I wonder if it’s a requirement of Taxi Drivers in Washington DC that they all have to be wise and Godfearing:

Our taxi driver spoke in a thick Indian (from India) accent, “Where have you been?”

I responded, “The Tea Party!”

He didn’t say anything pro or con, so my curiosity asked him, “What do you think of Obama?”

He began gushing his disdain for the policies of the current administration. We spoke about the surge of government control, the irresponsible spending, the rising taxes which will cripple small business, destroy the middle class, and collapse our already weak economy, the lies, elitism, disappearing Freedom…and the hope of the November election. We got to the hotel and began disembarking the taxi. I fumbled for my money.

Standing in the middle of the dark street, a street lamp lighting his face, the Indian taxi driver said, “It reminds me of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego…”

It goes without saying that you should read the whole thing the nice lady wrote. It will remind you of this.

Question: How tone deaf are the democrats on their new immigration bill?

Imagine my surprise when after writing this post in the morning to see John Cole who I’ve hit in the past saying this:

Apparently they think the outcry over the Arizona “SHOW YOUR PAPERS” bill is that it will only be applied to Hispanics. Polls pretty clearly demonstrate that half the country has no problem with the Arizona bill because it will not affect them- it only is an inconvenience for “others” (meaning brown people). But start talking about a national id with biometric data that everyone has to be issued, and you will think the death panels and health care reform debate were a walk in the park.

that John Mearsheimer et/all keep making. This whole argument ignores that Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza strip, Saudi Arabia and the areas et/all are practically Judenrein.

How is it that Israel is an Apartheid state when Arabs serve in parliament, have the vote, have the protection of the law and have more rights than Arabs in any of the areas that I’ve just listed?

Even more importantly: How does a “reputable” scholar make such an argument with a straight face?

I’ll tell you something. As you know My D-Day is getting closer and closer and between DaTipJar, Have Fedora will Travel, The Ga-4 trip idea, and the Dinner With DaTechGuy stuff, I haven’t closed the gap that will come when week 99 hits.

I’d bet you real money that if I was willing to flip on Israel I’d be amazed at the opportunities that might suddenly arise in the field of writing, blogging and commentary. It wouldn’t shock me if the tip jar was regularly filled and the financial pressures upon me and mine were slowly relieved.

All I would have to do is forget, and rationalize a few basic facts…

…I think not.

Via Glenn who has a day job and wouldn’t change on Israel if he didn’t.

…luckily for you that can’t be said about Robert Stacy McCain

Such are the daily clashes that define the intense battle for Pennsylvania’s 12th District — now less than three weeks from an election that could put a Republican in the seat held for more than a three decades by Murtha, the 19-term Democrat who rose to become chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee before his Feb. 8 death. The potential parallels to Sen. Scott Brown’s January special-election upset — replacing the departed Ted Kennedy in heavily Democratic Massachusetts — are obvious enough. But to quote another famous Massachusetts Democrat, all politics is local and Murtha was the master of a peculiarly local brand of Pennsylvania politics.

As someone who saw Robert Stacy cover Scott Brown let me tell you, if he tell you he see parallels then they are there.

If you want the lowdown on Tim Burns. You know where to go.

Old template: Mean and nasty republicans in Arizona are like Nazi’s saying show me your papers!

New Template: Democrats propose law to include National identity card:

The Democratic proposal includes increased money for border patrol and drug war agents, equipment, helicopters and unmanned drones. It would create a national ID — which is dubbed a “biometric social security card.” Though Democrats insist that it is not an ID card and can only be used for employment purposes.

Soooo old federal law (yes federal law) aliens have to have their id stuff on them at all times. New Democratic law. EVERYBODY gets to have a federal ID card with them. Apparently our democratic friends want us ALL to show our papers.

I’m sure this is a debate that democrats in congress are dying to have. Why don’t you call your senator and rep and find out what they think about it?

On Morning Joe now the panel is trying to say that Charlie Crist has chosen the perfect time to run as an independent because this year an independent streak is running through the country. Am I actually hearing these people saying this?

