July 26, 2008

A side of Cindy McCain you may not have heard of.

A Quiet Humanitarian

By Michael Gerson
Wednesday, July 23, 2008; Page A15

KIGALI, Rwanda -- Cindy McCain's first visit to this country, in 1994, was during the high season of roadblocks and machetes and shallow graves.

Following a call for help from Doctors Without Borders, McCain had assembled a medical team with the intention of setting up a mobile hospital in Rwanda. Arriving by private plane in mid-April, a couple of weeks into the massacres, she realized that the chaos made deploying her team impossible. At the airport, she paid for the use of a truck and set out for Goma in then-Zaire, where hundreds of thousands of refugees were also headed.

"I never saw anyone harmed," McCain recalls, "but I saw the bodies along the roadside." Checkpoints were manned by 12- and 13-year-olds with AK-47s. "The kids were drinking -- bottles of Guinness, I remember. They would point their guns at you. They wanted money. We paid." Along the way, she picked up several abandoned young people, later turned over to the care of an Irish charity.

"You could see the chaos, hear the shots, hear the screaming. You could smell it." What, I asked her, could you smell? "The smell of death," she replied.

Arriving across the border in Goma, in what is now Congo, McCain found cholera victims stacked beside the road "like highway barriers." "I remember having to step over the decomposing body of an infant, covered with white powder, lime I guess, to get into one building." The field hospital covered four acres. McCain's team provided primary care for sick and frightened refugees, many of them suffering from dehydration. For nearly a month, McCain organized deliveries of food and water for the operation, collecting supplies at the Goma airport.

"I have never seen anything like it before," she says, "and never since. . . . When I came home, I couldn't put it into words for my husband."

The rushing return of these memories came on Cindy McCain's first visit to Rwanda since the genocide. In the shadow of Barack Obama's world tour, McCain joined a bipartisan delegation -- including former Senate majority leaders Bill Frist and Tom Daschle -- organized by the ONE Campaign, a group that advocates for the fight against global poverty and disease. (I am also involved in the efforts of ONE.)

McCain came back to a very different Rwanda -- peaceful, well governed, and making, with American help, some of the most rapid progress in the history of public health. "What has struck me," says McCain, "is that most people are reconciling. A woman I met was gang-raped [during the genocide], her throat was slit, she lost her whole family, but was willing to forgive. The reason this will be a successful country is the women -- some of the strongest, most inspiring women I have ever met."

Given her history of humanitarianism, these adjectives might be associated with McCain herself. The election of her husband would also bring to the White House an adventurous, traveled, intriguingly fearless first lady. Over the years, McCain has taken medical services to a Sandinista stronghold after Nicaragua's civil war; set up a mobile hospital near Kuwait City while the oil wells still burned from the Persian Gulf War; helped in Bangladesh after a cyclone. And while in that country in 1991 she found her daughter Bridget in an orphanage -- "She really picked me," McCain insists. Sometimes the desire to save every child is properly concentrated on a single child.

Like most of Cindy McCain's life, these stories are generally hidden behind a wall of well-tailored reticence. She values the privacy of her family and resents the intrusiveness of the media. None of her relief work has been done for political consumption or Washington prominence. On the contrary, it has been an alternative life to the culture of the capital -- the rejection of the normal progress of a senator's wife. "It is not about me -- it never has been. I felt it was important -- that I had to do it. I never took government money. It was my own, and I am not ashamed of it."

But all this would have political consequences in a McCain administration. Even if a first lady is not intrusively political, the whole White House responds to her priorities. Cindy McCain has had decades of personal contact with the suffering of the developing world. And in some future crisis or genocide, it might matter greatly to have a first lady who knows the smell of death.

Caption This Olympic Ticket Mob Scene.

Yeah, these Olympics should be interesting.

Thug rule.

See, Kilpatrick, Kwame, Democrat, Mayor of Detroit.

The party of tolerance and diversity

Strikes again.

July 25, 2008

MRQ of the week.

Looks like Plebian is the first entry into the 3rd quarter semi-final.

Heck, this one might win the whole thing.

I can't eat tater tots without becoming aroused.


I'll make my nerd admission.

I loved the X-files. The timing was right and I could not wait to go see the first movie.

The second one is out today and I could care less. I think they waited too long.

Best news I have heard all day.

Cubs lose.

July 24, 2008

Kids Gone Wild

My charming children have decided to see how accomodating their aunt and uncle will really be...

Brewer Brooms

A four game road sweep of the Cardinals!
Two consecutive road sweeps!
Are you kidding me?

Seriously, tho...

How the heck is Obama just not a complete tool?

On one side of his mouth he says:
[ "I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen..." ]

on the other, you get:
[ (Obama) scrapped plans to visit wounded members of the armed forces in Germany as part of his overseas trip, a decision his spokesman said was made because the Democratic presidential candidate thought it would be inappropriate on a campaign-funded journey. ]

I try (I say try) to live my life by a famous man's line about judging a man by the content of his character.
This character spews BS and knows he'll never be called on it by anyone, so why not?

2 weeks away

The Beijing Olympics kick off two weeks from tomorrow.

Are you excited about it? Do you care at all? What say you?

Nah, there is no such thing as media bias.

This from Investors Business Daily.

Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1

By WILLIAM TATE Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 4:20 PM PT

The New York Times' refusal to publish John McCain's rebuttal to Barack Obama's Iraq op-ed may be the most glaring example of liberal media bias this journalist has ever seen. But true proof of widespread media bias requires one to follow an old journalism maxim: Follow the money.

Even the Associated Press — no bastion of conservatism — has considered, at least superficially, the media's favoritism for Barack Obama. It's time to revisit media bias.

True to form, journalists are defending their bias by saying that one candidate, Obama, is more newsworthy than the other. In other words, there is no media bias. It is we, the hoi polloi, who reveal our bias by questioning the neutrality of these learned professionals in their ivory-towered newsrooms.

Big Media applies this rationalization to every argument used to point out bias. "It's not a result of bias," they say. "It's a matter of news judgment."

And, like the man who knows his wallet was pickpocketed but can't prove it, the public is left to futilely rage against the injustice of it all.

The "newsworthy" argument can be applied to every metric — one-sided imbalances in airtime, story placement, column inches, number of stories, etc. — save one.

An analysis of federal records shows that the amount of money journalists contributed so far this election cycle favors Democrats by a 15:1 ratio over Republicans, with $225,563 going to Democrats, only $16,298 to Republicans .

Two-hundred thirty-five journalists donated to Democrats, just 20 gave to Republicans — a margin greater than 10-to-1. An even greater disparity, 20-to-1, exists between the number of journalists who donated to Barack Obama and John McCain.

Searches for other newsroom categories (reporters, correspondents, news editors, anchors, newspaper editors and publishers) produces 311 donors to Democrats to 30 donors to Republicans, a ratio of just over 10-to-1. In terms of money, $279,266 went to Dems, $20,709 to Republicans, a 14-to-1 ratio.

And while the money totals pale in comparison to the $9-million-plus that just one union's PACs have spent to get Obama elected, they are more substantial than the amount that Obama has criticized John McCain for receiving from lobbyists: 96 lobbyists have contributed $95,850 to McCain, while Obama — who says he won't take money from PACs or federal lobbyists — has received $16,223 from 29 lobbyists.

Better late than never

I didn't have internet access until this morning, so this is a little late. But here's what happened on our last day in Memphis, when one of my children has a little problem at our bachelor uncle's house.

I'm hoping we're welcome back.

July 23, 2008

Caption This.

Another toy for rich wealthy guilt-laden liberals.

The Lightning GT, 200 mile range on a 10 minute charge with 700 horespower.

Price tag, $300,000

DNR pushing another business out of Wsconsin.

Today's victim, Ocean Spray.

Retirement Bleg

An open note to all bloggers...

Can we PLEASE retire the over used picture of a guy with his head up his own butt?

I was tired of that thing years ago and people still keep on using it.


Never saw this coming from a government that wants to show their superiority to the world on one of the biggest stages. Its not like they're the East Germans or anything....

Best line:
"revelation stuns anti-doping experts before Games".....really?!?

What a great line.

This from Cubs Masochist; "That moist breath you feel on the back of your neck, with the slightest hint of bratwurst and saurkraut, belongs to the Milwaukee Brewers. "

July 22, 2008

Fill in the blank.

Bill Hall__________________________________.

Online and on a roll!

I've returned back to the land of the online. If you've missed the past 3 vacation updates, here they are (in order of occurrence):

Our visit to the Alamo, complete with souvenirs!

A fun time was had by all at the water park, especially sunburn ointment salesmen.

We went to the Memphis zoo, or should I say, Xxxoo.

Don't they have any original ideas?

Coming to a theater near you...

Rathergate, the movie.

(How much do you want to bet Rove is the bad guy?)

Cody, clean out your ears.

Milwaukee leftie blogger Dan Cody came out and claimed that WISN talking head Jay Weber said it was "“stupid!” for America to utilize wind and solar energy to power homes".

Cody needs to clean out his ears.

Weber's topic was Al Gore's latest we're all doomed speech last week. Weber picked up on Gore saying that we needed to convert all of our energy production facilities to wind, solar and geo-thermal in large part to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. What Weber said was stupid was Gore's point because we do not generate electricity from foreign oil, we produce it primarily from coal, natural gas and nuclear plants, not foreign crude.

Clue in Cody, Gore's point was stupid trying to tie oil prices to energy generation, Weber was simply pointing that out. Weber also indicated that the press would give him a complete pass and the lefties would defend his idiocy to a fault. He got that right.

With the lovely Doreen from Waukesha on vacation, I thought it to be my duty to defend Jay Weber although he can clearly do that himself.

July 21, 2008

What am I?

My bad....I forgot nobody reads my blog....

Yes, it is indeed the glorious Hotel of Doom.
A brief video then the link to the article. Money line is:

[ "...up to $2 billion to make the building habitable." ]
Question is............why??


Guess the number game


UPDATE: $140,682,244 The career earnings of Gary Sheffield, the 6th highest in Major League baseball history.

Gary Sheffield is the 6th highest paid baseball player of all time??????????


Fill in the blank.

_________________________________ 8 to 10 years.

My take on Favreapalooza

I haven't written about the Favre thing yet.

I tackled it on my Fox Politics column today.

Go give it a read.

MRQ Favre Free Zone.

Oh, dear, I'm all verklempt. Steve.

The other 14% said they hadn't been to prison SER.

Oh. all right then, I'll tell it in Spanish Tom.

second-amendment souvenir rights. Plebian.

My, what a tangled football seam we weave! Jimi.

a great big juicy smooch to you. Brian.

Pretty wussy Patrick.

you may not want me to return. Wigdy. (we could talk about it)

King of La La Land and the Valley of the Half-Wits! Casper.

And Rosie O’Donnell will be the next Miss America. Peter.

Dudes, make war, not apologies. Aaron.

here's to naps! Cathy.

I'll add a nasty comment next time!! Silent E.


Not as tacky as I expected. Sean.

venti iced soy late dude Amy.

Who said I was "normal"? Pete.

The Dark Knight is without a doubt the best movie I've seen all day Keith.

For your information: a sam adams that's been frozen for at least 2 years actually tastes just fine. Racerrick.

imagine how popular the WNBA would be if the players were hot. Dr Blogstein.

You would think that by now when I ask someone close to me if they want to see something disturbing, they'd trust that they don't. Nikol

What says class more than a "Pimp Palace" welcome mat? Alison.

is there jousting Nick.

July 20, 2008

I'm so proud...

RDW came up as the #2 Google result for Al Gore's Private Jet.

Meet your new Brewer

2nd baseman Ray Durham.

Brewer Brooms

Thought of the week.

If you met my family, this would all make perfect sense.

The Water Cube.

With the Olympic approaching fast you'll be seeing a lot of this building. I don't care what anyone says, this thing is cool.

Somehow I doubt the retraction will get half of the attention...

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki did not back the plan of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and his comments to a German magazine on the issue were misunderstood, the government's spokesman said on Sunday.

Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Maliki's remarks to Der Spiegel were translated incorrectly.

The German magazine said on Saturday that Maliki supported Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months. The interview was released on Saturday.

"U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes," Der Spiegel quoted Maliki as saying.

Dabbagh said statements by Maliki or any other member of the government should not be seen as support for any U.S. presidential candidate.

The rumor mill.

Tom Haudricourt, the Journal Sentinel's baseball guy is reporting a possible trade between the Giants and the Brewers.

Haudricourt says he is hearing the name of Giants second baseman Ray Durham, or Giants reliever (and Racine native) Jack Taschner. Haudricourt is reporting that A leaguer Darren Ford, a center fielder, will be involved in the trade. He also said that there are rumors of a larger trade involving Rickie Weeks but he did not believe it.

We'll see where this one goes. I do recall Haudricourt saying, " A lot of stuff gets tossed onto the Internet with no validity whatsoever." in response to a Badger Blogger report that Ned Yost was going to be fired.

Let's see if Tommie places the same burden on his own sourced rumor.