I Loath CBS News

This video below speaks to a very large reason of why I loath CBS News. As these two, so-called reporters interview Mitt Romney, their questions just drip with disdain as they attempt to goad Romney into accusing the Obama campaign of making racist remarks, which it did. Also listen to the way the info-babe misquotes Joe Biden’s remarks, quoting Biden as saying “Republicans want to unshackle Wall Street and put middle class Americans back in chains”.

What Joe Biden said was something quite different

Romney wants to let the—he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules–unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.

Also note the unflattering screen cap that anchors the video. It makes it look like Romney has been on a bender for the last several days and just woke up to do the interview.

NYT finds the Sarah Palin we’ve always known

I’m late posting about this as my schedule the last two days has been hectic. However, I can’t let it go unnoticed. Yesterday, the New York Times published a commentary by Anand Giridharadas titled “Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide”. I’m absolutely stunned that the NYT editorial board would allow this kind of commentary. I suspect there may be some nefarious intent. When trying to follow the link from two separate sources, I was asked to “subscribe” to NYT’s online content.

From the article:

Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.

That is not how we’re primed to see Ms. Palin. A pugnacious Tea Partyer? Sure. A woman of the people? Yup. A Mama Grizzly? You betcha.

But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.

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She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

In supporting her first point, about the permanent political class, she attacked both parties’ tendency to talk of spending cuts while spending more and more; to stoke public anxiety about a credit downgrade, but take a vacation anyway; to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth. She observed that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States happen to be suburbs of the nation’s capital.

Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money.

“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.”

Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words.

Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs.

Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.

You can read the rest of the article at the link above.

Hat tip: Texans for Sarah Palin

NRO reveals their bias…Updated!

Although it may be coincidental, it seems odd to me that National Review Online would post this poll on the eve of Sarah Palin’s speech at the Iowa Tea Party event:

NRO POLL
Who is the better conservative standard-bearer?

Palin 38 %

Perry 62 %

9,581 votes

I’m not suggesting that it’s not a legitimate question, I only question the timing. After all, THOUSANDS of Sarah Palin supporters and activists are on their way to Indianola, IA at this very moment. I doubt if their travel is going to put this poll in front of them as it normally would. I think the timing of this post reveals an NRO bias towards Rick Perry. What do you think?

Hat Tip: Josh Painter, Texans for Sarah Palin

UPDATE1:
After putting out an appeal on Twitter, I’m happy to report that Sarah has surged ahead of Rick Perry in this NRO poll. Current results:

NRO POLL
Who is the better conservative standard-bearer?

Palin 55 %

Perry 45 %

13,736 votes

Ah yes, the power of Palin!

UPDATE2: As of noon today, Sarah’s supporters have blown the poll away:

Monologue – Rollercoaster Ho-Hum

Here is my opening monologue from today’s The Roderic Deane Show.

The title for today’s show is “Rollercoaster Ho-Hum”. It comes from two observations I had of last week’s events. The first relates to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. I was prepared to see a gloomy Monday and predicted that the DOW would not react well to Standard and Poor’s debt downgrade from Friday after the markets closed. Man, I was right on that one as the DOW dropped almost 635 points. I can’t begin to understand what happened over the rest of the week. On Tuesday it was up 430, on Wednesday, down 520, Thursday, up 423 and on Friday it was up again, 126 points. If that ain’t the definition of a rollercoaster ride, I don’t know what is.

A Friday article by Kate Gibson from The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch had this to say:

U.S. stocks dialed back on [early] Friday gains after a [report was published that showed a] gauge of consumer confidence illustrated a sharp fall in sentiment early this month, curbing enthusiasm that came with an encouraging report on the nation’s retail sales.

The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters index of consumer sentiment dropped to 54.9 in August — the lowest in 31 years.

The preliminary figure “mostly captures the craziness of the week and certainly the week before as the survey likely ended this Wednesday,” [blah, blah, blah].

