Yes, I promise to resume other topics of conversation after this picture (and yes, the director is Michael Moore):
The Old Gray Hag, aka the New York Times, has puffed up Air Enron…er, America…since its inception. From what I understand, both of Air America’s listeners appreciated the plugs that the Times gave them…to say nothing about the Times running interference for AA over their current theft-of-a-charity scandal.
Well, now the Times is getting all orgasmic…or should I say “Gore-gasmic”… over the new Gore TV network called Current TV. Yes, the inventor of the Internet has found a stunningly supportive publication in the Times. By the way, for those of you in blue states, the prior sentence was riddled with sarcasm, since no one in their proper mind (notice the saying “right mind” means “proper”?) expected anything less from the Times. Story here.
For a serious piece of reporting submitted to Current TV for their line-up, click here for the short 1:03 video. Dude, it’s like, uh, you know, all about crazy stuff in Gaza, fer sure (or is it “fo’ shizzle, my dizzle”?)…and it’s like, uh, all about Gaza.
Thanks to Van Helsing at Moonbattery for giving me this chuckle about Cindy Sheehan before I turn in this evening:
In related news, the grieving woman’s agent said that tonight’s vigil will include an appearance by Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, who will throw her son’s military medals over the fence at the Bush ranch.
Cindy Sheehan heads home. For good? For that publicity-hound moonbat, I doubt it. For her sake, she should stay there.
“Her” sake? Yes, because it looks like more Americans have grown tired of her and her anti-military, anti-Semitic rants. An AOL poll (granted, unscientific) asks the following two questions:
Asked: “Do you agree with Sheehan’s views?” Cindy’s supporters trail her critics, 56 to 44 percent, with nearly 290,000 Americans responding to the technically unscientific survey.
Asked, “Do you agree with Sheehan’s tactics?” Cindy faired even worse, losing that contest 59 to 44 percent.
A more scientific poll, taken by Rasmussen Reports, reveals that there are still slightly more people who view her unfavorably than those who view her favorable: 38% unfavorable, 35% favorable, and I’m assuming the remainder were political moderates and were waiting to see which way the public opinion polls settled. However, as Rasmussen points out, “In general, people see in Sheehan what they want to see.”
Van Helsing has a great post at his Moonbattery blog about how other Americans who lost children in Iraq are reclaiming their children’s name from the “Sheehanistas”:
Sheehan’s handlers thought it would be effective propaganda to stick crosses in the ground, decorated with the names of fallen American soldiers, thereby drafting these heroes into the antiwar movement, just as Sheehan drafted her own son.
But not all relatives are willing to trade the honor of their love ones’ sacrifice for an opportunity to poke their country in the eye. Some are traveling to Crawford to remove the crosses with their relatives’ names. Matt and Toni Matula lost their Marine son in Iraq last year. Here’s what Matt Matula had to say on KXAN, after going to Crawford to stand up for his son:
He’s not a victim, he’s a hero. … I went there and had Matthew’s name taken off of there. It’s fine for people to grieve their own way. It aggravates me to see them using other people’s names to further their cause.
No doubt that the moonbats will call these people “chickenhawks” for supporting the war efforts without signing up themselves. A “pro-military” moonbat is like a vegetarian cattler farmer…they just don’t exist.
More and more counter-Sheehan protests are emerging, yet I doubt we’ll see Chris Matthews, Keith Blabberman, or the rest of the MSM out covering these such counter-protests. Of course, that’s not because there’s any liberal media bias or anything…
Well, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer sometimes, but hey…I’m from Tennessee, so cut me some slack!
See, I had this post some time ago: link. It explains an Internet rule of etiquette known as Godwin’s Law. Something about resorting to “So-and-so is like Hitler”, etc. Basically for shock value, since the position is 99.99% of the time logically untenable. In short, once you’ve resorted to that line during the course of political discourse, you have proven yourself to be intellectually vacuous and incapable of logical debate. The proper course of action is to either ban or ignore the perpetrator.
Well, we had a perp. Some moonbat in Colorado named Steve Bremner, not to be confused with the conservative Steve who usually posts here. Anwho, Stevie B. got the newspaper-up, back-facing-forward treatment from me. I do not require anyone else to ignore him, but I do adivse it. ManicNole, Steve, etc., followed my lead, after trying fruitlessly to carry on a logical conversation with him.
Anyway, he re-emerged under a new name (as he did several times before), but this time, he got the best of yours truly (see opening paragraph for intellectual disclaimer!). I acknowledged him, not realizing it was him. Sure, I could have checked his URL, but didn’t. I got lazy, forgetting that he was like a case of herpes…never completely gone.
So, I banned his IP. Sure, he can get another IP. And I’ll ban that one. And the next one he gets. Et cetera. Folks, as all of you know (and my liberal friends Joshua, James, and Lisa Renee can attest to this), I don’t censor here. You are free and encouraged to speak your mind, even in intense and passionate disagreement. But keep it civil. It’s all I ask. Sarcasm is allowed (yeah, no kidding!) and encouraged, especially if done so humorously. Even paranoid moonbat ravings are allowed…hell, that adds to the fun, since we make fun of the poor asshat relentlessly! However, gratuitous references to Hiter, Taliban, etc., render you useless to the dialogue here.
Who says? I do. Now, on with the show…
No, not the way Bill Clinton turns to interns for help. Instead, CBS News has grown tired of lagging behind everybody else in evening news ratings, so they’re looking to their interns for some fresh ideas. Story here.
Well, you’ll be pleased to know that the Crush Liberalism Objective World News Service (CLOWNS) has planted a “mole” at CBS News. Our mole, who shall remain nameless so as not to jeopardize his/her/its mission, has presented the following list of ideas to CBS News President Andrew Heyward and CBS chief executive Les Moonves:
1. Remove Howard Dean from speed dial.
2. Remove Hillary Clinton from speed dial.
3. Try using genuine proof and not forgeries when doing investigative work…which brings me to #4, which is…
4. Do investigative work. Rummaging around for dirt on SCOTUS nominess’ adopted children does not count…I don’t care if the New York Times is doing it.
5. Interviewing five Democrats, one Vermont socialist, and John McCain does not qualify as “balance.”
6. MoveOn.org may have more members (about 2.5 million) than you have viewers, but that does not make them representative of America. A cursory glance at their lack of success anywhere will reveal this self-evident truth.
7. A pro-war mother who has lost a child in Iraq should get as much face time as an anti-war mother who has lost a child in Iraq.
8. It is perfectly acceptable to refer to Islamic terrorists as “terrorists.” Americans will understand you.
9. If you insist on pointing out that a conservative person or organization is conservative, you must also insist on pointing out that a liberal person or organization is liberal. You and your brethren have failed to do so. This is part of that “balance” thing.
10. Finally, inject some personality into the reporting, so at least if you ignore everything else, you’ll at least be bubbly when you lie and report in a biased manner!
No word back from our mole as to the reaction he/she/it received from CBS brass. If you have any suggestions, please pass them on so I can Morse Code them to our mole. Stay tuned!
Thanks to Kira Zalan for pointing me to Michelle Malkin’s Air America update. Malkin updates her blog frequently, so here are two links: first and second. Don’t be surprised if there’s a third (or more) after you read this.
Looks like AA is having financial troubles. OK, we knew that…you don’t steal from poor inner-city kids and Alzheimer’s patients unless you’re really hard up. Well, it runs much deeper.
A lawsuit filed by an owner of radio stations claims that the transfer of ownership of the Air America radio network from Progress Media to Piquant LLC in May 2004 was a “sham” intended to maintain the network’s assets while deceiving its creditors, according to documents posted on a blog yesterday.
In the suit, which was filed in state Supreme Court at Manhattan in May, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, a radio station owner with affiliates across the country, is seeking more than $255,000 it claims it is owed by the current owners of Air America, Piquant LLC. Multicultural’s complaint, as posted on the blog of Michelle Malkin, a conservative commentator, states that the station owner is trying to enforce a judgment in its favor last November, in which the court ordered Air America’s owners to pay it that amount.
Does anyone other than yours truly see the delicious irony of a station that pimps race to convince people to subscribe to their way of thinking has screwed (a) a “multicultural” radio broadcasting company and (b) the poor inner-city (i.e. predominantly minority) children?
There’s also some insight as to why the MSM is ignoring the leftie network’s troubles.
Why are you so relentlessly pursuing the Air America story?
Simple: It’s newsworthy and national journalists aren’t covering it. The hype about Air America upon its launch last year, from the New York Times on down, was overwhelming. But where are all the mainstream media cheerleaders now as reality caves in on the beleaguered liberal radio network? Political, financial, entertainment and media reporters should be all over this. But the silence is deafening. So, blogs are filling the void.
Why do you think the mainstream media isn’t picking up on it? I seem to recall that Hugh Hewitt thought one explanation might be that Air America is a network with so few listeners that it’s seen by the rest of the media as inconsequential.
I think it’s partly ideological bias, partly ego, partly turf protection. Liberal journalists touted Air America as the left-wing radio alternative that would bring down Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio. It was a pipe dream. They don’t want to see it fail. They don’t want to acknowledge they were wrong. And they sure as heck don’t want to be forced to admit that a bunch of rabble-rousing bloggers beat them to the story and shamed them into covering it.
Pretty much bullseye, I’d say. The NYT has ignored the story as well as Barnie Frank ignores scantily-clad buxom women. But sit down for this feeble explanation from the Old Gray Hag as to why it has failed to report on the story thus far:
[I]t seems to me that this story is still unfolding, and The Times, for the sake of all its readers, needs to get to the bottom of any improper conduct and assess Air America’s future.
Right…because the NYT doesn’t run stories based on innuendos or unless they have all the facts and the story goes through to completion, because to do so would be irresponsible! Right…and Michael Moore is a serious svelt and studly filmmaker whose work is 100% fact, not fiction.
But at least the Hag isn’t liberal. Nosireebob, Ombudsman Byrone Calame “has proof. He called the editors who ignored the Air America story, and they denied that liberal bias was the reason. So the Times is not liberal. Time to go back to the divan.” Nope…no liberal media bias.
I don’t wanna talk about Cindy freakin’ Sheehan. But I would be remiss if I didn’t at least put a link here in case you were interested. She had a profanity-laced tirade at San Francisco State University (big surprise) last year. Something about some f-bombs (she’s been hanging around John Kerry too long), impeaching W, the DC dog-dung scooper, and all of D.C. (Sidebar: Kira, run and hide!)
Anyway, tell me again how she’s just a grieving mother and not some moonbat publicity hound.
Quote from an AP story:
Kenny Jones brought his 6-year-old daughter, Scouten, to a vigil in Portland, Ore.
“I was raised to believe that war is no solution,” Jones said.
Then you were raised as an idiot, sir. American Revolution, Civil War, WWI, WW II…any of this ringing a bell?
“Her mother and I are raising her that way, too.”
Oh, good…ruin the poor girl’s education and chances at life before she even has a fair shot. No doubt you’ll beam with pride when she cashes her first welfare check.
Hat tip to Kira Zalan for bringing this to my attention.
It seems that after New London, CT, kicked these poor and middle-income families out of their homes (and had their larceny sanctioned by the liberal wing of the Supreme Court), the city decided to pile on them in other ways.
For one, the “fair market value” that they want to pay the homeowners are figures used from the year 2000…not today. I don’t have to tell you how the prices of homes have risen exponentially since 2000, do I? After all, since 2000 was the year the city decided to seize the land, that’s the year they want to use. How in the hell is a displaced resident supposed to buy a house in today’s market with 2000′s selling rate (and knowing how eminant domain works, the compensation amount would be a pittance even at 2000′s selling rate)?
