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McCain’s VP Pick and why it matters

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Sarah Palin (R-AK) is not even a full one term Governor.  Her executive experience is very very weak.  She doesn’t hold a candle to Senator Biden’s battlefield foreign policy experience.  She is a BRILLIANT pick.

Governor Palin took on a sitting Governor from her own party in the primaries and beat him.  She then took on a former Governor from the Democratic Party and beat him.  She ran on a “clean government” platform.  That sounds familiar to most everyone but rings particularly true with Kentuckians who last year kicked out another Republican “clean-government” politician.  Here’s hoping she doesn’t let us down.  I have to think that in the rough and tumble world of Alaskan politics if there were any skeletons they would already be known.  Especially considering she has taken on the biggest and baddest of the Alaskan lobbies, the oil industry, and has won…repeatedly.

The Palin VP pick isn’t about pandering to disgruntled Hillary supporters.  Senator McCain could’ve picked Kay Bailey Hitchison and satisfied the female criteria and brought along all kinds of Federal Government experience.  Governor Palin’s pick is 100% about bringing real and demonstrated change to Washington.  Here’s is a woman lacking in any real political experience.  The only foreign policy experience she has is in working with the native nations of Alaska and her Canadian border.  She does, however, stick to her principles.

While serving as Commissioner on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission she learned of a Republican member behaving inappropriately.  Wikipedia has this on the controvery:

Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,[14] where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the “lack of ethics” of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.[4] After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican party’s chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.[15] Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[4]

THAT, my friends, takes stones.  THAT, is a big time move by a newcomer in big time politics and the very thing that Senator McCain was looking for in a VP candidate.

So…standing up to lobbyists?  and their political cronies?  CHECK.

Pro-Life?  Check.

Pro-Second Amendment?  Check.

Welcome to the ticket Governor Palin.  I’m FINALLY alittle excited about this election.

With Democrats like these, we need no Conservatives

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Kentucky is in a very nice place politically speaking. We have a Democrat controlled House that can’t seem to get out of it’s own way. We have a narrowly Republican controlled Senate that serves as a firewall for anything that might happen to escape the House. We have a Democrat Governor that can’t seem to wrangle his party into doing anything productive. What does all this mean for the Commonwealth? Absolutely nothing gets done. We have our share of problems ranging from rampant drug abuse to postsecondary education policy makers who are very much out of touch with the Kentuckians trying their best to climb out of their current condition. We could use some leadership but from the looks of what is available at the moment, I’ll settle for nothing thank you.

When Governor Beshear won his election with my support all Kentuckians thought we might have Casino gaming rammed down our throats. The Governor attempted several tacks to make this happen from the now cliche’ phrase of “funding education” to supporting our struggling Thoroughbred industry. Unfortunately for the Governor, Kentuckians still have a foul taste in their mouthes after Governor Wilkinson used the “funding education” cliche’ for his lottery project. Tossing out support for the Thoroughbred industry doesn’t quite cut it either when we see the various Sheiks and Sultans flying into Bluegrass Airport twice a year to drop millions into the laps of this “struggling industry” for one of the nation’s most successful renewable resources…horses.

I am not suggesting we ignore our problems. I am suggesting that our problems are too important to leave to such incompetent leadership.  With such inept leadership from the House and the Governor’s mansion, there’s no wonder why Senator David Williams basically laughed away this previous legislative session. Our Senators can’t do a thing to address our problems when Speaker Jody Richards and Governor Beshear can not herd their cats into doing something productive.

Some might say I have no room to make this argument since I supported Mr. Beshear rather Governor Fletcher. I would argue I held true to my party and movement’s ideals by turning out a Governor who was anything but loyal to his party. Governor Fletcher did more in 4 years to destroy the Kentucky Republican party than any other Democrat in this Commonwealth’s history with the possible exception of Thomas Bramlette.  At least his motives were pure and he made no bones about his positions. I’d much rather have someone in my Governor’s Mansion who I can rely on to be consistent than someone who claimed a social conservative mantle only to be a self serving, arrogant ass.

So, keep on keepin’ on Governor Beshear and Speaker Richards! With leaders like you perhaps the People of the Commonwealth can start to address our problems without your interference.

“Global Warming” hearing in State House

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

It does my heart good to see Kentucky Democrats speaking truth to power. Representative Gooch might just run afoul of the National Democrat party…he better watch out for Speaker Pelosi’s minion. 😉

The character assassination is a nice twist as well:

Chairman Jim Gooch, D-Providence, a longtime ally of the coal industry

and

James Taylor is a lawyer and fellow with the Heartland Institute, a free-market think-tank in Chicago partially funded by ExxonMobil.

and

Lord Christopher Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is a British journalist and onetime adviser to then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Monckton generated controversy during the 1980s with his recommendation — which he repeated for lawmakers yesterday — that people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS be locked up for life.

Mr. Cheves manages to shoot down all these people based on their association with other people or entities. Lord Monckton aside, Mr. Cheves dismisses Representative Gooch and Mr. Taylor solely because of who funds their work. Nevermind what they may have to say or what their research is showing.

Ah yes…a classic tactic we have all come to expect from the “Educated” class. Thirty years ago they were ranting about Global Cooling and telling everyone to toss out their RightGuard cans. Thirty years from now their kind will be ranting about the cooling thing again. It’s cyclical ranting on cyclical weather patterns. It’s too bad that so many people are going to waste their hard earned money on the various money grabbing schemes dreamed up by the likes of the Al Gore and his “carbon offset” business.

Good on ya Representative Gooch! Not quite a “Half Horse – Half Gator” nominee but you are working on it.

Beshear claims his mandate

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

It’s great when a sooth comes out almost exactly as predicted. On election evening I said:

Governor-elect Beshear will probably claim a mandate with this win. Make all kinds of comments about how he has been swept into power to do this and that.

and lookie here:

However, Beshear said last night that voters have given him a mandate to bring casino gambling to Kentucky and end the “rank partisanship” in government — in that order.

It’s good that the incoming Governor is already planning on a key theme of his campaign. It’s a far cry from what the current Governor did. Former Governor Patton said in the article:

“This past episode should give the governor ample reason to say ‘back off,'” Patton said, referring to the indictment of Gov. Ernie Fletcher and 14 of his aides during an investigation of state hiring practices. “Local officials need to understand that is no longer part of the political process in Kentucky.”

Here’s hoping that Governor-elect Beshear can manage to pull this off without landing himself or his administration in the hotseat. I actually have a pretty good feeling about it. Mr. Beshear is a long time State Government guy. He understands how the place runs and what buttons to push to get a desired result. From a purely process perspective, this kind of familiarity should work well for him.

I would caution Mr. Beshear that claiming this election as a mandate for ANYTHING other than the fact that he isn’t welcome in the bed with Mrs. Fletcher would be dangerous. He should realize that many Kentuckians would vote for a truly Conservative candidate should one present him or herself. He isn’t all that….humility is a good thing in a governor.

In his first Cabinet decision as Governor(or soon to be anyway), Beshear says he will appoint my old school mate Jonathan Miller as his Secretary for the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Something certainly needs to be done over there. The story coming out of several agencies in Frankfort is that the purchasing process is an utter nightmare to navigate through and that the once vaunted eMars system is an unmitigated disaster. I don’t think we can pin these nightmares on the Fletcher Administration as I understand eMars in particular was in the process of being rolled out before Fletcher took the Mansion. Still, it should be fixed. I think(hope?) that Mr. Miller will address this.

One last plea for this new Administration, leave General Storm as your Adjutant General for Kentucky’s National Guard. He is loved by his troops and in this time of War while many Kentuckians are still serving over seas, this is not the time to change the vital post.

Kentucky Pre-filed bills

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Let’s see what we have to look forward to in January

BR 18 & BR 38 Senator David E. Boswell (11/07/07)

I’m a little torn on this issue at the moment. If the taxing and fees placed on these casinos is structured properly it could be a nice bit of income for Kentucky. If, however, it turns into another cash grab by those looking for another county road project it will be a disaster. I’m not sure I buy the notion put forth by soon-to-be-Former Governor Fletcher that all manner of evil will visit Kentucky if we have casinos. I do know that there will be some poor souls that can’t handle the temptation and will gamble themselves into bankruptcy. I am a firm believer in personal responsibility however. If you can’t play responsibly, please don’t play.

