Question: Who is angriest when people are forgiven their sins and to whose advantage is it to convince humans that their sins are so horrible that God will never forgive them?

That this has to be explained to people who profess any form of Christianity suggests that the Catholic Church is not the only group of Christians that have been poorly catechized.

Update:  Apparently the whole idea that Christianity might accept a person who had sinned and forgive them really is confusing to the press:

Jesus Christ: Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all; 23 not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:33-37

John Adams:For I have crossed the Rubicon
Let the bridge be burned behind me
Come what may, come what may

Song: Is anybody there?  1776 (1972)

Q: What does this Ted Cruz senate floor speech and the two planned parenthood videos have in common?

Sit down and listen to this Senate Floor Speech. If you have to put it on while you do other things but make sure you hear it because it’s something that every single conservative needs to hear.

Let that sink and if you want the chaser listen to this segment on the Rush Limbaugh show where Rush made a rare exception and interviewed Cruz over this speech

Normally it’s considered a gaffe when a pol tells the truth, not when Senator Cruz does.

Senator Cruz is making it VERY hard to keep the promise I made to myself not to endorse a candidate until after the first debate.


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Q:  How do we know that Michael Bloomberg is not considered a “Republican” by the media?

Imagine if any conservative suggested this:

Bloomberg Suggests Banning Young Minority Males from Gun Ownership

Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males “alive.”

According to The Aspen Times, Bloomberg addressed a variety of topics, and after commenting on poverty and education, he discussed guns. The Times reported that he said, “Cities need to get guns out of [the] … hands” of persons who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25.”

via powerline who notes 

As many southern blacks from the civil rights era will tell you, it was their ownership of guns that kept the violence against blacks (from Democrats, let us remember—Bull Connor was a member of the Democratic National Committee) from being even worse than it was.  Sure we have gang-bangers today who take a fearsome toll.  But how many law abiding minorities in bad neighborhoods want to place their safety in the hands of the response times of Mayor DeBlasio’s NYPD right now?

Picture if Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney or Bill O’Reilly said something like this, would there be any other story in the media anywhere?

Mike Bloomberg is not a Mitt Romney, O’Reilly or Ted Cruz (the latter as a 2nd amendment friend would never even think this) He is an ally of the left and a potential source of hundreds of millions of dollars for their causes and themselves and no amount of statements that would make any contender for the white house an “unperson” will cause the left to throw away a potential gravy train.

Chancellor Goth: Who knows what was in the President’s mind? But it is the custom, as you know, for an incoming president to pardon political prisoners. Is he to set free the murderer of his predecessor, or break with custom? Either course would be difficult. I intend to avoid the dilemma by seeing this affair through before he takes office.
Cardinal Borusa: Chancellor, all presidents are faced with difficult decisions. It is by their decisions that they are judged.

Doctor Who the Deadly Assassin 1976

The question is not mine, but reporter Ron Fournier’s:

In fact Ron it’s beyond simply protecting a democrat, let’s say it bluntly.

Because Barack Obama is the first black president.

What that means is that he can NOT be allowed to be portrayed as a failure no matter what happens in Iraq, no matter what happens in Syria, no matter what happens in the economy and no matter how many people have given up on finding work.

Most of those things are self-evident and the media can choose to not discuss it or spin it but that can’t really be hidden from the people.

But the media understands what the developments in the IRS scandal means, and they can’t investigate, because if they do then the results of their investigations might reveal what many on the right suspect, that Barack Obama & his administration is involved in this up to his ears.

But it is not the illusion of Barack Obama as an honest & capable President that worries them the most, it is their own illusion that they want to preserve.  The illusion of their own self-righteousness.

If these journalists discover that the first black president of the United States is a cheap crook in the tradition of Nixon then a choice has to be made. Do they report that information,  or do they withhold it?

That decision will define if they are the people they claim to be or not.

Ron your fellow journalists can not and will not seek the truth in the IRS scandal. Not because of what it will reveal to the world about the Obama administration, but what it will reveal to themselves about themselves.

That’s the revelation they simply can’t bear.

Update:  Added the Dr. Who quote


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Q: How do you cover a distance that takes 1 hour and one minute in 45 minutes flat?

we need speed

The Doctor Who 50th (or 8th) Anniversary special is under 5 days away and the math just doesn’t work.

Even if I shift my ads to the end of the show and it ends at 1:54 PM EST instead of about 1:58 PM a drive of one hour and one minute means I will not make it to the house in time to catch the start of the broadcast at 2:50 PM.

The obvious solution would be to use a canned show or a canned interview, after all will the listeners really know the difference if we aren’t live?

Yeah they know I’m a Doctor Who fan, Yeah it’s once every 50 years …

…but I make my living off of the listeners and the readers, every week I go to them asking them to kick in that $20 or mare to make sure that the mortgage and the pay for my Magnificent Seven.   It’s not the same as if we didn’t have an engineer available or if there was a family emergency.  What does that say about how much I value those people who support the show and me that I’m going to stiff them out of a live broadcast for (and I might be ejected from the ranks of Dr. Who fandom for saying this) a Television Show?

It’s just not honorable.

So that leaves the problem how do I cover a distance that requires one hour and one minute in 49 minutes flat.

Well there is one solution that is almost guaranteed to work:

Robert Stacy McCain.

I have been on the road with Stacy on a pair of occasions. We have covered distances long and short, I have seen him behind the wheel of a car and can say this categorically: The shortest distance between two points isn’t a straight line, it’s Stacy McCain behind a steering wheel.

The TARDIS might get you to your destination five minutes before you leave but put Robert Stacy McCain in the driver’s seat and you’ve got a pretty close 2nd.

So here’s the plan:

1. Get Stacy to DC in time for the Amtrak 3:55 AM on Friday Morning
2. Pick up him in Westwood MA at 11 AM
3. Drive him to the house to crash after lunch at the Nashoba Club Restaurant or maybe Mighty Subs.
4. Take him with me the next morning to the studio in Needham
5. Do the show
6. Get in the passenger seat and say a Rosary while he drives us home.
7. Sit back and relax with the family watching the Dr. Who 50th Anniversary special with time to spare.

Yeah the Round trip Train ticket cost about $250 and given the likely speeds we will reach with Stacy behind the wheel I probably should add a trip to church for confession and absolution as step 3a just in case but the plan WILL WORK!

