April 14, 2014

Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists

In one of a pair of Sunday posts at his web site, New England talk show host Michael Graham added an emphatic exclamation point to Brent Bozell’s and Tim Graham’s Saturday column condemning the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University’s decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In the other, Graham roasted the Boston Globe for backing Brandeis.

Bozell and Tim Graham rightly pointed to the university’s embrace of particularly nasty anti-Catholic and anti-Israel speakers. Michael Graham found yet another example adding toxic icing to an already rancid cake, and noted that three of its female graduates have achieved a unique level of infamy (links are in each original; bolds are mine throughout):

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April 12, 2014

Establishment Press Virtually Silent as Left-Driven Controversy Over Dropbox’s Condi Rice Board Appointment Rages

Based on searches at their respective sites at 9:40 a.m. ET this morning, the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Politico do not have stories on the fever-swamp left’s two-days-old attempts to force storage company DropBox to reverse its appointment of Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.

The three outlets just cited, and the rest of the national establishment press, with the as usual notable exception of Fox News (in an opinion piece by Richard Grenell) and the unusual exception of UPI.com, appears to be following what I’ll call the “hand-wringing template”: Ignore the story until the left gets its dirty work done, and then file a timid story noting how the now-settled matter “raises free-speech issues.” This is how a passive-aggressive mission is accomplished.

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NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Makes, Breaks Promise to Inspiring Marathon Bombing Survivor

Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who insists that she not be called a “victim” (“I am not defined by what happened in my life. I am a survivor, defined by how I live my life”).

The Boston Herald writes that “Haslet-Davis became a symbol of Boston Strong when she made good on her vow to dance again in a front-page Herald story last year. This past month she performed a rumba on a bionic leg designed by an MIT brainiac who is himself a double amputee. The performance was at a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Vancouver.” On Friday, NBC News, which three weeks ago posted a story on Haslet-Davis’s first post-bombing performance, deliberately and by its own admission broke a promise it had made to her as a condition for her appearance in a taped panel discussion in advance of the network’s next Meet the Press program.

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April 5, 2014

Hillary Fails to Name a Single Accomplishment at State Dept.

Several weeks ago, MRC-TV’s Dan Joseph visited the Democratic Party’s winter meeting to see if attendees could name a single tangible of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State. They couldn’t. It turns out that Hillary Clinton herself can’t even do that.

Remember how Texas Governor Rick Perry was mercilessly ridiculed in the press for his 2011 debate brain cramp when he couldn’t identify the third of three federal government agencies he would eliminate? At the Women of the World Summit in New York City on Thursday — an event held at, of all places, the David H. Koch Theater (you can’t make this stuff up) — Mrs. Clinton rambled on and on in a response to a question about what she was most proud of in looking at her time as Secretary of State, but never identified even one specific accomplishment (HT Capitol City Project):

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March 25, 2014

Press Morphs Obama’s ‘Regional Power’ Assertion About Russia Into an Insult to Putin; It Wasn’t Delivered That Way

At President Barack Obama’s press conference in The Hague, Netherlands today, as part of a much longer question, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Obama whether “Mitt Romney had a point when he said that Russia is America’s biggest geopolitical foe? If not Russia, who?”

It’s important to note that Obama’s response to that portion of Karl’s question pertained to and was directed at Romney. A video containing Karl’s question and Obama’s answer (“With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia’s our number- one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that, you know, America’s got a whole lot of challenges. Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors — not out of strength, but out of weakness”) shows that the President’s tone at that point was generally calm with a bit of a defiant edge which seemed directed at Romney and Karl (perhaps not in that order). That didn’t stop the establishment press from claiming that Obama’s statement was really an insult directed at Russia (it wasn’t) and that the President supposedly directed his “derisive” statement towards Russian President Vladimir Putin (he didn’t).

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AP and Politico Both Sleep as Risen Calls Obama Admin ‘Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom’

A search on the name of James Risen (not in quotes) returns nothing relevant at the Associated Press. All that comes back at the Politico is a link to a post yesterday at Dylan Byers’ On Media Blog containing one pertinent sentence: “James Risen slams the Obama administration.” Whoopee.

Risen is the Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for The New York Times who has been in the Obama administration’s crosshairs “in a years-long legal battle against the government to reveal one of his confidential sources, even petitioning the Supreme Court to hear his case.” On Monday, according to Andrew Beaujon at Poynter.org, Risen, appearing at at a George Polk Awards conference called Sources and Secrets, went after the Obama administration’s heavy-handedness towards the press (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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March 21, 2014

Obama Talks to Putin

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:07 pm

Well … okay:

Best Exchange:

Obama: You’re forcing people to accept something that the majority of them don’t even want.

