Many people have heard of the shooting death of former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who was killed at a shooting range by a veteran he was trying to help.
On Saturday, when Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL sniper, parked his truck outside Eddie Ray Routh’s house in this Dallas suburb, the two men were virtual strangers. Their plan was to spend the afternoon at a remote shooting range, one of Mr. Kyle’s techniques for helping struggling veterans adjust to civilian life.
But by the evening, the police had arrested Mr. Routh, charging him with the shooting deaths of Mr. Kyle and another man, Chad Littlefield.
The authorities on Monday were trying to piece together what happened next, but said that it seemed that Mr. Routh turned on the two men, shooting both multiple times with a semiautomatic handgun and fleeing in Mr. Kyle’s truck before his arrest near his home here.
But court documents suggest that Mr. Routh may have wanted to steal Mr. Kyle’s truck, a black Ford F-350 pickup with large tires and rims. Shortly before his arrest, Mr. Routh told his sister and brother-in-law that he had killed the two men and “traded his soul for a new truck,” according to an arrest affidavit.
We have read Kyle’s book and found it to be a fascinating look into the world of Navy SEAL’s as well as that of a military sniper. Kyle’s service was exemplary and the fact that he took that service and used it to help the families of friends demonstrates to us the type of man he was.
Sadly, this post is not just about Chris Kyle.
Former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul decided he would weigh in on Kyle’s death and tweeted on February 4, 2013:
On Saturday, we went to the Melbourne Arts Festival to do the Steve Bussey Radio Experience as we said we would. For the most part, it was a fun time and we got to meet a lot of nice people. If you are ever in the area on the last weekend in April when the Art Festival is happening, please take our advice and go.
When we got to the show and found our booth, Steve Bussey came up to Producer Jerry and myself and said “hey, there is a 9-11 truther walking around here. I told him he could talk to you guys.”
There is a reason for this. Jerry and I are the engineering and computer geeks on the show.
We looked at Steve and said “9-11 truthers are like most conspiracy theorists – you’ll debunk one thing and they will bring up another. You debunk that and they;ll bring up another. Eventually they will come back and start to repeat things you have debunked already. They are like cockroaches – they will keep scurrying around no matter what you do.”
We were hoping the guy wouldn’t come back around.
But he did.
In the first hour of the show he came back while we were getting ready to talk about funding of the arts. (An appropriate topic for the day since we were at an arts festival.)
We never heard a word of the discussion. Not a single word that was said between Jerry and Steve. You see, while they were talking about the funding of the arts, We had the fun time of engaging with the “truther.”
It was not a pleasant sight.
In the end, we had drawn a crowd. The people in booths to either side of us were happy with that. Steve and Jerry actually walked away to do the show.
It started innocently enough. He asked us “what about the collapse of the World Trade Centers?”
Our answer would be a consistent one throughout the conversation: “What about it?” (more…)
In Monday’s debate, Ron Paul was asked about a statement he made to a Des Moines radio station.
BAIER: In a recent interview, Congressman Paul with a Des Moines radio station you said you were against the operation that killed Usama bin Laden. You said the U.S. operation that took out the terrorist responsible for killing 3,000 people on American soil, quote, showed no respect for the rule of law, international law.
So to be clear, you believe international law should have constrained us from tracking down and killing the man responsible for the most brazen attack on the U.S. since Pearl Harbor?
The interview to which Baier is referring took place on May 11, 2011 with Des Moines, Iowa radio station WHO‘s Simon Conway. The interview was in several parts due to commercials and such, but the issue of foreign policy and the killing of Osama bin Laden comes up at roughly the 3:20 mark of the video below.
Here is the transcript of the conversation between Paul and Conway:
CONWAY: Now if we take what you have said, then are you asking us to believe that a President Ron Paul could have ordered the kill of bin Laden by the entering of another sovereign nation.
PAUL: No I think things would be done somewhat differently. I would just suggest that the way they got Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who was the real ring leader and the people who…….. He’s probably the ringleader on 9/11. And we went and cooperated with Pakistan and they arrested him actually and turned him over to us and he’s been in prison and a matter of fact, the same thing happened on the release of the people who had to do with the bombing in 1993 I believe, when they first attempt….
CONWAY: Yeah, the blind sheikh …..
PAUL: Yeah, and they were all captured and brought and tried in a civilian court and they’ve all been punished. So no, what’s wrong with that? So why can’t can’t we work with the government?
CONWAY: I just want to be clear, a President Ron Paul would therefore not have ordered the kill of bin Laden which could only have taken place by the entering of another sovereign nation.
PAUL: No, I don’t think it was necessary to do it.
CONWAY: It was not necessary to do it……
PAUL: It was absolutely not necessary and I think respect for the rule of law and uh… world…. uh international law. What if he had been in a hotel in London? I mean, should uh, you know, if we wanted to keep it secret, would we have sent the airplane, uh the helicopters into London? And because they were afraid the information would get out, no, you don’t want to do that.
CONWAY: Well, I think you have been very clear sir, very clear, and I definitely do not want the bin Laden kill to take place as it took place in Pakistan.
PAUL: Not the way it took place, no.
(NOTE: Paul misstates facts here. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was neither tried nor convicted a civilian court. The only court that ever took on his case was a military tribunal. The case was dropped by the Pentagon at the request of President Obama and the Department of Justice under Eric Holder. The intention was to transfer the trial to a civilian court which initially was planned to be held in New York, but that plan was scrapped. The trial was then returned to a military tribunal where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is still awaiting trial.)
