Thursday ReadsPosted: June 5, 2014 Filed under: morning reads, U.S. Politics | Tags: 60 Minutes, Benghazi, Bowe Bergdahl, CBS News, Chester Nez, Hailey Idaho, Harrier AV-8B, Hillary Clinton, Imperial CA, Jane Drussel, Lara Logan, Matt Drudge, Navaho code talkers, Oregon, People Magazine, right wing hate, Southern Poverty Law Center, White supremacists 43 Comments
I’m pretty wiped out this morning, so this won’t be an extensive post. My mom is doing okay, but she needs help with a lot of things. This morning we’re going to have to deal with the Comcast people. It would really help if she could watch TV or listen to the radio! This afternoon I have to take her to the doctor, and then we might have to go back to the emergency room to have them put on a looser splint. They told us to do that if the one she has starts to feel too tight. But enough of my problems; let’s see what’s in the news.
The Bowe Bergdahl story gets more disgraceful with each passing day. Last night, via Little Green Footballs, NBC News reported that officials in Bergdahl’s hometown of Hailey, Idaho, had been
deluged with angry calls from people who think that Bergdahl is an Army deserter or traitor who doesn’t deserve a hero’s welcome.
Jane Drussel, the president of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, has been fielding dozens of angry calls.
“Well, (I feel) disappointment number one, just absolutely total surprise at how bad some of them are,” she told NBC News on Tuesday….
Drussel said many of the calls are cancelling trips to the town of about 8,000.
“Well, number one is, how dare we as a community support someone who in their mind they’re thinking of as a ‘deserter,’ a traitor. That they had plans to come here on their vacation, they’re no longer coming, they’re cancelling their reservations.”
“I just find that shocking,” she said. “You know, we’re Americans, and we need to act like Americans, and to me that’s un-American. Let things play out, and if there needs to be action taken, I’m sure it will be taken. But that’s not the city of Hailey’s responsibility.”
As a consequence of the threatening calls, the town has cancelled the welcome home celebration they had been planning. According to the Washington Post, the reason for the cancellation is concern for “public safety.” The small town of 8,000 people simply can’t handle an event that might attract a large number of angry protesters.
The right wing focus on Bergdahl hasn’t kept them from carrying on the meme that Hillary Clinton is old and disabled. The former Secretary of State is pictured on the cover of People Magazine this week smiling broadly and holding onto a deck chair. But the inimitable Matt Drudge has a different theory. From Bob Cesca at the Daily Banter: Drudge Wonders if Hillary Clinton Used a Walker on People Magazine Cover.
Oh, Drudge, you magnificent bastard. There are very few right-wing trolls who are better than Matt Drudge at manufacturing an odious whisper campaign, and he didn’t disappoint today. Drudge posted the new People Magazine cover featuring Hillary Clinton, then wondered whether she was holding onto, wait for it, a walker. You know, like an old lady with brain damage. Wink, wink.
Of course he didn’t say it outright. He used the nefarious “Cavuto Mark” — a question mark at the end of a deliberately leading statement, made famous by Fox News Channel.
Yesterday afternoon, Reuters reported: Last of Navajo ‘code talkers’ dies in New Mexico.
The last of 29 Navajo Americans who developed an unbreakable code that helped Allied forces win the second World War died in New Mexico on Wednesday of kidney failure at the age of 93.
Chester Nez was the last remaining survivor of an original group of 29 Navajos recruited by the U.S. Marine Corps to create a code based on their language that the Japanese could not crack.
His son, Michael Nez, said his father died peacefully in his sleep at their home in Albuquerque….
About 400 code talkers would go on to use their unique battlefield cipher to encrypt messages sent from field telephones and radios throughout the Pacific theater during the war.
It was regarded as secure from Japanese military code breakers because the language was spoken only in the U.S. Southwest, was known by fewer than 30 non-Navajo people, and had no written form.
The Navajos’ skill, speed and accuracy under fire in ferocious battles from the Marshall Islands to Iwo Jima is credited with saving thousands of U.S. servicemen’s lives and helping shorten the war. Their work was celebrated in the 2002 movie “Windtalkers.”
May he rest in peace.
Despite all the controversy over her faulty reporting on Benghazi, Lara Logan is “back at work on CBS News’ 60 Minutes,” according The Hollywood Reporter.
The news ends a suspension that began last fall after an erroneous60 Minutes report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of AmbassadorChristopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel. Logan had a handful of pieces in the works when she was suspended last November after her report that relied on a now-discredited interview with security contractor Dylan Davies.
