“Chocolate City” Shows Its Class

Hey!  New Orleans!  What are you gonna do with that BP swag sent to you to help with the hit to your tourism???

Give the finger to the home country of the entity writing the check, of course!

From the UK Daily Mail:

Tourism chiefs in New Orleans are set to launch a cheeky ‘anti-British’ advertising campaign to lure tourists – paid for with $5million of oil giant BP.

The campaign comes as the gulf oil spill threatens to damage New Orleans’ fragile tourism industry, which is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina five years ago.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the idea. According to blogofneworleans.com, NOCV bureau president Steve Perry said: ‘You can’t just say we’re open, come.

Stay classy, NOLA!

Tea Party Foe Wins Pulitzer

Remember the hateful, insulting and profoundly unfunny cartoon that NPR ran a few months back: Learn to Speak “Tea Bag”?

Just to jog your memory:

The lame attempt at humor demonstrated the political depth and artistic skills of the average 14 year old. But guess what? The guy who created that just won a Pulitzer:

It was announced yesterday that Mark Fiore won the Pulitzer Prize, with the Pulitzer committee saying that his “biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary.”

He’ll  be up for a Nobel Peace Prize, too, no doubt.

Meanwhile, one of the most hysterical political videos ever made sits in relative obscurity.

There is no justice in this world.

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MSNBC Offers “Clarification” On Rush quote-No Apology

This is yellow journalism at its sleaziest, and most malicious:

During the 3:00PM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC Friday, co-host David Shuster admitted that racially charged quotes he and other hosts attributed to Rush Limbaugh had not been verified: “MSNBC attributed that quote to a football player who was opposed to Limbaugh’s NFL bid. However, we have been unable to verify that quote independently. So, just to clarify.” Shuster did not formally retract the quote or apologize.

Yeah, they went ahead and aired a dishonest smear about someone they don’t like without verifying it in any way. So…anyway…moving right along.

In other MSNBC News Meghan McCain posted a picture of herself on twitter and then issued a “non-apology- apology”. Shocking, but true.

Hat tip:

Pat Dollard

Vladimir Lenin Towers Over Manhatten; Waves Bye-Bye To Wall Street

The owner of the statue, and the rental apartments, “Red Square”, Michael Rosen, says  “If you’re black, if you’re latino, if you have dark skin, and you’re not middle class…uhhh you’re subject to a type of racial oppression, which is um…debilitating”.

He  claims he’s not a commie.

Does Obama have a “Housing Czar”, yet? I think we’ve found his man.

Hat tip: The Conservative News Network.

Video: Peter King Stands By His Words On O’Reilly

You can say one thing about the Youtube video where NY GOP Rep. Peter King calls Michael Jackson a “low life” and a “pervert”, you either love it or you hate it. Chances are, if you read this blog…you love it. But rabid Michael Jackson fans and assorted moonbats were  outraged by the straight talk, and one major lib blog even set up a fund to unseat King…which has garnered a whopping $75.00 so far, according to Michelle Malkin.

Peter King appeared on The O’Reilly Factor tonight, to defend his words:

And here’s Al Sharpton trying but failing epically to convince us that there was ‘nothing strange about Michael Jackson’ . That sets the tone for his weak attack on Peter King.:

On the question of Michael Jackson’s supposed “black icon” status, the fact that Jackson had artificially inseminated white kids is a valid point, but I don’t know why O’Reilly didn’t make the more obvious point, namely: HOW THE HECK CAN YOU CALL THE MAN A BLACK ICON WHEN HE BLEACHED HIS SKIN WHITER THAN EDGAR WINTERS‘?

And finally Bernard Goldberg comments on the “wound that never seems to heal”.

Democrats:Now Is The Time For A Luxurious Retreat

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Nice timing, idiots.

Now may not be the time for profits, but it is the time for the Democrats to have some R&R,  at taxpayer expense:

The House Democratic Caucus spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money over the past five years for its annual retreats at resorts in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

On Thursday, Democrats will head to the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in historic Williamsburg, Va., for the three-day planning powwow. The resort boasts multiple championship golf courses, a full-service spa and six restaurants.

Individual lawmakers pay for most of the expenses related to retreat lodging through their campaign committees, but the Democratic Caucus subsidizes some of the costs for what aides consider “official business” — to the tune of nearly $100,000 each year, according to a Democratic aide involved in retreat planning.
For instance, the caucus picks up the hefty transportation tab, as well as the thousands of dollars in expenses each year for guest speakers, food and entertainment, according to financial disbursement records.

Democratic leadership sources were reluctant to talk about any aspect of the trip, but they defended it as an important planning session for the entire country.

“This retreat is strategic planning for the country,” said Democratic Caucus spokeswoman Emily Barocas. “The president, vice president and three Cabinet secretaries will be meeting with the caucus to plan the direction we are taking the country in.”

The topic is particularly sensitive this year after several Democratic lawmakers slammed American International Group (AIG) executives for spending more than $440,000 at a company retreat in Monarch Beach, Calif., just days after the federal government bailed the company out with $85 billion in taxpayer funds.

Yes, several Democratic lawmakers did slam AIG rather brutally, last October. For instance:

“They’re getting their pedicures and their manicures and the American people are paying for that,” said an indignant Cong. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at the time.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) held a hearing where he waved around a photograph of the resort, and bitterly complained about the expensive rooms:

“Less than a week after the taxpayers rescued AIG, company executives could be found wining and dining at one of the most exclusive resorts in the nation,” Waxman said. “We will ask whether any of this makes sense. “

Montana Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat had huffed:

“I want to know who we can fire and how we can get this misspent money back. This kind of behavior is an insult to taxpayers, whose dollars are used to protect and preserve private companies.”

But Democrats,  residing at the luxury resort in Williamsburg, this weekend on the taxpayers’ expense, during a recession, are working for us, you see:

“We’re very mindful” of perceptions, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson told reporters Thursday camped outside of the sprawling Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., where House Democrats were on their annual three-day retreat, which by some estimates has cost $100,000 in the past. “It’s serious and it’s from morning till night. We’ve been dwelling, rightfully, on the economy,” said Larson, D-Conn.

Uh huh.

In case you’re wondering, yes, Republicans go on an annual retreat, as well….but not on the public dime:

Republicans spend no public money on their retreat, which occurred last month at the historic Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va., spokesman Matt Lloyd said.

Lawmakers pay for their own transportation and room costs, roughly $190 per night, including food, according to one Republican who attended but spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the trip were not made public.

But Republicans allow special guests to join them: lobbyists who are part of the Congressional Institute, a nonprofit organization that arranges events for both political parties. They pay $25,000 to join the institute, which allows them to attend the first night’s dinner at the Republican retreat as well as other events throughout the year.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Political Wall Calendars

Okay, really. Who buys these?

I just got this offer via email from Newsmax for the Sarah Palin 2009 Calendar:

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There are probably too many Obama calendars to count, but here’s one I found:

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This is grotesque:

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And this doesn’t even make sense…I mean…the election’s over:

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I can’t believe there’s a market for these.

Media Bias At The Chicago Trib?

Photo courtesy of Newsbusters

No…I’m sure they’re not….it’s not fair of us to accuse them of such a thing….JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE HANDING OUT FREE OBAMA TEE-SHIRTS FOR SUBSCIPTIONS. I’m sure they just realize (the obvious truth) that the average Republican wouldn’t be caught dead in a Maverick tee-shirt. Nope, surely not bias. Just giving the people what they want.

Then again, Jim Geraghty has been looking into the Chicago media, and have found it to be oddly lacking in scrutiny, and criticism when it comes to Obama:

…if one were to assemble a list of the revelations that have most damaged Obama’s efforts to win the presidency, two at or near the top would be the video of Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright; and Obama’s long, working relationship with William Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founder of the radical Weathermen domestic terror group, which planted bombs in public buildings.

Somehow those scandals — involving high-profile Chicago figures — were broken by national news organizations like ABC News and the Politico. In fact, when Obama’s connection to Ayers received real scrutiny from the national press, local columnists offered “so what?” reactions, insisting the relationship was “no big deal.” The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board insisted that Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn (his wife and fellow former Weatherman) “have done good work in Chicago.”

Huh! Why on earth would the Chicago Trib be asleep at the wheel on such explosive, high interest stories? That’s a real stumper, that one is.

But here’s something I did not know:

No description of Obama’s relationship with the Chicago press can ignore the benefits of Obama’s ties to local strategist David Axelrod, a former reporter for the Tribune, a frequent source for local reporters, and on good terms with most of the paper’s editors.

Ohhhh.

Hillary And Obama: Soon To Be Best Buds

You know it’s coming.

Hillary may be  cozying up to Obama; jockeying for his VP slot, and getting ready to tirelessly campaign for him.

But here’s what she (and most of her supporters) really think of Barack Obama:

The question is, how many of Hillary’s supporters will follow her into the abyss?

Hat tip: Hyscience for the RNC video.

McCain/Schrute?

Who’s this Dwight Schrute person? I’ve never heard of him. But MDefl at Rightpundits has, and is endorsing him for McCain’s VP pick. McCain announced his choice of Schrute as his VP pick on the Daily Show, yesterday:

McCain doesn’t seem to know who he is either, since he had to read his name off of a piece of paper.

UPDATE:

As for McCain/Clinton….please! I can’t believe anyone is even taking that seriously.

Should Obama “Disown” Reverend Wright?

I have to do one more quick post before I go to bed.

