Keep your eye clear, and hit ’em where they ain’t

Willie Keeler

Four Years and six months ago I was in NH for a NRO event along with a lot of other bloggers and reporters after all of us watched one of the GOP primary debates that was notable for George Stephanopoulos suddenly asking Mitt Romney a question about contraception that had everyone, including Romney scratching their heads. It had not been an issue in the campaign nor in the country or years and while Roman Catholics will tell you artificial contraception is a sin to my knowledge Mormons have no problem with it.

That night everyone was talking about how weird the question but a few days later things became clear as the entire media jumped on this as an important issue.

You see many things were going badly in the economy, in foreign affairs and the folly of Obamacare were just starting to become apparent, the Democrats needed a distraction to protect the president so they pivoted bringing out an issue that had been settled for years to change the submit and hit republicans at the same time.

It’s sort of like the tactic used against Ted Williams in the 40’s called the Williams Shift repositioning players completely to change the dynamic of his hitting.

tedwilliamsshift It the same tactic used against David Ortiz today in an attempt to make those hits come with a little more difficulty.

While both Williams and Ortiz had occasional failures against the shift, in the end their skill levels were/are so superior that the shift could not stop them from hitting through it and as both demonstrated regularly if the ball is off the wall or out of the park no amount of shifting is going to make any difference.

Alas for the GOP Mitt Romney was no Ted Williams or David Ortiz. Romney being Romney and the GOP being the GOP, they fell hook line and sinker for this nonsense hitting directly into the shift and giving the media exactly what they wanted. It was one of a series of foolish and timid moves that turned what should have been a very easy election for the GOP into the disaster that the next four years of Barack Obama became.

Fast forward to 2016. Hillary Clinton has had the worst week in the history of history, the attempt to portray health questions as a conspiracy theory have failed. Leak after leak makes her look bad. The polls have gone south, Trump has bested her in a televised forum and thanks to his new campaign team has not only avoided mistakes but gotten positive press and cultural coverage that even playing the David Duke card has not been able to counter and if that’s not bad enough ISIS continues to advance, the refugee crisis continues to fester and Obamacare exchanges are dropping like flies What does one do if you are the palace guard for Democrats mainstream media?

Why you play the “shift” card and trot out birtherism.

The fact that Barack Obama has barely four months in office and that it’s an issue that nobody cares about doesn’t matter. The media needs to change the subject so suddenly the entire press corps decides there is no bigger issue to settle and they will not stop asking about it until Trump satisfies them.

In other words the shift is on and they are daring Trump to hit it over or through them counting on the fact that despite his media skills he is not enough of a Ted Williams or David Ortiz to successfully hit through the shift.

But while it’s true that Donald Trump is no Williams or Ortiz, he’s also no Mitt Romney and his new campaign team of Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon and Kelly Conway are not the normal GOP consultants advising him to hit into the shift and take their chances.

Instead Trump announced a press conference to address the issue, the MSM rushed to cover it live (something that they have been a lot less enthusiastic to do since he became the nominee) ready to take his statement and pound him with question after question, furthermore as he was apparently “running late” they continued to promote the event to ensure the maximum viewership when he did make his statement…

…and then this happened

The media found themselves giving their audience 20 minutes of military heroes endorsing Trump on live TV before he finally came on Camera to say

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”

Not only did Trump get the media to cover his endorsements but he got them to cover live his pronouncement that “birtherism” was a construct of the Hillary Clinton campaign. (a Statement spin not withstanding backed up by on CNN by a Clinton campaign manager but by a respected veteran journalist former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher.

A story repeated on the McClatchy site yesterday

“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.

“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Blumenthal, who worked in the White House with President Bill Clinton and later was employed by the Clinton Foundation, could not be reached Friday but said in an email to The Boston Globe, “This is false. Period.”

In other words the Trump campaign instead of hitting into the shift as he might have been inclined under the old management team, poked the ball into the empty left field for an easy double.

The fit this gave the entire MSM was epic which comes from a single miscalculation.

You don’t have to be a David Ortiz or a Ted Williams to beat the shift, you just have to be good enough to go the other way and hit the ball where they ain’t.

And Trump is.

Update: Don Surber adds a bit of Irony:

For a decade, the city wanted the grand post office turned into a hotel. Trump did it. Today was the opening of the hotel. That was the reason for the event — not to discuss birtherism, which was the Clinton Camp’s topic of the day.

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Lost in all the talk about the Cajun Navy and the job that they are doing are a fact that everyone outside of Louisiana seems to have missed that is perfectly illustrated by Pat Austin of DaTechGuy’s Magnificent Seven

A week after the cataclysmic event, the national media is slowly beginning to notice that Louisiana is flooding.

The scale of the disaster is huge:

In Livingston Parish, 87% of the homes there flooded.  In Baton Rouge, at least 40,000 homes are believed to have flooded.  Most of these people don’t have flood insurance.  The numbers are staggering.

Livingston Parish’s web site is here According to Wikipedia:  Livingston Parish Louisiana is 703 square miles just under 58% of the size of the state of Rhode Island, with over 100,000 people living there, and that’s just one parish in Louisiana.

Rod Dreher wrote about it at the time with a headline:  What the Hell is Wrong with the National Media:

The sheriff of Livingston Parish is saying that over 100,000 people in his parish alone lost everything they own. But hey, on CNN, Adele’s not Beyoncé, a sportscaster is on TV in his drawers, and Donald Trump is hearing things. Haw haw!

It’s not just them. On the CBS News webpage as I type this, the lead story is the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Muslims in Queens. If you want to find out the latest in what is shaping up to be one of the nation’s worst-ever natural disasters, you have to scroll way down, past several Olympics stories (including an explainer of why the water in Rio pools turned green), a piece on Hillary’s promise to love Scranton, a piece about a California fire that destroyed 175 structures and left “dozens of families homeless,” and a piece about a New York woman who says her head felt like it was going to explode when she was struck by lightning.

Look, nothing against the lighting-strike lady or those dozens of California families who are without homes tonight. But guess what, CBS? In Ascension Parish, just south of Baton Rouge, 15,000 homes and business are underwater!  

and he followed up a week later noting that even when they bothered to get around to it now that Trump and Obama has visited it still doesn’t reflect how bad things are


I watched a report on NBC News last night about what we’re going through here, and was struck by the enormous distance between what they showed on that short clip, and the reality that people here see every day. It is much, much worse than most Americans know (see this for one glimpse, and imagine this multiplied by tens of thousands). The need is so great that there is no way this or any government could respond effectively to it on their own.

There is a simple reason for this and Ed Driscoll nailed it a bit ago

there’s no political angle to beat up Republicans, when the state’s governor is a Democrat, and so is the president.

Or as Jim Geraghty put it 

If you view the national news media, based in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and a handful of other cities, as way too monolithic in its political views and driven by conscious and subconscious agendas, the half-hearted-at-best interest in these stories isn’t that hard to explain. These stories aren’t easily used to advance the narrative that Republicans are bad and Democrats are good.

This is cause and effect at its finest, the flooding and destruction in Louisiana is not helpful to the media’s cause, thus the effects of said disaster, the suffering, the homelessness, even among poor blacks who might be expected to vote democrat simply doesn’t count.

This is what our media culture has become and at National Review a commentator asks the obvious question:

It’s great that we all realize this. But what does one actually do?

That’s on each one of us.

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I was at looking for ideas for a post when I noticed these two pieces within five posts of each other that were interesting. One pushing a Reuters story from the 19th:

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The other posting a mediate story saying the exact opposite:

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I thought they would make an interesting contrast so I tried to pull up both stories, the Mediaite story dated today came up easy.

However when I tried to click on the Reuters link I kept getting “page not found”.

I tried a search for the title and found multiple results such as this one at Forbes:

Trump Visits Baton Rouge, Despite Governor’s Request Not To

We welcome him to Louisiana…but not for a photo-op,’ the Democratic governor said.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate toured the flood-damaged city of Baton Rouge on Friday, despite the Democratic Louisiana governor’s urging not to make political stops in areas affected by recent deadly rains.

Trump’s motorcade drove past piles of possessions and building materials that had been ripped out of flooded homes en route to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in a flood-ravaged portion of East Baton Rouge Parish.

“You’re all going to be fine, you’re going to be fine,” Trump told several dozen supporters gathered outside, many asking for autographs and selfies.

But for the life of me I couldn’t find the story at Reuters.  So I went to the Reuters site and looked for the story.  There was no sign of it, but I DID find this story, with a time stamp a few hours later with this title:

Trump tours flooded Louisiana, Obama to visit next week

And when I looked at the body of the story it seemed awfully…familiar (emphasis mine)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toured flood-battered Louisiana on Friday, shrugging off the Democratic state governor’s plea for politicians not to stop in areas affected by deadly rains.

President Barack Obama said he was also eager for a firsthand look at the damage done by floods that damaged more than 40,000 homes and killed at least 13 people, announcing plans to visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Obama’s travel requires a massive retinue of Secret Service agents and assistance from local and state law enforcement officials, so the White House usually waits to visit disaster zones to avoid tying up police and emergency resources needed elsewhere.

On Friday, Trump’s motorcade drove past piles of possessions and building materials that had been ripped out of flooded homes en route to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in a hard-hit portion of East Baton Rouge Parish.

“You’re going to be fine,” Trump told several dozen supporters gathered outside, many asking for autographs and selfies.

LA governor John Bel Edwards found his original statement had not gone over well and decided to revise it, apparently Reuters found that their old story noting the president would not be visiting for a while wasn’t playing well either so they decided to :

Delete the original story

Rewrite the headline to emphasize that president Obama was visiting Louisiana

Insert new copy into the old story suggesting president was ALWAYS going to visit while making an excuse for his failure to do so before the Trump visit.

