Yesterday I noted the irony of the black lives matter crowd using the #alllionsmatter hashtag for their purposes with this quote from Althouse emphasis mine

“Why are the Americans more concerned than us?” said Joseph Mabuwa, a 33-year-old father-of-two cleaning his car in the center of the capital. “We never hear them speak out when villagers are killed by lions and elephants in Hwange.”

Looking closer at the base piece Ann linked to reminded me of something Evan Sayet said during his appearance in Boston that stuck with me is that in the past being stupid could cost you your life, but America has become o rich that people can be stupid without danger.

That came to mind when I saw this 

“What lion?” acting information minister Prisca Mupfumira asked in response to a request for comment about Cecil, who was at that moment topping global news bulletins and generating reams of abuse for his killer on websites in the United States and Europe

meanwhile in America…

In contrast, the previous evening 200 people stood in protest outside the suburban Minneapolis dental practice of 55-year-old Walter Palmer, calling for him to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face charges of taking part in an illegal hunt.

Perhaps there is a reason why the people in Zimbabwe are less interested in the story

For most people in the southern African nation, where unemployment tops 80 percent and the economy continues to feel the after-effects of billion percent hyperinflation a decade ago, the uproar had all the hallmarks of a ‘First World Problem’.

 

In other words, American are rich enough that they can spend days crying of a dead lion that they imagine as a Disney Character, but  one’s perspective is different if one lives  in a country where being killed by wild animals is not uncommon,

Telling isn’t it?

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There  has been a lot talk about Hillary Clinton’s apparently ill fated trip to Chipotle, including some teasing that she wasn’t recognized by the customers there.

However Ann Althouse brought up a point that it appears nobody else thought of.

I once sat in a restaurant next to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and I never displayed my recognition and neither did anyone else in the restaurant. That did not mean we didn’t recognize them.

The sunglasses signal: I don’t want to be recognized. People are behaving intelligently and normally if they infer that she did not want to interact with people, that she was just trying to blend in and be like anyone else, and they respected her seeming desire for privacy.

In our celebrity crazed culture the idea of someone being willing to leave somebody alone who might just want to have a meal is peace just doesn’t compute

If so, it wrecks Hillary’s Road Trip! concept. She’s doing a routine of behaving like an “everyday American” as a way to meet everyday Americans. But in everyday America, everyday Americans leave you alone if they don’t already know you. And — isn’t it amazing! — everyday Americans might not be under the delusion that they are in a relationship with the various celebrities we see in the news.

The reaction of the media mob suggest a lack of respect for those in flyover country, let me give them a clue.

We are not all Sheldon

I was looking at Chris Cillizza’s piece in the post concerning Rand Paul and Bill Clinton some posts around it I was instantly reminded me of Robert Stacy McCain’s exchanges with Jesse Myerson.

The Success of Jesse Myerson’s attempt to rationalize communism success is dependent on reaching a group of Salon readers who are not at all familiar with the actual reality of communism. If their only knowledge of it is “The soviets were our enemies 30 years ago” as opposed to stuff that is happening in Cuba right now like this:

An explosion of repression greeted anti-Castro activists in Cuba on Sunday morning in Santiago de Cuba and other cities as they tried to make their way to churches for Mass. In Santiago, there were at least 169 arrests of activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), the Damas De Blanco, or “Ladies In White,” and other organizations.

& this  (translated from the Spanish via Chrome)

  • 179 arrested  violently on February 9 Sunday, today, in various parts of the province of Santiago de Cuba
  • 50 detainees with great violence in Palma Soriano on Friday, February 7
  • 28 detainees with great violence in Santiago de Cuba on Thursday 6th
  • 9 arrested Wednesday night in Petty 5, 3 of them were under age 6 who were also arrested
  • 36 arrested in Santa Clara on Monday 3, along with Guillermo Fariñas , spokesman UNPACU
  • 30 Ladies in White were arrested on February 2, Sunday in Santiago de Cuba

Robert Stacy McCain’s solid arguments not withstanding unless the young and low info voter audience that is Myerson’s target readership in Salon hear Stacy points, they will make no more sound than a tree falling in the forest no matter what  GEICO ads say.

The same dynamic is in play with Cillizza. His piece talk about the reasons why Rand Paul is making the case he is. All the reasons are concern things other than the democrat “War on woman” meme. In fact you can read the entire piece and not find the words “war on woman” anywhere in it.

I suspect that’s by design.

