February 22, 2008

Obama fantasists need a reality check [Karl]

Yesterday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a story reporting that security details at Sen. Barack Obama’s rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena in Dallas.

The left side of the blogosphere found it scary — no, wait, terrifying, not to mention mind-blowing, a serious lapse in security, and cause for investigations and dismissals, with an emphasis on the fact that it happened in Dallas, with the spectre of JFK looming large in the backdrop.  My favorite may be the Musharraf-Bhutto assassination innuendo analogy.

Today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the other side of the story:

“There were no security lapses at that venue,” said Eric Zahren, a spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington. He added there was “no deviation” from the “comprehensive and layered” security plan, implemented in “very close cooperation with our law enforcement partners.”

Zahren rebutted suggestions by several Dallas police officers at the rally who thought the Secret Service ordered a halt to the time-consuming weapons check because long lines were moving slowly, and many seats remained empty as time neared for Obama to appear.

“It was never a part of the plan at this particular venue to have each and every person in the crowd pass through the Magnetometer,” said Zahren, referring to the device used to detect metal in clothing and bags.

He declined to give the reason for checking people for weapons at the front of the lines and letting those farther back go in without inspection.

“We would not want, by providing those details, to have people trying to derive ways in which they could defeat the security at any particular venue,” Zahren said.

Pam Spaulding, to her credit, did a follow-up post, though she seems to remain skeptical about the situation.  If anyone else followed up, I missed it, and not for lack of looking.

Normally, I would not care, certainly not enough to note it here.  And a quick blog search suggests no one is being particularly critical about it.

I note it to contrast with the hysterical left-liberal reaction to the questions raised about a claim Obama made at Thursday’s Democratic debate about US troops not having enough ammunition and Humvees in Afghanistan, claiming that it was easier for them to capture Taliban weapons than to get proper equipment from the US.  Jake Tapper spoke to the purported source, upon which we learned: (a) the complaints are four to five years old; (b) getting parts or ammunition for their standard rifles was not a problem; and (c) the issue regarding HumVees had to do with maintenance, not supply.  We also learned (for those who did not know already) from Iraq vet Phil Carter – who is doing work for the Obama campaign:

These stories are timeless; you’ll see similar ones in the narratives from WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets too. Anyone who’s dealt with the Army supply system – particularly at the pointy end of the spear – ought to be able to sympathize.

The Associated Press reported that the platoon was not undermanned.  None of which deterred left-liberals in the slightest from asserting that Obama’s claim that he heard this from a captain (when he heard it from a staffer) was completely vindicated and the questions wholly unwarranted.

If this sort of response is a prologue to how left-liberals are going to respond to any criticism of their Obamessiah, perhaps more attention needed to be paid to the way they wigged out over the Dallas story, with almost no follow-up with the other side, perhaps because they prefer in case after case after case after case after case to wallow in morbid fantasies of his martyrdom.

Posted by Karl @ 7:03pm
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Comments (43)

  1. “Progressive” means never having to apologize for being hypocritical hyperventilating ninnies.

  2. The left side of the blogosphere found it scary — no, wait, terrifying, not to mention mind-blowing, a serious lapse in security, and cause for investigations and dismissals, with an emphasis on the fact that it happened in Dallas, with the spectre of JFK looming large in the backdrop. My favorite may be the Musharraf-Bhutto assassination innuendo analogy.

    Fear mongers!

    Personally, I thought the Obama supporters should have taken it as a compliment – they were a happy, friendly crowd – cuz you know what? If the SS was OVERLY cautious the left would accuse them of being racist and said they were using police brutality or something.

  3. Of for the love of a feather — one of those links post title “Are They Trying to Kill Obama?” sigh.

  4. Yesterday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a story reporting that security details at Sen. Barack Obama’s rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena in Dallas.

    The left side of the blogosphere found it scary — no, wait, terrifying, not to mention mind-blowing, a serious lapse in security, and cause for investigations and dismissals…

    So now any potential assassins know that heavy security checks tend to be front-loaded at these events. I am sure all the candidates are comforted by this show of concern.

