I’m looking at this story and I can’t quite get my head around it.

The Oxford Union, incidentally says this on its website on their “About us” page:

Unlike other student unions, the Oxford Union holds no political views. Instead, the Union is a forum for debate and the discussion of controversial issues. For example; in the 1960s, Malcolm X came to the Union and demanded black empowerment “by any means necessary”. In the 1970s, Richard Nixon in his first public speech after Watergate admitted, “I screwed up – and I paid the price. In the 1980s, Gerry Adams, still under his television ban, addressed the Union’s members. In Michaelmas 1996, O. J. Simpson made his only public speech in Britain after the controversial “not guilty” verdict in his criminal trial. The Oxford Union believes first and foremost in freedom of speech: nothing more, nothing less.

So let me get this straight, A terrorist like Gerry Adams and a fellow like OJ Simpson they are acceptable but conservative writer and author Katie Pavlich is not?  

What would The Few say? They would wonder what fought the Nazi and sacrificed so much for a bunch of cowards who wouldn’t have lasted 10 minutes against the Third Reich.

England is gone, it has committed cultural suicide.

Update: Amazing what happens when you call out bullies in public:

That explanation has all the credibility of a Brian Williams story.

Margaret Blaine: This is persecution. Why can’t you leave me alone? What did I ever do to you?
The 9th Doctor: You tried to kill me and destroy this entire planet.
Margaret Blaine: Apart from that.

Doctor Who, Boomtown 2005

It’s not often I critique EWTN but when I heard the radio replay of Vatican Insider concerning the Pope’s visit to the holy land I heard something that crossed the line, both of propriety & of reality that as a Catholic and a supporter of EWTN I felt compelled to reply to publicly

A Palestinian was on with Joan Lewis of EWTN and they commented on the stop at the security wall set up by Israel separating the Palestinian areas from the Jewish areas and the prayers by the Pope. The Palestinian also commented on the hardships of the people who lost houses in the building of the wall.  Those are legit topics and I had no problem with that.

I was more annoyed listening to the Palestinian talking of the “injustice” of the wall without a syllable was spoken as to WHY the wall was there as if the Jews of Israel built the wall because they suddenly decided such a wall might be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  That was bad but not enough to raise my ire.  I’ve seem plenty of this stuff from the MSM and one more such segment wasn’t going to set me off.

But a line was crossed with Lewis instantly invoked Reagan’s famous “tear down this wall” speech creating an equality between the security barrier & the Berlin Wall.

That is beyond the place, it is an embarrassment to me as a loud promoter of  EWTN & as a Catholic.  As both I personally offer my sincere apologies to any Jew who might have heard this.

As Ms. Lewis saw fit to compare this security wall to the Berlin wall & thus equated a regime that one the largest sources of mass murder in the 20th century with a country set up by people who escaped from the greatest single act of targeted ethnic mass murder of the 20th century, let me ask her a question:

How many bombing attacks were made on East Berlin from West Berlin in the years prior to the wall’s existence?

How many East Berlin buses were blown up by west Berliners trying to kill them, how many East Germans died while going to nightclubs? How many East Germans children & teen were kidnapped by West Germans protesting the separation of their city?

The answer you’ll find is nearly 1 or in other words ZERO.

How DARE you compare a wall to keep terrorist out by Jews to a wall built by the Communists to keep people imprisoned in, how Dare you ignore that murder of innocent Israeli’s as if they never happened and worse of all how dare you do this on Catholic Radio bringing the faith and EWTN,  a network dedicated to truth into disrepute by doing so.

Do you not wonder why the Arab lands are Judenrein and Christians are fleeing such territories for their lives while Christians live safely in Israel and arabs vote and hold seats in the Israeli parliament.

Now I join with the prayers of the Pope that the wall eventually be gone and peace between Arabs & Jews come to pass and I applaud his historic efforts & actions to bring this about, but the reality is for that to happen, Arabs have to stop trying to kill Jews.  The launching of rockets into Israel has to stop and the kidnaping of Israeli teens has to stop.

Golda Meir put it best:

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

You owe the people of Israel and Jews everywhere an on air apology and perhaps you could couple that apology with a request from the Palestinian Christian you had on to do all he can to return the three kidnapped Israeli teen now being held by his friends on the other side of that wall.

Very bad form, Ms. Lewis very bad form indeed.

Watkins: A bloke was telling me, if you’re in the army and there’s a war you have to go and fight.
Colonel: That’s true.
Watkins: Well I mean, blimey, I mean if it was a big war somebody could be hurt.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus; Owl Stretching Time 1969

Through the last nearly 6 years America there have been tremendous costs to having an unqualified man as president of the United States.

The costs have been economic as our national debt has skyrocketed and our credit rating plummeted, moral as our religious institutions have been under attack and the moral fiber of our nation uprooted, civic as laws have been selectively enforced or not enforced at all depending on the political advantage of the president and agencies of the federal government have been used to harass citizens who oppose this administration politically, social as race has been used as a wedge to the point where any opposition to this president is sold as racism, diplomatic as the US is now thought as a power in decline, nations flout us, allies mistrust or abandon us and our traditional foes expand throughout the world.

But of all the costs we have had to face the most shocking have been military.

While this president and his allies have made it their crusade to bring their “social justice” agenda to the armed forces we have seen victory turned into defeat in Iraq, unilateral withdrawal announced in Afghanistan, a successful hours long attack on the very anniversary of september 11th killing an US ambassador & navy seals while our military sat on its hands waiting for the order to come to their relief, an order that never came.

We have become such a laughing-stock that our foes act with impunity knocking they have little to fear from America other than empty rhetoric.

Throughout this time there has been one constant, the political expediency of the moment trumps any interest of the United States. Nothing has illustrated this more than the trading of five top Taliban commanders for an US Sgt who our enemies have held for years:

Some are incredulous over this move:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the detainees transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar, where they are to stay for at least a year, “are hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands. I am eager to learn what precise steps are being taken to ensure that these vicious and violent Taliban extremists never return to the fight against the United States and our partners or engage in any activities that can threaten the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan.”

Beyond this individual instance, some raised the larger question of whether it is sound policy for the United States to have, in the words of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), “negotiated with terrorists.”

Rogers said the action marked a “fundamental shift in U.S. policy.”

They ought to be there is a reason why these men have been at Guantanamo for years.

There are good reasons why the Taliban has long wanted the five freed from Gitmo. All five are among the Taliban’s top commanders in U.S. custody and are still revered in jihadist circles.

Two of the five have been wanted by the UN for war crimes. And because of their prowess, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all five of them “high” risks to the U.S. and its allies.

For one US Sgt the Taliban are getting back:

Their army chief of staff
A senior Taliban military commander
Their deputy minister of intelligence
Their governor of the Herat province and former interior minister
and a senior Taliban figure and security official.

Can you imagine what they could have gotten for a 2nd Lt?

As of this moment a US soldier is now a commodity to be bartered and sold on the open market.  This trade has put every US soldier in the world at greater risk AND will cost lives, both civilian and military for years to come.

But what is that next to the ability to change the subject of the news cycle aware from the latest of the Barack Obama scandal?  Given his history who would expect him to be Lieutenant-Colonel Seton on the HMS Brikenhead when it will cost none of his support to play Captain Schettino instead?

I did not think any American President, not even James Buchanan was capable of this level of disgraceful incompetence when dealing with our enemies.

