May 12 2010

On tonight’s menu …

… a veritable cornucopia of things to piss you off …

Serving up the latest in Zero Tolerance and Obama fare … mmm, mmm, good!

Appetizer

Five California high school students were told they could either turn their t-shirts inside out or go home on May 5th for wearing t-shirts with US flags on them.  The Vice Principal said he was afraid for the boys’ safety since they were wearing these “incendiary” shirts on the “only day” that Mexican students can express their national pride.  When the boys refused to turn the shirts inside out – pointing out, among other things that the shirts are not a violation of the school dress code, that they each have several different US flag shirts which they wear all the time without challenge, that the Mexican students wear Mexican flag shirts any time they feel like wearing them, and that they felt that turning the shirts inside out was disrespectful to the flag, to them and a violation of their first amendment rights — they were sent home.  On Tuesday, May 11, following a school board meeting in which multiple parents expressed their displeasure at the situation, Superintendent Wesley Smith said, “They have a right to wear those shirts on school campus, on all of our campuses, they shouldn’t have been asked to take them off.” The superintendent also said an investigation into how administrators handled everything on Cinco de Mayo is still underway and should be complete by June, after which they’ll decide if any disciplinary action should be taken.  [FOX News, ABC News]

Wine

Remember when Joe the Plumber asked Obama exactly what he wanted to do if elected, and Obama, speaking off the cuff, said that “it’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too.  I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.” Remember when people said that sounded an awful lot like Socialism if not full blown Communism and his supporters accused them of over-reacting and blowing things out of proportion?  Well, on April 28, Obama went off the teleprompter and tried to paraphrase while speaking in Quincy, Illinois.  Here’s part of what he said:  “We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow the economy.” Silly me, and here I had no idea that Obama gets to decide when we’ve “made enough money” — or whether or not my success was “fairly earned” providing a good product or a good service.  Furthermore, I must admit that I didn’t have a clue that it was my responsibility to “grow our economy,” core or otherwise.  All these years, I thought I was supposed to be growing my own economy so as to support my family.  [Google It™ or you can *watch* him say it under the fold]

Entreé

Ten-year old Leighann came home from her Texas elementary school in tears, afraid to tell her parents that (for the first time in her life) she had gotten in trouble at school.  Leighann and her friend were under orders to serve a week’s detention during lunch and recess, and they had to write an essay about what they did and why it was wrong.  What had they done? Leighann’s friend gave her a single Jolly Rancher candy.  Leighann’s parents say the punishment was extreme, but school officials insist it was not.  Jack Ellis, superintendent for the school district,  says it’s a matter of following state guidelines to limit the amount of junk food in schools. “Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules.” The state Department of Agriculture does in fact mandate that school lunch foods need to be baked rather than fried, nutritious rather than loaded with empty calories and things like that.  But a department spokesman says that there is absolutely nothing in the rules that compels a school to punish a student for bringing his own junk food to school, that their policy does not prohibit friends from sharing a Jolly Rancher candy, and that if a parent wants to pack candy in the child’s lunch, they can.   The department even sent a letter to the school reminding staff that state policy doesn’t outline such punishments but the school is not backing down.  Leighann’s parents say the school routinely goes too far in punishing students:  Students at the school are required to wear a belt.  A few months ago Leighann’s younger brother was given an in-school suspension for failing to wear one even though his father called the school secretary to explain that their new puppy chewed up the boy’s only belt that morning.  The boy was made to “sit in a room all day and stare at a wall.” Leighann’s parents say that they’re pulling their kids out of the school at the end of the school year; if necessary, they say they’ll send them to private school.  [FOX News]

On the Side

Speaking at Hampton University in Virginia, President Obama suggested that “less is more” when it comes to absorbing news content and urged graduates to take a skeptical eye toward news from blogs, cable television and radio as well as modern gadgets like iPods and PlayStations.  Obama told graduates that the class of 2010 is “coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy. With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs, and on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult, at times, to sift through it all — to know what to believe, to figure out who’s telling the truth and who’s not. Let’s face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. I’ve had some experience in that regard.” You will no doubt recall that last September, the president used a string of major network and cable interviews to scold the media for playing up “outrageous” political comments.  Then Obama and his administration spent much of last fall criticizing Fox News in specific. It’s now starting to seem that targeting cable and blogs has become something of a hobby: In February, he urged Democratic senators to turn off their televisions. He singled out FOX, CNN, MSNBC and blogs, urging the lawmakers to get out of the “echo chamber.” In March an e-mail was sent to Senate staffers warning them not to visit The Drudge Report out of concern for a non-existent virus.  Pointing out that nobody has used the media more masterfully than Obama, Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center, says that in order to prove his “sincerity” about media and technology gripes, Obama should delete his massive e-mail list and take his staff off TV.  “It’s just posturing on his part. He is trying to put himself in opposition to those forces to improve his status with the public.”  [FOX News]

