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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Charles Johnson Was About As Close To Andrew Breitbart As I Was (Not Very)

Blogger Charles Johnson's latest target is Dana Loesch. He goes out of his way to provide half stories about Dana and her husband Chris which Dana herself does a great job rebuking at her site. The part of the story I can add to is where Johnson tries to convince the reader that he was amongst Andrew Breitbart's closest friends (I wasn't even close to being close friends with Andrew, but I certainly knew who he was close to). One thing I can tell you is anyone who claims they were very close to Andrew Breitbart probably weren't.

In his piece Johnson claims:
I volunteered and worked for Breitbart. The reason you don’t know too much about my work for Andrew is that I was busy doing it and living in relative obscurity. (It was only after Andrew died and I got married that I decided I should be a bit more out in the public eye and began tweeting and causing trouble.)

I wrote movie reviews for Big Hollywood, I wrote a few articles vetting Obama, and I found the Derrick Bell tapes. I also found the Eric Holder “brain wash” people into not liking guns. I worked on the Obama eats dogs story and published the material on Obama’s time at Columbia, among many others. I also won two journalism awards from the Wall Street Journal for a story I published first on Andrew’s sites. (I also published a version on National Review Online.) I thanked Andrew in my speech at NewsCorp headquarters and in print. “I would never have won this great award without the help of Andrew Breitbart and the people at believing in me and my work,” I said at the time.
Johnson was a volunteer reporter for the Breitbart sites and so was I.  Between late 2009 and 2011, there were over 200 articles featuring my byline on one of the "Big" sites (and two or three since). I broke the video which exposed Helen Thomas and got her fired on Big Journalism, helped oust Obama national security pick Chas Johnson who amongst other things I broke at Breitbart  believed the Muslims discovered America on Big Government, exposed Mel Gibson and his intended Maccabees movie on Big Hollywood, and broke countess stories about Obama's Anti-Israel policies at Big Peace. Or to put it another way, Johnson's service was nothing unusual.

But he insists:
I was also the last employee at Breitbart to contact Andrew before he died. We talked about going to a party at screenwriter Dale Launer’s house that Friday. I was also in Andrew’s office with Samuel Corcos the day he offered the money for video of the N-word being said to black congressmen. We had Mexican food at a B restaurant and he ate half my chicken burrito because I was talking too much. Sam Corcos, Bryce Gerard, and I met Andrew and Alex Marlow first at a GenX event and America’s Future Foundation event in Los Angeles when I was a freshman in college in Los Angeles. Cato’s Gene Healey and The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf were both there, too.
 Did Johnson get a certificate proving he was the last employee to talk to Breitbart? Sorry I am being a bit snarky. Breitbart was a "regular guy." If a stranger met him on the street and told him they were thinking of starting a blog, Andrew would give the stranger his card with his cell phone number and urge him to call if he needed help. So the fact that Johnson supposedly spoke to Andrew just before he died was nothing special.

In the three years since the "Bigs" began publish, Andrew and I may have spoken maybe 30 times either in person, on the phone, or at the bar at CPAC, yet I called him my friend. It is not some delusions of grandeur on my part, it was just that Andrew Breitbart made people feel like they were the most important people in the world and a key component of his team. Allow me to give you an example:

While on the publicity tour for last latest book, Andrew appeared on the Hugh Hewitt show. Hewitt jokingly told Andrew of his disappointment that his name wasn't in the acknowledgements. Piling on to a good joke,  I tweeted Andrew saying Hewitt had no right to be in the acknowledgements, but as one of his most prolific contributors I should have been named and should have gotten some of his royalties on top of it. The very next day I received a phone call apologizing for not including me (he also mentioned he wished he included Pamela Geller also) because I was a top contributor or not.  I don't know whether he meant it or not, but that was the Andrew Breitbart I knew, he always found time to make others feel important.

Did Andrew Breitbart take the time to make Johnson feel important? I bet he did.  Andrew made everyone seem important...but that doesn't make him any different than the other contributors to Andrew's sites.

But there's more. Nine months after Andrew died Dana sued  Honestly the suit had nothing to do with Andrew's relationship with Dana or visa versa. Johnson suggests that it did, he tells of visiting the Breitbart offices before Andrew's death and they would complain about Dana's work ethic notice he doesn't mention who. I don't know the behind the scenes of Loesch's lawsuit, but obviously she had problems with someone in the organization and obviously it didn't metastasize until after Andrew died, hence the timing of the suit.

