There was a lot of talk this morning on the left side of the MSM about plagiarism concerning Melania Trump and her speech yesterday.
Now I only heard a little bit of her speech before I went on my shift and have not had a chance to hear the rest so I have no idea if and how much of her speech echoed Michelle Obama circa 08, but if you want to understand why the MSM wanted the subject of today to be her, there are two words to explain it:
Now if are a person who gets their news from the MSM you likely never heard of Pat Smith the mother of Sean Smith who died at Benghazi until yesterday when she spoke at the GOP convention saying this
You might wonder, if your primary news source is the MSM why she is only saying this now but the fact is she has been doing so for four years but during that time the MSM have treated Pat Smith Unlike Cindy Sheehan who was made a celebrity to harm George W Bush, as an unperson and unless you watch Fox News you have not likely seen or heard a word Mrs. Smith has said on Benghazi since it happened. In fact the only MSM journalist who gave her the tie of day was as you might guess has a name that “Lake Mapper”.
Her speech directly contradicts the MSM narrative and carries credibility to the audience that the Trump convention has drawn because she is not a pol. It was so devastating that Chris Matthews managed to go over the top even for him claiming she “Ruined the evening”, which if you are Hillary Clinton fan trying to change the subject from her mendacity, and a GQ reporter declared on twitter: I don’t care how many children Pat Smith lost I would like to beat her to death and spent last night defending said tweet until it was finally deleted and apology issued today claiming “satire”
but for my money the most telling moment came when CNN switched to Wolf Blitzer after her speech who attempted to spin it, unfortunately for Mr. Blitzer he was pared with Jake Tapper who being Jake Tapper didn’t play along even to the point where he stated one couldn’t dispute some of her points.
As I tweeted at the time You never saw an anchor so desperate to switch to a panel in your life.
Wolf Blitzer: "Anderson over to you" Translated: "Anderson save me, @jaketapper refuses to help me spin Pat smith away!" #RNCinCLE
So I can confidently predict that the MSM will bury Pat Smith’s speech as minutia and when the post convention stories are written the single most devastating speech of day 1 (Rudy Giuliani not withstanding) to the cause of Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House will, as far as the MSM is concerned, be an afterthought that barely existed.
Closing Thought, if I was Donald Trump and his surrogates I would be talking about Pat Smith’s speech at every chance I get both during and after the convention and I’d certainly turn her speech into an ad that I’d be running every night during the Democrat Convention and beyond.
Remember how Maureen Dowd talked about Patricia Smith’s ‘absolute moral authority?’
No, I don’t remember that either.
Because it didn’t happen.
Instead, Patricia Smith is being relentlessly ‘fact-checked’ this morning. By PolitiFact. By The Washington Post. And probably many more.
The crux of Patricia Smith’s argument is that Hillary is a liar who told her, more-or-less over the body of her dead son, that the ‘video’ was responsible for the Benghazi attacks. Mrs Smith believes that Hillary knew, at the time, that the Benghazi attacks were organized terrorism. And there is strong evidence to indicate that she did know that. Including an inconveniently discovered email to her own daughter, sent on the night of the attack.
Just as there is strong evidence to indicate that, for days afterwards, Hillary, along with the rest of the Obama administration, was telling lots of people, and even foreign governments, that the video was responsible for the attack.
So, why is it so hard to believe that she would have told Patricia Smith the same thing?
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My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.
Yesterday I talked about the math that explains the Democrat Party’s decision to ignore the driver for the Orlando attack, that is Islamic Terror
The question then becomes: Why is the media treating this as a “too many guns issue”.
Do you think CNN or the New York Times will notice a crime like this? No, of course not, because the perpetrators are black and the lesbian who got assaulted is white, and therefore it’s strictly local news.
The same principle explains why, when a bloodthirsty Muslim fanatic kills 49 people in Orlando, it’s not a story about the danger posed by bloodthirsty Muslim fanatic. Instead it’s an excuse to lecture Americans about how much we hate gay people. The principle that determines how the media covers such stories is always the same: “How can we report this in a way that helps the Democrat Party?”
It is the last sentence of his argument that is most relevant and the proof of this comes via a Rasmussen poll linked by Ann Althouse
“Among voters who consider the mass murders in Orlando, Florida this past weekend primarily a terrorist attack, Trump leads Clinton 64% to 16%.”
“Clinton posts an 83% to four percent (4%) lead among those who see the killings as chiefly a gun control issue….”
If these numbers are correct then for the MSM to be successful in their attempt to aid and abet a Democrat victory in the fall it not only becomes necessary for the MSM to make the Jihadist attack by a registered gay democrat a gun control issue but it becomes vital that any indication that this was indeed a terror strike against America in general and the gay community in particular be quashed.
Remember the paramount object for the media is to elect democrat and not to report on islamic terror or anti-gay violence. If they could elect democrats by reporting on islamic terror & anti-gay violence, they would do so. If they can election democrats by ignoring anti-gay violence and islamic terror they will do that, an if they can elect democrats by reporting on some anti-gay violence and islamic terror attacks while ignoring others they will do that too.
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“The target audience for all this activity was 535 people in Washington,” Treglia says — 100 in the Senate, 435 in the House. “The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot — that everywhere they looked, in academic institutions, in the business community, in religious groups, in ethnic groups, everywhere, people were talking about reform.” …
Dr. Peter Blood:Nuttall, me lad, there’s just one other little thing. Do you think you could find me a good stout piece of timber? About so thick and so long? Honesty Nuttall:Yes, I think so. Dr. Peter Blood:Then do so and lash it to your spine – it needs stiffening. Courage!
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, who said Saturday it “only makes sense” to let the next president pick the justice, wouldn’t rule out holding hearings for Obama’s eventual pick.
“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions,” Grassley told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday, according to Radio Iowa. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”
Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, also sounded skeptical of simply rejecting any nominee at the outset.
“I think we fall into the trap if we just simply say, sight unseen—we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” Tillis said on The Tyler Cralle Show.
What’s most interesting the sudden cracks in the wall is the difference between the reality and the propaganda.
The reality is that the Senate Republicans have the absolute power to stop president Obama in his tracks. No amount of editorializing, speech making or angst on the part of the President, Democrats and the NY & Washington Based media changes this fact.
The only thing these people can do is generate fear, and that’s the plan.
You will see editorial after editorial, story after story, advocate after advocate appearing on cable news channels, in newspaper editorials, on sunday shows, in tiny protests stage-managed for the eyes of the press, on college campuses, on radio news at the top and bottom of the hour excoriating the GOP about how upset the public will be about them failing to confirm Barack Obama’s Supreme Court Pick and how that backlash is going to doom them.
This despite the fact that the same predictions concerning a government shutdown preceded the GOP taking of the Senate in 2014
In July of last year, popular perceptions of the conservative jurist were evenly divided, with 29% seeing him favorably and 27% unfavorably. Scalia, whom one prominent legal scholar named “the most influential justice of the last quarter-century,” was nonetheless unknown to nearly a third of Americans (32%) and generated no opinion from another 12% in 2015, Scalia’s 29th year on the nation’s top court.
So let me ask the obvious question:
Assuming I’m right about the media meme that’s about to be sold to members of congress, how can said meme be accurate if 44% of the pubic doesn’t even know or care who Justice Scalia was?
and provide the answer: IT ISN’T.
The left’s media meme and online blitzs that are coming are the equivalent of John Magruder or Nathan Bedford Forrest marching the same group of troops over and over again around a hill to make a small force seem like a mighty host, and like their modern democrat successors using the same tactic, their success in that endeavor was dependent on their foes falling for that ruse and losing their nerve.
Don’t fall for it, and if you want to be afraid of something ask yourself this: Do you really think that the Tea Party and the NRA will forgive and forget if you give in to the Democrats on this?
I’ll give the last word to Jake Tapper
.@hughhewitt: GOP senators in blue states may lose reelection opposing Obama push for SC nominee but if they join Dems they will def lose
When I first conceived this piece it was going to be something different.
When the NYT came out with their piece about a loan for the first Ted Cruz campaign for Senate it was meant to bring out visions of an evil conspiracy by the folks at Goldman Sacks to deceive conservatives whose main cog was Senator Cruz’s wife Heidi. For big money to seize the White House under the guise of the Tea Party
It was the perfect story for the MSM. Cruz as a phony beholding to the wealthiest of the wealthy & his wife as Hillary Clinton, the scheming conniver behind the throne, in disguise.
Now of course the truth of the matter is quite different and easily explained.
I was going to use this piece to point out that if you have a Whole Life insurance policy, a bank account or a 401K account, an annuity account etc and have ever taken out a loan against it to finance something important like college, a house, or even something trivial like a boat, you have done exactly what Ted Cruz did. His crime apparently is having a successful wife who had a good job and stocks to borrow against so that he could get a bigger loan than most people do (which is another club to hit the senator with, he married too well). The whole thing is smoke and mirrors meant to plant a meme for the media to run with.
“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “ That doesn’t address the single most important part of the story, if this was all on the up and up, why did he conceal it?”
Well thank to Syndicated Columnist Phil Kerpen and the wonders of twitter, the answer is quite simple to give and prove, HE DIDN’T!
Ted Cruz's primary runoff against Dewhurst was July 31, 2012. He publicly disclosed the margin loan July 9, 2012. pic.twitter.com/8yyV4zxrV9
If you want to argue that Senator Cruz should have had this in his FCC report that is a fair statement, but if you want to argue that Cruz had some cunning plan to hide this info which the MSM want to play up, then including it on a financial disclosure statement filed with the Federal government seems an odd way of doing it.
Now this will of course not stop either the MSM or other campaigns to continue to play this card. It’s only to be expected, the MSM hates conservatives, the other campaigns because they are desperate to catch up and the establishment GOP because they Cruz more than they do Trump.
But I, maybe naively, expect that if you are a conservative activist, even one who supports a different candidate, you hold yourself to a higher standard and are smart enough not to trust the New York Times and the MSM it feeds.
If you remain indifferent in time of adversity, your strength will depart from you. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. If you say, “I know not this man!” does not he who tests hearts perceive it? He who guards your life knows it, and he will repay each one according to his deeds.
Barack Obama: ” I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. “ Jan 12, 2016
Joe Biden: “One of the boats had engine failure and drifted into Iranian waters. The Iranians picked up both boats, as we have picked up Iranian boats that needed to be rescued and took them to — I’m not sure exactly where. I don’t want to misspeak here. And realized they were there and distressed, and said they would release them, and they released them like ordinary nations would do.
Jan 13, 2016
John Kerry “I want to express my gratitude to the Iranian authorities for their cooperation is resolving this matter quickly”
Jan 13, 2016
I don’t expect any better from Barack Obama, Joe Biden or John Kerry, to them the humiliation of America is a feature not a bug. Nor do I expect better from the press who believes the same or any of their enablers in the Democrat party. In this I disagree with Noah Rothman:
Admin defenders who bent over backwards to pretend this was just a friendly misunderstanding should be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/HdKO28Dbsw
I had planned to spend my Tuesday evening finally making it to game night with friends before getting to work for 10:30 PM work time but when I woke from an odd dream ( Involving a Train, A Fedora, Robert Stacy McCain in a Fez an a missing pair of trousers and Baltimore and Washington because as Stacy McCain put it, dreams are like that) and found that reality was even weirder.
Ten American sailors were being held in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft entered Iranian territorial waters, defense officials said Tuesday.
That was a shock, but not as much as what followed in the story (emphasis mine)
The White House expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official said there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran, adding that the U.S. has received high-level assurances that the sailors will be released promptly.
Because NOTHING say “not hostile” like seizing the armed forces of another country.
So instead of seeing my pals & find myself at 8:10 PM typing this story and bumping my planned Wednesday morning post to Thursday to talk about a state of the Union speech I planned to skip.
Now one would think that Barack Obama would be saying: “Why Me” because the new Iranian Hostage situation came just in time to step on the message he wanted to deliver and as we know without a Teleprompter this President is not one who can think on his feet.
However if there is one thing I have learned in the last seven years that there is nothing Barack Obama can do that will affect either the MSM’s preferred narrative concerning him.
So here is what I expect to see when I get home from Mass after work at 9 AM or so tomorrow morning.
All night the narrative is going to be how well Barack Obama in not letting the Iranian situation distract from his forward looking message.
If the Iranians choose to release the sailors by 9 AM EST the media will paint this as a major victory for the administration justifying their deals with Iran (If Iran want to prop up Obama they would time the release so Obama can announce it during his speech).
Democrats will attack (in fact on twitter have already started to attack) conservatives for their hateful comments on the issue and If the sailors are not released the it will be blamed by the MSM on the hardline rhetoric of GOP candidates hampering our diplomacy . If the MSNBC and CNN have candidates on TV they will be asked if the republican rhetoric is endangering our troops.
Any release of these sailors before Saturday will be spun as a great diplomatic victory.
