October 15, 2012

At AP, the Big Issue About Benghazi Is ‘About the Quality of U.S. Intelligence’

Early this afternoon, as part of the wire service’s continuing “Why It Matters” series, the Associated Press’s Eileen Sullivan boiled down the impact of the September 11 Benghazi, Libya attack during which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed and the U.S. consulate destroyed as follows: It “injected the issue of diplomatic security into the presidential campaign and renewed questions about the quality of U.S. intelligence.”

Uh, Eileen, “the quality of U.S. intelligence” is not at issue. What is at issue is the intelligence and judgment of the people charged with using that intelligence. The Obama administration failed, up to and including the commander in chief and his Secretary of State, failed to respond to the intelligence communicated and to truthfully relay its substance to the American people on a timely basis. Instead, they invented the idea of a pre-attack protest which never occurred because of a 14-minute video which nobody cared about until there was a need to find a reason other than their own failings to protect Americans overseas. Here are Sullivan’s opening two paragraphs (bold is mine):


One Aspect of Springsteen’s Obama Campaign Involvement Which Will Likely Be Ignored: His (and Obama’s) Occupy Endorsements

The Left and the establishment press (but I repeat myself) are taking heart in the fact that Bruce Springsteen has agreed to campaign for Barack Obama in Ohio and Iowa later this week.

The campaign of Mitt Romney, and Republicans in general, are the ones who should be cheered by this development for two reasons. One of them, which is being reported, is that Springsteen said earlier this year that he wouldn’t be campaigning; the fact that he has changed his mind proves that Team Obama is genuinely worried about their boss’s reelection prospects. The second isn’t as well-known, but should be. “The Boss” (i.e., Springsteen) went all-in with the Occupy movement earlier this year, essentially ratifying our incumbent president’s endorsement. Springsteen’s stance was described in several places in February, including at the Gothamist:


Ramirez Barely Scratches the Surface in Obama’s Catalog of Lies; Other Additions Welcome

Here’s the bottom half of Michael Ramirez’s editorial cartoon at Investor’s Business Daily late last week:


The top half of the cartoon has five more lies. There are virtually countless others. Maybe we should start a collection here, or maybe there’s a comprehensive list somewhere else.

Remember, comments are moderated, and I might not get to them until Monday evening; so if you have one to add, please be patient.


Related, May 23, 2009: “Where are the Cries of ‘Obama Lied, Jobs Died’?” — The column also lists the only five statements Bush 43 made which the left tried to characterize as lies, and shows why they weren’t (and still aren’t).

Here are three other lies noted there which most people won’t remember:

1. In February (2009), Obama, in a Peoria, Illinois visit, said in a speech that Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens had told him the previous day that “if Congress passes our (stimulus) plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.” The truth is that Owens “told Obama he could rehire people if a ‘responsible stimulus bill is passed and the economy gets going again.’” Who do you believe, Barack Obama, or a CEO and the congressman who later spoke with Mr. Owens? (Update: On February 12, Jake Tapper Tahman Bradley at ABC’s Political Punch noted that Obama shamelessly repeated the “will be able to rehire” lie about Caterpillar even after Owens “said the exact opposite.”)

2. On May 11 (2009), Obama and the administration claimed that executives and representatives of major healthcare providers agreed that they could wring major cost savings out of the medical system in the next 10 years on the road to a supposedly affordable government-run system that would save the government up to $2 trillion. Within days, health care officials denied there were any detailed promises, saying that “they agreed to slow health spending in a more gradual way and did not pledge specific year-by-year cuts.” Who do you believe, Obama or the others at the conference?

3. On the day of government-run Chrysler’s bankruptcy filing, Obama and his car guys told a bipartisan group of political leaders that the bankruptcy “will not disrupt the lives of the people who work at Chrysler or the communities that depend on it.” Those who heard it reasonably took that statement to mean that no plants would permanently close. At least two congresspersons issued press releases to that effect. On May 1 (2009), government-run Chrysler announced that it would close plants in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Obama lied; jobs died. Who do you believe, Team Obama or a bipartisan group of politicians? (Update: A partial list of the deceived who would go on the record [links here and here] includes Twinsburg [OH] Mayor Katherine Procop; Charles Crews Jr., shop chairman for the UAW Local 122 in Twinsburg; Ken Lortz, director of the UAW Region 2b that covers Ohio; Mark Barbash, who was interim director of the Ohio Department of Development … and four Congresspersons — Paul Ryan (R-WI), Dennis Kucinich [D-OH], Steve LaTourette [R-OH], Candice Miller [R-MI].)

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Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

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Positivity: Triathlon Triumph

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Valparaiso, Indiana (HT Maggi Cook):

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 22:12 PM

Ben Baltz wasn’t excited about competing in yet another triathlon last weekend.

It was his third in the last few months. While he likes bicycling, running isn’t his favorite activity, especially if he can’t win doing it.

The 11-year-old had completed the 150-yard swim and three-mile bike ride in Sunday’s Sea Turtle Tri on Pensacola Beach, but about a half-mile into the run, he knew something was wrong.

“It (the leg) wobbles,” Ben said Wednesday at his home in Valparaiso.

Moments later, the screws on his prosthetic leg came loose and he went down.

What happened next, though, has captured the attention of the nation.

In the moments Ben was debating whether he could hop or maybe crawl the rest of the mile, a man named Matthew Morgan, a Marine who had volunteered to help at the youth event, stepped in.

“(Morgan said) ‘You need help?’ and I said, ‘Sure,’ and he picked me up and carried me,” Ben said.

For the next half mile, Ben held onto Pfc. Morgan with one arm and his prosthetic leg with the other.

Ben said he and Morgan didn’t really speak after their first exchange, but more Marines gathered around and sang a cadence.

As they reached the end and the crowd started roaring, Ben said he felt grateful for the help, but a little frustrated and embarrassed that he couldn’t complete the course on his own.

Freedom of movement is one thing Ben has gotten used to since he was fitted with a prosthetic leg in the summer of 2009. His lower right leg was removed the year before when he was 6 because of a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

Until Sunday, his most spectacular leg malfunction came during a soccer game that he finished by taping it together with duct tape.

As news of his latest malfunction spreads, first on CNN’s website and then elsewhere, Ben remains mystified about why everyone is so interested in talking to him, especially since he didn’t finish the race on his own.

“He has no idea what the big deal is,” his mother Kim Baltz said with a laugh. “He honestly does not. He thinks it’s the Marines.”

According to John Murray, one of the co-founders of Team MPI, which organized the Sea Turtle Tri and helps athletes train for triathlons, no one even knew what had happened to Ben until an announcer spotted him and told the crowd.

“It was kind of a build-up in a way as more and more people became aware,” said Murray, who was standing at the finish line with his wife. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. … I was just overcome by emotion.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

‘Million Muppet March’ Narrative at Reuters Smelled Fishy, And Is (See Update)

My initial reaction to the story by Daniel Trotta at Reuters about plans for a “Million Muppet March” in Washington on November 3, the Saturday before Election Day, was that the whole thing doesn’t seem as wildly spontaneous, grass roots-driven, and coincidental as presented. It turns out that it isn’t. As Lee Cary at TeaParty911.com (HT Newsalert via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit) found, the guiding force of the enterprise is an animation company executive who “just so happens” to have a lot to gain if the status quo of government funding of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting continues. It’s also interesting how he’s apparently able to use the Muppet characters in the “march” without worrying about getting anyone’s publicly expressed permission to do so.

First, here are several paragraphs from Trotta’s tripe (bolds are mine throughout this post):