At least I hope this was a matter of incompetence, because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.

 

 

 

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C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #19

Today we discovered that Rush Limbaugh has won the Children’s Choice Book Award for his best selling childrens book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.

Rush’s site has his acceptance speech as accepted the award here’s part of it

I love America. I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will. It’s one of the most fascinating stories of human history, this country and what it has meant to the world and what it means to citizens who live here. And it’s a delight and it’s an opportunity to try to share that story with young people so that they can grow and learn to love and appreciate the country in which they’re growing up and will someday run and lead and inherit.

So I want to thank everybody that’s made this possible.

It genuinely is a thrill. This is a tremendous event. I’m so honored by this. I’m honored to be here among all of you and all of the other nominees for this and the other categories. It’s just a wonderful evening, and I thank everybody who had anything to do with it, particularly the kids who voted in every category. It is a great project that you have going here, children’s literacy and to expand it. And the organization and the work that you’re doing is just profound. And I’m honored and humbled to be a small, little part of it.

That Rush would win is not a big surprise, he has a huge audience base with plenty of parents and grandparents who would naturally be buying this book for their kids and grandkids. That’s a ready-made voter base.

However for the media such a win is a disaster. It’s bad enough that Rush is writing children’s books, that puts him in the front lines of culture wars in the spot that he can do the most good for the right. Even worse winning such an award legitimizes him in a way that simply can not be allowed.

So how did the media decide to write about this story, by implying the fix was in:

Rush Limbaugh wins children’s book award

Rush Limbaugh wins Children’s Choice Book Award, but did kids do all the choosing?

That headline guaranteed anyone glimpsing the story would think something was up, and if you read the story it got even worse.

But executive director Robin Adelson of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, nonprofit organizations that co-founded the awards seven years ago, acknowledged Thursday that adults could easily vote and vote multiple times, a problem not uncommon for Internet competitions.

Mind you there was no actual evidence that the vote was fixed or anything funny was going on, but out of the 11 paragraphs of the story 10 of them were about the possibility of the vote being fixed, how it could be done et/al. and if you look at the language used it would appear this was the story the AP reporter wished to write and that was it.

I found myself curious if this line had been taken before concerning this award so I took the liberty of going to the site getting the contact information and calling Ms. Adelson and asked her about the awards.

She said this was the seventh year of the awards. I asked he about press coverage in the past and she told me every year press releases would be sent out announcing nominations and winners. I asked if the press had contacted her about the awards in past years and she answered they had.

I then mentioned the AP story above and asked if in any past years the press had inquired about the integrity of the voting for the award. Not only did she say the press never had questioned the integrity of the award in the past but stressed that there was absolutely no reason to question the integrity of the vote this year either.

She is a very pleasant woman, we chatted a bit about the awards in general (I didn’t realize that comics & manga were included) and when we were done I thanked her for her time. I enjoyed our conversation but I felt rather insulted on her behalf.

Here is a woman who is doing God’s work, promoting literacy in kids. This year her organization and awards ceremony gets significant publicity as one of the most popular radio hosts in history is nominated and wins. So what is the story that the media reports?

This fix could be in!

Never mind that Ms. Adelson and all who work for her deserve praise for the service they do for society promoting literacy in an age dominated by game systems and smart phones.

Never mind that there is no evidence of any shenanigans in the voting.

Never mind their programs such as Children’s Book Week (CBW) and The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program along with the awards (which included many other categories.

The bottom line is Rush Limbaugh won this award therefore the award’s integrity must be discredited! And if such an action by extension taints the people involved in ensuring it, that’s a shame but the necessity of discrediting Rush Limbaugh in any way possible trumps it.

How disgusting, how insulting, and how typical.

Instead of trying to cast doubt I submit and suggest we of the media should be thanking Ms. Adelson and all those who work for her for doing our culture a great service that will pay dividends to society for years. I suggest going to this page and donating to her worthy cause.

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Trust me I’m the Doctor

Doctor Who The Eleventh Hour 2010

Trust me, like it says on the money

Oh God 1975

A while back Instapundit had a piece in USA today about the loss of trust in government:

One of the underpinnings of successful representative government is that voters feel they can trust their representatives, and those in the bureaucracy to whom power is delegated, to follow the law. That trust in government officials’ willingness to follow the law is the foundation for a sense that the law is legitimate, so that citizens feel a duty to follow the law as well.

One of the things people don’t understand about America is why it became what it was.  To be sure there are many factors that drove immigration but one of the huge factors that continued and still continues to drive people to leave their homes and come here even when the frontier was closed was the concept of rule of law.

It didn’t matter what the police said, it didn’t matter what the local don said you had a shot and that shot didn’t depend on currying favor with the local powers that be, you could do what you want, say what you want and think what you want.  As Dinesh D’Souza put it:

America has achieved greater social equality than any other society.: True, there are large inequalities of income and wealth in America. In purely economic terms, Europe is more egalitarian. But Americans are socially more equal than any other people, and this is unaffected by economic disparities. Tocqueville noticed this egalitarianism a century and a half ago, but it is if anything more prevalent today. For all his riches, Bill Gates could not approach the typical American and say, “Here’s a $100 bill. I’ll give it to you if you kiss my feet.” Most likely the person would tell Gates to go to hell! The American view is that the rich guy may have more money, but he isn’t in any fundamental sense better than anyone else.

Additionally there was regard of truth. The concept that a man’s word was his bond meant something, and if you were lying or dishonest that meant something too, there is an interesting scene in Tip O’Neill’s autobiography about a problem with Mike Kirwan subchair of the Subcommittee on Public Works of the Appropriations Committee:

At one point during the building of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Mike cut three million dollars from our project, although he had promised me personally that he would heave it in.  I called him on the telephone:

“Mike, you knocked out three million from Cape Cod!”

“You’re damn right I did”, he said, “It’s a waste of money and we’ve got better things to do.”

“Hold on Mike.  We were having dinner at Paul Young’s and you gave me your word that you’d put that money back in.”

“Well, you’re a nice son of a bitch, taking advantage of me when I was half-stewed.  But if that’s really what I said, I’ll put it back in.”

And he did.

One might question the wisdom of that spending of public money but it was a given that once a word was given that’s the way it was.

And THAT’s why the culture wars matter.

Under the old Judeo Christian culture, honor and honesty means something (Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor) but once you decide to reject those quaint ideas of honoring fathers and mothers, not committing adultery and not bearing false witness then it becomes pretty easy for you to go from Debbie Wasserman Schultz claiming the president was not lying to true believers saying it doesn’t matter if he did:

When you reject those kind of cultural rules then it becomes a cinch to defend dishonesty when it suits your belief.

And when you toss the basic ideas of truth then unethical behavior in government becomes a simple bridge to cross

The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails.

and after that checking on Journalists private info, that’s nothing.

This type of behavior is destructive to a free state, Glenn again:

And that’s the problem. Enough breaches of trust — and I haven’t even started to hit all the scandals out there, by a long shot — and ordinary people will start to assume that the whole system is corrupt. And if that happens, people will quit following the law because they think it’s the right thing to do, and only do so to the extent they’re afraid of getting caught.

I’m actually afraid of much worse:

people are going to start concluding this:

The government of The United States is not legitimate.

Act accordingly.

That’s all he can stands, he can’t stands no more!

