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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April 8, 2014

Positivity: US Navy ‘game-changer’ — converting seawater into fuel

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

From Washington:

The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack.

The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion.

All other vessels must frequently abandon their mission for a few hours to navigate in parallel with the tanker, a delicate operation, especially in bad weather.

The ultimate goal is to eventually get away from the dependence on oil altogether, which would also mean the navy is no longer hostage to potential shortages of oil or fluctuations in its cost.

Vice Admiral Philip Cullom declared: “It’s a huge milestone for us.”

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“We are in very challenging times where we really do have to think in pretty innovative ways to look at how we create energy, how we value energy and how we consume it.

“We need to challenge the results of the assumptions that are the result of the last six decades of constant access to cheap, unlimited amounts of fuel,” added Cullom.

“Basically, we’ve treated energy like air, something that’s always there and that we don’t worry about too much. But the reality is that we do have to worry about it.”

US experts have found out how to extract carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas from seawater.

Then, using a catalytic converter, they transformed them into a fuel by a gas-to-liquids process. They hope the fuel will not only be able to power ships, but also planes.

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That means instead of relying on tankers, ships will be able to produce fuel at sea.

- ‘Game-changing’ technology -

The predicted cost of jet fuel using the technology is in the range of three to six dollars per gallon, say experts at the US Naval Research Laboratory, who have already flown a model airplane with fuel produced from seawater. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 5, 2014

Positivity: Danny Ferguson ‘Sacrificed His Life’ and Prevented Massacre

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

From Ft. Hood:

Sgt. First Class Danny Ferguson just returned from Afghanistan. The movement specialist was working at Ft. Hood when 34-year-old Ivan Lopez snapped and opened fire.

Danny’s fiancée, Kristen Haley is a soldier too and she was nearby when it all went down. In an exclusive interview with 10 News Thursday night, she described how Danny sacrificed his life to keep the gunman out of a packed room of military personnel.

“He held that door shut because it wouldn’t lock. It seems the doors would be bullet proof, but apparently they’re not,” Haley explained . “If he wasn’t the one standing there holding those doors closed, that shooter would have been able to get through and shoot everyone else.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 29, 2014

In Jeremiah Denton Obit, AP Twice Rips War Hero and Senator As Too ‘Rigid’

Brickbats to Phillip Rawls and his layers of editors at the Associated Press.

Vietnam war hero and former Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton died on Friday. He was an incredibly courageous and inspiring man who after his return from 7-1/2 years as a POW in North Vietnam became deeply troubled at where this nation was (and still is) headed. Unsurprisingly, he became a strong pro-life and family values advocate. Apparently following an unwritten rule at AP which dictates that a writer must take at least one parting shot at a conservative upon his or her death (see: Tony Snow), Rawls took two, twice describing Denton as “rigid” (includes video of a portion of his 1966 “torture” interview; bolds are mine):

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March 28, 2014

RIP, Jeremiah Denton

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 11:57 pm

In 1966, as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, he told the world what was really happening in the Hanoi Hilton — with his eyelids:

Denton blinked the word “TORTURE” in Morse code.

He would not be released by Hanoi until 1973.

He became the first Republican Senator representing Alabama since Reconstruction in 1980.

He was a tireless champion of the unborn — which probably explain why the Associated Press’s obituary tonight says he was too “rigid” “But critics said his rigid stands left him no room for political compromise.”

I had the privilege of seeing him speak in the mid-1990s. I have never before or since seen a man so completely hold an audience’s undivided attention.

We need so many more like him now.

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 12, 2014

Positivity: Boston College Wide Receiver Alex Amidon Set To Pursue Career As Navy SEAL

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

From Boston:

Friday, 28 Feb 2014 11:39 AM

Boston College Eagles wide receiver Alex Amidon has decided to pass up a shot at a lucrative NFL career to focus on his dreams of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL.

His shock announcement was made during a school football recruitment dinner in Boston Wednesday night, according to BC Interruption, a sports blog.

“Through making this decision, Amidon is truly showing that he is a man for others, and cares so deeply about this community and country,” the blog said.

“The 2012 All-ACC wide receiver most likely would have found a home in the NFL,” BC Interruption added. “The fact that Amidon is willing to give everything he has is truly awe-inspiring.”

