My latest for the Examiner: The left could take lessons in civility from the Tea Party deals with two recent events. The Mayoral Forum hosted by the Twin City Tea party:

All in all it was an important but totally unremarkable bit of civic activity. Nothing you might not see in any city in the nation.…except it was, if Vice President Joe Biden and representative Andre Carson (D-IN) are to be believed hosted by a group of Terrorists who would love to see black Americans “hanging from a tree”.

and I contrast it with today’s events in Missouri first reported at Cry Liberty:

Meanwhile a “Kitchen Table Talk held today at Oak Bend branch of the St. Louis Public library and hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) ended quite differently. Not only were no questions answered but the event had to be closed down and police called when a Tea party member was assaulted and a 2nd injured by two men in the crowd for taking pictures of a public event in a public building hosted by a public figure.

It seems the Tea Party is going to have to take some lessons in how to be violent terrorists from the left or vice versa.

Via Jeff Quinton Technorati reports that AOL’s aqusition of Huff Po has paid off for Arianna but apparently nobody else:

Only 6 months after spending a great of its remaining cash on the purchase of Huffington Post, AOL is up for sale according to many insiders in the know. Sources in the industry claim that AOL has met privately with the mega-law firm Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and investment bank Allen & Company about putting the former ISP up for sale to the highest bidder.

Any conservative worth his salt could see this coming but Arianna Huffington has a pleasing face, a nice shape, a glib tongue and is part of the “in” crowd so they fell for it hook line and sinker, again from Technorati

It is clear that their management, seen by many as top heavy salary wise, is not suited to run a content company that needs to focus on cost cutting. Where most content companies are run by sleek, cost-effective staff members who get paid mainly on production, AOL still has remnants of the TimeWarner era where people were paid for resumes, not results.

Sounds like Congressional democrats and the Obama administration doesn’t it?

Oh and Newsweek apparently isn’t going wild with Tina Brown in charge either. I guess the rule of thumb is, beware Morning Joe guests for company bosses.

Last year when I covered the primary race in GA-4 staying in a predominantly black city, I was really taken aback by the reaction of some black folks when they discovered I supported the tea party:

It was if a switch was suddenly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no comment”. For the rest of.the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.

I blamed the media at the time but apparently this racial hatred is being stoked by dishonorable people whose title begins with the words “Honorable”

Congressional Black Caucus Travels US Cities Using Violent Rhetoric: Declares ‘War’ on Racist Tea Party, Says Tea Party Wants to Lynch Blacks

Black America has been ill-served by their “leaders” and the democratic party since the time of the great society:

Howard Portnoy puts it this way at Hot air

It appears that these lawmakers understand the actual threat the Tea Party poses—namely, a retrenching of the government handouts that help these politicians win reelection by keeping their constituents down.

I’m trying to think what is worse. The idea that these black “leaders” do not understand the tea party and are speaking from ignorance and panic (if so that’s inexcusable), or do understand the tea party and are purposely sowing race hatred for political gain. If the latter it’s one of the most despicable things I have seen in my lifetime.

Meanwhile in a time of internet and online communication there is no reason for anyone to not know the truth about the tea party. If individuals believe this nonsense then they can only blame themselves, both for their own self-deception and for the quality of their representation.

Update: Politico reports on it and equates it to “you lie”. Amazing

Yesterday afternoon as I was picking up a suit and meeting a person for lunch at a location where I hope to get new advertising I noticed on my cell phone that I had missed a call from Stacy McCain.

Once out of the Haberdasher’s place I gave Stacy a call. Apparently he rang during the mayoral Forum and I was too busy to answer.

He told me about the pirating of his video, (I had already posted on it) and he was STILL angry about it. It was my opinion that he should sue Wonkette and help support those 5 kids of his.

Although adamant about maintaining his rights he was less committal about a suit for damages.

Well now both Perez Hilton:

Here is a screen-cap from Perez Hilton’s site, showing that he downloaded and re-uploaded the pirated/edited “Who likes white people?” video, imprinting it with his own watermark

and CBS “News”

– #1. Everything that comes out of Michele Bachmann’s mouth is gold. A new video has her asking a crowd of people, “Who likes white people?” It doesn’t make any sense, so many explanations are surfacing from “White People Soul Power” being the band that played before, to the fact it was raining and Bachmann is asking about “wet” people.

have grabbed the pirated the phony video and used it for their profit and advantage, drawing tens of thousands of views to their sites. I presume a monetary value can be established for that, and I also suspect there might be at least one or two really solid legal minds on the right would have no problems going to court with this.

Stacy I don’t know how much the small blogger who first stole your video was worth but I suspect that both Perez Hilton and CBS news have a few dollars to rub together

Stacy as you might guess is not happy with Perez but as a professional reporter is really pissed at CBS news:

Yeah, the time-stamp: “6:44 p.m. Aug. 30,” by which time Chris Moody’s accurate post at Yahoo News — identifying my video as the source from which the pirated/edited smear video was stolen — had been a top item at Memeorandum for more than 24 hours!

