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David Forsmark

David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.


Rejection! Maddow and Kos Convince the New York Times, but Not Poor Benton Harbor (True Twit, Part 21)

2011 May 9

After getting embarrassed in Wisconsin, Rachel Maddow and the organized Left has turned its attention on Michigan.  The focus of their new Chicken Little campaign is the decades-old Emergency Financial Manager statute, mostly used by outdoing Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm and recently strengthened by new Republican Governor Rick Snyder—because, oh, right the old law wasn’t working very well.

“Tiny Benton Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan” is Rachel’s new victim célèbre.  This “mostly African-American” city is a financial shambles.  The True Twit and her echo chamber have acted as though Snyder’s actions are the new invasion of the Sudetenland, a co-opting by force of a “democratically elected local government.”

As though Snyder and the state legislators responsible were not elected?

One big problem for their narrative:  a new poll shows that by a margin of 2 to 1, residents of Benton Harbor want the Emergency Financial Manager to knock their elected officials heads together.

HEARALD-PALLADIUM NEWSPAPER: The survey results showed that 51.6 percent of Benton Harbor respondents support the nullification of Benton Harbor’s labor agreements if it would help decrease the city’s deficit, while 27.4 percent don’t support it.

The story also shows that every aspect of Maddow’s rant from the role of Whirlpool Corporation in the city, to the golf course conspiracy she “discovered” is rejected by people who live there by huge numbers.

Oops!

Not only that, every bit of local reporting on the story from Crain’s Detroit Business to—of all places—the website Michigan Liberal have been tearing down Rachel’s narrative—and often not in very respectful disagreement.

You just can’t make this stuff up.  No, I mean it, Rachel, stop making this stuff up. read more…

Navy SEALs 2, PCBS 0!

2011 May 7

 

 

Time to free this man.

This post was first published here on April 24, 2010.

Editor’s Note: In light of the current events, this story reminds us of what our service men and women are dealing with, both at home and abroad in defense of our country.

In a story you won’t see on MSNBC, for the second time in 2 days, a Navy SEAL was acquitted of charges in the infamous terrorist-with-a-fat-lip case.

After a day-long trial, a Navy judge took 2 hours to come back with a verdict of not guilty of dereliction of duty for Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Va.

No word on what the judge did for the other hour and 58 minutes he spent in chambers after giving the evidence the consideration it deserved.  The judge, a model of decorum, managed not to use the words “insane,” “bulls**t,” or ask the prosecutor “What the **** did you waste all this time and money for?” when announcing the acquittal.

The prosecutor had the nerve to tell the Navy panel to convict Keefe in order to show “we are better than the terrorists.”

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The New Odd Couple: Rachel and Virg Spin Michigan Conspiracy Theories Together (True Twit, Part 20)

2011 May 5

At least when he lost, Alan Grayson basically slunk away.  Now, Rachel Maddow is trying to make Lansing Mayor– and soundly thrashed gubernatorial Democrat candidate– Virg Bernero into Michigan’s Alan Grayson, someone who can be counted on to come on MSNBC and say anything.

Together, they have created a myth that is permeating the left-fringe blogosphere and now has made it to the New York Times.  Remember the good old days when it was the other way around?

So while Rachel continues to throw out the racially charged term “overseer” toward black financial managers who are trying their damnedest to offer hope and change to black-run cities and school districts that have squandered taxpayers’ money to the point where they cannot come close to keeping their citizens safe or educating them she finds Virg Bernero to spin even wilder conspiracy theories,though couched in unusually weasely language:

BERNERO:  You‘ve got it.  It‘s one of the most insidious parts of it.  In fact, I understand there may be a movement to try to repeal this law, and I hope it happens.  Yes.  And this has happened in other cases already.  I think that this happened in Detroit.

So, you don‘t know really what the influence is that they‘re under.  The guy that you had on there for Benton Harbor, I think he‘s making from the state about $11,000 a month.  Far more than what the mayor or council maybe combined were making.  And so, it‘s a real boon for him.  I can see why he likes it.  And for these other folks who may be our unemployed folks in Michigan who can get a great gig and have all this authoritarian power and really answer to no one, ride roughshod over the citizens, it‘s a sad day again, sad for democracy.

You “THINK?”  First, how about some evidence of that, Virg.

Second, I “think” Rachel is using you because you are from Michigan, and supposedly have some kind of on-the-ground insight.  More knowledge than an observer reading SEIU press releases in New York (like Rachel).  So you slander a guy respected on both sides of the aisle and by everyone not in the Detroit AFT, with “I think”?

