October 17, 2015

Press Mostly Ignores Hillary’s Praise of Australia’s De Facto Gun Confiscation

The establishment press is mostly ignoring what Hillary Clinton said about gun control at a New Hampshire town hall meeting on Friday morning. Searches on “Clinton Australia” (not in quotes), attempting to find her statement that a massive, coercive gun “buyback” such as that seen in the Land Down Under almost 20 years ago “would be worth considering doing it on the national level,” indicate that the Associated Press has nothing, and that the New York Times web site has nothing. Related Google News results are overwhelmingly from center-right blogs and outlets.

Of the two exceptions I could find as of 10 p.m., one came from CNN. The other was a syndicated story from the New York Times which hadn’t yet appeared at the Times’s web site. Predictably, both are “conservatives attack” pieces which cherry-picked the NRA’s criticism of Mrs. Clinton’s remarks.


Salon Writer: To Get a Gun, You Should Have to Take a Bullet

D. Watkins has written at Salon.com for about 1-1/2 years.

In his previous columns, he has shown that he fits right in with the “white privilege and oppression of blacks explains everything” crowd. Friday (HT Twitchy), he went into uncharted territory, seriously suggesting that no American should be able to own a gun until they “know the pain of getting hit” (bolds are mine):


MSNBC Uses Long-Discredited Map Showing 70 Years of ‘Palestine’ Land Shrinkage

Based on a map presented during a recent MSNBC broadcast, I’m left wondring why there’s all this hand-wringing over a “two state solution” in the Middle East.

After all, according to that MSNBC map and the host of the program involved, “Palestine” has been around for almost 70 years, existing since 1946 (HT Sooper Mexican at the Right Scoop):


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101715)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Why Robin Williams’ son hangs out behind bars

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From San Quentin Prison in California (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan; narrative is from Kagan’s site):

October 13, 2015

Robin Williams’ son, Zak, is spending time behind bars.

Yes, in prison.

And not just any prison.

San Quentin.

One of the only prisons in California that houses Death Row inmates.

How does Zak Williams find himself there?

By choice.

CNN reports he’s helping to teach a financial literacy class to inmates. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

As ‘Truth’ Debuts, NY Times Coverage of Story’s History Contains Little of It

As I noted on Friday, the New York Times has become the de facto head cheerleader for Truth, the movie which purports to tell the story behind CBS News’s 60 Minutes report on President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service in the early 1970s aired in September 2004.

The Old Gray Lady has hosted a TimesTalk video in which one of the film’s lead actors, Robert Redford as Dan Rather, claims that the movie gives the offending journalists “their day in court.” (Trust me, Bob. The last place they want to be is in a real courtroom; Rather found that out the hard way several years ago.) The paper’s Stephen Holden has reviewed the movie, finding it “a gripping, beautifully executed journalistic thriller.” As if that’s not enough, on Wednesday, John Koblin’s “news story” covering the “Rathergate” saga allowed the Truthers, so to speak, to continue to make claims, even about the related obviously fraudulent documents they used, which simply don’t hold up.