Some pundits like Byron York, and Andrew Sullivan are offering Obama free advice, strongly suggesting that he “disown” Reverend Wright.

York:

“I think he’s going to have to walk farther away from Wright, if he wants to win the general election,” one Democratic strategist told me Monday night. “He could say, ‘This is different now. Just to eliminate any questions, I am going to leave this church, because I believe the country is more important.’ It would say that Wright’s rhetoric has no place in his campaign or the lives of his children.” (As the Wright controversy has festered, observers on both sides of the political divide have wondered, usually in whispers, about Obama’s decision to take his young children to Wright’s church.)

Sullivan:

Obama needs not just to distance himself from Wright’s views; he needs to disown him at this point. Wright himself, it seems to me, has become part of what Obama is fighting against: the boomer, Vietnam era’s obsession with its red-blue, white-black, pro and anti-America fixations. That is not what this election needs to be about; and Wright’s massive, racially divisive and, yes, bitter provocation requires a proportionate response.

We need a speech or statement from Obama in which he utterly repudiates this poison, however personally difficult that may be, however damaging the impact will be.

(Here’s Ace’s hilarious take on St. Andrew’s change of heart).

First of all, STOP trying to help the enemy, Byron.

(Here’s Karl Rove trying to give him some free advice, too). Stop that!

Second of all, what can he possibly say as a means to explain how he was able to sit in Reverend Wright’s pews for 20 years, and listen to that garbage? He can “disown” Wright all he wants, but he can’t disown his participation in that loathsome church for 20 years; a church that practices the profoundly racist Black Liberation Theology.

He, and Wright, and the media can spin spin spin all they want that Wright was taken out of context, but the American people, (the majority, anyway) are not such ignorant buffoons that they would believe such unmitigated bullcrap. The unedited versions of his sermons, taken completely in context, (which he sells in his own church giftshop!) are even worse.

So to say that Obama just needs to “disown” his Pastor of twenty years doesn’t cut it. But don’t tell the panicky nutroots that. They’re still holding on to hope, (and change).

What Obama really needs to do is drop out before he does any more damage to race relations in this country.

UPDATE:

GOP operatives, always slow on the uptake, are finally noticing Obama’s weaknesses, and are preparing a $500,000 hit on him. Something tells me it’s going to be lukewarm, and unsatisfying:

Whereas Obama once seemed an almost cultlike figure who transcended race and class, the narrative that has emerged from his campaign’s recent trials has given Republicans hope that the Illinois senator can be tagged as an elitist with the same effectiveness with which Michael Dukakis and John F. Kerry were so labeled.

The elitist story line has provided Republicans with press release fodder against freshman Democratic House members and statewide elected officials in roughly two dozen states.

Whoa, Nellie! Hardcore! Elitist, eh?

The guy’s got our nations enemies, tin-pot dictators, known commies, radical pinkos, (and Reverend Wright) supporting him; he’s buds with a former terrorist, for crying out loud, and the best they can do is try to paint him as an elitist?

They had better do better than that, by God.

Rev. Wright’s Black Liberation Theology

Here’s as interesting article from The Asia Times, about the type of doctrine Barack Obama’s church follows; a doctrine that is described as, at best, “a radically different kind of Christianity than most Americans acknowledge; at worst it is an ethnocentric heresy”. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, appearing on Hannity and Colmes, asserted the authority of two Black Liberation Theology “scholars”, James Cone and Dwight Hopkins:

Wright: How many of Cone’s books have you read? How many of Cone’s book have you read?

Sean Hannity: Reverend, Reverend?

(crosstalk)

Wright: How many books of Cone’s have you head?

Hannity: I’m going to ask you this question …

Wright: How many books of Dwight Hopkins have you read?

Hannity: You’re very angry and defensive. I’m just trying to ask a question here.

Wright: You haven’t answered – you haven’t answered my question.

Hopkins is a professor at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School; Cone is a professor at New York’s Union Theological Seminary. They’re both purveyors of a “black power” reading of Christianity. Wright apparently thought that by throwing out those names, with their credentials, his church’s radical doctrine would somehow become more palatable to the mainstream.

Here is an example of what Cone teaches:

“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love”.

Does Obama actually believe this nonsense? Or did he, (as I’m starting to suspect) just pretend to believe it because he needed this large and politically active church as a political stepping stone?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Here’s the H & C’s clip of Hannity interviewing Reverend Wright, last year:

See also:

Gateway Pundit: The difference between a Democratic and Republican preacher scandal.

Happy Kwanzaa From The White House

How embarrassing.

I send greetings to those observing Kwanzaa.

