Crazy Times

Wednesday, October 9, AD 2013

You know that you are living in crazy times when the major domestic initiative of a Democrat administration since the inaptly named Great Society has a disastrous roll out and the only “journalist” to grill the woman in charge, HHS Secretary Kathleen “Tiller-the-Killer-was-my-friend” Sebelius , is liberal clown Jon Stewart, doing the job the “professional” “journalists” refuse to do.

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  • Silver lining department: That liberal clown is a main source of “news” for low-IQ, Obama voters (I repeated myself, again).

    If he’s lost Jon Stewart . . .

  • What’s strange about this is that there has been little self-criticism from
    anyone in the media. It’s obvious to anyone with eyes to see that there is
    precious little journalism being practiced anymore– but no one in the
    profession has called his own colleagues out. How is it that thousands of
    journalists could be suborned without a few going down fighting?

    I don’t doubt that the profession, as a whole, has sold out. I’m just puzzled
    to understand how it was done without anyone putting up resistance.

  • Clinton: Galloping credentialism means that most newspapers and media outlets won’t consider hiring a reporter who hasn’t got a degree specifically in journalism or, Heaven help us, ‘communications’. Journalism schools have been dominated by the Left for decades, and do a ruthlessly efficient job of weeding out anyone who won’t sacrifice the facts for the party line. They’re taught not to report the truth, but to be advocates for causes — always Leftist causes.

    Now, some of these J-school grads do eventually grow up; but by that time they don’t dare stray from the party line, because they fear for their jobs. Massive layoffs, newspapers and magazines folding, media ownership being consolidated year by year — there’s always plenty to fear. The ones who overcome that fear and speak the truth don’t, as a rule, stay employed for long.

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  • Tom, Clinton– doesn’t that make you twitch a little when various politicians have been muttering about a legal definition of “journalist”?

    When a fat little housewife has done more actual investigating than “journalists,” it’s a scary, scary day….

  • Y’all, I had reason to re-read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 address to the
    graduating class of Harvard. It was an astonishing indictment of Western
    civilization at the time– especially coming from a man so familiar with the
    brutalities of communist Russia. If anything, it is even more accurate today.
    Here’s what he said about the press in the West 35 years ago:

    …”The press too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom (I shall be using the word
    press to include all media). But what sort of use does it make of this freedom?

    Here again, the main concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no
    moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion. What sort of responsi-
    bility does a journalist have to his readers, or to history? If he has misled public
    opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, do
    we know of any cases of public recognition and rectification of such mistakes
    by the same journalist or the same newspaper? No. It hardly ever happens,
    because it would damage sales. A nation may be the victim of such a mistake,
    but the journalist always gets away with it. One may safely assume that he will
    start writing the opposite with renewed self-assurance.

    Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary
    to resort to guesswork, rumors, and supposition to fill the void, and none of
    them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the reader’s memory. How many
    hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgements are expressed every
    day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press can both simulate
    public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we see terrorists made heroes, or
    secret matters pertaining to one’s nation’s defense publicly revealed, or we may
    witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the
    slogan “everyone is entitled to know everything”. …

    … Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century, and
    more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. …

    … There is another surprise for someone coming from the East, where the press
    is rigorously unified: one gradually discovers a common trend of preferences
    within the Western press as a whole. It is a fashion, there are generally accepted
    patterns of judgement and these may be common corporate interests, the sum
    effect being not competition but unification. Enormous freedom exists for the
    press, but not for the readership, because newspapers mostly give emphasis
    to those opinions that do not too openly contradict their own and the general
    trend.

    Without any censorship, in the West, fashionable trends of thought are care-
    fully separated from those that are not fashionable. Nothing is forbidden, but
    what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books
    or be heard in colleges. …”

    Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard address was true in 1978, and even more true today.
    “Enormous freedom exists for the press, but not for the readership…”. Indeed.

IRS Scandal: Union of Party and State

Monday, June 10, AD 2013

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  • “And whaddayaknow, that self-same month the IRS obligingly issued its first BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) for groups with harmless-sounding names, like ‘tea party,’ ‘patriot,’ and ‘constitution.'”

    How much longer before the NSA or the FBI or the DHS start going after people within “groups” having harmless sounding names like “The American Catholic”?

    OK, call me a pessimist, but barring a miracle that either removes BO and his minions from office or involves his repentance and conversion, none of this is going to end well.

