March 10, 2012

IBD on Obama and Derrick Bell: ‘What Else Are They Hiding?’ (and the Jeremiah Wright Tie-in)

From an Investor’s Business Daily editorial Friday evening (bolds are mine):

We were wrong. The media elite did in fact vet this president, but they covered up what they found. And now that citizen journalists are digging it up, they’re trying to rebury it.

Exhibit A is the controversial video of Barack Obama praising and hugging radical Harvard law professor Derrick Bell. The media knew it existed four years ago and conspired with academia to hide it to get Obama elected.

“We hid this during the 2008 campaign,” confessed Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree. PBS had it then, but cut both the audio and the hug in a report on Obama’s Harvard days. The footage served as wallpaper. Now that Breitbart.com has put the entire video online, the major media have gone into damage-control mode for Obama.

PBS claims, disingenuously, “there’s nothing new about the clip.” …

… They knew what he was about. Anybody who has read Bell’s works knows he’s militantly anti-white and anti-America. He didn’t try to hide that, unlike his fans in the media today.

Bell was too radical even for Harvard, which sacked him, but not too radical for our president, who embraced him as a 30-year-old law student. And who then went on to indoctrinate his own law students in Bell’s hate when he was a University of Chicago professor.

Obama required them to read Bell’s “Race, Racism and American Law,” which argues American law is illegitimate because it’s derived from “white power structure.”

Relevance today? Obama’s close relationship with Bell fits a pattern of radical associations that have carried over into his administration. Before dying, his old professor visited the White House at least twice, records show. And Bell’s ideas show up in Justice Department policy, where black-on-white hate crimes and black intimidation of white voters are not prosecuted.

What we have here is a conspiracy by the Obama campaign and its friends in academia and media to suppress the truth. They have a vested interest in helping Obama fool the electorate because they share his dreams of economic equality grievance group-driven wealth and privilege redistribution.

Oh, the cross-out and replacement at the end is mine, and is a more accurate characterization.

Obama’s defenses during the Jeremiah “God D*mn America” Wright saga in 2008 were:

  • “I didn’t attend those awful sermons.”
  • “I didn’t read the Trinity United Church of Christ bulletins” (even though then-New Republic journalist Ryan Lizza saw Obama feverishly taking notes during a 2007 Wright sermon, more than likely on one of the blank pages in the bulletin specifically set aside for note-taking).”
  • When the heat got too high, various attempts to “distance” himself from Wright (here), culminating with an announcement (on a Saturday evening, of course) that he was leaving TUCC (but not denouncing Wright).

Obama’s long-time relationship with Derrick Bell, from whom any attempts at “distance” are now impossible, proves that his affinity with TUCC was not merely one of political convenience (i.e., the need to be in an African-American church to foster political viability and build a reputation), but of political and social philosophy.

Awesome: March Limbaugh Letter Cover Story Opens With References to Yours Truly’s ‘State GOP Establishments Attack Their Base’ Column

Well, if this doesn’t beat all.

A NewsBusters reader advised me through LInkedIn that “I saw your work referenced in the latest Limbaugh Letter.” So I asked him to scan in the related content and forward it to me, which he graciously did.

It turns out that my correspondent was seriously sandbagging me (click here or on graphic to enlarge and open in a separate tab or window; picture is only of top half of the article’s first page):

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Rush Limbaugh used my February 3 column at PJ Media (“State GOP Establishments Attack Their Base”; Feb. 5 BizzyBlog mirror) as the basis for introducing his March 2012 two-page cover story (“It’s War”) about how, in Rush’s words, “the all-out assault on conservatives (by the GOP establishment) is the story of this primary campaign.”

Rush’s opening:

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Rush made several points germane to the presidential race which I should also mention:

… There’s been abject panic whenever a non-Romney takes the lead.

… At root, these establishment Republicans are singularly worried about what other people (i.e., liberals) are going to think of them for being in the same Party with social conservatives. It really is no more complicated than that.

… In fact, I’m convinced that if the upcoming election could be decided on social issues, the Republicans would win in a landslide — because we’re on the right side of the culture war. The Republican establishment is scared to death of it.

Near the end was the closest thing I’ve seen or heard Rush take to a direct swipe at Mitt Romney:

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It doesn’t get much clearer than that — and we still have delusional people trying to claim that Romney is a genuine conservative, and even the most conservative candidate in the race. Stop it already.

Thanks to Rush for noticing the PJ Media column; thanks to PJM for publishing it; and thanks to Matt and Mark at Weapons of Mass Discussion, BizzyBlog’s Rose, and others who have kept me informed of state-related matters in Ohio so I could expound coherently on the shenanigans of ORPINO (the Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) and its Chairman, Kevin DeWine.

Rush has met conservatism’s enemies, Kevin, and they clearly include you.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Thanks for the Memories, Peyton Manning

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Rick Reilly’s latest ESPN column:

March 8, 2012, 1:48 PM ET

Thank you, Peyton Manning.

This might be the beginning of something better. Might be the end of everything good. But before we slog into what happens next, where you’ll go, what you’ll do, we owe you a thank you for what you’ve done and who you’ve been.

So thank you, Peyton Manning, for never showing up in the VIP section of Cheerleaders, overserved and under-mannered.

Thank you for never ending up on Court TV, or Page Six or with parts of somebody’s nose on your knuckles.

It was trendy to make fun of your “Yes, sirs” and “No, sirs” and your 1950s haircut but many of us secretly admired it.

You played a violent game and yet somehow held on to that southern gentility. In the middle of the worst time of your life, you took the time to write a hand-written note of sympathy last week to Fox’s Chris Myers upon the death of his son.

Thank you for watching more film than Martin Scorsese. Thank you for always being the last one to go home at night, for knowing more about what defenses were going to do than some of the players on those defenses themselves.

You came to a nowhere franchise and made it Somewhere. Greatness poured out of your fingers because you put in the hours and the study and the pain to let it. Two Super Bowls, four NFL MVPs, 11 Pro Bowls, 11 playoff seasons and more records than a used CD store.

That Super Bowl win was classic you. Every day that whole week, you made your center, Jeff Saturday, spend an extra 15 minutes snapping you balls you’d soaked in a bucket of water. “It might rain,” you said. So when it did, and Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman looked like he was throwing greased watermelons, you looked like you were throwing rocks.

Fourteen years in the league and the worst we can say about you is that you made a lot of castor-oil faces and your helmet left funny marks and one time you laid into your “idiot kicker.” Fourteen years and you didn’t sext anything, wreck anything or deck anybody.

You were a 10,000-watt bulb in a small city, and yet you never seemed to tire of it. If you did, you rarely showed it. There’s a fan website — peytonmanning18.com/encounters.html — where everyday people tell how you were with them. It’s hard to find a rotten one.

“Peyton was so nice and down to earth,” one wrote. “He was just as polite and nice as I’ve always heard,” wrote another. “He was getting ready to leave and wanted to take a picture with me and thank me for driving his golf cart,” said a third. It’s a lousy site if you’re a cynic.

I have no idea how much time and money you have to give to a hospital to have it renamed in your honor, but they did that for you in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Says a lot. …