O'Donnell "stupid" on 1st Amendment; um…wait

I think the most nefarious and reprehensible game the press plays--beyond spiking stories to protect the politicians they love--is the trick they have of creating blaring headlines for distorted or misreported stories, and then, in a day or two, or three (or, in the pope's case, four - always four) they either run a discreet "correction" no one sees, or an even more discreet "clarification" that runs under a nothing-headline and usually turns the original story (and newly-established … [Read more...]

Mo Dowd Shows Bullies How it's Done – UPDATE

Bullying and the Tolerance Disconnect have been subjects brought very much to the fore, thanks to recent tragic events. It is a serious subject that deserves to be defined in serious terms and discussed in serious tones. Maureen Dowd, ever attuned to the cultural narrative (though increasingly unable to comprehend it) has glommed on the notion of bullies; she has taken this very sober topic and rendered it--as she frequently does--into cartoon and caricature. She then casts her Candyland … [Read more...]

Whore is as Whore Does; NOW is over

A week ago, Ed Morrissey looked at NOW's endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown--whose campaign assistant had just been caught referring to his (female) rival as "a whore"--and asked "Seriously, what does it take for a Democrat to lose the endorsement of the National Organization from Women?" The answer, of course, is "turn pro-life." Anything short of that, and it really doesn't matter what misogynist, insulting or dehumanizing thing a Democrat does, NOW will support … [Read more...]

Will Lame Ducks Turn on Pelosi-Reid?

Instapundit writes: "PUNT! Democrats put off votes to extend Bush tax cuts until after midterm election. Of course, the uncertainty this creates will probably hurt job growth in the intervening months." A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the decision in a statement that blamed Republicans for holding up tax cuts for the middle class in order to prevent a tax hike on wealthier taxpayers. . . ." Feeling no need to remind readers that the Democrats control both … [Read more...]

Benedict's UK Triumph Ignored in US

Shamelessly cribbed from Lucianne.com Deacon Greg, who rarely has time to really sit down and write like this, hits one out of the ballpark, today, as he takes a look at the complete non-coverage of Pope Benedict's triumphant visit to the United Kingdom. Really, it's so good that it's difficult to excerpt, but here is a little: One of the biggest surprises of Pope Benedict's historic trip to the United Kingdom may be how few people realize that it was, in fact, historic. Sunday night, I was … [Read more...]

O' Donnell's Masturbation Maturation – UPDATED

In my Tuesday column, I take a surprising turn (I am full of surprising twists and turns) in order to defend Christine O' Donnell on two fronts, although neither of them is witchcraft, since I wrote it before that bit of silliness raised its pointed hat: O’Donnell is like Palin-Lite; half the experience, less bitter. In her favor, though, is that she appears to be utterly without guile. She projects the sort of wide-eyed-innocent openness that personifies American naiveté to our cousins in … [Read more...]

The Ultimate in Nanny-Statism! UPDATED

Productive citizenry, diligently earning its allowances The Ultimate in Nanny-Stating: UK wants to take paychecks and give citizens an allowance! That's basically what it comes down to. "While we're 'modernizing' our systems, why don't we just take all that messy tax-calculation off everyone's hands?" The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate … [Read more...]

The Clampdown; Shirley Sherrod & Ken Howell – UPDATED

Here we have the presentment of two job losses: Shirley Sherrod gives a speech; within the speech she indulges in a bit of roundaboutation, saying some things that seemed offensive, until the larger context was understood. Because the embrasure of "politically correct speech" has encouraged reactionary hyper-vigilance as to words, sentences or modes of reasoning that might steer too close to the movable line known as "hate," Sherrod's edited remarks were immediately received as such and … [Read more...]

Journolist: Listening So You Don't Have To!

Git along little dawgies Over at RCP Jay Cost is asking what's so bad about journolisters? It's a good piece, and I urge you to read it, but here's what I think: Journolisters discourage listening among their readers and the general public, and if people are not listening, they are not thinking, either; they're just following the moo-path, which appears to suit the journolisters just fine, since it is the one they're forging. When Jeremiah Wright's America-damning, race-tainted rants were … [Read more...]

Sherrod should write a book- UPDATED

The Pool of Bethesda, 1645, Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot Shirley Sherrod says she is not certain that she would accept a reinstatement to her office even if the USDA offers it to her. I think she should not. This woman needs to write a book. Politics aside, (and Sherrod may have had a little time to reconsider her absorption of the NAACP's message that tea parties = racists) her personal story is gripping, poignant and wholesome - a staggering snapshot of where America was 50 years ago, … [Read more...]


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