    🙁

    I pray that the Lord has mercy, but maybe His mercy involves some serious pruning of His Olive Tree as St. Paul describes in Romans chapter 11.

  • Iowahawk simply states it: “The IRS is now basically an organized crime mob.”

    Regarding disclosures of classified info and lying to Congress and the people: quoted at Instapundit 6/6/2013: Rice and Pinetta: “’Two incidents yesterday raise a critical issue at the heart of this administration’s problems and sinking credibility: Is there one standard of justice for the administration’s people and one for the rest of us?’ Yes. Next question?”

  • I would comment, but since this is a Verizon phone, I’ll say, “I love u IRS and NSA.”

  • And so the Chicagoans march on – undaunted, unafraid, and blind and oblivious to the trail of destruction they are leaving. Are their minion mules still blinkered?

  • The play continues. Some of the Left will show outrage while others silent. Either expression is empty because Obama has served his purpose. He has moved their agenda forward. They know none of this will result in rolling back any of the major initiatives deemed successful.

    The liberal seeds have been planted. Watch them bloom. So the horse pulling the plow got a lame leg. So what? Send him out to pasture. There’s another one coming to pick up where he left off.

    Meanwhile, the GOP does not condemn even planting such a crop. They simply debate how many seeds should be planted. They fail to realize the seed being planted is the seed of weed. The thing about weeds is they don’t need much planted before it spreads like wild fire.

  • Iowahawk simply states it: “The IRS is now basically an organized crime mob.”

    I saw that on Twitter, and one person replied by saying “what do you mean, now?”

    Another person then added “what do you mean, basically?”

    Then a 3rd person tweeted in reply “what do you mean, organized?”

    Gave me the lolz

  • These are scenarios that have happened to me lately, and why I could see myself being “targeted”. I (good grief) have Verizon everything because that is the only service I can get out here in Farmville. Last year someone had used our number to make numerous calls to someone is MORACCO! To the tune of over $3,000.! I have never been out of the U.S. well unless you consider Canada and Mexico. Who is to say that if these calls were monitored by big brother that I could not be accused of something. Wouldn’t it be up to me to prove my innocence ? I recently got a “new cell” and kept getting numerous text messages that I was paying for from only god knows who. anyway I took the phone in and they were completely boggled as to what was going on. some of these messages were very suggestive etc. I don’t ever use text. I don’t even get it. They gave me a new number. How nice. I am trying not to feel too paranoid about this. Another interesting IRS joke my brother passed away over two years ago and his estate was fairly simple. The IRS has that thing so completely screwed up. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. We have proven without a doubt that he is “DEAD”! It is all being handled through a tax attorney! The estate needs to be settled and they need to get their “agents” working with some knowledge instead of wasting and burning of our tax dollars. I think the Republican party stinks and I will not give one more dime to them until they take a united stand on these horrific problems. They are just as guilty through omission by allowing these issues to get so out of hand. And while I’m at it so are our Church leaders.

  • Big government tyranny is here. In a video Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of NY, explained briefly how Obama is following in Vladimir Lenin’s footsteps. Democrats are all about power and control. And they believe the more they have the better. With bigger government comes increased corruption, abuses of power, less liberty and increased tyranny.

  • “When the state has the capability to know everything except the difference between right and wrong, it won’t end well.” They truly don’t seem to be able to notice the difference between the two. Maybe I can get this mentioned in our church bulletins for a few weeks.

  • Truth, Teresa.

    “Corruptissima republica plurimae leges. [The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.]“ -Tacitus, the Annals ca. AD 69

Comedy Centrals Anti-Catholic Bigotry

Monday, June 28, AD 2010

Brent Bozell of NewsBusters documented Comedy Central’s attacks on the Catholic in a post this past Saturday that I’m reposting here.

It’s been two months since Comedy Central censored Mohammed out of their cartoon “South Park.” Even the utterance of the name was bleeped. The blog Revolution Muslim quoted the world’s most notorious terrorist as an inspirational figure. “As Osama bin Laden said with regard to the cartoons of Denmark, ‘If there is no check in the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions.’”

But there has been no ceasefire in Comedy Central’s war on Christianity. The attacks on Catholic Americans just keep coming. On “The Daily Show” on June 17, fake correspondent Samantha Bee interviewed two priests and two nuns who are watchdogging Goldman Sachs for a liberal interfaith group.

Jon Stewart started the Catholic-bashing in his introduction: “Sometimes it’s easy to spot the villain in a story. Sometimes it’s not.”

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Mark Steyn On The Comedy Central Capitulation

Monday, April 26, AD 2010

Mark Steyn has a good post on National Review Online in regard to the Comedy Central appeasement of the jihadists that I referred to in this post here:

Meanwhile, Comedy Central — you know, the “hip,” “edgy” network with Jon Stewart, from whom “young” Americans under 53 supposedly get most of their news — just caved in to death threats. From a hateful 83-year-old widow who doesn’t like Obamacare? Why, no! It was a chap called Abu Talhah al Amrikee, who put up a video on the Internet explaining why a South Park episode with a rather tame Mohammed joke was likely to lead to the deaths of the show’s creators. Just to underline the point, he showed some pictures of Theo van Gogh, (the picture at the top of this post) the Dutch film director brutally murdered by (oh, my, talk about unfortunate coincidences) a fellow called Mohammed. Mr. al Amrikee helpfully explained that his video incitement of the murder of Matt Stone and Trey Parker wasn’t really “a threat but just the likely outcome.” All he was doing, he added, was “raising awareness” — you know, like folks do on Earth Day. On Earth Day, lame politicians dig a hole and stick a tree in it. But aggrieved Muslims dig a hole and stick a couple of comedy writers in it. Celebrate diversity!

Faced with this explicit threat of violence, what did Comedy Central do? Why, they folded like a Bedouin tent. They censored South Park, not only cutting all the references to Mohammed but, in an exquisitely postmodern touch, also removing the final speech about the need to stand up to intimidation.

Stone and Parker get what was at stake in the Danish-cartoons crisis and many other ostensibly footling concessions: Imperceptibly, incrementally, remorselessly, the free world is sending the message that it is happy to trade core liberties for the transitory security of a quiet life. That is a dangerous signal to give freedom’s enemies. So the South Park episode is an important cultural pushback.

Yet in the end, in a craven culture, even big Hollywood A-listers can’t get their message over. So the brave, transgressive comedy network was intimidated into caving in and censoring a speech about not being intimidated into caving in. That’s what I call “hip,” “edgy,” “cutting-edge” comedy: They’re so edgy they’re curled up in the fetal position, whimpering at the guy with the cutting edge, “Please. Behead me last. And don’t use the rusty scimitar where you have to saw away for 20 minutes to find the spinal column . . . “

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  • I can’t begin to describe my annoyance at Comedy Central. This is the United States of America. Since when do we let radical muslims dictate what we may and may not talk about?

  • Comedy Central is just following the craven trail blazed by America’s news outlets with respect to the Motoons. I’m less disgusted with an entertainment outlet doing the same.

    The grimly funny thing is that Islam is not uniformly aniconic with respect to depictions of religious figures in general. The ban only applies to figural representations in worship spaces.

    The Shia have a history of illustrations–including the modern era–of Muhammad and Ali. Khomeini had a painting of Muhammad on his desk. In the Sunni world, the Turks (and, IIRC, the Mughals) had miniature paintings of Muhammad and others they hail as prophets. I’m absolutely certain the Mughals had no problem with figural depictions of historical figures–their miniatures are magnificent.

    Speaking of the Turks: the whitewashing of expropriated Christian churches in Constantinople did not happen right away. For example, Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Savior in Chora (now the Kariye museum) did not have their frescos and mosaics covered until the 16th and 17th Centuries. In short, the alleged dogmatic prohibition against figural depictions, even of religious figures, are not universal, and even in the Sunni world are of comparatively recent vintage.

  • Thought this was amusing apropos of our conversation on the other thread, Don. Here’s Douthat’s column today, more or less taking your side:

    Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing.

    This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.

    Happily, today’s would-be totalitarians are probably too marginal to take full advantage. This isn’t Weimar Germany, and Islam’s radical fringe is still a fringe, rather than an existential enemy.

    For that, we should be grateful. Because if a violent fringe is capable of inspiring so much cowardice and self-censorship, it suggests that there’s enough rot in our institutions that a stronger foe might be able to bring them crashing down.

    Evidently, he saw the same parallel as you did with Weimar Germany, while acknowledging the identification wasn’t complete.

  • I’m with Steyn 100%.

    “Happily, today’s would-be totalitarians are probably too marginal to take full advantage.”

    Today’s would-be totalitarians have infiltrated the White House.

  • Everybody Draw Mohammed Day will be on May 20.

    http://tinyurl.com/draw-mohammed-day

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