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"The Kronies": slick libertarian propaganda linked to Koch, and who doesn't reveal that - 01/24/14


"The Kronies" is a series of slick, live action videos that promote a libertarian message. The effort comes complete with not only its own site, but a fake site for the "company" behind the figures, a "Chimera Global Holdings Inc.".

Don't buy "White Girl Bleed A Lot" by Colin Flaherty (Amazon, review) - 08/28/13

Colin Flaherty is the author of "White Girl Bleed A Lot", a book about black mob violence against whites. I strongly encourage people not to buy it. Not because it isn't a worthy topic, but because Flaherty is only interested in selling copies of his book, not in solving problems.

After learning about the book, I sent a few tweets to Flaherty designed to point out issues I'd seen from taking a quick glance at his site:

1. are the paid idiots (e.g., @ElectionLawCtr) who say, "where's Holder" etc. helping solve problems or just preening?

Ann Althouse finally discovers ethical behavior (blogger, law professor, University of Wisconsin) - 06/21/13

Ann Althouse is a blogger and a law professor at the University of Wisconsin who's finally decided to engage in ethical behavior (or at least pretend to support it).

Conservative bloggers who support amnesty (Rubio; Hot Air, Morrissey, Johnsen, Loesch, Moran, Mataconis...) - 01/21/13

This post will maintain a list of those supposed conservative bloggers who support some form of comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty), specifically the amnesty proposed by Marco Rubio. This post doesn't list GOP politicians or pundits, just bloggers and other low-level members of the GOP establishment.

An example of rightwing blogger incompetence (Tim Scott as a token) - 12/19/12

Needless to say, there are far too many examples of the incompetence of rightwing bloggers than I could ever cover. However, to pick one out of the hat, take a look at the reaction to "The Puzzle of Black Republicans" by University of Pennsylvania professor Adolph L. Reed Jr (link).

Why should I help them with anything? - 05/25/12

Patterico is a major blogger and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who's being harassed by unknown parties, and the harassment is probably more for his political activities than his DA work (link). It's a horrible situation; I hope no harm comes to him or his family and I hope they catch and severely punish those responsible.

But, other than that, I'm not going to do anything about this.

The galling incompetence of supposed opponents of the far-left, Part 1 (Limbaugh, Fluke, "slut", Jacobson) - 03/04/12

Rush Limbaugh recently used the word "slut" when discussing Congressional testimony given by one Sandra Fluke [1]. That activated yet another battle in the leftwing's long-term war to get him off the air, and their latest effort has been more successful than others: several sponsors have dropped their ads from his show. One of them even dropped off after Limbaugh issued an apology.

Koch Industries' sockpuppets edited Wikipedia and post comments on blogs too - 03/09/11

Public relations firms employed by the billionaire Koch family have been caught using "sockpuppets" to edit Wikipedia pages about the Kochs. And, one of those firms admits that they use people to promote the Kochs on blogs and news sites.

Unfortunately, ThinkProgress [1] doesn't discuss what the latter consists of, but I would not be surprised at all to discover that the vile and idiotic replies I receive to my anti-tea parties comments around the web (a recent example here) are coming from sockpuppets for Koch, FreedomWorks, and similar groups.

From [1]:

Last year, Koch Industries began employing New Media Strategies (NMS), an Internet PR firm that specializes in “word-of-mouth marketing” for major corporations including Coca-Cola, Burger King, AT&T, Dodge and Ford. It appears that, ever since the NMS contract was inked with Koch, an NMS employee began editing the Wikipedia page for “Charles Koch,” “David Koch,” “Political activities of the Koch family,” and “The Science of Success” (a book written by Charles). Under the moniker of “MBMAdmirer,” NMS employees edited Wikipedia articles to distance the Koch family from the Tea Party movement, to provide baseless comparisons between Koch and conspiracy theories surrounding George Soros, and to generally delete citations to liberal news outlets. After administrators flagged the MBMAdmirer account as a “sock puppet” — one of many fake accounts used to manipulate new media sites — a subsequent sock puppet investigation found that MBMAdmirer is connected to a number of dummy accounts and ones owned by NMS employees like Jeff Taylor...

Soren Dayton, a GOP operative and executive at New Media Strategies, is reported to be the contact for Koch Industries at NMS. Reached by phone yesterday by ThinkProgress, Dayton exclaimed, “I’m not going to talk about this, thanks,” before hanging up. Lyndsey Medsker, a senior account director for NMS, spoke to ThinkProgress today. She explained that NMS also maintains the Koch Industries Twitter page, Facebook page, and has an active team working on promoting Koch Industries in the comment section of blogs and news websites.


Why Joseph Fein isn't credible (political analyst/fund raiser; Los Angeles; DC, "Valley of the Shadows") - 11/17/10

Joseph Fein is a blogger and political analyst who, as will be shown below, isn't a credible source. He describes himself as a political analyst involved with fundraising and research and as a legislative analyst involved with appropriations and Central Asia oil and history. And, he recently attacked me on his blog "Valley of the Shadows" [1] and did so in a way that shows he has trouble analyzing and understanding.

A nobody saying bad things about me would mean little, except Glenn Reynolds linked to it [2]. In the same post, Reynolds linked to a Google search for "shut the f--- up lonewacko", a phrase that the cowardly Reynolds twice posted in reply to my comments on his site; see the last link for the details on that and for many other reasons why Reynolds isn't a credible source.

Here's a variant of the comment I left at Joseph Fine's link; I've changed it since I found out his name:

This site wrote about me yesterday and got a link from Instapundit, and I didn't find out about it until now. That's some influence!

There really isn't much to reply to here since Joseph Fein doesn't really say much.

But, Joseph Fein does lie.

You won't find me "hating Illegal Immigrants".

And, Joe Fein is lying when he claims I wanted to vote in "Liberals". As it says at that post "the GOP is going to have big wins across the U.S. no matter what. I'm simply suggesting going against that trend in order to send a message." Can't Joseph Fein read and understand?

Regarding smart questions, Joe Fine clearly isn't smart enough to realize what a smart question is, and how smart questioners can show how someone's argument is faulty. What politicians say is full of holes and they're able to get away with it because the MSM lets them. Fein isn't standing against that.

Regarding building coalitions, that's not my forte. It'd be great to find others who are more meet-and-greet types to help me build a coalition. Heck, even Joseph Fein might be able to do that, except he's shown above that he just isn't that smart.

As for the disclaimer about "vile idiots", I've included that or similar in comments because every single teapartier who's replied to any of my comments have shown themselves to be vile idiots: they lie, they mislead, they smear, and they're completely unable to present a valid, logical argument against anything I've ever written. Joe Fein's content-free post is no different.

P.S. The Urkobold link is from when I used to comment at Reason. I stopped after a particularly vile smear, and none of those at Reason - contributors or commenters - were ever able to present a valid argument to anything I wrote:

P.P.S. "tom swift" is another example of muddled thinking. I'm not claiming that the base of the teaparties is "colluding" to encourage illegal immigration. My claim is that they're useful idiots for those who do in fact support mass/illegal immigration. They're going along with them by doing things like largely ignoring the issue for over a year. That isn't the same as "colluding".

1. Fein criticizes me for not having a blog roll without realizing that this isn't a blog. Since 2002 I've posted over 9200 entries and, while many of the ones in earlier years are a bit on the "bloggy" side, in recent years I realized the huge limitations of how most bloggers do things: snark and so on. Unlike many bloggers I don't just snark at people, I try to show how they're wrong. And, frankly, I don't want to be associated with the Glenn Reynolds of this world. I do link to bloggers when warranted, although some times that's a bad idea.
2. Fein's false claim that I "hate" illegal aliens is in line with how some GOP leaders smear those generally on their side.
3. Many of the posts at this site show how mainstream media reporters are wrong. See the "Reporters" section of my Topics page for links to dozens of examples. If Fein tried to discredit a reporter, he'd fail just as miserably as he failed in his post about me. Instead of helping me discredit reporters who aren't on his side, he's smearing someone who - were he smarter - he'd be helping.
4. Since I tried to ask Obama a challenging question in February 2007, I've been urging people to go to his appearances and those of other politicians and ask them tough questions. As mentioned above, it's obvious that Fein has no idea what a tough question is. He isn't able to overcome that deficiency and help promote my question authority plan despite how it would help clean up Washington and encourage a higher-level of debate in the U.S. Instead, he simply sneers like a little child at my attempts to solve problems.
5. Fein refers to me as "Lonewacko", which was where this site was previously located... two years ago. While I still use my "LonewackoDotCom" account when commenting on sites, that's partly to avoid having to get a new account (and associated Google account) and also because the teaparty types are so dumb that a new account would trigger even more false claims. Generally speaking, when criticizing someone it's a good idea to use their more popular name rather than one they mostly stopped using two years before. Fein couldn't even get that right.
6. What Fein - and many others - can't understand is that some people take principled stands even when it costs them visitors. If I were fake and unprincipled - something Fein clearly understands if little else - I could easily support or at least be neutral on the teapartiers. And, I could easily write partisan posts that would get links from Reynolds and from other rightwing bloggers. Or, I could write things that would get links from FireDogLake and the like. I don't do that. Something like the repudiate teaparty post isn't going to please either rightwing or leftwing partisan hacks. It was, however, the best thing for the U.S. Others obviously have different priorities.

