Potemkin Press Conference

I just saw Shep Smith report this story on Fox News this evening, and I see Texas Fred and MikeVotes are already all over it. More publicity will follow. It's too good to ignore.

Earlier this week FEMA held a press conference about its response to the California fires. For some reason they did it on short notice and no actual reporters were present. FEMA hacks therefore populated the briefing room with their own staffers posing as reporters. To no great surprise, they lobbed a variety of softball questions at Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson, the agency's deputy director.

FEMA has now apologized and the White House says it knew nothing about it beforehand and did not condome FEMA's deception. That's probably true; only FEMA could do something so boneheaded. Did they actually think the real news media wouldn't wonder who all those newcomers were?

This will probably blow up into a big deal and give FEMA yet another black eye. For all of Bill Clinton's faults, his man James Lee Witt kept FEMA running like clockwork. I don't get why Bush can't do likewise.


Donald Douglas said...

There's no defense for this stunt. FEMA should be condemned, and the administration is on the assignment.

Anyway, I'm really beginning to loathe libertarianism. I'm working up another Ron Paul post. But in response to your prompt about Stalinists, I'm passing along this nugget:

"The campaign mounted by campus leftists against Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which is scheduled to take place on more than 100 campuses during the week of October 22-26 has taken a new turn with the announcement of a counter-protest at the Washington Monument. The protest, which will be called “American Fascism Awareness Day” is being organized by Adam Kokesh of Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Students for Justice In Palestine, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee among others and will feature speakers such as congressman Dennis Kucinich and presidential candidate Ron Paul, anti-war activists Cindy Sheehan and Harry Karry and actor Sean Penn. According to a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party, one of the sponsors of the event, “This is an answer to the Jew Horowitz and the neo-conservative Zionists who dragged us into an imperialist war in Iraq and are spreading hatred against Muslims to support their war plans against the Republic of Iran.”"

Check out the whole article:


More this later. I hope you'll have second thoughts about your alliance with hardline Stalinist agitators.

Patrick said...

Hi Donald. Thanks for the comment. There is a lot to dislike about libertarianism. Likewise for fascism, communism, liberalism, conservatism, and all the other isms. I'm not attached to any of them.

Ron Paul happens to be the only candidate of either party who is both pro-life and supports a non interventionist foreign policy. That's why I support him in the primary. I am under no illusions about him getting the nomination. I'll cross that bridge when we get there. For now, I am glad Dr. Paul is bringing up important questions the other candidates would rather not talk about.

The event you mention above appears to be a hoax designed to smear Ron Paul. You might want to look into it a little deeper.

Donald Douglas said...

Patrick: You sound confused. I have no qualms with declaring my neoconservativism. Indeed, I proudly relish the label.

I've updatd the post to note the hoax of "American Fascist Awareness Day." However, I also checked Google, and found some even more interesting articles. Here's a quote from the post:

"To say Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has eclectic supporters could be considered an understatement.

Paul, a Texas congressman in town today for a series of speeches and fundraisers, is compared by various boosters to liberal U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, consumer activist Ralph Nader and conservative stalwart Barry Goldwater.

Also in his tent are plenty of anti-government conspiracy theorists — the folks who a decade ago warned of black helicopters, a coming U.N. invasion, and chaos surrounding the Y2K computer bug.

It's an odd collection of people, and if Paul has his wish, they'll come ready to open their checkbooks."

Ideological schizophrenia's not good, Patrick, especially, I would argue, for someone who writes a political blog. I hope some of my posts are helping you to clarify your positions.