Saturday, July 31, 2010
Yankee deadline moves trample others as if they were third world victims-media theme
- 7/31, ""Betsy July 31st, 2010 at 4:52 pm
- like countries tramping down on 3rd world nations (or something like that).""
- This is the line Bud Selig wants MLB media people to beat into the ground. This way he hopes to take more money from Yankee fans' pockets and put it into the hands of other teams' owners:
- "Bud, I know you probably won't answer this but you must be happy the Yankees lost today, must be thrilled, because this helps your argument for parity. How about that?"
- "Well, you're right, Chris, I'm not going to answer that. But my guideline is how many teams are in the running at the end of the season." (Translation: You Yankee fans can dine on beans and franks, just hand over your money to me and shut the hell up).
- Vasgersian photo from MLB Network; third world children photo NowPublic
Best Buy aims to legally restrict American use of electricity via Soros cap and trade pressure group
- Best Buy's joining a cap and trade advocacy group is a big business back room money grab. It's members "care" about money, not the environment.
- "BICEP is the brainchild of Ceres, a environmental activist organization dedicated to co-opting business to the political left’s fight against capitalism and free enterprise.
- (Since Best Buy joined with Soros group Ceres, I no longer shop there. ed.)
- reduce electricity use by one percent in 2012 and more by 2020.
Although EERS is a dubious proposition for all BICEP’s members — including the Aspen Skiing Company, eBay, Levi Strauss, Nike and Target — Best Buy’s support makes one wonder what’s in the air at corporate headquarters....
- Past the proliferation and increased use of all sorts of devices from cell phones to personal computers to electronic games, Americans are now turning to electronic book readers like the Kindle and iPad.
Add into the mix the push for electric vehicles, and the notion that there’ll be less need for electricity becomes even more absurd. The only way to use less electricity is to buy and use fewer and smaller gadgets, appliances and other consumer goods. It’s hard to see how these trends will bring any benefits to Best Buy’s bottom line.
- Additionally, the question must be asked: Why should Americans want to use less electricity? What would be the economic impact of reduced electricity use?
As the National Academy of Sciences pointed out in its landmark report, “Electricity in Economic Growth (1986), “Electricity use and gross national product have been, and will probably continue to be, strongly correlated.” This truth of this relationship continues to exist — the economy is struggling and electricity use is down. More generally, there probably never has been a time in human history when social and economic advancement has occurred without increased use of energy.
- In other words — and for the benefit of Best Buy’s management — if the goal is to have consumers that can continually afford to indulge in the latest electronic gadgetry, two things must happen — increased economic growth and available and affordable electricity.
Best Buy and the BICEP coalition, however, seem to be in favor of neither scenario — not so surprising given BICEP’s provenance. BICEP is the brainchild of Ceres, a environmental activist organization dedicated to co-opting business to the political left’s fight against capitalism and free enterprise. BICEP’s mission is to provide Congress and the public with the impression that U.S. business is demanding cap-and-trade and its corollary, renewable energy welfare programs.
- For a company like Best Buy, BICEP is the old morally superior public relations ploy.
Unlike, in their estimation, those they preach to, the BICEP companies care about the planet. In the end, BICEP’s precepts are simply bone-headed.
- Poor people can’t afford plasmas or (pay attention NIKE) $140 LeBron VIIs."
via Tom Nelson
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Friday, July 30, 2010
Protester unfurls Mexican flag on dash across Mets Citifield in New York. Why not?
- Trash on Arizona border, Rape Tree in background,
- photo 3/16/09, Now Public
Red Sox radio pre-game show adds calls from fans
- Red Sox radio's pre-game show on WEEI is still an hour long with features like the Terry Francona show, but it has eliminated other interviews and added fan calls with studio host John Ryder. The Boston Globe article also suggests Red Sox radio booth members will be on hand to chat with fans.
- the audience gets to have a little bit more of a connection to our announcers [Dave O’Brien, Joe Castiglione, and Jon Rish] as opposed to listening to a four-minute interview here and a two-minute interview there and a feature and so on....’’"
Thursday, July 29, 2010
NY Times angel investor buys Doris Duke 5th Avenue mansion
- "Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is extending his reach in New York with purchase of a century-old Beaux Arts townhouse on Fifth Avenue for $44 million — one of the most expensive townhouse sales ever in the city.
Last month, Slim paid $140 million for an 11-story office building at 417 Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Slim is a major investor in the New York Times.
