Fourth of July miscellany

Glorieta Gettysburg of the WestWe’ve driven past the Glorieta, NM, battlefield memorial scores (if not hundreds) of times, but today we finally stopped. It’s a makeshift memorial, on private property and maintained by the owner, who has been kind enough to put in nice, flat trails and even to make little makeshift concrete seats and benches under some of the trees. With my baby due in six days, I can’t stand and walk with ease for long stretches, so I really appreciated those. Someday I’ll read one of the several books on the battle (we have this one at home, but I just haven’t gotten around to it), and someday I’ll take the children to see one of the re-enactments of the battle (I don’t think it’s done every year, but I know there’s been at least one since I’ve lived here).

I’ve been meaning to write a political post for days (those are the ones my husband likes) but I spent the day yesterday making seven dinners, one for last night and six for the freezer. With Baby Sis coming home to disrupt our domestic routines next week, I think it was the wiser choice. But now to politics.

With the primary won and his eyes on November, Mr. Obama is making right turns left and right (ugh, sorry): praising the Supreme Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller and angering his leftist base by supporting the FISA bill. Naturally, I agree with his positions on both issues, but somehow I doubt he’d have taken either if he was still battling Mrs. Clinton rather than Mr. McCain. McCain, unlike most Republican presidential candidates, has not made any left turns since clinching the nomination, since he was already about as far left as a Republican could get, and if anything has had to edge rightward (e.g., support for offshore drilling).

Speaking of left and right, the far-right former senator that the left loved best to hate has just died. Jesse Helms, who represented North Carolina in the Senate for three decades, has died on the Fourth of July (just like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson). In light of the nasty comments made about the late Charlton Heston after his recent death, I will be checking the lefty blogs and websites to see just how nasty they get in speaking ill of the much-detested dead this time. Now don’t get me wrong; I know there are those on the right who do that sort of thing, but the guys at still don’t seem to reach the same depths of ad hominem vitriol toward the ill and the dead as the crowd at

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