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Charlie Sykes' very weak Donald Trump interview (Wisconsin) - 03/28/16

One of the reasons why Donald Trump is currently doing so well is because his opposition is incompetent. Trump is a highly flawed candidate and if his opposition were competent Trump would be back on reality TV.

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.

Moe Lane of RedState, Drudge "reverse race-bait" Hawaii senator pick (Abercrombie, Inouye) - 12/27/12

Moe Lane of RedState and Matt Drudge are trying to create racial controversy where it didn't exist. Neither are doing those who oppose leftwingers playing the race card any favors.

"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.

Rightwing's muted response to Brown signing unpopular, anti-American immigration law - 10/09/11

If California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that dared raise taxes on multi-billionaires by even a few pennies, you can bet that rightwing internet activists would be up in arms about it.

Tea Party "Patriots" mostly silent about anti-American DREAM Act (and rightwing bloggers too) - 12/07/10

The "patriots" in the tea parties aren't exactly going all out to oppose the anti-American DREAM Act amnesty. The loudest voices against the Obama administration have mostly gone silent against an amnesty which could cover between one to two million illegal aliens and which would allow those illegal aliens covered by it to take college resources away from their fellow citizens.

Let's show how Roger Ebert is wrong (U.S. flag vs. Mexican/Mexican-American high school students) - 05/14/10

I haven't reviewed all the responses to Ebert's statement (this is in the trivialities category after all), but at least two from rightwing bloggers were even dumber than that tweet. Caleb Howe of RedState responded with a series of vile tweets, ending in him apologizing [1].

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.

Rep. Alan Grayson pushes camera of someone trying to ask him a lame question - 06/27/09

Glenn Reynolds links [1] to a video from Moe Lane (affiliated with RedState) [2] featuring Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson pushing the camera of someone who tried to ask him a question.

Glenn Reynolds, RedState promote anti-intellectualism and intimidation (completely ineffective protest against Tim Bishop, tea parties) - 06/24/09

The attached video shows a group from the "Conservative Society for Action" protesting at a town hall meeting held by Long Island Rep. Tim Bishop. It's difficult to describe just how idiotic it is. Rather than going inside and trying to engage him in debate about his policies, they stand outside waving loopy signs, conducting a sing-a-long, and chanting various slogans. Not only that, but they cluster around the windows of the meeting location, no doubt intimidating those inside. In other words, they're engaging in anti-intellectual actions more often associated with ACORN, CodePink, and other far-left groups.

And, all of that is being promoted by Glenn Reynolds [1] and by Brian Faughnan of RedState [2].

The only appearance on the video by Bishop is as he enters; someone yells at him, asking whether he has something to say to his constituents. The same person then says, "stop spending our money". That's it; they didn't even have a good question that could be shouted at him. Once again: I can't adequately describe just how idiotic this is.

For the intelligent, effective alternative, see the question authority page.

UPDATE: Someone from the tea party side weigh in in comments, indicating that there are videos from inside the meeting hall on Youtube, but without providing a link. They're here and here. One video was uploaded on the day of this post, the other the next day; whether the first was even up there when I posted this isn't known, but neither of those two videos were in the Instapundit and RedState posts discussed in this post. The two videos were added in a comment on the RedState post at 4:21pm EDT today (6/25). And, the user who uploaded the attached video only appears to have one video in his account; the new ones are from someone else. Next time I'll remember to reload RedState every five minutes so I don't miss anything.

And, both RedState and another commenter are crowing about Bishop cancelling a planned meeting. That's a very mild version of this. Bishop should be encouraged to have as many meetings as possible, where those with valid arguments can make them. Crowing about shutting down debate is the way campus far-lefties operate.

More on the videos after I watch them; I'm going to guess that there's little more than ranting but we'll see.

UPDATE 2: I only made it through the first six minutes of the first video; I think I've seen enough. What's there is little more than angry ranting and attempts to shout him down; despite what they say on their post [3], I didn't see any valid questions being asked. That page has a list of the thing he supposedly supports, and the list is obviously false. Does anyone outside of their group think he really supports "the destruction of our private healthcare industry" or wants to "[destroy] the United States economy"? And, at that page, they even admit being an angry mob:

After the meeting was over, Congressman Bishop once again had to run the gauntlet of Tea Party Patriots back to his car. This time he was escorted by Suffolk County police, but he was dogged by a crowd of about two hundred brandishing signs and singing chants of Pelosi, Bishop, No Difference! One wag remarked that the only thing missing from that scene was torches being carried by the crowd!

