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Hey Guess what?  For a brief moment I thought Democrat house organ Politico has noticed that there is a difference between media coverage of Democrat “enthusiasm” and actually winning elections!

nearly a year after Sanders’ presidential run fell short, one thing is missing in the afterglow — a reliable string of victories at the ballot box.

The losses are piling up. Earlier this month, Democrat Heath Mello, whom Sanders campaigned with, failed to unseat a Republican in Omaha’s race for mayor. Kimberly Ellis, the candidate endorsed by Our Revolution, the successor group to Sanders’ presidential campaign, lost a fiercely contested race for California Democratic Party chair. And on Thursday night, Republican Greg Gianforte bested Rob Quist, another Democrat for whom Sanders campaigned, in a nationally watched House race in Montana.

Speaking at a victory party, Gianforte called the election proof “Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi can’t call the shots here in Montana.”

Could it be that the media has finally reached a stage of self awareness?  Actually no.  The clue to what Politico is really doing is out there.  Not so much in the piece, although it hints toward it,  nor its title and sub title “Sanders revolution hits a rough patch Bernie’s supporters struggle to capture the actual levers of power.” which again hints toward the message they want to send.

No the real message is in the URL of the piece “http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/29/bernie-sanders-ballot-losses-238889 (emphasis mine)

These aren’t “Democrat” ballot losses, these aren’t “liberal” ballot losses, they aren’t even Hillary ballot losses, these losses belong to Bernie Sanders who apparently can’t bring the party over the finish line.

I suspect Politico’s sudden realization “energy” doesn’t equal votes has more to do with marginalizing Bernie Sanders supporting the Democrat Establishment and Hillary Clinton in particular’s attempt to drive Democrats back into the “mainstream” fold than pointing out that the party is all smoke.  It the MSM’s attempt to associate these losses with Bernie rather than the party

Ah the democrats and their media allies, out to get Bernie during the primaries and still out to get him when the day is done.  I wonder how long after the rest of the MSM picks up this meme before Sanders supports figure that out?

Former Congressman Bob Michel died last month just shy of his 94th birthday.

Michel was elected in 1956 and represented his district in Illinois until his retirement in 1995 he became a member of the GOP leadership in 1975 and became house minority leader in 1981 until his retirement so for 20 years he was either the GOP leader or the #2 man in the house for the Republican party .

Given that he was in congress for the passage of some of the most consequential laws on the books (such as the various civil rights act) during Vietnam and Watergate, and was in the leadership during the Reagan and Bush years you might think that Congressman Michel’s death might have gotten a little more attention.

You would be wrong.

You see even though he served under GOP presidents for more than half of that time you almost never saw hide nor hair of Mr. Michel on the evening news, or on the cable shows or getting much press in the paper. In fact the one memory I have of him was a reference in Tip O’Neil’s autobiography where he gives a quip about how Michel has “his eyes on the speaker’s chair” and that it’s all he’s going to have and I was an absolute news junkie in my youth.

Why, is this the case? Well that’s because during his entire 38 years in the congress he was in the minority and no matter what his opinion on legislation barring a huge divide among Democrats on an issue neither his party’s opinion in general nor his own opinion in particular mattered one jot (although the National Review would disagree). If a Democrat was in office they weren’t needed and if the GOP was in office it was all about securing enough democrats to pass the president’s priorities

“But DaTechGuy?” You ask, “That’s ridiculous, after all Nancy Pelosi has spent the last 6 years in the minority, she has little or no chance of getting back the majority before 2022 and the next round of redistricting and thus practically zero chance of influencing any legislation, yet every single day you have the media quoting her, the Newspapers making headlines of her declarations and the Sunday shows discussing her moves. And not only her a day doesn’t pass when a Democrat congressman is not on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC CBS, PBS etc talking about their priorities.” In fact Nancy Pelosi was on Jake Tapper’s show this week!

And my answer is, Exactly.

Bob Michel was a republican, a conservative, maybe not as conservative as some but a conservative nonetheless.

That means as far as the MSM was concerned. He was a non-entity, a minor personage, a person whose opinion was not sought, whose comment was not important enough to be worth the time of a media whose only objective is to advance the desires and the objectives of the Democrat party.

So the next time someone tells you that the idea of the MSM being “Democrats with bylines” or “out to get Trump”, or the “opposition party” is nonsense, particularly someone my age. ask them who Bob Michel is and what they remember from his time in congress.

Their silence and ignorance will speak volumes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Yesterday on Twitter when I went through my rankings on the debate I was asked a question on how I came up with my rankings:

All candidates have different short-range goals designed to enable their long-term goal of winning the nomination, which contrary to what some on twitter think, was not decided last night.

But There were other people on that stage.

Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold  to raise their own profile and Fox’s.  Based on the print media coverage they got high marks the Washington Post:

Megyn Kelly/Bret Baier/Chris Wallace: Moderating a 10-person debate that includes Donald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio managed the back and forth very well and, more importantly, asked good, challenging questions without venturing into “gotcha” territory. With the exception of the weirdness that happened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.

The NYT

They took each of the 10 Republicans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most prominent blemishes on his record, the most profound apprehensions that voters feel about him, the greatest vulnerability that he has.

It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News.

Additionally every single. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talking Megyn Kelly vs Donald Trump. That is the primary topic everywhere and furthermore every single MSM and cable outlet from CNN to MSNBC have been talking it up and complementing Megyn Kelly.

And that’s the whole point.

For a long time the MSM has been painting Fox news as the mirror image of themselves,  just an arm of one side of the argument whose goal is to advance a philosophy.  That’s just not the case.

Roger Ailes has only had one goal, the best ratings possible and the #1 position in cable news.  That’s why he didn’t care about Jon Stewart, because  Ailes put it

He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.

In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to protect the GOP, was not to look professional, it was to generate ratings in the short run and the long run

The short run goal was met spectacularly.

16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience.
For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households.
The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger, but none of those ever topped 10%.

And with every single person on TV talking Megyn Kelly what do you think her ratings are going to be tonight? (I’m writing this Friday afternoon).  I predict they’ll be through the roof.

Furthermore all of this is diametrically opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Balanced and how many of those people who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the conservatives who are upset have anywhere else to go.

Roger Ailes must be dancing in the streets.

Does anyone seriously believe there any chance at all that any of the other networks will be as hard on the Democrats as Fox was on the GOP

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The third of three parts (plus an epilogue)  series on Donald Trump and the MSM part 1 Donald Donald Donald is here part 2 The Big Lie:  is here.   And today we are talking about the author of what is going on here.

The National GOP.

The GOP establishment (or as Ted Cruz calls them the “Washington Cartel”) has long ducked dodged and hidden when it comes to illegal immigration.  When election time comes around the tough talk comes on display but as soon as the election is past the chamber of commerce’s desire for  cheap labor that will not ask a lot of questions nor make the demands of the American born and the funds they contribute come into play.

The support of big money supporters is an important card but there is a second card in play.

As we have already established the media, particularly the Spanish media has been pushing the big lie that the GOP base dislikes illegal immigration because they dislike the Spanish.  It has been the reason immigration issue forward for many years trying to make it a wedge issue to use against Republicans & Conservatives (apparently the failure of a Democrat supermajority to bother with the issue from 2008-2010 had no bearing) .  At every opportunity the various arms of the media and culture paint conservatives in general and Republicans in particular as racists.

Now the GOP could fight back, they could directly confront the media that hates and spins the GOP, but there is one thing that holds them back.

It would mean the slings and arrows of the press to defend a base that many republican dislike.

They dislike a base that demands fiscal restraint when they would prefer the funds to grant favors to fatcat supporters who would repay them with high paying jobs when their time in congress is done.  They dislike a base whose devotion to Christianity & opposition to abortion causes them embarrassment in elite DC.  They dislike a base that gives scrutiny to bills that they would like quietly passed.

But most of all they resent a base that acts as if they, the people are in charge, that doesn’t submit to their betters.

Why fight for people you don’t like when it’s so much easier to go along?

So now we have Donald Trump speaking up when the party is silent and we’re treated to the spectacle of the same media that demonize Mitt Romney seeking him out to lead the attack with the rest of the GOP anxious to follow with only Ted Cruz is smart enough to call out the media for the game it’s trying to play.  The game that is never played on Democrats when a Carlos Henriquez comes along.

For the record I think the party, as I’ve already written,  has reason to distrust Trump, but not as much reason as the GOP voter has to distrust the party, now if the party had been willing to give some deference to the people who elected them, they would find them grateful.  If the GOP had been willing to lead on the immigration issue, to stand with their base, to make the case without having to be dragged screaming and kicking, then the base might have backed them up when they needed it.

Instead they kicked their base in the teeth,  and THEN they wonder why a man like Trump is able to make hay with them.

Bobby Jindal once famously called the GOP the stupid party, by running away from their base and enabling both Trump and the MSM, they are doing their best to prove him right.

The only saving grace of all of this is the trap that threatens the MSM, a trap that involves basic math, but that’s not so much part of the story but the epilogue.

