Saturday, 25 April 2015

Clipfile

Clipfile - April 25, 2015

‘‘Churchill once said, ‘You can always depend on the American people to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else.’  That’s the thing the doomsayers can’t seem to wrap their minds around– our current trajectory is merely our current trajectory.’’

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Friday, 24 April 2015

In Passing

Tell me again how Republicans are different from Democrats

It Doesn’t Matter WHO You Vote For  Dept

The Washington Post:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
Why does it always seem that any story beginning with ‘‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’’ turns out to be bad news for liberty?
...introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act.

The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Mitch: ‘‘Well, we cant have that!’’
It puts McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the bill’s co-sponsor, squarely on the side of advocates of the National Security Agency’s continued ability to collect millions of Americans’ phone records each day in the hunt for clues of terrorist activity.
I’ll believe that Republicans are a party of small, unintrusive government when they start acting like a party of small, unintrusive government.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

In Passing

Gunpowder NOT Required

When Trebuchets Are Outlawed...  Dept

The Telegraph:
Hundreds of tourists have been evacuated from Warwick Castle after a burning cannonball fired from the world’s largest working siege machine destroyed a medieval boathouse by fire.

Sparks from the cannonball which was fired from the wooden trebuchet ignited the roof of the ancient boathouse causing a blaze on Friday night.
...
The Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular is one of the Castle’s main attractions.

[The trebuchet] was built in 2005, stands 60ft high, weighs 22 tonnes and has been fired at least 6,500 times.
Turns out the boathouse was actually a 19th-century reproduction, but still a sad loss.  And siegery, even when only for show, remains a serious business.  (22 Tonnes.  Wow!)

Via:  Peter Grant

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Press

Getting the Lies Out (Three at Once! One! Two! Three!)

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept

National Review:
The N[ational] R[ifle] A[ssociation] Convention starts today, in Nashville, Tennessee.  And so, rather predictably, the New York Times has started its day by lying about it...

As I noted when the New York Daily News peddled this same falsehood earlier in the week...

UPDATE:  MSNBC tried this game, too, but ended up lost in a maze of corrections.
Gee.  You don’t suppose it was coordinated or anything...?

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The Press

Getting the Lies Out (the series continues!)

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept

Erick Erickson:
Bloomberg ran a story that Nancy Reagan was endorsing Hillary Clinton.  It was a fake story that Bloomberg picked up without hesitating and ran.

It had to yank the story and apologize.

Who the hell would even believe a story like that?  The Media.  Just like liberal reporters immediately believed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stormed out of an interview and turned out the lights — another story that was not true in any way, shape, or form — the press believed this because they want to believe.
...or because they’re Democratic operatives with bylines?

(Via: Insty)

Previously.

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Linkage

Beauteous Bluebells


Spring in London comes earlier than it does here in Indiana.  If this year matches 2009, about a week from now you could take the U9 bus to Hillington, and enjoy the amazing display of bluebells in Old Park Wood.  (That’s provided you’re there, not here!)

HT:  Diamond Geezer

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015

In Passing

Too limited

Fixed It For You  Dept

Charles C.W. Cooke, updated by O.G.:
Over the last decade or so, we have witnessed the rise of a political movement that hopes to set the investigation and punishment of sexual assault any issue dear to the hearts of the Social Justice Fascists outside of the limitations that are imposed by respect for due process, for rational inquiry, and for common intellectual decency.  By and large, this movement is populated by people who despise the truth if it contradicts the narrative; who regard evidence and process as tools of oppression; who interpret skepticism and questioning as acts of hostility; and who, at least as it relates to ‘rape culture,’ consider unthinking credulity as a virtue and not a vice.
Yeah, I believe that fits...

(Via:  Instapundit)

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Monday, 06 April 2015

The Press

Keeping the lies circulating...

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept

Breitbart’s Big Journalism:
On April 4, [2015,]The Economist mocked the NRA and Second Amendment supporters with a column that turned out to be an epic fail because it was built on numbers from a debunked Everytown for Gun Safety study, an erroneous claim that ‘‘armor piercing’’ M855 ammo endangers police, and a not-so-veiled attempt to undercut the push to arm women for self-defense on college campuses.
Instapundit [June 18, 2014]:
WASHINGTON POST backpedals from bogus Everytown school shooting map.
While The Economist’s editors may not read Instapundit (although they’d be better off if they did so), one might expect them to keep track of the Washington Post.  Or is that asking too much..?


Previously.

(Via Ace comments.)

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Sunday, 05 April 2015

The Press

The difference between Reporting and Punditry - ii

You’ll Be Part Of the Story!  Dept

Glenn Reynolds:
I don’t mind the journos who circle around tragedies so much.  I mind the ones who — as with Ferguson, the UVA rape hoax, or the Indiana pizza parlor — actively incite tragedies for political and pecuniary gain.  With Ferguson, the purveyors of the ‘‘hands up, don’t shoot’’ lie were perhaps too numerous to call to account, though someone should try.  But with UVA it was Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone, and with the Indiana Pizzeria it was Alyssa Marino and ABC57 News, all of whom are identifiable defendants…
Reporters report the news.  Pundits (or propagandists) make (up) the news.

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Linkage

Are you a ‘‘greybeard,’’ ‘‘gatekeeper,’’ ‘‘certification authority’’?

Sons of Martha  Dept

Eric S. Raymond has a reminder of your duty to civilization.

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