The latest entry of the Field guide to bloggers is Deneen Borelli author of Blacklash:
At the Visitation House event I spoke to Mary Nodene who heads up the Choose Life plate campaign in Massachusetts
You can find out more about Choose Life here.
Congressman Charlie Bass talks to the Nashua Republican City Committee on 4-28-12
This is a series of interviews from the Nashua Republican Committee event that Howie Carr spoke at that I’ll be posting this week.
Have you ever wondered why the left always seemed to take the side of the totalitarian states during the cold war. Well look at what’s happening on twitter and wonder no more:
Last night Twitchy reported that liberals had launched an assault on conservative Twitter users, reporting them as spam to trigger account suspensions and renewing their abuse of the flag-spam feature when conservative accounts were reinstated.
You can usually tell spam when it comes, you look at the account, it 0-10 followers and tweets out the same link to different folks hoping you will click on it (they also as a rule have an image of an attractive lady but I digress) Our friends on the left after seeing conservatives on twitter beat them time and time again have decided to abuse the reporting system to shut down debate:
the Left has begun organizing stalker mobs to falsely report conservatives for “spam”/”abuse,” in order to silence the Right on Twitter. Why?
Silencing opposition is the Left’s only hope for success.
If conservatives are permitted a fair chance to critique the Left’s agenda, to expose the Left’s tactics and demonstrate the failure of the Left’s policies, the Left loses. Not content to dominate academia, public schools, the entertainment industry, book publishing and the mainstream news media — all of which cultural institutions are characterized by an overwhelming liberal hegemony — the Left is now determined to silence conservative opposition in the few bastions of freedom that remain: Talk radio, cable TV and the Internet.
Ed Morrissey notes the real winners will be the spammers:
Here’s the problem. There actually is a ton of spam on Twitter, usually triggered by key words picked up by autobot searches. In the ideal model — and one that had been working fairly well until now — legitimate Twitter users would report the spam, and Twitter would suspend the accounts. That keeps traffic moving smoothly (a performance level that Twitter occasionally fails to maintain anyway) and disincentivizes spammers, at least to some extent. Now that the Left is abusing the spam mechanism, Twitter will almost certainly have to suspend its use, which means the only people who will win this game are the spammers, and we’ll have no way to deal with the flood of annoying marketing messages.
Gee, thanks, progressive activists!
I find the most interesting that not a week earlier I was writing about low tactics being used against the Lonely Conservative and Zilla of the Resistance as well. What still amazes me is how these people are so willing to do this openly.
If Twitter is playing along with this nonsense it might even be actionable. I wonder what will happen if our sides lawyers start contacting Twitter and the people doing this. It would be….interesting.
As the truth of the left’s prospects in this election become more apparent expect more of this because the bottom line is our friends on the left can’t compete in the market place of ideas so they want to shut it down. These are the tactics of the Soviet Union, Cuba and Communists throughout history afraid of the voice of the people and the prospect of them hearing any message other than their own. It’s the tactic of fear and that means one thing:
Final thought, is this yet another example of the left acting like Fedual types? Can’t compete, instead of better arguments, send in the thugs.
Update: Just One Minute reminds us these tactics might seem familiar to pro-Clinton bloggers who had interesting google blog problems during their primary against a certain Illinois Senator in 2008.
Either we do nothing and run out of money or we do something…
…I’ll get attacks on this issue but that’s life.
Sean Bielat on fixing Social Security 4-26-12
One of the first rules of campaigning is you don’t promote your opponent but the quote above was the was the most telling line from a blogger conference call with Sean Bielat last Thursday.
Sarah Rumpf who you know better as Sunshine State Sarah said that on the call remarking that Sean Bielat has not been shy about answering questions, even uncomfortable questions on tough issue and made himself available to do so, both on the conference call and back at Blogcon:
On the other hand the only thing we know about Joe Kennedy is that he against low oil prices, which must be a shock to the senior Joe Kennedy whose energy company provides oil to those who can’t afford it.
When your website is so empty of substance that your political foes send people to it, and when you are even ducking MTV’s question that is quite a contrast to the Kennedy tradition:
or to put it another way:
JFK: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Joe Kennedy for congress: Ask not!
Now THAT’s a battle cry to inspire the voters!
Last night I took a skip up to Nashua New Hampshire for the Nashua Republican Committee fundraiser:
The Main event was Howie Carr,
Best line: “I always get to have a conversation with New Hampshire State representatives that I never get to have with Massachusetts state representatives. I get to ask them ‘What do you do for a living?’”
Carr’s remarks were preceded by several others (that I will post over the next week) but when he came on stage he didn’t disappoint
He also took questions
On Romney chances in Massachusetts
From the Audience
Granite Grok as usual was there:
And interviewed Howie
Mr. Carr posed for many pictures
He also brought a bunch of books
And signed plenty
Carr was very well received you can certainly tell he talks for a living and does it well.
The full gallery follows below:
I’ll be posting other speeches and interviews from the night during the week.
Yesterday as I drove into the studio I noticed an oddity. As I reached the train station Rotary I noticed a large Ron Paul image on the side of the building that’s been bearing a Ron Paul for president sign for months. I thought it a little odd, the president race is all but over and the Massachusetts primary ended weeks ago with an overwhelming Romney win.
I didn’t think anything more of it at the time. Then after I wrapped up my show, interviewed a group of Vietnam vets and was preparing for my trip to NH to cover Howie Carr I got a call from a friend of mine who was at one of the Republican GOP caucus.
He told a that at his location the “Ron Paul people had taken over” and getting their people elected as GOP delegates to the national convention.
I found it interesting and this morning I find that my friends experience was repeated in location after location across the state:
While all delegates are required to vote for Romney during the first round of the Tampa convention (but not during a second vote), district voters are allowed to choose whoever they want to fill those roles. Thus, there were two camps: the official Romney-approved slate, and the Ron Paul-allied Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty Slate.
and the result?
When votes were cast and counted (with witnesses from each slate), the total was: From the 193 ballots cast, Unity Liberty delegates Ronald Crochetiere (112 votes) and Marcel Burque (97 votes) won their spots. The third Ron Paul delegate, Joseph Cavallaro, lost in a close heat with a Romney delegate. However, the 13 provisional ballots may yield a clean sweep for the Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty Slate in a week’s time.
and apparently this is a process being repeated across the nation:
In just the last week, Paul locked up 49 delegates, including five in Pennsylvania and four in Rhode Island, two states thought to be firmly on Romney’s turf. In Minnesota, Paul won 20 of the 24 delegates awarded at last weekend’s district caucuses, an impressive sweep that guarantees that Paul will control a majority of the state’s delegation at the Republican National Convention.
And despite staunch opposition from the state Republican Party, Paul took 20 of the 40 delegates awarded in Missouri last weekend, according to campaign chairman Jesse Benton.
In at least five other states — Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Washington, and Maine — Paul has done remarkably well at county and district conventions, and his supporters are expected to win a big chunk of the RNC delegates at the state conventions later this spring.
Is this going to change the results of the convention? I doubt it but it will be interesting to see what the Ron Paul folks have in store for us in Florida.
Well surprise surprise it looks like Susan Komen and it’s affiliates are having fundraising problems:
Registered attendance or donations have declined by more than 25 percent at some of the group’s recent Race for the Cure events, according to interviews with officials at 10 of the national nonprofit’s local affiliates.
The Times and our friends on the left point to the planned parenthood controversy but being the Times and the left draw exactly the wrong conclusion.
Having failed to anticipate a backlash among affiliates and the public, Komen headquarters compounded the problem, local officials said, by acting too slowly to apologize and reverse course.
Ah the ignorance of the times. Komen’s problem was not a slow course reversal but the end of the public’s ignorance of their affiliation with the nation’s largest abortion mill.
Komen’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood was not something that was generally known to the general public. The media’s attack on Komen for daring to decide that perhaps funding the nation’s leading abortion provider doesn’t do much to cure breast cancer made it impossible to hide this truth and when in fear of MSM opprobrium they reversed course paying the Danegeld to Planned Parenthood every person knew what side Komen had chosen.
The Times doesn’t want to acknowledge is an awful lot of the charitable giving in the US comes not at the corporate level but at the individual level and a big chunk of those individual givers are religious. Consider this photo from last weeks Visitation House fundraiser:
This annual dinner which supports women in crisis pregnancy (you can donate here). It was so large that it had to be moved to this new venue. How many of these people do you suppose supported a Komen walk in some way in the past I’ll wager a lot. How many will in the future? I’ll wager a fraction, if any.
Or how about the Annual March for Life? It’s always the largest March in DC year after year, and similar marches take place all over the nation. Those people when they saw a pink ribbon in the past thought “breast cancer” but now that same ribbon produces a different image:
Mind you for pro-life individuals that image is on every product that carries the Komen ribbon, and like Lady Macbeth’s hands it will never be clean again.
How many church bulletins no longer carry announcements of Komen walks? How many religious groups no longer provide logistical support? How many of the thousands of Knights of Columbus chapters nationwide can no longer in good conscience support or sponsor Komen? Every month my own counsel receives fundraising requests from many different groups and I’m sure other Fraternal organizations do as well. How many of them on getting Komen’s appeal decided there are plenty of other requests that won’t cause a split among members and trustees?
And as the demographics of the Roe effect continue their long-term effect How many pols on the state or national level mindful of the controversy will now find they have a “scheduling conflict” when the Komen folks come calling?
There are enough blue states and rich liberals to keep Komen going but there are a lot of folks who when asked in the future for funds will get the answer I now give: “If Susan Komen has money to give to planned parenthood they don’t need any of mine.”
That is the elephant in the room that the NYT refuses to see.
This week’s Diner is Gabby’s Place in Gardner.
Gabby’s is one of the smallest diners you will see, only the 5th street Diner matches its size
The menu is also not large but it is tasty
I discovered the place by accident a few weeks ago, after dropping off my son at his college event I swung by, it was full for breakfast. I had the bacon and eggs, the eggs for fine and the bacon was VERY good. As was the service:
Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, so I can’t give you a shot of the breakfast itself. These photos were taken when I came back to pick up my son:
You can find the place right across from Williams restaurant in Gardner. If coming from the East take the 1st Gardner rotary to the final exit, if coming from the west that the 2nd rotary and the first exit
Fmr Ambassador to the Vatican and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn was the keynote speaker at the visitation House event in Worcester on Thursday. Here is his speech; part one:
And part two
Plus lets give you collection of photos from the event.
You can donate to Visitation House here.
Charlotte Reminded me of home while taking the bus from the airport it was very green, lot of trees.
$1.75 from the airport to the center of town two blocks from the Hotel is a really good deal.
One of the disadvantages of being without a car is you can’t scout around for a local diner to give a shot.
Charlotte was clean EXTREMELY clean, how much that has to do with the Democrat convention coming I can’t say.
When you are not quite sure where your hotel is seeing a group of bloggers walking toward you that you know is always a relief
Yesterday Steven Taylor asked a question concerning out tit-for-tat after summarizing his point:
Again: am I getting this right?
(And seriously: if I am getting this wrong, tell me how).
I gave him a quick answer in his comments (and it speaks well of him that he allows the debate there), but if I wanted to give the best answer possible it would be this one from Mark Steyn piece the Obama’s dog wars:
My point is that self-loathing cultural relativism is so deeply ingrained on the left that any revulsion to dog-eating is trumped by revulsion to criticizing any of the rich, vibrant, cultural diversity out there in Indonesia or anywhere else. Most polygamy in the developed world is nothing to do with Mormons: It’s widely practiced by western Muslims, whose plural marriages are recognized de facto by French and Ontario welfare departments and de jure by Britain’s pensions department. But “edgy” “transgressive” leftie comics on sad, pandering standup shows will reserve their polygamy jokes for Mormons until the last stern-faced elder in Utah keels over at the age of 112. In the United Kingdom, 57 percent of Pakistani Britons are married to their first cousins, with attendant increases in their children’s congenital birth defects. But the comics save their inbreeding jokes for stump-toothed West Virginians enjoying a jigger of moonshine and a bunk-up with their sisters. The editor of Washington’s leading gay newspaper was gay-bashed in Amsterdam, “the most tolerant city in Europe,” but by Muslims rather than the pasty rednecks who killed Matthew Shepard, so liberals don’t have a dog in this fight. Likewise, the epidemic of black-on-black murder versus the once-in-a-blue-moon Trayvon Martin: to the liberal mindset, certain dogs won’t hunt. In one of his many bestsellers, Ayatollah Khomeini produced a hierarchy of “the uncleans”: Dogs are at Number Six, Infidels are at Number Eight, and Number 11 is “the sweat of an unlawful ejaculation.” In the liberal hierarchy, conservative infidels are at Number One, dogs are somewhere between 8 and 11, and the sweat of an unlawful ejaculation isn’t on the list at all.
