Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

Look out, Europe; big blow coming out of Iceland again

Iceland’s pesky volcanoes. Again.

Uber’s Most Important Innovation Isn’t A Car Service: It’s the Pricing Algor ithm

Price-gouging? Makes sense sometimes and is commoner than you think. The Uber case.

I will not be returning to Ferguson

Jim Bowman:

Mainstreamers run amok . . .

Originally posted on Ryan L. Schuessler:

I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.

**A clarification edit: I am not a full-time employee of any Al Jazeera branch or network. I am a freelance journalist who contributes to several media platforms. 

Things I’ve seen:

-Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras

-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents

-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned

-A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson…

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Michael Brown “not perfect” straw man shot down

Lawyer for Michael Brown family in Ferguson MO, says family never said he was a “perfect kid.” Oh? Who did? Lawyer sighted straw man, sank same. Dishonestly.

 On the contrary, based on the video of their robbery of the convenience store, he’s a punk, a bully, a thief, and who knows what else?

 And arrogant. He and his companion, caught in a bit of broken-windows policing, told to get out of middle of the street, mouthed off. A don’t-tread-on-me stance is bound to get you in trouble, which in this case it did.

 Not relevant to his getting shot? Why not?

The Audacity to Be Authentic: Hillary Clinton’s Risky Hedge Against Obama – NationalJournal.com

On the way to his main point, risks she is taking as candidate, a rather well said characterization of the lady:

The rap against Hillary Clinton is that she’s a cynical and conniving public figure who hardly takes a breath without calculating the political advantage of a sigh. That caricature fueled coverage of Clinton’s public break from President Obama on global affairs. “The benefits to Clinton are clear,” wrote Juliet Eilperin, channeling convention wisdom for The Washington Post.

Etc.

Our man in the White House

Presidential paralysis analysis:

The President suffers from two fundamental flaws. The first is that he is unwilling to make decisions. He much prefers to play the role of a disinterested observer who comments on a set of adverse events that he regards himself as powerless to shape, of which Assad’s carnage in Syria is the prime example. The second is that he fundamentally misunderstands the use of force in international affairs. He handicaps himself fatally by imposing unwise limitations on the use of American force, such as his repeated declarations that he will not send ground troops back into Iraq

Woe.

What’s The Matter With Libs Today?

Jim Bowman:

Good stuff here

Originally posted on Be Sure You're RIGHT, Then Go Ahead:

Lizzie Warren Took An AxeElizabeth Warren, the latest left-wing Yankee egghead turned Democratic politician,is so wowing the yeasty-headed crowds out in Prog-Land that they want her to run for President in 2016 — as if the last six years of Marxist mischief-making wasn’t enough. Alas, Lizzie’s is a constituency that won’t be happy until we’re all standing in government breadlines in the rain waiting for our meager rations of moldy socialist cheese:

In a speech today to the Nutroots Nation, held befittingly in dystopic liberal paradise of downtown Detroit, non-candidate  and American Indian princess Elizabeth Warren brought down the house. The theme of her speech were the economic issues that Democrats should run on in 2016.(Fauxcahontas and the eleven commandments of progressivism)

Lizzie, of course, is another product of Harvard, the Patrice Lumumba University of America, in particular of Harvard Law, that august department which trains our country’s supposed best and…

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‘Astounding': Flashbacks shred Obama claim troop withdrawal from Iraq wasn’t his decision

Jim Bowman:

He has a way with words, does he not?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

During his statement on the situation in Iraq before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama was asked if he regretted pulling the remaining U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. An agitated Obama answered that it wasn’t his decision. In other words, “Bush’s fault”:

Obama campaigned on and eventually took credit…

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Which celebrity is endorsing Charles Krauthammer for president?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

“Northern Exposure” star Janine Turner on Friday tweeted her enthusiastic endorsement for the Fox News contributor and best-selling author of “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics.”

Could this be the beginning of a Krauthammer for president movement?

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‘Screw you': Americans hijack #AMessageFromISIStoUS

Originally posted on Twitchy:

ISIS supporters are using the Twitter hashtag #AMessageFromISIStoUS to post some very graphic images and violent threats, but many Americans are doing their best to hijack the hashtag and send their own snarky message back to ISIS.

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