Dear Readers: There use to be a time that the average American trusted to press to do old-fashioned investigative reporting. That time has clearly passed. There are a fantastic number of current cases that clearly show the elitists in the media will tailor stories or ignore facts to promote an agenda. A great example is this one from HillBuzz: STUNNING ADMISSION: UK scientists admit they make up data for political reasons to support Church of Global Warming.
“You know my methods, Watson!”
Instead of Woodward and Bernstein, we now have to rely on citizens to do the reporting the mainstream press will no longer do. James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles have become the are the new gold standard of investigative reporting for their diligent and creative work on exposing ACORN corruption.
I wanted to make sure all of my California friends and citizen activists were aware of the extent of astroturfing (administration big-wigs preparing template statements that they provide to supporters, who then pass them off as genuine opinions expressed by “average Americans) that has been uncovered by a friend of this site Patterico’s Pontifications (please check the link as many updates and new posts on this subject are being posted regularly). Many of you may already be acquainted with “Ellie Light”, who sent identical anti-GOP/pro-Obama pieces to many newspapers — changing only the location, so that it would seem it was a local reader’s punditry. This letter appeared in many California new outlets, as chronicled here: Ellie Light’s Obama Letters. The San Diego Union Tribune was impacted.
Citizen’s from across the country are now tracking down the IP addresses for these imposters. So far, they have traced material that seems to have been routed through Saudi Arabia, itentified a Chicago-based PR firm that seems involved, and outed Organizing for America. Per Patterico:
It bears repeating that, as I noted in a previous post, a series of letters published in newspapers recently has been traced to the web site for the Democrat Party. And Barack Obama’s Organizing for America has been in on the act, too. More on that here.
The American people resent being played like this, and the level of engagement on this website clearly shows they want the entire charade exposed. This is Obama’s “Watergate” moment, and Obama’s presence in the White House will be radioactive during the next several election cycles. Because of love the 1980’s so much, here is a new theme song I propose for the administration!
Speaking of the San Diego Union Tribune, there was some interesting California news — as it pertains to citizen activism: Thousands apply for state redistricting panel. A snippet:
California’s first-ever citizens commission to reshape legislative districts is beginning to take shape — its mission potentially complicated by two rival initiatives aimed for the November ballot.
There has been an outpouring of interest in serving on the commission. As of Friday, more than 7,400 people submitted applications at WeDrawtheLines.ca.gov — and the deadline isn’t until Feb. 12.
Also, it seems private enterprise is raising up to challenge the unions’ sweetheart deals on public projects: Labor’s deals stir dust-up in construction. A snippet:
Organized labor’s success in getting the San Diego Unified School District to grant union hiring preferences on $2.1 billion in construction projects last year has sparked a major counteroffensive from business interests that say it’s bad for taxpayers.
Contractors groups have pushed measures onto the June ballot in Oceanside and Chula Vista banning project labor agreements, or PLAs. Signatures are being gathered in San Diego as well. Both sides expect skirmishes will follow battle lines drawn nationally over the agreements.
“I am basically going to put my foot on the throat of the people pushing PLAs, and we are not going to let up until they finally cry ‘uncle’ or they are basically out of commission,” said Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction. The Poway-based nonprofit, formed by contractors, aims to ban the deals in 20 municipalities statewide by the end of the year.
Finally, the news covers the recall effort for a Poway politico: Poway recall effort targets Councilwoman Rexford. Anyone who lives in Poway, or knows Poway residents, should read this information and pass it on.
Finally, the Southern California Tax revolt Coalition and other California Tea Party groups don’t want people resting after the big win in Massachusetts. Despite the Brown victory and the message that Americans do not want government run health care, the California Senate just passed SB 810 out of the Appropriations committee!!!!
SB 810 will OUTLAW PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE IN CALIFORNIA.
The full text of SB 810 is HERE!
We will follow up with more info this week (you may remember we hit this earlier this summer). But for now WE MUST ACT by calling California Senators and stop SB 810; contact information for the California Senate can be found by clicking HERE!
MUT Note: In light of the detective work being done by Patterico and friends, I will be highlighting Sherlock Holmes this week in the blog!
MU News and Views:
W.C. Varones has some thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling.
Beers with Demo has some news about a ship headed to Haiti for the relief efforts.
And our friend, Kimberly Dvorack, got a much treasured Instapundit link today for this piece: Will California Senator Boxer be the next victim of angry voters? HURRAY!
(Short answer for KIM: You bettcha!)