If enough people start thinking that in our well armed society, bad things happen. I really don’t think the left sees this danger or if they do perhaps they have decided that an armed paramilitary IRS etc is the way to solve it.

But no matter how you look at it, the root cause, the linchpin that makes all of these things possible is the abandonment of the cultural values of honor & honesty.

Until or unless those vales are advanced by our society we have absolutely no business being surprised by anything like this, I’ll give the last word to president John Adams:

Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government.

The best and brightest come here because they believe America will give them a fair shake, if our government becomes just another 3rd world nation, why should they bother?

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First of all I was VERY surprised to see this online.

Second of all I think it was kind of weasely to blame MSNBC for it, if you are going to do it own it particularly since it is far more likely to be seen on Gawker than MSNBC.

Thirdly: Seriously? You have had people talking about Riots and you put out this photo? This will be used to guilt people who call for restraint and will be used as the excuse to those who wanted to riot.

Fourthly I have no proof of this but If I had to bet money and my MSNBC dig not withstanding, I think that image was released for political reasons and damn the consequences.

Finally I have this to say to all those on the left who justify the release of said image? How often did you run the images of the children of color that Dr. Gosnell killed?

This was dishonorable, pure and simple

Update: I didn’t think my “political reasons” bit would be illustrated so clearly so fast.

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Breitbart had these guys so pegged

Stacy McCain on both his site and on Viral read has shared videos and photos of Kate Hunt and her younger sister. I’ve watched the video and seen the photo and I must admit the first thought though my mind had nothing to do with the Hunt sisters, their proclivities or “interesting” interpretations of copyright law

In fact my gut reaction has nothing to do with the Hunt case at all.

As I watch those girls fight and the punches swing while I watch young men with muscles in places where I don’t even have places all I can think is:  What’s wrong with those guys?

Why are these guys doing standing there with their iPhones watching that girl getting beat?  Why isn’t anyone trying to break it up?

You got some girl getting pummeled and all those guys are interested in doing are taking pictures?

Isn’t there a single person who was brought up right?

That inaction, speaks volumes  and what it says  about our culture and its fall is far worse than anything it does about the Hunt girls.

Final thought If I had a daughter every single one of those guys would be on the “Over my dead body!” list.

Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Winston Churchill Aug 20th 1940

“I regard it as a privilege to fight for all those things that make life worth living – freedom, honour and fair play”

Pilot Officer William “Bill” Millington

The news generally doesn’t anger me as easy as it used to. there are still a few red flags (Molly Norris) but being exposed to news on a regular basis and watching how far the culture has fallen has made outraging me very hard.

But this story from (via Instapundit) made me angry on a visceral level.

For 15 years she has proudly served her country as a Royal Navy engineer, risking her life in Afghanistan when she fought against the Taliban.

But far from showing Nicky Howse the respect she deserved as she flew back to her latest posting, Virgin Atlantic staff chose to humiliate her – by demanding that she remove her uniform because it was ‘offensive’.

They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead.

It’s a little thing, compared to say the oppression and violence against the Jews in Denmark but as the son of a World War 2 vet who has admired England from afar it was a kick in the gut.

‘They then said it was for my own safety to stop abuse to which I replied I can deal with that myself if it arises as I did in Afghanistan.

‘Honestly, I was gobsmacked and horrified. I was so distressed, particularly since the whole reason I was travelling was for a funeral.

‘To clarify, a British airline who claims to be Britain’s flag carrier won’t allow a member of Britain’s armed forces to travel on their airline in uniform.’

As a person who hasn’t served I’m very conscious of the debt I owe those who have. Looking at this situation all I could think of was the flyers who fought the Battle of Britain facing the Nazi’s alone.

They are almost all gone now men like Wing Commander Oliver Wells died last year at the age of 90 as did the oldest of the few William Walker at 99.

I can’t help but wonder how he would have reacted to this story, or if the G4S security guard and Virgin Atlantic staff would have forced him to remove his uniform if he choose to wear it on a flight?

The England they defended apparently doesn’t exist anymore. I suspect when Elizabeth II and her generation dies the last of what England once was will die with her.

Bad form people, bad form all around

BRIAN: Brothers! Brothers! We should be struggling together!

FRANCIS: We are! Ohh.

BRIAN: We mustn’t fight each other! Surely we should be united against the common enemy!

EVERYONE: The Judean People’s Front?!

Life of Brian 1979

Sire, you risk having no Spain at all!

Ed Cid 1961

This is just foolish:

I was just disinvited from a scheduled speech by the Utah County, Utah GOP because — after a special meeting to discuss the subject — I was deemed “too controversial” because of my support for gay rights. Er, okay.

Having an unpaid speaking gig (which I seldom do anymore) canceled is no hardship. And people are welcome to believe what they want to believe, and invite whom they want to speak — but as the GOP looks at why they’re viewed as intolerant, well, this kind of thing might be part of it. “Big tent” or teepee? Your choice.

Now if the speech had been at a Mormon or a Catholic Commencement I can see this (he is in favor of Gay Marriage & unless I’m very much mistaken Abortion) but this is a speech to a GOP group Glenn & Instapundit has been one of the smartest and best voices on the right over the last 10 years. He has treated the GOP better than it deserves Any GOP or Tea Party group that would exclude him are fools.

On a personal level I’m very Catholic, very against the narcissistic nonsense that is called “gay marriage” and about as anti-abortion as you can get. I don’t make a secret of it and I’m sure Glenn and I disagree strongly on these issues and would be happy to debate him (or any one else) on these issue publicly or privately.

Yet Glenn Reynolds been kind enough to answer my letters before I blogged, promoted my links when they are worthy, hit my tip jar when it is needed and correct my grammar when I’ve missed it and more importantly thrown me the occasional word of encouragement…and we’ve never even met each other in person.

Glenn’s not Catholic (I don’t even know if he is Christian) but he seems to be operating under the following rule:

 ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.‘ (Matt 25:40)

I’m lucky he doesn’t operate under the standard the Utah GOP does.

Update: The Utah GOP in Action!

No wonder they couldn’t get Mia Love elected

Update 2: Apparently not everyone in the Utah GOP is clueless:

Good for him.

…and officially declare it a propaganda organ?

Mind you the Washington post isn’t citing an unnamed source that has talked to them, they are reporting that someone else (Harry Reid) claims that an unnamed source said something.

I don’t claim to have been in this business all that many years, but I know enough that I can’t report hearsay.

A simple example two years ago at CPAC when I brought up the name of a person who said something nice about me the person who I was talking to snorted and told me something about said person that raised an eyebrow.

The person who told me this was someone I liked, someone I normally would trust and said story would have been a hell of a story to break, but there was no proof provided, no details, just this is what he had been told.

I never followed up on the story, (still don’t plan to) it’s stuck in the back of my mind with a lot of rumors etc that I’ve heard since I’ve gotten in this business.

I don’t have an editor, I don’t have a handler, yet I know enough not to go with this. If the Washington Post doesn’t it tells me two things

1. They are dishonorable hacks.

2. They are in full panic mode concerning November

I may be just a blogger and radio host trying to make it on my own, Things may be so tight that I can’t afford a car these days, and I don’t pretend not to be biased in the upcoming election, but I hope and pray I never reach the point where I am willing to sell my integrity for the sake of a jab against Obama.

Simply Amazing.

