October 10th, 2010
By Alexander Mooney
(CNN) - Karl Rove is lashing out at President Obama and the Democratic National Committee over a new ad that alleges the former top Bush aide is “stealing our Democracy.”
"They are tossing out these baseless charges," Rove said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.
The comments come the same day the DNC announced it is launching a national television ad targeting Rove and another former Bush aide, Ed Gillespie, over their involvement with an issue advocacy group called Crossroads GPS that by law - because it is established as a non-profit - does not have to reveal its donors.
The organization has spent millions airing anti-Democratic ads in key races and faces charges that they are bending campaign finance laws by structuring itself as a tax-exempt "social welfare" 501(c)(4) organization.
The ad also takes aim at the United States Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business lobby that heavily donates to Republican candidates across the country and which Obama and other Democrats have accused of using money from foreign donors -– a charge the chamber has denied.
“Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie: They're Bush Cronies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: They're Shills for Big Business,” the ad’s narrator says. “And they're stealing our democracy. Spending millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress. It appears they're even taking secret foreign money to influence our elections.”
The president leveled a similar charge while on the campaign trail last week in Maryland, saying, “Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations.”
The charges were first made by the liberal blog Think Progress, which reported last week that the Chamber has opened up offices abroad that fundraise for the group. But a spokesman for the group said any fundraising done abroad does not fund political activities.
"Have these people no shame?" Rove said of the attacks leveled at him and the Chamber. "Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies? This is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?"
“This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the President of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of enemies list, without being unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever."
Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Gillespie also responded to the charges leveled against him and Rove in the new DNC ad.
“Karl Rove and I don't run American Crossroads. We're fully supportive of it. I've helped to raise money for it. I encouraged it to come together because I think we need something like that on the conservative side because there's so much money on the liberal side. You know, $400 million was spent in 2008 to help elect Barack Obama.”
Gillespie went on to address the allegations against the Chamber of Commerce.
"That was based on a blog posting that the President of the United States repeated that was put on a website that's affiliated with Center for American Progress, a liberal nonprofit advocacy group that does not disclose its donors."
October 10th, 2010
RightNetwork's Thirty Three Things (Vol. 3)
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33 things you didn't know or wish you didn't know.
What kind of people blow up children? White supremacists, for one example. On the morning of Sept. 15, 1963, members of a Ku Klux Klan "splinter group" set off dynamite under the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls: Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Denise was 11; the other three were 14. Islamic supremacists, for another example. Groups like Hamas and al Qaeda not only attack civilians indiscriminately but frequently employ Muslim children as suicide bombers. . . . There's a new kind of supremacist on the scene: green supremacists. They haven't blown up any children--not in real life. But they've been thinking about it.
The National Priorities Project, a lefty research organization in Massachusetts, crunched the numbers for enlistment in fiscal 2009. Its findings show an Army that’s smarter and more upwardly mobile than it often gets credit for being. Yes, in order to meet the strain of recruiting during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the military as a whole lowered standards in the mid-2000s. But the National Priorities Project indicates that the Army, at least, may have turned a corner — and this is a group of people that knows it’s going to war. [. . .]
Perhaps more surprising is that none of these positive trends are explained by more people joining up due to the economy. The study “did not find that the recession and its high rates of unemployment led to more Army recruits of higher quality.” Indeed, youth from the lowest 20 percent of U.S. income brackets are “under-represented among new Army recruits, more so in 2009 than in previous years.” Indeed, middle-class youth “are over-represented among 2009 Army recruits” — and the service even showed a “slight upwards shift” of rich kids joining up.
6. Weird News of the Week: Noise Complaint in So. Calif.? Cop Gets Naked, Jumps Into Pool with Three Women
Everyone into the pool -- except for the naked cop! Police in Cathedral City, Calif. are investigating a complaint from a female resident that a male officer responded to a noise complaint at her home by stripping naked and jumping into her pool, while she was in the water with two girlfriends The homeowner said around 3:45 Wednesday morning, she and her two friends were in the pool, when her husband let the officer into the house. She says the officer walked through a gate, and across the patio, took off his clothes, set them on a table... and got into the pool.