Also, since the residents had the unmitigated gall to actually fight for their own homes, that meant that the city had to stall its plans to begin development. So the city is going to charge…back rent! From the Fairfield County Weekly:
New London is claiming that the affected homeowners were living on city land for the duration of the lawsuit and owe back rent. It’s a new definition of chutzpah: Confiscate land and charge back rent for the years the owners fought confiscation.
Surely my friends who saw nothing wrong with the confiscation most certainly have a big problem with New London’s latest actions, right? Well, New London took their heartlessness and lack of shame one step further:
And there are more storms on the horizon. In June 2004, NLDC sent the seven affected residents a letter indicating that after the completion of the case, the city would expect to receive retroactive “use and occupancy” payments (also known as “rent”) from the residents.
In the letter, lawyers argued that because the takeover took place in 2000, the residents had been living on city property for nearly five years, and would therefore owe rent for the duration of their stay at the close of the trial. Any money made from tenants — some residents’ only form of income — would also have to be paid to the city.
With language seemingly lifted straight from The Goonies , NLDC’s lawyers wrote, “We know your clients did not expect to live in city-owned property for free, or rent out that property and pocket the profits, if they ultimately lost the case.” They warned that “this problem will only get worse with the passage of time,” and that the city was prepared to sue for the money if need be.
That’s what happens when government is empowered at the expense of individuals.
Sen. Leaky…er, Leahy…called John Roberts “extreme right-wing” as he read from his pre-written comments, likely dating back to the O’Connor retirement. I imagine those comments were written with a ______________ for the name of the nominee, and that blank is now filled in with John Roberts’ name.
Anywho, here’s Senator Depends, from the AP:
Firing his broadside one day after the release of 5,000 pages of Reagan-era records, Leahy said Roberts’ views were “among the most radical being offered by a cadre intent on reversing decades of policies on civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, privacy and access to justice.”
Damn…looks like Leaky’s got the GOP figured out! Too bad the electorate keeps re-electing such sadistic bastards…if only the “sheeple” knew better! Continuing:
He was sympathetic to prayer in public schools, dismissive of “comparable worth,” referred to the “tragedy of abortion” and took a swipe at the Supreme Court for being too willing to hear multiple appeals from death row inmates.
“Those papers that we have paint a picture of John Roberts as an eager and aggressive advocate of policies that are deeply tinged with the ideology of the far right wing of his party, then and now,” Leahy said in his statement.
Emphasis mine. It’s safe to say that one may infer that Leahy doesn’t consider abortion to be a tragedy. Whether pro-choice or pro-life, isn’t it a given that anyone lacking in depravity thinks abortion is a tragedy, one way or the other? Well, Leaky thinks that such a mentality is “far right”! And how extreme is it to oppose affirmative action, when the vast majority of Americans oppose it? Typical leftist myopia and detachment.
By the way, reading the story, you’ll see that Senator Depends met with Ralph Neas, moonbat leader of the moonbat organization People For The American Way (which, incidentally, are not). Methinks he got his marching orders from said moonbat: “Senator, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll fight this Roberts guy or we’ll take our tinfoil hats elsewhere!” Yes, ol’ Ralphie was afraid that Leaky and the Dems’ were going to “pull a French” and surrender on the Roberts nomination.
As was pointed out here and elsewhere recently, SCOTUS Justice David Souter, who sided with the majority in the shameful Kelo v. New London decision where the SCOTUS ruled that your home is yours only at the leisure of your local government who may want to someday give it to a wealthy developer for “economic development”, is the target of a campaign to have his residence in Weare, NH, taken away via eminant domain. The “public use” for his property? The “Lost Liberty Hotel”, for starters.
Well, another co-conspirator in the left’s decision to empower government and the wealthy over less influential Americans is now in the crosshairs: Justice Stephen Breyer. From World Net Daily:
Justice Stephen Breyer has joined his high-court colleague David Souter in feeling the wrath of the public, specifically the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, which wants the city of Plainfield, N.H., to seize Breyer’s 167-acre vacation retreat by eminent domain.
In its place, Libertarians hope to see a “Constitution Park” featuring monuments celebrating the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions.
“The point is: What goes around, comes around,” party spokesman Mike Lorrey told the Concord Monitor. “This is a way of saying, ‘You’re going to be held to your own standard.’”
Is it unreasonable to demand that elite, effete pols be held to the same standards as the rest of us? More specifically, if the liberal majority in Kelo felt that some poor people in New London, CT, deserved to have their homes and lands confiscated from them, then surely their consistency demands that they acquiesce in the confiscation of their own property. For comfort, they can read their own rulings again and see if they still believe their own tripe.
Here’s hoping that my Libertarian brethren in NH succeed in BOTH of these lesson-teaching endeavors.
I’ve stated here and elsewhere that many (if not most) liberals are so seething with hatred of George W. Bush that they actually root for American failure in the war on terror, especially in Iraq. Well, apparently some liberals see the folly of that mindset and lay out why the war on terror should be a war that liberals should support. It doesn’t have to do with patriotism, but with reasons seen in the excerpt below:
The jihadist campaign is not some generic explosion of terrorism, but rather a calculated attack on all that liberals hold dear: tolerance, diversity, women’s rights, the fundamental freedoms and protections of democracy, even trade unionism. In short, liberal values. That’s why the liberal left makes a profound mistake if it concedes this war to George W. Bush and the right.
Hat tip to my friend Lisa Renee at Liberal Common Sense, who posted her thoughts on this and thus brought it to my attention.
Here’s guessing that most liberals will reject this advice out of their insatiable quest to see Bush suffer a political defeat, even if it means victory to the bloodthirsty savages who want them (and all of us) dead.
