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John Kerry: You People Quit Criticizing This White House About The Paris March (Video Added: Josh Earnest Being Grilled By Ed Henry )

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:36 am

[guest post by Dana]


Secretary of State John Kerry called criticism that no top U.S. officials attended Sunday’s massive march against terrorism in Paris “quibbling” Monday, even as he announced a trip to the French capital later this week for talks on countering Islamist violence.

When asked about the White House not sending any high-ranking official, Kerry responded:

“I really think that this is sort of quibbling a little bit in the sense that our Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was there and marched, our ambassador [to France Jane Hartley] was there and marched, many people from the embassy were there and marched.

Except that Nuland was at the Washington march.

Kerry also announced his travel plans:

Kerry said he is going to France to reaffirm U.S. solidarity with America’s oldest ally. He said as soon as he heard about the march, he asked his team what the earliest time was that he could go.

“That is why I am going there on the way home and to make it crystal clear how passionately we feel about the events that have taken place there,” he said. “I don’t think he people of France have any doubt about America’s understanding about what happened, about our personal sense of loss and our deep commitment to the people of France in this moment of trial.”

“I want to emphasize that the relationship with France is not about one day or one particular moment,” Kerry said. “It is an ongoing longtime relationship that is deeply, deeply based in the shared values, and particularly the commitment that we share to freedom of expression


UPDATE: Ed Henry grills Josh Earnest today at 1:43 in. I almost felt sorry for the White House spokesman as Henry is relentless. As he should be.

131 Responses to “John Kerry: You People Quit Criticizing This White House About The Paris March (Video Added: Josh Earnest Being Grilled By Ed Henry )”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  2. you’d think we could’ve at least sent some terrorists from gitmo over to Paris to represent us

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  3. #Jesuisunmangeurdegauffre

    nk (dbc370)

  4. Except that Nuland was at the Washington march.

    Nuland is the “F*** the EU” lady from the Ukraine boondogle. It might not have been (ahem) diplomatic for her to be there.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. 3#huh? #jen’parlefrancaispas.

    kishnevi (3719b7)

  6. 2. We probably have – they’re just playing an understated role at the moment.

    Walter Cronanty (f48cd5)

  7. Don’t you people know who he is!?!?!?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. Dianne Feinstein: Terrorist sleeper cells are in the U.S.

    Hell, woman… we have one in the White House.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. Leading with your behind.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  10. merci, nk.

    kishnevi (294553)

  11. Dianne Feinstein: Terrorist sleeper cells are in the U.S.

    Translation: My husband has investments in police equipment manufacturers and security firms.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. Eric Holder turned his back on the Paris march, actions speak louder than words, Holder’s deliberate snub demonstrated his allegiance to radical Islam every bit as clearly as Obama’s release of terrorist leaders from GITMO demonstrates his commitment to advancing the cause of violent fundamentalist Islam.

    There is no ambiguity, only overwhelming evidence, and barely enough wiggle room for cowardly quibbling lapdogs like Kerry to soil himself with transparently idiot excuses. The truth is right there in plain sight (and has been all along) all it takes is open eyes and the will to put 2 and 2 together.

    Yet we must ask again, How many times must a man turn his head and pretend he just doesn’t see?

    ropelight (bfe794)

  13. Great…we have a SoS that doesn’t ‘get’ that 90%+ of ‘international diplomacy’ is about symbolism: specifically who you are seen to stand with, and who you are seen to stand against.

    Since we openly did not stand WITH the international community in Paris, the narrative – in places where it doesn’t need to be the narrative – will be that we stand with the Islamists.

    …then again, maybe that IS the message they want sent.

    MJN1957 (6f981a)

  14. What makes this mess much more irritating is that Obama and his underlings like Holder are anything but slow to appear at marches in support of causes or situations like those in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Mark (c160ec)

  15. Skerry the Cong lover is just another New England swell, where Jew H8 has been a popular hobby for generations…

    what else would you expect from a swine like him?

    redc1c4 (269d8e)

  16. Ol Jean Fraud Kerry knows from quibbling. And he’s a lower upper class gigolo (has the social standing and family background, but not the dough) who preys on wealthy upper class women. So he knows about being on a leash, but even a leashed dog will bark once in a while.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  17. == quibbling a little bit in the sense that our Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was there and marched, ==(JFK)
    ==Except that Nuland was at the Washington march.==(Dana)

    LOL, sorta out of the loop there ya big goof, Jean Françoise Kerry!

    elissa (687b43)

  18. just how much was this “march” committed to free speech when a local right wing (conservative) was asked not to show up?

    sd harms (b0e09b)

  19. Greetings:

    Lest our President be the only one criticized in regard to Le Marché Parisienne, please accept the following.

