January 2007


24 Jan 2007 07:51 pm

An email from Iraq….

I heard from Beau, he’s wondering if he’s going to get called up in the IRR, it’s his last year in. (his total 8 is up May 31st). I thought about the getting called up, stop-lossed, and extended, pulled from my family for 18 months after my time is up, and the bottom line is this: We are at War.

It was crazy for me to have gotten aggravated about it just because my commitment was up, I think though that if I can be extended for 18 extra months of my life to serve in the military in a combat zone then protesters of the war should have to give a little too, not hurt the war effort, and guys like Kennedy should be held accountable for their false and extreme statements concerning the efforts of soldiers. (remember his Pol Pot comment?)

I wish someone would show Kennedy the number of hostile incidents vs number of engagements by soldiers and compare those stats to any other war… and put Kennedy in prison for the rest of his life for his hate-filled betrayal and false accusation. Now my comments about protesters doesn’t mean they don’t get to vote, it just means they don’t get to get away with derogatory and false statements concerning the efforts of soldiers.

What is this about Republicans not supporting us? Are you kidding me?

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The above email is one reason why I am supporting the Pledge.

If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.

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I just heard Senator Norm Coleman heming and hawing on the Hugh Hewitt show about whether or not he will support the Warner Resolution and I am extremely disappointed in him. The pledge is an important tool for those of us who support the troops to know where the Republicans we worked hard to get elected stand. If they vote for a resolution of any kind that is not supportive of President Bush and our efforts in Iraq they are encouraging the enemy and will earn history’s scorn.

Dan Riehl explains why the Biden/Warner resolutions will encourage the enemy……

What does it mean, “to encourage the enemy?”

It means that the enemy gathers will and strength from the prospect of a collapsing political will to seek victory in Iraq and stability in the region.
With that additional strength and will the enemy redoubles and retriples efforts to kill American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
In short, it means that more Americans will die.

23 Jan 2007 07:56 pm

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It continues to amaze me that our President has remained steadfast and strong during these long four years of war while battalions upon battalions of hate mongers have daily been involved in deliberate calumniation of his good name.

Today Lt. General David Petraeus appeared before the Senate Armed Forces Committee confirmation hearing and was treated like President Bush’s whipping boy by some back stabbing Republicans and the usual Dems. Petraeus spoke eloquently about America’s dire need to give our troops some morale support. Senators Leiberman and McCain seemed to be the only grownups in the room, besides Lt. Gen. Petraeus. Sissy Willis has some fascinating analysis of the hearing.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Republicans Collins, Warner, Snowe and Coleman are deserting the troops and our efforts to win the War on Terror. It must be for political reasons: two are liberal women, Warner was married to Elizabeth Taylor and Coleman is from Minnesota and perhaps, just likes being a senator. None of them seem to be aware of the consequences of joining the Democrats in a resolution of disapproval even though the honorable Senator Lieberman pleaded with them today in the hearing to keep the trains on the tracks.

There is no doubt that the Democrats are in charge of the Cut and Run Train but the four Republicans, like eager Hobos, have jumped on. It is to be expected that the Democrats will ignore the dangers that lie ahead chiefly because of their hatred for President Bush. Do the four feathers feel the same way?

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So am I surprised that the president’s approval ratings are so low? No. Ever since the 2004 Presidential election when the President had the chance to get some things done in Congress he had no help from the Republicans. Their refusal to work on Social Security Reform was one of the worst desertions, followed by the Senate’s surrender to the Gang of Fourteen. If President Bush wanted to play the good cop, Republican senators wanted to play the gooder cop.

President George W. Bush’s approval ratings are now the lowest for any president the day before a State of the Union speech since Richard Nixon in 1974, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of how Bush is handling his job as president while 33 percent approve. The rating matches Bush’s career low in a May 2006 poll.

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It’s not surprising the D.C. Mayor thumbed his nose at President and Mrs. Bush, refusing to sit with Mrs. Bush at the State of the Union address. After all, he is a Democrat. The news media has made much of this story because after all, it is the anti-Bush media.

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has declined a White House invitation to sit with first lady Laura Bush at tonight’s State of the Union address, deciding to attend the event as a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Fenty spokeswoman Carrie Brooks confirmed yesterday that the city’s new mayor will sit in the gallery along with others invited by Pelosi (D-Calif.), who recently became speaker after Democrats took control of the House of Representatives.

