May 31, 2010

Pathetic Obsession: Palin’s Hometown Paper Notes National Media Interest in Privacy Fence

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:55 pm

PalinFenceWith all the major news stories and developments out there, the editorial board at the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin’s hometown, is bemused, bewildered, and somewhat befuddled at the national media’s interest in a privacy fence (HT Michelle Malkin) on residential property.

The just-built fence is on Palin’s property. Its purpose is to frustrate the prying eyes of author Joe McGinnis, who has moved into a house next door for what is said to be the next five months.

The Palins are understandably none too pleased at the orchestrated attempt at privacy invasion that appears to either be funded by or will ultimately be reimbursed by publishing giant Random House. Readers here will share that feeling once they see who is expending precious newsroom resources trying to follow the McGinnis v. Palin saga instead of dealing with legitimate news stories.

Here is some of what the Frontiersman had to say on Saturday (bolds are mine):

Wasilla fence fascinating for national media outlets

The “Today” show called Friday morning saying it plans to come up Monday and do some interviews about the fence Todd and Sarah Palin built on their property on Lake Lucille.

According to people who care about those things, the former governor wrote on her Facebook account that she was worried about the neighbor, Joe McGinnis, moving in. He’s the author of several books, one of which is an alleged non-fiction story about his exploits in Alaska titled “Going to Extremes.”

… McGinnis also wrote last year a fairly scathing article for Portfolio magazine — which no longer exists — about Palin’s plans, or not, for a gas pipeline.

So it’s not surprising she might be a little leery about her new neighbor.

So the call from “Today,” quickly followed by a similar call from ABC news, seemed curious. The day before it was another national news outlet wanting to know if we had a photograph of the fence. There was an e-mail from Outside asking if the Palins were in compliance with city code.

… Fences have been known to make good neighbors and everybody knows we could use a lot more of those around here. So if the fence keeps McGinnis on one side and the Palins content, why would the “Today” show or ABC care?

The establishment press seems continually befuddled and bewildered at the public’s declining level of respect for them, wondering why people feel the need to find alternative news outlets. Assuming any work product airs, this waste of viewers’ time will be a prime exhibit. Even if it doesn’t air, complaints from the press that they don’t have the time to do their jobs right will continue to ring mighty hollow.

The Frontiersman editorial’s final paragraph commendably and appropriately communicates a not very subtle sense of outrage:

Finally, those who are fond of Joe McGinnis might remind him (if he doesn’t already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property.

Pre-parting thought: On his show Thursday, Mark Levin noted how liberal pundits are trying to tell us how “irrelevant” Sarah Palin is — so “irrelevant” that they somehow can’t stop talking about or taking shots at her. Indeed.

Parting thought: Palin has told Glenn Beck (HT Hot Air) that McGinnis’s presence will force her family to keep their windows closed when they normally rarely do, and, it would appear, to have to install air conditioning in their home (“None of our houses have ever had air conditioning”). Does anyone think that a prominent liberal having to react as Palin has been compelled to in order to protect her and her family’s personal privacy wouldn’t be getting tons of establishment press sympathy?

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Obama’s Thin, Childish Skin

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 7:59 pm

no-whiningObamaWhinyAlthough he doesn’t mention Bill Clinton, Peter Wehner in essence explains how our Punk President is like the Boy President (several paragraph breaks added by me):

Obama is among the most thin-skinned presidents we have had, and we see evidence of it in every possible venue imaginable, from one-on-one interviews to press conferences, from extemporaneous remarks to set speeches.

The president is constantly complaining about what others are saying about him.

He is upset at Fox News, and conservative talk radio, and Republicans, and people carrying unflattering posters of him.

He gets upset when his avalanche of faulty facts are challenged, like on health care.

He gets upset when he is called on his hypocrisy, on everything from breaking his promise not to hire lobbyists in the White House to broadcasting health care meetings on C-SPAN to not curtailing earmarks to failing in his promises of transparency and bipartisanship.

In Obama’s eyes, he is always the aggrieved, always the violated, always the victim of some injustice. He is America’s virtuous and valorous hero, a man of unusually pure motives and uncommon wisdom, under assault by the forces of darkness.

It is all so darn unfair.

Not surprisingly, Obama’s thin skin leads to self pity. As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard pointed out, in a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, Obama said, “Let’s face it: this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s.”

Really, now?

… For Obama to complain that the problems he faces are so much worse than any other president in the last 80 years is stunningly self-indulgent, to say nothing of ahistorical.

Ahistorical yes, but also incredibly childish. More important, the statement is a direct insult to previous generations who had to endure far more than a recession — like, just for starters, the World War II generation, and parents of soldiers in Vietnam who were coming home in body bags at the rate of 200-300 a week during the late 1960s.

Say what you will about George W. Bush, who was far less than perfect, but he almost never displayed the whiny immaturity that we see from our current president and saw from Mr. Clinton and so many of their minions on a nearly daily basis (with Bush, I believe it’s “actually never” instead of “almost never,” but someone may be able to find one or two examples in eight years that I’m not aware of).

But maybe Obama is being backhandedly prophetic. By the time he and the radical true believers in his administration are done, it could end up being worse. Sadly, lots of people who should have known better in 2008 have given him plenty of time.


UPDATE: Of course I should add that the Obama administration’s policies and the Congress dominated by his party are the reasons why the past year and a half have been so tough. Actually, it’s just a bit over 23 months since the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy began.

Deferred Post

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:18 pm

An item that was supposed to be held until the end of a blackout period inadvertently appeared here for a few hours this afternoon. It has been pulled and will reappear when the related blackout period expires.

Memorial Day 2010

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:02 am

This will be a BizzyBlog tradition as long as this YouTube video is up:

Positivity: The History of Memorial Day

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:01 am

From (more background is at this link at

It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War between the North and the South. Surviving soldiers came home, some with missing limbs, and all with stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. At about the same time, Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades’ graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. The townspeople called it Decoration Day.

In Retired Major General Logan’s proclamation of Memorial Day, he declared:

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemorated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photographs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together.

In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May.

Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last Monday in May to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. …..

Read additional history at the link.