Monthly Archives: May 2011

I Bet You Think This Blog Is About You, Don’t You? Don’t You?

It becomes apparent WHY Katie Couric is leaving CBS News.

Today, bin Laden’s home movies were released, minus soundtrack. And how did CBS News online respond? Continue reading

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Thank You, Mr. President

A lot of ink has spilled in the last week. I won’t attempt to equal that output here.

But I do want to say “Thank you.” Not just for the one thing, either.

If, as is said, we get the kind of government we deserve, the old song refrain applies: Continue reading


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An Open Letter to the Civilized World

Dear World:

Oedipus Wrecks

Since nobody else is stepping up to the plate, I’d like to apologize on my countrymen’s behalf.

First, to China:

I am deeply sorry that a prominent American blowhard decided to characterize your citizenry as having had sexual relations with your respective mothers. This is a grave insult virtually everywhere, except, alas, for America and American media, who gleefully repeated the slur (tastefully censoring it without removing the meaning) without once considering that civility to other nations ought to draw reprimands and condemnation from our citizenry. On behalf  of them, I apologize for this unforgivable crudity.

Second, to Canada:
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Something Twisted This Way Comes …

2nd Witch: By the pricking of my Thumbes,
Something wicked this way comes:
Open Lockes, who ever knockes.
Enter Macbeth.

~ Act 4, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Er, in this case, enter the twisted minds of Andrew Malcolm and Jim Hoft, representatives of the mindlessness of hate and fanaticism — who, for obvious reasons, dislike and hate the notion that a mindless, hate-filled fanatic was “taken out” in Pakistan on May Day. And throw in the vapid neutrality of NPR, and add a pinch of Bushian Revisionism and it turns out that, by Wednesday, the mindless deconstructionism of the media machine had moved to the media-created, media-fueled and media Narrative-Pushing-Forward story:

MEDIA: The Killing of Bin Laden has boosted the president’s “approval ratings.” (Invariably beginning with “In a poll, conducted by …”) Continue reading

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Radley Balko Lays An Egg

Ayn Rand Superman Radley Balko (formerly of CATO, now of “Reason”) has written grandiloquently on his blog that Osama bin Laden “Won.”

Yes, bin Laden the man is dead. But he achieved all he set out to achieve, and a hell of a lot more. He forever changed who we are as a country, and for the worse. Mostly because we let him. That isn’t something a special ops team can fix.

Well, that’s one way of seeing it. But not only is he late to the analytical party, but Ted Koppel was already late in 2010 with his op-ed in the Washington Post [see below], saying much the same thing, albeit not with Balko’s perverse sense of triumphalism. I wrote it in 2008, followed up in 2009 and again in 2011. Since the “really smart” folks out there are beginning to toy with this concept in unsanitary and/or mentally unhealthy ways, let me reprint it here. You will agree that it is, again, timely.

And, Balko, in addition to being a mental superman, doesn’t like the mildest criticism whilst taking his bows for mental acuity and other trapeze stunts, having rejected this mild comment:

Welcome to the party, Mr. Balko, if just a couple years late.
Ted Koppel was, himself, already a couple years late when he said what you just said, more or less, on September 12, 2010.

You VILL agree. Ja? Gut.

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Osama bin Laden Sleeps With The Fishes

What can I say? For the first time in memory, Memeorandum has been entirely controlled by one news story. If there’s any angle, point of view or thought not covered from a multiplicity of ideological prisms, that refraction would be lost in the flood of pixels-masquerading-as-ink washing across the screens of smart phones, of PCs and Macs, work stations, custom builds, UNIX, Linux, what-have-you.

Rupert Murdoch’s profound contribution to the
dignified national dialogue on this moment in history.

Grab it while it’s there. We finally have a Rosetta Stone to the blogosphere, as we see EVERY blogger and news outlet filtering the same facts from the same source (the U.S. Government, please note). All the reporting of the past 12 hours or so is based on the same facts. You can now scientifically study the effects of the same fact set on minds as diverse as America gets: from Charles Krauthammer to Willy Wonka. A once- in-a-generation phenomenon for linguistic analysts. Continue reading


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BREAKING – TruthOut says Osama bin Laden is Dead

From TruthOut:

White House: Osama bin Laden Is Dead

According to White House sources, Osama bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan. His body is in the US’s possession. President Obama will soon deliver a statement on the matter tonight, nearly ten years after the September 11 attacks.

Watch the Live Stream

This clocks in at 3,519 Days and change: Continue reading


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So, If I Give $25K to Fox News, That’ll Reform Campaign Finance?

May Day: Mayday! The title is not absurd. It isn’t even hyperbolic. It is, sadly, a legitimate question. (Sometimes I have to wonder if some of these “progressive” groups aren’t headquartered in a padded cell.) Here’s what the “Fix Congress First!” campaign is sending out in email spam [emphasis added]:

date Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 8:19 AM
subject Let’s make the presidential candidates talk about money

[rudely, no salutation]

The 2012 presidential race is heating up, and big donors are pulling out their checkbooks. President Obama—who recently reaffirmed his promise to “change how things get done in Washington”—just asked his top fundraisers to bring in $350,000 each for his reelection campaign. His 2012 bid is expected to cost more than $1 billion—35% more than his campaign in 2008.

The GOP is firing back. Sarah Palin raised $3.5 million in 2010, Mitt Romney raised $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2011, and the RNC raised $5.2 million in February alone.

No high profile candidate is talking about reform. Instead, both sides are building networks of anonymous donors—most of them wealthy special interests—to fuel their campaigns. Because of Citizens United, these groups can spend unlimited amounts on political communications. 2012 will be the most expensive election in history by far.

OK. You got your classic direct mail marketing opening. Campaign finance is a problem. Gotcha. Knew that.  With the teensiest bit of foreshadowing. Sweet. And it now continues with the “solution”: Continue reading


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