The Mask has dropped from Justice Ruth Ginsberg:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she doesn’t want to conjure up the possibility of Donald Trump in the White House.

“I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told The New York Times in an interview published Sunday. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Ginsburg, on the high court since 1993, told the Times the prospect of a Trump presidency reminded her of the type of wry comment her late husband might have made.
“‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,'” Justice Ginsburg said.

Not only did the mask of impartiality drop she refused to put it back on and doubled down:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s well-known candor was on display in her chambers late Monday, when she declined to retreat from her earlier criticism of Donald Trump and even elaborated on it.

“He is a faker,” she said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, going point by point, as if presenting a legal brief. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”

As you might have heard this got some critique from Donald Trump but it also got a lot of critique from liberals as well:

The New York Times:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to drop the political punditry and the name-calling. …

In this election cycle in particular, the potential of a new president to affect the balance of the court has taken on great importance, with the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. As Justice Ginsburg pointed out, other justices are nearing an age when retirement would not be surprising. That makes it vital that the court remain outside the presidential process. And just imagine if this were 2000 and the resolution of the election depended on a Supreme Court decision. Could anyone now argue with a straight face that Justice Ginsburg’s only guide would be the law?

The Washington Post

I first wrote about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s controversial comments about Donald Trump on Monday. Since then, the situation has erupted into an all-out feud, and now the editorial boards of both the New York Times and The Washington Post have weighed in against Ginsburg’s decision to insert herself into the 2016 campaign…I’ll say at the top what I’ve said before: It’s hard if not impossible to find a direct analog to what Ginsburg has said in recent days. Supreme Court experts I’ve spoken to were unaware of any justices getting so directly and vocally involved — or involved at all, really — in a presidential campaign.

Slate:

There is really very little to debate about the ethics of Ginsburg’s comments. They were plainly a violation, the kind of partisan partiality that judicial ethics codes strive to prevent. But Ginsburg, who is a quietly canny judicial and political strategist, surely knows that her comments were an ethical error. That leads to a fascinating question: Why would the justice risk her reputation and good standing—and even her power to hear cases involving Trump—for a few quick jabs at the candidate? The answer, I suspect, is that Ginsburg has decided to sacrifice some of her prestige in order to send as clear a warning signal about Trump as she possibly can. The subtext of Ginsburg’s comments, of her willingness to comment, is that Trump poses an unparalleled threat to this country—a threat so great that she will abandon judicial propriety in order to warn against looming disaster.

To be clear, what Ginsburg is doing right now—pushing her case against Trump through on-the-record interviews—is not just unethical; it’s dangerous. As a general rule, justices should refrain from commenting on politics, period. That dictate applies to 83-year-old internet folk heroes as strictly as it applies to anybody else who dons judicial robes. The independence of our judiciary—and just as critically, its appearance of impartiality—hinges on a consistent separation between itself and the other branches of government. That means no proclamations of loyalty to any candidate, or admissions of distaste of any other.

Even CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin was not happy as reported by Newsbusters:

No, I don’t think there’s any chance she will resign, but I think it’s appropriate to criticize her about this. This is not how Supreme Court justices have talked traditionally. They do not get involved in day-to-day political controversies. They do not endorse or un-endorse candidates.

Describing himself as a “great admirer” of Justice Ginsburg, he then got to the subject of recusal as he added:

And I think there are lots of good reasons for that, not least of which, something involving the election may come before the Supreme Court in a Bush V. Gore type case. And I think she’d have to recuse herself at this point. 

I just think, as someone who is a great admirer of Justice Ginsburg, she is completely wrong in this situation, and she should not be making these kinds of political statements.

And cartoonists as well:

A lot of people are upset about this ethical violation.

I’m not.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a complete abrogation of her duty as a judge on the highest court in the land and an action unworthy of her and her position. Furthermore it sets a horrible precedent for the future.

However there is one other consideration.

If there is one thing that anyone who watches the court knows it that any 5-4 decision will involve a “conservative’ justice voting with liberals. You will not and have not seen any of the liberals, Kagan, Sotomayor or Ginsberg being the deciding vote for a case going in the direction of conservatives.

