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“The Boys on the Bus” * Open Thread

“It was the best of times – could never happen today. I’m thrilled to have been part of it.”

I tell you, the stuff I find on my Facebook wall sometimes! The video below is PRICELESS … it shows the press corps covering the race of Michael Dukakis for president in 1988, from the vantage of the irreverent, insanely silly reporters who followed Dukakis to every campaign stop. And, below the fold, I’ll share with you the conversation on Facebook — but the quote above serves as a snippet to introduce you to this video:

Thrillcam Camp-Pain ’88

Here’s the actual “conversation” on Facebook that included the link to the YouTube video above:

Clara [last name]
commented on Dick [last name]‘s post in ABCeniors.

Dick [last name]
Political campaign coverage has changed… Campaign Reporters Are Younger and Cheaper, NYT

Yesterday at 8:09am
Clara [last name]
Yah…you know, Hal was complaining about this in 1996 (“those kids and their laptops..”). How much are these newbies getting paid?

August 31 at 10:56am
John [last name]
I read the news today, oh boy….

August 31 at 11:49am
Bob [last name]
Darn you kids – get off my bus!

August 31 at 6:02pm
Stu [last name]
In 2008 I applied to be one of the “boys on the bus.” Mimi interviewed me, told me I didn’t want to do that.

September 2 at 6:37pm
Max [last name]
Here’s a liveshot (most of us would remember calling this a “standupper) done by a recently graduated student from the University of Maryland’s j-school, where I teach. Alex is one of a team of “embed” reporters from MSNBC following candidates in key “battleground” states. MSNBC video

September 3 at 10:33am
Terry [last name]
In 1980. we had two correspondents, two producers, two cameramen, three audio ops, a radio correspondent and a lighting man. It was expensive, dumb and usually resulted in a story getting on the air that really shouldn’t have been on. The next major election cycle they started sending out associate producers with a cell phone and a notepad. They knew everyone on the campaign, got all the affiliates to send in their footage and briefed the correspondents when they showed up. Much, much better both in financial terms and in the quality of journalism. I mean those kids knew EVERYTHING.

September 3 at 10:40pm
Chuck [last name]
‎1988 Presidential Campaign…..The way it was done. [YouTube video seen above the fold.]

September 4 at 6:26am
Curt [last name]
Thanks Chuck – It was the best of times – could never happen today. I’m thrilled to have been part of it.

Yesterday at 5:07am
Terri [last name]
Thanx Chuck, great memories.

Yesterday at 7:51am
Clara [last name]
What a fun video! Politics used to be so much fun to cover. It’s nice to see a safari vest again.

This is SO true. I’ll never forget the crazy times when I was a reporter for a newspaper. My fellow reporters were the nuttiest, most fun group of people with a jaundiced view of politics and politicians. Biut could they ever write! And could they ever dig up the REAL story, doing all the research needed to unearth the truth. Those were the days … but now journalism, particularly on TV, is too much about flashy graphics, female hosts and reporters with cleavages, male hosts and reporters who look like they just walked out of GQ.

P.S. That New York Times article linked in the above conversation is worth reading … it’s kind of astounding who is covering the presidential campaigns these days.

Okay … that’s what I’ve got to share today. How ’bout you?

  • Anonymous

    President Barack Obama bluntly challenged Congress Monday to act
    immediately on his new jobs plan, brandishing a copy of the legislation
    in the Rose Garden and demanding:“No games, no politics, no delays.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-calls-congress-act-jobs-bill-152431593.html

    And NOBAMA

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Ok, just have to complain about the American Job Plan; the obama campaign has it posted
    http://www.americanjobsact.com/pathways-to-work.html

    and is urging their supporters to pass it.

    Anyone, and I mean anyone wanting to pass this non-legislative language document, put together by volunteers, has lost their touch with reality.

    1. This is not a bill, it is not in legislative language. Stop calling it a bill!

    2.  It is a vague as vague can be.

    3. Really, was this man ever an attorney, for goodness sake, to pressure the republicans to pass what looks like a High School Paper to learn how to -pre-draft an outline for how to build a bill is more like it.

    4. Why on earth should anymore money be given anywhere, when ARRA/Q1, still does not have clear accountability? There are many recipients of the grants who have not reported a thing, or have not spent the money. Exactly what recovery was being used?

    Talk about a PONZI scheme.

