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Truthers in their Midst:
Or, the Failure of Obama’s Democrats to “Police thier Extremes”

When Jim Geraghty typed “‘9/11’ into the search box on Google video,” yesterday “seven of the first ten videos” turned out out be “Truther or conspiracy-related.

Just as “trutherism” (the belief than 9/11 was an inside job) has become prevalent on the web, so too has it come to pervade large segments of the American left.  And while Charles Krauthammer “can’t get too excited” about a number of the chages against former White House green jobs Czar Van Jones that have worked some of his ideological confrères into a lather, he finds it appropriate that the Obama appointee lost his job for identifying with the “truthers” and troubling that the Administration (and its left-wing allies in general) haven’t done a better job of policing their extremes:

He’s gone for one reason and one reason only.  You can’t sign a petition demanding not one but four investigations of the charge that the Bush administration deliberately allowed Sept. 11, 2001 — i.e., collaborated in the worst massacre ever perpetrated on American soil — and be permitted in polite society, let alone have a high-level job in the White House.

Unlike the other stuff, . . .  this is no trivial matter. It’s beyond radicalism, beyond partisanship. It takes us into the realm of political psychosis, a malignant paranoia that, unlike the Marxist posturing, is not amusing. It’s dangerous. In America, movements and parties are required to police their extremes. Bill Buckley did that with Birchers. Liberals need to do that with ‘truthers.’

You can no more have a truther in the White House than you can have a Holocaust denier — a person who creates a hallucinatory alternative reality in the service of a fathomless malice.

But reality doesn’t daunt Jones’s defenders. One Obama administration source told ABC that Jones hadn’t read the 2004 petition carefully enough, an excuse echoed by Howard Dean.

Carefully enough? It demanded the investigation of charges “that people within the current [Bush] administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”

And left-wingers whip themselves into a frenzy about “birthers,” suggesting they represented the mainstream of conservative opinion or Republican opposition, they seem eager to ignore or are reluctant to criticize the truthers in their midst.

(H/t: Jennifer Rubin.)

Yahoo! Ignores Million-Person Protest (for Freedom) on same page it Featured 150-Person Petition (against Cheney)

Over the past hour or so, I’ve been regularly checking Yahoo!’s homepage to see if they offer any news or link any headlines about the massive Tea Party protest against big government in our nation’s capital.  With as many as two million people attending, you’d think it would merit more attention than a petition with only 150 signatures against naming a center in honor of former Vice President Cheney.

And this multi-million person multitude gathered in just one day whereas it took the petition organizer a year to gather all those signatures.

UPDATE:  On its homepage, Yahoo! does provide a link to an article on the President’s health care speech in Al Franken’s home state where he drew a crowd, approximately 1% the size of the crowd in Washington (that is, of the smallest estimate of the crowd’s size):

“I will not accept the status quo. Not this time. Not now,” the president told an estimated 15,000 people during a rally that had every feel of a campaign event, right down to chants of “Fired up, ready to go!” and “Yes, we can!”

Feel of a campaign event?  Hmmm. .  . . not the greatest way to govern.  That aricle gave just one paragraph to the much larger protest in the nation’s capital:

While the president cleared out of town, thousands of people marched along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol to protest Obama’s approach on health care and what they say is out-of-control federal spending. At the protest, people chanted “enough, enough” and “We the people” and carried signs that said “Obamacare makes me sick” and “I’m Not Your ATM.”

“Thousands of people?”  Technically, that’s accurate as 1.2 million is thousands of people, but I’d bet this were an pro-Obama rally, the AP would be using the actual estimate.

Oh, and, Obama keeps misrepresenting his critics.  Since he says we should call out those who represent what’s in his plan (which he still has not released), can’t we call him out too on saying his critics want to do nothing.  And the media for not telling how large the protest against big governmnt really is.

UP-UPDATE:   Finding a CNN reporter at the rally asking about Joe Wilson, John Hinderaker writes, “Why that made sense I’m not sure, apart from the liberal media’s determination to deflect attention toward Wilson and away from Americans’ widespread dissatisfaction with the Obama administration.”  Then, he offers this telling comment (emphasis added): “We are living in a weird era, in which news organizations studiously avert their eyes from the news.

UP-UP-UPDATE:  If one million people rally against big government and the MSM pays their protest no heed, does it still make a sound?

Yawn, Left-Wing Blogger Caught with Dime Bag

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:06 pm - September 12, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Ex-Conservatives,Freedom

I suppose it’s because I’m a gay conservative blogger and because Andrew Sullivan is a gay blogger who claims to be conservative that people expect me to blog on his latest indiscretion.  I see that my co-blogger has already tapped into the topic.

I do understand that most bloggers who have addressed this have focused on the special treatment Sullivan received.  Indeed, by juxtaposing the left-wing blogger’s remark on different standards of justice and the news item on the dismissal of the charges, my co-blogger shows that ex-conservative’s hypocrisy.  Others have weighed in in a similar vein; blogger Dan Riehl (and others) points out that a federal “judge believes the dismissal raises equal protection issues.

I confess that I can’t really get worked up over the issue.  Maybe had he been peddling pot to teenagers or toking in front of an old folks’ home might there be an issue, but, well, since I believe marijuana should be decriminalized, I don’t have a problem with an angry blogger carrying around a bag of Mary Jane.  Heck, it might even calm this easily excitable blogger.

It’s a freedom issue.  Yeah, it does show Sullivan’s hypocrisy, but, well, since I don’t think people should be prosecuted for possessing or smoking weed, it follows that I don’t have a problem if a left-winger gets off for possessing the stuff in the public.

There are many issues for which one can—and should–fault Andrew Sullivan.  This isn’t one of them. (more…)

Andrew Sullivan: In His Own Words

(h/t – Instapundit & Internet Scofflaw)

My view is that no one is above the law, and that when a society based on law prosecutes the powerless and excuses the powerful, it is corroding its own soul.

Andrew Sullivan – April 17, 2009

I wonder why Andrew changed his mind so quickly?

Political commentator, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine Andrew M. Sullivan won’t have to face charges stemming from a recent pot bust at the Cape Cod National Seashore — but a federal judge isn’t happy about it.

U. S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings says in his decision that the case is an example of how sometimes “small cases raise issues of fundamental importance in our system of justice.”

While marijuana possession may have been decriminalized, Sullivan, who owns a home in Provincetown, made the mistake of being caught by a park ranger with a controlled substance on National Park Service lands, a federal misdemeanor.

The ranger issued Sullivan a citation, which required him either to appear in U.S. District Court or, in essence, pay a $125 fine.

But the U.S. Attorney’s Office sought to dismiss the case. Both the federal prosecutor and Sullivan’s attorney said it would have resulted in an “adverse effect” on an unspecified “immigration status” that Sullivan, a British citizen, is applying for.

Stupid is as stupid does, I suppose.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

9/12/2009: Americans Wake Up

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:48 pm - September 12, 2009.
Filed under: National Politics,Tea Party

I’m in awe watching over 2 million people gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  It is too bad that the mainstream media isn’t treating this protest as they did the lesser-attended Anti-Bush Iraq War Protests or even the “Million Man March” (which didn’t reach 1 million).

UPDATE: VodkaPundit is live-blogging from DC.

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There are also hundreds of thousands of folks in other cities all around the USA in similar Tea Parties today.

This is a very inspiring day.  We need to join together and make our politicians in Washington more afraid of We, The People than they are of entrenched special interests.

Since most of the mainstream news media is ignoring Two Million Americans today, follow the developments all day long at www.twitter.com at #912 or #912DC.

I’m proud to be a Constitutional American today.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)