…ah Napolitano plays the “regrets” card:

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says she regrets that some people took offense over a report warning that right-wing extremist groups were trying to recruit disgruntled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s a pretty game let me give you an example: I regret that some people take offense over my stand against Gay marriage.

Does that say I think that I’m wrong on Gay marriage? Nope. Does it say that I’m thinking of changing my opinion? Nope. All that says I wish people were not offended by my position, in other words I wish they thought like me.

I regret that people are foolish enough to fall for that nonsense.

…who have absolutely no sympathy for the Pirate Bay guys.

What they were doing was clearly illegal. They knew it was clearly illegal and decided to do it anyway.

It isn’t a question of if the law is right, wrong or stupid. That is a question for another day.

The question is should anyone be shocked or angry that a group of people who knowing the law choose to willingly violate it for years are punished for it.

I say nope.

It’s like the limewire business. I’ve been warning people for years about the dangers of P2P but the thought of paying .99 cents for a song is just too much to bear. So their systems get infected and if they are lucky enough not to get identity and information stolen they still end up paying $100+ dollars to clean it up.

I’m happy to clean these systems but people you are doing this to yourself.

It would be nice to be able to have everything we want for free. It would also be nice to be able to walk down the toughest street in town at 2 a.m. with a full wallet and a beautiful lady on your arm and not have to worry about being robbed or mugged however it is just as realistic.

Wonderful story not withstanding and wise insights acknowledged why do I get the feeling that the media is just waiting for the chance to crash and burn on this lady?

She has a strong faith so that will help her cope when it happens but I have the awful feeling that the press can’t wait for her to fail. Maybe I’m cynical but I think the strong faith is one of the reason why for some he MUST fail.

All I can think of is the song Mr. Tanner. I sure hope I’m wrong.

Don’t get me wrong the Nato commando’s freeing the hostages is a wonderful thing but Capturing the pirates and then LETTING THEM GO:

NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes, speaking on board the Portuguese warship Corte-Real, said the 20 fishermen were rescued after a Dutch navy frigate on a NATO patrol responded to an assault on a Greek-owned tanker by pirates firing assault rifles and grenades…

…He said the hostages had been held since last week. The commandos briefly detained and questioned the seven gunmen, he told Reuters, but had no legal power to arrest them.

“NATO does not have a detainment policy. The warship must follow its national law,” he said.

“They can only arrest them if the pirates are from the Netherlands, the victims are from the Netherlands, or if they are in Netherlands waters.”

That’ll put the fear of God into them. Hot Air says it best:

Sweden was tougher on The Pirate Bay this week than NATO was on actual pirates.

I just can’t wrap my head around this.

Yesterday many blogs took MSNBC and CNN to task for using crude oral sex jokes to refer to the tea party protests. The idea that a major media network would do this was unthinkable just a little while ago.

Now today hot air complains about Janine Garofalo appearance on Olberman.

These complaints are irrelevant, as are the ratings numbers. I think that MSNBC has made a business decision and is sticking with it.

I think that MSNBC believes that it would take too much time effort and money to overcome Fox’s lead. If a new personality manages to get a following then they will give them a shot but that’s it.

By catering to the far left they have a ready made audience base that if not a majority is solid. We are talking real true believers. The only attempt they are making to get any kind of non-liberal base is in the morning drive and even then you might notice the most conservative segment always seems to be a 6 a.m. hour.

It doesn’t mean MSNBC will not make a profit it just means it won’t make as much as fox. Long John Silvers doesn’t make the money that McDonald’s does but they make a living and a profit. Their primary customer base is fish based. It is not as large a base as a burger based one but it is a profitable customer base.

Fox is right leaning although it will give some voice to the left to play off of. Their willingness to give that alternate voice a shot and their respect for religion is the reason why they will always outperform CNN and MSNBC. (I think the decision to go full Hannity is a mistake.)

This actually puts the squeeze on CNN. They have always leaned left but are not as unabashedly left wing as MSNBC. That means the “true believers” on the left won’t choose them over MSNBC and the people on the right like myself don’t trust them. The arguement that most people are in the center may or may not be true, but even if it is true that center aren’t news junkies. News junkies have beliefs and opinions. The moderate center would rather watch something else.

So that leaves CNN with the people who believe the “Fox is evil” hybe but are not far left enough for MSNBC. That also include the people who have watched CNN for decades (they were first you know) and watch it out of habit. That is not a growing market.

So we can get angry at MSNBC it won’t matter. This is their business decision that is where their profit comes from.

Our anger will just increase their ratings. The people who would get offended have already left.

Will lightly blog morning joe while fixing the ipod and getting ready for the Carpenter.

7:06 a.m. Story one is Georgetown. Tim Kaine is first.

