Tomorrow, July 4, 2016, will be the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. Which means in ten years the United States will be 250 years old, one-quarter of a millennium.
I’m old enough to remember America’s bicentennial, and while there was some feeling of bicentennial overkill–CBS TV’s daily Bicentennial Minutes aired for over two years–the USA’s 200th birthday was a welcome respite from the bleak 1970s, a decade that was plagued by war, riots, racial conflict, a moribund economy, and a feeling that America’s best days were behind it. Kinda like right now.
Eight years of Ronald Reagan righted the ship.
How is the planning for the American sestercentennial coming along? Well, it’s almost non-existent. I found a Facebook group, a website, and a few articles on the ‘net here and there, but as of now it’s a non-event.
Hopefully things will move quicker once Barack Obama is out of office. Obama has never been a flag-waving patriot. He famously explained to a reporter in 2007 that his reason for not wearing a US flag pin on his lapel was because it didn’t represent “true patriotism.” All of the other 2008 presidential candidates wore those pins.
This year Bernie Sanders didn’t.
Obama’s base of support, and Sanders’ too, is the far-left; many of these leftists believe that America is strong only because it stole the land and its resources. These radicals speak of an AmeriKKKan Empire that is ruining the world and that the United States is a country that needs to be brought down to size. Oh, isn’t America the nation that saved Europe three times in the last century? You remember, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Thank you, Ronald Reagan for that last one.
And America also rescued Asia in World War II.
Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency this fall–I certainly hope she doesn’t–she likely won’t govern as an anti-American leftist. To some extent the America-hating radicals will be justifiably marginalized.
Prime Minister Jim Hacker: Well say they were invited earlier but the NATO exercise got in the way now that they’re not needed they’re going anyway [listens on the phone] Alright nobody knows it’s not true, press statements aren’t given under oath.
Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986
This has been a bad week for the Facebook facade of even handedness.
Both the Guardian and Gizmodo have reported on the practice of promoting or demoting stories based on the lefty bias of the Facebook team and the response has not been kind.
I was contacted by Mark Zuckerberg’s office this morning about going out to see him in Menlo Park Wednesday.
They have had the same problem that many in media and Silicon Valley face: suppression of conservative voices and ideas.
Many voices and posts were deleted or insured to never trend according to a report. Ted Cruz, CPAC, The Blaze and I were specifically named.
Mark wanted to meet with 8 or ten of us to explain what happened and assure us that it won’t happen again.
How does a company who allowed voices to be heard in Iran and Egypt which sparked revolution silence voices of anyone here?
I am trying to rearrange my schedule to see if I can make it. It would be interesting to look him in the eye as he explains and a win for all voices if we can come to a place of real trust with this powerful tool.
Representatives at Facebook have already reached out to Breitbart News.
We have zero interest in a Facebook photo-op.
They instead want this
Here’s what we and our tens of millions of readers are interested in:
An interview between Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos and Mark Zuckerberg on the topic of free speech and Facebook’s suppression of conservative media. Milo will interview Zuckerberg anytime, anywhere—and we’ll agree to have it broadcast on your live video platform.
Facebook to immediately cease its active suppression of conservative media, as extensively reported by Gizmodo, The Guardian, and myriad other news outlets. Indeed, Facebook’s Trending News chief, Tom Stocky, is a maximum political donor to Hillary Clinton. So there’s no need to “discuss” anything. Facebook did it, Facebook got caught, and it must end.
Bottom line: be interviewed by Milo and stop screwing conservatives.
While meetings, denials and assurances that this stuff won’t happen again might be nice the question to me isn’t just: Are we catching this so facebook doesn’t try to fix “Fix” this election. The question I want answered is How many times has Facebook already used it’s power to “fix” an election?
For example is Facebook suppression of news the reason why fast and furious, Benghazi and other scandal haven’t broken out or that the White House or have their actions been responsible for the success or failures of ballot initiatives nationwide?
I think we need answers, I think those answers have to be truthful and I believe there is only one way we will get truthful answers.
We need to get facebook’s people under oath.
The GOP congress needs to subpoena Zuckerberg, his lieutenants and the people who made the decisions as to trending topics to determine
1. Was there a concerted effort to spike stories favorable to conservative and unfavorable to liberals while promoting stories favorable to liberals and unfavorable to conservatives.
2. When did said effort start, when did it, if ever end.
3. Were these efforts an “in kind” donation to candidates and causes and were any such actions in violation of current law or regulations?
These questions have to be asked and answered under oath. After all if these folks have been manipulating facts for years why would we expect them to tell us the truth if there is no consequence or penalty for lying?
I think somebody in the House needs to get on the ball and arrange hearings so we can see if Facebook is willing to backup their claims and make the same denials they have made in public under penalty of perjury. I think it will be even more interesting if they refuse to do so.
Because frankly Zuckerberg can have all the summits, and photo ops he likes, his company can issue all the statements he wants, but until their statements are make them under oath, no sane conservative will trust Facebook and it’s people.
Nor should they.
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Captain Kirk:According to him, there’s a creature of some sort down here, a humanoid. Mr. Spock: Lieutenant Uhura communicated that information. I ordered re-confirmation on our sensors. They indicate no living creature on this planet. I suggest, Captain, that you’ve been lied to. Lazarus:Captain, you yourself said there were no other explanations. Why do you give credence to this man? Mr. Spock: I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I’ve simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.
I daresay there might be a few people around the country who will be hearing about #freestacy and Robert Stacy McCain for the first time today. That’s what happens when one of the top 70 websites in the country writes about it.
So congratulations to Twitter, Anita Sarkeesian and company. Your new Trust and Safety council continues to get more and more national and even international fame.
48 hours later just a few hours before my plans to take DaWife to Maine resulted not in me outside of Knight’s quilt shop in a rocking chair reading the collected CS Lewis as my wife shopped but at a rest stop full of syringes on the ground outside of Chelmsford watching assorted tractor trailers and waiting for AAA to tow us home the CEO of Twitter was gracing the today show saying this
The key exchange being this:
Matt Lauer: Let me ask you point blank, does twitter censor the comments of its users, does it hide what it would consider inflammatory comments whether they be social or political? Jack Dorsey:Absolutely not,
Given that the CEO has publicly said this on a national TV show I went back to tweetdeck to check on Robert Stacy McCain to see if his account has been restored.
It has not been.
Now I suppose one can try and parse that statement claiming that as Robert Stacy McCain has been suspended he technically is no longer a user so a “user” is no longer being censored.
But given the evidence I’m with Spock the logical deduction is he is a liar and not just a liar but a liar willing to lie to a national audience with a straight face.
I’m surprised he’s not running for office.
Update: A question for Matt Lauer. Jack Dorsey lied to your face and to your audience on national TV. What will you do about it?
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Unless you live outside America, you’ve seen the GEICO insurance television commercials with the tag line, “It’s what you do.” Such as this one about golf commentators whispering regardless of the situation.
Can you say “quid pro quo?” Can you say “hostages?”
Also part of the the hostage exchange was the release of seven Iranians who were imprisoned for violating our trade embargo with the theocracy.
“Empowering Iran with sanctions relief is like Neville Chamberlain writing a $150 billion check to Adolf Hitler before WWII hoping he’ll behave,” Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said shortly after the swap news became public. “This Iran deal is an insane disaster and this White House has lost its mind.”
I’m not so sure the White House lost its mind. President Obama and his oval office sycophants are leftists who believe America is too strong and it needs to be put in its place. That explains why on the day of his final State of the Union address President Obama not only didn’t mention the capture and video humiliation of ten US sailors by Iran in the Persian Gulf, but also his failure to condemn it at all.
And to drive the point home, Obama’s poltroon secretary of state, John Kerry, thanked Iran for releasing the sailors that they shouldn’t have seized.
Our policy with Iran should be regime change. Then maybe Iran can drop their pastime of hostage taking.
The West is repeating a mistake, a very recent one, says Daniel Greenfield. Greenfield points to the startling similarities between nascent international socialism from a century ago, the rise of Islamism in the present, and the impotence of the West in nipping both in their cradles. There are even parallel American presidents in the mix, both from the Democrat Party, and both with sympathies to the contemporaneous ideologies. Islamism has even infiltrated itself into Western institutions—exactly as the Organized Left did.
Greenfield claims that the West will lose to Islamism because it “doesn’t really want to defeat Islamic terrorism.”
It responds to terrorism while ignoring the ideology. And then it roots around for root causes that coincidentally turn out to all involve progressive policy priorities like economic inequality and global warming.
But novelist Matthew Bracken sees no such ignorant innocence in the reaction of the Organized Left to Islamic world ascendance, especially since Islamism is infiltrating the West not just ideologically, but corporeally.
The accelerated pace of the 2015 Muslim hijra [jihad by immigration] invasion [of Europe] was conceived, planned and executed by Quisling traitors comprising the elite leadership of the European branch of the international socialist movement, headquartered in Brussels. To paraphrase British nationalist patriot Paul Weston, if a farmer deliberately inserts a fox into the henhouse, who is guilty of killing the hens?
Now, today, across Europe the stage is being set for the genocide of the weak, confused and defenseless European hens. Former East German Communist functionary Angela Merkel achieves high marks at both Muslim fox insertion and German hen repression. (Meanwhile, former Soviet Communist KGB Colonel Vladimir Putin evolves to become a Russian nationalist who always advances Russian interests, at least as they are perceived by himself and his cronies).
In reality, the international socialists and the Islamist forces have agreed upon a murder pact, wherein their common enemy, the nationalists, will be removed as a threat to either of them forever. In 2016, European nations will deliberately be torched, in order to finish off their people’s last remaining notions of national pride and cultural identity. In effect, the coming conflict will constitute an agreement about the dinner menu made between a jackal, a hyena, and a supremely stupid bliss-ninny lamb, who was raised on Utopian multi-cultural fantasies. The lamb believes that by its own sweet example, the jackal and the hyena can be turned into vegetarians—but the choice for the dinner entree is already a foregone conclusion. European nationalists will be shot and stabbed in their fronts and their backs until they go down and are consumed by both of their rapacious destroyers.
If the traitor elites can imagine sufficiently far into the future, then they must surely see international socialism lining up next for its climactic struggle against Islam, which shall be fought atop the still-warm corpse of European nationalism.
Bracken says that Islam will win the follow-on conflict because the elites will have no problem converting to Islam—or, at least, pretending to. But, in the end Islam will win because
you can live without accepting a suitcase full of Euros or a juicy job offer as a bribe. But you cannot live with your head removed from your shoulders.
So which scenario is true? I know what I think, but in reality, that does not matter. There has to be another option for the endgame.
Meanwhile, in the wake of San Bernardino, Americans observe, think, and react, in spite of rhetoric and planned tyranny of our own Leftists.
Two years ago I was writing about Senator Robert Menendez and his scandals both financial:
Pols like Senator Menendez routinely seek donations of large amounts of money, A businessman funnels a large amount of money to him and rather than an accomplice as a receiver of $98,000 in illegal campaign funds this makes Senator Menendez… a victim!
True it wasn’t until there was a guilty plea in this case that the Senator decided to abdicate victim status by giving the money to charity, but sometimes it takes time for victims to come forward.
Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.
In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.
The senator’s alleged underpayment of these young ladies apparently was an effort to limit the degree of their victimhood.
The MSM has been dragged kicking and screaming to this story. The three networks other than the Daily Caller mentioned in this report all lean left. CNN in fact didn’t touch the story until they could spend twenty minutes attacking it. At the Washington Post the Sunday of CPAC a long story defending Menendez appeared. The very suggestion that these outlets would be part of a conspiracy to frame Menendez when they’ve done their best to ignore the guilty pleas in New Jersey concerning dirty money is so laughable it’s a wonder anyone would make them.
Some expected an apology from me after the story was “debunked” but I decided against it using basic Sicilian logic:
Which do you think is more likely?
2 US left of center Spanish News networks and one flaming liberal international network along with the Daily Caller paid this man $5000 to spread false rumors about Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in order to bring him down so GOP Governor Chris Christie could appoint a replacement
People with a vested interest in this story going away who are profiting from the money brought to the DR by the Senator & his connections in conjunction with the famouslyhonestDominicanRepublicpolice pressured persuaded this man to make these charges to discredit the story.
