Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Iraq: three inconvenient truths
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
An Iraqi's progress report
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Out of touch with John Kerry and Barack Obama
Nancy Pelosi to publish memoir
Toast of the town: tasters say SLC water best
Thursday, July 19, 2007
AP: whose side are they on?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
While we're waiting for the college football season...
Zimbabwe woman gives birth in line for groceries
Hot items: iPods and Mac laptops
Top al Qaida figure captured in Iraq
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
CJC calls "surge" a success; Senate pulls all-nighter to debate pullout
The surge has resulted in a "sea-change" in Iraq, reports Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace after touring Iraq and conferring with commanders.
Meanwhile, the Senate is pulling an all-nighter to debate how to get us out.
UPDATE: Latest Zogby poll shows Congress at all-time low approval ratings: 14% -- 83% of those polled believe Congress is doing a fair or poor job. These ratings are even worse than the President's. They're even worse than Nixon's. On the day he left office (he resigned). Hmm.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Osama bin Laden videotape: summer rerun
Saturday, July 14, 2007
BYU promo: Raising the Bar
Friday, July 13, 2007
Vets who want to win the war: undercovered
Thursday, July 12, 2007
"What about the Iraqis?"
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Oregon man flies 193 miles on lawn chair and 105 balloons
Obama speaks truly
"Sen. Barack Obama today chided his Democratic presidential rivals for vehemently opposing the Iraq war after initially voting to authorize it, contending real leaders don't get any 'do-overs' on an issue as monumental as war."
From the Chicago Tribune (registration required) via Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit.
Obama started and has stayed hard left. (At least he's consistent).
Greatest College Football Game Ever
And for the greatest ending in a high school football game? Maybe Plano East v. John Tyler in 1994 -- the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat:
Monday, July 09, 2007
The Sound of Freedom
Retired Army colonel and friend Don Andrews forwarded the following email:
Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were.Read more about the story here.
A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall. When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.
"Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? Any response would be appreciated."
Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets" (Letters, Thursday): On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship flyby of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.
Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day. At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.
Based on the letter writer's recount of the flyby, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured. A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter
writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.
The letter writer asks, "Whom do we thank for the morning air show?" The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.
Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
CO 63rd Fighter Squadron
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Baqubah update: 5 July 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Our all-out everything 4th of July
We started the festivities off at the Freedom Awards Gala. We had the good fortune of sitting at a table with Wayne Baruch and Chuck Gayton, producers of the Stadium of Fire show the past three years. Fine gentlemen. Honorees at the Gala included Bert Brady, who has spent 300 days a year greeting troops coming home through DFW Airport for a couple of weeks of R&R from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Then we attended the Patriotic Service at UVSC. The highlight for me is the playing of the service songs (sung this year by the barbershop choir, The Saltairs) -- and standing for the Air Force song -- and the traditional Stars and Stripes forever played by the Freedom Festival Band at the end of the program.
We also attended Freedom Days on Center Street in Provo. Great ethnic food. And free performances celebrating our cultural diversity.
Then, on the 4th, we got up early and watched the Balloon Fest balloon launch at Fox Field.
Then we had grandstand seats for the Grand Parade. Our firm had an entry -- a 1955 Chevy Belair Convertible driven by owner Fernando R. Gomez.
After the parade, we spent the rest of the day at Seven Peaks Water Park. We rented a cabana and had a bunch of family join us for KFC, watermelon, and lots of snacks.
Then Caroline and I went to the pre-show reception at the Cougar Room at Lavell Edwards Stadium. We met with show producer Wayne Baruch who introduced us to Corbin Bleu's manager, and Caroline got to shake hands with Corbin (while Wayne kindly held her food plate). We also saw Dick Nourse and Nadine Wimmer from KSL 5 Eyewitness News (and their families), Grant Nielsen (and his family) from Utah's Morning News with Grant & Amanda on KSL Radio, Jaden Bliss (one of the Freedom Award honorees) and her family, Bo Craig (Freedom Festival President), Governor Huntsman, Hal Wing (of Little Giant Ladder fame), and Brooks & Dunn (the headline performers), as well as several of my law partners and their wives.
We returned to my parents' home for a few minutes before the show. My brother-in-law Mark was doing the cooking at the barbecue.
Governor Huntsman's group, Politically Incorrect, opened the Stadium of Fire pre-show with some classic rock standards (with the Governor in shades on playing keyboards).
The traditional F-16 flyover included two brothers who had attended Stadium of Fire as boys and dreamed of participating in the flyover. One of the members of the squadron was commissioned in the Air Force by my father-in-law.
The colors were delivered to the field by a group of skydivers.
Hundreds (thousands?) of cheerleaders and dozens of dancers opened the show.
Members of Gold Star families (those who have lost a loved one in Afghanistan or Iraq -- they were the Grand Marshalls of the parade) sang the national anthem.
Glenn Beck emceed, and Fred Willard stole the show with humorous bits throughout.
Corbin Bleu did a fine job.
Brooks & Dunn put on a fabulous full concert.
And the fireworks at the end were over the top.
An amazing Fourth. No better place to celebrate it in America than right here.
Utah sets new all-time heat record
New Miss Utah is a also a member of the Utah National Guard
Read more about her 2004 deployment to Afghanistan as a combat medic with the 211th Aviation Group.
iPhone: The Musical
Orem, Utah woman arrested for not watering her lawn
Apple: a visual history
BYU near top in football game attendance
Zawahiri videotape: jihadist's Independence Day message
Bush's approval ratings are low because of the unpopular war, and a poll reflects that a plurality of Americans would like to see the President (and a majority would like to see VP Cheney) impeached.
Coalition forces are in the midst of an offensive against insurgents. Meanwhile, Democrats, and now some influential Republicans, are trying to force a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
In the midst of U.S. politicians' plans to abandon Iraq, al Qaeda's Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri has issued a 4 July 2007 videotape to rally the jihad.
According to PowerLine,
Zawahiri's plea for unity in Iraq reflects the abandonment of al Qaeda by most Sunnis there, and the fact that many Sunnis have joined with the U.S. and the Iraqi government in fighting al Qaeda. But the defensiveness Zawahiri betrays goes well beyond that schism. He plainly is concerned about how things are going in Iraq, and is anxious to generate support for his organization's efforts there.Hmm. So -- who should we listen to: those in our country who say we're losing and should come home, or the leader of the enemy who is not claiming victory -- but trying to rally his forces?
See the first 1/4 of the tape here.