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Single-handledly, I might add. Just look at the headline, and the photo below it.
The article makes it clear — if the Koch Brothers aren't prevented from using their money to influence politics, PEOPLE WILL DIE! Nevermind that they're fifty-ninth on the all-time donation list, behind at least 18 different labor unions.
Because progressive groups who spend money on politics are knights in shining armor with hearts of gold. It's only evil rethuglicans who thwart the forces of light with their dirty oil money. And just to make sure we know which side the Ledger is on, here's the highlighted quote:
The Koch brothers are not only affecting elections and thwarting governance; they are hurting human beings.
Got it? The Koch brothers kill people. With their bare hands, while cackling malevolently too.
The mendacity of the Ledger's blood libel is staggering. And par for the course.
Harry Reid couldn't have said it better himself. And come to think of it, he probably did, while giving the Ledger their marching orders.
Elsewhere in the paper, it's noted that Obamacare has forced thousands of low-income New Jersey children off of their state-subsidized health care plan. This is presumably for their own good, and if their parents have to pay three or 4 times as much for less coverage, well, that's not really "hurting human beings." Mainly because Obama said it isn't, and the Ledger never contradicts their Dear Leader.
Then, right below the despicable blood libel, there's the ever-laughable Paul Mulshine, lamenting the most recent round of layoffs at his den of bylined democratic party operatives, while disparaging bloggers in general, and Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundit in particular.
The typical blogger doesn't want to sit in a zoning board meeting writing about variances. If he's a left-winger, he's sitting in front of his computer railing about how the Koch brothers are ruining the ozone layer. If he's a right-winger, he's complaining about Benghazi while misspelling it.
The hypocrisy is mind-boggling. Right below a mendacious screed against the Koch Brothers, here's Mulshine whinging about bloggers who don't attend zoning board meetings, as if that's the ticket to entry into the world of Real Journalism.
Have you ever seen a Star-Ledger article about a zoning board meeting?
Nope, didn't think so.
They're too busy doing Harry Reid's bidding.
In a grim day of reckoning at the state's largest newspaper, the owners of The Star-Ledger today said they were eliminating the jobs of approximately 167 people, including 25 percent of the newsroom.
The sweeping job loss was part of a plan announced last week in an effort to greatly reduce costs and combine resources by consolidating the operations of The Star-Ledger, along with its sister publications in New Jersey and its online partner, NJ.com, which also announced cutbacks today.
The Star-Ledger, which has won three Pulitzer Prizes and several national awards, currently has 750 employees, of which approximately 500 are non unionized. None of the cuts announced today will affect unionized personnel, who are covered under existing labor contracts.
The cuts will mean the loss of 40 of the 156 reporters, editors, photographers and support staff in The Star-Ledger newsroom, which had already seen a parade of people leaving in recent weeks over concerns about the paper's future and the continuing fiscal pressures affecting newspapers across the country. One of those leaving voluntarily had been slated to be cut.
Elsewhere at the Newark-based paper, where whole offices now stand vacant, attesting to tremendous loss of personnel through buyouts and earlier layoffs, 127 more are losing their jobs across all departments.
You just don't need a big staff when your main purpose is regurgitating Obama Administration and DNC talking points. Sorry it took so long for you guys to figure that out.
But take heart, the Ministry of Propaganda is throwing a few of you a bone.
Those being let go will not necessarily leave immediately. In packets that were being handed out this morning, those being told their jobs were being eliminated were offered severance packages if they agreed to stay with the newspaper until NJ Advance Media, new media company being formed, is up and running.
Star-Ledger employees receiving offer letters of jobs with the new company in some cases were being given different positions or titles, some at lower pay. They will have a week to decide to accept the offer, the offer letters said.
Obamanomics! Do the same job for lower pay. Welcome to the club.
As for the rest of you, didn't Joe Biden say that losing your job gives you "more freedom?"
Oh, right, you guys are liberals, you don't like Freedom. Sucks to be you!
Another 124 full- and part-time jobs were eliminated at the company's weekly newspapers and at the dailies in Trenton, Easton, and South Jersey. At NJ.com, 15 of 77 employees were let go. The day's toll across all Advance properties came to 306 layoffs.
The Obamabot chickens have come home to roost.
This just in, regurgitating progressive talking points just isn't as profitable as the True Believers want it to be. MSNBC is circling the drain, and the Newark Star-Ledger isn't far behind.
