Kudos to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On the front of today’s Currents, the editorial section, it carried a fine summation of the ACORN scandal written by Kevin Ferris, with the added bonus of an excellent report by Frank Wilson of Bruce Bawer’s book, Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom, which points out the strange lengths the media, art and educational
establishments go toward appeasing radical Islam. Wilson noted, for
instance, that a survey showing that 20 percent of US Muslims aren’t really opposed to suicide bombing was portrayed in papers such as USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor as being a positive thing.
Wilson took pride, rightfully, in pointing out the Inquirer ran one of the controversial Danish cartoon depictions of Mohammad that created a stir in 2006.
He appears incorrect, at least as per Wikipedia, with regard to the Inky being the only daily to do so. However, it is true that the vast majority of the old media — broadcast as well as print — chose to run and hide.
So kudos to the Inquirer.
Better Late Than Never Regarding Acorn
Pa. State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) represents an area served by the Delaware County Daily Times. On Thursday, Barrar attempted to make it illegal for tax money to go to partisan groups. The action was aimed at ACORN albeit one’s mind is boggled that it should be even the case that groups that take sides in an election can even receive Pennsylvania tax dollars.
The attempt was shut down on partisan lines with the Democrats in the State House voting unanimously against it.
Yet not a peep in the Daily Times about it either yesterday or today. And they don’t even have the excuse of needing space to cover the death of a Phillies announcer or an ”80s pop star.
Barrar on July 30 attempted to get a resolution passed requesting the state Attorney General to investigate ACORN. The motion was sent to the State Government Committee where it disappeared. The committee is chaired by Philadelphia Babette Josephs (D-182). She is reportedly a member of ACORN. The silence in the Philadelphia Inquirer is deafening.
The Inky did carry today on page B2 a sweet and sympathetic story about how Philadelphia ACORN — which spends about $400,000 per year — will be unaffected by the federal cuts.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, today, moved the ACORN scandal up to page 3, and the story was rather lengthy, albeit granted it was wire copy from AP.
And of course the geist of it was how ACORN was shocked — shocked I say — at the events depicted in the videos taken at four of its offices in important urban areas and was going to have an “independent” investigation.
The story didn’t mention that the group initially threatened to sue filmmakers James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for the sting and Fox News for airing it, nor did it point out that the Senate voted 83-7 to defund the group, nor did it point out that Pennsylvania’s own Little Bobby Casey was among the seven dissenters.
Shocked, I say, I’m shocked that the story doesn’t mention those things.
The story did, however, try to imply the complaints were partisan by unhip Republicans despite the Senate being controlled by Democrats and the vote to defund being strongly bipartisan — Little Bobby Casey excepted of course.
The Delaware County Daily Times ran the same piece of AP damage control although they put in on page 19 and cut it a little shorter.
Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer referenced the ACORN scandal.
It was in a three-paragraph story on page 16 regarding Sen Mike Johanns demand for an investigation.
Inquirer Mentions Acorn Scandal
Nothing in today’s Delaware County Daily Times or Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the ACORN scandal despite yesterday’s 83-7 vote in the U.S. Senate to defund it — It has gotten at least $53 million since 1994 and Obama’s stimulus package made them eligible for billions — despite the fact that Pennsylvania’s own Bob Casey was among the seven dissenters.
Why The Dinosaur Media Is Dying
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Inquirer for at least putting Saturday’s National Tea Party in Washington on the front page of its Sunday edition. Granted the headline was a bit small and downplayed the magnitude of the event. The British press, for instance, has estimated the crowd size at 2 million, and other sources have estimated at over 1 million.
Here, however, are some stories I missed in the publication:
1. Democratic Party farm-team ACORN giving advice to a “pimp” and “prostitute” in Baltimore about how to launder money and avoid paying taxes. They recommended they declare child prostitutes from El Salvador as dependents. Seriously. Can’t blame the Inky too much for missing the second sting reported today.
ACORN is bragging that its Philadelphia office didn’t fall for it. ACORN gets millions in federal tax dollars.
Today’s editorial in the Delaware County Daily Times was an expression of perplexion and strange outrage at the many parents concerned that President Obama’s Sept. 8 address to the nation’s 7th through 12 graders is going to be more of an exercise in building a Third-World type personality cult rather than an inspiration for youngsters to learn.
Here are some questions the Department of Education is suggesting teachers ask their students as a classroom activity with regard to the speech.
Why does President Obama want to speak with us today?
How will he inspire us?
How will he challenge us?
What might he say?
Do you remember any other historic moments when the president spoke to the
What was the impact?
Seems pretty Obama-centric. What happened to the stuff about “question authority”? It seems to have fallen out of fashion.
The theme for the “last Kennedy brother” as some have called Obama, is ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for Obama.
Only a Maoist wouldn’t find it creepy.
And with regard to the Inky, kudos to Kevin Ferris for his column today regarding the Obama administration strange dismissal of civil rights complaints against members of the New Black Panther Party for actions taken last Election Day at a polling place at 1221 Fairmount St., Philadelphia.
Samir Shabazz, and Jerry Jackson dressed in paramilitary style uniforms and made racially disparaging comments and threats at voters while brandishing night sticks.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. dismissed the complaints filed by the victims last May and won’t say why. Ferris is asking as should all who love democracy.
His column can be found: www.philly.com/philly/columnists/20090830_Back_Channels_.html
For a video of the incident see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU
Kevin Ferris Asks Why Obama Ignores Voter Intimidation
Jeff Gammage had a very interesting story in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer as to what former State Sen. Vince Fumo can look forward to as he serves his 55-month sentence at a federal facility in Kentucky. He neglected to mention Fumo’s party, a simple oversight I’m sure.
Fumo, of course, is a Democrat. Perhaps Gammage felt that mentioning the 55-month prison sentence made it redundant to refer to the political party.
The story can be found at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20090830_No_place_for_titans_.html?page=1&c=y
During the first eight years of the millennium, a large segment of the the American public bought the line spoon fed to them by the propagandists who work at the networks and major newspapers that as a young man George W. Bush avoided combat in Vietnam by using family connections to join the National Guard.
Well, as it turns out, Dubya not only picked one of the few Guard units whose members were seeing combat but he actually volunteered for it himself.
While supporters had heard and accepted reports of this, in a bit of serious irony Dan Rather’s lawsuit — Captain Dan is suing CBS for $70 million claiming he wasn’t able to defend his story alleging special treatment for Dubya because, don’t laugh, CBS executives wanted to curry favor with the President — has conclusively established the fact to all but the most psychotic anti-Republicans.
Newsman Bernard Goldberg has reported that on page 130 of the report created by a panel of outsiders CBS assembled to get sort out Rathergate, it was noted that Rather co-conspirator Mary Mapes had information prior to the airing of the Sept. 8 2004 segment that President Bush, while in the Texas Air National Guard volunteered for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots. For example, a flight instructor who served in theTexANG with Lt. Bush told Mapes in 1999 that Bush“did want to go to Vietnam but others went first.” Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before Sept. 8,that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not haveenough flight hours to qualify.
Bush Volunteered For Vietnam