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Watcher of Weasels Nominations — Mid-January 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:57 pm - January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Legacy media help Democrats craft false narratives about GOP

Glenn linked something yesterday which really gets at the advantage the legacy media accord to Democrats.  When some fringe figure at a Republican rally hurls an angry epithet, prominent Democrats call for party leaders to “differentiate themselves” from the lone nut-bag lest he come to define the party.  And folks in the legacy media often pick up on the story, portraying the isolated voice as representative of the GOP.

But, when an angry leftist hoists a mean-spirited sign at a liberal rally, that’s just one angry liberal and not a representative of the party.  Heck, if a prominent Democrat says something stupid, well, it’s just not news.  And when a liberal columnist uses harsh language to describe Republican, there’s no need for any differentiation–because the Republicans really are that bad.

Democrats, Stephen Kruiser writes

. . . will forever be aided by the MSM lap dogs who do their bidding when it comes to false narrative writing. This one is basically parroting the president. That doesn’t mean it is impossible to counter. But it will take leadership who is willing shout “Oh, HELL no!” every time they’re painted as evil or violent.

Read the whole thing.

Ted Nugent on Gun Rights

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 5:32 pm - January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Gun Control,Second Amendment,Worthy Causes

I’ve never gotten into the man’s music, but he is a staunch constitutional conservative and has some good points in this rant-y, red-meat interview by Peter Schiff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK-ytv3Jq_o

Here’s a thought: Maybe we should rename our “gun-free” zones as “defense-free” zones. Catchy name? The point being, they’re not gun-free and never will be; the criminals will still have guns.

UPDATE: NRA membership is up by 250,000 since the Left started its new gun-control push.

Austerity doesn’t work?

The word ‘austerity’ has been kicking around in political life, these last few years. It conjures images of Greek old people forced to eat cat food as their country’s economy collapses and to burn furniture for heat, because right-wing budget-balancing Nazis have forced cruel cuts to social spending.

I exaggerate, but not much; see this Greek depiction of Germany’s Merkel. Leaving aside the fact the Nazis were socialists who believed in Keynesian deficit-spending on public works and social benefits (much like our Democrat friends believe), the word ‘austerity’ – specifically, the image of cruel spending cuts – is largely a myth, that left-wingers deploy to narrow the range of acceptable thought.

“Look at Europe!”, cry advocates of Big Government and deficit spending, “They’ve tried austerity and it doesn’t work!” And what they mean is: don’t you dare think about government spending cuts.

If you corner them, they may acknowledge that tax hikes also count as ‘austerity’ policies. But they are usually fine with tax hikes; they love tax hikes. So when they hurl ‘austerity’ as a pejorative, they mean, DON’T CUT SPENDING.

But let’s step back a minute. Have European countries actually cut their spending? And if they are suffering, might other factors – another policy, perhaps – explain the suffering? These questions are worth examining. (more…)

Miami Brunch Sun.,. Jan. 20th; Steak Dinner Mon. Jan., 28

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:21 pm - January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Freedom,Travel

Just a reminder about our brunch in Miami this coming Sunday, January 20th.

And a Monday night steak dinner on the 28th in honor of the LA City Council’s declaration of Meatless Mondays.

Drop me a note to RSVP and for details.

Do some liberals define themselves by what they’re against?

Is is just me — or are others noticing that their left-of-center Facebook friends are still posting more links (and commentary) critical of Republicans (and conservatives) than they are posting pieces praising the reelected president and promoting his second-term agenda?

How quick some were to pounce on General Powell’s suggestion about dark undercurrents of racism in the GOP. (They didn’t bother to come up with facts backing up their assertion — and ignored the fact that most Republicans seem pleased the the nation’s only Indian-American woman governor appointed a black man to serve in the United States Senate. And when you provide examples of Democrats saying similar things to those Republican statements Powell singled out, well, it comes time to insist that Republicans really, really are racist.)

One friend just linked something from an outfit called Americans Against the Tea Party. Is it that those folks define themselves not by what they’re for, but by their against?

Just wonderin’.

Of guns & the media

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:00 am - January 16, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias,Random Thoughts,Second Amendment

Before even pausing to mourn the children, teachers and school administrators murdered in Connecticut, our friends in the legacy media sought to pin the blame on someone other than the deranged shooter. The NRA is to blame. Or so, some claimed. (Just check the Facebook feed from some of your liberal friends.)

Look up at CNN next time you’re at the gym — or in an airport — and you’ll see another piece on guns. It’s not that most Americans are clamoring for gun control,* it’s that folks in their circles are doing that.

CNN — and other voices in the legacy media — attempt to craft a national narrative from the opinions of certain segments of the population.

How much different our news would be if our journalists associated more often with small businessmen and women or churchgoing Christians.

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