Yesterday New Jersey's largest daily newspaper announced another round of layoffs, and the formation of a new media company to strategically manage their decline into irrelevance.
In a reflection of the changes sweeping across the news industry, the owners of The Star-Ledger today announced the formation of a new media company that will provide content, advertising and marketing services to the state's largest newspaper, its sister publications and NJ.com.
The new company, NJ Advance Media, will begin offering sales and marketing services for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com in June. It will begin providing news, photos, videos, features and other content by September, company executives said.
The move is expected to cost the jobs of an unspecified number of employees across most or all departments, including the newsroom. The Star-Ledger and other dailies owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will continue to publish seven days a week, the executives said.
By consolidating services and eliminating positions, the company expects to see significant savings at a time of great upheaval for the newspaper industry, which has struggled to remain profitable as advertising dollars migrated to the internet or evaporated outright in the recent recession.
Hey, you know who's not losing money? Fox News.
You guys might want to wonder why that is, instead of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Company officials say the reorganization will better position the newspapers and NJ.com to survive the changes in the way consumers get their news. As an example, they said, the number of full-time reporters, columnists and photographers at NJ Advance Media is expected to be larger than the number now at both The Star-Ledger and NJ.com.
The officials did not say how those gains would be achieved. It's possible the new company will absorb staff members from other Advance newspapers or hire new journalists following the layoffs.
They're retaining the same management though, because really, who else is qualified to lead them into the abyss?
The Star-Ledger's editor, Kevin Whitmer, will remain a key figure in the news operation, serving as editor and vice president of content at NJ Advance Media. Lamar Graham, now NJ.com's chief content officer, will serve as a vice president of audience development.
Others in management positions include Barb Chodos and Steve Alessi, both of whom will serve as vice presidents of sales. Chodos is currently NJ.com's general manager. Alessi is a vice president of sales for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com.
Keep plucking that chicken fellas.
The moonbats at Moms Demand Action are pressuring Facebook to ban gun-themed fan pages. Because pictures of guns kill people.
This, at least, is the premise of a new gun-control petition, in which the entertainingly neurotic founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, complains that "Facebook and Instagram are currently being used to facilitate sales and trades of firearms between private sellers." In consequence, Watts and her cohorts are calling for the company to "ban gun-themed fan pages on the site," technology website VentureBeat confirmed yesterday. Thus far, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a few drearily predictable celebrities, and nearly 100,000 Americans have added their names to the supplication.
To their credit, Facebook appears to be unwilling to go along. For now.
As a spokesman for Facebook noted with barely disguised irritation, "you can't buy things on Instagram and Facebook, nor can you promote the sale or use of weapons in advertising."
Ah, but the moonbats will have you believe that talking about legal behavior will of course lead to illegal activity.
Federal law enforcement sources . . . view Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms "as emerging threats for unlawful gun transactions in the United States."
Next up, Michelle Obama views Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms as emerging threats for childhood obesity, because people post pictures of their food. And everybody knows that seeing a picture of yummy buffalo wings makes us run right out and eat a plate of yummy buffalo wings. With extra sauce.
Except, you know, it doesn't. Nor do pictures of guns turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into crazed killers. Listening to Nancy Pelosi's speeches on the other hand...
The moonbat moms are losing the public opinion wars. People like the Second Amendment. They like it a lot more than they like a bunch of harpies deciding who can, and cannot post on Facebook.
But the authoritarians won't be easily deterred. They're hell-bent on control. And they're not content to impose their neurotic nonsense on their own children. No, in their minds we are all their charges, and guns are today's bogeymen. Remember Reefer Madness? Yeah, the hysteria promulgated by Moms Demand Action is even more over the top.
Pictures of food don't make you fat. And talkiing about guns won't turn you
into an extra from Pulp Fiction. The anti-gun people believe you
should live in fear. And I do. I live in fear of them.
Yup, they're spinning so fast, I'm getting dizzy.
What Chris Christie bridge scandal? Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: Editorial
Somehow, the right's response to Chris Christie's still-breaking Bridgegate scandal has devolved into this: Why are you writing about New Jersey traffic jams, because Benghazi!
In letters to newspapers and online comments, in phone calls to their favorite conservative radio and TV pundits, conservatives are in a state of collective denial: They refuse to acknowledge there's anything to Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge scandal until President Obama and the consular attack in Benghazi get equal time.
