Is a pizza about to push Mika Brzezinski over the edge? Seriously. Her frantic reaction to finding her daughter and friend sharing a Domino's has me worried about Mika's state of mind.
Regular Morning Joe viewers know that Mika's dream job would be as Kommissar of the Food Police. Her concern about obesity, particularly of the childhood variety, is commendable. But her solutions--heavy-handed government intervention of the sort Mayor Bloomberg has made infamous--would flout individual liberties.
Things came to a deep-fried denouement this morning, as a quasi-hysterical Brzezinski described her horror at discovering girls . . . eating pizza.
People magazine film critic Alynda Wheat had a major political problem with the new Disney computer-animated movie Mars Needs Moms. It's viciously anti-feminist. But that's a much different review than the one in the other Time Inc. rag, Entertainment Weekly. Wheat unloaded with this one-star (out of four) review:
Berkeley Breathed's 2007 kids' book Mars Needs Moms had a sweet but sharp point: Love your mother-or aliens will. But between page and screen some nasty gender politics entered this story....What's offensive is that the twisted dictator behind the deadly brain-sucking plot is the Supervisor, a vicious caricature of a feminist who thinks men are stupid and raising kids is a waste of a woman's time. Between the violence and the vitriol, what Mars really needs is a spanking.
Actor Alan Cumming (IMDb page), who was born in Britain and plays the scheming campaign manager “Eli Gold” on CBS’s The Good Wife, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week: “I wanted to become a U.S. citizen so that I could vote for [Barack] Obama.” Cumming also has a voice role in the upcoming The Smurfs movie.
The Post-Gazette’s Patricia Sheridan explained in the interview published March 7: “Cumming, 46, is a citizen of both Great Britain and the U.S. Once married to a woman -- he's now with a man -- Mr. Cumming has described himself as bisexual and is outspoken about gay rights issues. He will be in Pittsburgh March 16 for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force benefit at the O'Reilly Theater.”
Just as the insistent MoveOn.org lobbying campaign for PBS tells you something about just whom PBS is pleasing, disgraced former CBS anchorman Dan Rather being sympathetically profiled for Mother Jones tells you that all Rather's patter about corporations ruining the integrity of the news has a ready audience on the hard left.
Mother Jones insisted "At 79, the former CBS anchorman is still kicking ass and winning Emmys." (Dan Rather Reports actually won a news Emmy in 2008, so someone is still trying to reassemble Rather's shredded reputation.) They also notice almost no one watches his HDNet show, but suggest that's a terrible shame. Freelance writer Jim Rendon recounted how Rather worked on a story about electronic voting machines, a favorite of the paranoid Janeane Garofalo left, that thinks both Gore and Kerry beat Bush:
The former CBS News anchorman is recounting a story he'd reported in 2007 about problems with electronic voting machines. "We found out that these wonderful, electronic, technological marvels were manufactured in what amounted to a sweatshop in the Philippines—the Philippines, exclamation point!" he says, in that ascending tone so familiar to generations of Americans.
“Sarah Palin is a has-been candidate, a has-been governor and a has-been reality TV star, like Kate Gosselin,” Ms. Griffin said Monday over breakfast at the Cafe Edison, the theater district coffee shop. “Actually I’d prefer Kate Gosselin for president. I’ve met her. She’s nice.”
As if Griffin valued Nice. Unsurprisingly, Griffin wallows in baiting and battling conservatives and Christians to keep her relevant and at least on her "D-List," especially now that her Bravo show has ended:
At one time kids had posters of their favorite artists on bedroom walls. Today’s kids will have pictures of their favorite artist on their condom wrappers. Multi-platinum selling Ke$ha will have her image imprinted on 10,000 “special edition” condoms.
A prominent GOP senator on energy issues accused President Barack Obama Thursday morning of having set an “explicit policy goal” of making energy prices more costly for Americans.
“My message today is simply this: higher gas prices - indeed, higher prices for the energy we use - are an explicit policy goal of the Obama administration,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Let me put it another way: the Obama administration is attacking affordable energy.”
