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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Jesus General on Embryonic American Rights

Here
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Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Dear Mr. Perkins,

Thanks for the email about Our Leader's love for snowflake Embryo-Americans. The timing was eerie. I received it just moments after I had read the transcript of a White House gaggle where the Minister of Truth answered questions about the same thing.

One of the things I learned from the gaggle is that there are 400,000 to 500,000 frozen Embryo Americans available for adoption. That's a heck of a lot of snowflakes. It's going to be hard to find families for them all.

I'm sure that you've already adopted a passel of them. I adopted one, but little Buford was called back to the Lord in less than a week. I didn't know that you should wait a few years before you try to play catch with them.

I think that one of the reasons people are so reticent to adopt these tiny citizens is because they're not very cute. It's hard to bond with a blob of protoplasm. We need to do something about that if we're serious about finding families for them.


Years back the Ladies Against Women used to do stand up comedy about the Rights of the Unconceived. A woman with a falsetto voice would talk about all these poor little innocent sperms being washed down shower drains, or murdered with "chemical warfare" or by being put in "little rubber concentration camps."

Thursday, May 26, 2005

White House Refuses to Go on Record on Contraception

From the White House Press Briefing:

Q There are news reports this morning that parents and children who were guests of the President, when they visited Congress, wore stickers with the wording, "I was an embryo." And my question is, since all of us were once embryos, and all of us were once part sperm and egg, is the President also opposed to contraception, which stops this union and kills both sperm and egg?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President has made his views known on these issues, and his views known --

Q You know, but what I asked, is he opposed -- he's not opposed to contraception, is he?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, and you've made your views known, as well. The President --

Q No, no, but is he opposed to contraception, Scott? Could you just tell us yes or no?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think that this question is --

Q Well, is he? Does he oppose contraception?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think the President's views are very clear when it comes to building a culture of life --

Q If they were clear, I wouldn't have asked.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- and if you want to ask those questions, that's fine. I'm just not going to dignify them with a response.


Hat Tip: Powerliberal.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Nick Coleman writes about the Bloggers at the Governor's Mansion

Here.

Mitch Berg fisks the piece.

Last Saturday, Mark Brunswick - who wrote the excellent Two Years In Iraq blog last spring - wrote about the confab at the mansion:

"Some members of the new media found out this week that they like the old idea of schmoozing with people in power."

On the one hand, a few of the bloggers present seemed...well, not so much "starstruck" as "adulatory". Pawlenty's a natural politician, and a great host; he's good at getting people to like him. It's part of the reason he's the governor.

But it struck me as a galloping overreach on Brunswick's part to assume that we, as a group, enjoyed "schmoozing with people in power". I can't speak for the likes of John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson and King Banaian, who regularly hobnob among people with clout; speaking for myself, I enjoy schmoozing with everyone, power be damned. I have no less fun talking with bikers at a dive, people in line at Rainbow or my neighbors than I did with the Governor or Dan McElroy, his chief of staff. I do a lot of it, and not because it's my job.


Westover has a piece on Bloggergate here.

Money quote:

Being a little too mainstream and still searching for that elusive blogosphere persona that drives a lot of traffic, I was not among those who attended what has become a "Bloggergate" reception for local bloggers at the Governor’s mansion. The criticism of the event reminds me of watching the Twins play -- critics had the bases loaded, and they couldn’t score.

Let’s be honest -- it was a partisan event. True enough, it was recognition of the new media; it is also true of the bloggers in attendance, most have on more than one occasion been critical of the governor on any number of policy issues. Nonetheless, this was a group predisposed to support Pawlenty. The gathering was in the tradition of wink, wink, nod, nod, thanks for the support access to power that goes on all the time on both sides of the political aisle.

And if we’re really going to be honest, the post-reception posts that appeared for the most part did provide more than a little “fawning” over T-Paw and his political potential. They were a little self-congratulatory and zealous about the power of the new media (which as unseemly as critics might have found it, I think is well-deserved if overstated).

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Craig Westover on the Blogger Party at the Governor's Mansion

Here.

Being a little too mainstream and still searching for that elusive blogosphere persona that drives a lot of traffic, I was not among those who attended what has become a "Bloggergate" reception for local bloggers at the Governor’s mansion. The criticism of the event reminds me of watching the Twins play -- critics had the bases loaded, and they couldn’t score.

Let's be honest -- it was a partisan event. True enough, it was recognition of the new media; it is also true of the bloggers in attendance, most have on more than one occasion been critical of the governor on any number of policy issues. Nonetheless, this was a group predisposed to support Pawlenty. The gathering was in the tradition of wink, wink, nod, nod, thanks for the support access to power that goes on all the time on both sides of the political aisle.

