(See what I did there?)
The first was this item about the Federal ICE and Secure Communities Programs. There's a lot of the same old bullshit... (They're not racists, they're just saying that every Mexican is a criminal!) They lie about they're affect on our economy, and our tax base, and the job market. But there's a sub-text buried in there, almost like an afterthought, that I found to be almost laughably profound: They focus on California, and the fact that in opting out of these programs, they also want to opt out of federal cross-checks. Or, at least... not perform them, per federal immigration law.
Now... they were hardly praising this move. In fact, as I read it, they seemed to take rather serious issue with California's bucking federal law here. Which got me thinking:
Aren't these guys supposed to be all about State's Rights and limiting the power of the Federal Government and letting States decide for themselves what laws to have and how to enforce them?
Well... They certainly TALK a good game there. But it's clear that this principle only matters if those States choose to resits LIBERAL Laws (non-discrimination laws, hate-crime legislation, industrial and environmental regulations) and replace them with CONSERVATIVE ones (anti-abortion measure, union-busting, prayer in school, etc...) Which means this whole, "States Rights" thing? Isn't a PRINCIPLE at all. It only comes into play when it serves their overall agenda - Which has nothing to do with States Rights. In this case? It's just more blatant racism, using propaganda to refute reality.
The second thing, was this. In their effort to vilify Planned Parenthood as nothing more than an abortion mill, dedicated to some kind of genocide, the National Review's Rich Lowry, when presented with actual, factual data on how much of PP's business is abortion services (3%) and how much of its revenue was represented by those services (15%) and the fact that no federal money was ever used to pay or or subsidize those services, he simply waved his hands and called the data, "Fake And Bogus."
I've said it before folks: The biggest different between how Liberals think and how Conservatives thynk is that Liberals evaluate the evidence and then form their position accordingly, whilst Conservatives form their position and then evaluate the evidence accordingly.
I've always known that to be true, but I'd never thought I'd see it proven so... clumsily!
The third was RW micro-hack Hugh Hewitt's advice for Sarah Palin to not participate in presidential debates that are organized by "traditional media" outlets, claiming that they were overwhelming opposed to the election of GOP candidates, and that she should expect them to ask the "gotcha" questions. Like...
"[The] standard stunt questions on abortion in the event of rape or incest, weapons of mass destruction, evolution, global warming, or any of a dozen other dog whistles to the left designed to create the moment that replicates across the Web."Anyone see anything wrong with this kind of thynking?
Calling out the fact that they are so far to the right on abortion that they no longer support exceptions for rape victims (or as Keith Olbermann more aptly put it: supporting the rapist's Bill of Rights) is something bad, journalistically speaking?
Pointing out either the continued, absurd belief that Saddam had WMD's, or the utterly psychotic viewpoint that the war was even remotely justified without them (hell - it wasn't necessarily justified WITH them!) is information that the American People shouldn't have access to?
Teaching evolution in the classroom? Believing in long and thoroughly disproven fairy-stories over science, and wanting to TEACH that to our children? We shouldn't know (or care?) about that?!
Global Warming?! Again with the thoroughly disproven fairy-stories over science, only this time they get to make money off of it, while slowly dooming humanity to a planet that can no longer support them? This isn't something we should know about the candidate?!
Hugh... I've got a question for you: If you're so ashamed of you viewpoints, WHY DO YOU HAVE THEM? If your positions on these issues make you so unpalatable to the American people that you can't even defend them in a simple interview, then WHY SHOULD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTE FOR YOU['RE CANDIDATE]?
Again... I always knew they only cared about winning, and about power, and couldn't give two shits about what's important to a super-majortiy of the American people, but still...
They're usually better about hiding it!
Though... I still wonder why any politician, any Representative of the People, should hold a position that such an anathema to the people he represents, that he doesn't want anyone to know about it! That ALONE should disqualify ANYONE from holding a public office, no?
And the LAST THING, well... if you REALLY want to read some shit... ;)