How the MSM will cover the last 6 days before the election

ABC’s Mark Halperin and his team have a primer. Here’s a sneak peek:

How the (liberal) Old Media plans to cover the last two weeks of the election:

1. Glowingly profile Speaker-Inevitable Nancy Pelosi, with loving mentions of her grandmotherly steel (see last night’s 60 Minutes), and fail to describe her as “ultra liberal” or “an extreme liberal,” which would mirror the way Gingrich was painted twelve years ago.

2. Look at every attempt by the President to define the race on his terms as deluded and desperate; increasingly quote Republican strategists saying that the President is hurting the party whenever he enters the fray.

Read it all, and be prepared for the absolute worst coming from Dems and their mouthpieces in the MSM from now until election day – heck, even beyond that, depending on how things go.

Hat tip: ST reader DS

Will we see a “death with dignity for aborted babies” campaign now?

Stomach-turning. Via the UK Daily Mail:

One of the country’s leading hospitals is throwing aborted babies into the same incinerator used for rubbish to save only £18.50 each time, it has emerged.

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, said it was no longer able to afford the dignified disposal at a local crematorium of foetuses from unwanted pregnancies.

Instead, they are being burnt in the hospital’s main incinerator – which is normally used for rubbish and clinical waste.

Among the outraged (emphasis added):

The revelation sparked anger and distress among church leaders and pro-life groups, as well as women whose pregnancies were terminated at the hospital.

Um, correct me if I’m wrong, but if these women were so concerned with the well being of the unborn then why did they … oh, forget it. It’s too obvious.


One local woman, who asked not to be named, said after the heartache of deciding to have an abortion she was mortified to find the hospital had used the same furnace they burn rubbish in to incinerate her terminated baby.

She said: “I am furious and very hurt. Imagine my horror when I discovered that my baby was incinerated in the same furnace as the hospital rubbish.”

Worse than the horror of being aborted? After the little ‘inconvienience’ is aborted, why do the former mothers care what happens to it? They didn’t care much before, so why do they after the fact? Feeling guilty, maybe?

More: ST reader sanity makes a good point in the comments:

If you aborted your BABY as you are now stating, should that be considered murder then?

You can’t have it both ways.

You can’t call it just a lump of tissue that you are aborting and then suddenly be outraged, call it “your baby” and be suddenly outraged at how they dispose of your it.

So what is it? Is it a baby or is it a lump of tissue?
Are you aborting a lump of tissue or killing a baby?


Big news: Study finds sex ‘always’ on men’s minds

Via UPI:

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University say most men are always thinking of sex.

A study released Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists found 54 percent of men and 19 percent of women admit they think about sex every day — or several times a day — in a society where they are bombarded with subconscious erotic images.

Scientists at the University of Minnesota found sexy subliminal images competed for attention in the brain even when the images were not right before a subject’s eyes and most people are not consciously aware of them, ABC News reported.


Can you believe a study was actually commissioned to analyze how much men and women thought about sex?

I’m not posting this as a criticism of men, because this is Just The Way It Is. They could just have easily commissioned a study about how often women think about shopping and have similar results.

Here are some other examples of “didn’t we know this already” studies. The most important one (at least to SOME people – :-? ) is listed first :D :

Washington Post writes about Rush’s statements on MJ Fox ad, but doesn’t note that he apologized “bigly” for his remarks later in the show

(SCROLL to the bottom for an important update)

Yesterday afternoon I blogged about the Michael J. Fox ad running in Missouri in which he passionately called for government funding of stem cell research in a show of support for Senator Jim Talent’s opponent demagogue Claire McCaskill. McCaskill currently has a three point lead over Talent in the latest poll.

In that same post, I talked about the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh’s comments on yesterday’s program where he said he thought that Fox might have either been off his medication or ‘acting’ in the ad because of the way he looked. I labelled the comment that Fox might have been ‘acting’ disgraceful, but also pointed out that as far as not taking his medication before appearing the ad, that it wasnt’ wrong to speculate on this, because Fox had admitted in his 2002 memoir Lucky Man that he had done just that before his testimony in front of a Senate subcommittee.

