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Thursday, May 31, 2012

“The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady.”

It must be true. I read it in Politico, where Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen lead the GOP butthurt chorus that the liberal media’s being mean to Mittens yet again, while leaving Obama unenvettened:

To GOP, blatant bias in vetting

On the front page of its Sunday edition, the New York Times gave a big spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding. The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady.

Only days earlier, news surfaced that author David Maraniss had unearthed new details about Barack Obama’s prolific, college-age dope-smoking for his new book, “Barack Obama: The Story” — and the Times made it a brief on A15.

No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign. To them, reporters are scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience – and once again downplaying ones that could hurt the president.

The offending NYT article’s here. SteveM at Balloon Juice does a handy job of taking apart this “bias” nonsense, as does Paul Waldman at The American Prospect, but all I can say is: Welcome to public life, Mitt.

You’ve only been at this politicking lark for the best part of twenty years, and still the American public seems to regard you as some sort of mysterious cipher—if VandeHei and Allen are to be believed, all too vulnerable to having the vacuum in your public image contaminated by details of how you and your family pass the time off the campaign trail:

Swing voters are just getting to know him. And coverage suggesting he is mean or extravagant can soak in, even though voters who took the time to weigh the details might dismiss the storyline.

Oh dear oh dear. I think the Romney campaign should be more concerned about Politico than anything the NYT publishes. Now “he is mean or extravagant”? The hits keep coming!

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Posted by YAFB on 05/31/12 at 12:14 PM
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My God, it’s full of bonkers!

Recovering from a week or so off blogging (we’ve had a heatwave, and believe me, in these climes, when that happens, you grab every chance to get outdoors) and trying to get up to speed with what’s eating folks stateside, I did my usual rounds of the news sites and blogs and ended up with some trepidation on Memeorandum.

The tail end of yesterday, it was all hullabaloo over some spat between a speedway bomber I’d never heard of and a blogger I never read along with a bunch of assholes trying to gin up a hot war with liberals everywhere, and today it’s OUTRAGE!!!! that President Obama committed a careless but hardly unprecedented slip of the tongue when doling out a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Polish Resistance fighter Jan Karski for his part in combating the Nazis in the World War 2 and referred to “Polish Death Camps” rather than Nazi ones and seemingly Armageddon’s on the horizon. Ugh, not good, and worthy of an apology (notwithstanding Booman’s quibble), but it’s grimly hilarious to see the right engaged in a feverish political correctness campaign that’ll last as long as the spittle holds out and the wheels don’t come off, at which point the Polack jokes will no doubt kick in again.

Meanwhile, as Vixen Strangely’s covered, Mitt still hearts The Donald (gotta get over that 50% somehow after all), who thinks birtherism is “a great issue for Mitt Romney”—skilfully surfing the zeitgeist, as Trump’s also feeding the buzz on the righty blogs that has now segued into transcripterism—at which point the Romney campaign thinks it’s a dandy idea to release what it claims is a facsimile of Mitt’s own birth certificate (but who the hell knows?), which confirms yet again that his own pa was furrin, spurring Dan Riehl to reach back into the 1960s for evidence of Democratic double standards concerning presidential eligibility and asking—without a question mark, but still just asking, OK?—whether it’s a question of race, and ignoring the fact that the pack o’ rightwing loons who’ve been clamoring incessantly about Obama’s eligibility seem to be eschewing such double standards and are apparently quite prepared to go after Mitt on similar grounds, if we’re to believe Dana Milbank, and who wouldn’t?

Meanmeanwhile, of course—and MUCH more germane to anything approaching what passes for reality nowadays—comes the news via Betty that the State of Florida has moved on from 2000 and Rick Scott isn’t content to wait till the election this time to disenfranchise whole demographic blocs of its voters.

I need a lie down. What other headshaking or earthshattering developments have I missed?

