November 27, 2006

Why Is Almost All of Centcom.mil Not Being Picked Up by Google News? (Further Help Needed)

Of all the things to learn during a week when the basic credibility of ANY news coming out of Iraq, courtesy of “The Media Fog of War,” has been thrown into question, it was incredibly disturbing to learn that almost all news coming out of Central Command (Centcom) is not being picked up by Google News.

I did three inclusion searches at the Google News “help area,” which you can, of course, replicate:

www.centcom.mil

http://www.centcom.mil

centcom.mil

The first two searches were dry holes that looked like this:

CentcomNotFound

The third inclusion search (centcom.mil) came back with the following:

CentcomCJTFonly

All 17 listings at the time of my search related to the Combined Joint Task Force in Djibouti (referred to as “Horn of Africa” at Centcom’s home page). This means that Centcom news in all remaining major areas is NOT making Google News. That would include Newsroom, Photos, Video, Audio, Coalition, Afghanistan, Iraq, and History.

That is a lot of news that isn’t getting out there that by all rights should be.

I had a conversation with a very helpful Sergeant First Class (SFC) at Centcom this afternoon after doing the first two inclusion searches; in other words, at the time, I thought that nothing from Centcom was getting out to Google News. At that time, the SFC pointed me to a Google News policy page that the SFC thought might explain why Centcom wasn’t being picked up by Google News:

GoogNewsPolicyPage

The SFC’s logic was that the military was “promoting itself” in its news releases. I respectfully disagreed and suggested that they were promoting things like freedom, self-determination, and safety. I think the fact that the Horn of Africa news is getting in, which (again) I did not know at the time I spoke to the SFC, makes the possible objection raised by the SFC irrelevant.

The SFC promised to get with a more web-savvy person and to report any new information to me, including whether or not Centcom had applied for Google News acceptance and had been partially, completely, or selectively turned down.

Now that I have learned of the CJTF-only inclusion in Google News, and the exclusion of everything else, I believe it likely that some kind of technical problem may be preventing the other sections of Centcom from being recognized. Here is how I explained a couple of possbilities to the SFC in the e-mail I just sent:

However, figuring out how to get Centcom in general approved would appear to be problematic, because you have to wonder why it’s not automatically happening already:
- It may also be that Centcom is putting code (by accident or on purpose) into its non-CJTF stories that prevents Google’s crawlers from picking up all other Centcom stories.
- Another reason the CJTF URL may be getting picked up, while the rest aren’t, is that its URL has a different format to it (http://www.hoa.centcom.mil/) from the rest of Centcom (other Centcom sites have nothing between the “www” and “centcom”):

But frankly, folks, this is past my meager knowledge, as I’m already pretending to understand things I don’t have a full grasp of, and there are surely other possibilities besides the two I identified. I am hoping someone out there (or perhaps someone at Centcom who is reading this, if the SFC has a tough time getting resolution) can clarify why this is happening.

In the meantime, I have submitted applications to Google News to have the following sites added to its news database, and will report on the response(s) I receive, if any:

Centcom.mil in its entirety
Iraq
Afghanistan
Coalition Main Page
Newsroom
Press Releases (sub-section of Newsroom)

I don’t anticipate any difficulty in getting Centcom as a whole approved, or at least the major individual sections, but will certain report anything contrary to my expectations.

The idea that the military’s side of the War on Terror is not getting out to web users because of some combination of inattention, lack of assertiveness, and technical glitches is more than a little troubling, especially in light of the bordering-on-overwhelming evidence that news coming from other sources is irreparably tainted.
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UPDATE: I suspect that there are similar problems at Yahoo! News, perhaps up to and including total exclusion of Centcom. An accidental phone conversation I had with a person at Yahoo! who I won’t name or ID by department led to various unsuccessful attempts to find any indication that Centcom news is making it to Yahoo! news in any way. Unfortunately, Yahoo! News does not have an “inclusion” search similar to Google’s (or we couldn’t find it), so I can’t say anything definite. Perhaps someone else can carry that torch; one trip through a maze is enough for one day.

UPDATE 2: It’s also quite frustrating that these guys have noooooo problem getting their “news” out:

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The Burning Question (Figuratively and Literally): Is Reliance on Bogus and Compromised News Sources Slanting Iraq Coverage?

