Archive for July 13, 2010

The NAACP beclowns itself

Posted: July 13, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news, tea parties
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The NAACP is now debating a resolution to condemn the tea parties as racist. They have suddenly conveniently taken their webcast off the air in the middle of the debate, just after a NAACP member suggested to change the resolution to read “some” instead of all Tea Party members are racist…to protect Obama.

If they do this I think this lie will cost them plenty but lets see what other people have to say:

Col Allen West via Atlas:

“The NAACP has missed the target. Their target should not be the Tea Party, but instead the larger issues facing the Black community: astronomical unemployment rates (15.5%) and the breakdown of the Black family, which result in higher drop-out rates, disproportionate incarceration rates and teen pregnancy rates (12.6%). These issues should be the focus of increased scrutiny by the NAACP.

This NAACP Resolution is consistent with the Obama administration tactic of demonizing and blaming someone else for your own failures and shortcomings, and not take responsibility and accountability.”

Ya think?

Gateway Pundit:

We will not be silenced:

Adrienne’s Corner:

Do you have days when you feel like you’ve crawled down a hole with Alice? Our world becomes “curiouser and curiouser”…

What do I think? I think the NAACP has become an organization of people who make their living off of the suffering and sacrifice of their elders. I think they have stopped worrying about Black Americans and are worried about a meal ticket that they have attacked to liberalism in general and the democratic party in particular. I think they are a collection of lesser sons of greater fathers.

Oh Phillip Klein has an informative tweet:

Just spoke to NAACP press office, startled that webcast would broadcast resolutions. Supposed to be closed press.

All I can think of is 2 Samuel 12:12a

Update: a few more reactions:

Gateway has this comment from the Tim Scott Campaign

I believe that the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

Michelle was liveblogging this until this point:

6:00pm Eastern…NAACP member calls for officials to shut out press…webcast shut down.

If the NAACP is not ashamed of itself it’s only because it has lost it’s ability to do so.

Update 2: Here is something from The National Center for Public Policy Research:

As the NAACP plans to use their group’s prestige to bash the tea party movement, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are urging delegates at the NAACP’s national convention not to turn the NAACP into a pawn for progressive political bosses.

Read the whole thing. BTW Fox just reported that the NAACP claims this is due to the Washington incident, no comment about the 100K Breitbart offer.

Legal Insurrection reports the resolution passed, he comments:

Make no mistake, either under the original or the revised version, the NAACP has placed itself firmly within the Democratic smear machine which for two years has been attempting to portray all opposition to Obama’s policies as racist…
The NAACP resolution is part of the divide-and-conquer strategy of the Obama administration and Democrats.

The target of the NAACP is not so much the Tea Party members, but other blacks. The NAACP seeks to isolate the Tea Party movement from a natural constituency, black social and economic conservatives. The resolution puts any black who associates with the Tea Parties at risk of being labeled an Uncle Tom or some of the other race-based epithets hurled at black conservatives by black liberals.

He links to Another Black Conservative who says:

Once again the NAACP is still trying to fight pre Civil Rights era struggles in a post Civil Rights era world. They will even go after a media made racial boogeyman to do it. The NAACP is working with the false story from the media that Tea Partiers hurled racial slurs at black congressmen. To date not a single video of the incident has ever emerged and the media itself has seems to drop the story all together. Yet here is the NAACP getting all fired up about it now. If the NAACP thought there was truth to this story, they should have made noise when it happened, instead of waiting until now.

Why did they wait you ask? Because the midterm elections are now four months away and the NAACP is more about shilling the leftist agenda than they are about the “advancement of colored people”. Rallying blacks against the Tea Party is more important to the leftist agenda than tackling the real issues facing the black community like poor schools, unemployment or the devastating effects of drugs and crime.

No New memeorandum thread but I have to scoot.

Update 3: Here is the thread.

Drew Walker has this to say on Twitter:

As a black person I am officially renaming the NAACP to the NAADP, Natnl Assoc for the Advcmnt of the Democratic Party

Update 4: Bob Belvedere and Carol’s Closet are much too kind. Thank you very much lady and gentleman.

Update 5: Ed Driscoll thinks the NAACP has fallen into a trap

Update 6: Trap sprung, Palin responds:

Having been on the receiving end of a similar spurious charge of racism (in a recent frivolous lawsuit which was finally dismissed by a federal judge), I know how Tea Party Americans feel to be falsely accused. To be unjustly accused of association with what Reagan so aptly called that “legacy of evil” is a traumatizing experience, and one of which the honest, freedom-loving patriots of the Tea Party movement are truly undeserving.

On this subject, I can recommend the statement issued by a man I was proud to endorse, Tim Scott, the GOP candidate from South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Tim, poised to become the first African-American Republican Congressman from the former Confederacy since Reconstruction, is himself a sign of a hopeful, truly post-racial future for our country. It gives added meaning to his warning that “the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

The only purpose of such an unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the Tea Party movement or listening to the common sense message of Tea Party Americans who simply want government to abide by our Constitution, live within its means, and not borrow and spend away our children’s futures. Red and yellow, black and white, this message is precious in all our sights. All decent Americans abhor racism. No one wants to be associated with any organization that is in any way racist in sentiment or origin. I certainly don’t want to be. Thankfully, the Tea Party movement is not racist or motivated by racism. It is motivated by love of country and all that is good and honest about our proud and diverse nation.

Well done NAACP, Palin’s statement will be carried everywhere which will highlight the Tim Scott Campaign and Scott will highlight other Black candidates running as republicans. It’s as good as a moneybomb for the lot of them. Driscoll was right! BAZINGA!

Update 7: ABC mentions Palin’s facebook answer without linking to it. Why? Because that would highlight the Tim Scott campaign and we can’t have that. They also mention Breitbart’s $100,000 challenge without linking to it.

There is a story at the Worcester Telegram that I suspect will never make it to the New York Times, Washington Post, Morning Joe or Memeorandom Here are the details:

Local gay activist Albert M. Toney III has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old youth last month in the locker room of the YMCA.

The 17-year-old told investigators he was standing in front of a fan in the locker room of the YMCA at 766 Main St. June 15 when Mr. Toney, who was nude, approached him from behind, grabbed his buttock and pressed himself up against him without his consent, according to a statement filed in court by police Sgt. John W. Lewis. Mr. Toney, a former Worcester police officer, then allegedly invited the 17-year-old to join him in the steam room.

A longtime gay activist and advocate for gay and lesbian youth, Mr. Toney is president of AK Consulting Services, an education/diversity training and consulting company.

He was active in the campaign for same-sex marriage rights in Massachusetts and was the first openly gay candidate to run for Worcester City Council.

Ok so we have a public figure, well known in the community, active in the same sex marriage fight and a “youth advocate” charged. Will this story be in any of the above venues? Will it make any papers beyond Worcester? Will there be a memeorandum thread? I think not, the media will not consider this more than a local story. However with a few edits of the Bold Text I can make it a newsworthy story, observe: My edited text is in Italics:

Local Catholic Priest Fr. Albert M. Toney III has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old youth last month in the locker room of his parish.

The 17-year-old told investigators he was standing in front of a fan in the locker room of his parish at 766 Main St. June 15 when Father Toney, who was nude, approached him from behind, grabbed his buttock and pressed himself up against him without his consent, according to a statement filed in court by police Sgt. John W. Lewis. Father Toney, a former Worcester police officer, then allegedly invited the 17-year-old to join him in the rectory.

A longtime local priest and advocate for catholic youth youth, Father Toney is president of AK Consulting Services, a Church run education, training and consulting company.

He was active in the campaign against same-sex marriage rights in Massachusetts and was the first Catholic Priest to run for Worcester City Council.

See? A few edits and Viola; A story worthy of the New York Times, and a memeorandum thread. Will this story get any media play without said edits? Oh sure, around the same day that Andrew Sullivan endorses Sarah Palin for president on the Chris Matthews show.

Update: the trick would also work If I replaced “Gay Activist” with “Tea party Activist”.

Update 2: Stacy picks it up at the Spectator Blog

George Stienbrenner is dead

Posted: July 13, 2010 by datechguy in baseball
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For all the nonsense Yankee fans put up with, in the end the Yankees won more titles with him than any other team during his era.

Baseball Crank has this to say:

Steinbrenner’s personality and legacy will be described as “complicated,” which is sort of true although the pieces are easy enough to stitch together into a coherent whole with some effort. My all-time favorite line was from Luis Polonia in 1989: “Steinbrenner is only interested in one thing, and I don’t know what it is.” At times, when the Yankees weren’t winning, it seemed that way. Nobody cared about winning more than Steinbrenner, and that of course was his greatest virtue as an owner; the Yankees made a lot of money under George, but he never saw the money as something to pocket separate and apart from winning, and as a fan there are few things you want more in your team owner. His signature move was signing Goose Gossage to be his closer immediately after Sparky Lyle won the Cy Young Award, an act of colossal baseball gluttony that turned out to be visionary; Sparky’s arm game out and he went, in Graig Nettles’ words, “from Cy Young to Syonara in one year,” while the Goose went on to have the prime of his Hall of Fame career in pinstripes.

David Pinto nails it:

I grew up a Yankees fan, before George took over. As someone who remembers the Yankees before the boss, I’ll say that George was a bastard, but he was our bastard. He restored a franchise laid low by poor management and changing rules on signing amateur players to a championship team again. As a fan at the time, I was happy to see that. He used the wealth of the Yankees to leverage free agency and won consecutive World Series trophies in the 1970s. He was a tough driving boss. He did not believe in vacations or time off. More than anything, he wanted to win, and constantly pushed the team to do so.

It should be noted, however, that the two great eras of the Steinbrenner years, the late 1970s and last 1990s came about due to George’s evil side. He was suspended from taking part in day to day operations after the 1974 seasons due to illegal contributions to Richard Nixon. That allowed Gabe Paul to put together a team that would win the pennant in 1976 without interference. Steinbrenner was again suspended in 1990, and would not control the team again until 1993. By that time, the front office had laid the foundation for the great teams of the late 1990s.

Baseball will not be the same without him, if nothing else he sure wasn’t boring.

If you want to understand the death of the MSM this letter from Peter Kenny and Glenn Dale really says it all:

I am grateful to Charles Krauthammer, as I’m sure many other readers are, for his July 9 op-ed column, “The selective modesty of Barack Obama,” because he mentioned a story that The Post, the New York Times and most of the “important” media have not reported: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s bizarre interview with al-Jazeera, in which he said Mr. Obama gave him the mission to “reach out to the Muslim world” and “help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and math and engineering.” Mr. Bolden also said he was asked to “re-inspire” children to do well in science and math. I suspect any halfway intelligent Muslim would be offended by such laughable condescension.

Apart from regretting such feel-good nonsense from a once-great space agency, I would ask The Post: How was this story not newsworthy? Didn’t Post editors realize that word of these inane statements would eventually reach the hordes of Post readers? And that some of them might wonder why The Post hasn’t reported it already?emphasis mine

Peter Kenny, Glenn Dale

Any Questions?