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Ben Carson and the Democrat media’s view of good art and bad art

9 Nov
White House Maoist Christmas ornament:  Good!

Mao was an early advocate of progressive population control.


Stalinist prints:  Good!

Stalin was a progressive warrior against obesity in The Ukraine and throughout the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Pictured here in the home of White House press secretary Jay Carney, on 48th Street near V Street NW, in the exclusive Kent neighborhood.


Jesus Christ paintings:  Bad!

Jesus Christ is a fictional character whose mother may have been a prostitute, from a traditional cis/patriarchal/heterosexist family, whose politics tended to tea party anarchism, and who did not obey experts and authorities.  His followers often question government officials and important progressive regulations meant to ensure an orderly, planned, pacified society.

Gay for Pay – Washington’s gay political class still supports Hillary Clinton

7 Sep
A different version of this was published yesterday at Breitbart.

Back when she was avoiding voters and the press even more than she is now, Hillary was going to gay and lesbian fundraisers soliciting money – what else would a Clinton do? – from LGBT Democrats who are among her most loyal supporters.

These people aren’t just average gay people or even average gay Democrats who have been fear mongered into believing that any and every other candidate, especially the GOP candidates, will strip them of every legal right they’ve recently acquired.  (Even though those rights are clearly more due to independent changes in public opinion, or court cases won by libertarian-leaning Republicans like Ted Olson, and not to anything done by the Democratic Party, which primarily views gays, in GOProud founder Chris Barron’s coinage, as a GayTM, whose donations can replace or supplement those of Jewish Democrats, Wall Street Democrats, and other donor groups the DNC might begin to alienate.)  Instead, the gays and lesbians going to Hillary fundraisers include a high percentage of cronies and job seekers who hope to get some “Clinton cash,” to enhance their careers and incomes by being in or having access to, a Hillary administration.

A report by Chris Johnson, the national politics reporter for the gay paper of record, the Washington Blade, confirms this. “Clinton’s LGBT backers unfazed by email controversy,” reads the headline.  And just who are these backers?

Attorney Richard Socarides (60), would no doubt be easily fear mongered, as the traumatized child of the late anti-gay psychiatrist Charles Socarides.  But he also gets his bread buttered by the Clintons, in his case voluntarily.  He served for 6 years in Bill Clinton’s administration, in a variety of positions, then bounced around through law and PR firms and law schools, with occasional talking head gigs on MSNBC in the Bush and early Obama years. Hillary lackey David Brock hired him to run Equality Matters, a Soros funded gay auxiliary to the Media Matters smear machine, in 2011, though he only stayed there a year, during which time he, Brock, and Equality Matters were criticized by the gay community generally, as an attempt to duplicate the work of older gay groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, whose ideologies are identical but which are not under the direct control of the Clintons (or of George Soros). Socarides,  said Mrs. Clinton “has my enthusiastic support” despite the ongoing controversy. “This in spite of unprecedented attacks from Republicans in Congress, false reports in the media, and a barrage of negativity from our Republican opponents.  I am confident she will weather the storm and any others that may come her way and that she will not only be an effective leader for LGBT Americans but for all Americans.”

Lobbyist Hilary Rosen (56), was part of the pre-eminent lesbian power couple of the first Clinton administration, when she ran the Recording Industry Association of America, and her partner Elizabeth Birch, a former Apple computer lawyer, ran the Democratic lobbying group that herds gay voters, the Human Rights Campaign (which claims to be nonpartisan).  Rosen told the Blade: “I am confident that Hillary Clinton will be a strong general election candidate.  Elections are about choices. Every one of those GOP candidates has significant flaws — most important of which is that they would set back LGBT progress. I think everyone needs to stop all this handwringing.” During  the first Clinton administration Birch and Rosen rented a house from a CNN journalist on hidden Highland Place NW, the same super-exclusive Cleveland Park block where Greg Craig, the Clinton administration lawyer who sent Elian Gonzales back to Cuban slavery, still lives.

Rosen and Birch separated after adopting two children, and lived (Birch sold her million dollar  plus house overlooking the Potomac River just this May) in exclusive, adjacent, lily white DC neighborhoods along the Potomac River near the Maryland border, where their neighbors included members of the Democratic media elite like Jay Carney, Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory, and Tammy Haddad.  Rosen’s solution to having a $2 million home with a huge mortgage during the first years of the Obama administration was to start a lobbying group, that sold “memberships” to companies that needed access to Obama for $75,000 a pop, and then work for several other lobbying firms and companies, including British Petroleum during the Gulf oil spill.  Rosen has since been linked romantically with Randi Weingarten, head of the anti-education choice American Federation of Teachers.

