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Monday, June 26, 2006

Out Of The Past

Marion, Smyth County, Virginia has a past; one that we'd all rather forget but never should:
Tree project finds glimmers of Virginia's slavery past
The Associated Press

A project to locate and showcase Virginia's most interesting trees has drawn some 300 nominations.

But Sallie's Crying Tree was the first that the organizer of the project felt compelled to visit.

The town of Marion placed a stone marker beneath the tall white oak in 2000, formally giving it the name Sallie's Crying Tree. The marker says a young slave girl cried while her arms were wrapped around the tree when her family was sold to a Lynchburg slavemaster in the 1840s. (
A sad tale. One of millions.

There's a Big Difference

You'd think the Democrats would be overjoyed that a plan may be in place to start withdrawing troops from Iraq later this year. Instead they throw a tantrum:
Democrats Cite Report On Troop Cuts in Iraq
Pentagon Plan Like Theirs, Senators Say
By Michael Abramowitz and Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post Staff Writers

Senate Democrats reacted angrily yesterday to a report that the U.S. commander in Iraq had privately presented a plan for significant troop reductions in the same week they came under attack by Republicans for trying to set a timetable for withdrawal.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that the plan attributed to Gen. George W. Casey resembles the thinking of many Democrats who voted for a nonbinding resolution to begin a troop drawdown in December. (
Boxer, arguably the least intelligent member of the United States Senate, couldn't be trusted to manage your checkbook. So we are to entrust military strategy to her and her buddy, John Kerry? Kerry's only experience in this regard, you may recall, is to have wounded himself in the ass when he threw a hand grenade into a (threatening?) pile of rice in Vietnam.

What President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld have been saying all along is that it is up to the generals in the field to determine military strategy, not a daffy senator from California or a wannabe warrior whose miltary experience amounts to one failed attack on a rice pile.

Pushing The 1st Amendment Envelope

There was a day, not that long ago, when a newspaper publisher could be asked by federal law enforcement to refrain from printing state secrets and the publisher would agree. That day is gone. There was also a day when journalists, editors, and publishers, protected by the freedom of the press clause in the 1st Amendment, weren't hauled into court on charges of treason related to the willful exposure of state secrets.

That day may be gone too:
Lawmaker Wants Times Prosecuted
By Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee urged the Bush administration yesterday to seek criminal charges against newspapers that reported on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) cited the New York Times in particular for publishing a report last week saying that the Treasury Department is working with the CIA to examine an international database of money-transfer records.

King said he will write Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, urging that the nation's chief law enforcer "begin an investigation and prosecution of the New York Times -- the reporters, the editors and the publisher."

"We're at war, and for the Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous," King said. (
A war on many fronts, it now appears.