Given what Patterico and Flopping Aces have found, the answer appears to be the same as “Is the Pope Catholic?”

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Flopping Aces has received an e-mail that he says is his copy of one sent to AP (FA’s main site; backup site).

This has the potential to make makes this summer’sFauxtography” furor look like a schoolyard prank by comparison.

And if this doesn’t throw the entire issue of the quality of reporting (or is it enemy propaganda?) coming out of Iraq into question, nothing will (scroll to “UPDATE XI 11/27/06 0900hrs PST” pretty close to the bottom):

BIG UPDATE…..Centcom has confirmed this Capt. Jamil Hussein is NOT a Police Officer nor is he employed by the Ministry of Interior:

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(Begin letter from MNC-1 Joint Ops cc’d to Flopping Aces)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Associated Press:

On Nov. 24, 2006, your organization published an article by Qais Al-Bashir about six Sunnis being burned alive in the presence of Iraqi Police officers. This news item, which is below, received an enormous amount of coverage internationally.

We at Multi-National Corps – Iraq made it known through MNC-I Press Release Number 20061125-09 and our conversations with your reporters that neither we nor Baghdad Police had any reports of such an incident after investigating it and could find no one to corroborate the story. A couple of hours ago, we learned something else very important. We can tell you definitively that the primary source of this story, police Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an MOI employee. We verified this fact with the MOI through the Coalition Police Assistance Training Team.

Also, we definitely know, as we told you several weeks ago through the MNC-I Media Relations cell, that another AP-popular IP spokesman, Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq, supposedly of the city’s Yarmouk police station, does not work at that police station and is also not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP. The MOI has supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning.

I know we have informed you that there exists an MOI edict that no one below the level of chief is authorized to be an Iraqi Police spokesperson. An unauthorized IP spokesperson will get fired for talking to the media.

(End letter from MNC-1 Joint Ops)

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Not only is Capt. Hussein bogus, but another source the AP has used extensively is bogus.

Allah at Hot Air has more.

Protein Wisdom reminds us by excerpting Flopping Aces’ very long post that this use of a Jamil Hussein by AP goes back at least to April.

All of this is on top of what Patterico has learned about the airstrike that the military says didn’t happen (with follow-ups here and here).

But, there’s more, not to this particular story, but to war coverage in general, that I’m having a difficult time believing, that is in its own way a bigger story. I’m tryng to get my arms fully around this, but may end up askng for help. Check back soon.

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UPDATE: Michelle Malkin is all over Flopping Aces’ and Patterico’s work, which guarantees that what they have done won’t get flushed down the memory hole without a fight. She also has a late addition referring to yet another suspect stringer, one Bassem Mroue, with original coverage by John at Op-For.com.

UPDATE 2: Flopping Aces has updated, and notes how the BOGUS reports have fed the new meme, courtesy of at least MSNBC (noted at the new FA link) and CBS’s Lara Logan, that Iraq is in “civil war.” As far as I’m concerned:

Bogus story about air strike
+ Bogus story about six bodies burned
+ Who knows how many bogus stories over 3 years
+ A new and suspect “story” from AP claiming US soldiers “shot up civilians”
(being checked by FA)
= BOGUS claim of civil war.

It’s the Big Lie being stacked up on top of all of the “little” ones. Horse manure.

UPDATE 3: Gateway Pundit has a great chronology of AP’s use of Jamil Hussein as a “source.”

UPDATE 4: Anchoress makes huge points, and does so extraordinarily well. Look at this Google News pic with its 891 results and its 2200-plus articles, and you’ll totally understand her, though I’m sure as bleep not ready to throw in the towel just yet:

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Could it be this easy? Get your information from a dubious source and use it to declare “civil war?”

Well, why not? The press has done everything else it possibly could to undermine our troops and the president, since 2003.

….. How long does this get allowed to continue? And how are blogs supposed to overcome something like this, when the press won’t cover it?

….. I wonder how many of our troops are being further endangered by the fakery we’re discovering here? I wonder how many of their deaths in the coming weeks will be due to this sort of stuff?

As usual with stories like this the fake story – and the impressions it has made on the minds of the public – is out there, damage done. I don’t see how alternate media can win against a major media that fabricates crap and puts it out there knowing that even if they correct the story a week later, they’ve done their damage. It’s a sneakly lawyer’s trick, actually – like putting an idea in a jury’s head and then having the judge tell them to “disregard” it.

