Thursday, February 25, 2010
"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano walks with crutches as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee hearing on her department's fiscal 2011 budget. Napolitano broke her ankle playing tennis."
You really expect us to believe that this load and a half actually plays tennis?
Not that anyone should care how Nappy cracked the old hoof, but she sure didn't do it on a tennis court unless she has a part time job as a ball-boy.
Might even explain that dyke-do. And why does she continually remind me of Pepe La Phew?
"A Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon says a woman's size-D breast implants might have saved her life when a gunman opened fire at her office.
Lydia Carranza was working at the Simi Valley dental office July 1 when her co-worker, the gunman's wife, was shot and killed.
Carranza was just a few feet away. She survived a gunshot to the chest, but the the bullet left a scar and deflated the implant.
"She's just one lucky woman," Dr. Ashkan Ghavami told the LA Times. "I saw the CT scan. The bullet fragments were millimeters from her heart and her vital organs. Had she not had the implant, she might not be alive today."
Interesting. Small caliber bullets traveling at modest speeds can be slowed without further ado, but since the reporter covering this story didn't believe it germane to actually TELL US much of anything with regards to the size of the bullet or from whence it came, we'll never know.
Then there's the "expert" opinion:
"An LAPD firearms instructor told the Times it's possible the implant interrupted the velocity of the bullet.
"I don't want to say a boob job is the equivalent of a bulletproof vest," Scott Reitz told the Times. "So don't go getting breast enhancements as a means to deflect a possible incoming bullet."
First off, sight unseen, officer Reitz doesn't know a damn thing about what was or was not possible, and secondly you idiot, they're referred to as bullet-resistant vests.
And how frickin DARE you tell women not to explore the wonderful world of breast enhancements?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
USMC: Mike Strank b. 1919 Jarabenia, Czechoslovakia, d. 1945 Iwo Jima
USMC: Harlon Block b. 1924 Yorktown, Texas, d. 1945 Iwo Jima
USMC: Franklin Sousley b. 1925 Hilltop, Kentucky, d. 1945 Iwo Jima
USMC: Ira Hayes b. 1923 Sacaton, Arizona, d. 1955 Bapchule, Arizona
USMC: Rene Gagnon b. 1925 Manchester, N.H., d. 1979 Manchester, N.H.
USN: John Bradley b. 1923 Antigo, Wisconsin, d. 1994 Antigo, Wisconsin
Monday, February 22, 2010
From: James Donovan[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 5:07 AM
Subject: Fw: Iwo Jima memorial
Marines, family and friends,
Sunday morning I received a call from The Mail, Daily
Mail of London,requesting a statement regarding the
attached photo and information below.
Personally I find the use of the iconic image of five
Marines and one Sailor raising the American flag above
I was asked to allow the reporter twenty four hours
before releasing my statement here in the States, so he
might get the story out in London first. This may well be the first
response form the States regarding the use of the flag-raising image.
The use of this image by this group to promote their agenda is
inappropriate and repugnant. To do so demeans the nature and character of
the sacrifices and valor for which the Marine Corps War Memorial stands.
This is particularly poignant on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the
American flag being raised over Mt. Surabachi, as veterans of that epic
battle prepare to gather at the War Memorial to honor all Marines the
memorial represents. As the president of the Marine Corps War Memorial
Foundation I cannot strongly enough state our contempt for this group's use
of the image to enhance it's cause.
James Donovan, President
Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, Inc.
My inbox is full of raving madmen raving to beat the band over this sacrilege,
and you know full well that something is deadass wrong when I'm the voice of
Yes. If we ALL got together and DEMANDED it, our active duty brethren WOULD
pull an amphibious landing upon the British Airways headquarters but lets
first give them a chance to make things right.
No one in their right mind would do such a thing, knowing what that
photograph and the attending memorials mean to a Marine.
Friday, February 19, 2010
"John Basilone was one of a family of ten children. Born in Buffalo, New York, on November 4, 1916, to Italian parents, he went to St. Bernard Parochial School in Raritan, New Jersey and enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18. After completing his three-year enlistment in the Philippines, where he was a champion boxer, he came home and went to work as a truck driver in Reisterstown, Maryland.
