January 2010

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: Fox News Devastated Over Arrest Of ACORN Pimp, Says The Story Probably Needs ‘A Lot Of Context’.
  • Raw Story: GOP sends fundraising letter disguised as ‘Census’ form.
  • Media Matters: History profs: Beck's documentary smearing progressives is a "complete lie"; Beck's living in "alternative universe."
  • Bilerico: Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill Goes XXX??
  • Box Turtle Bulletin: Pugno’s illogical complaint about documents.
  • Finally, what kind of parent complains about a dictionary ... and what kind of school agrees to pull all dictionaries from its shelves as a result? 

Right Wing Leftovers

  • I see that James Dobson has now been added to the list of those supporting Janet Porter's May day for America rally.
  • Operation Rescue wants to make it clear that it has nothing to do with Randall Terry.
  • Roy Moore is running for governor of Alabama, and now his former spokesperson is running for lieutenant governor.
  • What a surprise, the Family Research Council gives President Obama miserable grades for this first year in office.
  • Finally, we have no idea who Mike Adams is, what he is talking about, or what it has to do with us.

Right-Wing ACORN Activist Arrested

MassResistance will be hosting a fundraising banquet in early March where right-wing "journalist" James O'Keefe is scheduled to be a featured guest speaker:

James O'Keefe is an investigative journalist and filmmaker. He came to national prominence in 2009 when he filmed and produced an investigative report that helped expose corruption within ACORN -- including ACORN employees providing individuals they believed to be involved in an international under-age prostitution scheme with advice on how to break the law. Congress voted to defund ACORN shortly after the videos were released.

James began his career as a journalist as the founder and editor-in-chief of The Centurion at Rutgers University. He has helped start over a dozen campus newspapers nationwide. His past projects include an investigation of Planned Parenthood, where his reporting exposed the organization's willingness to ignore apparent instances of statutory rape and eugenics-based racism. He currently posts as VeritasVisuals (on YouTube), and blogs at BigGovernment.com.

Whether or not O'Keffe actually manages to make this engagement remains to be seen, because it looks like he just got himself in a lot of trouble:

The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O'Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office's telephone system.

A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

The Scott Brown Insanity Continues

Just when you think the punditry, predictions, and prognostications about Scott Brown and his Senate victory can't get any more ridiculous, you see something like this and realize that, in fact, it can and it will: 

A stunning new poll conducted by Newsmax/Zogby reveals that Massachusett's new Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown could defeat President Barack Obama in a presidential election.

The Newsmax/Zogby poll released Tuesday found that the pair would be statistically deadlocked if the presidential election was held today.

The poll indicates surprisingly weak support for the president among independent voters, who favor the tyro Brown by 48.6 percent to 36 percent in a hypothetical matchup against Obama.

Mark McKinnon, the respected political strategist who created former President George W. Bush's successful television ad campaigns in 2000 and 2004, told Newsmax that the survey results should trigger alarms for Team Obama.

Huckabee Climbs Aboard The Tea Party Bandwagon

It seems that Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts has turned Mike Huckabee into a Tea Party true believer. 

A few months back, when tea party activists were making the Doug Hoffman/Dede Scozzafava the proving ground for ideological loyalty, Huckabee was conspicuously absent until the very last minute when he jumped in over after Scozzafava had dropped out.

Similarly, in the Brown race, Huckabee basically sat on the sidelines, but in the wake of his win, Huckabee is suddenly climbing aboard the tea party bandwagon, first claiming that members of Congress "should be tarred and feathered as the original tea partiers would have done" and now declaring that "The Tea Party Movement is Changing America" and that he is thrilled to be a part of it:

The 21st century Tea Party movement is changing America. That’s not an overstatement, it is a fact.

The original Tea Party happened on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 patriots gathered at the Old South Meeting House, a site used for both worship and politics. Our Tea Party ancestors tossed the tea overboard to protest “taxation without representation” because they weren’t permitted to elect a member to the British parliament.

Today we have seen our government turn a deaf ear to the people, pushing through bailouts and stimulus spending without representation. For months they’ve tried their best to push through a health care bill that few wanted, only to be stopped again this time by the Massachusetts Tea Party and the election of Scott Brown on January 19.

But mark my words: Congressional Democrats and President Obama haven’t given up.
Now we are hearing rumors that the Senate may try to use reconciliation to get around the filibuster. Just another procedural maneuver to thwart the will of the people. Every member of Congress knows in their heart that the American people don’t want the health care bill that Congress has before it and yet they continue to push for it out of arrogance.

The Tea Party movement was started by Americans insisting on fiscal responsibility in government, limited government based on the Constitution, and the free market system. They played a large role in the town hall meetings in August, at which lawmakers got an earful, they helped propel Republicans to victory in Virginia and New Jersey in November and again this month in Massachusetts. Now it’s time for the Tea Party patriots to step up again and help raise the pressure on Congress to bury Obama-care once and for all. I know they will. And I will step up with them.

