YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS!
Imagine my surprise when I read NewsMax's headline ...
Hillary Clinton Gets Purple Heart Award
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has put in for a Purple Heart award - and she received the decoration yesterday.
The former first lady garnered the award without being wounded in combat - or sustaining any kind of injury at all - as is usually the case with Purple Heart recipients.
Neither has Clinton ever served in the military, though she once claimed in a TV interview she tried to join the Marines.
Instead, Mrs. Clinton received a symbolic award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart "in recognition of her inspirational leadership and dedicated service to America’s military service members and America’s veterans."
Her website is the only other source I could find, so far ...
The [Military Order of the Purple Heart] issued the following statement: “In recognition of her inspirational leadership and dedicated service to America’s military service members and America’s veterans. Senator Clinton was an early advocate and co-sponsor of legislation to provide guaranteed funding for the VA health care administration. Each year Senator Clinton has introduced legislation that recognizes August 7th as Purple Heart recognition day and encourages citizens to learn of the history and importance of America’s oldest military award. In 2002 Senator Clinton petitioned the US postal service to issue a stamp honoring the Purple Heart medal, and, working closely with the military order of the Purple Heart, accomplished this goal. When the stamp was to be discontinued in 2006 due to an increase in the cost of stamps, Senator Clinton again joined with the MOPH in the quest to have the stamp reissued. Once again she and MOPH were successful in reaching this goal. Senator Clinton’s actions on behalf of America’s military and veterans reflect the highest level of dedication to America and its citizens. She reflects all that is good about government service and is a credit to New York, America and the congress of the United States.”
Sen. Schumer also lobbied to save the stamp. Wonder if he'll receive a symbolic Purple Heart Award?
There are a few in the blogosphere commenting on it, specifically BlackFive, who points out:
Newsmax is running a somewhat misleading headline that Sen. Hillary Clinton received a Purple Heart when in fact she received an award of a different kind
What he's referring to is that it's a "symbolic" award, which is still insulting.
8 Remember THIS PHOTO?
What I want to know is whose idea was this? NewsMax wrote that Her Royal C "put in for" it. Am I to assume that the award was her idea?
UKRANIAN POLITICS NOT FOR SISSIES
The picture on the left reminded me of Viktor Yushchenko's poisoning a couple of years ago which disfigured his face. They figured it was a political opponent.
Ukranian politics is definitely not for sissies.
Yushchenko poisoned by most harmful dioxin
Dec. 17, 2004
The scientist analyzing the blood of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko said Friday that tests confirm he was poisoned by TCDD, the most harmful known dioxin.
The level of dioxin in his blood is more than 6,000 times higher than normal and is the second highest ever recorded in human history, Brouwer said earlier this week.
Crazy month for me so far. No hot water. Flooded kitchen. No heat. Sick cat. In the middle of blogging this morning -- and blogger was not co-operating >:O -- I was called to pick up a sick little girl at school who has come down with something called Fifth Disease. Her cheeks looked exactly like the kid's in the picture. Hope I don't come down with it.
Here are a few stray links.
Actor Gary Sinise: Positive Support for Iraq
I don't really go out and talk about my political views. I don't do a lot of criticizing of things, banging, slamming people, because Operation Iraqi Children, no matter what my political views are or anything like that, that's not what this program is.
I believe that these kids are the future of Iraq, and so many in that part of the world have been raised to think bad things about Americans or bad things about Western culture.
I'm actually in touch with Iraqis over there who are totally supportive and totally behind the United States being there and the coalition being there, and completely appreciative of the possibilities that they have now because of what has happened in the last two or three years.
As you can see, the Bunnies have been busy. Check out their latest, Night of the Living Dead.
Plus I found this message over there: Breaking News! A change in schedule has the bunnies re-enacting Brokeback Mountain. Starz.com will host the finished piece for immediate viewing in early March...details to follow!
CHENEY 0, TEDDY 1
Texas LoanCat sent me that picture.
8 I just noticed that ACE, as in Airborne Combat Engineer, is blogging again! And he's linked to an interesting video, a re-enactment of "the shooting."
8 Another conspiracy brewing at HuffPo: What if Cheney Wasn't the Shooter?
8 THIRDWAVE weighs in: I think Cheney allowed this story to go out through a local reporter for one reason, and one reason only: It was Cheney's way of telling the WHPC to f-off. And you can't blame him for that one, either.
