Trust but verify

Ronald Reagan

When I read this response from Mark Zukerberg to Brent Bozell’s worries about Facebook labeling news as fake:

I expressed grave concern with this decision and the liberal ‘fact-checking’ organizations Facebook has chosen. Mr. Zuckerberg assured me that his express aim is to eliminate only patently false news stories from Facebook. He underscored he has instructed these organizations to focus only on truly fake news and nothing of a political nature.

and saw this tweet:

My mind instantly heard

This is the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe, but it is a demand on which I will not yield. I am thankful to Mr. Chamberlain for all his trouble and I assured him that the German people wants nothing but peace, but I also declared that I cannot go beyond the limits of our patience. I further assured him and I repeat here that if this problem is solved, there will be no further territorial problems in Europe for Germany.

I suspect it’s because of these multiple examples of facebook bias from this post,  Molly Hemingway’s excellent federalist piece

This is not to say that “fake news” doesn’t exist. Of course it exists. It always has and it always will. But the idea that it’s a major problem requiring limits on expression is crazy. Even the stories claiming it’s big news show that it’s not. Pew Charitable Trusts followed their progressive marching orders and did a poll on the matter. They spun it as dramatically as they could: “Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion.”

But it actually showed that 84 percent of Americans are confident that they can detect fake news when they come across it. Their concerns about fake news are really concerns about the spread of false information — something that just as well describes mainstream media as sites that more overtly craft fake news.

and this one at Breitbart

IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A cursory search of the Poynter Institute website finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Poynter’s IFCN is also funded by the Omidyar Network, which is the nonprofit for liberal billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The Omidyar Network has partnered with the Open Society on numerous projects and it has given grants to third parties using the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.  Tides is one of the largest donors to left-wing causes in the U.S.

All of this comes down to what a Galenian, whose birthday we are celebrating a week from tomorrow, once said

A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.

Now while I understand that Mr. Bozell as a Gentleman took Mr. Zuckerberg at his word

I will accept in good faith his commitment  to address our concerns on this matter.

I trust he did so in the spirit of Churchill and not of Chamberlin and with the full knowledge that many below him in the Facebook hierarchy who will be actually making the decisions on what to flag and what not will take Mr. Zuckerberg’s statement to him with a wink and a nod.

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Spock: I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I have simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.

Star Trek: The Alternative Factor 1967

One of the things that we are hearing constantly from our friends on the left, even as we see images of leftists rioting and destroying over the election of Trump, is that muslims, blacks and latinos are being victimized by hate crimes by Trump supporters since the election. We’ve heard both Van Jones and Mr. Kahn on CNN (who has become the new Cindy Sheehan absolute moral authority voice of the left) about such things going on and I’ve heard said reports on CBS radio as well.

But you know what I haven’t heard or seen? Any audio or video of such events.

We live in an internet age, where smartphones are had by practically everyone, college students, factory workers, etc etc etc. The ability to record, either on audio or video a person threatening you is the push of a button away as is the ability upload such audio or video.

Yet for all of the talk of this going on we don’t see any of the actual evidence, nor a line of people going to police and filing charges. Actually that’s not true we did see one young lady making that claim to police in Louisiana but…

A Louisiana college student has acknowledged she fabricated a report that she was assaulted and robbed of her wallet and Muslim headscarf by two men, one of whom she described as wearing a white “Trump” hat, police said Thursday.

The Lafayette Police Department said in a statement that it is no longer investigating the 18-year-old woman’s claims, which were made within hours of Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

Police said the student told investigators she was walking near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus Wednesday morning when she was accosted by two white men who drove up in a gray sedan. Police added the student had claimed the men shouted racial obscenities as they knocked her down and stole her wallet and the headscarf, known as a hijab.

Charlie Bier, a spokesman for the university, said a federal privacy law prohibits him from saying whether the student could be disciplined.

On the other had we have no shortage of video of Trump supporters being beaten to wit:

So to all of those claiming a hate crime wave, I challenge you to show me some video and audio, and I further challenge you to file a police report and file charges and let’s find out if there is some there there. After all is it credible that there is absolutely no video of this if it is so common?