7:08 a.m. Kaine dodges it but then Johnathan confirmed that it was requested.

7:11 a.m. Rationalizing the veterans “threat”.

7:13 a.m. He is not hesitant about Coleman backing down, some things are more important than others.

7:37 a.m. Oh local news? Such as not reporting on 1000+ people protesting on the Boston Common? Good thing we have that Boston Globe eh?

7:39 a.m. Would you pay for the NYT online? I wouldn’t.

8:02 a.m. I wonder if they reviewed Levin’s book?

8:09 a.m. Actually we are paying for Carter letting the Islamists in.

8:11 a.m. Castro is a bridge too far for Matthews. Matthews thinks the cold war was a good war. He is going on about Castro is the bad guy.

8:12 a.m. The NYT trying to defend Castro and the cold war. Matthews is defending Reagan. Am I actually awake?

8:20 a.m. Hitchens had himself waterboarded so he can speak with some authority on this.

8:26 a.m. His big worry is an attack pulled off by an ex-gitmo person.

One thing that I think a lot of us are forgetting is this.

We (collectively) as a nation voted for president Obama.

We (collectively) as individual states voted for the people in the senate

We (collectively) as people in individuual congressional districts voted for our congressmen.

And particularly in Massachusetts we collectively have voted time and time again for the same group of democrats time and time again.

Unlike 1773 when we had taxation without representation we have representation and we still have done this to ourselves. Our founding fathers would be ashamed.

As I have said over and over again we always get the government we deserve, if the protests of yesterday are to achieve anything we need to follow up with candidates who will support fiscal responsibility.

We need to vote for them and support them politically and we need to put the fear of God into our reps who have time and time again forgotten who they work for.

If we neglect this then yesterday will simply have been a nice day at the common.

It’s our choice, what will it be?

I don’t have a problem with the president giving an economic talk at a Catholic University, it was certainly not inappropriate for Georgetown to welcome him for his speech but I do object to this:

Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”–symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.

National Review is not impressed.

What was that verse?

Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.Matt 10:32-33

You know the more I read about Catholic Colleges the better Fitchburg State keeps looking.

Update: There can be only one!

Update 2: Don Surber notices and more importantly (Sorry Don) does Drudge.

Update 3: The Green Room notices and asks…

Imagine if Obama were to give a speech at the Islamic Center of Washington, DC. Would members of that community approve the covering of the Shahada?

They are talking a bit on tea parties

7:08 a.m. Suddenly Bernie Goldberg is quotable on MSNBC.

7:12 a.m. “I don’t think he hates America, I just think he’s wrong.”

7:14 a.m. “We weren’t against wasting money for the past 7 years but now it’s ok.” I’ll say the same thing I said at the tea party yesterday. I think this is a lot like Roosevelt, I think he let a lot of things through to assure support for the war.

7:20 a.m. Napotaliano will be on this show that should be interesting

7:21 a.m. Andrea Mitchel is on, lucky for me I haven’t eaten yet.

7:24 a.m. Mexico should not be a poor nation, they have resources and a ton of advantages, if the country wasn’t so corrupt it could be as successful as the US.

7:25 a.m. I will hold my angry Napolitano post till after this interview. Joe asks about the report.

7:26 a.m. Apparently we are misreading the report we don’t want to infringe on anyone’s rights. I don’t see any retraction concerning troops, she brings up McVey says she has vets in her department. It sounds a lot like …”Hey some of my best friends are…”

7:28 a.m. Apparently there were conditions on this interview, Joe and Mika doesn’t like it.

7:31 a.m. “A 19 year old kid being shot at in Bagdad is going to be thinking that his government doesn’t trust him.”

7:46 a.m. 10 10 10 that = 30

8:03 a.m. Mika throws in a dig about being allowed to ask only one question on that subject.

8:07 a.m. An appropriate cover considering the Tea Party stuff

8:22 a.m. King ducks the Coleman question but on Napolitano, noted that she didn’t want to use the word terrorist about Al-Queda but was willing to use the term for abortion opponents and troops.

8:24 a.m. He gives props to the Democratic chairman for calling her on it. And we should give him props.

8:25 a.m. “She has never put out a report saying looking out for Mosques.”

8:31 a.m. In case you wonder why I watch Morning Joe this is why, it is the voice crying out in the wilderness of MSNBC.

8:32 a.m. Too bad they didn’t have that shot when we had the protest yesterday, or maybe they did and I was in the traffic jam on the way. (nasty traffic on the way to Boston Yesterday)

8:38 a.m. Stiglitz goes after treasury and points out the robbery of all this.

8:49 a.m. Kathie Lee talks about Courtney’s ovulation. Mika is cracking up.

8:59 a.m. What has Joe learned today? Who is ovulating.