8. Quote of the Week: “The free market is simply a measurement. The free market tells us what people are willing to pay for a given thing at a given moment. That's all the free market does. The free market is a bathroom scale. We may not like what we see when we step on the bathroom scale, but we can't pass a law making ourselves weigh 165. Liberals and leftists think we can.” - P.J. O’Rourke
18) Because I Demand the American Dream…and some other Sucker to pay for it... -- redostoneage
9) Because we must never return to the Bush-Cheney nightmare of debt, war, and 7% unemployment -- iowahawkblog
1) Because socialism is 0-58 vs. the spread since 1917... come on dude, it is DUE -- iowahawkblog
12. Image of the Week: Best Shot of a Bad Shot
#3 No American has died of old age since 1951. That was the year the government eliminated that classification on death certificates.
#6 Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you. Ruptured cells become food for living bacteria in the gut, which release enough noxious gas to bloat the body and force the eyes to bulge outward.
#20 It is estimated that 100 billion people have died since humans began.
15. Depressing Fact of the Week: The cast of Fox’s TV show Glee now has more Billboard 100 songs than The Beatles
I’ve been made aware of so much perversion in our fallen world, so much that is sick and twisted, that I thought nothing else could shock me.
Then someone goes and puts broccoli in a cupcake.
17. Infographic of the Week (Part I): Losing Faith in Climate Change
18. Infographic of the Week (Part II): Men throughout the ages
Researchers from Hawaii and Canada have found that tennis players who let out some sort of audible grunt as they strike the ball can elicit a longer response delay from their opponent. They showed videos of players striking a tennis ball to more than 30 University of British Columbia undergrads and asked them to indicate, as fast as possible, where the shot would end up on the other side of the court. (Neatorama)
An apartment in Rome that measures 55 square feet may be the smallest in the world. And it could be yours for about $68,000. The flat consists of a ground floor bathroom with a shower, sink and lavatory and a ladder leading to a sleeping platform just big enough for a single bed. There is a single window, but to open it you have to climb over the bed.
22. HistoricalLOL of the Week
Extremely cheap people and post-apocalyptic crusaders against zombies have a common friend in Costco: On their website, the wholesaler is selling Thrive, which consists of a year’s supply of dehydrated and freeze-dried food, all served up in gallon-sized cans. The price tag: $800. (If you buy it after October 10th, it jumps up to $1000.) That’s 5,011 servings of food, most of which have a shelf life of up to 25 years.
Two Russian scientists won the physics prize for their work in combining graphite molecules in a new structural arrangement to form the thinnest, strongest material on earth. Yes, this sounds a lot like the chemistry achievement. But in true MacGyver form, the Russians made their discovery using Scotch tape.
I grew up in the buckle of the Bible belt, as they say, in small town Oklahoma, where most people were Southern Baptists. (Not us, we belonged to a liberal denomination.) But virtually everyone was liberal politically. There was no Republican Party in the county where I grew up. They were liberal when it came to economic policy. We thrived on government pork barrel projects, with our long-ensconced representatives building dams and lakes and waterways and all kinds of stuff. If there was a problem, we wanted the government to take care of it.
And the reason was not resentment of Abraham Lincoln or anything racial. It was fidelity to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. He brought us out of the depression, put us to work, started rural electrification, and on and on. None of our political heroes, from FDR to LBJ, did anything to challenge our Christian faith. It never occurred to them to do so.
Then came the Vietnam war. We were good LBJ Democrats, supporting him in his civil rights bill, the Great Society, and his crusade to bring Democracy to Vietnam. But then came another kind of liberal: The cultural liberal. The hippies and the yippies and the yahoos. Our boys volunteered to fight in Vietnam, but now these people are vilifying them. Then the Democrats started being on their side!
Then we were getting things from our government like outlawing school prayer. Some of us saw the wisdom of that, but then the Supreme Court legalized abortion. The tide turned. As I heard people say, I didn’t leave the Democratic party; the Democratic party left me. We became Reagan Democrats. And now my county is solidly Republican.
28. How-To of the Week: Use Your Living Expenses to Calculate What to Spend on Your Next Car
A Mississippi judge jailed a lawyer for several hours for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, ordering the attorney to “purge himself” of contempt by standing and repeating the oath like the rest of the courtroom.
