Putting the ‘cad’ in and taking the ‘bra’ off of ‘Abracadabra’
NPR’s “Morning Edition” has been trumpeting their series on the gazillionaires who are funding the presidential stakes, thus far. But, under attack from Congress, they must, of course, bend over backwards to be “balanced.”
Penny Nance was on NPR this morning
Never mind that there are, according to their own reporting “More than two dozen people or groups have donated at least $1 million each to the new superPACs, which can raise unlimited funds to help a candidate — although without technically coordinating with that campaign.”
Never mind that virtually ALL of them are Republicans. No: Bill Maher must be used to “balance” their softball report on Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate who’s personally financed Newt Gingrich’s “Crusade of Lunacy” campaign to the tune of $15 million, and promises to spend $100 million to defeat President Obama’s re-election.
But, they must also “balance” the balancing report by putting an “opposition” point of view on Bill Maher in their ever-so-tepidly headlined story of this morning, the utterly castrato “Bill Maher’s Obama SuperPAC Donation Causing A Stir“:
Maher asking “Who the f*** is Saul Alinsky?”
Unfortunately for Priorities USA Action, other big donors haven’t ponied up, or at least not as of the end of February, the last Federal Election Commission reporting period.
It could be because of the heat Maher has gotten from conservative women’s groups since the donation. They’re upset over graphic off-color remarks Maher has a habit of making about women, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
“He has no respect for conservative women,” says Penny Nance, who heads Concerned Women for America. “He finds us distasteful. He says all kinds of really ugly things about us.”
Nance says she is upset that liberals were outraged when talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh made a sexist slur against a Georgetown University law student, but are silent about Maher’s repeated vulgarity.
“I don’t expect Bill Maher to change,” says Nance. “But I do expect the president of the United States to really carefully think through the people that he aligns himself with and who he accepts money from.”
Nance has launched an online campaign to get Priorities USA Action to return Maher’s check.
By law, Obama cannot coordinate any actions of the superPAC.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama does not condone derogatory comments about women, but added: “We are not and cannot be the arbitrator of every statement that everybody makes in the policy and political arena.”
Priorities USA Action is not returning Maher’s check….*
[* Go and read the entire piece, and you will see that Penny Nance's sound-bitten OUTRAGE is the engine that drives the literary Monster-truck over the rhetorical barrels.]
Gee. “Concerned Women for America.” Going to bat for women’s rights, right?
CWA is anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-feminism and anti-sex education. Beverly LaHaye* started CWA to respond to the advances of feminism after watching NOW founder Betty Friedan on television in 1978. CWA identifies feminism as “anti-god, anti-family.” CWA identifies state-level Equal Rights Amendments (ERAs) as responsible for the breakdown of families, “The ERA proposes the elimination of our God-given roles as men and women, resulting in the redefinition — and eventual destruction — of family.”
[* In 1981, Beverly's husband, Tim LeHaye, co-writer of the "Left Behind" series, who ran the Moral Majority for Jerry Falwell, founded the Council on National Policy, which, by a strange coincidence, is the bunch behind Rick Santorum at present, Foster "Aspirin Knees" Friess, former president being Santorum's biggest contributor at $1,6 million, according to NPR. Small world. ]
Oh. So THEY’RE upset about Bill Maher’s bad language towards women who believe the way that THEY do? Take a look at the “CEO” of CWA:
or click here to view on YouTube
NOTE: You’ll find Penny Nance at 2:37, explaining,
perhaps, HOW the 2010 Tea Party’s fiscal issues
were hijacked by “social conservatives” as she assists
in so doing, with John King moderating on CNN
@ 6:13 she demands that the gay “Log Cabin Republican”
“which is whah I’m gonna ask yew to publicly say that
you will not push for repeal of donaskdontell and
domestic partner benefits, all those things that the
gay rights groups go after …
Don’t you think NPR OUGHT to have TOLD us who this botoxed barking moonbat harpie from hell WAS before letting her slander Bill Maher — and all the actual Feminists in the entire world, men included?
In 2002, CWA vehemently opposed ratification of CEDAW (the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women), claiming its pro-women empowerment and equality sections comprised a “leftist utopian wish list.” The Convention, which opposes the discrimination or subordination of women across the globe, was criticized by LaHaye Institute Fellow Janice Shaw Crouse, as imposing contemporary colonialist, neo-Marxist agendas. CEDAW was ratified on January 7, 2005, by 71 countries, and endorsed by 76 signatories. The United States was not one of them.
Two minutes of googling produced the information, and another ten minutes produced the video. Which, if you liked, you can find 181 MORE that CWA have uploaded and a wealth of others from other sources on YouTube.
- CWA has lobbied against the Freedom of Choice Act and gay rights legislation in many states. Grassroots activity in most states is led by a CWA Area Representative and a steering committee. According to its 2003 990 Report, CWA spent a total of $92,560 in lobbying expenditures to influence both public opinion and legislative bodies.
- This group monitors state legislation, organizes Prayer/Action chapters and coordinates the CWA’s “Project 535″ grassroots congressional lobbying program. (“Project 535″ refers to the total number of Members of Congress in both the House and Senate.)
- CWA fights against sex education curricula that is not completely abstinence based and opposes anti-drug and alcohol abuse programs that emphasize self-esteem. Many challengers to books and curricula in public schools use CWA-produced materials.
- CWA has been active in the fight against using Harry Potter books in schools. Publications such as “Harry Potter: Seduction of the Occult” claim that the books promote the practice of witchcraft among children. CWA offers books and videos such as, “Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged: Making Evil Look Innocent.” (Produced by Tim LaHaye, Beverly LaHaye’s husband.)
- CWA has also been active in supporting the teaching of Creationism and “Intelligent Design theory” in science classrooms.
- CWA’s anti-gay work covers many issues, from supporting the Boy Scouts of America ban against gay participants, to opposing any openly gay people in President Bush’s administration. CWA has been active in opposing any and all gay and lesbian civil rights measures, including supporting the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians in employment. CWA supports the “Truth in Love” campaign that says that homosexuality is a sin and claims gays and lesbians can become “straight” through “the love of Jesus Christ.” CWA established the Culture and Family Institute (CFI) to combat gay and lesbian civil rights. Robert H. Knight, a long time anti-gay crusader, leads the Culture and Family Institute.
- During John Ashcroft’s confirmation hearings in the Senate, CWA and many other “pro-family” groups held a press conference of conservative women leaders, which they claim resulted in 13,000 e-mails to senators, phone calls from members, hand-deliver information to senators and appeared on several major news networks. CWA called Ashcroft’s critics “anti-religionists.”
- As a leader of the religious right, Beverly and her husband Tim LaHaye are strong supporters of other Religious-Right groups and leaders. For instance, in the summer of 2001 the LaHayes gave Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University $4.5 million. (Beverly LaHaye is a trustee of the university.)
- Beverly LaHaye, alongside many other conservative leaders, has lobbied to de-fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In 1991, she testified before the Committee on Appropriations, Interior Subcommittee, of the House of Representatives to argue for de-funding of the NEA.
There’s more, but that’s all I could find in three minutes.
I don’t mind the blatant propaganda, but when a wolf appears in sheep’s clothing, pretending to be a Defender of the Sheep (who don’t need all those shepherds, quoth the wolf), one EXPECTS NPR’s Morning Edition to have a CLUE.
No. The “feminist” voice denouncing Bill Maher’s “misgyny” is one of the most misogynistic groups, arguably, to ever put on their culottes one shaved leg at a time. Seriously, NPR: THIS is who you put up as the “voice of women” against Bill Maher’s “misogyny”? (When she’s not appearing on Sean Hannity? Seriously?)
In case you’re wondering, here are some other “defense of women” things that “Concerned Women of America” have been up to (ibid.):
- In 1994 CWA filed suit on behalf of an anti-abortion protester who was arrested during a protest against the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), which banned protesters from blocking clinic entrances. In 1995 the Court of Appeals upheld FACE and CWA appealed to the Supreme Court, although the Court refused to hear the case.
- In 1994 the Virginia State Democratic Committee filed an injunction against CWA to stop the distribution of CWA’s “nonpartisan” voter guides. CWA and the Family Foundation (of Virginia) appealed to the courts, which ordered the ban lifted.
- In 1993 CWA-Iowa claimed victory by helping to defeat the state ERA with a 52 percent majority vote.
- In 1988, Beverly LaHaye testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the confirmation hearings for Judge Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- During the 1987 Supreme Court nomination hearings for Robert Bork, CWA led a national petition drive, sponsored a “Women for Bork” rally, and organized 350 people to lobby senators on Bork’s behalf.
Talk about the simplest stage magic fooling the dullest of the rubes (only, I’m sure, this rube has an ivy league degree and drinks the tony tea of the public radio crowd.)
What can we fool them with next?
You can download your own MP3 recording to treasure and cherish here.
The “profile” of Bill Maher has been satanically switched from the poorest of the “big contributors” in the whole shebang to the faux “women’s rights” campaign and Obama slur launched by the astroturfers paying Ms. Nance’s salary — which was $169,231 in 2010, according to their 990 “charitable” Tax Return, page 7:
Click for the complete .pdf of CWA’s 2010 tax return (50 pages)
I’ve commented on the “Spokesmodel” phenomenon at length in “Schizoid in Barbieland,” but it is ironic that just today, GLAAD released this report:
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – 4:49pm by Aaron McQuade, GLAAD’s Director of News and Field Media
It sounds like a headline from the Onion, but strategy documents uncovered yesterday, from the nation’s most prominent anti-gay marriage group, the National Organization for Marriage (found by the Human Rights Campaign), reveal a novel approach to convincing Americans to vote against marriage equality: recruit glamorous but unintelligent celebrities. (p.19/20)
“Hollywood with its cultural biases is far bigger than we can hope to be. We recognize this. But we also recognize the opportunity – the disproportionate potential impact of proactively seeking to gather and connect a community of artists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous non-cognitive elites across national boundaries. (This is applying the Witherspoon and IAV model to non-intellectual elites.)”
Which is weird, because I hadn’t ever realized that Bill Maher was gay.
But then, unlike NPR and you, Gentle Reader, I’m easily duped.
Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a rabid out of my hat!
Oh, wait: Weren’t we trying to distract you with this “Bill Maher” stuff from Rush Limbaugh’s three-day sexist slander of a private citizen? A young woman?
Hocus pocus: Abracadabra.
And another “profile” of a shadowy post-Citizens United figure who’s ponied up $1 million is completed. I can’t hardly wait for that there Foster Friess piece.
A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.