There is a revolt over the administrations fiscal policies that Crist supported and they are claiming that this is going to favor him? Show me how a sitting governor is going to run as an outsider.

Just a clue. There was a candidate in January named Kennedy in Massachusetts who ran as an independent and managed to get all of 1%.

These people are just making fools of themselves.

…than nobody is going to.

If this questioning was taking place at Gitmo the ACLU and answer would be providing him lawyers.

The only softball came from Jon Meacham of Newsweek.

Only the letter next to his name has changed. They aren’t buying this at all.

Update: You know for days they were building this up as a real possibility and a real game changer but once they had in front of him on it’s as if they just couldn’t keep a straight face. They treated him as if he had no credibility.

But the moment he was off camera again suddenly he is, as Barnicle put it “a man among boys” and a strong candidate. It’s like a switch was suddenly turned back on once he was gone.

I guess the facade just wasn’t possible when he was shoveling it to their faces, but once he was gone the template came back.

Update 2: Did Eugene Robinson et/al just see the same interview that I did? For God’s sake they were there!

As you might remember Morning Joe was relentless in going after the Pope and the Vatican, so when there was a story coming up on the Boy Scouts you knew they would get to the bottom of the scandal…of the video game badge.

Complete these three requirements:
Explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games. Check your video games to be sure they are right for your age.
With an adult, create a schedule for you to do things that includes your chores, homework, and video gaming. Do your best to follow this schedule.
Learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.

I’m confused, apparently this is bigger news than a million dollar sex scandal, an alleged coverup. The greenroom asked this question:

Of course, this would send a message precisely the opposite of what the Left’s first line of lawsuits sent; but if our national socialist movement had the chance to destroy one of its most hated enemies, the Boy Sprouts, would the Left really care how it did so?

Short answer: Yes. Look at the news coverage or lack thereof and you have your answer. The boy scout suits will gain all the mainstream media coverage that the Jesse Dirkhising case did.

My latest column for the examiner is up an excerpt:

…with the April meeting pending; organizer Justin Brooks started contacting democrats either in office or running for office. He left messages or talked to a half dozen different candidates eager to get another perspective, without success. Most office holders and candidates never got back to him, others had conflicts but when the April 26th meeting came around only a single candidate republican Mary Connaughton spoke to the 46 people assembled at the Border Grille & Bar in Leominster.

More details on the meeting are available here.

Remember hits on my examiner articles are the next best thing to hits on the DaTipJar.

Update: Instalanche on the Examiner article. Thanks muchly Glenn! Hits there are a lot more valuable to me than hits here.

Just 12 hours ago I wrote this:

The new Fiscal commission has one single purpose: To give congressional democrats political cover for the creation of a national VAT/sales tax. Even rank and file democrats aren’t going to support this, but once there is a commission then the media will make it the “responsible” decision and the lemmings who walk with the democrats and the media will do so.

Right on cue here is the Washington post describing the VAT as responsible:

The sensible real-world answer, many economists argue, is a value-added tax that would encourage saving at the same time it pays down the deficit to manageable levels. But politicians are terrified of being right too soon on this one.

As opposed to actually freezing and/or cutting government which for some reason isn’t a sensible answer.

Unfortunately for David Ignatius et/al the public see through this stuff as Rasumssan reports:

President Obama this week formally kicked off meetings of his bipartisan deficit reduction commission, but most Americans view the commission as cover for Congress to raise taxes.

I think people might have finally decided they’ve had enough and all the MSM advocacy in the world is not going to change it.

I don’t know the demographics of their customer base, but for their sake I hope it is basically liberal activists because this will not play well with conservatives:

“For the last 16 years our headquarters have remained on Long Island where we continue to sell and distribute AriZona Iced Teas and beverages,” the company said in a statement to correct what it called “misinformation” about its origins.

The only problem? The polls show people favor the Arizona law and as you might recall last time national protests on immigration came up they backfired spectacularly. In addition conservatives are energized as never before. Might be a bad time to side against them.