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The troops in Iraq are starting to experience the Bush Derangement Syndrome first hand.

All he asked of a Web-based mattress company was to send mats so he and his fellow GIs wouldn’t have to sleep on the cold, bug-invested ground of one of the harshest posts in Iraq.

What he got, instead, was an insult, a slur aimed at every American soldier enduring the hardships of duty.

“I was appalled at the response,” Sgt. Jason Hess told FOX News in an email received Tuesday afternoon from Iraq a day after his story was told. “A simple response would have been, I’m sorry but we do not ship overseas.”

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D.J. Drummond makes a prediction and I for one, wholeheartedly agree. No matter what the Democrats and the Four Feathers do, I don’t think they will be able to stop history. Their train will quickly go off the tracks and I do fear it may take us with it. Still, President Bush has fought the good fight. He continues to. His leadership in this war will go down in history as heroic.

History will vindicate George Walker Bush, not only as a good President, but as one of our best. Not only because of the tax cuts which reignited the economy, not only because he was the first President to seriously try to reform Social Security, not only because he saw us through the 9/11 crisis without either a rash or cowardly result, but because he stood by his people, especially listening to the military and making decisions by what was best in the long run. For everyone concerned.

23 Jan 2007 12:38 am

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The risible contention offered by Terry McAuliffe, that Hillary Clinton is the second coming of Margaret Thatcher caused much laughter and scratching of heads this weekend.

Both Sissy Willis and Stephen Bainbridge shredded the statement with ease yesterday and others have had some fun with the ridiculous notion.

HILLARY CLINTON is to be presented as America’s Margaret Thatcher as she tries to become the first woman to win the White House. As she entered the 2008 presidential race yesterday, a senior adviser said that her campaign would emphasise security, defence and personal strengths reminiscent of the Iron Lady.

“Their policies are totally different but they are both perceived as very tough,” said Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s campaign chairman. “She is strong on foreign policy. People have got to know you are going to keep them safe.”

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So far Hillary’s definition of tough has been to position herself as opposed to the surge, not a very independent move because she’s doing a twofer: trying to catch up with Obama and the rest of her party and appeal to her leftist base. It’s positioning through polls instead of standing up for a policy she believes in. As for being strong on foreign policy? How exactly?

Some have given Hillary’s internet “In to win” video announcement good marks for seeming real. I disagree. Everything Hillary said and did in her little vlog was orchestrated.

He said he helped come up with one of the more memorable lines in the video: “So let’s talk. Let’s chat. Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine. Because the conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don’t you think?

(in other words, let’s bash Bush.)

The above quote wasn’t from the vaunted, great brain of Hillary but that of ad man, Jimmy Siegel. I can’t imagine Maggie Thatcher making the banal and Oprah-ish decision to chat, talk or dialogue on the internet, instead, Lady Thatcher was known for expressing her opinions in a much more straight forward, eloquent manner, “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

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And……..There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.

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The late President Ronald Reagan said of Lady Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher — this great lady has not only served her country well, she has served the free world well. She is truly a great statesman. So much so that I’ll correct what I just said: She is a great stateswoman holding her own among all the statesmen of the world.

Hillary’s chatting today. Hugh Hewitt played a bit of Hillary responding to questions read to her by one of her lackeys….hand picked questions. How was that a chat?

As I suspected, Hillary’s on another listening tour which is in essence another way to shield herself from questions from the press. The “chat” questions were filtered, nothing controversial was asked, only questions Hillary wanted to answer were addressed. She talks, we listen.

Hillary’s favorite movies: Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Out of Africa. Arrggh! Out of Africa??? When I think of Hillary and movies I think of Mommie Dearest.

Hillary is no Maggie Thatcher and there is not a political strategist in this world who can succeed in making us believe it.

UPDATE: Jim Geraghty watched Hillary’s webcast so we didn’t have to.

21 Jan 2007 01:45 pm

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Captain had a rough week. He was diagnosed with a bladder infection last Monday and prescribed some medicine for it and for intestinal cramps. We had our usual struggle giving him his medicine. He was able to outsmart the pill popper we had purchased so on Wednesday evening we were just trying to get the pill far enough down in Captain’s mouth that he would swallow it whether he wanted to or not.

For once we were successful.

