April 2006


30 Apr 2006 11:39 pm

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United 93 came in number two at the box office this weekend which I think is quite an achievement since there was such a concerted attempt by the MSM to dampen enthusiasm for it. I think it’s very important that this movie is well attended because unfortunately in these times there is less interest in history or reading of history books. Too many people get whatever understanding they have of history through movies.

And if that is the case United 93 needs to be the ultimate history book for the American people. It tells the story that is now somewhat dim in many people’s minds. Time has a way of lessening pain but it also softens the memory. Children who are in elementary school in some cases were toddlers and babies on September 11th, 2001 and don’t even have a memory of that day at all.

One of the arguments against the movie was that it was too soon after 911. I don’t recall hearing that contention in 2004 when Hollywood awarded an Oscar to Michael Moore for his so-called documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

United 93 should be seen by all the Americans who went on living their lives in the days after 911 soothed by the knowledge that there’ve been no more attacks on our soil. Even though that is true it unfortunately doesn’t lessen the danger for any of us. The jihadists still hate us and want us dead and they now have allies in the Cindy Sheehans of our own country.

30 Apr 2006 05:22 pm

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It’s the only way I can go to war. I’m now a member of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists. Captain Ed of Captain’s Quarters, Frank J. of IMAO and Derek Brigham of Freedom Dogs are the organizers of this Company of bloggers who are strong supporters of the war on terror. They are recruiting those who are of like mind. I am definitely that. So far the Fighting KeeBees are a company with 66 members. May we soon be a Battalion. Then a Brigade. And on to a Division.

Captain Ed writes……..

That’s why Frank J of IMAO, Derek Brigham of Freedom Dogs, and I have decided to create — for real — the 101st Fighting Keyboardists and adopt the chicken hawk as our mascot. First of all, the term “fighting keyboardist” describes our efforts pretty well, and we think the pseudo-military terminology is pretty danged amusing. Derek himself designed the logo.

More from Captain Ed……..

Is that the same as military service? Of course not. The men and women of the military do the real fighting, and we salute them and support them by supporting their mission. Milbloggers give us the best of both worlds by not only defending our nation and fighting (and beating) terrorists around the globe, but also by reporting on the fight first hand.

There is honor in engaging in public debate for policies which we believe are in our nation’s best interest as well. For many of us, we know that without presenting our arguments in the national forum, many in the media and the public will quickly overpower the debate and threaten the policies we feel give us the best long-term opportunity to defeat terrorism and the states that fund and shelter them.

The 101st Fighting Keyboardists have adopted the chicken hawk as our mascot. And I think that’s very appropriate. To read more about the chicken hawk go read Captain Ed.

30 Apr 2006 04:41 pm

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Captain gives me a piercing stare. Something tells me I caught him doing something.

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While Sabby poses formally. He wants me to take the camera away. One photo is all he would allow.

The 110th Carnival of the Cats is hosted this week at Furry Paws. Check out some great cats lovingly presented by their blogging friends.

30 Apr 2006 12:02 am

“Democrats who are against this war should have to wear “I work for Al-Qaida badges at all times”, my husband said on our way home from the movie, United 93. That is the powerful impact that it had on us. It was one of the most gripping movies I have ever seen.

When we first sat down in the theater the previews for upcoming movies seemed to go on and on and the sound was much too loud. The movie house was about two thirds full which was pretty good for a matinee. The trailers were so loud however, that a few people shouted, “Turn it down.” which I thought was pretty rude. If they had wanted the sound turned down the proper thing to have done would have been to leave the auditorium and go out to the lobby to complain.

Especially considering what happened next. The sound was turned down alright. But completely down. When United 93 finally began there was absolutely no sound whatsoever. As we viewed the terrorists in their hotels, preparing themselves for their day of Jihad there was no sound at all. We couldn’t hear anything. I grumbled to my husband and threatened to get up and go to the lobby myself. My husband told me he would and stood up and walked out of the auditorium. The guy behind us also was grumbling and got up a little after my husband.

Pretty soon a theater employee walked into the auditorium with a trash can, looking around. People near him started complaining but all I could see was the employee shrugging his shoulders in response. After my husband returned I asked him what the theater employees had told him and he said that their response was they would do what they could. No one else as far as I know besides my husband and the man behind us actually got out of their seat to complain about the lack of sound in the theater.

I thought at the time that even though having no sound was no big emergency yet we were all paying customers and we couldn’t hear the movie. Most of us were sitting there doing little or nothing about it. How like September 10th we are I thought. Still.

That is what the movie exemplified. How unsuspecting, Americans on that day were clueless to the evil theatening to engulf us. That the air traffic controllers who were actually listening to the events in the cockpits were not at first believed. How unprepared NORAD and the Air Force were. There were only four interceptors available to send and even that was a screwup because the fighter jets were sent East over the ocean. So much precious time was lost because of bureaucrats unwilling to take a stand.

The movie was well into ten minutes before we had sound but it was visually stunning even without it, and when we finally could hear, the co-captain of United 93 was under the plane watching it being fueled. Passengers were entering the airports, flight attendants were preparing the plane. All seemed normal.

On to the various traffic control headquarters on the East Coast. Each air traffic controller sat at computer screens in darkened, slightly claustrophobic rooms charting the courses of the planes in the air. It appeared to be a beautiful day all over America. As I recall it was also a beautiful day in Germany where we were living at the time of 911.

Even though I knew what was coming the story as it unfolded was intense and somewhat confusing as we watched each new event through the eyes of the doomed characters in this tragic play.

After Flight 93 became airborne we had glimpses of the passengers settling into what they thought would be a quiet trip. Even after the terrorists took over the plane the passengers were compliant and fearful until they got the courage to use their own or the plane’s telephones.

Then, row by row, word was passed that what they thought was a typical hijacking was actually a suicide mission. That’s when it hit me hard. The passengers of Flight 93’s realization that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been hit and their plane hadn’t been hijacked by angry people with a political agenda but insane religious zealots who meant to kill them all brought them out of their seats. It dawned on them that they would have to fight back.

I have read that a blogger claims that one of the European passengers on the plane didn’t try to clue in the terrorists to the plans of the passengers to fight back. That is not what I saw. The man at first told his fellow passengers that they should stay quiet and the plane would land safely. But just before the passengers charged up the aisle he did attempt to warn the terrorists and was stopped by the passengers.

Whether that happened or not on the real Flight 93 we will never know but have we not seen Europe itself spend much of its treasure and time in recent days in its dhimmitude, changing the vocabulary so as not to upset Muslims even as they burn European cities and riot over cartoons? When will their tolerance finally become intolerable?

The passengers began to fight back in a courageous and desperate battle which ultimately was unsuccessful but I believe my favorite scene was the moment they took down the terrorist with the red headband. There was something so symbolic and powerful about that act.

When I was a child I remember wondering about the historical phrase, Remember the Alamo. I learned later, of course, that it was a battle cry that eventually “spurred on the forces of Sam Houston at San Jacinto.”

Our heritage is one of a brave people and United 93 tells the modern day story of valor that is true even though it is tragic. This movie is a faithful retelling of the courage of everyday people who acted with will and saved untold thousands. It is time for all Americans to see it and our battle cry should be Remember Flight 93.

29 Apr 2006 09:50 am

The news media made a big deal out of Rush’s arrest yesterday. The Radio Equalizer has more on that. My question is why was Rush investigated in the first place? I think we all know why.

Rush Limbaugh quietly turned himself in yesterday for one count of doctor shopping that will be dismissed in eighteen months provided he stick with his drug therapy treatment. It’s ridiculous that he was ever pursued by the Democrat prosecutor in the first place.

What a joke. The thing is, Rush has admitted that he had an addiction to prescription painkillers and was treated for it. It’s definitely a good thing that he’s agreed to continue to “seek drug therapy treatment from the doctor who has been treating him for the past 2 1/2 years.”

So my take on the great and fantastic Rush is it is a blessing that he was pursued by a ravening Democrat prosecutor who was out to crush him because it caused Rush to confront his addiction in front of the whole world and it just may save his life. Rush has accomplished so much in his years of radio broadcasting and every day he gets better at what he does. May he be around until as the great Maha Rushi says, everyone agrees with him.

28 Apr 2006 07:34 pm

The Anchoress writes about the new CNN/USA Today poll on Hillary Clinton’s name. Apparently she polls better when using her maiden name along with her married name. In other words people still think the name Clinton stinks. The Anchoress writes as she always does, with so much profundity…..

