Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Our Junior Senator, the Ambassador

"In New Zealand, Mrs. Clinton revealed, concerning the distinctive spelling of her first name, that she had been named after Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Everest. The locals lapped it up, at least until the great man pointed out that he hadn't conquered Everest until 1953: Hillary Rodham was born in 1947, when Sir Edmund was an obscure New Zealand beekeeper and an unlikely inspiration for young parents in a Chicago suburb."

- Mark in National Review, June 28th 1999

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Memorial Day Blues

Wet rainy day, watching a lot of good gung ho stuff on the tube like "Bataan", "Midway", "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" or R Lee Ermey play with grenade launchers. Little historical fact about "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo". In real life, the Japanese Army killed 200,000 inhabitants of the province in China where Doolittle's planes landed in retaliation of the folks helping our fliers. More than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined, except with bayonets, swords, bullets, clubs, artillery and fire.