Or put simply, the attempt to advance the narrative of Trump as an opportunist for visiting Louisiana  and Obama as responsible by not visiting had not only failed but proved inconvenient.  So Reuters decided, rather than write a new story to show the president’s change of heart and showing him forced to visit in reaction to Donald Trump’s move, decided to rewrite history to push the narrative of the president planning to visit this week all along.

There are many words to describe this, I choose “dishonest” and “dishonorable”.

As  Michael Goodwin quoted by Ed Driscoll at Instapundit put it American journalism is collapsing before our eyes,

Personally I disagree, I suspect American journalism was always like this, it’s just that thanks to the net it’s not possible to hide these trick anymore.


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You’ve heard about the media in general and twitter in particularly giveing Hillary Clinton “media privilege” well I think this visual of this tweet says it all

twitter clinton guard

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I’m a bit confused concerning Donald Trump’s answers to Jake Tapper concerning David Duke and the KKK (Judging from Jake’s reaction he was pretty confused too by Trump’s response on what should have been a gimme question). It’s doubly confusing given that in the past he had no problem disavowing Duke in his reform party days and even did so on Friday when Chris Christie endorsed him.

Frankly given that past and the fact that Trump isn’t stupid, I presume his performance with Jake Tapper was the ultimate brain fart, but watching the media coverage there is something I don’t understand.

Without a question David Duke and the KKK should be disavowed at any and all times, but for all the fuss we are seeing today I seem to recall our current president had an association with a terrorist of his own.

One of the so-called smears the Obama campaign valiantly fought off was the claim Obama had a close relationship with unrepentant domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Team Obama said Ayers was merely “a guy who lived in Obama’s neighborhood,” and little more. Confronted with a report that Ayers and Dohrn had launched Obama’s career with a meet-and-greet fundraiser in the duo’s home, campaign spokesman — and future White House Press Secretary — Robert Gibbs issued a categorical denial

In fact Mr. Benson notes that one of CNN’s own reports states introductions took place at an interesting location 

“Where was that introduction made?  At the home of the sixties radicals, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  The Obama campaign again says it is just a coincidence.”

Can you picture the story if Trump had visited David Dukes house or served on a board with him

I suppose the goodbye party for prominent Israel basher and Arafat apologist Rashid Khalidi, attended by Obama, Ayers and Dohrn, is also unworthy of discussion. That Khalidi himself hosted a fundraiser for Obama’s first Congressional campaign must be completely irrelevant, too.

Then there’s the pesky fact that Obama and Ayers served together on the board of the Woods Fund for three years—and continued to do so even after Ayers was quoted in the New York Times fondly recalling his days as a bomber, and despairing that he hadn’t “done more.” (This quote, the Obama fact sheet reminds us, comes from an interview that just happened to be published on 9/11—Ayers had made the incendiary remarks earlier. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a lot better). The funds Obama and Ayers helped control at the Woods Foundation funneled thousands of dollars into both Khalidi’s organization and the now-infamous Trinity United Church of Christ.

Let’s remember these are people who were actively involved in bombing that took place in the US targeting Americans and our current president spent years associating with these people.

Now this was an unenforced error that  Donald Trump did this to himself and I fully expect Rubio and Cruz to take full advantage of it and with Hillary Clinton becoming more and more certain as the Democrat nominee the media is going to go all in.  All the grief that Trump gets for this is on him, doubly so if as some have speculated, he was stupid enough to be worried about losing the White supremacist vote.

And  believe me if you think it’s a big attack now it’s minor league stuff compared to how the MSM will be hitting him once he has the nomination in hand for sure.

But let’s not pretend for one moment that angst that we’re currently seeing on CNN or on twitter reflects any outrage over a presidential candidate associating with terrorists or hate groups and I challenge CNN, MSNBC et/al to ask the pundits who are with self serving righteous fury condemning Trumps waffling on Duke if association with a terrorist disqualifies one from the White House and if so why they either have supported Barack Obama in the past or have not called upon him to resign at once?

Frankly if I was Donald Trump I’d be asking that question aloud and pointing out the media double standard at every rally he holds and on every interview he has from this point on pointing out that both the NYT and Robert Redford have defended Terrorist Ayers in public.

But might I suggest to the Trump voters who might be worried about how this plays out that rather than worrying how to counter the MSM here it would be much easier to just avoid the issue and vote Ted Cruz who has supported all the key things that Trump has from stopping amnesty to opposing common core and fighting Obamacare.


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Almost since the day he was elected I’ve been telling people that the MSM is spinning Pope Francis’ actual words, but my warnings have been to no avail.

So you can’t imagine how great it is to see Steven Kruiser get it

What has befuddled me and several of my conservative friends who are also devout Roman Catholics is the willingness of our conservative friends to take news about this pope at face value from MSM outlets that aren’t trusted for anything else.

He’s referring to this AP story that claims the Pope called Mohammad Abbas the head of the Palestinian authority an “Angel of peace”.

It’s  a lie:

As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: “May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: may you be an angel of peace.”

Calling someone something and exhorting him to be that something are two entirely different things.

You mean the MSM is spinning things to advance their agenda, who woulda thunk it?

I can tell you this: MSM reporting on the Vatican, the Church or whomever is pope at the time almost always needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The media has an obsession with Francis because they’ve convinced themselves that he’s the pope who will make the Church become a gay marriage, abortion loving free-for-all. This, even though barely six months into his tenure, Francis excommunicated a priest for supporting women priests and gay marriage.

As with any political agenda supported by the MSM, it is willing to bend facts to shoehorn stories into the narrative

There are those on the conservative side who don’t like the church & others who don’t trust Francis because of his background, I suspect they are letting those prejudices drive their sudden trust in the MSM.

I’ll give  the last word to Stacy McCain’s favorite Movie Quote

“The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that — do not listen.”

The Exorcist (1973)

When the media spins the Pope they are serving the prince of the world.

Two weeks ago I was demanding an apology from ABC & George Stephanopoulos for not disclosing his conflict of interest in the Clinton Cash Story saying this:

today ABC’s broadcast the above interview never noting to viewers that Mr. Stephanopoulos was an Senior Advisor to the Clinton White House nor did Mr. Stephanopoulos (like MSNBC before him) note that the Sunlight foundation that he so emphatically quoted is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. (To the tune of over a million bucks since 2008)

Now the stockholders of ABC and the people in charge of programing have a perfect right to put whoever they want in charge of their Sunday show and if they want to have a former Clinton Senior advisor to the honors that’s up to them.

But if they wish to keep of the pretense of offering objective journalism as opposed to Democrat political advocacy then journalistic ethics would have required them to have a different person conduct the interview with Mr. Schweizer or at the minimum have Mr. Stephanopoulos disclose his connections to the Clinton White House either before or after the interview.

Today the other shoe dropped:

Now ABC & Mr. Stephanopoulos have to deal with the embarrassment of this disclosure, but then again if they had not bothered putting a Clinton Crony in the big chair this would not be an issue in the first place.

Update: While some might consider this story part of a “vast right wing conspiracy” remember it’s much more likely that it came from the left as part of their attempt to derail Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democrat nominee.

Update 2: Bazinga!

Update 3: Via Ace a suggestion from the Federalist

ABC News, if it cares one whit about its reputation, should ban Stephanopoulos from doing any 2016 campaign coverage. It’s bad enough that he was once a Clinton White House staffer. But everyone went along with the charade that his political days were behind him and that he just wanted to be an objective reporter. That charade ends today.

Allahpundit has a question

And Glenn Reynolds has a suggestion too:

Inquiring minds want to know.

Update 4: 50 50 50 Do I hear $75,000?

But that’ OK says Hillary Rosen because….

sure it might be a charity that strong arms watchdog organizations

New York Magazine is reporting that team Clinton unsuccessfully attempted to strong arm Charity Navigator into changing its lousy rating of the Clinton Foundation.
The [Clinton] Foundation has demanded they extend the Clintons special treatment. They also allege the Foundation attempted to strong-arm them by calling a Navigator board member. “They felt they were of such importance that we should deviate from our normal process. They were irritated by that,” says [former Charity Foundation CEO] Berger.
Apparently the Foundation was warned they would be added to the “watch list” on March 11th based on pre-“Clinton Cash” reports of possible Foundation/State Dept. quid pro quo deals in late February.

But it’s still a charity no matter what the brains behind it says…it’s just that the Clintons believe in old fashoned sayings…


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I saw this at Glenn’s site two days ago:

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.

In that poll Democrat voters give her 76% on having being able to set ” the proper moral tone for the country” and a majority of those voters consider her “honest and straightforward”.

Yes you read that right.

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.


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Is it just me or is everybody treating this like it’s the NFL draft or some kind of happening event?

When you turn justice into a sideshow it’s  not justice it’s a spectacle.

The race hustlers are looking for exactly that and the Cable networks are eating it up

Both should be ashamed of themselves.

And frankly I don’t care what the Grand Jury decides.  It is a local crime and its only national significance comes from race hustlers trying to make it so.

I’m done with it.

He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true” or “false,” but as “academic” or “practical,” “outworn” or “contemporary,” “conventional” or “ruthless.” Jargon, not argument, is your best ally

C.S. Lewis:  The Screwtape letters #1

Now that Jonathan Gruber has broken through the media firewall (in large part thanks to Jake Tapper who insists on acting like a reporter even when democrats are in power) our friends in the MSM have plenty of adjectives to describe what he is saying.

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.

So expect more of the stupid chorus and anticipate more Universities, you know those places where ideas are supposedly freely exchanged, pulling them down.

