Archive for September, 2012

Pat Caddell on Media corruption, Libyan terrorism, murdered American Ambassador

Coincidence? Perhaps not. Either way, the press won’t ask the hard questions needed to find the truth. Fascinating speech by Pat Caddell on the corruption of the press & the consequential threat to democracy and America that necessarily follows: (Via Ace of Spades HQ.)

Tweet from Virginia Postrel with a link to a fascinating story

Who an anti-semitic troll turned out to be and why he did it. (via @lindasgrant) Quite a story, w/ surprise ending.

Powerline blog: Have a nice day

State Department Meltdown:

It appears that the Department itself is in disarray. First it failed to protect its own employees, including an American ambassador, against obvious threats which the ambassador himself, among many others, recognized. Then it tried to mislead the American people about the circumstances of the Benghazi terrorist attack, an effort that continues to this day, although Barack Obama admitted on The View today that what happened in Benghazi “wasn’t just a mob action.” Not unless mobs typically plan staged military attacks featuring RPGs, machine guns and mortars; but Obama was not willing to call it a terrorist act, either.We can add the scandal of Hillary Clinton’s State Department to that of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice and many others that have accumulated over the last four years.

The diplomat for the chief diplomat being undiplomatic.

Ace of Spades HQ: Fishes, Loaves, And SRO Seating

Media Celebrates The Miracle of Obama’s Rally

The media estimated that 18,000 turned out to see Obama at a “park.” One problem: The arena (not a park) he spoke at has a capacity of 5,000 people, and was not filled.I don’t even know what to say anymore. I know they’ll say, as usual, that this is just an error and they can’t get them all right, but they never make an error against Obama’s interest. All errors are made in his favor.

Hehe. Journalism schools need more exposure to STEM courses.

The Atlantic: Worst Airpower Loss Since Vietnam

The U.S. Suffered Its Worst Airpower Loss Since Vietnam Last Week and No One Really Noticed:

It just goes to show how desensitizing a decade of war can be. With casualty counts streaming in the news every day, it’s easy to miss historically devastating milestones that crop up.

Bad guess on the author’s part, “goes to show how desensitizing a decade of war can be.” That cliche is only wishful thinking. The war’s been mostly out of the news for 4 years. Certainly the “casualty counts streaming in the news every day” is imaginary.

This imaginative interpretation of the news is designed to blame the news consumer for the late notice on an important part of this story. But it doesn’t work because it was noticed, just not by the media herd.

The President has mishandled the Middle East. His policies of appeasement have led to this disaster & to the death of an Ambassador. The fires are burning at how many Embassies? At some point a persons grievous lack of competence becomes indistinguishable from malicious intent. The difference becomes irrelevant.

No, it’s not the news consumers’ fault.

Virginia Postrel: Entrepreneurs as lucky fools

Why not take the risk? Is there something you’re trying to hang on to? If it’s your dignity then forget it, it’s too late. 🙂

THE dot-com bubble has burst. The stock market keeps taking scary plunges. Even well-established technology companies are suffering from surprising downturns. The cynics of a few years ago are laughing. All that “irrational exuberance,” they say, was not just irrational but downright stupid. Grown-ups don’t become carried away with the idea of striking it rich.But what if irrational exuberance is in fact the secret to vigorous economic growth? What if countries become stagnant if all their business people become too mature and rational?

Bp Chaput: Abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime

Via Hugh Hewitt : A thought provoking speech by RC Bp Chaput on the necessary involvement of Christians in politics:

The more we transfer our passion for Jesus Christ to some political messiah or party platform, the more bitter we feel toward his Church when she speaks against the idols we set up in our own hearts.  There’s no more damning moment in all of Scripture than John 19:15: “We have no king but Caesar.”  The only king Christians have is Jesus Christ.  The obligation to seek and serve the truth belongs to each of us personally.  The duty to love and help our neighbor belongs to each of us personally.  We can’t ignore or delegate away these personal duties to anyone else or any government agency.