Rand Paul Is Dangerous

I supported Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign, a mistake that I deeply regret. I did not adequately research his views. I did not do adequate due diligence.

As it turns out, Rand Paul’s world view is largely indistinguishable from his father’s, however deftly Rand attempts to distance himself from the nutbaggery of Ron Paul.

The first red flag, for me, was Rand’s idiotic drone filibuster, complete with a cypto-Leftist Paulite reference to “perpetual war.”

Then came his demonstrable ignorance as to the relationship between NSA activities and the Fourth Amendment.

Now comes this alarming trip down memory lane from The Washington Free Beacon:

Rand Paul: Nuclear Iran Not a Threat to U.S., Israel
Endorsed Bilderberg conspiracy theories before winning Senate seat

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) denied that a nuclear Iran would pose a national security threat to the United States or Israel in a 2007 radio interview with talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones….

In a recent Washington Post column, Paul said he does not support containment of a nuclear Iran, but believes it should be an option….

Paul recently came under fire from conservative columnists after Mother Jones unearthed a 2009 speech in which he suggested Vice President Dick Cheney supported the Iraq War because of his past work for defense contractor Halliburton….

Paul has also endorsed “One World Government” conspiracy theories, including theories about the Bilderberg Group, a closed-door annual conference that brings together influential political and financial leaders from around the world….

I strongly recommend that you read the entire Washington Free Beacon piece here. Follow the links there as a well, particularly to his Washington Post piece–the most incoherent assemblage of double-talk I’ve ever read.

And I suggest you read the Free Beacon piece even if you’re a huge Rand Paul fan, because you’re going to be hearing a lot about it going forward, and may as well get used to it.

Remember, this is the guy who said (in answer to a question from Alex Jones in 2011):

“You’re basically what I would call a chip off the old block. Your policies are basically identical to your father, correct?”

“I’d say we’d be very very similar. We might present the message sometimes differently.. I think in some ways the message has to be broadened and made more appealing to the entire Republican electorate because you have to win a primary.”

Pretty much sounds like Paulite taqiyya to me.

CLA Radio 04/18/14: One-Named Artists

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The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the HughniverseFriday, 04/18) will concern itself with artists who, when you hear their first name, you’re fairly likely to know who it is without being told their last name.

And, no, there will be no Cher. Sheesh.

Hope you can stop by, listen to the show, and join us in chat!

Spoiler Set List:

Mystery Mash-Up
Ray: Unchain My Heart
Merle: Wishing All These Old Things Were New
Otis: Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
Tammy: You’re Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad
Emmylou: Red Dirt Girl
Jimi: Spanish Castle Magic
Louis: Blues For Yesterday
Elvis: Can’t Help Falling In Love
Gillian: Revelator
Janis: Piece of My Heart
Mahalia: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Emmylou: Hard Times
Eric: Reconsider Baby
Neil: Speakin’ Out
Gram: Return of the Grievous Angel
Alison: Stay
Johnny: I Still Miss Someone
Roy: Claudette
Lucinda: Right In Time
Muddy: I Can’t Be Satisfied
B.B.: Every Day I Have the Blues
Pete: Empty Glass
Ella: Let’s Face the Music And Dance
Jaco: Portrait of Tracy
Al: Call Me (Come Back Home)
Rosetta: You Gotta Move
Ray: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Dwight: A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Duke: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Ernest: Walking The Floor Over You
Patsy: Walking After Midnight
Django (and Stephane): Sweet Georgia Brown
Frank: That’s Life
Frank: Valerie

The Pulitzer Prize Comes Full Circle

In 1932, New York Times‘ Moscow bureau chief Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize for his “reporting” on the Soviet Union:

As the Times itself wrote in 2003 (h/t Wikipedia) (emphasis added):

A Columbia University history professor hired by The New York Times to make an independent assessment of the coverage of one of its correspondents in the Soviet Union during the 1930′s said yesterday that the Pulitzer Prize the reporter received should be rescinded because of his “lack of balance” in covering Stalin’s government.

