RED LINE BLUES
From our That’s-a-Shame Desk comes the reactionary tweets from those amused or incredulous over President Obama’s declaration on Wednesday that “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line” against the use of chemical weapons.
“Forget Blame Bush! Blame EVERYBODY!!! Oh, except, of course, the guy who actually said it: Barack Hussein Obama!!!” (enthusiastic actor James Woods.)
“Whose Red Line is it Anyway? A fantastic film with Richard Dreyfuss as president.” (CNN host Jake Tapper, in a theoretical mood)
“Time for Congress to draw a real red line for Obama.” (Investor’s Business Daily columnist Andrew Malcolm)
WHERE’S THE 9/11 FLAG?
The American flag that was raised by three resolute firefighters over the smoldering rubble of the Twin Towers almost a dozen years ago is missing. So say Shirley Dreifus and Spiros Kopelakis, the owners of that very flag, who claim it mysteriously disappeared after the iconic moment. The “ground zero” flag that toured the nation and flew over Yankee Stadium as a “rebuke to terrorism” is not the original.
The claim is examined in “The Flag” a 90-minute documentary that debuted Wednesday on CNN with repeat broadcasts Sunday and Wednesday. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Guiliani, first responders and Thomas Franklin, the New Jersey-based photographer who actually took the famous image, are among the many interviews.
“This is the icon of the century, this flag,” Mr. Kopelakis says in the film, urging politicians to “try and find this flag.”
Just in time to counter former President Bill Clinton’s push Wednesday to support the Affordable Care Act comes some push back from the Republican National Committee. “Countdown to the Obamacare train wreck” says Obamacosts — a new GOP website that is counting down the hours until enrollment begins in the new program on Oct. 1.
“With less than a month to go before this disastrous law begins to take full effect, Democrats bear sole responsibility for ObamaCare’s costs. The RNC will ensure voters hold them accountable in 2014 by providing the facts and highlighting real stories from real people from now until election Dday,” says an emphatic committee chairman Reince Priebus.
The site provides a blinking countdown clock, of course, plus a guide to incoming increased health care costs for states by ZIP code, news updates, video clips and a public petition demanding Congress repeal Obamacare. Find it here: Obamacarecosts.org.
POLL DU JOUR
• 75 percent of Americans say that most public opinion polls are “biased in some way.”