Watching Morning Joe, CNN and MSNBC last night it has become clear what the MSM strategy is on Herman Cain.

The Story on Herman Cain that politico has released has been short on specifics.

Basically we have an accusation that Herman Cain did something: Politico won’t say what it is. by two people Politico won’t say who they are That 10 years ago a the restaurant settled rather than fight in court For an amount that Politico won’t divulge.

And from this the media story has changed not from what Herman Cain did or did not do, but how he has answered the questions the media has asked him concerning the settlement, which in fairness has not been answered artfully.

Mind you there is one answer that has not been ambiguous:


Press Question: Have you ever sexually harassed anyone?

Herman Cain: No!

Note he didn’t predicate that answer on how you define the word “Is”.

But that answer doesn’t meet the purpose of the MSM, so instead the question is going to be how is Herman Cain answering every other question.

The plan seems to be to play Scooter Libby. Try to get an inconsistent answer and make that inconsistency, rather than the accusations, the story.

Joe Scarborough has not been shy of directly calling him a Liar. I don’t recall him ever using this word with Bill Clinton or Barack Obama or Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.

Mika used the word “Victims” this morning. Victims of what?

I think Glenn Reynolds question is spot on:

Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it? I think we know the answer.

If nothing else it’s a great excuse for the MSM to continue to ignore actual sexual assaults at the Occupy Protests.

Update: The final irony, Morning Joe uses a promo with Bill Clinton on a daily basis.

Update 2:
In case it was unclear my advice to the Herman Cain campaign is unchanged…Tell the Truth.

Update 3: Scott Irwin at The American Thinker neatly sums up conservative outrage on this story:

It is obvious that Herman Cain would be an existential threat to the Democrat party if elected President. He is also an existential threat to the Ivy League, crony capitalist Republican power structure. His 9-9-9 plan is an existential threat to the tax code and all of its power-sucking dependents of both parties.

I personally believe that candidates like Herman Cain need to be thoroughly vetted and made to answer for issues in their past that may jeopardize their ability to clearly serve as President without the potential for blackmail or other pressure that would affect their decisions as President.

Herman Cain will sink or swim in the coming days and prove worthy of the office or not.

The current occupant was never vetted and unfortunately proved unworthy of the office after attaining the office. The media was vetted by many of us in the American public and found unworthy. Their ratings and subscriptions show the results of that vetting.

The one thing to watch is when inuendo and character assasination like that used on Bork and Thomas in the guise of vetting is used to destroy a candidate before he can gain traction.

That’s the bottom line, Obama was never vetted by the same media that pronounces Cain guilty of offenses that nobody is willing to reveal.

Oh and don’t give me the” We’ve never said he did anything, words like “victim” and “clear his name” mean things.

Update 4: Ladd Ehlinger weighs in, bluntly:

Even so, the behavior of the Cain campaign regarding the matter has been strange. Given that the campaign knew about the possible story coming from Politico for “weeks,” it strikes the ear as odd that Cain must refer reporters to lawyers and others for details. The smart thing would have been to get in front of the story before it was ever posted on Politico, especially if one were completely guiltless.

It betrays either completely amateur campaigning skills, or hubris, or perhaps a subconscious desire to fail in his quest for the White House.

Another thing that bothers me. Unless you are beset by Alzheimer’s, I find it very difficult to believe that Cain could forget an incidence of false accusation. I don’t care how many employees you have, if two of them rise up and point a finger at you, and basically call you a mouth-breathing jerk, and you then have to pay them off… how do you “forget” a thing like that? It strikes me as a lie, and if there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s being lied to. Failure to present the truth – no matter how damaging to one’s own glory – is supposed to be the purview of collectivists, not conservatives. Remember?

That more than anything else is the biggest danger for the Cain Campaign.

Update 5:
A couple of Gems from Robert Stacy McCain’s Spectator column titled: sources say

Politico said it had been pursuing the story for “several weeks.” Cain’s spokesman, J.D. Gordon, said other news organizations had previously inquired about the harassment allegations and declined to pursue the story. And while Politico said it had a “half-dozen sources” for its article, those sources did not seem to include the two women who reportedly made the accusations

I wonder why all those other organizations decided to pass on the story? What were the journalistic standards they used, or perhaps did Politico use journo-listic standards instead?

You know Stacy’s info deserves its own post.