It isn’t Menendez’s corruption, nor his support of Israel, or even his outspoken condemnation of the Iran deal that doomed him. It’s because like Vince Wilfork. He’s suddenly no longer worth the price.
Senator Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage Hooker in Dominican Republic: prosecutors
That’s the headline at the New York Daily News Tuesday. So apparently all that debunking that was taking place by the MSM at a time when the Democrats wanted to avoid any damage prior to an election and the obamacare fights apparently wasn’t as good as they claimed.
“Some of the young women who received substantial sums of money from defendant Melgen were in the same place as defendant Menendez at the same times,” the government notes.
Prosecutors say that when the allegations about hookers surfaced, Menendez lied, making the “demonstrably false” claim that he’d only flown on Melgen’s plane three times.
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What The Clintons Haven’t Learned. “The Clintons just don’t seem prepared for the modern media world and its tendency to relentlessly pry away at the smallest details. In the end, this may be a bigger problem for the Clinton campaign than whatever Schweizer’s book reveals. . . . The Clintons clearly understood that there was a threat, which is why one presumes that Hillary’s e-mails were shielded from FOIA requests. But that also looks like a tacit confession that the Clintons didn’t really understand what they were dealing with.”
While Ms. McArdle’s piece is interesting I disagree with both her premise & Glenn’s. His premise seems to be the Clinton’s aren’t ready for the Internet age, her premise is the Clintons made a mistake leaving a trail:
Now instead of a mini-scandal over some badly phrased e-mails that would have blown over in a few days, the Clintons have a lingering issue of unknown scale. But that’s not the main problem for the campaign. The most serious concern at the moment is whether there are any other trails of breadcrumbs, and where they might lead.
But I think they are both wrong, I’ve already argued in these pages that the reason these scandals are making headway outside of conservative media is the left (and by extension the media ) is in fear of a Clinton’s defeat in 2016 so they are doing all they can to coax her out of this race early enough to get a better candidate in.
But the real truth is the Clintons HAVE learned the lessons of the 90’s quite well:
It was Democrats and media who vigorously Defended Bill Clinton at every turn, who insisted the Monica stuff was “just about sex”.
It was the liberal media who held back this story and at every opportunity belittled the entire idea of this investigation. (and who ironically MADE Matt Drudge who did not.
And it was democrats who en masse not only voted against the 4 articles of impeachment Article I: Perjury before the grand jury, Article II: Perjury in the Jones case, Article III: Obstruction of justice, Article IV: Abuse of power but directly after their passage assembled on the White House lawn as Richard Gephardt, Al Gore and Clinton Himself (with Hillary beside him) made speeches attacking the House for daring to suggest that his actions made him unfit to hold the Office of president of the United States.
They furthermore learned the lessons of the new century. Hillary Clinton was handed a can’t lose Senate Seat in NY and Bill Clinton has been treated as a rock star on every media network and at every Democrat event he has attended for over a decade.
And ask yourself, how many Democrats have Bill & Hillary campaigned for over just the last four years to cheering crowd?
Why would the Clintons change their behavior when there is no cost for it?
There are very few Democrats who don’t know who and what the Clintons are and they simply don’t care:
Democratic voters remain loyal to Clinton though, with more than three-quarters expressing a positive opinion of the frontrunner for the party’s nomination, according to the NBC/WSJ poll.
It doesn’t matter what Bill Clinton does to any woman, it doesn’t matter that nobody can name an accomplishment of Hillary, it doesn’t matter who they sell themselves to or for how much. Democrat voters, the media and Democrat money will be there, particularly if she is the nominee.
That’s the lesson the Clintons have been taught over the years and they’ve learned that lesson well.
The favorite by far seems to be “stupid” not a day goes by when someone in the media talks about how stupid it is for him to have said these things, particularly on camera.
However in that wave of adjectives used to describe Professor Gruber in general and his words concerning the passing and implementation of Obamacare , there is one that we have not seen deployed, one that given his statement would be the first words out of people mouth.
The missing words? “Liar” and “False”
Nobody wants to deal with that question for one simple reason, if Dr. Gruber is telling the truth (and he is) than a whole lot of Democrats and their media enablers were lying from the start.
Plus you’ll note that Dr. Gruber repeatedly spoke in front of audiences who were, as a rule friendly to Obamacare, for years without being challenged on his veracity.
Jonathan Gruber: “Make No Mistake: The Affordable Care Act Is Based On Massachusetts’s Success,” And Several Of The Architects Of Romneycare Worked Closely With The Obama Administration “To Translate The Lessons From Massachusetts Onto The National Stage.” Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT wrote, “The core of the ACA is the same ‘three legged stool’ that was first developed in Massachusetts. Several of the architects of Massachusetts reform, including myself, worked closely with the Administration and Congress to translate the lessons from Massachusetts onto the national stage. And experts project that the ACA will have similar success, reducing the number of uninsured Americans by 30 million.” [Jonathan Gruber Op-Ed, The Republican on MassLive, 4/11/12]
Jon Gruber Who Helped Write Obamacare And The Massachusetts Health Care Law: “The Federal Reform Is Simply A More Ambitious Version Of The Massachusetts Reform.” “‘The federal reform is simply a more ambitious version of the Massachusetts reform,’ said Jon Gruber, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge who helped policy makers write both laws. ‘Within three years, we should see that the federal reform has covered the uninsured and stabilized the non-group market covering individuals who now face much higher premiums, Gruber said in a telephone interview.” [Bloomberg, 3/26/12]
“I just heard about this,” Obama said at a new conference, after wrapping up two days of meetings with world leaders here at the G-20 Summit. “The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed his opinion that I completely disagree with — it is no reflection on the actual process that was run.”
The Pundit Press notes that the entries above were scrubbed from the Obama web site, I’d be very curious as to when that scrubbing actually took place.
1. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick have both declined to take a stand in our fight against corporate greed despite the fact that dozens of lawmakers and mayors in MA and NH have signed our boycott and our standing with us, the middle class and lower class that they claim to fight so hard for.
These two politicians claim to be on the side of the worker and against corporate greed yet refuse to put their money where their mouth is, lets flood them with calls and emails.
How can this be? We have been hearing for years about how Deval Patrick is all about the little guy, in addition Elizabeth Warren’s entire meme is about populism the whole “you didn’t build that” business. What on earth could cause the Democrat Governor and a Potential Democrat Presidential nominee to hang back?
Question 1: Since the new Market Basket management has not announced or indicated plans to change the current method of operation isn’t it wiser and in the better interest of the employees and their families to wait until something more concrete other than a change of the guard?Question 2: How much money has Arthur T. DeMoulas spent on his effort to re-gain his job?
Question 3: How many p.r. people, media specialists, and political organizers are working on his behalf?
It’s THAT 3rd question that is the real clue to both Patrick’s & ‘Warren’s silence & Blue Mass Groups seeming indifference to these workers.
You see the Demoulas workers have done this in a generic way. Any person talking directly to the workers and the managers in the stores could tell you this. Any person who has covered these rallies would note that rather than being filled with paid protesters, or people who can’t read their own signs, being managed by handlers they are filled with actual Market Basket Employees doing all of his on a shoestring via social media and networking.
Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with messages and images, some in support of efforts and some simply documenting the effects of employee action. The #MarketBasket, #MarketBasketStrong, and #SaveMarketBasket hashtags (among others) have gained traction from both workers and customers alike.
That’s the problem, the workers have rejected the unions very publicly, they’re not paying community activists to organize, they dare to think they can do this themselves without the aid of the professional protest crowd that the left fund nationally & keep employed for shock troops when they need a rent a crowd.
In other words this is actual grass roots. no Unions, no activists, no Pols like Patrick & Warren are getting their beaks wet and for the left that simply won’t do.
In fact it might be a danger, if other people see these workers get a successful result without unions, without paid activists without the Democrat machine it could bring down their whole facade.
6. The Board and the new co-CEOs have engaged a new PR firm Oneill & Assoc out of Boston. Apparently KEKST was finally fired for doing such a stellar job, more money wasted. Anyway this PR firm has decided that the best way to boost their image is to drag up information that is decades old and try to rehash it. They have also planted trolls on our site to make negative comments etc…so if you think there is a troll jump on them then PM us so we can take care of it. They have found a PR firm with as much character as the BOD has.
Hmmm I wonder if we’ll see paid counter protesters anytime soon?
Contrast him with Mary Ann Glendon who when confronted with a situation at Notre Dame that clashed with her sense of morality choose her faith and ethics
Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.
It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.
Imagine, just for a moment if Al Sharpton had gone the Mary Ann Glendon route.
Picture, Al Sharpton, at any time before the TMZ tape was public writing a letter to the LA chapter of the NAACP mimicking Ms. Glendon’s letter to Notre Dame:
When you informed me that the LA Chapter of the NAACP had selected me to be their man of the year, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the knowledge of what the NAACP has meant the country so I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, and of an organization that has done so much to fight for racial equality for over a century.
But I also note that Mr. Donald Sterling is scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award. I know of Donald Sterling and his opinions on race and I’m concerned that if I share the dais with him to accept this award that it would serve to suggest groups like the NAACP should disregard his actions and have an unfortunate ripple effect.
It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Man of the Year Award or participate in the May 16th NAACP LA event.
If Al Sharpton had done this he, unlike Glendon, would have been recognized and praised as a man of integrity who placed the value of the reputation of both the NAACP & himself over any passing honor.
That would have required character and courage after all the left is not forgiving of those who expose their dirty laundry. These are qualities Sharpton doesn’t have.
Much easier for him to go along to get along, after all until the release of the TMZ recording there was no reason to believe the general public knew there was anything wrong with him and the NAACP sharing a stage with Donald Sterling or accepting an award together May 15th with no one the wiser except perhaps a passing mention the next day on MSNBC that Rev Al was named man of the year by the LA chapter of the NAACP.
But in the end it’s worked out well for Sharpton after all. He is getting plenty of air time, he’s energizing his followers and nobody is noting the cowardice or the hypocrisy
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Wasn’t it just a few days ago that when it came to race, the only words the media knew when it came to race was Cliven Bundy?
“He has received many honors, including the 2009 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 BBA Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the 2008 NAACP Presidents Award.”
Mr. Sterling’s is a matter of public record, it doesn’t even fall to the level of an open secret so how could the NAACP have honored him in the past let along plan to add to those honors?
The best answer come from LG Granderson on CNN’s State of the Union who after a long segment liking Bundy to the right answered a question posed by S.E Cupp on the NAACP and Donald Sterling in this exchange:
Granderson:Let me clarify it for you, money. If you follow the money, then it all starts to make sense. The NAACP has received a lot of money, donations from Donald Sterling. So he’s already been sued and had to settle out of court many allegations in terms of him discriminating — (INAUDIBLE) he owns property. And he did not rent to minorities and would say very disparaging things about minorities. This has been recorded for years —
SE Cupp:To be proven… (CROSSTALK) …why would the NAACP give him an award?
Granderson:Money covers a multitude of sins.
The NAACP earned it’s reputation from the moral authority earned by decades of hard work, sacrifice and blood of its members in the cause of civil rights, people with courage, people who could not be bought.
For a long time we of the right noticed they the NAACP had traded those days for liberal politics, because of the left control of the media all we got for those efforts were attacks. Now with the Sterling case the depths to which they have betrayed their principles are too clear for even a compliant press to hide.
Or to put it another way these guys didn’t mind taking money from a racist as long as that wasn’t general knowledge. If you doubt this for a moment ask yourself honestly if that award would have been cancelled if that audio never came out?
It’s a horrible reality check for a once proud & honorable organization.
What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?
I happen to share Jabbar’s opinion of the girlfriend/mistress/granddaughter (well she’s young enough to be his granddaughter).
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You need to let the person being interviewed explain why he is terrible, which is more easily done when he thinks you are stupid or on his side.
