May 11, 2014

Steyn Subjects Lame WH Response on Nigeria to the Ridicule It Deserves.

Spot on, as usual:


If Laura Bush had tried something analogous during the Bush 43 administration, the ridicule from the press and the left would be relentless. But Michelle Obama holding up a hashtag sign shows how much she cares? No, it gives emotional cover to institutional impotence.

Read the whole thing.

LAT Buries the Lede: Calif. Rail Authority Tried to Intimidate Consultants to Hide $1B Cost Overrun

The estimated cost of the initial segment of California’s bullet train project, Golden State Governor Jerry Brown’s pet project, has (excuse the pun) just shot up from $6.19 billion to $7.13 billion. If this is the only overrun encountered in this opening phase, which would be atypical, and if the California High Speed Rail Authority has similar experiences during the remainder of the project, assuming it’s ever completed, its cost will rise from a currently estimated $68 billion to about $78 billion.

Obviously a big cost overrun is news. But normally, evidence of an attempted government coverup of such an overrun is even bigger news. But not at the Los Angeles Times. The paper’s Ralph Vartabedian kept it out of his headline and waited until his story’s ninth paragraph to note it. Even then, his description was needlessly vague. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):


At AP, Wis. Dem’s Plan to Pass Out Klan Hoods at GOP Gathering Was a ‘Big Story’ — But Not His Humiliation

While I was aware that a fever-swamp Democrat in Wisconsin was planning to pass out Ku Klux Klan hoods at some kind of Wisconsin Republican gathering, I had no idea until this morning that the Associated Press actually considered it a national story back on May 1. It was really even more than a national story at the self-described “essential global news network.” It was so vital that the nation know about this offensive plan that the AP carried it at its “Big Story” site.

I should have figured that Scott Bauer, the bitter critic of Republican Governor Scott Walker disguised as an AP reporter, would be the guy who thought that devoting 13 paragraphs and over 400 words to Democratic State Representative and gubernatorial candidate (seriously) Brett Hulsey’s anticipated stunt was a worthwhile expenditure of precious journalistic time and resources. Given that level of original attention, the wire service should have followed up (but of course didn’t) with a national story noting that Hulsey abandoned the KKK hood idea, but still showed up at the May 2-4 Badger State GOP Convention to call out Republicans as racists — and, as captured in the following video (HT The Blaze), was confronted by a “colorful” Republican attendee:


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Argonne to Afghanistan, a Bible visits both a century apart

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

From Bagram Airfield, Afghanstan (HT to Bill Sloat):

Posted 4/25/2014 Updated 4/25/2014

Warren Knoble was a 22 year-old U.S. Army private in World War I. As he fought across the French countryside, he carried a small Bible with him.

Nearly 100 years later, his great-grandson carries that same Bible daily while deployed to Afghanistan.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric Hulshizer, a native of Edmond, Okla., and deployed out of Robins Air Force Base, is the finance officer for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s finance office at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Shortly before he left home, his uncle presented him with the small book.

“It looked a little weathered, a little worn. I thought it was a nice gift, but I didn’t realize the significance until I opened it. That’s when I knew it was pretty unique,” said Hulshizer. When he opened the cover, he found a handwritten entry saying that it was carried across France during World War I in 1918 and 1919.

Knoble was a machine gunner in Company D, 305th Machine Gun Battalion, and fought in the Battle of the Argonne, one of the bloodiest single battles in U.S. history, with over 26,000 U.S. soldiers being killed. Upon returning home, he became a rural mail carrier for many years in Lafayette, Ohio, the town where he was born and lived his entire life.

After its time in France, the history of the Bible is unclear, until Hulshizer received it last fall. Since then, he has carried it in the United States, through Kyrgyzstan, and around Afghanistan, tucked inside his uniform shirt pocket. …

Go here for the rest of the story.