- Slim built a telecommunications empire in Mexico and now tops Forbes magazine’s list of the richest people in the world.
- The 1901 house, known as the Duke-Semans mansion, was owned by descendants of the original owner, tobacco magnate Benjamin N. Duke, until 2006."...photo flickr wallyg
Man wearing LeBron James Miami Heat t-shirt forced to leave Cleveland Indians game
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Mets channel SNY promotes two to VP
- Here is a quote that SNY sent from senior VP Curt Gowdy, Jr., about Como:
“Our studio news and entertainment programming has continued to grow and set new standards under Brad’s leadership and creative vision. He was instrumental in overhauling our entertainment block with the creation of 'The Wheelhouse' and 'Loud Mouths' and has successfully managed and directed an outstanding group of men and women in our news room who continue to create and produce exceptional New York Mets, Jets, Big East and 'SportsNite' programming.”
- SNY also recently made its indefatigable publicist, Andrew Fegyveresi, Vice President of Communications."
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MLB offers San Jose $1 million to hold off on Oakland A's stadium vote to cover cost of special election if needed
- "San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Wednesday that he will postpone a plan for a November ballot measure asking city voters to approve a downtown ballpark for the Oakland A's.
In pursuing the ballot drive, Reed had sought to light a fire under Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who has had a three-member committee studying the plight of the A's and their desired South Bay move for 16 months. The long review has frustrated San Jose officials and A's owner Lew Wolff.
- But Reed, speaking at City Hall, said he would honor a request from Selig to shelve the ballot drive as the study moves along.
Reed said Selig's second-in-command, Bob DuPuy, promised in a telephone conversation this week that Major League Baseball would help pay the $1 million-plus cost of a special election in the spring if, by then, baseball deems San Jose to be the best place for the A's to play.
- "I think that's a good sign," Reed said of the promise. "I think we did apply the appropriate amount of pressure, and we got some progress."
Reed said he had assumed that voter approval for a ballpark in San Jose was important to the committee studying the A's. But "getting it done before (the study is finished) is not as important as I thought it was," Reed said.
- To put a ballpark measure on the November ballot, San Jose's City Council would have had to act by its next meeting on Tuesday. A council committee shelved the plan Wednesday.
The measure would have authorized the city to use redevelopment funds to acquire, clear and lease a stadium site for the A's, who would then build and maintain the ballpark.
- The stadium would be built adjacent to Diridon Station, a couple of blocks south of the HP Pavilion. The station is served by Caltrain and Amtrak and by VTA light rail lines."...
4 more journalists go missing in Mexico
- At least 9 journalists killed in Mexico this year.
Media rejoice forthcoming decapitated heads. Rhode Island allowed to defend itself against terrorist invasion, Arizona not.
- 7/6/10, "Rhode Island troopers embrace firm immigration role,"Boston Globe
- "You say you want a revolution
- Well you know"... John Lennon
- Trash on Arizona border, Rape Tree in background,
- photo 3/16/09, Now Public
Cleveland Indians looking relaxed as Yankees appear bugged
8 decapitated heads found in Mexico; prison guards gave guns to some killers
- 7/28, BBC: "Mexico police find human heads dumped near Durango"
- State prosecutors have accused officials at a prison in Gomez Palacio of releasing inmates to carry out drug-related killings.
Those included three massacres which left 35 dead this year in neighbouring Torreon, in Coahuila state.
- Prosecutors said guards at the prison had lent inmates weapons and vehicles in order for one of the massacres to be carried out.
The inmates then returned to their cells, said Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for the attorney-general's office....
- Bullets found at the crime scene matched weapons assigned to some of the guards, Mr Najera said.
The same group is suspected in two other massacres."...
- 7/29, BBC: "President Calderon's government has been dogged by accusations that it treats the Sinaloa cartel more leniently than other drug gangs."...No kidding? ed.
- "(Military 'kills' Mexican drug lord Ignacio Colonel," (even if true means nothing, but was fascinating to learn Calderon has been "dogged" about treating one gang more leniently). ed
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Joakim Soria has 6 teams on his no-trade list, one of which is NYY
Global warming mob latest: CO2 might someday cause illegal Mexicans to move a few miles away to southern US (to the same climate they left)
- Media got the memo.