As my husband was preparing to give Captain the other pill he was prescribed, he discovered that he had made a horrible mistake. My husband had given Cappy one of his own muscle relaxers, Flexeril. We rushed Captain to the emergency vet and had him there within twenty minutes. The vet gave Captain an injection to get him to throw the pill up but he didn’t. Apparently he had already absorbed the pill into his blood stream.

*****

It was rough going for Captain for the rest of the week. He was in the vet clinic all day Thursday and Friday hooked up on IV fluids and in the emergency hospital on Wednesday and Thursday nights. He stayed home with us on Friday night still with the IV needle in place in case we had an emergency.

He had a restful night.

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We took him to our vet Saturday morning and they took out the IV needle leaving the green bandage on his leg. The vet told us to keep the bandage on until today and contact them on Monday to see how Captain is doing.

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Sometime last night Captain managed to get the bandage off himself. He was sitting on top of a chest in the den this morning next to a lamp. He had knocked everything off the chest to make room to stretch out.

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I found the bandage underneath the coffee table.

Captain may have been down but he’s not out!

Be sure to go see all the cats featured at enrevanche in the 148th Edition of the Carnival of the Cats!

20 Jan 2007 02:06 am

Patrick Hynes writes about Nancy Pelosi’s “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar” celebration of herself as she took up the gavel of Speaker of the House.

Along with the multicolored scarves and hair spray, all the dreary feminist cliches were pulled out of the old Hope Chests during the swearing-in festivities, so much so, that I wondered if I was the only one who found it annoying.

I never could stand the old Helen Reddy song… she sang it slightly off-key and the lyrics were over the top in their silliness. I always felt that women who latched onto the feminist philosophy lacked a certain personal grounding of their own.

Patrick quotes Rosa DeLauro…..

Introducing Pelosi at her big coming out party, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (C-CT) laid it on a bit thick. “When Nancy takes the gavel tomorrow, she takes it for all of us—for every little girl who wondered what they could be when they grew up. And tomorrow we’ll find out the answer: anything you want to be!”

Like fingernails on a blackboard.

I know for a fact that I never, ever wanted to grow up to be a politician…..

Maybe a race car driver but never Speaker of the House. I remember wondering why girls ran for class offices when I was in high school and figured they craved the popularity.

All I wanted to do was be in plays or read about Michelangelo. I wanted to be Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Something creative.

I heard Pelosi droaning on today on the radio news and thought to myself, I would never want to do something like that. How boring it must be to be constantly living my life inventing new ways to best my political opponents.

One thing that I do not understand is Pelosi’s vagina politics. Does everything have to be about our reproductive abilities? And why is it that Pelosi and her ilk consider our national security unimportant?

Is it just not sexy enough?

I find little difference between the thinking of Nancy Pelosi and Paris Hilton. It’s all about the pronouncements…..Hilton has stated she wants to be a mother but doesn’t seem to display any of the good sense that is required. Pelosi and Barbara Boxer seem to be basing their own gravitas as leaders on the fact that they are mothers and grandmothers.

How retro.

As for me, I would prefer a speaker—male or female—who places victory against the jihadist enemy higher on his or her “to do” list than setting policies “to ensure future Pelosis.” But we all have different priorities, I suppose.

Exactly Patrick. Pelosi is a venomous, spiteful pol whose breathtaking ignorance of history and lack of foresight may one day get us all killed.

Perhaps Pelosi really does look forward to the day she is forced to wear scarves on her head instead of around her neck. She does seem to hint that she is into dominance.

19 Jan 2007 07:42 pm

An email from Iraq……..

I went to eat tonight at the mess hall and I had been going to the sandwich bar the last few days trying to see if they had any turkey, but the guy there didn’t have any, so the last couple days it’s been either salami or ham.

Tonight I saw they had turkey and I guess the guy knew who I was (not sure if he’s Iraqi or what, probably from India) anyway, he seemed pretty happy that this time when I asked for turkey he could say, “Yes I have turkey.” So I said, “Great. I’ll take a turkey sub”, but he said, “No. I will make two turkey sandwiches for the big strong Captain.”

The other guy that works there counted the slices and he put like ten on each sandwich, then he laughed and said, “You are an Army Captain and I am the Sandwich Bar Captain.” I smiled and said thanks and headed back to my room to change to go to the gym.

