Sufferin’ Sycophancy!


The Hammer of Kraut (via Hot Air):

I love to hear the president whine about FOX News and talk radio. I think we ought to be proud of the fact that we annoy him so much. If you look at the line-up on one side, the liberal media, you start with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, the elite newspapers, the one remaining news magazine, the universities, Hollywood — it doesn’t stop anywhere. And on the other side, talk radio, FOX News. And they can’t stand the fact that they no longer have a monopoly.

So, I think it ought to be taken as a compliment. What I’ve always said about Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, their genius was understanding and locating a niche audience in broadcast cable news, which is half the American people. The half that have suffered for decades by the fact you get the news presented from a single perspective over and over again.

Finally, the fact that there is a new perspective, talk radio and FOX, and they can’t stand it. It’s a source of pride, I would say.


I still remember the heady days of Progressive Blogosphere 1.0 and the Reality Based Community. Left Blogistan stood alone against the Lap Dog Media, bravely speaking truth to power and eschewing groupthink.

Then they were assimilated by the Borg.

Ironically, FOX News has always been the enemy of Left Blogistan – first because they supported a president, then because they didn’t support a different one. But there has always been a small group that never supported either one.

Some history books still teach that the Roman Empire “fell” in 476 A.D. but the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire was a process that took place over several centuries. Nonetheless, in a fairly short time much of Europe went from an extended period of relative prosperity, knowledge and organization to an extended period of poverty, ignorance and chaos.

In my darker moments I fear that we are entering such a slide into disintegration, decline and darkness. It makes me wonder what the Romans of antiquity were thinking back in the early Fifth Century. Was anyone speaking truth to power?


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61 Responses to Sufferin’ Sycophancy!

  1. driguana says:

    The Romans back in the early 5th century weren’t thinking…they were fighting and partying.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The decline of the Roman Empire is one of the events traditionally marking the end of Classical Antiquity and the beginning of the European Middle Ages. Throughout the 5th century, the Empire’s territories in western Europe and northwestern Africa, including Italy, fell to various invading or indigenous peoples in what is sometimes called the Migration period. Although the eastern half still survived with borders essentially intact for several centuries (until the Muslim conquests), the Empire as a whole had initiated major cultural and political transformations since the Crisis of the Third Century, with the shift towards a more openly autocratic and ritualized form of government, the adoption of Christianity as the state religion, and a general rejection of the traditions and values of Classical Antiquity.

      With the exception of the Christianity thing that could be describing the current day

      ” . . . more openly autocratic and ritualized form of government . . . a general rejection of the traditions and values . . .”

  2. Blessyourheart says:

    I like the grape Kool Aid best.

  3. this admin has turned me into a total cynic. I’m assuming all power is corrupt at this point and anytime I thought otherwise were during my naive years. So of course whatever was happening in Rome was corrupt. It’s just a matter of degree….

  4. SHV says:

    “this admin has turned me into a total cynic. I’m assuming all power is corrupt at this point and anytime I thought otherwise were during my naive years.”
    *****
    Is it “Power Corrupts” or that the corrupt seek power. “Money in politics” traditionally meant buying politicians; now the balance seems to have shifted to extortion of money by the politicians.

  5. myiq2xu says:
  6. DeniseVB says:

    At least the Roman Empire lasted longer than the US might, thanks to Obama putting us on the fast track.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Apparently Obama is reading a speech in Vegas.

    But why is it being televised? What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas.

    • ROFLMAO!
      If that was true we would have been rid of creepy harry a long time ago.

    • AAAAACCCCCKKKKK! He’s doing the southern preacha mahn!
      I HATE it when he does that!
      And it appears he is speaking again at a high school?

    • votermom says:

      I am so tweeting that

    • angienc (D) says:

      We taxpayers paid an outrageous amount of money for Air Force One (plus traveling secret service detail) for him to go to Vegas to read this speech, the especially stupid & masochistic among us should be able to watch it.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Does anyone say “no” to Obama ? Could he have given this speech in, say, a VA or MD suburb, or the Oval Office? Why Vegas ? Should we ask for the manifest for that AF1 flight ? It just makes no sense.

