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Time to pack it in Sam by American Elephant
September 5, 2007, 4:53 pm
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Sam Brownback speaks to 5 voters

Forgive me if… by American Elephant
September 5, 2007, 4:47 pm
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…I dont fly with Nepal Airlines any time soon:

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday. [read more]

Doesn’t really inspire confidence in their tecehnical and mechanical abilities, does it? Poor goats.

My former Representative, Jennifer Dunn, died today by American Elephant
September 5, 2007, 4:02 pm
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Former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn

What a sad and shocking day.

I had just learned of the passing of Ohio Congressman, Paul Gillmor, and was reading the news reports when I was shocked to find at the end of one the articles that my own former congresswoman, Jennifer Dunn, also died today.

Representative Dunn was a statesman, a stalwart conservative and an elegant lady, and we are grateful for her service to our district, Washington State, the Republican party and the nation. Among her many, many accomplishments, Representative Dunn led the charge on welfare reform, the Amber Alert system, and the repeal of the estate tax. We will miss her and our prayers go to her family and loved ones.

Former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, one of the state’s most prominent Republican figures for more than two decades, died unexpectedly Tuesday night. She was 66.

Ms. Dunn suffered a pulmonary embolism and collapsed in her Alexandria, Va., apartment and never regained consciousness, her family said in a statement. She died later at the hospital, where she was surrounded by family members.

“We’re just trying to pull ourselves together,” said her son, Reagan Dunn, a King County councilman. “It was a total shock.

“She gave her whole life giving to other people. She touched a lot of lives and did a lot for her country.”

Ms. Dunn served six terms in the U.S. House, from 1993 to 2005, representing Washington’s Eighth District, which includes Bellevue, much of east King County and part of Pierce County. She became the first woman to serve on the House Republican leadership team.

She retired from politics in 2005 and went to work for a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

Before serving in Congress, Ms. Dunn became the first woman elected as chair of a state Republican Party — a position she held from 1981 to 1992.

News of Ms. Dunn’s death shocked Republicans and Democrats alike.

“I’m just stunned,” said Brett Bader, a Republican consultant from Bellevue. “It’s like a whole generation of Republicans have lost their mom. She was that giant of a figure.”

“I feel terrible for her family,” said U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, who has known Ms. Dunn since they were teenagers. “They should be very proud of all she accomplished and the way she did it.”

Dicks, D-Bremerton, described Ms. Dunn as a fiercely loyal Republican but said she was always willing to work together when the state’s interests were at stake. He cited their efforts at reducing international trade barriers and support for Boeing.

“Her passing is a loss for all Washingtonians,” Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire said in a written statement. “She was a devoted wife and mother and always kept her family as her top priority. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”

In Congress, Ms. Dunn served as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, vice chairwoman of the Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Republican caucus campaign team.

She was a frequent spokeswoman for the House, once giving the Republican response to a State of the Union address by then-President Bill Clinton. She helped run three Republican national conventions. She was elected to the U.S. House in 1992, the year Clinton was elected president, and easily beat back a series of Democratic challengers for her seat. [read more]

Leaders react to the passing of Representative Dunn.

Seattle Times photo gallery of Representative Dunn.

Seattle P.I. coverage.

Vile, reprehensible ABC News sinks to yet another new low by American Elephant
September 5, 2007, 2:11 pm
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Just listening to the ABC top of the hour news report, and following a touching report on the standing ovation Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota received upon his return to the senate following his long recovery from a brain injury, ABC News had the following to say on the death of Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor:

An Ohio House seat is empty, Representative Paul Gillmor was found dead in his apartment.” [emphasis added]

That’s it. That was their entire report on the matter.

No mention of his decades of service to Ohio and the country. No mention of his accomplishments or the loved ones he leaves behind. The only thing that matters to ABC is that a dead republican leaves a (pant, pant, drool, drool) seat open in the House of Representatives.

It sincerely makes me sick to my stomach.

Here is a more fitting report:

Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) — Republican Representative Paul Gillmor of Ohio was found dead in his apartment in Washington today, an aide said. He was 68.

Brad Mascho, a spokesman for Gillmor, said authorities are investigating the death. “From everything we know, it’s from natural causes,” he said. “It’s an extreme shock to all of us.”

Mascho said Gillmor’s death is particularly shocking in part because he was so active last week, traveling during a congressional recess to all 16 counties in his district.

Gillmor was first elected to Congress in 1988 and won a 10th term last year. He served on the Energy and Commerce as well as the Financial Services Committees.

“Paul Gillmor was a man of genuine humility and deep conviction — a great public servant and a good friend,” House Minority Whip Roy Blunt said in a statement. “His love for his family was matched only by his love for this nation.”

House Republican leader John Boehner called Gillmor “a good friend and a trusted colleague who served his constituents with honor for nearly two decades.”

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sergeant Kimberly Schneider declined comment on the investigation of his death.

Before winning a seat in Congress, Gillmor was elected to the Ohio state Senate at age 27 and served 22 years, including as Senate president, according to his Web page biography. He is married with five children. [read more]

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Gillmor’s family and loved ones.

Has anybody seen this man? by American Elephant

Treasonous, national-security-document-stealing Sandy Berger confers with his boss, Bill Clinton

Entire 6,000 page Diana dossier ‘disappears’ from Paris archives

Have their been any Sandy Berger sightings in Paris lately? I’m just sayin!

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