January 1, 2010

Concerning Flight 253 ….

…. these facts can’t be emphasized enough:

  • Before its sanitizing mechanisms went into gear, the Associated Press headline on Christmas evening at 7:28 p.m. (and probably before that, since I didn’t catch the story right away) read as follows: “AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack.” That headline and version of the story are of course long gone, which is why saving such things to ye olde hard drive/web host is sometimes so very important — for fair use and discussion purposes, of course.
  • A USA Today e-mail alert a few hours earlier said the same thing:


  • The Obama administration’s pretense that it took until Monday evening, December 28, roughly 72 hours later, to be able to tell the American people that there was “some linkage” with al-Qaeda” is just that — totally self-serving horse manure that should fool no one.

Say what you want about Bush 43′s crew, who were sometimes far less than perfect in describing and handling these matters, but on this one the Obama administration is busted, and has shown it can’t be trusted. Their modus operandi is no different that the Clintons when they were in charge (“How can we fool ‘em today?”) on matters that are far too serious for such gamesmanship.

Accordingly, I have to admit to something about the post on Wednesday entitled “Flight 253: Media Ignoring Two-Day Gap Between Preliminary AQ Linkage and Obama Team’s ‘Some Linkage’ Acknowledgment.”

It was really three full days. I was wrong. I am sorry.

Positivity: Mom continues medical career by joining Guard

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:57 am

From Willoughby, Ohio:

Posted: Thursday Dec 31, 2009 9:27:53 EST

After hanging up her stethoscope five years ago, Maita Jarkewicz thought her career as a doctor was complete.

On Monday, the Willoughby woman recharged her medical career.

Instead of patients, the mother of three boys will care for soldiers in the Ohio Army National Guard.

“I think I’ve had the desire to serve whether it be the military or the public,” she said.

During her swear-in ceremony, Capt. Brian K. McGinniss asked her to raise her right hand as an American flag and Christmas tree stood in the background.

Immediately after the ceremony, Jarkewicz saluted her son James, a private first class in the Ohio Army National Guard. It was James who had urged his mother to consider a career in the military.

“I started and she went in after me. Usually it’s the other way around,” he said.

In November 2008, McGinniss got a call from Maita Jarkewicz, who asked if she could serve in the military as a doctor.

“We have a need for medical professionals in the Army National Guard,” McGinniss said.

“If I can get six or seven like her, the National Guard would be elated. We’re basically bringing these guys on for their knowledge and their skills.”

During her commission ceremony, Jarkewicz was made a captain in the Ohio Army National Guard.

Only medical professionals, attorneys, chaplains or Judge Advocate General attorneys can receive a direct commission, McGinniss said. McGinniss said there has been an increasing trend of those particular professionals entering the military. ….

Go here for the rest of the story.

Happy New Year!

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 12:01 am

To a blessed 2010 for all: