I’m relaxing at my family’s home in Memphis today, so I will put up my farewell post tomorrow…along with a bit of an announcement. In suspense yet? Good!
Anywho, I hope everyone enjoys their New Years Eve, and I will see you fine folks back here again on 1/1/09!
What is the last thing a failing newspaper hemorrhaging readers and ad revenue leads? This:
The 36-page complaint charges that the story implies an “unprofessional relationship” between Iseman and McCain.
Both Iseman and McCain denied any improper relationship. However, the public viewed the story as being about an affair, according to the suit, which cites the post-publication remarks of 10 different commentators across the political spectrum. In each case, their comments about the story assumed it was about an alleged affair, the lawyers noted…
The suit claims that Iseman suffered damage to her mental, emotional and physical health. The lawyers noted that she continues to work as a lobbyist in Washington, for a firm based in Arlington. They said they anticipate developing their case on damages as the matter moves forward.
…Was this really, really bad? Well, (a) other journalists looked into the charges and found nothing there; (b) not only McCain and Iseman but John Weaver, a central figure in the story, adamantly denied the perception of a romantic relationship; (c) the Times itself wavered on whether to publish it and didn’t pull the trigger until TNR pressured them into it with a behind-the-scenes story on the paper’s dithering; and (d) most damning, the paper’s own ombudsman dumped all over the piece.
Heh. Reap what you sow, NYT!
Cynthia McKinney, former Democrat representative (from a racially gerrymandered district in GA) and Green Party presidential candidate this year, decided to board a ship and carry aid supplies to Hamas while they were shelling Israeli villages with rockets. What could possibly go wrong?
This whole Blago fiasco is more entertaining than chaining Barney Frank to a church altar. Here’s the latest:
Blago, exercising his constitutional duty, has picked O’s Senate replacement: former IL AG Roland Burris. Hey, nothing says “I’m innocent of these corruption charges” quite like picking a donor and political crony to fill this “golden” seat, right?
Harry Reid says the appointment ain’t happening. Since Burris is black, how quick will the left accuse Reid of being racist? Don’t hold your breath on that one, folks. Anywho, Reid is probably out of luck on this one, but the legal wranglings could provide for some comedy gold.
Excellent cartoon and analysis. The cartoon is from Jim Morin of Miami’s fishwrap:
Ed adds his commentary:
Let’s get this straight. The Left shrugged at Obama’s twenty years of alliance with a minister who spouted an infamous “God Damn America”. They sniffed when Jeremiah Wright called 9/11 “America’s chickens coming home to roost”. They may have even nodded their heads in agreement when the pastor to whom Obama gave over $20,000 in 2006 accused the US government of creating the HIV virus and AIDS as a genocidal tool against people of color.
However, Rick Warren offers public support for a California proposition that keeps marriage defined as his faith prescribes, and suddenly Obama has betrayed their trust. Really? They see a one-time association over a 60-second invocation as a betrayal of their values, when Obama’s twenty years with, and significant material support for, a raving anti-American demagogue like Wright didn’t disturb them in the least?
At least we know where their values lie.
If you have not yet done so, feel free to question the left’s patriotism…or their sanity.
Not from an MSM outlet, but a far more reputable source: Hot Air.
Headline: “Woman who’s never worked: I’ll work twice as hard“ For those of you on the left, that’s a reference to Caroline Kennedy, who appears to covet Sen. Hilldawg’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat. Here’s an excerpt:
No, sorry, that’s not fair. Remember when she had that job with the NYC Department of Education that she, um, never showed up to?
I won’t blame you if you don’t have the patience to read the whole thing, but at least skim it to catch the difference in tone between this pattycake session and, say, Charlie Gibson’s session with Palin. Or better yet, watch the highlight reel below and see for yourself which soundbites NY1 thought were killer enough to showcase for its viewers. Palin got a pop quiz on the Bush doctrine and Princess gets questions on what she thinks of J-Lo and what John-John would say if he were here now. Think Dominic Carter was excited to land this interview?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Consider this a belated Christmas present. I’m a giver. That’s how I roll. From JWF:
The New York Times Co’s November advertising revenue fell 20 percent, the company said on Wednesday, illustrating how the financial crisis is aggravating dizzying revenue declines at U.S. newspapers.
Ad revenue at the publisher’s New York Times Media Group, which includes the Times newspaper, fell 21.2 percent from a year earlier because of a drop in real estate and jobs classified advertising.
Finally, a lib confesses something that we’ve known about the left all along.
So yeah, feel free to question their patriotism. After all, Stein tells us that we should.
I will be in transit to Memphis, heading home for the holidays. Here’s hoping that everyone has a Merry Christmas, and please remember the reason for the season. God bless you all!
This is an absolutely excellent column by Thomas Sowell on the effect that liberals’ denying reality has had on this country, manifesting itself in the form of an union “auto industry” bailout. Intro:
Some of us were raised to believe that reality is inescapable. But that just shows how far behind the times we are. Today, reality is optional. At the very least, it can be postponed.
Kids in school are not learning? Not a problem. Just promote them on to the next grade anyway. Call it “compassion,” so as not to hurt their “self-esteem.”
Can’t meet college admissions standards after they graduate from high school? Denounce those standards as just arbitrary barriers to favor the privileged, and demand that exceptions be made.
Can’t do math or science after they are in college? Denounce those courses for their rigidity and insensitivity, and create softer courses that the students can pass to get their degrees.
Once they are out in the real world, people with diplomas and degrees– but with no real education– can hit a wall. But by then the day of reckoning has been postponed for 15 or more years. Of course, the reckoning itself can last the rest of their lives.
Yep. Eventually, reality does hit you in the mouth. But by the time you have been subjected to a young lifetime of liberal indoctrination, it is too late. Those of us who live in the real world have been properly prepared for it. Continuing:
The current bailout extravaganza is applying the postponement of reality democratically– to the rich as well as the poor, to the irresponsible as well as to the responsible, to the inefficient as well as to the efficient. It is a triumph of the non-judgmental philosophy that we have heard so much about in high-toned circles.
We are told that the collapse of the Big Three automakers in Detroit would have repercussions across the country, causing mass layoffs among firms that supply the automobile makers with parts, and shutting down automobile dealerships from coast to coast.
Detroit and Michigan have followed classic liberal policies of treating businesses as prey, rather than as assets. They have helped kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. So have the unions. So have managements that have gone along to get along.
Toyota, Honda and other foreign automakers are not heading for Detroit, even though there are lots of experienced automobile workers there. They are avoiding the rust belts and the policies that have made those places rust belts.
A bailout of Detroit’s Big Three would be only the latest in the postponements of reality. As for automobile dealers, they can probably sell Toyotas just as easily as they sold Chevvies. And Toyotas will require just as many tires per car, as well as other parts from automobile parts suppliers.
Read the rest of it. Sowell, as usual, is brilliant and right on the money. For those of you on the left, “money” is the stuff that you earn from that thing called “work”.
Excerpts from an interview with FNC’s Chris Wallace over the weekend. The first one:
WALLACE: Did you really tell Senator Leahy, bleep yourself?
CHENEY: I did.
WALLACE: Any qualms or second thoughts or embarrassment?
CHENEY: No, I thought he merited it at the time. And we’ve since, I think, patched over that wound and we’re civil to one another now.
While I do not condone vulgarity, I do not disagree that Leaky Leahy needed to be brought down a notch. Whether or not an invitation to self-fornicate was the best approach, though…
Anywho, here’s the next one:
WALLACE: During the vice presidential debate in October, Joe Biden was asked about your interpretation of the powers of your office as vice president, and here’s what he said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BIDEN: Vice President Cheney’s been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Transition officials say that Biden plans to shrink his office, that he is not going to meet with Senate Democrats the way you did every week with Senate Republicans, that he is not going to have his own, quote, “shadow government” in the White House.
Biden has said that he believes you have dangerously expansive views of executive power.
CHENEY: Well, I just fundamentally disagree with him. He also said that the — all the powers and responsibilities of the executive branch are laid out in Article 1 of the Constitution. Well, they’re not. Article 1 of the Constitution is the one on the legislative branch.
