor his 9/11 murdered son is stymied by pinhead, PC, public servants.

Gerard on Krauthammer – who else do you need? Like me, he’s noticed the only REAL news you can find on America is from an overseas paper.

Waste of skin.

Hey, it’s only money, and you don’t get to keep ANY of YOURS.

NRCC exposed in NY23.

Cows – what’s for dinner? Or our betters?

Anchoress three’fer:
The new cookbooks are here! The new cookbooks are here!
Waste of skin, redeux.
Would these same men have been saved five years from now?

We noticed he’d gone Galt. But then again, he have furniture in our house made from his fabulous books.

RS McCain is a hard-workin’, REAL journalist. Help him go back to NY23 and Finish the Drill.

Obama praises Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) as “outstanding.” A paragon of Democratic Values. “K Street whore” comments “justified”.

Obama’s lack of interest in time management if it’s not about HIM.

UGA/Florida weekend – which Dawgs team will show up?

Gator-Haters, unite!

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Small Portents

As the mask in the White Red House slips, America begins to see its decline and decay in the mirror. And America aint’ happy.

For those under a rock the last few days, there’s a small special election up in NY23 that’s garnering national attention. Stacy McCain raised some cash and hit the road to cover the Doug Hoffman campaign and it’s implications for the mentally-absent GOP. RedState is leading the charge

We will no longer stay silent. NY-23 makes very clear that the GOP needs the conservative base more than the conservative base needs the GOP.

The GOP’s hand-picked candidate is a disgrace. Not One Red Cent goes to the GOP until they can right their ship.

There are tons of videos out there – just google ‘Doug Hoffman.’ Educate yourself and then take the first step

Here’s the endorsement that matters to ME (h/t HotAir) –

As Ed says

Do you think that Newt Gingrich will pick up the phone to tell Fred Thompson that he’s “misinformed”? I wouldn’t mind hearing that conversation.

Oh, if NY23 isn’t a good indication of the shift occurring in America right now, how’s this?

Last night, at the North Georgia Choral Festival at Shorter College in Rome, GA, the Shorter Chorale received a standing ovation for their mid-concert rendition of “America, the Beautiful.” It wasn’t about the technical purity, intonation and beautiful harmonies, even though Dr. Martha Shaw is a master. You could feel the patriotism swell in the hall and I wasn’t the only one wiping tears from my eyes.

God Bless America.

A Righteous Suspension, the Turning Tide and Watching Pigs Fly

The dreadful referee crew that (possibly) influenced the outcome of the UGA/LSU and Arkansas/Florida games have been suspended until November 14. Tony Barnhart, AJC:

I’m talking about a mindset. It’s the same mindset that looked at A.J. Green’s incredible catch and celebration with his teammates and thought SOMETHING had to be called. It’s the mindset looked at LSU’s Charles Scott, looking briefly to the stands after a touchdown run, and thought SOMETHING had to be called.

As someone who watched college football for a long time, there seems to be an attitude that officials are more concerned about NOT calling stuff. It seems to me that when in doubt, you DON’T throw the flag. To me, it’s much worse to call something that is NOT there than fail to call something that MIGHT be there. Maybe that’s just me.

How did the ref know if he wasn’t looking at the stands to see if his mama saw his great play? Read Rennie Curran’s thoughts here.

A few weeks ago, back when the first horrible call was made, Paul Westerdawg had an interesting take on SEC officiating in general.

I’m generally not a conspiracy theorist. But Georgia does live under an oppressive officiating regime. The current SEC Supervisor of Officials is Rogers Redding (Georgia Tech class of 1965). The prior Supervisor of Officials was Bobby Gaston (Georgia Tech class of 1948). The Chief of Officials for Saturday’s game vs. LSU was Marc Curles (Georgia Tech graduate). (Ht – HacksawDawg). And for good measure, the play by play man was Al Ford who wrongly announced that Jasper fumbled.

Let me just ask you this….would Kentucky ever allow the head of SEC basketball officials to be from Louisville? Obviously not. Yet, we’ve had a Tech man running the show for the SEC since 1988. 21 years is enough. Is there not a competent official from Iowa, Texas or hell…American Samoa.

Oppressive regime, indeed.

