September 10, 2013

At AP, an Incoherent Headline For Report on Obama’s Speech

Maybe my processing of the English language isn’t what it used to be, but I’m having a hard time making sense of the headline at David Espo’s and Julie Pace’s report (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, on President Obama’s Syria speech tonight.

The headline? “OBAMA DELAYS SYRIA VOTE, SAYS DIPLOMACY MAKE WORK.” Huh? If the last three words are “Make Diplomacy Work,” that’s better, but not by all that much, because it looks like he’s giving orders to others, when he and his administration are the ones who have to make it work. Several paragraphs from the AP pair’s report follow the jump (boids are mine):

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Geez, Charles Krauthammer, Did You Have to Rub It In?

According to NewsBusters colleague Noel Sheppard, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthhammer has stated that “The chances of these (chemical) weapons being eliminated from Syria are less than of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this year, and they are now mathematically eliminated.”

Speaking for Cubs fans, I say, “We resemble that remark.”

Krauthammer could have made that prediction about the next 100 years, and the chances would still be awfully close to zero — but still greater than the chances that chem weapons will be completely out of Syria.

That doesn’t mean we need to reminded of how pathetic the Cubs are, Mr. Krauthammer. Go after the Cincinnati Bengals next time (unfortunately, yours truly is a Bengals fan too). They’ve never won a Super Bowl. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. That was only 105 years ago. C’mon.

PJ Tatler: ‘Russia Backing Away from Fake Syria Weapons Deal’

From Bryan Preston — Good thing I didn’t waste my time on this stuff earlier today (links are in original; bolds are mine):

How…unexpected. (Not.) John Kerry said it couldn’t be done. Russia is making sure that it won’t, even if it could be.

Russia is not keen at this stage for a binding U.N. Security Council resolution that would provide a framework to control Syria’s chemical weapons’ stocks, France’s foreign minister said after talks with his Russian counterpart on Tuesday.

“As I understood, the Russians at this stage were not necessarily enthusiastic, and I’m using euphemism, to put all that into the framework of a U.N. binding resolution,” Laurent Fabius told French lawmakers after a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Obama is being played. The Russian deal forced him to change course and re-write tonight’s speech at the last minute. Now he has to re-write it again, or pretend that the Russians didn’t just drop a flaming bag of something on the White House doorstep. It will be grimly amusing to see what Obama tells the American people about all this now. …

Harry Reid pretended that the Russia deal drove him to halt a vote on force in the Senate. The reality is that Democrat votes for force were “dropping like flies,” and the prospect of passage in the House was always grim. Obama lost the Congressional Black Caucus today. Sen. Mitch McConnell came out against bombing today, breaking with the House GOP leaders who had supported it, and probably killing off any chance that the Senate would help Obama out by at least giving him a split vote in Congress. The likelihood now is that he gets rejected by both houses with actual “No” votes or implicitly if neither brings the authorization to a vote, and then has to decide if he wants to strike Syria anyway. Does Barry feel lucky?

So Obama is being played by Putin. The question is, does he know or even care that he’s being played? He seemed happy enough to grab Putin’s hand and get out of his jam. Now what’s he going to do?

This is really, really, really embarrassing. The entertainment in all of this will be the press trying to make Barack Obama look heroic and assign all other kinds of noble and positive traits to this rumbling, bumbling, fumbling enterprise.

Chances are that even the mushy, low-information middle will recognize the serious credibility and competence problems on display.

NewsBusters (091013)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:48 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
– President Obama
– Syria
– John Kerry
– Obamacare
– Nancy Pelosi
– Assad
– Chemical Weapons
– Benghazi
– John McCain Video Poker
– AFL-CIO
– NFL
– George Zimmerman

Best Lines:

  • “Nancy Pelosi continues to lobby support for Obama’s planned military action against Syria. In fact, Pelosi, said ‘We have to bomb Syria to find out what’s in it.’”
  • “President Obama’s military threat against Syria now has President Assad wishing he hadn’t used chemical weapons. Yeah — He now wishes he had just attacked the American embassy in Benghazi instead.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091013)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. 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; items time-stamped 6:05 a.m., if any, were posted earlier and held).
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Positivity: Gwinnett woman thanks first responders for saving her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Lawrenceville, Georgia:

Posted: 5:37 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

A Gwinnett County woman, who suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest a year ago, thanks those emergency responders who saved her life.

Deborah Walsh and her family went to Fire State Number 17 to tell the fire fighters, paramedics, and dispatcher “thank you” and hug their necks.

“We think about them all the time… the wonderful year that we’ve had wouldn’t be possible without all their efforts on that day,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.

Walsh was talking to a friend in the driveway of her Lawrenceville home when she collapsed. The friend and her husband dialed 911 where dispatcher Cassandra Ramos walked them through CPR.

“This is great for me, I mean I’ve been working in the 911 center for eight years and never have I gotten to meet anyone whose life we saved,” says Ramos.

Medic Sidney Garner was equally thrilled.

“Mrs. Walsh will be the first person I’ve met that actually walked out of the hospital,” he says. “I’ve had others, but she’ll be the first one I’ve actually met after a call that’s actually walked away.”

Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says of all the calls Gwinnett County responded to in 2012, 75 percent where emergency medical calls. Of those, 332 were cardiac arrest calls with 21 documented saves. Walsh was among those 21.

“It’s very important that citizens learn CPR, that they take classes to know what to do help a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even a total stranger,” he says. …

Go here for the rest of the story.