  • Anonymous

    Promises of green jobsstart withering on vine

    Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang   

    9/11/2011

    The green-jobs revolution may be going up in smoke.
    Despite billions of dollars in federal investment and cheerleading from
    President Obama, even the most ardent supporters of a transformed,
    job-generating energy sector based largely on wind, solar and other renewable
    sources acknowledge that their dreams have not translated into reality. The
    records for other countries chasing green employment opportunities have been
    equally unimpressive. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, told MSNBC last
    month that, despite impassioned support from liberal Democrats and
    environmentalists, “green jobs” initiatives “have been about a lot of talk, and
    not a lot has been happening on that.”

  • Anonymous

    Obama Tells NBC Country IsSafer than It Was 10 Years
    Ago

    ABC News, by Tahman Bradley   

    9/11/2011

    Reflecting on the 9/11 anniversary, President Obama
    told NBC News this morning that there is no doubt the United States is safer now
    that it was 10 years ago. He said this is a consequence of more effective
    homeland security and the U.S. taking the fight to Al Qaeda. The president
    warned that Americans must remain vigilant because there are still people who
    want to attack the U.S. He also discussed the specific, credible but unconfirmed
    terror threat surrounding the 9/11 anniversary, saying this particular threat
    was so specific that he felt it necessary to inform

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    E-Verify says Obama not eligiblefor employment in the United
    States 

    The Steady Drip, by Staff   

    9/11/2011

    E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by U.S.
    Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security
    Administration. E-Verify provides an automated link to federal databases to help
    employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of
    their Social Security numbers. If you were an employer and entered Barack
    Hussein Obama’s social security number 042-68-4425 into the data base to verify
    that he was eligible for employment in the United States you could not legally
    hire him. Here is what everify would tell you about hiring Mr. Obama:
    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2011/09/e-verify-says-obama-not-eligible-for.html

  • Anonymous

    NOMOBO will give his jobs legislation speech in the Rose Garden before sending it to Congress:
    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/09/11/3135645/white-house-obama-to-send-jobs.html

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    The Lie Clock
    A man died and went to
    heaven.. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge
    wall of clocks behind him.He asked, “What are all those clocks?”St.
    Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every
    time you lie the hands on your clock will move.”"Oh,’ said the man,
    “whose clock is that?”"That’s Mother Teresa’s. The hands have never
    moved, indicating that she never told a lie.”"Incredible,’ said the man.
    “And whose clock is that one?”St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s
    clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his
    entire life.”"Where’s Obama’s clock?” asked the man.”Obama’s
    clock is in Jesus’ office . . . He’s using it as a ceiling
    fan.”

  • Anonymous

    Ground Zero Mosque
    enters Weiner race

    Daily Mail
    [Charleston, WV],
    by Don Surber   
    9/11/2011

    Remember all those lengthy lectures 13 months ago from our moral and intellectual superiors on the Ground Zero Mosque? Liberals insisted that we should be tolerant and support those all-American things like freedom of some religions, single moms, and the Prius. My how our liberal betters strutted and preened and clucked their tongues at us mouth-breathing, booger-eating, inbred, racist Tea Baggers for daring to suggest that maybe this
    was a bad idea. We must stand by basic American principles, they said. Now, with a congressional seat in balance, liberals are saying How Dare You Quote Us!

    http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/42083

  • Anonymous

    Perry proclaims 9/11 asTexas First Responders Day

    Houston Chronicle, by Amanda Sakuma   

    9/11/2011

    Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed Sept. 11 as Texas First
    Responders Day in honor of the emergency response teams that aided
    search-and-rescue efforts to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade
    Center. The proclamation, made on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks,
    recognized the 73 members of the Texas Task Force 1 who were among the first to
    respond to the attacks in New York City. “We witnessed heroic rescue efforts on
    9/11, and I ask all Texans to pause in a spirit of remembrance for those who
    gave their lives on that day,” Perry said.

  • Anonymous

    9/11 through the eyes of Miss Liberty

    The Monterey County Herald, by Jerry
    Gervase    

    9/11/2011

    September 11, 2001: Thick black smoke billowing from
    an inferno that melted steel began to block the sun. The wind carried it into
    the harbor where it burned my eyes. Soot came then, and ashes, and then the
    cries of my people. They were calling out in agony and fear. They were crying
    out their pain and their loss. Their anguish brought an ache that cleft my heart
    like the crater where the twin towers lay gasping their last breaths. For 115
    years I have stood in New York Harbor welcoming the millions of refugees seeking
    the promise of Liberty…..