Justice Ginsberg’s public statements make it plan for all to see that our liberal friends on the Supreme Court are simple ideologues and that their vote on any key issue dividing left and right would be no different if every brief in support of the liberal position consisted of the sentence: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” repeated ad infinitum.

Ann Althouse gets it

In the case of Justice Ginsburg, Trump isn’t inferring bias and politics from whatgroup she belongs to. It’s a reaction to her particular statements. It’s individual. She openly displayed her political leanings and her desire for political allies on the Court and her intent, going forward, to use those allies to get to a majority that would overrule cases that recognize important constitutional rights — includingHeller, the case that says there is an individual right to bear arms.

And here’s where it becomes clear that the NYT editorial proceeds upon the second reason I posited above, that Justice Ginsburg’s particular political statements are dangerous and damaging to the political cause she and the NYT support. “In this election cycle in particular,” it’s important to keep voters believing that judges will be impartial and above politics, and here’s Ginsburg “call[ing] her own commitment to impartiality into question.” The Times tries to pass this off as Ginsburg “choos[ing] to descend toward [Trump’s] level,” but she’s not joining Trump, she’s proving him right: Judges are political, and that’s a bad thing. Perhaps Curiel didn’t deserve the criticism, but Ginsburg does, and it’s very irritating to the NYT, it would seem, because the Curiel incident was so effectively used against Trump, and then along comes Ginsburg displaying herself as pleased to be political.

Justice Ginsburg unethical behavior has provided a valuable service to the entire nature by allowing them to see that lie that the NY Times and other want to keep hidden.  The question becomes will the American people react the way the NYT and the left fears they will?

One can only hope but no matter how they do, rest assured the American people will get the president and the justice system we deserve.

Sorta Update: Justice Ginsburg has finally figured out she was not helping her cause.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she regrets remarks she made earlier this week to CNN and other news outlets criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said in a statement. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”

The best part of this non-apology is it allowed Donald Trump the high ground in response:

“It wasn’t really an apology, but we have to move on anyway. It’s just something that should not have taken place,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said.

“It’s just a very disappointing moment for me because the Supreme Court is above that kind of rhetoric, those words. … But she acknowledged she made a mistake, and I’ll accept that.”

The greatest ally Trump has in this election are the people who oppose him.


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Hacker: He’ll have to resign.
Sir Humphrey: Alas, yes.
James Hacker: What will happen to him?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well, I gather he was as drunk as a lord. So, after a discreet interval, they’ll probably make him one.

Yes Minister: Party Games 1984

 

While Powerline suggests conservatives should rally around Rick Perry after his indictment for abuse of power

 

Conservatives should respond to this indictment by rallying around Perry. The indictment is a bad joke, intended simply to generate negative publicity. As with the bogus DeLay indictment from the same source, years may go by before it is finally proved baseless. In the meantime, conservatives should stand behind Perry and denounce the politically-motivated machinations of Texas Democrats.

 

I have to disagree.

After all how DARE the Governor of Texas suggest that something has harmless as this:

or this


is grounds for resignation for a public official entrusted with enforcing our laws, including those on drunk driving.

It’s a clear cut case of discrimination against the sobriety challenged. Perhaps in addition to the indictment of Rick Perry for “coercive use of a veto” a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act might be in order as well!

All kidding aside in a world where the comic culture was not a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat party such a move would not be contemplated simply for the Saturday Night Live sketches it would produce, but with their low info voter base and the media protecting them, the targeted voter will never hear more than the words “Rick Perry Indicted”

If I was the GOP party chair in Texas and in every other state I would make Democrats go on record in support of retaining Drunken DA’s. I would press every single democrat running for office in the country on this issue and make them own it.

Closing thought: If I was Brett Kimberlin I’d move to Travis County Texas and send in a Resume to the DA’s office ASAP. I suspect he would fit right in.

Update: An excellent question from Byron York:

and a fellow on twitter notes a possible reason why Democrats in Travis County circled the wagons:

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On Jan 3rd I commented on a story where the Holy Father encouraged the Bishop of Malta to speak against “Gay Adoption” in his country and disagreed with Popewatch that this would be the breaking point with the left and the media:

The problem is this is still an election year in America and if the left is seen as systematically attacking the first Latin American Pope it will not play well.

