It’s a doozy!
This was the first thing that came up this morning:
This 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster sold at the Pebble Beach Auction for US$4.455 million, the top price paid at any of the weekend auctions. Photo: Perry Stern
What really happened in Beslan
The UK’s Sunday Mirror has a very graphic and upsetting article (I don’t exaggerate in saying this really is a very tough read): They knifed babies, they raped girls — School Slaughter: 323 dead, 434 hurt. Over 200 people are missing.
This attack was planned well ahead of time
Two parts of the library’s wooden floor had been pried up, evidently by the heavily armed attackers who seized the school last week and held more than 1,100 hostages for 52 hours.
Beneath the boards, investigators now suspect, the attackers had secreted a cache of weapons or other equipment weeks and perhaps months before their attack – possibly during a seemingly innocuous summer renovation, officials said.
Allah Pundit realizes Vladimir Putin is not your friend; Mark Steyn has No other word for it but slaughter. Lileks writes about shattering notions. Francis W. Porretto posts about Islam’s ethos, and Laura Mansfield writes about the al-Qaida manual. Read also Michelle Malkin‘s post about Islamofacism’s brainwashing of children.
Today is Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country
You can read about the history of Labor Day here
Daily News, indeed
The NY Daily News came up with another one of the NJ TV ads, with a twist,
Hi. I’m New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey. Surely, you saw me in commercials hawking the state’s “Do Not Call” registry. And you may remember I was in the news a lot way back in August, when I came out as “a gay American,” acknowledged an adulterous affair with a man and resigned my post effective Nov. 15. Well, that day has arrived. But a lot has happened since I pledged to step down.
My ex-beau Golan Cipel decided not to file his threatened lawsuit. And people from around the country say being gay is no reason to resign the governorship. So, to the riled Republicans, backstabbing Democrats and nattering newspapers who whined that it would be wrong to saddle my state with an unelected governor until 2006, I say this: I’m here. I’m queer. I’m staying. Get used to it.
He wouldn’t dare, would he?
He’s daring, alright. I can even hear My Way playing in the background.
Charles Webster of The Trentonian notices how McG’s playing out squatter’s rights inside the State House.
On 60 Minutes, and linking to NJ
In case any visitors to this blog catch the upcoming 60 Minutes interview with Ben Barnes, who claims that he helped get George W. Bush a coveted spot in the Texas Air National Guard some 35 years ago or so, there’s some information on who is Ben Barnes that’s not likely to appear in 60 Minutes. In the past, Mr. Barnes’s lawyer had stated “Barnes has no knowledge that Governor Bush or President Bush knew of Barnes’ recommendation”.
New Jersey viewers will be noticing that the above links show that In January , Barnes was accused in a federal prosecutors’ report in New Jersey of engaging in a kickback scheme similar to one that led to the conviction of a lottery company official in New Jersey.
In its pre-sentencing report, the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey asked that federal Judge Nicholas Politan consider Smith’s Texas dealings with Barnes and other GTECH consultants.
In Texas, prosecutors alleged, more than $500,000 was paid to Smith through a Barnes bank account
Stories that mention convicted NJ officials turn up in the most unlikely places.
On Beslan, updated
Following the reports on the horrible attack, I came across this post Our Unseen Allies, in Jane’s blog, with an article by Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the general manager of Al-Arabiya television who has a daily column in the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. The article is titled, The bitter truth is that all terrorists today are Muslims
We can’t improve our image unless we admit the embarrassing truth which says that most terrorist acts today are done by Muslims. We must recognize that we can’t improve the condition of our youth who carry out these acts unless we cure the mentality of our elders who have turned into revolutionary platforms, sending other sons to fight wars while they send their own sons to [the safety] of European and American schools
May many listen to him.
Update: From Roger L. Simon
Considering that the attacks at the school were long planned and staged by Arab fighters from many countries, we must assume that national identity is only a part (maybe just a small part) of the question here. This is no longer just about Chechen rights, I’m afraid to say, if it ever was. It’s about jihad — a word that infrequently graces the editorial page of The New York Times because a very grim reality would have to be faced that might necessitate the newspaper reevaluating its policy.
. . . Sure, the Russians ought to… and we ought to… look for more sane voices in Chechen and Islamic communities, but to think that that alone will even begin to solve things in the present world is not only absurd, it’s a cruel joke on those children who got shot in the back.
More on the Sinatras, I mean, McGreeveys
The Star Ledger says Dina Matos McGreevey’s Stuck inside these 4 walls: First lady’s house of broken dreams, and is “rattling around the mansion”. The article credits Mrs McG with single-handedly transforming “the musty 170-year-old mansion into the place she loved to come home to.” The Star ledger carefully forgets that
In 1982 the Drumthwacket Foundation was formed, accepting the responsibility of restoring, curating and preserving the magnificent house and grounds, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
so people other than Mrs McG had been transforming the place for two decades prior to her arrival. Lots of people. Yes, the private living quarters were neglected, but Drumthwacket was well on its way to full restoration years before Ms Matos became Mrs. McGreevey.
