Video: After Talking About Revolution, Bill Ayers Tells Audience He Wrote Dreams From My Father

Ayers is just the latest of a long string of lefties talking up revolution. That barely qualifies as news, these days.

But then, Ayers seemed to validate Jack Cashill’s thesis about him writing Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father. He closed by saying the same odd thing he said to Ann Leary in that coffee shop at Reagan International, October 2009; “if you can prove it, we can split the royalties.”  The audience clearly believed he was joking…

Video via Jack Cashill at The American Thinker:

Says Cashill:

With his final comment, the Ayers-friendly audience laughed in relief.  The media will laugh nervously upon seeing the video as well.

The White House will not.Barack Obama knows what I know and what the people who have read my book, “Deconstructing Obama,” know: Bill Ayers is the principal craftsman behind Dreams.  The evidence is overwhelming.

Cashill’s latest book, Deconstructing Obama can be purchased here.

Over at Uncommon Misconceptions, Geoff isn’t buying it: William Ayers Didn’t Affirm Squat

But when I watch the video, it’s clear that Ayers didn’t “retreat into irony.” His statement that he wrote the book was a calculated jab at Cashill: he was ironic from the start, and continued that vein until the session ended. Everybody in the audience took it the same way, laughing at the claims because they think Cashill’s out to lunch.

Except Cashill isn’t “out to lunch”. At all. He’s a reputable research journalist, documentarian, and author of numerous excellent books. His  research is solid, and corroborated by Christopher Anderson,  another author who wrote a book sympathetic to the Obama’s, “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage”:

According to Andersen, Obama was “hopelessly blocked” in his effort to honor the $150,000 contract Simon & Schuster had advanced him after three years of trying.

Obama was particularly worried because he had spent $75,000 of the advance and had produced nothing. In 1993, the publisher canceled the contract but let Obama keep the money after he pled poverty due to “massive student loan debt.”

After his agent secured Obama a smaller contract with the Times Books division of Random House, Barack and Michelle decamped to Bali in the hope that he would be able to finish the book without interruption. That did not happen either.

With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from “his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”

To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members. Andersen writes, “These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers.”

Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor: “Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both.”

Andersen continues, “In the end, Ayers’ contribution to Barack’s ‘Dreams From My Father’ would be significant – so much so that the book’s language, oddly specific references, literary devices and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayerss own writing.”

To his credit, Andersen cites my contribution to his research, but he clearly has access to inside information that I did not have. His level of detail on the mechanics of the transmission goes beyond anything I could have discovered on my own.

Andersen concludes, “Thanks to help from the veteran writer Ayers, Barack would be able to submit a manuscript to his editors at Times Books.”

Cashill has proven his case, already. Ayers wrote the damn book.

Leftists  lie and misdirect as a matter of course. Geoff should know that. Ayers is  having lots of  fun with this issue, tweaking both his political enemies, and the ingrate in the White House at the same time.

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Just by way of further explanation: Ayers has a history of peevishly disseminating inconvenient truths. For about two seconds, right after the 2008 election, I had thought that maybe Ayers was an honest commie, because  he had come out and admitted his friendship with the Obama’s, calling them, “family friends”:

Golly gee willickers what’s up with this? The Chicago Tribune reports:

In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.

Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, adds few new details about his relationship with Obama in the afterword to Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist. The book is being reissued this month.

“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends

But right-wing commentators tried to use those connections to smear Obama, he says.

Of course, this turned out to be a massive blunder on Ayers’ part because the Obama administration had been hotly contesting allegations that they were friends with the Ayers’ for most of the past year. According to Obama’s “Fight the Smears” campaign jokesite, he and Ayers were merely passing acquaintances who happened to work on a board together. Even without Ayers’ friendship claim, we knew that to be complete BS based on the extensive evidence to the contrary that had accumulated.

Anyway, within 24 hours, Ayers had completely changed his story:

Note the unbelievably tortured explanation of  his Obama as “family friend” characterization:

“I’m talking there about the fact that I became an issue unwittingly and unwillingly in the campaign and I decided that I didn’t want to answer any of it at that moment because it was such a profoundly dishonest narrative, but…I’m describing there, uh, how the blogosphere characterized the relationship. I would say…uh…really that we knew each other in a professional way, uh, again, on the same level as thousands of other people … uh, and I am a guy from around the neighborhood, incidentally.”

Huhhhhhhhhhhh???

Wow. I take back what I said about him being a straight shooter. Talk about “profoundly dishonest”.

Also note how the event at his home that he had previously described as a fundraiser, and where he actually donated money to Obama, has become just a small “coffee”, per the Fight the Smears talking points.

Yeah, I’m taking Cashill’s side over this lying d-bag’s.

Wait….

