Everywhere you look in the media the headlines are full of it. Incivility Reigns! Bullying! Cyber bullying! Mean Girls Rule! All there on the front page, all there on the splash, all there waiting for you to click on to see who said what about whom. Never mind if any of its true, never mind for any of it matters to anything more than some imagine scorecard written in some media office pool. But we’re constantly berated, and constantly told that we’ve allowed incivility to overwhelm our Republic. We elected President Trump and created the Republic of Hate, all incivility for everyone all the time.

The only problem is it’s not true.

Every book on etiquette I have ever seen has had some version of the phrase; the social norms today are much looser than they were in our parents’ time. This is way of saying all the social norms are out the window, and the world is going to hell in a hand basket. This is also a common refrain when people talk about civility. I find this kind of incredible, but of course completely credible because so few people understand our history.

We are in a golden age of Civility, even though we are also at an all-time high for the use of  George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say. It was not that long ago that mob violence common occurrence in our country. Levels of incivility in our nation are on the decline people actually get along a lot better. There is a lot more Harmony than people give credit to because “War Imminent” headlines sell more newspapers than “Peace Breaks Out.”

It is up to all of us to do our little bit to spread Civility and to not make incivility profitable. Don’t get me wrong I’m not thinking being civil is easy, and frankly I’ve had my own lapses. But if we remember our history, we will see what happens when we allow those dogs to get off the leash. Incivility is detrimental to our beliefs about who we are and who we want to be. Practicing Civics with Civility is the main way that each of us can do our share to create that more perfect union.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
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This line from the NYT piece about putting George Bush’s head on a pike in the HBO series Game of Thrones is simply amazing:

In the audio commentary on the Season 1 DVD release of “Game of Thrones,” the show’s lead producers, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, pointed out that a scene showing the heads of several vanquished warriors included Mr. Bush’s, obscured under a long wig but recognizable in profile.

“The last head on the left is George Bush,” the producers say in the audio commentary. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”

Yeah there is no political statement at all having an ex president’s head on a pike. And with a budget of The Between $50-60 million who has the money for a different head.

As Glenn Reynolds notes in an e-mail from a Journalist:

A JOURNALIST READER WHOM I’M SURE WOULD PREFER ANONYMITY WRITES: “I know this game gets tired, but imagine, just imagine the months of fury, the global advertising boycotts, the anguished Senate investigations if a network did this with our current president.”

I don’t frankly expect much better from Hollywood but I think the idea its a given that a journalist would surely prefer anonymity is a much more serious indictment of our culture than Hollywood leftists acting like Hollywood leftists.

Update: And here comes the spin

No disrespect intended, by putting his head on a pike and then bragging about it on the DVD commentary? Not to go all gumshoe, but this new excuse doesn’t mesh with that commentary. A changing story indicates deception. The apology now is one of those “We apologize if…” fake apologies.

The original commentary says flatly that the head is George W. Bush. Now they’re saying that it just looks like him, and they only noticed that after shooting the scenes. No one noticed the resemblance before putting scraggly hair on the head and putting it on a pike? And no one noticed the resemblance before using it in another scene with severed heads?

James Delingpole made this point in his latest piece.

…It’s not people on my side of the debate who want to ravage the countryside with wind farms (with no provision for decommissioning them), rein in economic growth, introduce wartime-style rationing, raise taxes, destroy farmland and rainforests to create biofuels, and base heinously expensive public policy on hysteria and junk science. It’s not people on my side of the debate who are condemning those “future generations” to a lower standard of living and an uglier environment in order to deal with a problem that doesn’t exist. So how dare they have the gall to try to take the moral high ground?

This was during an exchange with a leftist in a cab, but the real gem is when Mr. D, not known for his civility, finishes thus:

“Why can’t I swear, you’re not my Dad. Anyway, you’re changing the subject. All I’m asking is that you do what any half-way decent journalist would do and defend your position using facts. If you’re incapable of that then, I’m sorry, but boll***s is what you were talking. So, can you advance any facts or arguments to defend your position?”

“I’m not going to because you’re so rude.”

“You’re not going to because you HAVE no arguments, that’s your real problem mate.”

Read the whole thing and note the warning here. The Global Warming nonsense is just another tool toward the same goals the left and elites have always had.

It is axiomatic that Comedy central is an organ of the left in both its approach and its opinions, but every now and again it finds a situation so ironic, so simply incredible that no amount of political agreement or sympathy can override the comedy gold it produces.

There is a lot of commentary on the right concerning this:

Legal Insurrection:

This is from the “you can’t make this stuff up” files

The Mental Recession

The hypocrisy is mind-numbing, especially if the Daily Show has to point out something as being uncivil towards the Tea Party.


