Information overload

It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth.  Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon.  Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another.  We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority.  We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.”  This is merely suppression of opposing ideas.  I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one.  People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents.  Hostility is projected, received and internalized.  With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.

What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly.  What are you doing to prepare?

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Lies, damned lies, and the media

(With apologies to Mark Twain for the headline)

It would seem the surge in Trump derangement on the Left has gotten to the point they may have actually let some truth out.  After all the complaining, listen to the last thing Mika Brzezinski has to say in this clip:

This attitude should not surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.  Whether it’s the now-defunct (but certainly replaced) “Journolist,” or deliberate message coordination with a preferred candidate, or the uncanny consistency in how headlines read on a subject, there can be no doubt that the mainstream media’s definition of “objectivity” is to achieve an objective: pushing America to the left.  The corporate media have become the “Minitrue” of Orwell’s 1984, and jealously guard their assumed prerogative to program the American mind.

The internet threatened this stranglehold, so now the major platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are zealously guarding against content that might have “crimethink.”  (because allowing unfettered discussion would be doubleplusungood…)  It is probably only a matter of time before Blogger and WordPress begin deciding which blogs should be available to peruse.

The legacy media are the enemy of traditional America, and just as in the clip above they will sometimes accidentally admit the fact. Choose your sources of information and commentary accordingly.  As a famous TV show used to like to say, “the truth is out there…”

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That’s what Glenn Reynolds and his Instapundit team frequently call the mainstream press.  The observation is spot on.  While these outlets may ‘compete’ for ratings share, they collude just as much when it comes to messaging.  Think I exaggerate?

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The above is but a sample; many others used the same theme.  It would seem a certainty that some variant of the old “Journolist” system is still in place.  Rather than just take “everybody’s” word for it that Trump’s speech was “dark,” read it for yourself.  I still think he’s a very flawed candidate, but in this instance I agree with his diagnosis of things.  It’s very telling that the current President can scold us for eight years about how racist and otherwise evil our nation still is (even after deigning to elect him!) and nobody in the press calls it a dark vision of America.  Yet Trump points out how free trade and unrestricted illegal immigration has and continues to destroy the middle class, and suddenly he’s the gloom-meister?

The Democrats open their preordained coronation of Her Hillariness as their nominee this week (sorry Bernie supporters – you were cast in the role of controlled opposition from the start!).  The simple fact is that our mass propaganda media apparatus has been prepping the American public, not just for a woman president, but specifically for Hillary for decades:

 Beginning with an episode in the ‘90s featuring President Hillary Clinton, audiences have been treated to Hillary-inspired female presidents and politicians, fictional TV characters endorsing the real-life former FLOTUS, and children’s books singing her praises. Pro-Hillary propaganda has been saturating the entertainment world.

It must be particularly galling to these would-be queen-makers that after so much time and trouble, their candidate still has a very real chance of losing to Trump of all people.  In the new digital age, the old guard media gatekeepers aren’t the only purveyors of information.  Here’s a tip, establishment: she’s that bad a candidate.  There’s simply not enough lipstick to make the pig less piglike to the public.

But that doesn’t mean Hillary’s sycophants and longtime allies in the corporate press won’t try.  Especially during her long-awaited coronation this week.

Saturday Sounds – sham edition

AKA: “liar, liar, pantsuit on fire!”

Because when a candidate’s statements diverge from the record this much, you have to ask: can you trust them on anything?  This isn’t just about emails… it’s about an utter lack of integrity or shame, in the naked pursuit of power.  Don’t forget that, America!

Herding the mainstream press

The legacy corporate media is docile, controlled, manipulated, complacent, and utterly useless for anyone who believes the role of a free press is to hold those in power accountable (except for destroying the occasional Republican in order to maintain the facade).  That the New York Times would publish a piece that shows this so well only goes to demonstrate our ruling class believes they can do whatever they wish with impunity — and even laugh amongst themselves about how they sell their lies to a gullible press and public.

Like Obama, Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writer’s tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics but is often quite personal. He is adept at constructing overarching plotlines with heroes and villains, their conflicts and motivations supported by flurries of carefully chosen adjectives, quotations and leaks from named and unnamed senior officials. He is the master shaper and retailer of Obama’s foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press.

As Rhodes admits, it’s not that hard to shape the narrative. “All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” Rhodes said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Note that this individual, whose incredible level of foreign policy influence in the administration the piece makes clear, has absolutely zero background in that area.  No service in the State Department.  No military background.  Not even formal studies in international relations.  Instead, he holds a masters degree in fictional writing.

With a novelist charting policy and a young, D.C.-based press corps taking his view as gospel for their reporting, is it any wonder what was left of the Pax Americana has crumbled beyond recognition in recent years?

This shouldn’t be all that surprising since the current president himself was not elected based on any accomplishments or background.  No, the election of “The One” was itself a narrative of how America was going to atone for its past sins by finally putting a black man in the Oval Office.  Incredibly, in the face of eight years of economic stagnation, foreign policy missteps and retreats, broken relationships with long-standing international partners and passage of an Obamacare medical mess that increasingly resembles a Potemkin village, the nation’s chattering classes still want us to believe we did a good thing in 2008! (Incidentally, the same voices assure us that Hillary’s potential to be the first female president is more significant that all the swirling questions about corruption, influence peddling and neglect of national security information she’s accumulated in the past quarter century.  As the saying goes: “fool me once…”)

If you want to know what’s really going on these days, the last places you should be getting your information is a government spokesperson — or the legacy media.  The latter is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the ever-growing Leviathan that is Washington, D.C.

Refusing to say the word

Much ink and not a few electrons have already been used to dissect the attack this week in California.  What’s finally prompting me to add my small voice is seeing the wording by which the President directed government agencies to fly the flag at half-staff*:

As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions through December 7, 2015.

This is why America faces more immediate danger than any time I can remember in my lifetime.  This is why we cannot get a handle on confronting and destroying Islamist networks.  This President steadfastly refuses to use the word “terrorism” unless it can be hung on his political enemies at home.

Think I exaggerate?  Within minutes of the shootings in Colorado, the entire left side of the spectrum was practically giddy at the thought a violent anti-abortionist would let them discredit a political viewpoint and at the same time demand more gun restrictions.  There was NO HESITATION to call it “domestic terrorism,” even while the standoff was going on and authorities were stressing the shooter’s motivations were not yet clear.  As more details have emerged, major media outlets have made much of the man’s professed “religious fervor,” though even they have to admit his theology amounted to saying one thing and doing another.  But never mind he’s not a Bible-adhering Christian: he claimed to be a Christian so that’s enough to initiate the guilt-by-association campaign.  By Jove, those gun-toting, Bible-thumping Christians are the greatest threat to our society!  Well, after Global Warming, that is.

Contrast that with the San Bernadino shootings.  The proclamation above gets nowhere close to the word “terrorism,” instead blaming inanimate objects (“guns”) once again for the violence.  While this is great rhetoric for the left’s relentless agenda to disarm ordinary Americans, it has the disadvantage of skirting around reality.

That reality includes the perpetrators’ Islamic faith, which somehow doesn’t seem to warrant as much coverage as Robert Dear’s deluded version of Christianity.  Syed Rizwan Farook, the son of Pakistani immigrants, traveled to Saudi Arabia to marry someone he’d met online (and who was able to get a thumbs up from Homeland (in)Security for a visa to live here).  His friends and family knew him to be absorbed by his Islamic faith, and he was in contact with known radicals.  He and his wife stockpiled thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as materials for a pipe bomb assembly line in their apartment.

In this case, the news wanted to float the idea this was “workplace violence.”  Farook’s family claims he was teased by coworkers about his faith (never mind they also threw the couple a baby shower — for a child this couple left with its grandmother so they could go kill 14 people!).  About the only reference to the perpetrators’ religion is coverage of how Muslims are supposedly dealing with a backlash, the driver for which seems to be a mystery.  Despite the weapons cache and bomb-making materials, the FBI will only say “terrorism isn’t ruled out.”  Way to go, Inspector Clouseau!  I’m sure the President’s unwillingness to ever call any Islamic terrorism by its name has NOTHING to do with your open verdict — or the rampant sense of insecurity now felt by many Americans.

So, to sum up: the Colorado shooting means we need gun control and to reign in the protests from conservative Christians morally opposed to abortion.  The California shooting… well, since we don’t know his motivation (“he was such a nice, quiet guy!”), we’ll just blame it on the guns and double down on disarming America.  After all, we wouldn’t want to profile people — that’s doubleplusungood.

America has enemies, at home and abroad.  Increasingly, I’m of the opinion that the Democrats, especially this President, need to be considered conscious enablers of those enemies.  Instead of confronting the threat of militant Islam, they’d rather jet around the world talking about Global Warming (how’s THAT for hypocrisy?), browbeat Americans so they don’t act on suspicions, push to import thousands more from the region that spawned this hellish ideology in the first place, all while working to disarm the law-abiding public.  I’ll just say Molon Labe to that last bit.

History will not be kind to them.  Nor, I suspect, will the next decade or so be kind to our country, which has allowed these festering sores to rule over us.  We’re always told an election is “the most importantest ever,” but that’s very true in 2016.  Unless we elect leaders who actually believe in Western Civilization and what America used to stand for, and who will bar fifth columns from forming through immigration, and who will protect the rights of Americans to defend themselves against criminals and terrorists (but I repeat myself), well, there likely won’t be a presidential election in 2020.

At least not for the country we knew.

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(*) – By the way, on land, the flag is sometimes flown at half-staff.  Only at sea (or on Navy/Coast Guard installations) is it ever flown at half-mast.   Get it right, people!  (End of pet peeve rant)