Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Sarah Palin’s Unlikely Supporter"? **UPDATED**

Just from the title of this Sheila Marikar ABC report, you get a hint of a bias. The article doesn't help to dispel that sensation, rather it escalates it:
There’s the stereotype of the Sarah Palin supporter, and then there’s Sonnie Johnson.

The 30-year-old African-American mother and wife is featured in “The Undefeated” as one of the many people Palin captivated when John McCain thrust her onto the national stage as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. In Pella, Iowa today for the premiere of the film, Johnson said she latched on to Palin when the former Alaska governor took the stage at the Republican National Convention.

“We were watching it on TV and my daughter was like, ‘A girl can be president?,’” Johnson recalled. “And I said, ‘Yes, baby, girls can do anything.’ That was the moment -- I saw that look in my daughter’s eye, that anything in possible. The next week, I went to my very first political event, and that was to see Sarah Palin. John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

Johnson has become increasingly involved in the tea party since then, speaking at tea party events around her native Virginia. She’ll give the keynote address at an event held by the Charlottesville, VA. tea party on the Fourth of July with her young daughter by her side. [snip]

Obviously, the elephant in the room is that Hillary Clinton had run to be president, but she was not the party's pick (and I use those words deliberately). So that Johnson's daughter saw Palin as a potential president if McCain won is a difference. Palin was on the ticket, Clinton (unfortunately) was not.

That being said, there are so many glaring issues wrong with the entire way Marikar framed this piece that I barely know where to start. First, there is the whole "stereotype" assumption made by this "reporter." One of the comments summed it up pretty succinctly:
VG; "stereotype" Who put the stereotype on Palin?? All you Obama loving scumbags in the corrupt MSM. You people make me sick.

I think many of us can appreciate this person's sentiment about the circular practice of the MSM - castigate and attack, then stand back and "report" people regurgitating back the attacks launched, then explain that as the reality of the situation.

There were a few more comments I must share with you, beginning with the issue of women:
John; Unfortunately, women can't be president. Just watching the vitriol that has been thrown at Sarah Palin makes that clear. The attacks on her family have been disgraceful. The attempts to dig through 24,000 pages of her email to try to find any dirt also makes it clear that America is not ready for a female leader. Best to tell our daughters to become teachers or mothers so they don't become the next woman to be Palinized....

Jim (in response to Katherine); "There was a woman running in the Dem Primary, and she was pilloried by the misogynistic media... Palin got it X2, and she is still standing, and appears to be stronger than ever. Just sayin'."

@Katherine: Couldn't have said it better. I am an ex-Democrat and have had it with the way the democratic party takes the women constituency for granted. I am sick of how they treated Hillary. This was a woman that was many times more accomplished than Obama and after Obama's presidency we can safely say she would have been many times more effective as a president. Now they are doing the same thing to Palin. I am just sick of the venom that has been thrown at her - just sick of it. [snip]

Amen, amen, and amen - I could not agree more. Many of you know that this has been my refrain about the Democratic Party, Obama, and the blatant, virulent misogyny they have been spewing our way.

But there is another piece to all of this:
[snip] “She’ll be on stage with me,” Johnson said. “I want to get her involved, little by little. I like to say that for the black community, nothing will change until we learn to love our children more than we love the Democratic party.”

After Stephen K. Bannon cast her in his 2010 documentary about conservative women leaders, “Fire From the Heartland,” he asked Johnson to speak about Palin’s influence on her for “The Undefeated.” Other tea party personalities have failed to capture Johnson’s attention as Palin has.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy moley - calling out the black community for its allegiance to the Democrats is a mighty interesting turn. No doubt, that will raise some eyebrows, along with charges of being an "Uncle Tom." I don't know about you, but it does seem that whenever a black person does not subscribe to a particular point of view they are, by necessity, an "Uncle Tom." I thought this comment by Colint summer it up:
Black woman as "unlikely" supporter.... funny.... imagine that, a black who isn't brainwashed into loving the useless Democrats. Wow... what a revelation.

Could she have figured out the lie... figured out that the Democrats are race baiters?

Good question. Of course, Ms. Johnson would not have to look far. Heck, she need look no farther than my representative, Jim Clyburn, to see numerous instances of race baiting.

I don't know about you, but I found this to be a pretty interesting glimpse into both how the MSM tries to package information, and how more people are not buying what they are selling. Maybe there really is hope yet.

UPDATE: Speaking of the media, The Hollywood Reporter has a glimpse into the new movie, "The Undefeated". Hold onto your hats, this is not for the faint of heart:
[snip] The movie begins with Sen. John McCain introducing his running mate, then quickly cuts to the Hollywood sign, and the music turns ominous. A TV news anchor says, "Hollywood has a new favorite pastime: taking aim at Sarah Palin."

Then the celebrity montage begins: Damon likens Palin to a "really bad Disney movie" and says she's "really scary"; Letterman attacks her, and the discourse descends in to the filthy from there. Maher insults her on his TV show, Madonna screams obscenities about her while on stage, and comedians use graphic, severely bleeped language to describe Palin and the intensity with which they "hate her."

When the montage is through, the screen goes dark and a Bible verse comes into focus: "By their fruits ye shall know them." [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, indeed we will. And the fruits being sown by these people against a woman they have never met, using the vilest of language to describe her, and even attacking her special needs child, says it all. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

State Department Goes Gaga While Air Force Personnel Are GoneGone

We have many pressing issues in this country, and around the world. Every time we turn on the news, there is some major crisis, from the war in Libya to the economic collapse in Greece. So you can understand why our State Department would be focused on Lady Gaga.

Yes, that Lady Gaga, she of the bizarre outfits and, um, interesting lyrics. Seems the State Department asked Gaga to be a part of Rome's Pride Parade, seeing as how she is Italian American and all. Wow. I am not making this up:
[snip]Clinton specifically pointed to a letter that David Thorne, the U.S. ambassador to Italy, sent to Lady Gaga urging her to participate in the event.

“And then there is the work that our embassy team in Rome has been doing,” Clinton said. “Two weeks ago they played an instrumental role in bringing Lady Gaga to Italy for a Euro Pride concert.

“Now as many of you know Lady Gaga is Italian American and a strong supporter of LGBT rights,” said Clinton. “And the organizers of the Euro Pride event desperately wanted her to perform and a letter to her from Ambassador Thorne was instrumental in sealing the deal.”[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, gosh, that should spark some "Fireworks," shouldn't it? And really - this is on what our State Department is focusing? Don't get me wrong, I am glad Secretary Clinton is speaking out on LGBT rights, but requesting a pop singer, on official letterhead, to go to ROME for a LGBT pride concert seems a bit of a stretch to me.

It also begs the question, if the Plight Of Partying Pride Paraders is of such importance to our State Department, how about our LGBT military right here at home? You may recall that I wrote back in December about DADT being overturned, though STILL IN EFFECT until certified otherwise. Well, that ain't happened yet, surprise surprise. What HAS happened, however, are four Air Force Personnel being separated from service as a result of DADT:
The Pentagon confirmed Monday that more service members have been discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” pending certification of the policy’s repeal, with one individual’s discharge approved as recently as Thursday.

A total of four airmen have been discharged under the policy in the last several weeks, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez confirmed Monday.

One of those individuals is Airman First Class Albert Pisani, who spoke to The Advocate earlier this month of his voluntary separation under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which defense officials approved on April 29.

Air Force spokesman Maj. Joel Harper told The Advocate that the discharges of three additional service members — two female staff sergeants and one male second lieutenant— have been approved since an April 29 discharge. Harper declined to say whether Pisani was the April 29 discharge, citing confidentiality reasons. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Sadly, I knew this was going to happen. It is still the law of the land, after all, though that fact was all but ignored by just about everyone. Of course, the longer it takes to certify this (blatantly political pandering by the Democrats who waited until the very last second before dealing with this issue in Congress), the more discharges we can expect to see.

But while our military personnel are being separated from service for being LGB, our State Department is willing to help the Romans have the most Gaga-licious Pride Parade Evah.

