Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They Don't Have The Balls!

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Scott Walker v. Institutional Media Bias

Democrat Media Monkeys

Gov. Scott Walker (R, Wisconsin) and the Washington Post’s institutional bias.

You’ve no doubt already heard that Scott Walker is, yea, indeed, running for President – with a hundred ‘Throne of Skulls’ jokes already blossoming on Twitter* – but I don’t want to hit that.  I want to hit a problem that I have with the Washington Post’s reporting on the subject.  This passage, in particular:

[Scott Walker's] decision to take on public employee unions in Wisconsin in early 2009 created huge protests around the state Capitol building in Madison and left the state deeply polarized around his leadership…. That anger resulted in a recall election in 2012, which Walker survived. He went on to win his reelection campaign last November by a comfortable margin, and his three victories in four years have made him a hero among many conservatives.

Bolding mine.  Here’s the thing.  In the 2012 recall election, Scott Walker beat Tom Barrett, 53/46. According to the Washington Post, that’s ‘surviving.’ And in the 2014 general election Scott Walker beat Mary Burke, 52/47.  According to the, erm, Washington Post, that’s ‘comfortable.’  Presumably the Washington Post would also concede that Scott Walker’s 2010 general election 52/46 win over Barrett was also ‘comfortable?’ …The point is, strictly speaking either all three elections were won by ‘comfortable’ margins, or none of them were. Particularly since Walker did better in the recall than in the general elections, if only by a hair.

And that’s media bias in action.  It might even be unconscious media bias, at that.  Here is the basic reality of the Wisconsin public union fight: from beginning to ignominious end Democratic and progressive activists conducted themselves as if they were spoiled, vicious children.  The electorate spanked them for it: there is no credible way that any anti-Walker fanatic can presume to speak for Wisconsin. Wisconsin refused to let the anti-Walker fanatics win.  It’s not that Scott Walker was the hero of that particular story (although most conservatives would happily call him one) as he was the protagonist.  Walker, from start to finish, had all the agency in that conflict. Scott Walker did not ‘survive’ his recall election. He smashed the recall movement to the floor and walked away, whistling. [full]

There seems to have been no highborn political reason behind Jeff Bezo's purchase of the WaPost, but one hoped.  Getting rid of the Graham's was a nice first step, but "institutional bias" seems indeed to be the operative word.  At any rate, if Scott Walker is to become the first honest conservative person since Reagan to thwart the GOP machine, he will, like Reagan, have to undergo trial by GOP fire.  If he succeeds, we win. I think he's a 35-65 chance in that regard, which all things considered is the best chance we've had in 30 years.   (Saying Hail Mary 10 times)

Loretta Lynch's Mustache

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It was just about 7 years ago they showed up.  Didn't know what they were, where they came from, nor whether you could eat them.  We liked them because they (according to MoSup, who never spent 1000 hours on a gun range before ear protectors were invented)  had a nice song.  They had a nice mat black and snow white color scheme, and a yellow beak.   Moved around the snow knowing just where to claw down to the covered seeds that spilled over from the hanging feeders.  Went to the bird store and found out they were Dark Eyed Juncos.  Sold me a bag of white millet which I threw onto the snow covered deck and they've been back every winter since.  I don't know whether they spend summers in the arctic and fly south to warmer climes in winter, or if they summer in Miami and fly north for the ski season.  Anyway, this morning I was up early; dusk;  and threw a cup of seed out.  A minute later they were all over it.  They must be watching for me.  Like, I'm their god.  I'm a good person.   Yes. Squirrels would disagree, but squirrels are rats.