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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Propaganda: It's not often that the press exposes its own bias. But a Washington Post story this week reveals both the Obama administration's attempts to censor the news and the media's complicity in that effort.
For decades, news outlets have relied on pool reports from a rotating group of White House correspondents who follow the president on his travels to public or semipublic events and file quick-and-dirty reports. Their stories are then distributed to other news outlets to use as they wish.
Pool reports can be inane, such as the Sept. 4 dispatch making note of the fact that, while in Wales, "Obama and Prince Charles posed for the cameras and laughed. Obama greeted a group of children who were gathered behind the rope line."
But occasionally they can be seriously damaging, such as the pool report that alleged President George H.W. Bush's ignorance of supermarket scanners.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Dana Milbank, Washington Post: When Trey Gowdy got the job to run the House's new Benghazi select committee, there was good reason to fear bad things. ... But when the South Carolina Republican chaired his panel's first public hearing Wednesday, Gowdy did something completely unexpected: He played it straight. There was no discussion of talking points or stand-down orders, and only one of the seven Republicans on the panel -- Jim Jordan of Ohio -- even mentioned Clinton. Instead, Gowdy adopted as the theme of his first hearing an idea suggested by one of the committee's Democrats, Adam Schiff of California: How well the State Department has been implementing recommendations to prevent future attacks on U.S. diplomats like the one in Libya two years ago that killed four Americans. read more

Monday, August 25, 2014

At last, we know the reason why comedy writers don't make fun of President Obama much.
It turns out the man is completely unmockable.
We learn this from Jim Downey, the longtime "Saturday Night Live" specialist in political japery. "If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, ‘Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10,'" the writer says in the expanded new edition of the "SNL" oral history book, "Live from New York." [snip] read more

Monday, August 18, 2014

Climate-change science is "settled," say proponents of anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming, or AGW: the earth is getting warmer, and human activities are the reason. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set up by the United Nations in 1988, has issued five assessment reports since its founding. In its most recent, in 2013, the IPCC stated that it was now "95 to 100 percent certain" that human activities -- especially fossil-fuel emissions -- are the primary drivers of planetary warming. Frequent news reports -- such as the story of the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a process that some scientists say is irreversible -- seemingly confirm these conclusions.

And yet, highly credentialed scientists, including Nobel Prize–winning physicist Ivar Giaever, reject what is often called the "climate consensus."...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Northeast governor gets elected in large part on a promise to "clean up" the corruption in his state. He quickly dives into his mission, claiming high-minded interest in restoring public trust in government. Tough and savvy, his popularity increases as he appears to make strides in combating unethical behavior. His national profile grows along with his political ambitions.

Then it all comes to a screeching halt.

A scandal hits. Allegations of potential abuse of power swirl. Investigations are launched.

If this sounds familiar, it should, because it applies to not one, but two northeast governors. This is where the similarities end, though. One governor has taken a beating in his standing with the voters. The other one has not.

One of the big reasons for the discrepancy? The governor with the sliding poll numbers is a Republican; the one skating with the public (so far) is a Democrat. read more


Your wife didn't have to because it was already being paid for.

And if it wasn't she, nor I, ever would have had the audacity to demand that the federal government force someone else to pay for it.

You seem to be saying if it wasn't being paid for she should have just... laid back and enjoyed that.

What? I hate to break it to you but my wife enjoys sex. As do I. I have no idea what point you were trying to make with that comment.

Your beef with Fluke isn't really about birth control, is it?
It's that somebody dared petition government to redress a grievance.

I guess this is where your definition of 'petition government to redress a grievance' and mine differ profoundly. When I think of petitioning government to redress a grievance it's due to something that government is doing against me and/or a cause I support. That is NOT the same thing is what Fluke is advocating: Petitioning government to force, at the point of a gun, others to fund chosen activity. One is coercive the other is the absence of coercion. The difference is profound and I am surprised at the ease with which you conflate the two.

What on earth are you talking about? When it comes to education, I have extreme prejudice towards pedagogical techniques that fail, repeatedly, and abstinence education is on that list. I suspect you too have the same ability to discriminate wheat from chaff.

What I am talking about is the fact that you created a position and then broke it down (strawman) without any concern as to the accuracy of your characterizations.

I'm striving to find the relevance of this comment in the context of professional loose woman of low morals and living proof that abstinence education doesn't work abstinence educator Bristol Palin, and I'm not having much luck. Though it is both heartening, and an indictment of the GOP, that the Catholic Church is doing a better job than Republicans when it comes to sex education and awareness.


You'd probably be very surprised by how sex as it relates to love is being portrayed by my son's Catholic School.

It's not that she got pregnant then got shotgun married.
It's that she's out promoting "abstinence education" while simultaneously being the poster child for the failure of abstinence education.
If you can't see the problem there you're plain stupid.


There's a fundamental difference between promoting abstinence out of marriage, or at least a serious relationship AND educating sexuality and just demanding abstinence. I hope you can grasp the nuance of what I just said.

So you still haven't figured out the Pill has legitimate medical uses beyond contraception?
You're an adult espousing opinions on birth control and you don't know this simple fact?


Of course I know this. I learned it when I was sixteen and my best friend's girlfriend went on the pill to combat her manic-depressive mood-swings when menstruating. It was effective.

Your medical procedure was paid out of pocket? Okay. Presuming you had any, your insurance would have covered that. Pretty much all Sandra Fluke was asking her insurance to do, except not for reasons of preventing an unwanted pregnancy.

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She was asking the federal government to intervene on her behalf because she didn't get everything she wanted in a negotiation. That doesn't make her a ----, it makes her a totalitarian.

Was your wife's use of the Pill covered by her insurance, JeffJ?
If yes, does that make her a ----?

Yes, it was partially covered. No, that fact didn't make her a ----. That Sandra Fluke wants to have government force her employer to pay for hers doesn't make her a ---- either. Limbaugh is an idiot. It just makes her one who seeks to plunder through force.

JeffJ why didn't you simply use abstinence when you wanted to have sex with your wife?
After all, that's what Bristol Palin suggests.
Is it because that idea is patently stupid?


I have no interest in addressing this when you are so patently ignorant of abstinence advocacy, marriage, physical expression of love as I see the issue.

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