    I get a bit of my TV news from the France24 broadcasts, and I find it useful to inflict this observation of this week’s Parisien multiculturalism.

    Immediately after the initial massacre, President Hollande stood behind what must be the world’s shortest podium to instruct le peuple Francais that this was the time for l’unité Francais which I’m sure warmed the cockles of his petit Socialist coeur, if you know what I mean.

    But then, le realité inflicted itself on his pointy little socialist tete. What to do about Marine (the matriarch of the far, far, far right National Front Party) ??? So, as the powers and prestiges of his office circled all the leaders of the les partis du gauche Francais, Le Pen was noticeably excluded and not to any great upset on the part of the local media types. It was a kind of “all animals are equal but this one we know is not” moment if your are familiar with the writings of M. Orwell.

    And so it went on for a good bit of the week. While this is certainly a marginal bit of issue, it kept managing to resurface as if someone had punched a bunch of pinholes in the tube of le dentifrice Francais. But, the last I heard, Madam Le Pen, not to mention her dear old pere, was still not only at the top, but the only one on the uninvited list.

    It seems more obvious than ever that the likes of La Belle France’s Hollande, the no longer great Britian’s Cameron, and Deuschteland’s uber alles pantsuited Merkel see those parties on the far, far, far right, which are drawing more and more of their electorates, as more of a threat to their powers and rule than a bunch of Islamaniacs running around cutting heads and shooting people. I sure hope that they get what they deserve soon.

    And a bit of addendum, if I may. Reports seem to be percolating up and out that Bibi (Le grand) Netanyahu was asked not to come but he, being possibly the pushiest of all Jews sur le monde, came anyhow, perhaps as a needed counterpoint to the former terrorist Abbas.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  20. When will those among us who haven’t yet realized that this president could really give two sh*ts about issues like this finally get the message?

    The issue would have to be characterized as “________ Justice” to register on his giveafuc* meter…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. Kerry said he is going to France to reaffirm U.S. solidarity with America’s oldest ally.

    Not to go all Sammy on anyone, but an argument can be made that Spain is in fact our “oldest ally.” The Continental Congress had a steadfast friend in Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Governor of New Orleans, dating back to 1777. He helped supply the Continental Army, and he caused the British trouble in Florida and throughout the Gulf. All of this was done with the approval of King Charles III of Spain. We honored Galvez’s contribution so much that Galveston, Texas and Galveston Bay are both named in his memory.

    JVW (60ca93)

  22. JVW semantics—I think they really mean “oldest continuous ally.” We had a little falling out with our earlier good ally Spain in the late 1890’s.

    elissa (d9a964)

  23. Yeah, but we almost went to war with France in 1798 too!

    JVW (60ca93)

  24. Teresa Heinz’ unused dildo haz feelings too.

    DNF (5e8377)

  25. 22. 23. 24. I think it is more that the assistance from Spain isn’t taught or barely mentioned in
    school books, and isn’t even remembered, and the assistance from France was more important – Benjamin Franklin spent time working on that thing, and that’s where John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were sent. (somehow the change in government between before 1789 and after isn’t noticed)

    Then there was tour that Lafayette made to the United States in 1824 and 1825, and the publicity given to this by the National Guard Association after the Civil War, and of course, the reminders during World War I. And there was World War II and NATO after that, even though Charles de Gaulle forced the U.S. to move NATO headquarters out of France, and it went to Belguim.

    Sammy Finkelman (6b5229)

  26. Sammy raises a good point. It would be interesting to review how Spain was treated in American history books prior to the Spanish American War and before the loss of Spain’s influence and presence in Cuba and the rest of the Americas. We all studied history long after that.

    The two New York newspapers run by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst used their best yellow journalism to stoke the fires of war at that time. To have a “splendid little war” a country needs an enemy.

    elissa (d9a964)

  27. I think the reality that France said they “were at war with militant Islam” was something that Obama would not be party to, as seen in the persistence by him and Holder in saying that we are at war with terrorists who distort and use Islam for their own purposes.
    It has also been pointed out that to appear with that many other leaders would make Obama “just one of many” and not the main attraction, and that is not very attractive to him.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  28. “Dear, I had that golf game, so I missed your mother’s funeral. But “I want to emphasize that our relationship is not about one day or one particular moment. It is an ongoing longtime relationship that is deeply, deeply based in the shared values, and particularly the commitment that we share to freedom of expression.”

    Yeah. That should work just fine.

