July 2006


28 Jul 2006 12:18 am

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seen here at the piano, is expected to resume her Middle East crisis mission, as the United States warned against a “fake peace” to end fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

In the early nineties I was teaching sixth grade for DoDDS in Panama and a fellow sixth grade teacher said something to me that I have always remembered.

We both had playground duty one day and were watching the students play near the Goethals Monument. Some kids started to yell and we looked over to see that a fight had broken out. A smaller boy was punching out the sixth grade bully.

Mr. Stout looked at me and said, “Watch. I’m going to do the slow walk. By the time I get over to the boys to stop the fight the bully’s going to get what he deserves.”

And that’s what Mr. Stout did. The bully was served a generous amount of humble pie before the fight was stopped. He didn’t bother the smaller boy for the rest of the year.

Hopefully, the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice will do the slow walk on her return visit to the Middle East (whenever that is) and give Israel the precious time it needs to obliterate Hezbollah from Lebanon.

Meanwhile Charles Krauthammer writes in todays New York Daily News that it’s wrong to expect Israel to show restraint in the war against Hezbollah.

27 Jul 2006 11:25 am

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Sam’s Throne, in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas

Jonah Goldberg at The Corner has my home state, Arkansas on the list of ugly states. While I will never forgive my state for voting Bill Clinton into office I have to defend at least the Northwest region because it’s breathtakingly beautiful. (and Clinton never won in the Northwest Arkansas region for governor or president)

But the whole state has natural beauty especially in the rural areas.

We have our lakes, our rivers, our mountains, our valleys and our rocks.

“Our mountains ain’t so high, but our valleys shore are deep,” goes an old Ozark saying.

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Sunset in the Arkansas River Valley

Mount Magazine is nearby, the highest point in Arkansas at 2,753-feet and very beautiful.

Southern Arkansas is not bad either.

The north central area is also beautiful.

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Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas

I don’t want to make this post a travelogue but there is natural beauty in every corner of this state.

Surely Jonah jests.

26 Jul 2006 11:23 pm

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Hugh Hewitt’s called for bloggers to select characters from the blogosphere who we think correspond to characters from The Lord of the Rings.

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Gimli the Dwarf……..Ace of Spades - Like Aragorn Gimli goes from a warrior to a sovereign.

Sam……..Blue Crab Boulevard - the embodiment of faithfulness, simplicity and decisiveness

Aragorn……..Blackfive - His deeds on the battlefields are numerous

Boromir……..Bill Whittle - he had a vision-like dream

Frodo……..The Mudville Gazette - a great hobbit who managed to save the world.

Bilbo……..Gateway Pundit - It was he who found the One Ring and he who endured to resist the evil.

Gandalf the Grey……..Captain’s Quarters - brave immortal who symbolizes honesty and kindness

Merry……..Flopping Aces - He played a crucial role in the War against Evil.

Pippin……..TigerHawk - he has a craving for adventure

Legolas……..T.F. Boggs - Long live such heroes!

Elrond……..Truth Laid Bear - a tried warrior in the fulness of his strength

Arwen……..The Anchoress - thought and knowledge were in her glance

Eomer……..The Jawa Report - a fine military leader as well as a brave warrior

Faramir……..Instapundit - Wise man and symbol of unity.

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Galadriel …….. All Things Beautiful - Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility

Theoden……..Powerline - Theoden’s greatness was in his wisdom and valor

Sauron……..No one I know of who is living, but I could be wrong.

Saruman……..Eschaton - likes to be the first in everything. There is a spirit of unsporting competitiveness and envy within him.

Denethor ll……..Andrew Sullivan - Excessive suspicion ruined Denethor

Wormtongue……..Daily Kos - the embodiment of hypocrisy, meanness and betrayal.

Gollum……..Juan Cole - Gollum was terribly afraid of everything

laurablackandwhite_1.jpg I am Eowyn. Since we are choosing bloggers who closely resemble the characters in The Lord of the Rings I think I fit the role of Eowyn well. Eowyn, in the disguise of a man named Dernhelm left Rohan and rode to Gondor with the King’s forces, sneaking Merry along at her side.

When I was nine years old I disguised myself as my brother, putting on his football uniform and playing in his place in the local Boys Club football league game. (he didn’t feel like playing that day) Until my hair fell out of the helmet the coach played me.

I took the test and yes, I am Eowyn…….

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Eowyn

If I were a character in The Lord of the Rings, I would be Eowyn, Woman of Rohan, niece of King Theoden and sister of Eomer.

In the movie, I am played by Miranda Otto.

