May 2006


26 May 2006 11:09 pm

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When my father-in-law died of cancer September, 1997, my husband, while making the funeral arrangements tried to arrange a Navy flyover. C.C. had been a naval aviator in World War ll and the Korean War. He stayed in the Naval Reserve as long as he could and retired a Captain. He loved being in the Navy and was proud of his service.

C.C. had been active during his career in arranging flyovers for those in his unit or former units’ funerals. He had a knack of getting things done and could always be depended upon to do what he said he would do.

So when my husband as an active duty COL couldn’t arrange a flyover for his own father’s funeral he was heart-sick. He called his congressman, his senator and everyone he knew in the military but had no luck. The Clinton downsizing of the military had eliminated things like flyovers and funeral duties.

Although we all thought my husband did a wonderful job arranging C.C.’s funeral he didn’t think so himself. Along with the grief of losing his Dad he felt he had failed him when he couldn’t arrange a flyover.

Many people showed up for C.C.’s funeral at the National Cemetery. It was a clear September day and the pastor had just said a prayer when I looked up to the sky and on the left-hand side I saw a plane flying over. It was a Navy transport. That was significant because during his career C.C. had been a commander of a Navy transport squadron. Someone had remembered.

We all stopped, looked up and watched the plane fly over, knowing that the order had come from somewhere and the mission had been accomplished. My husband’s eyes teared up and he had a smile on his face as he knew that the service had not let him or his father down. C.C.’s eyes would have twinkled but he wouldn’t have said much about it had he been there for he was a man of few words but great deeds.

This Memorial Day our family honors C.C. Donoho’s memory and his lifetime of dedicated military service.

We also honor all those who have laid down their lives for this country. We pray that all those who are now serving in harms way will come home safe.

Welcome Michelle Malkin visitors.

Lorie Byrd of Wizbang is Remembering.

26 May 2006 04:20 pm

I’m glad it was just an airhammer that had the Rayburn Building locked down today but the whole situation had me pretty skeptical from the first.

With Congress doing their best to ignore their constituents wishes, ramming amnesty down our throats and putting themselves above the law …..people like Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi, William Jefferson, and Cynthia McKinney are starting to blend together as one despite their opposing political parties……

So, this morning’s news that gunfire was heard in the Rayburn Building had me thinking that it would be very convenient for congress to be under some kind of threat for several hours only to discover that it was nothing hours later.

Now, that’s apparently what’s happened.

It reminds me of a married woman I used to know who would go out and spend a bunch of money and then when her husband found the bills would fake a fainting spell to distract him and the rest of her family so she wouldn’t have to face the music. It always worked for her too.

I wonder if it’s going to work for Denny Hastert and company?

26 May 2006 12:17 pm

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Asta wants to get in on the yarn action.

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Amos has already gotten his teeth in it.

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But when it comes to yarn Amos likes to play by himself.

Go see all the rest of the playful kitties at the Modulator’s Friday Ark #88

And take a look at these composed puppies.

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UPDATE: Chocolate Bear, one of Daisy’s six puppies came over our house today to wait on her new owner to pick her up. While we waited Chocolate Bear became acquainted with the resident cats, Amos, Asta, Captain and Sabby. Choco was a hit with three of them. Especially Amos. Asta hid.

Chocolate Bear went home with her new owner just a few minutes ago. She’ll have a great home but we are going to miss her.

26 May 2006 11:47 am

Unlike Al Gore my fifteenth summer wasn’t spent in France learning about existentialism. Part of it was spent in Iowa with our Swedish cousins. The cousin closest to my age already had an old pickup truck which he drove through farm fields making crop circles. He was an early enthusiast of that rural sport. What amazed my brothers, sister and me was that our cousin had the word, bitch painted on one side of his truck. He parked it at his house at an angle which kept his father from seeing the Bitch side of the truck.

We were amazed that our cousin and his sisters got away with so much. We weren’t allowed as much freedom as our cousins and of course, today I thank my parents for that. But my dad, the spoil sport pointed out the Bitch side of our cousin’s truck to our Uncle ruining our cousin’s life for the summer at least. Our uncle wasn’t happy with our cousin. I’ll never forget it. That summer we also had our first rhubarb pie. Our aunt always baked exotic things like that. (we thought anything that wasn’t meat and potatoes exotic)

Al Gore’s a lucky man. As we speak, his facade is being added to Mt. Huffington, that virtual Rushmore of Great Men Destined to Save America. The committee deciding who gets chiseled onto Mt. Huffington has only one member: Arianna Huffington. In years past she has elevated her ex-husband, Michael, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and formerly relevant Warren Beatty as saviors of the republic. Now it’s Gore’s turn. In a recent write-up of Gore’s visit to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new film on global warming, which premiered Wednesday in Los Angeles, Huffington hailed the “new Gore” as the “hottest star in town,” beating out Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks.

Gore told Huffington that this was his second trip to Cannes. “The first was when I was 15 years old and came here for the summer to study the existentialists - Sartre, Camus. … We were not allowed to speak anything but French!” This, gushed Huffington, “may explain his pitch-perfect French accent.” Perhaps. Though according to David Maraniss’ biography of Gore, the former vice president’s 15th summer was spent working on the family farm. Remember those stories about how Al Sr. said, “A boy could never be president if he couldn’t plow with that damned hillside plow”? That was the same summer.

Apparently, Poppa Gore thought a boy who couldn’t both plow a field and parlez French existentialism could never be president either. Then there’s the fact that young Al got C’s in French at his tony Washington high school, St. Alban’s. That’s some school if a kid who can intelligently discuss Sartre’s “La Nausée” and Camus’ “Betwixt and Between” in apparently pitch-perfect French still can’t earn a B in French class. Mon dieu!

But let’s be fair. Maybe he misremembered the age at which he studied existential philosophy in France (though I could find no mention of such a trip in a quick search of his biographies). Why not trust him? After all, he’s not running for anything, right?

Hat tip: Betsy’s Page

26 May 2006 07:32 am

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John Podhoretz writes in the New York Post about the Al Gore Boomlet.

I have to note the #2 comment made about Gore on this Lucianne thread.

The release of the hagiographic new documentary about his global-warming crusade has turned Gore into a latter-day Jeremiah, warning us about our corrupt ways and our need to reform lest we reap the whirlwind.

This image dovetails nicely with the Populist Prophet Al Gore, the guy who popped up last year ranting like Howard Beale in “Network” about “digital brown shirts” whose supposedly fascistic domination of the public discussion means “America’s democracy is at grave risk.”

Arianna Huffington, among others, has grown besotted with Gore’s newfound “authenticity,” and contrasts it with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s “triangulation” and “phoniness.” New York magazine slapped Gore’s face on the cover and dubbed him “The Anti-Hillary.”

Something else is whetting the appetites of Democrats and Leftists for a possible Gore challenge to his former boss’s wife. There’s talk that Gore has oceans of Google stock and stock options, which he could cash in for hundreds of millions of dollars and thereby self-finance a bid for the presidency.

John Pod concludes that Hillary is still tougher than Gore and although that’s true she can’t scream and rant like Gore because when she does it’s truly frightening.

How did Gore acquire so much Google stock? I remember reading in late 2000 just after the election that Gore didn’t have much money. Hmm.

John Dickerson writes in Slate about why the new Gore can’t be elected President in 2008.

25 May 2006 10:23 pm

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Daisy’s puppies were six weeks old last weekend so they are ready to find homes. Three of these four puppies found homes yesterday, one is going to be staying with Daisy and the other two were already adopted before the photo was taken. They are such fine pups. Amazingly well behaved.

25 May 2006 10:21 am

Clash of the Titans? I think not. But since this seems to be Hillary vs Al Week I’ll link it.

Very witty writing by John Burtis.

Yes, as time grows short and the Gods above put man in play below, the two great political titans of the left, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, seem destined to square off against each other in the blood flecked and death adorned presidential coliseum of 2008.

All the auguries are there. And famed political diviners are busily opening chickens, doves, and mice, checking their entrails for e-mail from the gods, while others scan the clouds for other signs, and scientists train telescopes on the tails of comets.

There’s Al’s hit movie, which features a tear soaked plethora of inconveniences for all of us, his accompanying Willy Loman pitchman’s travails on the endless road and highways in the sky, and his tireless flogging of it to all comers.

