Wednesday Damage Control Comments

In the old days this position was called “Minister of Propaganda”:

Any press is good press, right? The Obama administration apparently doesn’t think so.

The White House has created a new position dedicated to damage control in the media, but it appears the role will focus on spinning negative stories published on left-of-center websites — or “progressive” blogs as the new job defines them — not right-wing news outlets.

In an internal personnel memo first obtained by the Huffington Post, itself a liberal-slanted blog, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer writes that staffer Jesse Lee will head up the new initiative.

“This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response,” Pfeiffer writes.

“For the last two years, Jesse has often worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House’s liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response.”

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/05/24/white-house-creates-liberal-damage-control-position?test=latestnews#ixzz1NMlyOAtn

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120 thoughts on “Wednesday Damage Control Comments

  1. Morning all, something interesting

    Sense of Freshness….

    A while ago a new supermarket opened in our area.

    It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh.

    Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

    When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mowed hay.

    In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks.

    When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.

    The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and cookies.

    I don’t buy toilet paper there any more.

  2. Morning all.

    I took the day off to attend a funeral and to see about taking care of my very large hospital bill. The person that passed wasn’t family; but an aquaintance from church. He was hospitalized for something, I think cancer, and then died a couple of days later. Very unfortunate.

    Take care, all. And, of course, behave yourselves.

  3. Tex-Can, down here in Houston those rustic sound effects were the signature of a big Randall’s grocery store. They somehow directed the aroma from the bakery right to the main entrance/airlock area. I don’t go to Randall’s very often any more because the one closest to me closed several years ago, but your gag rushed me right back to that doughnut scent on entering the store.

  4. #3 Darren

    my very large hospital bill

    Speaking of which, are you recuperated to everyone’s satisfaction? I notice you are usually up pretty late on the Couch again…

    And, of course, behave yourselves.

    Prolly asking too much of this gang! But you can ask us to express ourselves.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12wP5W2R0wY

  5. The White House has created a new position dedicated to damage control in the media, but it appears the role will focus on spinning negative stories published on left-of-center websites — or “progressive” blogs as the new job defines them — not right-wing news outlets

    Wink, wink.

  6. From yesterday’s O/C thread:
    Prolly my favorite teacher was from Memorial High, here in good ole H-Town; Her name was Polly Koslowski, a chemistry teacher. She was completely ambidexterous, you would have to really pay attention to notice when she changed hands while writing on the blackboard. She taught me about “phase change” that wonderful phenomenon that makes an air conditioner work, and beer freeze in the bottle after you open it, and lots of other cool stuff as well :>)

  7. Another case for bleaching the educational gene pool.

    ASHBURNHAM (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Parents in Ashburnham are questioning a school proposal to buy 150 new iPads for children in kindergarten.
    /snip
    Some question if this is the best use of taxpayer money. Catherine Adair has children in school at Briggs Elementary. She tells FOX 25, “We have no Vice Principal. We have a very bare bones staff. I don’t think kindergartners having iPads is the best expenditure of taxpayer money.”

    Dya think?? iPads for kindergartners. . . . .its Boston, now I know why that terd-nozzle Kennedy kept getting re-elected – what a bunch of MORONS!

  8. What’s going on? This guy doesn’t know either.

    Well, that’s just great. Apparently nobody knows. You people are of no use to me whatsoever!

  9. THIS is an excellent lesson in how the LSM purposely distorts coverage to promote a particular agenda. I know that we all are aware of the practice, but this spells it out in black and white.

  10. 8 Dooood says:
    May 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Does anyone know what’s going on?

    Well, this guy noticed something.

    This is the third (fourth?) session for campus carry. Since 2009, the house republican leadership, in the form of Joe Straus, has killed campus carry.

    THis year, the calendar committee blocked HB750 for more than two months. A senate version finally broke through, but Straus buried it in POO. (I noticed he didn’t use the two subject rule to kill the smoking amendment to a financial bill, but he did to stop a state university RKBA amendment to a state university bill. Proof it’s not about the rules, it’s abut their anti-RKBA agenda.)

    I wonder how property rights advocates feel about Straus bending the rules to pass a smoking ban.

    I know how gun rights advocates feel about him not bending the rules to allow Campus Carry.

  11. Does anyone know what’s going on?

    Marvin (not Melvin) asked that question 40 years ago. I don’t think he ever got a proper answer either.

