Conservatives Try to Stave Off Invaders

No, not because of a sudden rash of xenophobia but rather because of a sudden bout of sentiments to make Sen. McCarthy proud.

Who are these invaders? Take a look:

Chinese Tallow [photo credit: Aggie horticulture, what did you expect?]

That’s a Chinese tallow tree and for the life of me I can’t imagine why conservatives are campaigning door-to-door to eliminate these trees.

It’s not like the trees are communist are they? Better dead than red?

For the story behind this sordid affair, click here.

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The Mainstream Media: Biased?

There has been for quite some time now, from politically conservative circles a general disgust and discontent with the mainstream media (MSM).

The MSM being major newspapers and TV networks not named FoxNews.

Conservatives have soured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN due to a perceived bias against conservative causes and the like.

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Do I look biased to you?

I’ve asked people on the other side of the proverbial aisle about this bias and they merely chalk it up to the active imaginations of their conservative counterparts. Of course, much rougher language is hurled at those right-wing ______ (insert favorite pejorative here).

Reading Camille Paglia’s latest contribution for Salon, I realized Paglia, who is certainly not a conservative, also sees a bias. Here are the pertinent paragraphs (emphasis mine):

Whether Palin has a national future or not will depend on her willingness to hit the books at some point and absorb more information about international history and politics than she has needed to know in her role as governor. She also needs a shrewder, cooler take on the mainstream media, with its preening bullies, cackling witches, twisted cynics and pompous windbags. The Northeastern media establishment is in decline, and everyone knows it. Palin should not have gotten into a slanging match with David Letterman or anyone else who has been obsessively defaming her or her family. Let surrogates do that stuff.

The vicious double standard is pretty obvious. Only the tabloids, for example, ran the photos of a piss-drunk Chelsea Clinton, panties exposed, falling into her car outside London clubs a few years ago. If Chelsea had been the scion of Republican bigwigs, those tacky scenes would have been trumpeted from pillar to post in the U.S. as signals of parental failures or turmoil in clan Clinton. As a Democrat, I detest the partisan machinations that have become standard in Northeastern news management and that are detectable in editorial decisions at major metropolitan newspapers nationwide. It’s why I, like a host of others, have shifted my news gathering to the Web.

Is she the only non-conservative who sees it or who sees it and dares to voice their observations?

New Zo Vid: “The Aftermath”

Zo, the guy in “One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch”, is at it again.

Here’s his reaction to the 2008 Presidential Election:

Ann Coulter’s Reaction to Election Results

Whatever one might think of right-wing pundit Ann Coulter (below, posing with Bookman from Good Times), one cannot help but be drawn to her first post-election column. The same would be the case for one of her left-wing counterparts had Sen. McCain won, though that box of Lucky Charms would come with a free “I’m moving to Canada” toy inside, but I digress.

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After 2 years of continuously (perhaps uncharitably) referring to the now President-elect by his full name in her columns, one could almost imagine what sort of mischief the willowy Ms. Coulter had up her designer sleeve.

Well, the wait is over for friend and foe alike.

The opening line sets the table. She comments on the historicity of last night’s outcome,

Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama was proud of her country!

Click on the link below to read the rest of the column:

The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain

One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch

Didn’t watch last night’s debate because I had better things to do, but even if that had not been the case, I would have watched either the Mexico-Canada match or Game 5 of the NLCS (I like my bread and circus as much as the next person).

I acknowledge that the title is a bit presumptous but that was my immediate thought after watching the vid.

Enjoy!

(H/t: A Slice of Polis via Tim)

Man kills 2 in Unitarian Universalist “Church”

From C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity,

But a Christian must not be either a Totalitarian or an Individualist. I feel a strong desire to tell you–and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me–which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us.

He always sends errors into the world in pairs–pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.

The Conservative/Liberal divide, I think, falls under Lewis’ pairs of opposites theory. Good folks (insofar as men can be called good) reside within both ideologies.

Yet we are made to think (the media might share most of the blame) that whatever side we associate most with, the people on the opposite side do Satan’s bidding. Most of the barbs are traded by the so-called talking heads on the various cable news outlets, and us “common folk” usually fall into battle lines like the armies of old.

The vitriol one side has for other usually doesn’t go beyond accusatory words but sometimes these passions get whipped up into such a frenzy that something like this happens,

Police: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views

Click here for another report of the incident.

Update: Apparently the shooter had issues with Christianity (“Neighbors: Accused shooter everyone’s friend, questioned Christianity”), which is kind of strange because the Unitarian Universalist “Church” isn’t even Christian.

Politics according to Jason Whitlock

This quote comes from Mr. Whitlock’s latest column,

Let me make one thing clear: I am neither Republican nor Democrat, liberal nor conservative. I abhor politics because of its inherent untruthfulness. I have never participated in the political process. Never. I don’t share that with a great deal of pride. I’ve just found it impossible to participate in a process that is directly opposed to truth.

Do you agree with Whitlock? Is that last sentence accurate in its description of politics?