They might have been better off just keeping quiet, if the country is 60-40 or 70-30 on an issue do you want your customer base from the 60-70 or the 30-40?

Your choice people.

…because on those days Morning Joe doesn’t even pretend to have balance. Sam Stein of the Huff-po, Andrea Mitchel, Norah O’Donnell, Willie & Savannah.

Now Joe & Mika deserve a night off, particularly when they are at a late night event. When Joe was tweeting about the party at 11 (presuming he does his own tweets) I was thinking “When does the man sleep?” So you’ve got to give them a day. I don’t have an issue with that but you can’t put at least one conservative on the panel?

A few points:

ITEM: Yesterday from the president’s speech the line that is going to resonate is the “at a certain point you’ve enough money” bit. MSNBC doesn’t think that line was worth a quote, nor was the sight of riot police called on elderly Tea Party people at the event. (The video is very funny). Not even worth a comment. Instead they play over and over again “I don’t want wall street writing the bill.” Nothing like hard reporting and that adversarial relationship between the press and those in power.

ITEM: Today they covered the Gordon Brown stuff and Andrea Mitchell give the old “some people would call that bigoted” line. If you have paid any attention to the media over they years you will not that when someone in the media says: “some people” they mean “I think but don’t want to say it”. The clip of her reaction at first not believing he would say it was priceless. Note that nobody objected to actually considering the woman a bigot, just that Mr. Brown has been caught saying it.

ITEM: It is usual when you can segue from one similar story to another to link them. Yesterday in NY you have an State Senator calling Republicans White Supremacists publicly. That might have been an interesting tie in. Nope nothing to see here.

Joe and Mika where are you?

They bring in Pat for the Israel segment and final hour will they redeem themselves? It will be fun to find out. I’ll live blog it.

8:15 a.m. Nothing much to see in the Greg interview, played fairly straight.

8:22 a.m. Kelly O’Donnell joins the table replacing Andrea, boy that is going to add balance.

8:39 a.m. Luke Russert is on the set, I wonder where that will send the scale.

Update: Shana says Joe does his own tweeting. That’s rather cool

Yesterday they brought in someone to “counterbalance” the mayor of Jerusalem when he was on. Today they bring in Zbigniew Brzezinski AND Pat to critique.

You think they might have found a single person who might be on the side of Israel to appear? Apparently not.

Joe & Mika where are you?

Update:
Mika’s dad on National TV just mentioned the Soviets shooting hundreds of thousands of people in their own country in 1937. The panel was silent. It was as if it was the first time that somebody on a non-fox network pointed out the soviets were mass murderers. The silence of the rest of the panel was VERY LOUD. He then compares the Soviet denial of Katyn to Holocaust denial in front of Pat. Priceless. It’s Morning Joe’s David Souter moment an unexpected result that MSNBC would not have predicted.

Type: Noun

Accepted Meaning A group of persons directed to perform some duty.

Actual meaning: When prefaced by the word “government.” Political Cover

Purpose of accepted meaning: To deceive the public as to your true intentions.

Result of said purpose: Being able to vote for an unpopular law without actually taking responsibility saying that you are only following the recommendations of the commission.

Commentary:

In this case very simple. The public is on the verge of a tax revolt but the liberals/progressives/socialists want to perpetuate and expand the welfare state. In order to do so they need to find a new source of revenue but the only source that is available is the middle/lower classes. As has already been demonstrated support for a VAT is political death. The new Fiscal commission has one single purpose: To give congressional democrats political cover for the creation of a national VAT/sales tax. Even rank and file democrats aren’t going to support this, but once there is a commission then the media will make it the “responsible” decision and the lemmings who walk with the democrats and the media will do so.

And let me tell you once Government has a new source of revenue from you, democrats, republicans et/al they will want it for themselves!

If we as a people do this to ourselves then we will deserve the end result.

You have been warned.

Update: Via Itsonlywords on twitter. Can someone explain to me how the president say: “at a certain point you’ve made enough money” but there is never a certain point where we have been taxed enough nor a certain point when the government has spent enough?

