Archive for February 11th, 2014

Pressed Freedom

You might walk away from this post thinking I believe what reporters tell me, and you are right to a point. You might think I think much of polls, which I don’t at all. But polls do sometimes have value.

In 2014 the US is in 46th place in terms of freedom of the press as shown in a Reporters Without Borders survey.

So yeah, I can link news articles. But for shits and giggles I searched out the results of all the years they did this. Here you go, the US world press freedom rankings from 2002 on. I wish the ranking went as far back as Nixon, but I will take this.

2002. 17
2003. 32
2004. 22
2005. 44
2006. 53
2007. 48
2008. 36
2009. 21
2010. 20
2011. 47
2012. 47
2013. 32
2014. 46

It is hardly the most transparent administration ever. How do I know it originates there? A fish rots from the head down.

It is very interesting. We got the post 9/11 bump I would have expected and then as the world relaxed I wasn’t surprised at the decline. We got a bounce that would correlate well with the coming of the Messiah changing of the guard and the (ig)Nobel Peace Prize but then tanked as rapidly as a proverbial three day old fish. There is a synopsis that goes along with each year but I have not read any of them prior to 2012.

But fairly consistently we suck and blow surprisingly bad given how proud we are of freedom of the press.


Have a cringe.


Have a Vermeer. Good art always relaxes me, like a kitten, just not quite as much.


Have some snow. Please.


Apparently Apple owners are not caring for the loss of their bitCoin app.

Geez, people, it isn’t like bitCoin is used to buy drugs, prostitutes, weapons, documents, and assassins or anything like that.

Yeah, I am a fan of recycling.

No deposit though.

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Hey, maybe global warming has stopped due to the huge mass of ice in the Great Lakes!

It is as plausible as any other damn fool reason the Thermogeddoners are coming up with.

Oh. My. Goodness. This is so ridiculous as to be hysterical. And… Hah! Oh my. It… Oh gosh… And you say big bad old greedy companies are the corrupt ones? This is just freaking hilarious.

Is the latest delay of ObamaCare regulations politically motivated? Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers to get under the threshold and avoid hugely expensive new requirements of the law. Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so


The admin is pushing a law back when it is outside their real granted power to do so… And saying THIS? And you say they are not corrupt?

It beggars the imagination.

Cynicism is a form of corruption when it guides policy, and this is about as cynical as it gets.

“Do you swear you aren’t going to take advantage of our magnanimosity and act on real-world free market pressures that will eat you alive?”

“Oh yeah, we swear. Yeah.”

Slowly whittling away the groups that would vote the Democratic Party out of existence if they really knew how badly they are going to get screwed when the bill comes due… The Hail Mary double-down pass of all times, hoping to buy control through government largesse just long enough to maintain past the election and then shoot for single-payer “because it is the only thing that will work”.

No, I am not laughing.

This is a day late. Been recouping my energy from a cold and I just plain fell asleep last night. Rare for me to do.

You would think the National Guard was really scared of a certain group.

Participants in the disaster drill located documents expressing the school employees’ “anti-government” sentiments, as well as a note identifying Pierce as the fictional right-wing terrorists’ leader.

ONG’s 52nd Civil Support Unit participated in a similar drill involving left-wing terrorists with Athens County first responders last year; public officials apologized for that training the next day in response to complaints from local environmentalist groups.

No apology to Ohioans who supported limited government and the Second Amendment appears to be forthcoming.
Ohio National Guard Communications Director James Sims II suggested Media Trackers was “inferring” from the ONG document’s contents as opposed to “what’s actually in the report.”

After excerpts of the report were read to him, Sims said it was “not relevant” to understand why conservatives may feel unduly targeted by ONG’s training scenario.

“Okay, I’m gonna stop ya there. I’m going to quit this conversation,” Sims concluded. “You have a good day.”

Note that they apologized to the environmental groups but not the Second Amendment crowd.

Which group has historically had more ideological nutjobs?

Honestly, after a search, I am not sure. I can tell you that the biggest problem as far as ideology goes is not, historically speaking, supporters of the 2nd Amendment or the Constitution.


The Ohio Nat’l Guard probably has been scenting the wind and worrying what would happen if there was a power grab by the gov’t, however. That possibility doesn’t even bear thinking about because I think it would be pretty damned awful.

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