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Erick Erickson of RedState and CNN

Erick Erickson contributes to CNN and runs the site RedState (see that link for more).

For over a year and a half I contributed almost 75 blog entries to Red State, until I was banned in 2006. They never offered a valid reason for the banning. Not only that, but - despite not having any rights to keep my property that I can see - they kept my personal property on their site and transferred their site to another entity.

Disagree with me on politics or not, do you think that indicates that Erick Erickson has a high regard for ethics?

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Conservative bloggers who support amnesty (Rubio; Hot Air, Morrissey, Johnsen, Loesch, Moran, Mataconis...) - 01/21/13

This post will maintain a list of those supposed conservative bloggers who support some form of comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty), specifically the amnesty proposed by Marco Rubio. This post doesn't list GOP politicians or pundits, just bloggers and other low-level members of the GOP establishment.

"Mitt Romney, anti-gay bully" or "How Obama will be reelected" - 05/10/12

Earlier today, the Washington Post published allegations that Mitt Romney was a bully back in prep school (link). I didn't read the story, but that's not what this post is about.

I Am The 53%: Tea Party continues War on The Poor (Erick Erickson, Josh Trevino, Kevin Eder) - 10/12/11

The latest sociopathic effort from the Tea Parties is "I Am The 53%" (#IAmThe53, the53.tumblr.com), a response to the Occupy Wall Street ("OWS") protests. The 53% is a reference to the fact that just 53% of Americans pay federal income tax, and it features pictures of those in the 53% holding up signs describing how they became successful (per them) on their own.

Erick Erickson lies about Hawaii's governor; bans "Birthers" and "Truthers" from RedState - 02/12/10

Erick Erickson of RedState offers "Vigilance: I’m Banning Birfers, Truthers, and Groups Affiliated Therewith" [1] (Erickson's lie bolded):

We’ve always banned truthers at RedState. Increasingly, we have also banned a number of individuals who think Barack Obama is disqualified from being President because despite the Republican Governor of Hawaii confirming the legitimacy of the Democratic President’s birth origin as a citizen of the United States... Today I want to reaffirm and make it more definitive. If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you... Birfers and Truthers are not welcome here. Period. End of Story.

1. I was banned by RedState in March 2006; see that link for the details. They've never been able to provide a logical explanation.

2. Erickson is lying about what Hawaii's governor Linda Lingle has said about whether Obama was born there. See that link for the very many details. In brief, she made passing references to Obama being born in Hawaii on the campaign trail for John McCain. However, her office also sends out a letter in which she specifically points out that it would be illegal for an official to divulge the contents of a birth certificate and related records. That letter - printed at the first link in this section - directly contradicts what Erickson says. It's necessary to point out that that's a discrete point: no matter where Obama was born or what someone thinks of that issue, Erickson is still lying.

3. Unfortunately, I have to repeat the last part: whether Obama was born in Hawaii or on Alpha Centauri and all the other facets of that issue is independent from the fact that Erickson is not telling the truth about what Lingle said.

Is Erick Erickson of RedState promoting revolution, violence against politicians? - 04/01/09

I'll let you decide. Washington state recently passed a law forbidding diswashing liquid sold in that state from containing phosphates. That was the straw that caused Erick Erickson of RedState to snap (redstate.com/erick/2009/03/31/at-what-point-do-people-revolt):

At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot? ...Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.

What he outlines is indeed where the tea parties and other completely ineffective populist movements are leading, and it looks to me like Erickson is promoting mob action.

What Erickson isn't promoting is a much more effective plan that would help reform politics and that would be completely legal and non-violent: asking politicians tough questions on video. Coming up with ideas like that and promoting them are beyond Erickson's capabilities; instead he offers things like the above.

Stimulus: Leadership Conference on Civil Rights may get up to $90 million - 02/04/09

Under the Senate version of the stimulus plan, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights may get up to $90 million for helping with the switch from analog to digital television.

From page 38 at http://readthestimulus.org/index.php?doc=s336_012709&page=38 (S.336 (S.1) Senate Democrats Bill Text 1/27):

Donate a penny for RedState! (needs $25,000 to move from Drupal to Django) - 01/07/08

Our friends at RedState have issued an urgent plea [1] for $25,000 so they can upgrade their site from Drupal to Django. In the spirit of helpfulness, I urge everyone reading this to donate a penny if PayPal allows it. But, only if the transactions costs exceed the amount you donate.

I was banned by RedState - 03/09/06

I've been posting entries and comments at RedState since July 2004. [1] A few days ago my last entry there was deleted and my posting privileges were revoked. [2] And, despite sending two emails to RS co-founder Mike Krempasky and one to another moderator there, no one has seen fit to tell me exactly who banned me and why they did it. [3]