Sidebar: I do find it ironic that the column came from the DLC magazine, since the DLC fancies itself to be a group of “centrist” Democrats, yet the column seems to be a rallying cry for liberals. After all, DLC Democrats run from the label “liberal” as fast as Ted Kennedy running from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting! Be that as it may, I find the column to be incredibly thoughful and well-written. Read it, please…it’s short.
From the AP. Try not to drink anything when you get to the emphasis (added by me):
The Washington Post is withdrawing its offer of free advertising for an organized event by the Defense Department to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the newspaper announced.
The Post backed out of the agreement after critics said the event, scheduled to take place four years after the attacks that hit New York and Washington and resulted in the crash of a commercial airliner over western Pennsylvania, would have a pro-war slant and that support of the event by the newspaper would compromise the Post’s journalistic integrity.
I’ll wait for you to wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes. OK, continuing:
“The Post has a code of conduct that says employees should avoid a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest,” said Rick Ehrmann, a Local representative for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. “In this case The Post was sponsoring the Pentagon’s Freedom Walk, which ties the attack on Sept. 11 to the Iraq war, and of course, The Post’s reporters have proven … that there is no connection between the two, that that link is false.”
Of course, any moonbat who reads ALL (not just selected Bobbitized snippets) of the 9/11 commission’s report, as well as this piece of brilliance by Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard, knows that there indeed was a connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda…thus an indirect connection to 9/11.
That aside, the comPost’s reputed “journalistic integrity” can be seen in my prior post about how an article (not a column, but a “news” article) went out of its way to advise liberals and the Democratic Party to keep running the Roberts-NARAL ad…despite knowing it was a baldfaced lie. Yessiree, we sure would hate to compromise that level of “journalistic integrity” by associating the comPost with a patriotic event, wouldn’t we?
Nope…no liberal media bias.
I’ve tried to stop talking about Cindy Sheehan and her vigil for her dead heroic son Casey. And while I’ve questioned her motives, I’ve done so respectfully because of her grief of having lost a child. Well, I’m tired of being diplomatic about her.
She’s revealed herself to be nothing more than a publicity hound. She said she’ll go away if the President meets with her (again). He’s already met with her. Hell, some heads of state meet the President less than she did! But she told Keith Blabbermouth (see my prior post) that she hopes he doesn’t meet with her, since it would render the anti-war protest null and void. She’d stop being a media darling, and she’s addicted to the attention she’s getting right now.
She’s also weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Neal Boortz reports rumors (unsubstantiated as of this moment) that she wanted to weigh in on global warming. I thought this was just a peace protest to meet with Bush over her dead son! I swear, for a mere “grieving mother”, she sure sounds like a mouthpiece of the left, doesn’t she?
My pal Van Helsing has a great post at Moonbattery on who is financing this “protest”: Gold Star Families for Peace, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and the Crawford Peace House. Also, she talked with John Conyers and Maxine Waters, two moonbat legislators from the left.
From Cindy’s journal:
I couldn’t walk through Camp Casey or the Crawford Peace House today without hugging people and getting my picture taken. Now I know how Mickey Mouse feels at Disneyland.
There. That should remove any remaining doubts as to what’s important to her: she wants to feel like a rock star!
Here’s a few songs that I think would be included:
Barry White – “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”
Marvin Gaye – “Sexual Healing”
Stray Cats – “Sexy and Seventeen”
Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On”
George Michael – “I Want Your Sex”
Word has it that his favorite group is Barenaked Ladies, but this has not been verified.
Open post, so feel free to add additional songs you think would be in the Clinton Collection.
I’m gonna. It’s my blog. I can do that.
Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who lost her son Casey in Iraq last year, has been camped outside of Bush’s Crawford ranch with the MoveOn moonbats. She’s now declaring three things of note:
1. She’s not going to pay taxes until her son is reanimated;
2. She’s a foreign policy expert, which may have come about while fraternizing with some granola-eating tree-hugging MoveOn hippie retread named Moonbeam…or some anti-Semites instead.
3. She doesn’t want to meet with the president, despite public declarations to the contrary.
“My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don’t owe you a penny…you give my son back and I’ll pay my taxes. Come after me and we’ll put this war on trial.” Again, Bush did not kill her son…Islamic terrorists did. She seems to have more contempt towards Bush than the actual murderers who took her baby. I’m sorry, but that’s incredibly irrational. And don’t pay your taxes, for all I care. The IRS will worry about that, not me.
Also, as to her foreign policy expertise: “You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism,” Sheehan declares. Wow…that sounds an awful lot like al Qaeda’s own Al-Jazeera public statements.
Well, if Bush would just meet with her, everything would be fine, right? Maybe, if not for the fact that she told the little-watched MSNBC show Countdown with Keith Blabberman that she hopes he doesn’t meet with her (that would effectively kill her 15 minutes of fame):
OLBERMANN: Last question. It‘s pure politics. The nature of the media coverage you‘re getting now, the response from other families of soldiers killed in Iraq, all of that, from the perspective of your protest there, in a way, isn‘t it really better if President Bush doesn‘t meet with you?
SHEEHAN: I would think so, yes. I think it‘s great. And if he would come out right now, it would really defuse the momentum, and I don‘t want to give them any hints. And I think that‘s something they‘ve probably already thought about.
Unfortunately, she’s tarnishing Casey’s memory and embarrassing herself with these little escapades. She is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame at her family’s expense. As Sol obseves: “Cindy’s sacrifice is unfathomable, but as an adult responsible for her own actions, her politics and public statements are open to critique because she has (enthusiastically – ed.) put them out there.”
For the love of
God (insert non-Judeo-Christian deity here), are we ever gonna get past this “apologize for historic injustices” mentality? I thought it was only politically correct limp-spined Western cultures that felt the need to apologize for ancient grievances inflicted upon others. Alas, the Japanese fall prey to the P.C. gods/goddesses, too.
Good grief, people, it was over 60 years ago! It’s safe to say that we have looooooooooonnnnnnnggggggg since moved beyond the hostilities of that era!
Anyway, depressing story here.