She has been eager to return to work, say sources close to the correspondent, but the Benghazi report undermined her status as one of the veteran newsmagazine’s biggest stars and created a media feeding frenzy that unearthed a strident speech she gave a month after the Benghazi attacks in which she advocated for military intervention in Libya and asserted that the Obama administration was downplaying the threat from Al Qaeda.
At the time of her suspension last November, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager told THR that the report was a “black eye” for the venerable newsmagazine, still the most watched of its genre.
A CBS News spokesperson confirmed that Logan has returned to work. 60 Minutes typically takes something of a production hiatus during the summer months, with new pieces sprinkled throughout a schedule that includes reruns and updates of previously aired segments. Logan likely will not be seen on60 Minutes until the fall, sources tell THR. But she’ll begin appearing on other CBS News broadcasts such as the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning in the coming weeks.
I guess we already knew that CBS is no longer a serious news organization. This is just one more piece of confirming evidence.
From the Southern Poverty Law Center, Massive Investigation Uncovers White Supremacist Criminal Network in Oregon.
“Operation White Christmas,” as the year-old investigation is code-named, so far has resulted in the arrests of 54 individuals, mostly in the Portland area, leading to 11 criminal cases in state court and another 43 in federal court.
As for its scope, the investigation based in Portland and Multnomah County rivals the prosecutions of members of another violent gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.
The Oregon suspects variously are affiliated with at least five known street and prison white supremacist gangs – European Kindred (EK); Rude Crude Brood; All Ona Bitch (AOB); Fat Bitch Killers (FBK) and Insane Peckerwood Syndicate (IPS), authorities say.
“The scope of this case is by far the largest ever undertaken by this agency in recent memory, based on the number of suspects investigated, the number of persons arrested and the amount of guns recovered,” Lt. Ned Walls, the investigations division supervisor for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, told Hatewatch.
What initially began as an investigation of drug and firearms trafficking by white supremacist gangs blossomed into a broader probe of robberies, home invasions, burglaries, kidnapping, assaults, shootings and witness intimidation, Walls said. Some of the crimes involved gang-on-gang violence.
“The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would have had an impossibly hard time trying to conduct this investigation on our own,” Walls said. The department, he said, got “outstanding collaborative” support and involvement from the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices in Oregon, the Portland Police Bureau, the Gresham, Ore., Police Department, Klickitat County, Wash., Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.
It’s good to know the Feds are seriously investigating right wing domestic terrorists, but it sounds like the investigation was initiated by local law enforcement.
A military plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in California yesterday afternoon. From the AP, via the Visalia Times-Delta:
IMPERIAL – A Marine jet crashed into a residential area in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, exploding and setting two homes on fire. The pilot ejected safely, and there was no immediate word of any injuries on the ground.
The Harrier AV-8B went down at 4:20 p.m. in Imperial, a city of about 15,000 near the U.S.-Mexico border about 90 miles east of San Diego. Witnesses described an explosion and thick plumes of smoke.
“It felt like a bomb was thrown in the backyard of the house,” said Adriana Ramos, 45, whose home is less than a block from the crash scene. “The whole house moved.”
Ramos fled with her 4-year-old granddaughter and 10-year-old daughter, who both cried at the sight outside….]
At the crash site, there was chaos as people ran in every direction, he said. The two homes were on fire and it was unclear if anyone was inside.
The plane was from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, said Cpl. Melissa Lee, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. She had no details about what might have caused the accident.
As of this morning, no injuries have been reported. You can see video of the scene at The Week Magazine.
I have a few more links for you that I’ll post in the comment thread, and I hope you’ll do the same. What stories are you following today?
For Dakinikat: The Republican Case Against Republican Economics, by Thomas B. Edsall
Thx. I was reading one about how all the economists in the UK are dismayed by the policy right now and no one in government can understand it.
Amazon Is NOT the Vladimir Putin of the Publishing World
Good for Amazon. Keeping prices low is bad? Go figure.
They are doing some manipulative placement, and even non-placement, for books from certain publishers who don’t sell to them at dictated prices. And it’s not all big-name best-selling authors, it’s authors like Sherman Alexie. Yes, prices that are too low for independent publishers and authors to make a profit on are too low.