Wow. It is making my head explode.Feel free to discuss this, and whatever else is on your mind, if yours hasn't exploded yet, that is... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Monday, June 27, 2011

TSA Targets Elderly Woman

TSA has done it again, only this time, they have targeted an elderly woman with leukemia. Oh, and the TSA is sticking behind its officers (again).

Here's the story:

Can you believe this? What is it going to take for the TSA to not only stop these practices, but to stop being so quick to support these deplorable practices of their agents? If this is really okay with them, then it simply highlights the complete violation of our right to privacy.

This is disturbing beyond words. Clearly, the TSA is bound and determined to continue its assault against those who have disabilities, and who prove ZERO threat against the country.

It is clear that this anti-Constitution behavior will continue under this Administration, but I sure hope the next president will put a stop to these offensive pat-downs against those who are dying of cancer, are 6 years old, have had knee replacements, and the list goes on.

The TSA needs to stop, they need to stop conducting these kinds of pat downs, and they need to stop defending their assaults on our rights. This has gone way, way too far. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Sunday, June 26, 2011

It's About Family Today

Since I have my nephew and his wife visiting for the weekend, I thought I would take this opportunity for another day of music. Hey, with all of the bickering and crapola going on in Washington, can't we all use a day off? I think so.

My choices are people who are family, beginning with Clannad, one of my all-time favorite Irish bands. I just love this piece, "Newgrange":

Some of you may know, that Clannad is Enya's family. She performed with them before striking out on her own. This is a gorgeous song, "Book of Days":

The Corrs are another favorite Irish group - they are composed of three sisters and a brother. They are known for songs like, "Breathless," but this is a nice Irish tune, "Toss the Feathers":

And finally, in case you want something a bit different, here's another band - no - not the Jonas Brothers (though you are more than welcome to go to Youtube, if you wish!), the Dixie Chicks. Two of their three members are sisters (Emily and Martie). But hey, country has its roots in Irish music, doesn't it?

Anyway, this one is also a tribute to those who have served, "Travelin' Soldier":

I hope everyone has a great day today with your families, chosen and blood. And if you are unable to be with your family (or friends), remember that we are all your family. We are all connected.

Have a wonderful Sunday... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New York State Has Joined The Ranks

Of states which have decided to afford all of their citizens the same marriage rights. It is the sixth state to do so. The vote was cast with a 4 vote difference:
Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.

The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved 33 to 29 in a packed but hushed Senate chamber. Four members of the Republican majority joined all but one Democrat in the Senate in supporting the measure after an intense and emotional campaign aimed at the handful of lawmakers wrestling with a decision that divided their friends, their constituents and sometimes their own homes.

With his position still undeclared, Senator Mark J. Grisanti, a Republican from Buffalo who had sought office promising to oppose same-sex marriage, told his colleagues he had agonized for months before concluding he had been wrong.

“I apologize for those who feel offended,” Mr. Grisanti said, adding, “I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife.” [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Thank you, Senator Grisanti, for truly getting it and articulating the core of the issue so well. That is the bottom line - all citizens deserve the same rights under the law. Anything else is discriminatory.

I certainly understand that some people have religious objections to same sex marriage. Nonetheless, in terms of a civil institution, all citizens should have the same opportunities, same rights, and the same benefits.

Obviously, there is a long way to go - there are still 44 states in which all people do not have the same rights and benefits. It is slow going, to be sure, and will take time. But one can hope that someday, the law of the land will apply to every citizen equally.

But for now, for today, it is time to celebrate:

Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Friday, June 24, 2011

Taxpayers Subsidize Media Matters, And Obama Panders, Slips Again

Yes, aren't you so glad to learn that your tax paying dollars are going to David Brock's Media Matters? Whether you are or not, they surely are:
David Brock, the conservative turned liberal advocate, has recently garnered a considerable amount of press coverage for his attacks on Fox News for, among many other things, allegedly taking over leadership of the Republican Party. What the news coverage has ignored is his use of tax-free funds for his organization, Media Matters for America (MMA), for these attacks — a form of government support for activities that clearly do not merit tax-exempt status and that as a result infringe on Fox News’ First Amendment rights.

MMA was originally established as an Internal Revenue Service Section 501(c)(3) organization, that is, an organization that can receive tax-deductible contributions to engage in educational activities. The more precise purpose was to counter alleged media bias and so to “identify occurrences of excessive bias in the American media, educate the public as to their existence, and to work with members of the media to reduce them.”

What MMA actually is doing, however, moves far afield from identifying possible bias to mounting a campaign to undermine a major media outlet and to promote the Democratic Party and progressive causes associated with it. Mr. Brock himself has described this new strategy as “a war on Fox,” an effort “to disrupt [Rupert Murdoch‘s] commercial interests” and look for ways to turn regulators against News Corp.’s media outlets. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

It does not matter if you like Fox, or hate it, but for taxpayer dollars to go to support an alleged non-profit that has a clear political agenda is unacceptable, regardless of whose political agenda it is. There are laws in this country against that sort of thing, after all. And there is that pesky matter of the US Constitution and the First Amendment. Taxpayers should NOT be funding this organization. If George Soros wants to fund it, that's his decision, but Media Matters sure should not receive our money as a "non-profit." That is just ridiculous.

And speaking of money, Obama was in New York last night at a few fundraisers, trying to fill his coffers. I just have to ask - who is it that can afford a $35,800 a plate dinner?? That is not a typo - there are five numbers there on purpose. Just wondering.

While Obama was at it, he did a little pandering to the LGBT community, claiming he thinks we should have the same rights in this country as everyone else. I agree with that, but what CNN was not so great about reporting was that Obama also said he thought it should be a state matter. Huh - that's the same thing Michelle Bachmann said in the recent debate (to give you a comparison).

Meanwhile, DADT is STILL the law of the land over 6 months later after the big hoopla in December. Yep, the government has not finished what it needs to do to change that. Big surprise, huh? Yeah, I didn't think so...

Add to that Obama misspeaking about a Medal of Honor recipient while pandering at Fort Drum:
[snip] "Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."[snip]

Except it was. Oops...

There is more going on, and feel free to discuss whatever you wish! Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What A Bunch Of Southernist BS About Boeing And SC

As some of you know, here in South Carolina, we have been under siege by the NLRB, which is attacking Boeing for moving its DreamLiner series to North Charleston. Since we already had the DreamLifter here, it wasn't exactly an "out of the clear blue sky" kind of move.

That hasn't had an impact on the NLRB, though, which filed a suit against Boeing since it will not be using union labor here (SC is a "right to work" state). Bear in mind that NO union jobs were cut because of this move, Boeing still has plants in Washington State, and in fact, their union positions have increased.

This has been an on-going battle, with the tacit acceptance by the White House of the NLRB trying to dictate to what states companies can, and cannot, have their businesses.

So, it is in that framework that Thomas Geoghegan, an attorney in Chicago, wrote this WSJ editorial, "Boeing's Threat to American Enterprise; When major firms move to the South, it's usually a harbinger of quality decline. Why let that happen?"

I'm sorry, what? Is he really saying that companies that move their business South automatically suffer in quality? Why, yes he is:
[snip] We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force. This country is in a debt crisis because we buy abroad much more than we sell. Alas, because of this trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches. That’s not because of our labor costs—in that respect, we can undersell most of our high-wage, unionized rivals like Germany. It’s because we have too many poorly educated and low-skilled workers that are simply unable to compete.

We depend on Boeing to out-compete Airbus, its European rival. But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that. While these moves aggrieved me as a union lawyer, it might have consoled me as an American if those companies went on to thrive globally.[snip] (Click here to read the rest of this drivel.)

See, because if you are having to pay twice as much to compensate the unions, you are better off. Uh huh.

It's a miracle we Southerners can even get our dumb asses out of bed every day, ain't it??