Today, the Washington Post has a write-up about Rush’s comments, but it omits an important detail: Rush’s apology, which I included in my prior post on the topic. Rush said:

Now, people are telling me that they have seen Michael J. Fox in interviews and he does appear the same way in the interviews as he does in this commercial for Claire McCaskill. All right, then I stand corrected. I’ve seen him on Boston Legal. I’ve seen him on a number of stand-up appearances. I know he’s got it; it’s pitiable that he has the disease. It is a debilitating disease, and I understand that fully. Just stick with me on this.

All I’m saying is I’ve never seen him the way he appears in this commercial for Claire McCaskill. So I will bigly, hugely admit that I was wrong, and I will apologize to Michael J. Fox, if I am wrong in characterizing his behavior on this commercial as an act, especially since people are telling me they have seen him this way on other interviews and in other television appearances.


I must share this. I have gotten a plethora of e-mails from people saying Michael J. Fox has admitted in interviews that he goes off his medication for Parkinson’s disease when he appears before Congress or other groups as a means of illustrating the ravages of the disease. So lest there be any misunderstanding, we talked about a half hour ago of the commercial that’s running for Claire McCaskill featuring Michael J. Fox on what appears to be when he’s off his meds. I have never seen him this way and I stated when I was commenting to you about it that he was either off his medication or acting. He is an actor after all, and started hearing from people, “Oh, no, I’ve seen him on TV this way, this is how the disease has affected him when he’s not on his medications.” Then the e-mails started coming in saying he’s admitted not to taking them in certain circumstances so as to illustrate how the disease affects people. All of which I understand, and I’m not even critical of that. Parkinson’s disease is hideous.


So let there be no misunderstanding about this. I stand corrected, did not know and had never seen Michael J. Fox in the way I saw him in this commercial for Claire McCaskill. But people have and have seen him say in interviews that he doesn’t take his medications when he wants to make an impression to show people just how horrible the disease is. And it’s true of all Parkinson’s patients. At some point the medication will not work, and the condition will become permanent, and there’s nothing pleasant about it. It’s one of the most frustrating diseases one can have. Pope had it. It’s not pleasant in any way, shape, manner, or form, nor did I mean to implicate that one could easily act it out for the purposes of a commercial.

While I was diappointed at Rush’s suggestion that Fox would be ‘acting’ out symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (as far as I’m concerned, that type of talk adds nothing to the debate), I’m also disappointed with the Washington Post for failing to do the research they were supposed to do on finding out whether Rush later amended or apologized for what he said. For goodness sake, the man’s website had the transcript so it’s not like they had to do a lot of digging.

To let the WaPo know how you feel about their incomplete reporting, contact them: or

Update I – 8:06 PM: I just pulled up the article and see that it now mentions that Rush later “backed away” from his comments. That was not in the article before.

Rep. Harold Ford admits to being at Playboy party, and his dad calls white man a “cracker” (Update: It was “tracker” not “cracker”)

Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. - Loser of the Week Last week’s loser of the week Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., who is in a tight race with Republican Bob Corker for Bill Frist’s Senate seat, stepped in it again today with the admission that he did indeed attend a Playboy party – something he had previously denied. All of this makes this Corker ad all the more humorous – and right on target. Ford’s defense? He said “I like football and I like girls” (I think it was a SuperBowl party). That’s all well and good, of course, but when you’re a Representative in the US Congress, you’re supposed to act like one.

His father, Harold Ford, Sr. a former Tennessee state Congressman, didn’t help matters when he was caught by Fox News calling a white man (who was apparently a Corker supporter) a “cracker.”

This has been a bad past few days for the Ford campaign. Will it impact his standing in the polls? Stay tuned …

For the record, this is the only Ford I support.

Update I – 10:15 PM: Greg Tinti has video of Chris Matthews’ “non-partisan” analysis of the Playboy ad being run against Harold Ford, Jr.

Update II – 11:40 PM: Just re-watched the video of Ford, Sr. as several people at Hot Air commented that Ford, Sr. said “tracker” not “cracker.” Sure enough, if you listen closely, he does say tracker. My sincere apologies to Ford, Sr. for the error.