  • Anonymous

    A Decade Out, We’re Losing

    Human Events,
    by Robert Spencer   
    9/11/2011

    Ten years after 9/11, the war on terror is far from over, and we are losing it. We were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, by Islamic jihadists
    who explained, in writings they left behind, that they were committing mass murder in the name of Islam, inspired by the teachings of Islam, and in defense, as they saw it, of Islam.

    (Snip) Yet 10 years later, it is not only the height of political incorrectness to speak about the motives and goals of those
    who attacked the United States on that terrible day. It is explicitly against United States government policy…..

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46094

  • Anonymous

    -
    BIDENS’ MESSAGE:

    Vice President Biden says 9/11was a ‘declaration of war’in
    Pentagon anniversary speech

    New York Daily News, by Alison Gendar & Lukas I.
    Alpert    

    9/11/2011

    Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that while
    terrorists sought to bring America to its knees on Sept. 11, they severely
    underestimated the nation’s resolve. That day was “a declaration of war,” Biden
    told relatives of the 184 people killed at Pentagon who gathered in Washington.
    “[They were] bent on changing our way of life…to buckle our knees, bend our
    will… break our resolve,” he said. “They did not know us.” Biden said the
    attacks created a “9/11 generation of warriors.”

    • Anonymous

      Saw this comment at another blog
      ********************
      Well, that was slightly classier than Barry’s Saturday stink as Soup Nazi in
      Chief.

      Watch Barry (@37sec) get snippy when a reporter asks him to address the significance of this weekend’s 9/11 commemoration;

      “Well, you know, I’m going to be doing that all weekend long so I’m not going to be doing that right now…“
      *************************
      WTF???

  • Anonymous

    Perry lauds first responders at Austin ceremony

    San Antonio Express-News [TX],
    by Hollie O’Connor   
    9/11/2011
    AUSTIN

    – Gov. Rick Perry took a break from campaigning for president to return home to memorialize 9/11 victims Sunday morning at the Texas State Cemetery, citing “our nation’s ability to find unity
    in the face of adversity.” Perry placed a red, white and blue wreath at the 9/11 monument at the cemetery alongside cards and flowers thanking those who died in the attacks 10 years ago. He saluted the monument and spoke to assembled law
    enforcement officials, commemorating the sacrifices made by first responders nationwide. “There is power in those sacrifices,” Perry said. “If our enemies’ goal was to demoralize Americans…..”

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Perry-lauds-first-responders-at-Austin-ceremony-2165359.php

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Revealed miracles and Divine protection in
    ManhattanJewish World Review, by Eytan Kobre

    9/11/2011

    Ten years ago this Sunday, Muslim terrorists rained death and
    destruction of unparalleled magnitude on an unsuspecting America at New York’s
    Twin Towers and the Pentagon outside Washington. And while so many first
    responders gave their lives in their attempts to save others, one group
    witnessed a succession of open miracles — and no losses.

  • Anonymous

    MUST READ:
    Boatlifters:
    The unknown story of 9/11

    Reuters,
    by Katharine Herrup   
    9/11/2011

    Much has been written and said about September 11, 2001, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, but one story much less known is the one about the band of boats that came together to rescue nearly 500,000 New Yorkers from the World Trade Center site on the day the towers collapsed. It was the largest boatlift ever to have happened – greater than the one at Dunkirk
    during World War II. Yet somehow a story of such large scale became lost in all the rubble. But a new 10-minute documentary called Boatlift by Eddie Rosenstein…..

    http://blogs.reuters.com/katharine-herrup/2011/09/09/boatlifters-the-unknown-story-of-911/

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, America,
    for the golden age of Islam

    Jewish World Review,
    by Diana West   
    9/11/2011

    It is something to have gone 10 years without an Islamic attack
    of similarly gigantic proportions to those of Sept. 11, 2001, but
    it is not enough. That’s because the decade we look back on is marked by a specifically Islamic brand of security from jihad. It was a security bought by the Bush and Obama administrations’ policies of appeasement based in apology for, and irrational denial of, Islam’s war doctrine, its anti-liberty laws and its non-Western customs. As a result of this policy of appeasement–submission–we now stand poised on the brink of a golden
    age.

    http://jewishworldreview.com/0911/west090911.php3

  • Anonymous

    NATO warplanes..,(What do you mean NATO?)

