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September 17, 2012

Well Bless His Heart....

In Pakistan, a moment of unintended humor amid the chaos:

One of the participants of the rally, Abdullah Ismail, passed away after he was taken to Mayo Hospital. Witnesses said he had complained of feeling unwell from the smoke from US flags burnt at the rally.

Other prodigious feats of unintentional self parody:

We’ve got a Democratic president who’s been strongest on national security, he’s completely taken the national security and foreign policy argument away from the other side. He reinforced in Afghanistan, he got us responsibly out of Iraq, we took Osama bin Laden, he’s been firm, he’s been visionary, he’s been tough, he’s decisive. So, I know what the Republican narrative wants to be, but when you get below the rhetoric there are no facts to support these charges. In fact, we worked anti-missile defense, Poland’s happy, other nations in Europe seem to be happy, we’ve got the strongest relationship with Israel that we’ve ever had, very good relations there, so I just don’t find much ground in these comments.

Oh, and in case you're wondering why our intrepid journalistic class are not all over the Libyan security debacle, you'll be glad to know that the press have identified the problem:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Talk about the conservative critique--and I think it's a fair critique, the conservative critique: that all you guys in the media were talking about Mitt Romney, you should have talked about the warnings with the embassy, etc., etc. And yes perhaps we should have. But you know who didn't allow us to do that?


SCARBOROUGH: Mitt Romney. If Mitt Romney had kept his mouth shut, if he had not acted like a rank amateur, if he had not embarrassed himself--and by the way internally the campaign understands they screwed up, he's moved on, they know that. So no conservative can say "oh, the mainstream media, blah, blah." They know how badly they screwed up, and they were having the fight internally before he even went out and did it. But Romney got in the way of the media looking at the president, going, wha-, wha-, what happened here? How did this happen? Now, those questions are going to be asked in the coming weeks. But they weren't asked in the first 24 hours because Romney was holding this horrific, irresponsible, press conference.

How many days has it been now? How many days does it take for the press to do their jobs?

Posted by Cassandra at September 17, 2012 07:58 AM

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Regarding Wes Clark's never ending genuflecting for LE WON's VOTE-PRESENT-FOR-PAR accomplishments, I'm of the mind that I should not ask, so as to assure that they will not tell. After all, my watch is only rated to a depth of 100 meters, in water.

Increasingly Scarborough reminds me of a fellow resembling the character on the Agualung album cover who walked the sidewalk outside the Old Executive Office Building in D.C.in the early eighties. Aqualung stomped menacingly up and down the sidewalk of his world while ranting at the sky for spare change.

"How many days has it been now? How many days does it take for the press to do their jobs?"
In general and based on their persistent, not to mention consistent behavior, Pravda, if that is their real name, seems to be doing their job as they see it.

Their subscription departments and share holders might disagree, but after the Fed's QE- The One Mo Time With Gusto Edition, can another TARP for our beleaguered fifth colum... ah, fourth estate be far behind? Toxic being the key.

And that's the way it might have been. According to unnamed sources.
RB signing off.

Posted by: Ron Burgundy at September 17, 2012 11:02 AM

Well, shoot, the press can't win for losing! You were just proclaiming "both sides do it", and here they are trying to change it up a little, to make the customer happy, and still, complaints! :)

Posted by: Robert M Mitchell Jr. at September 17, 2012 11:02 AM

Yanno, Joe's got a point. I'm sure that we would have heard a lot more about the current administration's the fiscal death sentence if only Kate Middleton hadn't decided to take her shirt off.

Why can't these people leave the media alone so that they can fulfill their duties as watchdog of the Republic?

Posted by: spd rdr at September 17, 2012 01:54 PM

The Italian magazine Chi today published more images of Kate Middleton sunbathing in the south of France , despite the lawsuit and potential for a criminal complaint that such pictures already incited when they appeared in the French magazine Closer.

The American media's inexplicable disinterest in the security of U.S. diplomatic facilities or the President, FBI, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs all feeling the need to pressure/investigate private citizens for indulging those pesky 1st Amendment rights aside, it's just so heartening to see the press stand up for freedom of speech when it really, really matters, n'est pas?