- more Mexican immigrants. Money laundering and terrorist financing can motivate a lot of hysterical media coverage, as non-US media inform us. CO2 caused disasters, floods, and starvation-even if they existed- wouldn't be dramatically different in northern Mexico vs a few miles away in the southern US where many settle. If one believes the latest report, buying the global warming scam might mean Mexicans won't cross the border--sometime in the next 70 years, involving perhaps only thousands of people if that. You're also asked to believe the agricultural climate in southern US states is markedly different from Mexico's, which is often not the case.
- LA Times, 7/26/10, "Climate change linked to possible mass Mexican immigration to US," by Anna Gorman (emphasis mine ed.)
- BBC, 7/27/10, "Climate Change 'will increase Mexico-US migration'"
- Reuters: 7/26/10, "Climate change equals more Mexican migration:study," by Maggie Fox
- A co-author of the report is Michael Oppenheimer who is a science adviser to the Environmental Defense Fund pressure group with whom he has been affiliated for decades. The group was recently ridiculed for spending $100 million on cap and trade lobbying.
- "“Cap and trade has certainly been demonized,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). “I think that’s unfortunate. ...
- So we’ll just call it something different.”"........
- they actually rose at an increasing rate under its watch, three times faster in the early 2000s than during the 1990s –
- worth tens of billions of dollars a year."...
- "Cost of the corruption of climate science by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate
Change(IPCC) is likely a trillion dollars already and there is no measure of the
- lives lost because of unnecessary reactions like biofuels affecting food supplies.
Washington Post company re-hires Journolista Dave Weigel for online magazine
- "(Dave) Weigel may have lost the Post job over his off-the-record comments, but he wasn’t completely out of work for long. Within days, he signed on as an MSNBC contributor and filled in for Andrew Sullivan on his popular blog, The Daily Dish.
Slate contacted Weigel shortly after he left the Post to discuss what he could do for the online magazine (which, oddly enough, owned by the Washington Post Co.) Plotz said that the Post Co. has been informed of the hire, but pointed out that Slate is "editorially independent from the newspaper.""...
- via Poynter.org/Romenesko
Certain news the NY Times can't keep to themselves
- Other great illustrations on Ms. Malkin's site
- about the NY Times, apparently an unelected branch of government like CNN:
- Feb. 11, 2005, "CNN Executive resigns after controversial remarks"
Monday, July 26, 2010
Waiting for a pitching change
'Half-breeds, hicks, neanderthals, sociopaths,' Journolist non-member sympathizer labels those outside his world view
- A Journolist non-member notes he was incorrectly accused of being on the list. That was a mistake. It's just that his firmly held world view sees itself as the home base of tolerance, compassion, and an open society. His language and venom prove the opposite.
- Update: I heard a famous Journolist member (not the one alleged above) say recently, he didn't "really have a world view," meaning this is starting to qualify as a new psychiatric disorder. That of "congenital viewing of oneself as objective."
Recent Mexican massacre result of prison deliberately letting killers out, giving them guns and cars
- were let out of prison to carry out the attack, state prosecutors say.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Global warmists lead with money but still lose argument
- "Warmists may be winning the big grants but they're not winning the argument."
- The head of the Russian branch of WWF, the environmental pressure group, was inevitably quick to cite this as evidence of climate change, claiming that in future
- He didn't explain what might have caused the similar hot weather 130 years ago.
Meanwhile, notably little attention has been paid to the disastrous chill which has been sweeping South America thanks to an inrush of air from the Antarctic, killing hundreds in the continent's coldest winter for years.
In America, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been trumpeting that, according to its much-quoted worldwide temperature data, the first six months of this year were the hottest ever recorded. But expert analysis on Watts Up With That, the US science blog, shows that
- NOAA's claimed warming appears to be strangely concentrated in those parts of the world where it has fewest weather stations.
- In Greenland, for instance, two of the hottest spots, showing a startling five-degree rise in temperatures,
- (NOAA has been ridden with fraud for many years. Recent stalling of cleanup efforts by its current chief, an Obama appointee, have prompted calls for her removal by lawmakers). ed.
(continuing, Telegraph): "A second technique the warmists have used lately to keep their spirits up has been to repeat incessantly that the official inquiries into the "Climategate" scandal have cleared the top IPCC scientists involved of any wrongdoing, and that their science has been "vindicated".
But, as has been pointed out by critics like Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit, this is hardly surprising, since the inquiries were
- careful not to interview any experts, such as himself, who could have explained just why the emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) were so horribly damaging.
