Salt Lake Tribune
Someone sweating away under the pen name Paul Rolly serves up still more preposterosities about the Virgin President for the Liberals’ believing minds:
Brock, who was part of that cabal before he bolted from the group and became a liberal commentator and media critic, had been a writer for the right-wing American Spectator and authored some of the most inflammatory articles of the Clinton era. One included claims of Clinton promiscuity from Arkansas Highway Patrol troopers who Brock says were paid by the anti-Clinton group and whose stories, he now says, were largely made up.
They called it the Arkansas Project, which was funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife through The American Spectator, which was spending $5,000 in fees and tips [!] to find anti-Clinton stories from when he was governor of Arkansas.
According to Brock, it was the Arkansas Project that helped persuade Paula Jones to sue Clinton for sexual harassment. And it was the Arkansas Project that used Jones’ case to “probe Clinton’s consensual sex life through the deposition process, and then to question Clinton under oath about it. In other words, the Jones case had become a vehicle to create a crime where one may not have otherwise existed.”
Brock further wrote that when investigators unearthed what they considered a juicy tidbit to embarrass Clinton or other Democrats, they would devise a multi-media strategy, where often they would have it break in Matt Drudge’s on-line blog, “The Drudge Report,” then reported more extensively in The American Spectator and turn it over to Limbaugh, who would talk about it continuously, citing as “legitimate” sources the Spectator and the Drudge report.
(March 17, 2012)
Delusional ramblings from Michael Moore on the now defunct or under-arrest Occupy movement:
Occupy Wall Street. What other political movement in modern times has won the sympathy and/or support of the majority of the American public—in less than two months? How did this happen? I think it was a revolt that has been percolating across the country since Reagan fired the first air traffic controller. Then, on September 17, 2011, a group of (mostly) young adults decided to take direct action. And this action struck a raw nerve, sending a shock wave throughout the United States, because what these kids were doing was what tens of millions of people wished they could do. The people who have lost their jobs, their homes, their “American dream”—they cathartically cheered on this ragtag bunch who got right in the face of Wall Street and said, “We’re not leaving until you give us our country back!”
(April 2, 2012)
The Daily Beast
Young David Frum(p) displays his amazing penchant for obscure and anfractuous facts pursuant to another of his assaults on the pulchritudinous Sarah Palin:
As financial markets collapsed in October, and the U.S. economy plunged into the steepest decline since 1930, the mood of the American electorate darkened. Palin’s rallies seethed with anger against Barack Obama, but also against all that Obama seemed to symbolize.
The first black president was also the first since Herbert Hoover with a foreign-born parent; the first since Woodrow Wilson to work as a college professor before entering politics; and the first since Grover Cleveland to have his principal home in a big Northern city.
To be all at once urban and academic and born to a foreign parent and black on top of that—it was almost impossible for a single person to represent a more perfect opposite to Palin’s invocation of the “real America.”
(March 4, 2012)
Before officially joining the Democratic Party, columnist Kathleen Parker quotes a letter from a leading theologian in defense of that fun-loving fuzz ball of a guy, Rush Limbaugh:
Even so, he does have a large audience and it is disconcerting that so many seem to share his obvious hostility toward women. Several of his cohorts in discourtesy are snorting and grunting in my inbox even now.
One who wrote in defense of Limbaugh informed me of my place in God’s hierarchy, slightly above goats, and gave me a tutorial about why women have been saddled with the monthly inconvenience and painful childbirth—for tempting men to do evil and failing to recognize their roles as “helpmeets” for men.
“Pagan women like yourself,” he patiently averred, “have no regard for the natural order of God’s plan and shamelessly promulgate the ‘we are goddesses’ bile that has infected the entire country and pretty much stopped it in its tracks from incurring God’s blessing.” I’m leaving out the best parts.
You don’t have to read many such letters to think that maybe Democrats have a point.
(March 11, 2012)
New York Times
The sour reflections of two ladies having had rather sad track records with the menfolk, columnist Maureen Dowd and diplomat Hillary Clinton, both facing old age, Maureen a spinster and Hillary the most famous cuckold of her generation:
Hillary Clinton has fought for women’s rights around the world. But who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home?
“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me,” she told an adoring crowd at the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on Saturday. “But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies.
“Yes,” she continued to applause, “it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world.”
As secretary of state, Clinton is supposed to stay out of domestic politics. But this was a moment pregnant [sic] with possibility, a titanic clash of the Inevitable (Hillary) and the Indefensible (Republican cavemen).
(March 14, 2012)
All Things Considered (National Public Radio)
A giant passes in Austin, Texas, owing to the usual “complications from a head wound”:
In Austin last week, an unlikely civic symbol passed away. He was a cross-dressing homeless man who lived on the kindness of strangers, but he was much more than that, according to NPR’s John Burnett.
Burnett: “He was a fixture on the sidewalks of this capital city in his bushy beard, tiara, thong and falsies. Leslie, as he was universally called, became a symbol of the eccentricity and rakishness that people celebrate in this fun-loving techie boom town. Now, Leslie is gone. Mourners at the memorial donned rhinestone tiaras and feather boas in his honor. A young man who gave his name as Ozzie Zion went a step further, stuffing himself into a bikini bottom….
“When Leslie died at age 60 in a local hospice last Thursday due to complications from a head wound, the mayor proclaimed it Leslie Day. Leslie Cochran himself ran for mayor in 2000, appearing around town dressed like a stripper and holding hand-lettered campaign signs.”
(March 13, 2012)
Old Faithful, The Prog, publishes another manuscript awaiting translation into English:
The GOP is so queer. Not gay queer. Pre-Queer Nation queer.
Mitt Romney, though certainly ruggedly handsome, perfectly coiffed, and well dressed, is queer. Odd queer. Most of the kids do not want him to play on their team. Right in front of him, they try to draft someone else—anyone else but him. His flip-flopping is extreme people-pleasing. Mitt is trying as hard as he can, smiling, shaking hands, spending money, saying he’s just like us, and he cannot get the Republican love. Actually, that sounds gay.
From the Archives
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Satire? Columnist Phillip Morris at work:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is without question the most dangerous judge in America.…Thomas hasn’t added a shred of original thought to the court, but he has brought an irrepressible desire to change its constitutional politics.…One can only wonder when Thomas will sharpen his knife for something truly meaningful like, say, the 13th Amendment prohibition against slavery.
(March 8, 1992)