I predict while some uber advocates will push it the mainstream will ignore the story after all it’s likely the only thing anyone on the left knows about Malta is lesbian porn star Magdalene St. Michaels was born there.

Well two days later a story concerning the Pope, gays and children has made the mainstream and as predicted it’s not the one I mentioned before:

Pope Francis has called for a rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples and divorced parents, warning against “administering a vaccine against faith”.

If you search on the net it’s everywhere from GMA news to  NBC and the story is the same whereever you go:

I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: ‘my mother’s girlfriend doesn’t love me’,” he was quoted as saying, according to AFP. Due to the Church’s opposition to homosexuality, same-sex marriage and divorce, these children may feel unwelcome, the pontiff — who has garnered a reputation for his efforts toward greater inclusion — indicated.

“We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them,” Francis added.

There is one other thing that is the same, nobody seems to have a link to the actual speech that the reports say was given in November of last year.  There is no sign of the speech anywhere in any language, an oddity since the Vatican site put everything out there in many different languages.  For example this is page for last November speeches.

Without the actual speech the context of what the Pope is saying is totally lost.

Now to faithful Catholics the obvious interpretation is the Pope makes the point that the sin of the parents can’t stand between the message of Christ and their children as it says in Luke  18:16-17

Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”

However the pitch the media is giving is totally different, suggesting the Pope is no longer things Gay Marriage and or Adoption or even divorce is a big deal.  As if the Malta story never happened.

The reason is there is a narrative to be created to try to divide the conservatives away from the church and to suggest to Latino’s that the Pope is with the cultural left on issues because the alternative is to attack the first Latin American Pope and generate anger.

There are a lot of low information voters that are going to fall for this nonsense, but any conservative Catholic who buys into the media BS should be ashamed of themselves for being a sucker.

Update:  The Vatican has issued a strong denial

Italian media on Sunday ran headlines saying the pope’s words were an opening to legal provision for civil unions for gay couples, a subject of debate in Italy.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that media interpretations were “paradoxical” and a “manipulation” of the pope’s words, particularly as some media quoted him as speaking specifically of homosexual unions, which he did not.

Lombardi said the pope was merely “alluding to the suffering of children” and not taking a stand on the political debate in Italy.

Hmmm you mean to say the media of the left might be spinning the Pope to advance their own ends?

Who woulda thunk it?  I haven’t been this shocked since I found out there was gambling going on at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.

Update 2:  Morning Joe found space for this story and the Vatican denial, the Malta story, not so much

Update 3: Via an e-mail from the Anchoress Jimmy Akin at the National Catholic Register has more including two critical points, one on translation:

4) This translation has “my mother’s fiancé,” not “my mother’s girlfriend.” Could that indicate he’s talking about a heterosexual couple?

The AFP story used the translation, “my mother’s girlfriend,” as we saw above.

The English translation we are quoting from here was produced by Fr. Donald Maldari, S.J., who used the term fiancé.

If the translation “fiancé” (a man engaged to be married) were correct, Pope Francis would be referring to the daughter of a woman who is planning marriage with a man (presumably after divorce, annulment, or widowhood).

If the translation “girlfriend” is correct, it would indicate the daughter of a woman who has a lesbian lover.

and intent:

6) He’s not suggesting that the Church should change its teachings on homosexuality or divorce?

No. He’s talking about how to present the Church’s teaching to children in a way that ultimately leads them to embrace the fullness of Christian teaching.

He’s not talking about lopping of bits of that teaching that are inconvenient in a modern setting.

Because many children have parents today that are publicly living in unions contrary to Christian teaching, there is a real problem in terms of how to communicate Christian teaching to them in a way that does not alienate them from the Church.

This is what he means when he says: “We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.”

It’s a tough problem worth the church’s full attention.

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Architect: Of course they’re safe. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. They are as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country provided of course people believe in them.

