June 30, 2018

Rubin on Real Time: L.L. Bean Should Leave Maine If Susan Collins Supports Trump’s Court Nominee

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:41 pm

We don’t even know who President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be, but Jennifer Rubin thinks she can prevent his pick from being confirmed by the Senate. Half of her strategy involves telling Maine-headquartered L.L. Bean that it should threaten to “leave Maine” unless Pine Tree State Senator Susan Collins votes against Trump’s nominee, and then follow through on that threat if she supports him or her. We’ll stop there for a moment to let readers catch their breath.

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AP Resists, Tries to Distort Good News in Trump-Saudi Oil Discussion

Saturday afternoon, Ken Thomas and Jon Gambrell at the Associated Press demonstrated the wire service’s chronic resistance to recognizing genuinely good news during the Trump era. The pair pretended in their story about Donald Trump’s Saturday conversation with Saudi King Salman that the President could only “claim” that Saudi Arabia has agreed to significantly boost its oil production in response to a tightening in worldwide supplies — even though as soon as Trump tweeted about it, the Saudi news agency confirmed its substance.

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Massachusetts Reporter Fired For Claiming Annapolis Shooter Wore MAGA Hat

On Thursday, shortly after news broke of the Capital Gazette massacre in Annapolis, Maryland, Conor Berry, a reporter at the The Republican newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts, published a tweet which appeared to be serious claiming that the shooter “dropped his #MAGA hat on the newsroom floor before opening fire.” Berry, a journalist with 21 years of experience, is now an unemployed journalist, as he resigned on Friday.

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NBC’s Pete Williams Painfully Attempts to Explain the ‘Reverse Backwards Funnel’ of Shotguns

Reporters often get basic facts wrong and otherwise embarrass themselves when attempting to explain specifics about guns. This is what happened to Pete Williams at MSNBC Friday morning as he tried to describe shotguns in the aftermath of Thursday’s Capital Gazette massacre in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (063018)

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: 5 WWII airmen who died during mission in Germany buried together at Arlington

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Arlington, Virginia (HT Weasel Zippers):

Published: June 27, 2018

They died together during a mission over Germany in 1944. For more than 70 years, the location of their remains was unknown. Wednesday afternoon, the five airmen were finally laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

“For over 150 years, our nation has honored her fallen warriors and patriots. These hallowed grounds are a lasting memorial to the men and the women who have honorably and faithfully served our country,” U.S. Army chaplain Capt. Matthew Whitehead said during the burial ceremony in section 60.

“First Lt. John Liekhus, Tech Sgt. John Brady, Tech Sgt. Allen Chandler, Staff Sgt. Bobby Younger, Staff Sgt. Robert Shoemaker have all earned a resting place in these hallowed grounds.”

The U.S. Army Air Forces airmen were members of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, they were part of a nine-man crew that joined an armada of bombers on a mission to Merseburg, Germany and the Leuna Werke, a sprawling chemical factory that produced synthetic fuels.

Their B-17 was hit by flak, or ground, anti-aircraft fire, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft burst into flames and then descend rapidly. Three crewmembers survived the crash and were taken prisoner. One of the airmen killed was identified in May 1945; the other five crewmembers were declared missing in action.

In the raid, 38 bombers were lost and 481 were damaged, according to an April 2007 Air Force Magazine article. The USAAF estimated that as many as 500 Luftwaffe fighters attacked and almost 400 men did not return. Many were missing in action after bailing out of their aircraft.

The Nov. 2nd mission was the deadliest, the article explained, but not the last of the missions to Leuna. Crews risked a half-dozen more missions over an array of at least 1,700 flak guns.

In 1951, the American Graves Registration Command concluded that 26-year-old Brady of Taunton, Massachusetts, 23-year-old Chandler of Fletcher, Oklahoma, 29-year-old Liekhus of Anaheim, California, 23-year-old Shoemaker of Takoma Park, Maryland, and 19-year-old Younger of McKinney, Texas, died in the crash, and confirmed that the location of their remains was unknown.

A few years ago, historians and analysts from the Department of Defense, German researchers and local government officials identified a potential crash site. Recovery operations were conducted from June to September 2015, then DPAA returned to the site in April and May, 2016. On both occasions, additional remains, material evidence and aircraft wreckage were found.

The five missing airmen were accounted for on Aug. 10, 2017. …

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