Medal of Honor Recipient’s Family Denied Entrance to White House

Idaho’s Vernon Baker, who was the last living black World War II Medal of Honor winner, passed away recently.

His family was invited to the White House, but it didn’t go very well:

Family of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker was denied access to the White House’s West Wing on Saturday, a day after the World War II hero was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Baker’s widow, Heidy, and grandson, Vernon Pawlik, 10, were denied entry because the boy was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. His shirt had a picture of his grandfather on it.

I know there’s a dress code for the West Wing (which is where they were invited to gain entrance), but come on, they let Michelle in there don’t they?


Maybe if the kid brought a skateboard they would have let him in:


Or maybe if the kid said he was a radical with the New Black Panther Party they would have let him in.

I’m willing to bet that if the boy’s shirt had a photo of Barack Obama on it instead of his grandfather he’d not only have been allowed in the West Wing, but he’d still be there.

Carl Paladino Campaign, RIP?

Well, it’s almost October, which means it’s time for some Republicans who would have had a chance at success to do something stupid and blow it. Today’s contestant is Carl Paladino. The question is “did he hurt himself this week”?

Paladino had pulled to within six points of Andrew Cuomo in the New York governor’s race, and apparently that was a little too close, so he’s decided to knock himself down a few points. At least, I’m guessing that might be the effect of this meltdown:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Post State Editor Fredric U. Dicker last night got into an angry confrontation — during which Paladino threatened, “I’ll take you out.”

It started when Dicker asked Paladino if he had any proof of his shocking allegation that Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo cheated on his former wife during their marriage.

“What evidence do you have for something most people would consider a smear?” Dicker asked.

Instead of responding to Dicker’s question, Paladino accused him of sending a “goon” to stake out his former mistress at the home where she lives with their love child.

Sunday’s Post featured a front-page story about Paladino’s wife, Cathy, and his ex-lover, Suzanne Brady. It included an exclusive interview with Cathy Paladino.

“You send another goon to my daughter’s house and I’ll take you out, buddy!” Paladino told Dicker.

When Dicker asked how he planned to do that, Paladino replied, “Watch!”

It’s getting so a politician can’t cheat on his wife and have a baby with his mistress without a reporter doing something unscupulous.

Here’s the video. The guy who steps in toward the end is Paladino’s manager:

Update: Some New Yorkers on Twitter disagree this will hurt him, and think this will actually give Paladino a bump. One example: “Are you kidding? NYers love this stuff! Dicker is a dick.”

I still say it was a dumb move — not the disagreement necessarily, but the “I’ll take you out” kind of talk. Dicker might be a dick, but that’s no reason to make campaign ads for the opposition.

Bubba Goes for a Hole-in-One


Is it safe to assume that Hillary wasn’t at this event?

Although the former President seemed to be making light of Rahr’s business, the remark left more than a few guests scratching their heads.

Until, that is, Clinton began talking about the evening’s honorees, which included beautiful blond golf sensation Sorenstam.

When Clinton remarked, “I’ve dreamed of getting a lesson from Annika Sorenstam,” the crowd interpreted the comment as a double entendre, not the compliment it presumably was meant to be. The nervous laughter that ensued had Clinton quickly moving on to the next honoree.

And then it was on to more serious discussion about how Bill would love for Danica Patrick to teach him how to drive a stick.

An October Surprise Comes 2 Days Early: Meg Whitman’s Illegal Alien Housekeeper

Here’s the deal as I understand it at the moment. Meg Whitman, the Republican who’s running for governor of California against Moonbeam Brown, fired a housekeeper last year who it turns out is in the country illegally. Whitman claims she fired the housekeeper after discovering that she’d lied about her legal employment status on her job application.

The woman and her attorney, the obnoxious dirtbag magnet Gloria Allred, claim Whitman knew as early as 2003 that the housekeeper was an illegal alien and only chose to fire her after deciding she could be a political liability during her run for governor. Oh, and Allred also claims that Whitman was a big meanie of a boss to her client, but I’m guessing the “illegal” part is going to be the story here.

It’s said that Whitman received a “no match” letter from the Social Security Administration, which is a red flag concerning a discrepancy with an employee’s social security number.

Michelle Malkin on that point:

Yes, Gloria Allred is a crapweasel. But an SSN no-match letter usually speaks for itself. And if Whitman did in fact receive the no-match letter in 2003/2005, her credibility goes out the window.

If Whitman did know about her housekeeper’s illegal status years before she allegedly fired her for the same offense, then Whitman’s earned whatever the fallout is from this.

Don’t people usually hire illegal help because they can pay them less than minimum wage?

Nicky Diaz Santillan, Whitman’s housekeeper of 9 years, held a news conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, and claims Whitman had all the clues she was an undocumented worker but closed her eyes to it because she was cheap help … $23 an hour.

Criminy… what’s the minimum wage in California? It seems to me that, especially in this economy, you could find a legal resident to work for that same money. But I understand this is also California, where a glass of lemonade at a kid’s stand will put you back $40.

It’s also worth noting that if Whitman had suspected in 2000 that the applicant wasn’t legal and declined to hire her based on that, Gloria Allred (and most on the left for that matter) would have accused Whitman of profiling and racism — but I digress.

But I’ll wait until all the facts are in before laughing at Whitman for the hypocrisy of things like this:


The moral of the story for rich politicians: Do your own damn housekeeping!

P.J. O’Rourke to Tingles: Democrats are Proof That Christine O’Donnell’s View on Evolution is Correct

Some people mocked Christine O’Donnell for saying back in the 90’s that evolution is a myth, but P.J. O’Rourke has arrived to back up her claim with some solid evidence:

As Al Gore would say, I think “the science is settled” on P.J.’s claim.

I also got a kick out of the part where Matthews took a shot at the massive Tea Party movement and P.J. stopped him in his tracks with, “You’re a populist, Chris… how can you be a populist and hate people?”

Boss of Little Watched Network Reprimands Relatively Unknown Host

Here’s something that might make Ed Schultz wanna torch that f-ing place (again).

Media Bistro is reporting that MSNBC president Phil Griffin has reprimanded the loony, low rated host for saying this:

“Here’s the bottom line. What we’re seeing out of this governor of New Jersey is just go to the money, cut whoever you have to cut. There is no ramification for any of this because he’s a cold-hearted fat slob anyway…”

Translation of the reprimand: Ed, if you keep insulting all the public figures whose appearances attract viewers, none of them will ever want to be guests on our network!

But fortunately for Ed, what happens at MSNBC stays at MSNBC, because among the general public Ed Schultz is better known as “who?”

MSNBC’s personalities were largely ranked as unknown by respondents: 70 percent said they had never heard of Ed Schultz, 55 percent said they had never heard of Rachel Maddow and 42 percent said they had never heard of Keith Olbermann.

Obama Finds Dem Voting Base’s Lack of Eagerness to Be Suckered a Second Time Disturbing

Everything Obama and the Democrats have done has failed epic-style, so now the president is prepping to blame the suckers who voted for Hope & Change the first time for not being properly motivated to be suckers yet again:

WASHINGTON – Admonishing his own party, President Barack Obama says it would be “inexcusable” and “irresponsible” for unenthusiastic Democratic voters to sit out the midterm elections, warning that the consequences could be a squandered agenda for years.

“People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up,” Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview to be published Friday. The president told Democrats that making change happen is hard and “if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”

“Maybe if I throw all of your thankless asses under the Hope bus a month before the election you’ll really be motivated, you unappreciative bastards!”

Obama: We Can Absorb Another Terrorist Attack

Bob Woodward was on ABC with Diane Sawyer hawking his book about the Obama administration, and they played some audio Woodward recorded in a Q & A with President Obama.

Imagine if Bush said “we can absorb another terrorist attack.” Three thousand people died on 9/11, so I guess I’m just not a fan of talking about America’s capability of withstanding another one like the US is some sort of ultra-absorbant mop that is easily capable of soaking up a few more Islamofascist spills on the kitchen tile:

Obama should never go off-prompter.

However, even though America is resilient, at the top of the list of things the country can’t absorb much more of is a left-wing attack on the Constitution.

(h/t HAP)

Hope-Flight Update: Dem Who Voted With Pelosi 97% of the Time Now Running Pro-Bush Ads

For Democrats to run from Obama, Pelosi and Reid is understandable in this potentially catastrophic election year, but for a Dem to run into the arms of George W. Bush will be considered treasonous behavior by the lefties hanging around George Soros’ water cooler.

North Dakota’s Rep. Earl Pomeroy is proudly reminding everybody 100% of the time today that about 3% of the time yesterday he daringly broke with his party’s leadership:

Word of warning, Rep. Pomeroy… if you get invited out to do a little fishing in the next few days, decline the offer.

(h/t Gateway Pundit)