Whack that straw-man! I know these are merely journalists, so reading comprehension might not be their strong suit, but let's try explaining this one more time.
Bridgegate is getting more than 17 times the media coverage Benghazi ever got.
That's our beef. Do your jobs fellas. Do it impartially.
What's that? Oh, right, you've got excuses.
What's the difference? Here are three reasons the unrelated Bridgegate and Benghazi stories aren't getting equal time — and shouldn't.
Intent: America's press corps has looked at Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the other Obama-related scandals tossed around last weekend. In each case, the facts dampened the early cries of conspiracy and cover-up. In Benghazi, neither congressional investigators nor the New York Times found evidence to support the idea of a concerted executive branch failure or cover-up. In the IRS fiasco, an investigation found both conservative and liberal political groups were subject to review — and everyone got what they wanted, anyway.
Hoo boy, there's so much BS in there it's scary.
But if you still think the New York Times has any credibility when it comes to assiduously reporting on the evils of socialist government, I've got 14 million dead Ukrainians who'll vigorously disagree with you.
The bottom line? We still don't know what Obama was doing that night. We still don't know why a rescue wasn't mounted, or authorized. And unlike Bridgegate, Obama hasn't held a single person accountable.
As for the IRS scandal, timing is everything. And in the run-up to the 2012 election, the IRS doggedly pursued every Conservative group in America, diverting these groups' limited resources into fighting a partisan bureaucracy. Which of course prevented them from working to defeat Barack Obama. OK, sure, the IRS eventually relented and granted tax esempt status to everybody, after the election, when it didn't matter anymore.
A study by The American Enterprise Institute found that those IRS witch hunts suppressed conservative / Republican turnout by between 5 and 8.5 million voters. Obama won by about 5 million votes. Do the math.
So, what about Excuse #2?
Coverage: It's hard to argue that Benghazi, the IRS scandal or Obamacare's glitchy website weren't covered in full. Each story was subject to intense coverage when it broke — just as Bridgegate is breaking now. To expect coverage of old stories to increase because of an uncomfortable new story is silly.
Oh, c'mon. The liberal media hasn't assigned this many reporters to a story since the time they staked out Sarah Palin's garbage cans.
And at the risk of repeating myself, in one week Bridgegate has garnered 17 times more coverage than Benghazi has gotten, ever. Why? Because the media is Obama. They're 2 sides of the same coin. Believing that Obama is capable of duplicity is like believing they themselves are crooked.
In other words, they can't see the forest for the trees.
But Chris Christie? He's a Republican! He's evil! All their friends say so!
Onward to Excuse #3.
Cover-ups: Each scandal resuscitated by the right last week began with cover-up allegations that have faded under the bright lights of media coverage and federal investigation.
Meanwhile, new evidence that Christie's aides tried to cover their tracks is surfacing as thousands of newly released documents and e-mails are made public. None of the evidence suggests the governor was involved at that level, but there are a lot of questions about the GWB lane closures that still haven't been answered.
Obama promised us "the most transparent administration in history." How's that workin' out for you guys?
Here are 6 unanswered questions on Benghazi.
And 5 unanswered questions about the IRS scandal. Lois Lerner still hasn't testified. But the Ledger is more interested in how many times David Wildstein took the Fifth? Puh-lease.
You guys want coverups? How about Eric Holder's ridiculous "executive privilege" assertion over Congressional inquiries into Fast And Furious? And not for nothing, but if assigning one of your own campaign donors to investigate the IRS scandal isn't a coverup, I don't know what is.
Here are 20 scandals involving Democrats that are still unresolved.
Still gonna tell me Bridgegate is more important?
All the other papers have moved on.
Alex Rodriguez is today's headline fodder. It's time for the Star-Ledger
to stop flogging this dead horse.
Because now pretty much everyone in America knows who Phil Robertson is.
And they know what he stands for.
More importantly, by their actions on social media, and by their boycott of A&E and its sponsors, millions of Americans stood up and said "we agree with Phil."
The consensus is in. Homosexuality is yucky. But hey, if you're gonna do it, please do it privately, and leave us out of it.
That's not hatred. That's tolerance. Which of course is different from acceptance or endorsement. Unless you're a homofascist.
On the flipside, almost no one knows who Dan Savage is. And the average American couldn't pick a GLAAD goon out of a lineup if you held a gun to his head.
