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It’s time to call out the St. Cloud Times for protecting their leftist cronies. This Our View Editorial is disgusting. It’s about the postponed Dismantling Hate Crimes event from this past Wednesday. Here’s the opening of the SCTimes’ article:

Sadly, people driven by fear are still driving the public agenda. Witness about two dozen people who showed up Wednesday at the St. Cloud Library to protest a panel discussion about dismantling hate crimes because, well, spreading hate and fear is their go-to.

Shame on the Times for publishing this trash. This isn’t worthy of a college newspaper, much less worthy of a once-respectable newspaper. This editorial is cringeworthy for its sloppiness and fact gathering.

First, the St. Cloud Human Rights Commission published a postponement notice on their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. The timestamp for the post is 1:16 pm on Sept. 18th:

Next, 2 groups were there at the Library that might’ve been considered protest groups. One was a group who prayed for the Persecuted Church. The other organization is called the “Freedom Speaks Coalition.”

One of the groups applied for and received a permit to use a room in the Public Library from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm September 18. The Dismantling Hate Crimes event didn’t start until 6:00 pm. The Times’ hit piece continues:

First, though, many of the picketers (who showed up despite the cancellation that came soon before the event was to begin) would not stand up for their beliefs in the most basic way possible, by putting their names to their convictions. Offered the opportunity by journalists from the St. Cloud Times and other news outlets to explain their point of view, many offered their thoughts but most refused to provide their names.

Why would a sane person give the Times their name considering the Times Editorial Board’s penchant for smearing its political opponents? The Times is a media organization. Do they think we don’t know that they’re aware of Antifa protests on college campuses against conservatives and Christians? Am I supposed to believe that they aren’t aware of the violence that #BlackLivesMatters has perpetrated? Democrat-affiliated thugs like Antifa, #BlackLivesMatter and CAIR shouldn’t be trusted.

Notice that the Times trusted MDHR’s and CAIR’s narrative that the event was cancelled because some peaceful protesters showed up at the event. What the Times didn’t mention is that the event was postponed before the protesters arrived at the Library. Notice that the Times omitted the fact that Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton told Times reporter Jenny Berg that they hadn’t received any threats regarding the event.

Does the Times actually think that this postponement is legitimate? The SC Chief of Police was scheduled to participate in the discussion, as was an FBI supervisor. Also, 2 St. Cloud police officers were there. To think that CAIR and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights would get frightened by these protesters is foolish.

I’m tired of the Times Editorial Board either watering down their editorials to protect their political favorites or ignoring major facts. (Think Jeff Oxton’s statement.) The Times is supposed to be a news-gathering organization. It’d be nice if their work product reflected that. This video by Marni Hockenberg lays out pretty much the same facts that I laid out in this post:

UPDATE: The SCTimes has taken down their article on the event, leaving only a video of Marni Hockenberg leading a peaceful rally. The link has changed, too. The good news is that you can still find their article by clicking on the link in this post. I don’t know why they’ve hidden this story. If anyone gets the hardcopy version of the Times, please check the paper and let me know if the article is in that version.
UPDATE II: Now it’s back again. Go figure. All I did was email the reporter and told her that her article had disappeared.

This St. Cloud Times article reports that an event titled ‘Dismantling hate crimes’ was postponed. The SCTimes article starts by saying the “panel on dismantling hate crimes scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday was postponed over safety concerns, according to Taylor Putz, communications director for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Putz told the St. Cloud Times Wednesday afternoon that the department postponed the event due to ‘logistical concerns’ and a ‘larger public safety concern’ due to the number of people expected to attend the forum.”

That sounds rather ominous, doesn’t it? How can you argue against postponing an event over “larger public safety concerns”? I’ll be the proverbial skunk at the garden party by highlighting a statement by St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton. The Times wrote that “Despite the ‘public safety concern’ cited by the human rights department, St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton said Wednesday the department received no reports of threats related to the event.

Of course, the Times used some interesting editing techniques for this story. The MNDHR concerns about the alleged “larger public safety concerns” were positioned in the first 2 paragraphs. By comparison, Jeff Oxton’s statement that no threats related to the event wasn’t found until the 16th paragraph of the Times’ article. It’s almost as if the Times wanted its readers to think that the threat was averted at the last minute. It’s as if the Times didn’t want readers to know that there weren’t any threats related to the event.

Panelists scheduled to participate were:

  1. Blair Anderson, chief, St. Cloud Police Department
  2. Jaylani Hussein, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
  3. Rebecca Lucero, director, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  4. Michael Melcher, supervisory special agent, FBI
  5. Teresa Nelson, legal director, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

What’s interesting is that the event was scheduled for the day after the third anniversary of the terrorist attack at Crossroads Mall. Another thing that’s interesting is that the propagandists, aka CAIR-MN and ACLU of Minnesota, were afraid of people praying for the Persecuted Church.

This is smelling more and more like a setup. This article is quite illuminating:

“Hate is not a value in St. Cloud or in any part of our state. Our community deserves better,” says MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero. “I am heartbroken by the attempts to silence discussion on hate crimes. The goal of the forum was to discuss the community we want to create. One that is full of dignity and joy.”

Panelists would have had the opportunity to define hate crimes, explain criminal and civil responses and discuss prevention.

Commissioner Lucero’s statement is as phony as a $3 bill. If she thinks that 2 dozen activists praying for the Persecuted Church are a threat to the community, then that isn’t the type of community I want anything to do with. Then there’s this KSTP article:

“We remain committed to advancing a community dialogue focused on dismantling hate crimes,” Chair of the Regional Human Rights Commission Eunice Adjei said in the release. “While the decision to postpone the forum was unfortunate, we have renewed energy to ensure this community discussion takes place.”

Based on St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton’s statement, the decision to postpone didn’t have anything to do with threats received by the St. Cloud PD. The more I read about this postponement, the more I think it’s likely that this is based on fiction.

Let’s be clear about something about this upcoming election. This is an entirely different cycle than 2018. In 2018, Democrats focused their attention on Republicans (Sen. McCain really) failed to fix health care after Democrats screwed it up in the first place. This year, Democrats have to defend Medicare-for-All and free health care for illegal aliens. That’s only part of the Democrats’ problems.

Another major problem for Democrats is defending Ilhan Omar’s and Rashida Tlaib’s outright hatred for Israel. In 2018, Republicans could talk about how crazy Democrats were. In this cycle, AOC’s, Omar’s, Tlaib’s and Pelosi’s insanity is on full display. Add to that the foolishness of Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, the Impeachment Caucus and the Democrats’ presidential candidates.

They’re all out there for the nation to see. The Democrats’ presidential candidates have done as much damage to the Democrat brand as AOC, Omar and Tlaib have done. That’s a stunning thing to say. Think about the things that the Democrats’ presidential candidates have pushed:

  1. Decriminalizing illegal immigration.
  2. Giving illegal aliens free health care.
  3. Medicare for All
  4. Eliminating border walls. (Robert Francis O’Rourke)
  5. Mandatory gun confiscation (Joe Biden)
  6. Wealth Tax (Elizabeth Warren)
  7. Green New Deal (all candidates)

There are other policy initiatives that Democrats advocate that are beyond insanity but this list gives you a lengthy list of terrible ideas from this year’s Democrats.

Let’s emphasize something I’ve repeatedly said on the pages of LFR. Bill Clinton’s Democrat Party is dead. Barack Obama’s Democrat Party is on life support and fading fast. These days, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Scoop Jackson, Hubert Humphrey and JFK wouldn’t be welcome in today’s Democrat Party. They’re far too patriotic for today’s Democrats.

Too many of today’s Democrats think it’s racist to enforce laws that President Obama or President Clinton signed. That’s a stunning thought. If you think that providing free health care to illegal aliens is mainstream, that’s proof you’ve spent too much time in DC. If you think that decriminalizing illegal immigration is mainstream, it’s time for you to get out of DC. If you think that attempting to push Israel out of existence is mainstream, it’s time to cancel your membership to CAIR and to start talking with people who don’t support terrorism.

This past weekend, there was an event where it was discussed whether there was a possibility of a repeat of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The question this time was whether this might happen to Somali refugees. After reading this article, it isn’t difficult to picture these panelists as propagandists.