I’m sure we will hear all kinds of comments and rants about this as we move forward so let’s just sit back and think on it for a bit, see how the winds start blowing, and make our opinions known when it matters.

There are all kinds of things on the docket for the next legislative session in Kentucky. There are a few that give me that “Oh no they didn’t!” feeling. I think the best one in that category so far is this one:

BR 202 – Representative Tom Burch (10/11/07)

AN ACT relating to the operation of a motor vehicle.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to define the term “wireless communication device”; prohibit the use of wireless communication device by the operator of a motor vehicle with limited exceptions; amend KRS 189.990 to provide for a warning for first violation and set fine for subsequent violations at between $20 and $100.

(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
To: Interim Joint Committee on Transportation

Good heavens. Shouldn’t this already fall under the heading of “wreckless driving”?

It will be good to have them back in town if for no other reason the comic relief factor.

Beshear wins by almost 20 points

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Governor-elect Beshear will probably claim a mandate with this win. Make all kinds of comments about how he has been swept into power to do this and that. Mr. Beshear should consider the amount of “anyone but Fletcher” in the 20 point margin. I’m in that margin and I can’t think of much where I agree with Mr. Beshear.

I owe it to my fellow Republicans to hold Mr. Beshear’s feet to the fire during his term and I will try to do just that.

Fletcher lost this election on August 29th, 2005. All the rest has been purely academic. That was the date of his press conference where he bristled against the oncoming investigation and claimed he did nothing at all wrong. Later he was indicted and pardoned all his buddies. Kentuckians are a very forgiving people. Had he come clean, made some heads roll, and made things right we would be celebrating his re-election. He did none of those things and is suffering a humiliating defeat because Kentuckians will not be played for fools.

Mr. Beshear, you will do well to remember this lesson. You have won. Congratulations. Now, put aside the partisanship as best you can and serve the proud People of the Commonwealth.

Oh…and Governor Fletcher, save the “I have no regrets and I did it all for the good of the Commonwealth” drivel.  Pack up and get out of my house.

Kentucky State Government blocks access to some blogs

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Notably, Bluegrassreport.org who has been very critical of the Fletcher Administration because of the Merit System scandal. I haven’t been exactly friendly to this administration either because of the same scandal and my blog is no long accessible within the state’s network.

The geeks tell people they blocked blogs and newsgroups based on a list provided by the company who made their content management/monitoring system. If that’s the case then they need to dump that product because the BIG political blogs out there are not blocked. Sites like Instapundit, Daily Kos, and Andrew Sullivan were accessible as of yesterday while Michelle Malkin, Blackfive.net, and lil ole me are blocked. How exactly I ended up in the same block rule as Michelle I’ll never know…I’ll just enjoy the company for a while.

If you can read this then you can head over to BGR for all their details. They are filing FOIA requests for the discussion that led to this implementation of “the list”. As friendly as Fletcher has become with email, I’m all but certain we will see this reveal one of two things:

1) Fletcher either ordering, or ignoring the spectre of, censorship of certain sites based on political content. If this is the case he has to go. Before, I wanted him to resign because of the indictment. It was the right thing to do. Now, if this proves to be a censorship thing, he has to be thrown from office. His behavior is unbecoming a Kentucky Governor or even a Kentuckian.

2) Total and complete incompetence in the implementation of a policy designed to limit the availability of “time sinks” to employees. Networks are not democratic things and they cannot be run by committee. Policies are necessary dictating what users can and cannot do. If this proves the case then someone else has to go…we’ll find out who in due time.

Thanks Ernie

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Tonight in a 6pm press conference Governor Ernie Fletcher sealed the fate of any Republican hopeful for the next 30 years.

I’ve talked about this before. Governer Fletcher should have seen this coming when he finished his victory speech. He should have made it crystal clear to EVERYONE on his staff that there would be NO TOLERANCE for “business as usual” as it pertains to running State Government. No political favors, period.

