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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Are Demonstrations Important?

I have written about demonstrations by the Left, and how I feel they generally serve to further entrench those who already disagree with the demonstrators. Hence, I don't run out in the streets chanting and doing other foolish things, as I see those who do as infantile, at best. It reminds me of the little baby who throws a temper tantrum, when the authorities (parents) lay down the law. In today's society, the Left has trouble dealing with the rule of law, (except when activist Leftie judges interfere on their behalf) so they run around chanting and waving signs that contain personal attacks against whomever they feel has caused their latest personal angst.
George Bush, of course is a prime target for these morons.
Since I hold quite strongly to these feelings, I felt no desire to run out to New York and demonstrate in front of the NY Times building the other day. There was a small turnout for the event, and now the Left is ridiculing the low number of "moonbats" they saw out there on the sidewalk.
I even had a commenter write, regarding my recent post on Tammy Bruce's piece about what the NY Times might have printed back in the days of Paul Revere. Now what that had to do with the demonstration in front of the Times building, I'm not sure, since neither Tammy nor I advocated participation in the event. So basically the comments were a non-sequiter. In part, here's what was said:

"...look up the giant anti-New York Times protest in DC. You'll see some photos. Find the ones of Michelle Malkin and the other fifteen or twenty sign-carriers,..."

I didn't post the comment, as it contained personal attacks, which I do not regard as being worth the time of day.

In addition, there was a link put in the comment, "http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com"
just like that, unclickable. It can be cut and pasted into your browser, if you want to read a bunch of Leftie propaganda. Bush lied, blah blah, Conservatives have no brains, blah blah, etc. The title of the piece is "Light holiday fare", in case you need to hunt for it at the site.
This piece is so full of holes one could drive a semi-tractor trailer through it. It contains numerous links that do not link to what is implied by their context in the piece.
And best of all, the author begins with this preamble:

For the past 10 years, I was a litigator in NYC specializing in First Amendment challenges, civil rights cases, and corporate and securities fraud matters. I am the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book, How Would A Patriot Act?, a critique of the Bush administration's use of executive power, released May, 2006.

I checked the NY Times bestseller list for non-fiction. I'm assuming the author thinks he is writing non-fiction....maybe that's why I couldn't find it. Heh-Heh-Heh.

Here is the list, from the Times:

1 GODLESS, by Ann Coulter. (Crown Forum, $27.95.) The columnist argues that liberalism is a religion with sacraments, a creation myth and a clergy. 2 3
2 WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS, by Tim Russert. (Random House, $22.95.) The host of "Meet the Press'' presents readers' letters about their fathers in responseto his book "Big Russ and Me.'' 1 5
3 MARLEY & ME, by John Grogan. (Morrow, $21.95.) A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog. 3 36
4 DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE, by Anderson Cooper. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) The CNN correspondent describes a year of covering the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. 4 5
5 THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE, by Ron Suskind. (Simon & Schuster, $27.) An investigation of the Bush administration's strategic thinking and of the role of ideology and personality in the decision to go to war. 1
6 THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50; updated and expanded edition, $30.) A columnist for The New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy. 5 64
7 MAYFLOWER, by Nathaniel Philbrick. (Viking, $29.95.) How America began, from the author of "In the Heart of the Sea." 6 7
8 MYTHS, LIES, AND DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY, by John Stossel. (Hyperion, $24.95.) The "20/20" anchor questions conventional wisdom. 7 7
9 FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow, $25.95.) A maverick scholar applies economic thinking to everything from sumo wrestlers who cheat to legalized abortion and the falling crime rate. First Chapter 9 63
10 MY LIFE IN & OUT OF THE ROUGH, by John Daly with Glen Waggoner. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) A memoir by the bad-boy golf champion. 8 7
11 ARMED MADHOUSE, by Greg Palast. (Dutton, $25.95.) A collection of articles about the war on terror, the 2008 election and other topics by an investigative reporter. 2
12 HEAT, by Bill Buford (Knopf, $25.95.) An editor changes his life by apprenticing in a restaurant kitchen. 13 2
13 A HECKUVA JOB, by Calvin Trillin. (Random House, $12.95.) The humorist, essayist and novelist takes on the Bush administration in verse. 1
14 BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $25.95.) The author of "The Tipping Point" explores the importance of hunch and instinct to the workings of the mind. First Chapter 15 70
15 THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin Press, $26.95.) Tracking dinner from the soil to the plate, a journalist juggles appetite and conscience. 7
16 * DON'T MAKE A BLACK WOMAN TAKE OFF HER EARRINGS, by Tyler Perry (Riverhead, $23.95.) The man behind "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" muses on life. 10

Also Selling
17 MOCKINGBIRD, by Charles J. Shields (Holt)
18 AMERICA: THE LAST BEST HOPE, VOL. I, by William J. Bennett (Nelson Current/Thomas Nelson)

19 BEYOND BAND OF BROTHERS, by Dick Winters with Cole C. Kingseed (Berkley)
20 STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS, by Daniel Gilbert (Knopf)
21 THE NASTY BITS, by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury)
22 POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS, by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin’s)
23 HOSTILE TAKEOVER, by David Sirota (Crown)

24 GUESTS OF THE AYATOLLAH, by Mark Bowden (Atlantic) First Chapter
25 MANHUNT, by James L. Swanson (Morrow)
26 CLEMENTE, by David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster) First Chapter
27 THE BIG BAM, by Leigh Montville (Doubleday) First Chapter
28 WE ARE THEIR HEAVEN, by Allison DuBois (Fireside/Simon & Schuster)
29 GOOD TO GREAT, by Jim Collins (HarperBusiness)
30 THE MIGHTY AND THE ALMIGHTY, by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward (HarperCollins)
31 I HAD THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT . . . , by Ron White (Dutton)
32 MY LIFE IN FRANCE, by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme (Knopf) First Chapter
33 UNCOMMON CARRIERS, by John McPhee (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) First Chapter
34 THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, by Chris Gardner (Amistad)
35 FUN HOME, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)

So the author starts off with a lie. Not a good way to get the audience on one's side, unless that audience is already your friend and won't take the time to check on one's statements.
He even goes so far as to include comments from his readers as part of his piece, as if those comments were part of the original writing. Lame, to say the least.
Ridiculing the Right for not acting like a bunch of loons running around with signs in the streets is typical of those who don't understand what is considered to be adult behavior.

I'll be back



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