Archive for August 2008

Help Wanted: Fact Checkers for Obama Campaign

The American Spectator

The pair have actively sought clients that might have business before committees that Biden serves on in the Senate, and have dabbled in hedge funds, which, say Democrats on K Street, did not go well. Biden’s other son from his first marriage is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in early October, an event the Obama campaign has factored heavily into its early October campaign schedule.

“Biden is very well aware that his son’s deployment is going to be a big part of what we do in October. It’s part of our narrative and we’re going to milk it for all it’s worth,” says one of the Obama advisers. “Republicans would do the same.

o rly?

Fucking amatuers.  If that is the type of campaign they are planning, McCain isn’t just going to win.  He’s going to pwn them in the face.

More Brownshirt Action?

Unfortunately, this comes from NO QUARTER, which doesn’t have the best track record.  If it is true, however, it is damning:

Your station is committed to operating in the public interest, an objective that cannot be satisfied by accepting for compensation material of such malicious falsity.

We will shortly forward to you a compehensive shredding of this “support” tendered by the “American Issues Project.”  We ask that you review this submission with care, and we ask further that once you have done so, that you work with us to arrange a time when we can directly address the pending decision on whether to accept AIP as a paying customer for your advertising time.

(PDF link)

That is intimidation.  That is collusion.

That is what you can expect from an Obama administration.  Lawyers, paid for by Obama, leaning on the media to only present ads they “approve” of.

BTW, the first thing I looked for was to see whether or not Robert F. Bauer actually is GC for Obama, and the WaPo seems to think he is.  And he seems to be Obama’s designated legal brownshirt.

Bob Barr and the LP: Sellouts

So the LP decided to nominate a conservative with no libertarian past and very few libertarian leanings.  Fine.

Now the sell-out has gone to a new stage.  They have turned their back on the First Amendment.  I got this email Friday (I’m still on the LP mailing lists):

Yesterday, I reported to former Congressman Barr that we’ve exhausted every avenue. I told him, “We’ve had calls placed to Pastor Warren from very powerful leaders from the left and the right, we sent in our personal request, and placed numerous phone calls that have not been returned. You are not going to be included.

“Our only option left is to threaten to file an temporary injunction as our attorneys believe they are in violation of the law.”

Bob responded by saying, “No, don’t threaten to do that . . . Just do it.”

As you read this, our attorneys are filing an injunction against Saddleback Church to include Bob Barr in their forum this Saturday.

You are the first to hear about this.

The complaint is based upon a violation of McCain/Feingold campaign finance legislation. While we’re no fans of that legislation, we don’t write the rules, we’re just forced to play by them. In this case, we’re using McCain/Feingold to our advantage.

You are goons.  The “Party of Principle” has decided to throw the First Amendment to the wind and try to force someone to, out of their own pocket, host someone else’s ideas.  “We’re just fighting fire with fire”, they say.  Well, that’s not what you are doing — you are attempting to use the color of law to violate the constitutionally guaranteed rights of another, and that makes you a goon.

So they lost.  This is the latest email:

That is because late Friday evening, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter denied our request to be included in the event.

His reasoning?  I’ll let Judge Carter explain in his own words:

“Plaintiffs will lose out on a fair amount of exposure and the opportunity to express their views in a popular forum. On the other hand, halting this event would deny the other candidates the opportunity to be heard and would deprive the public of an opportunity to see the candidates and hear their views.

“Forcing Saddleback to include another candidate at the last moment could cause serious logistical problems and take away from the presentations of other candidate. This might well disrupt the planned presentation.”
Judge Carter closed by saying:

Barr and Root “will have many other opportunities in the coming months to express their views and make their candidacy known.”
When I first read that report, I’ll admit I was a bit hot under the collar.  In response to the Judge Carter’s final comment, I angrily said to myself, “Name one!”

Listen, goon, if it was anyone else, libertarians all over would be cheering the decision.  But since it was your (conservative rather than libertarian anyways) ox being gored, now the first amendment can be damned.  The LP seems to have gone from being seen as clowns to actively beclowning themselves.  You can’t take what you claim is an unconstitutional law and then avail yourself of it to violate the rights of another and still call yourself the “Party of Principle”.  Just call yourselves Perot 2.0 and be done with it.

Why is it so?

This is a great find to me. See, when I was a teenager and into my mid-twenties, I had a hard time sleeping on a schedule.  Before I found Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell, I would aimlessly click through channels, and sometimes, at about 3am, I would catch Professor Miller on PBS.  The problem is that it would be in the “Educational Programming” block that they played for schools to record, and I would never catch the start of it, so I never knew who he was or what the program was called.

But it was a hell of a lot of fun.  And now my morning is wasted.

Fucking A

Hat Tip: Classical Values

Credit Where Credit is Due

The cops handled this one correctly. This douche trespassed and was disobeying a lawful command.  (Yes, “stop eavesdropping on my interview” is a lawful command.)  No Tasers were deployed, and no charges were filed (since apparently, the doucebaggery ended there.)

I was a little distrubed at the old “videotaping is suspicious” canard, but that was mild.  The cop was really there on a trespass call, as the cop eventually admitted.  I think it was poor political-fu to send a quiet, non-disruptive guy out, but hey, everyone is allowed to do stupid things as long as they aren’t illegal.

Accountable America

There’s a $100,000 Reward being offered by the “non-partisan” Accountable America:

Accountable America is offering a $100,000 reward for information that is material to either a criminal conviction for committing a felony or a misdemeanor, or a final and unappealed judicial or administrative determination of civil liability that entails the imposition of fines or penalties of at least $10,000, for a violation of federal campaign finance, tax or other statutes or regulations by an organization that operates or purports to operate under Internal Revenue Code Sections 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6) or 527 and that primarily serves business or ideologically conservative interests.

I guess that with all the money they are spending on brownshirt intimidation attempts on Republican donors, they couldn’t afford to deal with the deluge of liberal interest group misconduct.

But remember, it is McCain’s people taking the “low-road”.