One last thing, note these two tweets from two different twitter threads
@DaTechGuyblog Reagan made a terrible call in Iran. To me, it is self-evident, but that's because I read a wide variety of journalism
In this episode (the only one in the original series without a companion) the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) returns to Gallifrey due to a premonition of the murder of the President. Landing in the Capital the head of security Castellan Spandrell (George Pravda) is after him. Eluding him The Doctor fails to save the President from Assassination and in arrested for the Murder. At a Trial presided on by the presumptive successor Chancellor Goth (Bernard Horsfall) the Doctor is able to use a legal technicality supported by his old teacher & jurist Cardinal Brousa (Angus MacKay) to delay his execution. He discovers that his old enemy The Master (Peter Pratt) is behind it having beamed his premonition from the Panatropic network used to anticipate such events. The Doctor enters the Panatropic net with the help of Co-ordinator Engin (Erik Chitty) and manages to survive an epic battle in a dreamworld created in the APC net by his foes and expose Goth & the Master’s plot. While Brousa decides to paint the now dead Goth as a hero to deflect scandal, the Master, having feigned suicide managed to acquire his goal the ceremonial items of the Time Lord Presidency which unbeknownst to all are the key to the entire powersource of the planet which the Master is prepared to destroy to allow him to regenerate. After one more epic battle the Doctor saves the planet earning the grudging respect of his old teacher as his TARDIS leaves the Master’s Tardis also disappears into a universe that Castellan Spandrell suggests “isn’t big enough for the two of them.”
While it’s a delightful story that you can purchase here I suspect you are asking the obvious question, what does this have to do with Ted Cruz and the MSM not to mention election 2016?
Well because the relationship between the Doctor, The Master and the Chancellor reminds me so much of the relationship between Senator Cruz, the Democrats and their media servants.
Senator Cruz has been getting some flack from the MSM concerning his refusal to attack Donald Trump either over his statements concerning illegal immigration or his counterattack on John McCain after Senator McCain referred to Trump’a Arizona supporters as “crazies”.
Cruz explained to Kelly that he’s “not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans.” Fine. But that doesn’t mean he should salute an obvious fraud like Donald Trump.
Mirengoff’s is quite correct that Cruz is looking to keep himself viable with Trump’s supporters but that is actually purely incidental to the main thing that Ted Cruz is doing, and that’s defying the construct that the MSM is creating.
And that’s where Ted Cruz is playing the 4th Doctor to the Democrat’s Master. The First thing the Doctor does is recognize the Master’s methods
Castellan Spandrell:I’ve never seen anything like it.
4th Doctor:I have, I’m afraid.
Castellan Spandrell:You have?
4th Doctor:Yes. It’s a technique the Master picked up somewhere on his travels.
Castellan Spandrell:Who’s the Master?
4th Doctor:Who is the Master? He’s my sworn arch-enemy.
Somehow our friends like Senator McCain and Governor Romney never seem to recognize the Democrats for what they are as Cruz does.
Furthermore like the 4th Doctor in this episode he realizes that their friends in the media are looking for a lot more than just wounding Donald Trump
Castellan Spandrell:Four cold-blooded killings in one day.
4th Doctor:Flea-bitings, Spandrell, flea-bitings. Things will get a lot worse
But it’s more than this, as I said there is no better parallel to the relationship between the MSM and the Democrat left as the this episode of Doctor Who. For example in this episode the Master’s servants create a false reality in the APC net & attempt to trap the Doctor in it.
4th Doctor: It’s an illusion. Dreams, I deny this reality. The reality is a computation matrix.
Figure: I am the creator here, Doctor. This is my world. There is no escape for you.
In he same way the MSM create a reality and try to trap their foes as you can see during this ABC interview with Trump. No mater what he says the next question goes to the attack again.
Trump…What happened is, later on, the Republican candidates, some of whom are registering 1 percent and zero, and they’re very upset that I’m leading the polls by actually a nice margin, they’re extremely upset and they were extremely when the Nevada numbers just came out and they’re through the roof too. They started attacking me —
Raddatz:Mr. Trump, I want to — let’s go back to this issue of John McCain, and you’re talking about the Sharyl Attkisson piece. You said he’s a war hero because he was captured, I believe perhaps he’s a war hero.
Trump… And the vets — I’ve been going around to the campaign trail. They’re treated like third-class citizens. He’s done nothing to help the vets. And I will tell you, they are living in hell.
Raddatz: You — let me tell you this, what the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John Stroud (ph), said about your comments….
Trump…I go all over the country and I speak to vets all the time. And they’re absolutely having miserable times. It takes them six, seven days just to get into waiting in a reception room, just trying to get in to see a doctor. They’re treated horribly. And everybody knows it and it —
Raddatz: Let’s go back here — let’s go back to your comment about John McCain –…
Trump…Martha, when we had thousands and thousands of people in Phoenix, Arizona, and John — who, by the way, are devastated by illegal immigration, something I’m very proud to have brought to the forefront. We had thousands of people and he said they’re all crazies. He called them crazies.
And frankly, I think he owes them an apology.
Raddatz:Let me talk about your language about him being captured…
Trump…People that were not captured that went in and fought, nobody talks about them. Those are heroes also.
Raddatz: I think people do talk about those people as well.
Trump…And as in the report, it said, from Sharyl Attkisson, four times, I said he is a hero. But you know, people choose little selective like you try to do. People choose little selective pieces. If you read what I say or if you watch what I say, which is even better, you’ll say that there was nothing wrong. But the people that weren’t captured are also heroes, Martha.
Raddatz:I want to talk about you and your deferment.
There was not a question concerning any presidential issue in the entire interview and when Trump pointed to an actual issue, the treatment of vets, Raddatz spun away & turned to attack again
No other topic other than attacking a republican is allowed, Take Bill Kristol later on that same show. He tries to bring up the “All Lives Matter” meltdown for Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation on ABC’s this week, suddenly the subject abruptly changes. No other member of the panel is to be consulted or made to comment, there is a reality that their Democrat master’s demand is pushed and that alone:
The Master: Stand. I have a task for you. There may be difficulties. Others may try to prevent you fulfilling my orders. You will ignore them and obey only me. You will let nothing stop you. Do you understand?
SOLIS:Yes, Master. I will obey only you.
Nothing will distract the media from obeying their Democrat Master’s command. For example:
Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign exactly one month ago on June 16, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired a combined 31 evening news stories discussing his comment about illegal Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” When then-President Bill Clinton was accused of rape, those same newscasts aired just four stories mentioning those charges during a 12-month period from March 1998 through March 1999.
In the Deadly Assassin the Master’s servant created a dreamscape forcing the Doctor to fight in his reality.
4th Doctor: [bleeding from a gunshot wound in the APC net] I deny it. I deny it! [the wound fades away]
The Enemy (Goth):You are trapped in my creation, Doctor. [the wound reappears] My reality rules.
4th Doctor:All right, I’ll fight you in your reality.
The Enemy (Goth):Then it will be a pleasure to destroy you. Be on your guard.
The MSM monopoly is the same thing, a dreamscape where the Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist and Donald Trump & the Confederate Flag are the only news that matters and GOP candidates who play by those rules are caught up in it.
And it wasn’t just here, what was the topic the media discussed with GOP candidates on the weekend shows? Donald Trump’s vs McCain. What is the only story they are pushing? The same. Consider Meet the Press this week, here is a screen shot of their main page. Look at the lead videos.
Seven videos five GOP vs trump, one trump stupid one defending Iran deal.
For the media the story of the day is the dreamscape that you can not get out. That they won’t let you out of.
So how do you win in that environment, you use the same advantage that the Doctor had.
ENGIN: He’s created a mental stronghold, a dreamscape if you like. The Doctor’s got caught up in it.
SPANDRELL: So he doesn’t stand a chance?
ENGIN:A very slight one. His opponent is expending energy in maintaining the reality projection. The Doctor can employ all his own artron energy for defence.
Chuck Todd:So let’s go to immigration. What do you do with the 11 million?
Senator Ted Cruz:You know, it’s an interesting thing in Washington. That is the question that both President Obama and Democrats love to focus on. How do you solve the problem? You focus on areas of common ground. I am long term optimistic and short term pessimistic on immigration. Long term, I’m optimistic because there’s a lotta bipartisan agreement outside of Washington on immigration. There’s overwhelming bipartisan agreement, number one, that we need to secure the borders. That we need to finally do something to stop illegal immigration.
Chuck Todd:What do you do with the 11 million people though? Do you have to send ’em back, or do you give them a way to get legal?
Senator Ted Cruz:Chuck, I don’t accept the premise that you have to solve every aspect of this problem all at once. President Obama and the Democrats focus on that issue because the question you’re asking is the most divisive partisan question in this entire debate. And I don’t believe President Obama wants to solve this.
and when the left tries, as the TimeLord leaders to ignore burdensome facts
Cardinal Borusa: The story is not acceptable. This is a very difficult, very delicate position. We must adjust the truth.
Engin:In what way, Cardinal?
Cardinal Borusa:In a way that will maintain public confidence in the Time Lords and their leadership. How many people have seen this Master since his death?
Spandrell:Apart from ourselves, Hildred and the two guards who took the body to the Panopticon vault.
Cardinal Borusa:Then we shall rely on their silence. We shall change the appearance of the corpse, Castellan. We all know the posthumous effect of a staser bolt. Within the hour, the body will be charred beyond recognition. Our story is going to be that the Master arrived in Gallifrey to assassinate the President, secretly. Before he could escape, Chancellor Goth tracked him down and killed him, unfortunately perishing himself in the exchange of fire. Now that’s much better. I can believe that.
You put them on the spot exposing basic truths like Senator Cruz does here with Jorge Ramos
Ted Cruz: If you cross illegally into Mexico what does Mexico do
Jorge Ramos:Of course they’d be deported.
Ted Cruz: So why should the United States not enforce our laws?
Or Ted Cruz on Chris Matthews:
or even the way that Rick Perry did on Morning Joe concerning Planned Parenthood
I threw in Perry to show showing that it CAN be done by others if they choose.
That’s how Ted Cruz beat the NYT over his Best Seller, instead of accepting their premise he counted with facts by defeating them in their own reality.
While other candidates are hitting Donald Trump Cruz is hitting planned parenthood
I am calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate – has federal law been violated? And I am calling on state officials and – any location where Planned Parenthood exists – for state district attorneys, state attorneys general to investigate criminal conduct.
“And I’ll say in addition, that I serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe the Judiciary Committee will hold oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what they did. I chair the oversight, federal rights and federal courts subcommittee, and if the full committee doesn’t hold hearings, I intend to hold hearings to get to the bottom of what appears to be barbaric practices being carried out by Planned Parenthood.”
So I ask this question of all those who would are coming after Cruz for leaving Trump alone:
What will be more likely to help the GOP win in 2016: Making headlines discussing issues like Immigration and planned parenthood and the Iran deal while politely ignoring the MSM memes, allowing Trump to sink or rise based on the actual votes of voters?. Or ignoring the issues voters actually care about and playing the media’ reality by provoking a man with a large ego a proclivity for attacking those who hit him and a billion dollars spare dollars to do so if he chooses?
You can take your time thinking about it. As the 4th Doctor once said: “I can be there five minutes ago.”
I submit and suggest that Ted Cruz has played this with the wisdom of the 4th Doctor and like that incarnation of the time lord he is content to let the media pretend he is a fool to do so. Would that the rest of the GOP was wise enough to follow his example.
The Doctor: (screwdriver buzzes moving frantically ) It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…
Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.
Last Friday we talked about the problem for Steven Moffat for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who namely how deal with a situation with a cast and a narrative that didn’t fit into what he needed to do.
As Election 2016 comes closer the MSM/left has similar problems.
Like Steven Moffat the MSM/left had to handle two potential problems, the first is to attack and weaken the GOP for the left.
Normally that would be pretty easy, you simply talk up the GOP candidate who is easiest to beat in a general election. Call him “presidential”, experienced etc while attacking his opponents. Then once your pigeon has the nomination sewed up, pivot suddenly & defining him has the biggest racist sexist bigot homophobe elitist of all time.
This misinformation project requires an early start because unlike Moffat’s Doctor Who audience who followed his every move religiously the low information voter that is the target of the media’s propaganda has little interest in politics.
It takes an awful lot of coverage to define a candidate to people who are paying no attention but you can’t define the target if you can’t identify him.
This GOP field is wide open. There are just so damn many of them it’s impossible to pick one out to target. While Moffat had to deal with 8 possible living doctors out of 11 in deciding who to cast that’s nothing compared to the GOP field. Think about that for a second. The GOP field in 2016 contains more people than there have been incarnations of the doctor and that’s even if you count the Peter Cushing movies.
While the left might use the Bush’s name to target Jeb (Hard of course when GWB is outpolling Obama) there are just too many candidates of all stripes to be sure he will be the one break out. If they put all their time into Bush and he doesn’t go anywhere the eventual GOP candidate might manage to define him (or herself) to the public before the media can do so.
That’s problem one for the MSM/left but it’s a minor problem compared to the second issue they have to deal with and like the first problem it is similar to the issue Steven Moffat had with the Day of the Doctor.
Moffat had to identify one of the doctors (either the 8th or 9th ) as the person who committed mass murder on a global scale as evidenced by exchange:
The Moment:Gallifrey. You’re going to burn it, and all those Daleks with it, but all those children too. How many children on Gallifrey right now? The War Doctor:I don’t know. The Moment:One day you will count them. One terrible night. Do you want to see what that will turn you into?
The Day of the Doctor 2013
How do you pick one of the heroes of your show as the man responsible for this horror?
The MSM/left has the same issue. Media spin notwithstanding since late 2008 we’ve seen a stagnant economy which huge numbers of the workforce simply giving up, racial tensions to the point where we have police targeted for murder and sections of American cities left to the mob, Abroad we have defeat in Iraq, an American ambassador left to die while others are beheaded on camera. At the same time our enemies no longer fear us and our friends no longer trust us.
But the numbers are not as bad as they look and the economy is still likely to work in Clinton’s favor next year.
even a disinterested public knows all is not well and like Steven Moffat they have to assign blame and while Moffat being a writer of fiction had the luxury of creating a whole new Doctor, the War Doctor, to do his dirty work.
“So all of this led me to the idea that if you’re going to sell to the Not-We audience a Doctor who essentially they haven’t seen before, then you have a freer hand than saying it has to be one of the ones you’ve already had
MSM can’t assign blame for America’s situation to Barack (the man of peace winning Nobel Peace Prize for just showing up) Obama while at the same they can’t critique or even acknowledge the state of the country, our economy, the state of Obamacare or the state of foreign affairs in the world without referencing the Administration and through them Barack Obama the man in charge.
And if the MSM can’t do this how much less does any Democrat running for office dare to discuss the actual state of the country and associate it with Barack Obama, watch how Martin O’Malley deals with it:
Mr. O’Malley told the crowd that President Barack Obama made “a lot of tough decisions” on behalf of the people since he has been in office and “saved our country from a second Great Depression.
“But we elected a president; we did not elect a magician. No person can fix what was 30 years in coming, in terms of the structural problems with our economy. … We need to continue this work.”
Thirty years? hmmm
But, as a nation, “over the course of the last 30 years,” Mr. O’Malley said, “we have seen … a growing gap of injustice between the country our children need for us to become and the country we’re in danger of becoming.”
Mr. O’Malley cited “failed trickle-down economic theories” which have caused the “greatest concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few that we have ever seen in this country, perhaps just once before.
The past 30 years? Trickle Down economic theories? Yes you guessed it Martin O’Malley is blaming Barack Obama’s economy on Ronald Reagan.
Note he doesn’t actually say it aloud because even the MSM would have a hard time selling it. The low info voter is pretty gullible but that’s a bridge too far .
Hillary Clinton can’t even use that tactic, after all if the structural problems are Reagan’s fault then why didn’t the eight years of Bill Clinton fix them? So instead we get stuff like this:
I’m so relieved that as I travel around the country and talk with people, there is a sense that we are on our feet. We’re not running yet but we are on our feet. We can see the changes that are happening in people’s life and can put them in a context as to where we go from here now as a country. I am very grateful to President Obama for the hard work
But now it’s not enough just to tread water. We need to get ahead and stay ahead and people need to feel that their work is being rewarded that the deck is not stacked in favor of those at the top that they too have a chance to go as far as their hard work and aspirations will take them.
Hmmm we’ve been treading water? How bland how non-committal and how totally lacking of any mention of the person who has been in charge of an economy that is only treading water.
And if Hillary can only obliquely speak about the economy she is in an even worse state concerning foreign affairs what can she say about foreign policy
Expecting a Commander in Chief to have some kind of accomplishments that show their qualifications before getting hired for the job is reasonable, right? Maybe, just not if those accomplishments happened while serving has the head of the State Department, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Susan Milligan.
On Hardball with Chris Matthews’ Milligan said the question posed to the Iowa Democratic panel was “unfair.”
“I think most people could not look at a Secretary of State and point to an accomplishment.
Well most people aren’t reporters but neither they (or anyone else for that matter) name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. But we can all recognize all the stuff that is going wrong. Which is why all the candidates are being asked if they would have done anything different in 2003 but nobody is asking what they would have done different in 2010. As Glenn Reynolds reminds us:
As late as 2010, things were going so well in Iraq that Obama and Biden were bragging. Now, after Obama’s politically-motivated pullout and disengagement, the whole thing’s fallen apart. This is near-criminal neglect and incompetence, and an awful lot of people will pay a steep price for the Obama Administration’s fecklessness.
And as for talking about 2003
I keep repeating this stuff. Because it bears repeating. In Iraq, Obama took a war that we had won at a considerable expense in lives and treasure, and threw it away for the callowest of political reasons. In Syria and Libya, he involved us in wars of choice without Congressional authorization, and proceeded to hand victories to the Islamists. Obama’s policy here has been a debacle of the first order, and the press wants to talk about Bush as a way of protecting him. Whenever you see anyone in the media bringing up 2003, you will know that they are serving as palace guard, not as press.
Of course if this was Steven Moffat’s and the Day of the Doctor with a TARDIS in hand the solution would be easy:
10th Doctor:You’re not actually suggesting that we change our own personal history? 11th Doctor:We change history all the time.
Alas for the MSM & for the left the TARDIS only appears with Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama in fan fiction. But it will be interesting to see how they try to pull it off without creating a War Obama or a War Clinton to take all the blame.
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In the university this is absolutely true there are lots of example of guys who have done contradictory research and suddenly find they can’t get a grant anymore because they are not saying the political correct thing.
Dr. Larry Schweikart March 28th 2015
A while back I interviewed Dr. Larry Schweikart who gave a speech at a YAF event talking about history being spun:
The meat and potatoes of the argument was that ignoring facts had become a part of our culture.
I couldn’t help think of this when I saw this piece by John Bohannon on how he got a phony study published:
It was time to share our scientific breakthrough with the world. We needed to get our study published pronto, but since it was such bad science, we needed to skip peer review altogether. Conveniently, there are lists of fake journal publishers. (This is my list, and here’s another.) Since time was tight, I simultaneously submitted our paper—“Chocolate with high cocoa content as a weight-loss accelerator”—to 20 journals. Then we crossed our fingers and waited.
Our paper was accepted for publication by multiple journals within 24 hours. Needless to say, we faced no peer review at all.
That was how he got it into “scientific” journals, and for getting journalists to bite,
The key is to exploit journalists’ incredible laziness. If you lay out the information just right, you can shape the story that emerges in the media almost like you were writing those stories yourself. In fact, that’s literally what you’re doing, since many reporters just copied and pasted our text.
Take a look at the press release I cooked up. It has everything. In reporter lingo: a sexy lede, a clear nut graf, some punchy quotes, and a kicker. And there’s no need to even read the scientific paper because the key details are already boiled down.
There are two important points to make here, the first is that the study was not so much inaccurate as it used methodology to make sure they got the results you want. Think of how many computer models that are cited by the media on Global warming that are built exactly the same way.
The real important point however is this:
If “professional journalists”, trade journals and mainstream papers fell so quickly for this “science” without questioning it at all, how much quicker will they do so if it concerning a topic that matches their belief system, and how much less once they have promoted a study that backs their beliefs will they look favorability on one that goes in the other direction?
Remember this the next time the media tries to belittle views it disagrees with.
Albert: Do you remember my briefing, Shona? Shona:Yeah. Well, no. I remember some of it. Albert:Some of it? Bellows:How much? Shona:Till he put his hand on my knee. And then I was just grossing. Albert: It was intended as a comfort. Bellows: For whom?
Doctor Who Last Christmas 2014
Today is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent. A time of reflection and repentance when we examine ourselves and our faults to prepare for the coming of Christ at Easter.
In Catholic parishes you will find extra devotions, regular stations of the cross, extra masses and many chances to receive the sacrament of confession for our sins.
Of course as I explained a few days ago if you have the right political views or are in the right political party you not only don’t need confession you can’t even “sin”
The victim this time is Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming defense secretary Ashton Carter, seen here holding forth on ISIS while his better half suffers the ritual indignity of the vice presidential droit de seigneur at swearings-in. Silver lining: Unlike most of the females whom Biden creeped on at last month’s oath-taking for the new Congress, Mrs. Carter is of age.
Biden’s behavior at the Carter ceremony follows his hands-on performance at the swearing-in of new senators in January. The vice president’s performance on that day brought comment from around the world, ranging from “Biden being Biden” to “handsy Joe” to “creepy.”
And asks the obvious question
Do the incidents add up to anything? Assume that all of Biden’s gestures were entirely innocent, just Joe being Joe. Still, in today’s society, sexual harassment complaints have been lodged for less. Biden’s behavior gives critics plenty of ammunition and puts supporters in a difficult position. Why is that kind of stuff OK when the vice president does it and cringe-making when it’s the overly-friendly guy in the office?
Now in fairness to Joe he comes from a time that was much more touchy and depending on his intent it doesn’t even rise to the level of sin.
But consider the kind of nonsense the left is calling sin & the standards by which is it measured when we have been seeing things like this:
I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them (an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy), and who was ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away. He was found to be completely innocent of any sexual misconduct and was informed of the basis of the complaint against him only by accident and off-hand. But the stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that.
via hotair and you have to ask: “If the standards are holding the Vice president to are lower than the standards we hold college undergraduates to perhaps there is something wrong with these standards?”
The favorite by far seems to be “stupid” not a day goes by when someone in the media talks about how stupid it is for him to have said these things, particularly on camera.
However in that wave of adjectives used to describe Professor Gruber in general and his words concerning the passing and implementation of Obamacare , there is one that we have not seen deployed, one that given his statement would be the first words out of people mouth.
The missing words? “Liar” and “False”
Nobody wants to deal with that question for one simple reason, if Dr. Gruber is telling the truth (and he is) than a whole lot of Democrats and their media enablers were lying from the start.
Plus you’ll note that Dr. Gruber repeatedly spoke in front of audiences who were, as a rule friendly to Obamacare, for years without being challenged on his veracity.
But there is one aspect of his words that is, in my mind, more outrageous than anything else.
It’s not the suggestion that lawmakers were trying to hide the true meaning and costs of the law. After all lawmakers have spun or twisted law for the sake of personal power, pandering or achieving particular ends since before Daniel was tossed into the Lion’s den but something more subtle. Take another look at the clip in question.
What is implicit is the idea that said deception would be entirely successful. Why? Because he understood that the media would not reveal and/or report on it.
There is a specific reason why the Bill of Rights after explicitly protecting freedom of speech specifically mentioned the freedom of the press, it’s because the press has the power to amplify that freedom far beyond the individual. While one might be able to downplay or defame an individual making a claim such tactics are considerably less effective when applying them to a press organization (although in fairness the administration has done their best when it comes to Fox News).
Because of that explicitly granted privilege the press has an obligation to honestly and accurately report the goings on of government in order that the people deciding who shall rule them can make their decision based on the merits.
That the press didn’t do their job in reporting on this deception is despicable but the fact that the administration and their allies took it as rote that said press act in that fashion should be a matter of personal disgrace to any person who claims the Constitutional protections of a journalist.
Since the video was uploaded, the major English and Spanish broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, and Telemundo have chosen not to cover this devastating video on either their morning or evening newscasts.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Update: Dave Weigel’s piece about the fellow who first posted the clip makes my point:
Weinstein, back at home, was stunned at the reaction. Why did he keep finding Gruber gaffes? Why didn’t the press glom onto this stuff first?
“It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is,” he says. “I really do find this disturbing.”
No it’s the difference between making an effort to find something and making an effort to not find them. Update 2: Glenn Reynolds answers the question from Dave Weigel’s piece on why the press didn’t glom onto this stuff: If the Gruber video had come out before the election, would the GOP have picked up Virginia and New Hampshire? Quite possibly.
Democrats with Bylines indeed.
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“My job is to bring up issues that Americans care about. It’s my responsibility to ask the tough questions. No matter whose leading the country they need to be held accountable. I have unique access to the president, his advisers, the candidates and members of congress. I’d better use that access for a greater good, use it for people who can’t get through the White House Gates, for people who can’t be heard. The American People deserve answers”
Chuck Todd NBC 2013
Beverley Hofstadter: an adult Jewish male living with his mother is so common it borders on sociological cliché.
The Big Bang Theory, The Maternal Capacitance 2009
This question is being put to him because he accused Tom Cotton in August of essentially being pro-Ebola, just as Cotton’s fiendish financier masters demand. Pryor made it an issue in the election so now here’s MSNBC letting him follow up by tossing him what they thought would be a softball. Oops. Pryor being Pryor, though, I wonder how much of this ummmmming is doofishness and how much is him hurriedly trying to calculate how a red-state Democrat should respond. Do you pander to conservatives by bashing O or do you pander to the liberals whom you desperately need to turn out?
Do you see it? The headline isn’t that Pryor couldn’t decide on tossing Obama off the bus or not, the headline is the softball question. Look at the video:
It’s bad enough that Mika is calling this a “A sweet, little, nice, gentle question” or saying, “She asked a gentle she was just being honest and the guy just collapsed!”, listen to what the reporter says in response to Mika’s words:
“I’m actually not sure I thought he would have a yes or no answer” and “Ah well you know like I said I was a little surprised they were so difficult, because he had aired this ad on Ebola late in August accusing his opponent Tom Cotton of not doing enough tn fight to fight global pandemics. So I you know I expected he would I guess more of the…it was a news of the day question.
She’s not denying that she was tossing him a softball, in fact she’s practically apologizing that he couldn’t handle it as if. Hey it’s not like I was trying to challenge a Democrat running for the US Senate.
Take another look at the first video I post with the question to Cotton the Republican, nothing softball there.
Everyone is getting a laugh here because Pryor looked like a doofus, but the story here is: It’s apparently the Job of NBC reporters on the road covering a critical Senate races to toss democrats softball questions, not a particular Democrats being unable to answer it.
When we laugh at the batter’s inability to hit a fat pitch rather than be outraged at the supposedly neutral pitcher deliberately throwing him a fat pitch with the game on the line we are doing exactly what the media wants.
You should be outraged, unless of course you are so used to it that it doesn’t phase you anymore or don’t really give a damn..
As you might guess the next 44 days before the election are going to be a whirlwind to some degree for those of us who follow electoral politics closely.
However for those of you do don’t (and if you don’t I’m happy but surprised to have you here reading) let me give you a brief idea of what is going to be in the headlines.
1. NFL Scandal
Goodell’s excellent blocking aside the media is not going to let this story die the fact that we have games on Sunday, Monday & Thursday help as it means that there is not a single day of the week where there is not a game, the preparation for a game or the aftermath of a game. As a masculine sport the NFL stands in for the GOP for the Democrats entire “war on women” meme. so by keeping up the pressure the media manages to indirectly hit the GOP while making elevating a subject that does not reflect on this administration.
Oh and expect the “Redskins” story to pop up every now and again as well
The Ebola outbreak is causing death and destruction in Africa and the prospect of the disease-spreading is real. People are dying and worry is really setting in.
This story is considerably more newsworthy than the NFL and it certainly deserves attention but expect a lot of that attention to become louder, particularly as how it develops will have little fallout on this administration and the media can point to the president’s speech as the White House taking action. Thus it will get a lot of play over the next 40+ days
3. Campus Rape
Expect more studies, book and loud pronouncement from the view to the congress on this non issue, with a whole lot of studies with dubious figures for the sake of promoting outrage and firing up the college base. Personally if I was the father of a daughter and I bought the rape odds that the media has pushed I wouldn’t pay 40K to put a daughter in that spot.
This is an issue that’s going to be pushed full hilt, it’s perfect for the left, it plays the “war on women” card generates fear against their political foes and because the numbers are cooked as long as accurate figures don’t come out before an election (and the media will make sure they don’t) they can always point to their own actions as the cause of success.
In reality this is an issue that they would just as soon not cover but thanks to the beheading videos it’s impossible to ignore, but there is good news for the MSM here. While the reality is we are highly unlikely to defeat ISIS without US troops doing the heavy lifting on the ground this is not going to be apparent for many months. Because of this every single step and speech is going to be highlighted as a strong bold move to stop a threat to the United States rather than a way to save his poll numbers before a key election.
So be aware that if you expect to see anything about the IRS scandal, the Economy, the price of Oil, jobs, immigration / amnesty and where all those kids on the border ended up going, forget it all of those issues hurt democrats and even if you find an illegal immigrant with a pending NFL contract infected with Ebola raping a young woman on campus while wrapped in an ISIS flag it will get a 30 second line.
I’m sure the MRC can do a story count but does anyone expect anything different?
For the rest of the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.
DaTechGuy, An Incident in Lithonia 5/27/10
A few weeks ago I warned that the looting in Ferguson has the potential to cement a rather nasty racial stereotype concerning young black men for generations. This week a different stereotype carefully crafted by the media was under assault in that very same city when a group of people decided to launch a BUYcott of Ferguson business that has been hard hit by those same looters
I insisted on buying something–all the people in the salon were so happy and kind. She didn’t have much for white guy gray hair, but she took the time to pull together some gift bags. Then she didn’t want money, but I made her take it.
A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”
“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”
His surprise was understandable. For half a decade the media, professional left and black “leaders” have been telling black democrats what a bunch of awful racist the Tea Party is (In Mississippi the establishment GOP gave a hand to spread that meme as well). I’ve lived the results myself , so naturally they had no inkling of the Tea Party plans on facebook:
The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people”
and were totally taken aback, but were VERY grateful:
In other shops, we’d get hard stares when we walked in and shopped. Once we told them “we’re with the tea party, and we’re here to shop,” these people actually shouted. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.”
The group did not do this BUYcott as a publicity stunt or a one-time feel good measure. They have bigger plans to do their part to help these businesses thrive. Their next BUYcott is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend and they are encouraging the state legislature to exempt Ferguson businesses from sales tax that weekend to encourage even more sales.
I wonder how much Al Sharpton & the black panthers spent in these shops?
I suspect the only chance this will have of breaking into MSM coverage is on Jake Tapper’s show under “The Buried Lede”
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the Left didn’t have a problem with his description of Pope Benedict XVI as a ‘leering old villain in the frock’ who ran ‘a profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution … amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.’
Sure, he wrote some pop science books back in the day, but why do we keep having him on TV and in the newspapers? If it’s a biologist you’re after, or a science communicator, why not pick from the hundreds out there who don’t tweet five or six Islamophobic sentiments before getting off the toilet in the morning? If you need an atheist, there are many philosophers, scholars of religion, and public intellectuals available who don’t refuse to acknowledge the existence of theology.
You know although we often there the word “Islamophobic” thrown around but except by me I’ve never heard anyone describe any of the regular attackers of Christianity in general and Catholics in particular as “Christo-Phobic”, have you?
But back to the piece in general, while one might think the impulse would be to give Dawkins credit for consistency since like Pat Condell he dismisses all religions equally, the attack in the Guardian suggests that now all “right thinking” people (by which it is meant “people who think correctly”) should reject Dawkins meaning his days of cameos on Dr. Who
are likely over:
Damian Thompson also notes how not only is Dawkins in the present not toxic but his once highly praised books of the past are nw to be reclassified after these latest utterances:
Note how The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker — masterpieces of lucid thinking that advanced humanity’s understanding of evolution — have become mere ‘pop science’ now that their author is upsetting the wrong people.
Ah totalitarianism never changes, his old writings are suddenly VERBOTEN or at least nothing significant. Will we next see his image airbrushed out of posed photos?
Now lets stipulate that one does not have to be a fan of either radical Islam or radical feminism to think his arguments on religion are tripe & Dawkins is an ass.
If you don’t find @RichardDawkins creepy, you need to go away and learn how to think.
Nevertheless we must give thanks to Mr. Dawkins for he has created a clarifying moment for society in demonstrating that any critique of Islam such as noting the comparative number of science Nobles of a single college vs the entire Islamic world is beyond the pale he demonstrates that for the vast majority of our secular humanist friends their “atheism” was not and never was about a disbelief in a or the gods worshiped by humans on planet earth.
No Professor Dawkins by his consistency of thought has confirmed that secular humanism always has and always will be just another vehicle to attack & deny and marginalized Christianity under the quite correct theory that it’s truths are a direct threat to the ideology of the worship of one’s self.
Thank you so much Professor Dawkins for providing that important service…
Atheism has a teleology — a purpose, an inherent goal — having developed in the West as a means of undermining the social and legal authority of Christian morality. Atheism is therefore not equally hostile to all religious beliefs, nor is it objective in the selection of targets.
People who hate Christianity nowadays declare themselves “atheists” in much the same way as people who hate America once declared themselves “Communists.” For that matter, it’s the same way women who hate men call themselves “feminists.” The claimed label is a means of rationalizing one’s hatred in a self-flattering way, by distinguishing one’s own enlightened sophistication in contrast to those whom one ridicules as ignorant simpletons for their traditional beliefs.
It brings to mind how once Democrats were in the minority in the house, suddenly what a house minority leader had to say was worth covering.
While both of these things are of some interest what I find most interesting is the tactic because as a Catholic it’s so familiar.
After Vatican 2 and Humanae Vitae the left in the Church and the media who supported them were disappointed by the result. While there were changes in the Mass and an increase in the use of the laity it was not what they had dreamed of. So rather than talking about what doctrines actually were and what the counsel documents actually said they created a false narrative aided and abetted by many in ministry who preferred the church in their own image rather than the church as it was.
Thanks to the get along to go along attitude of many who knew better entire generations was either catechised falsely or not at all and the church & society paid for it.
This is the goal of the left in the Ginsberg dissent to create a de facto narrative in their minds similar to the Bush Gore election, and by that narrative hope to effect both how the issue is reported and perhaps even how some of the liberal judges rule on future cases as more Christian businessmen assert their rights.
Of course this is not the 70’s. Both the internet exists as does a strong cadre of conservatives ready to push back, and the reality of the decision in encoded in US law so don’t expect the kind of legal apostasy that we saw in the church but rest assured they’ll give it the old pagan try.
Lance:Well, I couldn’t risk you running off. I had to say yes. And then I was stuck with a woman who thinks the height of excitement is a new flavour Pringle. Oh, I had to sit there and listen to all that yap yap yap. Oh, Brad and Angelina. Is Posh pregnant? X Factor, Atkins Diet, Feng Shui, split ends, text me, text me, text me. Dear God, the never ending fountain of fat, stupid trivia. I deserve a medal.
Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride 2006
There are plenty of reasons why the UN continues to beat the drum loudly on Global Warming,
The United Nations secretary-general on Sunday urged world policymakers to do more to address the threat of climate change as negotiators attempt to forge a new global warming pact next year. Speaking to hundreds of international delegates at the start of a climate gathering in Abu Dhabi, Ban Ki-moon warned that time is running out to reduce harmful emissions and that political leaders need to offer bold commitments to drive meaningful change.
“If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone,” he warned.
The prosperity he was talking about of course was that of the bureaucrats and NGO who draw wealth from this nonsense, not to mention the conferences in comfortable parts of the words with good wine, good food, ample female & male company for sale or rent on the taxpayer’s dime.
Likewise the ability to grease friends is a big reason Obama & the American left were doing the same back in may:
White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration’s efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming.
Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming
In a speech to the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental activist organization, Obama mocked the GOP for playing dumb on global warming in order to evade the criticism of tea party groups and other elements on their right wing.
Republicans have ‘ducked the question and said, “Hey, I’m not a scientist”,’ Obama claimed, ‘which really translates into “I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I say so I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements, so I am just going to pretend like – I don’t know – I can’t read”.’
That basic motivation is pretty much the same nationally & globally from the time this nonsense began but both the UN & Obama share an even bigger motivation to continue to push and invent this crisis:
Right now the world & Obama are facing several international Crises: The War in Syria, Nukes in Iran and Russia’s expansion into first Crimea & the Ukraine, ISIS in Iraq.
For the UN this is bad news because in theory solving international problems like these are the reason why the UN is supposed to exist, but we have reached a point where the UN actually exists so that there is a steady stream of income for a group of international leeches who are willing to sell the legitimacy they hold legacy to the highest bidder.
To take sides in any of these issues is to dissuade potential bidders and that’s bad for the graft business and taking sides with the losers would be more so.
So instead another topic must be found something that will give the collected media something anything to fill space that doesn’t suggest failure which is the one constant of the presidency of Barack Obama
It’s the left’s version of the prevent defense for the low information voter they have 30 months to kill, the World Cup won’t last forever and Malaysia is unlikely to lose another airliner in the same circumstances to fill a month of CNN’s time.
His greatest ally is the culture, we’ve become so superficial that their plan just might work.
Chancellor Goth:Who knows what was in the President’s mind? But it is the custom, as you know, for an incoming president to pardon political prisoners. Is he to set free the murderer of his predecessor, or break with custom? Either course would be difficult. I intend to avoid the dilemma by seeing this affair through before he takes office. Cardinal Borusa: Chancellor, all presidents are faced with difficult decisions. It is by their decisions that they are judged.
In fact Ron it’s beyond simply protecting a democrat, let’s say it bluntly.
Because Barack Obama is the first black president.
What that means is that he can NOT be allowed to be portrayed as a failure no matter what happens in Iraq, no matter what happens in Syria, no matter what happens in the economy and no matter how many people have given up on finding work.
Most of those things are self-evident and the media can choose to not discuss it or spin it but that can’t really be hidden from the people.
But it is not the illusion of Barack Obama as an honest & capable President that worries them the most, it is their own illusion that they want to preserve. The illusion of their own self-righteousness.
If these journalists discover that the first black president of the United States is a cheap crook in the tradition of Nixon then a choice has to be made. Do they report that information, or do they withhold it?
That decision will define if they are the people they claim to be or not.
Ron your fellow journalists can not and will not seek the truth in the IRS scandal. Not because of what it will reveal to the world about the Obama administration, but what it will reveal to themselves about themselves.
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Am I the only guy who noted the inherent racism in the argument that Jeb Bush is making here?
The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.
Bush is basically saying if you are a mexican parent it’s perfectly understandable that you would bring your kids to the US instead of letting them grow up in Mexico because we all know MEXICO SUCKS!
Think about that for a second.
