One of the big current "phony" drivers for Carly is her
week's debate about what the Planned Parenthood videos released by
the Center for Medical Progress show:
"Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs
kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its
Nay, shouted many "fact checkers".
has a decent rundown of Carly vs. the "fact checkers". Key:
The media have consistently failed to cover the Planned Parenthood
footage, and now they are covering up the truth. The reality is that
babies of the same gestational age are having their organs harvested
every day. These videos feature graphic footage of abortionists mangling
babies to harvest organs to sell. They feature abortionists admitting
that babies often survive those abortions. They show high-level Planned
Parenthood officials encouraging this organ-harvesting scheme,
acknowledged that it is happening, and attempting to skirt scrutiny from
We try to keep things light here. And (disclaimer) I haven't watched
the Planned Parenthood videos, don't plan to. I know they are
horrifying, not only due to the explicit gore, but also the window into
the depraved and ghoulish mindset hiding behind the fundamentally
dishonest "Planned Parenthood"
Jeb still has a comfortable lead on the field, though.
In an effort to put the game away,
his Super PAC recently
that contrasted Jeb's upbeat optimism with Trump's dour darkness.
The video, called "Bright," then pivots to the sun rising in a field
along with the text “choose a brighter path” as Bush says his message
will be an optimistic one.
"If we get a few big things right, we can make lives better for
millions of people in this nation where every life matters and everyone
has the right to rise,” he says.
The only problem: The sun is rising over a field in Cornwall, England
— a clip available for between $19 and $79 on Shutterstock.
The Politico story also claims the ad uses the "silhouette of a
construction worker"—taken in Southeast Asia and
"kids heading off to school"—probably from the United Kingdom.
A Salon lefty, one Shane Ryan,
Any presidential election has a superficial quality to it, but as Rachel
Maddow pointed out recently on MSNBC, merely looking presidential, in
the patrician sense that John Kerry and Mitt Romney embodied, means
little. Instead, a modern candidate has to pass the “phony test.” The
history of recent electoral losers tells the story—Romney got caught
dismissing half of America, McCain lost his maverick credentials when he
added a fringe lunatic from Alaska to his ticket, Kerry was a
flip-flopper, and Gore was a snob. There are a thousand reasons why one
candidate loses and another wins, but personality defects are no small
part of the formula.
… and then loses it in the very next paragraph:
When you hear progressives laud [Bernie]
Sanders’ “authenticity,” it goes deeper
than his political record. The judgment takes aesthetics into
account—with his guileless manner, and the way his face defaults into a
dogged, curmudgeonly glare, you get the sense that it would never occur
to him to tell anything but the truth. Just like it would never occur to
him to change his positions on wealth inequality over three decades, or
to accept money from super PACs, or to shy away from the word
Swooning over a "curmudgeonly glare" — that's what American
Progressivism has come to. Shane, please play the Who's
"Won't Get Fooled Again" over and over on your iPod until
you snap out of it.
Somewhat more honest leftism is to be found from
Lendman at Counterpunch,
in which Bernie Sanders
is compared with current head of the British Labour Party,
Differences between them are stark. Sanders is more opportunist than
populist, nearly always supporting Democrat pro-war, pro-Israel,
pro-business, anti-human/civil rights policies – voting with party
members 98% of the time, more than most Democrats, polar opposite his
high-minded rhetoric, hiding his real agenda.
Ooooh, tell me more about Bernie's "real agenda".
He’s no populist/anti-war savior. His voting record belies his stump
speeches. He represents business as usual dressed up in phony
high-minded rhetorical mumbo jumbo.
OK, so beyond the vague "business as usual" claim,
Stephen never actually gets around to telling us what Bernie's
"real agenda" is. I bet it's nasty, though. Maybe next week?
Bernie was down the road last week, at St. Anselm's College,
what he meant by the term
socialism". Not to fret, he declaimed,
you'll still get your important liberties:
"So what does [democratic socialism] mean?” Sanders asked the students. “Does anyone here
think I’m a strong adherent of the North Korean form of government? That
I want all of you to be wearing similar colored pajamas?”
A sigh of relief went through the throng, as they realized their
sleepwear choices were not under imminent threat.
When the laughter died down, […]
Wait a minute: there was actually enough laughter at the pajama
remark for it to "die down"? It
seems St. Anselm's students are very easily
amused. Or maybe you had to be there.
[…] the longest-serving independent in Congress
asked how many of the students were familiar with the Scandinavian
countries of Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Hm. Check the Heritage Foundation's
2015 Index of Economic
Freedom. Denmark, Finland, and Norway are all ranked in the
"mostly free" category, along with the U.S. And Denmark is actually
ranked slightly above the U.S.
What does it mean when a self-proclaimed socialist, scrambling for
examples of ideal economic systems, points to ones that are
more or less like the one we already have?
I'll tell you what it means to me: it means we need to do a lot
better, economic freedom-wise. What do we have to do to get to
the "Free" category?
Ben Carson trails badly in our phony poll.
At the Daily Beast, P. J. O'Rourke
Time to Pull the Plug on Dr. Ben Carson’s Campaign." But why, Peej?
Ben Carson is brilliant and kind. Therefore, he has no business running
Ah. But read the whole thing.