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Thursday, July 21, 2011


Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin has told some whoppers in his day (not least of which was his bald-faced lie that he was a combat pilot in Vietnam).  But this one may take the cake.

Senator Harkin yesterday:

"Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary to raise the debt ceiling, not for future borrowing but to pay the debts that we racked up in the past."

Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary to raise the debt ceiling?

Since when?

If you go back to 2006, you'll find there was another vote to raise the debt ceiling taken.  Among those who decided they were NOT willing to do what was necessary to raise the debt ceiling?
On that particular vote in March 2006, 44 Democrats voted "nay," including 31 senators who are still in office. They are Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Max Baucus of Montana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Barbara Boxer of California, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tom Carper of Delaware, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Carl Levin of Michigan, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Patty Murray of Washington, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Harry Reid of Nevada, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Chuck Schumer of New York, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Ron Wyden of Oregon. [source]
Also voting NO that day?

Barack Obama.

"Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary ..."

A lie.

Democrats like Harkin are beyond contemptible.  In my estimation, they should be jailed.

Say What?

Memo to Matt Drudge:  Perspective might be important here.

To everyone else: Is this Drudge headline accurate?

To me?

The headline should read:

Space exploration, and America's leading role in it, will continue.

It's only the dog-and-pony show - known as the space shuttle program - an ongoing reality TV show with weightlessness - that's coming to an end.

And thank God for it.

Out of the past

There are actually more stories like this from World War II than you might imagine.  Each being - to me - of intense interest:
Skull discovered at Pearl Harbor
By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

Honolulu (AP) — Forensic scientists are conducting tests on a skull unearthed at the bottom of Pearl Harbor to determine if it is a Japanese pilot who died in the historic attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

An excavation crew dredging the harbor recently made the startling discovery of the skull, which archeologists believe is from one of the Japanese aviators in the surprise attack. Archaeologist Jeff Fong of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific described the finding to The Associated Press and the efforts under way to identify the skull. He said the early analysis has made him "75 percent sure" that the skull belongs to a Japanese pilot. [link]
Sometime when you're not doing anything go to YouTube and view some of the footage - amateur and professional - of the many historical excavations that have taken place around the world in recent decades.  Fascinating stuff. 

Out of the past II

Who can forget "The Curtain Dress" from the movie "Gone With The Wind"?

It may be the most memorable piece of wardrobe in all Hollywood history.

Knowing that, this news may sadden you:
Iconic 'Gone With the Wind' dress faded forever
By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press

Austin, Texas (AP) — Efforts to preserve and restore several iconic dresses from the Oscar-winning Civil War movie "Gone With the Wind" have uncovered what might be painful for die-hard fans: Some of them simply can't be made to look like they did on screen.

Stitching and holes can be repaired and extra feathers added years ago can be removed, but the dresses are old, badly faded in spots and in one case, just too fragile to handle.

The costumes are among the most famous in Hollywood history and played a key role in one of the most popular films ever. The Ransom Center holds five dresses it wanted to restore for display: Scarlett O'Hara's green curtain dress, her green velvet gown, a burgundy ball gown, a blue velvet night gown and her wedding dress.

One of the most vexing questions is figuring out what caused curtain dress to develop long faded streaks that have turned sections of the fabric a color best described as a brown mustard.

There will be no attempt to try to restore the curtain dress to its original shade of green ... [link]
Scarlett's dress may have faded.  But our memories of that iconic movie (remember how there was an intermission in the middle of the flick so that everyone could go out and get another bag of popcorn?) haven't.  A moment in time.  A wonderful moment it was.

* Click on the image to enlarge it.

On Inauguration Day ...

... January, 2013:

Out of the ashes?