“uh, and I am a guy from around the neighborhood, incidentally.”

Was Ayers mocking Obama, there? Obama had famously made a similar statement in the Democratic Presidential Debate, April 16, 2008:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Can you explain that (Ayers) relationship for the voters and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?

OBAMA: George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about. This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.

And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George.

Again with the strange dichotomy. Ayers could be tweaking Obama, or he could be tweaking the right wing blogosphere, who made tons of hay over that quote.

“And you know that I wrote it (the book), incidentally?”

Or both…

Cross-posted at NewsReal Blog.

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Video: Herman Cain – No, I would Not Be Comfortable Appointing Muslims

A reporter covering the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, for Think Progress asked Herman Cain if  he would be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in his cabinet or as a federal judge.  Cain’s direct, non-hedging, non-weasely answer led  the weasels at Think Progress to dubb him the “islamophobia candidate”:

Think Progress is convinced that Cain’s answer is problematic because of Article 4 of the Constitution, which states:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Of course, Cain said nothing of a religious test. He just honestly answered, “No” – meaning that he would not be inclined to have Muslims in his cabinet, or on the court, and stated his very good reasons why he wouldn’t. Not being “comfortable” with something is a far cry from forcing a “religious test” on someone. Herman Cain’s comfort level could  very well change if he were confronted with a thoughtful, conservative Muslim.

It is rather humorous to watch how quickly libs whip out the Constitution when they think it can benefit their side. Otherwise it’s a “living, breathing”, nuanced thing, that’s outdated and “impossible to understand”.  After all, the constitution’s over a hundred years old.

And Cain was 100% correct about the “social problems” now prevalent in Europe because of PC, multi-culti policies regarding Islam.

This video, via Moonbattery addresses Cain’s point more eloquently than I’ve ever seen it discussed:

It really floors me that even with all the horrific violence that has been done in the name of “Allah” for the last 20 years, there are still morons out there willing to call people who point it out, “Islamophobes”. Look dude – it’s not “phobic” to fear people who really want to kill you.

Hat tip: Brian B.


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Shock Report: Reporter Kept Confined in Closet During Biden Fund-Raiser In Florida UPDATE: Biden Team Apologizes

Nuh no no no no no no no…. NO! This can not possibly be true. Can it?

According to Drudge, this happened:


Staffers with Vice President Joe Biden confined an ORLANDO SENTINEL reporter in a closet this week to keep him from mingling with high-powered guests gathered for a Dem fundraiser.

Reporter Scott Powers was the designated "pool reporter" for the vice president's Wednesday visit to the massive Winter Park, Fla., home of developer and philanthropist Alan Ginsburg. The veep hadn't arrived yet but most of the 150 guests (minimum $500 donation) had. They were busy noshing on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese and bacon deviled eggs, before a lunch of grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps.

Not so for Powers. A "low-level staffer" put Powers in a storage closet and then stood guard outside the door, Powers told the DRUDGE REPORT. "When I'd stick my head out, they'd say, 'Not yet. We'll let you know when you can come out.'"

And no crustini for Powers, either. He made do with a bottle of water to sip as he sat at a tiny makeshift desk, right next to a bag marked "consignment." Powers was closeted at about 11:30 a.m., held for about an hour and 15 minutes, came out for 35 minutes of remarks by Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, and then returned to his jail for the remainder of the event.

Powers' phone didn't work in the closet, but his Blackberry did, so he fired a picture of his impromptu prison to his editors, who posted a short blog item on the lack of freedom of the press under the veep's control.

That would be this pic:

The original Sentinel report, here.

So the sole reporter allowed to cover the event was relegated to a  closet guarded by an administration flunky for most of the event.

Hey, how is that hope and change working out for you MSM?

UPDATE:

ABC’s Jake Tapper has more: Biden Team Apologizes to Reporter for Sticking Him In Closet

“Scott – You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander last Wednesday to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers.

“Lack of a better hold room” is an interesting way of putting it. In order to keep Powers from mingling with guests at a Democratic fundraiser last Wednesday, Powers was escorted into a storage closet by a Biden staffer.

Powers was the designated pool reporter, there to record the proceedings for the press corps in general.

He told ABC News that he showed up at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to cover Vice President Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., attending a $500-a-head fundraiser at the Winter Park manse of developer Alan Ginsburg.

A young female staffer met him at the door and brought him to the storage closet.

“You’re going to have to wait in here until the VP gets here,” he says she told him.

“You’re kidding me,” he recalls responding.

Forcing reporters into closets is generally not the tradition of politicians in the US. Powers is a respected politics and business reporter who recently wrote about the Space shuttle Discovery coming home to Kennedy Space Center for the 39th and final time.