Most of us have heard that sitting is unhealthy. But many of us also have discounted the warnings, since we spend our lunch hours conscientiously visiting the gym. We consider ourselves sufficiently active. But then we drive back to the office, settle at our desks and sit for the rest of the day. We are, in a phrase adopted by physiologists, ‘‘active couch potatoes.’’ [. . .]
Decades ago, before the advent of computers, plasma TVs and Roombas, people spent more time completing ‘‘light-intensity activities,’’ which require between one and a half and three METs. Most ‘‘home activities,’’ like mopping, cooking and changing light bulbs, demand between two and three METs. (One exception is ‘‘butchering animals,’’ a six-MET activity, according to a bogglingly comprehensive compilation from 2000 of the METs associated with different activities.) Nowadays, few of us accumulate much light-intensity activity. We’ve replaced those hours with sitting.
32. Ways To Win An Argument by Arthur Schopenhauer (Part 3 of 38) - Ignore your opponent’s proposition, which was intended to refer to some particular thing. Rather, understand it in some quite different sense, and then refute it. Attack something different than what was asserted.
33. Tatooine: a paper-animated video summarizing the original Star Wars trilogy
October 10th, 2010
PHOENIX — Five Arizona cities want a panel of federal judges to uphold the injunction against key parts of the state’s new immigration law, saying to do otherwise would endanger public safety. Not so, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever says.
In briefs filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Tucson City Attorney Michael Rankin said his community already is struggling to maintain law enforcement in the face of budget problems. The resulting layoffs and mandatory furlough days have forced the police department to prioritize which incidents to investigate.
He said if the injunction is overturned it “will mandate new duties and new priorities, which will significantly reduce the resources available for those public safety issues the city has identified as priorities, including homicides, home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults and other serious threats to the community.”
David Abney, who filed arguments for Flagstaff, San Luis, Tolleson and Somerton, raised similar issues, citing concerns raised by police chiefs.
“SB 1070 … requires me to divert department resources away from serious crimes not only to conduct immigration-status inquiries, but to arrest persons who pose no threat to public safety,” wrote San Luis Police Chief Rick Flores.
But the effort by the cities to keep key provision of the law off the books are running headlong into contrary arguments by Dever.
He wants the appellate court to rule that U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton was wrong when she put several key provisions of the controversial illegal immigration law on hold.
Dever said the federal government should be looking for a solution to illegal immigration and the resulting crime. Instead, he said, the Department of Justice decided to sue Arizona when it enacted laws to deal with the problem.
“The Obama administration’s approach has sent a clear message to Sheriff Dever and the people of Arizona — we’re not going to protect you and do not try to protect yourself,” wrote Brian Bergin, Dever’s attorney.
Legal arguments on SB 1070
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Obama administration, said it appears that key provisions of the state’s illegal immigration law intrude into the exclusive right of the federal government to regulate immigration. She also said there was evidence that allowing these sections to be enforced would cause hardships to detainees and agencies.
One provision of the law she sidelined requires police to check the legal status of those they have stopped if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are in the country illegally. Bolton said that is likely to burden Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is legally required to respond to every request. A potentially bigger issue for cities is the requirement that police check the immigration status of everyone who is arrested before release. Bolton also placed that provision on hold, noting it covers anyone charged with a crime, even if that person is not jailed.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever called Bolton’s interpretation of the arrest provision “unreasonable,” arguing that requirement applies only when the person is first suspected of being an illegal immigrant, not to everyone
who is arrested on any charge.
Beyond that, Dever said the injunction ignores the problems created by poor federal enforcement of immigration laws and the harms they cause.
“Hordes of men, women and children have been kidnapped, trafficked, tortured, and even murdered as drug runners battle over territory in Southern Arizona,” the Cochise County sheriff said through his attorney.
“Every rancher victimized, every drug-related kidnapping, every home invasion, every “safe house” discovered, and every stranded, dying victim of human smuggling rescued, testifies to the consequences of the government’s inexcusable neglect.”
