Filed under: barack obama, campaign, Dallas Morning News, election, media, MSM, New York Post, obama, politics, Washington Times | Tags: Dallas Morning News, MSM, New York Post, Washington Times
Well you know what they say about politics: Keep your friends close and boot your enemies off the plane…
The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!
The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters — and possibly others — will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic campaign to become the first black American president.
Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.
After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.
Just another sneak peak at what we can expect with an Obama presidency. Where is all that tolerance the libs are always preaching to us about?
Filed under: barack obama, campaign, election, Helen Jones-Kelley, Joe the Plumber, Joe Wurzelbacher, obama, ODJFS, politics | Tags: Helen Jones-Kelley, Joe the Plumber, Joe Wurzelbacher, ODJFS
Looks like the ODJFS had more of an interest in Joe the Plumber than we had previously thought. From The Columbus Dispatch:
Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.
The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.
Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.
Harris called the multiple records checks “questionable” and said he awaits more answers. “It’s kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket,” he said.
Oh but Helen has a perfectly reasonable explanation…. she was merely doing her job:
“Given our understanding that Mr. Wurzelbacher had publicly indicated that he had the means to purchase a substantial business enterprise, ODJFS, consistent with past departmental practice, checked confidential databases ,” she wrote.
“Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention which suggests that the person appears to have available financial resources, the Department risks justifiable criticism if it fails to take note and respond,” Jones-Kelley wrote.
Naturally. Certainly the first thing that came to MY mind after Wurzelbacher’s chat with Obama was whether Jones-Kelley and her peeps over at the department were properly executing their duties.
Seriously folks, we’ve all dealt with government agencies from time to time. Have you EVER known a bureaucrat to jump on a case that quickly? The word “socialism” had barely even left Joe’s mouth before the bits and bytes were flying over at the ODJFS.
Now note the next sentence:
The results of the searches were not publicly released and remain confidential, she wrote.
Oh really? Let’s look at that in light of her previous statement: “Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention…” Looks to me as if this is her wink-nudge way of suggesting that Joe IS, in fact, behind on child support or HAD received public assistance. For someone who has vowed to keep this stuff under wraps, she certainly seems to be floating that impression out there.
But hey, maybe we should give the woman the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the accusations of partisan motives are, in fact, unfounded.
If only it weren’t for this one little minor detail:
Jones-Kelly also has denied any connections between the computer checks on Wurzelbacher and her support for Obama. She donated the maximum $2,500 this year to the Obama campaign.
Ahhhhh… let’s clear the woman’s good name and move on then. Obviously this is all just a misunderstanding…
The irony of all this is that libs have always hemmed and hawed about the intrusion into their private lives that supposedly occurs during a Republican presidency. Yet when an aspiring businessman dares to question the Chosen One’s motives on his tax plan, it takes less than 24 hours for liberal government employees and the MSM to start bulldozing into his personal and financial life. Very reminiscent of the Clinton years… and the Boy Wonder is not even president yet.
But just wait until he is…
Filed under: george bush, Oliver Stone, politics, President Bush | Tags: george bush, Geroge W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Oliver Stone, President Bush
How accurate is Oliver Stone’s new movie about George W. Bush? Why not ask someone who grew up with the man? The Washington Times recently had a few words with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush regarding his views on the biopic (which opens today)… and not surprisingly, little bro’ is not impressed.
Oliver Stone has proclaimed that his new feature film “W.” aims to be an “empathetic” psychological portrait of President Bush.
The president’s younger brother has a different impression.
At the heart of “W.,” opening nationally in theaters Friday, is a psychological portrait of George W. Bush as living perpetually in the shadow of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and driven to invade Iraq at least in part by a desire to prove he is as tough as the elder statesman.
“The Oedipal rivalry is high-grade, unadulterated hooey,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told The Washington Times.
Well, you know what they say: One man’s art is another man’s unadulterated hooey.
The WT continues:
Exploring such a complicated family dynamic might have benefited from direct conversations with, say, the president’s younger brother who, in the telling of Mr. Stone and his “W.” screenwriter, Stanley Weiser, was regarded by his parents as the more promising sibling.
“I didn’t receive a call,” Jeb Bush said.
Hmmmmm… I’m sure Ollie just lost the guy’s number.
So if Stone didn’t talk to Jeb or anyone close to George Bush in the making of this film, where exactly did he get his information?
