Liam Callahan

Liam Callahan wasn't supposed to be working tuesday morning. Not originally.

There was a back-to-school event at his children's school, and as head of the children's school association, he had to go. His normal 3 to 11 schedule at the PATH Emergency Services Unit with the Port Authority in Jersey City's Journal Square would keep him away from it. Heading up the association wasn't all he did, he volunteered in other activities, he worked lunch duty, he also chaparoned school trips, including one in the World Trade Center in which he apprehended a man who slapped a student when he bumped into the man.

So, to make that meeting, he pulled a double shift.

The double shift meant that Liam hadn't seen his wife, Joan, since Monday morning. He had seen his two youngest kids, Ellen and James at noon on monday when he delivered their lunches. Ellen was happy she had gotten a roast beef sandwich, but didn't give her father a hug.

And then the first plane hit the World Trade Center. And Liam, of course, went. He was a member of the Emergency Services unit, and he was just a tunnel ride from the trade centers. It wasn't the first time he had responded to a terrorist attack at the World Trade Centers. In 1993, had earned a Police Valor Award for carrying disabled people from the tower, among other honors.

Liam Callahan lived his life a hero, and died as one. He is survived by his wife Joan, and his four children, Brian, Bridget, Ellen and James.

May he rest in peace.



So Ace links to The Sky Is Red thanks to a comment I made about his OK Go music video post. Nice of him, even though The Sky Is Red is still a joke of a blog.

So. How about the Vikings-Raiders game last night? I saw most of it, intersperced between poker, blackjack, a old Holyfield-Foreman fight and Whose Line Is It Anyway? at a friends house. Randy Moss threw some hissy fits, Andrew Walter threw well, and J.T. O'Sullivan probably threw any good chance at a pro career away. That rediculous intential grounding on his part is something a fourth-string quarterback shouldn't do if he's looking for a job more impressive than Quarterback for the Grand Rapids Rampage.

The Vikings' showed off their new jerseys last night. Not sure I like them that much. Seeing Brad Johnson wear it reminded me of 7 year olds playing Pop Warner football. The white stripes are probably too wide. But it's obvious that the they were influenced by the St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots, which is hardly a bad look to be copying.


Well, that should settle that.

Patterico's Pontifications completly rounds up the entire Glenn Greenwald controversy. And I mean completly. It's long, but there's puppets, so that lightens it a bunch.

But, of course, there's more serious matters afoot. If only every scandal was as mild as the Greenwald thing.


Maryland U.S. Senate Campaign Update

Ever heard of David Dickerson? Neither have I, but apparantly he's running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate here in Maryland. He's one of 18 people running for the nod, and even among all those people, he was a long shot.

Well, his shots just got even longer:

David Brian Dickerson, 43, of Sparks is accused of assaulting [his wife, a recent immigrant from Latvia] July 17 in their apartment, court records show. Dickerson, a candidate in the Democratic primary for the Senate, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree rape, a fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault, according to Baltimore County police and court records.

Through his lawyer, Dickerson denied the allegations.

Dickerson's wife is mentally ill and is "creating an entire story of things that never happened," Craig Kadish, Dickerson's attorney, said yesterday.

Charming. His wife is 19, by the way. David met Anna in Latvia when she was 16, but they decided to "wait to pursue each other" until she was 18. Rape and assault or not, that's still creepy as all come out. She was young enough to be his daughter, or even granddaughter.

Hattip to Politics1 for the story.

The real race for the Democratic Nomination is between Congressman Ben Cardin and the former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume. Or is it? Not if one Josh Rales has anything to do with it!

Who? Exactly. He's a real estate developer, and a Democratic and Jewish activist, and apparantly has some money to burn. He's first out the gate in advertising, at least here on Delmarva. And boy are they doozies. Here's one called "Never," in which he sits on his porch and talks to the camera.

NEVER (30 seconds)

For the last three years, we’ve been fighting a war over foreign oil.

The cost in human life and suffering has been tragic.

We’ve spent $300 billion in Iraq – enough to fix our schools and health care system here at home.

