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A Few Good Links

I have found it hard to blog this week with the kids home and lots of household duties to attend to, but I did check out a few things online this morning and thought I would share them here.

Mary Katharine Ham has a great column today about Jessica Alba and other celebrities who identify as Americans first. It also includes an excellent discussion of English-only and describes the treatment Alba and others receive from some for being traitors to their race. Oh, and there is a really pretty picture of Alba on the page.

Lucianne links to this article about Duke University protecting what Lucianne refers to as the 88 Nifong Nutballs. (Ha. I wonder what she really thinks.)

Hillary is getting booed by liberals who don't like her position on Iraq. Update: Here is a liberal account of the booing. Michelle Malkin notes progress -- the booing was not as loud as last year.

James Lewis reminds us of the 1995-96 Clinton INS fraud and why it is relevant today.


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Wait ... Hillary has a posi... (Below threshold)

Wait ... Hillary has a position on Iraq?

Actually she has a few of t... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Actually she has a few of them.

"Actually she has a few of ... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

"Actually she has a few of them."

LOL. Great line, Lorie.

OMGHillary said at... (Below threshold)
Jo:

OMG

Hillary said at that event that the Bush administration was full of "secrecy and corruption."

Pot met kettle, went on a date, got married and had a baby named Hillary.

The gall, the gall, the gall. Unfreakinbelievable. It's so unfreakinbelievable that you could wet your pants laughing.

Perez Hilton, of the gossip... (Below threshold)

Perez Hilton, of the gossip blog of the same name, has been lambasting Jessica Alba for at least a week. A Gay Cuban-American, you can guess his loyalties easily: just follow those demographic terms from left to right. As for Jessica, I applaud her comments, but one thing had me going "Hmmm?":

My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me, ... So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically.

Forgive me for being the naive Caucasian, but what does it mean to be 'accepted by a particular race'? Perhaps it's a certain degree of "White Privilege", but I've never quite understood that expression, as no White person has ever made me feel part of a group simply because I'm White. No Netherlander has ever accepted me because my Mother's family is half-Dutch, nor have the English, German or Irish, for that matter.

I'm not trying to be a smarta**, but could someone please illuminate me?

Langtry,She's youn... (Below threshold)

Langtry,

She's young and a little rough in dialog. Perhaps growing up in school she was not outwardly embraced by any particular ethnic group, namely hispanic, simply because of her family's origin. Anyway, that's how I read it.

For Hillary to get booed by... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

For Hillary to get booed by that bunch of screwballs is a PLUS for her campaign. She's working very hard to come across as a moderate, but I agree with the earlier poster that on a lot of issues, she's got statements all over the map.

Not suprisingly, there is a... (Below threshold)

Not suprisingly, there is a chunk of quote and context left out of this blogosmear attempt to smear Clinton.

First off, the video picks up mid paragraph (gee, I'm sooo surprised that the right wing doesn't want you to hear what Clinton said first). In the blockquote below, the bold text stops where the where the video link provided by Lorie Byrd starts.

"The American military has done its job. Look at what they accomplished: they got rid of Saddam Hussein, they gave the Iraqis a chance for free and fair elections.... The American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions," she declared."

The article Lorie linked says there were boos that proceeded Clinton's slam of the al-Maliki's failures, but then they don't show that portion of the video. Gee, I wonder why --- and I'm sooo surprised the bloggers didn't provide the whole story.

I'm not going to accuse Lorie of complicity in this little bullshit session, as I suspect Lorie just didn't do her homework, and linked to the story without checking -- she's sooo busy these days, which is her stock excuse for all of her screwups.

But I for one agree with Clinton 100%, and what she said matches everything else we've heard, that the Iraqi government has been slow to "stand up, so we can stand down".

Too bad Lorie and her pals aren't telling you the whole story...

If you watch the video you... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

If you watch the video you see that the description Lorie linked doesn't match reality -- at all.

Description: When she declared, "The American military has done its job," boos began to be heard around the room.

Reality: This wasn't shown in the video even though chronologically it occurs just seconds before the video starts. Wonder why? Read on...

Description: As the boos increased, Sen. Clinton raised her voice. "The American military has succeeded," she said, to more boos.

Reality: The video picks up with this sentence spoken by Clinton, but no boos can be heard before, during or after the sentence.

Rather than show the entire section of the speech, the video is clipped and the writer created their own context --stating the crowd was booing when Clinton said "the American military has succeeded".

In other words, the account Lorie linked to is lying.