Update 2: HotAir makes it the quote of the day

On Monday Night the Twin City Tea Party had its latest meeting.

This month’s meeting was was shorter and more direct. Last month over 80 people showed forcing the use of the upstairs room. This month the topography was a bit different. There was a general seating area where people who just wanted to hear the speakers had chairs set up while the serving tables remains for those (like myself) who planned on eating and drinking. It increased the capacity of the lower room considerably, however with the enthusiasm of the big rallies of Tax day behind them and with some time the crowd was smaller (46 people) but quite attentive.

Last month there were a half dozen speakers some of them rather long winded. This month it seemed the theme was “less is more” and it worked out well. A single candidate Mary Connaughton a republican running for State Auditor attended making a very good case for her candidacy based on credentials and past actions. She was considerably more effective than the gentleman who spoke on her behalf last time. If nothing else it looks like for the auditor position there is a wealth of good candidates.

Justin Brooks who has organized the local group had made it a point to reach out to several different democratic candidates to invite them to the event but received either no response or regrets due to conflicts. This is a large mistake If the democrat party concedes the economic argument to the republicans they will lose it by default.

The next subject raised was the Cap and Trade bill. John Weston destroyed his qualifications for congress by actually reading the bill. He didn’t like what he saw and neither did the audience:

Mauricio Cardozo, A Local High School student spoke next asking advice on forming a Tea Party group/club in his school was next soliciting suggestions and the crowd responded with many ideas to advance and attract young people to the cause.

One common theme after the speakers was the idea of both educating people on both the tea parties and the positions they hold. A Summit May 7th & 8th in Danvers had some potential but from the reaction of both the crowd and both new and old attendees it was the meat of the Cap and Trade bill that really moved them. This seems like the field where the next battle will be fought.

Update: Error in the title on the date, corrected.

Here is the headline from the AP:

Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law

If I’m a conservative I would trumpet this headline in every state and every county and every newspaper, I would call up every congressman and woman and ask for comment on this result. I would bring up this law in every state legislature and let the democrats try to oppose it.

If you think the public is supporting the Arizona law now, wait till they get a load of this.

Update: The Anchoress suggests the left is trying to bait us.

Update 2:
I don’t know about memeorandum but the Lonely Conservative is always welcome here.

If this report that the GOP is thinking of going wobbley over a horse race that they hold ever single year is true. Then the GOP is paying more attention to the beltway than to their base.

I frankly suspect this is a progressive/liberal fantasy a case of the media trying to wish something true.

If there is one thing the base has learned it is not to trust comprehensive democratic bills that nobody has read. Senate Republicans would be wise to remember this.

Update: Looks like another folding like a wet blanket profile in stupidity by the GOP. Not one red cent.

Looks like one more frivolous lawsuit has bit the dust:

The ACLU went down in defeat today. The Supreme Court ruled that the Mojave Cross can stay.
(Why this had to go so far in the first place is beyond belief.)

It’s a good thing that the American Left is keeping doing their best to protest us from the real threats in the world.

Now that this is a case that is no longer pending perhaps we can ask whoever the president nominates to the high court how they would have voted on it. It will be fun to find out.

Update: Fox reports it was of course 5-4. That question looks even more relevant doesn’t it?

I haven’t had much time for fun lately, I’ve missed game night more than I’ve made it. I haven’t played Civ IV in I don’t remember how long, I’ve got 5 different books I have to finish and review.

So tweaking Charles Johnson is about as far down my list of things to do as you can get, but Tim Blair either has his time organized better or has less to do because he took a trip down memory lane yesterday to remind Mr. Johnson of his own past:

Born-again leftoid Charles Johnson denounces the “tidal wave of right wing nuttiness directed at Barack Obama”. Fair enough, in several cases; that birther obsession, for one, is downright crazy. But it’s a little rich for flippy Charlie to rail against “Obama Derangement Syndrome” when for several recent years Johnson himself was a serious sufferer. Following are a few items by Charles on Obama, all posted before Obama had even won the Democrat nomination to run for President

Even better than the list is the point he makes in updates:

From the right? Son, check your own sources in all the links below. You cited the New York Times, the Associated Press, Andrew Sullivan, the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, among others, and used these as evidence of Obama’s unfitness for office. You weren’t running right-wing talking points. You were attempting to generate them.

