July 30, 2002

While the White House has noticeably lost its footing over the past couple of months with a series of setbacks and disappointments in the war on terror, the corporate scandals and subsequent stock market crash, this is so clearly a case of political suicide that it defies explanation.

It’s the sort of thing the voters remember. For Republican Congressmen, it’s a no-win situation, because if they support Putsch and vote for it, the voters will feed their carcasses to the crows. If they vote against it, the voters are likely to remember only that their party tried to enslave America, and the best they can hope for is that their base will stay home. Certainly fearless leader and his calico kitty won’t be of any use.

The last thing Republicans want to see is a big, messy debate in Congress over TIPS. They want to drive a stake through its heart and bury it under Richard Nixon and hope the voters dismiss it as just another damn-fool notion from that crackpot attorney general and that it doesn’t reflect on the party at all. - From Zepp's News and Commentaries.

1864: During the American Civil War, the Battle of the Crater occurred during the Union siege of Petersburg. Facing a Confederate artillery position, the 48th Pennsylvania regiment persuaded General Ulysses S. Grant to allow them to dig a tunnel and place explosives under the Confederate position. Many of these men were miners and were convinced that such an explosion would devastate the rebels. They succeeded in blasting a crater sixty feet wide in the Confederate line. After that, however, everything went wrong. Union solders rushed into the crater, but were disorganized and their commander was in the rear drinking rum. Many of the rank and file were among the first African-Americans to fight for the Union. Once in the crater they became easy targets for the Confederates, who surrounded them. Almost all of the Union soldiers were killed. The crater is still there.
1945: During World War II, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; only 316 out of 1,196 men survived the sinking and shark-infested waters. "I'll never put on a lifevest again..."
1956: The United States motto "In God We Trust" was authorized.

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