Clearing out some links that have been sitting open on my laptop:
There are a few people more entertaining than Ace of Spades when he gets going on one of his truly inspired rants. This one is worth reading all the way through, but I’ll tease you with the end:
This is a dangerous moment. I keep saying this, but I do think Tyranny is in the air. When the press decides that our Dear Leaders are above suspicion, and any suspicion is evidence of both mental illness and treason simultaneously, we’re living on the cusp of Chavez-like times.
Dear Self-Proclaimed Rationalists/Empiricists,
You’re doing it wrong. Please note this for your records.
People Who Would Like To Know What’s In the Kool-Aid,
Before We Drink It,
If That’s Quite All Right By You
Another thing I liked about Ace’s piece is that it reminded me of this excellent year-end takedown of fact-checking pieces. I think the “fact-checkers” are some of the most dangerous enemies of freedom we have these days, because they don’t care about the facts, but they are treated as if they do because they declare it to be so. As Ace reminds us, in these fact checking pieces, “true claims made by Republicans are deemed false, because the liberal ‘fact’ checkers don’t like the implications made, and  false claims made by Democrats (especially Obama) are deemed ‘true,’ because, well. Let them explain.”
Continuing down the list: it’s another crazy White House petition, this time asking the White House to “authorize the production of a recurring television program featuring Vice President Joe Biden.” Because there aren’t enough buffoons in prime time TV. Anyway, this is apparently the pilot episode, titled “Spread Your Legs, You’re Gonna Get Frisked”:
Finally, we have Nancy Pelosi altering a photo to show more women Congresscritters in it:
A few years ago, the Newseum hosted a terrific exhibit called “The Commissar Vanishes,” which chronicled Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s editing of official photos to eliminate Communist officials who had fallen out of favor with the mercurial tyrant.
The technology has advanced — we have Photoshop now, after all — but politicians still see a need to alter history.
That brings us to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The Democratic leader found herself on the defensive today in response to charges that she altered a photo … to add four lawmakers who weren’t there.
The missing lawmakers — who arrived late for the photo — included Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. The doctored photo included the four absent representatives as a fictional top row of the photo.
Make no mistake: she would do the same thing with votes if she thought she could get away with it.