Thursday, October 28, 2004

Sinclair is unfair...OK, The Times does Crimes

If you think Sinclair had an agenda, how do you explain the Times, 60 Minutes, the Post, et. al?

Jonah nails it:

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NYT looks Rather familiar

When reviewing that Powerline post referenced in the previous post, and in examining the way NYT is sticking by its story, one can't help but hearken back to Dan Rather going down with his own sinking ship of a blockbuster gotcha story. Much like dear old Dan, the NYT chooses to ignore inconvenient facts, insists on viewing the "story" with a toilet-paper-roll peripheral vision, manipulates what little facts it does choose to include in order to present a one-sided hit piece on the incompetence of our President, and, yes, makes itself the laughing stock of the mainstream press.

One almost expects the NYT to state that, while they cannot authenticate the story, the underlying sentiment is true, or somesuch nonsense.

Why would any self-loving media outlet aspire to a nadir only previous reached by Dan Rather?


(Hint: The answer starts with "Bush" and ends with "hating.")

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Powerline's on fiwah!

Great post. Deconstructing the latest NYT hatchet job. Simply awesome.

A snippet:

"Once again, the Times appears to be the only news organization in America that doesn't know that the 101st Airborne merely passed through Al Qaqaa on the way to Baghdad without searching the site. It was the 3rd ID, which reached Al QaQaa six days earlier, that knew the site needed to be searched, and did, indeed, search it. Can the Times really be this inept? I don't think so. I think it's deliberate. No newspaper could be this bad accidentally."

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Kerry stepped in Qaqaa

This piece focuses well on Kerry's role in this whole missing arms debacle (NYTrogate). Really, the NYT flub is one thing (and I use "flub" generously -- it was more likely a deliberate hit piece on the President), but Kerry's actions since the NYT piece hit are also a huge part of this story. Disgraceful.

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THIS IS HUGE!

...if true.

Russia moved that arms cache...and into Syria (among other places)....and they're up to no good.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Gosh, it REALLY sounds like they searched it!

"The contemporaneous CBS report, written before anyone knew al Qa Qaa would be a big deal, establishes two important things. The first is that 3ID knew it was looking through an IAEA inspection site. The second was that the site had shown unmistakable signs of tampering before the arrival of US troops."

Great stuff here:

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Yessirreee, they searched it

CBS, of all sources, covered it back on April 4, 2003.

Still smelling like al caca, anyone?

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Yep, they searched it

From an April 4, 2003 AP report:

"U.N. weapons inspectors went repeatedly to the vast al Qa Qaa complex - most recently on March 8 - but found nothing during spot visits to some of the 1,100 buildings at the site 25 miles south of Baghdad.

"Col. John Peabody, engineer brigade commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said troops found thousands of 2-by-5-inch boxes, each containing three vials of white powder, together with documents written in Arabic that dealt with how to engage in chemical warfare."

So, they searched it closely enough to find small vials of white powder, but not closely enough to find 380 tons of explosives...or so the Left would have us believe.

And how do know they were there? The IAEA had previously tagged it, that's how!

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Good for the U.S., bad for dem Dems

Durable good orders up..
Oil coming down (Do I smell Saudi conspiracy, finally?)...
Housing up...
GDP up...
Unemployment coming down...
Stock market up...

Uh oh...October surprise? That would be just like that evil Bush, fixing the economy just to win an election!

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It's all over but the shouting

It's all over but the shouting, "Fix!"

Whiney liberals:

"Democrats in Florida already are pursuing nine election-related lawsuits, accusing state election officials of conspiring to disenfranchise minority voters."

They think, "The only way we could POSSIBLY lose is if the Republicans cheat!" Yet, nearly EVERY poll has Bush up between one and five points. And just looky at the pretty pitcher below with all that glorious red!

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This'll grate 'em

Bush's own words:

"After repeatedly calling Iraq the wrong war, and a diversion, Senator Kerry this week seemed shocked to learn that Iraq is a dangerous place, full of dangerous weapons...

"If Senator Kerry had his way...Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would control those all of those weapons and explosives and could share them with his terrorist friends. Now the senator is making wild charges about missing explosives, when his top foreign policy adviser admits, quote, 'We do not know the facts.' Think about that: The senator is denigrating the actions of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts...