But wait, it gets better, because here are my two posts on this topic:

Monday Aug. 29, 9:10 p.m. — MY VIDEO of Michele Bachmann’s Christian Testimony Used in SMEAR JOB
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10:58 a.m. — Lowlife Who Pirated My Video Apologizes for Smearing Michele Bachmann

If Michelle Castillo has the advanced journalistic skills necessary to click that second link, she will discover that, when informed that his copyright infringement was the subject of contemplated legal action, the video pirate had published an apology and deleted the video from his YouTube channel early this morning, more than 12 hours before Castillo included his piracy as the No. 1 selection in the CBS News ”Top 5 Viral Videos of the Week.”

As a veteran of 25 years in the news business, I promise you that if I were Michelle Castillo’s boss, I’d have several choice words to say to her, the mildest of which would be, “YOU’RE FIRED!”

I actually think even if this costs people jobs and large amounts of money the fact that the false message got out there to tens of thousands who will never notice any correction is worth every penny that Hilton and CBS have to lay out for this idiocy, and if Michelle Castillo’s job goes to, what is that against the opportunity to defame the hated Bachmann?

Meanwhile Stacy McCain once said he has never been rich and has often been poor but has never faltered in his love of the Lord:

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Matthew 6:31-33

Stacy has been very big on the first half of this message, it would be the ultimate irony if thanks to the callous hatred of an unbeliever for a professed public follower of Christ Stacy’s ship finally comes in.

Wouldn’t that be a spectacular ending to the story?

I met Jane Jameson at my first CPAC in 2010. I remember her coming in during the morning after my all nighter and asking her if she would be part of my field guide to bloggers. She declined as she explained that it would be a problem because if it was known that she was a conservative in San Francisco it would adversely affect her business.

I found it very ironic that she was forced into a closet by the ever so tolerant people of San Francisco.

I have a shot or two of her in one of my fedoras buried in my backups but the strongest image of her is in my head as a cute fun lady who looked great in a fedora.

I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her as well as Yid and Stacy.

It is odd to think of a person I know with an online chronicle deceased. I wonder if she finds it odd that there are people all over the country that will miss her?

at least nobody who follows the MSM

The controversy over the Fast and Furious anti-gun-trafficking operation upended the careers of two Justice Department officials Tuesday as the interim head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was transferred to an obscure, new post and the well-connected chief federal prosecutor in Arizona resigned.

Politico actually has given the scandal a fair amount of coverage yet unlike other stories on the site the networks, particularly MSNBC which normally feeds off it, took little or no interest in Fast and Furious or gunrunner or any of the other names the ATF scandal has adopted.

So for the second time in this administration (the first being Van Jones) a figure has resigned and the section of the public who doesn’t read conservative blogs or watch Fox news do not know who the person is or why he resigned or any background of the scandal.

And people wonder why Fox polled as most trusted

Just over a year ago I asked this question when the media ignored NASA’s Muslim outreach program

How much longer in an internet age can the MSM decide that a story on the front Page of Drudge for two days will not be seen if they ignore it? How long can the MSM decide that Memeorandum doesn’t exist?

Or to put it another way, When will the media decide that scandals within a presidential administration are newsworthy before a resignation takes place.

Id say January 20th 2013 election expert not withstanding.

Update: Ed Driscoll links at PJ-Media, thanks

There are lame excuses but this one from the Romney Camp concerning fundraising takes the cake

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He’s having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish.

Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they’d rather open their wallets for the “Jewish candidate,” who they don’t realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned.

“It’s a real problem,” one Romney fund-raiser said. “We’re working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama’s Israel problem. This was surprising.”

While it’s very possible, maybe even probable that the average potential Romney donor is not reading Robert Stacy McCain and missed Mrs. Bachmann’s Christian Testimony I’ll wager they are familiar enough with the MSM to have heard the “Lunatic Christian” meme played in print or television media.

So assuming this is spin, (and lets be frank, every statement from every campaign has some degree of spin in it) why play this card? Ann Althouse has a thought:

What might have motivated the Romney people to get the idea out there that Barbara Bachmann is really Jewish? It could be to generate unease among voters who have some anti-Semitism.Think of the rumor that Barack Obama is really Muslim. The Romney people should not want people to think they meant to ignite that kind of suspicion about Bachmann. Oddly, Romney himself has to deal with the antagonism toward his religion — the religion he actually follows. You’d think his campaign folk would be more sensitive. It’s almost as if they’re trying to generate a rumor that Bachmann’s not Christian at all to deal with his problem with some people thinking Mormons aren’t Christian enough (or at all).

Interesting theory but I’m thinking something different.

I’m thinking Gov Romney got a lot of initial funds from maxed out establishment types early and is having trouble keeping the funds flowing now that the “He is the only one who can beat Obama” myth has been shattered.

Professor Althouse’s suspicions may or may not have some merit but the problem with not having a campaign supported by the grass roots is eventually the still available big money looks for the best possible investment (i.e. The winning side). I suspect that Romney needs to explain his lack of new funds without accelerating a stampede of donors elsewhere.

Or to put it another way. If you can’t get results then next best thing is a marketable excuse.

Mazal Tov!

Update: Several readers and friends insist this is a real issue. Then again a lot of people think I’m jewish too. (In fact I was asked it today)

Yesterday at Fitchburg State College University the Twin City Tea Party sponsored a Mayoral Forum for the two democrats and one independent to air their views.

Mayoral Forum? I thought the tea party were a bunch of Terrorists?

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Because she is a fanatical Lutheran and Christians are dangerous and have to be stopped:

Some vicious monster ripped off my video and edited it, so that when Bachmann begins by jokingly asking the crowd, “Who likes wet people?” — because everybody was soaked to the bone, including me — instead there is a caption, “Who likes white people?”

And after all, when one rejects Christian rules the whole “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor thing doesn’t really apply.

But not to worry, it’s not as if the media organs of the left are going to report on a false story:

Ken Layne of Wonkette then spread that smear all around the Internet.

Now normally one might think that if such a video was out there with Bachmann it might have already come out, but since it fit the left’s template concerning both religion and race why waste time with ya know factchecking!

Wonkette still hasn’t bothered to retract because after all, Michelle Bachmann is crazy so we can do this kind of thing.

Bong Bong does a little better showing both videos but suggests in the title and opening the false statement that

Bachmann: Who likes white people?

Crowd: (Cheers)

Bachmann: Yeah! That’s right! I’m Michelle Bachmann and I’m a member of congress and I’m running for the presidency of the United States and I’m here to talk tonight here to tell you about the creator of the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why lead with the falsehood? Gawker improves on Boing Boing by pointing out the falsehood but finishes with a jab:

Don’t be disappointed. She’ll say her next funny thing soon enough, and soon thereafter we’ll all be dead.

On the left Mediate does the best, identifying Ben Smith as of Politico who first led with the big lie

The post was tweeted by Politico’s Ben Smith, who noted that it was an “out-of-context line (it’s a band name),

You would think an outfit like Politico might bother to factcheck, apparently if you do you would think wrong. You would also think after 9 hours he would retract or correct the tweet. I guess that’s beyond politico too.

Update: Apparently he did tweet the correction, I can’t see how I managed to miss it since I made it a point to go to his twitter timeline to check before writing this, but he tweeted me the links with the proper correction, so it’s my bad on that one.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain asks the question:

Now, who do I sue for copyright infringement, piracy and fraud?

Glenn suggests everyone, if the right is not going to fund your reporting let Ben Smith, Wonkette and all the rest do so. If nothing else you will embarrass them and maybe get a nice settlement.

How will the left react to this correction? very mildly, after all the thing they hate the most about the video is the Christian Testimony:

I’ll give Stacy the last word

What’s strange is that liberals find this type of narrative perfectly acceptable when what is being testified to is some appropriately secular conversion: “Why I became a lesbian feminist” or “When I learned the undenjiable scientific truth of global warming” or “How I discovered that my Republican parents are closet Nazis.” It is only the conversion narrative of Bible-believing Christians that liberals find obnoxiously repellant. And the idea that a Bible-believing Christian might think themselves called to high public office . . .

Well, liberals just can’t handle that — at least when the self-identified Christian is a pro-life conservative Republican. It was OK for John F. Kennedy to be Catholic, it was OK for Jimmy Carter to be a Baptist, and it was OK for Barack Obama to be whatever it is you want to call devotees of what Rev. Jeremiah Wright preaches. But let a conservative Republican speak in public about his or her Christian faith, and liberals immediately start screaming about “theocracy.”

Just a reminder, he wrote that before Rick Perry entered the race.

Update 2: Usually threatening to sue a blogger doesn’t work, but some cases are stronger than others, particularly when one steals and edits a video to present a falsehood:

I was angry so I decided to take Mrs. Bachmann’s line out of context to make her seem more overtly racist in light of her recent signing of that Iowa marriage pledge that said black children were better off under slavery than in Obama’s America. Whether or not I dislike Michele Bachmann, it wasn’t right to deliver a dishonest blow like that.

Note the whole “She’s an evil homophobic racist but two wrongs don’t make a right” meme. Stacy McCain being an actual journalist knows what “absence of malice” means

There are two injured parties, you see. This “On Knees” blogger’s claim that his misleading distortion of Bachmann’s speech was retaliation for her having signed the Iowa marriage pledge is rather interesting in terms of demonstrating malice.

And they are worried about Christian fanatics?

I was informed today that due to some technical difficulties the station was unable to record our abbreviated show live from the Broadview Assisted Living facility in Winchendon featuring Lisa Graas.

Fortunately I’ve already arranged to have Lisa back for September when I’ll be able to give her a full two hours of time.

My apologies to those who normally wait for the podcast.