August 9, 2014

Press Mostly Ignoring Feinstein’s Warning That ISIS Wants ‘To Attack Us in Our Backyard’

Yesterday, Roll Call and The Hill both relayed Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s call, in Roll Call’s words, “for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president.” She believes it is needed because “It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries … and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard.”

Searches at their web sites indicate that the Associated Press and New York Times have not reported Feinstein’s stark warning, which directly contradicts the President’s January ridicule of ISIL/ISIS as the equivalent of junior varsity basketball players. At the Politico, in a worry-wart piece on “Obama’s liberal problem,” Seung Min Kim and Jeremy Herb shamefully omitted Feinstein’s “in our backyard” warning — while covering the rest of what she said.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080914)

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

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Positivity: Man surprises fiancée with wedding minutes after proposing

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Winston-Salem, North Carolina (video at link: HT Daryn Kagan):

Jul 31st 2014 9:55AM

George Tsiolkas and Beth Wilson first met at Bolton Pool in the summer of 1979. The two were lifeguards with a summer romance that ended when they both went off to college.

“Every time I go through her mother’s neighborhood I always wondered what happened to her,” said Tsiolkas, who eventually reunited with Wilson eight years ago. “We laugh over everything, it’s just wonderful.”

The love they first felt as young lifeguards came back even stronger for the two now in their 50s.

“After about a year of being together I noticed her walk started slowing down,” said Tsiolkas, who started taking care of Wilson.

Wilson was diagnosed in 1995 with progressive multiple sclerosis.

“Without George I’d be stuck,” said Wilson, who is now confined to a wheel chair.

Over this past weekend George surprised Beth, blind folded, with what she thought was a trip to a jazz festival. Instead it was a trip to Bolton Pool for a marriage proposal.

“I was so surprised,” said Wilson, who said ‘yes’ and was surprised even more when George turned her around to see a minister and all their family and friends ready for their wedding. …

Go here for the rest of the story.