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The Narrative Decides What Becomes News

Posted by V the K at 7:48 pm - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Media Bias,Post 9-11 America

Jeff’s post on St. Matthew of Wyoming got me to thinking about narratives, and how the MFM is incapable of covering stories that don’t fit the narratives they believe in.

In the Matthew Shepard case, the story went national because it fit a progressive narrative: the one that goes “Red state America is filled with bigots who hate and murder gays.” The near simultaneous rape and murder of thirteen year old Jesse Dirkhising by two gay men in Arkansas was not national news; because there is no narrative that permits gay men to be portrayed as sexual predators.

We see the same thing with the national coverage of the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.  These stories are not only covered because of The Narrative, but have to be carefully shaded to fit The Narrative that racist cops kill young black men with impunity because America is a racist country where black lives don’t matter. Meanwhile, three white cops have been indicted over the last four months for shooting unarmed black men — in red southern South Carolina — but this is not worthy of wall-to-wall national media attention because it doesn’t fit the Narrative. (It will become newsworthy only if they are acquitted.)

And then, there is the University of Virginia gang-rape story, which has since been revealed to be a hoax (probably), but which gained national attention because, like the Duke lacrosse case before it, it fit a feminist-promoted Narrative of colleges as rape zones where privileged white males ran amok. In 2013, a thirteen year old girl was gang-raped by illegal immigrants. But The Narrative insists that illegal immigrants are victims, not perpetrators, so that story was not covered by the national media.

Above all the other Narratives is the one the progressive left believes above all the others; that middle America is bigoted, hateful, and potentially violent. For that reason, negative stories about gays, illegal immigrants, or Muslims must be suppressed; lest Middle Americans pause from raping their sister-cousins, pick up their AR-15′s, and begin shooting everybody who talks with a lisp or whose skin is more than a shade darker than Katy Perry from the backs of their pick-ups.

To paraphrase Joe Goebbels, the progressive left believes that if they create a Narrative and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  But The Narrative can be maintained only for such time as the Media-Government complex can shield the people from its political and economic consequences. It thus becomes vitally important for the Media-Government complex to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of The Narrative, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the  Media-Government complex.

This last is why the Media-Government complex is so quick to attack those who dissent from the narrative as “Deniers.”

MFM Defends the Conservative Record of … Jeb Bush?

Posted by V the K at 8:40 am - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Jeb Bush,Post 9-11 America

Conservative Radio host Mark Levin … who has an audience size that is the envy of every working network journalist … described Republican Jeb Bush (who may run for president in 2016) as a “good moderate Democrat.” This did not sit well with with the Mainstream Media, some members of which felt obliged to testify on behalf of Mr. Bush’s conservative bona fides.

Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related. John Ellis Bush, the second son of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush, who during his first run for Florida governor in 1994 cheerfully called himself a head-banging conservative, a hang-’em-by-the-neck conservative … who during his second run for Florida governor in 1998 had to craft for himself a more compassionate persona so as not to scare off independent voters … that Jeb Bush has come to be viewed with suspicion by the uber-conservative, Tea Party wing of his Republican Party?

One can conclude from this that… um… the MFM really, really want Jeb Bush to be the Republican nominee against the Hillary in 2016. Because, obviously, they think he will present interesting and thoughtful ideas and provide Americans with a viable alternative to Mrs. Cinton and they will treat him with complete fairness and respect.

And if you believe that, let me tell you about my sister-in-law who made enough to buy a Ferrari working on the internet…

Anyway, I don’t deny that Jeb Bush is more conservative than Hillary or Obama. But he is a Bush, and after three Bush terms, we know how they govern, and we know that… philosophically, at their core, they believe that Government Knows Best and, in that very significant way they are of one mind with the Obamas, the Clintons, the Kennedies, and all the other statists.

Really, CNN? Really?

CNN found a rather… um… unique angle in its coverage of the terrorist attacks on a Jerusalem synagogue yesterday.

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I guess that’s one way of looking at it.

Seriously, Minnesota, What Is Wrong With You?

Posted by V the K at 8:44 am - November 6, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections,Post 9-11 America

Here is a map of the congressional districts of the 114th Congress. Most of the blue areas are easy to explain; coastal cities with lots of liberal elitists, welfare recipients, and well-oiled union machines, and lots of districts in the southwest with a lot of illegal immigrants.

