Notre Dame's men's and women's cross country teams acquittedthemselves quite well in today's NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute. The men finished third, behind Wisconsin (who is so good that they placed 5 runners in the top 14) and Arkansas, three places ahead of the Fighting Pinetrees of Palo Alto, and eight places ahead of Ohio State (suck it, Buckeye fans). The women finished seventh (due mainly to a big gap between ND's third and fourth runner, and a so-wide-it-would-tempt-Evel Knievel-to-jump-it-on-a-rocket-powered-motorcycle gap between the fourth and fifth runner). Big ups to Notre Dame's Stephanie Madia and Kurt Benninger, who placed third and sixth overall, respectively.
Mouthbreathing California Senator Barbara Boxer (who, to continue the Robert Byrd theme, referred to the former Night Rider as "the love of her life") apparently writes bad novels in her spare time. (I had no idea.) Anyway, NRO's John Miller has read her latest, so we don't have to (thank Christ): Boxer Shorts. [Link via Power Line.] John humorously excerpts some great (by great I mean awful) bits, and one really disturbing bit in which a guy watches a stud trying to bang a mare who's totally not into him, from this largely autobiographical crapfest. See if you can spot the cognitive dissonance by comparing these two paragraphs:
It had been a particularly intense day in [Senator Ellen Fischer's] D.C. office, with a steady stream of meetings, e-mails, and phone calls from organizations and constituents, all urging her to step up her opposition to Professor Frida Hernandez's nomination to the Supreme Court. There was little time left for any attempt to block the confirmation of the ultra-conservative professor. ... Ellen, a member of the [Judiciary] committee, had sought to challenge the nominee's strongly suspected bias against Roe v. Wade. ... Ellen knew that, once on the Court, Hernandez would help turn back the clock on Court decisions that Ellen believed were vital to the people.
(Emphasis mine.) And:
That was a defining moment, when Ellen knew how she'd spend the rest of her life — that she'd been put here on earth to save its endangered children.
(Emphasis again mine). Huh. She must mean saving only those endangered children lucky enough to not have been killed in the womb.
I honestly don't know what to make of this. It has to be one of three things: (1) Hillary Clinton has titanium balls; (2) Hillary Clinton is borderline retarded; or (3) Hillary Clinton thinks Americans, especially black Americans, are borderline retarded. One of those has to explain why she thinks it's okay to throw a birthday party for former KKK Kleagle Robert Byrd at . . . wait for it . . . Frederick Douglass's house.
When a possible Republican challenger to Hillary called her on it, Hillary whined that she was being "insult[ed] and attack[ed]." Of course. This is one of the Democrats' favorite tactics: whenever facts, like Senate voting records for example, are presented that show a Democrat to be feckless, mendacious or hypocritical, they accuse a Republican of playing dirty pool and they whine that they're being "attacked." If presenting facts is an attack, what about innuendo? Or rumor? Or fake but accurate documents?
In the article linked above, much is made about Byrd's membership being "brief" and "long ago," as if it was some harmless youthful indiscretion. Byrd's subsequent actions, such as filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Amendment, and using the "n word" in a 2001 interview, put the lie to that notion. As Marathon Pundit points out (in a great turn of phrase), Byrd may have left the Klan, but the Klan didn't leave him.