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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Nope!  No media bias at all.  Why do you ask?

Oh, that liberal media.

No, I do not think it’s a grand, vast media conspiracy with a central authority directing things...it’s more like heavy, heavy bias in each individual media agency, most importantly the wire services, which manifests as something that just looks like a vast conspiracy.  Same end result, though.  Not reporting through a 1:1 lens, so to speak, but instead using a manipulative filter that, in almost all cases, leans moderately to heavily to the left.

Except Fox, of course.  They’ve made a mint going in the other direction.

Posted by JimK at 06:30 PM on October 07, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007

Petraeus

Is there any point to saying anything about General Petraeus’ testimony today?  He’s doing a great job in a terrible situation, and anyone who has already given up on Iraq won’t be swayed.  See also: MoveOn are scum-sucking bottom feeders.  So to sum up: No one will move one iota off their current position regardless of any facts or opinions presented.

Iraq is the new abortion.

Posted by JimK at 01:45 PM on September 10, 2007
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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Good advice

From Confederate Yankee: Choose Your Preferred Narrative, but Quit Attacking the Troops

Posted by JimK at 10:06 AM on September 05, 2007
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Progress in Iraq?  Unpossible.

I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to hear from someone who is there and doesn’t think all is lost. Although obviously he’s a stooge for the BusHitler/PNAC/Filthy Jews cabal.

IN THE AMERICAN media, Iraq’s steady progress toward security is frequently overshadowed by news of the latest act of mass terrorism. Yet for those of us who actually live here, progress is visible to all but the most irreconcilable skeptics. Just this week, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the United Nations’ special representative for Iraq, announced at a news conference in Baghdad that Iraq had achieved, or at least started to achieve, 75% of the benchmarks it set for itself in the U.N.-led International Compact with Iraq.

The military force increase by the United States called “the surge” is only one element in the Iraqi and coalition strategy. The other elements are the political/diplomatic initiatives and economic progress — and the reality is that the strategy is working in spite of the monumental obstacles presented by international terrorists and difficult conditions inside Iraq.

I mean really, who are you gonna believe: someone who is there, or someone sitting at home in his underwear ranting and raving about how we’ve already lost while eating Cheetos out of the bag and downloading “Dirty Young Schoolgirls #62?”

Exactly.  Cheetoman knows what he’s talking about.

*UPDATE*

Then of course there’s the always-amazing reporting from Michael Totten, who I think spends more time in the Middle East than most reporters spend reading about the Middle East.  The words of LT Wolfe:

“Most of what we’re doing doesn’t get reported in the media,” he said. “We’re not fighting a war here anymore, not in this area. We’ve moved way beyond that stage. We built a soccer field for the kids, bought all kinds of equipment, bought them school books and even chalk. Soon we’re installing 1,500 solar street lamps so they have light at night and can take some of the load off the power grid. The media only covers the gruesome stuff. We go to the sheiks and say hey man, what kind of projects do you want in this area? They give us a list and we submit the paperwork. When the projects get approved, we give them the money and help them buy stuff.”

Oh please.  You BusHitler stooge killitary madman.  How dare you try to convince us Americans that good is being done in Iraq!  We read the New York Times, we have Nancy Pelosi to tell us the truth.

In case anyone doesn’t get it, that was extra-thick sarcasm.  Go to Totten’s site and read the story of the house “raid” for a little snapshot of how - but maybe more importantly why - things are turning around.

Posted by JimK at 02:45 PM on July 24, 2007
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

That’s not news

I may not be the biggest Powerline fan anymore, but I have to admit, John got this one 100% correct. In reference to the Appeal for Courage being presented to Congress yesterday and no one reporting it, John wrote:

This is almost like a laboratory experiment, isn’t it? A handful of veterans (including three out of something like 7,000 retired generals) oppose the war: News. Thousands of active duty personnel urge Congress to support the war effort: Not news. That pretty well sums up the journalistic standard that has been applied to the conflict in Iraq.

Oh, that liberal media

Posted by JimK at 03:18 PM on May 10, 2007
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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Army may be crushing active duty milblogs

This is not good. It’s not surprising, since we’re talking about the Army and the powers-that-be in the Army react to changing social circumstances like snails react to salt - retreat inward and hope it goes away.  Still, it’s not good.  Some of the only sources for what is happening on the ground in Iraq are serving milbloggers, and this may effectively silence them.

Army Regulation 530--1: Operations Security (OPSEC) (.pdf) restricts more than just blogs, however. Previous editions of the rules asked Army personnel to “consult with their immediate supervisor” before posting a document “that might contain sensitive and/or critical information in a public forum.” The new version, in contrast, requires “an OPSEC review prior to publishing” anything—from “web log (blog) postings” to comments on internet message boards, from resumes to letters home.

Failure to do so, the document adds, could result in a court-martial, or “administrative, disciplinary, contractual, or criminal action.”

It applies to civilian contractors as well.

It seems to be to be cutting off your nose to spite your face.  The Democrats, radical leftists and “true conservatives” don’t want to ever discuss a single positive element of the war in Iraq.  It’s all Bush, all the time.  If one wishes to hear anything other than “Bush is a failure and Iraq is lost” then one must look to the boots on the ground.

Whether we want to admit it or not, part of this conflict is the propaganda war, and when you silence the one voice that people trust...you;re going to lose that part of the war.  I can only hope that this part is also true;

Despite the absolutist language, the guidelines’ author, Major Ray Ceralde, said there is some leeway in enforcement of the rules. “It is not practical to check all communication, especially private communication,” he noted in an e-mail. “Some units may require that soldiers register their blog with the unit for identification purposes with occasional spot checks after an initial review. Other units may require a review before every posting.”