Piece of cake.

Q: How do you know the fallout from Obamacare is an absolute disaster?

I still get a lot of readers asking why I watch Morning Joe almost religiously in the AM?

There are many reasons, The show is fun, Mike Barnicle is from my home town (Fitchburg MA), Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski have incredible chemistry, I’ve met & interviewed Joe, Mika, Barnicle and Willie Geist and genuinely like them all and particularly like how they treat their fans. It’s one of the few MSNBC shows that will give a conservative perspective.

But the most important thing is this: As the first morning political show of the day if you want to find out what is the message of the day from the White House/left is this is the place to be.

Today however the lede from Morning Joe was this story.

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

That’s from Lisa Myers of NBC and led the 6 AM segment that is repeated at 8.

When a story it’s so bad that you can’t dodge it and have to lead with it in the hopes of answering it fast and being done with you know you have trouble.

Update: They led the 7 AM hour with this too and did their best to spin it but the real gem was Joe Scarborough cracking up over how much people love us when they tried to throw the NSA stuff on George Bush. When I have the video I’ll put it up.

Update 2: Linked by Stacy who says:

So all those promises — that rates would go down and that people could keep their existing plans — were deliberate lies. And all the conservatives who tried to warn that ObamaCare was doomed to failure were correct. But the liars were all Democrats, and the people who told the truth were all Republicans, so there will be no apologies and no repentance. Instead, they’ll just come up with new lies.

He has been doing some first rate culture war blogging lately.

Here is that video I promised key quote

You’ve got a drone dropping phone tapping president

Watch it to the end.


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Q: What is the best way to deal with the MSM’s reports on this or any Pope.

I’m going to have a longer post on Sunday but a quick comment.

I was driving with DaWife South through Scarborough Maine when I heard an ABC News report about the comments of the Pope supposedly condemning the church obsessing on Abortion or Gay Marriage. I normally don’t react aloud to that kind of stuff but I surprised DaWife by bluntly saying aloud “They’re liars.”

It would not be until yesterday that I actually read the article in question and confirmed this but as their record with both Francis & Benedict has been one of malfeasance and mendacity worthy of the Kimberlin Crowd the best advice I can give to any Catholic is to do the following if they ever hear of any such thing.

1. Say Aloud the media is lying.

2. Find the original source they are misquoting if not possible turn on EWTN radio or TV until further notice.

and if at all in doubt remember the church serves the Prince of Peace while our worldly press serves a different prince.

Remember that and you’ll be fine.

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Question: (from Peggy Noonan via Glenn) “ What does it mean when half the country—literally half the country—understands that the revenue-gathering arm of its federal government is politically corrupt, sees them as targets, and will shoot at them if they try to raise their heads?

Or phased differently: What do people in such a situation do?

Any person who claims conservatism, who willingly allows themselves to be disarmed by this administration and its allies or votes for a pol willing to help disarm them is a fool.

Yesterday the George Bush Library was dedicated.  It was a bi-partisan affair with President Obama and all former president’s and first ladies present were there.

All the networks carried it and it was very nice.  At the end of the event I tweeted out the following”

This produced an angry answer.

Now given this person has a grand total of 23 followers as of this writing I would normally ignore it but it’s an answer that has become a standard talking point of the left, so I think it’s question worth answering, and as a person who lives an hour out of Boston I have an answer for them.

Last week a pair of bombers bent on Jihad killed 3 (4 if you count the aftermath), wounded nearly 200 and paralyzed a major American city.

After 9/11 we expected more attacks of that nature so the only surprise is that it too 12 years for such an attack to succeed.

Why might that be, was there a lack of Tsamaev brother wannabees in Al Qaeda, in radical Islam?

Nope because for 10 years those people were busy fighting and dying thousands of miles away from our shores engaging the most powerful military in the history of history.

Why? Because George Bush decided to take the fight to the enemy, fight them on their own ground and draw them into a killing zone.

So to those people I ask this Question:

In 10 years 5000 American Soldiers were killed in Iraq by during that time how many Jihadists do you think US forces killed for each of those US soldiers they managed to slay?

The answer to that question is the Bush Legacy and I suspect the one that means the most to him.


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Question: What is similar between the protests in Egypt and the protests in Detroit?

Today in Michigan Steven Crowder was assaulted by a crowd of Union Thugs during the “right to work” protests:

I predict that this will get the same condemnation and attention from Democrats local and national and the same attention from the police as this video from Michigan did earlier this year:

Bottom line our friends on the left are totally against violence and insist the police make sure speech is protected per the bill of rights, the Obama/Liberal version of the Bill of rights that is:

Liberal improvements are in red italic

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof unless it in any way conflicts with Obamacare, the liberal agenda or the need for 30 something college students to get laid without personal expense ; or abridging the freedom of speech unless one is a conservative speaker on a college campus, unless said speech in any way conflicts with Union demands or said speech could in any way be considered an insult to the prophet of Islam (peace be upon him)  , or of the press unless the person chooses an uncomfortable time to ask a question to the Obama administration; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble unless they support Israel on a college campus, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances with the understanding that said Government does not have to answer said grievances. relevant section underlined

Clearly Steven Crowder’s actions conflicted with union demands therefore they are not protected per the Obama/Liberal 1st Amendment.

If only conservatives would learn to be quiet and get to the back of the bus everything would be OK.

Update: Stacy McCain has a great roundup

Question: Why would Code Pink risk turning off voters by trying to disrupt Paul Ryan’s speech?

Of course code pink loves the attention and I’m sure somebody is paying for this stuff in the background, but one might think that this kind of thing isn’t a coincidence. Paul Ryan has been in congress 20 years, he could be a 21st Century John F Kennedy with better health and no war experience for the GOP

Of course if the Democrats believed what they did WHEN Kennedy was president, and Catholic’s who actually believe what the Church teaches were welcome in the party instead of called bigots the very Catholic Paul Ryan might have been a democrat speaking in Charlotte.

Stacy McCain has the text of the full speech but there was one line that Instapundit quoted that I think resonates very far:

“College graduates should not have to spend their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, looking up at their fading Obama posters and wondering when they will be able to get going in life.”

Now I’ve said before the tradition in Italian families is that children stay in the home until married but those days are pretty much gone (although both of my sons 21 & 19 next month are here during college). We have classified out offspring as “children” up to age 25 and thanks to the economy have made living in our parents home a necessity rather than a tradition.