    NATO warplanes strike several targets in pro-Gadhafi areas while former rebels retreat from heavy fire(Twitter report)

  • Docelder

     ”but now journalism, particularly on TV, is too much about flashy graphics” – It is a form of subliminal advertisement really… watch MSNBC a few minutes just for the graphics… it is subliminal advertisement. Not subliminal that the graphics are hidden… but hidden in plain sight… because people don’t realize they are being  controlled into how to interpret the sound bites by the flashing snippets. Yes they play the same sound bites over all day… but the snippets that make it into the graphics contain these subliminals… flashed hundreds of times a day. It is perverse. 

  • Anonymous

    British diplomat killed, wife kidnapped from Kenyan resort:
    http://news.yahoo.com/kenya-diplomat-briton-killed-wife-kidnapped-124951324.html

  • Docelder

    Even Chris Matthews… aka “the tingler” thinks SS is a Ponzi scheme… But since when does truth matter?

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/09/chris-matthews-social-security-admission-it-is-a-ponzi-scheme/

  • sowsear1

    Why is there no edit button and why am I having to sign in each time with a captcha?

  • sowsear1
  • Anonymous

    MUST READ:

    ‘How did we get here?’
    Finally, here’s the answer

    Daily Inter Lake
    [Kalispell MT],
    by Frank Miele
    9/11/2011

    Lots of people resist the notion that the horrible things that have gone wrong in the United States could possibly have been the
    outcome of a planned rebellion.I don’t purport to be able to delineate how such a plot could have been accomplished, but the evidence is irrefutable that the radical left of the 1960s outlined a strategy for bankrupting the United States “empire” and that is just what happened. If it happened by accident, then the guardians of our country were guilty of gross malfeasance in turning a blind eye to the step-by-step draining of our treasury.

    http://www.dailyinterlake.com/opinion/columns/frank/article_b2850c5a-dc11-11e0-a0c5-001cc4c002e0.html

  • Anonymous

    Evangelical pastors heed
    a political calling for 2012

    Los Angeles Times,
    by Tom Hamburger &
    Matea Gold    
    9/11/2011
    Ames, Iowa

    — For most of his two decades as a preacher, Iowa pastor Mike Demastus eschewed partisanship, telling colleagues and congregants that “religion and politics don’t mix.” But there he was last month in Ames, making his way across the festive grounds of the Republican presidential straw poll, mingling with political operatives and candidates as he spoke openly about his preference for Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. He wasn’t alone. The straw poll drew a slew of previously apolitical Iowa pastors — a constituency increasingly heeding a call to speak out on politics.

    “There is a concerted assault on…..”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-adv-christian-right-20110911,0,3594183,full.story

    • Guest

      I’m pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, opposed to Christian Sharia and stand against teaching the Bible in schools.  I make no apologies for it.  I don’t want ministers meddling in my life in any way, shape or form. 

  • Anonymous

    Remembering 9/11 in Washington DC,
    the other city attacked that terrible day

    Telegraph [UK],
    by Toby Harnden   
    9/11/2011

    When people look back at the 9/11 attacks of 2001, I’d hazard that most think first of New York and the burning twin towers of the
    World Trade Centre that became the site known as Ground Zero. That’s natural–two of the four hijacked planes hit New York and there was by far the largest number of casualties there. But the second target was Washington DC. And if a few things had changed, the United States capital, and its government, could have been devastated. I was in Washington on 9/11 and have written a long, very personal piece here about how…..

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100104135/remembering-911-in-washington-dc-the-other-city-attacked-that-terrible-day/

  • Anonymous

    ‘I love knowing you’re a hero’:
    Memorial service hears
    moving tribute by young boy, 9,
    to the 9/11
    fireman dad he never met

    Daily Mail [UK],
    by Mark Duell   
    9/11/2011

    It was a fitting tribute to salute their fallen colleagues, as 343 flags were carried by an honour guard for each one of the firemen who died on 9/11. Firemen from across the U.S. gathered in
    Manhattan, New York, around St Patrick’s Cathedral, as a memorial service was held after an honour guard had marched down Fifth Avenue. The largest fire department in the U.S. held the ceremony as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that devastated America in 2001. ‘We came here to let these guys know we haven’t forgotten…..”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036115/September-11-memorial-service-hears-boys-tribute-fireman-dad-met.html

