September 6, 2008

Palin Punditry and Prose You Won’t See in the Papers or on the TV News

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:31 am

PalinSpeaking0908.jpgFirst, Bill Whittle at National Review Online.

That will be followed by observations of commenter “Tom W” (not yours truly) at Pajamas Media.

If they indeed reflect what is happening on the ground, you won’t hear about it from the Associated Press, or read it in the New York Times, or see it on the Big Three Networks news or cable shows — which is why it’s so necessary to post items like this here. In fact, it’s fair to say that if you were going to see commentary and commenting such as that which follows, it would have occurred already.

Here’s just a taste (HT NixGuy) of what Whittle, whose columns are always read-the-whole thingers, had to say:

I’ve seen post after post on Hillary forums about how much they love Sarah, how they are energized and lifted out of depression by her (and the sight of an actual Roll Call made some of them weep). They gush about how she reminds them of their hero, how tough and savvy and unafraid she is. And I have seen these women, hard-core, feminist Democrats for 30 years and more, sit in slack-jawed amazement at Palin and at how fiercely Republicans — Republicans! — are defending her, backing her, and cheering her to the rafters. These Clinton supporters say they don’t know what to think any more: The Republicans are behaving like Democrats and the Democrats are behaving like Republicans!

If you think that’s an insult, you’ve got it exactly backwards. That is not only a huge compliment from these abandoned, centrist Democrats who bemoan the loss of their party to the radicals, it is an early rumbling of a tectonic shift in American politics which we are only dimly beginning to grasp. Who are the real feminists? A significant portion of our former hard-core opposition is now rethinking in a fundamental way who it is that actually does what their former allies only talk about.

Expect the PC Police and their media allies to exert maximum effort in the coming eight weeks to put a lid on this. Good luck.

Now, here’s Tom W’s comment (fourth one down at Michael Weiss’s Pajamas Media post):

The PUMAs are starting to love Palin because every single adult woman has stories of being patronized, passed over, etc., by men, and Palin has already shown that she will gut anybody who tries that on her.

Get this: I’ve now heard dozens of times that when Palin was trashing Obama, PUMA members say they were jumping up and down in their homes, screaming at the TV, in absolute flabbergasted wonder at this woman’s power, ease, style, grace, brains, and ability to speak and connect with the audience. Mostly, though, they love her mad assassin’s skillz.

American women will not let this candidate go. They love her deeply, not as a goddess, but as a sister, and they are slowly absorbing the fact that it took the REPUBLICANS to put a woman on the ticket. We may see many radical feminists become Republicans, I kid you not. One PUMA went to McCain’s speech last night, and she started sobbing because McCain was so humble and emotional, and the people around her were so nice, patriotic, and happy. She’s used to ugly, angry, smelly leftists.

And this is a vital point to remember: McCain honored all women by choosing an exceptional woman who outshines him. He is so much of a man, so comfortable and secure with his masculinity, that he is entirely unthreatened by the fact that he has chosen the person who will eventually eclipse him. If he had chosen a nonentity, they’d be enraged at the pandering, but by choosing someone more impressive than he is and making clear that she will be an activist veep, he showed all women that he’s sincere.

From what I hear from the PUMAs, they’re going to fight to the death to elect McCain, in gratitude for him choosing such a formidable, accomplished, skilled predator with a record of leaving sexist men huddled on the floor in tears. Nobody’s ever seen anything like Palin. She makes Hillary and Boxer and all the other Beltway insiders look like bizarre life-sized wind-up toys that say and do the same thing over and over for years, without actually accomplishing anything.

Several feminists are now predicting a McCain-Palin landslide.

Here’s hoping.

Wow. No wonder, as noted yesterday by NewsBusters colleague Noel Sheppard, Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey won’t book Palin.

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‘Jobs Americans Won’t Do’ Meme Takes Another Hit in Mississippi

LaurelMSjobApplicants0908This story didn’t get the attention it ordinarily might have because it occurred during the Democratic Party’s convention.

On Monday, August 25, “the largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history” took place in Laurel, Mississippi. 595 workers suspected of being in the country illegally were detained.