In July 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in Baltimore, Maryland, believing that he could return to Manila quicker with the Marines than with the Army. Before going to the Solomon Islands he saw service at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in addition to training at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Camp Lejeune, then called New River.
Gunnery Sergeant Basilone's buddies on Guadalcanal called him "Manila John" because he had served with the Army in The Philippines before enlisting in the Marine Corps.
Private First Class Nash W. Phillips, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, recalled him from the battle for Guadalcanal: "Basilone had a machine gun on the go for three days and nights without sleep, rest or food". "He was in a good emplacement, and causing the Japs lots of trouble, not only firing his machine gun but also using his pistol."
Basilone was returned to the States and participated in a War Bond Tour. After the tour, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he met Lena Mae Riggi, who was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve. They were married at St. Mary's Church in Oceanside, July 10, 1944, with a reception at the Carlsbad Hotel. They honeymooned at her parents' onion farm in Portland.
Medal of Honor recipients are generally not allowed to return to combat. However, Basilone requested a return to the fighting in the Pacific theatre. Basilone was serving with the 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division during the invasion of Iwo Jima. On Red Beach II, he and his platoon were pinned down by enemy gunfire. He single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse, allowing his unit to capture an airfield. Minutes later he was killed by an enemy artillery round."
The above is from Wikipedia, and the only change I'll make is the fact that it was a mortar round landing directly on Gunny Basilone, not an artillery shell.
You can click the headline link to read both his Medal of Honor and Navy Cross citations.
February 19, 1945 was the official beginning of Marine hostilities on the previously held Jap island of Iwo Jima.
To my Father and all his buddies who fought their way across that blasted hunk of worthless rock, Semper Fi.
The 26,000 American casualties in taking Iwo were greater than the TOTAL Allied dead and wounded from D-Day.
6500 Marines and over 300 Navy Corpsmen died in the fighting. Were that to happen today, the NY Times would be posting headlines of the "bogged-down" American effort and call for an immediate timetable for withdrawal. Something their father's should have done.
But this isn't about the commie bastards of this era, but a salute to the men who slugged it out toe-to-toe with the best Japan had to offer and killed more than 19,000 of the little fuckers.
And in the process marking the first time in over 5000 years that an invader had prevailed on Japanese soil.
Lieutenant General Holland “Howling Mad” Smith presciently predicted,
This will be the bloodiest fight in Marine Corps history. We’ll catch seven kinds of hell
on the beaches, and that will just be the beginning. The fighting will be fierce and the casualties will be awful, but my Marines will take the damned island.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Click the link to become enlightened. As opposed to ensheepend. Or enlooned. Or engored.
Enough. I can go on like this all day so don't force me to. Just click the link.
ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (AP) - "Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits—a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.
"We are seeing many families that never before sought government help," said Greg Blass, commissioner of social services.
"We see a spiral in food stamps, heating assistance applications; Medicaid is skyrocketing," Blass added. "It is truly reaching a stage of being alarming."
Let's see; trillions in debt, one bogus spending plan after another, capitulating to our enemies while disrespecting our friends, double-digit unemployment, skyrocketing inflation...
A liberal is in the White House!
Durham, N.C. — "Durham police arrested Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, late Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.
Her bond was set at $1 million. Mangum has been appointed a public defender and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22.
Police charged her with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer."
Gee willickers but I'd've thunk that this creature would've been sent to the hoosegow for quite a fair piece after pulling those Duke-Lacrosse shenanigans.
But now she's royally screwed, blued, and tattooed to a fair thee well.
Resisted a public officer?
Nowadays isn't that punishable by the needle?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ann Coulter Tells Us The Skinny On Iranian Dictator, Performing Midget, Hitler-Wannabe, And All Around Loon...
"The only man causing President Obama more headaches than Joe Biden these days is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (who, coincidentally, was right after Biden on Obama's short-list for V.P.).