These oppressors are losing. And they are beginning to feel the heat. After tanking the economy and doubling unemployment in less than a year, the Democrats are behind in key areas…to Republicans. Gasp! Obama said if he was elected, the oceans would recede, no one would have to work, he’d pay everybody’s mortgage and unicorns would cavort on everyone’s lawns.

Our cry-baby PINO is trying to delegitimize and marginalize Fox News, simply because they don’t follow the White House script for Press Lapdogs.

The White House has declared war on Fox News. White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” Patting rival networks on the head for their authenticity (read: docility), senior adviser David Axelrod declared Fox “not really a news station.” And Chief of Staff Emanuel told (warned?) the other networks not to “be led (by) and following Fox.”

Meaning? If Fox runs a story critical of the administration — from exposing White House czar Van Jones as a loony 9/11 “truther” to exhaustively examining the mathematical chicanery and hidden loopholes in proposed health-care legislation — the other news organizations should think twice before following the lead.

When did we make the leap to Pravda? Right after the bogus Peace Prize? Is this a bad episode of Seinfeld? Did I miss something? Leon Wolf sees the upside where a future (yes, there is one) Republican President (yes, there will be one again) summarily kicks MSNBC off Air Force One.

In fact, I wish we could just speed up this entire kabuki dance and develop a set of permanent political blacklists; Republicans refuse to go on MSNBC and CNN, Democrats refuse to go on FoxNews, etc. etc. At long last the media will have shed the last vestiges of being the objective arbiters of truth and reporting and it will be evident to the whole world which side a given “news” organization is a mouthpiece for based on which politicians will grant them interviews. When that day comes, everyone will look at all news reports examining them for agendas and biases with a critical eye that has been deserved for decades. And since the media is still overwhelmingly left-wing, the aggregate result of their collective defrocking will be a bonus for our side.

I’d like to thank President Obama for starting this process, and encourage him to see it through to its conclusion.

Heh.

Like many Americans, I have a deepening sense of uneasiness caused by Obama’s lack of substance and/or willingness to take a stand on anything. The Economy. Iraq. Afghanistan. JOBS (please!) PLEASE STOP CAMPAIGNING – you have the job now – BE the President.

Peggy Noonan notes that Obama has now been in office longer that Bush was when 9/11 changed him (and us) forever. We all have that visual of an exhausted GW Bush, speaking through a bullhorn to rescue workers in the rubble of the World Trade Center just days after the attacks. What visual do we have of Obama? Mine is him standing on the White House lawn wielding a toy lightsaber. Presidential. Yeah.

But then, an amazing thing occurred yesterday. After Obama tried to completely block Fox News from all pool interviews, the other networks stood up and DISAGREED with him, forcing the White House to back down from its threat. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. Pigs do fly.

The collected Washington bureau chiefs of the major broadcast networks rejected a White House attempt to keep Fox News from participating in pool reports. Rather than cut Fox out of the pool, the broadcast bureau chiefs unanimously told the Obama administration that none of them would accept any interviews from administration officials. That forced the White House into retreat…

We certainly give these broadcast networks plenty of criticism. Let’s take a moment to recognize their integrity. Jake Tapper stood up to Robert Gibbs earlier this week, and we wondered where the rest of the reporters at the White House were. They certainly showed up today.

Meanwhile, how bad is this for the White House? They now have all of the broadcast networks on record defending their competitor as a news organization. That reinforces reporting Fox News will do in the future, to the detriment of White House efforts to marginalize them. Plus, obviously, they look completely foolish in having to back down from their threat. [Emphasis Admin]

If you’re saying FINALLY, hallelujah, the networks grew a backbone, then you’re partly correct. But in reality, they had a flash of the future. If Obama could kick out Fox, what’s to stop him from kicking out CNN or the darling MSNBC for straying off-script? Shoot, the White House already emails and CORRECTS MCNBC during their broadcast if they feel the message wasn’t conveyed “correctly.” The picture is becoming clearer for everyone.

For a moment, however long it lasts, there is a bit of solidarity against the Obama machine. Almost like right after 9/11 when Democrats and Republicans, friend and foe, stood on the Capitol steps and sang God Bless America.