    Peter B (8cddca)

  29. I think history focuses on France because the French had far greater philosophical impact on the Founders and the American Revolution than Spain or Spanish philosophers. Our Founders took the concept of divided government from Montesquieu, concerns about established religion from Voltaire, and the importance of limited government from Rousseau. We talk about France being our oldest ally because it helped a fledging nation, but its philosophers helped form the principles of the Revolution long before the nation existed.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  30. This would be Obama’s Katrina moment if the media was consistent.

    AZ Bob (7d2a2c)

  31. One of several, AZ Bob!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  32. For the media… In truth, tagging Bush with responsibilities for Katrina response and all other aspects was horsesh*t

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  33. Yes, we should have sent a high ranking official… And then Josh Earnest gets snippy and makes the excuses in a disastrous presser: “White House officials tell CBS News that the reason President Barack Obama didn’t go is because the president’s security would have significantly interfered with the crowd that was estimated at nearly 3.7 million people.

    “I think it’s fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there. That said, there is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand four-square behind our allies in France as they face down this threat and that was evident throughout last week,” Earnest said.”

    Dana (40f6af)

  34. == there is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand four-square behind our allies in France as they face down this threat =

    Ah yes. The threat that must not be named.

    elissa (6f3d07)

  35. “the American people and this administration stand four-square behind our allies in France as they face down this threat and that was evident throughout last week,” Earnest said.””

    Dana – Somebody should have pressed Earnest to define the threat and whether it was the same one that Obama claimed was on the run in 2012 or the JV threat from 2014 or lone wolves or random workplace violence.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  36. Sometimes it’s really important just to show up. Symbolism matters.

    People often talk about Obama not attending Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. This National Journal article reminds that neither President Johnson nor VP Hubert Humphrey attended Winston Churchill’s funeral! And it took months for Johnson to mend relations with London.

    elissa (6f3d07)

  37. a drive by by the president.

    elissa (6f3d07)

  38. C’mon, John Kerry spoke to the French people in French and tacked on a stop to Paris at the end of his current trip after the administration realized it screwed the pooch.

    ISN’T THAT ENOUGH???????

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  39. Obama did not want to offend muslims especially the ones in saudis arabia who plan to write him a large check for a speech when he leaves office like the japs did for reagan.

    nuke mecca (2a696e)

  40. I have 2 words 4 u in response, daleyrocks– MAGIC HAT

    elissa (6f3d07)

  41. I’m certain, certain! that no one was sent to represent the United States because the President is so very concerned about spending money unnecessarily while there are still poor people in America!

    The frugal Dana (f6a568)

  42. The New York Daily News front page, as Elissa reported, was crutical of Obama not showing up. It’s not lefty – it seems to half and half. It often critizes local Democrats but not so much the White House. I think a lot of the time it tries to reflect what it thinks its audience thinks, and it is also competing with the New York Post. In this case, probably npbody in the White House or the Democratic Partry gave the publisher or somebody a call, and anyway they have an “excuse” – their competition.

    The New York Daily News went: ( 3 lines in red on top:)

    Sunday, more than 40 leaders marched with
    3M people in Paris to defy terror. None of
    these men showed up. THE NEWS SAYS:

    Below that, you see a picture of the crowd, with pictures of President Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Eric Holder inset on top of the picture, and lower, in very large white letters, which are underlined:

    You let the
    world down

    The lead editorial is also about this/

    The New York Post has, in part (it also has about the Golden Globes) in block letters, with the subhead underlined,


    Obama’s team
    goes AWOL
    at Paris rally
    against terror

    With a box, that includes a picture of Obama on the right and the following words:

    As leaders from all
    ove rthe world descended on Paris yes-
    terday for a solidarity
    rally in the wake of the
    Charlie Hebdo terror,
    the United States was
    conspicuous by its
    absence. President
    Obama skipped the
    event, as did VP Joe
    Biden. Attorney gener-
    al Eric Holder was in
    France – but, inexpli-
    cably, was a no-show.

    SEE PAGES 8-9

    The New York Times had a big front page headline:

    Huge Show of Solidarity in Paris Against Terrorism and 3 stories related top the attack (two about the rally) but, as far as I
    can tell, NOT ONE WORD about who was not there

    The Wall Street Journal had:

    France Rallies Millions Against Terror

    which then splits into two stories, one of which ahs a headline going: Gunman Tied to Underwear Bomber.

    Obama not being there is mentioned in the 5th paragraph of the main article, and there’s a separate article all about that on the bottom of page A10:

    Absence of Obama, Biden at Solidarity Event Draws Criticism Paragraph 7 (of 12) of that article says:

    which tehn splitys

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  43. Paragraph 7 says:

    A senior administration official noted the presence of Mr. Holder and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. The official also pointed to several public statements from Mr. Obama and extensive collaboration behind the scenes between the French and U.S. governments.