Despite Obama's personal magnetism, the Iranian president persists in moving like gangbusters to build nuclear weapons, leading to Ahmadinejad's announcement last week that Iran is now a "nuclear state."
Gee, that's weird -- because I remember being told in December 2007 that all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Iran had ceased nuclear weapons development as of 2003.
At the time of that leak, many of us recalled that the U.S. has the worst intelligence-gathering operations in the world. The Czechs, the French, the Italians -- even the Iraqis (who were trained by the Soviets) -- all have better intelligence.
Burkina Faso has better intelligence -- and their director of intelligence is a witch doctor. The marketing division of Wal-Mart has more reliable intel than the U.S. government does.
After Watergate, the off-the-charts left-wing Congress gleefully set about dismantling this nation's intelligence operations on the theory that Watergate never would have happened if only there had been no CIA.
Ron Dellums, a typical Democrat of the time, who -- amazingly -- was a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, famously declared in 1975: "We should totally dismantle every intelligence agency in this country piece by piece, brick by brick, nail by nail."
And so they did.
So now, our "spies" are prohibited from spying. The only job of a CIA officer these days is to read foreign newspapers and leak classified information to The New York Times. It's like a secret society of newspaper readers. The reason no one at the CIA saw 9/11 coming was that there wasn't anything about it in the Islamabad Post.
(On the plus side, at least we haven't had another break-in at the Watergate.)
CIA agents can't spy because that might require them to break laws in foreign countries. They are perfectly willing to break U.S. laws to leak to The New York Times, but not in order to acquire valuable intelligence.
So it was curious that after months of warnings from the Bush administration in 2007 that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapons program, a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran was leaked, concluding that Iran had ceased its nuclear weapons program years earlier.
Republicans outside of the administration went ballistic over the suspicious timing and content of the Iran-Is-Peachy report. Even The New York Times, of all places, ran a column by two outside experts on Iran's nuclear programs that ridiculed the NIE's conclusion.
Gary Milhollin of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control and Valerie Lincy of Iranwatch.org cited Iran's operation of 3,000 gas centrifuges at its plant at Natanz, as well as a heavy-water reactor being built at Arak, neither of which had any peaceful energy purpose. (If only there were something plentiful in Iran that could be used for energy!)
Weirdly, our intelligence agencies missed those nuclear operations. They were too busy reading an article in the Tehran Tattler, "Iran Now Loves Israel."
Ahmadinejad was ecstatic, calling the NIE report "a declaration of the Iranian people's victory against the great powers."
The only people more triumphant than Ahmadinejad about the absurd conclusion of our vaunted "intelligence" agencies were liberals.
In Time magazine, Joe Klein gloated that the Iran report "appeared to shatter the last shreds of credibility of the White House's bomb-Iran brigade -- and especially that of Vice President Dick Cheney."
Liberal columnist Bill Press said, "No matter how badly Bush and Cheney wanted to carpet-bomb Iran, it's clear now that doing so would have been a tragic mistake."
Naturally, the most hysterical response came from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. After donning his mother's housecoat, undergarments and fuzzy slippers, Keith brandished the NIE report, night after night, demanding that Bush apologize to the Iranians.
"Having accused Iran of doing something it had stopped doing more than four years ago," Olbermann thundered, "instead of apologizing or giving a diplomatic response of any kind, this president of the United States chuckled."
Olbermann ferociously defended innocent-as-a-lamb Mahmoud from aspersions cast by the Bush administration, asking: "Could Mr. Bush make it any more of a mess ... in response to Iran's anger at being in some respects, at least, either overrated or smeared, his response officially chuckling, how is that going to help anything?"
Bush had "smeared" Iran!
Olbermann's Ed McMahon, the ever-obliging Howard Fineman of Newsweek, agreed, saying that the leaked intelligence showed that Bush "has zero credibility."
Olbermann's even creepier sidekick, androgynous Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe, also agreed, saying American credibility "has suffered another serious blow."