Now, I thought about going on my own little rant, and believe you me, I could - but there were a whole bunch of comments at the WSJ that really say it all:
Buck Hebner: After reading y'all's comments, I realize what an astute move the WSJ made publishing this lawyer's editorial. The WSJ staff must be howling with laughter. This one editorial accomplishes what a hundred conservative viewpoints fail to do, show readers the true stakes of this battle. In a few paragraphs, Mr. Geoghegan unmasks the true intentions of big Labor and progressive policy. They believe stirring up sectional hate and class-warfare will help them achieve their goals of unlimited Federal power and personal gain.

150 years after the Civil War was fought, the South is rising again. Not as an antagonist to the North, but as a economic engine that will help all of America become stronger through economic competition. The WSJ should be commended. Thank you.

Roger Simpson: First, Boeing did not "move" any work from Washington; as they have repeatedly stressed, the work to be done in South Carolina is new work, and there is nothing wrong economically with adding jobs to a state that could sure use them. Second, the notion that Washington citizens are somehow more "skilled" than South Carolinians is sheer arrogance, and has no basis in reality. Such babble was used when the auto manufacturers moved jobs there, and we have seen how ridiculous it was.

The real issue is that Big Labor cannot afford for people to find out that the work of $28/hour workers (who still are not satisfied with their lot) can be done just as well by $14/hour workers in another state, and without complaint. Especially a state which does not cater to the class of self-important, professional protesters, who take a cut from every worker's check to line their own pockets, while presuming to negotiate en masse for an entire group of indivdual free citizens.

Wilson Jones II: I hope this cat remembers that Southerners probably made the steel that holds his building up (Nucor), made his blood pressure meds (Glaxco Smith Kline), assembled his BMW.... AND we were smart enough to put together a rocket that put man on the moon... Now give me some Kickapoo Joy Juice as i listen to the theme from Deliverence...

Millard Ramsey: I can't stop laughing long enough to compose a response to this piece. I live in Chattanooga where VW has seen fit to invest $1 billion in a plant that will employ thousands of those "unskilled" Southern workers. Looks like VW has given up on quality too.

Alan Davis: Kia in Georgia, Hyundai in Alabama, BWM in South Carolina, and the list goes on and on. The rush to low quality must be the new business model.

I might add, Gulf Stream Jets are made in Savannah, GA, Toyotas are made in Kentucky, oh, and not only are Hyundais made in Alabama, but so are Mercedes Benz SUVs, and NASA is there, too, with Peterbilts being built in Denton, TX.

If you want some good laughs, though, go read the 40+ pages of comments about this incredibly offensive, arrogant, condescending, and flat out Southernist BS from this Chicago lawyer.

Boeing has every right to build its plants wherever the hell it sees fit. And our government should not be in the business of telling businesses where they can have those plants. Hell, even the Seattle Times is claiming that "Obama Administration Putting Politics Before The Economy" with this misguided assault against Boeing, and SC. No freakin' kidding. This is all payback.

And speaking of payback - remember when Obama shoved the (also misguided) stimulus down our throats to bail out companies like GM? He claimed that the Administration would not be micromanaging GM? Well, hold on to your seats - he lied. Yes, Obama lied. In fact, the Treasury Department DID essentially run GM, and get this:
[snip] These messages reveal that Treasury officials were involved in decision-making that led to more than 20,000 non-union workers losing their pensions. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy shit. Well, that just goes to show you this NLRB debacle is not an aberration, but business as usual. Cutting TWENTY THOUSAND non-union pensions - are you kidding me with this?

Oh, but then again, what the hell do I know? I'm just a Southerner, after all... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Today we celebrate our fathers, blood and chosen, those who helped form us, who often provided for us, taught us, laughed with us, disciplined us, and loved us. Some of us didn't have the best relationships with our fathers, others didn't know their fathers at all, but still, in ways large or small, they played a role in our lives.

I lost my father almost six years ago. He and I did not get along all that well throughout my life. His philosophy was that children should be seen and not heard, especially not girl children. Obviously, he got the wrong daughter if that is what he wanted! While I was on my way to becoming an Episcopal priest (before I became a UU), my father left the Episcopal Church when they began to allow women's ordination. We were both stubborn, which didn't help.

Even still, I knew my father loved me. I know he was proud of me and what I accomplished. Near the end of my father's life, I was able to thank him for the gifts he helped bestow on me, especially the love of, and for, music. Much of my musical ability came from my father (though my mother had a beautiful singing voice). I remember how delighted my Anglophile father was when I returned from choir camp sounding like an "English Choir Boy," and having won the Girl's Best Singer award. His focus on academics, reading, working hard, and doing well, were lessons he (and Mom) imparted to all of us. While he wasn't into sports (I love them), his genetic makeup carried a lot of athletic ability, which he passed on to me (along with Mom, who actually did play sports with me when none of my brothers were around).

My father was also a religious man. When he served in the US Navy, he worked in the Chaplain's Office. Growing up, we had an altar in our house, and we prayed together as a family. We ate dinners together, all of us, and whenever a meal was shared, the blessing was said. Since he was the organist at every church we attended, we went to church together for years and years, until I went off to boarding school in high school. While our religious beliefs differed, my father's religious devotion was an inspiration to me.

I don't remember now who said this, but it really hit me - at some point in a child's life, s/he sees the parent as a person in their own right, not just a parent, as an individual who had their own hopes and dreams, just a person doing the best they can with what they have and know. It was really liberating in a lot of ways. It opened my eyes to see my father as a man who worked hard for his family, who had a great sense of humor, was a bit of a prankster. He was someone who had dreams realized, and dreams unfulfilled, accomplishments and disappointments, gain, and loss. He was just a man, a human being, not perfect, but doing the best he could.

As my own issues with joint pain impact my life, I cannot help but feel for my father, a brilliant organist and pianist whose playing days were cut short by rheumatoid arthritis that deformed his hands and feet. Having had to give up playing instruments myself as a result of arthritis, I can appreciate how devastating losing that ability was for my father. It has enabled me to understand him better. And to appreciate him more. I hope, wherever he is in the universe, he knows that.

One last thing about my father. Even though he would grumble and complain, he didn't stop me from bringing home every stray I found, cat, dog, or person. He let (Mom and) me have ponies and horses. And even though he claimed to not even like animals, I would catch him, when he thought no one could hear him, "hey, kitty, kitty, kitty, who's a pretty kitty?" Like that.

And so, on this Father's Day, for fathers blood and chosen, whether we had close relationships or tumultuous ones, this video is for you. It is sung by one of my favorite groups, the Corrs, and it has horses in it, so there ya have it:

Happy Father's Day. I would love to hear about your fathers.

And speaking of the physical issues that affect so many of us and our fathers (and mothers), many of you know that I had a knee replacement back in September. Unfortunately, there are issues with it that have been causing me debilitating pain. I will be having some more tests done this week to try and determine the origin of the issue. I will be away from my keyboard for a couple of days, just so you know. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Friday, June 17, 2011

An Important Segment Of Palin's Emails Overlooked?

How much have you heard about the death threats revealed in Sarah Palin's emails since their release? Probably not much, I would wager. That was the point Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller made on Thursday, too:
[snip] AGAINST her, that is. Yep, it turns out there was some news hidden in those thousands of Palin e-mails after all. But the American media couldn’t use it against her, which is why you have to go to the British press to learn about it. The Daily Telegraph reports: “The release of 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails shows that she received a barrage of abusive emails including death threats in the run up to the 2008 presidential race. One message sent by someone in Juneau, Alaska on Sept 17, 2008 said the governor should be ’shot from one of the planes that shoot the very wolves that you ordered.’ Five days earlier an email landed in her in-box saying she ‘must be killed.’ It said: ‘She doesn’t belong to the NRA to support the right of each citizen to have weapons in an aim of self-defense, but just to support the right of every southern white citizen to shoot all non-white people legally! Sarah Palin MUST BE KILLED!’ Another emailed death threat in the same month, while Mrs Palin was on the campaign trail as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, came from Antwerp, Belgium. It said Mrs Palin should be shot and that ‘only on that moment justice will be accomplished.’” If you think Sarah Palin deserved that, you might be a liberal. Or, at the risk of redundancy, an American journalist.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy crap. Now, I am not (that) naive, I know many leaders receive death threats, but the vitriol directed at the VP candidate, was rather shocking.