    It sounds like maybe this was said before it turned out he didn’t show up at the rally

    We also have, starting from the second half of paragraph 10:

    the administration official noted the presence of the president or vice president can be distracting, given their security requirements. That would have been the case in a city swamped with marchers just days after a terrorist attack.

    “This event is not about us,” the official said.

    Secretary of State John Kerry , who might typically represent the U.S. at such an event, was in India for a commitment “he could not break,” the official said.

    Late on Sunday, after criticism of the White House absence grew, the French ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, through his personal Twitter account, said thanks to “Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary at the Department of State, who has represented the U.S. Authorities at the demonstration in DC. A friend.”

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  44. The reason nobody was there wass probably:

    1) Nobody in Washington realized how important pr how big this rally was going to be. After all, there hadn’t been a similair one after terrorist attacks in London, nnor did the President George W. Bush assemble a load of foreign dignatiries afetr September 11th.

    2) Then it was probably the absence of security arrangements, or the knowledge that this would force France to change some of the arrangements.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  45. “The New York Daily News front page, as Elissa reported, was crutical of Obama not showing up. It’s not lefty – it seems to half and half. It often critizes local Democrats but not so much the White House.”

    Sammy – How many local Republicans are there for the Daily News to criticize?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  46. I love it when Sammah guesses.

    JD (86a5eb)

  47. Okay, how many of you out there do not “get” the “Sorry Charlie” allusion”?
    And NO Google cheating.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  48. Being on the receiving end of a Sen Horseface lecture should be a badge of honor. Lurch was an abysmal failure before he got a chance to prove how abysmal of a failure he would be.

    Earlier, I thought this represented a micro-aggression on the d-bag Admin’s part. It actually is more of a macro-aggression.

    JD (86a5eb)

  49. “the American people and this administration stand four-square behind our allies in France as they face down this threat and that was evident throughout last week,” Earnest said.””

    Actually, I believe that Mr Earnest was using a chess-board metaphor and mis-spoke – what he intended to say was ““the American people and this administration stands four squares behind our allies in France as they face down this threat and that was evident throughout last week,” Earnest said.”””

    Mr Earnest’s continuation sentence had to be dropped for lack of time. He was to have added “The King must stay at a safe distance and lead from behind.”

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  50. daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 1/12/2015 @ 1:10 pm

    How many local Republicans are there for the Daily News to criticize?

    Well, there was Congressman Michael Grimm.

    Nevertheless, they endorsed his re-election.

    Editorial: Very Grimm choice: One is bad, the other is worse

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and beyond all doubt we are desperate in considering the choice for Congress in the district representing Staten Island and southern Brooklyn.

    In Domenic Recchia, the Democrats have fielded a candidate so dumb, ill-informed, evasive and inarticulate that voting for a thuggish Republican who could wind up in a prison jumpsuit starts to make rational sense.

    At least Michael Grimm can string three sentences together in arguing that he deserves the presumption of innocence on federal criminal charges stemming from his past operation of a restaurant.

    Should he be convicted, Grimm has promised to resign, paving the way for a match between two fresh candidates. All the better…..

    In the end, he pled guilty, but said he wouldn’t resign, until House Speaker John Boehner gave him a talking to.

    The editorial finished:

    Sent to Washington, Recchia would be, at best, a cipher and, at worst, a dupe in an impotent Democratic House minority.

    Grimm would have more power as part of the Republican majority, an advantage not to be taken lightly. Also a plus, he has been a clear voice for fixing broken immigration laws.

    Unfortunately, he’s the only alternative when the mantra must be anyone but Recchia.

    Now the all but certain Republican nominee is Don Donovan, the Staten Island DA who did not indict anyone in the Eric Garner case.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  51. I understand the reference to the commercials, but except that it is afamiliar phrase it doesn’t seem to really mean anything.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  52. As the French understand – “Qui s’éxcuse s’accuse !” …

    Speaking as a Francophile Francophone Scotophone (whose spoken French does not have perceptible traces of a Scots accent (unless I want it to)), from what I have heard of M. Kerry’s spoken French, it was *much* more diplomatic *not* to have him there (unless he could be kept silent) …

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  53. Attempting to lead from behind is called kibitzing.

    ropelight (bfe794)

  54. Sammy:

    Nobody in Washington realized …

    You would be right if you had stopped there.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  55. We call it backseat driving, ropelight, but only when we’re being charitable.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  56. “Well, there was Congressman Michael Grimm.”

