Quotes of the day

posted at 10:05 pm on September 7, 2009 by Allahpundit

“The obvious rejoinder to these points is that Jones supposedly brought this on himself by long ago making a mistake and signing a misguided petition about 9/11. Obviously, he made a mistake – and he admitted that. But even if you don’t accept that apology or admission of fault, the idea that him signing that petition means he’s worthy of removal is just a pathetic argument that highlights the most damning hypocrisies of all. For instance, are we really expected to believe that Jones signing one random petition is a bigger problem than, say, Geithner accepting free room and board for the industry he is supposed to be regulating?…

Hence, we can be assured the original targeting of Jones was a calculated move with race in mind – a move designed to fit the criticism into a larger racial backlash framework first perfected in the 1980s. That framework has created a simple reality: In America, governmental advancement is wide open for right-wing movement players, and you can even vaguely hope for a seat at the political table if you are a white progressive former hippe-turned-yuppie liberal. But if you are a black person with any enduring loyalty to progressive movement or social justice activism, the loud and clear message from politicians and the media is that you are not welcome anywhere near the halls of power, because you will be billed as some nefarious combination of Al Sharpton, Huey Newton, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Willie Horton.”

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“Now, thanks to Glenn Beck, we’ve got that voice back. No longer tied to his desk with a sock in his mouth, Van is now freed to do what he does best: inspire and energize groups around the country…

I despise 9/11 ‘truther’ conspiracies. Indeed, one of the guidelines for bloggers on HuffPost is a ban on posts putting forth those kinds of theories. And it was stupid of Van to put his name on a very stupid ’9/11 Truth Statement.’ I’ve spoken to Van. He doesn’t believe that the Bush administration orchestrated the 9/11 attacks or allowed the attacks to happen in a cold-hearted attempt to gin up support. The 9/11 ‘Truthers’ are fringe-dwellers and Van was completely wrong to allow himself to be associated with them…

Isn’t it time we acknowledge that no human being with any passion and deeply held beliefs ever emerged flawless into the world? And that if every mistake, misstep, boneheaded decision, or error in judgment becomes an automatic disqualifier for public service, then we’re going to be left with a political landscape filled with nothing but wrinkle-free, foible-free, passionless automatons who have never made a mistake because they never took the risk of having an original thought.”


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I’ll be there.

progressoverpeace on September 7, 2009 at 11:39 PM

as will I

sven10077 on September 8, 2009 at 6:32 AM

The discussion should move past Van Jones (not to worry about him, he is an rabid, self-promoting opportunist who will jump at any cause to feed his ego. So look for Van the Man to suddenly want to “Save the Whales” or “Save the Rain Forests” or whatever else is “in” right now).

Instead the discussion should be about the White House vetting process. Where is the interview with Valerie Jarrett and why she chose Van Jones and what she thought about his past actions?

The discussion should also be directed at the MSM for not investigating and writing about the Obama czars and trying to cover this up. Doesn`t any journalist ever do articles about why the media fails to do its job – where are the quotes from the editors of the MSM as to why they spiked the Van Jones story?

The discussion should also be on all the other Czars that Obama has appointed. Were they vetted good enough? What is in their past?

albill on September 8, 2009 at 6:40 AM

…if every mistake, misstep, boneheaded decision, or error in judgment becomes an automatic disqualifier for public service, then we’re going to be left with a political landscape filled with nothing but wrinkle-free, foible-free, passionless automatons who have never made a mistake because they never took the risk of having an original thought.

Tell it to Mark Sanford, Sarah Palin, the guy who sent the naughty texts to a Congressional page, the guy who solicited sex in a airport restroom (all opposed to the guy who actually screwed some Congressional pages and the guy who left his pregnant assistant to drown in his car at the bottom of the lake).

Wow, all of the sudden it is A-OK for public officials to do stupid shit and we should forgive them. When did this change occur? Oh yeah, 1/20/09.

Kafir on September 8, 2009 at 6:42 AM

Enough on Van Johnson. This isn’t about him and never was. It’s about Obama’s role in the whole Van Johnson thing. And if we can’t pin this POS on Obama directly, we gotta get someone else in the admin. who was Johnson’s chief enabler.

JiangxiDad on September 8, 2009 at 6:43 AM

The 9/11 ‘Truthers’ are fringe-dwellers and Van was completely wrong to allow himself to be associated with them…

Did they forget that ole’ boy was a COMMUNIST too?

I’d like for Obama to answer this question …

“Have we reached a point in our history where Communists are acceptable in government?”

Bear in mind – Communism is a completely discredited ideology. So I’m interested in how he’d incorporate that mindset into better governance for the nation.

HondaV65 on September 8, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Knucklehead-I will be there with bells on.

TXMomof3 on September 8, 2009 at 5:55 AM

For whom the bells toll?

TXUS on September 8, 2009 at 6:51 AM

Bear in mind – Communism is a completely discredited ideology. So I’m interested in how he’d incorporate that mindset into better governance for the nation.

HondaV65 on September 8, 2009 at 6:45 AM

So is Fascism, but then again, you never know…

“Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy who once called George W. Bush “the devil,” said on Monday he hoped to be able to work more closely with President Barack Obama.”

Seven Percent Solution on September 8, 2009 at 6:55 AM

if we could get rid of Giethner we would, so if Sirota wants to play the race card he needs to look at the post racial white house.

rob verdi on September 8, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Sigh.

Once more, with feeling:

Van Jones didn’t just sign a petition. He sat on the organizing committee of a Truther event, back in Jan 2002.

Among other things, the groups official brochure put quotation marks around the word “hijacked”, as in “‘hijacked’ planes.”

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-722-Conservative-Politics-Examiner~y2009m9d5-Van-Jones-a-911-Truther-since-January-2002

fivefeetoffury on September 8, 2009 at 7:01 AM

Who cares about Jones. He’s like a deer hunted yesterday, gutted, waiting for the meat cutters & taxidermist.
There’s new deer to go after this week.

Jeff from WI on September 8, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Knucklehead on September 7, 2009 at 11:37 PM

My husband and I will be at the 9/12 march, too. Is there a place where HAers are meeting? Some way we’ll know each other? The HA secret handshake?

DrMagnolias on September 8, 2009 at 7:05 AM

Enough on Van Johnson. This isn’t about him and never was. It’s about Obama’s role in the whole Van Johnson thing. And if we can’t pin this POS on Obama directly, we gotta get someone else in the admin. who was Johnson’s chief enabler.

JiangxiDad on September 8, 2009 at 6:43 AM

Roger that, and who specifically ordered no vetting? If that comes out, as I think it will, someone will be talking to a grand jury in CYA mode.

TXUS on September 8, 2009 at 7:06 AM

Hence, we can be assured the original targeting of Jones was a calculated move with race in mind – a move designed to fit the criticism into a larger racial backlash framework first perfected in the 1980s.

Hmmm…. why isn’t anyone in the media (even conservative media) also mentioning his disgusting remarks about white people? – White polluters poisoning black neighborhoods? How black kids don’t do Columbine-style killings? I guess racism only cuts one way in this country.

redfoxbluestate on September 8, 2009 at 7:09 AM

Beck is on Fox and Friends, and he just said that he is going to introduce another Czar on tonight’s show.

ladyingray on September 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

From Drudge headlines:

Venezuela’s Chavez says hopes can work with Obama

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy who once called George W. Bush “the devil,” said on Monday he hoped to be able to work more closely with President Barack Obama.

Yes, please do. Another five points at least down the tubes for Barry and his handmaidens in Congress and the MSM.

Loxodonta on September 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

OT/ GB is on Fox & Friends discussing VJ & on his show tonight he has a new video of VJ he just received over the week-end—-Be sure to watch!

Ladywolfnl on September 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Listen to these people, trying to make this man into some kind of martyr. They can dig through Palin’s trash and literally harass her out of office, that is okay…but get a little bit of it back and listen to them whine.

Makes me sick.

