Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Journolist Smoking-gun

Documents show media plotting to kill
stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright

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It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.

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The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”

Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”

Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/#ixzz0uGjCn3Lg

Ezra Klein's Journonlist

The slaves have learned to read and write

LETTER From the Hustings:
Democrats want to cut Medicare

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The Democrats keep trying to convince the public that Republicans want to cut Medicare. They obviously believe in the philosophy of telling a lie until it becomes accepted as truth. Fact: It was Rep. Dave Obey who proudly "gavelled in" the health care bill that contains a half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. It also will drastically cut the Medicare Advantage plan, a plan that is working reasonably well.

Obama himself said that he wants to get rid of Medicare Advantage. This would adversely affect a lot of seniors in this area. It was also on the Democrats' watch that Social Security recipients got no cost of living increase this year. Not a dime. At the same time, Congress got another raise of somewhere near $5,000.

A  letter to the Wausau Daily Herald sums things up rather succinctly. Democrats have cause to panic.

Cheryl Jones

Dr. Seuss - Quack

Blue Boy Graham goes with Kagan

Vichy Republicans
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Graham Breaks From GOP to Back Kagan
Roll Call
July 20, 2010, 11:56 A.M.
Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Tuesday morning that he would back Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying she is highly qualified to serve on the high court. 
My sense is that Lindsey is just being a bitch in protest over Sarah Palin's incursion into SC politics  What we're looking at here is the next Charlie Crist.


Muy Largess

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MoSup's family spends a week with us every year, and last week was it.  I am by the way blessed to have in-laws who are wonderful, and whose presence I enjoy.  But here's what I wanted to tell you.  They spent a day mall surfing in Columbia, and come lunch tome that got Chic-filet from the food court, and french fries from Five-Guys.  Since there were a bunch of them, they ordered two orders.  When they came home, Toni handed me a large white sack, and asked "guess?"  I peeked, and said "French fries."  A lot of french fries.  So many, that for dinner I crisped them up in some oil and fed a dozen people.  What you see here is the catsup from that bag. Yeah, they cost $4.50 a bag, but JFC!  If I have to become a bum, I'll park my cardboard box  behind a Five Guys dumpster and eat like a king! (Their burgers are too. )


Should Israel Bomb Iran?

These fears are mostly overblown. Some of the alarmist scenarios are the opposite of what would more likely unfold after an Israeli attack. Although dangerous for Israel, a preventive strike remains the most effective answer to the possibility of Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards having nuclear weapons. Provided the Israeli air force is capable of executing it, and assuming no U.S. military action, an Israeli bombardment remains the only conceivable means of derailing or seriously delaying Iran’s nuclear program and—equally important—traumatizing Tehran.
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My answer is, and Syria, Afhanistan, and Pakistan to boot!

The dog ate it

The answer is, Bob Schieffer.

If the question is, who has the most chutzpah?  WaPost columnist Howard Kurtz, which paper ignored the Black Panther case for eleven months, for asking CBS reporter Bob Schieffer why he didn't ask Eric Holder about it during his Face the Nation appearance Sunday, or Schrieffer's excuse.  I didn't know about it.   I was on vacation that week.

Clap Calp Clap Bob.  Unsurpassed chutzpah!

Oil and Lockerbie

Ginned up
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Drudge links to a London Evening Standard story, the full title of which is "David Cameron braced for American anger over BP leak and Lockerbie deal."  The oil leak garners exactly zero attention in the story, which is good, because the notion that "Americans" are angry at BP, or Britain, over the oil leak requires a good deal of journalistic license to sell.  I will wager that along the Gulf coast, there's more anger at the Obama administration for its inept, meddling, and dishonest role in the clean-up.

There would be every reason in the world for Americans to be angry if BP did exert pressure to release  Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, "in return for lucrative drilling rights handed to the oil giant by Tripoli.  Except.  Except not two in a million Americans know who the hell Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is, or remember what he did.  Eighty-seven percent recognize  a Muslim name, and figure he prolly should be executed for something, but what?

Prime Minister Cameron's visit will be historically notable only for the opportunity the left media will use to gin up more oil drilling angst, and that Cameron will return home hating Obama's  guts.  Even more.

I'm beginning a new category to handle posts like this.  Self indulgent rambles. Carry on.

Public trash

Public Housing Culture

The problem with public housing is that the residents are not the owners.   The people that live in the house did not earn the house, but were loaned the  property from the true owners, the taxpayers. Because of this, the residents do not have the "pride of ownership" that comes with the hard work necessary.  In  fact, the opposite happens and the residents resent their benefactors because the very house is a constant reminder that they themselves did not earn the right to live in the house. They do not appreciate the value of the property and see no need to maintain or respect it in any way.
The result is the same whether you are talking about a studio apartment or a magnificent mansion full of priceless antiques. If the people who live there do not feel they earned the privilege, they will make this known through their actions. The picture below illustrates the point� 
Does that chair have an electric cord?

The Resolute Desk was built from the timbers of the HMS Resolute  and was a gift from Queen  Victoria  to President Rutherford B. Hayes.   It is considered a national treasure and icon of the presidency.
Mr. Obama, with all due respect, get your @#$% feet off our desk!