NARAL’s communications director loses his job…er, resigns…in disgrace. NARAL pulls the ad due to massive public backlash, a sizeable chunk of which came from within the Democratic Party. Yet here is D.C.’s “premier” paper (and I use that term loosely) losing its mind over the shame that NARAL is rightfully experiencing. From the Washington comPost:
The decision by the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America to pull an incendiary ad attacking President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court has produced a fresh round of recriminations within the Democratic Party and a return to a nagging question: Has the opposition lost its nerve?
When conservatives complained about the ad — which suggested that nominee John G. Roberts Jr. condoned violence against abortion clinics — a number of prominent liberals joined in the criticism and elected Democrats ran for cover rather than defend the ad, which was dropped.
The last paragraph implies that the comPost thought the ad should have been defended.
My pal Van Helsing at Moonbattery.com (a blog that outlines the daily antics of the moonbat wing of liberalism, with which the comPost clearly belongs) had an excellent analysis of the comPost article (which read more like a column…surprise, surprise):
The Post then went on to huff righteously that Republicans never backed away from the Swiftboat Vets’ allegations regarding the phoniness of John Kerry’s loudly touted war hero status. The obvious difference — that the NARAL ad was indisputably false and the Vets’ allegations weren’t — was pointedly not acknowledged.
“Republicans don’t mind running an ad that’s entirely false, but Democrats have never learned, and I’m not sure many of them want to learn, how to play that kind of politics,” opined Robert Shrum — who is to Karl Rove what Al Franken is to Rush Limbaugh. The ad had to be pulled because “they weren’t getting support from any substantial quarter.” (I guess the James Byrd commercial in 2000, which tied Bush to the racists who chained Byrd to a truck and dragged him to his death, doesn’t ring any memory bells, huh Bob or comPost? – ed.)
The fact that the ad was vicious and false was not seen as relevant by either Shrum or the Post.
Displaying the Left’s remarkable talent for moral equivalence, WaPo then compared Karl Rove’s pointing out the obvious fact that liberals don’t exactly have their heart in the War on Terror with Dick Durbin’s comparison of US troops with genocidal Nazis and communists. Rove didn’t apologize (why on earth would he?), whereas Durbin supposedly did (whether it was really an apology is debatable; mainly he blubbered like a baby in an attempt to portray himself as a victim). Without a hint of irony, the Compost attempted to spin this as evidence that Republicans won’t play nice like Democrats.
While Lanny Davis shows some awareness of the reality out there beyond leftist rhetoric, other Democrats cling desperately to the empty and increasingly absurd snobbery that has to serve their party in the place of self-respect.
“The problem is our politically impractical insistence on always residing on the moral high ground,” sniffed Kerry advisor Jim Jordan. “A large part of our ethos goes to what we perceive to be moral superiority and the sad truth is in politics that’s sometimes inconvenient.”
A more radical disconnect from reality would be difficult to imagine.
Wow. Comparing a commercial that implies sympathy with abortion clinic bombers with a commercial that questions a presidential candidates’ war credentials! Maybe you like the Swift Boat commercials and maybe you didn’t. Maybe you believed them or maybe you didn’t. But does any fair-minded individual see any comparison between the commercials? I mean, if Swift Boat commercials said that Kerry had “cut off ears, cut off limbs”…oh, wait. Never mind. Kerry said that about others, though he never actually saw any of it. OK, like Dick Durbin did, that was a bad analogy. Then again, so was the comPost comparison of commercials.
Anyway, you get the point.
Cindy Sheehan, who as you no doubt know by now via the relentless MSM coverage of her MoveOn-accompanied “vigil” outside of Bush’s Crawford ranch, lost her son Casey in Iraq. I’ve already talked about that part here. In short, she met with Bush last year and he gave her comfort, but now, her account of last year has Kerryed before our very eyes and morphed 180 degrees.
I feel horrible for her and cannot imagine her pain. As such, she should be afforded some latitude in her lashing out. Unfortunately, she’s been fraternizing with the unsavory elements of society to get her 15 minutes of fame…such as MoveOn.org.
Well, her family has had enough. From Drudge:
The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan’s anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president’s Crawford, Texas ranch.
The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey’s aunt and godmother:
Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish.
In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:
The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son’s good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.
Casey Sheehan’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
Oh, sure. I imagine that her family will get (a) ignored or (b) impugned by the MSM as being “neo-cons” or something like that. Isn’t possible, just possible, that other members of the Sheehan family miss Casey about as much as Cindy does? Perhaps they loved him, too?
If so, then isn’t it possible that they understand that his death, while incredibly tragic, was not in vain, and that to demand our immediate withdrawal from Iraq means that Casey would have died for nothing? Cindy Sheehan, in her grief and her thirst for publicity, fails to see or acknowledge this irrefutable truth.
That didn’t take long, did it? Hell, the election is over a year away, and this Pirro lady already has the unenviable task of taking on media darling Shrillary Clinton in a liberal state. You would think the MSM would have waited just a tad before coming out swinging, but apparently that’s not the case.
District Attorney Jeanine Pirro was not a candidate for the Senate seat now held by Hillary Clinton for a full 24-hours before New York’s notoriously liberal press launched a full-scale assault on her – and her husband.
Rather than focusing on the Westchester County district attorney’s record as a tough prosecutor who has taken a strong stance against domestic violence, many media outlets focused their attention on the past indiscretions of her husband Albert.
Isn’t that rich? The MSM is making it look like a sleazy shubby is an election liability, though
God (insert pagan god or nature nymph here) knows it didn’t stop the MSM from showering Her Highness with endorsements back in 2000, despite her lack of elected office experience.
Double standard? Nah…couldn’t be! Unless we have “Ferraro Redux”:
Some pundits have compared Pirro’s situation to that of former Democratic Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president, who was dogged by reports that her husband was being investigated for real estate improprieties.