If this is actually happening such people doing these things, like those attacking trump supporters should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

If this is NOT happening and people are perpetuating hoaxes for the sake of political advantage then they too should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

But until I see the video, or the police reports, signed under pains of perjury you’ll forgive me for assuming that you are lying through your teeth.


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Too many of us are getting caught in the weeds.

If one’s perspective is Christian, one is able to see a broader perspective of the direction in which Leftist ideology has taken this country. I’m not saying that all will see; I’m saying that they can see, if they are willing to look. And, sometimes, God will open the eyes of wisdom so widely that you’ll wonder why you didn’t see certain things before. The answers will have been right in front of you all the time. But, again, willingness comes into play.

Often, we are unable to see things right in front of us and this is because we don’t want to see them. But it’s there.

And it’s this: the Left wants death. For as many as possible.

For the ideological intractable. For the ethnically/politically useless. For the previously useful who have become useless. And for as many as can be killed just for hate’s sake.

Remember what the late Larry Grathwohl–infiltrator of the Weatherman Underground–claimed the Bill Ayers said about the Left’s desired fate for those who refuse to embrace communism/socialism/Marxism/progressivism. Ayers has never disavowed the following:

I brought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government: we become responsible then for administrating 250 million people. And there was no answers. No one had given any thought to economics, how you’re going to clothe and feed these people. […] They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter revolution and they felt that this counter revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing reeducation centers in the Southwest where [they] would take all the people who needed to be reeducated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be. I asked, well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t reeducate that are diehard capitalists and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate I mean kill – 25 million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.

Childish musings from a bunch of misguided wannabe revolutionaries? Perhaps. But the fact that we are seeing it come to pass isn’t mutually exclusive to my summation of their character.

They are not so wannabe anymore.

And here’s the bottom line: nearly every social change—there’s that word—we have seen since the1960s has the deaths of the “counter-revolutionaries”—the anti-Left–as the goal. That would be you and me. (Andrew Breitbart knew this and his special gifts were making it plain for us and displaying his great joy at doing so.)

Perhaps I’m exaggerating or maybe I’m paranoid. But everything that’s happened since the sixties and, most especially since 2008, points there. Much of it also leads to fewer Americans being born, which amounts to the same thing.

Of course it would have already come to pass were it not for that pesky Second Amendment. Therefore, much slower and more insidious methods have been necessary. Like these.

  • Abortion on demand
  • The normalization of homosexuality and the indoctrination of gender confusion into K-12 school children
  • Feminist-induced demonization of heterosexual men, culminating in alienation between them and heterosexual women
  • The planned destruction of the family, starting with the black family
    • This has a direct link to the feral behavior which we see among black teenagers and many who are older, leading to death.
    • This also has a direct link to the high rate of incarceration for black men and black-perpetrated homicides, leading to children not be born or becoming feral
  • The political, financial and social subjection of America to her enemies; to those who want to destroy America
  • The demonization of white Americans, coupled with black failure to hold other black individuals accountable for their criminal and immoral actions
  • The continuous exacerbation of racial hatred, which is intended to lead to racial war
  • The planned induction of foreign pestilences

There is much more evidence that death–for Americans and of America herself—is the goal of the Left. And we have forgotten this since the onslaught began; hundreds of brazen actions—some so ridiculous that they are difficult to believe–perpetrated  on the American people since the fruit of Left’s loins, Barack H. Obama, was inaugurated as president of the United States. (He is another weed which we get caught in; the real problem is the fear evident in the other two branches of government. They are afraid to restrain him.)

So it’s our death that the Left wants. Theft of our property. And destruction of our country.

They told you so and they keep telling you. When are you going to believe it?

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One of my most memorable moments at CPAC over the last 4 years was when Andrew Breitbart jumped onto a table and laid down on it to be interviewed.

it was quite a spectacle but Andrew understood that when the media doesn’t want to notice you, it’s necessary to act in a way to be noticed

Andrew Breitbart "sits" for an interview at CPAC 2011
Andrew Breitbart “sits” for an interview at CPAC 2011

That dynamic has just been played in the Texas GOP primary yesterday.

