Vacation

I’m off on a 3 week vacation with friends. Back on the 20th of June.
It will be odd being away from the computer/news for that long but I’m looking forward to the change of pace.
Have a great month and we’ll “see” you when I get back!
Terri

Memorial Day

Ben Stein at the American Spectator has a great tribute for this Memorial Day.

Your loved ones’ lives had what we all want: meaning. The knowledge you were doing something big for others. That is EVERYTHING in life.

Amen.

And
Right Wing Nuthouse has a post that hit home after another little public outing of some of my opinions in direct opposition to those around me. Rick Moran notes that …well, here’s his quote:

Liberals really don’t love their country as much as conservatives do. Because I don’’t care how old I was, if I thought for one second that a President, regardless of party, was trying to establish a dictatorship, I would be carrying out some kind of direct action even if I was alone. And that’’s the difference between liberals and conservatives; the left are intellectual cowards who don’’t have the guts to do what is necessary to act on their beliefs.

Well – I wouldn’t define it quite that way, liberal vs conservative. But I would say that yes, if I really thought the President was ruining this country the way an anonymous friend did this weekend, I would be doing more than just complaining to everyone around me. I thought the run around congress that Reagan did was unconscionable. Yet I didn’t think he was a dictator or that he was turning this country into Naziland. I rallied, I wrote a few letters, his time was up, he left and Bush I came in. He was fine. Clinton arrived and I awaited a time for my environmental hero Al Gore to come to power. I know, I know (I will always wonder what Gore would have been like without those 8 years within the smell of the Clinton administration…..) And Clinton….I didn’t like him but I sure didn’t think he was the devil. And now? I like Bush II. I really do and I trust he works to do what he believes in. I don’t always agree, but he’s no Hitler.
I have no problem arguing with people at parties, but geez, if you really think the guys is “the worst thing that could ever happen to this country”, do more than wait for his “comeuppance” as I was told.

On this Memorial Day, thank you to those who have lost their own lives and thank you to those families who have lost your loved ones. Their lives mattered and we are grateful.

Bloggers 1

The ruling in the Apple case came back with a win for online reporters.
From the International Herald Tribune:

“We can think of no workable test or principle that would distinguish ‘legitimate’ from ‘illegitimate’ news,” the opinion states. “Any attempt by courts to draw such a distinction would imperil a fundamental purpose of the First Amendment,” which guarantees freedom of the press. The ruling states that Web sites are covered by California’s shield law protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.

Riots

In Iran. Apparently 3 times the number in April. These reports I keep seeing are running through the blogosphere vs the news. The news is keeping an eye on Ahmadijinad, but maybe the stories are of the students. Captain Ed is seeing Ahmadijinad building up to war.

We have seen this path before. The world should recognize the signs, and the West had better start looking for Churchills rather than Chamberlains, and quickly.

Iranians may be taking care of things themselves.

In the meantime if looks like the Afghanis are getting sick and tired of us being there.
A riot erupted after a traffic accident killed some people due to a loss of brakes on a cargo truck. Rumors got the riots started killing more of their own. It’s time they started taking over their own security like the Iraqis are doing. I know we’re still fighting Taliban there and searching for al-Qaeda but the Afghanis need to be stepping up too.

CNN Translations

Does the Iraqi govt think that it’s ok for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, or just nuclear power? Iraq the Model re-translates, CNN’s translation!

Listening to the 2nd version of the story (in Zibari’s own voice) it is clear that Iraq recognizes Iran’s right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes exclusively and is moreover asking Iran for guarantees, not the other way around CNN!

And Finally

VDH starts the holiday weekend out right with a tribute to the troops of this war and what they’ve accomplished. Please do not read this with the new information about the marines in Haditha in mind. Our soldiers 99.9% of them are completely, well, awesome and deserve our respect and our gratitude along with our calling them to account when they’ve snapped. We realize how much we owe you as you continue to work and serve for this country and those of us out here who get to enjoy our gratefully dull day to day lives.
Thank you. You are thought of and appreciated every day, not just during Memorial Day weekend.

We should remember the achievement this Memorial Day of those in the field who alone crushed the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, stayed on to offer a new alternative other than autocracy and theocracy, and kept a targeted United States safe from attack for over four years.

ps: Memorial Day is officially for honoring the dead of war. And while that is key and not to be forgotten I think this weekend is also an opportune time to honor all those who choose to serve us regular civilians while doing dangerous jobs. That includes the CIA, the FBI, the police, and firefighters. Thank you.