With roughly two weeks to go before America heads to the polls, there is one inconvenient truth liberals and conservatives can agree on: our nation is deeply divided along ideological lines bringing with it an increasingly caustic tone to the political debate.
Not at all surprising, both sides fervently blame the other.
Wednesday's Washington Post carried a Style section article on "when to dump your date," or the "deal breakers" then men and women have. Post reporter Lois Romano used her daughters Jenna and Kristen Holmes. One checks out a guy's bookshelf to see if he's a reader or just has old high school textbooks taking up space. "Guys are getting stupider and stupider," she said.
When Bob Schieffer invited Liz Cheney and Howard Dean on "Face the Nation" to discuss a number of issues related to the upcoming midterm elections, he must have had a feeling sparks were going to fly.
But he certainly couldn't have known bringing up the Administration's claim the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling foreign money into Republican campaigns would lead to Cheney exposing the former Vermont governor in a lie about who helped bankroll his 2004 run for the White House (video follows with transcript and commentary):
At 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 17, the Manhattan Tea Party will join forces with NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center (MRC) founder Brent Bozell to lead a protest at the New York Times and NBC outside their Manhattan headquarters.
Bozell, MRC grassroots activists, and Tea Party protesters will be joined by four massive billboard trucks which are circling Manhattan as part of the MRC’s $2.1 million “Tell The Truth!” campaign.
Wednesday's wacky edition of the Stephanie Miller show spread the noxious idea that somehow the Chamber of Commerce was comparable to "terror companies" -- or that's what Fox News would call them, because they're apparently well-known smear artists. The charge came from leftist columnist and Media Matters staffer Karl Frisch, as Miller begged him to share his latest column full of liberal blather following up on the panic caused by the Think Progress blog:
If Fox News were covering this story -- but let’s face it, they’re not going to cause they gave a million dollars to the Chamber of Commerce -- we’d be calling these terror companies. We’d be talking about you know how awful it is that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has an office in New York City just 3.5 miles from Ground Zero. You know, we wouldn’t hear the end of it. But because it is the Chamber of Commerce and because Rupert Murdoch and News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, put a million bucks into it. You don’t hear much about it. You certainly don’t hear what you should be hearing about it. They’ll host executives from the Chamber to defend the Chamber with softball questions, but no real journalism going on there.
This Thursday, October 14, 2010, glam rocker Adam Lambert has a concert scheduled in Malaysia. However, there’s a catch: Homosexuality is a crime in Malaysia, where Muslims are in an uproar because Lambert is a poster-child for gay flamboyance. (The penalty for engaging in homosexual acts in Malaysia can be as much as twenty years in prison.)
Thus, although Malaysian authorities have given Lambert the green light for his coming performance, “Malaysia’s Islamist opposition party…[has] demanded that” it be canceled. And where is the outcry over this? In particular, where is the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) when it appears homosexuals traveling to Malaysia need them most?
They are silent, and because of this they appear to be cowering to a group of anti-gay protestors who live in a country that many Americans couldn’t even find on a map.
Lee Abrams, the eccentric chief innovation officer for Tribune newspapers -- and no stranger to NewsBusters criticism -- has reportedly been suspended for sending co-workers a not-safe-for-work (NSFW) e-mail.
As if people need further evidence that the left-leaning “pro-Israel” lobbying group J Street is a complete mess, the blog “Mere Rhetoric” has posted a video showing J Street co-founder Daniel Levy calling the creation of Israel in 1948 “an act that was wrong.”
Levy made the comments at a forum for Arabic news organization Al Jazeera last May. He said that he personally believed that the Holocaust “excused” the wrongful establishment of the Jewish state, but added that “there’s no reason” why Palestinians should think that the creation of Israel was justified.
“I believe the way Jewish history was in 1948 excused – for me, it was good enough for me – an act that was wrong. I don’t expect Palestinians to think that. I have no reason – there’s no reason a Palestinian should think there was justice in the creation of Israel,” said Levy during the panel discussion.