The Conservatory:

Beyond obtuse. Far, far beyond.

Moe Lane:

Nobody’s this clueless. Nobody.

Ace of spades:

1) Did she not know this was John Oliver from The Daily Show, and was she not aware of the kinds of things that typically happen during Daily Show interviews? 2) Was this a case of intentional hypocrisy on her part for rhetorical gain? Or was she acting out of complete ignorance?

Hotair:

…people like Harrop and the DNC’s current talking-points robot typically don’t do what they do because they’re blind to their own demagoguery, I think. To believe that is to let them off the hook for the cynical choice they’ve consciously made to smear their opponents for political advantage. There’s plenty of paranoia involved, no doubt, but it’s all in service to an agenda. If Harrop was genuinely this myopic, you could almost forgive her for it. Almost.


Small dead Animals
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Ms. Harrop claims she was in on the joke. Many think she was not.

And finally Robert Stacy McCain:

What creeps me out about X or a Froma is the matter-of-fact, calmly fanatic certainty with which they will tell you that Tea Partiers are terrorists and the U.S. is turing into a cauldron of sadistic carnal abuse. I told X words to the effect: “It would be interesting to see how you show statistically that humanity is any more depraved now than ever.”

This is the same kind of unquestioning regurgitation that fuels global warming hysteria.

I think it’s much more simple, and can best be explained by a quote a 1956 episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood titled The Scientist. Robin and his band are protecting Albertus of Oxford from Prince John who wants him to build a horrific weapon. Friar Tuck asks if other scientists have considered the theory behind the device and Albertus answers thus:

There was Claudius of Paris for one. He thought it too frightful to use, except against the infidel. Then there was Al-Dalim the great Arabian. He wrote ‘it was too frightful to use, except against Christians.’

To Froma Harrop and people like her, liberalism IS their religion. Conservatives in general and the Tea Party in particular are their devils thus the rules of civilized behavior not only do not apply but simply holding liberal beliefs grant automatic absolution for any line that might be crossed.

So it doesn’t matter if she knew what Comedy Central was doing or understood the cause in which it was done, it was all in the cause of defeating evil conservatives and isn’t that what it’s all about in the end?

Here is the episode, the exchange that leads to the clip is at 8:33

My latest for the Examiner: Tea Party History repeats itself before national cameras talks about the latest example of the media narrative of the tea party failing, this time with the MSM on hand to film it:

They were not shy about making their opinions known to the media either individually or as a group. Moreover with only a single Police Lieutenant on duty at the event, if the Tea Party members of the Granite state wanted to disrupt the speech; there would be very little to stop them.

When Governor Romney took the stage the MSM waited and watched: would it be glitter, a cream pie to the face? Would he be heckled, shouted down or was the protester wearing a flipper suit a fanatical 2nd amendment activist armed to the teeth? The media waited…

Think of last week this time with the MSM to see it.

Check it out if you can, I make a tiny amount of money per click. 5 million clicks and I can support myself for a year.

Was it only a few days ago that we were commenting on why the actions of the left in heckling Tea party protests would get no press:

There has been some media coverage at Reuters and Politico however there is one aspect of the story that they seemed to miss. The Left’s Reaction. For that we have Jim Hoff and Big Government.

And for other non-Wisconsin issues of the left we have the Blaze for Oregon and IC Arizona for Arizona.

Why has there been so little on the air about this? For the same reason why you will not see the full clip of Palin’s speech embedded in MSM sites or why there was no commentary this weekend. Watching the actions of the left tend to cause people to dislike them

Well today the left managed to do something that even the MSM couldn’t ignore. They not only made fun of a three-year old child with downs syndrome but suggested that he was conceived by his father’s incest with his daughter. Even more amazing (well not really if you know the left) not only was that done but until it became public the overwhelming majority of commentators on the site that choose to do this approved and joined in the fun.

Why, because if the kid’s last name is Palin.

The first rule of civility for the left is this, any statement no matter how vile or misogynistic that is directed against the Palin family is OK. If you don’t believe me check out the fun exchange between Tommy Christopher (the father of two special needs kids himself) and Ken Lane (editor of Wonkette)

Note how it starts and where it ends up and consider that during this time outrage was building and Papa Johns, Huggies and the Vanguard Group was busy pulling ads. was re-considering their advertising on Wonkette.

However Lane has changed his tune somewhat in an e-mail to Dave Weigel saying in part:

I have four kids myself and I wouldn’t want them mocked on the Internet by a bunch of cretins on the Internet. And that’s just one reason why I wouldn’t parade my children around in the media. What kind of mother does that?

