Hilary Rosen: Fast & Furious A GOP Witchhunt

24 June 2012, 14:49 CDT

“Sarah Palin has shown a lot of backbone in the Governor’s office in Alaska and the Democrats hate it,” said [Democratic Strategist Hilary] Rosen. “So what do they do? They call for her resignation. They throw at her document requests that are impossible to respond to. They throw more and more at her to distract her from doing the things that actually the the people of Alaska hired her to do.”

Or maybe that’s not what Hilary Rosen said about the efforts of Darryl Issa and others in Congress to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious:

“Eric Holder has shown a lot of backbone in the Justice in the Justice Department and the Republicans hate it,” said Rosen. “So what do they do? They call for his resignation. They throw at him document requests that are impossible to respond to. They throw more and more at him to distract him from doing the things that actually the president and the people hired him to do.”

Suppose there wasn’t a dead border patrol agent, and quite likely a dead ATF agent.  Suppose there weren’t 300+ dead Mexican citizens, all killed by guns Eric Holder and the justice department supplied to the drug cartels.  Suppose, just for the sake of Rosen’s argument that Issa was a political hack out to get Obama — which I do not believe to be the case whatsoever — what goes around comes around, Hilary?  Let’s go back in our time machine for a moment, shall we ….

As the broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday reported on Sarah Palin’s decision to resign as Alaska’s Governor, they gave little attention to the toll taken on the Governor by the onslaught of frivolous lawsuits from her political enemies. But, by contrast, FNC gave much of the credit for Palin’s decision to these lawsuits that have tied up the Governor’s time and forced her family to spend a fortune in legal expenses.

On Friday’s Fox Report, FNC correspondent Carl Cameron informed viewers: “Those ethics complaints have all been dropped or dismissed, and yet they’ve taken a toll and she acknowledged as much earlier.” Then came a soundbite of Palin from her news conference, which was partially played on the CBS Evening News but not on ABC or NBC. Palin:

Todd and I, we’re looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills just in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime. … My staff and I spend most of our days, we’re dealing with this stuff instead of progressing our state now.

Jenny Erikson pointed out a key truism the other day, as I and many others have said, “You always know what liberals are up to by what they accuse conservatives of doing.”

“Seeking a friend…” leaves us seeking another movie

24 June 2012, 14:05 CDT

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” looked promising.  While I’m not a huge fan of Steve Carell, the man has talent and he’s often funny in that this-shouldn’t-be-funny-why-am-I-laughing sort of way.

The basic premise of Seeking a Friend revolves around the end of the world, as one might have gathered from the title.  A huge astroid is heading for earth, and the last ditch effort failed when 12 astronauts died enroute to do who knows what to the 7-mile wide rock.  Everyone has three weeks to live, what will you do with your last 21 days?

I nearly walked out after about the first 20 minutes or so.  A morose Dodge Peterson, played by Steve Carrel, is morbid, and even more uncomfortable than Michael Scott could hope to be.  In one of the early scenes after his girlfriend leaves him, Dodge visits a friend who spends most of the time berating his wife.  At a party later, the same husband helps his 6 year old daughter down an adult beverage, telling her “ride through the burn, honey, ride through the burn.”

Keira Knightley is the narcoleptic (hyper-somniac), pot smoking hipster Penny, who suddenly realizes that all of her meaningless short-term relationships have led her to New York, an ocean away from her family back in England.  She still has “meaningless, end-of-the-world” sex with Dodge.

If the first twenty minutes wasn’t mind-numbing enough, toward the end of the film Dodge shows up on the front step of his estranged father’s (Martin Sheen) house.  The ensuing awkward and cliche “I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you son / Don’t talk about mom” is forced on the audience.  Penny watches a tender moment where dad and son are on the porch swing playing their harmonicas together, but the earlier argument was simply too unbelievable to get past.

Yes, Dodge and Penny find each other and fall in love, the ones that they were meant to be with all along, but the whole thing feels forced and one dimensional.  In the end, everyone dies.

In a bid to get the film over with and spare us additional agony, the writers provide one of the few redeeming qualities of this film. They decided that the scientists had gotten it wrong – the asteroid would arrive a week early.

 

CNN Anchor: Breitbart Editor Took Him out of Context

20 June 2012, 23:10 CDT

CNN’s Don Lemon accused Breitbart and Larry O’Connor of taking him out of context by posting a video of Lemon on CNN discussing the behavior of a Daily Caller reporter toward President Obama.

 

Larry replied with a series of tweets asked Lemon for clarification, offering to correct the record, and inviting Lemon to come on to the Dennis Miller radio show as a guest to explain how Larry failed.  As of this time, Lemon has still not responded.

Flyover Country has put the Breitbart.tv video next to the same video as posted by on the liberal site Crooks and Liars:

What say you, @DonLemonCNN? Will you hide behind your camera and your keyboard, or will you man up? You made a public, serious accusation against another person. Own your words.

CNN: Texas Hillbilly Folk Protectin’ Their Own

12 June 2012, 20:41 CDT

You have 90 seconds to tell a story about a dad who fought off, and killed, his daughter’s attacker.  Quick: what one point do you most want to get across to the audience?  Do you talk about the little girl and her family’s suffering, or would you choose to focus on the fact that dad may not be charged with murder?

A few days ago, a Texas father caught a man in the act of molesting the father’s 4 year old daughter.  In defense of his child, the father punched the attacker in the head to the point where the man died.  In their report, CNN mocks the residents of Shiner, Texas who would have done the same thing for their children.

The reporter admonishes us not to rush to judgement quite yet. “We don’t know all the details of this case,” she says, as if that has ever stopped the media from wild speculation, or jumping to conclusions before.  She wants to know from the Sheriff if dad should be charged.  In a veiled warning to viewers the local authorities can’t be trusted, that a small town might be incapable of fairness in this case, her voiceover informs us “Sheriff Harmon [pause for emphasis] has children, too.”

No where in the nearly 90 second package does the reporter inquire or even seem interested in the well-being of the father or his daughter.  Not once does she even feign concern that a child has been irreparably damaged.  She wishes to prove a point about how “these people” take matters into their own hands.

“The people of Shiner don’t need a jury on this one.  We couldn’t find a single person who thinks the father should be locked up.”  Please CNN, interview someone from your part of the country that thinks a father protecting his precious daughter, a girl not even old enough to go to school yet, should be incarcerated for ending the life of a man who before his very eyes is violating his little girl.  She never hints the father’s devastation not only at what happened to his daughter, but remorse for what he did to the man.

Yet, this reporter from the “most trusted name in news” demonstrates a complete lack of compassion for the family, with her big-city leftist hubris driving the narrative.

The undertone is quite clear: Flyover Country folk are backward hillbillies, and wild west justice prevails.

Small wonder CNN’s ratings, at a 20 year low, are in the tank.

h/t Big Journalism