Once a Sharecropper, Always a Sharecropper, How Sweet It Is!

Mary Katherine Ham, fellow distinguished alum of the University of Georgia, outlines at HotAir the GAO’s reminder that “Houston, we have a problem…”

… Democrats and liberals seem pretty keen on slipping over the cliff, despite possible economic damage. Yes, that’s because they can be nearly 100 percent sure the press will never punish Democrats for not making a deal. They haven’t punished them for breaking the law by not passing budgets for three years, even though they admit they simply don’t want to put their ideas on paper because of political considerations. There was hardly a price to pay for any failure of Obama’s first four years in office because there was a Republican in office before him, so why wouldn’t they assume they can successfully pin the blame on Republicans still actually in office? The calculus has to change for them if anyone expects them to do anything that might avert debt disaster, ever. The press does us all a disservice by not dissecting President Obama’s current plan and four years of utter abdication on budget and debt issues with the same gusto and skepticism it reserves for Mitt Romney’s CostCo shopping cart contents.

All that being said, Republicans can’t ignore the fact that the public is placing blame on them, fairly or unfairly. Counting on the press to be fair enough to change the dynamic is a fool’s errand. It’s therefore the responsibility of Republican leadership to present its ideas with some kind of understanding of the unfriendly ground on which it’s playing. For instance, at least holding a press conference for what it hopes will be a game-changing counter-offer instead of sending a letter that’s quickly ignored in time to get back to Obama’s talking points.

Obama wants America to fail. It’s in his day planner, highlighted with glitter stickers and scribbled hearts and smiley faces with turbans.

Why else would his media brain trust pay an intimate visit to the WH on Tuesday?

You Don’t Say?

I don’t care much for polls. But this one by Gallup shows that distrust of the US Media has reached an all-time high.

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

Distrust the US media, you say? How can that be?

They daily sing the praises of Dear Leader.

They worship at his feet.

They submit stories to their WH minders.

They accept top secret information and endanger Americans at home and abroad.

They push agendas formulated in hidden places.

They twist facts and make up stories out of whole cloth. (UPDATE: Exhibit A.)

They stick together like a pack of jackals.

If you didn’t know better, you’d think you were in North Korea.

Quote of the Day

I’d like to say that my sporadic absences are due to working on a big project, rolling out a new blog format, something bright and shiny to make the world a better place and possibly allow me to quit the day job, whatever. Sadly, that’s not the case. The case is I’m just sad, so sad some days that it’s all I can do to get out of bed. I continue to covet your prayers.

In the meantime, Deacon Greg Kandra gets the esteemed Obi’s Sister Quote of the Day Award for his response to the MSNBC/Andrea Mitchell/NBC creative editing of a Romney campaign stop and the subsequent non-apology. Remember, these are the very same folks who purposely misdirected the Martin/Zimmerman affair. The Good Deacon has 25 years of media experience; in other words, he saw the sausage made daily, understood the pitfalls and that sometimes mistakes were made. But he’s done covering for them.

Forget it. I’m done. You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.

Good job.

It’s the Little Things

You can’t turn a cruise ship on a dime. But yes, you can turn it around, slowly and carefully to set it on course.

Exhibit A – N:

– Saying the President is “cool” is raaaaacist code.
– You keep saying that word. It doesn’t mean what you think it means.
– Obama’s very bad week.
Florida sues the Fed DHS to get a voter’s database that should belong to them anyway called “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” (SAVE). They want to use the database to verify the citizenship, and thus the voter registration, of suspected illegal immigrants in Florida. But the Feds say, “Nooooooooo….”
– Remember when Top Secret meant something? The current administration leaks solely for fun and pleasure...and to skew the political landscape in their favor.
– Americans net worth dropped 40% in the last 3 years. And that inheritance? Fughetaboutit.
– “Just Fine” gaffe now blamed on … wait for it… the media.
NY Dems about to nominate a former Black Panther, anti-Israel race baiter for Congress.
Obama channels his inner Caesar as he decides who lives and who dies. Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Politifact may be not as factual as you think. I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
– If AG Eric Holder has a ‘Advance to Go, Collect $200’ presidential pardon card in his pocket, this might be the time to use it.
– House Republicans, 85 of ’em, don’t like the idea of their constituents being SWATted.
Navy unmanned drone crashes in eastern Maryland. What was it up to? Surely not looking for a mythical #BrentKimberlin SWATting… Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) wants to ground the drones domestically. Smart guy.
– We will take converts, one at a time. Welcome, Greg.