In other words, just when the markets begin to gain a little traction, some other bad news comes out and rattles the market again. But let’s take another look at that index of consumer sentiment. “The lowest in 31 years”! Let’s see, that would take us back to who’s presidency? You guessed it: Jimmy Carter. Coincidence? I think not.
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Breaking News: Jury-gate!

Sarah Palin posted a message on her Facebook page yesterday regarding rumors that she had canceled her bus tour.

*Sigh* Reports of Tour Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 6:14pm

Imagine our surprise when reading media reports today that the “One Nation Tour” has been cancelled. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Oh, wait, that’s because it hasn’t been cancelled. (Good ol’ media… you never cease to amaze!)

As I said myself at the end of the east coast leg of the tour, the summer is long, and I’m looking forward to hitting the open road again. The coming weeks are tight because civic duty calls (like most everyone else, even former governors get called up for jury duty) and I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan.

I wouldn’t think it to be such a slow news day that, what with numerous wars and serious economic woes concerning Americans, a bus is driving news stories today. The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes. In the meantime, no one should jump to conclusions – certainly not the media with their long track record of getting things wrong or just making things up.

- Sarah Palin

True to form, the lamestream media doubts her veracity. According to ABC News online:

Alaska Won’t Disclose If or When Sarah Palin Has Jury Duty
June 23, 2011 4:38 PM, by Sheila Marikar

How long can Sarah Palin claim that jury duty is keeping her from her cross-country bus tour? Indefinitely, in theory.

The state of Alaska is not required to disclose if or when Palin (or any citizen, for that matter) has been called for jury duty.

“Jury lists are confidential, regardless of who is on them,” a spokesperson for the Palmer courthouse, which presides over Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, told ABC News today.

The former Alaska governor/potential presidential candidate blasted the media Wednesday for reports that she canceled her “One Nation Tour,” which has been on a three-week-long hiatus since it left the Northeast. (Palin previously told ABC News she wanted to tour Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and beyond.)

In a Facebook post, Palin said she’s “looking forward to hitting the open road again” later this summer but, for now, “civic duty calls,” and, “even former governors get called up for jury duty.”

She added that her bus tour will resume “when the time comes” and, in the meantime, “no one should jump to conclusions” about why she’s not traveling.

I don’t know about you, but I take my civic duties seriously and have always answered the call to report for jury duty. That doesn’t mean that I want to do it, because those calls never come at a good time.

I wish I could just post a note on Facebook about having to serve jury duty and then have the lamestream media disrupt the selection process in a way that allows me to bow out, because I’m busy! I’ve always enjoyed the “lame” excuses that people give to the Judge as to why they can’t perform their civic duty. In Sarah’s case, it’s not because she doesn’t want to, it’s because the lamestream media turns everything she does into a circus. Talk about tainting the jury pool!

Palin chasers: Idiots?

Kinda reminds me of that great Wizard of Id cartoon where a guard yells at two peasants laying in the grass under a tree and in front of a sign that says “Stay off the grass!” The two peasants were pondering what they might be called as residents of the Kingdom of Id. The guard commands them to “Get off the grass, you Idiots!” In the next frame, one peasant says to the other something to the effect of “Wow, I never thought of that!”

Sarah feigns neglect, media scrambles to counter

Sarah Palin has played the lamestream media like a fiddling fool. Without so much as a hint of remorse, she has embarked on her “One Nation” tour in defiance of the lamestream media’s template. No, she won’t tell them where she’s going. No, she could care less if they follow her during her journey. And no, she won’t be badgered into announcing her candidacy for the Republican nomination until she’s damned ready.

While I’m not trying to be sexist, why do we wait for a woman to announce an assault on Obama? Doesn’t the existing field contain some men? Or maybe it just doesn’t contain “manly” men. You know, the type that actually inspires their followers into battle?

I want a fighter and, so far, I don’t see anyone besides Sarah ready to take up the charge.