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Banal Post of The Weekend

I subscribe to the “local” RSS feed from The Washington Examiner’s website and usually the posts are pretty tame compared to posts on national and world-wide news, but they are still sort of interesting at least. For example, here are some random headlines I’ve selected from the feed as of 8:30 this evening:

Md.’s highest court: Take-home vehicle arrangement for state police illegal

Hunt is on for money to build Dulles Rail

Fairfax officers offer free child-seat inspections

Missing tape of Va. Tech shooter found in MontCo

But the top, indeed, the “Featured Column” post is the following:

Sleepovers leave parents at wit’s end, kids hollow-eyed

I hadn’t meant to eavesdrop, honestly, but the conversation at the next table was so comically familiar that I couldn’t help tipping back in my chair so as to hear it better. It was an extended two-person lament about one of the great banes of modern domestic life. It suffused me with fellow feeling.

“… And the next day she’s a wreck!”

“Oh, the whole weekend is done.”

“Ruined.”

What causes such ruin and wreckage? Sleepovers. For reasons that are not altogether clear, children seem to have an inexhaustible desire to spend the night at their friends’ houses, or to have their friends spend the night at theirs — though sleep is usually the last thing anyone gets.

It sounds like The Onion, doesn’t it? Please, Washington Examiner, I know this is the “local” section but this does not count as news unless you’re a newly arrived alien life-form.


Big Government Democrats Stick it To Tax-Payers… Again

I voted on YouCut to eliminate federal pay-raises. This would submit Big Government employees to the same, harsh reality that we Americans face. But, when Rep. Bachmann offered the issue to the House, Democrats rejected the proposal.

From the YouCut email:

Rep. Michele Bachmann offered this week’s winning cut on the House Floor; an amendment to eliminate a pay raise for federal government employees – including right here in the Capitol – saving the taxpayers over $30 billion.

The Democrats gaveled it down from the Speaker’s chair, shutting down debate. The reason the Democrat Majority gave? It would prevent federal workers on Capitol Hill from getting a pay raise, so it could not be considered. That is literally the reason they gave. It is astounding, and an affront to every small businessperson and struggling family across this country.

Vote every week at YouCut


Milton Friedman on Socialized Medicine

Here’s a 9min clip of Dr. Milton Friedman talking about Big-Government-run medical care. The speech was given in the late 1970s, but it is still pertinent today.


Credit Where It’s Due

Have you seen the Wiki page for ‘Muhammad‘ lately?

I just checked and found the following before the standard info:

Recently small Islamic groups made empty threats towards South Park’s Creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, over their recent episode “200″ and “201″ which involved the prophet Muhammad making an appearance on the show. Although he is never once seen (cause he’s in the back of a U-haul or being covered by a black censor bar) the episode was pulled by Comedy Central, along with “The Super Best Friends” episode which suggested Muhammad and all religious figures were friends. The Muslim people need to learn to take a joke instead of having a tantrum like infants when someone laughs at them. Free speech is something people should be fighting for.

Since this will probably be erased soon, I grabbed a screen shot.

I have to give this wiki page credit. Usually the information provided by registered users is overly P.C. with a leftist bias.


Misleading Headline Shows AP Bias

Imagine what I thought when I saw this headline and photo on the Yahoo! homepage:

Wrong video of health protest spurs N-word feud

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I thought that the AP was playing catch-up with real news outlets like BigGovernment.com and FOXNews. But, no. The AP article tries to argue that the ‘N-word feud’ was ‘spurred’ by a video.

What does the video show? Not much. Indeed, new interviews show that a much-viewed YouTube recording cited as evidence by conservatives was actually shot well after the time in question

Breitbart posted two columns on his Web site saying the claims were fabricated. Both led with a 48-second YouTube video showing Lewis, Carson, other Congressional Black Caucus members and staffers leaving the Capitol. Some of the group were videotaping the booing crowd.

Breitbart asked why the epithet was not captured by the black lawmakers’ cameras, and why nobody reacted as if they had heard the slur. He also questioned whether the epithets could have been shouted by liberals planted in the crowd.

But the 48-second video was shot as the group was leaving the Capitol — at least one hour after Lewis, D-Ga., and Carson walked to the Capitol, which is when they said the slurs were used.

