Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Indy Endorsements

The Independent--home to Hal Crowther's vile columns on the case--made a bold pronouncement in favor of police misconduct in issuing its City Council endorsements.

The paper's top choice, erstwhile Nifong backer Diane Catotti, spent much of the spring attempting first to prevent an investigation of the Police Department's behavior in 2006 (she was the only Council member to vote aginst an inquiry) and then to render the committee ineffective by demanding that it be slotted on hard quota lines, with her own slot given to a figure with a conflict-of-interest problem in evaluating the police.

The paper didn't endorse Catotti's companion on the "Something Happened" line--Victoria Peterson--but it portrayed Peterson in an almost wholly positive light: "Victoria Peterson, known most recently for her very vocal support of former district attorney Mike Nifong, is an omnipresent community activist who passionately advocates for Durham's poor black citizens. "

Was Peterson's "very vocal support" of Nifong troubling to Indy editors? Apparently not, even though it involved, among other things, Peterson sharing the platform with a hate group leader and advocating burning down the lacrosse players' house. And, apparently, Indy is under the impression that none of "Durham's poor black citizens" are gay or lesbian, given Peterson's record of homophobic statements and actions.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

KC:

RE; Indy

"the police investigation into the Duke lacrosse case has raised questions regarding department protocol."

"department protocol".... it sounds very innocuous.

Ken
Dallas

Debrah said...

I think I'm going to be sick!

So glad KC posted that unbelievably disgusting column by Hal Crowther. I wanted to read it last night.

Go to his website (HalCrowther.com) to get a view of this libelous urchin.

He's such a creep.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.....which is 50 times more ultra-Liberal than Chapel Hill.

He went to Williams College where KC taught for a while so he's not a dumbazz.

Crowther has written some good articles in the past; however, I had no idea he had become a mini-Bill Chafe.

On his website there is a photo of him and his wife when they were young. She's the one with the really heavy Southern accent. And I mean heavy.

For Spook--the one with the flat behind. LOL!

Crowther lives in Hillsborough where a virtual little village of 88 types have settled.

Peter Wood grows his gourds there when he's not trying to damage Duke lacrosse players.

miriam cooke and her little doting husband live there.

Allan Gurganus.

Bonnie Bonilla and his wife Mary Hovespian (sp?) live there.

Perhaps Chafe as well.

Hal Crowther needs to be obliterated for what he wrote. He's just a huge Gang of 88 mascot.

Kgun5 said...

At least they mentioned Peterson's support of Big Mike. The voters should know enough of Nifong and his shenanigans by now to understand what that connection signifies. And if they don't, they stand to lose even more with the upcoming elections.

Kgun5 said...

As an afterthought, I'd like to add that I have no understanding for people like Catotti. Here is a person that is the success story for progressive politics, and in the end, she's exactly like the rest of them. Ideals first, common sense second.

bill anderson said...

K.C.,

What we are seeing is yet another example of the unprincipled left, the category into which Indy falls. These are people who simply worship political power and nothing else. They have no principles at all and will lie whenever it suits them.

Kgun5 said...

Love this quote from the endorsement article: "...the city needs leaders who will honor transparency in government."

But only transparent to those living in Durham, right Catotti?

Debrah said...

Check out who endorses Crowther's book.

Compare that to the kinds of people who have endorsed and heaped high praise on KC's book.

I hate to tell Hal, but if you have to use Bill Moyers on your website as an endorsement, then you're in a graveyard with lights.

bill anderson said...

I re-read Crowther's column that K.C. highlighted, and in retrospect, it is even more evil than I had realized at the time. Even when the truth was put plainly in front of him, Crowther ran after the lie, and he did it enthusiastically and knowing that it was a lie.

This man is pure, unadulterated evil, and he and Nifong -- and the rest of the Triangle's "progressive" crowd -- surely deserve each other.

Debrah said...

Hal has yet another libelous column that he wrote this year...not long after Roy Cooper declared the lacrosse players innocent. I remember reading this one when KC posted it; however, seeing it now....after everything that we know...is really disgusting.

Check out just this excerpt. This isn't even the worst.

Crowther goes all over the map to cite examples of other people and what they might have done to slam the Duke lacrosse players.

If I were these guys, I'd sue him for this column and the one he wrote just this summer.

*****************************************

One of the worst things I've ever heard about college students came from a graduate student (not at Duke), a woman who tries to rescue puppies that undergraduates dump at animal shelters when they go home for the summer. Often as not, she said, these flint-hearted scholars adopt another hapless animal in the fall.

Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong talks to reporters after winning the May primary.
Photo by Jenny Warburg
If you ever did such a thing, and thought nothing of it, you'd probably be surprised to know that I'd never hire you or vote for you, and that I'd fight like hell to keep you from marrying my daughter. I don't know you at all, son, and frankly you scare me.

"Some humans ain't human," John Prine sings. "Some people ain't kind."

Compassion is wasted on people who can't feel any. Peter Wood complained of an unfamiliar callousness in some of his students, a harshness resistant to empathy and compassion. He used the word "crassness"--a deliberate, fashionable insensitivity. As if kindness, courtesy and concern for the weak and the underdog--the package they used to call "chivalry"--has been declared effeminate and retro. Someone has convinced these young Americans that life is a rat race, and they're not unwilling rats.