But seriously, what’s the deal with Minnesota?

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I mean, you re-elected Stuart Smalley for Set’s sake.

The Utter Selfishness and Irresponsibility of Kaci Hickox

A paradigm of the Obama-voting, unmarried female voter… Kaci Hickox resents that she is subject to quarantine because of her recent contact with persons infected with Ebola … and asserts that the common sense measures taken to protect the public from a deadly infectious disease are a violation of her human rights. And of course, she is threatening lawsuits right and left. And she’s become a darling of the MFM.

She asserts she feels fine. And she may well turn out to be uninfected. But what kind of example is this “health care professional” setting for others who may become infected? That they should just go about their lives normally… because it’s their “human right.”

Gay Marriage Makes Some Strange Bedfellows

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is endorsing far left Democrat Scott Peters over gay center-left Republican Carl deMaio, because Gay Marriage.

NOM, the Family Research Council (FRC) and CITIZENLink had released a letter that put Republican leadership on notice of their “active opposition” to DeMaio, as well as two other candidates up for election in 2014. However, the first letter stopped short of supporting Peters. The new letter echoes calls from some local Tea Party and conservative leaders to support Peters.

If this were, as NOM is portraying it, a stand on principle, then simply withholding support from deMaio would make sense. Actively supporting his opponent – a left-wing Democrat whose positions are very far out of NOM’s swim lane – is not a stand on principle.

My guess is the tactical reasoning behind this is to warn other Republicans not to jump on the gay marriage bandwagon. NOM can’t accept that – much as it may suck, the battle to preserve traditional marriage is lost. Traditional marriage has been slipping away since 1969 when Ronald Reagan signed California’s “No Fault” divorce law and began the transformation of marriage from a committed Covenant to a non-binding legal contract to stay together for a while and get some bennies. Gay marriage is one of the last nails in that coffin, but it is not the coffin traditional marriage is being buried in. That casket was built by heterosexuals over a period of decades.

On a related note, a court in the state of New York legalized Uncle-Niece/Aunt-Nephew/Uncle-Nephew/Aunt-Niece incest this week; apparently because Uncle-Niece arrangements are common among immigrants, and we are obligated to respect other cultures more than they are obligated to respect our laws.

HT: Peter H.

SWATCops Terrorize Innocent Gay Man in No-Knock Raid

This kind of thing has to stop.

Bobby Griffin Jr. was wanted on murder charges. His next-door neighbor on Peck Street, Joseph Adams, wasn’t. But that didn’t stop the SWAT team from knocking down his door, setting his home on fire, roughing him up, keeping him tied up in his underwear for nearly three hours, and treating the New Haven man, who is gay, to a nance show as officers taunted him with flamboyantly effeminate mannerisms. If the events detailed in Mr. Adams’s recently filed lawsuit are even remotely accurate, the episode was a moral violation and, arguably, a crime.

And after terrorizing this man and setting his house on fires, the cops blatantly denied the incident had ever happened.

The image that really hooks me is that of Joseph Adams schlepping up to the New Haven police department to endure some bureaucracy and to fill out some paperwork — because no matter how badly government screws up, fixing what’s gone wrong is always your problem. I can picture his situation precisely — every police department, driver’s-license office, tax bureau, and city licensing agency exhibits the same distinctive blind of slowly simmering hostility, smugness, contempt, and complete immunity from accountability. We are ruled by criminals, and their alibi is: “There’s no record of that in the system.” That, or: “The computer won’t let me do that.”

Because that’s how it is living in a totalitarian progressive state.

No Words Needed

Posted by V the K at 11:19 am - October 23, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

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Hat Tip: The Blaze

The Left’s Abuse of Political Power Was Inevitable

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Ever since Barack Hussein Obama became president, there has been a notable acceleration in the use of State power to punish, harass, and wreak vengeance on those the left perceives as their enemies. Just a few examples:

Inevitably, when the left-wing comes to power, the first order of business is to punish their perceived enemies. That has been the case in every country in which any brand of Marxism has come into power. There was a naive assumption that the political system of the United States, with its body of laws and system of checks and balances, was immune to these types of abuses. Clearly, the last six years have shown that it is not.