Olbermann's most macho guest, Rachel Maddow, demanded to know -- with delightful originality -- "what the president knew and when he knew it." This was on account of Bush's having disparaged the good name of a messianic, Holocaust-denying nutcase, despite the existence of a cheery report on Iran produced by our useless intelligence agencies.
Olbermann, who knows everything that's on the Daily Kos and nothing else, called those who doubted the NIE report "liars" and repeatedly demanded an investigation into when Bush knew about the NIE's laughable report.
Even if you weren't aware that the U.S. has the worst intelligence in the world, and even if you didn't notice that the leak was timed perfectly to embarrass Bush, wouldn't any normal person be suspicious of a report concluding Ahmadinejad was behaving like a prince?
Not liberals. Our intelligence agencies concluded Iran had suspended its nuclear program in 2003, so Bush owed Ahmadinejad an apology.
Feb. 11, 2010: Ahmadinejad announces that Iran is now a nuclear power.
Yep. Despite incident after incident whereupon their base stupidity had been laid bare for all the world to see, liberals STILL can, hmmm, let's see, offer up a total dummy that can read from a teleprompter and little else and get him elected President because the Yellowstream Media says let it be so.
That's the power of the press, kids. Even with the supposed new media going great guns to expose these frauds, when the Jurassic Press spaketh the dummy won.
Dunno about you but things like this sometimes shiver the living shit out of me. Even were this essay of Ann's to become required reading the country over, we're still doomed. Certain among us don't listen to the new media, some of us continue to take everything the parasitic press says as gospel.
Damn those old people.
Okay so Blogger was frigging with me as usual when I tried to reset its comment thingamajig, so's I went for the trial version of ECHO which replaced Haloscam.
It's like 12 bucks a year so if the thing works I'll probably keep it.
Serial killers have forever fascinated me; beginning way back when I couldn't figure out how civilization could breed such monsters, all the way up to my understanding that humans are, after all, simply smarter animals and people are generally speaking capable of doing the darnedest things.
Criminal Minds is about the F.B.I. guys...and gals in the show but there are very few female field agents of any sort in reality...who try to profile the people who once upon a time perpetrated "Stranger Killings" before Serial Killings became more popular.
Profilers can be as wrong as they are correct, but it intrigues me nonetheless. Most of profiling is nothing more than good old fashioned common sense, but in an era of abysmal law enforcement performances ANY organization that actually does some good makes me sit up and take notice.
Seeing as how Criminal Minds is a theatrical presentation made for television it is no wonder that it features characters who'd fall to the ground screaming "GUN!!!"should they witness a badge-less-citizen bearing arms, but I expect such abject nonsense, and, after all, it is the serial killer I'm watching the show for anyways. Politically correct Feds are the only sort that'd be capable of populating a TV show, for as we all know it is anathema to life, liberty, and the pursuit of ratingness for average folken to possess the means of...gasp...defending themselves.
I mean, what in the hell would we need cops for if we could settle most of our own affairs? Taxation, you say, and that sir is right. Most of modern law enforcement revolves around fining and ticketing the hapless civilian because how could they afford those big fancy stations and alla them armored cars and attack dogs and paramilitary assault squads searching for that errant joint on a stingy budget.
Thank God for serial killers or there'd be nothing for me to watch on network TV.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Does This Mean They'll Change The Vests To Tin?
LAS VEGAS — A police officer's badge may have saved his life when it stopped a bullet during an exchange of gunfire in North Las Vegas.
Police say the 31-year-old officer was patrolling just before 10 p.m. Saturday when he heard shots being fired in an apartment complex.
While investigating, the officer came upon a person with a gun and opened fire. The officer returned fire and was hit. But the bullet hit the badge, and the officer suffered only minor injuries.
The person with the gun fled.
Police continued to search Sunday for the suspect, who might also be injured.
The injured police officer's name was not immediately released.
Without paying all that much mention to the report of an officer opening fire upon a person who had yet to fire, then returning fire upon that very same person ("individual" is simply very poor English and best left to those who practice very poor English as a profession)...
