May 9, 2016

Josh Earnest Says He Can’t Deny That Admin Lied About Iran Deal, Then Backtracks

At today’s White House press briefing, Kevin Corke of Fox News asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest: “Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal?” The answer: “No Kevin.”

Four or five seconds of silence followed. Then Earnest spent two minutes building his own catalog of lies and half-truths about the agreement, while claiming that critics of the deal are the ones who have “lied.” If such an admission on such an important matter had occurred during any other administration — even previous Democratic ones — it would lead the Big Three network newscasts and would be morning show fodder for the next several days. The fact that Earnest subsequently backtracked when thrown a lifeline wouldn’t change that.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050916)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Former NC heroin addict meets first responders who saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Sneads Ferry, North Carolina:

Published: May 2, 2016, 10:26 pm Updated: May 2, 2016, 10:27 pm

It’s been a long, difficult, but rewarding two years for Della Geohagan, who has come from being a heroin addict on the brink of death, to an active community member now giving back to others.

Geohagan’s addiction to heroin started at the age of 17, when she shot up for the first time in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Surf City.

“I would settle for pain pills after that, but I didn’t want them,” Geohagan said. “Heroin is what I wanted.”

After that first experience, heroin took over her life, ranging from a few times a week, to a few times a day. She said it was all dependent on money, and whether she could find it.

“You know the feeling like when you turn the shower on, it’s been a long day, you’re cold, and you turn that shower on and it’s just warmth from top to bottom, and you close your eyes, and you go man this feels good. That’s what it is,” she said.

Over the next few years, Geohagan’s life spiraled out of control. She lost all of her money, lost touch with her family and friends, and was kicked out of her apartment.

Nothing seemed to matter to Geohagan, until one day in December 2013 when she was on the brink of death. She had shot up in a a bank parking lot in Downtown Wilmington, and had passed out behind the wheel.

geohagen3f“She actually rolled through two red lights, and a good Samaritan realized what was happening, and pulled his car in front of her, and intentionally let her run into the back of him,” said Corporal D.P. Roehrig with Wilmington Police.

Geohagan’s car eventually came to rest against a power pole, luckily right in front of an EMS station.

Geohagan was unconscious and not breathing when paramedics arrived on scene. Once they realized she had overdosed, they used the drug Narcan to revive her. This scary incident was what it took Geohagan to realize something had to change.

“Nothing happens by coincidence,” she said. “The lord has a plan for us all, whether you’re a believer or a non-believer.”

Two years later, and with the help of WNCT, Geohagan got to meet the first responders she credits for not only saving her life, but turning it around.

D.P. Roehrig with Wilmington Police and Eric Heinz, a paramedic with New Hanover Regional, said they both remember the day very well. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Not News: Kerry Tells Grads We’re in a ‘Borderless’ World

Based on the content of John Kerry’s Friday commencement speech at Northeastern University, one might have expected that those in attendance threw away their passports after the event ended.

That’s because the Obama administration’s Secretary of State told those in attendance: “You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.” Kerry’s extraordinarily dense, naive and dangerous contention — the key soundbite of his speech — was ignored in coverage of his address at the Associated PressReuters, and almost everywhere else.