Daily Archives: December 23, 2008

Unafraid of the Future

Recently, a friend and I were talking about the future of our country and the prospect of turning it over to the next generation. She wasn’t confident that the people behind us would be up to it. I understood her reticence. It’s easy to believe that the generation behind is interested in only, “The Girls Next Door,” internet porn, gaming, competitive shopping and jello shots. It’s easy to believe right now that millions of people think it’s the government’s job to give them a job, a paycheck, a bail out or a home.

But I reminded her that a generation of America’s leaders are deployed around the world right now. Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are right now honing their skills as warriors, leaders,

diplomats,
public servants,
teachers, scientists, confidantes and

problem solvers.

They’re coming back to lead here. They’ve been tested and remain infused with the code of duty, honor, country.
Thank God.
God Bless America.
photos are mostly from Michael Yon (michaelyononline.com)
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WSJ: Pardon Scooter LIbby

WSJ Editorial Here.

Mr. Libby didn’t leak Ms. Plame’s name to journalist Robert Novak; Mr. Armitage did that deed, though neither he nor his close friend, Mr. Powell, bothered to tell Mr. Bush or the world. Based on the trial record and our own long experience with Mr. Libby, we also don’t think Mr. Libby lied. As Mr. Fitzgerald’s prosecution circled back again and again, Mr. Libby’s defense that his memory faltered in recalling the details of long ago conversations is entirely plausible for a busy White House aide.
The case against him was based on conflicting accounts of a single conversation Mr. Libby had in July 2003 with each of three journalists. The judge threw out the count concerning his talk with Judith Miller, and the jury found him not guilty on the count involving Matthew Cooper. His conviction on four other counts comes down essentially to a dispute over Mr. Libby’s claim that Tim Russert had told him about Ms. Plame. Russert, the NBC journalist who has since died, initially told the FBI it was possible he told Mr. Libby, but by the time of the trial Russert said he was sure he had not done so. Neither man had notes from their call, and it is possible that Russert’s memory was as faulty as Mr. Libby’s.

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Unafraid of the Future

Recently, a friend and I were talking about the future of our country and the prospect of turning it over to the next generation. She wasn’t confident that the people behind us would be up to it. I understood her reticence. It’s easy to believe that the generation behind is interested in only, “The Girls Next Door,” internet porn, gaming, competitive shopping and jello shots. It’s easy to believe right now that millions of people think it’s the government’s job to give them a job, a paycheck, a bail out or a home.

But I reminded her that a generation of America’s leaders are deployed around the world right now. Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are right now honing their skills as warriors, leaders,

diplomats,
public servants,
teachers, scientists, confidantes and

problem solvers.

They’re coming back to lead here. They’ve been tested and remain infused with the code of duty, honor, country.
Thank God.
God Bless America.
photos are mostly from Michael Yon (michaelyononline.com)
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

WSJ: Pardon Scooter LIbby

WSJ Editorial Here.

Mr. Libby didn’t leak Ms. Plame’s name to journalist Robert Novak; Mr. Armitage did that deed, though neither he nor his close friend, Mr. Powell, bothered to tell Mr. Bush or the world. Based on the trial record and our own long experience with Mr. Libby, we also don’t think Mr. Libby lied. As Mr. Fitzgerald’s prosecution circled back again and again, Mr. Libby’s defense that his memory faltered in recalling the details of long ago conversations is entirely plausible for a busy White House aide.
The case against him was based on conflicting accounts of a single conversation Mr. Libby had in July 2003 with each of three journalists. The judge threw out the count concerning his talk with Judith Miller, and the jury found him not guilty on the count involving Matthew Cooper. His conviction on four other counts comes down essentially to a dispute over Mr. Libby’s claim that Tim Russert had told him about Ms. Plame. Russert, the NBC journalist who has since died, initially told the FBI it was possible he told Mr. Libby, but by the time of the trial Russert said he was sure he had not done so. Neither man had notes from their call, and it is possible that Russert’s memory was as faulty as Mr. Libby’s.

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Winter Storm: Where’s Tom Potter?

Multnomah County declares an emergency. The region runs low on de-icer and they’re left waiting at the train station for supplies. Portland’s government commuters discover the limitations of government choo choos and buses and…

WHERE’S MAYOR MOONBEAM?

Is that his legacy?
Potter’s daughter phoned KATU to tell them that he went to work today but his bus broke down and he had to walk the rest of the way. Perhaps he was in this line for the bus at one point.h/t Craig.
This is actually a picture of the bus taking people from Gateway Transit Center to where ever. The Max to the airport, three stations in Gresham, Interstate Max all were down due to the freezing weather.

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