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Remember the brave…

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Read this  moving tribute to one of the fallen.   Unlike Gary Palmer,   I have known people who have died in action,  and it does make this Memorial Day a bit more special,  even though every generation of my family has seen military service,  including the current crop of 18 and overs.

h/t Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator,  who’s a friend of the author.

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May 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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Pro-Gaza flotilla…

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When I read the initial report, I couldn’t understand how the Israeli commandos had gotten seriously hurt.  Apparently their military commander was an idiot and equipped them with the sort of paintball guns you use to break up a minor disturbance.

It took some serious injuries from iron bars and the like for the Israelis to pull their pistols and gain control by shooting at the legs of  the militants,  who were  “activists”  only in the same limited and perverted sense that Hamas in Gaza constitutes a  “government”.

If this  video is real,  it shows the peace activists very unpeacefully throwing an Israeli commando down to the lower deck,  some 30 feet,  and seriously injuring him.

Daniel Pipes says Israel  fell into the activists’ trap.  While I take his point,  I still contend a fleet of helicopter gunships would have been the proper response,  even if it would have made the expected European response worse,  and subjected us to more whines about  proportionality.

UPDATE:  John Tabin  agrees with Pipes on the Israeli inability to manage the pr aspects.

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May 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm

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Military approval…

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I don’t think any of the data in this new  Rasmussen poll on attitudes towards the military will surprise you.

Here’s a  video of vets across the pond celebrating the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk,  which few of today’s school children will have heard of in either nation.   I liked this  video message to His Oneness even better.

For the many who now find  military service unnecessary,   Mark Heilpern has a lovely piece on  what we owe those who serve,  who have earned that and more,  and Ralph Peters  adds his bit.   For rocker Ted Nugent   “Every Day Is Memorial Day.”

Finish with  a piece l inked at the Mudville Gazette  (h/t Lucianne.com)  from a former Marine,  now a first-class journalist  — you’ve seen the C. J. Chivers  byline before even if you didn’t notice it.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day….

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May 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm

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Fruitcake in the hood…

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I had forgotten that Nation of Islam leader and all around anti-American, anti-whitey lunatic Louis Farrakhan lived only a couple of blocks from the Chicago home of His Oneness.   How it must have pained the elite press for  this incident to be released to We the People!    This fluff was all we were supposed to get.

I don’t call Farrakhan a fruitcake because I like fruitcake,  and it is an absolute treasure for camping and hiking.  It lasts nearly forever and holds up against extreme weather.

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May 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

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YouCut some more…

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House Republicans are having great fun with their  YouCut project, and getting good publicity for  the bills they’re offering from the cut with the most votes each week.

And you can just imagine the footage which will make its way into campaign ads early this fall over a series of votes Democrats won’t care to explain.

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May 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

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Cowards and fools…

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New York has a vast number of  cowards and fools,  and 39 of them apparently sit on the Manhattan community board which has just approved the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero.    That would be  insanity,  and Pmela Geller and Robert Spencer put this proposed  peace offering into the proper perspective.   Where is the confident New Yorker confronting  Arab hypocrisy?

How ironic that a  pending application f or historic building status may kill the deal.  Robert Spencer points out that Muslims already have a  presence there and are trying to give the impression that a new building is needed to serve them all by praying on the sidewalk when there is plenty of room inside the old Burlington Coat Factory they paid over $4 million in cash for.

The Washington Times has an  excellent piece on America pretending there’s no link between Islam and terrorism.

UPDATE:    New York’s  mayor leads the way.

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May 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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Elena Kagan I…

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There are plenty of reasons to oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan.    Upsetting Justice Ginsburg’s  retirement schedule is a good place to start.   But the DNC’s polling must contain some alarming numbers.

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May 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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Flotilla Gaza guide…

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This is too good to pass up.   Read and enjoy.   There is also a counter-flotilla  group planning to meet the activists at sea.

Let’s hope they don’t get in the way of the  Israeli commandos.

UPDATE:  Not only is the flotilla comprised of bad drivers,  it keeps losing its big-name supporters.  But don’t worry — it’s only 24 hours behind schedule.

UPDATE:  After another day of delay, the hundreds of supporters are underway in 6 ships.   isn’t this supposed to be an aid shipment?  Then why doesn’t  this story even mention the supplies?

UPDATE:  Well,   12 activists are  dead and more wounded.   In what universe does one imagine that firing guns at Israeli troops receives no response?

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May 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

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Union wusses…

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The New York Times has  suddenly noticed that city bus drivers,  represented by Transport Workers Union Local 100,  are a bunch of pantywaists  when confronted by saliva from passengers.

The 51 drivers who went on paid leave after a spitting incident took,  on average,  64 days off work — the equivalent of three months with pay.    One driver spent 191 days on paid leave.

The union’s president says that being spat upon  ” is a physically and psychologically traumatic experience.”

They wouldn’t last a day in real jobs,  or through the kickoff of the Alabama-Auburn football game.

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May 29, 2010 at 7:15 am

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Bipartisanship, my ass…

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His Oneness characterized his appearance at the Republican luncheon Tuesday as “trying to get some things done.”    Politico and  NPR both feature some testy exchanges quoted by anonymous sources,  but I was pleasantly surprised to see that Bob Corker was peeved he was thrown under the bus by Chris Dodd on financial regulation,  and that even eternal sap Lindsey Graham seemed to grasp that his work on climate change/cap-and-trade was a losing game.

Of course,  His Oneness believes he can charm a couple of Republicans into voting for the inevitable new taxes so he can have political cover for himself and his party.     Obama is looking for patsies,  not bipartisanship.   And,  yes,  he is thin-skinned and takes disagreement with his views as treachery and treason,  though he apparently didn’t reach the “almost seditious” stage his great buddy Gov.  Deval Patrick  did recently.

Obama is well-insulated from reality by his ideology and by his Chicago Machine cronies,  who no doubt tell him that the Tea Party is a dead issue.   I expect Rep.  Patrick Murphy  (D-PA) could advise him otherwise.   Do  watch the video as he digs himself an ever deeper hole with angry constituents,  reminding his colleagues why so few Democrats dared have town-hall style meetings last summer.

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May 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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