"Our military is now investigating a number of possible scenarios, including that the explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived at the site. This investigation is important and it's ongoing. And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief."

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What's blue when red all over?


Dems see red!
Originally uploaded by ralphphillips.
Why, the American Left, of course!

I love this picture. It depicts the outcome of the 2000 election broken down by county. Sure demonstrates the power of the liberal elite on the whole of the country, huh?

(Note to lefties: Please spare me your ramblings about popular vote and the inner workings of the electoral college. Been there, done with that. Just thought it was a nifty pic, that's all.)

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Blogging Lite

Blogging was/is extremely light today, due to a spike in traffic that knocked our server down. If you can't get your goodies here, please feel free to browse the Kerry Spot...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Suddenly, it all becomes so clear to Kerry

Now Kerry is all in a huff about weapons falling into the hands of terrorists? Uh, sir....that's why we went to Iraq. You know, these weapons that were banned....that Saddam wouldn't come clean about....um, that there were 16 U.N. resolutions about...ya know, the ones that were stolen before American forces ever arrived at Al Qaqaa, meaning it was a danger all along that terrorists would get a hold of banned weapons had we not intervened...

ya...those are the weapons that Kerry is suddenly all in a huff about....

Just trying to keep up.

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I love this take

"The explosives were gone by the time we arrived because we wasted months trying to persuade countries like France to support our military action. Kerry's position is that he voted for military action only so that the president could engage in this lengthy dance. He also says we should have danced longer, giving Saddam the opportunity to move more weapons."

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Interesting, from a source...

"The Iraqi explosives story is a fraud. These weapons were not there when US troops went to this site in 2003. The IAEA and its head, the anti-American Mohammed El Baradei, leaked a false letter on this issue to the media to embarrass the Bush administration. The US is trying to deny El Baradei a second term and we have been on his case for missing the Libyan nuclear weapons program and for weakness on the Iranian nuclear weapons program."

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I see an end when I CNN

NYTrogate is going mainstream! Is this not a WMD-sized egg on the face of NYT, and Kerry for spending a day and half screaming about this "incompetence?" We have seen the incompetence, NYT/CBS, and it is yours...

From CNN:

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 380 tons of powerful explosives from a storage depot in Iraq has taken a new twist, after a television news crew embedded with the U.S. military during the invasion of Iraq reported that the material could not be found when American troops arrived.

NBC News reported that on April 10, 2003, its crew was embedded with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division when troops arrived at the Al Qaqaa storage facility south of Baghdad.

While the troops found large stockpiles of conventional explosives, they did not find HMX or RDX, the types of powerful explosives that reportedly went missing, according to NBC.

The International Atomic Energy Agency revealed Monday that it had been told two weeks ago by the Iraqi government that 380 tons of HMX and RDX disappeared from Al Qaqaa after Saddam Hussein's government fell.

In a letter to the IAEA dated October 10, Iraq's director of planning, Mohammed Abbas, said the material disappeared sometime after Saddam's regime fell in April 2003, which he attributed to "the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security."

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"The inspections were working!"

This is a favorite battlecry of the peaceniks on the left.

Yet, this cache of arms found at Al Caca were in violation of U.N. Resolution 1441. So, in review:

a.) There were, in fact, banned weapons in Iraq.
b.) The U.N. inspection team was not rooting them out successfully.
c.) Kerry is a boob from claiming A is false and B is true.

...not to mention...

d.) CBS is on a witchhunt
e.) they are failing
f.) the media is not liberal

Wait! How does F wash with the rest? It doesn't, my friends.

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I know B.S. when I CBS

So now we hear that CBS was in cahoots on the Al Caca story, working with the New York Times to break it. Apparently, CBS wanted to air the piece Sunday evening so as to maximize the effects of this October surprise, but NYT just couldn't contain themselves. When will they learn? This, from the perpetrators of Rathergate and the good people that brought you Jayson Blair. Is there any reasonable person who can claim that the MSM does not lean left and is not hades-bent on the destruction of George W. Bush?

Read again: "...and REASONABLE person..."

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If it smells like caca...

Perhaps this recent NYT boot is what has Cal Thomas saying:

“Regardless of who wins next Tuesday’s election (and no matter how long it takes to get the results following expected lawsuits and ballots cast by ineligible voters), this may well be the last election cycle in which the Big Media are taken seriously or regarded as influential.”