At the time, the major media put a lid on allegations about Ferraro’s husband, claiming a professional woman should not be judged by her husband’s actions.
Apparently, that rule doesn’t apply to Pirro.
As if the coverage hadn’t been hypocritical enough:
Many media outlets, including the Times, ballyhooed the fact that Pirro has no photos of her husband on her Web site. The media did not mention that Hillary Clinton’s Senate web site for years had no photos of her husband. Recently, one photo of her husband’s tsunami relief work was added. The Times quoted no independent conservative source on the reaction to Pirro’s speech, but did give space to Denny Farrell, chairman of the state Democratic Party, who said the speech was “long on attacks and literally silent on specifics for New Yorkers.” The Associated Press devoted four of its first six paragraphs to Pirro’s husband in its report covering her Wednesday speech. CBS also got in on the bashing of Hillary Clinton’s opponent. A column on CBS.com referred to Pirro as a “hyper-ambitious publicity hound,” and said she was “handicapped” by her husband’s troubles. (Sounds like someone else running for a NY Senate race we know, huh? Talk about gall! – ed.)
As former Times editor and best-selling author (and Hillary critic extraordinaire) Ed Klein correctly noted, “Hillary’s war room strategy is simple and effective: Put Pirro on the defensive from day one and keep her there.” Yes, but Her Already Coronated has assistance from the Old Gray Hag and every other MSM outlet in the land. Klein continues:
I predict that we will see story after story about the alleged mob connections of Pirro’s husband. And you can be sure if there is any dirt on Jeanine, we will hear about it long and hard in the mainstream liberal media.
On the other hand, I predict that the Times and the other media outlets will display a convenient amnesia about the ‘other man’ in the race – Bill Clinton – and his impeachment, disbarment and public shame.
Thus Jeanine Pirro will not only have to fight Hillary – she will have to fight the entire mainstream media.
Nope…no liberal media bias.
Dick Morris thinks the attacks will backfire:
But if Hillary’s best shot against Jeanine is about Al Pirro and not Jeanine, then Hillary’s in big trouble, because every time that Jeanine’s husband and his problems are mentioned, Hillary’s husband and his legal and women problems will be out there too.
The MSM will run big-time interference for Clinton in order to preserve their agenda. Granted, they did the same for Kerry, and it didn’t work. Maybe the new media can continue to drown out the old media and do the investigative work that the old media used to do. Who knows? Stay tuned!
Personally, I don’t see why Her Hatefulness is worried. NY is a reliable blue state, she’s a media rock star, and her opponent is an unknown (Rick Lazio, anyone?). That Senate seat just cannot be won by any N.Y. Republican not named Rudy.
After a firestorm of national criticism, NARAL pulled an ad that implied SCOTUS nominee John Roberts defended (or was legally sympathetic to) an abortion clinic bomber. The ad was blatantly false…to those of you in blue states, it means that the ad was a lie and that NARAL knew it was a lie.
It seems that some of NARAL’s allies found the ad quite distasteful, including Sen. Arlen Specter, who is the pro-choice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will begin debating Roberts’ nomination on Sept. 6. Said Specter: “The NARAL advertisement is not helpful to the pro-choice cause which I support.”
Of course, NARAL is now using the Dick Durbin the Turban defense: OK, poor choice of words and sucky analogy, but don’t let the presentation get in the way of the overall point! (Sidebar: imagine a door-to-door salesman trying to sell you a Kirby vacuum cleaner that tore up your carpet, then tried the NARAL-Turban line of “Well, you’re getting distracted from the point: this is a great vacuum!” Would you buy it?)
“We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts’ record,” NARAL President Nancy Keenan said. Translation: We didn’t expect people would get that mad about our deceptiveness. Damn that Fox News!
Finally, let’s address CNN. This joke of a news network knew damned well the ad was false, and decided to run it anyway. You’d think that with billionaire Ted running the show, they wouldn’t be as cash-strapped as Air America to where they’d need to risk what little credibility they had left (after the Eason Jordan – Peter Arnette – “running interference for Saddam during his killing days” debacles) in order to collect ad revenue from unsavory sources.
On Wednesday, CNN reporter John King interviewed former CNN facts-checker Brooks Jackson (who now works for the Annenberg Center’s factcheck.org).
JACKSON: “False” is strong language, and we use it very seldom. Usually ads are “misleading,” “twisted,” “distorted,” but this one is just downright wrong in the total impression it tries to create.
KING: The facts do not show that Roberts quote, “excused violence.”
King goes on to mention the memo Roberts drafted in 1986, saying, “Abortion clinic bombers should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. No matter how lofty or sincerely held the goal, those who resort to violence to achieve it are criminals.”
So now that CNN’s King has officially reported on the ad and rendered it a lie, they trot out poor Lou Dobbs, who gets the crappy job of trying to defend the CNN policy:
DOBBS: At CNN we should point out it’s policy on this, the ad is absolutely wrong, according to the Annenberg watchdog there. CNN says it accepts advocacy advertising from responsible groups from across the political spectrum who wish to express their views and opinions about issues of public importance. So that viewers can further research claims made within the ads, the messages must identify the name of the sponsoring organization, usually by displaying a website address. John King, I want to thank you for helping our viewers ascertain the validity of the claims of that particular ad. We hope you will do so with more to come.
Translation: We now know it’s a lie, no questions about it. Uh… We’re going to run the ad anyway!
In light of this ad campaign, how can CNN consider NARAL to be a “responsible advocacy group”? I guess because their advertising check didn’t bounce…that passes for “responsibile”! Now that NARAL has pulled the ad because it’s a lie, CNN is left hanging. They’re now known as the network that knowingly ran ads so false even the advertiser pulled them. CNN is now as exposed as Bill Clinton’s “Little Willy” in front of Paula Jones!