  5. I think they ought to put Doris Lessing under surveillance.

  6. There is no downside for their mendacity. None. Why would they dial it back?

  7. JD,

    This is my point exactly. But that is partially a function of the fact that even folks on the right side of the blogosphere let stuff like this story slide. I intend to be more vigilant about it in the future.

  8. Karl – That is why I have always felt it was important to not even allow the trolls to go unanswered. The Left is used to simply making shit up, dialing up the fake outrage over imagined offenses, or going all gleenwaldian over anything they want. They know the media will either not cover it, or do so in a way that makes their irrational behavior seem rational. I am a proponent of addressing the moonbattery in all its shapes and forms, even if that means having to point out all of the times where dd makes shit up, IJS pulls shit out its ass, or when Cleo pukes all over a thread. Mocking is the best that they should be able to hope for.

  9. Please avoid those Dallas strip clubs and if the infamous ‘Umbrella Man’ appears… duck…dodge and hide!

  10. Gleenwaldian.

    That’s a good one. Faux outrage writ large, I assume?

  11. Considering that JFK’s assasination was the kickoff for the monster welfare state and a banner martyr for the left ever since, I would think that anyone not interested in a repeat of this process fervently hope that Obama makes it through the election alive. Even hints that Barry isn’t protected gives me the chills.

  12. I’m trying very hard not to make a “Killer Clinton motorcade” joke. m’kay. just wanted that on the record.

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  14. Fort Worth? Sheeeeit, every decent redneck from the stockyards has at least a hunting knife tucked in his boot. I dare not mention all the other weapons randomly concealed on your average Fort Worthian.

  15. Oh, yeah, election season is in full swing, the faux outrage will happen repeatedly given the lefty Dems are like young damsel attention whores. As for Osama/Obama/fricken-frack Orama, I like just plain calling him: Barrie Hussein. Who says the anti-Christ needs a formal ‘666’ on his forehead? Not bad for a guys who is infatuated with Infanticide from his IL days, and has a total of ONE sponsored bill in 2 yrs in Congress, and that bill was for the benefit of his bros in Congo.

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  17. You right wing hypocrites are amazing.

    You’d support a proven liar and thief like McCain – no matter what(“I never wait with a rep from Paxson Comm. Wait, now that you found my legal desposition in which I admitted it, I actually did meet with Paxson himself in my office with the female lobbyist in question. Sorry, bad memory.”)

    Like someone I know says about the right, “You guys just like to make shit up”.

    The Associated Press discovered that the person that Senator Obama spoke about did exist and confirmed his story. CNN found out through the Pentagon that the story checks out. Even still, there have been many reports of our brave soldiers being put in compromising positions without the proper equipment. Plus, the story isn’t four to five years old. It’s a lot more recent than that.

    This is another case of the right grasping at straws.

    You may continue with you whine and delusion fest.

  18. hey, I don’t know that guy. Really!

  19. No seriously, All Three+ Candidates are on the Front Line. With a casualty rate similar to that of soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, or Iwo Jima, Presidents and candidate’s obviously are willing to take serious risks..

    Let’s pause and take a breath and admit all three candidates really have balls to be doing this.

    rhetorically, I mean.

    )

  20. Plus, the story isn’t four to five years old. It’s a lot more recent than that.

    If we only had smaller class sizes… eh, Simon would probably still be an idiot.

  21. The Army captain, a West Point graduate, did a tour in a hot area of eastern Afghanistan from the Summer of 2003 through Spring 2004.

    So how long ago was that, Simon?

    Hint: It’s 2008 right now.

  22. CNN found out through the Pentagon that the story checks out

    It checks out that they had to scrounge for weapons from AlQaeda, simon? Because the CiC couldn’t get them supplies? That was the point of Obama’s story.

  23. By the left’s new standards, confirmation of a story consists of the same person telling a fabulous story to more than one reporter.

