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Friday, April 13, 2007

Note to the Nutroots - Imus No Right Winger

H/T to Don Surber for the LATimes article

While waiting for my flight home last night, overheard a couple of 20 / 30-somethings talking about some shock jock guy who got fired. They had no clue who he was, when he was on the air, or what he had said other than it was racially insensitive (or however you choose to describe it). Then they said, he's some talk radio guy like Limbaugh, O'Reilly, etc, etc...

Well, Media Matters is out with this "list" of insensitive remarks by Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Michael Savage. Most of them are listed simply because they don't comport with a liberal political perspective - few are on par with what Imus said.

Just to remind Media Matters and others on the Left who are now going to be eager to use similar tactics to eliminate conservative talk radio, Imus was a platform for Democrats to get their message out - not a platform of conservative thought.

Democratic politicians lose a soapbox with Imus
His show gave many of them a way to reach a national audience of white males -- a crucial voting bloc.
By Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
April 13, 2007

WASHINGTON — They came by the hundreds that hot August day in tiny Johnson City, Tenn., gathering on an asphalt parking lot to meet Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. It was not just that he might become the state's first black senator. More than that, even in Republican eastern Tennessee, the Democratic congressman was a celebrity — a regular guest on Don Imus' radio show.

And today, with Imus' career in tatters, the fate of the controversial shock jock is stirring quiet but heartfelt concern in an unlikely quarter: among Democratic politicians.

That's because, over the years, Democrats such as Ford came to count on Imus for the kind of sympathetic treatment that Republicans got from Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

Equally important, Imus gave Democrats a pipeline to a crucial voting bloc that was perennially hard for them to reach: politically independent white men.

With Imus' show canceled indefinitely because of his remarks about the Rutgers University women's basketball team, some Democratic strategists are worried about how to fill the void. For a national radio audience of white men, Democrats see few if any alternatives.

"This is a real bind for Democrats," said Dan Gerstein, an advisor to one of Imus' favorite regulars, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). "Talk radio has become primarily the province of the right, and the blogosphere is largely the province of the left. If Imus loses his microphone, there aren't many other venues like it around."


Jim Farrell, a former aide to 2000 presidential candidate and Imus regular Bill Bradley, said the firing "creates a vacuum."

This week, when Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) was asked by CNN why he picked Imus' show to announce his presidential candidacy, Dodd explained: "He's got a huge audience; he gives you enough time to talk, not a 30-second sound bite, a chance to explain your views; … and a chance to reach the audience who doesn't always watch the Sunday morning talk shows."

Though Imus was a regular destination for the likes of Dodd, Ford, Lieberman, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kerry and others — as well as such GOP figures as Sen. John McCain of Arizona — his influence has long been debated.

Talkers Magazine ranks him far below Limbaugh and liberal Ed Schultz in terms of power. His audience is dwarfed by many others, and he is not heard in some major markets [though his show was simulcast on cable TV]. One senior Democratic strategist, requesting anonymity to avoid insulting some of his party's power players, said the show was no more than a "locker room for middle-age politicians."

Not all high-level Democrats were drawn to the self-styled "I-Man." Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), a party presidential front-runner and a frequent target of Imus' jokes, said she never had the desire to appear.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the other current front-runner, appeared once — but he was the first presidential candidate to call this week for Imus' ouster.

Ford strategists believe his relationship with Imus was central to earning credibility in the eyes of white voters in conservative regions of Tennessee. "That's how I got to know Harold, seeing him on Imus," said Ben Scharfstein, owner of the One Stop convenience store in Johnson City, who turned over his parking lot that August day for the campaign event.

But even Scharfstein said he had now had it with Imus. "I'm going to have to turn Don off now," he said. "His ego has gotten ahead of himself, and that's not worth watching."

And Ford was hardly leaping to the defense of his radio ally despite repeated on-air pleas from Imus to appear in his defense. Ford on Thursday called Imus' statements "reprehensible," though he added that Imus was a friend and a "decent man."

Harold Ford at least has the courage to stand by someone who he considers a friend. Gregory, Matthews, Russert, Dodd, and the rest of the sniveling elites treat him as persona non grata.

And, again.... this isn't the first time that Imus has said something shocking - it's just the first time that the Libs & Media Elite felt ashamed enough to avoid his program. Perhaps his ratings were in a death spiral.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Just Because You Are an Islamophobe Doesn't Mean They Aren't Out to Kill you

Earlier today I thought about that old line, "just because you are a paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you." I do not remember why it occurred to me. But that's not whyI'm writing this.