  12. What if there was a guy running for Prez who was as witty as Mark Twain who could speak intelligently without the need for a teleprompter? What if he could debate as well as Newt ?gingrich, but without all the academic, moral, and politicaly baggage? What if he played guitar in a rock and roll band—and the name of the band was “The Second Amendments”? What if he wrote a book and the title was “Seize Freedom: American Truths and Renewal in a Chaotic Age” ? What if he had advised against supporting the uprising in Egypt, warning that the replacement for Mubarak might be worse for this country and peace in the Middle East than he was? What if he was a 4 term Republican member of Congress, a Conservative from the Mid West?

    What if he voted against TARP?

    Would you vote for him?

    You just might get the chance.

  13. But he’s got a name like he was a General in the War Between the States. Didn’t he serve with Colonel Angus? And why is Colonel Angus so popular with the ladies?

  14. Does anyone know what’s going on?

    No.

    Just as I suspected.

    I know what is going on but I have been sworn to double secret probation silence by the Star Chamber and the Corporation.

  15. I wonder how property rights advocates feel about Straus bending the rules to pass a smoking ban.

    The same freaking way I feel about any government telling me I have to allow people to park in MY parking lot with guns in their vehicle if i do not want them to.

    /idiot

  16. The Twizy has no doors – to “ensure enjoyable open-air motoring”, says Renault – though an upgraded version, the Twizy Technic, does have “side deflectors”.

    I think what they mean by “enjoyable open-air motoring” is “freeze your ass off in the winter and get soaking wet when it rains”, but I could be wrong.

    There’s the odd look, though we have to say there’s a certain ‘moon buggy’ appeal to it. Sort of.

    I think the translation from the French is a bit incorrect. I think “Moon buggy appeal” should have been translated as “death trap good looks.”

    Then there’s the battery. It delivers a peak range of 60 miles, but here’s the thing: it’s a separate purchase.

    Well, at least its not “Some Assembly Required.”

  17. The same freaking way I feel about any government telling me I have to allow people to park in MY parking lot with guns in their vehicle if i do not want them to.

    Sorry. I missed that part in the Constitution that guaranteed the Right to Keep And Bear Cigarettes.

    Now I feel the same way you do about it.

  18. And the Parking Lot Law allows me to protect myself everywhere, without my ewmployer telling me I can’t work if I keep my gun in my car.

    Because if I can’t keep my gun in my car, he has effectively told me i can’t take it with me when I leave the house on work days. I can’t bring it into his building, and I can’t keep it in my car.

    He has, in effect, infringed on my right to protect myself at lunch, or on my way to and from work and home. His right has extended way past his own property.

  19. Well;

    Do you support and approve of Speaker Straus interpretation of the two subject rule in one, both, or neither of those cases?

    Was he right to bend the rules in order to infringe on the rights of property owners to decide whether folks can smoke on thier property?

    Was he right to adhere to them strictly in order to deny Concealed Carry Licencees the right to defend themselves on college campii?

  20. I know what is going on but I have been sworn to double secret probation silence by the Star Chamber and the Corporation.

    I had an inkling that there might be a conspiracy afoot, but never would I have guessed that Squack was in on it. This is most distressing.

  21. 32 Hamous says:
    May 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    Must you always be so pedantic?

    /sigh

    Just trying to get answers to the question I actually asked.

    The defense of Straus centers around his making sure that everybody plays by the rules.

    But we show where he did not make the same interpretation in another case.

    And in both cases, rights of individuals were affected negatively.

    I just want folks to address that issue, and nothing more.

  22. Do you support and approve of Speaker Straus etc etc etc

    Straus Straus Straus. What? You got a love thing for him Serge’. You sound like a little girl jilted by her boyfriend.

    I have stated my position on my issues. What i think about Straus has no bearing on the matter. It took a majority of the legislature to approve this crap not just Straus.

  23. Well; here’s my way of thinkin on it.

    I acknowledge that the Speaker of the TX House has the power to interpret the rules anyway he wants. Its what makes him one of the most powerful individuals in Texas. I also acknowledge that this is what makes it important that a Conservative occupy the post.

    The rulings he has made in just these two cases alone tells me he’s not the Conservative we were told he was. some people are having a hard time admitting that—or at least agreeing with me on it in public.

    So no, its not a love thing.

    Its a Liberty thing.

  24. Actually I was referring to funny names. I quit reading comments as soon as the word “Speaker” or the name “Straus” pops up months ago.

  25. Its a Liberty thing.

    Hypocrite. You would deprive me the liberty to determine what is or is not allowed on my property. And then have the jelly spine reply that I am antigun because i believe that property rights trumps everything. You are no better than liberal poverty pimps that would take my hard earned cash to give to some slob because they think it is right.

  26. And no, it didn’t take a majority of the Lege to make the decision on Campus Carry.

    That’s because Joe Straus didn’t let them vote on it.

  27. And as far as the smoking ban goes, the only reason it got voted on is because the one man who could have stopped it didn’t.

  28. Hypocrite. You would deprive me the liberty to determine what is or is not allowed on my property. And then have the jelly spine reply that I am antigun because i believe that property rights trumps everything. You are no better than liberal poverty pimps that would take my hard earned cash to give to some slob because they think it is right.

    No.

    I would allow a majority of the electorate to decide which one of the constitutionally guaranteed rights takes precedence when two of them collide.

  29. So let me get this straight.

    We’re supposed to keep Republicans on the straight and narrow.

    Unless its Joe Straus.

    Then, its foolish and pedantic to even discuss the mater.

    Got it.

  30. So let me get this straight.

    That’s usually a predictor that you’re not going to get it straight.

    Then, its foolish and pedantic to even discuss the mater.

    And a pretty good predictor it is. As I said…

  31. Hubby just called me – a city inspector asked our customer, a church, if they had a “candle permit”.

    I guess if they can’t tax a church, they’ll fee them to death.

  32. OK–

    So what you’re saying is that I’m a hypocrite because I don’t think the gummint should tell property owners who can smoke on their property but i do think that property owners don’t have the right to tell me where i can carry my gun.

    That about it?

  33. What I’m tryin to do now is figure out what that has to do with Joe Straus not allowing the Lege to vote on Campus Carry on public property.

  34. Joe Straus is right because its me who says he’s wrong.

    You may be right (I may be crazy) or you may be wrong. One thing’s for sure – you’re the boy who cried Straus.

  35. You may be right (I may be crazy) or you may be wrong. One thing’s for sure – you’re the boy who cried Straus.

    Problem for some folks is, I’m not alone.

    And I make a damn good case against him

  36. OK–

    So what you’re saying is that I’m a hypocrite because I don’t think the gummint should tell property owners who can smoke on their property but i do think that property owners don’t have the right to tell me where i can carry my gun.

    That about it?

    No I am just saying you are an idiot.
    Now that is about it.

  37. I would allow a majority of the electorate to decide which one of the constitutionally guaranteed rights takes precedence when two of them collide.

    And you are still an idiot.

    The electorate is not always right and once again you just like others you have complained against would create an unnecessary law to force someone to your will. That also makes you a hypocrite. Liberty my arse.

    Just because something is law does not make it right.

  38. The electorate is not always right and once again you just like others you have complained against would create an unnecessary law to force someone to your will. That also makes you a hypocrite. Liberty my arse.

    Yah.

    Bobby used to say that when elections didn’t go his way.

  39. No really Serge’ you got some love thing going on with Straus.

    Another Liberty Bill that could make it to the floor if Joe Straus would let it.

    There is nothing about “liberty” in the bill. It is about reducing frivolous lawsuits against gun ranges. And to further show you do not know what you are talking about (and the story even mentions this) it is the House calendar committee that has to push this out.

    Typical for you though to obfuscate and confuse the issue.

  40. There is nothing about “liberty” in the bill. It is about reducing frivolous lawsuits against gun ranges. And to further show you do not know what you are talking about (and the story even mentions this) it is the House calendar committee that has to push this out.

    And Joe Straus could get it done.

    And he’s the guy who appointed the Chair.

    He has the power and the right.

    I know it.

    You know it.

    Its just uncomfortable for some folks to admit it.

  41. The problem we have with the Republicans is that there are too many people willing to give them excuses for all the wrong reasons.

  42. Furthermore there is no indication that Straus s holding up the legislation.

    And why should gun ranges be afforded any extra protections that are extended to other industries or individuals?

  43. And why should gun ranges be afforded any extra protections that are extended to other industries or individuals?

    Because the property owners have the right to decide what to do with their property without fear of frivolous lawsuits brought by anti-gun folks?

    Might be that.

  44. #47 Hammy, #55 Katfish

    I guess the next time there’s a candlelight vigil for some police officer who got shot in the line of duty, or when Q de X decides to hold one for some long-suffering community member who feels like a victim of oppression, the code enforcement guys’ll show up and close it down?

  45. Ya know what i just luvvvvv about you Serge’? You have no problem besmirching another man’s character but get you panties in a twist when someone calls you out. Guess you still have that board in your eye huh?

  46. 65 squawkbox says:
    May 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Oh so you will not cry foul when “they” go to the law making bodies and get laws created against them huh?

    I certainly will.

    That’s because the property owner has the right to decide what to do with his property.

    Thought you were on board with that concept.