“Swatting” of Conservatives Story Gaining Traction

The dam is cracking and the #Brett Kimberlin crowd doesn’t have enough fingers to stop the deluge of truth.

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss is requesting the DOJ investigate. I wonder if Holder will even bother, unless he can find a black conservative that has been threatened and oppressed by a white attacker.

ABC scooped CNN on the story. (Erick Erickson should really ask his bosses over at CNN what has to happen for them to cover a story about one of their own. You bet if Christiane Amanpour had been swatted like Erick, the producers would be slobbering all over themselves trying to figure out how turn it into a mini-series.)

The American Center for Law and Justice has stepped up in defense of this assault on the First Amendment.

Breaking: Karen Handel Resigns from Komen

Just in – Karen Handel has resigned (effective immediately) from Komen.

Background here.

The media has their scapegoat.


Tweet of the Week – UPDATED


I can’t stop laughing. Stop it, really. I can’t breathe!

UPDATE: Fausta (and Patrerico) shred our favorite self-educated OB-GYN.

Things That Make Me Happy

When a conservative, any conservative really, makes liberal media heads explode like this, well, beams of light illuminate the heavens and baby angels get their wings.

Big smile. Clean up on aisle five.

Disgraceful Lawrence O’Donnell – UPDATED

This interview of Herman Cain by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell rockets past the offensive mark to the point of “WTH?” Listen to the entire thing there, I can’t embed it here. That free WordPress stuff, still.

Honestly, would O’Donnell have interviewed BHO the same way in 2008? No way; he was too busy licking O’s boots while sticking pins in Sarah Palin dolls, like the rest of the MSM.

If the media hates Cain this vehemently, then that’s a sure sign to the voters that he’d make a good President. At this point, my fifteen year old arthritic and half-blind Shih Tzu would make a better President than the current one (no offense meant to Herman, either, so don’t even go there.)

UPDATE: Here’s another shameful baiting of Herman by CNN’s Candy Crowley. He really has set the talking heads back on their heels!

UPDATE II: Both Stacy and Smitty weigh in on our betters. Ed Driscoll has a good round-up, including an ad for paid protesters for #OccupyWhatever. Yep. Paid protesters.

My Two Cents About The First GOP Debate

Last night’s CNN televised GOP debate is now in the can. Depending on who you ask, Cain won, Bachmann won, whatever. Regardless, CNN lost. Between John King’s relentless grunting and the stupid “this or that?” questions, and the morning after caption, CNN proved themselves the true water boys of the state run media.

For me, no one was the shiny standout. They all have their issues – warts and scabby places that will eventually be revealed for all of America to see and judge. But last night, they introduced themselves and their ideas in such a way as to not dissolve into a pack of fighting, rabid dogs. The press was dying for a fight and they didn’t get one. John King even goaded Pawlenty a bit, but to his credit, Tim didn’t take the bait. What we saw last night was a unified front, even if for just a moment.

Everyone on that stage, with the exception of John King, knows that for this country to survive, Obama must be a one-term President.

I respect them all for their restraint, especially when it would have been so easy to attack one another in the ‘gotcha’ format CNN was promoting.

So there.

Cross-posted at RedState.

“An Embarrassment For Legacy Media”

Leave it to the Brits to cover something the American press refuse to acknowledge.