Making matters worse, Biden didn’t arrive until more than an hour later.

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Biden’s office added that in this particular occasion, “half of the hold room was used for storage by the home’s owner and the other half was open space. A table and chair were set up for the reporter to allow him to file his story afterwards and work while he waited for the speaking program to begin. It was designated as the hold space because of its close proximity to the event room. The speaking program began approximately one hour after the reporter arrived, which he covered as the pool reporter, and he departed the home as soon as the motorcade left (about 15 mins after the speaking program ended).”

Alexander’s note to Powers ended: “Thank you for your patience and flexibility.”

If the other half of the room was open space, why was the table and chair situated practically on top of garage sale stuff? It doesn’t look like the guy even had elbow room.

Simon Neville (does that sound like a British name, or what) of The Daily Mail dryly notes:

Just ten days ago, President Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney told reporters: ‘journalists should be protected and allowed to do their work.’

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Weasel Zippers: Flashback: Biden’s History of Stifling Orlando Reporters — “This cancellation is non-negotiable”

Biden has a history of trouble with the media in Orlando. Trouble meaning – a reporter once asked him some tough questions during the 2008 campaign, and Biden, used to softballs,  was forced to lie and obfuscate his way through the entire interview. You may remember this – I sure as hell do.

What a breath of fresh air this woman was:

One day later, Team Obama announced a “non-negotiable” blackout of WFTV.
Two and a half years later, it’s painfully obvious that all of her questions were entirely valid, and Biden’s answers, just the typical dishonest bull we get from this bunch.

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Your Sunday Hymn: If Today You Hear His Voice

This isn’t the version I’m used to – in fact, this is the first time I’ve heard this one, but I dig it.

Does the singer remind you of a young Cat Stevens?

This isn’t the version I was looking for, either, but it’s one I used to sing at another church, and now I realize I miss it. This one is best with four-part choir, not to take anything away from Brother Alphonsus-Mary, who does on fine job a cappella.

 

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Quote Of The Day

“Linguists of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been forced into overtime to come up with a word stronger than hypocrisy.”

To find out who said that, in reference  to Huffington Post,  (but it could apply to most people on the left these days) see The Daily Caller.

And while you’re at it, check out Jim Treacher’s funny take on the  brouhaha.

Initially HuffPo stood by Breitbart, but yesterday they caved, as seen above. Their pretext is that Breitbart was a big meanie to Jones in an interview with our own Steven Nelson. Breitbart called Jones a “commie punk,” a “human toxin,” a “cockroach,” and a “cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak.” Oh, and for good measure, he called Color of Change “left-wing freaks.” That’s the reason HuffPo is giving for pushing him off their front page. That’s the violation of HuffPo’s “tenets of debate and civil discourse.”

This is great news for fans of comedy, because now people get to dig up examples of all the HuffPo front-pagers who’ve indulged in vicious ad hominem attacks over the years.

Also fun for fans of unintentional comedy is Eric Boehlert’s “top tweet”, “Breitbart has been whining like Valley girl with a hangnail ever since the [HP] announcement was made”, which is pretty funny,  given the fact that Breitbart, being Breitbart is enjoying the attention, and is delighted to have the opportunity to throw the no ad-hom rule back in Arianna’s face, as has been happening at Big journalism since the announcement was made.

 

 

 

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Audio: S.E. Cupp Interviews Jack Cashill

Jack Cashill has been on the talk show circuit promoting his new book, “Deconstructing Obama”.

He discusses what amounts to the literary fraud in Obama’s claim that he wrote Dreams From My Father, himself, and Obama’s radical past, including the fact that “he let Bill Ayers run around in his head for several years”.

A good interview:

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Then there’s the matter of Obama’s social security number. Another bizarre situation in which the MSM has no interest. Cashill addressed that issue on a Denver talk show:

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Arguing With Left-Wing Idiots, Libya Edition

This video, via Ace of Spades HQ, depicts the  rank hypocrisy, and lack of self-awareness  that typifies left-wing arguments:

Jack Cashill had some fun with his portrayal of how a conversation between Barack Obama and Sarah Palin would go on the subject of Libya. You can watch his video, here.

 

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Video: John Stossal Covers Pigford Scandal In “Freeloaders” Report

In case you missed it, this comes via Breitbart TV:

Pigford is one of  the scandals  covered by Breitbart to which Van Jones objected  in his boycott letter to Arianna  Huffington,  characterizing it thus:

Breitbart’s long history of attacking Black people and institutions — from ACORN to Shirley Sherrod to Black farmers who were compensated for years of discrimination — has few parallels among mainstream media figures. Worse, these attacks were based on deceptive editing and willful distortion of the truth. [sic] That Huffington Post would choose to elevate Breitbart when news outlets from ABC to Fox News have distanced themselves from him is both tone-deaf and insulting.