Oh and I know the story started at the Huffpo and the post is “just reporting what Huffpo” said but they are an actual newspaper that is supposed to mean something.

Update: Just got off the phone with Robert Stacy McCain his take: Standards? We don’t need no sinking standards.

Update 2: Instalanche thanks Glenn. Don’t miss the story of Sarah Palin Political Venture Capitalist, Figure out what people with skin in the game think and if you are sick of Political stuff, a review of a good restaurant.

Oh and Neo-Neocon has the explanation. The Press is at war.

Update 3: Stacy McCain elaborates

Instead of doing some, y’know, reporting on this remarkable claim, the WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe lets it go with this bland acknowledgement:

Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.

Grant that Reid’s wild accusation — “financial McCarthyism,” you might call it — is newsworthy even if it is absolutely false. And it almost certainly is false, Dan Primack of Fortune says. But is it now an accepted practice at the Washington Post just to repeat whatever politicians say (in interviews with reporters for other publications) without bothering to do any independent reporting at all?

Update 4: Now it’s own memeorandum thread complete with insults from the left. I’m grateful for the insults, it proves I’m hitting a nerve. Meanwhile Althouse gets it

Here’s one of the highest rated comments:

It may appear that Reid’s claim that Romney paid no taxes for ten years is extreme and poorly sourced — however, if Mitt thinks his comment is unfair, all he has to do to make Reid appear a liar and a fool is to release his own tax returns, which is totally within his power.

While not having paid ANY taxes for TEN years is a sufficient cause for Mitt to not release them, it is not a necessary cause. There could be many other things he wishes to hide, from offshore tax shelters, to very low tax rates, to connections to Bain Capital actions he wishes to hide from. There is only one thing certain about Romney’s tax returns: HE KNOWS that there is SOMETHING in them which is disqualifying, that there is something that dare not face the light of day.

That’s the narrative. All you have to do is to track people into thinking like that, and Harry Reid knows it.

This is what the media has come to.

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Two days ago I wrote about the risks of Free Speech and it’s costs. I mentioned Robert Stacy McCain’s multi-part series on the subject, asking how a person convicted of Bombings can draw hundreds of thousands of dollars of support from wealthy liberal organizations to go after conservatives, (strangely for Stacy he doesn’t ask why the conservatives fighting their fight are not worthy of the same support by conservative organizations but I digress).

Today Stacy and his wife & children are in an undisclosed location staying one step ahead of Mr. Kimberlin. As he puts it:

To people trying to guess my destination, good luck. Kimberlin loves to sue people to shut them up, but first he has to find the appropriate jurisdiction.

That’s a brave face and almost jovial face, but anyone who knows Stacy understands the bombs Kimberlin has set in the past and it is that knowledge more than any suit that is keeping him and his family moving.

To my friends on the left who are financing this fellow: Do you have any actual honor left? Have you become so secular, so utilitarian that you have reached this point? I have no problem with redemption and forgiveness, Christianity demands it but the person in question is not behaving in an honorable way, and if you are paying a man so he can force a reporter/blogger, his wife and children on the road to avoid him you have to ask yourself: Have you no decency? Have your totalitarian impulses becomes so strong that this is what its come to?

And Stacy, my suggestion is to re-locate to a concealed carry state or perhaps to the home of someone of Sicilian ancestry, for some odd reason such locations tend to be safer. I can’t imagine why.

Update:
Ladd Ehlinger is a much more worldly man than I

“This is crazy. Does Neal Rauhauser and all these other people really think they can associate with a guy like Kimberlin and ever hope to work in politics again? Not even a loopy Democrat would want to risk hiring someone who hangs around with a convicted domestic terrorist. What the hell are they thinking? Sure you can do dirty tricks – but this is way beyond that.”

True, but this is not politics as usual.

We like to think that in the U.S. of A., we can do politics without degenerating into third-world mayhem. We have political consultants and talking heads. It’s all about polls, the latest meme, marketing. Why, it’s nothing more than Coke vs. Pepsi.

People operate on that comfortable assumption.

But I think this election year is going to be different.

What if the Soros camp knows Kimberlin’s past and present and aren’t bothered by it? Look to the latest mayhem in Chicago; look to who funds the Occupy movement. I think you have your answer. I know I have mine.

Hard-core progressives believe that conservatives are pure evil. Evil! Evil, and must be destroyed. Long-winded intricate essays on Keynesian economics in the Weekly Standard is not going to change that.

And if your opposition thinks and feels that you are evil incarnate, then it will act that way, too.

I’m reading what Ladd has written thinking what is being done to my church and to Stacy and all I can think of is the line from Sahara when Frenchy is shot in the back after talking to the German commander under a flag of truce:

Capt. Jason: Frenchy was right, we don’t know the Nazis

If the left chooses to ignore this and decides to let this stand then all bets are off.

Update 2: Stacy updates the story here:

Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Stacy Insists the story is not about him:

it is important to emphasize that this story is not about me.

This story is about Brett Kimberlin, a criminal of infamous reputation whose recent actions indicate that he fears widespread scrutiny. His attempts to suppress the truth have only generated more of the scrutiny Kimberlin had hoped to prevent, so that Monday for the first time his story merited a thread on the political news aggregation site Memeorandum.

Although I agree that Kimberlin is a big story, the primary story and additionally the willingness of “mainstream” left foundations to fund him is a pretty interesting tale…

…but for my money a reporter in America having to flee his home with his family for their safety because he dared to report on Mr. Kimberlin and the mainstream foundations that fund him is a hell of a story in itself, and the disinterest in the media in reporting it is even bigger.

I see Molly Norris all over again.

Update 4:
A whole lot of folks on the Net have discovered this, when will the MSM? Where is Fox? Where is Drudge?

Update 5: Remember spell check is not your friend thanks Calvin

instead of suppressing speech?

At least one leftist does.

Update:
Et Tu Wikipedia?

Update 2: Stacy McCain and American Power figure it out. Racist Naomi Schaefer dreamed all her life of being a lady on a pre-civil ware southern plantation so she married a black man; Jason Riley so she could order him around for the rest of his life:

Naomi: Honey, will you take out the garbage?
Jason: Stop oppressing me, cracker!
Naomi: You left your dirty laundry on the bathroom floor again.
Jason: Orval Faubus! Bull Connor! Selma!
Naomi: Could you run to the store and get a gallon of milk?
Jason: “We shall overcome . . .”

Good thing the Chronicle of Higher Education saw through her little trick and fired her!

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:

Update 3: Linked by Dan Riehl, full disclosure I am a tea drinker too. Treacher doesn’t link but says this:

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.

It’s like those in denial over Islamic terror, nothing to see here move along.

I’m referring to a particular gentlemen who made a loud unscheduled entrance to the bloggers lounge on the last day of CPAC.

As I’m losing my tolerance for bluster I ignored him but later discovered that a rather nice volunteer who tried to enforce security rules during this time was berated by him/his people for doing so.

This is unacceptable, this lady was very kind during CPAC and deserved better treatment, then again as a general rule a lady should not be so treated period!

For this reason this gentleman, his name, his party and his image shall not be seen on this blog again If he calls into my radio show he will not be let on the air. This will continue until and unless I am informed by said lady that he has apologized to her satisfaction.

Until I am so informed this is the last time I will even obliquely refer to this man on this site.

I understand that self-promotion is what this person does for a living these days but I’ll be damned if it will be done at the expense of people I like.