Just as it is shocking that there are very few news sources in the United States that covered this, as Jim Treacher highlighted. After doing my own search, I saw two: ABC News, which mentioned the death threats briefly, though it did highlight what a voracious reader of news Palin was (that that, Katie Couric); and Fox News, which used an AP report, also mentioning the death threats in passing (very brief statement).

Across the pond, as noted above, the Daily Telegraph (UK) has been reviewing Palin's emails (again, a bit of a witch hunt since no other politician I can remember has had to endure this level of intrusion). The title, and subheading are telling, indeed, "Sarah Palin Emails: Enemies Sent A Series Of Death Threats; The release of 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's emails shows that she received a barrage of abusive emails including death threats in the run up to the 2008 presidential race."

I continue to be amazed at all this woman has endured, and with such incredible strength, determination, and even good humor. What also amazes me is how she is depicted compared to , oh, I dunno, the Petulant Commander in Chief, who somehow got the title of being "even-keeled," at least that's what the NY Times said about him. It is remarkable since he seems to get so testy when someone actually asks him a question. And while Obama claimed families were off-limits, that sure never stopped the media, and liberal bloggers, from going after Palin's then and now.

All things considered, though, I think this witch hunt by the media has backfired tremendously. While the MSM might be a little (too) quiet on some of the more dangerous and heinous emails Palin has received, and what she has endured, they have had to acknowledge that she was engaged, smart, not a "prima donna," and more. I'd say the last laugh is on them.

Now, if they could please get back to doing some real journalism, perhaps investigate Obama 1/100th as much as they have Palin, or heck, even Anthony Weiner to see if he broke any laws with which he can be charged? The MSM failed mightily with Obama in 2008, allowing him to get away with all kinds of secrets and lies. They have the opportunity for a do-ver in 2012. You know, like doing some real journalism instead of this assault on one woman whose only crime as far as I can tell is being a strong, accomplished woman, and who isn't even in the running (yet). Just saying... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Thursday, June 16, 2011

BREAKING NEWS - Rep. Anthony Weiner Will FInally Step Down *UPDATED*

At long last, after several weeks of revelation after revelation of way more information and images than we EVER needed of a US Representative, Anthony Weiner will be stepping down on today (Thursday). He plans on calling a press conference for 2:00 pm today, according to The Hill.

In case you need a reminder of what happened with Rep. Weiner, and oh my gosh, I don't know how that could happen, here is a tidbit from The Hill:
[snip] Weiner has been embroiled in controversy since admitting he accidentally sent a lewd picture of himself to a woman in Seattle over Twitter. Weiner initially said his Twitter account had been hacked and did not admit he was the one who sent the photo for more than a week.

He admitted responsibility at a tearful New York news conference in which he also admitted to having had "inappropriate" correspondence with roughly six women over the internet over the past six years. Since the news conference, more embarrassing photos of Weiner have been made public. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Admittedly, that is a sanitized version of what the past few weeks have involved, since there are some mighty, um, revealing photos of Rep. Weiner, taken in the House gym (>available at TMZ, if you really want to see them). Then there was the press conference of porn star, Ginger Lee, on Wednesday, in which she detailed how Rep. Weiner asked her to lie about their conversations.

I mean, really - how much of a scum must one be to have a PORN STAR come out looking better? Apparently, according to her press conference, she was all about discussing politics, and Weiner was all about discussing his, uh, um, well, his "package."

Yeah, Rep. Weiner definitely needs to resign.

I do feel sorry for his wife, Huma Abedin, who just returned from an overseas trip with Sec. Clinton, for whom she works as an aide. What a helluva thing to which to return, isn't it?

Plenty of folks will be discussing this today, but IMHO, Weiner's resignation is LONG overdue. How about you?

*UPDATE* Kirsten Powers, an old friend of Anthony Weiner, and short-term girlfriend, speaks out on Weiner's resignation:

It really does beg the question how so many in the Democratic Party can continue to support this man after the misogynistic, and predatory, manner by which he has conducted himself. Yet, they did... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Most "Transparency" And "Change" Money Can Buy

Now, I know that many of us - members of the "reality based community" - did not believe for one skinny second that Barack Obama was ever going to be transparent or bring real change to the White House. Frankly, it is ludicrous on its face to refer to someone as "transparent" who refused to allow any of his transcripts or medical records to see the light of day, or any of his papers, not even a date book, from his time as an IL Senator. Anyone who ever believed that he was going to have a more transparent government was just fooling themselves.

Naturally, Obama's Administration has continued the trend of Obama the Candidate. It has taken a major step back in that whole transparency thing, according to the AP. Even when he wins awards for being transparent, he has to do so in a closed ceremony - how much more hypocritical can one be?

Well, there is one bit of transparency that is now coming forth about Obama. And that is how he pays off his big campaign donors. Of course, it is not unusual for a president to give a plum position to a big contributor, but Obama has done so for about 200 - that is two hundred - of his supporters in government positions in just two years. By comparison, George W. Bush hired about 200 contributors over EIGHT years. Uh, yeah.

So much for that "change" in Washington from "special interests," huh? I know, I know, I am not surprised, either, but I didn't drink the Kool Aide and vote for the man who made this claim:
[snip] As a candidate, Obama spoke passionately about diminishing the clout of moneyed interests. Kicking off his presidential run on Feb. 10, 2007, he blasted “the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests,” who had “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

“We’re here today to take it back,” he said.[snip]

Ahahahahaha - I know, I know, it is hilarious. Or it would be if so many people hadn't bought this total BS.

And in direct contradiction to what the candidate said, here are some particulars of Obama the president's sycophants:
Telecom executive Donald H. Gips raised a big bundle of cash to help finance his friend Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.

Gips, a vice president of Colorado-based Level 3 Communications, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions for the Obama war chest, while two other company executives collected at least $150,000 more.

After the election, Gips was put in charge of hiring in the Obama White House, helping to place loyalists and fundraisers in many key positions. Then, in mid-2009, Obama named him ambassador to South Africa. Meanwhile, Level 3 Communications, in which Gips retained stock, received millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts for broadband projects in six states — though Gips said he had been “completely unaware” that the company had received the contracts.


• Overall, 184 of 556, or about one-third of Obama bundlers or their spouses joined the administration in some role. But the percentages are much higher for the big-dollar bundlers. Nearly 80 percent of those who collected more than $500,000 for Obama took “key administration posts,” as defined by the White House. More than half the 24 ambassador nominees who were bundlers raised $500,000.

• The big bundlers had broad access to the White House for meetings with top administration officials and glitzy social events. In all, campaign bundlers and their family members account for more than 3,000 White House meetings and visits. Half of them raised $200,000 or more.

• Some Obama bundlers have ties to companies that stand to gain financially from the president’s policy agenda, particularly in clean energy and telecommunications, and some already have done so. Level 3 Communications, for instance, snared $13.8 million in stimulus money.[snip]

The last one is particularly troublesome to me. I thought the nation generally frowned upon companies having inside tracks to getting our hard earned, tax paying dollars. I dunno about you, but for Level 3 to get that kind of cold, hard cash from the stimulus sounds like payback to me. (You know, the $3 Trillion stimulus that Obama thought was a joking matter the other day? When he flippantly, arrogantly, joked there weren't as many shovel ready jobs as they thought, that one? What a piece of work. It is not a laughing matter to most of us, President Obama.)

Oh, but wait - there is more:
[snip] The appointment of George Washington University law professor Spencer Overton illustrates how the administration has rewarded many top fundraisers.

Overton wrote in 2003 that the influence big donors wield in elections means that an “overwhelming majority of citizens are effectively excluded from an important stage of the political process.” Yet Overton bundled at least $500,000 for Obama. He was named to the Obama transition team and in February 2009 was appointed principal deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. Overton visited the White House more than 80 times from January 2009 through the end of 2010 for events ranging from small meetings with high-level staffers to social and entertainment events, sometimes with his wife, records show. Overton resigned the $180,000-a-year job in July 2010. He declined to comment for this story.

