November 23, 2008
I was just watcing a show on the History Channel. In it, they were discussing the settling of Texas and the Texas Revolution. They had a historian on the show who was clearly a left-wing kind of guy. He had previously made statements that were somewhat derogatory towardd traditional Texas values. Eventually, he made what is perhaps the most stupid statement a historian has ever made.
While discussing the Texas Revolution, he said (paraphrasing,) "The Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas are perfect examples of the success of illegal immigration." Let's analyze that from the perspective of Mexico:
1. A group of illegal immigrants move into a part of Mexico (along with legal immigrants.)
2. The immigrants decide that they don't like the laws of Mexico which they are livng under.
3. The immigrants revolt.
4. The immigrants defeat the Mexican Army and capture the Mexican President.
5. The immigrants demand to be given their independence from Mexico and the President agrees to their terms.
6. The immigrants form their own country from the former Mexican state.
7. The new country is eventually granted U.S. statehood.
Yeah, that really worked out well for Mexico.
November 17, 2008
In a lecture sponsored by the Australian Broadcasting Company, Rupert Murdoch called out the MSM. My favorite quote:
"Far from celebrating this citizen journalism, the establishment media reacted defensively. During an appearance on Fox News, a CBS executive attacked the bloggers in a statement that will go down in the annals of arrogance. '60 Minutes,' he said, was a professional organization with 'multiple layers of checks and balances.' By contrast, he dismissed the blogger as 'a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.' But eventually it was the guys sitting in their pajamas who forced Mr. Rather and his producer to resign.
"Mr. Rather and his defenders are not alone," he continued. "A recent American study reported that many editors and reporters simply do not trust their readers to make good decisions. Let's be clear about what this means. This is a polite way of saying that these editors and reporters think their readers are too stupid to think for themselves."
Thank you, Rupert. When you compbine that with the fact that the MSM is in the tank for the Democrats, you have a bad combination. There are lots of people who will blindly believe whatever the media tells them. They stick to one source for all their news. The opportunity for abuse is too large.
Now, the media is right aout this stupidity in one sense. Too many people cannot distinguish between news and commentary. Unfortunately, that line has been blurred in recent years by cable news programs that present a news story followed by commentary. After a while, it all becomes globbed together as news. That's why the Keith Olbermanns of the world are dangerous. They know people think that what they say is news and they use that to effect.
This will probably never change. People will still unfailingly believe the news and newsmen will use that notion to their advantage. Bloggers and other non-traditional media will be the firewall stopping it from engulfing everyone.
November 12, 2008
Apparently, the reason that the media failed to look into our President-elect's past is because right-wingers made too big a fuss about it. At least, that's what Camille Paglia seems to think. For instance, questions about Obama's birth certificate were never reported because:
Thanks to their own blathering, fanatical overkill, of course, the right-wing challenges to the birth certificate never gained traction.
And who can forget Obama's uninvestigated ties to Bill Ayers and his terrorist wife:
Blame for the failure of this issue to take hold must also accrue to the conservative talk shows, which use the scare term "radical" with simplistic sensationalism, blanketing everyone under the sun from scraggly ex-hippies to lipstick-chic Nancy Pelosi.
So, see? We are to blame for Obama winning. Had we only ignored him, the MSM would have been all over him like white on rice. We have only ourselves to blame.
November 09, 2008
I deceided (against my better judgment) to watch the 60 Minutes interview of the Obma brain trust. I should have listened to myself and not watched it. It was a group of people who really belived that they won the election because they had an awesome candidate. He was just a great man wanting to do good for the country.more...
November 03, 2008
I work as a network administator for a school district. My office is at the high school. Today, as I was leaving the parking lot to go handle a problem at another site, I saw the car of one of the seniors. In the back window was a handwritten sign on a piece of notebook paper. it read, "McCain '08."
There may be hope for the future.
November 02, 2008
As I was watching football today, it occurred to me that Obama's redistributionist ideas should be implemented in the NFL. If a team is playing really well, they should be forced to give up some of their players to a team not doing so well. That would make it fair, right? This could even happen during a game. Your running back is playing really well? In the second half, he has to switch over to your opponent and play well for them.
I know this doesn't sound right. Who cares about right and wrong when we talk about fairness?
November 01, 2008
Barack Obama doesn't understand much about the average guy. During halftime of the Florida-Georgia game, he ran a long campaign commercial. (Of course, I didn't actually hear the commercial. I was listening to one game on the radio and watching another on TV.) Apparently, he doesn't know that guys don't watch halftime. They flip around looking for some other game going on. It doesn't matter if the guy likes the teams involved or not. He just wants to see football.
Also, the Obamessiah doesn't understand that guys don't want to deal with politics during a football game. All they care about is HOW THE HELL CAN THEY KEEP RUNNING THE BALL WHEN IT ISN'T WORKING!
That's why I have always been a supporter of President Bush. You just know that, if the red phone was to ring, he would answer it and say, "Listen, I'm puuting you on hold for a minute. Oregon State is on the 1 yardline and I want to see if Stanford can hold them."
October 31, 2008
Notes on the election:
1. Our daughter voted for the first time this year. Despite the fact that she is studying a field that is full of raging Leftys, she pulled the lever for McCain/Palin. I've never talked politics in front of her, so I am extremely proud that she was able to come to her own conclusions about the Messiah.
2. This morning, our local NBC affiliate ran a piece from the Big Boys. It was a piece on early voting trends. Naturally, the slant was that Obama was winning big. First, they interviewed a 105-year-old black woman. Amazingly, she voted for The One. That alone is enough to prove Obama's upcoming victory. However, the reporter felt that she needed to kick it up a notch. She ended the piece by noting that Obama is leading by 20 points among early voters. Resistance is futile.
3. Our son is a reporter at a TV station in Gainesville, Florida. He called the other night to tell us that he got to conduct a one-on-one, sit-down interview with Obama (sadly, he will probably vote for the pinhead.) This is quite a coup because he is still young at new at the reporting game. Most of his experience has been as the producer of the evening news at the stations where he was worked. His sister was more impressed with the fact that he got to interview Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar fame. Did I tell you how proud I am of her?
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