  47. Ya know what i just luvvvvv about you Serge’? You have no problem besmirching another man’s character but get you panties in a twist when someone calls you out. Guess you still have that board in your eye huh?

    I’m not the one who has called somebody idiot and a hypocrite today.

  48. I don’t claim to be something I’m not.

    I could care less about Straus but you sure make sure everyone knows that he is the picture of evil in Texas politics. Just like your last unfounded accusation against Straus. Yeah right I am sure he is holding up that one piece of legislation just to urinate you off. Where is all the prayers for him? Does Straus not deserve the same consideration? Huh? C’mon Serge’.

  49. That’s because the property owner has the right to decide what to do with his property.

    Spurious on it’s face. By that line of reasoning every deed restriction, zoning law, city ordinance, etc. in the country would be null and void, If you lived in River Oaks mansion and your neighbor decided to bulldoze down his house to build a 10,000 head guinea farm, there’s nothing you or the CoH can do?

    Thought you were on board with that concept.

    The concept he (and I) was on board with was that a property owner has the right to decide what NOT to do with his property. Try and keep up.

  50. mharper #5;

    Speaking of which, are you recuperated to everyone’s satisfaction? I notice you are usually up pretty late on the Couch again…

    Medicine helps to keep the blood pressure under control. It’s still high for where it should be but the meds make a huge difference. One day I left for work realizing in the car I didn’t take it and I had to return home by 10:30 to take the pill and go back to work after. What a difference that made. I could feel a TIA coming on when ont on it. So I’ll probably be onthe meds the rest of my life.

    Overall the diet’s the same. No soda, more veggies, lots of water. It can improve but it’s a whole lot better than it was before.

    Knowing I wasn’t going to work today I let my guard down and stayed up later than I sholud. I decided to take one last spin on the hamster wheel before crashing. You have my permission to keep on my case regarding my sleep. I think the relaxing nature of sleep does help keep the blood pressure under control. So good amounts of sleep is important.

  51. #71. At St. Thomas High School in the 70’s, it would be 2:40 IN the gym.

    The coaches would referee the fight and the aggrieved would put on a pair of 16oz gloves and have at it until somebody quit. Most fights lasted about 2-3 minutes with nothing more than bloody noses or fat lips or black eyes the result. The school at that time figured it was better than the fight taking place off campus and somebody really getting hurt.

    Just about the whole student body would show up to watch and almost always the matter was settled right then and there.

  52. The funeral went really well today. Brother Gonzalez lived a fun life. He loved joking around and had a real conviction that Jesus is real. He’ll be missed. Eternal Peace for Brother Gonzalez and God bless his family.

  53. Spurious on it’s face. By that line of reasoning every deed restriction, zoning law, city ordinance, etc. in the country would be null and void, If you lived in River Oaks mansion and your neighbor decided to bulldoze down his house to build a 10,000 head guinea farm, there’s nothing you or the CoH can do?

    The Range Protection Bill protects property that is already properly zoned and deed restricted. Otherwise, there would be no range there.

    Try to keep up.

    They need the protection because gun ranges are uniquely vulnerable to politically motivated nuisance litigation by well funded anti-gun groups.

  54. #66 – TT that concept sux doesn’t it! Perhumps said facility should invoice the exact fee charged by the city (to maintain their non profit tax free status of course) and let the dang LEO’s fambly gripe to City Hall!

  55. I first posted about Guereño being shot 60 times in his home during a police raid HERE. Bob Owens at Pajamas Media has a piece written about the same incident.
    First and foremost, I obviously missed the significance of the Sheriff’s name. Sheriff Dupnik’s deputies carried out the raid on Guereño’s home. Owen’s article reminded me as to who Dupnik is. Every hamster blogger here should know Dupnik as the sheriff who blamed the rhetoric of the Tea Party for Rep. Gifford’s tragic shooting earlier this year. That remark infuriated me and I’m sure it did everyone else here.
    Here’s how Owens describe Dupnik’s SWAT team.

    Dupnik’s SWAT team initially claimed that Guereña fired at them while they were serving a warrant — as he slept. They claimed that his bullets hit the bulletproof shield that the entry team hid behind, and that the barrage of bullets they fired back was in self-defense.
    Only, Guereña never fired his weapon. Awoken by his wife with screams that men with guns were invading his home and threatening his family, Jose Guereña armed himself with a AR-15 rifle and crouched in the hallway. The SWAT team unloaded upon Guereña on sight. He apparently recognized the home invaders as police. He took 60 rounds, but never — as the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was forced to admit — took off his weapon’s safety as he was being killed.

    (snip)

    Not only has the Pima Sheriff’s Department tried to justify firing 71 shots at one man in a small hallway, hitting him (thankfully, just him) 60 times in a home where his wife and child were present. They’ve attempted to justify their refusal to let a team of paramedics treat Guereña, who was still miraculously alive after being sprayed mercilessly with bullets. It takes a competent SWAT team just a handful of minutes to “clear” a residential home during a raid. Dupnik’s SWAT team refused to declare the scene “clear” for an agonizing one hour and 14 minutes, and not until Jose Guereña had already died.

    (snip)

    Not content to blame the victim for his own death, they attempted to insinuate he was a drug dealer, even though they were forced to admit under direct questioning that no drugs were found in his home, and that a clumsy cop falling down may have triggered the bloodbath.

    If Owen’s description is nearly accurate, this is atrocious. SWAT came in unannounced, a clumsy officer may have lead to 71 shots fired at Guereño, said SWAT tried to blame Guereño, for being shot, the victim here is Hispanic (that means “racial minority). This happened all under the sheriff who says the Tea Party is responsible for shooting people and for racial prejudice causing violence in his county.

    Sickening.

    After surviving two tours of duty in Iraq, only to lose his life in an encounter with Clarence Dupnik’s keystone cops, Jose Guereña was buried with full military honors.

    Unfortunately, this is the only “good news” from this story. God bless Jose Guereño and his family.

  56. Under HotAir’s “Dude” files:

    While working on Saturday, Steven McCormack slipped between the cab and the trailer of his truck and was impaled in the thigh by a high-pressure air cylinder which saw his body pumped full of compressed air.

    The 48-year-old Bay of Plenty truckie told the Whakatane Beacon he felt as if he was going to explode and began to scream as his neck, feet and hands swelled up.

    “I was blowing up like a football… it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon,” he said.

    LINK

    Very strange incident.

  57. #91 Darren

    Couldn’t you just get along with that driver?

    Hey, I didn’t ram into the hippy’s jeep, what more do you expect from me??

  58. Nope, IIRC, bob works at his home, mostly. And I don’t know if the jeep hippy was male or female.

  59. Well it’s been a loong day but after work, I just ’bout got all my crap together for the road trip. Daughter called a while ago and told me that her long time roommate’s older sister committed suicide last week. It’s a long sad story, but the much older sister had a 15 year old daughter that has always been a problem child and now the roommate will probably have to take care of her. I’m guessing that you’ve all been reading between the lines and realize that the sister had major issues also. Daughter and her roommate lived together for 3-4 years in College Station and always took care of each other. She is one of daughter’s best friends and she met her after she left home. Sad, Very Sad.

  60. Nope, IIRC, bob works at his home, mostly. And I don’t know if the jeep hippy was male or female.

    FWIW; Bob drives a 15 year old Ford 1/2 ton pick-um-up. :wink:

  61. Hambone

    Settin’ up Super Dave…

    And I’ll be damned if ole Dave had his head firmly inserted into his rectum and missed the whole dang thang! But hey,.. thanx fer trying! It don’t count if’in you don’t call it!
    Hunderd N one!

  62. Seriously. What is wrong with THIS story. Bueller? Bueller?

    Oh, and Dave? You hit the mark. You jist din’t know it……You’re that good.

  63. #103 We’re heading that way ’bout the same time.

    Gainesville, Kissimmee or Bristol? I seem to remember you speaking of these places.

  64. #104: Dang, how’d I miss that post? Musta been by thaaaaat much. :( Sorry, Darren.

  65. mharper #93;

    what more do you expect from me??

    Just THIS.

    Also, thanks for asking about me in your #5. I feel loved.

  66. #111 Darren

    thanks for asking about me in your #5. I feel loved.

    Don’t get all mushy on me, but you do need to take care of yourself after a health scare like you had (and gave us when you divulged it!)

  67. #112 Darren

    This’ll go well on a t-shirt

    I read that wrong — thought it said “IN a t-shirt” — then I was afraid to click the link. But it’s those other galoots that post the cleavage links…

  68. But it’s those other galoots that post the cleavage links…

    LOL. I’m glad to have built up a name reputation for myself.

    Keep reminding me about my health. It makes me feel loved. I mean that.

  69. Gonna start my bedtime routine right now. Time to drop an antacid down the esophagus.

    (This is illegal NOT drug related)

  70. (Imagine check marks. I can’t find them in my Character Map)
    * Read scriptures
    * Said prayers
    * Swallowed allergy pills
    * Sipped water (to be done)
    * Kiss Mrs. Darren (to be done)

    OK, I’m of to bed. Nighty night.

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