Overton is one of seven campaign bundlers who took jobs at Justice, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who was a $50,000 bundler. Holder had been deputy attorney general in the administration of President Bill Clinton. [snip]

Just to be clear, here is the problem with "bundling" contributions:
[snip] Bundling is controversial because it permits campaigns to skirt individual contribution limits of $2,500 in federal elections. Bundlers pool donations from fundraising networks and, as a result, “play an enormous role in determining the success of political campaigns,” according to government watchdog Public Citizen. [snip]

Yes, that would be a bit of a problem. And it also helps explain how someone who has made such a mess of the DOJ got his position. Of course, I am referring to Eric Holder, who has been just a disaster in upholding federal law (the examples are too numerous to mention here, but the dismissal of the clear cut voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers case is the tip of the iceberg).

There is so much more to this story I cannot possibly recount it all here, so I urge you to read it all. It goes into more detail about those who got these positions, but I have to leave you with one more example:
[snip] In March 2009, Obama appointed $500,000 bundler and law school pal Julius Genachowski to chair the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency. Two other bundlers at the FCC are chief of staff Edward Lazarus, a litigator and former federal prosecutor, and William T. Lake, a lawyer specializing in communications and e-commerce issues who serves as chief of the media bureau.

Genachowski had previously served as chief counsel to the FCC chairman in the 1990s, but his close ties to Obama have raised eyebrows. He has turned up so often at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. that in March, congressional Republicans demanded an accounting of whom he has met with and what was discussed. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

You know someone is spending a lot of time at the White House when US Representatives are demanding to know just what the hell they are doing there all of the time.

Ah, yes - the only thing transparent about Obama is how much "change" he is getting from his bundlers. I mean, members of his Administration. Heaven knows, they siphoned a whole boatload of it into his coffers. He is returning the favor with OUR change.

That is the kind of change I can do without. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tell Me Again, Who Is It That Hates Senior Citizens?

Ever since Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his Budget Plan, Republicans have been attacked for hating seniors, wanting to gut Medicare, and wanting old people to die. Or so you would think.

Heck, I think you could say the Republicans were being just plain hateful toward seniors, especially considering the comments by DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
[snip] "This Republican path to poverty passes like a tornado through seniors' nursing homes." [snip]

Not to be outdone is Rep. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.):
[snip]"Make no mistake about it, the Ryan budget is a war on seniors," she said in a press conference organized by the Congressional Task Force on Seniors. "Newt Gingrich has said Medicare should wither on the vine. Well, this Republican budget would chop it down." The new civility didn't stop there: "Republicans are literally trying to kill Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Democrats will stand of the way of their war on seniors." [snip]

Holy shit, grab the dog, Martha, and hide under the bed! Ahem.

Imagine my surprise, then, while reading my daily paper to discover the following article, "Seniors Face Medicare Cost Barrier For Cancer Drugs." Huh? Wait - how can that be? Isn't the President a Democrat? And the Senate is headed up by Democrats? How can this possibly be?

Oh, wait - I know - because the "health care" plan shoved down our throats by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, cut boatloads of money from Medicare. Not that you'd know it from the way the Democrats are screaming and carrying on now.

But I am getting ahead of myself and this AP article:
Chemotherapy is now available in a pill, but if you have Medicare, you may not be able to afford it.

That's what happened to Rita Moore when she took her prescription for a medication to treat kidney cancer to her local drugstore. She was stunned when the pharmacist told her a month's supply of the pills would cost $2,400, more than she makes.
Medicare prescription plans that cover seniors like Moore are allowed to charge steep copayments for the latest cancer drugs, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year. About 1 in 6 beneficiaries are not filling their prescriptions, according to recent research that suggests a worrisome trend.

Officials at Medicare say they're not sure what happens to those patients — whether they get less expensive older drugs that sometimes work as well, or they just give up. Traditionally, chemotherapy has been administered intravenously at a clinic or doctor's office. Pills are a relatively new option that may represent the future of cancer care. [snip]

Good grief, how could this possibly happen? Oh, wait - I know that, too - because Obama met with Big Pharma before doing ANYTHING else on the "Health Care" bill. And it makes this even more aggravating:
[snip] Private insurance companies that deliver the Medicare prescription benefit say the problem is that drug makers charge too much for the medications, some of which were developed from taxpayer-funded research. The pharmaceutical industry faults insurers, saying copayments on drugs are higher than cost-sharing for other medical services, such as hospital care.

Some experts blame the design of the Medicare prescription benefit itself, because it allows insurers to put expensive drugs on a so-called "specialty tier" with copayments equivalent to 25 percent or more of the cost of the medication.
Drugs for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and hepatitis C also wind up on specialty tiers, along with the new anti-cancer pills. Medicare supplemental insurance — Medigap — doesn't cover those copayments.

"This is a benefit design issue," said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health, a research firm that collaborated in a recent medical journal study on the consequences of high copayments for the new cancer drugs. [snip]

Yep - we helped these companies design these drugs, and now some of the very people who did so cannot afford these drugs to save their lives.

There is more to this article, including the response by Medicare, and how Obama's Health Care Law factors in, but this is the result for Rita Moore:
[snip] Rita Moore had to try to find her own way out of the dilemma.

She decided to apply to Pfizer's prescription assistance program for patients who can't afford Sutent and other drugs the company makes. Pfizer approved a year's worth of free medication, but it took about two months to collect and review all the medical and financial paperwork.

"They were very helpful, but it wasn't a fast process," said Moore, who is still working as the manager of an apartment building for seniors. In the meantime, she wasn't being treated. The cancer spread and is now close to her spine and her body's main artery. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh, dear - that is just dreadful. I am sure Rita Moore is more the rule than the exception, especially considering this article from The Daily Caller, "Obamacare Doesn't Stop Medigap Providers, AARP Partners From Discriminating Against Seniors." Say what? But wait, I thought it was supposed to be REPUBLICANS who hated seniors. Nope, apparently it is Democrats. Oh no they didn't:
The Daily Caller has learned that Democratic lawmakers omitted a section of Obamacare in the summer of 2009 that would have stopped Medigap plan providers, including American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) partners, from discriminating against seniors with pre-existing conditions.

Democrats removed a section that would have required “guaranteed issue,” or coverage regardless of preexisting conditions, for Medigap plans from an early version of the Obamacare bill.

Medigap plans are supplemental coverage that Medicare recipients may purchase. They insure seniors a step further than the basic Medicare coverage.

TheDC has obtained an early copy of the Obamacare bill, dated June 19, 2009, which shows the bill’s original authors had intended to stop AARP partners and other Medigap providers from discriminating against seniors. But, at some point between then and early fall 2009 when Democrats introduced the bill into the House, that provision was removed.

A House Democratic aide told Kaiser Health News (KHN) earlier this year that the Medigap provision was removed from the bill because it cost too much. [snip]

Oh, yes, they did.

Well, wait - what's the deal with AARP? Doesn't their very name imply they are supposed to stand with senior citizens? So one would think:
[snip] The AARP said numerous times throughout the Obamacare debate that it would forgo profits to cover costs of improved health insurance for seniors. “To suggest there is a commercial conspiracy is ludicrous,” AARP’s chief lobbyist David Sloane told the Tacoma News-Tribune in October 2009, referencing charges that the AARP was supporting Obamacare in order to bolster its partners’ Medigap programs and, thereby, making profit. “As we have said, we would gladly forgo every dime of revenue to fix the health care system.”

The AARP generated more than $675 million in 2010 “royalty revenue,” or “kickbacks” as some of its members refer to them as. More than $440 million of that came from AARP’s partnership with United Health Group, a Medigap provider AARP lends its brand to in exchange for royalties.

Jim Martin of 60 Plus, the conservative version of the AARP, told TheDC that this new revelation shows what he thinks the AARP really is: “The Association Against Retired Persons.”

“They’re betraying seniors while going after the almighty dollar,” Martin said. “I don’t mind them making a profit if they use their own dime to do it. But, as you well know, they’ve received well over a billion dollars in tax dollars throughout the years now.” [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

And the argument can be made that one would be wrong to think AARP has the best interests of its members in mind. (And this is why I deep six every AARP membership card I receive.)