  • Anonymous

    -
    spent with a lost loved one. Time may heal all wounds, but it can never ease all of the pain caused by such losses. That is why America pauses today to remember. And to be reminded of what we are.
    To appreciate how genuinely exceptional America is, it is only necessary to recall all that we have been through. Our Civil War exacted untold blood and sacrifice on both sides and very nearly put an end to our nation for all time. But we reconciled and grew stronger. Successive generations later endured and won two world wars, but not without losses of treasure and life without precedent in American history. Again we survived and grew stronger. We also suffered an economic calamity in the Great Depression that for a decade left millions of us hungry, homeless and without hope. But yet again we survived and grew stronger. And along the way, we’ve seen leaders cruelly struck down, natural disasters wreak untold havoc, social and political dysfunction spread, and so much more. And yet, through it all, we Americans have survived and grown stronger, freer and more prosperous.
    Today, 10 years after the last acrid whiff of smoke drifted away from the smoldering ruins in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., we have met many of the challenges that followed the attacks on 9/11. We are exacting justice for those who attacked us, even as we live daily lives whose routines have been changed a thousand different ways to prevent another such onslaught. We continue to struggle with political divisions, disunity of spirit, and economic afflictions that in some respects exceed even those of the darkest days of the 1930s.
    What we must remember is that the days ahead will be hard and nothing can be taken for granted. What we know is that freedom isn’t free for this generation or any other. As President Kennedy once said of another time of national testing, we face “a long twilight struggle” in the war to defeat Islamic terrorism and the grinding tyranny that would surely follow its victory. We must call it what it is and deal with it as only we can until it is utterly vanquished. It is not an easy road ahead, but we dare not shrink from it. After all, we are Americans.
    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/2011/09/decade-later-america-remains-exceptional-nation#ixzz1XeTk3FRW

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be afraid to banish the fearChicago
    Tribune, by John Kass

    9/11/2011

    Being an American doesn’t mean you cower in a corner. (Snip)
    Today is the day of remembering. So let us again be informed by the tragedy. Let
    us remember what we’ve lost, let us pray for the souls of the dead, and let us
    remember, again, that there are people who will try to hurt us. But let us not
    be limited by the past. Let us not be imprisoned by it. That’s fear talking.
    That’s crippling. And it’s positively un-American.

  • Anonymous

    UK Survivors And Families Remember 9/11

    Sky News [UK],
    by Staff   
    9/11/2011 

    British survivors of the September 11 attacks and families of the victims have attended ceremonies commemorating the 10th
    anniversary of the tragedy. Relatives attended an early morning service at Grosvenor Chapel in London, which is known as the “American church”. It has links to the nearby US embassy and was a place of worship for American soldiers during the Second World War. Survivor Courtney Cowart, who was nearly buried
    alive when the north tower of the World Trade Centre collapsed, was among the congregation. She told how she had been over-
    taken by fear when she returned to the site…..

    http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16067080

  • Anonymous

    Answering 9/11 with Mozart’s Requiem

    American Thinker, by James Lewis   

    9/11/2011

    In spite of ten years of massive disinformation by
    the left and the media about the events of 9/11/01, around the United States
    there are September 11 ceremonies to mark what really happened. In Oakland,
    California, among other cities, Mozart’s Requiem is being sung, a truly fitting
    reaction to the barbarity of 9/11/01, because the Requiem is one of the high
    points of Western — that is, Judeo-Christian — music and art. The barbarians
    do not understand this, nor do the secularists of the left. The word “Requiem”
    means “May they rest in peace.”

  • Anonymous

    Leaders in tears:
    Clinton and Laura Bush weep
    amid emotional Bush tribute

    Daily Mail [UK],
    by Mark Duell
    9/11/2011

    George W. Bush has praised the 40 passengers and crew who
    fought back against their Flight 93 hijackers on 9/11 for carrying out what he described as one of the most courageous acts in U.S. history.

    (snip) Former first lady Laura Bush and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, were both seen to wipe tears away at the ceremony. ‘The moment America’s democracy was under attack our citizens defied their captors by holding a vote,’ Mr Bush
    said… *as a nation begins ceremonies to remember 9/11…..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036096/9-11-ANNIVERSARY-Leaders-tears-America-begins-ceremonies-remember.html

  • Anonymous

    MUST READ
    Read slowly.
    It all makes sense.

