August 23, 2016

As She Frets over Obama Losing ‘Vacation Glow,’ AP’s Darlene Superville Distorts Iran Cash-For-Hostages Points

At the Associated Press Tuesday morning, Darlene Superville added another chapter to her rarely uninterrupted eight-year exercise in hero-worship coverage of President Barack Obama and his administration.

Superville infamously gobbled up precious press briefing time at a White House briefing last year asking questions about the President’s upcoming father-daughter weekend the day after Islamic terrorist attacks in Chattanooga, Tennessee killed five U.S. servicemen. Tuesday morning, she opened her coverage of Obama’s return from his two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation with verbiage that would even embarrass tabloid celebrity stalkers. In later paragraphs, she played the “Republicans say” game, and twisted facts about the hard-cash-for-hostages exchange with Iran. (Also, see the Update at the end of this post.)

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Positivity: U.S. Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Stops Mid-Run, Stands at Attention During the National Anthem

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Paula Bolyard at PJ Media:

AUGUST 21, 2016

U.S. Olympic pole vaulter Sam Kendricks turned some heads in Rio last week when he interrupted his pole vault during the qualifying round to stop and listen to the national anthem. Kendricks, 23, is a former Ole Miss standout and a second lieutenant in the 655th Transportation Company of the U.S. Army Reserves in Millington, Tenn.

On his approach to the bar during the qualifying round, he stopped abruptly on the track, set his pole on the ground, and stood at attention as the national anthem played in another part of the venue.

Even with that interruption, he managed to qualify for the finals with a jump of 5.7 meters. He went on to win the bronze medal by clearing 5.85 meters, becoming the first American to win a medal in pole vault since 2004.

“They say back home, and jokingly in track circles, that if you win a medal it will change your life,” Kendricks told the Clarion-Ledger. “I think your life is changed on the way to that medal, honestly. With all the journeys and sacrifices that you make, all the training that you do, and the people you leave at home to watch. That is what is really the value of the (medal). I’m glad I have something tangible to bring home and show for it. I know that everybody in Oxford will love to see it. But the journey, like my coach says, is the goal. Not necessarily the medals. And it’s very fun to come and compete, but not necessarily the end of all things.” …

Watch Kendricks come to a dead stop, put his vaulting pole down, and stand at attention here.