I got back an hour later and barely felt hungry but no way did I throw either of the sandwiches away when the guy seemed so proud of making them for me. I tried to eat about half of both of them.

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The Iraqis (or Indians) working in the mess hall in Iraq seem to take more pride in helping to support our troops than our own representatives in the House and Senate. The Senators are making proposals for senseless resolutions to, in essence, tell our enemies how little they care about our troops and our efforts in the War on Terror. That’s the way I see it and I think it is also the way our troops see it.

Shame on John Warner, Gordon Smith, Susan Collins, Chuck Hagel, Olympia Snow, Norm Coleman, and Sam Brownback, Republicans all, who are revealing themselves to be no different than the Cut and Run crowd with their pathetic flirtations/efforts to come up with nonbinding resolutions against President Bush’s decision to send more troops into Iraq.

I do not expect anything of the Democrats of course, except for Independent Democrat, Joe Lieberman. But these Republicans in name only are despicable turncoats and not worth one slice of turkey placed on any soldier’s bread.

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What to do about the Republican turncoats? Hugh Hewitt has some strong words for the likes of them.

The brave Michelle Malkin went to Iraq and saw the mud, the beautiful children, the Iraqi people and our troops. She and her colleague, Bryan Preston came back with renewed hope.

18 Jan 2007 01:15 pm

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Last night when we were giving Captain medicine for a bladder infection we had the usual struggle. Captain had quickly outsmarted the pill popper we had purchased so we were just trying to get the pill far enough down in Captain’s mouth that he would swallow it whether he wanted to or not.

For once we were successful. As my husband was preparing to give Captain the other pill he was prescribed, he discovered that he had made a horrible mistake. My husband had given Cappy one of his own muscle relaxers, Flexeril. We rushed Captain to the emergency vet and had him there within twenty minutes. The vet gave Captain an injection to get him to throw the pill up but he didn’t. Apparently he had already absorbed the pill into his blood stream.

The vet thought it wise to keep him overnight so they could watch him and adminster any help Captain might need so we left him there. The vet and tecnician promised that if a problem came up with Captain’s breathing they would call.

Thankfully, they didn’t call but I still didn’t sleep last night and neither did my husband. He is sick at heart that he could have made such a mistake and I am sick at heart because I am the one who placed Captain’s meds on his desk, leading to the mistake. My husband’s back problem has reoccurred after being absent for several years and he stayed at home from work yesterday to try to stop the pain in his back.

In order to remind my husband to give Captain his medicine I placed the pill bottles on his desk. Then I went to work. I didn’t notice that he had his own bottle of Flexeril on it. My husband didn’t make it to the desk all day so didn’t give Captain his morning pill.

This morning very early, I went to the emergency clinic to pick up Captain. The vet told me that he hadn’t slept all night and was quite irritable. She said he would probably suffer the effects of the Flexeril for several days and made me promise to contact Cappy’s own vet about his condition.

Captain has been howling and stumbling around the house ever since. He stops to get a drink of water and a bite of food and then makes his trip around the house again. My husband thinks he is trying to regain strength in his muscles. His eyes aren’t quite as dilated as they were this morning.

I will be watching him closely and hoping that our Captain, the Wonder Cat will soon be back to his old self again, healthy and happy.

I’m also hoping for my husband’s sake that Captain gets well. Captain loves my husband more than anyone else in the world and can always make him smile. It’s most definitely reciprocated.

UPDATE: After having Captain home for several hours today, I decided to take him to our vet because he was so uncomfortable. They put him on an IV, administered some anti-seizure meds (just to be sure) and tried to give him some activated charcoal to neutralize the effects of the pill.

The vet explained to me that cat’s livers don’t respond to poison like humans’ do and the effects of the poisoning will most likely be around for about four days. Our vet consulted with a national poison control center expert and learned that the dosage of the pill Captain took was not a lethal dose. Our vet recommended that Captain be kept on an IV and made as comfortable as possible while he is suffering the effects of the drug. He threw up the activated charcoal treatment but the vet felt he may have gotten some good from it. They will try to administer another dose later tonight.

We transferred Captain back to the emergency clinic this evening so he can be watched carefully throughout the night. Then, tomorrow early, I will pick him up from the emergency clinic and take him back to the vet to stay for the day.

Captain’s a trooper and we are praying hard for him. So far, no seizures or heart troubles but he is weak and frustrated. Sabby is wandering around the house looking for him.