[1] pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/80760 says: TEA PARTIERS ELSEWHERE TAKE NOTE OF THIS APPROACH: Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) Runs from Constituents. As Jim Geraghty noted, you can make a big impression by showing up in person at things like congressional district meetings.

[2] redstate.com/brianfaughnan/2009/06/24/rep-tim-bishop-d-ny-runs-from-constituents

[3] nygoe.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/
taking-the-tea-party-to-town-halls-bishop-gets-the-t-e-a-message

Grover Norquist group's loony libertarian immigration ideas - 06/01/09

On Friday, RedState front-paged the Brian Johnson article "Conservative Immigration Reform is Right Next to Unicorns and Leprechauns" [1]. At first you might think he's just some random libertarian loon, until you see the article in its original location at the "Alliance for Worker Freedom" [2].

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.

Covert White House propaganda for Senate immigration amnesty bill? - 06/02/07

The previously mentioned NYT article about the backlash against the Bush/Senate amnesty bill contains a very interesting paragraph which, naturally, the NYT didn't follow up on:

White House officials said [the backlash] had led them to engage the blogosphere in a concerted way for the first time, posting defenses on liberal and conservative sites.

One would think that if White House representatives had been engaging the blogosphere, I would have heard about it. I know that Hugh Hewitt interviewed Tony Snow, and I make a habit of never visiting RedState, but that's the only two possibilities I can think of. And, one would think that if they had outreached to "liberal" sites they would have posted about that; I doubt whether DailyKos has been allowing Karl Rove to post a diary there under his own name.

Note also that the White House has been "posting defenses", which might imply that they've been posting comments. Did they identify themselves as being with the Bush administration?

Or, did they (just as an example!) get a cheap-o dial-up account or use a proxy to disguise where their comments were coming from? That's certainly something worth looking into, especially if any laws were broken by doing so.

I note also the furious nature with which the David Leonhardt smear of Lou Dobbs spread around the internet (partial list of sites discussing it here). Call me paranoid, but to me it seemed a bit like a coordinated attack. I note also that according to technorati, the first major sites linking to it, in addition to mediabistro.com and the usual smear merchants like ThinkProgress and puffballs like andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com, were academics: poliblogger.com, brendan-nyhan.com, marginalrevolution.com, and economistsview.typepad.com, with the last three being open borders, "free" trade "economists". I note also that economist.com followed up with their own smear, as did the Columbia Journalism Review. There are also at least five dupe links to the same NYT article at digg.com, a fairly large number.

Obviously, this is all just speculation, but if the White House has been spreading propaganda on the federal government's dime, then perhaps someone should look into it. Especially if it's been covert.

UPDATE: Someone like Les Kinsolving should ask Tony Snow for a full list - including URLs - of the defenses they've posted. An enterprising citizen journalist could even file an FOIA request looking for a list of websites visited by White House staff filtered by blogs and forums and any information on dial-up accounts or proxies used.

UPDATE 2: Based on comments, we've got The Corner as another possibility and there are apparently White House posts at RedState (as if you could tell the difference). But, where are the liberal sites the NYT mentioned above?

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]

Kos/Krempasky: support free speech online! - 03/09/06

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (DailyKos) and Michael Krempasky (RedState) have sent a letter (dailykos . com/story/2006/3/9/9134/22058) to Congress urging them to support H.R. 1606, the Online Freedom of Speech Act.

Banned by RedState! - 03/07/06

It might just be a technical problem, or I might have finally been banned by RedState.org.

Yesterday around this time I re-posted the entry Bush "Gold Card" would open borders to cheap labor at RedState, and it still shows up in news.google.com:

The URL in that picture goes to a moderation page:

the-lonewacko-blog.redstate . com/story/2006/3/6/232229/3836

Poll: How many more Bush administrations (this century)? - 01/20/05

Please go here* and take the poll.

Note the rules:

1. The first two George W. Bush administrations don't count towards the poll total. Only select the number you think there will be after the current Bush administration.

2. A "President Bush" or a "VP Bush" counts as a Bush administration.

3. If there's both a "President Bush" and a "VP Bush" in the same administration, that counts as one Bush administration.

4. A clone of a former President Bush or VP Bush who then serves as president or VP counts as a new Bush administration.