- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2011

D-DAY ON OUR MINDS

Even 24,471 days later, D-Day remains a strong presence in the American mindset. Monday is the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and will be marked by a dozen U.S. lawmakers and 40 World War II veterans who gather at Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France, to rededicate the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument.

The monument honors the 230 U.S. Army Rangers from the Army’s 2nd Ranger Batallion, who were sent by Gen. Omar Bradley to scale the 100-foot chalk cliffs above Omaha Beach and destroy German fortifications.

Beset by erosion, the once crumbling monument - which stands atop a German observation bunker and draws a half-million visitors a year - was preserved in a $4.8 million American Battle Monuments Commission rehabilitation project.

“The 155mm guns at Pointe du Hoc could have devastated the American landing beaches on D-Day had the Rangers not been successful. We couldn’t allow this historic site and the courage and sacrifice it represents to be lost to future generations,” says Max Cleland, secretary of the commission, a federal agency.

In addition, Rep. Bill Johnson has introduced legislation that would require the Interior Department to place a plaque at the World War II Memorial on the Mall inscribed with a prayer, offered on radio by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as U.S. troops were storming the beaches in the largest amphibious invasion in world history. The Ohio Republican’s bill has won support from the American Legion.

The prayer begins, “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.” Hear the original Roosevelt recording at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum website (www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu), found under digitized collections, audio-video clips.

BECK BOOK

At 464 pages, a hefty new book from Glenn Beck: “The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century.” Adapted? The Fox News host has “reworked” essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay into “modern” English, his publisher Simon & Schuster says, “to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government.”

HOT ON FOX

Media Research Center analyst Dan Gainor has a grand finale for his four-part analysis of the “George Soros-funded echo chamber,” which has revealed the real scope of the billionaire’s influence on the liberal, progressive press - particularly Mr.. Soros’ “deep-seated, anti-Fox news agenda.”

According to Mr. Gainor, nearly 30 media and press organizations affiliated with Mr.. Soros have attacked Fox News in the past six months. A few examples: Think Progress, the “heavily Soros-funded blog” at the Center for American Progress, slammed Fox 30 times. AlterNet, “an especially unhinged liberal outlet,” went after the network at least 18 times in that time period.

“The most amazing thing we’ve learned through our Soros investigation is how closely connected Soros is to media. Journalists from over 30 mainstream outlets are on boards of Soros-funded organizations - journalists like Christiane Amanpour of ABC or Jill Abramson, the new executive editor of the New York Times,” Mr.. Gainor tells Inside the Beltway.

“Even further, he funds everything from journalism education to investigative reporting to the news ombudsmen association. But since he supports lefty causes, no one in the news media seems to care,” Mr.. Gainor says.

BUMPER PATROL

“It’s “we the people” not “you the politicians.”

Bumper sticker spotted in North Beach, Md.

COOL ON ROMNEY

Global warming skeptics continue to chastise Republican presidential hopefuls for supporting Al Gore-style climate alarmism. Sharp-eyed critics at ClimateDepot.com already have labeled Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Jon Hunstman Jr. as global-warming sympathizers, based on their public statements. Now it’s Mitt Romney’s turn.

“I believe that climate change is occurring - the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. … Scientists are nearly unanimous in laying the blame for rising temperatures on greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr.. Romney said in “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” his recently released memoir.

“This statement obviously doesn’t bode well for the prospect that Romney would rein in the EPA and its endangerment finding and economy-killing greenhouse gas regulations. We now have Gingrich, Christie, Huntsman and Romney unable to grasp the basics of the climate con job,” says Marc Morano, founder of the watchdog group

“We must not tolerate the same pathetic George W. Bush strategy of accepting the alleged man-made global warming science but rejecting so-called solutions’,” Mr.. Morano adds.

POLL DU JOUR

• 61 percent of Americans would be “less likely” to vote for a presidential candidate who did not believe in God.

• 51 percent would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had never held elected office

• 46 percent would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had an extramarital affair.

• 33 percent would be less likely to vote for a gay candidate.

• 25 percent would be less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate.

• 25 percent would be less likely to vote for someone who had been an “elected official in Washington for many years.”

• 24 percent would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had used marijuana in the past.

Source: A Pew Research Center survey of 1,509 adults conducted May 25 to 30.

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