UPDATE ll:

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Captain did well overnight. When I picked him up at the emergency hospital they told me he had another activated charcoal treatment and kept it down. He was talkative and grooming himself.

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He enjoyed being home for a while before the vet clinic opened. He was ravenous and curious to see if the house had changed while he was gone. Then he took a little catnap.

He is now at the vet clinic enjoying one more day of IV fluids. The vet is very encouraged. We are hopeful that the worst is over.

Forget your worries and go visit some cool cats at the Modulators Friday Ark #122.

17 Jan 2007 07:02 pm

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Cool postcard

Getcher Grub Here. The Wide Awake Cafe always has the coffee perking and the lights on.

Todays’ Specials

Preservation Pork and beans, specially marinated in Harry Reid’s secret sauce.

End of the World Chilled Mung Bean Soup Very nutricious but they’re mushy and smell like death.

Egg Drop Soup Simply torture to eat.

Mystery Meat and Knoodles. Odd aftertaste.

Tripe and onions kinda French flavored.

Rump Roast about 365 days old.

Deep-sea potato gratin and confit of wild marshmallow. The flavors meld leaving a hankerchief-like taste.

Tongue Noodle Supreme You will feel more like yourself than you do now.

Napoleon Lemon Chicken Lots of lemon wedges, raddishes and very gastrique.

Cold Peanut and Lima Bean Pie Keep this away from killer rabbits.

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing Meatballs

Boza Beer for desperate house husbands.

Duck on the Grill uh, you know.

What’s on the menu for dessert? We desert the table.

Our facilities are quite small so you may want to use your own but we do provide paper napkins and great coffee.

16 Jan 2007 09:29 pm

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Senator Mark Pryor, Democrat, Arkansas is objecting to the appointment of a Republican as U.S. attorney in Little Rock and is adding his name to a bill to restrict Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ appointment power.

Days after the attorney general named a former White House official to serve as interim U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Sen. Mark Pryor added his name Thursday to a bill to restrict the attorney general’s appointment power.

Pryor, D-Ark., joined Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in introducing legislation to change a provision of the Patriot Act that allows for indefinite appointments without Senate confirmation.

The senators said the law circumvents the traditional process of Senate consent of executive branch appointments.

In December, Pryor and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., protested the appointment of Tim Griffin as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Griffin, 38, is an Arkansas native who was White House deputy director of political affairs under Karl Rove. He also served as head of opposition research for the Republican National Committee.

Pryor said Griffin should have to face the Senate for a confirmation vote, especially because of his political connections.

“Arkansas has learned first hand the unintended consequence of a little-known provision in the Patriot Act,” Pryor said. “Unfortunately, the spirit and intent in which this provision was constructed has been abused and needs to be corrected.”

Griffin declined to comment Wednesday on the proposed legislation.

The Patriot Act, reauthorized last year, gives attorneys general power to fill vacancies for an indefinite period of time. Before that, the attorney general could make interim appointments for no more than 120 days.

Before 1986, the district courts within which vacancies arise had authority to appoint interim U.S. attorneys.

Pryor’s legislation would again give district courts interim appointment authority.

“It appears that the administration has chosen to use this provision, which was intended to help protect our nation, to circumvent the transparent constitutional Senate confirmation process (and) reward political allies,” Pryor said.

President Bush can appoint Griffin permanently, triggering the confirmation process; or, conceivably, Griffin can serve indefinitely.

The Griffin appointment is not the only one being questioned by senators, according to a joint statement from Feinstein, Leahy and Pryor.

They said several U.S. attorneys have been asked by the Department of Justice to resign without cause. They are unaware of the specific number who have resigned.

“We believe that this use of expanded executive authority to appoint interim replacements indefinitely undermines essential constitutional checks and balances,” Feinstein said.

Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the moves “political gerrymandering.”

Former Eastern District attorney Bud Cummins had announced plans to step down months before Griffin’s nomination.

The Eastern District consists of 41 Arkansas counties, including the cities of Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

Interesting that several U.S. attorneys have been asked to resign without cause. Hmm. Could that have something to do with the inaction of the Justice Department on the security leaks investigation?

Pryor is a reliable Democrat tool and can usually be counted on by the powerful (Hillary) in his party to do their bidding. He’s known more for shoveling steak in his mouth on the Food Network than coming up with legislation. Pryor’s up for re-election in 2008 and he’s gotta go.

