Another lesson to be learned from observing kids

Playing with my niece, Savannah Grace, that name was my idea BTW, who is now 4, I learn a lot. She likes to pretend to be a princess, or a knight, of a firefighter, or a dragon, and she likes me to pretend to. And, it is obvious that although she is just 4 she understands pretend from reality. Why does she not confuse the two? Because she is a normal child, and normal people can distinguish between fantasy and reality, which brings me to this post at American Power which lays out the case against zero tolerance policies in schools

From Glenn Reynolds, at USA Today, “Educators can’t distinguish between childish games and real threats“:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s Alison Gopnik reported on research from professors Jacqueline Wooley at the University of Texas and Paul Harris at Harvard that showed a surprising degree of sophistication among preschool kids. Apparently, though they spend a lot of time in fantasy pursuits, they’re actually quite good at distinguishing fantasy from reality:

Children understand the difference. They know that their beloved imaginary friend isn’t actually real and that the terrifying monster in their closet doesn’t actually exist (though that makes them no less beloved or scary). But children do spend more time than we do thinking about the world of imagination. They don’t actually confuse the fantasy world with the real one; they just prefer to hang out there.

So simple really isn’t it? So very, very simple. Yet, some Conservatives forget this when some nut shoots up a school, or movie theater. They will play the “it is video games” card. Ignoring the fact that millions and millions of other people played those same games and never caused any harm to anyone. So, to my fellow Conservatives who continue to beat that dead horse of stupidity, I offer two words of advice “STOP” and “THINK”

 

Welcome to Marxism 101 America. ObamaCare punishes those who had insurance

Donald Douglas has a link to a WSJ piece that looks into the truth about how bad ObamaCare REALLY is. Odd isn’t it the “Affordable Care act” is proving to be anything but affordable, or Americans or America. Even odder, perhaps, is that this bill shows how little Democrats “care” about working Americans.

Another essential analysis, at the Wall Street Journal, “ObamaCare’s Plans Are Worse“:

Liberals justify [ObamaCare's] coercive cross-subsidies as necessary to finance coverage for the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions. But government usually helps the less fortunate honestly by raising taxes to fund programs. In summer 2009, Senate Democrats put out such a bill, and the $1.6 trillion sticker shock led them to hide the transfers by forcing people to buy overpriced products.

This political mugging is especially unfair to the people whose plans on the current individual market are being taken away. The majority of these consumers are self-employed or small-business owners. They’re middle class, rarely affluent. They took responsibility for their care without government aid, and unlike people in the job-based system, they paid with after-tax dollars.

Now they’re being punished for the crime of not subsidizing ObamaCare, even though the individual market was never as dysfunctional or high cost as liberals claim. In 2012, average U.S. individual premiums were $190, ranging from a low of $123 in North Dakota to a high of $385 in Massachusetts. Average premiums for family plans fell that year by 0.5% to $412.

Those numbers come from the 13,000 different policies from 180 insurers sold on eHealthInsurance.com, the online shopping brokerage that works. (Technological wonders never cease.) Individuals can make the trade-offs between costs and benefits for themselves. This wide variety is proof that humans don’t all want or need the same thing. If they did, there would be no need for a market and government could satisfy everybody.

That is precisely what the Obama health planners believe they can do. Regulators mandated a very rich level of “essential” health benefits that all plans in the individual market must cover, regardless of cost. This year eHealth reported that its data show individual premiums must be 47% higher than the old average to fund the new categories in the individual market.

The ugly face of Marxism has begun to show itself hasn’t it? The promise of ObamaCare is far removed from the reality of ObamaCare. But that is true of all promises made in the name of Marxism. That anyone would still defend this gargantuan power grab is inconceivable, unless you accept the truth about those people. They are Marxists, or are blindly supporting Marxism out of sheer ignorance. Even though they see the train coming, they refuse to accept that it is, indeed, a train.

 

B-52′s “violate” Chinese air space, China whines

I cannot believe Team Obama actually let this happen

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday responded angrily to news that two U.S. B-52 bombers had flown over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands.

The Pentagon’s sudden dispatch of the bombers was meant as a show of support for close ally Japan, which is in a protracted sovereignty dispute with China over the islands. But the move risks escalating an already heated situation, according to an editorial posted on the website of China Daily, a state-supported newspaper known to closely track Beijing’s official positions on such matters.

“The Japanese and U.S. hysteria is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, because it is based on a serious misreading, if not intentional distortion, of Chinese strategic purposes,” states the editorial, which claimed Washington has no legitimate basis for challenging the new air-defense zone, known in Chinese military parlance as an Air Defense Identification Zone, or “ADIZ.”

“Dozens of countries, including Japan and the United States, have their own ADIZs. And the US, as the inventor of such zones, should be well aware of their defensive nature,” the editorial states. “If the world’s sole superpower, with an unrivaled military, needs multiple ADIZs to fend off perceived threats, why should China not need any?”

Publication of the editorial came as The Wall Street Journal first reported that the Washington had dispatched the two B-52 bombers from Guam Monday evening specifically to challenge the Chinese claim to exclusive control of the airspace.

China is testing us, I pray we have the resolve not to blink

 

President Obama redefines lying

At American Power, Donald Douglas links this piece at the Wall Street Journal and makes this observation about the “apology”

He didn’t really apologize, actually. It’s more like he feels sorry that people got screwed, not that he’s sorry for actually screwing people. It’s a few huge difference and people have noticed.

No, he did not apologize, he is, once again, refusing to step up and take any responsibility for the harm his “signature” legislation is causing. Consider this from the WSJ

The president’s comments marked a departure from his previous defense of the law and his oft-repeated vow that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Before Thursday, he had stood by his words, while adding some caveats. He had argued that the small percentage of people forced to buy new coverage would find more comprehensive plans in the new marketplace.

About 15.4 million people—about 5% of the population—are covered by individual health plans. Industry experts have said many of them will see their policies terminated by the end of the year as insurers switch to plans that comply with the health law.

Mr. Obama repeated Thursday that only a small percentage of Americans were seeing their plans canceled, but he acknowledged it was “scary” for those people and conceded the law was responsible for their situation. “Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law,” he said. “That’s something that we’re going to do everything we can to get fixed.”

That is a bald-faced lie and nothing more. Obama KNEW, that the HHS regulations would so narrowly define the grandfather clause in Obamacare that any change, no matter how minute, in existing insurance policies would make those policies illegal. He knew this, yet he continued to lie, and continued to lie, even after NBC News and others exposed the lie. This “apology” is as phony as it gets. Obama could have “fixed” this by not allowing the HHS to over regulate the grandfather clause. Sorry but this is nothing more than Obama going back into campaign mode. 

 

Your Blog Quote of the Day; It is a Mobius Loop of Bullshit.

That comes from The Other McCain and describes the strategy of Team Obama to avoid talking about the failure to end all failures, Obamacare

You know what this reminds me of? President Clinton claiming that the Lewinsky scandal was distracting him from “doing the work the American people sent me here to do,” as if sodomizing interns was not a distraction.The Wall Street Journal:

Problems with the government’s health-care website are forcing President Barack Obama to redraw his plans for the rest of the year as he looks for ways to regain political momentum.
Scrapping a planned push to drive people to the balky website, the White House is organizing a flurry of events on the economy and immigration, as well as health care, a senior administration official said. . . .
The president’s senior aides had at one time planned for him to be holding events aimed at encouraging Americans to shop for insurance on the new federal health-care website, with stops in places with high numbers of uninsured people.But the problems plaguing the site have forced them to shift strategies.

It’s amazing how the media cooperates in these administration propaganda campaigns: “Senior aides” tell reporters what the White House message strategy is and the reporters then help push the White House message. Then the media report the story of how successful the White House message strategy was — as if they were covering something other than their own coverage. It’s a Mobius loop of bullshit.

So, here Obama goes again, back into campaign mode. Leadership? HA! How about he admit he KNEW that tens of millions would lose their health insurance and lied anyway? How about he look into the camera and, for once, for once put the country? How about he delay not only the individual mandate, but the entire Obamacare fiasco? If he was a man of any integrity, or honor, or gave a damn about this nation or the people, he would admit Obamacare will not work, and join Congress in repealing and replacing the horrible piece of legislation. Of course, I am silly for even suggesting such things I guess. After all, the sad truth is that the failings of Obamacare, and the millions who will lose their insurance are EXACTLY what Dear Leader wanted. See all of this is just another part of that fundamental change Obama the candidate vowed to bring.

 

When Leftists tell the truth

Anyone who gets the Democratic Party understands that it is all about the end with them, the means are not important, it is the end goal. Did Democrats want this government shutdown? Yes Do they want to make it seem as as as possible to heap more blame on “mean” Republicans? Yes. Do they want this to roll on and on? Yes. Why? because they think they are winning the battle of public opinion, and this will lead to retaking the House in 2014. We all get all of  this. We all understand that the very last people Democrats give a rip about are the people. But, usually, they will never admit that fact. But every so often, one of these weasels allows the truth to slip out.

Although the government shutdown continues, it appears President Barack Obama and the White House are not getting any closer to negotiating with Republicans. A quotation from an unnamed senior administration official in today’s Wall Street Journal explains why.

Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

With this view, it explains why President Obama won’t agree to any piecemeal legislation that would keep Veterans Affairs and NIH open during the shutdown. And it explains why President Obama would rather cancel his Asia trip than negotiate with Republicans. 

It’s because the White House (or, at least this unnamed official) believe it is “winning” by shutting down the government and blaming Republicans. And when one’s winning, he’s not likely to change course.

Ah yes, they are “winning”. But are they? I suspect they are over playing their hand, and that the fallout will land back on them.

 

Evil really is everywhere isn’t it?

The Other McCain reports on one Karoli Kuns, who is, according to both RS McCain’s opinion AND her own words, EVIL! Of course, to be fair to Karoli Kuns, boy that name sounds evil doesn’t it? Well it sounds either like evil incarnate of some new kind of doughnut. Likely a doughnut filled with evil. Anyway back to being fair to Karoli, she likely thinks I am evil because I love the Constitution and oppose Obamacare, and also evil people who are named after evil donuts! Anyway, read on as McCain explains the evil that IS Karoli

Is there a more dishonest person in America than the vile lie peddler Karoli Kuns? Certainly, we cannot rule this out, considering that 66 million people voted to re-elect President Obama.

One might write an entire book about the perverse mind of Karoli Kuns, whose attitude toward Republicans can best be understood by studying Pol Pot’s attitude toward opponents of the Khmer Rouge. There is no standard of decency Karoli Kuns recognizes as limiting the falsehoods she writes about anyone who doesn’t vote Democrat. For her, the destruction of Republicans is an end that justifies any means.

Karoli Kuns wakes up every morning and eats a bowl of Evil Flakes for breakfast, with a hot cup of dishonesty. She then peddles vile lies all day and into the night, before going to sleep to dream of the despicably hateful falsehoods she’ll tell tomorrow. If we occasionally notice some heinous wrong she has done today, it doesn’t mean she didn’t do worse yesterday, and she’ll certainly try to do worse tomorrow.

OK, so the Wall Street Journal published an article this week about the Tea Party and the IRS scandal, and the Washington Post then paid Alex Seitz-Wald to retaliate by attacking the Tea Party — because attacking Obama’s Enemies List is Alex Seitz-Wald‘s entire ouevre — and then, on cue, here comes Karoli Kuns to claim that somehow everything is explained by the “Groundswell” conspiracy:

According to the Groundswell documents, meetings and message coordination was taking place on a daily basis via email groups and their weekly meeting. Key players included the Tea Party Patriots and True The Vote. Both of these organizations were among the first to step up and claim they had been ‘victimized.’ But before the IRS ‘news’ ever broke, activity had been going on behind the scenes.

ERMAGERD! Activity behind the scenes! Evil People Who Don’t Vote Democrat send emails and have weekly meetings!

These people have gone so far as to advocate free speech and the right to assemble and petition government for a redress of grievances — can’t Eric Holder do something to stop these extremists?

You see what I mean about Karoli Kuns? Her basic premise is the dishonest insinuation that there is something scandalous — something wrong, perhaps even criminal — about people opposing Obama’s policies.

Christians, gun owners, homeschoolers, small businessmen concerned about regulations — these people have no rights at all, according to Karoli Kuns, and so their political activism is illegitimate. Therefore the IRS scandal is not a scandal, because the Tea Party shouldn’t even exist, and anything that the IRS or any other agency of government can do to wipe these people out is justified, according to Karoli Kuns.

I am tempted to say what a bit@#, but that would be too easy. Karoli is evil, and it seems she is damned brazen about her evilness. Her sources for dismissing the fact that the IRS DID target Conservative groups are either fat Left, or farther Left, so Kuns claims are, at least easily rebutted. She is, in short just another typical Leftist, that is she is someone willing to lie, then lie about lying, then lie some more as long as she can smear, rather than debate, Conservatives and other “radicals” who actually believe in America’s founding principles. And, in my book that does indeed make her EVIL. So evil she has now ruined my desire to ever eat another doughnut lest I accidentally ingest a “Karoli Kuns”  evil-filled doughnut.

Democrats plans to make most Americans dependent on government is rolling along I see

The Democrats road map to perpetual majorities, and control includes making as many of us feel we HAVE to vote Democrat. The Wall Street Journal reports that now 15% of Americans are on food stamps

Food-stamp use rose 2.4% in the U.S. in May from a year earlier, with more than 15% of the U.S. population receiving benefits. (See an interactive map with data on use since 1990.)

One of the federal government’s biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn’t shrinking back alongside the recovery.

Food stamp rolls were up 0.2% from the prior month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in data that aren’t adjusted for seasonal variations. Though annual growth continues, the pace has slowed since the depths of the recession.

The number of recipients in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at 47.6 million, or nearly one in six Americans.

Would I accuse Democrats of willingly doing what they can to lower the standard of living for Americans if it means they will win election after election? YEP!

Bill Whittle. Remember those Death Panels that are not in Obamacare?

Well, as many told you, the Death Panels ARE very much part of Obamacare!

 

So THAT is why they call it Wacky Weed!

Stacy McCain offers up an answer to the long puzzling question what is up with Gary Busey?

 

Dr. Samuel T. Wilkinson, a physician in residence at the Yale University department of Psychiatry, writes in the Wall Street Journal: “There is a significant and consistent relationship between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders.”

You can read the whole thing — that is, you could read the whole thing, if you weren’t a raving psycho who’s smoked enough weed to fry your brain. Of course, correlation is not causation, and there is the chicken-and-egg problem: Which came first, the crazy or the weed?

We could hypothesize that mentally unstable people are more likely to do a lot of potentially dangerous things — smoke marijuana, vote Democrat, date tattooed women — without any one of these factors being the causeof their insanity. Advocates of the legalization of marijuana could therefore say, “Yeah, crazy people smoke a lot of weed, but . . . Hey, man, stop being such a buzzkill, OK?”

Now you might be wondering what any of this has to do with Gary Busey. If you are, then you might need to step away from the  bong, as Stacy explains

Alternate Headline: Finally, Scientific Researchers Find an Explanation for Gary Busey http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324637504578566094217815994.html …

Did gun rights “snooker” Democrats?

Via Weasel Zippers

Via Washington Times:

A prominent gun-rights advocate claims his group’s staff was in the room during the drafting of the recently unveiled proposal to expand gun-purchase background checks and said that “we snookered the other side — they haven’t figured it out yet.”

Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, made the remarks at a speech in Portland, Ore., on Friday, according to video captured by the group Daylight Disinfectant.

Mr. Gottlieb said that despite claims to the contrary, the amendment that would expand checks to sales online and at gun shows is “not registration” and went on to list a host of gun-rights protections in the measure, such as allowing interstate handgun sales for dealers and protections for veterans, for example.

“It’s a Christmas tree,” Mr. Gottlieb said. “We just hung a million ornaments on it.”

“We’re taking the background check and making it a pro-gun bill,” he added. “Unfortunately, some of my colleagues haven’t quite figured it out yet because they weren’t sitting in the room writing it,” he continued. “My staff was. I’ll be perfectly candid about it. This will probably break on Monday in the Wall Street Journal.”

Well, we shall see. Maybe the GOP has finally outwitted the Democrats, for once. But, why announce it? why start crowing about is already? 

 

Political has been heart broken Congress did not pass gun control after Newtown

Ah Peggy Noonan, who continues to get air time even though she is well past relevant

On this weekend’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Wall Street Journal op-ed columnist Peggy Noonan said Congress has betrayed the public trust after the Newtown, Conn. elementary school massacre.

“I think a big part of this story is that people don’t trust Congress,” Noonan said. “After Newtown, there was a great bubbling feeling of, my goodness, there must be at least some things we can do legislatively to make this whole gun situation better. If the Congress, if the Senate had moved quickly on discrete, small bills having to do with background checks — I mean quickly, in the weeks after Newtown … They failed to move quick and small.”

I wonder what “small” gun grabbing bills Noonan would ask for. She mentions background checks, which we already have. Maybe she thinks the feds should stick their nose into every private gun sale? Such a bill would hurt the law-abiding and do nothing to stop criminals.

Not to mention that Congress really should NOT “move fast”. Thomas Jefferson certainly would not be a fan of that. Bills passed quickly are antithetical to liberty and open government. Frankly bills ought to take a long time, so the people can know what is in them and have their say.

Al Gore sells Current TV to al-Jazeera UPDATED! Al Gore does not pay his fair share!

I think they paid five dollars for it, but the price isn’t the issue, the ideology is. We all know al-Jazeera is heavily biased, and apparently, Al Gore found their ideology similar to his

Before pan-Arab broadcaster al-Jazeera bought Current TV, the fledgling cable news network founded by former Vice President Al Gore, conservative commentator Glenn Beck had pursued purchasing the company — and was rejected.

The Wall Street Journal revealed that when Beck’s TheBlaze TV sought ownership of the Current broadcasting network, the bid was rejected because the principles of Beck’s company did not align with those of Current.

“Other suitors who didn’t share Current’s ideology were rebuffed,” reporters Keach Hagey and John Jannarone wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that ‘the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,’” according to a person familiar with the negotiations.” 

The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday that reportedly netted $500 million, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.”

In other words, Gore is a Leftist, and that makes him far closer to a “news” outfit that carries water for terrorists than to American Conservatives. The mask slips a little more, revealing what the American Left really is.

UPDATE!! I guess Joe Biden might call Al Gore unpatriotic!

Liberal hypocrisy, thy name is Al:

Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1 . . .

Waiting for Team Obama to label Gore as greedy, and waiting, and waiting, and…….

 

Of course not everyone hates Piers Morgan!

Stacy McCain opines today that everyone hates Piers Morgan

The petition to deport Piers Morgan is now nearing 90,000 signatures— which is what I’d call “a gpod start” — and this groundswell of antipathy to being lectured by a smarmy Brit on CNN has now reached America’s youth, including Michael Butler at The High School Conservative:

Piers Morgan “has a case of the sads” over the deportation petition, tweeting things such as “Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for ‘attacking 2nd amendment rights’ – is my opinion not protected under 1st amendment rights?” One witty twitter user responded with “You ignore the Constitution, why shouldn’t they?” For those of you wondering if we really can deport Piers Morgan for being stupid, we can. James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal explains, “Your opinion is protected, your presence in the U.S. is not. See Kleindienst v. Mandel (1972).” . . .
There is also a response petition from British citizens which reads, “We got rid of him once and why should we have to suffer again. The Americans wanted him so they should put up with him. We washed our hands of him a long time ago.

McCain goes on to suggest we send Piers to France, or Canada. Hmmm, I can see Morgan in a beret, in fact, he sort of looks like he is wearing one when you watch him on CNN, if you are among the 77 people who do. He has that air of arrogance, that air of self-importance, and that accent, which is super hot on a woman (think Julia Ormond, Emma Samms, Kate Beckinsale or Kate Winslet), but on a man? But, to be fair here, not everyone hates Piers, just those that have heard him and his snooty drivel. Poor Piers, he just does not understand that when you start berating people who own guns, and criticizing the Bible, lots of folks will hold it against you. And guess what Piers, that First Amendment you are so worried about? It also grants us, the right to criticize you.

Why do I completely discount anything Peggy Noonan says?

It is not that Peggy is always wrong, it is that she is often wrong, and when she is, she says incredibly inane things like accusing the Tea Party of rage video at Doug Powers who sums up Noonan perfectly

When I look at people at Tea Parties I see folks genuinely concered about the future of the country and the erosion of its founding principles. If that’s “rage” we need more of it, not less. But I have a feeling Peggy Noonan has been to as many Tea Parties as I’ve been to Chomsky lectures:

The biggest thing that Noonan misses is that in 2010, it WAS the Tea Party that won big. Again, Noonan is another establishment Republican who place politics before principles. I think, it is time that we at The DaleyGator create a new award to present to folks like Noonan. We will call it the Horse’s Ass Award! What do you think Peggy?

The DaleyGator is full of rage, just like the Tea Party

 

Multiple requests for additional security in Benghazi denied? UPDATED! Military Intervention Rejected?

 

Via Big Government

Asked about claims that requests for additional security in Benghazi were denied, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to comment, citing an ongoing investigation by the FBI. Nearly three weeks after the attack, FBI agents sent to Libya to investigate have yet to set foot in Benghazi.

In another additional detail not contained in his letter, Issa says there were a total of 13 threats and/or attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi prior to the September 11 attack.

[End update]

The security lapses in Benghazi that led to the death of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans trace back to security decisions made in Washington. That’s the message of a letter Rep. Darrell Issa sent to Secretary Clinton Tuesday. The letter indicates that the US mission in Libya made repeated request for increased security prior to the September 11th attack but that these requests were denied. Issa’s House Oversight committee is planning a hearing on Wednesday, October 10, to investigate the failure.

It just looks worse and worse each time new information is discovered. Now the Wall Street Journal reports this disturbing news

According to the Wall Street Journal, as the attack on the U.S. consulate was raging, Obama took a “wait and see” approach.

Ninety minutes after news of the attack reached Washington, Obama, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, JCS Chair General Martin Dempsey, and a national security adviser convened for an oval office meeting in which they ultimately rejected the course of U.S. military intervention. Instead, they decided to reach out to the Libyan government to ask if they would send reinforcements.

When the U.S. personnel at the consulate left the main building for what was supposed to be a safe house, questions regarding the deployment of forces seemed moot. 

But the battle was still raging, and Ambassador Stevens’ life was close to its end.

Again, we show weakness and it costs us dearly.

 

What is the difference between Swiss Cheese and the Washington Post 5,000 word hit piece on Mitt Romney?

Lots more holes in the Post piece! Stacy McCain has LOTS more. Some GREAT aggregating going on at The Other McCain

Three recent headlines in the URGENT BREAKING SCANDAL:

Source for WaPo’s Romney hit piece:
Actually, I wasn’t present during the prank

– Hot Air

Sister of Alleged Romney Target Has
‘No Knowledge’ of Any Bullying Incident

– ABC News

A question emerges in reading
the Washington Post piece … 

– Daily Caller

Of course, this URGENT BREAKING SCANDAL involves incidents that allegedly happened nearly half a century ago, so those sneaky Republicans have a had a long time to cover it up.

Certainly the latter-day Woodwards and Bernsteins at the Washington Post will have their work cut out for them.

UPDATE: When I say they “have their work cut out for them,” I mean they’re already trying to change their story as it falls apart.

The changes have been noted by so-called “bloggers” like Brian Cates:

Washington Post Caught
Making Sh!t Up Again

Of course, there are no so-called “bloggers” on the Pulitzer Prize committee, which is composed entirely of respected professional journalists like Stephen GlassJayson BlairDan Rather . . .

UPDATE II: Dana Loesch wonders why the Washington Post didn’t alert its readers to the changes in its 5,000-word investigative report.Probably because of budget constraints:

The Washington Post Co. reported its first-quarter earnings on Friday, and the news coming out of the newspaper division was mostly grim. The unit lost $22.6 million in the quarter, with revenue down 8% and revenue from print advertising specifically falling 17%.  . . .
[T]he paper has lost top talent lately, including James Grimaldi, who took a buyout and is heading to The Wall Street Journal. With his departure, the Post will have lost all three reporters who won its 2006 Pulitzer for their coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal. The paper also shut out of the 2012 Pulitzers and weathered a blogger embarrassment that revealed its BlogPost operation to be a mini sweatshop.

The Washington Post can afford to assign a reporter to do a 5,000-word investigative report on a Republican’s high-school activities, but they can’t afford to let their readers know that they’re “making sh!t up” again. Because credibility is kinda expensive . . .

UPDATE III: Reading Ben Shapiro’s examination of the Washington Post story, my brain exploded when this part sunk in:

Sometime in the mid-1990s, David Seed noticed a familiar face at the end of a bar at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
“Hey, you’re John Lauber,” Seed recalled saying at the start of a brief conversation. Seed, also among those who witnessed the Romney-led incident, had gone on to a career as a teacher and principal. Now he had something to get off his chest.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t do more to help in the situation,” he said.
Lauber paused, then responded, “It was horrible.” He went on to explain how frightened he was during the incident, and acknowledged to Seed, “It’s something I have thought about a lot since then.”
Lauber died in 2004, according to his three sisters.

FIRING OFFENSE, period.

By God, you can’t do that in journalism: You cannot base a key element of a story — in this case, the claim that Romney’s bullying left Lauber emotionally traumatized for life — on a quote from the deceased “victim” attributed to him based on an (alleged) private conversation. Lauber isn’t around to verify or dispute the accuracy of Seed’s account, and therefore it is unethical to include the “quotes” that Seed attributes to Lauber.

LOTS, LOTS, LOTS more on this over at Mr. McCain’s blog. Apparently even Morning Joe is skeptical over the timing of this hatchet job, and Jason Horowitz unemployment is paging you

Da Tech Guy senses a purposeful distraction. Bryan Preston at PJMediadoesn’t believe the timing of the WaPo article was entirely coincidental:

Horowitz has some explaining to do, and so do his editors. Did he fabricate any part of the story and implant it with Mitt’s school friends? Did he work on the timing of the story’s release with anyone in the Obama campaign?

You can also read what I wrote yesterday

Now, I have no idea as to the veracity of these “witnesses” nor do I have any what actually happened. What I do know, however, is that you have a media that is in the tank for Obama, running a story of massive size, over a high school prank? And one, it must be noted again, that fits in absolutely perfectly with the bullying/Gay marriage stories currently making headlines.

Not to be brash, but it seems pretty obvious that the Post ran this story when they did to hurt Romney, and help Obama. They were sitting on this, until the “right time”.

