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My cousin Ray will be honoring our cousin Patrick today.

Raymond F. O’Conor might be holding the state’s highest remembrance ceremony on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Wilton resident and deputy town supervisor is planning a hike up 4,827-foot Basin Mountain, the last one needed to become an Adirondack 46er, a select group of about 6,800 people that have scaled all 46 Adirondack Mountains with an elevation of at least 4,000 feet.

While celebrating the achievement, he’s also dedicating the climb to two Sept. 11 victims — his late cousin, Navy Commander Patrick Dunn, who died at the Pentagon and the late Donald Kauth, a former Wilton resident who was killed at the World Trade Center.

Since you’re not allowed to say this in a New York subway station anymore, we’d better say it here.

Ace of Spades

You are not forgotten.

Patrick Dunn pencil rubbing

(Click to enlarge – with gratitude to Steve Johnson for the memorial)

I will rarely have anything good to say about the homosexual talk show host, but if she has any good purpose in the world, this is as good as any.

British intelligence agency MI6 hacked an Al-Qaeda online magazine, replacing bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes, The Telegraph reports.

The joint action by MI6 and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters had agents insert into the magazine an encrypted version of “The Best Cupcakes in America,” published by the Ellen DeGeneres talk show.

Mi6 Hacks Al-Qaeda Website, Attacks It With Cupcakes.

Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing;
for my virgin daughter—my people—has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.

If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword;
if I go into the city, I see the ravages of famine.

Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.
Have you rejected Judah completely? Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed?

We hoped for peace but no good has come,
for a time of healing but there is only terror.

O Lord, we acknowledge our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers;
we have indeed sinned against you.
For the sake of your name do not despise us;
do not dishonor your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us and do not break it.

Well, if you had any doubt that this election would be really exciting, let’s just blow that idea right out of the water right now.

Gov. Palin, in what I cannot imagine is anything short of a shot across the bow of the MSM Party, has decided to make the audacious claim that the organization al Qaeda in Iraq is really a part of al Qaeda and that it’s based in Iraq. Or, as James Taranto might say: AQWHNTDWIIIWHNTDWAQ is really a part of AQWHNTDWI and it’s based in IWHNTDWAQ.

What’s even more interesting is that The Washington Post wants to have that argument.

If you check the archives, you’ll find a post on September 11th, 2003. There have been three others since on the same date each year – except for last year. The posts on September 11th last year were all done by others. I couldn’t think of anything to say, especially since the post in 2006, on the fifth anniversary, was even more deeply personal for me than the rest. I was sure something would come to me when I got to work, but when I got there Steve said to me (in a way that’s very familiar, if you know Steve), “You’ve GOT to post something – it’s September 11th.”

I eventually figured out what I wanted to do, and I need to thank Steve for giving me the idea because I don’t think I’ve ever told him what happened on this day last year.

I took the day off from posting.

If you follow this blog at all, you’re probably not too surprised by that – I do it a lot. As I’ve said before, this thing is personal for me as a kind of therapy. When I’m angry or frustrated I come here and rant, and I feel better. There is no other purpose for its being. I do not intend to change minds, and I don’t expect to. I’m not trying to make money, though on occasion I’ve accepted a little. I’m not trying to get anyone in particular elected to anything. If I change someone’s mind about an issue, or I convince them to vote for someone better than the guy they would have otherwise, it’s gravy. If I get paid by an advertiser for a time, it means I’m not paying for this myself. But if I don’t get a dime from anyone, I’ll still be here.

When you don’t see me posting, it’s good news. It means I’m feeling fine and don’t have something I’ve got to get off my chest. Nothing is eating away at me.

Except that once, on this day, last year.

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Whether you are a John McCain fan or not, this article written by John McCain in 1973 is well worth the read.

I may be an Army guy, but you gotta hand it to those Navy boys. Following the ruckus over the summer where a Board of Supervisors committee considered banning The Blue Angels from the city’s Fleet Week festivities, the team’s high-speed, low-drag pilots apparently decided to tell San Franciscans what they thought of the idea. With style, baby.

Absolute Moral Authority

Don’t hold your breath until it actually happens, Murtha will no doubt attempt to hide behind a privilege of the elite, the protection granted Congressmen under the Speech and Debate clause. This law allows Congressmen to say just about anything about anybody without fear of legal jeopardy. you know, just the way an elite class should be treated.

Murtha, a former Marine. accused Marines of “cold-blooded murder and war crimes” during the Haditha incident. Frank Wuterich, a Marine sergeant involved in the incident, has sued Murtha for libel and invasion of privacy over his comments.

According to AP, U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer wants Murtha to explain why he made this statement and any documents he has related to the incident.

From the AP: ‘You’re writing a very wide road for members of Congress to go to their home districts and say anything they choose about private persons and be able to do so without any liability. Are you sure you want to do that?” Collyer said, adding later, ”How far can a congressman go and still be protected?””