According to Bob Woodward, Cheney will be running for President in 2008. On Tuesday of this week, Woodward reasoned:
He would be 67 if he ran and was elected. Reagan was 69. Nixon was 68. Republicans always like the old warhorse … Both parties like to nominate vice presidents. Cheney would do it, and I think it’s highly likely.”
Well, on Feb. 6 this year, the VP was on Fox News Sunday, and answered a Chris Wallace question thusly:
Chris, I will have been at this business off and on for most of the last 40 years. And I’ve loved it. It’s been a hell of a career. I will say just as hard as I possibly know how to say — I don’t know whether you want me to take a Sherman…or say, “If nominated, I will not run,” “If elected, I will not serve,” or not only no, but “Hell no.” I’ve got my plans laid out. I’m going to serve this president for the next four years, and then I’m out of here.
So I can see where ol’ Bob would get his deepest conviction that just because Cheney said “Hell no”, he doesn’t really mean it!
It reminds me of a scene in Dumb and Dumber (on so many levels). Jim Carey’s character, Lloyd Christmas, is asking out the object of his affection, Mary Swanson (played by Lauren Holly). She tells him he doesn’t have much of a chance of them going on a date. He asks “Are you saying my chances are 1 in a thousand?” She replies by saying “more like 1 in a million”, to which he pauses, smiles big, and says: “So you’re saying that I’ve got a chance! YES!” Bob Woodward is Lloyd Christmas.
Got this from Neal Boortz, though I think I recall seein’ this on my man Nickie Goomba’s site, too. Relax, folks…it’s a joke! Guess there aren’t enough libertarian women out there…dammit!
To be fair, the pic of Susan Estrich is unflattering, and I’ve seen her all dolled up. She’s not bad looking, though her voice is like masturbating with a cheese grater: amusing, but ultimately painful! The rest of those liberal gals in the above picture look like Death sucking on a Life Saver…
No, not mine…I wouldn’t know how to put my jeans on were that so! I’m talking about the Old Gray Hag, the New York Times. Try not to drink anything while reading this, or it will shoot from your nose when you laugh your tushie off:
Damien Cave’s Sunday piece “Missing in Action: The War Heroes” opens (italics added): “One soldier fought off scores of elite Iraqi troops in a fierce defense of his outnumbered Army unit, saving dozens of American lives before he himself was killed. Another soldier helped lead a team that killed 27 insurgents who had ambushed her convoy. And then there was the marine who, after being shot, managed to tuck an enemy grenade under his stomach to save the men in his unit, dying in the process. Their names are Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Rafael Peralta. If you have never heard of them, even in a week when more than 20 marines were killed in Iraq by insurgents, that might be because the military, the White House and the culture at large have not publicized their actions with the zeal that was lavished on the heroes of World War I and World War II.”
That’s right. The NYT blames Bush for not trumpeting the good news from Iraq! As Professor Cori Dauber properly notes, the “culture at large” comment was an out for a namless, faceless entity…after all, they couldn’t say “us” or “the MSM”, could they? She also notes that a search of the NYT‘s own web site won’t turn up a hit on the names of the soliders. In other words, they’re griping that the President hasn’t lauded the bravery or successes in the same way that the Times has also NOT lauded them!
Do as I say, not as I publish…eh, Times? Talk about gall! That’s almost as appalling as Ted Kennedy lecturing people on morality…almost, that is!
Whether you oppose or support John Roberts’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, I’d like to think that you don’t get your talking points from dishonest sources…like pro-abortion group NARAL.
NARAL is running a TV ad that shows a 1998 Birmingham abortion clinic that had been firebombed. The ad accuses John Roberts of filing legal papers in support of the bomber. Wow…how could he be that depraved? Well…he’s not.
The problem with NARAL’s “exposé” is that John Roberts signed the legal briefing they’re distorting 7 years before the bombing. For those of you in blue states, it means that NARAL made up the story to lie about Roberts and paint him unflatteringly.
But don’t take my word for it. Look at FactCheck.org for the details. The brief that Roberts signed, and on which the NARAL ad is based, is from another matter entirely. It is dated April 11, 1991…seven years before Eric Rudolph bombed the Birmingham abortion clinic. “Furthermore, it is from a civil lawsuit brought by abortion clinics against protesters who were blockading the clinics. Bombing was not an issue.”
Some liberals, like my friend Lisa Renee, are rightly outraged by NARAL’s lies. Clearly, NARAL can’t think about the long-term implications to their credibility by crying “wolf” today. (Sidebar: Lisa, I love your editorial on NARAL, but I respectfully disagree with your comparison to Swift Boat ads, which I found to be credible…another topic for another day! ).
But…CNN is gonna run the lying ad anyway, though they know it’s been discredited. Nope…no liberal media bias.
It’s a good thing that Republicans control the purse strings these days, huh? Otherwise, Congress would be spending over a quarter of a trillion dollars on highways and other pet projects.
Oops…looks like they did anyway. From the AP:
President Bush is signing a whopping $286.4 billion transportation bill that lawmakers stuffed with plenty of cash for some 6,000 pet projects back home.
The bill contains more than 6,371 special projects valued at more than $24 billion, or about 9 percent of the bill’s total cost, he said. The distribution of the money for these projects “is based far more on political clout than on transportation need,” Ashdown said.
Alaska, the third-least populated state, for instance, got the fourth most money for special projects — $941 million — thanks largely to the work of its lone representative, House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young. That included $231 million for a bridge near Anchorage to be named “Don Young’s Way” in honor of the Republican.
Looks like Don Young has learned from the best: Robert “Sheets” Byrd (KKK-WV). How much money did Alaska really need? I mean…it’s freakin’ Alaska!
Answer me this: when you look at money withheld from your paycheck, or you look at the check you have to send to the IRS, do you feel good knowing that instead of using that money for a college fund, retirement fund, charitable contribution, household repair…you’re instead paying for a bridge in Anchorage, AK, or the Centennial Corridor Loop in Bakersfield, CA? When my boy’s ready for college, am I to say “Sorry, son, but I had to finance a state park’s outhouse in South Dakota”? A portion of my life and labor has been confiscated by the imperial federal government to pay for something that is offensive to ask me to finance…not to mention an act clearly contrary to what the Founding Fathers envisioned the federal government doing.
