Our gun-owning Diarist loads up in our Summer issue.
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Then, back home for a lovely home-cooked meal of French toast from my wifey’s own lovely hands. Flavored with maple syrup. Yum.
Then a long swim. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and I am leaving for D.C. anyway, so I want to get in my swim.
I am too busy, but at night, I get to lie in bed with my Brigid, so all is well. If I could give a medal to my old girlfriend, Pat, the most beautiful girl at American University, who told me to get a big dog, I would do it. Pat lives in my memory shining for many reasons, beauty, humor, devotion — but most of all because she “turned me on” to big dogs. I do not ever forget any old girlfriends. Wifey is always first, then Brigid, but old girlfriends, especially Pat and Mary, are always in my thoughts and prayers. I treated them both horribly, but that is sometimes how love is. I have not seen Pat in 35 years but I think about her every day and hope wherever she is, she is happy. I wish I could take back all the mean things I did to her. You cannot imagine how sick and mean I was to her. I can only pray for forgiveness.
I am in d.c. Hot and humid. I was on Fox News twice today. The second time I was talking about our new best friend Joe Sestak. Now, this is a story. Rahm gets no less than the éminence grise of the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton, to call a totally unknown (but fine) congressman from Pennsylvania to tell him to please not run against Obama’s turncoat pal Arlen Specter. Clinton not only calls Sestak, but offers Sestak “…a job…” to get him to not run against Specter, in return for Specter’s voting for health care.
This all comes out and suddenly the wheels start turning at the White House. Yes, it’s garden-variety politics but so is paying bribes. There is a specific section of the Criminal Code, 18 USC 600, that makes this kind of thing a crime. So the White House goes into defense mode. They get Sestak to come out on the Capitol steps with his sport jacket over his shoulder like the regular Joe he is. Then Sestak mumbles something about how Bill Clinton just offered him an “unpaid” job on a presidential advisory board, which would not be illegal at all.
I have to say as a veteran of Watergate, I had to laff. What a frigging pitiful lie. Bill Clinton does not call to offer a slot on one of a thousand panels. He calls to offer a really big bribe. How stupid does Rahm think we are? Clinton calling to offer a seat on an unpaid panel to a guy whose life dream is to be in the Senate to make him not run for the Senate? Is that a joke?
This is just the kind of dopey suicidal defense we used to do in Watergate. Rahm is too young to remember. Now, you may say, “So, what? Holder will never prosecute, so where is Mr. Obama’s problem?”
Well, maybe there is a brother of Sestak. Maybe he’s been bragging about how his bro was offered secretary of the Navy. Maybe so many people heard about it that it cannot be hushed up…even though the White House is already trying to hush up the brother. Maybe if enough stories come out, even Eric Holder has to look into it.
Yes, it’s politics as usual. But a lot of politics is illegal.
Anyway, I think it’s a big story.
I had a lovely dinner with Russ Ferguson and Aram Bakshian at Café Milano, and now I am working on a speech to the widows and orphans of brave heroes killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is not that complex:
1. The greatest creation of mankind under God is the United States of America. In terms of glorifying mankind and exalting freedom and dignity, America is in a class by itself.
2. Jealous people all around the world are always trying to kill this glorious City on a Hill. The jealous, envious human is capable of anything, as we have often seen. Now, those people are Islamic terrorists. They are determined to destroy multicultural, free America, which stands as a rebuke to their fears and their need to control and demean the human spirit we trust. Our belief in life conflicts sharply with their worship of death and our belief in joy contrasts painfully with their trust in pain.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?