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Mourning in America, Part V

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

One last, poignant picture of the Reagan ceremonies:

That’s right, those people are voluntarily stopping in their tracks on an L.A. freeway. Now that’s dedication.

Rest in peace, President Reagan.

Idiots

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Now that the National Day of Mourning is over, and my self-imposed ban on political discussion of President Reagan is no longer in effect, I can finally ask the question I’ve been dying to ask since Drudge linked to this picture yesterday: Honestly, who protests a funeral?

Leaving entirely aside the substance of what they are saying and doing, I am utterly amazed by the stupidity of their strategy. I mean, really. I know that ideologues on both sides are capable of some very dumb, foot-in-mouth tactics that just turn everyone off to their cause, but this goes beyond the beyond. Whose hearts and minds do these idiots think they’re winning? Whom do they hope to convince by proclaiming “Reagan in Hell” outside the man’s funeral? Jeez. Dumbasses.

UPDATE: Hmm… apparently these people are not psycho-liberals, as I had assumed, but psycho-Christians:

Several dozen members of a radical Christian sect held up large signs that read, among other things, “Reagan in hell.” One sign-bearer, Margie Phelps, said Ronald Reagan’s Hollywood persona ran contrary to Christian teachings about humility and religious devotion.

“How he lived was by the standard of rugged individualism and American patriotism, which has nothing to do with heaven,” he said. “He served man instead of God.”

Well. Either way, they’re idiots.

National Day of Mourning

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Ronald Reagan’s state funeral begins at 11:30 AM EDT (8:30 AM MST). You can watch it live online at cspan.org.

In recognition of the National Day of Mourning, the management of BrendanLoy.com (a.k.a. me) kindly requests that all political discussion of President Reagan — pro and con — cease and desist until midnight tonight. Thank you.

UPDATE: ‘Twas a lovely ceremony. (I listened to it via RealAudio; couldn’t get the video feed to work consistently.)

Blame Kentucky

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

An update on yesterday’s Capitol scare: Dane is correct; it was the governor of Kentucky who sent everyone running for cover:

The airplane carrying Gov. Ernie Fletcher to Washington yesterday for former President Ronald Reagan’s funeral caused a brief but panicky evacuation of the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court and received a swift greeting from fighter jets.

Heh.

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A side of paranoia

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

6/11: Be afraid, be very afraid? (Hat tip: Boi.)

Capitol briefly evacuated

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

The U.S. Capitol was briefly evacuated this afternoon, just hours before President Reagan is to begin lying in state there. Drudge reports:

CAPITOL SCARE: The US Congress was briefly evacuated Wednesday, two hours ahead of the arrival of the coffin of former president Ronald Reagan to lie in state. Police ordered thousands of people away from the complex but said the alert was over about 10 minutes later.

Republican Senator Rick Santorum said: ‘All I know is, there was an airplane in an airspace where it didn’t belong.’ He added that an all clear had been declared.

Across the street at the Supreme Court, police gathered several of the justices and whisked them away in cars. Developing…

I spent most of my lunch break today working on my finances, instead of blogging, so that’s all for now.

UPDATE:

Heh:

The U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court were briefly evacuated on Wednesday when a small plane that was likely carrying an official to Washington for former President Ronald Reagan’s funeral violated restricted airspace, law enforcement officials said.

Here’s another photo: Note the guy with the camcorder!!

Mourning in America, Part IV

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

California bids a final farewell to Ronald Reagan:

(Well, actually, Reagan’s body will return to California for burial after the state funeral in Washington… but what can I say, “final farewell” is more dramatic. And no, I never take my cues from Drudge, certainly not!)

Incidentally, I won’t be posting my mom’s transit photos until later. I meant to get the gallery ready for posting during the bus ride to work this morning, but then I fell asleep and took a nice little nap on the bus. :) So I think I’ll finish organizing, cropping, and captioning the photos on the bus ride home this afternoon, and then post them this evening. Sorry for the delay.

Remarkable

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

105,000.

UPDATE: And now the moving tributes — and the traffic nightmares — move to D.C. They’re expecting 150,000 mourners there.

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Mourning en masse

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Here is Andrew’s report from his trip last night to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, to pay his respects to the late former President Reagan. In the end, Andrew and his companions (girlfriend Bea and friend Mark) were unable to stay long enough to see the casket, mostly because Bea couldn’t be late or take off work the next day, and they would have been waiting in line well into the morning if they had stayed. So they eventually came home, but they nevertheless had a very moving experience.

Andrew’s caption/commentary accompanying each photo is below the associated photo. All 12 pictures were taken with a cell-phone camera (hence the graininess). Links to his four live audio posts are included at roughly the correct place in the timeline of events.

Enjoy!

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Look, Dane, he really is evil!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Below, from left, taking a cell-phone photo of themselves while waiting in line at the Reagan Library last night: Beatriz Duque, Mark Van Lommel, and BrendanLoy.com’s red-eyed, satanic-looking Orange County Correspondent, Andrew Long:

Hehe. Sorry Andrew, I couldn’t resist. :)

But seriously, folks, stay tuned, because a full post featuring all of Andrew’s photos from his Simi Valley adventure — plus his detailed captions and commentary on the moving experience — will be forthcoming later this evening.

UPDATE: All photos now online.

Mourning in America, Part III

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

John Kerry paid his respects to the late President Reagan today:

He’s not alone. As our man in Orange County, Andrew, reported via audio last night, tens of thousands of people gave up the better part of a day to visit the Reagan Library and pay their respects to the former president — waiting in line, in some cases, for 7 or 8 hours, after being stalled on the freeway for 3 or 4 hours. Truly remarkable. So much so, in fact, that the library has extended the viewing period through 10:00 PM tonight, instead of the original cutoff time of 6:00. But if you’re not in line yet, you’re too late — they stopped letting people join the queue at 3:00 PM, realizing it would take at least seven hours to get through.

My mom — despite having been, to put it very mildly, not a fan of Reagan — also paid her respects today, in a way. On her way back from viewing the transit of Venus in Central Park, she drove past Grant’s Tomb. She later wrote:

Driving home, I saw that Grant’s Tomb also has flags at half-staff — what could be more appropriate? It’s a small club he and Reagan belong to, and now they both belong to the ages.

In other poigniant Gipper-related news, Nancy Reagan believes that her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband, whose final stages of life had taken him to “a distant place where I can no longer reach him,” actually recognized her on his deathbed, according to the New York Daily News:

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

BrendanLoy.com Orange County Correspondent Andrew Long reports live from Simi Valley on the throngs paying their respects to President Reagan:


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Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

BrendanLoy.com Orange County Correspondent Andrew Long reports live from Simi Valley on the throngs paying their respects to President Reagan:


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Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

BrendanLoy.com Orange County Correspondent Andrew Long reports live from Simi Valley on the throngs paying their respects to President Reagan:


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Monday, June 7th, 2004

BrendanLoy.com Orange County Correspondent Andrew Long reports live from Simi Valley on the throngs paying their respects to President Reagan:


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