A couple of bizarre real-life horror stories:
Police investigating death unreported for months
Gruesome road trip: Clinton Township man drives cross-country with a dead woman in passenger seat
No air-conditioning? ugh…
Exclusive: Afghan villagers recall when Bergdahl stumbled into their midst
Ditto to the “sickening”. Last night Rachel showed a video of John McCain being for the prisoner swap for Bergdahl before he was against it. I believe the video was from 6 months ago. In typical McCain fashion he’s all over the fucking map until he gets his marching orders then he’s off to deliver the latest GOP/TP propaganda.
I despise these fucking people. Support the Troops my ass!
What a bunch of maroons. 🙂
Yup…And that Time cover is disgusting.
Here is Vladamir Putin being his usual misogynist, prick of a self. This MF’er is tugging on Superwoman’s cape no doubt in the hope that she never becomes POTUS.
Putin on Hillary Clinton: “Better not to argue with women”
Better watch out Vlad, IF HILLARY DECIDES SHE WANTS TO BE POTUS she will neuter you if given half a chance. You sorry he-man-woman-hater.
Vlad likes his women to be QUIET and to REMAIN IN THE KITCHEN cooking his dinner while he rides horses shirtless and bareback.No wonder he felt so threatened by Pussy Riot
Better not to argue with Hillary because he’ll lose. She’ll easily discuss policy details even off the cuff, and politely but firmly outsmart him.
esquire: If You Needed Further Proof Racism Is Not Dead
The ever watchful Lt Col Robert Bateman writing at Pierce’s blog. This has to be stomped dead now!
I am so sick of this shit.
I keep reading about the MoDo column. Here is a funny comment on it,
They should put serving size — and ingredients — on any edible product intended for public consumption. Just because it’s pot doesn’t mean it’s totally harmless.
tpm: Obama: ‘I Make No Apologies’ For Bergdahl Release
Every time things like this are shown on Fox: Bill O’Reilly Really, Really Wants You To Know Bowe Bergdahl’s Father ‘Looks Like A Muslim’
It makes me cringe…but like one of the commentators at the bottom said.
And speaking of Duck Dynasty: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Stars To Release ‘Duck Commander’ Bible In October
God help me!
All of those people are just crooks and grifters. The tea party and republicans seem to attract them like shit attracts flies. Come to think of it, that analogy works pretty well. 😉
Speaking of crooks and grifters…
tpm: Documents: Businessman Claims He Laundered Money To Sen. Mike Lee
stolen from commentor ‘raven’ at balloon-juice:
Joe Scarborough Suffers Breakdown On Camera
He’s a good father, or he’s shut the fuck up!
He says he is a good father, bullschitt, he needs to shut the fuck up.
This old bastard should hang it up. He’s a walking piece of shit.
My partner and I were having this discussion earlier in the day about the POW for Viet Cong prisoner swap that happened during and after the Vietnam war. I’m with Ralph, the old codger should shuffle on off to the porch and take up a rocking chair. He’s so lame he doesn’t even remember that just a few months ago he thought this prisoner exchange was a good idea.
And by accident I surfed past Hannity a few minutes ago and guess what? He’s still lamenting the prisoner swap and talking down Bergdahl even though there are reports surfacing now that Bergdahl escaped from the Taliban and was recaptured and that the Taliban became so frustrated with him they kept him in a cage. Goddam John McCain, does that sound a bit familiar to your shrinking brain?
And for the record Sean Hannity isn’t really old enough to remember the details of the POW swaps during and after the Vietnam war, so he needs to STFU about “negotiating with terrorists” lest we ship his sorry ass over to Eastern Afghanistan and let the Taliban have at him for 5 years. He’s such a waste of protoplasm.
AP: Threat to Bergdahl led to US action, officials say
Congress can never keep anything quiet.
He had walked away once in California and once before in Afghanistan. Chances are to have some time to himself.
NYT: Bergdahl Walked Away Before, Military Report Says
Nothing about any “note” he left etc is in any of the actual contemporaneous investigative reports. The more I read, the more his unit sounds like a cluster looking for a place to fuck up.
Healthcare.gov 2.0 may point the way to revamp government IT.
wired: Inside the Next Version of HealthCare.gov
I’m proud of President Obama. Semper Fi!
The source of James Rosen and Fox scoops on Bergdahl is an asshole who was convicted of lying to Congess during Iran-Contra and kicked out of the CIA in the 80s. This is fucked.
More gun violence on a college campus…… stopped by a student with pepper spray, and not another gun.
That is horrible…Every time I decide to check out what the news has going on…I see this kind of shit. It is so depressing.