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Ve haf vays of keeping you silent!

We opined a cou­ple of days ago about the hell and cen­sor­ship and short sheet­ing of beds that the left suf­fered under the evil Bush-​Hitler-​Satan-​Sauren et-​al last week. You might remem­ber this bit we quoted from the wall street journal:

As far as The Nation is con­cerned, just about every pro­gres­sive book­store, musi­cian, the­ater troupe and mime is com­mit­ted to fight­ing the stran­gle­hold of cen­sor­ship. Except, well, they don’t actu­ally get censored

There was actu­ally plenty of cen­sor­ship going on dur­ing the Bush years, but not in Amer­ica. I wrote about it often in the old HiWired blog before we went under. One example:

While the Net Neu­tral­ity debate con­tin­ues in the USA, China shows the world how cen­sor­ship is actu­ally done:

On Mon­day author­i­ties blocked the search engines of Sina​.com and Sohu​.com to try to upgrade their cen­sor­ship capa­bil­i­ties, web­site staff said.

We all know how impor­tant upgrades are to a system.

She refused to spec­ify what aspects of the search engine had been inspected. But on Tues­day Sina staff said the gov­ern­ment was seek­ing to enhance the cen­sor­ship capa­bil­i­ties to bet­ter pre­empt “unhealthy” content.

Yup; got to make sure those nasty words like Democ­racy and free­dom are blocked properly…

…Back in the 80’s I had a co-​worker whose fam­ily had been able to get out of the Soviet Union dur­ing the cold war. He had the gift of per­spec­tive that some lack.

Well we are still 15 hours away from the start of the Obama era and we are already see­ing inter­est­ing stuff:

Exhibit A: Rap lyrics sud­denly cleaned up can’t say boo to the CIA when it belongs to the one:

This politic bit of self-​censorship is another, although I admit, I didn’t expect the agency that plays Snidely Whiplash in so many lefty fan­tasies to be absolved so soon. Then again, even by the stan­dards of most Obama cultists, will.i.am’s always been unusu­ally devout; if the avatar of Change asks you to sus­pend your crit­i­cism of the gov­ern­ment in the inter­ests of Hope, how do you tell him no

Not to worry com­menter Scott explains all:

Has it occurred to any­one that will.i.am sim­ply had the com­mon sense to real­ize that under the cir­cum­stances, he needed to tone the song down? Or do peo­ple just assume he’s not that smart?

Posted By: Scott | Jan­u­ary 19, 2009 at 04:59 PM

Right we all know how the left prac­ticed deco­rum dur­ing the Bush years. Wasn’t there a dis­rup­tion of a Rick Warren’s Mar­tin Luther King Day Ser­mon just today?

Exhibit B Con­tro­ver­sial items dropped from broad­casts and “speaker mal­func­tions”:

It turns out, Obama and his tran­si­tion team didn’t want Robin­son in the broad­cast. His invo­ca­tion was specif­i­cally referred to as part of the “pre-​show” not included in the broad­cast, which was again sold to HBO lim­it­ing the audi­ence of it from the beginning.

That doesn’t even men­tion the fact that a large por­tion of the audi­ence in atten­dance didn’t even hear the prayer because of a “speaker mal­func­tion.” (From GetRe​li​gion​.org con­tributer and Gan­nett reporter in Wash­ing­ton Mol­lie Ziegler: Friends who went down to the Lin­coln Memo­r­ial reported that the micro­phone cut out just as Robin­son began his prayer and only came back on as he said “Amen.”)

After all mid­dle Amer­ica that was fed pablum from the main­stream press is now pay­ing atten­tion. Can’t have them see his sup­port­ers say­ing the real stuff.

Exhibit C: Come­di­ans can’t find any­thing funny about Obama:

Dan Gre­gor, the screen­writer, vol­un­teered for the Obama cam­paign, work­ing on phone banks with many come­di­ans. “We felt, like, actual own­er­ship of the polit­i­cal process in some way,” he said. “This felt like the right way to cap that off.”

That sounds awfully sin­cere. “It’s the death of com­edy,” Mr. Gre­gor said. “We’ve entered the era of sin­cer­ity. That’s unfor­tu­nate because sin­cer­ity is pretty bland. But if it makes the world bet­ter, I’ll give up sarcasm.”

After all can’t bite the hand that they sup­ported. Self cen­sor­ship for polit­i­cal rea­sons. So much for the truth to power the­ory. After all they are too busy sud­denly decid­ing that we are all Amer­i­cans now and pledg­ing to do all those good thing that they just couldn’t bring them­selves to do with Bush in Office.

Andrew Bre­it­bart answers them bluntly:

Remem­ber this video: It is a instruc­tive relic of the era of celebrity deca­dence and bou­tique anti-​Republican activism under Pres­i­dent Bush. It is a sick­en­ing dis­play that they want fast and easy abso­lu­tion for hav­ing com­ported them­selves like ill-​behaved chil­dren for eight dif­fi­cult and war-​torn years.

Good luck, Pres­i­dent Obama. The rest of you can go to hell.

Exhibit D: The real thing offi­cially announced by author­i­ties:

Mason school offi­cials said they are tak­ing a proac­tive edu­ca­tional approach in advance of next week’s planned Inau­gu­ra­tion Day activities.