I’m confident they’re propagandists because the article starts by saying “As they say, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. A panel of experts in St. Cloud is trying to prevent that. At an event at the St. Cloud Public Library on Saturday, the group will discuss the infamous presidential Executive Order 9066. The order allowed the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Panelists will also discuss how U.S. history relates to today’s anti-immigration policies and a rise in Islamophobia.”

The minute I read the italicized sentence, I knew CAIR was involved with this event. That was verified when the Times reporter wrote that “The event was organized by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-MN, and the Twin Cities chapter Japanese-American Citizens’ League. CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the U.S. The group hopes to enhance understanding of Islam and protect civil liberties.”

That sentence is always included in any article that mentions CAIR. Actually, CAIR is more accurately described as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Lands Foundation trial. A federal jury ruled that the Holy Land Foundation “was convicted on 10 counts of conspiracy to provide, and the provision of, material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization; 11 counts of conspiracy to provide, and the provision of, funds, goods and services to a Specially Designated Terrorist; and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit, and the commission of, money laundering.” But I digress.

Here’s the rationalization for the event:

Organizers say the panel is especially timely given a recent attempt by a St. Cloud City Council member to pass a moratorium on refugee resettlement in St. Cloud. The measure failed with a vote of six to one, with council member Jeff Johnson as the only yes vote. The council then reaffirmed a resolution they passed a few weeks before saying St. Cloud is a welcoming community.

Talk about spin/propaganda. There’s nothing in Councilman Johnson’s resolution that would’ve violated anyone’s civil liberties. The thought that CAIR-MN would attempt to connect the Japanese internment of World War II with Councilman Johnson’s resolution says everything about CAIR’s motivations.

CAIR’s dishonesty is showing. The definition of internment is “the state of being interned; confinement.” The definition of moratorium is “a suspension of activity.” This is classic CAIR fearmongering. There isn’t a chance of Somali refugees getting put into confinement.

This is part of a campaign of propaganda. This LTE is filled with dishonesty. Check out this paragraph:

For the second time in two weeks, the St. Cloud City Council Nov. 6 overwhelmingly rejected council member Jeff Johnson’s controversial moratorium on refugee resettlement. Twice now only Johnson has voted for his moratorium. Plus, after intense deliberation, the council Oct. 23 approved a resolution declaring the city a “just and welcoming community.”

I watched the Oct. 23 City Council meeting. They didn’t have a lengthy discussion on Councilman Jeff Goerger’s resolution. Jeff Johnson was the only person who spoke in opposition to Councilman Goerger’s resolution. During his presentation, Councilman Johnson quoted from the Refugee Act of 1980. There wasn’t any mention of religion during Councilman Johnson’s presentation. It focused on the relationship between the federal government, the local government and the placing agency.

To hear the propagandists from CAIR explain what happened that night, you’d think that hordes of angry white people had told reporters that they wanted to drive Somali refugees from St. Cloud. That didn’t happen. Simply put, the CAIR propagandists are totally dishonest. Their propaganda shouldn’t be tolerated.

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Dan Kimmel, I didn’t even get the chance to know and harass you. Now you’re gone for saying something similar to what Palestinians say all the time. Palestinians have said that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It’s a ridiculous statement that isn’t rooted in the truth but it’s something that Palestinian leaders have said the last twenty years.

What Kimmel said that got him run out of the race is that “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people who are doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.”

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin issued this statement, saying “Earlier tonight a candidate for the Minnesota House made comments that do not reflect the views of the Minnesota DFL and have no place in our party. On behalf of the Minnesota DFL, I strongly condemn his comments. I ask Dan Kimmel to apologize to all the families who have been torn apart by the terrorist organization and their senseless violence. In this time of enormous grief, we shouldn’t be making excuses for this barbaric behavior.”

Make up your mind, Chairman Martin. Is ISIS more evil than Iran? If you think they are, explain how ISIS is more evil than Iran. Iran has staged terrorist attacks against Lebanese Christians and Israeli Jews. Israel deals with terrorist attacks virtually every day, thanks in large part to one Iran proxy (Hezbollah) or another (Hamas/Palestinians).

This can’t be emphasized enough. ISIS is evil. Its reach has just extended to Paris, where the city and the nation are grieving. Still, are the tears of France more sincere than the tears shed daily in Israel?

