Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey CNN, Stick to the Plane

Don't accuse CNN of ignoring other stories, like domestic terrorism, while saturating their airwaves with MH370 breaking news.  Case in point, their go-to lefty terror expert Peter Bergen beclowns himself by backing junk science:
According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime). "Since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies...have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology."
By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology have killed 23 people in the United States since 9/11. (Although a variety of left wing militants and environmental extremists have carried out violent attacks for political reasons against property and individuals since 9/11, none have been linked to a lethal attack, according to research by the New America Foundation.)
Bold and shocking!  Right wing terrorists lead the pack, lefty crazies haven't killed anyone, so nothing to worry about.  Those damned tea baggers need to be stopped!

But here at Fore Left we believe is science and data.  So let's not, as the president might say, jump to any conclusions.  The New America Foundation think tank, which provided the study via Bergen, and features CNN's Fareed Zakaria and Google's Eric Schmidt as board members, should be a red flag right off the bat.  But OK, how did they come to their numbers?  Well, here's how they explain in the 'methodology' section:
The dataset also includes individuals inspired by right wing, left wing, and other non-Jihadist political ideologies, who have been indicted for terrorism related crimes. The data on non-Jihadist extremists is less developed than the data on Jihadist extremists but where available it is included to provide a comparison across ideologies. The dataset relies mainly upon court documents, wire service reports, and local news reports as sources.
In other words, the grad students involved based a lot of their conclusions on selected stories from the mainstream media.  Maybe even stories by CNN's Fareed Zakaria or Peter Bergen!  Not very scientific.  

If you really insist on seeing some actual data to be sure they're putting this out as propaganda to help Obama defeat the Tea Party in November, look at their list of attacks and you'll see it right there, in black and white, what they consider a "right wing" attacker--confirmed left wing kook Joseph Stack, who flew his plane into the IRS building in Austin, TX, killing a federal worker.   The guy who quoted Marx in his manifesto.

If you absolutely insist on seeing their list of left wing attackers, good luck.  It's not easily findable on the site.  But somehow, as explained in the CNN story, they couldn't find a single example of a left wing attack that killed someone. 

Such as, oh, the Obama supporter professor in Huntsville, Alabama who killed three of her colleagues at a board meeting rampage.  Not listed.  

That's just two, there are many more, especially if one considers the mass shootings in Colorado, Washington Navy Ship Yard, and Newtown, CT, as part of the body count, since all of those perpetrators leaned further left than right if they leaned any direction.  Or, we could just say all of the attacks since 9/11 have been pulled off by nuts, including the jihadists, but many serious jihadist attacks that could have killed hundreds or more were stopped.  But that doesn't fit the narrative. 

And that's not to say there aren't far right wingers who cross the rubicon into violence...they most certainly exist and the government and the public should not pretend otherwise.  But researchers and so-called experts should also not pretend when it comes to reality or when making such incendiary charges.  Bergen's long been a lefty hack, but Steve Coll of the NAF should be ashamed.  CNN should be most ashamed since they published it.  They need to focus back on the open Indian Ocean, a porpoise may pop up for a breaking news update.

Funny though, even the biased New America Foundation included Major Hasan's rampage at Ft. Hood as as example of Islamic jihad terrorism, unlike the Obama administration.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Update Update

Latest update on MH370, scrawled across the top of CNN's web page...


Is it really breaking news that a sub went down, then came back up?

They may be onto something with the cellphone data, again, another piece of information that should have been available within days of the event.  Also more proof Malaysia was completely BS'ing the region and world about the search area for days after the disappearance because if they knew Hadid's cellphone pinged a tower near Penang there was no way the airplane could have been off the coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea.

Yes, CNN is living and dying on this coverage and it's been discussed and even joked about.  Certainly it sure beats reporting on Obama scandals or inconvenient news, or possible regional wars, all of which can be a real headache.  Besides, few go to CNN to read bad news about Obama anyway, so it's not a ratings play for them.   It almost seems like they are paying Malaysia to drag this out.  But that would be a conspiracy theory. 

What's more frightening is that the Blood Moon is only hours away.   Yet that is not the top story. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Carney Should Know

Jay Carney is the defender of all things Obama, including the president's disingenuous "war on women" featuring "income inequality" as it's main plank.  The prez keeps referring to the 77 cents on a dollar figure, the comparison of female to male income in the country, to hammer Republicans, ie, they don't want to close this unfair gap between the sexes.

This despite Politifact calling it "mostly false" in 2012 and one of his own staffers recently apologizing for using it.

But leave it to the press to try to maintain the general image of the happy, income balanced Carney home while inadvertently giving away a key underpinning of the bogus 77 cents figure:  women tend to work less than men..
Shipman works part-time now for ABC News, something she’s done for five years, which has given her more flexibility to write and hang out with her children. Flexibility, she says, is what most working mothers really want.
So,  as Jay Carney stands at the podium lecturing and hectoring the GOP for being unfair to the womynz his own family life provides an example of why he's full of macaca.

That's completely aside from the general inappropriateness of ABC allowing Mrs Carney to continue working for their network while her husband represents the head of the Democratic Party, but such is not breaking news.   