One can certainly make the case that the Martin situation deserved a closer look as a liberal friend said to me:
“I sent a text message and served two days in jail; he killed somebody, and up until last week I served more jail time than he did.”
but I submit and suggest that if young Mr. Martin had been killed in a gang shooting, or by a stray shot from a drug deal gone bad or in a terror attack or even if Mr. Zimmerman’s pigmentation leaned more toward his Latino or African ancestry, Al Sharpton would not be marching and the MSM would either have no interest or suggest that we should all avoid a rush to judgement.
That’s the point.
I’d like to speak to my readers new and old a bit about this blog
Unlike most bloggers who either do this for a hobby or work for larger companies this blog and my radio show are my full time job and source of income. Due to this there is little time for fun, when I’m not blogging I’m preparing for the radio show, when I’m not preparing for the radio show I’m blogging or visiting events that I will blog about or covering stories that are breaking to blog about.
Since I don’t work for my radio station I don’t have a producer per-se I have to do all the busy work And as I don’t have a “producer” per say I have to do a lot of the work for the show from snagging guests to arranging any audio I’m using as I can before the live broadcast.
And none of that takes into consideration the need to acquire and retain and advertisers. As the audience for both the radio show and blog grows the need to continue to polish the work increases yet if I neglect securing advertisers all of it is for naught.
This blog and Radio can only continue and grow if it can support me financially. I draw no pay from the station, the money only comes from advertisers and tip jar hitters. Without that support my ability to go out various events and cover them simply fades away.
That’s where you, dear reader come in.
Only you can keep DaTechGuy on DaRadio and on DaNet. There are three ways specific ways you can help do this:
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In the end all of this exists to pay the family bills. Independent of the show ads if I could draw 250 subscribers to the site at $2 a week I can barring major disaster support my family without worry.
Think about it, are you a conservative who would like someone to DO something about what is going on in this country? Do you want someone fighting back, making the case against liberalism not just during the election season but every day of the year? Would you lke someone to keep your own conservatives honest? And would you like to find something that is a better investment that the As you in a position where if you were to speak out yourself your job and lively hood will be at risk?
As Jimmie Bise pointed out republicans over a three month period gave $4.3 million dollars to Charlie Crist who rewarded their financial support by jumping ship and crunched the number as to how much a full time conservative blogger is actually worth:
Divide $500,000 into $4.3 million. That’s how long I could run a hypothetical conservative news site with the money dunderheaded conservatives gave Charlie Crist in just three months. Meanwhile, Stacy had to rattle the tip jar so hard his teeth ached to get just a few hundred bucks to do some original reporting in rural Kentucky. That’s ridiculous.
Now, how many scoops will that buy you every year, Mr. Rich Conservative? Four? Five? How do you like the idea of Stacy McFreakingCain prowling Capitol Hill five days a week and writing until 5 AM? How about having Matthew Vadum on ACORN’s ass all the time? You want traffic numbers? Ace and Moe will bring you crazy traffic and you can be damned sure that Rush and Mark Levin will be reading the news they report on their radio shows. We won’t be without contacts.
and he is talking at $70k a year, 250 subscribers at $2 a week is $25k a year for a person 24/7 fighting your fight.
Back in my Hiwired days I was pulling down $40K+ and was able to put some money away for a rainy day. During my time on Unemployment there was no money for extras or savings but the bills were being paid, but only just. While the show has been self sustaining (not bad for a new business) there just aren’t any cash reserves left for the house. Enough of you at $2 a week can change that.
Soros has spent $48 million plus over the last ten years fighting against you, your subscription won’t buy you media matters but it will buy you 50,000 watts and the over 6000+ post that are pushed all over the United States and the world fighting for you.
If that’s not worth $2 a week I’d like to know what is?
Update: I had absolutely no idea that Stacy McCain would be making the same arguments as I on the same day, I swear!
Every single day the Catholic Church feeds more people, houses more people , clothes more people, visits more imprisoned people and educates more people than any other institution on the planet earth can ever hope to.
Matthew Kelly Worcester Mass. March 20th 2010
While the Worcester Telegram focused on the controversy concerning Anna Maria College and the Bishop worthy of Page B1 and some of the remarks of former Mayor & Ambassador Ray Flynn (Page B12) they had little to say about the actual mission of Visitation House.
Visitation House ministers to pregnant women in crisis. Here is a description from their web site:
Grounded in the Gospel and in the culture of life of the Catholic Church, Visitation House is a home that welcomes women with crisis pregnancies in the spirit of Elizabeth, who welcomed her cousin the Virgin Mary with awe-filled joy and true hospitality of heart. In this spirit, Visitation House provides material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to these women, as well as the peace of living in a Christian home.
By providing housing and basic living needs at no cost, we seek to address the needs of pregnant women who want to choose life but feel that they have no real means or resources to do so. A woman who comes to Visitation House will learn how to access the services that are available to her and will take part in a basic life skills training course. Visitation House draws its mission and its strength from the Gospel of Life; therefore a woman who comes to stay with us will learn about Catholic teachings on human life and the greater good to which these teachings call us. Additionally, she will have opportunities to be involved in the prayer life of the house while being encouraged to nurture her own prayer life for her benefit and that of her baby. Thus she will be able to come to a greater understanding of her own dignity, while living in a community that welcomes and nurtures life.
Here is my interview with Jim Williams the Chairman of the board:
I hate to admit it, I had never heard of Visitation house until yesterday, I wonder how many of my fellow Catholics hitting the Bishop over Anna Maria or people in the MSM who hit the church over contraception realize the work that is done here and all over the country for women.
This is what pro-life is all about. If you’d like to help you can donate online here.
Update: I recorded a lot of interviews, I’ll be posting them over the next few days
…because on the same day the “Dogs vs Romney” puts up this:
Abusing animals has consequences – consequences not even Mitt Romney can avoid. In the wake of his campaign’s 2007 revelation of the “dog-on-roof story,” Mitt Romney’s name was listed by two national animal cruelty registries used to track animal abuse offenders.