Don’t think for one moment that doesn’t ring true to those who heard this and believe me the left understand that too.

And that’s why you need to send Code Pink to interrupt this speech. Cripes if I was the left, I wouldn’t be smuggling in just two people to disrupt this speech, I’d smuggle in a whole brass band.

The Romney Ryan event on Monday at St. Anselm College included a Q & A as it was a town hall:

Romney on Taxes

Ryan on Taxes

On the Budget

On Countering Disinformation

On the War

On Israel

And on the student loans, and I think this question and answer was the most telling

The idea that I’m not going to pay your loan for you, I’m going to help you do it yourself is HUGE.

This had substance and was pretty good.

Question: Why is your investment in ads on DaTechGuy on DaRadio and DaTechGuy Blog and DaTipJar a better deal than investing in Tina Brown and Newsweek?

Newsweek’s staff is in a tizzy because word is the Golden Suckers Goose has decided to stop laying:

IAC Chairman Barry Diller made the announcement during a quarterly conference call, saying the New York-based company aims to curb investments in the business. Newsweek is projected to lose as much as $22 million this year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Still, Diller stopped short of saying the magazine would undergo a “total” shift online.

This decision to not lose 22 million a year seems to make a lot of sense. Meanwhile this news has sent Newsweek and Daily Beast folks into a panic forcing a reaction from Tina Brown:

Oops sorry, Her statements thus:

In an internal memo republished in The New York Times, and with the subject line “Scaremongering,” Brown wrote:

Barry Diller would like to make it clear that he did not say on the earnings call as reported that Newsweek is going digital in September.

She then laided out several points to support her statement. Robert Stacy McCain saw these points commenting:

How is a brand “strong,” in a business sense, when it is synonymous with catastrophic financial losses?

And this is a situation that he commented on two years ago when it all started:

The investors can expect to lose a crapload of cash in the process. The New Yorker reportedly lost $42 million in three years (1995-97) under Ms. Brown’s editorship. Talk lost an impressive $80 million during its two-year existence. Whatever else you might say about Tina Brown, she’s undeniably brilliant at convincing investors to lose money on her projects.

So the investors are talking a wash, and the employees?

What that will likely mean — if you read between the lines – is a hiring freeze, at the very minimum, and the possibility of significant layoffs.

In other words, the gravy-train years at the Daily Beast are coming to an end

Now that’s what it means for the Magazine and the employees, but what does it mean for the advertisers? Forbes drops a hint:

Frankly, it’s not her own employees Brown needs to worry about so much as advertisers. I’m told that the publisher of at least one other weekly title has instructed salespeople to use the fresh uncertainty over Newsweek’s continued existence as leverage to lure business away. If Diller was undecided about Newsweek’s viability before he spoke up on today’s call, he may have settled the matter with his remarks.

So Newsweek’s advertisers are looking for an alternative. Might I suggest DaTechGuy on DaRadio and DaTechGuy blog.

Let’s consider.

Newsweek has a large group of writers both regular and guest and a huge staff to back them up.

I do it myself with the odd post by RoxeAnne DeLuca and John Weston in the studio with me.

Newsweek last year lost $35 Million dollars while drawing approximately 200 times the traffic I do on the web side.

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I don’t claim to be Newsweek I’m one man, if I had that $60k a year in hand it would still be road trips to cover events, maybe the odd flight to DC and beyond to cover bigger things and perhaps a road trip rented car to cover congressional campaigns others have missed. It will be only what one guy can do in a day while still living a normal life. You won’t get a glossy mag. Just blog posts, Youtube Videos augmented by 50,000 watts of AM Radio every week.

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Question: How far left is Elizabeth Warren?

Before a murderer in Colorado decided to change the subject, an incredible shift in the national conversation, one so significant that it threatened to undo millions of dollars of ad buys from the White House, was taking place concerning the president’s remarks in Virginia.

While not considered newsworthy by the MSM, those words, pounced upon by the Romney Campaign, threaten to put the president in an untenable political position. This forced the White House and it’s allies to attempt to spin them away.

Unfortunately for their efforts: Barack Obama was NOT the first national pol to make this point. Former Obama Administration Elizabeth Warren made it nearly a year ago.

While the national publicity for her race against Scott Brown, a race the Democrats consider their best hope for a Senate Pick up, has died down, her popularity in general remains high with liberals, and the Hollywood fundraising base, A base that gave her speech over 900,000 views.

Given the President’s campaign and money woes I submit and suggest, needing to excite a depressed base, his team made a deliberate decision to appropriate Warren’s words based on their popularity among the far left & media.

That’s the irony, the Obama campaign deliberately did this to themselves but that’s not the final irony…

…even as the White House and the president runs from his words Elizabeth Warren? She’s dashing toward them:

Elizabeth Warren yesterday came to the defense her former boss President Obama’s controversial statement that businesses’ owners can’t take credit for their success, repeating her own campaign line that, “nobody got rich on their own.”

Warren’s reiteration of her statement — which became an iconic and controversial cornerstone of her campaign — comes as conservatives have leapt on Obama for saying “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

And that’s what’s so funny:

As campaign after campaign runs from Barack Obama as Nancy Pelosi urges candidates to avoid the president re-nomination convention for their electoral survival how does the president react to Elizabeth Warren the one candidate willing to back him up?

He is running away from her, for the very same reason.

If that doesn’t scream…

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

…I’d like to know what does?

Exit question: If Elizabeth Warren is too left for Barack Obama ya think she might be too left to beat Scott Brown?

Update: More on the president’s money woes here.

Update 2: The Washington Post spins

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Question: When can you tell when a poll report is trying to spin you?

Greg Yes I report what Media Matters says, it’s just a form of outsourcing Sargent. breathlessly reports that Wisconsin is a dead heat according to an automated poll, and reinforces his argument with an “internal” democratic poll by a using group calling Wisconsin a “dead heat”

In paragraph 7 he finally finds a poll that is worth questioning:

A public poll taken from May 17-22 by Saint Norbert College found Walker ahead 50-45, though that remained in the poll’s margin of error. Union officials questioned its sampling, and a pollster for Barrett argued to Chris Cillizza that some of the public polling had been taken before Barrett mounted his TV ad offensive against Walker.

