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TheDC Morning: Sheriff Joe don’t take too kindly to backtalk

1.) Obama calls for another song from the world’s smallest violin — You know who’s really got it tough these days? You guessed it! TheDC’s Nicholas Ballasy reports on the latest stop in Barry’s Traveling Pity Party:

“President Barack Obama told an audience in San Francisco Tuesday that the famous ‘hope’ poster, popular during his 2008 campaign for president, is ‘kind of faded’ and that it’s ‘not as trendy to be an Obama supporter’ today as it was during his first run for the White House. ‘We’ve made a lot of change, but we’ve got a lot more work to do,’ he told an audience during a campaign event at the W Hotel in San Francisco, California. ‘And I know that I’m now a little grayer. You know, and it’s not as trendy to be an Obama supporter as it was back in 2008.’ Obama went on to say he was no longer the ‘new thing’ and admitted that he had made some mistakes… Obama’s remarks are similar to comments he made during an interview with ABC News on October 3, calling himself the ‘underdog’ in the next election and conceding that Americans are not ‘better off’ today than they were four years ago.”

If he wasn’t brazenly abusing his power and ruining everything he touches, this display would be almost pitiful. Obama 2012: I Got Nowhere Else to Go!

2.) Sheriff Joe don’t take too kindly to backtalk — Do not question the powerful, you peons. At least not if they’re powerful Democrats. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports:

“Vice President Joe Biden’s office has asked the U.S. Senate Press Gallery to investigate conservative journalist Jason Mattera’s tactics during a recent interview, a process that could result in his press credentials being revoked, The Daily Caller has learned. Mattera, the editor of Human Events and a widely known video ambush interviewer, caught Biden by surprise after asking if he would pose together for a joint picture. While embracing the vice president for the photo, Mattera asked Biden if he ‘regret[s] using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president’s bill…’ ‘I didn’t use — no, no, no,’ Biden told Mattera amid a crowd of onlookers on Capitol Hill. ‘What I said — let’s get it straight, guy, don’t screw around with me… I said rape was up three times in Flint. There are the numbers. Go look at the numbers. Murder’s up, rape is up and burglary’s up. That’s exactly what I said.'”

And he’s exactly wrong, which is why he’s now lashing out at the guy who publicly embarrassed him about his fact-free demagoguery. Mattera is defiant in the face of Biden’s attempt at intimidation: “This is a thug administration in action. This is the Chicago way and they can bring it on. Bring it on. I’m a credentialed member of the media and I have a little something-something called the First Amendment on my side.” And now, a brief pause while Sheriff Joe has his staff look that one up.

3.) Michael Moore is in the 1% of Americans, and not just seismically — Michael Moore has a lot more money than most of the people he rails against, but it doesn’t matter because it’s his money and he’s one of the good guys. That’s as close as you’re going to get to an explanation for this, as reported by TheDC’s Jeff Poor:

“During a live made-for-cable-television town hall event on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight Tuesday, Moore discussed the plight of those hurt by the current economy. When asked by host Piers Morgan to admit that he was a part of the so-called ‘1 percent,’ the enormously successful liberal filmmaker and author flatly denied it. The IRS reports that the top 1 percent of income-earners make a minimum of $343,927 in annual adjusted gross income… Moore justified his position by saying he was only able to earn large amounts of money because it was profitable for large corporations… And with that explanation, Moore continued to insist he wasn’t among the 1 percent. ‘Of course I’m not,’ Moore said. ‘How can I be in the 1 percent? No, that’s not true. I do really well. I do well, but what’s the point, though?'”

That was the precise question on the minds of both of Morgan’s viewers. Moore’s denial of his own wealth is the only thing about him that’s flat.

4.) Van Jones sure does like petitions — Color of Change is all about change, as cleverly indicated by their name. Which also has the word “Color” in it, for some reason. Anyway, so far the only “Change” they’ve tried to make is changing employed people into unemployed people. They tried it with Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck, and now they’ve picked a new target. TheDC’s Steven Nelson reports:

“Color of Change, a group founded by former White House green jobs czar Van Jones, has launched a campaign to have MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan fired from the network. The group released a call to action to supporters Tuesday, urging them to sign a petition to unseat Buchanan from his role, calling him ‘a white supremacist on national TV.’ ‘For years, Pat Buchanan has passed off white supremacist ideology as legitimate mainstream political commentary,’ the group wrote. ‘And MSNBC continues to pay him and give him a platform on national TV to do it… If MSNBC wants to be seen as a trusted, mainstream source of news and commentary, it needs to fire Buchanan now,’ the group declared.”

That’s just about the biggest “if” ever. Wait… why are they doing this now? Buchanan has been on MSNBC for almost 10 years. Maybe they’re just bored. Can you blame them?

P.S. Hey, Touré is still working there, right? Al Sharpton too? Oh, okay…

5.) Netflix: ‘Whoops’ — Remember when Netflix seemed unstoppable? In news that’ll give the guys at Blockbuster a rueful chuckle, TheDC’s Josh Peterson reports:

“Netflix CEO Reed Hastings outlined fourth quarter profits predictions in a letter sent to shareholders October 24, saying customer DVD subscriptions will decline sharply for the company due to their price changes. ‘Our weekly rate of DVD cancellation is steadily shrinking, as the price effect washes through, and in future quarters we expect DVD subscriptions to shrink more modestly,’ said Hastings. Netflix’s third quarter earnings announcement was accompanied by news that the movie retailer also lost over 800,000 customers. The company’s fourth quarter outlook predicts 10.3 million to 11.3 million domestic DVD subscriptions.”

Hey, the first couple years of streaming movies are always “free.” Anybody who thought that was going to last forever deserves the sticker shock at their jacked-up Netflix bill. Which is still a lot smaller than their cable bill. In other news, somebody yelled “Qwikster!” and Hastings dove under his desk.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “Ghadafi was a sociopath. But he should have gotten a trial. That country would have benefited from a trial. How they handled that..bad.”

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