Who would you be?
Zovakware Lord of the Rings Test with Perseus Web Survey Software

The thing is…….I love The Lord Of The Rings but there just weren’t enough female characters for this little exercize and I have quite a few female bloggers I read every day and they are all tremendous bloggers. I know Hugh loves The Lord of the Rings but I propose we select characters from the blogosphere who we think correspond to Jane Austen and her books. Say….Pride and Prejudice…….Who in the blogosphere is Mr. Darcy?

26 Jul 2006 04:26 pm

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Oh look. Nasrallah’s smiling. That must mean he’s nice and not a terrorist.

Right?

Lorie Byrd’s discovered a CNN correspondent who posts at Anderson Cooper’s blog and is having trouble telling the difference between a terrorist and a hole in the ground.

Tom Foreman takes the anti-western view and looks at the good works Hezbollah is said to do for Shiite Muslim families. They shovel snow and serve soup and run hospitals, Foreman claims. So if Hezbollah does all that and only in its spare time kills Israelis it can’t actually be called (shock!) a terrorist group can it?

Oh yes Mr. Foreman, Hezbollah can be called a terrorist group and is in fact a terrorist group.

The key difference is this: Social service agencies serve social needs such as elderly, poverty, educational, etc…..

Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and other organizations, religious or secular also help their communities.

If certain elements in the United Way sent out young men strapped with bombs to the local Starbucks to kill civilians for whatever reason our government would quickly shut it down.

The despicable racist group, the Ku Klux Klan has attempted in the past to contribute to the upkeep of roads and highways. It’s doubtful that Foreman would consider the KKK a brave force for good as he does Hezbollah.

Whether Hezbollah (and Hamas) spend 90% of its time and resources on social services and 10% on terrorizing innocent people they are still terrorist groups. One drop of poison in a glass of water can still kill.

I suspect this Tom Foreman’s an American or at least western and that he can’t tell the difference between a terrorist group and a charitable group is telling but not surprising. After all, he works for CNN.

What makes a terrorist?

I don’t mean why do people starting bombing, and shooting and fighting from the shadows. I mean, for the purposes of news organizations defining terrorism, what should the definition be?

The United States and others clearly call Hezbollah a terrorist group: The source of countless raids, bombings and attacks on Israel; the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, which left 241 people dead; and the architects of all those displays in which young men cover their faces, strap mock bombs to their chests, and parade before the cameras pledging to kill any and all soldiers and civilians alike who oppose their cause.

All this makes Hezbollah, especially for many westerners, the very definition of a terrorist group.

But some people describe another part of Hezbollah. They talk about a group that is beloved in southern Lebanon for running schools, hospitals, social services, even clearing snow in the winter for some communities that the official government of Lebanon does not serve. They say these things make Hezbollah something other than a terrorist group: A quasi-government; a nation within a nation.

All of this is done for Shiite Muslim families. The Shiites in Lebanon have long felt economically and politically deprived, and Hezbollah clearly gives many of them a feeling of both military and social strength.

So for one side, Hezbollah is a killing machine bent on seizing by terror what it wants from the world; for the other side, Hezbollah is a brave force, fighting for the rights of its people.

So what should the standard be? If you ran a newsroom, how would you define who is called a terrorist and who is not? What, for you, is Hezbollah?

Be sure to read Mary Katharine Ham’s take which is so apt.

26 Jul 2006 08:24 am

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The coolest news of the day…….

Ireland’s archeologists heralded as a miracle Tuesday the accidental discovery of an ancient book of psalms _ discovered last week when an exceptionally alert construction worker spotted something as he drove the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.

The approximately 20-page book has been dated to 800 A.D. to 1000 A.D. and, according to Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan, is the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries. Never before has such a fragile, old document been discovered buried in the soggy earth of Ireland.

“This is really a miracle find,” said Pat Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland, which has the book stored in refrigeration and facing years of painstaking analysis before it is put on public display.

“There’s two sets of odds that make this discovery really way out,” Wallace said in an interview. “First of all, it’s unlikely that something this fragile could survive buried in a bog at all, and then for it to be unearthed and spotted before it was destroyed is incalculably more amazing.”

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There’s more here….

The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin script, Psalm 83, in which God hears complaints of other nations’ attempts to wipe out the name of Israel.

Wallace said several experts spent Tuesday analyzing only that page — the number of letters on each line, lines on each page, size of page — and the book’s binding and cover, which he described as “leather velum, very thick wallet in appearance.”

It could take months of study, he said, just to identify the safest way to pry open the pages without damaging or destroying them. He ruled out the use of X-rays to investigate without moving the pages.

Ireland already has several other holy books from the early medieval period, including the ornately illustrated Book of Kells, which has been on display at Trinity College in Dublin since the 19th century.

Psalm 83 deals with the confederacy of hate against Israel. The haters not only want to wipe out Israel but also every remembrance of the nation. Of all the verses in the book of Psalms it’s extremely interesting and timely that the book would be opened to Psalm 83.