So the poll that shows Walker ahead, consistent with report after report is questioned, in fact polling in general is called out in the last paragraph:

Indeed, even neutral Wisconsin political observers believe that public polling of this race may not be predictive, since turnout in a mid-year gubernatorial recall election is impossible to anticipate.

Yeah who believes these polls anyway?

The post gets updated with the results of the Marquette Law School poll with Walker up seven. Sargent notes it’s “just inside the margin of error” and quotes a different source saying Walkers lead is under a point. That source? Talking Points Memo!

Sargent’s piece whether a press release for TPM & Media Matters or an attempt to con one more bit of work or dollar from democrat loyalists who ignore any non MMFA approved source does have a glimmer of truth (as any good propaganda does), in questioning reliance of polls. I’m a big believer in watching actions instead so lets look at the actions:

Item: The National Democrat party has pulled money out of the race.

Item: We see Debbie Wassarman Schultz insisting that Wisconsin is all about Wisconsin with no national implications.

As although as I type this Joe Scarborough just asked Van Jones why the president wasn’t in Wisconsin, (Jones changed the subject at once) the MSM that was once all Wisconsin all the time suddenly doesn’t find the recall all that interesting.

Frankly Greg I would include your own post as more evidence of the point I’ve been making right along:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

One year ago in March E.D. Kain was calling Wisconsin the GOP Waterloo. It was a joke then and 15 months later the only question left is this: Will the Unions be exiled to Elba or St. Helena?

Question: When does a national newspaper decide a (discredited within 24 hours) “bullying incident” from back when Romney was a teenager (I was 2) is worth not only the front page…but 5000 words?

Today on Morning Joe the opening 15 minute segment of the show (and a good chunk of what followed) has been all about the Obama Gay Marriage business and the Mitt Romney: Teenage bully story from the Washington Post.

They gave some lip service to the ABC follow-up of the family’s denials but consider, the entire opening segment is usually repeated at 8 AM. (Note wouldn’t you know today they didn’t since Mika couldn’t come in until 7:45?) It is the big segment of the show. Yet even as this story continues to evaporate pretty quick this is what MSNBC decides to go with.

Of course Morning Joe’s attention to this is dwarfed by the sheer nonsense of the Washington Post’s decision to give this story the front page and 5000 words.

As Stacy McCain points out

The typical news story is 450-750 words. Five thousand words is enough copy to fill two entire pages of a newspaper.

and remember this is writing 5000 words of a quality good enough for the front page of one of the most prominent papers in the nation:

Indeed. To report a story like that — to track down and interview somebody’s high-school classmates from a half-century ago — must have taken many weeks, if not months. The writing and editing of a 5,000-word story is not easy work. If you cranked out a thousand words a day (quite a rigorous pace, for original reporting), that’s a full week just to write the story, once you’d done all the interviews.

To put it in perspective, I started writing this post at about 6:30 AM EST. It is about 900 words long, and I’m adding this sentence over 2 hours later at 8:33 AM EST during the proofreading process. I didn’t finish till 8:57.

So why does the Washington Post devote the time and effort to a story that bloggers were not only able to shoot down in a couple of hours but led to yet another exciting chapter of: Did anyone actually read Obama’s biography?

The above text comes directly from President Obama’s first memoir, “Dreams From My Father” and recounts an incident which occurred while he was in middle school. When our president became the subject of taunts from his fellow classmates, he decided to shove a little girl named Coretta. Although he chronicles his feelings of regret, he never does not offer her an apology.

Check out his updates and the twitter stream in that post, they are classic, my favorite:

Jim Treacher is having a really great month:

If you went to grade school with Mitt Romney and he dipped your pigtails in an inkwell, contact David Axelrod immediately

and now we’ve reached the point where the Washington post is reduced to airbrushing bits of their story online.

So what does all this add up to for the cash hemorrhaging Washington Post and for the Obama Campaign ? A successful day! Both the Post and the Obama campaign are cheering!.

Say What?

“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “how can you even think something like that after this story has been such an embarrassment to the left, the Post and the administration?”

Easy, because the goal of those involved is to re-elect President Obama. That overrides every other consideration.

Each moment spent on this story, even it it is to refute it and ridicule it not only means we (the right) are not talking the Economy and the president’s record, but it means the MSM has an excuse to ignore stories like this:

Co-host of Obama Hollywood fundraiser under SEC investigation

President Obama’s record $15 million fundraiser tonight at the home of actor George Clooney is being co-hosted by DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. In addition to being the largest single donor to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA at $2 million, Katzenberg’s company is currently under investigation by the SEC for allegedly bribing Chinese officials.

and this:

Sometimes Obama Forgets About the Miserable Economy

President Obama, who is heading to a big ole Hollywood fundraiser hosted by George Clooney tonight, said that he “sometimes forgets” the magnitude of the recession

and most important of all this:

Poll: Obama Leads Romney by Four in…Oregon

In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain in Oregon by 16 points

Whatever keeps this stuff out of the news cycle is a blessing for the left.

Such dangerous news risks revealing the president’s optimistic re-election projections as one big illusion. The only real question to me is how many in the left and media actually know what’s going on and how many are of them are living in Pauline Kael Nixon world.

I submit and suggest that the true believers outside of media and politics are the Pauline Kaels and the MSM are the Albert Sydney Johnstons running their bluff as long as they can.

Our leftist friends on Twitter might feel good about this but so do I. If the media is playing this kind of card in May it means only one thing:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

This whole election is looking like Scott Brown in 2010 on a national scale. More and more the evidence seems to suggest the following:


Update: The story crashes and burns further:

What Horowitz has done is something even worse: He has claimed to know the exact words spoken by John Lauber — a dead man Horowitz never interviewed — in a private conversation, based entirely on the word of David Seed. The substance of that alleged conversation is crucial to the accusation made by the Washington Post story that Romney’s alleged bullying had a lifelong negative impact on Lauber’s life.

Yet John Lauber is rather conspicuously unavailable for comment on the allegation, unless perhaps the editors of the Washington Post are willing to enlist a psychic to conduct a seance.


Stacy Stacy Stacy, you are assuming this story was a journalistic endeavor. That’s not the case, it is a JournoList-tic endeavor. So if standards and readers are lost it doesn’t matter. The idea is to keep the conversation off the economy and onto something else, ANYTHING else.