Inap­pro­pri­ate com­ments that may make other stu­dents, staff or fam­i­lies feel unwel­come or uncom­fort­able in school or on the bus will not be tol­er­ated,” Super­in­ten­dent Kevin Bright said in an e-​mail sent to par­ents Mon­day, Jan. 12.

After all this is the one, not a con­ser­v­a­tive pres­i­dent or can­di­date. Was it only just 4 months ago that my son and I saw a school super­in­ten­dent stand­ing with stu­dents at a Palin appear­ance in NH as they screamed she was a bad mother because her daugh­ter was unmar­ried and pregnant?

I sus­pect we will be see­ing a lot of this stuff. And the media will entourage us con­ser­v­a­tives to be quiet and go along.

Like Hell!

We opined a couple of days ago about the hell and censorship and short sheeting of beds that the left suffered under the evil Bush-Hitler-Satan-Sauren et-al last week. You might remember this bit we quoted from the wall street journal:

As far as The Nation is concerned, just about every progressive bookstore, musician, theater troupe and mime is committed to fighting the stranglehold of censorship. Except, well, they don’t actually get censored

There was actually plenty of censorship going on during the Bush years, but not in America. I wrote about it often in the old HiWired blog before we went under. One example:

While the Net Neutrality debate continues in the USA, China shows the world how censorship is actually done:

On Monday authorities blocked the search engines of Sina.com and Sohu.com to try to upgrade their censorship capabilities, website staff said.

We all know how important upgrades are to a system.

She refused to specify what aspects of the search engine had been inspected. But on Tuesday Sina staff said the government was seeking to enhance the censorship capabilities to better preempt “unhealthy” content.

Yup; got to make sure those nasty words like Democracy and freedom are blocked properly…

…Back in the 80’s I had a co-worker whose family had been able to get out of the Soviet Union during the cold war. He had the gift of perspective that some lack.

Well we are still 15 hours away from the start of the Obama era and we are already seeing interesting stuff:

Exhibit A: Rap lyrics suddenly cleaned up can’t say boo to the CIA when it belongs to the one:

This politic bit of self-censorship is another, although I admit, I didn’t expect the agency that plays Snidely Whiplash in so many lefty fantasies to be absolved so soon. Then again, even by the standards of most Obama cultists, will.i.am’s always been unusually devout; if the avatar of Change asks you to suspend your criticism of the government in the interests of Hope, how do you tell him no

Not to worry commenter Scott explains all:

Has it occurred to anyone that will.i.am simply had the common sense to realize that under the circumstances, he needed to tone the song down? Or do people just assume he’s not that smart?

Posted By: Scott | January 19, 2009 at 04:59 PM

Right we all know how the left practiced decorum during the Bush years. Wasn’t there a disruption of a Rick Warren’s Martin Luther King Day Sermon just today?

Exhibit B Controversial items dropped from broadcasts and “speaker malfunctions“:

It turns out, Obama and his transition team didn’t want Robinson in the broadcast. His invocation was specifically referred to as part of the “pre-show” not included in the broadcast, which was again sold to HBO limiting the audience of it from the beginning.

That doesn’t even mention the fact that a large portion of the audience in attendance didn’t even hear the prayer because of a “speaker malfunction.” (From GetReligion.org contributer and Gannett reporter in Washington Mollie Ziegler: Friends who went down to the Lincoln Memorial reported that the microphone cut out just as Robinson began his prayer and only came back on as he said “Amen.”)

After all middle America that was fed pablum from the mainstream press is now paying attention. Can’t have them see his supporters saying the real stuff.

Exhibit C: Comedians can’t find anything funny about Obama:

Dan Gregor, the screenwriter, volunteered for the Obama campaign, working on phone banks with many comedians. “We felt, like, actual ownership of the political process in some way,” he said. “This felt like the right way to cap that off.”

That sounds awfully sincere. “It’s the death of comedy,” Mr. Gregor said. “We’ve entered the era of sincerity. That’s unfortunate because sincerity is pretty bland. But if it makes the world better, I’ll give up sarcasm.”

After all can’t bite the hand that they supported. Self censorship for political reasons. So much for the truth to power theory. After all they are too busy suddenly deciding that we are all Americans now and pledging to do all those good thing that they just couldn’t bring themselves to do with Bush in Office.

Andrew Breitbart answers them bluntly:

Remember this video: It is a instructive relic of the era of celebrity decadence and boutique anti-Republican activism under President Bush. It is a sickening display that they want fast and easy absolution for having comported themselves like ill-behaved children for eight difficult and war-torn years.

Good luck, President Obama. The rest of you can go to hell.

Exhibit D: The real thing officially announced by authorities:

Mason school officials said they are taking a proactive educational approach in advance of next week’s planned Inauguration Day activities.

“Inappropriate comments that may make other students, staff or families feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in school or on the bus will not be tolerated,” Superintendent Kevin Bright said in an e-mail sent to parents Monday, Jan. 12.

After all this is the one, not a conservative president or candidate. Was it only just 4 months ago that my son and I saw a school superintendent standing with students at a Palin appearance in NH as they screamed she was a bad mother because her daughter was unmarried and pregnant?

I suspect we will be seeing a lot of this stuff. And the media will entourage us conservatives to be quiet and go along.

Like Hell!