Remains of Crewman Lost in Bombing Raid Over Europe Buried at Arlington Cemetery
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The remains of a World War II bomber crewman, lost during a raid over Europe in 1944, were buried with military honors Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Robert W. McKee of Garvey, Calif., was a gunner on a B-24 Liberator that took off from Pantanella, Italy, on Dec. 17, 1944, to bomb targets near Blechhammer, Germany, according to a statement from the Defense Department's POW/Missing Personnel Office.
The plane crashed in Hungary, and McKee and another crewman were killed. The other nine crewmen bailed out and survived.
The remains of the other crewman were found after the war in a cemetery in nearby Felsosegesd, Hungary, but McKee's fate remained a mystery. His identification tag was found buried with human remains from another plane crash near Vienna.
Analysts determined those remains were not McKee's but another flyer's, prompting researchers to conclude that McKee must have lost his tag while flying on that plane on another mission before it crashed.
In 1992, an undertaker found the remains of an American in a cemetery in BJohJonye, Hungary. Information from a Hungarian researcher suggested they might be McKee's, and American scientists matched McKee's DNA with two of his relatives. (link)
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Lutherans Propose Possible Gay Clergy PathA church that is willing to accept anything, believes in nothing.
By TARA BURGHART, Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Lutheran bishops could allow gay and lesbian clergy in committed relationships to become pastors of congregations under a proposal advanced Monday by a council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Church policy currently bans gay and lesbian clergy who are involved with partners but allows those who are celibate. The proposal - which would require that the bishop of a synod, or district, seek an exception to the ban for a particular candidate - will be voted on by the church's assembly at its annual meeting in August. (link)
Make the argument for ordaining homosexuals to the ministry and I'll use the same one to promote pedophiles. Church bishops will argue that they are trying to be open-minded on the subject. But the open mind is like the opened door on a bird cage. To be open-minded is to be empty-minded.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will have learned this lesson when it closes the doors of its last remaining church.
UMW students protestSo what is a "living wage?" Nobody in this story could tell you. I couldn't begin to tell you, and I have oodles of experience paying employees for work performed. A living wage for Donald Trump would run in the millions; for a toothless illiterate in Brazil, $1.80 a week. All these young champions of the downtrodden can tell you is that the janitor should be earning more than he is.
Niche Herman, WFLS News
Several students at the University of Mary Washington "chained" themselves in protest this morning.
The students crowded outside the office of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dr. Richard Hurley, stressing the importance of implementing a living wage on campus. They interlocked their arms forming a human chain. The students say Hurley continues to to say the administration's hands are tied. But the students say it's unfair that full time workers on campus aren't earning what they are worth. They say if you're being paid full time you should be paid above the poverty level and live in a
dignified way. School officials told students a committee will be formed to look into implementing living wage on the campus. The students says they're very happy with that, but this isn't over yet." No one was arrested during the protest. (link)
May I bring a harsh reality to this bit of tripe? Janitors are paid poorly because the position requires no talent, no experience, no education, and no brains. If any of the workers for whom the students were shedding tears of compassion had an ounce of talent, experience, education - or brains - they'd be teachers. Or CEO's. Or machinists.
Instead these particular college employees are pushing a broom. And are being paid what their services are worth.
Today's lesson in capitalism.
Do you suppose he’ll go to prison this time? Sure he will.
FEDS PROBE REV. AL
By IAN BISHOP, New York Post
WASHINGTON — The FBI, as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the Rev. Al Sharpton, secretly videotaped him pocketing campaign donations from two shady fund-raisers in a New York City hotel room and then asking for more, it was reported yesterday.
One of the donors was later recorded on a wiretap saying Sharpton may not have reported to the Federal Election Commission tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash, as is required by the law, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The FBI launched the probe into Sharpton's fund-raising for his failed 2004 presidential run after his name surfaced on wiretaps in an unrelated Philadelphia City Hall corruption case, the Inquirer said. (link)
Actually, I've never seen a bigger baby in my entire life than Senator John Kerry.
Kerry cites voter intimidation examplesAs the bard once said, boo freeking hoo.
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Many voters in last year's presidential election were denied access to the polls through trickery and intimidation, former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a voters' group Sunday.
"Last year too many people were denied their right to vote, too many who tried to vote were intimidated," the Massachusetts senator said at an event sponsored by the state League of Women Voters.
"There is no magic wand. No one person is going to stand up and suddenly say it's going to change tomorrow. You have to do that," he said.
Kerry supporters have charged that voting irregularities in largely Democratic areas made it difficult for voters to cast ballots in the November election. A lawsuit in Ohio cited long lines and a shortage of voting machines in predominantly minority neighborhoods, but the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed the suit.
Kerry also cited examples Sunday of how people were duped into not voting.
"Leaflets are handed out saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday. People are told in telephone calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not allowed to vote," he said. (link)
Give it up, man. And go silently, and rapidly, into that gentle night. Please.
That line was crossed by this gang long ago, Bob. They have gotten their marching orders from the DNC and are working diligently to drum up a scandal that might do damage to the most powerful and effective Republican politician on the national scene today - save one.
Quest to get a Republican to fight DeLay may have crossed a line
BY ROBERT NOVAK, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist
On March 24, former Congressman Bob Livingston was sent an e-mail by a New York Times editorial page staffer suggesting he write an op-ed essay. Would Livingston, who in 1998 gave up certain elevation to be House speaker because of a sexual affair, write about how Majority Leader Tom DeLay should now act under fire? In a subsequent conversation, it was made clear the Times wanted the prominent Republican to say DeLay should step aside for the good of the party [my emphasis].
Livingston in effect declined by responding that if he wrote anything for the Times, it would be pro-DeLay. But this remarkable case of that august newspaper fishing for an op-ed piece makes it appear part of a calculated campaign to bring down the single most powerful Republican in Congress. The Democratic establishment and left-wing activists have targeted DeLay as the way to end a decade of Republican control of the House.
At least 18 news organizations now have assigned reporters to cover DeLay, but the quest by The New York Times for a prominent Republican to suggest his resignation may cross a line. (link)
The truth be damned.