This story is about a week old, but I’m posting about it anyway because I suspect many people didn’t hear about this because it didn’t get much, if any, significant national media attention:
A letter containing white powder and a threat was opened at U.S. Rep. Allen West’s campaign office here on Friday afternoon, prompting a HazMat response and an FBI investigation, officials said.
City firefighters tested the powder and determined it wasn’t anthrax or any other dangerous biological substance, said Frank Correggio, Boca Raton Fire-Rescue spokesman. It wasn’t clear Friday what the powder was .
Firefighters were called to the office, near the 2000 block of North Federal Highway, at about 1:45 p.m. Friday, Correggio said. FBI agents arrived about an hour later.
According to a statement from West’s office, the envelope was picked up from a Deerfield Beach post office box and opened in Boca Raton by a campaign worker, the only person in the office.
The envelope was stuffed with white powder and a letter with “derogatory statements” toward West. It also “mentioned the word anthrax,” the statement said.
West’s campaign office called police in Boca Raton and the U.S. Capitol. His offices in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale were told to take precautions when handling mail Friday, the statement said.
“I am deeply disturbed at this incident which threatened a member of our campaign staff,” West said in the statement. “I thoroughly condemn this act which does nothing but evidence the sick and deranged nature of the perpetrator.”
As you can imagine, this news got a good amount of coverage in the Boca area, and the AP even reported on it, but you didn’t get the wall to wall, 24-7 saturation of national news coverage from the major nets like you would have had this been a Democrat Congressman/woman who received a threatening note with a suspicious substance contained inside the envelope in the post-Gabrielle Giffords shooting era. You’d think that such egregious New Tone violations would merit more than just your garden variety run of the mill national MSM reporting, but then again, as we’ve learned all too often before, the speculated political affiliation of the perp and the political affiliation of the victim have to be “a certain way” before it grabs and holds national headlines for more than just a few seconds. It’s sad, but this is the reality we live in.
Glad Rep. West and his staff are ok.
Too bad, so sad – for liberals, that is:
Liberal and pro-union groups failed to oust a conservative judge from Wisconsin’s Supreme Court in an April 5 election, according to state vote totals finalized Friday.
Based on county canvassing totals, Judge David Prosser leads challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes out of close to 1.5 million votes cast. Election officials will not declare Prosser the official winner until Wednesday, Kloppenburg’s deadline to call for a recount.
The race was cast by activists on both sides as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial law limiting collective bargaining rights for the state’s public sector unions — a law currently being reviewed by the state Supreme Court. In a nonpartisan primary held just as the labor battle was heating up in February, Prosser won 55 percent of the vote, while Kloppenburg, an assistant state attorney general, came in second with 28 percent.
At one point on the day after the vote, Kloppenburg declared victory. Prosser and his handlers were more cautious, saying they were bracing for a recount.
But a big breakthrough came for Prosser at the end of last week, when the Waukesha County clerk’s office announced that it had made an error when sending voting data to The Associated Press and had not sent a set of nearly 15,000 votes, most for Prosser. In all, he netted 7,582 votes from the “human error” that clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a Republican, admitted she had made.
Neither candidate made an immediate statement about the final vote totals, and Kloppenburg has not indicated whether she will ask for a recount. Because Prosser’s margin of victory is less than 0.5 percent, Kloppenburg would not have to pay for the recount.
Ok. Well, it’s not officially official, but we’re getting pretty close to it. No doubt Kloppenburg will be strongly urged (and likely already has been) by Democrat union masters to exercise her option for a recount, but unless a miracle of some sort happens – like thousands of dead voter votes are mysteriously discovered, Prosser can pop the cork on a champagne bottle … and so, perhaps, could Gov. Scott Walker, seeing as this election was turned into a proxy battle over the union bill.
As they say, stay tuned …
To say that this guy is stupid on an epic scale would be an understatement. Real Clear Politics has the video of Jackson’s impassioned speech on the House floor, and notes the irony of the comments considering just a month prior he was promoting mandatory iPads for public school students on the House floor:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said he stood-by a proposal he made last week that could result in the federal government providing an Ipad for every student in the nation, despite a barrage of criticism he has suffered from the media in recent days.
