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Thoughts on the Passing of Andrew Breitbart

Hearing about the death of Andrew Breitbart was a punch in the gut, and only now have I caught my breath and gathered my thoughts enough to write about it.

As one of the leading lights of the New Media, he had a confrontational, no-holds-barred approach to journalism that I could only admire.  He used [...]

The Audacity of Self-Reliance

ABC News reported a few days ago:

At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than [...]

NPR: Nutty, Petty Rubes

NPR still has some of the best radio-news programming in the world.  However, like any other large organization, there are nutty, petty rubes.  Unfortunately, some of those are in the highest offices, as the recent NPR scandal reveals:

NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday in the wake of comments by a fellow executive [...]

Two People Who Dislike Obama and His Policies Do Not Want Obama to Run in 2012

If you read the Washington Post headline:

Opinion | One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012

and then read what they say:

We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed.

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Dear Liberals: You Will Sorely Miss President Obama After You Run Him Out of Town

I write this for so-called liberals and others who voted for Obama.  I do not intend this for conservatives or Tea Partyers or others who hate Obama with a passion not seen since the 2004 presidential election, when coffee-house snubs snickered over Bush jokes and blog-wailed about how Bush was destroying the foundations of America.

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WikiLeaks Called “Irresponsible” by Both Governments and Human Rights Groups

As WikiLeaks plans more leaks, the criticism over WikiLeaks’ leak of Afghanistan docs, including names of civilians who collaborated with the coalition, comes from all sides:

The U.S. Government:

The Pentagon on Thursday warned WikiLeaks against releasing more documents. “It would compound a mistake that has already put far too many lives at risk,” said [...]

“Rape-by-Deception” Case in Israel: Is the Story Being Reported Accurately?

Or is this another American Butthash Media story?  This sounds awfully fishy:

Jerusalem (CNN) — The lawyer for a 30-year-old Palestinian married father of two who has admitted in a plea bargain to rape by deception said Wednesday he will appeal his client’s sentence, which was handed up Monday.  “Eighteen months in prison is too [...]

Weird Things in the 2010 Russian Spy Story

Weird things in the story about 11 spies reporting to Moscow:

President Barack Obama last week took Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to his favorite hamburger joint, which turned out to be just blocks from the Arlington, Va., apartment building where one of the alleged Russian secret agents lived.

How do we know this is Obama’s [...]

From War Propaganda to Strong Government Criticism: Is The New York Times Over-Compensating for Their War Propaganda?

First, The New York Times reports the non-story of allegedly untold mineral riches in Afghanistan, buying the Pentagon war propaganda hook, line and sinker (NYT wasn’t the only ones).  Now, an inflammatory piece the other way:

U.S. Said to Fund Afghan Warlords to Protect Convoys

American taxpayers have inadvertently created a network of warlords across [...]

War Propaganda? What Happened to the “1 Trillion Dollar Mineral Deposit in Afghanistan” Story?

Presented by The New York Times as a major event, a potential turning point in the Afghanistan War, the story has virtually disappeared from the news.  Was it a mirage?

Some say the story was war propaganda:

Reading this week’s New York Times headline — “U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan” — many [...]

Nooooooooo! Darth Vader, Borderline Personality Disorder Sufferer

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, French researchers into personality disorders  had too much time on their hands and made a joke:

The manipulations of  Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader in the “Star Wars”  saga, have long been ascribed to the Dark Side of the Force. Now, psychiatrists suggests that [...]

Newsweek, Sexism and Sarah Palin

On October 13, 2008, Newsweek ran this cover:

And for November 2009, Newsweek runs this cover:

For the October cover, the photo is a close-up of the populist governor of Alaska, before she prematurely left office.  It exposes the flaws in everyone’s face, and Newsweek decided not to retouch the photo.  Perhaps they [...]

Obama White House: Vindictive, Cowardly, and Very Partisan

First, we have the White House’s communications director declaring war on Fox News:

“Let’s not pretend they’re a news network,” White House communications director Anita Dunn said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” firing the latest salvo in the long-simmering feud.

“Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the [...]

The Left Gets Another Scalp

Rush Limbaugh was bounced out of the investment group looking to purchase the St. Louis Rams on the basis of lies told by the American left:

Numerous sportswriters, CNN, MSNBC, among others, falsely attributed to me statements I had never made. Their sources, as best I can tell, were Wikipedia and each other. But the [...]

ACORN? What’s ACORN? Huh? Wha?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi professes ignorance regarding the defunding of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she is clueless about an amendment to prohibit government funds for embattled ACORN, although it overwhelmingly passed the Senate Monday and the White House is calling for the group [...]