The last time I spoke to Andrew was the last day of the 2012 CPAC, two weeks before he died. I gave him suggestions for Big Journalism, he told me to talk to Dana about them.  An indication that Breitbart still had confidence in Loesch. Also keep in mind as the site grew from a list of news services and blog posts, to the "Bigs," Andrew divorced himself from the business side of the operations. There were times Andrew would mention to me his next project, and when I suggested he hire me to run it Andrew would always point me to his friend and partner Larry Solov as the guy who made hiring decisions. It was a point that then Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollack echoed to me after Andrew died.
I want to be very clear that I didn’t want to write this piece. Lots of people lie about my work. There’s even a bogus story about me crapping on the floor in college. I let most of this nonsense go by the way side. But Dana is lying about my work, just as she’s lying about her relationship with Andrew Breitbart toward the end of his life.
As far as who was "closer" to Andrew, like I suggested before, someone who suggests they were close to Andrew probably wasn't his real close friends don't have to. Remember what Charles Johnson says in his tome about Andrew, " I was also the last employee at Breitbart to contact Andrew before he died," without suggesting it he is saying Andrew and him were best buds.

When the Breitbart team and many of Andrew's friends gathered for his funeral, the Breitbart team took a picture as a message they will carry on the fight for truth. Notice that Dana Loesch is in the picture---notice that Charles Johnson was not.

On her website, Dana Loesch addresses Johnson's other claims:
A few days ago while trying to cull news from my Twitter feeds, Chuck Johnson was fighting with everyone under the sun and filling up my timeline. Because he seemed petty, I opted to unfollow rather than mute him. Within thirty minutes he had a public meltdown resulting in a hit piece comprised of failed hit pieces from progressives before him. He responded with a poorly-written, error-riddled, libelous piece as his traffic (via Alexa) has taken a dive this month
I strongly urge you click here and go to Dana's Site to read her response to the rest of Charles Johnson's hissy fit.

Chuck Todd Blasts Cable News For Wasting Time On Deflategate

Chuck Todd, Meet the Press host and political director for NBC News it upset at the Cable news networks for spending an inordinate amount of time on "deflate-gate, " the possible cheating by the New England Patriots, and too little time discussing the coup in Yemen and the U.S. losing a key ally in the War on Terror. Todd made the declaration on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Friday.
Hewitt: And here’s the irony. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill when he was the secretary for the colonies, and I’m going to talk with Larry Arnn next hour about this from Hillsdale College, drew the map of the modern Middle East. And today, 50 years later, it’s all going to hell, Chuck Todd. I don’t even know if you’re going to try and cover Yemen. No one can find Yemen on a map.

Todd: No, you know, it’s funny, you say try and cover. I’m actually, this has been, I’m obsessed with this. I mean, I’m sorry, look, I’m a football fan. I enjoy football. But yesterday, I was embarrassed, because I’m looking up, and all three news channels, okay, and all three major cable news channels, I have four TV’s in my office, always have three of the news channels. They’re all on Tom Brady. Yemen is actually on fire, okay? Yemen has the single most important, look, it’s the dangerous safe haven there is between Syria and Yemen, that Yemen, a very dangerous safe haven, and we’re just sitting here going, I’m just sitting there, and man, this is like this, when somebody, while Rome is burning, or while the string quartet is playing on the Titanic, we’re worried about deflated footballs when the Yemen situation is where it’s at? It was one of those, and I’m not trying to be like a news snob about this. But I’m interested in the Patriots story, too, but come on.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Huge Victory In War Against Men: Court Rules Guys Allowed To Pee Standing Up

This is one if those silly stories that I just had to cover!

From the AP: German court has ruled that a tenant who liked to pee standing up doesn't owe his landlord money for damages apparently caused by splashing, or missing his target altogether.

The Duesseldorf administrative court rejected the landlord's claim of 1,900 euros ($2,200) for alleged damage to the bathroom's marble floor, the dpa news agency reported Thursday.

While accepting expert testimony that urine had damaged the marble, Judge Stefan Hank ruled the man's method was within cultural norms, saying that "despite the increasing domestication of men in this context, urinating standing up is still common practice."

Hank said further that the tenant could have expected "regular conflicts" with those he lived with — but not that the bathroom's marble floor would be damaged.

Obama Fuming About Bibi Speech, "It Was Like A Spit In The Face...There WILL Be A Price"

We thought we’ve seen everything,” Israel Daily Ha'aretz quoted a senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us."

According to the paper, "chickenshit" the word the White House called Netanyahu a few months ago, was nothing compared to the cusses used at the White House when they found out that Bibi was coming to DC to speak before Congress.
“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.
Netanyahu's speech is supposed to cover the War On Terror and the Iranian nuclear program, and will be made just before the US/Iranian deadline to produce a "framework" of an agreement.
Just the week before the announcement of the invite, Obama called Bibi and delivered a "warning not to meddle in the battle he is waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation, the official said."
At Netanyahu’s behest, both Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer and members of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have been urging members of Congress in recent weeks to advance legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu has also urged new sanctions on Iran in all his meetings with American legislators, including his meeting earlier this week with a delegation headed by Republican Senator John McCain.