  24. MayBee – To the left, simply confirming that a soldier actually told a staffer this story is proof of the veracity of the entire story.

  25. White liberals must protect Barack Hussien Obama, he is their hope for self-actualization and absolving 400 years of guilt for slavery, Jim Crow, and discrimination. We’re all such good people we can vote for a 46-year-old black man who doesn’t talk about specifics, uses Deval Patrick’s words, and used the Illinois Senate seat to springboard into the presidential campaign pretending to be JFK, RFK and MLK. And the academy award for best black actor pretending to be experienced goes to: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. Best actress in a supporting role using a ghetto accent goes to: OPRAH WINFREY.

  26. Somebody needs to protect Barack Obama from his own ego and his delusions that he is viable in a general election. The political suicide that the Democratic Party is getting ready to commit is really sad. Barack Obama was the only hope Republican had of winning the White House for a third straight time. John McCain can start measuring the drapes at the White House. Maybe Obama can get some real experience, write his own lines, and pander to the black community in 2012 or 2016.

  27. I have to agree with datadave here: with the percentage of Presidents and candidates shot at, shot and wounded, and shot and killed, anyone who runs is running some heavy odds.

  28. It is true that certain elements within our society the likes of a Rush Limbaugh or those who readily sojourn to the likes of “Savage Nation” would plant the seeds for which a coward would need to enact such an attempt on Obama’s life. It wasn’t much discussed earier in the campaign but now that he is as they say’ “a stones throw away from the White House” this is a concern that must not be dealt with lightly. The rightwing instigated the killing of the Kennedy’s and King. Obama would make a great feather in their cap. Conservative talk radio does nothing but spew hate all day long everyday. This country is filled with nuts, it won’t take much to push one over the edge. If something like were to happen the U.S.A. would probably burn “from sea to shining sea”. Just a thought. Could you imagine a civil war in this country at this time in our history? Ask yourself hoestly whose side would the Armed Forces be on, or would it splinter along with the rest of society? People better tighten up. This is no game, believe that.

  29. - Veronica, you sound like one of those people I was talking about. You make no sense. You make mischief.

  30. Finally, YOUNG males NOT afraid to say they support HILLARY CLINTON

    http://www.hillaryspeaksforme.com

  31. Tina Turner shares my sentiments

    SIMPLY THE BEST

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCG5Tp4ZwZI

  32. With a casualty rate similar to that of soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, or Iwo Jima, Presidents and candidate’s obviously are willing to take serious risks..

    You are out of your mind. There is absolutely no correlation. We couldn’t get the numbers to bear out your position even if we included assassintation attemtpts as accomplished hits.

    Again, you simply lay out your “opinion” without looking at the available and verifiable facts.

  33. - BoMeister, you too sound as if you have an axe to grind with Barack Obama or those who generally look like him. Could it be possible that you might be the type who given opportunity borne of fustration in not getting your way could perputrate such an attempt?

  34. oh gawd, did we get a link from CNN again?

  35. Veronica . . . are you sure that Hillary ain’t noways tahred?

  36. Simon . . .
    do you know how to click on links? They verified that a captain told one of Obama’s staff members a tale that in some respects resembles what Obama said. So Obama’s not making it up out of whole cloth. Cool.

    On most of the substantive points of his characterization, though, he was dead wrong.

    He should correct himself.

  37. And thre’s no verification that the “Captian” in question is what he says he is or had done what he says he did. There’s enough in it to make be question both points.

  38. The rightwing instigated the killing of the Kennedy’s

    Clever, weren’t we, to have the crimes actually committed, respectively, by a would-be defector to the Soviet Union, and a leftist Palestinian?

  39. Mr. Jones, please shake your head until all the conspiracy theories have fallen out, then stomp them to death. Thank you.

  40. Martin Luther King…died for the Right Wing’s sins.

  41. Oh for fucks sake.

  42. I remember the subtle smile on President Nixon’s face, in fact it is seared,seared in my memory, when the word came down that Dr. King had been shot.

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