One of the problems when you are a candidate with a lot of passion, a message that grass roots seems to like but not a lot of money is to get noticed.

Dwayne Stovall has been campaigning for the Senate seat held by John Cornyn in Texas for a while and that has been a problem.

You can get Tea Party Endorsements:

Tea Party-endorsed candidate in Texas for U. S. Senate, Dwayne Stovall, just received a notification from JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America – We the People – one of the largest constitutional conservative grassroots groups in Texas, that Dwayne Stovall has earned the enthusiastic and unanimous support from its board of directors. The organization will release a full statement of support later today.

Stovall also wins the support and endorsement of Southern Conservative, a group that formerly supported Rep. Steve Stockman. Southern Conservative uses all means necessary to promote conservatism and remind the country of our roots.

So far he has 23 such endorsements…and you can win straw poll…:

the Houston Young Republicans, announced the results of their straw poll, and they overwhelmingly chose Dwayne Stovall as the winner. Stovall won with three-quarters of the votes cast, and Stockman and Cornyn split most of the small remainder. This is the seventh straw poll win, and that out of seven straw polls. Stovall has won every straw poll to date across a variety of conservative groups.

…after strawpoll

Stovall won the straw poll of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Congressional District 36, which is Rep. Steve Stockman’s district. Stockman placed 4th after Stovall, Cornyn, and Undecided, and has yet to win any straw polls.

and the media won’t care.

You can even produce a pretty good ad on your opponent’s record

and not much will happen if the MSM doesn’t want to notice you.

But, if 24 hours after being mentioned by a national blogger who has had you on his radio with a big Texas readership…

If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day

Update: That didn’t take long

“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

…you release an ad not only highlighting Cornyn flip on the debt ceiling for the sake of McConnell but comparing the minority whip to a cartoon turtle.

Suddenly people like Dave Weigel:

In the primary for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat, Dwayne Stovall hasn’t gotten as much coverage as Rep. Steve Stockman. The reason, mostly, is that missing “Rep.” Stockman, for all his issues, has been elected to Congress. Stovall is a more typical Tea Party challenger, the kind who runs and wins a small share of the vote on the way to an incumbent’s re-election.

But he does have this ad.

and The Washington Post:

But, just when you thought you had seen it all comes this ad via Dwayne Stovall, who is also challenging Cornyn in the Texas primary.

notice you.

And then defenders of the establishment like Greta Van Susteran attack you

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Friday blasted a bizarre television spot by longshot Texas Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall that likens Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a Looney Tunes turtle.

“This ad is lousy,” Van Susteren said on her Fox website. “It is gratuitously insulting.

“I have no idea whether Stovall is a great candidate or not — but his ad makes me think he is a jerk,” she added. “You can be clever and funny in ads … or you can be gratuitously insulting.”

giving you the chance to replay thus on twitter:

I’m sure Dwayne loves the attention but there is a point to be made here, consider the comments of The Huffington Post concerning the ad:

U.S. Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall stole some attention Thursday from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Now maybe it’s just me but I’d say beating Rep Steve Stockman and winning a straw poll in his own district (not to mention beating him & Cornyn in 7 others) constitutes stealing a man’s thunder considerablly more than an ad with a picture of a turtle & a talking dog.

However Weigel, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Huffington Post and Greta didn’t think he was newsworthy when he was winning straw polls, nor did they notice the highly substantive ad concerning Cornyn’s voting record.

He only became worthy of note when he compared the appearance of a GOP senator the MSM wants to defeat badly, Mitch McConnell, to a cartoon turtle and he only became worthy of Greta’s attack when the comparison might stick.

It does say something unflattering but not about Dwayne Stovall & his run for Senate but about the MSM who care more about cartoons than substance.

To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:

If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…

…just like Andrew Breitbart did.

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Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio Lee Stranahan joins us not just for an hour but for 90 minutes.

We’re going to talk Beirut but we’re also going to talk Shirley Sherrod & Pigford and the pro-bono lawsuit to destroy Breitbart’s widow.

