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Archive for January 9th, 2011

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the liberal mainstream media and their coverage of the Rep. Giffords shooting?

Answer: They cannot resist the urge to use tragedies in order to play politics.

First, click here to see some of the crucial facts that the liberal mainstream media has been ignoring.

In my blog post yesterday, I mentioned that it comes as no surprise that the liberal mainstream and others from the Left are trying to use this tragic event to play politics. Those who are blaming this horrible event on Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Fox News, the Republican Party, and other conservative political identities are immature and irresponsible.

What’s the reason for all of this? Glenn Reynolds – from The Wall Street Journal – elaborates:

Shortly after November’s electoral defeat for the Democrats, pollster Mark Penn appeared on Chris Matthews’s TV show and remarked that what President Obama needed to reconnect with the American people was another Oklahoma City bombing. To judge from the reaction to Saturday’s tragic shootings in Arizona, many on the left (and in the press) agree, and for a while hoped that Jared Lee Loughner’s killing spree might fill the bill.

With only the barest outline of events available, pundits and reporters seemed to agree that the massacre had to be the fault of the tea party movement in general, and of Sarah Palin in particular. Why? Because they had created, in New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s words, a “climate of hate.”

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To be clear, if you’re using this event to criticize the “rhetoric” of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the “rhetoric” and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?

I understand the desperation that Democrats must feel after taking a historic beating in the midterm elections and seeing the popularity of ObamaCare plummet while voters flee the party in droves. But those who purport to care about the health of our political community demonstrate precious little actual concern for America’s political well-being when they seize on any pretext, however flimsy, to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.

Where is the decency in that?

I believe the last paragraph says it loud and clear. The Left is so frustrated that they cannot find any hardcore evidence against the Tea Party movement in order to use it against them and discredit their political ideology – plain and simple. Therefore, we can only expect a lot more garbage and nonsense to spew out of the enormous megaphone known as the liberal mainstream media. Heck, it has already started.

Here are some of the liberals who are trying to play politics with this tragic story (this list will be constantly updated):

Expect this list to grow quickly…

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked private-sector and public-sector jobs?

Answer: Public-sector jobs have been “relatively sheltered” from the recession.

I know this is not a shocker, but I feel that everyone needs to be reminded of this time-to-time. The Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:

While the national recession killed private-sector jobs, the government jobs have been “relatively sheltered,” says one researcher.

Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, says the private sector has lost 6 percent of its January 2008 workforce, or 7.2 million jobs, as of November 2010.

Yet, federal jobs increased 3.5 percent by 98,000 jobs during that same time span. And de Rugy says those increases don’t include all the census workers that were hired temporarily. At its peak, the government had hired about 600,000 census workers.

State government jobs nationwide have seen a 1 percent increase with 42,000 more jobs from January 2008 to November 2010.

The only municipal jobs loser was “local government,” which lost 1.7 percent of its jobs, or 258,000 jobs, from January 2008 to November 2010.

Personally, we should require all public-sector employees, on average, to have wages and benefits that are within 3 percent of those comparable skills in the private-sector. Also, as I have pointed out before, the people over at The Heritage Foundation have a few other solutions that would address this issue:

  • Abolish the general schedule and implement performance-based pay.
  • Hire more private contractors.
  • Reduce federal benefits.
  • End dismissal restrictions.

Of course these solutions are not popular with the powerful and greedy organized labor unions. In the end, it will be a fight if we are going to be serious about tackling this problem.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Keith Olbermann’s special comments on the US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting?

Answer: He blames the Safeway Massacre on Sarah Palin, Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the Tea Party, Sharron Angle, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly.

I am sorry, but this is absolutely pathetic and irresponsible. Perhaps the folks over at MSNBC did not hand Mr. Olbermann the memo, but there has not been any absolute motive reported so far. Also, it is interesting that Mr. Olbermann forgot to include these crucial details about the shooter:

  • He shot and killed a Federal Judge that was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush.
  • His favorite books included Hilter’s Mein Kampf and Karl Marx’s Communist Maniefesto.
  • One of his former high school classmates said, “As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal.”
  • One of his favorite videos on YouTube was of a person dressed as the Grim Reaper burning the American flag.

I cannot speak for Keith Olbermann, but that sure does not sound like the typical Sarah Palin or Tea Party supporter. In all honesty, it sounds like someone that leans left of the political spectrum. Either way, the shooter – Jared Loughner – was more insane than he was anything else. I just wish Kieth Olbermann and all of the other irresponsible journalists in the liberal mainstream media would realize this.

Here’s an interesting refresher that some of these so-called journalists (Keith Olbermann, Paul Krugman, etc.) should take a look at:

The liberal mainstream media should learn a lesson from The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg:

I’ve been trying to follow the story today while balancing some other obligations. I’ve been reading the instant-reaction on Twitter and on the web and I’ve been trying to filter out the urge to vent my rage at those who immediately shoe-horned these awful crimes into their ideological prism. There have been some truly disgusting displays of opportunism out there. I will confess to having made those kinds of mistakes in the past and I try very hard to learn from those mistakes.

If I had my druthers, the news networks would ban political commentators of all stripes for the first 24 hours after these kinds of tragedies. The rush to be wrong first is just too hard for some to resist.  If anyone cares, my column on the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting captures pretty well my feelings about the day.

Anyway, I’m going to hold off commenting until we know more. My thoughts and prayers to the families of all concerned.

Until more details have been released, I just hope the so-called journalists, such as Keith Olbermann, would keep their hatred for the right locked away inside their demented minds.

Unfortunately, I am sure more garbage like this will pop up over this weekend. Oh wait… It has already started.

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