Traditional media coverage, including this Associated Press item carried in USA Today, was predictably sympathetic towards those who were detained and their families.

But, as yours truly noted was the case with the Swift Co. raids in the spring of 2007 (posted at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), there was even less national media interest in what happened after that.

The Clarion, Mississippi’s statewide newspaper, is the only outlet I found that considered the following worthy of publication as a standalone story:

Applicants line up to fill jobs open after plant raid

Howard Industries found itself at the center of activity again Tuesday.

Hundreds of job applicants lined up, eager to take advantage of the sudden job openings at the plant located in Jones County, where the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent.

ICE agents on Monday seized 595 plant workers suspected of being in the country illegally. Several workers, who did not identify themselves, said Tuesday they were working and trying to keep the plant operational in the wake of the sudden loss of co-workers.

They said it was common knowledge many of their co-workers were suspected to be illegal.

It’s an idea that maddens Samantha Stevens, 18, of Heidelberg, who was among those who pulled up to Avenue A across from the plant’s entrance throughout the day. She said she has been unable to find a job since she graduated from Heidelberg High School in the spring and blames, in part, the willingness of companies to hire illegal workers.

“We were here first. It’s not fair for them to have a job,” she explained.

Others welcomed the vacancies left by the detained workers.

Gwendolyn Watkins, 40, of Stonewall said she drove 40 miles to Laurel to fill out an application with the electronics maker.

Imagine that.

You also can’t help but notice that many, if not most, of the new applicants pictured above are African-Americans. How is it that self-appointed African-American leaders are expending more energy these days on “protecting” illegals instead of focusing on African-American citizens’ well-being?

Other downplayed elements relating to what happened in Laurel included the reactions of many workers as the raids were raking place, and what initiated the plant investigation. In the middle of an oh-so-typical follow-up sob story (“Fear grips immigrants after Miss. plant raid”) on August 27, the AP did manage squeeze answers to those items into the eighth paragraph:

One worker caught in Monday’s sweep at the plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.

Amy Beeman at All Headline News reported that “with union workers and immigrant workers butting heads, someone tipped off the authorities, causing the investigation that began three years ago.”

Further, a different AP report by Holbrooke Mohr reported that it wasn’t only rank and file union workers who were upset:

Union bosses in this region of rural Mississippi have long grumbled that the largest factories here hire illegal immigrants, and that the immigrants were starting to get more overtime and supervisory positions.

….. In interviews with The Associated Press, both union members and immigrants spoke of a simmering tension. At least one immigrant said scare tactics were used to pressure people to join the union.

Union members said they resented immigrants, who were often allowed to work as much as 40 hours of overtime a week when other workers were discouraged from doing so. All declined to give their names, saying they feared for their jobs.

You get the idea that Mohr might not like reporting this story in the first sentence above. When’s the last time that the national press referred to “union bosses”?

….. Robert Shaffer, head of the Mississippi AFL-CIO, said Wednesday that members have long complained that companies in southern Mississippi hire illegal immigrants.

“Jackson, Hattiesburg, Laurel and all areas along the coast, it’s a little Mexico,” Shaffer said. “I’m not against people trying to make living. I have a compassion for those folks. But at the same time, the taxpayers of Mississippi shouldn’t be subsidizing a plant that won’t even hire their own workers.”

In 2002, Mississippi lawmakers approved a $31.5 million, taxpayer-backed incentive plan for Howard Industries to expand. The company, with 4,000 workers, is the largest employer in Jones County, which includes Laurel.

Mohr finally did get around to telling us that applicants were lining up to fill the newly available job openings in the 20th paragraph. Then, incredibly, he followed it with a quote from an economics professor who said that Mississippi, whose unemployment rate is over 8%, has a “labor shortage.”

More importantly, Mohr didn’t challenge the AFL-CIO’s Shaffer on the fact that he and his fellow Magnolia State union member have a take on immigration that is diametrically opposed to that of the national AFL-CIO — which, if you have somehow missed it, almost exclusively supports Democratic Party candidates and causes.