Monty Python The Nude Man 1972

Sheldon Cooper: Now, this may look like a Tic Tac, but it is really a powerful medication specifically designed to cure your illness as well as freshen your breath.

The Big Bang Theory The Fish Guts Displacement 2012

As panic continues to overtake Democrats running in 2014 and the Obama Administration  redefines words in order to create a semblance of legality to their delaying the effects of the Affordable Care Act a small sign of hope has appeared on the horizon.

Friday Night Glenn Reynolds linked to an article on a study on Acupuncture that might be the solution to Obamacare’s woes.

A new study published online in the journal Cancer suggests that any relief acupuncture brings may be the result of a placebo effect.Twenty-three of the women received eight weeks of acupuncture; the rest received eight weeks of something called “sham acupuncture,” where needles are placed on the skin somewhat randomly — not at traditional acupuncture points — and then not actually inserted.

The result? All of the patients reported that their side effects had improved, especially the severity of their hot flashes.

That the equation  it’s all about belief!

Rather than actually worry about providing treatment to people what if the Obama administration uses their persuasive powers  to magnify the placebo effect among the low information voters who are their base?

Picture…a massive network of “Placebo” clinics staffed by out of work actors, gender studies Majors , professional protesters, out of work union members and liberal arts majors who can’t find work in the actual Obama economy.

Visualize:…these Obama acolytes trained to project sincerity and assurance, taught to convince low information voters they know medicine by the finest army of the A list actors that ever supported a Democrat Administration.

Envision:  a vast array of fake medical devices (much like the empty shells in furniture stores to simulate Blu-Ray players) convincing patients that they are actually being monitored by the most advanced technology available.

Imagine… buildings now empty where the Obama Economy has wreaked havoc turned into Obamacare placebo clinics all across the nation, serving those not covered .

Viola!  Suddenly you have an army of Pseudo Doctors operate pseudo clinics for those who can’t afford insurance or can’t see a doctor due to the wait times that Obamacare produces.  Health care for all!

It’s the Monty Python El Mystico medical solution, and as per the famous Python skit the cost savings will be phenomenal!

Narriator: The local Council here have over fifty hypnosis-induced twenty-five story blocks, put up by El Mystico and Janet. I asked Mr Ken Verybigliar the advantages of hypnosis compared to other building methods.

Mr Ken Verybigliar: Well there is a considerable financial advantage in using the services of El Mystico. A block, like Mystico Point here, would normally cost in the region of one-and-a-half million pounds. This was put up for five pounds and thirty bob for Janet.

Remember what matters here is not if people get actual treatment, what matters is that they believe they are getting treatment and act accordingly.

That highlights the one drawback to the plan,

Voice Over: But the obvious question is are they safe?

Mr. Clement Onan: Of course they’re safe. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. They are as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country provided of course people believe in them.

and the risk involved in disbelief,

Interviewer: You don’t mind living in a figment of another man’s imagination?

Tenant: No, it’s much better than where we used to live.

Interviewer: Where did you used to live?

Tenant: We had an eighteen-roomed villa overlooking Nice.

Voice Over: Really, that sounds much better.

Tenant: Oh yeah, you’re right.  (The building starts to shake & collapse) No, no, no, of course not!  (The Building stops shaking & rights itself) Phew, that was close.

that risk however is small because the Administration has two huge advantages that the counsel in the Monty Python sketch didn’t:

1.  A public so gullible that it was willing to re-elect President Obama despite one of the least successful terms in presidential history including the worst economy in living memory of anyone under 80.

2.  A media that is so totally in the tank for them that they would do anything ANYTHING to save the Democrats & liberalism and the first Black president from himself.

The MSM would sell this as the most creative use of holistic medicine ever invented.  University experts will cheer the departure from the oppressive western cultural standard of physically treating the ill and herald it as a great equalizer among the classes where anyone even with no skill at medicine or actual knowledge of biology can be a doctor.  And anyone who questions this will be considered a “denier” as repugnant as one who doubts global warming.

The potential is unlimited, the Pseudo Doctors who produce the most confidence in patients can be made specialists, and used for more advanced issues to increase the placebo effect giving people the confidence to fight through pain and work through disease that would normally disable them completely.