That sure sounds familiar:

It’s very interesting but it would appear that from the time that Media matters backed Charles in his dispute with Beck Charles hasn’t had a tagged post going after media matters for anything. Nor the Daily Kos for that matter, and only one tagged moonbats. (it was a good one)

And no tagged post hitting Media Matters Godfather George Soros for over a year.

He once talked about the six degrees of George Soros, and now it’s only one.

It’s rather amazing that for all that time these guys haven’t done’t sic anything weird enough for Charles to post and illustrate, and even the one moonbat post concerns stuff done in years past.

Have they suddenly become all sane? Have they all suddenly decided to support the troops? Have they all suddenly decided to support Israel?

Change we can believe it! Well Charles believes it anyways.

BTW is it too late to say that Robert Stacy won their fight hands down?

Credit where credit it due though, he was on the right side of the South Park issue so perhaps there is still hope.

Interesting they have the mayor of Jerusalem on Morning Joe right now but they have also brought Fred Kempe to apparently “counterbalance” him.

Anyone who is talking about 1967 borders is not someone to be taken seriously.

Kempe and Pat are doubling teaming him, this guy doesn’t shake.

The Arab rights stuff is very funny when Arabs are treated better within Israel than in the Arab world while Arab areas are Judenrein. Why is that question never asked on these shows?

Morning Joe is taking the other side of the story today.

Pat Buchanan is mentions the Mexican government’s laws against illegal immigration in passing

Joe and Mika mention the Rasmussen Poll.

They hit Mexico’s response of a travel warning.

They still hit the bill but they are giving the other side, but God bless em they are committing journalism!

I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.

Lucky for us Michelle Malkin covers the story:

  1. The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.”
  2. The Mexican government will bar outsiders if they do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests”
  3. The Mexican government will bar outsiders not found to be physically or mentally healthy
  4. The Mexican declares outsides must not be economic burdens on society

Am I missing something here?  We haven’t even gotten into punishments.

Even more amusing is George Will who points out two different ironies.

Arizona’s law makes what is already a federal offense — being in the country illegally — a state offense. Some critics seem not to understand Arizona’s right to assert concurrent jurisdiction.

How dare those wacky conservatives make federal laws state laws.

It is passing strange for federal officials, including the president, to accuse Arizona of irresponsibility while the federal government is refusing to fulfill its responsibility to control the nation’s borders.

How dare those irresponsible Arizonans dare to do what the Federal government said it would do…years ago.

I think the media and the democrats are really foolish to push this.

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My latest column for the Examiner is now available here.

It’s on tea party reaction to the Boston Herald article concerning Wall Street Contributions. It looks like Josh’s reaction might have been an aberration.

One thing that has really struck me about the Arizona Law has been the almost united media reaction of how dare they.

They are beating their breasts, calling them Nazis, vowing not to do business in Arizona and posturing themselves to prove how pure they are on civil rights by bravely standing in opposition to the people of Arizona and their police.

Yet they won’t show a clip of Southpark without censoring Mohammed’s image.

That is why I call them the media human shields. Like the one’s in Iraq they “bravely” stood up to American troops fully knowing that they were in no danger from them. The media likewise will bravely stand up to Arizona police and voters because they know their “bravery” puts them in absolutely no danger.

They will however not stand up to radical Islam for the same reason why those same human shields would not go to Israel during rocket attacks nor during China during protest. They know the difference between real danger and posturing and won’t risk their necks.

My arch enemy friend Chris asked a reasonable question in comments on my Bryon York post. To Wit:

Pete, what circumstances would give an officer reasonable suspicion that a person was not a legal resident?

It’s the type of question that the media is all over today, it deserves an answer so here it comes.