Joe’s been chairman of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Judiciary Committee in the Senate, for 36 years, teaches constitutional law back in Delaware, and can’t keep straight which article of the Constitution provides for the legislature and which provides for the executive.
So I think — I write that off as campaign rhetoric. I don’t take it seriously. And if he wants to diminish the office of vice president, that’s obviously his call.
I think that President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president. And apparently, from the way they’re talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I’ve had during my time.
I’m gonna miss Cheney. The man has a unique talent of making leftist heads spontaneously explode!
OH bureaucrat and Obama supporter who plundered Joe the Plumber’s privacy records under false pretense quits
Karma can be a real female dog sometimes, can’t it? Here’s a warning, though: the following is a bit of revisionist bovine feces. Observe:
Helen Jones-Kelley, the state official placed on unpaid leave for improperly accessing confidential information from state databases on “Joe the Plumber,” has resigned.
Two senior managers at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services who were involved in the incident also are being ousted, The Dispatch has learned.
Jones-Kelley, the agency’s director, had been scheduled to return to work Monday following a one-month suspension without pay.
In a four-paragraph statement, she said, “it is with sadness and clarity that I have decided to resign…This decision comes after having a time of pause, in which I realize that I continue to be used as a political postscript, providing a distraction from urgent state priorities.
“My professional career, and the legacy of service I have established, has been, and continues to be, far too important for me to allow my reputation and my commitment as a servant leader to be disparaged. I also remain concerned for the safety of my family and myself.”
Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Jones-Kelley last month after a report by Inspector General Thomas P. Charles found that checks into the background of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher that were approved by Jones-Kelley were not conducted for any legitimate governmental purpose.
Someone dial “9-wah-wahhhhhhhhhh! and get a Waaaaaahhhhhhhhhh-mbulence on the scene, pronto!
Just so I’m clear on the goings-on here:
Joe the Plumber asks a question that could have brought some discomfort to The One. Jones-Kelly, who just so happened to have supported Uhhh-bama, just so happened to decide to snoop through JtP’s records because he had become an overnight celebrity and it was routine to snoop on overnight celebrities. When it was revealed by pretty much everyone in OH government that such a “new celebrity” clause doesn’t exist as justification of a state employee to go dumpster diving on a citizen, it became clear that Jones-Kelly (did I mention that she just so happened to have supported the subject of JtP’s less-than-fawning question?) had abused her power and had tried to get others to lie about it in order to cover it up. When that didn’t quite work out the way she envisioned it and was rightly criticized for her shameful (and possibly illegal) activity, she kicked off the Mother of All Pity Parties and resigned in a snit.
I guess it’s out fault that we made her snoop on someone’s records. We must be racist. Or something.
Woman gets attacked by rapist. Same rapist sleazeball returns days later for an encore. Said rapist winds up taking the eternal celestial dirt nap. Details from Mizzou:
An intended rape victim shot and killed her attacker this morning in Cape Girardeau when he broke into her home to rape her a second time, police said.
The 57-year-old woman shot Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, a registered sex offender, in the chest with a shotgun when he broke through her locked basement door.
The woman told police he was the same man who raped her several days earlier. Officials do not intend to seek charges against her.
In the first incident, the woman heard glass breaking in her basement about midnight on Saturday. She went to leave the house, and the man attacked when she opened the front door. He punched her in the face and then forced her into a bedroom, where he raped her, said H. Morley Swingle, prosecuting attorney in Cape Girardeau County.
The victim reported the crime to police, and her landlord repaired the broken window.
She was home alone again Friday about 2:15 a.m. when Preyer broke the same basement window. The victim was awake watching television, when Preyer switched off the electricity to her house.
She tried to call 911, but couldn’t because the power was off. She got a shotgun and waited as the man began banging on the basement door. She fired when Preyer came crashing through the door. When Preyer collapsed, the woman escaped and went to a neighbor’s home, where she called police. Officers, who arrived within a minute, found a bleeding Preyer stumbling away from the house. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he died several hours later.
Swingle said the victim identified Preyer as the attacker in both incidents. Preyer, of Jackson, Mo., had wet caulking from the recently repaired basement window on his clothing when he was shot.
“I will not be filing any sort of charge against this 57-year-old woman, who was clearly justified under the law in shooting this intruder in her home,” Swingle said.
Try telling this lady that “having a gun won’t make you any safer”, m’kay?
Exit question (albeit somewhat rhetorical): Did you know that if Ted Kennedrunk had it his way, she would have been raped again (and possibly killed)?
Here’s the list. I, for one, will not be rewarding an organization that succeeded in destroying American companies and now has the unmitigated gall to ask for a multi-billion dollar subsidized bailout.
Oh, joy. From CNS News:
In 2007, only 17 percent of eighth graders tested at or above grade level in reading in Chicago Public Schools – the school system administered by Arne Duncan since 2001.
President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped Duncan to become secretary of education in the upcoming administration.
Duncan, hailed by Obama as a reformer, said he would like to take the lessons he learned in Chicago with him when he moves to Washington. “I’m also eager to apply some of the lessons we have learned here in Chicago to help school districts all across our country,” Duncan said after Obama formally named him to the job in Chicago.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report for 2007, Chicago public schools have consistently performed below the national average during Duncan’s tenure.
What do you do with a guy who presided over that kind of dismal failure in one friggin’ city? You promote him to preside over the entire nation’s education system, naturally. Duh. I mean, literally…”duh!”
If you want to know why you can’t take the queer lobby seriously, look no further than this:
Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that – in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California – is looking for a fight.
Let’s see: Warren is against gay marriage…but so is Obama. Hey, I know: get mad at a preacher more so than the president! A tad bit irrational on the part of the drama queens, no?
The news that Jay Carney, editor at Time magazine, is leaving the publication to become Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s director of communications doesn’t leave me screaming bloody murder in outrage. But I have the same questions as when Linda Douglass joined Team Obama.
Job offers don’t come together overnight, and for obvious reasons, the hiring process and job interviews are usually confidential. But this means that now we have two examples where members of the press were “covering” the Obama campaign while at the same time angling for a job with them. Not exactly an ideal circumstance for criticism, fairness or objectivity. (To her credit, Douglass actually had a respectable interview of Obama strategist David Plouffe in the weeks before she was hired. But other comments from around the same time looked like blatant buttering-up of a prospective employer.)
Did these reporters’/editors’ superiors know they were interviewing for staff jobs? Don’t they have an obligation to disclose that to their editors? And shouldn’t readers know if a reporter has that potential conflict of interest?*
And as I wrote before, we don’t know if this is the only member of the media who interviewed for a position with Obama or Biden, and whether anyone else is interviewing with his campaign, or other campaigns. Who else in the press has been hoping to be hired by the Obama administration?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
I’m sure it’s just a big ol’ coinkidink. From Chicagoland:
Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich’s pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois’ long-dormant casino license.
Blagojevich and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, news conference to announce Holder’s role as “special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board” — a post that was to pay Holder and his Washington, D.C. law firm up to $300,000.
Holder, however, omitted that event from his 47-page response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire made public this week — an oversight he plans to correct after a Chicago Sun-Times inquiry, Obama’s transition team indicated late Tuesday.
Holder signed the questionnaire on Sunday — five days after Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly putting Obama’s U.S. Senate seat up for sale. The Judiciary Committee asked him to provide lists and “copies of transcripts or tape recordings of all speeches or talks delivered by you” and “all interviews you have given to newspapers, magazines or other publications.”
OK, just to make sure I’m understanding this right:
Holder was to get paid $300k for some work for Blagodonuts. Holder turned in a questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee after Blago’s arrest last week, but miracle of all miracles and mother of all coincidences, he just so happened to forget his presser with Blago to include on his SJC questionnaire that he was required to disclose. I mean, with all this publicity surrounding Blago, we are to believe that Holder did not recall his public speech (you know, that thing the SJC requested a report of?) with the man?
