Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm Standing In Solidarity With Nikki Haley, S.E. Cupp & R.S. McCain et al

Some very important people are under attack that you should know about, and whom I'm standing in support with. They are:

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. See yesterday's post for reference. Now, the communication director for the aptly named Dick Blumenthal, Democrat Senator from Connecticut mocked Gov. Haley in a Tweet, saying she's always playing the victim.

And what have we been hearing from liberals since the Fluke named Sandra/Rush Limbaugh controversy? There's a "War on Women"(TM) by conservatives. Well, when it comes to a prominent Republican woman (and a minority woman) is attacked in a vicious manner, you hear nothing but crickets from the alleged champions of women.

Speaking of the War on Women, conservative writer S.E. Cupp is also on my list of whom I'm standing with. Like Haley, there's been a few areas where I've disagreed with Cupp, primarily their vocal support for Mitt Romney in the primary. Cupp was attacked by the sleazeball porn purveyor Larry Flynt in Hustler Magazine because she supports defunding Planned Parenthood. For that, Flynt put a photoshopped picture of Cupp in Hustler engaging in fellatio (Examiner).

As Rothman notes, the shot is accompanied by a disclaimer reading, “No such picture of S.E. Cupp actually exists. This composite fantasy is altered from the original for our imagination, does not depict reality, and is not to be taken seriously for any purpose.” The obvious intention is to cover management’s tail, which might otherwise be exposed for real.

An accompanying text “profile” of Cupp is unkind but not slanderous insofar as it is opinion, which is not covered by defamation laws. The paragraph reads:

S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

In an update to the original post, Rothman writes that Cupp called in to Glenn Beck‘s radio program and issued a statement lamenting. “It will be out there forever. The fact that I work very hard and I’m an Ivy Leage educated woman with a pretty good job doesn’t matter when you look at a photo like this.”

In the audio segment, which is here, Cupp wonders aloud whether there would be significant outrage if the skin mag had done something similar to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or First Lady Michelle Obama.

"Altered for our imagination." Yeah, is that what porno rags do these days? Hustler does photoshopped pics of conservative women, while Playboy did a list of conservative women they'd like to "hate f**k."  Once again, nothing but crickets from the phony "feminist" groups.  Even Meghan McCain was angry at not just the attack on Cupp, but the lack of outrage.

Finally, I'm standing also with my friend journalist/blogger Robert Stacy McCain, as well as Aaron Walker, Patterico (blogger), and Liberty Chick, who have been targeted by a guy named Brett Kimberlin for daring to draw attention to his criminal past. The harassment has forced McCain to move him and his family from their home to an undisclosed location.

Michelle Malkin wrote the following today:

The mainstream press, not just the conservative blogosphere, needs to hear and report their stories.

This is a convoluted, ongoing nightmare that combines abuse of the court system, workplace intimidation, serial invasions of privacy, perjury, and harassment of family members. McCain was forced to move with his family out of his house this week, and has just gotten a small taste of what Aaron and Patterico have been enduring over the past year. Aaron and his wife were fired from their jobs after their employer feared the office would be targeted next. Convicted bomber Kimberlin has filed bogus “peace orders” against Aaron, when it is the Walkers who are the victims, not the perpetrators.

And Patterico’s plight will send chills up your spine when he is ready to tell it.

Institutional inertia, incompetence, and apathy among law enforcement officials on both coasts have exacerbated the victims’ suffering. It has moved far beyond a partisan or political story to a bottomless, Kafka-esque morass. And, via investigative journalist Matthew Vadum, it certainly doesn’t help that “progressive,” left-wing foundations that have funded Kimberlin continue to look the other way.

For background on Kimberlin, here's a video made by Lee Stranahan.

Stranahan has designated this Friday, May 25th as Everybody Blog about Brett Kimberlin Day. See his post for more details, and if you Tweet, blog or Facebook spread the word.

Stacy and the others have gotten a big round of support from fellow bloggers, and even Herman Cain took to Facebook tonight to make people aware of the attempt to silence him.

My opinion: Let me say I'm well past the point of being tired of all the bullshit lectures about "civility" and "tolerance" from liberals, as well as their President when conservative women are so viciously attacked in a way that if Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Debbie Wasserman Schultz were, you'd never hear the end of it. And if liberals are so "tolerant," then why all the attempts to silence bloggers, citizen journalists, or flag conservatives on Twitter as "spam?"

You want to disagree, fine. Debate, even passionate is good. But it goes way beyond the pale and unacceptable when people's livelihoods, as well as their families, are harassed just for exercising their First Amendment rights. That is un-American.

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