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Thinking of them all today May 25, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Videos.
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pentagonI took the above photo last October while visiting Washington, DC.  It is one of the bases of the benches at the Pentagon’s Memorial to 9/11. Let’s remember everybody today, okay?  The Washington Post has a Faces of the Fallen link on its website showing most of the 4,962 fallen who have given their lives in this bogus, ongoing war.

–  Since Congress has the power to declare war it we should give a shout out to those in the Senate who have actually served their country and not tried to defer, delay or fake their way of the service. Here is a list of the Senators who have served.  (If I have missed anyone I apologize and thank them for their service too):

* Senator Daniel Akaka (D- Hawaii) – U.S. Army, 1943-1947.
* Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) – U.S. Army Reserve, 1968-1975.
* Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) – Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
* Senator Daniel Inouye (D – HI) –  US Army 1943-’47; Medal of Honor, World War Two.
* Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) – U.S. Army, 1951-1953.
* Senator John Kerry (D – MA) – Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat.
* Senator John McCain (R-AZ) – McCain’s naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
* Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ): United States Army Signal Corps in World War II
* Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) – U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91
* Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) – U.S. Army Reserves, 1973-1986
* Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) – rifle platoon and company commander with the Fifth Marine Regiment in the An Hoa Basin west of Danang; was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts.

memorialdayThe above photo was taken at Arlington National Cemetery last October too. Arlington is going to be expanding.

– It was pissy to wake up to find that North Korea conducted a nuclear test yesterday. It seems ‘peace in our time’ is a long dead dream. Bug sigh, here.

–  Fiction or Non-Fiction: The Bushies are all busy writing their memoirs, or should we call it revisionist histories? The Decider himself, Laura Bush, Karl ‘ Turd Blossom’ Rove, Henry Paulson, Rumsfeld and now Cheney are all going to ‘tell it like it really was.’  I think all of these books should be filed under ‘fiction.’

–  Also of scratch your head note: The credit card reform bill (ha!) has been piggy backed with a law that reverses the 1983 Reagan ban on loaded guns in national parks and wildlife preserves. It was passed by approximately 2/3 of both the Senate and the House – just short of a veto-proof margin had it been a separate bill. Guess we can imagine the headlines this summer about massacre in Yosemite – film at 11. Good grief.

–  If you missed any of this nutty week in our US history, check out Time’s assessment of what happened while you were living your own life.  The gamut runs high and deep from Adam Lambert, Dick Cheney, Patti Blogojevich,Michael Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and more.

–  Here are how some of the Late Night guys saw the week.

–  John and Wendy have another book that has just been published. It is called Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu and is available now.  Check it out here. ‘Periwinkle Smith loves to jump, twirl, and pirouette, but then the unthinkable happens—she spills paint on her favorite tutu! And who could dance with paint on her tutu? From scaring the spot away to turning her tutu into a kite, children will love the creative ways in which Periwinkle tries first to remove and then to make the best of the stain’.  Their other book, Mommy Loves Me is still doing well and is available too.  I have been friendly with John and Wendy for many years.  She is a fellow Zoo Guide at the Central Park Zoo and I am proud to say that I was her mentor.

–  It looks like the big boys are backing the Jr Senator from NY Kirsten Gillibrand for a full term.  They are strong arming anyone who is pondering a primary challenge.  Schumer, Rahm Emanual and more want her to stay where she is and are going to put all they have behind her run for a full term. I do not like this at all.  Stay tuned.

–  Jon Stewart cracks me up. He had a tough look at Thursday’s speeches by President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney on national security. Stewart compared some of Obama’s phrasing to the words of former President George W. Bush. “I love it when he does the Bush covers,” snarked Stewart.

–  Thanking them all for their service:

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1. wendy - May 25, 2009

And you were the best mentor, ever!

Thanks, Judy!

xoxo wendy


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