The DC Morning – July 26, 2010

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Palin nomination brought out the little community organizers in scores of lefty journosCharlie Crist is a momma’s boyUniversity attempts ‘thought reform’ on Christian studentHoward Dean and Newt Gingrich: A match made in the bowels of National Lampoon?DOJ witness can’t testify in NBPP caseCop Update: Many Federal police still do not understand the Bill of Rights

— Just days after Maverick John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in September 2008, Luke Mitchell* of Harper’s Magazine for Olds wrote on the liberal list-serve JournoList, “Open question: Would it be a good use of this list to co-ordinate a message of the week along the lines of the GOP? Or is that too loathsome? It certainly sounds loathsome. But so does losing!” Haha! Would it EVER! The answer, handed down by Washington Post blogger and documented man-child Ezra Klein, was nyet. “No message coordination,” Klein wrote. “I’m not even sure that would be legal. This is a discussion list, though, and I want it to retain that character.” Amazingly, Klein was like, 23 when he told the Olds to stop trying to use the list-serve for Nixonian nonsense. Mitchell and many other journalists, like Columbia University professor of journalism Todd Gitlin, are much older! Two cheers for youthful discretion!
Share: — Did you know that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has a mother, and she wants her son to be a U.S. Senator so, so bad? And did you know that it was Gov. Crist’s birthday on Saturday? He turned 30 for the 24th year in a row! On account of his birthday, Momma Crist wrote a letter to all of her precious Charlie’s supporters, extolling the virtues of voting Repub–er, independent this year. “Our tradition is to have small family gatherings,” Momma Crist wrote in a campaign email obtained by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “Every year, I bake his favorite: chocolate cherry nut cake. But, as much as my Charlie loves that cake, this birthday I think he would be better served if you joined our team today by making a contribution!” You hear that? Charlie Crist loves nut cake!
Share: — “An Augusta State University counseling student has filed a lawsuit against her school claiming it violated her First Amendment rights when it told her to change her traditionalist Christian views on homosexuality or get out,” reports The Daily Caller’s John Rossomando. “The suit alleges the university retaliated against Jennifer Keeton for stating her belief that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and not a ‘state of being,’ and that gender is not a social construct subject to individual change.” According to the suit, the school wants Keeton to undergo a “thought reform” program intended to change her religious beliefs. If she finds this option unpalatable, the school will expel her. The Daily Caller has not confirmed if August State University uses a face-cage full of hungry rats in its “thought reform” program.
Share: — Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean managed to say something nice about former congressman Newt Gingrich over the weekend, according to television transcripts. Speaking on “FOX News Sunday,” Dean said, “I don’t agree with very much that Newt Gingrich wants to do, but the biggest difference is Newt has a ton of ideas to move the country forward — he did when he was speaker. There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress. They’re the party of no. They desperately need some intellectual leadership. Whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership, so I hope he does run.” Man, talk about a toxic compliment! Newt needs to have signs made that read, “If Howard Dean is right, then I don’t want to be,” or something!
Share: — The rabid “racists” who want to know why Pres. Obama’s DOJ dropped a case against two armed men who stood outside a polling place and threatened passersby on election day in 2008 have found another witness to corroborate their “racism.” Christopher Coates is the former DOJ employee who decided originally to prosecute two members of the New Black Panther Party. He now works in South Carolina, where there is no Internet or running water, and is verboten from testifying about his own, now-dismissed case. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is investigating the DOJ’s decision, however, and wants to talk to Coates. “Why can’t we talk to the man who originally made the decision to bring the case against the Black Panthers? The Justice Department is hiding something and I think they need to explain,” said U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commissioner Todd Gaziano.
Share: — “A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo,” reports the Washington Post. “The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn’t agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.” This happened even though the courts have said that Americans have rights, and that thanks to the First Amendment or something, one of them is the right to photograph ugly-ass federal buildings.

*An earlier version of this post–and the DC Morning email for July 26–mistakenly attributed statements made by Luke Mitchell to Mike Tomasky of the Guardian newspaper. The Daily Caller regrets the error.