We Are Amazed But Not Amused

If you’ve been wondering why RomTron3000 hasn’t been talking up his experience as governor of Massachusetts, the Obama campaign has an answer for you:

Look for more of this, a LOT more of this, and EVEN STILL more of this, especially the part where he checks out halfway into his term.  At least the Wasilla Wonder had the decency to unass the AO once she was no longer interested in doing the job.

ETA: Mitt needs a soundtrack, but he’d probably hate this one:


They Are Who We Thought They Were

Yesterday, in just four minutes and nineteen seconds, Fox News explicitly confirmed for all the thinking world to see that it is a propaganda outlet and NOT a news organization:

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The response was swift, and condemnation came from some unexpected quadrants.

Howard Kurtz:

The thing has to be seen to be believed. It is a classic piece of negative propaganda, scary music and all…This is a moment of truth heading into the general election. Roger Ailes should denounce the video and criticize his network’s handling of it. He should make clear that such partisan garbage has no place on Fox News. Otherwise people will assume that Fox’s worst critics are right.”

Ed Morrisey:

My point is that this ad was produced by Fox News itself, and it’s clearly intended to campaign against Obama. That’s the problem with this video, and I think it was ill-advised by Fox to have produced and published it.”

Since they have clearly identified themselves as a political entity with this attack ad, they should be treated as such.  Since the White House Press Corps is a journalistic concern, Fox News’ credentials should be immediately revoked.  The FCC and FEC ought to be looking into this.

An Unreasonable Facsimile Thereof

Quick question for you: why are Republicans so bent on addressing voter “fraud?” Projection, apparently:

The uphill slog of a write-in congressional campaign begins today for U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia.

It’s not a position that McCotter wants to be in. But his campaign failed to file enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. A congressional candidate must submit at least 1,000 and not more than 2,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot.


The Secretary of State’s website said McCotter’s campaign initially submitted 2,000 signatures.

This would be bad enough on its own, but it actually gets worse:

In all, the bureau estimated that all but 244 of the 1,830 purported petition signatures were invalid, he said.

The matter has been turned over the to state Attorney General’s office for investigation to see if any fraud or criminal activities occurred in the gathering or submission of petitions.

That’s just over ten percent.  A donation to Freedom Alliance has a better chance of making it to its supposed beneficiaries.

Can you imagine the uproar that would have ensued had this been done on behalf of a Democratic candidate? National media would have been on the case 24/7.  As it is, aside from obligatory mentions in print, there doesn’t seem to be any traction on the story in the broadcast medium (that I have seen).  I guess they’re too busy covering The Donald, his wampa pelt hairdo, and Episode 6, 954,120 of The Great Birth Certificate Scandal That Wasn’t.

The Most Busted Name In News

Zandar weighs in with yet another example of why CNN TeaNN has long since lost credibility as a news source as they continue streetwalking for the NeoConfederates:

CNN asks this question:

Justin Combs worked hard in high school to improve his football game and earn a 3.75 GPA . He recently received a $54,000 merit-based scholarship to UCLA, where he’ll play football.In April, Forbes named Justin Combs’ dad,  Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the wealthiest artist in hip-hop. Some say the family should return Justin’s scholarship, arguing that Combs should pay for his son’s education and taxpayer money should go to students with greater financial need. Other say Justin Combs earned the scholarship through his grades and athletic ability, and deserves to keep it.

What do you think? Should the Combs family keep, return or donate the money? Should students with wealthy parents have access to merit-based scholarships and financial aid?

Here’s my question: Why is this even a question?

Why indeed.  The following paragraph is GOLD:

I can’t help but think that if Justin’s father was a hedge fund manager or CEO of a tech company, this wouldn’t even be newsworthy (and my opinion that he not give back the merit scholarship would still stand.)  If I was completely cynical, I’d say this had something to do with race, but of course since Sean Combs is an extremely successful businessman who obviously raised a son with a fantastic work ethic and no small amount of physical skill, that can’t possibly be it either.  Maybe it’s politics, but if anything, Republicans should be screaming bloody murder over this.  Isn’t this exactly what they say the success story of a strong, intelligent black father raising a gifted son should be?

Well yes, it should be, but for TeaNN, it seems to merit questioning – can’t imagine why…

Fair Winds And Following Seas

LCDR (Ret) Wesley A. Brown, USNA ’49, died on Tuesday.  LCDR Brown was notable for being the first African-American to graduate from the Naval Academy, where he endured not only the regular hazing all underclassmen were expected to deal with, but also the “special” treatment afforded him due to his race:

White cadets refused to sit next to Mr. Brown, racial epithets were whispered behind his back, and fellow plebes barred him from joining the choir…He told interviewers that not a day passed when he did not consider quitting.

Brown did garner support from some cadets, including a future President:

One cadet who visited his dorm room to talk and encouraged him to “hang in there,” Mr. Brown said, was Jimmy Carter, the future president, who was then an upperclassman and fellow member of the academy’s cross-country team.

In a speech last year at a Naval Academy event, Mr. Carter recalled Cadet Brown as part of “my first personal experience with total integration.”

“A few members of my senior class attempted to find ways to give him demerits so that he would be discharged,” Mr. Carter said, “but Brown’s good performance prevailed.”

Navy historian Robert J. Schneller Jr. expounded on why Brown was successful:

“He made it because he was a gentle guy, and a hard worker, who came from a community where they taught their children not to believe the bull white people gave them about the black man’s ‘limited abilities’ — who taught them that they could do what they wanted.”

RIP, LCDR Brown.