More dissent out of San Francisco: that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Point's Memo".
Far-left Bay area Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D) gave anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan her ticket to the State of the Union address last night. Gallery five, seat seven, row A. But Ms. Sheehan never got to hear the president's address because she was arrested by Capitol police beforehand. It seems she was wearing a T-shirt that protested the war.
Another woman, Beverly Young, wife of Republican Congressman Bill Young, was also removed from the speech because she had a shirt expressing a pro-military message. The law states demonstrations of any kind are not permitted on Capitol grounds.
Today, charges against Ms. Sheehan were dropped, but she says she's suing. Now "Talking Points" deplores the actions of Congresswoman Woolsey and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who were both in on the Sheehan episode. These lawmakers should be investigated by the House and reprimanded if the evidence dictates.
Cindy Sheehan is, of course, a militant bent on embarrassing the president. If she had not been confronted by police, anything could have happened during the speech. his is simply unacceptable. Miss Sheehan and the Congresswomen are entitled to protest anything they want in the appropriate place, but this was a setup, pure and simple.
Both Lee and Woolsey represent the San Francisco area, which has become increasingly radicalized and is now actively undermining the war on terror and indeed, the law itself.
San Francisco voters by a 60/40 margin told the military it's not welcome to recruit in city schools. The mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, married scores of homosexuals in violation of state law. He only stopped when the California Supreme Court demanded it. And next week, the San Francisco board of supervisors will discuss a call for the impeachment of President Bush.
"Talking Points" could go on and on. It's clear the City-by-the-Bay has uncoupled itself from the rest of the USA and is bent on establishing a quasi-far left nation within city limits.
Now it's actually interesting to watch this process, but it's also disturbing in the middle of a terror war. There is a good chance that California Congresswoman Woolsey and Lee intentionally tried to sabotage the State of the Union address in order to embarrass the country. Now that kind of destructive action may be acceptable in San Francisco, but it shouldn't be in the rest of the country.
And that's "The Memo."
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
I think it's safe to say that I had no idea what I was getting into when I told you in December that we would police the media for personal attacks in the year 2006. The situation is far worse than I ever thought.
Scores of American newspapers are printing personal attacks on people with whom they disagree, and facts don't matter. Accusations rule. We've listed some of those media outfits on billoreilly.com, and now The Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins the don't buy, don't advertise list.
Under the leadership of publisher John Mellot, editor Julia Wallace and editorial page editor Cynthia Tucker, the paper has become a far left publication that slants news coverage and deals in defamation. As a result, the newspaper's circulation is in a freefall. Only The San Francisco Chronicle has steeper declines.
So we now urge fair-minded Georgians, and that's about 90 percent of you, to avoid the Atlanta J-C until the Cox Company makes some changes there, which it will have to do sooner or later.
Ridiculous? That paper is off-the-chart ridiculous.
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