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Posted by YAFB on 05/30/12 at 10:29 AM
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ruined Runes: Another Day, Another Poll, Another Headfuck

According to the top headline at Memeorandum at the moment, a bunch of folks are either whooping it up or uttering bewildered ZOMGs, depending on their political persuasions, over the latest poll from CBS News/New York Times which shows Romney with “a slight edge” of 46—43 over Obama among registered voters:

Washington Post:  Both establishment and tea party could lose in Nebraska
Datechguy / Datechguy’s Blog:  Demoralized as Hell: Et Tu CBS/NYT poll?
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:  IS ROMNEY GOING TO WIN THIS THING? I STILL DOUBT IT, BUT…
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:  New CBS/NYT Poll Finds One In Four Voters Less Likely To Vote For Obama After Gay Marriage Endorsement…
Maggie Haberman / Politico:  Romney leads Obama 46- 43 in new NYT/CBS poll
Allahpundit / Hot Air:  NYT/CBS poll: Romney 46, Obama 43
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:  CBS News/New York Times Poll: Romney Takes Slight Lead Over Obama
Katrina Trinko / National Review:  Poll: Romney’s Pulling Ahead

It should go without saying (and I certainly don’t want to end up having to point this out every frikkin time people who have their own agendas to shore up or who should know better go apeshit over the next pollster freakout) that one poll in isolation—in particular this far out from election day—indicates very little. Without wishing to totally dampen any motivating angst among Democrats, here’s a few other points that make me less than inclined to panic:

* CBS News itself observes: “Romney’s slight advantage remains within the poll’s margin of error, which is plus or minus four percentage points.”
* For those jumping to draw conclusions about any impact of president Obama’s declaration on marriage equality, or his or Romney’s standing among women or independents or whatever, it also observes: “The error for subgroups is higher.”
* It’s a callback poll, re-polling part of the same sample polled in the last CBS News/NYT poll that no doubt caused heads to explode or jubilation to break out when it was released—read the blurb at the bottom of the article: “This poll was conducted by telephone on May 11-13, 2012 among 615 adults nationwide, including 562 registered voters, who were first interviewed for a CBS News/New York Times Poll conducted April 13-17, 2012.” Aside from the smaller sample size, there’s every possibility that those who bothered to respond to the follow-up call were self-selected to be more exercised about certain issues.

It may or may not be a slight improvement on inspecting entrails or observing the flight paths of geese. Maybe somebody someday should stage a controlled experiment.

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Posted by YAFB on 05/15/12 at 08:32 AM
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Monday, May 14, 2012

blackwaterdog is back!

Her blog, if for some reason you don’t have it bookmarked, is here.  This is good news.  To defeat the Republicans we need, as she says, all hands on deck.  Make no mistake.  If Willard is elected President this is what he and the rest of the Rethuglicans will do to our country.

And I’m really tired of hearing “lesser of two evils” BS.  Obama, whatever ponies he failed to deliver or whether you disagree with some of his actions and policies, is not evil.  Or incompetent, ineffective or weak. Willard?  I think you could make a real argument for his being a basically evil person.  We definitely know he’s a bully, he has no empathy for people not in the 1%, he likes to fire people and he luurrves to strip him some assets out of companies to line his pockets and match his silver spoon.

I honestly do believe the future of our country is hanging in the balance here.  Time to roll up the shirtsleeves and GOTV.  Take back the House while we’re at it! 

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Here Come the Invisibles: Obama Ohio Rally Kicks Off 2012 Campaign

Obama Launches Campaign in Empty Arena
Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at the Ohio State University, the largest college in this crucial swing state.  According to a photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney’s campaign spokesman Ryan Williams, the event was poorly attended.

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Thus runs the lede at Big Government this afternoon. Disappointing, huh? Jeez, if you close your eyes tight and stick your fingers in your ears and go “LALALALA,” there’s nothing going on there at all.

This campaign season, it’s apparent we’re going to be playing the numbers game, comparing enthusiasm for President Obama’s 2012 campaign—unfavorably wherever possible—with that of 2008, if the wingnutariat, ably abetted by sectors of the MSM, gets its way.

