Quick: What is the GOP term for ‘Political Correctness’?

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I  know that they MUST have one, and that it MUST have an Orwellian tinge, like “Clean Skies Initiative.”  The latest example of whatever-you-call-it showed its ugly face for the Olympics (and, of course, NOT racially at all):

Social Media Outraged After Gabby Douglas Doesn’t Put Hand Over Heart During National Anthem
CBS New York

RIO DE JANEIRO — Several people took to Twitter to take Gabby Douglas to task for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics….

No Republican leaders in evidence, of course. Continue reading

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Curt Kurtz Criticizes Without Saying Anything

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Howie Kurtz definitely leaned to the right when he was at the Washington Post, pretending NOT to. I covered this during the “Private Beauchamp” controversy*, when the “milbloggers” and the Bush Administration ganged up on The New Republic to slander and smear their anonymous soldier correspondent who’d had the unmitigated gall to suggest that all of our troops in Iraq WEREN’T angels with dirty faces and  only slightly tarnished halos.

(Beauchamp’s sergeant, BTW, is serving a 40 year sentence in Leavenworth prison, for the execution-style murder of four Iraqi detainees — so much for the simon-pure myth.) Almost no one remembers that Howie Kurtz PERSONALLY walked that story from the Right-wing Echo Machine into the mainstream**.  And since he’s been at Faux Nooz, Howie seems to have found his “niche.”

Media trumpeting Trump implosion, but is it real?
Howard Kurtz / Fox News

This is what a full-fledged feeding frenzy looks like. With Donald Trump facing the roughest stretch of his candidacy, the media have moved from questioning his sanity to depicting a campaign in disarray and top Republicans still wondering whether they can dump the nominee. That won’t happen, of course, but it’s an indication of the toxic nature of the coverage and the flood of anti-Trump leaks now washing across the media landscape….

It is worth taking the time to note that the article he writes manages to say virtually nothing, takes no stance and doesn’t really question the stories he claims to question. Instead, he sticks to vacuous statements that vaguely question without strenuously defending or correcting … ANYthing. Continue reading

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Idiotes and their Predators

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“Idiot” in its original form is what I’m talking about here. Ignore both meanings 1 AND 2. Look at the derivation.

id·i·ot (id’ee-uht)
n.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
[Middle English, ignorant person, from Old French idiote, from Latin idiota, from Greek idiotes, private person, layman, from idios, own, private; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]
~ American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.  2011

‘Idiot’ comes to us from Athenian democracy and is the term reserved for those who do not participate in civic life.

America is beset with idiotes.

They have never been to a political party meeting in their lives, even though anyone can pretty much join any party they want to. They have never been to a city council meeting, a hearing of the state legislature nor anything more civic than a free tour of the state capitol.

And their votes count for just as much as yours or mine.

 Which makes them easy prey for predators. Example: Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle Again

Hart is BACK!

I know I said I was semi-retired, but the RNC auto da fé in Cleveland has convinced me that this election is such a clear and present danger to our democracy that remaining silent would be an act of omission on the order of treason, and I am returning to the fight for the duration.

Courage.

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NY Times confirms my Saturday reporting on Russia

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For all you “patriotic Americans”  giving me endless shite over my original investigative reporting (mostly in social media): TOLD JA SO.

As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue
David E. Sanger / New York Times

WASHINGTON — An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?

Ah, but the NYT remains at least 48 hours behind my reporting:  Continue reading

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Disinformation and Its Guzzlers

There’s an old saying in journalism: if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Chief Says Someone Must Be ‘Accountable’ for What DNC Emails Show
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News!

—  Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said his team was “disappointed” by the emails from the Democratic National Committee leaked through WikiLeaks, which seemed to reveal staff in the party working to support Hillary Clinton.

For left-wing anti-Hillary zealots, the news is “too good to be true” outstripping their wildest conspiracy theories. Now, given that, how credible would you say these documents are?

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Let’s start with what we know: the documents were hacked. We KNOW that.  So, hacked by whom? Continue reading

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Happy 47th Moon Day

Sometimes known as “A Secret History of Neil Armstrong

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Quincy Jones presents platinum copies
of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right)
and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008.

From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing ….

A Secret History of Neil Armstrong
July 20, 2009

Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today.

Over the past several years of blogs, I have tried to keep some remembrance of our most profound anniversary, a future holiday perhaps, on a par with the discovery and taming of fire: the species’ first extraterrestrial landing.  (See 2001: A Space Odyssey for more on this.) Continue reading

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