Instead we’ve had to endure this political beating at the hands of Governor-Elect Stumbo. Now, I’m a partisan no doubt about it. But I also want some LEADERSHIP out of the Governor’s Mansion. Thanks to the “disciples” and Ernie’s stunning lack of political savvy we have very REAL charges against administration officials, indictments of same, and a hungry Grand Jury.

These pardons are a slap in the face to every INTELLECTUALLY HONEST Republican in the Commonwealth. And then to add insult to injury, Ernie says he won’t answer any questions before the Grand Jury. Thanks again Ernie.

The Kentucky Republican Party needs some real leadership…and fast. We are NOT living up to the ideals we claim to hold.

I love my Dad

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

I really do. We have always disagreed politically. When I was a wild eyed college student(not a generalization, I was infact wildeyed) I made Michael Moore look like Bob Dornan. Dad was all about “If you don’t like this country leave it!”. We butted heads because I was…well…wild eyed. Now, here we are some 30 years later. I’m no longer a wild eyed college student. Now, some would say, I make Bob Dornan look like Michael Moore. Dad, on the other hand, has told me that Ted Kennedy and his buddies are the only thing keeping America from falling into anarchy.

In 1987 things were different. We were mildly concerned with the Red Menace(for those of you in your 20’s that’s the former Soviet Union) and their ongoing activities around the world. Abortion was the social topic d’jour with environmental issues coming a close second. We didn’t have to worry about barbarians flying planes into building or having our heads lopped off because we happened to be Americans. Dad and I could have these political conversations and even though they got heated, neither of us thought the other was part of a grand scheme to destroy the country. Tonight’s phone call was alittle different.

It started out with a little chat about the goings on in Frankfort where our ambitious Attorney General started a witchhunt about the hiring practices of the Governor’s office. This particular witchhunt has turned up some witches and a senior Cabinet official has been indicted and now faces 25 years. There are now rumors flying around Capital City of pardons, the AG announces press events and the mysteriously cancels them, and men are hovering in dark corners of the Capital plotting their next moves. I can’t remember exactly how we got started talking about the National political scene…I probably lobbed a grenade as I have been known to do.

Dad’s take is that President Bush is truely evil. That he knew and probably planned the 9/11 attacks so he could consolidate power. That he is single handedly responsible for the prices of gasoline. All Republicans are nasty greedy b@stards…I’m not sure if I fit into that category or not. 😉

The thing that really bothers me about Dad’s thoughts on the President and the country isn’t that he thinks that way. He can be a bit contrary and I’m certain would argue over the color of the sky if the mood struck him. He’s also been an anti-government type. Not a militia nut, just very cynical and skeptical of anything that comes from Frankfort or Washington. My guess is this comes from growing up in the hill country where hatred of “revenuers” runs strong to this day. Anyway, the thing that bothers me about his feelings about this particular President is the way he expresses it. It’s all just talking points. He can’t back anything up with ANY evidence. Bush had prior knowledge of 9/11? How? and he says, “Everyone knows that’s a fact!”. No…everyone DOESN”T know that or else we would have riots in the streets of New York and real people getting really dead. The thing that bothers me about this is the fact that he only watches one station for news. It’s been the case for as long as I lived under his roof and even now, lo those 20 years later. He watches CBS news.

My Dad isn’t an ignorant man by a long LONG stretch. He isn’t highly educated in the Ivory Towers of Academia but he is highly educated in the ways of the world. He’s truely a brilliant man. He has that rare brand of intellect that can only be found in folks that have lived their lives, fed their families, and run their businesses from the blood, sweat, and tears of honest labor. So the question is, how can a man like this come to sincerely believe such nonsense?