?!   4/11/14

The phantom pinkie in the picture accompanying this post.  Also, who doesn't notice the Soviet pictures on the wall of the Carney domicile.  Likely on purpose to get a rise out of the conspiracy minded conservatives or just because they were cool?  

Aviation Update

Just a note on MH370 and "new information", which should surprise no one..
Malaysian sources told CNN that Flight 370's pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was the last person on the jet to speak to air-traffic controllers, telling them "Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero."
Of course that's a 180 degree contradiction of information provided just a few weeks ago, again, information that should have been confirm-able during the first 48 hours.  Why are they doing this?

Sofrep had a post a few weeks ago filled with details and rational thinking. It still looks good to me. Author's theory--Captain and FO took the plane west to hold it hostage for the release of the politician who was jailed.  This was not a Muslim terrorist thing because the pilot was likely an atheist:
I think Shah then placed the plane in a circling turn out over the water 200-300 miles out and made his demands known to the Malaysian authorities: Vacate the verdict against Ibrahim or I will dive this plane into the water. If successful, Shah might have planned to return to Kuala Lumpur, or to land in Australia and ask for political asylum, hoping the circumstance mitigated him being charged with air piracy and hijacking.
Shah would have left himself enough time and fuel to get back to one of these destinations safely. Let us assume the Malaysian authorities, relieved that they were not dealing with a real terrorist, called Shah’s bluff or made promises Shah did not believe would be carried out. The deadline would have been before sunrise so the passengers would not realize they were still over water and not China. Shah and his co-pilot probably discussed this possibility.
..that, or the Malaysians shot it down. But kidnapping sounds like the most rational theory yet based on all the moves made and the crazy actions of the Malaysian government.  Also, a ditching might explain why debris has yet to be found, under a theory concurrent with the ping locations on a southeast arc towards Australia, suggesting Shah was heading for Australia for asylum but ran out of fuel.  

Monday, April 07, 2014

Sy? Sy who?

One might think that NPR's favorite reporter, the guy who exposed My Lai and helped to uncover abuses at Abu Ghraib--would get more respect from his lefty colleagues and acolytes when releasing another insider story. But the cone of silence is still down regarding his allegations around Bashar Assad and the in WMDs:
“We knew there were some in the Turkish government,” Hersh quoted a former senior US intelligence official, who has access to current intelligence, as saying. The American official believed “they could get [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad’s nuts in a vice by dabbling with a sarin attack inside Syria – and forcing Obama to make good on his red line threat.”
Sounds rather extraordinary!   Where is 60 Minutes?  MSNBC?  

They are all pulling a Simon and Garfunkel.  But not everyone is silent. A Turk journalist asked the State Dept spokeswoman about Hersh's allegation today, which she airily brushed aside..


Did you see how she professionally smiled while dismissing the crack about the red line?  State has opted for a non-confrontational female happy face media strategy these days.  You almost expect them to serve warm cookies at these briefings.  As to Hersh, maybe some of his fellow reporters think he's gone over the edge, which is why none of them followed up.  Who knows.  Or maybe they just consider him a useful idiot, loony now but available for ressurrection one day as the esteemed Pulitzer winning investigative journalist if he lives long enough to see a potential Republican elected in 2016.

Speaking of the White House, they were asked about Hersh's column, which they replied it was erroneous because it didn't line up with their earlier consensus and it came from anonymous sources.   Obviously not the anonymous sources they like to use.

Oh, and one more thing. Hersh also has an opinion on Benghazi:
The veteran journalist also suggested the attack on a U.S. consulate and CIA mission in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, is linked to the infighting over Syria.
He suggested the CIA organized the shipment of weapons stockpiles from Benghazi to the Syrian opposition. Citing a “highly classified annex” of a report by the Senate committee that investigated the Benghazi attack, he said the document referred to “a secret agreement” reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdo─čan administrations.
“By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for bringing arms from Gadhafi’s arsenals into Syria,” reportedly read the document.
No wonder the left wants nothing to do with this 'bombshell'.

MORE  4/8/14

Walid Shoebat has been saying some of this same stuff for awhile, but of course he's not a respected, award-winning investigative reporter.   And if you read to the end of the link you'll find some interesting tidbits on Congressman Rogers, who leads this so-called investigation into Benghazi.  He's retiring from Congress at years end, so it's tempting to think that any Benghazi black operations were well-known before the crap hit the fan, and by members on both sides.

So maybe the Dems are right--maybe this is just dog and pony political theater, but not to hammer Hillary, but to protect crony future job opportunities.  One might think the left-leaning media would take a shine to such a story, well, other than the Iran-Contra type allegations regarding Obama.  Good thing they nabbed the filmmaker. 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Selective Memory or Utter Stupidity?

The title statement is all one can glean from watching this clip of Nancy Pelosi talking to Candy it was an act of terror Mitt! Crowley about the soon to be declassified Senate report on CIA 'torture'..

Here's the same Nancy Pelosi, according to various CIA entities, when briefed about 'the program' back in 2002:
Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.
"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.
Crowley is good at reminding people of facts--why didn't she remind Ms Pelosi of the above bolded item during her interview? Pelosi had just praised the CIA so she would have been forced to call certain past members of that same organization "liars" (again), which if nothing else would have been compelling TV.