The Coming War on Blogs

Filed in PoliticsTags: Blogging, Media Bias

Apparently the blogosphere isn't mainstream enough for John Kerry:

The Democratic Party will likely assist the MSM in their attack on blogs, not because most blogs are pro-Republican but because blogs are not as consistently liberal as the MSM. John Kerry, for example, is calling for the government to do something to protect the MSM. As he said in a recent speech:

The mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. But there's a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?

The Republicans will, I hope, realize that on average their interests are served by protecting blogs. But the Democrats and the MSM will still use the courts and regulatory agencies to attack bloggers, and if the Democrats ever retake the Presidency and Congress expect 'media reform' to become a top priority.
The truly funny thing is, Monsigneur Kerry still doesn't understand why he lost the largest-participated Presidential election in US history. It has nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction or whether or not Saddam was connected to 9/11. It has everything to do with his fundamental lack of connection with and understanding of real (read: red state) America and the lack of trust real America has in Kerry. Kerry's use of exit poll statistics to explain his defeat demonstrates both his fundamental short-comings as well as the inherent bias of the mainstream media:

There has been," he said, "a profound and negative change in the relationship of America's media with the American people. . . . If 77 percent of the people who voted for George Bush on Election Day believed weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq--as they did--and 77 percent of the people who voted for him believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11--as they did--then something has happened in the way in which we are talking to each other and who is arbitrating the truth in American politics. . . . When fear is dominating the discussion and when there are false choices presented and there is no arbitrator, we have a problem.

First, the question of whether or not WMD were found in Iraq has been answered unequivocally, "yes". Perhaps not in the number and scope as some expected, but WMD (primarily, chemical weapons) were found nonetheless. Just because JF'nK's Mainstream Meida misled, buried the truth, and outright lied doesn't mean that we have to believe them. Herein lies the true need for independent voices and the fundamental importance of the First Amendment. "Truth" should be arbitrated by one source, and one source alone: the individual; not John Kerry, not the MSM, not one's teachers/professors/parents/friends. When we allow others to "arbitrate" the presentation of information and to determine the veracity of that information, then we have taken the first step to tyranny. Fortunately, the Blogosphere has become the 21st-century version of that independent voice and outlet of information.

Second, the question of whether or not Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11 is a perfect example of misleading by the MSM. The REAL question - whether or not Saddam Hussein had ties to al Qaeda - has been proven, again, unequivocally true. THIS question is the only one that matters with respect to the Bush Doctrine. Hussein was himself a terrorist, and aided and harbored international terrorists. To us in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, that truth is all that matters. Whether or not Saddam had ties to the particular al Qaeda cell that carried out the 9/11 atrocity is irrelevant. (For those just catching up with the times: we're not still after that particular cell; they're all DEAD.) So, the reports that Saddam had no connection to the 9/11 cell are irrelevant. However, the MSM have taken those reports, and used them to imply that no connection at all existed between Saddam and al Qaeda. Fortunately, again, the Blogosphere acted (along with talk radio - the other bane of liberals' existence) as that independent voice and outlet of information.

The truly ironic thing is, the Blogosphere is still primarily underground. As Kerry pointed out, 80% of Americans still get their news from television (for my less-astute readers, television is part of the "Mainstream Media"). Kerry lost the election by three and a half MILLION popular votes. Not even the bloggers believe they had that kind of impact. The Electoral Vote was on the verge of a crushing landslide. The conservatives have consolidated the Midwest and the South, and are on the verge of a breakthrough in the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest. This electoral shift is due to the liberals (that is, the rag-tag conglomeration of extremists that now control the Democrat Party) being fundamentally out-of-synch with Mainstream America. Until Kerry and his Merry Band of Liberals figure out this truth, it won't matter what they try to do to the Blogosphere; they will continue their electoral spiral downward.

But in the meantime, just call me Poor Richard.

Catching Up On Friends’ Blogs

Filed in MiscellaneousTags: Friends

I remember well the Frankfurt airport smoking bars:

Frankfort is a cool airport. A bit retro while being completely modern. I suppose this is how a lot of Germany feels. The Germans are supposed to be supremely stylish, but I don't know enough to know the difference. One big problem in my opinion: too much smoking. In the US, it's almost a crime to smoke cigarettes, at least in the Washington D.C area, and I wouldn't be surprised if that personal freedom was one of the next to go. Frankfort Airport, in sharp contrast, has smoking bars. I'm not talking about a joint where you can get a pint and smoke a cigarette or cigar. I'm talking about an elbow-high counter-top, with nothing else around it, practically in the middle of the corridor in the terminal. And it's not just one... there are dozens of them.

I had a 2-3 hour layover in Frankfurt on my way to my mission trip in Manchester, England in 2002. We all also commented that, without any ventilation, the smoking bars were about as effective as designated urnating areas in public swimming pools. Spot on, too, with the description as a "bit retro while being completely modern."

There’s an art to avoiding madness during an airport layover. You can take the easy way out and sleep in the boarding area until your plane is ready to board. Or, you can do what we did and tour the airport, wandering aimlessly in and our of duty free, travel electronics, and magazine stands.

As I remember, we got bored of wandering relatively quickly, and turned to hackey sack. It turned out to be a great way to pass the time; unfortunately, we picked a relatively traffic-free area that happened to be right next to the office of a very large, burly, scary security woman. Said security woman would not have been an issue, had one of my teammates not made a flying leap into the wall to make a play on the hack. As we found out from the resultant, reverberating din, the wall was quite flimsy, and Helga's office was right on the other side. Our hackey diversion ended quickly when she came out of her office, yelling at us rather animatedly in (obviously) German, which meant none of us could understand her.
And after this blast from the past, we now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging...

I Like Your Pants

Filed in PersonalTags: Indiana, Terre Haute

And whoever said Terre Haute, IN, isn't exciting? Aaron Baldauff recounts a recent late-night excursion to the Terre Haute Kroger, beginning as follows:

On a scale from 1 to inappropriate, leaving Kroger this evening lands at right about 74.

Way too funny, but completely apropos to The Haute.

Starved For Justice

Filed in Politics, Science, Social IssuesTags: Judiciary, Sanctity of Life

Oh, how I love Ann Coulter:

Just once, we need an elected official to stand up to a clearly incorrect ruling by a court. Any incorrect ruling will do, but my vote is for a state court that has ordered a disabled woman to be starved to death at the request of her adulterous husband.

Our Federal Judiciary has become the Fiat Judiciary.
Can someone - anyone - explain to me why federal judges get lifetime appointments? Can someone explain why We The People get to vote our confidence in judges at the state level, but not at the federal level (except, perhaps, the appellate courts, if I remember correctly)? I think I'm going to look into that question, and pose it to Senator Talent.
If Terry Schiavo is allowed to die, her husband should be charged with murder, and Judge Greer should be impeached for incompetence, arrogance, and sticking the middle finger at the US Congress by ignoring a Congressional subpoena.
How the party that rejoices at sucking a living, breathing, unborn child from a womb with a vacuum, and allowing a living, breathing, handicapped woman to die of starvation and dehydration can claim to be the party of compassion and humanity, I will never understand.

Pacers-Pistons (almost) Blows Up Again

Filed in SportsTags: Pacers - NBA- Bomb scare delays Pacers-Pistons game:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The threat of a bomb in Indiana's locker room delayed the start of the Pacers-Detroit Pistons game for 1 hour, 25 minutes Friday night.

Can the NBA just cancel all future Pacers-Pistons games in Detroit? Just to be fair, I'd be willing to give up ever having the Pistons in Indianapolis again, too.

Indianapolis Colts Forever

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Colts Owner Jim Irsay says his loyalty to Indy is strong:

"Q: But you're the son of the man who moved the Colts. Like father, like son?

A: It's strange, because I don't like franchise movement. Sometimes when it's necessary at the very end of a very problematic situation, it needs to occur. But being one of the teams that has moved, obviously that was my dad's era. But I believe in franchise stability. I believe that creating a legacy and having a tradition is what sports is all about in terms of rivalries and creating a generation of fans. The real equity you have is in the fans' love of the game, and that equity is gained through many decades of building a legacy."

Really, can we stop talking about this now? I know the media find rumors of the Colts moving to Los Angeles sexy, but again and again, Irsay has said just the opposite - that he intends to build a Super-Bowl franchise in Indianapolis. The new stadium is on its way (if the Indiana lawmakers can ever get their act together).

Oh, and I'm planning on becoming a season ticket holder. My playoff tickets were Secton 327 (Yellow) seats. Full-season tickets there are $490. I'm thinking that's my range - unless I can find some killer seats in the Red ($550) section.


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Please Bear With Me

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