Meanwhile Ann Althouse gives a series of reasons for Paul’s attacks which includes the following:

Someone on the Republican side needs to be able to counter the “war on women” propaganda of the Democrats, and no one else seems to have the guts or skill to do it properly.

Her piece and four reasons for Paul’s attacks were linked and copied on Instapundit and made the HotAir headlines.

Now Althouse is a well read blog (alexa rank 79,554 worldwide & 17,632 in the US) The Hotair group blog is impressive (5,687/1,212) and while only a single person Instapundit is,  well Instapundit. (5,713/1330)

But the reach of the Washington Post greater by a factor of more than 10 in terms of Alexa Rank ( 299/88) not to mention MSM coverage so as long as Cillizza makes sure the average Washington Post reader, particularly ones born in 1984 or after, are focusing on his piece’s final paragraph:

Whatever the reason for Paul’s focus on Clinton’s private life, it’s a reminder (although we didn’t need one) that the Kentucky Senator operates under a different code of conduct than his colleagues and the people he will compete against for the 2016 nomination. It’s what makes him intriguing — and dangerous.

rather than statements from Senator Paul like this one:

for goodness sakes he [Bill Clinton] paid an $800,000 fine for sexual harassment

then the takeaway for those young unmarried women who vote democrat will be:

That GOP 2016 candidate Rand Paul is trying to bring down Hillary’s presidential bid by attacking her husband’s personal life.

rather than

THE Major fundraiser for Democrats crying “war on women” is a repeat sexual harasser who once paid $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment case.

and that dear readers is how the MSM game is played.

Hey Ezra Klien says there might still be a “journo-list” maybe he can get a spot in it, if he doesn’t have one already.

Note, Paul should have said $850K rather than $800K and it was a settlement.
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At first I wouldn’t believe, because I was a Norman I wouldn’t let myself believe…

Olivia DeHavilland The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1938

This morning I briefly linked to Ann Althouse’s piece as an update to my bit on polling and narratives, but the more I think about it the more I see real significance in her blog post that deserves attention.

Let’s start with the title:

What’s the birther/truther word for those who think political polls have become, basically, propaganda?

Right off we see an equivalence between “birthers” (those who think President Obama was not born in Hawaii) and Truthers (Those who believe we attacked ourselves on 9/11 as part of a grand conspiracy) and those who doubt the polls,  A person not reading the rest of this would naturally think this post was dismissive of those who question the pollsters

Pollers? Pollemicists? Poller bears? The Poller Opposites? Help me out.

It sounds like she is going to have some fun with those rubes who doubt, Johnathan Chait would be happy

I need a good coinage for the condition I’ve found myself lapsing into.

…right up until the point when it becomes apparent that she is one of those people

Here’s the latest symptom.

Note the use of the word, “symptom” she is describing a disease, a problem something that must be cured

I think I saw somewhere this morning — on Drudge? — that CNN had the presidential race suddenly tightening up, in advance of the polls.  And my first thought — I just blurted it out loud

Again, note the phrase:  “Just blurted it out loud“, no careful consideration, no weighing of evidence she just reacted .

— was: They’re saying it’s close right in advance of the debate so they can say, after the debate, that Obama went up. He won the debate.

Ann Althouse is a prominent law professor, an academic, she’s not just some Cheetos eating blogger.  Law professors just don’t do this kind of thing.  She continues:

I went over to Drudge to look for what I’d seen, and I didn’t find that but I found:

Under oath, Edwards pollster admits polls were ‘propaganda’…

POLL: Plurality of Americans believe POLLS biased for Obama…

Althouse is a lawyer, he understand the difference between circumstantial evidence and admissible evidence.

And here’s what I remember seeing this morning that brought on my pollemic

Again pollemic a word signifying something unreasonable.

: “New CNN/ORC poll less skewed for Barack Obama than the previous one.”
The survey, that includes a smaller eight percent over-sample of Democratic voters, has Obama leading by a 49 percent to 47 percent edge….

The news here is not that this poll is slightly skewed, but compared to the 15.4 percent skewed in favor of the Democrats in the controversial September 10 CNN/ORC poll, this latest one is based on a far less skewed sample.

Note she states as fact that the previous poll was badly skewed, (and yes it was) and she points out that the subsequent poll is skewed “far less”

And then comes the full Maid Marian, the moment of realization

See? I think they adjust the skew to get the result that suits the propaganda purpose, and they’re temporarily making the race look tight to make the debate seem super-important. (That’s good for CNN’s ratings, so there’s a commercial, nonpolitical reason too for poll fakery.) Then they can make a show of breaking the news that Obama got big debate bounce.

Now why is this any more important than any other, take a look at the language here, Ann Althouse is an Obama voter from 2008 who insists that given the same information at the time she still would have voted for him, but month after month she has seen what she has seen, in fact during the entire Scott Walker business she was in the middle of it. Being a reasonable person she didn’t want to believe, she didn’t want to think that we had reached this point in our political and media discourse, but she saw first had the difference between reality as it is and reality as our media present it, till finally at an instinctive level when exposed to it she can’t restrain herself anymore. No matter how much she would rather it not be so, she finds herself crying aloud like the child in the farie tale: “The Emperor has no Clothes”

I think there are millions of Ann Althouse/Maid Marions who have come to realizations that they would rather have not over the last few years. And I think the media has only itself to blame.

Ann Welcome to realville.

Played itself out yesterday as Andrew Sullivan went after his Mormonism talking about a Mormon “mask“.

Ann Althouse is unimpressed:

Imagine some friend of yours told you something like that about some other religious group. Test it with every religious group can think of, referring to political candidates that you like and dislike. Hold yourself to a neutral standard. Are you satisfied with what you’ve put out there?

Via Glenn who links to the South Park episode on Mormons and the end quote thereof,

As I said yesterday, our friends on the left who made a big fuss concerning how southern evangelicals will judge Mitt Romney over his religions will continue to hit Romney over it (if nominated) right up to election day.

This is one basic rule: It doesn’t matter how “moderate” any GOP candidate is, said candidate will be painted as a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, religious fanatic.

Since the same brush is going to be pained by the left and their allies in the MSM you might as well not worry about religious or social views, in fact I’d nominate someone who not only hold social conservative views but can articulate them. I wonder who that might be?

…concerning the president’s lying about his past:

Obama lied about a central fact about his own life which he used — powerfully — to push health care reform.

…more proof of the Virginian’s and Stacy’s thesis?

Perhaps, but between the president’s actions and her experiences in Wisconsin this year I’m more than satisfied with where she is and not all that concerned with where she was.

If the price for millions of Obama voters going my way in 2012 is them not admiring they were wrong in 2008, I’m cool with it. Particularly when they are first rate bloggers who I enjoy reading and will help to persuade plenty of others

Eyes on the prize people, eyes on the prize.

During the campaign for Atlanta William Tecumseh Sherman Faced Joseph Johnston inferior force over the highly defensible terrain of Northern Georgia.

Sherman used his advantage of a larger force to turn and flank Johnston out of position after position as he slowly proceeded closer and closer to his objective of Atlanta, but Sherman was worried that due to the repeated flanking moves he might be imbuing his troops with a hesitation to assault prepared works.

So at Kennesaw Mountain when the Confederates prepared their positions, rather than flanking they Sherman assaulted them directly. The resulting repulses cause General Thomas to remark “One or two more such assaults will use up this Army.”

Sherman then resumed his flanking maneuvers that pushed Johnston back until the Confederates foolishly replaced him with John Bell Hood, but more significantly as pointed out in Ken Burns series The Civil War: “Sherman never admitted he made a mistake, but never repeated it.”

One might debate the psychology of that fact, but as far as the Union cause was concerned it was irrelevant. Sherman defeated Hood, Cut through Georgia like a hot knife through butter and wreaked such havoc in South Carolina that Jefferson Davis found himself compelled to re-appoint Joseph Johnston to the post he relieved him of. Of course by that time it made very little difference.

And so we come to Stacy McCain and Ann Althouse.

Stacy considers Althouse’s statement that her vote for Obama was “rational”: “An insult to those of us who were never fooled by Obama.” The Virginian considers suggests “intellectual pride makes you stupid” and Althouse laughs at the idea that voting Bob Barr is a rational decision.

One can debate endlessly if a third party vote is a “waste” or a lack of decision or not (I think it depends on the situation) and one can decide if Ann Althouse was a “rube” for voting Obama over McCain. (I think she was wrong but lots of people get things wrong). One might consider her defense of that vote silly (It may well be) others might consider it an insult (I think not) but when it comes down to it I think it isn’t relevant.

There are millions of people who voted for Barack Obama that after two and a half years are not only disinclined to do so again but will be happy to make the arguments to others why they should not either.

For myself I’d worry less and less about the “I told you so’s” as long as they are in the right direction.

On the second day at Gettysburg J.E.B. Stewart arrived at the Southern HQ after one of his rides. His absence was a factor in Lee’s eventual defeat so when he arrived and announced that he had captured wagons for Lee, he received a rebuke, but once that was done, Lee let it go and they fought on.

My advice to all concerned, let it go and lets fight on together.

This is an emergency! Control must be believed and obeyed! No-one in the colony believes in Macra! There is no such thing as Macra! Macra do not exist! There are no Macra! Dr. Who the Macra Terror 1967.

I couldn’t help but think of that lost episode when I read this from Ann Althouse response to this wild screach by Richard Hasen:

See, that’s the meme among Democrats. There is no fraud. You’re not even supposed to talk about “[t]he possibility of some fraud” — which was the phrase I used in my 11:55 p.m. post on election night. Note that I wasn’t even making an accusation. I was just trying to sign off and go to bed. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. But the mere mention of fraud triggers the reaction: Don’t talk about fraud! Fraud?! There is no fraud! Everybody knows there is no fraud, and anybody who mentions it is, by that mere mention, an agent of discord and deceit. This is an effort to delegitimatize the very interest in the problem of fraud. I expect a label to emerge, a label like “birther.” Ugh! She’s a frauder.

The left does seem to act like Doctor Who Villains lately don’t they.

Since this morning when I first posted on this subject we’ve seen much more

Madison and Milwaukee conservative radio show host Vicki McKenna aired several concerns during her Wednesday show. She told TheDC she spent almost her entire two-hour show taking audience calls, in which listeners detailed what may be considered full-blown voter fraud.

One caller, McKenna said, talked about a “missing box of ballots,” a voter overheard poll workers talking about. On air, McKenna said the ballot box could have contained blank ballots or it could have been filled with Wisconsin voters’ completed ballot. Either possibility presents a dilemma, though, as blank ballots in the hands of the wrong people could be used to illegally influence counts after the election.

Ed Morrissey is suggesting caution:

Having been a radio show host for several years in the Twin City through four elections, I can attest that not every allegation made on the air is the absolute sterling truth. That doesn’t mean they’re all false, either, and Wisconsin has a recent history of voter fraud that certainly serves to reduce the trust in the system there. Talk radio can help focus a spotlight on fraud, but it can also provide a lot of red herrings, too. Wisconsin voters should demand transparency, but also should not jump to conclusions before assuming the entire election was stolen.

I like Ed a lot but the problem with this advice is if we are cautious while the left falsely states these claims are “discredited” we lose the fight before it even starts.

Update: I’m with Steve Foley at the Minority Report:

But even in the face of all this liberals are claiming victory and trying to ridicule (as is their go-to tactic) anyone for even mentioning voter fraud. In fact, a commenter named Murry, replied to my Opinion Journal video post saying:

Oh spare me the “voter fraud” meme.

As if we should just shut up and move along. According to Murry somehow mounting evidence, facts, and abiding by the law have no place in this debate and we rubes should just accept the fact that special interest groups stole this election and quite complaining.

I’m sure folks like Murry would love it if we did just that…

Newsflash — we’re not going anywhere and the fight has just begun!

Update 2: Now Prosser is up by 40. Expect the left to suddenly find an interest in vote fraud.

Cross posted at the Minority Report:

The internet has had a liberating impact for humanity. It allows the average person access to more information faster than kings and presidents of old. It is a platform for everyone from Charlie Sheen to protesters in Egypt to express themselves.

The internet is also unforgiving. The teenage girl who decides to make a few hundred bucks posing unclad in front of a camera may find that image googled during a job interview. The intemperate e-mail sent in anger will find itself forwarded to thousands. And if you choose to make threats, don’t think you will be able to hide behind an assumed name. A great example of this took place on St. Patrick’s day last.

During the late unpleasantness in Wisconsin, blogger Ann Althouse (who lives in the area) and her husband Lawrence Meade provided invaluable coverage, interviewing protesters and providing video that showed what was actually happening. It allowed millions to bypass the MSM who choose to whitewash the protests and their aftermath.
Continue reading “The internet never forgets”

You need to be reading Ann Althouse these days.

And don’t miss this exchange on Bloggerheads TV

Watch the whole exchange, this particular quote is spot on:

There is no comparison between the rhetoric of the tea party and the rhetoric of these protesters. This is 100 times worse, I mean you have to look around to find anything amongst the tea parties maybe you know maybe there’s some guy with a sign that’s over the top but basically its all over the place here.

Listen to the different between her and Tim Noah he makes general assertions on the tea party based on a single visit to a single rally. Ann has been to multiple Tea Party Rallies and has covered the Wisconsin protests in-depth. Who’s opinion would you trust more?