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There is a divide in this country that once didn’t exist a divide that is being illustrated very strongly in action both getting lots of press and being ignored”

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During the shutdown we’ve seen what US Park Rangers will tolerate. They’ll tolerate strong-arming tourists and locking them in hotels, they’ll eject WW 2 vets & Vietnam nets from their memorial and even impede access to roads and business to obey the shutdown order.

The Park Service is willing to forever have their reputation tarnished to watch the Back of Obama No matter what effect it has on them.

There was a time when that would have been unthinkable.

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It’s been almost 2 years since Andrew Breitbart died but Shirley Sherrod (remember her) still wants blood.

In February 2011, Kirkland & Ellis sued Andrew Breitbart and others for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In February 2012, after weathering the pressure of the lawsuit for a year, Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure. He left a wife and four children.

One might have thought that would be the end of the matter.

Not content to have hounded Andrew for a year before he died, Shirley Sherrod’s lawyers are now seeking to add Susie Bean Breitbart as a defendant to Sherrod’s lawsuit. Andrew’s widow has been described as the nicest woman in Los Angeles. She had nothing to do with Andrew’s work at Breirtbart.com, save for perhaps putting up with his endless hours on the phone.

Breitbart was not a rich man but he had written about Pigford and Pigford and as Lee Stranahan reports Sherrod & her family had fingers in it. (emphasis mine)

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this lawsuit comes just as things are starting to heat up in the Pigford investigation. Mrs. Sherrod is connected to Pigford. She’s the largest recipient of a Pigford claim; she, er husband Charles Sherrod and the New Communities farm won over thirteen million dollars while most other farmers only got $50,000. Mrs. Sherrod was hired by the USDA after this award. Prior to being hired, she worked to help keep angry black farmers from pulling out of the lawsuit after they objected to the terms of the consent decree. And despite her hero status with many, the farmers I have personally interviewed about Mrs. Sherrod have decidedly mixed feelings about her.

It’s worth noting while she is going after Breitbart’s widdow & children who she is NOT Suing:

Shirley Sherrod resigned. She is not suing Tom Vilsack, nor is Shirley Sherrod suing Vilsack’s boss, Barack Obama.

That’s because they were enabling $13 mil in government Andrew highlighted it.

There was a time when someone trying to sue a widow & 4 children would have been unthinkable. Not Anymore.

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While it has not gotten a lot of press lately the IRS scandal still moves forward. the latest news is that the IRS apparently was sharing personal information:

Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.

Yes you read that right, the IRS, you know the people who went after the Tea Party because they opposed Obama and whose officials have taken the fifth, they are sharing taxpayer information with the White House. In fact it’s worse than it sounds:

“The data show that, had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 to 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.”

Given those numbers, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the IRS targeting, Veuger said.

And who came to those conclusions?

The AEI study was done by Veuger, Andreas Madestam of Stockholm University, and Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott, both from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

And it’s not just groups, individuals are worthy of investigation:

Carson said he had only his suspicions to go on, but this year was the first time his taxes had been audited by the IRS and he added that the agency had tarnished its reputation for trustworthiness in an earlier scandal.

“We are in a situation where a government agency has been used to harass opponents of the administration, which places everything that the IRS does in a light of suspicion,” Carson said in an interview Thursday. “So whether this is a massive coincidence or if I was targeted, it looks suspicious.”

There was a time when such behavior would not be tolerated where the people where the objections would be so strong they could not stand. As Glenn Reynolds put it:

If this were a Republican administration, there’d be impeachment talk on every nightly news program.

But it’s not, so it does not.

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In my lifetime the country would have been united against such things now this is not the case and it’s brought this kind of reaction:

More and more I’m beginning to believe that there are very few people on the left who are decent.

To get that reaction from Karen the Lonely Conservative takes an effort. To get it from Stacy McCain, well that takes no effort at all:

The Culture of Victimhood encourages people to turn every grievance into a license to inflict harm on others. Flimsy accusations rooted in dishonesty or self-pity (or both) are applauded as “courageous,” and exploitation of the system is hailed as “social justice.” A sex offender turns her crime into a fable about homophobia, a notorious convicted felon claims to be a victim of “malicious prosecution, conspiracy to abuse process, defamation, false light invasion of privacy, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and stalking,” and we have become so accustomed to this evidence of pervasive moral decadence that we are not even outraged by it.

