Tag Archive for 'Team Red'

Burn the Fucking System to the Ground

Clark is a little angry today:

The older I get, the more I see, the more I read, the more clear it becomes to me that the entire game is rigged. The leftists and the rightists each see half of the fraud. The lefties correctly note that a poor kid caught with cocaine goes to jail, while a Bush can write it off as a youthful mistake (they somehow overlook the fact that their man Barrack hasn’t granted clemency to any one of the people doing federal time for the same felonies he committed). The righties note that government subsidized windmills kill protected eagles with impunity while Joe Sixpack would be deep in the crap if he even picked up a dead eagle from the side of the road.

Maybe you have to suffer the sort of set back that I’ve experienced to feel the same way Clark does. My conventionally successful friends think I’m crazy when I spout off on stuff like Clark does in this post.

You really do need to go read the whole thing. It is very good. Burn the Fucking System to the Ground | Popehat.

Our One Party Government

I’ve often told my partisan friends, you know what I’m talking about, the ardent Republicans and Democrats, that we have a system of one party government here in the U.S.

This lead up to taking action against Syria should leave you with no doubt that we have a one party government. The R’s and D’s are just factions within that one party.

Best of the Web Today: Shot to the Heart – WSJ.com

I think this is the way the right and the left work on all issues. Here is the latest example from the left:

The booklet explicitly urges foes of the Second Amendment to abjure rationality in favor of the argumentum ad passiones, or appeal to emotion. “When talking to broader audiences, we want to meet them where they are,” the authors advise. “That means emphasizing emotion over policy prescriptions, keeping our facts and our case simple and direct, and avoiding arguments that leave people thinking they don’t know enough about the topic to weigh in.”

via Best of the Web Today: Shot to the Heart, James Taranto.

The IRS Scandal and The Media

Do you ever wonder why the reporting on stories like the IRS scandal is not more hostile to the government?

I’m not talking about the conventional Red/Blue divide. I am talking about why Blue leaning reporters are not more aggressive in pursuing stories where their own side is clearly in the wrong. It seems to me that they would be interested in getting honest and transparent Blue team members in these important posts as opposed to the Team Blue lackeys obviously residing within the IRS.

Now, don’t go thinking I’m just a Team Red crank. I despise them too. I have often wondered why there isn’t more pressure from the right on Team Red too. It might be better on the Red side, but not by much. There was little criticism from the right (there was some, but not a whole lot) in the run up to the Iraq invasion.

I point you to this article The American Conservative, by Ron Unz. The concluding paragraph:

Consider the fascinating perspective of the recently deceased Boris Berezovsky, once the most powerful of the Russian oligarchs and the puppet master behind President Boris Yeltsin during the late 1990s. After looting billions in national wealth and elevating Vladimir Putin to the presidency, he overreached himself and eventually went into exile. According to the New York Times, he had planned to transform Russia into a fake two-party state—one social-democratic and one neoconservative—in which heated public battles would be fought on divisive, symbolic issues, while behind the scenes both parties would actually be controlled by the same ruling elites. With the citizenry thus permanently divided and popular dissatisfaction safely channeled into meaningless dead-ends, Russia’s rulers could maintain unlimited wealth and power for themselves, with little threat to their reign. Given America’s history over the last couple of decades, perhaps we can guess where Berezovsky got his idea for such a clever political scheme.

As I often say, go read the whole thing. Here’s some enticement, after reading the article, you’ll be able to do some Googling and come up with the name of someone that should have been the principal suspect in the Anthrax mailings of 2001. There are also links to other fascinating stories.