Rep. Christopher Shays has confrontation with Capitol Hill police officer

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I’m back a little early – couldn’t resist blogging about this one.

No doubt the left will be all over this soon enough:

On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) got into a loud, angry dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at the security checkpoint inside the entrance of the West Side of the Capitol. On Friday, Shays, a veteran lawmaker, offered a public apology for the incident and said that he wants to meet with the officer personally to reiterate how sorry he is.

Shays reportedly grabbed the officer during the dispute over whether the officer should allow a group of tourists to enter the building, said several sources. Tourists are not allowed to use the West Front entrance, but Shays was trying to bring the group through that entrance anyway. The officer refused to allow them in, and Shays then “yelled and screamed” at the officer, including using profanity, the sources said.

Update – here’s a Capitol Police report on the incident:

“On Thursday, July 19, 2007, a United States Capitol Police officer had an interaction with Congressman Christopher Shays on the West Front of the Capitol wherein the Congressman acted in a manner that was inappropriate.

“The officer took offense to the manner in which the Congressman spoke to him and said that the Congressman also reached out and touched his nametag.

The officer chose to handle the matter by filing a courtesy complaint against the Member. After personally meeting with the officer, Chief of Police Phillip D. Morse, Sr. and Assistant Chief of Police Dan Nichols discussed the matter with Congressman Shays who acknowledged he acted inappropriately in the heat of the moment and took full responsibility for his actions. The Congressman stated his full support and admiration for the officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and offered his apologies.

“Chief Morse fully supports the officer involved in this matter and commends the officer for properly following policy and procedure during this encounter.”

Contrast Shays apology and acceptance of full responsibility for the incident with Cynthia McKinney’s non-apology apology after an incident she had with a Capitol Hill police officer last year in which she punched him and you have a classic example of the difference between looking like a petulant child unable to take responsibility for their childish actions, and an adult acknowledging personal responsibility and owning up to their mistakes. In essence the difference between what Democrats teach versus Republicans.

Don Surber has Shays statement posted on his site, and also has a suggestion for what Shays’ punishment should be:

Either there is something way more to this than either side is letting on, or Capitol police officers are pansies. I sentence Congressman Shays to 30 days of late-night comedian jokes.

Moral of the story: When you’re wrong, just admit it. Otherwise, you only compound the problem and make yourself look worse in the public’s eyes. Unless, of course, you’re a Democrat who can get away with pretty much anything..

Thanks For Having Me!

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Well, I’m assuming that ST will be back soon. She told me this gig was until around 4 pm, so I’m going to log off and get ready to head home from work.

I leave you with this clip from one of the funniest movies ever made…and this is, in my opinion, the best scene of the entire movie:

Ah, God bless Rodney. lol

Have a great weekend!

Update 8:45 PM – ST: Thanks, Brian, for a great day of guestblogging :) You did wonderfully, as always.

I’m just now eating dinner after taking what felt like a long winter’s nap, and am feeling a little groggy – I’ll be back to blogging in the morning. I have a ton of tips and news alerts in email to sift through, so I’m sure there will be no shortage of topics :)

Kos And Jet Blue: On Again, Off Again

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By now, you’ve surely read that Bill O’Reilly laid into Jet Blue for sponsoring the Daily Kos’ nutroots convention in Chicago.

Kos crowed over at his site earlier that “Jet Blue isn’t going anywhere”, that they assured him they would continue to sponsor it, blah, blah, blah.

Now, instead of crowing, he’s eating crow. Jet Blue said “pull the logo, we’re not sponsoring this anymore.” Except they are.

They pulled the logo, true…but they haven’t (as of this writing) yanked the travel vouchers (which was the extent of the sponsorship).

What’s funny is that Kos made fun of O’Reilly for threatening to not fly on Jet Blue, but immediately after he found out the news that they didn’t want to be seen around him and his ka-razeee kohorts…yup, you guessed it: he said he’d never fly them again. Irony so thick, you can cut it with a knife, folks.

Personally, I could care less who sponsors these things. If Jet Blue wants to give them support, that’s their right. Just as it’s our right not to support Jet Blue. It works both ways. Companies that support political events have to make a decision: is it worth the inevitable loss in business from one side of the political spectrum to support the other side? It’s a question of knowing which side your bread is buttered on.