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Stinkier caca

Breaking it down in its simplest terms:

"According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived."

From Drudge:

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Thank you, NYT...

...for making the case for us.

The Corner demonstrates how the NYT inconveniently (for NYT) shows that Iraq was in negligence of 1441...the whole reason we went to war in the first place (despite what the Left and MSM will have you believe).

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More caca

Roger Simon has more.

Hat tip: The Corner

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Al Caca

That NYT story (probably Lockhart's feeble attempt at an October surprise) suspiciously never mentions when that cache of weapons actually went missing in Iraq. Like Chub Moore, they leave the reader to make his own assumptions, i.e., it just went missing yesterday.

Of course, once again, the NYT has it wrong:

“April 10, 2003, only three weeks into the war, NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army's 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al Qakaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing. The U.S. troops did find large stockpiles of more conventional weapons, but no HMX or RDX, so powerful less than a pound brought down Pan Am 103 in 1988, and can be used to trigger a nuclear weapon. In a letter this month, the Iraqi interim government told the International Atomic Energy Agency the high explosives were lost to theft and looting due to lack of security. Critics claim there were simply not enough U.S. troops to guard hundreds of weapons stockpiles, weapons now being used by insurgents and terrorists to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq.” (NBC’s “Nightly News,” 10/25/04)

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Monday, October 25, 2004

Tsk tsk, Thomas

On the other hand, I just noticed Thomas Galvin picked against both the Detroit Lions and my beloved Michigan Wolverines last week. He was, of course, woefully wrong on both counts, but that's okay...he can still pick blogs and presidents correctly.

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Galvinized!

Fellow blogger Thomas Galvin has been nice enough to include Back and Forth on his updated blog roll, listing us #1 (though I doubt the numbers/rankings mean anything). If you don't know of Thomas, you should be reading his blog. He is a bit of an anomaly:

1.) New York conservative
2.) vocally conservative minority
3.) Back and Forth reader

Show him your props...

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Election Ennui

Can't it just be over? I am soooo sick of election-year politics, I am just ready for it to be done. One thing's for sure, I know I can't bear four full years of John Kerry waxing poetic with his inimitable self-loving grandeur.

Another thing's fairly certain: It's all over but the shouting. Really. I don't think anyone's mind is going to be changed in the next week, yet we will hear more, see more and be force-fed more from both candidates in the next few days than we did in all of July. The only thing left to do now is vote our minds, then wait for the Left to shout about voter suppression, hanging digitial chads, disenfrashised minorities, lawsuits, "selected" presidents, and the will of the people.

You have Kerry threatening to sue if he doesn't win. You have the DNC urging folks to claim suppression, even if it doesn't exist. You have Kerry simultaneously assembling his transition team, his Cabinet, and his team of lawyers to dispute the outcome of the election...

Maybe I should say "It's all over but the whining."

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Liberals are still cuddly

As a result, with early voting taking place in busy public places like City Halls and libraries, voters are voicing complaints of being blocked by political mobs, or being singled out for their political views. Others say they have been grabbed, screamed at and cursed by political partisans of all stripes.

Permits in Palm Beach County show that the SEIU union and other Democratic groups have been holding rallies at early voting locations, where they have a captive audience of voters standing in line.

One woman who voted early in Boca Raton, at the Southwest County Regional Library, complained that as she stood in line, two men behind her were "trashing our president," Fletcher said, declining to identify the woman. She tried to ignore them. Then the man touched her arm and said, "Who are you voting for?"

"I said, `I don't think that's an appropriate question,'" the woman said she responded.

"Uh oh! We have a Bush supporter here," screamed the man behind her.

For the 2 1/2 hours she had to wait in line, she was heckled by the man. As they neared the voting room, someone in the rear of the line yelled, "I sure hope everyone here is voting for Kerry!" she reported.

That's when the man behind her held his hand over her head and screamed, "We have a Republican right here!" There were "boos and jeers" from the crowd.

"I felt intimidated, harassed and threatened!"

...picking on little old ladies...cuddly.

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Kerry...is so Very

"I actually did meet with U.N. Security Council, before I didn't meet with them."

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