Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quick Hits: Volume XCV

- So the ineptitude of the Obama administration apparently knows no bounds.

The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.

The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country.

The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
Well there seems to be some dispute as to the circumstances under which Ms. Plame's name was leaked, but that's irrelevant to my overall point. What I really wanna know is where are all the indignant leftists and media numbers (PTR) who were demanding that someone (preferably Karl Rove) be frogmarched out of the Bush White House for the travesty of leaking a covert agent's identity?

Joseph Wilson? Jack Cafferty? David Corn? What say you?

- Does anyone recall where they were Thanksgiving night in 2012? Many Americans were just waking up from their tryptophan coma to indulge in the Patriots-Jets NFL game.

While the Patriots won in a rout, that game will live in infamy due to one play in particular: The Butt-fumble.

Would you believe the jersey Jets QB Mark Sanchez wore that game was recently available via online auction? I can imagine that some of the reactions from Jets fans was something along the lines of they wouldn't wipe their a** with that jersey. Well if you recall the actual "butt-fumble" play, Sanchez kinda used the jersey for that very purpose, with his Center being the...uh..."wipe-ee."

- I first met Siri Freeh in December 2012, about six months into her reign as Miss Minnesota. In addition to her being stunningly beautiful, she possessed a very radiant, kind-hearted personality.

A few months later, I was able to book her as a guest on my weekly radio program.

She was such a great interview that I felt as though I had been talking to someone I had known for years.

As the months rolled on, I ran into Siri occasionally at some gatherings thrown together by friends of mine at the lesser Twin Cities right-of-center talk station. She had been appearing on their show semi regularly, eventually becoming a regular contributor once her Miss Minnesota reign ended in June 2013. Despite that weekly gig, she graciously agreed to appear on my program a couple months later while at the MN State Fair.

I guess the lesser radio station was feeling threatened by Siri's quality appearances on the Northern Alliance Radio Network because shortly thereafter she was given her own talk show on Saturday afternoons.

Despite Siri working at a rival station, she was a friend first and foremost, so I wished her nothing but the best. But even though she recently graduated from the University of Minnesota (Summa Cum Laude; High Distinction) with a degree in nursing, it appears a radio career is in her immediate future.

As Siri Freeh announced this past Saturday, she's leaving us for a great opportunity in another market. Don't miss her last show, coming up this Saturday at noon. We're sad to see her go, but happy for her as she embarks on this new chapter in her career!

The location of the "other market" has yet to be revealed. But since Siri's final show is this Saturday, I imagine she may fill us in more. Feel free to listen from Noon until 1:00 pm Central Time until you have to switch over to the NARN promptly at 1:00.

In all seriousness, our market's loss is definitely another market's gain. Godspeed, Siri.


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