Shortly after that old saw occurred to me I thought, "just because you are an Islamophobe doesn't mean they aren't out to kill you." The thought made me laugh. Now what is funny about that?

After some cogitating on the subject it came to me. If a person says the Islamofascists are out to kill us, the moonbats call that person an Islamophobe. It is as if that response answered the question as to whether there was truth in the assertion that Islamofacists do want to kill us. There is a rather large hole in the ground in lower Manhattan that seems to indicate they do indeed wish to kill us. So, Islamophobe or not, the evidence tends to prove the Islamofascists wish to kill us.

What is funny about it is the absurdity of the moonbat Left's logic. They believe that if they call someone an Islamophobe that they have adequately dealt with the issue. The real enemy is the Islamophobe not the Islamofascist.

And that is kind of where we are today, isn't it?

Bush is the enemy not the folks who left that hole in the ground. Now that is laughable. I don't know if I am Islamophobe. I rather think I am not. I bear no ill will to the folks of that persuasion... other than those whose avowed purpose is to kill us in the name of their faith. With those lunatics I have a serious problem.

Whether I am an Islamophobe or not is beside the point.

Whether I am an Islamophobe or not does not mean they are not out to kill us.



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ana Marie Cox is a Twit

Let me deconstruct this "post" by Ana Marie Cox at Time.com (formerly known as Wonkette before she cashed in and turned over the blog to a bunch of wussie, inside-the-beltway dudes.... dudes that would write for a blog named "wonkette" - not that there's anything wrong with that):

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2007
An Imus Guest Says No More
By Ana Marie Cox

Every time I've been on Don Imus' show, he has reminded listeners that he "discovered" me. It's not exactly hyperbole. He first invited me on when I was just a foulmouthed blogger who ran the gossipy political site Wonkette. As I recall, my first on-air conversation with him was about the Bush twins, or, as I called them, "Jenna and Not-Jenna." Last fall I became a regular guest and took up slightly more serious topics (on my last appearance we talked about Senator John McCain's Baghdad trip and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's lack of social graces), but the subjects hardly mattered. I had been invited inside the circle, and to be perfectly honest, I was thrilled to be there.

Inside the circle of elite media opinion, to be exact. And the fact that Barbara Bush is 10x hotter than Wonkette (Note!!! My wife is still hotter than Barbara) and whose claim to fame was "its sharp, sarcastic, intelligent voice, and for its mixture of heady political discourse with repeated references to gin and anal sex." She rocketed to the stratosphere when she linked to another blogger, Jessica Cutler who spoke about her affairs with lawmakers in the nations capital (aka journalistic gold, baby!!!).

Our Media Darling continues:
As the invites kept coming, I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew's race-baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton's a "bitch," CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a "wrinkled old prune"), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego. I wasn't alone. As Frank Rich noted a few years ago, "It's the only show ... that I've been on where you can actually talk in an informed way — not in sound bites." Yeah, what he said!
Ana points out the very reason that I haven't commented on Imus yet - because his routine with the Rutgers basketball team wasn't anything new or shocking - it was par for the course with a guy who's main goal is to promote himself within media elite (try listening to his show without him pressuring people to donate to his ranch, etc - I need to start a not-for-profit vacation home that I can live in tax free and get operations paid for by my guests).

That Ana was on his show, heard these things, and let them pass at the time speaks volumes about her. She is only willing to denounce him when it becomes fashionable.

Oh, right... back to Ana's article!!
I'm embarrassed to admit that it took Imus' saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along. I did the show almost solely to earn my media-elite merit badge. The sad truth is that unless you have a book to promote, there's often no other reason any writer or columnist has to do the show. If Rich wants to "talk in an informed way," I'm sure there's an open mike at C-Span Radio, and if there's really a hunger for such adult dialogue, does it really have to be accompanied by childish crudeness? Actually, don't answer that. In any case, the media figures and politicians who clown around with Imus can pretend that the show is really about informed conversation or pop sociology or anything except junior-high-level teasing, but its true appeal for them lies in the seal of approval Imus bestows.

Make a list of Don's favorite and most frequent guests and you'll get the A-list of inside the beltway media and politico elites. Rare is an interview with Imus and someone of substance who is interested in more than just the junior-high status game.
Of course, having a venue where one can speak frankly — talk in the way everyone does privately — about political figures can be liberating. I have said things on his show that cannot be printed here. But do I really want to give my tacit approval to someone whose greatest gift to public discourse could be fairly described as allowing pundits to get potty-mouthed?