Toby Harnden of The Telegraph notes

The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

In another amazing feat of observation, Mr. Harnden also sums up nicely the American media’s obsession with Palin.

She is, however, viewed with a kind of horrified fascination by many in the media, who faithfully records everything she says and does while at the same time decrying her as ignorant and even evil.

How does he do it? He also nails the media projected image of Sarah:

…hardened into one of a brittle, even paranoid, politician who seethes with resentment, feels aggrieved and entitled and is intent on pursuing celebrity even at the expense of her family.

Mrs Palin as a person has become so remote that it is hard to assess how much, if any, of that widely-held caricature has a basis in truth. The email release could mark the end of a chapter of what conservatives have termed “Palin Derangement Syndrome”. Her enemies in the media appear to have overplayed their hand.

Get that? Seethes with resentment… aggrievedentitled… pursues celebrity… (gasp!) at the expense of her fam-i-ly! Spout that with your finest Shakespearean accent along with your best Richard III squint and wobble.

C’mon fellas, there’s got to be at least one misspelled word in all those emails. Get on the stick there – you’ve got to report something negative!

By the way, I won’t even bring up the fact that while the LSM (Lame Stream Media) wets themselves over these emails, the LA Times still refuses to release a 2008 video of Obama toasting Rashid Khalidi, a former Palestinan operative. Read the rest and follow the links at Gateway Pundit. It will make your skin crawl.

Five Years In and Still Going Strong

Well, well. Today is my bloggy-bloggy-birthday. This little blog is FIVE years old today. It is merely a fluke of nature that the blog was birthed on Pi Day, but that always gives me something else to celebrate.

I deserve a parade, or something. That’s it – my very own float in the geek’s Pi Parade. Bring me my tiara and don’t forget a piece of pie!

What started as a rant about bad manners led to politics, of course. Duh. A year went by, and the blog got its sea-legs.. After two years, there were more readers, more commenters and I was venturing out to meet face to face some of the intertubez folks that were previously called “friends I haven’t met yet.” Year three showed even more growth, including the first picture of little ol’ me holding my favorite dessert. 2008 was my first CPAC, where I was indoctrinated in “The Rules” and met Erick the Giant Slayer and the neighbor I didn’t know I had. Then birthday number four rolled around. The blog was bursting at its seams with many friends, a few enemies (remember, Rule 4) and parsecs of snarkage. Just a few days after that celebration, I coined my favorite phrase of 2010, “Sometimes the stupidity of people just stupefies me.” During this past year, along with dishing out massive amounts of discontent on the powers that be and the media minions who lick their toes, I was also invited to join the blogging families of Potluck and PeachPundit. Happy, happy, happy – just spreading the joy, baby.

Pi, in and of itself, can make a political statement. Imagine these two having a discussion on the steps of the Wisconsin Capitol. There, I knew you’d get it. What a perfect illustration of the moronisphere of politics populated with your standard sleazy Democrats, standard sleazy Republicans, standard sleazy Independents, screaming Union goons, whining Presidents, scheming First Ladies, incompetent government officials. And I didn’t even mention Georgia, that bastion of gentility in government affairs. Sex, lobbyists, video tape. Oh wait, that was last session.

In searching for Pi-related party favors, I ran across this interesting cartoon where dinosaurs are discussing Pi Approximation Day at The World of Pi (no, it’s not a restaurant).

Oh, the horror! Pi approximation? Reducing the exactness of exquisite perfection to a mere approximation? Egad! That’s like saying a stick drawing is a suitable rendering of the Mona Lisa. What interested me the most is the what the T-Rex says in the last frame…“Failure is just success rounded down, my friend.”

If ever there was a motto for the Obama Legacy, that’s it. Bam. You’re welcome. I’m feeling very Maleficent today, so watch your step.

