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Can a City Like Chicago be Saved?

Jan 31, 2013 1:45 PM PT

In response to What Does A Community Organizer Organize....?: Chicago is under siege. Homicide constantly stalks the inner city, and there is seemingly little public outcry.

I've abandoned all hope that the electorate that voted for Rahm Emanuel, would one day wake up, see the carnage all around them and elect a sort of Rudy Giuliani, who, by all accounts saved New York City in the 90's from the same destructive pathologies. 

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Hagel is a delicate flower

Jan 31, 2013 12:35 PM PT

In response to Media flipping out over Ted Cruz questioning of Hagel:

I think it's a great idea to have "some kind of victim" as Secretary of Defense.  You wouldn't want some sort of super-patriotic America-is-awesome tough guy in a job like that.  We need someone who understands how the hearts of the Iranian mullahs break a little, every time their legitimate elected government has to mutilate a dissident or jail a Christian.  Chuck Hagel knows they're crying inside, just like he cries every time a mean old conservative throws his own words in his face.

Fun with PhotoShop

Jan 31, 2013 10:46 AM PT

This is at least as believable as much of what MSNBC splices together and tries to pass off as hard news.  Someone thought it would be a good idea to PhotoShop a few historically inaccurate people into pictures with Eisenhower, to raise money for a memorial his family doesn't like.

The National Civic Art Center complained that "the images are manipulative, misleading, and undignified... this is as tawdry as the 1996 television commercial that used a dancing Fred Astaire to sell vacuum cleaners."  I wonder if they were looking at the photo of Eisenhower doing an interview with George Stephanopoulos when they said that.

AP: Gee, NBC Just Completely Ignored the Question of Whether They'd Deceptively Edited the "Heckling" Tape, Huh?

Jan 31, 2013 10:12 AM PT

In the aftermath of Martin Bashir's hoax, NBC promised to review the controversy and determine if one of its key employees had, yet again, deliberately falsified audio or video to make for a splashy, sensationalistic story for its partisan liberal audience.

Well, they did.   Surprise-- NBC gave themselves a Gold Star of Accuracy.  They claimed the only question was one of semantics, whether one could call the answer "The Second Amendment" an incidence of heckling. 

They claim that different people could decide this matter differently -- even though at this point the only two people I know of who claim the situation can be termed "heckling" are 1, NBC host Martin Bashir, who perpetrated the hoax, and 2, NBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, a decrepit old man who fancies himself a Boston Brawler and so who naturally comes to the rescue of softer, squishier members of his cable gang.

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'Killing Season' Is the New Normal

Jan 31, 2013 8:12 AM PT

In response to Chicago gangsters obviously don't listen to their elders: I know, John. And what's even worse is that the so-called "Killing Season" that used to be the dangerous summer months where most of Chicago's homicides occurred, is now the norm. And the media doesn't give a flying flip. And so far into his first term, Rahm has avoided political backlash for his abject failure to clean up the streets. 

Hey, Media: Chicago Teen's Shooting Called Gang-War Mistake

Jan 31, 2013 6:39 AM PT

Apparently, gun downed honor student Hadiya Pendleton was in the "wrong place at the wrong time." 

Newser:

The Chicago teen who was killed days after performing in President Obama's inauguration may have simply been in the "wrong place at the wrong time." Chicago's superintend says, calling the shooting a matter of "mistaken identity." The shooting, police believe, was part of a turf war among gangs, but Hadiya Pendleton had no gang links--nor, it appears, did any of those with her that day. The gunman, however, seemed to confuse the group with gang members. 

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Best of luck to Soledad O'Brien

Jan 31, 2013 6:01 AM PT

I take no particular pleasure in the news that CNN has canceled Soledad O'Brien's show. It was always an example of egregious left-wing media bias, which is precisely why it was, in a way, so useful to conservatives.

I had only one enduring grievance. After our exchange over Critical Race Theory, Soledad publicly invited me back on the show and then never honored that invitation. She did, however, invite someone to refute my arguments without offering me the chance to defend them. That's not just bias--it's downright rude.

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Rage and privilege

Jan 31, 2013 5:51 AM PT

In response to Occupy Wall Street Was Overwhelmingly White & Privileged and Somehow CNN Didn't Notice:

There's always been an element of snotty upper-class self-loathing at the forefront of leftist movements.  I suspect one reason for that is the ability of the Left's "community organizers" to engage such people.  They know where to find rebellious white college kids looking to establish their identity by declaring war against The Man and his evil System.  They know how to engage the reflexive sympathies of such people, flatter their vanities, and speak to them in the idiom of Hollywood liberalism.  The extras drawn into leftist street theater are people who don't have jobs, but the star players tend to be people who don't want jobs.

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