The truth is coming out about the Pigford scandal. It’s obvious that the willful distortions, racism and fraud are on their side. The real victims of the Pigford settlement are the black farmers who had legitimate cases of discrimination, as Lee Stranahan notes at Big Government:

The bigger fraud, however, has been perpetrated on the legitimate black farmers whose cases and stories were hijacked; people like Arkansas farmer Jimmy Dismuke, who was shown in the story. The ‘$50,000 check’ fraud was done on the back of hard working farmers who actually did suffer discrimination at the hands of a huge government organization with no real accountability. In fact, part of the reason the USDA has played along with writing those $50,000 checks to people is to keep the status quo at the USDA.

That Van Jones’ Color of Change is proud  defend this travesty using lies and smears against its primary whistle-blower is beyond the pale. But it’s par for the course for the communist left.

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Former Boston Mayor, Ray Flynn’s House Ransacked By Robbers

Photo by Patrick Whittemore (file)

According to the Boston Herald, the robbery happened while the Flynns were attending the funeral of former House Speaker Tom Finneran’s mother.

Flynn, 71, was unavailable for comment but told the State House News: “Just about everything, everything of value we ever had from the past 50 years is gone.”

That includes a cross given to him by Pope John Paul II, and letters from former Presidents, and Mother Teresa.

Boston.com reports on this heartbreaking story:

The South Boston home of former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican Raymond Flynn was burglarized sometime Thursday morning, with the thief or thieves making off with a laptop, jewelry and other valuable items, police said.

Boston police responded to a breaking and entering call at the Flint Place home just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, said Boston Police Officer James Kenneally. The owners had left the house at 8:45 a.m. and returned about 1 p.m. to find several things missing, including a laptop computer, a GPS device, an iPod and a number of jewelry pieces, he said. Kenneally would not confirm the home was Flynn’s.

But Flynn told the State House News Service today that the intruders had stolen a cross given to him by Pope John Paul II, as well as letters to him from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, John Paul II, former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Let’s pray that the police find the degenerate hoodlums who did this.

Hat tip: Infidel Joe

Charles K. Drops The Hammer On Obama For His Dithering On Libya

Via Greg Hengler at Townhall, here’s Charles the Great noting that Obama’s “Working On Language That Will Disguise A Failure” in Libya”:

Your must read of the day is Krauthammer’s  Washington Post oped: Obama and Libya: The professor’s war

Here’s an excerpt, but read the whole thing:

And as for the United States, who knows what American policy is. Administration officials insist we are not trying to bring down Gaddafi, even as the president insists that he must go. Although on Tuesday Obama did add “unless he changes his approach.” Approach, mind you.

In any case, for Obama, military objectives take a back seat to diplomatic appearances. The president is obsessed with pretending that we are not running the operation — a dismaying expression of Obama’s view that his country is so tainted by its various sins that it lacks the moral legitimacy to . . . what? Save Third World people from massacre?

Obama seems equally obsessed with handing off the lead role. Hand off to whom? NATO? Quarreling amid Turkish resistance (see above), NATO still can’t agree on taking over command of the airstrike campaign, which is what has kept the Libyan rebels alive.

This confusion is purely the result of Obama’s decision to get America into the war and then immediately relinquish American command. Never modest about himself, Obama is supremely modest about his country. America should be merely “one of the partners among many,” he said Monday. No primus inter pares for him. Even the Clinton administration spoke of America as the indispensable nation. And it remains so. Yet at a time when the world is hungry for America to lead — no one has anything near our capabilities, experience and resources — America is led by a man determined that it should not.

A man who dithers over parchment. Who starts a war from which he wants out right away. Good God. If you go to take Vienna, take Vienna. If you’re not prepared to do so, better then to stay home and do nothing.

Brutal.

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Ace:  Reuters: See, Obama Built A Coalition Whereas Bush Decided to “Go It Alone”

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Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times: Obama’s impeachable war:

President Obama has lost his legitimacy to remain in office. The Libyan war has exposed the administration’s lawlessness and rampant criminality. If Republicans and conservatives are serious about restoring constitutional government, they will demand that Mr. Obama be impeached.

Jack Cashill: Why Our Anti-War President Went To War


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Poll: New Tone Nominees For Week of March 20-26

The left loves to chastise conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse. The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who demonstrate that double standard. Details about what each nominee said can be found below the poll.

Bill Maher, for calling Sarah Palin  a ‘dumb twat’:

“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb twats, did you –”

…there’s a certain brand of evangelical Christians who believe in Revelations, that Armageddon is coming, and that will happen in Israel basically….but that’s why they like Israel. That’s why they want Israel to be strong. It’s not because…It’s not because they like Jews or Israelis.