In any case, Jack has been admonished and put on night probation until further notice. Anything involving Palin, I want to make it extra clear that *Palin* is the problem with America. Not her kids. Not her little kid, anyway. The older ones seem to be on their own path and you can’t really blame Sarah for it, although she certainly encourages the sleaziest possible behavior from her grown children, which is hardly a very “family values” thing to do.

Yeah, sleazy like joining the Army and fighting in Iraq.

Considering his earlier exchange with Mediate do you actually buy a word he is saying. Does this guy actually think?

Even funnier now Wonkette is calling for a Boycott of Papa Johns (with 100 people in favor of making fun of Downs Syndrome children supporting them. As for their reply concerning Palin:

Child protective services should take Trig away.

Yup they are really doing well with this.

Meanwhile in the time I started writing this post they scrubbed all the offensive comments from their site and removed the author’s name from it as well. Unfortunately for them there is such a thing as Google Cache so we get to remember the wisdom of commentators such as

nounverb911 , and V572. Barbara_i , DownFist Troll, mavenmaven Terry , OneDollarJuana, Gopherit, DaSandman ,the_problem_child , rocktonsam , emmelemm , smokefilledfetus, tessiee, OC_ROBOTS!!_Serf , memzilla , gullywompr, Fukui_sanYesOta, DustBowlBlues, Biel_ze_Bubba, ChessieNefercat, CalamityJames, Schmannnity donner_froh, EdFlintstone, Sassomatic, Radio_Level_7, mayor_quimby, twoeightnine, Guppy06, SorosBot , GOPCrusher WinterOuthouse, Fare la Volpe , BZ1, OKthennext, horsedreamer_1, El Pinche, lulzmonger, rip1944, DerrickWildcat and mavenmaven.

When I hear someone complaining about the incivility of the right I will always have all of you to fall back on forever. It makes my job so easy.

Meanwhile the advertisers on their page have diminished and continue to diminish. I don’t know what the writers there are making but if they are paid by ads, their pay is dropping rapidly.

As for the commentators above, alas for you all your wit and witticism is forever remembered in Google cache and can follow you as you comment elsewhere so let me give you some advice on both posting and life:

#1 First: people are in fact people unless they are beheading babies you want to show some level of decorum.

#2 Remember there is a difference between political enemies and actually enemies, for example I disagreed with Dave Weigel today but I’ve met him and he seems a nice guy don’t conflate being wrong with being evil.

#3 The internet is forever, if you choose to make a fool of yourself on it, be prepared to live with it and defend it, or be prepared to apologize for it.

#4 Finally The right thing is generally the smart thing, if you work under that rule you will do ok. (and if you haven’t figured out why your comments were not the right thing, find your grandmother, tell her what you said and then after you duck when she slaps you listen to what she tells you.)

Bad form people bad form, but remember bad form is not forever if you change. I’m sure quite a few of you are nice people who are just venting online but consider what a different story this would be if you have acted differently. No you don’t have to convert to conservatism, just don’t act like this again.

Update: Several good blogs think that the Wonkette post doesn’t deserve a link, au contrare it not only needs to be linked but it need to be seen by people directly. I’ve had enough of the left hiding their “light”.

The difference in Wisconsin coverage that is, why yes, Politico wrote about the double standard concerning “signs”:

“The mainstream media’s professed concern with uncivil engages only when it is practiced by conservatives,” asserted the Washington Post’s conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin.

And conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, who has made her blog something of a clearinghouse of alleged union misdeeds, boasts she is doing “the reporting the tea party-bashing national media won’t do on the rabid outbreak of progressive incivility and violence at Big Labor protests across the country.”

and Morning Joe is talking about the double standard in the Wisconsin coverage.

They are not touching on the PHYSICAL stuff, nor did they show any extended clip with the union folks actually saying what they are saying but they did do a whole segment on the double standard and objected loudly to it.

It’s interesting to note they Politico didn’t embed any of the actual video, and Morning Joe didn’t play any of the audio.

This is very revealing, this means that the video and audio can’t be hidden, it means that it has spread on social networking sites and blog and getting out there. It means that Politico, forced to cover the story has decided to make it one about the media double standard. (a very valid story) instead of what the Unions and their supports are actually doing.

Even funnier is their defense of the media pointing to a single blog post at the NYT online:

In fact, the New York Times’ Michael Shear did write a blog post about the Wisconsin GOP’s slickly produced video, calling it “striking” for its juxtaposition of incendiary rhetoric from union protestors with liberal accusations about angry conservative rhetoric.

As I mentioned before, look at the actions to see what is happening, this story and Morning Joe’s coverage of it tells you an awful lot about who is actually winning this debate.

Update: It’s worth noting that they only touched on this in the 6 a.m. hour then dropped it like a hot potato.

Over at the blog Mind Stain and Firedoglake they tell the story about a restaurant that choose to discriminate against a patron based on his political views :

Wisconsin blogger Naomi Houser reports tonight (via Howie Klein on Twitter):

The M******t [a restaurant] in Madison, WI confirms that on Friday night, ******* (one of the owners) politely asked Scott Walker to leave the establishment when other customers began booing him. A bartender at The M*****t said that ‘his presence was causing a disturbance to the other customers and management asked him to leave.’

Maybe he should have stayed home and ordered pizza instead? Okay, maybe not; there might be a long wait.

Houser adds regarding The M******t that readers might want to “give your patronage and thanks in person the next time you are in Madison.”

The restaurant in question is apparently The Merchant Restaurant and by the sound of what went on the trouble in question was not from Walker but from the patrons.

Lets play a game. Lets pretend a black man entered a restaurant and the all white patrons decided to boo and heckle him and the owner asked him to leave. Would you see the same love fest in comments at Firedoglake and at Mindstain over the denial of service. Look at the comments at both sites and see the civility of the left.

However there is yet another twist. There is a real debate if this actually happened or if this was a stunt to try to get attention as Badger blogger reports:

Well my friends, this is the case of a Madison restaurant trying to gain liberal credibility by making up a total lie about how they booted out Scott Walker out of their establishment. When BadgerBlogger called them to confirm the story, the staff refused to confirm or deny, and continued to obfuscate until they hung up the phone… But in fact, they didn’t hang up, it appears that they accidentally put the phone on speaker…. And BadgerBlogger tapes continued to roll.

Our audio captures the restaurant staff talking about how they have to take down the blog posting because people are starting to call about it, you can actually hear them logging into the blog and deleting it. Too late.

We confirm with Governor Walker’s staff that the Governor has never been to that restaurant, this was an attempted “punking” by employees of The Merchant Restaurant, but look who got punked… In the words of Joe Wilson, You Lie! Here is the audio:

Was he there or was he not? Apparently true or false the restaurant ran with it, got publicity and got burned.

It will be interesting to see how or if this plays out, but its more interesting to see the reactions of the left. Their cheering of the exclusion of a patron from a public place because of political views. As American Power puts it:

What gets me, if you go back to the Firedoglake entry, is that for progressives, discriminating against Governor Walker would be a cool thing to do — that they would applaud the kind of action they would vehemently denounce if done to a minority, or even a progressive Democrat. This is not how students learn about democracy in school. And frankly, this isn’t how politics should be conducted. Governor Walker is not an arch segregationist. His programs are not about to exterminate the sick and aged. Progressives know this but they’ve shown they’ll do anything to distract from the issues at hand: the sweetheart deals between the unions and the Democrats and the fiscal sinkhole the State of Wisconsin is facing. Public opinion doesn’t favor the Democrats. And refusing the governor’s budget will only delay the reckoning and further blemish the left’s reputation.

Unreal, in any case.

How civil!

One of the things that always drives me nuts is when state legislatures or the congress appoint “commissions” to handle tough problems. Since every single one of those people spend a small fortune begging the voters for the office and responsibility it seems odd after begging for a job to be afraid to do it.

In Wisconsin today the democrats are proving to be profiles in cowardice:

Democratic senators apparently fled the state to prevent a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill, which would cut public employee union collective bargaining rights and require them to contribute to pensions and health care.

Law enforcement has been sent to find missing Democratic lawmakers,

Remember these are the same people that campaigned for the right to conduct the people’s business. Meanwhile the protesters/ teachers opposing the governor’s plans to restrain spending are not covering themselves in glory either. But they are covering the capital with trash.

What a difference between them and the tea party. Just to remind you:

Tea Party:

One Nation:

And remember that call for civility? Apparently these democrats don’t:

If you want to know why tea parties poll better than unions, this is why.

As as far as the fleeing state representatives, if they don’t want to do their job, resign! Simple as that. What cowards.

Expect the MSM to play minstrels for these fools

Update: You’ve got to be kidding me:

UPDATE: TEA PARTY WINS!!
The Rockford Tea Party just chased the Wisconsin democrats out of the Best Western. They just boarded their bus and are leaving the Best Western! Run, Libs! Run!

These are supposed to be leaders and lawmakers? You can’t actually make this stuff up can you?