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Monday, June 26, 2006

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Wanted to share parts of an email that I received from a senator this morning:

Dear Fellow American:

Imagine for a moment this nightmare scenario, the six words no conservative wants to hear:

"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi"

Sound scary to you? If the liberals at have their way, that nightmare may very well become reality. Just who are Nancy Pelosi's friends? And what kind of power would they have if the Democrats took over the House?

John Murtha - who has irresponsibly called for a complete pull out of our troops from Iraq - would suddenly have control over the country's defense budget as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense. You would think our troops would have the strongest support of a decorated war veteran like Murtha, yet he continues to hurt our bravest soldiers by claiming that we are "losing in Iraq."

Bosun's comment about a new Murtha rant over the weekend: According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Saturday, June 24th Murtha said that American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran,to a crowd of more than 200 at at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami.

Charlie Rangel - who led the charge against personal retirement accounts in Social Security - would be chair of the Committee on Ways and Means. Someday, when our children are retired and are struggling to pay the bills, they can remember it was Rangel who had the chance to help but refused for his personal, political gain.

John Dingell - who voted against lower gas prices - would be chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Dingell also voted AGAINST making tax cuts permanent - once again leaving it to the taxpayer to figure out how to pay the bills.

Henry Waxman - no friend of Republicans - would be chair of the Government Reform Committee, where he could lead all sorts of unfounded investigations against Republicans. Already, Waxman has called for congressional hearings against President Bush's closest advisors, including Karl Rove.

Barney Frank - who was recently named one of the most liberal members of Congress - would be chair of the Financial Services Committee. Frank received a pathetic 4% approval rating from the American Conservative Union.

John Conyers - who starred in Michael Moore's ultra-liberal Fahrenheit 911 - would be chair of the Judiciary Committee.

David Obey - who recently called the federal marriage amendment "ridiculous" - would be chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

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chancuff said...

I've written the Florida International University Public Relations folks asking them to preserve their audio/video recording of this event they sponsored for Murtha to speak at.

Were I in Sun-Sentinel's shoes, I'd sit still as a mouse, hoping this will all blow over without much more fuss. Elizabeth Baier quotes Murtha several times in her Breaking World News (Brit Hume of Fox News as well as the Wall Street Joural have taken Baier's ball and run with it) claims of what Murtha said in Miami. When direct quotes are used, it's often the case the reporter has recorded the event, in order to make certain their quotes are accurate. What initially drew my attention was her lack of quotes for what she claims Murtha said in her first paragraph.,0,7119684.story

Shortly after reading the Sun Sentinel story, I googlenews'ed "Murtha Miami Iran Nuclear"
Among the dozens of hits quoting Ms. Baier indexed within a few hours of the Sun Sentinel's earth shaking expose' of Murtha's talk, I found another article published by the Miami Herald.

You will notice, this writer totally missed Murtha's "shot heard around the world" (technorati now has 400+ hits for what Ms. Baier claims Murtha said.)

On the unlikely chance Ms. Baier did *not* quote Murtha from a recording she made at the event ... reread my first paragraph.

I've sent inquiries to the entire editorial boards of the Sun Sentinel, Wall Street Journal, Arizona Sun Star and Miami Herald, as well as Knight Ridder, asking them to pursue any recording of this event, in pursuit of the real news story, Elizabeth Baier.

It shouldn't take more than a day, or three, for Ms Baier to experience personally, that the world of journalism is flat. Whether you like or despise John Murtha is no longer the story. The real story is ... just how far has mainstream media sunk? Is Jerry Springer Journalism the new standard for reporters?

Here's what should strike patriotic Americans as most disturbing ... If Murtha never said anything like this ... If America's Conservative Talking Heads plastering this "Murtha fiction" all over the internet (including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal) of something Murtha never said ... then who's to blame for this story achieving such prominence that our enemies will have no trouble finding it, and get the comfort these stories provide them? Certainly not John Murtha.

Hold your breath and hope that this aid to our enemies isn't solely due to America's media "dittoheads", including bloggers.

Keep in mind there are only two stories written by reporters who were actually in Miami last Saturday, where Murtha spoke. One used Mutha's outrageous comments as her opening paragraph, and the other, at a competing Newspaper in Florida, never mentioned them at all.

I spent a few hours on the phone with a friend of mine who is editor for a news site. I'm letting him run with this ball. You can follow how this story develops at:


Rosemary said...

Great sources. Thanks.

chancuff said...

The saga continues ...

This may help everyone understand my contempt for today's Republican Party.

This is the origination of this Lincoln "quote":

that ran in INSIGHT magazine

which is part of News World Communications (see bottom of page in link above) a wholly owned political mouthpiece of the Unification Church, the "Moonies".

I wrote Diana Irey offering her documented proof of what Lincoln never said, CCing all her campaign staff on, first on July 14th, and again on August 4th.

I wrote her, and her staff, repeatedly warning them of the consequences of their inaction. If you'd like verification, write her campaign manager of record (Bill Pascoe, former Press Secretary of the RNC, is calling the shots behind the scenes) at and ask him about my repeated warnings.

If you choose to write, use this as the Subject Line "It's showtime.". He'll know exactly what that means.

When all these efforts failed, I contacted with this very same evidence. Brooks Jackson was able to see what Ms. Irey, and her entire campaign staff refused to.

He published this, last Friday:
(note the video clip in the top right corner)

I would like to tell you there's quite some honor to Bill Pascoe's "within hours" response here:

In conclusion, it warrants mentioning how this "Moonie" Lincoln quote came into common use, without any questions to its authenticity.

Use Google to do a search for this quote. Go back 10-15 pages and you'll find the older dates of its use. You'll discover it was the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth who brought this fiction to life within weeks of Dr. Waller's article.

You will find Larry Bailey of has dusted off this Moonie quote and is using it for his "gimme' your money" scheme, all over the net, including this gem written the chairman of Bailey's PAC, in which it is used twice, for emphasis:

It's no accident that Diana Irey was boons-swaggled into using it.

Bill Pascoe and Kelli Phiel, the folks Robert Novak refers to as her "handlers" in this article:

"Irey, who looks quite young, is a bit green, but her handlers see her as great raw material."

I'll give a dollar to anyone who can decipher the grammar, syntax, period occurring in the middle of the sentence, and random capitalization that occurs in the last sentence of this article.

If you are unfamiliar with who Pascoe and Phiel are, let me introduce you.

Pascoe is the gent who hung tough with Jack Ryan, even after Dennis Hastert rightfully withdrew all GOP support for him in 2004, when Ryan was exposed for insisting his wife go to sex clubs with him and have sex in public.

"Jack Ryan is in the race to stay," said Bill Pascoe, Ryan's spokesman.",1,933334.story

Pascoe also the one who called Alan Keyes and convinced him to move from Maryland to Illinois, to replace Ryan. I'll let you Google that and for Kelli Phiel's history working with Pascoe in the 2004 election.

I wish I could tell you that I've not written Diana Irey repeatedly about her "handlers" past, but I cannot make that claim.

Buzz Patterson used this "Moonie" quote at a chapter heading in his book, Reckless Disregard. If you own a copy, check page 65. He was not the only retired military man to adopt this Republican operatives invention. Ollie North was too:

Least you wonder about my interest in all this ...

My family settled in what is now the 12th District of Pennsylvania in 1820, and have lived there ever since.

My great, great grandfather, after whom I am named in honor of, served in Lincoln’s Union Army. He made the supreme sacrifice for our country on March 23, 1862, serving Stonewall Jackson he only defeat in the Civil war.

Lincoln was, to borrow a title, “A Uniter”

When some goofball Republican operative abuses the reputation of our greatest Republican president, in a Moonie publication no less, for the expressed purpose of political gain for today’s Republican Party … it troubles me.

I suspect it will trouble you, too.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too