God is winning! And He works through A&E.
In the Beginning was The Word…
And today's word is Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk. Because A&E has totally reversed their "temporary suspension" of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. The free market has spoken, and profit trumps political correctness run amok every time.
Well that, and God. The Word of God was made flesh, and except in GLAAD headquarters and certain parts of Tenafly, NJ, the Truth of God's Word is immutable, regardless of what some idiot on MSNBC might tell you.
There is no Constitutional Right to not be offended. Because if there was, I'd be first in line touting the indignities thrown my way by gay goons preaching "tolerance." They hate the religious, and by projection assume we hate them. Alas their hatred has blinded them. I don't hate them, I pity them for the emptiness of their ignorance. And I pray for their salvation.
Phil Robertson never tried to impose his views on a single person. He spoke
from his heart, and he made it clear he held no ill will toward anyone. But
the vitriol hurled his way exposed homofascism as an ugly intolerant strain
of coercive groupthink. Alas, "diversity" does not mean conformity.
And the First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion, even if your
"religion" is buggery.
The people who employ Paul Krugman to lecture us on how our economy ought to work are also incredibly savvy investors.
In 1993 Pinch Sulzberger bought the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion dollars.
Today he sold it for $70 million.
Seven cents on the dollar.
Sounds about what a Keynesian government program produces in economic "stimulus," right? Because when a tax dollar goes to DC and only 7 cents comes out Herr Doktor Professor Krugman dances with glee around the multiplier tree.
Don't try to understand why. You don't have a Nobel Prize in economics.
But you could probably get one, I hear Krugman listed his on EBay for
7 cents on the dollar too.
Imagine nightly "wardrobe malfunctions," without repercussions. Because network television's race to the bottom will soon be complete, once the boob tube starts intentionally showing actual boobs, in prime-time, while children are watching. Sex. Nudity. Profanity. It's all going to be fair game when the FCC abolishes their broadcast indecency rules.
If you thought that our television channels were already saturated with enough sex, vulgarity and profanity you may want to brace yourself — the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing changes to its guidelines which would allow more racy content to infiltrate the small screen — during hours when kids could tune in.
A public notice posted on the regulatory agency's website last month said that the Commission is launching a review that may end the prohibition of expletives and certain images of nudity on television. The FCC had first given the public until May 20, to weigh in on the hot-button issue, but that deadline was recently extended to June 19.
I guess the good news is they postponed the deadline from yesterday. The bad news is, you'll note I didn't say "if" the FCC abolishes their indecency rules.
We all know how this will play out, because sexualizing our children is part and parcel of the liberal agenda. They put Planned Parenthood in the classroom, promote homosexual activism day and night, and pass out comdoms and Plan B like candy. Co-opting children's television to promote the same agenda is their next logical step.
And don't try telling me it's about "freedom of speech" or some other
lofty-sounding principle, because the rules against showing smoking, drinking
alcohol, or taking drugs will remain in place. And God forbid TV shows
someone eating unhealthy food! But pornography and foul language are A-OK? Who
in their right mind believes that?
It's obvious that the media is in full-on damage control mode, pulling out all the stops to protect Dear Leader from the scandals swarming around his presidency. Today's Star-Ledger trumpeted the headline — IRS Probe Ignored Most Influential Groups. Because it's not really a scandal if they only went after little guys. The Real Problem is they "ignored" Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers.
"The IRS goes AWOL when wealthy and powerful forces want to break the law in order to hide their wrongful efforts and secret political influence," said Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat who is among a small Senate group pushing campaign finance reform measures that would force these big outside groups to disclose their donors. "Picking on the little guy is a pretty lousy thing to do."
Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity were among those that spent tens of millions of dollars on TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts to help Republicans.
And yet those groups so far have escaped investigations into whether they have crossed the blurry line under the law between what constitutes a tax-exempt "social welfare" organization that is free from donor reporting requirements and a political committee subject to taxes and disclosures.
See, the problem isn't that the IRS targeted conservative groups; the problem is that the IRS targeted the wrong conservative groups! Why did they waste their time on the small potatoes when shutting down those evil Koch Brothers would have been much more effective? The IRS wasn't malevolent; they were inefficient!
Is that a great spin or what?
And by the way, the link above goes to the Puffington Host, because the
Ledger almost never puts these hatchet jobs on their web site.