What I did looked and felt like an entry-level job in the media. And I enjoyed it—I liked going up to any old white guy in a suit and asking him to explain in his own words why he’s destroying the country. I felt as if I had sort of made it, as much as an English major can. I wasn’t living at home, I got to carry a microphone, and my work was broadcast over the radio. To an outsider looking in, I almost looked like a respectable person.
The problem was I wasn’t being compensated for any of that work or my veneer of respectability.
What? I thought it was those “old white guys” who were ruining the country, not the people who sent you to show why they were so terrible?
As the article continues we discover this is not unusual for the left. Mother Jones, the American Prospect, Common Cause, The New Republic, the Washington monthly, Democracy Now! the Nation all liberal lions and foes of the evil exploiters like WalMart were all doing and paying (or not paying) the same.
Some claimed ignorance:
Robert Reich served as labor secretary under Bill Clinton and is outspoken in his support for a living wage. But when I asked him about the trend of entry-level jobs being relabeled “internships” and being stripped of the pay, benefits, and legal rights they once offered recent college grads (by some estimates, half of the estimated 1.5 million interns in America are unpaid), he professed ignorance.
“This is not a topic I’ve given much thought,” said Reich.
Yes, Young Writers Should Give Their Work Away for Free It’s sad but true: There’s no other way to make it
Picture for a moment if Sam Walton or his successors wrote a piece called “Young shelf stockers should give their work away for free…” The howl of outrage led by the publications above would be the only story in the county.
But the excuse that really caught my eye came from the Washington Monthly
“The reason we don’t pay interns is that we’re a small nonprofit operation and we can’t afford it,” explained Paul Glastris, editor of the Washington Monthly. “We think it’s a valuable experience—it certainly was for me, having started in this business as an unpaid intern at the Washington Monthly.”
Oh they don’t pay workers because they can’t afford it Mr. Glastris let me tell you a story…
This blog started a week after I lost my job. This week we begin our 6th year. In February for the first time I started drawing a regular pay of $305 weekly before taxes when my readers were willing to pay it to cover the mortgage. In November in a leap of faith I brought on seven writers (Marathon Pundit, Linda Szugyi, Baldilocks, Fausta, AP “Lady Liberty” Dillon, Pastor George Kelly and Steve Eggleston). This is something any reader of this blog already knows
What they (and you Mr. Glastris) don’t know is before I extended that first offer I called up several friends in the business to establish what a fair price range per word was for freelance work to see if I could afford it. I had an idea of how much I figured I could raise my weekly goal and still (hopefully) make it. If the cost was beyond what I thought I could afford. The plan would have stopped right there.
Based on what they told me I made my offers based on them delivering a single piece of 250 words once a week. That is what each of my writers are asked to deliver and that’s what they are paid for. It is on that figure that I increased my weekly goal with readers by just over 11% to a whopping $340 weekly to see the market could bear that price and signed each of my writers for a period of three months to see if it can be done.
That is how capitalism works
My exit question for the left is this: If this blog expect to pay its writers a fair freelance wage when I’m barely making my mortgage how is it that you are OK with doing otherwise or needed Mr. Davis’ piece to change your ways?
Though it does not pay its professionally experienced interns a dime, Salon (which has published my work in the past) has had the chutzpah to run a number of stories on the plight of unpaid workers, such as, “‘Intern Nation’: Are We Exploiting a Generation of Workers?” and “Unpaid and Sexually Harassed: The Latest Intern Injustice.” The company did not respond to a request for comment.
(The saddest part about this? Although it doesn’t pay its interns a red cent, Salon has still managed to lose millions of dollars a year, every year, since the days of 56K-baud dial-up modems. But, hey, stupid liberals get the “glamour” of working for nothing at a money-losing lefty blog whose star writer is Joan Walsh, so there’s that.)
While offering some advice:
as a shameless capitalist blogger, I’m going to suggest readers shop for fabulous savings at Amazon (from which I receive a small commission) and also include a PayPal “donate” button, so readers can pay me for the pleasure of mocking your stupidity.
Full disclosure Stacy McCain was one of the people I consulted with to establish my per-word rate for the writers
Update 2: Do conservatives do better? Well Newsbusters does and calls them out: (emphasis mine)
MRC has long paid its interns, and is presently paying $11 an hour. For so-called progressive organizations that demand higher minimum wages across society, it’s hard to fathom the depth of their hypocrisy on unpaid or barely-paid interns — especially when they have top staff making six-figure salaries.
You can’t claim “measly little nonprofit” status with that kind of wage at the top.
As America approached the holiday buying season Mother Jones writers continually attacked Walmart, the country’s biggest retailer for paying some of its workers at the federal minimum wage level $7.25 an hour. While there are many reasons to disagree with the Mother Jones stance, perhaps the biggest reason was revealed on Monday—even at $7.25 an hour, Walmart is paying 21% more than Mother Jones pays its lowest level employees. That’s assuming the magazine’s employees are working only 40 hours a week, which according to the report is a big assumption.
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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.
No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
One of the great moments of the last 15 years came from NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani
Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.
It was a an affirmation that at least in NYC under Rudy, America and its principles were not for sale at any price.
Rudy was followed by Michael Bloomberg. As a Billionaire any amount of money proffered to influence him was going to as successful as expecting Sydney Greenstreet to dance for a Diet Coke.
In Mike Bloomberg’s New York, the mayor bribed you, buying the silence or cooperation of individuals, cultural organizations, and social service groups with hundreds in millions of dollars spent on small personal favors — a legal payment here, a medical procedure there — and charitable contributions.
While Mr. Bloomberg’s name is not the least bit Italian Professor Doug Muzzio describes the Mayor’s use of fund in terms normally associated in culture with the combination of vowels in his predecessor’s surname and my own saying it…
…was protection money. In many ways it inoculated him from potential criticism and stimulated people to do things that they might not have or shouldn’t have done
The article points not only to millions upon millions given to various groups but the potential of millions in the years after his departure from office that might be at stake
Well it’s an easy sell to a conservative like me and maybe even to a few liberals that $100,000+ might by off an Al Sharpton but any liberal will tell you, unlike conservatives or Tea Party members who supposedly jump at the sound of a Koch brother’s check, the liberals who faced off against Rudy Giuliani and those honorable non-profits weren’t going to just keep quiet over money right Patrick Markee?
Lots of not-for-profit groups that work in the field were quiet and sat on the sidelines while this was happening, and didn’t speak up publicly, and then public records kind of indicated that a lot of those groups that received large personal donations from the mayor
Given the amount of government money that invariably goes to liberal NGO’s and those who support the left’s agenda this is almost respectable in the sense that at least these liberals are being bought by a person who actually earned the money distributed unlike say the Obamacare navigators, but I hope this is remembered the next time we hear the MSM myth of the noble leftists and non profits speaking truth to power.
It’s Wednesday and DaTipJar is at $67. That’s 19.7% out of the goal of $340 needed to pay the Mortgage and the Magnificent Seven and it’s very plain that I won’t be seeing any funds from Michael Bloomberg. While such a gift from him would be accepted like any other tip jar hit it’s not going to change the opinions or the expressions of this site opinion.
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Bryan:I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
There are quite a few people on the left who I almost totally disagree with but we still get along. Dominic Nanni, Maxine Baptiste is another, but the longest debates I have tend to be with a fellow by the name of Mike Hummell.
My lead post today was delayed by many things but one of them was a debate with Mike over Syria that started with an interesting tweet from yesterday that I didn’t notice till today:
@DaTechGuyblog And if it does are you going to give Obama the credit he deserves for forcing the Russians to the table?
You should check out the entire exchange, you will see vastly different opinions on Syria and some strong words but there is one thing you won’t see from either Mike or Me during its course…
…any attempt to suppress the other.
That’s because for all our disagreements we respect each other basic rights as Americans. Just as important it demonstrates we have enough faith in our own positions that we do not fear others expressing theirs and considering them and if others find Mike’s opinion on Obama diplomatic skill as I do, or think I am just pushing a right wing meme and we get some mocking, no big deal, we are big boys and can handle it.
That’s the type of debate on twitter that makes it worthwhile. Unfortunately my friend Stacy McCain is seeing something else.
We all occasionally get fake tweets and/or followers they tend to be used to try and promote a link or install spam. Today Stacy Got something very different.
Go out to smoke a cigarette, come back 10 minutes later and there’s the message: “You have 863 new followers!”
Why is this bad, this is why
Evidently, this tactic is used to try to get someone’s account suspended: A troll buys fake followers for his targeted enemy’s account, which then makes it easier to then get the target account suspended. Considering that I’ve got 20,000+ real Twitter followers and run a high-activity feed, the troll had to buy thousands of fake followers in this sabotage effort, and they need to be deprived of this resource..
If one or two people are targeting an account it’s hard to get it suspended. But if suddenly THOUSANDS do so then the twitter guys are most likely to suspend now and ask questions later. This shows a fundamental disrespect not only for the basic rights of Americans but of sheer fear. You can’t out argue a foe or defend your own position so you attempt to destroy them. It is disgusting, dishonorable and despicable. My friend Mike above might be wrong but he’s worth a million of any of the people who have done this. Who might use such tactics, well there is a clue:
Inquiries were made, and it turns out that this same troll-tactic harassment phenomenon has also been used in recent days against the Twitter accounts of John Hoge and Aaron Walker, who happen to be my co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by Brett Kimberlin. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.
And twitter seems to be ignoring this so Stacy is bringing out the big guns:
This is restraint of trade. Stacy McCain like me, makes his living freelance, his ability to pay his bills his directly related to his ability to reach people and these people are trying to stop it.
This is no different from what Charles Johnson was doing that first acquainted me with Stacy with the exception that Johnson at least didn’t pretend it was someone else trying to destroy Stacy. It was his baby and he ran with it.
This is simply an evil act, and I have something to say to whoever is doing this be it the Kimberlin crowd, which is the rational and logical rational assumption, or someone else.
You are fools. If you are purchasing followers there will be a trail. In normal circumstances Robert Stacy McCain is a reporter who grabs a story like a dog clings to a bone and chews it till it breaks. with the attempt to stop him from feeding his family I expect the cry to ring out:
“Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil!”
I’m uncertain if this is worse than having people of my ancestry after you but it’s a damn close call.
Seriously Salon you are playing the “race obsession” card, Seriously?
The left spent a full year and beyond doing their best to turn Trayvon Martin, a kid with an… interesting past into a defenseless child martyr and George Zimmerman a part black, half Hispanic Obama supporter into “white Hispanic” & “White boy” and peg him a murderous racist symbolic the desire of whites to exterminate blacks with impunity and you are talking obsessions?
TV network after TV network took up the case and the cause contrary to fact and evidence for the sake of their meme and the re-election of their president god. They ignored the ramifications of the big lie for both the people they supported and the nation for the sake of their political advantage and you are talking obsessions?
And when, despite a state bending to the mob pushing a prosecution that should never have been launched and a judge doing her best to hamper a defense, a jury refused to tie the rope you choose to put around a man blacker than the plaintiff in Plessy v Ferguson you screamed bloody murder a second time lamenting the injustice that a jury refused to deprive a man getting his head pounded into the pavement the right to resist the person pounding him and you are talking obsessions?
You and your allies, the Sharpton’s the Jacksons the White House and the rest of the MSM deliberately sold this falsehood, the idea of your opponents wanting the right to kill black Americans because of their race to the nation for your own profit and benefit and now you cry foul?
The incidents they draw attention to fail by definition to underscore the things they believe. They all require projecting motives or details or both into tragic events, to create false dichotomies between shootings perpetrated by whites and blacks. They have the unhealthy effect of creating dueling tallies of white-on-black and black-on-white crime. And ironically they all tend to underscore the argument that more “stand your ground” laws and more racial profiling are off-point responses to these incidents.
Excuse me? To the left the Travon Martin case wasn’t a “tragic event”, they painted it as the deliberate murder of a black man by a racist despite the shooters history of exactly the opposite. This is in contrast to the Chris Lane case
Meanwhile, it turns out that one of Lane’s shooters posted a series of tweets over the past few months that expressed animus toward whites, even proclaiming that he’s “knocked [sic] out” white people. In April, 15-year-old James Edwards tweeted, “90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.” After the Zimmerman verdict, referring to white people as “woods,” Edwards tweeted: “Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:)”
Miguel told TheBlaze that he tracked the alleged shooter, Patterson through his Facebook account — an account now deleted. He said the page had numerous photos of Trayvon Martin, and he wondered if it’s possible the shooting was a revenge killing for the Zimmerman verdict..
Black mob attacks on whites in recent years in Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and other cities have helped to sow suspicion among some whites that police are unwilling to file hate-crime charges against black defendants, even in the face of indications that racism is involved.
You sell the idea of your political opponents as wanna be killers and you dare DARE object when the fruits of your labors are exposed?
Earth to Salon the truth that other than abortion the #1 killer of black youths are other black youths and the number of Black on White crime & murder surpasses the reverse in raw numbers even though the black population is a mere 11% of the nation and as you can’t argue these facts are false you impugn the motives of those counteracting your lie?
Amusingly your attempt to paint this is political terms as “all about guns and stand your ground” is amusing. You think the exposure of these stories are about winning a political fight? How quaint.
Let me clue you in, what it’s actually about is calling out a group of dishonorable bastards who decided to brand their political foes as a bunch of murders who hunt black Americans for spot and pleasure, to justify your failures.
It’s about using Fox, new media the internet and facebook to expose the leftists who pushed that offensive calumny & smear their electoral foes as the racist, lying no good sons of bitches that they are, whose only concern for the actual state of the black community is for the votes they can get to perpetuate their own comfort and power while increasing black dependence on them for the scraps from the government table.
It’s about exposing you by simply reporting actual facts as they happen and the actions of those who support you politically will be the witnesses against your claims as Nathan said to David:
‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house…You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’
2 Samuel 12:11a,12
Now if exposing you for what you are helps reverse the breakdown of the black family, the culture dependence and the rise of both gang and rap culture at the expense of the Christianity Martin Luther King preached so much the better for the black community and the country. It would be welcome and wonderful…
…but don’t be mistaken, the reporting on each of these stories is meant as a slap across the face to demand satisfaction. That’s the motivation.
Just two days earlier, Reid had insisted that there’s a “neoconfederate thread” running through the gun-rights movement. Whatever that means.
Then there’s MSNBC fixture Chris Matthews, who insists, with considerable regularity, that any criticism of Barack Obama is driven by “white supremacy.” Critics of Obamacare, Matthews claims, believe that “the white race must rule.”
Another MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, recently insisted that outrage over the ongoing scandal at the IRS is really nothing more than coded racism. The IRS is the new “N-word,” according to Bashir. “So this afternoon, we welcomed the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this president: the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent but we know what you mean.”
Lawrence O’Donnell, another MSNBC host, assured viewers during the Republican National Convention last summer that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s joke about Obama’s playing too much golf was really a deliberate racist dog whistle. “These people,” O’Donnell insisted, “reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches.”
Why has the left has abandoned Judeo-Christian values? Simple, it’s much easier to act shameless when you abandon shame
Update 2: We will be talking about this post on DaTechGuy on DaRadio today at Noon EST on FTR Radio & the Money Matters Radio network:
Rep James Clyburn demonstrates one of the results of the rejection of Judeo christian values.
When you compared me and other right-wing bloggers to Hitler, did you mean I do horrible things like gassing innocent victims and collecting their gold teeth and artificial limbs?
If my fellow bloggers and I didn’t force people to put tattoos on their arms, crowd them in to death camps where they would suffer torture till they were gassed shot or died some other horrible death, then mutilated their corpses by taking out what can be reused…if we didn’t do any of that, or anything like it…your reference is not only false and inappropriate, but it cheapens the memory of the victims who suffered during the Holocaust and their families.
Rep. Clyburn your people have suffered also they endured the unforgivable horrors of slavery. I would never presume to cheapen the memory of their suffering, and the suffering of those who fought for the civil rights movement (many of whom were Jews) by haphazardly calling people racist the way Democrats do, so why do you cheapen the memory of what Hitler did to my people? You want to call me names leave the Shoah out of it!
When the ends justifies the means these type of comparisons are really easy
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Memeorandum is all a buzz (I’d say all a twitter but these aren’t tweets about the following words by Governor Rick Perry about State Senator Wendy Davis:
Who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives? In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.
and it produced the following reaction from the left.
Far from attacking Wendy Davis Perry points out that Davis didn’t let being a daughter of a single mother, a person who started with a disadvantage stop her. Nor did she let being a teenage mother herself stop her from achieving, she managed to go to Harvard, graduate and progress to the point where she was able to stand in the Texas senate and become an instant Liberal Hero.
Perry tells a story of success of life, of proving that starting with a disadvantage doesn’t preclude a person from success and the fact that she didn’t choose to abort her own child obviously makes a statement that she didn’t believe being a teen mother meant her child was doomed to failure.
Perry clearly didn’t hit her for being a teen mother, he instead notes she didn’t learn the lesson that like her child and herself all life has the same potential and value and hit her political decision.
The MSM and the folks at Think Progress and Huffington Post have an interesting take on the word “attack”, but it is highly necessary to twist Perry’s words to falsely state he attacked Davis for being a teen mother. His actual words don’t fit the liberal template so we have to do something about it.
Update: Typo in title fixed
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What the right sees is something totally different not only in the scandal itself but in the possible endgames.
For many years the conservative right answered the left’s vilification of them in silence, then came Rush & talk radio, then Matt Drudge and the blogs and finally the tea party. The right has seen the tactics of the left and has fought back.
a 60 something black woman with a cane came in with two other women say 3-5 years older than me. A few minutes later while doing her rounds a person who worked there said people were asking what I was doing there? I thought it an odd question since I had been approaching people right along so I turned to the ladies who just came in and said I was there to report on the Ga-4 district and the race. I was then asked by the ladies what party I was, I said I was a conservative, and was then asked if I was a tea party member and I said yes.
It was if a switch was suddenly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no comment”. For the rest of the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.
Now we are at the point where the left’s attacks are not simply via the culture they control, the academy they rule or even the media that they steer, we see the actual levers of government itself used to squash and retard Americans exercising inalienable rights in America. Worst of all we see that these actions took place directly after an election (Scott Brown in MA) that went against them in the hope of repressing and restraining groups opposed to the re-election of the government that did so.
What the IRS has done during the Obama years far exceeds previous abuses of the tax agency and threatens the fundamental health of the nation’s political system. It’s one thing for the tax returns of a few politically powerful individuals to be scanned. But forcing hundreds of organizations representing millions of people to endure endless interrogation and other degrading harassment is typical of authoritarian regimes. It is, as Becky Gerritson put it so well, un-American. No effort should be spared to bring all of those responsible to a full accounting and just prosecution.
The IRS scandal are the logical extension of these attacks by the left and that raises a very important point.
For years I’ve been hearing from a very small but slowly growing number of people on the right that the left’s endgame is, and always has been, more than just finishing us politically.
I began by telling them no, that’s not their intentions, but as the Obama years went on and I had the displeasure of covering event and seeing them covered that migrated to even if they HAVE such intentions the American people will not put up with it.
Unfortunately the IRS scandal changes that equation, the systematic attempt to use the most feared arm of the federal government to not only stifle protest but to intimidate those who might be willing to contribute to such causes makes any such argument of mine empty.
And if that’s not enough all of this has come out just a few weeks after an effort to hinder the ability of Americans who oppose the administration from buying firearms.
In one sense that IRS scandal is an incredible opportunity. It is the chance to demonstrate clearly and distinctly that the US government will not tolerate it’s citizens political rights quashed based on their opinions.
Given all we’ve seen the burden of proof however has shifted, it is the government that has to prove conclusively to the tea party that this is going to be stopped.
And more over cries of “this guy is a republican” won’t wash. The GOP has done it’s best to marginalize the tea party as soon as it was apparent the wink/nod culture of Washington was not going to be tolerated by them.
The people responsible have to be uncovered, they have to face serious jail time and there has to be a permanent political cost for this behavior to everyone involved in promoting it.
The left is totally misreading this situation, they see getting away with this scandal as their big chance, it isn’t it’s their last chance.
And I’ll explain why later this week.
Yesterday was quiet day overall for DaTipJar but thanks to one big hitters this week’s paycheck goal moved a bit. For those seeing the blog for the first time let me explain.
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Sonny: Where’re you going? Michael:To the City. Sonny:Yeah? Well, send somebody with him. Michael:No, I’m just gonna go see Pop. Sonny:I don’t care, send some bodyguards with him. Clemenza:He’ll be all right. Sollozzo knows he’s a civilian.
The hearing was to take place in courtroom five and near the waiting area, there was a large wall of glass. The glass was darker on the outside than on the inside, so it was not quite one way, but it was much easier to see out than in. I was returning from the clerk’s office and my wife was sitting with her back to the glass wall, when I saw Kimberlin standing right behind her.
Just to remind you, Kimberlin is the Speedway Bomber who served 17 years of a fifty year sentence for blowing someone up.
Well it could just be a coincidence but Walker being a sensible man decided to get her out of there while he took care of his business so she went back to the car, but while he (Walker) was inside…
So as he came back towards his car, he decided to make a detour and started to approach my car as though to do… something. He came within a foot of it with his hand reached out. We are uncertain of what his intentions were, but given we are talking about a convicted bomber, you can draw your own conclusions. My wife watched this happen from the passenger seat and started emailing and calling me, trying to get my attention. But where I was sitting in the building—near the security station—had terrible reception. So I didn’t get the calls at all, and the emails didn’t come for a long time.
So Kimberlin approached the car as if to do something to it. Then he looked into the passenger side mirror and his eyes locked with my wife’s. He proceeded to go around the car in a rectangular pattern, sometimes approaching sometimes going away, looking into its interior and at my wife. Then he walked away back to his car, which you will remember was right behind ours.
He drove around and then parked in the space directly facing my wife. He then lifted his phone and started taking pictures or filming her. My wife took a picture of him doing so with her own camera. Then he retreated to another part of the parking lot to watch.
This is what we of the Sicilian race call “crossing a line”
Mr. Hoge observed Kimberlin coming into the parking lot and driving around it, and then leaving and called me to tell me he had done that. We arrived close to 1 p.m. and by then Kimberlin had arrived a second time. I saw his face and my friend who was driving found a place to kind of “hide in plain sight.” Kimberlin was apparently looking so hard for Virginia tags, he literally didn’t see us. He then left a few minutes later. Mr. Hoge captured him on video doing this and published a still from the video on the web.
And this is key. Kimberlin didn’t even get out of his car. So there was no question that he was only there to stalk me.
Personally I disagree, I suspect he was there to stalk his wife if she was present again. Just to remind you if you’ve forgotten:
on the morning of July 29, 1978, a man shot Julia Scyphers dead, in a crime that investigators believed was a murder for hire.
Nobody ever said Kimberlin himself shot her, but his conflict with Mrs. Scyphers over the Barton girl made him the only person with a motive to wish her dead and he soon came under suspicion by detectives. A few weeks later, a weeklong series of bombings struck the small Indiana town and, when Kimberlin was apprehended for those otherwise unexplained explosions, police believed they understood the connection: The bombings had been a ill-conceived effort by Kimberlin to distract police whom he knew to be investigating the Scyphers murder.
Well I’m sure that story is a comfort to Aaron Walker.
What amazes me is that this fellow gets loyalty from people, even people like Rauhauser & Schmalfeldt. Stacy Again:
Attempts to suppress the truth tend to have the opposite effect in the New Media age.
What is the truth that Brett Kimberlin so desperately wants to suppress? Just read this: “When Jessica Was 10, 11, 12 . . .”
When the pro-Kimberlin trolls get up in my face on Twitter, I just start Tweeting out that link, and pretty soon, they get out of my face. Why? Because calling attention to someone who tells the truth about Kimberlin sort of defeats the purpose of the Kimberlin fanboy trolls.
And so, truth! truth! truth! What happened to Julia Scyphers?
People wonder why this story is so important, it’s simple. You have foundation of the family of the Secretary of State, a leading Hollywood liberal and the Tides foundation funding a convicted bomber as he stalks the wife of a political foe. Somehow this sounds like something I just watched on TV Sunday….
AUSA Lawrence:Come on! You are a mother, I mean what if this happened to your kids?
Judge: OK, Intimidating witnesses is a disbariable offense, you know that. It’s also illegal. I’m not saying it happened, I’m not saying anything, other than. If you have any knowledge of any such intimidation or if you so much as wink at it, you are subject to arrest!
Alicia Florick:I do understand that.
Judge:Good then everyone can go.
AUSA Lawrence: (to Alicia) When did you sell your soul?
The Good wife March 10th 2013
These men are simply evil, but just as evil if not more are the people who are funding them and enabling them and perhaps a media unwilling to cover their actions.
That Kimberlin, a criminal bomber with a history of stalking, acts like a criminal bomber with a history of stalking does not amaze. That anyone on the left is willing to defend and fund him, that does!
One final thought, with all due respect to Aaron Walker, he is a very small piece in the political puzzle. If Tides, Streisand, the Secretary of State of the United States wife and others who have funded Kimberlin and his crowd in the past and whoever is funding him now are willing to financially enable these actions against a man as insignificant as Aaron Walker, who is safe?
Monday demonstrated that you can break a national story with a telephone and the willingness to ask a few questions. That’s one of the reasons why I can get by on only $300 and 15 people kicking in $20 every seven days.
Yesterday one of those 15 kicked in getting us to $20. Only 14 more to go this week!
Brett Kimberlin has the Tides Foundation, Barbara Streisand and the wife of the Secretary of State writing 5 figure checks, I have you, and hopefully 13 others willing to part with an Andrew Jackson.
Mind you I wouldn’t mind if a big foundation would write a four or five-figure check, but I don’t see it likely. After all I’m not willing to stalk the wives and families of people I disagree with.
Keith Lawrence’s words were scrawled out on the white board before the game:
“Don’t take the game for granted. You never know which one will be your last.”
As if the Moorpark College men’s basketball team needed a reminder this week, after Lawrence, who led the Raiders to a Western State Conference title and four postseason victories from 2004 to 2006, was killed last Monday in the parking complex of his Irvine apartment alongside his fiancee Monica Quan.
he was collateral damage as the real target was Ms Quan
As reported last night, the so-called “manifesto” Dorner left behind stated Monica’s father, Randal Quan, who as an LAPD police captain advocated for the triple-murder suspect in disciplinary actions, had supposedly not fought vigorously enough on his behalf. Dorner had a special message for the retired cop directing him to look into the faces of his family members to explain why Monica Quan was taken out.
Read that again for a moment. Ms. Quan’s father advocated FOR Christopher Dorner and because he was not successful, why his daughter HAD to die.
Just to remind you Mumia Abu Jamal was convicted of shooting officer Daniel Faulkner back in 1982, his case became a cause celeb among the left. His death sentence was delayed and delayed for three decades on appeal until finally the family agreed to the DA reducing the sentence to life without parole. As Mrs. Faulkner said at the time:
My family and I have endured a three-decade ordeal at the hands of Mumia Abu-Jamal, his attorneys and his supporters; who in many cases never even took the time to educate themselves about the case before lending their names, giving their support and advocating for his freedom. All of this has taken an unimaginable physical, emotional and financial toll on each of us
I anticipate two equally unappealing outcomes.
1. Christopher Dorner is dies either by the hand of the police or himself and is permanently lionized by the left as fighting against “The man”
2. Christopher Dorner is taken alive and given the full Mumia treatment while those he has murdered are at best forgotten and at worst considered justifiable targets of his righteous wrath.
I wish we still lived in a society where either of these outcomes would be a shock.
It all depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is
Remember the media meme that tax increases were necessary to be sure the rich pay their fair share? Well apparently to democrats, the party of the little guy and the media “The Rich” doesn’t include General Electric, Citigroup, Diageo (makers of Puerto Rician Rum) Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, American Wind Energy Association and The Motion Picture Association of America.
Now as the GOP didn’t support this massive tax giveaway and a House of Representatives with a strong Tea Party presence wasn’t about to pass it. In fact according to the site Govtrack.us…
Introduced Aug 28, 2012
Reported by Committee Aug 28, 2012
Passed Senate (not yet occurred)
Passed House (not yet occurred)
Signed by the President (not yet occurred)
The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on August 28, 2012.
Prognosis: 19% chance of being enacted.
Or at least that would have been the odds but according to Tim Carney of the Washington Times:
A Republican Senate aide familiar with the cliff negotiations tells me the White House wanted permanent extensions of a whole slew of corporate tax credits. When Senate Republicans said no, “the White House insisted that the exact language” of the Baucus bill be included in the fiscal cliff deal. “They were absolutely insistent,” another aide tells me. (The White House did not return requests for comment.)
Sure enough, Title II of the fiscal cliff legislation is nearly a word-for-word replication of the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012.
There was a time when media would have screamed foul, there was a time when such a bill once read and known to the public would not have been possible, but the media has already defined the villain as the GOP and the heroes as the Democrats in general and this President in particular and no amount of truth could change it.
We get the government we deserve, I really thought we deserved better.
In praising Congress’s huge new tax increase, President Obama said Tuesday that “millionaires and billionaires” will finally “pay their fair share.” That is, unless you are a Nascar track owner, a wind-energy company or the owners of StarKist Tuna, among many others who managed to get their taxes reduced in Congress’s New Year celebration.
and they have a solution for the GOP
Republicans who are looking for a new populist message have one waiting here, and they could start by repudiating the corporate welfare in this New Year disgrace.
and even better they can ask where the MSM were when this happened?
After yesterday’s incident in which labor union activists tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent in Lansing and sucker-punched Stephen Crowder, this headline zoomed up the Memorandum aggregation:
Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing
Huh? This was a decidedly odd piece of blogging.
Not so odd when you consider the goal involved is as he put it the “perversion of the narrative” Stacy continues:
Crowder is being smashed “through a plate glass window,” so to speak. If conservative New Media and citizen-journalists call attention to such an incident, that very fact — the involvement of conservatives, and their interest in the incident as news — will be leveraged by liberals as part of the counter-narrative to discredit and de-legitimize the story.
So it doesn’t matter to Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” whether her bizarre version of what happened in Lansing is true or even rationally plausible. She has no interest in truth.
She only cares about “winning.”
In this case, “winning” means providing reporters with some flimsy pretext for ignoring what actually happened yesterday: Union thugs physically attacked their opponents in broad daylight.
Is she winning? Let’s take a quick screen shot of the Memeorandum link today:
Note that both conservative and liberal sites are below the link, now lets look at a wider shot:
Note what is missing from the conservative primary links, any link from a liberal site or primary news site other than FOX.
Marcy Wheeler’s purpose is clear, to create a sheltered narrative for the crowd, as Stacy McCain suggests to give media an excuse to ignore facts already in evidence and as you can see some of the strongest and best funded sites of the left are flocking to it.
Deny Deny Deny!
While as we see that effort has met with some success on Memeorandum the Deny Deny Deny strategy has not been uniformly successful as evidenced by this clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
This suggests Wheeler’s efforts have failed to some degree as this was showed TWICE on MSNBC this morning and I give the entire Morning Joe crew a lot of credit the hosts were united in condemning the Union violence while disagreeing with the merits of the bill. They get full marks for bucking the trend.
Stacy McCain question is however still relevant.
If the basic facts of the story check out, then does this not also prove that Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” is a contemptible liar?
And, strange to say, when I did a Google search just now, it led me directly to a Pastebin file by . . . Ron Brynaert.
Maybe this is just a coincidence. Or maybe not.
I don’t think it is coincidence because that same search led me to this post at Patterico where he wrote about this woman years ago at the start of the Acron business saying
OK, now on to Marcy Wheeler. Her post is titled NYT Thinks TeaBugger James O’Keefe Entitled to Own Set of Facts. And she says . . . wait. What is that term? “Teabugger”? Oh, I get it. It’s like “tea bagger” — only the word “bugger” is substituted . . . a reference to O’Keefe’s “bugging,” which it’s now clear he did not do. So it’s a joke name based on a lie. Which tells you all you need to know about Marcy Wheeler.
Anyway, Wheeler sez:
Brad Friedman lays out an entire exchange that, first, one of their readers, and then Brad Friedman himself had with the NYT, attempting to get them to either correct or back up the claim that O’Keefe dressed as a pimp.
Except that, again, the paper never made that claim in the way (at least in the way that Wheeler means, if you read her post).
Also, all three bloggers repeatedly refer to a supposedly “independent” report by a guy paid by ACORN, which makes various findings totally at odds with the unedited audio that the report (and all three bloggers) refuse to acknowledge even exists. (Did you know there is unedited audio? In all the whining about the lack of unedited video, did anyone ever bother to tell you that you can listen to the full unedited audio of these visits? It’s true! Click the link if you don’t believe me.)
In short, these three are pathetic hacks.
So two years ago we have Marcy Wheeler apparently coordinating with Eric Boehlert and Brad Friedman to create a false narrative out of a true narrative that hurts liberalism in order to suppress it and today she again tries to create a false narrative and is embraced by the names of the left and MSNBC.
That brings to mind a basic question Qui Bono? Who benefits? Well it benefits the Teamsters, MSNBC, Think Progress and Media Matters if they can seeming be not the point of origin for that narrative, but it also begs the question that was asked and repeated on last week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio show on the Brett Kimberlin crowd. Who is financing and paying for this?
I think that question is at the heart of the Kimberlin crowd because thanks to Stacy’s post of today and Patterico’s post of 2010 we know the purpose of those like Marcy Wheeler, we just don’t know who is paying for it.
Update 2: And lets not forget that the use of the word “Nigger” as a pejorative and the destruction of a black man’s business is not uncalled for or even a reason for critique if said person is perceived as opposing the position of a democrat constituency
I suspect this Memeorandum Thread will not contain a lot of left leaning sites
Beating people, destroying black business, calling black people Nigger, all forgiven if done against the right people by the right people. Apparently voting correctly is the ultimate indulgence as far as the MSM and left is concerned.
St Thomas Moore July 6th 1535 his last words before being executed
In the days before instant communication it was not uncommon for surrogates for candidates touring the west to not just tailor their message to fit a particular community, but to bluntly declare a candidates support for a hot button issue in one town while in another proclaim his undying opposition to the same issue.
With no way to check and with the likelihood of a tiny local paper’s report not going beyond the area it was pretty safe. Even if an individual noticed the voice of that individual ability to call out such behavior was generally limited to the individuals they saw in person.
Well years have passed and lo and behold some tactics have not changed one bit and the target seems to be Catholics:
While the campaign denies that faith will be used to hammer on Romney, campaign callers are pushing Mitt’s Mormonism as a reason for Catholics not to vote for Romney.
Now anyone who has paid attention to this blog or Stacy McCain’s is not the least bit surprised to see the “Mormon” card but while that is despicable, what followed really shocked me:
Just a week ago, I reported a call from an Obama supporter received by a Catholic in Pennsylvania. The caller, identifying herself as Catholic, insisted Obama was not pro-abortion and Planned Parenthood did not encourage abortions.
And if you think this might have been a rogue caller, think again:
“Well, I could not believe that I had received another call from the Obama campaign looking for another of my college aged children in less than a week. I informed the caller that my son was a practicing Catholic and would not be supporting a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage candidate who did not respect the Catholic faith in his HHS mandate that would force all Catholics to pay for birth control, sterilization, and the abortion pill.”
At that point, the Obama supporter started reading from the same script that Joy had heard from the first call.
Mind you at the very same time we have Democrats running ads in New England attacking Republicans for their opposition to abortion. Stacy McCain:
This is a scripted attack, which seems to be a “push poll” specifically targeted at Catholics registered as Republican, with the purpose of suppressing the pro-life vote for Mitt Romney. Exactly how widespread it is or who is funding and directing it, we don’t know.This is what is called Push Polling
There was a time when such tactics might fly under the radar, but in the days of the intenet and Fox news.
It’s just not as easy.
