The Democrats have in their wisdom decided to remove the words God and Jerusalem from their platform.

It provided this wonderful squirm moment from Dick Durbin

But the real irony comes from this story at the Washington Post today, the Title:

Black church leaders try to inspire congregants to vote for Obama

Some details:

“We can’t tell people who to vote for, but we can certainly point out the differences,” said the Rev. Lin Hill, associate minister of the 2,500-member Bethany Baptist Church, which hosted the gathering on Saturday. “Our president has declared Jesus Christ to be his Lord and savior, while his opponent denies the deity of Christ.”

and more:

In the central Florida city of Melbourne, for instance, several ministers joined forces recently to host a community forum to address lingering questions about Obama’s gay-marriage announcement. Roughly 200 people attended the meeting, during which pastors tried to reassure congregants that Obama, however misguided on this one issue, still demonstrated Christian values in his personal life and policy decisions. Most parishioners seemed satisfied, the pastors said.

I wonder what they’ll have to say about this? I guess it’s time to have this discussion again.

Strangely enough the media that was so concerned about the GOP platform consider it just words, but lets not forget something, the people in charge of this platform had to proactively remove these words and all the Durbin squirming can’t change it.

The Center of Economic and Policy Research decided certain questions are signs on incompetence namely: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

While the source is not clear, someone developed a simple way to identify incompetent news reporters. If you hear a reporter ask people in President Obama’s administration, ideally in a belligerent tone, “are the American people better off than they were four years ago?,”the reporter is trying to tell you that they are not qualified to do their job.

The reason we know that the questioners are incompetent reporters is that this is a pointless question.

I can certainly understand the problem, considering this from the Hill today:

A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.

Don’t those incompetent people at the Hill know if you want to keep the subject away from Barack Obama the last thing you want to talk about is how he’s done.

But CEP should be happy, there is at least one sign that “Journo-list” ism is alive and well.Yesterday I wrote about this remark from the the Chairman of the Massachusetts Democrat Party:

The chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, rallying state delegates before the Democratic National Convention, today said that Senator Scott Brown tried to portray himself as “an honorary girl” by folding laundry in a TV commercial targeting women voters.

Chairman John Walsh made the comment in a blistering opening statement at the delegation’s first breakfast meeting before the convention kicks off Tuesday. Brown is facing a stern reelection challenge from Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who will address the convention on Wednesday night.

Mind you this was not a single congressman speaking in an interview. This was the Massachusetts Democrat Party Chairman speaking at a DNC breakfast to the Massachusetts delegation.

Folding Towels makes you an Honorary girl? From a PARTY Chairman!

I had just finished a big post on Athiesm+ but rushed out a post on the remarks. I sent out the e-mails concerning the post and when CNN announced that Sandra Fluke was going to be on shortly I did something I rarely do, I turned it on to see what would happen and how it was covered and waited.

Nothing happened.

As Rush Limbaugh would put it, Zip-Zero-Nada.

The only sign of the story was a drudge link to this Herald Story:

Dem chair apologizes for calling Scott Brown a ‘girl’

Say WHAT?

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh scrambled to apologize this afternoon hours after a convention kickoff gaffe this morning when he said U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was trying to be an “honorary girl” by folding laundry.

“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret. I apologize for that remark,” said Walsh in a statement.

Called him a girl? He didn’t call him a girl, he said that he was trying to be an “honorary girl” by folding clothes. Folding Clothes makes you a girl. At the Democrat National convention with a “War on Women” theme, with Sandra Fluke speaking the head of the Democrat party in a state with the single highest profile female candidate in the nation a party chairman made a speech saying “folding clothes” makes one an honorary girl and NOBODY in the press things this is a story.

Today on WCRN Morning Show the Host Hank Stolz asked listeners to call in and explain why these polls are so close, why Romney has not pulled away, why there was seemingly no significant bounce post convention. The answer is simple. It’s election season and the Journo-list is still alive and well.

The CEP should be proud.

BTW if you don’t know what “Jouro-list” is read this this and this

Oh and if you want to support reporting that doesn’t fit the Journolist mold feel free to kick in.




 

When I saw the new Three Stooges Movie my first reaction was meh!

It was OK but wasn’t all that special. When people asked me about the movie however I found my self talking about funny scenes (Do-nut Remover) and laughing. When I went back with my other son I found myself laughing and that’s when it hit me. When I went the first time I was thinking Moe, Larry & Curly from the 30’s & 40’s. the original Stooges. When I saw it without the expectations of the past I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. (Still didn’t like the baby duel scene).

That brings us to Clint Eastwood at the RNC.

When I watched Eastwood on the stage I thought it was one of the weirdest things I had seen. While he made some great points he looked his age, and while the chair business was something right out of the sixties, Morey Amsterdam and Bob Newhart.

As Time magazine’s Mark Halperin explained on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, “I think everyone has missed that Eastwood’s performance is very closely based on a Morey Amsterdam performance from dinner theater in Bayonne. Kind of night at the improv.”

Amsterdam was a stand-up comic who had his own sitcom on TV from 1948 to 1950 and also appeared on “The Dick Van Dyke Show “as Buddy Sorrell.

But the argument could be made that Eastwood was also evoking a little Bob Newhart, whose classic “Driving Instructor” routine first appeared on his “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” album in 1960.

This actually makes sense people tend to remember the comedy of their youth (you see a lot of Python here) but the real question is: Did it work?

I noted at the time Eastwood managed to accomplish several things, holding the audience & absorbing the hits from the left, but my thought is that he basically won a news cycle and that’s it.

Not Anymore.

Apparently Clint Eastwood struck a never fever nationally and the White House and the left is worried, VERY Worried.

The left has been hitting Eastwood non-stop for 5 days, b-f list celebs continue to pound on twitter.

It’s been 5 days, the media is STILL hitting Eastwood

With apologies to Bob Newhart the empty chair routine has now been dubed “Eastwooding”.

And lets look at the top of Memeorandum this Tuesday

Politico: Right rallies for Empty Chair Day .

The right rallied on Labor Day to celebrate “National Empty Chair Day,” a show of solidarity with Clint Eastwood after his rambling address to an invisible President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention last week.

The action picked up steam on Twitter, where the hashtag #emptychairday began trending on Monday morning as users tweeted pictures of empty chairs in various poses.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: AFSCME President (and Cleveland native) Lee Saunders goes Eastwooding with Ohio Democrats

“So Dirty Harry, make my day,” Saunders continued, quoting the Eastwood character. “We’re gonna kick some ass in November.”

Then he kicked the chair. Loudly.

And now we have the left trying to get Betty White to counter Eastwood at the DNC: ABC News:

They’ve taken on big banks and workers’ rights abuses, now the progressive activists at Change.org have their sights set on bringing comedienne Betty White, 90, to the Democratic National Convention.

“Clint Eastwood, the Republican’s ‘mystery guest’ at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney,” Peter Slutsky wrote in his petition to draft White. “Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!”

Remember this is Memeorandum TODAY 5 days later and this is still on top.

I thought the Eastwood thing was a one day blip, but I was wrong, this has turned out to be devastating to the left.

One day Stories don’t generate events that generate Politico coverage.

Ineffective speeches don’t cause Union presidents to physically beat up chairs during speeches

And if the Eastwood thing was so bad, you don’t have people scrambling to find an even older actress to take the stage to counter.

This speech:

Has generated over 300,000 views on Youtube (303,883), it has generated 2,348 likes, 1,926 dislikes almost 4500 votes it is still producing reaction 5 days later.

This has absolutely terrified the left, a left already scared to death and you know what that means…

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

These punks don’t feel lucky.

Update: Karl put it well

After all, who is Clint Eastwood? He is one of the top actors, directors and producers of motion pictures in the world. Most of the world — and almost certainly everyone tuning in to the RNC Thursday night — knows this. Yet most of the analyses of his RNC appearance are based on the notion that we were not witnessing acting. That mass suspension of disbelief may be the highest tribute Eastwood will ever be paid as an actor. If you think the Eastwood on stage was the only Eastwood there is, watch him promoting J. Edgar on The Daily Show last November. I have little doubt he will be equally sharp promoting Trouble With the Curve in the next few weeks.

Update 2: Instalanche, Thanks Glenn, perhaps the left is busy on Eastwood because they’d rather not cover the Mass. Dem Chairman saying Scott Brown is trying to be an “honorary girl” by folding clothes, How Intrade can be moved for the price on a carrot on a plate, the interesting split in the Atheist community (non progressives need not apply) or how Democrat pols are doing their best impersonation of characters from Doctor Who.