Steyn on Fluke

Thank you, Mark, for putting things in perspective

“No, the most basic issue here is not religious morality, individual liberty, or fiscal responsibility. It’s that a society in which middle-aged children of privilege testify before the most powerful figures in the land to demand state-enforced funding for their sex lives at a time when their government owes more money than anyone has ever owed in the history of the planet is quite simply nuts.”

In fact, there’s nothing that screams, ‘setup’ like the faux-hearing that Pelosi created to hear this “testimony” of hers in the first place, followed by her her interview on The View, insisting that the likes of Media Matters for America is a spectacular, unbiased source.  That’s just insulting.

Further, that she crys that she is being shut out by Rush Limbaugh. Being on all the talk shows she’s been on, I guess that irony is lost on her. Even more suspect is the personal phone call she received from the President.

And the curiosity continues now that she is being represented by SKDKnickerbocker, who has among its Washington Managing Directors, former Obama White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn.  You remember her and the ‘flag@whitehouse.gov’ snitch line, Attackwatch, her regular meetings with former Media Matters president Eric Burns, etc.

But Media Matters insists that’s all hogwash, and it may well be… after all, embedded plays are perfectly ok for Democrats. They’re only cardinals sins for everyone else… it’s all about intentions, after all (and the great pavement that they make on the road to hell).

Mark’s close says it best.

Almost every matter of the moment boils down to the same story: The Left’s urge to narrow the bounds of public discourse and insist that “conventional wisdom” unknown to the world the day before yesterday is now as unquestionable as the laws of physics.

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Unbiased journalists conspired to quash stories on Jeremiah Wright

From the Daily Caller — the JournoList listserv strikes again… read it all:

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.

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.

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.

But it was [Spencer] Ackerman [of the Washington Independent] who had the last word. “Kevin [Drum — then of Washington Monthly], I’m not saying OBAMA should do this. I’m saying WE should do this.”

Pathetic, outrageous, but I’m not all that surprised.

And the defense of the indefensible continues to this day.

Defending the Indefensible

I enjoy reading Mediaite occasionally, but they have a few, blindly-democrat-water-carrying columnists there.  Take Colby Hall’s latest column for instance

Congressman Loses Cool To Students With A Flip Cam, But Comes Out The Hero?

No he’s not a hero. He’s a jerk. But…as is always the case, there is more to the story.

The democratization of communications technology is generally lauded as a great advancement for civilization. But during a time of heated partisan divide — caused, in part, by a Balkanizing landscape of opinion media — well, one wonders if we really want an army of aggressive college kids accosting public servants until someone eventually loses their cool.

Etheridge’s actions are only partially defensible. He need not have gotten physical with the students who asked him the provocative question regarding his support of the “Obama Agenda”

The YouTube video is published under an account titled TonyManization, and even more damning is that the faces of the individuals asking the Congressman questions are blurred out.

Which brings us back to Etheridge’s response. Yeah – he comes off as a jerk, but…when in Rome.

Good Lord, Colby. The Congressman’s actions, regardless of affiliation, are indefensible.  Yet, that these citizens dared ask him, a Democrat, a question, it is deemed, “provocative,” that they blurred out their own faces is, “damning,” and Etheridge’s actions are, by your reason of deduction, “partially defensible.”

Incidentally, here is the video in question — hopefully YouTube doesn’t go gutless and try to remove it as they often do when Democrats are the target of any questioning or scorn:

Mediaite: chain up your little lapdog/part-time sockpuppet and find someone else to do some real analysis.  I understand that you generally lean “left,” but I’d recommend not leaning too far “idiot.”

UPDATE: Congressman apologizes

This came out about an hour ago… which contains the Congressman’s official statement:

Washington, DC, Jun 14 – U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:

“I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.”

Good on you Congressman; just keep it in your pants next time.

Contessa Brewer disappointed NYC bomber not with TEA Party

Brian Maloney has an audio snapshot of Contessa Brewer (MSNBC) as a guest on the Stephanie Miller show:

Transcript:

CONTESSA BREWER (7:06): I mean the thing is is that and I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country because there are a lot of people who want to use this terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.
And so there was part of me was really hoping this would not be the case that here would be somebody who is not the defined. I mean he’s accused he’s arrested you know I don’t want to convict him before it’s time to do so. He’s the guy authorities say is involved. But that being said I mean we know even in recent history you have the Haitari(sic) militia from Michigan who have plans to let’s face it create terror.
That’s what they were planning to do and they were doing so from far different backgrounds then what this guy is coming from. So, the threat is not just coming from people who decide that America is the place to be and you know come here and want to become citizens. Obviously this guy did.
Sorry to disappoint, Contessa, and glad you feel you can so easily convict other groups (Hutaree militia) who have done nothing.  Not to defend a fringe, non-representative element like them here, just pointing out the irony.  Your reaction was predictable, but the public running of your mouth was a pleasant surprise.  Thanks, Love!

I am the target audience

There has been endless blabber going on about Audi’s “Green Police” super bowl commercial designed to attract attention to its new A3 2.0 TDI.

I usually would consider fellow Northwest resident, columnist, and left-wing greenie, David Roberts, to be of the same worldview on, well, anything.  However, in his latest Grist column, I agree with his closing paragraph…

Anyway, not to overthink it (ahem), but the ad is not just another pot shot at greens. It’s an appeal to a new and growing demographic that isn’t hard-core environmentalist—and doesn’t particularly like hard-core environmentalists—but that basically wants to do the right thing. Audi’s effort to reach them, however clumsy, is actually a bit ahead of the curve.

Yes, I am the target audience of this ad (if that’s an accurate translation); and I would hardly call it clumsy.  It made me laugh out loud!  And, unlike many other ads (US Census Bureau, I’m looking at you), I remembered who was selling what.  The riff on Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police” was brilliant, too.

Look, I’m in favor of conservation, I recycle to keep the regular “garbage” output to a minimum, and I try to simply use less of anything that I must.  Not because of some moral authority; mostly because it’s practical.  And I want my kids to have the same shot at fishing and hunting that I had growing up.  I want them to have the same or similar air and water quality I enjoyed.  I want logging companies to keep up the great work they’ve been doing with one of our many great, renewable and sustainable resources here in the Northwest.  And, I would really like to get out of my old 90s Ford clunker into a new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid!

Audi is a bit rich for my blood, and I would much rather buy an award-winning American vehicle that is not only a hybrid, but is also more survivable than a hatchback.

Still, the torque those diesel engines put out are amazing, and, well, Audi makes some amazing vehicles, period, but I digress.

Anyway, I part company with David on his insistence in calling those of us limited-government types, “teabaggers.”  Which is rather ironic — though not surprising — considering his opening whine line…

Is it me or were the Super Bowl commercials this year unusually ugly, misogynistic, and, worst of all, unfunny?

Meh, some were, but mostly just you, David.