Maj. Troy Gilbert, a 1993 graduate of Texas Tech University and an honored USAF pilot, is officially missing in action after his F-16 went down yesterday near Fallujah, Iraq. Gilbert, 34, is a father of five; his plane is from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. Read more about A Fighter Pilot From Texas
Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen with their symbolic wreath.
From that Devil-Worshipping Yankee Rag, the New York Times:
DENVER, Nov. 28 â€” Peace is fighting back in Pagosa Springs.
Last week, a couple were threatened with fines of $25 a day by their homeownersâ€™ association unless they removed a four-foot wreath shaped like a peace symbol from the front of their house.
Not that there's a whole lot of difference, at this point. Read more about Heh, indeedy
If studying the Bible is what led Republican Christianists to not be able to pass a budget (leaving Democrats to clean up the mess), not rein in Bush's illegal and unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program (leaving Democrats to clean up the mess), and not be able to do one damn thing about the Iraq Clusterfuck (leaving Democrats to clean up the mess), then less Bible study, please, say I. The Hill: Read more about Republicans to lose their Bible-study room in the Capitol
Get a load of this counterfactual rhetoric:
A statement issued by 30 [Iraqi] lawmakers and six Cabinet ministers said their boycott [of parliamentary proceedings] was necessary because the meeting constituted a "provocation to the feelings of the Iraqi people and a violation of their constitutional rights." The statement did not explain that claim.
Famously disciplined Bush White House can't manage to pull off timely meeting with its own client state
President Bush's high-stakes summit with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was put off Wednesday amid political unrest in Baghdad and public disclosure of U.S. doubts about the Iraqi leader's capacity to control sectarian warfare.
Texans used to have ways of dealing with people like this, often involving tall horses, short ropes and tree branches. In these degenerate days we can only giggle at stories like this one:
It's the thought that counts, not the size of the gift, the Texas Ethics Commission has ruled, saying public officials don't have to tell anyone how much money they get as presents from political donors.
At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.
Once again, I'm not cynical enough about the Beltway cesspool.
The crass and craven willingness to evade responsibility and accountability would be beyond belief if we had not already experienced six long years of it: Read more about Beltway establishment blames the Pottery Barn