    Obama and Our 9/11 Trauma

    American Thinker,
    by Stella Paul
    9/11/2011

    Where did the idea of Obama come from? Let’s examine an
    obvious, yet overlooked source: the rubble of the Twin Towers. 9/11 was the most traumatic day in American history, and its horrors left deep gashes in our national soul. We stumbled around in pain and….. confusion for years, groping for a magical salve to heal our wounds — and there, suddenly, was Barack Hussein
    Obama.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/obama_and_our_911_trauma.html

  • Anonymous

    Bomb at US Base in AfghanistanWounds 77
    AmericansAssociated Press, by Rahim Faiez

    9/11/2011

    Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and two Afghan
    civilians were killed when a Taliban truck bomb struck an American base in
    eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror
    attacks against the United States, NATO said Sunday. Saturday’s blast shaved the
    facades from shops outside the Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and
    broke windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former
    parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name. The
    Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Anonymous

    Ten Years After 9/11

    American Thinker,
    by Clarice Feldman
    9/11/2011

    It’s the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and an appropriate time for people to recall where they were on that day and how they reacted. I don’t really need an annual reminder though. The day is so much a part of me that I still often dream that I am in the World Trade Center jumping from a top floor, watching as the havoc around me takes place so close to the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, thinking of my loved ones and hoping —
    in my last minutes — they are well.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/clarices_pieces_ten_years_after_911.html

  • Anonymous

    The Obama energy crisis
    as you’ve never before seen it

    Washington Examiner [DC],
    by Mark Tapscott   
    9/10/2011

    It’s been eclipsed somewhat in recent months by the continued stagnation of the economy and the increasingly loud Republican presidential nomination battle, but the energy crisis caused by President Obama’s Permatorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is just as serious as it ever was. And it’s going to get worse if something isn’t done soon to lift the bureaucratic strangulation being applied to the oil and natural gas industries by Obama’s Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. But other than pointing to staggering unemployment figures and gas prices that remain nearly double…..

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/09/obama-energy-crisis-youve-never-seen-it

  • Anonymous

    MUST READ:

    Ex-fighter pilot recalls her
    9/11 suicide mission

    Washington Post,
    by Steve Hendrix   
    9/10/2011

    On the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington, D.C. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it. The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the sky was live ammunition. Or missiles.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2016162502_sept11pilot10.html

    • Anonymous

      Very moving and shocking story.  Never heard that before.

  • Anonymous

    9/11 Belongs To Us
    Human Events, by John Hayward    9/9/2011
    Back in 2009, President Barack Obama tried to appropriate 9/11 as a “national day of service.” The effort plods along to this day, resulting in this year’s detailed list of official White House instructions for how 9/11 should be observed. Among them are orders to “minimize references to al-Qaeda,” on the grounds they have become “increasingly irrelevant” ever since their leader, Osama bin Laden, died from an acute case of Navy SEAL.
    “I call upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes who responded in our hour of need…..”
    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46072

  • Anonymous

    9/11 Belongs To Us
    Human Events, by John Hayward    9/9/2011
    Back in 2009, President Barack Obama tried to appropriate 9/11 as a “national day of service.” The effort plods along to this day, resulting in this year’s detailed list of official White House instructions for how 9/11 should be observed. Among them are orders to “minimize references to al-Qaeda,” on the grounds they have become “increasingly irrelevant” ever since their leader, Osama bin Laden, died from an acute case of Navy SEAL.
    “I call upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes who responded in our hour of need…..”
    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46072

  • Anonymous

    Want more jobs?
    The low-hangingfruit is energy

    Power Line,
    by John Hinderaker   
    9/10/2011

    Everyone knows that Obama’s jobs program is a joke;
    but let’s assume that you actually do want to help create a million or more jobs, while simultaneously increasing government revenues by many billions of dollars. How would you do it? It’s actually easy: just stop the irrational antagonism to energy development that is America’s most glaring public policy failure. The energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie released a report on
    Wednesday that attempted to quantify the additional jobs and revenue that would result from a relaxation of the federal government’s current anti-energy policies. You can read the report…..

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/09/want-more-jobs-the-low-hanging-fruit-is-energy.php

  • Anonymous

    Thousands gather in Shanksville

    Philadelphia Inquirer [PA],
    by Tom Infield   
    9/10/2011
    Shanksville, Pa.

