July 26, 2015

Goalposts Moved: Reporter Asks For Proof Hillary’s Private-Server Classified Emails Caused ‘National Security Harm’

Veteran journalist John Harwood, according to his Twitter home page, covers “Washington and national politics for CNBC and the New York Times.”

Saturday morning, despite all of his experience, Harwood tweeted a question (HT Twitchy) so naive that a freshman journalism student would have been embarrassed to ask it:


July 24, 2015

Today’s Winner of the Internet



Underlying story:


… And there’s no mystery about why, as reporter Michael Schmidt explained to Politico: “It (the editing — Ed.) was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them.”

Positivity: Slain Troops in Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own

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

From Chattanooga, Tennessee:

JULY 22, 2015

Marines and sailors risked their lives for one another in Chattanooga last week, trying to distract the gunman who assaulted a naval center, helping people scale a fence for safety and returning fire at the attacker, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Some of the five servicemen who were fatally wounded effectively sacrificed themselves during the assault on Thursday, diverting the gunman from a larger group of potential victims, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation into the killings.

“This could have been a lot worse,” said the official, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. “It could have been a horrible, horrible massacre — so much worse.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 21, 2015

Five Days Later, Obama and the Press Still Not Facing up to Chattanooga Killer’s Most Likely Motivation

After five days, President Obama finally today ordered “that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds” and at other official federal locations until sunset on Saturday to honor the five victims of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s murder spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee last Thurday.

Though the White House will never admit it, Congress shamed the President into doing what he did by unilaterally choosing to fly the Capitol flag at half-mast earlier this morning. Obama’s order referred to “the victims of the senseless acts of violence.” Sadly, the more we learn, the more we understand that Abdulazeez didn’t see it as “senseless” at all. Yet he, those who work for him in the Executive Branch, and the press continue to pretend.


Sean Hannity, Awful Interviewer

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 1:07 pm

I saw a blog post about this last night and didn’t watch the video.

The point of the post was that Cathy Wells, the mother of murdered Lance Cpl. Skip Wells who was murdered last week in Chattanooga, contrary to the implied if not explicit representations of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, has not received phone condolences from President Obama.

Okay, that’s news worth knowing. I get that.

What I don’t get is how Sean Hannity conducts interviews, especially in circumstances such as these.

This poor woman just lost her son. Hannity insisted on dragging her into politics, and wouldn’t stop hammering away. It was out of control and uncalled for — and, fortunately, NOT the tactics you see from Fox’s other evening show hosts (HT Gateway Pundit; YouTube link):

Sean Hannity went into this interview with an agenda and tried to use Cathy Wells as his conduit for that agenda. That’s not what a journalist does — and it’s not, contrary to the claims of leftist hacks, what Greta, Megyn, or O’Reilly do. They LISTEN. Hannity doesn’t.

I’ve said this often and I’ll say it again: Heaven help us all when Rush Limbaugh hangs up the Golden EIB microphone if Sean Hannity then becomes the top conservative in talk radio. I hope that day is at least a decade away.

July 15, 2015

Well, They Are …

John Hinderagker at Powerline:

I won’t say much about Major Garrett’s question about the Americans held prisoner in Iran, to which Obama responded petulantly. But if Barack Obama and John Kerry seriously doubt that they could have said, “Oh–if you want that $100+ billion, one more thing you have to do–let these four people go” – if they doubt that the mullahs would have agreed in a heartbeat, they are the worst negotiators in the history of the world.

Well, they are. The only alternative is that they were determined to give away the store on purpose.

CNN and Leftist Hacks Attack Major Garrett For His Tough Questions of Obama

Journalists and lefitsts (but I repeat myself) are hopping mad.

They’re not mad at President Obama for failing to make freeing American hostages held by Iran an issue in negotiations with that nation. Instead, they’re furious at Major Garrett of CBS News for daring to ask Dear Leader a question about it, even though in the process Garrett got a clearly irritated Obama to make news by admitting, and then trying to justify, his team’s failure to make such an effort.


