In Celebration of Clint Eastwood – My Picture With the President

September 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm (Cher, Clint Eastwood, Empty Chair Day, Labor Day, Michelle Malkin, President Empty Chair, President Obama, Republican National Convention)

Michelle Malkin has come out in support of Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican National Convention in a very unique way.  She writes:

What better way to commemorate the Labor Day holiday than to send a message to the AWOL campaign-in-chief — and support Clint Eastwood, to boot!

It’s called #EmptyChairDay, where conservatives are to contribute their very own pictures with the President just as Clint Eastwood presented him.

So without further ado, here is my contribution.

It was an honor and privilege to have my picture taken with the President of the United States today…

Wait, what?  Oh… Empty Chair Day.
Well this just seems foolish in retrospect.

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Three Men in Colorado Shooting Died Taking Bullets For Their Girlfriends

July 23, 2012 at 9:00 am (Alex Teves, Amanda Lindgren, Aurora, Colorado, Colorado Shooting, Hero, Heroes, James Holmes, Jansen Young, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn, Michelle Malkin, Samantha Yowler, Shooting Aurora Colorado, Theater Shooting)

It’s not very often that the media focuses on good, heart-warming news in any situation, let alone a tragedy the likes of the Colorado movie-theater shooting.  We tend to focus on the bad news, the shocking news on a daily basis, overlooking feel-good stories because they are ‘boring’.

Guilty as charged here as well.

While the media will be focusing intensely on the story, background, and motive of the shooter in Aurora, despite none of it really mattering to the outcome, it’s certainly nice to see stories of heroism.

Michelle Malkin explains it best when she posted a column focusing solely on the victims…

Many TV viewers have e-mailed their frustration with news outlets running wall-to-wall coverage and photos of the alleged Aurora movie theater shooter. They don’t want to see his face. They don’t want to keep seeing his name.

I share that sentiment completely. While law enforcement officials have not yet released a public list of victims, friends and family members are spreading word on social media about the loved ones they have lost.

Please click on the link to read profiles, see photos, and hear memories of the 12 innocent lives taken by a pure act of evil.

Another aspect of heroism I wanted to share with you today is the story of three men who lost their lives taking a bullet for their girlfriends.

It’s a scenario that as men, we’ve all played out in our minds at some point or another – If ever there were a situation in which we had to sacrifice our lives for the life of our wife or girlfriend, we would do so without a second thought.  We all like to think we would do that.  But would we if the situation presented itself?  Would shock and fear overcome our bodies and minds, or would we react quickly, without hesitation to shield our loved ones from harm?

We may hope so, but these three men did.  And because of that, their girlfriends all survived the massacre in Colorado.

Via the Daily News:

Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.

In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.

Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves’ gal pal Amanda Lindgren made it out of the bloodbath — but they would have been killed had it not been for the loves of their lives.

Please take time to read the rest of the couple’s bittersweet stories…

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Conservative Bloggers Get Legal Help in the Fight For Free Speech

June 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm (ACLJ, Ali Akbar, American Center for Law and Justice, Blogger, Brett Kimberlin, Conservative, First Amendment, Free Speech, Jay Sekulow, Michelle Malkin, National Bloggers Club)

In the ongoing battle against SWAT-ting and those forces who would like to quell free speech, conservatives just received major reinforcements.

Today, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), through Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, has announced that they too will stand against the harassing and dangerous tactics of domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin and his ilk, and stand for the First Amendment and free speech.

Here is the press release:

ACLJ  DEFENDS  FREE  SPEECH  IN  BLOGOSPHERE – REPRESENTS  TOP CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS  TARGETED  FOR  HARASSMENT

(Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, announced today it is providing legal representation to a top conservative blogger and his organization that represents many other bloggers who are facing threats and intimidation tactics by those opposed to their viewpoint.

“Free speech is under attack,” said Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel. “Conservative writers are now facing threats against themselves, their families, and their livelihoods merely because they’ve aggressively investigated the history and funding of radical liberals. The ACLJ has a long history of successfully defending free speech, and we look forward to defeating this latest attempt to threaten and intimidate conservatives into silence.”

The issue involves targeting a number of conservative bloggers with a dangerous and illegal tactic that’s become known as SWAT-ing – (making false 911 calls sending police to the homes of bloggers, claiming a crime has occurred.) The tactic is used in retaliation for posts the conservative bloggers have written.