Hold that happy thought and remember the parable of the mustard seed.

Quote O’the Month Two-fer

My sinuses are quickly putting me in an Altered State. During my wavering conscious moments the last few days, I’ve been pondering The Won’s taste for only the finest attire. These two quotes sum up my opinion….

Smitty of The Other McCain:

Below the Obama cranium is the suit. In the back of the suit is a slit. Into the slit goes the hand of the real decision makers.

BrothersJudd (h/t AmericanDigest):

“Once you get past the facade there’s only an abyss. People have mistakenly used the “Emperor has no clothes” analogy for [Obama]. The real point is the clothes have no Emperor.”

9/12 Moms

From Carol:

On Monday, October 19th, a new website will be launched. It is called the 9/12 Mom’s Network. Please consider joining a movement sparked by a sisterhood of patriot moms.

Sign up. I did.

Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

Autumn, ahh autumn. My favorite time of year. Crunchy leaves under your feet, trips to the pumpkin farms, tailgate parties, pulling out the warm sweaters, the run-up to Thanksgiving. And politicians behaving badly.

The NY-23 race has become quite entertaining. The Conservative Party candidate for the district, Doug Hoffman, will shortly request federal oversight from the DOJ because he fully expects voter fraud on election day.

Cheating? Really? Do they really think THIS ADMINISTRATION won’t aid and abet will help ensure a fair election? Hmmmm… The same White House who is trying to exert such extreme control over the news cycle that they believe they decide who is a legitimate news organ and who is not?

…if ABC’s on it too, that becomes impossible and the story becomes “legitimate.” From now on, think of Tapper as the swing vote in the press pool, I guess.

…That last part is truer now than it was then, before the ACORN story broke big and Beck’s ratings soared even higher. The White House must be panicking at the thought that the “legitimate” media will only ignore these stories for so long before the lure of bigger, Foxier ratings finally proves too much. Ideological solidarity only goes so far; as Axelrod himself acknowledged about FNC, ultimately the news nets are in business to make money. So here he and Emanuel are, leaning on them not only to ignore Fox but to ignore stories that Fox covers, as if the underlying facts are somehow tainted by association (“Let’s make sure that we keep perspective on what are the most important stories”). Creepy.

Jake Tapper is to be commended for not drinking the KoolAid.

RINO Dede Scozzafava, another candidate for NY-23, has really stepped in it. She called the police on reporter John McCormick of The Weekly Standard after a speaking engagement in Lewis County, New York. Desperate campaigns will do anything, I suppose. Interestingly enough, just a few days before he received an unmannerly phone call from Matt Burns (Scozzafava’s campaign spokesman)

…who didn’t like something John had reported, and started yelling abusively at him the moment he answered the phone. We could hear Mr. Burns ten feet away.

Wow. Where these people raised by wolves or something? How is this behavior going to help his candidate?

Moe Lane and Pamela Geller have more on the NY-23 fiasco, the Working Families Party and the (surprise!) ACORN fraud that goes along with it. No wonder Doug Hoffman is concerned. Every red-blooded American should be outraged. How many other elections were tipped to their pre-selected candidates (Democrats)? Will we ever know?

Doug Hoffman’s spokesman, Rob Ryan has the last word:

“The only thing the police need to investigate in this race is if Dede Scozzafava is impersonating a Republican.”

Indeed.

Oh, and DumpDede.

UPDATE: More from Michelle. Seems Dede either has a heightened sense of hyperbole or she’s a bald-faced liar.

UPDATE II: Jim Geraghty says, “It’s Time for the RNC and NRCC to Ask for Their Money Back.” (h/t Moe Lane)

This goes well beyond any reasonable difference on policy. There’s room in the party for pro-choice Republicans and pro-gay marriage Republicans and maybe even the odd pro-card-check Republican. But not this kind of arrogance, this kind of clumsy dishonesty, this kind of reckless hostility to a reporter and a publication that need not be an enemy.

The RNC and NRCC are better than the Scozzafava campaign; it’s time for them to demonstrate that they know how a candidate and her staff are supposed to react when asked a question, and show that Scozzafava’s team’s behavior is just not acceptable.

