Polling today for the 2012 presidential race is an exercise in futility since it cannot possibly predict how things will turn out two years from now. So anyone who does it likely has an ulterior motive.
See if you can detect the ulterior motive in the headlines of Newsmax's 2012 polling:
This is what passes for "media criticism" at NewsBusters. From a Nov. 9 post by Noel Sheppard.
Keith Olbermann on Tuesday almost dislocated his shoulder patting himself on the back for all the attention he got after being suspended by NBC last Friday.
Like a kindergartner bragging to his parents about the fabulous day he had in school, the "Countdown" host told his viewers how many people signed a petition for his return, the number of tweets he received, and the various television programs that wanted to interview him[.]
Readers probably noticed only a brief clip of these disgusting festivities was provided. This was intentionally done to protect computers from the damaging effects of the nausea most would have experienced if subjected to the entire segment.
In the history of television, no man has ever spent so much time congratulating himself while the cameras were rolling.
After giving his side of the story, again like a kindergartner, Olbermann played video clips of various TV personalities discussing - you guessed it! - him.
Having done so, and obviously feeling uniquely proud of himself, MSNBC's biggest star concluded by saying how this incident was a fine example of democracy in action, for people quickly after he made his political contributions found out about them.
By contrast, if he had donated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America would never have known.
Show of hands: who wishes he had contributed to the Chamber thereby saving us from this pathetic and embarrassing display of juvenile self-congratulation?
For those that are curious, this seeming six-year-old was actually born in 1959.
Yep - he's 51.
Tough to believe, isn't it?
Sheppard's contemptuous screed demonstrates that if there's anyone who knows about behaving like a kindergartener, it's him.
(We're mildly surprised he didn't lazily work in "smackdown" somewhere.)
Kincaid's Favorite Economist Is A Vaguely Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Freak Topic: Accuracy in Media
A Nov. 8 Accuracy in Media column by Cliff Kincaid plugs the claim by writer Zubi Diamond that the Federal Reserve is "interfering in free markets through currency manipulation," which is "the type of stuff we accused the communist and socialist governments of doing," adding that the Fed's policy of quantitative easing is in alignment with "George Soros’s agenda to destroy global capitalism."
Kincaid hasdonenumerouscolumnsfeaturingDiamond, whom he touts as a "financial expert," and Diamond himself his written two AIM columns. Diamond is also the author of the curiously punctuated "Wizards of Wall Street: & Washington Lap Dogs; The Scam That Elected Barack Obama: The Economic Crisis."
But who is Diamond beyond thte "writer-composer" and "entrepreneur investor by trade" he claims to be? As it turns out, he's a conspiracy theorist with apparent anti-Semitic leanings.
As Media Matters details, the self-published "Wizards of Wall Street" engages in smears of George Soros that are rooted in anti-Semitic stereotypes, including calling Soros the "mastermind" behind of a "cabal of slithery rich" who "visited financial violence on the American people to get Barack Obama elected."
Diamond goes on to state that Soros "chose Obama" to be president because he "wanted somebody that hates the traditional America, and its constitutions, a left wing radical, like himself."
No wonder Kincaid likes Diamond so much -- Diamond's as much of a conspiracy freak as Kincaid is.
MRC's Gainor Tries to Portray Obama As A Druggie Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Dan Gainor ventures into some serious Obama-hating territory in his Nov. 4 column. In the midst of a post-election tirade about the "liberal media," he writes:
So-called journalists went digging into [Christine] O’Donnell’s high school spelling but ignored what her opponent did in college. This was the identical strategy news outlets used in the 2008 presidential race where The New York Times savaged John McCain’s wife Cindy for her legal drug use and never did a similar investigation into Obama’s own confessed drug activity.
Perhaps that's because Obama's "confessed drug activity" took place as a teenager and there is no evidence it ever ventured into a full-blown addiction. Cindy McCain, meanwhile, was a fully grown adult when she ventured into what Gainor whitewashes as "legal drug use" -- in fact, it was an addiction to painkillers so severe that she was was caught stealing drugs from her nonprofit organization to feed her addiction. And the New York Times hardly "savaged" McCain over this; rather, the Times mentioning it in just two paragraphs of a 41-paragraph profile of her.
The last person to obsess over Obama's "confessed drug activity" was rabid Obama-hater Jerome Corsi, who laughably claimed that Obama "has yet to answer" questions about whether he stopped using drugs.
Gainor also railed against how election discourse has fallen "somewhere deep into the gutter where bloggers offer $100,000 for a non-existent Glenn Beck sex tape." Gainor didn't mention that this was universally criticized, and that even the NewsBusters link he provides notes that the solicitation has been deleted and the author apologized.
And needless to say, Gainor casts a blind eye to bad election behavior by conservatives, such as Carl Paladino's threatening a reporter.
