Sunday, January 24, 2010

Robert Gibbs, UH

Another unbelievably poor public speaker, Obama/White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs "Uhs" as much as Janet Napolitano.

Gibbs, (speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox) just stated that FBI interrogators got as much as they could out of the underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, before he was Mirandized.

Does anybody really believe that?

And, as per the U.S. Attorney's Manual and the CFR, is this statement alone not a characterization of the evidence that defense attorneys can use to their client's benefit.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air America Translated

How propinquitous, Air America folds the day that Mr Smith a/k/a Scott Brown visits DC. America is about Capitalism with a capital "C" and Air America just faced it.

Here's some copy from the Air America homepage, followed by what the spin really meant. Please don't complain. I am apolitical but I know a red herring when I smell one.

Air America Says:
The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year has seen a "perfect storm" in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry's long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

prPROpinion Translates: No one ever listened to us. Until now we had foolish investors blinded by political tunnel vision who were willing to keep us afloat.

Air America Says: Those companies that remain are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.

prPROpinion Translates: No ad revenue and no foolish investors left.

Air America Says: With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters, and reportedly off 21% in 2009, signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow, our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies.

prPROpinion Translates: Wishing and hoping aren't bottom-line activities.

Air America Says: We are proud that Air America's mission lives on through the words and actions of so many former radio hosts who are active today in progressive causes and media nationwide. In the years ahead, as we look back, we should all be proud of our passionate determination to assure that our nation's progressive voice would be heard loud and clear. Through the hard work and dedication of current staff, and those who preceded you, a lasting legacy was forged which will now continue through other voices and venues.

Translation: Legacy? No one listened to our programs.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The al-Megrahi Death Clock
104 Days and Counting

Has al-Megrahi died yet? The government option wants to know.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The al-Megrahi Death Clock
116 Days and Counting

The Lockerbie plane bomber has survived another day with terminal prostate cancer. So far the Scottish health service physicians who made the diagnosis are correct. If al-Megrahi lives past December 22nd the Scottish doctors will be wrong, the Scottish justice minister will be wrong and the Libyan intelligence service will get big bonuses.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The al-Megrahi Death Clock
117 Days and Counting

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi li still alive, cancer and all.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The al-Megrahi Death Clock
118 Days and Counting

Just checked the headlines and did not find an obit for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

After December 22nd we'll need the new U.S. national health insurance death panel to investigate the Scottish physicians (were any born in Libya?) who said he would be dead in three months.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The al-Megrahi Death Clock
119 Days and Counting

He helped kill 189 Americans by blowing PanAm 103 out of the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland. Now Abdel Baset al-Megrahi may help kill the “public option” from U.S, health care reform.

Libyan strongman Muammar Al-Qaddafi; his “compassionately released” and allegedly cancer-ridden spy / terror bomber, al-Megrahi; British Prime Minister Gordon Browne; and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill also may play key roles.

The strange alignment of Libya, Great Britain, and Scotland may prove that all U.S. politics isn’t just local, it’s global.

If al-Megrahi isn’t a cancer mortality statistic six feet under by Christmas we could bear witness to how skilled Libyans and stupid Scots have helped to scuttle Democrats’ hopes of inching towards universal health care.

Last Thursday in a white track suit, with a white baseball cap pulled over his forehead and a white scarf his right hand cupped over his nose and mouth to look like a mask (perhaps his immune system is compromised?) 57-year-old al-Megrahi took cane-assisted old-man baby steps after exiting a Scottish police van at Glasgow International Airport. The world watched his haltingly slow trip up the ramp into one of Qaddafi’s al Afriqiyah Airbus 320’s.

Great Britain’s Prison Service Order 6000 lists two possible grounds for early release. One, medical condition, “...may be considered where a prisoner is suffering from a terminal illness and death is likely to occur soon. There are no set time limits, but three months may be considered to be an appropriate period," according to an August 14th BBC report.

Al-Megrahi, who killed 270 when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky asked to be excused from his life term (with a 27-year minimum) after only eight years in prison. He had, according to prison officials, only months to live from terminal prostate cancer.

First a trial balloon was floated suggesting al-Megrahi’s medical release. Nine days later, August 22, he was let out of prison to return to Libya to die. Ironic, a trial balloon floated Megrahi to freedom. His victims, 189 of them Americans with their lives ahead of them, plunged to their deaths in an airplane he helped explode into smithereens from the sky.

British public opinion apparently leans towards Megrahi’s innocence. No wonder. That’s where crop circles first popped up. In the U.S. we have been apoplectically angry. See boycottScotland.com. (My next bottle of Balvenie will, instead, be a Jack Daniels.)

At least one television report stated that Megrahi, with one foot already in the grave, could not be treated adequately in Scottish prison. But nine months earlier, in November 2008, authorities denied his release stating that the terrorist could be treated in prison. Then Megrahi dropped his appeal and Scottish authorities said Thursday that his case was beyond their medical capability.

In Tripoli Qaddafi thanked British Prime Minister Brown and Queen Elizabeth for springing al-Megrahi. Now the international press is filled with reports of oil and gas deals as the real basis for releasing the only person ever convicted in connection with the deadly sky terror bombing.

When Qaddafi’s jet landed in Tripoli, Megrahi looked slightly cured as he appeared at the door with one of Qaddafi’s son’s. The white togs of the dying cancer victim were replaced with a nice-looking dark suit and al-Megrahi’s smiling face no longer was covered. Later, when he met Qaddafi he wore a gray suit with a nice cranberry handkerchief in the breast pocket. Not bad for a dying man.

As he came down the airplane ramp in Tripoli, al-Megrahi didn’t dance like Gene Kelly in “Walking in the Rain,” but he sure wasn’t grabbing onto railings for dear life. And he seemed even better when he appeared in public with Qaddafi.

So, how does this tie into health care?

As of August 25th the countdown death clock has 119 days remaining.

Don’t they have government-run, public option national health service in England and Scotland?

If Scotch doctors who made the diagnosis that Megrahi was within three months of dying are wrong (a/k/a incompetent) each day the terror bomber al-Megrahi survives after December 22nd will serve as further proof that the public option doesn’t work.

D (death)-Day for al-Megrahi is December 22nd. If he’s still kicking by then each day he lives puts another nail in the Democrats’ public option coffin.

©Copyright 2009 Richard Lavinthal. Lavinthal is CEO of PRforLAW, LLC, a legal media relations service for major cases. A former daily newspaper and wire service reporter Lavinthal writes commentaries for several newspapers.