Amidon, a 22-year-old senior from Greenfield, Mass., set the BC school record for the most receiving yards and receptions in 2012, when he was ranked 11th in the country for receiving yards. He also holds the school record for most career receptions, beating the old mark with a catch in his final game.

London-born Amidon was a first-round All-ACC pick in 2012 and was expected to be a third-day pick during the NFL draft in May, NFL.com reported.

Amidon told the Springfield Republican in January that he was undecided about pursuing an NFL career. “Right now I’m looking forward to graduating in June with a degree in English and enjoying my last semester in college,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 4, 2014

Positivity: Ohio 8-year-old turns $20 into priceless gift

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

From Toledo (video at link):

February 28, 2014, 7:46 PM

At the Ohio Air National Guard base near Toledo, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey still can’t believe the honor recently bestowed upon him.

“It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner,” he says.
It happened at a Cracker Barrel, of all places. As the security camera shows, Dailey entered the restaurant on Feb. 7 for an early lunch. At about the same time, 8-year-old Myles Eckert came in with his family.

Myles was very excited. He’d just found a $20 bill in the parking lot. He’d started thinking of what he could spend it on.

“I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to,” Myles says.

He changed his mind when he saw the guy in uniform.

“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles explains.

And so, with his dad in mind, Myles wrapped the $20 in a note that read, “Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.” …

Go here the rest of the story.

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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February 22, 2014

Positivity: Positivity: George Washington and a Little-Known Turning Point in American History

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

georgewashingtonThis post is a Washington’s Birthday BizzyBlog tradition.

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Few know that George Washington singlehandedly prevented a soldiers’ revolt in 1783.

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(from historyplace.com)

At the close of the Revolutionary War in America, a perilous moment in the life of the fledgling American democracy occurred as officers of the Continental Army met in Newburgh, New York, to discuss grievances and consider a possible insurrection against the rule of Congress.

They were angry over the failure of Congress to honor its promises to the army regarding salary, bounties and life pensions. The officers had heard from Philadelphia that the American government was going broke and that they might not be compensated at all.

On March 10, 1783, an anonymous letter was circulated among the officers of General Washington’s main camp at Newburgh. It addressed those complaints and called for an unauthorized meeting of officers to be held the next day to consider possible military solutions to the problems of the civilian government and its financial woes.

General Washington stopped that meeting from happening by forbidding the officers to meet at the unauthorized meeting. Instead, he suggested they meet a few days later, on March 15th, at the regular meeting of his officers.

Meanwhile, another anonymous letter was circulated, this time suggesting Washington himself was sympathetic to the claims of the malcontent officers.

And so on March 15, 1783, Washington’s officers gathered in a church building in Newburgh, effectively holding the fate of democracy in America in their hands.

Unexpectedly, General Washington himself showed up. He was not entirely welcomed by his men, but nevertheless, personally addressed them…
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January 28, 2014

Positivity: Air Force lays to rest an ‘American hero’

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

From Washington (HT to Bill Sloat):

Friends, family members, political leaders, former prisoners of war and service members paid their respects as an Air Force Ace was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 23.

Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner, a Korean War fighter ace and Vietnam prisoner of war, died Oct. 22, 2013 at Bridgewater Retirement Community in Bridgewater, Va., at the age of 88.

“America has lost one of its greatest heroes,” said Ross Perot, a close friend of Risner, during the service at the Memorial Chapel on Fort Myer, Va.

Though Risner’s life on earth has ended, his flying legacy lives on, Perot said, speaking about how Risner passed on his aviation wings for both Perot’s son and grandson to wear.

“Robbie approved that my son Ross could pin Robbie’s wings on my grandson,” said Perot. “Can you imagine what that meant?”

Perot went on to share anecdotes from throughout Risner’s celebrated career, describing him as an “Oklahoma cowboy” who was hero and a friend, whose “love of God and love of country what was got him through seven and a half years as a prisoner of war.”

But for many other POWs, they credited their survival to Risner’s leadership.

“When the POWs came home from Vietnam, time and time again, I’d hear them say ‘if it hadn’t been for Robbie Risner, I wouldn’t have made it,’” Perot said, sharing a particular moment that defined Risner’s character.

