June 4, 2009

Web Reconnaissance for 06/04/2009

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Chicago Ray: Where's The Certificate "Eligibility debate explodes on White House 'dialogue' site" - Looks like Obama's Open Government Dialogue site is being commandeered by folks like myself who are using Obama's own website to help make people who for one reason or another are unaware of Obama's missing birth certificate issue aware. And for once, it appears the actions are causing a rather large stir that hasn't been able to get any traction since the MSM has devoted themselves to shielding Obama's sycophants from the dark side of their hero, when coupled with the emerging WorldNet Daily Billboard campaign and bloggers again like myself and countless others who refuse to cave in to the name calling and pressures from liberal loons, the issue is now coming to the forefront. (READ MORE)

GayPatriot: WaPo: Media Infatuation With Obama Unhealthy - The Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson was obviously on another planet last year. He has JUST now discovered this amazing fact: “The Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time. Has any recent president basked in so much favorable media coverage?” My snarkiness aside… Samuelson raises a lot of good points in his column. “On the whole, this is not healthy for America. Our political system works best when a president faces checks on his power. But the main checks on Obama are modest. They come from congressional Democrats, who largely share his goals if not always his means. The leaderless and confused Republicans don’t provide effective opposition. And the press — on domestic, if not foreign, policy — has so far largely abdicated its role as skeptical observer.” That is a pretty damning observation to be printed in the equally complicit Washington Post. But the best part of his column? The facts. (READ MORE)

Black & Right: Purged TPM Article Calls To "jail or execute global warming deniers" - It's not like this wasn't expected from the tolerant, compassionate left. If you don't see things our way, you need to die. “A public appeal has been issued by an influential U.S. website asking: ‘At what point do we jail or execute global warming deniers.’ The appeal appeared on Talking Points Memo, an often cited website that helps set the agenda for the political Left in the U.S. The anonymous posting, dated June 2, 2009, referred to dissenters of man-made global warming fears as ‘greedy bastards’ who use ‘bogus science or the lowest scientists in the gene pool’ to ‘distort data.’” Okay, are we done listening to their fraudulent "tolerant" and "inclusive" self-hype? “The Talking Points Memo article continues: ‘So when the right wing fucktards have caused it to be too late to fix the problem, and we start seeing the devastating consequences and we start seeing end of the World type events - how will we punish those responsible. It will be too late. So shouldn't we start punishing them now?’” (READ MORE)

Phelim McAleer & Ann McElhinney: Come Fly With Me - We do admit to being conflicted, sometimes, when writing about the politics of Global Warming hysteria. It is hilarious that Al Gore’s electricity bill is ten times the national average. However, our idea of a perfect world is when everyone in Africa and the developing world is so wealthy they are using the same amount of electricity as the former vice-president. If the world were that wealthy it would mean the end of the scourge of needless child mortality. It would mean that people in Africa would live long and healthy lives and get to know the joy of their grandchildren. It would mean that children would know how wonderful it is to see their parents live to an old age. So our initial reaction to Al Gore’s electricity bill is that we wish it for everyone. But then we are faced with the reality that Al Gore wants legislation to force people to use less electricity and fly less. Then his electricity bill becomes an issue of hypocrisy and freedom. (READ MORE)

Ned Rice: In Defense of Our ‘Border’ - Because my hobby is surfing obscure website nobody cares about, this week I happened upon this recent offering by the Southern Poverty Law Center. If you’re not familiar, the S.P.L.C. is one of those groups who did good work in their day (the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965), but, having run out of dragons to slay, are now casting about for reasons to carry on with their anti-white-racist mission in an era where a black President presides over a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate while the wealthiest, most admired and most powerful people on Planet Earth include Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Tiger Woods, whatever Sean Combs is calling himself these days, and the black writer on 30 Rock. The S.P.L.C. has become a good illustration of the old adage that if all you have is a hammer pretty soon everything starts to look like a nail. The group operates from a presumption of racism: (READ MORE)