The White House is well aware of the efforts Netanyahu and Dermer have been making to advance sanctions legislation, as senior Republican legislators have made no effort to hide them. One senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who has visited Israel twice in recent weeks, has been particularly outspoken. In a joint statement issued at the start of a meeting between Graham and Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on December 29, Netanyahu declared on camera that new sanctions on Iran are needed. Graham then responded, also on camera, that Congress “will follow your lead” on the Iranian issue, and that new sanctions legislation would be brought to a vote soon.
On the other hand Bibi is well aware of what was reveled at Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, that the US is no longer negotiating with Iran to end its nuclear program.  Should Iran develop nuclear weapons it would be an existential threat to Israel (and the United States also).
Netanyahu's office tried to soften the severity of the clash with the White House. The PM's office stressed that the invitation was made "in the name of the bipartisan leadership within the House of Representatives and the Senate," and added that "speaking before both houses of Congress will allow for the prime minster to thank President Obama, Congress, and the American people for supporting Israel."
But in the end, the Israeli Premier must have known what he Administration's reaction would be and must have weighed it before accepting the invite (which was being negotiated between the speaker and the PM for weeks). Perhaps he was willing to take the risk because both the GOP and Democrats support new sanctions. Or he realized there was no way to repair his relationship with this administration.

Hopefully Bibi has a strategy to deal with the repercussions form an Obama administration whose policy is already anti-Israel.

Marco Rubio (R-FL) Putting On His 2016 Race For POTUS Running Shoes

"He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president,"  said a senior Rubio adviser.

Jonathan Kyle (ABC News) is reporting that Marco Rubio "has begun taking concrete steps toward launching a presidential bid, asking his top advisors to prepare for a campaign, signing on a leading Republican fundraiser, and planning extensive travel to early-voting states in the coming weeks"

According to the report Rubio has told his staff to "proceed as if he is running."
Leading the effort to raise the $50 million or more he’ll need to run in the Republican primaries will be Anna Rogers, currently the finance director for American Crossroads, the conservative group started by Karl Rove that raised more than $200 million to help elect Republicans over the past two elections.

Rogers will begin working at Rubio’s political action committee on February 1 and would become the finance director of Rubio’s presidential campaign.

Rubio, 43, will gather on Friday and Saturday at the Delano Hotel in Miami with 300 supporters and major donors to his Reclaim America PAC to discuss his political future.
Aides expect Rubio will make a final decision in the comings weeks, but his schedule for the next month already looks more like the schedule of a presidential candidate than a senator.

ABC News has learned Rubio plans to skip all votes in the Senate next week and instead take a campaign fundraising swing through California with events in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Rancho Sante Fe and Costa Mesa. He also plans fundraising stops in Texas and Chicago.

Rubio has also scheduled a book tour that will take him to all the early primary states. A senior aide to the Florida senator tells ABC News Rubio’s book tour will include stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Nevada. The first stop is tentatively scheduled for February 13 in Des Moines.
Rubio has had a meteoric rise in national politics. He was Speaker of the Florida Assembly and still in his thirties when he ran for Florida's U.S. Senate. At the time leadership of the State GOP had already decide that Governor Charlie Crist was their favorite. Rubio came from way back to defeat Crist in the state's GOP primary.

Per Florida law if he runs for POTUS, Rubio cannot also run to be reselected to his senate seat a decision he told Hugh Hewitt which with he would be very comfortable:
You know, I think by and large, when you choose to do something as big as that, you’ve really got to be focused on that and not have an exit strategy.
At a breakfast briefing earlier this week Rubio indicated that should he run, foreign policy and national security would be his priority:
“The next president of the United States needs to be someone who has a clear view of what is happening in the world — a clear strategic vision of America’s role in it, and a clear tactical plan of how to engage America in global affairs,” Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told a room full of reporters at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington. “And I think for governors, that’s going to be a challenge — at least initially — because they don’t deal with foreign policy on a daily basis.”

Rubio, who has supported an aggressive U.S. role in the world, added: “I think that the predominant obligation for the federal government is to provide for our national security and to conduct foreign policy for the United States. And I feel very comfortable debating that with any of the potential candidates or anyone else who might want to be president.”
Rubio's involvement with the gang of eight immigration bill may end up hurting him in any primary campaign. He helped to craft the bill which upset those who were, then pulled his support. His initial support upset Republicans who were against amnesty and those who wanted the us border secured.  After he withdrew his support because of its feckless border security provisions he upset those who wanted a comprehensive bill at all costs.