NewsBusters sister site Eyeblast.tv hit the streets of Alexandria, Va., recently to see what average people think about some of the wasteful spending in the stimulus package. Needless to say people weren't too happy about how their tax dollars are being spent:
Just how desperate is Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson to get re-elected now that even liberals such as Contessa Brewer have questioned both his credibility and ethics? So desperate that Grayson is now pleading for donations at the Democratic Undergound. And in keeping with his normal operating procedure, Grayson accompanied his donation plea with a flat out lie. Here is Grayson making his pitch to the DUers with his lie highlighted:
On Friday, the DC newspaper "Politico" reported that:
(a) "conservative outside groups" have now spent over $9 million "slamming vulnerable House Democrats," and
(b) the total against me will reach "at least $1.7 million by the end of next week."
Think about that. I am only one member of the U.S. House of Representatives, out of 435. I represent one-quarter of one percent of America. And yet roughly TWENTY PERCENT of spending in the entire country by these shadowy right-wing groups has been spent to defeat . . .
The Obama administration gave corporate giant General Electric—the parent company of NBC--$24.9 million in grants from the $787-billion economic “stimulus” law President Barack Obama signed in February 2009, according to records posted by the administration at Recovery.gov.
I was preparing to applaud the Obama administration and specifically Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for announcing the deportation of a record number of criminal aliens last year. According to the Washington Times, "the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 392,862 aliens in fiscal year 2010, slightly less than a 1 percent increase over 2009 but short of the agency's goal to remove 400,000 this year."
What curbed my enthusiasm was news that removal of other illegal immigrants -- those not convicted of crimes, though it could be justifiably argued that their status as illegal immigrants is, by definition, the breaking of American law -- fell to the lowest number since 2007.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said that while it is nice that Secretary Napolitano believes removing people in the country illegally is an important function for the Department of Homeland Security, "policy directives from the highest levels of DHS clearly demonstrate that the administration is refusing to enforce laws against noncriminal aliens."
That bad cop/good cop approach is designed to pacify those on the political right while the administration and some Democrats in Congress simultaneously lay the groundwork for legalizing those who broke our laws to get here and remain in the country illegally.
Barack Obama continues to place the blame and point fingers at Republicans, this time telling a crowd in Philadelphia, Pa., that "Republicans messed up so bad" that it’s their fault millions are still out of work.
On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel declared his candidacy for mayor of Chicago. Instantaneously, he had problems with his campaign, not the least of which is that he is as much a resident of Chicago as I am. So on Monday, I declared my candidacy for mayor of Chicago. Why not? I did it on the national television show of the estimable Sean Hannity, who immediately threw his support behind me. I was born in Chicago, come from a long line of Chicagoans and, like Rahm, am occasionally in town. The place is a gastronomic paradise, a cultural delight with great museums and a fine orchestra, plus opera; surprisingly, Rahm and I never have crossed paths while in town. Supposedly, he attends rock concerts. He could attend the Chicago Symphony, but he opts for Bruce Springsteen.
My candidacy already had the national endorsement of The New York Sun, which tapped me the day before I declared. I have a new book out, "After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery," to provide Chicagoans — and Americans generally — with a blueprint for getting out of our present political and economic fix. The blogs are alive with support (and occasional rudeness), and more newspaper support is rumored to be on the way. All Rahm has are a few big names and our mutually held residency problem. Rahm still is seeking newspaper support, and his "listening tour," begun Monday, has gotten off to a rocky start. A lot of Chicagoans do not like him. He has a reputation for yelling at underlings and for profanity.
As for me, I am free of any hint of Chicago corruption, certainly no hint of a connection to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Frankly, I could not pick him out of a police lineup — at least a police lineup of gaudily dressed gigolos. Rahm is recorded on the telephone with Blagojevich suggesting deals shortly after President Barack Obama's election. All of this and any other questionable dealings will be rehashed over and again during the run-up to the February election. When it comes to political connections with the Chicago machine or, for that matter, almost any connection at all — my family lives in the suburbs — I am clean as a hound's tooth.