Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. *UPDATED*

My in-laws are wonderful people, and they always make us so welcome when we visit there.  Nevertheless, I’m a homebody, and the part of a trip I always love best is the homecoming.  I’m home now, doing laundry, unpacking, feeding people, etc., and am pretty darn happy.

Blogging will resume tomorrow.  Until it does, though, I want to tell you about something new — and something I’m very excited to be a part of.  Lucianne has launched a new site called Blogs Lucianne Loves.  There, a crew of bloggers can post links and short summaries of their favorite posts for the day.  I think you will find this to be a delightful resource, with constantly updated posts containing news of the minute, as well as musings on many of today’s big topics.  Be sure to check it out.

Also, I want to recommend to you two articles.  The first is from the Anchoress, who has been thinking long and hard about that bizarre story regarding gate crashers at a White House bash.  She believes that there is a whole lot more there than meets the eye.

The other is from AJ Strata, who argues convincingly that there really hasn’t been any warming of late.  On that subject, you should know that I spoke this weekend with an extremely reputable scientist who has seen the hard data on the ocean levels.  It turns out that thousands of measurements using the most sophisticated tools prove that the oceans are rising — at the rate of 3 mm per year.  That means that, contrary to Gore’s dire predictions of world-wide rising waters causing a second Flood of Biblical proportions, the average rise is 1 inch per decade.

UPDATE:  And Melissa Clouthier has word that the man who massacred four police officers in Washington state was on the streets because, almost ten years ago, in the face of great protest, then-Governor Mike Huckabee pardoned him.  This should end any hopes Huckabee has for higher office, and I think that’s a good thing.  Huckabee may be a social conservative, but he’s a big-government, fiscal liberal, and he would crowd the candidate marketplace in the wrong way if he had a chance in 2012.

UPDATE II:  I realized after I wrote the above that it sounded awful that my first comment about the murdered officers had to do with political calculations.  The thing is that I learned about the officers when I was away from my blog, but learned about Huckabee when I was sitting at my computer.  That’s why I wrote about Huckabee.  I do want to say here that I was horrified and deeply saddened to learn about the shooting.  My thoughts and best wishes go to the officer’s families, friends and colleagues.

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  1. says

    Huckster did accuse us all of being political opportunists by bringing up his record. Then again, I don’t make it a habit to cause a problem by my actions, then take political advantage of it by comforting the widows. I’m interested in saving lives and being accountable. SOmething the Huckster likes to evade.

  2. suek says

    RE: Huckabee and the killer…
     
    In all fairness, it appears that as a young man, the killer was given a seriously disproportionate sentence for robbery and burglary – some 108 years!  He served 11 years, and on the basis of this, Huckabee gave him – not a pardon, but a commutation to something like 49 years, and as a result of this reduction in time  he became eligible for parole.  The parole board voted to give him parole, and Huckabee signed it.
    That all sounds like Huckabee should be off the hook, right?  Except that while he was in prison, he was a particularly aggressive prisoner, attacked other prisoners, and was even accused of rape.  All of which was in his record.  The parole board was unquestionably at fault in this, but all of this information was in the guy’s prison record, and Huckabee was the final approver, so he bears the responsibility.  Granted he couldn’t _see_ the future, but some things are more predictable than others, and the violence of this young man’s prison record certainly didn’t offer the prospect that he was ready to be released into the general society.
     
    I don’t know how much blame should be assigned Huckabee for the resulting deaths – apparently there was a bunch of stuff in Washington State that was equally incomprehensible – but I agree – he won’t be a presidential candidate again.
     
    I also agree – there’s no place like home.  Back after a week in Texas…!

  3. says

    There are other cases in Arkansas. Huckster has a rate of pardons, or commutations, in Arkansas greater than the previous 3 governors.
     
    In a rape case, he cited DNA evidence, but the victim said DNA was not even a matter in the case.

  4. suek says

    Y…
    I’m not defending Huckabee’s pardon/commutation record.  From what I’ve heard, he attempted to apply “Christian charity and forgiveness”, and as we’ve discussed here before, charity towards the transgressor is usually injustice towards the victim of the transgressor.  When he was running, I had a real problem with the focus of his positions on their Christianity, and the rightness of his positions _based_ on their Christianity.  I felt his actions on illegals were unacceptable – and they were based on “Christian charity”.  In other words, his “Christian charity” tended to be of the wishy-washy type…we can’t condemn anything as wrong because we can’t judge the person stuff.  I also thought his move to Fox News was _very_ smart – it made his name known nationally, and familiarity with it took away the ridicule factor.  He also comes across as very likable.  I have no doubt his intention was to increase his chances in running for president again – and it was an excellent move, imo.
     
    Nevertheless – people are saying that he bears responsibility for the deaths of those officers.  _That’s_ what I disagree with – not the pardon record etc.
     

  5. Mike Devx says

    suek #4:
    > as we’ve discussed here before, charity towards the transgressor is usually injustice towards the victim of the transgressor
    > I felt his actions on illegals were unacceptable – and they were based on “Christian charity”.  In other words, his “Christian charity” tended to be of the wishy-washy type
    > Nevertheless – people are saying that he bears responsibility for the deaths of those officers.  _That’s_ what I disagree with – not the pardon record etc.

    Christian charity is a wonderful thing, as long as it is tempered with wisdom about human nature.  Sue, I do hold Huckabee responsible for this.  Not solely responsible.  The parole board certainly had the responsibility to review the man’s record.  Huckabee, prior to signing their recommendation, also had the responsibility to be aware of it; his aides certainly should also have reviewed the record and raised the alarm prior to him signing it.

    It’s just another case in point of the people who are in charge being irresponsible on the job.  It’s coming to be called “Asleep At The Wheel”.  It’s epidemic in Washington D.C.  It’s everywhere.  People must be held accountable for the basics of their jobs.

  6. suek says

    From what I’ve heard, Mike, you should check out the actions of the legal problems he had in Washington State before you place blame on Huckabee.  Apparently the same type of non-action occurred there – and much more recently.
     
    Once again – I don’t hold Huckabee to be responsibility free, but neither do I hold him responsible for the deaths of the officers – which some people do.
     
    I see it as sort of like a teacher in fourth grade passing a kid who can’t do the math into fifth grade, and then when the same kid gets to eighth grade and also gets passed when he can’t do the math, the high school blames the 4th grade teacher.  Sure he’s not blameless, but neither is the school that allowed the kid to be passed from eighth grade as ready for high school.

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