Several times tonight Dad asked me if I wanted to see the “working man” in America taken care of. Of course I do. Dad apparently wants to see the CEOs of American businesses take substantial, government forced, paycuts so that money can be used to help the “working man”. I have never got him to tell me just how that money is to be used to “help” the “working man”. We start talking about examples of which there are plenty here in Kentucky. Fruit of the Loom closed in south central Kentucky and the region STILL hasn’t recovered. Dad blames government for letting that happen. He says the lives that were destroyed there falls squarely on the backs of the government…the FEDERAL government. I tend to think those lives could have been repaired if they CHOSE to move to where the jobs were. Life is about choices. Putting food on the table and keeping the roof over head is about choices. If you CHOOSE to put your fate in the hands of a single company and the task they offer you then you have to accept the fact that you are bound to the business decisions made by those who run the company. If they choose to end the task you are doing then you are out of a job. There is no one to blame there. That’s business. What I tried to tell me Dad is that the answer to the problem is teaching people to fish for themselves. Give them SKILLS they could use ANYWHERE….even in business for themselves.

So…cutting to the chase here. My Dad believes a pack of lies that apparently “everyone” believes but me…and the rest of the country. We have these chats about twice a month. An hour and half later on the phone and we both agree to disagree, remind each other that we love each other, and hang up. Then I’m left wondering if he thinks I’m as evil as the President that I think will go down as one of the best of the Century.

I have to wonder if this same kind of conversation took place in the days leading up to the Civil War. Father and Son bitterly divided on the issue(s) of the War. Love him dearly. But I just can’t agree with him politically.

Singlemind and Murphy’s Law

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

My buddy who runs the blog Singlemind is quite the gun nut. I say that affectionately because I’m also a gun nut but I just can’t bring myself to get as knowledgable about them as this guy. He hand loads his rounds for his WinMag and can tell you off the top of his head the speed of just about any round you care to mention even if his answer is just “damn fast”.

Today he took his WinMag to the Kentucky State Long-Distance Rifle Championships at Fort Knox. His is a story of overcoming adversity and still putting steel on target.

For your dedication to the match, accuracy of aim, referencing of the tried and true Kentucky Aim, and almost CERTAIN mentally covering of your targets with barbarian turbins…you have earned the coveted Half Horse-Half Gator.

Thomas D. Clark

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Kentucky lost a great man this morning with the passing of Thomas D. Clark.

By the flip of a coin, Thomas Dionysius Clark intertwined his life and career with the vast history of Kentucky. In 1928, Clark received scholarships to both the University of Cincinnati and to the University of Kentucky. Kentucky won the coin toss, and the claim to one of the South’s greatest historians.

That coin flip gave Kentucky one of her greatest adopted sons and provided future Kentucky historians a wealth of information through his research and staunch support for Kentucky’s library system.

Rest in Peace Dr. Clark.

If no one else understand’s this statement I’m sure he would… Here’s a Half Horse – Half Gator for you sir.

SCOTUS overturns 5th Amendment

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Okay, so they didn’t come right out and SAY it but they got really close.

The Supreme Court today effectively expanded the right of local governments to seize private property under eminent domain, ruling that people’s homes and businesses — even those not considered blighted — can be taken against their will for private development if the seizure serves a broadly defined “public use.”

For my regular readers(thanks Mom), you may remember what I said about the War on Christianity in America. How the opposition uses vague terms that are self defined so that they can paint Christians with the brush while offering a pass to others? That’s what the majority did in this case. “Public Use” could mean anything.

I’m going to be reading the opinions and come back to it this evening. What I will say is no one is going to condemn my home so some schmuck can make another dollar. They will bury me in my house with their bulldozers.

As Singlemind has told me essentially it’s the 5th Amendment that makes us a Free Market Economy. With no private property there is no private enterprise.

Kentucky’s Homeland Security Directory resigns abruptly

Friday, June 17th, 2005

And Ralph Long, AKA Last Sane Man in Kentucky, starts asking some interesting questions.

I have to wonder if Ralph wanted to say something about this but somehow couldn’t figure out what he wanted to say! He spends most of his piece quoting from other sources…most of which was repetition. Among the points he makes are the following:

Anyway, as far as I can tell the Department of Homeland Defense has only done three things well since it was established.

  1. Create a bloated bureaucracy;
  2. Pass out a ton of pork barrel money;
  3. Make air travel even more unpleasant than the airlines thought possible.

