Scrubbing the News for Obama

Remember yesterday, I wrote:

Okay, show of hands, how many of you were surprised that this story saw the light of day: Dobson students question Obama’s plan

Yes, it was surprising to see the press report on students making negative remarks on Obama, wasn’t it?

So today per Instapundit:

AIRBRUSHING IN THE EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE? So I linked to a story on high school students skeptical about Obama’s stimulus speech. Now the story has the same headline, but the quotes are missing, replaced by a bunch of feelgood talk about how excited everyone was to have Obama in town. But you can find the original story here. And here’s the Google Cache. Some difference, huh? I emailed the reporter, Hayley Ringle, to ask what happened. (Bumped)…The Google Cache now shows the new story. No response to my email yet. I saved screenshots, though, and of course there’s the Drudge capture.

I guess we’re all going to have to learn how to do screen captures, and we’re going to have to copy things to our hard drives, because the press will clearly screw with the truth any way it can. If you go that article, now, there is a notice at top:

To our readers: Due to a technical error, this story was temporarily removed from our Web site. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Yeah, those technical errors…they happen. Sometimes computers and things just change data with no rhyme or reason, and without help from human beings.

Celebrate free speech; while you can.

If it’s all not 1984-enough for you, Mayor Daley wants surveillance cameras on every corner. It’s for your own good, your own safety, don’t you know, to have your every move watched. Cameras on every corner haven’t done a thing for crime or public safety in England, by the way. They do scold, though.

Speaking of Mayor Daley…

Obama is talking to the mayors and warning them that – if they are wasteful – he will “use the full power of my office,” to deal with them.

May I INTERPRET for you what President Obama actually just said to the Mayors? He said “you are no longer in charge of your towns and cities; my government is. You are not the mayors – I am the Mayors – you will be allowed to remain as titular figurehead for as long as you are following my orders.”

This is not, strictly speaking, an American President. This is something else. Do we care to name it? Welcome to a whole new country; it only took 4 weeks. Tony Blankley calls the president’s governing style detached and aloof. I suspect that is because he prefers not to show his heavy hand.

And by the way: Can you imagine the screaming of “Imperialism! He thinks he is the King” if Bush had used such rhetoric? But then, we’ve always known that Obama is more interested in ruling than in leading.

Meanwhile, the neglected little boy, Bill Clinton is trying to be relevant by pretending to “advise” Obama to “be more optimistic” (he’s only about two weeks behind the rest of us) and then takes the easy route and pisses on George W. Bush because he knows he can and no one will question it. But he should be called on it. Everyone lazily and conveniently blaming this disastrous economy on Bush should read this link and the last one. And put Bizzy Blog on your blogroll.

Did I say “Celebrate Free Speech”? I meant CELEBRATE FREEDOM WHILE YOU CAN:

Taxing by the mile. The old American tradition of taking a road trip somewhere for the hell of it? Gone.

Vaclav Klaus: tells Europe they’re like the old Soviet Union. Hey, Val, we’re catching up!

Liberal writer to America: We don’t need your stinking history!

Are we cowardly, or merely cowed? If our America is cowardly, and that seems to be what President Obama and his cabinet believes (and I never thought I’d write a sentence like that in a million years) then America will very quickly curl up under this assault on our economy and our freedoms and we will die.

But I do not believe that America is cowardly. But Americans are slow to anger, and we don’t particularly like to fight amongst ourselves. It’s time to get angry. There is only one way to stop the coup we are right in the middle of:

…we must repeat, over and over, that while illusions may well be all around us, some amorphous notions, like honor and freedom and truth, are still real. They are not just real, they are Eternal.

We must repeat again and again that America’s honor is no illusion. Imperfect as it may be this is still the land to which – in large or small ways – every free nation owes its current liberty. This is the nation that has routinely sent its idealistic young men off to foreign lands, to die there, not for empire, not for real-estate, but for the protection and advancement of that unseen thing that is freedom, the strengthener of the human spirit, the burnisher of human potential. First Children and their motley co-horts aside, this is still the nation to which millions of creative or industrious people wish to come, it is the nation to which the oppressed call out for rescue and relief.

We must repeat, over and over, that Liberty is the means by which we created creatures are meant to live and to grow and be. That Liberty lives in the Truth. That Liberty lives where people can speak freely, without fear of injury or reprisals. That Liberty lives only when the press is free and unencumbered – when it is detached from events instead of entwined in them. That Liberty lives when people refuse to be intimidated into silence or acquiescence, whether in the workplace or within the community. That Liberty is the fragile thing that diminishes whenever one refuses to acclaim it for oneself.

Acclaim freedom for yourself. Start today.


Rebel Yell: little coverage of taxpayer protests

Grassroots gathering momentum.

Victor Davis Hanson: We’re being battered by our own government.

Jennifer Rubin says: Mr. President, turn back while there is still time. He won’t.

ACORN: breaking into foreclosed-on homes in “civil disobedience”.

Grouchy Old Cripple: Dares to remind us who started this economic disaster:

Are you better off now than you were 4 weeks ago?

Here is Ezra Levant defending Free Speech

Does Free Speech and Transparency Make People Happier? Let me think!

Big Brother May be listening

Another perspective: on our cowardly nation.

How did America ever exist without them at the helm?

