Gwen Ifill’s “brilliant baby cousin”

Gwen Ifill isn’t the only member of the family that is writing books about the “Age of Obama.”  So is her “brilliant baby cousin“, Sherrilyn Ifill. 

One must be careful here, because you don’t want the card whipped out on you for pointing out the family’s obvious bias toward the liberal Barack Obama.

Dont Take Any Heat Without It!

Don't Take Any Heat Without It!

 Anyhow, Sherrilyn Ifill is a University of Maryland law professor and author of “The Relevance of Nooses and Lynching in the Age of Obama.” 

Prof. Sherrilyn Ifill

Prof. Sherrilyn Ifill

Professor Ifill is nationally recognized as an advocate in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. She teaches Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, and a seminar on Reparations, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice. Professor Ifill has also taught Constitutional Law, Environmental Justice, Complex Litigation, as well as seminars on Voting Rights, Equal Protection, and Judicial Decisionmaking. Professor Ifill co-founded with Professor Michael Pinard the Reentry of Ex-Offenders Clinic.

Here’s a short excerpt from her book:

The challenge for 2008 and beyond is for us to embrace the hope represented by the widespread acceptance of public figures like Barack Obama and Colin Powell, while continuing the hard work of sorting through the lingering effects and reality of white supremacy in our society.

Oh!  And, Sherrilyn, the “brilliant baby cousin” of Gwen Ifill (moderator for the only ’08 VP debate), doesn’t like Gov. Sarah Palin.  That’s a shocker for you, I know.  😯

…“From the first day, Palin presented herself as shooting a bear in the morning, field dressing it, cooking up the breakfast, diapering the babies, passing legislation in the afternoon, cleaning the house, satisfying her husband, etc., etc., etc. And it’s just not true,” she wrote in an e-mail interview. “It’s hard to be an average working mom, really hard. And when women who are privileged present as though they have it all together, it’s offensive to black women.”

She said, “black women are not easily confused by false claims to feminism. When women like Palin lay claims to ‘representing’ average women, I think that black women have a visceral reaction to it.”

Ifill added that Palin “missed her opportunity when she announced Bristol’s pregnancy to explicitly talk about how painful it was to her as a mother – instead of making it as though this too was also part of her perfect life…

So, here are some parting questions:

What about Sarah Palin makes her “privileged?”  She came from a home of blue-collar workers.  She entered a beauty pageant to get a scholarship to college.  She has worked most all of her adult-life.  What is “privileged” about that?

How was Bristol’s pregnancy presented as “part of her perfect life?”  It is a part of their life and the portrayal I have seen is that they are dealing with it as it was presented to them, perfect, imperfect or otherwise.

What about Sarah Palin makes her not a part of “average women“, versus,..I don’t know…say…Michelle Obama?  Sarah Palin strikes me as a lot more humble than the latter. 

Why does the “feminism” of Sarah Palin have to be a “false claim”?  Is it written somewhere that to be a feminist, you must consider yourself a victim of sorts? If that be the case, I guess Sarah Palin isn’t a feminist.

Oh, well.  The fix is in, I guess.  Can we hope for a “fully even-handed” moderator for the debate tonight for this important debate?

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Conservative cartoon roundup

Pam over at Right Voices has a cool roundup of cartoons.  I have to agree that these are some “you won’t see in the NY Times” or any of the other liberal “birdcage liners” for that matter.  😆

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“Energy Freedom Day”

The Associated Press

Source: The Associated Press

The ban on offshore drilling and domestic oil shale exploration expires today.  As Amanda Carpenter reminds us, “Traditionally Congress renews the ban at the end of every fiscal year, but this year it was allowed to terminate.”

“Energy Freedom Day is a victory for the American people that stood up and made their voices heard in Washington. Thanks to millions of Americans demanding action, the bans on American energy have expired and we can begin to produce our own oil and natural gas to lower gas prices and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) said. “Opening up American energy is an important step to get our economy moving again. The federal government and states could reap over a trillion dollars in revenues that will help reduce the tax burden on Americans.”

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Facts don’t get in the way of P.D.S. Just ask The Boston Globe

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PhotoShop by David Lunde

Jim Geraghty has an intersting piece over at CampaignSpot on the Boston Globe‘s piece insinuating that then-Mayor Sarah Palin charged victims for rape kits.  I guess the folks at The Globe didn’t see the financial records, where the city did actually pay for the rape kits, huh?  The Globe‘s faux reporting overlooks which Alaskan cities were actually named in the legislature’s hearings on the issue.  Psssst!  Wasilla was not one of those cities.

I believe that the Globe should print an immediate retraction of this obviously slanted hit piece and provide readers with the truth.  I realize that is a novel concept for the MSM but they really should give it a try. 

Fight the smears.  The Globe’s phone is 617-929-2000; . Corrections are urged to be sent to and the listed phone number is 617-929-8230.

The death of fiscal conservatism


UPDATE:  Oh.  And, George Soros has decided that Henry Paulson’s bailout plan wasn’t bad enough.  So, he has offered his advice on how to further nationalize the private sector.

Soros also believes the government should take direct action to shore up the ailing housing market.

The Paulson plan “addresses only one half of the underlying problem — the lack of credit availability,” he wrote.

And, according to Bill Clinton, deregulation is not to blame for the financial situation in the U.S.

Former President Bill Clinton says deregulation of financial institutions is not to blame for the mortgage market mess.

Clinton was asked in an interview if he regretted signing legislation in 1999 that repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which had separated commercial and investment banking.

Oh.  And, Hillary Rodham Clinton is ready to lead the way on the boondoggle bailout in the Senate.

“I certainly would support the Senate going first, so long as we have the votes … as early as tomorrow if that’s what would make this process successful,” Clinton told reporters by phone Tuesday.

Oh! Oh!  And, the FDIC wants “unlimited borrowing authority from the Treasury Department.”  😯   

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Well, the Senate is ready to take up the bailout issue.  Guess where McCain and Obama stand on the earmark stuffed behemoth in the Senate.  🙄

This whole thing reminds me of raising the shamnesty tactics from the ashes to brush them off and give it another try.  So much for the anti-bailout Republicans and Democrats in the House the other day that beat back the bailout attempt there.  We survived the carnage all of the dooms day prophets were predicting, if we didn’t pump close to a trillion dollars into the private sector to nationalize it.  I wonder when GWB is going to get it.  Very few in D.C. seem to be able to keep things in perspective

Better get on the horn to your senators: 202-224-3121.  Don’t bother trying to e-mail them.  You won’t get through.  🙄

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Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm  Comments (2)  

Surprise! Another unbiased journalist in the tank for Obama (UPDATED)

Now, let’s see here.  Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent of the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the only VP debate scheduled for tomorrow night at Washington University in St. Louis.  But, that’s not the shocking part.

Fox News Channel

Source: Fox News Channel

Are you ready?  Okay.  Gwen Ifill has penned a new book.  And, the name of that book is The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

For real.  You read that correctly.  It would appear to be a pro-Obama book that she has written.  It is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2009, as a new president would be taking office.

So, would it be too presumptuous of me to wonder if Gwen Ifill has a vested interest in seeing Barack Obama win the presidential election in November, so that she would see more of a spike in her book’s sales?  Ifill does not seem to be helpful in answering that for us, as of late.


Source: PBS

A debate ‘moderator’ in the tank for Obama.”  Should that not send up red flags for American voters?  Greta Van Susteren reports that the McCain campaign did not know about Ifill’s book and compares this conflict with a “mistrial” in the judicial system.

Well, maybe I’m just jumping to conclusions.  It’s not like she’s been penning other pro-Obama articles or something.  Oh!  She has?  In Essence?  A “special interview?”

It’s not like Gwen Ifill has a good track record with covering Gov. Sarah Palin.  The PBS Ombudsman was inundated with complaints following Ifill’s coverage of Gov. Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.  Here’s the commentary that prompted the complaints:

Funny how Gwen Ifill just fawns over the likes of Michelle Obama but looks strained to try to even fake a compliment for Sarah Palin.

“A lot of people have never seen anything that looks like a Michelle Obama before. She’s educated, she’s beautiful, she’s tall, she tells you what she thinks and they hope that she can tell a story about Barack Obama and about herself…”

Here’s a parting thought.  Can you imagine if Sean Hannity had been selected to “moderate” this debate, instead of Gwen Ifill or some of her MSM cronies?  Oh!  The wailing and gnashing of teeth that would be taking place.  😯

As Glenn Reynolds passes along from a major newsroom reader at Instapundit, “every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true….The fix is in, and its working.”

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UPDATE:  Doesn’t PBS have some editorial standards or something that should address this?  So, now, just who all is derelict in their duties?  PBS?  Ifill? …

But, of course, PBS does not have a problem with it

“The book has been a known factor for months, so I’m not sure what the big deal is.”

Of course they don’t see a problem with it.  How silly of me.  It’s PBS.  It’s not like it is some bastion of independent journalism.   

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UPDATE:  Uh oh!  Time for the race card

Ifill questions why people assume that her book will be favorable toward Obama.

“Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?” said Ifill, who is black. Asked if there were racial motives at play, she said, “I don’t know what it is. I find it curious.”

Okay.  Let’s take the first sentence of the excerpt first.  I think the title – The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama – says it all.  Did you catch that “the Age of Obama” part of the title?

Okay.  Now for the second and third sentences of the excerpt.  I don’t recall seeing any mention made of Ifill’s race being an issue but, rather, her politics.  So, Gwen, it’s not that you are black but that you are a liberal media personality that is in the tank for Barack Obama.  And, that doesn’t make you even remotely unique.

Jim Treacher offers up a little comic relief for the Ifill escapade.  😆 

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UPDATE:  And, then, there are just some really weird nutroots theories out there, even from my own state.  They even worship at the alter of Andrew Sullivan.  😆

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UPDATE:  I think Jed Babbin over at Human Events hits the nail on the head.

Whether or not this proves to be the “Age of Obama,” no one who has a financial interest in the outcome of the election — as does PBS’ Gwen Ifill — should be permitted to moderate any debate in the campaign season…

…Ifill must be removed from the moderator’s slot — today — and replaced by someone who at the very least does not have a financial interest in the outcome of tomorrow night’s debate.

To any normal thinking person, this whole issue of Ifill and “the Age of Obama” smacks of impropriety. 

I just heard an interesting statement by Dick Morris on The O’Reilly Factor say something about how we wouldn’t let someone with a $350.000.00 vested interest in a campaign moderate it and that is what we have here in Gwen Ifill.  If Obama wins, her book does much better than if he loses. 

Podunk Hick?  That Mary Katharine.  😆

Mary Katharine also has a screenshot from HuffiPo today from where they were listing the “Top 10 reasons Palin will cancel the debate“, yesterday.

Screen Shot from The Huffington Post

Screen Shot from The Huffington Post

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