Jul 31, 2007 In The News
Last month, I wrote about a group of young women from the Rochester suburb of Fairport, NY who passed away when their SUV collided with a tractor trailer.
Never a group to shy away from making complete asses of themselves by disrupting the mourning of others, the infamous Westboro Baptist Church is apparently going to come protest tomorrow night’s tribute gathering at the Fairport school football field. After all, they reason, the girls were not killed by a traffic accident, but “killed by God Almighty like any other typical raised-for-the-Devil, American whores.” (You’ll have to Google for their web site for the source of the quote; I won’t drive traffic to them and thus I refuse to link to it.)
Yes, you read that right. “Disgusting” and “vile” don’t begin to describe the asininity that is any statement coming from the WBC.
I’ll be interested to see how this plays in local news. I hope they portray the protest for the bullshit that it is.
Sad news from the wildfire-fighting front:
YREKA, Calif. â€” A helicopter delivering water to firefighters battling a blaze in the Klamath National Forest crashed Monday, killing the pilot, authorities said.
Investigators were trying to determine what caused the chopper to go down in “extremely rugged” mountain territory about 12 miles southeast of Happy Camp in Siskiyou County, said Duane Lyon, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.
Call your representatives and senators now, and demand nothing less than a full withdrawal from California.
*waits patiently for the start of a “bushes fried, people died” chant*
I meant to post this over a week ago. Not much has changed since, so the article is still relevant.
The directors of Redstate point out something that’s been bugging me in almost all mainstream media coverage of “the surge strategy” in Iraq since before implementation got underway:
The majority of Americans seem to have the same misconceptions about the relation between this â€œnewâ€ strategy and the so-called â€˜Surgeâ€™ now as they did when it was first proposed. Allow us to provide some clarity: The â€˜Surgeâ€™ â€“ an increase in boots on the ground in Iraq â€“ was never the strategy itself. [emphasis mine - Ed.] The increase in troop levels, requested by General Petraeus, was one of many components (or â€œstrategic shifts,â€ as national security advisor Stephen Hadley called them in a January 29 Washington Post op-ed, in which he even then was attempting to clear up the misconception that the â€˜surgeâ€™ was the strategy in its entirety) necessary to implement the sweeping new strategy, which radically altered our countryâ€™s course in Iraq and sought to solve the problems and shore up the weaknesses which four years of fighting had created and exposed.
In truth, the strategy itself was and is far more intricate and multi-pronged than a simple â€˜surgeâ€™ in troops. The main focus of the new strategy has been the Baghdad Security Plan â€“ a strategy focused on the capital city of Iraq, which seeks (with increased Iraqi and American forces) to permanently rid neighborhoods of terrorists and extremists and keep them that way, and to secure the population.
Lots more in the rest of the post; go have a read.
(Ask Me Weekend #6 answers coming as I get the energy and will to do them.)