Ralph, Governor Patton didn’t take the office seriously. Imagine for a moment some kind of attack on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Who would organize the response to that? Those 3 folks hunkered down in the bunker at the end of the runway in Frankfort? What about an attack on the Richmond Bluegrass Army Depot? Bloated Bureaucracy is what your buddy Patton turned the Council on Higher Education into when he created the Council on Postsecondary Education in 1997…and it continues to get more bloated every week in all the wrong places.

Pork Barrel money? You’ll have to share your research into the grants that were awarded. You do have that right? Otherwise you wouldn’t know if it’s pork or not and I know YOU wouldn’t make the same mistake as Mr. Durbin. 😉

Well…you have me on the whole airlines thing. I’m not a frequent flier but I think everyone and their Islamofascist Assassin knows what Ernie did to DC. *SIGH*

But back to the issue at hand…The whole “Citing potential “evidence of criminal activity,”” thing is alittle troubling to me. Mr. Stumbo could call for a search of ANYONE’s home or office based on the “potential evidence of criminal activity”. Sounds like a Privacy issue here even if it is in the office of a Government Agency. Granted, the computer hardware is property of the Commonwealth. I just hope this doesn’t become a matter of policy. I mean how can I trust *MY* users? Of course I don’t so does that mean I have to forensically analyze each machine as users leave their jobs? There is the “potential evidence of criminal activity” isn’t there? I’m fresh out of keyloggers therefore I have no solid evidence so I’ll just have to rely on the “potential” for evidence? Geesh…that’s alittle thin isn’t it? That is unless you are fishing for evidence to justify a political witchhunt…but I’m sure the Attorney General of our Great Commonwealth wouldn’t stoop that low. Well pretty sure anyway. Sorta.

Senators McConnell and Warner dance on Durbin’s Head…

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Yesterday on the floor of the US Senate My very own Senator, Mitch McConnell, from the Great Commonwealth of Kentucky came to the defense of our Men and Women in Uniform by questioning Dick Durbin about his intent. Durbin’s response is telling:

Mr. McCONNELL. Will the Senator yield for a question?

Mr. DURBIN . I will be happy to yield to the Senator from Kentucky.

Mr. McCONNELL. My concern was not the words of the FBI agent, but the words of the Senator from Illinois. I believe I heard the Senator repeat today–let me ask the Senator if in fact this is what he meant to say–because it was the quote I had from the Senator, not from the FBI agent, earlier yesterday or the day before, which I believe the Senator repeated today. I
was curious if the Senator does stand by his own words, not the words of the FBI agent, which I believe were:

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was a FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would almost certainly believe that this must have been done by the Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime, Pol Pot or others, that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

So my question of the Senator is not the words of the FBI agent but the words of the Senator from Illinois. Does the Senator from Illinois stand by these words, comparing the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners to the Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or Pol Pot or others?

Mr. DURBIN . I would say, in response to the Senator from Kentucky, in this particular incident that I read, from an FBI agent describing in detail the methods that were used on prisoners, was I trying to say: Isn’t this the kind of thing that we see from repressive regimes?

Yes, this is the type of thing we expect from a repressive regime. We do not expect it from the United States. I hope the Senator from Kentucky would not expect that.

Mr. McCONNELL. Will the Senator yield?

Mr. DURBIN . Yes.

Mr. McCONNELL. Is the Senator aware that Pol Pot murdered 1 to 2 million of his fellow countrymen, the Nazis murdered from 6 to 9 million men, women, and children, mainly Jews, and the Soviets, in their gulags, murdered some estimated 20 million people over a 20-year period between 1930 and 1950?

My observation, obviously, is this a fair comparison?

Mr. DURBIN . The comparison related to interrogation techniques. It is clear, and I will state it for the record, that the horrors visited on humanity by those regimes were far greater than these interrogation techniques. But the point I was trying to make was, what do we visualize when we hear of this kind of interrogation technique?

I say to the Senator from Kentucky, I visualize regimes like those described. Did they do more? Did they do worse? Of course they did. The point I was trying to make is, this is not what America should expect. This is not what we should believe reflects our values.