As for Sarah Palin and the Death Panel problem, no worries!  The best of the best can be part of the Syzygy Darklock brigade assigned to patients who are too expensive to treat & or have no hope. The worst case scenario these Obamacare masters can convince the families that all that can be done for their loved ones has been done so there is no backlash at their deaths.

And maybe just maybe the very best of them might be able, as Darklock managed to convince them they are not in fact dead and allowing them to live normal fulfilling lives.  They can even be given job placement, if they  get employment as online game testers they might continue for years with everyone assuming the stench of their decaying corpses is simply normal bad gamer hygiene!

Exit question: Can anyone honestly say this administration wouldn’t give this a shot if they thought for one second they could get away with it?

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A few days ago we commented on how the Arapahoe shooting suddenly seemed to disappear from the cable news shows.  This didn’t change even after the horrible news that young Claire Davis has died of her wounds.

While I commented on several factors I skipped the most important, the political one.

The left media and Michael Bloomberg went all in on gun control after Newtown. You saw millions of dollars spent all over the country to promote gun control and legislators who would support it.

The end result was disastrous for the left, three successful recalls in Colorado against pro-gun control senators that millions of dollars of campaign cash wasn’t able to stop. The democrats had to resort to a resignation to preserve their majority.

Several Democratic lawmakers conceded that a recall election would have served as a distraction during the 2014 session for them and for Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is up for re-election.

And if voters in Hudak’s district had voted to oust her and replaced her with a Republican, the GOP would have gained control of the Senate by one seat. Democrats now have only an 18-17 majority over Republicans, thanks to the successful recalls of Morse and Giron, who were replaced by Republicans.

Under Colorado law, Hudak’s successor will be a member of her own party.

And the damage wasn’t limited to Colorado.  In NH the listing the Terrorist Bomber of the Boston Marathon as a “gun victim by Bloomberg’s group” had Nashua’s mayor running them running away as fast as her legs could carry them, and the GOP had 300 protesters in the Snow and cold protesting one of their own, Scott Brown in the same city this week.  In congress gun control crashed and burned and Senator Joe Manchin noted it’s not likely to go anywhere:

“Hopefully, we’d have a few (lawmakers who voted against it) that would maybe reconsider,” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “I’m not going to force anybody or make anybody uncomfortable. They all have to live with themselves and go back home and explain their vote.”

“So it’s going to be difficult to get the extra votes that we need,” Manchin said.

Bottom line going after guns is a political loser for the left and as long as that is true Gun issues in general and the Arapahoe shooting in particular no longer has potential to elect democrats…

…and thus no value to the MSM.

Update: Corrected redundant sentence at the end.

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Raj: Who’s this mysterious buddy you suddenly have?

Howard: Just a guy. I know a guy.

Raj: Is it Eddie Crispo?

Howard: No, I can’t tell you who it is. Stop asking.

Raj: Who else could it be? It has to be Eddie Crispo.

Howard: I know lots of dangerous people, okay?

Raj: Name one.

Howard: Eddie Crispo.

The Big Bang Theory The Precious Fragmentation 2010

Krako: Let me say something. I only saw three guys in that ship. Maybe there ain’t no more.
Capt. Kirk: There are over four hundred guys there.
Krako: That’s your story, buster.

Star Trek, A Piece of the Action 1968

If you go to Memeorandum you will find that top story linked over and over again this piece from Politico highlighting GOP disagreements.  Given the history of the media such stories are not a huge surprise, particularly from Politico but there is one thing that caught my eye:

But as the government shutdown heads into day three, a number of Republican senators privately blame the Texas freshman for contributing to the mess their party finds itself in. And now that they’re in it, they say it’s up to Cruz to help find a solution.

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”

As usual these GOP senators remain unnamed and the Lonely Conservative goes after them for it:

Politico reports that a number of unnamed Republican senators are blasting Ted Cruz over the government slimdown that he inspired. They won’t go on the record, of course, because then the people they’re supposed to represent might get mad at them.

That’s as it may be but it occurs to me there might be something different at play.