BTW, maybe we should call the people who do not like Palin, sexists. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Terrye on September 8, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Beck is on Fox and Friends, and he just said that he is going to introduce another Czar on tonight’s show.

ladyingray on September 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

I’d be shocked if Beck could top Van. Shock me, please. I dare ya!

Loxodonta on September 8, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Enough on Van Johnson Jones. This isn’t about him and never was. It’s about Obama’s role in the whole Van Johnson Jones thing. And if we can’t pin this POS on Obama directly, we gotta get someone else in the admin. who was Johnson’s Jones’ chief enabler.

JiangxiDad on September 8, 2009 at 6:43 AM

This is interesting, although it probably falls in what Allah would describe as the “too good to be true” category:


Valerie Jarrett’s Show

Nichevo on September 8, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Next up in the spotlight should be MARK LLOYD, the FCC “diversity officer” who openly admires Hugo Chavez’s revolution and the way he now controls the media.

This man is an immediate threat to our freedom of speech.

J.J. Sefton on September 8, 2009 at 7:22 AM

I love the way Jones’ supporters keep calling Beck’s claims false, then do nothing to explain “the truth” or rebut his claims. It’s like they’re taking a play from John Kerry’s book, “The truth is, everyone attacking me is a liar.” As if the statement magically makes the claims false. Is this tactic taught in Ivy League debate or something?

I know libs think everyone else is stupid. We’re now finding out exactly how stupid they think we are.

They’re wrong – as always.

Wingo on September 8, 2009 at 7:31 AM

I know it’s time to move on, but with these kinds of quotes and the hypocrisy behind them is infuriating!!

They can say anything without fear of retrobution(sp), but the GOP will be destroyed beyond recognition

ok, venting complete…acknowledged, moving on

cmsinaz on September 8, 2009 at 7:33 AM

The State Run Media keeps trying to make people believe that the attacks on Van Jones were racist.

Note to the State Run Media: This had nothing to do with race, but everything to do with color. The color in question being RED. Jones was a self-avowed Communist!

In the video clips that I have seen the State Run Media have mentioned the 9/11 Truther and his “remarks” about republicans, but no one had mentioned that he is a Communist.

Ordinary American on September 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM

The White House, (Obama/Emanuel) knew perfectly well the background of Van Jones; They knew that they could either install him, or he would make great fodder for the Republican/Conservative racial smear campaign; AND THE MEDIA WOULD EAT EVERY MORSEL!

Cybergeezer on September 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM

In the video clips that I have seen the State Run Media have mentioned the 9/11 Truther and his “remarks” about republicans, but no one had mentioned that he is a Communist.

Ordinary American on September 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM

spot on…they are showing the least objectionable

cmsinaz on September 8, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Now I ask you, which is the more stupid:
~ asserting that Bush was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, or
~ asserting the criticism of Jones was racially motivated?

petefrt on September 8, 2009 at 7:49 AM

In the video clips that I have seen the State Run Media have mentioned the 9/11 Truther and his “remarks” about republicans, but no one had mentioned that he is a Communist.

Ordinary American on September 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM

On FNC just now, Glenn noted the most alrming aspect of the incident is that the WH didn’t distance itself from VJ or his radicalism. Instead, they let him sneak away in the darkness of night… in the middle of a 3-day weekend… with barely a word being said.

In other words, the WH didn’t seem bothered by VJ’s political radicalism, only that he had become a PR problem for them.

petefrt on September 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM

This is one of the most desperate attempts to spin this blow to the Obama White House I’ve seen. It sounds an awful lot like the girl who didn’t get asked to go to the prom saying, “It’s cool. I didn’t want to go anyway.”

Van Jones’ resignation is good for the liberal movement? Riiiiiiight.

Advocate For Change on September 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Beck is on Fox and Friends, and he just said that he is going to introduce another Czar on tonight’s show.

ladyingray on September 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuummmmmblleeeeee

angryed on September 8, 2009 at 8:01 AM

It’s so typical of the MSM to cherry pick one aspect of Van Jones past and whine about the “un-fairness” of it all.

The guy was a freak job and the thugs in the White House knew it. Maybe this is why conservatives have more successful lives than libs; We “get” that people are more than what they “say” they are. If a person spends their life behaving as a radical with a communist agenda, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to continue that way.

Barry can deny it all he wants, but he IS Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Van Jones, etc, etc.

anniekc on September 8, 2009 at 8:02 AM

This is one of the most desperate attempts to spin this blow to the Obama White House I’ve seen. It sounds an awful lot like the girl who didn’t get asked to go to the prom saying, “It’s cool. I didn’t want to go anyway.”

Van Jones’ resignation is good for the liberal movement? Riiiiiiight.

Advocate For Change on September 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Yeah. But in the end Van will end up better off. Book deals, speaking engagements, a professorship at U of Colorado? You never know. Anyway, this will be like Sarah Palin. The left was high five-ing itself when she quit, but is now 100X more lethal to them then she was as governor. That law of unintended consequences can be a bitch sometimes.

angryed on September 8, 2009 at 8:03 AM

It’s typical of the left to try and deflect their obvious Marxist agendas by admitting a lesser sin. Jones is a despicable scumbag because he is trying to subvert the constitution. He’s a harmless loon because he is a truther.

csdeven on September 8, 2009 at 8:05 AM

Typical slime-soaked Democrat misdirection. “Look at the trutherism in this hand while I hide communist radical scumbag in the other”.

SKYFOX on September 8, 2009 at 8:15 AM

THe picture of him makes him look like a mug shot felon.

Jeff from WI on September 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Good ridance to this communist POS

bluegrass on September 8, 2009 at 8:36 AM

All czars need to go!

becki51758 on September 8, 2009 at 8:39 AM

DING! DING! DING!

Check out Erick’s post at RedState.com. The White House created a specific post for Van Jones. What does this mean!

Excerpt:

But there is a problem with this. According to the last paragraph of the Politico article

There was little immediate talk of possible successors to Jones, largely due to the sense he would be difficult to replace in an advisory post designed specifically for him, due to his past work in promoting “green jobs.”

The White House created a specific post for Van Jones. What sort of low level muckety muck gets his own specific post without being vetted. More importantly, according to Van Jones in an interview with the Washington Post, he had a sizable role in shaping where some serious money went:

S. ROMANO: The stimulus bill—earmarked $60 billion. Am I correct in that?

MR. JONES: It’s close to $80 billion for–for–

MS. ROMANO: It’s $80 billion.

You and the Administration have estimated what, 2 to 5 million jobs could be created?

MR. JONES: Well, you know, there are–we have a potential in the total $787 billion–

–that is a part of the energy package, according to the Council for Economic Advisors, to create about 6.8 million job years total, and then, as–as we go forward, the subset of that, which is about that $80 billion, will produce green jobs. So, the total–the total number of jobs for the entire recovery package is 6.8 million job years.

The White House argument that they did not “vet” Van Jones because of his low level role does not add up. Van Jones was in charge of $80 billion and his role was specially created for him.

All of this obfuscates the serious questions now raised: Who created this special job for Van Jones and what vetting of any sort did he get?

Enter Valerie Jarrett.

petefrt on September 8, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Indeed, one of the guidelines for bloggers on HuffPost is a ban on posts putting forth those kinds of theories.

“Guidelines” for bloggers? At PuffHo?
Now THAT’S funny!

mrt721 on September 8, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Little red diaper boy Obama to his radical mom:

But do I have to get up so early again this morning for more lessons about Communism? Can’t I just ‘eat my waffle’ in peace for a change?

marybel on September 8, 2009 at 8:47 AM

So, the total–the total number of jobs for the entire recovery package is 6.8 million job years.

Not 6.8 million jobs. Job-years.

So, in effect, all these jobs can be temporary, less than 40-hours per week, no benefits, a few hires here for a couple weeks, a few hires over there for a couple weeks, so long as there are 6.8 milliom job-years created? Over what period of time?

Nuance?

Now, about giving this guy $80 billion to play with, without Congressional oversight? A potential for giving this guy $787 billion? And then there is this question about math…is that $11 million per job year? Sounding more and more like Obama playing a Third World despot handing out cash favors to his friends.

Good riddance. Now, about those other czars?

coldwarrior on September 8, 2009 at 8:51 AM

BTW, maybe we should call the people who do not like Palin, sexists. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Terrye on September 8, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Given Letterman’s deplorable behavior, I think the case is certainly an option. The party of progressive enlightenment could not reckon with a bright female voice from the Right.

schafkopf on September 8, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Self Avowed Communist in the Obama Administration….COMMUNIST! Give me a break already that isn’t mainstream anywhere in this country.

Dr Evil on September 8, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Am I reading this wrong? Do I take it that you think Van Jones SHOULD be given billions of dollars of our tax money to put into his radical takeover of our country? You like, and agree with him?

patriotparty1 on September 8, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Jones is neither a truther, nor harmless. He is a radical with an agenda who used his Alinski rules and figured out he could do more to advance his position by becoming part of the administration rather than railing against it.
As you say, ALL of the czars are unconstitutional and have to go NOW.

patriotparty1 on September 8, 2009 at 9:09 AM

one of the guidelines for bloggers on HuffPost is a ban on posts putting forth those kinds of theories.

I wonder if it’s ever crossed Arianna’s mind that the mere fact she has to institute such a rule is rather telling about the “community” the HuffPo has formed.

CTD on September 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Here is the great thing, there will be a few young progressives who look at the left’s hypocrisy on this matter and turn against them or at least put this incident in the back of there mind for later use.
Something like this is very very clear, you sign your name to something and then say oh I didn’t know what I was signing. Would the left ever excuse someone on the right like this ? Of course not
They shot themselves in the foot two times here first for hiring the guy and then for defending him.

kangjie on September 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM

THe picture of him makes him look like a mug shot felon.

Jeff from WI on September 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM

ISN’T he a mug shot felon?

Criminal record in two locales, served time in prison, is there a felony conviction there somewhere? Or is he just a low-entry criminal who got admitted to Yale Law School?

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Al Sharpton, Huey Newton, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Willie Horton.

Funny,

The use of every bad example of exactly what’s wrong with the left, to make the argument,

isn’t it.

They just can’t resist telling on themselves.

franksalterego on September 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Wow. It just keeps getting worse. Now the he didn’t know what he was signing thing goes bye bye
Here is an excerpt from this articel(pass it around)
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/09/08/valerie-jarretts-show

Within an hour of the White House statement with Jones’s apology, another document came to light indicating that Jones had helped organize a 2002 truther protest march in San Francisco. Jones, according to White House sources, denied any involvement. “It’s clear we [the White House] don’t know enough about him,” said a White House source in the Counsel’s office, who spoke on Saturday morning before Jones resigned, and did so anonymously in the hopes that information about concerns raised by the counsel’s office about Jones might push him out of the Administration.

kangjie on September 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Who cares about Jones. He’s like a deer hunted yesterday, gutted, waiting for the meat cutters & taxidermist.
There’s new deer to go after this week.

Jeff from WI on September 8, 2009 at 7:04 AM

I agree, and may I suggest the next target…

…Mr. Holdren, the Science Czar. There’s both a man who shouldn’t be anywhere near the halls of power. That’s also a position that should’t exist.

I’m not sure if we can remove that position altogether unless a newly elected conservative congress grows balls enough to demand it be removed. In the interim, though, keeping that spot empty would probably be effective.

I speak for all who wish to pursue their own course in the field of science and not have to worry about being bullied about by communists who wear the tag ‘scientist’ as a mask.

Chaz706 on September 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Hence, we can be assured the original targeting of Jones was a calculated move with race in mind

Yup, they got us. There’s absolutely no other reason that Republicans might want to remove a far-left czar from Obama’s administration. It’s just his skin color–nothing else.

Why wouldn’t Democrats vote for John McCain after making such a big deal out of J. F. Kerry’s war record? McCain had more experience than Obama and a better record of bipartisanship. Obviously we can rest assured that Democrats voted for Obama as a calculated move with race in mind. Democrats are a bunch of racists, and the fact that Obama is president is proof.

daryl_herbert on September 8, 2009 at 10:41 PM

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