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Dem Lt. Guv of PA crashes Marine’s funeral, tells grieving kin he died for nothing

I’ll just put the story here for you to read for yourself:

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying “our government” is against the war.

Rhonda Goodrich of Indiana, Pa., said yesterday that a funeral was held Tuesday at a church in Carnegie for her brother-in-law, Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32.

She said he “died bravely and courageously in Iraq on July 10, serving his country.”

In a phone interview, Goodrich said the funeral service was packed with people “who wanted to tell his family how Joe had impacted their lives.”

Then, suddenly, “one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll.”

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, “Who are you?” Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

“Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us,” Goodrich said. “I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign.”

Goodrich said she is positive that Knoll was not invited to the funeral, which was jammed with Marines in dress uniform and police officers, because the fallen Marine had been a policeman in McKeesport and Indiana County.

“Our family deserves an apology,” Rhonda Goodrich said. “Here you have a soldier who was killed — dying for his country — in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited. It made a mockery of Joey’s death.”

What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, ‘I want you to know our government is against this war,'” Goodrich said.

She said she is going to seek an answer from Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration if it opposes the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Knoll was traveling yesterday, away from the Capitol, and couldn’t be reached. But an aide said she “extends condolences to all families who have lost loved ones” serving in the military.

Without having talked to her, the aide, who asked not to be named, said, “The family members of fallen soldiers are in our hearts and prayers. Our prayers go out to their loved ones in their hour of grief.”

Asked to comment on Goodrich’s complaints about Knoll’s conduct at the funeral, the aide said that “would be inappropriate.”

Any more “inappropriate” than what Troll…er, Knoll…did? To Governor Rendell’s credit, he apologized for the crassness and has asked Troll to do the same.

July 25, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hillary makeover in effect

Hillary’s moving to the center. Huge surprise there, huh? She’s supporting John Roberts for USSC nominee, no doubt a move that will infuriate the NAGs (National Association of Gals) and the MoveOn kooks. But those are two groups she can afford to marginalize, since (a) they rarely impact elections and (b) what else are they gonna do…vote Republican? Fat chance.

Anyway, the AP is rushing to tell us what a “moderate” Her Highness is. Full story here, excerpt follows:

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is cementing her ties to moderate voters, reaching out to centrists that some of her backers argue Clinton never really abandoned.

Clinton scheduled a high-profile speech Monday to the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group that helped pave Bill Clinton’s path to the White House. The hundreds of activists gathered for the group’s annual meeting made her appearance its centerpiece.

John Kerry and Tom Daschle, two well-defined liberals, also were active in the DLC. Yet here’s the MSM, assuming that membership in the DLC necessarily makes a Democrat “centrist.”

Does she need to move to the center (or convince people that’s what she’s doing) in order to be re-elected Senator next year? Hardly. Unless she runs against Rudy Giuliani, that’s a race that she’s got locked up. So why pretend to be a centrist if she doesn’t have higher plans? Because…well, she has higher plans!

She’s not dumb, folks. She has seen what happens when liberals are successfully exposed as such (Dukakis, Gore, Cleland, Daschle, Kerry, etc.). She will do her damndest (as will her protectors in the MSM) to make sure she is not accurately portrayed as such.

I’d be a lot less hostile to politicians that would simply admit being liberal and stop trying to hide from the label. While Dennis Kucinich was a monumental loser in the primaries, I have some modicum of respect for him for at least being honest about his views. However, I’m not so naive as to think that such honesty is rewarded at the ballot box…thus the perceived need to deceive.

July 25, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Technological advances

Not political, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share this with you. Hat tip to Neal Boortz:

July 25, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment