The popular Sherwood Island State Park in Westport will be closed Monday because President Barack Obama plans to use it as a helicopter base for his nearby campaign-fundraising stops.
At the height of the summer vacation and beach season, the 238-acre beach on Long Island Sound will be shut down all day so the president can use the park to arrive for and depart from private, high-roller fundraising events, culminating with a $35,800-a-head gathering for the glitterati at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s waterfront Westport manse.
Thousands of discouraged bathers may be turned away and the state will lose parking fees of $9 for state residents and $15 for out-of-state cars.
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, charged Friday “it’s outrageous” that the regional destination will be shut down for the entire day for private political reasons.
“Could you imagine if a Republican ever did such a thing? They’d be screaming from every corner,” Cafero said. “This is supposed to be the party and the president of the people? To close this state park in August for purely partisan political reasons is outrageous. People are going to be on their one-week vacation and they can’t get into Sherwood Island?”
From the “imagine if Fox News did something like this” file, we have NBC’s coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold medal, which then led into this break:
I was watching, but I’m not hard-wired to be offended by anything and everything so I didn’t even really notice it at the time… until my Twitter feed started going bat-Pelosi crazy. Many did freak about it though, and NBC apologized for the placement.
Not to defend NBC, but having done my share of work in commercial television, the spots are purchased, trafficked and placed well before anybody knows what content will be where (with certain exceptions, i.e. sponsorships, etc). The production end doesn’t usually work in concert with the business end to make sure something like that can’t happen. For example, many years ago our local newscast did a story about somebody who lost fingers in a 4th of July fireworks accident the previous year. Immediately after the story we ran an ad for a fireworks store. Whoops. But there was really no way of knowing that story would be there. The only way to be sure would have been to eliminate from the rotation any ad with any kind of potential to offend in any situation — which would have left us with zero commercials to air and, worse yet, zero billing. (Update: It’s actually a promotion for one of NBC’s upcoming sitcoms and not technically an ad, but same difference as far as blind placement)
If NBC botched anything it was by apologizing. If I ran NBC, I’d have responded this way: “It’s been brought to our attention that some found the ad that ran after coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold medal to be offensive. We are indeed sorry, but only for those who think black people resemble monkeys. Our staff believes black people are the same as all other people — human beings — and monkeys are primates… different genus entirely you see. Racists may draw similarities between the two, but our staff, not being racist while having a firm grasp on biology, didn’t see anything wrong with the ad placement.”
The irony here is that this happened to NBC, which provides a home for Race Hustler Central, otherwise known as its MSNBC lineup, so a good deal of NBC’s apology was probably directed at people who get a paycheck from NBC.
If anything about that clip was worthy of offense, it was Costas’ patronizing comment before the commercial.
Always love it when these people crawl away from their university rocks long enough to test their theories in the real world, completely trash things, and then slink back to the safety of the classroom chalkboard where they can make that leftist looney-toon idiocy actually work. Cass Sunstein is the latest example:
Cass Sunstein, administrator of the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget, will return later this month to his previous post at Harvard Law School, the White House will announce Friday.
Sunstein, a celebrity academic who met Barack Obama when they were both teaching at University of Chicago Law School was among the world’s most-quoted law professors when he came to Washington in 2009. He was named the new president’s chief regulatory enforcer (often called the “regulatory czar”) as head of OIRA “oh-eye-ruh,” an office that gets little attention but is among an administration’s most potent levers.
Like Obama, Sunstein embraces “behavioral economics” – an emphasis on human behavior, rather than abstract theory, for identifying incentives to promote desired financial and environmental activity by individuals and corporations. The field of study supplied early underpinnings for Obama’s plans for health care and financial regulation.
This part is funny:
Sunstein became a lightning rod for liberal activists who had hoped the administration would be more aggressive with regulatory policy.
Because when you think “tsunami of de-regulation” you think “Obama administration.”
It isn’t difficult to understand why Obama and Sunstein took to each other so long ago — here’s Cass in 1999:
In what sense is the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we have inherited it without the assistance of probate courts? Do we save it without the support of bank regulators? Could we spend it if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live.
Get ready for the Hollywood lib hypocrite bunch to ratchet up the rhetoric as the election nears. Kevin Spacey will help lead the charge as he did on the Today Show yesterday, when he equated a “wily murderous politician” character he portrays to Romney:
In an interview with actor Kevin Spacey on Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer quoted the liberal star’s description of his new role in a political drama, playing “a wily murderous politician worming his way to the White House.” Spacey quipped in response: “Kind of like this year, isn’t it?”