John T. Simpson: On the Record, Off the QT and Not Very Hush-Hush - Dear Big Hollywood readers, it gives me great satisfaction to report to you that BH has been out on point not only on compelling film industry issues, which will never be covered in promo rags like Variety and the Hollywood Reporter (but then again, AMPAS and the studios aren’t buying us off), but on many controversial issues being played out in America and the greater world at large as well. I know this to be true. Being a news junkie myself, I have found time after time as I was reading about a supposedly breaking subject, like ABC’s recent coverage of the targeted LGBT murders in Iraq, that it had already been on display for all to see in Big Hollywood posts for months. Not to toot my own horn, but…well, okay, I’m tooting my own horn. And those of Andy Breitbart and John Nolte, who have given I, and so many other wonderful and insightful Hollywood right-wing fringe types, a magnificent bullhorn we otherwise would not have. (READ MORE)

Victor Davis Hanson: America’s First Postmodern President, Supreme Court Justice, Treasury Secretary… - Postmodern Truth - One of the chief tenets of postmodernism is relativism — the notion that neither morality nor wisdom is absolute and definable, but instead simply predicated on what those with power and advantage say they are. In response, the postmodernist sees “competing truths” and “rival moralities” that are of at least roughly equal merit. Indeed, those marginalized often have a higher claim on truth and knowledge by the very fact of their prior exploitation that becomes a force multiplier of their more authentic ideas and empathetic beliefs. Those who disagree, and “privilege” a timeless, abstract truth or morality, can easily be “deconstructed” or “unpacked” to reveal a particular selfish agenda that involves the perpetuation of power and privilege. (READ MORE)

In From The Cold: Other Targets - When Abdulhakim Muhammad shot two soldiers outside a Little Rock recruiting office on Monday, local police tried to depict the event as an isolated incident. But the subsequent investigation--and its revelations--suggest that the Arkansas attack may have been the first step in a planned campaign of terror. Muhammad's rampage resulted in the death of 23-year-old Private William Long, and the wounding of 18-year-old Private Quinton I. Ezeagwula. Both were shot as they stood outside a recruiting center, where they were on two-week, temporary-duty assignments. Muhammad has told investigators that he would have killed more soldiers, had they been outside with Long and Ezeagwula. (READ MORE)

The Belmont Club: The Messenger - Lee Smith at Slate repeats a question that has been posed across the Internet as Barack Obama prepares to speak in Egypt. He will be sending signals on many levels, of which the words he utters will be just one. But will he be sending the right ones? Smith writes about the danger of addressing Muslims as Muslims: “Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini introduced many important ideas into contemporary Islamic practice and thought—especially the highly contested notion of vilayet e-faqih, that the religious guide should also hold supreme political power—but perhaps Khomeini’s major contribution was not an innovation but a simplification. To the question What does it mean to be a Muslim? Khomeini gave a one-word answer: resistance.” This implies, given the idea that Islam means “resistance” in the street political context, that Obama, by giving his keynote from beside the authoritarians in Cairo risks empowering their opponents not with the idea of democracy, but with the notion of Khomeini’s “resistance”. (READ MORE)

The Tygrrrr Express: Krugman, Arafat, Gore, and Carter–Nobel Prizes remain worthless - The Nobel Peace Prize has long been worthless, as evidenced by Jimmy Carter and Yassir Arafat. Al Gore is proof that the Nobel Prize might be the only thing worth less than an Academy Award, which he also won. Further proof that the Nobel Prize for Economics is a useless piece of garbage is the rendering of the award to Paul Krugman, who writes an economic column that has absolutely nothing to do with economics. While it is true that Paul Krugman has never murdered anybody in the tradition of typical Palesimian Yassir Arafat, Paul Krugman should now be considered a potential murderer. I say this because only days ago, a madman murdered Dr. George Tiller, who performed third trimester abortions. When one reads the left-wing media, the blame is being placed on Bill O’Reilly. Therefore, if God forbid George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or any other prominent conservative gets murdered, Mr. Krugman should be blamed. (READ MORE)

This Ain't Hell: Jon Soltz folds to MoveOn pressure - In Politico this morning, Chris Frates ruminates over the cross-dressing nature of the various “activist groups” in Washington these days. Basically, since these organizations helped to get President Obama and the Democrat Congress elected, they’re reticent about criticizing their beneficiaries. I mean, Code Pink was all about ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama hasn’t changed from the Bush policy, and you hear nothing from them on that much anymore. Vote Vets’ former motor officer who fought his portion of the Iraq War from Kuwait Jon Soltz was featured in the article trying to weakly explain why veterans should be concerned about labor, environmental and energy policy: “Labor law and climate change don’t immediately strike most folks as veterans’ issues, but VoteVets has found an angle. The group’s chairman, Jon Soltz, said the energy bill is relevant because it would help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and keep U.S. troops out of Iraq and other oil-producing countries. Playing on more issues appeals to VoteVets because it keeps it in the bigger debates and offers a chance to expand its donor base.” (READ MORE)