8 For those Lefties who have been salivating/praying for Whittington's demise, Whittington doing well at Corpus Christi hospital
UPDATE: It's official; the shooting has been formally classified as an accident. That should drive 'em nutz.
ANDREA PEYSER WAXES ELOQUENT ON HRC
Andrea Peyser has outdone herself today!
HILL MAKES A LOVELY DUMMY
HERE'S a philosophical question: Isn't creating a wax figure of Hillary Clinton just a wee bit redundant?
How can you tell the real one from the fake?
And, perhaps more importantly: Is there really much difference?
[I]t came as a shock to enter Tussaud's gallery - where, I swear, a sculpture of Yasser Arafat was breathing - and see Hillary looking as if a butter pat would turn to ice in her mouth.
The resemblance is all the more astonishing because Hillary did not pose for the statue.
THE HALF-VAST LEFT-WING CONSPIRACY FRENZY MARCHES ON
Normally I'd never read an entire transcript of any show, let alone highly recommend it to others. But the interview which Hugh Hewitt masterfully conducted with Lawrence O'Donnell is worth savoring.
MSNBC pundit and West Wing producer/writer Lawrence O'Donnell and Hugh on whether Vice President was drunk.
HH: Good to have you on. Lawrence O'Donnell, yesterday you posted at the Huffington Post about Dick Cheney, Was Cheney Drunk?
LO: I'll tell you. Let me make it clear to you. The person who suggested this question to me was not a lawyer. The person who suggested this question to me was an alcoholic, okay? That's who suggested the question to me. And then I raised the question with other lawyers, and they said oh, yeah. That's why you avoid the police after an accident. I ask you and your audience, Hugh, please tell me why did Ted Kennedy avoid the police after his accident on Chappaquiddick? Do you think alcohol and inebriation had something to do with it?
LO: I get credit for Was Cheney Drunk. Make sure all your audience knows I'm the guy who asked was Cheney drunk, and I forced Fox News into asking him about what his alcohol consumption was that day.
LO: It is most likely that Ted Kennedy was drunk on Chappaquiddick.
LO: What you don't know, Hugh, is what is the ballistic evidence of this case? And you know why you don't know it? You're never going to know it. Never, because they didn't let the local authorities get involved, and let the local authorities figure out factually what was the distance of that muzzle from that man's body. All they're using is assertions made by people who were on the scene, some of whom were witnesses, some of whom were not witnesses. You know nothing about this, because the Vice President made sure you know nothing.
HH: Have you ever been hunting?
HH: Okay. Have you ever shot a shotgun?
LO: I've never been hunting, I've never been drunk, and I've never had a beer at lunch.
HH: But you've gone to Ivy League football games. Which ones, Lawrence?
LO: Oh, you know, Harvard, Yale, all that stuff.
HH: Are you a Harvard guy?
LO: Yes, I am.
HH: Okay. And so you're basing your suspicion that the Vice President was drunk on Harvard football game tailgating parties?
The Half-vast Left-wing is desperately trying to gin up some sort of conspiracy, and by the looks, they're pretty damned desperate with this one.
8 Dummy up, Scooter: Accident my eye. Or rather, Harry Whittington's eye.
If you believe it was just an accident that Vice President Dick Cheney shot his hunting companion last weekend, you obviously have never seen "The Godfather" movies.
Just as surely as a fish wrapped in a bulletproof vest means "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes," that shotgun blast to Whittington's face was meant to convey that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby had better bite his tongue and forget about testifying against Cheney, his former boss, in the Valerie Plame spy case.
Peggy Noonan has written some amazing pieces in the past, but good grief, girl, get a GRIP!
8 Peggy Noonan Discusses Possibility Of Cheney Stepping Down: I'm guessing there's going to be a lot of buzz about today's extremely thought-provoking column from Peggy Noonan. In it, she makes an argument that it may make political sense for the President to replace Dick Cheney (but, as Peggy says, only if Cheney agrees)
Mr. Right has written a clever bit of satire, but I'll bet the Left won't view it as that.
8 Long Feared "Bush Purge" Reportedly Now Underway: All over America, in the dead of night, liberals are disappearing --- kidnapped from their beds by marauding, brown-shirted, goose-stepping Republican goon-squads, who show them no mercy! At least, that is what many have come to believe...