My giving up the show, I acknowledge, is too little and too late.
I doubt that I'll be missed. It's depressingly easy to find female journalists who will tolerate or ignore bigotry if it means getting into the boys' club someday. (If only I were the only one.) And I'm not so vain that I think I brought something unique to the airwaves. In fact, I assume that one reason he had me on was the tantalizing prospect that I might say something scandalous or racy. That, and he and his cronies seemed to enjoy having the occasional guest they could leer at.

Once, after I was on, he and his gang proceeded to discuss my "creamy" skin and compliment my nice pair of ... "eyes." I later asked the producer to remind him that as far as I knew, my father was listening. Now I'm going to ask my dad not to anymore.

Oh, dear... she was leered at!!! By a "he and his gang!!!! I know that when I see Chuck McCord, Bernard McGuirk, and Rob Bartlett (the most lame impersonator I've ever seen), I think "gang." Nice choice of words, Ana. I have a feeling that Ana is simply adding herself to the list of "victims of Imus." Why anyone would leer at her is beyond me. "Creamy skin" and a nice pair of "eyes." From a girl who's claim to fame is linking to the sexual exploits of legislators and anal sex. Deary Dear!

How disingenuous.

*** UPDATE ***
Excellent article by Lisa De Pasquale at Human Events on Ana Marie Cox being a Twit.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Isn't Travel Fun?


Sorry for the lack of posting... Thanks to MontereyJohn for his excellent post on McClellan and the myriad of problems we face in Iraq. I know that some readers may wonder who the other conspirators are... well, Penelope is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, shy about posting but possessing the amazing ability to handle a 9mm pistol - or something like that. Brian is the deep thinker, unleashing masterful prose and analysis on topics ranging from the inner-workings of our Rovian/Plame conspiracy to Linux.

I've been in New York this week and posting while traveling is always challenging, as there rarely seems to be a free moment. Now that I'm waiting for my 8.00pm flight, which is now scheduled to leave at 10.00pm, I've got some time on my hands.... my attempt to catch an earlier flight which had been delayed were for naught, and the result is that I'm stuck in a restaurant by myself, wasting the hours away. Picture on the right is from my current position...

Why does flying have to suck? I demand a Passenger Bill of Rights that would eliminate inclement weather, provide for free back massages should delays occur, and free food & drink for those that have to wait. I mean, this is the 21st century people!!! We MUST have government intervention to solve this crisis!!!!!! Thank God for Barbara Boxer!!!

In other news, Imus is the next guy to jump feet first into satellite radio. At least, that's my prediction. His contract won't be anything close to Stern's and his audience won't be as big. I personally didn't understand the kerfluffle here, since Imus has said outrageous things in the past - and I could swear that I've heard the same "Nappy-headed Ho's" cross his or McGuirk's lips in the past. His insensitive and racially charged words never stopped the beltway insiders from sucking up to his wrinkly butt in the past... I haven't been a fan of Imus, primarily because he provides very little that is informative or new... it's totally inside the beltway b.s. day in and day out.

Despite the Imus kerfluffle and Al Sharpton's protestations, it appears that people from all races are getting along - quite well, in fact:

Interracial Marriages Surge Across U.S.
Apr 12 02:41 PM US/Eastern
By DAVID CRARY
AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The charisma king of the 2008 presidential field. The world's best golfer. The captain of the New York Yankees. Besides superstardom, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter have another common bond: Each is the child of an interracial marriage.

For most of U.S. history, in most communities, such unions were taboo.

It was only 40 years ago—on June 12, 1967—that the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a Virginia statute barring whites from marrying nonwhites. The decision also overturned similar bans in 15 other states.

Since that landmark Loving v. Virginia ruling, the number of interracial marriages has soared; for example, black-white marriages increased from 65,000 in 1970 to 422,000 in 2005, according to Census Bureau figures. Factoring in all racial combinations, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld calculates that more than 7 percent of America's 59 million married couples in 2005 were interracial, compared to less than 2 percent in 1970.
Of course, since an increase in understanding and harmony between ethnic groups does not line the pockets of Sharpton, Jackson, Farrukhan and the other "hustlers, bigots, and crooks" that are passed off as African-American leaders, it gets little attention compared to three words from a washed up coke-head.

Finally, it looks like my prediction for the 2008 GOP nomination "gets" the interwebs - or at least is paying people who get it.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

War Is Hell

"War is hell," said General William T. Sherman, and there is much to be learned from what he said and meant, especially in view of the now obviously dim results in Iraq.