15 Do’s and Don’ts of the new progressive order

NRO talks to Rick Santelli who will probably soon be out of a job, or something. Appropriate snark may be found here

Human Rights in China? Don’t matter so much anymore.

The market does not like Obama: the feeling appears to be mutual.

Just One Minute: There must be some way out of here.

Inane Bailout Criteria for housing no joke

Our Greatest Fear is that the Administration Just Might be This Foolish

Congressional partying: Dude, what recession?

Obama’s Elf: I don’t want to be it, either

About Elizabeth Scalia
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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    “Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.”
    1984, Part 1, Chapter 3

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Meanwhile, after Obama effectively said “screw you” to the many people of Iran who yearn to be free, by intimating that they want to work with Ahmadinejad and his fellow thugs, now Hillary has said the same thing to the people of China –

    In China, Clinton Says Human Rights ‘Can’t Interfere’ With Talks

    BEIJING, Feb. 20 — Human rights violations by China cannot block the possibility of significant cooperation between Washington and Beijing on the global economic crisis, climate change and security threats such as North Korea’s nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

    “We pretty much know what they are going to say” on human rights issues such as greater freedoms for Tibet, Clinton told reporters traveling with her on a tour of Asia. “We have to continue to press them. But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere” with dialogue on other crucial topics. . . .

    What is it about the Left’s love affair with despots and authoritarian regimes?

  • Gayle Miller

    The driving tax could easily be the straw that pushes the ordinary American right over the edge. We love our cars and we love the freedom we have to just hop in and take to the road. Then there are those of us who have taken the responsible route and carpool to work daily – I myself make the thrice weekly 100 mile round trip from home to D.C. because it is neither safe nor affordable to live near where I work – the District having been governed for many decades by liberal Democrats, although governing would hardly be what I’d call it.

    I am outraged and incensed and altogether browned off by this situation. The “public transportation” available to me is the VRE (Virginia Railway Express) which is unreliable in the extreme, and far more expensive than carpooling (which isn’t itself a cheap alternative, just a better one). I drive 3 days a week, another member of the carpool drives the other 2 days a week. It costs me about $350 per month to commute to and from work now, including parking. I could work near where I live – for $25,000 per year LESS. But then I couldn’t afford my rather moderate rent. In other words, I’m middle class and I’m screwed!

  • Bridey

    And Big Brother is not always a Democrat, sadly: Sen. Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is resurrecting the Internet Safety Act that died as a Democratic idea in 2005.

    This would require logs of user identity to be kept for two years by everybody who provides an “electronic communication service.” And as written, it would cover nearly all home Internet users with standard wired or wireless routers. Businesses, hotels, Starbucks, even VOIP providers will be required to keep these logs, just in case the police need them someday.

    Of course, it’s all about the kiddie porn and protecting the children. And when this becomes law, someone, I’m sure, will come up with a nice, seamless, software-based logging solution, so after a while it will seem pretty painless. Then maybe such software could be required on all computers and systems, then maybe smartphones, too.

    And it’s all for the children, of course. And won’t all that lovely data come in handy when other online activities become illegal…

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  • Piano Girl

    “The old American tradition of taking a road trip somewhere for the hell of it? Gone.”

    Now the WH says that idea won’t fly. I suspect they are going to toss out all sorts of ideas about all manner of things, to see which ones raise the ire of the American people. If not too many people protest, then they’ll proceed.

    Like Gayle, my car gets some heavy use…nearly 200 miles two, three or more miles per day depending on my schedule. Moving closer to my job is not an option. I’d heard that this “driving tax” would replace the Federal tax on each gallon of gas we buy, but I doubt that. They wanted us to drive fewer miles, and now that we are, they are crying the blues because the money they are collecting from the sale of gasoline has dropped. It’s a good thing I don’t run my personal budget the way the States and the Feds do!

  • Mutnodjmet

    I am angry. I also note that many of the normal-citizen-achievers I work and play with are angry, too — in levels not seen since 9/11, I think. Now, apparently, Obama’s press secretary is dismissing the content and context of Santelli’s speech.

    This has become a rallying point with many citizens . I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out over the next 100 days.

    [Edited to admit links - admin]

  • ultraguy

    “Do we care to name it?”

    Can we avoid naming it? Does anyone have a better candidate for the coming world leader?

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  • Jason Pie

    I think people will slowly come to grips with the fact that the government is not stupid. In fact, all of this is about control. They don’t want the economy to recover. How can you think they do after that stimulus bill? They didn’t even read it. That is a total violation of the unspoken agreement between voter and representative. We trust they will do what is in our best interest. How can they do that without reading the bill? No. This is about the destruction of capitalism so that people will gladly embrace collectivism out of fear. A good example is how stores are destroying out of print books due to the fear of lead poisoning. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I can come to no other conclusion.

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  • Rich Fader

    “Yeah, can you hear the call in our ramblin’ land?
    “Sussurations that can
    “Expand beyond the hope of light
    “And plunge us into unrelenting night

    “A pall on truth and reason
    “It feels like hunting season
    “So avoid those lines of sight
    “And we’ll set things right…

    “Welcome to the new Dark Ages
    “I hope you’re living right
    “These are the new Dark Ages
    “And the world might end tonight.”

    I thought the Bad Religion quote was appropriate. Just not the way the guys from Bad Religion probably had in mind.

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