Putin: In Russia we have (a) word for this: Obamacare.

March 19, 2014

Politico’s Byers Wants to Dictate Conditions For Criticizing Obama’s Foreign Policy

On Wednesday, the Politico’s Dylan Byers, imitating the president his web site so loves and adores, unilaterally decided (“new rule”) that those of us who are making the self-evident observation that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy performance has been weak can’t do so unless we articulate what he should be doing.

How quaint. I don’t recall seeing, hearing or reading of anyone at Politico or in the rest of the establishment press trying to place such firm conditions on those who opposed the Iraq War or how it was being conducted, the Bush 43 tax cuts, or any other performance, initiative, or idea during the previous presidential administration. Byers’ tweet and several choice responses to it follow the jump (HT Twitchy):

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March 16, 2014

Not Yet News at AP or Politico: Russian State Broadcaster’s ‘Turn Into Radioactive Ash’ Warning to U.S.

As of 11 P.M. Eastern Time Sunday evening, searches at both the Associated Press and at the Politico on “radioactive” returned nothing relating to a comment made on TV by Russian “journalist” Dmitry Kiselyov reminding viewers that his country, as translated by the wire service AFP“is the only one in the world “realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash.” Reuters also has a story here. Further evidence of AP disinterest is the fact that its two “10 Things to Know for Monday” relating to Russia as of 9:03 p.m. noted the West’s intent to impose sanctions and penalties but did not mention the Russian threat.

Kiselyov isn’t some freelancer mouthing off for “look at me” attention. As such, the failure of these two outlets to report what is clearly a serious escalation in rhetoric emanating from Russia is breathtakingly negligent, even by their non-standards. It’s as if they’re desperately trying to keep Kiselyov’s statement from becoming an item on the U.S. morning news shows.

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March 11, 2014

Ben Shapiro Rips UCLA a New One For Its Anti-Israel Resolution

Filed under: Activism,Education,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:38 pm

Watch (Via TruthRevolt):

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Money quote:

… for us to sit here and pretend that Israel is somehow on a lower moral plane is a direct manifestation of anti-Semitism. And to hold Jews to a different moral standard than any other country or group on the face of the earth represents nothing but an age-old and historic hatred for the Jewish people.

March 6, 2014

President Not-Present

From domestically disastrous to internationally dangerous.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday.

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We now know — even the Associated Press, better described as the Administration’s Press, has now acknowledged it — that President Barack Obama, in AP’s words, “did not participate” in a White House meeting of his national security team Saturday morning “to get updates on the situation and discuss policy options” in reaction to Russia’s invasion and takeover of Crimea and threatened military intervention in the rest of Ukraine. Those who need help getting past AP’s whitewashing need to understand that “did not participate” means “did not attend.”

Last time I checked, the President of the United States was the nation’s Commander in Chief, the person who is supposed to be primarily responsible for the nation’s security and well-being in its relations with the rest of the world. He happens to live in the same White House where the national security meeting was held. PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson has noted that Obama “had no public events on his schedule.”

What Obama apparently chose to miss was not a “3 a.m. phone call.” It was a daytime meeting at his own residence. It concerned a country whose guarantee of security, embodied in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, was confirmed by Obama himself in December 2009.

Congress and the American people should demand to know exactly what could possibly have been more important than Obama’s attendance at that meeting. We all know that if a President Romney or George W. Bush had acted similarly, the press would already be demanding an answer for us, and quite properly so. Instead, we get the AP’s aforementioned indifference.

It gets worse. Obama was briefed after the fact by a “national security team” led by none other than Susan Rice.

Five days after the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi which took the lives of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Christopher Steven and three other Americans, Rice went to the Sunday talk shows to claim that an anti-Muslim video inspired the “spontaneous – not premeditated” attack. Just last week, in the face of overwhelming, irrefutable evidence to the contrary, she contended that “The notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false.”

Six months after it became obvious that the Senate would not confirm her as the country’s next Secretary of State, Obama rewarded Rice by elevating her to her current perch as National Security Adviser. So the President’s chief informant has every reason to tell Obama things which would further his agenda, which may or may not coincide with an agenda consistent with the country’s security.

Is Obama’s real agenda different? There’s ample justification for believing that’s the case. In March 2012, he was caught on an open mic telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious U.S.-Russian issues after that year’s presidential election. Perhaps part of that “flexibility” includes pretending to have a problem with a Russian return to de facto control of Ukraine while doing nothing about it. If so, no wonder Obama was a no-show on Saturday morning. Why bother coming downstairs to sit in on a meeting about something when the result is already a foregone conclusion? Maybe his 90-minute Saturday afternoon phone call with Russian President Vladimir was really a plea: “Slow down, guy, you’re going so fast that it’s making me look bad.”

