Archive for September 8, 2009

b069_threesacrowd_big My review of Big Finish # 69 Three’s a Crowd is available at Amazon.com here.

This was the last of the 5th Doctor Peri/Erimem stories that I didn’t have. I don’t think there was a bad one in the batch.

You know I been thinking and thinking and I can’t think of a think I feel like saying about anything else right now, but some other people have interesting things to say today.

VDH has some great comparisons between past the present concerning President Obama:

Once upon a time, Candidate Obama also assured skeptical voters that he would show us how to transcend race. He was no Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, who used skin color and white guilt for careerist purposes. The Reverend Wright, “typical white person,” Michelle Obama’s “downright mean country,” and the Pennsylvania “clingers” remark were mere aberrations of the exhausting campaign, hyped by the shameless right wing.

But soon the people got the attorney general of the United States calling them racial cowards and dismissing voter-intimidation suits against club-wielding Black Panthers who had swarmed voting booths. Cambridge police were relegated to Neanderthal profilers who stereotyped the innocent, such as Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. Environment czar Van Jones warned of white conspiracies to pollute the ghetto and bragged that blacks, unlike whites, did not go on public-school shooting sprees. The nation’s most powerful politicians, like House Ways and Means chairman Charlie Rangel and New York governor David Paterson, for some strange reason, were suddenly victims of racial bias, which alone explained their travails. All this was not supposed to happen in the age of Obama.

Jay Nordlinger expands:

They say that “hate” is rearing its head, and that President Obama and the Democrats are the victims of it. Let me make a couple of predictions: I predict that the chairman of the Republican National Committee will never say, “I hate the Democrats and everything they stand for. This [politics, basically] is a struggle of good and evil. And we’re the good.”

Howard Dean said that about the GOP: “I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for. . . .”

I predict that an editor of a conservative magazine will never write a piece called “The Case for Obama Hatred,” beginning, “I hate President Barack Obama.”

A New Republic editor did this, about Bush.

Byron York continues to show why his loss is painful for National Review:

The first words of the Times’ story on Jones’ resignation were, “In a victory for Republicans and the Obama administration’s conservative critics. …” One news anchor suggested Jones was “the Republican right’s first scalp.” Other coverage called the Jones affair a victory for Glenn Beck, Fox News, right-wing blogs, and even Sarah Palin, who played no role in the matter.

If you throw in Rush Limbaugh, you have all the bogey-people of the conservative world. To some on the left, including some journalists, denying them a victory was a top priority, no matter what Van Jones had said and done.

There was a day, not too long ago, when the Times and other influential news organizations could kill a story — could deny the bad guys a win — simply by ignoring it. Sometimes they still try. But it just won’t work anymore.

Just one Minute highlighted a Firedog post that rolled my eyes:

Now he’s been thrown under the bus by the White House for signing his name to a petition expressing something that 35% of all Democrats believed as of 2007 — that George Bush knew in advance about the attacks of 9/11. Well, that and calling Republicans “assholes.” I’m pretty sure that if you search through the histories of every single liberal leader at the CAF dinner that night, they have publicly said that and worse.

Jane in case you haven’t figured it out those facts are BAD things.

Speaking of Bad things:

And since the blogosphere is ranting and raving about Truthers right now, and how horrible and evil they are (a position with which I agree), let’s take a little look at who’s behind the Cincinnati Tea Party, shall we?

One of the main organizers, and a featured speaker, is Jason Rink…

…Lovely! A highly placed Ron Paulian, and an associate of racist paleocon Lew Rockwell!

And Rink is also … you guessed it … a Truther.

I’ve attended a tea party and agree with their goals but this type of thing is very bad and has to be nailed at once. If they become Ron Paul rallies this is a very bad thing and overrides the legit message.

and finally via Glenn an Ann Althouse commentator has the best take on it all:

“Ha, this will play out exactly as I thought it might. My son adores Obama – entirely from things he’s heard at school. By the end of this, he’s going to think of the dude as just one more boring windbag.”

Those guys are doing better than me.

Oh and there will be larger police presence at my kids school today due to the murders in town.

Ok: Here is my suggestion for the best moves post Van Jones for both the sides of the aisle. These are the best political moves, I make no representations on them in any other context. This is just what I think would work.

Right/Beck defenders:

I would instantly be contacting the boycotting companies linking Van Jones to Color of Change and demand they explicitly denounce Jones’ and Color of change. These advertisers are sheep and once one backs down the rest will. If they refuse to denounce Jones then they can truthfully say that company X refused to denounce Jones who had to step down because of xxx, yyy, zzz.

Right/Beck opponents

I would take the mantle away from Glenn Beck by asking over and over why the various Czars did not have to fill out the questionnaire. I would keep asking if any other White House Czars etc have any of the Jones positions. I would call those positions a “Jones” and then Finally demand that the White House confirm that nobody other Czar else has a “Jones”. I would furthermore in every interview concerning this administration point out the media’s unwillingness to report on the story IE: “Remember this is the same New York Times that didn’t report on the Jones story.” I’d also do some background stuff to make sure no birthers or truthers are lurking in my shadows.

Left/Jones Opponents:

I would use the Jones situation to go after the birthers, I would “regret” the opinions of Jones while quietly make sure that anyone else in this administration doesn’t have a Jones problem. I would note any and all connection to the brither movement on the republican side and either immediately go after them or bank them for destruction later. I would start by highlighting LGF’s exposure of one of the Organizers of the Cincinnati tea parties links to trutherism. I would mention it in interviews without mentioning the general tea party movement, I’d let people make their own connections.

Left/Jones supporters

I would press every congressman on the Right to explicitly denounce Birtherism, and would use it as an offensive weapon, I would further note republican connections to tea parties and highlight Ron Paul supporters at each one and bank them. When the time comes I would link each activist/pol who shows up or supports them to the Ron Paul and some of his past associations. I would beat the right with this, but the trick is to hold off until these people are deeper in the trap.