LeBoutillier Mulls Rooting For Bad Economy To Hurt Obama Topic: Newsmax
John LeBoutillier has an existential crisis in his Nov. 8 Newsmax column: He wants President Obama to lose in 2012, but a recovering economy would play to Obama's benefit. Should he root for the economy to remain in the doldrums just to spite Obama?
Here is a terrible conundrum: we all want our fellow Americans to do well, to be happy, to find the jobs they desire. We all want the economy to recover — and soon. But if that recovery happens, it is likely that President Barack Obama will get the credit (presidents get the blame or credit regardless of what they do) and will be a strong favorite to be re-elected in 2012.
Furthermore, his big government spending spree will be credited with the recovery — just as FDR’s New Deal “cured” the Great Depression. For generations to come, historians, political scientists, and economists will once again praise massive federal spending as the sure-fire cure-all for economic problems.
On the other hand, we can’t be rooting for the economy to remain lifeless. Yes, that might very well spell doom for President Obama’s chances in 2012. But do we want years more of the misery we are experiencing now?
So we root for economic recovery. And if the price is Obama getting re-elected, so be it. Maybe the Republican House and a 2012-elected GOP-controlled Senate can restrain the worst of Obama.
If LeBoutillier is thinking about this, you can bet other conservatives -- and conservative members of Congress -- have as well. And one must also wonder if those same conservative congressmen sought to obstruct Obama's economic legislation in order to blame him for a stalled recovery. It's not a new idea, after all.
Gutless Aaron Klein Still Ignoring Us Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily loves to whine when it or one of its writers is attacked by what it considers an easy target (as we found out). It doesn't like to get into fights with people who fight back with facts (as WND subsequently learned about us).
So we have a Nov. 3 WND article complaining that the conservative-leaning UK Telegraph called anti-Obama screed author Aaron Klein a "polemical journalist based in Jerusalem." WND declared this to be a "slam."
The newspaper claims that Klein "launched the idea of Obama as Manchurian candidate, a hollow figure promoted by the 'anti American fringe nexus instrumental in building his political career,' and the 'top Czars with Communist links' in the White House, who include Obama's political strategist and former campaign manager David Axlerod."
Klein countered, "The book boasts almost 900 footnotes and is the most exhaustive journalistic investigation ever performed into Obama and his background. It is not an 'Obama-hating' work. In fact, it is an academic tome."
Still, WND was proud that the Telegraph prounounced Klein's book among the "heavyweight champions" of the "no less than 46 'hate Obama' books published so far."
Of course, the idea that Klein's book is "an academic tome" is laughable. We should know -- we read it and exposed its bias, misleading claims and conspiracy-mongering.
But Klein won't criticize us. After all, we work in facts, and WND and Klein don't dare get involved with trying to rebut facts.
WND and Klein are content to take potshots at those it considers inferior. They won't respond to us, which is evidence of their respect for us and our command of the facts.
New Article -- More Than An Endorsement, Part 2: The Flip-Flop Topic: Newsmax
Newsmax endorses the Republican candidate for Florida governor it fought against during the primary -- and donates $100,000 to a group linked to him. Plus: Newsmax hosts the website for Dick Morris' PAC. Read more >>
By now every American knows how much U.S. taxpayers are spending for Barack Obama's 10-day trip to India this week.
The price tag is $200 million a day – or an even $2 billion for the whole excursion that involves the deployment of 3,000 people, 34 warships and hundreds of helicopters.
The White House denies the $200 million price tag, but that's what India officials estimated. The White House refuses to provide a figure.
Farah is lying to you. "India officials" is actually a single, anonymous claim reported in the Indian media. Farah's taking refuge in claiming that the White House won't reveal the real cost -- even though it would compromise Obama's security to do so -- is just a pathetic attempt to keep the story alive.
The $200 million figure has been discredited by pretty much every credible news source on the planet -- even Fox News. That leaves disreputable outlets lke WND who insist on clinging to the lie in order to further its anti-Obama agenda.
But if WND couldn't lieaboutObama, it wouldn't have much of an anti-Obama agenda.
MRC Upset That Magazine Honored Gay Teen Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center lets its anti-gay agenda fly again in a Nov. 3 Culture & Media Institute column by Erin Brown, who is upset that a magazine would dare to honor a gay teen:
To be honored as one of Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year,” a woman must have made a huge impact, changed the world for good, broken boundaries, stereotypes, etc. Except when she doesn’t. Sometimes all she needs to do is complain to the ACLU that her high school is refusing to let her bring a lesbian date to prom.