October 10th, 2010
By Barry Secrest
As the Druidic Season of Halloween bears down upon us, to many the traditional time of celebrating the harvest, along with the mysteries of life and death, has lost much of its former appeal. This is most likely due to the fact that most of America has been living through a never-ending Samhein Festival of economic upheaval, financial distress and Legislative horror for over two harrowingly long years now.
It's as if a dark cloud, complete with lightening and clashing thunder, has stalled over the US and refuses to budge while releasing artificially induced economic horrors on a bizarrely regular schedule. We have seen unemployment increasing, yet again, a Fed that is now actually contemplating a manufactured ramping up of inflation, and a new healthcare law creating chaos on all fronts --along with American uneasiness over rate of taxation questions. In fact, and in keeping with the festival of horror atmosphere, even the US Government has donned "We now are Goth apparel" by apparently sending out over 89,000 stimulus checks to the dead people of America for a reported cost of $ 22 million dollars.(Read More) An Evil Season: The Masque of the Red Death
October 10th, 2010
By Daniel Greenfield
The common wisdom is that Rich Sanchez was fired because he made anti-semitic remarks. That’s an understandable assumption, but it’s also untrue. Sanchez was fired because he attacked a celebrity who is more liberal and more popular than him. That he did it with racial overtones made it easy for CNN to pull the plug on him. But his real crime was that he had become an embarrassment, from a liberal perspective, and that’s the only perspective in the media that counts.
Let’s imagine that Rick Sanchez was a trendy liberal comedian with his own influential show and Jon Stewart was another CNN talking head. If Rick Sanchez had said the same thing about the Jews, it would have been a laugh line. Sanchez would have kept his job. Stewart would have been at risk of losing his, despite being the goat. If you have trouble imagining this scenario, imagine Stephen Colbert delivering the same line and getting fired for it. It wouldn’t happen, and it couldn’t happen. Because this isn’t about Jews, it’s about liberals controlling the license to be bigots.
Christopher Hitchens in Slate defended Sanchez’s remarks, while misrepresenting them, then defended DeGucht’s remarks about Jews… and called for Sanchez’s reinstatement. This isn’t a major surprise, as Hitchens has a well-known ‘tic’ when it comes to the Jews, and has been a defender and supposed friend of David Irving. But Hitchens has not been let go from Slate. There’s no condemnation descending on him from all quarters. Because Hitchens clouted Jews in general, but he didn’t go after Jon Stewart specifically.
What’s the difference between Oliver Stone and Rick Sanchez, his liberal credentials are unimpeachable
And in the media, the firing of Rick Sanchez was unaccompanied by the defensive reactions to the termination of Octavia Nasr or the disgrace of Helen Thomas. There was very little ambiguity in the reporting. Sanchez was bad, he had to go. But Sanchez’s remarks were certainly not unique. Oliver Stone said much worse things not too long ago, suggesting that the “Jewish dominated media” had exaggerated the Holocaust. And that didn’t get him fired off any projects or otherwise inconvenienced. What’s the difference between Oliver Stone and Rick Sanchez, his liberal credentials are unimpeachable.
It’s not about the actual racism, but about who is being targeted
Let’s take a broader perspective here. When Bill Clinton defended Byrd’s KKK membership, there was no outcry except from conservatives. No one cared. Yet during the primaries, Bill Clinton was being labeled as a racist for accusing Obama of playing the “race card”. Was that remark somehow worse than defending membership in an organization based on racism? Of course it wasn’t. But it’s not about the actual racism, but about who is being targeted.
During the primaries, Clinton was attacking Obama, the liberal messiah. Which meant any thing he said got spun as racist. But at Byrd’s funeral, Clinton was providing cover for a KKK member who also happened to be a respected member of the Democratic party. It wasn’t about the racism. It was never about the racism. Because it’s not about some hard and fast set of principles. It all comes down to how liberal you are.
Racial taunts directed at Michael Steele are cool. But even more criticisms of Obama are not okay. The difference isn’t race. Both are black men. The difference is liberalism.
