Friday, July 04, 2008

Jesse Helms, RIP

FOXNews is reporting that former NC Senator Jesse Helms died early this morning at age 86.

Senator Helms was a lightning rod during his time in the US Senate because of his highly conservative stance on many issues. Opponents tagged him as "Senator No" because of his frequent "Nays" on many votes. Personally, I sort of thought of him as Senator Hell No!, as in "Hell no, you ain't gonna destroy this country if I can help it!" There's something sort of symbolic about his death on July 4th, the "birthday" of the United States.

I suspect that the likes of the Democrap Underground are even now celebrating his death.

Happy Independence Day

The Family Freeholder would like to wish you a happy Independence Day.

I'd like to embed this, but alas, embedding for this particular clip has been disabled. It's Huey Lewis and the News doing the Star Spangled Banner a cappella at Candlestick Park in 1985. As far as I'm concerned, this is my favorite performance of our national anthem.

And just think, they were able to perform it and maintain their artistic integrity without changing the words. Amazing.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This year's theme song?

I can remember the heady times when we celebrated "Dow 10,000" with CNBC. Now, it seems that we may be returning to Dow 10,000, except this time there's little cheering to be heard. While some say that this will be a good thing, finally breaking "market exuberance" once and for all, I can't help but think of the pain this is going to cause the working men and women. I may work in a white collar world, but I grew up blue collar, and I still stand there in a lot of my views.

I can remember when this song was first popular. Now, as my kids approach the age I was then, it would seem poised for a comeback.

It's still a good tune, though.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

In keeping with two themes (being late with this post and looking at lesser-known parts of World War II history), we present a History Channel International blip on World War II in Yugoslavia:

Who do you want to believe?

Would you rather believe Code Pink, John Murtha and the New York Times, or would you rather believe a guy who was there?

As Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from July 2001 until August 2005, Douglas J. Feith helped shape the U.S. government’s strategy for the war on terrorism. His duties included managing the Defense Department’s international relations and representing the Department in interagency policy making.

War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism is now on my "must read" list.