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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We Need a Copy Editor!

Read the following headline in this morning's Roanoke Times and tell me what it means to you:

Sailors.  Lots of them.  Deploying in Virginia.  Right?

Where, you're asking, will all those Navy boys and girls be deploying in Virginia?  Bland County?

Well, it's not what it appears:
More than 6,000 sailors from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group are preparing for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.

The strike group is scheduled to ship out Saturday.

The ships are prepared for missions such as maritime security operations, theater security cooperation and crisis response.
We'll assume that those missions are not in Virginia.

Okay, Who Interrupted His Vacation?

Obama finally said a few words about the terrorist attack in Detroit.

Americans are wondering why he even bothered.

A quote: "Should a guy who just came from the beach be promising that we 'will not rest' until the perpetrators are dealt with?"

Expect More Taxpayers To Become Homeless

A Prediction

Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's future:
I think the overseas bowing, apologizing, and kowtowing will stop in 2010—it brought no tangible results. Indeed, Obama is one bow away from global caricature and humiliation. Obama’s advisors will try to stop his natural inclinations to apologize, and I think will be successful—given the gathering storm clouds of 2010.
Personally, I think Obama's distrust of all things USA is now firmly ingrained, and apologizing for who we are is a necessary part of his psyche.

But we can hope ...

They Just Don't Get It

It's amazing - and amusing - to listen to mainstream journalists continue to heap praise on themselves at the same time most Americans have turned their backs on them because they - the news people - no longer relate and deliver a woefully poor product to the marketplace of ideas.

Encapsulating the times in which we live a cartoon (Click on the image to enlarge it):

If I were doing the strip I might have taken that blurb - "But ... we speak truth to power" and changed it to "But ... we speak truth for power." That's really what doomed the mainstream press. It disgorges that which government hands it to disseminate.  Obamania is just the latest manifestation.

But the self-exalted members therein need to come to grips with this fact: The marketplace has spoken.  And the dinosaur media are on the way out.

Too bad.  So good.

Cartoon courtesy of daybydaycartoon.com

They Just Don't Get It II

A glaring example of journalistic misconduct - ClimateGate:
Biased reporting on Climategate
Washington Times editorial

With trillions of dollars at stake in the battle over global warming, now would be the time for the press to closely scrutinize the claims of those who would reorganize the world's economy from farm to factory and laboratory to living room. And the Climategate scandal - where leaked e-mails and dodgy computer programs from the University of East Anglia raise powerful new questions about the role of politics in climate science - would be the perfect opportunity to explore what is going on behind the scenes.

That's not happening. To judge by recent coverage from Associated Press, the Fourth Estate watchdog has acted like a third-rate pocket pet. Case in point is an 1,800-word AP missive that appeared in hundreds of publications, many carrying it on the front page of their Sunday, Dec. 13 issue with the headline, "Science not faked, but not pretty." AP gave three scientists copies of the controversial e-mails and then asked them about their conclusions. The wire service portrayed the trio of scientists as dismissing or minimizing allegations of scientific fraud when, in fact, the scientists believe no such thing.

East Anglia and Penn State are not the only two institutions that need to answer questions about what is going on behind the scenes.  [link]
Read the whole thing.

Modern day journalism.  Speaking truth for power.  There's not a better example out there than this.

On Rehabilitating Terrorists

You'll get a chuckle out of this.  Though it's not funny in context.

Buried in a Washington Post article ("Explosive in Detroit terror case could have blown hole in airplane, sources say") about that Northwest Airlines bomber who failed the other day to complete his mission - thank God -there's this about a Muslim who allegedly sent him on his suicide journey, one Said al-Shihri:
One of the top leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is Said al-Shihri, 36, a Saudi national. He was captured in Pakistan in December 2001 and spent six years in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before being transferred to Saudi Arabia in November 2007.

In Saudi Arabia, he entered a highly praised rehabilitation program that uses dialogue and art therapy to persuade former militants to renounce extremism. But after graduating, Shihri crossed the border into Yemen and rejoined al-Qaeda. [emphasis mine]
We're now using dialogue and art therapy to rehabilitate those whose religion is calling them to jihad.  The stuff that made "Saturday Night Live" famous.

And we should talk about why it's "highly praised."

For the love of God.

Even Funnier

You know that multi-billion dollar system we now have in place to combat terrorism?  The one that Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano said marvelously prevented that terrorist from bringing his bomb aboard Northwest Airlines flight ... uh, scratch that ... the one that worked marvelously in preventing the terrorist from detonating the bomb he ... well, the system that was able to put out an alert after the incident was over and the Islamist terrorist was subdued by civilian passengers aboard the plane?

Marvelous ain't the word most people are using in reaction.

So Terror Warrior Janet has changed her tune:
Clueless Napolitano Now Concedes System 'Failed Miserably'
By Mark Finkelstein, News Busters

It took a tough question from Matt Lauer, but after having laughably claimed that "the system worked," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has now conceded the obvious: that the security system that permitted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board NWA 253 with explosives "failed miserably."

MATT LAUER: You made a comment over the weekend and I want to call attention to that because a lot of people are disagreeing with it this morning.  You talked about this incident aboard this Northwest flight and you said "when it came right down to it, the system worked."  A lot of people don't think the system worked at all, that the only thing that prevented outright disaster was luck.  Can you respond to that?

JANET NAPOLITANO: Sure, I think the comment is being taken out of context. What I'm saying is that once the incident occurred, moving forward, we were immediately able to notify the 128 flights in the air of protective measures to take, immediately able to notify law enforcement on the ground, airports both domestically, internationally, all carriers, all of that happening within 60 to 90 minutes, so --

LAUER: So you're only talking about what happened after this man tried to ignite this explosive device on the plane.


LAUER: You would then concede that the system prior to that, the system that's supposed to prevent something like this from happening, failed miserably?

NAPOLITANO: It did. [emphasis in the original]
One wonders why a lowly TV personality had to pry this admission out of her.  The system failed.  Again.  Everyone knows it.

With the kind of money we're paying this gal - and the kind we're pouring into Homeland Security - shouldn't we expect more of a return on our investment?  This isn't security; it's clown central.  And lives are at risk.

Maybe we need to take another hard look at this whole business.