Video: Code Pink removed from Petraeus hearing; Update: Video — Skelton calls protesters a**holes

posted at 2:23 pm on September 10, 2007 by Allahpundit

First the MoveOn ad, now this. You stay classy, liberal America.

I want this to be true but I can’t find it in either the Fox or CNN recordings. FYI, Medea Benjamin interrupted Crocker immediately after this clip ended but went pretty quickly and quietly.

Update: St. Cindy was led out earlier.

Update: Star tipster RLW to the rescue. Dan Burton warns Skelton at around the halfway point that Code Pink’s going to act up and Skelton gets snotty with him. The hot mike moment comes at around 3:30 if you’re counting down.

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To paraphrase from Rush:

If there is such a mandate from the American public for the Democrats to get us out of Iraq, why does it take a great deal of vote buying and pork spending pay offs to get other Democrats to vote on any measures that aim at withdrawal?

Weebork on September 10, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Nonfactor is one of many on the left that “support the troops” by supporting his code-pink allies in their attempts to silence Gen. Petraeus.

georgej on September 10, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Assumptions are fun! Please tell me, georgej, what exactly is my position on everything?

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Well there’s your problem.

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Well, I think its the Dems problem. Since their leadership has said the same things as code pink said today.

sunny on September 10, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Your poll-fu is weak.

Slublog on September 10, 2007 at 3:10 PM

heh.

BadgerHawk on September 10, 2007 at 3:32 PM

I am so tired of all the polls saying that the majority of Americans wants us out of Iraq. Anybody with any brains wants our military out of Iraq. The real question is under what circumstances we get out of Iraq. I remember the sad, sad situation when we left Vietnam, the helicopters on the buildings with people begging, begging to climb on board.

The US must not repeat that humiliation. What nation would ever look to us with trust after a recurrence of that betrayal. We screwed over the Iraqis 16 years ago. Let’s not do it again.

Qzsusy on September 10, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Let’s not do it again.

Qzsusy on September 10, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Too late.

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:33 PM

bridgetown-

OT, too, no need for a CD for Paradise.

Makes even politics sound better.

profitsbeard on September 10, 2007 at 3:34 PM

SouthernDem, Congress has the absolute power to open or close a session, and to allow or disallow selected individuals to be present.

It’s been done in the past, and it should be done again. Medea Benjamin is well known in DC, as is Sheehan and their presence at any event ought to be a signal that they will lead or participate in a disruption.

The Democrats choose to allow them and then give them a forum to demonstrate.

georgej on September 10, 2007 at 3:34 PM

This is fascicle. farcical.

Wade on September 10, 2007 at 3:17 PM
Frost Nazis?

/just messin’ with you

Bad Candy on September 10, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Wade on September 10, 2007 at 3:17 PM
Frost Nazis?

/just messin’ with you

Bad Candy on September 10, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Thanks, I am lazy and let spell checker have it’s way. Nice catch.

Wade on September 10, 2007 at 3:38 PM

georgej on September 10, 2007 at 3:34 PM

I’m not so sure about that. I don’t think, if it’s an open session (as far as I know it takes a vote or issues of National Security to close it to the public), that they can weed out people unless they are being disruptive or carrying signs.
I’m trying to look it up, but looking for this stuff on the congressional website is flummoxing me. Do you have a source?

SouthernDem on September 10, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Wade on September 10, 2007 at 3:38 PM

I just had this image of Hitler frozen in a block of ice like Han Solo in carbonite or some German officer sitting there frozen like Jack Nicholson in the end of The Shining.

Bad Candy on September 10, 2007 at 3:43 PM

The Democrats choose to allow them and then give them a forum to demonstrate.

And I don’t think Skelton was too happy with them, for that matter. The look of disgust on his face combined with calling them “@$$holes” is pretty blatant.
But, when Duncan says if one acts out throw them all out, it sounds as if Skelton says “I can’t do that”.

SouthernDem on September 10, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Nonfactor: “Assumptions are fun! Please tell me, georgej, what exactly is my position on everything?”

Let’s start with the root of your first word, “assume.” The popular phrase is that “assume” means “ass out of you and me.” Sorry. In this case, YOU are the ass here.

Second, you are vigorously defending the behavior of codepink at the Petraeus hearing by using the lame argumentum ad numerum fallacy, asserting that because some polls imply that Americans support immediate withdrawal, that this is the correct course.

You’re full of crap.

And so are your anti-war LIBERAL face of America buddies who defaced The Wall over the weekend. In fact, you are despicable; a member of the treasonous left who comes here and argues Al Qaeda’s position.

Just one question for you: Have you spit on a soldier today?

georgej on September 10, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Here’s the Wiki link, not that it’s a definitive source.

SouthernDem on September 10, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Georgej,

The Democrats choose to allow them and then give them a forum to demonstrate.

georgej on September 10, 2007 at 3:34 PM

Well, of course they do. Many liberals, especially those of the MSM, adhere to Hagelian philosophy. By these Democrats providing an opportunity for the likes of Code Pink, et al, to commit such interruptions (and everyone knows these groups are going to cause trouble), said Democrats are merely providing the antithesis to counter a Gen Petraeus’ (or other) thesis.

Just to add, the thought process behind the “Fairness Doctrine” has Hagel as one of its fundamentals.

Weebork on September 10, 2007 at 3:46 PM

I’d be interested in seeing how many conservative blogs attributed absolute moral authority to Ted Nugent, versus the number of lefty blogs that attributed absolute moral authority to Cindy Sheehan.

You want to run those numbers for us, nonfactor?

DaveS on September 10, 2007 at 3:49 PM

Nonfactor-

No one here thinks Code Pink is composed of mainstream liberals. They’re a marginal but very vocal group.

BUT… MoveOn and Daily Kos do represent the mainstream liberal opinion. They have extremely large memberships and funnel tons of money to ‘progressive’ candidates. dKos was so infected with Truthers that they had to ban any diaries calling 9/11 an inside job. The recent polls on every single diary relating to the OBL tape still had “George Bush/ Rove/ CIA made it” at around 50%. Diaries that are anti-military, America is an evil empire, pro-Hamas etc. are not only posted on a regular basis, but often times make it to the recommended list (A. Whitney Brown being one disgusting example).

It’s fair of you to say Code Pink is marginal, but to deny that groups like dKos, Huffpo or MoveOn ARE the liberal voice is just stupid.

BadgerHawk on September 10, 2007 at 3:49 PM

So you admit that you’re using a fallacy in assigning a selective few people to represent “liberal America,” but you’re insisting it’s okay because others use the same fallacy?

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 2:45 PM

So what you’re saying is, the sum of Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffpoo, Code Pink, ANSWER, the ACLU, Breasts not Bombs, La Raza, AZTLAN, the Anti-Zionists, Homosexual Rights Campaign, the Sheehanites, the Pro-Palestinians, and the City Council of San Fransisco and Berkely make up only “a selective few people to represent liberal America.”

BKennedy on September 10, 2007 at 3:16 PM

I object strongly to the pointless homophobia of this. To the best of my knowledge, the Human Rights Campaign does not take stands on the crackpot issues of interest to the Code Pinkos. It’s a mainstream group that only seeks to advance the cause of gay equality in our society. Its interest in the Iraq War seems to focus on using the distinguished service of gay people in Iraq to eliminate the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that the majority of American also oppose.

In a spirit of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I don’t keep close track of the Human Rights Campaign and maybe they have done something stupid, but I wasn’t able to find any such information by internet searches.

thuja on September 10, 2007 at 3:52 PM

It’s fair of you to say Code Pink is marginal

BadgerHawk on September 10, 2007 at 3:49 PM

That was my entire point. As for the other groups, this thread isn’t about them.

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:52 PM

The first video typifies the left. Childish behavior.

Instead of an ugly middle-aged woman, imagine a child.

If you can imagine your mother behaving this way, you’re probably a liberal. If not, you’re probably a conservative.

jaime on September 10, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Well there’s your problem.

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Well then Nonfactor, you’re the lib, you tell me where I can get away from the Bush Lied People Died, No War for Oil, Chimperor McBushitlerOsamaBurtonReich, Bush Knew, Steel does not Melt Fire contingent, cause they’re an awful rare breed these days.

BKennedy on September 10, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Can we get Duncan Hunter to replace that worthless tool Boehner?

Centerfire on September 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:52 PM

So what do you think of those other groups?

BadgerHawk on September 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM

How did they get access to the hearing…can anybody answer that question…???…they are the face of lib dems…scumbags…traitors…

areseaoh on September 10, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Here’s what happened under Democratic President Woodrow Wilson during WWI.

http://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/20thcentury/freespeech//

Along with this anti German hysteria, Congress passed several measures designed to supress any criticism of the war The Espionage Act, passed in June 1917, specified a fine of $10,000 or twenty years in prison for, among other things, “whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, and whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States, or the flag.” The act also targeted anyone who shall “urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of the production in this country of any thing or things necessary or essential to the conduct of the war.” Nor, under the act, was it legal to teach, suggest, defend, or advocate any of the criticisms or positions described above. This remarkable act made it virtually illegal to criticize the war or the government in any way.

This act quickly came under fire as unconstitutional. But the Supreme Court supported it, arguing the government had the right to repress free speech in time of “national emergency.”

My, how times have changed.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 10, 2007 at 4:05 PM

How did they get access to the hearing…can anybody answer that question…???…they are the face of lib dems…scumbags…traitors…

areseaoh on September 10, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Are you such a right-wing parody that you think “the face of lib dems” can’t (or shouldn’t) get access to committee hearings… chaired by… wait for it… “lib dems”?

Christoph on September 10, 2007 at 4:09 PM

That was my entire point. As for the other groups, this thread isn’t about them.

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Well, then your entire point fails. Dick Durbin, Greasy Joe, Tom Lantos, Schemer? Are they “mainstream” liberals? MoveOn, DKos, DU?

Come on, nonfactor, the base of the Democrat party is fully well represented by radical groups like the Pinkos. They have Senators condemning General Petraeus — calling him a liar! — before the speech begins. How do they not represent liberals? Because most liberals don’t dye their hair pink?

I’ll give you that one.

The Democrat party that you frequently claim to represent increasingly does not exist. I know liberals; I talk to liberals — Christian liberals. They fully embrace the issues that the Pinkos speak out on. You’re kidding yourself.

Jaibones on September 10, 2007 at 4:13 PM

Who WOULDN’T want the war to be over and the troops to be home within the year?? But what we want and what the reality of the situation demands are often in conflict. Thats why the majority of Americans DID NOT WANT an immediate troop withdrawal, they recognized that

Keli on September 10, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Love it! Rep. Skelton says they really piss him off and they’re a$$holes. Then Rep. Duncan Hunter explains to him their strategy, “they have about 10 out there. They’ll sacrifice about one every 10 minutes. I say that if they start up we get ready of the whole lot of them…” That’s after Skelton got spunky with Rep. Burton. Republicans have to explain strategy with Dems.

Exit Question: If you can’t see the Rep. sitting right in front of you, are you competent to be Chairing this thing?

Sultry Beauty on September 10, 2007 at 3:11 PM

You two saved me a LOT of typing.

My 2 cents: If the Dem. chairman is responsible for getting witness statements handed out and sound system pre-checked for THE MOST IMPORTANT TESTIMONY IN MANY YEARS, he just proved himself completely incompetant.

Although he does get 5 points for his “a$$holes” comment.

fred5678 on September 10, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Can we get Duncan Hunter to replace that worthless tool Boehner?

Centerfire on September 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Why stop there – I want him as Prez. I like him better than any other candidate. I just wish he were in the “top tier” – maybe VP or at least DHS??

fred5678 on September 10, 2007 at 4:32 PM

Who was that Mary in the suit, wearing a pink crown? And where the hell is everyone’s favorite Code Pink tranny?
http://hotair.com/archives/2007/03/16/video-code-pink-impeach-bush-protester-at-plame-hearing

RightWinged on September 10, 2007 at 4:36 PM

or some German officer sitting there frozen like Jack Nicholson in the end of The Shining.

Oh, sure…ruin the end of the movie!

Slublog on September 10, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Hell not only did he call the Pinkos a**holes but at about 2:16 he says ,”The hell you didn’t…Duncan knows I don’t need a f**ing lecture.” When what’s her name complains that he mispronounced her name. What a mouth!!!

kiakjones on September 10, 2007 at 4:53 PM

AND THE TINFOIL HATTED LEFTIST LOONS ACTUALLYBELIEVE THEY CAN RUN THIS COUNTRY CORRECTLY? THEY CAN’T CONTROL A HEARING MUCH LESS THE CONGRESS, CAN YOU IMAGINE? IDIOTS ALL OF THEM!!!!!

sharinlite on September 10, 2007 at 5:25 PM

IDIOTS ALL OF THEM!!!!!

sharinlite on September 10, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Most pathetic is that they don’t even realize if not for Petraeus et al they would not even possess the right to protest.

Brat on September 10, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Anyone else notice that Nonfactor has the debating skills of a 12 year old?
1sttofight on September 10, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Oh, Come now. Why must you denigrate 12 year olds like that.

For shame, you ageist.
;-)

LegendHasIt on September 10, 2007 at 5:29 PM

The very very sad part is these procedings are too be telecast worldwide where the international community can see how these progressive a$$clowns have made a mockery of our entire country from within the halls of Congress no less. Pathetic just pathetic.

sonnyspats1 on September 10, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Oh, sure…ruin the end of the movie!

Slublog on September 10, 2007 at 4:39 PM

You know at the end of Passion of the Christ Jesus dies, right?

Bad Candy on September 10, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Most pathetic is that they don’t even realize if not for Petraeus et al they would not even possess the right to protest.

I never understand why people make this point…are you saying they shouldn’t protest because of that then? Shouldn’t they use that right which others fought so hard for?

annnyywwayyy yeah pretty obnoxious stuff. That woman’s wail penetrated my soul.

crr6 on September 10, 2007 at 5:41 PM

So… since Cindy Lu Who is no longer protesting the war, this must’ve been a campaign appearance, right?

JinxMcHue on September 10, 2007 at 6:18 PM

The first video typifies the left. Childish behavior.

Instead of an ugly middle-aged woman, imagine a child.

If you can imagine your mother behaving this way, you’re probably a liberal. If not, you’re probably a conservative.

jaime on September 10, 2007 at 3:56 PM

I always DO think of Liberals as children…

Hmmmm…
Feelings are reality. Screw actual reality. Check.

If I don’t like reality I will make up my own. (Also can be stated as “I reject your reality and substitute my own” – thanks Adam Savage!) Check.

I want what I want, and you will shut up and comply. If you don’t agree I will throw a fit and tell you to shut up. Check.

Yep. That’s a child. Why do we argue with children??

(Disclaimer: In no way is the Adam Savage quote meant to demean Adam in any way or suggest that he’s an idiot child OR a liberal. Sorry, Adam…it’s just a really cool quote!)
:)

tickleddragon on September 10, 2007 at 6:41 PM

Maybe I’m naive, but could someone tell me who lets those idiots in there? They have to know this is going to happen. That’s what the moonbats show up for.

And also, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard a human make that type of sound. That was downright scary….but funny at the same time.

How da heck did it make that noise????

moonbat monitor on September 10, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Here

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 2:57 PM

why don’t you look in the upper left corner of the page you referred me to
Survey of 800 Likely Voters
April 23-24, 2007

Should all U.S. Troops be brought home from Iraq immediately?
Yes 37%
No 53%

Your quoting your own source wrong anyways it said 57% Favor Immediate Troop Withdrawal OR FIRM DEADLINE. Again, the majority do not want just immediate withdrawal

Keli on September 10, 2007 at 6:49 PM

Think about it for a minute. During the days of the VietNam War, we had the antiwar movement in the form of violent groups like the Students For A Democratic Society (SDS) and the Yippies rioting in the streets.

These days of the Iraq War, we have the antiwar movement in the form of Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan, pretty much making a general annoyance of themselves, and that’s about it.

This is what the antiwar movement calls progress?

pilamaye on September 10, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Exactly just how many times do you have to be arrested in DC before you have to serve real jail time?

When does REPEAT OFFENDER kick in?

1sttofight on September 10, 2007 at 2:36 PM

When you shoot a guy breaking into your house…zero tolerance policy and all.

Tim Burton on September 10, 2007 at 7:26 PM

How come Noam Chomsky wasn’t at this meeting to present Osamas view of Iraq?

BL@KBIRD on September 10, 2007 at 9:51 PM

Welcome to the world of statistics.

Nonfactor on September 10, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Oh, I know about statistics. Two semesters was quite enough, thank you.

My point is, you can’t survey 800 people and statistically make an argument on behalf of 303,000,000 people. Statistically speaking, you’re not even on the target paper, much less anywhere near the third ring of the bullseye.

Let’s just guesstimate there are 220,000,000 eligible voters (target demographic) in America.

800 of 220,000,00 eligible voters surveyed is 0.0003636363636363636% of the target demographic. That’s microscopic.

Your statistics-fu is weak.

SilverStar830 on September 11, 2007 at 12:57 AM

What a sad joke! The defeatocrats claim they could do better in Iraq, or in the War on terror, but they cannot even run a hearing properly.

If they were in charge of going after terrorists, we would all be in burqa’s in a week.

…and an honorable man such as Petreaus has to sit through such a circus.

91Veteran on September 11, 2007 at 1:23 AM

Skelton wrong orifice.

MSGTAS on September 11, 2007 at 10:16 AM

How appropriate it is that they call themselves “Code Pink,” which in reality translates into Pinko-Commie America-hating hacks.

I swear the aging Hippie Baby Boomers have become the downfall of our nation. They are loud-mouthed Marxists who are are so incredibly naïve it’s truly stunning to witness.

Quite simply, they don’t know what they don’t know.

I wonder sometimes how it is that the supposed ‘Greatest Generation’ had such astonishingly vacuous, self-hating, and appeasement-minded offspring.

Disgusting…

eanax on September 11, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Nonfactor,

Your motherf*cking anti-war buddies defaced the Vietnam Memorial over the weekend. [See HA’s headlines, select “all headlines”]

It’s probably a good time for you to shut the f*ck up and exit stage left.

georgej on September 10, 2007 at 3:01 PM

On your way out Nonfactor here is the story

Gwillie on September 12, 2007 at 1:14 AM

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