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Month: February 2009

Number 65

Press Bias, Press Freedom For years, the Terrapin Gazette and, to a lesser extent, The Penguin Post have stuck their knives into AP. The “news” organization is morally bankrupt. Recent evidence is provided by this opening paragraph crafted by AP’s propagandists: WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Jon Kyl is hosting a film screening at the Capitol building on Thursday for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism. The implication that Islam does not inspire terrorism is a falsehood, but AP evades that charge by hiding behind lawyerly phrasing. (A weblogger notes that AP’s opening sentence seems to come from an alternate reality that is stuck on September 10, 2001.) What’s wrong with that? Hah! One night as well say, “A Democratic academic at the University of Alabama claims that the Thirty Years War was touched off in 1618 by some kind of brawl called — get this — the defenestration of Prague.” Is there any doubt? No, but to those who are the least bit unclear on the subject, the hint that the professor does not know his European history is neither unimportant nor unfair. AP’s rendition of events is sleight of word. The deceit is paradoxical — for the AP is distorting the facts of a story that has to do with freedom of speech and press. Painting this “far-right Dutch lawmaker” as a bigoted liar...

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Number 64

What’s Your Idea Of Good Law? If you were to make a list, writing down the first things that occur to you if you answer that question, do you suppose you would include “Transparency, oversight, ways to control the authorities so they don’t abuse their powers,” and so on? Would you be interested in accountability? Shouldn’t the authors of laws be identified, so the voters know who had the ideas that are to become law? Well, here is what we have, thanks to the frantic rush to pass a bill so big literally no one read it: The provision, which attracted virtually no attention in the debate over the 1,073-page stimulus bill, creates something called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the RAT Board, as it’s known by the few insiders who are aware of it. The board would oversee the in-house watchdogs, known as inspectors general, whose job is to independently investigate allegations of wrongdoing at various federal agencies, without fear of interference by political appointees or the White House. In the name of accountability and transparency, Congress has given the RAT Board the authority to ask “that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation.” (Emphasis added.) This stinks. It’s politicians setting up a Star Chamber for their opponents and guarantee of immunity from exposure and prosecution for themselves. “Bang, you’re dead,...

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Number 63

This Is A Community Organizer Doing What A Community Organizer Does Whatever plans President Obama has for the census, he’s not sharing them with the world. The census is a vital arbiter of the political power of groups in the USA. He who is able to craft how the census is taken and how it is reported can alter the composition of legislative assemblies at state and national levels. Congress is as it is because of the census. Most people never think of that…but Obama would. It’s the way people with his background look at political realities. In the absence of White House candor, some folks are passing various scenarios around. Most of them focus on Judd Greg. No, this newsletter does not have the real story; that will probably never come out. So we have to turn to speculative news accounts. That’s too bad — but it’s no surprise, for no community organizer worth his salt would ever allow things to get out of control. The US Justice System Has A Fell Parallel: An Injustice System That Operates Without Ethics Or Restraint In the last issue of the PenPo, there was an item headlined, “The Damage Wrought By Hard-Core Feminism.” That damage is explained in abook by one Stephen Baskerville. Now a recent (audio only) interview of the author is available on line. Baskerville takes the reader on...

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Number 62

It’s Convenient For Some Folks If We Call It A Recession, Because We Blame Recessions On “Cycles” or “Capitalism.” Instead, Let’s Recognize That It Is Not A Recession, And Then Blame It On The Ideologues Who Caused It Consider this fundamentally optimistic viewpoint that exposes the cynicism of the “stimulus:” Be very, very afraid. That’s the selling-point of the shit sandwich of a ten-year backlog of Lefty projects and political payoffs which constitute the “Stimulus.” (See $300 million for golf carts). It’s a recession. We have them regularly. But, given the timing, it’s been a golden opportunity to advance every Dem Congressman’s pet notion. The tactic wouldn’t work, though, unless you scare people into a state of brain paralysis. We have often observed how Leftist plans are advanced by manufacturing a sense of crisis and urgency, with a government “solution” ready in their back pocket. This newsletter disagrees. The current crisis is not so much a recession as it is a financial collapse that was caused by a few individuals. Its foundation is madcap egalitarian economic democracy — the notion that everybody, regardless of endowments and level of determination, is capable of owning a home. The imposition of ideology on finance resulted in irresponsible regulation; that rendered massive investments worthless — investments that had been pronounced “risk-free” by incompetent and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. Attempts to regulate the big...

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Number 61

Imponderables We Must Nevertheless Think About Things are not going all that well. Would this be a good time for Al Qaeda to hit the USA again? Some of the many considerations behind that question are particularly excruciating: Gaza; perceived US weakness and uncertainty; the current higher level of anti-Western anger in the Islamic world; and the idea that the new president realizes he cannot prosecute a long war with Islamofascism. We can’t know how AQ views those and a hundred other factors. The PenPo believes that we shall be hit as soon as our enemy can hit us, and that the timing of the next strike matters less to AQ than does the scale of its damage. Yet any attack now would be unusually devastating. In PenPo 59 the argument was made that Washington cannot be expected to be the first responder in disaster, and that each person must prepare for a breakdown of ordinary life. Consider that advice again. What Does This Mean? There are times when we should insist on knowing exactly what some words mean. We should pin the author down, demanding to know the definitions of the terms he uses. This is one such time. Note carefully the language employed by Democratic federal Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan, and pay particular attention to the emphasized words: I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing...

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