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Not me. My wife and I visited the Flight 93 memorial site in Shanksville, PA this summer. It was a remarkable experience -- a beautiful, sunny day with a moderate breeze; rolling hills of pastureland; and almost total absence of noise other than the natural sounds of the country. When you crest the hill (parallel to path of Flight 93 took as it passed, belly up, low over the same hill), the valley stretches before you in a serene, yet emotional panorama -- the crash site in the distance. At the site of the temporary memorial, there was a small crowd of 30-40 people, many of them with tears, listening as the young park ranger gave a moving 20- minute presentation of the events on 9/11/2001. You can get some sense of the place from the video tour at the National Park Service website, but the video (mostly winter views in the video) don't capture the beauty of the site nor can it convey the emotion of standing near the hallowed ground.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2008 on Have You Forgotten? at BlackFive
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Yes, William Ayers is the Democrats go-to guy for proper flag etiquette.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2008 on A look into the possible future. at BlackFive
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Reel 'em in, then filet 'em on the spot -- no contest.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2008 on The scariest thing I can think of at BlackFive
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Well written -- thanks for the story and your service.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2008 on On the street at BlackFive
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We should be so fortunate to have a VP who sports a pair and is not afraid to whack the Dems between the eyes with a 2x4. She'd be a great counter-balance to McCain's squishyness on energy and she's hugely popular. Plus she would be able to put ANWR in perspective.
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“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black." GOP: "Dear Senator Obama, we appreciate the benefit of your political expertise and recommendations, but we're just going to have to go ahead and pass. You see, unlike you, our candidate doesn't have the financial and media support of Hollywood and mainstream media. Consequently, limited resources force our staff focus on the most effective campaign strategy. After we highlight your lack of judgment, questionable associates, cluelessness on the economy and foreign relations, as well as your lack of fitness to be Commander-in-Chief, any focus on your youth and inexperience would be redundant. The other topics never occurred to us and we doubt they'd be worth mentioning even if we had the resources. It would be like focusing on a candidate's age.
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Kid's education was "sorely" lacking -- he's obviously never seen Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2008 on Once a Marine... at BlackFive
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Glennn Reynolds asks if anyone has seen Bill Ayers, Barack Obama's college professor buddy and former Weather Underground terrorist. Ayers bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol and other government buildings back in his 1960s glory days; more recently he said: “I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough,” Ayers told the New York Times in 2001.
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The impression that comment made on the public was "Why is this still a problem? Can't this administration do anything right?" because Obama's doing what most of the Dems do. They take an earlier, problematic era in the war zone, without being clear that this was in the past, and not the current situation, and they imply that that's what's happening now. It alarms families, and creates confusion. His comment should have been prefaced with, "Back in 2004, yadda yadda." Yep, everyone watching was under the impression Obama personally talked to the Capt.(LT) when in fact it was Obama's staff (did they put out the word that they were looking for these stories?) and most importantly -- it's 4-5 year-old info. WTF? Where's the good faith here even if it was true then, it's only important in assessing plans for the next war. So it's hypothetical in Obama's case.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2008 on Twweeeetttt!!!! Flag on the Play!! at BlackFive
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The article says this is his second trip to Iraq, so maybe the first one didn't take or he wasn't embedded the first trip. Unless the guy is an anti-military partisan, I have faith he will see the light and understand the good that the troops are doing day in and day out. Maybe the mild snark attitude is just CJR style book to demonstrate "balance" -- it keeps the typical CJR reader hooked while waiting for the big anti-military payoff. The good news is that if he sees for himself the value of Iraqi citizen progress towards self-reliance (after generations of Saddam-imposed state dependence), when he returns stateside, maybe CJR can send him to New Orleans to report and contrast on the differences and similarities.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2008 on COIN and CJR at BlackFive
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Did Hunter open himself up for a lawsuit? Posted by: SlimGuy | October 07, 2007 at 05:23 PM Why limit it to Hunter? Published accusation of a criminal activity (here a particularly loathesome crime), intentionally made without regard to truth on Kos' website? Might be libel per se. Ought to be worth demanding a public apology just to see them squirm or better... to publicize what kind of website the Dems are taking orders from...classy bunch.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2007 on Uncle J's Daily Kos Diary at BlackFive
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Max Cleland voted with other Democrat Senators to hold up Homeland Security legislation until it included "labor union" requirements satisfactory to Big Labor. Saxby Chambliss' hard-hitting ads correctly pointed out that Cleland was putting politics ahead of national security. Cleland cried foul because he thought he should be immune from criticism in view of his war wounds. Georgia voters thought otherwise. By all accounts Cleland was well-liked in Georgia, but exercised poor judgment in playing political games at a time when voters wanted the politicans to put the country's interest first. With any luck, they'll do the same in 2008.
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He's in a league of his own -- "big time," "major league" assholes like Adam Clymer will avert their eyes in his presence.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2007 on Greyhawk sums up Scott Thomas Beauchamp at BlackFive
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