April 9, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (040907)

I realize there’s more to these numbers than meets the eye, but you also have to understand that most people will only understand what their eyes immediately see in these two headlines:

- Ford CEO: $28M for 4 months work (AP claims it’s over $39 mil)
- Google CEO, Co-Founders Get $1 Salary

Ford continues to act as if it really doesn’t want to survive.

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Steve the Pirate and I are both wondering: If it’s really true that the Iraq War is all about oil, why are our big oil companies getting no access to it (so far)?
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You Don’t Say — UMass thinks it might be a good idea to revoke the honorary degree it gave Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe in 1986.

Also worth noting in the AP article by Adam Gorlick (bold is mine):

But in the two decades since, Mugabe has been condemned for attacks on dissidents and accused of running a corrupt government that has ruined the economy.

Mr. Gorlick can’t even bring himself to identify Mugabe’s corruption and Zimbabwe’s economic ruin as the objective facts that they are.
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Michelle Malkin has a great post on “B.C.” cartoonist Johnny Hart, who died on Saturday.

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It’s hard not to think that this story about possible corruption in the operations at the Cindy Sheehan-associated Crawford Peace House was dumped into Easter Weekend to minimize the scrutiny. Some of the facts and circumstances have been known for months, but the Associated Press’s writer chose to attempt a follow-up call to Texas’s Secretary of State on Good Friday — a call that of course received no response. How convenient.
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So predictableGribbit grabs evidence that Bank of America credit cards that are being marketed to immigrants are ending up in the hands of illegal immigrants. I’m so not shocked.

Open-Borders Advocates Need to Defend The Results of This Incident

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:11 am

Good luck.

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UPDATE: Interested-Participant adds — “One question that needs to be answered is whether (the illiegal-immigrant drunk driver) had been arrested before. If so, someone may have to do some ‘splainin’ why he wasn’t deported.”

On Imus and Rutgers

Filed under: Business Moves,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 6:06 am

If Don Imus was conservative, how long would he last after having said what he said about the players on Rutgers’ women’s basketball team? And would his apology have been enough?

Congrats to the Scarlet Knights on their NCAA runner-up performance.

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UPDATE: Well, it looks like the I-man finally crossed a line he shouldn’t have after all these years and actually is suffering consequences(further update) something a commenter below notes that Al Sharpton has managed to avoid all these years.

Eliminating Stories of Military Heroism Goes to the The Next Stage

I guess merely ignoring soldiers’ bravery above and beyond the call of duty isn’t sufficient any more:

In a way, I’m surprised it took this long for “controversies” like these to come to the fore.

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UPDATE: Michelle Malkin posted on Danny Dietz on Saturday. Today, she did one of her patented full-court press posts on the BBC’s spiking of the Johnson Beharry story.

Positivity: Girl, 6, hailed as hero for saving dad

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Stafford, NJ:

Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 03/19/07

STAFFORD — In the back of her mind, Hannah Wasacz, 6, probably sensed that her 48-pound frame could not possibly pull ashore the 200-pound adult on the verge of drowning in the rocky surf.

But she tried anyway. It was her dad after all.

And when that didn’t work, she stayed with him, holding his head above the waves, while calling to the beach for help.

“She said, “Daddy, don’t worry, I’ll help you’,” the father, Sean Wasacz, of Ocean Acres, recalled Friday after a physical therapy session.

He expects to fully recover by September, almost a year after he dived into the ocean to cool off and hit a sandbar head-on, snapping a vertebra in his neck and leaving him face down, paralyzed in the water.

Sean Wasacz considers his daughter a hero who saved his life. Others agree. On Tuesday, Hannah will receive the Medal of Honor from the Girl Scouts national office as well as Stafford’s own Hero Award.

Asked how she knew her father was in trouble, the first-grader from Ocean Acres Elementary said, “He didn’t sound like he was calling for fake help. His voice was different.”

Oct. 9 was the last day of an annual weekend vacation to Bethany Beach, Del., for the Wasaczs and some friends. It was 75 degrees out, and Sean decided to break from the Frisbee game for a swim.

The only explanation the Elizabeth firefighter can think of for why a sandbar had formed under the waves was the strong storms two days before.

“They really kicked up the surf,” he said.

Upon hitting the wall of sand he couldn’t move. Soon a wave rolled him onto his back allowing him to yell for help. But all he saw was his wife, Jennifer, and his friends up on the beach. Some were laughing, thinking he was joking.

Then Hannah, one of Sean’s four young children who was playing closer to the surf, appeared next to him in the three feet of water. She was crying, trying to pull him to shore.

“He was too heavy, I couldn’t get him out,” she said.

She called for the others. Some of the men came down to the water. One called 911, which sent a helicopter. Sean was flown to Christiana Hospital’s trauma center where he underwent surgery for a shattered C5 vertebra, inches below where the late actor Christopher Reeve was injured and became paralyzed. Sean’s spinal cord, however, was not damaged enough for any permanent effects. After five days, he was taken to a rehab clinic for more than two weeks.

He now goes to the Ocean Club in Eagleswood three times a week for physical therapy.

“Your extraordinary actions not only saved lives, but serve as a shining example for all Girl Scouts everywhere,” read a letter from Girl Scouts of the USA chief executive officer, Kathy Cloninger.

The Medal of Honor is the second-highest life-saving award a Girl Scout can receive.

Hannah’s troop leader, Stephanie Chirichillo, said, “At such a young age she held her head up and had the forethought do what needed to be done.”

Hannah wasn’t finished, however. When her father returned to Ocean Acres from the rehab clinic, his welcome-home present was dozens of signs posted around the house and swimming pool. They read, “No diving.”