Well, this does thicken the plot, doesn't it? Seems to me that the Democrats are crying foul lest the focused light is shone on them. Of course, that would mean the MSM would have to actually look at these issues more. As others have said, would that the NY Times and Washington Post spent as much time and energy on the Obama Health Care Plan as they have the Sarah Palin Emails. Then we would not have had to wait for the bill to be passed into law to find out just what the hell was in there.

Hey, better late than never - now that they have all of these volunteers, perhaps they could ask them to take a little look see at the Health Care Law. Just a thought.

One last thing, today is FLAG DAY! Fly it high and proud, friends! Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Monday, June 13, 2011

Better Be Careful What You Throw Away *Open Thread*

These days, since FBI agents now have broader leeway to go through your garbage. Yes, in lieu of having to get one of those pesky warrants, now they can just dig through your trash.

Don't you feel safer now? I'm sure I do - not.

Of course, that is not all these expanded powers allow them to do:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.

The F.B.I. soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity.


Under current rules, agents must open such an inquiry before they can search for information about a person in a commercial or law enforcement database. Under the new rules, agents will be allowed to search such databases without making a record about their decision.

Mr. German said the change would make it harder to detect and deter inappropriate use of databases for personal purposes. But Ms. Caproni said it was too cumbersome to require agents to open formal inquiries before running quick checks. She also said agents could not put information uncovered from such searches into F.B.I. files unless they later opened an assessment.

The new rules will also relax a restriction on administering lie-detector tests and searching people’s trash. Under current rules, agents cannot use such techniques until they open a “preliminary investigation,” which — unlike an assessment — requires a factual basis for suspecting someone of wrongdoing. But soon agents will be allowed to use those techniques for one kind of assessment, too: when they are evaluating a target as a potential informant. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

I'm all for fighting crime, and stopping terrorism in its tracks, but to not even have to open a "preliminary investigation" first before searching people's trash or lie detector tests is a bit disconcerting, don't you think?

And speaking of terrorists, Janet Napolitano has an interesting take on "profiling" a certain group:

Good grief. She is incredibly painful to listen to, isn't she? And THIS is the head of Homeland Security? No wonder the FBI needs expanded powers. Ahem.

In other news, Obama plays golf again on Sunday for the ELEVENTH week in a row. So glad he has his priorities in order...

Feel free to add your own "news we do not want to lose"!! Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Even In Exonerating Palin, Politico Smears Her

Politico has an article out about Sarah Palin and her 24,000 pages of emails, featured on the front page of my local newspaper, the Post and Courier (P&C has teamed up with Politico for the election season)This is quite a feat. Even as Molly Ball acknowledges that the release of Palin's emails show her to be a hard working, warm, devoted public servant, she throws in some snide, demeaning comments about her. Even the headline is offensive in the Post and Courier: "Emails Show Palin Noncombative, Engaged - And Whiny." WTH?(February 16, 2011 - Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images North America)

It made me mad. It is just more of the media's continued unfounded, politically motivated, assault on Sarah Palin. They have attacked her mercilessly for three years, and now claim, after the constant harassment, that she has "darker tendencies"? Are you kidding me with this circular logic crapola??

And so, I was compelled to write this letter to the editor of the Post and Courier. I have no illusions they will actually publish it:
I read Molly Ball's article on Gov. Palin. The emails requested back in 2008 from sites such as Mother Jones are proving to be a bit of a disappointment to all those who wanted to get dirt on the former governor. Turns out that she was - gasp - hardworking, warm, engaging, and dedicated to her state. Shocking!

But here's the thing - to qualify Palin now as exhibiting her "darker tendencies" is disingenuous at best. The only reason these emails are even available was the desire to take down this qualified woman 3 years ago by the media when they filed their FOIA requests. They have hounded her, and her family, on a daily basis, flat out making crap up (like that she, personally, shot wolves from the air, which your newspaper has already dispelled). They have accused her husband of incest, claimed her baby was not her own, used despicable language to attack her, and her family, sent numerous reporters to Wasilla to dig up dirt on her, and AP reporters to "factcheck" her book. And now, Ms. Ball is claiming that Palin is a divisive figure. If she is, it is only because the media has MADE her a divisive figure.

Even more, why has the media never spent anywhere NEAR this much time investigating Barack Obama? He claimed he had no records, not even a datebook, of his time as an IL Senator. How is that even possible?? The media failed miserably in ferreting out why the two front runners for the IL US Senate seat both, mysteriously, had their SEALED divorce records unsealed just a few short months before the election, forcing them both to drop out, allowing Obama, once again, to run basically unopposed as he did when he ran for office the first time (he got everyone else thrown off the ballot - look it up).

Where has the media been in looking at his connections to Khalid Rashidi, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Kwame Kilpatrick, Louis Farrakhan, and Jeremiah Wright? They could not be bothered to research the presidential candidate, or his methods for becoming the candidate, much less his associates, any one of whom would have brought down any other candidate. (How many people know about the rampant caucus fraud perpetrated by the Obama camp? There were complaints made to the DNC by a number of people, including Hillary Clinton, but the DNC turned a blind eye. Even worse, they took lawfully cast and certified votes for Hillary Clinton and GAVE them to Obama. That was the day this Yellow Dog Dem became an Independent.)

But to the VP candidate from Alaska the media managed to devote all kinds of resources. Lo, and behold - there is nothing there. Of course, that doesn't stop Ms. Ball from making gratuitous, unfounded, slights against Palin, thus demonstrating her very clear bias even as she was tasked with acknowledging there was nothing there.

This isn't journalism, this is tabloid writing. And you put it on the front page.

While I am at it, I would like to highlight something else from these emails that was in my local paper - and listen up all of you who made this salacious claim - SARAH PALIN DID NOT SHOOT WOLVES FROM THE AIR, AND WAS OPPOSED TO IT. Got it? Seriously. Oh, and the emails highlighted how much of a conservationist she really is. I bet that will stick in some folk's craw...

Good grief.

Clearly, despite there being nothing there to attack Palin over, these rags will continue to make the kinds of gratuitous smears Ms. Ball did. They just cannot stand that this woman is exactly who she said she is and has demonstrated herself to be. I guess in the face of Obama's failures, this must really get to them, so they have redoubled their efforts to go after her, not him. Pathetic. Be big enough people to admit you were duped, you were snookered, you were fooled, and you were wrong. Give it a shot.

And now, for our musical moment to take a break from this continued media folly, I leave you with this:

Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Now Showing: Crazy, Crazy Everywhere"

That is a sign hanging up in our favorite beach restaurant. And it seems particular appropriate to a bit of an update to my previous post, "Chris Matthews' Trip To Crazy Town." To paraphrase my friend, CindyIndie, Matthews has purchased property, and taken up residence in Crazy Town.

You will not believe what he has said now. During a discussion about Rep. Anthony Weiner's immoral, indecent, misogynistic, perverted behavior, Chris Matthews had this to say (h/t to Sowsear1 for the link):
[snip] They never get the Speakership back because the people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian conservative culturally - you can say backward if you want - but they don't like this kind of stuff at all. They're not part of that 56 percent in Brooklyn and Queens who say, "okay, we can live with this guy. [snip]

Oh, where to begin? The 56% of people in Brooklyn and Queens who are okay with Weiner's behavior, which is disturbing in and of itself, or the claim that only conservative, culturally backward Christians would be upset by this kind of behavior?

Good grief. Well, let me start with the latter. It is not just rural, "culturally backward," conservative Christians who are upset by this despicable behavior of an official elected to one of the highest offices in the land. And some of us are not looking at this in terms of how it will affect the Democrats' chances in 2012, as Matthews was, but in terms of the most basic decency and decorum, sorely lacking in Weiner's behavior. (Feel free to add your own reasons why this was an assholic thing to say.)