I’m past the point of being angry at the people who do this stuff.

I’m angry at everybody who is not as angry about it as I am.

One thing about anger, it comes from expectations. Stacy & I are old enough that we recall when such behavior would have been way beyond the pale and Stacy’s expectations have not decreased. The question is why has the behavior become acceptable against conservatives?

Ironically the answer comes from Jake Tapper on in a Q & A on Reddit: (emphasis mine)

“Do you believe there is bias in mainstream media?” a Reddit user asked. “If yes, which way does it slant and which networks?”

“Yes I do,” Tapper replied, “but I also think it’s more complicated than just liberal bias.”

“I think there are a lot of hard-working reporters in NYC and DC who have never fired a gun, or never worked a 9-5 manual labor job, or lived in the middle of the country, or worried about their next paycheck, or have anyone in their family who serves in the military and I think that creates a cultural bias,

That’s the secret. Since the rise of secular America there have been two cultures in America, one the Traditional Judeo-Christian culture that has been part of America forever and the other the new secular one which the media and the left has embraced.

Judeo Christian values have specific definitions of right and wrong. There are things things that cross the line and those lines are the boundaries of decent behavior. Thus the while it’s fair to say George Tiller was a killer, murdering him crosses the line and no pro-life group, no member of clergy & no member of the conservative movement celebrated his actions and his killer is not elevated to hero status.

However in a secular culture where right and wrong are flexible, where the ends justify the means, where the tactics are less important that the result things are different.

The Best illustration of this came during the Chick-Fil-A protests, I covered one of them and when the protesters were talking to the MSM they ignored me so I pressed them and something interesting happened:

I was generally surprised at the time they believed I would film their license plates implying I would attempt to trace them personally some way. I was offended at the time that they would think I would do such a thing, but I misread them.

They weren’t offended that I might use such a tactic, they assumed I would because it was a tactic they would use in my place because the ends would have justified the means.

Thus Brandon Darby can be pilloried for reporting an attempt to firebomb the GOP convention since the people who wanted to do it believed the right thing

Thus: Brett Kimberlin et/al can be funded and the tactics of his crowd can be embraced because his targets are conservatives who are impacting the debate against the president.

Thus: the left can decry the Catholic Church for its position on homosexual acts yet shy away from any critique of Islam to the point of siding with those who would censor TV & send Molly Norris into hiding.

Stacy McCain calls it evil and so it is, but the primary enabler of this are not the hard core left, the Sherrods, Kimberlin’s et/al who profit from it. If you talk to people who speak in their favor individually, you’ll get a lot of “Well nobody supports this…” because as CS Lewis pointed out they, like the rest of the Human Race are children of God with that spark of conscience inside.

However good requires courage and confronting evil has a cost.

Molly Norris paid it with her fleeing.

Ben Carson paid for it with an Audit

Andrew Breitbart paid for it with his derision

Stacy McCain Aaron Worthing John Hoge pay for it via a law suit.

It has a cost of comfort, it has a cost of acceptance and of retaliation. That’s where the rest of the sentence comes from “Well nobody supports XXX BUT…”

How many are wiling to pay that price? How many IRS agents were willing to resign? How many Rangers? How many people on the left are willing to make excuses rather than critique for all kinds of excesses for fear of the retaliation?

And how many journalists are willing to cross that line, even  a little and risk rejection.  The answer can be found by how quickly Wolf Blitzer ran away from this statement on an Obamacare delay

If that small a statement produces a need to run quickly away, how much higher is the price to speak the truth to power every single day.

That’s why I’m not as angry as Robert Stacy McCain would have me be, not because I don’t object as he does, but because I know the price and I don’t expect people without courage to pay it for people they don’t understand or agree with…

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Two Days ago I watched Hating Breitbart for the first time and was reminded that one of the things Andrew Breitbart constantly taught was in a New Media Era it was a lot harder for the old media to hide truth.

He seemed to me convinced that given the right information the American people could figure out reality vs the left’s fantasies and make the right decision.

Yesterday in Andover MA a great example took place of people figuring it out.

