Friday, July 23, 2010

Today's craziness in the news

The left may be abandoning the left

It seems the netroots aren't happy with Obama and the Democrat Party.

But as Netroots Nation, a conference of 2,100 liberal activists, opened here
Thursday, it was clear that anger among some prominent progressives is still raw -- and it could imperil some Democrats this fall.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos blog and an organizer of the
first such annual conference five years ago, said he and his followers are
disinclined to help Democratic candidates simply to preserve the party's big

"There's a lot of Democrats I'll be happy to see
go," Moulitsas said
in an interview. "I'll celebrate when Blanche
Lincoln is out of the Senate. There is a price to be paid for inaction and
incompetence. We're not getting much done with 59 [Democratic senators], so if we're down to 54, who cares?"

The Myth of White Privilege

An op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal today by Jim Webb addresses this issue.

The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own
government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of
slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed. But the extrapolation of
this logic to all "people of color"
—especially since 1965, when new immigration laws dramatically altered the demographic makeup of the U.S.—moved affirmative action away from remediation and toward discrimination, this time against whites. It has also lessened the focus on assisting African-Americans, who despite a veneer of successful people at the very top still experience high
rates of poverty, drug abuse, incarceration and family breakup.

Those who came to this country in recent decades from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not suffer discrimination from our government, and in fact have frequently been the beneficiaries of special government programs. The same cannot be said of many hard-working white Americans, including those whose roots in America go back more than 200 years.

This is probably very timely with the NAACP charging the TEA Party with racism, etc.

No Great Right Wing Conspiracy, but It Appears the Left Had One.

A good review of what the Journolist scandal is all about.

In other words, JournoList is a symptom, not the disease. And the disease is
not a secret conspiracy but something more like the "open conspiracy" H. G. Wells fantasized about, where the smartest, best people at every institution
make their progressive vision for the world their top priority.

As James DeLong, a fellow at the Digital Society, correctly noted on the Enterprise Blog, "The real problem with JournoList is that much of it consisted of exchanges
among people who worked for institutions about how to best hijack their
employers for the cause of Progressivism."

For a liberal activist, that's forgivable, I guess. But academics? Reporters? Editors? Even liberal opinion writers aren't supposed to "coordinate" their messages with the mother ship.

Population experts and the Mainstream Media

"Population Expert" Paul Ehrlich? How absolutely and totally wrong do your predictions have to be before the Mainstream Media stops calling you an “expert” in your field? The New York Times laid down a marker in its deeply sympathetic Tuesday obituary for alarmist climatologist Stephen Schneider, in which writer Douglas Martin identified Paul Ehrlich as a “biologist and population expert.”

I guess if you still call Ehrlich a "population expert" you need to still call Bernie Madoff a financial genius.

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