The left portrays this as a massive revolt by the GOP against their conservative wing, and these senators are only being quiet to avoid the wrath of GOP primary votes.

But what if like Howard Wolowitz, who pretends he knows a bunch of dangerous people but in fact only knows Eddie Crispo, the GOP “senators” Politico is relying on as sources are not named in order to make it seem like there are more of them than there actually are?

What if the point of not naming these senators is not to protect them from the wrath of the base but to avoid yet another story of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and/or Susan Collins attacking the tea party? Such a story featuring those senators would be old news and wouldn’t get a second look from anyone but a story naming “unknown senators” can spread the anger of the base toward the entire GOP caucus while inspiring democrats to hang tough.

If I’m right then the whole, Obama/left/MSM meme of a GOP breaking apart is a house of cards. This is a real possibility.

The media would never dare admit it but I wouldn’t be shocked if the sources for the story above were Collins, Graham or McCain…

…unless it’s Eddie Crispo

Update:  Added the Star Trek quote.

When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose

Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone 1965

One of the things about making a living based off tip jar hits and advertisers is you have to do your best to maintain your credibility with your listeners and readers or you don’t get a paycheck.

Apparently this isn’t a problem Chuck Todd has to face.

Churchill like remarks? Really? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard Chuck Todd say since he said this:

Lean Forward: Chuck Todd from Joe Gabriel on Vimeo.

Text: all emphasis mine

“My job is to bring up issues that Americans care about. It’s my responsibility to ask the tough questions. No matter whose leading the country they need to be held accountable. I have unique access to the president, his advisers, the candidates and members of congress. I’d better use that access for a greater good, use it for people who can’t get through the White House Gates, for people who can’t be heard. The American People deserve answers”

Jay Caruso mocks him

 

Not bad Jay, but it’s a waste. When a person doesn’t care about their personal credibility, being mocked or teased will have no effect or to paraphrase the Vogons from The Hitchhikes Guide to the Galaxy 

“Credibility?  Who needs it!”

Closing thought. Todd didn’t make this statement in a roundtable in the heat of the moment, he made it in a prepared segment that was played after the Rand Paul interview on Meet the Press. That means that it went through the normal editing process and NBC news heard that statement and decided to use it. For the benefit of those editors here is an example of the real thing.

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I’m shocked… shocked to find that gambling is going on in there.

employee: Your winnings sir.

Captain Renault: Thank you very much, ow everybody out.

Casablanca 1942

I don’t think a lot of folks on the right were surprised by this story:

Anthony Weiner is having such a hard time generating support for his limp campaign that he has resorted to paying a rent-a-crowd firm to provide “supporters” for his events, The Post has learned.

Some of the gung-ho Weiner crowds, including at the Aug. 11 Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, were really actors who were paid $15 an hour by the California firm Crowds on Demand, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal.

I decided to check out the “Crowds on Demand” site and found the services page. They have a full list of services offered including the following

Celebrity Airport Greeting

Celebrity Shopping Experience

Celebrity Fan Experience

“It’s all about ME” Day

Rally for YOU

Here is one of there services described in detail:

Corporate Public Relations

Need help with a publicity stunt? Whether it’s a flash mob, a rally or anything else you can think of, our trained actors can create a brilliant event that gets your company the right kind of attention. This will create a strategic impact that will boost sales and earn you valuable press exposure.

Hmm press exposure, that’s interesting but not as interesting as this:

Political Manpower

Campaigns need manpower and they need it quickly. We can provide that manpower to give your candidate or cause the edge. We can send supporters to a rally, (respectfully) protest outside opposition events, and help with regular campaign tasks such as canvassing or phone-banking.

Our operations in the two largest metropolitan areas in California makes us a perfect choice for ballot measure campaigns. We are available to do elections at all levels from neighborhood politics to national elections.

oh really?

I sincerely doubt that Anthony Weiner suddenly found this company out of the blue, and we’ve seen plenty of examples of paid protesters showing up for the left so I have a question.

Over the years how many News reports have we seen with actors from this company and/or others featured as protesters or marchers undetected by the MSM, and given that question why would be trust news reports of such things in the future?