This story from 2003 surfaces
Gov. Mitt Romney rode to the rescue over the weekend during a vacation trip — using his Jet Ski to help pluck a New Jersey family and their dog out of Lake Winnipesaukee after their boat sank.
So Romney risks his own live to save a dog from drowning (oh and some people too). I wonder how that is going to play with dog owners. Hot air wonders why we haven’t heard about this
Speaking of which, why exactly is it obscure? Why hasn’t the Romney camp done more to circulate it? I recall reading about it once before but it’s so far off the radar that it slipped my memory altogether. It’d be nice to have it firmly planted in readers’ minds in time for Gail Collins’s 8,000th column about Romney putting Seamus on the car roof.
Imagine for a moment that this had been president Obama, would we not have heard about his every single day on every single network?
Meanwhile the “dogs against Romney” has nothing to say concerning this new revelation. I tried to leave a comment on their site about the “Romney Saves dog” story but for some reason it was never approved.
I wonder why?
I can’t wait to see what Jim Treacher has to say about this. Cue the Big Bang Theory
She laughed at my description of her but there is a reason the MSM wants her gone and these people will not stop their attacks until she is.
The full field guide is here
BTW I didn’t shoot her biblical quote tatto in my interview but Stacy McCain did in his.
Steven Taylor is apparently upset at the attention his last post got and is striking back.
He, of course doesn’t hit on the primary point I made: that the same media that turned the Trayvon Martin case into a race baiting extravaganza is ignoring incidents of violence said raised racial temperature has let to. Nor does he let up on his asinine attempt to ascribe dishonorable motives to my friends which was the reason for my outrage and initial post. Instead he attempts to de-link that Mobile case to the Martin case.
It is an interesting move since the point my friends making concerning the Martin case doesn’t have to rely on just Mobile, there is Chicago for example:
An black 18-year-old suspected of a violent attack on a white teen told Chicago police the beating was motivated by his anger over the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, MyFoxChicago reports.
Or Baltimore where the person who video taped the attack actually tweeted out:
As the linkage to the Martin case is indisputable in the above examples which to be fair Mr. Taylor might not have known about (I wonder why not?) lets instead play in his ball park and examine his four points concerning the Mobile case that he draws from some local coverage.
1. At least one arrest has been made already and the investigation continues.
Simple statement of fact, no problem there.
2. The nature of the assault was not the mob attack of 20+ people that early reports indicated.
Well this this is a little harder, lets look at one of the articles he links to:
The 40-year-old patient has been in the hospital since a group of angry people beat him with paint cans, lawn furniture and other objects on Saturday.
Owens was beaten by a mob of 20 people Saturday night across the street from his sister’s house on Delmar Drive…
…Deputy Chief Lester Hargrove says investigators believe only four people, including Terry Rawls, were directly involved. They believe the rest of the mob just watched. emphasis mine
It’s fair to say then that the actual number of active continual beaters is in doubt but lets ask another question.
If you are part of a crowd egging on those doing the beating (after all only so many people can fit around a body) are you considered part of the mob? Are the only ones guilty in a lynch mob those who tie the rope and pull it or do those in the crowd backing them up count?
3. We do not have any evidence to this point that this was a Trayvon Martin inspired revenge attack (which heavily damages the assertions that this was media driven attack as per the Jim Treacher post I noted the other day).
Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”
However lets look at the Treacher post that he referred to again:
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Samford, Florida.
Those aren’t Treacher’s words, they are the words form the report he is quoting from WKRG Channel 5 CBS which we all understand is a bastion of right-wing propaganda and an unreliable source for Treacher and any other blogger who might have linked.
4. Not only is there no evidence of this being Trayvon Martin related, the assailant and the victim have an established prior history of confrontation (which rather takes the air out of the hypothesis that this was a media driven revenger-for-Trayvon attack, again a la Treacher and his harping on NBC).
Yes the there was history between the neighbors whose origin might not have been specifically racial (just as the Martin was not until the national media took grasp of it) but to say no connection ignores the fact that a dispute between neighbors became much more.
But don’t take my word for it, lets look at an actual reporter Quin Hillyar who lives in Mobile discovered:
Several witnesses (not just Owens’ sister in the initial TV report) told me and other reporters that at least one of the attackers, a woman, said as she was leaving the scene that “This is justice for Trayvon,” referring to the nationally discussed tragedy in Florida that took a black 17-year-old’s life and led Sharpton to start his usual race-based histrionics and the New Black Panthers to put a bounty on the shooter, George Zimmerman.
Hmmmm multiple reporters on the scene were told by a witness that a woman said as she was leaving the scene “this is Justice for Trayvon” including the writer of this piece, but what about the police report?
the Mobile police department, at least in public, has been ludicrously behind the curve. Its spokesman said as late as Tuesday that the “Trayvon” statement could not be independently corroborated, even though it took this reporter less than five minutes on the street to find multiple people who say they heard it, and other news outlets reported the same.
Cripes it sounds like the Mobile police are taking lessons from their friends in Adamsville Macon mob stabbing all over again.
One can certainly believe that an initial fight started as just a fight, and one can even question if the multiple witnesses talking to Quin Hillyer on the scene are truthful or not, but one can’t in honesty say there is “no evidence of this being Trayvon Martin related” after reading his report from Mobile.
In other words the attempt to turn this into a “gotcha” moment for blogs on the right and to immune people honor remains well, weak at best and self-righteous at worst. Where does Mr. Taylor fit in this? You the reader can read us both and make up your own mind. As for me I don’t know the man, he might be a nice and fun guy worth having on the show someday but I’ve got to tell you this last bit isn’t inspiring:
And yes, I have almost certainly started another round of Ridiculous Comment Thread Theater, so my apologies to the regulars
How dare Mr. Taylor’s regular readers have their serene isolation disturbed by those uncouth people of the right who dare defend their friends honor. Sheesh.
The network is very sensitive about the whole Al Sharpton/MSNBC issue, so when the right-wing bloggers started hammering, they needed to throw them fresh meat,” said the station source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the controversy.
You mean the coverage of the Martin case might have been tilted because of Race and Al Sharpton? Wasn’t that the point of what everyone was saying?
Update 2: James spots a missed link above, it’s now inserted, thanks for the catch.
