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At 8:02pm 26 years ago at a little hospital in Arkansas
I was brought into this world kicking and screaming and looking for trouble. Not sure how I’ve done so far but I wanted to thank all the well wishers who invaded an unrelated thread to make sure all four people who read this blog and didn’t know it was my birthday that it is, in fact, my birthday today. I am undeserving of such friends.
Following the failure of my wireless router I have now experienced a catastrophic computer failure and am in the process of data retrieval; I’m posting from a borrowed computer at the moment. Don’t know when I’ll be posting regularly again. Hopefully I’ll have something going this weekend (I dug out one of my real old computers out of mothballs and I’ll be attempting to resuscitate something that last ran on “Windows 3.11″)
Ad Occursum Futurum
Lance Cpl. Cory Jamieson
Personal Security Detachment, Headquarters and Support Company, Task Force 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, attached to Regimental Combat Team 2
Hippocrates once said, “Art is long, life is short”.
Cpl. Jeremy David Allbaugh lived a short life. But, he was immortalized recently in acrylics by a Lance Cpl. Jamieson who painted a mural in his honor.
“I feel sad because it is for him, but it makes me happy because I can still do something for him,” said Lance Cpl. Jamieson. “I thought about it during the ceremony in the chapel. I looked up at the stained glass windows and I thought ‘I should do something like that'”.
Along with help from family, a fellow Marine and a Morale, Wefare and Recreation manager, Jamieson had the paint and tools needed.
“I would paint eight or nine hours in the gym and time would fly by,” Jamieson said.
Cpl. Jeremy David Allbaugh, 21 years old from Luther, Oklahoma, was killed by a roadside bomb on July 5, 2007 while conducting combat operations in Qaim, Iraq.
“He believed very strongly in what our country’s doing,” said his mother, Jenifer Allbaugh. “They were doing good things over there, and we don’t see that in the news or media. There’s a lot of progress being made. I wish more people would talk to our boys who are in it and not our politicians because they see it firsthand”.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your blog, you can go here.
Wednesday Heroes are written by Indian Chris as part of a non-partisan effort to recognize the bravery of our men in uniform.
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Some 2008 Thoughts
-The Democratic Party will keep control of the US Senate and will expand their margins. Expect 45 or fewer Senate seats to remain in GOP hands. I don’t see anyway to avoid this outcome.
-It looks like the Democrats are “borrowing” a few house seats from the GOP (about 10-12 total). With competent candidates and campaigns combined with a solid national movement lead by the RNC we should get a majority of those back. The electorate might tolerate a GOP controlled house if it looks like the Democrats are going to win the White House and the Senate.
-There’s a very good chance a Democrat will be in the White House. If the GOP candidate is Rudy Giuliani it’s a toss up which will come down to the wire. If any other GOPer gets the nomination there is an 80-90% chance the President will be a Democrat.
-Only a tremendous gaffe by Hillary Clinton (or the eventual Democratic candidate) will derail her (their) campaign enough to allow someone like Romney or Fred Thompson to win the general election.
-GOP money and focus needs to be put on winning US House races.
-There are two schools of thought about the 3rd Congressional District in Minnesota. The conservatives look at this as an opportunity to put a conservative in a GOP leaning district. “Pundits” think the ideal candidate must be another Ramstad, a social moderate or liberal and the candidate should be preferably female. Both schools of thought are probably wrong. An ideal candidate must have a clear strategy to win the center but they can have fiscal and social conservative “cred.” Pawlenty and Coleman both win in the 3rd despite both being pro-life males because on issues like education and the environment they hold populist views. Appealing to the centrist voter is going to be the key for the GOP nationwide, like it or not.
-Norm Coleman has a very good shot at winning re-election.
-That’s probably the only good news the GOP is going to have. It will take major DFL mistakes and lots of resources to win back some state house seats (and the DFL has been making some mistakes) but I see most of the resources available to the GOP in Minnesota going to the 3rd District and Senate race. State House candidates and BPOUs are basically on their own and that’s a bad thing.
-How the War in Iraq develops over the next 13 months will be the largest factor in deciding how the GOP performs in 2008 followed closely by the economy. If there isn’t any clear improvement in Iraq and/or any kind of economic downturn will lead to a Dem controlled House/Senate/Presidency and in Minnesota it will probably lead to a Dem victory in the 3rd and there’s a slim chance of Coleman losing his seat. That is to say, the GOP and MNGOP can do everything right in recruiting good candidates, raising money and framing a perfect message to centrist voters and still lose big time.
The Sam Adams Alliance is offering some large cash prizes for citizens who are leading the charge for liberty:
“The Sammies” include awards for citizen campaigns, creative events, blogging, and videos. The program seeks to publicize recent efforts that may not have received adequate attention, and to encourage more people to stand up for good government practices in their communities.
The contest categories include:
Videos: Produce one short documentary-style OR one short satire about local or state government issues: $5,000 cash prizes for each.
Best Local-Subject Blogger: Post regularly on a blog that covers local issues such as accountability, corruption, transparency, property rights, etc.: $5,000 cash prize.
Tea Party Award: Make a public political point just like Sam Adams at the Boston Tea Party: $5,000 cash prize.
Sunshine Award: Use open records laws to uncover government corruption and waste: $5,000 prize.
Modern-Day Sam Adams: Lead a local political effort and achieve a victory for liberty: $10,000 cash prize.
All submissions are due by December 7, 2007, and the winners will be showcased at an event in Chicago on December 17, 2007, where they will be presented with golden colored Sam Adams bobbleheads, or “Sammies.”
I can think of some local bloggers that might fit the bill.