June 20, 2007
Bloomberg Quits GOP, No One Cares
The mayor of New York City announced yesterday that he's quitting the Republican Party ...
... and judging from the chorus of cricket chirps, no one really gives a damn. That's probably because in order for one to quit the Republican Party, one must first be a Republican.
The fact is, Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat, became a Republican-in-name-only so he could cut in line ahead of several New York Democratic mayors-in-waiting. So it's hardly a surprise that there's nearly no issue on which Bloomberg is in line with the Republican Party -- as his mayoralty vividly demonstrates.
Republicans who applauded this punk's switch to the GOP now know the two lessons New York Democrats learned in 2001. To Mike Bloomberg, loyalty is a one-way street. And to Mike Bloomberg, a political party and its supporters are nothing more than a disposable vehicle for achieving ego-feeding goals.
Of course, the mayor's latest party divorce is presidential politics. He wants to be president and knows that he hasn't a prayer of getting the GOP nomination. I remember reading rumors recently that Bloomberg was willing to spend $1,000,000,000 of his own money on an independent presidential bid. (According to estimates, that's about 1/5 of his net worth. Ego gratification can be pricey!)
I hope Bloomberg makes the presidential plunge; in terms of impact, he'd be the Democratic Party's Ross Perot.
June 06, 2007
The Vivid Air Signed With Honor
We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue.
Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.
We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs ...
... Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.
These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.
Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life ... and left the vivid air signed with your honor."
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
— President Ronald Reagan, commemorating the 40th Anniversay of D-Day at the U.S. Ranger Monument in Pointe du Hoc, France, June 6, 1984
June 03, 2007
The Drudge Report headline this morning reads "PLOT TO BLOW UP KENNEDY". Judging from this photo, the plot succeeded.
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