August 29, 2008

You Know Who This Helps?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:45 pm

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John McCain.

Biggest decision thus far.

Absolutely nailed it, strategically and even tactically.

So …. y’think people this weekend will be talking about the nothing-new, overhyped Greco-Roman Oration or the Palin pick? The question answers itself. Update: This proves it (Memeo time-stamped link).

Little-appreciated point: The prolife boomlet resulting from the Palin family’s decision to keep their fifth child even though they knew it would be born with Down’s syndrome was what propelled Sarah Palin to the national stage. Among many others more important who took note, her decision earned her a coveted BizzyBlog Positivity Post.

There could not be a more obvious contrast between McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden on life-related issues.

There’s no point in addressing (or linking) the utterly classless ugliness coming from the left except to say, “Keep it up folks, and by election day you’ll be down 60-40, or worse. You could even lose Congress if you don’t watch out.”

Exit question: Who really had the extra security detail on Mitt Romney? Was it a McCain decoy with real agents, or a Romney visibility tactic with imitators to get one last shot of free pre-California gubernatorial run visibility?

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UPDATE: How good is this pick? Even Richard Viguerie, who I thought had forgotten what the word “positive” means, is sunnyside-up — “She’s perfect.”

Palin Around?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:54 am

Note: This entry was originally posted just before 8:00 a.m.

I won’t be around until this evening for further updating unless I can somehow break free during the day, so I guess this will all look prescient or, uh, less than perfect. Oh well.

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A plane flew from Anchorage, Alaska to Middletown, Ohio last night. Lots more here.

Maybe someone can translate this (HT Ace), but it looks to me like the plane arrived last night, and is leaving mid-morning for Snohomish County, Washington. Decoy?

For continued updates: Google Blogs search on “Palin Middletown” (not in quotes).

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UPDATE, 9:00 a.m.: At Drudge, right now; hope he’s right about the top left item (the linked AP story is probably dynamic) –

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NYT Buries Stadium-Filling Soccer Match in Iraq Inside Unrelated Bombing Story

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:47 am

What do you do if you’re the New York Times and you’re faced with having to report on an incident-free soccer match in Iraq that had 40,000 in attendance?

Why, you bury it in a totally unrelated story about a bombing, omit any mention of it in the headline, and hope against hope that only a few readers bother to reach the seventh paragraph.

Here’s how the report by Erica Goode and Stephen Farrell began:

Bomb Shatters Party, Killing 25 Iraqis

Sheik Ayed Salim al-Zubaie held a large dinner party at his house in Abu Ghraib on Sunday evening to celebrate the release of a family member who had been imprisoned by American forces for three years.

But as the guests sat in the garden waiting for dinner to be served, one, a man wearing a yellow dishdasha, or robe, detonated explosives hidden inside it. The bombing killed at least 25 people and wounded at least 29 others, the police said.

Witnesses speculated that the target of the attack was a group of sheiks attending the dinner who had been working with the Americans to fight insurgents.

Finally, in Paragraph 7, Goode and Farrell got around to two paragraphs about the soccer match. But check out the incoherence that followed:

One dividend of the relative quiet was the largest crowd in decades at a playoff match between two Iraqi soccer teams in Baghdad on Sunday. Government officials estimated that 40,000 people crowded into Shaab Stadium and thousands more stood outside to see the match between the Baghdad home team, Zawra, and a Kurdish team from Erbil.

“I’m here with my family because the security is much better and my daughter got tired sitting at home,” said Uday Adnan, 29. “I live in the Shaab neighborhood and I move freely even if it is 9 p.m., which I couldn’t do for a long time.”

Abu Ghraib, which was the setting of the bomb attack on Sunday and is known for its notorious prison, is a Sunni area about 18 miles west of Baghdad.

American helicopters picked up some of those most seriously wounded in the bombing, presumably to take them to a military hospital. “I just lost my brother, but I pray to God to save my son,” said Abdullah Hamdan, 50, whose 8-year-old son was wounded.