CNN’s coverage of one person yapping and nobody there to do any clapping noted:

The top tier of this auditorium is not full. It’s empty. Mostly. You know, it’s fair to say that they expected to fill this up, so it must be a disappointment to the campaign.

Then it goes and spoils it all by shooting for the “fair and balanced”:

You should also point out that the Romney campaign has never drawn a crowd even half this size, so judge by whatever standard you will.

It’s also true that Obama’s made appearances in this neck of the woods of Ohio several times already this year, so the novelty’s no doubt wearing a little thin by now. But what the hey, what a disappointing spectacle this must have been for the campaign:

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Posted by YAFB on 05/05/12 at 05:18 PM
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Requiem for a Wingnut

In many religions, when an iconic figure dies, it’s customary to commission works of art and music to celebrate their life and legacy. Over the centuries, this has produced some of the most sublime artworks known to humanity.

This is not such an occasion.

[h/t HumboldtBlue in the Rumper Room. Please direct any brickbats at him.]

Posted by YAFB on 04/27/12 at 11:12 AM
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

If they chase their tails any harder, they’ll disappear up their own arseholes

Over the past few days, professional rabid wingnut blabbermouth Dana “Drop Trou” Loesch has been working herself into even more of a frenzy than usual. This time, it’s over allegations that somebody at the DOJ referred an enquiry from credibility-starved hack-hive startup The Washington Beacon to a “site accused of antisemitism.”

The Beacon‘s edited by Bill Kristol’s underemployed son-in-law Matthew Continetti, the alleged “journalist” whose back copy includes The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star. It’s quite possible that the DOJ has better things to do than help feed the Beacon‘s hysteria mill by responding to its request for a comment about a book with the transparently impartial title Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover Up, but Loesch needs the page hits and something to do with her days now the boss is six feet under and evidently staying there. Her subliterate headline reads:

SOURCE: DOJ REFERS REPORTER TO SITE ACCUSED OF ANTISEMITISM OVER FAST AND FURIOUS

The site in question? Why, Media Matters, of course, which carried a detailed debunking of the book.

Loesch and her crew have been trying desperately to link the words “antisemitism”—a favorite of the Breitbartlets, an antidote to “raaaaacism,” if you will—and “Media Matters” in the same way that Jim Hoft loves to pair “thugs” with “union” or “OWS.”

Loesch has mustered her cavalry, including arch-racebaiter Ben “You burn down one mosque and they call you an Islamophobe” Shapiro, to the attack:

CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: TABLET CALLS OUT MEDIA MATTERS, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, J STREET ON ANTISEMITISM

Subsequently, Loesch enlists the help of “P.J. Salvatore,” the inhouse sockpuppet charged with defending her honor when she hasn’t got the guts or hutzpah to put her own name to her whining:

ANTISEMITIC MMFA MISREPRESENTS LOESCH REMARK

The “misrepresentation”—and yet again hilarious accusations of “selective editing”—in this case concerned Loesch’s remarks that Martin Bashir, being a furriner and all, should go back to jolly old England and keep his nose out of American politics. Loesch doesn’t seem to feel this advice should apply to her colleague, South African-born Joel Pollak, but then you may be gaining the impression that consistency isn’t really part of her makeup.

And now, dick-obsessed Lee Stranahan steps into the breach:

VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY: DOJ REFERS REPORTER TO MEDIA MATTERS, SOURCE CLAIMS

They’re going to wear out those pearls and that fainting couch.

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Posted by YAFB on 04/22/12 at 08:40 AM
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Right Old Dilemma: Which Not-Romney?

With Rick Santorum’s suspension of his campaign and effective withdrawal from the primary, where does that leave those Republicans who remain bitterly unconvinced of Mitt Romney’s ability to win the election, let alone govern in a sufficiently wingnutty way to pass muster among the base?

