June 2005

30 Jun 2005 06:36 pm

Ed Henry of CNN grills Bob Novak. Novak says he will tell all when the investigation is over.

30 Jun 2005 05:23 pm

These two guys are my son’s best friends and were groomsmen in his wedding a few years ago. Those were happier times because they were still with us. David, on the left is a missionary currently in Africa and Beau is a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed in Afghanistan.

We don’t know where Beau is in Afghanistan so we are praying he is okay. At least sixteen are not today. I am praying that the others are rescued. I also have some cousins in Afghanistan and of course there are the kids from our church.

Prayers for them all.

30 Jun 2005 05:05 pm

My family lived next door to an Italian family when I was growing up and they had a great but small restaurant. Mr. Porta didn’t serve alcohol so he put up the sign, “There’s no beer here but there’s beer near here.”

He had a lot of funny signs around and the best spaghetti in the world.

This Belgium parliamentarian was not willing to meet for lunch with his Iranian counterparts if beer was banned.

I’m thinking better of the Belgiums today. Maybe there is hope for Western Civilization.

30 Jun 2005 03:48 pm

These classless, clueless women pull a stunt like this.I post this with disgust.

Members of the au naturale contingent Breasts Not Bombs said the war is indecent, not their nakedness. “Boobies never hurt anyone,” said Sherry Glaser. But after more than two years at war, the public has become desensitized to protests, they said. So if they have to show a little skin to get attention, so be it.

30 Jun 2005 02:44 pm

Captain, my husband’s Aide de camp searches the house for his balloon.

30 Jun 2005 12:16 pm

This is sad news.

“The U.S. military confirmed Thursday that all 16 servicemembers aboard a special forces helicopter died when it crashed into a mountain ravine earlier this week, apparently after being shot down.”

Froggy Ruminations has more. Here is a quote….

I don’t know about you, but as I wrote that, a chill went up my spine. While this incident is a terrible tragedy, it underscores the deep commitment of the American fighting man to defend this nation, and the incredible intrepidy of our SOF operators. This Independence Day weekend, take a minute and hoist a cold one for our boys. Because it is these men serving our nation around the world for the past 229 years that have made your BBQ possible.

30 Jun 2005 08:07 am

I’m a little late commenting on the congressional tour of Gitmo but after reading this article I’ve been thinking about it……

Lawmakers wanted to see for themselves.

After getting a classified briefing from base commanders, the House delegation ate lunch with troops - the same meal of chicken with orange sauce, rice and okra that detainees were served. They then toured several of the barbed-wire camps where detainees are housed, viewing small cells, dusty recreation yards and common areas.

From behind one-way mirrors, lawmakers watched interrogators grilling three individual terror suspects. None of the interrogators touched detainees.

In one session, they questioned a man who defense officials said was a Saudi national and admitted al-Qaida member who was picked up in Afghanistan and knew nine of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers. In another, a female interrogator took an unusual approach to wear down a detainee, reading a Harry Potter book aloud for hours. He turned his back and put his hands over his ears.

At a communal camp for those given privileges because of good behavior, bearded detainees in white frocks, flip-flops and skull caps quietly lingered near lawmakers, although from behind fences. Later, the detainees played soccer.

The congressional delegation has returned awfully quiet. I read on Roger L. Simon’s blog that one democrat was upset that he was quoted wrongly by the New York Times. They had to make a correction…..

An article on Tuesday about the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay paraphrased incorrectly from a comment by Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, one of several senators who inspected the military detention facility during a weekend trip. He said he felt good about the work of three American guards he met there. He did not say he was pleased with the overall handling of the detainees.

Roger L. Simon’s comment is a hoot!

I remember traveling to each change of station during my husband’s active duty career and some of the facilities where we stayed temporarily until we could find housing was awful. The “Roach Hotel” in Augsburg, Germany was one of the worst.

