Monday, May 27, 2013

Last Call For Respect For The Office

And Weekly Standard's P.J. O'Rourke goes there on President Obama, spending about 1000 words calling him stupid (both figuratively and literally using the term stupid to describe Barack Obama) in one of the outright nastiest pieces I think I've ever read about any President.  In fact, the piece goes on to complain that pundits don't call this President "stupid" often enough.

What brought on this awful tirade?  The fact that President Obama wants to end the Warren Terrah, of course.  Putting an end to perpetual, mindless killing based solely on religion is "stupid."

That's a hell of a thing to say on Memorial Day, I would think.

It's almost, know.

Diary Of A Soldier

Now here's a hell of a Memorial Day story that you won't soon forget:  90-year-old Laura Mae Davis visited the National World War II museum in New Orleans recently, searching for a possible mention of her former high school sweetheart killed in battle.  What she found was more than she could possibly hope for in his actual diary from seventy years ago, sitting on display.

“I figured I’d see pictures of him and the fellows he’d served with and articles about where he served,” Laura Mae Davis Burlingame told The Associated Press.

Instead, she ran face-to-face with Cpl. Thomas “Cotton” Jones’s handwriting, and the original telegraph informing his parents that he was killed by enemy fire.

In his last entry, Jones describes winning money gambling and suggests that he would like to wire it to Laura for Christmas. There were also numerous entries about how he wished he’d married her before leaving for the war, and a note asking that the diary be turned over to Laura if it were lost.
Nearly 70 years since Jones was killed by an enemy sniper, Laura was stunned to see the 22-year-old’s diary in the case before her.

When she told museum staff that she and Jones were both graduates of the class of 1941 and dated in high school, they opened the book up to look inside, making their astonishing discovery.

Amazing.  America suffered more than 400,000 troop casualties, 22 million troops casualties worldwide,  half of them Soviet, and a total death toll of some 70 million people...more than 3% of the earth's population at the time.

And now the last people who fought in and survived that war are dying or in their 80's and 90's.  Those numbers would be incomprehensible today and yet it was reality for four grueling, blood-soaked years.

Now, one of those casualties got to say goodbye, 70 years later.

Just amazing.

What Did News Corporation Know...

...and well, the "when did they know it?" part about James Rosen, the FOX News reporter currently neck-deep in a DoJ investigation for passing classified info to the North Koreans, turns out to be May 2010...three years ago.

The parent company of Fox News was aware years ago that the Justice Department was targeting one of its reporters in a leak investigation, sources said Saturday.

One law enforcement source said the Justice Department notified a media organization three years ago of a subpoena for detailed telephone records, and a second told CNN that organization was Fox News.

After that news broke, a Fox News executive said the Justice Department notified Fox's parent company News Corporation of the subpoena in May 2010. But Fox News itself apparently never got the word.

The subpoena came as the Justice Department was investigating Stephen Kim, a former State Department worker accused of the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information to James Rosen, a Fox News reporter.

It is standard procedure for Justice Department officials to notify news organizations when they subpoena an outlet or its reporters.

So FOX News sat on this info for three years and only told everyone when it was convenient to add on to a "scandal."  Funny how that works.

So reporter types, why don't we start asking questions about why FOX sat on this for three years, and didn't use this to hit POTUS during the election?  Could it be that FOX didn't want to draw attention to it at the time for some reason, like, say, A) it was an ongoing investigation and B) James Rosen may have actually broken the law?

Makes a guy wonder.  Of course, now FOX News is denying it was every told.

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

The company’s chief legal counsel at the time also said that he had never seen material from the government related to the subpoena. 

The Justice Department has signaled that it notified News Corporation on Aug. 27, 2010, that it had seized the phone records of a Fox News reporter — who turned out to be the Washington correspondent James Rosen — after one of his articles had included details of a secret United States report on North Korea.

So you either believe FOX News is lying, or the DoJ is.  If you want to know why FOX sat on this for three years the answer is "they did until they could build up enough anti-Obama paranoia among viewers and the press so they could get away with it."  Now both conservatives and our "liberal media" continue to call for Holder's resignation for doing his job, and chasing down national security leaks like Republicans have been telling him to do on a number of occasions.

Pay attention to the "liberals" siding with FOX over the Obama administration here.  Here's a hint:  they're not liberals, and they never were.

StupidiNews, Memorial Day Edition!

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