“You’re trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women’s bodies from the onslaught of reproductive rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc,” wrote Bennett. “Sorry, but we can’t defend Palin or even Hillary Clinton from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. That task would be impossible, and it would consume us. You know this would not be a productive way to fight for women’s equal rights, which is why you want us stuck in this morass.”

Joy Behar for lying about Reagan’s AIDS record during her HLN Elizabeth Taylor tribute:

She didn’t like Ronald Reagan’s politics. She knew the Reagans and she was friends with them, I think, but she didn’t like his politics. And here is the reason, I think, because as the AIDS crisis began in 1981, and Reagan couldn’t even say the word “AIDS” until 1987, after 40,000 people had died from the disease.

They’re just looking for opportunities to cheap shot the President. The people who were criticizing Bush had a coherent, had coherent reasons to criticize him. It wasn’t like that. There was coherence to the point of view, where as here, I think you’re exactly right. They would just be trashing him whatever he did, and it feels that way. It feels cheap, it feels shallow.

We have to think much more creatively. The key thing… What does the other side fear the most – they fear disruption. They fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe says in they rioted in Greece the markets went down

The folks that control this country care about one thing how the stock market goes what the bond market does how the bonuses goes. We have a very simple strategy:

  • How do we bring down the stock market
  • How do we bring down their bonuses
  • How do we interfere with there ability to be rich

Frances Fox-Piven’s Leftist Buddy, Barbra Ehrenreich, for Attacking the Tea Party and Saying Americans Are Prozac-Popping Wusses That Won’t Riot:

Video at the link.

“Not since the dark days of the Bush administration have we seen a Republican-controlled Congress that is so intent on pushing their agenda in Washington — protecting tax breaks for oil companies making record profits, attempting to roll back environmental regulations, and not only refusing to pass climate change legislation in any form but refusing to acknowledge that climate change even exists,” Gore wrote in a fundraising pitch for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Dem Rep. Gary Ackerman and MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur for agreeing that opposing Obama is “unpatriotic”…

On his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama’s Libya policy is “unpatriotic.” For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is “cheering for the wrong team.”

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Huffpo Caves To Van Jones/Color Of Change Threat: Knocks Breitbart Off Front Page

Graphic via Steven Clark Bradley

Van Jones’ merry band of extortionists known as Color of Change have a track record of pressuring media outlets and sponsors  to suppress speech they don’t like. They’ve had some degree of success with Glenn Beck’s sponsors, and succeeded in booting Andrew Breitbart from ABC’s election night coverage, last year. For a while, yesterday, it looked like they had hit a wall in their campaign to get Andrew Breitbart banned from The Huffington Post; a campaign I should add that was based on lies and smears.

Late yesterday, they succeeded in getting Breitbart booted off the front page. Huffpo claims that the action has nothing to do with the threats of a boycott from the deplorable Van Jones’ group, instead, they say it’s because something Breitbart wrote at another media outlet.

The Huffington Post is committed to fostering a lively and often provocative debate about the issues of the day and encourages a wide range of voices from all perspectives to participate. Andrew Brietbart’s ad hominem attack on Van Jones in The Daily Caller — right down to calling him a “commie punk” and “a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak” — violates the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched. As a result, we will no longer feature his posts on the front page.

He is welcome to continue publishing his work on HuffPost provided it adheres to our editorial guidelines, as the two posts he published on HuffPost did — guidelines that include a strict prohibition on ad hominem attacks. Our decision today recognizes that placing posts on the front page is an editorial call that elevates some posts over others, and is an indication of how seriously we take these judgment calls.

As Salon’s Alex Pareene noted, Breitbart got just what he wanted:

… getting banned from the Huffington Post proves his thesis about the repressive, anti-free speech liberal media. And he’ll never shut up about it.

Of course, while  it’s obvious that Huffpo was just wanting an excuse to can Breitbart in order to placate Color of Change, they now, (by using the zero tolerance for ad homs defense,) have opened themselves up to close scrutiny from Breitbart’s army of contributors:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Big Journalism Pledges to Help AOL/HuffPo Enforce No ‘Ad Hominem Attacks’ Rule

Early yesterday morning, the Daily Caller published an interview with Andrew Breitbart where the Big Journalism publisher had some choice words on Color of Change founder, former Green Jobs Czar, and HuffPo blogger Van Jones.

“Van Jones is a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak. And a commie. And an eco-fraudster,” Breitbart said. A few kind words were volunteered for Jones: praise for being “spectacularly well-dressed.”

Mario Ruiz, The Huffington Post’s senior vice president for media relations, told TheDC that Breitbart will not be censored in response to the campaign.

