- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Not Sarah’s folks

The conservative TeamSarah site has caught liberals trying to defame Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her online backers by posing as “sock puppet” conservatives to post incendiary content.

The leaders at the 63,000-member site noted weird posts late in the week “from individuals who seemed overwhelmingly racist, bigoted, and in general unsavory sorts posing as Palin, and traditionalist values, supporters.”

According to an account by William Collier at the RedState diary, the Freedomist, Team Sarah has 15 pages of evidence, including “screen shots, ID’s, and IP’s of a number of individuals who have planned an effort, and attempted to implement it, to act as agent provocateurs and discredit Team Sarah by planting racist and other unsavory material as if they were members.”

The charges of racism at Team Sarah have been made at the Huffington Post and elsewhere in the liberal blogosphere.

“It is the equivalent of framing the innocent, it is pure dirty tricks. And it is vile. We call upon all principled Liberals to condemns these actions,” Mr. Collier wrote.

Mr. Collier blamed the attacks on an “aptly named” site called somethingawful.com and linked to excerpts of the discussions there. A sample:

• “It’s our duty to steer the site away from reason and into the realms of racism and insanity just in time for the 2012 primaries.”

• “Let’s see how many people I can race bait.”

• “Also is america4AMERICANS one of us or what.”

• “Haha this is one of you guys right?”

• “Does anyone know how to get unbanned there? I would have to change my IP, wouldn’t I? … E-mail the admin saying you left yourself signed in at a public computer and that someone must have posted those things after you left. Usually works on sites like that.”

Beyond ‘useful’

The death of Hamas leader Nizar Rayan from an Israeli bomb went unmourned in much of the West, but not in the liberal British daily the Guardian. It wrote a laudatory obituary, giving fits to Mary Katharine Ham at the Weekly Standard blog.

“The Guardian is now eulogizing terrorist leaders in official ‘obituaries’ chock-full of euphemisms and moral equivalence. Not news stories, but obituaries.

“To the Guardian, he was not a dangerous radical who used his knowledge of Islamic texts in the service of encouraging suicide bombers, but was ‘highly regarded as an Islamic academic.’

“He was not a racist militant who declared the day before he died: ‘Our only language with the Jew is through the gun.’ Instead, he was a ‘political leader, born 6 March 1959; died 1 January 2009.’

“And, the Guardian is not merely involved in useful idiocy, but dangerous moral idiocy. Good luck, Britain.”

‘Twas ever thus

After New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew Sunday as President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary over a federal corruption probe, the reaction was predictable - conservatives angering, liberals downplaying.

A blase Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly blog the Political Animal wrote, “OK, so Bill Richardson is out as Commerce Secretary, and the Obama transition team will no doubt have to scramble to quickly find a capable replacement. … But the next question is, does any of this matter? I rather doubt it. Every incoming president seems to have one cabinet nominee run into trouble - Linda Chavez, Zoe Baird, and John Tower are the three most recent examples.”

Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters called the Richardson withdrawal “a possibly embarrassing setback” and wondered “how the sycophants,” referring to the mainstream media, “report this revelation. I’m just wondering how they’re going to blame it on George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Sarah Palin.”

“Memeorandum has a big round-up of the blogosphere, with right and left lining up pretty much as you would expect. For those of us on the right who have been on defense for the entire freakin’ history of the blogosphere, it is at least a little amusing to see the lefty bloggers dredge up the excuses for which they mocked us during the last six years,” wrote conservative blogger TigerHawk.

“Anyway, my question: Is it just me, or was ‘competence at vetting’ a big issue in the media and on the left back in September?”

Miss Right-Wing

Where better than Gay Patriot to have a diva contest?

On New Year’s Eve, Gay Patriot West (B. Daniel Blatt) announced that the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva for 2009 was Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs.

Miss Geller, the choice of Gay Patriot readers among 15 prominent conservative female bloggers, said she had a “very silly grin on my face. I guess I’ll have to pull my tiara out of the vault.” The picture of her crown is displayed prominently at her site.

Tammy Bruce and neo-neocon finished officially in a tie for second, jointly becoming Conservative Blogress Diva Regent, perhaps in case Miss Geller should for any reason be unable to perform her duties as Grande Conservative Blogress Diva.

Miss Geller won the Boothie trophy in honor of conservative icon Claire Boothe Luce, and Miss Bruce and the pseudonymous neo-neocon shared the Endora in honor of gay icon Agnes Moorhead of “Bewitched.”

As of Monday morning, neo-neocon had thanked her readers in a post and displayed a picture of her Endora at her site; Miss Bruce had yet to display her award, but already had asked her readers to go vote for her.

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