As always, I want to thank The Anchoress for providing the spark. See what you started?!?! 😉

UPDATE: I always knew that Albert Einstein was born today (how fittin’), but March 14 is also Truett Cathy’s birthday. (For you pesky non-natives, he is the inventor of my addiction, Chick-fil-A). He is 90 years young today. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha…now I have a reason to link to my favorite song.

UPDATE II: Instalanche! Thanks Professor Glenn for the birthday wishes. I was walking in the door of the PeachPundit Road Show when the ‘lanche hit, so I was a’schmoozin’ it up instead of sitting at home watching the sitemeter spin into the stratosphere. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

UPDATE III: And look! There was a Memorandum thread for little ol’ me, while I was a’schmoozin’, too! (Thanks Fausta!)

Tabitha Hale Assaulted by CWA Thug, Those Crickets Keep on Chirpin’

Tabitha Hale of FreedomWorks was assaulted by a union thug Wednesday, after they showed up uninvited at the building housing FreedomWorks to protest their grievance du jour (Wisconsin? Indiana? Oh wait, scratchy toilet paper?).

Tabitha’s account is here. Where’s the state run media? Covering Charlie Sheen’s latest meltdown and slobbering over who may wear what at the Oscars this weekend, I’m sure. Priorities, people, priorities!

Ace is at his best when he’s foaming at the mouth. This post is no exception (h/t The Other McCain). Like the rest of us, he takes exasperated issue with the liberal filter the media tools use on every little thing.

“Context.” “Manufactured.” Those who don’t wish to say the truth — and those who don’t even wish to know the truth, to discover the horrors they actually believe in — content themselves with such evasions.

Thinking men and women reject them, push past the gauzy haze of such vague words and demand to know (including demanding to know of themselves) what these words actually mean and what assumptions, precisely, we believe in.

If an assumption is too odious to be stated aloud — there is a very good chance that assumption is false and hateful, isn’t there?

Now we hear that these same friendly folks will be bussed in everywhere Saturday. They are hoping to make all 50 state capitols, spreading their message of “hope and change.” We should all be there – cameras in hand.

There’s a reason I have a category for “Stuff I’m Tired Of”

The attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s life and accompanying murders/injuries on Saturday shows just how fractured our national psyche has become. The self-same media that warned us not to judge the Ft. Hood shooter jumped on this like a hungry dog. Shame on them.

The Brits get it. Regular (read non-elite) Americans get it. Most also believe the Arizona sheriff is hiding possible negligence in his department. Why else would he be spouting such a wide variety of conspiracy theories?

Michelle Malkin has a one-stop primer on the left’s hate we have to put up with.

People are grieving here. Get over yourselves.

Like I said, “Stuff I’m Tired Of.”

UPDATE: More from Moe Lane.

UPDATE II: Dr. Melissa Clothier voices my concern exactly!

Now, here’s the thing about the lefties jumping in…they know better. They know how the media cycle works and they want to drive a narrative a certain direction because their lens is purely political. This is not the first time they’ve seized the crisis– Time’s Square, the Holocaust Museum shooter, the DC sniper and on and on–were all falsely tied to conservative ideology.

Normal people feel the pain, horror and fear of these events. It cuts across partisan lines.

It’s wrong. It’s shameful. These actions deprive Americans of a normal shock – sadness – anger – resolution cycle. They stunt our emotional I.Q. nationally. And yes, the Leftists contributed to the poisoned political environment they ostensibly despise. They created cynicism in a moment of pure human sorrow.

It’s another subtle way the culture gets degraded just a bit more and the greater truth of love and life and loss gets buried in a sea of petty calumny.

Read the whole thing.

Red Meat: Christie vs Gregory

New Jersey Governor calls out Meet the Press host Dick Gregory for advocating Democratic legislation.

Part of the fight to take back America includes dealing with the state-run media. If Governor Christie keeps this up, people may ask him to run for President. Oh wait… that’s already happening, so this will only add to the din!

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