The DFL did the right thing from a PR standpoint but that’s it. They still have a terrorist sympathizer problem that they haven’t substantively dealt with. This isn’t nearly enough:

Bill Burton’s op-ed about President Obama’s frequent golf outings is a nice attempt to distract from Americans’ chief complaint:

I thought that going on vacation with the president would be a real perk of serving as deputy press secretary in the Obama White House.

Don’t get me wrong: Some elements of it are amazing. When you do find some down time, you can find yourself in one of the most beautiful places on Earth enjoying its splendor with the leader of the free world and your buddies.

That is—when you can find some down time.

As Washington chews over yet another presidential “vacation,” and that most Washington of words—“optics”—let me take you behind the scenes of the last time President Obama took flack for supposedly being “disengaged” while world events marched on around him.

First, let’s dispatch with the word optics. It’s mostly used by liberal journalists who then ignore the problem. Yes, the optics are terrible when the supposed leader of the free world talks somberly about the beheading of an American journalist, then is seen joking and fist-pumping an hour later.

When those things happen, it’s natural for people to question President Obama’s sincerity and his commitment to ridding the Middle East of terrorists.

What actions did President Obama put into action from the sand trap on the 9th hole? Did he finally figure it out that ISIL is a real threat to the American homeland while putting on the 15th hole? If he didn’t figure that out on the 15th, did he get word of Gen. Dempsey’s statement that we’d need to take out ISIL’s command-and-control while driving up to the 18th green? By the time he got back to his compound, had he called Gen. Dempsey and told him to stop talking about ISIL as a threat more dangerous than al-Qa’ida?

It was Christmas Day 2009. Osama bin Laden was still at large. A 23-year-old Nigerian man was caught trying to bring down a passenger airliner headed for Detroit—which would have been the most devastating terrorist attack since 9/11. The day of, and the days that followed, the botched bombing saw the president and his staff, in Hawaii, at the White House and scattered across the country on their own family vacations – snap to attention and drop everything else to make sure we were doing all we could to keep Americans safe.

The president was not a passive bystander. He led America’s response to the apparent terrorist attack, soaking up new information as it came in, running meetings and issuing orders. As a regular matter of course, vacation or not, the president is briefed on intelligence every day. In this instance, he was receiving twice-daily updates on the situation in Detroit as well as three-times-daily updates on matters around the world from the Situation Room. As events developed, the president was directing his national security team—cabinet secretaries, intelligence officials and the military. He was awash in reports from the government and from the media.

Thank God for the Obama administration snapping to immediate attention. If only they hadn’t told law enforcement to read the failed bomber his Miranda rights.

While it’s true the optics have stunk all summer, the truth is that President Obama’s policies have been disastrous. That, Mr. Burton, is what Americans are most worried about. Russia annexes Crimea. President Obama proposes limited sanctions on a handful of Russian billionaires. When ISIL captured Fallujah, President Obama called ISIL a jayvee team. When ISIL threatened to capture Baghdad, President Obama talked about the need for Iraq to sing kumbayah.

When Hamas killed Israelis, President Obama criticized Israel for not being gentle enough on terrorists who then hid behind 5-year-old human shields otherwise known as children. When missiles were found in a UN-run school, he dispatched John Kerry to the region, where Kerry’s plan was immediately rejected by the responsible nations of the region.

Just once, it’d be nice if the administration would get a policy decision right.

Unfortunately for America, it’s more likely that President Obama will hit a hole-in-one on his next vacation than he’s likely to make a solid policy decision.

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President Obama’s words are meaningless, especially when it comes to Israel. Last week, President Obama said that he’d “stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.” This week, when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu asked to meet with President Obama, President Obama chose to appear on David Letterman’s show instead:

The president will chat with the “Late Show” host during a trip to New York City next week, according to the National Journal. Letterman’s nightly monologues mostly spare the president from satirical ribbing, saving his most cutting remarks for the Romneys…or even former President George W. Bush.

The news comes on the same day Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he couldn’t meet with him due to a scheduling conflict.

Nothing says standing with Israel like sitting down with David Letterman for a chat.

The fact that President Obama hasn’t announced that he’s rescheduling his Letterman interview to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks louder than 100 of President Obama’s speeches.