Questioned about using a video on his Web site from the wrong moment, Breitbart stood by his claim that the lawmakers were lying.

“I’m not saying the video was conclusive proof,” he said.

Of course the video is not conclusive proof. This is America and, according to our laws, Americans are innocent until proven guilty. In this case, no one can even prove an inappropriate act (i.e., yelling the n-word) took place. That’s because it did not happen (trust me, I was there). It follows that NO video would be the ‘right’ video, for the AP, since they have a pro-Obama Leftist bias.


Mahdi Bray, Hypocrite.

Mahdi Bray says that Muslim leaders need to launch a counter-attack on recruiters for radical Islam who use the internet to express their extreme views. You know, like sympathizing with Islamic terrorists like al-Qaeda, HAMAS, and Hezbollah. Oh, here’s a video of Mahdi Bray expressing support for some of those same terrorist groups.

He’s the guy raising his arm in the spot-light


How to spot a Spambot: A Response to ‘stillhere4u’

stillhere4u says:

According to http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/enabling-lies-the-palin-factor/, Palin’s lie about not quitting her job also involves misappropriating hunting language that really doesn’t apply. I agree. I wonder how many people will call her on it?

Not only does stillhere4u link its name to a ‘blog‘ which features nothing but the following post:

On Palin, please go to:  http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/enabling-lies-the-palin-factor/On Zen, please go to: http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/empty-your-cup/

but, if you’ll notice, the comment to cites the same link regarding Palin.

It’s clear that what we have here is shameless self-promotion via spam-comment. Now, in response to the claim made in the “deligentia” post, namely the following:

In her recent book-selling public appearances on television, Sarah Palin has insisted that she did not quit the Alaskan governorship; rather, she was “reloading.”   Her father apparently said this to her so she wouldn’t think of herself as a quitter.   Unfortunately for Mrs. Palin, words are not as elastic as she might like.  Plain and simply, to resign a job is to quit.   To misappropriate language from another domain–in this case, that of hunting–does not nullify the definition of “to quit.”  Let’s have a look at the definition.  According to dictionary.com, to quit is “to give up or resign; let go; relinquish,” as in “She quit her job.”   The dictionary really uses that sentence!  There is nothing about reloading one’s shotgun.

I have some remarks:

  1. Palin does not “insist that she did not quit the Alaskan governorship.” (see video below)
  2. Neither Palin nor her father equated the act of resignation in itself to the act of reloading.
  3. The context in which Palin’s father made his comment justifies the use of the phrase “reloading”

All of this is clear from the interview which the deligentia post conveniently fails to link or cite at length. Well, here it is:


Breaking News From TP: Joe Wilson Uses Dictionary

ThinkProgress, the Progressives’ propaganda blog, finds it remarkable that Rep. Joe Wilson used a dictionary to look up the word “dither.” The headline says it all:

Rep. Joe ‘You lie!’ Wilson: I needed to look up ‘dithering’ in the dictionary, but I still agree with Cheney.

I commend Rep. Wilson for his use of language resources and honesty. There’s no shame in admitting one’s ignorance. Unlike Obama, Wilson clearly finds the proper use of words important.


The Government Wants To Control The Internet

A strange comment was left on here by “ObamasfriendJay-Z”

Knowledge Is Power is symbolized all over America. No one’s been silenced. Your website was easy as hell to find. A fuckin wannabe hacker could tear this website to shreds. If this was the plan then why isnt anyone shutting you up?

These statements have nothing to do with the post to which the comment was made. But, however, I guess the commenter was reffering to this:

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LGF Lies About LGF

There was general outrage amongst Glenn Beck haters over “Frog-gate.” As seen in the video in my last post, Beck did not actually boil a frog. Since Beck’s clarification that, no, he did not kill any frogs Charles at LGF has misrepresented his own original position which is nicely summed up by in the title: Glenn Beck: Frog Killer. Charles claims that:

Beck portrayed this as if I accused him — literally — of killing a frog. As you can see, that’s nothing short of a lie.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/34746 BlogSurfer.us

Charles is portraying Beck’s segment as if Beck – literally – said that LGF accused him of killing a frog. As you can see (here), that’s nothing short of a lie. Charles is lying about Beck’s segment and about LGF’s own post that was obviously intended to smear Beck.


