I know we’ve all been busy eulogizing people named Kennedy and Jackson, but personally I think a little-known man named Freeman is more worthy of our praise:
Marine Capt. Matthew Freeman made his last trip across the U.S. Naval Academy in the company of friends the other day.
Yes, there were admirals and generals, colonels and majors, captains of the Navy and the Marines among the hundreds who joined him. But there are moments when the strictures of rank are loosened by the greater bond of brotherhood. This was one of them.
Four thousand and seventy-four days had passed since Matt arrived here as a kid, had his head shaved and was sworn in as a Navy midshipman. Two thousand six hundred and fifty-one days had gone by since he hurled his hat into the air at graduation and became a Marine. It had been 47 days since he married Theresa, his high school sweetheart, and 34 days since he headed to Afghanistan.
And it was just 19 days after he led his men onto a rooftop that provided the only high ground in a nasty firefight with the Taliban in a hamlet in a rugged, desolate northeastern province.
The morning he came back to the Naval Academy was a Wednesday, but it will stick in your memory as the day you heard that Ted Kennedy had died and the week when you learned that someone might have killed Michael Jackson. The politician and the entertainer of their generations, they were lionized by many and scorned by some. One pleaded guilty, the other was found innocent. But they each died with an indelible asterisk, a footnote to their legacies that time will not erase.
Matt Freeman died clean.
There were a dozen Marine captains in dress blue in the overflowing pews of the chapel. Marines may blink hard a few times, but they don’t cry. Their mothers and widows cry for them.
In the week when they laid a young Marine captain to rest, the news was dominated by the death of a politician and the echo from an entertainer’s death. The flag-draped coffin on the front page was not his, but if you look carefully in the paper this week you will see a small picture of Matt Freeman among the faces of those who have fallen recently in battle.
He did not live long enough to become an the icon of Kennedy or Jackson, but he died the greater hero.
Sounds to me like this Captain embodied the Marine motto of “Semper Fidelis.”
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt!
On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-’n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.
Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”
You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.
But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.
No citizen should expect this kind of behavior from a U.S. senator. It is certainly not becoming of a man who is the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. And it absolutely is not what anyone would expect from a man who now asks Nevadans to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term.
If he thinks he can push the state’s largest newspaper around by exacting some kind of economic punishment in retaliation for not seeing eye to eye with him on matters of politics, I can only imagine how he pressures businesses and individuals who don’t have the wherewithal of the Review-Journal.
For the sake of all who live and work in Nevada, we can’t let this bully behavior pass without calling out Sen. Reid. If he’ll try it with the Review-Journal, you can bet that he’s tried it with others. So today, we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated.
It would appear that Harry has decided he represents the Democratic Party more than the state that sent him to the Senate… and it also appears that, if the Las Vegas Review-Journal has anything to say about it, Reid will soon be looking for another job.
This is part and parcel of one of the causes of the town-hall revolts that we’ve been seeing across the country. Far too many elected officials have become disconnected from the folks back in their home district or state. The voters, having seen that far too often, have decided to remind the elected official who the real bosses are… meaning, the people who can choose not to send the official back for another term in office.
That was so much fun, let’s do two! (Hey, as a baseball fan, I enjoy a double-header).
Looks like some Democrats still don’t wanna pay their fair share of taxes…
House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in previously unreported assets.
Among the new items on Rangel’s amended 2007 financial disclosure report were an account at the Congressional Federal Credit Union worth at least $250,000, an investment account with at least $250,000, land in southern New Jersey and stock in PepsiCo and fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands. None of those investments appeared on the original report, which was filled out by hand and filed in May 2008.
Of course, if you don’t report investments, you don’t pay taxes on them.
The best take on this, however, comes from the aptly-named Sunlight Foundation:
Obviously, the 28 occasions we tallied of Rangel omitting information from his financial disclosures is inaccurate–it’s too low.
And now, back to this series highlighting what the self-anointed elite think they can get away with…
Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — Hassan Nemazee, chairman of Nemazee Capital Corp. and a fundraiser for President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was arrested on charges he used phony documents to trick Citigroup Inc. into lending him as much as $74 million.
But wait, it’s not just the Clintons and Obamas that this guy worked for.
Nemazee is one of the leading fundraisers for the Democratic Party. He served as national finance chairman for the Senate committee that works to elect Democrats when it was run by New York Senator Charles Schumer.
And that’s still not all…
Nemazee also served as New York finance chairman for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry during his 2004 run for the presidency.