Meanwhile, our borders and ports are still unprotected.

I’m Josh Rales – I approve this message.

In the Senate, I’ll vote to bring our troops home within a year, and I’ll work for an alternative energy policy so we never have to fight this kind of war again.

Isn't that just precious? Not only is he engaging in some neo-isolatonism, he's trafficing in blood-for-oil conspiracy theroies! To be a millionaire with time on your hands right?

He's also 5 days late in starting his blog, but who's counting?

But in this battle between 18 people, you have to do everything you can to differentiate yourself. Which brings us to Allan Lichtman, who's trying to be the far-left candidate in the race. I mean, he's got this:

Join former Presidential Candidate George McGovern for an evening with political satire group The Capitol Steps at The Music Center at Strathmore in support of Allan Lichtman

George McGovern. Political Satire. Hot diggity I bet that's going to be hi-larious. Also, he's got endorsements from Daniel Ellsburg (of Pentagon Paper fame), John Anderson (of Independent campaign for President in 1980 fame), and AliAllyKat (of...man, I don't know. Couldn't they have insisted on getting her actual name instead of her online name? Goodness).

But either way, it appears he's got a blood feud with Josh Rales. Seriously. In a currently front-page article on a Washington Post poll about the Democratic campaign:

Josh Rales, who has also spent about a million dollars, has zero support among likely voters.

And in a blog posting entitled Josh Rales: Democrat Or Republican:

US Senate Candidates Allan Lichtman and Joshua Rales appeared on January 18th at an event hosted by the Silver Spring Democratic Club. Allan clearly distinguished himself from his opponent both in terms of his vision for Maryland and his substantive presentation...

Josh Rales, on the other hand, offered no details on how to improve the lives of Marylanders. Additionally, he responded poorly when confronted by an audience member about his recent financial contributions to conservative Republican political candidates...

When asked to explain these contributions, Rales admitted that he was once a socially-liberal but fiscally-conservative Republican and that he has now seen the errors of his way. His intimation that these were distant realities carried little weight, as his contribution to Bush came towards the tail-end of the President’s reelection bid and was submitted well after the disastrous policy in Iraq and the destructive tax cut.

Well, with Josh Rales pulling out the blood-for-oil thing in a commercial, you gotta do what you can to appeal to the hardcore. At least Lichtman's blog is up and running. And he has incredible hair. And a short bus. Seriously.

Last night, the campaign rolled into the University of Maryland - College Park campus on a 1982 Half-sized, yellow school bus.

A half sized yellow school bus. Right.

The bus, a supplement to Allan's promise to take convential politicians "to school", was acquired last week from a bus yard in Columbus, Ohio.

Of course. He's taking them to school. In a short bus. That I assume will be branded with his name and will cart him all over the Maryland countryside. This can't possibly backfire!

At least he'll beat Dickerson. He's got that going for him.


Music, online, for this sunday night

What Is Hip: Remixes of white-bread 60s-80s pop music. Some catchy stuff, particularly the Deepsky remix of America's Ventura Highway.

Revolved: Mash-Ups of The Beatles Revolver album and a variety of other artists, including Coldplay, Beck, Madonna, The Who, Glenn Miller, and others.

The Dark Side Of Phobos: ReMixes (there's a difference between that and remixes) of music from the original Doom PC game. Download them all, they're free.

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench: In my mind it's a underrated music video, and the song is as catchy as all come out. It's Dave Grohl's initial directing effort, and isn't that bad. Also, I now hum "Big Me" whenever I'm on a elevator thanks to this song.


Turkey to invade Iraq?

Jim Geraghty, who's living in Turkey now, discusses the situation.

Now, terrorism is terrorism is terrorism, Kurdish or not. The best course of action would be for Turkey to work with the United States and the Iraqi government to try and rectify the situation, as Ambassador Wilson said.

But, it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Hopefully the Turkish government will remember that the United States is one of their closest allies, and that doing anything to hurt that would be unwise to the max.