Established in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated each year as an opportunity for African Americans to honor African traditions of family, community, and culture. During the seven days leading up to the New Year, millions of individuals reflect on the past and renew their commitment to the principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

As family and friends gather to celebrate Kwanzaa, our citizens are reminded of the many African Americans who have contributed their talent and strength to this great Nation. I commend those observing this holiday for taking pride in your rich heritage. May the coming year be filled with the blessings of health and happiness.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a joyous Kwanzaa celebration.

GEORGE W. BUSH

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, but I haven’t heard too much about it, this year.

It seems to be becoming less popular. I know some people still celebrate it, but I’d like to think that most blacks are on to the fakiness of the whole thing, as well as the unsavoriness of its founder, Ron Karenga who was arrested in 1971:

“for torturing two black women by whipping them with electrical cords and beating them with a karate baton after stripping them naked. He placed in the mouth of one of the victims a hot soldering iron, also scarring her face with the device. He put one of her big toes in a vise, and detergent and running water in both their mouths.”

Isn’t that special?

Also in the WND article linked to above:

At the time he was inventing Kwanzaa, Karenga had also organized a terrorist group at UCLA called “US” (for “United Slaves”). In 1969, Karenga’s followers killed two Black Panthers.

While he was in prison, Karenga converted to Marxism. This was regarded by California State University at Long Beach as evidence of his being rehabilitated. So they made him director of their black-studies program.

While I was an Episcopal parish priest in Northern California in the 1960s, I was challenged to debate Malcolm X – which I accepted.

When I arrived at an all-black audience in West Oakland (home of the Black Panthers), I discovered that a substitute had been made for Malcolm.

Mr. Karenga was the most foul-smelling person I had ever sat next to – which, I strongly suspect, was part of his debating technique.

Karenga’s argumentation was equally foul – an exceptionally hostile recitation of extremist black-power claims, which I found to be utterly preposterous. And I said so, and explained why.

That led to ominous sounds from this all-black audience – that Karenga began to manipulate.

I don’t know why George and Laura Bush should feel the need to extend Kwanzaa greetings from the White House.

It really is a bullcrap holiday.

I mean, really.

CORRECTION:

The article that I linked to above (and deleted), I attributed to the MLK Foundation. It was written by Tony Snow, and re-posted at a site that had nothing positive to say about MLK, either.

My bad.

It was still a good article by Tony Snow, though.

MORE:

The mother of all Kwanzaa debates can be found here.

The Top 10 Quotes of 2007

This is according to the Yale Book of Quotations, so you’ll notice a slightly liberal edge:

10. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” — Former President Jimmy Carter in an interview in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

There are of course, hundreds of variations of this moonbat quote, so there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this one, even if it is Jimmah’s.

9. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Biden describing rival Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

This one would have been hard to keep off the list. That was a campaign ender, right there.

8. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” — Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig’s explanation of why his foot touched that of an undercover policeman in a men’s room.

Should have been #2.

7. “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody (Vice President Dick Cheney) who has a 9 percent approval rating.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat.

Oooooh, that’s really devastating. Harry Reid is such a badass. Still, I can think of a much better quote from him. But I guess that might have reflected badly on our hero.

6. “There’s only three things he (Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” — Sen. Joseph Biden, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate.

Ohhhh, I get it… they think they neutralize the effect of the clean, articulate, and bright quote with this supposed zinger.

5. “I don’t recall.” — Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ repeated response to questioning at a congressional hearing about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

This has no business being here. The firing of the attorneys wasn’t even a big deal. I wonder if Billary’s “I don’t recalls” made their top ten list in back in the nineties.

4. Shock jock Don Imus comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team: “That’s some nappy-headed hos there.”

Okay, that one was memorable.

3. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s October comment at Columbia University in New York, “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

Any top ten most memorable quotes list would not be complete without something from Mahmoud. He works hard for the honor.

2. Lauren Upton, the South Carolina contestant in the Miss Teen America contest in August:“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.”

It’s a little long, but it totally belongs.

And of course the natural choice for #1, drumroll please……

Don’t tase me bro!!!

I don’t think they’ll get an argument from anyone on that one.

Hat tip: Hot Air Headlines

Washington Post Uncovers Jerry Falwell’s FBI File

In an attempt, no doubt to find something juicy and scandalous about the late founder of The Moral Majority, Washington Post Investigations combed through Jerry Falwell’s FBI file, (made available through the federal Freedom of Information Act) only to be bitterly disappointed.

The entire file appears to be comprised of details about the death threats made against the man by gays.

Falwell’s FBI file contains a 1983 letter sent to his television ministry that concluded with the words, “Hoping you will die soon.” It was accompanied by a small plastic box containing a live scorpion. Then there were the calls to Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg that same year, warning that a $10,000 reward had been offered for Falwell’s “assassination” and that it was to be carried out by “gays in Cincinnati.” One caller advised, “I know this is true, because my brother is one of them.” Said another, “I intend to be the one to collect that money.”

Here’s the whole file.

Better luck next time, guys.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

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