July 8, 2015

Positivity: An Outstanding Impromptu Rendition of ‘God Bless the USA’

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


Lee Greenwood sang his iconic “God Bless the USA” between periods of the NHL’s 2015 “Winter Classic” outdoor game in Washington, DC on New Year’s Day, but the real treat came off-stage in a concourse at Nationals Park. Fortunately, it was recorded on a smart phone, so you can enjoy it this Independence Day.

Gabrielle Dube, an intern for the event, posted it with this description: “After Lee Greenwood’s performance during the intermission, he met with the Military Choir to take pictures and it sparked an impromptu a cappella version of ‘God Bless the USA.’ Amazing!”


July 6, 2015

Positivity: Jenny Oaks Baker and Condi Rice Play ‘Amazing Grace’

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

For the benefit of the Wounded Warriors Project — Watch (HT Twitchy):

June 6, 2015

Positivity: Remembering D-Day — June 6, 1944

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

Civilization hung in the balance on June 6, 1944. Civilization won:

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high — more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded — but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

Here is the transcript of a video the Army has either removed or moved from its web site during the past year with the accounts of some of the men who were actually there:

May 26, 2015

As ISIS Slaughters Continue, Pelosi Cites Social Media ‘Advances’

I think it’s a safe assumption that I need to inform the vast majority of readers here that former Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Murphy has a new weekend show on MSNBC.

On that show on Sunday, Murphy interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the “Who was more out of touch?” contest between the two, it was a draw. Murphy asserted that the war against ISIS had “mixed results” during the past week, virtually equating the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, the latter of which he did not mention, with the special forces operation which killed ISIS’s “money man” in Syria. Pelosi somehow took comfort in how “we” are making “advances” against ISIS — in social media. Meanwhile, on the ground, as these two members of the self-described party of compassion were making fools of themselves, ISIS slaughtered enemy soldiers, women and children by the hundreds.


May 25, 2015

Krauthammer to Megyn Kelly: President Is ‘Not Serious,’ While ISIS Is ‘Al Qaeda on Steroids’

In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration’s and the Pentagon’s “strategy” has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The early portion of the interview included a repeat of Krauthammer’s characterization of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as imitating Iraq’s “Baghdad Bob” as U.S. troops closed in on Iraq’s capital in 2003, consistent with Wednesday evening’s “Special Report” (covered Thursday morning by Curtis Houck at NewsBusters). With Kelly, Krauthammer added important details, beginning at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, regarding the inadequacy of the American military effort, charging that President Obama is only “pretending to be doing something,” and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn’t turn around.


AP’s Superville Fails to Report Obama’s Claim That ‘Our War in Afghanistan’ Is Over

Today at Arlington Cemetery, President Obama said — not kidding“For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end.” He immediately added: ”Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

At the White House’s twitter account, one finds the first of those two sentences in a tweet — but not the second. Of course, Darlene Superville at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, cleaned it all up to avoid nationally embarrassing the wire service’s beloved president (bolds are mine):


Positivity: The History of Memorial Day

From About.com (more background is at this link at usmemorialday.org):

It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War between the North and the South. Surviving soldiers came home, some with missing limbs, and all with stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. At about the same time, Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades’ graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. The townspeople called it Decoration Day.

In Retired Major General Logan’s proclamation of Memorial Day, he declared:

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemorated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photographs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together.

In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May.

Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last Monday in May to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. …..

Read additional history at the About.com link.

May 20, 2015

As Press Ignores Soldiers Who Fought and Won at Ramadi, Debbie Lee Speaks Out

Web and news searches at Google, as well as a search at the Associated Press’s national site, indicate that there is very little interest in the establishment press in getting the reactions of current and former U.S. soldiers who defeated enemy forces in Ramadi during last decade’s Iraq War to the loss of that city to Islamic State forces.

Sadly, that’s not surprising. Posters at NewsBusters have noted three different times the broadcast networks’ reluctance to air any form of criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to take U.S. tropps out of Iraq when it did or the Pentagon’s strategy (assuming one exists) for turning things around. As usual, Fox News is doing work the rest of the press refuses to do. This morning, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, died at Ramadi, appeared on Fox & Friends. Video, plus an excerpt from a rare exception to the establishment press’s indifference at the Daily Beast, follow the jump.