Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Rest of the Story

This was the odd picture that came up months ago....after the termination of Ossama bin Laden.  There were two things about the shot often puzzled me.  This week.....someone in a news commentary told part of the story which hasn't been spoken much about.

There were two occasions prior to this raid....where things were planned, and after briefing the President...a decision was made a few hours later to cancel the raid.

You can imagine a bit of anger among the players who know when you have things lined up.  The cause for the cancellation?  Never clear.  There is the adviser to the President....Ms Jarrett, who some think might have suggested to cancel the raids.

So, this odd event occurred.  According to the news commentary....Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta apparently shuffled through his memos, and found this note where he had the authority (only he and the President apparently), to approve raids.

Leon then proceeded to allow the third planning episode, and approved the raid.  As the choppers crossed over into Pakistan...as the story goes....Leon called the President, who happened to be golfing at the time.  The President had just enough time to jump on his chopper....ride over to the White House....quickly walk into the 'big room', and watch the raid occur.

Normally, the President would have been at the head of the table.....but in this case....he got there so late....dressed in golfing gear....that this was the best seat for viewing the action.

My humble guess is that after the event....the President called up Ms Jarrett, informing her of the demise of Ossama bin Laden.  She probably went into a daze....thinking....who authorized this?  Perhaps Leon got a stern lecture at the next staff meeting....but I'm guessing Leon mostly grinned, and just said nothing.

True or bogus?  That's what you don't know.  None of the major news organizations will pick up a story like this because it begs questions.  The plain truth is....Ossama is dead, and the episode is finished.  Maybe Ms Jarrett wanted Ossama killed the week before the election and everyone would have been overjoyed and voting for the President.  You just don't know.

Training Story

Across the river from me.....over into Maryland territory....there's this county which shall remain nameless.  The county commission has met and there is this topic on the table.  Crimes....especially robberies at night at convenience stores....has gone up drastically.  So the county wants to require stores who have folks working late at night....mandate training for the employees.  The type of training?  How to handle a robbery, or in plain English....how to be robbed properly.

I sat and pondered over this.  Some county guy will run a special seminar....basically telling you to quickly hand over the cash and fall to the floor.

In Bama....we'd eyeball the robber for about five seconds.  Without a gun in his hands....you just don't see a reason to take him serious.  So you pick up the baseball bat or the 2x4 piece of lumber, and you just whack the heck out of the guy.  No sympathy or pity.....just hit on him as hard as you can.

What I imagine will happen is that forty or fifty guys will sign up for the class, and most will all be wanna-be robbers who want to know insight on how to properly rob some store.  Later, the county commission will figure this out, and dismantle the whole mess overnight.

Positiveness and Negativeness

I stayed around this morning, and actually watched the Today Show.  Their lead?  A bunch of statistics on different slides....which showed the positiveness and negativeness of President Obama and Governor Romney, on various issues.  Twenty-five years ago....no one in the news business would have wasted your time on some statistical display like this, and tell you how the President was 52 percent positive on foreign affairs versus 48 percent positive on energy affairs.

So this brings me to a pondering moment.

Do guys stand around and do a positive versus negative scale on their barber?  Do you rate Gus positive on sideburns with 44 percent, while giving Gus barely 32 positive numbers for magazine material?

Do women stand and rank the positiveness and negativeness of Piggly Wiggly?  Do the PG carts rate 58 percent positive because Randy steam-cleans them each Saturday morning?

Do kids rank gym coaches, with a 74 percent negative ranking on locker rooms.....because no one ever cleans the gym locker room?

Do you sit around the house and rank the local TV station weather guy with a 44 percent negative ranking because he uses a lousy map?

Does Grandma rank her newspaper guy with a 55 percent positive ranking....mostly because he pulls up and tosses the paper into the carport?

Do you rank the local Dunkin Donuts shop with a 88 percent positive ranking.....mostly because Wanda wears a open blouse and bends over when you pull up to pick up a order at 5:30 in the morning?

Do you rank your car mechanic with a 52 percent positive ranking....mostly because he sprays a new car smell into the car each time he hands the key to you?

Do you rank Fox News with a 66 percent positive ranking....mostly because that handsome and brilliant Karl Rove guy from Bama appears almost nightly?

Positiveness and negativeness scales worthless?  Yeah.  They are mostly worthless.  It's possible in 1927 that some idiots in New York City would have rated Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as only 62 percent positive for the New York Yankees.....yet forty years later.....most folks would rank them as 99 percent positive.

So when you flip over to the Today Show or Good Morning Bama (GMB)....and they start tossing up positive ranking slides....it's best to start a eight-minute break in the kitchen and cook up some pancakes.