The soccer match lasted three hours and was won by Erbil, 1-0, in overtime. It was Kurdistan’s second finals victory in a row. Last year’s match was held in the north, because Baghdad was considered too dangerous.

If you’re keeping score, that’s:

  • Two grafs about soccer.
  • Two grafs about the bombing, with absolutely no indication that the writers are moving back to their original topic (with a cheap-shot red-meat reference to Abu Ghraib).
  • Then, back to the soccer match.

Huh?

After five additional paragraphs on the soccer match, Goode and Farrell moved to a third story about the capture of “two suspected senior leaders of Al Qaeda.”

They’re slipping. I thought it was Times policy to call any AQ member in Iraq part of “Al Qaeda of Mesopotamia.”

There was no reason to intertwine the first two stories, other than to minimize the significance of the soccer match. That the match isn’t in the story’s headline is proof enough that the Times wanted to be able to say, “See, we covered it,” while doing all it could to minimize the number of readers exposed to it.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (082908, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 7:23 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • John McCain is having a hard time filling his Dayton appearance today, for one reason — Instead of making it crystal clear that he’s going to choose a legitimately prolife sensible conservative, McCain has been sending trial balloons out about unacceptable alternatives. Who wants to go and then be cajoled into pretending that someone who opposes their core values is okay? Paraphrasing a discussion I had yesterday with someone you might ordinarily expect to attend — Conservatives have lives, and other perfectly interesting things to do, and need to have a compelling reason to get involved. They aren’t interested in being led into possible traps.
  • Chad Baus at Buckeye Firearms says (paraphrasing), “Lifelong Republican my a**” (HT Michelle Malkin). Anyone who thinks that  “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) isn’t going to take away guns, or nominate Supreme Court justices who will do it for him, hasn’t been paying attention.
  • About the only specific thing Obama said last night was “I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.” Translation: We’re patriotic too. If that’s so, it has been hard to tell.
  • There was soccer match in Iraq. The Associated Press says “tens of thousands” attended. Clever, AP. The headlined “sellout crowd” was at a stadium “with a capacity of 50,000,” but it took until the fourth paragraph for readers to learn that. Additionally, the successful event “was not marred by crowd violence or a terrorist attack, a sign that security forces are asserting more control in the capital.” Alternative explanation: It may also be that the Iraq people as a whole are more interested in having fun than in killing each other.
  • Given what’s involved, the subheadline at this article is perfect — “A BBC news girl attacked TV yesterday for failing to show viewers the Taliban’s “humanity.” Only a naive 49 year-old little girl could, in the midst of news about how the Taliban are skinning alive those they capture, complain that the media aren’t covering “the humanity of the Taliban, because they are a wide, very diverse group of people.”
  • The Associated Press has been babbling Obama bromides only about 97.283% of the time. Keith Olbermann can’t handle it (“MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter’s Analysis of Obama Speech”; HT Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters). Imagine that: Noting that a speech short on specifics was ….. short on specifics.

Positivity: Youngster who owes his life to falling off bike

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:08 am

From Essex, UK:

7:00pm Friday 22nd August 2008

FOR many youngsters falling off your bike is part of life – but for one lucky ten-year-old it literally saved his life.

Alex Fogg only discovered he was suffering from a life-threatening form of cancer after falling off his bike.

Now, two years on, he has been given the all clear by doctors.

Alex was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he tumbled off his bicycle, outside his home.

The then eight-year-old complained to his parents, Julie and Carl, both 38, he had a sore knee.

But when he later developed chest pains his worried parents took him to an emergency doctor.

It was then an X-ray delivered the earth-shattering blow that Alex had stage three of the cancer, the second most serious stage, meaning lymph nodes had formed on both sides of his diap-hragm.

The cancer attacks white blood cells, vital for preventing infections especially at Alex’s young age.

But after the brave boy endured several bouts of gruelling chemotherapy at Great Ormand Street Hospital, London, he has now been given the all clear.

He has just undergone his last procedure and been told his cancer is in remission.

Julie, Alex’s mum, believes fate played a big part in his diagnosis.

“I am so glad Alex fell off his bike that day,” she said. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.