Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lt. gov crashed Marine's funeral, kin say

This one is unreal:

Saturday, July 23, 2005By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war.

Catherine Baker KnollRhonda Goodrich of Indiana, Pa., said yesterday that a funeral was held Tuesday at a church in Carnegie for her brother-in-law, Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32.

She said he "died bravely and courageously in Iraq on July 10, serving his country."

In a phone interview, Goodrich said the funeral service was packed with people "who wanted to tell his family how Joe had impacted their lives."

Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

Goodrich said she is positive that Knoll was not invited to the funeral, which was jammed with Marines in dress uniform and police officers, because the fallen Marine had been a policeman in McKeesport and Indiana County.

"Our family deserves an apology," Rhonda Goodrich said. "Here you have a soldier who was killed -- dying for his country -- in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited. It made a mockery of Joey's death."

What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, 'I want you to know our government is against this war,' " Goodrich said.

She said she is going to seek an answer from Gov. Ed Rendell's administration if it opposes the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Knoll was traveling yesterday, away from the Capitol, and couldn't be reached. But an aide said she "extends condolences to all families who have lost loved ones" serving in the military.

Without having talked to her, the aide, who asked not to be named, said, "The family members of fallen soldiers are in our hearts and prayers. Our prayers go out to their loved ones in their hour of grief."

Asked to comment on Goodrich's complaints about Knoll's conduct at the funeral, the aide said that "would be inappropriate."

I would like to believe that such a sickening display is atypical. But it is not. I would like to think that Democrats seldom stoop to such a low. But they do. Fact is, this has become the modus operandi for Democrat politicians for the past few years (remember the Paul Wellstone "We will win!" funeral?) These people have no scruples. They are bitter about their loss of power, bitter about the "stolen" 2000 elections, bitter about the fact that we finally have a President who has the guts to go fight the enemy on the enemy's turf. The fact that Lt. Gov. Knoll just naturally assumed that any family grieving over the death of a loved one who fought in Iraq would, by default, hate President Bush and oppose the Iraq war say volumes about her and the liberal mindset in general. It shows just how out of touch Democrats are and just how brazen they will be in their attempt to regain power. Absolutely amazing. This woman should be impeached and at the very least she owes the Sgt. Goodrich's family a full, humble apology for her crass stupidity.

FDA approves new treatment for insomnia

An AP story tells about a new insomnia treatment called Rozorem which is related to the body's natural sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin:

"It's another option" for people with the main form of insomnia, difficulty in falling asleep, Meyer said. "By working through a different pathway, it's entirely possible that this might work for some people in ways that the other drugs do not."

My personal cure:

Friday, July 22, 2005

Estradafication (and why it won't work with Roberts)

A Washington Times story today suggests that the confirmation of John Roberts may not go as smoothly as we have been led to believe.
Democrats said yesterday they will demand that the Bush administration hand over internal legal memorandums written by Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. while he was a government lawyer -- something the White House has refused to do in the past.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said he broached the topic during a meeting yesterday with Judge Roberts, who replied that any decision about his writings as deputy solicitor general would be made by the White House.
Republicans on Capitol Hill said the request is not likely to be granted.
Demands for those same documents -- deemed legally privileged by this and previous administrations -- led to the rejection of Miguel Estrada, an earlier Bush nominee to a lower court.
Democrats have used this tactic to stall the nomination of John R. Bolton, Mr. Bush's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations.
Some Republicans said yesterday that the demands may be early signs of a stealth campaign by Democrats to kill the Supreme Court nomination by demanding documents they know they won't get -- a strategy one Republican termed "Estradification."
"This tactic was first fielded against Miguel Estrada, recently perfected with the nomination of John Bolton, and now some are fully primed to Estradify this fine nominee," said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

I actually hope they try to Estradafy Roberts. It would represent a new low in their political shenanigans and they would end up looking like dirty little grubworms. But before they raise a big public stink over the release of Roberts' memorandums they would be wise to consider one thing - appearance, shallow as it may seem, plays a big role in the political world.

Let's look at Roberts. He is a young, tan, clean-cut, outgoing, charismatic man and that is going to play well with the public once the hearings start to air. Not that any of this matters a hill of Dixie Chicks cd's as far as his qualifications for the job go, but what I'm saying is that with those nice-guy looks and his stellar resume, the Democrats are really going to be showing their warts if they try to filibuster this man. So pleeeease try it. I dare you!

