Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Welcome to the Machine

I've stated before that I find "gotcha" blogging to be one of the lowest forms of discourse and argument. It's pointless, and it proves nothing, since hypocrites are always 50% right.

That said:

1) At KAR, we don't blog - we ThunderJournal;

2) If you've followed KAR for any significant length of time, you know that nothing is beneath us; and

3) Iron Maiden RULES!

So let's sharpen our knives and take a look at one of the more delicious double standards that has reared its head in the past couple of days.

Over at the nonpartisan-sounding Minnesota Monitor - that outfit funded by a totally nonpartisan-sounding outfit known as the "Center for Independent Media"; which in turn "shared office space" with the totally non-partisan sounding Media Matters: A George Soros Joint - Sock Puppet #2 takes issue with a lawsuit being filed against Our Glorious Revolutionary Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie.

Well, that's not really accurate. Sock Puppet #2 is more distressed (you're welcome for the link, Rew!) at who is bringing the suit: something called Minnesotans for Responsible Government (MRG). Sock Puppet #2 believes that MRG is a Republican / Conservative front organization used to file silly lawsuits against Democraticic public officials. As SP2 posed the question:

"Responsible Government"? Or partisan attack politics as usual?

When challenged by a commenter about the incongruity between his words (calling out an NGO as a partisan attack organization) and deeds (being paid to write for a partisan attack organization) , SP2 responded thus:

The difference being, of course, that information about CIM has been out for months, been vetted thoroughly, and been found lacking only by the venom-spitting hard-right wing of the Republican punditocracy.

On the other hand, MRG has sprung up from nowhere to go after Democrats repeatedly with a nominally neutral-sounding name.

The difference seems pretty clear to me.


It is very clear to me as well.

I'm not going to bog down with the details of the lawsuit or its defendant. For purposes here, it's irrelevant. Suffice it to say that I am far more concerned about our Communist Party-endorsed SecState's potential to make Minnesota the first state where the number of votes cast in an election actually exceeds the number of residents in the state than I am about who he links to on his official website.

However, when a paid sock puppet throws stones in glass houses - well - I get all giddy. Let's start from the beginning.

When Minnesota Monitor exposed some rather exotic financial relationships between TelePastor Mac Hammond and his church that could conceivably damage the church's 501(c) status, they forwarded the documentation they found to a group called "Citizens for Responsibility in Washington" (CREW). I thought it odd at the time, since a normal person would have either a) done nothing at all; or b) reported the information to the appropriate enforcement agency (in this case, the IRS). Odder still, was the fact that a swarthy God salesman playing fast and loose with his nonprofit status in Minnesota has little to do with ethics in Washington. I didn't look any further at the time since I figured that these were moonbat activists, and they function in ways different than your typical well-adjusted human being. They love to form and use NGOs. In fact, your typical moonbat family consists of 2 mothers, 1 child (adopted from Uganda) and 3 NGOs.

So who is CREW? Well, according to their website, CREW:

...targets government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. We will help Americans use litigation to shine a light on those who betray the public trust...

And a quick check of its press releases, shows us that they tend to target government officials of one particular party. Presumably Democratics never ever sacrifice the "common good" to "special interests."

I will also continue to express confusion as to how Mac Hammond fits into that mission. But I digress.

Now, let's take a look at CREW's principals:

Melanie Sloan, Executive Director

Melanie Sloan serves as CREW's Executive Director. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries. Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, working for Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) and specializing in criminal justice issues.

In 1994, Ms. Sloan served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY). There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the Violence Against Women Act. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE). Prior to serving in Congress, she was an associate at Howrey and Simon in Washington, D.C. and at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Sloan received her A.B. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and has published in the Yale Law and Policy Review, Legal Times, The Washington Post, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

So the Executive director is a well-traveled Democraticic Party bobo. There's a shock! What else can we dig up? Oh, how about this:

Naomi Seligman Steiner, Deputy Director and Communications

Director Naomi Seligman Steiner serves as CREW's Deputy Director and Communications Director. She has worked extensively as a communications professional, developing and managing media strategies for campaigns, elected officials and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining CREW, Ms. Seligman Steiner was the communications director for the nonprofit, media watchdog group, Media Matters for America. -

STOP THE PRESSES!!!!

There's Media Matters again. Funny how that name keeps popping up.

Oh, but I'm sure it's nothing. After all, the nonpartisan-sounding Center for Independent Media, which bankrolls the nonpartisan-sounding Minnesota Monitor only "shared office space" for a little with with the nonpartisan-sounding Media Matters of which the second officer listed on the website of nonpartisan-sounding Citizens for Ethics in Washington lists as a resume bullet.

Or maybe - just maybe - they're constituent parts of a bigger machine. A sort of "left-wing attack machine" if you will. CIM is the propaganda arm. CREW does the legal wet work and hatchet jobbery. We're starting to get beyond coincidences here.

So what?

Good question. George Soros and Whatzizface - the CEO of Progessive Insurance - can spend their money however they want. When it comes down to brass tacks, ideas usually win the day over well-crafted and loudly repeated but intellectually vacant propaganda. The fact that these folks are bought and paid for by George Soros or some Vast Left Wing Conspiracy (for the record, my tongue was lodged in my cheek while I typed those last 4 words) to poop out some uniform message that they think will lead to a glorious socialistic future is ultimately of no moment. Such things don't often carry the day in a nation such as ours in which we are guaranteed the freedom to hock rhetorical loogies at each other.

But when same moonbats try to assail someone else's cred by claiming they're a "paid Republican operative" or a "party hack" just link back to this post and laugh at them. I've written it before: a hack is a hack is a hack. Whether you are or were affiliated with a political party, or presently or formerly paid by it is really no different than being paid by a proxy for a political party. You're still a hack. The later merely allows you to create neat little self-serving niches with arbitrarily gerrymandered boundaries that exonerate yourself, and simultaneously nail your opponent. For Sock Puppet #2 to posit that analysis applies to Minnesotans for Responsible Government, while it doesn't apply to their cozy little sister organization - the nonpartisan-sounding Citizens for Ethics in Washington - is a joke.

Gotcha.

CORRECTION: In the above post, KAR misidentified the author of the Minnesota Monitor piece as "Sock Puppet #4." The actual author was Sock Puppet #2. Also, in the final full paragraph, "whether" was misspelled "wheter."

Both corrections have been integrated into the post, and KAR regrets the errors.

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