    Sammy – Boy, howdy, that makes their criticism of Democrats super duper unusual doesn’t it?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  57. Alastor 50 – You could write for a living, and maybe you do.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  58. 55. Nobody in Washington realized …

    DRJ (a83b8b) — 1/12/2015 @ 2:17 pm

    You would be right if you had stopped there.

    I think this is very probably true.

    Nobody in Washington realized at first how big this was going to be. And the rest was the extreme U.S. security requirements. I don’t think this was because Obama was afraid to show he was on the side of rejection of terror.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  59. “I don’t think”

    JD (948503)

  60. Obama supporter and CNN host Fareed Zakaria says the White House made a “pathetic” mistake in failing to send a high-ranking official to the Paris unity rally. He also mentioned the Winston Churchill funeral, saying LBJ sent the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Secretary of State and a “huge delegation” to make up for not attending.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  61. Sammy, your conclusions seem to rely on what you’ve read in the New York Times. That’s a fairly narrow range of opinion. Have you considered reading other newspapers?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  62. #56, DRJ, although kibitzing and backseat driving are largely synonymous, kibitzing is directly associated with chess (previously mentioned at #50), and those rude enough to make disparaging comments or offer unsolicited advice from the sidelines while the issue is yet undecided are guilty of a serious breach of chess etiquette.

    ropelight (bfe794)

  63. The second most efficacious step America could make to curtail the threat of Islamic terrorism would be to shutdown the New York Times.

    ropelight (bfe794)

  64. Excellent point, ropelight, but chess requires far too much strategery for West Texans like me.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  65. At the risk of further mixing our metaphors, you’re either riding in our car or you aren’t.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  66. Well, DRJ, as the Beatles once said, Baby, you can drive my car.

    ropelight (bfe794)

  67. As it turned out though, they didn’t actually have one.

    Gazzer (c44509)

  68. Would you buy a used car from Josh Earnest?

    nk (dbc370)

  69. would you catch a pass from this man?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  70. DRJ/Ropelight/Gazzer/nk–maybe it’s time to work in a swift boat metaphor if the cars are running out of gas.

    elissa (d9a964)

  71. The White House now says it was a mistake not to send someone.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  72. Let’s drive off that bridge when we get to it, elissa.

    nk (dbc370)

  73. 62. DRJ (a83b8b) — 1/12/2015 @ 3:06 pm

    Sammy, your conclusions seem to rely on what you’ve read in the New York Times. That’s a fairly narrow range of opinion. Have you considered reading other newspapers?

    I read other newspapers.

    The New York Times has a lot of detail, so there is very much in it, in spite of the fact it sanitizes the news.

    And i is very searchable, much better than the New York Daily news or New York Post. The Wall street Journal is much more behind a paywall. I’m not sure any time I link to it, if what I link to can be seen.

    And if something is in the New York Times, it’s even better.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  74. 61. And Sadat’s funeral has also been mentioned.

    At that time, to go to Egypt could have bene thought to be very dangerous. There was an active terrorist group there that had just assassinated Sadat.

    So President Ronald reagam sent Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter – three, count ’em three – former Presidents of the United States.

    Of course, ex-presidents are expendable.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  75. I wish this bus was head off a cliff.

    mg (31009b)

  76. Do you ever write letters to the editor or ombudsman, Sammy, when you think the paper of record is making a mistake in interpretation or is sanitizing the news?

    elissa (d9a964)

  77. It’s wusses, all the way down!

    htom (4ca1fa)

  78. Every once in a while I’ve sent something, mostly to the public editor.

    I don’t think I really got any response except for the time when I commented on Martin Gardner’s age in an article vs a vs his date of birth in the same article, and suggested an “explanation.”

    I once (in 1990) had a letter printed in the New York Daily News, complete with an italicized word. (which I produced on my Epson LQ-500 printer)

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  79. I don’t bother when they sanitize the news.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  80. I’ve also commented, or used to.