But on the matter of their marriage, yes, Mrs McGreevey is in a most difficult position. Some women have married — and have stayed married to — men knowing the man was gay or bisexual.
Other women have found out that their husband was gay after they married, and divorced the man. Mrs McGreevey is in a better situation than most — while she’s in the public eye, she can afford to stay home and not have to face the pressures of a divorce, keeping a job, and dealing with the trauma older children suffer during their parents’ divorce. Travelling 30 miles to go shopping at the Short Hills Mall is the last thing women in that situation would be doing, and which most of them can’t afford.
Mrs McG is in the unenviable position of having to stay with a man that writes in the NYTimes
Now at peace with arguably one of the most important truths of my life, it is my prayer that I will now be free to live openly and integrate my sexuality with my daily life.
which ignores one truth: A married man who would take his prayer and his marriage seriously knows that he’s not “free to live openly and integrate my sexuality with my daily life”, except with his spouse.
Or she can divorce him.
Mr. McGreevey, unlike Marley’s ghost, is definitely not “rattling around the mansion”, since he’s looking forward to A media breakout near for governor. As I here in this blog predicted the day after McG’s announcement, now he’s
negotiating with major television networks and TV hosts for interviews in which he hopes to explain how he has struggled to suppress his homosexuality and to pursue a straight life as a husband, father and politician who has been elected governor, state senator and mayor of one of the state’s largest municipalities – Woodbridge.
The NY Times, which last Friday had urged him to step down that day, hence doing the right thing for his fellow New Jerseyans, says today McGreevey Stays Put, and Intrigue Builds
Given the various corruption scandals that have surrounded Mr. McGreevey’s aides and fund-raisers, however, many New Jersey political officials and analysts say they believe that there is more to the story involving either additional personal indiscretions or outright corruption.
In the article, Paul Batista, Golan Cipel’s new lawyer, asks
I would love to know where Mr. Lesniak was going to go to get that $2 million they promised to Golan,” said Mr. Batista, who did not represent Mr. Cipel until after the negotiations between representatives for Mr. McGreevey and Mr. Cipel ended. “How was he going to get it? Who was he talking to?”
If I were a betting woman, I’d bet those questions will go unanswered.
As for McGreevey, remember what I said yesterday about his 2005 campaign song.
Four more years for the Frank Sinatra of Drumthwacket?
Thursday and Friday I was discussing how McGreevey has been positioning himself (after successfully positioning himself as “a gay American”) for staying on as governor for a while. Sure enough, as Roberto noticed, McGreevey Gives Speech, Does Not Mention Resignation,
Is he testing the waters, gauging public opinion to a decision to say “April Fools” on November 15th??
The Daily News refers to the speech as the start of McG’s farewell tour. Multiple farewell tours are a NJ tradition — another native of NJ, Frank Sinatra, had multiple farewell tours, too. McGreevey’s also channelling Old Blue Eyes’s “My Way”. Mc Greevey says, “Yes, I have made my mistakes, and I fully accept responsibility and culpability for those mistakes,” Frank sang,
Regrets, I’ve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.
The NY Times even noticed that during the speech Some in the crowd shouted, “Four more years.” Another sign McGreevey’s staying is that, as John points out, there’s no Cabinet change so far. McGreevey’s staying and the only question is, for how long is he staying? Only until November 15, or until next year, when he can run for reelection?
Some believe that Given the fact that he won’t be running for reelection and it is highly doubtful that he will be resurrecting his political career any time soon, McGreevey can focus on doing the right thing governmentally. This is a faulty premise on several levels:
1. It assumes — as a “given”, as a “fact” — that McGreevey won’t be running for reelection. This is a premature assumption, in light of the recent events. McG was faced with intense pressure by Corzine to make way for an election. The net result was that McGreevey’s stayed put and Corzine gave up his effort and went to Sudan.
2. From the moment of his August 12 speech, McG positioned himself firmly as an ongoing political figure. Back then I misinterpreted and thought he was positioning himself for a comeback. I was wrong. He was positioning himself to stay.
3. The political career needs no resurrection. To the contrary, it’s going full speed at exactly the rate McGreevey wants it to go, sympathetic press and all. Witness the speeches to the unions, the mentioning of G-d when convenient, the strategically-timed personal appearances in welcoming venues interspersed with spending the “weekend with his family” bits, and announcements such as “Next week, he has a number of events geared toward strengthening the New Jersey economy”. Does this sound to you like a defunct political career?
4. Hence, I can safely predict McGreevey will be doing continuing to do what is right for him politically, exactly as he always has.
He’s staying, alright. I can even hear the campaign song in the background,
“The record shows I took the blows
-And did it my way!”