And if we're really going to be honest, the post-reception posts that appeared for the most part did provide more than a little "fawning" over T-Paw and his political potential. They were a little self-congratulatory and zealous about the power of the new media (which as unseemly as critics might have found it, I think is well-deserved if overstated).

So with a lot to shoot at, how did the critics blow it so badly?

The misnomered radio "personality" Nick Coleman stuck out by swinging wildly at the bloggers with his usual mix of ad hominem attack and homosexual innuendo. The former is always professionally embarrassing, the latter always offensive. Nick made his usual charge that blogs lack of journalistic impartiality, which is a ludicrous comment coming from someone speaking on Air America whose family has a historical and present influence in Democrat politics. Bias isn't bad, Nick -- pretending you don't have one is.

With knees jerking wildly, he assailed the obvious and missed the elements of the reception and subsequent posting that revealed two major blogosphere flaws.

First, bloggers (and I include myself here) are for the most part new to this kind of exposure to power. Aside from political partisanship in the post-reception posts, they had a "gee wiz" quality that betrayed a kind of awe that a seasoned journalist may feel, but suppresses in order to observe and convey what's going on around him. My criticism of the posts is that they didn’t provide any meaningful insights into the governor garnered by the bloggers actually being in the governor's mansion. That, not partisanship, is indicative that bloogers have a ways to go in the quest to become citizen "journalists."

Second, the post-reception posts were more than a little "inside baseball." As the blogosphere grows, more and more people are reading blogs for information, not camaraderie. Again, the posts read more like a letter to mom than an journalistic analysis of an event.


Westover seems to agree with Brunswick.

Business Groups Getting Restive with Constant Republican Pandering to Leviticus Crowd

Though Blogger Mitch "Shooting Blanks" Berg stated yesterday on behalf of the entire GOP:

And on behalf of the entire GOP, I'm having a hard time walking right now - because you just boned your party up the a**.


It appears that the Business Groups part of the Republican base thinks differently.

From the Washington Post:

John M. Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan who now heads the National Association of Manufacturers, vowed before the November elections to use his trade association's might to back President Bush's judicial nominees. But as the Senate showdown approaches, the business group is delivering a different message: Judges are not its fight.

NAM's decision to sit out the brawl may be indicative of a broader trend. From Wall Street to Main Street, the small-government, pro-business mainstay of the Republican Party appears to be growing disaffected with a party it sees as focused on social issues at its expense.

John M. Engler changed his mind about NAM joining the fight for President Bush's judicial nominees.

"I'm inclined to support the Republican Party, but the question becomes, how much other stuff do I have to put up with to maintain that identification?" asked Andrew A. Samwick, a Dartmouth College economics professor who until recently was chief economist of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.

"I don't know a single business group involved in the judicial nominees," said R. Bruce Josten, an executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "Nada, none, zip."


More Mitch:

Speaking of elections, Thorley Winston commented:

Senator DeWine (R-OH) - up for reelection in 2006
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) - up for reelection in 2006
Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) - up for reelection in 2006
Senator John Warner (R-VA) - up for reelection in 2008
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) - up for reelection in 2008
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) - up for reelection in 2008
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) - up for reelection in 2010

Turning out the three in '06 will be a good project; Snowe and Chafee will be no big loss, they vote Democrat too often anyway; they're a step shy of Jim Jeffords in the best of times.

Of course, McConnell showed himself to be the most flaccid "whip" in recent history yesterday. If he's a whip, we need to trade up to a baseball bat.


The RINOS as Mitch calls moderates need to quit kowtowing to the bullying tactics of the Leviticus Crowd and the Trash Talking NARN types. Moderates also need to consider running primary opponents against extremists like Michele Bachmann's congressional role model, Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. It looks like Senate Republican Moderates are finally growing a spine. They need to face down the bullies, and shine a light on them.

Wonders never cease.....

Swiftee actually has a post worth reading.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Compromising the Nuclear Option

What's rather odd is that the most viscious anti-gay bigot of them all, Bill Pryor will be getting an up or down vote. I'm curious what's up with that.

Note To Bill Frist: You Suck

To: Bill Frist, US Senate.
From: Mitch Berg, Schmuck Citizen and pissed-off former GOP contributor
Re: Your Infinite Cretinism

Senator Frist,

Mitch Berg here. You probably don't know who I am; I'm a typical schmuck. I write a blog, and I try to pitch in on GOP activities around Minnesota.

And on behalf of the entire GOP, I'm having a hard time walking right now - because you just boned your party up the a**.

No, not just the party; not just the assembly of suits and climbers and hangers-on that no doubt surrounds you at work every day. No, I'm talking about all of us who busted our asses overcoming a full-court media press (and continue to do so), and gave of our time and money until it hurt - hurt our wallets, our families, our relationships, our equilibrium. We gave them all with enthusiasm because we knew what was at stake; a whole generation of Supreme Court decisions.

So we gave. And you took.


As Yeti from Frozen Tundra points out, Talk Left isn't too happy either.

Americablog is defending the deal. Americablog is run by gay activist John Aravosis. Rather ironic that the most anti-gay of all the bush nominees, Bill Pryor from Alabama is getting a vote. I wonder what's up with that one.

Developing. . .

Mitch Berg Issues a Challenge

Here (scroll down to comments).

Eva,

You're becoming hysterical again. The single-occupancy bathroom schtick was what most people call a "mistake".

Referring to a bunch of people exercising their first-amendment rights as nazis, or claiming some infernal connections of which he has no evidence just to whip up his none-too-bright "fans" is a "Lie".

Howver, Eva - now you've stepped in it. Show us a "bald-faced lie" - something I've told people, outside the bounds of satire, that I wrote here with the express intent of deceiving people.

Do it now.
Posted by: mitch at May 23, 2005 06:47 AM


Barking orders huh, Mitch. A few hours later, Mitch is back at it:

Eva: Still waiting on those "bald-faced lies".
Posted by: mitch at May 23, 2005 11:26 AM


I posted a couple examples:

The "single occupancy bathroom" story would have been a simple "mistake" if you had corrected it. It's a bald faced lie, when you refuse to correct it after having the error pointed out to you.

Repeating Bachmann or her staff's lie that the number of words in her strib piece was about half of what was in Boucher's piece - a mistake, if corrected when the error pointed out. A lie, when uncorrected after having the error pointed out directly to you. You can't be expected to correct something if it's not pointed out to you directly.


Those were just off the top of my head. Now there's history then there's mitchstory.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Moderate Republican on Tony Perkins Connections to White Supremacists

A while back I pointed to a Nation Article that exposed Bachmann Amendment Rally Keynote Speaker, Tony Perkins connections with white supremacists.

From the article:

Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America's premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,000 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke.


Dennis Sanders takes it away from here.

Dennis Sanders went to the Council of Conservative Website and found:

We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called "affirmative action" and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.


Dennis comments:

Okay. I guess I won't bring up my uncle and aunt who are a mixed race marriage and their offspring.

The links page (for some reason, most of links are broken) has the web addresses of political parties in other parts of the world including two far right parties, the British National Party and the National Front Party of France. Both have been accused of racist beliefs.

Perkins has led the fight on the judges issue as well as same sex marriage all in the name of "values." I guess he forgot that tolerance and respect of other races is a value as well.

National Council on Family Relations Violates Their Own Policies for Federal $$$

Americablog has been flogging a story about the National Council on Family Relations censoring their own research, and violating their own non-discrimination policies in order to get some of the Faith Based Pork for Bush's "marriage initiative".

From Americablog:

Today is the first anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decision legalizing same-sex marriages in that state. Since then, several thousand GLBT couples have tied the knot, and they're experiencing the same stressors and events that straight married couples are experiencing, but gay couples also have issues straight couples don't -- homophobia in the workplace, ostracism at church, disapproval by other family members, and so on. Like straight couples, many of them reach out to counselors to help them through this exciting and often difficult time. These counselors often look to the latest research and findings to help new marriages find their way.

However, The National Council on Family Relations and the Administration on Children and Families don't want gay couples to get that help. They're building an online "National Healthy Marriage Clearinghouse" that specifically excludes any research on gay marriage or gay families. Oh, and by the way, they have really been honest.

When NCFR and ACF announced last September they were working together on a National Healthy Marriage Clearinghouse, Administrator Wade Horn said the administration wouldn't use the online resource as a political tool on the issue of gay marriage.



Their most recent post on the topic has gotten the attention of a number of Minnesota bloggers.

From Americablog:

NCFR is based in Minnesota. One of their partners in this anti-gay website -- their neighbor, The University of Minnesota. Of course, like their other partner Syracuse, the University of Minnesota has rules too:

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance, veteran status or sexual orientation.

U of M has a GLBT Program office that might want to be let into the loop.

Is Michael Benjamin (mbenjamin@ncfr.org , (202) 659-1190), the executive director failing to enforce his own rules, even listening? How arrogant do you have to be?


Frozen Tundra and Powerliberal have been following this one.

PowerWhining about the Strib Again

Hinderaker and Johnson aka Hindrocket and Big Trunk from Powerline aren't happy with Mark Brunswick's article about the Bloggers Meeting with the Governor.

I find this story strange in a number of respects, but I'll limit my observations to the following. It appears that Brunswick did not bother to contact anyone who attended the event other than the governor's press secretary. The quotes from others who attended the event are lifted from their sites. Brunswick also does not appear to have bothered to ascertain who attended the event. If he had, he might have found out that several bloggers who attended the event had absolutely nothing to do with us.


What a bunch of whiners! First Mitch Berg at Whine in the Dark, and now the Power Whiners are yapping away about the mean, evil, Strib not giving them unconditional positive regard again.

It seems like Brunswick did due dilligence by quoting from bloggers who reported on the event from their sites. He contacted the Governor's Office for comment and got it. It is news that Bloggers are being invited to the Governor's Mansion.

Scott Johnson states:

I wish I had thought to tip our hat to our Northern Alliance friends whose whose company we shared at the reception. While we're at it, let me add that among the non-Northern Alliance bloggers in attendance were two graduating high school seniors who deserve a story themselves -- the estimable Grant Anderson (off next fall to the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and James Hohmann (off to Stanford University). They are the proprietors of the excellent Patriot Blog.


Actually English Teach at Left in the Heartland shows the connection between Patriot Blog and John Hinderaker.

Kool Aid Report and Nihilist in Golf Pants were rather put out that they weren't invited to this. There's a poll over at the Nihilist site about why Nihilist wasn't invited. Margaret from Ourhouse comments that she and David Strom from Ourhouse blog wasn't asked to be part of this either.

Some Lloydletta readers asked whether I was invited to this event. I was not. I'm curious whether Swiftee was invited.

The anonymous blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed was invited but declined: "I was invited, but I need to keep my anonymity," s/he/it comments.

Developing. . .

Whining in the Dark

Mitch Berg has one of the Northern Alliance blogs - Shot in the Dark. He's also an organizer for the Minnesota Organization of Blogs which is an organization of far right blogs, with a moderate token, Flash at Centrisity. Lloydletta was a member of Blog for a day, before getting booted out.

Lately the Mitch has been doing alot of whining - and the Blog could more accurately be calling: Whine in the Dark.

In the past couple days, Mitch has been whining about Nick Coleman, and whining about Mark Brunswick's puff piece in the Strib on the Pawlenty meeting with Bloggers associated with Powerline.

Mitch's latest whine about Nick Coleman:

This morning's bit was sort of interesting. Over the show's out-ramp, he issued a correction for saying "Kennedy Versus the Machine" was an anonymous hatchetblog (very good, given that all three names are clearly visible on the blog), in re Thursday's comical rant about our soiree at the Governor's on Tuesday.

Then he said (paraphrasing closely) "This is the modern version of backing the bus up to the bar to get free beer to all the thugs, before they go out to beat people up".

Catch that, everyone?

To Nick Coleman of the Minneapolis Star/Tribune (never forget that), exercising your First Amendment right to free speech is the same as being a thug!

Nick Coleman is the morning drive host for Minnesota's Air Amateur America affiliate. He is a columnist for the Star/Tribune.

Is this what both of these institutions think? That speaking one's mind via one's blog is the same as being a bag man, a boyo, a thug smacking down dissenters for some ward boss?


I commented:

That's talk radio. Nick says over the top things on talk radio. So do most talk radio hosts.

This post sounds like so much whining.... Oh that Nick Coleman, he was SOOO mean....
Posted by: Eva Young at May 20, 2005 11:38 PM


That got Mitch's goat:

As usual, Eva, your perceptions are myopic and inadequate. Mean, schmean. I'm meaner, and it's irrelevant.

Point being, he's a liar. There's "over the top", and there's lying through one's teeth.

Wow, Eva - he puts you on the air a few times, and suddenly you're best pals! Hey - have you heard how he uses gay-related gigglies to dig at people who displease him? Funny how quiet you've been about that.
Posted by: mitch at May 21, 2005 01:07 AM


In response I asked:

Where was Coleman lying through his teeth? The quote you gave suggested he was using an analogy... The analogy seemed over the top - but that's the nature of talk radio.


It seems like I've struck a nerve. I've read Mitch's reports of how Nick Coleman uses gay jokes to put down his opponents.

I don't listen to Coleman regularly. I've heard him make fun of the Powerline bloggers names - Hindrocket and Big Trunk - and give me a break - those names certainly are open to redicule. I've also heard him talk about the Gannon/Guckert story. That one has the prostitution angle there.... Then you talked about Coleman talking about how Bachmann was a Lesbian Until Graduation. Since I didn't hear that one myself, I wrote Coleman to ask about that, and did not hear back from him. I did write a post on Dump Bachmann criticising him for that assuming you were correct in describing his show.

I appreciated Nick Coleman having me on his show. I've also appreciated Joyce Harley from KKMS having me on her show to debate Michele Bachmann.

I appreciated it when Jason Lewis had me on his show when he was still doing a show here in the cities.

But here's one of Mitch's strangest claims:


  • "Oh, I see how we're doing this. OK. Statistically, conservatives are better-educated, smarter, and more accomplished at their careers. And from my experience, conservative women are vastly better in bed." (Scroll down here.)