Guy Flegman: Did you guys ever watch the show?

 

Galaxy Quest 1999

Dana Loesch: (commenting on MSM)  Many in legacy media love mass shootings.  You guys love it.  I’m not saying you love the tragedy, I’m saying you love the rating Crying white mothers are rating gold for you and many of the legacy media in the back   notice I said crying white mothers, because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago and you don’t see a CNN town hall for them do you?    Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago?  Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?  Where was the CNN town hall for Jamil  Shaw Sr whose son was murdered by someone who illegally entered the country and had been deported repeatedly?   

CPAC 2018

One of the problems with being at CPAC is that on occasion things happen you need to comment on while your busy somewhere else.

Today I watched Dana Loesch speak to a crowd that loved her and excoriate the media that we bloggers are now sitting with while remembering the days when Dana was a blogger like me an she told the story of CNN and their Panel on guns yesterday and that story reminded me of one of my favorite comedy sci-fi movies, Galaxy Quest.

One of my favorite scenes that classic sci-fi parody movie is when the cast, finding itself enlisted by an alien race who thinks their TV show is real finds itself on an away mission on a planet to get a Beryllium sphere for power.

Said cast, which is joined by one fan of the show who had a bit part on a single episode, encounter a group of small cute looking alien creatures in the area which prompts the following exchange

Guy Fleegman: I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.
Gwen DeMarco: They are *so* cute.
Guy Fleegman: Sure, they’re cute now, but in a second they’re gonna get mean, and they’re gonna get ugly somehow, and there’s gonna be a million more of them.

This perfectly illustrates the mindset of CNN going into last night “Town Hall”.

For several days since the shootings in Florida the media has played the evil NRA card, the Trump is responsible card and has used children traumatized by tragedy as political props to advance Democrat prospects in general and a gun control agenda in particular.

The jewel in the agenda’s crown was to be the CNN Town hall with a bunch of kids from the school and packed to the brim with folks ready to cheer the confiscation of guns and condemn the NRA. it was going to be the stake in the heart of the NRA’s power and the event that would stop the suddenly iffy pols for Democrats going into the midterms

And then the event actually took place.

Here are some pieces on the event  Hotair:

I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not.”

That comes right at the start of the clip, which is noteworthy. This wasn’t the kid working himself into a lather as he remembered the shooting and saying something vicious in the heat of the moment that he might regret later. This is the opening of his question to Rubio. It’s obviously a canned line he prepared and wanted to squeeze in while he had the chance. He’s grandstanding with the nastiest smear he could think of, knowing he won’t be criticized for it.

Don’t think for a second that law abiding gun owners whose votes the Democrats might need if they want the house back didn’t realize what was going on

However you feel about Rubio, though, digest this and don’t forget it: He wasn’t called a murderer because he holds outre, far out of the mainstream opinions about gun rights, he was called a murderer because he doesn’t. He believes in a constitutional right to own a weapon for self-defense. He doesn’t believe all semiautomatics should be banned. If that makes him a murderer it makes you a murderer too. That, in so many words, was the real point of this event, to wave the bloody shirt and indict all law-abiding gun-rights supporters as complicit in the attack in Parkland.

Remember that’s Allahpundit the most liberal of the Hotair crowd writing this.

Newsbusters:

After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.

Luckily the event was moderated, sort of

As the ridiculousness and the crowd noise grew to outrageous proportions, that was when Tapper finally stepped in. “Cameron is having a conversation with Senator Rubio. Let’s let them talk,” he requested. Basically, Tapper wouldn’t stop the radical leftist smears against Rubio but he would quiet the crowd to hear more of them.

And remember Tapper is the fairest they have

Meanwhile Dana Loesch who got praise from both sides for how she carried herself also got the CNN “townhall” treatment.

She added that she was “fighting for my kids” and “all of you because I don’t want anyone to ever be in this position again” and, to the rising boos, she correctly emphasized that it’s “not federally required for states to actually report people who are prohibited possessors, crazy people, people who are murderers” to the NICS database.

 

After enduring a slew of new jeers, Loesch told the NHL arena crowd to “let me answer the question” twice and “[y]ou can shout me down when I’m finished, but let me answer Emma’s question.” It was here that someone shouted, “you’re a murderer” at the top of their lungs. Once again, Tapper did nothing to call out this behavior.

Of course there might be a reason why CNN let this go on this way:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night’s town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question,” quashing one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards. (CNN response below.)

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told WPLG-TV.

Unlike the kids at the event CNN show no hesitation in challenging his assertions.

The Daily caller nailed it:

It’s no secret that the people cheering on these pained and suffering students just happen to share the same political goals (and enemies) as the students. It’s a lot easier to cheer somebody on when they’re skewering your political opponents as child murderers.

And then we have traffic and ratings incentives for the media, which are to package these teenagers’ hurt and confusion into segments and clips to be aired over and over again, turning their real pain into reality TV for the rest of us.

When CNN executives give the order to put emotional and vulnerable teenagers front and center all day, do we really think their thought process is guided by what’s best for the teens? Is Jeff Zucker all of a sudden an altruist?

The more likely and more uncomfortable truth is that networks are putting their own interests first (as networks tend to do) and rationalizing it away as a public service. You can rationalize exploitation any way you want to, but it’s still exploitation.

Meanwhile in the real world a few people took note of what was said

That would seem newsworthy Tapper mentioned this online
More Gutfeld

and then there is this:

and the reactions to it:

I think this is going to be the wellstone memorial on steroids, I think it will have the same effect as the Antifa mobs did, it will tell lawful gun owners that as far as the left is concerned they are a bunch of killers and if they get power they will be treated accordingly.

If you wanted to energize the right for this key election I don’t think CNN could have done a better job.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment

Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

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Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

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For the second part of this series, consider the uproar surrounding Dana Loesch’s NRA-produced video challenge to the New York Times, where she says this:

“We the people” have had it. We’ve had it with your narratives, your propaganda, your fake news. We’ve had it with your constant protection of your democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life. And we’ve had it with your pretentious, tone-deaf assertion that you are in any way truth or fact-based journalism.

Consider this the shot across your proverbial bow. We are going to fisk the The New York Times and find out just what “deep and rich” means to this old gray hag, this untrustworthy, dishonest rag that has subsisted on the welfare of mediocrity for one, two, three, more decades. We’re going to laser-focus on your so-called “honest pursuit of truth.”

In short, we’re coming for you.

Emphasis mine, for an important reason.

As Amy Alkon points out, ‘fisk’ is an old-school conservative blog term. For all you grammarians out there, it’s verb and it can be transitive or intransitive.

Here’s a simple definition and a short etymology. See also: Robert Fisk.

To criticize and refute (a published article or argument), especially in point-by-point or line-by-line fashion on a blog.

Many who are unaware of the coinage inserted their own word into the breach (no pun intended): fist, a word which has had its own recent redefinition, a sexual one from another insular subculture–gay men.

So it was that this particular Cat 5 storm was set in motion, where people are aghast that someone would want to “fist” the New York Times. CNN’s Mark Herling has even dropped a dime on Loesch — presumably to the FBI –for “threatening Americans and institutions.” I’ll leave off from any jokes about rebuttals.

As an effective spokeswoman for gun rights and for the NRA, Loesch is a perennial target for those who would see those rights infringed and is adept at pushing back. But the most telling parts of this latest storm need to be spelled out.

  • That some online critics pretend that they’ve never heard of the verb “to fisk,”
  • That other online critics actually have never heard of it, and
  • That members of both sets of critics are quick to jump to sexual innuendo-type conclusions, projecting their own deviant mindset onto others, notably in this case, a heterosexual, married woman. All weapons are fair in the destruction of an enemy’s reputation — except guns, of course.

The most important factor, however, is that MSM entities like the New York Time are being called out by Loesch and by many others … our host, for example.

The MSM goal is to drown out that message in all the fisk/fist outrage and that goal has been reached.

Or has it?

Part Three’s topic: Googlegate. Maybe. By Saturday — my next day to post — it’s a safe bet that there will be a more current Social Media Hurricane.

Part One is here.

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Just an FYI A documentary film maker who believes the facts are you their side never does this:

or this:

The irony of the cowardice by a group of anti-gun activists is not lost on me.