What does such a statement say about Mexicans, about Latinos? Isn’t it pretty much declaring they’re not capable of running a country or even feed their own people? Doesn’t it say that if you love your children you’ll get them the hell out of Mexico by any means necessary?
In fact by this argument a Mexican parent who keeps their kid in Mexico is practically guilty of child abuse.
Yet the MSM who loves to deploy the race card against republicans and sees “code words” in every phrase is treating this as the “compassionate” argument for amnesty “immigration reform” rather than an incredible insult to Latinos.
Apparently suggesting that Mexicans and Latinos aren’t capable of running a country let alone feed their people isn’t racist if that helps advance liberal goals.
Perhaps if he gets the nomination in 2016 they’ll come around.
Update: If Jeb Bush has made the same implications about Detroit an overwhelmingly black city run by an overwhelmingly black administration, that he did about Mexico, he would be hounded out of public life.
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Sir Humphrey Appleby:East Yemen, isn’t that a democracy?
Sir Richard Wharton:Its full name is the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of East Yemen.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:Ah I see, so it’s a communist dictatorship.
Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986
The freedom of the press does not discriminate amongst groups or individuals—it applies to all Americans.
Senators Cruz, Lee, Cornyn & Sessions on S 987
As we watch the spectacle of the mainstream media decide which internal investigations are believable (White House investigations on Benghazi & the IRS scandal) and which are not (Chris Christie Bridge Scandal) the Senate Judiciary Committee is advancing a bill “The Free Flow of Information Act of 2013” (S.987) that supposedly enhances freedom of the press by providing journalists with a legal shield in order to keep them from being forced to testify concerning sources.
While the actions of this administration might suggest a need of such a law, there is a huge catch in this bill that’s getting little play. In order to determine who gets this shield privilege the bill devotes seven pages to define who a “journalist” and who is not.
In other words, this bill codifies the government’s the power to decide who is alegitimate journalist and who is not, in effect licensing journalists.
With such a law, easily amended in place, an administration could dictate coverage, advancing rewards and confirming punishment on the favored few, it could advance the stories it wants while pushing others less favorable to the back of the bus. The implications of such power in staggering.
Picture for example if a Bill Clinton justice department could have eliminated the journalistic license of a Matt Drudge when he broke the Monica Lewinsky story that Newsweek refused to, or threatening the license of any journalist who covered it?
Picture a Richard Nixon justice department doing the same with a Woodward or a Bernstein on national security or other grounds and being able to threaten the Washington Post if they continued to employ them.
If the media is already ignoring or downplaying legitimate stores without an official government imprimatur, how much worse will it be when the government has the power to decide what press is legitimate and confer rights and privileges accordingly?
In an environment where opponents of the administration have been persecuted , laws have been altered by fiat or selectively enforced, do you really trust the government to decide what journalism is legit and what is not?
And if you are a person of the left do you trust your political opponents to use such power with restraint? Are you really willing to take that chance?
A bill like S987 should never be law in a land of free people. The use of such acts as “The Free Flow of Information Act of 2013” or as I call it “The Putin Press Bill” should be left to the likes of a Vladimir Putin, Assad or Kim Jong-Un in whose odious hands such laws belong.
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Out of a decent respect for the opinion of mankind, it is customary to give such excuses as “threatening weather” or “wet field.” There is nothing in the world, though, to prevent me from saying the field is unfit because I had a nosebleed behind first base.
As I reflect on the 570th day since still sitting Democrat representative Carlos Henriquez’s arrest and the 15th since his conviction for assaulting a women who refusing him sex and his stubborn refusal to resign I find myself nodding in recognition.
While one would think any reporter would immediately recognize the story as newsworthy, There is in fact a more significant story here that Carlos Henriquez is just a part of.
Consider for example this story from earlier this month:
The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.
Hmm an administration under investigation where two people have already pleaded the 5th, puts a donor to said administration in charge of the probe. That would seem a newsworthy to me.
Worth noting is the fact the original media reports of 249,000 cancellations in the state happened on or about November 6. The dispute between Udall’s office and the Department of Insurance didn’t happen more than a week later on November 14. Specifically, the issue didn’t appear to rise to importance for the Udall office until President Obama decreed citizens could keep cancelled plans.
Hmm A senator trying to get a state to fudge numbers to aid his party’s president. That would seem newsworthy to me.
Then there is the story that came out today concerning the investigation of that senator. N “neutral and objective panel” seemed to clear the Democrat Senator, however….
Hmm a “neutral and objective panel” investigating a senator is revealed to have consisted solely of members of that senator’s party after it clears him. That would seem newsworthy to me too.
All of these stories seem newsworthy to me together they tell quite a tale, lets review:
1. A State Rep taking a much younger woman late at night in his car demanding sex is arrested on assault & kidnapping stays in his race, wins, and two years later is convicted of assault stubbornly refuses to resign his house seat.
2. An administration where two people have already pleaded the 5th putting one of their political donors in charge of an investigation of itself and keeping that fact under wraps.
3. A sitting US senator attempting to have numbers reported by his state concerning an unpopular national program he voted for, altered to favor his party a week after they are released.
4. A Governor’s “neutral & objective panel” that clears a sitting US senator turns out to be exclusively consisting of members of his administration and the senator’s political party.
What connects these four stories out of Denver, Boston & Washington DC, they all speak to the power and arrogance of the Democrats in the current media culture.
Carlos Henriquez didn’t pull out of his race at the time of his arrest because he understood that even with the war on woman being the theme of the 2012 election and one of the most prominent female candidates in the country running in his state, the media, local state & national would ignore it. He remains in his seat because heunderstands that even with his conviction for actually assaulting a women the media will never find his story more interesting than Mike Huckabee saying the word: “libido”
The administration appointed a political friend and donor to investigate itself on a critical scandal because they understood that the national media would not press the issue or report on a story they had ignored for months on end.
The Senator and his office feels themselves free to attempt to pressure his state to change it’s reported numbers because they understoodthat the media would not press them nor nor keep a close eye on any investigation that might come.
and that’s also why The Governor & his administration felt fee to stack the investigating committee of a prominent member of his political party because it is their understandingthat while the story has broken today it will not go far and will certainly not go national.
Why? Why would all of these public people believe that stories would not advance beyond a day?
I submit & suggest it’s because all of these stories involve Democrats and their national memes and Democrats understand that when it comes to such stories MSM immediately recognizes them as unnewsworthy.
What other conclusion can be reached when the administration sends the IRS to target Hollywood conservatives and the broadcast networks give the story a combined total coverage of zero seconds?
Why are these stories not worth national attention? That judgement is totally subjective. Perhaps someone had a nosebleed in the editor’s room?
That’s the story: A media so in the tank that the Democrats in general and the party in particular feels free to do what they will because they understand their acts will not get exposure to general public on a national level.
I can’t speak for others but I immediately recognize this as newsworthy.
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While the media, as opposed to the rest of the country, continues to be shocked SHOCKED at the political culture in NJ this story from Tip O’Neill’s autobiography Man of the House seems remarkably relevant.
In the chapter “The Kennedys” Tip tells about the Democrat convention of 1960 and the process of lining up delegates for Kennedy. He was talking to four delegates from the Virgin Islands one of whom was for Kennedy while the other three supported three different candidates. As he buttonholed them Congressman Mike Kirvan came by and took over the conversation. Tip tells the story on page 93:
“Do you know who I am?” he asked.
“You’re Mr. Kirwan.” said one of he delegates.
“And do you know what I do?”
“You’re the chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Works.”
“That’s right,” said Mike: “Now if I’m not mistaken you could use a new school in St. Croix. And I’ve heard something about a new power plant. And wasn’t there talk of a new sewage system?”
The delegates just nodded.
“Now I’m with Kennedy,” said Mike, “and if Kennedy wins I can get you those things. If Kennedy doesn’t win, I can’t. Now who did you say you were supporting?”
“Good,” said Mike, “That’s what I thought you said.”
I’m shocked SHOCKED that the sainted Democrat pols of Camelot would make the power, school and sewage needs of an island’s populace dependent on a primary endorsement. I’m sure the media that worships the Kennedys would be all broken up about it too.
I think we are really going to have to question the culture of these Democrats of the sixties and re-examine all the dollars spent on the war on poverty and more to see if there were political motives behind them.
It’s Tuesday and the 2014 doldrums continue apace.
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Last week I mentioned how the Chris Christie Bridge scandal was a golden opportunity for the GOP:
they should use every moment on the air to compare and contrast the media reaction to this Christie Scandal to the IRS scandal.
How horrible that in view of the ongoing IRS scandal where a government agency was used to go after conservatives that such a thing would happen.
They should wonder aloud if any of Chris Christie’s aides will plead the 5th under oath like the IRS people did.
They should talk about how Chris Christie should not stonewall or put up roadblocks as the Obama administration has continued to do with the IRS scandal.
And they should of course talk about the contrast between the media interest, saying perhaps Christie might use the Obama strategy on the IRS scandal, deny and stonewall in the hope that the media will ignore it over time.
They should POUND this there should be no answer that comes out of their lips that doesn’t use the words “IRS Scandal” and “Bridge Scandal” in the same sentence. Every article written on it by any conservative source should mention it, contrast it play on the difference in media interest between the pair.
Let’s start with Rudy Giuliani on This Week he starts the comparisons with the very first question from Martha Raddatz:
Giuliani: You know, Martha, that’s always kind of simplistic after some like this happens, you know, how could it happen, how could you not have known? How did President Obama not know about the IRS targeting right wing groups? You know, massive numbers of right wing groups…
Raddatz interrupts almost at once with saying…
But this is traffic, this affects everybody. This seems very different.
Because the IRS certainly isn’t something that affects everybody but Rudy was just getting started
Giuliani:Well, that affects a lot of people. And the reality is, things go wrong in an administration. And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-mode at the time, during campaign-mode you miss a lot of things. You’re not paying as much attention. We see that with Benghazi.
I’ll give you plenty of examples. Every administration, every president, every mayor, every governor, something goes wrong below them and then the press ask, gosh, how do they not know? How did they not realize?
Note how Rudy leads with “every president” and keeps going back there all through the interview
Giuliani:But this is what happens in political operations. I mean, people get wrong messages. It happens all the time. It happened, again, I go back to the IRS scandal. The people in the IRS though President Obama wanted them to do this. President Obama didn’t want them to do this. But they got the sense because of that culture that they were supposed to target right wing groups. It was totally wrong.
I think it was totally wrong for these people to have interpreted Chris Christie this way.
But, look, he’s handled it the best way you can possibly handle it. He’s held a press conference, he’s flatly denied it.
There a reason why Morning Joe took a swing at him today and when GOP chairman Renice Priebus said this on Meet the Press:
He stood there for 111 minutes, in an open dialogue with the press. Now only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the I.R.S.. I mean Chris Christie’s– (Gregory Interrupts) –been (CHUCKLE) totally open here.
David Gregory went on full defense mode defending the president emphatically
Let me pick up on that point, Chairman. So you had said about the president and the I.R.S. scandal, and there’s been no direct tie, of course, to what happened to the I.R.S. to the president, just as there has not been a direct tie to Governor Christie here.
and then when Chairman Priebus he again made the contrast
No. He– no, he– no. The– here’s the– he trusted people that lied to him, and he fired those people. The president doubles down on Eric Holder. He doubles down on Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice. It’s the opposite–
Gregory interrupts, asked a new question about tone and then kept interrupting as Priebus made his point.
Because Chris Christie– here’s why. Because Chris Christie gave us almost two hours of open dialogue and open– (Gregory interrupts)–examination with the press. Because you can judge a person. You can judge a person’s character. We had an opportunity to do that. And so that’s what Chris Christie offered, not only to the people of New Jersey, but the people across the country. The president never offered– (Gregory interrupts)–that open dialogue so that people–(Gregory interrupts)–character–(Gregory interrupts)–of the president.
Even Rand Paul a Christie rival for 2016 gets it. He is interviewed and goes after Christie and is uninterrupted by his media until he gets over the target:
Sen Rand Paul: Nobody wants the power of government to be used against somebody just cause you lost. A good example of this is the IRS scandal President Obama used the IRS or is alleged to have used the IRS to go after conservative groups and tea party groups…
Interviewer: (Loudly) “And Progressives”
I don’t like autoplay in video but go to the AZcentral site and listen to the tone when the interview interrupts. God forbid any person who hears that interview understand that the IRS targeted conservatives and tea party members. There is a reason why every time I bring the subject in comparison I’m challenged by the left and also a reason why Tax Prof Blog’s update today on the IRS scandal day 249 is as Glenn Reynolds put it a big one.
I have absolutely no idea if Chris Christie had direct involvement in the bridge stuff, but I do know this. The MSM is going to be pretty careful about who they bring on to talk about it.
I think the Left is scared of that connection, let’s keep them that way.
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There are few things more predictable than the advice a liberal secular Jew like Sally Kohn is going to give to the GOP in a place like the Daily Beast. But it’s pretty rare when they invoke a Pope & a church they’ve never liked to do it:
As a secular Jew, I don’t know much about Catholic doctrine but I do know a ton about irony. Whether out of institutional self-preservation or a true moral searching, Pope Francis appears to be trying to project a warm and welcoming rhetoric that is often undermined by the Church’s judgmental and exclusionary beliefs. But the irony is that the centuries-old Catholic Church is even trying, which is more than can be said for the supposedly modern GOP.
Well before we dismiss Sally’s suggestion out of hand let me surprise you all by agreeing. The GOP could learn a lot by paying attention to what Pope Francis is saying and acting accordingly. For Example they could learn….
A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques. This would represent, in effect, a new form of discrimination and authoritarianism.
When we, for our part, aspire to diversity, we become self-enclosed, exclusive and divisive; similarly, whenever we attempt to create unity on the basis of our human calculations, we end up imposing a monolithic uniformity.
True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”. What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others
The prince of the world comes but can do nothing against me: if we don’t want the prince of this world to take the Church into his hands, we must entrust it to the One who can defeat the prince of this world.
So yeah I strongly endorse the GOP listening to what the Pope says and taking it to heart,.
But for an odd reason I suspect if Sally Kohn paid attention to what the Pope has actually been saying rather than what the media has bothered to report she might sing a different tune.
Update: speaking of what people say concerning Catholics here is an update from Ed Morrissey on US News pooh poohing the reaction from Jamie Stiehm’s fun anti-catholic article:
The question for Kelly was how all of that got past editors to make it onto the virtual pages of US News. Kelly offers a “diversity of opinions” smokescreen that tells us nothing. That’s too bad, but it’s not unexpected after seeing Stiehm’s ignorant screed appear there in the first place.
It’s good to know that US News considers blatant Anti-Catholicism simply “diversity of views.” Would this same publication run an oped by Fred Phelps, or David Duke, or Anjem Choudary?
As Deacon Greg Kandra of the Deacon’s Bench said, “We will eagerly await, then, thoughtful and penetrating essays in the pages of U.S. News & World Report that belittle Jews, mock Muslims, sneer at African Americans, taunt gays and deride any chosen ethnic, racial or religious minority.”
It’s Sunday, a new week which is a good thing because the last two weeks have not been very successful.
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the point to be made immediately is that Fox News has functioned like a channelizing terrain feature in the informational battlefield. For the defenders of liberal media hegemony, all they had to do was to isolate Fox — identify it as a hostile force in the eyes of other media — and then to target both the network’s messages and its messengers.
In other words, a story that was damaging to Democrats or which undermined key elements of the liberal media narrative could be discredited simply by saying, “Oh, that’s a Fox story.”
Let me point out an example from yesterday:
Yesterday Congress held a hearing where Nagheh Abedini talked about her husband who has been a “hostage” in Iran since last year.
The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, a religious prisoner in Iran, said the U.S. government has abandoned her husband during a congressional hearing on Thursday.
Naghmeh Abedini told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that she was dismayed after learning that her husband’s imprisonment was not raised during the recent nuclear negotiations between Iran, the United States, and other world powers.
I spotted the hearings on Fox as I was channel surfing, they were being covered live. I instantly turned to CNN & MSNBC to see if they were covering them.
They were not. Stacy Again
Andrew Breitbart understood this tactic, and fought very hard to escape the “Fox Trap,” which is why he delivered one of his biggest scoops on the WeinerGate scandal — the Meagan Broussard story, which confirmed that Weiner was “sexting” with multiple women — directly to ABC News as an exclusive. If conservative messages and messengers can be limited to one media channel, and that channel reaches no more than a minor fraction of the total news audience, liberals win. It’s really that simple,
It doesn’t matter how moving her testimony is, it doesn’t matter how factual her testimony is, if the rest of the media is either ignoring it or giving it a throw away line as far as the American people are concerned it didn’t happen and Media Matters & Soros wins.
That’s why the multiple bi-partisan bills to open parts of the government didn’t matter to Harry Reid, as long as only Fox covered it, there would be no pressure to bring them up for votes.
That is why we have to fight the battle in the culture and that is where we have to win.
MSNBC has lost 45% of its viewership over the past year. Fox is the most trusted network in America on the biggest story of the day, the left’s collective dishonesty regarding Obamacare.
Meanwhile, the network that Media Matters claims to have defeated just swallowed a continent.
Fox News triumphed in the cable news ratings battle in November, grabbing more total day and primetime viewers than its two rival competitors — CNN and MSNBC — combined.
It marks the 143rd consecutive month that Fox News has come out on top, and it ranked second in all of cable for the month of November — behind only ESPN. It featured the top 14 programs in all of cable news.
Media Matters isn’t declaring victory, despite the Huffington Post putting their best spinner on the story. It’s waving a white flag.
The left is going to talk about the website, they are going to critique the web site and they’re going to make sure every attack they make on Obamacare is based on the web site because they know sooner or later there will be Lemon soaked paper napkins they will be able to declare the web site fixed and Obamacare’s problems solved.
And as December begins there have been plenty of web problems to talk about:
We don’t know how many inaccurate 834 transmissions went out. Three reporters — one from the Los Angeles Times, one from The Wall Street Journal and I — asked Bataille for information on how many of the 834s sent out so far have had an error. This is a question that I’ve asked on three previous calls, a point made by the Los Angeles Times’s Noam Levey as he asked for his second time.
This is where Monday’s media call started to get more tense than the dozens that have happened in the past, with reporter after reporter asking about the numbers of 834 errors and not getting a response from the administration.
The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.
The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.
and talking about them. Additionally their articles are prompting post like this from Ed Morrissey at Hotair:
But hey, the website has a “dramatically improved” user experience, which means you can now wait in a queue while your private information is exposed to identity thieves in a system that won’t actually enroll some of you for insurance at all. This, apparently, is “private-sector velocity and efficiency,” as seen by the administration that has almost no private-sector experience at all.
“When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week.
“It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”
While such articles particularly from CNBC and a big liberal paper like Washington Post sting, they still serve the purpose of both the administration and Democrat election hopes in 2014: Keeping the conversation and the critique of Obamacare about the web site instead of the law.
Fortunately some people have figured this out producing ads like They Knew from the NRSC on Vimeo:
and this from Americas for prosperity:
that last one via RS McCain who tells us this campaign is going to be expanded to Sen Landrieu and beyond
AFP recently announced it was expanding its campaign to target Democrat Sen. Mark Begich as well as three vulnerable House incumbents, Democrat Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Joe Garcia (FL-26) and Ron Barber (AZ-2).
It’s important to remember long before the Obamacare site went belly up the Tea Party and the GOP were adamantly opposed to it. Jim Geraghty nails it:
The problem is not the branding, or a lack of administration efforts to tout the program. The problem is that the program cannot work as promised as it is currently structured
while still getting in a jab at the web site:
And what’s more, the much-touted web site still doesn’t work
While there are reasons beyond Obamacare where the web site’s failures will be of use politically as Byron York notes: the bottom line today is the same as it was in October:
Now there is nothing wrong with pointing out the issues with the site, it speaks to the competence of this administration or lack thereof but any conservative writer or pundit who does had better damn well make sure they stress the real problems with Obamacare which have nothing to do with coding.
Another Obamacare success story about a woman who finally got through the website, but was then hit with sticker shock and says can’t afford Obamacare insurance plans for her husband with a preexisting condition:
The best part is they are linking not to a NRCC or AFP video but to a local ABC affiliate
An estimated 800,000 people visited the new and improved www.healthcare.gov Monday to shop for affordable health insurance. But what one Akron woman got was a bad case of sticker shock.
“I thought it was supposed to help us,” Liz Binns said in frustration. “I can’t afford it. I cannot afford
The 11th Doctor: (screwdriver buzzes moving frantically ) It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…
Rory:You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which
George Orwell Animal Farm 1945
The Master:there is no human race. There is only the Master race.
Doctor Who: The End of Time Part 1 2009
Four years ago in December of 2009 The End of Time, the last episode of the David Tennant run as Doctor Who came out. It was released in two parts.
The climax of episode was the fruition of the Master’s plan to take over the world. It took place at the same time as a press conference where Barack Obama was going to announce a secret plan to solve all the world’s economic problems. All during the episode before that point people in the story spoke with anticipation of this event. From the break truck lady:
Sarah: And don’t forget tomorrow night. The Christmas broadcast. President Obama. Tommo:Oh? Sarah:He’s promised to end the recession. Bad times will soon be over, Ginger.
To Donna Noble’s Husband to be Shawn
Here are the presents. I’m sorry, I couldn’t afford much, but not for long, if President Obama ends the recession tonight.
To the self-confident villain Joshua Naismith who was trying to secure eternal life for his daughter:
But it’s time for the broadcast. The President’s grand initiative. You might want to see this, sir. Proof that the human race can mend it’s own problems.
Oddly enough Russell T. Davies writing actually reflected the real life opinions of many in the world after the Obama victory. After all less than a year later a few months earlier Obama would win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush.
But the bit of writing that catches my eye the most also interesting was how they wrote the reaction of the fictional reporter Trinity Wells who opened the presidential press conference with this:
And now, anticipation is rising as we go live to Washington. Here, on Christmas Day, the President has promised an instant and radical solution to the worldwide depression. Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity!
What is the source of her frustration? This interview with Laura Ingraham subbing for Bill O’Reilly where she asks Mr. Halperin this:
Forgive me, but I don’t think Time Magazine was doing cover stories on a lot of concerns that were raised back then that were routinely dismissed by many in the media, ideological, as just mean-spirited, turns out most of the Republican concerns about Obamacare were right.
and he answers with this:
Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s re-election. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in “Double Down,” the problem for the Republicans in the re-election context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against Obamacare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.
Seriously it’s an actual real reporter and saying this? Ace Marveled at his words:
MKH immediately points out the inconvenient fact that there was no presidential election in 2009 to early 2010, when Obamacare was rammed through the Congress, and Mitt Romney was not the nominee of anything yet, except as the first name in Jen Rubin’s Crush Book.
“Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather a matter of dishonesty — deliberately ignoring some facts, and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform the public by portraying to them a politically falsified view of events and personalities.”
Fox News’ Ed Henry tweeted the announcement: “MSNBC hosts relocated to West Wing today: @WeGotEd @Lawrence @ezraklein arrived for apparent meet w/President (Fox’s @TheJuanWilliams too).”
He was referring to a private chat with Mr. Obama that included Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, from MSNBC, Ezra Klein of The Washington Post and Juan Williams, of Fox News.
But to understand how far modern journalism has fallen the master’s plan in the End of Time illustrates it best, He operates the device he is captured to repair but he re-programs it sending a pulse throughout the world so the entire human race…becomes a copy of him.
After former Barack Obama, now a copy of the Master announces that he’s President of the United states the newly altered press room reacts thus:
and looking at that picture five years later and listening to the words of Mr. Halpern and seeing stories like this:
A left-liberal magazine’s publication of an article titled “The Republican War on Competence” would have seemed unremarkable at just about any point in this columnist’s adult lifetime. But this article, by Jeff Shesol for The New Yorker, was published yesterday–with a Democrat in the White House presiding for the 51st day over the most stunning display of governmental incompetence since Prohibition, maybe since Nero. In that context, it’s like a dispatch from a different planet.
I can only conclude that the only difference between the Master Race in fiction and the Reporter race of reality are the faces.
The Urban League of Greater Dallas has reportedly fired one person and suspended three others after an undercover video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught Obamacare “navigators” advising a potential applicant to “lie”and provide false information to get a lower premium and more subsidies.
In a statement Tuesday, the Urban League said it “does not condone, nor would we ever sanction, misleading the public or any individual who seeks our assistance about any issue, and particularly in this case, an issue as critical as health care,” KDFW-TV reports.
The local Dallas Fort Worth Fox station filed a report. Watch the news report. It’s worth noting while the Feds aren’t talking to the press it was DHS the recommended “de-certifying” the navigators in question.
The Urban League also called for the unedited video of the incidents to be released. It said the undercover applicants were told the people they were speaking to were Navigators-in-training and “the full context of these comments is not reflected in the video.”
It’s interesting to see that the left IS learning, for example they’re not accusing O’Keefe & company of lying this time around.
What I find more interesting however is, with Obamacare being THE story in the news, how the MSM is handling the story of these videos, and the firing/suspensions of these navigators for the program.
Either none of these organization find a story of people fired for abuses involving administration of obamacare THE most talked about subject in the country today, newsworthy or apparently they’ve decided to go the full “Tree falling in the forest” figuring that with Bill Clinton et/al dominating the Obamacare story if nobody hears about it on their networks they won’t make a sound.
I would think such a story would immediately be recognized as newsworthy by any competent editor, but I don’t pay the bills at those news organizations so if they choose not to cover the story its their prerogative but perhaps the word “news” should be removed from their letterhead for the sake of accuracy. .
Oh and in case you’re wondering I searched the Boston Globe for the phrase “project veritas” over the last 30 days as well
When John Henry said the Globe would decide what should be of interest to its readers, he wasn’t kidding.
I’ve long had the opinion that there is no sense in having complicated campaign finance laws.
The limits on campaign contributes and the rules on dinners and where you can fund raise simply create Byzantine schemes to defy or skit the law. It’s a full employment scheme for consultants and lawyers who make a good living taking their clients as close to the sidelines of the law as they can without going out-of-bounds.
I’ve always found this wasteful, impractical nonsense, particularly in an internet age. My thought has always been: No limits, full disclosure and huge penalties for non-disclosure. That increases the incentive for people to openly give what they want and full disclosure means when a candidate or sitting pol is being bought you know it.
This plan rests on two pillars:
The people. If the people have access to this information via the net, they can discover who is paying what to who. This gives every voter has the ability to make an informed decision if they choose to.
The press: It would require little effort for the press to access such a public database, in fact one would assume a large city paper would assign at least a few people to monitor it. A smaller paper might do the same for their member of congress and senators and the members of the state legislatures in their district. It assures them of a nice three-story sequence with commentary to wit:
Reporting of said contribution:“Amalgamated Widgets of Walla Walla today make a large contribution to congressman Igot Bigpockets (R-Walla Walla) in the amount of $35,000. Congressman bigpockets sits on the committee that supervises the export of proprietary widgets to Asia.”
Reporting of comments or lack thereof:“Amalgamated Widgets had no comment on their large contribution to the campaign of congressman Bigpockets yesterday. When asked for comment congressman Bigpockets spokeswoman I. Candi said: ‘The congressman appreciates the support of an employer of so many in his district and will fight to help keep those jobs in Walla Walla.'”
Analysis of the moves: “With a bill relaxing widget export rules in committee congress, Amalgamated Widgets is taxing no chances. With the environmental group AOTBS (American Opposed to Building Stuff) lavishing dollars on committee members to keep the bill stalled Amalgamated decided it was time to go all in.”
and commentary: from the left: “The apparent ownership of congressman Bigpockets by amalgamated couldn’t be more clear if it was 1767 and he was a man named Kunta Kinte standing on a block in Virgina.”and from the right:“The Irony of the activists of AOTBS deriding industry while chattering away on cell phones and tapping on their tablets is only exceeded by their ultra rich supporters with large stakes in Xai Widgets International who stands to lose most from this bill.”
Such a system in theory would work fine, the data would be out there, active and involved voters will get the information and act on it, while thanks to the press reports on it more passive voters will have at least an inkling of what is going on.
The Doctor must be behind it! I sense the vicious doctrine of egalitarianism, Hade!
Doctor Who, The Sun Makers 1977
In my last post on the seeming willingness of Democrats to condone behavior against their foes that they would condemn if experienced by their friends I noted how familiar the arguments of those on the Democrat left sounded to the points their party forefathers of the nineteenth century made when explaining why a particular group of people were unworthy of the protections of law and culture.
While some on the left may not believe it right to comparing the arguments and attitudes of an Alexander Stephens in his famous crossroads speech or the majority opinion in Scott vs Sandford to their own, the objection fails due to their quite understandable mistake of seeing these arguments purely in terms of race rather than in terms of the real game here: social structure.
One of the distinct differences that social structure or caste brings is status. How one reacts to different behaviors and what actions can be permitted is based upon where you exist in the structure.
Here are three current examples of this:
The people we cover, we move in their world, but it is their world. You can’t live like them. You’ll never keep up.
The Paper 1994
Last Sunday David Gregory, while hosting NBC’s Meet the Press was interviewing Wayne LaPierre of the NRA held up a 12 shot magazine clip during a confrontational moment of the interview.
Meet the Press is shot in DC and these items are strictly banned with a stiff penalty for possession. NBC made it a point to ask permission of the DC police to bring in the studio, and the DC police refused yet Meet the Press and David Gregory felt unrestrained by this refusal.
in full knowledge that possession of a 30-round magazine is illegal in D.C. — where Meet the Press is recorded — David Gregory and NBC willfully violated the law just so Gregory could dramatize his anti-Second Amendment lecture to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.
NBC acknowledged directly the validity of the law by their request to the DC police, their ex-post-facto to provide ATF cover for their actions implicitly acknowledges the legal violation.
Yet the argument of the press is not a question of facts it’s a question of intent. Howard Kurtz laughingly states:
I don’t think Gregory was planning to commit any crimes.
I beg to differ, Gregory planned to possess an item in a location where it was prohibited by law.
If it was you or I or anyone else who possessed said device, the law would take it’s course but David Gregory is one of the elites of the media profession (not some grubby member of the Breitbart Crowd like James O’Keefe) as Noah Rothman puts it:
If the post-Newtown debate over gun control has shown that the media is somewhat out of touch with average Americans, the Gregory episode has revealed that they do not see themselves as average Americans.
He is not an average American, he is a member of a different distinct class, Bill Jacobson on the WCRN Morning Show’s case and GlennReynolds arguments not withstanding as far as the media is concerned David Gregory is a courtier to the king beyond these petty rules and laws that an O’Keefe, Jacobson or DaTechGuy must follow.
“I — I couldn’t take a blow, sir. I suppose I’ve been too long with gentlemen”
Among gentlemen a blow could be wiped out only in blood; among the lower orders a blow was something to be received without even a word.
C. S. Forester: Hornblower and the Hotspur 1962 p 301
Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in congress since statehood, died this week at the age of 88. Inouye served with distinction during World War 2, losing an arm, his death meant that governor Neil Abercrombie had to appoint a new senator for the seat and selected Lt. Gov Brian Schatz who flew back to the Washington with President Obama to be sworn in as Senator.
Not three weeks earlier Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced his upcoming resignation. Governor Nikki Haley in response appointed newly re-elected GOP congressman Tim Scott to the Senate seat. Scott will be the only African American member of the United States Senate and the first Black Senator from the south since 1881.
Yet while the appointment of a black American to the Senate by a female Republican governor of color has elicited responses like this…
…the appointment of Brian Schatz a White Male to the Senate over Rep Colleen Hanabusa by another white Male to replace the longest serving minority in the Senate in US history has not produced a murmur of objection by the MSM.
To supporters of the GOP on the right this contrast might seem unjust but for the media and left Mr. Schatz’s and Mr. Abercrombie status, established by their political persuasion, provides the necessary imprimatur for their choices. That status means their actions are unworthy of complaint while the critique of Mr. Scott & Mrs. Haley, they are to be received without even a word.
Is that you reading Kizzy?
I follow several people of the left, some that I have met, some that I haven’t and some simply because the mood struck me. One of these people is a lady by the name of Reda St. Cyr.
I know nothing about Reda than what I’ve seen on twitter and what is in the description above. As she lives in Nevada that is unlikely to change. We’ve occasionally had disagreements over the NRA, over show ID to vote and other issues over twitter, but I know absolutely nothing else about her.
Yesterday we tweeting concerning Guns & the NRA when a subject that is a pet peeve of mine came up, the slaughter of inner city blacks that is ignored by the media and by those who march. At the end of the conversation she tweeted something I found telling:
@datechguyblog You seem like a nice guy How in the hell do you still back the #Republican party? All this is in your face also WTF!!
It is the confusion that is of note here. I’m sure Ms. St. Cyr is a nice and reasonable woman and is thought so in her community but like Q on WCRN who sees the Tea Party as totalitarian see the GOP as a force for wrong. She, unlike Q, can not wrap her head around the idea that a seemingly nice fellow could be a Republican, and even stranger that such a fellow could make a public argument to support GOP or NRA beliefs. It’s a source of expletive generating confusion. Why it’s as unbelievable as an illiterate reading scripture.
All of these examples, point to a different caste, a caste that lives under a different set of laws then beneath them, a caste where behaviors are not to be questioned, a caste that reacts with amazement when a member of a lower order displays traits that they would expect from their fellows.
In short this is Feudalism, and they are the lords…well almost. as I’ll explain later.
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Now while members of the tea party, the conservative blogosphere and Republicans around the nation might object to this as a double standard, we obviously are forgetting that this type of thinking from our democrat friends concerning Republicans is simply an extension of science:
Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.
On the otherhand, they have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.
All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity
Being fanatics with a species of insanity, we don’t understand why someone like Brandon Darby, who had the audacity to believe that bombing the GOP convention might not be the appropriate response to political disagreement, is clearly unworthy of standards of society, let alone the consideration for his acts that an Erik Loomas should expect.
And we of the right like Darby, being unworthy of the consideration for the standards or support of society due to our mental impairment, dare I say mental inferiority why stop there? After all, if conservatism is a form of irrational insanity that as some say, has “blood on their hands“, what rights do conservatives have that should be respected by he left and the media culture that support them, particularly if these opinions lead to the violent death of women and children?
If such insanity could somehow be restrained, then the enlightened could solve problems from the economy to gun violence unrestrained. There is a precedent. In fact there’s a whole Supreme Court ruling, one of the most famous rulings in American jurisprudence, made by some of the most educated and elite democrats of their time that can be looked to for guidance:
I don’t see a single line in the constitution protecting the rights of the insane fanatics. Do you?
I know some might object to Democrats being connected these opinions of their party. Their resentment to some degree is proper, after all the left goes after the right irregardless of race. So what is the actual driver here? Well that’s for tomorrow.
Update: Stacy McCain notes something at Occupy Rebellion that is relevant:
Andrew Breitbart was a career criminal who made it his mission to destroy people & their families. . . .
NO ONE linked to Breitbart has the right to ever claim their “victims” of anything. NO ONE linked to Breitbart has the right to ever “grieve” for anyone they know who died.
Stacy is stuck by this:
What is striking — and, in a weird ironic way, a tribute to Breitbart’s greatness — is how this obsessive hatred has persisted even after Breitbart’s death, so that now Rauhauser, “Occupy Rebellion” and others (most of them involved with the “Weiner Truther” cult) have transferred their “heroic hatred” to Breitbart’s associates.
Stacy Stacy Stacy, you just don’t get it. It’s not obsessive hatred, Breitbart obviously doesn’t have the right to be mourned because what he did and thought was obviously, as Dr. Stephens would diagnose, due to his insanity and any of us who wish to follow his example deserve no better.
Let’s instead pretend it is a list of the names and addresses of all the people who work at planned parenthood or train people in abortion in the New York area published by a Christian organization titled: The killers next door, what you don’t know about the abortionists in your neighborhood.
What would your reaction be? What would the media be saying? How would you see it as anything other than a threat to a group of people doing a legal activity that “protects women”?
And let’s go further: What would you say if any kind violence took place at any of those locations? Would you be calling the radio stations? Would you be writing angry letters to the paper? Would you be demanding action against advertisers?
As for the media I submit and suggest that there would be no other story nor would anybody allow any other kind of story until the paper apologized and the reporter fired.
And that’s not even getting into the realm of boycotts and the use of such an action as part of a reoccurring theme of the “violent right” whenever such a topic came up in every round table for years.
Pause just a moment and think. If you have anything resembling a moral base you can see what is wrong here and understand why this map has generated so much buzz and anger among defenders of the 2nd Amendment (deleted comments not withstanding, when I saw this article there were thousands of comments, post-Christmas there are now hundreds).
If you don’t understand it, if you still see nothing wrong, then you might be the subject of my next post…
Gandalf: Always remember, Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
George H.W. Bush did that. He was hailed as a conciliator for a day, then savaged brutally by the same press until he lost the 1992 election.
Glenn Reynolds 2012
Shortly after their (deserved) victory lap in an election they had no business winning the media began reporting on upcoming “fiscal cliff”
The press is all full of the need for a deal to be made because of the disastrous consequences that will come on Jan 1st. They also urge the GOP to be “bi-partisan” in agreeing to such a deal.
While a large amount of the uninformed public might be nodding their heads in agreement to anyone who pays attention and has access to any media that existed last year, this might be slightly confusing. Let’s elaborate
The Deal known as the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed the House with 269 votes out of 433 members available to vote that’s 62%. On the Democrat side 49.4% voted for and 49.4% voted against (the remaining 1.2% didn’t vote) On the Republican side 72% voted for and voted for and 27.3% voted against. On the House side it took tough negotiation and no little amount of arm twisting to win over enough conservative members of the GOP to score the 72% that voted for it, some Tea Party types like Allen West and Renne Ellmers took a lot of heat for voting for the deal while other notable Tea Party favorites like Ann Marie Buerkle of NY, Ron Paul of Texas and Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota defied the leadership of the speaker to get stronger cuts and were hit hard for it.
In the senate the vote was 74-26 With less pressure from the GOP to get everyone on board more conservative republicans were free to vote against a deal that didn’t have the cuts they wanted. The 19 Republicans who voted against read like a Who’s Who of the conservative movement in the Senate: Sessions & Shelby from Alabama, Rubio from Florida, Chambliss from Georgia, Coats of Indiana and Grassley of Iowa, from Kansas Moran & Roberts, Paul from Kentucky, Ayotte of New Hampshire, Coburn & Inhofe Of Oklahoma , Toomey of Pennsylvania, Demint & Graham of South Carolina , Hatch & Lee of Utah. As the New York Times said at the time:
It is also the reason that many conservative Republicans refused to vote for the agreement, calling it a grossly inadequate answer to a pressing problem.
“The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn’t stop us from going over the fiscal cliff,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, wrote Monday in an open letter explaining his opposition. “At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 m.p.h. to going over it at 60 m.p.h..”
But in the end, objections of Tea Party stalwarts not withstanding a bi-partisan bill gathering 88% of Democrats in the Senate and 49.4 in the house (50% of those who voted) along with 59.6% of Senate and 72% of House Republicans was sent to the president’s desk where it was signed.
“It’s an important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep making key investments in things like education and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we’re not cutting too abruptly while the economy’s still fragile,” Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden before signing the bill.
Harry Reid Said the following:
“There’s one winner throughout all of this and that’s the American people,”
And Tim Geithner had this to say:
“You’re going to see this basic underlying growth we’ve see in the United States improve over time because people will be more confident we can live within our means,” he said. “With more confidence we can get our arms around this long term. We will have more room to do the things we need to strengthen investment jobs now.”
So my question to the media is this: Harry Reid celebrated this agreement, Tim Geithner likes it, Nancy Pelosi voted for it and The President signed it. Yet now this deal is responsible for a fiscal cliff that is apparently a disaster for all America.
And moreover, the MSM is laying the blame for said potential “disaster” squarely at the feet of the same GOP who the very same media urged to make the in 2011.
Even more amazing this very same media is telling the very same GOP to make another deal, or ELSE face the consequences.
So to summarize:
Last year The Budget Control Act of 2011 was a bi-partisan success that Nancy Pelosi found voteworthy and Harry Reid, Tim Geithner and President Obama could rightly take credit for to media cheers
This Year that same deal is the cause of a fiscal cliff and if the GOP doesn’t do something to stop it they will be responsible for unless they give President Obama what he wants.
People might ask why a GOP that retained the house by a wide margin should have to make a deal, I think the better question is why is a deal that a mere 16th months ago was so worthy of votes and praise no longer is.
I think when the press asks GOP members to make such a deal they should remind them of bi-partisan nature of the existing law that drew their praise and ask why they are suggesting it is so horrible now?
Update: Let me take advantage of this Instalanche to announce the following: Due to a family emergency “Under the Fedora” will not appear this week and posting will be light the rest of today. My subscription video commentary this week titled: Ralph Kiner and Sequestration will still go up this afternoon as well as the Teaser for non-subscribers.
Also due to said emergency there may be a delay of up to 24 hours before new subscribers and tip jar hitters get the passcode for the post containing the full version of the commentary.
The rally apparently broke up shortly thereafter, thanks to rocket sirens warning of incoming ordinance … from Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Yes they had to run away from the rockets they were cheering, Ha Ha Ha, delicious irony we get a chuckle but this story illustrates a point far more important than a bunch of delusional leftists supporting homicidal barbarians who not only want to kill them but while they are in the process of doing so. A point that our friends on the left either can’t or don’t grasp or wish to ignore.
To understand this point you must go back to the “Crazy Uncle” Theory that I’ve mentioned before:
It’s not so odd that 1% of any population might be off its rocker, the problem is in a country of 300,000,000 that is 3 million people. Even if 1/10 of one percent is crackers that’s 300,000 people.
Ok so if Israel’s population is 7.7 Million than finding 77,000 1% who support Hamas shouldn’t be all that hard no big deal right?.
Until you consider the other side of the coin where are the pro-Israel protests?
Where is the single sign on a TV screen, where is that one Israeli flag not used for burning? Where are the counter cultural Arabs or that one crazy uncle in the mix in their population?
Consider the numbers: Jordan (6.1 mil), Egypt (Population 82.5 mil) and the West Bank Palestinian territories. (4.0 mil of which 1.6 million are in Gaza) that makes 92.6 million people. If you take 1/10 of 1% of that number you have 92,600 people.
That doesn’t even count anyone from places non-contiguous with Israel like Libya (6.4 mil), Saudi Arabia (28 mil) , or Iraq (32.9 Mil), Yemen (24 mil), Oman (2.8 mil), UAE (7.8 mil), Qatar (1.8 mil) Bahrain (1.3 mil) that’s another 105 million people a potential addition of 105,000 folks to our potential crazy uncle total bringing it to 197,600.
Nor do we consider Lebanon’s 4.2 million people because they are worried about what is happening in Syria whose 20.8 million people are fighting a government that kills more innocent Arabs every single day on purpose than Israel has killed accidentally in Gaza since the start of this operation.
Not a person in front of a camera, a man behind a microphone nor a fellow in front of a single web cam saying even something like:
“If you want to kill Jews, fine but don’t do it from populated areas where innocents can get killed.”
There is not a peep out of a population of 222.6 million of a opinion, even one as vulgar as the one I just typed suggesting firing rockets at Israel is a bad thing. Not one crazy uncle in a population 2/3’s the size of the US who dares express to the world that opinion from any of those lands.
Does that not strike our friends on the left as strange? More interestingly, why does this question not even occur to our friends on the left?
I submit and suggest that they don’t dare ask that question aloud or even to themselves, because the answer that is staring them in the face leads them somewhere that shatters their entire worldview.
That unasked question speaks volumes about the left and the Arabs.
There were a lot of words spoken about yesterday’s debate on the net (some by me) but one of the most important sentences was spoken by Robert Stacy McCain last night in an unextraordinary update to his livepost:
UPDATE 9:09 p.m. ET: Mitt opens with humorous anniversary congratulations, then goes into his 5-Point Plan for economic recovery. Having followed Mitt on the trail, I’ve heard this a zillion times, but for many of the 50 million people watching, it’s new.
That’s a totally unremarkable statement after all Stacy has been to rally after rally in Ohio. I’ve heard the pitch of the five point plan twice myself, once at St. Anselm and once at Holman Stadium in Nashua.
And I’ve even posted video that might seem familiar if you saw last night’s debate from St. Anselm
Nothing that people at the rallies haven’t heard a million times before.
But to a lot of the public it was all new, combined those two clips have less than 300 views., why? Because the MSM that has been “covering” the race has not been reporting it .
In fact on Morning Joe today they actually had the audacity to ask if this Mitt Romney would show up on the campaign trail. That prompted this tweet from me
That’s the real dirty secret of this debate, not that there is a different Mitt Romney at the debate then on the campaign trail, but that the Mitt Romney at this debate bears no resemblance to the caricature that the left, the media and the 30 seconds ads have painted.
The Totalitarian Media and Left made the mistake that all totalitarians make, they have heard their own propaganda so often and have lived in their own bubble so long they actually have started to believe their own spin.
The Iron curtain was solid right up until it fell, the Berlin Wall was a death barrier right up until chunks of it became collectors items, the Soviet Union was going to outperform the west right up until the moment when it collapsed.
And the press’ conventional wisdom on Mitt Romney was gospel, right up until the second it was not.
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If ever there were a night when conservatives wanted to watch MSNBC, this was it — an all-you-can-eat buffet of schadenfreude, as one after another of the liberal network’s personalities tried to come to grips with what was perhaps the most one-sided presidential debate since JFK beat a shifty-looking Richard Nixon in 1960. “In terms of debate tactics, Romney was on the offense most of the night,” a glum Howard Fineman acknowledged, while a shell-shocked Chuck Todd admitted that the result “automatically elevates Romney as a credible alternative” and later added, in reference to the Obama camp’s post-debate mood: “They know they lost tonight.”
Thanks to some upload problems with some of my videos from the Ma-3 debate between Jon Golnik and Rep Nikki Tsongas I ended up missing most of Morning Joe, and due to some arrangements for my 100th Show event (You’re invited ticket at the bottom of this post BTW) I missed most of Morning Joe yesterday and with the big debate in Lowell between Scott Brown I only had time to note in passing the oddities of the latest Washington Post poll as an update to an already written piece:
If you are going to make a declaration in your poll you need to provide at least the cross tabs to be checked, like the Boston Globe poll.
Apparently while I was busy shooting photos, interviewing folks at the debate and etc a huge national debate over that Washington Post poll took place
Chuck Todd was ridiculing people who believe there is a media conspiracy. Meanwhile, his own network has dragged its feet on coverage of the administration’s disastrous handling of Libya and, well, he works for MSNBC.
That doesn’t bother me all that much in once sense, after all if media of national standing (or whatever standing MSNBC has) are answering you, that says where the debate is, but then this morning as I went through the posts I needed to do, I saw this bit revelation via Red State from the Post:
Out of 929 registered voters in the new poll, 161 live in one of these eight states, with a margin of sampling error of eight points.
Erick Erickson does the basic math
In short, the Washington Post conducted a national poll and discovered that 161 of those surveyed lived in swing states. Charitably — and Cohen does not break it down — that would work out to 20 voters polled in each of 8 swing states. TWENTY!!!
So there’s an 11 point gap among 161 people with a margin of error of around 8%. But the Washington Post reported this as a fact
This same media is using their national microphone to report as fact an 11 point lead for Barack Obama in swing states based on a twenty voters per state?
Pardon my language but ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME?
Yes I’m a blogger, yes I don’t have a degree in journalism, writing or even English (BS Computer Science Minor American History) Yes I’m actually typing this in my bed wearing my underwear as per the stereotype because that’s when I scan the news in the morning and do my writing before I get myself ready to go out and do everything else.
But I damn well know you can’t judge a lead in swing states based on a sample so small per state that it couldn’t fill the 5th street diner.
Perhaps instead of being insulting, he, a former staffer for Tom Harkin’s Presidential campaign and whose wife was or is a Democratic operative, should acknowledge conservative distrust of the media and try to explain how the polls are shaped, skewed, weighted or not, and the general methodology.
It is my nature to believe the best of people but if anyone ANYONE actually believes that this media is not collectively trying to give this race to Barack Obama they are suckers.
And with all due respect to the opinion of Gov Christie I think it is vital to call these guys out on it, not because of a single election but because it is damaging to our democracy and to the first amendment to ignore this.
I’m a Republican, I’m with Mitt Romney, but when, in my opinion I thought Mitt was the weakest of the GOP candidates I called him out on it, and took flack for it from my side.
I could have ignored these things and wrote on something else but I said them anyway because I live in realville and THESE THINGS ARE TRUE!
My name is on this blog, I owe it to my name to say what I see and think is accurate.
I live off of the tip jar hits and subscriptions people make here and off the ads people buy, I owe it to those people to give them not just a quality product but a product as accurate as I can based on my observations and reporting.
I am a partisan and want my side to win, I owe them a fair critique so if they know how to fix problems they might have so they can win.
If you are a member of the MSM and you have a byline I don’t mind if you have a bias, I don’t even have a problem if you want Obama to win, but I do mind if you for the sake of that bias and that desire to re-elect Obama, report without question bad data or skewed data and then go after those who call you on it.
That is simply disgraceful, dishonest and dishonorable and you should be ashamed of yourselves for prostituting yourself in this way.
Until you change your ways, don’t you dare DARE treat me and my friends in a condescending way.
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If it’s day ending in “y” we have a poll showing Mitt Romney in terrible shape:
A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters finds little good news for Mitt Romney but a race that remains competitive.
Obama leads 50 percent to 47 percent, which is within the margin of error. His 50 percent job approval rating puts him at a crucial threshold for an incumbent seeking reelection. It’s an uptick from the spring and summer, but 48 percent still disapprove.
It’s interesting to note that on TV this split being played up a lot more than in the written story. On Morning Joe this was evidence Mitt Romney DOOM! (no video available yet)
However Dalek Media not withstanding I live in realville and in realville we judge polls by their internals and the internals of this poll have two results that say a lot:
Let’s zoom in on that
So we have a poll with a 43-40 sample D + 3 but lets look even closer at the internals. They asked a really good question:
Which of these statements best describes how you have usually voted in past elections:
Not only do you have a 49-45 split D vs R here but look at the straight/strongly numbers and you have D + 7 split.
Let’s remind everyone where the Electorate actually is:
Ok lets give Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt and assume that after the DNC convention who’s most memorable moment is needing a phony vote to put God & Jerusalem back in the platform the 4.3 GOP August advantage has gone back to a 0.9 that existed in July. That still means this poll is off +4 to +5
I submit and suggest that until the media answers that question, all they are doing is spreading Democrat propaganda.
I don’t pretend I am not unbiased but the numbers are the numbers, if you have the numbers to back up what you say, provide them, if you don’t then you are simply an in-kind contribution to the Barack Obama campaign.
BTW I call the MSM the “Dalek Media” because no matter what MSM show you see they all look alike, all sound alike and if you dare speak words that contradict their liberal narrative this is their reaction:
Not only do we have a D+8 sample on this poll but when it’s known that Democrats do better with women and the GOP with men this poll has a +6 split women over men.
Update 2: Heard back from the reporter who did the initial story on the PA poll, internals go out tomorrow but he directed me to this link which shows a D+6 sample
First, our ratio of interviews conducted with Republicans and Democrats in our recent polls (49D – 43R) gives Democrats a 6-point advantage based on the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in actual registration. However, this ratio is slightly more Republican based on both national and state polling showing that Republicans are more likely to vote than Democrats this year given high intensity among Republicans who strongly disapprove of the President’s job performance. Nonetheless, this +6 Democratic advantage is only one point less Democrat than the 7-point advantage these same exit polls gave Democrats in the 2008 presidential election.