Modern leftism is less a set of political beliefs than a militant pathology. If your political philosophy is based on the idea that those who disagree with you are evil, and/or greedy, and/or racist, and/or homophobic, and/or sexist, then, of course, they need to be punished, and of course, the reason your side was elected was to punish them. Obama himself admitted as much when he stated that the purpose of elections was “to punish our enemies and … reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” And his administration and his party have done exactly that.

And the worst part is that if, somehow, the left’s greedy fingers are ever pried from the levers of state power, the Republicans will do nothing to reverse what has been done, will do nothing to undo what the Obama left has done. They may not abuse power so flagrantly as the left does, but they like having the power all the same.

The only way to keep the State from abusing power is to not let the State have that power in the first place.

Why Didn’t Mitt Romney Think of this?

As you may recall, the Democrat/Media machine spent much of 2012 hounding Mitt Romney for his tax returns. Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid even claimed he had inside info that Mitt Romney never paid any taxes. When Romney did finally release his tax returns, they showed nothing improper, only that he gave a lot more to charity than most people do; which the Democrats also said was a scandal.

When a journalist asked Democrat Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for his tax returns, the governor threatened to throw him in jail.

“You’re really going to call police,” I said as he dialed 911. “OK. I’ll record this and I’ll leave.”

How are you liking the New Authoritarianism?

Amurek Story Takes a Twist

Posted by V the K at 10:11 am - October 11, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

According to Ezra Levant, Amurek… the company that sent deranged, hate-filled letters to a Christian woman who applied for an internship… doesn’t actually exist.

Amaruk isn’t real. They have a grandiose website, with beautiful images of the great outdoors. But they’re fake photos – ripped off from the Internet. The website boasts of being a massive, multi-national tourism company. But no actual trips or tours are listed. The location of the outdoor fantasy photos, or their “40,000-sheep ranch” are never identified.

The website is affiliated with other websites that have a homo-erotic feeling – idolizing the “Viking” lifestyle – bearded hipsters with great abs, out in the woods.

The CBC’s investigative reporter, Natalie Clancy, got her story half-right. Bethany was the subject of an anti-Christian tirade. But she didn’t lose a job over it – there was no job to be had. It was an elaborate hoax.

Apparently, the website is real, and presents itself as real, but it seems to be just some weird gay dudes with a Viking fetish who hate Christians.

Environmentalism and Communism; A Match Made in Hell

Posted by V the K at 8:16 am - September 25, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

In covering the People’s Climate Change March this past week, the MFM were very, very careful to make sure that none of their coverage covered people and groups like this (even though their numbers dominated the marches):

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Or this

One man wants to burn down the houses of those who won’t bow to his agenda saying “All these people have names and addresses. Like, every person fucking us over, we know where they live, and we could go there and burn their houses down. I mean, look, you wanna fucking ruin my environment and ruin my home, I’ll come to your home and ruin yours.”

The real ironic part about the environmentalist embrace of communism is how much environmental devastation was wrought by communists in the last century. To cite but one example, while seventies-era progressives were cheering for the victory of Soviet Communism; Soviet Communism was hunting whales to extinction.

It was one of the fastest decimations of an animal population in world history—and it had happened almost entirely in secret. The Soviet Union was a party to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, a 1946 treaty that limited countries to a set quota of whales each year. By the time a ban on commercial whaling went into effect, in 1986, the Soviets had reported killing a total of 2,710 humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, the country’s fleets had killed nearly 18 times that many, along with thousands of unreported whales of other species. It had been an elaborate and audacious deception: Soviet captains had disguised ships, tampered with scientific data, and misled international authorities for decades. In the estimation of the marine biologists Yulia Ivashchenko, Phillip Clapham, and Robert Brownell, it was “arguably one of the greatest environmental crimes of the 20th century.”

Environmental extremists claim to love whales; but they love state-centric, authoritarianism collectivism even more. Whales can’t get you revenge on people who are happier or more successful than you.

GAY PATRIOT: HAPPY TENTH BLOG BIRTHDAY!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:30 pm - September 4, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Welp, ten years ago today the GayPatriot blog was born from my brain. Happy Birthday to all of us.

Unfortunately, the early (2004) posts were lost when some idiot stole our original Blogspot URL. Stuff happens.

As a reminder, GayPatriot was born out of my disgust at leftist gay activists aggressively “outing” the personal lives of Republican Congressional and political staffers. I wanted to shine a light on what I felt was an immoral and fundamentally anti-American witch hunt.

Sadly, the left still peddles in these Gestapo tactics.

Other things have changed for me personally. When the blog was created, I was a healthcare lobbyist living and working in the swamp of the Capital District. Now I’m lucky enough to live in the awesomeness of Upstate South Carolina.

My cohort-in-crime — Dan (aka GayPatriotWest) joined the blog a few months after it began. I can’t thank him enough for his unwavering support of this project — especially for shouldering it in times that I had to step away for a while.

Many thanks to V the K and ILoveCapitalism who are the new generation of GayPatriot bloggers and I appreciate them tremendously.

I have to be honest, I’ve outgrown “long form” blogging. My attention span is 1000 times shorter than it was 10 years ago, so I find Twitter is the better medium for me these days.

I won’t be blogging much here anymore. I’ve gotten a new job that is keeping me very busy and in many ways, the baby I birthed has grown up. I’m not sure what will happen as I step aside, but I’m confident GayPatriot will be here in 10 more years. If there’s still an Internet!

Finally, a hearty thank you to all of our readers and commenters who have made this one of the more open and free-wheeling blogosphere spots since 2004.

I appreciate everyone’s goodwill throughout the years more than you’ll know.

Good luck. Stay calm. And God bless.

Signing off,
Bruce Carroll
(aka – GayPatriot)

Uganda Hosts a Gay Pride

Posted by V the K at 5:01 pm - August 9, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

In the USA and Europe, Pride Parades are a silly anachronism. In countries under Mohammedan rule, they are unthinkable. But in Uganda, where homosexuality was officially made illegal, it really is an act of courage and defiance to hold one. (Roughly equivalent to holding a Pro-Israel, Pro-Gun, Pro-Life event on an American college campus, but less dangerous.)

Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe.

The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and human rights watchdogs.

According to one gay activist at the parade, roughly 200 people were expected to attend, and while some marched openly, others wore masks to avoid being identified.

And the rabid left, of course, blames American conservatives for the actions of an African legislature, but whatevs.

 

Point Conceded

Posted by V the K at 3:05 pm - July 9, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

All the same, please don’t run again.

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Taliban Celebrate Their Latest Victory

The Taliban must be beside themselves in awe of their amazing luck in getting Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States. His de facto abandonment of Afghanistan means that a return to power by the Taliban is pretty much inevitable. And then on Friday, the Taliban was delighted to have five members of their top leadership released by President Obama in exchange for an American POW widely believed to be a deserter.

 In rare public statement, Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar hailed the five-for-one trade and thanked Qatar for mediating the deal.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Afghan Muslim nation, all the mujahideen and to the families and relatives of the prisoners for this big victory,” the world’s No. 1 terrorist said.

The president who won’t give an inch to Republicans seems very comfortable giving away entire countries to Mohammedan terrorists, and releasing Islamist War Criminals from Guantanamo.

Bergdahl’s pappy gave a pretty interesting speech at news that his son had been exchanged for five of the Taliban’s most brutal terrorists.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

The Taliban echoed Bergdahl, saying the trade happened “due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty and the sacrifices of the heroic and courageous Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate.”

Imagine if FDR had traded Josef Mengele, Adolph Eichmann, Heinrich Himmler, Josef Goebbels, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner to the Nazis in exchange for one American deserter; and during the announcement of the release, the deserter’s father had yelled “Heil, Hitler!” That’s pretty much what happened here.

[Comparisons to the German National Socialist Workers Party are usually way over-the-top, but considering the goals and methods of the Taliban Islamists, they may actually fit in this case. Agree or Disagree?]

Obama Arrives at West Point with an Army of Straw Men

Posted by V the K at 7:01 pm - May 28, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Arrogance,Post 9-11 America

In light of the VA scandal and the announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Obama felt the need to appear “pro-military” and so gave the commencement address to the military academy at West Point.

Obama is a master in the use of the straw man argument. He attributes outrageous positions to his opponents, so as to make his own positions appear reasonable. Usually, is the formulation “Some say we should wipe out the entire state of Nebraska with a series of carpet bombings and nuclear strikes. But I believe the smarter option is to not build the Keystone XL pipeline.”

His speech at West Point, which of course was not written by him, was replete with examples of the genre.

For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism. But a strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is naive and unsustainable.

No one has ever advocated invading every country that harbors terrorists.

“I would betray my duty to you, and to the country we love, if I sent you into harm’s way simply because I saw a problem somewhere in the world that needed fixing, or because I was worried about critics who think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak.”

No one has suggested that the USA’s foreign policy should be based on intervening everywhere for the sake of not appearing week.

“Of course, skeptics often downplay the effectiveness of multilateral action. For them, working through international institutions, or respecting international law, is a sign of weakness. I think they’re wrong.”

Again, “unnamed skeptics” oppose multilaterialism and following international law.

“Those who argue otherwise – who suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away – are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics.”

Or they’re just paying attention. Obviously, the only people who note that Iran, Russia, and China have been emboldened by American weakness and fecklessness are only doing so for reasons of “partisan politics;” there is no such thing as legitimate, rational criticism of Mr. Obama’s flawless foreign policy.

Your charge now is not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just.

Because until Obama came along, what the military did was wrong and unjust.

The man is not only a megalomaniac and a narcissist, he’s also a tedious bore.

Climate Change Believer Lays Out Completely Rational and Scientific Argument

Posted by V the K at 8:52 am - May 23, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

“Give all power and money to the Government to stop Climate Change or you’ll be forced to eat the corpses of your loved ones,” goes the completely reasonable and non-hysterical line of argument.

(Paul) Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist famous for his widely debunked book “The Population Bomb,” doubled down on his climate change and overpopulation fear-mongering with HuffPost Live on May 21. Ehrlich warned host Josh Zepps that the dangers of overpopulation are growing, blaming Republicans and the media for failing to take action. While hawking a new book called “Hope On Earth,” Ehrlich’s co-author Michael Tobias praised Ehrlich’s older, outrageously wrong predictions and said they underestimated the problem.

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Ehrlich, after falsely predicting  human “oblivion” 46 years ago, told Zepps humans must soon begin contemplating “eat[ing] the bodies of your dead” after resources are depleted.

In ‘The Population Bomb,’  Ehrlich made totally rational and scientific predictions that famine would obliterate half of the Earth’s human population by the mid 1980′s. About twenty years ago, he switched his apocalyptic alarmism from overpopulation to Climate Change. He is hailed as a Prophet among Climate Change believers.

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Socialized Health Care Working Out Just Fine at the VA

The Veteran’s Administration — cited by leftists as an ideal paradigm of Socialized Health Care — is in the midst of a scandal that is largely being ignored by the MFM because it would make President Obama, and indeed the entire enterprise of Government run health care look bad.

The broad outline of the scandal is like this. Bureaucrats at the VA medical center in Phoenix, Arizona allowed 40 patients to die while awaiting treatment. The bureaucrats kept a secret waiting list to cover up delays while a fake list was maintained for official purposes. Over 1,600 patients were kept waiting, some for over a year to get an appointment with a doctor. Hospitals in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado apparently were doing the same thing. And apparently, the VA was also denying treatment and tests to patients to save money.

Meanwhile VA Bureaucrats spent $5oo Million on office makeovers and redecorating. Priorities, don’tcha know.

The Obama Administration has no interest in investigating the scandal. What a surprise.

So, the leftists were right; the VA is a paradigm for Government-run health care. Bureaucrats provide shoddy treatment while feathering their own nests, then they lie about it, and there is no accountability.

Anything the Government runs is going to be run primarily for the benefit of the bureaucracy; be it health care, welfare, or public education. Conservatives understand this.

Leftists just find a way to blame the Koch Brothers. (Not kidding, they actually did this.)

How Democrats Perceive Their Enemies

Posted by V the K at 7:02 pm - May 9, 2014.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

People who gather, non-violently, to protect a rancher from having his cattle taken, his family assaulted, and his possessions taken by armed agents of a corrupt Government bureaucracy – “Domestic Terrorists.”  (According to Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid).

Islamist Group “Boko Haram” that butchers Christians in West Africa, and kidnaps Christian children to sell into slavery — “Not Terrorists” — (According to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s State Department).

Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Are there any sane, decent people left in the Democrat Party? SRSLY.

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