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Barack 2012 (via The Pundit press)

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]

Barack Obama Today via JWF:

“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.

Stacey Lennox asks a great question:

If ONLY the MSM had decided to cover Gruber’s remarks, maybe the President would have seen it.

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it doesn’t make sense. If we could only find out what He is really up to! Hypothesis after hypothesis has been tried, and still we can’t find out. Yet we must never lose hope; more and more complicated theories, fuller and fuller collections of data, richer rewards for researchers who make progress, more and more terrible punishments for those who fail – all this, pursued and accelerated to the very end of time, cannot, surely, fail to succeed.

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rush Limbaugh wins children’s book award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This fix could be in!

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

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

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

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

How disgusting, how insulting, and how typical.

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


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Bill Veeck:  Veech –As in Wreck  1962

As I reflect on the 570th day since still sitting Democrat representative Carlos Henriquez’s arrest and the 15th since his conviction for assaulting a women who refusing him sex and his stubborn refusal to resign I find myself nodding in recognition.

While one would think any reporter would immediately recognize the story as newsworthy,   There is in fact a more significant story here that Carlos Henriquez is just a part of.

Consider for example this story from earlier this month:

The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.

Hmm an administration under investigation where two people have already pleaded the 5th,  puts a donor to said administration in charge of the probe.  That would seem a newsworthy to me.

Then there is the story out of Colorado  on the Obamacare numbers:

Republicans have been hitting Sen. Mark Udall over whether his staff pressured Colorado state officials to change their figures on the number of Obamacare cancellations in the state.

The timing of his move was interesting

Worth noting is the fact the original media reports of 249,000 cancellations in the state happened on or about November 6. The dispute between Udall’s office and the Department of Insurance didn’t happen more than a week later on November 14. Specifically, the issue didn’t appear to rise to importance for the Udall office until President Obama decreed citizens could keep cancelled plans.

Hmm A senator trying to get a state to fudge numbers to aid his party’s president.  That would seem newsworthy to me.

Then there is the story that came out today concerning the investigation of that senator.  N “neutral and objective panel” seemed to clear the Democrat Senator, however….

Republicans were stunned to find that the “neutral and objective panel” consisted of Ms. Kelley, a Hickenlooper appointee; her deputy, Michelle Pederson; and John Cevette, a legislative liaison and former chief of staff to Brandon Shaffer, a Democratic Senate president.

Hmm a “neutral and objective panel” investigating a senator is revealed to have consisted solely of members of that senator’s party after it clears him.  That would seem newsworthy to me too.
All of these stories  seem newsworthy to me together they tell quite a tale, lets review:
1.  A  State  Rep taking a much younger woman late at night in his car demanding sex is arrested on assault & kidnapping stays in his race, wins, and two years later is convicted of assault stubbornly refuses to resign his house seat.
2.  An administration where two people have already pleaded the 5th putting one of their political donors in charge of an investigation of itself and keeping that fact under wraps.
3.  A sitting US senator attempting to have numbers reported by his state concerning an unpopular national program he voted for, altered to favor his party a week after they are released.
4.  A Governor’s “neutral & objective panel” that clears a sitting US senator turns out to be exclusively consisting of members of his administration and the senator’s political party.

What connects these four stories out of Denver, Boston & Washington DC, they all speak to the power and arrogance of the Democrats in the current media culture.

Carlos Henriquez didn’t pull out of his race at the time of his arrest because he understood that even with the war on woman being the theme of the 2012 election and one of the most prominent female candidates in the country running in his state,  the media, local state & national would ignore it.  He remains in his seat because he understands that even with his conviction for actually assaulting a women the media will never find his story more interesting than Mike Huckabee saying the word: “libido”

The administration appointed a political friend and donor to investigate itself on a critical scandal because they understood  that the national media would not press the issue or report on a story they had ignored for months on end.

The Senator and his office feels themselves free to attempt to pressure his state to change it’s reported numbers because they understood that the media would not press them nor nor keep a close eye on any investigation that might come.

and that’s also why The Governor & his administration felt fee to stack the investigating committee of  a prominent member of his political party because it is their understanding that while the story has broken today it will not go far and will certainly not go national.

Why?  Why would all of these public people believe that stories would not advance beyond a day?

I submit & suggest it’s because all of these stories involve Democrats and their national memes and Democrats understand that when it comes to such stories MSM immediately recognizes them as unnewsworthy.

What other conclusion can be reached when the administration sends the IRS to target Hollywood conservatives and the broadcast networks give the story a combined total coverage of zero seconds?

Why are these stories not worth national attention?  That judgement is totally subjective. Perhaps someone had a nosebleed in the editor’s room?

That’s the story:   A media so in the tank that the Democrats in general and the party in particular feels free to do what they will because they understand their acts will not get exposure to general public on a national level.

I can’t speak for others but I immediately recognize this as newsworthy.


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Governor William J. Le Petomane: Holy underwear! Sheriff murdered! Innocent women and children blown to bits! We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph! I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy!

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Governor William J. Le Petomane
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Blazing Saddles 1974

There is an aspect of the sudden media interest in the Kermit Gosnell story that is getting missed.

For those of you who didn’t get the sequence of events, Twitchy and people on the pro-life side have followed and pushed this story of the murderous abolitionist for quite a while with an almost complete media blackout.  In her Dam denting piece at USA Today Kristen powers alluded to the one mention outside of Fox news on the story:

A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state.

I remember that segment I watched to see if anyone else at that table would comment, they kept tight-lipped.

The Powers piece was inconvenient for the media for two reasons:

1. It came from a source that could not be dismissed as “right-wing”

2. It reached beyond the conservative sphere

Once that appeared in a “mainstream” source that might cause “Gosnell” to become a search term Wikipedia THE #1 source for the low information voter sprung into action:

Gosnell Wikipedia entry considered for deletion

Ace of Spades noted the irony:

Note that they’re all working from the same playbook: If we just keep silent on this, if we impose a coordinated embargo, essentially the story just goes away.

I don’t suppose I have to mention Orwell. You were already on that page.

No one of Any Import actually nailed it perfectly:

Why are the major news outlets ignoring the gruesome case against abolitionist Kermit Gosnell?

Because his case proves there is no difference between killing a baby then removing it, and removing a baby then killing it.

And Weigel in his piece noted a key fact concerning Bias:

Let’s just state the obvious: National political reporters are, by and large, socially liberal. We are more likely to know a gay couple than to know someone who owns an “assault weapon.” We are, generally, pro-choice. Twice, in D.C., I’ve caused a friend to literally leave a conversation and freeze me out for a day or so because I suggested that the Stupak Amendment and the Hyde Amendment made sense. There is a bubble. Horror stories of abortionists are less likely to permeate that bubble than, say, a story about a right-wing pundit attacking an abortionist who then claims to have gotten death threats.

Now the MSM could have continued to ignore this story, and would have likely have remained ignored even with the Twitchy coverage and the Powers piece if it hadn’t been for this tweet


With that tweet came the many questions and, pieces that followed, the mea culpasthe counter spin and finally the coverage by national outlets

Suddenly the post found it newsworthy and even Planned Parenthood found it necessary to throw Gosnell under the bus only two years after Verum Serum asked the 50,000 question about referrals.

Why has the worm finally turned? Self preservation. While they would like to kill the Gosnell story they simply have to kill this one.

The media behavior regarding the trial of monster Kermit Gosnell is a turning point: with all of conservative media’s complaints regarding the liberal bias of U.S. media, we never imagined this could happen.

We know there are journalists out there infuriated by their employer’s current behavior: The change must start with you.

We are looking for whistleblowers: if you have any information regarding why your employer is not covering the Gosnell trial, please submit it here. Your anonymity will be protected.

This is why the media has decided to cover the Gosnell story and will do so in all its ghastly glory they fear that story far more.

Update: Stacy & Viral read have more

And here is Verum Serum’s map of local abortion clinics from 2011

View Philadelphia Area Planned Parenthood Clinics in a larger map

No doubt some of it was word of mouth, but is it just possible that other clinics in the area who weren’t willing to “help” certain women because they knew it was illegal to do so, might mention Dr. Gosnell as an option.

That question was asked 27 months ago, has anyone answered it?

A few hours after the Margaret Thatcher died in England of a stroke at the age of 87 I participated in a conference call put together by the group Special Ops Speaks;

They had submitted a letter to the congress supporting HR 36 looking to create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist attack in Benghazi  saying in part:

A longstanding American ethos was breached during the terrorist attack in Benghazi. America  failed to provide adequate security to personnel deployed into harm’s way and then failed to respond when they were viciously attacked. Clearly, this is unacceptable and requires accountability. America has always held to the notion that no American will be left behind and

that every effort will be made to respond when  US personnel are threatened. Given our backgrounds, we are concerned that this sends a very negative message to future military and diplomatic personnel who may be deployed into dangerous environments. That message is that they will be left to their own devices when attacked. That is an unacceptable message.

This letter was signed by hundreds of special ops vets including 20 Generals, over 60 colonels, over 60 Lt Colonels and two who have been awarded the Medal of Honor winners.

During my conference call Captain Larry Bailey, a Navy SEAL with 27 years of service noted that Watergate involved a break-in and the theft of papers but lead to years of dedicated investigation from the congress culminating in the resignation of a president in the United States

That being the case you would think an event that lead to the death of an American Ambassador, an attack that took place on the anniversary of 9/11 just two months before an election might have gotten a little bit of traction in the press.

Alas the press that was so anxious to bring down a Republican president had no interest in dead Americans if it could hamper the re-election of a Democrat one.