        I remember when Presidents spoke, we listened. And it was usually primetime pre-emption for all 3 channels :D

        • Constance says:

          He needs to look like he is President of the entire USA not just the East Coast. We westerners get sick of paying taxes to an irrelevant government run by East Coast elitists (I did not say elite) who don’t respect the various cultures of the country.

  8. myiq2xu says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      On a related note, Erick Erickson of Redstate was just hired by Fox News.

    • Awww, too bad. She’s featured in the first episode of the new serial blog I’m writing, called The League of Historical Bitches. Sojournor Truth and Eleanor Roosevelt take over CNN by beheading on the air a character called Soledun O’Murphy, who is a zombie journalist. Good thing I was planning on writing that episode this weekend for publication Monday. It’ll still be relevant.

      Watch for links to the new blog and details at P&L. I’ll post it to TCH on Facebook as well.

  9. myiq2xu says:
    • angienc (D) says:

      My ancestors FOUNDED this country — my greatx4 grandfather was Col. William Prescott who gave the “don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” order at the Battle of Bunker (Breed’s) Hill to give his progeny (which is me) the US Constitution/Bill of Rights, (including even the 2nd Amendment!) — I don’t see Obama giving a shit about that while he lectures me on my ancestors & how the future must not belong to those who slander the “prophet” of Islam.

  10. myiq2xu says:
  11. angienc (D) says:

    In my darker moments I fear that we are entering such a slide into disintegration, decline and darkness.

    Let me relieve you’re fears — that is *exactly* what is going on here — you can’t stop it; so no need to worry about it.

  12. HELENK says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/28/Eric-Holder-Goes-Around-Congress-On-Gun-Control

    we don’t need no stinkin congress

    the biggest enemies of my country at this time are

    backtrack – reid – pelosi -holder

    the rot at the head

  13. votermom says:
    • votermom says:
      • Constance says:

        I like your thoughts on illegal immigrants. I am a female citizen. It pisses me off that both parties are falling over themselves to get the votes of non citizens when neither party is working for my vote. The Republicans are too busy with their “legitimate rape” discussions and trying to restrict birth control and abortion access, while the Dems use the few women in government as scapegoats and trot out their abortion rights pageant 3 months before every election. Equal numbers of women in government and the courts is the women’s issue I care about. Possibly the Congress, both parties and the President could think about serving the needs of half of the citizen population, women, before they start worrying about the “rights” of non citizens.

        • Constance says:

          I often wonder is the complete failure of both political parties to meet the simple needs of women voters a plot or just typically oblivious male behavior. You know how men always talk to themselves, their buddies, their brothers, every one who is “important”, about what to do in situations involving women, but it never occurs to them to ask actual women what they need or want? Then they go around devoting their energy to solving problems women don’t care about, ignoring problems we do care about, and expecting us to be grateful.

        • angienc (D) says:

          Nobody was trying to “restrict” birth control — that’s a straw man argument the Dems made up last cycle starting with George Stephanopolous’s question at the first GOP primary debate to which Romney basically answered “WTF? No one’s trying to restrict access to birth control.” The entire discussion on the RIGHT was whether taxpayers had to subsidize it for the unemployed (because the EEOC ruled 12 years ago that employer-based insurance plans *had* to cover it). BIG DIFFERENCE.

        • Constance says:

          I know MYIQ, men do spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to make/keep women happy and I get so frustrated because so often my husband doesn’t even ASK ME what I care about. He just has the whole thing figured out in his mind then gets mad when I bring up the issues that are actually important to me which he never even considered.

        • Constance says:

          angienc: Mandatory Health care needs to cover birth control because women are consumers and we need that to be covered. Birth control is the only health care most young women need. Women are not the deadbeats that Republicans are portraying us to be. I have healthcare and I pay about $300. a month for it, in addition to what my employer pays. I expect it to cover my needs not only the needs of old men which are some how non offensive to Republicans. The fact that Republicans never brought up whether ED drugs should be covered is sexist as they simply consider all male needs for Health Care legitimate and moral and female needs for health care suspicious and immoral. Why should I be required to pay $300. a month for health care I don’t need? If it doesn’t cover anything I care about then I should be able to opt out.

