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Friday, June 29, 2007

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How Memes Are Created

Covering the UK car bomb story this morning, CNN seems to keep trying tie this act with the Iraq war, some of it merely on the fact that it reportedly was similiar to an IED. How they are so sure of that, I don't know.

Christiane Amanpour in particular was claiming that the Iraq war was radicalizing people in Britain, although she did admit they were already radicalized. One reason was their anger at the people who were "killing our Muslim brothers".

The name of the blog is "Lattices of Bogosity", and this is the kind of stuff that I am talking about. Not only is this absurd, but is so blatantly absurd, people like Amanpour should be pointing it out:

Al Queda and other radical Islamist groups, and Muslim tyrants have killed their "Muslim brothers" in the millions over the centuries. Hell, its probably in the millions just in the past century.

*Now there is another talking head spouting this illogic.*

Get it through your head; This rhetoric is a pretext. It is right in front of your face if you take 2 seconds to think about. It is meant to justify the unjustifiable and to hide the real agenda, cloaking it in the lofty concept of "resistence."

Radicals have been living and organizing in Britain as parasites for over a decade at least. Before they kept their attacks outside of the country, but they resent the push-back post 9/11 and are now turning against the host body.

War on Terror is a Bumper Sticker...

Attached to really big car BOMB.

Next time, Scotland Yard should call John Edwards and ask him to defuse it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Freedom of Speech is Inconvenient

Rich Lowry on the Fairness Doctrine:

"The report of the Center for American Progress on “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” marks the latest phase in liberaldom’s grappling with conservative talk radio. First came the attempts to create a liberal Limbaugh — Mario Cuomo, Jim Hightower, et al. — that fell flat. Then an entire left-wing network, Air America, was founded, and foundered. So there’s only one option left — if you can’t beat them, and you won’t join them, you can agitate for government to regulate them."

When you couple the intent of both Dems and Repubs to completely ignore the strong opposition to the Immigration bill under review, with THIS little ramp up to outright censorship, EVERYONE should be worried.

Of course, Libs who are willing to decry everything else as a trampling of their free speech rights will agree its a "important corrective". Certain Republicans are on board as well, because they are tired of hearing from the peons on the issues. But no matter, this is an attempt to hand control of free speech over to the government. Advocates will bend logic into pretzels in order to convince us otherwise, but that what it is. If the government gets to say how much of what someone gets to say, and when they say it, its censorship.

I cannot believe this is a serious discussion in the United States of America.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


"The scorecard -- 125 of 144 donations to Democrats -- provides fresh ammunition to those who say the press has a liberal tilt. It's hard to argue you don't favor one party when you've just coughed up cash for that party." - Howard Kurtz

Another factoid which will bounce off the leftist bubble, who take it as an article of faith that Fox News is some sort of Rovian propaganda machine, but scoff at the suggestion that the MSM has objectivity issues. Turns out a Brit Hume (that's Fox's Brit Hume) researcher gave $2,600 to Democrat Harold Ford, according to Kurtz. Hey, Rove! How'd that guy make it past the screening process!?

Monday, June 25, 2007

A Lacking Brain

Roger Ebert, in a review of A Mighty Heart:

"The Americans who complain about "negative" news are the ideological cousins of those who shoot at CNN crews. The news is the news, good or bad, and those who resent being informed of it are pitiful."

I am not even going to disect the idiocy in this; it speaks for itself. You either get it or you don't.

Thus my pseudonym.

I get physically tired and a mild headache trying to fathom the thought process that not only thinks this in the first place, but then types it out, rereads it, thinks it worthy to keep, then publishes it for a worldwide audience. It almost like trying to visualize 4th dimensional geometry, which is hard enough, but when one thinks of the ramifications of HOW MANY people operate under similar twisted thinking, its worrisome to say the least. Trying to imagine a mind which would draw such a parallel, and find it valid, is stupifying.

So, I guess people on the left (and right) who complain about Americans exercising free speech to criticize them (and being so popular with the public for doing so) are the ideological cousins of those who shoot at CNN crews. Reality is reality, truth is the truth, ratings are ratings and those who resent being informed of it are pitiful, no?


(Hat tip, New Editor)


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Great, Now Get Off OUR Ass!

Apparently, China has surpassed us in CO2 emissions. Wait, how is that possible? Don't they have better auto emission standards than we do? Oh, wait, they don't.

Anyway, so, from now on, eco-fanatics and Global Warming Warriors, can you please now direct all pompous ire toward the real destroyer of the planet from now on? China. C-H-I-N-A. Not U-S-A.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bloomberg For Prez?


Idea for a truly independent, third party candidate? Great!

You as that third-party candidate? Not so much...

Many kudos for Bloomie for keeping the city from sliding back into the sewer when Rudy left, but the nanny-state intrusions grind on me. Grind, Mike.

Not a smoker (Okay, occasional cigar), but this anti-smoking thing STILL annoys me. Don't like smoke? If it's a private establishment; don't go there!

Think you or your kids are too fat or have too much cholesteral? PUT THE DONUTS AND BURGERS DOWN!

Bloomberg has it right on some issues, but the ever growing libertarian side of me is repelled by the thought of him with national executive power.


Sorry, No Bogeymen Today

As I am sure thousands, maybe millions at this point, of people have experienced by now, I received a call from the Republican National Committee, asking for donations. A young woman, sounding very much of college age, told me she was calling on behalf on the RNC for a donation.

Wow, I thought. Here's the opportunity that I have only read about here-to-for.

"Yes," I said, "What's up?"

I let her do her pitch, asking for cash ($50) politely, and then told her:

"Listen, I am sure you have heard this a lot by now, but I am waiting to see what does or does not happen with this current immigration bill. I am not happy with the current stance many Republicans are taking on it, and I won't be giving any cash for now."

She was very conciliatory, saying she understood that a lot of people are upset right now, but they are trying to get ready for this next election so they can prevent Hillary or Obama from becoming president. How about $35?

Mentally rolling my eyes (I mean, she could not SEE me do it, you know?), I replied:

"Look, a Hillary or Obama for president is not what is of concern to me. I am concerned that Republicans are not listening to their constituents on this immigration issue. I am not feeling represented, and although I have given money in the past, I have no intention of giving any money right now."

She continued on, again very polite and understanding, but I felt that I had been polite as well, and my standard rule is if you don't take my wave off at the second try, niceties are over. So I hung up the phone as she blabbed.

I did not tear her a new one because she's just some kid hired to do a job which is to collect money for an organization I had previously supported. Like most telemarketers, you could tell she was working of a script.

Regarding that script, RNC; the Obama or Hillary bogeyman is not going to work. You tried that before in previous elections, telling us how bad things were going to be under Democrats. It worked for a couple of whirls, but as you MIGHT recall, it fell flat on its face in this last election because you lot were acting not much different than them. We decided the difference was no difference, and we were fed up. Now? We're pissed. Get the hint.

Do I want to see a Hillary or Obama presidency? HELL NO! on the first, and Not Really on the second, but what does it matter if you are going to sell us down the river anyway? It appears that whether Republican or Democratic, we can expect arrogance, runaway spending and unsecured borders from our leaders. So, WHY am I going to fork over $50 to you guys again? Why not keep the money for a rainy day, or for when the world finally does go completely to hell? I might need it.

You can't dress up in a cape and plastic fangs and jump out yelling, "Blah! OBAMA! Blah-Blah! Hillary!" and expect us to scramble for the Republican ticket, guys. If we are going to get indifference and corruption either way, why spend anything extra to get it?

Bottom line?

Clean. Up. Your. Act.