Friday, 27 June 2014

The Press

Getting the lies out, continued...

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept
Instapundit:
FUNNY, THERE WERE A LOT OF DEM PUNDITS AND JOURNALISTS SAYING OTHERWISE LAST WEEK:  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker not target of criminal probe into campaign coordination.
Yabbut that was last week!

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In Passing

Remember this, next time they come sniffing ’round for donations

Suuuuure It Is!  Dept
Pro Publica:
Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy?

The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a ‘‘trade secret.’’
Yep, wouldn’t want those other charities to find out.  It might get in the way of executive bonuses.

Via Newser via Insty.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

In Passing

Ganders get sauced, don’t seem to like it...

The Wall Street Journal:

Lawmakers Wednesday voiced concern over the Obama administration’s plans for monitoring individuals who hold security clearances...

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) said... that the stated possibility of continuous evaluation of legislative officials [especially members of Congress - O.G.] would raise constitutional questions...
The senators apparently find little ‘‘constitutional question’’ about ‘‘continuously evaluating’’ the citizenry, of course.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Press

What’s important is that the lies get propagated.

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept
Instapundit:
WASHINGTON POST backpedals from bogus Everytown school shooting map.


Related:
Ace of Spades HQ:  Dana Milbank ‘‘Grossly Misrepresents’’ Heritage Briefing on Benghazi to Make It Sound Like a Hate Crime in Progress’’
and
Ed Morrissey:
A number of other journalists have taken to Twitter today to [attempt to] shift the focus of the story off of Milbank and onto Heritage, the panelists, and everyone in the audience except Milbank and Saba Ahmed.  Milbank could have written a legitimate criticism of the decision by Heritage to host the debate, or of the panelists invited to the discussion...  However, that’s not what Milbank did, and it’s not the story today.  Milbank made specific accusations about the conduct of the panelists and the audience at one particular point in the panel presentation, using sliced-up quotes and loaded language to paint a very different picture, and presented it as a news report.  Today he doubles down on his ‘‘journalism’’ defense, even though yesterday he argued that it was all ‘‘subjective’’...

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

In Passing

The closer you get...

...the Uglier it Looks Dept
‘‘monkeyfan,’’ commenting at Instapundit:
I was always curious of what might have happened if the original National Socialists had gained power in a Germany that had a 2nd Amendment...  Never would I have guessed that I would have to actually worry about it.

Alas, it seems the purveyors of the latest [progressiver] iteration of Nationalist Socialism seem to be seizing the opportunity to show us.

‘‘Unthinkable!  It couldn’t happen here!  Never again...’’

Let’s see; we've got big central government run by party faithful; crony capitalist cartels with ‘‘seats at the table’’ exercising inordinate direct input (often word for word injection) regarding the crafting of legislation and regulatory controls; consolidation of media/propaganda assets into pliable network blocs which closely coordinate the distribution of regime friendly narratives; widespread use of intimidation and other institutional means to suppress ungood speech; enabling acts out the wazoo; discretionary/situational rule of law which flows in one monolithic direction; a networked domestic surveillance apparatus primarily aimed at the citizenry - with specific internal targeting of [potential] domestic dissenters; official arming of [other] international fascist entities; countries falling like dominoes to aforementioned fascists in service of domestic agenda; arming of criminal cartels and other forces of disruption in ostensibly allied countries; active programs (official and otherwise) to disarm law-abiding citizens; massive dislocation of neighboring ethnic populations and ongoing efforts to engineer domestic demographics; distribution of jobs and benefits via a codified system of ethnic/racial/gender classification; widespread use of national civilian government assets to directly harass and disrupt various social and economic activities of perceived domestic ideological rivals; official financial and logistical support for regime friendly activists...etc., etc.

Suddenly that unidentifiable duck-sounding thing is starting to goosestep like one...

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Clipfile

Clipfile - June 10, 2014

‘‘...The nature of the crisis du jour may change, but the solutions always involve higher taxes and more power for the political class... Show me a ‘‘crisis’’ that called for the opposite and I might take it seriously.’’ - Glenn Reynolds

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Sunday, 08 June 2014

Clipfile

Clipfile - June 8, 2014

‘‘...It may be strictly said that one’s love for despotism is in exact proportion to one’s contempt for one’s country.’’

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Sunday, 01 June 2014

Clipfile

Clipfile - June 1, 2014

‘‘One of the books my daughter had to read a year ago was Brave New World.  She hated it, and I can understand why.  In addition to the fact that it’s really not a very ‘entertaining’ read, it’s hard for anyone who does not have a foundation in understanding the totalitarian systems of the 20th century to get the message.

‘‘And who doesn’t understand the totalitarian systems of the 20th century?  Virtually everyone who has been in the education system of the 21st.’’
- ‘‘BurtTC,’’ commenting at Ace

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Linkage

Especially Twitter

Another Howling Success  Dept

The Internet:
Where You Can Be Anything You Want To Be

...as long as what you want to be is an Asshole.
- AceOfSpades

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Clipfile

Clipfile - May 16, 2014

‘‘...The demagogues are always out there, ready to spread... poison and destroy the polity, so long as it enhances their power and position.’’ - Glenn Reynolds[1]

[1] Here concerning racial demagoguery, but IMO applicable far beyond that.

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