April 12, 2008

TILTPAT-BIDHAT4 (041208, Evening)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 7:58 pm

“Things I‘d Like To Post About Today; But I Don’t Have Any Time ‘4‘”:

(items brought up during tonight’s TIB All-Stars Broadcast)

  • The objectively unfit presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) has stepped in it yet again. “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Beyond the transparent elitism everyone is beating him up over — since when is Pennsylvania part of “the Midwest”? If George Bush had said this, he’d be ripped over being “geographically challenged” for weeks.
  • Follow up: “Obama Concedes Remarks Were Ill Chosen.” AP writes all of four paragraphs that say nothing. That’s because anything beyond vague descriptions embarrasses Obama even more. Patrick Hynes piles on.
  • Hillary: Gun grabber in 1999; gun-rights advocate in 2008.
  • Why Bill Ayers matters.
  • On Rev. Wright, Lanny Davis gets it (that’s a first). Reaction from the “old news” hacks has been harsh.
  • Superdelegate Obama supporter pressured to step down for calling children climbing in trees “monkeys.” Apparently she isn’t going to.
  • Judge dismisses core of Rather lawsuit (discussed on break).
  • Jay Rockefeller’s out-of-control criticism of McCain (yes, followed by an apology).
  • Colombian trade deal nixed by Nancy Pelosi-led Congress in the process throwing fast-tracking of agreements out the window. Editorialists right (IBDeditorials.com) and left (NY Times) are outraged, as we all should be. IBD is especially harsh: “Nancy Pelosi’s craven altering of House rules to kill off Colombia’s trade pact brings that danger to the Andes. If war breaks out, her name will be on it.”
  • March Dann is in a heap of trouble. Ohio’s Old Media is playing defense.
  • Patrick Poole reports on another Hamas supporter for Obama.
  • MRC visit and Gala 2008 discussion.

MRC Gala and Trip: Impressions

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 9:15 am

The Media Research Center:

  • The MRC does an awful lot with not that very many people and very limited space. I’ll betcha their productivity dwarfs that of the clowns funded by George Soros.
  • MRC’s accumulated archive of TV footage is astounding.
  • They assign staff members to monitor specific shows. One poor guy has the job of watching “The View” everyday. I imagine he must have to do 30 minutes of brain exercises immediately after each episode to prevent permanent IQ loss.
  • If MRC has a weakness, it’s that it doesn’t systematically address bias that is all too often present in the top- and bottom-of-hour radio newscasts, and it doesn’t closely monitor the various hard and soft news feeds of AP and the other wire services. Bloggers can help them overcome these handicaps by uploading biased audio to EyeBlast TV and by watching the wires like hawks.
  • Most people don’t know about all of the various MRC divisions other than NewsBusters, so here they are: CNS News; the News and Analysis Division; The Business and Media Institute (BMI); the Culture and Media Institute (CMI); (New York) TimesWatch; and the new baby, EyeBlast TV. Each deserves its own bookmark and/or blogroll listing.

At the Gala (Overview and video links to segements are here):

  • Tony Snow looked very, very good. Full head of hair (wasn’t he totally bald as little as 8 or so weeks ago?), with a high energy level. Very heartening indeed.
  • Producing galas such as these involves a lot more than setting up a microphone and making sure the sound system works. There were AV guys in the back doing work resembling what the sound and visuals crew at a concert does. The company MRC hired for the Gala did a great job.
  • MRC was extremely generous in its table assignments to its NewsBusters bloggers. I was no more than 40 feet from the on-stage microphone — in a group of about 1,000. Very cool.
  • It’s probably been a couple of months since he did it, but Cal Thomas has shaven off the mustache he had for probably 30 years. He said he originally had one to look older, and now he has gotten rid of it to look younger.
  • Sigh of Relief Dept. — Ann Coulter avoided having a John Edwards-CPAC moment.
  • Surprise (to me) of the Night — Though he mostly masked it well, Mark Levin was the only presenter who appeared to be the least bit nervous speaking in front of the group.
  • Sightings of other well-knowns — Rick Santorum attended, was wearing glasses, and looked so ridiculously young that if one of the others in our mini-group hadn’t recognized him, I never would have. He has some interesting plans, which I’ll keep under wraps. Other recognizables we were lucky enough to bump into successfully seek out: Pollster Kellyanne Conway, Mary Katharine Ham, LaShawn Barber, Brian Maloney, Snow, Levin.
  • Other notables present who we didn’t get to meet included Tom Tancredo, Mike Pence, T. Boone Pickens, Ron Maxwell (director of “Gods and Generals”), and Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist.

Other observations:

  • Though it’s probably as deficit-ridden as any other mass-transit system (oh yeah, definitely), the DC’s Metro seems at least to have been designed and built well. It’s very efficient, fast, and convenient.
  • When are allegedly nicer hotels going to do what the mid-range ones do — provide net access as part of the room charge? The extra $10 a day is really annoying (plus a separate $10 if you want to use wireless in the lobby), and classless.
  • You don’t have to be in Metro DC long to find US military folks taking deep offense at press coverage of the Iraq War (more on that tomorrow).
  • It occurred to me that the Gala crowd was more diverse than Bryant Gumbel would have expected a gathering of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to be (an item relating to this point is coming up tomorrow).

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘African AIDS Defeatable [Thanks to Bush]‘) Is Up

The good folks at Pajamas held it for a couple of days, but it’s finally here.

Because of the blackout rules, I will have to wait until Monday morning to post it at BizzyBlog (this link won’t work until then), under the title, “African AIDS Could Be Conquered. Why Do So Few Know That?”

Positivity: 3-year-old crash survivor expected to make a full recovery

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:55 am

From North Carolina (video is also at link):

Posted: March 11, 2008 05:29 PM
Updated: April 4, 2008 03:59 PM

This is the story of a remarkable recovery in North Carolina. Crash survivor Za’Nyiah Jones was released from the hospital Thursday night. Za’Niyah is now staying with her grandmother.

Seeing 3-year-old Za’Nyiah Jones sit and play is something her family no longer takes for granted.

“It’s just a blessing to see this child home,” said Linda Schoolfield, Za’Nyiah’s great great aunt. “It is truly a blessing because she truly is a miracle child.”

That miracle came during a time of tragedy, Za’Nyiah lost her mother Trarika Burke, her two brothers and mother’s boyfriend in a horrific crash in late February – somehow Za’Nyiah survived.

“To find out she was the only one who survived, I mean it hurts,” said Tracey Weston, Za’Nyiah’s grandmother. “I mean at the same time it was a blessing.”

Family says it’s not puzzling at all why Za’Nyiah’s life was spared, they just feel it wasn’t her time to go.

“Every time I think I want to cry, I end up saying ‘thank you god,’” added schoolfield, “thank you god because he didn’t take her. He left her for a reason.”

That reason may forever remain a mystery. The tears the family cried, now turn to smiles, just knowing this miracle child is alive.

“After seeing the car, you never thought someone would make it out,” said Leslie Gilliam, Za’Nyiah’s aunt.

Visible scars aside, Za’Nyiah is back to normal, talking a mile a minute.

“It means more to me than anything in this world,” added Schoolfield. …..

Go here for the rest of the story, plus a previous one on the same page.