….. This cannot end well. The government needs to slap down the press and demand some accountability. They’ve needed to do it for a couple of years now. They won’t.

UPDATE 5: Wow — The hits to press credibility just keep on coming. Flopping Aces, at his latest post totally refutes an AP story claiming that “U.S. soldiers shot and killed 11 civilians and wounded five on Sunday night in the Baghdad suburb of Husseiniya.” Note at the link that now they’ve gone to quoting anonymous sources — how bleeping convenient. Too bad it’s not enough to survive a thorough denial by the military:

Reference the clarification requested on the story by AP below.

Anti-Iraqi Forces opened fire, targeting civilians in the al-Husseiniya area. 10 civilians were killed and six wounded at 11 p.m. Nov. 26. The incident was reported by the Iraqi Police through the Joint National Operations Center (a civilian matter relayed to the Coalition for tracking purposes). There was no Coalition involvement.

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Capt. XXX XXXXX XXXXX (USAF)

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Joint Operations Center
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Coburn and DeMint Stand Firm on Earmarks

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:35 am

If the two senators pull this little coup off, voters can party hearty on December 31. John Fund explains at today’s OpinionJournal.com:

It’s been years since federal agencies have screamed this loudly about fiscal discipline being imposed on them. GOP Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina have decided to take a stand against overspending by objecting to the nearly 10,000 earmarks, or member-sponsored pork projects, larded throughout the spending bills Congress is currently considering.

Their obstinacy has convinced the leadership of the departing Republican Congress that they probably won’t be able to pass spending bills in next month’s short lame-duck session. Instead, they are likely to pass a stopgap “continuing resolution,” which will continue funding all programs at last year’s level until the new Democratic Congress passes its own versions of the funding bills.

Mr. Coburn says the decision not to pass earmark-stuffed catchall spending bills could save taxpayers a cool $17 billion. All 10,000 earmarks in the pending bills will expire if they aren’t passed by the end of the year.

….. Overall federal spending has gone up by 49% since 2001, but you wouldn’t know it from the anguished cries of those who regard ever-higher spending as some sort of birthright. A Congress Daily headline reads, “Agencies Say Long-Term CR Would Devastate Programs.” The New York Times warns of “cuts in school breakfasts and shelter for the poor.” Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican who became a symbol of earmark excess in 2005 when he championed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” laments that several “very important” projects in his state stalled. “Some of it is money to help West Coast villages continue to recover from that bad storm they had in 2005 and earlier this year,” he told reporters.

Nonsense, say Messrs. Coburn and DeMint. “Any agency that can’t figure out how to function under a one-year CR is incompetent,” a Coburn spokesman tells Congress Daily. “If appropriators took this seriously they wouldn’t be wasting time earmarking and putting stoplights in their districts. The hypocrisy is astounding.”

Exactly. If all this “suffering” is going to occur with another Continuing Resolution, cut out some other wasteful spending to make room for spending that will address true emergencies.

Forcing the new Congress to bring up the 10,000 earmarks all over again will have the benefit of immediately showing whether or not it is at all serious about what it supposedly campaigned on. The pressure on them to pleasantly surprise fiscal conservatives will hopefully be significant.

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UPDATE: Porkopolis has links to a rundown of the pork compiled by the Heritage Foundation and a related C-Span video in RealPlayer format.

Excerpt of the Day: George Reisman on Environmentalism as Misanthropy

I definitely do not get to Reisman’s blog often enough. It should be a once a week requirement for the economically sane.

One of the more recent entries by the Pepperdine University Professor Emeritus of Economics, who is also the author of Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics, hits the bullseye of what, at bottom, the environmental movement’s movers (as opposed to those duped by them) are all about:

Thirty years ago, the land under the house I live in, in Southern California, was empty desert. Had I wanted to sleep in the same location that my bedroom now stands on, I would have had to bring a sleeping bag, take precautions against rattlesnakes, scorpions, and coyotes, and hope I could find a place for my sleeping bag such that I wouldn’t have rocks pressing into my body. If it rained, I would get wet. If it was cold, I would be cold. If it was hot, I would be hot. Going to the bathroom would be a chore. Washing up would be difficult or impossible.