Warner Todd Huston: Jurno Award Goes to… Arianna Huffington?? - Well, I am just as shocked as Simon Dumenco over at AdvertisingAge.com is that the leading anti-journalist of our day, Arianna Huffington, was just awarded the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award. I mean, Huffington a “journalist”? Come on, isn’t that stretching things just a tad? Dumenco is flabbergasted that Huffington won this award even though she “thinks journalists should work for free,” a charge he makes because the HuffPo does not for the most part pay its bloggers for content. But I am flabbergasted because the Huffington Post is the farthest thing from responsible journalism there is. It is a left-wing advocacy site that invites anyone that agrees with the party line to contribute, sure, but it is not a site interested in actual journalistic integrity. (READ MORE)

ShrinkWrapped: The Assumption of Competence - It is a statistical truism that half of all the people involved in any particular endeavor are below average. Of course, there can be, and usually is, a wide range of acceptable performance and it is probably safer to say that 2/3 of all people involved in an endeavor are within one standard deviation of the mean, ie, 2/3 are perfectly adequate at their jobs. Approximately 1/6 would be above average, and a tiny fraction would be superior; on the other end of the curve, 1/6 would be below average and a small fraction would be abysmal. This is just a fact of statistical life. A less quantifiable point is that even someone with superior abilities, if placed in a mismatch of their abilities and their jobs, can be a dismal failure. (READ MORE)

Political Pistachio: Founding Of America: In The Beginning - The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were revolutionaries. Some would even call them extremists. One of their mottos, when it came to tyrannical governments, was "Don't Tread On Me." When the Pilgrims came to America, they did so for religious freedom. Back in England The King was not only the head of a strong, overpowering, centralized government, but had also set himself up as the head of the church. In doing so, he declared all religions other than his own, the Church of England, illegal. The Church of England was the National Religion. The first footprint on Plymouth Rock signified a break from tyranny, but the colonists were not sure what kind of government they desired. Many forms of government were attempted throughout America's young history, and nearly all of them failed. (READ MORE)

Hamilton, Madison, and Jay: Babs Boxer -- still swallowing her feet - Folks, you simply have to love the comedic efforts of those in Congress. Even if you don't think they're funny, they say something that leaves you shaking your head and wondering if they have brain one. I hear this today on Rush's show. I don't often cite Rush's show unless there's a confirmable link I can attribute. But he played it and MSNBC seems to be hiding it. I can't find it anywhere on their website, and no search seems to turn it up. So, I cite Rush Limbaugh for this clip; actually the transcript: “RUSH: ‘State-run MSNBC mere moments ago. Also mere moments ago, the same infobabe, Contessa Brewer, had a guest, Barbara Boxer, California, senator. Question: "Rush Limbaugh says he's not retracting his racist comment. That being is, is anything that a tangible substance that the Republicans can pin on Sonia Sotomayor to try to block this confirmation?"’ BOXER: ‘Well, I would hope they don't approach this nominee with the idea of blocking her. I would hope they would approach this nominee…’” (READ MORE)

Dr. Sanity: REJECT THE LEFT'S SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE RACISM AND BIGOTRY - Let me spell the message out for Republicans: oppose Sotomayor and you will lose the "Hispanic" vote. Oh the horror! The sad thing is that Republican strategists are all aflutter at that terrible possibility. I submit that is the case only because Republicans have accepted the fundamental narrative of the left and have bought into the whole system of identity politics that dominate political behavior today. But it doesn't have to be that way. It's the same refrain you hear repeatedly these days in our multiculti, PC, and increasingly racist society. Yes, I said racist--and I'm talking about the definition of racism that Martin Luther King used; not the postmodern version. But the postmodern left has made this kind of racism cool and chic; and is preoccupied to the point of obsession with race and sex and gender and identity in our society. It is sick. (READ MORE)

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