Constance McMillen, a high school senior in Fulton, Mississippi, received national attention this past spring when her school rejected her idea to come to prom, in a tuxedo, hand-in-hand with her girlfriend. McMillen reported Itawamba Agricultural High School to the ACLU, and was heralded as a hero by prominent lesbian activists such as Ellen Degeneres and Melissa Etheridge. When asked why McMillen deserved to be honored as one of Glamour’s “Women of the year,” Etheridge (a 2005 Glamour WOY winner) said, “She stood up and said, ‘This is who I am.’ When someone does that, it changes the world. It gives hope.”
McMillen was honored among truly great women that did significantly more than display stubbornness at a young age and wreck everyone else’s prom.
How did McMillen wanting to bring the date of her choice to the prom "wreck everyone else’s prom"? Brown doesn't explain.
This is not the first time the MRC has denigrated McMillen. In June, the MRC's Tim Graham bizarrely suggested that McMillen was cashing in on the prom rejection because "Ellen DeGeneres gave her a $30,000 scholarship check" and "she's meeting with Obama and being celebrated at Gay Pride parades and ACLU fundraisers at Woodstock."
Reisman Explains Word She Invented Topic: WorldNetDaily
We noted that Judith Reisman, in her Oct. 27 WorldNetDaily column, made use of the heretofore unknown word "homosexist." Reisman's Nov. 6 WND column explains the word -- namely, the fact that she made it up:
I recently coined the terms "homosexist" and "homosexism" to describe "Spirit Day," Oct. 22, 2010 when President Barack H. Obama challenged American youth to view homosexuality as "a source of pride and a source of strength."
I've been asked, as Socrates says, to define the word "homosexist."
Webster defines "homosexual" as "of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex." Many homosexuals, aware of their early physical and emotional wounding, are now "ex-gays," while others quietly endure.
However, the suffixes -ist, -ism, -ize connote someone who holds certain principles, doctrines, schools of thought, as in "sexist" or "racist."
Synonyms include "chauvinist, doctrinaire, dogmatist, fanatic, fiend, maniac, monomaniac, opinionated, partisan, persecutor, zealot" – as opposed to "humanitarian, liberal, tolerator."
"Homosexualists" are zealots, partisans, chauvinists and persecutors, dogmatists in their fanaticism (see "Partner Solicitation Language as a Reflection of Male Sexual Orientation").
Even the left-leaning Wikipedia admits "homosexists" label normal married couples "breeders," "a term of disparagement used primarily by homosexuals to describe heterosexuals who have produced or will produce offspring."
What is the "Partner Solicitation Language as a Reflection of Male Sexual Orientation" she is referring to? She explains:
In our study, "Partner Solicitation Language as a Reflection of Male Sexual Orientation" (1995), Dr. Charles Johnson and I analyzed the premier "gay" magazine, The Advocate.
Was The Advocate humanitarian, or homosexist? To answer that question, our research rank-ordered the numbers of most-to-least "In Search of" advertisements. The Advocate published ads and essays on sex with boys and on how to seduce "straight" men and boys. I have sanitized the language for this column.
Here's the paper she's referring to. In it, Reisman and Johnson compares ISO personal ads in the "predominately heterosexual" Washingtonian magazine with those in the "predominately homosexual" Advocate in order to determine "what is common heterosexual and homosexual conduct. Needless to say, Reisman finds results designed to further her anti-gay agenda: Gay personal ads are more likely to seek someone for"prostitution services" and "man/teen sex," while heterosexual ads are more interested in "time-bound relationships" and someone "to share nonsexual interest."
Reisman's methodology is flawed. In citing demographic data, she overlooks that the a magazine geared toward a specific city and a magazine geared to a nationwide audience in a specific culture defined by sexual identity are not really equivalent, despite her unsupported assertion that the Advocate "is often described as the homosexual equivalent of Newsweek." And even she concedes that "it is inaccurate to state that the men advertising ISO represent all male readers of these two publications."
Reisman, of course, is not interested in an objective analysis of the subject -- she's too biased. She has an agenda, and it takes shoddy research and mae-up words to advance it, she's totally down with that.
CNS Joins Latest Bamboozlement on Obama Trip Topic: CNSNews.com
CNN's Ed Henry has pointed out how Obama "critics" -- which is to say, conservatives -- have been keeping the bogus story of the cost of President Obama's Asia trip alive, now that the $200 million figure it's been peddling has been discontinued, by claiming that the White House "won't say how much it's really costing." That's the template the ConWeb is currently following.
We've already noted how WorldNetDaily's Les Kinsolving and Pat Boone have already done this. Now CNSNews.com has joined the bamboozlement with a Nov. 5 article by Nicholas Ballasy, who writes that "National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer told reporters that the alleged $200M a day cost of President Obama’s trip to Asia is 'wildly inflated' but he did not specify the actual cost.
But as Henry stated, the reason the actual cost is not being released is for security reasons.