Sister Souljah in North Carolina today

Hah! Jon Ham’s a humorous guy ;) He noted at the John Lohn Locke Foundation’s Right Angles blog that Sister Souljah, the rapper/activist whose name gave me the idea for my own, will be speaking tonight at NC Central (which is in Durham) at 7.

Souljah is most famous (or shall I say infamous?) for being verbally smacked down by then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton in what is now commonly referred to as a “Sister Souljah moment“:

The term originates in the 1992 presidential candidacy of Bill Clinton. In an interview published May 13, 1992, the hip-hop MC, author, and political activist Sister Souljah was quoted in the Washington Post as saying,

“If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?”[1]

The remark was part of a longer response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The quote was later reproduced without the context of the complete interview[2] and she was widely criticized in the media.

In June 1992, Clinton responded to the quote, saying,

“If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black’ and you reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.”

Clinton thereby repudiated the “extremist” position that Souljah’s quotation represented.

Clinton’s response was criticized by members and leaders of the Democratic Party’s African-American base, such as Jesse Jackson. However, it also produced the image, in the eyes of moderate and independent voters—particularly white voters—of a centrist politician who was “tough on crime” and “not influenced by special interests.” Since moderates and independents represent swing votes, whereas the party base will not usually leave for the other party, Clinton’s condemnation probably won him more votes than he lost.

Clinton’s Sister Souljah moment, whether born of political calculation or not, was consonant with his larger strategy to move the Democratic Party to a more centrist stance on many issues. Clinton went on to win the presidency, and the term Sister Souljah moment subsequently entered the political lexicon.

Here’s a little tidbit you may not have known about Souljah: back in the 80s, she worked as a legislative intern in the House of Representatives for Republicans.

From the looks of her picture at the NC Central website, she’s toned things down several notches. She looks mature and grown up. At her website, you can view her lecture topics, and some of them oddly enough (if we go by the topic titles) promote good values (like encouraging a stable family environment as well as good relationships between black men and women, putting an emphasis on a strong education). The NC Central website page on her has this in her bio:

Currently, Souljah is the executive director of Daddy’s House Social Programs, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation for urban youth, financed by Sean Combs and Bad Boy Entertainment. Daddy’s House educates and prepares youth, aged 10-16, to be in control of their academic, cultural and financial lives. The students progressing through the program earn support to travel throughout the world.

This isn’t to say I’d ever recommend Souljah for a speaking engagement, because some of the other lecture topics on her website look a little scary to me, but it does suggest to me that perhaps she’s changed some from her earlier years of blaming the white man for everything. We can all change – I’m living proof of that, and my change, ironically enough, happened just a few years after Clinton’s Souljah moment. If Sister Toldjah can change for the better, so can Sister Souljah.

If Souljah is on the right path in terms of promoting the power of the individual by teaching that the individual himself is in charge of his own destiny and not the government – then I wish her much success. If she’s not, I hope she one day will choose the road less travelled. It may be difficult at times to navigate, but the rewards in the end make choosing that road worth it.

Obsessed banned poster watch

(Warning: some strong language ahead. Not safe to read around the kids)

Some revolting little creatures out there just cannot get enough of harassing yours truly. I know it comes with the territory, but all the same, sometime it’s a little unsettling to continually get vicious messages written to me by the same obsessed person in an attempt to have them posted on the blog. Back in May, I blogged about one such loser, who uses the name “Evil Progressive” – here’s what he attempted to post back then:

ST, the doughy-faced little fascist, deletes every post that could possibly make people think.

Not only that, the little twerp is so insecure, and so adverse to contadictory views, that she once threatened to report me! To the NSA perhaps? For exercizing my freedom of speech? Because I always have rational counter-arguments to her idiotic and bigoted posts?

So, erase this one again, dear. You are still among the 29% of mentally-deranged and intellectually-deficient who supports this banana republic government.

Threaten me again, little moron, and you’ll hear from my lawyers. Bring it on, little coackroach! We’ll squash you financially out of existence. You’ll be paying defense attorney fees for the rest of your miserable and worthless existence.