Hey, the past backs me up on this. I mean, let's face it, Bork was not an...er..attractive man. Qualified? Eminently qualified. But that unkempt hair, those shifty eyes...he looked like one of those mug-shots you always see on Court-TV's "Forensic Files" - the guy who had three previous wives who all were mysteriously electrocuted in the bathtub. And Bolton? Eminently qualified, yes. But that mustache - that big, bushy, mean mustache - and those eyebrows, and that long wiry face. Geez, his man looks like he would dress down a staff member (never mind that the staff member probably deserved it and that we need just such a personality to deal with the shady thugs at the UN).

So I rest my case. And I ask the Senate Democrats once again..Pleeease filibuster John G. Roberts. I beg you!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

London Attacks (dismal failure for the terrorists)

The reports on this story are still sketchy at this point. It appears as though there were at least three, if not four, explosions in and around the London Underground, two weeks to the day of the previous terror attacks. From what I can see this operation was botched and certainly doesn't display the planning and organization of previous Al Quieda attacks. From FoxNews:

"Some witnesses said they heard gunshots at the Warren Street stop but according to Sky News, police believe those noises were actually detonators going off for bombs that didn't explode."...

...""People were panicking. But very fortunately the train was only 15 seconds from the station," witness Ivan McCracken told Sky News."

McCracken said he smelled smoke, and people were panicking and coming into his carriage. He said he spoke to an Italian man who was comforting a woman after the evacuation.

"He said that a man was carrying a rucksack and the rucksack suddenly exploded. It was a minor explosion but enough to blow open the rucksack," McCracken said. "The man then made an exclamation as if something had gone wrong. At that point everyone rushed from the carriage.""

What strikes me here is that the terrorists seem to be getting less sophisticated and more desperate. As of now there are no casualties reported and the bombs used were smaller and much more crude (nail bombs in at least one case) than we have come to expect. Either this means that these bombings were the work of an amateur group or that Al Quieda and it's subsidiaries have been greatly weakened and put off balance by our relentless vigilance in finding them. In other words, the war on terror is succeeding - thank you President Bush.

What also is impressive is the resilience of the British people in the aftermath of these attacks. While watching the events on FoxNews it was interesting to note the contrast of the sights and sounds. The audio of reporters on the scene described chaos and panic as sirens blared in the background while at the same time an arial view of the London streets showed citizens calmly going about their day, walking, riding bicycles, even double-decker buses making their routes. No doubt that London's history of violence from the IRA has left them a bit jaded but there is also evidence of a mindset that is simply not going to accept terror on the terrorists' terms. This is the best way to fight these punks. Nothing frustrates and demoralizes a terrorist more than seeing that all of their best efforts to inflict horror on a people have fallen flat. I hope that Spain is taking notes.

The network news is, of course, still insisting that this as a "serious event" and they are holding out hope that there was at least one casualty that they can report. Not that this couldn't have been much worse but you can sense the disappointment from the MSM.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Hilary 2008

Newsmax has an encouraging story about Hillary's (non) chances in 2008. It references a USA Today poll in which respondants rated the Senator on some key points:

"When respondents were asked if they would rate Clinton highly (4 or 5 on a 5-point scale):

# Only 36 percent said she could handle the situation in Iraq if elected president.

# Just 38 percent said she would effectively protect the country from terrorist attack.

# 59 percent thought Clinton is not strong on national security.

# 42 percent said she would use military force wisely as president.

# 56 percent doubted she could handle an international crisis.

# Only half said she is a strong and decisive leader.

Overall, 37 percent said they "strongly disagree" or "somewhat disagree" with the statement "Hillary Clinton is tough enough to president.""

For those of you who are terrified of this woman, don't be. I think that the hype surrounding Hillary's future run is merely a novelty being entertained by the media. They know her recent courtship of conservatives is a snow-job but they are still intrigued and in love with the idea that she might actually pull the thing off. But when it comes down to the day, nobody is going to want this liberal baby-boomer commanding our miltary in a time of war - period. Our country is not that crazy yet. If Mrs. Clinton runs, you will see the largest conservative turnout ever and she will be trounced unmercifully.

New SCOTUS nominee

Last night, President Bush nominated federal appeals court Judge John Roberts to replace outgoing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

According to the AP:

"President Bush tilted young and conservative with Judge John G. Roberts, filling his first Supreme Court vacancy with a 50-year-old jurist who could leave an indelible right-leaning imprint on the nation's judiciary.

With Republicans controlling the White House and the Senate, the president sought to reward his conservative supporters with a Supreme Court nominee positioned to the right of the political center. The only question was how far to the right he would go."

Apparently far enough to please many of the Christian conservatives. Democrats on the whole are acting pleased with the choice but we're smart enough to know that this won't last long. This guy was sprung on them by surprise and they haven't had time to manufacture any dirt on him yet. It will be interesting to see this play out.