The collaborators, who did not return calls seeking comment from The Times to the agency that is spearheading publicity for the film in the Washington, D.C., area, appear to have relied heavily on secondary sources such as Bob Woodward’s “State of Denial” and Stephen Mansfield’s “The Faith of George W. Bush.”
Mr. Weiser told Reuters news agency earlier this year that he read 17 books about the president while researching the film.
17 BOOKS, folks! Now THAT’S research. Who needs first-hand sources when you’ve got Woodward and Mansfield? Who needs that tedious process of picking up the phone and calling a few people who actually KNEW and TALKED to George Bush on a daily freakin’ basis when everything you could ever want is in the bargain bin at the Barnes and Noble?
For those who are planning on seeing this movie, I would not only advise watching it with a grain of salt, I would suggest bringing the whole damn container — the one with the little girl holding the umbrella. Because however well crafted this movie may be (and Stone is talented in that area) it is likely to have little bearing on reality. Oliver Stone tends to give us Oliver Stone’s version of the story.
We’re talking about the same directer, after all, who’s botching of the Jim Morrison story led former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek to later say “The guy I knew was not on that screen.” The other remaining band-members were none too happy either — and this after Ray and the boys had provided extensive consultation to Stone throughout the making of the film.
So if it’s an honest intimate portrayal of the man called George W. Bush you are seeking, this pile of cinematic horsesqueeze called ‘W’ ain’t gonna give it to you. You’ll have to look elsewhere if you want to separate the myth from the man.
Try calling Jeb for starters — he’d be happy to talk to you.
Filed under: Acorn, barack obama, Bill Ayers, campaign, election, elections, John McCain, obama, politics, presidential debate | Tags: Acorn, barack obama, Bill Ayers, John McCain, presidential debate
A quick synopsis on last night’s debate: As we had hoped, McCain came out swinging. And for the first time in any of the three presidential debates, millions of Americans finally got to see the Boy Wonder squirm a little… not to mention lie through his teeth. At this point it won’t mean much as far as the outcome of this election, but satisfying to see nonetheless.
McCain came down particularly hard on Obama over his ACORN and Ayers ties. This resulted in nothing less than some bonafide fibs being uttered on national TV by the cornered Democratic candidate .
First, Obama’s response to McCain’s ACORN allegations:
The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN is, I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.
“Only involvement”? Not quite. As Factcheck.org reminds us:
He did, but that wasn’t his only involvement. He also worked closely with ACORN’s Chicago office when he ran a Project Vote registration drive after law school, and Obama did some leadership training for Chicago ACORN. The Woods Fund, where Obama served as a board member, gave grants to ACORN’s Chicago branch; both organizations are concerned with disadvantaged populations in that city. And during the primaries of this election, Obama’s campaign paid upwards of $800,000 to the ACORN-affiliated Campaign Services Inc. for get-out-the-vote efforts (not voter registration). Those services were initially misrepresented on the campaign’s Federal Election Commission reports, an error that some find suspicious and others say is par for the course. ACORN’s Chicago office and CSI have not been under investigation.
Well ok there was that.
Regarding terrorist Bill Ayers (oh, yes he is) here’s part of the exchange that took place between the candidates:
MCCAIN: Well, again, while you were on the board of the Woods Foundation, you and Mr. Ayers, together, you sent $230,000 to ACORN. So — and you launched your political campaign in Mr. Ayers’ living room.
OBAMA: That’s absolutely not true.
Well… it kinda is, Senator Barry. At least according to the NY Times:
It was later in 1995 that Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn hosted the gathering, in their town house three blocks from Mr. Obama’s home, at which State Senator Alice J. Palmer, who planned to run for Congress, introduced Mr. Obama to a few Democratic friends as her chosen successor.
Ed Morrisey sums it all up:
Unfortunately for Obama, those are the facts, both about Ayers and ACORN. Obama paid ACORN over $800,000 this summer for GOTV efforts, which Obama now denies, although he did finally admit that he represented ACORN as an attorney in a lending-practices case. Obama did launch his career at a party hosted by Ayers, which is such a matter of public record that I’m frankly surprised he bothered to deny it.
We’re not surprised. Not that any of this will prevent the Golden One from sailing on to victory next month. But at least he was finally put on the spot last night over some of his unsavory ties. See how easy that was, Johnny?
-- Cartoon by Eric Allie