Mr. McCONNELL. So the Senator thinks this is a fair comparison?

Mr. DURBIN . It is a comparison in the form of interrogation that a repressive regime goes too far, that a democracy never reaches that extreme. But to say that I am in any way diminishing the other horrors brought on by these regimes is plain wrong. Those are different elements completely.

Durbin REFUSED to admit it was an unfair comparison, REFUSED to apologize for insinuation that American Men and Women in uniform are acting like Stalin’s Gulag soldiers, Pol Pot’s Killing Fields Soldiers, and Hitler’s “Final Solution” Soldiers. By his refusals does he honestly believe this?

Senator Warner get’s to the nut of the matter here:

Mr. WARNER. Mr. President, if the Senator will yield.

Mr. DURBIN . I will be happy to yield for a question.

Mr. WARNER. You are reading from a report of one of our investigative agencies. There is no verification of the accuracy of that report. You take it at face value. I pointed out–and I discussed it with Secretary Rumsfeld–this allegation of the FBI agent, together with a lot of other facts, is now being carefully scrutinized under our established judicial process.

I trained as a lawyer and many years as a prosecutor and dealt with the Bureau. I have the highest respect for them. But I do not accept at face value everything they put down on paper until I make certain it can be corroborated and substantiated.

For you to have come to the floor with just that fragment of a report and then unleash the words “the Nazis,” unleash the word “gulag,” unleash “Pol Pot”–I don’t know how many remember that chapter–it seems to me that was the greatest error in judgment, and it leaves open to the press of the world to take those three extraordinary chapters in world history and try and intertwine it with what has taken place allegedly at Guantanamo .

I am perfectly willing to be a part of as much of an investigation as the Senate should perform and will in my committee. But I am not going to come to the floor with just one report in hand and begin to impugn the actions of those in charge, namely, the uniformed personnel, at this time. We should allow matters of this type to be very carefully examined before we jump to a conclusion.

Durbin went on to explain the FBI Memo was gained through a FOIA request to which Senator Warner responded:

Mr. WARNER. Mr. President, my understanding is it is currently under investigation and being carefully scrutinized in the context of another series of documents. Until the administration has had the opportunity to complete the investigation and make their own assessment of the allegations, it seems to me premature to render judgment.

and later again:

Mr. WARNER. I would say, Madam President, I served as assistant U.S. attorney for 5 years and dealt with the FBI all the time. I have very high regard for that service. But the Senator knows full well that is just an investigative report by one agent. It is under investigation by the Bureau and by the Department of Defense at this time in the context of many other pieces of evidence.

One cannot come to this great forum, which is viewed the world over as one which is known for trying to assert the rights of this country as taking its place in the world, as following due process and principles of our Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights–and comment to the Senate about some young uniformed person who probably is the subject of that FBI report–until such time as that person in uniform is adjudicated in a proper forum as to having done what is alleged in that report, or not done, it seems to me we shouldn’t be discussing it in the Senate.

Set him straight Senator Warner!

Thank you Senators McConnell and Warner for shining the light of Truth on Mr. Durbin. I just wish that Mr. Durbin would once again find the “greatest respect” for our Military that he once enjoyed:
Mr. Durbin on the Senate floor, speaking on the Abu Ghraib scandal on May 05, 2004:

Mr. DURBIN. I agree completely with the Senator from Nevada. I have a feeling of embarrassment and also sadness, sadness for the thousands of men and women in uniform risking their lives today, serving us so nobly in Iraq, who are going to be swept into this vortex. We have to make certain the soldiers who are responsible for this as well as their leaders in command are brought out and held accountable so that our fine men and women who are fighting in the military in Iraq do not have to bear this burden. They are our best and brightest. We owe them the greatest respect. But let us be honest; what happened here is not typical of America, certainly not typical of our military. Unless we are forthright and open in accountability, it is going to sweep all of them into this veil of blame. That would be unfortunate.

Uh…Mr Durbin, are you not NOW sweeping all of them in the veil of blame based on one report from a single FBI agent that is part of an ongoing investigation? Care to practice what you preach Sir? Or just resign and save us all the blood pressure gymnastics.