With the president re-elected the thought was some attention might take place, Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain & Lindsey Graham  managed to use it to achieve hearings but the meat and the potatoes of what happened and why we didn’t act to stop it remains unclear.

What is clear is that with a Democrat majority in the senate and the media solidly behind them such hearing are of little danger to Obama.  Even if the midterm elections flip the senate, the Obama administration with two years to go is unlikely to face an awful lot of trouble from such a hearing.

So why such opposition to such a committee, why the knee jerk attempt to protect Barack Obama when he doesn’t need protecting?

Ah but it is NOT Barack Obama the mainstream media is protecting, nor is it the Obama administration that is being shielded, it is not even any type of covert operation that is being protected from public disclosure.

They are protecting Hillary Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton has been for a lot of year the poster child feminism.  This is an odd thing Mrs. Clinton owes her fame and notoriety entirely to the actions of her husband.  It was the embarrassment of his impropriety that advanced her in NY and the liberal lock that assured her of the Senate Seat she held.

But when forced to run in a contested primary that was considered hers by almost divine right she ran smack into the Obama Campaign’s take no prisoners campaign that brought down John McCain 2008’s  general election and Mitt Romney  four years later.

And while Mrs. Clinton was wise enough to eschew the Vice Presidency giving her plausible deniability for the economic wasteland that has marked the Obama years as Secretary of State she can’t dodge the repeated failures from Egypt,  Syria, Iran, North Korea  Afghanistan and the biggest of them all Libya.

Think about it what actual achievements does she have?  Meeting with foreign leaders, Betty Ford did that, Michael Jackson did that.  Margaret Thatcher’s death put the question in stark contrast:

Think for one second if Bill Clinton didn’t exist nobody would know who Hillary Clinton is, but how many people actually know Margaret Thatcher’s husband’s name? ((Dennis) I’d have to look it up.

Hillary Clinton is a shadow, a wraith, the person behind the curtain in Oz.  The last thing the media wants is that curtain to be drawn back and revealed for all to see.

And as long as we have a culture where only a few families serve,  whose heroes are movie starts and singers and moan the death of movie critics louder than those who died fighting, the media just might just manage to keep this hidden.

And that is almost as big of a disgrace as the act itself.

Update: A commentator notes it should be Navy SEAL all caps and the Medal of Honor is awarded not won, both corrected.


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Two Simple words in the English Language: I Forgot

Steve Martin

In the movie “A guide for the married man” there is a famous exchange between Walter Mathew and Robert Morse when Matthau’s character is advised what to do in case his wife gets suspicious in the event of an affair:

Mosre:   Deny Deny Deny, no matter what she knows or thinks she knows, Deny it!

Matthau:  But what if she really knows…

Mosre:  Deny it

Mosre:  but what if she really

Mosre:  Deny

Mosre:  but what if she

Mosre:  Deny Deny DENY!

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Melendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject provoking this comment from Jim Hoft

That’s outrageous. You could imagine the grilling this man would have taken if he had an “R” behind his name instead of a “D”. Instead, ABC willfully keeps the public in the dark on this horrific scandal.

and this from Glenn Reynolds

That’s what media apparatchiks do.

I’d say that Senator Menendez should think his lucky starts, but as this story actually broke before the election and no member of the mainstream media had bothered to touch it, perhaps Martha Raddatz thought it would be unfair for them to start now.

Of course, now we have two scandals.  Senator Menendez’s scandal now being investigated by the FBI and the scandal of Martha (of course I’m not too Biased for the VP debate) Raddatz deciding that a senator being investigated by the FBI for banging underage hookers isn’t newsworthy.

Naturally the new media and Radio Hosts will have a field day with it tomorrow, in fact I’ll certainly mention it in Under the Fedora and on next week’s show.  That being so the real question becomes:  How will Martha the unbiased choose to answer these questions?

Well, if I may be so bold as to suggest  the Morse/Matthew strategy is still tanned rested and ready for  use….



“Tell the Truth”

Grover Cleveland

“The King’s good servant, but God’s First.”

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

As warned

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.

It not important for them to know, it’s important for me to know

Patton 1970

The chips are down. I want you to keep everything that Smith says out of all our newspapers and all the others you can line up in the state. As for those broken-down opposition papers who don’t want to play ball with us. I want you to tie them up for 24 hours.

Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1039

I’ve been under the weather since my returning colleges kindly Saturday’s show and last night so as soon as the Obama tape came out I watched the short version and crashed totally ignoring the debate over the tape.

Before I hit the sack our friends on the left were busying saying there was nothing to see here and trying to dismiss it even before the tape was seen

At about 7:30 p.m. ET, the DNC Rapid Response team sent an email to reporters titled “That was Lame,” listing “instant reaction to the latest lame Drudge/Hannity desperation tactics.”

The email merely included tweets from journalists — before the story was published — expressing skepticism and disinterest and the mistaken claim that the video had been published before.

The tweets used by the Democratic National Committee came from reporters at organizations including Politico, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine and the Atlantic.

Because it’s always the best practice to report on items before they are released.

Then the video was released:

and we saw things like this:

All forgetting that a joke isn’t old if you haven’t heard it

And then came the race accusations:

Because nothing is more racist than showing Barack Obama an unedited and unfiltered.

And of course then the left showed their own sensitivity toward certain groups like Gays and Jews:

Mind you this isn’t just some guy, this is a regular at Huffington post and a player, a man who has been in Washington for years and one who has served democrat members of congress and now a senior media matters fellow. I was half expecting a line about ladyparts but I digress.

When that didn’t stop the conversation the left decided to produce a video of their own at where else, the Huffington Post:

Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, share a similarly dim view of a very large portion of Americans, according to previously unreported remarks by Ryan. Both believe that many of their fellow citizens are dependent on government and have no motivation to improve their lives — but they disagree over the precise number.

Romney’s estimate, famously, is 47 percent. For Ryan, it’s 30 percent.

The idea being those not paying attention oh there is a video or there is another video And MSNBC being MSNBC played them side by side, only problem is a Politico pointed out on Morning Joe the Ryan Video actually helps Romney the quote:

Today 70% of Americans get more benefits from the Federal Government in dollar value then they pay back in taxes, so you can argue that we are already past that tipping point. The good news is. survey after survey, poll after poll still shows we are still a center right 70-30 country. 70% of Americans want the American dream they believe in the American idea only 30% want the welfare state. What that tells us is that at least half of those people in that category are there not of their wish or their will. They believe in that horizon that they’re shooting for, they’re down on their luck, they’re out of their job they’re back in school. They want the American idea and they want their kids to be better off. emphasis mine

But the left is correctly thinking it is less damaging to have attention drawn to an exculpatory video for Romney (and perhaps those not paying attention will just take it as described by the left) then for people to pay attention to the President in his own words.

What our friends on the left and the media have not figured out concerning the Obama video as they cry “race” is the target. It is not Barack Obama as much as it is the media that has protected him as Glenn Reynolds put it:

SO IN RESPONSE TO THE NEW OBAMA VIDEO DROP, one establishment political journalist tells me it’s no big deal because everyone knows Obama’s a big lefty, talks blacker when with black audiences, etc., etc.

But the thing is, in 2004-2008, Obama sold himself as a black guy who wasn’t in the mold of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. So when he sounds like that, it’s a contradiction. You know, the kind of hypocrisy the press usually goes after in politicians. Unless, as with Obama, the press is trying to drag them across the finish line. Because there’s no way they’re going to let Obama be a one-term, when the hated W got two. . . .

And that is the point, the Media knew Barack Obama for who he was in 2008 but that person might not have won, and that could not be allowed (particularly with the hated Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket) so they hid it.

Why do you think the movie 2016 continues to rock the box office? This movie has no business making the money it is, but the MSM decided that it wasn’t going to fill in the blanks on Barack Obama because it would tend to incriminate him. So when D’Sousa’s film came out and told the story the media would not, people rushed to see it.

The media decided to be Journo-listers, rather than Journalists and this is not the first time as Ed Driscol reminds us:

A presidential candidate calls for bankrupting an entire industry? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

A presidential candidate calls for higher energy prices for all Americans, especially the poor? Capital idea, we agree! But on the whole, let’s ignore it in plain sight.

A presidential candidate has spent years marinating in a radical chic background? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

The Middle East is in tatters as a result of an administration asleep at the wheel? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

A border agent killed and guns in the hands of Mexican criminals? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

An incendiary racially charged speech involving the man who is now the president of the United States emerges that 99 percent of the general public hasn’t seen? Old news. Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

There are those who have taken exception to my critiques of polls, and to the suggestion that the media is in the tank for this president. They might ask how I can say such a thing like this:

It is my nature to believe the best of people but if anyone ANYONE actually believes that this media is not collectively trying to give this race to Barack Obama they are suckers.

It’s because we saw it in 2007, we saw it in 2008, we saw it in 2010 and we continue to see it. Think about it for a second we actually saw the media after America was successfully attacked on 9/11’s anniversary killing our Ambassador focus on…blaming Mitt Romney for supposedly bad words.

The question isn’t why we distrust the MSM, the question is why any sane person would?

Update: BTW here is what that same media thinks of you

And that was retweeted by no less than John Harwood of CNBC

Thanks to some upload problems with some of my videos from the Ma-3 debate between Jon Golnik and Rep Nikki Tsongas I ended up missing most of Morning Joe, and due to some arrangements for my 100th Show event (You’re invited ticket at the bottom of this post BTW) I missed most of Morning Joe yesterday and with the big debate in Lowell between Scott Brown I only had time to note in passing the oddities of the latest Washington Post poll as an update to an already written piece:

If you are going to make a declaration in your poll you need to provide at least the cross tabs to be checked, like the Boston Globe poll.