The perfunctory report of the Science Appraisal Panel, chaired by Lord Oxburgh,
- examined only 11 papers produced by the CRU,
none of them remotely connected to what the fuss was all about. Last week Andrew Montford, author of The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science, revealed on his blog (Bishop Hill – bishophill.squarespace.com) that the choice of these papers was approved for the inquiry by Sir Brian Hoskins,
- of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College,
- and by Phil Jones,
- the CRU's former director – an appraisal of whose work
- was meant to be the purpose of the inquiry.
- they have been funded by "Big Oil" and the "fossil fuel industry".
- The essence of this tale was that Exxon Mobil, the oil giant that is the world's third biggest company, last year gave "almost £1 million" to four US think-tanks. These had gone on to dismiss the Climategate inquiries as "whitewashes".
It was hardly necessary to be given money by Exxon to see what was dubious about those inquiries. Not one of the knowledgeable sceptics who have torn them apart has received a cent from Big Oil. But what made this particularly laughable was that the penny-packets given to think-tanks that
- have been largely irrelevant to the debate
- are utterly dwarfed
- by the colossal sums poured into the army of groups and organisations on the other side of the argument.
Even the big oil companies have long been putting their real money into projects dedicated to showing how they are in favour of a "low-carbon economy".
- In 2002 Exxon gave $100 million to Stanford University to fund research into energy sources needed to fight global warming.
BP, which rebranded itself in 2004 as "Beyond Petroleum",
- gave $500 million to fund similar research.
The Grantham Institute provides another example. It was set up at the LSE and Imperial College with £24 million from Jeremy Grantham,
- an investment fund billionaire,
to advise governments and firms on how to promote and invest in ways to "fight climate change", now one of
- the fastest-growing and most lucrative businesses in the world.
Compare the funding received by a handful of think-tanks to the hundreds of billions of dollars lavished on those who speak for the other side by governments, foundations, multinational corporations, even Big Oil, and the warmists are winning hands down.
- But only financially: they are not winning the argument."
- Note: The UK Times article referenced above by Mr. Booker featured a photograph (below) of an area in the Himalayas meant to convey a scene of man-caused devastation. Using this photo was a bad idea:
(information about hiking in Sonamarg area in the
summer) retrieved 7/23/10 by me.
- Reference, article, "7/18, Times UK, "Oil giant gave $1 million (pounds) to fund climate sceptics," by Ben Smith, getty photo. (UK Times is now a pay site).
Warnings of catastrophe in the Himalayas endured in other media such as
- the NY Times and Time Magazine:
Leading up to Copenhagen, The NY Times elevated the stature of the false Himalaya data by reporting the Himalayas are melting due to man made climate change and threatening lives in Nepal and Maldives:
- NY Times: 11/2/09, "Last month, the cabinet of Maldives donned scuba gear and held an underwater meeting to highlight the threat of global warming to that nation, the world’s lowest."...(headline) "Mt. Kilimanjaro ice cap continues rapid retreat, study says" (article notes Kilimanjaro is melting due to indeterminate causes, Himalayas referenced in 2nd half of article).
- As did Time Magazine:
- (This is not to suggest the NY Times or Time Magazine had any idea about false data concerning the Himalayas). ed.
- His "voo-doo science" remark was published by BBC News on 12/5/2009, "Himalayan glaciers melting deadline 'a mistake'"
- top photo of Chile herders in snow, reuters. via Climate Depot.
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Baseball fans from Montreal in Cooperstown to honor Andre Dawson
Clouds lead to two and a half hour rain delay in the Bronx
Leading climate exchange hacked by anti cap and trade protesters
- leading marketplace for trading CO2 emissions in Europe, was targetted by hacktivists of the autonomous tech collective *decocidio* (#?).
In a public act of digital direct action, the ECX website was taken offline and replaced with a message in an effort to try to raise awareness about carbon trading as a dangerous false solution to the climate crisis, in support of the grassroots activists aiming to oppose the power structures and
- companies profiteering from the dysfunctional Cap & Trade scheme....
In 2009 Friends of the Earth UK released a report warning that carbon trading could trigger a second 'sub-prime' style financial collapse and fail to protect the world from global warming catastrophe. A copy of the full report, 'A Dangerous Obsession', is available at: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/reports/dangerous_obsession.pdf....