I’m not buying it. And for good reason:
The March 2004 Chicago news conference where Holder and Blagojevich spoke was widely covered because of a controversial 4-1 Gaming Board vote earlier that month to allow a casino to be built in Rosemont. That vote defied the recommendation of the board’s staff, which had raised concerns about alleged organized-crime links to the Rosemont casino’s developer.
Besides that, the Gaming Board’s staff had been concerned that the governor had named his close friend and fund-raiser, Christopher G. Kelly, as a “special government agent” to be involved in official state negotiations about the casino. Kelly, the Sun-Times later learned, was a business partner of Tony Rezko, another Blagojevich fund-raiser who had held an option to lease a hotel site next to the proposed casino site in Rosemont.
In an interview Tuesday, the Gaming Board’s chief investigator in 2004 said the timing of Blagojevich’s appointment of Holder raised the staff’s suspicions.
“The concern was Holder had a bias to do whatever Blagojevich wanted, which was to give the casino to Rosemont,” said Jim Wagner, who was a top Chicago FBI agent before he joined the Gaming Board, from which he retired in December 2005. “We all believed the only reason Holder was coming in was to fashion an investigation that would manipulate the casino into Rosemont.”
Wagner also said the matter should be explored by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It ought be brought up and vetted totally as to what motivated him to leave it off” the questionnaire, Wagner said. …
Hope, and change. Or something.
Cronyism is alive and well in the incoming administration, just as it has been in the outgoing one. Arne Duncan, Harvard grad:
Barack Obama’s newly selected education secretary may need to visit a grammarian before he takes on the American education system. During his introductory remarks in Chicago today, Arne Duncan, the outgoing Chicago public schools chief, mixed up his personal pronouns. His elementary school teacher is cringing somewhere.
Find the error: “I want to thank our mutual friend John Rogers who has been a mentor and friend to me since I was ten years old. He gave my sister and I the opportunity to start a great school in the South side of Chicago…”
Answer: He should have said ”my sister and me” instead of “my sister and I.”
Edyookashun iz a gud thang!
OK, well at least Duncan can do for America’s schools what he did for Chicago’s schools, and that’s a good thing. Or not.
God help us.
Dude. Seriously. From AFP:
US President George W. Bush said in an interview Tuesday he was forced to sacrifice free market principles to save the economy from “collapse.”
“I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system,” Bush told CNN television, saying he had made the decision “to make sure the economy doesn’t collapse.”
Isn’t that the defense used by serial killers over the years? “I killed my victims in order to save my victims”? Killing capitalism to save capitalism is just as psychotic.
Someone give me a shoe…
Dose #1: an NBC journalist says the unthinkable (via Politico):
During today’s press conference, President-elect Baracj Obama brushed off a question from Chicago Tribune reporter John McCormick about the Blagojevich scandal, and what interaction any advisers had with the Illinois governor.
“I don’t want you to waste your question,” Obama said.
The interaction with McCormick stood out from previous meetings with the press. And speaking about the exchange on MSNBC shortly after, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker said that reporters have not been aggressive enough during Obama’s post-election pressers.
“Our job is to hold him to account,” Whitaker said, adding that he thinks “we’re going to have to get tougher.”
Oh, ya think?? Hey, welcome to the party! I mean, the guy has only been running a presidential election cycle for, what, a year now? Now that the MSM sank its ship by getting The One elected, the coast is clear to, I dunno, do their freakin’ jobs! Geez, Joe the Plumber was vetted more than Uhhhhh-bama was!
Dose #2: a journalist slips up and tells the truth as to why digging up dirt on a VP candidate was more important than doing investigative journalism to a presidential candidate (via Newsbusters):
Rahm Emanuel, a congressman from Chicago and a friend of Obama’s, told me that he, Obama, David Wilhelm, who was Blagojevich’s campaign co-chair, and another Blagojevich aide were the top strategists of Blagojevich’s victory. He and Obama “participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor,” Emanuel said. “We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two.” A spokesman for Blagojevich confirmed Emanuel’s account, although David Wilhelm, who now works for Obama, said that Emanuel had overstated Obama’s role. — from Making It: How Chicago Shaped Obama, by Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker, July 21, 2008.