Most of the attention I’ve seen has focused on Newt Gingrich, last seen screwing up yet another state campaign by bouncing a check for $500 at Utah’s Elections Board and leaving nobody home to answer the subequent enquiries about it. Thus demonstrably clueless, reportedly at least $4.5 million in debt, with no sugardaddy to bail him out nowadays and next to no ground game, but still pledging to run all the way to Tampa, Gingrich claims the suitably ironic mantle of “the last conservative standing.”

But not so fast, says Ron Paul:

After Rick Santorum ended his White House bid on Tuesday, Ron Paul’s campaign praised the former Pennsylvania senator, but said Paul did not have plans to follow suit.

“Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign chairman, said in a statement.

The oldest swinger in town still has game, as his campaign airs a new ad in Texas which is a bit of a hoot.

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Posted by YAFB on 04/11/12 at 10:04 AM
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Friday, April 06, 2012

Guest Column: Comedy Masterclass from Frank J. Fleming

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In the interests of snark development, I hand you over this morning to Frank J. Fleming at Pajamas Media, whose credentials are impeccable: “Frank J. Fleming is the author of the ebook ‘Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything’ published by HarperCollins, writes columns for PJ Media and the New York Post, blogs at IMAO.us, and comes up with his best jokes after his captain takes his humor badge away.”

Fleming has taken exception to Alf LaMont’s article at HuffPo, “Turn Left? The Lack of Right-Wing Comedians,” and has much sage advice to offer we on the humor-deficited left. Here is a summary of Fleming’s manifesto “Face It: Liberals Just Aren’t Very Funny,” along with some key quotes and worked examples to illustrate his RW principles of humor. Read and learn.

1. Comedy requires detachment and the ability to be self-effacing.
Key quote: “While conservatives let their religion influence their politics, to liberals, politics is their religion and is thus sacred and can’t be joked about. They don’t find anything funny about the current political atmosphere, because they intensely fear that racist Republicans are going to lynch the president and then rape everybody with ultrasounds.”

Worked examples from this very article of Fleming’s

A.

Now, I know liberals think conservatives don’t tell jokes and only find humor in laughing at poor people. (Actually, that gives me a good show idea: “Poor People Falling Down Stairs.”  It’s funny because it’s poor people getting hurt and also because you’re thinking to yourself, “How did these poor people afford a place with stairs?”)

B.

Take me, for example. I’m certified funny by all the national authorities. In fact, doctors often use my material as a diagnostic tool. If someone reads something I’ve written and doesn’t laugh, that probably means he has a brain tumor.

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Posted by YAFB on 04/06/12 at 07:46 AM
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Newsflash: Dan Riehl is failing again [Updated]

The Breitbartless Breitbartians continue to explore the boundaries of irony over at the spectacularly misnamed BIG Journalism, where Dan “Oh, Really?” Riehl is taking a break from the racebaiting and harrassing people on Twitter to gin up another fact-free conspiracy theory buffered by the usual headline question mark:

DID THE WHITE HOUSE PRESSURE WASHINGTON POST TO CHANGE FACT CHECKER?

Riehl’s deeply concerned about the values of Pinnochios, as can be gauged by the startling point size of his lede:

On March 27, Josh Hicks of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave White House regulation czar Cass Sunstein one “Pinocchio” for his defense of the Obama administration’s regulatory record. However, the same article, a day earlier, was far more critical of the administration, giving Sunstein a total of three Pinocchios.

It Depends What You Mean By “Facts”

Before you get too excited, lay down those clutching pearls and rest assured that Riehl offers precisely no evidence whatsoever of behind-the-scenes shenanigans, instead relying on the customary paranoia that feeds the benighted BIG comment streams and keeps the rubes clicking. Riehl’s been driven to exploiting MS Word’s wonderful Compare Files feature to track the rewriting of two successive versions of the “factchecking” article, and supplies a handy screenshot to fuel the speculation:

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I don’t expect his menagerie of regular readers to bother perusing any of this in any detail, but I’m not infrequently paid to do this sort of thing, so here’s a freebie, Dan.