    The otehr day I did send an e-mail to a columnist who gave his e-mail address. No response.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  81. If I ever own a newspaper, Sammy, I’m hiring you as the exclusive copy editor of the front page news. I mean this sincerely. You’d be great as a copy editor or fact checker. Proofreader too, but that would be a waste.

    nk (dbc370)

  82. I think I was responsible for the correction at the end of this article:

    I didn’t remember right. It was not his date of borth, but his age then, and his age in 1956.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  83. OK. keep at them, Sammy. The NYT editors, reporters, and columnists need to hear from you both as a New Yorker and as a loyal reader when they screw up.

    elissa (d9a964)

  84. DRJ #50 – when I was writing for a living, it was usually code (mainframe computer geek Assembler code) …

    In Secondary School in Scotland, my classmates suggested that I would have a future as Mis-Interpreter-in-Chief at the United Nations … by taking the insults and unreasonable demands being offered from one side to the other there, and translating them in ways that shift the meanings while respecting the words used, one can transform an insult or unreasonable demand into something innocuous (and vice versa, of course) … my classmates’ premise was that, by taking the ‘energy’ out of the negative communications, there could be many less wars and conflicts …

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  85. nk (dbc370) — 1/12/2015 @ 4:45 pm

    You’d be great as a copy editor or fact checker. Proofreader too, but that would be a waste

    While I once paid for a class on proofreading (wasted money) that sounds like a mismatch or a joke. Horrors!

    And yet, I do spot spelling errors, and typing mistakes.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  86. You missed your calling, Alastor.

    As for me, I’ve learned never to attribute Obama’s “mistakes” to a plan or goal. He’s clearly inept at being President, and I should have learned this when the story came out that he came up with his healthcare plan on impulse when he was preparing for a debate with Hillary. The man is lazy and addicted to his own BS, and from now on I’m going to assume that everything he does is a direct result of these qualities.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  87. there should be no expectation that Eric Holder, a partner in the law firm that was the pre-eminent provider of pro bono legal services to suspected terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay, would ever call the “people who commit terrorist acts miusing Islam” what they are: Islamic Terrorists.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  88. having to make a decision on whether to defecate or lose my sight… Juan Williams just said Obama made a “mistake” in not traveling to Paris in a show of unity.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  89. A “mistake” that is better characterized as A “pattern of behavior”or A “continuous display of extremely poor judgement”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  90. or “serial fu*k-ups”…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  91. I’ve added the video of Josh Earnest being grilled by Ed Henry at the press conference today. It gets particularly good at 1:43.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  92. The Extraordinary Lightness of Being Earnest.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  93. Ed Henry was awesome… like a terrier with a rat.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  94. Thanks, Dana. Ed Henry was excellent. He was relentless and did not allow Josh to skate or filibuster. Yet he had a decent look on his face and did not appear angry, and at no time was he nasty or smarmy or disrespectful to Earnest. Compare this to, for example, the execrable David Gregory, who was vicious, hostile, and usually sounded demented when he used to “interview” people on Meet the Press.

    elissa (d9a964)

  95. Ed Henry has a son named ……Patrick Henry. How cool is that!?

    elissa (d9a964)

  96. Paris is Burning Learning

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  97. “Apparently, Obama should’ve gone to Paris, France.”

    – Noah Ritter

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  98. Palin notes that this is the same president who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize just two weeks into his presidency…

    Dana (8e74ce)

  99. The Wapo loses credibility as it felt compelled to print an article citing how many times President Obama has apologized… sort of:

    The White House was forced to issue a sort-of apology Monday following two days of criticism for its decision not to send a high-ranking official to Paris to participate in a massive protest in that city over the weekend. “I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile” than the U.S. ambassador, White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged.

    We say it’s a “sort of” apology for the simple reason that the White House doesn’t usually offer direct apologies of the “I am sorry” variety. In part, that’s because issues are often nuanced, as was this one; Earnest explained that security concerns likely would have prohibited the participation of the president himself, for example. But suggesting that even this sort-of-apology from the White House is rare is not entirely accurate.

    The list is amusing. Of course, no mention of bitter clingers comment, etc.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  100. “Bitter clingers” was in 2008, before he was electec president.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  101. 94. I thought it was cats that played with mice and rats (and birds!) and dogs went after cats.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  102. We don’t know if Hollande invited Obama, and if so, when.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  103. sammy–you thought wrong.

    elissa (d9a964)

  104. #65

    There didn’t used to be backseats in West Texas pick up trucks.
    The only thing behind the seat was a rifle rack with a lever action Winchester for coyotes and whatever else was on the varmint schedule.
    Now there is backseats with TV and internet access.
    Somehow West Texas still turns out some of America’s best gunfighters..
    Thank you

    steveg (794291)

  105. In the new York Times, today, somebody thought there were 48 states. Only it is not amistake by the New York Times, but somebody they quoted. Still, the New York Times often corrects or clarifies factually inaccurate quotes or ones with unfamiliar or uncommonly used words or terms.