And speaking of Weiner, the plot continues to thicken. Weiner has admitted engaging in communications with a 17 year old girl. His spokesperson assures us that there was nothing untoward about the contact whatsoever. Since Weienr has been so honest and forthright throughout this process, we have every reason to believe him. Oh, wait, no, no, he wasn't. He lied through his teeth up one side and down the other, calling to meet with media outlets to lie some more. As if I didn't think he already needed to resign. Holy cow.

It is the weekend, so a little music is in order. The following Patsy Cline is a classic, and goes out to all of Weiner's Twitter pals:

Oh, and this one is a bit crazy, and goes out to Weiner's wife, Huma (h/t to ScrewtheDNC):

Your turn for "Crazy, Crazy, Everywhere!" Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Friday, June 10, 2011

Obama:"What, Me Worry?" And Other News

That would be the Obama Administration response to the economic crisis in which we find ourselves. Oh, wait - I'm sorry, I meant to say the "bump in the road" we are enduring. Pay no attention to the rising unemployment numbers, the falling number of jobs created, or the continuing decline of housing market. I mean, it isn't like this is a permanent thing, right? Just a little "bump in the road." It isn't like we are going into a double dip recession or anything. That must be true, because Obama said so just the other day! Have no fear, Obama doesn't. So, no worries, people. It's all good, right? ("Mad Magazine"

And for those of you who are unemployed - and that would be a boatload of you since unemployment is on the rise - do I ever have a task for you! Well, actually, the New York Times and the Washington Post have jobs for you. See, back in 2008, once Palin was nominated to be the Republican VP, a whole bunch of sites, including Mother Jones, made a FOIA request for Palin's emails. Those emails have now been released - all 24,000 of them - and the Times and Post want YOU to help them find any dirt to be found there.

Before I go on with the duties of the position, I have to ask: media sites filed FOIAs for Palin's email back in 2008? Yes, indeed they did. From the very beginning, they set out to dig up anything they could possibly find on the very popular Governor of Alaska. Apparently, because Palin is just a girl, think that the First Dude was the one doing all of the work. Sexist pigs, the lot of them.

Oh, if only they had bothered to do the same with the man sitting in the White House (unless he is out on the golf course), making a wreck of the country but no - it is much more fun to try and destroy someone for no other reason than sheer derangement syndrome, which overcame these sites very quickly, I must say. (Isn't there some kind of vaccination for that kind of lunacy? Just wondering.)

Okay, back to the NY Times job description:
[snip] We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.

What you will see when you click on the link is that the title REALLY is, "Help Us INVESTIGATE the Sarah Palin Email Records."

Not to be outdone is the Washington Post:
[snip] Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from former Alaska governorSarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska's governor will be released Friday. That's a lot of e-mail for us to review so we're looking for some help from Fix readers to analyze, contextualize, and research those e-mails right alongside Post reporters over the days following the release.

We are limiting this to just 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the e-mails. Participants can join from anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection.

If you need inspiration before getting started, take a look at what to expect from the e-mail drop. For micro-updates as tomorrow unfolds, check out our new Twitter feed. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Here we are, with a shitty economy, people losing jobs, REAL scandals in people like Weiner (a little more on that in a minute), high gas prices, high food prices, illicit war being waged in Libya, Obama inviting the likes of Ali Bongo from Gabon to the WHITE HOUSE (hint: Bongo's family's theft of money from the nation of Gabon makes Mubarrak look like Mother Teresa), and two of the biggest papers in the country are still going after PALIN?? They are seriously screwed up.

You might like to take a look at the comments at both papers. A number of people are calling them out on their sexism toward Palin, and their inability to do their own damn jobs. Rightly so, too. What a bunch of jackwagons.

And in a major Screw You to at least two of the Big Ten (that would be Commandments), the people in Weiner's district don't give a damn that he is an adulterer, liar, predator, sick, twisted, misogynist. Yep, 56% of those polled think he should stay in his position. Wow. That is amazing. And incredibly disturbing. It isn't like he is even all that great at his job. He is considered more of a show horse than work horse, so WHY would the people in his district support a man who has demonstrated such horrible judgment, such misogyny, such twisted sexual proclivities, and who is a downright liar? I'd love to know.

Blech. Okay, that's enough crapola for one day. Time for a metaphorical shower:

TGIF... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chris Matthews' Trip To Crazy Town

Okay, you know it is bad when other journalists, and frequent guests, are talking about how nutso Chris Matthews has become. What seemed to prompt this outspokenness on their part was the attempt by Matthews to pin the Weiner scandal on Weiner's WIFE, as if it was her fault her husband is an unethical, perverted, sleazeball. Wow, talk about blaming the victim there, Matthews.

No, Anthony Weiner has no one but himself to blame for the mess he is in. His long time friend (and for a brief period, girlfriend), Kirsten Powers, came out with a scathing post about Weiner on Wednesday, June 7th. She has been friends with him for years, and unknowingly carried his water on "Hannity" in defense of Weiner. She is not carrying it any more, as this post highlights:
[snip] Narcissism doesn’t begin to describe this kind of behavior. It seems there was nobody he didn’t lie to. The New York Times reported this morning that he told donors a week ago that the scandal was the result of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” and that “everything [would] be fine.” We also learned after his press conference that he coached a former porn star with whom he had communicated online on how to lie to the media.

But even if I could see past the lying and extreme narcissism that is noteworthy even by Washington standards, there is the issue of his attitude toward women. What has emerged is a picture of a predator trolling the Internet for women—some half his age—with which to engage in cybersex. We know only about the women who were responsive to his overtures. The odds are very high that he struck out with many, and other women were victim to his unsolicited sex talk. Women should be able to “friend” a married—or unmarried—congressman on Facebook or follow him on Twitter without fear of being the recipient of lewd talk or behavior. Just because a woman “likes” your video on Facebook doesn’t mean you can send her a picture of your penis. This is textbook sexual harassment. It may not be illegal, but it’s definitely unethical. He is in a position of influence, and many women—especially a 21-year-old—would be afraid to report a congressman doing that to them because he holds so much power. Also, he claims none of the women he contacted were underage, but how could he possibly know that?

By far the most disturbing information that we have been privy to—there is, no doubt, more out there that we don’t know—is the transcript of a nine-month "sexting" relationship Weiner had with a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. Radar Online posted the transcript, and it is rife with misogyny and distorted views about women...


A whisper campaign has started in New York that Weiner’s wife was partly to blame for what happened. “You know, she does travel a lot” is what one New York political operative told me they have heard from multiple reporters. So now we have the “blame the woman” campaign even though what Weiner did had zero to do with sexual satisfaction and everything to do with his own mental issues and attitude toward women. And, by the way, plenty of men have wives who travel and they don’t start preying on women on the Internet and sending pictures of their private parts. [snip] (Click here to read the rest, and believe me, it is well worth your time.)

Again, Powers' post is well worth your time - there are some things in there to support her charge of misogyny, and she is right on the money.

Unlike Chris Matthews, whose sexist, boorish behavior have been on display for a number of years. You may recall that even Media Matters took him to task for his sexism toward Hillary Clinton, though his expression of such seems to have only scratched the surface:
[snip] One young conservative female guest who appeared several times on Matthews’ show told TheDC that bizarre comments toward women were part of his off air banter as well.

“During one appearance, during the commercial break, Matthews informed me he loves it when women wear baby doll dresses,” she said. “It’s his favorite thing to see women wear.”


Liberal watchdog groups such as Media Matters and the Daily Kos have hit Matthews hard for his poorly chosen, even misogynistic words toward liberal women.

Media Matters noted Matthews’ poor math in trying to figure out how many women governors there were in 2008.

“Where are the big-state women governors? Where are they? Name one. They don’t exist,” Matthews said of the potential for a future female presidential candidate.

Media Matters subsequently pointed out that in 2008 there were in fact many female governors with populations comparable to the big name former governor presidential candidates, such as Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.[snip]

Holy crappydoo. Seriously?? "Babydoll" clothes? Unaware that there are a number of women governors??

Yeah, this guy is a lunatic:
[snip] His emotional rants have become commonplace on “Hardball,” and made his show must-watch TV for the likes of Mediate, NewsBusters, Real Clear Politics and even The Daily Caller — all waiting with bated breath for Matthews to inevitably say something “insane.”

