Thursday, October 16, 2008

So the cry of "kill him" was a lie from the start

Now the truth comes out:

SCRANTON – The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.

The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on its Web site Tuesday and then again in its print edition Wednesday. The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Oabama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him."

News organizations including ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann reported the claim, with most attributing the allegations to the Times-Tribune story.

Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.

“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.

He said the agency conducted an investigation Wednesday, after seeing the story, and could not find one person to corroborate the allegation other than Singleton.

Slavoski said more than 20 non-security agents were interviewed Wednesday, from news media to ordinary citizens in attendance at the rally for the Republican vice presidential candidate held at the Riverfront Sports Complex. He said Singleton was the only one to say he heard someone yell “kill him.”

“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” Slavoski said. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”

Hackett said he did not hear the remark.

Slavoski said Singleton was interviewed Wednesday and stood by his story but couldn’t give a description of the man because he didn’t see him he only heard him.

When contacted Wednesday afternoon, Singleton referred questions to Times-Tribune Metro Editor Jeff Sonderman. Sonderman said, “We stand by the story. The facts reported are true and that’s really all there is.”

Slavoski said the agents take such threats or comments seriously and immediately opened an investigation but after due diligence “as far as we’re concerned it’s closed unless someone comes forward.” He urged anyone with knowledge of the alleged incident to call him at 346-5781. “We’ll run at all leads,” he said.

So the ONLY person to hear the "death threat" against the little messiah was a reporter with the mainstream media.

Why am I not surprised?

Despite the fact that only one person heard the "death threat" which was supposedly shouted at high volume in a large crowd (the crowds turning out to see Governor Palin are always large) the rest of the mainstream media ran with the story reporting that deep rage and death threats were the signature feature of all McCain/Palin rallies.

All this off of ONE report of ONE incident by ONE mainstream reporter - which we now know was a lie.

And it was not a mistake it was a LIE.

The mainstream media has come out in support of Barack Obama in a way which they have never done for any presidential candidate in my lifetime. Everything but the most microscopically thin vernier of objectivity has fallen away from them in their efforts to deceive the American people about the true nature of Senator Obama.

David Singleton, the reporter whose lie started the mainstream media feeding frenzy, knew that as long as he was saying something incendiary about Governor Palin or her supporters that his colleagues in the media would do no fact checking but simply run with the story as if it were gospel truth. He also knew that left-wing blogs and talk radio callers would take up the mantra and that the perception that McCain/Palin events were little different than Nuremberg Rallies (ironic because the candidate whose followers most resemble fanatical Nazis is Obama, there are no videos of McCain Jugend floating around the 'net) would become the unquestioned assumption among the media and Democrat talking-heads.

This is exactly what happened with New York Times writers confidently assuming that McCain and Palin were whipping up the great masses of nascent knuckle-dragging Klansmen (who they all just know infest the alien landscape of flyover country) into a murderous fury*.

Friends, when it comes to this election and these candidates we must assume that whatever the mainstream media says is a lie unless backed up by overwhelming confirmation from non mainstream media sources. If the New York Times says that the sun is shining brightly at noon on a cloudless day don't believe it unless you go outside and look for yourself. If MSNBC says that water is wet get a glass of it and conduct your own experiments before forming an opinion.

Or better yet do what the rest of us are doing and tune them out altogether. If you want an Obama position paper or a sheet of Obama talking points you can go to your local Democrat party headquarters and they will give them to you at no charge (and throw in an Obama bumper sticker and yard sign as well). You don't have to pay the New York Times or the Washington Post or your local paper that prints stories off the AP wire for them.

Of course the MSM has been lying to us about a great deal more than the character of Sarah Palin rallies and they have been doing it for a lot longer than this current election season. However what is happening right now is of critical importance for the future of our nation.

The United States of America simply cannot afford Barack Obama. We cannot afford him in a financial sense as the pure Marxist socialism which he reflexively thinks is the answer to any and every economic problem would bankrupt the nation and risk turning the coming recession into another great depression.

The Unites States of America simply cannot afford Barack Obama in a national security sense as his determination to surrender in the war in Iraq would destabilize the region and send a message to every other nation in the world that we are an unreliable ally and an enemy who is not to be feared.

The Unites States of America simply cannot afford Barack Obama in a foreign policy sense as his determination to negotiate with outlaw nations without preconditions would tell these rogue states that they can have the legitimacy of diplomatic relations with the US without reforming themselves in even the slightest sense. It would signal the world that America is not a serious player on the world diplomatic stage. The international respect which the left claims that we have lost under George W Bush would actually be lost under Barack Obama.

The United States of America simply cannot afford Barack Obama in a social policy sense as his unconditional support of partial-birth abortion and his refusal to countenance even the giving of supportive care and comfort to infants born alive after a botched abortion attempt (wishing them to be thrown into a garbage can to die instead) reveal a man whose moral center had been totally corrupted and sold out to the very worst and most extreme elements of the modern left-wing culture of death.

John McCain is a deeply flawed candidate. He is not a conservative. Although some of his positions fall into line with conservatism those positions are not arrived at through the outworking of a conservative worldview. Senator McCain's central guiding motivations are his love of country, his sense of personal honor and a profound desire to do his duty to his nation. These are all admirable qualities but he lacks an underlying political philosophy to serve as a lens to focus these desires in a consistent and constructive way.

This explains his erratic voting record as a Senator on everything other than foreign affairs and military issues. He knows those things by personal experience and since he has no underlying liberal philosophy which forces him to misinterpret what he sees with his own eyes his opinions in those areas are based on simple reality and so line up with conservatism.

Since Mr. McCain lacks the base of personal experience in other areas like economics he must arrive at his opinions using secondhand information. Since he has no underlying conservative philosophy to guide him toward good sources of information like the Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute and away from bad sources like the New York Times and any liberal academic his opinions on those issues are seldom consistent and often wrong.

This lack of an underlying conservative philosophy is, as I said, a serious flaw but it is one we can deal with. Dragging John McCain, often kicking and screaming, from center-left to center-right is a goal which we can accomplish more than half the time. Attempting to drag Barack Obama, who does have an underlying political philosophy - of the most radical leftism bordering on Marxism - from the most extreme fringes of the Marxist left halfway back to center-left is a task we will fail at 75% of the time.

I know that there are many conservatives who dislike John McCain, I am one of them. However John McCain has unwittingly chosen the best possible person to be his running mate and therefore set her up for her own presidential run in 2012 or 2016. Preventing Barack Obama from stepping into the Oval Office with a Democrat congress to back him up for at least the first two years with all the potential damage which would could be done to the nation during that time is worth whatever personal discomfort we might feel in casting a vote for John McCain.

Placing Sarah Palin, the next Ronald Reagan, in a position to be Republican party's next presidential candidate is also worth the discomfort of casting a vote for John McCain. And make no mistake about it. Governor Palin is the next Ronald Reagan. She has the same underlying conservative philosophy as Reagan. She has the same telegenic quality that Reagan had and most importantly she has the same ability to connect with ordinary Americans which Ronald Reagan had.

In fact she has that ability to connect with average citizens to a greater degree than Mr. Reagan. What took Ronald Reagan years as a professional actor, more years as a representative for General Electric traveling from one end of the nation to the other speaking to and listening to ordinary Americans and still more years as Governor of California to perfect Sarah Palin has naturally.

All it takes is one announcement on a local radio or television station that Sarah Palin will be making an appearance and enough people to fill a football stadium show up to see her. The most common reaction which ordinary Americans have to her is love, respect and admiration. If she did not have the anchor of John McCain tied around her neck she could be president this year.

Some people say that if McCain loses this election that Mrs. Palin's career on the national political stage will be over. Nothing could be further from the truth. If Barack Obama becomes the president Republicans will remember Sarah Palin as the vice presidential candidate who was almost strong enough to drag the party over the finish line despite all the disadvantages we had this time around. She will become the savior in the wings just as Reagan was between 1976 and 1980.

However it is not necessary to give Barack Obama and his radical friends and allies that two-year opportunity to inflict harm upon this nation. All we must do is not lose heart and turn out to vote. That and not be afraid to speak our minds to our friends and neighbors.

If you are the kind of person who reads or writes a blog or blogs then you are most likely the kind of person who goes out of his/her way to be informed. I know that talking to ordinary people who only get their news from a daily paper and a nightly network newscast (I've started to think of those people as "civilians") can be a frustrating experience. They "know" so many things which just ain't so that talking to them about politics can feel like trying to discuss plasma physics with a two-year-old.

But I urge you to make the effort. Remember that you cannot just assume that they know who William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright or Anthony Rezko are. They will likely have only heard the mainstream media version of Obama's association with these men and so you will have to do some patient explaining. Have your facts together and know them from memory.

Know that it is very very common for a "small business" to make more than $250,000.00 per year so that Obama's tax increases will harm most small businesses. Know that Obama's $3000.00 tax credit to a business that creates a job will not come anywhere close to covering the actual costs of hiring a new employee.

Know that tax increases on businesses either large or small force those businesses to cut their payroll and raise their prices so that the price of "taxing the rich" will always fall on ordinary working Americans.

Know that Obama's plan to allow people to withdraw money from retirement accounts without penalty will drain money from capital markets just when it is most needed and risk turning the coming recession into a true depression, as well as tempting Americans to sell stocks when they are low and waste the opportunity to participate in the coming recovery.

Be able to remind people that the meltdown in the housing market which started the current crisis was the direct result of Democrat party policy which Barack Obama supported and that in just two years in the Senate Obama managed to become the second largest recipient of cash from Fannie Mae. Be able to remind people one of Obama's closest friends was Anthony Rezko the slumlord (and felon) who preyed upon the very poor people that "community organizer" Obama was supposed to be trying to help.

Be ready to ask people why Barack Obama's health records have not been released like John McCain's have been. Why even Barack Obama's birth certificate has to be kept secret. Why Obama will not release his doctoral thesis. Where are Obama's writings from when he was a law professor?

Be ready to ask people why Obama is constantly receiving the endorsements of people that he has to run away from like Louis Farrakan, the leader of the antisemitic cult the Nation of Islam or Hamas, the Islamist terrorist organization or bigoted hate-monger Jeremiah Wright or violent communist revolutionary and terrorist bomber William Ayers? Why are Obama supporters like Jesse Jackson promising that under an Obama administration that America will turn away from its support for Israel and begin favoring the Arab world? Even if Obama denies this ask why so many people find the idea credible.

Remind people that Obama has a brother who is living in squalor in Kenya. Ask them why Obama isn't lifting a finger to help his own flesh and blood. Sending this poor man a check for a hundred dollars a month would raise his standard of living enormously. Why hasn't Obama sponsored him for immigration to the United States?

Ask people who are thinking of voting for Obama why trust Obama to help their families when he won't even help his own family.

These facts and questions ought to be draped around Obama like the chain around Marly's ghost. And they would be if the media was doing its job rather than acting as unpaid press agents for his campaign. So it is up to us to ask them as often as we can to anyone who will listen. We still have time to drag John McCain across the finish line but we must roll up our sleeves and do the work.

Now I'm off to vote (early voting starts in NC today).

*Note to the mainstream media: To the extent that there is "murderous fury" out here it is being whipped up by YOU not by any politician. I'm sorry that we aren't as stupid as you thought we were and have figured out that you have been lying to us for years and that you are just as much the enemies of our nation as al Qaeda is, even if your methods of attack are not violent.