How incomparably better is the environment provided by my house and my bedroom. I sleep on a bed with an innerspring mattress. I don’t have to worry about snakes, scorpions, or coyotes. I’m protected from the rain, the cold, and the heat, by a well constructed house with central heating and air conditioning. I have running water, hot and cold, a flush toilet, a sink, a shower, and a bathtub, in fact more than one of each of these things, and I have electricity and most of the conveniences it makes possible, such as a refrigerator, a television set, a VCR, and CD and DVD players.

It’s obvious to me that the existence of my house constitutes an enormous improvement in my environment compared with living at the same location on the bare ground, and that the same is true of the existence of virtually all houses in relation to the environment of their occupants. It’s further obvious to me that the process of improving the environment in this way starts with developers and contractors who bring in bulldozers and other heavy construction equipment to clear the tops of hills, level and compact the land, build streets, and utility connections, and construct houses.

Yet those who are called “environmentalists” describe the exact same process of development and construction as harming the environment. Why? Because they have a profoundly different standard of environmental good and evil than the one that is present in my example. The standard that is present in my example is that of human life and well-being. What is environmentally good according to this standard is the promotion of human life and well-being, notably, housing construction and the existence of houses. What is environmentally evil is what impairs human life and well-being, such as preventing housing construction.

The environmentalists call the construction of houses evil because, as I say, their standard of value is very different. Instead of taking human life and well-being as their standard of value, they take nature in and of itself as their standard of value. Nature, they say, has intrinsic value, i.e., value in and of itself, apart from all connection with human life and well-being. Thus, in their view, hillsides and empty land, as they exist in a state of nature, together with their wildlife, have intrinsic value. And it is those alleged intrinsic values that are harmed by development and construction. In other words, the harm the environmentalists complain about in such cases is harm only from a non-human, indeed, anti-human perspective.

….. The doctrine of intrinsic value is present in such statements as the North Slope of Alaska is “a sacred place” that should never be given over to oil rigs and pipelines. It is present in such statements as, “There is a need to protect the land not just for wildlife and human recreation, but just to have it there.” It is present in all instances in which forests, rivers, canyons, hillsides, or any other natural formation is presented as automatically deserving to be preserved, irrespective of its value in being put to use by human beings. And, of course, it is present in all the numerous cases in which human life or well-being have been sacrificed for the sake of the preservation of this or that species of animal or plant. Such cases range from the sacrifice of the property rights of human beings for the sake of snail darters and spotted owls, to the sacrifice of untold millions of actual human lives. This last has occurred as the result of the resurgence of malaria because the use of DDT was prohibited in order to preserve the alleged intrinsic value of some species of birds.

It is crucial that people recognize the distinction between the two standards of environmental good and evil and that the standard of the environmental movement is fundamentally that of the intrinsic value of nature, not that of human life and well-being. Given its standard of value, it is certainly not possible to accept as sincere or well-motivated any of the claims the environmental movement makes of seeking to improve human life and well-being, whether in connection with its allegations about global warming, the ozone layer, acid rain, or anything else.

Indeed, environmentalism’s acceptance of the doctrine of intrinsic value implies a profound hatred of man and a desire to destroy him.

….. All advice, all policy recommendations emanating from the environmentalist movement must be summarily rejected unless and until they can be validated on the basis of a pro-man, pro-wealth, pro-capitalist standard of value. Such a standard will never imply such a thing as the destruction of the energy base of industrial civilization as the means of addressing global warming.

The environmental movement is the philosophic enemy of the human race. It should be treated as such. If we value the material well-being and, indeed, the very lives of billions of our children and grandchildren, we must treat it as such. We must treat environmentalism as our mortal enemy.

If you don’t agree with Reisman’s conclusion, you simply must go to his post and read the excerpt he quotes from a leading environmentalist.

Announcements: Comment Form, Post Times, Notable Blogroll Adds

Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:21 am

A cosmetic improvement:

I held my breath and went into the WordPress theme myself to change the size of the comment box at individual posts. The blog didn’t blow up (whew), and the box is more than double its original size now. The pop-up for comments is the same size; I’m not brave enough to mess with that one, and Webmaster Charles has higher priorities.

