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Melanie Phillips Doesn’t Understand That Muslim Extremists Who Decapitate Babies Are Not To Be Called “Savages”

2011 March 26

If I were to craft a dark satire about moral inversion, cultural suicide and Orwellian disinformation I couldn’t do much better than the plot summary below:

  • Five members of a Jewish family in Israel — including a three-month old baby– are literally murdered in their beds, with psychopathic fury, by Islamic extremists.
  • A British journalist takes the media to task for its minimal, tepid and equivocating coverage of these murders, referring in passing to the perpetrators — and those who support and celebrate them — as “savages.”
  • A sock-puppet Islamic organization complains to both the local media watchdog organization (the Press Complaints Commission – PCC) and the police that all Arabs have been defamed.
  • Shortly thereafter the sock-puppet advises the usual media suspects (one of whom he works for) of his heroic j’accuse! moment and the airwaves are shortly vibrating with accounts of PCC and police investigations against the journalist and her newspaper.
  • While everyone watches the attendant Kabuki theater the innocents in Israel are still very much dead and the forces that caused their deaths — and the deaths and misery of countless others — remain unexamined in any serious way.

There is of course nothing fictional, nor remotely funny, about this sequence of events. The recent murder of the Fogel family — shrouded by the media in euphemism and attempted mitigation — is described in much more clear-eyed fashion by Caroline Glick:

Ruth Fogel was in the bathroom when the Palestinian terrorists pounced on her husband Udi and their three-month-old daughter Hadas, slitting their throats as they lay in bed on Friday night in their home in Itamar.

The terrorists stabbed Ruth to death as she came out of the bathroom. With both parents and the newborn dead, they moved on to the other children, going into a bedroom where Ruth and Udi’s sons Yoav (11) and Elad (four) were sleeping. They stabbed them through their hearts and slit their throats.

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FAIL: Crooks and Liars Claims Evil Minnesota Republicans Are Making it Illegal for Poor People to have Cash

2011 March 21

As part of the Left’s ongoing quest to make every attempt at welfare reform look like the opening scene from Oliver Twist, Susie Madrak of Crooks and Liars has written a profoundly misleading and wrong-headed piece that might better have been entitled “Please Sir, Can I Have Some More Cash?”

Relying heavily on unimpeachable sources such as FightBack!News (“News and Views from the Peoples’ Struggle”) Ms. Madrak weaves a tale in which Minnesota has surpassed Fascist Arizona in sheer villainy with its now infamous “Show Me Your Paper Money” law. On the off-chance you haven’t heard of this law, and aren’t already vibrating with outrage, Ms. Madrak is quick to enlighten you.

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Top 7 Books for Barack Obama’s Remedial Reading List — Because a Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

2011 March 16

Mr. President,

This being a month with the letter “a” in it I am sure you will be taking another much-needed vacation soon. I note with interest that, along with the undersized girl’s bike and sensible helmet, you have lately taken to bringing books as well. This is a welcome trend inasmuch as knowledge is power — and your utterances of late have betrayed an energy crisis of an entirely different kind.

I am specifically referring to your many forays into history, economics and theology in your public pronouncements. These have some of us (primarily those who have studied history, economics and theology) scratching our heads like Inigo Montoya and muttering  “I don’t think that means what you think it means.”

What I’m trying to say here is while you get full marks for reading books — or at least carrying them around in plain sight for the cameras — it is possible that your reading choices could benefit from a bit of a tweak. While I’m sure The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria is a stirring read, part of your job is to prove him wrong, and that probably won’t happen if you are nodding and smiling at the bits where we are overtaken by China.

Accordingly, in the spirit of “better to light a candle than curse the darkness”, and incidentally shore up a few areas where you might be a little behind the curve, herewith a few of my favorites for those lazy days when the bike has a flat tire and Michelle locks your golf-clubs in the closet.

Next: Remembering the Forgotten Man

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Top 7 Books for Barack Obama’s Remedial Reading List — Because a Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

2011 March 13

 

Mr. President,

This being a month with the letter “a” in it I am sure you will be taking another much-needed vacation soon. I note with interest that, along with the undersized girl’s bike and sensible helmet, you have lately taken to bringing books as well. This is a welcome trend inasmuch as knowledge is power — and your utterances of late have betrayed an energy crisis of an entirely different kind.

I am specifically referring to your many forays into history, economics and theology in your public pronouncements. These have some of us (primarily those who have studied history, economics and theology) scratching our heads like Inigo Montoya and muttering  “I don’t think that means what you think it means.”

What I’m trying to say here is while you get full marks for reading books — or at least carrying them around in plain sight for the cameras — it is possible that your reading choices could benefit from a bit of a tweak. While I’m sure The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria is a stirring read, part of your job is to prove him wrong, and that probably won’t happen if you are nodding and smiling at the bits where we are overtaken by China.

Accordingly, in the spirit of “better to light a candle than curse the darkness”, and incidentally shore up a few areas where you might be a little behind the curve, herewith a few of my favorites for those lazy days when the bike has a flat tire and Michelle locks your golf-clubs in the closet.

Next: Remembering the Forgotten Man

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Glenn Beck Rips Off Alex Jones, Who Also Invented the Internet

2011 March 8

There was a  piece last week in Rolling Stone entitled “Glenn Beck’s Shtick? Alex Jones Got There First” that perfectly illustrates three home truths:

  • People primarily motivated by self-promotion will get into bed with anybody.
  • Lefties obsessed with the destruction of a viscerally feared and hated enemy — and that’s all of them — are likewise not overly choosy.
  • These two groups tend to cohabit a lot.