There’s a problem with being racist, without having the right liberal credentials
Biden and Hillary Clinton got a pass on racist remarks about Indians. George Allen got lynched for an ambiguous remark that might be a racial slur in some other language that he supposedly might have learned from his mother at some point after WW2. There’s no problem with being racist. There’s a problem with being racist, without having the right liberal credentials.
If you’re liberal, you’re allowed to be racist toward people less liberal than you. Had Rick Sanchez accused the Jews of running the media and suppressing negative stories about Israel, there would have been comments about how courageous he was in tackling a controversial issue. Had Rick Sanchez accused the Jews of running the media and promoting a negative view of Obama because they’re racists—he would have gotten even more pats on the back. Both these comments would have been completely false, but they would have played into a liberal worldview. But instead Rick Sanchez talked about the Jews controlling the media… in relation to himself. Which might have been okay, if he had some serious liberal credentials of his own, and if he hadn’t been blasting Jon Stewart, whose own liberal credentials far exceeded his.
Liberal media personalities routinely make racist and sexist remarks all the time. And they get away with it. They only get in trouble when they target someone liberal than them. Or when their own liberal creds are wanting.
Rick Sanchez’s mistake was overestimating his place in the liberal ecosystem. He assumed that because he blasted the Tea Party movement and called Hispanics who worked for FOX News, sellouts—that he had the same status as Stewart. That was an egotistical mistake, and one he paid for badly. Stewart outdraws Sanchez as a liberal opinionmaker by a factor of 10 to 1. Picking between Sanchez and Stewart was a no-brainer for CNN. Not because Sanchez was too bigoted, but because he wasn’t liberal enough.
It’s not about the Jews, it’s about liberalism. Had Sanchez gone after Martin Peretz of the New Republic, who has been criticizing Obama, he would have been fine. Had he claimed that Jews got America into the War in Iraq, he would have been expressing a common sentiment among many liberals, uttered by congressmen like Jim Moran. He had plenty of victims to choose from, but instead he picked someone with a higher liberal status than him. And so he got creamed.
This doesn’t just go for Jews or African-Americans, it goes for women and gays and any other minority group. In the liberal narrative, Clarence Thomas’ hearings were a scene of feminist heroism. But when multiple women came forward to accuse Bill Clinton of everything from sexual harassment to attempted rape—then it was just a witchhunt by bluenose conservatives who hate people who like to have a good time. Like Ted Kennedy, who had such a good time that one of his female passengers never came back from it. But that’s okay. Because, as some liberal columnists informed us on Kennedy’s passing, Mary Jo would probably have agreed to die, if she had known how much Ted Kennedy would go on to do for women.
It’s possible to recite these double standards ad nauseam, but we’re all familiar with them. And they’re not really the point. This is.
Liberalism is a form of privilege. It means that you belong to the political and cultural elite
Liberalism is a form of privilege. It means that you belong to the political and cultural elite. It means you’re one of the gang. And it comes with its perks. One of those perks is the power to define what behavior is culturally acceptable, and what isn’t. By pretending to be warriors against racism, Liberals have been able to define what racism is, and what it isn’t. And what it is, is things that people less liberal than them say. And what it isn’t, is things that they or people more liberal than them say.
Rick Sanchez falsely attributed Jon Stewart’s sense of privilege to Jewishness, rather than to liberalism. And as stupid as that was, it was the smarter thing to do. Rick Sanchez was fired, but he’s still employable. Had he talked about liberal control of the media, the way Bernard Goldberg has on any major news network, outside of FOX News.
The media isn’t run by the Jews, it’s run by liberals. Some of whom happen to be Jewish, some of whom happen to be Catholic, and none of whom have very much use for religion, traditional values or America itself. Like every elite, joining requires adopting a new identity, and giving up old allegiances. Those who do not, either stay quiet or wash out. And like every elite, it has a pecking order. It has rules for what you can and can’t do. Rick Sanchez broke those rules by taking aim at a man who had become a liberal icon, and doing it in a way that embarrassed CNN. His crime wasn’t bigotry, it was illiberalism. And like most people who break the unspoken code of their particular jungle, and don’t have the status to back it up, he got kicked to the curb.
Because as liberal as Rick Sanchez was, when it came to a showdown with Jon Stewart, he just wasn’t liberal enough.