Today the Boston Herald talks about how well Mitt Romney is doing:

Conservative resistance to Republican Mitt Romney appears to be giving way as a top rival indicated he would endorse the former Bay State governor if he wins the GOP nod — and others on the right embraced the idea he would mount the strongest challenge to President Obama.

The “You must nominate Mitt” or “Romney is a fait accompli” theme is all over:

The Christian Science Monitor:

It’s looking more and more like Mitt Romney has the Republican presidential nomination in the bag.


The Charlotte Observer & Philadelphia Enquirer

Memo to Republicans: If you don’t nominate Mitt Romney, you’re nuts.

and the Venerable Krauthammer:

…it’s Romney’s race to lose.

And even some conservatives are already writing obits for the Cain Campaign.

Unfortunately for all these purveyors of conventional wisdom there is still the matter of the voters and the latest CBS poll suggests they think differently:

Businessman Herman Cain is now atop the field of Republican White House hopefuls, squeaking past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

Cain garnered 25 percent support of Republican primary voters in the poll released Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 21 percent.

The most important bit of the poll is this one: (emphasis mine)

The poll was conducted Oct 19-24 among 1,650 adults. 1,475 interviews were conducted among registered voters and 455 voters who said they plan to vote in a Republican primary..

In other words this poll took place AFTER Cain’s gaffes and during the time the MSM has been pummeling him without mercy. Meanwhile even with the aura of inevitability and an endorsement from Chris Christie Mitt Romney numbers maintain their Ron Paul quality a steady lock on a quarter of the electorate but nothing more, the only difference is the level.

If that is what you have after running for president for 4 years and being on top of the money train I’d be a tad worried wouldn’t you?

I think there are those in the GOP and on the left really afraid of Cain. Not because of what he might do, but because of what he’s already done.

He’s already moved the debate where the Tea Party wants it to be, if he can move the message in Washington away from the spending and rules that K-Street are paying for then he will be target #1 for both democrats and the establishment.

I’m sure that Cain will settle a little as each campaign makes its push but I suspect we will not see him dropping to where Rick Perry is. The real threat to Cain would be a Santorum or a Gingrich surge as they draw from the same pool.

The media will always tell you who they fear, and from what I’m seeing here, they don’t fear Mitt Romney, they do fear Herman Cain.

Update: Stacy McCain notices

Hogan: Hey Col Klink this is German Instrument Panel it’s an unfair test, naturally the German pilots are going to look better

Col Klink: Naturally.

Col Hogan: You mean?

Col Klink: The aim of a research project my dear Hogan is not to discover new facts. We already KNOW the Luftwaffe personal are superior. Here we are merely furnishing scientific proof.

Hogan’s Heroes 1966: Hogan gives a Birthday Party

Don Surber uses this new invention called the “internet” to fact check The Washington Post’s story on a Global Warming “skeptic” turned believer and…

The first rule of journalism is “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” Brad Plumer of the Washington Post overlooked that rule in reporting that an alleged global warming skeptic is now a convert — because the “skeptic” in question — physicist Richard Muller of Berkeley — embraced the theory of man-made global warming 30 years ago. An online search easily disproved his claim of skepticism. He co-authored a book, “Physics For Future Presidents,” that explained climate change among other things.

Don Don Don that may be the first rule of Journalism where YOU where taught but at the Wilhelm Klink school of journalism where Mr. Plumer studies we have a different mission statement:

My dear Mr. Surber the aim of a Newspaper article is not to discover new facts. We already KNOW that Global Warming exists. Here we are merely furnishing argumentative proof.

Via Glenn who snarks about real newspapermen.

This has been a bad week for the Washington Post, first their Rubio hit is counted by the Miami Herald and now their converted Climate Skeptic is revealed as anything but. Expect a lot more of this as the liberal left/media get closer to election 2012 and more desperate.

The actual Hogan clip is here, the exchange starts at 6:48

If you want to know why the MSM hates the internet and conservative bloggers this is it, we play Kinchloe to their Schultz(see clip at 7:27).

Update: Scrub rinse and hope nobody notices.

Lately I’ve been missing large chunks of Morning Joe due to Morning Mass but today I’ve been scanning the channels looking for the John Lewis Story on any of the Morning Shows.

I went to ABC, CBS, NBC in the 7 a.m. hour, I checked CNN and I started watching Morning Joe at 6:16. John Lewis? Not a word, is he Jerry’s kid brother?

To remind everyone who only gets their news from the left, over the weekend at the Occupy Atlanta protests the crowd refused to let Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis speak declaring: “He’s no better than anyone else”.