Besides badly chosen remarks about Ann Romney, Rosen is best known for being “denied” by then White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for her constant buying of papal indulgences for her clients in the Obama White House, leading to the following Jimmy Kimmel satire:  One of [White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s] jobs is to keep track of all the Hilary Rosens. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this story […]Hilary Rosen is the woman who said Ann Romney never worked a day in her life, even though Mrs. Romney raised five kids. And of course, the administration tries to distance itself from those comments. They said she’s not an adviser to the Obama campaign, even though, as we later found out, her name appeared on the White House visitor log 35 times.

So when reporters ask Jay, why her name showed up 35 times, this is where it gets hilarious. He said, he wasn’t sure it was the same HilaryRosen. He said, I personally know three Hilary Rosens.
You personally know three Hilary Rosens? Where did all these Hilary Rosen come from? Did you pick them from the Hilary Rosen garden?

I’d bet you $10,000 you don’t know three Hilary Rosens, but I’m not running for president though.

What Kimmel probably doesn’t know is that Rosen and Carney live about a 9 minute walk apart, on the same street, on different sides of DC’s MacArthur Boulevard.  And Rosen often attends the same social events as Carney’s wife, ABC’s Claire Schipman.

Lobbyist Steve Elmendorf (55), a former Dick Gephart staffer and long-time Democratic (and Monsanto) lobbyist, board member of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund (a junior partner to the massive Human Right Campaign Fund), and a 2004 John Kerry campaign staffer.   Elmendorf told the Blade he had “no fear” for Hillary:  “She continues to beat every Republican she’s running against.  Her favorables are better than any Republican in the race. Her favorables are better than any Democrat in the race. I think this a long campaign … There will be good moments and bad moments..  I think this story’s [about secret emails] completely manufactured by the news media.  I think it’s ridiculous.”  Elmendorf. started out as a Mondale field operative after college in 1982 and now owns his own lobbying firm.  Even if he didn’t take a job in a Hillary administration, having access to it would be very lucrative.  A non-Democrat in the White House would shut him out and lead his clients to drop him. And Elmendorf has bills to pay, with a million and a half dollar condo in DC’s gay-gentrified Logan Circle and a vacation home in Lewes, Delaware.

Lawyer Elizabeth Birch (58), Rosen’s former partner, directed litigation worldwide for Apple, before running two de facto Democratic Party gay lobbying groups and then doing consulting and running Rosie O’Donnell’s production company.  Though still a Hillary Clinton supporter, Birch is simultaneously the one of these four gay Democratic bigwigs the Blade interviewed with the most private sector experience and the least to gain from being a lobbyist with access to a future Clinton administration and the one most critical of Clinton’s email scandal,which she called  “an annoying distraction….If I was her general counsel, I would not have approved this.  I mean, she was secretary of state in a very challenging era and, you know, it seems to me it never should have happened… [Clinton’s handlers] have not done a good job…I think she’s completely clear of any wrong-doing, but I wish we didn’t have to deal with perception issues, and this is something that time and time again all candidates need to learn these lessons.  It’s not always about the black letter of the law; it’s about perception, and this feeds into a narrative that we did not need.”

Normally the Blade has uniformly pro-Hillary and pro-Democratic coverage and commentary, especially at the national level, with occasional pro-free market pieces by one columnist, Mark Lee, who covers local business issues, and some favorable or neutral coverage now and then of local Libertarian Party candidates who are vocal in support of gay issues.  Besides interviews with these four major Democratic Party supporters on how Hillary’s email crimes are not a significant problem, the current issue also features one op ed by a much less connected local Democrat supporting Senator Bernie Sanders.

The oldest and best known national gay news magazine, The Advocate, claims to find in Hilary‘s now released email trove a silver lining, proof that she is at least pro-gay.  But Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State who let a gay Ambassador, Chris Stephens, be murdered, and who shaped a foreign policy that armed ISIS, which is now systematically raping women and girls and using social media to track down and murder Syrian and Iraqi gays.

Along with potential fall girl Huma Abedin, can gay Americans afford this kind of “friend”?

(Full disclosure – I’ve met 3 if not 4 of these Hillary supporters, been to the same cocktail parties and fundraisers, and been a guest in events at some of their homes.)

Boomtown Cultural Guide

28 Jul
“So what do you do and WHERE DO YOU LIVE?”posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:35pm EDT

25. Greeting from a person you have never met: “It’s good to see you again!”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

24. “I’ll make sure the boss sees this right away.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

23. “What do you do? …Oh, that sounds interesting.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

22. “There are no Ubers available, I guess we can walk.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

21. Elected official referring to a colleague they hate: “My friend…”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

20. “Of course you can crash on my couch while you look for housing.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

19. “Oh, wow, $1,400 a month for a converted sunroom. So cheap.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

18. “I would never look up your salary.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

17. “I don’t lie.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

16. Intern answering the phone in your office: “Let me check if they are available…Oh, she’s in a meeting… can I give them a note?”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

When SHE is sitting RIGHT THERE.

15. “I love going back home.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

14. “You look good in seersucker.”

"You look good in seersucker."

Image by Getty Images

13. “I am kind of the social media expert of my office.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

12. “We should get coffee sometime.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

11. “Thank you for all your hard work. It wouldn’t have been possible without you.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

Followed by: “I love your passion”

10. To a reporter: “Oh, I read your stuff all the time.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

9. “Yes, mom, the D.C. dating scene is really mature.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

8. “These heels are really comfortable.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

7. “Of course I don’t mind going to your house party in Clarendon.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

6. “H Street is really safe.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

5. “I don’t care that I wasn’t invited to that.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

4. “I really like the new ethics rules in Congress.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

3. “I only read BuzzFeed for the politics section.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

2. “I am just here to work for the American people.”

25 Things "D.C." People Say But Don't Really Mean

1. Jay Carney: “I appreciate the question.”

Jay Carney: "I appreciate the question."

Image by Carolyn Kaster / AP

Matthew Yglesias evicts the black church ladies

30 Jun

I often blog, because it is like shooting fish in a barrel, about white, and even black and Latino, limousine liberals in DC who smear everyone else as racist while living in only the most lily white DC (or DC suburban) zip codes – in a majority black city: Jonathan Chait and all the NPR bigwigs in Chevy Chase, DC, Chris Matthews in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Jay Carney and Hilary Rosen in Palisades, David Gregory in Foxhall, Andrea Mitchell in Kent-Berkeley (so very white most black and even most white DC residents don’t know what or where that is, and her only black neighbor is a multimillionairess who married an even wealthier white man), Eugene Robinson and Chuck Todd in north Arlington, Dana Milbanks and almost every other national journalist in Cleveland Park, David Brock and one of the Podesta brothers in Kalorama (where the only people of color are either the help or ambassadors from Africa and Asia).  It’s what economists call demonstrated preference – it’s the walk you walk, not the talk you talk.

But sometimes the leftovers and proglodytes hurl their charges of racism from somewhat less segregated homesteads, at least in a snapshot sense.  Neighborhoods that are temporarily integrated because the non-black well paid agents of Big Government are still displacing the black working class.  As the federal government, and liberal billionaires and multimillionaires like George Soros and the lobbyist Podesta brothers, import mainly white technocrats and lawyers with 6 and even 7 figure salaries into DC, waves of gentrification displace the original working class African American population.  Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, Karen Finney and other Democrat pols and flaks live in gleaming lofts built on what used to be black neighborhoods.

And joining them is Matthew Yglesias.  He recently bought a lovely new million dollar condo, which provoked some discussion about how well it pays to promote the leftover agenda.  This week he’s being paid to say Rand Paul is a white supremacist, because Rand Paul might just think there is a way to address bigotry in a multicultural society other than the Democrat Party’s failed model of a drug war, failed segregated public schools, the sacred cow of the Civil Rights Act, and selling poor black and brown kids to the educrat cartels to get donations for Democratic candidates.  Ironically, Yglesias home is erected on the grave of DC’s black majority, now down to 49% and shrinking – his home is the former location of  Damali African Wear.

The government employees and pro-government flaks with 6 and 7 figure salaries have also been driving DC’s black church ladies away.  Logan Circle is full of African American churches but their congregants now live an hour away in Prince George’s County and drive back to Logan one day a week, in their matching brightly colored hats, purses, shoes and frocks, to worship at their childhood churches.  But the Big Government yuppies only let them back one day a week.

  1. 1500 Ninth Street Northwest
    (202) 232-4288

    Shiloh Baptist Church

  2. 1226 Vermont Ave NW
    (202) 667-1377

    Luther Place Memorial Church

  3. 474 Ridge St NW
    (202) 638-7373

    Metropolitan Community Church of Washington

  4. 1405 15th St NW
    (202) 387-3131

    Grace Reformed Church

  5. Washington
    (202) 667-1078


Pictured up top is the very white kitchen from which he cooks up his charges of racism in defense of Obama and failed Democratic Party policies that have left us with many black men in prison, high black unemployment, and low levels of black literacy. (Below his building before and after condo conversion.)

Wonder if he’s seen Poltergeist?

(A side note: Yglesias did actually participate in a panel recently on how government regulation drives up the cost of housing for poor and moderate income people.  And he should be concerned about how government programs increase poverty and social ills – he’s been mugged once so far when walking home from visiting some poorer, libertarian, journalists who live in a less gentrified neighborhood.)

Netroots Nation: "I see white people."

23 Jun
What’s green, liberal, and white all over?

Maybe Jonathan Chait (Chris Matthews, David Gregory, Hilary Rosen, Jay Carney, Dana Milbanks, Chuck Todd, Eugene Robinson, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Bauer and Anita Dunn…) will feel safe to leave his lily white Chevy Chase neighborhood and cover it?