Morning Briefing for August 17, 2009

FOR AUGUST 17, 2009

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1. Does the Obama White House’s Self-Proclaimed ‘Viral Email’ Violate Federal Law?

Thursday, the Obama White House launched a self-described “viral e-mail” that, according to ABC News, strategists and spokespersons hoped would “combat the viral e-mails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.”

The main content of this email is not really noteworthy in the least. What is noteworthy is the fact that Axelrod’s email appears to lack any way to opt out of future messages from [email protected] — a fact that, if Axelrod’s email is to be considered anything other than official government communication, may put it in violation of the federal CAN-SPAM Act.

Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett pressed Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs on apparent inclusion of people on the recipient list who never authorized the White House to email them. Gibbs’s response was to direct Garrett to provide the administration with the names and email addresses of anybody who had complained about receiving Axelrod’s email.

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2. Pelosi to Disruptors: Your advocacy is very American

So disruptions and outbursts interrupt Pelosi discussing National Security to a San Fran crowd, and not only does she encourage them, she specifically calls their disruption “very American” and claims she’s “a fan” of disruptors.

You got that, mob? If you’re a SanFranLib screaming BushLied™!1!1!1!!!!!1! then you are THE BOMB. But if you are a concerned senior citizen telling Snarlin’ Arlen to stuff it you may be STRAPPED TO A BOMB!!!!!

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3. Valerie Jarrett and the Army Private

Valerie Jarrett is Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor to the President and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement. You’d think as Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, she’d show some more class to our soldiers.

But not today.

Flying home to Washington, D.C. today after speaking to the left wing online activists gathering in Pittsburgh, Ms. Jarrett’s flight had an Army Private in uniform on the plane.

Ms. Jarrett, the President’s Senior Advisor for Public Engagement never even acknowledged the Army Private, though she clearly saw him.

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4. Democrats Call Foul on Republican Objection to ‘Death Panels’

Democratic health care strategists are calling foul today on GOP officials John Boehner, Thaddeus McCotter, Johnny Isakson, and Chuck Grassley, claiming the Republican Party leaders are guilty of partisan obstructionism of the worst kind – demagoging the same end-of-life provisions, the now-famous “death panels,” they supported in the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill.

“So either Republicans were for death panels in 2003 before turning against them now–or they’re lying about end-of-life counseling in order to frighten the bejeezus out of their fellow citizens and defeat health reform by any means necessary,” wrote TIME’s Amy Sullivan.

Not quite.

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5. Obamacare Supporters Out Spend Critics 5 to 1 on TV Ads, Web Trumping MSM

With the massive union and Phrma spending in support of President Obama’s health reform bill, supporters have outspent opponents five to one, according to the New York Times.

While President Obama is attempting to lay blame for his health care reform plan loss of support among the public because of health industry money, the big money, Phrma and the unions, is on his side: $48 million for Obamacare to $9 million against.

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6. Climate Science: The Devil’s In the Details (Which Apparently No Longer Exist)

So there’s this Canadian fellow named Steve McIntyre, who works with an organization called Climate Audit. Climate Audit’s interest is not in debunking Global Warming. Rather, they audit the data in an effort to make sure the conclusions derived are unassailable. To that end, Steve contacted the Climactic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, the repository of the data that underlie the “overwhelming scientific consensus” in the Climate Science community. He requested the original raw data behind their temperature trend conclusions.

You’d expect scientists who are so sure of their conslusions to welcome this type of scrutiny. Instead, Steve got the Heisman Treatment – the big stiffarm – because he’s “not an academic”.

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7. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) Avoids His District Completely

Some Democrats seem afraid to meet with constituents during the August recess. That might describe Congressman Dennis Cardoza, but we may never know. According to his local press, he’s not going to his district at all this month.

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8. The Orchestrated Campaign to Shut Down Glenn Beck

The New York Times is now covering the boycott against Glenn Beck.

ABOUT a dozen companies have withdrawn their commercials from “Glenn Beck,” the Fox News Channel program, after Glenn Beck, the person, said late last month that President Obama was a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

This left wing campaign is being orchestrated by a group started by Obama’s Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones.

If they are successful, they will move beyond Beck to others.

Two of the companies, GEICO and Progressive, are run by liberals. But that’s not the case with all the others.

The best response is to remind all of these companies that there will be repercussions from our side if they are so willing to become pawns of the left.

SC Johnson:
Fisk Johnson Chairman & CEO
Phone: (262)260-2000

Petrell Ozbay
Senior Global Public Affairs Manager
Phone: (262) 260-2114

Progressive Insurance:
Glenn Renwick, President & CEO- (440)461-5000

Linda Harris, Advertising & Sponsorships
[email protected]

Tony Nicely
Chairman, President & CEO, Insurance Operations
E-mail: [email protected]
(301) 986-2462

Chris Tasher, GEICO Media Relations
[email protected]

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