I’m taking How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill back off the shelf again.

I love how God uses the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

Hang Right Politics has more.

Read even more here.

The Irish Times has more information.

This is an interesting link found in the comments at Hot Air.

Welcome to The Anchoress readers!

Welcome to Gina Cobb readers!

UPDATE: The verse was actually about the “vale of tears.”

An ancient Irish manuscript found in a bog last week does not refer to “wiping out Israel”, the National Museum of Ireland said on Thursday, after a flood of enquiries wondering at the timing of the discovery.

The confusion arose because the manuscript uses an old Latin translation of the Bible known at the Vulgate, which numbers the psalms differently from the later King James version, the 1611 English translation from which many modern texts derive.

“The Director of the National Museum of Ireland … would like to highlight that the text visible on the manuscript does not refer to wiping out Israel but to the ‘vale of tears’,” the museum said.

The vale of tears is in Psalm 84 in the King James version.

“It is hoped that this clarification will serve comfort to anyone worried by earlier reports of the content of the text,” the museum said.

26 Jul 2006 07:46 am

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to northwest Arkansas Republican party members Monday during a fund-raising luncheon for Arkansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Springdale.

Chris Matthews said this to Don Imus on his radio show yesterday morning…

…….the Vice President, you notice how he hides during difficult times? He’s in his bunker, he’s in an undisclosed location. Where’s Cheney in all this? He just fades every time something happens.

Oh good grief.

As a matter of fact, the day before yesterday Vice President Cheney was in our state to stump for Asa Hutchinson in his race for governor. Dick Cheney does a lot of that. Chris Matthews might want to check out the Vice President’s schedule if he wants to know where he is and it’s certainly not in a bunker in an undisclosed location.

Matthews said a lot of incredibly ridiculous things on Imus….enough to embarrass even Imus.

Hat tip: Instapundit

Lorie Byrd has more on Chris Matthew’s lurch to lunacy.

Austin Bay takes apart Matthew’s unloved high school pencil neck comments.

Welcome Wizbang readers!

25 Jul 2006 09:47 am

A Republican Senatorial candidate was interviewed by Dana Milbank and eight other reporters from newspapers, magazines and networks under the condition that he be identified “Only as a GOP Senate candidate.”

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The candidate, immersed in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, sat down to lunch yesterday with reporters at a Capitol Hill steakhouse and shared his views about this year’s political currents.

On the Iraq war: “It didn’t work. . . . We didn’t prepare for the peace.”

On the response to Hurricane Katrina: “A monumental failure of government.”

On the national mood: “There’s a palpable frustration right now in the country.”

It’s all fairly standard Democratic boilerplate — except the candidate is a Republican . And he’s getting all kinds of cooperation from the White House, the Republican National Committee and GOP congressional leaders.

Not that he necessarily wants it. “Well, you know, I don’t know,” the candidate said when asked if he wanted President Bush to campaign for him. Noting Bush’s low standing in his home state, he finally added: “To be honest with you, probably not.”

The candidate gave the luncheon briefing to nine reporters from newspapers, magazines and networks under the condition that he be identified only as a GOP Senate candidate. When he was pressed to go on the record, his campaign toyed with the idea but got cold feet. He was anxious enough to air his gripes but cautious enough to avoid a public brawl with the White House.

Still, his willingness to speak so critically, if anonymously, about the party he will represent on Election Day points to a growing sense among Republicans that if they are to retain their majorities in Congress, they may have to throw the president under the train in all but the safest, reddest states.

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Who is this mystery man?

Is it John Kyle, Rick Santorum, Lincoln Chaffee, George Allen…Mike Dewine, Jim Talent, John Ensign?

We know the candidate is a male from a blue state so we can leave Kay Bailey Hutchison out of the mix…..

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It’s not an ideological matter. Even as he berated the president, the candidate allowed that he opposes a pullout from Iraq, agrees with Bush’s veto of human embryonic stem cell research, and supports constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and flag burning.

“He’s the best!” cheered Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) when he stopped in to shake the candidate’s hand during the lunch yesterday.

But if such affection is mutual, the candidate did not always show it. “We’ve lost our way, we’ve gone to the well and we drank the water, and we shouldn’t have,” he said of congressional Republicans. “You don’t go to Congress to become the party that you’ve been fighting for 40 years.” Lamenting “the spending, the finger-pointing, not getting the bills passed,” he counseled: “Just shut up and get something done.”

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Whoever this senate candidate is, to him, media attention is more important than party loyalty.

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It’s not an ideological matter. Even as he berated the president, the candidate allowed that he opposes a pullout from Iraq, agrees with Bush’s veto of human embryonic stem cell research, and supports constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and flag burning.

