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The Man in the Red Bandana

May we never forget

~ Detail from the FDNY Memorial Wall

“The time for mourning may pass, but the time for remembering never does.”
President George W. Bush

This is Louisiana

The state seal, rendered in crude oil.

Rod Dreher on the catastrophe in the Gulf:

A rolling apocalypse * On the fate of the pelicans

Image: Charlie Riedel (AP)

Travis Louie: “Rooty”

Sometime in the late 1850s, after an unusually long, hard rain, a strange figure pulled himself out of the ground and began terrorizing a small mining town in Northern California. It wasn’t so much that he actually physically hurt anyone, . . .it was his unusual appearance combined with his high-pitched cackling and near constant mumbling, which caused such a strong vibration, it rattled window panes and interrupted many a conversation. He was nick-named “Rooty” because of the long root-like tendrils that protruded from the top of his misshapen head and the strong scent of ginseng that came from his body.

More of his ilk here.

Called to mind by Wenlock and Mandeville.

Britain goes to the polls

Guardian: Did Sun Photoshop Page 3 girls’ underwear Tory blue?

The Sun, champions of women everywhere, urges its readers to “Save these girls from the dole tomorrow”. It’s talking of course about today’s page three feature, which features no fewer than 16 topless women.

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Guardian: Election Day front pages gallery

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AFP: Voters cast ballots in pubs

Locals who would normally pop into The Anglesea Arms pub for a pint of Broadside, Brakspear or Wandle ale were instead making the much more serious decision of who should represent them in parliament.

Regular punters poured into the boozer in plush South Kensington to choose their MP rather than their main course as they sidled into the half-dozen voter booths in what is normally the restaurant section.

One mother trooped in with her three children, all wearing their school uniform of navy blue blazers and straw boater hats.

Outside, the Conservative teller, wearing a blue rosette and a smart suit, took a risk by leaving his overcoat under the freshly-watered hanging baskets of pansies.

“I think I’m very fortunate to be able to vote in the pub,” said the retired Judy Carter, whose home overlooks the alehouse. “I think I’ll be popping in for a drink later on.

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Telegraph election coverage

Times election coverage

The Spectator Coffeehouse

Sea Lion Hall wishes you a Happy Cinco de Mayo

Charley “Sea Lion” Hall, pictured here warming up for the Red Sox in 1913, was born Carlos Clolo, of Mexican parentage, in Ventura, Calif.

As far as the ‘Sea Lion’ name, the only thing I ever heard was, ‘he had the voice of a walrus.’ ~ a baseball historian quoted at Wikipedia

Sea Lion Hall they used to call him. He had a raucous penetrating voice like a fog horn at sea, and when he roared, especially from the coaching lines, you could hear him all over the stands.

Hall pitched in the big leagues….when inelegant players referred to Charley as ‘the Greaser.’ He didn’t mind Sea Lion, rather relished it, but Greaser was a fighting word, and Charley was in plenty of fights. He capitalized on his ability with his fists and in handling rough customers. ~ The baseball writer Fred Lieb, quoted in a history of the St. Paul Saints

Image: Library of Congress

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The author Richard Rodriguez, himself of Mestizo (Indian and Spanish) descent, offers a fascinating and very useful perspective on the immigration controversy in his essay “Mexicans in America”:

Hispanic. In all the video footage I have seen of people crossing illegally from Mexico, of people arrested, the faces look more Indian than Spanish. Most of the illegal immigrants from Mexico may be mestizo, racially, but Indian features predominate. And isn’t that curious? The Indians are illegally coming into the United States. Indians will always wander in the Americas and they should.

Elsewhere he says:

I keep trying to tell people that Los Angeles is already the largest Indian city in the U.S., that there are Toltecs playing Little League baseball in Pasadena, Mayans making beds at the Marriott in Westwood, and Chichimecs driving buses in L.A. Los Angeles is a majority-Indian city. Of course, since we don’t see the Indian as a living figure — having turned the Indian into a kind of mascot for the ecology movement, a symbol of prehistory — we can’t see the Indian among us. But what really terrifies Americans right now is the prospect that the Indian is very much alive, that the Indian is having nine babies in Guatemala, and that those nine babies are headed this way. This is one reason why Americans hold on so dearly to the myth of the dead Indian.