Apparently while I was busy shooting photos, interviewing folks at the debate and etc a huge national debate over that Washington Post poll took place

Chuck Todd was ridiculing people who believe there is a media conspiracy. Meanwhile, his own network has dragged its feet on coverage of the administration’s disastrous handling of Libya and, well, he works for MSNBC.

That doesn’t bother me all that much in once sense, after all if media of national standing (or whatever standing MSNBC has) are answering you, that says where the debate is, but then this morning as I went through the posts I needed to do, I saw this bit revelation via Red State from the Post:

Out of 929 registered voters in the new poll, 161 live in one of these eight states, with a margin of sampling error of eight points.

Erick Erickson does the basic math

In short, the Washington Post conducted a national poll and discovered that 161 of those surveyed lived in swing states. Charitably — and Cohen does not break it down — that would work out to 20 voters polled in each of 8 swing states. TWENTY!!!

So there’s an 11 point gap among 161 people with a margin of error of around 8%. But the Washington Post reported this as a fact

So let me get this straight, the media that has called bloggers members of the Cheetos Brigade as Joe Scarborough did, the media that says we are in a “parallel universe“, the same media that called us conspiracy theorists when we dared point out the mathematics problems with the polls, some even admitted by pollsters. The same media that pooh poohed the nine year stats of voter registration , the media that has maximum access to the voters and large corporations to back them up.

This same media is using their national microphone to report as fact an 11 point lead for Barack Obama in swing states based on a twenty voters per state?

Pardon my language but ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME?

Yes I’m a blogger, yes I don’t have a degree in journalism, writing or even English (BS Computer Science Minor American History) Yes I’m actually typing this in my bed wearing my underwear as per the stereotype because that’s when I scan the news in the morning and do my writing before I get myself ready to go out and do everything else.

But I damn well know you can’t judge a lead in swing states based on a sample so small per state that it couldn’t fill the 5th street diner.

Erickson again

Perhaps instead of being insulting, he, a former staffer for Tom Harkin’s Presidential campaign and whose wife was or is a Democratic operative, should acknowledge conservative distrust of the media and try to explain how the polls are shaped, skewed, weighted or not, and the general methodology.

It is my nature to believe the best of people but if anyone ANYONE actually believes that this media is not collectively trying to give this race to Barack Obama they are suckers.

And with all due respect to the opinion of Gov Christie I think it is vital to call these guys out on it, not because of a single election but because it is damaging to our democracy and to the first amendment to ignore this.

I’m a Republican, I’m with Mitt Romney, but when, in my opinion I thought Mitt was the weakest of the GOP candidates I called him out on it, and took flack for it from my side.

I’m with Scott Brown, but when I saw the WBUR poll that gave Elizabeth Warren a lead correctly reflected state voter registration I complemented them on it and took flack for it from my side.

I’m with Jon Golnik but when I said he did not win the debate Sunday against Nikki Tsongas I took flack for it from my side.

I could have ignored these things and wrote on something else but I said them anyway because I live in realville and THESE THINGS ARE TRUE!

My name is on this blog, I owe it to my name to say what I see and think is accurate.

I live off of the tip jar hits and subscriptions people make here and off the ads people buy, I owe it to those people to give them not just a quality product but a product as accurate as I can based on my observations and reporting.

I am a partisan and want my side to win, I owe them a fair critique so if they know how to fix problems they might have so they can win.

If you are a member of the MSM and you have a byline I don’t mind if you have a bias, I don’t even have a problem if you want Obama to win, but I do mind if you for the sake of that bias and that desire to re-elect Obama, report without question bad data or skewed data and then go after those who call you on it.

That is simply disgraceful, dishonest and dishonorable and you should be ashamed of yourselves for prostituting yourself in this way.

Until you change your ways, don’t you dare DARE treat me and my friends in a condescending way.

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UPDATE: The worst poll EVAH! These guys are trying their best do hide it but I’m sorry if you poll a sample with a +17.2 point advantage of people who voted Obama in 2008, a result that gets you a +15 Obama lead in 2012 is not a surprise it’s almost a foregone conclusion. Note the same poll in Aug that showed Obama up +3 had a +7.3 Obama 2008 vs McCain 2008 voter split

Editor’s note: Normally Under the Fedora doesn’t appear on the site, but I’m angry and I want this read everywhere I write.

I had such plans for Under the Fedora this week.

I was going to talk about the Hollis event with Kelly Ayotte & Lt. Gov Kerry Healey , the Mitt Romney event at Holman stadium and all I've covered.  I'll save that for next week…


…beacuse yesterday on 9/11 our embassies in Libya & Egypt were attacked, our diplomats killed, the flag torn down, the Islamic flag raised on 9/11 no less… and our administration responded thus:

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

That is not an misprint, it is not a phony site, this was the statement put out.

As I watched last night all I could think of was Jimmy Carter.  Ironically  the same day that Greg Sargant insisted this was not 1980 our embassies are attacked, but that’s unfair to Carter, his first reaction was not to defend the Iranians who hit our embassy.

Moreover here is Sec of State Hilary Clinton:

"The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."

Note that Mrs. Clinton’s first words were not for the Attacked Americans, the burned embassy, it was for the religious sensibilities of the attackers.

As Steven Clarke put it:

“While the responsibility for our lack of credibility in the greater middle east rests with Obama, let’s not forget that our middle east foreign policy is the product of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power and others who share their views. These past four years do not reflect well upon their judgment: something to bear in mind when talk of a Hillary Clinton presidency arises.”

My reaction to the embassy statement frankly is not printable, But Mitt Romney is a much more measured man that is he had this to say:.

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” the statement read. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

And the media response to this has been united, loud and decisive, to condemn pillory and attack….Mitt Romney for his inflammatory statements: such as this headline from Salon:

Mitt’s shameful Libya statement

MSNBC has been unrelenting attacking Mitt Romney panel after panel condemning Mitt & Bibi Netanyahu  but hasn’t had much to say about the embassy statement, like the killing of the Copts and the burning of their churches as far as MSNBC and our friends on the left are concerned it’s never happened. Or It’s not newsworthy.

As I watched it this Morning I was in complete disbelief.

These people have no idea, no understanding at all.  This is their world view, that Israel is the enemy, in their world Islam has to be appeased, that Mitt Romney not those who have attacked our people are the enemy that HAS to be stopped.


The title of this piece is Frenchie , Rooster and Lt. Data & Sherman.  That is because when I look at what has happened it reminds me of three movie/TV moments.

In the Movie 1943 Sahara a small contingent of British, French, Australians & Americans find themselves untilled in the Egyptian desert in 1942.  Earlier in the movie when a Nazi flyer is shot down the Frenchman offers to take him behind a dune, when the others object he says they don't understand: 

“This is a Nazi”. 

They ignore him, later in the movie when the small band is in a fight with hundreds of Germans.  Under a flag of truce Frenchie is sent to talk to the German commander, as he returns is shot in the back.  The British Officer too late gets it saying: 

“Frenchie was right, we don’t’ understand the Nazis”

When I look at our reaction to the Muslim Brotherhood this is what I see.


On the TV show Star Trek the Next Generation there is an episode called:  "The Most Toys" where an eccentric  named Kivas kidnaps Lt. Cmdr Data to add to his collection.  He continually threatens the life of a woman who has served him to keep Data in check and when they both try to escape he slaughters her with a weapon that produces violent painful death.

When Data picks up the blaster and orders his surrender his captor notes Data can not kill and threatens says the following:

“You will entertain me and you will entertain my guests if you don’t I’ll kill someone else, him perhaps, it doesn’t matter, his blood will be on your hands just like Varia”

Data the android without feelings finally concludes “I cannot allow this to continue.” And just as he is about to fire he is transported out

When I see the repeated deaths, and attacks by radical Islam, I wonder when we will say what Data does.


The final quote come from the movie True Grit.  Here is a short clip of the scene where he after talking to a rat telling it to stop, John Wayne in his Academy award willing roll as Rooster Cogburn acts.

after Mattie puts the rat out Rooster turns to her and says 

“You can’t serve papers on a rat baby sister you have to kill him or let it be”

The full clip is here

This is the reality of radical Islam.  For years we have been warning about Islamic Terror, for a long time we’ve warned about the Muslim Brotherhood.  I’ve maintained that Libya & Egypt both have the right to the government they wish, but with those rights come responsilities.  Yet our friends on the left are convinced that we can talk our way out of this, that if only we are nicer and more submissive they will be come our friends.  This is not only a delusion it is a delusion that is fatal

I give the last word to General Sherman

"We cannot change the hearts of those people of the South, but we can make war so terrible…that generations pass away before they again appeal to it.".

And I will say out loud what nobody else wants to.  We can not change Islamists hearts we can not make the love us unless we abandon free speech and the principles we hold dear.  We can not change these people unless we submit and we are fools to try to do so.  All we can do is make them fear us, all we can do is make them understand that any such attack, any such action will produce a response so massive so horrible and so unrelenting that generations will pass before they consider striking again.

Remember It wasn’t diplomacy or even the impending invasion of Japan and the potential of millions of deaths fighting us that ended World war two, it was two atomic bombs.

Your call people.

…and officially declare it a propaganda organ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. They are dishonorable hacks.

2. They are in full panic mode concerning November

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

Simply Amazing.

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

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

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

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

Update 3: Stacy McCain elaborates

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

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

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

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

Here’s one of the highest rated comments:

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

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

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

This is what the media has come to.


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The longer the Rush business goes on, the more we discover mainstream media’s chivalrous outrage over an insult to a woman is apparently rather… flexible:

The headliner of this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner is “comedian” Louis C.K. Comedian? I don’t think so. Pig? yes.

