News flash: Texas district attorneys NOT murdered by Aryan Brotherhood.

Looks like it was your standard grudge-holding erratic individual:

Authorities on Saturday searched Seagoville storage unit as they focused their investigation into the slayings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor on a former justice of the peace.

Eric Lyle Williams is now the prime suspect in the murder of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, law enforcement authorities say.


Williams was convicted of stealing county equipment last year and sentenced to probation in a case prosecuted by McLelland and Hasse. That case is on appeal. Williams faces another theft charge in a case related to money allegedly misused from a law library fund.

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Let me explain why Henry Repeating Rifles advertises on MSNBC.


Don’t tell us that Al Sharpton and MSNBC are hypocrites?  Noooo!!  The Reverend Al opened his show by praising President Obama’s efforts to promote tougher gun control laws.  But 28 minutes into the show, a commercial appeared for, of all things  . . . Henry Repeating Rifles.

Go to Henry Rifle’s website and you’ll find one rifle described as “big, brutal and beautiful” and noting that it fires ammunition “said to have killed more game, big and small, and more men, good and bad, than any other in existence.”  Another model offered for sale, the AR-7, is based on a military rifle, Henry emphasizing that given its lightweight design “you can carry a large quantity of ammunition.” 

The bolding is from Newsbusters, but I left it in because it’s entertainingly direct in its appeal to the MSNBC set.  Anyway, Ed Morrissey asks the question:

Mark Finklestein skewers Sharpton and MSNBC for hypocrisy, but a better question might be why Henry is buying advertising on MSNBC at all.

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#rsrh MSNBC calls NAACP a bunch of racists!

…Which is, of course, a thoroughly nasty thing to say about the organization.  Are there individuals in the NAACP who are racist?  Without a doubt; some people plain just don’t like other people who don’t look like them.  And there are going to be people out there who can hide attitudes like that under various guises (including, alas, the venerable Democratic trick of finding a convenient Republican/conservative target, and unleashing a full torrent of racialized/ethnicized/sexualized venom upon her [usually her]).  But for MSNBC to argue that Mitt Romney went out to the NAACP to appeal to the racists in their ranks is just downright appalling… hold up, I’m getting a clarification over my ear mike.


OhhhhhMSNBC is actually claiming that Romney spoke to the NAACP in order to appeal to white racists.

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What to take away from the debunking of MSNBC’s fake Romney WaWa ‘scandal.’

Background: Mitt Romney made a campaign speech today that used the WaWa convenience store franchise’s touch screen sandwich menu feature to make the point of how more cool and efficient the private sector is, when compared to the government.  MSNBC doctored the clip to make it look like Romney was merely astounded that we have touch screen sandwich menus now*.  Lots of people called MSNBC out on itHijinks are now going to ensue.

It’s all going to go entertainingly bad for MSNBC (and every enthusiast that uncritically believed the aforementioned doctored clip); and yes, I’m sure that everybody reading this is all broken up about that, too.  But that’s not the point!  You know what the point is?  It’s that… do you know WHY people were able to debunk the story just in time for it to embarrassingly explode all over MSNBC?  It’s because somebody in the audience was recording the speech. Continue reading What to take away from the debunking of MSNBC’s fake Romney WaWa ‘scandal.’

Martin Bashir demonstrates the First Media Truth for Conservative/Republican Legislators.

In light of Martin Bashir’s somewhat… alarming foray into full-contact comparative religion (short version: Bashir attempted to consign Mitt Romney to hell, on-screen, because Bashir thinks that Romney is lying and lying is supposedly grounds for immediate damnation in the Mormon faith*), it’s probably time to revisit my old checklist on conservatives and the media. Romney campaign? This is more or less for your benefit, so please note: Continue reading Martin Bashir demonstrates the First Media Truth for Conservative/Republican Legislators.

Reince Priebus gives MSNBC the business over the ‘War on Women.’

This is exactly what I want to see from the RNC: an adamant refusal to allow the Other Side to set the parameters of the fight.

Transcript below the fold.

