This is a major reason why I’m proud to be a retired Coastie. Semper Paratus!
9/20 UPDATE: Here are more (non-Katrina-related) reasons to be proud of the USCG. Meanwhile, check out these CG photos from the Katrina effort … or search on the keyword “Katrina” here (log on with user name “uscg” and password “uscg”).
Let’s say you happen to be an intrepid Warrior of Allah™, and you’ve been thinking of putting your scuba training to good use by blowing up infidel port facilities. I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but the U.S. Coast Guard is ready to cut your dogpaddling jihad short. Witness the Underwater Port Security System.
We’re eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked.
Hugh Hewitt spent a good part of the day (and all of his radio show) prodding conservative bloggers and asking why we haven’t made a bigger fuss over the CBS News report on Rathergate. If you read through Hugh’s blog entries today, you’ll see that Hugh sees the report as a whitewash, and that he thinks the big guns of the Blogging Right appear overly concerned about their reputations among the mainstream media. Hugh thinks we ought not show mercy in this case. I agree, and here’s why.
This situation strikes me as a kind of negotiation. We of the center-right blogosphere expected CBS News to offer something like this:
- report released on a Friday (to bury it)
- report released after announcing Rather’s successor (again, to bury it)
- a weak non-apology
- thinly-veiled contempt for bloggers
- support from ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, etc.
- denial of any pro-Kerry motivation, much less any actual coordination
- Mary Mapes fired
We were hoping for several results from this episode, including:
- report released on a Monday
- report released without a Rather successor announced
- an admission from CBS News that the Killian memos were forgeries
- due credit given to the blogosphere for unearthing this mess
- Dan Rather fired
- Mary Mapes fired
- top CBS News executives fired (including the president, Andrew Heyward)
- an investigation into possible coordination between CBS News and the Kerry/Edwards campaign
- help from CBS’ competing news networks in devouring it (motivated by fear)
To our surprise, CBS started off by offering us numbers 1, 2, and 6 on our wish list. Better still, they offered big chunks of numbers 3, 4, 5, and 7.
Think about it. The bigwigs at CBS News are clearly not bargaining from a position of strength, and it’s obvious they know it. Now keep in mind that in a negotiation, you never ever reveal your true position right up front. If this is where they’ve started from, imagine where we could push them to. By giving CBS News (and by extension, all of MSM) a pass on this baldfaced charade they called “news”, we’d be letting them return to lie another day.
Another thing: have you noticed the deafening silence among the lefty bloggers today? They tried very hard to ignore the CBS News report, hoping we’d lose interest. If they thought they could win the argument on the merits, they’d be in full cry instead. So the only thing standing between us and resounding vindication is … us.
Fellow conservative bloggers, stop worrying about what the other side thinks of us and go for the whole wish list, because they’ll tut-tut about “blogger triumphalism” no matter what we do. Learn from the GOP, which only climbed out of the electoral gutter after it stopped trying to play footsie with the Democrats. Rather, Mapes, and CBS News are scattered and fleeing. Let’s show some spine and mop ’em up.
Power Line finally breaks its silence on the CBS Report here. An excerpt:
I keep picking out interesting nuggets from the CBS Report, starting with page 14:
CBS has finally posted a PDF copy of their report on the now-infamous 60 Minutes II segment where they tried to pass off forged memos as real, only to have the blogosphere expose their anti-Bush agenda masquerading as “news.”
So far the report has no appendices. Appendices and exhibits here.
UPDATE: CBS fired Mary Mapes, producer of the 60 Minutes II segment. Three news execs were also asked to resign … but not CBS News’ President, Andrew Heyward. His desk is buck-free, Buckhead be damned.
UPDATE 2: The CBS report can’t even get basic facts about blogs right. Footnote 86 on page 153 says “Powerline is a Minnesota-based blog run by John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson, both of whom are attorneys.” There’s a third blogger there, you dingalings. Ever heard of Paul Mirengoff, who blogs from Washington, DC? Try checking the three bios right at the top left side of the blog’s home page. You did actually go there and look at the site, right? Time Magazine managed to get the basics right (then again, Time is known for reporting actual news). And it’s “Power Line”, not “Powerline.” Geez, with this kind of attention to detail, how are we going to trust this report’s conclusions?
Though the Coast Guard is a much smaller and less technologically-advanced service than the Navy, the world’s experts in search and rescue are still stretching their resources to the limit and taking emergency supplies to Thailand.
Via Brown Hound:
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed in the Bering Sea during a rescue of a drifting tanker’s crew. Six of the ten people aboard are still missing in 43-degree waters, 30-knot winds and 20-foot waves; the other four were rescued. The crash happened at about 6:15 PM last night, Alaska Time.
Average survival time in those conditions: roughly three hours.
In an ironic twist, the rescue swimmer assigned to the helo was left behind on the drifting tanker with its captain, so that the helo could carry one more civilian to safety. The two men were carried to safety within an hour by another helo. Immediately afterward, the tanker ran aground and broke in half.
Pray for the missing men, and thank the Lord for our Coast Guard.
Billy Tauzin III is the Republican running for Congress in Louisiana’s 3rd District. I say “running” because he’s facing a runoff on Saturday. I wish him success not only because he’s a strong-on-defense conservative, but also because I know from personal experience that he’s a genuinely upstanding and honest guy.
I knew him as “Bill” back when he was a year behind me at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He was in my company (the Corps of Cadets had roughly 120 cadets in each of 8 companies) in 1991 when he was a swab. Although word got out that his father had some serious political horsepower as a member of the House committee that controlled the Coast Guard’s appropriations, Bill never mentioned it himself. He was determined to make it through 4th Class Year on his own, and it was much tougher in 1991 than it is now in the age of political correctness. Any time his father came up in conversation, Bill deftly changed the subject.
Bill never relied on his dad’s position to get himself an easy break. Instead there were times that he caught more than his fair share of flak from the upperclass cadets, just so they could demonstrate to everybody that Bill wasn’t getting any extra slack. It happened to all the high-profile kids, including sons of admirals and captains. Some couldn’t take it, but I never heard Bill complain.
Although as a 3/c Cadet I wasn’t permitted to fraternize with a swab, there was always an unspoken understanding that the 3/c were the unofficial mentors of the 4/c. We in ’94 kept an eye on the folks in ’95, and we got to know them pretty well. Although Bill didn’t graduate from the Academy (he finished at LSU instead), it wasn’t for lack of ability or grit. He got through Swab Year, and remained upbeat and personable even as he learned the toughness required to survive that marathon, for which I respect him. The guy was honest and a complete straight shooter.
I’ve looked at his stances on the issues in this race, and they match what I think is in the best interests of America. When I combine that with my personal experience with the man, I can wholeheartedly endorse Billy Tauzin III for Congress.
Consider contributing to his campaign, and if you’re registered in Louisiana’s 3rd District give him your vote this Saturday.