Archive for September 21st, 2008

September 21, 2008


Can the national media ignore this?

A person who identified himself as a witness tells 10 News that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning. Kernell lives in the Commons apartment complex at 1115 Highland Ave.
David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.
A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed there has been “investigatory activity” in Knoxville regarding the Palin case, but she said there are no publicly available search warrants, and no charges have been filed.
A separate law enforcement source confirmed to 10 News that a search warrant was served on Kernell’s apartment.
According to the witness, several agents arrived at The Commons of Knoxville around midnight.

Thanks to commenter Kitty for the tip. Will update if further information develops.

UPDATE: Apparently, Gateway Pundit had this first, with a link at Instapundit.

UPDATE II: Jammie Wearing Fool also has it linked. This story broke just about the time I was complaining, “[S]ince it was reported Thursday that the Memphis FBI office was involved in the Palin investigation, not a single major news organization has followed up to ask what it is in Memphis that merits the FBI’s interest.” If this search-warrant story proves legit, it’s going to be hard for the national media to ignore now.

UPDATE III: Jawa: “You ever notice that Glenn Reynolds and David Kernell are never photographed together — even though they’re both supposedly at UT?” And did you also notice that Rusty Shackleford and Glenn Reynolds have never been photographed together, even though they’re both bloggers? I’m just sayin’ . . .

UPDATE IV: Remember how, when the Palin hacking first made headlines, all the liberals declared it just a juvenile prank comparable to the hacking of Paris Hilton’s account? So what’s going to be their excuse if the FBI has served a search warrant on the son of a Democratic politician? Hey, I’m like Andrew Sullivan: Just asking questions . . .

UPDATE V: Interesting tidbit from the story:

Kernell’s three roommates were also subpoenaed, and must testify this week in Chattanooga.

Hmmm. I’m thinking this might be connected to my theory that the FBI has had Kernell under surveillance since Thursday. If Kernell’s father is right in saying that they haven’t been contacted by the feds, then it took some “investigatory activity” to identify Kernell’s roommates, and there must be some reason they suppose the testimony of those roommates would have relevance to this case. Boys, say hello to the federal grand jury!

UPDATE VI: Sarah at PW Pub writes: “I was just about to link the tragic news that David Kernell was beyond the reach of the law and its protections, lynched, murdered by the blogosphere!” I think she means “the bottom layer of the right-wing noise machine.”

UPDATE VII: Allahpundit:

What were they doing serving a search warrant circa 1 a.m. on Sunday morning? Just maximizing the embarrassment by crashing this kid’s party, a sort of buzzkill di tutti buzzkills? Kind of jerky — yet kind of awesome.

I’m telling you: The feds had this kid under surveillance. They wanted to ID as many of his “known associates” as possible, and maybe busting up a party at 1 a.m. was the best way to get them. Besides (a) it’s more likely they’ll slip up and say something incriminating after they’ve been knocking back jaegerbombs for a couple hours and (b) arrest the kid for underage drinking, and you’ve got a legit excuse to keep him in custody if that’s what you want to do.

But … man. Can you imagine being a college kid, partying down, somebody knocks on the door and it’s the FB-freaking-I?

UPDATE VIII: The Nashville Tennessean has a report, which seems to be based entirely on WBIR’s reporting.

UPDATE IX: More at Free Republic, Scoop This, AOSHQ, Pursuing Holiness, Red State and the Washington Times.

UPDATE X: Sharon Cobb: “Let me add that David is in a hotel with his father, Mike, and not in jail.”


September 21, 2008

Palin e-mail hacking: Blame the victim

A week ago, I noted that the Associated Press was ignoring the crime against Sarah Palin and instead focusing on how her e-mail being hacked “raises new questions” about Palin. Now a Washington Post columnist uses the hacking story to portray Palin as the Karl Rove of the McCain campaign, prompting Jonah Goldberg to comment:

In short: Palin was asking for it (oh and Karl Rove is to blame too). Great standard there. I’m sure that won’t come back and bite you guys on the ass someday.

Here is the thing that gets me about the way the press is treating this story: Elected officials are both government employees and politicians. They must keep their government duties separate from their political activities.

It would have been an abuse of public resources if Palin had used her official government e-mail account to engage in communication that was political or personal in nature. Therefore, Palin created her personal Yahoo account and, so far as “rubico10” or anyone else was able to determine, didn’t do anything nefarious with it. The account was used, as might be expected, for unofficial communications that were not directly related to her service as governor of Alaska.

No one has demonstrated anything criminal nor unethical about Palin’s use of Yahoo for her personal e-mail. Instead, Democrats are engaged in a very familiar practice of their post-Watergate politics: Make an accusation of GOP wrongdoing, launch an investigation, and then try to catch Republicans in defensive actions that can be characterized as a “cover-up.”