In one of the more incisive indictments of the MSM I’ve witnessed, certainly by one of its own, Joe Scarborough tore into the media this morning for its failure to have investigated Barack Obama’s political roots. In particular, the Morning Joe host ripped the MSM for not testing the truth of Ryan Lizza’s reporting, above, of Rahm Emanuel’s claim that he and Obama were central figures in Blago’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Scarborough pointed out that already this summer, when the Lizza article appeared, it was known that Blago was under a deep ethical cloud. Yet the MSM charged off to Wasilla to investigate Sarah Palin’s librarian, utterly uninterested in the report of Obama’s intimate link with America’s most corrupt governor. John Harwood of NYT/CNBC and Mike Barnicle played the perfect foils for Scarborough’s impassioned tirade, Barnicle going so far as to claim that no investigation was necessary: his “instinct” told him that Emanuel had overstated Obama’s involvement with Blago’s campaign.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: How rich is it that we sit around and say “we don’t know, we have to wait until Obama tells us. We don’t know what these connections, we don’t know whether he really ran the 2002 [Blago] campaign or not”? Again, I will guarantee you, if Sarah Palin had run the most corrupt–if Sarah Palin had run Ted Stevens’s campaign in 2002, and somebody had bragged about it in the New Yorker, the press would have savaged her. But we sit here now, it’s almost Christmas, and we don’t know the truth about it. We don’t know the truth about any of this, because we haven’t done the investigative work.
SCARBOROUGH: I’m convicting the press because they didn’t investigate this past summer, when they were sending all those people to Wasilla, a town of 9,000, they should have been going to Chicagoland.
JOHN HARWOOD: To cover Blagojevich?
SCARBOROUGH [temperature rising]: To look at the background of a candidate who had only been in national politics for one year before he decided to run for president of the United States, and was born from the most corrupt political city in America. Do you not think, do we not think, that warranted an investigation? Not to suggest he did anything wrong, but to see what his background was?
HARWOOD: Of course. There was coverage of his background–Ryan Lizza’s piece.
SCARBOROUGH: OK, then tell me this–yeah, Lizza’s the only one that wrote about it and he got kicked off the campaign plane. So here’s my question for you: if we know so much about this, answer this question. Did Barack Obama, was Barack Obama intimately involved in Blagojevich’s 2002 campaign?
HARWOOD: He was involved, I don’t know how intimately.
SCARBOROUGH: Why? Why don’t you know that?
HARWOOD: I’m not sure how to factor out the BS quotient in that quote you were talking about.
SCARBOROUGH: Why can’t you factor that out?
HARWOOD: Well, because it’s not a story I personally covered.
SCARBOROUGH: I know, but why didn’t somebody investigate this six months ago when Ryan Lizza wrote it? It’s pretty fascinating, because in 2008 we knew he was the most corrupt governor in America.
MIKE BARNICLE: Let me put my newspaper columnist/newspaper editor hat on for you to answer your question about Wasilla, Alaska as opposed to the Blagojevich administration.
SCARBOROUGH: Not Blagojevich–Barack Obama.
BARNICLE: Whatever. She was the next, new face. No one had ever heard of her. So you’re going to send as many people as you can afford up to Alaska to explain to the reading public who she is. You’re sitting there, you know Obama, you know the governor of Illinois –
SCARBOROUGH: You don’t know Obama. You can’t even tell me whether he ran the 2002 campaign of the most corrupt governor in America.
BARNICLE: I can tell you this much: he was a state senator then, and he ran that campaign about as much as I did.
SCARBOROUGH: Oh really? How do you know that?
BARNICLE: Just instinct.
SCARBOROUGH [at moment of screencap]: Newspaper editor: shouldn’t we have facts instead of instinct? That’s what everybody’s working on: instinct! You know what? I like him! So I expect that he’s a really good guy. I hope if I ever run for politics again, I am given this much benefit of the doubt.
Ah, I see. His “instincts” told him that the new chick might be up to something, while his “instincts” also told him that The One was a Lightworker who had come to deliver humanity from damnation. When putting together a news story, why use facts when “instinct” is easier to come by? When folks say that 2008 is the year that journalism died, you see why.
(Sidebar: By the way, Joe, you won’t be given that much benefit of the doubt…you’re a Republican.)
Nope…no liberal media bias!
In other words, Carney’s new job of running interference for the Democrats won’t be that much different from his old job of running interference for the Democrats. From Politico:
Jay Carney is leaving Time magazine after 20 years to be Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s communications director in the White House, astonished magazine and gleeful transition sources said.
Carney’s title will be assistant to the vice president and director of communications. TIME.com’s “The Page” first reported his new job.
Carney, the magazine’s Washington bureau chief, is one of Washington’s best-known talking heads, with regular appearances on ABC’s “This Week,” “The McLaughlin Group” and MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
Carney and his wife, Claire Shipman, the senior Washington correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” have two children — a son, Hugo, and daughter, Della.
This is the second member of the media elite who has signed on with Obama’s administration. ABC News correspondent Linda Douglass joined the campaign as traveling spokeswoman, and now is working for Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee. …
I’m sure, though, that he was 100% objective and neutral in his journalistic role over the last 20+ years. For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
Hey, I don’t blame the guy for getting a new job. With fishwraps like Time going down the crapper on Carney’s watch, it makes sense to get while the getting is good.
Suffice to say his former claim was not just a lie but an absurd one, and an unnecessary one (why wouldn’t he advise the governor on his replacement?).
And also, an arrogant one. It’s the sort of lie you tell when you think, mostly accurately, the press will let you get away with claiming anything.
One good thing for Republicans: Obama is a moronic liar. Clinton was a good liar (much to our annoyance). This cat is a retarded one. That will be helpful.
You can just see the Obama pattern unfolding with the Senate seat fixing scandal.
1. I don’t know him
2. I know him a little
3. I know him but I thought he’d gone to rehab
4. I’m giving a major speech condemning everything he stands for
It depends on the meaning of the word “know”, right?
Chicken Little lives, disguised as “reporting”…plump and juicy with mind-numbing statements like this.
“cooling trend illustrates how fast the world is warming”
Uh…oooooooooo-kay then. The world is cooling because it is…warming? That’s like saying that Michael Moore is thinning because he’s getting fatter.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Why, how can that be? Details from the L.A. Times:
Well, Christoffersen was a manager at El Coyote, the Beverly Boulevard landmark restaurant that’s always had throngs of customers waiting to get inside. Many of them were gay, and Christoffersen, a devout Mormon, donated $100 in support of Proposition 8, the successful November ballot initiative that banned gay marriage.
She never advertised her politics or religion in the restaurant, but last month her donation showed up on lists of “for” and “against” donors. And El Coyote became a target.
A boycott was organized on the Internet, with activists trashing El Coyote on restaurant review sites. Then came throngs of protesters, some of them shouting “shame on you” at customers. The police arrived in riot gear one night to quell the angry mob.
The mob left, but so did the customers
Here’s the side effect of the intolerant queers:
Sections of the restaurant have been closed, a manager told me Friday during a very quiet lunch hour. Some of the 89 employees, many of them gay, have had their hours cut, and layoffs are looming. And Christoffersen, who has taken a voluntary leave of absence, is wondering whether she’ll ever again be able to work at the restaurant, which opened in 1931 (at 1st and La Brea) and is owned by her 92-year-old mother.
Nicely done, pervs! You destroyed the lives of a faithful Mormon couple, sure, but your hate resulted in some of your fellow “alternative lifestyle citizens” losing their jobs. I’m sure they’ll be happy to thank you for killing their livelihood. Just “collateral damage” in your jihad, no?
I sat on the patio with Wayne and two other El Coyote managers — Arnoldo Archila and Bill Schoeppner — who happen to be gay.
“We always joked around with Margie,” said Schoeppner, who’s been on the job 26 years. “I’m a Democrat and voted for Obama; she probably voted for McCain — so what? If she were a bigot or a homophobe, you wouldn’t have had all these gay people” working at the restaurant or eating at it.