It’s interesting but almost a cliche. What I think is more interesting and much sadder is that now the Rendell is out office and will never be running or holding office again, his marriage is over.

The question, they have been married for 40 years. How many years did they stay together strictly so he could be a married family man while running for or in office?

Am I the only one who finds this very very distasteful?

I must confess when I saw this story at gateway pundit

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they were surprised by the applause at the memorial pep rally on Wednesday for the victims of the Tucson shootings.

I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.

Oh really?
Then why was it printed on the Jumbotron?

my first thought was: “It has to be a photoshop, not even this administration can be that crass and/or foolish.”

Some of Jim commentators suggest it was closed captioning. Assuming that is correct it seems to me odd that the “applause” tag would have been fed into the feed if the jumbotron was simply for the audience (who being there could see it without being told). Also since the remarks were prepared remarks it suggests that those applause markers would have been pre-programmed too. A bit tacky to say the least, but I don’t know for sure and a little digging from people there can establish the truth. I’m willing to give the admin the benefit of the doubt till then.

What IS much more interesting is Charles Johnson’s reaction. Not that he is hitting Jim Hoft, at this point anyone right of media matters is the enemy to Charles. What is absolutely classic is this bit:

Since Hoft likes to float these smears and then delete them when it finally sinks through his dense cranial matter that they make him look like an idiot, here’s a screenshot:

I am not aware of Jim Hoft deleting posts however Charles Johnson’s efforts in trying to change is history has been documented which prompted this classic line from Tim Blair:

Little Green Footballs is becoming littler by the day.

Interesting note, do a bing search for “jim hoff” deleting posts and you get 39 results. Do the same with “Charles Johnson” instead of “Jim Hoff” and you get 89,100 results as of 5:07 p.m. today. That isn’t just projection, that’s a 12 screen multiplex with features offered in 3D. UPDATE: It would help if I spelled Jim’s name right. The corrected search is below.

I’m certainly not inclined to take Mr. Johnson’s word concerning Mr. Hoft (who I met at Blogcon and had the pleasure of interviewing) when it comes to bad form by a blogger, but he is welcome to provide actual evidence to back the slander libel up. Till then it is just another case of Mr. Johnson signaling that he continues to need our prayers. Remember while there is life there is hope and no soul is worth abandoning.

Plus I like happy endings.

Update: It’s been pointed out that slander is spoken and libel is print, corrected to reflect that.

Update: BIG correction I misspelled Jim name, the search should have been “Jim Hoft” redid the post with the right spelling and redid the search. Number of results is 3120 vs Johnson’s 89,100. My very big bad.

Update 2: Revenge is a dish best served ironic:

Yesterday Charles Johnson was praising this far left crackpot for blaming conservatives for the Tuscon shootings.

Today that same freak was arrested and charged with with threats and intimidation and disorderly conduct.

Jim finishes with this gem:

UPDATE: Fuller will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Charles is still on the loose.

Mr. Fuller at least has an explanation for his actions having recently suffered the trauma of a gunshot wound. No word on what Mr. Johnson’s excuse is.

but I saw this via Dan Riehl’s tweet and my jaw rolled off, and dumped itself somewhere between the table and the TV.

Just one month after his estranged wife Elizabeth succumbed to her battle with cancer, the Enquirer reports that the former presidential candidate has popped the question, asking Hunter to marry him and purchasing a $3.5 luxury beachfront home for the couple and their toddler daughter.

Now with the stipulation that it is better for the kid (who has no responsibility for any of this) to grow up with her father and mother together the suddenness of all is really unnerving.

Remember if it was up to the media none of this would ever have been reported.

Am I the only person watching Morning Joe today who notices the massive hypocrisy today?

They spend the whole first segment hitting Jim DeMint for calling Harry Reid’s Christmas move “Sacrilegious” and insist that he should apologize to Reid for “insulting his religion”.

Yet they tease an acrobat act before the pope as “Chippendale” and jokes are made about how “the Pope likes them more than the nuns” and about “ripped men”.

I guess Morning Joe has a flexible definition on what is “insulting” a religion. Calling Harry Reid out for extending the session though Christmas offensive to religion Homoerotic jokes about the leader of one billion Catholics all in good fun. The panel practically couldn’t contain their delight in the 2nd hour.

Why the difference? Because the MSNBC audience likes one but not the other and yes Joe if you want to call for an apology from DeMint how about an on air apology from yourself first, because I guarantee I’m going to call you out on my Christmas Day Radio show if you make one more call for DeMint to apologize without apologizing yourself.

The second piece is even more ridiculous. They are hitting DeMint because of the idea of working through Christmas, they are talking about the troops and bringing up e-mails from nurses etc about how “they work on holidays suck it up” forgetting that the democrats could have brought all of this stuff up BEFORE the lame duck session.

That’s isn’t the double standard, the double standard is the news media. This year Christmas and New Years is on a Saturday so it doesn’t apply so much but how many of these media guys take holidays off? the 4th of July is Monday this year. Let’s see if they have guest hosts. In fact this year I will check CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, FOX and MSNBC and see how many of the crew who are so self-righteous this morning are hard at work.

Update: They went there again at the top of the hour right after homoerotic pope jokes again. Fine! I formally request an apology over the Pope stuff. I guarantee this will be a top on my Christmas Radio show on the War on The Church and the War on Christmas.

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I know that turnabout is fair play but Manchin was elected as a democrat just a week ago. I think it would be dishonorable for him to suddenly switch sides without even giving the Majority he is a part of to demonstrate common sense:

Republicans are making some big promises to try to lure West Virginia Senator-elect Joe Manchin to cross the aisle.

Aside from his pick of committee assignments (likely the Energy and Natural Resources Committee), Manchin might get support for one of his pet projects – a plant to convert coal to diesel fuel that has stalled under Democratic leadership in Washington.

It’s one of Manchin’s pet projects and could mean big money for the state’s coal producers.

I know its politics but I think its bad form all around. Give it at least 6 months.

How will NPR react to the firestorm, why they will double down:

That said, Williams provided a valuable voice on NPR. His long experience as a journalist and background as an authority on the Civil Rights movement enabled him to offer insights that often enriched the network’s reporting.

Ultimately, however, it seems management felt he had become more of a liability than an asset. Unfortunately, I agree.

Yup, perhaps about $1,800,000 worth of assets.

And of course it isn’t about firing a black man who appears on a conservative show: (emphasis mine)

It can’t be overlooked that this episode is occurring in a toxic political environment where people are quick to take sides and look for hidden motives. I fear some will look for racial motivations in NPR’s decision to fire Williams, who is African-American and one of the few black male NPR voices.

It’s not about race. It’s also not about free speech, as some have charged. Nor is it about an alleged attempt by NPR to stifle conservative views. NPR offers a broad range of viewpoints on its radio shows and web site.

I’m sure NPR has plenty of empathy for organization with few blacks who fire them and I’m sure they haven’t tolerated outrageous statement before, oh wait:

— Also in 2005, NPR apologized to Mark Levin, author of “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America,” after a broadcast of its program “Day to Day” falsely accused him of advocating violence against judges. Levin accepted the apology, but said the broadcast was “illustrative of a smear campaign launched by the Left to try and silence” his criticisms of judicial activism.

— In 2002, the head of NPR issued an apology six months after a report linking anthrax-laced letters to a Christian conservative organization.

