May 27, 2014

Press Follow-up Fail: CNN Exposed VA Scandal Deaths Six Months Ago

Last week, I noted how CNN reporter Drew Griffin, described by the network’s Jake Tapper as “the reporter who began this whole story with his investigation into the Phoenix VA,” was stunned and frustrated with President Barack Obama’s Wednesday Veterans Administration scandal press conference. Reacting to Obama’s pledge to have VA Secretary Secretary Eric Shinseki investigate the problem and to bring in another person “to conduct a broader review” of the VA, Griffin contended that “this problem is real; it exists; it really doesn’t have to be studied.”

I have since learned that there is an especially strong reason for Griffin’s exasperation. The CNN reporter was on the VA’s case long before his work in Phoenix, doing work which the rest of the press ignored.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052714)

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 may follow. Other topics are also fair game.


Jill Stanek at NewsBusters and Michael New at Life News have caught the fundamental dishonesty in Politico’s reaction to its own poll in competitive 2014 election locales.

The web site’s Alexander Burns claims that the majority of voters are with Democrats on abortion:

When it comes to abortion rights, however, midterm voters are more aligned with Democrats than with Republicans: 54 percent say they support the right to an abortion either with no restrictions (19 percent) or some restrictions (35 percent).

Horse manure. The party and its representatives have demonstrated at the federal and state level for at least 15 years that it will not broach ANY kind of restriction on abortion.


The Blaze asks: “Congress Took Its First Step in Cleaning Up the VA — But Why Did 33 Democrats Oppose It?”

The answer is that the bill would disrupt the sacrosanct civil service system.

There is no good case for federal executives to have civil service protections (especially if they’re eligible for bonuses, which also shouldn’t be allowed). Of course, these hires have been predominantly Democrats for decades, which is why the hard-left libs in Congress don’t want to see them subjected to employment at will.


Transparency Update: “The administration has quietly stopped releasing ObamaCare enrollment numbers”


(Joe) Scarborough: Rockefeller “owes Ron Johnson an apology” for calling Johnson’s opposition to Obamacare presumptively racist. Rockefeller isn’t going to apologize, of course. No Democrat is backing him up, publicly, but everyone’s missing the point.

Rockefeller isn’t up for reelection. So he can say the things other Democrats believe but won’t dare say. He can also say things for low-information voters’ consumption because doing so has no consequences.


A thought which occurred to me as I read Allen West’s “Confidential source reveals to me what really happened in Benghazi” (HT Political Outcast and an emailer): Did Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods save Barack Obama’s reelection effort?

After all, if they hadn’t defied orders, 30 more Americans would have been killed at Benghazi. It’s one thing to work up the nerve, subsequently cover up the truth, and then ridicule opponents who want the truth when there are four deaths. I think 34 would have been quite another matter.


Michelle Malkin’s latest column compares how this country treats illegal immigrants and veterans. The vets get the short end in so many areas, even beyond healthcare.


Sellouts: “Twitter has honored five requests made by a Pakistani bureaucrat working for the country’s Telecommunications Authority to censor tweets and accounts it considered ‘blasphemous’ and ‘unethical.’”


Must read (HT to an emailer): “Condi Rice and the Graduation Gag Order.” Best point (with lots of strong runners-up) —

when George W. Bush went to Congress seeking authorization for the invasion, the 77 yea votes included Democrats Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid. Should they, too, be barred from college campuses? Speaking of which, if right-wingers had bullied three prominent women in this fashion, all you’d hear from those four is how the conservatives “war on women” is proceeding apace.


PJ Media’s Roger Simon, on how “antiwar” Baby Boomers have brought the nation to the brink of ruin (really only “antiwar” in the sense that “we don’t want to go to war; proof lies in the fact that college campuses totally quieted down when the draft ended, even though the Vietnam War raged on):

We were … the first to infiltrate the American mind in such a profound way that the wrong people became the heroes. After us, patriotism was out, ROTC was out, America the Beautiful was out.

Now we have a country of Barack Obama and veterans who are wait-listed for medical care and a foreign policy — not to mention a world — in shambles because this once great land leads from behind, if at all.

Sorry. I was just a kid. I didn’t know what I was doing.

And I wasn’t alone. There were a lot of us and it will take a lot of us to make this right. One way to start is that some of us can start to acknowledge what we did wrong. And we can reach out to others, not in rancor, but in honesty and love.

Those who won’t do so willingly deserve public shame. Yes, I’m talking to you, John Kerry.


“There is no voter fraud” update: “Local NBC Investigation Discovers Dozens of Illegal Voters in Florida.”

Related: “A Cuban immigrant who has been in the United States since the 1960s, served in the military, worked for state and federal agencies and voted in every major election since 1976, did not become a United States citizen until last week.”

Positivity: Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From :

May 26, 2014 / 02:35 am

On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.

The Pontiff visited the the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the morning of May 26, pausing to pray at the site and leaving the Our Father in Spanish tucked into one of the cracks. The Wall is a sacred place for Jews, the only remains of second temple.

Deviating from his planned itinerary, he also stopped to visit a memorial to Israeli victims of terrorism.

Later at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Pope Francis met with survivors of the Holocaust. As a flame was lit, Pope Francis prayed the following prayer:

(Full text of the official English translation, below)