THOMAS ROBERTS (MSNBC): …But is this the fact of the Republican Party or not? Because you say it’s a fiction and you don’t want to walk back the fact that, you know, the war on caterpillars, and that’s fine. But, how can you still say it’s a fiction when this truly exists and these laws – 90, spiking in 2011 – 90 different anti-abortion laws coming across the state legislatures, spiking in the country after the Republicans take back state legislatures and governorships. How do you say it’s a fiction?

REINCE PRIEBUS (RNC): You and I are never going to be on the same page as long as you believe that if you’re pro-life, you’re anti-women. And you and I are never going to be on same page because I happen to believe that life begins at conception and you don’t. So, since you don’t believe that…


ROBERTS: You can’t- This isn’t about what I believe or don’t believe. I’m asking you about the Republican National Committee and your leadership.

PRIEBUS: I don’t buy that because I don’t buy your argument. I happen to believe that you can be pro-women and pro-life. You don’t. That’s the problem, Thomas. And I’m going to go back to the most important issue in this country, the most important issue in this country is the economy. It’s the issue that you and President Obama don’t want to talk about because it’s an issue in regard to the economy that this president has been an absolute failure on. And as long as he has been a failure in the economy he’s going to lose the women vote in November, because he has not fulfilled the promises to the American people. And, that, my friend, is the most important issue facing women in this country.

ROBERTS: We shall see. Right now the gender gap is two-to-one with women under 50 in swing states right now leaning towards President Obama. Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, Reince, nice to see you.

PRIEBUS: Mmmhmm. Have a great day.

Excellent. Firm message control there, Reince Priebus. Now the RNC just needs to do this every single day until the election. Because the Democrats really, really do not want to talk about their incredibly poor economic record right now, for fairly obvious reasons. We have no reason to indulge them.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: I sincerely hope that there’s nobody out there actually stupid enough to believe that the Democratic party establishment has any intention of trying to push a ‘GOP war on women’ narrative for the next seven months. Actually, let me correct that: I hope that there’s nobody out there on my side who is actually that stupid. I have no problem with Democratic activists falling prey to that particular bit of idiocy.

PPS: Real quick, for anybody feeling the urge to start writing about how you hate the RNC and they’re all still awful so-and-sos… please consider your eventual goal first. To pick a suitably equal-opportunity obnoxious metaphor: if you punish a puppy for making messes on the carpet, that’s one thing. If you punish a puppy for going on the newspaper because of all the times in the past that it got away with making messes on the carpet, that’s another. The first is part of the process of training a dog; the second simply demonstrates that you shouldn’t actually have one.

In other words: “First, do no harm.”

…Wow. That MSNBC lineup is pretty representative of the Democratic establishment.

I know that the takeaway from this clip is to go HA!  MSNBC is really going to miss Dennis Kuchinich, who got whupped in yesterday’s primary* – and, indeed, that is one takeaway.  Another is Wow. An incoherent and excitable talking head who can’t keep his facts straight (Matthews); a woman-hating, spluttering buffoon (Schultz), two/three token minorities (Maddow & Sharpton)… and two older, fairly nondescript white guys who don’t say much in that particular clip.

Unkind of me, really, but it’s not like MSNBC wouldn’t return the favor.

Moe Lane

*Non-federal elections matter.

#rsrh The inevitable Rick Perry/MSNBC creationism post.

You know, I didn’t actually wake up this morning and decide Hey, let’s talk about Governor Rick Perry all the time today! I mean, I still have two RS Gathering mini-interviews to process, new interviews to set up, trying to figure out how to get to NJ this weekend when the 9/11 motorcycle riders are taking the same route at the same time, that sort of thing.  Seriously, I would like to dwell on other things.

But apparently the media is refusing to play ball. Which means that, as a media parasite and all that, I apparently have to follow suit. Continue reading #rsrh The inevitable Rick Perry/MSNBC creationism post.

#rsrh This Ed Schultz suspension story reminds me… (NSFW)

…of a tale from one of Spider Robinson‘s Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon stories.  It was told by one of the regulars, who had a bad habit of playing tasteless practical jokes (and we’ll tell the rest of this after the fold)… Continue reading #rsrh This Ed Schultz suspension story reminds me… (NSFW)