November 16, 2015

AP, NYT Not Interested in Reporting Obama’s Disinterest in ‘America Winning’

The obvious pull quote of the day from President Obama’s contentious press conference in Antalya, Turkey is this statement: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with …” Obama then claimed that any ideas coming from those who believe in such a notion have “no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region.”

Ed Driscoll at PJ Media believes that these words are “the president’s equivalent of Carter’s malaise speech” in the 1970s. Just in case he’s right, related stories at the Associated Press and the New York Times have not mentioned Obama’s statement, a clear indicator of his lack of genuine resolve, in their coverage.


November 15, 2015

AP Avoids Reporting Obama’s Callous ‘We Have Contained ISIS’ Statement

As of early this morning, Matt Drudge was carrying a link to a story headlining how President Obama is “under fire for saying ISIS ‘contained’ just hours before Paris attack.”

Well, Obama is under some fire, but Drudge’s link is to coverage at the UK Daily Mail. That’s unfortunately unsurprising because there is little to no mention of Obama’s naive, foolish and callous statement in the U.S. establishment press. So Obama may be “under fire” from people who are paying attention, but low-information news consumers (and voters) who didn’t happen to see the original Thursday interview will likely remain unaware of it. In one such example of convenient oversight, the Associated Press published a Thursday evening story on that interview, and decided that its only newsworthy element was Obama’s immigration-related criticism of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.


November 11, 2015

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.

October 31, 2015

Not News: Obama-Clinton Emails Render His Related Kroft Interview Statements False

A Friday evening story at the New York Times covered the Obama administration’s decision to “try to block the release of a handful of emails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

In it, reporters Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt demonstrated that President Obama undoubtedly did not tell the truth in his interview with CBS News’s Steve Kroft in a 60 Minutes episode which aired on October 11.


October 25, 2015

AP Hides Hillary’s Smoking-Gun Benghazi Admission to Chelsea

Those folks at the Associated Press sure are “clever.”

Those looking for information about Hillary Clinton’s damning email to her daughter Chelsea indicating that Mrs. Clinton knew that a planned operation by Al Qaeda — and not an Internet video — was behind the Benghazi attacks which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others trying to save him will find nothing at all at the AP’s national site in a search (not in quotes) on “Hillary Chelsea”:


October 24, 2015

AP’s Bauder Enlists As An Accomplice to the Cinematic Fraud of ‘Truth’

The press has consumed many barrels of ink and gigs of bandwidth providing free promotion for the eminently misnamed movie Truth, thus far virtually for naught.

On Thursday, the Associated Press’s David Bauder did his part to generate interest by pretending, despite obviously forged documents and a virtually complete lack of anything resembling corroborating evidence, that what Dan Rather and Mary Mapes reported in 2004 about George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service might, as those two miscreants formerly employed by CBS still insist, be accurate.


October 17, 2015

As ‘Truth’ Debuts, NY Times Coverage of Story’s History Contains Little of It

As I noted on Friday, the New York Times has become the de facto head cheerleader for Truth, the movie which purports to tell the story behind CBS News’s 60 Minutes report on President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service in the early 1970s aired in September 2004.

The Old Gray Lady has hosted a TimesTalk video in which one of the film’s lead actors, Robert Redford as Dan Rather, claims that the movie gives the offending journalists “their day in court.” (Trust me, Bob. The last place they want to be is in a real courtroom; Rather found that out the hard way several years ago.) The paper’s Stephen Holden has reviewed the movie, finding it “a gripping, beautifully executed journalistic thriller.” As if that’s not enough, on Wednesday, John Koblin’s “news story” covering the “Rathergate” saga allowed the Truthers, so to speak, to continue to make claims, even about the related obviously fraudulent documents they used, which simply don’t hold up.


October 3, 2015

Positivity: ‘Hero’ Umpqua Community College Student Chris Mintz Was Shot 7 Times

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

From Roseburg, Oregon:

Oct 2, 2015, 11:11 AM ET

The student and Army veteran who witnesses say charged the shooter at a community college in Oregon is alert and awake at the hospital as he recovers.

Chris Mintz, 30, was shot seven times during the Thursday rampage, but he says his main concern is about the others who were injured.

“I just hope that everyone else is OK,” he told ABC News this morning.

“I’m just worried about everyone else.”

The man’s actions in the fatal shooting, where 10 people died and seven, including himself, were injured, did not go unnoticed by his peers.

“He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go,’” witness Hannah Miles told ABC News.

“He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building and I don’t know what happened to him,” she said of Mintz.

Mintz’s cousin launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for his ensuing medical bills.

“During the shooting both of his legs were broken and he is going to have to go through a ton of physical therapy,” Mintz’s cousin Derek Bourgeois wrote on the page.

“He is a father, a veteran, a student, and now he’s a hero,” Bourgeois wrote on the GoFundMe page, beneath a picture of Mintz and his son. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 30, 2015

Press Ignoring Blatant Conflicts of Interest Exposed in CBS Benghazi Coverage

Apparently, the establishment press is waiting for its marching orders on how to handle what an Investor’s Business Daily editorial has already called a “scandal.”