You are asking the wrong person, let me explain why:

One of the things you learn in a job is how to recognize signs, for example, when debuging a system certain performance signs or browser actions will indicate a spyware issue. Others will indicate that temp files haven’t been cleaned out since sometime the Red Sox won the Series. I’ve found after a decade of doing this that I can watch a system for several minutes and have a pretty good idea what is going wrong.

This is true in any good profession or hobby. Mike the butcher can recognize the differences between different grades of meat in the shop. Bob the hardware guy knows a good door from a cheap one. Marge at ZuZu’s Petals knows a good flower from a bad one. Bill at the Border Grille & Bar knows the difference between a tomato that can be used in a salad, a sandwich or a salsa and one that is only usable during a bad performance onstage.

Likewise a police officer who has been trained in law enforcement and spending years or decades in an area where they’ve had to deal with illegal immigration on a daily basis would recognize things that you or I, not having having had said experience would not even think of looking for.

But Pete you say, we can’t trust the police to enforce the laws fairly. We can’t? Look at the record. Do you feel intimidated by the police in town? Do you feel scared or worried. They have all kinds of legal authority over you yet you don’t quake in fear? Why are you so ready to trust your local police but are unwilling to allow people from Arizona that same courtesy? Because they are different from you? Because they are republicans and/or conservatives? Because they are as Larry Baer called the tea party people “Stupid White People”? Talk about profiling!

Lets look at the record in one high visibility area. The police forces in the United States in cooperation with Federal and Homeland security have managed to successfully defend this nation from terrorist threats without the curtailing of individual rights particularly of American Muslims.

Can the American Muslim community honestly say their ability to work, or worship or live have been curtailed over the years? I think not. Can anyone rightly say that their ability to protest the war and call out President Bush was unreasonably restricted? It is to laugh.

I also think it is facetious to think that with national attention upon them said police are going to act capriciously when their jobs and futures are at stake, particularly in this economy. The ACLU, La Raza, Al Sharpton, The Free Muma, ANSWER, ACORN et/al and other who make their living ambulance chasing are drooling at the chance to catch them overstepping their authority. These cops know the score if you don’t realize that the you have not paid attention to our litigious society nor to the politics of the left.

So no I don’t know what would constitute a reasonable suspicion but the officers enforcing the law will, and if anyone is victimized by an officer going overboard there will be a plethora of lawyers and media to go after them that Ken Gladney never has and never will see after being beaten on film.

That’s why I and others don’t take people who are willing to call Arizona a police state seriously. They wouldn’t know a police state if it hit them upside the head and are only interested in feeling better about their self righteousness. Perhaps they should take a closer look at what is happening just across the border these days.

York proves once again why he is the best reporter in the US today, he actually gets to the bottom of the Arizona immigration bill:

Critics have focused on the term “reasonable suspicion” to suggest that the law would give police the power to pick anyone out of a crowd for any reason and force them to prove they are in the U.S. legally. Some foresee mass civil rights violations targeting Hispanics.

What fewer people have noticed is the phrase “lawful contact,” which defines what must be going on before police even think about checking immigration status. “That means the officer is already engaged in some detention of an individual because he’s violated some other law,” says Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri Kansas City Law School professor who helped draft the measure. “The most likely context where this law would come into play is a traffic stop.”

As far as “reasonable suspicion” is concerned, there is a great deal of case law dealing with the idea, but in immigration matters, it means a combination of circumstances that, taken together, cause the officer to suspect lawbreaking. It’s not race — Arizona’s new law specifically says race and ethnicity cannot be the sole factors in determining a reasonable suspicion. emphasis mine

It’s amazing what you actually find out when you read bills or have reporters do so.

Over to you Joe and Mika

Update: Eugene Robinson, Joe & Mika continue to hit the bill although in fairness Robinson concedes that the border need to be protected. Have anyone of them read the bill like Byron York?

Claire McCaskill is about to go on, I’ll live blog it and see how much they feed her Arizona.

As you know I’m not a drinker but I’ll break out the 21 year old scotch and take a shot every time they mention Ken Gladney or the violence by opponents of the anti-immigration law.