The ACLJ is representing Ali Akbar, a top blogger and president of the National Bloggers Club, a coalition of conservative bloggers which reaches millions of readers. Akbar has seen his mother’s home photographed and placed on the internet. He has also received formal notification that he may soon be sued for publishing truthful information about radical liberals and their wealthy donors.

“I’m grateful for the support of the ACLJ, and I’m confident we’ll defeat any and all legal challenges to our fundamental right to free speech,” said Akbar. “We will not be deterred in our quest for the truth.”

The ACLJ will aggressively defend the constitutionally-protected free speech rights of Akbar and his organizations.

The ACLJ’s representation of Akbar comes as Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the SWAT-ting cases to see if federal laws have been violated. In a letter to the Attorney General, Sen. Chambliss wrote: “Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels. . . Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse.”

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is based in Washington, D.C. and online at http://www.aclj.org.

Here is a blog post from Jay Sekulow on the matter (courtesy of Michelle Malkin).

Sekulow explains why his organization is jumping into the fray:

Free speech is under attack. Conservative writers are now facing threats against themselves, their families, and their livelihoods merely because they’ve aggressively investigated the history and funding of radical liberals …

… The ACLJ will be providing legal representation to Akbar and his organization of conservative bloggers who are facing threats and intimidation tactics by those opposed to their viewpoint. We will aggressively defend their constitutionally-protected free speech rights from these unwarranted attacks …

… The ACLJ has a long history of successfully defending free speech, and we look forward to defeating this latest attempt to threaten and intimidate conservatives into silence.

This type of support is invaluable, as most bloggers (as Kimberlin is well aware) find it difficult to sustain any lengthy and successful legal battles.  Now however, they have an accomplished means to fight back in court.

To date, nobody has backed down to Kimberlin and the SWAT-ters.  To the contrary, they are now escalating their defensive efforts.

These opponents of free speech have truly picked the wrong targets.

Thank you ACLJ!

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Comedy Central Tries to Take the Fun Out of Funny

May 18, 2012 at 7:00 am (Comedy Central, Funny, Gonzalo Cordova, Hashtag, Liberals, Michelle Malkin, Sense of Humor, Twitter, Yacht Names)

Conservatives have been creating a little mischief over on Twitter the last couple of weeks, taking over liberal talking points and turning it to their own advantage – while injecting a splash of humor along the way.

So how does Comedy Central, the purveyor of all things funny, respond to the trend?  By authoring a decidedly unfunny piece of tripe which reads more like the work of a bitter, cross-armed, foot-stomping, pouty-faced, petulant child.

Gonzalo Cordova of Comedy Central starts with this:
Today Former White House Press Secretary Bill Burton attempted to start a hashtag game called #RomneyYachtNames. It’s so unfunny and forced, it’s exactly the kind of thing that would trend on Twitter. And it did, but not the way Bill Burton intended.
Conservatives hijacked the hashtag and soon started their own called #ObamaYachtNames. Never mind the fact that that barely makes sense. The stereotypes about Obama aren’t that he’s rich and owns yachts. That’s Romney’s thing. Obama is the elitist black liberation theology professor who eats kale with a side of dog, remember?!

What Cordova is referring to is this report from Twitchy.  You’ll see one of our tweets featured there for Romney Yacht Names.

We also offered a few efforts under the #ObamaYachtNames hashtag:

  • Barely Treading Water
  • Ayers and Sea
  • Big Stick, Little Dinghy
  • The Narcissist
Cordova then goes on to lament:

But that’s not the only conservative hashtag game that’s caught in this week. Just in the past few days, the ones I’ve seen: #MorePopularThanObamaBudget, #ObamaInHistory, #ObamaFirsts, #LowerUnderObama, #ObamaBedtimeStories, #HomophonesforObama.

If you feel like punishing yourself, just scroll down @MichelleMalkin Twitter feed. Re-tweeting the unfunniest garbage tweets she can find is apparently a hobby of hers.

Everyone in power deserves to be ridiculed. If that wasn’t true, we’d be wasting our time with this blog (instead of just wasting your time with this blog). I don’t have a problem with these hashtag games politically. I have a problem with these hashtag games comedically.

He then runs down a list of examples in which he supposedly demonstrates conservative’s lack of comedic chops – and fails miserably.  The Twitter exhibits being offered are hilarious, while Cordova’s response to them demonstrates a person who simply has the jokes flying way over his head.