Otherwise folks like me could call them out for their mendacity in the
comments and Tom Moran really doesn't like that.
"Blog" is not a Four Letter Word, and citizen journalists are every bit as worthy of First Amendment protection as professional reporters. It's nice to see a court recognize that!
In a decision that could impact bloggers across New Jersey, a Superior Court judge ruled today that a self-declared citizen watchdog who writes stinging critiques of Union County government has the same legal protections as a professional journalist.
While questioning the quality and tone of the writing in Tina Renna's blog posts, Judge Karen Cassidy concluded Renna "obtained material in the course of professional newsgathering activities" with the aim of disseminating it over the internet.
As such, Cassidy wrote in her opinion, Renna should be covered by the state's shield law. Under that law, one of the most powerful of its kind in the country, journalists generally cannot be forced to reveal their sources or other sensitive information to law enforcement or grand juries.
The judge's ruling quashed a subpoena served on Renna by the Union County Prosecutor's Office, which wanted the names of 16 county employees Renna claimed had improperly used county-owned portable generators after Hurricane Sandy. Renna made the allegations in a December blog post but did not name the employees.
This ruling must be devasting to Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine. His contempt for bloggers knows no bounds, because we haven't paid our dues in the ink-stained trenches or something. He really hates bloggers cum "pundits" like Glenn Reynolds, sneeringly referring to them as "pundints". And the few times I've tried to engage him in a dialog he's dismissed me out-of-hand as a "whackjob."
Well, it's time to go cry in your
fancy-pants microbrew beer Paul. It'll help you wash down that helping of
crow you'd better be eating. Bloggers are journalists too!
Remember when I said the purpose of same-sex "marriage" is to destroy Christianity? Today, on the holiest day of the Christian calendar, here's the Star-Ledger's Tom Moran waxing philosophical about the day when all those religios bigots will give up on opposing same-sex "marriage."
His message is clear: religion equals bigotry. If you love God, you hate homosexuals.
It's an easy way to frame the debate. Nevermind that it's completely inaccurate. By Any Means Necessary, dontcha know. By any means necessary they'll impose their secularized worldview on everyone. The denizens of diversity can't wait until conformity is universal.
And it's working. No one around here wants to hear about Catholic doctrine and Canon Law and our Popes' commitment to universal human rights. Not even the catholics. Especially not the catholics. (Yes, with a small-c.) They say Holy Mother Church is wrong. As if the annointed successors to Saint Peter could be anything but the living embodiment of the Word of God.
Therein was the heresy of Lutheranism. And his ship already sailed.
In Tom Moran's world there is no such thing as sin. (Except owning a gun. Owning a gun is his world's Original Sin.) "How can you be against love?", I am asked. When I reply that I am against "sin," it just doesn't compute.
God has proscribed certain actions. Of that there is no doubt. There is also no doubt that we are weak, fallible, and imperfect. We will sin. It's how we face our failings which elevates us above the animals and makes us worthy to be cast in the image and likeness of God.
Repent! For the hour is at hand.
Folks like Moran who cannot comprehend having restrictions placed on our behavior by Almighty God have no problem with any number of limitations and regulations promulgated by Man. No smoking. No Big Gulps. Wear a seat belt. Don't eat cookies in school. Throw away that foie gras. Thou Shalt Not Burn Fossil Fuels. The list goes on.
Those are man's laws. And people welcome more and more of them, all in the interest of "helping" or "protecting" us. But there's already an instruction manual for the human race — God's Holy Scripture. And there are laws derived from it by God's Holy Church.
It's really a shame that petty tyrants like Mike Bloomberg and Barack Obama
command more respect in our society than The Risen Christ. And events have now
conspired to place Justice Anthony Kennedy as the supreme arbiter of our fates.
Alas we need only look to Golgotha to see the one true Son of Justice, for
surely, God is the measure of all things.
Hanoi Jane Fonda is no match for CBS and The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. She paraded around North Vietnam in an enemy tank. He led contestants on his around-the-world adventure to the wreckage of an American B-52, shot down during the Vietnam war. Their "task?" Learn to sing the praises of communist guerilla leader Ho Chi Minh.
The popular CBS reality show "The Amazing Race" is under fire for featuring an episode set in Hanoi, Vietnam, where contestants go to a B-52 Memorial, which is the wreckage of an American bomber plane shot down during the Vietnam War, to find the next clue in their televised round-the-world journey.
