I am fully aware that I was harsh in tone with James Conner yesterday, as if the man cannot be hurt by rude remarks. However, take note of the tone of his remarks towards the writers at 4&20, wherein he said he could not “in good conscience” allow them to be even linked on his blog. What is up with that? He’s wielding punishment in the only way he knows how, and since he has little leverage or power over them, takes the one thing he has at his disposal, and strikes.
He’s riding herd, or better said, gatekeeping. This is a function of the Democrat Party, to keep the rank and file in line. In truth, 4&20 has wandered afield, and does not do what Democrat blogs are supposed to do, which is talk about political races and candidates and keep it shallow. When that happens, there’s some “Crimestop” involved, wherein people automatically detach because exposure to the blog will yield bad thoughts. But when dealing with the Democrat Party, it’s just a tad more manipulative, more sinister. Rather than merely acting on one’s own volition to avoid Crimestop exposures, the party leaders will go to great lengths to punish the criminals and prevent exposure of the sheep to the bad-thinking miscreants. So they attempt to poison the well.
Whether Conner himself is consciously carrying out party hit jobs or is merely responding to his own Crimestop function – immaterial. The fact is that he struck, and struck as hard as he could, at what he regarded as deviants from proscribed thought and behavior. I urge you to go read his piece, 4and20blackbirds evicted from Flathead Memo’s blogroll,, to see if it creeps you out as it did me. The man has his reasons, they are not honestly stated and can only be guessed at by intuition. But it is all nasty Democrat business as usual. This is how that party rolls.
Yesterday was such a fun day from a blogging standpoint, and again, it is the comments, and not the bloggers, that make it so. One comment that I got here made my day. I wondered in my own response to another comment why John Walsh was taken down, as no one cares about plagiarism in the political class, a low-brow gathering of apparatchiks and tools anyway. From Abe Froman:
I don’t think there is any Baucus – sleezy smell on the take down of Walsh, I believe Walsh was actually probably hand-picked with at the very least the consent and co-operation of the Baucus camp. Most likely a Daines flunky made the discovery but an interesting thought would be if it were a little Schweitzer revenge served cold (for the Baucus camp blackmailing him out of the race). Not that I know anything. Purely speculative.
Of course. It made me want to hang up my keypad, as it is so damned obvious.
From Cowgirl, MontanaMuleGal:
There are movements in some states to put None of the Above on the ballots.
There are no such movements, but there is pointless chatter to that effect. It’s a dead-end. I’ve been exercising my NOTA option for decades, and it is not a “movement” nor an answer. The “movement” is to get away from party politics, D vs R, and to support individuals who espouse reforms and attempt to organize. NOTA is a cry for help, but who will help? Mule Gal needs to look in the mirror.
I find myself often at odds with 4 & 20′s main writers. I think they depend too heavily on “alternative” sources, which are not necessarily reliable, and are too quick to dismiss any and all government or mainstream media accounts.
Most people are busy and preoccupied with jobs, families, finances, and do not have time to scout the world press and weigh and sift various news sources to glean underlying reality. Instead, they want it quick and true. So thy enter into trust relationships with various media outlets. Republicans go to FOX and Drudge, for instance, and Democrats to HuffPo and MSNBC and NPR. The problem, of course, is that all American media outlets are subject to the same filtering system, only tailoring their reporting to suit the vanities of the target audience. The lies are the same.
But the world is fraught with peril and liars abound in all media in all places. Power filters all news everywhere. I tend to rely on foreign news sources for precisely that reason – I know American news is filtered and state-controlled, and that the same oligarchs who own our media also have ties to the British, Canadian and Aussie aristocracies, so that UK sources are not much better. But there are fewer filters on American news via the Guardian or CBC, than say, the Washington Post. Still, it is better to distrust the Anglo press in total.
English versions of foreign news outlets are as fraught with peril as any. RT and RiaNovosti are Russian propaganda outlets, just as WaPo and HuffPo and NPR are American propaganda outlets. But you will get glimpses into world events not covered in the US, and that can lead to better information. PressTV, an Iranian source, is useful, as is Al Jazeera, though the latter is heavily influenced by American power. Obscure is good, and surprisingly, outlets like Haaretz can be informative. Pakistani news keeps a close eye on the US, as our country is attacking theirs.*
I am continually impressed with the full spectrum dominance of American news – DemocracyNow! is a Ford Foundation operation, Counterpunch heavily influenced by Zionist sources. But more than that, suppose I want to investigate the most important events of our time, like, say, 9/11. A search engine and YouTube will lead me to a host of sources about the “truth” of those events, and also by the way, information on aliens and Illuminati … that is, the ability to find the underlying truth of that day is a crap shoot, and it is as likely that “alternative” sources are part of the state-controlled news management function as anything we get from NPR. The people who did that event were smart enough to know that people like me would suspect the game, and so provide us with the alternative too, with on proviso: If you look for alternatives to official truth, you’ll end up immersed in true nonsense.
The truth is out there, but it will not find its way to you. You have to go looking, and you’ll need a machete to find your way to it. The answer, as always, is to use our brains. Never trust, always, as best as able, verify, connect dots, suspect skullduggery everywhere. You are encircled by liars, including the ones you trust.
If you sense you’re on a garden path, leave the garden.
*SK: Bad wording I know. hard to get away from nation state paradigm.