June 8, 2012

AP Panic Is Evident Over Obama’s ‘Private Sector Is Just Fine’ Comment, Non-Walkback

Today at a press conference, President Barack Obama said that “we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government …”

Later, in a cleanup attempt, in what the press is claiming is a walkback, Obama really didn’t walk it back: “Listen, it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine. That’s the reason I had the press conference. … what I’ve been saying consistently over the last year, we’ve actually seen some good momentum in the private sector. We’ve seen 4.3 million jobs created — 800,000 this year alone — record corporate profits. And so that has not been the biggest drag on the economy.” He never pulled back from saying that “the private sector is doing fine.” The abject panic at the Associated Press is evident in tonight’s report by Ken Thomas and Philip Elliott (HT to a NewsBusters tipster; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Who Will Protect the Freedom to Blog? (Going Dark Today in Solidarity)

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:57 am

FreeSpeechTargetedKimberlin2012Michelle Malkin’s column today runs down the Brett Kimberlin-tied campaign of intimidation against those who are exercising their First Amendment rights as online journalists, analysts, and bloggers:

Investigative journalist/researcher Mandy Nagy, who blogs at the late Andrew Breitbart’s Internet media powerhouse Breitbart.com, dared to chronicle Kimberlin’s lucrative business and political ventures over the past two years. Kimberlin has a large hand in two well-funded outfits, Velvet Revolutionand the Justice Through Music Project, that have received funding from the likes of George Soros’s Tides Foundation and left-wing activist/singer Barbra Streisand. The charitable groups have viciously attacked prominent conservative individuals and groups, including Breitbart, investigative journalist James O’Keefe, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Nagy has been hounded relentlessly online and falsely accused of wild criminal conspiracies by Kimberlin associates for blowing the whistle on his shady online network.

After providing brief pro bono legal services to a liberal blogger who refused to whitewash Kimberlin’s past, conservative blogger and lawyer Aaron Walker lost his job. His employer was terrified by the thought of Kimberlin bombing his office and also fired Walker’s wife, who had worked for the same firm. Walker is embroiled in Kafkaesque, free speech-squelching litigation with serial lawsuit filer Kimberlin in Maryland. Last week, an inept judge who admitted abject ignorance about the Internet – and appalling apathy toward key, free-speech Supreme Court cases — essentially gagged Walker from exercising his First Amendment rights and blogging about Kimberlin. (AUDIO at Lee Strahanan’s. Transcripts at Patterico’s.) Kimberlin pulled off a snow job in court, bizarrely claiming that an independent online effort to support Walker and expose Kimberlin’s past amounted to a criminal terror campaign against him. Renowned constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA is providing pro bono help to appeal the order against Walker.

National Bloggers Club President Ali Akbar was targeted for spearheading charity efforts for Kimberlin targets; stalkers publicized his mother’s home, and Texas authorities are now investigating. Another conservative blogger who had the audacity to report on Walker’s plight, Robert Stacy McCain, was forced tomove out of his home last month after Kimberlin phoned his wife’s employer and intimidated his family.

Never in the eight years that I have worked as an independent blogger have I seen such a concerted threat to the fundamental right of citizen journalists to speak their minds freely and without fear of bodily harm. As former Justice Department official Christian Adams points out, it is a federal violation of 18 U.S.C. §241 to conspire to deprive someone of his “free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States.”

Members of Congress swore an oath to uphold the Constitution — all of it. Who means it?

Malkin and other bloggers, including Ace, has orchestrated a day of “Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?”

I will support it, for reasons which may become clearer when I make a too long-delayed announcement next week. Accordingly, this will be my last BizzyBlog post today until very late Friday evening.

The past two weeks have made it clear that center-right bloggers and their advocates are almost all alone on this. The establishment press won’t start caring until enough legislators speak out (and even that might not be enough), and left-oriented supposed guardians of basic freedoms like the ACLU are, as far as I can tell, totally AWOL.

Michelle’s list of who to contact:

GOP House Speaker John Boehner
Online contact form
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117
Twitter

GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Web form
Phone: (202) 225-2815
Fax: (202) 225-0011
Twitter

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Web form
Phone: (202) 225-4965
Twitter

GOP Rep. Frank Wolf (Va.) – Ask him to investigate Kimberlin-related charities.
Phone: (202) 225-5136
Fax: (202) 225-0437
Twitter

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa
Web form
Phone: 202-225-3906
Fax: 202-225-3303
Twitter

US Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555
Email AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Twitter

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ALSO, from Patterico — “Again, I will say: there are mainstream media journalists who are scared to write about this story. I do not say this lightly. I have been told this is the case.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060812)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:40 am

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

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Positivity: Army specialist proposes in Busch Stadium in front of thousands

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 7:30 am

From St. Louis (video at link):

8:28 PM, May 26, 2012

A happy couple is celebrating their engagement and they have the well wishes of thousands of baseball fans.

A soldier made a very public proposal at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

It was a night to remember for 20 year old Shelby Fetsch of Overland. After nearly six months apart, the couple reunited at Busch Stadium at the annual game called “This One’s For You” dedicated to recognizing the sacrifices troops make for us.

“I was freaking out when I saw him. I was like there’s no way that’s him,” said Fetsch. That’s because 22 year old Specialist William Johanson came home on a two week leave ahead of schedule.

The surprise didn’t end there.

“I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you,” said Johanson as he got down on one knee and proposed to Shelby.

“I was in complete shock that he would do that in front of 43,375 people,” said Shelby.

“I wanted to do something that people don’t do all the time. I wanted to do something that it would be hard to top and she’s an amazing girl to get to do it for. The Cardinals, I knew she was a huge fan in my mind I was thinking if I did this here I knew every time we watched a game or went to a game I would be like ‘ya I proposed to you there,’” said Johanson.

Shelby said yes and the crowd at Busch Stadium went wild.

“I didn’t think it was going to be on the field, live TV in front of everybody. I thought maybe it was going to be in the stands. But since it happened the way it did it was more than I could have even planned or imagined,” said Johanson.

“He did it big and it will be the most memorable moment of my life,” said Shelby.

Shelby and William met through a mutual friend a year and a half ago. They were first friends and have been dating for six months, most of the time the two were apart. They say it was difficult but, they wrote many emails and spoke via Skype.

Johanson flies back to Afghanistan in two weeks. They say the wedding will probably be sometime next summer. The couple will be planning it together when Johanson gets back from deployment in 6 months. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Psst, Don’t Tell Anyone: ‘Wave’ of Dems Leaving the Party ‘Over Marriage, Religious Freedom Concerns’

The Catholic News Agency’s Michelle Bauman reports that there has been a “wave” of recent defections and departures from the Democratic Party that could be as many as several hundred. The establishment press is clearly being remiss in failing to note them at all — something which would not be occurring if it involved Republicans going to the party of the left.

The reasons for the moves primarily relate to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex “marriage” and the assault on religious freedoms inherent in his administration’s requirement that employers who offer health insurance plans, in Bauman’s words, “cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences.” Excerpts from her report follow the jump, including a notable quote from Artur Davis, the former four-term Democratic congressman who announced to very little press coverage in late May that if he runs again for public office, it will be as a Republican:

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