When asked by TheDC why he watches so religiously, Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics video editor, did not mince words.

“‘Hardball’ is a reminder that I am sane,” said Schwartz. “Chris Matthews is more of a gaffe machine than Joe Biden and the ignorance of his sexism and bigotry makes the show entertaining to watch.”

“He’s a freak show” said another media reporter. [snip]

You got that right, for so, so many reasons.

But you know who one of his favorite targets is:
[snip] Sarah Palin is another of Matthews’ punching bags. He has called the former Alaska governor and former vice presidential nominee “profoundly stupid,” “a dolt,” and an “empty head.”

“He’s a known sexist pig. It’s not misogyny based on political party,” Amy Siskind, president of the women’s advocacy group The New Agenda, wrote at TheDC. “No, Matthews has a familiar pattern: he purposefully strikes out at any woman who is rising in power.” [snip] (Click here to read the rest. I have just scratched the surface of this outstanding article.)

Matthews thinks Palin is "profoundly stupid" and a "dolt"? Wow. This is just yet another uninformed opinion put forth by this brain trust.

I will allow Gov. Palin herself to dispel the biased, sexist attack by Chris Matthews in this synopsis of her recent bus tour:

Just WHO is "profoundly stupid," Mr. Matthews? I'll give you a hint. It ain't Gov. Palin. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Whiners For Weiner, And Anti-Paliin Whining, Too

The whining would be by some men in the "journalism" profession who think what is going on with Rep. Anthony Weiner in the press is really unfair. "Leave Anthony alone!" seems to be their cry.

Good grief.

Yes, that is the problem - that Weiner's "privacy" has been violated, not that he has disgraced his office, his wife, and himself, with very little contrition for what he actually DID. No, his tears were over being CAUGHT, not that he is a freakin' pervert, engaging in sexting with women around the country, and apparently, made phone calls to some of these women from his House office. There is no doubt that not only did he act unprofessionally, but unethically, compounded by his vast number of lies upon lies.

But as Jennifer Rubin pointed out in her Washington Post piece, "Anthony Weiner, Wronged Man? Not Quite," some are taking the Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz approach, claiming this is a "private matter." They are wrong. Rubin specifically mentions Ezra Klein and Richard Cohen:
I’ve been a bit amazed at the post-bizzaro press conference insistence by some on the left that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is a wronged man. Ezra Klein via Twitter professes to be puzzled how this can be a big deal. Richard Cohen writes:
We are doing a terrible thing here — we hypocrites of the press, especially of the blogosphere. Every man lives a bit in a fantasy world, maybe women, too, but I know nothing of them. Every man is a boy, either in mind or in deed. Much of this is harmless. There are no bodies. There is no crime. This is the case with Weiner. No damsel was in distress, and no one was rescued.

This is the place for me to condemn Weiner. Consider it done. He’s a liar and a creep, although how one can be the latter without being the former is beyond me. (Still, lying is impermissible.) But I would also like to condemn those who made it their business to destroy him, who deputized themselves to invade someone’s private life, his fantasy life, and hold him up to ridicule.

Let me point out that Weiner went beyond fantasy. Or have we forgotten that these are real women with whom he was communicating? Women who, gosh, he thinks, are not underage. Women who he supposed would not blackmail him. Women whom he apparently told his wife about before their marriage but could not bring himself to give up. The press isn’t invading his mind or his bedroom; it’s looking at his Tweets and talking to the women on whose Timeline he was willing to risk his marriage, his career and his self-respect. [snip]

So let me make sure I understand Mr. Cohen's point - he thinks the press is doing the wrong thing by REPORTING THE NEWS??? I am just shaking my head in disbelief at these men. Oh, no, check that - I am shaking my head in DISGUST at these men, and their willingness to use their professions as "journalists" to try and protect this pervert.

Jennifer Rubin's response was very good, I thought:
[snip] Let me point out that Weiner went beyond fantasy. Or have we forgotten that these are real women with whom he was communicating? Women who, gosh, he thinks, are not underage. Women who he supposed would not blackmail him. Women whom he apparently told his wife about before their marriage but could not bring himself to give up. The press isn’t invading his mind or his bedroom; it’s looking at his Tweets and talking to the women on whose Timeline he was willing to risk his marriage, his career and his self-respect. (As for the comment, “Another Christian has been thrown to the lions. The ‘Christian in this case is a Jew,” I am dumbfounded and dismayed that Weiner’s religion should enter into the discussion.)

As for the “I just don’t get it” response of some young liberal men out there, I can only imagine that ideology so dominates their lives that they fail to see the harm in a public figure’s not-at-all-private conduct. Or perhaps they too see the Tweets as a harmless pastime. Maybe, for all the “sexual harassment” training we’ve gotten, we’ve forgotten some essential training in ethics. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

I don't get it, either, Ms. Rubin, except to say that this mindset is incredibly disturbing. (Ms. Rubin goes on to note that the Wall Street Journal has a very good editorial on Rep. Weiner's behavior and judgment, and I encourage you to either finish reading her piece, or read the WSJ piece here.)

The next piece of news also deals with a Democratic Representative, Earl Blumenauer. Seems Rep. Blumenauer is upset at the effort put forth by the Parks Department for doing anything that might amount to educating Gov. Palin about American history. Yes, he is upset that money is being spent to give the governor an education at our historic sites and monuments, presumably because it is making her smarter than many in the press (I refer you to the ridiculous recent brouhaha over Paul Revere) in which journalists by and large failed to factcheck before jumping on their condescending "gotcha" bandwagon).

Yes, this representative, Earl Blumenenaur, has some "serious concerns" over the money spent thus far on Palin and her bus tour:
[snip] “Many of the press accounts of stops included in this tour, which provided personal and political benefits to former Gov. Palin, suggest that National Park Service resources were made available to an extent beyond that which an average American family would receive,” Blumenauer wrote.

He cited media reports of Palin and her family receiving a private guided tour of Mount Vernon, early admission to the National Archives and a 10-person escort involving park rangers and New York City police officers at the Statue of Liberty.

“For cases in which the Park Service did not have additional personnel on duty as a result of the tour, was manpower diverted from regularly-scheduled services to accommodate the Palin family’s visits and is this a routine practice for visiting celebrities?” Blumenauer added.

National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said his understanding is that Palin received customary treatment for a visiting celebrity and that the costs of her visits were nominal at best.

“We see celebrities on a regular basis, it’s something that we’re used to,” Olson said. “We give them a tour but we also try to not make it a bug hoo-ha for all the other visitors. So it’s kind of standard fare if there’s a celebrity or two that show up we do a special program for them.”

That usually involves rangers and interpreters that are on the job regardless. "That's why it's not an extra cost for us," Olson said. "We just try to make sure everybody has a good experience at a national park." [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Maybe that's what is getting Rep. Blumenaur's goat - that Palin is seen as, and treated like, a celebrity. Oh, but the best part? Palin was not the one who requested the Park Police provide an escort while she was at the Statue of Liberty. Rather, it was one of the officers in charge who did that. Oops - so much for this little "gotcha" attempt by Rep. Blumenaur.

One of the commenters at this article was kind enough to post a video of another "celebrity" getting a private tour at the Statue of Liberty. I wonder if Rep. Blumenaur was so quick to investigate the money spent on THIS tour:

I am going to guess, no, Rep. Blumenaur did NOT demand an accounting from the Parks Service for Rep. Weiner being able to go where people had not been able to go since 9/11. But, hey - that's different, right? Yeah, sure, right.

And in an incredible twist of irony, Rep. Weiner called President Clinton to apologize to him for this whole sexting scandal. President Clinton officiated at Weiner and Huma Abedin's wedding.

Gee, I wonder what the conversations are like between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin?

Blech. This whole thing is making me ill - support for this immoral, unethical piece of work (Weiner), and attempts to take down someone as a result of PDS. The hypocrisy is staggering, and I am just sick of it.

How about you? Feel free to talk about the issues above, or anything else on your mind today. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy