November 7, 2012

AP Story on ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Detainee’s Sentencing Fails to Mention Its False Use by Obama in ‘Explaining’ Benghazi Attack

MuslimFilmDetaineeSept2012Now that their guy will be in the White House for another term, the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, has apparently commenced its “Cleaning up Benghazi” project — as, naturally, has the Obama administration.

As part of that effort, the wire service’s Greg Risling, reporting from Los Angeles at 6:14 p.m., made only the vaguest of references to how the film “roiled the Middle East” and “sparked violence … killing dozens,” without mentioning how it was dishonestly leveraged by terrorists as cover for their pre-planned protests and violence, and of course without mentioning how Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and so many others in his administration spent well over a week — despite clearly knowing better — citing the film as the cause of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans, including Libyan ambassador Christopher Stevens. Excerpts follow the jump (saved here in full for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes; bolds are mine):

Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film gets prison

The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that roiled the Middle East was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction by lying about his identity.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder immediately sentenced Mark Basseley Youssef after he admitted to four of the eight alleged violations, including obtaining a fraudulent California driver’s license. Prosecutors agreed to drop the other four allegations under an agreement with Youssef’s attorneys, which also included more probation.

None of the violations had to do with the content of “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and womanizer.

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Good, Bad, Ugly in Election Results

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:33 pm

I’ll be rounding up other election-related news throughout this afternoon.

Michele Bachmann survived in her Minnesota congressional race. I didn’t think she would.

For those who didn’t realize it, Paul Ryan will be back in Congress.

Republicans prevailed in both of Ohio’s contested congressional races. Bill Johnson defeated Charlie Wilson in OH-06, while Jim Renacci bested Betty Sutton in OH-15. The R-D balance in Ohio’s congressional delegation is 12-4.

In the Ohio House, the R-D balance appears to be 58-41 (I may be off by one). Only three of the races (2 with R winners, one with a D winner) appear to involve possible recounts. Republicans prevailed in 15 of 18 contested State Senate races (16 regular and two for unexpired terms); I don’t know what that does to the Statehouse balance.

In an Ohio Supreme Court race, Ted Strickland’s attempt to create a sinecure for Yvette McGee Brown, his Lt. Governor running mate in 2010, failed, as she was defeated by Sharon Kennedy.

In the City of Cincinnati, a referendum to give City Councilpersons four-year terms with no recall provision instead of the current two appears to have passed, barring an unforeseen turnaround in remaining overseas and provisional ballots. Former councilpersons from both parties strongly opposed the change. City government is now far less accountable. This is not good. Cincinnati’s slide as a city will likely continue.

Indiana’s Congressional delegation will be 7-2 R-D. Kentucky’s will be 5-1 R-D. Pennsylvania’s will be 12-6 R-D.

Rounding Up the Reax

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:30 pm

I’m still processing, so I’ll post others’ comments throughout the afternoon.

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Mark Levin“Tyranny won last night. … It happened, and it’s terrible.” Listen to the whole thing. I insist.

ROUND 2

Ace — “Ten Reasons Why Romney Lost.” Read the whole thing. I insist. His conclusion: “He (Romney) walked into the same trap McCain did, and suffered the same result.”

Roger Simon — Obama got “a boost from a Republican governor more interested in his own survival than the country’s.” More: ” The enemies of democracy are laughing. There is only one thing left to do: roll up our sleeves. All the way.”

Rush Limbaugh

  • “According to the exit polls, only four in ten voters thought the economy’s getting better, and they voted for Obama. What? Scratch your head. According to the exit polls, in addition to that, just 25% of voters thought they’re better off financially today than they were four years ago, and they still voted for Obama.”
  • “A lot of it doesn’t make sense until you accept that we have allowed the understanding of what creates prosperity in this country to be blown up into smithereens.”
  • “(The government and country’s fiscal and economic collapse) will continue and continue until it collapses. It could happen in 18 months; it could happen in three years. But if nothing changes the track we are on, we are facing a financial collapse. And as we’ve seen in Greece and Spain, the people that live there don’t care that their countries are collapsing. They just want their pensions, and they want their checks, and they want their union contracts to continue to be paid. They don’t care what’s happening to their government. They don’t care what’s happening to the country. They don’t care who’s paying for it. By God, it better not stop. The same thing will happen here.” … “The only way the average Obama voter is gonna care about that is if it’s gonna personally interrupt the flow of goodies, income, or whatever that he’s getting from government.”

More from Rush:

There’s one option that still hasn’t been tried in a long time. It’s called conservatism with a capital C. It still hasn’t been tried. This was not a conservative campaign. It was a good campaign, I don’t want anybody misunderstanding me here ’cause I think Mitt Romney is one of the best people, human beings I’ve ever met. … But I’m telling you: We’re gonna have to go back and redefine how prosperity happens in this country. And conservatism and the Constitution are the best way to do this!

Glenn Beck — “We are going to double down.”

David Horowitz, in an email — “What lies ahead is not only an opportunity to change the course on which we are headed but a solemn obligation to our children and to ourselves. ”

ROUND 1

Ron Fournier (formerly of AP), at the National Journal“If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.”

Michael Barone (“Two Americas “) at National Review — “The election may be over, but the two Americas are still not on speaking terms.”