Especially when the candidate involved is married to someone who once polled where they should go on vacation. Polling on the name…that’s beautiful. That’s what we want in charge, someone who won’t even tell you a name until it’s been focus-grouped and submitted for popular approval. In a serious and troubling age, we should elect that president. Al Qaeda will love that president.

Why would CNN/USA Today commission a poll on the strength of Hillary Clinton’s name, married or single? Why is it important? Why does this make me think of the old but obviously still true term, The Clinton News Network?

That’s just a weird way to run a life, a campaign, a marriage. When my husband and I got married I was asked by a few people if I was going to keep my maiden name. I guess I was living in the past back then when I was living in the past because my immediate reaction was why would I do that? I was proud of marrying my husband and glad to take his name. I still get a thrill sometimes when I am called Mrs. Donoho. I am proud of being my father’s daughter of course and my maiden name, Fletcher has a nice meaning, Arrow Maker but when I married I became Laura Lee Donoho.

But, of course, I was serious about my new role in life and except when studying the genealogical and historical aspects of my maiden name I never use it anymore. I am a Donoho. I would be whether I ever decided to run for office or not. (banish that thought)

Hillary Clinton could call herself Hillary Reagan Bush Clinton and I still wouldn’t vote for that self-centered, lying, rotten, commie, fascist, rat.

There, now I’m going to go see United 93. (for some reason I can’t enter the link to the movie site) Sissy Willis went today and has a great review.

28 Apr 2006 11:44 am

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Captain hints around about food. He wants me to try a recipe in the new cookbook.

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Sabby’s just busy enjoying the sun.

See many more cats outside and in the kitchen at The Modulators Friday Ark.

27 Apr 2006 11:05 pm

Ye gods and little fishes! A member of the White House Press Corps (apparently by the name of “Hang-on Jim”) had a hissy-fit because all the televisions in the press room (or the White House) are tuned to Fox News!

One would think this victim/reporter had never viewed 24. Their news reports are all from Fox News too. Of course it’s a Fox Broadcast. I know, I know, 24 is a fictional television show but don’t tell me that the snippy little reporter is a sentient human being and puleeze don’t tell me that Scott McClellen actually dignified the question/complaint with an actual response.

It used to irritate me when walking through airports concourses that all of the televisions were tuned to CNN. But I never considered complaining about it, I just ignored the t.v.’s. CNN is still the main channel on in many businesses. But not where I bank. The televisions are all tuned to the Fox News Channel. (I’m laughing out loud now at those who are shaking in their boots.)

Hotline reports that the Fox Victim is Jim VandeHei. Here is part of the transcript.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the conference room, or the senior staff office, the staff office, they’re different TVs, and you can switch to different channels. I’m not sure if some of these in the back are connected to some of the others that are watching right here, right now. It doesn’t look like it to me. I’ve never known anyone that’s raised a complaint about a request from back here to watch a different channel.

Q I’m officially raising it and officially complaining about it.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I’m going to go see if we can change the channel for you. Have you called up?

Q I was the Fox victim, and I was told — the quote was, “No,” when I asked for CNN.

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know who you talked to, so — it didn’t come to my attention. You don’t know who you talked to either?

Q Well, the magic people at the other end off the phone.

MR. McCLELLAN: The magic people at the other end of the phone. Well, I’ll see if this cabin is —

Q I was told, “We don’t watch CNN here, you can only watch Fox.”

MR. McCLELLAN: As I said, it’s hard to respond to something when I don’t know who it is you talked to.

Q I used the phone back here.

MR. McCLELLAN: I find this all quite amusing, to tell you the truth. I mean, there are a lot of people on this plane that do watch that channel.

Q I’ve never been told, no. They’re such nice guys up there.

MR. McCLELLAN: First time you brought it to my attention. I’ll go see what we can do on it

And who is the mighty clicker?

27 Apr 2006 09:55 pm

Schools were locked down today at Andrews Air Force Base but it wasn’t because of the antics of out of control students or teachers. Authorities were searching for two large cats seen in the vicinity.

27 Apr 2006 08:20 pm

Did I hear on the news that the Senate’s requested the tax returns of oil company executives? I could find nothing online about it.

In this enlightening post by Douglas Hanson at The American Thinker he suggests that something other than politics may be at play in the (until now) unexamined West African uranium connections of Joe Wilson and Mary O. McCarthy. I’m wondering if the Senate’s missing the boat by not requesting the tax returns of Joe Wilson and Mary O. McCarthy. Hat tip: PoliPundit

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