Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Clipfile

Clipfile - July 31, 2013

‘‘If only the U.S. Border Patrol had resources to do its job on a par with the resources that are apparently being poured into the NSA.  I guess spying on American citizens has a higher priority than keeping non-citizens out.’’ - ‘‘Cicero,’’ commenting at Ace’s

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Linkage

Astroturfing at Amazon

Grain of salt  Dept
TechDirt:
Karl Bode recently noted the large number of one star reviews on Crawford's book that exhibit a pretty clear pattern: a ‘‘folksy’’ tone from someone in an ‘‘ordinary’’ job, living in a ‘‘rural’’ location (they all mention a rural location) absolutely trashing Crawford's book, all using talking points that the big telco lobbyists have been handing out.
So Mike Masnick did a little analysis...

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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Clipfile

Clipfile - July 27, 2013

‘‘Political Correctness is the Sharia Law of Liberalism.  It is interpreted by bearded, ivory-tower mullahs from Harvard to Stanford, and trumpeted daily by the Muezzin-call of the MSM across the broadcast spectrum.  It means whatever they want it to mean, as it changes values and emphasis from situation to situation depending on the necessary outcome – and once adopted it influences the whole society around it.’’ - ‘‘NotClauswitz’’

(HT:  Daily Pundit)

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

In Passing

Of course they did.

Im Shocked, Shocked!  Dept
The Washington Times:
Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O’Donnell’s personal [federal] tax records.
We could always ask the NSA if they’ve got anything.

UPDATE:  So much for that idea.

Via:  Ace, who says ‘‘I have had it.’’

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Linkage

Who was that masked man?


Ann Althouse:

...A great origin story for a superhero.  This is why he needs a costume... with a mask... if he wants to roam around finding people who need help and rushing to the rescue.

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Linkage

It’s the Tuesday Sing-A-Long over at Tam’s


You’ll get a bang out of it!

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Linkage

The Hatch Effect

Political Hacks  Dept
Erick Erickson at Red State:
This year, some long-time Republican Senators are going to get primary challengers.  There will be large megaphones declaring just how conservative those Senators are.  There will be people trotted out to remind you that for decades these have been the men we relied on to save us from big government.

They will ignore... their public votes: ...  They will ignore No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the General Motors bailout, the now $17 trillion in national debt that the Republicans and Democrats together helped grow.  They will ignore [the] spending measures and continuing resolutions and back room deals and failed promises.

There are no indispensable men in Washington, but over the next year many of the very men responsible for the mess the GOP finds itself in are going to trot out op-ed columnists, talk radio hosts, and TV pundits to tell you that they are, in fact, indispensable...
Valuable advice for the next election. And Senators aren’t the only ‘‘indispensable’’ ones who need to be ‘‘dispensed with.’’

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Monday, 22 July 2013

In Passing

So how many is that, congressman?

Political Hacks  Dept
USA Today:
House Speaker John Boehner says Congress ‘‘should not be judged on how many new laws we create’’ but on ‘‘how many laws ... we repeal.’’
Demonstrating that no matter how you look at it, Congress still sucks.

Via:  Insty

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Press

Not reporters. They’re the palace guard.


stevewhitemd, commenting at Le•gal In•sur•rec•tion:

When I was young (yes, that long ago), reporters (not journalists) were for the most part fairly liberal.  But they’d sell their mothers to get a story, because it was all about the story, the scoop, the right question, and getting it into print.  It didn’t matter if the target was someone they otherwise might defend and admire, if the story was there they’d go with it.

Particularly since they knew that if they sat on a story their competition across town might run it in tomorrow’s headline.

Now thanks to J-schools we have journalists, and thanks to their education we have narrative and not stories, and thanks to their shameless self-promotion we have important journalists, and thanks to JOURNOLIST all these important journalists coordinate their narrative to the demands of those to whom they owe their allegiance so as to be relieved of the fear that they might get scooped.

Too bad the 16 year old kid
didn’t know the rules, eh?

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

In Passing

I’ve got a better idea...

Political Hacks  Dept
The Hill:
Graham suggests US boycott Winter Olympics in Russia over Snowden
Instead, why not boycott South Carolina over Lindsay Graham?

Via:  Insty

UPDATE, elsewhere:
Allahpundit:
Imagine how much Putin would relish watching the U.S., which lectures Russia endlessly (and correctly) about rights abuses, throw an Olympic-sized tantrum over his decision to shelter a guy who’s selling himself as a champion of international civil liberties.  (I can also imagine the Kremlin press conference.  "Russia will not bow to fascism,’’ says The Leader with a smirk.)
And meanwhile, Bill Quick can’t wait for the primary.

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