But I fear it will be more like this;

But with the regulations drawn so tightly, “many commanders will feel like they have no choice but to forbid their soldiers from blogging—or even using e-mail,” said Jeff Nuding, who won the bronze star for his service in Iraq. “If I’m a commander, and think that any slip-up gets me screwed, I’m making it easy: No blogs,” added Nuding, writer of the “pro-victory” Dadmanly site. “I think this means the end of my blogging.”

Get ‘em while you can, people.  Blackfive says this will only lead to the people who leak negative information continuing, and anyone who would discuss positive missions will probably play by the rules.  Yep.  Makes sense to me.  Greyhawk over at Milbloggers calls it “the end.” Just like he did in the Wired article, so did Dadmanly.

Not good.  Definitely not smart.  Winning a war means winning the peace, and winning the peace includes winning the propaganda war at home.  Sorry, but it’s true.  Since day one, the military has been losing that battle and these new rules will only make it worse.

Posted by JimK at 07:19 PM on May 02, 2007
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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Ipod saves soldier’s life

Check out this entry on Flickr;

Ipod saves Soldier's Life


Ipod saves Soldier’s Life
Originally uploaded by tikigod.

Photos sent to me by my friend Danny with this caption:

My wife’s uncle works in a military hospital and told me about this. Its pretty amazing. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq (Tikrit I believe) and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed (AK-47) insurgent came from the other side.

The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his IPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor. Fortunately, Kevin suffered no wound.

I thought it was a great story so I posted them here.

I guess iPods really are amazing. 

Posted by JimK at 06:04 PM on April 05, 2007
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A piece of Iraq news you’ll never see on CNN, or even Fox

It’s something I had literally never given thought to, but in retrospect, duh...they have a coast.  Seems like the Iraqi Navy is getting itself...uhh...shipshape.

Posted by JimK at 08:06 PM on March 21, 2007
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Where are the moderate Muslims in America?  Right here.

And they’re telling the flying imams to go piss up a rope.

Lawyers and a Muslim group say they will defend at no cost airline passengers caught up in a lawsuit between a group of imams and U.S. Airways if the passengers are named as “John Does” and sued for reporting suspicious behavior that got the Muslim clerics booted from a November flight.
The six imams are suing the airline, Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, and the unnamed “John Does” to be named later, for discrimination, saying they were removed from the flight for praying in the airport.
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix-area physician and director of American Islamic Forum for Democracy—a group founded in 2003 to promote moderate Muslim ideas through its Web site (www.aifdemocracy.org)—told The Washington Times his group will raise money for legal fees for passengers if they are sued by the imams.
“It’s so important that America know there are Muslims who understand who the victims are in air travel,” said Dr. Jasser. “But I hope it doesn’t get to that point because the backlash will be even greater when Americans see Islamists trying to punish innocent passengers reporting fears.”
The lawsuit specifically cites two passengers who stared at the men as they prayed, then made a cell phone call that the imams say went to U.S. Airways to complain about the prayer.

Very cool.  One can only imagine how frightening it must be to be a moderate Muslim and want to speak up about idiots like the flying imams, but feel like you can’t because extremists will mark you for death.  Bravo to Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and the AIFD.

Hat tip: Wizbang, who got it from JunkYardBlog and HotAir who has video of Dr. Jasser.

Posted by JimK at 02:29 PM on March 21, 2007
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Saint Sullivan of the Bleeding Heart strikes again

It’s utter nonsense like this that turned people away from Sullivan in the first place.  What a piece of work this one is…

I’ve been conned again by the Bush administration.

Yeah, it’s just you, Andy.  No one else is involved.  Everything Bush does is for, against or because of you.

One reason I was skeptical of the surge was its very low troop levels.

And yet here you are, crying like a little whiny yipper dog when you are now getting exactly what you wanted in the first place.  You are the very definition of ‘Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t.”

I couldn’t see how a mere 17,500 new troops would change the dynamic in any meaningful way. And it hasn’t.

1. That’s why you’re just a hysterical, loudmouthed pundit and not a frigging military planner, General Saint Andrew, sir.

2. Lie.  Progress has already been made and the new troops aren’t even in place yet.  But of course you know that…

Yes, we’ve seen some calm in Baghdad, as Shiite militias lie low, but we’ve also seen stepped up Sunni violence in Baghdad’s periphery. Now, in response to “whack-a-mole,” it appears that Petraeus wants another full brigade.

What a bullshit categorization of current events.  But then getting you to admit you’re wrong would be like...well, getting Bush to admit it.

The rest of this is just typical Sullivan hysteria.  Sullivan categorizes this increase as a lie.  An intentional deceit.  Not perhaps a revised plan, a re-assessment now that Petraeus is in place and knows the players better.  No, it’s a “lie.”

What ridiculous hyperbole.  How very Michael Moore of him.  Of course, now everyone’s going to link to the latest Sullivan hysteria and talk about him again, which is what this is all really about in the first place: his bloated ego.  In that respect I suppose I’ve fallen into his trap.

Still...what an idiot.  I don’t get his sycophantic fans...the kind of people that would jump on anyone else for this kind of flip-floppy hysteria eat this crap up from him like it was caviar served by a king.

Hat tip: Tom Elia @ The New Editor

Posted by JimK at 11:16 PM on March 19, 2007
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