July 18, 2011

Lucid Links (071811, Early Afternoon)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 1:21 pm

Via Erin Brown at NewsBusters: “Numbers Don’t Lie: ‘Daily Show’s’ Stewart Hammers Right Nearly Four Times More than Left.” But Jon Stewart does when he claims that “there is not a designed, ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change, because that’s the soup you swim in.”


A gentleman named Dan Bloom has brought his relatively lonely campaign to make “Internet” a lowercase word in everyday usage to my attention. It got a little less lonely when the Christian Science Monitor published his column (“Four reasons why American media should lowercase ‘Internet’”), giving each of his four reasons a separate web page.

I have mixed feelings about it, but lean towards lowercase. Is it a place (the big web in the sky)? Not really. Is it a specific entity? Again not really. When we refer to the “Internet,” we’re rarely thinking of ICANN. It is also true that the BBC and other foreign news organizations have moved to lowercasing “internet.”

In an email, Dan noted that last year I criticized the New York Times and the Associated Press for NOT capitalizing “Ground Zero” or “Ground Zero Mosque,” even though these ARE specific places. He further informed me that the NYT’s Phil Corbett told him that the Old Gray Lady will lowercase “Internet” when it seems to go that way in common usage. This is quite hypocritical, because the NYT (and AP) have clearly attempted (and mostly failed) to lead the way in lowercasing Ground Zero, failing to convince the general populace and at least one grammarian.

That linked grammarian happens to be holding out for capitalizing “Internet,” because “the Internet is one big specific network that people visit.” Not really; when we visit, many if not most of us become participants. In that sense it’s like going with others to an open field owned by no one to play baseball or soccer.

To wrap up what may be the fluffiest kerfuffle ever: I think the American press is holding out against lowercasing the Internet because they don’t want to be seen as downgrading Al Gore’s invention.


Janny Scott, the author who busted President Obama’s claim about his mother quarreling with health insurance companies during her life-ending bout with cancer, (covered here last week by yours truly), isn’t talking.

Scott went on leave from her employment at the New York Times to write her book (“A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother”) about Ann Dunham, Obama’s mom. I wonder if a buttoned lip has been communicated as a condition of reemployment at the Times?


Unemployment is still Galluping along (HT Hot Air via Instapundit).


In addition to linking reader to Bob Owens’s latest on the Gunwalker scandal, I’m also linking to his author page at Pajamas Media containing related items going back at least two months. This makes Iran-Contra look like the traditional definition of a tea party.

Since there were lefty clowns at the time who believed (and some still do) that Ronald Reagan should have been impeached over Iran-Contra, I’m waiting for them to say that, if demonstrated, an Americans president’s knowledge and at least tacit approval of an operation which deliberately failed to track guns which knowingly went into foreign criminals’ hands — guns which ended up being used in killing and injuring members of American law enforcement as well as American citizens — is grounds for impeachment.

Think I’ll be waiting long? (/sarc)


Herman Cain: Communities have right to ban mosques — Herman Cain is right, if the mosques involved have as a goal imposing sharia law on their members as a “law” which supersedes local, state, and federal law. It would be no different than a community rejecting the building of a Mormon church if its pastor and congregation insisted that polygamy is okey-dokey, that it would fail to report related lawbreaking, and that it would prevent the state from investigating and prosecuting congregation members who have chosen to be in “marriages” with multiple partners. True believers in sharia law as commonly practiced throughout the Muslim world would not report what U.S. law would consider to be clear cases of domestic violence and other mistreatment of women.

Placed in the correct context above, Cain’s is clearly a noncontroversial statement.



  1. Good job on that last item, there has been way too much mischaracterizing of what Cain said by unfortunately a fair amount of righties as well as lefties.

    Comment by zf — July 18, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  2. Oh, and to add to the lowercase/uppercase Internet major controversy: But if people decide to all call that open field where they play Flanders Field or some such wouldn’t you have to capitalize it? An unofficial proper name is still a proper name, right? And Internet is the unofficial name people call it this little thing we’re on.

    Actually now that I think about, when most people use the term “internet” these days what they really mean is the World Wide Web part of it.

    Comment by zf — July 18, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  3. A UK tech editor at TechEye in London who has been lowercsing internet for years, says of the Al Gore invented the internet brouhaha:

    ”That’s funny considering a British man, Tim Berners Lee, invented the internet.

    Also the point isn’t that Americans should follow the UK or any other country on this, rather thzt a lowercase internet makes sense.

    Just like we don’t say a report on the Radio said, and I heard on the Television.”

    Comment by Dan Bloom — July 19, 2011 @ 8:26 am

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