August 19, 2008

Things I’d Like To Post About Today ….. (081908, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 6:37 am

But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

(This will likely be today’s only entry.)

  • The “Diverse” Dem Leadership — Well, there’s an Italian woman and a bunch of white guys. What’s your point? (/sarc)
  • Wind farms can make people sick?
  • “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters), in addition to refusing to tell us when he thinks life begins (“answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade“), claims that abortions went up during the Bush Administration. This is fever swamp material that has long since been debunked (also see the “abortions, estimated column here). Where has he been?
  • Obama is attempting to push back against National Right to Life’s claim that he “voted down a bill to protect live-born survivors of abortion.” His problem is that prolifers have the facts — and the documentation — on their side. Update: Within the past 36 hours, Team Obama has backed off the pushback, but is holding on to an untenable fallback. Considering that “The One” himself said that National Right to Life was “lying,” “The One” owes them an apology. Repeat after me, sir: “I was wrong, I am sorry.” Update 2: (satire) Don’t know what all the fuss is about. The guy thinks that there should be consumer protections for those who have abortions. If what the mother wants is a dead baby, by G-, er, gosh, what she should get is a dead baby. Who could possibly have a problem with that? (/sarc)
  • Bjorn Lomborg notes that as the challenges, and the reality, continue to bear down on the “global warming” AGWs (Alarmists Gone Wild), “this makes the campaigners reach for even more outlandish scares.”
  • The Rocky Mountain News (HT Michelle Malkin) stays on a story the rest of the national media appears to want to ignore (“Ticket give-away creates suspicion”), about who is getting tickets to the nomination coronation of “The One.”
  • The sad, sick saga of Congressperson/Housing Scofflaw Laura Richardson continues.

Positivity: College students become heroes

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Starkville, Mississippi:

Saturday, August 16, 2008 8:46 PM CDT

Every summer, hundreds of anglers from all over the country travel to the Kenai River in Alaska for its world-renowned salmon fishing.

To get from one bank to the other, fishermen often take the Russian River Ferry at a point roughly 100 miles south of Anchorage.

Over the past two summers, Mississippi State University senior Wesley Howell, 22, of Starkville, has been a captain on the boat. His job is to safely transport passengers and keep them out of the cold, rushing water.

On a chilly day in early July, Howell went above and beyond the call of duty when he and a fellow crew member saved the life of a woman who had been swept downstream.

July 2 began like any other day for Howell and his crew. Howell was serving as captain, and Brian Yarbrough, a student at University of Mississippi, also was working on the boat.

But the day turned ugly when a federal Fish and Wildlife Services officer called Howell’s boss, Dianne Owen, with reports of a woman floating in the river. From what Howell was told, the woman was in a boat with her husband upstream when a tree hanging over the river knocked her into the water.

The couple was trying to avoid fishermen along the banks and veered toward the opposite side, where the tree was located, Howell said. The woman’s husband tried to grab her, but couldn’t hold on.

The wildlife officer was on routine patrol and witnessed the incident from the bank, Howell said. And after hearing the officer’s report, Owen ordered her staff to spring into action.
Several crew members began pumping air into a partially deflated Zodiac rescue boat while Howell worked to get its outboard motor started.

Howell and Yarbrough then jumped in the boat and took off toward the woman, who was approaching the ferry crossing. She was belly-up, and a life jacket was keeping her afloat, though her face was barely above the water, Howell recalled.

Howell steered the Zodiac toward the woman and Yarbrough, who was in the front of the boat, grabbed her as she came by. The pair then worked together to pull the woman into the boat.

“She looked hypothermic when we pulled her out,” Howell said. “She didn’t even know we pulled her out. She was pretty out of it.”

Howell and Yarbrough then took the woman back to the ferry office, where staff members changed her into dry clothes and warmed her up with blankets and a heater. She did not go to the hospital, despite being in the frigid water for at least three minutes.

“From what I hear, the water never gets above 40 degrees up there,” Howell said. “They were telling me after the fact that in another minute she would have been passed out.”

A hero

Nell Sciple, of Sessums, is vacationing in Alaska and read about Howell’s rescue effort in an Anchorage newspaper. Sciple doesn’t know Howell, but wishes she could meet him.

“He’s a hero as far as I’m concerned,” Sciple said by phone this week from Alas

Go here for the rest of the story.