— Also in 2002, during an interview with the Philadelphia City Paper, NPR host Tavis Smiley said he strived to do a show that is “authentically black,” but not “too black.”

— In 1995, Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, was allowed to keep her job after telling the host of PBS’ “Inside Washington” that if there was “retributive justice” in the world, former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms would “get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

In my opinion this is a perfect example of a cultural elite that only survives due to sugar daddies and don’t dare to upset them. Period!

Bad form NPR, Bad form

Every now and again Stacy will throw a zinger at Allahpundit for never linking to him and I tend to smile. Allah’s mistrust of all things Palin annoys me but it never was a big deal one way or the other.

Well the clip that Stacy posted & the interview I shot at the Marty Lamb / Jim McGovern debate seems to have become the talk of the conservative town at the Gunn event many where talking about it. You would think that it would rate a link from allahpundit.

It did rate a link, to RCP:

Via RCP. At Reason, Jacob Sullum is on the money:

Cripes even Wikipedia got a link instead of Stacy and Stacy was THERE.

I’ve got nothing against RCP but next time Stacy comment on how Allah won’t link to him or to HIS story. I’m going to listen.

Remember when everyone was convinced that George W. Bush was going become a dictator and go after his opponents?

Ah how thing change in just a few years, the Wall Street Journal via Tax Prof blog editorializes:

Democrats claim only to favor “disclosure” of donors, but their legal intimidation attempts are the best argument against disclosure. Liberals want the names of business donors made public so they can become targets of vilification with the goal of intimidating them into silence. A CEO or corporate board is likely to think twice about contributing to a campaign fund if the IRS or prosecutors might come calling. If Democrats can reduce business donations in the next three weeks, they can limit the number of GOP challengers with a chance to win and reduce Democratic Congressional losses. …

Faced with electoral repudiation as the public turns against their agenda, Democrats are unleashing government power to silence their political opponents. Instead of piling on, the press corps ought to blow the whistle on this attempt to stifle political speech. This is one more liberal abuse of power that voters should consider as they head to the polls.

As DaScienceGuy notes today:

In a five minute google search I found on a US Government website (the FEC) a name under President Obama’s donators for the last presidential election. Hassan Nemazee. Too bad he is an Iranian citizen. But we will forget that one.

I personally think Sam Rayburn would be rolling in his grave.

Via Glenn who throws out this nugget

Just don’t complain when President Palin starts the investigations in 2013

To steal a phrase Heh, Indeed!

As you might guess I don’t approve of Enrique Chagoya’s “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals”.

That being said I don’t approve of this either:

A woman using a crowbar entered a Colorado art museum Wednesday and destroyed a controversial exhibit by a Stanford University art professor that some say shows Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act.

The exhibit — called “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals” by Stanford’s Enrique Chagoya — has been the subject of a week’s worth of protests by those who claim it is blasphemy.

The suspect was identified by police as 56-year-old Kathleen Folden of Kalispell, Mont. She is currently in custody on a charge of criminal mischief.

The fact that unlike a certain religion of peace™ she took out her anger on the piece rather than the “artist” or the exhibitor doesn’t change the fact that it is a wanton act of vandalism and a crime against freedom of speech.  I would have hoped for better from an American.

Bad form madam, bad form indeed!

Via my arch enemy friend Chris Lackey.

Different individuals have different expertise, I don’t know if Stephen Colbert has any more specific information about illegal immigration than anyone else, but I do know this.

If you are going to testify on the people’s dime in the people’s house it is not meant to be a publicity stunt done in character.

But clown Colbert’s Democrat enablers aren’t interested in serious debate. They’re interested in promoting illegal alien amnesty by any means necessary — even it means turning a House hearing into a Comedy Central stage.

If democrats want to know why they are heading for the defeat they are, it’s because they have the same respect for the voter as they do for the people’s house.

…you know I’ve always assumed that some traumatic personal effect had a lot to do with Charles Johnson’s volte fache over the last couple of years. That along with an ability to hold a grudge is bad news indeed.

However now apparently Charles is crossing a line in blogger etiquette that I wouldn’t have thought was beneath him:

it turns out, every link in that post to one of charles’ posts regarding the flight 93 memorial is dead now. so here’s a screenshot to show that google’s spiders, with their indifferent eyes, have recorded charles’ deceit.

and Wrist action using a bit of irony in his follow up post. I won’t rob him of the link go and check it out.

Now when I’ve spotted grammar errors on old posts I’ve fixed them but this type of stuff is just plain dishonorable. Considering the season and the excitement going on it’s a great time to do it in hopes that it is ignored. As one of the oldest blogs and one I at one time defended I’m very disappointed. Tim Blair has the perfect line:

Little Green Footballs is becoming littler by the day.

Ironically his dishonorable attacks on Robert Stacy McCain and my banning led to our friendship, the Scott Brown stuff, CPAC the Tea Party express coverage and my recent trip to Blogcon. This only goes to show that God takes even bad things and can use it for good.

I’ll keep praying for Charles, and you should too, not in the hopes that he changes political sides again but I’d like him to get over whatever is troubling him.

Life is too short to spend it angry.

As I sit working on my Niece’s daughter’s computer her father showed me a machine he just got back from the Geek Squad, they repaired the power connector on the laptop (the first thing that tends to go barring a physical accident) and tested the repair with a known good battery.

For some reason however they specifically neglected to check if it would charge the battery that he came in with (it isn’t) so now after an expensive repair he has a laptop that is not portable.

Basic common sense says you test the battery that the system came in with, how it was released without doing that is beyond me, particularly since he had quite a haul to get to the local best buy (several towns away).

On occasion people are going to make mistakes but this neglected step is specifically on the form.

Guys I know you are still around and HiWired didn’t do hardware but this is support 101, make it easy for the customer and keep him informed. You can’t afford to be making mistakes like this when there are a dozen guys just waiting to take your job.

Bad form people, bad form.

Politico reports on the Democrats latest paean to open mindedness and tolerance:

Last summer, Democrats argued that the Tea Party movement was the astroturf creation of corporate groups. Now that the grass-roots conservative resurgence has emerged as a clear force on the right, the left is making a different case: That tea parties are simply the enemy.

To that end, the Agenda Project, a new, progressive group with roots in New York’s fundraising scene and a goal of strengthening the progressive movement, has launched the **** Tea project (full censorship mine but it rhymes with “Duck”)

Ah the left still trying to shut down an authentic grass roots movement. Gateway notes the progression:

First the left introduced the Coffee Party.
Then they introduced the Cocoa Party.
Then last month the left came out with yet another astroturfed group to counter the tea party… “One Nation.”

Perhaps these groups all failed because they, unlike the tea party, were actually AstroTurf groups?

With this new group and the T(ea?)-Shirts that go with it they might be able to get a few sales from the college crowd or people who like to say **** but if this is the big plan of democrats they these guys are finished. One more note:

The new project, so far, features merchandise, polling statistics aimed to paint Tea Party members as ignorant, and a mocking video.

Well I have video upon video upon video upon video, upon video, upon video, upon video (you get the picture) of ACTUAL tea party protesters and ACTUAL tea party members giving their actual unrehearsed opinions so your mocking stuff is just another pathetic attempt to attack Americans you can’t win an argument with.

Memeorandum thread here

but when I got downstairs Joe Scarborough making fun of Bill McCollum’s plan concerning Illegal aliens.