In the episode, the twisted metal of the downed plane is treated as any other prop, with a bright "Amazing Race" "Double-U-Turn" sign planted in front of it, signifying to contestants the next phase of their scavenger hunt.
The show also had contestants learn a song that was performed for them by children in front of a portrait of North Vietnam communist leader Ho Chi Minh, with subtitled lyrics that included "Vietnam Communist Party is glorious. The light is guiding us to victory."
Good grief. Did they spend their down-time at the Hanoi Hilton too? What's their next stop? The Katyn Forest?
Sadly this is more of a commentary on our educational system than it is on the quest for ratings at CBS. I suspect no one on staff over there ever stopped to think about what that wrecked bomber represents. Or what it might mean to praise a communist leader under whose banner 60,000 Americans were killed.
Because multi-culturalism says the communists in Vietnam are no different than the Minutemen at Bunker Hill. And because the Marxists in our public schools aren't in the business of praising America or honoring the sacrifices made by our armed forces. Their warped version of history paints the United States as the aggressor, oppressing the peaceful peasants of Vietnam.
When it comes to communism far too many of our elites play See No Evil. These
are the people running our government, teaching our children, and yes making
reality television shows for our "enjoyment." Their ideology is pure and their
propaganda is very slick. And so a bunch of ignoramuses can sing of communist
glory while dancing on the grave of brave Americans and not give it a second
thought. Winning that million bucks is way more important than having
to discern right from wrong.
Well Golly Beev! The crackerjack reporters at the Star-Ledger found a lady who says she isn't one of the prostitutes who (allegedly!) slept with Bob Menendez.
A young woman named in connection with an alleged sex scandal involving U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez denied in a television interview she was ever involved in prostitution and said she had never met him.
The 21-year-old, who lives in a village in the south of the Dominican Republic, said: "It's completely false. I don't know that man even from the television."
Separately, Vinicio Castillo, a Dominican lawyer and cousin of Salomon Melgen — a major campaign donor now at the center of an FBI investigation that has sparked widespread speculation of Menendez's involvement — charged that Melgen was the target of a "dirty campaign" by drug cartels aimed at discrediting him.
We'll get back to the "drug dealers" angle in a minute. But first, let's hear from an Actual Dominican Prostitute:
A Dominican prostitute's firsthand account of sex parties allegedly attended by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez refers specifically to another participant: Vinicio "Vinicito" Castillo Seman, the scion of a prominent Dominican political family who serves as a lawyer for his cousin, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Caribbean nation. . . .
At least one of the women allegedly involved has said she was younger than 18 when she first had sex with Sen. Menendez.
In her account, sent via email on April 21, 2012 to the liberal advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the prostitute identified "Vinicito" by name as a participant, along with Melgen and Menendez. . . .
"It was during some yacht outings that I realized I needed to get out of there," the young prostitute wrote in one email included in that collection, "because these people are so important and they do whatever they want with whomever they want."
"Vinicito was there, who goes to many of the doctor's functions and invents things [to do] with the young girls, and then forces them to do the same things with the doctor's friend. And he really liked it and wanted to take them to another place, but I don't know where. They threatened those girls and told them to not talk, and that they couldn.t leave." . . .
In an April 28 email to CREW about the sex parties, the same woman said that "we women are very mistreated," especially "the younger ones between 16 and 18 years old."
Menendez continues to deny consorting with and/or mistreating underage hookers. And his friends at the Star-Ledger are only too happy to trumpet his denials on page 1. Just like they pretended he never took a plane flight (or 3) to the Dominican Republic until, you know, Bob coughed up the cash to pay for the flights he said he never took.
Sooner or later the Media is gonna have to start investigating. For real.
What you're beginning to see now is the drip-drip-drip effect: Once the scandal got serious enough that the New York Times was forced to report on it, that served as a signal to other news organizations that this is a legitimate story, rather than (as many mainstream reporters had apparently wanted to believe) just some flimsy thing ginned up by Menendez's right-wing enemies.
Right-wing enemies. Or Drug Dealers. Whichever bogeyman the Ledger finds convenient. See the drug dealer angle ties into Melgen's sweetheart port security deal, the one his good buddy Bob had the State Department light a fire under. What's an eye doctor doing in the security business anyway? Fighting "drug dealers!" Or lining his pockets, and funding Bob's re-election? Hey, what the hell do I know about stuff like that? Maybe a Real Reporter could look into it. If he wasn't running interference for Menendez.
Fortunately the Miami Herald isn't in Menendez's pocket. They checked out some of the HookerGate details. And found them credible.
You can read the whole thing. The details confirmed by the two Miami Herald reporters are important because — as anyone with experience chasing this kind of story would tell you — if the story were totally bogus, basic facts like names and addresses wouldn't check out.
A bogus story would have make-believe girls at non-existent addresses, but instead this story has the little details right. The fact that the women have now "disappeared," as McGrory and Sanchez report, isn't particularly surprising, nor is it surprising that the landlady (a) thought the hookers were "foreign exchange students" and (b) didn't know the names of their alleged clients.
See? Real Reporting. Aggregated by none other than the indefatigable Robert Stacy McCain. Stacy's been all over the Menendez story from the get-go, and along the way he just happened to discover a very interesting fact about tourism in the Dominican Republic.
"Prostitution is everywhere here; on the beach, in the bars, in the clubs," said Antonio Guzman, 36, a hustler who has worked the beach for 15 years and regularly connects tourists with prostitutes. "This place runs on it." . . .
Long before explosive allegations emerged claiming Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a political contributor flew to the country for wild parties with several prostitutes, the Dominican Republic had cemented its reputation as a hub for sex tourism. . . .
Studies suggest between 60,000 and 100,000 women work in the sex trade in the country, according to the Center for Integral Orientation and Investigation, a health and outreach organization based in the capital, Santo Domingo.
Like I said, very interesting. Bob Menendez just happens to take frequent trips to the Hooker Capital Of The Universe, and we're supposed to believe it's merely because he enjoys the food.
Or maybe, and I'm just thinking out loud, maybe Salomon Melgen wanted to
cement his "quid pro ho" with Bob Menendez, and felt that having some underage
hookers in his back pocket would come in handy some day. See the Real Scandal
here is the
influence peddling. Bob's cheerleaders at the Star-Ledger don't
want you to remember that though. So they throw up a smokescreen — a
woman who says she's not a hooker also says she never slept with Menendez!
— and they call that "news."
Really, all they had to do was ask and Pinch Sulzberger would've given 'em the passwords!
But apparently for the last 4 months,
Chinese hackers have been surreptitiously rattling around inside computers
The Peoples Daily The New York Times.
Honestly, how would we even be able to tell if communist hackers had completely taken the paper over? eHarmony doesn't match like interests this well.
No wonder Thomas Friedman seemed especially chipper at the office Kwanzaa party!
Wanna buy an ad on Time Warner Cable? It'd better not have any scary guns in it!
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Time Warner Cable is trying something new when it comes to the commercials it broadcasts.
"We've created a policy that effectively bans visual images of automatic weapons and visual images of weapons pointed at people," company spokesman Alex Dudley told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller on Friday.
"We felt that this, at this time, particularly in the wake of some of the recent incidents, that this was a policy that we felt strongly about," he said.
Airing right now on Time Warner channel 36, Goodfellas. Nope, no scary guns in that movie, nosirree! On channel 46? A CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds mini-marathon. Good thing there are no scary guns in shows like that either. Later today, when the kids get home from school, they can settle down to watch Law and Order on channel 16, or screen A Bronx Tale.
Curiously, Alex Dudley's sanctimonious preening doesn't extend to the TV programming his company chooses to air, complete with "visual images of weapons pointed at people."
Do you suppose WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller "forgot" to ask him about that?
Of course she did! I think that's called "journalism." Isn't it?
Nothing says "winning business model" quite like providing less service at a higher price. On the other hand, it doesn't take an army of highly paid reporters to reprint DNC press releases as "news."
The jobs of 34 Star-Ledger employees — including nearly 10 percent of the newsroom — are being eliminated in the first large-scale layoffs in the history of the state's largest daily newspaper, publisher Richard Vezza said this morning.
Eighteen part- and full-time staffers in The Star-Ledger's newsroom of 195 employees are expected to be laid off today, along with 16 positions in other departments. The totals include 19 full-time employees and 15 part-time positions.
In a letter posted shortly after 8 a.m. today throughout the newspaper's Newark offices, Vezza called it a difficult day, and blamed the dramatic cuts on continuing financial pressures and the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy, in an industry already hard hit by a steady decline in readership and sinking ad revenues.
Yeah, about that declining readership thing. Stop raising the price! The Ledger just sent out a letter announcing a home delivery price increase to $7 per week. A dollar a day. For left-wing propaganda I could get from DailyKos for free. And sports. Is it worth $365 a year to read about the Jets while I'm on the can? I'm thinking "no".
In an interview this morning, Vezza said he does not foresee any other big changes to the newspaper in the near future.
"This is not a foreshadowing the demise of the paper," Vezza said. "We have no plans for further layoffs."
Which is exactly what Vezza said last time, in 2008, when he axed 304 people, including 151 from the newsroom.
But I'll bet he's keeping senior editor Tom Moran. Gotta continue spewing that gay-marriage-cheering, gun-controlling, abortion-on-demand, tax-the-rich agitprop!
You know, thinking about their declining revenues, maybe Vezza should implement
Moran's tax ideas as a pricing model. Wealthy towns should pay more for the
paper! Sell the Ledger for a quarter in Newark, but charge $10 in Alpine. It's
not like they can't "afford it," right? Practice what you guys preach. I'm
sure the dollars will really roll in.
You can say anything you want, so long as it doesn't offend an Obamabot.
You have the right to freedom of speech, unless you say something critical of Dear Leader.
Welcome to the new America. Now with more censorship.
Two public school teachers are facing investigations for posting messages that some perceived as critical of President Obama on social networking sites.
In Rock Hill, SC, a middle school teacher was placed on leave after she posted a message on her personal Facebook page about President Obama and food stamps.
"Congrats Obama," she allegedly wrote. "As one of my students sang down the hallway, 'We get to keep our food stamps' … which I pay for because they can't budget their money … and really, neither can you."
A school spokesperson said they had received several calls complaining about the eighth grade math teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School.
A high school teacher in Columbus, Ohio is under investigation after he posted what some considered an anti-Obama message on his personal Facebook page.
"Congrats to those dependent on government, homosexuals, potheads, JAY-Z fans, non-Christians, non-taxpayers, illegals, communists, Muslims, planned murder clinics, enemies of America, Satan You WON," the unidentified teacher wrote.A spokesman for Columbus City Schools confirmed to Fox News that the Linden McKinley High School teacher was being investigated.
Hazel Davis, who has a son in ninth grade, was one of the parents who complained about the post.
"I didn't think it was right," she told the Columbus Dispatch. "He's talking about a majority of the people that go to the school."
Tolerance, it doesn't mean what you think it means. And the First Amendment? The only place you'll see it now is on a milk carton. I guess these two teachers can consider themselves lucky they only lost their jobs. Give Dear Leader another year or 2 and he'll be executing dissidents instead of just imprisoning them.
Heil Obama! Or else.
The Commission on Presidential Debates is non-partisan and impartial. Honest. It's just a coincidence they keep selecting debate moderators who are sycophantic admirers of Democratic candidates.
Remember Gwen Ifill? She wrote a fawning biography of Barack Obama before moderating the 2008 Vice Presidential debate.
ABC's Martha Raddatz does Ifill one better. She was impartially selected to moderate Thursday's VP debate. But it turns out Raddatz is pretty chummy with Barack Obama. How chummy? He was a guest at her wedding.
President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.
Isn't that special? Her husband works for Obama. There's an incentive to ask the tough questions! Well, tough questions for that woman-hating, granny-killing, Christer Paul Ryan. But put Amtrak Joe in the hot seat? Not. Gonna. Happen.
Media bias? Seems more like incest to me.
Poor Big Bird. Mitt Romney wants to throw him under the bus. That's what my liberal Facebook friends are saying. Romney will deregulate Wall Street and crack down on Sesame Street.
Oh, the humanity.
How about some facts?
Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 -- nearly a million dollars -- in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, "Sesame Street" made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.
Big Bird makes a cool $50 million a year. And thanks to PBS being a nonprofit organization, he doesn't pay a dime in taxes. I think that's known as "Economic Patriotism". Or something.
So go ahead, tell me again why we need to borrow money from China to subsidize a fictional character who's richer than Mitt Romney.
Occupy Sesame Street! Because Big Bird isn't the 1%. He's the 0.001%. And it's
about time he paid his "fair share".