I was out of town yesterday on the Cedar Creek battlefield with Harper and Mrs. Harper. I need a rest from all that hard fighting. We also went to Crabill's meats in Toms Brook and returned with a cooler of goodies. The Crabill in Charge told me that they now have a contract to supply meat products to some of the WholeFoods stores in our region, so quality should go up. pl http://crabills.com/
Lots of interesting things out there today that I don't want to write on; Lance Armstrong's fate, Neil Armstrong's departure for the Western Isles, Jeff Stein's story in the Washington Post Magazine. pl
The National Merit Scholar Program is pure meritocracy in action. Once upon a time I was a semi-finalist in this countrywide contest. Once a young person scores high enough on the tests in this competitive program to be named a semi-finalist, then the essential criterion for award of moneys becomes need. This is an excellent process by any measure for judgment.
Semi-finalists who do not receive significant funding in this program are the targets for scholarship money and management training programs from all across the great world that waits beyond high school graduation.
It is interesting to compare the number of semi-finalists in this article who are from very expensive private schools to the number of those who, for example, attend Thomas Jefferson High School in Northern Virginia. This is a public school. pl
My inner ear infection still has me down. Maureen has posted a lovely thing over at The Athenaeum on James Wong Howe the film maker.
I invite your attention to several items in the Washington Post today;
- The lead editorial insists that nation building in Yemen is a "fab" idea. After all, it worked so well in Iraq.
- There is a detailed lay down of the story on the CIA debacle at Khost. The story confirms all that I had heard. Ignatius contributes a piece in which he dares to criticize CIA. Considering how much they "feed" him, you know the evidence must be clear.
- Pannetta whines on in an oped piece insisting that a lack of tradecraft at Khost was to be expected considering the difficulty of local operational conditions. Someone needs to tell those seniors in the DO that difficulties like these have been overcome before. Difficulties are there to be overcome. They should be told that as they are clearing our their desks along with Panetta. pl