    I searched online for “48 states” and ’48 states -lower” and whatever I tried, I couldn’t find it. I had to go back to the printed paper, and I found it in less than half a minute, on page A10 (because I knew it could only be certain articles, and I remembered more or less where it was on what kind of page)

    Then I could find it online. (I needed “48 state” not “states”

    “There’s a crazy quilt patchwork of 48 state laws, and they are in tension with each other,” said Jon Leibowitz, a partner at the Davis Polk law firm and a former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under Mr. Obama. “

    But that should probably be “50 state laws” unless two states don’t have any laws at all on data breaches.

    Sammy Finkelman (be6791)

  106. Enough about Jean Francois, how about a hot Italian!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  107. steveg,

    I like crew cab pickups and plan to buy one as my next vehicle, but pickups have always had backseats in Texas. It’s called the bed.

    Speaking of which, Hyundai thinks it has reinvented the pickup. Hyundai is wrong.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  108. That Hyundai looks like something a foreigner would design, DRJ.

    elissa (d9a964)

  109. The New York Times doesn’t know everything, Sammy. For instance, you wouldn’t learn why Jon Leibowitz said there are 48 state laws from reading your New York Times’ link, but you would if you looked here:

    Forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have enacted legislation requiring private or government entities to notify individuals of security breaches of information involving personally identifiable information.

    And, yes, I know that isn’t 48 states. It’s 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 U.S. territories.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  110. It looks like a shiny El Camino to me. I don’t think America wants another El Camino.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  111. Reminds me of the intro of the Tundra. A full size truck with a 4 cylinder? Somebody didn’t understand America.

    Gazzer (c44509)

  112. re #20: why are calling Abas a former terrorist instead of just plain (or current) terrorist?

    seeRpea (3cc998)

  113. re #100: ‘security concerns’ is a bogus argument. There are plenty of times when the PoTUS has gone out in public on short notice. And the security for this gathering was second to none given who did attend and participated.

    Only if you think of yourself as ‘King of the World’ would you have been concerned about secur …
    oh – wait. Never mind.

    seeRpea (3cc998)

  114. Do you think he will actually have the nerve to stage that summit in February, where he will present social service providers as a defense against terrorism?

    Patricia (5fc097)

  115. In which Martha interviews Marie about the upcoming summit:

    Martha MacCallum: Every time we see this exchange it seems like the answer is so tortured. Its so difficult to say what everyone around the world feels so clearly it is. Leaders have said in Canada, and Australia and Paris where they have felt it so personally, they’ve all said quite clearly that the battle is against Islamic extremism. Why is that so hard to say?

    Marie Harf: “Well, it’s not hard to say but it’s not the only type of extremism we face. I would recommend people look at this administration’s counter-terrorism record… Much of it is Islamic. But some of it is not. So we’re going to focus on all of the different kinds of extremism. With a heavy focus on those who do this in the name of Islam. We would say falsely in the name of Islam. But there are other forms of extremism.

    MacCallum: Tell me, what other forms of extremism are particularly troubling and compelling to you right now?

    Harf: Well look, there are people out there who want to kill other people in the name of a variety of causes.

    Oh, I feel some juicy mockery and humor coming on from bloggers.

    elissa (d9a964)

  116. 109.
    No, designed by a panel of regulators.

    kishnevi (294553)

  117. Didn’t some Cadillac Escalades come like that? They would be good for having a couple of your gang there to lay down covering fire as you made your getaway, I suppose.

    nk (dbc370)

  118. I think it is morally dubious to mock those who cannot purchase a clue.

    DNF (5e8377)

  119. Fergus is walking alone down a dark street in Belfast, when a man grabs him from behind, puts a knife against his throat, and asks “Catholic or Protestant?” Fergus thinks, If I say Catholic and he’s Protestant he’ll kill me; if I say Protestant and he’s Catholic, he’ll kill me. He says, “I’m a Muslim”. And the man says, “Faith and begorrah, Moshe Feinberg sure has the luck of the Irish tonight”.

    nk (dbc370)

  120. 120. ROTFLMAO

    DNF (5e8377)

  121. Good one, nk!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  122. Sammy, cats go after mice, but rats are too big for most house cats,
    hence dogs, specifically terriers, for rats.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  123. “I really think that this is sort of quibbling a little bit in the sense…”
    – John F’n “Stonewall” Kerry

    Mike S. (f5d617)

  124. 110. DRJ (a83b8b) — 1/12/2015 @ 8:51 pm

    The New York Times doesn’t know everything, Sammy. For instance, you wouldn’t learn why Jon Leibowitz said there are 48 state laws from reading your New York Times’ link..

    In this case, it’s not a case of the New York Times not knowing why Jon Leibowitz said there were 48 state laws (instead of what you might think is correct, that is 50) but the New York Times not telling

    And, yes, I know that isn’t 48 states. It’s 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 U.S. territories.

