A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20.
The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in favor of the pipeline; if the pipeline is built, Koch will make no use of it to ship oil from Alberta or anywhere else; and construction of Keystone would actually damage Koch’s economic interests by raising the price of midwestern oil that flows to Koch’s Pine Bend refinery. The reporters who wrote the Post article that tried to portray Koch as the driving force behind the Keystone pipeline, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, did not dispute any of these facts.
After my first post appeared, Eilperin and Mufson tried halfheartedly to respond to it. They posed the question, why did they write the article, given all of the facts that Power Line pointed out? Their answer was: “[I]ssues surrounding the Koch brothers’ political and business interests will stir and inflame public debate in this election year.” So their intention in writing the article was explicitly political.
But it may have been even more political, and more nakedly partisan, than we suspected. Today Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman wrote a letter to David Robertson, President and COO of Koch Industries. The Democrats’ letter was premised almost entirely on the Washington Post’s discredited article; it repeatedly footnoted that article and the IFG report on which the Post story was based. The two Democrats concluded by requesting that Koch answer questions and produce a long series of documents relating in various ways to the Keystone pipeline.
The Democrats’ letter raises an obvious question: did the Washington Post publish its article attempting to link Koch to Keystone at the request of Whitehouse and/or Waxman, or at the request of other Democrats who were coordinating with Whitehouse and Waxman? Given the blatantly political purpose to which the Post’s article has now been put, it is reasonable to inquire into its genesis: was it a Democratic Party plant from the start?
I keep wondering when and if the public at large will ever wise up to how dirty, rotten, nasty and corrupt the modern Democrat party has become. Never-mind the fact that as a party they’ve veered so far to the left in recent years that they are in virtually indistinguishable from the Communist Party USA. Lot’s of Democrats don’t have a problem with that, I guess.
But don’t they even care that their party is criminally INSANE?
Ed Driscoll was on the same wavelength as me, last night. I swear I wasn’t copying him: ‘A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party’
“Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,” my friend and fellow PJM columnist Michael Walsh wrote in 2009 in the guise of his leftwing alter-ego, David Kahane.
Certainly, at a minimum it’s safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation’s police blotters today. Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they’re in on the fun), it’s up to the Blogosphere — so here we go.First up, the password is
“BREAKING: Anti-Gun CA Senator Leland Yee Charged With Gun Running,” reports The Truth About Guns:
It what would surely place his likeness prominently on the Mt. Rushmore of hypocrisy if the allegations are proven in a court of law, famously anti-gun California state Senator Leland Yee has been charged with, in addition to bribery and public corruption…yes…gun running. Specifically conspiring with known organized crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to illegally import firearms and sell them without a license . . .
The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.
Of course there’s more, as I noted in my previous post - yesterday was a banner day for the criminal enterprise masquerading as the Democrat party.
Liberty’s Torch: Our Time Is Up:
I really do hate to be the one to tell you, Gentle Reader, but, as my favorite fictional protagonist once said, we’re in the deepest of deep shit and sinking fast. Liberty and justice are no longer reliable conditions of American life, evende facto.
Each and every American lives under the threat of the sort of random oppression the Hartes experienced. Anyone of a conservative or libertarian inclination who dares to make his views public is vulnerable to the sort of assault Tyler Cowen experienced. Ordinary passers-by on public streets must go in fear of “knockout game” gangs, about which the police seem disinclined to concern themselves. Businesses of any size that don’t kowtow to unions are constantly watchful for “union representatives,” who are protected from prosecution under federal law for anything they might do “in furtherance of union objectives.” The IRS seeks the power to discriminate among advocacy groups on the basis of their political stances, while its top man has defied Congress’s demand for the evidence that it’s already done so. The EPA is about to rule that your backyard is a “federally protected wetland,” because it’s damp for a day or so after a rainstorm. ObamaCare has proved to be a “law” written in water, for whose failure its principal promoter and his co-partisans seek to evade all responsibility. Meanwhile, scores of politicians — “our representatives,” remember? — are going down on charges that range from bribery to conspiracy to violate the firearms importation laws.
Jim Geraghty, NRO’s Campaign Spot: Unruly Progressives:
Shortly after Barack Obama rose to the presidency, the Right became fascinated by Saul Alinsky, and in particular by the philosopher and community organizer’s “Rules for Radicals.” Many on the right focused their attention on Alinsky’s Fourth Rule: “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
The strategy of “making them live up to their own book of rules” is frequently mentioned and discussed these days at Breitbart.com, Instapundit, Ace of Spades, and just about every other conservative website and blog.
James O’Keefe, the activist and journalist behind the famous ACORN videos,articulated the approach directly: “The Left doesn’t care about the laws or the rules. They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation.”
Not to take away from O’Keefe’s work, which generates must-watch videos and scandal-inspired resignations with metronomic regularity, but there may be a flaw in this strategy. Ultimately, not that many liberals care whether their brethren are following their own book of rules. They’ve demonstrated a remarkable acceptance for one another’s hypocrisy.
Erick Erickson, Red State: Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media’s Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief:
More importantly, Matthew Yglesias believes it is okay for liberals to lie in debates. He claimed “Fighting dishonesty with dishonesty is sometimes the right thing for advocates to do”. After all, according to Yglesias, Republicans are bad people; there are few if any conservatives he respects; and liberals aren’t condescending enough to conservatives who make stupid arguments no matter how smart they are.
So it’s okay to lie.
Which brings us to his video at the JuiceVox Media website. He tries to explain the National Debt and out of the gate beings with a lie. He claims the national debt is $5 trillion less than the U.S. Treasury says it is.
Then he uses deficit and debt interchangeably.
Then he claims the U.S. Government can never run out of money.
He goes through all of this to conclude that the national debt, which he understated, is just not anything to worry about.
This isn’t education. It is not explaining. It is left-wing propaganda. It is also sponsored by General Electric. Why is General Electric sponsoring left-wing propaganda?
Perhaps they don’t know. After all, Yglesias himself says it is okay for the left to lie in order to win an argument.
And they all practice this left-wing version of Muslim taqiyya. Why? Because they’re criminally insane, silly.
Neil Cavuto had a little pep talk for the Stupid Party – Get off your Grand Old Ass:
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!