“He’s the best!” cheered Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) when he stopped in to shake the candidate’s hand during the lunch yesterday.

But if such affection is mutual, the candidate did not always show it. “We’ve lost our way, we’ve gone to the well and we drank the water, and we shouldn’t have,” he said of congressional Republicans. “You don’t go to Congress to become the party that you’ve been fighting for 40 years.” Lamenting “the spending, the finger-pointing, not getting the bills passed,” he counseled: “Just shut up and get something done.”

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It doesn’t get any better.

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The candidate looked the part of the contender, wearing a monogrammed shirt, his French cuffs sprouting cuff links coordinated with his necktie. He ate carefully, removing the gelatinous yolk from the four-minute egg in his salad. But he spoke with little caution as he ladled a heaping portion of criticism on his own party.

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French cuffs? Persnickety about his eggs?

Sigh.

I’m listening to the Laura Ingraham radio show right now and she’s interviewing Rick Santorum and he’s denied being the interviewee and he doesn’t strike me as the one anyway. It’s probably Lincoln Chaffee.

UPDATE: Jim Geraghty is speculating that Mr. Crabcake is Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Republican Senatorial candidate, Maryland.

If it is Steele (and I am persuaded it is) while I still support his candidacy I don’t think it was wise for him to speak to the likes of Dana Milbank whether anonymously or not. It’s naive in the extreme. Milbank wrote the article in such a way to let slip just enough info for curious bloggers to figure it out. AllahPundit and Jim Geraghty are pretty persuasive in their analysis.

Steele is tied in some polls with his Democrat opponent and losing in others. Steele should know by now there is no need to speak to reporters who would just as soon see him lose and it’s well known that Dana Milbank has no love for Republicans. So why did Steele give him the ammunition?

I wonder if Milbank is playing Arthur Dimmesdale or Roger Chillingworth?

Hot Air has more speculation.

UPDATE:It was Steele.

24 Jul 2006 12:49 pm

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funny translation inside a child’s toy shield

Warning! This is a Toy

Does not provide protection

CAUTION

The simulated protective device
was not safety device and offered no protection

Made in China

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Shouldn’t there be a legal requirement for every operative in the Democrat Party to display a warning/disclaimer when discussing anything to do with our National Security and that of Israel’s?

Especially the Howard Deans, the John Kerrys, the John Murthas and the Markos Moulitsas?

Something like……

Warning! This is the Democrat Party

Does not provide National Security protection

CAUTION

The simulated party operative
was not safety device and offered no protection

Made in China/Iran/Syria/France

24 Jul 2006 11:56 am

“If I was president, this wouldn’t have happened,” said Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John’s bar and grill in Detroit’s Cass Corridor.

Oh really? Here are some other things that surely wouldn’t have happened had the King of the Forest won in 2004.

No way that Winkie the Elephant would have killed this woman.

That Brad Pitt - Angelina Jolie thing? It never would have happened.

If John Kerry had been President? Kim Cattrall wouldn’t have appeared in that shocking Nissan ad.

Oil Prices Fall as Rice Visits Mideast

If Kerry were President that REALLY wouldn’t have happened.

John Kerry is a walking object lesson of the idiocy of the left. He is truly an idiot.

24 Jul 2006 08:11 am

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The shrill Hillary needs to invest in voice lessons more than anything else.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign army has increased its ranks to 50 staffers and more than 20 consultants, specialists in everything from fund-raising to speech-writing to hairstyling and makeup.

Clinton, the likely 2008 Democratic White House front-runner, ponied up nearly $3,000 in campaign cash for her blond tresses to get some presidential pampering from acclaimed D.C. stylist Isabelle Goetz.

Recently released federal fund-raising records show Clinton shelled out $1,500 in April for Goetz to carefully craft her coiffure and another $1,000 for a camera-ready clip in May.

She passed off both styling sessions as “media production” expenses.

Clinton was so desperate for Goetz to style her gilded mane, she picked up the scissor siren’s $405 travel tab in April and a $38 expenses tab in May.

Goetz, a fixture at the swank Cristophe salon and the favored stylist of John Kerry, has been clipping the former first lady’s locks for years - she’s credited for updating Clinton’s coif from country to chic. To complement the touch-up of her tresses, Clinton invested another $3,000 for makeup maestro Barbara Lacy to brush on some blush.

Lacy is a Tinseltown pro who applied the makeup to actors’ mugs in movies including “Minority Report,” “Runaway Bride,” “National Treasure” and “In the Line of Fire.”

She can also take credit for working the West Wing - the NBC version. Clinton paid Lacy an eye-popping $1,600 for some eye-lining in mid-May and another mind-boggling $1,300 for some makeup two weeks later.

Again, Clinton justified the makeovers as a media production expense.

There’s more……

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