Now if these people had taken Artur Davis advice and actually watched the Democrat convention they likely wouldn’t be substitutable to this nonsense, but as things are I expect the same MSM that had no idea how SNL could parody the 1st Obama/Romney debate to not touch this except as part of their post election analysis
Catholics across the nation should be prepared to receive these deceitful and dissembling phone calls. They should learn from this Catholic mother, this pro-life warrior and RN, to speak the truth, with charity, to those who are willing to tell lies in support of their favored political candidate.
These Catholics for Obama calls are coming your way — the scripts are written, their call centers are ready, and they are well-funded.
What really amazes me is the people identifying themselves as Catholics saying things they know are simply not true. Stacy McCain again
“This is Chicago thugocracy on display. Demoncrats have no morals. Their hero Saul Alinsky taught that the ends justifies the means.”
Indeed, and — remembering that Alinsky dedicated his book Rules for Radicals to Lucifier — these tactics are quite literally Satanic.
Well that being the case, for my fellow Catholics I suggest invoking St. Thomas Moore. & St. John Fisher in that spirit I have composed the following prayer:
St. John Fisher & St. Thomas Moore at the cost of your own lives you defended the truth of the faith. We beg you in this election season to aid us. Help us to hear the truth as taught by the holy church that you died to defend, defend the right in the face of opprobrium and give us the strength to reject the temptation to deceive for any worldly gain or goal. Through your intercession, may the same Holy Spirit that sustained you in trial inspire us to the right . We ask this through Christ our Lord
And remember we must pray not only for those who are the targets of deception but for those trying to deceive.
Throw out that last, take this. This is the most titanic battle of modern times. A David without even a slingshot rises to do battle against the mighty Goliath, the Taylor machine, allegedly crooked inside and out.
But for the family of Brian Terry, it’s the story of their son — murdered with guns given to killers by his own government. Yet many mainstream news consumers never heard of it until this week. According to Media Research Center, the first time NBC mentioned the story was last week.
But the same media that insists this is all about politics, those same caring people of the left forget that hundreds of Mexican citizens were also killed.
Now if you subscribe to the media template that the left is the crew that cares about the average person, (particularly people of color) this might come as quite a shock. You might ask How can this be that the caring left isn’t concerned about hundreds of Mexicans slain by an US program?
If you, however, have been paying attention, if you are involved in the daily tug of war in this country I’m afraid that like me you will rapidly reach the conclusion that the professional left, the left that makes it case on our airwaves, on the net is desperately trying to retain power in Washington doesn’t actually care about the basic fundamental right of Americans but is just another political machine, and like the fictional Taylor Machine, allegedly crooked inside and out…
…read the story of how what Brett Kimberlin terrorist (that is not hyperbole) did to Aaron Walker (Aaron Worthing) explained here.
I also learned by the end of the day that both my wife and I were being suspended from our jobs. It turned out that the President of the company and some of her receptionists were in such complete apprehension that Brett Kimberlin might commit an act of domestic terrorism on their building that they no longer wanted me or my wife to be there as a target. They told us we were suspended without pay until the situation was “resolved”—whatever the hell that meant.
And when your done there check out Stacy McCain’s series on the matter currently in six parts telling the Story of Mr. Kimberlin. Highlights include part 2 quoting Matthew Vadum
JTMP has received at least $70,000 in grants from the far-left Tides Foundation since 2006. The 2006 grant in the amount of $60,000 was for general operations which means JTMP could use the funds without restriction. The 2008 grant of $10,000 was also for general operations.
Another noteworthy donor is singer and liberal activist Barbra Streisand who has given JTMP at least $10,000 through her Barbra Streisand Foundation since 2006 ($5,000 in 2006 for general operations and $5,000 in 2008 for general operations).
Yet another is Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts). Mrs. Kerry is CEO of the Heinz Family Foundation which has given JTMP at least $20,000 since 2006 (the grant was earmarked for general operations).
That’s over $100k
Part 3 where he notes Breitbart warned about this guy and here he links to the list of the Breitbart Crew
Now, it gets interesting: A site called “Breitbart Unmasked” has published a list of what it calls “The Breitbart Crew,” including everyone from Brent Bozell III to Dave Weigel of Slate.
Patterico and Worthing suspect “Breitbart Unmasked” and Brett Kimberlin are one and the same. On Twitter last night, @BreitbartUnmask denied being Brett Kimberlin, but it is curious to observe how people who tell the truth about Kimberlin become the subject of attacks from ”Breitbart Unmasked.”
In 1981, Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. But that was before “truth-in-sentencing” became law. He only did 17 years for his heinous crimes. A convicted terrorist who has been known to plot the murders of his enemies, including a federal prosecutor . . .
Names on a list?:
Let the record show neither I nor Stacy made the list. Stacy because the left has heard from the deer in the woods how deadly his family can be and me because nobody puts Sicilians on lists.
Federal tax forms filed by convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin’s tax-exempt non-profit Justice Through Music Project (JTMP) show that the 501(c)3 group collected $1.8 million in gifts, grants and other contributions during its first six years of operation.
Just a reminder that’s $300k a year, with that kind of money Annually you could keep Stacy, Me, and a half-dozen other bloggers writing up a storm full-time.
Today part six notes that the folks at Breitbart Unmasked are getting a bit edgy about this continuing series:
Oh, you are so frightened, aren’t you, Mr. Not Brett Kimberlin? Kind of externalizing and projecting your sociopathic habits on others, eh?
Horrified at the prospect of exposure, aren’t you? Trying to rally everybody around to protect your dishonest felonious self by conflating your own narrow interests with ”the institutional left,” and exaggerating Aaron Walker into an all-powerful Right-Wing Ringleader, whom you accuse of orchestrating “all out attack on everything that the left stands for” and “everything the left holds dear” — like blowing up innocent people with bombs, for example?
I am now an honest citizen, striving hard to make amends, convert my life and fulfill my obligations as a citizen (one of the prime reasons this blog exists is in fulfillment of those obligations). I have thrown away several of my rights because of my criminal activities, but nothing suspends my obligations. Prime among these is to actively speak out in the public square about the direction our government is taking (in this regard I am a loudmouth). Folks like Brett Kimberlin make it damn near impossible for my words and opinions to be heard. They make an honest ex-criminal to be regarded as anyone to be associated with. As Stacy wrote in his blog: “You might call Brett Kimberlin a deviant criminal sociopath, or you could call him a “progressive activist,” but the one thing you can never call Brett Kimberlin is honest.”
There were a number of videos from MusiCares events as well. I checked their statements to see more about them and noted that under section B of their tax statement for 09/10 listed a large payment in the independent contractor list to Bounce Event Marketing for $948,205. Curious about such a large expenditure, I hit the Bounce Event Marketing site and checked their client list. One client popped out at me, The White House. Small world. Bounce was responsible for “The Motown Sound: In Performance at The White House“. They also did “Fiesta Latina“. Both were covered by PBS, also a client of Bounce. I can only wonder how much they cost given MusiCares dropped nearly a million in fees to Bounce in one year. By the way, Bounce EM is an affiliate of AEG worldwide, owned by the Anschutz Company, founded by Philip Anschutz, who recently acquired The Weekly Standard and who also owns The Washington Examiner. Seems like Anschutz is the opposite of Soros and just as well funded. I wonder if Obama knew he was lining the pockets of a conservative battling Hollywood when he used Bounce. Hmm. After following all those links, I feel like I’ve been in a house of mirrors.
I suppose I was lucky in a sense. I was able to defend myself against the malicious attacks from this mob without too much personal cost, financially and emotionally. And of course my employment is safe. But make no mistake: The goal of these progressive cowards was to have me fired. And what’s so amazing is how seriously those contacted by my enemies took the lies and allegations against me. Carl Salonen even had an investigation at my college initiated upon the demand of California Attorney General Kamala Harris. See my full report, with the libelous allegations attached: “Carl Salonen Libelous Workplace Allegations of Child Pornography and Sexual Harassment at Long Beach City College.”
Remember this is about power and access to the public purse. If you think these people are going to care about crushing you for access to it you are deluding yourself.
People are going to suffer because of this and Wikileaks knows it — as does NYT editor Bill Keller, who made sure to tell Reuters that he’s always held the group at “arm’s length” even as the paper was running massive splashy “new Wikileaks cables released!” features.
“Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough editing and clearance process … Today’s decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone,” the Guardian, New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais and Le Monde said in a joint statement.
In an email to Reuters, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said: “We’ve never kidded ourselves that we had any control over the behavior of WikiLeaks, and we have taken pains to keep the relationship arm’s-length.”
In fact not only did he but a bunch of papers who routinely publish stuff hitting the US government backed off big time over this. As did reporters without borders:
Reporters Without Borders announced late Thursday it was suspending a WikiLeaks “mirror site” because of concerns over potential risks to sources.
In an editorial, it wrote that on launching the mirror site late last year, Reporters Without Borders “said it defended ‘the free flow of information online and the principle of the protection of sources, without which investigative journalism cannot exist.’
The fact that the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Der Spiegel, and Le Monde now condemn Wikileaks is tantamount to a confession the true character of their “partner”. Why did they believe Wikileaks was a crusading source if they do not believe it now? If in fact they believe the opposite now?
A cynical person might conclude they’ve issued a joint statement distancing themselves from Julian Assange, not from sudden qualms of conscience about revealing confidential intelligence sources and methods, exposing informers to enemy reprisal or ruining confidences, but because their lawyers have alerted them to the possibility of real financial and criminal liability.
Yeah financial liability is likely the big thing although they are painting it as if they are shocked SHOCKED that Wikileaks would be endangering lives….
…Which leads to my question:
How is it that dissidents are in danger if they being aided by the US? Hasn’t the left always told us that the US is always on the wrong side, constantly supporting oppressors instead of the peaceful and just. If that’s the case why is anyone worried? Obviously if these “dissidents” were operating in government unfriendly to the US then those governments must be peaceful and just and CERTAINLY not the types to slaughter them right?
Of course if we ARE in fact on the side of freedom, opposing repressive governments and dissidents are in danger due to leaks; then the left is backing off because they’ve actually always known that we’ve been on the side on the angels, always understood their pronouncements of imperialism and colonialism have been self-serving BS and simply want to decrease the amount of blood on their hands.
Last year when I covered the primary race in GA-4 staying in a predominantly black city, I was really taken aback by the reaction of some black folks when they discovered I supported the tea party:
It was if a switch was suddenly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no comment”. For the rest of.the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.
I blamed the media at the time but apparently this racial hatred is being stoked by dishonorable people whose title begins with the words “Honorable”
It appears that these lawmakers understand the actual threat the Tea Party poses—namely, a retrenching of the government handouts that help these politicians win reelection by keeping their constituents down.
I’m trying to think what is worse. The idea that these black “leaders” do not understand the tea party and are speaking from ignorance and panic (if so that’s inexcusable), or do understand the tea party and are purposely sowing race hatred for political gain. If the latter it’s one of the most despicable things I have seen in my lifetime.
Meanwhile in a time of internet and online communication there is no reason for anyone to not know the truth about the tea party. If individuals believe this nonsense then they can only blame themselves, both for their own self-deception and for the quality of their representation.
Update: Politico reports on it and equates it to “you lie”. Amazing
Why, because As I’ve already pointed out if Justice Bradley was actually assaulted by Justice Prosser then she would have already filed charges against him. The fact that instead we have an investigation undertaken by the Capital police suggests she realizes that such charges would not be supported.
The “investigation” meme gives our liberal friends a few days more of cover but sooner or later they will have to risk filing an actual complaint or drop the matter entirely.
The latest attempt by liberals to undermine things is Wisconsin by accusing Judge Posner of physically assaulting another judge would be laughable if they didn’t sound increasingly like a Mubarek trying to retain their power as the people desert them.
Let’s put things simply and directly: Do you think if this was true for one moment the left would not have run with it on the day of the incident rather than 11 days later? Do you think for one moment that it would not have been a bigger headline than the actually ruling? Would it not have been national news?
If your answer is to that question is “no” you might be hopelessly naive or be funded by a liberal group as Byron York points out:
The report was done by the liberal Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which was working in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Radio. The Center recently unveiled a project, funded by the Open Society Institute, to “shine a light into the operations of Wisconsin’s government.” It hired Bill Lueders, a longtime news editor and columnist for Isthmus, an alternative newspaper based in Madison, to run the project. Lueders wrote the Prosser report.