Update 3: Tom McGuire notes what is and isn’t newsworthy to the NYT.
Matthew Owens fits no template the Times finds comfortable. Summer Moody fits their very long term gun control agenda, but rifles were employed and only the most ardent gun controller thinks we will be making “progress” there any time soon.
And obviously, their latest ‘why isn’t this news’ story has them Freedom Riding again in the South. What kind of world are we living in when young black men can’t smoke dope in an old white guys house, have sex with a fourteen year old, and beat the old guy up when he squawks? Mysterious. To the Times.
The story he is referring to is over a year old yet somehow made the front page of the NYT today.
Tell me who is playing political games with race and news again?
While people are jumping on Obama’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon as either unfunny:
Not only was this appearance in violation of equal time law, it was clearly an in-kind contribution by NBC to the Obama campaign. As the Federal Elections Commission states, “A donation of services is … considered an in-kind contribution.” Under applicable law, contribution of broadcast time is considered such a service. This was a campaign commercial for Obama, and the Obama campaign was not charged for it. A minute of network time can cost up to a couple million dollars; this segment ran a full five minutes. There is no doubt that Obama was given millions of dollars of free advertising time, and the Romney campaign should invoke all available law to make that clear.
or an opportunity to counterpunch
Joseph Fein at Valley of the Shadow picked this moment to finally classify the president in his I Claudian theory of presidents:
President Obama is a Nero.
He parties every Wednesday while the economy of the US (and Europe) fail. Maybe the GSA and Secret Service followed the President’s lead.
Does he come up with ideas? No, he sets up an “Enemy of the State,” (be it the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist or whomever) and blames them Even with a full on supermajority Democratic Congress to help him, Democrats have not passed a budget since 2008. Or fixed the Unemployment rate.
Read the whole thing for an explanation of the classifications and where other presidents since FDR place
“I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city,” CEO Neal Biderman sneers in a press release.
Of all the disgusting ways to gain publicity, this has to rank right up there at the top.
Tebow’s religion and abstinence are well documented and arguably the most talked about personal matters of any football player in the league. For whatever reason, people love to attack the superstar in any way, shape or form.
For whatever reason? Are you serious? It is his Christian witness that enrages them. It is simply silly to pretend anything else. They do note that Tebow seems to be above it all:
Rather than fight an uphill battle against those who will say or do anything for money and/or fame, Tebow chooses to shrug it all off with a smile and laugh.
Actually if I’m Tebow I do one better, I make sure the offer is in writing and a bond is put up. Football is a tough and dangerous sport and you never know when you will go from Playoff QB to punt protection so when the time comes when he meets the right girl and wedding bells will ring the very next morning the happy couple can go to Ashley Madison and collect the brides dowry.
And what a joke that would be on a business sustained by cheating spouses.
One of the big moments of Blogcon Charlotte was the screening of the first few acts of “Occupy Exposed” the film Andrew Breitbart and Citizens United made about the Occupy Movement and it’s creation as a media phenom by the MSM.
It was presented as a tribute to Andrew who had been scheduled to be the keynote speaker. I talked to Steve Bannon after the presentation about the film and its reception by the crowd
The film has not had its final edit but you can see the trailer here:
Hazel: Is cowslip coming? Maybe he knows.
Fiver: He wouldn’t come. He told me to stop talking about it
Watership Down 1978 Richard Adams
I should be in bed now but I just read the most self-righteous prattle I’ve seen in a long time:
And yes: I am calling people out, many of whom may actually read this and respond (please, feel free). I think, however, sometimes people need to be called out over the petty usage of serious topics simply to try and give your “side” (whatever that may mean) a boost. Where is the recognition that a) in the Martin case a kid is dead, b) in the Owens case a man hovers near death, and c) racism is still a serious problem that we have to be honest about in the US?
What is he calling out Glenn Reynolds, Stacy McCain and Jim Treacher out for? For daring to suggest that the MSM that pushed the Trayvon Martin case forward doing their best to turn it into a national racial incident (even to the point of altering evidence presented to the public) and the White House and the justice department, bear some responsibility for the “revenge” attacks that have since taken place and furthermore said racial attacks. Further they note the double standard that these attacks, although directly related to the base marinate that they created are not apparently worth the same coverage or media scrutiny.
Yes I can see how that inconvenient truth would make some people uncomfortable, just as the fact that the leading cause of death for young black men today is young black men makes people uncomfortable, just as the public calls for the murder of George Zimmerman without trial and the judge who granted him bond makes people uncomfortable and just as the apparent use of the prosecutor’s office for political cover and appeasement might make people uncomfortable too.
How dare Reynolds, Treacher, McCain, Rick Moran, and John Hinderaker voice these uncomfortable truths. Much better that they remain silent and these incidents are ignored, because if we acknowledge their existence then we might have to do something about it and that could upset the social peace and tranquility. It’s better for all concerned to just let it go.
I know this argument. I’ve heard it directed against friends of mine before and I hold those who make such a case against my friends in contempt not just out of friendship but because the argument is so familiar. After all its the same case made over and over in the Jim Crow south during the 19th and 20th centuries when uncomfortable truths were put before a powerful establishment desperate to maintain the status quo.
Update: I’m sure your failure to go after my friend Bruce McQuain was simply an oversight.
Update 2: And you know what I bet we should pretend this didn’t happen either:
Oh, by the way: Pointing out the very real consequences of race-baiting is just “scoring political points.” See, if you disagree with a liberal, then everything you say is just to spite liberals. It’s always about them.
Update 4: Taylor answers saying I’m sticking up for “ideological allies”. Mr. Taylor Stacy McCain, Dan Riehl and Bruce McQuain are friends and although I’ve never met Glenn Reynolds face to face, we have talked via phone, via interviews and exchanged e-mails for years I consider him a friend too. We Americans of Sicilian ancestry stick up for our friends.
As for your follow-up argument, my full answer to your straw-man is here, and I say staw-man because while you give it the old college try to de-link the mobile case to the Martin hysteria, you will have a much harder time doing the same to the incidents in Baltimore and Chicago.
One of the most memorable but intelligent debates/disagreements I’ve ever heard was between Dan Riehl and Stacy McCain on the value of being at an event vs using local bloggers and aggravating them.