He uses filthy language about women…..yes, the C word…and yes, even to describe a woman candidate for Vice President of the United States. It isn’t just Governor Palin he denigrates. He denigrates all women and looks to the crowd to laugh.

So let me get this straight, for over a week the we have seen story after story of feigned outrage over the insult to a “lady” yet these same Radio and Television Correspondents decide to feature a headliner famous for these lines:

Louis C.K. says of Palin: “her f*** retard making c***” and “the baby that just came out of her f**** disgusting c***.”

To Palin: just “stick your t** in its mouth and shut up.”

And here is more: ”…her f***** retard making c****”

Need more to convince you? Here is what he says on twitter:

“I want to rub my father’s c*** all over Sarah Palin’s fat t***”

The left’s and the media’s willingness to shoot themselves in the foot never ceases to amaze me.

Update: C.K. is out, but not by decision of the Correspondents dinner, he withdrew himself, after all if the Correspondents dinner took action against a comedian who actually makes a living on misogyny vs a talk show host you used ill advised words and apologized their friends in Hollywood might not take it well.

Yesterday afternoon as I was picking up a suit and meeting a person for lunch at a location where I hope to get new advertising I noticed on my cell phone that I had missed a call from Stacy McCain.

Once out of the Haberdasher’s place I gave Stacy a call. Apparently he rang during the mayoral Forum and I was too busy to answer.

He told me about the pirating of his video, (I had already posted on it) and he was STILL angry about it. It was my opinion that he should sue Wonkette and help support those 5 kids of his.

Although adamant about maintaining his rights he was less committal about a suit for damages.

Well now both Perez Hilton:

Here is a screen-cap from Perez Hilton’s site, showing that he downloaded and re-uploaded the pirated/edited “Who likes white people?” video, imprinting it with his own watermark

and CBS “News”

– #1. Everything that comes out of Michele Bachmann’s mouth is gold. A new video has her asking a crowd of people, “Who likes white people?” It doesn’t make any sense, so many explanations are surfacing from “White People Soul Power” being the band that played before, to the fact it was raining and Bachmann is asking about “wet” people.

have grabbed the pirated the phony video and used it for their profit and advantage, drawing tens of thousands of views to their sites. I presume a monetary value can be established for that, and I also suspect there might be at least one or two really solid legal minds on the right would have no problems going to court with this.

Stacy I don’t know how much the small blogger who first stole your video was worth but I suspect that both Perez Hilton and CBS news have a few dollars to rub together

Stacy as you might guess is not happy with Perez but as a professional reporter is really pissed at CBS news:

Yeah, the time-stamp: “6:44 p.m. Aug. 30,” by which time Chris Moody’s accurate post at Yahoo News — identifying my video as the source from which the pirated/edited smear video was stolen — had been a top item at Memeorandum for more than 24 hours!

But wait, it gets better, because here are my two posts on this topic:

Monday Aug. 29, 9:10 p.m. — MY VIDEO of Michele Bachmann’s Christian Testimony Used in SMEAR JOB
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10:58 a.m. — Lowlife Who Pirated My Video Apologizes for Smearing Michele Bachmann

If Michelle Castillo has the advanced journalistic skills necessary to click that second link, she will discover that, when informed that his copyright infringement was the subject of contemplated legal action, the video pirate had published an apology and deleted the video from his YouTube channel early this morning, more than 12 hours before Castillo included his piracy as the No. 1 selection in the CBS News ”Top 5 Viral Videos of the Week.”

As a veteran of 25 years in the news business, I promise you that if I were Michelle Castillo’s boss, I’d have several choice words to say to her, the mildest of which would be, “YOU’RE FIRED!”

I actually think even if this costs people jobs and large amounts of money the fact that the false message got out there to tens of thousands who will never notice any correction is worth every penny that Hilton and CBS have to lay out for this idiocy, and if Michelle Castillo’s job goes to, what is that against the opportunity to defame the hated Bachmann?

Meanwhile Stacy McCain once said he has never been rich and has often been poor but has never faltered in his love of the Lord:

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Matthew 6:31-33

Stacy has been very big on the first half of this message, it would be the ultimate irony if thanks to the callous hatred of an unbeliever for a professed public follower of Christ Stacy’s ship finally comes in.

Wouldn’t that be a spectacular ending to the story?

Because she is a fanatical Lutheran and Christians are dangerous and have to be stopped:

Some vicious monster ripped off my video and edited it, so that when Bachmann begins by jokingly asking the crowd, “Who likes wet people?” — because everybody was soaked to the bone, including me — instead there is a caption, “Who likes white people?”

And after all, when one rejects Christian rules the whole “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor thing doesn’t really apply.

But not to worry, it’s not as if the media organs of the left are going to report on a false story:

Ken Layne of Wonkette then spread that smear all around the Internet.

Now normally one might think that if such a video was out there with Bachmann it might have already come out, but since it fit the left’s template concerning both religion and race why waste time with ya know factchecking!

Wonkette still hasn’t bothered to retract because after all, Michelle Bachmann is crazy so we can do this kind of thing.

Bong Bong does a little better showing both videos but suggests in the title and opening the false statement that

Bachmann: Who likes white people?

Crowd: (Cheers)

Bachmann: Yeah! That’s right! I’m Michelle Bachmann and I’m a member of congress and I’m running for the presidency of the United States and I’m here to talk tonight here to tell you about the creator of the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why lead with the falsehood? Gawker improves on Boing Boing by pointing out the falsehood but finishes with a jab:

Don’t be disappointed. She’ll say her next funny thing soon enough, and soon thereafter we’ll all be dead.

On the left Mediate does the best, identifying Ben Smith as of Politico who first led with the big lie

The post was tweeted by Politico’s Ben Smith, who noted that it was an “out-of-context line (it’s a band name),

You would think an outfit like Politico might bother to factcheck, apparently if you do you would think wrong. You would also think after 9 hours he would retract or correct the tweet. I guess that’s beyond politico too.

Update: Apparently he did tweet the correction, I can’t see how I managed to miss it since I made it a point to go to his twitter timeline to check before writing this, but he tweeted me the links with the proper correction, so it’s my bad on that one.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain asks the question:

Now, who do I sue for copyright infringement, piracy and fraud?

Glenn suggests everyone, if the right is not going to fund your reporting let Ben Smith, Wonkette and all the rest do so. If nothing else you will embarrass them and maybe get a nice settlement.

How will the left react to this correction? very mildly, after all the thing they hate the most about the video is the Christian Testimony:

I’ll give Stacy the last word

What’s strange is that liberals find this type of narrative perfectly acceptable when what is being testified to is some appropriately secular conversion: “Why I became a lesbian feminist” or “When I learned the undenjiable scientific truth of global warming” or “How I discovered that my Republican parents are closet Nazis.” It is only the conversion narrative of Bible-believing Christians that liberals find obnoxiously repellant. And the idea that a Bible-believing Christian might think themselves called to high public office . . .

Well, liberals just can’t handle that — at least when the self-identified Christian is a pro-life conservative Republican. It was OK for John F. Kennedy to be Catholic, it was OK for Jimmy Carter to be a Baptist, and it was OK for Barack Obama to be whatever it is you want to call devotees of what Rev. Jeremiah Wright preaches. But let a conservative Republican speak in public about his or her Christian faith, and liberals immediately start screaming about “theocracy.”

Just a reminder, he wrote that before Rick Perry entered the race.

Update 2: Usually threatening to sue a blogger doesn’t work, but some cases are stronger than others, particularly when one steals and edits a video to present a falsehood:

I was angry so I decided to take Mrs. Bachmann’s line out of context to make her seem more overtly racist in light of her recent signing of that Iowa marriage pledge that said black children were better off under slavery than in Obama’s America. Whether or not I dislike Michele Bachmann, it wasn’t right to deliver a dishonest blow like that.

Note the whole “She’s an evil homophobic racist but two wrongs don’t make a right” meme. Stacy McCain being an actual journalist knows what “absence of malice” means

There are two injured parties, you see. This “On Knees” blogger’s claim that his misleading distortion of Bachmann’s speech was retaliation for her having signed the Iowa marriage pledge is rather interesting in terms of demonstrating malice.

And they are worried about Christian fanatics?

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.

I’m sorry if the two biggest major American newspapers organs to promote liberalism and the Democratic party are recruiting people all over the world for the express purpose and hope of finding dirt on Sarah Palin, we have to assume that:

1. The left fears Sarah Palin in the way that Satan fears Christ.

2. Their “Paul Revere” attacks a failure.

3. They consider the Bus Tour and the upcoming movie a game changer that has to be countered at all costs.

4. They have decided that it is worth the risk of driving GOP opponents of Palin into her camp on the assumption they won’t vote for Obama anyway, like so:

The same press that wouldn’t vet Barack Obama, and barely questions 2400-page policies is looking for the public to find dirt on a private citizen who has been out of office for two years? She is so in their heads, and their hate is so naked, that the WaPo and NYTimes don’t realize how destructive this move is going to be to their own selves. When even Palin non-fans and fence-sitters (like me) are offended by this — you’re talking EPIC fail!

5. Along the same lines as above, the mainstream media is so anxious, so obsessed with Sarah Palin’s destruction that they are willing to use a tactic that even the most Pollyannaish media supporter can not deny the bias inherent in it. In fact a tactic so destructive that they desperately tried to deny it…

“The New York Times has not asked for readers to help with an investigation,” NYT spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller, pointing TheDC to a specific news story about the Palin e-mails’ release.

…even though the request appeared in their own blog

“We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.”

