April 11, 2008

MRC’s DisHonors Gala Now Up on EyeBlast TV

Filed under: General,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 9:01 am

The 2008 Media Research Center 2008 Gala, a splendid gathering that attracted about 1,000 participants, took place last night.

A complete replay, broken down into manageable segments, is here.

The “don’t miss these” items are:

  • The introduction to and speech by Tony Snow (scroll to the bottom for the vids). The only thing missing is the emotional ovation Snow received. You had to be there.
  • The Special Tribute to Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy USN (SEAL). Note the generosity of one T. Boone Pickens.

The vids are carried on EyeBlast TV, a new venture of MRC whose goal is to be the place to go for the latest in conservative and free-market video content. The video-savvy should take a close look at this very promising venture. Those who aren’t (like me) probably need to consider becoming so.

On a shameless plug note, yours truly was the first to blog at NewsBusters on one of last night’s nominees (also noted in second item at this BizzyBlog post). That would be McClatchy Newspapers’ October 2007 gem: “As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch.”

I thank the MRC for inviting me, and for their outstanding hospitality during the trip.

Passage of the Day: Among Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s ‘Ten Essential Facts about the United States’

Filed under: Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:31 am

This is from Rolling Stone’s Ben Wallace-Wells (HT No Quarter via Instapundit), in the magazine’s February 22, 2007 issue (original was paragraph-free; paragraphing added by me; links added by me; actual profanity appears in original):

The Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), the church that Barack Obama attends in Chicago, is at once vast and unprepossessing, a big structure a couple of blocks from the projects, in the long open sore of a ghetto on the city’s far South Side. The church is a leftover vision from the Sixties of what a black nationalist future might look like. There’s the testifying fervor of the black church, the Afrocentric Bible readings, even the odd dashiki.

And there is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a sprawling, profane bear of a preacher, a kind of black ministerial institution, with his own radio shows and guest preaching gigs across the country. Wright takes the pulpit here one Sunday and solemnly, sonorously declares that he will recite ten essential facts about the United States. (1) “Fact number one: We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college,” he intones. “Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!” (2)

There is thumping applause (3); Wright has a cadence and power that make Obama sound like John Kerry. Now the reverend begins to preach. “We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. (4) . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!”

The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: “And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS SH*T!” (5)

Referring to the numbered items:

  1. Would anyone be surprised if these “ten essential facts” are a regular, oft-repeated staple of Wright’s preaching, something his congregants are expected to know and accept as unquestioned truth?
  2. After, among other things, a multi-trillion-dollar, multi-decade war on poverty, how insulting and how offensive can you get? (Oops, see #4.)
  3. Yet more evidence that this was, is, and has been typical fare at TUCC.
  4. This is how insulting you can get. Speak for yourself, pal.
  5. So nice of the Rev. Wright to know what’s on God’s mind.

As I stated earlier this week, the plausibile deniability defense for the objectively unfit (second item at link) presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) is sooooo long gone. Now we’re supposed to believe that not only was Obama not at TUCC during the above Wright rant, but also that he never heard Wright’s “ten essential facts” uttered at any other time. Otherwise (of course [/sarcasm]), he would have objected and left the church. Those trying to push this line really need to stop another level of insult — to our intelligence.


UPDATE, April 15: Back in mid-March, Karl at Protein Wisdom nailed the essential issue on Obama and religion –

In short, even giving Obama the benefit of the doubt regarding his statements condemning Wright’s worst comments, Obama’s own words mark him as a follower of Black Liberation Theology or its standard Marxist version. As such, Obama’s election would mark a triumph for the Religious Left on a scale never attained by the Religious Right. Yet those who never hesitate to decry the threat of Theocons or Christianists in American politics are not only silent about this turn of events, they seem to be rooting for the election of our first Theolib orBlack Christianist president.

TILTPAT, BIDHAT4 (041108, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 8:30 am

“Things I‘d Like To Post About Today; But I Don’t Have Any Time ‘4‘”:

  • Congrats to cartoonist Michael Ramirez on his Pulitzer, and to Investors Business Daily for hiring him after the dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks Los Angeles Times dumped him in 2005.
  • Brian Fitzpatrick of the Culture and Media Institute, at Townhall yesterday (HT to an e-mailer) — “No Forgiving Charlton Heston.” The column’s recitation of Heston’s accomplishments is outstanding. There’s also this noteworthy sentence: “In 2003 actor and leftist political activist George Clooney joked about Heston’s illness [Alzheimer’s disease], and, after Heston criticized him for the remark, he retorted, ‘I don’t care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association. He deserves whatever anyone says about him.’”
  • Last night, Jake Tapper at ABC’s Political Punch Line takes down Bill Clinton’s Defense of His Wife’s Bosnia Sniper-Fire Story.” His wife is the presidential candidate I refer to as HR4C (Hillary Rodham Cackling Crying Complaining Clinton).
  • Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion has posted the text of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt’s newsletter honoring Matt Maupin.
  • NixGuy has a roundup about the mess Ohio’s Attorney General (aka Eliot Sptizer Mini-Me) Marc Dann is in. Do follow his links. The latest related stories from Columbus Dispatch and Dayton Daily News are here and here. DDN editorializes: “Mr. Dann has been attorney general for fewer than 18 months, and he’s brought more embarrassment upon himself than even his enemies could have manufactured.”

Positivity: Cancer Survivor Celebrates 90th Birthday

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Marion, Ohio:

Wednesday,  April 2, 2008 6:23 AM

Stella and Clyde Sparks of Marion County have been married over seventy years and still very much in love.

Their faith has kept them strong, even through the toughest of times.

One of which was back in 1995, when their doctor broke the news that Clyde had pancreatic cancer.

“He said take him home. We might have a year, take him home and have fun with him and let him do whatever he wanted to do because we’d be lucky to have him for that long,” says Mary Imbody, Clyde’s daughter.

But now it’s 13 years later and Clyde is celebrating his 90th birthday.

“When I feel bad I’ve got somebody to talk to, somebody I trust, somebody I know,” is how Clyde explains his lasting power.

He’s speaking about God.  He says he knows he’s a miracle, and the family’s prayers have been answered time and time again.

” I think the lord knew that I needed him,” says Stella, laughing.

They are parents of ten, grandparents of 23 and the great-grandparents of more than 40! …..

Go here for the rest of the story.