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Weiner-gate?

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Did Rep.  Anthony Weiner send a  “dirty photo”  to a college student?   That is the big question MSM won’t touch,  but  here is a  rundown.  What strikes me as very strange is why the belligerent congressman from New York has lawyered-up,  but still hasn’t reported to the police the crime he claims to be the victim of.

Jonah Goldberg at The Corner links to the Congressman’s interview,  here,   and notes that the hack has morphed  into a prank.

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May 31, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Mona Lisa located?

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Has the skeleton of   da Vinci’s muse  been found at the convent where Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo,  the woman believed to be the subject of that famous work,  reportedly spent the last years of her life?

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May 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

Memorial 2011…

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Rich Terrell  has posted  Lee Teter’s poignant painting of the Vietnam wall for May 30th.      Most of us have friends whose names are chiseled there and in our hearts.

The New York Post offers a look  back to Shakespeare,  and a  modern Gold Star mother’s view.   The New York Times,  unsurprisingly, makes a  political statement  in its remembrance,   as does  the Washington Post.   The Baltimore Sun provides the history of the day  with less political content,  as does The Washington Times,  here.

It’s an American day,  not just for big sales and shopping and picnics,  but for those who are  buried far away  from their birthplaces.

Drop by The Corner at National Review Online for some lovely personal remembrances   and some excellent videos.   David Mills writes  of old men  who deserve our gratitude,  and a modern warrior  looks back   from his civilian life to his recent military past.   A civilian reflects on her brother’s call and includes one  of my favorite descriptions of the military   – —   “Our job is to go to work when diplomacy fails.”

And let us not forget the  dogs of war,  many of whom have both saved human lives and given their own lives protecting those who protect us.   The general rule of thumb is that each dog saves 150 human lives.  Thank goodness they are no longer treated as “surplus property” to be left behind or otherwise disposed of.

UPDATE:    John Hayward has  a fine column  up on history being the soldier’s gift.   Mike Finch points us  to a book  on Marine General Victor Krulak,  which I have already added to my summer reading list.

Gallup poll  finds that retired and active military don’t view His Oneness as the Greatest.   They should know.

ACORN-buster tax-exempt…

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I was delighted to learn that James O’Keefe,  who with Hannah Giles busted ACORN,  has secured  tax-exempt status  for his nonprofit citizen journalism group Project Veritas.

Considering the plethora of lefty non-profits,  I’m in favor of anything which helps balance the scales a bit.

Speaking of ACORN,  there is a great book out by investigative journalist Matthew Vadum — you can read a review of SUBVERSION INC.  here.

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May 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

Convenient moral blindness…

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Caroline Glick paints an  ugly truth.

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May 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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Obscene gestures…

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No one should get  6 months  in jail for flipping the bird to law enforcement.    For once,  the American Civil Liberties Union is doing the right thing,  by offering free legal aid to the man facing a criminal harassment charge for flipping off a Colorado state trooper.

If a trooper armed with a gun feels threatened by an obscene gesture he needs to find another line of work.   Let”s spread some sunlight on this,  shall we?

UPDATE:  That didn’t take long.  The  charge has  now been dropped!

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May 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm

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Willie to the woodshed…

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Bill Clinton has retracted his  previous statement  on debt default after being scolded by a panicky White House.   A spokesman said the former president  “inadvertently misspoke”   when he said a few days of default would not be calamitous.   How predictable…

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May 28, 2011 at 9:11 am