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Posted by YAFB on 03/31/12 at 11:14 AM
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

If We Could Convert Stupid To Electricity,  We’d Be Set [Updated]

Given how much energy the Breitbartians are devoting at the moment to stretching the bounds of idiocy (no links or I’d just fill the page) while still keeping a hand free for the old racebaiting, the rest of the pack is having to up its game.

Bob Cesca just nominated Town Hall’s David Hoyt (“Hoyt?! I’ll show you Hoyt!”) for “Stupid Quote of the Day” thanks to a little gem I’ll share in a minute that deserves wider celebration, but first there’s the rest of Hoyt’s screed that isn’t much less daft.

David sets out to review Sen. Jim Inhofe’s new book, The Greatest Hoax. If I tell you it’s a diatribe about environmentalism, you can probably imagine its gist just from the title. And it certainly seems to have fired young David up. Kermie’s comin’ for ya, gas-guzzlin’ Americans:

... the greenies on the left are relentless in their pursuit of global control of everything related to the environment. Which is to say, everything.

Well, yeah. The thing about the environment is its kind of everythingness, David. You’re surrounded.

David’s obviously easily impressed:

It features no less than 408 footnotes and a useful index.

Woo—408 footnotes! That’s almost as impressive as that time Al Franken demolished Ann Coulter for her “extensive footnoting” onstage via the dastardly liberal ploy of actually checking them out, then illustrating that “never mind the quality, feel the width” is a maxim that applies to mendacious rightwing demagogic screeds as much as tailoring.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Rightbehinders

Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal blog discovers that Sarah Palin’s discovered the Breitbart-commemorating streetposter I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, as the Breitbartlets do their best to assemble a death cult—and now, apparently, an entire Special Forces Division—to honor their leader’s memory:

When at the top of an aggregation site I saw the headline (“Breitbart Is Here”) and byline (Sarah Palin), I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day. No, that’s still two weeks away. But it’s almost too rich for description:

There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”

Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic.

With the death of Breitbart, the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General - we lost an entire Special Forces Division. But he didn’t leave us without the tools and the knowledge we need to fight. This website - Breitbart 2.0 - is the culmination of his study of the technology and aesthetics of new media.

OMG. Andrew Breitbart is the Right’s very own Alinsky.

Ed’s understandably a bit preoccupied with boggling at the combo of Griftzilla cottoning on to Breity’s poisonous legacy, but there’s a good argument that Alinsky is the Right’s very own Alinsky. As Rumproaster Boreds of Canada pointed out on that earlier thread:

Adam Brandon, a spokesman for the conservative non-profit organization FreedomWorks, which is one of several groups involved in organizing Tea Party protests, says the group gives Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to its top leadership members. A shortened guide called Rules for Patriots is distributed to its entire network. In a January 2012 story that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, citing the organization’s tactic of sending activists to town-hall meetings, Brandon explained, “his tactics when it comes to grass-roots organizing are incredibly effective.” Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey also gives copies of Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals to Tea Party leaders.
(Wikipedia)

Why, a certain GOP presidential contender’s father even palled around with the dude.

But that’s by the by.

It seems to me that the Breitbartlets and assorted bandwagon-jumpers are being a little presumptious with their cries of “I am Breitbart!” and the repeated vows at the BIG sites and other corners of the wingnutsphere to continue his work.

What if Mr. Breitbart experienced a deathsidewalk conversion? For all they or I know, he may have had a few moments’ clarity before he slipped away, and chosen to repent his wingnutty, rabblerousing tendencies, in which case I think a far more appropriate way to honor his passing is to use the eyecatching design to convey a more fitting and urgently needed message to those who mourn the man in this manner.

