The Darkness That's Killing Journalism

Posted by Keeley on October 12, 2017 at 7:09 PM

In a pair of stories in The Federalist and The Weekly Standard, Lee Smith paints a bleak picture of media in America today, and he does it around two stories: Harvey Weinstein's scandal, and Fusion GPS's role in the Russia Investigation and the accompanying Steele dossier, but also Fusion GPS's role regarding the Magnitsky Act.

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Signaling Virtue or Being Virtuous

Posted by Christine & John on October 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

I despised NFL players for using the National Anthem for pushing what I still consider a misguided cause. But the linked article made me reconsider. I hate it when someone tells me that the goal is to call attention to a problem or raise consciousness. That is weak. It is a STEP, not goal. The player need be more than a barking dog that gets attention and just barks some more. The players have the nation's attention. Time for some harder work. The difference between virtue signaling and having virtue is demonstrated by what you do after you get their attention.

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Who is being harassed sexually?

Posted by Christine & John on October 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Conservatives are taking great delight in attacking liberals for turning a blind eye to decades long sexual harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein. They say it is because he is liberal, because he gave so much to Democratic causes and because he inserted liberal messages into so effectively into entertainment. This all may be true. But it misses a big reason so many are quiet. They were complicit. Many "victims" were at the same time perpetrators.

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This applies to both left and right. I just dislike hysterics.

Posted by Christine & John on October 5, 2017 at 11:36 AM

It gets crazier and crazier. The problem is that some groups now oppose "reason supremacy" and want to privelge their subjective feelings over the objective pursuit of reality. When they are challenged, they react hysterically and sometimes violently. These are natural human emotions, but the kinds that we are supposed to begin to address and control when we get past two-years-old.

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Properly managing our public lands

Posted by Christine & John on October 1, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Zinke is my favorite in the cabinet and this article is an excellent short discussion of his ideas and plans. So much good sense, especially about fighting wildfire. There is no way we can isolate living land from human influence. Our choice is not whether to manage our wild lands but whether to manage them well or poorly. Too often, we have abdicated management altogether, and this is wrong.

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Claiming the Coveted Victim Status

Posted by Christine & John on September 29, 2017 at 8:38 AM

People used to be proud of what they had accomplished and sometimes even claimed to have accomplished more than they had. Today is is more stylish to claim to have been victimized and claim your accomplishments are meaningless. In fact, better not to have any, since you can then claim to have been denied. It is especially useful to be a member of multiple victimized groups. What to do if you have accomplished too much and outrun your victimization? Seems to me that the "taking a knee" protests by rich and privileged athletes is an example of reclaiming the coveted victim status, riding on the backs of actual victims and/or using history to vault over their way to obvious privelge.

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Bright lines

Posted by Christine & John on September 24, 2017 at 9:04 PM

We should draw a bright line between the political and the personal. I don't care and don't typically want to know political positions of those I interact with. "None of my business" should apply to most things in life.

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We are more than our political identities

Posted by Christine & John on September 21, 2017 at 10:20 PM

We should draw a bright line between the personal and the political. Most of us are complex. Reducing the whole person to one dimension, especially a political one, is hateful and disrespectful to our common humanity.

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The Simple Difference Between Left & Right

Posted by Christine & John on September 19, 2017 at 8:13 AM

When you see somebody doing very well or very poorly, do you ask what happened to him or do you ask what did he do to make that happen? Both are valid questions, but #1 came to your mind first, you are probably liberal.

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​Is The Holy Grail of an Immigration Deal Tax Reform?

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2017 at 6:46 PM

​How badly does the voting public at large want a grand deal on the Dreamers v. Border Security trade-off? Roll Call suggests the polling shows not very much, but spend much of their time interviewing hard-left Democrats from Congress who of course will never accept anything less than full citizenship for Dreamers. And the few GOP they seem to quote are dead set against any sort of amnesty, like Rep Steve King, for example.

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​Amnesty Don? The Dinner That Was Heard Around America

Posted by Keeley on September 15, 2017 at 4:58 PM

​When Politico says that Trump's base may be untouchable and that Democrats have not found a way to tie together what Politico and their ilk see as Trump's weaknesses with a compelling narrative, you know that one is just around the corner. And has just turned the corner and is smiling in broad daylight for everyone to wonder over.

Or to rage over. Because this is different.

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​Memo to Intel Heads - Be Careful With Outsourcing (as in Kapersky Labs)

Posted by Keeley on September 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM

​If Hillary Clinton showed up at your door in slacks and a work shirt with a tool box and said she was going to fix your server in your basement that you use for your online business selling wool yarn, would you feel secure? No? How about Rex Tillerson? With a nifty little cap on to boot? Wait, how about James Comey, towering over you, standing there smiling coldly, just a step from your transom?

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​Why are The AG and the FBI Director Stonewalling Their Own Party in Congress?

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2017 at 12:36 PM

​Irma is coming, no doubt about it. We all know how it works. A hurricane gathers force in the Eastern Atlantic and moves West towards and through the Caribbean, usually raking over at least part of the West Indies and landing somewhere between, and including, Mexico and Florida, or even further up the coast. How much damage any specific storm will actually do remains hard to predict. Each storm has it's own peculiar path that it will follow. And we can only prepare and wait.

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​DACA - The Mother of All Carve-Outs

Posted by Keeley on September 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM

​Congress has six months to come up with a DACA replacement or DACA look-alike. And they may not be able to do it. The GOP majority in the Senate is possibly too slim and we're about to find out how truly deep the divisions are in the GOP over immigration policy.

This is a disaster right?

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​Is the SPLC a Money Laundering Front?

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2017 at 7:27 PM

​Outrage has been big business for at least a few years now, especially over the last few years. Media - both mainstream media in it's progressive majority and conservative minority, and smaller scale media - from a blog to a focused newsletter - have been able to profit from the anger swirling through America's and much of the Western World's cultures. Just look at CNN's profits and revenues over the last three years. Or MSNBC. Or Fox. Or many others.

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