His point about him trailing and trying to make up ground with this is valid but saying his plan involves having them wear something yellow on the shirt just here and advising illegals “not to get on the train, they’re not taking you to Kissimmee.”

Joe I like ya but C’MON!

If I’m Imus I’m playing this clip over and over and over for the next week.

See what happens when Mika takes a week off?

…Islam has issues.

But I’ve never been one for burning books.

Analysis for me is pretty easy for me on this one. The so-called “International Burn the Quran Day” is geared to the sheer shock factor. It’s beyond incediary, ludicrous and a waste of time. And worse, this kind of behavior (burn the Quran/Koran day) distracts from the clear downsides to Islam. It sells books too, apparently. But in the end it is this group’s right to do as they please on their property – free speech (including liberal pet projects like flag burning) is sometimes ugly.

I’m with Left coast rebel here. Burning books seems kinda anti-American to me.

They get 10 out of 10 for not being afraid of the inevitable fatwa but they also get 0 out of ten for giving Islamists an actual cause for grievance. Going nuts over a cartoon? Nonsense! Burning their holy book, yeah I can see getting angry over that.

This of course doesn’t change the fact that it is protected first amendment speech and violent retaliation is the act of barbarians.

Oh and the Anchoress makes a great point:

But I have to wonder about Rick Sanchez, here. His points are not badly made, but I wonder why he showcased this fellow at all? As one of the deacon’s readers points out:

While I don’t support the burning of the Quran, I can’t help but wonder where CNN and Rick Sanchez were when we had the atheist college Professor Paul Z. Myers desecrating the Eucharist on posting pictures of the act? Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall Sanchez grilling Myers in a CNN interview. It gives credibility to the statement that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice.

Just so; I have to wonder whether Sanchez highlighted this story because a) it feeds into the public perception of Christians as intolerant and stupid and b) it is fodder for a potentially huge story: the inevitable fatwa against this man and the tensions his ideas will foment. Is Sanchez stoking this little twig in hopes of reporting on an eventual conflagration down the road?

Either way its bad form and will have a bad end.

Memeorandum thread here.

It looks like Digger’s Realm and Kimberly Dvorak are bucking for the title NYT of the blogosphere from what we are seeing at Confederate Yankee :

I noted she can’t provide any evidence to support her story, and was not likely develop evidence to support it. I told her that at this point, she should issue a retraction, mentioning that her LE sources have made claims, but that they are contradicted by multiple agencies and Laredo media, both print and television.

Her response was even more telling.

I have not got anyone to tell me via phone or email – ‘It did not happen, name and title.’ They tell me they can neither confirm or deny. My LE was there. I’m not asking you to believe me or tell me I’m lying. It was a FYI story and I stand by it. Senior DHS brass have said it did not happen, but said that was off the record and no name. Why? So to me there is no proof one way or the other.

In fairness to everyone I posed on the story myself when I saw it with a qualifier or two but my update striking it came within 5 min of the first post.

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# 24 July, 2010 @ 18:57 by datechguy
# 24 July, 2010 @ 18:56 by datechguy
# 24 July, 2010 @ 18:56 by datechguy

If you have something wrong the best thing to do is to admit it and move on. We are all human and we are going to get some things wrong, particularly if you are an individual without an organization to back you up. I know it’s hard, particularly if you have what appears to be a big scoop and the hits have come in droves, but, it’s bad form, just let it go.

Let’s leave the “you can’t prove it didn’t happen” standard for the MSM.

Update: It looks like I owe both of them an apology

…even before this the Tea Party express and some of the other groups didn’t see eye to eye. Back in April there was some friction between the pair in Washington and a Worcester Tea Party leader advised some members not to show up to the Boston Rally.

When Confederate Yankee asked why the entire express was booted over Williams the answer is, in my opinion because they could. It is clearly unfair to taint the tea party express over this but they had a chance to knock off a rival so they took it.

What really gets me angry about this is that reading what he said, how could he not realize what he was doing? You can make the case that government dependence is holding back the black community. (Candidate Cory Ruth made that case to me in GA-4) but this was just over the top offensive.

Because of said stupidity the NAACP has a scalp and the media story Monday will not be about the phony charges that were made, it will be about validation of their meme. Mr. Williams did that and for that alone he deserves plenty of grief.

Mr. Williams I have to give you the Wheel of Fish award for this one.

Bad Form Mr. Williams, bad form.

Memorandum thread here.

Update: Williams’ statement is here, it’s pretty good and deserves an airing. It should be noted that he admits that he screwed up big time. Waiting for the same from New Black Panthers, Rev Wright and Louis (The Pious) Farrakhan in 3….2…1….(billion).

Stacy I love ya, you are my friend but that’s not funny any more than a black man dressed in a Klan Robe would be funny.

Ok bad example but it’s still bad form. I know Pam put it up first in context to her critique but I think it’s a real jump here. It will get a lot more attention than this did. Everyone makes mistakes but this one is a doozy.

…and still be an #$*

Back on May 31st when I was looking at various links around the blogosphere about the Turkish flotilla. I found myself curious what the newly left leaning Charles Johnson might be saying, so I did something I hadn’t done in a long time. I checked his blog to see what it said. Here is what I saw:

And in a sign that there is still hope for him: Charles Johnson:

The Israeli Navy boarded a flotilla headed toward Gaza yesterday, leading to a wild melee that ended in several deaths. The IDF is reporting that the “peace activists” planned the violence in advance, and released the following video — clearly showing the “peace activists” attacking the IDF boarding party with a variety of weapons, including firebombs and stun grenades.

His new friends on the left won’t like those quotation marks but I am very pleased to see them.

It was the first time I linked to him in a very long time. I didn’t read anything else on the blog and basically forgot about it until a little more than a week later I noticed a story on memeorandum from the Fox site that credited LGF for noticing Reuters cropping a photo to disarm one of the “activists” in the flotilla that headed to Israel to try to break the Gaza blockade. I also noticed that none of the found it kind of funny that all of the links on Memorandum didn’t mention Johnson:

This isn’t a surprise, I don’t care for Johnson, I don’t like the way he treated my friend Stacy, or Pam or Peg and he has run in my opinion run his site like a cheap dictator, but in the end his position on Israel and his willingness to expose Reuters shows he still has a trace of the old Johnson in him.

Christians in general and Catholics in particular are very much into redemption. I’ve still got a little Pollyanna in me so I’ll include him in my prayers this week. Who knows.

If I had been reading his site I would have noticed that although he is on the side of the angels on the Gaza flotilla it hasn’t increased the thickness of his skin as Stacy and Ace both note first Ace:

My experience with throwing tips to Charles Johnson was this: Don’t bother. Because if you sent him the tip that a Reuters story included interesting paragraph 1, interesting paragraph 2, and interesting paragraph 3, your “reward” from the Great Charles Johnson was seeing this up at his wonderful blog:

Reuters [direct link to Reuters story]:

Interesting Paragraph 1. [which you sent him]

Interesting Paragraph 2. [which you sent him]

Interesting Paragraph 3. [which you sent him]

Via Ace of Spades. [Gee, thanks! You mentioned me! You see that, Ma? I’ma somebody now!]

It quickly dawned on me that if I wanted any traffic from LGF readers, the right strategy was to not tip Charles Johnson, thus forcing, sort of, his readers to come over to my blog and see for themselves if I’d found anything of interest.