I’d be very interested to find out if this method was used to pad the nationwide fast food protests.

And if so did were they paid at least $15 an hour.

 

BTW in case the page or entry from Crowds on Demand on political activity comes down, here is a screen shot.

crowds on demand

Those who trust what they see blindly are pretty blind themselves.

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Mickey: Stay down, Stay down

Rocky 1974

John Rambo: Live for nothing or Die for Something

Rambo 2008

I was watching Morning Joe today and as usual the entire table was united in asserting that Ted Cruz and the Tea Party caucus was wrong to consider fighting  to de-fund Obamacare highlighting a piece by Krauthammer

This is about tactics. If I thought this would work, I would support it. But I don’t fancy suicide. It has a tendency to be fatal.

They stressed the wisdom of Krauthammer’s assertion that the GOP should not fight. It seemed an odd assertion since they had led the show highlighting the Democrats pushing a dodge for their own staffers from the effects of Obamacare

The White House has approved a deal that will exempt members of Congress and their staff from some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act,

As I watched this dance three things came to mind.

The first was Rush Limbaugh’s oft stated message concerning Third Parties repeated during his Fox interview:

“But there’s no other option. I mean you don’t want to go third party. That just ensures the Democrats are a majority party forever,” he said. “You don’t want to do that. So you have to do what you can to work within the Republican Party and take it over.”

The second was my memory of the Big Tea Party event in DC in September of 2010.  There was one question I asked of attendees that still stands out three years later.

“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up, but people over and over promised me that if the GOP spent like the democrats they would be back to throw them out too. No wonder the GOP is scared of the tea party.

Then there was yesterday the Gardner standout that I wrote about here. An admittedly small event but there is a telling picture

The key shot

That’s a shot of Richard Bastien former GOP member of the Mass Legislature who attended to highlight Rep Jonathan Zlotnik (who beat him by only 324 votes last time around) but take a look at the two women highlighted in the background

K Hughes small The woman with her back to the Camera is Mary Lotz, she is a local GOP committee member but long before that she was and remains an active Tea Party activist.

And the young lady she is talking to is Kirsten Hughes. She is the State Chairwoman of the Mass GOP.

It’s a tough thing to try and rebuild a party that has fallen as low as it can get in a state but showing up and lending the weight of the state party in person to a small tax standout far from Boston is symbolically important.

And that’s why the MSM is pushing so hard to keep the Tea Party and the GOP proper far apart, because they remember the lesson of Ronald Reagan that Rush Limbaugh once wrote about:

The real question, in my humble opinion, is that this effort and energy needs to be used, as Ronald Reagan did, to take over the Republican Party, to repopulate it and that’s exactly what Reagan did, he took it away from the Rockefeller blue-blood country club types starting in 1976, took him ’til 1980 to do it. Goldwater did the same thing. Both Reagan and Goldwater could have gone third party, and there’s a temptation here to go third-party, and a lot of people advocating third-party are the personalities that are trying to make this all about them,

Think of the news that is out today, more people leaving the work force and at the same time the Democrats making a deal to protect themselves from the Obamacare law they pushed.

Now me I’m thinking that makes a really good excuse for the GOP to work with the Tea Party senators on this one, even if they can’t force the white house to de-fund Obamacare they can force the Democrats to defend their own special exemption and maybe force them to reverse it. And for the party such an action is critical:

The critics overlook the strongest case for attempting to de-fund Obamacare: namely, that doing so is an urgent political necessity to save a party rapidly losing touch with its voter base.

I disagree, the critics are not overlooking this, they understand this very well and that’s why the Media will do all it can to Isolate people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and others. If the GOP unites with the Tea Party they will have the numbers to not only win the midterms in 2014 but to win in 2016.

If not, then watch for a repeat of 2008 and 2012 where conservatives stay home.

GOP it’s up to you.

UPDATE: How can you tell fighting actively against Obamacare is a good move, because the left is reduced to trying to sell it door to door:

For the law to succeed, groups such as Enroll America, whose officials include several veterans of Obama campaigns, will need to cajole millions of Americans, including many healthy ones, to enter the insurance market. It could be a tough sell. Confusion about the law is rampant. The online insurance sites, which open for enrollment Oct. 1, could be tricky. Some people who rarely need medical care might view even low-cost health plans as too pricey.