“Let me be clear about a few things,” Jackson said, brandishing both an Apple iPad and an Amazon Kindle on the House floor. “These devices are revolutionizing our country — and they will fundamentally alter how we will educate our children.”
Jackson said he had been skewered on conservative radio and in the blogosphere and was called “misleading” and “malicious” names.
“Now, because I’ve suggested this idea, I’ve been called a communist and a socialist and any number of another things,” Jackson said.
Jackson is promoting his idea to amend the Constitution so that it guarantees every American the right to an equal education. Under that amendment Congress would be given discretion to implement the educational reforms which, Jackson said, may lead to an iPad, Kindle, or Nook for every schoolchild.
I guess this means that both Jackson AND our celebrity President are responsible for job losses in this country in more ways than one …
Cross-posted to Right Wing News.
Just when you’d hoped the Trig Truther issues were long behind us (well WE were hoping, but Trig Truthers like former Journo-listers and Andrew Sullivan have been waiting in the wings for any remote sign of a definitive “smoking gun”) comes a report about an “academic study” done by a moonbat college professor from Northern Kentucky University who believes that Sarah Palin is indeed Trig Palin’s grandmom rather than his mom … and supposedly he has the “evidence” to prove it. Via Business Insider:
An interesting footnote has emerged to a theory that raged around the Internet during Sarah Palin’s candidacy for Vice President:
The theory is that Sarah Palin is actually the grandmother of her purported son Trig, not the mother, and that she staged a gigantic hoax during the campaign to cover up this fact.
Professor Bradford Scharlott of Northern Kentucky University has looked into this story in detail and written a long academic article about it. He concludes two things:
-First, that the “conspiracy theory” is likely true–Sarah Palin staged a huge hoax, and, second,
-The American media is pathetic for not pursuing the story more aggressively
Scharlott’s article walks through all the evidence supporting the theory, including the photos of Palin in what is said to have been a late-stage pregnancy, the leisurely 20-hour trip home that Palin took after she supposedly went into labor in Texas, the refusal of the hospital where Trig was supposedly born to even confirm that he was born there (let alone who was the mother), strange statements from Palin’s doctor and the McCain campaign, and so on.
And Scharlott concludes that, given that this hoax would be a massive fraud perpetrated on the entire country by a vice-presidential candidate, the media absolutely should have pursued the story more aggressively.
This is the dirty not-so-secret smear campaign that prominent liberals don’t want to put their names to, but nevertheless I suspect they probably wish it were true if for no other reason than to get Sarah Palin out of the way once and for all. There are literally hundreds of websites that either focus solely on this “issue” or at least have a full page devoted to it. As noted above, some liberal journalists and columnists discussed behind the scenes how they wish this issue would have or would be “investigated” further. It’s really pathetic and, frankly, disgraceful – and not just for the liberal elites who believe this BS but for the rest of the MSM who refuse to report on these fruitcakes while at the same time giving so-called “birthers” wall to wall coverage.
And we all know why they engage in these double standards, don’t we?
Just to point out ONE MORE TIME for the conspiracy-driven nitwits who think Sarah Palin somehow staged the scam of the decade, here are pictures of the former Alaska governor in the latter stages of Trig’s pregnancy. The UK’s Daily Mail has another one. NOTE: These photos are NOT “personal photos” and thus couldn’t possibly be “staged” by the Palin family.
And to point out one other obvious fact: Wouldn’t it be a little bit difficult for Bristol Palin to have a baby in April 2008 and then turn around and have another one in December 2008? The “professor”, as you might expect, tries to get around this by suggesting that Trig was actually born earlier than April 2008 – without a shred of evidence, of course.
He’s outraged by the media’s supposed “lack of attention” to investigating Trig’s birth, but the real outrage – beyond the obvious one about how people in positions of power utilize it to try and smear the names of good people by engaging in baseless wacky conspiracy theories – is the fact that the mainstream media doesn’t go after these hacks with even a 10th of the same ruthlessnes they do the “birthers” on the right. I’m not surprised that the Trig “question” is mostly untouched by serious journalists, because many of them are in the back pockets of liberal politicos, but all the same it’s worth pointing out their double standards and hypocrisy. They’d go absolutely verbally postal if a liberal female was treated like this but, ah, heck – you know the routine.