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How Kennedy Saved a Girl from Bad Soviet Medicine

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:50 pm - August 30, 2009.
Filed under: Amazing Stories,Family,Freedom

Yesterday, the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a story on how many citizens of the city where I was born joined with Massachusetts’ Senator Edward Kennedy to help ensure the immigration in 1978 of a girl suffering from a syndrome which Soviet doctors could not treat in her native Moscow:

Jessica [Katz] was born in 1977 in Moscow with malabsorption syndrome, a disease that prevented her from digesting milk or food. Soviet doctors could not cure the condition, and as their infant daughter grew ever weaker, her parents realized her only hope for survival hinged on treatment in the West.

My family played a small part in helping Jessica through her ordeal, visiting her in Moscow in the summer of 1978.  (My Mom is quoted in the article.) The fall after our visit, in large part due to Kennedy’s intervention with Soviet authorities, her family was allowed to leave the Soviet Union where they could build a new life in Boston and she could get treated for her syndrome.

I visited Jessica’s father Boris several times when I was in college.  As most Soviet emigrés, he had strong anti-Communist views and great respect for the then-President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan.  And though the then-senior Senator from Massachusetts harshly criticized (and actively sought to thwart) the Gipper’s aggressive foreign policy, Boris refused to criticize Kennedy, always recalling how he helped secure his release.

He only had kind words for the late Massachusetts Democrat.

Just a reminder that while we conservatives criticize Kennedy’s many flaws, he did do a great deal of good, a very deal of good, by one family suffering under Soviet Communism. And that should count for something.

Democrats Try to Save Corrupt Committee Chairman?!?!?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:05 am - August 30, 2009.
Filed under: 111th Congress,Democratic Scandals,HopeAndChange

Wait a second, what happened to that new era of politics the President promised in his successful campaign for his current office? Hmm. . . and didn’t Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats in 2006 run against the Republicans’ “Culture of Corruption” as she dubbed it.

Indeed, after her party captured Congress that fall, she promised a more open and ethical legislature:

The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.

And just this morning, as I sip my coffee and wait for my niblings to wake up, I read that even as more “embarrassing revelations come to light” about Charles Rangel, the Democratic Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Pelosi’s Democrats move to save him.

Hope and change, my friends, hope and change.

UPDATE:  The Absent-Minded Chairman, Rangel hides income and assets.

FROM THE COMMENTS:   Gene in Pennsylvania writes, “Being a Democrat washes away all the other sins in the eyes of the state run media.”

Is this what they call Oil for Blood?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:58 am - August 30, 2009.
Filed under: Random Thoughts

LOCKERBIE BOMBER “set free for oil.”

UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): So it is now clear that UK PM Gordon Brown lied.

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

My question now is what did President Obama know, and when did he know it?  And did Secretary of State Clinton kept out of the loop on this?

(Personal note: I was in the Syracuse University undergrad class of 1990 and lost three friends and classmates on Pan Am 103)

An aberration or sign of things to come?

No sooner had I typed that I was posting my last piece, “perhaps more to provide fodder for commentary than anything else,” than I realized something I could blog on which would require little effort on my part and provide such fodder for our readers, some of whom I know delight in using our comments section as a forum for political self-expression.  :-)

And in appreciation of the support they have shown to this blog (and even to us personally), I thought I’d offer a video I found linked on Instapundit, baldilocks and Michelle Malkin.  I would dare say other blogs have linked/posted it as well.

This cop is trying to block display of a poster he finds distasteful “because I just told you it couldn’t.”  So, basically because the cop doesn’t like the way the man expresses his political views.  

The policeman couldn’t identify a federal law, state statute or local ordinance which allowed him to block the public presentation of this poster.  He didn’t identify anything which gave him the authority to act, save his badge.

Let us hope his actions are just an aberration–and not a sign of things to come.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Leah writes, “I do hope this person contacts the police commissioner and find out what laws was this cop referring to”.

“I can’t blog on everything.”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 am - August 30, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Random Thoughts,Travel,Vacation Blogging

If I had a moment and were not on vacation, I’d find the post I wrote recently where I noted that one of the most frequent criticisms I receive is that I don’t address issues others bloggers are addressing.

Look, there are so many things I want to blog about.  In my various notebooks, I have endless lists of ideas for potential posts.  And sometimes I need remind myself that I can’t blog on every such idea.

I do consider many of the articles you forward to me and ideas you share with me, encouraging me to blog on them.  I get no shortage of e-mail from our readers (and critics), many with articles (or links) attached.  And then there are my own ideas.

Just a thought, perhaps more to provide fodder for commentary than anything else as I’m on vacation with my family now and needing to get to bed at a reasonable hour so I can get up early to have some more time with my nieces and nephew (oh, and their mother too (my sister)).