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I Never Liked Astroturf

Posted by Mike on September 16, 2008

Most Rush Limbaugh fans are familiar with the concept of seminar calling. That’s when a liberal phones in to a conservative radio show and pretends to be lifelong conservative before parroting Democrat talking points on the issue of the day. The left has been doing it for years.

This year, David Axelrod and the Obama campaign has taken the concept of seminar calling to the internet with a tactic called “astroturfing.” According to Ace of Spades, the formula is always the same:

The script–

1. The Pledge: I’m a conservative/I’m a Christian/I’m a conservative Christian

2. The Turn: My heart is with you guys, really… but I have these concerns

3. The Prestige: I hear all these great things about Obama and/or did you hear this horrible stuff about Palin?

And of course the simple whitebread, just-plain-folks psuedonym.

It has to be formulaic out of necessity. The Obama-supporting lefty is usually an unemployed MSNBC-watching pothead with a keyboard. They have to keep it simple for the stupid.

Unfortunately for the libs, inventions like Site Meter ensure that the tactic isn’t foolproof. One example Ace cites is a Patterico troll who claims to be a Wasilla, Alaska resident with inside dirt on Sarah Plain. The trouble is, Site Meter tracked the “Wasilla resident” to Chicago. Thankfully, astroturfing libs are about as intelligent as they think conservatives are. In the end, all they’re doing is wasting their own time that would otherwise be spent on Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering.

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Mickey Mouse Must Die!

Posted by Ryan on September 16, 2008

Just when they’ve been a little bit quiet lately, one of the old world-jihad ilk has come up with this: “Satan’s soldier” himself, Mickey Mouse must be killed “in all cases” under shariah law according to Sheikh Muhammad Munajid, a former Saudi diplomat in Washington DC. 

Why, you ask? 

Because mice are impure creatures and should be killed, even the cartoon ones.  Positively portraying mice, as Disney does (in the face of shariah law, mind you) is corrupting our youth. Tsk tsk, all of you, tsk tsk.

But think about this…

Loveable al Aqsa children’s show mouse, Farfur, is already dead

Very tragic. 

“What next?” we thought.  “How can they top that craziness?” we pondered.  “Where do we go from here?” they pined.

Well, now we know — Mickey Mouse is the next target of jihad! 

Pic from the American Conservative.

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The Financial Mess

Posted by Sal on September 16, 2008

With the collapse of Lehman Brothers to Bankruptcy, and with Merrill Lynch being absorbed by Bank of America, our financial system is foremost on many people’s minds this week.  Add to that the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac last week, and the Bear Sternes collapse earlier this year, and we have a financial mess.  All of this primarily has to do with the collapse of the mortgage market, as Bear Sternes, Merryll Lynch, and Lehman Brothers all had significant holdings in mortgage-backed securities that have sharply dropped in value.  Both McCain and Obamaare calling for reform and increased government involvement and regulation into the financial sector.  This is precisely the wrong prescription. 

The problems we are seeing in the current mortgage crisis have very little to do with the free market, and more to do with government regulation.  In a free-market system, there is risk and reward.  It is natural that if a company is not run right, that company will fail, so there is every incentive to run the company correctly.  Since Frannie Mae and Freddy Mac were government-backed, in the sense that there was always an understanding that the mortgage under-writings were backed by the U.S. government.  In addition, the Federal Government, beginning with Bill Clinton and continuing with Bush, began mandating increased loans for low-income home buyers, creating the sub-prime industry that created billions of dollars in loans that people could not afford.  (This is also to say nothing of the corruption and back-scratching between Fannie and Freddy and various Democrats.)  It is because of this government intervention that we are in the crisis we are in.  The Freddy and Fannie takeover was necessary, but as Larry Kudlow reports, it is a good thing that the government did not bail out Lehman Brothers.  The concept of risk/reward has to remain in our free-market system, no matter what the short-term pain is. 

We are in a financial mess — one that will take some time to resolve.  It is not a crisis, depression, or recession.  It will resolve itself, as the fiscal crisis’ of the past always have.  The question is, are we going to make things worse with increased regulation, or are we going to reform, put sensible regulation where needed, but deregulate the mandates and allow the free market to work.

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