Another Bout of Global Warming in the SE

From the Chicken Littles at The Weather Channel:

LOCAL WEATHER ALERT for Atlanta, GA (30332)

… FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND FROST POSSIBLE IN NORTH GEORGIA SUNDAY AND MONDAY MORNING…

A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL TAKE PLACE ACROSS THE EASTERN U.S. DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS A DEEP UPPER TROUGH DEVELOPS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION. THIS WILL RESULT IN MUCH COLDER AIR SPREADING SOUTHWARD INTO THE SOUTHEAST U.S. TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. MUCH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.

TEMPERATURES WILL DROP TO THEIR LOWEST LEVELS SINCE EARLY APRIL DURING THE WEEKEND. CLOUD COVER AND WIND WILL LIKELY KEEP TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING SATURDAY NIGHT… BUT BY MONDAY MORNING CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE OVER THE AREA ALLOWING SKIES TO CLEAR AND WINDS TO DIMINISH TO NEAR CALM. LOW TEMPERATURES NEAR 30 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED IN MOUNTAIN VALLEYS AND IN MANY RURAL AREAS OF NORTH GEORGIA EARLY MONDAY. WIDESPREAD FROST CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED… ESPECIALLY WITH WELL ABOVE NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS CURRENTLY IN PLACE.

IN ADDITION… A FEW SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES MAY OCCUR IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS LATE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT AS THE COLD AIR DEEPENS ACROSS THE REGION. NO ACCUMULATION OF SNOW IS EXPECTED.

Hrrumphfffff. Those GlobieWarmies are at it again. At least you’d think they would let the leaves change color before blasting them off the trees. Nothing thrills the heart more than the thought of a yard full of frozen mud. Great. Just great. My yard goes from tropical mudslide to frozen tundra in less than 72 hours. No fun for you!

In other completely random news not related to cold weather in Georgia about 10 weeks too soon:
Stacy takes on girls behaving badly
Elizabeth is on a well deserved birthday-anniversary-weekend-getaway
Al, founder of the Internet, gives Google programmers tips on their leftie-leaning search engine code to make it even more leftie-leaning (really)
Diana at her very best
Erick is seeing red

No, I’m not going to comment on balloon boy or his parents or the delicious metaphor it presents. It’s just too obvious.

From the Blogbursty Department of “No More Fun for You”

The Obama White House throws sport fishing under the boat. Literally. Can you tread water for 90 days?

According to Shimano:

Dave Pfeiffer, President of Shimano American Corporation explained, “In spite of extensive submissions from the recreational fishing community to the Task Force in person and in writing, they failed to include any mention of the over one million jobs or the 6o million anglers which may be affected by the new policies coast to coast. Input from the environmental groups who want to put us off the water was adopted into the report verbatim – the key points we submitted as an industry were ignored.”

Recreational fishing generates a $125 billion annual economy in the United States and supports jobs in every state according to government figures. Through the Sport Fish Restoration program, anglers have provided more than $5 billion through excise taxes on fishing tackle to fishery conservation and education for decades.

Besides the joy of fishing loved by so many Americans, closing these waters will result in over a million jobs LOST. Read the whole thing, and pay special attention to the part about the UN taking over management of every waterway, regardless of size, in America.

Yep, that’s Change alright. I bet Obama’s never set foot in a Bass Pro Shop. Too close to the rabble of everyday America, I suppose. Plus they don’t sell arugula.

Anglers Unite! What’s next? Foosball Tables?

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Is Obama’s Acceptance of the Nobel Constitutional?

(Sorry, I’m a little late on this, because, well, I’ve been a bit busy lately with life and it’s curveballs.)

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Tell me, Mr. President, Mr. Constitutional Scholar, Sir, is there a precedent on a sitting president’s acceptance of awards from foreign interests?

J.P. Feire of the Washington Examiner thinks so…

It looks like the Times editorial page is endorsing the very definition of foreign meddling in domestic affairs. Foreigners validating and then rewarding certain approaches while repudiating others is not appropriate, regardless of whether it’s coming from six nations or six Norwegians.

So what is the propriety of a sitting wartime president accepting an award from a foreign committee that is merely an expression of repudiation for the behavior of his predecessor? It is especially concerning because undoubtedly, Obama’s partisans will use the credential to grant him greater legitimacy in foreign policy among his own people.