Finally, if all else fails, you can persuade him, in defiance of conscience, to continue the new acquaintance on the ground that he is, in some unspecified way, doing these people ‘good’ by the mere fact of drinking their cocktails and laughing at their jokes, and that to cease to do so would be ‘priggish’, ‘intolerant’, and (of course) ‘Puritanical’.

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape letters X

Sir Humphrey Appleton: All that the press and the people and their elected leaders want to know is who are the goodies and who are the baddies.

Sir Richard Wharton: The problem is that the interests of Brittain nearly always involve doing deals with people that the public think are the baddies…

Sir Humphrey Appleton:…and not helping the goodies occasionally when it doesn’t help us.

Yes Prime Minister: A Victory for Democracy 1985

I was reading Roger Simon’s account of the debate between Dinish D’Sousa & Bill Ayers in Dartmouth when I saw this description of Mr. Ayers

Back in the thirties, Stephen Vincent Benet wrote a famous story about Dartmouth’s most well known (with the possible exception of Dr. Seuss) graduate, Daniel Webster — The Devil and Daniel Webster.  In that story, the devil is not portrayed as a scary figure in horns and a tail but as a more refined gentleman, ”a soft-spoken, dark-dressed stranger,” who “drove up in a handsome buggy.”   That’s Bill Ayers these days.

It brought me to mind of one of the truths of the culture wars that has not changed, how popular culture shapes the ICK factor.

Back in the 30’s and all the way to the early 60’s in the movies & TV of old, it used to be the black hats vs the white hats.

You knew who the good guys were because they wore the white hats and the black guys had the black hats and perhaps mustaches. They let you know that it was good to marry the girl or honorable to fight and that GOD was a fine thing. That families had to stick together, people had to be self reliant and respect for parental authority mattered.

It short they promoted the judeo-christian culture that served the country so well.

While movies makers will tell you this no longer happens because they’ve “grown” or “matured” the actual fact is the movie and TV industry does exactly the same thing they did before on a regular basis, but promoting a different set of values more subtlety.

The idea is to cloak the cultural norms and mores that they wish to advance and those who practice them in a positive way, at best creating an acceptance of behavior that on its face would normally be unacceptable or at least create enough moral ambiguity among others to keep them from objecting too loudly. Can’t be judgmental you know.

On the opposite end other behaviors and social norms, particularly Christian ones are to be subjected to ridicule and promoters of such beliefs are invariably villains. The goal is to establishing any belief or behavior that resists the cultural changes that Hollywood wants as beyond the pale to the point where even them most trivial actions like say: speaking to a catholic group that promotes Catholic values as something not done by polite society.

That’s why in my mind the story of the attempt to Keep Dana Loesch off the View. and the open letter of Dylan Farrow are one and the same.  In both cases you have strong women ready to publicly advance a position diametrically opposed to the elites who now run Hollywood.

Dana Loesch is well spoken, confident and unafraid.  The act of her making the pro-2nd Amendment case to a group of low information voters who never hear a contrary view is dangerous to the left,   particularly as she is a person they might identify with.

There is the real possibility of her causing some of those women to say to themselves: “If this woman can say this and believe this and appear the view then maybe there’s nothing wrong with believing the same.”

Even worse for the left Dana Loesch might actually inspire the same courage she practices in standing up to these type in another. That for a group like media matters would be too terrible to contemplate, thus the Horns must go on Dana Loesch’s head and must stay there.

On the other side Woody Allen who like Roman Everyone wants to f— young girls! Polanski is a darling of the elites. It’s the reason why so many were willing to go over lines I thought they never would to defend him.

When he married his stepdaughter it was creepy enough but our celebrity culture did not reject him. Instead they, as they do, excuses the most outrages acts as almost comical the act of an eccentric fellow and it combined with our fear of being considered “puritanical” gave the public and the press leave to excuse and continue to celebrate Allen & those like him.

When, however, Dylan Farrow wrote this piece which closes thus:

What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?

Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.

Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?

…that’s a problem.  It’s one thing for Cory Feldman to talk about Pedophiles in Hollywood without naming names, it’s quite another for a young woman to declare that a Hollywood giant and high priest of the cultural left has been fighting his own war on woman since before they coined the term  in the bible of the cultural left (the NYT).   Suddenly good feminists who would have no problem rejecting Allen if he was a Catholic priest or a republican pol are saying things like:

I hope they find resolution and piece.

Because to reject the Hollywood giant is to reject the culture he thrives in.

Even worse if Ms Farrow is allowed to make such statements and be judged credible, then what other silent voices might speak up?  Might this damage the most effective tools the cultural left has to advance their cause?

If the ICK factor is to be moved in the direction our cultural elites wish for it to be the horns must not be allowed to find themselves affixed irreverently on the head of Woody Allen least they spread to others of his ilk in the eyes of the public.  They are to be reserved for Dana Loesch, Sarah Palin or even Mike Huckabee

This is why I believe that the culture wars need to be fought and as long as I have a voice in the great debate I intend to fight it.

Update: Allen denies and CT says it’s too late to press charges.

No big deal after all it’s not like he’s a Catholic priest or something

Update 2:  Clarified that the bible of the cultural left is the NYT


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While we talked about the controversy concerning the People’s Choice awards there were other award won by worthy bloggers that were no less worth attention nor any less deserved.

The highlight for the crowd was Michelle Bachmann’s speech to the bloggers.

She then presented the award for blogger of the year (this is separate from ACU’s award)

Julie’s blog is here.

No person deserved the lifetime achievement award more than Glenn Reynolds most of us wouldn’t exist without him.

But the highlight for me was the best kept secret award. Yid with lid was the runner-up but when they announced the winner as my friend Karen the Lonely Conservative I was so busy clapping with joy I forgot to film.

I made up for it with an interview directly after.

That was simply wonderful Karen deserves more credit than she gets

I do believe I’ve got you covered

James Garner, Tank 1984

Piers Morgan fresh from being spanked by Ben Shaprio decided to have another go of it yesterday

Mr. Morgan’s forlorn hopes that Dana Loesch and Scottie Hughes would be an easier marks than Mr. Shaprio and the comedy value of the video not withstanding the most interesting feature of this interview is Mr. Morgan’s obsessive fear of the average citizen armed with tanks.

While I’m not aware of any mass murder taking place using a tank, I was intrigued since I am aware of private collectors actually owning tanks. So lets look at the whole question for a moment.

First of all, being of a certain age when someone says “Tank” I don’t think of Modern Armor, I think of Sherman Tanks and World War 2. So lets go there.

Let’s start with price

On July 17, 1940, exactly one month after receiving their orders, they delivered the cost estimates for the M2A1 tank.

The Army reviewed the estimates. Chrysler had figured on a production ability of 10 tanks per day. After review, the Army said it could pay for 5 a day. They also said that the armor plating tools and related machinery would not be included.

Refiguring the estimates, Chrysler put a cost per tank of $33,500. The corporation was protected by an escalator clause which would offset this price should labor and material costs go up.

Ok we have an estimate of $33,500 for a Sherman Tank new off the Assembly line circa 1940. Converted to 2012 dollars that comes to $540,000.86

However rather than adjusting numbers let go out and see what people are actually paying for Sherman Tanks today. You can find that information pretty easily and that’s when the problems begin….

One of the most popular vehicles for MV enthusiasts, but probably the least collected is the Sherman tank. Everyone says they want a Sherman tank—that is, until they see what one costs to buy and maintain.

Sounds a lot like a Chevy volt but I digress…

In setting a solid price Military Vehicles Magazine has a 1-6 scale on pricing 1 being near perfect to 6 a parts vehicles unrestorable. As we are addressing Mr. Morgan’s apparent fear of citizens running rampant with tanks lets examine a price ranges in condition 4 (Functional) or above.

A tank in #4 Functional condition according to Military Trader.co goes for $175,000 in Pristine condition (#10 the price goes to $300,000 which means a Sherman Tank in 1940 was a poor investment as even in Mint condition it came no where near it’s inflation related cost.

And lets remember that this doesn’t include oil, bullets, shells, parts in case of trouble (you can buy a parts tank #6 at $95,000) and let not forget that A Sherman gets .8 miles per gallon. With a range of 130 at 3.33 a gallon that a lot of gas money before they can get to Piers house.

