July 19, 2013

Breitbart’s Shapiro Outshines Politico’s Tau in Initial Coverage of President’s Surprise ‘Trayvon Could Have Been Me’ Remarks

President Obama made a surprise appearance at today’s White House briefing. He chose to speak on Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman situation.

Byron Tau at the Politico and Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com’s Big Government have initial reports. Let’s compare them, shall we?


Meme of the Year: ‘Al Qaeda Is Alive, and Detroit Is Bankrupt’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:21 pm

From a month ago, now officially and legally true:

Al Qaeda is alive, and Detroit is bankrupt.

Daily Caller Intern Asks Carney Intelligent Question; Childish Contempt, Especially From Politico Reporters, Ensues

It’s pretty bad when a teenager asks a better question in his first attempt than experienced reporters in the White House press corps. It’s even worse when members of that press corps, especially supposedly seasoned reporters at the Politico, act like whiny children when they see someone doing their job better than they are.

That’s what happened on Wednesday when Daily Caller intern Gabe Finger had a testy exchange with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, as reported by the Washington Post’s Rachel Weiner (bolds are mine throughout this post):


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071913)

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

Continuing what I started Wednesday, I’m going to keep this open thread at the top.

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items, updated sporadically:

Positivity: Lancaster teen Temar Boggs hailed as a hero in 5-year-old’s rescue from abduction

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Lancaster, Pennsylvania (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

Originally Published Jul 14, 2013 10:00

Temar Boggs had a feeling he’d find the 5-year-old girl who was abducted Thursday in Lancaster Township.

He was right.

Boggs, a McCaskey freshman who lives in Gable Park Woods, had been hanging out with a friend at nearby Lancaster Arms apartments and helping move a couch when a man came by asking if they’d seen a missing girl.

They hadn’t, Boggs said, so they went to watch TV.

A short time later, his friend went outside and saw lots of police officers and people from the neighborhood looking for the girl.

Police said that the girl had been taken that afternoon from the 100 block of Jennings Drive.

Boggs and about six friends joined the search.

“We got all of our friends to go look for her. We made our own little search party,” Boggs, 15, said Saturday, though he didn’t know the girl or her family.

They walked through some nearby woods and along a creek where they were told the girl might have gone.

When Boggs and his friends returned to Lancaster Arms on Jennings Drive, they saw more police officers and TV news crews.

“The whole block was filled,” he said.
Related: Pictures of massive search for missing girl
That’s when, Boggs said, “I had the gut feeling that I was going to find the little girl.”

A friend asked Boggs to hold his bike. Boggs figured the bike would help him search for the girl.

So he and another friend, Chris Garcia, rode on area streets — Michelle Drive, St. Phillips Drive, Gable Park Road — looking for her.

That’s when a maroon car caught his eye. (He had gotten a bit ahead of Garcia.)