Believe it or not, news reports don’t always get storiesÂ accurate or complete and sometimes don’t get them at all.Â
Let’s start with one that received little play in the mainstream media, the commendable story of an NHL player who had the gumption to effectively tell the president of the United States to stick an invitation to the White House in his hat.Â
The belated invite was extended to the Boston Bruins almost a year late, coincidentally during a presidential election year, ostensibly to honor the team’s 2011 Stanley Cup championship.Â
Celebrated Bruins’ goalie, Tim Thomas, winner of the Vezina Trophy, opted to pass on the privilige of having the president pat him on the back–and get some much-needed publicity before November 6th.Â
Not content with the snub and surely causing cringing in the Bruins’ executive offices, Thomas explained the reasons for his protest.Â
As he said,Â ”I believe the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people,” although he backtracked slightly by adding that his decision “was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country.” (http://bit.ly/xyS2pl)Â
Thomas is right on all counts.Â
I wouldn’t even suggestÂ Thomas believes President Barack Hussein Obama is the primary reason “the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people” and I extend him kudos for having the nerve to speak his mind and absent himself from an obviously politicalÂ campaign appearance.Â Â
Another storyÂ relates to the historical accuracy of producer George Lucas’ newly-released film “Red Tails.”Â
Acclaimed by everyone except the people whoÂ understand movies, film critics, “Red Tails” is a World War TwoÂ action flick featuring a virtually all-black cast andÂ dealing with the exploits ofÂ the U.S. AirÂ Corp’s Tuskegee Airmen, an anomoly at the time in a segregated military.Â
Â There is no doubt as to the racial segregation in our military prior to President Truman’sÂ abolitionÂ of the practice in 1948.Â Likewise, there is no doubt the Tuskegee black fliers served their nation well in WWII primarily in bomber escort missionsÂ with the 332nd Fighter Group.
There is, however, much doubt concerning the Tuskegee Airmens’ claimÂ for tearsÂ that they never lost a bomber during those European missions.Â There are also substantiated reports they sometimes acted less than heroically and less than competently.
According to U.S. Air Force AIM Points and multiple other sources, “At least 25 bombers being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Europe during World War II were shot down by enemy aircraft.”Â That assessment was based on a narrow focus of just five days over nine months in the war.Â
In addition, AcePilots.comÂ cites “the CO of the 33rd Fighter Group, Col. William Momyer, complained about the performance of the 99th FS, [predecessor to the 332nd]compared their combat record to White squadrons, alluded to lack of air discipline, and hinted at a lack of aggressiveness.”Â
Ace Pilots hinted that racial bigotry was at the root of Col. Momyer’s assessment. (http://bit.ly/A8PdQM)Â
I haven’t seen “Red Tails” and don’t know whether those accusations wereÂ addressed in the movieÂ although I somehow doubt it.Â If not,Â they should have been, not to denigrate the brave Tuskegee Airmen but to clarify the record.Â
Far too many historical and fiscal records have been misrepresented byÂ Democrats and, amazingly, the Washington Post has outed that partyÂ for their libelÂ regarding which recent president is most guilty of increasingÂ our crippling national debt.
As WaPo correctly reported,Â aÂ ”bogus” debt chart created by the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, “is as phony as a three-dollar bill.”Â
Said chart incorporated “mathematical flaws,” “dumb math,” and outright lies, all intended to cloak Obama’s intent to bankrupt the nation, although WaPo didn’t comment on the last two.Â (http://wapo.st/q788Gw)Â Â
As evidenced by the Boston Bruins’ Tim Thomas, hockey players can actually be thinking individuals, as shown by the Air Force,Â history is sometimes incompleteÂ and, as proven byÂ Washington Post, Democrats lie through theirÂ teeth, none of which comes as any surprise.