NOTE: I missed the first 15 minutes of Morning Joe today but I went back at 8 a.m. when it repeated, they quoted John Lewis saying the protests: “Reminded him of the civil rights movement” but somehow didn’t find “occupy Atlanta”‘s refusal to let him speak newsworthy.

Now if my wife and I were still in Maine with no laptop and the MSM as my only source of news, I would have no idea that this ever happened, nor would I know about GOP political consultant Ali Akbar’s invitation to Mr. Lewis to speak at a tea party event. Take a look at the Memeorandum thread that opened up after the Sunday shows:

Look at the links, not a single blog on the left has a problem with a predominantly white crowd insulting a 14 term congressman and civil rights icon with video to back it up. update the Crawdad Hole writes to say they are a blog of the left that doesn’t support the current Democratic party

The Crawdad Hole asks what they would have done if it had been a Tea Party, (even without video)? They don’t have to ask, we saw it with the false “Tea Party” incident leading on every network and the ignoring of Breitbart’s $100k challenge. In fact today Morning Joe played a clip of Nancy Pelosi repeating that same Tea Party canard.

OK so if the John Lewis story wasn’t news what did the MSM decide was the story of the week, with unemployment at 9.1% and leftist protesters going naked in SF and defecating on police cars in NY. What was the burning issue that had to be addressed:

Are Mormons Christians and do the GOP candidates think so?

Yup; THAT is the burning issue sweeping the nation. So this morning on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC the whole question of the remarks of Robert Jeffres at the Value Voters Summit was the only issue that matters. All of them went long on it. Morning Joe hit it both hours and attacked Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann for having the temerity to suggest that they aren’t running for theologian in chief.

Our betters in the elite beltway media beat their breasts shocked and dismayed that a group of American might choose to reject Mitt Romney based on his religion (as opposed to his constant flip-flops, Romney Care etc etc etc…) but in their self-righteous outrage I seemed to recall something they don’t.

During the proposition 8 campaign and its aftermath the Mormon Church was constantly attacked by the left, the media and gay activists for their opposition to Gay Marriage. That same media lionized the comedy “The Book of Mormon” that pokes fun at the religion and have had little outrage over TV shows that made fun of Mormons and their beliefs.

For some reason I don’t seem to recall their outrage then.

I agree with them and Bill Bennett that Mitt Romney’s religion should not be a cause to oppose him but I submit that there will be a whole lot more people on the left who will summarily reject a Mormon candidate due to religion than on the right.

I further question the news judgement of the most theologically ignorant segment in the nation, they couldn’t explain what Catholics believe with the Pope coaching them let alone Mormons, in their decision to consider this story more significant than the snubbing of John Lewis by the Occupyeverwhere people.

Finally I suggest that even though the MSM is not talking about the John Lewis incident, the Black Community is, via facebook , via twitter and via all kinds of social and black media. Black Americans have noticed the snubbing of Lewis and I’ll wager they’ll also notice the MSM rushing to embrace the “occupy everywhere protests” that did it.

They will not forget.

Update: Not just an instalanche but a HEH! Now that’s special!

Update 2: If by some miracle you missed the video here it is:

BTW on an unrelated issue with Sarah Palin not running, my vote is available. I’m issuing an open invitation to supporters of any GOP candidate (or the candidates themselves) to call my show Saturday at 10 a.m. EST 888-9-fedora to make their your case to win my vote.

Update 3: BTW don’t forget my bi-weekly column at the Conservatory Under the Fedora

Update 4: The Crawdad hole sends this correction:

The Crawdad Hole is a lefty blog. We are former Hillary Clinton supporters who do not support Barack Obama or the current Democratic party.

So noted.

Update 5: Terrorists, Smearaoists who cares about Occupy Boston lending support to an Al Qaeda terrorist when the Mormon question remains unanswered!

When I saw the Obama waving picture being a rational and sane man (Note: The previous statement has not been approved by my wife and kids) I naturally assumed that it was a photoshop and ignored it.

The fact that it is apparently not a photoshop is really shocking.

I challenge Morning Joe to make sure is on News you can’t use.

That shot should be part of every single GOP commercial over the next year.

Exit question, if that photo was of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann would the media be talking about anything else? How the MSM treats this photo says all you need to know about them.

Update: Kudos to Morning Joe for going with it.