Posted by: Cassandra at September 17, 2012 02:37 PM

JOE SCARBOROUGH: But you know who didn't allow us to do that?

Mitt fargin' Romney.

He's got that much power, the ability to cloud men's minds, why the heck is he running for _president_? He can just hang out in his Fortress of Solitude and run the world by remote control.

Or are the learned gentlemen of the press saying they are so easily gulled, so gullible, so damned dumb that a hick Mormon can focus their attention like a particularly stupid cat leaping after a red dot on the floor.

Posted by: Brian Dunbar at September 17, 2012 03:05 PM

I have heard some strange stories about Wes Clark over the years, and I tended to discount them. Until now. He's delusional, and my only remaining question is has he always been this way? Why yes he probably has been.

As for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, fire him now. If some addled brained pastor in Florida is causing him severe problems in completing his mission he's got no business being in charge of even a lemonade stand.

The journalists, sigh, what can you say. I'm thinking they're not so much biased, but they really are that dumb.

Maybe the EPA can investigate the manufacturer of the burnt flags to determine if it had a proper warning label about burning and toxic fumes. Wait a minute with this posse of errors it's entirely possible.

Posted by: Allen at September 17, 2012 04:30 PM

He's got that much power, the ability to cloud men's minds, why the heck is he running for _president_? He can just hang out in his Fortress of Solitude and run the world by remote control.

He's a wimpy sort of Evil, Bullying Alpha Male, Brian.

He can unilaterally reverse Supreme Court decisions and silence the media. With his mind.... :D

Posted by: Cassandra at September 17, 2012 05:08 PM

Allen, do you remember the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth when the JCOStaff wrote a freakin' letter to the Editor over that Tom Toles cartoon about amputees?

The media had fits of apoplexy not seen since that time. Apparently, merely expressing disapproval... indirectly... in a politely worded letter to the Editor was a sign that the military about to mutiny and America was going to be taken over by a military junta :p

Now we have the Chairman personally calling a US citizen to pressure him to take a stance antithetical to his beliefs, but that's just fine and dandy. NOT, I repeat, NOT a sign of mutiny or impending military dictatorship.



Posted by: Cassandra at September 17, 2012 05:13 PM

I suspect that for Terry Jones, being the personal object of attention from the CJCS is exactly in line with his personal beliefs about his role and importance in the world.

Also, the treatment of Ms. Middleton is making me wonder if maybe this whole 'unlimited free speech' thing isn't more problematic than I was giving it credit for being. Somehow I forgot the objections I had after the S. E. Cupp business until the latest business, but finally, maybe the Muslims are right and we need to rethink the whole thing.

Posted by: Grim at September 17, 2012 05:20 PM

The horruh.

Someone needs to write a Dr. Seuss parody of Mittens taking initiative and talking about these nonsensical issues instead of pressing ones like his tax return.

You are not making this up? The satire writes itself.

Posted by: Carolyn at September 17, 2012 05:23 PM

Mitt scooped the media?

BWHAHAHAHAHA...irresponsible? I don't THINK SO.

Or izzat like PowerLine and LGF finding out that the alleged ANG documents were forged? Fake but accurate?

Spd, yanno if I were a conspiracy theorist, I would almost put money on someone calling the French media from the Obama camp (through intermediaries of course) to distract everyone with Kate Middleton's mammaries.

Posted by: Carolyn at September 17, 2012 05:30 PM

I had forgotten that one. The news media is getting more and more bizzare every day.

I suppose it's sheer frustration from trying to fill a 24/7 news cycle while avoiding asking obvious questions. Or, it could be that all the dog whistles has affected their hearing.

Posted by: Allen at September 17, 2012 05:51 PM

"He can unilaterally reverse Supreme Court decisions and silence the media. With his mind...

//Fumes while thinking to self, I should have attended that class, but noooooo, Choombaca wanted to party...//

Posted by: Obama-Won Canhopie at September 17, 2012 07:01 PM

Mitt Romney is...... THE SHADOW!

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 18, 2012 12:43 AM

Mitt Romney is....THE SHADOW! (Don 'Ameche' Brouhaha)

Dang. I thought he was Rod Serling.

I have got to pay more attention when I play Clue.

Posted by: Carolyn at September 18, 2012 02:33 PM