Update 2: Ok I admit it, having Dick Morris agrees with me is worrysome.

Update 3: The Shiny Object strategy

Update 4: The Washington Post evolves and leftists famous and unknown try to silence those who call them out.

Question: What do you do if you are the left and want to try to defend a website on the right that hits Sarah Palin and is taking serious brickbats for it?

Fishbowl DC has decided to turn Tucker Carlson into a defender of Chivlery and Dan Riehl into some kind of perverted villain in a rather awkward post that doesn’t do much credit to the author.

She first gives passing attention to the post that caused all the trouble at the Daily Caller, calling it a “simple aggregated story”. Nothing odd, nothing to see here, don’t know why anyone might be upset.

Then totally ignoring the timeline and the rant against Riehl and accuses him of a dishonest and dishonorable acts. Her noting that he’s posted at 3 a.m. as being suspicious (I half expected her to accuse him of being satanic since it’s 3 a.m. is considered “the hour of the devil” but that isn’t allowed in the MSM, too republican.

Now I am working under the assumption that unlike me Betsy Rothstein has not met Dan Riehl, she apparently didn’t bother checking out his links or this post which says a lot:

In terms of my involvement, let’s get the facts and time-line very straight. I first merely denounced it, saying it should be taken down. Based only on that, this idiot Jeff Poor attacked me. He didn’t offer a reasonable counter-argument. The young idiot took to Twitter to accuse me of payola, based upon an old Caller story that demonstrated no such thing. Okay, upstart, I reasoned, you want to see how to really play that game? – hence the Is Jeff Poor A Pedophile? post I’ve since taken down out of courtesy and practicality.

It was done in a specific manner so as to not be actionable. I was only trying to teach an all too full of himself rookie a lesson. Carlson’s call to me proved he was not much better. You don’t call people up yelling and threatening when you want something and don’t have a legal leg to stand on in getting it. Carlson either was too dumb to understand the issues clearly, or too full of himself, while perhaps assuming I would be scared, or impressed somehow and panic because Tucker Carlson himself called me. Yeah, that worked out real well for him.

When I took the post down, I did it to deprive them a talking point that had already worked for me, not out of fear of legal action. Several idiots at DC even Tweeted and Re-Tweeted the link themselves. I was screencapping all of them and laughing at the stupidity inherent in it. Any decent lawyer would tell them how dumb they would look to try and sue me at that point. Duh!

Now Dan has always been a bare knuckles guy when it comes to a fight. It’s not my method but it’s his and I’m not going to begrudge him it. I’m sure Ms. Rotherstien would very much like to neutralize Dan’s punch, but that’s highly unlikely.

Now Ms. Rothstein ignores that Dan’s objection was with the column and instead not only tries to paint him as some kind of misogynist but takes the time to detail his: Worst Date Story under the heading: On a Date with a woman.

Or to put it simply Betsy Rothstein decides in a rather cheap hit piece to attempt to discredit Dan Riehl in order to:

1. Distract from Tucker Carlson’s bad judgement

2. Use the “guilt by association” card to try to use this as a club against other who might associate with Dan Riehl, (hello Andrew Breitbart)

Well let me tell you this, I know Dan Riehl, he has been a friend and always treated me well, I’m proud to associate with him and will continue to do so and I think its very unlikely that she is going to get anyone who actually knows Dan Riehl do disassociate themselves with him.

But she has accomplished one thing. Based on this post, I’ll know to give posts, statements and the writings of Betsy Rothstein the same credence and trust that I would give a statement about jobs from President Obmama.

Oh and expect a “me too” post from Charles Johnson any minute, I’m sure his backing will improve Ms. Rothstein’s credibility with the literate public.

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?”

Question: Whats missing from this politico piece on the Obama-Perry Photo?

Maybe it’s just me but if you are going to have a piece about a photo, perhaps one might want to include it? I don’t recall the MSM being this shy about a photo or drawing since the Mohammad Cartoons.

A slightly different version of this picture showed up in my Inbox yesterday but I normally don’t follow that kind of stuff. Politico’s decision to avoid putting it out there converts it from internet junk-mail to an interesting story of omission.

What is Politico afraid of

Or to put it another way, that’s how much worried (and in the tank) Politico is for election 2012. They don’t dare risk showing a stupid internet e-mail picture for fear of elevating Perry and diminishing Obama.

What does that tell you? I know what it tells me:

Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell!

Aww you guessed!

Question:(asked by Powerline blog concerning the shooting of a business owner in Ohio for hiring non-union labor) Does Anyone Care About Actual Political Violence?

Our media try endlessly to draw fictitious connections between violence and political or quasi-political movements. They do this to advance their own political agenda. But, when it comes to the one movement that has actually used violence to advance its interests over a period of decades, our reporters and editors carefully avert their eyes. This is one of the many media scandals of our time.

How do we solve this problem of media omission? From what I can see the best solution is the Rule 5™ approved IowaHawk Made-ya-Look™ media system!  For details click on the image below:

These girls hold the key to the problem of Media Bias!

Question: How can CBS & the NYT spin a poll for the MSM when the president’s popularity is so bad that even democrats in NY-9 are running from him?

Since Morning Joe and the left are screaming loudly how unpopular the GOP and tea party is in their latest poll the time has come once again to look at the actual internal numbers to see how they are spinning:

The number of republicans in this sample is a whole 24%

the number of “self identified” conservatives is 32%

And the president’s approval rating is 48% with 47% disapproval

Think about that number of people in this poll who disapprove of the president is nearly double the number of republicans polled (96& more)

The number of people who disapprove of the president is nearly half again more than the number of “conservatives” polled (47% more).

And let’s do one better, the left trumpets the unfavorable numbers of the Tea Party in this poll

Two to on unfavorable screams the MSM

But they skip over this interesting question concerning their influence:

But the influence numbers tell a different story

In a poll where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 , a poll with only 32% of self identified conservatives 41% of the people polled think the tea party have either the right amount of influence or two little, vs 43% who say it has too much. And that’s after a week of being told they are hostage takers and terrorists.

These numbers tell me the tea party is gaining credibility as a positive influence among the people. In a poll where only 18% of the respondents consider themselves tea party supporters vs 73% who did not they are having an influence over 125% greater than their actual numbers. Cripes by these numbers at least 20% of the people who don’t support the tea party think they have the right amount of influence or not enough.