          • myiq2xu says:

            The fact that Republicans never brought up whether ED drugs should be covered is sexist as they simply consider all male needs for Health Care legitimate and moral and female needs for health care suspicious and immoral.

            There you go overgeneralizing again. If a guy made such sweeping put-downs of women he would be condemned as a misogynist.

        • angienc (D) says:

          Excuse me, Constance — are you telling me your employer based health insurance does NOT cover birth control? Because if you are, then you need to file a grievance with the EEOC — because that ruling that such employer-based insurance must cover birth control is more than 12 years old. But I’m confident your employer-based insurance *does* cover birth control so you don’t *actually* have a point.
          And nothing is keeping you from opting out of your employer based insurance if you don’t like it and buying individual insurance. But if you think you are paying $300 a month to “cover” a $10 to $40 pack of birth control pills, you don’t really understand how “insurance” works –you pay in case something really bad (and expense) happens to you — like (God forbid) cancer, treatment of which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars — otherwise, just don’t buy insurance and pay (at most) $600 a year for birth control instead of $3,600 a year for the SAME EXACT BIRTH CONTROL.

      • votermom says:

        Hi Constance,
        sorry I didn’t see this earlier. Back to immigration – I am a legal immigrant and I am really pissed at this.
        I think I should just get my sisters to fly to Mexico & cross the border so they can get in instead of waiting decades.

    • Lizzy says:

      We need someone to take on his imperial majesty, Mike Bloomberg, the mayor of New York. He is on a major crusade to curtail access to guns using his billions for political action.

  14. HELENK says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/the_hippocritic_oaths.html

    rand paul gives congress hell. I am liking him more each day

    do the oaths taken mean anything?

  15. yttik says:

    Krauthammer was on cspan yesterday. He was actually quit charming. Anyway, he used to be a social Dem and he was talking about how he made the transition over to the dark side. He also talked about social issues and how conservatives need to stop talking about how we’re all going to hell in a hand basket. There are adjustments happening in society, but that doesn’t mean society is on the decline.

    He also made a good point about not calling Obama a socialist because the definition of that word is way to broad. It means different things to different people, everything from Canadian Gov to a rabid dictatorship. He thinks Obama is a social Dem who wants to bring the country more in line with Europe, the problem being we aren’t like
    Europe at all and we don’t want their taxes, financial collapses, and loss of liberties. Ironically, America has been the most successful at creating equality by promoting liberty first. If you try to create equality and sacrifice people’s liberties, then you wouldn’t have the success that America has had. Obamacare is an example of wanting equality, everybody should have healthcare, but sacrificing liberty in the process, with things like excessive regulations and mandates that you purchase insurance. In the end, you haven’t done anything to insure the uninsured, you’ve just taken away people’s liberties and created a bureaucratic nightmare.

  16. HELENK says:

    David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

    Immigration reform in 5 words: line forms at the back.

  17. votermom says:
  18. votermom says:

    for myiq

  19. myiq2xu says:

    Blockbuster is having a GOB sale. I got Breaking Bad season 2 and a couple used movies at 75% off.

  20. Lurch approved as SOS.

  21. westcoaster says:

    This took my breath away:

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/12517?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thecollegefixfeed+%28The+College+Fix%29&utm_content=FeedBurner

    How can Obama say that football “will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” ? What has happened to rugby in the last 150years?

  22. John Denney says:

    Heard someone say a while back that home schools will function as the monasteries did during the Roman decline, nurturing the light of knowledge. For instance, St. Patrick taught his converts in Ireland to read and write. They so loved it that they copied any book a visitor had, eventually accumulating a library of all the classics. http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Saved-Civilization-Hinges-History/dp/0385418493

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