And while advocates say that knocking on doors is one way to overcome these challenges, skeptics point out that such canvassing, which is modeled on successful political campaigns, is untested for a complex national program such as the Affordable Care Act. It’s also labor-intensive; Botero’s group, Enroll America, expects to talk to each person seven to eight times to encourage enrollment in a health plan.

The left is actively fighting for Obamacare, the last thing they want the right to do is to fight back.

Update 2: NO NO NO! says the MSM we want the tea party to break away from the GOP not challenge establishment republicans within the party

A spokesperson for Republican Nancy Mace, who is already being billed as a Tea Party favorite, confirmed to TheBlaze on Thursday that she plans to challenge Graham for his Senate seat in the 2014 Republican primary. She plans to make a “special announcement” about her run at the Berkeley County GOP Breakfast on Saturday.

Nancy Mace is The first Woman to ever graduate from The Citadel and if she defeats Lindsey Graham would be the first female senator in the History of South Carolina.

For some reason I don’t think the MSM or Morning Joe will find that a compelling story.

Update 3: There are a lot of suggestions that the GOP hasn’t earned the Tea Party’s loyalty, this is a very fair opinion and to some degree I share it, but I want to point out what Mike Rogers of Granite Grok said of the subject:

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.

The thing to do is run reliable candidates in primaries and keep the structure of those teams together so if the time comes for the later you have a structure ready, remembering, it is better thing to have a 60-80% friend NOW then the potential for a 90-100% friend later.

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Vinny Gambini: Building a case is like building a house. Each piece of evidence is just another building block. He wants to make a brick bunker of a building. He wants to use serious, solid-looking bricks, like, like these, right?

Bill: Right.

Vinny Gambini: Let me show you something. (holds a playing card face up) He’s going to show you the bricks. He’ll show you they got straight sides. He’ll show you how they got the right shape. He’ll show them to you in a very special way, so that they appear to have everything a brick should have. But there’s one thing he’s not gonna show you. (turns the card, to show the edge) When you look at the bricks from the right angle, they’re as thin as this playing card. His whole case is an illusion, a magic trick.

My Cousin Vinny 1992

A few days ago we talked about the Meme police. making sure you get a message that can’t get out of your head.

The problem of course with pushing and establishing a meme is that even if you build a meme that appears solid, even if you show the straight sides, the right shape, a meme that has everything the message you want to sell should have, every once in a while reality turns the card on its side/a>.

George Zimmerman, the man whose acquittal on murder and manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin set off a wave of protests across the nation, helped rescue a family from an overturned SUV four days after the verdict, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday.

The statement said that on Wednesday, at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET, the sheriff’s office responded to a single car accident at an intersection in the Sanford, Fla., area not far from where Zimmerman, 29, shot Trayvon, 17, in February 2012. The statement said a blue Ford Explorer had run off the road and rolled over with a family of four inside.

Now normally if you have facts that are inconvenient to your meme or your narrative such as say, the slaughter of young black men by other young black men, you can hide it or ignore it.

But once a Zimmerman is thrust into public view, suddenly everything he does becomes news. News that can’t be ignored by places like Good morning America:

and the today show

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

that is the target audience for your meme.

And why couldn’t they ignore it, because the story was already out on facebook and all over the net so much so that my wife already knew about it before I could tell her.

You can spin such a story but you can’t ignore it and if you’re very unlucky you might end up with a follow-up story that makes your meme look worse:

The family rescued from a car accident by George Zimmerman, days after he was cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, canceled plans to thank him publicly because they fear being linked to someone reviled by many Americans, Zimmerman’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

“The family, who really wanted to thank George for doing what he did publicly … realized that in any way connecting yourself with George Zimmerman is right now very toxic,” Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lead attorney, told CNN.

The George Zimmerman as an evil racist killer meme might be a most comfortable lie for the most loyal members of the Obama team, but for the public in general it is in real trouble