Paul answers Baier’s question with the following: (more…)
Late in Monday night’s Republican Presidential debate, the subject of gun control came up.
What started out as a light-hearted question toward Mitt Romney, suddenly turned into a contentious exchange between Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.
SANTORUM: Both of those things were supported by the National Rifle Association. I worked with them to craft a bill. This was during the Clinton administration, where I voted against the gun ban, voted against the assault weapons ban, voted — voted 100 percent with the NRA. And this was a piece of legislation that was crafted that they endorsed, they supported, and worked with me to make sure that we could — we’d not have something far worse pass.
SANTORUM (cont): And so sometimes you have to pass something that can get enough votes to be able to satisfy folks that they won’t pass something that’s much worse. And so that’s what you have to do to make sure that rights aren’t taken away.
I’ve been a strong — again, lifetime A-plus record with the NRA, worked with them. They came to me repeatedly when I was in the Senate to help them and — and — and sponsor legislation and work toward making sure in ensuring gun rights.
Contrast that with Congressman Paul. And one of the most important things that we did in — in — in protecting the Second Amendment — and I provided a leadership role on it — was the gun manufacturers’ liability bill. There were a lot of lawyers out there who were trying to sue gun manufacturers and hold them liable for anybody who was harmed as a result of the gun properly functioning.
And we — we went forward and passed, with the NRA’s backing, a bill that put a ban on those types of lawsuits. If that ban had not been passed, if that gun manufacturer’s liability bill, removing them from liability from that, had that not been passed, there would have been no gun industry in this country and there would have de facto been no Second Amendment right.
Congressman Paul voted against that bill. And — and that’s a very big difference between someone who actually works with the gun — Second Amendment groups for — for legislation that can protect that right and someone who says they’re for Second Amendment, has attacked me on my Second Amendment issues, which you just referred to, and here’s a man that would have wiped out the Second Amendment by — if his vote would have been — carried the day.
Another lovely day and another “Quick Hits” post (replete with the obligatory Rule 5 girl.) “Quick Hits” are where we take a look at items of interest that are comment worthy, but don’t have enough “meat” to be a full fledged post.
Our first stop is in Tampa, Florida:
A man convicted of three counts of manslaughter while driving under the influence is now suing the estates and families of the people he killed.
David Belniak had drugs in his system and never braked when he slammed into the back of a family’s car stopped at a red light on Christmas Day 2007. Three people died.
This seems to be a bad joke, but it isn’t.
The suit asks for the victims’ relatives to pay Belniak, 38, for his “pain and suffering … mental anguish … loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life” and the medical bills he got as a result of a crash he pleaded guilty to causing.
Authorities said Belniak was driving between 75 and 85 mph when his pickup smashed into the back of McWilliams’ Chevrolet Tahoe. The SUV crumpled. Gerard Bassi died at the scene. Denise Bassi died in surgery that day. Linda McWilliams was taken off life support a week later.
Authorities said Belniak had alcohol, Xanax and evidence of cocaine in his system.
This is a two-fer for us. First, we can’t wait for members of the Ron Paul Collective who say anything they do to themselves is fine and all drugs should be legal to defend Belniak’s actions. (more…)
“Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq,” the Texas Republican told a group of mostly young backers in Iowa. He went on to suggest officials are now setting the stage for an invasion of Iran.
What a moron.
While we accept the fact that Ron Paul has the right to say what he wants, we have the right to call him crazy.
Does Paul really believe that any American was glad to see 3000 people die on 9/11?
Of course not.
His comments are indefensible and irresponsible, but that is who he is and what he is about.
Just for kicks, we Googled “Esther Bochner” to make sure the email wasn’t a hoax. It doesn’t appear to be so. According to LinkedIn, Ms. Bochner does indeed work for Macmillan Publishing. She is a 2008 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in English and Political Science. (It caught us off guard that the qualifications for being a publicist were being an English and Poli-Sci major instead of Advertising, but you learn something new everyday.)
We also went searching for how she found our little review and were surprised to find that we were on the third page of Google. (We are sure by the time you read this we will be much lower in the search results.)
Here is the email Ms. Bochner sent us:
I saw your great review of KILLING LINCOLN and I wanted to make sure that you are aware that the book is also available as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio, read by O’Reilly himself! I’d love to offer you a clip from the audiobook to post on your site alongside the review as multimedia content. Let me know if we can make that work!
In our experience, when something represented by a company is given less than a good review, seldom does the company refer to that review as “great.”
To refresh your memory, this is what we wrote as a conclusion to our review of the book: (more…)
We haven’t written too much about the Republican Presidential Candidates so far. No candidate will ever match up to everything a person believes in, so you end up picking your choice based on the things that are important to you, and the things you can live with, even if you disagree.
So far we have eliminated Ron Paul because, well, because he is Ron Paul. Often described as the person “most likely to remind people of their crazy ol’ uncle,” that description is actually insulting to “crazy ol’ uncles.”
Ron Paul is worse in that the uncle is harmless. Ron Paul, if elected, is dangerous.
Then there is Rick Perry.
The governor of Texas has some good points, but in our opinion he made a huge, monumental gaffe in the September 22, 2011 Republican Presidential debate declaring people to be “without a heart” if they opposed his program to allow illegal immigrants in-state college tuition rates.
Here is the exchange, in case you missed it: (more…)
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.