Bush has kept his perfect record in place: never having vetoed a bill in five years. Anybody wonder if the GOP is really the party of fiscal “conservatism” and restraint that they claim to be? Hasn’t the big knock on liberals running the show been that when they did, they spent too much damned money? Maybe what Neal Boortz said is true: Republicans are becoming Democrats, and Democrats are becoming socialists.
Much as I dislike McCain, he had an excellent point with this observation:
But Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., one of four senators who opposed the bill, said the estimated $24 billion lawmakers directed to special projects was “egregious.” He has cited dozens of what he calls “interesting” projects. His favorite: $2.3 million for landscaping along the Ronald Reagan Freeway in California.
“I wonder what Ronald Reagan would say?” McCain asked about the fiscally conservative president.
Ronnie likely would have opposed it, properly acknowledging that it would be an improper use of taxpayer dollars.
I mentioned in a prior post that the Old Gray Hag was looking into digging up dirt on SCOTUS nominee John Roberts’ adopted children. Well, it looks like that beacon of objectivity and journalistic integrity got its marching orders from one of its buddies: pro-abortion group NARAL. Details:
It was opposition research generated by pro-abortion group NARAL — and distributed to Democratic operatives working against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge John Roberts — that spurred these operatives to encourage reporters in Washington to look into the Roberts’ adoption process.
“They [NARAL and other anti-Roberts groups] went into this with a laundry list of things, and the idea that given what was at stake nothing was out of bounds,” says a Democratic lobbyist who is part of the Roberts fight. “That’s why you saw that ridiculous Roberts-is-gay thing spinning through the blogosphere, and why you had serious reporters looking at the adoption issue.”
It wasn’t “serious reporters” looking into the adoption issue…it was the New York Times!
Funny, isn’t it, that libs accuse talk radio of getting its talking points from the RNC…all while they swear to
God (insert deity or druid or wood nymph here) that the MSM is not liberal and gets no talking points from the DNC or its allies?
Nope…no liberal media bias.
I spent the best years of my life, from 1992-1996, as a student at FSU. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see or hear something that takes me back. I’ve been a Seminole fan since about 1985, and my heart swelled with pride when I was admitted there after high school. I have been, and always will be, a Seminole.
Well, the NCAA has decided to jump on the dying-but-not-without-a-fight PC bandwagon. Yes, it seems they have their panties in a bunch over schools with Indian mascots. Story here.
I can tell you that we’ve had to endure (“ignore” is more like it) years of hand-wringing by politically correct liberals and by non-Seminoles (usually other Indian tribes) about how offensive the Seminole mascot is.
Trouble is, none of these schmucks bothered to ask the Seminole tribe of Florida if they were offended. As it turns out, they’re not only not offended, they’re honored. They would like to see more scholarships earmarked for true Seminole descendants, which is not an unreasonable request. Aside from that, though, FL Seminoles have no beef with it. However, the NCAA says that this permission will not suffice. “Other Seminole tribes are not supportive,” said Charlotte Westerhaus, the NCAA vice president for diversity and inclusion.
There is an actual “vice president for diversity and inclusion” for the NCAA? Good grief, what’s next…the Office for Sensitivity to Islamic Militants? Look, bitch, other Seminole tribes do NOT live in Florida! If it were the Oklahoma State Seminoles instead of Cowboys, and if the Seminole tribe of OK had a problem with the mascot, I could understand compelling them to change. But why should an Indian tribe outside of Florida get to have any freakin’ say-so about what we call our university?
Some loudmouthed Seminole from Oklahoma made a stink back in 1994 (my junior year at FSU) that he was going on a mission to hit FSU where it hurt: scaring off football recruits. How well did it work? Well, here were our records from 1993 on forward:
1993: 12-1 (National Champs)
1996: 11-1 (runners-up)
1998: 11-2 (runners-up)
1999: 12-0 (National Champs)
2000: 11-2 (runners-up)
OK, bragging and swelled pride aside , the point is that the biggest mouths are on ultra-liberal faces. Heck, even the average liberal doesn’t give a damn about the mascot…it’s those brain-dead PC creeps!
But we FSU guys are fighters, as you’re seeing with our President, the distinguished Dr. T.K. Wetherell. He says we ain’t changin’, so by God, we ain’t changin’! The Good Guys speak:
Florida State University is stunned at the complete lack of appreciation for cultural diversity shown by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s executive committee, which announced today a policy banning schools using Native American names and symbols from hosting NCAA championship events. That the NCAA would now label our close bond with the Seminole Tribe of Florida as culturally “hostile and abusive” is both outrageous and insulting.
On June 17, the Tribal Council of the Seminole Tribe of Florida spoke unequivocally of its support for Florida State University in its use of the Seminole name and related symbols. Accordingly, I intend to pursue all legal avenues to ensure that this unacceptable decision is overturned, and that this university will forever be associated with the “unconquered” spirit of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
National surveys have shown in recent years that an overwhelming majority of Native Americans are not offended by the use of Native American names and symbols. In making its decision, the executive committee has been swayed by a strident minority of activists who claim to speak for all Native Americans. It is unconscionable that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been ignored.
The rules as we understand them would have us cover the Seminole name and symbol as if we were embarrassed, and any committee that would think that is a proper and respectful treatment of Native Americans should be ashamed.
The link also has an article on the Seminole tribe’s historic vote of support…ignored by the NCAA. Perhaps it’s a bit racist for the NCAA to insinuate by its actions that the Seminole tribe is too stupid to be properly offended, and thanks to the higher intellect of the NCAA, the Seminoles can be saved from their own lack of insight? So now who’s being bigoted, NCAA?
Go Noles…scalp em!
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