This poll is a disaster all right, but not for the tea party, it’s a disaster for the democrats.

Question: Why on earth are stories about Michelle Bachmann’s migraine headaches front page news and being reported on ABC?

For the daily Caller this is a win, the MSM often fails to pick up their materials, but as Stacy McCain noted when “conservatives” attack republicans suddenly a Daily Caller piece becomes desirable.

But why the Daily caller? The question is answered by who this piece benefits the most, and that Answer is Mitt Romney and the establishment GOP. Let’s go back to March 31st and note Romney’s one big advantage in this race.

The establishment GOP hates and fears any Palin-like candidate and likes him.

Romney needs to keep the Tea Party vote divided (welcome aboard Thaddeus McCotter). Sarah Palin continues to wait, Herman Cain has lost some conservatives like Yid with Lid, (my guest this Saturday 10 a.m. WCRN listen live here).

The worst thing that can happen to him is a candidate to break out and the candidate he wants least to break out if Michelle Bachmann. Unfortunately for Mitt he can’t afford to be seen directly attacking either a Palin or a Bachmann. So surrogates must be called into play.

So the needs of the left and Bachmann have converged. Romney needs Bachmann to be Palinized. As David French put it on the Corner:

Exactly one week ago, I wrote that Michele Bachmann should prepare for the Sarah Palin treatment. As Glenn Stanton noted today, the Left is coming after her with its customary class, accusing her husband of being gay. But now anonymous conservatives have bared their claws. I suppose such betrayals are inevitable in politics, but they are still intolerable.

The doctor’s note not withstanding the left is going to run whole hog on this. (Carl Bernstein was hitting her on Morning Joe today, Mika thought the whole argument was sexist)

Unfortunately for the left her story is even more compelling than Palin’s French again:

Michele Bachmann has a personal story that Hollywood would love if she were liberal. A mother of five took in foster child after foster child, grew alarmed at the poor quality of their mandatory public education, and then launched herself into the political process to improve their lives. They’d pitch Julia Roberts for the part if Bachmann had only been crusading against a power plant or land development. As it is, she has to settle for the Palin treatment — from the Left and the Right.

and in the Herald:

“Nobody would ever ask a man whether they thought of themselves as a flake,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior political editor at Cook Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan online newsletter. Duffy said that while Bachmann has not been grilled about her hair, makeup or clothes, Wallace’s question suggested a sexist litmus test. Bachmann’s response: She’s a mother, a lawyer and a congresswoman — and the question was “insulting.”

Expect an awful lot more of this stuff as long as Bachmann’s numbers continue to run high, why?

There’s only one reason for this sort of thing: Mitt Romney is feeling the heat.

and as long as the heat is on so will the pressure from any outlet funded by establishment money.

Question: How effective has Turn Right USA and their ads and videos against the Janice Hahn campaign?

From the Examiner:

Ms. Hahn has received over a million dollars in campaign contributions, almost entirely from unions and individual contributors who receive taxpayer dollars.

On the other hand, Mr. Huey’s individual contributors have donated $144,210 – Over 1/3 of which are from individual contributors whose contributions are less than the FEC’s itemization threshold.

So consider she has spent over a million dollars to win a seat where in an open primary 75% of the voters cast went for democrats.

Only $44 in the black? She should take lessons from Herman Cain. What an absolutely perfect illustration of the choice for the voters of the district!

Meanwhile Stacy McCain documents where all the money has gone.

I’ve always thought that when you are far ahead you speak about the positives for your candidate rather than the negatives of a relatively unknown opponent, this looks like a candidate who is running scared.

Speaking of running scared the Hahn campaign has not responded by e-mail or phone to my inquiries concerning either the Hacking of Turn Right USA or the death threats against them. One would think that it would be an easy thing for a woman running for congress to say something like this:

“Neither I, nor my campaign nor anyone involved in it has any connection to either the Hacking Attack on the Turn Right USA site (a federal offense) nor the death threats against members of Turn Right USA and we condemn both the hacking and the death threats without equivocation”

The fact that such a statement hasn’t come out of the Hahn campaign speaks volumes.

If Craig Huey wins the election next week then he will owe Turn Right USA a debt of gratitude for their unsolicited help.

Question: Why have Oliver Willis and Think Progress both decided to attack Herman Cain this weekend?

Although Morning Joe and the MSM are enamored with John Huntsman, Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels (Mr. Cain doesn’t warrant a mention) they do not have a vote in this primary season (and in fact as Krauthammer points out they wouldn’t be voting Republican anyway).

Herman Cain managed to draw 15 thousand people in Atlanta (the most liberal City in Georgia) to make an “announcement” that was no surprise to any person in that crowd.

As Stacy put it this weekend:

The discomfiture of “Republican insiders” is a very good thing. Can we get a show of hands of anybody who thinks “Republican insiders” (you know, the guys who backed Dede Scozzafava and Charlie Crist) have a clue as to how to win elections? Anybody?

The left will tell you who they fear. Right now the attempt is to ignore Mr. Cain in the MSM while attacking him on the net. If he continues to draw crowds, expect the MSM to hit him in the same way they go after Palin and Bachmann.

Question: What does the Set of Morning Joe have in common with the Bin Laden compound?

Seriously how embarrassing is it to be the only American Bin Laden doesn’t think is worth killing?

US officials have revealed that Osama bin Laden’s diaries contain the rather startling conclusion that he didn’t think Vice President Joe Biden was worth bumping off

Maybe that’s why they won’t release the Bin Laden photos, they figure it might actually push Radical Islam over the line to target him.

Question: The New York Sun on the topics of Monetary policy and the Sarah Palin asks:

…how in the world did Mrs. Palin, who is supposed to be so thick, manage to figure all this out so far ahead of the New York Times and all the economists it talked to?

They are referring to Palin giving a speech back in November that the WSJ covered but the MSM ignored.

It keeps up with the theme I’ve been writing about last week, the rule:

Watching the actions of the left tend to cause people to dislike them while watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

And it’s not a new theme. Last year when Obamacare was first advanced it was Sarah Palin who attacked it and used the word “death panels” The media called her a liar, yet the congress pulled the language, then attempted to re-insert it drafting language to explicitly protect it as Palin warned. She called them on it. quickly and they pulled it out again.

Sarah Palin comments on Climate gate in the Washington post, TV and print media hit her for it while, yet at the same time the president skips Copenhagen.