I will likely be cold sober…

Update: The quote the Washington Post poll on the Bank bill, no word on the Arizona polls yet, still sober.

7:46 a.m. All pro Obama Bank bill all the time so far…

7:47 a.m. Will anyone ask her if the bill has been read by anyone?

…create a permanent minority for the republicans.

Lets go to the polls:

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure.

Now I don’t claim to be more than a fat man in a Fedora who isn’t working but I do know a little math. If 50% of DEMOCRATS support this law then the problem politically isn’t Republicans.

Will they mention the Rasmussen reports poll? That would be journalism.

Joe Scarborough to Al Sharpton as he is leaving this Morning:

We are agreeing too much these days.

Joe I like you and I like Mika and I like Willie but if that statement doesn’t give you a clue that there is a problem then nothing will.

Will the talk about the vandalism by opponents of this bill with the same strength that the tea parties got hit for things that didn’t happen? I don’t know but it’s amazing that all I’m hearing is worries about what might potentially happen because of a law, vs what opponents of that law have ACTUALLY done.

C’mon Guys! Be reporters REPORT!

…its all about the evil republicans.

Nothing about the vandalism of the left, nothing about the clashes against the police.

He is talking about irresponsible attacks and Nazi symbolism but doesn’t mention the swastika put up on by the opponents of the bill.

It’s all evil republicans. How about someone who actually supports the bill and a real debate?

If this is not the result of the Washington beltway mentality then I don’t know what is.

Willie Giest is suggesting it will bond the Hispanics to democrats for generations. This is what is known as a “Wet Dream”. (pardon the vulgarity but that’s the way it is).

…do you think the White House/MSM will decide it is newsworthy? If you look at Memeorandum I’d have to say yes.

Now As you should know I like Morning Joe, I like Joe, Mika et/al although at times they drive me nuts. One question:

“Wouldn’t it have been good to be in front of this today and beaten Rush to the punch?” Don’t you think it would have been better for him to have to follow you guys rather than lead you?

Instead you were beaten by me, Instapundit, Yid with Lid, Powerline, Dan Riehl, Robert Stacy, Captain Ed, Bill Jacobson,

The apology would have been a Morning Joe story instead of a Ben Smith story.

Hey the man in the Fedora is just trying to help you out here.

Today Morning Joe gave a platform from somebody from Telemundo hitting Arizona’s new immigration law.

I’m not familiar enough with the law yet to make an intelligent opinion yet, but something he said stuck me.

He hit the law for making it illegal for illegal aliens or as he put it “undocumented immigrants” to get a job. He acted as if this was some great shock.

It would have been nice if someone on the Morning Joe set pointed out that it is already illegal for an employer to hire an illegal alien. Not penalizing the person soliciting the illegal act is the same as arresting the prostitute while making the John no subject to arrest, or the dealer is liable but the druggie is not.

No sign of the Insult story either, ironic since the only reason this show exists is due to “Nappy Headed Hos

…when I hit him on the PorkBusters stuff. Then I went to Memeorandum and read his link concerning South Park and learned that islamic threats of violence were analogous to not rebroadcasting Sinead O’Connor dissing the Pope et/al.

They are analogous in the same way that California Bank and Trust closing a branch in California is to closing their WTC 1 branch in Sept of 2001.

Let’s me explain for those who might be regular Balloon Juice readers something called business.

If you have a business selling non unique goods and services to a customer base that is shared by your competitors , rule one is to avoid upsetting said customer base so they don’t choose to go to your competitors.

Or put simply: Piss off your customers and they will go elsewhere if they can.

Television runs on ads. The companies that run ads do so because they want to associate their ads to said show, celebratory etc… If that association costs them customers rather than helping them retain them (read GEICO voice over) then it doesn’t serve their purpose.

Thus a Bill Maher fails on ABC where his opinions and wit might hurt the bottom line but makes it on HBO where the customer base is different. That’s how the free market works…

…on the other hand we have. “Take off this show or I cut your throat.”

If you can’t tell the difference there isn’t a lot of hope for you.

Update: More economics from Doctor Zero via Robert Stacy.