And besides, the left can hardly cry “foul” over this, because everytime a conservative says something they disagree with (which is every 30 seconds), they threaten to boycott the sponsors. They did it with Ann Coulter, they did it with Rush, they do it with any conservative website. I’ve had them threaten to boycott my advertisers on my site (not that it would hurt me in the slightest, because I don’t make squat off my ads…the loss of $3/month won’t kill me). So it’s not like they’re above boycotting or protesting people who sponsor things or sites they disagree with.

Update: Aw, crap…I KNEW there was one thing I was leaving out.

Kos wrote a rather inflammatory post (not as bad as “Screw them”, but still…) and then almost immediately deleted it:

JetBlue is embarrassed to be associated with you. They are afraid to be seen with you. They don’t want to have anything to do with you. They would rather be seen with Fox News — whose TV programs they broadcast on their planes, than with you.

Of course, if JetBlue is embarrassed to be seen with me, I have no choice but to cut them off. My recommendation to the YearlyKos organization was to return the 10 tickets. I certainly will never fly them again.

Cue The Late Night Jokes

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Man, I can only imagine what the late night shows will be doing with this:

President Bush will undergo a routine colonoscopy Saturday, and will transfer power to Vice President Dick Cheney during the procedure, expected to take about two and a half hours, the chief White House spokesman said.

Tony Snow said Friday that the procedure, during which a doctor looks for any signs of cancer, will be carried out at Camp David, Maryland, and the president will be placed under anesthesia.

Actually, I don’t have to imagine. Read the comments on that page, you’ll quickly see what tonight has in store.

Op-Ed: Edwards Got Rich By Hurting The Poor

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Ouch:

What made Edwards such a brilliant attorney – and a pretty good politician – is his ability to look you in the eye while picking your pocket and convince you that’s really not his hand on your wallet.

And so he stopped in the hinterlands of Wise, Va., to commiserate with the poor there who can’t afford health care. Even if they could, they’d have to drive a hundred miles to find a doctor.

“We’re here to help,” Edwards assured them.

There are plenty of causes for this sad heath-care situation. But Edwards wasn’t talking about one of the biggest causes – the cause he is among the most responsible for.

“The primary factor is liability insurance,” said Dr. Stuart Weinstein, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Iowa. “It’s either too expensive in areas like that or simply not available anymore.”

Virginia’s medical-liability insurance rates – driven largely by the very types of lawsuits that made Edwards a multimillionaire many times over – have more than doubled in three years, according to the nonpartisan Medical Liability Monitor.

In Edwards’ home state, those premiums quadrupled. As a result, doctors have fled rural areas or quit practicing altogether.

Now THAT’S an inconvenient truth!

(Cross-posted from Iowa Voice)

Ted Kennedy On The Floor Of The Senate

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Not literally, mind you…although, given his past history, it wouldn’t surprise me. =)

No, this is a speech (or rant, if you will) he gave to the Senate:

Whoa…check out that red face. It looks like he’s about to have a stroke or something. lol

Seriously, though, it’s just the height of all hypocrisy that these guys stand up there and have the nerve to complain about “obstruction”, when that’s all they did when Republicans had the majority. And I can’t believe they have the nerve to actually be saying “we want an up or down vote”, when that’s exactly what Republicans were demanding this time last year.

Shoulda went with the nuclear option, Dems…but it’s too late now, isn’t it?

(Hat tip to Hot Air)

Update: I think I spoke too soon:

What a difference eight months make. Senator majority leader Harry Reid, still smarting from having his hat handed to him twelve hours earlier on the Senate floor by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans, opened the Friday session of the Senate by previewing coming events next week in the Senate. It was during his calendar talk on the Kennedy Student Loans and Grants Act that he noticed Utah Senator Robert Bennett also on the floor, and had this to say as an aside.

Go read the rest, because you won’t believe it.

What’s A Few Hundred Thousand Lives To A Democrat?

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John Kerry was on C-Span yesterday and laid this line of horse-hooey on viewers:

Sen. John Kerry said during a C-SPAN appearance that fears of a bloodbath after the US withdrawal from Vietnam never materialized. He says he’s met survivors of the “reeducation camps” who are thriving in modern Vietnam. An award-winning investigation by the Orange County Register concludes that at least 165,000 people perished in the camps.

