Clay Aiken, known for his appearances as a losing contestant on American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice, tried to delete his offensive tweets from the internet when he decided to run as a Democrat for the 2nd District US Congressional seat in North Carolina.
I’m sure they all thought it was in good barroom fun. But he deleted it from his account, because he surely knows the good people of North Carolina wouldn’t want a congressman that so casually and publicly uses vulgar, debasing language for a woman’s private parts.
In setting the tone for his account with this tweet, can you imagine a Rep. Aiken’s twitter account, sending such things to Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Sheila Jackson Lee or Elizabeth Warren?
* There were a few other tweets sent from the @ClayAiken twitter account that preceded this one. (Only one survives his deletion frenzies.) The account, however, had been a relatively dormant placeholder until he launched into regular frequent tweeting (and deleting) with this tweet.
Now in the wide universe of infinite possibilities, it *is* possible that some teenager or random gang SWATted Walker, but it’s also highly unlikely. Because, just as with the other three conservative SWATting victims (Mike Stack, Patrick “Patterico” Frey and Erick Erickson), this SWATting seems meant as retribution for his political speech and to shut him up, if not out of fear then permanently.
I believe the left has become emboldened enough to send SWAT teams to the homes of their political foes because the leaders of the left and the mainstream media have done nothing to express outrage or utter even a simple “tsk, tsk” at such vile, vicious behavior. And if they aren’t going to investigate and cover attempted murder and assault with a deadly SWAT team against conservative bloggers, then these reporters are truly gonna hit the snooze button when the bloggers are merely being run out of their house or having their family creepily cyber-stalked.
Instead, when some crazy essentially non-political person goes berserk and guns down a crowd of people, including a Democrat congresswoman, the media and the Democratic party go wild trying to blame it on Republicans—who had absolutely nothing to do with it. They point frenziedly at Sarah Palin, shrieking that she caused the shooter’s insanity with her campaign material that used a target graphic—a graphic long used by both parties. The media repeat the phony story and the Democrats’ manufactured demand that the Republicans had been take a new tone.
But for nearly 10 months now, someone has been trying to kill outspoken Republicans. Where is the media on this story? More importantly, where is law enforcement?
This isn’t a one-off incident, such as when a “white hispanic” killed a black youth, that has become a major months-long media obsession. This is a repeated targeting of individuals engaged in conservative political speech. And the person or persons committing this crime appears to be getting away with it, especially when the media protects them (intentionally or not) with a cloak of silence.
The left-biased media apparently has no curiosity, let alone concern or outrage, over this First Amendment terrorism. They apparently feel protected in their citadels, secure in the belief that no one would ever send a SWAT team to their home with a prank caller claiming to be them, saying he’d just killed their family. So the #RealReporters have no affinity for the #JustABloggers under the gun, literally.
Is someone going to have to be actually killed before a big, bright spotlight gets shined on this abhorrent practice?
Even if they couldn’t report for sure who was behind the SWATting, there’s a rule of thumb in journalism that once something becomes a trend, it’s newsworthy. What’s considered a trend? When you can cite three examples of it. Well, hello, mainstream media, we just went from three to four verifiable, documented examples.
Could the media’s lack of coverage be based on or heavily influenced by their political bias? Many of the mainstream reporters don’t much like what we right-wing bloggers have to say, and they certainly don’t like our criticism of their reporting. They aren’t all that anxious to do us any favors.
If Arianna Huffington or Markos Moulitsas or David Brock were SWATted, they wouldn’t be able to get their satellite trucks to the crime scene fast enough. (I’d name some low-level liberal bloggers here too, except I confess I don’t read them enough to have their names come to mind, but you can bet many of the mainstream news people and their staffers do—and would feel like a friend and colleague had been attacked instead of some random right-wing nutjob *they’ve* never heard of.)
But I do know that no one I know would laugh at or applaud any sort of intimidating or terroristic attacks on our political opponents. I know many of us would, without hesitation, loudly decry such attacks and join the call to investigate and stop it.
It’s time that the media stopped protecting the wacko(s) with their silence. It’s time that they joined forces with everyone who values the freedom to speak your mind without fear of death. It’s time that they did their share to support the First Amendment for speech they may not particularly like.
In the meantime, it’s up to me and you, dear reader, to sound the clarion call for action until they pick up their giant megaphones and turn on their blinding searchlights.
WHAT TO DO:
1) Contact the media and fair-minded lefty bloggers (there’s got to be one or two on this planet) and respectfully ask them to report on this trend. Let them know that you are alarmed by it and afraid someone will get hurt or killed if this swatter(s) is allowed to remain in the shadows of a media blackout.
2) Contact Congress and other governmental authorities. Fortunately, some of our Congressional representatives are as alarmed as the conservative blogosphere is about these attempted murders. Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) initiated a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation of the SWATtings and garnered 87 co-signers. (Breitbart.com got an exclusive statement from her on Walker’s SWATting.) Check the signers of the letter to see if your Congressman is one of them.
If he is, write him, thank him and alert him to this latest SWATting with links to the story.
If your Congressman is *not* one of the signers, write him and ask him to please add his name to the bill, noting that this certainly falls under his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
(As the Spokane Examiner noted earlier this month, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) also put in requests to Holder, which generated a smattering of mainstream media mentions, proving that government action can prod the media into reporting something, no matter how reluctantly.)
Back on National Bloggers Day of Silence, AceOfSpades, Michelle Malkin and Mandy Nagy (among others) posted citizen action information and links. Check their posts out for guidelines of how to contact and where to contact key people with the power to protect the freedom to blog.
The right too often plays nice in these situations—and we lose little bits of our freedom every time. Take a moment today, right now before you forget, to write at least one quick note. We can still be nice, just not silent.
For those click-challenged folks who what their action information with no effort, here direct from Michelle Malkin’s site is a fine list of key persons to contact (in addition to your own Congressman and Senators, of course):
GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor Web form
Phone: (202) 225-2815
Fax: (202) 225-0011 Twitter
Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Web form
Phone: (202) 225-4965 Twitter
GOP Rep. Frank Wolf (Va.) – Ask him to investigate Kimberlin-related charities.
Phone: (202) 225-5136
Fax: (202) 225-0437 Twitter
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Web form
Fax: 202-225-3303 Twitter
US Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555
Email AskDOJ@usdoj.gov Twitter
More people to call:
John McCarthy – Please ask for justice in Aaron Walker’s case
State’s Attorney for Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Assistant United States Attorney Robert Dugdale – Please ask for justice in Patrick Frey’s case
The United States Attorney’s Office
Central District of California
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
There’s no time like now to do it. Be a First Amendment Freedom Fighter. Don’t let the #FreedomToBlog get SWATted away.
If you are interested in learning more about protecting these rights and defending conservative bloggers against such risks to themselves and their families, the Franklin Center is conducting a webinar tonight at 9:30pm Eastern time. Aaron Walker will speak about his ordeal, while other speakers will include some of the most prominent conservative bloggers from around the nation.
Tonight at 9:30pm EDT, The Franklin Center joins Lee Stranahan, Mandy Nagy, and last night’s SWATting victim Aaron Walker on a webinar to discuss recent attacks on bloggers and the suppression of free speech.
Information on tonight’s webinar is below. Learn what is at stake and learn how to protect yourself and your act of journalism.
The webinar had some harrowing tales and excellent information on resources to combat those who wish to stifle blogger speech. The Franklin Center says they will post the audio of the event. Once they do, I’ll link it here.
I am woefully late to the “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” that Lee Stranahan set up for May 25. (Click the link to view Lee‘s video about Kimberlin.) Due to all my traveling and work on my Big Project these past couple of weeks, I’ve been able to do little more than retweet various blog posts about the surreal saga of Kimberlin et al and their war on conservative bloggers. The story has unfolded with jaw-dropping turns of events every few days, making it difficult to even put together an up-to-date collection of links.
However, Ace of Spades created today as National Silence Day for blogs to protest the lack of coverage the story has gotten in the mainstream media and from government representatives and officials empowered to protect citizens from such abuse of the judicial system. Michelle Malkin’s column today does a great round-up of the story to date.
It’s quite amazing that the media has not flocked to this story, as this tale should concern—if not, alarm—every citizen who values free speech and decency in public discourse.
I’ll post my own collection of links later as an update to this post, but if you’d like to begin where I did when I first learned about , I suggest starting here:
Then be sure to take a moment to contact your congressional representative to be sure they are aware of what is happening to bloggers across the country. (See the end of Malkin’s post for some great contact info of others as well.)
Earth Day has brought another round of indoctrination for minds of mush across the land, teaching that the mean ol’ human race should be sacrificed to nature. With a straight face, the deacons of the environmental movement declare that Republicans want to pollute all water and air and raze all trees and kill all animals. There’s no sense of proportion to the environmental lobby’s propaganda.
Earlier this week, Robert H. Nelson, a University of Maryland professor of environmental policy, wrote an excellent editorial providing some key points of evidence that environmentalism has become a religion. It has turned our schools into houses of Gaia worship, demanding our children serve as altar boys and girls.
Even as it adopts secular forms, environmentalism borrows to a surprising degree from Jewish and Christian history.
For example, it says in Deuteronomy that, for those who worship false idols, God “will send disease among you … fever, infections, plague and war. … (and) will blight your crops.” In 2010, Al Gore similarly foresaw environmental sinners headed toward calamity on a biblical scale, facing rising seas, “stronger and more destructive” hurricanes and droughts “getting longer and deeper.”
In contemporary environmentalism, the largest religious debts are owed to Calvinism. It was John Calvin who wrote that God has “revealed himself and daily discloses himself in the whole workmanship of the universe.” For both Calvin and environmentalism, the natural world is the artwork of God.
Man’s role is to conserve God’s work. Thus, the rituals of environmentalism celebrate reduced consumption — lowering the heat, driving fewer miles, using less water, living in smaller houses, having fewer children. Limiting human appetites, rather than satisfying ever-growing demands, is the environmental command.
It’s time that conservatives, Republicans, Christians and like-minded individuals refuse to permit themselves to be pushed further from the public square while environmentalists turn our classrooms into Druid seminaries.
Even President Obama declared himself to be the high priest, if not the messiah, of the environmental church when he declared his coming to be the start of the waters receding and the planet healing—intoning this as if it were scripture, dictating their gospel.
It’s time that we call a religion a religion and refuse to be required to attend its state-sanctioned church services.
At CPAC, the trailer to the upcoming movie Hating Breitbart was previewed, and it looked awesome. Condolences to the filmmakers who must write an ending now that they never could have anticipated, and certainly never wanted.
I look forward to seeing it as a tribute to Andrew Breitbart’s life and impact on America and continued inspiration to carry on under his banner.
Occupy Wall Street likes to claim it is not a violent movement, and yet across the country, rapes and riots abound. The common response from Occupiers when arrests and property damage get reported is that the degenerates perpetrating the crimes were not a part of the movement. They just happened to be there.
In one of the latest examples of the violent bloodthirst that bubbles within the aimless, demand-less movement, this joker—Nkrumah Tinsley, 29—ranted about how they were going to “burn New York to the f***ing ground.” He then went on to rave about firebombing Macy’s department store with a Molotov Cocktail on November 17, the Occupy Wall Street two-month anniversary, which they have dubbed their Day of Action.
(Poor Macy’s. These loons are also targeting its Thanksgiving Day parade for massive trouble. Fortunately, if they carry through with their parade threats, they will give America and its children a real eyeful of the despicable nature of their movement and its pointless, misdirected, impotent “protest.”)
But look at all the Occupy people surrounding this idiot as he promotes anarchy and arson. Is there anyone appalled at such suggestion, or telling him how wrong that idea is? No. It’s smiles and approving nods all around.
Don’t let anyone tell you these criminals are anything but leaders and role models for Occupy Wall Street.
On the 17th, we going to burn New York City to the f-cking ground.
Ain’t no more talking, They got guns we got bodies. They got bricks we got rocks. Let’s see what they got.
[Young man in the background] They got missiles, we got bombs.
I want them…I want them to make that decision so they can see…in a few days you going to see what a molotov cocktail can do to Macy’s.
Says the man as he…signs an autograph?
In that same post, Verum asked:
Who the hell is this guy, to make what can only be described as a terrorist threat so brazenly with cameras rolling. I’d joke and say he must be a tea party infiltrator, but seriously, does anyone have any contacts with the NYPD or the DHS? This is way, way over the line.
In the linked NY Daily News article about the arrest, the paper provides evidence that Tinsley has been an Occupier for quite some time, as they note his October arrest during an Occupy protest where he punched a cop in the face and kicked him on the ground. So a known violent police attacker was welcomed back into their midst at Zuccotti Park, as they crowded around him and chanted his rants for him so everyone could hear them.
And then we have right-wing bloggers like VerumSerum doing what Occupy Wall Street won’t do: standing up for the 100% of all that is decent and honorable in America—and getting those that would firebomb it arrested instead of cheered.
Note: Isn’t it interesting that Occupy is calling their anniversary “Day of Action” when their first day of protest back on September 17 was called “Day of Rage.” Guess they are trying to hide their roots in a call for violent anger.
The Morning Spew has smashed together footage of the cult-like “process” at an Occupy Atlanta rally that denied civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis the chance to speak and footage from Monty Python’s classic The Life of Brian. The result is hilarious…and spot-on commentary on the Occupy movement.
A group calling themselves the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care is running the following commercial of self-righteous cranky geezers demanding that Congress continue bankrupting America for their benefit:
Don’t you love having a lecturing old lady glaring at you over the top of her spectacles? Once again, it’s liberals treating the citizens like misbehaving children. It doesn’t engender any sympathy in me. I find it downright insulting.
The odd thing is that this group, “Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care,” is supposedly up in arms over $100 billion in cuts to Medicare, and yet there was not a peep out of them during the ObamaCare passage that slashed $500 billion out of the program. Why weren’t they trying to Protect America’s Health Care from decimation then?
The answer to that question can be found at their website. Take a look at their list of campaigns, and you’ll see that they only oppose Republican efforts to save the Medicare program, but they have no problem with the Democrats raiding their benefits for their nefarious purposes. (The one time they were on the Republican side was in their clamor for the new entitlement of prescription drugs in Medicare.)
They are quite good at alarming the public—particularly old people—with their advertising, which proposes no revamping of the Medicare/Medicaid systems to save them. It just screams, as it shoves its way onto our TVs, that we need to just keep feeding the monster more money. Forget that we’re bankrupting the nation. Of their bullying success, they say:
Since 2000 we have seen an impressive return on investment:
Payment improvements: $37.5 billion…return of $2,100 for every dollar invested
With reductions avoided: $457 billion…return of $30,000 for every dollar invested
In addition, the Coalition’s advertising moved public opinion and established a base of knowledge in communities about the financial pressures facing hospitals. Survey research completed by Public Opinion Strategies revealed that, in markets that saw no Coalition advertising, 42% of respondents said hospitals faced “good times,” and 36% said hospitals faced “bad times.”
In markets where all of the Coalition advertising was seen, there was a dramatic difference—only 27% reported “good times” and 55% said hospitals were facing “bad times.”
Take a look at the three people in that ad above. Each one of them is literally stealing the money right out of the piggy banks of their grandchildren. Do they care about that? Look at their faces. The answer is written all over them: NO.
Unfortunately for the advertisers, in the new proposed debt ceiling deal, it’s Barack Obama, not Republicans, who has now put another $500 billion in Medicare cuts up as his preferred “punishment” when the Super Committee fails to come up with any agreeable plan for $1.4 trillion more in cuts.
Let’s see how long they keep running the commercial now.
The White House—that illustrious, stately, venerable seat of the executive branch of the most powerful government in the world—has taken to tweeting the equivalent of giving someone a loogie or a swirlie or a wedgie. They have Rickroll’d* a constituent.
During a Twitter event, named #WHchat, in which the White House was fielding questions from the general public, one guy tweeted a little poke:
@wiggsd (David Wiggs) wrote: “This WH correspondence briefing isn’t nearly as entertaining as yesterday’s. #TCOT#WHchat“
to which the White House flippantly replied:
@whitehouse wrote to @wiggsd: “Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here’s something more fun: tinyurl.com/y8ufsnp #WHChat”
* Rickrolling is a passe internet fad. It’s a trite way of tricking someone into clicking a video link that purports to be something of interest to someone, but instead serves them up this Astley video. Rickrolling was all the rage back in 2007, until it quickly became highly annoying. The world was grateful when the fad went away. Now like flu, the White House is trying to bring it back?
I actually think the tweet was kinda of funny, because it is so incredibly juvenile. I mean, who other than 6-year-olds Rickroll anyone anymore? So it’s unexpected.
But this is an account that is supposed to represent all American citizens to the world. This is the dignity of the United States at hand. For some reason, this administration seems to think that the persons behind the official Twitter accounts of prestigious and official government departments and officials can take their pants off, pop open a beer and try their hand at amateur standup comedy on Twitter’s 24/7 open mic night. (Recall PJ Crowley, spokesman for the State Department, using his Twitter account to tweak foreign leaders with insults until he finally resigned?)
Do we really want a government that runs around sticking “Kick Me” signs on everyone’s back? Is this what we have devolved to? It’s a slippery slope toward putting a whoopie cushion on the guest of honor’s chair at a state dinner or using a joy buzzer when shaking hands with the Queen. Yes, it would be hilarious, because it would be so inappropriate. But we need a White House that we don’t have to worry is gonna get caught mooning tourists or playing ding-dong-ditch down embassy row.
Yeah, yeah, call me a humorless ol’ stick-in-the-mud, but given the supposed seriousness of the issue of the day—the debt ceiling, which what was being discussed in the #WHchat—and President Obama’s proclivity for lecturing Republicans about the need to be adult, this is a far cry from behaving properly.
I’m not exactly the only one thinking this. David Wiggs, the recipient of the Rickroll tweet—and a Republican I would assume, as he tweeted a happy birthday greeting to George Bush earlier in the month, to which he added the hashtag #wemissyou—took it all in good humor, but many of those that tweeted to him about it were not so laissez-faire:
@HavanasBananastweeted to @wiggsd: “lame that @whitehouse retweeted this during #whchat when so many Americans had way more significant things to say. thumbs down”
@SiriusFarmtweeted: “sure seems like the #WH would have more important things to do than #rickrolling @wiggsd – I see where their priorities are”
And @DWGen1tweeted: “Hrm, The White House Rick Rolled someone.. Wonder How Much was appropriated for this, are they paying royalties?”
That last tweet has a point…although they probably weren’t being serious. Would the White House have an obligation to pay royalties for using someone’s copyrighted material in the course of their business? (If Astley could collect royalties from all the Rickrolling, he would be one of the wealthiest men in the world.) Don’t forget, this is an official account. They say so in their Twitter bio:
It is so official that they felt it necessary to warn people that tweet interactions with them are subject to privacy laws and may be archived as official White House communication. Do we really want this White House Rickrolling to live on in infamy, for future generations to tut-tut at the immaturity of this White House?
The people in the White House need to grow up and conduct themselves in a manner befitting the privilege of working for the People in one of the most renown buildings in the world. The world is already concerned we can’t manage our checkbook. We don’t need the toddlers running around giggling wildly and pulling the People’s pigtails while the elected officials attempt to demonstrate maturity and responsibility.
Here’s my suggestion: Keep official government department and official accounts sacrosanct. Don’t screw around with them or tell “yo momma” jokes with them. Preserve what shreds of dignity we have left. This administration has fairly stripped us bare.
The persons behind these talent-show tweets should establish a separate, personal account, where they can tweet their prepubescent hilarity to their hearts’ delight.
If we don’t stand up against these Stooge-ish antics, the next thing you know, the White House will be dredging up footage of the angry Hitler scene in the movie Downfall, and replacing the real English subtitles with phony dialogue about the debt ceiling. Yeah, that will be a real fresh and unique gag. NOT, as they used to gratingly say back when it was still cool.
Stop the insanity. Don’t make us have to get a nanny to discipline the nanny state.