Video: US Navy Airlifts Supplies To Japanese Disaster Victims

The Independent Florida Alligator reported :

In a span of a couple days after the disaster struck, Berryhill’s Navy squadron, along with other squadrons from Pennsylvania, began mission work to help those in need.

That Friday, Berryhill went on a mission to distribute 21,000 pounds of food to the survivors, which they dropped off at another air base to be trucked down to the disaster areas.

In the Navy’s missions, supplies ranging from seismology gear to toilet paper to blankets were delivered.

However, Rod Turbak, Berryhill’s commanding officer, said that Japan’s government never formally asked for the help.

“Everybody wants to reach out and lend a helping hand,” he said. “People donated things. They piled up quite fast.“

Part of the cargo delivered by the Navy was from donations. The rest were from supplies that were on hand.

While flying on the relief missions, Berryhill and his crew were given radiation detectors to determine their nuclear contamination resulting from the destruction.

Based on the readings, the crew hadn’t been contaminated.

Now he’s back in Gainesville with his wife and 14-month-old child. But Berryhill, who had lived in Japan for three years, said he still carries a personal attachment to the area.

“I hold a special place in my heart for the Japanese people,” he said. “This is a huge tragedy. It was an honor to serve and assist our friends in time of need.”

Bryan Preston at The PJ Tatler wrote:

You’ll see an older Japanese man a little ways into the clip, speaking to the camera. What he says is, essentially, that the townspeople had no idea the Americans were coming or bringing them anything.  There was no announcement or anything about it. Which is true. Between the destroyed roads and the radiation fears, hardly anyone can even get to the Sendai area. But these US pilots did.

You’ll also see, near the end of the clip, a group of older men watching as the Navy man stacks boxes of supplies from the helicopter on the tarmac. They’re standing still watching him because they’re stunned. That plus the language barrier puts them in a position where they just don’t know what to do. But you can see one of them making little gestures with his hands, as if in prayer. That’s a sign of very deep respect and gratitude.

More from the YouTube comments:

Thank you for all your support and thoughts. I want you to understand that those people are in rural area and they often don’t know how to approach foreigners. I think that’s why they just hoverd around but you can see they started to work together. People in Tohoku are said to be very mild, simple and warm.

Some sniping by Japanese  commenters at YouTube, was directed toward the Japanese government for being so slow in their response, but mostly people were just thanking the Americans:


One person merely said:

焼きそばおいしそう – Yummy noodles

On a sidenote: Where are the Arab Offers of Aid to Japan?

Since the end of World War II, Japan has been one of the most generous donors to the international community. Rather tellingly, when the 8.9 earthquake struck northern Japan, its own rescue units were in New Zealand helping that country recover from their earthquake. Its forces have regularly been dispatched around the world to help international aid efforts. The island nation has also offered some of the greatest amount of financial aid. After the massive tsunami struck Indonesia in 2005, Japan offered $500 million in aid – nearly as much as the United States, Great Britain, and China combined. For Afghanistan, it pledged $5 billion in aid– over one third of the total aid pledged worldwide. In the Arab world, Japan has served as a leading donor to the Palestinians via UNWRA, and has also provided assistance to the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen – to name a few.

Yet despite these realities, there is a deafening silence coming from the Arab world in response to Japan’s numerous catastrophes. Arab states sit atop the largest oil reserves in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2010, both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates sat in the top ten countries in the world with the highest per-capita GDP. Nonetheless, at the time of publication, there have been no reported offers of aid to Japan from any Arab country – either financial or otherwise. In fact, if you were to Google the words ‘Arab aid to Japan’ (without quotes), the only relevant hit would be the first – which is a blogger mocking the Arab world for its silence. Contrast this with a Google search for ‘Israel aid to Japan’ or ‘Jewish aid to Japan’, and the differences are staggering: you find pages upon pages of relevant hits. Similar hits can be found when searching for Jewish and Israeli aid activities for Thailand, India, Turkey, Pakistan, and of course, Haiti.

Anyone know of an Arab Nation aiding Japan?

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Chuckie Schumer: To the EXTREME!!! (Updated With Audio)

I know! Let’s call them “extreme!”

This just cracks me up:

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.

Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.

He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.”

“I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use.”

Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.

“I always use the scawwy scawwy wurrd extweem so the Amewican peopo know Wepubwicans bad wike tewowists.
Have the Dems’ liberal usage of the word “extreme” to describe Republicans ever not looked like an obvious coordinated messaging effort?
Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi aren’t exactly subtle.
I’m just tickled to death that these Democrat Socialist dinosaurs got caught in the act of looking so foolish.

video from 10/10: “EXTREME”:
Hat tip Ace, who’s more interested in Schumer’s scheme to shut down the government and blame the (extweem!!!) Republicans.
Brett Baier covered the phone call on Special Report, Tuesday evening.
When Schumer says, “that’s what the caucus instructed him to do, what caucus do you suppose he’s talking about? The Progressive (Dem Socialist) Caucus?
And how about that Howard Dean hoping hoping for a government shutdown,”because we all know who’ll get blamed”.
Careful what you wish for, Howie. Oh, and the MSM isn’t as powerful as they were in in 1995, so you don’t have that going for you either.

