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Monday, July 04, 2011

Long May It Wave

Here's to you.

Happy Independence Day.

How Detached Washington Liberals Are

In this case, a liberal Washington columnist.

Does this description of the Tea Party movement sound like anything closely resembling reality?
What our Declaration really said
By E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post

Whether they ["our friends in the Tea Party"] intend it or not, their name suggests they believe that the current elected government in Washington is as illegitimate as was a distant, unelected monarchy. It implies something fundamentally wrong with taxes themselves or, at the least, that current levels of taxation (the lowest in decades) are dangerously oppressive. And it hints that methods outside the normal political channels are justified in confronting such oppression.

We need to recognize the deep flaws in this vision of our present and our past. [link]
What an ignorant man.

His vision is flawed all right.  We (if I can speak for "my friends in the Tea Party") don't consider the elected government in Washington to be illegitimate - where does this moron get such a stupid idea? - we, rather, hold that it is out of control.  Living beyond our means.  And needs to be reined in.  And is being reined in.  Only because of the efforts of the Tea Party.

Let it be understood: E.J. Dionne has no friends in the Tea Party.  The quote above proves it.

In fact it proves a lot of things about cloistered liberals in this country.


I always said Google and Facebook were overpriced. Just because they both get mountains of traffic on the internet doesn't make them great ad buys.

Sure, advertising, like diamond rings, is worth that which someone is willing to pay for it.  But do those who are shelling out big bucks for internet advertising realize what they're getting in return?

Or, as the case is in reality, NOT GETTING IN RETURN?

The (eye-opening?) truth:
You Are More Likely to Survive a Plane Crash than Click a Banner Ad
By Caitlin Dickson, The Atlantic

How annoying are banner ads? You know, those ubiquitous advertisements that drop down in your face when you open most news sites? The worst are the ones that expand when you scroll over them, forcing you to click on them no matter how hard to try to avoid it. If you hate banner ads as much as we do, you are not alone: most people do not click on them. Solve Media, an advertising consulting company, has discovered how much more likely you are to do even the most statistically unlikely of things than click on one of these intrusive advertisements, Business Insider reports. For example, "you are 31.25 times more likely to win a prize in the Mega Millions than you are to click on a banner ad." Not only that, "you are 87.8 times more likely to apply to Harvard and get in...112.50 times more likely to sign up for and complete NAVY SEAL training...279.64 times more likely to climb Mount Everest...and 475.28 times more likely to survive a plane crash than you are to click on a banner ad." It's unclear how they figured this out, or if the methodology is all that sound, but we're going to hazard a guess that people hate banner ads enough to enjoy the numbers anyway. [link]
Don't get me wrong.  If advertisers shelling out huge wads of cash for banner ads means I get my morning news for free, I'm all for banner ads.  They're annoying as hell, but a small price to pay, considering.

So I endure the awful contrivances.

But I still wonder about the sanity of those with the checkbooks ...

And They Were Worth Every Dime

Since it wasn't their money:

In a sane world, the people who did this would have been imprisoned.

Here?  Today?  He's running for reelection.

Ah, Civility

These are the people, never forget, who consider Tea Party members to be rabble.

From the New Jersey Senate president - a Democrat - about Governor Chris Christie:

What was that again about conservatives being uncivilized?

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And he ain't alone.  This from Wisconsin:

"It’s comforting to know that our intellectual superiors on the left like Mr. Zielinski are holding themselves accountable on that whole new civility in politics thing."

Since we own all the guns, I'm not too worried about their silly chest thumpings.  But they may want to think this through.

This Is Cute

To make your day a little lighter ...