Blumenthal. Kagan and the Ivy Leaguers. C02 and more.
Re: George Neumayr’s Richard Blumenthal’s Recovered Memory:
Having proudly served in peace and war with the U.S. Marines (as
a sailor in the Fleet Marine Force), I can safely say Marines are
not prone to bragging. They let their actions and integrity speak
for themselves. So, Mr. Blumenthal, I will say to you, I served
with marines, I knew marines, marines were friends of mine. Dick,
you’re no Marine.
— I.M. Kessel
Your article brought to mind Admiral Jeremy Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations during the Clinton Administration. It is widely believed that he committed suicide because he had been accused of wearing a “V” device (V for Valor in Combat) that he was not entitled to wear on two of his medals. By all measures it was an honest mistake, but so strong was his sense of honor that he killed himself to atone for his error.
This past Tuesday I had an in-person meeting with the income beneficiary of a trust account that I manage. I noticed that he had difficulty with his left hand. I asked him why, and he explained that he was in the invasion force on Iwo Jima in 1945. One Japanese bullet grazed his right arm, another one his legs, but a third one went through the two bones in his left forearm, severing the nerve. During our conversation he asked about my time in the Air Force, after which he expressed his deep disappointment with one of his sons who is close to my age and had fled to Canada during the Vietnam war.
Who would have thought 35 years ago that serving in Vietnam would
be so deservedly hailed the way it is today?
— Paul M. DeSisto
Re: Aaron Goldstein’s Miss PC-USA:
A more appropriate question for the Muslim girl might have been
if she, unlike members of Obama’s cabinet, can call those who
brought down the Trade Towers in an ultimate act of hatred
— R. Mandraccia
TOO COZY TO FAIL
Re: Peter Ferrara’s Liberals Gone Wild:
There are 3 types of U.S banks: (1) too big to fail; (2) too cozy
with the White House to fail; and (3) all others. It’s clear the
Chicago thugs who run everything in our country forced Goldman,
Citi, GE Capital, et al to put up this money or else.
Mr. Ferrara states that the amount of man-caused CO2 in the atmosphere is .12 percent. However, my understanding is that .038 percent is the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and that human activity accounts for only about 3 percent of all CO2 released annually. If so, .12 percent considerably overstates human impact.
Very good article.
JUNK AND STORAGE SPACE
Re: Eric Peters’s Democrat Double Taxers:
While I have mixed emotions on converting highways to toll roads (it’s similar to a home equity loan — better be careful or you will blow it on something useless) with either a public or private partner, I get exercised about the effectiveness of HOV/HOT lanes.
After you deduct the extra costs to segregate these lanes, the annual electronics and patrolling costs, and account for the safety in those lanes “semi-segregated”, the value begins to seriously wane. Also, if those lanes were open to all traffic, the average speed on the entire roadway section would rise. [and lots of fuel saved!]
This is just a typical use of public infrastructure to obtain social engineering to get folks out of their cars, not energy efficiency. Usually, the marketplace will handle the commute misery. With the exception of the emergency services, driving is a privilege, not a right. In Texas, we the citizens made an enormous error by allowing the Transportation Department to stand separate from legislative control — it sounded like a good idea to get politics out of the road industry, but now we have no leverage over the Department, and they are dropping billions.