This one’s a joint effort involving Hillary Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, a recently deceased former CIA operative named Tyler Drumheller who worked with Blumenthal — and CBS News. As Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard reported Tuesday afternoon (i.e., now approaching two overnight news cycles ago), “Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA’s clandestine service in Europe who was working directly with Blumenthal as a member of Clinton’s spy network, was concurrently working as a consultant to CBS News and its venerable news program 60 Minutes. IBD’s question, reacting to Hemingway’s report: “Who is more corrupt, Clinton or the mainstream media?”


September 21, 2015

Will NY Times Cover Military’s Failure to Stop Afghan Leaders’ Abuse of Boys Like Abu Ghraib, and Tie ‘Policy’ to Obama White House?

Sunday’s New York Times story by Joseph Goldstein appearing on Page A1 above the fold in Monday’s print edition contains absolutely appalling news.

Goldstein’s report — originally headlined and appearing in print as “U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys”, and currently carried online as “U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies” — asserts that “American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records,” in known instances of “sexual abuse of children,” particularly young boys. In excerpts following the jump, we will see that Goldstein describes that stance as a “policy” several times (bolds are mine):


September 11, 2015

9/11 Remembered: Rick Rescorla Was a Soldier

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

This post is a BizzyBlog 9/11 tradition.


RescorlaInUniformRescorlaVietnamIn retrospect, it’s astonishing that the death toll from the 9/11 attacks wasn’t much higher. Vietnam War hero Rick Rescorla is one of the main reasons.

The following is excerpted from an item originally posted at Mudville Gazette in 2003 (Warning: Strong language):

… Rescorla’s office was on the forty-fourth floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. The firm occupied twenty-two floors in the south tower, and several floors in a building nearby. In 1990 Rescorla and Dan Hill, an old Army friend, evaluated the security, identifying load bearing columns in the parking garage as a weak point. A security official for the Port Authority dismissed their concerns. On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb exploded in the basement.

Rescorla ensured that every one of his firm’s employees was safely evacuated, and was the last man out of the building.

.. (on 9/11, Rescorla friend) Dan Hill was laying tile in his upstairs bathroom when his wife called, “Dan, get down here! An airplane just flew into the World Trade Center. It’s a terrible accident.” Hill hurried downstairs, and then the phone rang. It was Rescorla, calling from his cell phone.

“Are you watching TV?” he asked. “What do you think?”

“Hard to tell. It could have been an accident, but I can’t see a commercial airliner getting that far off.”

“I’m evacuating right now,” Rescorla said.

Hill could hear Rescorla issuing orders through the bullhorn. He was calm and collected, never raising his voice.

… the Port Authority was telling him not to evacuate and to order people to stay at their desks.

“What’d you say?” Hill asked.

“I said, ‘Piss off, you son of a bitch,’” Rescorla replied. “Everything above where that plane hit is going to collapse, and it’s going to take the whole building with it. I’m getting my people the f*ck out of here.”

… Hill turned back to the TV and, within minutes, saw the second plane execute a sharp left turn and plunge into the south tower. Susan saw it, too, and frantically phoned her husband’s office. No one answered.

About fifteen minutes later, the phone rang. It was Rick. She burst into tears and couldn’t talk.

“Stop crying,” he told her. “I have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I want you to know I’ve never been happier. You made my life.”

Susan cried even harder, gasping for breath. She felt a stab of fear, because the words sounded like those of someone who wasn’t coming back. “No!” she cried, but then he said he had to go. Cell-phone use was being curtailed so as not to interfere with emergency communications.

From the World Trade Center, Rescorla again called Hill. He said he was taking some of his security men and making a final sweep, to make sure no one was left behind, injured, or lost. Then he would evacuate himself. “Call Susan and calm her down,” he said. “She’s panicking.”

Hill reached Susan, who had just got off the phone with Sullivan. “Take it easy,” he said, as she continued to sob. “He’s been through tight spots before, a million times.” Suddenly Susan screamed. Hill turned to look at his own television and saw the south tower collapse. He thought of the words Rescorla had so often used to comfort dying soldiers. “Susan, he’ll be O.K.,” he said gently. “Take deep breaths. Take it easy. If anyone will survive, Rick will survive.”

When Hill hung up, he turned to his wife. Her face was ashen. “Sh*t,” he said. “Rescorla is dead.”

The rest of Rick Rescorla’s morning is shrouded in some mystery. The tower went dark. Fire raged. Windows shattered. Rescorla headed upstairs before moving down; he helped evacuate several people above the 50th Floor. Stephan Newhouse, chairman of Morgan Stanley International, said at a memorial service in Hayle that Rescorla was spotted as high as the 72nd floor, then worked his way down, clearing floors as he went. He was telling people to stay calm, pace themselves, get off their cell phones, keep moving. At one point, he was so exhausted he had to sit for a few minutes, although he continued barking orders through his bullhorn. Morgan Stanley officials said he called headquarters shortly before the tower collapsed to say he was going back up to search for stragglers.

