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.”


August 24, 2015

NY Times Finds Dem Who Thinks Hillary’s Email Scandal is GOP’s ‘Swift Boat Issue of 2015′

You can tell that the left is getting nervous about a scandal when they invoke the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth campaign of 2004 against John Kerry.

As I noted on Saturday, Maria L. La Ganga at the Los Angeles Times did that as she described Planned Parenthood’s attempts to fight back against the Center For Medical Progress’s exposure of their baby body parts business. On Friday at the New York Times, in a story about how Hillary Clinton was “interrupting” her Martha’s Vineyard vacation, Amy Chozick found a Clinton contributor who characterized her email and private server scandal as “somewhat of a tempest in a teapot” and also described it as “their (Republicans’) Swift boat issue of 2015.”


Positivity: US airman says train attacker ‘ready to fight to the end’

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

From Paris:

Aug. 23, 2015 4:59 PM EDT

Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.

U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, recounting for the first time on Sunday how a likely catastrophe was averted two days earlier, said the gunman, an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest, seemed like he was “ready to fight to the end.” But he added, “So were we.”

Without a note of bravado but a huge dose of humility, the three described Friday’s drama on an Amsterdam-to-Paris fast train.

His arm in a sling, Stone, 23, said he was coming out of a deep sleep when the gunman appeared.

One of his friends, Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old National Guardsman recently back from Afghanistan, “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.’”

French President Francois Hollande and a bevy of officials are presenting the Americans with the prestigious Legion of Honor on Monday. A French citizen who first came across the gunman near a train bathroom and a British man who joined to help tie up the assailant also are being honored with the award, according to the president’s office.

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 23, 2015

The Dean Pipedream: Hillary’s Email and Server Scandal ‘Manufactured’ by a ‘Bored’ Press

11-1/2 years ago, we had the “Dean Scream.” After finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa caucuses, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean attempted to further fire up his strangely giddy supporters by telling them about upcoming state primaries they would fight to win. After finishing his list, Dean told them: “And then we’re going to Washington, DC to take back the White House!” — and shouted out the scream heard ’round the world which ended his electoral viability.

Sunday on Meet the Press, we saw the “Dean Pipedream.” Asked by host Chuck Todd how well Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has handled the scandal over her use of a private server for personal and government emails while serving as Secretary of State, Dean blamed her situation “partly … (on) a press that’s bored.” Contrary to Dean’s assertion, the intrepid folks at NewsBusters and the Media Research Center who monitor the Big Three networks and other establishment press outlets have chronicled a consistently determined reluctance to report on newsworthy scandal-related developments.


August 22, 2015

LA Times Reporter: CMP’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Vids Are Like ‘Discredited’ Swiftvets ‘Smear’

Well, this was inevitable. On the same day that the Center for Medical Progress exposed the CEO of former Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress laughing “about shipping whole baby heads,” a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, in what I have beeen told is a front-page story, has compared CMP’s video campaign exposing the commerce in baby body parts to the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth’s campaign. The Swift Boat Vets’ effort successfully exposed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s serial lies about his service in Vietnam and his smearing of Vietnam veterans as war criminals after he returned.

Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga joined the paper in 1981, and “has served as San Francisco bureau chief, edited in the Business section and pitched in on five presidential elections.” Even if one of those five elections wasn’t 2004, and even if she didn’t dig into conflicting claims over whether Kerry truly earned the Vietnam War medals he received, it’s virtually inconceivable that she doesn’t know about his frequently stated “Christmas in Cambodia” lie.


August 21, 2015

AP Report on Hillary’s Email ‘Worries’ Ignores Judge’s Order, Reuters Bombshell

The time stamp on an Associated Press report on Hillary Clinton’s email “worries” (“CLINTON FACING FRESH WORRIES IN CONGRESS OVER EMAILS”) by Ken Thomas and Julie Bykowicz this morning (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) is 11:21 a.m. Eastern Time.

Despite that time stamp, the report fails to mention a bombshell report from Reuters (“Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest”) originally posted at 5:17 a.m. (time stamp has since been updated). Going even further back, the AP story fails to mention a Thursday afternoon story about how “A federal judge has ordered the State Department to cooperate with the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private email scandal.” The decision to ignore these developments is in all likelihood deliberate.


August 19, 2015

Defending Hillary, Politico’s Gerstein Changes a Quote, Allows Defense Based on a 1974 Document to Go Unquestioned

You rubes. Don’t you understand that the entire problem Hillary Clinton is facing over her use of a private server to process government communications is the fault of thousands upon thousands of people who don’t know how to classify documents?

That’s essentially the argument Hillary Clinton’s spinmeisters are now employing. This evening, Josh Gerstein at the Politico was all too ready to relay such arguments, even to the point of cleaning up what one of her defenders said to advance the cause.


August 18, 2015

Undisclosed Hillary Bundler at CNN: She ‘Revived America’s Reputation’

Yesterday, CNN.com published a strong defense of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State by Eleni Kounalakis. An “Editor’s Note” before the piece begins describes Ms. Kounalakis as the “United States ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013,” the author of a book on her time there, and “a senior adviser to the Albright Stonebridge Group” (as in “Madeline Albright“).

The “editor” at CNN “forgot” to mention one “little” thing, noted by John Hinderaker at Powerline: “… she was one of Hillary’s top (2008) fundraisers, a fundraiser who was paid off with an ambassadorship, and therefore hardly an objective observer of Hillary’s successes (or lack thereof) as Secretary of State.”