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One thing about online polls they are designed to draw hits to your website but apparently.  This is why Time Magazine has an annual poll of which word should be banned.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t like the people being drawn to their website such polls

TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.

–Nancy Gibbs

Or more accurate according to Time’s customer base which is apparently confined to the MSM and people who want to control the clothing decisions of scientists objected

One might think that in the magazine era you would want to grow your customer base of course if you kick potential new customers in the teeth their arne’t likely to come back.

Someone might want to send Ms. Gibbs & company a season or two of Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares to watch. If there is one thing that she could learn from it is this. Refusing to change for the sake of a shrinking customer base is a sure-fire way to see your business die.

Last week, my husband returned from a six month deployment in Afghanistan.  So politics haven’t been on my mind much.  Mostly, we’ve just enjoyed family time.  The separation is hard, but reunion is the reward.

With hubby still cleaning the moon dust off his boots, I got a little curious.  How is it going over there?  And are they talking about it much in the mainstream news outlets?

My husband and I have lived the military life since before 9/11.  Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have been a constant for us for a long time.  Also, we don’t have cable TV, and I don’t turn on the local news unless a hurricane is on the way.

It’s hard for me to get a feel for what is common knowledge and sentiment outside of the military community.  Now, President Obama has said for a long time that we were gonna be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.  So that is probably common knowledge.

But then recently I read that he wants Afghanistan’s President Karzai to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that keeps US troops there until 2024.

Well that’s confusing.  So I started googling.  Here’s what I found.

Apparently, personnel designated as “combat troops” would withdraw under the BSA, but Special Forces and other counterterrorism personnel could remain another ten years.  This semantic hair-splitting allows President Peace Prize to continue claiming that the war will end in 2014.

I also found out that President Karzai might not sign the BSA, and if he doesn’t, then Obama might be forced to withdraw all troopsJust like Iraq.

Here’s some more tidbits that I found:

Duh:  Iran opposes the foreign presence in Afghanistan.

Oh really?  Thomas Jefferson used the Quran to devise the legal, moral and ethical stipulations for the American Constitution.

Good grief:  The US considered spending $4 billion of foreign aid to get Afghan men married.

Oh dear:  Both sides of the Afghanistan conflict are using Syria as a training ground.

And here’s some things I didn’t find:

I didn’t find much in the way of antiwar protests against the potential extension of the Afghanistan War.  I googled various key phrases, and the best thing I found was a HuffPo article (Amusing sidenote: guess which president is featured in the photo of this 2013 article?)  It’s about a handful of diehards that hold weekly protests in Montpelier.  Good for them, at least they are consistent.

I also didn’t find many recent official statements about the Afghanistan War, beyond the claim that it is ending soon.  Mark Levin recently lamented the lack of a definitive mission in Afghanistan, so I wondered whether that was true.

Whitehouse.gov was my first stop.  If you hover the cursor over “Issues,” a list that includes Defense pops up.  Oddly, the only specific subtopic is End of Iraq War.

Clicking on the topic Defense gets you some Guiding Principles.  There, we learn that President Obama’s new comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan

“will ensure that all elements of national power are engaged . . .  in an
effort to defeat al Qaeda to prevent attacks on the homeland and on our Allies
and partners.”

You have to click on the link to the new comprehensive strategy for more information.  There, you will find statements like

“We will achieve these objectives [by] . . . targeting the insurgency, working to secure key population centers, and increasing efforts to train Afghan security forces.”

“we are focusing assistance on supporting the President of Afghanistan and those ministries, governors, and local leaders who combat corruption and deliver for the people.”

So there is a mission, and maybe it is comprehensive, but it’s awfully confusing.  We will defeat Al Qaeda by targeting them?  What does that mean?  As long as we are going after them, that is a victory?  I guess the assumption is that Al Qaeda will give up after we target them long enough.  I wonder how long that is.

I had a look over at the Department of Defense, too.  They included Afghanistan as a specific subtopic in “Top Issues,” but disappointingly it was just a link to a NATO homepage.

What’s my conclusion?  Oh, I don’t know.  I hate forming opinions on policies that place friends and loved ones in harm’s way.  Please do share yours in a comment.  And remember all the deployed personnel in your prayers tonight.  And maybe every night until 2024.

There is one side effect of Chick Fil-A’s policy of not opening on Sunday that isn’t talked about much.

Because Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday the business that normally would go to Chick-fil-A goes elsewhere.

While that business likely isn’t as big as the rest of the week and there are likely a few people for who no chicken sandwich can replace Chick-fil-A (personally I think the spicy fillet at Wendy’s is better) There are a lot of small eateries that are very grateful to not have to compete with Chick-Fil-A for at least one day a week.