Again, Richard Rodriguez — very much worth a read:

“A View from the Melting Pot”

“Mexicans in America”

Suppliant to the Queen of Heaven

Bette Davis as Carlota, Empress of Mexico, in Juarez (1939)

American Liberty as Goddess of Youth

Edward Savage. Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth, Giving Support to the Bald Eagle. Philadelphia: Edward Savage, June 11, 1796.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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The Jury Box never has liked the spirit he perceives underlying the anti-immigration movement, and doesn’t like it now.

This space agrees with John Salmon:

Unlike most of my conservative brethren, I am not obsessed with illegal aliens-who, as it must be noted again and again, are not felons, even if AZ thinks they are. (Bet it doesn’t hold up in court).

Why would we think it is some kind of grave offense against mankind to want to improve the well-being of yourself and your family? As a Christian I am concerned about those who seem to want to seal the borders, as if that were possible, against the poor. I guess we Catholics are typically more open-minded than evangelicals on this point.

But with the amnesty-loathing crowd, it always comes back to BUT THEYRE HERE ILLEGALLY!

So what? Change the law. Make them legal. Make them pay taxes, and a small fine if you like. But make them Americans.

This is largely what America exists to do, to make opportunity available for the less-fortunate. My Grandfather (maternal) came over on a boat, from Italy, and included with his contingent were various “uncles” who were no such thing, but claimed to be, to evade immigration law. Is this a stain on my family’s history? Hardly.

All of these “relatives”, whatever their origin, made good on the American Dream. I think the vast bulk of Mexicans and others who come here want to do the same. What’s the problem?

The problem is that a lot of people just don’t want them here. This is the one area where liberals’ accusations of racism, so easily tossed about, make sense. As more than a few people have pointed out, were the illegals Canadian, I doubt there’d be much of an uproar.

In Afghan fields the poppies blow

Jules Crittenden says Patches, in a way, is right — the media are missing the story in Afghanistan.

You have to hunt down…the occasional Ahmed Rashid interview on NPR’s Fresh Air to learn that the Taliban is tired and having trouble recruiting. Which is really important news, given that our military is in the process of cutting off their revenue stream. But you could be forgiven if you didn’t know that, because while the difficulties of getting Marjah off opium has been discussed quite a bit, the importance of cutting the Taliban off from Marjah’s opium growing, processing and marketing center that was a major source of Taliban revenues has barely gotten lip service. I have yet to see anything that explores what effect that might have on the Taliban’s ability to meet its payroll. Which, if what they’ve been saying about the Taliban as largely an army for hire with an ideological hat is true, theoretically could be a pretty big deal. Please tell me if you have seen that article, because I’d like to read it. We can talk about good governance and services, all that, and work on getting them in. But wars run on money, as our thankfully ineffective Democratic surrender faction can ruefully tell you, and cutting the Taliban off from theirs could go a long way toward giving all that nation-building some breathing room.

Here’s the only to-the-point mention of all that I’ve been able to find. The New York Post’s Ralph Peters: “The mission is to wrest a key opium-growing, income-producing region from the Taliban — and keep it.”

Crittenden goes on to add:

One more caveat about where I deviate from Patches’ rant. Never mind that he clearly doesn’t understand either the purpose or the means of achieving success in Afghanistan … which you can’t really blame him for given the sorry job both the media and the president have done explaining that. But from Vietnam to Iraq, the sacrifices of American soldiers have never been honored by disparaging and abandoning the cause they died for. We did it in Vietnam, and millions more lives were destroyed. Thank God we didn’t do it in Iraq. We’d be talking genocidal bloodbath and Iran incursion instead of remarkably peaceful Sunni-Shiite election dynamics right now if the Kennedy faction had had its way. As I heard one gob-smacked commentator say the other day, Iraqis are actually resorting to politics to resolve their differences. Who’d have thought? Thank you, George Bush.

The House on Wednesday defeated a resolution to cut and run from Afghanistan, by a vote of 356-65. Eight of Massachusetts’ 10 congressmen voted for the resolution, which goes to show how deeply embedded the moonbat strain is in the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Image by AP via Marine Corps Times