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Sunday, June 01, 2008

This Is a Defense of Journalism?

I chuckled when I read this line from an op/ed piece that appears in this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch, written by one Rebecca Landau, executive editor of something called The Commonwealth Times, about the future of journalism (see "Thoughtful, Well-Researched Information Beats Chatter"):
Some say the rise of blogging and user-friendly content on interactive Web sites mean the end of old-school reporting. There's no doubt the blog culture has in some ways positively affected journalism, often breaking major stories when the mainstream media has looked the other way. Take the case of George Allen, who in 2006 lost a seat in the United States Senate after a video clip surfaced on Youtube.com that featured him using the term "macaca."
Ah, yes. That macaca macaca again. The word that "positively affected" "journalism." Macaca. The accompanying incident, the macaca incident, the one completely manufactured by George Allen's opponents to discredit him, bought hook-line-and-sinker by a willingly gullible press, the machinations behind which will be taught in Gutter Politics 101 for many years to come as a lesson plan intended to teach young, aspiring politicians how to dupe the idiots who write for America's newspapers, the incident that will go into the history books as a shining example of how witless people can be trained to believe anything ("So the word didn't exist until Allen mouthed it and it was supposed to somehow be an ethnic slur? How could that have been, professor?"), is, to this gal, a positive.

We'll see, babe. We'll see.

This Is Not an Auspicious Beginning

Bob Marshall made it a surprisingly close race:
Gilmore is GOP Senate nominee
By Gary Emerling, The Washington Times

Richmond - Former Gov. James S. Gilmore III won a divisive contest for the state Republican Party's nomination to the U.S. Senate yesterday, winning by 65 votes to set up a showdown with former Gov. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat he derided as a tax-prone "limousine liberal."

The more moderate Mr. Gilmore defeated ardent social conservative Delegate Robert G. Marshall of Prince William County 5,222 to 5,157 - a minuscule margin that some said could indicate he will have difficulty defeating the wealthy and popular Mr. Warner. (link)
An interesting result. The socially "moderate," fiscally conservative Gilmore barely beat out a relatively unknown socially conservative fiscal moderate.

Now the winner goes on to do battle with the socially lib ...

Well, we all know what Mark Warner stands for.

Plan B?

Breaking news comes to us from the city where the ownership of guns is nearly completely banned by .... er ... law?

7 dead over 9 hours in D.C.

The Democrats who run things there need to come up with some more laws. Pronto.

His Opinion, Then & Now

Michael Goldfarb offers up a couple of interesting quotes coming out of the Obama campaign:
Axelrod Misrepresents Obama's Position on the Surge

On MSNBC today, David Axelrod [a high-level Obama operative] said that Barack Obama "never disputed the fact that if you throw a surge of American soldiers in an area that you can make a difference."

Oh really? Here's what Obama said on January 14, 2007: "We can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops: I don't know any expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to privately that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground." (link)
Goldfarb even has the video.

So what DOES Obama think?

A Good Question

The man has pledged to sit down and talk with the mad mullahs when he's president. So ...

What’s stopping Obama from going to Iran now?

Let's see him put his actions where his mouth is.

And We Want To Be Like Europe Why?

John Kerry, for some reason, comes to mind:
Europe 'needs 75 years' to catch US
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, London telegraph

The Association of European Chambers of Commerce in Brussels warned that the transatlantic gap had widened yet further in the past five years by all key measures, despite the pledge by EU leaders at the 2000 Lisbon summit to transform Europe into the world's "most dynamic knowledge-based economy" by the end of the decade.

The EU-wide umbrella group, known as Eurochambres said the EU's overall employment rate was still stuck at levels attained by the United States in 1978, chiefly due to an incentive structure that discourages women from working and prompts early retirement by those in their fifties. (link)
Read the whole article and you'll find that Europe's leaders are suggesting all kinds of government initiatives to fix problems that were created by a mountain of government initiatives.

So Europe slowly sinks into third-world status. Couldn't happen to a better bunch.

Hallelujah

Maybe, if we continue these delaying tactics, the old fools in the Senate will all die off and sanity will once again prevail:
Chances dim for climate-change legislation
By Marc Gunther, senior editor, Fortune magazine

New York (Fortune) -- An influential coalition of Fortune 500 companies and environmental groups that was formed to support climate-change legislation has splintered over the Lieberman-Warner bill that is headed next week to the Senate floor.

Without widespread corporate support, passage of the bill - already a long shot at best - becomes even more unlikely this year. President Bush remains opposed. House Democrats have been slow to act. (
link)
"Climate change legislation." Think these people don't share a god-complex?

Just Say NO!

George Will is concerned about that which is taking place in Congress with regard to "climate change legislation" too. Beside the fact that John Warner's scheme is destined to fail, it brings with it ominous forebodings about our future as a free nation:
Carbon's Power Brokers
By George Will, The Washington Post

An unprecedentedly radical government grab for control of the American economy will be debated this week when the Senate considers saving the planet by means of a cap-and-trade system to ration carbon emissions.

[The plan] comes cloaked in reassuring rhetoric about the government merely creating a market, but government actually would create a scarcity so that government could sell what it had made scarce. The Wall Street Journal underestimates cap-and-trade's perniciousness when it says the scheme would create a new right ("allowances") to produce carbon dioxide and would put a price on the right. Actually, because freedom is the silence of the law, that right has always existed in the absence of prohibitions. With cap-and-trade, government would create a right for itself-- an extraordinarily lucrative right to ration Americans' exercise of their traditional rights. (link)
All this over a problem that doesn't even exist.

These people must be stopped.

And Speaking of the Cost Of Fuel ...

Shuttle Discovery blasts off for space station

Reason unknown.

Photo courtesy of AP.