8 Chris at LuckyDawgNews has contributed The Other Cheney Huntin' Accident ;)
8 Café Press has 202 pages of Cheney merchandise.
8 And finally, my condolences to my faithful reader Gayle who, while waiting for NBC's coverage of the Olympics, had to endure Katie Couric discussing VP Cheney. May I suggest a healthy dose of Grey Goose?
CHENEY TALKS WITH BRIT
I watched Brit Hume's sit-down with VP Cheney this evening and learned that not once did he ever tell Harry, "You better get some ice on that." How insensitive is that? Instead, he told Brit, "I'd have to say, one of the worst days of my life, at that moment."
However, his ultimate insult was to The Media!:
CHENEY: Well, my first reaction, Brit, was not to think: I need to call the press. My first reaction is: My friend, Harry, has been shot and we've got to take care of him.
Obviously VP Cheney thinks that this is all about Harry Whittington when in reality it's all about The Media. And we all know that some two-bit rag published in that hick town of Corpus Christi is not The Real Media. David Gregory will have to set him straight.
Some of the best writing on this tired subject can be had at NewsBusters, such as:
8 Brent Bozell’s The Media's Cheney Hunt: These reporters take shots at McClellan and the rest of the administration on a daily basis, in the briefing room, and in their news coverage. Some of those shots are quite personal. But how dare the president’s spokesman lecture them! The incivility of it all!
8 Differing Media Outrage: Hillary’s 2001 Car Accident Was Totally Ignored: America’s media have been falling all over themselves with outrage concerning this weekend’s quail hunting accident involving the vice president. Yet, when a van containing Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) rolled through a checkpoint at the Westchester County airport in 2001 injuring a policeman, the press paid virtually no attention.
As an aside, according to Monday's NewsMax report on this issue, neither Hillary nor anyone from her office bothered to apologize to the officer, or check in to see how he was doing.
This will eventually bite The Media in its collective butt.
TWEEDLEDOM 'N' TWEEDLEDEE
Looks like Dana Milbank and Paul Begala have been shopping at Rush's Club Gitmo store!
BABY IT'S COLD INSIDE!
My 1940s vintage boiler furnace is on the fritz; this time it's the pump. I'm freezing. The poor elderly cats are freezing. The dogs are outside and can't understand why we're shhivvverrrring inside. So I'm trying to keep busy, keep moving, doing things like washing the dishes. I'm freezing my little butt off sittin' at this computer.
If you're fans of Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett, you'll love their hour together on CMT tonight.
I'll never understand what Lovett saw in Julia Roberts. He's always smiling and good natured and off camera she isn't, as evidenced HERE and HERE.
THEY SHOOT LAWYERS, DON'T THEY?
Of course we don't.
When I spoke with my mother last night the news of Cheney plugging his good hunting buddy with birdshot had just begun appearing online. So I asked her if she had heard it. No! she replied. So I read a news story online and, I'm ashamed to say, I began to giggle. I mean no disrespect to poor Mr. Whittington, but I couldn't help it; we've been conditioned that the subject of harm coming to lawyers is ripe with humor.
Even AnkleBitingPundits predicted it:
Pat: I think the Vice President has opened himself up to all kinds of "gang that couldn't shoot straight" jokes.
UPDATE: Pat called it almost exactly right. Check out this statement from James and Sarah Brady and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Just try reading the comments and keeping a straight face :~)
Here's the NY Post's write-up:
"Mr. Whittington left the spot where he had been and came up behind the hunters, and was standing in a low spot of ground with the sun behind it" when Cheney shot him, said Armstrong.
Armstrong insisted that Cheney was not at fault for shooting to his side. "I've been doing this all my life," she said. "Mr. Whittington failed to announce himself and say, 'Hey, I'm behind you guys.' "
8 To see what the blogosphere is saying -- right and left -- check Technorati.
I wish Mr. Whittington a speedy recovery. I mean no disrespect.
The timing of the following article on Her Royal Clydesdale is just too rich, especially choosing the word "WOUNDS" -- self-inflicted, of course. It's an excellent assessment by Dick Morris.
HOW 'ANGER' WOUNDS HILL
Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has pinned the "angry" moniker on Hillary Clinton — a label that will increasingly stop her from venting her partisanship as she must to get nominated.
The genius of the Mehlman charge (doubtless drawn from focus group or survey research) is that it rings so true among those who follow Sen. Clinton closely that it seems self-evident.