Ed had more today on the non-story story

It figures! Obama had memo ready to blame military if OBL raid failed

Jim Hoft has the story!

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity tonight that the Obama Administration drafted a memo to protect the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden would have failed. That way Obama could blame the general instead of taking the blame himself. Mukasey wrote about it this week in The Wall Street Journal.

“That was a highly lawyered memo (designed to protect the president politically)… I think there’s going to be more that’s going to be tumbling out about that escapade but so far that memo is enough.“

Yep, it is official, California has become Marxifornia

What a sad state of affairs CalMarxifornia has become. The state’s leadership, and I hate using the word leadership to describe the buffoons in charge in that state, are dead set on taking that formerly  great state into some Orwellian Hell. Smitty looks at the states latest campaign of inanity multi-family housing

Are California’s marijuana dispensaries putting out some great product, or what?

Smart growth on steroids, or the radical densification policy of California, was the subject of my recent commentary in The Wall Street Journal — “California Declares War on Suburbia”. Regional transportation plans in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Los Angeles area and the San Diego area seek to force the vast majority of new residents in future decades into multi-family housing. Under the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction law (Assembly Bill 32) and its companion urban planning law (Senate Bill 375), it will be nearly impossible to build new detached housing. This is despite the fact that 80 percent additions to the housing stock in California’s major metropolitan areas was detached between 2000 and 2010.

Odd isn’t it? Once again we see why Liberalism is an ideology of convenience. Liberals can rail all day and into the night about a “right to privacy”, and then support housing that would just about make privacy, well, impossible.  Maybe that right to privacy only applies to killing the unborn? This is yet another blow to Individualism, which is the one thing the Left loathes above anything else. Smitty sums up what he, and I think is really behind this

My guess is that California’s powers-that-snort have determined that having privacy encourages subversive thoughts of liberty, maturity, and independence among residents. What a failed state.

BINGO! Also from Smitty, if California was a hair style 

Newt was for RomneyCare before he was, well, you know………….

Via Say Anything

You know, the health care reform that was the genesis for Obamacare:

Newt Gingrich voiced enthusiasm for Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health-care plan as recently as five years ago, the same plan he has been denouncing over the last few months as he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination.

“The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major changes in the American health system,” said an April 2006 newsletter published by Mr. Gingrich’s former consulting company, the Center for Health Transformation.

The two-page “Newt Notes” analysis, found online by The Wall Street Journal even though it no longer appears on the center’s website, continued: “We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100% insurance coverage for all Americans.”

What I, and I think most Conservatives cherish is consistency. Ideological consistency. That is the one quality most often lacking in most politicians, and in this crop of GOP hopefuls. Well, except for two. Rick Santorum, who I doubt is electable, despite my respect for his consistent ideological positions. And, yes, Rick Perry, who is, if people will take a few minutes and listen to him and look at his record, completely electable.

So, there you go Conservatives, you actually have two very steady, consistent candidates. If you ask me, we all have three choices. One, give up, go with Mitt or Newt. Just let the establishment tell us to vote Romney, or support Gingrich, who we know cannot be trusted. that is option one.

Option two is to keep whining about getting some “other” dream candidate who will just woo us and make us all tingly. Until, of course that candidate has their imperfections exposed, and then we can pout and say they are just not exciting enough, or genuine enough, or not “slick” enough, or blah, blah, blah.

Option three? Well, I think the two Ricks offer, as I already said, consistent Conservatism, good character, and maybe best of all, we will not have to wonder when they will flip, or flop. They are who they are. If we want some real change, and not just some modest, dare I say moderate change, then there you go.

Now, I have made my choice in this race very clear. I will not bore anyone with all the reasons I support Perry. I will not go into all the reasons I find Santorum a tad too Socially Conservative for me either. I merely wanted to point out how too many of us are overlooking the thing we said we wanted, CONSISTENCY!