A court will decide whether this Neanderthal mindset is conducive to sexual assault. But abandoning dogs and taunting racial minorities--a detail in the lacrosse case lawyers haven't bothered to deny--is behavior for which neither high spirits nor distilled spirits can account. It's fathoms below sub-baccalaureate; it's subhuman.

AF said...

Where in a civilized world could such a heinous pig find work, far less a woman or a friend? But it was a respectable conservative, David Brooks of The New York Times, who struck a note that surprised and chilled me. I assume Brooks knows no more about the athletes' guilt or innocence than I do. He did no reporting of his own, offered no fresh facts or insights. What motivated him to call the rape case "a witch hunt"? What do we make of his unmistakable impulse to worry more about injustice to the white boys than to the woman who says they raped her? To imply that rich white athletes are unsafe in the North Carolina legal system is like saying the Pope can't get a fair trial in Vatican City.

So much for this statement. AG Roy Cooper shot this statement to hell in a hand basket with one word---INNOCENT.

"A few years ago, a new kind of faculty began to show up at Duke," ... "Cynical, arrogant, callous, dismissive--you could almost say openly hostile. They weren't all teachers, by any means. But some of the first ones I noticed were potbangers." In 2004, Wood sent a letter to his dean, warning of an ugly minority that had grown "beyond the 'few bad apples' stage" and complaining that teachers were ignoring the Faculty Handbook and fostering disrespect for academics.

Crowther needed just a little correction in his disgusting article. The correction he needed is called TRUTH. Like honesty and integrity, these are traits which largely escaped many of the MSM during the LAX HOAX.

Something happened. Lies. Prosecutorial and police misconduct. Academic prostitution. Administrative abandonment. Denigration of a city and a university.

How about a new picture of Peter Wood at the LAX field?

Mr. Crowther, why don't you take on another of the jocks you so readily chastise. Try Jay Bilas. Please let us know before it happens. Maybe the Coliseum would be an appropriate location. You will, indeed, be throwing yourself to the lions. Jay will chew you up, spit you out, and out-speak or out-analyze you without blinking an eye. Get ready, take your best shot, and say hey to Leo for me!

confused said...

I just got the results back from DNA Security - I am the son of Crystal Gail Mangum. I am also my own father and her brother.

Life is bad.

Anonymous said...

I found Crowther's columns stupid - does he still have a job? The title of his book is great but all of these clowns need their books boycotted.

Anonymous said...

I'm still so amazed that Oxford-American has printed no form of retraction of Hal's stupid claim in his "Worst of the South" article that the Attorney General had not used the word innocent and that the players had been exonerated slightly less than O.J.

Debrah said...

Scroll down to the bottom of Crowther's page...to the photo with his wife in his younger days.

Notice how soft and bulky he is. No muscle tone in his arms.

He was probably a wuss in sports when he was in school. Maybe he has always been envious of real jocks.

Not exactly hot jock material.

LOL!!!

inman said...

9:37

Good God...we're related?!?!

One Spook said...

Debrah @ 10:01 opines about Crowther:

"Not exactly hot jock material."

Well ... if you have to post your Little League photo in your Bio, that pretty well speaks for itself ...

One Spook

Anonymous said...

Victoria is a loon - apparently not harmless. Good laugh 11:54PM

Anonymous said...

"Compare that to the kinds of people who have endorsed and heaped high praise on KC's book."

I'm puzzled. does KC have a book out? I can't find it in any local stores.

Greenspan's book sold 128,000 copies the first week.

OJ's book "If I Did It" sold 30,000 copies

Toobin's "Court" Scans (of which I have never even heard) sold 18,000 copies.

Does anyone think that if KC's book had been stacked on the front tables of bookstores, that browsers might have found them, recalled seeing KC on GMA or seeing the Reader's Digest article, and bought a copy?

BUT THERE WERE NO COPIES...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Compare that to the kinds of people who have endorsed and heaped high praise on KC's book."

I'm puzzled. does KC have a book out? I can't find it in any local stores.

Greenspan's book sold 128,000 copies the first week.

OJ's book "If I Did It" sold 30,000 copies

Toobin's "Court" Scans (of which I have never even heard) sold 18,000 copies.

Does anyone think that if KC's book had been stacked on the front tables of bookstores, that browsers might have found them, recalled seeing KC on GMA or seeing the Reader's Digest article, and bought a copy?

BUT THERE WERE NO COPIES...

9/27/07 12:24 AM


KC, save this comment for your lawsuit against your publisher.

RRH

Anonymous said...

Books A Million had copies of KC's book when there were none to be found at Barnes and Noble.

mac said...

Someone's gotta ask: "are Barnes and Nobles...?"

No, not communist. Ready to piss off the public? I went in, and one of the clerks said they had sold all their copies. I asked how many that was. She said:
"One. Would you like to order one?"

Yeah, right. And make my fries "Biggies," while you're at it.

Ralph Phelan said...

"I'm still so amazed that Oxford-American has printed no form of retraction of Hal's stupid claim in his "Worst of the South" article that the Attorney General had not used the word innocent and that the players had been exonerated slightly less than O.J."

Hmmmmm.... Defamation suit?

LarryD said...

Having heard all the trouble others were having in finding UPI, I went into Barns and Noble prepared to order it. It turned out that the store I picked had it in stock, and even under the "True Crime" category. Of course, I live in Kansas. YMMV