Dan made a very good argument for letting local bloggers cover and event and aggregating was better pointing out it saved the vast expense in time cash to physically travel to an event that could be used elsewhere, he also argued local bloggers would be more familiar with a situation and would ask the right questions.
There is also the magnifier effect of promoting a single story rather than different narratives and those local bloggers are the farm team that makes the next batch of big national ones. (I don’t remember if those last two were his arguments or mine.)
I am more of the Stacy McCain school of being there, a person outside of a particular bubble might have a different take and you’d be surprised at how one good idea by one person can make a huge difference.
I ran into two examples of this at Blogcon Charlotte
Item: Kony Kony who’s got the Kony
While walking back to the Hotel after BBQ at a local eatery attended by a flock of bloggers I thought it would be interesting to video the walk back to the hotel to give people who haven’t been there a feel of Charlotte at the end of the video however I found a bit of a story:
The Kony 2012 people had been concentrated in an area, as I continued to walk by there was a group of them in discussion with the police with “mall” security looking on.
I spoke to a police sgt. on the scene. It appears the issue was simply the placement on the posters and the difference between the public streets and the private areas.
I found out later from Roxeanne that this had been active in other areas, she tells me they were less cooperative with police than they were in Charlotte
ITEM: Let out of the cab
And Tony Katz
The drive in itself was not newsworthy but my talk with the cab driver Mohammad was.
Mohammad is originally from Kashmir the disputed province between Pakistan & India. We talked about the dispute a bit (he favors independence) about him coming to America two decades ago, how he moved to Charlotte from NY and likes it much better, then our conversation turned toward the Democratic Convention.
I suggested that it would be a good time for business with the multitude of people coming, however it turns out that with the closing off of the downtown will actually hurt guys like him from earning a buck during what should be a time of plenty. In the rush to condemn ordinances restricting protest this aspect of the rules seems to be overlooked.
Again some might consider this a small story but considering our democratic friends are supposedly all about helping the little guy.
These are the type of things that can happen when you are actually on site. Dan’s point is well made and with a limited amount of resources you have to pick your spots but I spoke with Stacy McCain concerning this kind of thing and I think his quote says it all:
“There is no substitute for direct observation PERIOD!”
I think that’s spot on.
The best part of blogcon is meeting local bloggers that you have never met before:
And of course the full field guide is here
You have a story that is starting to go around the net to the point where snoops is talking about it, it is a meme that a rival network with the same audience as you has already been suggesting and it is concerning a topic that has been front page national news, of course they are going to inquire.
I assume CBS looked for evidence outside of just asking Koch industries and if they had found some actual meat to this story they would have run with it contrasting it with the Koch denial after all people deny things they have been doing every day. (I actually e-mailed Katy Conrad with some questions along that line but I didn’t get a response).
This tells me that the editorial people at CBS (who I’m sure would have loved to run with this one) did what editors and producers are supposed to do, check the facts and decide if there is a story or not. Indeed Katy Conrad not only did not publish but explicitly stated so to the interested party.
Now if they HAD run it after the email exchange with Koch industries and had no further evidence that would have been worthy of outrage, but that’s not what happened here, perhaps CBS learned something from Rathergate after all.
Two final thoughts:
If Katy Conrad had been an editor at the Washington Post instead of a producer at CBS this morning Elizabeth Flock might still have a job today.
It’s a sad commentary on the MSM when a reporter/producer doing their job properly at a major news network is a story worth writing about.
Update: As a reporter long before he was a blogger Stacy McCain gets it:
Katy Conrad did her job. If Ed Schultz is going to permit Karen Finney and Van Jones to lie about the Koch brothers on MSNBC, other news organizations are obligated to check out the facts, which Conrad did, to her credit.
And being a good reporter he also suggests a story CBS could have run:
While Koch Industries lawyer Mark Holden asked that CBS “not mention Koch in any way in your broadcast,” perhaps it would have been even better if CBS had re-focused its story on how MSNBC abets left-wing liars engaging in politically motivated slander against Koch.
He’s right but since both CBS and MSNBC work from the same customer base it might be too much to expect them to throw a punch in that direction.
And now Dueling Joe Kennedys:
Joe Kennedy of Joe for oil fame:
“No one should be left out in the cold”
Joe Kennedy Running in the 4th district
“The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop”
News Center 5 on Joe Kennedy providing low cost oil last winter
“Last year 180,000 sought fuel assistance This year 260,00 people need help”
Joe Kennedy running for the seat vacated by Barney Frank this year:
“The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop”
People needing help from Joe Kennedy providing cheap or free oil
“The thermostat is set to 62 degrees and the oil money is slim”
Joe Kennedy for congress 2012
“The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop”
Joe Kennedy the elder thinks that prices are so high people with incomes up to 200% over the poverty level need help to stay warm, even if that help comes from Hugo Chavez.
Joe Kennedy the younger running for congress thinks a cycles that allows oil cheap enough for people in need to pay is not good for Massachusetts.
He can make try to make that case to the people of the 4th district paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas when at the end of the Bush years they were paying under $2.
He can make that case to the people of the 4th district who will shortly be seeing oil pre-buys costing $4000 or more this fall
And he can make that case to the people in the fourth district who will be forced to go to Joe Kennedy the elder for the oil to keep warm this winter that they can no longer afford to buy.
I have a strange feeling they just might disagree.
Cue the Banjos…
Update: The timing of this video is perfect:
It looks like when Jim moved the mike to Katie’s side of the table that’s when the connection went loopy but I did manage to interview Katie the day before here
And don’t forget to BUY THE BOOKS!
Update: Miss Hamilton uploaded a couple of photos from the show which I have added.
Let’s make it clear, Jon Huntsman is not running for the Republican nomination for president. He is running for a permanent place as the “goto former GOP presidential candidate” on every MSM show during the general election and beyond.
I didn’t get into my house from Blogcon Charlotte until after 7 p.m. so I didn’t hear about this story from Buzzfeed until this morning:
Former Republican candidate Jon Huntsman took a battle axe to his own party, comparing it to China’s Communist Party and criticizing it’s standard bearer in a wide-ranging interview at the 92nd Street Y Sunday night.
One might call Jon Huntsman a “useful idiot,” but this would immediately prompt the question, “What actual use did he serve?” He never had any “path to the nomination,” and his faux campaign existed only to garner glowing coverage from the liberal media, to hog up time in televised debates, and to enrich the ruthless campaign consultants who somehow managed to convince him he had a chance.