This seems like a fairly typical officer involved shooting. Guy with a small gun empties his magazine at a cop, cop returns the favor, and no one is seriously hurt. "Small gun" because anything over a .38 Special is going to punch through a tin star like a hot cop through a doughnut, and despite the massive, decades long push to get cops to wear bullet resistant vests, I guess this one didn't seem to be doing so.
Then again, the story is written so poorly who the hell knows.
Moral: Learn to shoot well.
Friday, February 12, 2010
- Judy Wallman is a genealogy researcher in California. While she was doing work on her own family tree, she discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was, in 1889, hanged for horse stealing and armed robbery in Montana.
- This was important to Judy because both she and Harry Reid shared this common ancestor.
- Upon finding this photograph and turning it over, she read the following:
Quite intrigued over so obviously important a find, Judy wrote to Congressman Reid's office, asking if Mr. Reid was aware of so infamous a forebear.
Here is the reply she received.
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
Obama Misleads on Christmas Day Bomber"Ever since the Christmas Day bomber stopped talking after being read his rights, President Obama and his national security team have been defending their decision to treat him as a criminal rather than an enemy combatant by saying that the Bush administration handled terrorism suspects the same way.
“But I think that the most important thing for the public to understand is we’re not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11,” Obama told Katie Couric.
In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said, “The Bush administration used the criminal justice system to convict more than 300 individuals on terrorism-related charges.”
In particular, Holder and White House officials have cited the fact that the Bush administration gave the same rights to shoe bomber Richard Reid as to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab after his arrest in Detroit.
The comparisons are misleading. Reid was arrested in the first year after 9/11, before the Bush administration had established military tribunals and procedures for dealing with such threats outside of civilian courts. And unlike the case of Abdulmutallab, nearly all the terrorism convictions that Obama and Holder cited involved U.S. citizens or more minor actors who were not believed to have knowledge of imminent threats.
The fact that Abdulmutallab resumed talking five weeks after being read his Miranda rights is testimony to the persuasive powers of FBI agents. But in those five weeks, the U.S. government lost the chance to roll up or kill overseas suspects whose locations Abdulmutallab may have pinpointed.
In his letter, Holder reassured McConnell that the option of detaining Abdulmutallab as an enemy combatant in the U.S. military system was discussed in the days following the arrest, including at a Jan. 5 meeting that included Obama and senior members of the national security team.
“No agency supported the use of law of war detention for Abdulmutallab, and no agency has since advised the Department of Justice that an alternative course of action should have been, or should now be, pursued,’’ the attorney general wrote.
Subsequently, the heads of the relevant agencies — FBI, CIA, Director of National Intelligence, and Homeland Security — all testified that they were not consulted about the decision when it was made.
More recently, John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism chief, claimed that he briefed Republican congressional leaders on Christmas night about the arrest and subsequent handling of Abdulmutallab.
“None of those individuals raised any concerns with me, at that point,” Brennan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They didn’t say, ‘Is he going into military custody? Is he going to be Mirandized?’ They were very appreciative of the information. We told them we’d keep them informed. And that’s what we did.”
Now it turns out that, according to all four leaders, Brennan merely said that Abdulmutallab had been arrested and said nothing about how the case would be handled.
“Can anyone take seriously the White House’s assertion that it consulted with Republicans when President Obama didn’t even consult his own director of National Intelligence, FBI director, or Homeland Security secretary concerning Abdulmutallab?” Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., one of those briefed, has said.
Obama came into office refusing to refer to the war on terror. He had no qualms about putting New York City at risk by deciding to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed there. Now it turns out he and his national security team routinely mislead Congress and the American people to cover up their own mistakes."
Here's the bottom line, gang:
Obama and his cronies...like most liberals...believe that they are invulnerable from harm, so after all what's the fuss about anyway?
All terrorists really need is to have someone to talk to, someone to listen, someone to agree with them concerning how awful the world has treated them. Guys like Barrack Obama and the idiots who work for him truly think that were they to be accosted in a dark alley by a mugger, not only wouldn't they be robbed but the mugger would go straight to the local cop shop and turn himself in after a good talking to.