Terry Bringing His "Academic Questions" to Kansas

Randall Terry and his activists announce that they are heading to Kansas today for the Scott Roeder trial and want to make it clear that while they are not calling Roeder a hero for allegedly killing Dr. George Tiller, they ... well ... still consider Roeder to be something of a hero:

"We are not coming to condone or condemn Scott Roeder's actions. That decision will soon rest with the jury. However, there are those who want to pretend this trial has nothing to do with child-killing by abortion; that is a farce. It's like saying that the trials of Nat Turner and John Brown had nothing to do with slavery.

"We will be present to be a voice for the babies who perished at George Tiller's hand, and to raise a series of 'academic questions' such as the following:

"Was John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry completely right, completely wrong, or a mix of both? Was Brown a hero or a villain?

"Was Nat Turner's slave rebellion completely just, completely unjust, or a mixture of both? Was Turner a hero or a villain?

"George Tiller murdered 60,000 babies by his own hand. Scott Roeder knew this. How can Mr. Roeder receive a fair trial if this data is kept from the jury? Will the jury be allowed to hear evidence -- such as the grizzly means by which these babies were slain and disposed of -- evidence that would clearly effect Mr. Roeder's state of mind?

...

"If George Tiller had murdered 60,000 Jews, would the judge exclude all Jews from the jury, or insist that only anti-Semites could be jurors?"

Scott Brown's Victory Becomes All Things To All People

The most amazing thing about Scott Brown's Senate campaign is that his victory last week has seemingly become all things to all people and giving right-wing pundits an opportunity to portray their own narrow agenda as central to his win. 

For some, Brown's win was a sign that voters don't like President Obama or Nancy Pelosi, for others it was proof that people oppose health care reform, or abortion, or immigration. 

But Phyllis Schlafly offers a different take, claiming that what voters were really doing in this election was rejecting Martha Coakley because of her feminism

Democratic Party leadership has shown that it cannot or will not stand up to the incoherent, man-hating attitude of feminists like Coakley. For example, after they had a tantrum and demanded that the majority of jobs created by Obama's stimulus be given to women (instead of to shovel-ready jobs), even though most of those who lost jobs in this recession are men, President Obama dutifully acquiesced.

It's no wonder that non-college-educated men voted overwhelmingly for Brown against Coakley by a massive 27-point margin. The Democrats are lucky enough to elect some feminists, but feminists are just too unappealing when running against a masculine man such as Brown.

Brown's driving a 2005 GMC pickup truck (which Obama sneered at) symbolized the elitism of Coakley, who drives a foreign car. While Coakley was sipping wine with drug and insurance company PAC representatives, Brown was shaking hands with the voters.

Commentary about Brown's appeal to women is diversionary -- it was male voters who overwhelmingly pulled the lever for him. Men are fed up with the feminist mindset and delivered a clear message in the Massachusetts election: give us a candidate who stands up to the feminists, and we will cross over from Democrat and independent to elect a Republican.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov’t help to ‘stray animals’ who ‘breed’ because they don’t know better.
  • Steve Benen: The way forward on health care reform in 2010.
  • Towleroad: Tim Tebow Defends Participation in Super Bowl Ad for Evangelical Anti-Gay, Pro-Life Group Focus on the Family.
  • David Weigel: Tea Partiers and FreedomWorks Craft a 2010 Agenda.
  • Minnesota Independent: Bachmann to be part of Quist’s health care forum (that would be this Quist.)
  • RH Reality Check: "Personhood" the Priority at American Life League's Training Conference.
  • Finally, Rickrolling takes on an ingenious new form.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The New York Times profiles right-wing legal warrior James Bopp.
  • Jim DeMint has hired right-wing columnist Amanda Carpenter to be his senior communications advisor and speechwriter.
  • Randy Travis will be headlining the first annual Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Concert.
  • And James O'Keefe will be featured at the MassResistance Banquet.
  • A group of Texas legislators are demanding [PDF] that "additional charge be brought [against Major Nidal Malik Hasan] under Article 119(a) of UCMJ if it is finally determined that one of the victims, Private Francheska Velez, was pregnant at the time of the shootings."
  • Finally, Bishop Harry Jackson apparently blames the two abortions his wife had prior to their marriage for the fact that he doesn't have a son.

AFA's Video Introduced in Prop 8 Case

Today, the lawyers challenging California's Proposition 8 rested their case after showing a six-minute video of Prop 8 supporters claiming marriage equality would lead to polygamy and bestiality, including one that was produced by the American Family Association.

The video is now gone, but AFA touted it as instrumental in helping pass Prop 8:

In response to Proposition 8, the California referendum that would amend the state’s constitution to protect marriage as being only between a man and a woman, AFA produced a 30-minute documentary supporting the ballot measure and distributed it at no cost to 21,000 churches in California. The video was written and produced by AFA staffers for a small fraction of typical production costs. The video proved to be a valuable tool in the passage of Proposition 8.

As luck would have it, we grabbed a few segments of that video when the AFA put it up on their website in August 2008 and posted them to YouTube: