Hillary Clinton, the Smartest Woman in America and would-be first female President, issued the following statement on August 30, the day Sarah Palin’s selection was announced: We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate. | Read More »
A Labor Day OCP Wrap-up
Preface: With Gustav battering the Gulf Coast, the GOP convention all but on hold, and most political rhetoric toned down for a day or two, I thought this an appropriate lull to present my final post on Operation Continuing Promise. Also, since this is Labor Day, consider what your armed forces are doing: securing the peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, mobilizing to clean up the | Read More »
Palin: Red Meat *and* Sensible Salad?
Don’t have much here, I just don’t have access to RedHot or a live blog to post it there. But seriously: she’s a bona fide outdoors-woman effectively and meritoriously breaking the glass cieling who is not rough on the eyes. So she’s red meat, a good garden salad, and all in an attractive presentation. If you tell me she smokes the occasional cigar I might | Read More »
WaPo Radio goes berserk over Palin
On the Stephanie Miller program this morning, she and a co-host were fake-giddy over the Palin selection. “Fake” giddy because I’ve rarely heard a more fake laugh after obviously not-funny material. Anyhow. When I clicked it on they were talking about having “the former Mayor of Wasilla” in charge of everything. They began slagging her on experience and turned to how she couldn’t even win | Read More »
All Politics Are Personal
Part XI in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries) Regularly Updated Photostream Here. This humanitarian mission has a macro-level motive, of course. “Soft power,” diplomatic and humanitarian efforts like this one, undertaken to “win the hearts and minds” of populations, has become an integral part of global security strategy. In short, we’d rather prevent an | Read More »
Nicaraguan Army Chief of Staff Visits USS Kearsarge to Thank Operation Continuing Promise Personnel
Part X in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries) Regularly Updated Photostream Here (Unfortunately, that security issue wasn’t quite worked out, so no new photos uploaded since last RS post) Nicaraguan Army Chief of Staff Major General Javier Aviles paid a visit to Puerta Cabezas and came aboard the USS Kearsarge for a press conference | Read More »
One Day in Betania
Part IX in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries) Regularly Updated Photostream Here 0500: Alarm clock goes off. 0515: Dressed and in the Wardroom for breakfast. Groggy. Coffee. Eggs freshly scrambled by the short-order cook with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cheese. Five strips of bacon. French toast. Coffee. Malaria pill with tall glass of | Read More »
This Voyage is Made of Awesome… (Part 2)
Part VIII in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, & VII)Regularly Updated (Finally Fixed) Photostream Here They’d been cutting boards and climbing scaffolding and shooting nails and digging post holes and mounting hundreds of feet of chain-link fence all day. The weather was perfect for sitting in the shade, chewin’ the fat, and crackin’ a cold one | Read More »
This Voyage is Made of Awesome… (Part 1)
Part VII in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, IV, V, & VI)Regularly Updated Photostream Here (Network glitch is fixed! New photos from the past five days will be posted late tonight. Check back tomorrow for the most current compilation.) The great experience of positive human interaction and sharing a moment of good will cannot but leave all involved a | Read More »
Is that a stethoscope? Or a hidden mic?
Part VI in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, IV, & V)Regularly Updated Photostream Here (Unfortunately, a network glitch on the Navy end bars me from uploading more photos temporarily. Will be fixed soon.) Danny Ortega, leader of the communist Sandinista party that caused so much trouble in the 1980s, got himself elected president thanks to Hugo Chavez’s petro dollars. | Read More »
The New Colossus, Globetrotting
Part V in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, III, & IV)Regularly Updated Photostream Here (a glitch in the ship’s internet security currently bars my uploading more photos. Will be fixed soon.) The people came. And came. Some came in their Sunday finest — ladies in nice summer dresses with floral prints and gentlemen wearing their dress shoes in the mud. | Read More »
The Work About to be Done
Part IV in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, II, & III)Regularly Updated Photostream Here The USS Kearsarge is abuzz as we pulled into Nicaraguan waters and weighed anchor. We go ashore today, in and around the town of Puerta Cabeza. The promise of this mission exceeds my expectations. The medical team has been prepping pills — counting them out from bulk | Read More »
Sunday Aboard the Kearsarge
Part III in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Parts I, & II)Regularly Updated Photostream Here Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us as we cry to Thee, For all in peril on the sea. — from the Navy Hymn The vessel gently lolls to | Read More »
The Beginnings of Hope
Part II in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise. The “NGO Cafe” came online yesterday. The two IT guys who run the ship’s network have done awesome work to get us our own space with a level of internet freedom and access that is denied to the ship’s crew — we can actually look at our gmail. Earlier this morning Capt. Frank Ponds, Commander | Read More »
Susan Estrich is Concerned. She ought to be.
Susan Estrich’s latest op-ed gives a bunch of reasons — some more valid than others — why this ought to be a Democrat Year and the Democrat Presidential candidate ought to win in a landslide. But she’s concerned. Very concerned. So how can Newsweek have the race at a dead heat? How come, even in the polls where Obama is leading, his lead is in | Read More »
Of sheep, wolves, sheepdog… and asses.
I’m sure I was not alone in exasperation when Barack Obama called Iraq a “distraction” and said Afghanistan is where we really ought to have been focusing our attention the whole time. Internally I felt like rolling my eyes, giving an impatient sigh, and turning to the recalcitrant child and saying, “Yes, you’re right, there’s nothing stopping you from going to the park now that | Read More »
What’s that? Oh, right.. Too bad no one mentioned that before…
Turns out bad stuff in the media DOES negatively affect children. Don’t mind us social conservatives and religious whack-os who have been railing against the objectification of people, especially women and young girls, for others’ perverse enjoyments (or even “innocent” marketing power): we’re already working on trying to undo the damage and prevent further similar damage in the future. There should be no finger pointing | Read More »