NYT: Never mind…

No one can find evidence that Tea Party demonstrators hurled racial epithets on March 20, 2010, at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. And you can bet people have tried. Andrew Breitbart has even offered to give $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund once evidence is found. Even though members of the MSM, liberal pundits and the Democrat party state the offense as fact, no video or audio of the event exists. Finally, the New York Times gave up.

The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.

Does the debate over this unfortunate rumor end here? Of course not. The “Tea Party is filled with racists” narrative is widely disseminated as a factual event. No evidence is needed, apparently.

Still, it’s nice to see a little crow on the menu at The Gray Lady.

Transparency: Clear as Mud

From Slashdot:

Bob the Super Hamste writes…

“CNN is reporting that the page recovery.gov is not as transparent as it claims to be. The examples pointed out are: 1. The user is greeted by a large pie chart that show the breakdown of money spent by 2 categories, state government distributions and local government distributions. 2. Finding projects involves a complicated search, information on projects is not actually hosted on recovery.gov 3. The format of the information available is of poor quality (the article specifically mentions a PDF document that was created from a scanned sideways copy of roadwork projects from New York state). Given that this site was meant to make the spending of the new stimulus money more transparent to the citizens of the Unites States of America it seems oddly opaque. CNN does seem to praise the ability for government agencies to be able to exchange HTML based information between systems, which for government I would call a massive accomplishment. I tried to find information for my state and searched for Minnesota. I got 4 matches, 2 of which were generic ones: one was the Minnesota state certification that is required for a state to receive funds and one that lays out public transportation spending for all states of which Minnesota gets $94,093,115.”

I suppose we should thank God for small wonders. The fact that government managed to put anything on the web at all is a modern day miracle.

Dodd Admits He Made the AIG Bonus Mess Possible

Yesterday he said he had no idea how any of this happened. Today (and after a huge outcry from across America), Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut admitted he had something to do with the AIG bonus mess.

He knew all along. So did Timothy Geithner. Dodd should confess and Geithner should resign. Immediately.

He Speaks for Millions

Shep Smith goes off on the congress. His disgust echos the thoughts of millions of Americans. What’s happening to our government?

Bush: GOP Will Stay in White House

President George W. Bush is picking his political comments with strategery these days. No use gettin’ into a fight just yet.

“I’m confident we’ll hold the White House in 2008,” Bush told donors at the Republican Governors Association annual dinner, which raised a record $10.6 million for GOP gubernatorial candidates.”And I don’t want the next Republican president to be lonely,” Bush said. “And that is why we got to take the House, retake the Senate, and make sure our states are governed by Republican governors.”

I’m not convinced that the GOP has a great chance to take a majority of the House, the Senate AND call the White House home. It’s more likely that we’ll have a McCain presidency, but a Democratic majority in congress. I don’t think the Democrats will be able to run on an anti-war message like they did in ’06. They’ve been able to accomplish exactly nothing since taking the reigns more than a year ago. I think the electorate will be sure not to allow a one party majority rule in 2008.

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