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Bridget Johnson


June 18, 2013 - 9:24 pm

In the height of a number of scandals for the Obama administration, a journalist whose coverage gave the president a reason to fire the leader of coalition forces in Afghanistan has died.

Michael Hastings, 33, wrote “The Runaway General” article for Rolling Stone magazine in June 2010 in which Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides said disparaging things about Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Hastings’ body was burned beyond recognition in the single-car crash at 4:25 a.m. in the 600 block of North Highland Ave. in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, which is a residential area with lanes on either side of a grassy median.

A photo from the L.A. Times showed a scorched, mangled car alongside a palm tree. A witness told KTLA that the car suddenly jackknifed before the fiery crash.

“It sounded like a bomb went off in the middle of the night,” another witness told the TV station. “The house shook, my windows were rattling.” Another witness noted that the engine flew far from the car.

Police said he was driving a brand-new Mercedes.

Obama and McChrystal tangled in 2009 when the general went public with the need for more troops, saying in a leaked report to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “We are going to win.” The White House, meanwhile, had been encouraging the commander to just worry about degrading the Taliban instead of defeating them.

“Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked ‘uncomfortable and intimidated’ by the roomful of military brass,” Hastings wrote in the Rolling Stone piece. “Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. ‘It was a 10-minute photo op,’ says an adviser to McChrystal. ‘Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.’”

Just one day after Hastings’ article appeared online, before the issue even hit the newsstands, Obama called McChrystal to his office to accept his resignation. The four-star general then announced his retirement from the Army.

A subsequent Pentagon inquiry found no proof of wrongdoing by McChrystal and his aides and found no witnesses to corroborate key parts of Hastings’ article.

Hastings’ last story, for BuzzFeed, was “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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No smoking gun here…
Being a Lefty Jounolist type, he was most likely a blazing a hypocrite…
Hates Capitalism, loves the coolest toys…supports Nanny State controls , but drives recklessly himself (most likely drunk/drugged/high as a kite) endangering countless numbers of us “little people”, while agreeing only the “police and military” are “qualified” enough to handle an “assault weapon” because they’re “to dangerous” for “average people” to own.

Spoiled lefty, in over his head with a machine he hadn’t the discipline to properly control (because they know EVERYTHING, right?)…..Loaded Magazine, Finger on the Trigger, Showing Off, BANG!

Its Pure Darwin…case closed.
(just glad this idiot didn’t kill an innocent bystander with his f*ck-up)
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Cars often run into nothing and then blow up.
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After all the Congressional hearings on Bridgestone and Firestone tires under-inflation and causing wrecks, and the Toyota brake system scandal that also resulted in lengthy Congressional investigations, I would expect Congress to jump right into the middle of this to see if all Mercedes-Benz automobiles are potential death traps. I would bet they don't.
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In case my previous post took too long to get anywhere, let me just offer this one stop to get the info:
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So, we already have the NDAA sign, followed by Breitbart's CPAC-promised "Wait'll they see what happens March 1st!" video release interrupted that very March 1st morning by his death --with its own attendant cloud of particular oddities.

Now we have this car crash which 'must be' innocent because the deceased was 'left-wing'?

My Lord, what a perverse defense of the Obama machine!

But even past that inadvertent admission that left and right both know that even when nothing is wrong, something IS wrong, or else discussions such as these would be unimaginable in any healthy place. Past that, there's the fact that the admin has far less to fear from the right-wing's yawning exposes (yawn) than it does from the own-neighborhood structure that really could sink his garbage scow fleet --the left-wing press.

But where the coincidencias increibles really pile up is in the couple months leading up to the April gun-registration vote.

January, Georgia gunsmith Keith Ratliff is murdered execution-style, with valuables pointedly left unrobbed. Ratliff's youtube channel was among the top ten of ALL youtube channels, and his attitude and influence among the youtube + gun demo was great and growing.

A week later, Utah's John Noveske, like Ratliff among the top few most influential and celebrated gun-makers of the new generation's electronic theater, had written a long, well-researched think-piece on psychoactive drugs and the institutional abuse of same, and was asking in a serious way what drugs Lanza of Newtown had been prescribed, when he too had a hard-to-understand one-car fatal accident out in the wide-open spaces where he lived.

February, a third prominent and celebrated hero of the younger demographic, Chris Kyle, is shot and killed under outrageously unlikely circumstances --by a shooter whose medical case is an exact example of precisely what John Noveske had been trying to heave into the public view.

Please search all these cases for scads of details that brevity forbids here. But just to get started, here's a couple of hastily-located but helpful links (note, coverage by NYTimes and New Yorker Magazine, among the least likely to be interested in these men, IMHO point to the oddity of this death sequence):
(see comment section)
(special attention @ the 4:30 mark, a spine-tinglingly prima-facie truthful remark on 'who is the enemy?')

And remember your CG Jung and 'synchronicity' --that everything is not either/or accident or plan, that there is a middle ground in between, where circumstance + hazard + time = value of probability.
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Cars jackknifing, engines flying - buy American!
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Google : Lt Quarles Harris, Jr. (Lt. does not stand for the rank "Lieutenant", just a stoopid name for a kid)...Killed after accessing passport info of Dear Leader and Her Thighness. Kid had a female conspirator who has never been ID'd....
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Some great lines in some of the posts here; two that represent my ambivalence about Hastings and his deathand cause thereof:

“Cars often run into nothing and then blow up.”
Fail Burton
“Its Pure Darwin…case closed.
(just glad this idiot didn’t kill an innocent bystander with his f*ck-up)”
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I am however curious about the witness statement:
“the car suddenly jackknifed before the fiery crash.”
Does he mean: Flip end over end? Slide/skew sideways? Fold in half?

I’ve seen Mercedes Benz autos in high speed wrecks, and read accounts and seen pictures of others. This is the first account I have ever heard of that an Mercedes Benz launched it’s engine 100 yards down the road and exploded after hitting a tree. Usually the engine ends up in the back seat if you are going at great speed when you hit something. Unless “jackknife” means turned sideways and hit the tree broadside - even then...
Comparing a Mercedes Benz road car to a formula car is comparing apples to oranges. Formula cars are lightly built and light framed. They are subject to fly apart at any speed with relatively little effort compared to a road automobile, especially a Mercedes Benz, which are built much more robustly.
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Would love to see the police report on this.....accident. Hasting's rate of speed must have been considerable to cause the engine to be ejected to such a distance from the rest of the wreckage. Moreover, cars don't normally explode unless the impact is extremely violent, which also points to an excessive speed. And this was on a residential street, as well. Apparently, there was a witness, which at 4:30 in the morning, is also a bit unusual. Wouldn't want to be that witness.
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I was reading Hastings's last article, wondering if I would find something like "to be continued", which would then fuel obvious speculations.
So, what do I see as the last sentence of the piece?
Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.

Life and death are full of coincidences, I guess.
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"Somethin' just ain't right here ,...Lucy...?"
A freaking M/B hits a pole and incinerates? The engine flew out quite a distance away and anyone who knows anything about cars and the ways they're designed and built smells a Very Large Rat here.
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"A witness told KTLA that the car suddenly jackknifed before the fiery crash."

Um, cars don't "jackknife". You have to have a trailer before you can have a jackknife. Two connected parts are needed.

So, is this just a stupid witness? A stupid reporter? Or???
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