Of course, you will probably post selective parts of this, as you have been known to do in the past to get sympathy. Go right ahead, you’ll be sued into oblivion. Can you read “libel”?

Here’s what he wrote to me today:

Sister Asswipe does not know anything about Parkinson’s disease.

It is the medication, you moronic idiot, that makes people affected with Parkinson’s shake the way they do.

If they do not take their medication, you moronic twit, they are totally stiff and cannot move or speak.

Your revolting doughy, obese, appearance, is a perfect manifestation of your disgusting, crassly ignorant, abysmally stupid, personality.

I won’t even call you a pig. Pigs are intelligent creatures. You are a noxious lower form of life.

Here’s are some other messages (which I’ve saved) that he’s attempted to post on this blog as well:

March 12, 2006:

Gee! The little shit deleted the relevant posts so as to confuse her already abysmally ignorant “public”.

Typical Kool-Aid head reaction…

The Kool-Aid heads are sticking close to their Dear Leader’s “How to Destroy America’s Democracy” handbook.

The little piece of crap threatened to “report” me. To whom? Her right-wing militia?

“Bring it on”. I cannot wait for you, maggot, to sic your goons on me, just like your spiritual advisors — Bill Hysterical O’Reilly and Fat Slob pill-head Limbaugh., have threatened to do.

You’ll be in court facing harassment charges so fast that you’ll not realize what hit you.

You will lose, moron. And I’ll keep you in court until you cry uncle. That means until you face bankruptcy from all these legal fees…

March 12, 2006

ST deleted my post again.

Since she does it with a lag, here is again my question: why is it that you people crucify black men for fathering children out of wedlock and abandoning men but you think it is all right for whites to do the same?

ST, Keep whatever you want for safekeeping and future use. You made one gigantic mistake by once threatening to report me for exercizing my freedom of speech. That is harassment. You are now on my radar screen. There is nothing that I would like more than drag you into court and keep you there for the next
half-century. Pieces of shit like you need to be taught a good lesson.

May 28, 2006:

Watch the rotting carrion getting all teary-eyed.

The piece of crap has, of course, no compassion for the one-year-old and other children who were massacred in November by some Marines who ran amok in Iraq. They wiped out old people, women, and children, out of sick revenge.

But the Sister cheers them up, like the scumbag that she is. For the Sister, the only good Arab is a dead Arab.

ST is the poster child for abortion on demand. Had her parents known what kind of psychopathic monster they had sired, I am sure they would have aborted her. Hopefully, that repugnant creature is past the age of reproduction.

June 2, 2006:

Don’t count on the idiot ST to see the light any time soon, despite what she is writing (sic!) about Carter. She is a sociopath so she would not be able to recognize goodness in human nature if she tripped over it.

ST is a perfect little Nazi; obey orders, repeat talking points, be blindly obedient to the Fuhrer.

Why Daou links to her fetid tripe, I do not know. She is one of the worst pieces of trash I have ever come across in the blogosphere. And the rightnutter blog world is really a cesspool.

June 3, 2006:

Hey Dumb Shit!

Afraid of a little controversy on your cesspool blog?

Your dumb, doughy, head is so far up Bush’s ass that the Presidential shit is clogging up whatever brain you ever had.

You are a nasty little Nazi. You should really be locked up for inciting violence and racist acts given the filth and venom you spill on your blog.

How do federal charges sound to you, you, miserable piece of crap?

Despite your effforts to turn this country into a dictatorship, the DOJ is still investigating hate crimes, along with people who are likely to commit them. That means you, ST!

Like the good little Nazi that she is, she will delete my post.

I made the mistake of cleaning up my blacklist, deleting a few IP #s I had posted there for a while, assuming the IPs I deleted were people who had hopefully decided to leave me and my readers alone.

“Censoring” these types of comments are what routinely gets me labelled as a “censoring right wing bitch who doesn’t allow dissenting opinions on her blog.”

I have a message for EP, and punks like him who think they can intimidate me into giving up blogging:

IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Your attempts at trying to scare and intimidate me only fuel my desire to continue posting day in and day out on the issues I feel passionately about. You will NOT silence me.