Everywhere there’s a suitable venue, a tent, or an open air park with electricity and a branch to hang his wrinkled white sheet, you’ll find Mr. Gore and the townsfolk gathered to watch the grainy moving pictures and the disembodied voice of the narration.

This gets even better so go read the rest.

25 May 2006 07:24 am

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Hillary Clinton is calling for a return to the 55 mile an hour speed limit. This is exactly what I’ve been saying over the years. She’s cut more in the mode of a Jimmy Carter than a Bill Clinton. She’ll tell you what’s good for you. Hillary’s the National Speed Bump.

Either this woman is living in the past or she’s got a deal with all the police chiefs of every small town in America. We know she lives in the past by her choice of music for her iPod. Jacob Weisberg thinks she poll-tested it…. She must have polled her music choices actually because her spontaneous reactions are more in line with the 55 mile an hour speed limit deal.

So why is Hillary in the news with calls for a nation-wide speed limit? It’s likely that she’s trying to squelch the Gore Boomlet.

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Samuel Thernstrom has some “inconvenient truths for Al Gore.

May 24, 2006 — WASHINGTON - In a surprise move yesterday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called for “most of the country” to return to a speed limit of 55 mph in an effort to slash fuel consumption.
“The 55-mile speed limit really does lower gas usage. And wherever it can be required, and the people will accept it, we ought to do it,” Clinton said at the National Press Club.

Before sounding off on the benefits of a lower speed limit, Clinton called for a combination of tax incentives, the use of more ethanol-based fuel and a $50 billion fund for new energy research to cut the consumption of foreign oil 50 percent by 2025.

She also pushed for half of all the nation’s gas stations to have ethanol pumps by 2015, and for every gas station to have them by 2025.

Hat tip: Betsy’s Page

And here’s more…….

“The 55 mile speed limit really does lower gas usage, and wherever it can be required and that people will accept it, we ought to do it,” Clinton said.

The senator admitted that the move would be too unpopular to implement nationwide. “Well, there are just some parts of the country where that’s just not going to happen,” she said. “You know, where you’ve got miles of open, flat road.”

“I mean, there are things that can be done. So maybe the trade off is, you know, most of the country where 55 miles an hour doesn’t seem like a burden, we have that. In the rest of the country, inflate your tires before you head off into the sunset,” Clinton concluded.

A newly elected Republican majority Congress repealed the national 55 MPH speed limit in 1995 over the objection of then-President Bill Clinton after groups like the National Motorists Association demonstrated the law’s shortcomings as a “life-saving measure.”

What does Hillary mean by most of the country?

I mean…..Blue states? Red states? Her states? You know……Belinda Stronach’s states?

Does Hillary ever complete a sentence without saying, You know and I mean?

24 May 2006 06:54 pm

What a response. Sure Dennis Hastert isn’t aware of an FBI investigation of possible corruption. That explains his strange reaction to the the raid of Congressman William Jefferson’s Rayburn office over the weekend and his claim that it violated the separation of powers.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is probing corruption in Congress, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

ABC, citing high level Justice Department sources, said information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with those of other tribes.

Hastert’s Press Secretary told ABC in a statement: “We are not aware of this.” Hastert’s spokespeople were not immediately available for comment.

UPDATE: Reuters is reporting that Hastert is not under investigation.

ABC News The Blotter is sticking to the story….sort of.

24 May 2006 06:00 pm

The Republicans have some geeks who are thinking about running for President in 2008 but the Democrats have some absolutely repugnant candidates and they know it. Hence, the big promotion in the media of Hillary Clinton and the New Comeback Kid Al Gore.

Both Clinton and Gore are scaly characters with a trail of debris behind them and if these two bloody each other early on it will open up a space for the Mark Warners of the Democrat party. If John Kerry also enters the race in ‘08 it will be interesting to see whose FBI file will surface first.

It will get dirty. But, like Lorie Byrd says, bring on Al the Alarmist. It will be fun to see him lurch above grumpy Hillary in a debate. John Podhoretz is of the opinion that the male Democratic candidates won’t have the nerve to go at Hillary hard but I have my doubts. Some in Hollywood have already cut Hillary loose. Susan Sarandon is one.

The Democrats need to clear out the old closets of the eighties and nineties clothing, accessories, shoes and politicians so they can try on the new fresh faces.

Which is the only way any Democrat can win the Presidency in this post-Clinton era.

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