MSM in general and MSNBC In particular is a lot like Chick-fil-A on Sunday to conservative sites. Ignoring stories and giving us the business

Case in point, Project Veritas and the Obamacare Navigator story:

Last week we had three posts on the subject of Project Veritas’ video showing navigators advising people to lie concerning their income including an exclusive interview with Daniel Francisco recorded before the release of the first video.

Since that time a second interview has been released with more navigators illustrating that Juan Williams not withstanding, this wasn’t an isolated incident.

And Saturday I interviewed Daniel again on DaTechGuy on DaRadio

and yesterday Project Veritas tweeted us that more is coming…

 

But if you aren’t reading conservative site, or watching fox news or local news in Texas you still haven’t heard of this.

Just like the breaking Census scandal. This broke Monday Night at the New York Post. Yesterday the census department said this:

“We learned about the information today, and we’re reviewing the information contained in that article,” said Luiz Santos, the acting director of the division of congressional liaison and communications in the Department of Labor’s inspector general’s office. Santos said he could neither confirm nor deny whether the IG’s office had opened an investigation.

Zero hedge put it well:

Following the White House’s ignorance of anything that could be going on at the Census Bureau (apart from knowing for sure that the report on jobs data manipulation was misleading), the Census Bureau itself has chimed in…

*CENSUS BUREAU SEES NO ‘SYSTEMIC MANIPULATION’ OF JOBS DATA

So that’s good then – just unsystematic?

So this is the first they have heard of it and even if it happened it is “unsystematic”.

Not according to the latest from the post today:

I don’t know how high up in the Census Bureau the orders to fake employment survey data came from, but the director of the Philadelphia region was aware of those charges against one of his field representatives back in 2010.

Fernando E. Armstrong, the regional director at the time, admitted as much in an internal Census report I have reviewed.

And that field representative, Julius Buckmon, who filed as many as 100 fake reports a month — and admitted to me faking household survey reports — was not the only field rep to do so, according to a Census source.

Lets review:

1. We have a report of fraud to manipulate labor states before an election
2. a statement by the Census bureau saying they just heard about it and it’s not systematic
3. A follow-up report that directly contradicts the statement of the Census bureau.

There is a word for a story like that: Newsworthy

But not if you are the MSM, not if you are MSNBC and not if you are Morning Joe who has yet to find either of these stories worth their time.

Perhaps  this  might because they like to spread the wealth. Because they leave these stories to sites like mine they give us traffic and visibility. They are simply trying to help the little guy by giving us a chance by giving people a reason to visit us and hit or tip jars.

However a more cynical person you likely conclude this is because they don’t want to change the Obamacare story focus from the web site and certainly not wanting to deal with fraud before the president’s election. They want to protect this administration & this president.

Hmmm maybe they ARE like Chick-fil-A. It’s all about loyalty to the religion of liberalism and to their God.

Update: The new Veritas video is out:

I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow.

Pike Bishop:  What would you do in his place? He gave his word.

Dutch Engstrom:  He gave his word to a railroad.

Pike Bishop:  It’s his word.

Dutch Engstrom:  That ain’t what counts! It’s who you give it *to*!

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One last thing about the Shutdown fight.

I posted this Morning in my “Why we fight” piece about Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky reward for his part in securing a victory for the White House and Democrats.

What I didn’t talk about was the left’s reaction to it.

On Morning Joe today in the 2nd segment politico brought up the deal and the kickback for his state, Joe Scarborough snickered at the idea noting the political crassness of it.

One would think that a critique of the GOP leader would be happily joined by the leftists at the table but they were having none of it.

One INSISTED McConnell had not asked for or had anything to do with the change, a second said it was a small price to pay for re-opening the government and the venerable Cokie Roberts defended it as a program that had been in the works for years that benefited people in his state.

It was simply amazing, here was the Republican Leader in the Senate taking the time to get something for himself that might help him perhaps in an election year using taxpayer funds, funds which he couldn’t secure using the normal procedures and what is the left’s reaction?

They defended him to the hilt.

How can this be, well it’s pretty easy.

First of all these people all want massive spending to return, this is exactly the type of stuff they want for their own, so naturally they cheer at any chance of it taking place.

But more importantly, McConnell brought Obama and the left victory over the tea party and any action that aids an Obama victory is laudatory, from gypping taxpayers, to using the IRS as a weapon, to letting seal die and blaming filmmakers in inherently righteous if it either serves TheOne™ or confounds his enemies.

Those ends justify all means.