Look at Libya; back in FEBRUARY Sarah Palin says this

Now is the time to speak out. Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi’s terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people.

…this was when the Rebels were still closing on Tripoli. In March I make the following prediction:

The person here to watch is Sarah Palin. If she makes pronouncements concerning the rights and the protection of the Libyan people and they catch on, watch the White House react so the president doesn’t appear to be less of a leader than the former governor who is supposed to be not a serious political threat.

And a month later with Benghazi about to fall the administration acts. One can debate if Libya our business but if Palin was president in February we would be now debating the New Libya instead of drones and European boots on the ground.

Do you remember when Sarah Palin said this about drilling:

For years, states rich with an abundance of oil and natural gas have been begging Washington, DC politicians for the right to develop their own natural resources on federal lands and off shore. Such development would mean good paying jobs here in the United States (with health benefits) and the resulting royalties and taxes would provide money for federal coffers that would potentially off-set the need for higher income taxes, reduce the federal debt and deficits, or even help fund a trillion dollar health care plan if one were so inclined to support such a plan.

So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That’s all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.

Sounds pretty topical, When did Palin say this? AUGUST OF 2009 when gas was still in the low $2 per gallon. Bloggers covered it. The MSM didn’t. Where would gas prices and the economy be today if the MSM reported this and the president listened to her 2 years ago?

Palin Leads! Nov 30th 2010:

Palin however along with Rush Limbaugh choose to stand and fight, and through 2009 fought nearly alone. Without that willingness throughout 2009 there is no huge republican majority in the House this year. She held the line while you (Joe Scarborough) counseled retreat, that’s what a leader does

Dan Riehl Last week:

As I said to a friend and colleague tonight, wherever the current battle is, that’s very often where you can find Palin. One of the first requirements for leadership is to show up out front. No one will ever accuse Palin of not doing that. Doing so also has an interesting side benefit for any would be leader. When you lead, people tend to follow and support you, even if not at first.

James Pethokoukis last week:

Sarah Palin rides to the sound of the guns. It was a chilly, wet and blustery afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin — one more appropriate for a late-season Packers game than a springtime political rally. The stirring NFL Films theme, “The Classic Battle,” would’ve been a more apt musical choice than Van Halen’s “Right Now” to accompany Palin as she entered the stage outside the state capital building to address thousands of Tea Party members, along with a good number of extremely hostile, expletive-hurling government union rowdies.

So MSM, keep obsessing over the shiny new Trump toy if you must. But better keep an eye on a certain sharpshooting, grizzly mama. She’s back.

James writes for Reuters so 10 out of 10 for noticing but that last line is wrong, she isn’t back, she was never gone, you just didn’t deign to notice her.

This is why on an Easter Sunday people on the left were spending their time trying to co-opt a hash tag, this is why when Sarah Palin gives a key speech in Wisconsin on budget matters the media reports she is trying to get attention, but will play her mispronouncing “skirmish” in a loop. This is why from Day one the MSM has done their best to try to destroy her.

They don’t dare show Palin as she is, if they do their attempt to paint our current president as unbeatable will prove as hollow as the support for a totalitarian regime. Let’s quote a Glenn Reynolds post on authoritarian propaganda:

Places like Iraq, Syria, or Saudi Arabia spend a lot of time telling their citizens that everyone feels a particular way, and punishing those who dare to differ, which has the effect of encouraging people to falsify their preferences. But who knows? Given the right trigger, those brittle authoritarian regimes might collapse overnight

How often does the MSM dismiss those who disagree with their template? There is a reason why Rush Limbaugh refers to the MSM as the State run media

the Sun again:

It will be something to watch for in his first big press conference Wednesday. No doubt it will be one of the most crowded press conferences in recent memory, and there will be lots to ask about. But one of the questions will be how in tarnation Mrs. Palin figured it out so far ahead of everyone else.

It’s only a question to those who haven’t paid attention online, but as technology continues to advance, maybe that will be a moot point soon.

Let’s bottom line it: Sarah Palin is a leader, the current occupant of the White House is not. Trump talk and current Polls not withstanding I’m going to make the following prediction conventional wisdom not withstanding:

Sarah Palin is going to run for president in 2012. And she is going to win!

Update: Hotair sees The Sun but not the light beyond it…yet

Update 2: Brian Preston at the PJ Tattler sees the evidence but not the conclusion…yet

Update 3: fixed a sentence with a misplaced word

Update: fixed bad link

Question: When is it OK in the age of civility to call for lynching, stringing up or sending a black man back to the fields?

Our friends on the left decided to protest the Koch Brothers conference. In the event sponsored by Common Cause, AFFCE, The Ruckus Society, 350, Greenpeace, Code Pink, the Progressive Democrats of America, the public attending had some choice words for Justice Clarence Thomas:

Big Government noted something missing:

At the morning panel event featuring UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, activist Jim Hightower, Center for American Progress journalist and “Koch Brothers expert” Lee Fang, California Nurses Association co-president DeAnn McEwan, and President Obama’s former green jobs czar Van Jones, we were forewarned of the impending demise of both the environment and democracy at the hands of corporate lobbyists and their government shills.

There was eerily no mention of GE, AEP, Goldmann Sachs, Pfizer, Aetna, Alcoa, Xerox, Google, Motorola, IBM, or several other corporate giants who profit at taxpayer expense via their K Street connections to the Obama White House as well as the very economic and regulatory policies they lobby that these Common Cause panelists commonly endorse. But I’m sure that’s only because no one wanted to point out the obvious. Right?

I’m sure the No Labels crowd, the Major networks and the Cable networks will rapidly report on these racist declarations of white folks against a black man with power? Hot Air asks:

Will the Southern Poverty Law Center report on the “Rage on the Left” and label Common Cause a racist hate group?

R.B is more blunt:

Let’s just imagine if the video above was taken during a Tea Party rally and several participants stated that a sitting US Supreme Court Justice should be sent “back to the fields” or “strung up”. Picture the news coverage. Predict what Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann (if he still had a show) would be saying right now and over the next few days. It would be non-stop. Democrat Congressional members would be using the tape as “proof” of what is really behind the opposition to ObamaCare or any other piece of legislation they want to get passed.

Nonsense I’m sure they will give this story all the attention the big three gave the Planned Parenthood story this week.