So here we are in April, three months after he endorsed Romney and pleaded for “party unity,” and Chumpsman is publicly trashing the GOP? Once more we must ask: “What the f–k was that all about?”
Stacy Stacy Stacy, what it was all about is what it was always all about for the MSM: having a person with the title “Former GOP presidential candidate” before his name available to trash the GOP on cable television. He is to be what Dede Scozzafava was meant to be for the MSM if she won in NY:
The moment Dede votes with Pelosi that bill becomes “bi-partisan” by definition. The fact that it is only one republican will make no difference, the MSM will trumpet it as “bi-partisan”. When ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCBET wants to talk to a republican on an issue SHE will be the one they call. She will become the face of the republican party that will be pushed and lionized. She will be the reason why “conservatives need to back off”.
The reality of all of these things will not matter, the media will push them as if it was true
That is and has from the start been why the Jon Huntsman candidacy took place. The MSM pushed (tricked?) him into the race, and lionized him for hitting his party (particularly social conservatives) they promoted him at every turn and included him in debates when he didn’t even meet their own criteria. Despite a “I’m a conservative” ad blitz the people who actually voted for him in NHwere Obama voters It was no accident that after his 3rd place in NH he ran to the left for fundraising.
That alone would seem to be a reason not to have him at a GOP fundraiser but there was a specific breaking point as Buzzfeed reports:
Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.
And that prompted his “GOP=China” response.
Morning Joe pumped his line in the 6 p.m. hour and in the 8 p.m. hour and had Huntsman on live to be sure that no matter what hour you tuned into the show, you would get the full “Jon Huntsman hits the GOP” experience or as I put it: The GOP would be a great party if it wasn’t for all those damn republicans…
I’m an advocate of open primaries I think we have to do away with these exclusionary conventions and caucuses
You know our national elections would be a lot less exclusionary if we let all foreigners living abroad vote too, for that matter MSNBC lineup would be more inclusive if they allowed the general public by vote to decide who gets a show and who doesn’t.
What Jon Huntsman forgets that the GOP was formed as an anti-slavery party, if you choose to join the GOP in 1856 you understood this was the case. Today the party stands for things, lower taxes, smaller government it also strongly opposes abortion. A party is not just a club remember the words of Grover Cleveland:
What’s the use of being elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something?
If your only priority is power then it’s a different story. So as long as Huntsman is hitting the GOP he serves the purpose of the left and have a MSM platform available to him.
That’s what is going on, nothing more or less.
As people who know me are aware I’m generally not a profane person, but when I see something like this: Continue reading “Apparently to the left wars on conservative women are allowed (content warning)”
One of the few dark spots of Blogcon Charlotte, other than my simply horrible ten-pin bowling (note to self don’t bowl in suit pants if you are afraid of ripping them) was the absence of Robert Stacy McCain who taught me more about reporting in a few road trips than many a person who have built up college debt could get in a classroom.
My vision is a panel consisting of Stacy McCain, Michelle Malkin and Don Surber called From Reporter to Blogger dealing with tricks of the journalist trade from people who did newspaper reporting before they became known as national blogging.
The idea would be learning shoe leather techniques, things a good journalist needs to know and the do’s and don’ts that a regular newspaper reporter who regularly deals with (and perhaps clashes with) an editor should know.
It’s painfully apparent that young Elizabeth Flock late of the Washington Post might have benefited greatly from such a class, thus:
She did a roundup on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney allegedly using an old Ku Klux Klan slogan in his stump speech — a story that went viral online yet was untrue — and she didn’t call the Romney campaign for comment… nor did any editor make sure she did (emphasis mine).
Stacy’s reaction is one that one might expect from a person with decades in the reporting business:
This is what veteran journalists call “HOLY FREAKING CRAP!”
Then details the error:
Twenty-seven hours elapsed between the time Avarosis posted that and the time Flock “aggregated” it at the WaPo. Flock did not bother to contact the Romney campaign herself, but instead cited the HuffPo, which said a Romney spokeswoman “declined to comment on the matter.”
Now if Ms. Flock had studied under Stacy McCain she would have realized that a simple phone call to the Romney campaign would have paid off in two ways.
#1. She would have been able to break a story that they report was false or at least that the Ronmey people denied it. In a world when reporters have no objection reporting new info first and their stories going viral that is what was called a “Scoop”
2. If they didn’t get back to her, or if she got an answering machines, she could have written: “Repeated attempts to contact the Romney campaign were unsuccessful as of this writing.”
That would have covered her to some degree allowing her to say something like: “In the absence of a reply from the Romney camp we went with the Huff-po info”.
and sometimes you get lucky with these calls as I did with Weinergate
So since Stacy is giving reporting lessons I took the liberty of calling congressman Weiner’s office, the recorded messaged referred me to a press number to call after hours. I called the number and the gentleman named Joe who answered claimed I had the wrong number so I called back the congressman’s office to confirm the number in question (it was correct) and called the press number again. It now goes directly to voice mail. I left my name and home and cell numbers at both locations, and I’ll let you know if anything pans out, but I found that reaction…interesting.
Alas for Miss Flock she had an editor who as an advocate rather than an editor
she didn’t call the Romney campaign for comment, nor did any editor make sure she did (emphasis mine).
and said Panel with Stacy McCain did not exist at Blogcon Charlotte nor was she here to take advantage of it if if was.
So although it’s too late for Miss Flock, let’s hope next year the McCain, Malkin, Surber panel is at blogcon and with some luck perhaps a major paper might consider it a good investment to send a blogger down to learn trick of the trade for those who have known how for years.
One of the pleasures of traveling is visiting new churches in different cities. Saturday just after Blogcon ended I had the pleasure of attending St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte NC.
It is the oldest Catholic Church in the city
And it’s small size reminded me of St. Anthony’s before we added the El
I found the painting of Jesus behind the altar a little strange as I kept wondering what the guy in the upper left was doing in trousers
But the in-ground baptismal font was kinda cool
I was really surprised to meet a woman there who went to a Catholic High School two blocks away from where I lived and was in the same highschool class as one of the Acolytes at my parish.
finally here is a short video
to go along with the remaining pictures, enjoy!
