Tag: Michael Moore

The Left Wing’s Anti-Left Conspiracy

First Michael Moore and now Naomi Wolf are speculating that the recent crack-downs on OWS were … are you sitting down? … coordinated by Obama. Citing a single unnamed source (actually, citing the same source twice through two different bloggers, so that she can claim confirmation), she alleges that DHS has coordinated the crackdowns. The sinister right-wing Obama Administration did this because OWS was threatening politicians’ ability to make money from campaign donations.

So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.

Wait a minute. Only one side is choosing violence? What about those who tried to disrupt a conference held by the eevil Koch brothers? Or those who turned on food vendors when they stopped giving them free stuff? Or the allegations of rape and sexual assault? That’s just what I remember off the top of my head. That’s not to mention the tradition that OWS has inherited from previous violence in Seattle.

Now the government’s response has been more organized. And while I think some of it has gone too far, organized violence is the government’s job. Leftists like are Wolf are wont to forget this. They forget that the healthcare mandates and taxes and regulations that they so love are, ultimately, enforced by the threat of violence.

And this is the first threat against the Congressional money train? Give me a break. The entire Iraq War protest was centered around “no blood for oil”, the idea that Congress and the President were invading Iraq for huge oil company profits. The last time the “get money out of politics” crowd go their way, we got McCain-Feingold. It was passed without violence and it was completely effective in decreasing the power of special interests to … stop that laughing back there. The protesters do want to overturn Citizens United and eliminate corporate personhood (even though, as Bainbridge points out, corporate personhood is a good thing if you believe in regulation). But the likelihood of that happening is pretty close to zero.

Further deconstruction of Wolf’s idiocy can be found here and here. The most that can be said is that the small number of cities had crackdowns after asking the protesters to leave multiple times and these crackdowns may have involved some consultations with experts, including maybe some at DHS. That’s about it. The evidence of a national coordinated campaign simply does not exist.

Look, I’ve said multiple times I’m somewhat sympathetic to OWS. But let’s be honest. They are not complaining, as Wolf speculates, about some obscure provision affecting corporations in Delaware. The most common hue and cry is for a bailout of their student debt. I’m sure what few private interests remain in the student loan market would love for the government to pay off loans in full.

And I drew fire last week for objecting to some of the violent tactics used by police. But how desperate to you have to be to believe that this was the idea of Barack Obama and a bunch of liberal Democrat mayors?

Of course, a complete lack of either evidence or logic has never been a problem for Wolf (or Moore, for that matter). It’s usually just proof that we need to dig deeper!

Georgia On My Mind

Boy, do I feel silly. It could be that because I am not one of the 200 or so regular viewers of the new Current TV network, new home of Keith Olbermann (Counting down to an audience of zero)I figured Michael Moore had either eaten himself to death months ago, that, or was in Cuba (home of the world’s greatest health care system) having another of his monthly rounds of liposuction surgery. So I was a bit surprised to find out that he is still around and kicking (well, waddling) and as ornery as ever. Here is his latest pathetic ploy in grasping at relevancy:

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore is calling for an economic boycott of Georgia over this week’s execution of Troy Anthony Davis.

“I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, [and] to never do business in Georgia,” Moore said on his website this week.

The Academy-Award winning filmmaker and best-selling author also called on his publisher to pull his memoir, “Here Comes Trouble,” from every Georgia bookstore.

If Grand Central Publishing doesn’t pull the 427-page book, Moore said he will “donate every dime of every royalty my book makes in Georgia to help defeat the racists and killers who run that state.”

Putting his Twinkie money where is mouth is, that is quite a commitment. Ya know, as a self described “man of the people” he should certainly know that boycotting the state would put a lot of folks out of work, or has he not connected dot A to dot E? And him being as influential as he is, able to rally the commoners to his cause with one speech, I imagine those poor Georgians are shaking in their boots.

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, found the filmmaker’s rant amusing.

“We think it’s cute that he thinks anyone in Georgia would buy his book, but if any Georgian does, I’m happy to double the royalties and buy a pack of gum for a charity of Michael Moore’s choice,” Robinson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Very nice, I’m liking this guy, but Michael Moore’s favorite charity, is Michael Moore.

I am all for keeping the power of the consumer vibrant and effective, this is how we keep the businesses we like in business, dollars talk. And in this spirit I really don’t have a problem with this silly stunt. But on the flip side, I relish my position as a consumer to show my support for those being targeted unfairly.

Last year Target Stores became the target of a smear campaign by some whinny patrons who wanted to punish the store for what they considered some ill advised political contributions. Check out the video of this loony woman grabbing her 15 minutes of fame. No, this was not a contribution to Pastor Phelps and his band of bigots (that I could get behind), mnforward is a local home grown PAC that gives money to candidates they feel would be good for the state’s economic prosperity, job creators or politicians that are friendly to job creators.

After watching that video I decided to find and check out my local Target store in an attempt to nullify whatever damage this woman was doing. Turns out Target is not a bad store, who knew they also sell food? And now I stop in a few times a year.