We were given a room upstairs above the Officers Club, an old rundown German building.(it had been a part of Hitler’s Third Reich) One room with a bathroom down the hall. My husband, our two year old son and I slept (or tried to sleep) in this room with paper-thin walls. It was noisy all the time, babies crying, people stomping down the hall and I had never had jetlag before. It was terrible. We were there for two weeks. After having to spend a day in the home of my husband’s commander I begged my husband to let us stay in the Roach because the commander and his wife were so strange and we were so uncomfortable.

Dinner was served down in the dining room but there was no breakfast or lunch. That was a real problem because we had a two year old and no car with which to go find food. My husband was picked up for work around six thirty every morning and didn’t return until six in the evening. Being a Tiger Mommy I had to go out into the alien world to find food for my baby.

I ventured out with my son and got on a streetcar (Stra├čenbahn) and we ended up in downtown Augsburg. I couldn’t speak the language at the time but I had Deutschmarks and bought pretzel like sandwiches and gummies (pronounced “goomies”) and we somehow made it back to the “Roach” safely.

So the moral to this story is that the detainees have clean rooms and good food served to them. We had to deal with much less many times. But of course, we weren’t terrorists.

30 Jun 2005 04:37 am

President Bush met with the families of fallen soldiers before Tuesday’s Fort Bragg speech and was urged by a widow to stay the course in Iraq.

“I said: ‘I know people are pushing you, but please don’t pull the guys out of Iraq too soon,’?” said Crystal Owen, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Mike Owen, was killed in Iraq last year. “Don’t let my husband — and 1,700-plus other deaths — be in vain,” she added during a private meeting with Mr. Bush at the North Carolina base. “They were over there, fighting for a democratic nation, and I hope you’ll keep our service members over there until the mission can be accomplished.” Mrs. Owen gave the president a stainless steel bracelet engraved with the names of her husband and another soldier, Cpl. John Santos, both of whom were killed on Oct. 15.

The families get it.

29 Jun 2005 03:14 pm

Because she nails it with this article about Barak Obama, Bill Frist and the Clintons. She writes…….

And there are the Clintons. There are always the Clintons. The man for whom Barack Obama worked so hard in 1992 showed up with his wife this week to take center stage at Billy Graham’s last crusade in New York. Billy Graham is a great man. He bears within him deep reservoirs of sweetness, and the reservoirs often overflow. It was embarrassing to see America’s two most famous political grifters plop themselves in the first row dressed in telegenic silk and allow themselves to become the focus of sweet words they knew would come.

Why did they feel it right to inject a partisan political component into a spiritual event? Why take advantage of the good nature and generosity of an old hero? Why, after spending their entire adulthoods in public life, have they not developed or at least learned to imitate simple class?

When I was growing up there was a woman in our town who would show up at every school and social function in her ratty mink coat and fake diamond rings. She married a lot and was probably an embarrassment to her very sweet daughters. My mother told me that she was the town grifter. That was the first time I ever heard that word and I think of the ratty mink woman when I think of the Clintons. Both of them.

Everything is always all about them. They take advantage of gracious people such as Billy Graham and George Herbert Walker Bush. I don’t understand why people can’t see through them. Well, Peggy does.

Hugh Hewitt was just talking about Noonan’s article which compelled me to read, post and comment on it and he made another important point. Last night the news media and Democrats tried to imply that the troops at Fort Bragg who were present at President Bush’s speech did not applaud because they did not approve of President Bush. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As Hugh Hewitt just said, President Bush didn’t want the speech to be all about him hence the non-pep rally atmosphere at the speech.

Update: Thanks for the link Hugh Hewitt and welcome to Wide Awake Cafe Hugh Hewitt readers!

29 Jun 2005 01:39 pm

A showdown between Scott Johnson of Powerline and Matthew Yglesias of some liberal blog…TPM cafe something. I’ll find out. Matt is starting to tear up. Boo Hooooooo! Scott Hennen of WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota is doing a great job hosting! He really got Charlie Rangel’s goat.

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