While imprisoned in Vietnam, Risner gathered fellow POWs for a church service — something that was strictly prohibited. While the troops were singing the song “Onward Christian Soldiers,” guards rushed in, taking Risner and two other leaders to what Perot referred to as “the box,” a place of solitary confinement.

When this occurred, “more than 40 POWs stood proudly, some of whom are here today, and sang a strictly forbidden song, the Star Spangled Banner,” Perot recalls. “How’s that for guts?”

Upon Risner’s return from the POW camp, Perot asked him, “‘Robbie, what was going on in your mind as they dragged you back to the box?’ He looked me in the eye. His eyes were twinkling. He said ‘Perot, with those guys singing the Star Spangled Banner, I was nine feet tall. I could have gone bear hunting with a stick!’” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 20, 2014

Judge Jeanine on Hillary and Benghazi (‘Deaths That Were Preventable’)

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January 8, 2014

Steve Chabot: ‘The Unraveling of Iraq Should Never Have Been Allowed to Happen’

From the blog of Ohio’s First District Congressman (bolds are mine):

Since I’m on the topic of predictions, I’ll discuss one I’d made a few years back. President Obama was making a terrible mistake by pulling all U.S. troops from Iraq. Not a political mistake, because it probably helped him in his re-election campaign against Romney. After all, most people were sick of hearing about Iraq, and wanted to put it behind us as quickly as possible.

But policy-wise, washing our hands of Iraq wasn’t the right thing to do.

… In 2011, in my third visit to Iraq, I had the opportunity to assess the situation on the ground there, and meet with U.S. Embassy personnel, U.S. military personnel, and Iraqi officials. There was virtually unanimous consensus that the U.S. should maintain a military presence there. Not large, in the 10,000 range, mostly to assist and train Iraqis, so they could preserve the progress secured at such a high cost by both Americans and Iraqis.

When the half-hearted effort to reach an agreement on the terms under which U.S. troops would stay failed, President Obama announced he would pull all U.S. troops out, and he did. I and others made gloomy predictions at the time, and unfortunately, those predictions are turning out to be true.

the unraveling of Iraq should never have been allowed to happen.

It’s not like the U.S. has never left troops behind to secure the peace after a war has been won. We left substantial numbers of troops in Germany, Japan, and South Korea after winning military victories there, and far smaller numbers had been contemplated for Iraq. Unfortunately this Administration’s errors aren’t likely to stop with Iraq.

I believe the Obama Administration is headed down the road towards letting any gains in Afghanistan slip away either by a bad deal, or no deal, with the Afghan government. The result there may well be the Taliban back in control in Afghanistan in the not too distant future. And the sacrifices made by so many will have been squandered.

I hope I’m wrong.

Odds are that you’re not, Steve.

Let the record show that George W. Bush won the wars, and Barack H. Obama is on the verge of having lost the peace.

January 5, 2014

Five Myths Propping Up the Obama Presidency

How many will crash by November 2014?

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This column went up at PJ Media late Thursday night and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Friday morning.

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As 2013 ends, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at its lowest point in his five-year tenure. Imagine where it would be if the establishment press treated him the way it did George W. Bush.

The president’s media apparatchiks are propping up what’s remains of the President’s popularity with five myths.

1. The economy has become strong, and getting stronger.

Media reports have been calling recent job gains “robust.” Hardly. This year’s estimated job growth of almost 2.4 million is still only 60 percent of what was achieved annually on a population-adjusted basis for a full six years during the 1980s:

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Job growth should be far greater, because there is still so much ground to make up from the disastrous POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy-driven recession of 2008-2009.

It’s bad enough that payroll employment is still 1.3 million below its January 2008 peak. It’s worse that employment in the Household Survey is 2 million shy of where it was in that same month. If we’re lucky and this plodding progress continues, it will have taken almost seven years for that more comprehensive measure of employment to return to where it was before the recession began — and several more years, if ever, before a recovery in employment catches up to eligible adult population growth.

