The Chicago Way – Obama attempts to silence Kurts, rather than debate

Yesterday, the Obama campaign tried to squelch a radio show for having on conservative writer Stanley Kurtz.

Powerline has the skinny:

Stanley Kurtz is the academically minded senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center who has doggedly investigated the Chicago years of Barack Obama. Most recently, Kurtz has been seeking to reconstruct the relationship of BarackObama and Bill Ayers via the papers of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge held by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kurtz has painstakingly documented the obstacles thrown up to his review of the documents.

Now his efforts have struck a nerve at the Obama campaign, which has viciously lashed out at him as a “slimy character assassin.”Last night Chicago’s own Milt Rosenberg hosted Kurtz for the duration of his WGN 720 show. The Obama campaign declined Rosenberg’s invitation to have a reapresentative appear with Kurtz on the show. Rosenberg has made a podcast of the show available for download here.

The Obama campaign also sent out an email to supporters to call in an attack the show (politico):

The campaign e-mailed Chicago supporters who had signed up for the Obama Action Wire with detailed instructions including the station’s telephone number and the show’s extension, as well as a research file on Kurtz, which seems to prove that he’s a conservative, which isn’t in dispute. The file cites a couple of his more controversial pieces, notably his much-maligned claim that same-sex unions have undermined marriage in Scandinavia.

“Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse,” says the email, which picks up a form of pressure on the press pioneered by conservative talk radio hosts and activists in the 1990s, and since adopted by Media Matters and other liberal groups.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies,” it continues.

Hmm – Is that in-fact not an answer but a direct ‘character assassination’ of Kurtz???  Full text of the email here.

You can listen to the radio show here by the way (LGF).

Guy Benson witnessed what happened first hand:

The experience was surreal, amusing, and chilling. In a matter of hours, a major national campaign had called on its legions to bully a radio show out of airing an interview with a legitimate scholar asking legitimate political questions. Coupled with the Obama campaign’s recent attempts to sic the DOJ on the creators of a truthful political advertisement —which also happened to feature Obama’s relationship with an unrepentant terrorist— last night’s call to action represents an emerging pattern. Any criticism of Obama’s unknown past is to be immediately denounced as a “smear,” and the messenger is to be shut down at all costs. …

Team Obama is fast becoming the campaign that cried “smear.” They labeled the National Right to Life committee “liars” for providing evidence of some unpleasant facts about their candidate’s record on a series of infanticide votes. This tendency to lash out and engage in baseless name-calling not only smacks of desperation; it also may foreshadow an Obama presidency’s strategy in handling unfavorable media reports and sources.

Ed Morrissey has the wrap up:

Team Obama has become so overwrought at the mere thought of criticism that they now overreact on a constant basis.  It’s a measure of the fear in the campaign that they have decided that they cannot abide any criticism at all, and instead of simply responding to it, they attempt to silence it instead.  Worse, they seem to believe that the Department of Justice is a great tool for oppressing such criticism — while Democrats accuse the Bush administration of the same, which much less evidence for their allegations.

And in this case, what has Kurtz done?  He has demanded access to records that should have been public all along to investigate the workings of a program funded at least in part by public funds.  Kurtz wanted to check the records on Obama’s denials of a close working relationship with Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers.  In other words, Kurtz attempted to commit the crime of journalism, a crime that seems rare enough as it is when it comes to Obama and his past.

Maybe other journalists should take heed.  If Obama becomes president and they commit the crime of Journalism in the First Degree, how will these same people react with the full weight of the federal government behind them?   If they stoop to character assassination now, what will they do when they have much more powerful tools at their disposal?

This whole thing blows me away. Listen to the radio show audio. Do those people sound like crazy wack jobs hell-bent on destroying Obama? Of course not! Kurtz is simply asking questions and doing an investigation of public records to see if they back up Obama’s claims. This is something that must be done for both candidates.

Obama could have easily sent someone to debate Kurtz on the show. Instead – he is attempting to bring the the Department of Justice (against the American Issues Project that ran an Ayers ad) into the picture which seems to me to be a direct attempt to destroy free speech. You can scream all day slanderous thing about President George W. Bush – but ask a few questions about Obama’s public record and suddenly there’s a criminal investigation, and a mob shout down at a radio show…?

What the crap?

Hugh Hewitt had Kurtz on the show today. Again, listen and decide for yourself if Kurtz sounds wild and unreasonable. Here’s the audio:


McCain Palin [video]

McCain picks Sarah Palin.


The best indicator of the effectiveness of the pick was the Obama Team’s first response:

OMG! We should have picked Hillary!!!!

Yeah – duh… No – actually it was this:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.”

Ouch. I must have hit her them pretty close to the mark to get her them all riled up like that, huh, kid? – Solo 

Later they realized that probably seemed a little knee-jerk and issued the damage control reaction:

“We send our congratulations to Governor Sarah Palin and her family on her designation as the republican nominee for Vice President. It is yet another encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics. While we obviously have differences over how best to lead this country forward Governor Palin is an admirable person and will add a compelling new voice to this campaign.”