MSM Have Described Obama’s Pandering Speeches As Lincoln-esque, Reagan-esque, And Now Kennedy-esque

The Latest Obama Halo effect via Weasel Zippers

Via The  Weekly Standard Blog:Robert Kagan: Obama Delivered ‘a Kennedy-esque Speech’:

Robert Kagan roundly praised President Obama for his speech last night on America’s intervention in Libya:

With his speech tonight, President Obama placed himself in a great tradition of American presidents who have understood America’s special role in the world. He thoroughly rejected the so-called realist approach, extolled American exceptionalism….(blablablbala).

Take some Dramamine and continue reading…

In case you haven’t noticed,  Obama has been promoting “American exceptionalism” in his speeches, lately “more than any other President”, the MSM is eager to inform us.

They want you to forget Obama’s true opinion on “American exceptionalism” was offered early on in his Presidency: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism”. That statement along with his worldwide apology tour, created a backlash that probably contributed to a drop in his popularity in the polls.

All other statements he makes on American exceptionalism should be viewed as pandering geared toward 2012..

That was  the case after Obama dissed the flag pin during the 2008 Presidential election. Remember this?:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism” since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

It wasn’t long after the backlash that ensued, that he was seen everywhere on the campaign trail, proudly wearing his flag pin.

And then there was the case of Obama’s serial omission of “by our creator” when speaking of the “inalienable rights” cited in the Declaration of Independence”. After that caused a backlash on conservative blogs, last year – whoops, there it is! Back in his speeches where it belongs.

For most of Obama’s first two years in the White House, he eschewed church. After a poll came out showing that only a third of Americans believe Obama is a Christian, he reversed course, making several visits to church with his family in a short period of time, which an obliging media covered without cynicism.

After the 2010 election blowout which can only be viewed as  a referendum on Obama’s far left policies, he let it be known that he was reading Ronald Reagan’s biography and conspicuously  signaled that he wanted to be  compared to Reagan.

It wasn’t long before the media obliged, with outlet after outlet cooing that his State of the Union speech was “Reaganesque”.

Before that he was “Lincolnesque”.

Obama rides the rails to DC, packing nation’s hope

Invoking hope and history, President-elect Barack Obama rolled into the capital city Saturday night pledging to help bring the nation “a new Declaration of Independence” and promising to rise to the stern challenges of the times. He kicked off a four-day inaugural celebration with a daylong rail trip, retracing the path Abraham Lincoln took in 1861.

Feh. They may as well start chiseling a fourth fifth head on Mount Rushmore and get it over with.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Zombie: Obama’s Inner Bracket

Zombie says this came to him/her in a flash:

Recently, President Obama picked which teams he thought would advance in the NCAA Basketball Championship, a process known as filling out a bracket. The term “bracket” in this case comes from the shape of the round-by-round elimination chart which tracks which team won in each matchup.

Don’t we all have what is essentially an “inner bracket” which delineates our personal hierarchy of priorities, beliefs, behaviors and traits? If there was a bracket which revealed the inner workings of Obama’s mind, what would it look like? And what trait would emerge dominant?

Click on link to see the excellent graphic. I think you’ll agree with the “dominant trait”.


Paging Van Jones, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, MSM: Still No Justice For Genuine Cases Of Pigford Discrimination

This is just me doing my part to get this story out, since most in the MSM are curiously uninterested in one of the biggest frauds in U.S. history.

I’m not surprised that Marxist race-hustlers would be adverse to the truth – Pigford is the  massive “redistributive justice” they’ve been wanting for years. This “Reparative economic work” is worth hosing the few genuine victims of discrimination. $50,000  for every person of color willing to fraudulently fill out a form  is their kind of “justice” .

When a group like Color of Change wants to silence investigation into Pigford, it’s farmers like Lucious Abrams they are silencing.

When liberals on sites like DailyKos try to bully Rep. Steve King and Rep. Michele Bachmann with charges of racism, it’s really farmers like Lucious Abrams they are bullying.

What I don’t understand is how the United States media can pretend to be  anything other than craven lapdogs for this administration if they continue to ignore this story because it doesn’t fit their “narrative”.

Why can’t the truth be the narrative just this once?


Video: Black Educator Catches Bill Ayers Lying About Charter Schools

Bill Ayers can’t tell the truth to save his life. He pretends to be anti-government, but wants to “invest more” in failing public schools while being anti-charter school. “Afro-Conservative” goes through the trouble of pointing out exactly where Ayers was wrong/lying in her excellent video, via Breitbart TV:

She says, “when white liberals are against options that help poor minorities (charter schools and vouchers)…it makes me wonder”.

Yeah, it makes me wonder why anyone believes a single thing this particular white lib says.

Marxists understand that  the masses have to be ignorant and propagandized in state schools in order for them to win totalitarian rule.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and The Other McCain in Live at Five, thanks!