It’s time for another conservative misinformation round-up, when we rope and brand some of the latest right wing distortions, hypocrisy and falsehoods. It’s dirty work, but somebody’s gotta do it. So let me put on my topper and work gloves, grab my lariat and head on out to the corral.
Conservative radio talker Laura Ingraham says the Muslim world isn’t condemning ISIS, suggesting there is, at the minimum, tacit approval among Muslims of ISIS atrocities. “You’re not hearing enough of those voices, if any,” she pronounced last week.
That’s only if you’re not listening, Laura.
Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which represents most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, said the “forced deportation under the threat of execution” is a “crime that cannot be tolerated.”
Turkey’s senior cleric, Mehmet Gormez, declared, “An inability to peacefully sustain other faiths and cultures heralds the collapse of a civilization.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said ISIS’ barbarity was “un-Islamic and morally repugnant.” The Muslim Council of Great Britain declared “Violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion.”
Islamic terrorists are part of Nebraska billionaire Joe Ricketts’ latest TV hit on Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, in which he slimes her as a supporter of Hamas, figuring you’re dumb enough to believe that cow pie.
Here’s the truth: MissionFish, once owned by Points of Light where Michelle was the CEO, collects donations for 20,000 charities. One of these is called Islam Relief USA, part of Islamic Relief Worldwide, which denies any connection to Hamas.
Michelle’s Republican opponent, David Purdue, could ask Ricketts to pull this disgraceful ad but, predictably, he’s happy to let Joe Cornhusker do his smearing.
Speaking of Perdue, months ahead of Election Day, he took a victory lap on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Johnny Isakson introduced the millionaire to other members of the Republican good ol’ boys club. Perdue promised them he’d be a “team player;” I suppose that means he’ll be at Joe Ricketts’ beck and call.
“We failed to realize that (Obama’s) ‘transformation’ consisted of abandoning constitutional government in favor of ‘Obama executive actions,’” opined a reader on these pages.
Whoa! If the number of executive orders issued by a U.S. president is the right wing measuring stick for abandoning the Constitution, here’s a scorecard for those who recently served through five years in office: Obama, 184; George W. Bush, 197; Bill Clinton, 238; and Ronald Reagan, 256.
Did President Reagan abandon the Constitution too?
“If you have a badge, you have the government’s go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens,” said National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre after the 1993 Waco siege.
His words seem prescient after the events in Ferguson, Mo., where, like some Third World country, heavily armed militarized police in armored vehicles descended on protesters after Michael Brown was gunned down by a local cop.
So LaPierre added his outraged voice to all the others calling for transparency and justice for the unarmed Brown, right?
Wrong. It’s a black community and a dead black teenager, so the NRA isn’t interested.
No round-up is complete unless I lasso Cobb County Commissioner Tim Lee who, according to published reports, retained attorney Dan McRae of the law firm Seyfarth Shaw to carry on secret stadium negotiations with the Braves last year.
Except Lee has no authority to engage outside legal counsel. That’s Cobb County Attorney Deborah Dance’s responsibility.
McCrea reportedly worked for four months free of charge, very generous for a busy attorney who bills hundreds per hour. I was about to thank Dan until I learned he wrote Seyfarth Shaw into a late draft of the agreement between Cobb County and the Braves as the bond and project law firm, worth up to $4 million in fees.
Lee first told a reporter McRae didn’t negotiate with the Braves. Then he said McCrae did. Now he says he didn’t know about or approve the Seyfarth Shaw deal, reportedly canceled by Dance.
But Chairman Lee did pat himself on the back saying, “I thought it was good judgment and good management, actually.”
An MDJ letter writer had a different opinion: “(Lee’s) actions were unprincipled, inappropriate and improper.”
I’m headed back to the bunkhouse, pod’ners. That was exhausting!
Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.