Monday, April 16, 2012

Quick Hits - April 16, 2012

You've got one more day to file your taxes - or your extensions....

If you are one of the 10% paying 70% of the total income tax bill, or 50% paying 98.5% of the total income tax bill - think about today when it's time to vote in November.

The former FNC assistant producer who decided to commit career suicide for a $5K paycheck from Gawker to dish the 'dirt' on FNC for enjoyment of liberals - was a guest on CNN this weekend....

“I was blackballed within the industry, that people, hiring managers, see Fox News on your resume, and they say ‘this guy’s a conservative, this guy’s a nut, we don’t want him in our organization.’ I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at Fox News.”
Others have managed to leave FNC for other media gigs without selling out for $5K - or demonstrating their complete lack of ethical integrity and character.  But then many more seem to prefer to stay at the network that is dominating (for years) the cable news ratings.

Rather that focusing on the rants of this pathetic touting the typical leftist talking points - how about a few rants about  the real ideological bias that is now confirmed to exist in the cable news industry?  The bias against those who aren't progressive liberal fascists.

Abders Breivik admitted Monday to a bomb and shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011 - but pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.  During his appearance, Breivik announced:
"I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism."
The white supremacist also flashed a closed fisted salute - and that he was acting in 'self-defense'.

Breivik, if convicted for the mass murder, faces a sentence of just 21 years if found guilty.

President Obama had his own challenges during his attendance this weekend at the Summit of the America's in Columbia that go beyond the actions of the advance team from the Secret Service.

During the summit meetings, while speaking with the press, President Obama not only took the time to toss an ally under the bus as he attempted to pander to a number of South American countries (do they punch above their weight class? Ed), but also probably told more about the truth in an attempted quip than he intended.

President Obama not only tossed the United Kingdom under the bus as he attempted to pander to Argentina, Bolivia, and other leftist South American nations, but also demonstrated not only how dreadful he is in regarding geography, but how lost he is when without the TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) telling him what to utter.

During a press session, President Obama was asked about Argentina's demand for control of the Falkland Islands which are home to 3,000 British citizens and been a British territory since 1833.  Argentina invaded these islands 30 years ago this month - and a British force sailed 7,800 miles to retake the islands.  Said the President...
“Our position on this is that we are going to remain neutral… this is not something that we typically intervene in,” Obama replied to the question.

The Daily Caller notes...
Obama also mislabeled the islands as “The Maldives,” partly because Argentina’s government says the Falkland Islands should be called the “Malvinas” islands.

In fact, the Maldive Islands are in the Indian ocean, not in the South Atlantic. They are some 8,200 miles from the Falklands.

Obama’s neutral stance contrasts with his fulsome praise for Cameron and the U.K. during Cameron’s state visit March 14.
When the British PM visits - Obama is his best buddy.  When visiting and pandering to South American leftist leaders - British 'colonialism' is wrong.  Consistency - no wonder the Obama foreign policy is working so well.

Then we have this failed attempt at a quip - which should be featured prominently in RNC advertisement campaigns this election season...
“I want to thank President Santos and the people of Colombia for the extraordinary hospitality in the beautiful city of Cartagena,” said Obama. “We’re having a wonderful time. And usually when I take these summit trips, part of my job is to scout out where I may want to bring Michelle back later for vacation. So we’ll make sure to come back sometime in the near future.”

Tina Korbe, writing on Hot Air frames the bad taste this comment demonstrates...
... it came on the heels of an interview in which Obama scoffed at the idea that anyone might find him out-of-touch because of his lavish leisure habits. In that interview, news anchor Larry Conners of KMOV in St. Louis asked the president how he responds to concerns that he vacations too much. In his reply, the president pretended to be offended at the suggestion that he’s somehow lazy (even though he’s admitted he thinks he has a kind of laziness deep down), saying, “I’m raising a family here. When we travel, we’ve got to travel through Secret Service and Air Force One. That’s not my choice. I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people.”

The juxtaposition of an offended dismissal of the American people’s legitimate concerns about his jet-setting behaviors with a cutesy comment that he’s scouting a new relaxation spot for Michelle just further illuminates that Barack Obama is out of touch.

Michelle Malkin has a great post today highlighting a new book designed to shed light on the Obama White House / Administration cover-up of 'Fast and Furious'.  The book, 'Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up' is written by Townhall's Kate Pavlich. 

Michelle quotes Kate Pavlich...
Napolitano and a number of advisors and political appointees behind Fast and Furious. These officials have deep loyalties to each other and their anti-Second Amendment ideology dating as far back as the Clinton Administration. In fact, many key Fast and Furious players have deep ties to Chicago and helped craft the 1994 Clinton assault weapons ban legislation.