MSM continues to lay the groundwork for excuses in case Dems lose next month

Yesterday, I posted about an ABC News story that reported on how electronic voting machines could ‘skew’ the elections. In response to that story, I wrote:

[…] we need to know this, of course, in case Republicans retain control of Congress. If they don’t, then we’ll hear stories about how ‘smoothly’ elections ran across the country.

The media continues laying the groundwork today for “potential” election day problems, while expressing frustration over the possibility that Democrats and their cohorts in the MSM will have to wait days before finding out if Dems would be controlling Congress. Via Reuters (emphasis added):

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long lines and long counts threaten to mar next month’s U.S. congressional elections as millions of Americans put new voting machines and rules to the test, election officials and experts say.

The result could be delays in knowing whether Democrats capture one or both houses of the U.S. Congress, or whether President George W. Bush’s Republicans keep control.

Gasp! The MSM can barely contain their excitement at the thought of Democrats regaining control of Congress from President George W. Bush’s Republicans.

“In close elections, it may be days and weeks before a winner is known in a particular race,” said Paul DeGregorio, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, created to oversee a 2002 election law overhaul.

He forecast, however, an improvement over previous elections and said, “I think voters can trust the system.”

The election overhaul was passed after the 2000 vote, in which problems deciphering paper ballots in Florida helped fuel a five-week recount fight in which the U.S. Supreme Court handed the presidency to Bush.

Major liberal media bias alert: the USSC didn’t “hand” the presidency to GWB. He was ELECTED. As a refresher, here was the USSC’s role in the manual recount drama.

The “potential” problems:

Many of the changes take effect this year, when one-third of voters will cast their ballots on new electronic machines, whose reliability in a national election is unproven.

Ohio, where Democratic voters in 2004 complained that long lines in their neighborhoods kept them from voting, and Pennsylvania are two states with major races where the voting process will be closely watched on November 7.

Other states include Maryland, which had problems with its September primary election, and Georgia and Missouri, where courts threw out new voter identification requirements and experts see a potential for disputes.

“We don’t know about the security flaws, we don’t know about the error rates,” said the Rev. DeForest Soaries, former chairman of the Election Assistance Commission.


In some states there may be confusion after court battles over new state identification requirements. Voters whose eligibility is in dispute can cast provisional ballots, which could add to counting delays in close races.

Election officials also expect more absentee ballots, which take longer to count, cast by voters distrustful of the new machines. In Maryland, for example, the state’s Republican governor has encouraged absentee ballots.

There is also a shortage of trained poll workers.

“There’s a rather combustible confluence of events taking place in our elections right now,” said Century Foundation researcher Tova Wang.

“Where we may find ourselves at the end of Election Day is actually with stacks of paper and long, drawn-out, possibly contentious vote counting,” she said. Any delays could spur concerns over the legitimacy of the outcome, she added.

All reported just in case the Dems lose, because we wouldn’t want anyone to think Democrats had actually been rejected on the basis of their ideas, would we? Surely not

Update I – 9:22 PM: If James Webb loses to Senator Allen in Virginia, the Washington Post is explaining to us why – in advance.

True to form, the Lamont-supporting NYT prints hit piece on Lieberman two weeks before the election

With the polls consistently showing Lieberman with a double digit lead over Nutroots candidate Ned Lamont, the NYT, which endorsed Lamont back in July, had to do something to help ‘the cause.’

The headline reads “Lieberman’s Words on War Show Some Shifts” – and when you read it, you’ll see some slight shifts but nothing really inconsistent with Lieberman’s belief that Hussein had to go and we were right to invade Iraq, which is what has gotten him in so much trouble with the far left – oh, that and the fact that he hasn’t treated Bush as Hitler’s American equivalent.

I find the NYT’s “analysis” of Lieberman’s statments a weak attempt to cast doubt on Lieberman’s sincerity on the issue of Iraq, but all the same not surprising, considering they’ll do just about anything to boost the sagging numbers of the Lamont campaign. I wonder if we’ll see a puff piece on Lamont next?