Like I said above, interesting choice – certainly mixes things up with many pros and cons. Ed has a great rundown here. This is no doubt, one crazy election year!

UW – 1 day till doom

Get stoked!

OS 28 – Stanford 36: Wha Happa?

Sad ending to the game. Similar to the Oregon – Cal game last year…except – this one lost to the universally hated dancing moron. Though a Duck myself – I understand the pain.

Summary of Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech

It’s nothing personal Senator Obama, but I’m afraid I fundamentally disagree with your stirring the pot of class envy. Painting people as victims, in my view – is one of the most destructive and irresponsible things in America politics today.

You can, and should read the transcript of the speech.

More here.

Photo I took in college jacked for backdrop in The Daily Show

I built a website for the house I lived in during college and took a bunch of photos for the tour section of the page. Somehow – one ended up as a backdrop in The Daily Show the other day… It’s about 3:30 into the clip.

If you go to the AO House Tour and scroll down to living spaces (click the image below):

How many billions of TV room pictures do you think there are on the Internet?

What the crap? Comedy Central – ever head of I think royalty free picks on there are about 2 bucks…

Update: Clearly they just ran a google image search for: ‘TV Room.’

Cross posted on You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice.

Who are the 47 million Americans who ‘don’t have health care?”

In 2006 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 46.6 million are people without health insurance. You hear this number all the time today in discussions on what our public policy should be towards health care (particularly – socialized healthcare). But who are these 46.6 million people? Here are a couple things you probably won’t hear from politicians, whether Democratic or Republican:

  1. Of that 46.6 million, 9.5 million were not United States Citizens
  2. Another 17 million of those people live in households exceeding $50,000 and could purchase healthcare but choose to invest their money in other things.
  3. 18 million were between the age of 18-34, most in good health – and either not in need of coverage – or chose not to purchase it (that includes me for a while there). (Also, note that this stat likely overlaps with the one above as commentor Kottcamp reminded me.)
  4. 70% of the non-elderly population that become uninsured in a given year – are reinsured in less than one year.

Here are a couple other statistics about healthcare in Canada and Europe:


  1. More than 825,000 Canadians are on waiting lists for surgery and other necessary treatments.
  2. 15 years ago the average wait for Canadians was 9 weeks – today it’s 15 weeks.
  3. Over the past 10 years, 11% of physicians trained in Canada have moved to the United States.


  1. More than 1 million citizens are waiting for hospital admission.
  2. Another 200,000 are waiting to get on the waiting list.
  3. Each year – the national health service cancels around 100,000 operations.
  4. Britain has a government agency that’s sole purpose is to limit citizens access (rationing) to prescription drugs.

Some other important items:

  1. 85 new drugs hit the U.S. market from 1998-2002.
  2. During that same period – only 44 of those drugs became available in Europe.
  3. More than half of the 175 billion dollars in health care technology products purchased throughout the world are produced in the United States.
  4. Between 1999-2005 the United States was responsible for the sale of 71% of new pharmaceutical drugs (the next two largest – Japan and Germany accounted for only 4% each).

[ht: DC Examiner, Levin]

Fairy Fail

You can totally see this coming…

Photos of Obama’s Temple – UPDATE: VIDEO TOUR ADDED

I feel like I have to say this a lot this political season: This is not a joke. (well, it should be a joke…but it’s not) Click the images to view Full Size:

If the temple was in honor of the Denver Broncos…I guess I could handle that… 

Best comment from AOS: Rats. I was hoping they’d hire the same artist who did Stonehenge for Spinal Tap.

(content warning – couple of F bombs…)

The following also applies:

Ed Morressey has the connection:

The parallels are interesting, at least. Obama wants to treat us the way Apollo treated the Enterprise crew — as children who need do nothing but gather food and worship him. He promises them peace, tranquility, and happiness, as long as they agree to become his servants and relinquish their free will. In the end, Kirk and his crew destroy his power source and send him off to his fellow demigods in bitterness rather than allow themselves to become enslaved to Apollo.

UPDATE: Here’s the video tour of Obama’s Temple (the commentary from SeeSwan is pretty dang entertaining):

Gotta get ‘um when they’re young…

I guess WALL-E was a little too subtle

Teen star Miley Cyrus, known as Hannah Montana in the Disney Channel TV series television of the same name, is now crusading for global warming alarmism. But she admits she isn’t really sure what it means. Disney also owns ABC, a network that often hypes climate change alarmism.

 On the 15-year-old singer’s recently released album “Breakout,” she sings that she wants America to wake up and deal with global warming. The song, “Wake Up America” is about taking care of the earth:

Maybe you forgot about this gem:

You can read my original Fern Gully post here.