June 2005

29 Jun 2005 12:54 pm

And he notices that the Dems all seemed to cry about the President’s mention of 911 last night.

29 Jun 2005 08:38 am

Edloe, elegant, grumpy cat of Is Full of Crap blog has died. Very sad.

28 Jun 2005 08:03 pm

Why is it that liberals hate to hear, see or think of this date?

28 Jun 2005 06:52 pm

A lot of great lines but these are my favorite….

“The best way to honor the lives that have been given in this struggle is to complete the mission.”

“Our enemies are brutal, but they are no match for the United States of America, and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military.”

28 Jun 2005 09:34 am

My son is active duty National Guard (having served five years active duty after graduating from West Point) and is a company commander. His unit is likely to be deployed this fall but we are not for sure. There are elements of his brigade that have already deployed. This weekend at his guard duty he reports that several of the soldiers volunteered to deploy to Iraq. One had already been several times and still wants “to go back and help his buddies.”

27 Jun 2005 09:23 am

I wish we could give one of those fake Rolex watches to the likes of David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, etc……..

I am actually dreading the retirement of Rehnquist and/or O’Connor. The Senate Majority leader, Bill Frist and his gang of old maids in pants are weak sisters and I very much doubt that they have the guts to fight off the McCain-Biden-Kennedy-Lott-Reid hydras.

27 Jun 2005 07:58 am

5 to 4…… No Ten Commandments? The outrage continues………………..In a pronouncement from on high the Supreme Court rules that there will be no public display of religion.

So it’s okay to have the Ten Commandments on a government building but not in a courtroom. Thou shalt not see “Thou shalt not kill” when thou are prosecuting criminals for murder.

This is nuts. I have no words to express my disgust with the five old tyrants who said commandments in a courthouse with a primary religious purpose must not be allowed.

26 Jun 2005 05:30 am

I appreciate Jim Geraghty’s analysis of the Kelo decision.

21 Jun 2005 03:31 pm

Here is the text of Dick Durbin’s second non-apology apology…..

Mr. President, more than most people, a senator lives by his words, words are the coin of the realm in our profession. Occasionally words will fail us and occasionally we will fail words. On June 14, I took the floor of the senate to speak about genuine heartfelt concerns about the treatment of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo and other places.

I raised legitimate concerns that others have raised, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, about the policies of this administration and whether they truly do serve our needs to make America safer and more secure, whether, in fact, some of the policies might, in fact, endanger our troops, or in some ways disparage the image of america around the world. during the course of that presentation, I read an e-mail from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was discovered to exist last August, and has now been produced as part of the freedom of information act.

After reading the horrible details in that memo, which characterized the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, I then, on my own, my own words, made some characterizations about that memo. I made reference to the Nazis, to the off iset and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I have come to understand that was a very poor choice of words.

I tried to make this very clear last Friday that I understood to those analogies to the Nazis, Soviets and others were poorly chosen. I issued a release which I thought made my intentions and my inner-most feeling as as clear as I possibly could. Let me read to you what I said. I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood.

I sincerely regret if what I said causes anybody to misunderstanding my true feelings. Our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support. Mr. President, it is very clear that even though I had said something that clarified the situation, to many people it was still unclear. I’m sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time.

Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy. I’m also sorry if anything I said in anyway cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military. I went to Iraq just a few months ago with Senator Harry Reid and a delegation, the bipartisan delegation. The president was part of it. When you look at the eyes of the soldiers you see your son and daughter. They are the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them.

Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies. there’s usually a quote from Abraham Lincoln — Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said, “”if the end brings me out right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong 10,000 angels swearing I was right wouldn’t make any difference.

In the end, I don’t want anything in my make detract from the love for my country, my respect for those who everybody is it and this great.”" I offer my apology for those offended by my words. I promise to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois and to the nation- Mr. president, I yield the floor.

Mr. Durbin, you are lower than the floor.

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