- Florida Senate candidate Mike McCalister is having a rough time of it lately after spending the month getting buried by an ever-increasing pile of bad press based on apparent exaggerations of his military record and ties to questionable people. The Crowley Political Report is now openly calling for his withdrawal from the race:
Mike, Mike, Mike. What were you thinking?
Mike McCalister is a tough talking, retired Army colonel who dreams of winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. His little dream is turning into an embarrassing nightmare.
If you listen to McCalister, it is easy to walk away with the impression that this is one combat hardened, black-ops [savvy], kick-a** son-of-a gun.
Instead, the real McCalister is a lot like the high school football player who later in life talks as if he played in the pros...
- And then there's that St. Pete Times editorial, posted online last night and in the print edition today, titled "Give him a Purple Heart for paper cuts." Now, I'll be the first one to say that the SPT is no friend to conservatives and this article is, hands down, the most brutal I've seen so far in the 2012 Florida Senate race.
I'm including the link here for two reasons. First, to have a discussion. For those of you who share my skepticism for McCalister's campaign, do you think this article went too far? Is it satire? Is it fair journalism? Where is the line? Second, for the McCalister supporters who thought I was harsh in what I wrote about him: no, this is harsh:
...McCalister has quickly become the General Halftrack meets Maxwell Smart of Florida politics.
...In fact, McCalister has been commanding a desk for most his military career as a staff member in various assignments where the biggest threat to life and limb was the risk of a paper cut.
Well, there was the Battle of Office Depot, where the colonel waged a valiant defense against wave after wave of copy machine salesmen.
- Ezra Klein has been in the habit of vomiting stupid under a Washington Post byline for quite some time now, but yesterday he published an-especially-idiotic-even-for-him article claiming that Social Security is, like, totally fiscally sound...complete with the World's Most Dishonest Venn Diagram. Jimmie Bise, Jr. dissects the circular arguments and logical fallacies with delight, here:
- Here's a wickedly funny ad from a Roger Williams, a Congressional candidate in Texas:
"See those big ears? Still can't hear me." Heh.
[Hat tip: The Other McCain]
- Here's some new research showing that, yes, Planned Parenthood is in fact targeting minorities for abortion by placing abortion centers in areas with high minority populations:
- Another election year, another silly liberal media attempt to call a Republican dumb. Sigh. This time, the target is Rick Perry. Monica Crowley has some excellent commentary on her blog, including a comment that cuts-to-the-heart of the matter: "If [liberals] are so smart, why are their ideas so catastrophically bad?"
- Surprise, surprise. Obama's Department of Justice is being mean and oppressive to an American business (and still not adequately addressing real problems). Hat tip to Melissa Clouthier for this link:
- Ben Howe has a post at RedState with some particularly infuriating information about the infamous Obamabuses may have a bigger carbon footprint than previously thought. They're being flown - yes, you read that right, flown - from stop to stop:
- Here's an interesting article about U.S. copyright laws and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which was delivered 48 years ago as of this past Sunday:
- Finally, MTV had their annual "Video Music Awards" this Sunday night, and as usual, the show contained an incredible amount of content not suitable for the listed rating (14 year olds). I caught a few minutes of the train wreck and was completely creeped out by this exchange between Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber:
Bieber: I have a snake...
Gomez: Stop! I know! [giggles] ...Alright, what's your snake's name?
Bieber: My snake's name is Johnson.
For the record, Bieber did have some sort of small pet snake in his hand, but the double entendre was still pretty obvious. And, since according to Wikipedia Bieber is still underage, creepy as all heck.
Dan Isett, the Director of Public Policy for the Parents Television Council, issued the following statement:
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While nobody should be surprised by MTV’s desperate attempts to maintain some veneer of being about music, this year’s VMAs were a profanity-riddled, cringe-inducing mess. The truth is MTV wants to be known for its scripted programming and last night’s sneak peak at “I Just Want My Pants Back” featured illegal drug use, graphic sex in a refrigerator and a taxi cab, a bikini wax gone wrong...all rated by MTV as appropriate for a 14 year old child. MTV hasn’t learned its lesson from the failure of “Skins,” and it’s high time families aren’t forced to pay for MTV to access the quality programming on cable.