The report was posted on Saturday. It was immediately picked up by ThinkProgress, the activist arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. (ThinkProgress has some of the same funding sources as the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.) “BREAKING: Wisconsin Justice Prosser ‘grabbed fellow justice around the neck’ prior to union bill decision,” the group tweeted on Saturday afternoon. ThinkProgress sent out more details, and within an hour or two posted an article headlined, “Four Ways Justice David Prosser Can Be Removed From Office.”
These tactics seem to smack of desperation. The left in Wisconsin showing a lot of that lately or worse.
On WCRN this morning the talk was the why’s of the conspiracy theories and their success. A look at memeorandum shows that they are alive and well.
You have the Alex Jones types on one side and the Cindy Sheehans on the other playing either the “Bin Laden was already dead” or the “You’re a fool is you think Bin laden is dead” cards.
As I’ve writtenbefore you have the 1% of the population as Crazy Uncles and that 1% is empowered by the net. They gather acolytes and followers and like a pyramid scheme the people at the top tend to make their living off of their followers at the bottom.
In a free society you are going to get some of this of course. This contrasts with an unfree society where a government will put out a falsehood and force feed it to a public that can’t get alternate information or a cult where other information is simply ignored…
…which brings us to the misnamed Think Progress who are not crazy uncles but who in my opinion operate like a well-financed cult.
I’m going to raise a mug of beer and munch a Hebrew National pork sausage to celebrate the brave CIA men who took bin Laden down.
Then it’s back to work to destroy what the al Qaeda leader left behind. That means piling dirt on bin Laden’s legacy, destroying his appeal, and providing the world with all the necessary facts to heap humiliation on anyone who insists on continuing to follow his cause.
Yup, sounds like denial to me.
Thus the double bait and switch, not only do they misrepresent the base article but they attribute that misrepresentation to Breitbart himself with the goal of making him “untouchable” by “respectable” opinion people. This is vital because unlike Think Progress’ own pieces in context they don’t chase away the general public.
Personally I’m much more offended by Yglesias’ piece than Johnson’s. There is the possibility, however slight, that Johnson’s piece was typed up in haste and posted intemperately. We’ve all hit the “post” button on occasion when we shouldn’t. There is no chance in Yglesias case. He saw Johnson’s piece, and the reaction, and then wrote what he wrote.
Whatever Soros is paying these guys it’s too much.
Update: Johnson doubles down but this time includes a donation link. I guess that’s progress.
The congressional delegations of these states — Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky — overwhelmingly voted to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous. They are deliberately ignoring the warnings from scientists.
I guess Think Progress and those who commented on that story think Mother Nature made sure those GOP voters got what they deserved.
Meanwhile if you are a person who lives in reality and would rather actually help instead of trying to make an obscene political point, you can donate to the American Red Cross here.
Update: Simple question, if this took place in Massachusetts and Pat Robinson blamed it on the legalization of Gay Marriage, how would the media be reporting this piece? You would see national outrage.
At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Luke 13:1-5
Amazing how the left can’t every parody Christianity right.
Was it only a few days ago that we were commenting on why the actions of the left in heckling Tea party protests would get no press:
There has been some media coverage at Reuters and Politico however there is one aspect of the story that they seemed to miss. The Left’s Reaction. For that we have Jim Hoff and Big Government.
And for other non-Wisconsin issues of the left we have the Blaze for Oregon and IC Arizona for Arizona.
Why has there been so little on the air about this? For the same reason why you will not see the full clip of Palin’s speech embedded in MSM sites or why there was no commentary this weekend. Watching the actions of the left tend to cause people to dislike them
I have four kids myself and I wouldn’t want them mocked on the Internet by a bunch of cretins on the Internet. And that’s just one reason why I wouldn’t parade my children around in the media. What kind of mother does that?
In any case, Jack has been admonished and put on night probation until further notice. Anything involving Palin, I want to make it extra clear that *Palin* is the problem with America. Not her kids. Not her little kid, anyway. The older ones seem to be on their own path and you can’t really blame Sarah for it, although she certainly encourages the sleaziest possible behavior from her grown children, which is hardly a very “family values” thing to do.
Yeah, sleazy like joining the Army and fighting in Iraq.
Considering his earlier exchange with Mediate do you actually buy a word he is saying. Does this guy actually think?
Even funnier now Wonkette is calling for a Boycott of Papa Johns (with 100 people in favor of making fun of Downs Syndrome children supporting them. As for their reply concerning Palin:
Child protective services should take Trig away.
Yup they are really doing well with this.
Meanwhile in the time I started writing this post they scrubbed all the offensive comments from their site and removed the author’s name from it as well. Unfortunately for them there is such a thing as Google Cache so we get to remember the wisdom of commentators such as
nounverb911 , and V572. Barbara_i , DownFist Troll, mavenmaven Terry , OneDollarJuana, Gopherit, DaSandman ,the_problem_child , rocktonsam , emmelemm , smokefilledfetus, tessiee, OC_ROBOTS!!_Serf , memzilla , gullywompr, Fukui_sanYesOta, DustBowlBlues, Biel_ze_Bubba, ChessieNefercat, CalamityJames, Schmannnity donner_froh, EdFlintstone, Sassomatic, Radio_Level_7, mayor_quimby, twoeightnine, Guppy06, SorosBot , GOPCrusher WinterOuthouse, Fare la Volpe , BZ1, OKthennext, horsedreamer_1, El Pinche, lulzmonger, rip1944, DerrickWildcat and mavenmaven.
When I hear someone complaining about the incivility of the right I will always have all of you to fall back on forever. It makes my job so easy.
Meanwhile the advertisers on their page have diminished and continue to diminish. I don’t know what the writers there are making but if they are paid by ads, their pay is dropping rapidly.
As for the commentators above, alas for you all your wit and witticism is forever remembered in Google cache and can follow you as you comment elsewhere so let me give you some advice on both posting and life:
#1 First: people are in fact people unless they are beheading babies you want to show some level of decorum.
#2 Remember there is a difference between political enemies and actually enemies, for example I disagreed with Dave Weigel today but I’ve met him and he seems a nice guy don’t conflate being wrong with being evil.
#3 The internet is forever, if you choose to make a fool of yourself on it, be prepared to live with it and defend it, or be prepared to apologize for it.
#4 Finally The right thing is generally the smart thing, if you work under that rule you will do ok. (and if you haven’t figured out why your comments were not the right thing, find your grandmother, tell her what you said and then after you duck when she slaps you listen to what she tells you.)
Bad form people bad form, but remember bad form is not forever if you change. I’m sure quite a few of you are nice people who are just venting online but consider what a different story this would be if you have acted differently. No you don’t have to convert to conservatism, just don’t act like this again.
Update: Severalgoodblogs think that the Wonkette post doesn’t deserve a link, au contrare it not only needs to be linked but it need to be seen by people directly. I’ve had enough of the left hiding their “light”.
At this point, femisogynists would have you believe that a woman is safer in a war zone, amidst religious radicals who have no regards for human rights, than on a college campus. They would have you believe that the Duke Lacrosse Players are more of a threat to women than the men who raped Lara Logan. Rather than point out the obvious: that a woman in some foreign countries is taking a much bigger risk than men are – they pretend that women don’t get raped overseas, that the West is so bad that anywhere else isn’t any worse. “******* pathetic” does not even cover the way I feel about leftist rape apologists.
The “*****” are mine of course. I approve of the sentiment as doe Miss Attila, but not the language.
Bob Belvedere was really smart to get her as a guest blogger.
I feel bad for the people who were killed and wounded in Arizona, I really do, but the idea that a person who was shot, who never knew the shooter, who didn’t hear the shooter make any declaration knows what drove him is pretty loose.
I gave a pass to some of the friends of the victims on the day of the shooting. Their friends and/or family had been shot and/or killed and emotions were high, but as the evidence continues to show the shooter had absolutely no connection to anything remote resembling the tea party, Sarah Palin or the like, the media’s attempt to continue to assert this is frankly libelous. Then again this is from the actual day of the shooting when facts were not in evidence.
notice what he doesn’t say. He doesn’t say he presently blames Palin, Beck, and so on for the attack. He is saying he did Saturday night. And of course that was the same night that Sheriff Nifong Dupnick was making his own intemperate remarks. So is it reasonable for the Mr. Fuller to have believed law enforcement on that issue on that night? Of course it is.
But you never hear them ask the obvious follow up question: do you still feel this way? And if you look at the rest of the report, created today, it is obvious that these people are completely dishonest. They have deliberately skewed every other piece of evidence to indict the right wing, leaving out every piece of evidence that might exonerate their targets. Why should we think they presented this man’s entire statement?
The use of “Democracy Now” (or as I like to call them ANSWER tv) as a primary source is always dubious to begin with but I guarantee you that will not stop the MSM for playing this for all its worth. This nearly guarantees that Morning Joe will be unwatchable for next week as politico is running with it and David Frum is already trying to weld it as a club. Way to go Dave, stand bravely cowering behind a man with a hole shot in him. Pretty low stuff.
The game is of course to play the Cindy Sheehan “Absolute moral authority” game. The left made Sheehan a national figure until she became a liability at which she was abandoned as a crazy. The goal of course is to bait us on the right to bait the right to hit the poor old fellow.
Bill Jacobson (who will be my guest on DaTechGuy on DaRadio on Feb 19th) gets it:
I wish you a speedy recovery, but you are wrong for all the reasons most of the rest of the world has come to understand in the last few days.
P.S., yes, you will be used by those who will hide behind your victim-status since they have no facts to support their theories
I feel really sorry for the man, the shooter used his blood to make himself famous and now the left and the media will use to try to salvage a meme they can’t support with facts. Disgraceful.
Meanwhile Stacy McCain, not taking the “attack the victim” bait, takes the trouble to use the shooters own words to make the case against:
Jared Lee Loughner didn’t like ”illegal wars,” which are “unconstitutional,” an opinion you might have heard a lot circa 2002-2006 if you were hanging out with smelly peaceniks at International A.N.S.W.E.R. marches or Ned Lamont rallies.
Jared Lee Loughner habitually used the term “genocide” to describe anything he was against – “Mom, this broccoli-and-cheese casserole tastes like genocide!” — just like every Chomsky-spouting punk who ever protested an Ann Coulter speech on a college campus.
Jared Lee Loughner’s interpretation of the Constitution is nearly as crazy as the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas.
Jared Lee Loughner hates cops, considers grammar a form of “mind control,” and felt that getting a “B” in class was a violation of his First Amendment rights. If he hadn’t become a mass murderer, he might have had a promising future as an ACLU lawyer.
The irony of course is the wars and genocide stuff would fit perfectly within the program schedule of Democracy Now.
Funny old world isn’t it?
Update: Apparently he isn’t being used, he is apparently out there bigtime:
Toward the end of the town hall meeting Saturday morning, one of the shooting victims, J. Eric Fuller, took exception to comments by two of the speakers: Ariz. state Rep. Terri Proud, a Dist. 26 Republican, and Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.
According to sheriff’s deputies at the scene, Fuller took a photo of Humphries and said, “You’re Dead.”
Deputies immediately escorted Fuller from the room.
Pima County Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ogan said later Saturday that Fuller has been charged with threats and intimidation and he also will be charged with disorderly conduct.
I think the left’s script for Monday has just changed.
Update 2: Stacy Reports that the left is playing the “Post Traumatic” card. In terms of my personal feelings, I’m willing to give him more of a break in culpability, but in terms of the law, that pity is irrelevant you can’t just let stuff like that go. Or as Spock once said: “I do not approve, I understand.”
Yesterday it was announced a great American, Dick Winters Major of Easy Company, Normandy vet and the commander of the 101st airborne paratroopers who were immortalized as the “band of brothers” died at the age of 92.
As a gentleman of advanced age whose past was well known it is very likely that the majority of his obituary was written quite a while ago with a few things added to cover any new events that might have happened. This is quite normal when a narrative is already known.
When I look at the media reaction in Arizona it is plain that the obituaries of those who were killed were written a long time ago.