If the majority of American people knew Fast and Furious like they know Solyndra or the GSA scandal, they would be outraged. Despite very few exceptions, the media has been complicit in the cover-up of Obama’s bloodiest scandal by ignoring and refusing to report about it. Why? To protect the President. This scandal, one that has left hundreds of bodies in its wake, would be deadly to the administration. This is the scandal that will bring President Obama down in November, so long as the American people know its details.

The Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the White House has been actively working on covering this operation up since the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010 by weapons obtained by drug cartel thugs via Fast and Furious.  Several thousand weapons went mission - and Mexican officials conservatively estimate those weapons have been used in 400+ murders in Mexico.  Yet, the primary indication of the purpose of this program was to provide a strawman for the Administration to promote harsher gun control laws in the United States.

In an exclusive story on has info from Kate Pavlich's book that shows not only are government agencies actively covering this scandal up, the mainstream media is also hard at work to protect the Democrat Party and the Obama White House by attacking one of their own, CBS News Sheryl Attkinson who was reporting on this...
She pointed out that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been pushing through the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, and that gun shops had even tried “to stop the questionable sales, but ATF encouraged them to continue.”

When the Obama administration saw Attkinson’s report, they reacted with utter fury. Officials from the administration screamed at her; as Pavlich reports, Justice Department communications director Tracy Schmaler called her up to yell at her. White House spokesman Eric Schultz “reportedly directed a barrage of expletives toward her.” Attkinson said that the White House and Justice Department labeled her “not reasonable” – as opposed to other press outlets.

From their perspective, that was correct – Attkinson wasn’t reasonable because she wasn’t parroting the party line. The rest of the media, however, was only too happy to do so. As Pavlich writes, “The New York Times and Washington Post weren’t just ‘reasonable,’ they seemed to act as press officers for the Obama administration.”

Double standards and hypocrisy has become commonplace in both politics - and in the blogosphere.  However, there are frequently some glaring examples of both that are worth highlighting.  This is particularly the case when they are done by the hard left who like to wrap themselves in a cloak of 'moral authority' - and are so very quick to use these example - or the contrived attempts at examples - as a justification for their actions.

Yesterday, Patterico called out Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs over his double standard and hypocrisy while Johnson rails on his jihad over racism of the right.  Johnson does this by trolling the comments on right wing blog sites looking for what he claims are racist statements that personify the viewpoints of those on the site - and therefore - complete the meme that the site promotes racism and the right is comprised of racists.  [Yeah, it's a vapid argument, but consider the source....Ed]

Patterico gives Johnson 6 simple facts to highlight Johnson's double standard and hypocrisy to address.  Rather than address the facts or answer a simple question, Johnson provides a feckless effort to dodge his accountability and move the goalposts in the vain effort to protect his accountability towards the hypocrisy and double standard he's called on.

Johnson is someone, who in the wake of 9/11, saw his insignificant blog turned into a major destination by the community that congregated there - to discuss what the MSM would not report - and to expose what the MSM would not cover because of ideology or political correctness.  Thousands joined and participated on the site - and this community made the site what it was.  CJ deserves credit for encouraging the community and providing a forum for so many who were voiceless before.  But then his ego seemed to get into the picture - which was quickly followed by the embracing of 'Hope and Change'.  By late 2008 - early 2009, Johnson took LGF to become just another Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, and Indymedia - a poster child for liberal fascism. 

Now it's a shadow of what it once was - an echo chamber - and the vast majority of the community that made the site what it was - are now permanently banned by the mad King Charles I.

As Patterico demonstrates - CJ has no answer for calling out other sites for racism - even when those racist comments are planted by trolls he sends, trolls he supports, and trolls he defends.  When these tactics were used against LGF in 2003-7 - CJ fought back.  Now he embraces it and uses it to drive traffic and attention.

Circumstances do not make one's values and character change.  Challenging circumstances reveal character and one's values.  If values and one's character changes - it's because of a choice to make the change....just like the moron who killed his career at FNC for $5K from Gawker.  Is there really much of a difference between that nimrod and Charles Johnson? 

Not in my mind.

Today in History

1746 - The Duke of Cumberland defeated the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart at the Battle of Culloden - ending the effort of the Stuarts to overthrow the British throne then held by the reigning House of Hanover.  It was also the last major land battle fought in Britain.

1947 - 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer and components for explosives, ignited and exploded while being loaded on a freighter in Texas City, Texas.  The resulting explosion killed 581 people.  The blast was heard 150 miles away and the ship's 1.5 ton anchor was found 2 miles away from the pier.  The burning debris from the blast set off additional explosions at nearby refineries and facilities - a Monsanto chemical storage facility exploded and killed 234 of the 574 workers in the facility.

2007 - 32 Students and teachers are gunned down in the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by Seung Hui Cho - a student at the school who committed suicide after the attack.

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