A quiet GOP senator from Wyoming who avoided the spotlight has passed away. At his Senate website, Sen. Thomas's May 17 statement on the shamnesty bill is featured: U.S. Senator Craig Thomas said the immigration compromise recently struck in the Senate allows blanket amnesty and will cost our nation vast amounts of money in entitlement... Read More
The body found in the Euphrates River has been identified as Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. Keep his family and the families of the other still-missing soldiers in your thoughts and prayers. Here is Pfc. Anzack's MySpace page.
Local paper reporting.... Update: First obituaries coming in...McClatchy.... *** His legacy and shadow are sure to come up in the GOP debate tonight. Here's a flashback on McCain and Falwell. Here's Falwell on Giuliani. And Falwell and Romney. An RNS survey looks at the changing face of evangelical leaders. The Huffington Post seems to have... Read More
Wert drowned this weekend while saving two children in distress at Atlantic Beach, N.C. “He was always there to help,” said Lt. Col. William Conley, commander of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2. Read the whole story. Sounds like he was a great man and Marine. Keep him and his family in your prayers.
One of my favorite cartoonists, the brilliant Johnny Hart, died yesterday--Holy Saturday. He was funny, fierce, and faithful: Cartoonist Johnny Hart, whose award-winning "B.C." comic strip appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, died Saturday while working at his home in Endicott. He was 76. "He had a stroke," Hart's wife, Bobby, said Sunday. "He... Read More
A Florida reader sent along a news item about the memorial service for U.S. Army PFC Branden Cummings: The Orlando Sentinel reports Cummings was "killed on Valentine's Day by an improvised explosive device during combat in Baqouba, about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad. He was 20." He looked up to his father, Charles Cummings, a... Read More
The immortal words of 2LT Mark Daily live on. The Los Angeles Times has picked up the story: "Mark Daily wrote on MySpace that he joined the Army to help the suffering people of Iraq. In death, his words have become a call to service." A small sample: In a 2005 videotape of his officers'... Read More
Deborah Orin-Eilbeck, the NYPost's longtime D.C. bureau chief, died last night of cancer. The NYPost has the story here. I had always been a fan of her political reporting, and linked to several of her stories here over the years. We met at a Washington event a few years ago, and she was as warm... Read More
Army 2nd Lt. Mark J. Daily, 23 A reader e-mails that 2LT Mark Daily was killed in an IED attack in Mosul along with three other soldiers. He was named the ROTC's outstanding cadet for 2005 and also a Distinguished Military Graduate, the highest ROTC award. The OC Register profiles him here. This was his... Read More
Jeane Kirkpatrick, the former U.N. ambassador, has passed away (hat tip - The Corner). Daniel Freedman recalls his favorite, timeless Kirkpatrick speech blasting the blame America firsters at the August 20, 1984, Republican Convention--still relevant today: This is the first Republican Convention I have ever attended. I am grateful that you should invite me, a... Read More
Very sad news: The body of C-NET editor James Kim has been found in the Oregon woods. C-NET coverage here. San Francisco Chronicle reports: Reader Bill: It's a tragedy for his wife and children, but as a father of two young children myself, I hurt for him, too. He never knew that his family had... Read More
One of America's greatest intellectual heroes of freedom passed away last night. Here's the Friedman Foundation's statement: Today, upon news of the death of Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Milton Friedman, Gordon St. Angelo, president and CEO of the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, offered the following statement: America has lost a true visionary and... Read More
Deeply saddening news at the end of this 9/11 anniversary week. The outspoken lioness Oriana Fallaci has died of cancer: She refused to candycoat her criticisms of Islam. She refused to submit to jihadi thugs. Her books, her life, her rage and her reason serve as fiery inspirations in an era of flinching dhimmitude. Buy... Read More
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles Pamela Waechter, who died at the hands of accused anti-Israel shooter Naveed Haq on Friday. She worked for the Jewish Federation of Seattle for 8 years; spent nine years as a family support volunteer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; served on the board of her congregation, Temple B'nai Torah,... Read More
The DoD announced today the death of Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar, 30, of Lake Orion, Mich.: Plouhar was exploited by Michael Moore in his crockumentary, Fahrenheit 9/11: A U.S. Marine and one-time recruiter who appeared in Michael Moore's acclaimed documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" has died in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Although Staff Sgt. Raymond... Read More
Freedom Watch sends word that Andrea Clarke, the ill woman in Texas whose plight was spotlighted by pro-life bloggers and disability activists over the past two weeks, has died. Keep her family in your prayers.
Rukesyer, Host of Wall $treet Week If you are a wonk/geek, you loved Louis Rukeyser's long-running business/economics show on PBS and you can still hum the theme song. Rukeyser died today at the age of 73:
Legendary Wisconsin Democrat Sen. William Proxmire died this morning. Didn't agree with everything he stood for, but he was the original Porkbuster--a crusader against government waste who issued "Golden Fleece Awards" to expose taxpayer-funded boondoggles. Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: He became the scourge of defense-industry lobbyists, pork-barrel public works projects and seekers of tax... Read More
Via Breitbart.com, Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home. *Bush expresses sadness...Alan Dershowitz calls Rehnquist a "Republican thug"...SoCal Law blog tracks more unhinged Left reax *Key dates in Rehnquist's career...AP bio box...Key decisions * Joan Biskupic/USA Today...Charl
1200am. Just in from ABC News: CNN: Jennings, a native Canadian who became a U.S. citizen in 2003, said he would continue to host "World News Tonight" when possible. Since the announcement, ABC News' Charles Gibson and Elizabeth Vargas have filled in for him as temporary anchors. But he said he was determined to fight... Read More
Terrible news: I mentioned Vincent's excellent work and blog, In the Red Zone, last month. The piece he wrote for the New York Times--a piece that may have been the cause of his murder--is here. There's also this brutally candid blog post, mentioned in a recent
Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale has died. He was a war hero. Medal of Honor recipient. Patriot. From AP: More background here. Adm. Stockdale's MOH citation: Rank and organization: Rear Admiral (then Captain), U.S. Navy. Place and date: Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam, 4 September 1969. Entered service at: Abingdon, Ill. Born: 23 December... Read More
Via AP: Walton was a passionate advocate for school choice. In 1998, he co-founded the Children's Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than 67,000 educational scholarships to low-income children. Walton's legacy lives with them. Update: Matt at Blackfive has more on this very good man... Walton was also a recipient of the Silver Star. ***... Read More
Just learned of the untimely passing of milblogger Michael James Reed, aka "Bunker Mulligan." His last blog post is here. He'll be laid to rest on Friday. Deepest condolences to the family, which is requesting that any memorials for Bunker be made to Homes for Our Troops. Update: Mudville Gazette has a tribute.
Iraqi police hero Maj. Imad Shakir Mahmoud died last week stopping a suicide bomber on Sunday, May 15, in the city of Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad. There was a memorial parade for Mahmoud today. His young daughter, carrying a large portrait of her slain father, led the way. R.I.P., Maj. Mahmoud.
Spc. David Mahlenbrock is being laid to rest today at Arlington National Cemetary. In honor of his final request, here are the lyrics to his favorite song. God bless him and his family. Toby Keith - American Soldier I'm just trying to be a father, Raise a daughter and a son, Be a lover to... Read More
Moved by the barbaric murder/beheading of American contractor Eugene Armstrong in Iraq, a reader remembered this poem by American poet/novelist James Dickey about a friend who was a pilot beheaded by Japanese captors during World War II. Coincidentally, the surname of the subject of Dickey's poem was also "Armstrong." The Performance by James Dickey The... Read More
Brenda McCormick died over the weekend. For 18 years, her non-profit organization, Mothers Inc., has served needy children and seniors with an annual Thanksgiving turkey drive and Christmas toy drive. The organization also provides families with back-to-school supplies and helps locate shelter for the homeless. To the consternation of some of her neighbors, she did... Read More
Kathryn Lopez at NRO notes that journalist Mort Kondracke's wife, Millie, has died of Parkinson's Disease. He wrote movingly of their experience in his book, Saving Millie. Janice Krouse reviewed the book in 2002 and noted: After the Clinton scandals, there's little about celebrity marriages that surprises Washington anymore. But the tell-all book that has... Read More
The name will be unfamiliar to most, but Constantine Menges was a great American dedicated to the preservation of freedom and security. He served under President Reagan as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and at the CIA as a National Intelligence Officer. He was a scholar, author, university professor. Menges oversaw the design of... Read More
Bill at INDC Journal has launched a fund-raising drive for the family of Captain Daniel Eggers, his high school friend who was killed in Afghanistan after his HUMVEE drove over a landmine while he was serving as the leader of a team of Green Berets. Capt. Eggers left behind a wife and two young sons.... Read More
Hostage Kim Sun-Il has been beheaded. For now, South Korea remains stalwart against the Islamobarbarians. From AP: Pray for Kim's family. Don't ever get used to this. And thank you, South Korea, for not being Spain. Update: Blackfive offers thoughts on fear, evil, and what South Korea should do now.
The family of fellow American Paul Johnson is asking for our prayers. Pray hard for his soul, because the sad fact is that the Islamofascists have probably already killed him. Hope I'm wrong. UPDATE: News of the beheading just broke. Paul Johnson, RIP. Will be interesting to see if we can verify when the savagery... Read More
I'll be leaving for D.C. later on today for President Reagan's arrival. Will attend the public viewing this evening. From the Washington Post today: Anthony Ferrari, a Miami businessman, traveled up here for the funeral procession. "The man had a big impact on America. He really loved this country and it showed."