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Friday, March 10, 2006

Let Me Check My Dictionary

Congressman John Murtha, the man whose only claim to fame in all his years in the U.S. House of Representatives is his recently announced military strategy - one subsequently embraced by the entire Democratic Party - for taking the fight against the terrorists in Iraq to Kuwait so that nobody will get hurt, has been nominated for a Profile in Courage Award.

You can't make this stuff up ...

Murtha to Receive JFK Profile in Courage Award
Melanie Hunter, Senior Editor, CNSNews.com

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), who was the subject of a recent Cybercast News Service investigation of his military and political record, will receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his stance against the Iraq war.

The award is presented each year by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to public servants who have withstood strong opposition to follow what they believe is the right course of action. U.S. Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora was also announced as a recipient of the award.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Thursday congratulated Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, saying he is "indeed a profile in courage." (link)
It did indeed take a lot of courage for Murtha to step out of absolute obscurity and to make himself the laughingstock of the entire western world (taking the title from equally courageous Cindy Sheehan and Jimmy Carter).

It should be mentioned, some in this country have labeled Murtha's actions the result of abject idiocy.

In either case, let's celebrate John Murtha's selection for this coveted award. I'm sure it will look good on his fireplace mantle right there next to his al Qaeda Man-of-the-Year trophy.

I Agree Completely

I intend to be the first in line if a woman runs for president in 2008. To vote against her if it's Hillary and to vote for her if it's Condoleezza. Apparently, I'm not alone:
Woman president OK, just not Clinton, poll finds
Field Poll suggests senator too 'divisive' a candidate for 2008
By Jim Puzzanghera and Mary Anne Ostrom, Knight Ridder

More than two-thirds of Californians believe America is ready for a female president, but less than half want Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., to get the job, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll results raise questions about Clinton's ability to win a general election nationwide if she runs for president in 2008. (link)
She's a crook, an incompetent, a walking time bomb, and her experience in politics consists of a few short uneventful years in the senate.

Less than half of the people polled want her to be president now; wait until she actually decides to run. The Ice Queen makes Tom Delay look like Mr. Rogers.

Roanoke Times Decries Wasteful Gov't Spending

The Roanoke Times, for the first time in its history, came out today with a strong denunciation of profligate government spending:

Briefly put...

President Bush exercised his right to vote in the Texas primary election Tuesday, flying aboard Air Force One to cast his ballot in person.

Although Texas is backward in many ways, it does conduct absentee balloting. So for a president who faces stunning budget deficits and claims to abhor unnecessary government spending, he'll have trouble justifying why he's billing taxpayers for taking the big jet to his home state rather than taking the 39-cent option of filing an absentee ballot. (link)
Laudable. The Roanoke Times editorialists have finally found a government expenditure with which they have a complaint.

I can only guess what they'll have to say when they find out about the rampant waste, profligacy and skyrocketing spending to be found in the budget of the commonwealth of Virginia.

The Roanoke Times. Fiscal conservatives. Who'da thunk it?

Fire Men

Why do we read so many stories like this?

Pound firemen charged in arson spree
By Jodi Deal, Coalfield.com Staff Writer

After months of investigations turned up cold, police have finally arrested two men who may be behind an eight-month arson spree in the town of Pound - and they're both firefighters.

Garrett McCoy, 18, of Meade Ford Road, Pound, was arrested Wednesday at about 2:30 a.m, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. Later that day, Scott Stidham, 18, turned himself in to authorities. Both have been charged with one count of arson of an unoccupied dwelling, a felony.

Both men's charges stem from a Feb. 25 house fire on property on Bear Fork Road belonging to Tammy Hayes. But Carico noted that the two, along with a third man, also a former member of the Pound fire department, are also suspected of setting the other fires in the spree. (link)