Almost 40 percent of the reported economic growth during the first three quarters of 2013 came about because of inventory build-ups. Tentative results from the recent Christmas shopping season show that consumers haven’t been buying enough to significantly deplete those stockpiles. That does not bode well for production during the fourth quarter or early 2014.

2. The government’s finances have stabilized.

We’re supposed to be impressed that the Federal Reserve will only be creating $900 billion a year in funny money instead of $1.02 trillion. The truth remains, as outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress in July, that without this historically unprecedented level of artificial stimulus, “the economy would tank.”

The Fed’s decision to barely taper its stimulus to $75 billion per month from $85 billion is really a vote of no confidence in the government’s ability to survive on its own. Before the taper, the Fed was financing $540 billion, or about half, of the government’s annual trilion-dollar 2012 deficit (the rest goes into sopping up mortgage-backed securities). The taper only reduces that to $480 billion, which is about 80 percent of the government’s projected fiscal 2014 deficit. This means that Bernanke & Co., soon to be Janet Yellen & Co., believe that precious few others want to own additional Treasury securities. They are probably right.

3. Obamacare will work out.

Most of the impact of Obama’s “Lie of the Year,” better described as a five-year series of dozens of lies — that “if you like your insurance plan, doctor, medical provider, and drug regimen, you can keep them” — has yet to hit home.

We have no idea how many of Obamacare’s vaunted 2 million enrollees will actually pay their premiums.

We have no idea how many will game the system by paying a single month’s premium and then milking the system at insurers’ and providers’ expense for another 60-90 days, as regulations now permit.

We have no idea if the government will ever be able to build the infrastructure elements it from all appearances deliberately chose not to build, including but certainly not limited to a legitimately secure web site and a system for paying tax subsidies to insurance companies.

We have no idea whether several states, e.g., Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, and others, can recover from their own calamitous rollouts.

We have no idea what the extent of the government-caused — and I would argue, likely government-orchestrated — chaos will be once patients who believe they have enrolled and are covered show up at doctors’ offices and find out they aren’t.

Finally, we have no idea how big the health insurance industry’s shortfall will be once it begins paying out claims. That there will be a shortfall is a virtual certainty, because Obamacare’s enrollees have from all appearances been older and sicker than the general population, and the program has utterly failed to sign up healthy young people in sufficient numbers. Whatever the deficit is, I certainly hope that people who should know better stop calling it a “bailout” when the government has to reimburse the industry. Though they seriously erred in failing to fight the law before it was passed, this disaster is not their fault.

4. We’re running out of time to stop global warming.

Even though we’re at 17 years and counting of no net increase in global temperatures, the Environmental Protection Agency still acts as if warming is settled science, and silences any dissent against dogma. Companies are being driven out of business and workers are losing their jobs because “scientists” would rather rely of faulty computer models than look out their windows.

5. Our “smart diplomacy” is holding our enemies at bay.

The administration continues to slavishly adhere to a long list of naive ideas about foreign relations.

In the real world, Iran continues to make progress towards possessing nuclear weapons. North Korea continues its attempts to delivering such weapons. The situation in Iraq, the war we won in 2008, is decaying. China and Russia are clearly emboldened. The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are either okay with all of this, or clueless. Meanwhile, our military is being depleted and demoralized.

It seems likely that by fall the public, despite the press’s best efforts to cover up and obfuscate what’s really happening, will figure out that two or more of these five myths are utter fictions. This will make congressional and senatorial elections especially dangerous endeavors for Democrats and leftists throughout the land. Just how dangerous depends on how aggressively the President’s opponents work to expose the truth and overcome their annoying go-along, get-along tendencies.

January 4, 2014

Iraq: Obama’s to Lose, and He’s Losing It

U.S. troops won the Iraq War in 2008.

Thus, as I wrote in January 2009 (“The hope is that Barack Obama won’t bungle his way into losing what George Bush and the US military won”), Iraq has been his to lose since he became President.

In April 2009, just three months later, I wrote that “it seems that for the first time in well over a year, the enemies of representative government in Iraq are emboldened, and that Obama has allowed a terror-encouraging progression that could lead to losing what we’ve won to begin.”

Now Al Qaeda has taken control of Fallujah and Ramadi.

Iraq has been Obama’s to lose, and he’s losing it.

Elections matter.