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The people gathered to protest work at a Supermarket chain, Market Basket which operates stores in Massachusetts and other New England states. Prime Blue state country that Barack Obama took with very little trouble.

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They were carrying signs and camped for hours on end in the heat to show support for Arthur T Demoulas, a multi millionare CEO of a company that had over 5 Billion Dollars of sales last year.

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These blue state denizens of were of many different races and colors and were neither rich, nor unionized.

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But they were united in their support of Arthur T Demoulas and their opposition to his proposed replacement.

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I interviewed many of these people, at least all who were willing to talk to a strange guy in a Brown Fedora and a 12 ft Doctor Who scarf in 90 degree weather.

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And during those interviews they talked about how Arthur T had taken care of them while still making millions for the company.

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But the key moment for me came in the middle of the last interview I conducted

I was framing a question to highlight that Market Basket’s ability to retain talented workers through good times and not just bad, I prefaced the question talking about the bad economy of the past five years when a fellow off camera said: “What bad economy?”

He and the people I was interviewing pointed out that while others were suffering, Market Basket was growing, the company and the employees were making money and doing well.

The reason for this? No debt. These people have a good pension and profit sharing plan, and they understand that if a new CEO chooses to borrow against the company and pile up debt, the future of first their pensions and then the company itself will be in doubt as eventually all that borrowed money will have to be made up with interest.

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Think about this for a second, a bunch of ordinary workers, not rich guys, but college students, lower middle class cashiers, middle class managers are protesting and more spent yesterday in 90 degree heat for hours for a CEO who understands you can’t finance prosperity with massive debt.

And they are making that case on the same day that Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

Detroit was once like Market Basket thriving, expanding. a solid and successful city.

Then during the 60’s just before I was born something happened, Democrats didn’t just win an election in the normal back and forth of time, democrats won the city and kept it. In 1974 Coleman Young held the Mayor’s office for 20 years and was followed by increasingly more and more liberal set of mayors who saw no issue with building up debt, tax, spend and borrow some more.

The people started fleeing the city in droves, the values of houses dropped like a rock.

But we were told not to worry, the Obama administration fresh from pumping borrowed money into the general economy, pumped borrowed money into the auto industry, actually the auto unions. When people like Andrew & Glenn Beck made the case against this saying you can’t borrow and tax your way into prosperity, protesters were bussed in to attack, protesters who couldn’t even defend their own signs. The farce reached its pinnacle when with the help of the media, the administration bragged that just before the election that they didn’t allow Detroit to become bankrupt.

And now with the election safely over Detroit is.

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The Market Basket employees are non-union, they weren’t bussed in by an organization. They were protesting in shifts, some left for work while other came when their shifts were done. Those middle class market basket employees protesting in that 90° heat, are making the same argument that Pork Busters and the Tea Party has made since 2006, the same argument that Conservatives have been screaming at the federal government.  They are speaking to the board of directors and saying as loud as they can:

You can’t borrow your way to greater prosperity!

Arthur T. Demoulas understands this and has run the company accordingly, the Blue State Market Basket Employees see this and are doing their best to highlight it. They understand that a company that keeps out of debt is in a position to both make a profit and share those profits with them.

If Barack Obama managed this economy the last 5 years the way Arthur T. Demoulas ran Market Basket during the same time we would be looking at a different situation today. If Arthur T. Demoulas spent the last 40 years working for Detroit instead of Market Basket the city might not be bankrupt today.

These workers get it, they understand this, that’s why they can say “What Bad Economy?” during a time when most Americans are struggling.

I submit and suggest that they Market Basket workers are the epitome of Conservative values and they are making the practical case for conservatism perfectly and doing it in a way that can be clearly understood by the average voter.

I think conservatives should be talking about them, I think conservatives should be embracing them, and I think conservatives should be making their arguments and taking them to Washington.

They are Breitbart, they just don’t know it.

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It’s Friday and as of this Morning I’m only $82 shy of a full paycheck. If four of you kick in $20.50 to DaTipJar below I’ll have made it.

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But I want to for a moment talk about someone else. A blogger by the name of Peter Davis who was brought to my attention by Cynthia Yockey.

Peter is a Viet Nam war veteran and Texas sheriff’s deputy retired on disability and coping with Parkinson’s disease

Peter had just lost his wife and he could use your help

I hope my dear gentle readers will read their story below and donate to Peter by clicking the GoFundMe button above. The donation goal is $1500 with the hope that if he doesn’t need it to cover the costs of Linda Lou’s final care and cremation, or the skyrocketing costs of his own prescriptions, that he can use it to buy a much-needed new computer to stay in touch with family and friends. It’s not easy for Peter to do that by phone because he is hard of hearing, what with all those decades of shooting firearms. I’m hoping that for all the years of service to his country and in law enforcement protecting strangers, that strangers will thank him with a donation to express their gratitude and help him heal from his loss. (I have set up this GoFundMe account especially for Peter and all the proceeds will go to him.)

I would be very happy to get that last $82 and a full paycheck, but I think I’d be happier if Mr. Davis was able to cover the burial/cremation of his wife.

Michael Grazier: So he says.

Jedediah Tucker Ward: So he says under oath.  Do you understand, sir,that you are testifying under oath?

Michael Grazier:   Yes, I do. 

Jedediah Tucker Ward:  And that perjury is grounds for disbarment?

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A couple of days ago I talked about the Gerorge Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin meme as a “news dump“. Today provides the perfect example.

The “Big Trayvon Story” that is ruling Memeorandum is the idea that Trayvon Martin threw the first punch, advanced by the most famous teenager in the nation right now Rachel Jeantel.  He did so obviously because he was worried about being raped by a gay “creepy ass cracker” (which has not stopped gay groups from going all in for “justice for Trayvon” faster than NOW broke out their presidential kneepads for Bill Clinton).

However the single most newsworthy story of the day will be taking place far from the Martin/Zimmerman media circus, before the House Oversight Committee:

Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing.

The significance of this can’t be overstated.  Of all the Obama scandals the IRS scandal is the only one that is not only easily understood by a public that fears the IRS but has an actual legal component that could send someone to jail.  Now a witness is going to link this to the White House: Under Oath

By saying these things under oath he is maintaining, under pain of perjury,  that this scandal is a White House scandal.

If true this means that a criminal enterprise meant to affect the results of a presidential election by disabling the political opponents of a sitting President can me linked to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in a tight election.  (As opposed to a 2nd rate burglary before an election that was the biggest landslide in history which is considered the standard for Presidential corruption by the media and has been for two generations).

I don’t expect the MSM is going to bother going there, In fact I expect them to ignore it but the trap here is for them, it’s for US, the New media.

We are fueled by hits, we are going to get a lot more hits talking Jeantel vs Hull, that’s basic math.  But as I was reminded by Andrew yesterday as I watched Hating Breitbart for the first time, it’s up to the new media to get stories like the Hull testimony out there, so it’s up to us to make sure this story is promoted.

So don’t fall into the trap, the Carter Hull testimony linking the White House to the IRS scandal not only IS the biggest news of the day, but it’s going to be the cornerstone for any future action against the White House.  That is the story that needs to be pushed, linked and talked about.

Don’t be caught in the Jeantel trap, unless you can cleverly work her into the Carter Hull post and maybe draw some eyeballs to it. Like so.

Update:  Ed Driscol avoids the trap.

Update 2: Via Glenn, HOLY *&R@!!!!

IRS Admits It Leaked Christine O’Donnell’s Tax Records To Opposition Day She Announced

Nixon was a piker compared to these guys

Update 3: The Trap Illustrated in two images from Memeorandum

Jeantel story:

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IRS Story

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Guys let’s get onthe ball

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Well Marketing dictated I go with Market Basket as the lead and the two Market Basket post continue to rule the roots in terms of hits around here.

However for all the hits they have produced for the blog they have not produced a single tip jar hit. and my weekly paycheck is dependent on tip jar hits and the only movement toward this weeks paycheck was a $2 subscriber weekly dip. (and believe me in an empty day that really means something).

So I’m still short needing 5 $22 Tip jar hits to get to the full paycheck this week.

If you care to help me across the finish line just hit DaTipJar below.