And note the difference between the account Lorie linked to, and what was actually said, in the sentence preceding, - the sentence which was edited off the video shown.

Lorie's Link: "When she declared, "The American military has done its job," boos began to be heard around the room."

What Clinton actually said: "The American military has done its job. Look at what they accomplished: they got rid of Saddam Hussein, they gave the Iraqis a chance for free and fair elections...." - and on the video there are no boos following that sentence, which ends right as the video starts.

Disgusting. What an absolutely disgusting example of more right wing lies.

Lee, you have a page that n... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Lee, you have a page that nobody cares about to waste time on. Try going there.
-=Mike

Next fact-check. The fourth... (Below threshold)

Next fact-check. The fourth link on Lorie's linkfest

James Lewis reminds us of the 1995-96 Clinton INS fraud and why it is relevant today."

Click on "James Lewis" and Lorie takes you to a page at "American Thinker" where the following appears as the first paragraph.

Do you remember the name Doris Meissner? Ms. Meissner was Bill and Hillary Clinton's Administrator of the INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service). Before Clinton ran for his second term in 1996, Meissner ensured that hundreds of thousands of illegals were fraudulently legalized, just in time to vote for the Clintons.

"Fraudently legalized" is a link in that paragraph, and if you click on it you're taken to this page, where I found NO EVIDENCE whatsoever to back up the claim that immigrants were "fraudulent legalized" -- if anyone else can find it there, please post a valid link and quote here, but I spent 20 minutes looking and following links - no sign of ANYTHING to back up the claim.

The very first paragraph on he American Thinker page Lorie links to sets it all up - that immigrants were "fraudulently legalized", but the only mention of Meissner on that page leads you to a list of links which appear to have nothing whatsoever to do with "fraudulent legalization" of immigrants.

There is mention of Meissner, and if you follow that link you're lad to a case page that has another list of links.

Here's the first link that appears on the "Meisnner case" page - a press release which describes the settlement of the case. No mention of fraud, no mention of immigrants being registered, so I looked up the case -- and its a case about an INS employee whistleblower who complained about anti-cuban discrimination in the Miami INS office.

The link DOES NOT lead to any evidence of fraud, and doesn't even mention fraud -- but the link that takes you there says "fraudulently legalized" and Lorie's lead "James Lewis reminds us of the 1995-96 Clinton INS fraud and why it is relevant today." frames this as fraud. If you actually follow through and click on the links - the claim of fraud appears to be a lie that isn't supported by the links provided.

Are we seeing a pattern here people...?

Lorie calls this post "A few good links" - but clearly, it's anything but that. It's just more of the right wing smear-a-thon that -- if you take the time to fact-check and follow through, and not just read the text but actually click on the links and investigate, leads to lie after lie after lie.

But they count on you not checking. They know that most readers will read Lorie's claim "James Lewis reminds us of the 1995-96 Clinton INS fraud and why it is relevant today."" ,and when they click on that they see the American Thinker page that tells us "Meissner ensured that hundreds of thousands of illegals were fraudulently legalized, just in time to vote for the Clintons." and not bother to check any further.

You are a cow, Ward; there ... (Below threshold)
kim:

You are a cow, Ward; there is a link missing in what's supposed to be chaining you to the argument. Any idea what Meissner did or are you going to keep hammering on that link like the blacksmith of the buffoons?
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"I'm not going to accuse Lo... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

"I'm not going to accuse Lorie of complicity in this little bullshit session, as I suspect Lorie just didn't do her homework, and linked to the story without checking -- she's sooo busy these days, which is her stock excuse for all of her screwups." Lee Ward

What a miserable little person you must be, Lee. I hate to say that, but gosh that is the nicest thing that I could come up with. Yeah, I am kinda busy with two bright and energetic kids to keep occupied all day, but I still find a little time to blog. Sorry I don't have a better "excuse" for all my "screwups." My computer sound is out so I am not currently able to listen to the video, so I did rely on the NRO account. I have found Byron York to be extremely reliable, but I have since found a liberal account of the booing that I added in an update for anyone interested. It is remarkably similar to York's account. I said in my post that Hillary was booed for her stand on Iraq. I read the liberal account of the booing and it is consistent with that statement.

I happen to think Paul has it right and that the booing from the far left helps Hillary more than it hurts her.

Just for the record... I am thankful to have a family that keeps me from blogging 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I had as much time to spend online as some people do. I have been incredibly blessed with a family that I don't deserve. Heck, I married a Marine. It doesn't get any better than that. :-)




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