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Rockets & Stars

Wednesday, Jul. 05, 2006 1:25 AM

While President Bush was busy promoting his war on the backs of 2,527 dead soldiers, North Korea was busy upping the stakes.

It launched six of its new Taepodong intercontinental missiles over the Sea of Japan on Wednesday morning. At least one of the missiles failed or was aborted 42 seconds after it was launched.

National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley had this amazing analysis. "The Taepodong obviously was a failure ��that tells you something about capabilities."

I wasn't aware that North Korea had said they would give it the old college try and then quit.

Hadley's comment is particularly bone-headed, as he was Condoleezza Rice's assistant when 9/11 caught us looking, and you'd think the National Security Advisor would be a little more cognizant of the risks of ignoring an openly aggressive nation-state.

Senator Joseph Lieberman doesn't get it. If he loses the Democratic primary next month, he intends to run in November as an Independent.

Joe, if you lose the primary, it's because people don't believe you are representing their views and values any more.

And now that we're sated on beer and hot dogs, had our fill of spectacular fireworks displays, and proclaimed our support of the troops, perhaps we can actually live up to the ideals voiced in the Declaration of Independence and give Sergeant Patrick D. Stewart a memorial plaque.

Actually, the government will give Sgt. Stewart a plaque. What they won't give him is the symbol of his faith: a pentacle.

Stewart was a Wiccan, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs apparently has a problem with engraving a pentacle on any memorial or grave marker. The department has approved symbols for 38 other faiths, including a design for atheists.

Federal courts have recognized Wicca as a religion since 1986.

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