- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Yes, why not use the Great Capital Earthquake of 2011, the proverbial Quake-a-mageddon to exercise vigorous political humor? Bars in the nation’s capital were offering discounts on “shaken” drinks. And after the White House rattled from the Earth’s shifting tectonic plates rather than the undulating sound bites of Congress, folks took to social media. Among the aftershocks and after-tweets that surfaced, almost instantly, on Twitter:

“Shaking buildings full of people yelling and screaming, Tweeting up a storm and freaking out. Just your run-of-the-mill Rick Perry rally.” (From RickPerryFacts.)

“Capitol evacuated. Nation experiences brief economic recovery.” (commentator Ann Coulter)

“Okay, I’m done talking about the Earthquake. So far as I know, it didn’t hurt anyone. The Republicans on the other hand…” (Karl Frisch, former spokesman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee).

“Has Michael Bloomberg called in grief counselors yet?” (Columnist Michelle Malkin)


An opportunistic press has been reveling in reports that Texas Gov. Rick Perry held stock in Movie Gallery, a film company that distributes pornography. The American Family Association (AFA) has long boycotted the group, yet was the major sponsor for “The Response,” Mr. Perry’s recent daylong prayer event in Houston. Gleeful journalists connected the dots, then accused the Republican presidential hopeful of “hypocrisy,” among other things.

But the AFA has rushed to Mr. Perry’s defense, noting that he purchased $5,000 to $10,000 of Movie Gallery stock in 1995 and sold it that same year. The AFA did not launch its boycott of the company until 2000.

“The media has taken a grossly unfair and gratuitous shot at Gov. Perry. This represents sloppy reporting at its worst,” AFA President Tim Wildmon says. “A simple call to AFA could have clarified the timeline for anyone interested in reporting the objective truth. This is the ultimate nonstory, and every media outlet that carried this slander owes the governor an apology.”


Ten years later, and the horror of a terrorist attack on American soil has been sanitized, some say.

“Today, 9/11 is being hijacked by the Obama administration and the left as a politically correct ‘national day of service,’ ” says Ron Meyer of theYoung America’s Foundation, which has established the 9/11: Never Forget project to “correct this bland, revisionist approach and properly remember those murdered by Islamic extremists on that fateful September morning.”

The project — which includes solemn vigils and public events with an emphasis on patriotism — is aimed at college students who were in elementary school that day, and now perceive 9/11 as a mere historic date. Mr. Meyer reports that students at 200 colleges have signed up to participate.

“Scores of students are signing up for the project, in spite of theleft’s attempts to ignore history,” he notes.

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