RUH, ROW -- AS SCOOBY DOO WOULD SAY, CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS HAVING HIS "TINA, BRING ME THE AX!" MOMENT.
A NEW POLL FINDS THAT ONLY 41% OF RESPONDENTS WOULD VOTE TO RE-ELECT BARRY O WHILE 50% WOULD NOT. AND HE HAS LOST 4% IN APPROVAL RATINGS SINCE THE START OF THE MONTH BRINGING HIM BACK DOWN TO 42%. A NUMBER OF DUMB ASSES AND ENABLERS TRY TO SPIN IT (HERE'S ONE EXAMPLE) BUT WHAT THE CULT OF ST. BARACK DOESN'T WANT TO TELL YOU IS THIS:
WHEN A PRESIDENT STARTS A WAR ('MILITARY ACTION,' IF YOU PREFER BARRY O), THE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE IS A RALLYING AROUND. EVEN IF IT'S UNPOPULAR, IT IS USUALLY WEEKS BEFORE THAT WILL REGISTER IN THE POLLS. THERE IS A KNEE-JERK REACTION TO RALLY AROUND.
SO HERE'S WHAT YOU'RE NOT BEING TOLD: 41% OF AMERICANS WHO WOULD VOTE TO RE-ELECT HIM? THAT MAY BE THE RALLY-AROUND EFFECT. IN OTHER WORDS, IN SIX WEEKS, YOU MAY SEE THAT NUMBER DROP EVEN MORE.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Because this was in his province, Sabah displayed the renowned Iraqi hospitality.
After lunch, he grabbed some fruit and put it in Jomana's bag. She did not find it until hours later, when she got back to Baghdad.
Like most Iraqis we know and we work with, Sabah has hesitated for years about leaving Iraq to escape the threats and the violence - because he loved his country.
But a few weeks ago, Sabah asked Mohammed for his help and finally applied for asylum in the U.S., saying:
"I don't want to live in Iraq ...at least not in the next five years... It is going to be very difficult."
Like many of our Iraqi colleagues, he was young. Just 23 or so when he started taking pictures of war for a living. He had boundless energy, constantly pestering our reporters, photographers and cameramen for tips at how to hone his skills. How do you square that boisterousness with the bone-chilling images he photographed over the seven years he worked for us?
"Sabah was an enthusiast, always on the phone, keen to get the news and to tell it," writes Alastair Macdonald, Baghdad bureau chief from 2005-07. "He had an energy and courage that meant he thought nothing of driving the 100 dangerous miles between Tikrit and Baghdad at any hour to deliver video and pictures. I recall that his work rate could sometimes exhaust colleagues, and yet Sabah never seemed to stop smiling."
He was killed in Tikrit yesterday when unknown assailants (wearing Iraqi security forces uniforms) attacked the provincial government building. Tim Arango (New York Times) reports, "The assault turned into a hostage standoff that lasted for hours on Tuesday afternoon, until Iraqi security forces retook the building in the early evening using grenades and small arms fire, with American warplanes overhead, according to a witness. The American military did not participate in the retaking of the building but observed from nearby, according to a military spokesman." Ben Lando (Wall St. Journal) quotes US military spokesperson Col Barry Johnson stating, "Our assistance has been limited to providing aerial surveillance of the scene and keeping our soldiers on site to receive further requests for assistance if needed." Meanwhile on the ground, Mohanned Saif and Stephanie McCrummen (Washington Post) report, "Over several hours, the attackers went room to room, tossing grenades down hallways and through doorways and killing local politicians and government workers with shots to the head, according to Iraqi security forces and two witnesses who escaped by jumping out of a second-floor window." Dar Addustour notes the death of al-Bazi (their spelling) but also notes that "a number of other journalists from local TV channels were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up." Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) explains at least one other journalist died (unnamed) and includes this: "Al-Bazi was a freelancer who worked with Reuters, CNN and Al-Arabiya, according to his cousin Mahmoud Salih, also a freelance journalist. Salih -- who said al-Bazi died in the car bombing -- told CNN his cousin contacted him 30 minutes before he died, asking him whether he wanted to film ammunition seized by security forces." Reporters Without Borders notes al-Bazi's death and that Al Fayhaa camera operator Saad Khaled was wounded and identifies the other journalist killed as Muammar Khadir Abdelwahad:
It is not clear exactly how Abdelwahad, who worked for Ayn (Eye Media Agency), died. The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory quoted Ayn as saying he was in permanent contact with the agency while in the building. "We lost contact at the moment of the assault by the security forces. We later learned that he was dead."
"We firmly condemn this indiscriminate slaughter in an operation deliberately targeting a public building," Reporters Without Borders said. "We offer our condolences to the families of all the victims of this act of terrorism, including the two journalists. We urge the authorities to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice."
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory paid tribute to Al-Bazi's professional dedication and personal qualities. Aged 30, he was married and the father of three children. Abdelwahad, 39, had worked for Ayn for two years.
"Does Iraq have vice presidents?"
"The Tikrit assault"
"Barack and his Libyan War"
"the bush bomb"
"Bob Somerby, the new Rachel Maddow"
"Carly and Stevie"
"Look Who You Let In The House!"
"When you see the true colors"
"Two peas in a pod"
"THIS JUST IN! THE REAL B.O.!"