“You can express yourself as a citizen,” said Archila. “Not everyone has to believe the same things.”
Like hell they don’t! Disagree at your own peril.
Jean-François Heinz-Kerry, who is rumored to have served in Vietnam, had this to say about the outgoing president:
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Friday strongly criticized the Bush administration’s revisions to the Endangered Species Act, indicating that they were un-American.
Just to summarize things:
Accusing your fellow soldiers of committing unspeakable acts of barbarism (that you never actually saw) in “a fashion reminiscent of Jenjiss Khan” is in no way to be considered “un-American”;
Reducing regulations that you think might adversely affect the mating patterns of the jungle fart toad is an unparalleled act of “un-Americanism”.
The MSM is circling the wagons around Uhhhh-bama with regards to the corrupt Democrat governor of IL, Rod Blagojevich. The story (and they’re sticking to it) is that Blago is crazy. These stories are popping up everywhere, and Ace knows why:
The Democratic Party can’t be held responsible for Blago’s actions if even Blago himself isn’t responsible.
He’s just nuts, you see. And so’s his wife, his chief of staff, his advisers, his fundraisers, his patrons, and the Jackson family too.
If he’s literally crazy, obviously his actions cannot reflect on his fellow Democrats or fellow Chicago machine politicians such as Barack Obama.
There must be some kind of “nutso virus” living in the air ducts in the IL governor’s mansion, then, because this has been happening with IL governors for quite some time. Were they ALL crazy?
By the way, Newsbusters documents how “Meet The Press” host David Greogry and his sycophant guests were defending the “insane” IL governor’s actions as just “part of the system” and “how the world works.” No word yet as to what caused the about face from their obsession and disgust with the “Republican culture of corruption” merely two years ago. Nope…no liberal media bias!
The man continues crapping on the base. From ABC News:
…McCain suggested the Republican National Committee’s calls for the Obama team to publicly release their conversations with Blagojevich and his people aren’t helpful.
“With all due respect to the Republican National Committee, we should try to be working constructively together,” McCain said.
Yes, indeed…the Blago mess is the GOP’s fault. Notes DrewM:
I thought McCain rewrote the 1st Amendment because we had to worry about the “appearance of corruption”. Yet now that we have actual corruption on the part of a sitting governor, we must not ask any questions of Obama but rather just sit and wait for Him to tell us what He thinks we need to know.
Hopefully the party learned a lesson this year about letting buttmunches like Juanny Mac become standard bearers. Knowing the GOP, though, they have probably learned no such lesson.
Exit prediction: Now that the Obamessiah has been safely ascended to the throne to sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty elected, the MSM will go back to liking McLame.
The “objective” Wolf Blitzer on that “unbiased” CNN network observed thusly:
On Tuesday’s Situation Room, CNN host Wolf Blitzer tried to downplay the significance of the arrest of the Democratic governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich by making an unequivocal statement about Republicans: “You know, most of the scandals — most of the political scandals…in recent years have involved Republicans…and they’re all pretty well-known.” He continued by labeling the Democrat’s apprehension a “huge embarrassment.”
Blitzer made the remark to Karen Finney, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, during the regular “Strategy Session” segment. Finney appeared with Republican strategist John Feehery, and the three discussed the political implications of Blagojevich’s arrest. Besides this most recent development, the CNN host only mentioned the recent defeat of Louisiana Representative William Jefferson as an example of a political scandal involving a Democrat.
Some names must have slipped the dude’s mind:
Both Blitzer and Finney need to be reminded that there have been plenty of scandals involving Democrats in recent years as well. Do the names Eliot Spitzer, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Edwards, and Tim Mahoney ring any bells in their minds? The political careers of all four Democrats suffered due to revelations of sexual impropriety, which all occurred in the past year. One only need to go back a little further to find a few more Democratic names involved in scandal, such as Bill Clinton and Gary Condit.
There’s plenty more, but this is just recent history. But where have I heard the name “Tim Mahoney” from? Well, I doubt I heard it from CNN or the other networks who went to down on Mahoney’s predecessor, Mark Foley.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
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