Archive for October 2008

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

Orson Scott Card (Paleo-Democrat) on the media:

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth.  That’s what you claim you do, when you accept people’s money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans.  You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that’s what honorable people do.

If we could get Paleo-Dems like OSC and Lieberman and Zel Miller on board with the libertarian faction of the Republican Party, we could have a pretty good chance at a viable third party.  Then again, if the media did what it claimed it did, both parties would be a lot cleaner and more accountable, and we wouldn’t need a third party.

Björk QotD

“You shouldn’t let poets lie to you.”

Bjork is great.  Just a little cute ball of Eurocrazy.

Obama becomes increasingly unavailable

Palin Becomes Increasingly Accessible To The National Media.

Biden hasn’t held a press conference in more than a month, and Obama hasn’t taken questions from his full traveling press corps since the end of September. John McCain—who spent most of the primary season holding what seemed like one, never-ending media availability—hasn’t done one since Sept. 23.

Though she often turns the “mainstream media” into a punching bag on the stump, Palin clearly enjoys interacting with reporters. She seems to relish the opportunity to demonstrate that her breadth of knowledge far exceeds what she offered to CBS News’ Katie Couric in a series of interviews that were marked by vague, often convoluted answers to straightforward questions.

So, when are we going to get a chance to vet Obama and Biden?

And, for all you people who claimed the she wasn’t talking to the press because she would expose her mental deficiencies — yeah, she’s the stupid one.

What Liberal Media?

Stay Classy, Dems

Ask The Obamessiah a difficult question, get your legal history combed through and published.

Stay classy, guys.

Update: Ask a difficult question, have the fucking authorities try to end your career.

At what point can we call this bullshit the FASCISM that it is?

Woz Channels Yogi Berra

Steve Wozniak predicts death of the iPod:

“It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much.”

In other words, “iPods aren’t popular anymore, everyone’s got a couple.”

Obama Doctrine

CPD: 2008 Debate Transcript

What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don’t have national security issues at stake?

OBAMA: Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake.

If we could have intervened effectively in the Holocaust, who among us would say that we had a moral obligation not to go in?

If we could’ve stopped Rwanda, surely, if we had the ability, that would be something that we would have to strongly consider and act.

So when genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that diminishes us.

OBAMA: And so I do believe that we have to consider it as part of our interests, our national interests, in intervening where possible.

But understand that there’s a lot of cruelty around the world. We’re not going to be able to be everywhere all the time. That’s why it’s so important for us to be able to work in concert with our allies.

You know what?  I agree with this statement 100%.  The problem is, he doesn’t back up his words with actions.  See, we’ve had this exact situation recently, and Obama has done everything he could to oppose ending the Iraqi holocaust.

Because, you know, it was all bubble-gum smiles and the roads were paved with gumdrops before the evil Amerikans came.  Ask Sean Penn, he’ll tell you.

Update: In fact, it wasn’t even his position then:

“Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep US forces there,” the AP reported on July 20, 2007 (my italics).