As one of the comments says at Don Surber’s site, is Kerry really that stupid, or does he think that WE’RE really that stupid?

Just check out Wikipedia’s description of the aftermath:

Hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese officials, particularly ARVN officers, were imprisoned in reeducation camps after the Communist takeover. Tens of thousands died and many fled the country after being released. Up to two million civilians left the country, and as many as half of these boat people perished at sea.

(snip)

After repeated border clashes in 1978, Vietnam invaded Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) and ousted the Khmer Rouge. As many as two million died during the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Emphasis, mine.

So you can clearly see that millions died as a direct result of our leaving Vietnam the way we did. And that’s just what we know about.

So again, is John Kerry really that dumb? Or does he take us for a bunch of boobs? My guess? A lot of both.

The reason why Kerry wants you to believe that when we left Vietnam, it “wasn’t that bad” is so they can force the notion on the American people that we can leave Iraq and it, like Vietnam, won’t be “that bad.” Nice try at rewriting history, Senator but, like your pal Webb the other day, you fail.

(Cross-posted to Iowa Voice and Common Sense Political Thought)

Republican Governor Vetoes Bill To Provide Fertility Treatments To Unmarried Couples

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Boy, I’ll just bet the left will be howling mad over this one:

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill requiring health insurers to cover infertility treatments for unmarried people, saying they shouldn’t be forced to subsidize out-of-wedlock births.

The Republican governor, who opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions, warned that eliminating the marriage restriction would also drive up health care costs.

“As a matter of public policy, the state should be encouraging the birth of children to two-parent families, not the reverse,” he said in a written statement Thursday announcing his Wednesday veto.

You just know that there would be a case arise out of this where someone would make use of this program, get pregnant, her and her partner have a falling out, and the next thing you know, she’s at an abortion clinic to get rid of it.

I guess to Democrats, that’s a win-win situation, though…especially if they can get her to repeat it over and over again.

Update: Just had an even “better” thought: they break up before she actually gets pregnant and she then donates her fertilized embryo(s) to a stem cell research laboratory. Ooooh!

(Cross-posted to Iowa Voice.)

Ah, We Meet Again!

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What was it Darth Vader said to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars? “We meet again at last…something-something-something…circle is now complete…something-something-something…darkside.”

Or am I remembering a Family Guy episode?

Meh, whatever.

My POINT is (and yes, I do have one!), is that I’m back for a little bit to brighten y’alls day (a little southern lingo, in honor of our faboo hostess).

At the very least today, I will be cross-posting articles from my blog, Iowa Voice. However, when ST asked me to blogsit, I volunteered to also come up with some original stuff for you guys (no, this isn’t it). I intend to honor that promise.

Anyway, I’m pulling triple duty today, so bear with me if I don’t produce a lot stuff like I did last time at bat. I’m blogging here, on my blog, and I’m also blogsitting for Dana at Common Sense Political Thought. For the duration of my stay there, though, the site will just be known as “Political Thought.” =)

If you wanna get technical, you could say I’m actually doing quadruple duty, because I also have to work, it being a Friday and all. Have to pay those bills, you know, because I’m a non-rich Republican (I know! I’m like the unicorn of the right! You hear about them all the time, but have you ever seen one?!?). Luckily, Fridays are pretty boring around there and I have a boss who doesn’t mind if I blog now and then while on his dime…as long as I’m not doing it all day long.

Anyway, have a great morning. I’ve got some stuff lined up and ready to go, so keep checking back.

Oh, and consider this an open thread to pay me oodles and oodles of compliments on my brilliant writing style (no, not this post…haven’t had me morning caffeine yet!) or to insult me into humiliation. You know, just like the trollers did last time. =)

Friday open thread and announcement

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Hi all,

I just got done putting together a piece of furniture and am exhausted. Now I know the reason why it doesn’t hurt to spend the extra money it takes to buy something already put together!

I have a dr. appointment today that is going to put me out of commission for a good bit of the day, so while I’m away, Brian at Iowa Voice, who did a fantastic job guestblogging for me last November (or was it October?) will take over the reigns Friday while I’m away. I may do some blogging Friday evening, but if not, I should be back Saturday.

Ya’ll be good ;) and TGIF!