by Peter Freyne
Took this shot around the corner in my Burlington, Vermont neighborhood shortly after 7 A.M. - it's been so long since a sunrise beat the cloud cover! And word is there's a lot more to come. Notice the photographer's shadow?
Peter the Groundhog.
The plan is to catch St. Patrick, excuse me, Sen. Patrick Leahy, kickoff his Judiciary Committee probe of the firings of 8 U.S. Attorney's with star witness Alberto "I don't remember" Gonzales front and center. C-SPAN will carry it. I wonder if the "news" networks will?
(***Check NOON UPDATE below***)
Oh, yes. At his Wednesday presser, Gov. Jim Douglas was asked about Vermont "security," questions that were obviously prompted by the bloody massacre at Virginia Tech on Monday. The TV angle, eh?
Getting ready for the Virginia Tech Copycat Killer? Could it happen here?
Well, it could happen anywhere and it does regularly.
More than 200 innocent people were blown to bits in Iraq yesterday by suicide bombers, which appears the fastest growing occupation in that part of the world.
You remember Iraq?
The country OUR country invaded because President George "WMD" Bush's lies, like those of Adolph Hitler in 1930s Germany, were swallowed by the majority of the citizenry and the majority of the nation's "lawmakers."
Like Ol' Adolph, Ol' George was elected. Democracy at work!
And Adolph, like George, was only protecting his country from dangerous threats. At least, that's what he said he was doing.
The question of whether or not ignoring the gross impeachable offenses of George W. Bush and V.P. Dick Cheney does or does-not qualify one for contemporary "good German" status is a fair question and worthy of discussion and debate.
Back to Montpeculiar: The Guv was asked if there were any rules or laws preventing a person from bringing a loaded handgun into the Vermont Statehouse. (That's his Administration Secretary Mike Smith with a portrait of the legendary Matthew Lyon.)
Gentleman Jim, a regular in the building since his legislative days back in the 1970s, simply did not know. In fact, no one on his distinguished personal staff who was in attendance did either. That probably shows what a non-issue it is in Vermont where "gun control" laws only apply to hunting season.
I followed up and just got this from the Dave Janawicz, the Capitol Police Chief:
Rule 26 of Joint Rules of House & Senate: Regarding "Public Conduct"says no person shall carry a firearm or explosives, openly or concealed,except for official purposes, while in the State House.
C-SPAN1 & 2 went back to live floor coverage at 10:A.M., as they normally do. If C-SPAN3 is carrying the Gonzales Hearing before St. Patrick's committee, I do not know. I don't get it.
And CBS and ABC and NBC have "normal" programming while CNN and MSNBC and FOX - the cable-news giants - are milking the massacre at Virginia Tech for every drop its worth to them.
Fortunately, the Senate Judiciary Committee has Attorney General Gonzales available for live viewing on its website.
If I didn't know Alberto's "day job," I'd swear I was watching some Mafia Crime Family Godfather's top lawyer getting grilled in an organized crime investigation.
Wonder how history will treat him?
And his boss?