Thursday, February 26, 2015

It’s interesting to me that the Left in particular loves to re-label and rename things.

"It’s interesting to me that the Left in particular loves to re-label and rename things. For instance, if you’re pro-life, you’re anti-woman. If you’re pro-traditional family, then you’re a homophobe…if you’re black, and you oppose a progressive agenda, you’re crazy.” --Ben Carson 02.26.15 CPAC

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Social media, especially Twitter, have appropriated the role of national conscience.

"Social media, especially Twitter, have appropriated the role of national conscience. When Tweety Bird is upset, the whole world is upset — or at least that portion of the world that pays attention to such things. As of 2014, only 23 percent of online adults (18 and older) use Twitter, according to the Pew Research Center.

 

But the broader media pay attention to and report on buzz as though these online snippets were the last word on public opinion. But buzz, like all gossip through time, is meaningless without contextual analysis. Buzz, in other words, doesn’t necessarily suggest a conclusion, such as Americans have lost their sense of humor and we have become mind-numbingly politically correct."  --Kathleen Parker 02.25.15

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gawker Seeking to Redefine Itself

An excerpt from article at Ad Age:


  • His (Nick Denton - Gawker founder) assertion hints at a crisis of purpose for Gawker. Since its founding in 2002, Gawker's suite of blogs -- which currently includes Gawker.com, Deadspin, Gizmodo, Valleywag and Jezebel -- has broken big, national stories, publishing, for instance, photos of the iPhone 4 before its release, lewd pictures of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre and the aforementioned story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who told the media about a dead girlfriend whom, it turns out, never existed.
    But in recent years Gawker Media has sought to rack up page views and unique visitors by publishing a barrage of content that would be widely shared on Facebook. Mr. Denton said as much in his memo. "Editorial traffic was lifted but often by viral stories that we would rather mock," he wrote. "We -- the freest journalists on the planet -- were slaves to the Facebook algorithm."
    "Nobody knows what they stand for anymore," a one-time staff member said.

If you see the black banners coming from the direction of Khorasan then go to them, even if you have to crawl, because among them will be Allah’s Caliph the Mahdi

Excerpt from article by CNN's Peter Bergen:


  • ....while ISIS and like-minded groups and their fellow travelers are not representative of the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, their ideology is rooted in Salafist ultra-fundamentalist interpretations of Islam, and indeed they can point to verses in the Quran that can be interpreted to support their worldview. 
  • A well-known verse in the Quran commands Muslims to “fight and slay the nonbelievers wherever you find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem [of war].” When bin Laden made a formal declaration of war against “the Jews and the Crusaders” in 1998, he cited this Quranic verse at the beginning of his declaration. 
  • ISIS’ distinctive black flags are a reference to a supposed saying of the Prophet Mohammed that “If you see the black banners coming from the direction of Khorasan then go to them, even if you have to crawl, because among them will be Allah’s Caliph the Mahdi.” In other words, coming out of Khorasan, an area that now encompasses Afghanistan, will come an army that includes the Mahdi, the Islamic savior of the world. The parent organization of ISIS was al Qaeda, which, of course, was headquartered in Afghanistan at the time of the 9/11 attacks.


“They can get rid of me, but they can’t get rid of God.”

John McCain: "Ashamed of my country" over Ukraine response {Face The Nation w/Bob Schieffer]

Monday, February 16, 2015

Top Ten list of #Egypt story intros to make you stop reading/listening/viewing @zanesfather



















Reynolds: Anyone who has ever attended a faculty meeting should recognize that more education doesn't produce better decision makers


Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes in USA Today:


  • All this credentialism means that we should have the best, most efficiently and intelligently run government ever, right? Well, just look around. Anyone who has ever attended a faculty meeting should recognize that more education doesn't produce better decision makers, and our educated mandarinate doesn't seem to have done much for the country.

    Already people can point to tech pioneers like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as evidence that a college degree isn't essential to getting ahead. But just as electing America's first black president had a resonance that no other achievement did, so, perhaps, electing America's first non-college-grad president in many decades will serve to remind people that a college degree isn't the be-all and end-all, and that accomplishments and practical skills are, in the end, more important than credentials. It would be educational.

The Television “Purity” Squad Still Stoning Brian Williams…