Update 2: Had a long conversation with a fellow on Twitter from OnSiteStudios. This type of thing is a lot more common than you would think and with the number of photos that are taken a shot like this is inevitable. The real question is, was this photo an unnoticed accident, a noticed accident, a decision to take a shot that would get attention etc etc etc.

On the other hand somebody has to tell Tommy Christopher to be less hysterical.

In any case, this is a prime example of right-wing hysteria run amok.

Right wing Hysteria? I’m sorry Tommy the only person who sounds hysterical is you. At worst it’s a laugh at the president, but you Tommy sound like TR ready to send the fleet to Cuba over Remmington’s propaganda.

New Exit question, would the left be less worried about this picture if they were not scared about election 2012?

Glenn Reynolds and Steve Den Beste are both commenting on the press’ and Obama, Den Bestie whose long essay’s I’ve missed says the forbidden word

What I found particularly interesting about Murphy’s article was the word that wasn’t there. It’s the word that no one wants to say. But I don’t give a damn, and I’ll say (or write) it:

“Black”.

He elaborates:

And so, when in 2007 it became clear that Obama had a genuine shot at becoming president, no left wing reporter or news outlet (which is to say, pretty much all of them) wanted to become known as the one who shot Obama down and ruined his chances for election.

Obama got a free ride from the press because he is black. That’s what no one wants to admit. He is the ultimate example of affirmative action.

I think it’s actually more than that, it wasn’t just a question of affirmative action it was a question of the press living their “dream” of making a difference.

Yesterday in Lexington Andrew Breitbart talked about how once the press were a lower middle class group that hung in a neighborhood bar, now they are upper class who graduate from elite universities and believe themselves smarter.

Because of their “education” in the wrongness of America many of them entered journalism to “make a difference” and Barack Obama was the ultimate expression of this.

This was the moment that by their actions the press would change America, it would fundamental transform the way the country dealt with race, this would be the Jackie Robinson moment not for Major League Baseball but for the whole country.

The Robinson image and moment is venerated in the press, and the media wanted to play the part of Branch Rickey, but unlike Rickey they didn’t practice due diligence.

Rickey took his time to find the right player, the person not only with the baseball skills necessary but with the temperament and heart to succeed.

The mainstream media not being Branch Rickey instead acted with their heart and instead of finding a candidate with the qualifications and the temperament, instead found a candidate it could sell to the public.

I’ve suggested in the past that Obama is Pumpsie Green and but was sold to us as Jackie Robinson, but on reflection I think it goes deeper than that.

I think the press had Pumpsie Green in front of them but saw Jackie Robinson. They deceived themselves and moreover wanted to be deceived. As far was the press was concerned their desire for the political equivalent of Jackie Robinson blinded them to the point where any semi-qualified black candidate became Jackie

So naturally when some of us on the right objected to a person who was totally unqualified for office the press went wild, because it directly challenged their illusion and cried racism when it was just the opposite.

We on the right saw not a black man, but an unqualified inexperienced Chicago pol who just happened to be black. The press meanwhile saw not an individual but a symbol, it didn’t actually matter who he was, it mattered that he was. Or to put it bluntly, they couldn’t tell Jackie Robinson from Pumpsie Green because “they all looked alike to them.”

If Branch Rickey had done this in 47 the majors might still not be integrated.

Now the blinders are off, the press sees a .230 hitter with a little range that is there instead of an all-star with one of the best baseball minds in the game and an incredible desire to win.

The question now is, when do they bench him or do they wait till they are eliminated because of their emotional investment?

As I’ve said that will be the story of 2012.

Update: Should have linked to the base story here.

If they put you on the spot, we got to fold the con.
Henry Gondorff the Sting 1973

I have written a lot about how the bias of the MSM is shown more by sins of omission than by sins of commission. Today I received a first hand explanation why this is the case.

Meet Tamesha Sumpter who tweets as @nycocoqt.

Until September 1st 2011 I never knew she existed. Her twitter profile identifies her as from Washington DC. Her Twitter photo shows her as a young black woman and a quick net search suggests she is a professional about 35 years of age based on her college graduation date.