Dessert

Two years ago, 5-year old Ryan lost part of his left leg in a lawnmower accident.  His leg was amputated below the knee, and he wears a prosthetic limb.  Ryan is a kindergarten student, and the bus ride from his home to the school is about an hour long.  He and his 7-year old sister used to ride the bus to and from school every day, but that stopped earlier this month because the school has informed Ryan’s parents that they must transport Ryan and his sister from now on.  Why?  Kids on the school bus — older kids, some as old as 13 — have been bullying Ryan, calling him names and taunting him.  They’ve stolen Ryan’s backpack.  They’ve tried to pull off his prosthetic leg.  Ryan’s dad spoke with the parents of  the kids involved and he thought the matter was resolved, until May 4th, when Ryan was given a black eye after being punched on the bus by a 13-year old who is one of the biggest kids on the bus.  After talking to the boy’s parents and getting nowhere, Ryan’s dad asked the bus driver and the school principal to do something about it, because “He’s young, he’s five, he’s disabled. I can’t ride the bus and stand up for him, you know. He can’t defend himself, so who easier to pick on than a kid who gets punched in the eye and sits quietly in the corner.  I asked for the child to be disciplined. I asked for him to be suspended from school to teach him a lesson because there’s a zero tolerance for bullying.  Instead we were told Ryan will no longer be on the bus, that it’s not safe for him or my daughter and that we have to drive them the round trip.” When Ryan’s dad complained, the school district offered to pay for the gas to make the trip each day.  [CBC News]

You’ll find that video under the fold, as promised. Think of it as the after-dinner mint.

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Mar 6 2010

Pentagon Shooter

In answer to a comment …

Earlier today, “Kievan Rus” left this comment on a thread about global warming:

OFF TOPIC NOTE TO BLOGGIST:

I notice you don’t bother to mention anything about the gun toting wingnut that went off at the Pentagon the other day.

If it had been a liberal who did the shooting you would be all over it, though.

I’m surprised. Not.

This is my response to “Kievan Rus” which is far too long for a comment window.
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Feb 2 2010

Keep forgetting to post this

Found it in my drafts folder today

This is a few days old now — it’s from January 26 and 27 — but still worth publishing IMHO.  Found it over on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism site:

Fact Check: Reich Claims Non-Existent Fox News Led Conservative Charge in 1994

Former Obama economic advisor, Clinton Secretary of Labor, and Berkely Prof. Robert Reich claimed yesterday in his column at Salon.com that Fox News played a role in the conservative resurgence of 1994:

In December 1994, Bill Clinton proposed a so-called middle-class bill of rights including more tax credits for families with children, expanded retirement accounts, and tax-deductible college tuition. Clinton had lost his battle for healthcare reform. Even worse, by that time the Dems had lost the House and Senate. Washington was riding a huge anti-incumbent wave. Right-wing populists were the ascendancy, with Newt Gingrich and Fox News leading the charge. Bill Clinton thought it desperately important to assure Americans he was on their side.

But Prof. Reich overlooked one minor detail: Fox News Channel’s first broadcast wasn’t until October 7, 1996.

The plan for FNC wasn’t even outlined until January of 1996, so what could explain such a patently false claim?  Is the professor suggesting that even in 1994, Fox News’ imminence did in fact play a role in the political upheaval of that year?  Or is this a moment where Fox Derangement Syndrome enters the realm of full-blown paranoia?

Either way, where was Salon on this one to save Reich from himself?  And would Prof. Reich tolerate fact-checking this poor from his college students?

This man is a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley.  And we wonder why California turns out so many nutjob LLLs?

Incidentally, as noted on Big Journalism –

Update 1/27 4:47pm PST: Salon corrected the mistake.  Reich’s article was cross-posted at Huffington Post (yet to be corrected) and at RobertReich.org, where the professor took out the error and replaced it with a dig at Fox News.