The Times had asked the professor, Mark von Hagen, to examine the coverage of the correspondent, Walter Duranty, after receiving a letter in early July from the Pulitzer Prize Board seeking its comment. In its letter to The Times, the board said it was responding to “a new round of demands” that the prize awarded to Mr. Duranty in 1932 be revoked. The most vocal demands came from Ukrainian-Americans who contended that Mr. Duranty should be punished for failing to report on a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933.

In his report to The Times, Professor von Hagen described the coverage for which Mr. Duranty won the Pulitzer — his writing in 1931, a year before the onset of the famine — as a “dull and largely uncritical recitation of Soviet sources.”

“That lack of balance and uncritical acceptance of the Soviet self-justification for its cruel and wasteful regime,” the professor wrote, “was a disservice to the American readers of The New York Times and the liberal values they subscribe to and to the historical experience of the peoples of the Russian and Soviet empires and their struggle for a better life.”

Fast-forward to today (also from the Times):

The Washington Post and Guardian U.S. won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, among the most prestigious awards in journalism, for their stories based on National Security Agency documents leaked by the former government contractor Edward J. Snowden.

Through a series of reports that exposed the N.S.A.’s widespread domestic surveillance program, the Post and Guardian U.S. sparked an international debate on the limits of government surveillance. The papers also came under heavy criticism by the American and British governments, with lawmakers accusing the two papers of compromising national security.

In March, William A. Jacobson wrote at LegalInsurrection.com (emphasis added):

Edward Snowden is the hero of those seeking to protect privacy of Americans.

He’s also certainly the hero of the Russian and Chinese military and intelligence services, who don’t exactly speak on camera.

The New York Times and Spiegel revealed, based on Snowden leaks, how the NSA managed to penetrate a Chinese computer equipment company’s source code and obtain an ability to monitor communications through that equipment. That fact, plus revelations as to how it was done, will help Chinese intellegence agencies tremendously.

There’s also question as to whether Russian intelligence obtained materials allowing it to evade NSA surveillance with regard to it’s Ukraine operations, reports Michael Kelley at Business Insider….

U.S. officials think that that Russia recently obtained the ability to evade U.S. eavesdropping equipment while commandeering Crimea and amassing troops near Ukraine’s border.

The revelation reportedly has the White House “very nervous,” especially because it’s unclear how the Kremlin hid its plans from the National Security Agency’s snooping on digital and electronic communications.

One interesting fact involved is the presence of Edward Snowden in Russia, where he has been living since flying to Moscow from Hong Kong on June 23.

In August, primary Snowden source Glenn Greenwald told The Associated Press that Snowden “is in possession of literally thousands of documents … that would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.”

So it’s either a crazy coincidence that the Russians figured out how to evade NSA surveillance while hosting the NSA-trained hacker, or else it implies that Snowden provided the Russians with access to the NSA’s blueprint.

And so we come full circle: The Left pimps for the Russians, Pulitzer Prizes are awarded, and Ukraine suffers.

Another Day, Another Algonquin Roundtable

So much heartbreaking genius, so little time.

 

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Here’s the link in case they decide to share more trenchant insight.

Idiotic Headlines

I’ll update this post as new idiocy becomes available.

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Vox.com: “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won.”

Oh, please.

(added 04/11/14)

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The New York Times: “Sebelius Resigns After Troubles Over Health Site.”

“Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.”

So it was the disastrous rollout of Obamacare that led to her resignation, not “troubles over” [sic] the site? (And is it just me, or does “Troubles” remind one of Northern Ireland?)

And what’s with the “health site” verbiage? Is this WebMD we’re talking about? No, it’s a government-run “portal,” through which people can obtain health care insurance (sometimes partially-financed by taxpayers) or enroll in Medicaid.

Finally, shouldn’t a government agency be capitalized?

Dude.

(added 04/11/14)

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CLA Radio 04/11/14: Muscle Shoals/Memphis/George Jones

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The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse on Friday, 04/11 [originally broadcast 05/03/13], 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will be broken out into three segments:

  1. The Muscle Shoals Sound
  2. Sun Records and Memphis Soul
  3. George Jones

Speaking of the late, great George Jones, here’s my brief tribute from 2013:

George Jones passed away [April 26] in Nashville at the age of 81.

Waylon Jennings, himself one of the greatest country artistsever, was not exaggerating when he said, “If we all could sound the way we wanted, we’d all sound like George Jones.”

Much ink will be spilled praising The Possum. And what passes nowadays for country radio might even play a bit of his music for a change.

Real country music is not dead, but it suffered a painful body-blow today.

Those of us who love real country music all have our favorites, and artists that we consider the most important historically; but to my mind, the most transcendentally important figures in country music were Hank Williams (Sr., obviously), Johnny Cash, and George Jones.

It’s not trite hyperbole to say that George Jones’ passing marks the end of an era.

Country music has a huge hole in its heart that will never be filled.

And nobody’s going to fill his shoes.

Hope you can stop by, listen to the show, and join us in chat!

Spoiler Set List:

Excerpt: 50 Years Of FAME And The Muscle Shoals Sound
Otis Redding: Mr. Pitiful
Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
Excerpt: Muscle Shoals Documentary Trailer
The Staple Singers: I’ll Take You There
Clarence Carter: Too Weak To Fight
Excerpt: Muscle Shoals And The TVA Documentary
Aretha Franklin: Respect
James Carr: I Don’t Want To Be Hurt Anymore
Excerpt: The Birthplace Of R&B
Etta James: I’d Rather Go Blind
Otis Redding: Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
Aretha Franklin: Drown In My Own Tears
Drive By Truckers: Tornadoes
Excerpt: Sam Phillips/Sun Records Documentary
Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ At Midnight
B.B. King: Every Day I Have The Blues
Excerpt: Sam Phillips/Sun Records Documentary
James Cotton: Cotton Crop Blues
Carl Perkins: Matchbox
Memphis Slim: If You See Kay
Excerpt: National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Records
Sam & Dave: Hold On I’m Coming
Al Green: Love And Happiness
Excerpt: Sun Records Documentary
Roy Orbison: Only The Lonely
Johnny Cash: Hey Porter
Drive By Truckers: Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
Excerpt: Intro To The George Jones Show
George Jones: The Race Is On
Excerpt: Ricky Skaggs Re George Jones
George Jones: The Grand Tour
Excerpt: Tribute Record Participants
George Jones: Southern California
Excerpt: George Thanks His Ex-Wife
George Jones: Why Baby Why
Excerpt: Keith Richards Re George Jones
George Jones: We’re Gonna Hold On
George Jones: Don’t Stop The Music
Excerpt: Waylon Jennings Intervention
George Jones: White Lightnin’
Excerpt: Laura Bush Re George Jones
George Jones: She Thinks I Still Care
George Jones: We’re Not The Jet Set
Excerpt: Larry Gatlin Re George Jones
George Jones: The Window Up Above
George Jones: A Picture Of Me (Without You)
Excerpt: George Talks About His First Guitar
George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today

MSM Continues To Ignore IRS Story…

ConservativeLA-IRSLogoUpdateAvi…except to frame it in terms of what the MSM sees as poor Elijah’s persecution at the hands of Issa’s “McCarthyism,” not in terms of the apparent collusion between the IRS and Cummings’ office in the harassment of True The Vote.

Search of Google News, Cummings + IRS + Issa, “Explore In Depth,” just after 7:00 AM PST:

Issa hits Cummings over staffers’ IRS request
Daily Caller – ‎9 hours ago‎

Darrell Issa says emails suggest Elijah Cummings prompted IRS targeting of …
Washington Examiner – ‎17 hours ago‎

Issa accuses Dem of obstructing IRS probe
KSAT San Antonio – ‎12 hours ago‎

Issa Accuses Cummings of Colluding with the IRS
National Review Online – ‎17 hours ago‎

Issa: IRS coordinated with Dems to attack tea party group
Washington Times – ‎16 hours ago‎

Elijah Cummings: Darrell Issa’s McCarthyism
Politico – ‎Apr 9, 2014‎

Issa: IRS worked with Democrats to attack tea party group True the Vote
Washington Times – ‎12 hours ago‎

Darrell Issa’s Democratic counterpoint: You’re pulling a McCarthy in IRS case
CNN International – ‎21 hours ago‎

House Oversight GOP: Cummings Behind IRS Probe of True the Vote
Newsmax.com – ‎2 hours ago‎

Cummings: Issa’s McCarthyism
Politico – ‎Apr 9, 2014‎

Cummings blasts Issa for ‘reckless claims’
MSNBC – ‎Apr 9, 2014‎

House Panel to Hold Contempt Vote on IRS Official
ABC News – ‎2 hours ago‎

Emails reveal IRS collaboration with Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings
American Thinker (blog) – ‎1 hour ago‎

Emails show obstructionist House Oversight Democrat asked IRS for info on …
Human Events – ‎21 minutes ago‎

Dem. Elijah Cummings defends shocking emails showing he coordinated with …
BizPac Review – ‎1 hour ago‎

Top Dem. on House Committee Investigating IRS Scandal May Have Been …
TheBlaze.com – ‎12 hours ago‎

Rep. Cummings Links Lerner Contempt Vote To McCarthyism
RTT News – ‎18 hours ago‎

Elijah Cummings promises to respond to Republican request for information on …
Washington Examiner – ‎16 hours ago‎

Why ex-IRS official Lerner likely faces charges after taking the Fifth
Constitution Daily (blog) – ‎4 hours ago‎

Oversight Committee Readies Contempt Vote For Lois Lerner
Town Hall – ‎1 hour ago‎

House Committee asks Justice Department to review whether Lois Lerner’s …
The Plain Dealer – ‎19 hours ago‎

House has ability to jail Lois Lerner without Holder’s cooperation
American Thinker (blog) – ‎5 minutes ago‎

Democrats: Prosecuting Lois Lerner Could Violate Your Privacy
GovExec.com – ‎Apr 9, 2014‎

When ‘No’ Means ‘No’
National Review Online (blog) – ‎6 hours ago‎

The IRS Scandal Nears a Climax
Power Line (blog) – ‎13 hours ago‎

Bombshell: Emails Show Democrat on Oversight Committee was Working With …
PJ Media – ‎15 hours ago‎

How Elijah Cummings Became Democrats’ Favorite Fighter
BuzzFeed – ‎Apr 7, 2014‎

Lois Lerner leaked to Dems confidential tea-party emails
WND.com – ‎14 hours ago‎

MSNBC’s Reid: Holding Lois Lerner In Contempt ‘Really Does Ratchet Up The …
NewsBusters (blog) – ‎14 hours ago‎

Democrat Busts Darrell Issa for Behaving Exactly Like Richard Nixon
PoliticusUSA – ‎18 hours ago‎

House Oversight Committee recommends that congress hold Lois Lerner in …
USFinancePost – ‎Apr 9, 2014‎

What’s To Be Done About Lois Lerner?
Commentary Magazine – ‎14 hours ago‎

IRS Report – Conservative Groups Were Targets
USFinancePost – ‎Apr 9, 2014‎

No More Lies, Mr. Cummings: Tell America The Truth
Canada Free Press – ‎13 hours ago‎

House GOP Attacks Ex-IRS Official on Two Fronts While Democrats Fret
National Journal – ‎Apr 8, 2014‎

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