- According to the hack message:
- "The Cap and Trade system (as implemented in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme) has a whole range of issues:
* It's main purpose is not to reduce emissions, but to help polluters meet "reduction" targets in the cheapest way possible, in a business-as-usual scenario. * Leaves room for unverifiable manipulation. * Generates outrageous profits for big industry polluters, investors in fraudulent offset projects, opportunist traders and new 'marketplaces' such as the European Climate Exchange. * It distracts attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken to tackle climate change and it's fundamental root causes.""
"ECX website is unavailable due to technical reasons. We apologize for the incoveniency, and
- expect to be online again soon."...
"The carbon markets themselves were designed by many of the same
- Chicago School economists who brought us
- derivatives trading,
and they adopt a similar logic."...2/1/09, Guardian UK, Reyes
- via Tom Nelson
Saturday, July 24, 2010
"Call them racists"-unsurprising Journolist hate speech to silence opposing views. Updated with MUGSHOTS
- "Journolist: 'Call them racists' is the least shocking revelation," Big Journalism, J. Nolte, 7/20/10. (Updated Mugshots).
- The New York Times, Washington Post,
- Bloomberg News, Boston Globe,
- Baltimore Sun, Time Magazine, Newsweek,
- The Atlantic, Politico, CNN,
- Columbia Journalism Review, Huffington Post, The Nation,
- The New Republic, The Hill, Media Matters,
- Guardian UK, Salon, 538, Grist,
- Pew Economic Mobility Project, Center for American Progress,
- MSNBC, Mother Jones, NPR, Wired
- Talking Points Memo, Washington Independent
- 7/23/10, Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, "Getting the message on Journolist's controversial postings"
- 7/20/10, "'Call them racists,' How 'journolists' tried to suppress the news," WSJ, by James Taranto
Friday, July 23, 2010
Rain delay in the Bronx
Steve Phillips cites WFAN positive experience with recovering addicts as factor in his hiring
- "SI.com (to Steve Phillips): Given your history, there is obviously a public relations aspect for any entity hiring you. Why did Sirius, WFAN and AOL take another shot on you?
Phillips: It's probably better for them to answer that but I would think I have a different perspective as a former general manager than mangers and former players.
- I think WFAN has had experience with people with addictions [former morning anchor Don Imus battled with alcohol and drug addiction] and they have had some positive experience with
- people in recovery.
The gratitude I have for Sirius, WFAN and AOL , I could not be more grateful. I understand that there is some part where people perceive they are taking a chance on me."...
- SI.com article referenced by Neil Best
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A person lucky enough not to be of interest to MLB
- "Associating with (Victor) Conte is perceived as a risk. The stigma lingers. When the Conte-Byrd alliance was reported by Yahoo! Sports 13 months ago,
- then backing off when
- he balked at making the trip.
- but never even did that....
- A year later, his performance speaks louder for Conte than any testimonial. Byrd, who played in his first All-Star Game last week, keeps getting better.
Power? Last year with the Texas Rangers he doubled his previous high in homers with 20, and this year his OPS is a career-best .864.
- Stamina? The 32-year-old is batting .320, nearly 40 points higher than his career average, and hasn’t dipped below .297 since April 22.
Byrd, a reserve for most of his career, has played in 91 of 93 games this season.
- Conte’s array of pills, powders and potions promises increased energy and faster recovery after workouts. He has his skeptics, but to Byrd it’s the word. Upon signing a free-agent contract with the Cubs last winter, Byrd contacted Conte to adjust the regimen to take into account the increased number of day games he’d be playing in Chicago....
Byrd also frequently submits to a comprehensive metabolic blood-testing panel that Conte uses to adjust the regimen. Cubs manager Lou Piniella doesn’t care about the particulars, but he does appreciate Byrd’s contribution....
- “Victor’s supplements have become so much a part of my routine, I can’t imagine not using them,” he said. “I think other guys are missing out.”...
- I make no inference from this article, I've always heard Marlon Byrd is a terrific person and team mate. It's just interesting the writer either didn't ask for the dates on which Byrd has been tested by MLB in the past year, knew the dates and chose not to put them in the article, or knew that Byrd hadn't been tested at all in the past year and didn't put that in the article. Saying that Byrd "broke no rules" and had good deportment doesn't necessarily cover the topic at hand. ed. photo above AP
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
11,000 rally in Louisiana today for economic survival
- Obama moratorium affects 100,000 jobs in Louisiana.
- "The offshore petroleum industry and companies that serve it employ about
- Update, 7/22: A blog focusing on Louisiana matters writes the following about AP's bias and omissions in the linked article:
- which (AP's) Foster did not quote, by the middle of August those rig operators
- acts like the loss of four rigs already isn’t a disaster for Louisiana –
- each rig affects some 1,500 jobs, so the loss of four of them already means 6,000 Louisiana jobs vaporized.
- And once those companies go out of business,
- they’re not coming back.
It’s a terrible article, and the Times-Picayune’s readers are very poorly served for the paper having run it." from The Hayride.com, Rally Recollections
- photo of Cajundome rally today by Lafayette Daily Advertiser via AP.
Journolist reveals deep hatreds and prejudice of left wing media insiders
- "'Call them racists,' how 'journolists' tried to suppress the news," WSJ, by James Taranto
- how she would react if she saw Rush Limbaugh having a heart attack:
7/21/10, The Daily Caller: "In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
- In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself.
- “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.
- In the summer of 2009, agitated citizens from across the country flocked to town hall meetings to berate lawmakers who had declared support for President Obama’s health care bill. For most people, the protests seemed like an exercise in participatory democracy, rowdy as some of them became.
On Journolist, the question was whether the protestors were garden-variety fascists
“You know, at the risk of violating Godwin’s law, is anyone starting to see parallels here between the teabaggers and their tactics and the rise of the Brownshirts?”
- asked Bloomberg’s Ryan Donmoyer.
“Esp. Now that it’s getting violent? Reminds me of the Beer Hall fracases of the 1920s.”
Richard Yeselson, a researcher for an organized labor group who also writes for liberal magazines, agreed. “They want a deficit driven militarist/heterosexist/herrenvolk state,” Yeselson wrote. “This is core of the Bush/Cheney base transmorgrified into an even more explicitly racialized/anti-cosmopolitan constituency. Why? Um,
- because the president is a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama.
But it’s all the same old nuts in the same old bins with some new labels: the gun nuts, the anti tax nuts, the religious nuts, the homophobes, the anti-feminists, the anti-abortion lunatics, the racist/confederate crackpots, the anti-immigration whackos (who feel Bush betrayed them) the pathological government haters (which subsumes some of the othercategories, like the gun nuts and the anti-tax nuts).”...
- When the writer Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article about immigration for National Review, for example, blogger Ed Kilgore didn’t even bother to grapple with Hanson’s arguments. Instead Kilgore dismissed Hanson’s piece out of hand as “the kind of Old White Guy cultural reaction that is at the heart of the Tea Party Movement. It’s very close in spirit to the classic 1970s racist tome, The Camp of the Saints, where White Guys struggle to make up their minds whether to go out and murder brown people or just give up.”
The very existence of Fox News, meanwhile, sends Journolisters into paroxysms of rage. When Howell Raines charged that the network had a conservative bias, the members of Journolist discussed whether the federal government should shut the channel down.
- “I am genuinely scared” of Fox, wrote Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, because it “shows you that a genuinely shameless and unethical media organisation *cannot* be controlled by any form of peer pressure or self-regulation, and nor can it be successfully cold-shouldered or ostracised. In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework.” Davies, a Brit, frequently argued the United States needed stricter libel laws.
“I agree,” said Michael Scherer of Time Magazine. Roger “Ailes understands that his job is to build a tribal identity, not a news organization. You can’t hurt Fox by saying it gets it wrong, if Ailes just uses the criticism to deepen the tribal identity.”
Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, suggested that the federal government simply yank Fox off the air. “I hate to open this can of worms,” he wrote, “but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”"...
- from The Daily Caller, "Liberal journalists suggest government shut down Fox News," 7/21, by Jonathan Strong
- via John Batchelor Show
Taking a gun to a little league game on the US-Mexico border
- 11:26AM, "Tomorrow I will travel to Douglas, Arizona (right ON the border) to umpire little league baseball. Of course, I will not carry my gun on the field, but I will be armed travelling to and from the ball park. It's a shame I should feel the need to carry a pistol to a baseball game in America. It's time to build "the Southwest Wall." It should be as large and sturdy as the Berlin Wall was. "...
- Despite receiving relatively scant coverage from the national media,
the humanitarian crisis along our border actually does pose a very serious threat to our national security. It is inexplicable that same news conglomerates that seem obsessed and strangely eager to report every act of violence in the Middle East have remained nearly mute on the
- killing of hundreds of civilians every month along our southern border."...
- by Peter Raymond