From Politico: Does the press vet candidates?

    Here, Politico asks if the press really vets candidates. Here’s the link. The answer, to me, is yes. Edwards WAS vetted. The new books and articles coming out make that apparent — people knew what was going (See: The National Enquirer). The press just chose not to inform people. The problem isn’t that there is no vetting going on, it’s that the press is grossly | Read More »

    Campaign Financing Law

    I’ve been thinking about the campaign finance ruling that came out. On the one hand, I agree with it in some ways, and in other ways I understand what was trying to be done. Disclosure seems like a happy compromise between what we had, which was not good, and what we may have — if the slope is slid down. But one guy who I | Read More »

    Good Morning Radio News

    I’ve heard a lot of people saying that this week might be hard to top, what with Scott Brown winning and Air America losing. But, I woke up this morning to the radio going off to some news. The radio here in Virginia is reporting, and I’ll paraphrase, that Guantanamo Bay has not been closed in a year, that there are 200 some detainees left, | Read More »

    Two Quick Things: CNN and Why Does the Arena Allow Trolls?

    1. My response to the Susan Roesgen thing to CNN: Dear CNN, I recently was shown the Susan Roesgen clip. I want to know if it is the position of the Network that the tea party protests were anti-government and anti-CNN. Also, I would like to know whether or not Roesgen is going to be reprimanded or fired given her clear violation of journalistic ethics. | Read More »

    DHS Report, Analysis

    There are some problems with the facts in the Right Wing Extremism report. I want to highlight them. —- (1) “A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief | Read More »

    Clear Example of Bias

    Let’s take Politico; I normally don’t see it terribly slanted. Then, we get a story like this: “Ex-Jailbird Ney Gets Radio Show.” Read it over. I suppose Ney’s only at fault because, unlike a Kennedy or an Ayers, he didn’t kill anyone when he went to jail — or, well, I guess… didn’t? I find it fascinating we can get a list of folks who | Read More »

    The United States Is Not At War With Islam

    When I heard this statement from President Obama, I thought: “Well, yes. I know that. You know that. Everyone I’ve talked to knows that. President Bush knew that.” So, what’s up with repeating it? It’s pretty clear to me now though. The idea is that by saying we are not at war with Islam, that at one point — we were. It’s more of Obama’s | Read More »

    I Was At Bob McDonnel’s (VA) Governor Candidacy Announcement

    I was there today. And I was rather impressed, to be honest. Granted, the only reason I was there was because I stumbled across it in the Annandale fire house on my way to the Post Office, but hey — I was there. I liked him a lot more than I liked his Lt. Governor. Which, I imagine, is why he’s on the top of | Read More »

    CT Working Families

    All this hullabalu about the failure of the AIG house protests had me thinking. Maybe CT Working Families’ problem is that they just were targeting the public’s rage at the wrong people? In keeping with this thought, I decided to contact them and give them a suggestion that might yield a more successful protest. So, I decided to fire off a quick suggestion. — Dear | Read More »

    Senator Jim Webb’s Response

    This is Senator Jim Webb’s Response to my request to not vote for the Economic Stimulus Bill: — Dear Mr. Sablan: Thank you for contacting my office regarding the ongoing economic crisis and the federal government’s response.  I appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns with me. The United States is facing an economic crisis that is causing American families to fall behind.  | Read More »