PM Update: Michael Steele is setting the record straight by pointing out that Cardin actually voted AGAINST stem cell research (hat tip: Ian):

Michael Steele said, “There is only one candidate in this race who voted against stem cell research and it’s Congressman Ben Cardin. Ben Cardin had a chance to support stem cell research that would not destroy human embryos, and he voted against it – not because of his beliefs on the issue, but as a transparent political stunt. Both Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes voted for this legislation. Ben Cardin wanted to politicize the issue instead of getting something done, so he voted against it. Marylanders deserve better than Congressman Cardin’s continued Washington double-talk, mistruths and sheer political gamesmanship on an issue as important as stem cell research.”

On September 6, 2006, the Frederick News Post reported: “[Cardin] opposes suggestions that stem cell research is acceptable if the embryo isn’t destroyed. (Liam Farrell, “Pursuing Change” Frederick News Post, September 2, 2006)

Michael Steele added, “I am an enthusiastic supporter of cord blood, adult stem cell and embryonic stem cell research that does not destroy the embryo, and I fully support expanding innovations in technology that make it possible to treat and prevent disease without the willful destruction of human embryos.”

Cardin Voted AGAINST Expanded Research On Stem Cells That Do Not Destroy Embryos.

Alternate Stem Cell Research Methods – Passage. “Barton, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the National Institutes of Health to conduct and support research on the isolation, derivation and production of pluripotent stem cells that do not destroy human embryos. It would require the Health and Human Services secretary to issue final guidelines for additional stem cell research, with priority for research with the greatest potential to yield benefits in the near future, within 90 days of the bill’s enactment.” (S. 2754, CQ Vote #380: Motion rejected. July 18, 2006, Cardin voted Nay)

The Senate Voted Unanimously To Pass the Same Bill that Cardin voted AGAINST. Both Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes Voted In Favor Of The Bill.

Alternate Stem Cell Research Methods – Passage. Passage of the bill that would require the National Institutes of Health to conduct and support research to develop techniques for the isolation, derivation and production of pluripotent stem cells that do not destroy human embryos. It would require the Health and Human Services secretary to issue final guidelines for additional stem cell research, including a prioritization of research with the greatest potential to yield benefits in the near future, within 90 days of the bill’s enactment.” (S. 2754, CQ Vote #205: July 18, 2006, Sarbanes voted Yea; Mikulski voted Yea)


Tuesday open thread – and a little sports chitchat

The controversy continues to grow over that mysterious substance Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers had on his pitching hand in game 2 of the World Series Sunday night. Sports Illustrated has more photos of Rogers’ pitching hand from that night, as well as photos of it from game 3 of the ACLS on October 13 as well as a July 20th game against the White Sox. Rogers maintains that what he wiped off of his hand Sunday night was dirt.

Do you think it was dirt? Cardinals coach Tony La Russa doesn’t think so.

Game 3 of the 1-1 series will be played tonight in St. Louis.


ST reader Mwalimu Daudi’s Dallas Cowboys lost last night to the New York Giants 36-22. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said of the game:

“I’m ashamed to put a team out there playing like that,” Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. “They out-everything-ed us. It was a very poor performance.”

He’ll be saying the same thing this coming Sunday, after the Cats whip up on T.O. and co. at Panthers stadium in Charlotte. We love cowboys here, but not the The Cowboys. <):) (and that’s my very lame attempt at trash talking!)


I’m involved in another NBA Fantasy League this year – my fourth one in a row – and our draft was last night. Here were my picks (not in order of when they were picked):

S. Nash (Pho – PG)
J. Smith (Atl – SG,SF)
M. Peterson (Tor – SG,SF)
PF T. Duncan (SA – PF,C)
B. Miller (Sac – C)
E. Okafor (Cha – PF,C)
C. Butler (Was – SF)
L. Ridnour (Sea – PG)
N. Krstic (NJ – PF,C)
R. Alston (Hou – PG)

I think I have a decent team, especially considering I didn’t really start researching until the last couple of days :D My main accomplishment, I think, was snagging Tim Duncan, who is good in two slots (center and power forward). I drafted 6th, and was shocked I was able to get him.


The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes are off to a rocky start, with a 3-4-2 record. Ah well :( No matter what happens this season, though, ‘Canes fans will always savor this moment.