What did Sherman mean? He meant that war is to be fought brutally and with maximum force in order to bring it to an end as rapidly as possible. War, Sherman thought, should be fought to break as many things as and kill as many of the enemy as possible until they give up. In conducting war in this fashion, he argued, the total loss of life is kept to a minimum as the enemy surrenders sooner and the people are reduced to a submissive state with no thought of resistance.

We fought World War II as Sherman thought war should be fought. The Japanese in particular were on the receiving end of Shermanesque warfare. The final and most devastating blows being the atomic attacks that were within days followed by the Japanese surrender.

How does that apply to where we find ourselves today in Iraq?

It seems to me that we are paying the price for not following Sherman's lead. "Shock and Awe" were called for but not delivered. Rather, we followed a minimalist approach to this war.

Rumsfeld and Bush were not military leaders or thinkers and they did not follow military advice. They knew better than the experts, or so they thought. The result, if not a disaster, is a mess. The Secretary of State, Colin Powell, warned them to use more force, and when they did not do so, it was then he opposed the plan. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs warned them to the same effect and he was fired. John McCain called for more force. Many other voices spoke up if not quite so publicly as the three more famous cases. Their advice was that if we were not going to do it right then don't do it at all.

We did not do it right, and four years later we and the Iraqi's are paying a terrible price.

The administration needs to be held accountable, not as the liberal moonbats would have it, for being too brutal, but for not being brutal enough at the outset. The end result has been a shedding of blood that could have been avoided. The present situation is a disgrace.

Is it too late to salvage the situation? Sadly the answer is probably "yes." We can bring a measure of stability, but we will now never be revered in Iraq as Douglas MacArthur came to be in a properous and democratic post-war Japan.

What a shame.

And now what do we do? One can only hope there are some serious folks giving that question their serious attention. Further, one can only hope that at this stage of the game there is the political will left in the country to finish the job as best we can, i.e. the moonbat left does not take this mess and turn it into a cataclysm.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Damn You, Algore!

Don't know about you, but this Easter I'm praying for a little global warming to keep the Easter eggs from freezing solid.

Cold Weather Chills Spring Rituals
Apr 7, 9:17 PM (ET)
By ERRIN HAINES

ATLANTA (AP) - It may be two weeks into spring, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Cold temperatures in much of the country have those celebrating Easter this weekend swapping out frills, bonnets and sandals for coats, scarves and socks. Baseball fans are huddled in blankets, and instead of spring planting, backyard gardeners are bundling their crops.

The National Weather Service was predicting record lows Sunday for parts of the Southeast and Midwest, and an unseasonably cold weekend for much of the Northeast. Snow was forecast in parts of Ohio, Michigan and New England.

"Our musicians are worried about their fingers," said the Rev. Michael Bingham, pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C., where Sunday lows were predicted to be in the low 20s. The church's sunrise Easter service usually held in a courtyard will be moved indoors.

In Chicago, kids bundled in winter clothing for an Easter egg hunt at the Glessner House Museum. The high temperature in the city reached just 32 degrees on Saturday - matching a record set in 1936 for lowest high temperature. In early April, the Windy City's average high is 54 degrees.

"It was freezing," said Clare Schaecher, the museum's education director. "All the little kids had boots on and some of them were trying to wear their spring dresses. It was awful."

In Morrison, Colo., officials were forced to cancel an annual sunrise service scheduled for Sunday at the Red Rocks Amphitheater because seats and stairways were covered in ice.

In Washington, D.C., visitors to the nation's capital awoke Saturday to see cherry blossoms coated with snow. Snow also fell in metro Atlanta Friday night, and even in parts of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle.

Heavier snow in Ohio postponed Saturday's doubleheader between the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners. The doubleheader had been scheduled because Friday's home opener in Cleveland was postponed.

In Nashville, Tenn., a forecast low of 22 degrees Sunday would beat the current record set on March 24, 1940, when the morning temperature was 24 degrees.

"We're going to be in record territory, for sure," said Jim Moser, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Nashville.

Farmers were worried about the impact the weather could have on crops. Blueberries could be particularly affected, said Stanley Scarborough, production manager of Sunnyridge Farms, which has fields in Baxley and Homerville, Ga.
[...]

Meanwhile, this article n the St Louis Piece of Trash Post-Dispatch had this helpful information:
Area can expect more heat waves and floods

The St. Louis region should brace for more frequent and intense heat waves, an increased risk of flooding from big rivers and a surge in air pollution by 2050, some of the authors of a report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said at a news conference Friday. Paty Romero, an author of the report's chapter on urban environments, said heat waves will combine with the "urban heat island effect" to create more intense temperatures more often.
[...]

It should be noted that this very same headline appeared in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montana.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler