October 30, 2010 - October 23, 2010
. A little gem from Mother
Well, we'll try to wash up before she backs into our neighborhood...
P.S. Maybe, uh, no, well, forget it.
Sorry. Have to say it. Maybe a panty flash or two is superior to mooning the entire country. Just saying.
. Now comes the onslaught of final week political ads. Here in
the Delaware Valley we're getting Joe Sestak trashing Pat Toomey
between plays of every sporting event. Sestak is the one who cares
about all us below-average Americans. Like all them admirals do. As the
title proclaims, it's Hell Week.
I'm giving you two antidotes, both designed to keep you from tuning out entirely. We can't tune out. We have to remain focused and be sure to vote, no matter how nauseated we feel a week from today. Got it? So here's the deal. Read the op-eds listed below for your own edification and motivation. The bonus is, identify the link between the pic up top and one of the pieces below and why we should all care, and I'll honor you by name here, plus forward your name to Doc Zero, who's about to (trust me) get more important than he already is.
Yeah, it's a slim incentive. But you shouldn't need any more incentive, now should you?
NR's The Home Page:
Dennis Prager tells why he thinks this election is the most important since the Civil War.
Thomas Sowell points out that what the Left calls “tax cuts for the rich” are really “tax cuts for the economy.”
Jay Nordlinger continues his Marrakech diary.
Victor Davis Hanson argues that Wikileaks’ selective revelations and carelessness indicate a harmful agenda.
Mona Charen evaluates what the Juan Williams firing says about NPR.
Andrew Stiles profiles Daniel Webster, the man poised to take down conservative bête noire Alan Grayson.
Julie Gunlock observes that Michelle Obama talks like a nanny-in-chief, but won’t follow her own rules.
Michael Knox Beran argues that today’s elites hold a discredited mandarin mentality.Hotair's The Green Room
Most of this stuff is red meat. While you're running away from the
political ads, keep your anger white hot. Collectively, these pieces
should do it. I should add I'll also be favorably disposed to posting smart comments about the op-eds above. Go for it. I have faith in your acumen. Maye we can talk, debate, and argue our way through Hell Week.
ADDENDA: Almost immediately a winner:
And another good comment:
Only piece I've had time to read was the one about the Comedy Central rally (the links at the bottom don't work, btw; had to go search for it at Hot Air). [Why I put in the macro link...] I've got two predictions about it:
First of all, I think there will be a high turnout.
Secondly, the turnout won't matter b/c the rally will end up as a net PR loss for the left right before the elections.
Beck's rally was successful because of who attended. There were a whole lot of nice, respectful people that turned out and nobody got into trouble. Also, the media attack on it backfired big time because a lot of people had friends or family members that went (like my dad). It was not a gathering of whack jobs.
The Stewart/Colbert rally could end up being disastrous for the same reason: who attends. This is not going to be a family-friendly event (not that it matters since most attendees will not have children, anyway). You're going to have college kids show up expecting a sort of live Daily Show-palooza. They will be there to get shitfaced drunk & party. Then you'll have all the moonbat groups like the Halley Mars Lieber-Groupon-Smith or whatever her name was that was mentioned in the Green Room post. She's the one from the Democrat Students of a PA University exchanging bus rides for community service hours or whatever. Yeah, wow, I'm sure she's the life of the party.
So you'll have drunk college fratboy party kids pissing & puking themselves while the Marxist, vegan, bulldyke ideologues are trying to organize them with bullhorns to get them to tote around some pre-printed "Sarah Palin is a Cunt" signs. That will be the backdrop to a slew of liberal celebs who will be cursing and mocking the Tea Party nonstop for an entire day. In other words, it will be like some sort of mini-France protest of spoiled children on display. That's going to inspire people to vote Democrat? Oh yeah, and most of the people attending the rally have absolutely no intention of bothering to vote next week, anyway.
I can't imagine how trashed the Mall is going to be in the aftermath, especially if that porta potty shortage happens.
Keep'em coming. I'll notify the Doc after
he springs his surprise.
Stay mad. Everything depends on it.
Can't decide what order to do this in: the Setup
or the Punchline. Because in this case, they're actually kind of
interchangeable. In some sense, the Setup is the Punchline, and vice versa.
Oh well. I've always been a contrarian. Thus we begin with...
This weekend at Fox News has really been "All Juan, All the Time," and it was a four-day weekend at that. Since his Wednesday firing, Juan has been a guest on the O'Reilly Factor and Fox & Friends, a guest host on Friday's O'Reilly Factor, a guest on Sunday' night's Huckabee, a panelist and topic on Fox News Sunday, and a subject of discussion on Hannity, Megyn Kelly, the WSJ Report, Media Watch, and, well, every other show on Fox News. Along the way, not even a casual watcher could have missed footage of NPR's Nina Totenberg wishing that Jesse Helms's grandchildren would contract AIDS, NPR talk host Terry Gross denouncing all Republican candidates in the mid-terms as "extremists," and NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts jumping ugly on sundry Republicans about various other aspects of their evil natures.
It was all very funny, but it's hard to categorize what it was exactly in its essence. A victory lap? A show of brute force? Or, perhaps more cynically and accurately, a welcome mat for all the suddenly irate NPR listeners who had never watched Fox News before but only heard about it from NPR and the other liberal sources who have also told them how awful Rush Limbaugh is. (Whom they also know only from other non-listeners' descriptions of him.) I'm inclined to think it was all three. All payoffs of the same joke.