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Posted by YAFB on 03/16/12 at 04:50 PM
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Poll dancing

Memeorandum yesterday:

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Morning News Grab-bag

The righty blogs are whooping it up because the latest CBS/New York Times poll reckons President Obama’s approval rating’s dipping (CBS News) and that there’s been a decline in his approval ratings among women despite the events of the last couple of weeks (Weekly Standard). So I guess they’d better double down on the slutshaming then. 

Quote of the Week (already): “If these young women are being responsible and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t have this problem to begin with.”—North Carolina County Commission Chairman Tom Davis gives his learnèd opinion on contraceptive rights. (TPM)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is doooomed because he’s not scheduled to pal around with shiftless raving rightwing nutjobs during his upcoming official visit to Washington, DC. (Daily Telegraph)

Meanwhile, ex-News International CEO Rebekah Brooks—a close friend and neighbor of Cameron’s—is the latest of Rupert Murdoch’s hacking hacks to be arrested (again—she was last arrested in July 2011),  along with her horsey hubby this time, as the ongoing inquiries into the clusterfuck continue to unfold. Crown Prosecution Service involvement implies that there are specific charges to face. (BBC News)

And in the comics section, Griftzilla seeks to capitalize on her return to the headlines this last week—not just for the airing of Game Change, but because it’s SO unfair to cherrypick quotes from political opponents in campaign ads (TPM)—by calling President Obama a “frikkin loser slut”* on Facebook, excoriating him for everything everywhere everywhen, and declaring she’s “willing and free to discuss these issues with the President anywhere, anytime.” The White House responds: “How would the plains of Mars when hell freezes over suit ya?”* (Facebook)

I’ve probably missed a few things going on. Clue me in if you like.

* Not intended to be factual statements.

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Scourge of the Right [now with related update]

I’ve got to say, Charles Johnson has come a long way since the 2008 election (when LGF was a pretty horrible sight/site). I think a lot of people will still have problems forgiving him for the worst of the anti-Islamic propaganda he and those who hung out in his comments sections propelled over a number of years before he (and apparently his weeded-out commenters) saw the light and turned on his erstwhile allies, who are now bitter, bitter enemies, but the guy has a knack of getting under the skin of the right-wing blogs and “news” sites like no one else I know. And so it’s been the last 24 hours or so.

The first story:

Breitbart.com Caught Again: Deceptively Editing a Video

In yet another humiliating attempt to catch the Obama campaign in a hidden video conspiratorial outrageous outrage, the heirs of Andrew at Breitbart.com have creatively edited a video of a lecture by Harvard Law School Prof. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., to make it look like he was admitting hiding a supposed damning bit of “evidence:” that Barack Obama was a closer friend to Prof. Derrick Bell than they wanted known.

Unfortunately for the reactionaries at Breitbart.com, they had to cut out some important context to make it look that way.

[Link: www.breitbart.com…]

Footage of Barack Obama praising and hugging Professor Derrick Bell. It was spliced and diced by the media to avoid showing just how close Obama was to Bell. More than that, a close associate of the Obama campaign, Harvard Law School’s Professor Charles Ogletree, admitted on our exclusive tape, ‘We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.

  — Ben Shapiro

[Emphasis mine] {i.e. Johnson's—YAFB}

Here is a short video showing that Prof. Ogletree wasn’t talking about the Obama campaign hiding that portion of the video; in reality, he was completing a humorous jab at some of his colleagues who also attended the same 1991 gathering as Obama and Bell.
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Uh, and this is … you can see this is 1990, so this is 21 years ago.

None of these people look like this today [laughter] and I know they’re going to be afraid or mad that I found this but it’s a good example.

[quiet laughter]

Let me see if I can get this, uh, to work…

Now what makes this so interesting, when you think about it, uh it’s uh, of course we hid this throughout the 2008 campaign so don’t… [laughter] … I don’t care if they find it now but uh, because it just told you that his growth had been, uh, astronomical in terms of his sense about race …

Please notice: he was joking about his colleagues and himself looking older, not seriously “admitting” to hiding anything.
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