That’s an open question. But our democratic system already provides an outlet for such a repudiation, and it is the only kind that matters because it is the will of the American people. All others should be given the Giuliani treatment: Thanks, but no thanks.

This strikes at the heart of what I posted on Friday. The purpose of the discussion of the emoluments clause was to look at the constitutionality of Obama’s acceptance of the prize. Even Teddy Roosevelt made it clear there was a discomfort with the legitimating power of the Nobel committee; Roosevelt refused to accept the prize until his term was up, and even then, he jumped through hoops to work with Congress to determine the use of the prize money.

Indeed, taking out your handy little pocket Constitution from The Heritage Foundation (get your free copy here), we read in Article I, Section 9,

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Eugene, founder of the Volokh Conspiracy and a real lawyer (he doesn’t just play one on TV) muddies the waters further, like any good lawyer will do. Just read it as a whole – it’s difficult to excerpt without losing the intent of the entire argument. He poses some excellent questions.

Of course, we all know that Obama immediately accepted the award, gushing with false humility. His ego wouldn’t have allowed otherwise, regardless of any question of constitutionality, propriety, or just good-ol’-American-common-sense. Did the Nobel committee have a vision of future and thus hastened the prize, while they still could?

…this is a preemptive prize, because the Committee looked ahead to the insane nuclear winter and global Muslim/non-Muslim war Obama’s fecklessness is bringing into being and they knew: he makes a desert, and calls it peace. Since the Committee can confidently expect that, once Obama does what he does best, there will be no more prizes, now was the time for a preemptive award.

One unanticipated accomplishment was the uniting of the blogosphere altogether. To date, never has the world heard such a collective cyber-“huh?!?” Making history, anyway he can.

While Obama is Obama’s favorite subject, it is too bad he won’t talk about other things…you know things that effect our nation, our security, our sovereignty, our economy, our future. Why attack a network or a radio personality when he should be looking at rogue nations that are planning to attack US. Here. Soon. That is so unpresidential. He could stop so much with just a word, or a caution. But he chooses not to, and therein is the rub. He quietly stokes the destruction.

“Prove that you did not do what I said you did,” is not journalism. It is, frankly, the tactic of the schoolyard bully and the fascist. They are often one and the same. And they’ve learned that once a headline is “out there” retractions and corrections don’t much matter, to the narrative.

Camille Paglia (Salon) notes that Obama’s trusted circle of advisors are, well, shall we say small-minded?

Obama is approaching a turning point which will define his political future, if he has one. He is surrounded by some mighty small potatoes who need shoveling into the dumpster. The petty provincials need to go, and far more sophisticated and world-savvy analysts must urgently be brought on board.

and that the Nobel timing is just awful for him, personally:

It’s true he has accomplished nothing thus far and did not remotely deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, a gift carrying a terrible curse. The Nobel should have been the crown of Obama’s career and not the butt of jokes.

But the Office is not supposed to be about the Man, is it? Has anyone told Obama that yet?

Pull out that handy little pocket Constitution again and look at Article II, Section 1, that last paragraph.

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: – ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'”

That last part isn’t working out so well, either.

Cross-posted at RedState and Atlanta Politics Online.

UPDATE: Rotunda & Pham at the Washington Post agree with me.

Prayers for Mom

Prayer request for my mom, Queen of the Universe, who had emergency surgery yesterday. She was still groggy this morning when I left the hospital – but getting bossy, so I know she’s on the mend. She should get to go home tomorrow.

UPDATE: Mom was released today and is resting at home. THANK YOU for the many prayers and good wishes for her speedy recovery.

Quote of the Day

Smitty at The Other McCain discusses the possibly of the Nobel Committee granting the prize as a blatant attempt to mettle in another nation’s affairs. Knowing of Obama’s weakness, addiction to image and inability to keep any commitment, they hope to trigger a Pavlovian response and get the decision THEY want in Afghanistan. You must read the whole thing…

Below the Obama cranium is the suit. In the back of the suit is a slit. Into the slit goes the hand of the real decision makers. That’s whose opinion is more important on Afghanistan.

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