December 10, 2014

Pace’s Pity Party at AP: Obama Still Handicapped by Bush 43′s ‘Legacy,’ ‘Security Apparatus’

Nearly six years into Barack Obama’s presidency, it’s still George W. Bush’s fault.

Early Wednesday morning, Julie Pace at the Associated Press proved yet again why it is more than appropriate to characterize the wire service where she works as the Administration’s Press. The headline at Pace’s story tells us that poor President Barack Obama still has to confront the “Bush legacy,” and is still stuck with his wars and “big chunks of Bush’s national security apparatus.” Cry me a river, Julie. One of Pace’s more important omissions is the fact that the enhanced interrogations program Senate Democrats are decrying was a creation of none other than Bill Clinton.

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November 28, 2014

LAT Blog Writer: Thanksgiving Is Time to Debate ‘Crazy Right-Wing Uncle’

Sometimes, one has to remember that op-ed writers don’t always get to pick their headlines, though I would hope that they’re allowed to register their objections. So it’s not clear that Los Angeles Times guest blogger Joel Silberman is responsible for the headline at his Monday blog post about how, or even whether, to deal with relatives who disagree with you politically on Thanksgiving.

But Silberman’s resume indicates that he would probably have been comfortable with the headline used: “What to do if your crazy right-wing uncle comes for Thanksgiving.” Excerpts and some background on Silberman follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine; links in final two excerpted paragraphs are in original):

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November 25, 2014

AP Initially Fails to Report That Ferguson Mayor Begged for Guard Help

It looks like the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, is choosing to become an active participant in the covering for the failure by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to carry out his most basic duty as the state’s chief executive in a timely fashion.

The AP’s unbylined three-paragraph report published at 2:12 PM ET this afternoon acts as if the Guard had a meaningful presence in Ferguson last night. It didn’t. It also describes the looters, thugs and miscreants who ran wild last night as “protesters” and “demonstrators.”

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NYT’s Cooper Sanitizes and Spins Report on Hagel’s Sacking for Print Edition

The New York Times continued its annoying, Winston Smith-like habit of rewriting history in virtually real time yesterday.

Helene Cooper’s original Monday afternoon report on Chuck Hagel’s sacking as Secretary of Defense is no longer available at the Times. However, since I anticipated that the paper would conduct a comprehensive cleanup yesterday when I posted on the paper’s original coverage, it is available here at my web host for fair use and discussion purposes. Cooper’s Tuesday Page 1 print edition replacement is starkly different from her original effort. Side-by-side comparisons of certain sections follow the jump.

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November 24, 2014

Huh? NYT Says Hagel ‘Wasn’t Fired,’ But Obama ‘Made the Decision to Remove’ Him

As is the case with so many executive changes in both the public and the private sector, there is vagueness in the circumstances surrounding the end of Chuck Hagel’s stint as Obama administration Secretary of Defense.

While it's not unusual for an exec to be asked to resign to avoid being formally fired, which was apparently the case with Hagel, the higher-ups involved are usually smart enough to pay tribute to the departed official and move on without letting contrary information get out. Apparently not this White House, and not the New York Times — unless their joint mission is to subtly discredit Hagel. The contradictions in today's report by Helene Cooper (saved here for future reference and fair use purposes) seem too obvious to be accidental (bolds are mine):

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November 22, 2014

Missouri Governor Calls the Guard Into Ferguson; WaPo Provides Cover for DOJ’s Claims of ‘Escalation’

On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, ordered the National Guard into Ferguson, Missouri and declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a grand jury’s decision about whether to criminally charge police officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown. If only Nixon had called in the Guard, as virtually every governor of all political persuasions did in response to the riots of the 1960s, when it became clear shortly after Brown’s death that law and order had broken down in Ferguson. But he didn’t, allowing all manner of mayhem and destruction to go on for days.

Sari Horwirtz and Wesley Lowery at the Washington Post reported Friday evening that Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice are upset at Nixon’s actions. But the two reporters failed to tell readers what happened in Ferguson in August when Nixon didn’t act. This gives DOJ’s position credibility with many readers that it emphatically does not deserve (bolds are mine):

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November 11, 2014

Positivity: History of Veterans Day

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

Thanks to all who have served our country in the Armed Forces.

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History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

… Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

November 9, 2014

David Ignatius: Obama ‘Perhaps the Least Political President in Modern U.S. History’

On Thursday, the first paragraph of a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius on what he thinks President Barack Obama’s foreign policy might be for the next two years contained what may qualify as the “Notable Quotable” of the year.

The first sentence was a pretty impressive failure at perception: “President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout.” Look, David, even the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, noted that Obama “struck a defiant tone.” But it’s the second sentence of Ignatius’s opening paragraph that is the side-splitter (HT Patterico):

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October 20, 2014

The Truth About Vietnam: We Won, and Congress Lost It

Watch, and never forget:

There an echo in here, and it’s getting closer.

October 16, 2014

Words Can’t Be Found …

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 10:04 pm

… to describe how mortifying it is that Karl Rove was so disinterested in exposing Iraq’s actual possession of chemical weapons (i.e., weapons of mass destruction) that he “kept the public from learning about the chemical shells littered around the Iraqi battlefield.”

So the WMDs were there all along, just as yours truly and others have known, and insisted that everyone else know, for nine long years.

For nine long years we’ve had to listen to jerks on the left ask us why the Bush administration wasn’t claiming that WMDs were present, when anyone looking objectively at the facts knew they were.

Now we know why. Karl Rove (with Bush’s unforgivable acquiescence).

When “your side” won’t fight for the truth, they’re not really on your side. Hence the Tea Party. Hence why Karl Rove despises the Tea Party, because it wants the truth. Karl Rove obviously doesn’t.

October 15, 2014

Positivity: Father, son lead Army unit 4 decades apart

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Ft. Campbell, KY, a few months old but noteworthy nonetheless:

Jun. 14, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

Like many soldiers, Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins has a veteran father who knows firsthand the stress of wartime deployments. One big difference is that Harkins’ dad led the very same unit of paratroopers known as the Iron Rakkasans into combat decades earlier.

While the military has long had family legacies — and featured them prominently in Father’s Day celebrations — the Harkins’ achievements stand out. Capt. Charles Emmons, a spokesman for the brigade, said it appears to be the first time a father and son have commanded the same unit decades apart.

Patrick Harkins, 41, has led the 3rd Battalion of the 187th Infantry Regiment into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan four times since Sept. 11, 2001. His father, retired Col. Bob Harkins, led the same regiment four decades ago in Vietnam during Operation Apache Snow, more commonly known as the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

“It’s a really unique situation,” Emmons said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 12, 2014

Dempsey Tells ‘This Week’ ISIS Was 25 KM From Baghdad Airport; ABC Report Buries the Lede

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey’s told Marth Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” that ISIS fighters got to within 16 miles of Baghdad’s airport in Iraq earlier this week. Framing that distance in a way those in the nation’s out of touch Beltway political class will understand, that’s the driving distance from the U.S. Capitol Building to Tysons Corner Mall in Northern Virginia. The U.S. had to call in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun.

ABC’s Benjamin Bell, in preparing his 12:50 p.m. report on the Dempsey interview, saved that startling piece of information for his fourth paragraph and kept it out of his headline. It’s almost as if he was hoping that no one will want to watch the report’s accompanying video, which is nowhere near as blasé about that news.

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October 8, 2014

CNN Graphic Demotes Panetta to ‘Former Aide’; Net Lets Bill Burton Smear Him

On Tuesday afternoon, a graphic at CNN described Former Obama administration Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as a “former aide.”

Tuesday evening Eastern Time, the network, in video seen after the jump also let long-time Obama loyalist Bill Burton, smear Panetta as
“sad,” “dishonorable,” and “small and petty.” Burton also came within inches of accusing Panetta of betraying his country because we are now “at a time of a lot of instabilities around the world.” It appears not to have dawned on Burton that President Obama’s policies have at a minimum created the power vacuums which have caused those “instabilities” to arise.

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October 3, 2014

Megyn Kelly Rips State’s Psaki With Panetta’s Claim That Obama Wanted Out of Iraq

On her Thursday Fox News show, Megyn Kelly interviewed the State Department’s Jen Psaki.

Psaki’s thankless and impossible task was to defend the administration against former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s assessment that U.S. troops completely left Iraq too early. Video and the damning portions of the transcript follow the jump:

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September 30, 2014

O’Reilly: Obama Resumé on Terror ‘Is About As Weak As You Can Get’

Bill O’Reilly’s opening talking points on his show tonight went after President Obama’s claim that the intelligence community underestimated and did not adequately communicate the dangers of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria with both barrels.

As documented in several NewsBusters posts in the 48-plus hours since Obama's Sunday night "60 Minutes" interview, the rest of the press has been mostly working furiously to downplay the intelligence community’s outrage at being thrown under the bus. O’Reilly’s no-holds-barred analysis assessment, as seen in the video which follows the jump, is a stark contrast to what has been seen on other broadcast networks:

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