Today, Democrats killed the transparency Obama promised yet again. While voting on whether to post the new healthcare legislation 72 hours prior to voting on the final bill, the Senate Finance Committee struck the measure down. They promised only to post “conceptual language” online about the bill. God forbid they actually let us all have unfettered access to it. We might actually decide for ourselves–the way we did on the last one–that we don’t want it.
Moammar Qadhafi addressed the UN right on the heels of dear leader Barack Obama. Obama told the entire world how he is the change everybody has waited for (all hail Obamessiah!). Then Qadhafi went on some long rant about how he would be happy if “our son” Obama could be the President forever, Israelis killed JFK and MLK, and Libya is going to “bring the rolling thunder” to America. America will be attacked again, so the UN needs to move out.
Meanwhile, back on the farm…
Here in Arizona, on November 15 of last year, 16-year-old Kelly Tracy was headed with her brother Matthew to prepare with their high school’s marching band to perform in a parade when their car was struck by a drunken illegal alien, Manuel Contreras-Galdean. Matthew was injured. Kelly died within hours. Contreras-Galdean was placed under arrest at the scene. Shortly after the collision he caused (while driving with a BAC of .192), he was found to be in the United States illegally. He has since also been charged with forgery–he used what police call “synthetic fraud” to create a fake identity and falsified employment records to get a job.
He wasn’t even supposed to be in our country.
I do not speak for the Tracy family. I do not know what their thoughts and feelings are about the aggravating factors of Contreras-Galdean’s “immigrant” status. But I can’t imagine how they must feel today as the man who murdered their daughter had the tacit nerve to stand up in court and reject the prosecution’s plea offer of 10.5 years for each count against him (21 years total).
That sorry SOB had the gall to demand 14 to 16 years.
Oh, but he’s sooooo sorry. He didn’t mean to cause the family any pain. He wasn’t supposed to be here, he wasn’t supposed to drink and drive, and he wasn’t supposed to be at the intersection at Guadalupe and Sossaman as lit up as he was that morning. He was, though, and while he survived with minimal injuries, beautiful Kelly was torn from her life before she’d had a chance to do all the things she hoped to do.
Contreras-Galdean isn’t the first to beg for leniency in court because he didn’t mean to hurt anybody. People who have willingly killed with their bare hands have made such claims many times over. Since when does simply saying “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to” absolve anyone of the consequences of taking a life?
One of my top ten favorite lyrics ever is from a song by Jars of Clay, called Crazy Times: “it takes more than your saline eyes to make things right.”