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The moving Hating Breitbart has been re-released as a PG-13 movie, thereby dropping its R rating from when it was released last year (so, it has been slightly edited as the only reason for the R rating last year was a small amount of foul language).  I saw it last year when it was released the first time.  I would definitely watch it again this year, but it isn’t playing in the Dallas area this time around.  Hopefully the powers-that-be can rectify that.

I was recently musing about what a field day Andrew Breitbart would be having with these White House scandals.  First of all, he probably would have already discovered the extent of the abuse in the IRS (before Congress) complete with names and dates, etc .  He likely would have been carrying the banner on this months ago, even before the election.  Breitbart had a way of being connected, and he fearlessly pursued truth.  He found his way to stories that at first seemed crazy (like Anthony Wiener Tweeting pictures of himself and then vehemently denying it and lying about it on CNN), and yet they always ended up being true.

Breitbart was recently vindicated in the Pigford scandal which he uncovered long before anyone else did.  He would be leading the way right now in the fight against the MSM narrative in this latest round of scandals.

Breitbart is the person that inspired me to keep fighting at a time when it seemed that just about everything was lost.  I met him at a Tea Party event in Mesquite, TX in 2010.  He had given an articulate speech about the reality of the “organized Left” in the media.  I had followed politics for years (I even majored in Political Science in college) but had never put the dots together about the intentional coercion that goes on with the what information flows to the general public and how dangerous that really is.  Breitbart explained it so well and afterwards I shook his hand and told him how inspired I was by his speech.  I felt like I had just learned something profound and things would never be the same.

Since that day when I sat riveted in my chair listening to him speak for the first time, I’ve devoured the news like never before in my life.  And, I can say with certainty that every single thing he asserted that day was true.  Every iota.  The Left is organized.  They are well-connected with the MSM.  The MSM themselves are either in cahoots with the Left or they are so entrenched in their narrative that they don’t even know what they are putting out there anymore.  The “watchdog” role of the press has been greatly diminished in recent years.  And, the important role the press is supposed to play almost disappeared when Obama was elected president as the press has fallen all over itself to support this man.  Now that there is incontrovertible evidence against this administration, we finally see some measure of criticism.  However, this is too little too late as the election already passed and the good that the press could have done with an honest assessment of the President’s first four years of office never came to fruition.  Imagine if the election had involved a true assessment of the President for all to see.  So many who voted for Obama would have had information in front of them to help make a more informed choice.  However, instead the press did everything it could to re-elect Obama.  So, as we sit here for 4 more years holding our breath that the President doesn’t entirely destroy the country, we know that if not entirely responsible, the press is certainly accountable for much of the blame.

Because of the Left’s infiltration into the MSM, Breitbart also rightly championed new media.  This blog and the thousands of others out there counter the MSM narrative every day.  Breitbart understood that the internet is the key out of this informational tyranny.  And again, he was exactly right.  The role that the internet and individual bloggers and regular people play in helping the truth get the light of day cannot be overstated.

So, was Breitbart pugnacious?  Was he confrontational?  You bet.  He was only reacting to the power structure in place.  He knew toughness was needed.  He did everything he could to get attention so that his voice could be heard.  I wish he was around now to be a part of the events of the day.  I would love to see how he would have handled all of this.  However, I know we can all take solace in knowing that he influenced many who get up every day and fight the good fight.

If you want to see Hating Breitbart (which I highly recommend), here is the official site where you can see if it is playing in your area.

Also, here is a great tribute by Rush Limbaugh about Breitbart.

Lisa @ AmericaisConservative.org

Lee of course is the expert, but if you want to see what I’ve done on Pigford in the past here is a quick roundup:

My initial post was 4 years ago this very day.

Followed by this a year later

During one of my very first Radio Shows Dan Riehl talked Pigford

My famous “Table” interview with Breitbart touched on Pigford

And Lee Stranahan’s first appearance on my Radio show back in 2011 before Syndication was on Pigford

With Obama safely re-elected the Times has decided to move on it

Pigford is a scandal but I suspect by 2016 it will be overshadowed by the wreckage of many other Obama disasters but for today if you don’t know it, take a peek