3/18/11 UPDATE: The Glenn Reynolds post in full is: "A FISH, A BARREL, a smoking gun. The sentiment is widely shared." The first is a reference to the "" site, but might also be a threat. The "smoking gun" links to Fein's post, and the second links to this (typically vile) Google search: link. Based on that search, I'm willing to directly accuse Glenn Reynolds of hiding behind a pseudonym to tell me to "STFU".


Will teaparty and rightwing bloggers stumble us into amnesty? - 05/09/10

As if there wasn't enough to worry about, here's something else: rightwing bloggers and the tea parties might "oppose" amnesty in such a way that makes amnesty more likely.

24Ahead reaches seven years of being better than everyone else - 09/22/09

The very first post on the modern incarnation of this site was almost exactly seven years ago. And, from the very beginning until now, this site has always been better than any other site out there. While you the reader pause and think through all the sheer enlightenment that this site has brought you over the years, let me briefly recount some of the highlights:

* 2000 or so (pre-history): I started this as an outdoors site for trip reports at the original domain; there was nothing political about it...

@AllahPundit: what part of discrediting the MSM don't you understand? - 07/24/09

AllahPundit of HotAir posts about CNN's Jon Klein supposedly forbidding Lou Dobbs from covering the Obama citizenship issue (something that Klein has since walked back). In comments he says about this issue:

It’s a useful way for the left to make the right look paranoid. Obama’s shedding no tears seeing it get lots of coverage this week.

He's right about that, but only because I'm one of the few people who's discussing this issue in a completely defensible and fact-based fashion. One of my main goals with my coverage - why I'm spending so much time on it - is in order to discredit the many mainstream media sources that have lied and misled about this issue.

Unfortunately, that's undercut by other "birthers": those who scream "HE WAS BORN IN KENYA!", those who engage in legal arcana that won't be explored unless the MSM is made to explore it, those who engage in speculation without facts to back it up, and so on. That's also undercut by those like Ed Morrissey and AllahPundit who, instead of taking on Media Matters for America and showing how they're wrong, bask in the glow of being declared reasonable by the Beltway establishment.

If AllahPundit were smart, he'd realize this issue for what it is: a golden opportunity to discredit the MSM and force them to improve their coverage. Obviously, he's not able to understand that.

Another thing AllahPundit isn't smart enough to realize is that, no matter how much he, Morrissey, and others try to show how reasonable they are, the Democrats are going to paint the whole Republican Party with the "HE WAS BORN IN KENYA!" brush. The smart way out of that is to undercut those currently leading the campaign against the "birthers" rather than doing as AllahPundit is doing: capitulating to them.

John Thacker: please don't lie about me - 06/11/09

John Thacker is a libertarian and blog commenter who uses johnthacker *at*, and here's an example [1] of him replying to a comment I left with a couple of lies:

Oh, shut up LoneWacko. Just the other day you were saying that though you were against immigration, you weren't a libertarian because you thought leaving things up to the free market and cutting welfare and spending was "immoral."

That's a reference to two comments I left at [2].

How to get a link from HotAir (note: must be completely shameless) - 06/01/09

The following cartoon from Chris Muir is, as are many others of his cartoons, unintentionally hilarious (link).

"Your site is flat": scenes from this year's Symposium on the Site - 04/03/09

"Your site is flat."

With those words, Guilliaume earlier today caused a gasp from the audience at this year's Symposium on the Site - the eighth annual meeting on how to improve this website - but, then he continued to explain himself:

Pajamas Media blogger network fails; boo; hoo - 01/31/09

Starting on April 1, the Pajamas Media network will stop serving up ads to a network of major blogs and will be concentrating on their video line instead. You know, the video line that features talking head shows with worthless minor pundits and that I can't imagine anyone being interested in. Read the Dear Blogger letter they sent here.