In one respect this reminds me of the early days of the Weiner stuff. He was convinced that the MSM would cover for him and attack Breitbart but what he didn’t understand was that any Twitter user could understand what his actions meant and it was a simple matter to explain it to others.

In the same respect any person who has ever sent e-mails or used a computer understands what is going on here and why and for those few who do not regularly use e-mail it is easily explained..

The amount of sympathy this is going to generate for Palin among the not involved is considerable and will not be easily countered. Even the attempt to spin something complicated that they might find will still pale before the idea that the media has decided that recruit hundreds of people worldwide to go through someone’s e-mail with the express purpose of destroying them.

This is the death knell for the anti-Palin movement’s credibility, and a disaster for every single GOP opponent to her who will be forced to denounce it.

Amazing, simply amazing!

Update: Speaking of Amazing, Morning Joe mentions the release of the e-mails (Mika treats it as a non-story) and totally ignores the NYT & Washington post “recruitment” of people to go through them. “Journolist” lives!

Update: You know what happens when you schedule a post for 5 a.m. that you write before midnight, your co-blogger / friend has the same thought.

The Huffington Post expects to start receiving some of these emails this afternoon. We need your help going through this mass of documents to find notable passages and references to pass on to our reporters. This afternoon, we’ll post the documents online and provide a place for you to leave notes on the emails you see.

In fairness I don’t expect better than the Huff-Po but then again, they are not just Huff-Po they are AOL Now. Lovely! How much money did they spend to compromise their brand?

If you were for any reason wondering why the commentators at TPM are by and large defending Ed Schultz’s remarks in comments you are forgetting one of the primary tenets of liberalism.

The idea that Ed Schultz is being, shall we say “ungentlemanly” on his radio show is not of any relevance.

To them being liberal is the equivalent of “Once saved always saved” to some protestants, what you do doesn’t matter as long as you say the right thing.

Let’s set the table. Major public figure, best-selling author, former VP candidate for national party and possible presidential candidate in 2012 has Down Syndrome Child. Said Down Syndrome Child is attacked on his birthday by prominent leftist site that has appeared on Morning Joe, CNN, etc.

Prominent people on both sides of the Aisle condemn it, editor defends, then slightly backs off, then blames Major Public figure for encouraging sleazy behavior in her children (such as fighting in Iraq?). This is followed up by a twitter campaign targeting advertisers. In less than 24 hours major advertisers such as Papa Johns, Huggies, Nordstrum and Vanguard pull their ads and a twitter campaign exists to pressure others to leave. Said grass-roots campaign is thanked directly by said public figure. Site then scrubs author’s name from site and deletes hundreds of comments from readers encouraging the attacks on the child. Author then follows up with an update saying he “regrets” post but blames parents for their “use” of their child.

One might think that would be a story, and it likely would be if the major public figure was named Clinton or Obama and the web site involved was conservative.

Alas, the public figure is Sarah Palin and the Web Site is Wonkette. This makes it a twofer. It portrays the left in a poor light for a start and any such story might create sympathy for her at a time when the Republican Nomination is up in the air. So starting with Morning Joe and continuing with all the MSM’s morning shows this has become a non-story. Not even a scroll at the bottom of the screen.

Yesterday Dave Weigel answered a post of mine concerning Palin coverage saying in part this:

But here’s a scoop: Few speeches get covered the way politicians would like them to be covered.

That’s a fair point concerning Palin’s Wisconsin speech, it doesn’t explain the non coverage for drowning out 14-year-old girls and a reverend giving an invocation or assaulting old ladies at tea party events, and it certainly doesn’t explain why this kind of story that portrays the left poorly is ignored by the major media.

And this is why Ace and Hotair are wrong. If we don’t link and tell this story the MSM will pretend it never happened and the invisible left will remain invisible.

Yesterday the story was the actions of one lefty site going to far. Today’s non-coverage transforms it into a story of the journalistic (journo-listic?) malpractice as the mainstream media shields the left.

Update: It just hit me, do you remember when Governor Palin mispronounced “skirmish”? I recall Morning Joe finding time to play that video, much more newsworthy than this, isn’t it?

Update 2: Stacy Gives away the game.

Decent Americans recoil in shock at the latest eruption of Palin Derangment Syndrome

…and that’s exactly why the MSM will do their best to make sure decent Americans don’t find out.

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.

Of course as Aaron Worthing of Patterico’s Pontifications points out:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Jared Lee Loughner’s interpretation of the Constitution is nearly as crazy as the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas.
  4. 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.

You can find the video here.

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.”

On facebook Sarah Palin puts out a video that first talks about the victims:

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Then quoting Ronald Reagan

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

Then hits the media about responsibility:

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

And quotes some history:

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?

And celebrates America:

Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

And a defense of liberty:

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

A thought provoking speech so how does Morning Joe react? They attack her for the use of the words “BlOOD LIBEL”. Ignoring that for two days the phrase has been used in this context:

The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel

That’s Glenn Reynolds (my guest this Saturday) on the media and the shootings. One of the most important bloggers in the world two days ago in the Wall Street Journal. It was quoted widely, but I didn’t remember the media hitting him over it.

But this is Sarah Palin, she who must be stopped. Apparently like the gift of flowers there is no occasion where attacking Sarah Palin is not proper, additionally the media had hit her for saying nothing, now they say she should be quiet.

Morning Joe followed up with Tim Pawlenty who failed to reject the “target” nonsense. This unwillingness to reject this meme has not only confirmed that I will not support him, but also means I will happily work against him. That’s not what a leader does.

Does this surprise me? No, I’m not surprised. Anyone watching the full statement can describe it in one word Presidential. President Obama’s statement will be held in comparison against it and it will be a tough act to follow.

And here is my conclusion/opinion. The “No Labels” crowd Morning Joe, David Frum, Andrew Sullivan crowd is using this incident and the blood of the dead and wounded to attempt to silence and put conservative voices that they consider “dangerous” on the defensive, voices they can’t beat in the court of public opinion or in the ballot box. I would call that Blood Libel.

If they are not ashamed of themselves they ought to be if they are capable.

Update: Tell me: if an unapologetic liberal lawyer who is also Jewish says Sarah Palin’s use of the term Blood Libel isn’t inappropriate can we let it go?

I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

Will that do?

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.

So their commentaries and their stories lay dormant until a suitable event could come around an event that would reverse their fortunes and be, as described in Time: Barack Obama’s Oklahoma City moment.

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.

Update 3: Welcome Hillbuzz readers, you might be interested in my examiner column of today. Money quote:

The shooter in Arizona will likely cop an insanity plea for his actions. No word if the left will do the same for theirs.

I didn’t hit the sack till 3 so I missed most of the first hour and a half of Morning Joe but the line I heard was similar to a couple of liberal hosts I heard on the radio this morning.

The gist was: We aren’t saying Sarah Palin is responsible but look at this cross hairs and the rhetoric being used. Politico was particularly not covering itself with glory and Mika seemed to egg on Tom Brokaw in the imagery business.

If Byron York was watching doubtless he would be feeling nostalgic because today he notes what Bill Clinton did to turn the attack in Oklahoma City to his political advantage:

Later, under the heading “How to use extremism as issue against Republicans,” Morris told Clinton that “direct accusations” of extremism wouldn’t work because the Republicans were not, in fact, extremists. Rather, Morris recommended what he called the “ricochet theory.” Clinton would “stimulate national concern over extremism and terror,” and then, “when issue is at top of national agenda, suspicion naturally gravitates to Republicans.”

As York notes this morning this is exactly the line Democrats in a political hole right now are trying to play.

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.”

Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

Lets cut to the chase, tough talk has been the political rule in the US since 1789 and before. Nuts are going to be nuts no matter what. The idea of watching out for “inflammatory” rhetoric is yet another attempt to suppress speech. No amount of speech restriction is going to make a dangerous nut any less dangerous.

Who decides what rhetoric is “inflammatory”? The eastern elites? The same media that had nothing to say about the nasty Anti-Bush stuff until he was out of office? The same media who didn’t say boo when we see signs in marches that say. “Behead those who oppose Islam” or “We support our troops when they shoot their officers?“. For some reason until the Bush years were over this was not a topic the media (other than fox) choose to bring up.

Look for the passive aggressive business for a while. It’s the left and the media best chance to put conservatives on the defensive without actually doing anything to actually earn support by positive action. Watch for it also be used to attempt to restrict 1st and 2nd amendment rights.

This weekends NFL games are an excellent metaphor on the more tragic events of this past weekend.

Looking at the Wild card games
3 times out of 4 the home team (the actual division winner) lost. The one exception was when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, after a week of breast beating concerning their presence in the postseason , defeated the defending Superbowl champion New Orleans Saints.

All of the predictions and punditry meant nothing, when the actual game was played the only things relevant were the facts on the ground. (Fans of teams like New England should take this to heart)

Likewise in the last election cycle. People claimed that opposition to the health care plan would not work, that opposing a president who was wildly popular would hurt Republicans. That conservatives needed to compromise. As the polls failed to back up those views pundits instead talked about how the John Stewart Rally, the Coffee Party and the idea that the president’s healthcare plan were not as unpopular as people claimed yet when the dust had settled a net gain of 63 seats in the house was the result.

One again prognostications were useless when compared to the actual facts on the ground.

Now we see the violence in Arizona and once again we see an incredible array of pundits making statements concerning the motivations of the shooter. It’s Palin’s fault because of a map icon, it’s the tea party’s fault because of their support of the 2nd amendment, On twitter this morning (1 a.m EST) an incredible array of people are trying to blame Andrew Breitbart.

All of these have in common a complete lack of evidence or objective facts to support their claims, in fact as time progresses the facts tend to show exactly the opposite.

As Glenn Reynolds has pointed out the narrative has been written long before this event and no quantity of facts on the ground is going to change it.

