Indiana's Republican Governor Mitch Daniels let his temper get the better of him when he described statehouse Democrats who staged a parliamentary walkout, blocking some of Daniels' priority bills, has having "car-bombed" the legislative process.
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels blasted House Democrats on Wednesday for a daylong boycott that killed more than 130 bills, including key elements of his legislative package.
"Indiana's drive for growth and reform was car-bombed yesterday by the Indiana House minority," Daniels said during a Statehouse news conference. [emphasis added.] "Many of these measures probably will not be back this year."
Daniels and Republican legislative leaders said they would try to revive some legislation that died because they didn't make the midnight deadline for passing bills out of their house of origin.
These include the Colts stadium financing proposal and Daniels' plan to create a special prosecutor in state government who would work mostly in secret and report to him.
How disgusting. Of course, Daniels isn't the only Republican to equate political opposition with terrorism, but Daniel's use of such a charged term to describe a parliamentary maneuver Indiana Republicans themselves have used recently is beyond the pale. Daniels is under no obligation to like the Democrats' maneuver, but his use of that term relinquishes any high ground he may have enjoyed against so-called "obstructionist Democrats." Shame on him, and the many Republicans who are so quick to equate dissent with terrorism.
Winchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole's home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.
Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class.
"My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies."
Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. "Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it's a felony in the state of Kentucky," said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.
Poole disputes that he was threatening anyone.
"It didn't mention nobody who lives in Clark County, didn't mention (George Rogers Clark High School), didn't mention no principal or cops, nothing," said Poole. "Half the people at high school know me. They know I'm not that stupid, that crazy."
On Thursday, a judge raised Poole's bond from one to five thousand dollars after prosecutors requested it, citing the seriousness of the charge.
Unbelievable! The idiotic police and judge in this case should be sentenced to 1,000 hours of Bruno Mattei films.
I don't beleive I've linked the invaluable Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5. As of her recent birthday, my lovely wife now has the full run of the series on DVD, plus the follow-on series Crusade. She's a big fan, and while I enjoy the series too, I'm far from as knowledgable about it as she is. This site is an excellent repository of B5 news and information.
Speaking at a veterans’ celebration at Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas....Johnson said he told the president that night, “Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on ‘em and I’ll make one pass. We won’t have to worry about Syria anymore.”
No, of course he didn't provide any evidence for the existence of weapons that supposedly justify nuking Syria. Kevin Drum has suitable scorn, with more -- including from yours truly! -- in the comments.
Our daughters have strong constitutions, but our Five-Year-Old developed a slight fever yesterday, and she still had it this morning, which means no school. I'm home from work for most of the day, but brought some work home, and so posting will still be light (big surprise there, right?). I do have some links I hope to post by the end of the day.
Two down, one to go. My review of Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful aerial adventure Porco Rosso is now posted at Destroy All Monsters. I have one more of the recently released DVDs to review, along with another Miyazaki-related work or two. I also need to complere my appreciation of Hunter S. Thompson, and then begin clearing the decks of the review material I have stacked up. As a result, although I'm on something of a roll over there, posting here will continue to be light. In fact, I've considered putting this blog on official hiatus, but I don't want to take that step. I do hope to begin posting more regularly before long.
I haven't posted any Japanese Flash insanity in a while, but this one's a doozy: Nanaca Crash (mirror), in which you slam into characters from various dating sims with a bicycle, and score points based on distance and elevation when you knock 'em flying (my current record: 803.761599.525861.97 meters!). c00L!