Kos gets one thing right: the rightwing blogosphere is mostly just inept chatter - 11/19/08

There's a first for everything, and subcomandante Markos Moulitsas Zuniga - the Kos in DailyKos - has finally got one thing right. From the article "Right-wing bloggers see their chance" (link):

While conservative bloggers talk about making a difference for their party, they have yet to back up their talk with action, said Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the liberal Daily Kos blog. Moulitsas, also a columnist for The Hill, boasts about how the liberal netroots got Howard Dean elected as Democratic Party chairman, raised millions of dollars for victorious candidates and created a "partisan message machine" to push back against conservative media on talk radio and cable television. That made the Democratic Party's establishment take them seriously, Moulitsas said.

"The conservative bloggers' efforts might grow into something more meaningful over time, but as of right now, all I see is a lot of chatter," he said. "And if there's one thing the right doesn't lack, it's punditry. They can talk up a storm."

He's right on target with that, and for a tangible example see the nearly complete lack of response to my highly effective plan to defeat Obama. Rather than helping push that, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit concentrated on sending people to Amazon, and the Pajamas Media with which he's associated concentrated on talking head shows featuring worthless minor pundits.

If you want to do something, write to the rightwing bloggers that you read and suggest that they actually do something for a change.

Bloggers: stop linking to Wikipedia - 01/22/07

Based on a "directive" from Jimmy Wales [1], the English version of Wikipedia has started using the "nofollow" tag on all external links (the foreign language versions had been doing that for a while). That tag tells search engines to not pass any "search engine juice" (e.g., PageRank) from the WP page to the linked page. While sites that have links in WP will continue to receive visitors from those links, they will (supposedly) not receive search engine-related benefits (they might, however, be spidered by some engines). Certainly, some search engines may special-case WP (including having assumed that external links weren't trustworthy already), and some mirror sites (like may or may not follow WP's lead. However, it's the thought that counts, and this is an example of WP giving a big FU to those who contribute to their site.

The rip-off nature of this change is described here:

What happens as a consequence, in my opinion, is that Wikipedia gets valuable backlinks from all over the web, in huge quantity, and of huge importance – normal links, not "nofollow" links; this is what makes Wikipedia rank so well – but as of now, they're not giving any of this back... Wikipedia has become a website that takes from the communities but doesn't give back, skewing web etiquette as well as tools that work on this etiquette (like search engines, which analyze the web's link structure).

That page also describes what I suggest that everyone does in response:

I predict some people will now, in return, stop linking to Wikipedia, or "nofollow" their links to Wikipedia (following the argument that if they don't trust their own system, we shouldn't either, and also following social etiquette – returning a disfavor, so to speak).

This site has been doing that for quite a while, and will do things like link to if we need WP's content for some odd reason.

Note also that WP's guidelines strongly discourage using blogs as a source [2]. So, if you're a blogger who has a real news story you might have trouble getting your link to stick, and even if you do it will be nofollowed. And, as described here, that might result in WP ranking higher for something than the site with the original news.

This move may lead a small number of people to commit acts of vandalism against WP as a form of revenge, such as by attempting to stuff pages with spammy words. It might also lead to some people spamming not for (the apparently non-existent) "link juice" but for simple traffic. For instance, so far this month their Playstation 3 page supposedly got 40,000 views per day; a well-placed link there could result in hundreds or thousands of click-throughs.

And, it would be interesting to find out which links in Wikipedia don't have that tag; for instance, their links to the wikimediafoundation .org from their main page don't have nofollow.

On a technical note, this tag only seems to be added after a page is edited, perhaps due to caching. I originally thought I found a case of a link without the tag [3], but upon saving the section (without any changes), it had obtained that tag.

[1] Wrap these lines and remove the space before ".org":
en.wikipedia .org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Spam

[2] Remove the space before ".org": en.wikipedia .org/wiki/WP:V#SELF

[3] The link to here (remove the space before ".org"):
en.wikipedia .org/wiki/Hazards_of_outdoor_activities#External_links

(Note: Placing links in that format is not necessarily suggested, that's just the method used in this instance.)

A traipse through the BushBot blogosphere - 05/24/06

Believe it or not, there are still KoolAid-besotted bloggers out there who believe in Our Leader.

One of them is "MacsMind", which was previously featured here giving Bush's critics a piece of his mind:
"Shut up whiners"
He's back with

Pajamas Media blog babe is scary, but hot - 12/04/05

If I were going to create a fake blog that represented many of the things that are wrong with the medium, it might look something like She's pretty hot even if that's not her body, but... c'mon ( Note also that her page contains around 130 various graphical doodads which weigh in at around 1.68 Megs. And, she's also part of the Open Source Media stable.

A BelderBlog classic - 11/28/04

In the past, we've featured BlogsForBush and PoliPundit classics, now it's time to fish down even deeper into the barrel [1]: