MSM ignores Ellie Light; Holder must go; Bloomberg's future; Reagan quote origin

Some short items.

Imagine if a Republican were to astroturf the same letter in 100 U.S. newspapers. It would be a scandal, right?

Here’s what you get when you type “Ellie Light” in The New York Times’ search box:

Your search – “ellie light” – did not match any documents under , Past 30 Days.

My local Austin American-Statesman has become part of the story–at least one astroturfed letter has been printed. I wrote directly to the editor, and he responded quite testily. I’ll give the Statesman one more day to print something on the astroturf scandal–ANYTHING, and it can’t plead ignorance because I told them about it–before I give a smashing reply.

And they wonder why newspapers are dying?


Today’s New York Post editorial provides even more reason why Eric Holder is working against American justice and must go as soon as possible:

Come clean, Mr. Holder
Last Updated: 2:16 AM, January 27, 2010

Posted: January 27, 2010
Whose side is the Justice Department on: America’s — or the terrorists’?

It’s just insane that a lawyer who defended Osama bin Laden’s driver and bodyguard — and who sought constitutional rights for terrorists — could be one of the Obama administration’s top legal officials.

But there’s Neal Katyal, occupying a top perch at the Justice Department as the principal deputy solicitor general.

Then there’s Jennifer Daskal — who just months ago was an anti-Guantanamo activist. Now she’s in Justice’s National Security Division — working on detainee issues.

Talk about conflicts of interest.

All kinds of rules prohibit government employees from influencing policy to the benefit of their previous employers. If Katyal, Daskal and other conflicted Justice lawyers had worked for corporations, they’d almost certainly be subject to these regulations.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hopping mad about the situation — and rightly so. Months ago, Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Eric Holder to disclose who in the administration had previously represented or agitated for alleged terrorists.

The AG’s reply?

“I will consider that request.”


The New York Post quotes Bloomberg that he has no plans to run for anything again. I don’t believe it. As I said before, I think he’s running to be President Obama’s Vice President, replacing Joe Biden on the ticket. Bloomberg brings with him business experience, the Jewish vote (that may stray), and a billion dollars. Bloomberg isn’t hiring these guys for nothing:

No plans to run in 2012, 2016 or 20-anything: Bloomberg
1:36 PM, January 26, 2010 ι DAVID SEIFMAN

Just because he’s hiring a top Democratic political operative doesn’t mean he’s dreaming of the White House again, Mayor Bloomberg said today.

“I can’t believe you’re even asking it,” the mayor told a reporter who asked if the hiring of Howard Wolfson, the media strategist in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, was connected his own presidential ambitions.

Wolfson, who served as Bloomberg’s campaign communications director last year, is joining the administration in March in a new position as a special counselor to the mayor.

“I have no plans to run for President of the United States in 2012, 2016 or 20-anything,” added Bloomberg.

Of course, the mayor also didn’t have plans to run for a third term.

“I can’t believe you’re even asking it” is old, vintage Bloomberg. He used that line throughout his national and international travels in 2007-2008 as he explored a presidential run.

Glenn Beck ended a segment with Ronald Reagan giving his farewell address in 1989: “As government expands, liberty contracts.”

I’ve traced the saying to the 1950s–from the California Taxpayers’ Association.