In this particular instance, the menage a deux is between Alex Jones, amiably described as: read more…

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Rolling Blackouts in Texas — Sneak Preview of the Brave New World of Deindustrialization

2011 February 7

It is the supreme irony that an outbreak of unusually cold weather has exposed ominous signs of weakness in an industry about to be further hobbled by regulations designed to combat global warming. It is doubly ironic that this should have occurred in a state whose name is more or less synonymous with energy production.

Texas, which produces and consumes more electricity than any other state, experienced power shortages last week sufficient to warrant rolling blackouts and an undertaking (subsequently reneged uponto import power from Mexico. read more…

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It’s Only Money – The Top 6 Stories of Public Servants At the Trough That Will Make Your Eyes Bleed

2011 February 4

Earlier this month Camden New Jersey laid off half its police officers and a third of its firefighters. Given Camden’s dubious distinction as America’s second most dangerous city – just narrowly edged out by St. Louis after years of occupying the top spot – this would seem a counter-intuitive move, but in the Bizarro world of wealth-through-debt, entitlements and outright denial of basic arithmetic,  it makes perfect sense.

For Camden, as anyone with a calculator and/or a grasp of basic numeracy can tell you, is broke, to the tune of about $26 million. The police union – which appears to possess neither of these – refused outright to consider cuts in the form of unpaid leave days or any other adjustment to salaries that average $140,000 when benefits are factored in.

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Stop the Presses — Center for American Progress Likes CAIR, Hates Frank Gaffney!

2011 February 3

Scott Keyes at Think Progress (a distribution arm of the Center for American Progress, not that there’s anything wrong with that) has written a thoughtful, well-researched and meticulously argued piece entitled Leading Neoconservative Frank Gaffney Argues Muslim Brotherhood Has ‘Infiltrated’ The Federal Government.

Nah, just kidding. It’s actually just another bungled ambush attempt by a junior ribbon-clerk whose patent inability to construct an argument is only rivaled by the leaden predictability of his prose. (Well golly, that was harsh. One might almost think that Mr. Keyes sand-bagging of a good, decent and thoughtful man had set me off.)

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It’s Only Money – The Top 6 Stories of Public Servants At the Trough That Will Make Your Eyes Bleed

2011 January 30

Earlier this month Camden New Jersey laid off half its police officers and a third of its firefighters. Given Camden’s dubious distinction as America’s second most dangerous city – just narrowly edged out by St. Louis after years of occupying the top spot – this would seem a counter-intuitive move, but in the Bizarro world of wealth-through-debt, entitlements and outright denial of basic arithmetic,  it makes perfect sense.

For Camden, as anyone with a calculator and/or a grasp of basic numeracy can tell you, is broke, to the tune of about $26 million. The police union – which appears to possess neither of these – refused outright to consider cuts in the form of unpaid leave days or any other adjustment to salaries that average $140,000 when benefits are factored in.

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Internet Meme on “FDA Ban on Injectable Vitamin C” Suggests Larger Ban on Fact-Checking

2011 January 14

David Swindle wrote a great post recently about the importance of using the strongest arguments possible when defending a position. He went on to lament the tendency of some conservatives to employ “musket arguments” instead:

Just because an argument is correct it doesn’t mean that it’s the best one to use. A musket might be able to win in a fight but it’s hardly the most effective choice.

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A Tale of Seven Psychoses

2011 January 3

Media Bias in 2010: A Top 7

Dear Scott Brown: Well, we’re almost here, aren’t we? The end of a long, arduous, four-month campaign for a Senate seat that you have approximately the same chance of filling as you did the pilot’s chair of the Starship Enterprise. … [The] notion that Massachusetts would elect a Republican to fill the seat left vacant by Edward Kennedy was the property of people who buy interesting mushrooms in interesting places. You might as well expect the House of Windsor to be succeeded on the British throne by the Kardashian sisters. … I would like to make you the permanent Republican candidate for US senator. Seriously, you’re good at the job of being a candidate, and it’s going to be hard enough for your party to groom another state legislator every six years. Think about it. It beats working for a living.

~ Charles P. Pierce of the Boston Globe in a January 10, 2010 piece taunting Scott Brown about his all but inevitable upcoming Senatorial defeat.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off a retrospective on the media follies of 2010 than the Pierce’s remarkable prognostication above. Apart from the fact it obligingly occurred at the beginning of the year, it contains most if not all of the major characteristics of any good leftist offering: read more…

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A Tale of Seven Psychoses

2011 January 2

Media Bias in 2010: A Top 7

Dear Scott Brown: Well, we’re almost here, aren’t we? The end of a long, arduous, four-month campaign for a Senate seat that you have approximately the same chance of filling as you did the pilot’s chair of the Starship Enterprise. … [The] notion that Massachusetts would elect a Republican to fill the seat left vacant by Edward Kennedy was the property of people who buy interesting mushrooms in interesting places. You might as well expect the House of Windsor to be succeeded on the British throne by the Kardashian sisters. … I would like to make you the permanent Republican candidate for US senator. Seriously, you’re good at the job of being a candidate, and it’s going to be hard enough for your party to groom another state legislator every six years. Think about it. It beats working for a living.

~ Charles P. Pierce of the Boston Globe in a January 10, 2010 piece taunting Scott Brown about his all but inevitable upcoming Senatorial defeat.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off a retrospective on the media follies of 2010 than the Pierce’s remarkable prognostication above. Apart from the fact it obligingly occurred at the beginning of the year, it contains most if not all of the major characteristics of any good leftist offering: read more…

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