Because the real punchline is this: What NPR did to Juan Williams guaranteed that people who had never watched Fox News before did so this weekend, if only to see for themselves, finally, what this Great Satan of the news biz was really all about. While shooting itself in the head over its paranoia about Fox, NPR boosted the ratings of -- TA DA -- Fox News. HA HA HA.
A subtler part of the same punchline may have been that while CNN failed to cover its own controversial firing of anchor Rick Sanchez, Fox News was unafraid to recognize that its own approach to news coverage and commentary could also be a legitimate news story. For example, they booked Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who was willing to argue that NPR's blatant lefty bias was no reason for the federal goverment to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Which raises the question, What did NPR think it was doing when it fired Juan Williams? How could CEO Vivian Schiller not have foreseen the obvious but unintended consequences of her hasty action and her arrogant characterization of that action? Which leads us back to...
It's called the Kael Effect. Here's how Wiki describes the analogous event, which involved New Yorker movie reviewer Pauline Kael:
Nobody at NPR watches the Fox News Channel. Nobody they know watches
the Fox News Channel. Therefore, the Fox News Channel does not actually
exist as a potent media force, whatever the ratings might indicate. Somehow the reality of their dudgeon was more real than Fox News itself.
ALSO therefore, a show of dominance by NPR would serve to put the
hapless propagandists in their place. With one bold stroke, NPR figured
it could get rid of a liberal Quisling and embarrass the sinister cabal
from which he collected his 30 pieces of silver. Win-Win.
Uh, Lose-Lose. As it turns out, more people know Juan Williams from the Fox News Channel than know him from NPR. Including liberals. In fact, Fox News has as many liberal viewers as conservative viewers. Those liberal viewers no doubt regard Juan Williams as a hero who speaks truth to conservative powers like Brit Hume, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly. So what kind of lefty would you have to be to (try to) lop his head off for debating conservatives in the only forum where conservatives and liberals actually do debate? Are they too ignorant to have heard of the Kael Effect? No. They're just too smart to take the lesson it offers.
Here's the kind of lefty you'd have to be to make Juan Williams the most famous black intellectual liberal in the country by attempting to humiliate and ostracize him (from the same Wiki entry that describes the Kael Effect and in the next breath tries to explain it away):
The way they think. There's some difference between what Kael may have
said and what conservatives like to remember. Therefore, the Kael
Effect is simply an urban legend. Liberals are too smart to be taken in
by urban legends. Which means they can be safely disregarded.
How it shakes out. Conservatives opine to NPR, "Your view of Fox News is like Pauline Kael's view of Richard Nixon. Just because no one you know pays any mind doesn't mean that that's the smart thing to do." To which the logical secularist replies, "That's not what Pauline Kael actually said. You're an idiot."
Well, sometimes the facts aren't exactly the facts. Sometimes there's truth in legends that aren't, strictly speaking, true. And sometimes the truth speaks more eloquently from the facts that are true: "I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know. They're outside my ken. But sometimes when I'm in a theater I can feel them."
I can feel them. A more damaging statement than anything in the urban legend. What was Juan Williams fired for? A feeling he has on planes. Why is NPR the newest laughingstock of the nation? A feeling they have about anyone who would dare to consort with conservatives. Sometimes being too smart is just plain damn dumb.
My guess is, they have "more than a feeling" right now about who conservatives are and how much power they possess.
Ignoring Nixon didn't actually help Pauline Kael. And ignoring Fox News
hasn't helped NPR, either.
Further perils await. Perhaps they should get in touch with their psychiatrist. And they definitely need to fire their publicist.
. I imagine this video won't be available for
long. It has to do
with abortion. If you feel you can watch (and don't assume...), watch
quick. Here's the story:
Shocking and disgusting? Yes. And we're all much better able to decide
this issue without ever seeing what the reality looks like? No. I
concede it's easier to spout platitudes if you don't ever confront the
reality. But I don't concede that an abstract, hypothetical question
is more surely answered than a specific, fully documented question.
Should cheating boyfriends be killed? Maybe. How about this cheating boyfriend?
I'll get in trouble for this, I know, but since we're being open and
aboveboard about troubling images for once, I feel I have to put some
real stakes on the table. Mrs. IP is opposed to the death penalty. I'm
not. We've seen more than a few of the documentaries about real murders
and murder trials. But I've noticed they never show the real crime
scene photos. What people really do to each other. No gore makes it
easier to be opposed to the death penalty. Mrs. IP can't even watch the
autopsies on the CSIs.
I'm not saying gore would change her mind. She knows what she thinks and believes and why. But it would change my mind. I believe there are things people can do that deserve the death penalty. And in my simple Scottish mind, those things are not about closure, Old Testament "eye for an eye" cant, Christian compassion, or revenge. They're about justice. Kill willfully in some cause other than self defense and what? You've forfeited your own right to live. You're a failed soul the rest of us shouldn't have to fret about. You just need to be put down like a rabid dog.
I feel the same way about abortion. Sorry. That doctors could do this...?
Or hadn't you thought about the morality question with vivid pictures in front of you? They're crime scene photos. Nothing else.
It's not about choice. It's about murder. (As is 9/11, Which the MSM also doesn't want us to see anymore. Because it would upset us or distort our judgment or make us suspicious of muslims or something. Something they know better about. Like abortion.)
I know "no one cares about the social issues this time." Except that a lot of us still do. At least 30 million babies have died this way since Roe v. Wade.
I'm for the death penalty. For murderers. And, no, in my heart of hearts. I see no contradiction in terms.