Friday, March 30, 2007
One of Senator Jim Webb’s staff was stopped and arrested for bringing a loaded handgun, with additional ammunition clips, into a Senate office building. The staff member stated and advised the officers that the weapon belonged to Senator Jim Webb (D).
“A congressional official briefed on the incident said Webb gave the gun to Thompson when the assistant drove him to an airport earlier in the day. Thompson, upon entering the Senate building, forgot he was carrying the weapon”
Later on as the story evolved the Virginia Junior Senator Jim Webb (D) would not confirm that the loaded handgun that his “Staffer” was caught with was in fact his handgun. This after the staff member spent the night in a jail cell…
I read media coverage of this incident in many newspapers including: Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, Daily News Record, and multiple news media websites. This story and developments continued for many days and continues at this time. But I was not able to locate any information on this story, involving the Virginia Junior Senator Jim Webb, Democratic Party, anywhere in the Staunton NewsLeader.
Other local newspapers covered this incident and in fact the Daily News Record out of Harrisonburg had their story on the front page edition.
If anybody did see NewsLeader coverage about the Democratic Virginia Senator and his wayward Loaded Handgun, please forward it for it will be interesting to see how it was reported…
Rosie O’Donnell once again took her Liberal audience where they wanted to go with the following statement on the “View”:
HASSELBECK: "Do you believe that the government had anything to do with the attack of 9/11? Do you believe in a conspiracy in terms of the attack of 9/11?"
O’DONNELL: "No. But I do believe the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved, World Trade Center Seven. World Trade Center one and Two got hit by plains. Seven, miraculously, for the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible."
One of the first things I learned when I took “Design of Structural Steel” back in college was that steel begins to lose its structural integrity at 700f degrees. At 1100f degrees it will have lost 50%+ of it’s strength…
I was very impressed when I started research on this post to find that Popular Mechanics has already responded to Rosie’s ignorant comment on their website at: http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/911myths/4213805.html
Rosie even went on to claim “for the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.”
I will leave that one to you to think on…
I need to go do some research on exactly “How dumb a box of Rocks can be”?…
Thursday, March 29, 2007
"You don't grin over a political ploy that you have pulled when men's lives are at stake."
"The Democrats cannot risk that. They have taken over Congress by a very clever and very disciplined strategy of constantly criticizing the Republicans, without taking the risk of presenting an alternative for whose results they can be held responsible."
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Here is what Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) did yesterday to keep us safe...
Maybe thats why Senator Webb (D) does not feel "safe" in Virginia?
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BOLLING'S STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR KAINE'S VETO OF DEATH PENALTY LEGISLATION
March 26, 2007
Contact: Randy Marcus804-786-2078 or 804-814-7117(cell)firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHMOND - Earlier today, Governor Tim Kaine announced that he had vetoed legislation to expand the death penalty in Virginia. In response to the Governor's announcement, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling issued the following statement: "I am extremely disappointed in Governor Kaine's decision to veto legislation that would have expanded the death penalty to accomplices of capitol murder by repealing the so called triggerman rule, and to persons who kill witnesses under subpoena in a criminal trial. These bills, approved by bi-partisan majorities in the Senate and House of Delegates, are logical and appropriate extensions of the death penalty to a group of killers whose actions warrant the maximum punishment allowed by law."My support for this legislation arose out of conversations I had over the past year with law enforcement officials and Commonwealth's Attorneys who feel that these bills would be an important deterrent to gang related crimes that are increasing at a rapid rate in many parts of our state. Unfortunately, Governor Kaine missed an excellent opportunity to address gang violence and make Virginians safer. It is my hope that the members of the General Assembly will vote to override these vetoes when they return to Richmond on April 4th."
Monday, March 26, 2007
"He (Webb) gave the weapon to Thompson, the official said, and asked him to take care of it. Thompson subsequently put the gun in a briefcase and returned to Capitol Hill where "he spaced, he literally forgot" that he had the gun, the official said."
Handguns are illegal in Washington, D.C., but nearby Virginia allows residents to carry concealed handguns. Capitol Police rules allow members and their employees to bring a weapon onto Capitol grounds if it is unloaded and securely wrapped. In this case, it was neither.
Webb told The Richmond Times Dispatch in December that he considers himself a "strong Second Amendment person" but said he does not carry a gun to work.
"I don't carry personally regularly. I shoot regularly. I like to have the option to carry, which is why I keep the permit," he said. "I value the opportunity to be able to protect myself, depending on situations. But no, I don't walk around with a weapon on me all of the time," he told the newspaper.
We all make mistakes but this reminds me of the Concealed Weapon Permit training where the holder is responsible for the condition, location, and security of the weapon at all times...
Word of advice. While patrolling the halls of Congress performing your Hall-monitor duties, if you come along former Representative Cynthia McKinney talking on a cell phone just let it go... It's not worth it....