Sunday, March 20, 2011

Catching up

I hate Daylight Savings Time.

I mean it. I hate Daylight Savings Time.

Okay, it served a purpose when it was first implemented. But now, it serves no purpose.

And the possibility of computers being messed up by the changing of the time back and forth is just too great. For instance, I am positive that DST was responsible for the messing up of my anti-virus and computer security. On Sunday, when I set up my laptop at work and was unconnected to the 'net, everything was fine. But when I got home and set my laptop up again, everything was messed up. Even though I had just renewed my subscription to the anti-virus program less than 30 days ago and I just under a year left on my subscription, whenever I started up my laptop, the subscription was expired.

Somebody must have worked through the night fixing that little snafu, because the next time I looked on Monday, everything was back to the way it should have been. Of course, that also set off tiny little ripples that effected different programs in weird ways. For example, iTunes was working and played music in an audible manner. And then, it didn't. Windows Media Player played, and so did a bunch of other video programs. But no sound would come out of iTunes. It took a lot of (metaphorical) blood, sweat, and tears, but I finally got the #@&% thing working.

Little ripples causing things to change.

And that kind of leads to this interesting post on Huffington Post. Lee Stranahan describes himself as "a pro-choice, pro-single payer, anti-war, pro-gay rights independent liberal", yet it seems his eyes are being pried open:

Three questions for you.

1. Do you think of Republicans and the Tea Party as dangerous, violent extremists?
2. Do you think the Wisconsin protests over GOP Governor Scott Walker's move to strip public sector employees of collective bargaining were peaceful?
3. Do you scoff at the right wing notion that mainstream media like the New York Times, the TV networks and NPR have a liberal media bias against the conservatives?

If you answered 'yes' to all three of those questions, then let me ask you one more...

Why isn't the mainstream media talking about the death threats against Republican politicians in Wisconsin?

Try to set aside whatever biases or preconceptions you might have for a moment and ask yourself why death threats against politicians aren't considered national news, especially in the wake of the all too fresh shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other bystanders. And there hasn't just been one death threat, but a number of them.

Here's an example and it's real. According to Wisconsin State Department of Justice, authorities have found a suspect who admitted to sending the following email:

I want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we've had enough. We feel that you and your republican dictators have to die. This is how it's going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, this isn't enough. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message. So we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't tell you all of them because that's just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it's necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We will "get rid of" (in which I mean kill) the 8 of you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. The 8 includes the 7 senators and the dictator. We feel that it's worth our lives becasue we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. Goodbye ASSHOLE!!!!

After the Giffords shooting, authorities have to take this sort of threat seriously. The media should too, even if the disturbed person who sent that email was motivated by exactly the kind of rhetoric that's been used by many liberals against GOP officials over and over again during the Madison protests. And there are more threats floating around the internet, in varying degrees of scary and credible.

If you read liberal blogs, you might have heard of some of these threats. Indirectly, anyway. Sarah Palin said the rhetoric should be toned down. The threats themselves were ignored and Palin was mocked.

On the other hand, if you read conservative blogs or listen to conservative media, you know all about these threats because people like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and websites like Newsbusters and BigJournalism have not only been talking about the death threats for days now but they've been talking about the mainstream and liberal media ignoring the threats for days.

Ignoring the story of these threats is deeply, fundamentally wrong. It's bad, biased journalism that will lead to no possible good outcome and progressives should be leading the charge against it.

Read it all. Very interesting to see those on the left slowly coming to the same conclusions that we as conservatives came to a long time ago. I don't mean to sound smug or flippant about that, but I think this is yet another example of us being in the right.

Tiny ripples. Where will they end up?

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