A post scheduling change:

I’m moving all of the early morning posts back two hours, just after each day’s Positivity post, so they’ll be able to be read in the relatively early AM by the entire USA. In case you haven’t figured it out yet and are concerned about my sleep patterns, I schedule most of my posts to go up at a later time, sometimes even a few days out, or in the case of Positivities, sometimes even a couple of weeks.

A few blogroll additions worth noting:

I usually don’t bring specific attention to these, but three recent ones deserve mention –

  • America’s Victory ’08 is a new enterprise being spearheaded by Justin at Right on the Right and several others that deserves at least a couple of visits a week, and maybe more as more site features are developed. It’s in the main Blogroll.
  • The Americans for Prosperity Blog“AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels. The grassroots members of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.” Works for me; it’s in the “Money” section of the blogroll.
  • I’ve also blogrolled FairTax.org, the home site of Americans for Fair Taxation, in the Money Section of the blogroll. FairTax.org advocates a consumption tax to replace ALL income and other taxes — ideally, every, single, one. Their proposals have a chance to gain momentum IF we have a truly open-minded 110th Congress (insert cynical comment here). Regardless of its near-term success, the idea will not, and should not, go away.

Why I’m in a Better Mood

Filed under: News from Other Sites,OH-02 US House — Tom @ 6:16 am

It’s very encouraging to know that this site is down, that this one is too.

Two out of three ain’t bad. And no, I’m not going to link to the third. I’m in too good of a mood to do that, but I will report that it has been mostly blissfully inactive since the election.

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FOOTNOTE: This prediction from the person involved was really accurate, wasn’t it?

You have NO IDEA what I’ll do next, but I guarantee it will make national press again and this one will be the final death blow to the Schmidt camp.

Comment by _________ 9/29/2006 @ 8:23 am

Positivity Post-Thanksgiving Bonus: 9/11 Hero’s House Gets “Extreme Makeover”

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:11 am

How very cool, and generous — and appropriate:

Crowd cheers on ‘Makeover’
9/11 hero and his family star in big finish
Monday, November 20, 2006
Misti Crane
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Some of the hundreds of fans, friends, family and the just plain curious waited six hours or more for the big moment.

On a day marked by fits of unpleasant, cold rain, they were mostly patient.

They cheered for people who aren’t famous and for people who are. They cheered on command and for a stretch Hummer and for a bus.

Eventually, and most uproariously, they cheered for Jason L. Thomas, the former Marine and hero of Sept. 11, and for his handsome new home at 4688 Harbinger Circle W.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and M/I Homes worked together to destroy the headache that once sat on the Whitehall property and replace it with a stately six-bedroom, four-bathroom home.

Thomas and his wife, Kirsti, wiped tears away as they talked to the show’s star, Ty Pennington.

Thomas’ colleagues at the Ohio Supreme Court nominated the security guard for the show, which plans a two-hour special on the makeover. A run date has not been announced.

Thomas was one of two former Marines who helped rescue two Port Authority police officers from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Nobody — no reporters, at least — was getting anywhere near Thomas, or Pennington, or the inside of the house yesterday.

During the wait, the crowd was kept across the street under the strict direction of the production crew. Security guards and Whitehall police worked crowd control, some gruff, others joking about the hoopla that is Hollywood.

Everyone stared across the way at a beige and sage green home that could probably sell for $400,000 to $500,000.

Robert Schottenstein, M/I’s CEO and president, walked through.

“It’s extraordinary.… It’s a beautiful design, with high ceilings and an open plan,” he said.

Through inclement weather, including 2 inches of rain, a crew of about 300 M/I workers and loads of volunteers completed the job in 110 straight hours.

“It was a special opportunity to do something good for a hero, and you just don’t feel anything but pride and appreciation,” Schottenstein said.

USAT on Twentysomething Finances: Good Ideas, But What About Execution?

Filed under: Money Tip of the Day — Tom @ 6:06 am

USA Today had a well-intentioned article Friday about the financial challenges twentysomethings face:

When twentysomethings, their education behind them, move into the real world for the first time, they can be shocked at how far and how fast their standard of living plummets.

Forty-three percent of people ages 22 to 29 who were polled by USA TODAY and the National Endowment for Financial Education said their living expenses turned out to be “higher than expected.”

The article then offers the usual bromides that get the “yeah, yeah, I should do that” response, with almost nothing tangible happening as a result: Write it down; Track what you spend; Pay bills online; Use only a debit card; Avoid ATM withdrawals; etc., etc.