    I suppose Jon Leibowitz made the District of Columbia into an honorary state. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and certainly Guam were/are not lumped in.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  125. 43. Today the New York times mentioned the issue. They had two reasons to: the Whiute House issued an apology, and this was a whole bog controversy among other people. Not just other newspapers.

    Sometimes the New York Times covers something because it is a big issue among political opponents and on the Internet.

    They still didn’t give it that much attention. The New York Times had an article running across the bottom of page A10.

    They had 3 front page articles related to the Paris attacks:

    Response Pits Liberties
    Against Demands
    for Security

    These sites include Jewish schools, and they want more electronic surveillamce to curb juihadist recruitemnt in prisons and other places.


    Fear of Rise,
    Jews in France
    Weigh an Exit

    After Attack, Some See
    Israel as a Refuge

    I don’t think the New York times has covereed this until now. It may have.

    And also:

    West Struggles
    Against Flow
    To War Zones

    New Urgency as More
    Citizens Join Fight

    The New York Post had a big headline:


    Mag’s 1st edition
    since massacre
    these two lines are underlined

    Also a picture of the cover and the start of a story:

    Here is the much-
    anticipated first edition
    of Charlie Hebdo since
    last week’s massacre–
    with a cover proclaim-
    ing, “All is forgiven.”

    the magazine is pub-
    lishing 1 million copies
    for sale on Wednesday
    –exactly one week
    after the terrorist attack-
    but the cpver was
    See CHARLIE Page 4

    (the cover was released on Monday)

    The New York Dilyy News has a picture on the right of President Obama holding a team uniform that says POTUS 1 and below it a picture of yesterday’s front page New York Daily News with the headline: “You let the world down”

    The big headline, underlined white letters on mostly black, with the first three words very large, is:


    Bam admits Paris mistake
    ISIS fiends hack military
    Threaten soldiers’ families

    Now there is small lettering in the upper right corner next to Oabam;s face which goes:

    Hours after White
    House admitted it
    should have had
    prominent official
    at march against
    terror in Paris,
    President Obama
    meets with NBA
    champion San
    Antonio Spurs on

    The Wall Street Journal has two headlines related to this:

    Hack Hits


    France Hunts for Accomplices
    Authorities Boost protection at Synagogues, Jewish Schools as Search Intensifies

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  126. 79. 83.

    Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    You had an article today on page D2 by John Tierney.

    It stated that Martin Gardner (the famous former mathematical games columnist for Scientific American who published a good number of puzzle books) turns 95 this week.

    It ALSO states that he was 37 in 1956.

    Now, if he turns 95 this week, that means he was born in the last third of October 1914.

    But if he was 37 in 1956 when was quit Humpty Dumpty he must have been born sometime between January 1918 and December 1919.

    Where did the extra 4 years go?

    I suppose the answer could be there is a mistake here, and he was 37 when he joined Humpty Dumpty and not when he quit.

    But wouldn’t that be the easy solution?

    What’s the tricky solution?
    Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    The solution:

    Martin Gardner time traveled and was stranded for 4 years or so till he could get back, and when he went back he got back to the same time. Therefore it is his 95th birthday but he was only 37 years old in 1956.

    cf: Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments by Martin Gardner.

    Surely somewhere maybe he wrote something in the first person.
    Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    This would work if Martin Gardner was a comic book or other fictional character.


    From: Greg Brock
    Subject: Re: Martin Gardner age puzzle
    Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 17:06:04 -0400

    Yes, we had the age incorrect (42, not 37) and are printing a
    correction tomorrow — on his 95th birthday.

    Best regards,
    Greg Brock

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  127. Did you actually send the 2nd and 3rd (time travel) emails, Sammy? Please tell me you didn’t.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  128. I think, DRJ, that it is extremely good use of Sammy’s time to interface directly with the NYT and to point out to them where they make errors and how or why they may have gone off the rails on a particular article. The NYT needs to be alerted about, made to understand, and then be responsive to their loyal readers’ concerns. Sammy is providing a needed service to them.

    elissa (6a9829)

  129. Sammy, you have surprising depths. I don’t know if you appreciate it or not, but your time travel emails were the best possible kind of humor. Entirely relevant to the point, not offending anyone, and not only getting a chuckle out of your audience but also engaging his thought process.

    nk (dbc370)

  130. #99: dana, It is now clear that the prize was awarded due to a misunderstanding. Obola’s peace is the peace of “submission”. The absence of his “peace” is death. Don’t question the prophet.

    bobathome (d4306f)

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