    - The ceremony had the feel of a funeral.As upwards of 3,000 people convened Saturday to mark the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial, there was no forgetting that the fragmentary
    remains of 40 airline passengers lay just a hundred yards away in a wildflower meadow. When United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, the impact at close to 600 mph was so great that the plane and its occupants were obliterated.

    Few body parts were ever found.And so the meadow is a cordoned off cemetery. And speaker after speaker…..

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20110910_Thousands_gather_at_Shanksville.html

  • Anonymous

    Composer’s new works
    inspired by events of 9/11

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA],
    by Joshua Falk   
    9/10/2011

    The tragedies of 9/11 brought expatriate American composer Kevin Malone back to his Yankee roots. “When the events of 9/11
    happened, it was the first time I really got homesick for America,” said Mr. Malone, head of composition at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. “Ten years ago I started turning into kind of an American composer.

    “Two of his compositions, “E pluribus unum” and “Angels and Fireflies” — both inspired by his visits to the United Flight 93 crash near Shanksville and the witnesses and first-responders involved — will premiere Sunday to mark…..

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11253/1173526-388.stm

  • Anonymous

    Obama’s Plan to Desecrate 9/11

    By Matthew Vadum
    on 8.24.09
    AmericanSpectator

    The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

    This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year’s election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it’s not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.

    READ:

    http://spectator.org/archives/2009/08/24/obamas-plan-to-desecrate-911

    • Anonymous

      Get a look at BO in this picture over at MOTUS (Yes, MO is photo-shopped in, but…) Is this the leader of the band?

  • Anonymous

    GW Bush at Flight 93 Memorial:
    “Evil Is Real, So Is Courage”

    Human Events,
    by Jim Hoft   
    9/10/2011

    George W. Bush spoke this afternoon at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful speech. One of his
    best. From his speech today: On 9-11, “The most lives lost on American soil on a single day since the Battle of Antietam​.” “One of the lessons of 9-11 is that evil is real and so is courage.” “At the moment American democracy was under attack our citizens defied their captors by holding a vote. The choice they made
    would cost them their lives. And they knew it. Many passengers called their loved ones to say good-bye…..”

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46089

  • Anonymous

    Obama dragging down Democratic
    candidates in House special elections

    The Hill
    [Washington, DC],
    by Cameron Joseph   
    9/10/2011

    Dissatisfaction with President Obama is hurting Democrats’ chances in two House special elections that will take place on
    Tuesday. In a Democratic-leaning New York City seat previously held by Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, some prominent local Democrats have endorsed Republican Bob Turner because of Obama’s handling of Israel, while Democrat David Weprin has sought distance from the president. In a GOP-leaning Nevada
    district left vacant when Dean Heller was appointed to the Senate, Republicans are using Obama as a cudgel against Democratic candidate Kate Marshall…..

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/180735-obama-dragging-down-democrats-in-house-special-elections

    • Anonymous

      I saw on Drudge that Weprin doesn’t even live in that district and won’t say that he will move there if he wins. He can’t even vote for himself…but will go with his mother to the polls.
      Goody.

      • Docelder

        Well… dems don’t have to represent their constituents… this is why he wouldn’t have to live there… Democrat voters don’t care and the districts are gerrymandered anyway. No government of the people, by the people and for the people… just party… government for  whoever can afford the lobbyists… which is not the people.

    • Anonymous

      I think I’m going to cry. Nope, I was wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Vigil protests lack ofclergy prayer at 9/11 event

    Associated Press, by Staff   

    9/10/2011

    New York — Carrying Bibles and singing “Amazing
    Grace,” a group of pastors knelt on the street outside ground zero on Saturday
    to protest New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to include a
    clergy-led prayer in the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11
    attacks. About 50 pastors and supporters prayed outside the chain-link fence
    around the site as from a distance. Protesters said they felt shut out of
    Sunday’s memorial service. “Many of us served here after the attacks, and we
    know the importance of prayer and the presence of clergy,”

  • Anonymous

    It was bad enough that the House passed bills they haven’t read. Now we
    have demands to pass a bill NOW that hasn’t even been written yet!

    • Anonymous

      Well, it could have been worse: he might said “And I want this Bill passed Yesterday, as soon as it might have been written!”