Because, if I sent Johnson a tip, that whole tip was going up on his site, pretty much, just as I myself had put it on mine, with no apparent reason for any reader to click through to me. In other words, having an Ace of Spades tip up at LGF pretty much meant his readers wouldn’t come over to the site, as they’d know that CJ had faithfully reproduced the only interesting thing on my site that day.

Better, then, to leave it up in the air as to whether anything interesting was going on on this site then, so at least I’d get curiosity-clicks.

It’s kind of screwed up when you realize you probably get more traffic by not being linked from a site than being linked by it.

And this is only a sample of what he has to say (go and read the whole thing).

Stacy picks up the narrative with some screen shots from LGF where Charles thin skin is demonstrated in visuals:

UPDATE: To put the Ace/LGF situation in context, some explanation is in order. There was a minor media-bias kerfuffle this past week in regard to the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla,” and I didn’t blog about it because the source was Little Green Footballs. But it got picked up in the media and everybody else blogged about it, including Yid With Lid:

Reuters is now doctoring its pictures from the violence aboard the Guerrilla Flotilla.

YWL got linked at Hot Air, and this prompted Charles Johnson to go thermonuclear on Allahpundit:

Ironically he gives shots and the backstory of something similar involving Charles with another blogger with the roles reversed.

When I had put up my initial “credit where credit is due” post and promoted it on Twitter Stacy tweeted back with the following warning:

@SissyWillis @DaTechGuyblog Be Ye Not Deceived!

followed by four further tweets about Mr. Johnson’s history.

Now I only knew about his role because the Fox story mentioned it, if I had seen it at Yid with Lid or hotair first I would have credited them first. The blogosphere is a pretty big place and unless you are Glenn Reynolds (who I suspect is a future regeneration of a certain 2000 year old timelord with a TARDIS of his own) you just can’t see everything, link everything and credit everything on the web.

I tend to read memeorandum first, then Robert Stacy, then a few of my linked blogs and then Glenn. By the time I see Glenn I’ve already linked and scheduled several posts that he might have already put up. I don’t look at LGF but I don’t look at Ace of Spades much either (Sorry Ace but I just don’t). With 24 hours in a day and something resembling a life I just can’t do it without a longer life span and a time/space vehicle.

If Charles hasn’t figured that out yet concerning people like Allahpundit then right or wrong on this issue his troubles remain.

It doesn’t look good, with God all things are possible but apparently with Charles he is taking his time.

One of the rules of Saul Alinsky was to make people live by their own rules knowing that they can’t.

Yesterday Pam Geller, a fearless foe of Jihad was informed by PayPal that she is considered a “hate site” and is removing her ability to raise the small amount she does via them.

SIOA and FDI just got notified as well. There are no accidents. I said repeatedly in news stories that the money for the bus ads came from my websites — that there were no large donors. So the global jihad, choking on petrodollars, is trying to shut down my little spigot.

Robert Stacy is properly outraged:

An Associated Press article about Geller last month quoted Faiza Ali, of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who accused Geller of a “long-standing history of anti-Muslim bigotry.” Geller said Saturday she is considering pursuing legal action against PayPal’s attempt to attach a “hate” label to her site.

“What do they expect me to do, stop blogging about jihad?” said Geller, whose blog emphasizes national security issues, Mideast policy and the War on Terror. “These are strange times. And they’re going to get stranger still.”

She is on the right track, but she can do one better. There are an awful lot of sites that use paypal including pro-jihad sites. If she can show discrimination (and it won’t be hard) the potential payoff for a company that is linked to eBay is large enough that even liberal lawyers would be anxious to be a part of it.

Alternatively they can publicize each of these sites that get paypal funding and sue paypal for each site that is kept up. Stacy continues on his site about foreign money:

Read the rest of that – not just the foreign money, but Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford, a veritable Who’s Who of elite philanthropic foundations, none of whom ever gave a penny to any conservative group. And what kind of religious organization would accept money from the United Nations Population Fund? They’re WorldWide Abortion Inc. Their motto might as well be “World Peace Through Dead Babies.”

So the Ground Zero mosque people get millions from big-time foundations, plus the United Nations and all kinds of foreign money, and Pamela Geller can’t be permitted to push back with a few thousand bucks raised via PayPal?

Hello?

I suppose this should be considered a complement that worldwide Jihad inc is afraid of one Jewish American woman, (of course if they ever met Pam in person they would know that this extraordinary woman is not someone you want as a foe). But complement or no this should not be allowed to stand.

And they agreed with me that it wasn’t something to critique

Apparently he should say the same thing to CBS and Sally Quinn:

When it comes to things that caused Al and Tipper Gore to lose sleep and ultimately their love for each other, it turns out that George W. Bush was higher on the list than chlorofluorocarbons and Twisted Sister — at least according to a “family friend.”

I’m more than a little ashamed of myself that in my first post about the Gore separation that I didn’t think to blame Bush for Al and Tipper’s marital breakdown — but fortunately CBS News and Sally Quinn were there to pick up the slack:

Smitty meanwhile offers a particularly Baptist take on the subject.

I plan this to be my only post on the Will Folks issue:

Folks is finding out what others have discovered. If you want to get attention from the media, and maybe set yourself up for the future, the easiest way is to switch sides against a republican and/or Tea Party Member.

Some things in life however come with too high a price.

Meanwhile Robert Stacy Bottom lines the whole issue in the title of his latest post:

CNN: ‘There Is Nothing in the Correspondence Proving Folks’ Claim That He Had an “Inappropriate Physical Relationship” with Haley’

He is quoting from this CNN story. That’s really all you need to know. But if you want to read all his posts on the subject click here.

Update: Cynthia Yockey sees the same thing I do but is more explicit:

Now, some would say that Folks’ game plan is the same one that was developed and perfected by Democratic nut bloggers in Alaska. That is, upon the clandestine receipt of a handsome sum of money and promises of more if the hit is successful, pretend to be impartial or an ally, profess to all and sundry to be suppressing rumors that had never been rumored, make dark hints, look very knowing, then tell reporters that other reporters will beat them to the story that has been fabricated for the purpose of destroying an enemy until one of them takes the bait and then ALL of them have to cover it.

And to that I would say … um, sounds about right.

I’ll wager that dentist bill would be paid by someone if she was willing to back this guy up, but for Cynthia that price would be too high as well.

…because the potential suit from this case is going to be the easiest money they will ever earn:

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the Vice Principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag t-shirts inside-out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.

“They said we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today,” Daniel Galli said.

The boys said the administrators called their t-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus.

“They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended,” Dominic Maciel, Galli’s friend, said.

Hey lets ask the NBA if they back this school district too.

Via Sissy Willis on Twitter.

Update: Michelle Malkin and Zombie pick up the story. Zombie has a particularly salient point concerning “racism”:

Even worse, fearing violence from Hispanic students, the administrators solve the crisis by banishing the “offensive” items, rather than warning students that any violence will be severely punished. In other words, the racist administrators insultingly assumed that their Hispanic students would erupt in violence at the sight of an American flag, and the only way to prevent this is to cower at the presumptive violence and preemptively cave in to the mob’s demands that American flags be banned from campus.

That is racism. Apparently the administrators consider their Mexican students so violent, so unable to control themselves that it was necessary to remove American flags from the student minority. Astounding!