Monthly Archives: December 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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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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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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Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately


From an article in the Washington Times

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

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Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching – balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin – that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

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Mr. Cheney flew to North Carolina late last month and met with 500 special-operations soldiers for three hours on a Saturday night at a golf resort. The event was so secretive that the local newspaper didn’t even learn about it until three days after it happened.

Mr. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, also have hosted more than a half-dozen barbecues at their Naval Observatory home for wounded troops recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed and their spouses and children.

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Mr. Bush sees his job as providing comfort to those who have sacrificed so much. “The definition of comfort is very interesting. Comfort means hug, comfort means cry, comfort means smile, comfort means listen. Comfort also means, in many cases, assure the parent or the spouse that any decision made about troops in combat will be made with victory in mind, not made about my personal standing in the polls or partisan politics.”

It remains to be seen whether his successor will feel any obligation to comfort the Troops, or like others before him, treat them like door openers and porters.

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Well, as Long as THEY Say So…

I got two news flashes this evening and had to toss them on the blog. Can you imagine if the Bush administration tried this and the reaction it would have engendered on ANY issue? Let’s say WMD, Gitmo, “Lying our way into Iraq,” “warrantless” wire taps, for instance? Imagine a media willing to bulletin these messages with no qualifiers…

Politico.com Breaking
News:—————————————————–President-elect
Obama’s aides plan to release a report this week absolving incoming chief of
staff Rahm Emanuel of any impropriety in his contacts with the disgraced
Illinois governor’s office, Democratic sources tell Politico.

Oh, and the adoring media hastens to add:

Politico.com Breaking
News:—————————————————–President Obama
has now upped his goal to creating nearly 3 million jobs over the next two
years, up from 2.5 million just a month ago, Democratic officials said
Saturday.

Well, as long as you’re making it up as you go along, why not raise it to 4 million new jobs??

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US President Convicted of War Crimes, Sentenced To 20 Years

Sure to delight some and anger others,

A little noticed article by Reuters is claiming the President of the United States and 13 other world leaders were tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for War Crimes.

Presiding judge Veroljub Rakitic said, “In the name of the people…We sentence…to individual prison terms of 20 years each,” to applause from spectators in the Court Room as he read of the 14 names.

The 14 were charged, tried and found guilty of inciting a war of aggression, war crimes against the civilian population, use of banned weapons, attempted murder and violation of territorial integrity. Rakitic said arrest warrants would be forthcoming.

According to the charges filed, “They fired 600 cruise missiles and made 25,119 air sorties attacking both military and civilian targets, killing and wounding many people and causing mass destruction of property.”

More here

Given their coverage of this scandalous administration over its 8 years, I am left wondering why we read nothing of this in our own media.

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Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately


From an article in the Washington Times

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching – balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin – that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mr. Cheney flew to North Carolina late last month and met with 500 special-operations soldiers for three hours on a Saturday night at a golf resort. The event was so secretive that the local newspaper didn’t even learn about it until three days after it happened.

Mr. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, also have hosted more than a half-dozen barbecues at their Naval Observatory home for wounded troops recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed and their spouses and children.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mr. Bush sees his job as providing comfort to those who have sacrificed so much. “The definition of comfort is very interesting. Comfort means hug, comfort means cry, comfort means smile, comfort means listen. Comfort also means, in many cases, assure the parent or the spouse that any decision made about troops in combat will be made with victory in mind, not made about my personal standing in the polls or partisan politics.”

It remains to be seen whether his successor will feel any obligation to comfort the Troops, or like others before him, treat them like door openers and porters.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Well, as Long as THEY Say So…

I got two news flashes this evening and had to toss them on the blog. Can you imagine if the Bush administration tried this and the reaction it would have engendered on ANY issue? Let’s say WMD, Gitmo, “Lying our way into Iraq,” “warrantless” wire taps, for instance? Imagine a media willing to bulletin these messages with no qualifiers…

Politico.com Breaking
News:—————————————————–President-elect
Obama’s aides plan to release a report this week absolving incoming chief of
staff Rahm Emanuel of any impropriety in his contacts with the disgraced
Illinois governor’s office, Democratic sources tell Politico.

Oh, and the adoring media hastens to add:

Politico.com Breaking
News:—————————————————–President Obama
has now upped his goal to creating nearly 3 million jobs over the next two
years, up from 2.5 million just a month ago, Democratic officials said
Saturday.

Well, as long as you’re making it up as you go along, why not raise it to 4 million new jobs??

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Enjoying the Snow?




I hope all are staying warm and enjoying a snowy weekend. We may not be used to this much of the white stuff, but we do see it every few years.

The kids will be out sledding and trying to build snowpersons and yes, snow forts for the snowball fights.

Grown-ups will be snuggling in front of fireplaces and preparing for Christmas.

Could we actually have a White Christmas this year?

Stay safe, ya’ll.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

US President Convicted of War Crimes, Sentenced To 20 Years

Sure to delight some and anger others,

A little noticed article by Reuters is claiming the President of the United States and 13 other world leaders were tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for War Crimes.

Presiding judge Veroljub Rakitic said, “In the name of the people…We sentence…to individual prison terms of 20 years each,” to applause from spectators in the Court Room as he read of the 14 names.

The 14 were charged, tried and found guilty of inciting a war of aggression, war crimes against the civilian population, use of banned weapons, attempted murder and violation of territorial integrity. Rakitic said arrest warrants would be forthcoming.

According to the charges filed, “They fired 600 cruise missiles and made 25,119 air sorties attacking both military and civilian targets, killing and wounding many people and causing mass destruction of property.”

More here

Given their coverage of this scandalous administration over its 8 years, I am left wondering why we read nothing of this in our own media.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Enjoying the Snow?




I hope all are staying warm and enjoying a snowy weekend. We may not be used to this much of the white stuff, but we do see it every few years.

The kids will be out sledding and trying to build snowpersons and yes, snow forts for the snowball fights.

Grown-ups will be snuggling in front of fireplaces and preparing for Christmas.

Could we actually have a White Christmas this year?

Stay safe, ya’ll.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com