Roger Schlesinger at Townhall.com gets much closer, but not close enough:

Sit down and make a real list of your bills, leaving nothing off. The list should include the amount and the monthly minimum payment (on debts). Now list all your income leaving nothing off …..

….. the hardest thing you have to do is face the truth, uncover the mess and then try to solve it. Not part of it, but all of it.

But surely you see the problem: What Schlesinger proposes is intimidating — and that’s just compiling the list, let alone doing something about what’s on the list. And the trouble with the well-intentioned Schlesinger’s list is that it ends up being a hodgepodge of things that get paid every month, two months, three months, six months, or even once a year, which then has to get mixed in with the “everyday” stuff that seems to “fly out of the pockets.” What do you do to truly organize all of that and turn it into something that can be managed without buying (and then having to constantly maintain) a software package that requires the equivalent of double-entry bookkeeping?

That’s where this shameless plug comes in: CYMnow.com makes the necessary level of organization possible without the detailed bookkeeping, or the endless maintenance. If you or anyone you know needs to get a grip on things, I truly believe there is not a better answer available for doing just that.

A Possible Problem with Google’s Book Search Project

Filed under: Business Moves,Education — Tom @ 6:01 am

Paul Collins at Slate believes that it could uncover myriad examples of
plagiarism going back hundreds of years (HT Techdirt).

Positivity: Kansas Woman Prepares for Final Exams

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

No big deal, eh? She turned 95 last Wednesday (HT FYI News):

Like most students at Fort Hays State University, Nola Ochs plans to spend some time reading and studying during this week’s fall break. But she’ll take time out on Wednesday to celebrate her 95th birthday.

Ochs is living at Wooster Hall on campus while pursuing her general studies degree at the university. She has about 15 hours to take next semester to get her degree.

If she does it, Ochs will be the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest college graduate.

But it will also be the culmination of a lifetime of learning. She started at Fort Hays in 1930, when it was known as Kansas State Teacher’s College.

Then in the 1970s, in her 60s, she took classes part time at Dodge City Community College, and eventually St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City. She took some virtual classes earlier at Fort Hays before deciding to attend classes this semester.

On Friday, the last day before fall break, her family and fellow classmates threw her an impromptu birthday party during her Biblical Studies class. Her son, Alan Ochs, flew in from Jetmore for the occasion. Her granddaughter, Alexandra Ochs, didn’t have to travel as far — she’s in the same class as her grandmother.

After the party, Alan Ochs took his mother home for Thanksgiving break.

“We’re happy to get her back home for a while,” Alan Ochs said. “We missed having her out there, especially through the fall harvest.”

Though Nola is amused by her potential status as the world’s oldest graduate, she said she’s more excited about getting to walk at the graduation ceremony with her granddaughter.

Asked for some words of wisdom, Ochs simply said, “I give thanks to the Lord and try to live day by day. I try to do whatever is pleasing to Him. That’s what I want to do.”

So It Has Been Over Two Weeks. Have You Heard or Read About This?

Gateway Pundit posted this on November 10:

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It’s been 17 days. Did you know any of this? If not, why not?

Patterico’s questions about the Ramadi incident in relation to the LA Times are every bit as valid when it comes to Iraq in general and all of the WORMs (Worn-Out Reactionary Media, formerly known to most as the Mainstream Media):

Is the Media Repeating Enemy Propaganda? Or Is There Another Reason The Paper Is Getting Basic Facts Wrong and Failing to Report the Military’s Side?

For more on Ramadi and some bigger-picture commentary, go to Pundit Review, where Gregg and Kevin interviewed Patterico Sunday night. Yours truly put in a brief appearance to thank Patterico for his follow-up efforts.

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UPDATE: Don’t forget what Flopping Aces uncovered this weekend either. Patterico, Flopping Aces, Gateway Pundit, and many others are proving that the war to condition people in the US to believe what the enemy wants us to believe is happening in Iraq is in the process of being won by them (with our own media as either lazy or willing accomplices), and lost by us. This must be undone.

UPDATE 2: Surely “staff” jests — I’m supposed to be impressed that the WaPo reported the news about one province on Page Freaking A16, and that the (obviously, I hope) non-domestic BBC also covered similar news? THAT demonstrates “coverage”? Zheesh.