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Hillary appeared on behalf of Mark Pryor at this Hootenanny. You can bet she expects payback for that.

16 Jan 2007 12:55 am

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When Jack made his escape from the terrorist, Fayed, last night he did it by way of biting his guard in the neck, something any cat would do. Jack obviously got the man’s artery so was able to make his escape. When life is at stake most human beings are capable of murder.

I had an experience that frightened me so badly when my kids were little that had I not taken some deep breaths to regain my presence of mind, I might have found out what I was capable of too.

I was taking my children in our big red Chrysler van to Greenfield, IN to see the James Whitcomb Riley home. On the way there, while driving in the right lane of a four way highway the car directly to the left of me decided to take my lane.

The woman just sailed right into my lane, evidentally not even noticing that we were in it and had I not driven off the road she would have hit us. I had to swerve so quickly that my youngest daughter, who was about eighteen months old at the time, fell out of her car-seat. (Back then the car-seats were pretty pathetic)

Luckily, when I pulled off it was into a gas station so I stopped the van to check on my daughter. My son jumped out of his seat and lifted her up off the floor and we checked her to be sure she was okay. We put her back into the car-seat and tightened the seat belt.

Then I got back into the drivers seat and saw the woman making a right turn as the light turned green. I made a right turn too and followed her, adrenaline pumping through my veins. “What are you doing Mom?” my son asked worriedly.

I can’t remember exactly what I said but it’s probably best that I can’t. It was something in the vein of, no one messes with my children. I continued to follow the woman until she noticed our van. She pulled over and so did I.

But I just sat in the van, fuming and trying to calm down. A little voice inside me said, “your children are okay, that’s all that matters.”

The woman, who was probably in her early twenties, came to my window. She said, “Are you okay?” I rolled down the window and said, “you nearly killed my children. You should pay attention when you are on the road.” The girl looked pretty stricken and apologized and I thanked her and we went on our way.

That took a lot out of me and instead of going on to Greenfield I turned the car towards home, glad when I got there that my children were safe and that I had held on to my temper.

24’s premier last night and tonight provided a real world view into what real people, trained and untrained, will do when faced with extreme situations such as that of Jack Bauer and civilian, Ray Wallace.

Ray had cautioned his wife about all the bombings happening all over America, wanting to keep their son, Scott home from school but his wife and their son wouldn’t have any of it. Scott was a good friend of Ahmed whose father soon after that conversation was picked up by the FBI for some kind of possible terror connection. Scott and his mother refused to listen to Ray’s warnings, going on in their kindly but clueless ways, believing the Islamic people next door would never harm them.

It turned out that one in the family was involved, the teenage son, Ahmed, friend of Scott Wallace. Ray, in order to save the life of his wife and son, Scott, was forced at gunpoint by Ahmed to deliver the remaining component (which would enable the one kiloton tactical nuke to be set off) to Fayed. But Ray didn’t have an easy time of it and resorted to killing the man selling the component when he raised the price. He did it to keep Ahmed from killing his wife and son and I found that very believable.

But wouldn’t you know it, Ray’s wife, like she did earlier, didn’t listen to him when he warned her not to call the police. For once, she did the right thing.

We moved to Panama just a few months after Operation Just Cause. The day after we moved into our quarters, my husband and I had to go meet his boss. We left our kids at home which was in an open government housing area on Morgan Avenue, making sure they locked the door.

Not long after we left, a Panamanian knocked on the door and when my 12 year old daughter opened it, tried to force his way into the house. Thanks to our son, who was fifteen years old at the time and a foot taller than the little Panamanian, he didn’t get in.

My son pushed him out the door, locked it and called the MPs. They came quickly and caught the Panamanian. There were a lot of incidents occurring like that in Panama City but it never again happened to our family.

During the time we were stationed in Panama an American couple was driving through the interior on their way to the Atlantic side when their car was stopped by Columbian bandits. The bandits took everything of value they owned. When they couldn’t get the diamond ring off the American woman one of the bandits bit her finger off. It’s true. It really happened. That is how far some people will go to get what they want.

24 might be just a little bit of exciting make believe from Hollywood but its nuclear scenario could happen, especially if more Americans don’t wake up to the threat.

Lorie Byrd live-blogged 24 tonight.

So did Hot Air.

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