PolitiFact Names Alan Grayson ‘Reader Advocate’

UPDATE: Subsequent to this piece being published, PolitiFact reconsidered its partnership with Grayson, and cancelled their agreement. You can read their statement here.

In a move that will assuredly raise some eyebrows (if not howling laughter), PolitiFact (a Pulitzer Prize winning political fact-checking organization) has named former Democratic congressman Alan Grayson as a “reader advocate” to their website. The move, as described in a press release by executive director Aaron Sharockman, is designed to “try and improve trust and credibility in fact-checking.”

David Jolly, a former Republican congressman, will join the fray as Grayson’s GOP counterpart, with the two men being given a platform from which to critique PolitiFact’s conclusions on various political claims.

Those familiar with Grayson might be tempted to write off this “experiment” as a tongue-in-cheek publicity stunt, but according to Sharockman, it is being funded through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a non-profit group whose stated goal is to “foster informed and engaged communities.”

So no, this isn’t being done purely for entertainment purposes. PolitiFact, which prides itself on being the largest fact-checking organization in the United States (and again, a Pulitzer winner), actually brought on Alan Grayson to serve as a truth consultant.

Why is this so strange? Well, let’s just say that Grayson has a well-documented history of saying things that have not only called into question his capacity for telling the truth, but also his sanity. Below are some highlights.

In 2009, when the country was assessing the merits of President Obama’s healthcare plans, Grayson took it upon himself to present the “Republicans’ healthcare plan for America”:

“‘Don’t get sick.’ That’s right — don’t get sick. If you have insurance, don’t get sick; if you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick; if you’re sick, don’t get sick — just don’t get sick! That’s what the Republicans have in mind for you, America. That’s the Republicans’ health care plan. But I think that the Republicans understand that that plan isn’t always going to work — it’s not a foolproof plan. So the Republicans have a backup plan, in case you do get sick. If you get sick in America, this is what the Republicans want you to do. If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: ‘Die quickly.’ That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.”

When called upon to apologize for the inflammatory remarks, Grayson said:

“I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”

Grayson went on to create a website named NamesOfTheDead.com, which listed the names of individuals who had supposedly died because they didn’t have health insurance.

Some of the folks on this list: Lassie Martin (aka Lassie the Dog from the 1950s television show), Norma Jeane Mortenson of Los Angeles, CA (aka Marilyn Monroe), Steve Rogers of New York, NY (Captain America), and everyone’s favorite, Wile E. Coyote of Sedona, AZ.

In 2010, Grayson ran an ad against political opponent Dan Webster, calling him “Taliban Dan” and claiming that Webster believes wives should submit to their husbands. This included a video clip of Webster supposedly saying of his wife, “she should submit to me.”

As it turned out, however, the unedited video showed Webster reading the sentence from a Bible passage, and cautioning husbands not to take the passage as their own. In other words, precisely the opposite of what Grayson claimed.

On former Vice President Dick Cheney, Grayson had this to say:

“By the way, I have trouble listening to what [Cheney] says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he’s talking, but my response is this: he’s just angry because the president doesn’t shoot old men in the face. But by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just then turn into a bat and fly away?”

On the Tea Party:

“Many people, improperly, lump together libertarians and the Tea Parties. That’s really wrong. Many of the libertarians are physicists, and many of the Tea Party people don’t bathe. There’s really not much in common there.”

Also:

“That is the ultimate Tea Party Republican desire, to bring about the End of Days. The Republican Party has become the largest suicide pact in history. And I hope they don’t take us with them.”

Additionally, Grayson has compared the Tea Party to the KKK on numerous occasions.

On the politics of division:

“For Paul Ryan or any other Republican to talk about this, to talk about the president inciting the politics of division is much like O.J. saying he’s going to devote his life to finding the real killer. They’re the real killers.”

On President George W. Bush’s decision not to join President Obama to commemorate Bin Laden’s death at ground zero:

“I suspect that President Bush might have been passed out drunk the last three or four days, so I‘m not sure he made any conscious decision at all.”

So, let’s just say that Mr. Grayson has what some people might refer to as “a bit of a credibility problem.”

But hey, it’s PolitiFact’s reputation and the Knight Foundation’s money that’s at stake. If both are to be wasted, that’s their right.

God Bless America.




Recipes For Success And Disaster

If I knew who sent me the best suggestion I have come across in a long time, I would credit him. Instead, I will simply share his brilliant notion that we put our senior citizens in jail and stick all the criminals in nursing homes.

As he pointed out, seniors would have access to showers and hobbies. They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, and access to state-of-the-art wheel chairs. They would have constant video monitoring, so they would receive help immediately if they fell or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be cleaned and ironed at no charge. All meals and snacks would be brought to them. They would receive family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counseling and in-house concerts by nationally-recognized musical artists.

Each senior would have a TV, radio and computer, supplied at no cost. Furthermore, the ACLU would provide them with free legal advice. And I, personally, am betting that if any of the 80-year-olds suddenly decided to have a sex change operation, it would be readily provided. And if they didn’t, they would be encouraged to have conjugal visits on a regular basis.

As for the criminals, they would receive cold food and would be allowed to shower once a week. They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would have to pay $5,000-a-month, and they would have no hope of ever getting out!

Speaking of things that are ass-backwards these days, $3.7 trillion has been squandered on welfare since Obama’s inauguration in 2009. That’s five times as much money as has been spent on NASA, education and federal transportation, put together.

But it’s not just Obama and his henchmen who need to have their heads examined. What is it with the Republicans? Why are so many of them calling for the postponement of the Affordable Care Act? Millions of people are suffering from its chaotic implementation, and the Republicans want to rush to its rescue?

It was bad enough when Vladimir Putin pulled Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire when it was obvious he wasn’t going to get the go-ahead even from congressional Democrats to attack Syria. But why on earth are Republicans looking to turn the heat off the disaster that’s ObamaCare?

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) announced back in 2010 that because Republicans were opposed to Obama’s Frankenstinian version of health care, it meant they wanted Americans to die quickly. Now, on his noxious re-election website, he’s posted a picture of a burning cross, with the cross forming the “T” in Tea Party, likening conservatives to the Ku Klux Klan.

The folks in Florida unelected this cretin once, but then they put him back in office. Who are these people? It is obvious that when you are the 11th richest member of the House, you can afford to run as often as you like. But why would anyone vote for him? I can only imagine that the loons who live down there in the ninth congressional district are like those abused women who divorce their wife-beating husbands, and then decide that life without the bully is even worse than life with him.

Finally, for some reason, speaking of Obama and Grayson reminds me that Betts-Clarke of England has announced that their new line of fart-filtering underwear is jumping off the shelves, so to speak. Apparently, Shreddies, as this miracle product is called, is capable of quashing the smell of an odor 200 times worse than the average flatulence emission.

I only mentioned this in case any of you had Barack Obama, Jay Carney, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Harry Reid, Henry Waxman, Dick Durbin or Alan Grayson, on your shopping list and wondered what to get them for Christmas.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.




Top Ten Least Favorite Events of Election 2010

If you’re like me, I love election season.  I’m not a sports fan, so I don’t ever cheer for a home team.  Election time is the only time I get to root for my guy or gal.  I’m sure many have had enough of the political ads including the parents of my 3-year old grand nephew, Cameron, who’ve had to listen to this little guy repeat “I approve this message” over and over.  And, of course, those, when polled, who answer “no opinion,” can stick their heads back in the sand. 
 
With just a few days left, lots can happen between now and Election Day but I thought I’d take this time to look back over the past few months and come up with my list of the ten least favorite moments of this campaign season. 
 
#10 The nomination of Tea-Party candidate, Christine O’Donnell, for Senate in Delaware was not one of the high points as far as I’m concerned.  I was hesitant to include her in my list because I really like her and I’m sure she would vote exactly the way I would.  Unfortunately, with so many things hanging in the balance right now, it was imperative the GOP select a candidate who could actually win the seat.  I don’t like RINOs like Michael Castle but, in his case, I think I would’ve made an exception for the sake of gaining a majority in the Senate and hoped for the best. 
 