Ya know, I didn’t see any Republican names in there… did you?
When you lose Paul Krugman, you’ve probably gone a long way to losing the so-called “progressives,” especially when he writes something like this:
According to news reports, the Obama administration — which seemed, over the weekend, to be backing away from the “public option” for health insurance — is shocked and surprised at the furious reaction from progressives. Well, I’m shocked and surprised at their shock and surprise. A backlash in the progressive base — which pushed President Obama over the top in the Democratic primary and played a major role in his general election victory — has been building for months. The fight over the public option involves real policy substance, but it’s also a proxy for broader questions about the president’s priorities and overall approach.
But there’s a point at which realism shades over into weakness, and progressives increasingly feel that the administration is on the wrong side of that line . . . It’s hard to avoid the sense that Mr. Obama has wasted months trying to appease people who can’t be appeased, and who take every concession as a sign that he can be rolled . . . So progressives are now in revolt. Mr. Obama took their trust for granted, and in the process lost it. And now he needs to win it back.
The amazing thing is that many conservatives (including yours truly) felt the same way about George W. Bush, though the issues and policies differed. If you look at how those sort of feelings hurt the GOP in the last two elections, it’s not too hard to see very rough sailing for the Democrats in the not-too-distant future.
This is one I hadn’t really thought of, but it makes a lot of sense:
In our individual lives, we usually solve problems one at a time, as they arise and as we have resources and need. This works really well, but offers little opportunity for heroes to declare themselves and take credit for “historic change,” or the next “moon shot” or “Manhattan Project.” Practical, focused solutions are so… for the little people. Plus they present almost no opportunity to name a building, park, bill, or scholarship after yourself.
So instead, Washington does nothing for years and allows all sorts of individual problems to accumulate until either a) they think that the Gordian knot is complex enough to deserve their televised sword; or b) they think they can use the crush of problems as an excuse to do something that people wouldn’t normally accept.
People smell both these motives at work in the Comprehensive and Universal Grand Master Plan for Health Care that Congress is still designing by committee and Obama is pushing with heavy hands — without his even knowing which version is relevant.
So as onerous as the details of Obamacare may be, much of the opposition is based on the fact that people understand that the details cannot even be fully known in such an unnecessarily large plan. Only a fool thinks he can solve every problem at once. Clearly, Washington, D.C., has become a City of Fools — the permanent home of the Too Big Idea. People no longer trust leaders whose ego and ambition habitually outstrip not only their own judgment, but also our diminishing resources.
I’d just add a couple of things: our resources are diminishing in large part because Obama took the admittedly large deficit Dubya handed him and proceeded to expand it outrageously in a thinly-disguised payoff to the lefty groups that helped get him elected.
And, funny thing, those bills–both of them–had to be passed in a “hurry up” fashion, just like His Obamaness wanted to do with ObamaCare.
Maybe people are also saying, “Hold it, we’ve tried your ‘do something immediately’ solutions and they haven’t solved the problem. We want to study this one for a while.”
Americans Against Government-Run Health Care: Expect A Major Offensive Of Intimidation And Suppression
To be sure, leftist organizations are preparing a major offensive of intimidation, confrontation, rights violations and suppression of dissent against American citizens who dare to speak out against those currently in power who are rapidly stripping this country of freedom and liberty and ushering in an era of near if not outright, totalitarianism.
Marxists and their socialist partners will not give up their version of health care reform without a fight. That fight is set to escalate. They will purposely try to goad people who are against a government takeover of our health care system into violence through either verbal and/or physical confrontations. That is what they want. They need ammunition to direct public opinion. That’s the ChicagObama, Emanuel, leftist, Marxist way. One has to wonder why they would want to do that, until you look into Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, which is the handbook used by Obama, his army of “community organizers”, state-run media outlets, leftist politicians, labor unions and left-wing activist organizations.
According to Alinsky, you “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”. This is done in an effort to divert attention away from the real issue(s) or fact(s) at hand by focusing the point of attack on a particular individual or group by assigning stereotypical labels and/or broad generalizations to them through slander, libel or any other method of attack. Once public opinion has been swayed to portray the opposition as nothing more than stupid, insane, violent, anti-government and hate-fomenting anarchist “astroturf” Nazis who are encouraging civil discontent and disobedience, that individual or group of individuals can then be more easily targeted for dismantling and destruction.
We got a taste of the “Alinsky way” in the case of “Joe the plumber” and more recently with a woman who dared approach Senator Arlen Specter. Read More…