Sam Gerard: “Newman get rid of the Helicopter!”

Newman: “Why?”

Sam Gerard: “Because I don’t wanna get shot!”

Tommy Lee Jones, the Fugitive 1993

Not wanting to get shot, it’s not just for Fitchburg anymore. From Chanel 2 Houston Texas

Two armed suspects attempted to rob a Denny’s restaurant, but ended up fleeing for safety after a shootout with a customer.

The shootout happened at a Denny’s restaurant in the 11000 block of the East Freeway around 5:50 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said two armed suspects wearing bandannas entered and attempted to rob the store. The sole customer in the restaurant, a licensed concealed handgun carrier, observed the suspects enter, pulled out his own gun, took cover and fired at the robbers.

Two big differences between this story and the Fitchburg version:

#1 It being Texas, there is very little chance of the armed customer losing his gun permit over this.

#2 Since it was a customer, rather than an employee who was armed and returned fire there is no disincentive for the thieves from attempting to hit that particular Denny’s again.

Via Glenn who in an update reminds us how we got here.

Here is a video of Suzanna Hupp making her case

Makes sense to me.

Stacy McCain and Ladd Ehlinger are both friends of mine, their views on Herman Cain are diametrically opposed.

Ladd is a blunt speaker and his not one to BS his readers, I thank his complaints about the campaign seriously. As both he and Stacy are much more shall we say “worldly” than me I’ll have to let them decide about Cain’s social life.

Stacy being the reporter notes the exculpatory evidence, myself I note the pattern, first “harassment” then “an affair” but the evidence on both batches are pretty light.

However if Mr. Cain is in fact doing as poorly as the media suggests why play another card?

I say it’s very simple, this is the internet age, where is the recording, where is the cell phone video?

As I’ve said before, if Cain is telling the truth, he can expect these attacks to continue.

If he is lying then he can expect a “blue dress” or the digital equivalent to come out, furthermore consider for a second, how stupid or how egotistical Herman Cain has to be if this accuser is telling the truth. If they had an affair for the length she is saying, even if Ladd Suggests he is only out to sell a book, wouldn’t this run be the height of Gary Hart stupidity?

However there is one more twist. It is no secret that Robert Stacy McCain is on the Cain train and has been for a long time, that being they case why am I reading this?

Accusations by hyper-litigious bankrupt divorceés? No biggie.

Leaving me off a key conference call? That could be serious trouble.

Why on earth would you leave a reporter who has been strong in his support and advocacy for you off such a call?

Granted he has a lot on his mind but even if you end up marrying someone else spare a kind word for the lady who gave you a date when nobody else was interested.

That’s not the Sicilian way.

At 11:50 AM on a Monday morning the Newton War Memorial is usually a quiet and empty place,

but Monday it became a gathering ground for the News Media of Massachusetts

and beyond as they waited for a press conference from Barney Frank, one of the lions of liberalism in the House of Representatives, as he prepared to officially announce that he will not seek another term.

As print reporters scribbled on pads and computers and TV reporters filmed brief segments for their noon broadcasts

the question that rings to the mind that day was: “Why Now?”

At 71 years old with three decades in the House behind him, perhaps Congressman Frank decided it was time to go, but was it not just over a year ago that he fought his toughest re-election fight in years, pouring his own money into the race to retain his seat during the Big Red wave of 2010? After such a fight why abandon the seat now?

Presumably the press conference would answer this question but perhaps the real answer is so simple that a press conference is not needed to explain it.

Despite confident pronouncements by the MSM and democrats such as Charles Schumer there is reason to believe that the election of 2012 will be even more traumatic to the democratic party than 2010. Special elections in Nv-2 and NY-9 (a seat that was last won by the GOP when Woodrow Wilson was president) fell to the Republicans while pol after pol in tough races have ducked appearances with the President Obama like the plague even to the point where Retiring Senator Webb of Virginia declined to state he would be supporting him for re-election.

It is very probable that 2012 would be another year in the minority. and Unlike the Senate, the House of representatives confers limited opportunity for a minority member other than advocacy.

After the press conference began I asked the congressman this very question.

He replied that he has spent time in both the majority and the minority and that in some ways it is easier when you are not a chairman with responsibility.

He also stated he planned to leave the House for 2014 and with a radically different district it really was impractical to try to learn so many new communities only to leave them two years later.

It is certainly a valid excuse that makes perfect sense and if this retirement took place in a vacuum one might take it at face value.

Yet with Democrat after Democrat deciding to call it a day one can’t help but think if there was more to this than meets the eye.

Many words will be written about the Frank retirement and the press conference, some will lionize him while others will dance at the thought of his departure,

but no matter which side of the argument you are on, one fact remains, there is yet another open seat that the democrats will have to defend with an unpopular president at the top of the ticket.

For republicans considering their strategy in 2012, that sends one overriding message:

Ride right through them, They’re demoralized as hell!