May 26, 2013

Sorry, Tom Raum: The Economy Is Not ‘Clearly’ Recovering

In “Go Ahead, Invade Their Phone Records: AP Reports Obama Has ‘Alleged Scandals’ and ‘Alleged Misbehavior,’” Tim Graham at NewsBusters noted how Tom Raum at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, claimed that “Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama’s watch, robbing Republicans of a central argument against Democrats.”

That this is an exercise in sheer fantasy on Raum’s part can be quickly demonstrated in two graphics.

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Gosnell Attorney to Fox’s Megyn Kelly: ‘Things Went a Bit Awry,’ Blames Negligent Lack of Inspections

Imagine if Newtown, Connecticut massacre perpetrator Adam Lanza had lived and gone on to get convicted of the 26 murders he committed. Further, imagine, post-conviction, that his attorney claimed that “things went a little awry” that day. There would be no containing the outrage, or the establishment press coverage.

Kermit Gosnell attorney Jack McMahon was interviewed on Wednesday by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. While a great deal of commendable outrage has been directed at McMahon for his statements and conduct, not enough emphasis has been placed on a comment he made which is analogous to the hypothetical posed in my first paragraph, as it was what triggered Kelly’s outrage and her subsequent epic response (YouTube; excerpt begins at 1:33 mark; HT Twitchy.com):

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AP: ‘OBAMA Refocuses Terror Threat to Pre-9/11 Level’ — But ‘Pre-9/11 Level’ Was High

In case you didn’t get the gist of President Obama’s Thursday speech at National Defense University, the AP’s Robert Burns boiled it down on Saturday, perhaps supportively: “OBAMA REFOCUSES TERROR THREAT TO PRE-9/11 LEVEL.”

That leaves one annoying detail Burns and Obama ignore: The “pre-9/11 threat level” wasn’t that much different from the threat level during the first few years after 9/11. But our response in going to a war footing and more conscientious coordination at home was. As a result, there were no more successful terrorist attacks until the Ft. Hood massacre (mislabeled “workplace violence by our hapless government) in November 2009. The World Trade Centers were bombed in 1993. After that, there were at least the following: Khobar Towers in 1996, the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, the USS Cole in 2000, and other incidents in the U.S. which may have been inspired by Islamist terrorists despite official conclusions to the contrary. The “pre-9/11 threat level” was actually higher, especially if one remembers, well, 9/11. But that’s certainly not the message Obama, with Burns’s help, is trying to convey. Instead, it’s that the President “has all but declared” that global war on terror is over (bolds are mine):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052613)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:00 am

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

Positivity: A Hall of Famer and generous giver

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:55 am

From Detroit:

May 25, 2013 / 01:11 pm

When a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is talking, you expect to hear plenty of stories from his days on the playing field.

That’s a logical assumption to make, unless the former player is Joe DeLamielleure. The day that he was interviewed for this story, he had spoken to school kids.

Today’s National Football League, of course, is a lot different from when he played for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns over a 13-year career that spanned the 1970s and 80s.

“The NFL became ‘entertainment’ once it got to be the 1990s,” says the former offensive lineman. “You weren’t going to be rich the rest of your life before that. Guys were going to work in the offseason.”

So what did he say to the students two days ago, then?

“I tell kids, ‘If you think fame and fortune are the most important things, think…who won the Oscar two years ago? Who won the Super Bowl two years ago?’ And then I say, ‘Who’s your best friend? Who was your favorite teacher?’ … Fame is fleeting, it comes and goes. Character and friends last forever. If you think sports is the answer, look at people who played sports and where are they now? O.J. (Simpson): Jail. Lawrence Taylor: Went to jail, but is out now.”

Let the record show that DeLamielleure was one of running back Simpson’s blockers when he ran wild for the Bills, including being the first to hit 2,000 yards rushing, in a 14-game season. That was a part of what led “Joe D.” to eventually be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. And once he got there?

“I decided if I got in the Hall of Fame I’d use it as a platform to get some information out to the public.”
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