Other than the fact that we both watch Morning Joe I know nothing else about her: likes, dislikes, married, single, children, hobbies, religion, straight, gay nothing else. I looked at her tweets and she seems pretty liberal, (not unexpected for a black woman in DC) but let me tell you two things I DO know about her:

1. She is a reasonable person.

2. The MSM is afraid of her.

On the Morning of Sept 1st I turned on the TV at 6:03 a.m. and watched the Morning Joe Panel go on about the disrespect the speaker was showing to the president over the timing of his jobs speech and immediately began a post on the subject when I saw the following tweet from Tamesha backing up Joe and Mika’s point:

Debate? What Debate

I saw the tweet and responded

and left it at that. Well sometime in the next 90 minutes she tweeted the following back to me:

That tweet not only pleased me enough to follow her on twitter at once, but it spoke volumes.

Here is a person on the left, educated and dedicated. Likely a strong supporter of the president, but when given the full story on this particular piece, she was willing to reconsider her position and it hit me:

How many other people like Tamesha are there who for whatever reason would never have been exposed to or known there was more to the story?

I’m betting the number is tens of thousands and it’s those tens of thousands of people who worry the MSM. What happens if when given facts they don’t have they come to a conclusion different from our media gatekeepers want to produce? And remember who these gatekeepers are:

The other day, I was walking on W. 67th St., where ABC News is. (Manhattan, we’re talkin’.) Saw an ad — a poster, a billboard, or whatever we should say — for Good Morning America. (Odd there’s no comma in the title, but there you have it.) I learned that the show is now hosted by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos.

Last time I saw Roberts, she was emceeing a fundraiser for presidential candidate Bill Bradley in Madison Square Garden. Stephanopoulos, of course, was the Clinton flack, the one who said, “We’ve been over that and over that” — his way of deflecting any sensitive question about the Arkansan running for president. He was such a bully, in that campaign, well groomed, maybe, but a bully.

And now these two are news guardians? Joe and Josephine Mainstream? Oh joy.

And THAT’s why the MSM is afraid of Tamesha Sumpter and folks like her, normal reasonable people of the left. They can count on ideologues or people who make their living off of division, but what happens if Tamesha and thousands like her come to the conclusion that conservatives are not born with horns?

Once people become folks we disagree with rather than unreasonable enemies it’s hard to keep the con. If that goes by the boards the next thing you know they might take FOXNEWS off the block list, notice blogs on the right, start having civil conversations with tea party members and you end up with Tea Parties moderating Mayoral Forums all over the nation.

I don’t expect that I’m going to be agreeing with Tamesha all that much and I suspect a lot of her tweets will be in opposition to my beliefs but I’ll follow her and give her a fair hearing. She’s already demonstrated that she will give one to me.

And that more than anything else answers the question: “Why does the MSM so often omit known facts in their reporting?”

On Morning Joe today the Panel laughed at Rick Perry’s statements on Climate Change

“I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to address the issue, but he added: “I don’t think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.”


The joined lefty blogs from Think progress to Little Green Footballs who are jumping all over this statement

Climate skeptics love Perry, and this kind of rhetoric is why. While Mitt Romney is out and about on the campaign trail agreeing with the overwhelming scientific status quo on the topic, Perry appears poised to take up a view of climate change on the presidential campaign trail that would be right at home in a Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) floor speech.

Firedoglake’s statements are particularly ironic as they hit Perry’s science grades (without comparing them to Obama’s I wonder why)

In a way this makes sense from Perry’s point of view. As he got pretty much D’s and C’s in science, meaning the scientists were better at science than he was, which is not surprising. But he also got the same grades in political science, economics and history. So the scientists were better at that too. But hey, he’s a moronic Republican Governor from Texas, so if he somehow malaprops his way into the White House he can use Bush’s old lines about who the President is when he gets surrounded by “egg heads” and their 3.0 and better GPAs.

On Morning Joe they contrasted him to Romney on this, favoring Romney. This is no surprise as Ed Morrissey points out

His position on AGW hardly comes as a surprise, but it does draw a big contrast with Romney. Romney angered conservatives in June by declaring his belief in AGW, and then refusing to repudiate it a few days later. His promise not to push any policies addressing it didn’t exactly fill the Right with confidence, either.

The problem for the MSM here is that while they totally ignored the Climate Change Scandals of last year, Rush Limbaugh, Fox and blogs did not. I have 20 posts tagged “Climategate” and if you do a search at Instapundit for “climategate” and you will find pages of links.

On you tube yow will find videos like this:

And unlike the MSM we’ve also seen stories like this:

Back on April 11th, Gavin Atkins of Asian Correspondent asked this simple question: What happened to the climate refugees?

It is a valid question, and he backs it up with census numbers

The best example is at Director Blue’s site as he talks about both the Boston Globe and the Houston Chronicle being educated by their commentators on the story they would not cover.

