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Of nasty moods & nasty comments

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:54 pm - March 21, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging,Random Thoughts

Earlier today in a chat on Facebook, a friend said something to me which opened an old wound.  He didn’t intend to hurt, indeed, he probably isn’t even aware he had touched on a sensitive topic.

But, combined with a number of things which went wrong today, the conversation put me in a foul mood.  Through no fault of anyone.

Then, walking out my apartment, something dawned on me.  I was about to snap at our building’s handyman who had promised to fix the bar in my bedroom closet last Thursday, but still had not done so.  I checked myself when I realized I had wanted to vent about something entirely unrelated to the work that needed doing in my apartment.

Instead of lashing out, I reminded the handyman about the work that needed doing.

As I drove off, I wondered if some of those who lash out at us in particular (and conservatives in general) in the various comments sections to our posts, are doing what I almost did — project thee anger, anxiety or unease because of very setbacks in their own lives onto someone else, in this case, their ideological adversaries.  Like the handyman almost was to me, we become a convenient target for them.

I was also reminded of a vow I once made, never to blog when in a nasty mood.

Americans’ anxiety over economy remains high
our rating of Obama’s handling of economy low

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - March 21, 2011.
Filed under: Economy,We The People

“If,” Ed Morrissey writes, surveying today’s Gallup poll asking about Americans’ concerns on 14 issues, “Democrats expect to win independent support, they had better take budget issues more seriously, as well as start looking for ways to promote real economic growth.” Our top concerns are the economy and federal spending:

Nearly three in four Americans (71%) say they worry about the economy “a great deal,” more than worry about 13 other issues Gallup measured in a March 3-6 poll. Nearly two in three (64%) worry a great deal about federal spending and the budget deficit. Americans show the least anxiety about race relations — the only issue about which the majority is “only a little” or “not at all” concerned.

With gas prices hitting new highs, with many stations in Los Angeles selling a gallon of regular for over $4, it is no wonder that “The availability and affordability of energy is the only issue about which Americans have grown significantly more worried since last year, from 38% to 46%. The current level of concern about this is similar to what it was from 2006 to 2008.”

In both of those years, the party out of power made significant gains at the ballot box. Going through Gallup’s Morrissey also found greater common ground between Republicans and independents on top issues:

In Gallup’s survey, Democrats ranked health care (69%) above the economy (64%), and the federal budget and deficit don’t even rate a majority concern.  Independents and Republicans share the economy and budget as the top two issues, although the GOP puts federal spending/deficit above the economy while independents have those reversed.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen finds “just 31% rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as good or excellent. Forty-five percent (45%) say the president is doing a poor job handling these issues.

Are liberal critics of Bush deficits the same folks faulting Republicans for “slashing” federal spending?

While we here in Los Angeles are focused on the downpour and our news media on the attacks on Libya, we still need bear in mind that the current divided Congress has yet to finish the work the 111th (i.e., the Pelosi-Reid Congress) left undone.  They still haven’t passed a 2012 budget.

You see, the Democratic Senate has rejected the budget the Republican House has passed.

As we think about matters budgetary, a thought occurs.

Recall how many Democrats (and their allies in the media and in the blogosphere) criticized the immediate past president for his failure to hold the line on spending.  But, wouldn’t these folks have cried bloody murder had that good man tried to make the type of cuts passed by the Republican House.  I mean, heck, the Washington Post characterized “the $6 billion cut in the most recent continuing resolution as ‘slashing’ the federal budget“.

Wonder what kind of cuts these folks proposed.

So, in Britain, it’s not morally depraved to murder innocents in their sleep?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:15 am - March 21, 2011.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Media Bias

“Let us,” R. S. McCain writes, “mentally transport ourselves back to the civil rights era, and suppose that a columnist used a phrase like ‘redneck savages’ or the ‘moral depravity of Mississippians’ to condemn violence against blacks“:

We might imagine that some would complain that this language unfairly implicated all Southern whites in the crimes of a hateful few. But there would have been no possibility of official sanction against such a columnist, as is the case with this British “Press Complaints Commission” that is investigating Melanie Phillips.

What is this commission? It was established in 1991 to stave off Parliamentary complaints about the media and is tasked with exercising “non-statutory self-regulation” in the press.

And what did Melanie Phillips do to merit this investigation?  Well, in a “blogpost on the Spectator website“, she “referred to the ‘moral depravity’ of Arab ‘savages’“.

Now, if, if appears, she is referring to the Palestinian terrorists who, in the dead of night, snuck into a Jewish home and, in cold blood, murdered three Jewish children and their sleeping parents, well, then, the words she used accurately describe those terrorists.  Such an act is one of moral depravity.  Those committing it are indeed savages.

This is not to say that all Arabs are savages.  Indeed, most are not.  But, if cheering such a murder and praising its perpetrators does not strike us as morally depraved, then we have truly lost sight of the values of a civilized society.

Perhaps, some might Melanie Phillips’s language as suggesting that all Arabs are savages.  If so, her critics should ask for a clarification and/or a correction, rather than grandstanding by filing such complaint.

And to note, as does McCain in his update, the complainant is not someone without an agenda:

Mark Steyn notes that the complaint against Phillips was brought by Inayat Bunglawala, chairman of Muslims4UK, “a man who called the blind sheikh behind the first World Trade Center bombing ‘courageous’ and Osama bin Laden a ‘freedom fighter.’”