Jonathan Last — “I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: In terms of political ability, Mitt Romney is not only the worst major-party nominee since World War II (at least), but his weaknesses were particularly ill-suited to this particular race. This isn’t to say that Romney had no chance of winning. But I’d argue he had the worst chance of any of the major candidates in the 2012 field.”

Krauthammer — “I think the real story here is that Obama won but he’s got no mandate. He won by going very small, very negative. We are left as a country exactly where we started, but a little bit worse off.”

At the Hill — “In a warning to President Obama, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday night that the reelection of the House Republican majority means that there is ‘no mandate for raising tax rates’ on the American people.”

J. Christian Adams, at PJ Media — “When governments gain power, individuals lose freedom. Looking out toward the horizon tonight, I wonder how much more freedom Americans will be willing to surrender.”

Charles Hurt, at the Washington Timesthe Achilles heel of a democracy … (is that) Politicians simply tax those who do not support them and give the money to those who do. Or give the money to those they would like to have support them. It is the end of the line. Game over.”

In a Wall Street Journal editorial — “this is best described as the voters doubling down on hope over experience … the definition of winning ugly.”

Investor’s Business Daily — “… the old “hope and change” of 2008 has devolved into ‘no change.’ The American people, by a slim majority, have chosen to go through four more years of a presidency that doesn’t seem to have a clue about bipartisanship. What’s worse this time is that America has lost four precious years to work out the tax and entitlement reforms it needs to ward off fiscal disaster. Another four years of gridlock brings national bankruptcy that much closer. Then there’s the dead weight of ObamaCare, which will soon hit the economy with full force.”

Adina Kutnicki (“THE DAY LIBERTY DIED…THE WEST TRULY HANGS IN THE BALANCE”) — “(Israeli Officials) fear that the second Obama term will usher in a nuclear-armed Shiite Iran which will quickly reach out to the Sunni Muslim Brothers, starting with Egypt, for a joint bid to terminate the life of the Jewish state.”

Mark Macina at American Thinker (“What Have They Really Won?”) — “So mourn Romney’s loss today, but tomorrow pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, and carry on. Do what conservatives always do — work hard and thank God for our great nation, which will see better days. Let the other side thank government… as far as that goes. They will be the ones mourning soon enough.”

Hyatt Seligman at American Thinker — “Our newly re-elected, incompetent President is good at one thing: Chicago style politics.  Kill your opponent by character assassination and promise freebies to your base. … the community organizing, empty-suit incumbent won by pandering to the Democratic base and defaming and distorting Romney into an evil caricature. His simple plan of dividing and conquering through fear, envy and class warfare trumped all else, barely. Appeals to race, gender and emotion triumphed over economic reason and self-interest and the good of the country.”

Erick Ericksen at RedState — “Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody. Americans vote for the status quo. $6 billion later, Americans voted for the status quo. … The next two years are going to be some of the most fun and exciting years within the modern American conservative movement.” I’m not having fun yet, good buddy.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Ohio native answers call to fly (‘This is where I was meant to be’)

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (HT to an emailer):

by Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mosness
U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs

11/5/2012

The toy trains went into a box and the toy planes came out after his first plane ride. He was only five years old, but after that first ride, he was hooked and knew he wanted to be a pilot.

Capt. Brian Dicks, HH-60G Pave Hawk combat rescue pilot with the 26th ERQS here is a native to Alliance, Ohio, and is deployed from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

With both of his grandfathers in the military, he said it felt like a calling to join the service.

Dicks graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and commissioned as an officer. Although he always knew he wanted to be a pilot, he had an inkling it would be helicopters, he said.

While his grandfather was his hero growing up, his heroes today are the men he serves with, he said.

“The last couple of years I have seen them do some amazing stuff,” he continued. “I can’t say anyone else is my hero when they are out here saving lives.”

Being in the right place at the right time is sometimes all it takes to save a life, Dicks explained.

“In Helmand Province in 2010, we were hopping from forward operating bases to forward operating bases picking up patients who had minor injuries,” he said. “We received a call about a two-month-old Afghan infant who had fallen into a well. Once out of the well, her father ran a mile and a half to the nearest base. A joint terminal attack controller knew we were in the area, so he called us and we were only one minute away. We landed, the PJs got him and his daughter in the back and we took them to Bastion Airfield where they got her heart beating again.”

It is this serendipity that amazes the helicopter pilot.

“If we didn’t have to pick up the guy who broke his leg, we wouldn’t have been in that specific location at the right time,” he said. “To see all the events and people link together is amazing.”

Though the pilot has flown a little more than 500 missions, he still keeps in touch with the family of a fallen Airman.

“We launched to recover Staff Sgt. Christopher Frost who was on a Mi-17 helicopter when it went down in Iraq,” Dicks said. “I happened to be flying a flag for my grandfather that day. After we came back, I was able to find out who his wife and widow were and send them the flag that was flown that day. I still try and keep in touch with his family. You don’t get a lot of that in this job.”

Dicks is the lead pilot of the helicopter, but he wouldn’t be able to get off the ground without his crew, he said.

“We rely on each other so much,” Dicks added. “I rely on them to keep me safe and give me a reality check if it’s needed, and they expect the same from me.”

Go here for the rest of the story.