The national organization, among other things, sponsored an “Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride” in 2003 to highlight the supposed lack of “justice for all.” If you go through the photo montage at the link, you’ll get to one where workers are holding up signs that say, “Legalize, Don’t Criminalize.” If anything, the organization’s virtual-amnesty stance has grown stronger.

Mr. Shaffer and the Laurel plant’s union would clearly beg to differ.

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Positivity: Missing girl is found safe and sound

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:45 am

From Salem Township, Maine:

A 9-year-old Winslow girl lost overnight Saturday in the dense woods of Mt. Abram was found, alive and unharmed early Sunday afternoon, according to Maine Warden Service officials.

Leah Cuetara, described by her aunt, Ann Doughty, as “a little ballerina,” was found shortly before 2 p.m., more than 24 hours after she was last seen walking along an all-terrain vehicle trail near a family residence on Fish Hatchery Road.

Lt. Pat Dorian, with the Maine Warden Service, said Leah walked down a trail she had been on before with adults to go to a nearby stream. When she tried to return, she became disoriented and was headed south along Quick Brook, he said.

The girl was located by Jim Roberts and a passenger who were riding an all-terrain vehicle near a trail about two miles from the location where the child was last seen.

The couple was talking to her when another ATV rider, Jason Pinkham of Salem, came upon them and brought the child to the command post at Mt. Abram High School, about five road miles from where she was found, he said.

Leah was evaluated by medical personnel at the command post and returned to her family, Dorian said.

“‘Other than her hands being scratched up, she was walking on her own,’” Stephan Mitman of Franklin Search and Rescue, read from team member Shelby Rousseau’s report.

The daughter of Joshua and Christina Cuetara on Garand Street, Winslow, Leah had gone to a family reunion with her grandmother, according to relatives.

The ending was a happy one for the hundreds of family members, volunteers and wardens who turned out in droves at the command center set up at Mt. Abram High School on Saturday night and Sunday.

On Sunday, the school parking lot and nearby Route 142 were packed with cars, trucks and vans loaded with people who wanted to help.

People from all walks of life and from as far away as Portland turned out to volunteer, either to search or assist.

There were volunteers with all-terrain vehicles, horses and search dogs, people weighted down with knapsacks willing to walk on foot and people with a smile and a box full of sandwiches and an armload of water, willing to serve.

They said they would do whatever it took to hunt for the petite blonde, green-eyed girl whose face was posted on the bulletin boards.

Game wardens assembled a calm and methodical search, looking first with quick searches on the roads and then assembling volunteers for shoulder-to-shoulder grid searches of the hilly terrain.

Leah had last been seen at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, walking away from a family reunion she had attended with her grandmother, according to information from Col. Joel Wilkinson, chief of the Maine Warden Service, and Doughty, the girl’s aunt.

By 1 p.m. Sunday, nerves were getting strained. It was reaching the 24-hour mark and there was no comforting news. Doughty said she had been out to the search scene, but had to return. “It was so wooded; I was emotionally overwhelmed. It was too frightening,” Doughty said. She said was out of character for Leah to go off on her own, that she rarely goes anywhere without adult supervision.

“Leah is a meek, shy ballerina. She does tap and jazz with Miss Heather (dance studio), attends Winslow Elementary. She used to go to Bradley’s (dance school) in Skowhegan. ”

Sue Dibiase, Leah’s maternal grandmother from Canaan, looked frayed, saying family members had been keeping vigil all night, but she had not lost faith.

“They found tracks. I’m confident,” Dibiase said. “Patience is so important.”

Leah’s father, Joshua Cuetara, voice choked with tears, tried to describe his concern.

“I can’t talk about how I feel, it just can’t. I tried to do a TV interview and couldn’t,” Cuetara said a couple hours before his daughter was found. A reserve Clinton police officer, firefighter since 1990, leader in emergency services for the Maine Wing Civil Air Patrol and a worker in emergency services for 18 years, Cuetara said his training had prepared him. What he left unsaid was what he was prepared for. Luckily he didn’t have to find out. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.