I started to do a web search on items I could buy from Georgia, just to help out, but soon realized that Brian Robinson had it right, nobody listens to that scruffy tub of goo. If nothing else this it will give the locals a chuckle. Hostess and Little Debbie cakes are made outside of Georgia, he did his research before the announcement.

The Sensitivity of the Left

Ooof:

I went into the polls voting for the black guy, and what I got was the white guy… – Michael Moore quoting Bill Maher

You can see the full interview with Moore here as well as some of Maher’s commentary that Moore is referencing. It really is pretty unpleasant. This is not a quote taken out of context. It eclipses anything the Right Wing has said.

The look on Sherri Shephards’ face when Moore repeats this line is priceless. She knows exactly what he’s saying. So does Ta-Nehisi Coates:

In fact, it’s racist, and Michael Moore would do well to stop repeating it. It really is no better than the Kenyan anti-colonial bit, indeed it is a good deal worse. I said this yesterday on twitter, but it would be as if my Jewish accountant messed up my taxes and I said, “Dude, you’re Jewish, what the hell?!?!”

In fact, I’d be getting exactly what I deserved. If you paid more attention to Obama’s skin color, than to his speeches, the voluminous amounts of journalism noting his moderation, his two books which are, themselves, exercises in moderation, then you have chosen to be ignorant.

You are now being punished for that ignorance. No one should feel sorry for you. Try not being racist.

Exactly. Statements like this reveal an underlying racial color-coding. Moderation is the white man’s vice; radicalism is the black man’s virtue. This is not only racist but profoundly ignorant of history, civil rights, race, politics and reality.

It’s the logical extension of the racial animus that people like Moore have frequently shown toward African-American conservatives, especially Clarence Thomas, whose legal accomplishments are only just now becoming apparent to the Left. How often have we seen this “black people should be liberal” bullshit? This is just the next step: black people should not only be liberal, but radical.

I’m not surprised to hear Bill Maher saying this; he’s made a career out of stupid offensive statements. Nor am I surprised to see Michael Moore repeating and expanding upon it. The man has spent a career dealing with the world as though it were drawn in crayon — with a simple moral and racial color scheme. Conservatives evil; progressives good. White people racist; black people progressive.

But what it really reveals is just how low an opinion these idiots had of Barack Obama. They expected Barack Obama to play the Angry Black Man and push for socialized medicine, 50% tax rates, a Krugman-sized stimulus and dismantling of the Pentagon. What must really grate is that Barack Obama has shown himself to be smarter than they are. He is pushing for doable change rather than going down in flames on the alter of pure progressivism. And as a result, he’s getting stuff done. Stuff I mostly oppose, but stuff the Left should be joyous about.

As the Left grows more disenchanted with Obama’s failure to become FDR Mark II — a failure that was inevitable, given how big government already was when he was elected — we’re seeing more of this. Daily Kos has gone so far as to publish a guide to criticizing Obama without coming off as racist.

This incident illustrates why liberalism will never be a true governing philosophy. There is too much color-coding, too much viewing people as members of groups rather than as individuals, too much focus on ideological purity over practical politics. To the extent that I worry about conservatism — and I do — is it to the extent that it has ingested these damaging and damning traits (a subject for a future post).

Put on some extra popcorn, friends. It’s going to be fun watching these self-styled progressives make fools of themselves.

Update: Moore just keeps on digging.

Klavin Connects

I realize that at this point in time the miniscule remnants of OBL’s body has already passed through the orifices of the various Charlie The Tunas that feasted on him last week and fortified the oceans with much needed nutrients (does terrorist carcass taste the same as normal people? I think we need a study, Jacques, where are you?) but since this whole affair gives our citizen of the world president some much need gravitas (And an excuse to walk around the WH jingling his spurs) and I expect he will go to this well through out the upcoming campaign, the shoot out at the Abbottabad Corral will be brought back for effect until the election.

Andrew Klavin, a regular over at PJTV, a site I look at from time to time, has some thoughts:

 

 

A few thoughts:

The “what would Jesus do” canard is often utilized by the progressives when denouncing any type of Alpha type behavior, and it never works. This is like Moore saying ,”What would Usian Bolt do” when referencing a foot race and some behavior of Moore’s, the comparisons are ludicrous.

 

And the Klavin crack about this being the first military non disaster for a Democratic president? I guess he forgot this D-Day like precision strike. OK, to be fair, Clinton achieved impressive successes in Bosnia and Kosovo, we will give him his proper due.

 

And an exploding Michael Moore (duck, here comes that poorly digested slice of pepperoni pizza), how great was that?

 

Expect some references to OBL’s demise on the next prog. bumper sticker you see, hopefully, you will see it as the proud owner is at the gas pumps paying a “C” note to fill up, all the while looking at this:

 

 

The Pet Goat

Time has a must-read on the children who Bush was reading to when 9/11 happened. Money quote:

One thing the students would like to tell Bush’s critics — like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the students after getting word that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center — is that they think the President did the right thing. “I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us,” says Guerrero. Dubrocq agrees: “I think he was trying to protect us.” Booker Principal Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell, who died in 2007, later insisted, “I don’t think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?”

As much as I loved to criticize Bush, I always thought that point was bullshit. And the endless frame-by-frame psychoanalysis of his facial expressions was beyond ridiculous.