Friday, August 04, 2006

Our Condolences to The Family of Michael Levin

Philadelphia Inquirer articulates the ultimate sacrifice.

At age 16, Michael Levin stunned his Bucks County family by announcing that he would settle in Israel after high school and join the military there.

First Sgt. Michael Levin, 22, who fulfilled his dream of becoming an Israeli soldier, was killed in action Tuesday in southern Lebanon. He was one of three Israeli soldiers killed that day.

Inquirer: Child Charity Vandalized

Philadelphia Inquirer documents cowardly act.

Young burglars broke into the headquarters of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in Ardmore and stole donations and wristbands - and bottles of lemonade - sometime last Friday night.

"You can't get more despicable than that," Haverford Township Detective George Christake said yesterday.

The foundation was named for Alexandra Scott, the 8-year-old who died of neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, on Aug. 1, 2004. When she was 4, she and her parents opened the first stand, which grew into a national fund-raising campaign for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Since 2000, the organization has collected about $7 million.

The juveniles knew who they were targeting when they broke into the charity, authorities also said. The office is not well-marked and sits on the top floor of a former commercial laundry. Inside, the office walls are painted a bright lemon-yellow and covered with photos and posters of Alex.

"They had to know we were here, obviously," Liz Scott, Alex's mother, said yesterday. "The fact that it is young people is more disturbing to me. We exist for kids..."

Boy Scout Eviction Tarnishes City

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Each day, your socialist-communist rantings get dumber. From your support of a business-killing smoking ban to the eviction of the Boy Scouts, you and your fellow travelers on City Council are determined to make "the next great city" into a third-world backwater.

E.R. Kern, Philadelphia

USA Today: “It’s Delusional On Our Part”

USA Today reports America’s actual deficit.

The federal government keeps two sets of books.

The set the government promotes to the public has a healthier bottom line: a $318 billion deficit in 2005.

The set the government doesn't talk about is the audited financial statement produced by the government's accountants following standard accounting rules. It reports a more ominous financial picture: a $760 billion deficit for 2005. If Social Security and Medicare were included — as the board that sets accounting rules is considering — the federal deficit would have been $3.5 trillion.