Obama may also be porting his patented habit of disclaiming responsibility for anything negative that happens in his administration from stateside matters to international affairs.

He has said that he only learned of the IRS’s acknowledged targeting of tea party, conservative, ballot box integrity and prolife groups in press accounts “while watching the news.” That’s a highly suspect copout, because “the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, were told … that ‘a small number of line IRS employees had improperly scrutinized certain … organizations.’” Ruemmler had a clear professional duty to inform Obama of these developments. If she didn’t, and Obama was initially as upset about the scandal as he claimed to be (now he says that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS), why is she still on the job? The more plausible explanation is that Ruemmler did inform Obama, and that he’s really okay with the IRS’s conduct — except for the getting caught part.

He was supposedly as surprised as everyone else at HealthCare.gov’s disastrous rollout, despite gigantic but ignored red flags at Kathleen Sebelius’s Health and Human Services Department, and despite Sebelius’s “active White House presence in the months leading up to the botched rollout,” because “I don’t write code.”

Obama has adopted reducing income inequality as a personal crusade, even as it has worsened since he took office though after holding steady during George W. Bush’s administration. Judgment-impaired energy-loan debacles are just “bad luck.” Record Federal Reserve-funded budget deficits occur because the Republican House won’t pass even more tax increases. It’s the same song and dance with the deadly Fast and Furious scandal, the NSA’s spying on Americans, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s pursuit of journalists as criminals.

Obama’s passive posture and his gutting of the military appear designed to remove the U.S. from having any meaningful role in world affairs. The overwhelmingly likely deterioration in worldwide democratic conditions would then be something he would say he was powerless to reverse.

Along with Russia, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the Chinese appear to be quite pleased at this. The American public should be extremely alarmed.

March 5, 2014

Score: Assad 1, US 0; Game Apparently Over

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:02 pm

From David Francis at the Fiscal Times:

Taken together, Assad’s victory (in taking Yabroud, “the last major town held by Sunni Muslim rebels”) his continued slaughter of those who oppose him, his repeated human rights violations, his failure to live up to the terms of the deal, and his undermining of the peace talks amount to a stunning defeat of American diplomacy. Nearly 50,000 people have died since the United States confirmed the use of chemical weapons last summer, bringing the total number of casualties to more than 140,000.

Taken together, this also represents a clear victory for Bashar al Assad. He has accomplished every goal he had when the United States and its partners ignored the so-called “red line” and allowed the war to continue without intervention.

He has defeated the rebels, splitting them into warring factions. He still has the majority of his chemical weapons. He is still in power, and with negotiations stalled, it’s unlikely he’ll be removed.

In short, he’s won.

John Kerry is still maintaining that diplomacy can work.

The world is doing a collective “ROTFLMAO” at us.

March 4, 2014

AP’s Heller Misleads on Israeli Settlement Activity, Cites Mythical ‘International Community’ Opposition

It appears that Aron Heller at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, might have been applying lessons learned from the wire service’s U.S. business and economics writers in his coverage of Israel’s settlement activity. Heller also seems strangely fond of this mythical thing known as the “international community.”

AP business and economics writers like Martin Crutsinger and Christopher Rugaber have regaled us with the wonders of the alleged housing recovery during the past two years, but haven’t been quite as good at telling us that over 4-1/2 years after the recession officially ended, new home sales and construction activity is still only about 60-65 percent of what is seen as healthy by most economists and analysts. Heller pulled an analogous trick in his report; fortunately Evelyn Gordon at Commentary (HT Powerline) was astute enough to catch his misdirection, one in which President Obama has also engaged.

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March 3, 2014

Press Reluctant to Call Russia’s Crimea Takeover an ‘Invasion’; No Such Hesitation in 1970 with Cambodia

The Obama administration’s most recent abuse of the English language late last week involved its reluctance to call Russia’s military move into Crimea an “invasion.” The press, unlike in 1970 when Richard Nixon sent U.S. troops into Cambodia for under three months, is largely following suit.

CNN (HT Hot Air) began the Team Obama-driven festivities on Friday by reporting that “According to the latest U.S. assessment, there has been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Crimea. They are believed to be Russian land forces, CNN was told.”

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March 2, 2014

Weasel Term of the Day: ‘Uncontested Arrival’

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:14 pm

As in: The U.S. government doesn’t have the stones to call Russia’s military takeover in Crimea an “invasion,” so it has instead characterized it as an “uncontested arrival.”