Plus, there is that possibility of the Kurdistan region becoming a independent Kurdistan. What a mess that would be. That could lead to the whole of Iraq breaking down, which would freak out the minority Sunni, who would end up with the least land and oil reserves. Just the same apocolyptic "Iraq to dissolve into civil war" talk we've been hearing for the last 3 years.

But, just because the Turkish military is on stand-by means little. Not until they cross the border. I'm sure cooler minds will prevail.

So now what?

So I had a good start for my blog. Got linked to all hither and yon across the blogosphere. Got a couple comments, and my first troll. Good times, good times.

So now I have to follow through with the initial momentum and actually make The Sky Is Red a blog of interest beyond this one event. Because this will peter out one way or another, and having my blog serve as the initial repository for all the Greenwald stuff, that's not something of real lasting value.

So let's all make a deal. You stop by and visit every once in a while, and I'll keep posting stuff. Deal? Excellent.


Glenn Greenwald's Pushback, Part Deux

If I had known Ace was going to find this to make his point, I would have spiffied the place up, and added the third one I found, this one at Riehl World View.

Greenwald's book has been on the N.Y. Times Best Seller List for 6 weeks now or more. He is a graduate of a top 5 law school and worked at the most prestigious law firm in the country. In 9 months, he's managed to become one of the most cited and heavily-trafficked bloggers on the internets. His posts have led to front page news articles and are read by U.S. Senators during Senate hearings.

You-by your own account are a marketing and sales manager. And your favorite movie is Something About Mary.

Can't you just admit that you(and Patterico and Reynolds & Goldstein and the rest of your bitter insult-spewing irrelevant losers) are drowning in jealousy? It isn't pretty to watch. But it sure is obvious.

Posted by Sam Mathews July 17, 2006 at 03:39 PM

So, yeah, there you are. Crazy, huh?

Wait, Hang on, Hold the phone UPDATE:

Ace reports that Sam Mathews is not a puppet, but is based somewhere on the east coast of the United States. Crazy, but if that's how it is, that's how it is. I guess I owe Sam Mathews a apology. Though, since he was confused for a sockpuppet, he should work on his writing style a tad.

That's just my thought, though.


Glenn Greenwald's Pushback?

Greenwald only has a New York Times Best Selling Book on the Bush Administration and its abuses of power. And he has one of the most-read blogs on the Interent, after 9 months of blogging. And Senators read from his blog at Senate hearings and his posts lead to front-page news stories in major newspapers.

Why would anyone think what he has to say matters? It's not like anyone listens to him. It's not like he's Ace, or Jeff Goldstein, or Patterico, or Sister Toldjah or Glenn Reynolds, or someone who really matters.

Great advice, you super-important bloggers should only to each other and about each other. Don't bother with anyone in the Left because if you ignore them, they'll just go away.

Posted by Ellison at July 13, 2006 08:14 AM

Yeah, I know. Fascinating stuff. So why am I quoting this? Good question.

I saw this particular comment on this thread at Ace of Spades HQ regarding Glenn Greenwald and his insufferable douchebaggery. But what really caught my attention was how closely that comment meshed with this one I had read earlier:

What I don’t quite understand is, why do so many, almost all on the extreme Left, consider Greenwald some kind of great constitutional authority.
Lets see, a New York Times bestselling book on executive authority. Breaks a story on his blog about wiretapping that leads to front-page stories on most major newspapers in the country. Russ Feingold reads from his blog during the Censure hearings.

Maybe that has something to do with why. Any conservative bloggers with credentials like that? All compiled in 9 months or however long its been since he started blogging?

Jeffy’s funny poems are great and everything, and im sure your anonymous lawyer friends are really smart and all, but hard to say they compare to those things.

Posted by Wilson on 07/12 at 07:23 PM

Now that's weird. That comment at Protein Wisdom seems awfully similar to the comment at Ace of Spades HQ which came later from a different person. New York Times bestseller, blog read by Russ Feingold, 9 months on the web, front page stories in major newspapers.

Needless to say, I'm going to keep my eyes on this.

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