In the style of the great Fumatti comics of the past, we need a set of Captions for this series of photos from Blogcon
Blogcon ended with a combination of Pizza and Bowling or what people outside of Massachusetts call bowling anyway.
I regret to say that I did not acquit myself well with the big balls but it was a fun time nonetheless. It’s the company that makes the night and I have very good company.
Update: Video, we’ve got VIDEO!
I interviewed Katie Pavlich just after she sold the last copy of her book that she brought to Blogcon Charlotte
We had her on the show today but due to an audio problem lost the remote connection to much of it, we’ll have her back soon. You can buy her book here.
It is the only location in the franchise east of the Mississippi other than one in Florida.
The place simply oozes nostalgia (but offers free wi-fi).
And the wait staff dresses the part.
But all the Nostalgia doesn’t matter in the end it comes down to the food, and the place doesn’t disappoint.
A warning though, the full stack of pancakes should not be attempted unless you have a big appetite to satisfy
So give the Five & Diner a try in Lincoln plaza Worcester
That’s what I take away from this line via Glenn from the Wall street Journal:
“What I find reprehensible beyond belief is that the people pushing [high-density housing] themselves live in single-family homes and often drive very fancy cars, but want everyone else to live like my grandmother did in Brownsville in Brooklyn in the 1920s,”
That’s Joel Kotkin a demographer interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, he sees the following endgame:
Mr. Kotkin also notes that demographic changes are playing a role. As progressive policies drive out moderate and conservative members of the middle class, California’s politics become even more left-wing. It’s a classic case of natural selection, and increasingly the only ones fit to survive in California are the very rich and those who rely on government spending. In a nutshell, “the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.”
So it will be the Lords, the Serfs and the servants in the castle. Feudalism is alive and well!
Our progressive friends leading the people back to the 11th century!
Here are the interviews I shot with the classic car and Hot Rod owners at the Five and Diner on Wednesday
One owner 60 years
A car in Tribute to those lost
and a general walk through
And is here the full photo gallery of the cars themselves
The president has put his feet in cement in opposition to the Keystone oil pipeline. But on Capitol Hill, more and more Democrats are joining Republicans to force approval of the pipeline, whether Obama wants it or not.
The latest action happened Wednesday, when the House passed a measure to move the pipeline forward. Before the vote, Obama issued a veto threat. The House approved the pipeline anyway — by a veto-proof majority, 293 to 127. Sixty-nine Democrats abandoned the president to vote with Republicans. That’s a lot of defections.
and in the senate the democrat majority they are resorting to the filibuster to keep this from getting a vote
Democrats are using the filibuster to stop the pipeline, which means 60 votes are required to pass it. (Some Democrats who bitterly opposed the filibuster when Republicans used it against Obama initiatives are notably silent these days.) In a vote last month, 11 Senate Democrats stood up against Obama to vote in favor of the pipeline. Add those 11 to the Republicans’ 47 votes, and the pro-pipeline forces are just a couple of votes away from breaking Harry Reid’s filibuster.
“We’re right around the corner from actually passing it,” says a well-informed Senate source.
and if you are thinking: Hey that’s conservative Byron York can’t trust what that guy says, here is the headline from the New York Times:
You know members of congress usually move toward a popular president, not away from him.
Item: One second thought maybe Obamacare wasn’t such a good idea
Nearly two years after tea party members and the voters showed that Obamacare was not the best idea in the world congressional democrats are finally saying so aloud:
“I think we would all have been better off — President Obama politically, Democrats in Congress politically, and the nation would have been better off — if we had dealt first with the financial system and the other related economic issues and then come back to healthcare,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who is retiring at the end of this Congress.
It’s no coincidence that Miller and the three other democrats reps quoted in this piece Reps Dennis Cardoza, Barney Frank & Norm Dicks are all retiring before election 2012. Former Dem Rep Arthur Davis puts it best:
“I think the Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years. It was not popular when it passed; it’s less popular now,”
Shhhh don’t tell they MSM, what they are still in denial.
Item: What they are seeing across the water.
The US press has done yeoman work to keep bad news and damaging stories out the MSM, however our friends across the pond have no such compunction:
If you viewed all this solely through the prism of media coverage and listened just to Washington pundits, you’d conclude that Obama has about an 80 percent chances of victory. In reality, his chances are much closer to 50:50, perhaps even with Romney holding an advantage (though many things can and will happen in six months).
This cognitive dissonance is partly because of a liberal tilt but also because most reporters and talking heads live in bubbles of comfortable affluence insulated from the economic pain most Americans are facing.
Even without factoring in the likely negative political impact of, say, Obamacare being struck down by the Supreme Court in June, Obama’s re-election bid is already in deep trouble.
Alas the poor media when Romney takes the oath of office in January (despise the Mormon business that the left will continue to use in increasing panic) my message remains the same:
When the mask falls away it will fall away all at once, and it will be delightful.
Sheldon: Is the Whip App contextually appropriate here?
Leonard: Yes, but I think you waited too long for it to be funny
(Sheldon runs Whip app all laugh
Leonard: I was wrong it’s still funny
Big Bang Theory 2012
For the last several days on Facebook on twitter and during at least one segment on Morning Joe there has been unrestrained laughter concerning the president and his youthful culinary choices all those years ago.
and a return of the puppy blender meme , we’ve had dogs against Obama and the amusing spectacle of “Dogs against Romney” blogger insisting that eating your dog is no big deal “I’m the dish of the day, can I interest you in parts of my body?”
Odd that I don’t see any comments questioning his defense of the president, you would think he is not allowing contrary opinions or something?
We’ve also seen some serious questions too; Why didn’t media who rushed to pick up his book Dreams of my Father know this (I think they did but team Obama counted on their silence) , How does this damage the president long term “the one thing everybody will remember is Obama ate a dog”, What does it mean for leftist comedians , and of course the media double standard:
See, when Romney puts a dog on a car roof, it’s a job for Diane Sawyer. When Obama eats one*, it’s a goofy Jeanne Moos story. And isn’t it interesting that an incident from 1983 couldn’t be more current, but quoting one of Obama’s books is “dredging” it up? Guess it all depends on which party is embarrassed about it.
All of these questions are interesting, but they are missing the only real question that matters:
Are Obama eating dog jokes still funny?
After seeing this tweet from John McCain and the outraged twitter reaction of the left to it:
Yep still funny.