There really wouldn’t be much of a problem if Cordova simply admitted that he isn’t intelligent enough to understand the jokes.  And assuredly, the conservative Twittosphere would actually welcome a counter-argument that ‘we at Comedy Central are funnier’, followed up by a fantastically funny rant.  But this comes off as a comedically unsophisticated man, singing the blues about not being able to join in any reindeer games.

Big Hollywood has fired back at Comedy Central:

Liberals clearly are dismayed by the power of Twitter and how its level playing field plays to the Right’s advantage. Unlike, say, movies … TV shows … music … universities … the media in toto … which all lean decidedly to the Left.
Rather than urge the Left to get funnier, or loosen up a bit, or even fight fire with fire, the author whines that conservatives simply won’t play nice. Plus, he doesn’t get their jokes.
Of course not. Conservatives wield humor based on the news the mainstream press won’t report. The poor blogger simply doesn’t get the references, or perhaps he finds anything mocking The One to be off limits.
Besides, the blog author couldn’t find these 15 gems?

Douglas Ernst adds:

Not too long ago conservatives sat silently in the face of a media complex that relentlessly mocked them. From music to movies, television to nightly news, conservatives were almost always on the butt-end of political jokes. The narratives that sprang up to slime the right were tough, if not nearly impossible, to stamp out. One could only watch with frustration as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, David Letterman or any number of late-night “funnymen” ripped our worldview and our heroes to shreds. Media could circle the wagons around their ideological allies and shield them from the slings and arrows of quick-witted conservatives.

Needless to say, those days are over. Recently, conservatives have come out with guns blazing, shooting down the early efforts of the Obama campaign and the mainstream media to create narratives and frame the debate. Comedy Central has taken notice, which means that many, many other liberals have as well.

Ernst is right… While some might view the conservative hashtag games as just that – games – they are something much more serious.  They are forcing the media to alter or at least cover the narrative that conservatives are dictating through Twitter.  An overstatement?  Not quite.  Over the last couple of months, the conservative Twitter battle has been highlighted in such liberal media stalwarts as the New York Times, ABC News, and now the uber-liberal Comedy Central.

While a sense of humor is sorely lacking from the Comedy Central piece, it is all too abundant on the right side of Twitter.  What better way to mock somebody pouting over conservative hashtag games, than to start a new conservative hashtag game?

#FunnierThanCordova was trending by night’s end.

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AFL-CIO Exec ‘Literally’ Blames Conservatives for ‘Literally’ Killing Trayvon Martin

March 30, 2012 at 10:19 am (AFL-CIO, Arlene Holt Baker, Conservatives, Daily Caller, Florida, George Zimmerman, Literally, Michelle Malkin, Richard Trumka, Trayvon Martin)

Methinks she’s not quite sure of the meaning of the word ‘literally’.  Literally.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker solved the case of the Trayvon Martin shooting by telling the Daily Caller that what caused his death was “conservative, right-wing policies”.

“The same folks who want to kill workers’ rights in the work place are the same folks who want to kill voters’ votes … and now they are literally supporting legislation that is literally killing our children.”
Baker told TheDC that conservative policies, like Florida’s “stand your ground” law — which states that an individual has the right to defend himself if he feels that his life is in imminent danger — are to blame.
“When you look at whose behind it, you find that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a very conservative think tank comprised of corporations and very conservative representatives at the state level are behind this.”

Say, you know who has also been accused of being responsible for somebody’s death?  Baker doesn’t have to look far to find the President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka.

From Freedom @ Work:

As president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) union, Trumka led multiple violent strikes. Trumka’s fiery rhetoric often appeared to condone militancy and violence, especially against workers who dared to continue to provide for their families by working during a strike. As a Virginia judge ruled in 1989, “violent activities are being organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Take the murder of Eddie York, a nonunion contractor, who was shot in the back of the head and killed while leaving a worksite in 1993. Trumka and other UMW officials were charged in a $27 million wrongful death suit by Eddie York’s widow.

Michelle Malkin adds:

… when it comes to terrorizing workers, Trumka knows whereof he speaks.
Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
A federal jury convicted one of Trumka’s UMW captains on conspiracy and weapons charges in York’s death. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled a $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial. An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.”

Perhaps Ms. Baker would do well to look in-house before making wild claims about a case in which little has been proven.  May we also suggest the purchase of a dictionary to look up the word ‘literally’.

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