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A Target-rich Environment for Blogging

Some days there's a lot of stuff to blog about. Today is one of those days.

1) I really, really don't follow college sports or sports in general, so, this story about Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend was news to me. It's also a hoax. The lengthy article has all the details, but since Manti claims to have actually met the non-existent woman, it's hard to see how he's not a willing participant.

2) From League of Ordinary Gentlemen, I read about Barack Obama 2.0. The gist of the article is that Obama has decided to spend his second term breaking the right-wing fringe of the Republican party. He's going to do that by forcing them to either vote against stated principles or look even more stupid then they already do. If true, we're in for an interesting few years, in part because this breaking will not necessarily lead to the desired political outcomes for liberals.

3) From Gin and Tacos, a hilarious little story on how Freedom In America Dies. Well worth the click.


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Jan. 17th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Gin & Tacos

What's amusing about that is how closely it parallels what we were being told by the Bush Derangement Syndrome crowd: The Imperial President would invoke a “State of Emergency” to nullify or prevent any further elections. Some of the more advanced cases even claimed that he'd already signed such an order “secretly.” (How they knew of it, it's best not to enquire.)

It's been pointed out that the degree of rancor between Church and State (so to speak) is deepening into real, potentially violent hatred. But this is actually nothing new. In a way it's refreshing: Apathy would be worse.

Jan. 17th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Gin & Tacos
You do realize the author is parodying the current Obama Derangement Syndrome?
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Gin & Tacos
So here's the BDS thing versus the ODS version. I never recall hearing, say, Keith Olberman, churning out the most rabid version of the Bush stuff. He was pretty clear he thought that Bush was a lying imbecile... not sure I necessarily agree, I don't think Bush was really allowed near the data to be able to know he was lying.

I remember nothing from mainstream media anything like as batshit crazy as the crap I'm hearing from Hanity, Limbaugh, Beck and a few others. Weirdly Ann Coulter appears to have got on the wrong train and has been on a stopping service around sanity since the election. But seriously, when you have members of friggin' congress talking about impeachment for executive orders that are purely requests to enforce THE EXISTING LAW then there's something screwier than what happened when Bush II was President.
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)

I'm kind of sorry for Ann Coulter. I remember when she was speaking plain common sense that was (and is) no longer common. She spoke of the real and deliberate damage the various entities grouped under “the Left” have done to the fabric of this country.

But then, you see, she got trapped in that spiraling game of “Can You Top This,” where to stay in the headlines she had to make more and more ridiculously overblown statements and claims until she became a mirror image of the professional sexists and racists of the Left, whose power and money depend on always, always finding sexism and racism just everywhere, no matter how ridiculous the definition has to become…

Eventually she overextended, people stopped paying any attention to her and she toppled into the questionable support of the lunatic fringe.

But I remember when she said what needed to be said.

Jan. 17th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I've not really seen much by what the US calls the 'left' that I find all that terrible. You want insane 'left' rhetoric, look up the British Labour Party circa 1983 - I think that's filed under B for Batshit.

Nor am I particularly convinced the US 'left' has done any real damage to the US compared to, say, the 30 years of under investment and trickle down economics that the US and also the UK has dealt with for over the last 3 decades.

At least the UK has a healthcare system to show for it, and most of the roads are in good condition.
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)

When you realize that the Labour Party were willing stooges for the Communist Party of the Soviet Union - that they were, in practical terms, Soviet agents - their behavior comes into focus.

Not all political parties or politicians are loyal to their country. Some serve a Higher Agenda which, in the Left's case, always requires some form of coercion to achieve because no one actually affected by it, wants it!

Jan. 18th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh I can't let you have that... The "left" is hardly all that monolithic. I support single payer healthcare but believe me I am FAR from bein on the left. Likewise real socialists actually believed in something and while Tony Benn might have been remotely aligned with Moscow I think you'll find thy he thought them somewhat more like fascists.

Mos people actually do want socialism, they usually don't realize it. They want roads, clean air and water, a country not run by war lords and th rest of it.

Honestly we're actually just arguing over what degree of socialism we actually want.
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