In this case, the alleged scandal is Palin’s firing of the state public-safety commissioner, who had refused to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, a state trooper accused of various malfeasances. Of course, firing the commissioner was entirely within Palin’s legal authority as governor, but this hasn’t prevented Democrats and the media from trying to turn it into a gigantic scandal that somehow proves her unfitness for office.

Democrats are Democrats, and politics is politics, but what is amazing is the shameless one-sidedness of the media coverage. When Bill Clinton perjured himself in a federal civil-rights lawsuit, the media treated Ken Starr as the villain. When it was discovered in 2003 that a Democratic filibuster of Miguel Estrada’s appointment was part of a larger strategy to derail President Bush administration policy, Republicans were blamed for “hacking” into Democratic staff files to discover the plan.

To the liberal media, there is no such thing as an actual Democratic scandal, and any Democrat accused of wrongdoing can always count on the press to portray him as the victim of a right-wing inquisition. Meanwhile, Republicans engaged in ordinary political activity — trying to keep their private political discussions private — are always suspected of conspiratorial scheming, and even criminal activity can be justified, so long as the victims are Republicans.

And, by the way, since it was reported Thursday that the Memphis FBI office was involved in the Palin investigation, not a single major news organization has followed up to ask what it is in Memphis that merits the FBI’s interest.

September 21, 2008

Alabama 49, Arkansas 14

UPDATED & BUMPED: Butch Bornt, who describes himself as president of the “Restraining Order Wing of the Sela Ward Fan Club,” e-mails to remind us that the Hollywood hottie was a Crimson Tide cheerleader back in the day (center in this photo):

Meanwhile, Instapundit is getting e-mail taunts after his Vols lost 30-6 to Florida. An amazing thing, when you think about it. We are at war with murderous jihadis, the economy teeters on the verge of collapse and polls show that Barack Obama may be the next president of the United States, but if you’re an SEC football fan, your mood is far more dependent on how your team did on Saturday.

I’m prepared to predict that Tennessee fans will be profoundly depressed after Oct. 25. (If you want to avoid that downer, Professor, I’ll be happy to take those tickets off your hands.)

In addition to football, the SEC is also a powerhouse of blog taunting. Which reminds me, why hasn’t UGA alum Mary Katharine Ham started taunting me about next week’s game yet? Doesn’t the Weekly Standard allow football taunting?

Roll, Tide, Roll!

Alabama (4-0) led 35-7 at halftime, and six of the Crimson Tide’s seven touchdowns covered at least 25 yards.

Giving up two touchdowns is bad — the defense has already allowed three touchdowns this season — but I’ll take it for a conference opener. Imagine those poor Arkansas fans having to hear the mighty Million Dollar Band play this song seven times in one game!

Yea, Alabama!

Yea, Alabama! Drown ’em Tide!
Every ‘Bama man’s behind you,
Hit your stride.
Go teach the Bulldogs to behave,
Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave.
And if a man starts to weaken,
That’s a shame!
For Bama’s pluck and grit have
Writ her name in Crimson flame.
Fight on, fight on, fight on, men!
Remember the Rose Bowl we’ll win then.
So roll on to victory,
Hit your stride,
You’re Dixie’s football pride, Crimson Tide!

Hey, now,what’s that whining sound I hear coming from over ’round Athens, Georgia? Sounds like some ‘Dawgs who know they’re about to get stomped by a herd of wild elephants!

Georgia is ranked No. 3, but some folks in Athens say the Bulldogs should be No. 2. That’s right. And ‘Bama’s gonna beat the No. 2 out of them ‘Dawgs

UPDATE: Compare and contrast the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia:

‘Nuff said.

September 21, 2008

Maverick: International playboy

Fifty years ago, he was a stud:

While John McCain attended his 50th Naval Academy reunion Saturday, a Brazilian beauty fondly recalled the affair she had with the young “good kissing” midshipman she met a half a century ago.
“He was tasty, loving and romantic,” says Maria Gracinda Teixeira de Jesus, 77, a former beauty queen and dancer, of the young John McCain, whom she met in Rio de Janeiro in 1957. . . .
“He was a lovely person and loved to go out with me. I called him ‘John’ but he was my dear and my coconut dessert.
“He was such a good kisser that I had to purchase a book which taught me how to kiss to keep up with him.”
Asked about John in bed, Gracinda says, “Of course we had sex…he was not only good at kissing but good at everything.”

Obviously, this belated testimony to Maverick’s studliness is the result of a plot arranged by Karl Rove to steal Latino votes from Obama.