George H.W. Bush; Birthday Appreciation

Today is the 85th Birthday of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. I believe he's planning to celebrate with a skydive, weather and health permitting. (He did, Hot Air has the video.)I am late to appreciation of him; I was a liberal Democrat who believed he was a silly man, while he was president. I know better, now.His son, George W. Bush, the 43rd President, writes of the joy he takes in his father. One of the most striking notions in Dubya's tribute is that, because of the … [Read more...]

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Obama: Drop AlQaeda charges & stop drilling Utah – UPDATED

Okay, I think I'm done. No one can say I was not exceedingly fair to President Obama over the last week or so - and even this morning about the Exec Salary Caps for bailout beneficiaries. I don't like the precedent - and I believe now that it's been done for one group, we're going to see the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Frank government move to cap other salaries, but I got the politics of it.But now, I think I've seen enough.Item:U.S. President Barack Obama will likely order a military commission … [Read more...]

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Iraqis get the hang of voting! Obama ignores.

You're looking at Liberty, touching the future... (Essam al-Sudani/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)"Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy!"Predictably - because this was effected by President Bush - the American press is barely mentioning it (last night I could find exactly one story about it, and that was by the BBC) but 15 million registered Iraqis went to the polls today:One Sunni Arab man strolling through Baghdad, Ali Sabah, 26, told CNN he is looking forward to casting a ballot. "Democracy i … [Read more...]

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Aboard Air Force One & More – UPDATED

Sorry so quiet - big family birthday shindig yesterday and today I am working on a project for Lent.8 PM Tonight, National Geographic Channel: On Board Air Force One:Journey inside the most secure aircraft in the world, Air Force One, as it carries the President through the confusion and terror of 9/11, a secret mission into Baghdad and a whirlwind diplomatic mission through the Middle East. With unprecedented access, National Geographic introduces you to the presidential pilot and the crew … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Linkfest!

Personally a difficult day over here for some family members who are crucible-stepping. If you could keep J and P in your prayers, I would really appreciate it.Meanwhile, there's plenty to read!Big Doings: for the launch of Big Hollywood. I like the Steyn quote highlighted by Ed Driscoll he's right!. And Driscoll is correct that editor John Nolte will keep the site provocative, smart and funny. I like the site a lot - it's quickly going to become yet another of my daily "must reads" and a … [Read more...]

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Happy V-I Day!

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French Praise for American Soldiers

Via Friend Michael, this must must must read. It will do your heart, soul, sinews, lungs, kidneys and brain good, translated Via:American Troops in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of French Infantryman“We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know t … [Read more...]

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9/11: Remembrance and prayers

As I do every 9/11, I began this morning praying the Office of the Dead, from the Liturgy of the Hours. The psalms this year seemed to speak poignantly of the torment of the victims, and of those who waited, and waited, and who now wait to be re-united in glory. This year, I have made a podcast of the prayer for anyone who wishes to use it. (Sorry about the microphone. I'm saving for a better set up).It was the Office for the Dead that spurred on these musings two years ago: Weakness is … [Read more...]

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Biden & the draft, Fairness Doctrine, etc

While we have all been distracted by Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Smear Palin, there have been some fascinating (and sometimes chilling) bits of news escaping our attention:Sen Biden received 5 deferments from the draft before being declared "medically ineligible" to serve in Vietnam: Hey, I frankly don't care. But if "it mattered" about Cheney, then "it matters" about Biden. The left has to figure out - once and for all - when "it matters" (did with Bush) and when "it does," (didn't with … [Read more...]

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Linking around…

A 9 minute video is usually not my speed, but this one's clever and fast-moving.The light sabers and "Kentucky Fried Analogy" cracked me up. (H/T Bookworm, who features another - succinct and entertaining - vid by one of the players, here.) I don't know who this guy is, but he's smart, charismatic as hell, and has beautiful eyes and a great smile.Bookworm is also calling olly-olly-oxen-free to "secret conservatives" in Marin County and elsewhere.It's a sad thing, isn't it, when … [Read more...]

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