Question: Why do I keep pushing Hallie Miller for the Savvy Magazine contest?

How do I come to this conclusion? Consider, this is a chance in a lifetime for this young lady. She is currently right on the edge of making her goal that she has dreamt about. So naturally one would think that she would do all she can to not only promote herself but to discourage voting for those behind her.

You would think wrong:

And by the way, there are over 1000 of us trying to get to those top ten positions. I would urge you, if you don’t think I am top ten material, to scroll through the small icons to the right of mine and pick one of those ladies! One little click of your finger can help make somebodies dream a reality!

Ask yourself, would you be willing to put up that sentence if you were in her place?

I wish her father was here in Massachusetts, I’d like to shake his hand and buy him a beer. This is exactly the type of young lady I’d like my sons to end up with. Lots of women have beauty, how many today have honor?

Go vote for her every day once a day here.

Question: How much does the media, particularly MSNBC hate Sarah Palin?

Norah O’Donnell makes a good point that President Bush’s book has a broader historical appeal but you are having the Morning Joe table talk up Jeb Bush and the Bush family in order to favorably compare them to Sarah Palin.

I am an unabashed fan of George W. Bush and will likely get his book sometime next year along with Palin’s 2nd book as my situation improves but to see this kind of stuff on MSNBC speaks volumes, I know president Obama’s performance has really boosted President Bush number in comparison but this is a turnaround of epic proportions.

I really thought it would take a generation for attitudes about George W. to change but nothing speeds up a time-line like Palin Derangement syndrome. It is much stronger than Bush Derangement Syndrome ever was.

Question: How can you tell the election season is over?

The Obama Administration plans to withdraw National Guard troops from the Texas, New Mexico and California borders by the end February under a new Southwest security plan, even as turmoil in Mexican border cities grows, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner.

A letter sent to various members of the Texas Congressional delegation from Texas’ Gov. Rick Perry’s office says, “In February, 2011, the Texas, New Mexico, and California National Guard forces that were deployed to the border in September, 2010, under President’s Obama’s Southwest Border Augmentation Plan, will have 30 days to complete a total draw down of forces.”

The election is over and they will not need those votes for another 18 months, time to build good will with the MayDay March Crowd again.

I was perusing the net this morning when I found an open thread at Ace’s place that linked to this series of vintage ads.

It is pretty clear that none of those ads would pass muster in the west today, but looking that them a 2nd time. It would seem to me that most of them would pass muster in the Islamic world.

So my question is this: Look at the vintage ads in the link and tell me how many would be unacceptable in the Middle east?

In fact let’s have a poll

I think it’s an interesting question

Question: How bad are things actually for the democratic party and liberals?

When you leave the WW 2 memorial trashed after your rally, that’s bad

When you need Oprah to pay for people to go to your event, that’s worse.

But when you find yourself taking polls about a race that doesn’t exist, against an opponent that isn’t running to make an incumbent democratic senator look strong. That’s just idiotic:

The answer is not so well. Nelson leads Limbaugh 50-36 in that hypothetical match up. Nelson would have his party base pretty well locked up, independents would go for him overwhelmingly by a 58-30 margin, and even 21% of Republicans say they’d prefer Nelson to Limbaugh.

Earth to PPP Nelson isn’t running against Limbaugh and never will be. You make yourselves look like fools when this is what you are writing about 17 days before an election.

Q: How insanely paranoid is Andrew O’Hehir’s review of the movie Secretariat?

And Ebert is about as far let as it gets.
Ebert’s article starts thus:

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon is a critic I admire, but he has nevertheless written a review of “Secretariat” so bizarre I cannot allow it to pass unnoticed. I don’t find anywhere in “Secretariat” the ideology he discovers there. In its reasoning, his review resembles a fevered conspiracy theory.

Read the whole thing along with Ebert’s review of the film here.

Of course if you prefer your red meat from a red source there is always John Nolte at Big Hollywood who says:

O’Hehir’s divisive, race-bating language should look familiar to you. This is what the Left does when they’re losing power and out of attractive ideas to launch any kind of comeback. It’s the language of desperate left-wing politicians and their media allies when facing everyday Americans with the temerity to speak out against ObamaCare and a failed stimulus in townhall meetings; it’s the language of White House surrogates desperate to dishonestly shame into silence the millions who organized Tea Parties after waking up to the nightmarish realization that Obama wasn’t kidding about fundamentally transforming America, and now O’Hehir has opened up this new front.

I had no interest in this movie, I was alive when this happened. The Horse ran and won, but I’m tempted to do so just to make him go Kryten

Q: What is the difference between a candidate the National Republican shuns and the National Republican party embraces:

Before anyone becomes carried away by the beauty of it all, it should be said that the developments are not really a Kumbaya moment. GOP officials have been astounded by the amount of money — $1 million — that O’Donnell has raised in the hours since her surprise primary victory over Republican Rep. Mike Castle. As much as anything, it is O’Donnell’s fundraising bonanza that is warming hearts at the NRSC. “We have 45 days until the election,” the source said. “We need to be united.”

How many thousands of $10 & $20 & $100 dollar donations did that include. How many voters does that add up to that you don’t want to get angry and hope to hit up for contributions later.

When you have one million in the bank it isn’t hard to get a date is it?

Update: Make sure you aren’t drinking when you read this quote from Karl “I was with her all the time” Rove:

I Endorsed O’Donnell the Other Night… I Helped Her Raise That $750,000

I’m surprised Jim (Gateway Pundit) Hoff was able to type it out, he must have been cracking up at the sight of it.

Q: What was the first thought in my mind after coming home from a couple of hours of errands and seeing the following tweet from Michelle Malkin concerning James Jay Lee.

Not knowing who he is what would be your first thought?

Again that was before I knew anything about what was going on just seeing the tweet. I think that is the strongest critique of liberal academia today that I can think of.

Honestly if you knew nothing about that man other than the information from that tweet wouldn’t your first thought be NGO or Tenured Professor?

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.

Question: Why did Tycoon Sidney Harman purchase Newsweek and take on its debts as described by the Daily Caller?

After all you don’t want to risk a magazine browsed by many disinterested readers in doctor’s offices around the country to be exposed to anything resembling conservative thought. What would wife in congress say?

Hey if rich liberals want to throw their money away, that’s their business.

Memeorandum thread here.