She has a hard time seeing virtue in those who disagree with her. [emphasis mine]
That last line is perfect. It's also the reason why Bush p-o's the left to no end, because he does see virtue in everyone, even those who disagree with him.
HOT LATIN RHYTHMS ON A COLD WINTER'S DAY
Thanks to a comment left by Cathy -- an independent, patriotic, conservative with a passion for fine art. I'm devoted to my husband and all the things we find important- our time together, our family, our country. I'm forever a pessimist, but doing my best to change that -- I've been warming to Santana's music video Smooth, with hunky Rob Thomas.
Thank you, Cathy!!
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
I just captured this shot of Times Square.
Most of my favorite NYC webcams are down, like this one in Brooklyn.
Other webcams: Boston is white while the North Pole is black (try again in summer).
Here in Painted Post I have sunshine! I also have yet another leak under my kitchen sink. siiiiigh
8 Speaking of Boston ... ‘Sopranos’ big may be sleeping with fishes in Boston Harbor: Our well-placed rats report that one of the show’s “big characters” is going to get whacked in Boston — known on the hit HBO mob drama as “Scranton with clams.” The hit goes down during “The Sopranos” sixth season, which debuts March 12. h/t Blue!
8 HA HA HA !!! Rock the Vote Crumbles: [T]he biggest problem for Rock the Vote is that its own worst enemy. Inherent in liberal thinking is the belief that "somebody else" should pay for everything.
Those Democrats, they're such a hoot! Every time they think they've "gotten" Dubya, Dubya gets the better of them, and he usually doesn't have to lift a finger in the process. After all, he's an expert poker player:
By reputation, the President was a very avid and skillful poker player when he was an MBA student. One of the secrets of a successful poker player is to encourage your opponent to bet a lot of chips on a losing hand. This is a pattern of behavior one sees repeatedly in George W. Bush’s political career. He is not one to loudly proclaim his strengths at the beginning of a campaign. Instead, he bides his time, does not respond forcefully, a least at first, to critiques from his enemies, no matter how loud and annoying they get. If anything, this apparent passivity only goads them into making their case more emphatically.
This business of pictures of Bush and Abramoff, supposedly proof positive that Bush was good friends with him, is only the latest:
First Photo of Bush and Abramoff
The White House, however, has continued to assert that the President had no recollection of ever meeting Abramoff. When TIME reported in January that it had viewed unpublished photographs of Abramoff with Bush, aides responded that the pictures meant nothing since the President is photographed with thousands of supporters and White House visitors every year.
Now, finally, the first such photo has come to light. It shows a bearded Abramoff in the background as Bush greets an Abramoff client, Raul Garza, who was then the chairman of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas; Bush senior advisor Karl Rove looks on.
This meeting, however, was a relatively small gathering attended by some two dozen people, including Garza and another Indian tribal leader who was Abramoff's client.
DEMOCRATS ARE "MEAN-SPIRITED, DISCRIMINATORY, WRONG"
While Rush was golfing at some Big Golf Shindig last week, Neil Cavuto nabbed him for an excellent interview. They touched on many subjects, including "The Funeral":
CAVUTO: You know, I was thinking of President Bush and how he must have felt yesterday at that Coretta Scott King funeral. A lot of people were dumping on him, including a couple of former presidents.
RUSH: I will tell you how he felt, happy. These people are embarrassing themselves.
CAVUTO: Do you think he should have up and left?
CAVUTO: How did Jimmy Carter look?
RUSH: No different than Jimmy Carter has looked since the days before he was -- this is how he got his Nobel Prize. You travel around the world, and you beat up George Bush, and the Nobel Committee will say, you are our guy, and give you the prize.
CAVUTO: But, normally, you have the dignity of not doing it in front of George Bush. He did it in front of him.
RUSH: Yes, but, you see, there's another thing, still did it with his back turned. Didn't have the guts to turn around and face him and say that. Neither did Joe Lowery. It's easy as heck to do it when the guy you are talking about is not watching you or looking at you. I think they are a bunch of cowards. … [T]he Democratic Party is showing you who they are. They don't have an agenda to tell you who they are, because they don't have the guts to tell you they want to raise your taxes and grow government and all that. But they are so angry, and they're so irrational, that their anger is causing them to shed the camouflage and shed the mask. And we are finding out, they are mean-spirited. They're discriminatory. They're extremist, and they're wrong.