President Obama hasn’t been faithful in dealing with America’s best ally in the Middle East. Instead, he’s tried re-establishing a diplomatic relationship with Iran and Syria while throwing Israel under the proverbial bus.

After the Democrats’ platform difficulties with regards to Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian Right of Return, don’t be surprised if Jewish voters don’t reward him this November.

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If there’s anything that should be rejected totally, it’s President Obama’s plan for destabilizing the Middle East.

“Remember that, before 1967, Israel was all of nine miles wide,” Netanyahu said, emphasizing his words with his hands. “It was half the width of the Washington Beltway. And these were not the boundaries of peace; they were the boundaries of repeated wars, because the attack on Israel was so attractive.”

Obama, frustrated by Mideast peace talks that have collapsed, is seeking to get both sides to contend with the issues of borders and security. Even progress on those enormous fronts would still leave unsettled the fate of Jerusalem and of Palestinian refugees. Netanyahu underscored just how difficult that last issue is alone, declaring that Palestinians will not be allowed to settle in Israel as part of any peace plan.

“It’s not going to happen. Everybody knows it’s not going to happen,” he said. “And I think it’s time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly it’s not going to happen.”

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Netanyahu’s comments with Obama were tantamount to “his total rejection of the Obama vision and speech.”

“Without Mr. Netanyahu committing to two states on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, he is not a partner to the peace process,” Erekat said. “I think, when President Obama gave him a choice between dictation and negotiations, he chose dictation.”

I agree with Mr. Erekat that Netanyahu’s actions are the “total rejection of the Obama vision and speech.” President Obama’s speech and vision are truly worthy of total rejection. They destabilize the region because they embolden Hamas, Hizbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Fatah and other terrorist organizations operating in the Middle East and in North Africa.

Caroline Glick’s article frames things perfectly:

Hamas is a jihadist movement dedicated to the annihilation of the Jewish people, and the establishment of a global caliphate. It’s in their charter. And all Obama said of the movement that has now taken over the Palestinian Authority was, “Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection.”

Irrelevant and untrue.

It is irrelevant because obviously the Palestinians don’t want peace. That’s why they just formed a government dedicated to Israel’s destruction.

As for being untrue, Obama’s speech makes clear that they have no reason to fear a loss of prosperity. After all, by failing to mention that US law bars the US government from funding an entity which includes Hamas, he made clear that the US will continue to bankroll the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority. So too, the EU will continue to join the US in giving them billions for bombs and patronage jobs. The Palestinians have nothing to worry about. They will continue to be rewarded regardless of what they do.

Let’s admit the obvious: The Palestinian Authority isn’t interested in peace in the Middle East any more than Hamas is interested in it. This dance is a sham. That’s what it’s been for decades. This time, unfortunately, the U.S. president has sided with the terrorists and against Israel.

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In the opening segment of OTR, Lindsey Graham took a shot at former President Jimmy Carter for Carter’s comment that Rep. Joe Wilson’s statement against President Obama was proof that Rep. Wilson is a racist. Here’s the video of the interview:

This line ought to sting President Carter the worst:

GRAHAM: Well the one thing different between President Carter and myself is that I know Joe Wilson. I’ve known him for 15-20 years. He’s a very good man.

Jimmy Carter’s credibility disappeared when he invited Michael Moore to sit in his box at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston. Since then, the worst president in United States history has become a bigger and bigger disgrace to the office. Since then, President Carter asked the Obama administration to remove Hamas from the State Department’s terrorist list. That only fitting since he’s become the terrorists’ favorite ally.

What’s particularly disgusting about President Obama’s disparaging statement against Rep. Wilson, (R-SC), is that he’s making an assumption about a man he’s never met and doesn’t know. Where I come from, that’s called prejudice, the very thing that President Carter is railing against. It isn’t a stretch to say that President Carter owes Rep. Wilson an apology for making a hate-filled statement based on his disgust of conservatives.

President Carter was the worst president of the twentieth century. For awhile, he redeemed himself by working on humanitarian causes through Habitat for Humanity. Unfortunately, President Carter has spent his political capital by becoming a hatemongering critic of the United States and Israel as well as becoming a loudmouth critic of all conservatives.

At the end of the day, we should ignore the doddering old fool. He’s utterly mean-spirited and disrespectful. That’s the last thing we need right now.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

The Obama administration’s intentions towards Israel is crystal clear and disturbing. According to this Haaretz article, the Obama administration is planning on publicly confronting the newly-minted Netanyahu government:

In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution.

The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

In recent weeks, American officials have briefed senior Democratic congressmen and prepared the ground for the possibility of disagreements with Israel over the peace process, according to information recently received. The administration’ blockquote Congress.

The Obama administration’s pro-Arab bent is painfully apparent and disgusting. It appears as though everyone that thinks it’s in the United States’ interests to afflict Israel while comforting Hamas (to the tune of $900,000,000), Hezbollah and the “moderate factions” of the Taliban has been hired by Obama’s State Department or been picked to be President Obama’s VP. Here’s what VP Biden said during a CNN interview:

United States Vice President Joe Biden told CNN on Tuesday he did not think that Israel’s new government would order a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. “I don’t believe that Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu would do that. I think he would be ill-advised to do that,” Biden told the U.S. network’s reporter Wolf Blitzer.

This question needs to be asked of this administration: Why are they so friendly to terrorists bust hostile towards allied democracies? Doesn’t the Obama administration believe in giving carrots to our allies? Doesn’t this administration believe in giving terrorists a healthy taste of the United States’ stick?

Thus far, I haven’t seen proof that this administration’s national security priorities are the right priorities. Thus far, I’ve seen abundant proof that their priorities are as wayward as Jimmy Carter’s priorities were.

There are signs that this is part of the Obama administration’s campaign against Israel and against their critics here stateside. This article is written in a serious tone but its content is laughable:

In America’s struggle against the extremists and terrorists epitomized by Al Qaeda, the strategic imperatives are to divide the enemy and neutralize their base. Fortunately for the United States and its allies, the new American president understands how to do that—and is uniquely suited to accomplish the mission.

Joe Conason isn’t a journalist. He’s a cheap political hack:

From 1978 to 1990, he worked as a columnist and staff writer at The Village Voice.

In The Free Voice of Labor], a 1980 documentary movie about the Yiddish anarchist newspaper Freie Arbeiter Stimme (or Free voice of labor), a young Joe was interviewed. His grandfather Joseph Cohen served as the paper’s editor for a number of years and Conason may have been an intern for them.

From 1990 to 1992, Conason was “editor-at-large” for Details magazine. In 1992, he became a columnist for the New York Observer, a position he still holds.

He served as investigative editor for The American Prospect.

In 1992 Conason wrote an article for Spy magazine naming Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jane Morgan as women who allegedly were having affairs with George H. W. Bush, using Linda Tripp as a source.

Conason was a regular guest and a guest host on The Al Franken Show, where he had the distinction of being the only guest with two theme songs. He made an appearances every Friday as a commentator, as well as co-judging with Al their weekly quiz show Wait, wait, don’t lie to me.

Does that sound like the history of someone who’s qualified to write about national security issues? Let’s get serious.

It wouldn’t be surprising to find out that Mr. Conason is a willing participant in The Call:

The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations.

The “8:45 A.M. call,” as it’s referred to by members, began three weeks ago, and it marks a new level in coordination by the White House’s allies at a time when the conservative opposition is struggling for a toe-hold and major agenda items like health care reform appear closer than ever to passage.

The call has helped attempts to link the Republican Party to radio host Rush Limbaugh, and has served as the launching ground for attacks on critics of Obama’s policy proposals. It springs from a recognition of what was lacking in the Clinton years, said Jennifer Palmieri, the senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, one of the groups hosting the call.

“[CAP President John] Podesta’s and my experience was in the White House during the Clinton years, and we didn’t have a coordinated echo chamber on the outside backing us up,” she said. “There’s a real interest on the progressive side for groups to want to coordinate with each other and leverage each other’s work in a way I haven’t ever seen before.”

It’s my opinion that this coalition of crazies is running interference while the Obama administration attempts to threaten the Israeli government into not defending itself against Iran’s threats of annihilation. It’s also my opinion that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is governed more by a desire to be liked than by its desire to keep the United States and her democratic allies safe.

Until I see a change of direction by this administration, I’ll operate from the assumption that they’ll have as disastrous of a national security record as Jimmy Carter’s.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative