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Thursday, October 15. 2009
Candide (or is it Don Quixote?) goes out into the big world. But these Dems know nothing about Ketman:
How do you do a "reset" when the other guys are playing you for fools? These people are in so far over their heads. Relevant image above via Flares: http://yargb.blogspot.com/2009/10/when-don-quixotes-rule-world.html
The pitfalls of paternalism. Somin at Volokh. It's not a joke. If people want to be children, they will be treated as such.
Raul Castro on Socialism:
Reality is a bitch.
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The new America? People are learning from Washington: "Everybody was like, 'I still want my free stuff,' and that started the riot," he said. Related at Betsy: The reality facing the money-for-nothing crowd
Wall Street Journal surpasses USA Today as No. 1
Dems now represent the rich zip codes. So much for the "evil rich Repubs."
From The Mind Boggles at Am Spectator:
More on the topic of covering the field with slime -
The media war on the smart and charming Liz Cheney
Steyn on Rush:
Powerline's post on the topic, Rush is Out, included this pic from CNN with a totally manufactured Rush quote. This kind of thing is dangerous stuff, besides being immoral, unethical, and despicable:
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This is just a ratings ploy for Rush. That's why he doesn't stick up for other radio hosts who've been silenced by governments.
Here's a clue for you: just about every "controversy" surrounding a movie, actor, singer, product, or something or someone for sale- is FAKE. Marriages in Hollywood are fake. Starlet crotch getting out of cars- faked, or rather staged.
Attacks on your favorite media conservative radio guy- fake. Attacks by other media entities that is. Unless the UK is somehow paid off to ban Savage, I think that's likely a genuine situation.
A phoney war with Rush, ratings for all!!
Okay, a real war with Rush, and ratings for all!!
But if this is a hot shooting match, is the best strategy one-for-one and all-for-none? Savage doesn't think so.
I thought I was cynical. Phil, Rush doesn't need ratings. What you're looking at is our future if we don't fight this kind of sleazy attack.
Um, that's what I am saying. That is why I cannot fathom why conservative radio folk aren't banding together.
Savage, so far, is the only one I have heard with this message:
"If we don't stick together, first it's me, next Rush, next the rest of them" (paraphrasing).
Savage (8-10 million listeners BTW) makes common cause with his competition, despite his disagreements with them. He gets it. Most of the others work for Rupert Murdoch.
So what is it? I think much is at stake besides some handful of conservative media careers. You might wake up one day soon to find no internet and no talk radio.
So far Savage is the only one banned from a western democracy, home of the Magna Carta no less, as a terrorist of the worst kind- words are more dangerous than bullets it seems.
News Junkie ... I've been wondering for some time about those faceless weenies who function as aides to the various congresscritters -- who they are, who vets them, who holds them responsible for their screw-ups, etc. I suspect that they are recent college graduates, products of our present failed educational system, who are willing to work for virtually nothing in order to run with scissors in the halls of power. They are the real villains in this present Congressional mess. If one looks at a time map of the legislation already passed, the elected legislators themselves couldn't possibly have produced the thousand page bills in the time allotted. I doubt if some of them could write a coherent paragraph without screwing up. So the awesome power of writing the words of what will be passed into law has been passed to these faceless youngsters whose knowledge of American history is probably flawed and whose judgment is inevitably inflected by their youth and lack of knowledge.
That's how everything has gotten so screwed up. At least I think so.
Staffers are the great unelected cog in the machinery of government. My primary concern with term limits is that staffers would end up running the show.
The elected mouthpieces would change, but the staffers would remain. I am sure that exists to some degree already.
Washington is one fine swamp.
Phil, For the last two nights I have listened to Mark Levin as he made his defense of Rush the main topic of his show, and if you have ever listened to Levin you know he doesn't mince his words-frank and impassioned.
I think Meta is right, Rush doesn't need the ratings and this has got to hurt on some level. This has been a shameful high-tech lynching of one of the good guys and we should all be concerned that Al and Jesse have won another round.
I've been listening to Rush since he was on in Sacramento, before the national show. I first heard Mark Levin on his show. It is well established that they talk about each other.
You don't seem to get what I am saying so I'll say it again. You all sit around in shock about how Rush is treated, and yet, a big time national conservative talk show host has been banned from an entire country, not just ESPN, for his WORDS. Savage is the canary in the coal mine, and since all the other media from one end to the other - including conservative talk radio- likes to pretend Savage doesn't exist, they will all suffer the same fate sooner or later, and it's getting worse.
I don't cry for Rush, he's made his own bed. It's the people that will suffer most without some spigot of truth on the air. Like it or not, ALL the talkers are going down together, too bad they won't fight together. Maybe Levin should mention Savage being banned from the UK- I've never heard him do it, but it would be nice.
It's the same kind of lynching Palin endured from the liberal elite, led by pit bull Maureen Dowd. This is an "emperor has no clothes" thing again. Since the liberals have never learned the rules of courteous debate on the merits of a case, they attack on an ad hominem basis and indulge in poo-flinging and made up slanders.
It makes me wonder what the heck they ever did in school, other than practice liberal catch-phrases. They certainly didn't study civics and American history, since that is no longer allowed to be taught in high school. I particularly resent this in the mainstream press, who apparently never learned how to research a set of facts, or that every set of facts has at least two viewpoints, if not more..
And, by the way, Meta is usually right.
That picture of Limbaugh's pretty stupid, and just another attempt to put him in the worst possible light - due to a series of health issues, he underwent some fairly radical weight loss around 15 - 20 years ago; he hasn't looked anything close to that picture in at least that long.
Not that I'm a huge fan of Rush's - although I do agree with a fair amount of what he says (and admire the audacious way in which he presents things)...