For example an Arizona state senator when faced with the anger and objections of supporters of the US Military after falsely stating the shooter was an Afghan vet (when in fact the Army rejected him) rather than retracting and apologizing (an easy thing, it was early and all the facts weren’t in) instead removed her contact information from her site.

This morning I suspect we will see the usual suspects continue this narrative, unfortunately unlike a football game or an election this isn’t a question of an actual result that is scored. This is all about massaging the ground for political gain. The goal is to influence those who normally don’t pay attention in the hopes that they will dismiss any arguments to the contrary.

With the race card gone the way of the dodo the violent tea party card is about to be played, facts be damned.

It will be up to the American people to decide if this rhetoric will be rewarded or not.

The single most significant bit of news today on the Giffords situation is this tweet by Melissa Clouthier:

the one thing you need to know of the case as of today

Now le’ts see what people are saying. I suspect is doesn’t match that news.

The Daley Gator is not shocked:

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.

Obi’s sister wants to pray but comments on the nonsense:

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.

Hey what are the lives of a few innocents when there are political points to be made?

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.

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post gives credit where it is due:

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.

Hillbuzz has incredible coverage (keep clicking) but also says something that really speaks well of him:

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.

At Big Journalism Dana Louch reminds Arizona rep Grijalva and Mother Jones of some other rethoric that apparently isn’t considered inflammatory:


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]

Guns and knives?

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.

Pejman Yousefzadeh has a long memory:

Who are these people to be lecturing the rest of us about political civility?

And he produces the quotes to back the question up.

Founding Bloggers notices an interesting dichotomy:

Yes, that’s right. The very same people who cannot figure out what animated Major Hasan al Jihad, have swiftly concluded that the lunatic who murdered 6 people today was motivated by the Tea Party.

Funny how that works. Once again, the Tea Party is afforded less benefit of the doubt than radical Islam!

And Byron York goes into detail and asks?

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.

Ann Althouse thinks we should ignore the lefts attempt to distract the public:

Liberals have an interest in creating a big distraction that might undercut the prevailing conservative momentum. To conservatives, I would say: Don’t help them.

I’m not so sure, If their narrative isn’t challenged it will become the narrative.

Now what do we actually know? Gretta has a DHS memo while Conservatives for Palin weighs in:

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.

You know there is a point when you just have to hang it up

The Associated Press transmitted a photo from Haiti of Palin captioned, “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010. Palin arrived Saturday in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP”

That photo and caption set off rabid attacks on Palin from the Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and, of course, Palingates.

The photo does indeed show Sarah Palin standing with her husband Todd as a woman whose face is obscured uses two hands to fix the hair on the right side of Palin’s head.

However, one can observe that the woman is white, with her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a white shirt with a bulky scarf and dark pants.

In other photos from Saturday, Todd and Sarah Palin’s white, brunette, eldest daughter Bristol, who accompanied her parents on the trip to Haiti, is wearing the exact same clothing and ponytail as the “hair stylist” in the AP photo.

That’s right, what the Palin-hating AP and others fail to report is that the “hair stylist” is Bristol Palin.

On the right we are having a lot of fun with this idiocy but if you want to have real fun read the comments at the Daily Mail, Huff Po and at Palingates before the “hairdresser” is revealed to be her daughter.

I suspect Palin’s visit generated a whole lot of money for charity, but the left can’t bear to contemplate that.

Nobody does hate like the tolerant left, well except for maybe the Fred Phelps family business church but that it. Guys, get a life!

Sarah Palin put out a thanksgiving message yesterday that was simply classic:

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…

And thus she highlighted the difference between a single gaffe that she made and corrected at once, and the gaffe’s above made by the president that the media ignored:

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.

Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline.

For example ABC News:

“And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes,” she responded.

Palin’s gaffe immediately caught fire on the blogosphere. Liberals jumped to show her response as evidence of Palin’s lack of foreign policy expertise. Conservatives came to her defense, pointing to her response immediately before the gaffe where she discusses sanctions.

Palin has yet to address the incident.

Not only has she addressed the issue but she made you look like fools by making it an issue as she said in closing:

“Hope springs eternal” as the poet says. Let’s hope that perhaps, just maybe, they (the media) might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding America’s free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!


If like the NYT you count the numbers of people at either event and combine them with the folks at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally we get hundreds of thousands of people in attendance.

Between the two events, hundreds of thousands of people could swarm the Mall.

I hope we have enough food this year for all those folks.

The sad thing? Thousands of readers of the NYT around the world will never know the truth. The sadder thing? That is by design.

Question: What do Bob Herbert of the New York Times and a six year old child afraid of Monsters in her closet have in common?

What is the reliability myopic Bob Herbert afraid of that doesn’t exist? Why Tea party violence of course:

But I worry about the potential for violence that grows out of unrestrained, hostile bombast. We’ve seen it so often. A little more than two weeks after the 1963 March on Washington, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan and four young black girls were killed. And three months after the march, Jack Kennedy was assassinated.

Well yeah you know what happens when conservatives get angry, there was the Bill Sparkman murder, oops that was a staged suicide, they stab Muslim cab drivers, no wait that was a supporter of the park 51, or they firebomb democratic congressman’s offices, oh wait that was a liberal blogger who is suspected of that, well what about the death threats and shots fired at a party office this week? Sorry those were fired at a GOP office and the death threats were against Freedom Works a pro tea-party group. Ok so they aren’t all that violent but they do throw eggs at buses of people who oppose them, oh wait

Where is he getting these delusions? Why the Southern Law and Poverty Center of course and they do have a history of seeing growing threats:

How did this story line grow? Many of the claims that extremism is on the rise in America originate in research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group that for nearly 40 years has tracked what it says is the growing threat of intolerance in the United States. These days, the SPLC is issuing new warnings of new threats. But today’s warnings sound an awful lot like those of the past.

In 1989, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of skinheads, saying, “Not since the height of Klan activity during the civil-rights era has there been a white supremacist group so obsessed with violence.”

In 1992, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of other white supremacist groups, which it claimed had grown by 27 percent from the year before.

In 1995, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of right-wing militias.

In 1998, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of Internet-based hate groups that, according to one press account, had “created the biggest surge in hate in America in years.”

In 1999, the SPLC warned that the growing threat of Web-based hate groups was growing even more, with a 60 percent increase from the year before.

In 2002, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of post-Sept. 11 hate groups, which it said had grown 12 percent between 2000 and 2001.

In 2004, the SPLC warned (again) of the growing threat of skinhead groups, whose numbers it said had doubled in the previous year.

In 2008, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of hate groups overall, whose number it said increased 48 percent since 2000.

And in 2010, just a few weeks ago, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of “patriot” groups, which it said increased by 244 percent in 2009.

In the world of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the threat is always growing. Ronald Reagan’s policies led to a growing threat. The first Gulf War led to a growing threat. The election of Bill Clinton led to a growing threat. The Internet led to a growing threat. Sept. 11 led to a growing threat. The war in Iraq led to a growing threat. Is it any wonder that Obama’s presidency has, in the SPLC’s estimation, led to a growing threat?

Well mathematically sooner or later there is bound to be an incident they can point to (lemon soaked paper napkin anyone?), perhaps he can write the column in advance like an obit and wait until something happens and then he can sub in the place and date.

memeorandum thread here.

Apparently the UK Guardian has been attacking Pam Geller and have been featuring a Bikini shot of her in the stories. Pam answers them in this post:

Knowledgeable conservative readers will get a charge out of the Guardian’s story, which is a mixture of pure fiction and dangerous lies, all devoted to the marginalization of those who dare to expose the liberal media propaganda machine.

The anti-Semitism was open: “Geller,” claimed Chris McGreal, the author of the piece, “writes for an Israeli media network based in the occupied territories that is the voice of the Jewish settler movement.”

I do? They just make stuff up. I don’t even know what they are talking about, but if Chris McGreal is in touch with this “Israeli media network,” he should let them know that I would love to write for them — please point the way!

Pam being Pam hits them head on answering them at her site and Big Journalism:

What’s the point of this stupid hit piece? And yes, it is worse than that. At the moment when I am identified more than anyone else with the fight against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero, they’re trying to make me radioactive, so that no one will dare to stand with me.

Anyone who has met Pam would be proud to stand with her, she is a woman of ethics, courage who has acted when others have shown fear. Anyone who thinks she had a bigoted bone in her body is drinking and smoking something stronger then I do.

As for the constant use of Bikini photos, well other than trying to be included in Rule 5 Sunday their use of them at the Guardian confirms one thing.

While they strategic, historical and sociological visions are faulty, their basic eyesight is apparently excellent.

Her post is titled A growing chorus of “minority” Republicans are finding their voice. It’s a great post saying in part

They’re pushing back against Michelle Malkin’s “ethnic plantation owners,” the demagoging Democrats who would project their own racism onto the tea partiers of all races among us who don’t toe the politically correct, identity-politics party line. And they’re disintermediating the legacy media via the internet.

The truth is they have always had their voices, it is just the MSM has ignored them in the past and continues to do so. The point is they are unable to prevent the general public from finding them due to social media and the internet.

The correct title is “A growing chorus of “minority” Republican voices are found by the public”.

A perfect example of this is at Stacy McCain’s site. Ron Miller and his book Sellout a quote from the post:

Ron seems the sort of fellow who is better still when receiving questions, so I hope he gets booked on all sorts of talk shows. Can Rachel Maddow thrive in such a pleasant environment of unrelenting decency?

Smitty Smitty Smitty, it’s not relevant, he is not going to be booked on the MSM, they will repress his message, it is us the blogs that will get the message out.