Tuesday, March 6, 2012

All Politics, All The Time

While the left has proclaimed itself outrageously outraged over Rush Limbaugh's "slut" comments, folks on the right seem unexpectedly annoyed over some of Rush's advertisers pulling their ads from the show. Carbonite, for one, has drawn particular ire, no doubt because Carbonite CEO David Friend made some pompous comments about "discourse" on his way out the door. Jeffrey Lord did some digging and found that Friend has some surprising political donations in his FEC disclosures:

Take a look here at this link to Bloomberg/Business Week which profiles Mr. Friend and affirms him as "General Partner" of an investment group called "Orchid Partners" in Boston, Massachusetts. And Orchid Partners? Yes indeed, they are the venture capital firm behind… Carbonite. 
Where Mr. Friend is listed as "Co-Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President." 
So when you cross check Mr. David Friend of Orchid Partners in Boston with the Federal Election Commission, one finds -- ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh shocker!……… that a Mr. David Friend of Orchid Partners in Boston has been a contributor to… ready? Here's the list of just where David Friend spends his political money: 
MoveOn.org, America Coming Together and Democracy for America, all three listed here as George Soros funded groups, the latter set up by Howard Dean. Texans for Truth also drew Mr. Friend's support. This group, according to Wikipedia, was set up by MoveOn.org spin-off Drive Democracy.org in 2004. Why? To… wait for it… challenge then-President Bush's service in the Texas National Guard. The precise same stunt for which CBS fired Dan Rather after documents were discovered to have been forged. The Bush-Cheney campaign said of Texans for Truth that it was "a smear group launching baseless attacks on behalf of John Kerry's campaign that will be rejected by the American people." They were. But that didn't quench Mr. Friend's affection for either the smear campaign or supporting leftist candidates such as Howard Dean, and John Kerry. 
And get a load of this. Take a look right here at Ed "Laura Ingraham is a slut" Schultz's site for his radio show. Who is listed as a Schultz sponsor? That's right: Carbonite. Like Rush Limbaugh, Ed Schultz apologized. The difference? If Rush uses the word "slut" to illustrate the absurdity of the left-wing Sandra Fluke's views -- David Friend is outraged. But when Ed Schultz refers in hostile fashion out of the blue to conservative and Catholic Laura Ingraham as a "slut" -- hey, no big deal for Carbonite. 


Howard Dean?

George Soros?

Friend has been donating money to the left of the left, the worst of the worst. As Lord notes, these are the folks who broadcast the most despicable of the anti-Bush propaganda during the 2000's. And, now Friend is huffing over some well-deserved harsh co mmentary directed at a left-wing activist demanding that "we" pay for her birth control? 

I could understand some marginal guy living in a Mission District flat donating some stray dollars to MoveOn.org and keeping a yellowing Bushhitler sign on his wall. But, Friend is a wealthy and, presumably, sophisticated businessman, yet he's no better, rhetorically speaking, than Van Jones yelling about "The System."

Our elites are worse than we think. 

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