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AOL/HuffPo has thousands of bloggers, many of whom have said and will say things much worse than what Breitbart said, so we here at Big Journalism are hereby pledging to help AOL/HuffPo enforce their “no ad hominem attacks by bloggers” rule.  The work will be hard, the hours will be long, but in the name of equality and for the good of the site Andrew Breitbart developed, we will do our best to save AOL/HuffPo from itself.

More at the link where Big Gov’s Alexander Marlow starts with Van Jones, himself.

But-but-but——it’s not hate speech when we do it!

Fun times!

UPDATE:

Huffpo has already been shamed into removing one post…

Who knows how many more are to come. Perhaps there will be a long overdue purge.

UPDATE II:

Some rare intellectual honesty from the left:

Lee Stranahan: Why I’m Quitting Blogging At The Huffington Post:

Addendum: One very loathsome  aspect of this story is something that Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff told me in a long phone call about Andrew Breitbart several months ago. Roy knows and worked with Andrew and when the issue of Andrew Breitbart being a racist came up, Roy told me “No, of course Andrew isn’t a racist.”

Roy went on to say that while both he and Arianna Huffington knew that the charges of racism being hurled at Andrew weren’t true based on their years of personal dealings with him that they were in a ‘bad position’ to say anything about it.

Politics is a contact sport, but not defending someone you know personally and know the truth about is pretty poor conduct. To stand by and watch their reputation ruined and do nothing when all you have to do is say ‘I know him and that’s not true” is shameful.

These people are morally bankrupt.

UPDATE III:

How cool is this? Big Journalism has already come up with it’s own Huffpo Ad Hominem Alert graphic:

And, oh dear…it looks like they’ve found yet another example of ad hom on Huff-po’s website.

UPDATE IV:

Via Patterico:

Mickey Kaus, from his new perch at the Daily Caller, observes:

First on the docket: Here’s what HuffPo writer Jason Linkins wrote in 2008 about right wing writer Jerome Corsi:

I want to end today by offering my thanks to Jerome Corsi, white-supremacist Swift Boat turd heel un-American wouldn’t-piss-on-ya-if-you-were-on-fire foamy chancre on the ass of subhumanity extraordinaire. You want to talk about voter enthusiasm? Well, Mr. Corsi, the thought of casting vote against everything you stand for doesn’t just make me feel enthusiastic, it makes me feel ten feet taller, and I get the coppery taste of the gladiator in my mouth. So thank you, pig. [E.A.]

Seems ad hominem to me! It’s almost hard to see how you could be more ad hominem…. Since Linkins clearly violated the tenets of debate and civil discourse HuffPo has strived for since the day they launched, he’s as good as gone from their front page. Open and shut. … Looks like the “nether regions” of HuffPo will be where you have to go to get the juicy stuff. … [Linkins on HuffPo front page right now--ed. That can't be. Someone tell Arianna.]

Holy Jeez. Huffington publishes something like that, but Andrew Breitbart is considered too over the top for calling Van Jones a commie (he is, btw) on another website?

The stench of hypocrisy over there is just nauseating.

UPDATE V:

Big Journalism audio: Andrew Breitbart Responds To AOL/HuffPo Ban

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks.

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Thursday Link-A-Round

Lisa Benson cartoon via Townhall.

Once again, my open tabs have reached critical mass, so it must be time for another link-around.

I’ll start off with Harry Reid, who can be always be relied upon to jump on any left-wing bandwagon, the dingier the better:

Weasel Zippers: Dingy Reid Jumps on The Koch Brothers Conspiracy Bandwagon in Latest Fundraising Pitch…

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And while we’re on the subject of the Koch’s, John at Powerline penned today’s  must-read: Anatomy of a Smear:

The Center for American Progress is generally regarded as a front for the Obama administration. Its President and CEO is John Podesta, formerly Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff and the chairman of Barack Obama’s transition team. CAP is lavishly funded by George Soros and several other left-wing billionaires. It runs, among other things, a web site called Think Progress, which cranks out a steady stream of slimy hit pieces for the benefit of the Obama administration and the far left.

Soros apparently believes that only left-wing billionaires should be able to participate in public discourse, so his Center for American Progress, through its web site, has carried on a bizarre vendetta against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries. The Kochs are two of the very few billionaires who are active in politics on the conservative/libertarian side, a phenomenon that apparently drives left-wing billionaires wild with rage. I’m not sure why; maybe they think the Kochs are traitors to their class. In any event,Think Progress has stalked the Koch brothers with video cameras and produced one false, over-the-top attack on the Kochs after another, some of which we have had fun dissecting here.

As part of its ongoing obsession with all things Koch, Think Progress has attacked Congressman Mike Pompeo, who represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional district. Wichita, where Koch Industries’ headquarters is located, is in the 4th district. The 4th district seat was open in 2010, and Pompeo was the Republican nominee. Not surprisingly, the Koch brothers, who are Republicans, supported Pompeo, as did many Koch employees. (Koch Industries employs well over 2,000 people in the 4th district.) The 4th is strongly Republican, and Pompeo easily defeated his Democratic opponent, Raj Goyle, with 59 percent of the vote.

Read the whole thing.

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Another high profile target of the left, lately is media provocateur, Andrew Breitbart:

Dana Loesch writes over at Big Journalism: Van Jones’ Color of Change Fails To Oust Breitbart From Huffpo; Huffpo Defends:

Admitted Marxist Van Jones and his group, Color of Change, succeeded in fascistically booting Andrew Breitbart from ABC’s election night coverage yet hit a wall today when their attempt to again silence diverse voices was rebuffed by the Huffington Post.

Read the fun details at Big Journalism.

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Hey, did you know that the reason libs fail so epically in televised debates even when they totally “win” on the merits is because of  their  lack of command of such “Non-verbals”  as the “furrowed brow “and “raised brow”.

Oh yes.

Thank God Media Matters is offering a boot camp to teach progressives how to master these important skills:

John at Powerline Liberals: Too Smart For Their Own Good?:

It is true that liberals tend to lose arguments. One obvious explanation for this is that their ideas are poor ones that tend to be unsupported by facts. But Media Matters adopts the opposite theory: the problem, wouldn’t you know it, is that liberals are too smart!

The problem for the soldiers of the left, according to Media Matters instructors, is that they are just too smart for their own good. The traditional dependence on facts and figures, on being right, is no longer germane. Too often these wonks disappear into the policy weeds or fall through the cracks of nuance.

Well, if these folks really are too smart, they have come to the right place. Media Matters can dumb them down in no time! In fact, the dumbing down process seems to be well under way:

Media Matters, too, is embracing the notion of television debate as performance art. The PTI program is in part conceived by Joel Silberman, a Democratic media trainer and former cabaret singer, who says things like “actors speak louder than words,” “heart, persona, presence” and “feeling wins.” The instructors at the carriage house spend an entire day emphasizing “nonverbals.”

The participants studied “strength and warmth inventory” handouts (“furrowed brow” for strength, “brow up” for warmth). They learned to avoid licking lips, tilting heads and rubbing one hand against the other.

What kind of humorless drone must you be  to need training on eyebrow movement.

Oh, here’s Eric Boehlert of Media Matters demonstrating how it’s done:

The cat is now out of the bag on the left’s eye-brow tricks.

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HEH, Red Eye’s on this story…

Breitbart TV: Red Eye Team Skewers Media Matters’ Liberal Pundit Training Seminars

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Michelle Malkin: Captain Kinetic: Pathetic, frenetic, emetic:

The Obama Way: Winning the future…one unwieldy, purpose-evading euphemism at a time.

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Ace: Top Ten Rejected Obama Euphemisms For Illegal War of Choice In Oil-Rich Muslim Country

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Content warning - this will be the most vile thing you’ve seen in a long while, (or at least since the last pro union protest).

Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse: Reconquistadors Produce Shockingly Racist and Violent Video Attacking Black Civil Rights Activist Ted Hayes

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Michelle Horstman at NewsReal: George “Robin Hood” Soros and His Merry Band of Pot Stirrers:

In what seems to be a weekly, if not daily, number of protest marches around the globe recently, this weeks’ March 26th “March for the Alternative” is the latest effort to stir the pot from the global powers-that-be. As we have discovered in recent weeks and months, these movements and revolutions are given the appearance of the grassroot actions of frustrated citizens of the world, yet they always seem to come back to the same handful of people and groups.

The “March for the Alternative” is being well publicized by Movements.org (you know, the same people who work so well on revolution with Google and the State Dept.). This is how they introduce us to the latest.

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UPI: U.S. sues on behalf of Muslim teacher:

Government lawyers filed the religious discrimination suit in December on behalf of Safoorah Khan, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Khan quit her job in Berkeley, a suburb of Chicago, when she was refused time off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Critics say Khan was requesting a three-week absence, well beyond the usual accommodation to employees’ religion, and the Justice Department should not have become involved. They suggest the Obama administration filed the lawsuit in an effort to reach out to U.S. Muslims.

Our justice Dept is out of control.
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GOD HELP US:

Word around the Beltway has it that longtime Democrat operative Jamie Gorelick is one of the favorites for the FBI director role under President Obama. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, for starters, it’s not often that the same person plays key roles in two — count ‘em, two — trillion-dollar disasters.

Weasel Zippers: Gallup Poll: Libya Has Lowest Approval Rating Ever For U.S. Military Action….

It’s almost like Americans don’t trust Obama to lead competently...

GOD HELP US part II:

Obama to Russia: Why, Of Course I’m So Determined To Secure Your Signature on a Meaningless Piece of Paper That I’d Gladly Hand Over the Secrets of US Anti-Ballistic-Missile Technology, So You Can Learn How To Defeat It

GOD HELP US part III:

The Blaze: What is Economic Terrorism and is Labor Radical Stephen Lerner Guilty of it?

Economic terrorism was also the subject of a just-released report commissioned by the Pentagon in early 2009. The report blames economic terrorism–targeted financial strikes on the U.S. economy and by U.S. enemies–for the financial meltdown of 2008. “That the economic crisis was an intended purpose of a specific financial attack perpetrated by one or more actors driven by a combination of motives.”

In his speech, Lerner discusses causing “a new financial crisis.”

Video: How To Debate ObamaCare

Why I’ve never heard of this guy, C. Steven Tucker is a mystery to me, because an asset like this to the conservative cause should be known to everyone. As an “evil health insurance broker”, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of health care  issues, and he knows how to employ that knowledge in a debate.  At this small rally supporting Republican Rep Rand Hultgren (IL-14), he challenged anyone from the group of counter-protesters to debate him on ObamaCare. There were no takers at first, but then an earnest young man appeared. iOWNTHEWORLD”s Big Fur Hat, (from whom I swiped this video) had a much harsher take on the guy than I did. I thought he was very civil, listened to Tucker’s arguments patiently, and made his counterpoints respectfully. The tea partiers were equally respectful. And there was common ground on a few of the issues. People like this young man can be reached.

If you have a half an hour to spare, this video is well worth your time. This is what dialogue is supposed to look like:

Unfortunately, the introduction of union reform bills in State Houses across the nation, have afforded us example after example of what dialogue is not supposed to look like. As pro-union demonstrators protested the bills, a few brave conservatives  attempted to do their own counter-protesting, only to be harassed, threatened, shouted down, sworn at, and called epithets like Koch-sucker, and fascist. Some have been physically attacked.

A reminder of how much respect a leftist mob affords a counter protester expressing a differing opinion:

UPDATE:

C. Steven Tucker notes in the comments at iOWNHEWORLD:

Our “soul patched” friend was indeed a liberal. Worse yet, an “Organizing For America” Liberal. They were commissioned by OFA with the following notice from the “Kane County Democrats”:

Hultgren Office Visit
Affordable Care Act Anniversary Event
Organizing For America is doing events next week in honor of the one-year anniversary of passing the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is making it possible for an additional 32 million Americans to receive health insurance. Randy Hultgren and the other Republicans are trying to repeal and defund Obama’s health care act and we want to let him know how we feel about that. Join the Kane County Democrats and OFA on Tuesday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm, as we visit Randy Hultgren’s office to show our support for the Affordable Care Act and to let him know that if he continues to attack health care reform, his constituents will hold him accountable in 2012. To sign up on the OFA website, click here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpzjtw/?override_wrapper_id=Cw3hs

Tucker’s website is here.

Linked by Hyscience, thanks.

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Union Man!

A Milwaukee area musician,  former teacher, and Scott Walker supporter, Glen Shulfer wrote and performed this outstanding song about the Madison Protests.

You are going to love this:


Union Man © 2011 Glen Shulfer

I ain’t gonna work till you get me a perk.
I want my medical insurance given to me free.
I got to have a bigger salary.
You got to give me more. C’mon and give me more!

Cause I’m a Union Man. I got the right to get all I can.
I’m a Union Man. I get the power from the working man.
I’m a Union Man. Hell with the budget, just tax the rich man MORE!
I’m a Union Man, Local 213.

Seniority is security.
I get a big fat pension when I’m 55,
so I can suck up all the taxpayers dry.
Got to give me more. C’mon and give me more!

Cause I’m a Union Man. I got the right to get all I can.
I’m a Union Man. I get the power from the working man.
I’m a Union Man. Hell with the taxpayer, gotta make him pay more, just like this!

Solidarity is democracy.
If I don’t get my collective bargaining right,
I’m gonna shut you down with all of my might.
You got to give me more. C’mon and give me more!

Cause I’m a Union Man. You can’t deny my God given right.
I’m a Union Man. It’s for the children, it’s not for me.
I’m a Union Man. Just don’t go messing with my benefit plan.
I’m a Union Man. Hell with the law, I’ll just take what I deserve. MORE!

Here’s your campaign donation, Mr. Senator.
I got tenure, just try and get rid of me!

Cross-posted at The Minority Report and NewsReal.

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