Excerpts from a new book have revealed that President Obama once laid claim to building ‘a race-neutral administration’. When asked whether race drives decision-making in the White House, the President responded, “You just don’t think about it, you really don’t.” Shortly thereafter, he thought about it, telling guests at a private White House function that race was likely a key component of rising opposition from conservatives – particularly the Tea Party movement – calling it a ‘subterranean agenda’.
Far from being race-neutral, the Obama administration has been race-driven, ushering in an era of unprecedented prejudiced rhetoric and actions. The most recent example of this being Attorney General Eric Holder, a man assigned with representing the people, defending the Justice Department’s weak efforts in the voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party, claiming that the pursuit of justice would be “a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line… for my people.”
Equal Opportunity statements prohibit organizations from discriminating based on such factors as race, religion, and national origin, among other things. But one could submit that Barack Obama and his administration have made a career of governing with those factors specifically driving the decision making process. Could anything less have been expected from a man who spent over two decades listening to the sermons of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man who once decried a world ‘where white folk’s greed runs a world in need’?
Time's March 14 edition (the one that went to press on March 4 or 5) contained no mention of the two U.S. airmen gunned down in Germany by a radical Islamist. It did include a paragraph on the shooting of Pakistani Christian cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti, titled "Christian Politician's Murder A Sign of a Growing Assault on Liberals." The shooting in Islamabad happened on Wednesday. So did the shooting in Frankfurt. It would be hard for Time, now publishing on Fridays, to claim "the book was closed" before a Wednesday morning murder.
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Thursday brought the specter of bigotry into Representative Peter King's hearings on the threat of radical Islam in America. While interviewing Congressman Dan Lungren of California she awkwardly hinted, "Well, you know, you and I are both white."
The irritated Republican wondered, "What does that mean?" Mitchell lectured, "I'm just asking, get in their heads for a second and try to think about how it is to be a Muslim-American facing these kinds- this kind of testimony today. That's all I want to know."
In an earlier segment, the Andrea Mitchell Reports host casually insisted that the hearings are "a great lesson against the dangers of over-generalizing, of generalizing at all about particular groups."
"I'd almost be willing to get a job in order to participate in A NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE."
As was to be expected the folks at the Democratic Underground went Drama Queen berserk the moment they heard the news about the Wisconsin senate voting to restrict collective bargaining by public employee unions. One general theme of their anger was some sort of statewide or even national general strike by workers in order to protest the senate's action. And out of all the anger came perhaps the perfect comedy gem of a quote above produced by DUer ProudDad which perfectly expressed in an inadvertently hilarious way the mental attitude that pervades much of the left. There were also many other quotes demonstrating the sad mental state of the left in that same DU thread:
Which side of the Wisconsin battle over public-sector union bargaining does the Associated Press favor? Here's an easy way to tell. A Thursday morning report by Scott Bauer from Madison has this list of quoted people in the story:
1. Protesters (shouting "The whole world is watching!")
2. Sen. Dale Schultz, moderate Republican who voted against Gov. Walker's bill.
Ed Schultz yesterday slammed Rush Limbaugh for doing something Limbaugh denies but Schultz admits doing.
In response to a story in Tablet Magazine about a "custom caller service" offered by Premier Radio Networks, a vast Clear Channel subsidiary that syndicates Limbaugh and other prominent conservative talkers, Limbaugh adamantly denied unsubstantiated allegations that staged calls were made to his show.
Schultz treated the allegations as factual while revealing that choreographed calls were made to his radio show when it was getting off the ground in 2004 (audio here) --
When the media discusses the budget for CPB, they rarely discuss the millions given to the small, but very radical subset of Pacifica Radio stations. There are five of them, but many more non-commercial radio stations run "Democracy Now," based out of WBAI in New York City. On Tuesday's show, the Pacifica hosts encouraged their guest, Kavita Ramdas, former head of the Global Fund for Women, to assess the state of American women as the U.N. celebrated International Women's Day.
Ramdas spoke of how below the surface of progress for women in America, there's real backwardness. She described being in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, talking to Baptist women, and concluded "I bet if you would put those Baptist pastors in the same room with the imams of Wahhabi Islam, they would find that they have a great deal more in common with each other than they do, you know, differences." Leftists always carelessly smear conservative Christians and radical Muslims together, since both are opposed to radical feminism:
Over at the Daily Caller, Mary Katharine Ham put together a handy highlight reel of the post-Tucson-shooting civility that is healing our political discourse vitriol that, despite the media's concern for "violent rhetoric," just doesn't seem to be getting any attention. Check out Ham's awesome video below the break (language warning - from a union protester, of course, not from Mary Katharine).
The Washington Post underlined their social liberalism on Tuesday by promoting so-called “medical marijuana” in the District of Columbia with a cute headline: “D.C.'s cannabis capitalists prepare for weeding out.” The online headline celebrated "D.C.'s pot pioneers." Reporter Paul Schwartzman's report had zero space for critics of legalized pot, and made no attempt to address the obvious question of whether all this marijuana is “medical,” or is a transparently fraudulent cause for most pot smokers. It began by imagining a McDonald's of marijuana:
Montgomery Blair Sibley might be best known as the lawyer who defended the "D.C. madam," the infamous [and eventually, suicide-embracing] escort service owner who claimed to attend to the needs of Washington's elite.
Sibley has a new focus these days, one that's luring a rabbi, a waitress, a State Department technician and a gaggle of other fledgling entrepreneurs: growing marijuana and selling it to sick people in the nation's capital...
Recently, the Los Angeles branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) released a video showing a group of protestors exhibiting anti-Muslim sentiments outside an ICNA fundraising dinner. Liberal media outlets ran with the press release as a way to highlight bigotry towards Muslims, with the video showing up on The Guardian, Think Progress, Salon, Mediaite, Huffington Post, and Hillary Clinton’s source for ‘real news’, Al Jazeera. Problem being, the video and press release is so wrought with false statements, distortions, and a cut and paste documentary style, it could have passed as a Michael Moore film.
Naturally, these news outlets casually gloss over the ICNA’s controversial ties to radical clerics, terrorist organizations, and the implementation of Sharia law. Outlined previously, the group has hosted events with such speakers as radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and one of the keynote speakers at this particular fundraiser. Additionally, the group has documented ties to Hamas, Jamaat-e-Islami, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
All facts which seemingly bear little relevance as to why there would be a protest in the first place. But even beyond an exploration of reasons behind the protest, is concern that these media outlets would present a distorted video as evidence of anything other than their own journalistic malpractice.
Democratic Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia caused a bit of a stir last week when he said on CSPAN's Washington Journal program that, as paraphrased by Daniel Strauss at The Hill, "lawmakers are getting around the new ban on earmarks by convincing Obama administration officials to fund their pet projects."
Those who have followed Moran's less than illustrious career recall something he said in 2006 that makes his determination to make earmarks happen by any means necessary not at all unexpected.
In June of that year, Scott McAffrey at Northern Virginia's Sun Gazette reported on Moran's intentions if the Demcrats were to win a Congressional majority the following November (one example of R-rated language follows):
According to CNN, a relatively minor misstatement by John McCain was worth replaying four times in the span of an hour. Newsroom host Randi Kaye repeatedly focused on a comment by the senator that the iPad and iPhone are "built" in America. (In fact, they are designed in California, but assembled in China.)
A CNN graphic trumpeted, "McCain's Made-in-America-Flub." Kaye breathlessly related, "McCain's office tells CNN the senator is aware of [the fact that the Apple products are built in China.] Talking to political director Paul Steinhauser, the host interrogated, "Paul, this is getting a lot of attention. Is the Senator aware of that or not?"
Steinhauser skeptically responded, "Uh, he says he is aware of it." Teasing the story later in the show, Kaye quizzed viewers, "Listen closely to what Senator John McCain told ABC's This Week and then see if you can figure out what's wrong with what he said."