John Olson, a Morgan Stanley regional director, saw Rescorla reassuring colleagues in the 10th-floor stairwell. “Rick, you’ve got to get out, too,” Olson told him. “As soon as I make sure everyone else is out,” Rescorla replied.

Morgan Stanley officials say Rescorla also told employees that “today is a day to be proud to be American” and that “tomorrow, the whole world will be talking about you.” They say he also sang “God Bless America” and Cornish folk tunes in the stairwells. Those reports could not be confirmed, although they don’t sound out of character. He liked to sing in a crisis. But the documented truth is impressive enough. Morgan Stanley managing director Bob Sloss was the only employee who didn’t evacuate the 66th floor after the first plane hit, pausing to call his family and several underlings, even taking a call from a Bloomberg News reporter. Then the second plane hit, and his office walls cracked, and he felt the tower wagging like a dog’s tail. He clambered down to the 10th floor, and there was Rescorla, sweating through his suit in the heat, telling people they were almost out, making no move to leave himself.

Rick did not make it out. Neither did two of his security officers who were at his side. But only three other Morgan Stanley employees died when their building was obliterated.

Blackfive’s Greyhawk notes that over 2600 employees of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter walked out of the south tower and in to the rest of their lives that morning thanks to Rick Rescorla.

Despite his post-9/11 brag that the attacks worked out better than he had expected, Osama bin Laden, with his background in construction, almost surely knew that the jets would level the Twin Towers, and was thus anticipating well over 10,000 deaths. By reducing the horrible toll, people like Rick Rescorla, the rescuers at the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the heroes of Flight 93 prevented bin Laden from achieving a much grander ambition, and demonstrated that while America may have appeared to be a paper tiger before the attacks, that would no longer be the case, beginning on September 12, i.e., “tomorrow, (when) the whole world will be talking about you.”

September 5, 2015

Ignatius Discloses Lack of Objectivity of an Important Source — In a Separate Column

In the past week, several pundits and alleged “experts” have been on a mission to tell us rubes that Hillary Clinton’s email and private-server controversy doesn’t rise to the level of being a scandal. They have absurdly argued that even if she “technically” violated State Department protocols and even broke some pesky laws in handling her communications while she was Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton’s actions weren’t serious enough to warrant prosecution.

In making that argument in an August 27 column (“The Hillary Clinton e-mail ‘scandal’ that isn’t”), Washington Post columnist David Ignatius heavily relied on one Jeffrey Smith without revealing Smith’s political connections to Bill and Mrs. Clinton and his professional advocacy on behalf of Democrats. After getting caught, while never recognizing his critics’ existence, Ignatius incompletely disclosed Smith’s obvious lack of objectivity in a manner which would have been barely tolerable during newspapers’ dead-trees era, and which is completely unacceptable in the digital age.


August 30, 2015

WashPost’s Ignatius Relies on Hillary Clinton Defender With Undisclosed Connections

One of the odder pieces appearing during the past week in connection with the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal was David Ignatius’s attempt to deny that it’s a scandal at all in Thursday’s Washington Post.

Ignatius devoted four of his first five paragraphs to relaying the allegedly expert assessments of Jeffrey Smith, who Ignatius described as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.” Sounds like an arms-length guy, doesn’t he? He’s not. He has been a security adviser to Hillary Clinton’s previous presidential campaign, defended John Kerry against criticism of the Massachusetts senator’s national security negligence in 2004, and served on Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in late 1992 and early 1993.


August 29, 2015

Media Yawns as Fox Reports That FBI’s Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Is Focusing on Espionage Act

The establishment press is all over revelations by Fox News Friday morning that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails involves a “section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793,” and that “the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to ‘gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,’” according to “an intelligence source.”

Just kidding. The only reaction I’ve seen thus far is at the Friday evening version of “The 2016 Blast” collection by Henry C. Jackson at the Politico. The fifth item covered — after a snippet on “John Kasich’s Aerial Attack” and three snoozers on Mrs. Clinton’s predictable dissembling — reads as follows (bolds and italics are theirs):


August 26, 2015

AP, While Making Excuses for Hillary, Admits That She Sent Classified Emails

Over at the Associated Press this afternoon (later updated), Ken Dilanian, with the help of four other reporters, prepared a lengthy dispatch attempting to defend 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email and private-server practices. Boiled down to its essence:Boiled down to its essence: “[D]iplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations.”

Nice try, guys, but there are two problems with your “many others did it” defense. First, in the course of attempting to defend her, Dilanian and his team quietly admitted that Mrs. Clinton has been lying when claiming that she never sent any classified emails. Additionally, they ignored a December 2009 Executive Order from President Obama which, as Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported this morning, specifies that only “intelligence agencies who own that information in the first place have the authority to declassify it.”