Or lets put in another way. Any person who reads this post or watches this episode of Ed Driscoll’s Silicon Graffiti

…is more informed on the issue than anyone who gets their news solely from MSNBC or Morning Joe

Bottom line because the Pauline Kaels of the MSM refused to look at this story (as they have ignored the Gunwalker scandal) millions of Americans are ahead of them on the curve. The panelists on Morning Joe are laughing at Rick Perry now but in 2012 will they be saying: “I don’t know how Richard Perry could have won. I don’t know anybody who voted for him.”

Update: As Gavin Atkins gives a brief history of leftist hysteria on Climate Change the Washington Post Challenges Perry on his climate change stuff while pooh poohing the scandal that they gave short shift to in the first place.

What do you do if you are the NYT and your attempt to convince the GOP that if taxes aren’t raised the sky is going to fall fails? You do the only thing you can to make sure your President is not blamed for a the crisis he insisted was upon us. Redefine the scope of the “crisis.”

A credit downgrade would probably increase the cost of borrowing for the federal government and for everyone else. But the Obama administration, House Republicans, some economists and Wall Street strategists have concluded that the economic impact would be surprisingly modest

But But we’ve been told by everybody that the sky was falling? How can this be? The Times again:

“A downgrade of the U.S. government would, in our view, not cause that many investors to dispose of their Treasuries,” Arnaud Mares, head of sovereign strategy at Morgan Stanley, told investors during a conference call on Thursday.

“We think it would accelerate the ongoing trend toward less reliance on ratings in regulation and investment mandates.”

“So the effect,” he said, “would be more on the use of ratings than on the market itself.”

In other words need to make sure that you understand that when the president’s giant political bluff is called, there won’t be any kind of disaster to blame upon the White House.

In other words, this was a crisis that could devastate the entire US…

…right up until the point where the president could be blamed for it.

Related: A system about to go into panic (it’s not the system you think)

Item: Kabul July 24th

An 8 year-old boy was hanged by militants in Afghanistan’s Helmand province after the boy’s father — a police officer in the southern city of Gereshk — refused to comply with militants’ demands to provide them with a police vehicle, officials said.

Item Kandahar:July 27

A suicide bomber killed the mayor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Wednesday, a further blow to stability in the southern city still reeling from the assassination two weeks ago of President Hamid Karzai’s powerbroker half-brother.

Pattani Thailand: July 27

Insurgents were believed responsible for the killings of two policemen Wednesday afternoon in Pattani province.

Police Col. Chonvee Chavarerk said Sgt.-Maj. Narin Hatre, 39, and Sgt.-Maj. Noppadol Man-ah, 38, were riding a motorcycle back from a songbird competition when two gunmen on the back of a pickup truck opened fire with M16 assault rifles, killing both.

On Monday, five teachers and two defense volunteers in Yala province were wounded by a roadside bomb as they were going to school.

Muqdadiya, Iraq July 26

A bomb strapped to a motorcycle killed three people and wounded 14 others in a town northeast of Baghdad officials said Monday

Diyala province’s police spokesman Maj. Ghalib al-Karkhi said the bomb was detonated by remote control.He says the explosives were packed on a motorcycle that was parked near a hospital.

FAISALABAD Pakistan July 26th

A man gunned down six of his daughters on suspicion that two of them were in relationships with boys in the neighbourhood.

On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident.

Mubashir shot the girls after their brother said two of them were in a relationship. He told police officials that he had killed his daughters because they were both “without honour”.

I blame Pam Geller

Update: Pam Herself links, I’m honored.

And yes, Pam is a friend, and I’m proud to say it.

Update 2: forgot to mention if you are an Atlas reader you might find my interview with Raymond Hanna of Act for America from Monday at the twin city tea party meeting Monday on the subject of Jihad.

Update 3: Zilla is ready to fight!

We need to stand together with those who are fighting for freedom and human dignity. We need to make sure that they know that not only do we have their backs, but also, we need to show those who will stoop to the lowest of low tactics to destroy the righteous that we will not be cowed.

Please join me in showing support for those who are being unjustly attacked by sharing, Tweeting, emailing, re-blogging the message that the enemies of freedom will never ever silence the truth tellers. Send me your name (or username) and/or the name of your blog (if you have one) and I will update this post with a roll call of those who stand in solidarity for goodness and against evil.

Works for me.