I Like Glenn Beck

It’s a safe bet that I disagree with Glenn Beck on several issues, but that’s true of almost everybody. However, I do agree with much of what he says and think that his show is entertaining in general.

more about “I Like Glenn Beck“, posted with vodpod


No, Charles. It’s not racism.

Charles at LGF seems to be on the same page as Jimmy Carter when it comes to Republican criticism of Democrats. Both think it stems from racism. Here’s what LGF posts about an anecdote told by Congressman Roy Blunt at an event for the Family Research Council:

At the Family Research Council’s 2009 Values Voter Summit, Republican Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) blows the racist dog whistle with a “joke” about “eliminating the monkey problem.”

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Treason?

There are strongly opposing views and opinions on the “cap and trade” bill. Supporters claim that dissenters are committing “treason,” while dissenters are calling supporters “traitors.”

Cafe Hayek links to two responses to liberal author Paul Krugman’s charge that dissenting opinions regarding the bill are tantamount to “treason against the planet.”

LGF conveniently ignores the wild statements of Krugman and, instead, Charles Johnson cites a blog entry that criticizes other anonymous bloggers who call supporters of the bill “cap and traitors.” Johnson and the author of the post to which he links must think that a few dissenters are more troublesome and warrant more attention than Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman.

Meanwhile, in the real world, influential writers, e.g. Nobel Laureate Krugman, are calling dissenters traitors and big blogs, e.g. LFG, are ignoring this abuse of influence.


Zotero/GMU Update: Judge Dismisses Case

Earlier this month:

A Virginia Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit… against George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media.

Link

The lawsuit was, of course, over the Endnote/Zotero dispute between Thompson Reuters and GMU. Here’s another related link.


Tragedy on the High Seas

This is sad:

The entertainment industry won round one Friday in a legal battle against file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, with guilty verdicts and one-year prison sentences handed down to four men accused of running and financing the popular site.

The defendants vowed to appeal, setting the stage for a lengthy copyright dispute between music and movie corporations and an online swap shop they say has deprived them of billions of dollars in lost revenue.

In its landmark ruling, the Stockholm district court convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom of helping millions of users illegally download music, movies and computer games.

All four received one-year terms and were ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) to entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.

But the fellas aren’t losing their resolve:

“We can’t pay and we won’t pay,” Sunde said in a defiant video clip posted on the Internet. Mockingly, he held up a hand-scribbled “I owe U” note to the camera. “This is as close as you will get to having money from us,” Sunde said.

Here’s a video statement that was posted on TPB earlier today:

Godspeed, TPB, Godspeed.


Ask Not

Sorry kids, Obama is supposed to be an echo JFK with his calls for self-sacrifice.

Nice try, though.

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Saturday Night Live: Bailout Press Conference Satire

Here’s the video of SNL‘s satire of press conferences that we have seen in the past few weeks regarding the “economic crisis.” I love the ending with George Soros. Apparently the video has been pulled from the MSNBC website. Some speculate that Soros has something to do with it… I guess we’ll have to find out. Anyway, I found it, downloaded it, uploaded it to WP so here it is:

If you want to see another recent SNL political sketch, check out their satire of the VP debate at Bored Melo’s blog: SNL does the vp debate right


Come On, Thomson Reuters (EndNote), Don’t Be Like That

If you’ve used “EndNote” (a bibliography resource and information database organization program made by Thomson Reuters), then you may have come across a few annoying “issues” that can make the program less-than satisfying. That’s why GMU’s Center for History and New Media developed “Zotero.” Here’s the Wiki description:

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Are You and Obama Really a Match?

V.H. couldn’t post this item to her blog Ironic Surrealism, however, I thought it was funny and I thought I’d try posting it using the VodPod “Save to Vodpod” button (which allows the user to choose which destination to post the media (vodpod, blog, facebook, etc.)). It seems to have worked for me, I don’t know why V.H. is unable to embed.

more about “Are You and Obama Really a Match?“, posted with vodpod

(H/T – Covertress via Velvet Hammer)


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