#9   Of course, the numbers aren’t in yet, but from all the polls it looks like another mid-term low youth voter turnout.   It’s mind-boggling that every person who can vote doesn’t.  I see President Obama on John Stewart’s comedy show and hosting a “town hall meeting” on MTV trying to rally his base to vote.  Why would anyone have to be “rallied” to go out and vote to keep these clowns in Congress?  Those who support the President’s far-left agenda should know Republicans/Tea Party Movement/ Conservatives are energized to vote and stop Obama in his tracks. 
 
#8   I don’t like Joy Behar, a regular on “The View.” Period.  I don’t think she’s funny and, as I’ve said numerous times, I would rather set myself on fire than watch an entire episode of the show.  I’m used to her vulgar rants, but her latest about Republican Sharron Angle, running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat in Nevada, goes beyond the pale.  One of Ms. Angle’s recent ads addresses Harry Reid’s voting record to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits, tax breaks and college tuition.  Not only does Behar think Ms. Angle is a racist and is “going to hell,” but she called her a “bitch” not once but twice on The View. By the way, Ms. Angle reportedly had a banner day of fundraising, the day of Behar’s rant, raising $137,000. 
 
#7   Just this week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a portion of Proposition 200, passed by the Arizona electorate, which required proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.  The attorney for the plaintiffs was elated and said, “This will enable the many poor people in Arizona who lack driver’s licenses and birth certificates to register to vote.”  Fortunately, the deadline to register this year has passed, but this looks like an open door to give voting rights to illegal aliens unless further action is taken.       
 
#6   Left-wing sugar daddy, billionaire George Soros, donated $1 million this week to support California’s initiative to legalize marijuana.  His op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal explains his position.  I’m against legalizing marijuana, but I’ll save that for another day.  Right now, Californians can expect to see lots of ads in the coming days in favor of Proposition 19, thanks to Mr. Soros. 
 
#5   Just in time for Election Day, liberal attorney Gloria Allred has exploited Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz, by parading her in front of every news outlet available and getting her to read a written statement (obviously written by Allred or her staff) about how horrible and abusive it was to be employed by Ms. Whitman for nine years.  Turns out Ms. Whitman was duped into believing Nicky was legally in this country when she hired her through an employment agency.  I wonder how many other people would think being paid $23 per hour was horrible and abusive?  Someone in Jerry Brown’s camp calling Ms. Whitman a “whore” ranks along side Allred’s shameless behavior. 
 
#4   In my opinion, Alan Grayson, Florida’s Democratic Representative is probably one of the most despicable characters on Capitol Hill at the moment.  Over the years, he’s made numerous vile statements but his attack ad against his opponent, Daniel Webster, is just disgraceful.  He likens Mr. Webster to the Taliban and uses his Biblical quotes about women completely out of context. 
 
#3   My state of Washington is one of the few states in the country which has no income tax and we should be proud of that fact.  Well, not according to some, like the elder Bill Gates, Sr., for example, who supports Proposition 1098 to enact a state income tax.  Supporters claim it will affect only individuals making $200,000 or couples making $400,000 and that it will fund education.  If it passes, those who think it will only apply to the “rich” will learn in two years Olympia can include them. 
 
#2   Duane Hammond, union member, hired to build a stage for President Obama at a campaign stop for Barbara Boxer, was first told to remove his hat and then told to either go home or turn his shirt inside out because he was honoring our military.  That’s right, because his hat and shirt bore the name, “USS George H.W. Bush,” the name of an aircraft carrier on which his son serves! So, for being a patriot and  proud father, he was told to go home by his liberal union supervisor.  Is there no end to the left’s intolerance?    
 
#1   And in the top spot are President Obama’s comments during an interview with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, Spanish-language Univision radio personality. Here’s what he had to say when questioned about immigration reform and encouraging “Latinos” – not all Americans, by the way – to vote: 
 
“And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
 
So, Mr. Obama, in other words, anyone who doesn’t agree with you on an issue is your enemy, is that right?  I guess you really didn’t mean it when, as the keynote speaker at the 2004 DNC Convention, you said, “there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”  I didn’t believe you then, and, from what I see these days, you didn’t believe it either. 
Whether you enjoy election time, can’t wait until it’s over or just don’t care, get out and vote!