Given these price points, an economy with a growing population on food stamps and the fact that for a whole lot less a deranged mass killer could whip up something a lot more effective and deadly I submit and suggest that Piers Moran’s fear of Tanks is a tad overstated and if he continues to exhibit symptoms of said phobia he obtain professional help

And under no circumstance should he watch this movie clip from the 1984 film let alone the entire picture.

Via Unedited politics we have video of Senators John McCain (R-AZ) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) impromptu press availability after talking to Susan Rice today on Benghazi.

Senator Graham makes a good point about John Bolton and I think Senator Ayotte hits it out of the park with this statement:

Just to be clear, when you have a position when you’re Ambassador to the United Nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. And that’s troubling to me as well why she wouldn’t have asked.: ‘I’m the person that doesn’t know anything about this I’m going on every single show’ but in addition the fact that it’s not just the talking points that were unclassified but clearly as part of her responsibility as an Ambassador to the United Nations she reviewed much more than that.

That’s a point that nobody seems to be making, it’s as if all of this happened in a vacuum but while the words were strong and mean trouble for the administration there are two things about this video I find most interesting.

1. At 3:09 as soon as Senator Graham finishes but before Senator Ayotte begins to speak a reporter tries to question Graham. When Senator Ayotte is done speaking questions are directed to Senator Graham but none to Senator Ayotte.

2. This video was uploaded to a Youtube Chanel called: Buzz Source. The Chanel has over 1.2 Million combined views of its videos. As of 2:10 pm the title of this video is: ” McCain And Graham Still ‘Significantly Troubled’ By Rice’s Statements On Benghazi After Meeting With Her”

Maybe it’s just me but I saw three Senators there and Senator Ayotte seems to be just as troubled as her colleagues yet for some reason she doesn’t rate mention in the title or description or worthy of a question from the assembled press.

Now if these were Democrats complaining about say Condoleezza Rice we would be told how sexist it is to be excluding the one women in this event from questions or even mention, but as these are Republicans complaining about Susan Rice Senator Ayotte will be safely ignored and excluded as her presence doesn’t serve the “old white men” meme. As Dana Loesch noticed in an exchange with MSNBC host Torue:

Obviously? Apparently Torre missed the initial press conference where Senator Ayotte was present and frankly towered over Senator’s McCain & Graham. saying this:

Let’s also not forget that, I think you all appreciate you don’t end up on every single major Sunday show without affirmatively putting yourself out there of wanting to carry forward a message on behalf of the administration.

Here is the full video in case he missed it:

Dana Loesch continues to notice her even if Torre doesn’t

But this is the left, if the truth and the reality is not favorable we shall simply ignore it, deny it or pretend it was never there.

On the bright side they can still play the race card if they include her.

Update: Jennifer Rubin appreciates Ayotte, but she is not the left.

Chris Christie made a big fuss about complementing President Obama for helping out in NJ and made a point to make everyone know it didn’t matter where the help came as long as the help came.

Apparently there are exceptions:

Nonunion Ala. crews turned away from Sandy recovery

You’ve got to be kidding me

Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Via the Dana show who notes this was also done during the Blizzard in NY a bit back and asks?

I thought Chris Christie was infamous for taking on the unions? Some via Twitter have speculated that Gov. Christie may be unaware that this is happening. I’m willing to extend him the benefit of the doubt for then, but now after this story has blown up online there can be no ignorance of the matter. People need help. Sandy didn’t happen in August or early September like Katrina, Ike, and Irene. It’s November now. People are cold.

I get that he’s a moderate, but none of this should matter right now: people need help. If Christie doesn’t indignantly react with the fire of a thousand burning suns over this insanity, his reputation as a fighter for the people will be at stake.

The right thing is usually the smart thing, this should be reversed at ONCE and if anyone is planning on running against Christie in 2020, this is an ad pre-made.

I wonder if the people still suffering agree with this?

Update: Breitbart

On Wednesday, while visiting cleanup efforts in New Jersey in the company of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama vowed: “We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy.”

Unless, of course, that red tape is enforced by Obama’s union cronies. Then stranded residents have to wait.

Via the Lonely Conservative video:

Here’s the video report. If this doesn’t tell you all you need to know about unions, I don’t know what else to say.

WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Update 2:
Michelle Malkin:

First, a comment from a Twitchy reader: “I’m from Jersey. I had to work with an IBEW crew for years in Hackensack. (Sopranos Country). Trust me, these guys can be filth. Not all of them, but many of them don’t give a *blank* about anything but themselves and the union. Violence is always an option. In Jersey its just a way of life. Sorry to the good people who wasted their time driving north expecting union scum to appreciate the help.”

Sunshine State Sarah:

A final thought: the news report I quoted at the beginning of this post says that the Alabama crews “received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey,” but that “they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.”

This gives rise to several questions: who exactly called these crews to invite them to come to New Jersey? Was it the local government? And if it was union crews in New Jersey who told them they couldn’t work there, who gave the New Jersey crews that authority? Why didn’t the government or whoever made the initial call to the Alabama crews step in and make sure they were put to work?

Those New Jersey crews had better hope none of their neighbors are waiting for utility repairs. They need to get their priorities straight. Worry about putting their neighborhoods put back together now, worry about the unions later.

The Right thing is usually the smart thing. To my union friends…this is the WRONG thing.

Have you ever wondered why the left always seemed to take the side of the totalitarian states during the cold war. Well look at what’s happening on twitter and wonder no more:

Last night Twitchy reported that liberals had launched an assault on conservative Twitter users, reporting them as spam to trigger account suspensions and renewing their abuse of the flag-spam feature when conservative accounts were reinstated.

You can usually tell spam when it comes, you look at the account, it 0-10 followers and tweets out the same link to different folks hoping you will click on it (they also as a rule have an image of an attractive lady but I digress) Our friends on the left after seeing conservatives on twitter beat them time and time again have decided to abuse the reporting system to shut down debate:

the Left has begun organizing stalker mobs to falsely report conservatives for “spam”/”abuse,” in order to silence the Right on Twitter. Why?

Silencing opposition is the Left’s only hope for success.

If conservatives are permitted a fair chance to critique the Left’s agenda, to expose the Left’s tactics and demonstrate the failure of the Left’s policies, the Left loses. Not content to dominate academia, public schools, the entertainment industry, book publishing and the mainstream news media — all of which cultural institutions are characterized by an overwhelming liberal hegemony — the Left is now determined to silence conservative opposition in the few bastions of freedom that remain: Talk radio, cable TV and the Internet.

Ed Morrissey notes the real winners will be the spammers:

Here’s the problem. There actually is a ton of spam on Twitter, usually triggered by key words picked up by autobot searches. In the ideal model — and one that had been working fairly well until now — legitimate Twitter users would report the spam, and Twitter would suspend the accounts. That keeps traffic moving smoothly (a performance level that Twitter occasionally fails to maintain anyway) and disincentivizes spammers, at least to some extent. Now that the Left is abusing the spam mechanism, Twitter will almost certainly have to suspend its use, which means the only people who will win this game are the spammers, and we’ll have no way to deal with the flood of annoying marketing messages.

Gee, thanks, progressive activists!

This has been picked up by the Washington times Breitbart.com and is at the top of memorandum.

I find the most interesting that not a week earlier I was writing about low tactics being used against the Lonely Conservative and Zilla of the Resistance as well. What still amazes me is how these people are so willing to do this openly.

If Twitter is playing along with this nonsense it might even be actionable. I wonder what will happen if our sides lawyers start contacting Twitter and the people doing this. It would be….interesting.

As the truth of the left’s prospects in this election become more apparent expect more of this because the bottom line is our friends on the left can’t compete in the market place of ideas so they want to shut it down. These are the tactics of the Soviet Union, Cuba and Communists throughout history afraid of the voice of the people and the prospect of them hearing any message other than their own. It’s the tactic of fear and that means one thing:


Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Final thought, is this yet another example of the left acting like Fedual types? Can’t compete, instead of better arguments, send in the thugs.

Update: Just One Minute reminds us these tactics might seem familiar to pro-Clinton bloggers who had interesting google blog problems during their primary against a certain Illinois Senator in 2008.

With the death of Andrew Breitbart there is no blogger more feared on the right by Media Matters and those who do their bidding than Dana Loesch:

She laughed at my description of her but there is a reason the MSM wants her gone and these people will not stop their attacks until she is.

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BTW I didn’t shoot her biblical quote tatto in my interview but Stacy McCain did in his.