WTF of the Day! Rudy Giuliani – “When we got attacked on September 11th, there was no credible threat to us”

WTF?  On the local NY Fox News program this morning, reporter Rosanna Scotto had our former mayor, Rudy Giuliani on.  Rosanna mentions that commissioner Kelly said that there weren’t any credible threats to us today, for the anniversary of 9/11.  Rudy goes further, saying “When we got attacked on September 11th, there was no credible threat to us”.

Here’s a link to the video. Around the 3:45 mark is where it comes.

Uhh, OK.  Perhaps he needs to read the following NYTimes OpEd:

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

Granted, at the time, I thought he was a terrific mayor. He helped clean up NYC. He didn’t seem so far right. But 9/11 changed everyone. #NeverForget

Wired – ACLU Sues Police for Seizing Man’s Phone After Recording Alleged Misconduct

Don’t you hate when this happens? Rogue cop beats up a citizen. You witness and take out your camera. Cop sees you take out your camera. He then takes you and your camera out. We need a phone/camera that uploads images and videos up to a cloud based server instantaneously. Problem solved.

From Wired/Threat Level:

The ACLU has sued the District of Columbia and two police officers for allegedly seizing the cellphone of a man who photographed a police officer allegedly mistreating a citizen, and for then stealing his memory card.

The suit, filed in federal court (.pdf) in Washington, D.C., alleges that the police officer violated Earl Staley, Jr.’s First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights by improperly searching and seizing his property while he was exercising his right to photograph the police performing their duty

Update: Perhaps we’re almost there!

WTF of the Day! New Yorker – Romney’s Wife to Stand Next to Him at Debates

Funny if  true (it’s not):

In a move that some political observers are calling unprecedented, the Romney campaign today officially requested that Ann Romney be permitted to stand next to her husband during his three scheduled debates with President Obama.

While the request drew immediate howls of protest from the Obama campaign, Mrs. Romney issued an official statement claiming that she was not trying to give her husband an unfair advantage.

Prepping For War With Iran

Looks like Canada is pushing to war mongering buttons…Perhaps because the US is not doing enough (at least in Israel’s POV).

From CNN:

Canada suspended relations with Iran and expelled the country’s diplomats Friday, calling the country’s regime “the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.”

Iranian diplomats in Canada have five days to get out, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday in a scathing statement. Canada’s diplomatic staff has already left Iran, and Baird advised all Canadians to avoid travel to the country.

Seems like we may unfortunately be dragged into another unnecessary war.

 

Jason Biggs and His Asinine Tweets

Sooo unfortunate for Nickelodeon that some people are mindless, immature, stupid rejects. So the actor, who is voicing Leonardo on the channel’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, came out with some tweets during the RNC last week. The tweets were directed at the wives of the candidates [Janna Ryan and Ann Romney]. The tweets, which you can read here, were rude, lewd, and uncalled for. Though he has a right to say whatever he wants, since he’s employed by a children’s cable channel, Nickelodeon, he should have kept his trap shut.

Though Nickelodeon apparently apologized, I can’t see how they can keep him on. I’m sure there are more kid friendly voice actors out there who would gladly voice Leonardo. In fact, they should get Cam Clarke, the guy who voiced Leonardo in the 80’s cartoon, back!

ABCNews on Paul Ryan’s Jimmy Carter Comments

This is why, when politicians (Dems or Republicans) throw numbers at you, when you hear statistics in the political attack ads, take it all with a grain of salt. From ABCNews/Yahoo:

Let’s start at the beginning. In comparing President Obama to Jimmy Carter, Ryan said in July 1980 the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent and “for the past 42 months it’s been above 8 percent under Barack Obama’s failed leadership.”

Both parts of this sentence are true according to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, but in July 1983, when Ronald Reagan was president, unemployment was at 9.4 percent. In July 1982 it was higher at 9.8 percent.

In July 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president, unemployment was at 7.7 percent.

Is what Ryan said factually correct? Yes, but it leaves out some important data.

In essence, the numbers they dish out at you mean diddly squat. More shock and awe, more FUD. Question it all. Don’t accept it as fact!

Read more of it on Yahoo News.

GOOD: A Few Things to Remind People Quoting That Organic Food Study

FINALLY!! Some sensible comments about THAT organic food study. Yes, the one all those websites were  posting and reposting and copying from one another about yesterday:

Whoa, slow down, internet and television news! Man, one document says organic food might not be worth the dollar and you’d think an organic vegetable had held up a bank.

and

The studies that the review looked at were small….Nutrients are only part of the equation…Highly quoted was that the conventional diet mostly fell within allowed limits for pesticides. Here’s what you should know: The EPA sets these limits…The review was inconclusive.

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