No fuss, no muss, no reason to get things right the first time, or be held accountable, because hey, terrorists only kill the little people anyway. The really smart folks would simply dazzle them with brilliance and walk away Scot-free.
If only the country...particularly the NASCAR sections...would just leave well enough alone and stop all of this time-wasting accountability nonsense.
And oh yeah, almost forgot. When in doubt, continue to blame Bush.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"At a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States, an epidemic she said is costly and a threat to national security."
Uh huh. We need a war on fat but don't dare even think of uttering "war on terror".
"The ceremony, attended by many officials of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, followed the signing earlier in the day of a presidential memorandum establishing a task force to study the problem and make recommendations after 90 days.
Obama announced a long list of goals she said she hopes the “Let’s Move” campaign will accomplish, including many that can be done “in a generation.”
Like maybe someone should tell her that those thunder-thighs of hers qualify as rather less than svelte, and let's not even describe that derriere. Does this creature NOT know that she is far from the thinnest gal in town or that the greatest preponderance of obese kids happen to be black?
And to remedy this we'll throw billions into "educating" folks who could do just as well by simply reading the caloric count on those supersized tub of chicken wings from Sam's Club.
Anyway, look for the appointment of a CELLULITE CZAR so that Shelly and other chunky monkeys can get lots and lots of exercise stuff for free, compliments of Uncle Sam.
No comments or emails to the effect that nowadays it is more correct to say Uncle Sambo.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
"Drivers on Interstate 35 near Wyoming, Minn., are greeted by a large billboard bearing a photo of former President George W. Bush, smiling and waving. The caption beside the photo: “Miss Me Yet?”
A photo of the billboard was widely circulated on the Internet on Monday, leading to speculation that it was the product of clever digital trickery.
But Wyoming resident Bob Collins of Minnesota Public Radio confirmed to National Public Radio that the billboard is real.
No one has claimed responsibility for the billboard."
But its my guess that we'll soon be seeing more of them around the country and I for one would donate to such an endeavor so if you do happen to know who's behind this then drop me a line.
See. I got so excited I ran on a sentence just like some poor stupid journalist that doesn't know any better but keeps on writing and writing and writing because no one ever...
Monday, February 08, 2010
Okay, so on Saturday I watched Palin's speech to the Tea Party folks, and here's a pic of what was written on her hand: And oh yeah, if this latest Yellowstream Media stab at discrediting Sarah hasn't rung your bell yet then click the headline link.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Like the gay blades they are, gun grabbers choose to go backdoor whenever possible. Can't stop Floridians from carrying concealed firearms? Then bollux up the licensing procedures, stealing necessary funds and diverting them to things like hugging trees, global warming, and last but never least the hiring of even more government workers for do-nothing, mean-nothing jobs that do little else other than engorge the bureaucracy.
Charlie Christ has his flaws but at least he stood up for us when it counted. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels so I encourage all Floridians to contact their representatives and voice strong support for David Rivera's important bill.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Researcher Lorianne Updike Toler was intrigued by the centuries-old document at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
On the back of a treasured draft of the U.S. Constitution was a truncated version of the same document, starting with the familiar words: "We The People. . . ."
They had been scribbled upside down by one of the Constitution's framers, James Wilson, in the summer of 1787. The cursive continued, then abruptly stopped, as if pages were missing.
A mystery, Toler thought, until she examined other Wilson papers from the Historical Society's vault in Philadelphia and found what appeared to be the rest of the draft, titled "The Continuation of the Scheme."
The document - one of 21 million in the Historical Society's collection - was known to scholars, but probably should have been placed with the other drafts, said constitutional scholar John P. Kaminski, director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the history department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"The Constitution may be the most important document written in modern history," said Toler. "It is the longest-standing written constitution and the basis for most of the constitutions in the world."
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. White House staff members reported that the President himself was intrigued by the discovery, but laid to rest the persistent rumor that Mr. Obama had clandestinely petitioned Congress for a change in the opening line, one that would instead read "I be the people."