The left has been writing the narrative that the tea party is a violent extremist group and that Sarah Palin is toxic. The have attempted and failed over and over to paint the tea party as racists, bigots, gun nuts and people outside the mainstream of political thought. As their failure became plain they took comfort that, although the public didn’t understand how dangerous the Tea Party is they did and sooner or later something would happen to prove it.
When Jared Loughner fired his shots on Saturday Liberal pundits were sure they have their story. The person shot was a democrat who voted for Obamacare, he lived in a state where the gun laws were loose, and her opponent was a tea party favorite, it HAD to be true.
So the media pulled out their obits, filled in the blank names and told their story confident that events would prove it true.
Alas what a difference 48 hours makes, from the accusations of the shooter being a military vet to his connection to tea party rhetoric, each meme collapsed under the weight of facts until they were reduced to pointing to maps and and trying to restrain “both sides”.
Simple mathematics suggest that if you bet on a a particular number on a roulette wheel continually sooner or later it will come up, however if it comes up after you have lost over and over again, it is not proof of your gambling prowess.
Likewise the left will pull back and keep their obituary columns in reserve waiting for that one moment to bring them out again as a weapon, and they will prove just as wise as the gambler above.
Update: Stacy Links and irony of ironies includes a picture of him in my well traveled fedora at the wheel in Vegas.
“Introspection” was one of those MSNBC drinking-game words yesterday — evidently they got the memo from Paul Begala — and yet it never occurs to people like that to look inside themselves and question the root causes of their anti-Republican, anti-conservative, anti-Tea Party prejudices.
As I sit here this morning, with my office TV tuned to MSNBC, Joe Scarborough is rambling on about Glenn Beck and Michelle Bachmann and Fox News. No matter how wrong his liberal friends have been, Joe knows in his heart that liberals aren’t the problem. No, the real problem is those Republicans who have stubbornly refused to recognize the moral superiority of Joe Scarborough.
Just bet on black one more time, Joe. Your lucky number is way overdue. And you’ve only got to be right once.
(Hope my fedora did well in Vegas) Also included some fixes in grammar.
Update 2:Instalanche, hi guys take a peek around and don’t forget Glenn will be the guest on my radio show DaTechGuy on DaRadio this Saturday at 9:00 p.m. on WCRN AM 830 in Worcester 50,000 Watts reaching all of New England and beyond. (There is still a little ad time left as well). and if you are a NE Blogger join me tonight for a bloggers meeting at Linguini’s Italian Eatery route 20 Marlborough (take the route 20 west exit off 495) tonight at 7 p.m. to talk about a few things.
The Left, however, once more have displayed their complete lack of character, moral fortitude, and common decency by seeking to blame anyone and everyone on the right for this heinous act. Here is a roundup of the despicable behavior of the usual suspects.
His round-up is pretty strong but lets continue on.
Barnaby Lane plays the passive aggressive “Yes But”
To assign specific cause to Palin is, I think, a mistake, but there can be no doubt that the culture of inflammatory language used by the far right in America acts as a catalyst for unbalanced and dangerous individuals to act in ways detrimental to the very foundations of the democracy they claim to fight for.
Barnaby is going for the passive aggressive plan to give himself plausible deniability, rather pathetic.
Right on cue, the left starts shouting incoherently, looking for an angle to smear their enemies. Get over yourselves. What is needed now is cooler heads, not partisan sniping. These are real people, and real families whose lives have been changed forever. They deserve our compassion, respect and most of all, our prayers.
But it’s not as bad as it could be, at least people aren’t fundraising over this: Oh wait:
We also know that Sarah Palin and Rep. Giffords’ opponent used violent imagery last year urging her opponents to “target” her. Last spring, after she voted to expand health insurance coverage to working families and cut drug costs for senior citizens her office was violently attacked.
Members of 21st Century Democrats helped elect Rep. Giffords in 2006 and re-elect her 2010 because she wasn’t afraid to fight for working people — or listen to them at the neighborhood supermarket. She voted for health care; Wall Street reform, job creation, and much more.
As Josh Tervino has the screen cap building a mailing list off Giffords blood. I wish I was amazed. Classic fedora wearer Walter Todd Huston notes that this group, whose actions he calls “a crime against decency” isn’t exactly a fringe group of the left:
21st Century Democrats is no unheard of fringe group, either. Styling itself as one that is “building a progressive majority from the grassroots up,” it is interesting to note that some major top-down players in the Democrat Party founded the group. The group was created in 1986 by Senator Tom Harkin, a powerful Democrat from Iowa, and was co-founded by left-wing pundit Jim Hightower and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. These folks are hardly “grassroots” sort of folks.
Worse, even as this email blast accuses Sarah Palin and former candidate Jesse Kelly for using “violent imagery” and for “targeting” Giffords, this group is associated directly with The Daily Kos run by Markos Moulitsas who used precisely that same sort of “targeting” rhetoric last year during the campaign for the midterm elections.
In 2009 21st Century Democrats joined the Service Employees International Union, The Daily Kos and others in a new political action committee (PAC) called Accountability Now PAC.
I’m sure we’ll hear Harkin denounce this group sometime after US astronauts land on Mars
And Gateway Pundit, who has been more demonstrative that I would be points out this is part of the plan:
A democratic operative admitted this to The Politico. Of course, Politico buried it in their story.
One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Considering how many times we have seen it I’m a little shocked at the level of outrage. Then again maybe he didn’t expect it admitted openly.
To his credit, Howard Kurtz blasted the blame game. He wrote, “This isn’t about a nearly year-old Sarah Palin map [targeting Giffords’s seat]; it’s about a lone nutjob who doesn’t value human life. It would be nice if we briefly put aside partisan differences and came together with sympathy and support for Gabby Giffords and the other victims, rather than opening rhetorical fire ourselves.”
And like Kurtz the left is going after her in comments as if she was responsible.
Please find it in your hearts to pray for Amy Joanne Loughner and Randy L. Loughner, the parents of mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner.
These two people raised a troubled, mentally unstable son who committed a horrific act today…but I don’t see any evidence these two are bad people who had any knowledge of what their son was planning. There is no way they could have known what he intended to do and I doubt there is anything they could have done to stop him.
But, think about this: the two of them will live in horror the rest of their natural lives knowing what their child did.
They will be haunted by this. They will become pariahs in their community. They will have to endure the anguish of their son’s multiple murder trials and the agony of watching their son face the death penalty, of which he will surely be convicted. They will have to witness his execution.
Amy Joanne Loughner and Randy L. Loughner are two more of their son’s victims today — and I bet they will not get any sympathy or charity from the world.
Please, include them in your prayers.
I would include the shooter too. One must pray for enemies and those who persecute you.
If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2. [my emphasis]
Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?
That’s exactly what Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
When one is angry one should take a deep breath before speaking, granted a friend of his was just shot so he might be talking without thinking but in such a case Mother Jones should know better.
At PJMedia Rand Simberg after noting the agenda driven reporting does the math:
But suppose that, instead of being hit by a bullet, Representative Giffords had been struck by a rock falling from space. It does happen occasionally, after all. And you know what? It happens about as often as an American politician is shot by a crazy person.
But that wouldn’t be anywhere near as interesting, because anyone who proposed that politicians never again have public meetings outdoors, or that a crash project be undertaken to sweep the sky clean of meteoroids to make sure that one was never again hit by one, wouldn’t be taken seriously, or have op-eds published, or bills introduced to implement their ideas. They would instead be treated as the lunatics they would be. People with any sense would understand that life carries risk and uncertainties, and that we have to accept them, and get on with it in the face of them.
Under the logic of those wanting rules we would outlaw driving due to the annual casualties.
And it wasn’t just CNN. Other media outlets were also filled with speculation about the attack and pronouncements on the state of American political rhetoric. What a markedly different situation from 15 months earlier when, in the face of actual evidence that Maj. Hasan was inspired by Islamist convictions, many media commentators sought to be voices of caution. Where was that caution after the shootings in Arizona?
I actually think it is because they actually know there is much less danger in attacking tea party members than radical members of a certain religion of peace.
The sad thing is that the person who knew the shooter initially blamed on Palin if you look at her twitter feed. It was only when the shooter was identified that she disclosed that he was a far-left liberal.
Among this scumbag’s favorite books are the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.
All the available evidence we have of the shooter suggests that he was a political opponent of Governor Palin and the Tea Party.
Yeah but that’s a Palin site, let’s ask a supporter of Herman Cain who is an actual reporter:
In his recent online activity — including a series of YouTube video texts transcribed by conservative blogger Warner Todd Huston — Loughner unloaded paranoid gibberish about brainwashing and “mind control.” Loughner listed Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto among his favorite books. At one point in his ravings, apparently in reference to the “In God We Trust” motto on U.S. currency, he exclaimed: “No! I won’t trust in God!”
None of this lines up with the early reporting on the Tucson shooting which heavily implied that Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others were shot because of political activity of Palin and the Tea Party. And yet none of the news organizations that fed that frenzy of speculation has apologized for their irresponsible reporting.
Anyone who know Robert Stacy would be shocked to see him as the voice of reason but when it comes to reporting he is certainly the voice of wisdom:
…after 25 years in the news business, I’m content to wait for the police to do their work before I write anything that might encourage baseless speculation. The reason I’m explaining this to you is because so many other people have demonstrated a willingness to engage in speculative reporting without waiting for the facts to be established.
It’s good advice if you are looking for facts, not so much if you want to push an agenda.
Apparently the left’s degree of hate is so large and their sense of honor so non-existent that the death of a 8-year-old girl and a federal judge is just another club to hit republicans in general and Sarah Palin in particular.
Listening to CSPAN this morning the template has already been made and it will be used against talk radio, the Tea Party etc. Facts be damned. What despicable people.
Looking at this analytically it is 30+ years since a member of congress was slain (the Jim Jones situation) and the last time a congressman was shot was back in the 30’s and that was an era when gun control was almost unheard of. The risk of this type of thing is a lot less than people think.
There are many basic responsibilities and duties of being a member of congress. Meeting with the people you represent constituents one of them. There is also a degree of risk inherent in being a public figure. I would remind every single member of congress that every single one of them begged the people for this job. There is nothing wrong with being careful but if you choose to use this as an excuse to dodge those you represent than you need to resign now.
As it has been said by Rahm Emanuel , never let a crisis go to waste: Expect people some to use this to ban guns and to stifle debate. I think this is a simple reality and complaining about it isn’t going to help, all one can do is call them out on it.
I think it is a huge mistake to make this shooter a public figure and to promote his tweets and youtube videos. That is the easiest way to promote this as a dramatic way out for the next loon.
I hate to say but looking at CSPAN this morning with Bill Press I have to conclude Glenn Reynolds is on the money with this:
As with Mike Bloomberg’s immediate effort to blame the Times Square bombing attempt on the Tea Party, this swift reaction betrays their hope for an issue that could save Obama by defaming his opposition. It also demonstrates that all their “have you no decency?” talk is a sham, since when push comes to shove, they have no decency themselves. Just desperate blood libels.
How many of our rights are we going to choose to surrender in order to make people think they are absolutely safe?
Steve Den Bestie wrote about the fog of news yesterday’s events were a perfect example of this.
Anyone who thinks that the tens of thousands of people praying for Gabrielle Giffords did not make a difference in her survival is in denial.
This is also a testament to medical science and to the team that saved her life, sometimes we overestimate the power of medical science but it is a really amazing just how far we have come.
The two statements above aren’t mutually exclusive.
And it’s an odd coincidence that yesterday morning I scheduled a post of my book reviews of a volume called Bloody Crimes dealing with Lincoln’s assassination and the attempt to capture Jeff Davis.
Update: Instalanche! thanks Glenn, and don’t forget Instapundit readers. he is my scheduled Guest for next week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday at 9 p.m.
Oh BTW In comments I think I misinterpreted Chris’ critique, he didn’t think I was blaming atheism but didn’t like the line concerning the connection between the very unlikely survival and condition of a person shot through the brain and the spontaneous prayer of tens of thousands. I think the connection is no coincidence. To understand my thinking further I would suggest this post from March.