Politico is not in favor of Collyer’s ruling;

“Frankly, I don’t understand this ruling at all, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is appealed by the Justice Dept. and/or House general counsel’s office on behalf of Murtha. Murtha, who can say some inappropriate things once in a while, was clearly acting in his capacity as a lawmaker when he made the comments and is thus protected by the Speech or Debate Clause from any type of prosecution for official acts.”

But, even if Murtha can not be prosecuted for his words, mustn’t he be held to explain if they are true. The Marine involved here has had his reputation smeared, where else can he go to get his good name returned? And could that ever happen without a direct confrontation and refutation of Murtha? The object of the wrongful defamation suit, while we may want it to be a diminished and punished Murtha, is to set the record straight and return a good man’s reputation. If the truth also hurts Murtha, well that is just too bad, he brought it upon himself. Only an unambiguous public decision showing Murtha to be have been wrong will achieve a reversal of the damage done in public to this Marine. Murtha should be forced to appear and either defend his remarks with facts and supporting evidence, or he must say that he is a liar. Only after he is placed under oath in a court of law, with cameras present I might add, so that all the world can see, can Murtha be excused from the ramifications of his remarks. Perhaps, as a member of the elite, he can not be held legally accountable for what he has so far said, lucky elitists, civility and equal protection under the law requires that he at least be held to tell the truth once, under oath and with the threat of perjury attached. Surely even the elite are not above telling the truth, once in awhile.

Yesterday, I was moved by the reaction of my coworkers, who all seemed riveted to news reports of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York, to wonder aloud if perhaps we might find some silver lining in the disgraceful invitation by Columbia University for the Iranian theocrat to speak in a “distinguished lecture series”.

Unlike many liberals, who can’t contemplate the possibility that they’re wrong, I regularly like to test my thinking and the logic of my ideology by playing Devil’s Advocate. So I asked, “Could Americans be getting a good look at the evil this man represents? Could this help resolve some quarters of the American continent to confront Iran more directly?”

History suggests not.

Seventy years before this week’s invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Columbia rolled out the red carpet for a senior official of Adolf Hitler’s regime, according to research by Prof. Stephen Norwood of the University of Oklahoma, who is completing a book on the academic community’s response to Hitler in the 1930s….

In 1936, the Columbia administration announced it would send a delegate to Nazi Germany to take part in the 550th anniversary celebration of the University of Heidelberg. This, despite the fact that Heidelberg already had been purged of Jewish faculty members, instituted a Nazi curriculum, and hosted a burning of books by Jewish authors. Prof. Arthur Remy, who served as Columbia’s delegate to the Heidelberg event, later remarked that the reception at which chief book-burner Josef Goebbels presided was “very enjoyable.”…

Eventually, in the late 1930s, Butler would change his position and speak out against the Nazis. Unfortunately, it was too late to undo the damage he already had done by helping to legitimize the Hitler regime….

According to Israel’s ambassador, inviting Ahmadinejad to speak is the equivalent of “inviting Hitler to [speak] in the 1930s,” because “appeasing fanatics and granting them legitimacy leads to genocide and war.” Will some future Columbia president one day look back at the invitation to Ahmadinejad and say the same thing?

Well, there goes that idea.

Cox & Forkum

There could be stories like this on the news every night, but we never see them. Watch and be amazed by the courage of our troops – and even moreso, their dedication to the mission and each other.

* Where do you suppose Rep. Murtha was off to in such a hurry? Running from the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, perhaps?

Big hat tip to the good people at HotAir!

Today was the last day in office for Alberto Gonzales. And, while we had our complaints with him over the handling of the illegals who broke into our country, we had no complaint with the firings which lead to his departure. Firing US Attorneys is a power vested in the executive branch and the President chose to exercise that power, no crime, no scandal, no reason for the President or the AG to explain why. It shouldn’t have become the political quagmire the Democrats MoveOnocrats made it out to be.

I don’t want to get into a protracted summary of Gonzales’ career as AG, it had good points and bad, as all careers do. But, there is one aspect for which he deserves the unending praise of all the American people; on his watch we were not attacked again. It is no small thing that the terrorists have failed to get us again. And Alberto Gonzales was a big part of the reason why we have been so safe.

Were Mr. Gonzales to never do a good thing with the rest of his life he has done himself proud already. And for that contribution alone he deserves our thanks, and our respect.

Now we can only hope that the next guy does as well. And we pray that the obstructionists in Congress allow him to begin sooner rather than later, for we need to maintain the vigil, the enemy will not rest while we delay. has run an ad in the NY Times in which they ask “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”. Of course the good General can never betray them for they have never been on the same side as is the patriot now leading our troops in Iraq.

It makes far more sense for Americans to ask why they betrayed us.

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