Posted on | October 10, 2013 | 121 Comments
— Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog) October 10, 2013
Heads are still shaking about the unspeakable cruelty of Shirley Sherrod suing Susie Breitbart, a widow with four kids, as a substitute defendant for her late husband, because Sherrod blames Andrew Breitbart for her ouster from the Department of Agriculture.
Tom Vilsack demanded Sherrod’s resignation in July 2010 because Democrat political operatives at the White House panicked after Breitbart released the video of an NAACP audience’s enthusiastic approval of Sherrod’s story about how she denied assistance to a white farmer. The political panic occurred after that video got played in edited form on a Fox News broadcast, but Breitbart was not responsible for how Fox News depicted the story, nor was he responsible for Tom Vilsack acting as a political hatchet-man:
White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s decision to fire USDA employee Shirley Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration.
[T]he White House and Agriculture Department officials were sharing information and advice from the first minutes after the scandal began to emerge until Sherrod submitted a resignation hours later at the request of a senior USDA official.
And here’s the key fact:
Vilsack apologized and asked her to return to the department — an offer she declined. President Barack Obama also offered an apology after her ouster created a racial firestorm.
In other words, Vilsack and Obama admitted they wronged Sherrod.
It wasn’t Andrew Breitbart who did her wrong, it was two Democrats, and she would still be employed at the Department of Agriculture if she wanted a job. Instead, she’s suing Susie Breitbart.
Georgia Farmer Eddie Slaughter . . . says he knows Mrs. Sherrod well and that she knew all about the Pigford fraud and that the people behind Pigford actually view it as reparations. . . .
The biggest claimant by far in the Pigford Settlement was the $13,000,000 that went to Shirley & Charles Sherrod and their former New Communities farm and land development project in Georgia.
It bears repeating: Shirley and Charles Sherrod and New Communities got thirteen million dollars from the Pigford settlement. That’s about double what the second largest winning Pigford claim was.
And then just days after New Communities won that huge claim, Mrs. Sherrod was offered a job with the USDA.
Yeah, you hit the Federal Tax Money Giveaway Powerball, but becoming an overnight millionaire isn’t enough to satisfy your infinite greed, and once you learn that victimhood can be lucrative, it is your natural instinct to continue playing the victim, even if it means pushing a self-evidently bogus lawsuit against a widow and her orphaned children.
(Unnecessary Legal Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and my estimate of Shirley Sherrod’s tort claim as “bogus” is no more defamatory than my estimate of her character as selfish, cruel and dishonest.)
The Culture of Victimhood encourages people to turn every grievance into a license to inflict harm on others. Flimsy accusations rooted in dishonesty or self-pity (or both) are applauded as “courageous,” and exploitation of the system is hailed as “social justice.” A sex offender turns her crime into a fable about homophobia, a notorious convicted felon claims to be a victim of “malicious prosecution, conspiracy to abuse process, defamation, false light invasion of privacy, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and stalking,” and we have become so accustomed to this evidence of pervasive moral decadence that we are not even outraged by it.
I’m past the point of being angry at the people who do this stuff.
I’m angry at everybody who is not as angry about it as I am.
Forget about the endless budget kabuki theater in D.C., you idiots.
Stop letting cable TV producers tell you what news is really important.
Let that sink in. Think about what Andrew Breitbart meant. Think about what Andrew Breitbart did. Ask yourself, what Andrew Breitbart would ask his friends to do for his widow and children now?
Is there any story more urgent — is there any story that better illustrates how the leftist worldview has warped our nation’s culture in the Obama Age — than this story? Wake the hell up, people.
That’s Aaron Walker’s headline on the incredible news that Kirkland & Ellis, the big-money law firm that has now made Susie Breitbart the defendant in Sherrod’s bogus lawsuit, is actually representing her for free — pro bono, as the lawyers say. Aaron is a lawyer, not a reporter, and so he “buries the lead,” as editors say. He also buries the news of a connection between Kirkland & Ellis and George Soros:
You will have to pay to read this entire article, but here is the relevant passage:
“We almost converted the debt into an acquisition finance structure,” says Erik Dahl, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, legal advisers to Soros Capital Partners.
That could be a coincidence. Or perhaps not.
Please read Aaron’s entire article carefully and remind me (once we’re finished “conspiring” to put the sociopathic creep Brett Kimberlin back in prison where he belongs) to talk with Aaron Walker about the “inverted pyramid” lead. Once he’s mastered that, perhaps, Walker will be ready to attempt The Total Gonzo Trip.
“In the context of journalism, here, we are dealing with a new kind of ‘lead’ – the Symbiotic Trapezoid Quote. The Columbia Journalism Review will never sanction it; at least not until the current editor dies of brain syphilis, and probably not even then.
“Do we have a libel suit on our hands?
“Probably not, I think, because nobody in his right mind would take a thing like that seriously – and especially not that gang of senile hags who run the Columbia Journalism Review, who have gone to great lengths in every issue during the past year or so to stress, very heavily, that nothing I say should be taken seriously.”
– Hunter S. Thompson, “Fear and Loathing in Washington: The Boys in the Bag,” Rolling Stone, July 4, 1974 (collected in The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time)
What the hell? Why did I quote Hunter Thompson’s bitter sarcasm, nearly 900 words into a rant about Shirley Sherrod and the vicious gang of
serial killers bad lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis?
And two of them are serial killers.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 10, 2013
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 10, 2013