Virg also seems to equate charter schools with privatization, even though they are public schools, and says that Wall Street is raiding bankrupt school systems for… billions?  He doesn’t give any examples, doesn’t know of any… but then since this is a blog post and not a book, I can’t list all the things that Virg Bernero doesn’t know that a candidate for Michigan governor should.

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Neither Rhyme nor Reason: Olbermann Demonizes Slip of the Tongue—After Making the Same Mistake Himself

2011 May 3

You say Obama, I say Osama.  I say Obama, you say Osama.  Obama Osama, Obama Osama—let’s call the whole thing off.

Since he became a major contender for the Democrat nomination, slips of the tongue mixing up Obama and Osama have been common—and even the current president’s first big endorser, Ted Kennedy, was not immune.

But Keith Olbermann tried to make this into a new Fox News conspiracy because of a mixup at a LOCAL Fox affiliate, assuming that his audience is too stupid to know the difference—

Fox 40 SACRAMENTO ANCHOR: “President Obama, speaking from the East Room of the White House, telling the nation and the world: President Obama is in fact dead.  I’m sorry. Osama Bin Laden is dead.”

Even better, Olbermann had earlier dusted off a standard hoary liberal myth and tweeted that:

OLBERMANN: “Mr. Bush had personally de-prioritized the hunt for Obama…”

Gee, Keith, if you are going to lie from that glass house… read more…

Not in the Black: Maddow Plays the Race Card on Michigan Financial Managers (True Twit, Part 19)

2011 April 28

Rachel Maddow has been hinting around the race issue in Michigan with the Emergency Financial Manager issue for communities bankrupted by irresponsible leftist politicians and unsustainable union contracts.

One of her sleazy innuendoes has been to sneak in the word “overseer” instead of manager.  There is no way in which this term is more accurate, as the EMF is very hands on, not just overseeing anything.

But of course, when Jesse Jackson comes to town, it removes any need for subtlety or hinting around.  It’s time to say “black” and “African-American” a lot.

Now just imagine in a Republican were to point out how many of the bankrupt schools and cities were run by black overseers… read more…

Video Top 10: Olbermann’s Greatest Hits

2011 April 23

This list post was originally published on January 5 here.

Sherlock Holmes once referred, to Watson’s bewilderment, to the “curious incident of the dog in the night time.”  Watson replied that the dog did nothing in the night time.  Which, of course, was the “curious incident.”

This year, after barking– and biting– a lot in 2008 and 2009, Keith Olberman was most conspicuous when he was absent.  In at least two out of his three biggest moments, he had his biggest impact when he didn’t show up. read more…

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The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Rachel Maddow’s McCarthyism (True Twit, Part 17)

2011 April 21

Displaying the dazzling rhetorical shrills that earned him less than 40% of the vote for governor in a state that had been run by Democrats for 2 terms, Michigan Democrat Virg Bernero appeared on the Rachel Maddow show to scream at the nation  that his state was turning into “Soviet Russia.”

VIRG BERNERO, MAYOR OF LANSING, MICHIGAN, RECENTLY SLAUGHTERED GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE:  You know, this is the kind of thing in Russia, in Soviet Russia, what is becoming increasingly Soviet Russia again!

Then in the next breath…

BERNERO:  And not only that, Rachel, but they‘ve cut revenue sharing for cities.  So they‘re really cutting support for cities.

So, Michigan is turning into Soviet Russia because it is curtailing a tax policy toward cities that is no longer “From each according to its ability, to each according to its need?”

Do you people listen to yourselves?  Luckily, not many are listening to you… read more…

From Little ACORNs: Maddow Loves The Community-Organizer-in-Chief’s Smug Budget Speech (True Twit, Part 15)

2011 April 18

Hailing Obama’s budget address this week as “a victory for math” Rachel Maddow proclaimed that Obama had brought needed arguments to the table that were “sorely lacking.”  Maybe she meant clarity of language like this, which would have George Orwell scratching his head:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA  “… It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion dollars in tax expenditures—spending in the tax code.”

Guess what that means.  Think it through.  Give up?  Maybe that’s because you don’t think every dime you have is at the good graces of government which “spends” it by letting you keep it.

Tax reform usually means lowering rates and closing specific breaks… now think exactly the opposite.

Yep, that’s how Barack Obama describes a $1 trillion tax increase!  And you thought Clinton’s “contributions” phraseology was Orwellian.

But Obama’s view of the world is forever informed by his days as a Chicago community organizer.  ACORN’s view of the world is that people are poor because the rich have taken too big a slice of the pie and left nothing for the proletariat.

That is precisely the point of Barack Obama’s budget speech—perhaps the most class war-driven speech any President has ever given– and the reason for the ecstatic reaction from MSNBC socialists Rachel, Ed, and Lawrence.

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“Unbelievably!” Rachel Maddow Uncovers Wisconsin Plot to Count Votes the Same Way They are Counted Everywhere in the United States (True Twit, Part 14)

2011 April 17

This popular post was originally published April 11, 2011.

Chagrined at her premature happy Twit Two-Step, Rachel Maddow tried to salvage something out of the unexpected disaster that Big Labor and the organized Left suffered in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race when it was discovered that conservative Justice David Prosser survived their savage assault.

As usual, it wasn’t so much what she said, but how she said it, with smug intonations and feigned surprise that defy refutation in short, so later in the column, I will fisk her and her guest’s commentary to show you just how their assertions were either sleazy or stupid.

But here’s an example of the attempt to rile up the MSNBC faithful over nothing:

MADDOW:  The county clerk in this case, you can see on the screen here right now, is both elected and it is a partisan position?

LEE:  Unbelievably!

Yeah, just like it is in all 72 counties in Wisconsin (including Democrat Milwaukee where there really has been fraud), just like it is in all 83 counties in Michigan, all 254 counties in Texas, and oh, right the REST of the United States!  Shocking!

I mean isn’t it an abuse of democracy to have people who are accountable to the voters in charge of our elections?

But that’s only the tip of the twittery iceberg. read more…

“Unbelievably!” Rachel Maddow Uncovers Wisconsin Plot to Count Votes the Same Way They are Counted Everywhere in the United States (True Twit, Part 14)

2011 April 11

Oops, NOT the Winner!

Chagrined at her premature happy Twit Two-Step, Rachel Maddow tried to salvage something out of the unexpected disaster that Big Labor and the organized Left suffered in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race when it was discovered that conservative Justice David Prosser survived their savage assault.

As usual, it wasn’t so much what she said, but how she said it, with smug intonations and feigned surprise that defy refutation in short, so later in the column, I will fisk her and her guest’s commentary to show you just how their assertions were either sleazy or stupid.

But here’s an example of the attempt to rile up the MSNBC faithful over nothing:

MADDOW:  The county clerk in this case, you can see on the screen here right now, is both elected and it is a partisan position?

LEE:  Unbelievably!

Yeah, just like it is in all 72 counties in Wisconsin (including Democrat Milwaukee where there really has been fraud), just like it is in all 83 counties in Michigan, all 254 counties in Texas, and oh, right the REST of the United States!  Shocking!

I mean isn’t it an abuse of democracy to have people who are accountable to the voters in charge of our elections?

But that’s only the tip of the twittery iceberg. read more…

Pity the Fool! Rachel Maddow Frames the A-Team for Warping Her Mind (True Twit, Part 11)

2011 April 1

Rachel Maddow probably puts on more pseudo-intellectual airs than any show on cable news.  Her promos proclaim her “geeky” supposed attention to detail and show her researching her specs off to bring the story “nobody else is talking about.”

Well, there may be a good reason nobody else bothers. read more…

Twit Tyranny: How to Understand Rachel Maddow’s Liberal Fascism (True Twit, Part 9)

2011 March 30

The protesters in Michigan and Wisconsin that Rachel Maddow has been giving the True Twit Thumbs Up to lately on her TV show like to carry signs that call governors Rick Snyder and Scott Walker fascists, put Hitler mustaches on them, and give interviews that say “This is how Nazi Germany started.”

Hopefully, those aren’t history teachers…

While it might not be particular to fascism to say so, Rachel’s constant harping that tax cuts to business is the same as “spending” on them, certainly displays a totalitarian impulse when it comes to your money—and one that is certainly consistent with fascism.  It assumes that whatever income you get to keep is at the good graces of Big Government.

MADDOW: He is giving it away in the form of $1.8 billion in corporate tax cuts.  He is taking in $1.7 billion in higher taxes from poor people an old people and giving it away, $1.8 billion to businesses!

Giving… not taking.. tomato tomahtoe…

But Rachel keeps sniping that Governor Snyder is giving “tax breaks” to business (as if any sane person had any choice besides lowering the nation’s most repressive business tax rate in a state with the highest unemployment) while “taxing the old and the poor.”

But it’s also true that Rick Snyder wants to spend money on business, and in a way that meets a purely economic definition of fascism—but the primary example is on a project Detroit Democrats are desperate to promote.

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