I’ll update that to note that Huffington Post corrected it as well — they removed “and Fox News” after the mention of Newt Gingrich.

Big Journalism


Jan 26 2010

What the hell was he thinking?

Someone needs to slap all four of these morons

There’s a lesson in this:

Alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, the office confirmed. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel entered the federal building at 500 Poydras Street about 11 a.m. Monday, dressed as telephone company employees, wearing jeans, fluorescent green vests, tool belts, and hard hats. When they arrived at Landrieu’s 10th floor office, O’Keefe was already in the office and had told a staffer he was waiting for someone to arrive.

When Flanagan and Basel entered the office, they told the staffer they were there to fix phone problems. At that time, the staffer, referred to only as Witness 1 in the affadavit, observed O’Keefe positioning his cell phone in his hand to videotape the operation. O’Keefe later admitted to agents that he recorded the event.

After being asked, the staffer gave Basel access to the main phone at the reception desk. The staffer told investigators that Basel manipulated the handset. He also tried to call the main office phone using his cell phone, and said the main line wasn’t working. Flanagan did the same.

They then told the staffer they needed to perform repair work on the main phone system and asked where the telephone closet was located. The staffer showed the men to the main General Services Administration office on the 10th floor, and both went in. There, a GSA employee asked for the men’s credentials, after which they stated they left them in their vehicle.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service apprehended all four men shortly thereafter.

Of course the four are innocent until proven guilty, but it sure looks bad and I certainly can’t think of a legitimate reason for the activities as outlined, so let’s take their guilt on assumption. I predict that the media, who largely did their best to ignore the ACORN scandal, is going to be all over this like the proverbial flies on feces. Plus it adds more fuel to the ACORN fire and probably expands the “entrapment” bandwagon some of the ACORN staffers are trying to board:

ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said the arrest calls O’Keefe’s credibility into question, and used the opportunity to point out that he “edited (ACORN videos) to make things look as bad as possible.”

So, what’s the lesson? Don’t break the law and become what you’re targeting.

NOLA.com


Dec 13 2009

This Judge needs to go

Seriously, she should be removed from the bench

ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, describes itself as an “advocate for low-income and minority homebuyers” and residents in communities served by its offices around the country. Helping a pimp set up a brothel full of underage illegals with tax write-offs and funding assistance is “advocating for low-income and minority homebuyers.” Registering hundreds of thousands of dead people (and cartoon characters) as voters is “advocating for low-income and minority homebuyers.” The founder’s own brother spending eight years embezzling more than $5 million dollars (and cooking the books to hide it) is no doubt part and parcel of their “advocating for low-income and minority homebuyers” as well.

Anyhow.

You’ll recall that ACORN earlier this year managed to temporarily lose their federal funding because of questionable practices (like the aforementioned advising people how to set up an underage brothel and then claim the hookers as dependents) and they haven’t stopped whining about it since.

ACORN immediately filed suit, in fact, to say that the government did not have the right to suspend their funding.  (Since The One said he didn’t even know they got all that much federal funding, though, one wonders why they were so upset. Since 1994, ACORN has received about $53 million directly from the fed and an as yet unknown amount of additional funds less openly.) The suit brought by ACORN alleged they were unfairly being singled out, they were denied their rights to due process, asked for the House-passed resolution that temporarily discontinued their funding to be lifted and further that funding be immediately reinstated.  (Incidentally, it’s worth noting that said resolution was approved by a bipartisan vote of 345-75, so it wasn’t just the mean ol’ Republicans going after ‘em.)

The law that halted ACORN’s federal funding took effect October 1 and was extended October 31. It was set to either expire or be extended again on December 18. Luckily for ACORN, they won’t have to wait that long to see what happens because a Judge from the United States District Court in Brooklyn ruled that the House resolution, since it was issued against a single group, was equal to a “Bill of Attainder” (a legislative determination of guilt without trial) and issued a preliminary injunction.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon issued a preliminary injunction against the government, saying it is in the public’s interest for the organization to continue receiving federal funding. Gershon found that ACORN had was “singled out by Congress for punishment” without “any judicial, or even administrative, process adjudicating guilt.”

The Judge blatantly disregarding the fact that there is currently a congressional inquiry into ACORN and claiming that it is in the “best interest of the public” to continue funding this organization is irresponsible — if not criminally irresponsible. Judge Gershon was appointed back in 1996 by Bill Clinton at the recommendation of Senator Moynihan. Should you wish to exercise your constitutional right to tell Ms. Gershon what you think of her ruling, you can contact her as follows:

Judge Nina Gershon | 718-613-2650
United States District Court
225 Cadman Plaza
East Brooklyn, New York 11201


Oct 19 2009

ὑποκρίτης

Hypocrites

I would like you to follow me down an imaginary path …

The year is 2002, George W. Bush is our president. Let’s say Dubya woke up one day and decided he’d had enough.

Dubya immediately issued a statement: “you know, I’ve decided that NBC is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic party. They’re not a real news organization like FOX News. They’re biased, and really, nothing they say amounts to anything more than opinion. In fact, you know what? I’m not going to do any more interviews with them. I’m not going to let anyone in my cabinet talk to them. I’m going to encourage the other news agencies and everyone else to not cooperate with them too.”

And a Bush staffer went on record saying “yeah, you know, even back when Dubya was just running for office, we controlled what the press could say and do. Now, we make them report things our way. The only one that wouldn’t cooperate was NBC and we don’t talk to them anymore. They’re not a real news agency.”

What do you suppose would have happened if that had happened? How loud would the cries of censorship have echoed throughout the land? How long before the “Bush-Hitler” pictures and slogans would have been plastered on every flat surface within reach? How long before the ACLU was camped out on the White House lawn?

As this very thing happens around us, the silence from the left is deafening. The lack of concern is sickening. Those who champion civil liberties and freedom from censorship are awfully damned quiet.

There’s a word for those kind of people.

Top White House Official Says Obama Team ‘Controlled’ Media Coverage During Campaign, Obama Team Continues Effort to Isolate Fox News, White House Escalates War on Fox News, White House Urges Other Networks to Disregard Fox News


Sep 21 2009

Maybe The One is not immune

Quite as much as he has been …

poser

There’s more under the fold …

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Sep 21 2009

I am not aware …

I do not recall … I haven ‘t seen … I haven’t been following … Uhh … Uhh …

Lest you think that The One’s recent lack of information about ACORN was an anomaly …

The Audacity of Unawareness

April 15th, 2009 5:03 pm Barack Obama, through his spokesman, claimed that he was unaware of the tax day tea parties. Granted, the MSM has done a good job in suppressing any sort of coverage ahead of time (and the little coverage they did provide was derisive at best), but how out of touch is the Community Organizer in Chief, really?

This much we know:

He was unaware that he was attending a church (for 20 years) with a racist pastor who hates America.

He was unaware that he was family friends with, and started his political career in the living room of, a domestic terrorist.

He was unaware that he had invested in two speculative companies backed by some of his top donors right after taking office in 2005.

He was unaware that his own aunt was living in the US illegally.

He was unaware that his own brother lives on pennies a day in a hut in Kenya.

He was unaware of the AIG bonuses that he and his administration approved and signed into a bill.

He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Commerce was under investigation in a bribery scandal.

He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services was a tax cheat.

He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of the Treasury was a tax cheat.

He was unaware that the man he nominated to be the U.S. Trade Representative was a tax cheat.

He was unaware that the woman he nominated to be his Chief Performance Officer was a tax cheat.

He was unaware that the man he nominated to be #2 at the Environmental Protection Agency was under investigation for mismanaging $25 million in EPA grants.

PLEASE … there are people in comas that are more aware of world affairs than this guy.

Ain’t that the truth?

Several people, including Linda D. and Loretta sent this along in various forms in email.


Sep 21 2009

ACORN, who?

Whut you talkin’ ’bout Willis?

On ABC’s This Week, The One claimed ignorance over ACORN …

STEPHANOPOULOS: But have your — have some of your allies made it easier for — handed your opponents some ammunition, like ACORN, for example…

OBAMA: Well, look, the — you know, I think that — are there folks in the Democratic camp or on the left who haven’t — haven’t always operated in ways that I’d appreciate? Absolutely.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Congress said they should cut off all funding for ACORN.

OBAMA: Is — is — is…

STEPHANOPOULOS: … all funding for ACORN. Are you for that?

OBAMA: Is that true on the other side, as well? Of course that’s true.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

OBAMA: You know, it’s — frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.

OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re not committing to — to cut off the federal funding?

OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to.

Glad he’s able to prioritize.