It seems that the ConWeb wants to compromise the president's security. Wonder why...
Ellis Washington Doesn't Like Juvenile Justice Topic: WorldNetDaily
What is Ellis Washington ranting about in this week's WorldNetDaily column? The existence of a juvenile justice system:
Lochner notwithstanding, the creation of the juvenile justice system in 1899 was a shining example of Fabian socialism (gradualism) where progressive politicians (Republicans and Democrats) became masters of exploiting laws under the pretense of "helping people" not because they loved the people, but in a Machiavellian sense to guarantee a perpetually dependent class of people who lazily vote themselves largess out of the federal treasury. Today we call this kind of politics earmarks, payola and pork projects.
Progressives and the Democratic Party were simply the side who won when they successfully implemented juvenile law statutes in all 50 states by 1925 without even a pretense of constitutional legitimacy because the progressive reformers, academics and the liberal media shamelessly used the idea of protecting the welfare of the children to cover up their unconstitutional schemes.
Um, yeah. But the real news is that Washington says this ranting is apparently based on "a two-part law review article I'm writing on the historical background the progressive movement and its creation of the juvenile justice system. The second part will be published later this year."
What law review would publish someone like Washington? One that is mercifully ignorant of his work, preferably one far, far outside the United States. Washington found the perfect outlet: "Juridica," the law review of Danubius University in Romania.
Yes, Washington had to scrounge up a law review in Romania to publish him.
The first part of Washington's law review article carries an interesting byline for him, calling him a "Professor of Law and History" at Spring Arbor University. It's a small Methodist school in Michigan. But we looked on the college's website and couldn't find any mention whatsoever of Washington, let alone evidence that he was a "professor" there.
The lack of evidence to support his employment at Spring Arbor suggests that this is just as dishonest as his claim to be the "former editor of the Michigan Law Review."
Pat Boone Embraces Bogus Obama Trip Cost Topic: WorldNetDaily
Pat Boone demonstrates yet again his utter indifference to the facts -- and that he'll mindlessly repeat any lie as long as it hurts President Obama -- with his Nov. 6 WorldNetDaily column, in which heswallowshook, line and sinker the bogus claims about the costs ofObama's Asian trip:
I simply could not believe what I'd heard. It couldn't be so. I Googled "Obama's $200 million a day trip" – and found it was so!
Though liberal-tinted Snopes and ultra-liberal Huffington Post tried to downplay and justify the obscene expenditure – the numbers of fellow travelers involved and the numbers of planes and all the inexcusably extravagant "security measures" and the rest of the details for Obama's trip to Asia – I found that Reuters and other international news services confirmed the earlier stories. (While the administration denies the reported figure, it will not confirm any specific taxpayer cost of the president's Asian adventure.)
According to the various news services, and not denied by the administration, this president is taking an entourage of 3,000 with him on a 10-day trip to India, Indonesia, China and Korea. The reports indicate he'll need 40 planes, the whole Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai (recently the target of the murderous Islamist terrorists from Pakistan), and 30 or more U.S. warships maneuvered into the region for "security" for the whole mob. This is the choice of a president who should feel chastened and at least mildly repudiated by the unprecedented voter turnover of the House of Representatives to conservatives, and by all the polls, even the most liberal, that document the massive disapproval of his policies by an angry electorate.
Only a few tidbits of explanation have been offered by his aides as to the purposes and goals of this trip, but no one has been able to come up with any rationale for such an unprecedented, ostentatious caravan.
And the reported tab for this untimely Gypsy expedition? Two hundred million dollars, more or less, each and every day! And for 10 days, totaling somewhere in the vicinity of 2 billion dollars! I say it again … 2 billion dollars!
We could find no Reuters article mentioning, let alone "confirming" as Boone claims, the $200 million figure. Perhaps Boone can share his research with us.
Nevertheless, Boone's lie-based outrage provides him with the opportunity to slip yet again into full-on tirade mode:
It's hard not to see this scenario as an arrogant, thumb-in-your eye gesture to a conservative uprising that all the president's men knew was coming. It's hard not to see this as an angry, imperious response to an impudent, ignorant tea party that dared to question this Man of Destiny. It's as if you can hear him say, "You think you'll elect a few hicks to undo what I've already done, and try to stop all that I've already set in motion? You don't know yet whom you're dealing with. You don't seem to see that I've already got all the power in place I'll ever need. I'll show you. I'll take a procession to exotic places, to foreign capitals, to meet with international leaders and visit the home of my youth like the conquering hero I've become. I'll dazzle the world capitals with a procession of pomp and power and lavish spending rivaling even the splendor of King Solomon. And you conservative upstarts can pay for the whole thing!"
Pat Boone is a documented liar, and his propensity for lying eliminates any moral authority he might claim for his anti-Obama screeds.